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No Guillemots at Morley Common today that must have been a sight.

Lots of young around today, brood of seven Gadwall on Pumphouse Pool, one Lapwing, one Water Rail, Long-tailed Tit juvs everywhere, plus a few Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff juvs.

A male Linnet flew over Colins hide.

32 Tufted Duck on Birchwood Pool was a good number.

Three Cygnets and two Great crested Grebe Broods (2+2) on the Black-field Pool with good numbers of Swallows, Swifts and House Martins passing south. Four Grey Heron + 2imm also present.

Two Reed Warbler and three Cetti's Warbler still singing away around the Eastern Reedbed.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 7th of July 2023 02:56:28 PM

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Ended up with 127 patch species from the Winter Solstice 2022 - Summer Solstice 2023 (banned from doing a patch list 2023 by her indoors so decided to find a technical way around it). Hrs on patch this year to date less than half that last year and very few mornings due to shift patterns.

Only 2 visits since the Summer solstice but already 55 species for the second half the year. Best of the visits was watching the tide rise up the Mersey on Sunday (02/07) and watching Lapwings flushed from further down the Mersey to group on Penketh Bank. Approx 940 at highest count before heading high north as the Bank was covered by the afternoon tide. Two Oystercatchers, usual Gulls and seven Little Egret and three Grey Heron (1 imm) made up the supporting cast.

More hide vandalism on site unfortunately as well.



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Visits yesterday and today saw many young and birds feeding young - parties of Long-tailed Tits everywhere, Common Whitethroat feeding young by the Ship Canal, Canada Goslings on the footpath by Lapwing Lane, Coot, Moorhen and Little Grebe young on Lapwing Lane.

Reed Bunting and Skylark both had families on the Marsh whilst watching from the ex-Norton Marsh Hide; Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and two Kestrels (ad, juv) were overhead for long periods.

An unusual "mini legless Bittern pattern / shape" rose twice flew fast and sunk back into the corn field (Triangle Field) next to Lapwing Lane as I walked by, but only 6-7" in length and 8-10" in Wingspan. No call heard. Will be back to listen in the evening as heard Quail here last year. (Edit. Nothing heard tonight - only heard Quail or seen their heads so not sure what a flight bird looks like 100%).

Better on the 100% though was Penketh Bank with loafing Lesser Black-backed Gulls (26) of all CY, Herring Gulls (12) couple imm, most Ad, a few Ad (12) Black-headed Gulls, three Ad Great Black-backed Gulls was resplendent amidst an adult Yellow-legged Gull, with plumage, small mirror size, leg pastel crayon bright yellow and red eye ring colour all easily compared against fellow Gulls. A shame the sun haze was getting up as over on the sandbank next to Astmoor were many hundreds of gulls as the tide went out, but the heat haze was fouling optics.

One single Gadwall on the river and four Shelduck and two Cormorant amongst the Gulls with seven Little Egret and six Grey Heron (1imm, 5 Ad).

Three Oystercatcher and 62 Lapwing made up the days wader totals.

Midges [clegs] biting horrendously. With DEET and fully clothed (sweating) with only face skin exposed still got bitten numerous times, this rain / heat is classic for a second brood to emerge as well in a week or two. Take antihistamine before you go if you can!



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After been away with work last week a couple of brief trips in lunches (too hot) this week produced the usuals, but the unusual was a Red Kite over as I walked to Halfway House after tea tonight, heading towards Fiddlers Ferry. I thought I'd had a Red Kite many years ago, but looking through my notes gone by (my MS Access database of years 2008-2013 is corrupt..woe) this is both a life patch and Cheshire year tick for me.

Most pools looked very low, even Lapwing Lane and Birchwood Pool are over two - three feet lower than usual. Few Moorhen, Little Grebe, Coot and Canada Goose Broods scattered about.

Black-fields Pools however has rising water (strange as that is supposed to be concreted over for light industrial use in 2025/6) and East and West Pools are so high they are now one pool. Two or three Pochard broods are on there and a Green Woodpecker flew over.

A Raven was sat motionless on Lapwing Lane to the point I could almost touch it; [didn't] I didn't think a young bird as it was mostly black with a bit of brownish on the secondaries, beak was massive and fully black......would it be succumbing to Bird flu or knackered by heat?

Still...the Red Kite puts the patch list this year at 123 since winter solstice.

 



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A full trip from 4:30 am around the reserve, starting at the centre down the Marsh and River, then a drive down the Eastern end to walk back to the centre and back via various Pools.

Seven Cetti's Warbler (5 west end, 2 east) and plenty of the other usual Warblers singing away in most places, Garden Warbler at Colins Hide, Lesser Whitethroats at the scrub above the Eastern Reedbed and ex-Long Pond field at Norton Marsh. Blackcap, Goldcrest, Willow, Chiffchaff Common Whitethroat everywhere localised, Reed (Marsh, reedbeds), Sedge (Black-Fields Pools, Marsh, Round Cherval).

Two patch year ticks, finally House Martin (Black-Fields Pools, five with three Sand Martin) and a Water Rail and chick on Millbrook Pool East (Almost-Dried-Out-Swamp Rail would be a better name given the lack of water).

Cuckoo over toward the Capped Tip gas plant.

One Black-headed Gull and two Great Black-backed Gulls on the river, with 89 Lapwing, three Grey Heron, 10 male Mallard, 1 Gadwall, and 11 Shelduck.

Kestral and Buzzard on the Marsh.

Reed Buntings and Skylark and Corvids a plenty on Norton Marsh. 

Two pairs Mute Swan, no cygnets seen though. Moorhen, Coot, Canada Goose and both Common Grebes all had young. Four Tufted ducks lazed on the Eastern Reedbed, no sign of any young yet.

Pumphouse Pool just holds on...Grey Heron eating frogs from the remaining mudscapes, single Lapwing, 11 Teal and seven Gadwall plus a Moorhen and Pied Wagtail made up the show today.

71 species in total though in 4 1/2 hs, not bad for June smile.

