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28 Swallows passed through between 7-8 a.m. today.
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7.15-8.45 a.m. juv. Arctic Tern gave good views sat on bouy near pumphouse also at least 170 Swallow and 40 Meadow Pipits passed overhead and 8 Goosander.
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a.m. today, very quiet with just 1 Kingfisher, 1 Shoveler and 2 Rook of note.
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5-6pm very quiet.

 One excellent bird of note was a single whinchat at Crowtrees and a peregrine slowly making its way along the pylons towards Radcliffe. 



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07:10 -10:15 partly with Ian C
18 Teal.
22 Great crested Grebe.
1 Little Grebe.
2 Kingfishers.
3 Snipe.
1 Kestrel.
1 Pale Common Buzzard.
110+ Swallows south
36 House Martins south
11 Meadow pipits.
4 Mistle Thrush.

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this morning

Spotted Flycatcher - on wires by canal over flow
3 Willow Warbler
6 Chiffchaff 6 singing
Tree Pipit - heard over
Meadow Pipit 269 south and 10 NW
Redpoll west
234 Swallow
Sand Martin south
78 House Martin south
8 gadwall
4 Wigeon
3 Goosander south
9 Teal
18 Snipe SW and 8 Old hall
Buzzard
4 Jay
3 Sparrowhawk including a cracking male which darted below the pumphouse then perched up on the nearby fence post


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This a.m. with Malcolm(happy birthday) and Howard, best was a Garganey on the canal and then to the pool at side of canal. Also 3 Snipe, 1 Willow Tit and a Water Rail(heard only) near here. On res just 5 Swallow but Tufted Duck now at 72.
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This a.m. with Malcolm, similar numbers of Swallow and House Martin as yesterday, also 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Kingfisher with 26 Meadow Pipit and 9 Mistle Thrush.
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14:30-15:50pmQuick walk around reservoir highlights.
1 Siskin on Niger seed.
1 Kestrel.
1 Shoveler.
3 Teal.
Large flock of Tits and warblers with counts of the following
2 Coal Tits
27 Blue Tit.
9 Great Tit.
14 Long tailed Tits.
2 Willow Warblers.
8 Chiffchaff.
Goldcrest heard but not seen.

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This a.m. 7.45-9.30, 1 Whinchat giving good views on Hawthorn below pumphouse for 10 mins and a minimum of 250 Swallow and 70 House Martin over the res. were the highlights.
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06:30-11am
2 Shoveler.
2 Gadwall.
11 Teal pool by Canal.
4 Goosander on River Orwell.
14 Great Crested Grebe.
1 Little Grebe.
8 Mute Swans
2 Snipe along canal near Crow Trees.
3 Tree Pipit over Sw
35 Meadow pipit 8 at Pumphouse the rest flyovers S
1 Linnet.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
2 Willow Warblers.
6 Chiffchaff.
3 Blackcap.
1 Stock dove over SE
120+ Swallows, 45 House Martins & 1 Sand Martin.
1 Sparrowhawk chasing a Jay

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07.45am - 12.45 pm. Rain, Dark Cloud, Still. 14c.


46 Species spotted: Including:

1 Whinchat. (Elton goyt).
1 Kingfisher. (Creek).
1 Peregrine Falcon. (Pylon near creek).
1 Kestrel.
1 Little Grebe.
1 Pochard.
7 Long Tailed Tit.
1 Coal Tit.
5 Whitethroat.(redstart hedge.)
9 Jay.
47 Tufted Duck.
2 Great Black Backed Gull.
5 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
3 Grey Heron.
1 Grey Wagtail.
6 Pied Wagtail.
13 Mute Swan.
70+ Goldfinch (Coney Green).
60+ Starling. (40+ heading south).
2 Meadow Pipit. (heading West).
31 Collared Dove. (Mainly in Dip).
21 Cormorant.
13 Great Crested Grebe.
14 Moorhen (Canal + Res).
1 Snipe (Elton goyt).
50+ House Martin (heading South via Reservoir)
70+ Swallow. " " " "
11 Sand Martin " " " "
90+ Coot.
160+ Canada Goose.
70+ Wood Pigeon.
40+ Jackdaw.
On Feeders: 60+ Mixed, of Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Robin, House Sparrow, Blue,Great & Coal Tit.


Thanks Derek.






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This afternoon -

2 Whinchat

1 at the bottom end of the res. on a hawthorn bush and the second at Withins res. sat out on a small bush.



