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RE: RINGLEY


Lone Meditteranean Gull at Ringley Bridge yesterday morning 11 a m

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3 Goosander (1F +2 Juv) at Ringley Bridge On the opposite side of
the bridge was a single Cormorant

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Late post for yesterday.
Two Jays screeching warning calls to each other on the
perimeter of the old football pitch in Ringley Woods.
Both seen briefly flying above the tree canopy

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Looked like there was a Black Tern hawking over the rectangle pool this evening seen from rubber necking from the passenger seat whilst driving past!

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Two kingfishers flying under Ringley Bridge this morning

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4 goosanders near the packhorse bridge this morning (2m 2f)
the males were having a bit of a battle

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Flock of thirty to forty lapwings over fields seen Sunday 17th and Monday 4th July fields at Ringley and near pilkington tiles.

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redstart in the trees next to Ringley bridge at 2.30 pm

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Ringley bridge this morning 11 a m
1 male goosander
1 female goosander
5 mallards
10 Canada geese
1 moorhen
1 kingfisher
4black headed gulls over
1 kestrel on electricity pylon

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two kingfishers at Ringley bridge this morning at 11am

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Cheers Ian
thanks for your reply I will take them off my list now

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Hi Bernard,

what you count on any personal list is quite rightly up to you and that's absolutely right but although Black Swans do indeed breed in small numbers in the UK they are all from captive stock and their population is too low and too scattered to suggest that it is self-sustaining. As, when and if, that population grows and does become genuinely self-sustaining their official status may very well change but currently at least they are not truly 'wild' and proving if they're captive birds or indeed off spring from feral breeding pairs is not possible.

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Hi Mark consulted the BOUlist it
told me nothing I didn't already know
in the statement I made I was alluding to whether the birds I saw were
birds that had bred in the wild or birds that had escaped from a bird sanctuary




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Have a look at the BOU definitions Bernard

http://www.bou.org.uk/british-list/species-categories/

Cheers

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bernard hooley wrote:

hi Ian
could you please explain to me how many generations of birds it takes to become accepted as a non escapee
as in the case of the little owl




Well from what I understand is that little owls were mostly introduced but most exotic ducks were escapees. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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hi Ian
could you please explain to me how many generations of birds it takes to become accepted as a non escapee
as in the case of the little owl

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bernard hooley wrote:

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2 black swans flying N W over ringley bridge at 10 .30
possible escapees but who knows





Not in any way meaning to sound sarcastic Bernard but I doubt they'll have flown all the way from Australia. I think we can be certain they're from captive origins smile

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late post for yesterday
2 black swans flying N W over ringley bridge at 10 .30
possible escapees but who knows

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Carters hill farm - above Ringley wood - yesterday morning 26th July

9 Siskin south plus 4 in the hedgerow
60 swallow
Sand martin
309 swift sw
500 Lesser Black-backed Gulls sw

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this afternoon

3 Buzzard
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
2,250 Feildfare south/se in lots of flocks
54 Snipe - plus 9 south in flock of Fieldfare
39 Mute Swan
7 Wigeon
27 Gadwall


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A Kingfisher flying first down and then upstream the river at Giants Seat.

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Two Dippers seen flying acoss the Irwell this morning from the Giants seat nursery.

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A Green woodpecker was in the trees just before the entrance to the Giants seat garden centre this morning at 9.15am.

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16 Gadwall, 6 Goldeneye, 18 Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swan, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Pheasant, and Kestrel.

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on the ponds
20 Tufted Duck
13 Goldeneye
4 Lapwing
Water Rail (heard)

On the river
2 Dipper

23 Siskin feeding around the pond edges

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5 raven early afternoon

65 gadwall
7 shoveler
50 teal
wigeon

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Today:

2 Wigeon
19 Tufted Duck
5 Shoveler
35 Gadwall
Kingfisher
6 adult Mute Swan
38 Teal
11 Little Grebe
4 Grey Heron
52 Mallard
122 Black-headed Gull
2 Common Gull
10 Coot
23 Moorhen
78 Lapwing south
8 Chiffchaff
2 Treecreeper
67 Woodpigeon
4 Stock Dove
6 Wren
4 Robin
7 Dunnock
3 Nuthatch
2 Willow Tit
10 Blue Tit
20 Long-tailed Tit
5 Great Tit
2 Coal Tit
3 Blackcap
3 Bullfinch
1 Chaffinch

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

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Yesterday (11th): -

On south lagoon:

23 Lapwing
1 Teal
8 Gadwall
14 Tufted Duck
3 pair of Little Grebe
1 juvenile Willow Tit

Pilkington Tiles roof:

47 Lapwing

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

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Buzzard, Kestrel, Gadwall, Shoveller , Tufted Duck, Willow Warbler, Pheasant, House Martins, swift, swallow, cormorant

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 11th of August 2013 10:13:43 PM

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no sign of long-tailed duck this morning

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Thanks, Keith. Glad it stayed around!
Steve

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Long-tailed Duck still present at 7:15pm

Info thanks to Gary Crowder (via Iain Johnson)

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 25th of May 2013 08:27:50 PM

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Long-tailed Duck (f) still present at 5.40pm. Good views from the slightly elevated open land
to the southeast of the Lagoon. Fortunately the duck was at the eastern end of this lagoon too.
Accesed via Philips Park Road, and continuing track, and then left over the Motorway footbridge, which carries
the Outwood cycle Trail.
Nice to meet Tony O'Mahony and Gary Crowder,
Thanks to Steve Christmas and Ian for the info


-- Edited by keith mills on Saturday 25th of May 2013 07:24:27 PM

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Female Long-tailed Duck still present at 2:35pm today on the pool on the south side of the motorway. Park along Philips Park Road and follow the track south past the farm to view the pool from the public vantage point.