 



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Took a good wait this morning but Spotted Flycatcher eventually showed in the Oaks by the old railway bridge just North the swing bridge into the reserve where it had been seen a few days ago. 

A later afternoon visit got Hobby over the Eastern Reedbed and a Peregrine passing  over with a vole / mole in its claws. Wonder if there is a displaced pair from Fiddlers / Unilever Soap works moved into the reserve?

Plenty of young about now, tits, Canadas (five Goslings with adults wandered over the swing bridge as I was waiting for the Spotcatcher), juv Reed Buntings on the stubble near lapwing Lane an Little Grebe and Great Crested Grebe chicks on all main pools. 

Pumphouse Pool appears in its last few days of existence. A mere drying up mud scrape, with a last couple Teal, Gadwall and couple of waders scuttling around the edge



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Typical, yesterday I say no Swifts then today five birds over as individuals.

Another birder reported Spotted Flycatcher by Swing Bridge on Moss Lane side.



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A recuperative lunchtime walk west today down the Canal to Round Cherval and Wigg Island, back via Upper Moss Side and Lapwing Lane. Plenty of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, two Garden Warbler, Whitethroats everywhere (no Lesser today), Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch all the common Tits including fledgling Blue and Long-tails.

The banks of the Mersey were exposed at low tide and between Penketh Bar, Penketh Bank and visible on Astmoor Marsh from Halfway House were 78 Shelduck, 87 Lapwing, 49 Canada Goose, three Gadwall, seven Mallard and two Grey Heron. Reed and Sedge warblers were present audibly both over at Oxmoor to the South of the Ship Canal, between Round Cherval and Halfway House and over on Cuerdly Marsh to the North the Mersey.

Emerging from the dark dingy nettle fest Fanghorn like Owens Wood to the gravelled esplanade of the Ethylene Station a Common Tern (year patch tick) shrieked down at me as it flew overhead from the Ship Canal towards Penketh Bar (later seen from the ex-Norton hide location as being on Pentketh Bar). A nice year tick and nice for once to actually call a Comic Tern as a Common one, usually views are to brief and distant.

Little Owl sunning at Moss Farm and five Swallows showing nest building signs.

Lapwing Lane Pool held a pair of Great crested Grebe with four young and a pair of Little Grebe with three young, the youngsters trying to chase themselves around the lake and running out of puff after about 10 yards. No Reed or Sedge Warblers on Lapwing Lane Pool this year in quite a few visits. No Swifts over the site yet either this year, now 9 days later than average return date blankstare.



-- Edited by Andy Slee on Tuesday 23rd of May 2023 07:43:04 PM



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Same route as Tue for a lunchtime recuperative walk. Very similar except a Cuckoo was now down deep in the Eastern Reedbed, very close to old Phoenix Hide and an agitated Reed Warbler was giving it the beans close by.

Pumphouse Pool / mud scrape held 22 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, a Coot, two adult Moorehen and two chick, an Oystercatcher, two Lapwing with a chick, a pair Pied Wagtails, Buzzard overhead fighting with a Black-headed Gull and two Stock Dove.

A Lesser Whitethroat showed and sang beautifully in the trees between Eastern Reedbed and Arpley Common.

Again, Sedge Warblers, Reed Warblers and Common Whitethroat abounded the path along the North of the Eastern Reedbed and the four Cetti's Warblers were heard in a loop of the Reedbed.

An interesting sight was thirteen Shelduck in flight down the Ship Canal as I wandered across Walton Swing Bridge on the way home....a bit like watching the Dambusters coming in at at the Mohne, are they going under the Bridge; nope they are going over; no they have changed their mind under instead; ooops, last minute pullup and bird poo doors away and neeeeoowwwmmmm (best typing that I can do for the sound of a Lancaster Bomber) over the top of the bridge they went west towards Moore, Wigg and eventually presumably the Mersey estuary.

 

Just noticed Fri 12th post claims "Yellow Whitethroat"; obviously that was an iPhone smelling autocorrect for a Lesser Whitethroat. Off to edit post.



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Rufous Cuckoo calling and showing well in the field by Millbrook Pool West this afternoon (Woodpecker fields). One also calling from over the top side of the Capped Tip in the Richmond Bank direction so 2/3 on patch this year (other one being west of the Capped Tip but didn't go there today).

Pumphouse Pool held 16 Gadwall, two Great Crested Grebe and a Magpie and a Rook.

Sedge Warblers, Reed Warblers and Common Whitethroat abounded the path along the North of the Eastern Reedbed and four Cetti's Warblers were heard in a loop of the Reedbed.

 

And Stringy disbelief patch "heard-only" tick should I need it for the year list smile a Peacock calling, presumably from Walton Gardens.



-- Edited by Andy Slee on Tuesday 16th of May 2023 08:23:22 PM



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Cracking better days yesterday and today. Mostly down the West End towards the river but highlight, on the path behind the feeding station by the Capped Tip a Marsh Tit was singing then alarm calling as I walked past the tree by the path it was in. Nuthatch and plenty of Dunnocks added to the cast.

Two Garden Warblers in Big Wood and Blackcap most vocal of the warblers; everywhere. Good numbers of Common Whitethroat towards the scrubbier areas of Upper Moss Side, Snipe Fields and Norton Marsh.

Cuckoos on Capped Tip (West) and by Pumphouse Pool entry to Capped Tip so at least two about.

Large Female Sparrowhawk (Goshawk sized) by Moss Farm.

Grasshopper Warbler reeling by Tree Sparrow feeders and Yellow Whitethroat on path to ex Norton Marsh Hide. Stonechat Male on Norton Marsh, 2ad+2juv Skylark in flight.

[Sub-adult] Lesser Black-backed Gulls in a low tide roost numbered 183 yesterday and 162 today on Penketh Banks and Bars, with the very dark backed bird with no white in primaries or secondaries with them today. Singles of Great Black-back Gull and Herring Gulls were within.

Reed Bunting Norton Marsh, Cetti's Warblers everywhere including Big Wood and the Tawny owl in the new spot near the feeders off Lapwing Lane.

