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Also this am Peregrine on pylon, 2 Kingfisher, 16 Snipe( 12 on mud near car park and 4 wader point) and Simon J had a Common Sandpiper at wader point.
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Only had a quick look this morning as I still feel rotten from a cold. Highlights include redwing, little grebe, pochard (f), wigeon, teal, and gadwall worth noting. Ta.

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A late Common Sandpiper present in the creek around 1pm, also the 9 Whooper Swans (1 juv) still present, bathing and showing well.

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This am with Malcolm, 9 Whooper Swans on the Res with 7 species of Duck including 8 Wigeon, 18 Shoveler, 16 Gadwall, 3 Pochard and 17 Teal. 1Peregrine on pylon also 1 Kestrel and 2 Sparrowhawk. At the feeders 2 Siskin amongst the other birds and plenty of Redwins present in the hedgerows.
Cheers Ian

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This am with Brian and Malcolm, 91 Cormorants(at least), usual Ducks from the last few days plus 4 Wigeon, 1 Buzzard also.
Cheers Ian

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08:00-11:10am With Malcolm and briefly with Ian & Brian. 3 Goldcrest along canal... 2 Redwing along canal... 2 Chiffchaff 1 along canal 1 near Feeders... 2 Bullfinch not ringed at feeders... 2 Coal Tit.. 3 Herring Gulls... 6 Pochard... 5 Gadwall... 12 Teal... 1 Goosander on River... 2 Little Grebe... Cheers Steven

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Also in car park area (ringing) 8:30-12:30

Tree sparrow at feeders first thing
Grey wagtail at least 1
Bullfinch 1 ringed and male female on feeders
Chiffchaff at lesat one over stream

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Highlights from a morning visit:

Sparrowhawk and Kestrel

10 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 7 Teal and 4 Goosander.

2 Little Grebe.

2 Kingfisher.

Good numbers of Cormorant- at least 68.

Water Rail calling from Old Hall Marsh.

3 Snipe and 4 Lapwing.

My first Redwing record this autumn.



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07:40-10:50am with Ian and Malcolm 49 species seen highlights. . 1 Little Egret possibly 2... 1 Tree Sparrow... 1 Swallow... 1 Chiffchaff... 1 Pink Footed Goose... 16 Redwing... 2 Little Grebe... 10 Shoveler... 9 Gadwall... 20+ Teal... 1 Kingfisher.. 3 Pheasant... 4+ Meadow Pipit. .. 1 Sparrowhawk... 1 Kestrel possible 2... Cheers Steven

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At least still half a dozen redwings before the red bridge along the canal plus teal still on the flooded fields. Ta!

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Tree Sparrow at feeders again this morning.
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A passing visit with Wigeon, teal, gadwall, shoveler and pied and grey wagtails having a dispute together. Ta!

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Whilst Ian just sat in his car for an hour on the res -
8 Gadwall
20 Teal
5 Shoveler
2 Little Grebe
Swallow
30 + Redwing over
74 Cormorant

And finally there is some mud! hmm

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This am 8-9 just watching the feeders, in that time at least 70 Goldfinch and 50 Greenfinch were seen plus Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Great and Coal Tit, 1 Tree Sparrow but did not see yesterday's Brambling. Must give a big to Steven for his efforts setting the feeding station up and will give you some money for seed when I next see you.
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Redwings heard yesterday and seen today along the canal from between crowtrees farm area and the red bridge. Ta.

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Quick visit after work.
1 Tree Sparrow.
2 Coal Tit.
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers.
1 Jay.
1 Sparrowhawk constantly attempting to catch a meal at the feeders.
1 Common Buzzard.

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further sightings included

16 Pink-footed Geese SE
4 Shelduck south
2 Little Grebe
3 Singing Chiffchaff

and an increase of Robin, Goldcrest and Blackbirds

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In addition to Simon's post 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Tree Sparrow at feeders along with Brambling at 10 am.
Cheers Ian

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Tree Sparrow still present at the feeding station with a smart male Brambling

Swallow - pumphouse
74 Cormorant
7 Wigeon
7 Gadwall
13 Teal
5 Shoveler

Little Owl was calling from old hall at 6.45 ... good to know they are still here
Tawny Owl calling from the Corun Stud area

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Quick visit after work to check the feeders.
1 Tree Sparrow possibly more. Photo attached .
20+ Greenfinch.
60+ Goldfinch.
15+ Chaffinch.
2 Coal Tit.
7 Blue Tit.
5 Great Tit.
2 Magpie.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Photo attached.

