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RE: PENNINGTON FLASH.


3 Woodcock on the south side this morning.

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Mediterranean Gull  1 adult
Goosander-8
Goldeneye- 17 including 6 Males
Redwing- 30
Great Crested Grebe-43


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Also this evening an adult Whooper Swan flew in at 4:55pm, plus another 10 flew west at 5pm.

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1 Adult Mediterranean Gull in roost tonight

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Dusk walk through 25 whooper swan flew over south 300 pink footed geese SE

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200 Pink-footed Geese south and 160 SE this morning.

 

Also, 2 Pochard, 6 Goldeneye 1 female Wigeon

 

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2 adult Whooper Swan present this morning.

Also, 7 Pochard yesterday.

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Thursday, 31st October 2019 13:30 - 15:30 hrs.

Full circuit of Pennington Flash.

Willow Tit x 1
Goosander x 3 (all Red Head females)
Bullfinch (Male) x 1
Lapwing x 2
Snipe x 3
Teal x 15
Shoveler x 25
Gadwall x 40
Great Crested Grebe x 2
Little Grebe x 3
Tufted Duck x 50
Herring Gull x 1
Lesser Black-Backed Gull x 2
Black-Headed Gull x 40
Grey Heron x 3
Mute Swan x 6
Reed Bunting x 1
Dunnock x 3
Long Tailed Tits x 3
Coal Tit x 1
Goldfinch x 4
Chaffinch x 7
Robin x 3
Blackbird x 4
Blue Tit x 4
Great Tit x 1
Cormorant x 15
Mallard x 30
Canada Geese x 40
Jackdaw x 1
Crow x 5
Jay x 3
Magpie x 10
Coot x 60
Moorhen x 20
Starling x 15
Woodpigeon x 30

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An adult Mediterranean Gull roosted this evening.

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90 Redwing and 22 Siskin on Ramsdales Ruck this early afternoon.



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22 Whooper Swan departed SE at 5:05pm this afternoon, plus another 6 flew straight through at 5:13pm.

 

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John Williams wrote:

John Rayner wrote:

John Williams wrote:



It also gave me the chance for my first glimpse of a Willow Tit this year, at least 2 of which were seen around the feeders.





Hi John,

Interesting to note that your Willow Tit photo shows a Marsh Tit-like pale spot on the bill. There was some discussion on the Ludworth Moor thread about a bird I photographed earlier this year (25th June) that had a similar spot but gave a Willow Tit's call.

Cheers John

-- Edited by John Rayner on Saturday 26th of October 2019 12:09:14 AM



An interesting feature indeed John, the bird clearly shows classic Willow Tit features such as

light patches on the secondaries, very evident buff colouration on the flanks and an extensive

dull cap. I took several photos of 2 Willow Tits around the feeders, the other bird though did not show

a light spot at the base of the bill. I have previously submitted a record of a Marsh Tit seen

on the birdtable at Moore NR, the white spot on the upper mandible was clearly visible on that bird.

However that bird was much more male Blackcap like, and overall far more smarter looking than

a typical Willow Tit. The Marsh Tit caught by ringers at Woolston a year or so ago clearly proves the

species does venture into the Mersey Valley occasionally, so perhaps there is a chance of some hybridisation.





John,
I mentioned on the Ludworth thread that an old British Birds article (BB Nov 2009) says that around 4% of Willow Tits can show some sort of pale bill mark. But as you suggest, a suite of plumage and jizz characteristics, and of course call, will separate them.

Cheers John

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John Rayner wrote:

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It also gave me the chance for my first glimpse of a Willow Tit this year, at least 2 of which were seen around the feeders.





Hi John,

Interesting to note that your Willow Tit photo shows a Marsh Tit-like pale spot on the bill. There was some discussion on the Ludworth Moor thread about a bird I photographed earlier this year (25th June) that had a similar spot but gave a Willow Tit's call.

Cheers John

-- Edited by John Rayner on Saturday 26th of October 2019 12:09:14 AM



An interesting feature indeed John, the bird clearly shows classic Willow Tit features such as

light patches on the secondaries, very evident buff colouration on the flanks and an extensive

dull cap. I took several photos of 2 Willow Tits around the feeders, the other bird though did not show

a light spot at the base of the bill. I have previously submitted a record of a Marsh Tit seen

on the birdtable at Moore NR, the white spot on the upper mandible was clearly visible on that bird.