17 Shelduck, three Gadwall, eight Mallard and five Cormorant on the River Mersey from Halfway House and a single Little Ringed Plover dropped in on the banks for a while before going north high. One Lapwing, one Redshank on Penketh bar, one flyby Oystercatcher and an overhead Curlew made up the other waders.

Kingfisher west up the Ship Canal and five Grey Heron along the South bank from Round Cherval to West Dock.

 

Edited to add most (90%+) LBBGs were sub adult.



-- Edited by Andy Slee on Friday 12th of May 2023 06:34:16 PM

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Absolute utter hooleys of showers and downpours today I fear leading to a Binocular repair potentially (did drop them a few weeks ago so perhaps lost the inert gas...Doc B I'll be down your way if they don't clear in the Aga low temp oven overnight!).

Millbrook Pool West now all but empty and forlorn. Single green Sandpiper Millbrook East. Reed Warbler x3 around Eastern Reedbed.

Pumphouse Pool a real disappointment this year, water level very low and getting lower even in wet spells. Almost no waders when this time previous years Dunlin and Greenshank has passed through. Cuckoo on Capped Tip though and a single Lesser Black-backed Gull and two Gadwall made up the avifauna. Overall appears very much in decline as a managed wetland. As Shakespere never said in Sonnet 30

"When to birding muse of sweet silent thought,

I summon up remembrance of birds past'd,

I 'egret the lack of many a twitch I sought,

And with old woes, no Water Rail seen, my dear time's a wasted:

Pumphouse Pool, I can't even drown up to my eye, Pool now unus'd to flow".

Cheered up by Tawny Owl near the Crossroads towards Lapwing Lane feeders, Grasshopper Warbler reeling between showers along the Birchwood Pool - Feeders path and a fine view of a pair of Ravens, not "Gronking" but "Bonking" in the old quarry.

 

 



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Dawn raid on the patch with my Blind "bird listening" companion whom added Common Whitethroat (everywhere), Cuckoo (Norton Marsh), Grasshopper Warbler (Norton Marsh and Tree Sparrow Feeder path) and Nuthatch (Big Wood) to her year patch total. I got a Lesser Whitethroat in the Bins on the Norton Marsh path but even though we hung around the little mischief just wouldn't burst into song. Anyway, that takes her to 42 species identified by herself, by sound, since 19th March 2023 on patch......she thought it was going to take her all year to get 50 species as part of the "Skills" section of her Silver Duke of Edinburgh award, now she thinks she might have set the target to easy!

 



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Went down the estuary for waders this avo (had Whimbrel the last couple years at this time of passage date adjusted) at low tide but there were none. OK there were two Oystercathers and two more Oycs flew through but thought the weather fronts might have dropped something 'moore' interesting in, but that is patching!

However there were a pair of Ruddy Shelduck (stringly year tick with the scope, feet being on patch) far west of Fiddlers on the North sands at 15:27 by my watch. Could these be the same birds at 15:40ish on Birdguides reported off Wigg Island.

Greenfinch seem to be doing really well this year. This morning I had two pairs at Eastford Road at the East End and again a flock of 6 around the Ethylene Station on the Ship Canal this afternoon (2nd visit). 2020 - 2022 only saw individuals even when the feeders were still stocked.

Dead Canada Goose and Black-headed Gull on Norton Marsh though....bird flu creeping in....?

Warblers 5 Grasshoppers on Norton Marsh - Upper Moss Side route including two in Balloon Hut field. Lesser Whitethroat on path from Tree Sparrow Feeders to ex Norton Marsh hide. Six Garden Warbler on route from Yellow Gate to Owens Wood and the back through old Canal and Quarry. Sedge and Reed seem in lower numbers than previous years.

17 miles walked today, amazing how zig-zagging back and forth (mainly for the Mersey tide) adds up the miles.

Possible Woodcock over Capped Tip.



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A lovely mooch around here this afternoon/evening...

Birchwood pool...

12 tufted duck
2 gadwall
1 pochard

Pumphouse pool...

1 little ringed plover
1 common sandpiper
1 lapwing
1 oystercatcher
2 shelduck
Tufted duck, Teal & gadwall.

Tawny owl showing very well near feeding station.

Chiffchaff, blackcap, willow warbler all around.
cettis warbler in many locations.
Several whitethroat around.
6 buzzard
4 bullfinch
4 jays
1 treecreeper
6 swallows
2 sand Martins

Upper moss side was full of warbler song, amazing...

blackcap, chiffchaff, willow warbler, whitethroat, cettis warbler all around here.
2-3 grasshopper warbler heard only
3 lesser whitethroat
1 garden warbler
Reed warbler heard only on Norton marsh.

Forgot to add a cuckoo was heard calling north of birchwood pool.

-- Edited by steven burke on Friday 28th of April 2023 11:07:50 PM

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Early morning visit from carpark to Wigg Island to Pumphouse Pool and back.

Grasshopper Warblers (year tick) now present on the Upper Moss Side path at the Tree Sparrow feeding station and on Norton Marsh about 20yrds from the old hide location.

Garden Warbler (year tick) by yellow gate. Reed Warblers by Halfway House. Cettis Warblers everywhere almost rivalling Chiffchaff on todays route.

18 Shelduck on the mudflats at low tide at 6:30am. Waders at HWH included one Common Sandpiper, two Oystercatcher, one Redshank, three Lapwing. 39 Lesser Black-backed Gulls including 7 immature and two pairs in display. Couple hundred Black-headed Gulls washing in the low tide but constant movement made it hard to count. One Cormorant was present in the midst looking a bit confused. North of Astmoor Marsh there looked to be 000s of mostly big Black/Grey/Silver Gulls on the low tide mudbanks (2,700 - 3,200) but the light was bad and heat haze/scope CA at that distance was stopping me getting a good count.

Possible Sedge Warbler on Norton Marsh means (tbc year tick when I go back and find it for sure in the next couple of days) it could be easily the earliest I've ever completed the migrant "9 warbler finish" at Moore.

Got bitten by a Cleg on Norton Marsh; first bite of the year (year tick in the literal sense of the word).

