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Post Info TOPIC: Silver Lane Pools, Risley


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Silver Lane Pools, Risley


Afternoon lurk with jplatt in great conditions produced 2 but probably three cuckoos six wheatear yellowhammers two singing white throats jays buzzards four little grebes grasshopper warbler heard then onto croft for little owl and heard-only corn bunting


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Two Black-necked grebes still on West Pool this afternoon.

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Two Black-necked grebes on West Pool this morning.

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A two lifer day around the pools with jonplatt where we first did the pools producing eleven teal, buzzards, reed buntings, couple of flushed snipe, three little grebe ... Jonplatt had a water rail scurry across the path which I missedevileye. Then to croft for my first little owl ... He was showing well in the sunshine. Finally holcroft moss for woodcock ... A big unblocker for me, although I had a likely on carrington moss a few years ago ... As the last ebb of light came in a single woodcock flew over our shoulders... One of the best birding experiences of my life given the aura and the site. Thanks Jon!

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Corn Bunting numbers up to at least 28 this morning on the arable to the east of the landfill.

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A pair of Goosander flew over this morning, only my second ever sighting at the pools. A number of passerines have been feeding on the stubble/potato field at the east end of the landfill recently - 100+ Linnets, 70+ Skylarks, 15+ Corn Buntings, plus Reed Buntings, Yellowhammers, Chaffinches, Fieldfare, etc. A Raven flew over on Friday.

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First walk around the pools for several months was spoilt somewhat by thick mist, I could barely see thirty yards! A Kingfisher was calling around Middle Pool and at least 15 Little grebes on Top Pool (the mist had cleared somewhat by then).

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Male and female Cuckoo at the pools this morning.

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Cheers Jonathan i thought they was around this area just wasnt 100%.

Thanks again.

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The pools are basically at the back of Risley HMP. Either park at the arrow here:

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/idld.srf?x=366075&y=393280&z=115&sv=366075,393280&st=4&ar=y&mapp=idld.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=740&ax=366075&ay=393280&lm=0

Or park by the roundabout at J11 of the M62. Either way, follow the footpath around the old landfill site. If you want to stay dry you MUST wear wellies! You can walk round in an hour but allow at least two if you're birding.

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Can anybody tell me where this site is please?

Cheers scott

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3 Cuckoos present 10,30 AM
Pair flying together along tree line beyond the further of the two main pools.
The m calling as it flew, another cuckoo responded with brief calling from the Tip.
4 Little Grebes on the other main pool.

Stoat from path.

Loads of Butterflies on the wing-Small Tort, Peacocks, Orange Tips, Speckled Wood

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Male Cuckoo was singing from the old railway lines this morning. First Reed warbler back at the Hidden Pool, four Common whitethroat (there was only one yesterday) and three Wheatear on the landfill.

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Male and female Cuckoo, with male singing, at 4.45pm. I had heard him briefly as I walked round (wellies needed, or you'll catch trenchfoot!) and seen two jays, plus usual Reed Buntings and Meadow Pipits, plus three Swallows were skimming the waters. I walked over beyond the old railway line and saw a massive Buzzard, plus a Corn Bunting on the wires.

As I was doubling back I heard the Cuckoo singing again and ran around to find the pair on the fenceposts in the middle of the pools (the tip side, right by the footpath) they then moved over to the tip whereupon they were lost on the horizon.



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6.30-7.30am

Quiet again. There was a female Stonechat on the fence above Bottom Pool, presumably making it's way from wintering to breeding grounds? A Willow warbler was singing from the landfill by the Top Footpath, first I've heard this year.

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6.30-7.30am

Quiet. Of interest were a pair of Teal on the pond by the old sheds, three pairs of Grey partridge and an increase in Tufted duck from the last few days. Only new migrants in were three Blackcaps. Fieldfare remain and were communally singing in the Bottom Hedge.

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6.30-8.00am (with Matt Pitt)

Not many migrants - 4-5 Chiffchaffs and a lone Sand martin. Five Curlew flew over and a Woodcock flushed from the edge of Motorway Wood.