Cheers Steven.



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An additional 4 teal found on the flooded fields next to the old bolton line junction from the tram line. Ta.

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This am with Brian and Malcolm, additional to Brian's post, 16 Pink-foot over N, 1 Swallow, 9 Goosander, 64 Cormorant, 11 Teal, 3 Gadwall,4 Shoveler and a site tick of Tree Sparrow at the feeders. Nearly forgot also had a Woodcock at 7.20 over car park .
Cheers Ian

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77 wigeon on res this morning,  large group flew off but still 19 remaining at 09.15, also 4 pintail and 1 common sandpiper 



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Sightings from this morning

448 Pink-footed Geese w/NW in 8 skeins
46 Barnacle Geese .. single skein west
136 Swallow south in smallish groups and single bird by pump house
Common Sandpiper
3 Shelduck on the res early before leaving to the south
5 Raven
324 Redwing SW
8 Siskin
6 Redpoll
3 Stock Dove west
2 Rook
Chiffchaff singing
4 Skylark south

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During a 2 hour afternoon visit, highlights were:

11 Teal

5 Gadwall

6 Shoveler

123 Tufted Duck- almost entirely on Withins.

2 Little Grebe

4 Tree Sparrow on the feeders- my first record here.



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46 Barnacle Geese flew west 11.55 .. pink-footed geese also moving west ..



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8-9 am, additional to Simon's sightings, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin(flew past me at the pumphouse) and 60 Pink-footed Geese West at 8.45.
Cheers Ian


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15 Whooper Swan east over Whitefield at 8.34
180 Pink-footed Geese SE
Swallow still around the pump house
2 Redwing - sailing club
3 Chiffchaff
2 Little Grebe
5 Shoveler
3 Gadwall
17 Teal
9 Wigeon south

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This morning with Ian C

Lots of Migration in the calm conditions

795 Pink-footed Geese in 12 skeins east/se some very high and 15 NW
1400 Woodpigeon south
34 Swallow south with a single still around the pump house
8 Raven (4 SW together, 2 hanging around and singles North & NW)
156 Meadow Pipit south with 60 in fields at Crow Tree farm and 20+ Old hall farm
37 Pied Wagtail south
9 Skylark west
11 Song Thrush east
12 Rook SW
8 Jay south
340 Lapwing south .. one flock of around 150 birds came over scout moor and went so high they were lost in the blue

Small numbers of Siskin, Linnet, Chaffinch and Goldfinch were also moving




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This afternoon -

5 Buzzard

Common Sandpiper



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Plus kingfisher

Bullfinch male and 2 females
Siskin several heard flying over
Lesser redpoll singles over

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13:45-15:40pm
1 Scaup record shots attached.
7 Teal.
6 Gadwall.
4 Little Grebe.
1 Herring Gull.
3 Common Gulls.
1 Swallow near pumphouse.
1 Chiffchaff.
1 Coal Tit.
1 Bullfinch.
6 Linnet.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Cheers Steven

Cheers Steven.


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This afternoon -

2 Stonechat along the canal

Dipper

Kingfisher



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This morning partly with Ian C

141 Pink-footed Geese west in 2 skeins
Common Sandpiper
5 Gadwall
2 Pochard
2 Little Grebe
17 Lapwing SE
Snipe
Buzzard
17 Skykark over
10 Rook SW
Treecreeper
10 Swallow including a bird that seems to be hanging around the pumphouse

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This afternoon -

Dipper again on the overflow, below Bennys. Good place to see them at the moment as the water level on the river is high.

Common Sandpiper.

6 Wigeon.

4 Gadwall.

2 Goosander.

And a Cormorant dead next to the tram track. I think it had flown into the overhead wires in the winds.



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Sightings from 11.15 to 13.30

8 Golden Plover flew West
2 Raven SW
Buzzard
6 Swallow (5 south and a bird hanging around the pump house)
House Martin
123 Tufted Duck withins
2 Pochard Withins
133 Meadow Pipit south
10 Teal old hall floods
61 Pink-footed Geese west (18,1 & 42)

-- Edited by Simon Johnson on Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 08:42:42 PM

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15:00-16:10pm
2 Common Gulls.
1 Great Black backed Gull. 2nd Winter.
7 Teal.
1 Little Grebe.
1 Common Sandpiper ( photo attached ).
1 Sparrowhawk.
1 Chiffchaff.
1 Coal tit.
69 Pink footed geese heading west @ 15:30.