Plenty of Whitethroat on Upper Moss Side and in the Snipe fields a Lesser Whitethroat was also present (year tick).

Pumphouse Pool provided the last "new arrivals" in the form of two dinner plate size Painted Turtles sunning themselves. Solitary Green and Common Sandpipers ran about the waters edge, two Pied Wagtails were in display and a single Little Ringed Plover scoured the north bank, doing a quick reverse ferret upon approaching the turtles. 13 Teal, Coot with three chicks.

And oft forgot in these parts the finches. A really good day for Greenfinch - eight along MSC esp around Ethylene Station. At least three pairs Bullfinch, two Linnet at Lapwing Lane and seven Chaffinch dotted about. Single Reed Bunting on Norton Marsh and male Yellowhammer Upper Moss Side.

 

What did I say 26th April last year?????

 

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First clegs of the year came out in the afternoon sun and started biting down the Norton Marsh end! First tim I've had clegs bite me before seeing a swallow!



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1 Common Sandpiper Pumphouse Pool; Pair Pochard also here.
Lesser Whitethroat singing from thick scrub fairly close to Car Park
Numerous Blackcap filled woods with song.

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Quick morning around the East End. Constant background of a Cuckoo (first of year for me) calling on the East side of the Capped Tip. A Green Woodpecker was also heard in the same area.

Pairs of Pochard on each of Eastern Reedbed, Black-fields Pools and Pumphouse Pool (what is left, shallower than even the depths of last summer). Singles of Little Ringed Plover and Lapwing on Pumphouse with 13 Teal and two Canada Goose, three Pied Wagtails passed through. Two Lesser Black-backed Gulls in mating display on Pumphouse also.

Three differentReed Warblers were singing away along the path by the Eastern Reedbed.



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A dawn float down the river in a Kayak produced hearings of 17 Cetti's Warbler Territories between Arpley and Norton Mash (plus three on Gatewarth). (With five along the MSC banks and three at the Eastern Reedbed) makes a total of around 25 on the patch, quite impressive since the first around 2010.

A resplendent male Northern Wheatear was perched upon the fenceposts by the river on Norton Marsh. 

Unlike everywhere else in Cheshire didn't see any Little Gull between 05:45 and 10:00. Think I left before the weather front bringing them in came through.

 



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Walked from Lapwing Lane car park to Halfway House and back.

Outward via the path along the ship canal and returned via Moss Side.

09.00-13.00

Ship Canal: 5 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Tufted Ducks, 10 Gadwall and 5 Cormorants.

On the South bank a Song Thrush was on the heath by the Stobart warehouse, whilst 2 Linnets were on the nearby fence.

Halfway House: Probably the same highly vocal Cettis Warbler that remained hidden on my 7th April visit,

sang for longer and louder today, and this time he had the decency to pose briefly from an elder bush.

Newton Marsh (R.Mersey); 14 Shelducks and 5 Gadwall, whilst a Kestrel and a Buzzard soared over the North Bank.

No waders at all were seen on the mudflats/sandbanks despite it being close to low tide.

Wooded areas: At least 5 Blackcaps were in song along the canal between Lapwing Lane and Halfway House.

Chiffchaffs still seemed numerous throughout, but only a few Willow Warblers were found.

A couple of male Bullfinches were seen and heard, both appeared to be announcing their territory.

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Whole loop of the reserve after tea until dark. Highlights.

Just one Reed Warbler still (near Halfway House). Blackcap now everywhere. 5 Pochard still on Black Fields Pools, water too high for any waders but two Little Ringed Plover and one Green Sandpiper on Pumphouse Pool, with Teal, Gadwall, Shelduck (unusual on PHP), Mallard, Little Grebe and Great Crested Grebe and pair Pied Wagtails.

Whitethroats (patch and year tick) at both Norton Marsh and on the scrub by Arpley Meadows.

Ringed Plover (patch and year tick) on the bank of the Mersey at Halfway House, two Stonechat (m+f) on Norton Marsh.



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Reed Warbler 1st of the year between Round Cherval and Halfway House. Fire Cetti's Warblers along the MSC from Ethelene Station to Halfway House, plus one over in Oxmoor NR audible from Moore. 

Two Oystercatcher and one Redshank on the river, two Reed Bunting and two Snipe on Norton Marsh. 147 Black-headed Gulls present and 11 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and four Great Black-backed Gulls.

Blackcaps now arrived whilst I was away so two nice patch ticks from todays outing.



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11.00-15.00

Lapwing Lane Pool : 1f Pochard, 6 Tufted Ducks, 2 Gadwall and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

A female Mallard strolled across Lapwing Lane with just 2 small ducklings in tow, indicating high predation?.

Woodlands: 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Treecreeper and 1 Goldcrest.

Birchwood Pool: 6 Great Crested Grebes, 14 Tufted Ducks, 1 Oystercatcher, 5 Gadwall and 3 Little Grebes.

Pumphouse Pool: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwings, 2 Shelducks, 16 Teal,

5 Tufted Ducks and a couple of pair bonding adult Lesser Black Backed Gulls.



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An enforced couple of weeks away from patch calls just as migration heats up. So a 35 minute visit today was well rewarded with Swallow (year tick) over Moss Lane and Green Woodpecker over Capped Tip. Swallow date smack bang on average of eleven years data (late 2000s/10s, 2019 - date) with 23rd March being earliest and last year 27th April being latest (despite being on patch all but five days in April 2022).



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Evening walk from the Swing Bridge up the West End. At least three Willow Warblers along Lapwing Lane. Chiffchaffs abounded everywhere. Gadwall, Great crested Grebe, Teal, Cormorant on the Ship Canal and five Cetti's Warblers from the Yellow Gate to Halfway House.

Decent numbers of gulls (mostly Lesser black (~60) and Great black (19)) and a significant number of Grey heron (19) on Penketh Bar and the adjacent banks of the Mersey.

Kestrel, single Redwing, two Bullfinch and hundreds of Jackdaws into roost on the return past Norton Marsh, Capped Tip and into Big Wood to heard two Tawny Owls calling to each other. A Little Owl was on the Pillbox at Big Hand Ranch when we left the reserve.