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Two brilliant birds this morning - Long-eared owl and Green woodpecker - just about annual at the pools. Great crested grebe on Top Pool, along with four Little grebes. A Corn bunting flew over Top Pool too, I've not seen one in this area for several years. Didn't have time to cover the other pools due to annoying BST! Little ringed plover near work this morning too.

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Highlights from PM visit, with twin brother Jamie who also endured a wait for Cetti's at the Flash!


Two Sand Martin
2 Oystercatchers, 1 Little Grebe and 1 M Pochard (Largest pool)
Tufted Ducks, Gadwalls

Buzzards around, Reed Buntings seen and heard, Chiffchaff (1) singing

Total mudbath, specially around the largest pool.



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Three Sand Martins hawking over Top Pool this morning.

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6.15-7.30am

First two Chiffchaffs of the year were the only sign of migration apart from a decent passage of Meadow Pipits overhead. 100+ Fieldfare feeding on a recentlly-drilled field to the east of the landfill, this field has also attracted a small flock of 7 Corn Buntings this week. Three pairs of Grey Partridge was a decent count these days. 21 Gadwall on Bottom Pool, three Little Grebes on Top Pool. Usual Tufted Duck, Coot, etc.

Checked a spot near work looking for Little Ringed Plover (there's been a pair of Ringed Plover there since early March). No sign of the LRP's but found a female Wheatear.

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Managed my first complete walk around the pools this year this morning. Of note were four Pochard on Top Pool and a staggering 33 Gadwall on Bottom Pool. A Yellowhammer was singing from the bottom hedge and a Willow Tit was on the landfill by the Motorway Wood. Plenty of small passerines around in general.

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Cuckoo flying low over landfill. 9.00am

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Long-tailed Duck still present. A Cuckoo on the landfill.

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Long-tailed duck still present.

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Long-tailed duck still present. A Curlew was on Middle Pool.

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I managed to get the Long Tailed Duck after a long pilgrimage - worth it because it was a lifer. Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler could be heard but better still, a CUCKOO flew right down the pools and sang briefly (unseen) from the far side from the tip.
A Jay, 2 Reed Buntings several Lapwings and 3 Buzzards were in the vicinity.


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Long-tailed Duck still present on Top Pool. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling amongst the saplings to the right of the Top Pool gate. There are now three Reed and two Sedge Warblers singing from the postage-stamp-sized Phragmites bed on Hidden Pool.

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Female Long-tailed duck still present.

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Hope it stays for a few days. Anyone kind enough to PM exact directions as I've never been, cheers in advance.

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8.30 am this morning Long Tailed duck showing very well.

Thanks for reporting this Johnathan, much appreciated.

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Long-tailed duck still present.

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Female Long-tailed Duck on Top Pool at 6.30am, presumably the Woolston bird?

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5.30-7.15am

A Cuckoo and a Grasshopper Warbler were of note this morning. Two Reed Warblers and a Sedge Warbler at the Hidden Pool. An unseen Roe Deer barked at me from the edge of the wood only feet away as I was leaning against the gate at Top Pool, shortening my life by around five years. As I was walking along Silver Lane by the motorway, I spotted a Fox on the landfill. I leaned against a concrete gate post and called. The Fox came racing down the hill, through the fence and stood with it's front paws on a lump of concrete, the width of the lane away, before realising something was wrong and loping off back through the fence!

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6.00-7.15am

Two Common Sandpipers, two Grasshopper Warblers (one flushed from the path!), an unseen Yellow Wagtail calling from the vicinity of Middle Pool and an overflying Tree Pipit this morning. At least one Sedge Warbler has joined the Reed Warbler at Hidden Pool. Last night a Cuckoo was on the old railway lines.

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6.30-7.30am

A fine male Whinchat, seven Wheatear and a Common Sandpiper around the pools this morning. A Reed Warbler was singing from the Hidden Pool.

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6.30-7.30am

A bleak hour around the pools this morning - freezing easterly, snow flurries and no sun. Bird song was notable only by it's absence. The Great Crested Grebes have gone but two new Little Grebes have arrived, as have four Pochard. Otherwise it was:

35 Tufted Duck
38 Mallard
11 Coot
2 Wigeon
1 Goldeneye
3 Snipe

At least seven Teal were present on Hidden Pool, most I've seen here for some time.

