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RE: Altrincham sewage works


Swallow over the pools and 2 Oystercatcher on flooded paddock today.

Info thanks to Tony O'Mahony

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Little Egret (1) - Quick scan as I passed through on the bike - Little Egret on the flooded paddock along with teal and moorhen. 20+ pied wagtail on the paddock opposite.

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17.00
26 Teal in flooded horse field - probably disturbed by the heavy machinery that had been operating within the 'pools' compound between front and middle pools.

Front pool:
2 Mute Swan
4 Shoveler
2 Teal
2 Gadwall
1 Goldcrest in bushes next to path


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17.30 - A quick cycle past this evening and my first visit since the start of the construction of the solar farm last October. The solar farm is huge and access to the viewing area for the middle pool (where most of the good stuff usually turns up) is now no longer possible due to large gates and fence preventing access. I was only able to have a quick scan of first pool near path.

Only things seen were:
3 Shoveler - 2m,1f
4 Mallard
1 Coot
1 Moorhen

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Sunday 8/11/15.

1400-1430hrs

Looks like the beginning of the end here, all access to the normal viewing point has been fenced off, only the first pool is viewable off the main path where there is no vegetation in the way.

Birds of note. 1 x Grey Wagtail, 16 x Teal, 12 x Gadwall & 3 Moorhen.  Didn't seem to be as much water as usual.

Flooded Field held 20 Teal.

When both sets of Teal were spooked they appeared to head to the second Pool, but now chance of seeing that one now...

 

 



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17.30
1 Green Sandpiper - middle pool
2 Shoveler - back pool (now viewable as a result of vegetation clearance)
9 Teal
4 Mallard
2 Pheasant
5 Moorhen

The only things seen on the huge barren wasteland at the back of pools were 3 Magpies.

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8 Buzzards thermaling in a clear blue sky above the now massive barren wasteland cleared for the 'proposed' (meaning actual) solar panel farm to 'run' the sewage works. It's way way bigger than that.

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The land north of the pools has been completely cleared of vegetation including trees and bushes covering a large area stretching from the perimetre fence of the pools, the trans pennine trail and the northern most footpath/track (except a small patch of Japenese Knotweed that has been surrounded by red tape). A much bigger area than I envisaged.hmm But on the plus side it's allowed a clearer view of the pools!smile

Sightings:
4 Shoveler
7 Teal
5 Moorhen
1 Kestrel in a skirmish with a Magpie

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2 Green Sandpipers still on the first pool this afternoon.

Some heavy duty undergrowth clearing machinery was moving onto the site as I was leaving.

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5pm
1 Green Sandpiper - first pool
1 Snipe - middle pool
5 Moorhen
2 Teal
1 BH Gull

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6pm Very quick visit

1 Shoveler
12 Teal
2 Chiffchaff
1 Moorhen
Couldn't see any Green Sandpipers but lots of mud hidden by vegetation.

Of interest United Utilities have put up a large sign informing of a 'solar energy' plant to be constructed on the land just north of the pools. Presumably this will involve removal of vegetation in the area.

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Green Sandpiper 2 on first pool.
Shoveler 12
Teal 30+
Moorhen 5
BH Gull 1
Linnet 1
Song Thrush 1
Pied Wagtail 1


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17.15

4 Green Sandpiper - 3 front pool & 1 middle pool
1 Snipe
c.10 Teal
1 Shoveler - male just coming out of eclipse
3 Chiffchaff - including 1 bird singing
1 (possibly 2) Willow Tit - heard only
2 Greenfinch
8 Linnet over
2 Moorhen
1 Pheasant


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17.00 - very quiet

2 Green Sandpipers on middle pool
1 Grey Heron

No Hirundines. Looks like a big clear out since last weeks large numbers.

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5.30pm
A large number of Swallows and House Martins over the ETW this evening.
Also 3 Grey Heron on the first pool.

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Green Sandpiper 5 this afternoon. Did some major pruning the other day with Tony so the path should stay clear for a bit

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Wednesday pm.

Green Sandpiper 6
Snipe 1
Lapwing 2
Gadwall 6+
Moorhen 6+
BH Gull 10+
Pied Wagtail 1
Pheasant 1
Linnet 6

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Doesn't surprise me Sid, not been up there much this year due to having 2 major ops on my ankle...
First time since May...
Saying that think I maybe due another one after today :(

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Steve Scrimgeour wrote:

..........Once I had managed to navigate the Jungle like trail to view the middle pool and did a but if gardening to give me a clearish view.......



...........been like that for a while now Steve.

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After last night's rain of last night I decided an early morning mooch was in order so got up here for 0600 just prior to sunrise.
Once I had managed to navigate the Jungle like trail to view the middle pool and did a but if gardening to give me a clearish view. Plenty of mud on show on both pools 1 & 2.