My blind "bird-listening" partner in crime was well chuffed with the outing, she "heard" 26 species of which Cetti's surprisingly was a first for her biggrin.



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11.00-15.00

Walked from Lapwing Lane car park to Halfway House and back.

Outward via the path along the ship canal and returned via Moss Side.

Ship Canal : 5 Great Crested Grebes (Single group), 4 Gadwall, 1m Pochard, 2 Grey Herons, 3 Cormorants,

12 Tufted Ducks and 6 Teal.

Woodlands, Heath and Hedgerows : Noticeably lots of Chiffchaffs, also 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, 1 Goldcrest,

2f Bullfinches and 2 Buzzards. A Blue Tit was seen aggressively ripping the petals from cherry blossom, for no apparent reason.

Halfway House area : 1 Cettis Warbler called loudly but remained hidden. It was high tide on the Mersey so no waders were to

be seen. A Little Egret rested on the banking alongside 5 Grey Herons waiting for the tide to ebb, whilst a pair of Mute Swans

appeared at ease in the centre of the river.



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10.00-14.00

Lapwing Lane Pool : 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebes, 1 Gadwall, 10 Tufted Ducks and 4 Teal.

Lapwing Lane area & surrounding woodland: 1 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrests, 3 Treecreepers, 2 Bullfinches (M+F)

and 7 Redwings (Appeared to be searching for the last remaining ivy berries, but were chased off by an aggressive male Blackbird).

Birchwood Pool & surrounding woodland: 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrushes, 1 Coal Tit, 1m+1f Goldeneyes,

2 Little Grebes, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Oystercatchers and 17 Tufted Ducks.

Pumphouse Pool area : 1 Green Sandpiper, 20 Teal, 11 Gadwall, 2 Shelducks (Very aggressive towards the Gadwall),

2 Goldcrests, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Willow Warbler.

Singing Chiffchaffs every few yards in the woodlands, plus there appeared to have been a noticeable fall along the West bank

of Birchwood Pool.

No hirundines or raptors were seen throughout, although a Buzzard was heard calling near Lapwing Lane Pool.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes were on the ship canal by Lapwing Lane swing bridge.






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A repeat trip to the bend in the river Mersey at low tide at dawn to see if any waders were hanging around. Two Redshank represented the wader total until two Oystercatcher flew by. Including the banks to the North West of Wigg Island, from Halfway House 47 Shelduck could be seen, 217 Black-headed Gull (almost all immatures), 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull, two Great Black-backed Gull, one Mallard, two Cormorant, eight Gadwall and the usual Canada Geese.

Norton Marsh had eight Reed Bunting (4m,4f) and 12 Meadow Pipit (bit of passage), and six Skylark. Five Cetti's Warblers heard between Randles Tip and Round Cherval, two being on the South of the Ship Canal at Oxmoor NR. Six more heard singing transecting Norton Marsh. A White Wagtail was on Penketh Bar.

First Tree Sparrow for many months seen at Moss Farm and a lonely Wigeon was still on Lapwing Lane Lake. Kingfisher went up the Ship Canal as I drove over the swing bridge.

 

 

(edited to add Warbler to Cetti's, apols Ian for yesterdays sloppy post!).

 



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Full trip around the reserve, the Marsh and the River today from 6 a.m. A bit frosty, ice on some of the saline puddles on Norton Marsh!!!!!

Over 100 Chiffchaff (110 - 125 but some in areas I could have heard the same bird twice as I zigged and zagged), (linearly, walk was 13 miles) calling. Three Willow Warbler, all in Lapwing Lane area. 137 Canada Geese between the River and all the main pools was a high count for me.

Six Reed Bunting on Norton Marsh, two Cetti's Warblers, four Skylark, a flyover Curlew calling, a Raven, eight Shelduck, six Gadwall, two Great Black-backed Gulls and a few Black-headed Gulls loafing about made the contribution from the River and Marsh. Two Oystercatcher were the only waders present as the morning mist lifted.

Two Little Egret brightened up Pumphouse Pool, with 14 Teal, eight Gadwall, Pied Wagtail, Little Grebe and finally for the patch for the year, two Stock Dove. Used to be monthly at lowest frequency; first since since Nov 2022.

Green Woodpecker Yaffling on the Capped tip and Great Spotted Woodpecker heard drumming at the canal crossroad, with two Nuthatch whowooht-ing at each other.



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Again, quiet the last two day with the Chiffchaffs and a few more Willow Warbler. Headed West today to the river, seven Snipe on Norton Marsh, two pair Reed Bunting, one Yellowhammer over, two Skylark, five Cetti's Warblers.

Up river to Richmond Bank a couple of Redshank and four Lapwing were seen on the way but Richmond Bank stole the day with 97 Lesser Black-backed Gulls including two almost pitch black coated ones (fuscus graselli?) and 22 Great Black-backed Gulls and a single Herring Gull. Six Black-headed Gulls loafed on the river with seven Canada Geese.

Two Siskin in the alders by teh farm fields footpath on the way back and two Oystercatcher in the wood on Birchwood Pool Island provided the last of the days excitement.



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Little to report from the visits the last eight days. Plenty of nice birds, plenty of nice walking, days of no birds in the rain!

Willow Warbler singing by Pumphouse Pool today (year tick) was the highlight plus a couple of other species (two more year ticks) we don't mention in breeding season. Wigeon and Goldeneye seemed to have moved off over the weekend. 34 Chiffchaffs on a loop of Eastern Reedbed, Factory Marsh, Birchwood Pool (east end only), Pumphouse Pool, Millbrook Pool, Black-fields Pool.

 



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Today marks the Spring Solstice and thus the end of Quarter 1 of "Solstice to Solstice" year patch birding (I was banned from doing a 2023 patch list as apparently I have a lot of gardening and DIY to do.......no)!

