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Post Info TOPIC: AUDENSHAW RESERVOIRS


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RE: AUDENSHAW RESERVOIRS


Other sightings from this morning include:

9 Ringed Plover

7 Dunlin

1 Wheatear

 



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During my gloriously sunny late afternoon visit today the beaches were inhabited by sun-seeking humans, rather than any birds.

Consequentially, the only birds I noted:

x1 Grey heron

x2 Swallow

x1 Pied wagtail

x6 Goosander



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This am,  08:40-11:30, joined by another site regular.

 

Little Ringed Plover X 1.

Lapwing X 1.

Wheatear X 2 (males).

Yellow Wagtail X 1.

Grey Wagtail X 1.

Meadow Pipit X 1.

Swallow X 2+.

Linnet X 1.

Goldeneye X 1.

Mallard X 7(males).

Grey Heron X 3.

Cormorant X 3.

 



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vic chatterton wrote:

The tern this PM finally ID'd as a definite Arctic Tern as it eventually gave better views.


 Thanks Vic. I saw it at about half the original distance as I left and was about 90% certain it was Arctic.

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The tern this PM finally ID'd as a definite Arctic Tern as it eventually gave better views.



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Late combined sightings for yesterday am, 16-04-2018

Comic Tern X 2.

Curlew X 3.

Yellow Wagtail X 1.

Swallow X 2.

Sand Martin X 3.

Common Sandpiper X 1.

Goldeneye X 7.

Linnet X 3.

Grey Wagtail X 1.

Coot X 2.

Cormorant X 2.

 

This am early pm  17-04-2018. Another site regular was already on when I arrived, and joined by another 3 during the course of the morning.

So far...

Little Gull on #1.

Comic Tern X 1 on #2.

Dunlin X 2.

Little Ringed Plover X 3.

Ringed Plover X 1.

Goosander X 1 male.

Goldeneye X c5.

Swallow X 15+.

White Wagtail X 3.

Cormorant X 5.

Coot X 1.

 

 

 

 






-- Edited by Peter Nolan Woolley on Tuesday 17th of April 2018 02:42:29 PM

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from c 8.45 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

6 adult little gulls (one with a slightly incomplete hood) arrived at 9.10. A while later, I noticed a bird in the same area with a 'W' shape wing pattern. Unfortunately, I attributed this to kittiwake, but having doubts I checked properly when I got home and saw that it was really a 1st winter little gull. Definitely no trace of a hood forming, so not 2nd summer yet.

A female peregrine decided to dine out on the grass bank of No. 3 resulting in the grizzly image below! No wonder there has been a lack of passerines recently (see Friday).

3 + 1 curlew through was all else of real note.

 



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10 Goldeneye

Common Sandpiper

Little Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover

3 Curlew

and about a billion flies



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This am, 06:15-10:45,

 initially with another site regular, but joined by another 3 site regulars also.

 

Great White Egret, Over low at 06:58 heading Northwest towards Winter Hill, observed by myself and the other initial regular.

Curlew X 30+ (16 was down on #1 on arrival, but upped at 06:44 and continued to circle the site for approximately the next 15 minutes or so. Another 10 came down again on #1 at 08:25, with the odd 1's and 2's continuing over throughout the morning.

Shelduck X 2.

Grey Heron X 2.

Pochard X 1 (Drake).

Little Ringed Plover X 2.

Ringed Plover X 8.

Common Sandpiper X 3.

Greylag Goose X 2 on #3.

Yellow Wagtail X 2.

Kittiwake X 2.

Common Scoter X 1(female).

Cormorant X 5.

Little Gull X 1.

Teal X 2 (pair).

Goosander X 2 (males).

Mute Swan X 1.

White Wagtail X 4.

Meadow Pipit X 1.



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Really excellent find this a.m. of a female merlin snacking on a pied wagtail on one of the reservoir walls. A first for me here. Also seen 3 dunlin, redshank, curlew, pr. goosander, house martin, c50 swallows.



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11/4/18 early PM

1 Little Ringed Plover (2 were present on Monday and Tuesday)
1 Lapwing
50+ Swallow
50+Sand Martin
2 House Martin
2 Wigeon
1 Shelduck



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Some sightings from this morning with other site regulars

5 Curlew (3 on no 1 and 2 over)
2 Lapwing flew over
3 Common Scoter (2 drake)
Pair of Wigeon
Drake Teal
7 Swallow
Sand Martin
Greylag Goose
Willow Warbler
Wheatear
2 White Wagtail
12 Meadow Pipit

-- Edited by Karen Foulkes on Sunday 8th of April 2018 10:42:50 AM

-- Edited by Karen Foulkes on Sunday 8th of April 2018 10:43:39 AM

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This am , 06:45-11:15, with another site regular.

 

Avocet X 3.

Little Gull X 1.

