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RE: Neumann's Flash


Walk past here on my way to Marbury & back.

A good amount of ducks mostly wigeon though...
25 tufted ducks
3 Teal
5 shelducks
2 goosander
30+ shoveler
1 great crested grebe
1 sparrowhawk
1 great spotted woodpecker
3 jays
3 bullfinch
Cettis warbler heard
Black headed, common, Herring, lesser black backed & 1 great black backed gull.
Nice full view of a tawny owl perched low in tree on my way back past late on.

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Hi to Chris and Lizzi, I think we were in Pods Hide together tonight, just put 2 and 2 together from various Whattsapps and realised who you were!

Starling Murmuration was very interesting tonight.

Possibly due to the high winds from the West birds were coming in in groups and then dropping to 2-3ft above water level and flying from Pods Hide to the North of the Flash at water level.

Never seen Starlings do that before it was almost like a flock of hirundines brought down to water by a storm front.

Murmurating clouds did form a few times and two Sparrowhawks at least came through (one again at water level).

Dot counting (my attempt at automatic intelligence post processing / dot counting on iPhone photos) suggests a cloud of 19,000 max and a few more groups of 300 - 500 came through as I was walking back to the car. 

11 Goosander, 28 Shoveler, 58 Wigeon being the other highlights, plus over by the new build houses near Ashtons Flash a Redwing with a white throat patch the size of a 50p had me going for a moment.



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Just over two and a half hours this morning from 9.20. Sunny spells, light winds, 6-14*c. Of note :-

Greylag Goose (132)
Canada Goose (31)
Pink-footed Goose (237)
Mute Swan (2)
Shoveler (5)
Wigeon (1)
Tufted Duck (11)
Little Grebe (1)
Great Crested Grebe (26)
Stock Dove (1)
Water Rail (1)
Curlew (55)
Buzzard (4)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (1)
Cettis Warbler (1)
Long-tailed Tit (8)
Goldcrest (4)
Nuthatch (5)
Redwing (7)
Fieldfare (12)

The Pink-footed Geese all passed overhead as follows :- 65 & 17nw, 35w and 120se. Ive mistakenly posted this in the Neumanns Flash thread. As everyone will have no doubt noticed, it should have been in the Marbury Country Park one.

-- Edited by Mark Jarrett on Monday 23rd of October 2023 08:50:02 PM

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31st August 2023. Late morning / early afternoon. Nice to chat with Mark Jarrett earlier at Marbury Country Park and pointing out the Hobby hawking over Coward Reedbed.

Sightings at Neumann Flash included:

Great White Egret (1)
Grey Heron (1)
Blackcap - Male (1)
Buzzard (1)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (1)
Jay (2 heard!)
Goldfinch (50)
Lapwing (4)
Tufted Duck (40)
Long-Tailed Tits (5)
Mute Swans - two adults and six cygnets in one family
Mute Swans - two adults and one cygnet in another family

On way home I picked up my new Cellular Trail Camera from Focalpoint


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Yesterday on Neumann's 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Great Egret, 2 Little Egret and 1 Green Sandpiper.

Curlew, Little ringed Plover and Peregrine on Ashtons (female Marsh Harrier there briefly on Monday)



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Garganey on Neumanns this morning, Greenshank and Wood Sandpiper on Ashtons 



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Great White Egret on Neumann's yesterday and a juvenile Garganey.

Today 2 juvenile Garganey on Ashton's Flash 



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Midday visit

Neumanns Flash :

8 Avocets, 2 Buzzards (Soaring on thermals), 14 Gadwall, 3 Mute Swans, 4 Shelducks, 6 Lapwings, 5 Tufted Ducks

and 2 Oystercatchers. A brood of 4 "Robin" sized Moorhen youngsters were with their parents by Pods Hide, the adults

very aggressively chased off a Coot that ventured to close to their family. I witnessed a very elaborate flight display by a

small bird, which surprisingly turned out to be a male Reed Bunting.

