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Carr Lane Pools Hale


1 Green Sandpiper c3.30 pm

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At least two Little Ringed Plover and a Ringed Plover flitting round.
1 Juv Yellow Wagtail with Pieds.
Handful of House Martens and a couple of Swifts.

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2 Cattle Egret and several Little Egret here today 2 Oystercatcher with Canada Geese and Whitethroat singing from hedgerows

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Of note

Cattle Egret - 2

Little Egret - 3

Ringed Plover - 1

Mallard - adult & 7 young


Nearby:

Grasshopper Warbler - 1

Sedge Warbler - 1

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pm 1 Grey Partridge fields
only waders on pools 2 Lapwing

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Despite the weather, called in whilst in the area, 10.30 - 11.00am

Swallows - despite strong winds & driving rain, there was a continuous & surprising movement of birds (c1 per minute) heading low & erratically south!

Little Egret - 3

Great Egret - 1

Lapwing - 100

Black tailed Godwit - 10

Teal & Mallard

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Green Sandpiper, on edge of shallow scrape - Yellow Wagtail, 2 juveniles flitting around & very little else

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Their was either 2 Temminck"s Stint or 1 and a same sized wader, with the same feeding behaviour, too distant to be sure. From Town Lane between 3-4pm today. The pools on the Carr Lane side have completely dried up. Couldn't pick out anything else of note through the bins

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Nice little twitch this evening, just 35 mins from home. After missing out on the Lunt Meadows Temmincks Stint a week or so ago, caught up with this one, viewed from the pavement on Town Lane. Pectoral Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper also present and all three birds within a couple of feet of one another.

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Pectoral sandpiper still present 1.15 pm view from town lane



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No sign of the hoped for whinchat either here or at the horse paddocks but I'll try again. 2 Grey Partridge was the highlights with Cetti's and Reed Warbler vocal. A handful of Teal still present with Shoveler, Shelduck, Redshank and Lapwing.

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1 m Redstart
at least 2 Wheatear

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1 m Wheatear

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Teal Gadwall Redshank Lapwng Black-tailed Godwit Pink-footed Goose Buzzard Kestrel And seen from off Carr lane Green Sandpiper Kingfisher

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100+ Teal, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, around 50 Lapwing, Shoveler, Buzzard and a small active wader on the far side of the pools, out of my binocular range though to get an ID, possibly Dunlin. On the other side of Hale road Stonechat, Meadow pipit, Little Egret, Grey Herin, another group of around 40-50 Teal on the brook, Canada Geese, Shelduck, Curlew and Oystercatcher further out. A group of 50 or so Black- headed Gulls were on the farm heading further along Hale road with Wood Pigeon and a few Stock Doves.

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Lots of hirundines , most high over, but 3 Swallows perched on roadsude wires.
m Peregrine mobbed by every Rook in the area
f Grey Wagtail
Single Pink Footed Goose vocal over

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2 Stock Doves Pools
1 m Yellow Wagtail Burnt Mill Farm

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1 f Wheatear
1 m Yellow Wagtail Burnt Mill Farm Carr Lane where Swallows nested

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yesterday pm
2 f and 1 m Wheatear


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Adult male Marsh Harrier hunting over Hale Marsh before heading out south this morning.

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Spoonbill was still present this morning, but around 10AM it took off and flew off high towards River.

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Spoonbill still present

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Single Spoonbill showing well. Initially snoozing then stirred itself to feed relatively energetically in shallow pools.
Avocets. Black Tailed Godwits. 2 Ruff coming into Summer plumage.

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1 Common Sandpiper
7 Avocets

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8 Avocets
2 Ruff
20 plus Black tailed Godwits
1 Wheatear

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3 Avocets

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1 m Redstart on fence/ hawthorns on Carr Lane side .

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A F Merlin showing really well perched up on a post preening. Stayed put for at least 15 minutes.
A Buzzard was on another post.
3 Little Egrets.
Black Tailed Godwits, Snipe, Redshank all present.
2 Grey Partridge.

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PM 1 m Wheatear

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Wood Sandpiper seen again today, reported on our Cheshire Wildlife Group smile



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Couldn't find the Wood Sandpiper with certainty myself after long search (pm). However, 2 Green Sandpiper (others had 3) in partially obscured channel. Also Little Egrets, Black-Tailed Godwit, Redshank, Buzzards, Kestrels & quite a few Herons & many Cormorants flying over from the Decoy

Town Lane is indeed closed to cars, but the footpath is open to pedestrians & numerous bikes, so you can see the area from all angles while still getting run over

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A Wood Sandpiper was present on Carr Lane Pools today as well as a Ruddy Shrlduck. I watched both from the Carr Lane side at 11.35am. The access up Town Lane from Hale village (the other side that the pools can be viewed from) is blocked due to resurfacing work & it looks like it will be closed for some time.



