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RE: Silver Lane Pools, Risley


AM/PM OF NOTE

Hobby - 1 adult likely a Male with size

Mallard- 223 (Large increase this week - 172 on east pool alone)

Pochard- 1 Female

Shoveler- 1 Female

Kestrel-3

Buzzard-3

Skylark-12

Swift-10

Swallow -c50>S

House Martin -5

Little Grebe-13

Willow Warbler-4

Chiffchaff-10

Whitethroat-4

Blackcap-2

Reed Bunting-2

Gadwall-31



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Adult Hobby present this afternoon



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Wildfowl numbers increasing slowly including:

Mallard - 79
Tufted Duck - 33
Pochard - 2
Shoveler - 4
Wigeon - 4 (2 days ago)
Canada Geese - 16
Heron - 3
Little Grebe - 16 inc a 2 day old chick

Kestrel - 2
Mistle Thrush - 15, on cut corn field. Nice to see the numbers.
Swift - small parties of 20 - 30 drifting through occasionally during the day

Grasshopper Warbler - still reeling 4 days ago


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Whitethroat -4 one with small fledged young
Skylark - at least 20 pairs feeding young
Meadow Pipit- at least 10 pairs feeding young
Pochard -1 the hermaphrodite Male/Female/Hybrid still on the west pool ,I still think its a female
Tufted Duck-10
Shoveler - 1 Male
Buzzard-3
Kestrel-1
House Martin 6 on the small pool on the west side of the landfill and as they were going low continually over the pool ,swift were swooping about 6 feet above them ,im sure taking advantage of the house martins dispersed insects . There were about 100 Swift today at the pools which is a goodly number for there.
Little Grebe-4+
Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler also present.


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From yesterday evening

Cuckoo - briefly on fence & then flew off south, must have known we were in for some wet weather!
Swift - ca100 hawking across all pools
Kestrel - female
Pochard, hybrid - has been around for weeks now


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A drake Garganey was present on West Pool yesterday evening, no sign of it this morning. Five Grasshopper warblers reeling around the site yesterday and a Cuckoo by West Pool this morning.

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Black-necked grebe present for second day on West Pool. Four Corn buntings on top of landfill yesterday.

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PM-of note

Wheatear - 2

Yellow Wagtail-6

Whinchat-1

Swift- 40

Cuckoo-1

Tree Pipit- 1 (picture below)

 

 

 



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There's a large lay-by on the A574 just S of M62/J11, used by trucks; don't park on the farm access road on the SE corner of the roundabout, though

The best parking at the moment is Medway Road, Culcheth and walk South to the pools

Or, park in Risley at the entrance to Silver Lane before the barrier, and walk 1 mile E to M62/J11

Or (during daytime only, though you probably shouldn't), park at Taylor Industrial Estate just S of Culcheth & walk down the track leading off by the 2nd security barrier

All these barriers are there to stop travellers, who are a big problem locally from time to time

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The actual access to the site form the m-way roundabout seems unaffected by the work here, but you can't actually park a car on the road here any more. 5 minute walk to safe roadside laybye.


 Any chance you can tell me where the pull in 5 mins away is as all the regular watchers are walking in from the other end which takes best part of half an hour .

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Thanks for the information. 



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8:30am
1 Cuckoo heard and seen in tall trees at back of farm fields behind the pools.

pair Grey Partridge

1mYellow Wagtail

2 reeling Grasshopper Warblers.

The actual access to the site form the m-way roundabout seems unaffected by the work here, but you can't actually park a car on the road here any more. 5 minute walk to safe roadside laybye.

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There is access but you have to park on silver lane next ro risley prison on warrington road its a shame as its a me walk before you get to the first pool



-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Sunday 23rd of April 2017 04:15:30 PM

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Can you still get access to the site off j11 roundabout, if not ,how do you access. Thanks.

