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RE: AUDENSHAW RESERVOIRS


 This am, 07:30-10:00.

Green Sandpiper X 1.

Snipe X 1. 

Redshank X 2.

Lapwing X 13. 

Wigeon X 3. 

Teal X 3. 

Goldeneye X c9.

Kestrel X 1. 

Goosander X 1. 

MeadowPipit X 1. 

GreyWagtail X 1. 

GreyHeron X 2. 

Cormorant X 4. 

Coot X 1.



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This pm's sightings:

 

Adult Yellow-legged Gull in the roost

Green Sandpiper still present

A couple of Dunlin

2 Teal

Redshank (earlier in the day)



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14/11/17 combined sightings from today

1 Green Sandpiper
4 Snipe
2 Redshank
9 Dunlin
25 Lapwing
3 Common Scoter
11 Goosander
17 Goldeneye
1 Gadwall
4 Wigeon
5 Teal
2 Meadow Pipit
1 Kestrel
1 adult Yellow-legged Gull
1 adult Great Black-backed Gull


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13/11/17 mid morning

Viewing only no1 reservoir
1 Green Sandpiper
1 Redshank
4 Dunlin
9 Lapwing
1 drake Pintail

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07:30-09:20 this morning:

 

Lapwing 12, Dunlin 3, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Mallard 39, Mute Swan and Cormorant 3



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Audy this am with three other site regulars.07:30-10:30.

Of note.

 

Lapwing x 18.

Dunlin x 12.

Green Sandpiper x 1.

Goosander x 3.

Goldeneye x 12.

Meadow Pipit x 40+.

Kestrel x 1.

Grey Wagtail x 1.

Cormorant x 4.

Mute Swan x 1 (immature).



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Best of what there was this morning:-

54 Dunlin, 17 lapwings, 1 green sandpiper, 9 cormorants, 10 wigeon, pr pochard, 1 teal.



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13:00 - 14:40

Pochard 2
Dunlin 17
Green Sandpiper 1
Lapwing 11

A sickly, tired looking 'redhead' goosander in NE corner of Reservoir No. 1. It was on the water's edge and was struggling to move. Its bill was open and it seemed to have problems breathing. A couple of feeble, unsuccessful attempts were made to move, but it may have been trapped in the mud.




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7/11/2017 from midday

c70 Dunlin
1 Black-tailed Godwit
1 Snipe
1 Green Sandpiper
10 Lapwing
8 Cormorant
c8 Meadow Pipit

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2 hours during a.m.

Surprise was no green sandpiper although might still be lurking around. Otherwise a bit dull (compared with elsewhere later!). 2 dunlin, 10 goldeneye, 9 cormorant. Best was kingfisher on wall at point blank range which proceded to regurgitate a fish pellet, something that I'd never witnesssed before.



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This am ,07:30-11:00.

 

Green Sandpiper X 1.

Wigeon X 1.

Pochard X 3.

Goldeneye X 10.

Goosander X 1.

Grey Wagtail X 2.

Meadow Pipit X 6+.

Cormorant X 8.



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Also present this morning:

c150 Herring Gull at 1st light, Teal, Wigeon, 2 Pochard, 7 Goldeneye, 6 Cormorant, 2 Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 2 Dunlin, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk. 



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4 Common Scoter on no. 2 reservoir this morning.



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29/10/2017 Late afternoon until dusk.

7 Whooper Swan incl. 3 juveniles.
c200 Pink-footed Geese flew north west at around 16:45.
1st winter drake Scaup on no2
10+ Goldeneye,
2 Goosander
1 Green Sandpiper,
2 Black-tailed Godwit
1 Kestrel,
1 Kingfisher,
1 Rock Pipit,
1 Meadow Pipit

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This am with two other site regulars. 07:45-10:00(ish)

Of note.

Green Sandpiper X 1.

Dunlin X 1.

Pochard X 4.

Cormorant X 6.

