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Moore NR


Well done Ian - 'bout time too biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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3rd Weekend running looking for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker,biggrin.gifs all round as stunning views of male, drummming, calling, really close with a brilliant blue sky behind. Good to meet Jason Atkinson who took(I believe) some good photo's. Thanks again to all GM birders for your helpful posts on this fabulous birdbiggrin.gif
Cheers Ian

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Before and after visiting Frodsham this a.m.for the Cattle Egret we visited Moore looking for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, no luck here thoughcry.gif. Great place however, did see all the English tit species(except Marsh) lots of Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4Chiff Chaff, Tree Creeper(making nest), Nuthatch, 15 Sand Martins, Teal, Ruddy Duck, Gadwall, Little Grebe plus lots more.
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Lesser Spotted Woodpecker still present on Lapwing Lane adjacent to the first hide. Reported at 1000, 1400 and showed very well at 1530hrsbiggrin.gif

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Paid my first ever visit to this reserve and within 5 minutes had seen the male LSW on the first stretch of Lapwing Lane. Excellent close views. Around 10.45 am.

Great place - will be back hopefully when it's not raining so hard!

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Spent three hours this Sunday morning walking around Moss Side. 51 species seen/heard untill the rain came. Best bird being a stonkin male MERLIN on the deck at Upper Moss Side in the field to the right before the first bench.
Also had the male Lesser Pecker being chased around by a Greater on Lapwing Lane.

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Managed 40 mins there this morning and was very pleased to see my first ever LSW - on Lapwing lane 40m from the crossroads on the right [about 10m after the sub station type building].

Also very obliging male Kestrel [nice change from Buzzard!] perched on tree in meadow behind the LSW. At the feeding station loads of squirrels scaring everything but a GSW managed to sneak in for a go at the fat feeder.

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I also got the lesser for the very first time this morning. On lapwing lane at approx. 10-40am a male showed well for about 10 minutes. Also in the same area :-
2 treecreeper
1 nuthatch
1 gsp
2 jays
2 mistle thrush (seeing off a magpie)
blue,coal and great tits
robins
1 wren
2 dunnocks

birchwood pool.
27 shoveller
19 gadwall
2 pochard
1 widgeon
30 tufties
6 mallard
4 canadas
1 grey heron
1 little grebe (colour just coming)
The drakes of all species were looking really good

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Gary the same thing kept happening to me - just getting the Lesser lined up in the scope and a Greater came along and chased it. Doesn't look as though they live side by side very well.

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finaly got the lesser spotted woodpecker (lifer)on lapwing lane female unfortunately it was chased off by a great spotted but was nice to see the size comparison.
plenty of little grebe about at least 10,2 oytercatchers ,2 golden eye female,several pochard,6 shovler.

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A good morning on Arpley Landfill with a juv glauc, 2x1w Iceland, 4 YLG, 1w Med & a frustrating gull ? Then onto Richmond Bank holding 1 adult & 1w Iceland Gulls.
Full account and pics on my blog.

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Arrived Moore 07.30 but had to wait until 09.00 to get the first view of the Lesser Pecker in a tree directly next to the pump station on Lapwing Lane (at the crossroads). From then until 11.30 had several good sightings between the pump house and the screen onto Lapwing Lake - some from the meadow behind the wood.

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Two of us were there this morning and saw the LSW

Not much else about though, and the Bittern did not show

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The 'small' Glaucous Gull seen this morning on Richmond Bank with at least one YLGull and a possible 1st winter Caspo.
4+ Iceland Gulls maybe even upto 6 seen by the Tip crew.
Loads of Birders down Lapwing Lane waiting for the Lesser Pecker to show (the news is definately out) but only 3+ Greats performing.

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No sign of LSW by 9:30 - a few Great Spots drumming though.

Same birds as Gary plus Treecreeper

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20.02.09 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming on dead tree on opposite side of road to Bird Feeder Pond. Showing very well, 8.30 AM ish.

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Friday 20-2-09 10.30 - 15.30

My first visit to the reserve and what great place it is. I went specifically to see the Tawny Owl as I haven't seen one for a while and had a great view of it.

Also seen:

Buzzard - one of which almost ended up as a bonnet mascot on my car when it flew up from the side of the road as I was driving along the lane to Moore. Another Buzzard was being mobbed by what I think was a Peregrine but it was quite high.

Kingfisher
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Bunting
Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull
Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Oystercatcher
Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Mallard, Teal, Coot, Moorhen, Canada Goose, Grey Heron
Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch
Robin, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Wren
Woodpigeon, Magpie, Crow, Jackdaw, Jay

In the words of Arnie "I'll be back"

Gary

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Hi James glad to see that you found the forum ok and welcome - hope the pictures you took through my scope last week of the Tawny Owl turned out ok.

