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RE: PENNINGTON FLASH.


Late news for yesterday evening, when a single Black-tailed Godwit and juvenile Mediterranean Gull were present.

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This morning:

1 Black-tailed Godwit

1 Dunlin

1 Common Sandpiper

28 Greylag Geese

2 Egyptian Geese

Info thanks to Bill Harrison



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Green Sandpiper also this morning.

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Early morning today:

Female Common Scoter

2 Pochard

33 Willow Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff and 8 Blackcap spread over Ramsdale Ruck area

7 Greylag Goose

3 Common Tern

236 Lesser Black-backed Gulls in a number of flocks moving west through the site (coming in from the north or NW though) with many stopping to rest/wash briefly on the water and the total consisting of c80% juveniles

8 Herring Gulls mixed in with the above flocks but all juveniles

1 Kingfisher

Reed Warblers still feeding young in the Point Reedbed



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Yesterday evening:

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull

Common Sandpiper

900 Starling

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes 



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Drake Common Scoter present this morning.

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Juvenile Garganey off the main car park at 07:50 this morning then flew to north of the spit and was still present by 09:15.

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This morning:

4 Arctic tern flew high west through at c. 8.55am.

2 Common Sandpiper on the shore at the sailing club.

3 Egyptian Geese on the sailing club and later on the main spit.

2 Juvenile Sparrowhawk over the woods on the south side

Several mixed warbler/tit etc flocks around the site the best of which, at the West end in bushes and reeds near the small concrete bridge, held family parties of Treecreeper, Willow Tit and Goldcrest as well as at least 1 Lesser whitethroat giving good views feeding on elder berries.

 

 



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Early am today:

Grey Plover through west calling loudly

Greenshank at Ramsdales

136 Lesser Black-backed Gull, of which 103 were juveniles and including a single flock of 86 of them!

320 Sand Martin (seemed to drift off or up later on)

53 Swift moving through west, some staying to feed briefly

23 Reed Warbler in and around Ramsdales and The Point reedbed; lots of juveniles and a couple of adult singing 

3 Common Tern



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Juvenile Mediterranean Gull this evening, along with one adult Arctic Tern.

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-ve Redstart at 15:00, though good views of the Zebra

Also, 1+ Arctic Tern distantly
& Sparrowhawk (m) flew by where the Redstart should have been

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Other sightings from today include:

Adult Yellow-legged Gull briefly on the spit at 1:15, then flew east

2 adult Arctic Tern

8 Common Tern

2 Raven

1 Little Ringed Plover

Info thanks to Barry Hulme and Phil Rhodes 



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If he/she's happy cross-dressing like that, it's fine by me
Wouldn't want to be judgemental. There was one at Frodsham not so long ago too

Let us know if the Redstart re-appears

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Thanks Andy, no sign of the redstart 9.45 - 11.00. Zebra is now on my flash list though. smile



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Hi Colin it was in the paddock just north? of mossley hall with the horses in this morning ( 1 dressed as a zebra!?) . Feeding along the back fence.

 

 



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Thanks Andy, do you mean the horse paddocks at Mossley hall? If so is that the paddocks from the tarmac road to the east of the farm or those from the track west of the farm? I'm there now.



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This mornings sightings included

Single immature Redstart in horse paddocks at western end.

Adult Arctic tern 

4 Common  Sandpiper on shore at sailing club

3 Egyptian geese

4 Grreylag  geese



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This evening:

Adult Arctic Tern still

2 Mediterranean Gull (juvenile+adult)

Common Sandpiper

8 Common Tern

3 Oystercatcher

3 Egyptian Geese 

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Yesterday evening:

Adult Arctic Tern

First summer Little Gull roosted on the spit

Common Sandpiper

800 Starling in the roost, including a leucistic bird

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

 



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A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was around the spit area just after 1pm today. Also a Curlew flew west and a Little Ringed Plover was still present.

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Also today, common sandpiper at the yacht club.



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So far this morning:

Hobby over the south side

1 Curlew through east

1 Redshank

2 Oystercatcher

5 Common Tern

Info thanks to Bill Harrison and Barry Hulme

 

 



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Highlights from today here included:

 

1 Dunlin

1 Common Sandpiper

1 Little Ringed Plover

2 Redshank

 

131 Lapwing

1 Garden Warbler

6 Common Tern

3 Egyptian Geese still

4 Greylag Geese

1 Common Gull

 

Info thanks to Barry Hulme and Phil Rhodes



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So far this morning:

5 Common Tern

1 Common Sandpiper

4 Oystercatcher

Info thanks to Barry Hulme



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Late news for yesterday, when 2 Arctic Terns (an adult and sub-adult) were present for 10 minutes just prior to midday.

Also Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover and 240 Swift.

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes



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Little Egret present at 09:25 this morning, resting on the mini spit. Also, single Redshank and Little Ringed Plover.

