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RE: ELTON RES


Saw the LSW at Fairburn yesterday (my 200th bird of 2007). Back to garden birding today, and the Firecrests are still entertaining. Sue managed to see them as well this time. Only a week to go and they'll halp to get my 2008 list off the a good start

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Elton this a.m.
Approx. 9.00 around 400 Canada Geese took off together,(quite a sight and sound). Also 5 Goldeneye, 2 Pochard, 1 Goosander and 40ish Tufted.
Cheers Ian

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Yes, they showed well yesterday, but I'm going to Fairburn today (to try for the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker), so there will be no access to the garden. There were some people turne up yesterday and were watching from the other side of the hedge, and one of the birds showed well enough for them to see it from there. I saw one bird fly off round the side of the flats to the area near the garages, a couple of times.

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Yay its backsmile.gif

2 Firecrests still present this afternoon Daisyfield (11 Days at least now)

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Thanks to my website forum hosting company 'Sparklit' for their promt service once again, this thread's previous problems of the past 2 days have been solved. My apologies for the problem which for the time being we don't have a particular reason for.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar at 22:12, 2007-12-23

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Perhaps they have moved to the Res. its self, so does this mean I'll see them tomorrow a.m. perhaps with a Jack Snipe amongst the Goosanders(Mr Warfywink.gif)
Cheers Ian
P.S. Nice to have met you Mr Warford senior & Mark (Riggers) this a.m.

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No sign of the Firecrests todaycry.gif

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18/12/2007

2 Firecrests still at Daisyfield.
23 Goosander (can u beat that Mr C?)
27 Cormorant
6 Pochard
5 Shoveler
1 Goldeneyehmm.gif

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This a.m. very cold!
Fewer birds than yesterday, 2 Goosander, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Pochard, 1 Shovellor, 11 Cormorant.

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Just to confirm the 2 Firecrests present at Daisyfield Courts are within the Elton recording area, confirmed by Peter Baron himselfsmile.gif

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Early a.m. today.
4 Shovellor, 4 Wigeon, 3 Pochard, 17 cormorant, 1 kingfisher, 2 Snipe, 25-30 Tufted, similar G.C. Grebe.
Cheers Ian.

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a.m. today,
7 goosander, 2 goldeneye, 37 tufted, 3 pochard, 8 cormorant, 3 meadow pipet, 1 kingfisher, 3 snipe.

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3/12/2007 Early Afternoon

5 Goosander (2 males)
5 Goldeneye
11 Cormorant
3 Pochard
2 Bullfinch

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Sat 1st a.m.
15 goosander, 5 goldeneye, 14 pochard(the most I have seen here at one time), 2 teal, 200+ coot, 40 gt crested grebe, 8 cormorant and 2 snipe near the canal.
Sun 2nd a.m.
As yesterday except goosander have gone but also 3 teal, 3 snipe, 3 shovellor and 2 kingfisher.
Cheers Ian

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This a.m. viewed from under the brolly!.
5 goosander, 4 pochard, 3 shovellor, 2 teal, 1 goldeneye also for the first this Autumn no redwing or fieldfare seen( Im not sure if I should be reporting none sightings but it just seemed unusual):

Cheers Ian

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Noon,
Similar to yesterday, plus 6 pochard and a kingfisher.
Cheers Ian

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This a.m.
23 mute swans, 39 great crested grebe, 2 wigeon, 2 shoveller, 9 cormorant, plus lots of tufted and coot and mallard and a single snipe.
Cheers Ian

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This a.m.
On the Res. Usual swans, coots, tufted, cormorants plus 6 pochard and 1 shovelor.
On Withins 4 teal.
On the canal 2 female and 1 male stonechat.
Sorry! forgot 2 flyover gooseander

-- Edited by Ian Campbell at 19:43, 2007-11-11

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4/11/2007

Kingfisher -2
Bullfinch - 1 female
GS Woodpecker - 1
Teal - 1
Little Grebe - 1
Shoveler - 2
Pochard - 2 male
Cormorants - 4
Tufted Duck - 20+
Fieldfare - 4
Redwing - 3
Grey Wagtails - 4
Herring Gull - 2
Lesser Black-backed - 2
One dead Canada Goose

Plus several Pipits, and loads of Long-tailed Tits, Blackbirds and Song Thrushes.


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Friday 2/11/07 mid morning

4 Teal , 53 Tufted duck, Shoveler, Pochard, 14 GCG , 8 Cormorant, 80 Lapwing , Kingfisher, 3 Bullfinch, Redpoll over about 20 Chaffinch, 30 Blackbird and 7 Song Thrush.

