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RE: PENNINGTON FLASH.


This morning, two adult Mediterranean Gulls were present along with two Common Sandpipers and Common Tern.

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Late news for yesterday evening when 7 Common Tern, a Common Sandpiper and 200+ Sand Martins were present.

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This morning:

4 Black-tailed Godwits flew on to Ramsdales Scrape and fed until 08:05 when they flew off west

370 Sand Martins

4 Reed Warblers

1 Common Sandpiper



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Grasshopper Warbler singing this morning on the opposite side of the canal from the leaning posts, single Common Sandpiper on the spit and 2 Whitethroat singing. Curlew also heard heading North but I was under tree cover. Single Redpoll and Siskin over the west end.

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Late this evening, up to 8pm:

3 Common Terns, 21 Goosanders, Common Sandpiper, 148 Sand Martins and a Little Egret flew west.

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Highlights from early this morning included:

2 Common Terns

1 Little Ringed Plover

1 Common Sandpiper

A flock of 14+ Lesser Redpolls feeding on Ramsdales Ruck

1 Linnet on Ramsdales Ruck which flew off south

3 Ravens with two west at 07:25 and a single east at 08:14



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Four Common Sandpipers on the spit by mid-morning.

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This morning:

2 Common Sandpipers on the spit 

Common Tern still present

1 Curlew over

11 Goldeneye

2 Lesser Redpolls

22 Willow Warblers, 11 Chiffchaffs and 6 Blackcaps on Ramsdales Ruck alone

2 Reed Warblers



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Single Common Tern still present this afternoon.



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This mid-afternoon, 22+ House Martins, half a dozen or so Swallows and a couple of dozen Sand Martins all at the western end.



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Colin Broadhurst wrote:

Also female Tufted Duck with bright blue beak band with letters S,C,? Printed on from Ramsdales


 

CH1 which has been present on and off (more on in the past few years) since at least 2017.



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Also from yesterday

1 x Cormorant with fishing line around bill and a fish on the hook still. Bird in obvious distress with blood around base of bill

Also female Tufted Duck with bright blue beak band with letters S,C,? Printed on from Ramsdales



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Ian McKerchar wrote:

Other highlights from early afternoon today:

21 Cormorants (all immatures, including a colour-ringed bird)

 


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Other highlights from early afternoon today:

Whitethroat singing briefly on the eastern edge of Ramsdales Ruck

15 singing Willow Warblers on Ramsdales Ruck alone

2 Linnets

21 Cormorants (all immatures, including a colour-ringed bird)

74 Lesser Black-backed Gulls

21 Herring Gulls

Mallard with at least eight ducklings

Kingfisher in Ramsdales



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Black tailed godwit Ramsdales hide

Also Common Tern still present on main flash



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Common Tern still present this morning.

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Single Common Tern and three Swallows this late afternoon.



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2 adult Mediterranean Gulls around the spit and Ramsdales for about 20 Minutes this morning before heading off west along the canal also 2 Little egret on the spit and 2 Redpoll on the rucks

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Drake Scaup present at 7pm today.

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Early this morning, one Curlew, three singing Blackcaps and c30 Sand Martins.

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Late afternoon/early evening today:

c180 Sand Martins

Male Wheatear on Ramsdales Ruck

2 Little Egrets at the western end, seemed to fly off towards the field just west of Mossley Hall

8 Oystercatchers



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This afternoon 5 x Snipe on spit, 7 x Goosander, 7 x Goldeneye, 3 x Oystercatcher, 10 x Chiffchaff, 3 x singing Blackcaps, 2 x Cettis Warbler, 3 x Willow Warbler



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Highlights from this morning were 12+ Snipe on the spit (Colin had more), at least 5 Singing Willow Warbler, 2 pairs of Willow Tit and a little Egret.

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Having missed virtually everything this weekend and still not seen or heard a willow warbler anywhere, the best I can add is a bar-headed goose flying around the flash at 11am. Presumably the same bird that was present last year but if it is, it's the first time that I've seen it in 5 months.



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The panicked alarm calls of Lesser Black-backed Gulls gave away the Osprey flying through NW at 5pm today well before it came pretty low into view, circling only once over the western end before heading off. Diabolically poor iPhone (3x zoom) photos attached.

Also six Goosanders And two Siskins feeding in Alders by Sorrow Cow Pond.