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A morning for migrants

Cuckoo - first of year here & for me
Wheatear
Grasshopper warbler - first of year here
Reed Warbler - 2
Sedge Warbler
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler

Residents around the area included
Lapwing - 7 pairs
Skylark - 12 pairs
Meadow Pipit - 6 pairs
Tufted Duck - 7 pairs
Pochard - single female still around
Sparrowhawk, male
Buzzard - 1 pair
Kestrel


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Only things of note this afternoon was

Wheatear-1 Pair

Reed Warbler-2

constant stream north of Sand Martin

Raven-2 flying North



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Drizzling it may have been but some activity & movement around the area including

Little Ringed Plover - 2
Common Snipe - 1
Wheatear - 2
White Wagtail - 2
Sand Martin - 20+ moving west in rain (30 feeding over the pools 2 evenings ago)
Swallows - 6 doing same
Blackcap - 5
Chiffchaff - 6
Willow Warbler - 6

+ usual wildfowl & regular passerines


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Wheatear - 1 Male (first of year for me)picture below
Common Snipe-2
Yellowhammer-1
Lapwing-30
Willow Warbler-1
Goldcrest 2


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Goldeneye - female on west pool
Shoveler - male there to
Tufted Duck - 24
Pochard - female
Mute Swan - 1 pair

Sand Martin - 2 flew west

Chiffchaff - 12 around area
Blackcap - 3 (first heard locally on 28th)

Linnet - 3 pairs


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Buzzard-at least 8 up in the thermals at once
Kestrel-2
Sparrowhawk-2
Little Grebe-6
Skylark- 15 at least singing
Reed Bunting-6
Bullfinch-2
Chiffchaff-4
Teal-6
Jay-1
Pochard-2
Tufted Duck-16
Oystercatcher-3
Cormorant-5
Meadow Pipit -4
Linnet-2
Lapwing -8
Long Tailed Tit - at least 2 pairs building nests


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A blustery but pleasant wander around.

Sand Martin x 5
White Wagtail x 2
Chiffchaff x 7

Great Crested Grebe on west pool, uncommon here.
Little Grebe x 6
Cormorant x 6
Heron
Shelduck x 2. Another uncommon species on the pools.
Tufted Duck x 19
Mallard x 12
Pochard x 2
Teal x 12
Coot x 24
Oystercatcher x 2
Fieldfare x 50
Redwing x 4



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Wigeon- 59 (34 on west pool and 25 flying south over west pool)my guess they had been disturbed from my next patch houghton Green pool.
Oystercatcher - 2 West pool
Little Grebe-4
Shelduck - 1 pair
Buzzard-4
Kestrel-2
Snipe-2
Tufted Duck- 21
Grey Heron-1
Goldcrest-1
Lapwing-25
Skylark - 15


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A classic early Spring morning down at Silver Lane Pools today - as usual only saw a few other people and had the place to myself most of the time.
The tally apart from the usual tits, Robins, Song Thrushes, Dunnocks and Blackbirds runs like this:

260 Starling,
30+ Fieldfare,
21 Lapwing on the eastern arable,
8 Common Buzzard,
28 Skylark,
7 Reed Bunting,
1 female Stonechat,
1 male Merlin,
1 Oystercatcher,
16 Tufted Duck,
15 Mallard,
13 Coot,
10 Teal,
5 Little Grebe,
4 Cormorant,
1 Pochard
2 Mute Swan.

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A luminous morning around this delightfully empty quarter - even fewer people about now that you have to walk further to get there! Good variety of birds, though overall it felt fairly quiet.
Sparrowhawk 2
Common Buzzard 3
Kestrel 1m
Merlin? I disturbed a small raptor as I walked out just past where the stonechats normally perch - it didn't look much bigger than a song thrush, but it was away very fast and I didn't see barring on the tail.
On the water:
3 Cormorant
8 Pochard
35 Tufted Duck
1 Little Grebe
2 Teal
14 Mallard
26 Coot
1 Shelduck male
2 Gadwall (1pair)

Also
30 Lapwing over
30 Redwing over
A flock of 85 Fieldfare in trees on the N arable fringe, mixed with a few Starlings - not seen that combo before!
! Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Skylarks in song but not seen (over the landfill)
2 Goldcrest
2 Reed Bunting
plus the usual tits, chaffinches, goldfinches.

