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RE: PENNINGTON FLASH.


Cuckoo calling this morning c.6.30 on the South side of the flash and then heard just after 8 on the north side of canal from the rucks Only other bits of note were 2 freshly fledged Grey Wagtail on the sailing club shore, a pair of Greylag geese with at least one Gosling also here. Singing Lesser Whitethroat again along Slag Lane in bushes around the Borehole.

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Early this morning a singing male Cuckoo flew NW over Ramsdales Ruck towards Bickershaw, having probably flown over from the south side of the flash. Also present, three Common Terns and 130 Swifts.



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Cuckoo singing from around the nature reserve area this morning.

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Mid-afternoon,

No sign of any sanderling or dunlin at the sailing club. Unfortunately this appears to be the only shoreline available at the moment due to high water levels.

1 common sandpiper at the sailing club

3 common terns

 



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This morning, 

2 sanderling on the sailing club shore with a single dunlin.

1 common tern

1 goosander, female on the spit

2 adult great black-backed gulls

 



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Late afternoon today:

4 Turnstones still on this spit, with a single Dunlin (possibly arctica)

Two Sanderlings flew straight through with a single Dunlin at 3:35pm, quite quickly followed by another three waders (one larger than the other two, the larger bird most probably a Ringed Plover) which flashing through at speed across the southern side of the flash in the ‘murk’ defied definitive identification

2 Common Terns

860 Swifts, numbers swelled enormously at one point by a huge column of birds over the eastern side of the flash, total numbers could well have exceeded four figures 

240 House Martins, mainly low over the southern side of the flash near the East Bay (not a Sand Martin in sight?)

138 Swallows, pretty much all at the very western end

1 Redshank

Female Goosander on the sailing club shore

1 adult Great Black-backed Gull



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This morning,

14 dunlin on the sailing club shore, flushed by dog walker and may have left. All summer plumage birds.

4 turnstones on the spit

1 cuckoo calling on the ruck

1 common tern

150 swifts

100 house martins

 



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A Whimbrel flew north at 4:40pm today, also present 85 Swifts, 37 House Martins, 2 Common Terns and 5 Dunlin on the spit up to 7pm.

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This evening, a rufous (hepatic) female Cuckoo perched briefly by Ramsdales scrape (photo on the website) and a female Pochard was resting on the spit.

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Cuckoo singing again just south of the canal at the back of Teal scrape this early morning. Also, 2 Common Terns, 2 drake Shovelers, Willow Tits with young, Little Egret and 93 Swifts.



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This morning, Cuckoo singing, 2 Common Terns, Little Egret and 21 Swifts.

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Whilst out on my bike ride this morning I stopped on the old railway bridge over the brook and had a brief sighting of a Dipper. It flew upstream towards the bypass bridge but I wasnt able to relocate it. 



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This morning, single Dunlin on Ramsdales Scrape, adult Great Black-backed Gull, singing Garden Warbler at the western end, adult Little Egret.



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This morning, singles of Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and Common Tern, two adult Great Black-backed Gulls and 33 Swifts.



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This evening, Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Common Sandpiper, Redshank, 2 Common Terns and 39 Swifts.

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No sign of Wood Warbler at southern end from 11am to 12.30



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Wood Warbler has relocated to the wood at the western end, at the very western end of the bridlepath over the rucks near the low metal gate with rollers on.

Sound recordings (only made with iPhone and no external microphone) now on the website. Rudimentary sonogram attached, note the lower frequency more 'messy' (and louder) Whitethroat also caught in the recording!



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No further sign of the Wood Warbler since c08:40 after being spooked by a pair of Sparrowhawks.



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Wood Warbler singing from Ramsdales Ruck at 8am, near the main bridleway south of the locks monument.

Also, Lesser Whitethroat singing at the western end, a pair of Mediterranean Gulls (one of which was a first summer), four Great Black-backed Gulls, male Goosander and a single Common Sandpiper.



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Cuckoo singing briefly at the western end early this morning, two Goosanders and a single Common Sandpiper the only things of real note.



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Greenshank briefly on the sailing club shore first thing this morning.

Single Common Sandpiper and Common Tern (the latter flew off west with a fish), three Goosanders and pair of Greylags with two small young.



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Drake Mandarin in company of a pair of Mallards on canal just east of Lock Gates Monument at 2pm.



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Whimbrel over very early this morning, also two drake Goosanders present.