 



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Today:

 

Green Sandpiper still on no 1

1st winter drake Scaup still on no 2

Pair of Wigeon

2 Pochard

Reed Bunting



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25/10/17 late afternoon

Green Sandpiper on no1,
1 Lapwing,
5 Teal
7 Wigeon
1 Pochard
1st winter drake Scaup on no2
c8 Meadow Pipit

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 This PM.  Pretty quiet compared to recently.

Only waders present were the Green Sandpiper and 30 Lapwings. 

Scaup still on No 2. 3 Cormorants and 2 Jays. Gull numbers building up but nothing out of the ordinary.



-- Edited by vic chatterton on Monday 23rd of October 2017 09:10:11 PM

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07:30-08:20 today:

 

Dunlin 2

Ruff 2

Green Sandpiper

c130 Tufted Duck

Scaup

2 Teal

Kingfisher

 

 



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Late post for yesterday around half one ish: 2 ruff still around, I couldn't find the scaup but conditions were terrible and only had bins

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Bit of an overnight clear out

Best birds seen today included

2 Ruff
Green Sandpiper
Scaup
Teal
Pochard
c6 Meadow Pipit
Kestrel
8 Cormorant


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In addition.

1st winter male Scaup (still on No2).
Wigeon X 13
Goosander X 1 (female).
Meadow Pipit X 5+.
Cormorant X 2.


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So far this morning:

2 Ruff, 1 Knot, 1 Little Stint, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 2 Rock Pipit, 12 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 1 Pochard.

Images of Ruff, Green Sandpiper and Knot courtesy of Simon Ghilks






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Summary of Audenshaw sightings today:

13 Whooper Swan west

6 Wigeon

1st winter drake Scaup  (no 2 reservoir )

Pochard

Great White Egret for c5 minutes on no 1 then flew off E

1 juvenile Little Stint

1 Ruff

1 Knot

3 Dunlin

1 Green Sandpiper

adult Yellow-legged Gull

1 Kingfisher

2 Rock Pipit



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Knot and Rock Pipit also now present.



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Great White Egret flew off high east at 10:43.



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Great White Egret present in the middle of no. 1 at 10:40.

 



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Little Stint still present on no. 1 this morning and also a single Ruff present.

Images of Ruff and Little Stint (and both together) thanks to Simon Ghilks



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As below +8 Skylarks through SE. Little Stint had moved from a small temporary island to the shoreline of No1 parallel to No 3 near the central well.

Despite searching on all 3 res. couldn't find Green Sandpiper.



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Little Stint still present on no. 1 this morning but no sign of the Wood Sandpiper.

Also the Green Sandpiper still on no 1. c80 Pink-footed Geese over W, female Shoveler,  female Pochard,  5 Goldeneye,  2 Dunlin and a Kingfisher. 

 



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Wood Sandpiper present on no. 1 this evening.

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Little Stint still present on No. 1 reservoir around midday.

Also a Green Sandpiper present.

 



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Little Stint still present early afternoon, along with a Turnstone.



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Little Stint present on no. 1 reservoir at midday.

Also a Green Sandpiper.



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This am. With another 3 site regulars.

Highlights.

Cormorant X 4.
Common Gull X 2.
Green Sandpiper X 1.
Wheatear X 1.
Rock Pipit X 1.
Meadow Pipit X c5.
Mute Swan X 2 (immature).
Grey Heron X 1.
Kestrel X 1 (with prey, Meadow Pipit/pied Wagtail).
Wigeon X 5 (male)

Sadly, another dead GC Grebe in the South West corner of #1. Did notice a struggling immature yesterday around the same place half way up the cobbling stumbling around, but put that down to it was out of the water and had land balance issues.



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This am,09:00-13:45, rain, with another site regular.