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A dull and cold start to the day kept the place devoid of human life but around the area:

P F Geese - 70 flew low to the west
Canada Geese - 100 came in later
Mute Swan - the pair seems to be around most days
Cormorant - 2
Pochard - 19
Mallard - 38
Tufted Duck - 25
Coot - 34
Gadwall - 2 pair

Fieldfare - 100- along the east side
Stonechat - 1 pair



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As of yesterday.

Common snipe - 44 - impressive numbers along the east side (37) and 7 on the grounds itself
Jack Snipe - 2 - 1 along east side & 1 on the grounds.

Mallard - 40
Pochard - 10
Tufted Duck - 6 -numbers way down on usual counts!
Coot - 34 - mostly favoring middle and east pool

Kestrel - 2 m&f

Skylark - 18 overhead
Fieldfare - 170+ on east fields
Goldfinch 70+ feeding on seed heads along east side

Unfortunately the area is opening up to the hunting fraternity which is going to limit the wildlife potential if it continues. Chap with hawk & dog along south side of mound followed later by 2 blokes & 3 hunting dogs going through the rough vegetated areas along the top of the landfill at dusk!

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Damp & cool but a pleasant walk round.

Little Egret - came off the Hidden pool & flew south. A nice surprise, the last time I recorded one here was in 2011?
Mute Swan - 2 on east pool
Tufted Duck - 41
Pochard - 22
Teal - 6
Gadwall - 6
Mallard - 14, really low numbers so far this winter
Little Grebe - 3
Cormorant - 2
Coot - 38

Woodcock - Another surprise in disturbing one from shortish open grass area on east side of landfill & a
Common Snipe nearby as well
Lapwing - 150 over fields

Linnets - 50
Goldfinch - 40

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Stonechat- 2 Female - 1 near maggot farm and one above middle pool
Sparrowhawk-1
Yellowhammer-14...
Lapwing- 100
Pochard-20
Linnet-70
Pink footed Geese - 270 flying east
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Stonechat- 1 Female
Sparrowhawk - 1 x 1st W Male (picture below)
Kestrel-3
Pochard-20
Gadwall-10
Linnet-140 on east arable
Fieldfare- 40+
Redwing- 30+
Tufted Duck-25
Skylark-20
Yellowhammer-12
Buzzard-2
Goldcrest-2
Cormorant-3
Meadow Pipit-12
Siskin-20 in west woodland
Redpoll- 10 in west woodland
Jay-3
Lapwing - 200+ on eastern arable
 



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A morning stroll in bright warming sunshine with notable activity among the Thrush family including

Fieldfare - 250 along the east side mostly with frequent forays onto the adjacent fields.
Redwing - 50 as above
Blackbird - 25+ quite a few with the above flocks
Song thrush - 10 - again several with the above flocks, others around the area
Mistle Thrush - 4 around the area

Kestrel - female
Yellowhammers - 4
Reed Bunting - 12
Starlings - 300 with the thrushes
Stonechat - 1 pair, south side of middle pool

West pool
Pochard - 15
Tufted Duck - 42
Cormorant - 2

East pool
Mute Swan - 2
Gadwall - 6


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Redwing-50
Yellowhammer-6
Meadow Pipit- 28
Skylark-20
Pochard-10
Teal-16
Kestrel-4
Buzzard-5
Raven -1
Cormorant-5
Bullfinch-2
Grey Heron-1


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Goldeneye-1 female west pool -first of the winter here.
Shoveler-5 female
Wigeon-1
Little Grebe-3
Pochard-11
Tufted Duck-26
Kestrel-2
Linnet-60
Redpoll-15
Goldfich-40
Yellowhammer-6
Buzzard-6
Great Black-backed Gull- 3
Skylark-12
Stonechat-1 Female
Common Snipe-1
Fieldfare-25
Pink footed Geese- 175 flying East


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First visit for me today at dinner time, decent site and only 20 mins on bus from Leigh. Might even pedal it next time.