Kingfisher X 2.(pair).

Goosander X 2 (pair).

Greylag Goose X 2 over heading West.

Mute Swan X 2.

Sand Martin X 14+.

Swallow X 8+.

Dunlin X 1.



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3 Avocets dropped onto No. 1 reservoir at 08:50 this morning.



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6/4/2018 some combined sightings from this morning up to 11:30

Little Gull
House Martin
Common Scoter, drake.
2 Black-tailed Godwit flew through NE.
few Sand Martin through.

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This afternoon/evening:

 

2 White Wagtail

2 Wheatear still

10 + Sand Martin

3 Swallow

No sign of the Yellow Wagtail 



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3/4/18 some combined sightings from this morning by a few of the regulars.

1 Yellow Wagtail
2 Wheatear
4 Sand Martin
1 Swallow
1 Chiffchaff
1 Redshank
1 Curlew
1 Snipe
3 Greylag Geese
1 Red-breasted Merganser, same one as has been seen occasionally over recent weeks,
2 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel

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Up to 0900 today

Very little of note

1 male Wheatear
2 Curlew
Sparrowhawk
2 Meadow Pipit

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This am , an abundance of not alot,

highlights.

2 Snipe, 

a single Oystercatcher and a immature male Goosander.

12c Goldeneye.



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This am, with another site regular.

Very quiet morning, of note.

 

Oystercatcher X 1.

Buzzard X 1.

Grey Wagtail X 1.



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Yesterday evening, 6-7pm. Pretty quiet, the sky was glorious though.

A few to note.

- x6 Goldeneye

- x2 Goosander (females)

- x2 Rock pipit (Not 100% sure they weren't meadow pipit due to fleeting view, but they were bigger, greyer and spent lots of time on the rocks)

- x1 Cormorant

- x2 Canada goose

And the usual host of gulls, from which I could not pick out any unusual birds.

First time up there in the evening. I notice most records are from morning; is that a better time typically?



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This am 09:30-11:45, with two other site regulars., Flat calm/bright sunshine.

 

Of note.

Wigeon X 5.

Snipe X 1

Linnet X 6.

Meadow Pipit X 1.



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Quiet this morning, highlights as follows

Dunlin - landed briefly before flying off high again
Curlew
4 Snipe
2 Lapwing
2 Skylark through
3 Meadow Pipit through and 2 birds on the ground
2 Kestrel
1 Pochard
4 Mute Swan

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06:45-11:30 with two other site regulars.

Highlights.

Kittiwake X 1.

Red-breasted Merganser X 1.

Ringed Plover X 2.

Snipe X 5.

Redshank X 2.

Lapwing X 1.

Goosander X 2.

Pochard X 1.

Mute Swan X 2.

Sparrowhawk X 1.

 



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Birds this morning included:

 

2 drake Common Scoter 

4 Wigeon

3 Shoveler

1 Pochard

Adult Yellow-legged Gull

Green Sandpiper

Curlew

2 Snipe



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I visited for the first time from 9am-12am this morning. Had a great time and saw a few new birds for myself. Must thank the birding contingent on-site for the warm welcome and pointing out the Iceland Gull to me! I'll be back.

Highlights:

 

At No.2:

x4 Goldeneye

x1 Reed Bunting (Male. Appeared for 20 seconds at the southwest corner, perched just 10m away giving me a flawless view)

x1 Kestrel (On the grass south of No.2)

 

At No.1:

x1 Iceland Gull (2nd winter. Noted it flying north away from reservoir at 11am)

x1 Little Ringed Plover

x4 Snipe

x1 Green Sandpiper (caught it flying from E>W side of the reservoir at about 11:15am)

x~15 Linnet (Flock flew down to waterside from east briefly, around 11:30am)

x1 Pochard (Female, at south end of reservoir at 12am)

 

 



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Info received that 2w Iceland Gull was present again this morning.

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Some combined sightings by a few observers from this week up to 9am 21/3/18

Iceland Gull 2nd W
Mediterranean Gull adult
13 Whooper Swan
1 Little Ringed Plover
1 Ringed Plover
1 Green Sandpiper
4 Snipe
1 Shoveler
1 Pochard
3 Teal
3 Wigeon

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This am, 06:30-10:00, a mixture of high winds/calm/snow and sunshine.

Highlights.

Curlew X 1.

Ringed Plover X 1.

Redshank X 1.

Snipe X 2.

Meadow Pipit X 1.

Goldeneye X c12.

Cormorant X 9 (including 1 heavily filoplumed individual).

 



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Sightings from earlier today included:

 

Green Sandpiper

4 Snipe

2 Dunlin

1 Ringed Plover

A male Shoveler

2 Pochard



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13/3/18 up to 10:45

3 Curlew,
2 Oystercatcher,
5 Snipe,
1 Green Sandpiper,
5 Dunlin,
1 Redshank,
2 Ringed Plover,
4 Lapwing,
5 Pochard,
6 Skylark moving north.

