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05.12.10 Irlam Locks

Green sandpiper 2
Mute swan 3
Gadwall 2
Cormorant 3
Song Thrush 1
Herring Gull 4
Black-headed Gull approx 1000
Common Gull 1
Sparrowhawk 1

Info thanks to Phil Kelly

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Irlam locks, Sat 04.12.10

Great Crested Grebe 4
Mute Swan 8+3 juv
Mallard 21
Cormorant 2
Gadwall 4
Snipe 1
Little Grebe 1
Coot 29
Common Gull 1
Bh. Gull 519
Lapwing 4

At the ETW:

Black-headed Gull approx 400
Meadow Pipit 20
Pied Wagtail 20
Grey Wagtail 4

Info thanks to Phil Kelly

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Irlam Locks 12.00 pm to 12.30pm today:

Common Gull 4
Black-headed Gull 617
Mute Swan 2+
Snipe 1
Little Grebe 2
Coot 30
Mallard 10
Blackbird 10
Sparrowhawk 1
Lapwing 6
Cormorant 5
Gadwall 4

Info thanks to Phil Kelly

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Wednesday pm, 1/12/10.

Jack Lane:

Redwing 20+
Fieldfare 2
Snipe 2
Meadow Pipit 2
Siskin 3
Herring Gull 1 over.

ETW/Ship Canal:

BH Gull 250+
Common Gull 2
Mute Swan 2ad 2imm...no rings.
Grey Wagtail 2
Jackdaw 20+
Starling 200+
Snipe 1
Lapwing 6
Meadow Pipit 2
Cormorant 3
Mallard 20+
Coot 2
Kingfisher 1
Pied Wagtail 10+

etc.etc.etc.

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Irlam locks/ETW only. Monday, November 22nd.

BH Gull 100+
C Gull 2
Grey Wagtail 2
Pied Wagtail 30+
Meadow Pipit 3+
Starling 30+
GtCGrebe 2

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Just a few "highlights" for Saturday, 13/11/10.

Jack Lane:
Redwing 40+
Skylark 1
Grey Heron 1
Song Thrush 2

Locks/ETW:
Pied Wagtail 30+
Starling 30+
Cormorant 2
Sparrowhawk 1f/imm
Siskin 3
Raven 1 over flying South
Mallard 1m
Moorhen 1
BH Gull 60+
Common Gull 1

Stott Drive garden:

Bullfinch 1m
Coal Tit 1
Starling 100+ over South

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Saturday, 30th October.

Just around Irlam Locks/ETW:

Grey Wagtail 2
Kingfisher 2 just upstream of locks, along Flixton side.
Mallard 5
Moorhen 1
Cormorant 2
LBB Gull 1
Song Thrush 1 murdering a snail.
Pied Wagtails
BH Gull 2


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Friday,29th October.

ETW/LOCKS:
Pied Wagtail 15+
Mute Swan 1ad
Mallard 5
Cormorant 2
BH Gull 5

Dutton's Pond:

Canada Geese 19
Moorhen 7
Coot 1
Mallard 30+
Pinkfooted Goose 1. I presume this is part of the Canada flock and not an off-course migrating bird. It had no rings.

Jack Lane/ Wellacre etc:

Goldfinch 20+
Redwing 50+
Bullfinch 6
Chaffinch 10+
Willow Tit 1
Missel Thrush 1
Song Thrush 1
Coal Tit 1
Stock Dove 1
Woodpigeons/Crows/Magpies/Hs.Sps/Starlings/Dunnocks/Robins/Blackbirds/Wrens/
B/GT/LT Tits.

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5th October

Kingfisher by the Boat House Pub on Ferry Road, Irlam

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1 Raven over Stott Drive flying South, Friday 27th August, pm.

17 Rooks Woodsend Park, Saturday, 28th August.

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Sighting for yesterday 12:00-12:45pm:

Irlam Locks to Irlam Ferry-

3 Kingfisher
2 Mute Swan
Single Cormorant
56 Black-headed Gulls

Flixton ETW-

14 Pied Wagtail
4 Grey Wagtail
2 Blackcap
3 Willow Warbler
3 Moorhen
1 Whitethroat

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Delayed report for Tuesday, August 10.

