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Notice of a couple of free events organised by FOAM (Friends of Anderton & Marbury) this coming Sat 7th May at Marbury Country Park.

4:00-5:00 am - Dawn chorus: a chance to hear the local birds advertising their territories around the park and the arboretum.

5:00-c7:30 am - Bird Walk - usually covers the country park, Big Wood and some of Haydn's Pool and Dairy House Meadows.

For both events meet at the main car park. As well as the event being free, car parking is also free at this time of day. The events are suitable for all ages and abilities, however please note if we do a longer walk it is around 3 miles distance. Tea and bacon butties will be served at the end of the walk.

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32 Black-tailed Godwits circled over the mere around 07:30 this morning but didn't linger and flew off south. Also 3 Yellow Wagtails, 3 White Wagtails, a female Wheatear and a Common Sandpiper from the Fisherman's Path, 7 Swifts over the mere and 2 Garden Warblers in the mereside scrub.

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A Garden Warbler this afternoon at 'Garden Warbler Corner,' a Common Sandpiper on Kid Brook Spit, two White Wagtails in the fields along side the Fisherman's Path with half a dozen Swift overhead.

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I had a text this morning to say that there were two Ringed Plovers on Kid Brook Spit across Budworth Mere (thanks to Ian Barber).



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Huge numbers of House Martins, Sand Martins and Swallow but not a single Swift.

4 White Wagtails, 2 Pied Wagtails but no Yellow Wagtails :(



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Hobby chasing the hirundines over Budworth Mere at around 07:10 this morning. Also 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 White Wagtails and a Common Sandpiper along the Fisherman's Path.

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6.30-8.00pm

3 Yellow Wagtails with the White and Pied Wagtails by the Fishermans Path.

Masses of Swallows and a couple of Sand Martins were flying just inches above the mere, with a bitterly cold North wind blowing in, no sign of House Martins or Swifts.

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Despite the heavy showers and brisk wind a few good birds to be seen around the park and Budworth Mere this morning. 4 Common Sandpipers were around the mere with a Dunlin on Kid Brook spit mid morning. The fields along Fisherman's Path held 2 Yellow Wagtails, 3 White Wagtails and a Wheatear plus a Grey Wagtail was by the footbridge. Lots of hirundines over the mere but just 1 Swift seen mid morning. Still no obvious Garden Warblers back yet.

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After Greater Manchester beating Cheshire to it, there was 1+Swift over Budworth Mere this morning (per V.Lundy thanks).



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A report of an Osprey through Budworth Mere today, went straight through and didn't linger but caused mass panic amongst the gulls on the mere.



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Malc Curtin found a female Redstart in a hedge by the fields by Fisherman's Path this evening smile



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Eleven Yellow Wagtail (including one blue headed type), several Pied Wagtail and a minimum of four White Wagtail in flooded field by Fisherman's Path, late afternoon.

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Spent late afternoon around Budworth Mere, accessed from the layby on the A559. Two Common Sandpipers were on Kid Brook shore to the left of the spit when looking across from the mereside path. Ten Yellow Wagtails made a spectacluar sight as they fed in close proximity in the first grassed field when entering along the Fisherman's Path from the A559 layby. They were feeding with at least 15 Pied Wagtails but not a single White Wagtail was amongst them. Around 700 Sand Martins were over the mere with several Swallows.



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The 10 Little Gulls and the Arctic Tern were still hawking over the mere with several Black-headed Gulls at 5.30pm, they did the decent thing and lingered until I could pop down after work wink



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From mixture of sources, including patch watchers texting & emailing and from customers in the shop:

Up to 10 Little Gulls over Budworth Mere and an Arctic Tern. White Wagtail Kid Brook Spit (per G.Baker, J.Gilbody, D.King et al) thanks all smile



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The female Common Scoter was still present at a very windy and choppy Budworth Mere at 18.30 hours, at the right hand side of the bay to the right of Kid Brook Spit. Nice to meet Pod Antrobus at long last, whilst we were chatting a Yellow a Wagtail flew high overhead in roughly the same area as Tuesday's bird by the Fisherman's Path. I walked the full length of the mere and reckon there could have been anything up to one thousand Sand Martin.

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The female Common Scoter was still on the mere mid afternoon, although the presence of a wind surfer may instigate its departure (unless of course it's last Spring's long stayer?). Also 2 Redshank on Kid Brook spit and 600+ Sand Martins over the mere with just 2 Swallows.

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Interesting sighting texted to me this morning:

female Common Scoter on Budworth Mere favouring sailing club end at 11.30am (per S.Grimmett, thanks)

Could this be my bird from Newchurch biggrin



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6.30-7.30pm

Just a quick visit to see if anything unusual had settled on the mere.

2 Swallows were over the pasture/meadow. More Swallows were with large numbers of Sand Martins over the mere, no sign of any House Martins amongst them though.

