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Post Info TOPIC: LIGHTSHAW MEADOWS LWT/ABRAM FLASHES


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RE: LIGHTSHAW MEADOWS LWT/ABRAM FLASHES


Good number of thrushes feeding this morning with 400+ Redwing, including a very dark Icelandic coburni bird, 100+ Fieldfare and several Song Thrush. A Brambling dropped in calling and 5 Whooper Swan flew SE at 10:20

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Cracking afternoon walk from Plank Lane swing bridge to Dover Lock and back via Lightshaw Lane and Byrom Hall Woods. Shame about the lack of birds, where were all the duck on Lightshaw??, not one in sight, no Egret either. 1 Buzzard and a few Redwing was about all that could be worth mentioning, enjoyable walk still.

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Great White Egret present of Lightshaw Hall Flash today, feasibly been present since it left Pennington Flash last week!

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Noteable sightings from this morning included:

Single Willow Warbler by Dover Basin, Kingfisher too

Wildfowl on Lightshaw Hall Flash included 4 Wigeon, 67 Mallard and 6 Shoveler.



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100 or so hirundines of all three species this afternoon. Swallows by far the most numerous, with House and Sand Martins only present in low numbers. A single Yellow Wagtail flew over the eastern screen. Singles of Buzzard and Kestrel.

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36 Lapwing today on the dust bowl that has temporarily replaced Lightshaw Hall Flash

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Cettis warbler heard where the footpath to the west of Lightshaw meets the canal towpath by the 'pond'. Also sedge warbler heard there and reed warbler seen. A pair of grey partridge were on the footpath to the south of the meadows and a male yellowhammer was seen (and two others heard).



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A Red Kite flew NW through the Abram Flashes and on towards Platt Bridge/Wigan Flashes around 14:09-14:20 (blurry record shot attached). Other birds included 10 Shelduck, 27 Stock Dove and 1 Cettis Warbler. No sign in three hours of an Osprey seen earlier in the day.

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Quiet this evening. Three redshank, 8 shelduck, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 swifts and a cuckoo about the most interesting things.

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Cetti's warbler still singing from the north side of the canal just east of the Dover Lock pub this morning.

Cuckoo singing at Lightshaw Hall Flash.



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Cetti's Warbler singing on opposite side of the canal just west of Dover Basin. Not a lot else of note.

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Late news for yesterday, singing lesser whitethroat from the canal footpath near the first bridge when heading east from Lightshaw.



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Between Dover Basin and Lightshaw western end today 7 singing Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler 10 Whitethroat, 9 Willow Warbler and 4 Chiffchaff.

6 Greylag Geese at Dover Basin and two broods of Mallard on the canal.



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3 Whimbrel at the western end of Lightshaw at 11am today but departed east at 11:45.

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Fist time here in over a year for me walked down the canal from Pennington: Green woodpecker just of canal near the bench that looks over the meadow 6 buzzard 4 circling 2 in trees 2 wigeon male and female 2 shelduck 3 oystercatcher 1 female goosander 15 lapwing 20+ teal 10 shoveler

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Post for yesterday.Walked down the lane to Lightshaw from the main road.
In the large field on the right there was a flock of Carrion Crows numbering
around 100.Along the lane itself were.
Collared Dove x2
Starling x4
Blackbird x6
Blue Tit x6
Magpie x6
Black Headed Gull x12
Chaffinch x3
Fieldfare x1
Blackcap x4
Tree Sparrow x2
Pheasant x3
Wood Pigeon x10
Common Buzzard x5
Long Tailed Tit x8
The flash itself was 95% frozen .Therefore nothing on it at all. On the surrounding
fields were
Canada Goose x4
Mute swan x3
Grey Heron x2
moorhen x1
Mallard x8
Coot x10
Cormorant x1


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Late post for yesterday, 3 Pintail and 5 Wigeon amongst the Gadwall and Teal.

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Very very quiet this afternoon viewing from the south eastern screen. A single Wigeon was perhaps the most interesting thing. Singles of Swallow and Sand Martin hinting at what the hirundine flock at the opposite end - 10 or so birds - might have been composed of. Still a large number of Canada Geese, but I've lost patience counting them!

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4 Snipe, 183 Canada Geese and 3 Wigeon this evening. Water levels getting back to normal.

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Water levels very high this evening, but clearly not as high as they have been as many of the adjacent fields had plenty wildfowl in them, mostly out of sight unfortunately. There were well over 200 Canada Geese present. Teal and Gadwall were obviously around as I could hear them but couldn't see them as they fed in the flooded fields. There were also three wigeon present.



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Birds at Lightshaw Hall Flash this evening included 71 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler and 5 Teal



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Late afternoon stroll calling at the eastern screen only. Most numbers are minimum as I only had bins and there were quite possibly/probably more of each species.

Gadwall 65+
Redshank 5
Snipe 3
Teal 4+
Black-headed Gull 76+
Swallow 37
House Martin 11
Shoveler 2
Lapwing 10
Buzzard 2

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Yesterday evening, a grasshopper warbler was reeling distantly from the western screen.



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Lightshaw Hall Meadows

Mid -afternoon visit.

Hobby 1
Buzzard 1

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Lightshaw Flash today.

Almost forgot...
- Redshank 1
- Shelduck family
- Common Tern 4 flew through and then another 2 were put up from a bank that was out of view to us

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Late morning / early afternoon visit to Lightshaw Flash with Simon Gough.

- no sign of Cattle Egret while we were there
- Grey Heron at least 3
- Sedge Warbler 1 along canal
- Whitethroat 3
- Reed Bunting at least 5
- Linnet 1 male
- Skylark 2
- lots of Lapwing
- Stock Dove 4

Nice to meet and chat with Craig Higson.