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A pair of Great Crested Grebes on Top Pool were new in, though the Little Grebes have disappeared. The Goldeneye drake remains, as do the Shelduck and Wigeon pairs. Two male Yellowhammers were singing along the landfill entrance road at the east end of the site, first I've seen in this particular spot for several years.

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6.30-7.30am

Usual wildfowl on the pools this morning. The drake Goldeneye remains on Top Pool and three Little Grebes were new. Bottom Pool held only a few duck but quite a variety with six Mallard, a pair of Gadwall, a pair of Wigeon, a pair of Shelduck and a pair of Coot!

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12th March - 6.30-7.30am

First pre-work amble of the year around the pools. Nothing out of the ordinary - a drake Goldeneye on the Top Pool was unusual and a count of 78 Mallard was high for this time of year, possibly a result of the cold weather freezing local ponds. Two Yellowhammers and eight Redpoll over, and several Siskins calling around the site. A Fox was mouching around the shore of Middle Pool too.

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1.30-2.45pm

Pools were quiet - 34 Mallard, 23 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard and just 8 Coot - but a pair of Shelduck on Hidden Pool was unusual. 400 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing and 100 Starlings were feeding on stubble at the back of the prison. Several Siskins knocking about, including a pair feeding on Alder just above my head along First Footpath. Three Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk soaring in the sunshine above Motorway Wood.

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2.30-3.30pm

Not a great deal about, partially due to the rain perhaps. The pools were quiet but there was a pair of Gadwall on Middle Pool. I did however find a female Stonechat. This is the first Stonechat I've seen here since the first cold winter in 2009/10. Prior to then up to three wintered around the pools annually.

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Hi Greg, would be good to catch up - still down there every Saturday plus several times in the week. Let me know when would suit.

Cheers David

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Good idea. Will be in touch as would be good to see new developments.

Catch up soon.

Greg

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Well hello Mr Baker! Still struggling with raptor ID, I see One of these days I'll take you to my Goshawk study sites in Wales and help you to get your eye in. Any chance of getting you down to Woolston for a refresher any time soon?

Cheers David

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DavidBowman wrote:

Time for another BTO Thrush Survey, on a grey morning with light drizzle Along with the thrushes were 75 Goldfinches, 1 Goldcrest, 9 Pied Wagtails, 16 Pochard, 29 Tufted Ducks, 18 Coot, 220 Black-headed Gulls and 2 little Grebes. Thrush numbers (mainly feeding on the stubbles adjacent to the pools) were: 12 Blackbirds, 124 Redwings, 217 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush and 10 Mistle Thrushes.

Cheers David






Wot no Goshawks ...

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Time for another BTO Thrush Survey, on a grey morning with light drizzle Along with the thrushes were 75 Goldfinches, 1 Goldcrest, 9 Pied Wagtails, 16 Pochard, 29 Tufted Ducks, 18 Coot, 220 Black-headed Gulls and 2 little Grebes. Thrush numbers (mainly feeding on the stubbles adjacent to the pools) were: 12 Blackbirds, 124 Redwings, 217 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush and 10 Mistle Thrushes.

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A rewarding couple of hours, doing my BTO Thrush Survey in the area round the pools. Best bird was a female Merlin, my first local one of the winter, which chased a Meadow Pipit along the side of the Tip. The pools themselves were mainly frozen, the open water holding 48 Mallards, 19 Coot, 60 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 1 Common Gull. The thrush totals were: Blackbird 44, Fieldfare 231, Redwing 11 and Mistle Thrush 5.

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Went for a quick walk round the pools. Wildfowl numbers were similar to the other day but on the fields 8 Mistle Thrushes, 41 Stock Doves, c.270 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Buzzards and 2 Kestrels were noted.

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Started my second BTO Winter Thrush Survey this morning. I've been lucky with this square as it contains these pools, which I'd heard of but never got round to visiting. Birds seen included:

Linnet 5
Sparrowhawk 1
Buzzard 6
Kestrel 2
Starling 6
Cormorant 5
Canada Goose 273
Tufted Duck 51
Pochard 45
Coot 21
Teal 2
Little Grebe 3
Common Gull 8
Wigeon 5
Mallard 5
Goldfinch 8
Pied Wagtail 1

Cheers David


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