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RE: Sandbach Flashes


11.00-13.20

Elton Hall Flash

13 Snipe, 2 Black Tailed Godwits, 7 Mute Swans, 3 Shovelers (None to be found last Wednesday) and just 6 Lapwings.

Stock Doves with Woodpigeon and a flock of Chaffinches on the stubble. 2 Buzzards.

Masses of Wigeon, Teal, Coot etc.

2 Redwings and a male Bullfinch at the feeders.

Pumphouse Flash

3 "Argentatus" Herring Gulls amongst the gull roost. Several "Argenteus" Herring Gulls now in breeding plumage displaying and pair bonding.

A pair of Mute Swans appear to be ready to settle in, the cob was showing off and chasing Coots and gulls away.

Nothing rare about but masses of common species, especially gulls, and in the sunshine with cracking visibility and the thaw on, a very pleasant couple of hours.

Unless you've got waders though there's no access down the lane to view the railway side of Elton Hall Flash, the big thaw as caused a flood.

There is an escaped exotic duck moving around with Mallard, usually around the old feeding area near the iron gate, I've checked the field guides and can't ID it.

The local birders I spoke to can't classify it either, it seems quite tame and a bit of a character, I'd love to know exactly what it is though?.

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Did get back there today to watch Pumphouse with several Sandbach regulars but the number of large gulls had plummetted and there was no sign of the Glaucous Gull by 4pm. In the distance over Maw Green Tip we could see hundreds & hundreds of guls up in the air but they never showed any inclination to drift our way

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First winter Glaucous Gull seen by local patchers on Pumphouse Flash late afternoon, may have to pay a return visit myself tomorrow as missed it a few days ago!!

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12.00-14.30

Elton Hall Flash

1 Peregrine, 3 Buzzards, 4 Black Tailed Godwits, 23 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 13 Goosanders (5 males), 30 Shelduck, 10 Mute Swans, 2 Redwings,

1 Little Grebe, 2 Pintail (m+f), just 4 Lapwings, 2 Pied Wagtails, 2 Grey Herons plus lots of Wigeon, Teal et.

Pumphouse Flash

1 Dunlin, 1 Buzzard plus the usual gulls, Coot etc.

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I only had the larger of the 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls but did arrive as gulls were drifting out of the Pumphouse Flash pre-roost gathering, also had a couple of argentautus Herring Gulls. The very mobile Chaffinch flock viewed from the Elton Hall Flash viewpoint was difficult to search but eventually I did find the lone Brambling, so it is still there, a real long-stayer. A pair of Pintail were on Elton Hall Flash also.

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12.00-14.00

Elton Hall Flash

1 female Goosander, 9 Mute Swans plus lots of Shelduck, Wigeon etc.

A big flock of Chaffinches on the adjacent stubble but I could'nt pick out any Brambling.

Pumphouse House Flash

2 adult Yellow Legged Herring Gulls amongst the mass gull roost.

2 Pochard, 1 Buzzard and 1 Snipe.




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10.00-12.00

Elton Hall Flash

9 Cormorants "team" fishing, 1 male Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Curlew plus masses of Lapwing, Wigeon, Teal etc.

8 drake Wigeon tried to woo the same female, the melee got quite nasty, finally she managed to swim into the reeds looking very bedraggled and stunned.

Quite a few Shoveler and Shelduck around the flash too. Amongst the visitors to the feeders were masses of Chaffinches, plus a few Tree Sparrows and 1 House Sparrow.

Pumphouse Flash

29 Great Black Gulls (27 adult) and 4 "Argentatus" Herring Gulls (2 looked bigger than the GBBs) in the gull roost.

Masses of Lapwing, Wigeon and Black Headed Gulls.

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John Williams wrote:

Tree and House Sparrows at the feeding station, more of the later seem to appear every I go, I wonder if they ever cross breed?.





That's a really good challenge to throw out to the patchers at Sandbach, to see if they ever see hybrids. These species do hybridise, plenty of pictures exist on the web & several threads have discussed this on other (inferior, of course!!) forums The two species regularly feed at the feeders at my work at Focalpoint & we have both breeding in the vicinity, but so far no hybrids.

Goldeneye numbers now up to four

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10.00-12.00

Elton Hall Flash

1 female Goldeneye, 1 Redshank, 2 Black Tailed Godwits, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (m+f), 1 Buzzard, 26 Shelduck.

Pumphouse Flash

1 adult Yellow Legged Herring Gull amongst the Herring/Lesser Black Back gathering, 2 Great Black Gulls and 5 Common Gulls.

Lots of Wigeon (450+) scattered between the two pools and adjacent pasture, huge numbers of Black Headed Gulls as usual.

30+ Chaffinches on stubble but no sign of Bramblings. Tree and House Sparrows at the feeding station, more of the later seem to appear every I go, I wonder if they ever cross breed?.

