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15:15 - 16:30

Dabbling ducks included c12 wigeon. Teal the most common species with smaller numbers of shoveler, mallard and gadwall.

Tufted Duck 30+
Black-tailed Godwit 1
Common Tern 1

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An hour and a half from Pods Hide this morning from 9.30. Weather warm and sunny, of note:-

Ruff (3)
Dunlin (1)
Green Sandpiper (1)
Snipe (1)
Shoveler
Gadwall
Teal
Wigeon (1)
Raven (2)

Two of the Ruff were juveniles that flew in together for a brief five minute spell before taking off high to the south.


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16:00 - 17:00, 26/9/18

Lapwing - easily 700+
Curlew - 29
Redshank - 1
Water Rail - 1

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One each of Wood Sandpiper, Dunlin and Ruff still present mid morning.

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POD's Hide this morning 10:30 to 12:30. Highlights;

Wood Sandpiper (1)
Ruff (1)
Dunlin (1)
Plover (1 juv).. some debate if Ringer Plover or Little Ringed Plover
Snipe c. 4+
Water Rail (1)
Reed Warbler (1)
Green Woodpecker calling
Lots of Lapwing

Water levels great for waders.

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Neumanns Flash 17.09.2018

17.45-19.15

Viewed from Pods Hide, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 30 Curlew and 8 Little Grebes.

No hirundines were seen, plenty of Pied Wagtails though.

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Neumanns just keeps on giving. Little Stint first thing this morning (LO-H) and a juvenile Wood Sandpiper (GB) added later this afternoon. Great finds.


 Mark what are the abbreviations (LO-H), (GB) and in your previous post (JG) please? Probably obvious to most folk but unfortunately not to me confuse



 Sid, just the initials of the finder(s) of the birds.


 Thanks Mark, I guess that I should have realised that!!



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Neumanns just keeps on giving. Little Stint first thing this morning (LO-H) and a juvenile Wood Sandpiper (GB) added later this afternoon. Great finds.


 Mark what are the abbreviations (LO-H), (GB) and in your previous post (JG) please? Probably obvious to most folk but unfortunately not to me confuse





Sid, just the initials of the finder(s) of the birds.

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Little Stint still showing well with 3 Dunlin.

Wood Sandpiper was a bit more elusive, hiding in a big Lapwing flock.

Garganey feeding in the open for a change.



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Mark Jarrett wrote:

Neumanns just keeps on giving. Little Stint first thing this morning (LO-H) and a juvenile Wood Sandpiper (GB) added later this afternoon. Great finds.


 Mark what are the abbreviations (LO-H), (GB) and in your previous post (JG) please? Probably obvious to most folk but unfortunately not to me confuse



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Neumanns just keeps on giving. Little Stint first thing this morning (LO-H) and a juvenile Wood Sandpiper (GB) added later this afternoon. Great finds.

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Great morning on patch with flyover Osprey (JG) and Willow Tit (GB) being found before 8am at adjacent Carey Park and Witton Mill car park respectively. I then found a female type Whinchat on the fence line at Ashton's Flash before heading to Neumann's Flash to check out an unconfirmed report of a Redshank type wader which turned out to be a juvenile Spotted Redshank. The latter three birds were still around when I departed around 1pm. Amongst others :-

Osprey (1)
Willow Tit (1)
Whinchat (1)
Spotted Redshank (1)
Green Sandpiper (1)
Ringed Plover (2)
Little Ringed Plover (1)
Dunlin (2)
Garganey (1)


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Pods Hide 9.45-11.45 Weather cool with steady rain, amongst others :-

Black-tailed Godwit (1)
Little Ringed Plover (3)
Green Sandpiper (2)
Snipe (c.10)
Ruff (1)
Little Grebe (c.10)
Pied Wagtail (c.60)

No sign of the Garganey this morning.

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Pods Hide 9.40-11.40 Weather fine and pleasant, amongst others :-

Garganey (1)
Black-tailed Godwit (6)
Ringed Plover (1)
Little Ringed Plover (3)
Green Sandpiper (1)
Snipe (7)
Curlew (12)
Buzzard (1)
Kestrel (1)
Raven (1)
White Wagtail (2)
Pied Wagtail (c.20)

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Pod's Hide 9.30-12.00 Weather sunnyish and warm, amongst others :-

Garganey (1)
Teal (c.75)
Shoveler (2)
Gadwall (4)
Shelduck (2)
Little Ringed Plover (3)
Ringed Plover (1)
Snipe (7)
Curlew (21)
Little Grebe (c.10)
Greylag Goose (c.130)
Canada goose (c.60)

The male Garganey in eclipse plumage showed well as it swam across the Flash from Mound Bay to the northwestern spit, before flying back to its favoured position to the east of the hide.