However that bird was much more male Blackcap like, and overall far more smarter looking than

a typical Willow Tit. The Marsh Tit caught by ringers at Woolston a year or so ago clearly proves the

species does venture into the Mersey Valley occasionally, so perhaps there is a chance of some hybridisation.



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It also gave me the chance for my first glimpse of a Willow Tit this year, at least 2 of which were seen around the feeders.





Hi John,

Interesting to note that your Willow Tit photo shows a Marsh Tit-like pale spot on the bill. There was some discussion on the Ludworth Moor thread about a bird I photographed earlier this year (25th June) that had a similar spot but gave a Willow Tit's call.

Cheers John

-- Edited by John Rayner on Saturday 26th of October 2019 12:09:14 AM

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10.30-14.00

In addition to Ian's report below:

6f Goosanders opposite the car park, with a single Grey Wagtail on the shoreline here too.

Also of interest were an adult Lesser Black Backed Gull with white blotches on the upper wings,

and an adult Herring Gull that showed barely any black at all on the wing tips.

I thought for a second that I'd found an early Glaucous, but on reflection I now suspect it was a

large "Argentatus" although the grey upper plumage did'nt seem dark enough for one of those.

Among the many Great Crested Grebes were a pair displaying, whilst a fishing "team" of 16

Cormorants were sure to upset a few anglers.

I had'nt been to PF for years, but with cosy hides to sit in during near constant heavy rain it proved ideal.

It also gave me the chance for my first glimpse of a Willow Tit this year, at least 2 of which were seen around

the feeders.



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This miserable early afternoon:

106 Teal

22 Snipe (from Ramsdales hide)

18 Goldcrest (around the nature reserve area)

30 Redwing

1 Chiffchaff

The usual Oystercatcher still moving between spit and car park 



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Of note this morning

Great Crested Grebe- 57

Cormorant- 52

Goldeneye- 6 (1 Male /5 fem-imm)

Kingfisher-3

Redwing - 70 

Snipe- 3



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Today of note 

270 Pink Footed Geese > SE

5 Goldeneye 

6 Goosander

150 Fieldfare > NW

Plus the ususals :)



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Today of note

Tufted Duck- 410

Goldeneye- 4

Redwing -25

Goldcrest - 9

Goosander -5

Gadwall-76

Great Crested Grebe -46

Little Grebe-9

Shoveler-31

Teal - 21

Kestrel- 2

Goldfinch -30 

Ringed Necked Parakeet - 1 calling from the top of the trees parallel to the canal between the teal hide and common lane bridge



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Full circle today of note

Yellow Legged Gull - 1 fine adult ,looked like the regular returning bird from the last 5 years or so.

Redwing- 75

Goosander 4 female / imm 1 Male 

Goldcrest-6

Chiffchaff-1

Goldeney3- 4 

 



-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Friday 18th of October 2019 06:25:04 PM

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Highlights this evening with Pete Berry and John Tymon:

Adult Mediterranean Gull

2 Pink-footed Geese west at 17:45 and 36 high east at 18:25

40 Redwing east 

4 Goldeneye

5 Goosander



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This morning of note

1 Dunlin >west

1 Adult common tern

5 Pochard- 3 m 2f

2 fem/immature Goldeneye

Kingfisher-3

Long Tailed Tit - 30

Cetti's Warbler- 3



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5 Kingfishers around the site today, plus the adult Common Tern still present.



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The adult Common Tern roosted tonight.

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So far this morning:

2 Goldeneye

2 Goosander

2200 Pink-footed Geese over east in total

2 Swallow through

7 Redwing over

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Almost 900 large gulls in the roost tonight, three quarters of which were Lesser Black-backed Gulls and the rest Herrings (all properly counted of course!)

A first winter Yellow-legged Gull showed well; odd how this species here really does have a fondness for dominating the buoys!

2 Kingfishers were chasing each other around Sorrowcow Pond and the shore of the flash there, plus 2 Chiffchaff were also around the area.

