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RSPB Middleton Lakes (1 Viewer)


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A year tick :- 14/4, 1 Corn Bunting over field by RSPB entrance per RSPB twitter (128).
My best today were 2 Egyptian Geese on Dosthill Lake, also reported were 3 Garganey FMP per SA and 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Dunlin per Steve Pick. 1 Osprey per Ken Summers via SA twitter.
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Best birds today for me were at Dosthill Lake, 1 Egyptian Goose, 9 Oystercatcher and a Common Tern.
A Wheatear was on the ploughed field by RSPB entrance road.
Also reported by Dave Hutton per TVB were 4 Black-tailed Godwit and a Curlew on JWs and a Garganey on FMP.


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The year list is now 135 with the addition of Swift, Artic Tern, Whimbrel, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Whitethroat, Greenshank and House Martin.
Also the month list is already up to 102.

Rob Williams

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Another great visit to Middleton today. The reserve is teeming with Willow warblers, Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers. Heard my first Grasshopper Warbler today and my first Cuckoo. Still lots of Cetti's Warblers and Chiffchaffs.

Just the 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Dunlin, 3 Avocet, 1 LRP, 2 Redshank and 1 Common Sandpiper.

Steve Sutton

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In addition to the above also newly ringed lesser whitethroat,common whitethroat ,reed warbler ,kingfisher and white wagtail and fabulous to see pristine orange tips on the wing


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The year list is up to 138 with the addition of Cuckoo and Black Tern reported on the 23rd April.
My highlights today were 2 Egyptian Geese on DL, 13 Oystercatcher with 12 on DL, 4 Avocet, 3 LRP, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, Lesser Whitethroat and Whitethroat singing.
Other reports included the 4th Osprey of the year, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Common Sandpiper including 1 DL and 150+ Sand Martin per DH, RSPB et al.


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The year list has jumped up to 144 with the addition of Garden Warbler, Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, Sanderling and Little Gull.
April finished on 112.


Steve Pick


Red - Not Seen Green - Seen

1 Arctic Tern
2 Avocet
3 Barn Owl
4 Barnacle Goose
5 Bar-tailed Godwit
6 Black Tern
7 Blackbird
8 Blackcap
9 Black-headed Gull

10 Black-tailed Godwit
11 Blue Tit
12 Bullfinch
13 Buzzard
14 Canada Goose
15 Carrion Crow
16 Cetti's Warbler
17 Chaffinch
18 Chiffchaff
19 Coal Tit

20 Collared Dove
21 Common Gull
22 Common Sandpiper
23 Common Tern
24 Coot
25 Cormorant

26 Corn Bunting
27 Cuckoo
28 Curlew
29 Dunlin
30 Dunnock
31 Feral Pigeon

32 Fieldfare
33 Gadwall
34 Garden Warbler
35 Garganey
36 Goldcrest
37 Goldfinch

38 Goosander
39 Grasshopper Warbler
40 Great Black-backed Gull
41 Great Crested Grebe
42 Great Spotted Woodpecker
43 Great Tit

44 Green Sandpiper
45 Green Woodpecker
46 Greenfinch
47 Greenshank
48 Grey Heron
49 Grey Plover

50 Grey Wagtail
51 Greylag Goose
52 Herring Gull
53 Hobby
54 House Martin
55 House Sparrow
56 Jack Snipe
57 Jackdaw
58 Jay
59 Kestrel
60 Kingfisher
61 Lapwing
62 Lesser Black-backed Gull

63 Lesser Redpoll
64 Lesser Whitethroat
65 Linnet
66 Little Egret
67 Little Grebe
68 Little Gull

69 Little Owl
70 Little Ringed Plover
71 Long-tailed Tit
72 Magpie
73 Mallard

74 Marsh Harrier
75 Meadow Pipit
76 Mediterranean Gull
77 Mistle Thrush
78 Moorhen
79 Mute Swan

80 Nightingale
81 Nuthatch
82 Osprey
83 Oystercatcher
84 Peregrine
85 Pheasant
86 Pied Wagtail

87 Pochard
88 Raven
89 Red Kite
90 Red-legged Partridge
91 Redshank
92 Redstart
93 Redwing
94 Reed Bunting
95 Reed Warbler

96 Ringed Plover
97 Robin
98 Rook

99 Roseate Tern
100 Ruddy Duck
101 Ruff
102 Sand Martin
103 Sedge Warbler
104 Shelduck

105 Short-eared Owl
106 Shoveler
107 Siskin
108 Skylark
109 Snipe
110 Song Thrush

111 Sparrowhawk
112 Spotted Flycatcher
113 Starling
114 Stock Dove
115 Swallow
116 Swift
117 Tawny Owl
118 Teal

119 Tree Sparrow
120 Treecreeper
121 Tufted Duck
122 Turnstone

123 Turtle Dove
124 Water Rail
125 Wheatear
126 Whimbrel
127 Whinchat
128 Whitethroat
129 Wigeon
130 Willow Tit
131 Willow Warbler
132 Wood Pigeon

133 Wood Sandpiper
134 Wood Warbler
135 Wren
136 Yellow Wagtail
137 Yellowhammer
138 Sanderling
139 Great White Egret
140 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
141 Pintail

142 Egyptian Goose

Total - 103
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If Bird Race participants are able to give some guidance on where some of these species were seen, I'd very much appreciate it, as I'm hoping to do another early visit tomorrow.

Particularly interested in those species where there's a chance they may still be around by tomorrow - specifically Barn Owl, Cuckoo, Garden Warbler, Garganey, Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Obviously some of the others (Grey Plover, Little Gull, Whimbrel) will be pot-luck whether any pass through.

I appreciate that info on some of these species is sensitive, and fully understand if it's not appropriate for a public forum.


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If Bird Race participants are able to give some guidance on where some of these species were seen, I'd very much appreciate it, as I'm hoping to do another early visit tomorrow.

Whitethroat & L Whitethroat can be found in the scrub on the canal side of Fishers Mill and also north of the river bridge,but you can see them anywhere around the reserve.There's often a Garden Warbler near the river bridge or along the (not so) muddy path from east hide to the bridge. Look out for a Grasshopper Warbler that's been showing well in bushes by the path from Fisher's Mill to the west screen. A Barn Owl often tracks the river side of the reserve. You're most likely to find Cuckoos by Fisher's Mill and by the river bridge. There were 2 Yellow Wagtails in the middle of JWs this morning.

As for Stonechats, they are not around in this area at this time of year but saying that, unusually there was a late one on 1st May.


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Hi Steve

Thank you for your advice, that'll be useful in the morning. I'll head straight for JW and have a good scan around.

A female Stonechat was around early morning on Sunday 30th April, in the area around the East screen, along with a male Whinchat.

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