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Pods Hide 10-11.30 weather fine and pleasant, amongst others :-

Garganey (1)
Little Egret (2)
Dunlin (3)
Greenshank (2)
Ringed Plover (2)
Little Ringed Plover (1)
Curlew (2)
Water Rail (1)
White Wagtail (1)

The male Garganey in eclipse plumage was showing well at times, swimming then preening just back from the waters edge. When it was sleeping amongst the Teal with its head tucked in, that was a different matter.

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Pods Hide 9.45 - 12.30 Cool and blustery, amongst others :-

Little Egret (2)
Dunlin (5)
Greenshank (2)
Black-tailed Godwit (3)
Ringed Plover (4 ad, 1 juv)
Little Ringed Plover (1 juv)
Curlew (60+)
Little Grebe (11)
Sand Martin (1)

The male Garganey had been reported at around 7am this morning but had disappeared by 8am as had a sole Green Sandpiper.

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Report from F Fearn via our WhatsApp group of a Garganey, late afternoon yesterday. Looks to be a Male in eclipse plumage.

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A rare get together for the five Blackburn birding lads. After leaving school in 1976, we all went our separate ways before re uniting in Spain 2010, Bulgaria 2012, Texas 2015 and now Northwich 2018!

Started off in Pods Hide for an hour or so, a good selection of waders again, amongst others :-

Little Egret (2)
Dunlin (4)
Greenshank (2)
Black-tailed Godwit ((2)
Green Sandpiper (2)
Snipe (1)
Ringed Plover (2)
Little Ringed Plover (2)
Curlew (62)
Little Grebe (14)
Water Rail (4 ad, 2 juv)
Reed Warbler (2)

Walked up to nearby Haydns Pool, via Witton Brook, very quiet with it being without water. Only birds of note were two Sparrowhawk and three Sand Martin. The recently created (but unfinished) scrapes on nearby Dairy House Meadow held three Stock Dove. Also around were a Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker and a two or three each of Chiffchaff and Blackcap.

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Pods Hide, one and a half hours from 12.15, dull and fine, amongst others :-

Little Egret (2)
Dunlin (4)
Greenshank (2)
Black-tailed Godwit (3)
Green Sandpiper (3)
Snipe (4)
Ringed Plover (1)
Water Rail (1)
Little Grebe (14)

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Pods Hide, 2 hours from 1pm, dull and fine, amongst others :-

Little Egret (3)
Dunlin (6)
Greenshank (2)
Black-tailed Godwit (4)
Green Sandpiper (2)
Snipe (3)
Ringed Plover (1)
Little Ringed Plover (1)
Curlew (17)
White Wagtail (1)

There has been a build up recently of Pied Wagtail all around the Flash, many of which are juveniles. Today, there was a very nicely marked adult, winter plumaged White Wagtail. There also appeared to be one or two candidates for juvenile White Wagtail in amongst the fifty plus alba but at distance its a little difficult to be sure.

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A roundup of sightings today from patch regulars, amongst others :-

Little Egret (2)
Little Ringed Plover (1)
Ringed Plover (5)
Black-tailed Godwit (2)
Greenshank (3)
Green Sandpiper (8)
Dunlin (5)
Yellow Wagtail (2)
Little Grebe (16)



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Species List for a visit today. Numbers given for when fewer than 10 of a kind were seen.

Black-headed Gull
Lapwing
Grey Heron 3
Mute Swan 5
Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
Pied Wagtail
Moorhen
Little Grebe 7
Shoveller
Curlew
Little Egret 2
Coot
Teal
Mallard
Greylag Goose
Sand Martin 5
Redshank 3
Swallow
Carrion Crow 4
Common Sandpiper 6
Water Rail 1
Little Ringed Plover 3
Shelduck 4
Magpie 2
Buzzard 2
Wood Pigeon
Greenshank 1
Black-tailed Godwit 2

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A quick forty five minutes at Neumanns late afternoon after a day out on the Wirral. Amongst others :-

Great Egret (1)
Little Egret (2)
Greenshank (1)
Green Sandpiper (2)
Black-tailed Godwit (1)
Dunlin (2)
Sparrowhawk (1)
Buzzard (1)
Green Woodpecker (1)
Water Rail (1)


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Pod's Hide, 2 hours from 10am, amongst others :-

Great Egret (2)
Little Egret (2)
Greenshank (1)
Green Sandpiper (1)
Black-tailed Godwit (2)
Dunlin (3)

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An hour and a half in Pods Hide around midday, steady rain, amongst others :-

Great Egret (2)
Little Egret (3)
Black-tailed Godwit (3)
Redshank (1)
Green Sandpiper (1)
Dunlin (2)
Little Grebe (15)
Shelduck (2 juv)
Green Woodpecker (1)

A few House Martin and Swallow present, also Teal, Gadwall, Mallard, several Mute Swan and 20+ mainly juvenile Pied Wagtail.