So a few trips have been had down the patch the last few days to see if I could get a share of the Sand Martins, Wheatears and Common Scoters that seem to be dropping in all over Cheshire (though Moore does seem to get its migrants later than the southern 2/3s Cheshire) to get the patch Q1 score to 100 (personal best in Q1 before 97). Nada, not a dicky-bird, quite literally. Bad birding ju-ju last few days. Hmmm, the Yin to the Yang of that excellent week a couple of weeks ago.

Then this morning, on a loop from Pumphouse Pool two Oystercatchers, one Lapwing, one Common Sandpiper, Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Teal, Gadwall, Grey Heron and Mallard).Chiffchaff. 28 in total across the route (Pumphouse, Birchwood Pool, Lapwing Lane, back field path via Shiptons Wood (11 here alone) to Owens Wood, then to Round Cherval (tide still high, Canada Geese and Shelduck only birds on the river) and then back up the Ship Canal to the crossroads and swing bridge).

Male Goldeneye on Birchwood Pool, seven pairs great Crested Grebe across Birchwood Pool and the Ship Canal, Grey Wagtail on the roof of Recovery Wharf, three Ravens over Triangle field made the best of the rest.

Little else about, a decent number of Redwing (30+) and Song Thrush (12) were on the Southern Ship Canal horse fields by Stobarts Warehouse.

The destruction and decline of Moore NR continues. Birchwood East hide has (intentionally one presumes) been bulldozed into the pool itself. A youth had taken advantage of this new "launch spot" on Sunday and was canoeing on the pool..."the sign only says no swimming mate, doesn't say no watersports" which in reflection was a fair response to my challenge what he was doing there. Having canoed the Mersey a number of times past Moore i can't really fault the logic or take a high ground here as long as the Island and roosting birds isn't disturbed.

Scores on the doors: 98 for the Q1 "year" list to date (new PB but probably aided by the Marsh Harrier in the last week of Dec 2022), 281 miles walked, 132 hrs "on patch" since December 21st.



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In an interesting juxtaposition of species, today, two Common Sandpipers were on Pumphouse Pool (both days species have been seen in flight so tail pattern/projection has confirmed species, with the contrasting light at the mo a green Common could look a bit Green and a pale Green like a Common), with two Oystercatchers. 140 Black-headed Gulls and one Lesser Black-backed Gull across the PHP and Birchwood Pool. Couple dead gulls on Pumphouse, hopefully predator rather than AF.

2 Curlew on Norton Marsh displaying with the strut and cocked tail was an interesting sight, never seen that here before. 

Four Chiffchaff heard around the place and Redwing singing by Moss Lane.

Spring certainly seems on the way, got bittern by first clegg of the year today a whole 31 days early than last year! 17C at 1 pm on the Costa del Norton Marsh. 



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Afternoon mid to low tide yomp down the Mersey mudflats from Arpley Bridge to Richmond Bank, 2 Oystercatchers, four Lapwing, three Carrion Crow, 18 Black-headed Gull, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, four Lesser Black-backed Gull and one each Common Gull and Herring Gull. 33 Teal on the Bank.

Back to the reserve paths, now smelling of wellies full of sewage / Mersey mud.......Pumphouse Pool was best, 47 Teal, two Green Sandpiper and for less than a minute, five Wagtails landed on the Spit then flew off high to the North calling. At least two were White Wagtails, possibly a third but they flew as I was switching from Bins to 'scope so didn't get he best look at birds 3-5. 47 Teal and 9 Gadwall of note for duck.

5 Pochard on the Black-fields Pools, Gargeny not seen nor reported since Tue. A further 32 Teal (group from Richmond Bank or a third separate group, 112 Teal on patch would be my highest). 9 Tufted Duck.

And most strangely, on the roof of a warehouse at recovery wharf a Green Woodpecker pecking at the moss on the roof. Some inscety feed present warmed by the building heat loss?



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9-14:00 highlights of yesterday's high Peak RSPB group trip:

Marsh Tit, Woodcock. 12 Pochard, Green Woodpecker, 7 Lesser Redpoll, Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatch,, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Sparrowhawk, Skylark, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 4 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Ring Necked Parakeet, 4 Bullfinch, Grey Wagtail, 8 Gadwall, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Little Grebe, Kestrel.

Thanks to Andy Slee for his help and local knowledge. Much appreciated.



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One of those weeks patch birding and the hrs put in pay off. A very short visit today around the Eastern Reedbed and Pumphouse Pool (Long-tailed Tits two pair off, were the only woodland birds apart from a Wren), six Teal, eight Gadwall one Cormorant and a Grey Heron on Pumphouse.

Up the embankment to view the Black Field Pools (level is high looks, poor for wader passage this year but plenty diving duck present); one pochard, 17 Tufted Duck, a Coot, two Mallard, Buzzard overhead, two Moorhen, Black-headed Gull and at the back skulking along the reeds by the rear third pool, resplendent in the morning sunshine a Garganey. First patch bird of the year, first summer migrant on patch, first self-found Garganey. Not a bad end to a week with patch year ticks of Caspian Gull (less than annual) and Black-tailed Godwit (just about annual in the last 10 years, usually autumn on Pumphouse though rather than on the River banks.

So having seen the first "summer migrant" it is time to invoke the Moore Universal Law of Listing (C) Mark Feltham. I.e. you take the number of species at the first summer migrant, divide by 0.7 (on 96 species, divided by 0.7 suggests 137 species will be passing through the reserve....but you need to take 10% away as you'll not get every species), giving a year predicted patch total of 124 species. 8-9 more Warblers potentially, so 96 goes to 105, Cuckoo 106, Swallows, Swifts and Martins 110, three more plover species 113, a Tern species 114 (wouldn't an April Black tern be a nice tick?),  autumn Greenshanks 114, Hobby and Osprey 116, Woodcock 117, the illusive Stock Dove 118 and Water Rail hasn't been seen or heard this year but lack of access to the old Phoenix hide may be the reason. Hmm, that leaves 5-6 or so wild cards....perhaps Wheatear on migration and Ring Ouzel again if really lucky.

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Black-tailed Godwit and two Redshank on Penketh Bar today, 11 Curlew over.

