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Seven Pochard on West Pool and a Kingfisher on East Pool were of interest this afternoon. The Kingfisher has been present for several weeks but is elusive and seemingly utilizes all the pools, from the Entrance Pool to West Pool, unless there's more than one of course? Also my first Siskins of the autumn, on Silver Lane itself - at least two in the alders in Motorway Wood.

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Vis mig between 10 - 12 today.

House Martins & Swallows ca 300/hour mostly using the disused railway line & fields to the east as a feeding flyway with HMs outnumbering SWs 10:1
Sand Martin - 2 among them
Pied Wagtails - 6/hr
Meadow Pipits - 20/hr
Skylark - 10/hr

Other sighting around the area included
Cormorant - 4 flying high to the west
Pink footed geese - 25 flew east
Merlin being harassed by crow & magpie over east side before heading out fast to the east
Kestrel - 2
Buzzards - 3
Great spotted woodpecker
Linnet flock of ca100 with 20+ goldfinch among them around the fields
Mixed tit flock with long tailed tit x 20; Chiffchaff 3; Goldcrest 2 & several great & blue tits
Teal - 9 on east pool
Yellowhammer - pair in tree in middle of field

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Pink footed Geese- 13 flying nw
Meadow Pipit-45
Tufted Duck-52
Common Buzzard-2
Wigeon-1 Female
Little Grebe-6
Black Headed Gull- 220
Lesser Black Backed Gull- 22
Teal - 36 on east pool and hidden pool
Goldfinch-40
Linnet - 22
Swallow-10
House Martin - 20



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Vismigging between 8.30- 11am. Despite a cool F1-2 south westerly there was a steady movement of birds south/hour inc:

House martins - an impressive 750
Swallows - 250
Pied Wagtail - 15
Grey Wagtail - 2
Meadow Pipits - 22
and a few of the usual's skylark, chaffinch, greenfinch & goldfinch

Of note though were
Woodlark - 1 - overhead & clear views but there could have been 2 as the 2nd bird some 10' later was some way over to the west & unclear
Crossbill - 4

The following are some vis mig results of interest from the 15th September which I was unable to put up then due to last minute packing/panic for a few days away but included:
Crossbill - 18 (14 + 4 later)
Tree Pipit - 2
Common Snipe - 6 flying high & direct to the south
Blue Tit - 3 also high heading south
Pied Wagtail - 8

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Silver Lane Pools -18.09.2016. two visits 06.45- 0900 & 11.00- 15.00
Two visits to silver lane today one first thing in the fog to see if the Red Backed Shrike that was found yesterday by Paul Richardson was still present,which has I expected after such a clear night ,it wasn't ,and second visit to do my normal patching to see what was about. I did a full cover of the site on the second visit and a 2 hour vis mig watch under a small bush in the shade from the top looking towards rivington Pike across a great vista of industy,urban,Mossland and Famland what did I see...
Kingfisher-1 on small pool at entrance to site
Tufted Duck-c60
Pochard-2
Wigeon-1
Sparrowhawk-1
Linnet-140 (50 on Landfill,the rest on the arable fields to the east)
Kestrel-3
Meadow Pipit -45
Skylark-25
Teal -8
Stock Dove- 25
Goldfinch-30
Little Grebe-8

During the 2 Hour vis mig- Most birds flying SSW 12.00-14.00
Swallow -c 800 all all in the main flying SSW
House Martin - c 200
Sand Martin- c20
Common Buzzard - 8 all up in the thirmals at one time between the Landfill and Leigh.
Meadow Pipit - 170
Tree Pipit- 1
Skylark- 120
Yellow Wagtail-1

no pictures taken today ,couldn't be bothered smile emoticon:) in the morning there were probably 40 people present looking for the shrike ,when I left there was just me,sound about reet smile emoticon


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No sign of shrike 7-9 but foggy at sl

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John Watson wrote:

Red-Backed Shrike still at 18:10

Park at M62/J11, take footpath from W of jct into former tip, view bird 100 yards on R

Do not use public footpath from E of jct as it may flush bird





Just be aware that the landfill isn't officially open yet. If you enter and someone from BIFFA sees you, you'll be asked to leave.

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A splendid session late afternoon watching the Red-backed Shrike hunting (attempted to take a Southern Hawker) and eating from its larder (an impaled frog). Poor video grab of the larder.