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Two hours in Pod's Hide around midday, amongst others :-

Great Egret (2)
Little Egret (3)
Water Rail (2 juvs)
Dunlin (2)
Black-tailed Godwit (2)



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Sightings from our local WhatsApp group over the last two or three days have included Great Egret, Little Egret, up to and currently 3 Garganey, up to 11 Little Grebe, Yellow Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, up to 90 Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Water Rail and finally the return of the juvenile Marsh Harrier, originally sighted at the beginning of last week.

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17:30-19:00

2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 74 Curlew, 1 Green Woodpecker, 11 Little Grebes,

1 Shelduck and 4 Stock Doves.

The Great White Egret is still around, together with 11 Grey Herons.

Large numbers of Swallows were fly catching over the flash together with a few House Martins and a single Sand Martin.

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18:00-20:30

Neumanns Flash

1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 71 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Snipe, 1 Water Rail,

7 Little Grebes, 2 Linnets, 2 Buzzards, 8 Grey Herons, 2 Cormorants and 1 Song Thrush.

Large numbers of Swallows mixed with a few House Martins and a couple of Swifts were fly catching above the flash.

As I was leaving a large single group of Swallows left the flash and headed South East towards Lostock.

At one point a Pied Wagtail was seen chasing the Swallows as they swooped low over the centre of the flash.




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Midday c12:00 - 13:30

Great Egret 1
Little Egret 1

Garganey - the juvenile/eclipse bird (reported earlier) was still present though distant.

Marsh Harrier - a juvenile (same bird as on 23/7/18?) seen well for c10 minutes, quartering reedbeds along the southern, eastern and northern shores. Don't know whether it left the flash or dropped into the reeds/shrubs, but not showing for last 45 minutes or so.

Curlew - at least 50. 'Spooked' by the harrier( before I could count them). They appeared to fly south - perhaps to the dry Ashton's Flash.

-- Edited by Steve Costa on Wednesday 25th of July 2018 11:06:47 PM

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Nice to find a juvenile Marsh Harrier this morning. Initially the bird flew down the western side of the flash before dropping into the reeds at the southern end. The bird then flew towards Ashtons before being lost to view. Was relocated twenty minutes later in the distance high above Dairy House Meadow. It gave a further brief cameo over Neumanns before drifting off northwards.

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Neumann's Flash 15:30 - 16:45

Great Egret 1
Little Egret 1
Water Rail 1
Lapwing c81
Curlew 76
Green Sandpiper 1


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10.00-14.00

Neumanns Flash : 1juv Hobby, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 7 Curlew, 7 Redshanks, 1Kingfisher, 1f Sparrowhawk,

1 Black Tailed Godwit and 2 Water Rails

Ashtons Flash : 15 Pied Wagtails (The flash is now completely dry)





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17.30-20.00

Neumanns Flash : The Great White Egret was resting on the island on the Northern end of the flash.

Also present were 1 Little Egret, 3 Oystercatchers, 2 Curlews and 7 Grey Herons.

3 Linnets and 13 Goldfinches on wires along the Marsden side of the flash.

Large numbers of House Martins, Swallows and Swifts were over the flash, amongst them were 4 Sand Martins.

Ashtons Flash is now completely dry, and looks largely devoid of birds.

Haydn Pool : 4 Green Sandpipers and 4 Stock Doves.

Dairyhouse Meadows : 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker plus a Tawny Owl heard calling.




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Was hoping yesterday evenings downpour would have dropped a few waders in but it wasnt to be. Two Little Ringed Plover, a sole Redshank plus the usual Lapwing were all that were on offer. The Great Egret was still at the north end of the Flash accompanied by two Little Egret. Well over two hundred Mallard are currently present plus Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Teal, Shelduck and Shoveler in much smaller numbers. Five Little Grebe in the north east corner.

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Pods Hide only, 8.45 to 10.45 Fine, warm and breezy. Amongst others :-

Great Egret (1)
Little Egret (2)
Green Sandpiper (1)
Little Ringed Plover (6)
Snipe (1)
Water Rail (1)
Raven (1)
Green Woodpecker (1)

Plenty of hirundines with a few Sand Martin in with the Swallow and House Martin.

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Neumanns Flash 18.00-20.30

1 Great White Egret, 5 Green Sandpipers, 1 Snipe, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Little Grebes, 4 Wigeon, 12 Shovelers,

12+ Sand Martins (With a large group of House Martins and Swallows), 80+ Lapwings and 7 Grey Herons.

