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Early a.m. approx. 50 Swift over sailing club with a similar number at Capsticks end of res. also large numbers of Sand Martin (200+). 1 Common Sandpiper and the Tufted Duck still has 5 young.
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This morning 7.00 to 10.00.

4 Common Tern and a Redshank over the reservoir.

3 Sedge Warbler and 2 Grasshopper Warbler singing. Also Willow Warbler, Whitethroat and Blackcap.

Kingfisher on Withins.

Single Willow Tit 

3 Kestrel.



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8.30am - 11.30am. Sunny, Clear, 19c.

51 Species Spotted: Including:

1 Hobby. (Pylon near Creek).
1 Buzzard.
2 Kestrel.
3 Sedge Warbler.
2 Common Tern.
2 Oystercatcher.
1 Chiffchaff.
1 Whitethroat.
50+ Starling. (heading SW).
12 Long Tailed Tit.
2 Mistle Thrush.
3 Song Thrush.
7 Grey Heron.
12 Tufted Duck.( 6 chicks ).

Thanks Derek.


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6.45- 8.00 a.m. quite a good morning, best was a Spotted Flycatcher in apple tree behind sailing club also Tufted Duck with 6 tiny ducklings at Capsticks end of the res, 7 Common Tern, 2 using the res for fishing and 5 high over heading SW,
Cheers Ian

-- Edited by Ian Campbell on Saturday 14th of July 2018 09:10:27 AM

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This a.m. with Malcolm(welcome back after your accident), 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling (not seen) in Old Hall marsh, just 1 singing Sedge Warbler, 3 Kestrels, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Tern and 2 Kingfisher (1 heading towards the river carrying a fish) were the highlites.
Cheers Ian

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8.30am - 11.30am. Dark Cloud, Still, 19c.

41 Species Spotted including:(Larger numbers today).

7 Tufted Duck. (inc 6 1 -3 Day old chicks).
1 Kingfisher.
1 Oystercatcher.
6 Sedge Warbler.
150+ Goldfinch ( inc 2 x 50+ flocks heading SE).
40+ Greenfinch (SE).
220+ Wood Pigeon.
15 House Martin.
90+ Coot.
130+ Canada Goose.
1 Pheasant (1m).
9 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
1 Great Black Backed Gull.
2 Common Tern.
6 Reed Bunting.
7 Great Crested Grebe.
1 Goldcrest.
1 Kestrel.
9 Grey Heron.
200+ House Sparrow. (Hedgerow/Field below pumphouse).
70+ Starling (SE).
25 Pied Wagtail.

Thanks Derek.




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Also today

2 little egrets briefly landed on sailing club bay at 10:00

Nuthatch at least 1 calling constantly and flying off with food in beak to feed young

Whitethroats feeding at least 2 fledglings at mouth of creek

Fledged treecreeper behind feeders

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Early a.m. Kingfisher in the creek and the usual 2 Common Terns.
Cheers Ian

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9.00AM - NOON . Light Cloud, Still, 19c.

35 Species Spotted: Including:

1 Kingfisher.
2 Common Tern.
1 Great Black Backed Gull.
23 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
1 Common Sandpiper.
3 Whitethroat.
9 Great Crested Grebe.
1 Kestrel.
1 Oystercatcher.
11 Swift.
3 House Martin.
90 + House Sparrow.
1 Sedge Warbler.
1 Chiffchaff.
4 Mistle Thrush.
1 Nuthatch.

Thanks Derek.


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Brief early morning visit, 2 Common Terns in front of sailing club of interest.
Cheers Ian

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Highlights from this morning 8/7/18.
1 Common Sandpiper.
8 Lapwings flew over SE high up.
2 Common Terns.
7 Cormorants flew over East
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
1 Kestrel.
Mixed flock of Blue, Great & Long tailed tit moving through hedge between Wader point and Creek.

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8.30am - 11.30am.Sunny, Clear, Still. 21c.

39 Species Spotted: Including:

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
1 Little Grebe.
4 Common Tern.
1 Kestrel.
3 Blackcap. (1m 2f).
7 Whitethroat.
4 Reed Bunting.
6 Grey Heron.
3 Grey Wagtail.
2 Sedge Warbler.
1 Great Black Backed Gull.
7 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
1 Cormorant.
1 Chiffchaff.
8 House Martin.
80+ Goldfinch.