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Red-Backed Shrike still at 18:10

Park at M62/J11, take footpath from W of jct into former tip, view bird 100 yards on R

Do not use public footpath from E of jct as it may flush bird

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Juvenile Red-backed Shrike still present but elusive, now near the M62 parking area.

Info thanks to Brian Fielding

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Juvenile Red-backed Shrike present this afternoon, found by by Paul Richardson.

The bird was about 200m up the approach track to Silver Lane Pools from the M62 roundabout parking location. Bird was on the far side of the line of bushes to the left of the track, hunting on the scrubby vegetation of the landfill side.

Photos below by (and copyright to) finder Paul Richardson

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Whinchat-2
Yellow Wagtail-2
Meadow Pipit-c40
Tree Pipit-1
Sparrowhawk-2
Linnet-30
Goldfinch-40
Skylark-25
plus the usuals

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A cool blustery early walk around the site.

Peregrine Falcon - immature along east side gave some 200 Woodpigeon anxious times.
Kestrel - 3 around the area
Sparrowhawk, female - over the west pool spooking ca50 immature Black Headed Gulls who when settled back down were following Coot around & attempting to rob them of any weed they brought to the surface!
Mistle Thrush - 10 feeding in the cut cornfields near J11 of the M62
Stock Dove - 20 among pigeons & in smaller groups.
Finch flock - 120+ over the east side fields. At distance most seem to be Goldfinch.
Linnet - 50 with what looked like a Twite among them but the restless flock wouldn't settle close enough to confirm with binoculars.
Meadow Pipits - 20 in same fields
Swallows & House Martins - light movement of ca 50/hour. Did another roost check 2 nights ago for Swallows which was still active but with small groups of birds flying directly into the roost this time as opposed to gathering over it en masse & then dropping in.

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5 hours here today covering the whole site several times

Wheatear- 4 fem/juv
Whinchat - 5 mainly juveniles
Buzzard-5
Swallow - at least 300 per hour passing straight through south
Tree Pipit - 1 a cracking autumn clean new plumaged bird and the first decent shot I have of one attached.
Sparrowhawk - 3 (2 Juveniles and an adult Female)
Hobby - 1 adult
Peregrine - 1 juvenile female
Kestrel-3
Linnet-35
Common Sandpiper-1
Green Sandpiper-1
Teal-3
Willow Warbler-10
Whitethroat-1
Sand Martin-10
Cormorant-1
Little Grebe- 9 including a very tiny young one
Skylark-10
Medow Pipit -10
Tufted Duck-60


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Damp underfoot but a warm start to the walk.

Peregrine Falcon - an immature circling along the east side of the landfill then out east
Kestrel - 2 females hunting in different areas around the pools
Herons - 3 off the east pool
Tufted Duck - 80+ on the west pool
Mistle Thrush - 23 flying high & direct to the SW. Its good to see a pair these days so a group of this size was a treat!
Tree pipit - also flying south
Swallows & House Martins - ca 50/hour heading south
Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff & Whitethroat also noted around the area.

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A walk round at dusk last night produced an impressive display of between 250-300 mostly immature Swallows gathering overhead and then eventually dropping into the reeds of the hidden pool.
Over 100 mallard also dropped in after dark to join as many on the east and west pools along with 3 herons.

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Quite a few Tree pipits have been moving through recently. I had a single bird on Saturday, at least five yesterday, and another three this morning. A Whimbrel and a Hobby over yesterday too.

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Green Sandpipers x 3 & a single Wood Sandpiper on mid pool & then onto west pool

Great Crested Grebe 2 on west pool along with black necked grebe

Two Ravens flew low south to west over pools

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Black-necked grebe still present on West Pool where it's been joined by a juvenile Great crested grebe and a drake Pochard. There's also three broods of Tufted duck on the pool - 6, 3 and 1. Two Yellow wagtails calling from the arable to the east of the landfill.

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Adult Black-necked grebe on West Pool this morning. Grasshopper warbler reeling from the meadow above Middle Pool.