Sid

P.S. just found your private message

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First post so please be gentle..

Went to Moore on Sunday and spotted my first Tree Creeper prob no big deal to most but I have not been birding long so it was a real treat!

Here is a link to the Pic I took of it..







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James Dyson wrote:

First post so please be gentle..

Went to Moore on Sunday and spotted my first Tree Creeper prob no big deal to most but I have not been birding long so it was a real treat!

Here is a link to the Pic I took of it..







Welcome to birding and to the North Wests premier birding website James!

Nice pics of the Treecreeper.

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First post so please be gentle..

Went to Moore on Sunday and spotted my first Tree Creeper prob no big deal to most but I have not been birding long so it was a real treat!

Here is a link to the Pic I took of it..




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The gull fest moved to Richmond Bank (the mud bank on the river opposet the tip)this morning where the adult RING BILLED GULL was found at low tide in amonst 5-6000 other larus.
Also present one 'small' 1st winter Glaucous Gull and several Yellow legs.
For those doing Birchwood Pool the next pool along (Pumphouse) towards the Eastern Reedbed seems to be getting most of the roosting/bathing big gulls at the mo.

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Made a visit yesterday -
Woodcock flushed from roadside ditch
Female Brambling at Upper Moss Side
1w Med Gull on Pumphose Pool
1w Iceland Gull on Arpley Tip

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Tawny Owl in the usual spot.
Lots of vocal Nuthatches.
GS Woodpecker but no Lesser.
10+ Reed Buntings at the feeding station and a very frustrated Squirrel.
female R***y Duck

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Finally found "Pinky the Pinkfoot" - it was on Birchwood pool with it's mates the Canadas. Tawny Owl in usual place.

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3 Bullfinch, 2f 1m by Birchwood Pool

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Good mornings birding today at Moore NR/Upper Moss Side/Norton Marsh.
The male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was calling from the tree tops by the sub station on Lapwing Lane where there was also 5 Lesser Redpoll.

The finch/bunting/sparrow flock at UMS farm is huge and I think getting bigger!!
50+ Yellowhammer
60+ Chaffinch
30+ Reed Bunting
30+ Greenfinch
30+ Tree Sparrow
Willow Tit
2 Grey Partridge
from Norton Marsh Hide
Green Sandpiper (never seen one there before)
pair Stonechat
4 fem Pintail on the river(high tide)
2 Buzzard

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I have seen Barney the Barnacle on more than one occasion with a flock of Canadas at Dunham Massey

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Pinky has been recorded almost annually from 2002 but I've also seen groups of 2 and 3 with the Canadas (more than one roaming flock for sure) on Budworth Mere and down on Norton Marsh,Moore NR these past few years in Winter.
Don't forget theres now a regular flock of wintering Pinkfeet (200+) on the Dee and the roaming Canada flock(s) do visit IMF so they could pick up a few clueless juveniles enroute.
I for one have no problem adding it (or them)to my Patch/Cheshire/UK yearlists.
One other thing to remember Barney the Barnacle is also out there somewhere!!

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Saw it twice yesterday and must say that its a very tatty individual, with very worn flight feathers especially on the left wing as you look at it flying away from you.

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Can we have more information on this birds credentials please,

I do believe it may have made a GM appearance at a Private site yesterday.

keep birding.

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Pinky the Pinkfoot has been around for several years now associating with the Canada flock that travels all over Cheshire he/she has been seen at Budworth Mere, Neumanns Flash, Sandbach, IMF, Moore, Frodders and every where inbetween. It will regularly be on many a local patch yearlist biggrin.gif

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Who is Pinky the Pinkfoot? I have seen lots of Pinkfeet in and around Moore in the last few months!!

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Pinky the Pinkfoot flew over the tip twice - there was also a Shelduck up on the tip.

I managed to miss all the YLG's but 3 Iceland Gulls (adult and 2 first winters) and a 1st winter Med gull was a satisfying morning.

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Whoops missed the gull workshop this morning due to large beverage intake Friday night (highly recommend the IPA in The Stretton Fox...lovely!).
Did a walk around Upper Moss Side area via Lapwing Lane. 51 species seen including male Bramblingbiggrin.gif, 30+ Yellowhammer, 20+ Reed Bunting, 2 Willow Tit. Green Sand and Pinky the Pinkfoot at Eastern Reedbed.

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There is a relatively small amount of standing water at the mo, most of the pools have been drained while new parts of the site are engineered. Workers on the landfill site have noticed a fluctuation in gull numbers in general from day to day. Perhaps in the credit crunch people are disposing of fewer food scraps...