I did'nt count the waterfowl, but 3 prs great Crested Grebes were displaying, whilst Tufted Ducks and Coot appeared numerous.

1 Kingfisher was below the screen.

There were a couple of anglers at Kid Brook, so that area was birdless.



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Cheers for the call back Greg so I could catch up with the wagtail. As I said at the time all the hirundines lifted as I came to meet you but on my way back they all dropped in again. A re-check revealed still just the one House Martin.



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Following on from the record of 2 Yellow Wagtails on Kid Brook spit at Budworth Mere yesterday morning, a smart male was showing well this morning on the middle field along the Fisherman's Path. Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps all back in reasonable numbers and over the mere 770 Sand Martins, 11 Swallows and 1 House Martin.



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News from the Patch Grapevine today :

2 Yellow Wagtails around the Kid Brook Spit area (per M.Curtin, thanks).



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No sign of the Little Gull for me either, just a few Black Headed Gulls behaving like Little Gulls and taking insects off the surface of the mere, watched by 3 adult Lesser Black Backed Gulls.

Large numbers of Sand Martins were hawking insects over the mere, and with them a single Swallow. The hirundines appear to arrive in small groups from the East, and drift off Westwards

after feeding. Also there, 2 Oystercatchers and 1 Kingfisher.

The small pool that borders the meadow and the canal end of park attracted 3 Song Thrushes and several Blackbirds, which fed amongst the poolside sedge. I could'nt make out what

they were feeding on, I had a look for any tadpoles along the edge of the pool, but could'nt see any.

 



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Not too long after that I was down there as was patcher Pod Antrobus and there was no sign of the Little Gull, so quite a brief drop-in.



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As Doc has already mentioned, a 2nd calendar year Little Gull still in first winter plumage was a nice find on the mere this morning. It arrived around 8.15 and seemed to pass through heading north but was later re-found with a few Black-headed Gulls just off the boathouse.

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Again so folk can get down there, not stealing Gregs thunder, there's a Little Gull on Budworth Mere off the boathouse am (per G.Baker, thanks).



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The first Willow Warbler of the year was singing and showing at the boat yard end of the mereside path this morning. Also Blackcap and 3 Chiffchaffs in the same area, with c250 Sand Martins, 4 Swallows and 2 House Martins over the mere. By the hide were 6 Siskins and 4 Lesser Redpolls.

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As I am working every day since coming back after Easter just had to get a fix of birding by popping into Marbury CP an the way home past tonight smile

Over 150 Sand Martins hawking the mere, they were everywhere but an extensive search revealed no other hirundines. 2 Oystercatchers were in the fields by the pools by Fishermans Path. 4 drake Pochard seen on the mere too, 2 pairs of Shelduck displaying, but little else of note.



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One each of Mediterranean Gull and Little Ringed Plover at/off Kid Brook Spit early afternoon. Also one each of Swallow and House Martin over Budworth Mere together with the Sand Martin. Several Chiffchaff heard singing and a small flock of around ten Siskin seen nearby.

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At least 2 Blackcaps along Forge stream in Big Wood this morning and a total of 6 Chiffchaffs in the area. 2 pairs of Grey Wagtails present, with one pair in Hopyards Wood and another feeding along the shore near Kid Brook spit. Just 50 Sand Martins over the mere today and a couple of Swallows but no sign of any House Martins.

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3 House Martins, 1 Swallow and 100+ Sand Martins feeding over Budworth Mere late afternoon. Also around were 2 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler and 5 Pochard plus 3 Oystercatchers on Kid Brook spit.

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14.15-16.00
Sand Martins - lots
1-2 Swallows
1 Chiifchaff heard briefly
3 Pochard (1m,2f)
40+ Tufted Duck
Mallard - numerous
2 Mute Swans- pair seemed to be nest building in the reedbed
2 Nuthatch - more heard
4 Buzzard together over carpark
4 Great Crested Grebe - 2 pairs
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull on lake
c.30 Black-headed Gulls
5 Cormorant
c.15 Canada Geese
The usual woodland species but no Woodpeckers heard or seen.

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A House Martin, 2 Swallows and around 200 Sand Martins over the mere this morning. Also present 2 Shelduck, 47 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Kingfishers, 1 Grey Wagtail and an overhead Raven.

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yesterday afternoon just before the rain started & then in the rain.

lots of sand martins were whizzing around budworth mere, a couple of hundred at least & at least 5 swallow.
2 shelduck
2 oystercatcher
2 buzzard
tufted duck, pochard, goldeneye & great crested grebe.
plenty of activity at the feeder in front of the screen, blue tit, great tit, long tailed tit, coal tit, reed bunting, chaffinch & siskin.

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7.30 - 9.15am Highlights

Big wood
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Male bird watched for 20 minutes Feeding, Drumming and occasionally calling, No sign of a female bird
Great Spotted Woodpecker 4
Nuthatch many
Siskin 4

Budworth Mere
Swallow 10+
Sand Martin 5

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Brief visit to reed bed screen late afternoon. Around 20 Sand Martin flying over and around Budworth Mere and a Kingfisher was seen near Kid Brook Spit.