47 Black-headed Gull, one Common Gull and 4 Lesser Back-backed Gulls on Pumphouse Pool.

One female Goldeneye and a further 49 Black-headed Gull and two Common Gull on Birchwood Pool. Six Great crested Grebe, one pair nest building.

Four Bullfinch seen (2 pair).

Stonechat on Norton Marsh, Kestrel over also.

Reed Bunting and Chaffinch flock on Lapwing Lane.



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Lunchbreak visit to the reserve from Car Park crossroads to the Eastern Reedbed and environs.

1 Parakeet still Lapwing Lane behind the hide and reports of three more. Buzzard over Ship Canal with 18 Gadwall. Great crested Grebe on canal also. 27 Tufted Duck on Anglers Pool.

Reed Bunting and Skylarks flying over the tip areas.

Green Sandpiper and two Teal on Pumphouse Pool but little else to the east all the way to Eastford Road.

Back to Birchwood Pool and there was a good raft of Gulls (high tide at Fidddlers Ferry was around 11:40). Up to 140 Black-headed Gulls with numbers coming and going over an hour. 18 Common Gull, my highest here for many years. Three Lesser Black-backed Gull (1ad, 2 imm), two Herring Gulls and a Gull that had a slightly different manner - slightly bulkier hind but more slender / edgy up front and look to it, even giving washing out sunlight conditions a very "pale" Herring Gull cf the classic Argentus next to it. Could only pick up bridge forehead going to flat top profile, pale yellow-green bill with very small ruddy dark spot, straight bill (cf the adjacent Herring Gulls fine yellow and red respectively). With the sunlight directly on the gull it looked very pale. Moving from the Southern Hide to the Western I got a much better side on view and pale head and neck striping were visible with the better light angle as were the primary showing white only on the tip and side (~2cm white grey stripe) of the outer primary and a small spot on P9 when the gulls was washing its wings, with only the smallest smidgeon of white when the wings were folded - seems good for a sub/ad winter Caspian Gull. There was also as per 22nd Feb "interesting Lesser Black-backed (presume) Gull was also on Pumphouse, I suspect tricks of the light, its legs appeared very vividly Crayola Crayon Yellow, and its back was as black as night, much darker than a compatriot next to it. There were no white areas showing in the tail primaries either, completely black, unlike the bird next to it" but I can't get diagnostic features to add up for that individual.

Screenshot from video taken, bird on left - too poor quality photo to ascertain anything but there for the record. Will try and process the video to an uploadedable size.



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Parakeets there this morning, three in a tree, one in a hole in the tree.....usually get Great Spotted Woodpecker in that area, as you both say below, potential problem, though given they breed round Walton Hall and Appleton Reservoir only so long before they got to Moore I guess.

27 Wigeon Lapwing Lane Lake - wonder where they went when they disappeared last week?

Snipe, two Cetti's Warblers in song, pair Reed Bunting and pair Skylark on Norton Marsh, 121 Lapwing on Penketh Bar. 11 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, constant refresh of Black-headed Gulls from both directions of the river, one Great Black-backed Gull and an almost equal sized Argentatus Herring Gull.

Huge female Sparrowhawk (with puffed chest in flight first Jizz suggests Goshawk), Buzzard and Kestrel along the Ship Canal.

Couple of Bullfinches back at the car park.

 



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I saw the Parakeets last week - if they're settled, they'll be taking over Woodpecker holes no. Potentially serious problem there

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4 ring necked parakeets lapwing lane 2 goldcrest 2 treecreeper 1 great spotted woodpecker many nuthatch but no willow tit



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Hmmm, not convinced. Think a shorter narrative of highlights rather than a full list from the Birdtrack App as filled in as walked is more useful / easier to read. Comments welcome. Cheers, Andy



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Lets see if this works....direct copy and paste from Birdtrack summary.....EDIT. Visit date 28/02/2023 7:00 - 10:00 hrs.

142 Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

On River Mersey

 Blackbird (Turdus merula)

87 Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

From a seven mile walk around reserve from Xroads to Halfway House over the Marsh, round the farm fields at UMS and then down through the woods to Pumphouse and back.

6 Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)

 Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

 Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

 Cetti's Warbler (Cettia cetti)

1 Coal Tit (Periparus ater)

 Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

6 Common Gull (Larus canus)

 Coot (Fulica atra)

17 Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

 Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

 Feral Pigeon (Columba livia f. domestica)

 Gadwall (Mareca strepera)

2 Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Birchwood Pool

6 Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

 Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

23 Great Tit (Parus major)

1 Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)

1 Greenfinch (Chloris chloris)

 Jackdaw (Coloeus monedula)

 Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

 Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

423 Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)

 Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

 Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

 Little Owl (Athene noctua)

13 Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

 Magpie (Pica pica)

 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

1 Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris)

 Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)

 Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

 Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)

 Pochard (Aythya ferina)

 Raven (Corvus corax)

 Redwing (Turdus iliacus)

12 Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Flock on Lapwing Lane / Triangle Field

 Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

 Rook (Corvus frugilegus)

5 Ruff (Calidris pugnax)

 Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

7 Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

 Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

 Teal (Anas crecca)

 Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris)

 Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

23 Wigeon (Mareca penelope)

Lapwing Lane Pool

 Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)



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Lots of Tits in Song this afternoon. Very quite otherwise. No raptors. The Wigeon seem to have departed the reserve for the spring elsewhere. Three Cormorants alone in the roost on Lapwing Lane Pool.

Pumphouse Pool had the wader action with a solitary Green Sandpiper and likewise a solitary Lapwing and a solitary Pied Wagtail. Interesting Gadwall (x Mallard [Falcated?]) type duck with Gadwall body back and breast but a white throat band and green crown. Hybrid Mallard x Muscovy duck also present. Perhaps from one of the local farms or from the feral duck collection off the back of Eastford Road.

Two Common Gull amongst 49 Black-headed Gulls on Birchwood Pool. Great crested Grebe look to be building a nest on the East End the Island. Herring Gulls over a few times, perhaps 12 in two hours on the reserve.