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Single Whimbrel present on the spit early this morning.

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The three Common Scoter flew off west at 10:10.

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Three drake Common Scoter present this morning.

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This morning:

Wigeon at the western end

6 Common Tern (including one juvenile)

3 Egyptian Geese still

200 Swift

Info thanks to Pete Berry

 



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This morning:

A Hobby flew west at 06:20

5 Common Tern

3 Egyptian Geese

3 Grey Wagtail

1 Redshank

Info thanks to Barry Hulme



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Juvenile common tern on the Flash this afternoon, briefly before flying west with adult. The first juvenile I've seen anywhere this year 

 



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Sightings from today courtesy of Phil Rhodes and myself:

Single drake Scaup still at the western end

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull briefly on the spit mid-morning only

Juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull present mid-afternoon (first of the year) 

5 adult Common Tern

3 Oystercatcher

3 Egyptian Geese still

2 Kingfisher

 

 



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A few sightings from this morning between Barry Hulme and myself:

4 Common Tern

3 Common Sandpiper

1 Redshank

330 Swift

460 Sand Martin



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Yacht club 7.30am - 9.30am:

Arctic tern 1 2nd sum

Scaup 2 drakes

Redshank 2

Egyptian geese 3

Common tern 10

Common  sandpiper 1

 

Also this afternoon 2.30 - 3.30

Many hundreds of swifts  and hirundines, mainly sand martins but an influx of house martins since this morning.



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Further sightings from this morning:

6 Black-tailed Godwit flew west at 08:50 and 12 flew east around 09:30 and a single at 07:10

3 Egyptian Geese 

2 drake Scaup still present

1 Grasshopper Warbler

Second summer Arctic Tern still on too

Info thanks to Bill Harrison and Phil Rhodes



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So far this morning:

5 Common Sandpiper

12 Common Tern

3 Oystercatcher

Info thanks to Barry Hulme

 

 



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Additional sightings this evening:

15 Redshank on the spit

12 Common Tern

2 Common Sandpiper

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Egyptian Geese at main car park.



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Garganey (female type) in the north side of the spit yesterday evening,

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7:00 - 8:00 this morning from the yacht club:

2 drake scaup still at the western end

1 Egyptian goose off the main car park.

5 common terns including a 2nd summer bird

I didn't see the 1st / 2nd summer arctic tern but there were terns flying around the car park area and terns sitting on the spit, both of which are a bit distant from the yacht club in the blustery, showery conditions today.

 



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Arctic tern halfway out from the sailing club at 5:10pm (I'd given up on it and was having one of those last casts round before heading for the bus when it started circling a yacht).

Common sandpiper at Ramsdales.

Two Cetti's, one at Ramsdales and one over near the East Bay Hide.

Nuthatch in the car park.



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Other highlights this morning included:

Adult Yellow-legged Gull on the spit for a short while

The second summer Arctic Tern

Nuthatch at the very western end

2 Black-tailed Godwits

Single Redshank and Common Sandpiper

3 Egyptian Geese

420 Swift feeding (fairly high) but a clear westerly movement slowly through



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Just a quick look from the yacht club first thing, revealed:

Arctic tern 1st summer still

Scaup 2 drakes still, Plank lane end



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First summer arctic tern again mid afternoon, presumably the same bird as yesterday, it certainly looks the same. Scoter still in the middle, scaup at the west end.

Regarding the Egyptian geese, I was talking to another regular this morning and he said that just last week he predicted Egyptian goose this week. Apparently last years birds arrived at more or less the same time. Interesting that they have a juvenile with them, I wonder where they are from. I once saw an Egyptian goose with 2000 pink-footed geese on the mosslands near St Helens. Since pink-footed geese commute between Lancashire and Norfolk where Egyptian goose is a feral breeder, I did wonder whether that bird had got caught up with a flock of wild geese and been carried over. Not so sure about the Pennington birds though, I've no idea where the nearest known breeding site is for the species, probably the pond near Bents garden centre!

 



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The Egyptian Geese turning up here on this date is interesting. My only GM Egyptian Goose was a bird flying over Lightshaw, towards Pennington Flash, on 01 July 2012.

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A lone curlew flew south over the yacht club at about 10.30, by which time the scaup had moved into the western bay. Hundreds of hirundines and swifts, especially obvious during the periods of heavy rain. The Egyptian geese look like a family party with two adults and a juvenile.

Photos: scaup and Egyptian geese.



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This morning’s highlights:

2 drake Scaup

2 drake Common Scoter

3 Egyptian Goose

2 Common Sandpiper

1 Redshank

Info thanks to Bill Harrison and Phil Rhodes

 



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Eclipse Drake Garganey and Common Sandpiper present early evening

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A few photos from this morning, 1st summer arctic tern, 1st summer drake common scoter and common sandpiper. 



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