Seen/heard over Stott Drive, 1 Yellow Wagtail. First time I've seen a Yellow Wagtail north of the M/c-LPL railway line.
Also a short Willow warble from the field behind the house. That is, a Willow Warbler warbling.
Have had up to 40 House Sparrows in garden, which led to the inevitable visit from a male Sparrowhawk. Now down to 39 Sparrows.
20+ Rooks daily on Woodsend Park and around Woodsend Circle, also House Martins around the old shops area.

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Yesterday midday, at the bottom of Irlam Road, Urmston, over looking the Ship Canal, 2 Kingfishers were on a fallen poplar tree.

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Irlam Locks around 1pm today:

5 female Goosander
4 Cormorant
6 Mallard

Info thanks to Phil Kelly

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Forgot to mention Peregrine, high over house heading east at c1400.

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Just Irlam Locks and Ship Canal today.

ETW and environs:
Oystercatcher 3
Grey Wagtail 1f or juv
Pied Wagtail 1m 1juv
House Martin 1. Also 2 seen around usual Wellacre Circle shops.
Swallows 6+
Swifts 10+
GtSWoodpecker 1
Buzzard 1
LBB Gull 1
BH Gull 2

Canal:
GTCGrebe 1
Mute Swan 1
Cormorant 2
Grey Heron 1
Mallards 6

etc.etc.etc.

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Morning walk.

At Jack Lane reed bed:

Reed W 4singing
Sedge W 1 singing
Reed Bunting 2singing
Mallard 7juv
Moorhen 2 heard

Dutton's Pond:

Canada Geese 2ad+2juv, 3ad+5juv and 6ads
Mallard 1f+7yng, 10+ ads and 3juv
Grey Heron 3
Moorhen 2ad and 3juv
Coot 2ad

Other sightings:

Skylark 1 singing
Oystercatcher 1 over
Cormorant 2 over
LBB Gull 1
Blackcap 1f and 2juv, plus plenty of singing males
Willow W 1 carrying food
GtSWoodpecker 1 juv
Plenty of juv Blue/Gt Tits
Swallow 2
Swifts
WTs, Chiffchaffs, etc, etc,etc.


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Birding from Stott Drive back garden this afternoon(Sat. 5th June) amazingly produced 3 bursts from a Grasshopper Warbler, moving around the field behind the house.

Also a GtSWoodpecker ad feeding a juv in a nearby tree.

Also noted:
Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch.
1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 BH and 1 LBB Gull over.
1 Chiffchaff and 2 Song Thrush singing.
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Belated report for Monday, 3rd May.

Jack Lane NR:

Reed Warbler 3 singing
Sedge Warbler 1 singing and seen
Mallards/Canada Geese
Reed Bunting 1m 1f
Buzzard 1
Swift 5
Swallow 1
Sand Martin 3
Stock Dove 2
Pied Wagtail 1
Blackcaps/Willow Warblers/Chiffchaffs singing.

Canal/ETW:

Starling 50+
BH Gull 80+
Grey Heron 1
Cormorant 1
Grey Wagtail 1
Coot 1
Mallards
Sand Martin 100+
Swallow 50+
House Martin 10+


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Jack lane nature res.

Lesser Whitethroat,
Willow warblers
Chiff-chaffs
3 Swallows
and a cuckoo flew up the ship canal.


Mute swan rescue success as it flew out of the field in front of the farm as soon as I pulled up,Love my jobbiggrin.gif


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Just seen/heard 1 Swift high over house heading North.

On far-ranging walk:

Willow Tit 2 singing
Blackcap 8 singing plus 1f
Willow Warbler 6 singing
Chiffchaff 9 singing
Whitethroat 1 lonely singing male
Bullfinch 1
Skylark 1 singing
Song Thrush 2 singing
Miss. thrush 2
Buzzard 4

Canal/ETW:

GreyWagtail 1m
Pied Wagtail 1
Cormorant 2
GtCGrebe 3
Coot 1
Swallow 4
Oystercatcher 1

Jack Lane:

Reed Warbler 4 singing
Sedge Warbler 1 singing

etc.etc.etc.

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Late report for Thursday, April 21st.