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This a.m. with Malcolm, at 7.30 a Tree Pipit flew over the car park SW, 1 Little Grebe (creek), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 60 Swallow and 40 House Martin over the res. heading S.
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8am - 12 Noon. Dark Grey Cloud, Still, Showers, 14c.

44 Species spotted: Including:

1 Hobby. (Dip).
1 Little Grebe.
7 Meadow Pipit.(heading West)
1 Kestrel.
1 Water Rail. (Canal near stables).
1 Willow Warbler.
2 Jay.
5 Teal.
1 Pochard.
50+ Swallow. (in 2 flocks heading South East).
230+Starling. (180+ heading South).
40+ Finches (at feeders, mainly Goldfinch, amongst, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Blue + Great tit, House Sparrow, Robin).
2 Great Black Backed Gull ( Irwell).
7 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
70+ Black Headed Gull. (Mainly Irwell).
8 Grey Heron.
1 Grey Wagtail.
6 Pied Wagtail.
23 Collared Dove.
12 Tufted Duck.
11 Mute Swan.
10 Great Crested Grebe.

23 Cormorant. Thanks Derek.



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7.30-9.30 a.m. 31 Cormorant present when I arrived, 7 Meadow Pipit and 8 Swallow over heading SW. 47 Swallow still using the wires around Crow Trees.
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16:35-18:55 walk around res
1 Sparrowhawk @ Feeders
1 Coal tit @ feeders.
1 Great Spotted woodpecker @ feeders
1 Common Sandpiper flew across the Reservoir towards wader point.
1 Sand Martin
14 Swallow.
3 Chiffchaff.

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Also in the car park area 06:30-11:30

Siskin heard over first thing

2 lesser redpolls in highest birch

Nuthatch at feeders with same another 2 around iris pond

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This a.m. with Malcolm, main birding interest was in the hedgerows with 23 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler and 1 Blackcap identified. Also at least 8 Jays seen. Approx 80 Swallows and 15 House Martin around Crow Trees.
Howard the feeders are next to the car park before the entrance to the sailing club.
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I live not far from the reservoir and visit regularly,but could you tell me where the feeders are located?Thanks.



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This a.m. with Malcolm, on the res. 1 Shoveler of note, at the feeders a Sparrowhawk, on the river 2 Kingfisher and mainly around Crow Trees 90 Swallow, 16 House Martin and 7 Sand Martin. In the hedgerows 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler and 1 Blackcap and 10 Teal on pool by canal. 7 Meadow Pipit also.
Cheers Ian

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Evening visit 18:50-19:15 of note
1 Shoveler.
1 Pochard.
3 Great black backed Gulls.
8 House Martins

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8.15am - 10.45am with Malcolm. Dark Cloud, Drizzle, Still. 16c.

36 Species spotted. Including.


1 Kingfisher.
4 Jay.
6 Great Black Backed Gull.
2 Bullfinch.
3 Greenfinch.
15 Collared Dove.
8 Great Crested Grebe.
3 Grey Wagtail.

7 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
5 Grey Heron.
6 House Martin.
5 Sand Martin.
60+ Swallow.
80+ Starling.
4 Teal.
7 Tufted Duck.
30+ Goldfinch, with mix of House Sparrow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, on Feeders.

Thanks Derek.





-- Edited by Derek Richardson on Monday 3rd of September 2018 09:04:34 PM

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06:00-10:50am A good day for ducks. 3 Pintail 1 flew in @ 06:20am then 2 dropped in near Capsticks only to leave west when a dog walker walked past as soon as they landed.(record shot attached ) 1 Garganey with 3 Wigeon dropped in for about 5 minutes. (distant record shot attached) 1 pochard (Record shot attached) amongst some Tufted Ducks. 45 Tufted Ducks. 9 Teal 5 on Res 4 in pool next to Canal. 3 Great Black backed Gulls having a go at the Wigeon & Garganey causing them to leave. 8 Herring Gulls 1 Kingfisher. 1 Snipe. 3 Meadow Pipits over. 75 Swallows over SE 22 House Martins over S 4 Sand Martins. 2 Willow Warblers. 3 Chiffchaff. 1 Whitethroat 1 Willow Tit at the feeders.. 1 Pheasant. 1 Sparrowhawk. Cheers Steven 1 Kestrel.

-- Edited by Steven Higginbottom on Sunday 2nd of September 2018 02:23:44 PM

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07.45am - 12.45pm. Light Cloud, Still, 18c.