Ashtons Flash :

4 Lapwings, 1 Oystercatcher and a singing male Reed Bunting.

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Neumanns Flash: (Morning visit)

9 Avocets, 2 Lapwings, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Mute Swans,

11 Gadwall and 4 Tufted Ducks. A pair of Reed Warblers gave close views by Pods Hide.

A pair of Moorhens showed off their 7 tiny youngsters alongside the path to Pods Hide.

Ashtons Flash:

2 Avocets, 4 Lapwings, 1 Oystercatcher, 12 Gadwall and 2 male Reed Buntings.

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Haydns Pool Warbler Survey. Fine, cloud cover, breezy, 11*c. 7-8.30am.

Reed Warbler (4)
Sedge Warbler (1)
Whitethroat (6)
Blackcap (3)
Garden Warbler (2)
Willow Warbler (1)
Chiffchaff (4)

Other birds of note :-

Great Spotted Woodpecker (1)
Raven (1)
Bullfinch (3)
Stock Dove (4)

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Morning visit

Neumanns Flash: 1 Dunlin, 2 Avocets, 1 Water Rail, 4 Shelducks, 4 Tufted Ducks, 1 Buzzard,

1 Little Grebe, 2 Reed Warblers (Calling and showing briefly by Pods Hide), 4 Lapwings, 2m Reed Buntings,

8 Greylag Geese (1 pair with 4 pigeon sized goslings), 2 Gadwall and a female Mallard with a brood of 12

tiny ducklings.

Ashtons Flash: 6 Lapwings, 4 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Ducks, 1 Buzzard and 1 Shelduck.

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Saturday - Whinchat on Ashton's - Sorry slow to post



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A single greenshank on the flash early morning.  



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female Marsh Harrier mid pm initially over Neumanns and then spent 10 minutes or so quartering over Ashtons  



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Two Avocet on the flash mid morning, also drake Pintail and Redshank on Ashtons



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Mid-morning visit

Neumanns Flash:

3f Goosanders, 1m Pintail, 8 adult Common Gulls, 9 Tufted Ducks, 4 Shelducks and 1 Grey Heron.

Ashtons Flash:

2 Oystercatchers (Earlier recorded on Neumanns), 5 Lapwings and 1 Buzzard.

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Morning visit (Highlights)

Neumanns Flash :

1 pair of displaying Great Crested Grebes. 1f Goosander, 1 Buzzard, 16 Teal, 13 Tufted Ducks and 1 Shelduck.

Ashtons Flash:

1 Little Grebe.



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10.00-11.15

Neumanns Flash:

111 Wigeon, 1m Reed Bunting, 1 Water Rail (Seen and heard squealing loudly), 2f Goosanders, 5 Shelducks,

10 Tufted Ducks, 8 Teal and 2 Great Crested Grebes.

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Afternoon visit 13.00-15.00

Neumanns Flash:

2 adult Mediterranean together with 8 Common Gulls seen amongst a raft of gulls on the flash.

A very impressive gathering of 238 Wigeon, 8 Curlews, 18 Tufted Ducks, 16 Shovelers, 5 Shelducks

and a single drake Pintail. No sign of the Goldeneye pair seen last Thursday.

Ashtons Flash:

My highest ever count of Curlews here, 109 birds in total. As I was leaving a large number of Curlews

left Ashtons Flash and circled over the fields in Wincham.

10 Shovelers were noted on the pool at the Western end of the flash.





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Mid-Morning visit

Neumanns Flash :

1m+1f Goldeneyes (Male seen displaying to female), 4 Shelducks, 13 Tufted Ducks, 2m Shovelers,

8 Common Gulls and a couple of flocks of Lapwings (Around 130 birds in total) seen flying towards Marbury CP.



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10.30-12.00

Neumanns Flash: 1m Pintail, 10 Tufted Ducks, 4 Shelducks, 4 Shovelers,1 Gadwall,

15 Wigeon, 4 adult Common Gulls and 3f Bullfinches.

Ashtons Flash: 12 Shovelers.