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Agree Ian absolutely huge numbers of Blackbirds this am, at least 200 and i never went all the way round. Also huge numbers of Chaffinch also had at least 80 Fieldfare and 20 Siskin over. No sign of Rock Pipit today.

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Sun. early a.m. and very wet;
2 male pocharde still present, no sign of goldeneye(although rain on glasses and bins made it hard to see anything!), 6 teal, 30+ tufted, 3 snipe, 7cormorant,1 shovellor and 2 kingfisher. Lots of thrushes also about.

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27/10/2007

Also this am....1 Fem Goosander and pair Teal Withins, 2 Shoveler, 2 male Pochard, 15 Cormorants main res plus the Goldeneye i think is a first winter male, 30 Tufted Duck, 45 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 4 Goldcrests, 4+ Grey Wagtails, 1 Herring Gull and 10 Snipe in the Dip. Plus loads of Blackbirds and Song Thrushes (alot more than usual).

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Early a.m. today.
Rock pipet on wall of res. near pump house, I spent 10 minutes following it before I got good views with binoculars.Also 5 teal, 1 female/1st Winter goldeneye, 1 male pochard, 2 snipe and a kingfisher.
Cheers Ian.

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Present this a.m.
3 pochard, 1 female goldeneye, 12 swans, 9 tufted, 7 cormorant, 1 kingfisher, small parties of redwing and
fieldfare, 3 snipe. Also lots of large dead bream floating on the surface, apparently due to blue/green algae.
Also(thanks to Judiths naming of the factory roof !) 25 lapwing on it, a much reduced number than recently.

-- Edited by Ian Campbell at 16:59, 2007-10-23

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Ian - I think the factory roof across the Irwell from Elton Resr is the old McPherson's paint factory? If so the Lapwings have been there some years.

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Also at Elton this a.m.
As well as birds seen by Alan there were 2/3 stonechat near the canal, at least one male and one female.
Also little grebe on the canal.-- Edited by Ian Campbell at 13:25, 2007-10-21

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Sunday am

Goldeneye fem/imm 1st of winter
Kingfisher
10 Cormorant
28 Tufted Duck
2 Wigeon
7 Snipe
20 Mute Swan
5 Bullfinch
21 Fieldfare
5+ Redwing
5+ Reed Bunting
5 Goldcrest

Alan and Simon

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Sat. early a.m.
23 mute swan( incl 2 juv ),2 shoveler, 2 snipe, 1 kingfisher, 23 redwing. Also 2 swans with 3 young on the canal and 83 lapwing on factory roof just across the Irwell.

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Sat. early a.m. 6th, 2 scaup (both females).

Sun. early a.m 5 wigeon, 18 mute swan, 5 cormorant, at least 10 meadow pipet, 40 redwing, 2 sparrowhawk.


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The thread is unreadable, putting this on to see if it corrects the problem.
It is now ok.

-- Edited by Alan Warford at 14:00, 2007-10-06

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6/10/2007 Pretty quietcry.gif

16 Mute Swans
17 Tufted Duck
3 Cormorant
1 Little Grebe
5 Snipe
6 Goldcrests
40 Redwings
5 Bullfinch
2 Coal Tits


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Early morning vist to Elton 7.30-10am (missed the posting about the lift to go see Brown flycatcher otherwise would have jumped at the chance).

Bit of Vis Mig mainly in southerly direction unless stated and some birds quite high up in clear conditions

Fieldfare
Redwing 35
Redpoll 3
Swallow 18
House martin 4
Pied Wag 6
Mpipit 36
Skylark 6
Lapwing 33 West
Pinkfeet 6 Sw

On res 4 Teal, 14 GCG, 31 Tufted. Chiffchaff singing near car park and 2 Jay.... then the jetlag kicked in!!



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Sunday early a.m 30th
200+ house martin and 60 swallow.
19 snipe and 2 stonechat in field below res.

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Phew... Glad i didn't miss a rarity,i was on the way there this morning when the car broke down on Bury Rdcry.gifcry.gif

-- Edited by Dean Mac at 16:08, 2007-09-30

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30/92007 Mid Morning

Cormorant 2
Tufted Duck 17
Snipe 3 Capsticks Marsh
Redwing 10
Siskin 2 in Creek
House Martin 30+
Swallow 3
Meadow Pipit 30+



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Thurs 27/9 4pm - 6pm

2 Juv Little Gulls
2 Wigeon
60+ House Martins
4 Swallows
9 Mute Swans
6 LBB Gulls
2 Cormorants
1 Kestrel
40+BH Gulls
38 Lapwing
15 GC Grebes
100+ Wood Pigeons
8 Tufted Ducks
4 Grey Wagtails
13 Meadow Pipits

Alan


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19/09/07 early am

Wigeon 9 (7on res + 2 South)
Goosander 9 South
Tufted Duck 15
Snipe 11
Lapwing 31
Kingfisher
Reed Bunt 20+
Song thrush 5
Blackcap 3
Chiffchaff
Sand Martin 2
Mpipit 61 South
Swallow 88 South

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Also at elton this a.m. ,similar birds seen as Simon but also I tried to count the coots present, doing really well having got to 202 when I lost count thanks to a dog walker asking me what I was looking at. Maybe try again tomorrow NOT !!


