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Popped down this afternoon and met up with local birder John Jones to follow up a Black Tern sighting at Winsford Bottom Flash. Despite being there before it was reported as flying off east we never managed to see it no

A massive bonus was that as we were there a large bird flew in from the west along the flash causing all the gulls to take to the air to mob it. Immediately we knew we had self-found an Osprey, waht a bonus. The bird flew low over our heads and hovered near the Rilshaw Lane scrape before following the line of the flash off to the east.



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Winsford Bottom Flash 10.30-12.00

1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 3 Cormorants.

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2 Ruddy Shelduck Winsford Flash adjacent to the Sailing Club

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I know they are of dubious origin, but couldn't resist a visit to see the Ruddy Shelduck  today. After a bit of searching finally located them to the Sothern end of Winsford Flash, on the grassy area just North of Weaver Dairy House, grazing with Moorhen. Viewed from the caravan park. Stunning they looked too.

Also around were 1+ Kingfisher, Little Grebe, 15 Great  Crested  Grebe, Blackcap pair, Common Buzzard ,7 Swallow and 5 House Martin .



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No problem, we just need that Red-breasted Goose to swim dowm the stream onto the R.Waever and that would start a massive twitch biggrin No sign of the Barnacle Goose today as I pass over the bridge on my way to Newchurch Common.

My previous (and any future) postings were either on the R.Weaver thread or the Moulton area thread I think, as this bit of the river is by New Bridge just down the track from Moulton Village.



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Cheers Doc. 

New to posting on the forum (although not visiting)

Hence my question it being from a local 'collection' as I recall the postings re the Wood Ducks (probably made by you) being pretty similar to my own observations.

Cheers

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As I posted before there is a collection just up the stream in a garden along the road. I did one of my Cheshire Breeding Atlas surveys here. At different times I have seen Barnacle Geese, Red-breasted Geese, Wood Ducks, Black Swans and all manner of stuff in his collection biggrin



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Originally posted today by James Wood:

Last Friday (9th) and Saturday just one solitary Barnacle Goose on the Weaver just where the stream joins in by the 'Mobile' home park where the Wood Ducks were spotted a few months ago.

Wouldn't think that it was a migratory bird - too early ?

Anyone any ideas where it might have come from?

An escapee from a a local collection?


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Tried viewing the Top Flash from the S/U Canal at Wimboldsley Woods but was hopelessly too far away! Did manage to pick out a pair of Mute Swans, four Cormoranrt, two male Shovelers, Mallards and loads of Canada Geese. Female Mallard flushed from a nest with five eggs, in bramble scrub next to the tow path at Wimboldsley Woods. Doesn't appear to be any obvious path (or public right of way) leading from the canal to the Flash (but I don't know the area well).

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Winsford Bottom Flash, at N end of long spit separating River Weaver from the flash, viewed from Rilshaw Meadows CP by Rilshaw Lane

Ruddy Shelduck, ad fem

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Sunday 19th May early morning

White Stork in fields around the sailing club and Dairy House Farm

Subsequent enquiries suggest the situation regarding the free-flying collection birds near Sandbach is currently unknown

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A cracking Little Tern today on Winsford Bottom Flash, settling close to shore in a small bay with sand banks, along with 3 Common Sands on the same banks. Cracking photographic opportunities. Park in the car park along Rilshaw Lane, Winsford & walk down to the nearest shore line of the flash.

Cheers Paul

-- Edited by Doc Brewster on Sunday 8th of May 2011 11:11:41 PM

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 21st of May 2011 09:24:42 AM

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