Two Goldeneye (m+f) on Birchwood Pool. Six Little Grebe.

Black-fields Pools - seventeen Pochard (my site highest ever count), 7m, 10f.  Coot, Moorhen, Gadwall and Little Egret.

 

 



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Full visit to the reserve (and Wigg Island and Astmoor Saltmarsh) to see the big tide flooding the Marshes, especially with the predicted 20-30cm surge from the wind.

But first, highlights from the rest of the reserve. Unusually good numbers of Treecreeper down the East Woods past Birchwood Pool and all the way to the WCML/Mersey, six or seven birds in total. 103 Black-headed Gull and two Common Gull on Pumphouse Pool. Two Oystercatchers and two Great crested Grebe in display. Four more Great crested Grebe in Display on Birchwood Pool. Two Pochard and 17 Tufted Duck. An interesting Lesser Black-backed (presume) Gull was also on Pumphouse, I suspect tricks of the light, its legs appeared very vividly Crayola Crayon Yellow, and its back was as black as night, much darker than a compatriot next to it. There were no white areas showing in the tail primaries either, completely black, unlike the bird next to it.

21 Wigeon on Lapwing Lane Pool.

482 Lapwing on Penketh Bar as a rather soggy and LFC and EFC football infested Norton Marsh (from the previous tide) was crossed at 11 am, with me musing about the day being strangely raptorless so far, before rejoining the Ship Canal heading off West to Wigg Island.........

 

..........and back at 12:30 to see the tide increasingly rushing in at Halfway House and from Owens Wood looking over Norton Marsh as it flooded. (Eventually topped out at 1:20p.m. with the gauge at Fiddler Ferry reading 16cm above a normal spring "High Tide".

Curedly Marsh North of the Mersey flooded first, nine grey Heron were following the water line, with around 300 mostly Black-headed Gull and a few Common Gull and a Great Black-backed Gull. A Marsh Harrier appeared from the West and spent a good 15 minutes at the waterline (North of the Northern river bank so doesn't count for Moore Patch......no). I got my feet wet as the tide breached the Southern bank and moved to higher ground at Owns Wood. Not the best end to view the Marsh being flooded as a creek to the North floods first and that was where two Buzzards, a Kestrel and a female Peregrine were all picking of various prey, with Magpies, Ravens (four), Carrion Crow and Black-headed and Herring Gulls joining in. As the tide flooded below where I was standing two Snipe were flushed and a Herring Gull picked up what looked like a mole (small black rotund dumpy rodent about 2-3" long) whilst the gruesome fest continued with other bird picking out frogs (they scream!) and mouse like rodents.

When iCloud behaves I'll add some video to Youtube of the flooding. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIrl-Sl_ITM

 



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Down to the river for Dawn. Plenty of singing Song Thrush, Dunnock, Bullfinch, Chaffinch and Great Tits on the way from Lapwing Lane. 17 Grey Heron on the south bank of the Ship Canal, spaced between 120 and 145 "Andy Slee steps" apart, amazing regularity in spacing!

432 Lapwing on Penketh Bar, with 53 Curlew, four Herring Gull, one Little Egret and two Black-headed Gulls. Eight Canada Geese on river. Two Shelduck distant toward the saltmarsh at Wigg Island.

Eight Redwing back at Lapwing Lane, Marsh Tit heard but not seen on path from feeders to Birchwood Pool. Plenty of Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and Mistle Thrushes singing away. Great Spotted Woodpecker showing well by Lapwing Lane hide, drumming away. 27 Wigeon on Lapwing Lane Pool.



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Dawn raid around the patch.

Black-fields Pools: Six Tufted Duck, Eight Canada Geese, one Little Grebe, Raven, seven Teal. Cetti exploding in song at dawn at East end.

Pumphouse Pool: 47 Black-headed Gull, six Gadwall, four Teal, Herring Gull, Green Sandpiper.

Birchwood Pool: Male Goldeneye, male Pochard, two Little Grebe, supporting cast of Canada Geese, Tufted Duck, Mallard and Black-headed Gulls (constantly circling in and out on the high win).

Millbrook Pool: Mute Swan, male Shoveler, two Green Sandpipers (one of which could be the earlier bird from Pumphouse as that was not there on my return).

 



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Lapwing Lane Pool; 27 Wigeon, m+f Goldeneye, Coot, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Gadwall, Blue Tits, Great Tit, Nuthatch and Treecreeper.

Richmond Bank; 457 Lapwing, two Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, 47 Black-headed Gulls.

Two Yellowhammer and six Skylark, Wren, Buzzard, two Grey Partridge, resplendent in the sun a male Stonechat, two Jack Snipe on Upper Moss Side and Norton Marsh.

Penketh Bar; 1097 Lapwing (none ever flew past me as I came down river from Richmond Bank so presume separate from the Richmond Bank birds), Four adult and one juvenile Great Black-backed Gulls, four Herring Gulls, one Shelduck, Grey Heron, 102 Black-headed Gulls.

Single Curlew flew over as I returned through the farm path. Quiet on the farm fields apart from Corvids. Woods back to Lapwing Lane also quiet a couple of Robins, Blackbirds and a Song Thrush.



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Just very slightly off patch but 42 Pied Wagtail on Morely Common football pitch was an unprecedented sight; with 17 Blackbird and seven Mistle Thrush.

Three Goldeneye (2m,1f) on the Anglers pool, just visible from the road next to it.

Four Oystercatcher on the Black Fields Pools was a good number - suspect high tide pushed them of the Banks / Bars of the Mersey at the time (3p.m.).

Strangely though the high tide flock of 27 (always 27 this winter, surviving well) Curlew were not in the Moss Lane or Big Hand Ranch Fields, nor could they be heard on Upper Moss Side during a circuit of Lapwing Lane. Perhaps having a quiet avo in the largely unwatched these days Fiddlers Ferry Lagoons? 

Only new tick for year, 1m Brambling on the feeders on Moss Lane with Greenfinch (3m) and Chaffinch (f) ...but never on NR patch it seems this year though feeding seems much reduced in the NR itself.



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