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A mega for the Flashes today when a Great Northern Diver was found early afternoon. It only stayed a very short time allowing a few local patchers the chance to catch up with it before flying off north-west.

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10.00-12.00

Elton Hall Flash

1 female Sparrowhawk, 6 Shelduck plus a few Wigeon, Teal,etc. (Water level still high).

Tree and House Sparrows on the feeders, plus the usual tits etc. 6 Redwings feasting on haws.

Pumphouse Flash

1 adult Yellow Legged Gull amongst the LBB flock, 1 Ruff mixed in with the Lapwings, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Kestrel.

1 Peregrine sat on a nearby pylon, with 50+ Starlings resting surprisingly close to it.

A steady trickle of Redwings and Fieldfares heading South across the farmland West of the flash.

Despite a bitterly cold wind blowing 1 Drone Fly was still clinging to a dock plant near the farm.

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10.00-13.00

Elton Hall Flash

2@1st winter+ 1 ad. female Scaup plus the usual waterfowl.

Pumphouse Flash

3 adult + 2 imm. Yellow Legged Gulls, 1 huge adult "argentatus" Herring Gull, 2 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 2 Kingfishers, 22 Curlew, 1 Sparrowhawk plus the usual Lapwings, gulls and waterfowl.


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Yesterdays news: a Hawfinch was seen in a Redwing flock & there was a possible Ring Ouzel at Groby Flash in the afternoon. The 2 juv Scaup were on Hancocks floods near Elton Hall Flash.

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News for yesterday - 2 Scaup on Crabmill Flash, SE of Warmingham viewed from Crabmill Lane.

-- Edited by Doc Brewster on Friday 26th of October 2012 10:36:04 AM

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14-30-16.30

Elton Hall Flash

1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzards, 38 Wigeon, 8 Swallows flying S.E, 2 Southern Hawker dragonflies and a Red Admiral butterfly.

Pumphouse Flash

1 adult Yellow Legged Gull, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine (On nearby pylon) plus lots of Wigeon, the usual gulls and waterfowl.

Flooded pasture opposite Pumphouse

42 Curlew and 1 Snipe.

Also 4 Buzzards along the M6 from junction 17 - 20.

The waterlevel on Elton Hall Flash is still very high and all wader scrapes are flooded, as is the lane along the South bank.

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09.00-11.00

Elton Hall Flash

3 Green Sandpipers, 3 Black Tailed Godwits, 5 Buzzards, 2 Cormorants, 5 Stock Dove plus the usual waterfowl.

Pumphouse Flash

3 Yellow Legged Herring Gulls, 1 Buzzard plus large numbers of Lesser Black Backed Gulls and the usual waterfowl.

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Only showed for 55mins then moved through, poss due to the presence of a Sparrowhawk according to observers there at the time

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A bit late because my pc is palying up terribly at work, but got news a wee while earlier this morning that there was a Black Tern over Pumphouse Flash

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Female Marsh Harrier at Pumphouse Flash briefly this afternoon only staying for about 20mins. One has been in the general area recently, so this could turn up again.

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5.15-8.15pm

3 common tern
3 green sandpiper
1 common sandpiper
4 garganey
1 ad. Yellow legged gull
Pied wagtail
20+ stock dove
2-3 kingfisher
Tree sparrow

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14.45-16.00

Elton Hall Flash

4 Green Sandpipers and 14 Black Tailed Godwits. Also 9 well grown orphaned young Shelduck, they must surely be the ones I found at the same spot

on June 27th, I'm amazed they have all survived and they're too big now to be gull/crow fodder.

Flooded pasture across the road from Pumpmhouse Flash

1 Wood Sandpiper

Pumphouse Flash

15 Curlew, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard (sat on the dead tree normally occupied by Cormorants) and 1 Peregrine sat on a nearby pylon.

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Wood Sandpiper and 4 Garganey still around Elton Hall Flash this morning.
Also, 32 Curlew flew in while I was watching the Garganey.
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Wood Sandpiper around the Elton Hall Flash area, on the flash & on flooded fields adjacent to it and Pumphouse Flash. Still there 6pm this evening

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Sunday 15th July 6.15am

Common Scoter on Pumphose Flash
1 Shelduck
6 Grey Herons
1 Lesser Whitethroat

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16.00-17.15

Elton Hall Flash

1 Green Sandpiper, 64 Lapwing, 4 G.Heron and 9 young Shelduck ducklings

in a single group with adults nowhere to be seen.

1 Ruby Tailed wasp on the gate near the farm.

Pumphouse Flash

2 Shelduck (did they leave their young 'Home Alone' on Elton).

2 Buzzards on the pylons.

1 dead Emperor Dragonfly with a shredded abdomen, Hobby kill?.