Jack Lane:

Reed W 2 "singing"
Reed Bunting 1m
Mallard 1m 1f
Moorhen 2 heard
Buzzard 1 sat on a bush

Canal:

GtCGrebe 3
Grey Wagtail 1
Swallow 2
Grey Heron 1
Cormorant 3
Pied Wagtail 3
BH Gull 20+

FlyAsh Hill:

Sand Martin 1
Swallow 2
Willow W 3 singing
Chiffchaff 1 singing plus 2
Blackcap 1 singing
Greenfinch 2 singing
Linnet 3
Whitethroat 1 singing
Mallard 1
Canada Goose 1
LT Tit 2

General Wellacre area:

Chiffchaff 7 singing
Blackcap 6 singing
Willow W 4 singing
Swallow 2
Whitethroat 1 singing in alder plantation near pond
Coal Tit 2 singing
LT Tit 2
Buzzard 2 together and 1

etc.etc.etc.


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Irlam Locks/canal:

Grey Wagtail 1m 1f
Pied Wagtail 2
Oystercatcher 1 flying up canal.
GtCGrebe 1
Coot 1
Mallard 1m
BH Gull 30+
LBB Gull 2
Grey Heron 1

Then to Dutton's Pond via Jack Lane:

Blackcap 5 singing plus 1f
Coal Tit 2 singing
Willow W 1 singing plus 1
Chiffchaff 6 singing
Bullfinch 2 pairs
L Redpoll 1
Linnet 1
Buzzard 4 overhead together.
Jay 1
Reed Bunting 4
Song Thrush 2
Missel Thrush 1 singing
Swallow 1 over garden
GtSWoodpecker 1 drumming in wood south of Wellacre College.
Sparrowhawk usual adult male through garden.
etc.,etc.,etc,.

No Mute Swans on Dutton's Pond, just Coot, Moorhen, Canada Geese, Mallard and 1 Grey Heron.

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Heard from back garden:

Green woodpecker 1
Willow Warbler 2 singing.
Chiffchaff 1 singing.
Blackcap 1 singing.

Then walk from Stott Drive to Jack Lane, on to Irlam Locks and return.

Blackcap 3 singing.
Willow Warbler 1 singing.
Chiffchaff 3 singing.
Stock Dove 2
Kestrel 1m 1f
Sparrowhawk 1 high over to Irlam.
Linnet 3
Jay 1


Jack Lane:

Grey Heron 1
Reed Bunting 4
Mallard 5
Moorhen 1

ETW/Locks:

BH Gulls
LBB Gull 3
Pied Wagtail only 4
Meadow Pipit 1
Grey Heron 1
Coot 2
Mallard 4m
Rook 2

etc,etc,etc.
Also a very nice Brimstone butterfly but no Swallows, Martins or Reed/Sedge Warblers.

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Thursday 8th April singing Chiffchaff @ Parkers Garden Centre

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Short walk covering Stott Drive to Jack Lane, Dutton's Pond and back.

Buzzards 7 comprising 2 separate pairs and group of 3.
Sparrowhawk 1
Meadow Pipit 1
Reed Bunting 2 singing in Jack Lane reed bed.
Willow Tit 1 in copse just south of Stott Drive.
Chiffchaff 1 singing from across railway line near flyash hill.
1 singing in alder plantation west of Dutton's Pond.
Missel Thrush 1 singing near Wellacre School.
Song Thrush 1 singing near Jack Lane. Have also heard from back garden 3 singing at dusk.

Wellacre School Field:
LBB Gull 1
C Gull 6
BH Gull 200+

Magpie 40+ in ploughed fields and general area.

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Just Irlam Locks and ETW.

Locks/Canal:

Oystercatchers 2 on disused jetty upstream of locks.
Coots 18
Mallards 2
Mute Swan 1
Cormorant 1 flying downstream.
BH Gulls 250+ on canal and ploughed field behind ETW.
Starlings 100+ around ploughed field.

ETW:

Pied Wagtails
Grey Wagtails 4
Magpies

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Highlights from walk to Jack Lane and to Irlam Locks.

Goldfinches 30+
Fieldfares 20+
Redwings 15+
GtSWoodpecker 1f
L Redpolls 10 with Goldfinches
Bullfinches 2
Goldcrest 1
G Herons 2
Ravens 2 over low north
BH Gulls 150+
C Gulls 2

ETW:

Grey Wagtails 4
Meadow Pipits 2
Pied Wagtails 20+
Starlings 100+

Canal/Locks:

Coots 28
Mute Swan 1ad
Moorhen 1
Mallard 1

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Walk from Stott Drive to Jack Lane and then Irlam locks.