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Linnet - c80 Mixed flock of mainly young birds
Yellow Wagtail- 5 Juv (strangely mixed in with the linnets ,but nice to see they have nested locally)
Common Buzzard- 1
Tufted Duck - c25 on the west pool including 1 female with a nice brood of 6 newly hatched ducklings.
Sand Martin- 200+ mainly juveniles ,which most likely by the way they were flying have only fledged in the last couple of days if not this morning. All were over the Middle pool and the grassland above the pool.
House Martin - 20 +
Swift- 20+
Blackcap-4
Whitethroat - 1 female with 6 newly fledged young on the west side of the landfill
Skylark -8
Kestrel-1 male
Little Grebe -7
yellowhammer-1
Reed Warbler-c6


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FIrst visit 1 till about 2.30

Got caught in the rain, don't think I have ever been this wet in my entire life

Highlights

Skylark x3 (bogey bird for me)

little grebe

Buzzard

Meadow pipit

Small flock of Goldfinch

Male and female Reed bunting

On the wet walk back to the car about 3 newly fledged Wrens

15+ Starling flock with a few lapwings tagging along

Cheers Jay

Dont twitch and drive



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5:30-6:00 pm

Cuckoo calling sporadically from landfill.

Eventually seen, flying low being mobbed by small birds, poss meadow pipits. Seen again a bit later, still on landfill site, still being mobbed.

M Kestrel.


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I Couldn't be bothered travelling too far today so went for a very wet Walk down Silver Lane pools Risley. I don't know why but it always throws down Monsoon rain just has im in an area with no cover ,and it happened again today - Very wet but still some good birds to be found.
Little Grebe - 4 including one on the tiny pool near the entrance
Cuckoo- 1 Male flew across the rapeseed field on the east side and onto the east pool area Calling all afternoon ,up to me leaving.
Sedge Warbler- 1 by the old maggot farm area
Reed Warbler - 6+
Garden Warbler- 1 male still along the east path
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Male singing on the south side of east pool
Whitethroat - 3
Ringed Plover- 1 Pair
Linnet-6
Stock Dove -38
Common Buzzard- 1 Pair
Swift- c50
House Martin -10 taking mud from the pool at the entrace to the site
Skylark - at least 8 pairs
Lapwing - 4 pairs +
Reed Bunting -8
Coot - 1 with one large young on small pool on the west side of Landfill .


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Yellow Wagtail - 1 Male
Reed Warbler- 4 singing from the hidden pool
Meadow Pipit -6
Linnet- 10
Garden Warbler-1 good views on path east of hidden pool
Whitethroat- 8 singing Males
Common Buzzard-1
Yellowhammer- 1 Male
Willow Warbler - 10+


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Whitethroat-6
Reed Warbler-3
Linnets -8
Yellowhammer-1 Male
Reed Bunting -8
Skylark-4
Lapwing - 10


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Ringed Plover-2
White Wagtail-6
Whitethroat-6
Buzzard-3
Kestrel-1
Little Grebe -4
Linnet-35
Meadow Pipit-6+


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Ringed Plover-1 Pair
Wheatear- 1 Male/1 Female
Buzzard-2
White Wagtail -11 crackin Males in the first field on the right
Meadow Pipit- 8
Cormorant-1
Whitethroat- 3
Blackcap-1
Linnet-6



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Male Whinchat and three Grasshopper warblers around the east/north side of the landfill, calling Cuckoo from disused railway lines, and an overflying Tree pipit this morning. With Matt Pitt.

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A Long-tailed duck flew west from the pools this morning. Only very brief view as it banked around the trees at the far end of the West Pool, just got it's back and face pattern before it leveled out and flew directly away from me - I couldn't in all honesty say whether it was a male in summer plumage or a female. Cuckoo also present on disused railway line, and at least three reeling Grasshopper warblers. Male Whinchat was on landfill above Middle Pool Saturday morning.

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Mooch after work this afternoon.
Cuckoo -2
Ring Ouzel- one male flew briefly off the top of a tree after flying off the landfill and then flew off North east
Sedge Warbler-1
Willow Warbler- c10...
Common Sandpiper-1
Whitethroat -1
Little Grebe -6
Kestrel-1
Sparrowhawk -1



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Thanks John, much appreciated.

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Park by the metal gates to the old landfill site. To the east (right when facing the gates) are arable fields, there's a path runs along the edge of the fields - access it from overgrown steps near the Manchester-bound slip road. Follow the path along the edge of the landfill until you reach a gateway on your left, from here you should be able to see the Eastern Pool. Go through the gate and the three main pools are below the path. You can walk all the way around the landfill by following paths. The landfill is still closed to the public.

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Could you give directions to silver lane pools please, from junction 11.