Cheers Steven

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This am with Brian, Ducks as yesterday plus 2 Goosander also 1 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 2 Linnet, 1 Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk. 18 Pink-footed Geese going W at 8.15.
Cheers Ian

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8 Goosander on the river, Kingfisher and Dipper on the overflow below Bennys and a single exhausted Swallow being buffeted by the wind landed on the ramp below the pump house for a few minutes before taking off again.



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This am with Brian, 2 Swallow, 1 male Wheater, 1 Buzzard, 4 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 2 Pochard and at least 45 Cormorant.
Cheers Ian

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07:20-10:00am with Brian, Beth & Ian. . 1 Swallow. . 5 Teal. . 3 Gadwall. . 2 Pochard. . 3 Shoveler. . 4 Little Grebe. . 1 Kingfisher. . 2 Snipe. . 3 Chiffchaff. . 1 Coal Tit. . Meadow Pipits and Siskin Heard flying over.. Cheers Steven

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17:00-18:40pm 2 Shovelers. . .2 Pochard. M+F. . .1 Swallow. . .Kingfisher. . . Cheers Steven.

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2 Wigeon
4 Shoveler
2 Little Grebe
3 Swallow
52 Cormorant
28 Snipe
160 Lapwing
287 Meadow Pipit south
Redwing
35 Siskin south


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07:00-08:15am 8 Wigeon. . 4 Teal. . 3 Little Grebe. . 2 Common Gulls. . 6 Chiffchaff. . 1 Kingfisher. . 5 Mistle Thrush. . 1 Kestrel. . 12:45-14:15pm 3 Coal Tit. Photo of one at feeders attached. 1 Bullfinch. 2 Common Gulls. 2 Herring Gulls . 36 Lesser Black backed Gulls. 2 Buzzards. 1 Kestrel. Nuthatch heard only near hospital. Cheers Steven.

-- Edited by Steven Higginbottom on Thursday 28th of September 2017 02:38:55 PM

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Early morning

Merlin having an Ariel battle with a sparrowhawk over old hall
15 Pink-footed Geese se @ 8.32
Common Sandpiper flew south over capsticks
Redwing
9 Buzzard
14 Siskin
15 Goosander south

Several hundred Meadow Pipits and Swallow moving through with smaller numbers of pied wagtails, Chaffinch, Goldfinch etc

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14:30-16:00pm
5 Chiffchaff.
2 Coal Tit.
1 Willow Tit.
1 Goldcrest.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
5 Teal.
1 Gadwall.
1 Kingfisher.
36 Lapwings.
1 Common Gull. Photo attached.
1 Kestrel.
1 Sparrowhawk.


Cheers Steven


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A few things worth noting this morning.......

30 plus Cormorants visiting
At least 2 skylarks near Crow trees with....
Over A dozen meadow pipits
A buzzard on the grass looking for worms near old Hall Marsh
2 jays,
3 shovelers
And 2 teal

Ta! smile

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16 Wigeon (14 Elton & 2 withins)
9 Gadwall (6 Elton and 3 flew high north east from withins)
15 Teal
5 Shoveler
4 Little Grebe
90 + Lapwing
Several singing Chiffchaff

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A bit to add to Steven's post.

1 Sparrowhawk in the dip.

2 Mistle Thrush over.

Compact flock of c50 Swallow and 10 House Martin near the farm.

c50 Pied Wagtail and 4 Meadow Pipit in the field between the farm and the canal.

53 species in all- but that does include Feral Pigeon!



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06:50-11:40AM A good morning with 52 species seen highlights.
29 Chiffchaff.
1 Willow Warbler.
5 Blackcap.
3 Goldcrest.
9 Song Thrush.
24 Chaffinch.
3 Linnet.
1 Rook.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Nuthatch heard only.
5 Shoveler.
6 Wigeon.
11 Teal.
77 Tufted Ducks.
3 Little Grebe.
1 Kingfisher.
2 Buzzard. photo attached of one near Crow Trees.
1 Kestrel.
1 Peregrine Falcon.

Cheers Steven





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