Fieldfares 3
Miss.Thrush 2
Bullfinch 1m
Starlings 150+
Buzzard 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Reed Buntings 6 in garden.
etc.etc.etc.

ETW:

Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 1

Canal:

BH Gulls 50+
Cormorants 3
H Gulls 2 over sw.
C Gull 1
Coots 48
Mute Swans 2ads, 1 being LJA from Dutton's Pond.
Mallards 11
Tufted Duck 1f

RN boat P292, "Charger", went through lock towards Salford/Manchester.
After which:

Shovelers 2 flew down canal.
Gadwalls 1m1f flew down onto canal.


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The Ravens were on their nest site at 4:00 pm yesterday

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Behind Wellacre College to Dutton's Pond and Fly Ash Hill.

Redwing 60+
Fieldfare 6
Missel Thrush 2
Goldfinch 10+
Greenfinch 6
Chaffinch 3
Coal Tit 1
etc.etc.

Pond(still 90% ice):

Mallard 15
Grey Heron 1
Moorhen 8
BH Gull 10+

Fly Ash Hill:

L. Redpoll 1
Common Gull 3 over
Cormorant 1 over
Reed Bunting 3
Pied Wagtail 1
Rook 9 over going south

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IRLAM locks:

Coot 45
BH Gull 100+
Cormorant 3
Mute Swan 1
Common Gull 1

At nearby ETW:

Grey Wagtail 2
Pied Wagtail 30+
Meadow Pipit 1

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Went out at 11.30am just got back 3.30pm.

I have checked 80% of the River Mersey from Flixton Bridge to where it joins the canal,
the only section I missed where it runs parallel to Carrington Road. Walked all the way to Barton Locks fron Irlam Locks no sign of the Smew. Several small groups of Tufted Duck along the canal also five Goldeneye plus Gadwalls, Mallards, Little Grebes, Canadian Geese, Cormorants, Coots, Mute Swans.
At Barton Locks large group of Tufted Duck with about thirty Pochard couldn't see anything special amongst them.

The has definitely been a thaw since yesterday, has it gone back to Rosthern?

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1300 - 1430 drove the length of the Irlam and Cadishead Bypass stopping where safe and scanning the canal, no sign of Smew. As well as the rest reported today on this thread 4 male Goosander down near the Cadishead/Glazebrook roundabout end. Also Kingfisher and 3 snipe at Irlam Locks.

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Intended to go for the Smew this morning - glad I didn't had much more fun mopping up the water from a burst pipe in our kitchen - almost deep enough at one stage to have my own duck pond disbelief.gif

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11.30am - 12.30pm
No sign of Smew between Irlam Locks and Irlam Container Depot on Northbank Industrial Estate but plenty of other duck as the Ship Canal is the only bit of water that isn't frozen

52 Gadwall
15 Teal
8 Shoveler
18 Tufted Duck
2 Pochard
12 Mallard
2 Little Grebe
10 Cormorant
9 Mute Swan
1 Redpoll
1 Redwing

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Might be worth looking at Barton Locks, where all the diving duck are?

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No sign of the smew this morning 9.00am, will look again later.

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Smew still present at 4pm atleast.

Info thanks to Mark Rigby

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Smew (Red head) on Ship canal between Irlam Locks and the railway viaduct 14.00pm
First I have seen on my local patch, other birds included Little Grebe (2) Great Crested Grebe (4) one Shoveler (m) 10+ Gadwall, Tufted Duck (m) a few Teal, numerous Mallard and Coot, 30+ Cormorants, Kingfisher and a Redshank. 600+ gulls mainly Black Headed with a few Common Gulls and Lesser B.B. Gulls

There were two Green Sandpipers here on the 7th

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Just been clearing ice from the drive way, and had Peregrine swoop into the brushes after starlings, about 10 foot away. Missed all the starlings and headed out over canal towards Irlam. Ascot Drive flixton

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Tuesday, October 27th.

Irlam Locks area:
BH Gulls 5
Grey Wagtails 2
Kingfisher 1
Cormorant 1
LBB Gull 1

Wellacre College area:

Fieldfare 1
Redwings 2
Coal Tit 1
etc. etc. etc.

Canada Geese 100+ over at dusk. Reasonably regular sight heading in the Ship Canal's direction.

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Oct.12 afternoon from garden.