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 Audi this am 06:30-11:00am

 

Compared to the last week a quiet morning.

 

Highlights.

Goosander X 4.

Pochard X 3.

Redshank X 3.

Green Sandpiper X 1.

Lapwing X 3.

Snipe X 1.

Meadow Pipit X 2.



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7 curlew down on No.1 tank was the highlight this morning. Also 2 shelduck, 1 redshank, 1 green sandpiper, 2 pochard, lapwing flocks totalling 36, 7 cormorant, 13 coot. Soon be welcoming Spring visitors from further afield I hope.



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The Short-eared Owl was still showing on and off on no 1 at 2:30pm,  seemingly enjoying chasing and flushing the gulls.

 

The Green Sandpiper has made it through the cold snap and 2 Dunlin and 3 Snipe were present on no 1.

 

 



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A short-eared owl was down on No.1, beneath the wall in the north-west corner, for 90 minutes, and still there when I left at 11.45 a.m. looking settled.



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5/3/18 from 5pm

Glaucous Gull juvenile stood on the ice of a still mainly frozen no1
1 Mediterranean Gull
2 Snipe,
7 Dunlin,
The Red-breasted Merganser was with a few Goosander.
3 Pochard

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This afternoon's sightings:

 

Two Mediterranean Gulls in the roost (adult and 2nd winter )

Green Sandpiper

2 Redshank

Ringed Plover

11 Pochard

5 Goosander



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25/2/18 from 4pm with another site regular

Additional sightings to the 2 previous posts

1 Iceland Gull, looked like pale juvenile,
1 Mediterranean Gull, adult,
1 Red-breasted Merganser, immature, again displaying to Goosanders,
17 Goosander
1 additional Snipe, total 3.

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A few extra sightings from this morning

2 Ringed Plover
Skylark
Grey Wagtail
10 Cormorant

The 2 Redshank and Green Sandpiper were feeding together in the north west corner of no 1 when I left.

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This am 07:30 to 10:30, bright but very cold.

 

Highlights.

 

Green Sandpiper X 1.

Snipe X 2.

Ringed Plover X 1.

Redshank X 2.

Mute Swan X 3.

Pochard X 15.

Meadow Pipit X 1.

Linnet X 8.

Cormorant X 4.



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This evening's sightings:

 

Adult Iceland Gull from 5.15pm onwards

Adult Mediterranean Gull

c1200 Herring Gull

550 Lesser Black-backed Gull

Green Sandpiper

Ringed Plover

2 Redshank

17 Pochard

9 Linnet.



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Only thing that was out of the recent norm was a curlew which came in, landed on one of the islands for a couple of minutes, then departed east calling. A nice portent of Spring (weather not withstanding). 



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19/2/18 late afternoon

1 Green Sandpiper,
3 Snipe,
2 Oystercatcher,
4 Lapwing,
Red-breasted Merganser imm. came in late and was seen displaying to a female Goosander.

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This am, 07:30- 10:45, rain.

Highlights.

 

Green Sandpiper X 1.

Snipe X 1.

Pochard X 18 (15 drake & 3 female/immature).

Goldeneye X c31.

Farm Goose X 1.



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Audi this am 07:30-10:45. Rain, sleet, snow, sunshine.

 

Green Sandpiper X 1.

Redshank X 3.

Snipe X 1.

Pochard X 16.

Goldeneye X c24.

Tufted Duck X 14.

Meadow Pipit X 1.

Coot X 23.

Cormorant X 4.

Mute Swan X 2.

 



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The 2nd winter Caspian Gull was in very early and gave the best views of the winter on the partially frozen no 3 Reservoir.

 

Also in the roost the 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull again, a new 3rd winter Yellow-legged Gull and c1,500 Herring Gull. 16 Pochard and 28 Golden Plover. 



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This afternoon:

 

2nd winter Caspian Gull

adult Yellow-legged Gull

1 Shelduck

12 Goosander

6 Golden Plover

Green Sandpiper



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This am 08:10-11:30, rain.

 

Green Sandpiper X 1.

Golden Plover X 23.

Redshank X 2.

Snipe X 2.

Shelduck X 1.

Pochard X 15.

Goldeneye X c16.

Coot X 27.

Grey Heron X 1.

Cormorant X 4.



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2/2/18 late afternoon until 1745 with another site regular

2nd winter Caspian Gull
Adult Yellow-legged Gull
1 Green Sandpiper
2 Snipe
2 Redshank
1 Shelduck
15 Pochard

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This late afternoon:

 

Second winter Mediterranean Gull

Adult Yellow-legged Gull

2 Shelduck

17 Pochard



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