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That's OK Paul, with all you running around on the top with your high vis jackets there will hopefully be more gulls down on the pool for the rest of us!

Out of interest, is there a lot of standing water on the tip, large gull visitors to the pool seem to be reduced so I wondered are they able to drink/bathe up on the tip?

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Hello all,

I have an arrangement with Arpley Landfill Site that no more than 15 people can attend the supervised trips to view the gulls - I did specify this when first organising the visits late last year. This is based on site health and safety regs. and the conditions of the site permit. The sessions will run from around 8.45 to 11.30. Latecomers will not be able to join the group.

I'm afraid that only 15 people will be allowed on each visit, I'm not sure how many people have already expressed an interest.

Sorry for any inconvenience - may I suggest that for the next watch (7th Feb) people book in advance by calling me on 01925 444689 no later than midday on 6th Feb.

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Just incase call Paul Cassidy 01925 444689 to check gull workshop is on etc

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Gull workshop! at Moore NR is open to anyone the more eyes the better.
Just incase check www.wrg.co.uk/moorenaturereserve for contact info.
The last one was run by ranger Paul Cassidy phone 01925 444689.
I think it will be a regular occurance every other Saturday.

cheers Pete

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Are there any other Workshops planned, would like dates if poss.

Just need a bit of planning what with Kids and her indoors.

Not much cop with gulls clueless.gif yet see loads

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Pete

Is this Saturdays workshop an "open " event


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Yeah it was the same on Monday Pete.
One hardy soul I met staked the pool out most of the day but had enough after only a handful of Black-headeds and Commons!

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Went down to Birchwood Pool today with the intention of practising my digiscoping. Unbelievably not a gull on the pool for a good 30 minutes and the tip also seemed quieter. Hope it picks up for this Saturdays gull workshop.
Over at the screen hide feeding station by the ponds there was:-
2 Willow Tit
3 Coal Tit
Great Spotted Woody
Reed Bunting
2 Nuthatch
Siskin

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Managed a few hours at the Western end of Moore NR up at Halfway House/Norton Marsh area on Sunday afternoon.
1200 Lapwing on R.Mersey (low tide)
186 Golden Plover
33 Curlew
2500 gulls usual 5 species
3 Common Buzzard
5 Goldeneye on MSCanal (Goosander gone)

there will be another gull watch on Arpley tip this coming Saturday meet Birchwood Pool 8.30am.

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19/01/2009 - Managed a few hours here this afternoon but in tough conditions at times which prevented productive birding. 2 Green Sandpipers were spotted down at the eastern end on the reserve (1 on the flood just south of the barrier + 1 on the lagoon viewed from the eastern reedbed hide).
Other sightings included:
1 Tawny Owl (in the usual spot!)
2 Willow Tits (feeding station)
1 Reed Bunting
2 Siskins
6 Bullfinches (dotted about the reserve)
1 Grey Wagtail (Ship canal)
4 Cormorants (on ship canal)
28 Curlews (flew over ship canal)
5 Pochards


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The following was reported on the MNR web site 14th January - "Long-eared owl flew from wood where Lapwing Lane opens out into Upper Moss Side, then tracked W edge of restored landfill site".

No time was given but it maybe worthwhile being on the lookout if walking up there.

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Towards lunchtime Simon and l called into Moore NR,as we parked,we had VERY close views of a Buzzard in the trees.Once at the hide,the only object of desire was a male Sparrowhawk just 'chillin' in the trees above the reedbed,other sightings were a Kingfisher,Green Sandpiper,Great Spotted Woodpecker and finally a Bittern flying in biggrin.gif

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As Pete has said this mornings gull watching was excellent albeit very, very cold. Thermal long-johns, 4 tops (2 thermal) + coat, 3 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of gloves and 2 hats (1 hard) could not repel the freezing wind and air. If you are remotely interested in gull id or gull ageing a trip with the seaforth crew who attend is an absolute must, very helpful guys with bags of knowledge.

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I'd love to be there earlier but unfortunately most attendees on the RSPB trips are not hardcore birders

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A good mornings gulling was had this Saturday when by prior arrangement we were able to gain access to Arpley Tip. Twelve of us clad in Yellow vests and hard hats birded the working tip face for a freezing two hours. Between us we recorded:- Adult Caspian Gull , 2 2ndwinter Glaucous , one 2ndwinter Iceland and an albino Black-headed Gull.

Nearby on Birchwood Pool there was during the morning one Caspo sp, 5 Yellow legged Gulls , 3 Med Gulls , a different Iceland Gull , the albino BHGull , a Grey Heron eating a Little Grebe and one Fox.

There will be another gull watch on the tip on Saturday 24th Jan meet at Birchwood Pool from 8.30am.

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