Also 4 Goldcrests were on the tall ivy covered trees in the NW corner of Neumanns,

and 8 Redwings were on bushes alongside the Haydn Pool.



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11.00-12.00

Neumanns Flash:

13 Shovelers, 8 Tufted Ducks, 3 Shelducks, 1m+1f Goosanders and 6 adult Common Gulls.



-- Edited by John Williams on Monday 30th of January 2023 05:44:23 PM

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Morning visit

Neumanns Flash :4 Shelducks and 4 Shovelers.

Surprisingly, apart from a few Mallard, the above were the only ducks on the flash, and there no geese, swans

or grebes at all.

There were plenty of gulls though, mainly Black-Headed, but also a few Common, Herring and Lesser-Black Backs too.

A flock of round 12 Redwings together with a few Blackbirds were feeding on Ivy berries in the copse at the NE corner of the flash.

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Lunchtime visit

Neumanns Flash: 14 Shoveler, 1m Wigeon, 2 Shelducks, 8 Tufted Ducks and a single Mute Swan.

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A bit quiet at the Flashes, around midday, after walking over from Budworth Mere. Species seen 31, of note :-

Shoveler (4)
Wigeon (6)
Teal (21)
Tufted Duck (11)
Curlew (1)
Peregrine (1)
Cettis Warbler (1)
Nuthatch (1)
Linnet (2)
Reed Bunting (1)


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Neumanns Flash (Lunchtime visit)

The flash was still frozen over, with just a few gulls resting on the ice, including a single adult Common Gull.

A Water Rail was seen to wander gingerly out onto the ice, but was easily spooked,

so it shot back into the reeds instead.



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Neumans Flash Lunchtime visit

The flash was 100% frozen over, the only avian life seen was a single Magpie eating the remains of a dead goose.



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Neumanns Flash (Lunchtime)

160 Teal, 75 Wigeon, 8 Shovelers, 1 Grey Heron and 4 Common Gulls.

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11.30-13.00

Neumanns Flash viewed from Pods Hide during heavy rain.

27 Teal, 1 Dunlin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 2 Common Gulls, 4m Shovelers, 2 Tufted Ducks,

10 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Cormorant.

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10.30-12.00

Neumanns Flash: 210 Teal, 4 Shovelers, 150+ Black headed Gulls, 1m+1f Goosanders, 3 Tufted Ducks,

1 Water Rail, 4 Common Gulls and 1 Shelduck.

Also singles of Canada Goose and Mute Swan, both of whom looked uneasy at being on their own. Having the sad

corpses of 4 Canada and 2 Greylag Geese, plus 2 deceased Black headed Gulls around margins of the pool obviously

added to their anxiety.


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Neumann's Flash Midday visit

1m+1f Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 200 Lapwings, 250+ Teal, 42 Shovelers, 2 Grey Herons, 1 Kestrel, 5 Common Gulls,

2 adult Herring Gulls, 1 3rd winter Great Black-backed Gull and 1 Cormorant.

Also amongst few feral geese was what appeared to be a Barnacle/Greylag hybrid, with a noticeably smaller size

compared to the Canadas and a light patch that covered the whole sides of the birds face.

Oddly only 6 Mallards were seen on the flash, plus a dead one close to the path leading to Pods Hide.

No Wigeon, Gadwall or Tufted Ducks were seen on the flash.



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Neumanns Flash 15.00-16.30

4 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 46 Wigeon, 26 Shoveler, 490 Lapwings, 2 Water Rails, 1 Raven, 1 Cormorant,

77 Teal, 1 Little Grebe and 1 Grey Heron.

Possible signs that Bird Flu has not gone away with a dead Canada Goose in the NE corner, whilst

nearby another bird of the same species showing real signs of distress/illness. It appeared also that

other Canada Geese on the flash were staying well clear of their sick and deceased fellows.