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15/9/2007 Spent another 4 hours looking for this Hobby but no joy.

Yellow Wagtail - 1st Winter by the Highland Cattle with Pied Wags
Redpoll 1 over
Cormorant 7
Wigeon 6
Tufted Duck 15
Snipe 23
Whitethroat 2
Chiffchaff 3+ still giving abit of song
Blackcap 5+
Song Thrush 10+
Stock Dove 1
Little Owl 1
Sparrowhawk 2
Mistle Thrush 26
Sand Martin - still a few about.
Swallow 100+
Kingfisher 2
Grey Wags 2/3

PS The Redstarts have finally gone!



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Friday 14th 13.45pm - 16.30pm

Knot - adult in inlet till 16.05 when flew round res and left hight to the SW.
Hobby flew north over Withins @ 14.00
Wigeon 6
Teal
Tufted Duck 17 +1 Withins
Coot 157
GCG 15 +1 Withins
Little Grebe 3 on canal at coney green flashes
Cormorant 2
Grey Heron 5 - Dip
House Martin 200+
Swallow 100+
Sand Martin 5
Whitethroat 3 below Withins
Chiffchaff - Dip
GSW
Spahawk 2

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Arghh not another Hobby its a conspiracy!

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Friday 14th September, 3:00pm

Knot- 1 in the inlet, looking pretty settled at the moment
Hobby- 1 flew though

Info thanks to Simon Johnson



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Not been to Elton much, so popped round yesterday morning from 10:30 till about 12:30. Elton Res pretty quiet, with only:
3 Wigeon
2 Cormarant
1 Grey Heron
White Wagtail (NW shore).
Large numbers of hirundines still, with 100+ Swallows, 30+ Sand (mainly juvs) and 100+ House Martins.

Withins Res a little better with:
2 Reed Bunting
2 Willow Warbler
1 Blackcap (male)
1 Yellow Wagtail (flying over in southerly direction).

Follwed stream down a towards the farm, not sure where the Lesser Whitethroat and Redstart Bushes are, but was pretty windy. 1 Blackcap (male) and a Spotted Flycatcher was all I could muster from the bushes with another Willow/Chiff in flight. Lots of blackberries everywhere, enjoyed some for pudding last night!

On returning to Elton Res I saw a Hobby fly in from NW and land on trees on NW side. Only stopped briefly, then it moved on in a NE direction out of sight. I should pop over more regularly. wink.gif

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Elton this a.m.
2 wigeon, 3 snipe, 5 cormorant on or above the res.
Around Withins ;
Redstart showing well in "redstart hedge", 2 whitethroat 1 garden warbler and 2 willow warbler in bushes by stream near here. Flock of 50 mistle thrush, 2 seperate flocks of house martins on wires one of 150 other of 80 ish birds also at least 90 swallows flying around.


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08/09/07 early am

Spot Fly - Dip
Blackcap 7
Willow Warbler singing - Dip
Chiffchaff 3
Whitethroat 3
Kingfisher
Grey Wag 5
House Martin 102 wsw coney green flashes and 100+ on Wires by Old hall Farm
Sand Martin 10
Swallow 98 South Coney Green Flashes
Mpipit 12 South
Kestrel
Spahawk
Cormorant North
Shoveler 2
Tufted Duck
GCG 10

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8/9/2007 Early am with Ian Woosey

Redstart Fem/Imm still present in usual hedge but very elusive.
Lesser Whitethroat -2 still around Withins, 1 with Long Tailed Tit flock and 1 in usual bush by stream.
Whitethroat 1
Blackcap 5+
Wigeon 2
Shoveler 2
Mute Swan 9
Snipe 7
Grey Wag 2
Kingfisher 1
Little Owl 1
Mistle Thrush 16
Skylark 1
G S Woodpecker 1
L T Tit 15
Coal Tit 1
Willow Warbler 2
Chiffchaff 1
Goldcrest 5


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Ouch thats me gripped off.

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7 sept

Hobby over fields near Withins res 2pm.

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Simon,
Just read your comment about "redstart hedge", had to smile as thats exactly what P&N Johnson and myself called it last year when upto 3 redstarts where present, it will be interesting to see if it lives upto the name next year. Ive just realised Im wishing a whole year away.
Cheers Ian

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