Ravens 2 high overhead.
L. Redpoll 1 over.
Chiffchaff 1 with short song in Wellacre College grounds.

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Well, an imm male Sparrowhawk flew past the back garden this afternoon and disturbed about 50 Starlings that were chattering away in a tree at the bottom of the garden. It's quite a regular event but he doesn't seem to catch much, which of course is a problem for imm Sparrowhawks, as their survival rates aren't particularly good, by all accounts.

A walk from Stott Drive, to the Locks, along past Jack Lane, to Dutton's Pond and return home produced:

Locks and ETW: BH Gulls 120+ ( all seem to be adults )
Mallard 1f
Swallows 10+
Pied Wagtails 1ad and 2imm
Grey Wagtails 2imm
LBB Gull 1

Jack Lane and environs:Reed Bunting 1
Chiffchaffs 4
Blackcaps 2
Willow Ws 3
Whitethroats 1
Bullfinches 3
Jays 2

Dutton's Pond: Moorhens 2ad+1smallyng, 2ads, 3imms and 4 juvs/large yng.
Grey Heron 1
Mallards 10+
Canada Geese 10
Coots 2ads

etc,etc,etc.

Interesting that of 120 BH Gulls, not 1 juv. Perhaps related to possible mink problems at the Shell Pool NR.

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I saw a bird of prey circling above Flixton (Irlam Rd / Brooklands Ave) at around 14:00. Did anyone else see it and even ID it? I only had my small bins to hand and could not make it out. I defiantly don't think it was a buzzard. Hope someone else saw it too! Didn't see in which direction it was going, it just disappeared.

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A possible noteworthy count of 40 Rooks on Woodsend Park this morning.

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Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling at the SW corner of Ash Hill this afternoon

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Walk to Irlam Locks, past Flixton Sewage Works, to Jack Lane and home.

Locks:
Mute Swan 2ad
GtCGrebe 1ad
Cormorant 1
Coot 1ad
Grey Heron 1
Mallard 16+ and 6juv
Swallow 10+ including 2imm
BH Gull 2ad
Swift 2

Works:
Oystercatcher 2
Pied Wagtail 2
Magpie 20+. Overrun as usual. Can be as many as 40+ in Winter.

Jack Lane and surrounds:

Blackcap 1singing
Willow W 3singing
Whitethroat 1singing
Chiffchaff 1singing
Reed W 4singing
Reed Bunting 1singing
Jay 4
Sparrowhawk 1imm male
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Interesting Friday afternoon walk.

Dutton's Pond:

Star bird was a Kingfisher on the remains of the island.
Mallards 20+ad and 7juv.
Coots 2ad and 5juv.
Moorhen 1ad.
Canada Geese 4ad and 6juv.

Flixton Sewage Beds( near Irlam Locks ):

Swallows/Swifts/Hs Martins/Sand Martins 100+ with majority Sand Ms.
Probably 60+, 20-30 House Ms., 10+ Swallows and a few Swifts.
Pied Wagtails 2m 1f.
Sparrowhawk 1m. Just seen possibly same bird in my back garden.


GtSWoodpecker 1imm in back garden. Not at same time as above!
Rooks 12ad incl. 2imm Woodsend Park.

Fly Ash Hill:
1m Kestrel pestering a Buzzard.
Skylark 1 singing.
Sedge W 1 singing.
Linnets 3
Reed Buntings 3 singing in the lagoons.
Whitethroats 4 singing.
BH Gulls 2.

Jack Lane:
Reed Ws 2 singing plus another seen carrying food.
Reed Bunting 2 singing.


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Usual walk from Stott Drive to Jack Lane, to Dutton's Pond and back to Stott Drive.

Blackcaps 2 singing.
Willow Ws 2 singing.
Whitethroats 3 singing.
Chiffchaffs 3 singing.
Song T 1 singing.
Stock Doves 2
Pied Wagtail 1
etc.

Jack Lane:

Reed Ws 3 singing.
Reed Bs 3 singing.
Moorhen 1
Sand Martins 5
Swallows 5
Swifts 2
BH Gulls 2

Dutton's Pond:

Mallards 20+ and 7 juv.
Coots 2ad and 6 juv.
Canada Geese 10ad and 6 juv.
Moorhens 2ad and 4 young.
No Mute Swans. Must have failed.

1 early purple orchid seen.
1 painted lady seen. That'll be the recent influx, Flixton style.



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