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On way back home after dropping car off at 13:15pm there was a Mediterranean Gull on Elton Reservoir. Record shot attached
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04:40- 08:10am with Ian c from 06:30am highlights.
1 Grasshopper Warbler old hall marsh.
3 Sedge Warblers.
5 Whitethroat.
6 Willow Warbler.
Lesser Whitethroat 2 Heard only.
Reed warbler hear only.
1 Common Snipe flew from Capsticks.
2 Little Ringed plover By Creek.
1 Common Sandpiper near car park.
3 Common tern.
1 Kingfisher Withins
3 Kestrel.
1 Peregrine falcon.
Water rail heard only along canal and capsticks.

Cheers Steven.

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8.15am - 11.15am. Sunny, Clear, Still. 19c.

55 Species Spotted: Including:

6 Kestrel (4 young).
1 Buzzard.
3 Blackcap (1m 2f).
1 Chiffchaff.
6 Whitethroat (4 young).
1 Lesser Whitethroat.
9 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
1 Great Black Backed Gull.
3 Oystercatcher (2 young).
5 Coal Tit. (4 young).
2 Bullfinch. (2m).
4 Reed Bunting.
2 Skylark.
1 Cormorant.
2 Sedge Warbler.





Thanks Derek.



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8.30am - 11.00am.Sunny, Clear, Still , 20c.

37 Species Spotted: Including:

1 Peregrine Falcon.
5 Common Tern.
2 Chiffchaff.
1 Sedge Warbler.
3 Reed Bunting.
7 Tufted Duck.
12 Swallow.
4 House Martin.
8 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
15 Collared Dove.

Thanks Derek.


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7.30 a.m. Hobby sat on pylon in front of sailing club(still there when I left at 7.45), also 6 Common Terns.
Cheers Ian

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8am - 11am . Sunny, Clear, Hot, Breezy .20c.

42 Species Spotted: Including:

2 Common Terns. (Displaying).
1 Nuthatch.
1 Coal Tit.
14 Long Tailed Tit.
1 Whitethroat.
5 Grey Heron.
1 Blackcap.(f).
1 Jay.
1 Great Black Backed Gull.
3 Grey Wagtail.

Thanks Derek.








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Morning 1/7/18 up to 09:40am with Ian C.
1 Common Tern.
2 Shoveler.
12 Tufted Ducks.
1 Oystercatcher.
1 Water Rail plus 3 Heard.
1 Kingfisher.
2 Linnets.
Lesser & Common Whitethroats.
Singing Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Sedge Warblers.
2 Possibly 4 Kestrels.

Cheers Steven

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7-8.00 a.m. 2 Common Tern and a (very) brief view of a Water Rail at capsticks the highlites,
Cheers Ian

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Brief early morning visit, of note a Common Sandpiper at creek, the first sign of Autumn migration or a bird displaced from the burning moorland?. Also single Common Tern.
Cheers Ian

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8.30am - 10.45am. Sunny, Hot, 20c.

Partly with Ian & Stephen.


37 Species Spotted: Including:

Additional to Steven's post.

17 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
2 Oystercatcher.
17 Pied Wagtail. (12 young).
4 Grey Wagtail.
3 Grey Heron.
7 Black Headed Gull.(all young on Irwell).

Thanks Derek.



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Morning visit up to 10:15am with Ian & briefly with Derek.
3 Common Terns 2 displaying.
1 Little Grebe.
2 Cormorants.
3 Great black Backed Gulls 2 Juv 1 Adult.
100+ Swift.
50+ Sand Martin also Swallow and house martin present.
1 Lesser Whitethroat.
1 Nuthatch.
1 Buzzard.
1 Kestrel.

Cheers Steven.

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Brief early morning visit, juv. Little Grebe was a surprise, also 1 Oystercatcher and 1 Common Tern. Sad to see the large amount of smoke in the sky from the moorland fire in the distance.
Cheers Ian

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8.30am - 11.30am. Clear, Sunny, Still. 19c .

42 Species Spotted: Including:

2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
1 Buzzard.
2 Common Tern.
1 Great Blacked Backed Gull.
13 Lesser Blacked Gull.
9 Great Crested Grebe.
3 Mistle Thrush.
4 Song Thrush.
1 Whitethroat.
12 Sand Martin.
15 Swallow.
10 Swift.
54 Coot.
9 Reed Bunting.

Thanks Derek.