Cormorant X 3.
Common Gull X 5.
Meadow Pipit X 5+.
Goldeneye X 3.
Wheatear X 1 (female/immature).
Lapwing X 7.
Grey Heron X 1.
Grey Wagtail X 1.
Goosander X 1 (female/immature).
Kestrel X 1.



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This a.m. 9.30 - 11.30

Green sandpiper; dunlin; 2 gadwall; 8 cormorant. Three skeins of pink-feet between 9.45 and 10.00 of c110, c100, c50. First and last skeins went more or less east, second was doing, then decided against it and veered off north/north-west splitting up as they did.

There was a dead great crested grebe on the draining water of No.1 Please watch out for any other casualties in case birds are suddenly able to access something toxic previously out of reach. 



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 12th of October 2017 08:46:09 PM

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Grey Phalarope still present on number 2 until escaping a 3rd gull attack (2 from larger gulls then 3rd from a Black headed!) late afternoon and flitting over to number 1. Most of the time it was well out in the middle of the reservoir only briefly drifting to the edge and flying back out.

Also present was a Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 3+ Goldeneye etc. Didn`t notice the Scoter and no Twite seen.

 



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Grey Phalarope still present on no. 2 at 1pm today.

 

Also 1 fem/Imm Common Scoter

10 Wigeon and a Shelduck on no. 3

Single Teal, Green Sandpiper and Redshank on no. 1



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Five Twite seen again along the railway side of no. 1 reservoir this afternoon.



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Grey phalarope on no 2 at 5pm this evening

Also 2 goldeneye and 1 teal

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Grey Phalarope still present at 4 pm

 

 



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Grey Phalarope still present 2.30pm - the only worry being that on 1 occasion it swam 40 - 50 yards out near Lesser Black-backed Gulls that would certainly have it for lunch given the chance.

No sign of Green Sandpiper but a few Meadow Pipits, Goldfinches, Linnets, Grey and Pied Wagtails.

(f) Kestrel caught a small rodent and proceeded  to eat it less than 15 yards away. 1 (f) Goosander, 1 Teal, 110 Tufted Ducks, 4 Goldeneye, 21 Great Crested Grebes



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First time to this location, all thanks to this forum. The GM community is one that i've only ever found helpful and encouraging as a younger, new, UK birder. Thanks to all.

Fantastic views of the Grey Phalarope which was feeding along the edge of reservoir (next to train line) around 11am. 

Plenty of Meadow Pipit, Twite and Goldfinch in the dried vegetation along pools on the walk back.

 



-- Edited by Matt Gillett on Sunday 8th of October 2017 12:57:45 PM



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Grey Phalarope still present at 12.00 

Meadow Pipits

Skylarks

Great wagtail

Lots of vocal Great Crested grebe among other birds.

Keep Birding

 

 

 



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Hi David, Unfortunately I didn't see if any were ringed although they all sat on the wall of the reservoir I could see the dark streaking on the backs but focused on the closest one just to be sure they weren't Redpoll, In total probably only a 5 second view.

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Grey Phalarope still present this morning, also a Green sandpiper.



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Mark Burgess wrote:

14 Twite feeding on the weeds growing on the walled bank




Did you notice whether any of the Twite were ringed, Mark?

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A quick visit between 14:45 and 16:10. Nice to meet Andy Bissitt who pointed me in the direction of the phalarope.
No sign of any whooper swans or twite unfortunately.
But can add a female wheatear.
The phalarope was hugging the bank of bed no.2 near the railway line but regulary going a meter or so away from the bank, however it then flew a fair bit further out and landed but couldn't pick it up with my bins. So i decided to leave but when i looked back i could see it had relocated to the same

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Grey Phalarope still present on No2 close to the bank at 13.20
It had a brief fly around for 2 minutes I thought it was moving on as it went quite a considerable distance then promptly returned to the same spot and continued feeding,

Also 11 Whooper Swan 14 Twite feeding on the weeds growing on the walled bank

-- Edited by Mark Burgess on Saturday 7th of October 2017 03:08:43 PM

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