Similar sightings to Robs, but i can add a few more birds.

5 Yellowhammer
236 Redwing, mostly South
3 Reed Bunting
c20 Meadow Pipit
1 Kestrel
2 Little Grebe
1 Goldcrest
Small flocks of Redpoll and Linnet over.





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Fairly quiet this morning 8 -10am apart from

Fieldfare - 200 in 2 groups flying high to SW
Woodpigeon - 200 flying high south
Skylark - 16 flew south & later 50+ up in air over landfill mound circled a few times before dropping back down again
Lapwing - 200 circling & then on to east side fields

Grey Partridge - 6 on east side of mound which in turn spooked a Hare nearby

Wildfowl seem to be preferring middle & east recently included
Mallard - 42
Gadwall - 2
Shoveler - 5
Coot - 42

West pool
Pochard - 9
Tufted Duck - 27
Mute Swan - 2


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Stonechat - 4 ( 2 above middle pool,2 on the eastern Arable )
Yellowhammer - 40
Brambling -1 heard only heading west
Fieldfare- c750 all heading South in 6 groups
Redwing - c300 all heading Sounth
Buzzard-3
Sparrowhawk-2
Reed Bunting-10
Great Crested Grebe -2 new in on West pool
Little Grebe-4
Shoveler-8
Meadow Pipit-15
Skylark-30 heading South
Jay-1
Goldcrest-2


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Fieldfare - c200 mainly on the east side

Redwing - c300 mainly on the east side

Pink Footed Geese - 37 flying SE

Stonechat-1 female

Buzzard- 4

Yellowhammer- 7

Meadow Pipit-20

Reed Bunting-20

Great spotted woodpecker-2

Siskin-2

Redpoll - 1 heard only

Goldcrest -1

Pochard- 11 (8m/3f)

Shoveler-8

Gadwall-3

Little Grebe-3

Song Thrush - c40 (migrants)

Grey Wagtail-1

Sparrowhawk-2



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A Merlin came off the landfill at 2.15pm today and flew across the eastern arable fields, a Peregrine made much the same journey at 3.00pm, only appreciably higher. c200 Pinkfeet on the south side of the M62 were flushed by an aircraft. Dave Beetham flushed a Jack snipe from the area this morning. Four Shoveler, two Wigeon and ten Pochard were notable amongst the wildfowl on the pools.

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Today am/ pm
Stonechat- 2

Kestrel-2

Buzzard-3

Linnet-55

Skylark-12

Meadow Pipit -20

Pochard-11

Tufted Duck- 18

Cormorant-3

Grey Heron-1

Shoveler-5 female

Teal -9

Sparrowhawk-2

Siskin-4

Song Thrush -6

Pied Wagtail-1

Redwing-60 (eastern Arable fields)

Lapwing-140 (Eastern Arable Fields)



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Stonechat - 4 (3 f/imm ,1 Male)

Pink footed Geese - 11 on East arable field + 140 over NW

Meadow Pipit - 100+ around the site

Yellowhammer-1

Linnet- 40

Lapwing- c100 on eastern arable

Shoveler-5 female (East pool)

Redwing - c20

Fieldfare-10

Reed Bunting-



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Juvenile Cuckoo still present late afternoon, on the landfill above East Pool. 35 Pink-footed geese on the eastern arable fields (stubble with bales).

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Juvenile Cuckoo on old landfill behind HM Risley Prison, close to the old western footpath, at 2.30pm.

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I've had two records of Goosander too Rob - a single fly-over and two juveniles on Middle Pool. Had a Peregrine there on Sunday evening, and a Chiffchaff by West Pool.

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Sadly no bearded tit but ...

East pool
Goosander, female. Only 2nd record here in over 10 years that I'm aware of?
Great crested grebe, immature still present

West pool
Pochard 10
Cormorant 4
Canada geese 80

Goldcrest with long tailed tits
Stonechat 1

An unseen raptor - I guess, put up masses of birds at one point, the sky was full of milling lapwing 300+, starlings 300+, redwings 200, black headed gulls, wildfowl, crows & numerous finches, unfortunately couldn't see the cause!