Pool 1 held only 2 young Moorhens

Pool 2 held 6 Green Sandpipers in 2 groups of 3, one group seemed a bit flighty.
Also 1 teal, several Gadwall and 1 Little Grebe.



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5 Green Sandpipers on the middle pool at 10.20 am.

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A quick visit before the rain set in produced quite a few juveniles.

Linnets 1 ad, 2 juvs
Pied Wagtails 6 ads, 20 juvs
Lapwings c25 including c12 juvs


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am visit.

Green Sandpiper 2
Lapwing 2
Tufted Duck 1 + 6 juvs.
Willow Tit 1
BH Gulls.
Oystercatcher 1
Missel Thrush 2
Pied Wagtail 1
Linnet 3
Reed Bunting 1 singing.
Reed Warbler 2 singing.
House Martins.
etc.

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17.30-17.45

1 Curlew over SW (heading for the coast perhaps?)
A number of Lapwing heard from the middle pool but couldn't see due to high vegetation
1 Kestrel
1 Sedge Warbler seen with a beak full of food
5 Chiffchaff including 1 bird with a strange purple patch covering most of one side of it's face!
2 Blackcap singing
2 Whitethroat
1 Grey Heron
1 Tufted Duck flew in
1 Moorhen
4 Coot - pair plus 2 half grown chicks

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2 Tufted Duck
4 Coot
18 Canada Geese
1 Reed Warbler - heard only
1 Little Grebe - heard only
2 Buzzard
1 Kestrel - male
1 Pied Wagtail - male with a beak full of food and flew into the ETW compound

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17.00-17.30
Very quiet and difficult to view the middle pool due to high vegetation.

1 Oystercatcher flew in
30+ House Martins over the pools and ETW
10+ Swallows
10+ Swift
3 Whitethroat
1 Blackcap
2 Greenfinch
1 Pied Wagtail
2 Mallard - pair were the only ducks visible
1 Song Thrush


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Tuesday, June 9th.

Tufted Duck 2m
Shoveler 2m
Gadwall 6
Little Grebe 1
Mallard 18+
Coot 10+
House Martin 12+
Reed Warbler 2 singing.
Moorhen 1
Reed Bunting 2 singing.
Whitethroat 2 singing.
Blackcap 1 singing.
Pied Wagtail 2
etc.etc.

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Plenty of Sedge Warblers Blackcap and Whitethroat plus Hirundines otherwise quiet.


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A Hobby caught a hirundine at 10:20 this morning.

Info thanks to Tony O'Mahony

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With Tony Darby 11.25 on. Good mumbers of warblers but not the sightings we were after:

Whitethroat 14
Willow Warbler 5
Chiffchaff 6
Blackcap 8 including 2 females
Sedge Warbler 9 at least 4 of which were within only feet of where I had seen them a week ago. Tight territories.
Reed Warbler 2 at the easternmost pool
Garden Warbler heard only in the most dense scrub inside the fenced off area west of the Trans-Pennine Trail
Still no Grasshopper Warblers here at this traditional site.
Also the resident Kestrel, Buzzard and a female Sparrowhawk which ascended rapidly on a thermal from only 30 feet up initially to 300 feet or more

-- Edited by Tim Wilcox on Thursday 7th of May 2015 08:18:53 PM

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0830-0930
Sadly a large area seems to have been torched just at the start of the path beyond the Trans Pennine Trail.
Goosander showed briefly on pool 1.
Pool 2 held Teal 2, Gadwall 4, 2 Greylag Geese touched down briefly seen off by the local Canada Geese.
Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler heard in numbers.
Reed Bunting also 5-6
No Yellow Wagtail and still no Little Egret.
Saw the Garden Warbler sat on the gate with the blocks.
Also circa 20 Swifts feeding well..

United Utilities man heard a Cuckoo 2 weeks ago...


-- Edited by Steve Scrimgeour on Tuesday 5th of May 2015 10:07:29 AM

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Reed Bunting Gadwall, Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Yellowhammer, Goldcrest, House Martin, Swallow, Chiffchaff Blackcap, and a Little Egret launched itself from the Sewage works opposite the farm and flew South West low but could not relocate.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 3rd of May 2015 04:27:29 PM

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This morning 10.15-12.15 in cold wind
Sedge Warblers 4
Blackcap 4 including a pair seen together
Whitethroat 6
Willow Warbler 4
Chiffchaff 6
Reed Bunting 2m singing
Linnet 2
Kestrel 2
Buzzard 1
no sound of Garden Warbler for me

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Garden Warbler 1 singing in area north of ETW.
Little Grebe 2
Gadwall 8
Sedge Warbler 2 singing.
Reed Warbler 1 singing.
House Martin 20+
Sand Martin 2
Swallow 2
Song Thrush 2 singing.
Oystercatcher 1
Yellow Wagtail 1 female.
Buzzard 1
Kestrel 1 male.
Grey Heron 1
Reed Bunting 1 singing.
Willow Warbler 1 singing.
Whitethroat 2 singing.
Blackcap 1 singing.
Greenfinch 1 singing.
Coot 4
Moorhen 2
Canada Geese 6
Mallard 10
Chaffinch 2 singing.