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Sunday 25th of June 2017 05:30:05 PM

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If adding sightings for this bird could users please ensure they state that the bird is at Lightshaw Flash or not as the case may be. This thread is for the whole of the Abram Flashes which also includes others areas this bird could well relocate to, so it's best not to just let readers assume where the bird is smile



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The Cattle Egret was showing well between 1715 sand 1845 this evening at Lightshaw.

-- Edited by Norman Price on Sunday 25th of June 2017 08:28:02 AM

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Cattle egret just come back to lightshaw,and was still present at 4.30pm



-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Saturday 24th of June 2017 05:50:10 PM

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Cattle Egret just reappeared at Lightshaw at 3:30pm. Currently following cattle away from viewing screen.

 

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Lightshaw hall meadow & flash.

Cattle egret showed well when I arrived at 12pm in front of the screen, it took a short flight & returned to the same area. Later on it took flight again with everything else ( didn't see what sent them up) & dissapeared further away & out of view but soon returned & stayed on the spit of the flash until I left at 1.15pm. No signs of any idiots whilst I was there, let's hope he gets named & shamed.
2 shelduck with 9 juveniles
1 redshank
3 grey herons
30+ lapwings
Several house Martins & swifts around.

-- Edited by steven burke on Saturday 24th of June 2017 03:51:51 PM

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Cattle egret flew west apparently over dover lock pub 10 mins ago after leaving lightshaw no signs f me yet

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Unfortunately there's always one idiot who spoils it for the rest.

This morning an idiot (I refuse to use the term birder or photographer because he was clearly neither) decided he'd climb over the metal gate and clearly and knowingly trespass on private farmland at Lightshaw in order to get close and undoubtably disturb the Cattle Egret in the field by the canal side. He didn't appear to have binoculars but certainly had a camera and a very long range photo was taken of the idiot.

If anyone can identify said idiot or knows him then please do have a 'word' with him about his selfish and thoughtless actions or feel free to get in touch with me.



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Cattle egret still present until 10.45 at least moved onto shorter grass nearer screen.

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Cattle egret still present c.10.05 at Lightshaw Hall Flash;seen in flight twice briefly over grass to left near Brown cattle.



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LIGHTSHAW HALL MEADOWS & & FLASH

Cattle Egret still showing well at 1630, giving great photograph opportunities sitting on top of the near-by Hawthorn trees.

Cheers Ian 



-- Edited by IANMOFFAT1 on Friday 23rd of June 2017 08:08:47 PM

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Lightshaw Hall Flash
Good views in my scope for over 30 minutes of the Cattle Egret. Both County and Life tick for me.
Arrived at Western viewing screen just after 1pm. No sign of it for 30 minutes. Then it was seen flying onto the top of a tall hawthorn by the left shore, and well down the flash. After preening for 2 minutes it dropped down onto the shoreline where the reeds stick well out ( two thirds down?)
More preening until it was approached by a Grey Heron. Cattle Egret then flew up and down to the left of the viewing screen before landing in open ground about 90 yards to the front left of the screen. After 15 minutes it was approached, on foot, by another Grey Heron and the Cattle Egret turned and edged away, into clumps of Juncus etc. where it could only just be seen. Still present at 2.15pm.

-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 23rd of June 2017 05:28:19 PM

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Cattle Egret still present around the western end of Lightshaw Hall Flash at 2:30 pm and showing well.

Info thanks to Keith Mills

p.s. If adding sightings for this bird could users please ensure they state that the bird is at Lightshaw Flash or not as the case may be. This thread is for the whole of the Abram Flashes which also includes others areas this bird could well relocate to, so it's best not to just let readers assume where the birds is smile



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Cattle Egret showing  well until I left at around 11.15.  It was on the far side of the flash as I arrived but followed the cattle to be in front of the screen giving some excellent views.  A GM lifer for me.  Now on 199... The magic 200 is next! biggrinbiggrin

Thanks Rick and Dave for your help.  Much appreciated.



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Cattle Egret flew in at 7.30 and settled behind a grassy spit. Life and GM tick biggrin

Sorry John, I had no internet connection until I got to work.



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Hi John

Where the A573 crosses the Leigh Branch Canal there is a canalside car park on the opposite side of the road to the Dover Lock Inn. Enter that and turn right along the towpath, passing Dover Basin after a few hundred metres, then you'll see a gated footpath on the right down on to a footpath along a dismantled railway line. Follow this path and Lightshaw Hall Flash is on your left. The Cattle Egret may be visible from a gate for a cattle pen, but carry further on along the path and there's a footpath to the left up to the western viewing screen. Good luck



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Can anyone help with directions from the Dover inn pub.  Is the bird viewable from the canal towpath? Any help would be appreciated.



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This evening with Karen Foulkes, Cattle Egret showing well till 7.15pm at least, also adult Hobby present.

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Cattle Egret still present at Lightshaw Hall Flash at 6:30pm, still viewed from the western end.

Info thanks to Karen Foulkes 



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Cattle Egret still present 14:25 in same area nr screen at W end of Lightshaw Hall Flash, after circling several times when harassed by Lapwings



-- Edited by dave broome on Thursday 22nd of June 2017 02:29:20 PM

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Cattle Egret currently at Lightshaw Hall Flash; at the western end (from the western viewing screen) in field with cattle.

 

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Osprey showing very well over dover basin at 10.30 am. 



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Osprey perched by the main road at 5:34pm.

 

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Osprey at Dover basin at 10.45. Drifted towards Wigan flashes.



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The Osprey was hovering over Dover Basin early this morning, and then circling higher with 6 Buzzards, before flying towards Wigan Flashes.

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