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15.45-18.00

Elton Hall flash

1 LR.Plover, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wigeon (m) still looking

resplendent, 1 Buzzard, 2 GS Woodpecker, 3 broods of Mallard ( 12,10 &7)

plus the usual, Lapwings, Shelduck etc. Moulting Mallard drakes all over the

place. Lots of Swallows and H.Martins, some perched on the dead

tree in the centre of the flash. 1 Common Blue butterfly.

Pumphouse flash

2 Oystercatcher plus the usual waterfowl/gulls and a few Lapwing.

Unusual to find no Cormorants in their normal tree roost.







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Late afternoon visit produced:

Garganey - male, and a bit scruffy looking.
Greenshank
Shoveler
Wigeon
Tufted Duck
Gadwall
Shelduck
Grey Heron x 2
Lapwing
Swift
Sand Martin
House Martin
Swallow

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Trip to my old childhood birding haunt was richly rewarded with:

Avocet (first for me, at the flashes)- Elton Hall flash. At the back (left side) down from the railway line.
Thanks to the birder who pointed it out to us.

Also saw:
Pochard
Great crested grebe (lots)
Shelduck (lots)
Common Buzzard

Watch Lane Flash:
Reed warbler (seen after about 45 mins!...)
Reed Bunting
Bullfinch

Apparently the Maw Green wryneck stayed 2days but moved on well before we arrived!

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A bit of a hike round Maw Green tip this evening with Mr Barber gave us terrific views of the earlier reported Wryneck - a lifetime first for John

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An hour long early evening visit here confirmed the Little Tern as still present, sat on a rock out in the flash, flying off frequently to take insects off the water in amongst the many hirundines also present. A cracking little bird, such a privilege to see it here! Also seen here earlier, but not by me, was a Bar-tailed Godwit.

Also present on Elton Hall Flash/Pumphouse Flash were:

Yellow Wagtail x 1
House Martin x 10+
Swallow x 30+
Sand Martin x 2
Goosander x 2m
Lesser Black Backed Gull
Greylag Goose
Shelduck
Wigeon
Teal
Shoveler
Buzzard x 2
Ruff x 1
Black tailed Godwit x 2
Stock Dove
Pied Wagtail
Lapwing
Tree Sparrow
Snipe x 3
Cormorant x 1
Great Crested Grebe x 3
Grey Heron x 1
Oystercatcher x 3

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A quick visit this evening:

Pumphouse Flash/Elton Hall Flash

Lesser Black Backed Gull
Greylag Goose
Shelduck
Tufted Duck
Teal
Buzzard x 2 sat on the ground, eyeing up the two red foxes that were about
Ruff x 1
Little Ringed Plover x 2
Black tailed Godwit
Stock Dove
Pied Wagtail (dozens, including at least one White)
Lapwing
Tree Sparrow
Swallow (dozens)

According to the log, a 1st winter Caspian Gull was seen earlier on Pumphouse(but not by me!)

Watch Lane Flash

Great Crested Grebe x 4
Reed Bunting x 2

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Adult and juvenile Iceland Gulls in the roost this evening. Also adult Yellow-legged Gull.

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Saturday 4th February 8.30-10.00

Flashes almost completely frozen.
No sign of the Glossy Ibis, Iceland Gull or Godwits this morning. Plenty of Redwings in the fields though.
Again, good numbers of Wigeon, Shellduck and Lapwings.
One Snipe flew across the road from the feeding station.
40+Tree Sparrows around the feeders
Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming in the distance.



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Pumphouse Flash:
1 Iceland Gull (a life first for me)
4 Black Tailed Godwits
30 Widgeon
1 Grey Heron
c200 Lapwings

In the next field (across the road from the feeders) was the Glossy Ibis. A nice sight. More Widgeon on the river and on the banks. Also a Sparrowhawk seen sat on a fence post.

Feeders:
c30 Tree Sparrows
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
2 Fieldfare (around , not on the feeders)
Many of the usuals

Elton Hall Flash:
30 Shellduck
More Widgeon

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Trip to sandbach, Glossy Ibis flew overhead and landed over at railway flash, Iceland gull not seen but other things were about, 1 woodcock, pintail, 1 pink footed goose and sparrowhawk.

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Had a trip over to Sandbach this morning and found the Glossy Ibis that was first reported yesterday, not on Pumphouse Flash where it was first seen but on Railway Flash close to Maw Green tip. I had forgotten what a hike it is to get to the site but worth it - had really good views of the bird before it was spooked by an overflying raptor along with everything else present at the time.