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Early morning today:

Female Garganey still on Ramsdales Scrape

2 Dunlins

1 Ringed Plover

1 Common Sandpiper

1 Little Egret

3 adult Great Black-backed Gulls

1 Linnet

3 Common Terns (two of which flew straight over east)



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Ringed plover and Dunlin on the sailing club shoreline this morning, 2 further Dunlin on the spit. Whimbrel flew north calling just after 8am, Mediterranean Gull heard around Ramsdales whilst I was behind trees and the female Garganey still on Ramsdales. Singing Lesser Whitethroat in hedgerow near Lightshaw Croft

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This afternoon 

1x female Garganey and 1x Redshank from Ramsdales 

On the spit 1 x Common Sandpiper, 2x Dunlin, 1x Common Tern, 2 x Goosander and 1x Whimbrel @4.00pm



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Early this morning, Common Sandpiper, Common Tern, drake Shelduck, three drake Goosanders.



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This morning:

Female Garganey still on Horrocks Scrape

Whimbrel over north at 06:40

Grasshopper Warbler reeling next to the bridleway over Ramsdales Ruck, further up from the leaning posts

Redshank on Ramsdales Scrape

2 adult Great Black-backed Gulls



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Highlights from this morning around Ramsdales Ruck and the western end, still pretty quiet:

2 Shelduck

2 Common Sandpipers

3 adult Great Black-backed Gulls

3 singing Sedge Warblers

5 Whitethroats (including a pair together)

Pair of Lesser Redpolls

Little Egret

Singing Willow Tit

3 Oystercatchers

29 Tufted Ducks (including the usual nasal saddled female)

 



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Two adult Mediterranean Gulls this morning, also 3 Goosanders and a male Whitethroat in the East Bay.

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Pretty quiet again this morning, the main highlights being:

4 Goosanders

2 Common Terns

1 Common Sandpiper

3 Oystercatchers

4 Shoveler

1 Whitethroat

16 Swifts

 



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Female Garganey still on Ramsdales scrape this morning also 3 Common Sandpiper on the shore at the sailing club and 2 Swift over the south side. 3 Goosander on the spit and Redshank at the west end.

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3 Whimbrels flew over NE fairly low and very vocal at 07:10

5 Common Terns

1 Common Sandpiper

5 Swifts

1 female Siskin by the leaning posts

2 adult Great Black-backed Gulls



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Late afternoon today:

Sedge Warbler

5 Common Terns

16 Swallows

4 Great Black-backed Gulls

1 Little Egret

1 Common Sandpiper



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Highlights from a visit yesterday afternoon (3.45 - 5pm):

3 common terns, great black-backed gull, oystercatcher and a goosander on the spit

Mistle thrush by the playground (no idea if they are common here, but first time I've seen one at Pennington)



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This early morning's highlights included:

Female Garganey on Ramsdales Scrape

Male Redstart briefly by Ramsdales Hide

Male Wheatear on Ramsdales Ruck which later flew off strongly north

7 Reed Warblers

22 Blackcaps (18 singing males) on less than a third of the whole site

8 Swifts

Little Egret 

Pair of Great Black-backed Gulls



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This morning a Common Sandpiper, Little Egret and 17 Swifts were the highlights.

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1:35pm to 3:40pm Drake common scoter still on the flash, also eight swallows hawking low overhead in the rain. Adult and, I think, a 4CY great black-back out near the sailing club. Two very vocal ravens flew overhead. Reed warblers singing either side of the path at Tom Edmondson Hide, plus the usual Cetti's.

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Early afternoon today:

Drake Common Scoter

2 Ringed Plovers

2 Little Ringed Plovers

1 Common Sandpiper

3 Goosanders

2CY Great Black-backed Gull



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1 x Common Sandpiper on spit

5 x Swift with c50 Sand Martin off sailing club



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Decent few hours this morning! The 2 Avocets were present until 7.38 when they flew off heading North. Ian's Caspian gull from yesterday was again on the spit until 8.20 at least. Female Garganey from Ramsdales hide, associating with a pair of Teal. Brambling heard calling twice from near the sailing club, sounded to be heading east. Redshank on the flooded fields at the west end. Pair of Linnet on the rucks.Sedge warbler at the west end.

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Caspian Gull still present at 7am. 2 Avocet on the spit, 2 Common Terns and hundreds of Sand Martins still feeding.

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4th calendar year Caspian Gull present on the spit early morning (poor long range record shots attached)

A pair of Great Black-backed Gulls 

A pair of adult Mediterranean Gulls which seemed to fly off south

380 Sand Martins

3 Common Terns

 



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410 Sand Martins feeding over the water this early afternoon. 



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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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