42 Species spotted: Including:

6 Kingfisher. ( Irwell, 5 following each other).
1 Buzzard.
1 Kestrel.
7 Jay.
35 Greenfinch ( South).
2 Willow Warbler.
3 Teal.
2 Snipe.
41 Tufted Duck.
13 Cormorant.
4 Grey Wagtail.
1 Great Black Backed Gull.
1 Willow Tit.
5 Meadow Pipit.(South).
8 Grey Heron.
50+ Starling.
90+ Jackdaw.
In addition to Simon's count 70+ Swallow (South @ 12.40pm).

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6:30 - 11 am

Hobby - juv flew SE
Raven
Wheatear
3 Teal
Little Grebe
4 Buzzard
18 Lapwing east
3 Snipe

Vis mig included the first 2 Rook of the autumn over

Birds heading south included 826 Swallow, 245 House, 11 Sand Martin, 27 Meadow Pipit and 5 Goosander

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06:20-10am with Ian & Malcolm.Highlights.
22 Wigeon first light with 8 flying off north 11 flew off SW just before 06:30am with 3 remaining.
4 Teal.
10 Shelduck flew off SW at 06:43am
34 Tufted Duck.
17 Cormorants.
1 Little Grebe.
2 Kingfishers.
1 Great black backed Gull.
1 Willow Tit.
5 Chiffchaff.
3 Willow Warbler.
2 Blackcap.
3 Meadow Pipits.
1 Kestrel.
Good constant movement through off Swallows, House Martins with 5 Sand martins.
254 Canada Geese.

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Walk round with my daughter 16:00-18:30pm very quite.
1 Common Gull.
1 Great Black backed Gull.
1 Shoveler
3 Teal.
2 Blackcap.
1 Willow Warbler.
2 Willow Tit.
1 Spotted flycatcher.

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8.15am - 11.30am.Light Cloud, Still, 16c.

39 Species spotted: Including:

1 Peregrine .( Pylon towards Bury).
1 Sparrowhawk.
1 Kestrel.
1 Pheasant. (F).
1 Whitethroat.
1 Willow Warbler.
3 Jay.
4 Teal.
2 Grey Wagtail.
7 Grey Heron.
20+ Swallow.
10 Sand Martin.
50+ House Martin.
6 Long Tailed Tit.
1 Coal Tit.
1 Nuthatch.
1 Common Tern.
50+ Starling.


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This a.m. with Malcolm, 1 Peregrine (on pylon towards Bury), 1 Wheatear, 1 Meadow Pipit (both near pumphouse), 100+ House Martin and Swallow with 50 Sand Martin, 4 Swift. On the res. 1 Shoveler with a Sparrowhawk and Kestrel over. 1 Water Rail heard at canal near pool which had 3 Teal.
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14:45-15:50p quick visit after work walked to the creek and back to the car park highlights.
3 Great black backed gulls 1 Adult 2 first winter.
1 Common Gull.
6 Spotted flycatchers in the creek.
Good sized very active tit/warbler flock in the creek making it hard to count with at least:
1 Willow Tit
7 Willow Warblers.
1 Chiffchaff.
9 Long tailed Tit.
6 Blue tit.

Cheers Steven

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08.15am - 11.45am. light grey/blue sky, Light breeze. 16c.

44 Species spotted: Including.

1 Dipper.(Irwell wharf).
1 Peregrine (Pylon near boathouse).
1 Sparrowhawk.
1 Buzzard. (Dip).
1 Kestrel.
1.Kingfisher.
1 Willow Warbler.
1 Whitethroat.
5 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
1 Great Black Backed Gull.
1 Reed Bunting.
120+ Canada Goose.
9 Mute Swan.
1 Common Tern.
15 Tufted Duck.
22 Collared Dove.
14 Cormorant.
12 Great Crested Grebe.
9 Grey Heron.
6 Teal.
2 Grey Wagtail.
14 House Martin,
30 Swallow (heading South).
8 Sand Martin.
40+ Starling.

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This a.m. with Malcolm, 2 Yellow Wagtail over(S), 12 Goosander(SW), 1 Kingfisher in front of sailing club, 1 Peregrine (pylon 20), 1 Common Tern, Water Rail heard at Capsticks and along canal where there were 6 Teal, 2 Willow Tit near Capsticks and large numbers of migrating Hirundines with 1 Swift. Also 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Kestrel.
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Very quiet morning with only 32 species noted. Modest highlights:

2 Common Tern.

Single Swift among a mixed flock of c60 Hirundines- mainly Swallow but both Martins present.