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Garden Warbler yesterday (17.30) at the first clump of hawthorns on the path NW of the pools.

Also two yellow wagtails on Friday.

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17.20-17.40
Rather quiet but sightings as follows:

2 House Martins over north - my first this year
1 Little Grebe
4 Gadwall
2 Teal - pair
2 Canada Geese
2 Coot
1 Moorhen
6 Pied Wagtail
2 Willow Tit
1 Chiffchaff
2 Willow Warbler
2 Blackcap
1 Song Thrush singing
1 Bullfinch
5 Linnet
Plus the usuals!


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In addition to Tim's report, a single Whitethroat in the scrub to the north of the works

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2.00-4.00pm with Tony Darby and others

Yellow Wagtail splendidly bright male moving around the rims of the concrete tanks with a Pied Wagtail
Oystercatcher 1
Little Egret 1
Buzzard 3
Orange-tip 1
Brimstone 4
Peacock 6
Small Tortoiseshell 2
Comma 2

otherwise oddly quiet

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2015-2100hrs

Only bird of note was Willow Tit at junction of Transpennine Way.

6 Teal Middle Pool.
4 Gadwall Middle Pool
2 Gadwall 1st Pool

1 Oystercatcher in Donkey Paddock.

No Wagtails at all, but the light was going so probably dispersed for the day.

2 Buzzards, one extremely pale and one with pale patches in wings..

No Egret, although did catch glimpse of large pale wing, but assumed it to be the Buzzard...


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1 Yellow Wagtail still around this morning
1 Little Egret in the trees at the back of last horse paddock
Many Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, plus a couple of Willow Warblers in the area
c250 Sand Martins feeding over the filtration beds this afternoon

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House Martin 2
Yellow Wagtail 1m.
Reed Bunting 1 singing.
Swallow 2
Moorhen 3
Gadwall 2m 2f.
Tufted Duck 2m 1f.
Coot 2
Little Grebe 4
Canada Geese 8
Mallard 4
Greenfinch 5+
Jay 1
Buzzard 1
Willow Warbler 2 singing.
Song Thrush 2 singing.
Pied Wagtail 2
Chiffchaff 3 singing.
BH Gull 3

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Just a quick one...full report later.

am visit.

Yellow Wagtail 1m in horse paddock.
House Martin 2

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Late post from yesterday evening - 40+ Sand Martins 17.00 plus a single Swallow.


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Little Egret, Sand Martin, House Martin and Swallow

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20 plus Sand Martins, 6 Swallows, 2 House Martins passing through. 1 Linnet, 1 Willow Warbler, several Chiffchaffs

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This morning:

12 singing Chiffchaff
3 singing Blackcap

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Little Egret 1 at the back of the middle pool
Redshank 1
Little Grebe 4
Tufted Duck 5
Gadwall 8
Oystercatchers 2
Chiffchaffs 6
Pied Wagtail 1 only
Buzzards 2

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0930 - 1000hrs Easter Monday.

Extremely quiet here yesterday, due to the fog.

Plenty of Coots round and many more in the flooded fields.
2 Teal on pool 1.
2 Oystercatchers in the fields also.
2 Swallows sat in a tree on pool 1 also.

1 Pied Wagtail in the Donkey Paddocks.

Several more Swallows around the stables area...




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Sand Martin 1 straight through north.
Little Grebe 2
Moorhen 7
Coot 7
Teal 4
Mallard 7
Gadwall 10
BH Gull 2
Tufted Duck 1f.
Canada Geese 2
Chiffchaff 2 singing.
Song Thrush 1 singing.
Pied Wagtail 6+
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1

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16.30
1 Oystercatcher
2 Buzzard - pair coppulating in a tree!
1 Mute Swan
2 Little Grebe
2 Shoveler
4 Gadwall
7 Teal
2 Tufted Duck
2 Mallard - including a female sat in a tree!!!
3 Canada Geese
6 Coot
2 Moorhen
1 Reed Bunting - singing
3 Chiffchaff
1 Bullfinch

Also: a Weasle ran across the path.

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Thursday 2nd of April 2015 07:46:27 PM

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