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8am - 11am. Windy,High bright cloud, 14c.

51 Species Spotted: Including:

1 Buzzard.
1 Jay.
1 Cormorant.
1 Dipper.(Irwell).
9 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
1 Great Black Backed Gull.
1 Oystercatcher.
1 Chiffchaff.
3 Whitethroat.
1 Lesser Whitethroat.
2 Sedge Warblers.
1 Blackcap.
5 Reed Bunting.
7 Tufted Duck.
6 Great Crested Grebe.
7 Mute Swan. (5 Young).
3 Grey Wagtail.
3 Grey Heron.
7 Long Tailed Tit.
1 Mistle Thrush.
60+ Goldfinch.





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8.30am - 11.30am. Cool, Light Cloud,Windy. 12c.

47 Species Spotted: Including:

1 Hobby.
1 Buzzard.
1 Kestrel.
1 Pheasant.(F).
2 Common Tern.
5 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
1 Oystercatcher.
5 Long Tailed Tit.
1 Dipper (Irwell).
3 Mistle Thrush.
1 Chiffchaff.
7 Great Crested Grebe.
7 Pied Wagtail.
1 Linnet.
2 Grey Wagtail.
120+ Wood Pigeon.

Thanks Derek.



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Swans only have 5 cygnets today no

Common tern only other thing of note. 



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After what seems like weeks with nothing much of interest a Hobby flew over the creek at 7.00 this a.m. Swans still have their 6 cygnets.
Cheers Ian

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8.30am - 11.30am.Dark Cloud, Cool, 14c.

41 Species Spotted: Including:

1 Dipper.(Irwell).
1 Goldcrest.
2 Kestrel.
5 Whitethroat.
3 Chiffchaff.
2 Sedge Warbler.
5 Reed Bunting.
12 Mute Swan. ( 9 Young).
5 House Martin.
20 Swallow.
30+ Sand Martin.
80+ Canada Goose.
3 Grey Wagtail.
2 Grey Heron.
23 Lapwing.

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I was watching the nesting lapwings with young the other weekend at Elton.

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Saturday 17th. 9am - 12 noon. Dark Cloud, Drizzle, 13c.

41 Species Spotted: Including:

2 Common Terns.
1 Great Blacked Backed Gull.
3 Lesser Blacked Backed Gull.
1 Blackcap.
1 Linnet.
1 Goosander (1F).(Irwell).
2 Oystercatcher.
2 Kestrel.
80+ Swift.
50 + Sand Martin.
30 + Swallow.
2 House Martin.
3 Sedge Warbler.
5 Reed Bunting.
13 Lapwing.
1 Grey Wagtail.
2 Skylark.


Thanks Derek.


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8am - 11am.Clear, Sunny, Still. 18c.

43 Species Spotted. Including:

1 Blackcap.
3 Kestrel.
5 Sedge Warbler.
8 Reed Bunting.
1 Pheasant.[Male].
1 Whitethroat.
3 Skylark.
6 Mistle Thrush.
5 Song Thrush.
9 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
8 Collared Dove.
2 Chiffchaff.
6 Great Crested Grebe. [ + 2 young Withins].
4 Grey Heron.
3 Grey Wagtail.
2 Tufted Duck.

Thanks Derek.




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Quick early a.m. visit just one Common Tern of note and the Swans still have their 6 cygnets.
Cheers Ian

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07:00-10:30am with Ian C Highlights.
1 Peregrine Falcon.
2 Kestrel.
2 Reed Warbler.
1 Lesser Whitethroat (record shot attached)
4 Sedge Warbler.
1 Garden Warbler heard in Dip.
Blackcap, Common Whitethroat & Willow warblers singing .
1 Fledged Black headed Gull.
3 Water Rail heard Capsticks & Old hall Marsh.
2 Linnet.
good numbers of fledged Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tits and House Sparrows.


Cheers Steven

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8am - 11am. Light Cloud, Still. 15c

44 Species Spotted: Including:

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
2 Kestrel.
3 Sedge Warbler.
3 Oystercatcher.
7 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
9 Reed Bunting.
13 Mute Swan.
6 Great Crested Grebe.
1 Chiffchaff.
17 Lapwing.
2 House Martin.
12 Swallow.
11 Sand Martin.
3 Long Tailed Tit.

Thanks Derek.