Oddly, crows seemed to be showing little interest in the dead goose too.

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Neumanns Flash Afternoon visit

4 Ruff, 474 Lapwings, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Cormorants, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard,

45 Wigeon, 16 Shovelers and 1 Common Gull. 70+ Teal flew in around 4pm together with the Wigeon.

Around 2pm 196 Greylag Geese, in 4 skeins, flew over heading North.

-- Edited by John Williams on Wednesday 5th of October 2022 06:53:02 PM

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10.30-13.00

Neumanns Flash:

5 Dunlin, 4 Black tailed Godwits, 5 Curlews, 2 Snipe, 700+ Lapwings, 1 Water Rail, 35 Wigeon, 6 Grey Herons, 1 Little Grebe,

1 Cormorant, 6 Buzzards (5 seen climbing together on thermals) and 14 Swallows (In small groups heading West).

Ashtons Flash :

2 Chiffchaffs calling and showing really well in bushes by the bench on the bund overlooking Ashtons Flash.



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12.00-14.30

Neumanns Flash :

1 Curlew, 4 juvenile + 1 adult Ringed Plovers, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Water Rails, 1 Common Gull, 2 Little Grebes and 710 Lapwings.

A Kestrel was on top of a pylon to the South of Ashtons Flash, whilst 250+ Starlings rested nearby.

80 Starlings were on wires near the Marsden entrance.

A very sickly looking Canada Goose was seen wobbling around the dried up area in the SW corner of Neumanns, the bird fell over a couple of

times and also staggered sideways at times. The goose was clearly determined to make it back to the main pool, but eventually just collapsed

onto an area of mud newly dampened by the rain.




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10.00-13.30

Neumanns Flash :

1 Great Black Backed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 Lapwings (The others were flushed by a Buzzard plus a crow, and fled),

1 Little Grebe, 2 Water Rails and 1 Buzzard. The eclipse Garganey had been seen before I arrived.

Ashtons Flash : 1 juvenile Peregrine.

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Neumanns Flash 10.30-13.30

2 Black Tailed Godwits, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Snipe, 220 Lapwings, 8 Common Gulls,

1 Great Black Backed Gull, 1 Cormorant, 1 Raven, 3 Grey Herons and 2 juvenile Water Rails.

A Reed Warbler showed well amongst the cut reed area in front of Pods hide.

20+ House Martins flew low over the flash during a heavy shower. Curlew heard only.

The Great Black Back (A sub-adult, had it not been August I'd have logged it as a 3rd winter) was tucking in to what

looked like a freshly dead duck, watched closely by a pair of crows. Only when the big gull gave up on the meal and left did

the crows begin to dine. When the corvids had eaten their fill a couple of Moorhens arrived to finish off the leftovers, clearly

showing the pecking order here. The huge gull chose to rest amongst a group of Canada Geese rather than the smaller gulls,

and appeared comparable in size to some of the geese.

No sign of the eclipse Garganey, although large numbers of moulting ducks had gathered in a tightly packed group in the NE

corner of the flash, so the Garganey may have been amongst them.



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Early am today 2 Great Egrets circled above the bund but didn't land and headed roughly SW,  good views of eclipse Garganey in Mound Bay also 6 Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper and Common Snipe. 



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12.30-14.30

Neumanns Flash :

1 juv. Goosander, 3 Black Tailed Godwits, 2 Common Gulls, 1 juv. +1 adult Shelducks and 1 Grey Heron.

220 Lapwings rested along the Northern shoreline, until flushed by a crow.

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Lunchtime visit

Neumanns Flash:

120 Lapwings, 4 Oystercatchers, 1 juvenile Water Rail, 1 adult Great Black Backed Gull and 1 adult Common Gull.

A mixed flock of Blue, Great and Long Tailed Tits were seen working their way through the birch woodland.