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Little Egret, 15 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers and a Swallow early this morning around the north side/Ramsdales Ruck



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Some additional sightings from this morning Male Wheatear on the lorry park on the South side. Female Brambling in trees round the car park at the main entrance. Singing Willow Warbler near the recycling centre Swallow over the horse paddocks at the west end Little ringed plover on the spit along with 4 Greylag geese. At least 8 singing Blackcap and 2 females also seen 3 Singing Cettis Warbler and one male also seen in full on courtship display, chasing a female around for a good few minutes

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This morning:

Single Ring-necked Parakeet through west at 07:33

2 Greylag Geese though west

10 Oystercatchers

1 drake Wigeon

70+ Sand Martins

1+ adult Mediterranean Gull

3 Goosanders

1 Little Egret



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This afternoon, 

Goosander 9

Oystercatcher 9

Snipe 7

 



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This morning to 9.30,

Little ringed plover 3 on spit 

Sand martin 100+ not really a count just a rough estimate. No other hirundines with them that I could see.

 



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This morning:

Willow Warbler singing only briefly on Ramsdales Ruck

9 Snipe

2 Little Egrets

12 Oystercatchers

3 Goosander 

2 singing Blackcaps

11 Chiffchaffs on and around Ramsdales Ruck



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c160 Sand Martins this mid-afternoon.



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This morning 8am - 11am,

Common scoter 1 male in the middle

Little egret 4

Sand martin 40

Oystercatcher 10

Also from Bill Harrison but not seen by me, 

Little ringed plover 1 at the sailing club at 6:20am

Mediterranean gull 2 adults flew over

 

 



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Singing Blackcap this morning by the sharp bend where Byrom lane becomes Sandy lane. also 2 adult Mediterranean gulls flew north c. 8.30, 2 Greylag geese flew west and c. 50 Sand Martins were over the west end.

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Early afternoon, 2 adult Mediterranean gulls dropped on to the water just off the car park.



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This morning 8am - 9:45am

Dunlin 1 flew through at the western end

Raven 1 over the Ruck

Oystercatcher 15

Little egret 4

Sand martin 40+ mainly at western end where it was more sheltered.

 



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Lunchtime today....6 x Sand Martin, 14 x Oystercatcher on the spit, 4 x Little Egret, 7 x Chiffchaff and 4 x Siskin



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Late afternoon today:

Maximum of c130 Sand Martins

Single Curlew over east

22 Oystercatchers

16 Goldeneyes

2 Little Egrets

2+ Siskins around Sorrow Cow Farm with the male in song at one point



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This afternoon, now 3 drake common scoter, 2 asleep together and presumably the same agitated bird off the sailing club. Also 11 wigeon still, and 4 snipe on the mini spit.

 



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This morning:

2 drake Common Scoters though not together, with a sleeping bird closer to the East Bay off Horrocks Hide and an agitated looking bird swimming around the centre of the flash off the sailing club.

Maximum of 47 Sand Martins

12 Wigeon (including five drakes) flew in around 7am 

9 Oystercatchers

7 Redwings

8 Siskins

1 adult Great Black-backed Gull  



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Just a quick visit this morning produced 3 sand martins and a single drake pochard, the latter my first at the flash in over a month. 



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Sunday afternoon...

Chiffchaffs - couple heard (1 seen) near Teal hide, but really good view of one singing away only 10' up in a bush by Sorrow Cow pond.

Mandarin Duck - male - walked back along the canal to the Slag Lane end (too much mud elsewhere) and where it widens to form a sort of pond just before the marina, amongst the mallards and nesting mute swans was a male Mandarin happily swimming about. Is it always there? Couldn't see any sign of a female.

Goldeneye - 2 pairs at the Slag Lane end

Oystercatchers - plenty about

Nothing else seen of note

 



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Fairly quick visit early afternoon today, five Chiffchaffs on and around Ramsdales Ruck alone, adult Mediterranean Gull and four Buzzards.



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Three Sand Martins this morning, also a singing Chiffchaff.

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At least two sand martins this morning. 



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Early afternoon, single dunlin on the spit, flew east at 13.30.



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Highlights this morning 1 x singing Chiffchaff, 1 x singing Cettis Warbler, 6 x Oystercatcher on spit, 4 x Little Egret, 3 x Snipe, 2 x Willow Tit and 2 x Greylag Goose



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This morning:

Single Little Ringed Plover

Three Redshanks, at least one of which flew off west

Adult Whooper Swan in with the Mute Swans

Adult Mediterranean Gull on the spit and later off the car park, a vocal bird

11 Snipe on the mini spit



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An adult Whooper Swan present around 3:50pm and 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Redshanks and 2 Little Egrets this late afternoon.

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Ten Oystercatchers this morning, eight Greylag Geese which flew off north, 23 Redwings on Ramsdales Ruck, a single Kingfisher and four Willow Tits.



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