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Lunchtime visit yesterday produced the following:

Pump House Flash - White Fronted Goose (just the one with the Canadas), 100's of Starling, Lapwing, Teal, Wigeon. Dozens of BHGs, Teal, Coots. Also, Common Gull, Herring Gull, LBB Gull, GBB Gull but couldn't find the reported juvenile Iceland Gull. Curlew (20ish), BT Godwit (2), Ruff (1). Also of interest, a Greylag-type hybrid with a white head and a white crescent on it's breast

Elton Hall Flash - lots more Lapwing, BHG, Wigeon, but, also Shelduck, Goosander (2m) and on the feeders, loads of Tree Sparrow amongst the usual fare

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Must be following you around Sid
We were here today, a little on the cool side but pleasant until the rain.
My first visit. I really enjoyed viewing from the "feeder path" Loads of small birds everywhere.
All the tits
Tree Saprrows
G.S.Woodpeckers
Nuthatch

Redwing and Fieldfare in reasonably nunbers
Hundreds of Lapwings and Starlings
Goosander
Redshanks
Shovellers
Widgeon
Shelduck
4 Snipe

2 Gtr.White-fronted Geese on the other side


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A warmer and sunnier afternoon at Sandbach today found of interest two Greater White-fronted Geese on Watch Lane flash and a single Yellow-legged Gull on Pumphouse Flash - unfortunately still no sign of the reported Caspian Gull.

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A chilly couple of hours this afternoon at Sandbach - of note 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls on Pumphouse Flash with the mixed gull flock.

Also present, several Wigeon, Teal, Curlew and Lapwing all being spooked by a Buzzard. There was also a fly over Sparrowhawk.

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Another evening visit confirmed Green winged Teal still present along with 30 or so BT Godwits, a few Ruff, Redshank and amongst the Little Ringed Plover, a Dunlin. Also Sparrowhawk passed through.

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Quick evening visit at 6.45pm:

Green-winged Teal present along with:

1 Yellow Wagtail
1 Greenshank
3 Little Ringed Plovers
5 Black tailed Godwits
2 Redshank
2 Tree Sparrows
amongst others





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A brief, but, productive visit yesterday produced:

Wheatear (male, in the ploughed field just beyond Elton Hall Flash)
Little Ringed Plover
BT Godwits (20ish)
Ruff (3)
Redshank
Teal
Wigeon
Lapwing
Iceland Gull (2nd winter)
Herring Gull
LBB Gull
GBB Gull
BH Gull
Tree Sparrow
Buzzard (x2)
Chiffchaff (x2)
Shoveller
Gadwall
Tufted Duck
Shelduck

Not bad for an hour's work!



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Thanks Henry !

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Directions are on the Richmond Bank thread John. Page 2 I think.
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Couldn't ignore all the goodies on offer at Sandbach - thanks for your reports guys.

Not too many gulls on view today ( only a few hundred ) Saturday and Sundays are their days off apparently.

Did manage to bump into Jonathan Platt - nice to see you again Jonathan, who kindly pointed me in the direction of the Glaucous, Iceland and Med Gull which were all present this cool grey morning. Bit disappointed you didn't find me a Caspian though !!

Looks like I'll have to go to Richmond Bank for the Caspians - anyone tell me how to get to Richmond Bank ?






The local patcher at Sandbach had a Caspo this morning apparently John so it's worth another go there. wink.gif



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Couldn't ignore all the goodies on offer at Sandbach - thanks for your reports guys.

Not too many gulls on view today ( only a few hundred ) Saturday and Sundays are their days off apparently.

Did manage to bump into Jonathan Platt - nice to see you again Jonathan, who kindly pointed me in the direction of the Glaucous, Iceland and Med Gull which were all present this cool grey morning. Bit disappointed you didn't find me a Caspian though !!

Looks like I'll have to go to Richmond Bank for the Caspians - anyone tell me how to get to Richmond Bank ?



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Nice couple of hours this afternoon:

Glaucous Gull still present
Iceland Gull (in same 'scope view as Glauc)
5 Goosander
2 Gadwall
2 Pintail
1 Ruff
1 Black-tailed Godwit
2 Redshanks
2 Oystercatchers
Lots of Wigeon
100+ Stock Doves
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Tree and House Sparrows on the feeders
amongst others



-- Edited by Phil Owen on Saturday 12th of March 2011 06:41:18 PM

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Visited the flashes this morning, 07.00 - 09.15, haven't been for a while but was inspired to go by Messers Owen and Cook's report on Monday wink.gif

Upon arrival found the long staying Glaucous Gull on Pumphouse Flash with a mixed gull flock - had a really good look at this "big gull" so hopefully I shall be able to recognise the species again in future !!!!!

Also on & around PHF/Elton Hall Flash 10's of Wigeon, Ruff x4, Redshank x2, many Oystercatchers, Shelduck and Stock Doves, several Common Gulls, Pied Wagtails c.20 - 25, and on the feeders Tree Sparrows and Great Spotted Woodpecker.









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Quick afternoon visit with Henry Cook:

1st winter Glaucous Gull still present on Pumphouse Flash.

1 Yellow-legged Gull also present amongst the commoner Gulls.

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