Ashtons Flash : Arid and seemingly devoid of birds except for a passing Buzzard and a few Swifts.

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Midday visit

Neumanns Flash: 1 Avocet, 1 Little Egret and 4 Oystercatchers.

During the rain all 3 common species of hirundines flew low across the flash.

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10.15-12.00

Neumanns Flash : 88 Curlews, 600+ Lapwings, 1 juvenile Water Rail, 1f Sparrowhawk and 1 Chiffchaff.

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12 Summer plumaged Black-tailed Godwit on the flash earlier today + redshank, Little ringed Plover and a Common Tern.

Also Green Sandpiper yesterday and 7 Ringed Plover and a Dunlin on 5/7 



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Midday visit

Neumanns Flash : 1 Little Egret, 1m Kestrel, 4 adult and 2 juvenile Oystercatchers, 1 Water Rail and 90+ Lapwings.

Ashtons Flash : Now completely dry and looking like semi-desert, a small flock of House Martins seemed content to fly catch

over the desolute looking flash though.



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Good day on Neumann's with the following found by the patch regulars:-

2 Wood Sandpiper

1 Green Sandpiper

5 Black-tailed Godwit

1 Greenshank

2 Little ringed Plover

1 Common Snipe

1 Curlew

2 Common Tern 



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Midday visit

Neumanns Flash: *Pods Hide was closed with no access beyond the gate.

1 Great Black Backed Gull amongst a group of Lesser Black Backs. 2 Oystercatchers,10 Lapwings and 1 Raven.

A noticeable increase in Gadwall numbers. A pair of Canada Geese had just 1 half grown gosling in tow.

With Pods shut I used the hide in the NE corner for a while, the vegetation made viewing difficult, but provided

great views of a noisy Cettis Warbler, who posed right in front the hide several times. Reed Warblers also showed

well there as they commuted between the reedbed and the woodland around the hide.

Ashtons Flash : 4 Lapwings and 1 Peregrine. The shallow pool in front of the bench on the bund is now completely

dry and appearing almost desert like.







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10.00-12.00

Neumanns Flash :

6 Avocets (2 of which later moved across to Ashtons), also 2 half grown Oystercatcher youngsters with their parents.

All 3 common hirundine species plus numerous Swifts seen skimming across the surface of the flash.

Ashtons Flash :

4 tiny Lapwing chicks seen together, their parents appeared to have wandered quite a distance away.

1 Buzzard seen indulging in a display flight, thankfully well away from the baby Lapwings.

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Midday visit

Neumanns Flash : 4 Avocets (Pool in SW corner), 2 Buzzards and 1 Raven (Seen mobbing a Buzzard).

Still lots of hirundines and Swifts swooping across the mere (Including at least 6 Sand Martins).

Ashtons Flash : 1 Buzzard and 1 Raven having an aerial tussle. Also 9 adult Lesser Black Backed Gulls.

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Midday visit

Neumanns Flash :

A pair of Oystercatchers with 2 dove sized youngsters that usually stayed very close to their parents, the adults have

had a tough few weeks keeping some very persistent crows at bay.

Also seen were 2 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Shelducks, 2m Shovelers, 1 Buzzard, 100+ Swifts and a group of 4 Ravens.

During a squall large numbers of hirundines skimmed across the flash, most of them were House Martins,

although a few Sand Martins were seen too. A female Mallard had 13 tiny ducklings in her care.

At one point a couple of Reed Warblers gave good close views alongside Pods Hide.

Ashtons Flash :

1 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank and 1 Avocet. Around a dozen House Martins were swooping over the West side pool.

A single tiny Lapwing chick was seen amongst a group of adults, who did not appear too concerned about the presence

of several Lesser Black Backed Gulls nearby.






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Little Ringed Plover and Dunlin recently on Neumans, a pair of Cape Shelduck have taken up residence.

Yesterday (15/5) partial summer plumage Ruff on Ashtons. 



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