2 Linnets were with a group of 8 Goldfinches resting on wires near the mound.

The egret seemed to favour the area by the scrape just below the mound in the SE corner, it appears to have

teamed up with 3 herons, as they patrol the shallow water together snapping up small fish as they go. When the herons

moved to another part of the pool, the egret followed them. Then it moved back to the SE corner when the herons did.

20+ recently fledged Black Headed Gulls were with their parents on the flash. The Green Sandpipers were in the NE corner.

Ashtons Flash : 2 Curlew and 24 Lapwings.

Haydn Pool : 3 Green Sandpipers were in the only remaining small pool of water.

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The Great Egret was still around this morning, on the left hand edge of the north island, after arriving on Saturday. A minimum of twenty seven Black-tailed Godwit were tucked away in the south west corner. Five Green Sandpiper were noted on nearby Haydns Pool.

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Two Ruff were seen on the north shore this morning along with two Redshank, three Oystercatcher and the usual Lapwing. Fourteen Black-tailed Godwit (Chris R) were noted after I had left. Meanwhile, up to four Green Sandpiper have been present at nearby Haydns Pool and yesterday both Green Sandpiper and a Mediterranean Gull were seen at the adjacent Ashtons Flash.

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Three Common Tern moved through north around 10am this morning.

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10.15-14.30

Neumanns Flash :

12 Lapwings, 2m Shovelers (Coming into moult), 4 adult + 1 juv Little Grebes, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Oystercatcher,

1 Cettis Warbler (Showing quite well near the gate on the path to Pods Hide), 1 Buzzard, 2 newly fledged Black Headed Gulls,

6 Grey Herons (Including a very pale bird that I initially thought was an egret) and 2 Kingfishers.

Curlew bubbling song heard but the bird was'nt seen.

Reed Warblers highly vocal and regularly commuting between the reeds and nearby birches.

Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chaffinch and Goldfinch still singing.

Ashtons Flash :

62 Lapwings, 60 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 3 adult Great Black Backed Gulls, 4 Reed Buntings and 1 Shelduck.

Haydn Pool :

2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Willow Warblers and 1 overflying Cormorant.

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Of note on the Flash this morning were a Turnstone (found by J Jones), five Black-tailed Godwit (part of a larger flock of around seventy five birds moving around patch)



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09.45-12.00

Neumanns Flash : 1 Green Woodpecker, 50 Black tailed Godwits (Flew around the flash several times then disappeared),

1 Buzzard, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Shoveler and 1 Redshank. No sign of the Garganey.

Garden Warbler singing and showing well near the mound. Cettis Warbler singing in NE corner of the flash.

Haydn Pool : 1 Greenshank, 1 Water Rail and 1 Black tailed Godwit.

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A White-winged Black Tern was found on Neumann's Flash this morning by visiting birder, John Kirkland, who was looking for the Garganey. Unfortunately it disappeared  before any local patchers arrived..... but....... see Marbury CP Thread!



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16.05.2018 18.00-20.15

Neumanns Flash : No sign of Garganey.

12 Great Crested Grebes (inc. a pair displaying), 4 Shoveler, 9 Gadwall, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Raven.

Cettis Warbler calling by the wooden bridge on the path across to Dairy House Meadow.

Haydn Pool : 90 Black tailed Godwits and a pair of Reed Warblers that were showing well in front the main hide/screen.

Along the path from Marbury Lane onto Dairy House Meadow a Garden Warbler was singing and showing well.

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Yesterday pm; good scope views of the drake Garganey as it swam about in front of Stilt Island.  Viewed for 40 minutes, from the hide east of the island.

Paul Thompson having first spotted the bird flying in.



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Sorry off here due to back injury stopping me sitting at pc. Yesterdays highlights included 2 Wood Sandpipers on Neumann's Falsh plus a drake Garganey. The latter still being present today. A showy Garden Warbler is in the Witton Mill car park and 88 Black-tailed Godwits are on Haydn's Pool. (all from patch grapevine)

 



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After a pleasant morning spent today at Focalpoint Optics open day with David Aldred and Keith Mills. We all 3 arrived at Neumann's Flash at 1.45pm. and left at 4.00pm. 25 Species seen and heard including:

  • Willow Warblers 2
  • Gadwall 3
  • singing Garden Warbler 1
  • Shelduck 2 
  • Little Grebes 2
  • Teal 1
  • Garganey 1
  • Grey Herons 2
  • Oystercatcher 1

Also had an interesting chat with a local birder who contributes to Manchester Birding, but ask not to be named.



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