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News texted to me:

Little Ringed Plover Kid Brook shore and Sand Martin over Budworth Mere, mid afternoon (per D.Hughston).

 



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Big Wood area

Searched for the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in the area just south of the woodland hide, from paths on both sides of the wood, checking every dead tree, but no sightings.

The birds could be heard, but so too could there bigger cousins. A female Great Spotted Woodpecker was tidying up a nest hole on a dead tree stump, whilst her mate chased another

male through the canopy. I'm sure I seen a Great Spotted Woodpecker visiting a hole in this same stump last spring. 3 noisy Nuthatches were in the same area,whilst a Goldcrest flitted

through the brambles. Several Jays, a pair of Stock Doves and a Mistle Thrush were also in the area. 

A pair of Great Crested Grebes displayed on the mere, whilst another pair chased of an interloper, I counted 10 grebes in total.

Also on the mere were 3 Shovelers, 3 Pochard, 2 Shelducks and 40+ Tufted Ducks.  Kid Brook was dominated by an adult Great Black Backed Gull that was seen chasing Cormorants and

forcing them to give up their catch, a couple of Common Gulls joined in the fun too. 25 Common Gulls were on the mere amongst the mass of Black Headed, but no sign of anything rarer.

At the Coward reedbed end a Kingfisher was giving great views below the screen, whilst a resplendent male Siskin visited the bird table.

A pair of Buzzards patrolled Hopyards Wood and a Goldcrest did "flycatcher" like aerial gnat catching sorties from a bush by the canal bridge.



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Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard drumming this morning at 7.15am. As I inched forward towards the spot, fifty metres south of the wooden bridge near the woodland hide, a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew in to investigate and that was that. Neither sight nor sound of its little cousin thereafter. After a 6.15 start, I continued circuiting the general area in Big Wood until 9.15 but, as stated, nothing else.

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Just before 7am this morning the female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was calling and showing well by the path that runs alongside Big Wood about 100m south of the slipway at Budworth Mere. The male was heard drumming nearby but not seen. Also a Chiffchaff this morning fly-catching from a hedgerow along the Fisherman's Path on the east side of the mere.

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Hi - there were 3 adult summer plumages Mediterranean gulls amongst the black headed flock on Pickmere sat morning 8.00am. Delay in posting as only just signed on for first time.

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Spent the morning at Marbury - great to meet Doc, Mark and Malc.

Sightings very similar to Doc's post but did pick up the Bittern showing well at around mid-day in the reed bed (not showing earlier), and a female sparrowhawk over the Big Wood. Mediterranean Gulls were great to see and seemed to be sticking together within the group of black headed gulls - thanks to Mark for pointing them out.

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Down to Marbury CP early doors today, started at 7.15am on a crisp sunny morning, later to become quite warm, layers were shed!!

Good to bump into Chris Sutton and put a face to a name as well as 'old' pals Malc Curtin & Mark Jarrett. Despite lots & lots of searching we drew a blank on the Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers. Plenty of Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming, calling and displaying though. Also seen were lots of Nuthatches, a Treecreeper, two Goldcrests, two Siskins, a Redwing and Stock Doves in display flight too.

On Budworth Mere the highlight was two adult summer plumaged Mediterranean Gulls on the water out from Kid Brook Spit. Off Fishermans path earlier I had 2 female Goldeneye and a flock of 8 Teal which lifted from the field pools.



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Great views of the Bittern at about midday today, in the reeds to the left of the screen/hide.

No sign of the Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers though, despite hearing calling and drumming in "Big Wood" listening from the area near Haydn's Pool.
Guess I'll have to go again......

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Pair of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers today, I had it reported to me that they were near the slipway at 7.46am and that there were 2 Mediterranean Gulls on Budworth Mere (per Twitter).



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8th March.

Good views of a Bittern at 10.45 hrs for about 45 mins until it hunkered down ... in the reed-bed to the left of the screen.

Roger.

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Lesser Spotted Woodpecker crossed Marbury Lane, just as walking up towards the park from Haydn's Pool, about 11.25 smile

Dipped on Bittern cry

 



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Had an email that the Bittern showed well again late afternoon in Coward Reedbed, two Kingfishers were pretty showy too smile



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I missed the Bittern by 5 minutes having been distracted by some Redpolls

At least 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers

Nuthatch, Treecreepers, and Siskins but no Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers :(

A few Redwing still hanging about, but Oystercatcher and Curlew prove that Spring is on its way.

 



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Bittern showing this morning in Coward reedbed
Flew 50m from the left hand side into the reedbed at the back then took up a classic upright you can't see me stance for a minute or so then hunkers down out of view, well worth the 1.5 hr wait.
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Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Siskin 5
Nuthatch 3
Treecreeper


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