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6.55-7.05 a.m. before going to Audenshaw for Curlew Sandpiper!, 1 Common Tern seen.
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8.30am - 11.30am.Clear, Sunny, Still, 17c.

41 Species Spotted:Including:

1 Reed Warbler. (Coney green ).
1 Arctic Tern.
1 Raven.
1 Buzzard.
2 Kestrel.
3 Chiffchaff.
2 Whitethroat.
2 Sedge Warbler.
3 Oystercatcher.
13 Reed Bunting.
22 Lapwing.
62 House Sparrow.

Today counted 39 young actually on reservoir/canal .
Same day 2017 same areas 68.


Thanks Derek.






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8.30am - 11.30am.Cool, Grey Cloud,Windy, 13c.

45 Species Spotted: Including:

1 Blackcap.
2 Coal Tit.
9 Pied Wagtail.
2 Chiffchaff.
3 Whitethroat.
3 Sedge Warbler.
7 Reed Bunting
26 Swift.
2 House Martin.
16 Sand Martin.
8 Swallow.
1 Kestrel.
8 Greylag Goose.
50+ Goldfinch.
80+ Canada Goose.
3 Grey Heron.

Thanks Derek.

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Early a.m. Swans with 6 cygnets still and 3 Oystercatcher flying round.
Cheers Ian

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Short visit early a.m. only thing of note was that the Swans nesting in the dip managed to get their 6 small cygnets up onto the res.
Cheers Ian

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8.15am - 11.45 am.

50 Species Spotted: Including:

2 Greylag Goose.
1 Kingfisher.
4 House Martin.
3 Chiffchaff.
3 Sedge Warbler.
2 Whitethroat.
1 Sparrowhawk.
2 Kestrel.
2 Grey Wagtail.
7 Pied Wagtail.
4 Reed Bunting.
110 Wood Pigeon.
16 Sand Martin.
18 Swallow.
40 Starling.
5 Oystercatcher.

Thanks Derek.



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8.45am - 11.45am.Cloudy,Still,18c.

44 Species Spotted: Including:

4 Kestrel.
4 Chiffchaff.
1 Sedge Warbler.
3 Reed Bunting.
1 Whitethroat.
14 Swallow.
2 Sand Martin.
7 Swift.
2 Mistle Thrush.
3 Song Thrush.
6 Tufted Duck.
80 Wood Pigeon.
17 Lapwing.
45 Jackdaw.
6 Greenfinch.
1 Grey Wagtail.


Thanks Derek.

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8.30 am-11.30am. Clear,Sunny,Breezy.18c.

41 Species Spotted: Including:

3 Oystercatcher.
3 Chiffchaff.
1 Whitethroat.
7 Long Tailed Tit.
3 Great Crested Grebe.
2 Mistle Thrush.
3 Song Thrush.
12 Swallow.
6 Swift.
4 Sand Martin.
9 Collared Dove.
5 Reed Bunting.

Thanks Derek.

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7.30am - 11.30am. Light cloud, Windy, 15c.

45 Species Spotted: Including:

1Arctic Tern.
1Blackcap.
1Sedge Warbler.
1Pheasant.
11 Reed Bunting.
1 Grey Wagtail.
16 Swift.
12 Swallow.
11 Sand Martin.
2 Rook.
75 Wood Pigeon
5 Grey Heron.

Thanks Derek.


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No sign of the terns this evening after the rain had cleared. Good numbers of Swift and Sand Martin the only thing of note.



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Quick visit after work 14:45-15:20pm
1 Arctic Tern
2 Common Terns.
Lots off House Martins, Swifts, Swallows and Sand Martins.

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No sign of yesterdays reported Yellowhammer this morning and nothing else of note either !.
Cheers Ian

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By 3pm there were 9 lesser black-backs on the water and two common terns flew in.

A yellowhammer singing under the pumphouse is a first for me at this location.



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10am - 13.00pm. Sunny, Clear, Breezy, 15c.

1Blackcap.1F.
1 Oystercatcher.
120+ Starling.(mainly young,in cattle field).
3 Chiffchaff.
4 Grey Heron.
4 Reed Bunting.
2 Sedge Warbler.
1 Skylark.
3 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
1 Linnet.
11 Dunnock.
11 Swift.
14 Swallow.
7 Sand Martin.
1 Greenfinch.
2 Mistle Thrush.
2 House Martin.
3 Long Tailed Tit.

Thanks Derek.


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