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Two local patches today and a real surprise at one of them .Today was what all my Patchwork is about ,getting the reward for doing this week in week out ,and seeing little ,but again today it proved its worth when at the first Site Silver lane I was sheltering from a heavy shower when I heard what I thought was Bearded Tit just coming into the Hidden pool,I thought it can't be ,ive never heard one fly in anywhere before, then it started calling ,I put the Binoculars up and there it was flirting along the top of Phragmites Reedbed calling incessantly has though it had got separated from others,which I assume must have carried on over the area and this one was driven down by the rain .I got a very distant record shot has it was about 80 yards away,it appeared to be a 1st winter bird . Where the eck could this have come from? I thought was it a Uk bred bird or one that had migrated from Northern Europe ,blown off course by the recent easterly winds.I know they are normally pretty sedentary ,so to get one on Migration is amazing,but more so has locally expecially in the LOS recording area ,I cannot remember the last proven record of this species,so its a real rarity and for me better than any of the East Yorkshire celebrity birds,and a self found which is the real bonus.
I tried to get closer,but suddenly has I walked around to the other side of the pool,I heard it go up in the air again,I managed to get it in my binoculars again has it rose to about 100 feet circling ,then it headed off over the west pool and kept going until I lost it,what a great encounter and such a special bird. :) so what else did I see today ....
16.10.2016
Silver Lane pools
Bearded Tit- 1 first winter(record shot below)
Buzzard-4
Fieldfare-65
Redwing-20
Pochard-12
Tufted Duck- 16
Cormorant-4
Stonechat-1
Meadow Pipit-60+
Skylark-50+
Linnet- 45
Kestrel-2
Bullfinch-2
Grey Partridge -12
plus the usuals click on the view image to see picture ,for some reason no thumbnail is showing :)

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A Bearded Tit flew high towards the west pool at 12:40 today after the rain had cleared but has not been relocated since.

Info thanks to John Tymon

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Wigeon- 4 (East pool)
Great crested Grebe- 1 (East Pool)
Tufted Duck- 16
Pochard-8
Sparrowhawk- 1
Chiffchaff-7
Siskin-10
Goldfinch-20
Linnet- 47
Meadow Pipit - 23
Kestrel-1 with a mouse.
Jack Snipe- 1 which jumped out of a ditch at the front of me dropped back in 10 feet away in the same ditch,when I walked up to it I couldn't see it,they are beggars to see Jack snipe.
Pink Footed Geese - 170 > NW

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From yesterday.

Great crested grebe - on east pool, a rarity here
Wigeon 2 - have been hanging around the east for several days now
Pochard 9 - 7 males & 2 females on west pool
Stonechat 2 - female & an immature south of mid pool

Pink footed geese - ca 250 moving around the local fields most days
Common Snipe 4 - on east fields.
Merlin - along with 50+ Linnets in same area
Fieldfare 14 - came in high from the east before dropping into trees nearby
Long tailed tits - 2 flocks of 12 & 15 around the area with 2 Chiffchaff among them
Light southerly movement of chaffinch, meadow pipit, skylark & pied wagtail noted



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This Afternoon In between Penny flash visits
Ring Ouzel - 1 adult Male
Pink Footed Geese - 600 coming in from North turning west and heading off towards Martin Mere -3 flocks


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Hi Jonathan, could you tell me which is east and west pools please. Is west nearest to M62 ?





Hi Stuart,

There are three main pools at Silver Lane - East, Middle and West - which, unsurprisingly, spread across the site from east to west :) They're all pretty much the same distance from the motorway but if you're parked at J11 and walk along the Eastern Footpath you'll hit East Pool first, then Middle, then West. The arrow on this map should mark East Pool:

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=366475&Y=393867&A=Y&Z=115&ax=366715&ay=394175

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Hi Jonathan, could you tell me which is east and west pools please. Is west nearest to M62 ?



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