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Two Grasshopper warblers reeling this morning, one in the ditch just north of the maggot farm, the other by the landfill entrance gate at the east end of Middle Pool. My first Common whitethroats on site too this morning.

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Male Ring ouzel on west side of landfill this morning, flew north towards pools. With Matt Pitt.

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Female Whinchat along the fenceline above the Hidden Pool this morning.

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Ten Wheaters and two male Yellow wagtails on the eastern arable this afternoon. The Black-necked grebe remains on West Pool but the Whooper has finally disappeared from the flooded rape field. In fact, the plug has - quite literally - been pulled on the 'wader scrape'! The farmer must have cleared a drain or culvert and the water has drained away. A real pity, just as wader passage was getting underway! Two Little ringed plover were present on the mud however.

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Whooper Swan still present on east fields
Black necked grebe still on west pool
Merlin female across site & then 20' minutes later seen at close quarters trying to take a skylark which it eventually did

Willow Warbler & Blackcap also in now

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Black necked grebe still on west pool
Goldeneye-female, also present

Whooper Swan still on flooded fields along with
Curlew 4

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A quick walk round and catch up this morning before the rain came in.

Black neck grebe 1 on west pool

Whooper swan 1 on flooded fields to the east along with
Greylag goose 1
Shoveler 3
Oystercatcher 3
Ringed Plover 2 (5 earlier in the week)
Sand martin 3
Wheatear 1
Chiffchaff singing finally, was seen several times earlier in the week but wasn't in the mood for song!




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Black-necked grebe present on West Pool this a.m. Also singing Chiffchaff in wood above the pool.

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Not so much on the pools as in the flooded fields beside them which adds to the interest of the area

Whooper Swan 1
Curlew 1
Ringed Plover 2
Oystercatcher 2
Lapwing 150
Stock Dove 20

Reed Bunting 40+ into adjacent reed bed at dusk

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A steady increase in wildfowl numbers on the pools, in particular:

Mallard 82
Pochard 14

Great Crested Grebe 1 - a sporadic visitor here!

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From a dusk visit tonight

Magpie 43 into roost

Fieldfare 200 dropping into trees

Starling ca1000 (in 2 groups) heading SW to Woolston?

All accompanied by a fox calling nearby with a frog in its throat, literary sounding like a frog (ribbit ribbit), weird!

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A single Whooper swan with two Mute swans on the flooded Eastern arable this afternoon.

Little movement amongst the wildfowl on the pools over recent weeks, hopefully the forecast colder weather will stir things up a little.

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Saturday 2nd January:

Very quiet in rain. Totals for all four pools, though a flooded Hidden Pool held just a single Coot!

Mallard - 43

Gadwall - 11

Tufted duck - 20

Pochard - 2

Coot - 64

Little grebe - 2

I walked over the landfill, along the old truck road that runs E to W, and flushed 11 meadow pipits and a Skylark. I'm sure there would have been more had I strayed from the path.

I've been in Scotland over Christmas so haven't been feeding the eastern arable, however five Yellowhammers flushed from the trees by the path as I walked down. I'm now scattering niger seed beneath the alders along this path in the hope of attracting Redpoll, Chaffinch, etc. as I'm sick of feeding an ever-increasing flock of Woodpigeons and Crows on the stubble, though I'll still be feeding a cheap seed mix there!

 



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Wildfowl numbers fairly static on west pool in recent weeks but include:

Gadwall 38
Tufted Duck 29
Wigeon 6
Coot 53
Cormorant 2

Finch flock in trees south of pool:
Goldfinch 30
L. Redpoll 6
Siskin 3

On top of hill:
Meadow Pipit 28
Skylark 7
Grey Partridge 7





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A late female Wheatear on the landscaped landfill this afternoon. One of the guys who works on the site had a Short-eared owl on the grassland at the top of the landfill last week.



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Two flocks of Crossbills over Silver Lane this morning, heading south. First flock heard only, second flock 12+ birds - flew through a flock of 30+Skylarks so counting was difficult.

Something I forgot to post - I found a Cetti's warbler at the Hidden Pool on 18th August, first one I've seen here.

Many changes taking place at Silver Lane at present as landscaping of the landfill is nearing completion, this will result in a country park around 340 acres in total (if the woodland behind Risley HMP is opened up too). Fantastic views from the top of the old landfill, I'll put something on the 'Discussion' forum when I have time.

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