4 Goosander present, 3 at the western end and one sat on one of the jetties of the sailing club.



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This morning:

322 Woodpigeons S/SE in 10 flocks

28 Greenfinch west in 3 flocks

1 Raven west

1 adult Common Tern

1 Goldeneye

1 1W drake Goosander

The 'new' Cetti's warbler was showing extremely well and still vocal from shoreline trees on Ramsdales Ruck (both Ramadales Reedbed and western end birds both present and correct)

Single Reed Warbler elusive in shoreline sallows on Ramsdale Ruck



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Of note this morning 2 fem/immature Goldeneye 1 common tern 4 cettis warbler 6 redwing

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Further sightings from this morning/early afternoon:

186 Tufted Duck

44 Long-tailed Tit in one flock around the edge of Ramsdales Ruck

9 Chiffchaff around Ramsdales Ruck (including 6 in the Long-tailed Tit flock)

2 singing Cetti's Warblers

16 House Martin

4 Swallow



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Great White Egret appeared to fly off east at 10:12

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Great White Egret landed on the spit at 10:03 this morning.

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So far this morning:

1 female Common Scoter

1 Common Tern

3 redhead Goosander

10 Redwing on the south side

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First winter Goldeneye on this morning, Common Tern still on and 8 Swallow.

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Adult Common Tern present again this morning.

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2nd winter Little Gull still present this morning.

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Additional sightings from today included 10 Buzzard and a single Dunlin.

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Adult Mediterranean Gull and adult Common Tern roosted tonight.

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Lovely autumnal morning with some clear evidence of arrivals; covering Ramsdales Ruck to Rammies Reedbed only:

1 2nd winter Little Gull

1 adult Common Tern

3 singing Cetti's warblers, one of which was a new bird in the lagoon behind the paint off Ramsdales Ruck and probably a first winter male judging from the quality of its song and sonograms taken

660 Pink-footed Geese over, with 280 east in one skien and 380 west in 3 skiens

32 Song Thrushes (a noticeable arrival!)

17 Chiffchaff

6 Water Rail (4 of which were in Rammies Reedbed)

12 House Martin

1 Blackcap

30 Meadow Pipit on Ramsdales Ruck

14 Reed Bunting (including a flock of 9 feeding in the grass on Ramsdales Ruck)



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Also still present this morning, this single Common Tern.

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This morning of note

Dunlin - 12 flew through west

Swallow-50+

House martin - 50+

Sand martin - 1

Common Tern- 1

,Buzzard -2

Kingfisher -2 .






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This morning:

1 Common Tern

40 Pink-footed Geese east

5 Raven over west

8 Swallow

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A Little Egret was roosting in trees at the western end at 7pm this evening.

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Only things of note today was a few Swallows South,And returning Female Tufted Duck with the Blue bill saddle H1 thats wintered with us for quite a few years now was around the spit at mid day originally rung in France. 3 Kingfisher and a few Chiffchaff around also . 



-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Friday 27th of September 2019 07:10:59 PM

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Bittern at Ramsdales reedbed flew across at 0930 then showed well briefly at about 10. Still in reeds opposite leaning post on mini point to right but not showing currently. (10.15) Later about 11 it was visible in the open and in full sun distantly from Ramsdale's Hide, on the shore of the "island" beyond the long lagoon, well to the right from the hide. It then flew back over, probably towards the main Ramsdale's Reedbed. Possible observation points would be Ramsdale's Hide, the Leaning Posts by the reedbed, or just beyond the gate walking towards the Point, as you get to the lagoon, where you can look back at Rammies Reedbed shoreline.

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In addition to the earlier sighting early pm 

100 Pink Footed Geese SW in 3 flocks around 1pm

3 Swallow South 

5 snipe



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Bittern still present in Ramsdales Reedbed around 11:30 but best viewed from the viewing posts by the reedbed. Also at least one Reed Warbler and Cetti's Warbler singing away.

Cetti's warbler singing from around Sorrowcow Farm.

9 Chiffchaff (including a few singing, or trying to) and 3 Blackcap around Ramsdales Ruck.



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Bittern showing in Ramsdales Reedbed as viewed from Horrocks Hide at 09:40 this morning.

Also 24 Pink-footed Geese west.

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Early to mid-afternoon today:

2nd winter Mediterranean Gull very active around the flash

13 Chiffchaff (north side only)

4 Kingfisher

24 House Martin slowly drifting through W



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270 Pink-footed Geese over SE this morning.

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36 wigeon

134 gadwall,

54 cormorant,

49 great Crested Grebe,

46 shoveler,

245 tufted duck,

48 teal,

9 little grebes,

3 kingfisher,

2 cettis warbler,

10 chiffchaff,

2 nuthatch.

1 Raven

8 Snipe






-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Sunday 22nd of September 2019 09:59:54 PM

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