1 Stock Dove.

7 Teal on Old Hall Marsh.



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This a.m. with Steven, 1 Hobby, 1 Water rail, 1 Common Tern, 19 Tufted Duck, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Garganey still present in front of Sailing Club at 9.30 were the highlights. Much fewer hirundines present than yesterday.
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06:30am 26/8/18
Garganey still present this morning showing really well near car park.

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The garganey has a pale blue forewing which I think means it is an eclipse male (but I am no expert!)


 

The pattern of the bird's greater coverts leaves little doubt that it is male Mark but it is a juvenile at that.



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7pm Garganey still present near the car park, being very viewable at very close proximity when no dog walkers are spooking the mallards that is smile



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The garganey has a pale blue forewing which I think means it is an eclipse male (but I am no expert!)



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7.00am - 11.30am, with Steven.

Sunny,Light cloud, Light breeze,13c.

45 Species spotted: Including.

1 Whinchat.
1 Garganey.
1 Raven.
2 Willow Warbler.
1 Whitethroat.
1 Blackcap.
1 Reed Bunting.
1 Water Rail.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
4 Sparrowhawk.
3 Kestrel.
3 Wheatear.
1 Great Black Backed Gull.
1 Buzzard. (heard only).
18 Collared Dove.
400+ Jackdaw (Leaving roost heading to Bury).
220+ Canada Goose.
110+ Coot.
100+ Wood Pigeon (50+ in one flock).
2 Common Tern.
6 Great Crested Grebe.
7 Grey Heron.
4 Grey Wagtail.
200+ House Martin.
20+ Sand Martin.
12 Swift.
20 Swallow.
4 Jay.
3 Kingfisher.
2 Meadow Pipit.
4 Pheasant (3f,1m).
14 Teal.

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Cracking morning

3 Sandwich Tern circled res calling at 9.41 gained height and went west
Female Garganey - showing very well and was asleep on jetty when left
4 Tree Pipit South together
3 Redstart - Redstart hedge
3 Spotted Flycatcher - brigde by crow tree
Peregrine
2 Buzzard
19 Swift
460 House Martin south
20 Sand Martin
Water Rail
2 Wheatear
Whinchat

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Garganey female/juv present this morning near car park so far

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Also this morning, a Hobby was present again chasing hirrundines over the reservoir, also 2 Redshank briefly before flying off NW and 2 Dunlin flew through. 1 Whinchat Elton Goyt.

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This a.m. partly with Steven and Malcolm, 2 Tree Pipits over, 3 Wheatear on res. wall, over 100 of House Martin and Sand Martin, 10 Swift were the highlights. Malcolm had 2 Garganey on the res. yesterday morning.
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PM walk round highlights.
1 Swift flying low over Elton Goyt
1 Wheatear (record shot attached.)
1 Winchat (record shot attached.)
Buzzard and Water Rail heard only.

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07:00-11:30am with Derek 44 species seen highlights.
1 Hobby chasing Swallows and Martins from behind sailing club to Old hall Marsh at 07:45am
2 Sparrowhawks.
3 Kestrels.
2 Dipper on Warth Weir river Irwell.
2 Common Terns.
1 Kingfisher.
9 Teal.
1 Blackcap.
1 Juv Wheatear on wall side of Reservoir.

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Wed 22/8 06:00-12:00 car park area

Willow warbler singing early morning

Blackcap 2 juv males and juv female

Chiffchaff 2 in tit flock with nuthatch

Whitethroat several juvs

Grey wagtail 1

Treecreeper 2 recently fledged



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Sightings from 7pm - 8.30pm

Yellow Wagtail flew over old hall marsh - south
200+ Lapwing over West
2 Snipe SW
Green Sandpiper calling over withins
Adult and Juvenile Great Black-backed Gulls
2 Common Tern - one was sat on the factory roof by the weir
11 Great crested Grebe
Swift

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8.15am - Noon. Grey Cloud, Still. 19c.

37 Species spotted: Including:

1 Sparrowhawk.(Conan stud).
1 Kestrel.
1 Spotted Flycatcher.(Canal Hedgerow).
13 Goosander.
35 Pied Wagtail.
300+ Goldfinch.(250+ one flock).
1 Great Black Backed Gull.
2 Common Tern.
35 Lapwing ( Heading East).
3 Teal.
9 Cormorant.
15 Tufted Duck.
4 Meadow Pipit.(Over Withins).

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06:30-10:30am with Ian C & Malcolm highlights.
1 Little Grebe
1 Common Gull
2 Common Tern.
1 Kingfisher.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
6 Teal
2 Snipe.
1 Chiffchaff.
1 Nuthatch on return to car park.

Water Rail 3 heard Only

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