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Pools shrinking markedly in warm sunny weather, meaning a lot of mud at edges of remaining water.

This attracted clouds of House Martins, collecting nesting material down on the ground. Not many waders though, literally one Redshank the only one present.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in nearlby garden.

One of the delights of UK May wildlife sightings. a big Cockchafer beetle, was flying low over brambles close to road.



-- Edited by John O'Neill on Monday 25th of May 2020 06:55:27 PM

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1 May
m Whinchat still present and showing well 430pm

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1m Whichat and 1m Wheatear

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Quick stop at Pools on way back from work
1m Whinchat active on and off posts and barbed wire, often flycatching.
1m Wheatear much less lively

6 Little Egrets
1 Whitethroat singing on wires
1 Cettis Warbler heard singing in reeds
1 Swallow

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Yesterday (11th) I made my first trip to Carr Lane Pools since the tolls were introduced on the Runcorn Bridge(s). I really like this site and so I wanted to try my new route of up the M6, along the M62 and down the A5300 to get there. This proved to be really easy and possibly less fiddly than before, so result!

The huge tide meant that on arrival mid afternoon Town Lane was closed due to the water coming completely across it near the bridge. On advice I tracked back to Carr Lane and scanned the fields either side of the bridge over there. Other than the usual Teal, Wigeon and commoner wildfowl and gulls I drew a blank for scarcer species. The water receded as quickly as it had come up so I returned to Town Lane and started to scan Decoy Marsh. Here there were huge numbers of Redshank, feeding in 'packs' and lots of Black-tailed Godwits too. A few Little Egrets were on there as well. Eventually I picked up a couple of Pied Watgails and that turned into five or six. Then amongst them I finally found my quarry in the shape of 2 Water Pipits feeding in close proximity to each other. One of these was in partial summer plumage, looking really nice in the sunshine, but a blustery wind and the distance away still made viewing hard, a scope job for certain. Also over along the field edge were a couple of Linnets. But with my target species seen and with rush hour approaching I headed home, the reverse route being as easy as the route there. Carr Lane Pools is back on my list of favourite sites!!



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Wet

4 Little Egrets

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No sandpipers showing for me this pm
2 Ruff
1 Snipe

Numerous House Martins and Swallows

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Wood Sandpiper - 2 mostly together
Lapwing - 200+
Little Egret - 1
Mute Swan - 6

Common Buzzard - 1
Sparrowhawk - female

House Martins & Swallows - 30
Alba Wagtails - 20

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A quick trip out to the site whilst my better half wandered Widnes shopping, any excuse?

Wood Sandpiper - showing well

Grey Wagtail - immature

White Wagtail - 1

Pied Wagtail - 3

plus regulars inc shelduck, teal, mallard, heron, & plenty of swifts, swallows & house martins hawking the area



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Carr Lane Pools
1 Swallow
3 Wheatear
several Ruff

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Cheers for the heads up Rob. Having a morning to pop over I dropped in with the target being Wheatear and they duly obliged. I had just the 3 Wheatears, comprising two males and a female, on the cropped turf viewed east from the stone bridge on Town Lane. I did do a quick check through the numerous Teal in case a Garganey had dropped in, as I know this is a good site for them, but no luck.



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Black tailed Godwits - 50

Common Snipe - 10

Cormorant - 30 in trees

Wheatear - 15+

Greylag - 1 among dozens of Canada geese

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Carr Lane Pools
PM 27/03
6 Ruff
2 Curlew
1 Redshank
30plus Black Tailed Godwit

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2 Grey Partridge flying low over road

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A quick visit this morning was quite productive, birds seen inc--- great views of a Water Pipit that obligingly perched up on a fence post for 5 mins, also Little egret, Grey Heron,several Redshank,Shoveler,lot's of Teal and 2 Snipe out in the open and showing well

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These records are more about Hale Marsh on the opposite side of the road to the pools, but I can't find the location on here?

Shelduck - 300
Dunlin - 3500+
Cormorant - 36
Lapwing - 300+
Little Egret - 1
Peregrine Falcon - male & female adults

Common Snipe - 8 on Carr Lane pools


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Hi Ian/Rob

Neither bird you show comes close to the Hale bird which was far paler in the head & body generally with much whiter secondary's as shown in the enclosed picture?

Who knows where the leucistic gene comes from?

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I took this photo close to Little Woolden Moss about 6 weeks ago. Could this be the same bird too?



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