Info thanks to Mike Passant

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Female long-tailed duck with 6 tufted duck on the smaller pool south of the M60 at 0800 this morning. May be the recent bird from Silver Lane Pools. Really brightened up my BBS count!

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This place really has had it

The adult female mute swan has been killed feathers all over the place and the carcass eaten a lot! Lucky fox or unfortunately poachers dogs which have been there last few times - who knows!

Great crested grebe - good record
2 Little Grebe
30 Gadwall
42 Mallard
52 Teal
5 Goldeneye
3 Siskin
Willow tit



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Dog walkers now going into Ringley so not many ducks on the pond
10 Teal (over 100 used to winter here)
15 Goldeneye
7 Gadwall
2 Raven
2 Buzzard

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Flying visit to Shore Top at lunch time:

6 Canada Geese
2 Coot
1 Mute Swan
1 G. C. Grebe
2 Common Tern
4 Carrion Crows
7 House Sparrows
several Swallows
1 Swift
1 B.H. Gull

Also the small pond by the side of Ringley Road just after Old Hall Lane, a pair of Canada Geese have raised several goslings. Hard to tell exactly how many when I was walking past as they stay in the long grass besides the pond.

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Thanks for the help and advice on the two previous posts.

This am with John Parkinson:

Managed to get a view across the rectangular pool!

Tufted Duck....8
Gadwall......6
Coot........ 4 Including a Juvenile.
Black-headed Gulls....6
A few Swifts overhead.
Passing a bush, on the path that runs alongside the M60, we came across a Buzzard sat on a low fence with its back to us. The bird was just 4 yards from us and did not notice us for 30 seconds.
At the ETW at Ringley we had six Swifts, very close and at head hight
3 Blackcap heard.
A new Electricity transmission pole had had the copper earthing cable hacked off....this will be reported.




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Just a reminder to folk that the ponds are in a private site and viewing needs to be made from the motorway embankment.

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Hi, yes those are the ponds I visited. They are probably a couple of miles from Ringley but not too far a walk from there and you get a chance to check out any birds on the river and in the woods along the way too.

I think Ringley was used just as a general area as Shore Top, the canal on the other side of the main road, Outwood Trail and also the fields down Philips Park Road are also included in this thread. Likewise the area covered in the Elton thread is pretty extensive and not just the res. itself. It would be quicker to get to them if you parked at the bottom of Philips Park Road (although the bottom half is pretty ropey) and walked down from there or at the entrance to Giants Seat Nursery and you would still get to walk along the river.

About 18 months ago I saw a barn owl hunting in the evening 3 times in the space of a week whilst walking the dog on the nature trail down Copper Lane that runs down to the Outwood Trail. Never seen one before or since but it was a real thrill.

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Can anyone tell me where these ponds are?
Are they connected with the Sewage Works?

On the maps the only ponds/pools that I can find are either side of the M60,
which is the other side of Clifton Marina and is hardly Ringley.
Thanks.

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Just found this forum. Have walked dogs and ridden my bike all around this area for almost 20 years and never knew these ponds existed. So got my map out and decided to have a good explore, eventually found them

Ponds and round about

11.30 - 3.00


Quail removed ,after speaking with Ian most probably young pheasant
2 Jay
3 Grey Herron
3 Pheasant
3 Bullfinch
approx 15 Coot
4 Mallard
2 Mute swans with 1 cygnet
1 Kestrel
1 Song Thrush
1 Long Tailed Tit


-- Edited by Lee on Wednesday 4th of July 2012 10:30:36 AM

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Brief visit last night

Ponds very full, few camp fires dotted about and fence pulled down all over.

Coot look to be only waterfowl with young
Mute swans have 1 cygnet left
4 gadwall - not one brood of ducklings
3 mallard again as above
Little grebe again as above with no young
4 tufted duck
Buzzard
80 swift

Shame no one will look after this site as it has great potential but it's just so over grown now


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As I left the La Roma restaurant this evening in Ringley and walked to the small bridge opposite which goes over the Irwell a Cuckoo flew over my head and landed in the trees next to the river near the Horseshoe pub. It stayed silent but I got great close up views of this male bird. After 2-3 minutes of preening it flew up river. Also seen were 2 Grey wagtails.

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A brief glimpse of a Kingfisher as it flew down the Irwell, seen yesterday at 14.25pm from the Giants Seat garden centre at Ringley.

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Mid Morning Mooch

highlights were a Male Shelduck NW - site tick and a Lesser Whitethroat

water levels very high

2 pairs of coot with young, Pair of Canada Geese with 5 young and the pair of Mute Swan have at least 3 Cygnets.

10 Gadwall
4 Tufted Duck
12 Mallard
2 Little Grebe
7 Whitethroat
100 Swift
15 House Martin
Kestrel
Buzzard
2 Stock Dove


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later afternoon

Female Redstart - in bushes around the pond north of motorway
6 Blackcap
5 Willow Warbler
4 Chiffchaff
13 Swallow during a hail shower
Peregine flew up valley
Buzzard
23 Gadwall
22 Tufted Duck
4+ Lapwing


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Around the pools this afternoon and the ploughed field above

6 Snipe
15 Gadwall
20+ Mallard
14 Tufted Duck
3 Goldeneye
18 Teal
26 Coot

Buzzard
5 Stock Dove
7 Lapwing
3 Chiffchaff
Coal tit

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Outwood trail and River Irwell
9.10a.m. to 11.50a.m.
Warm and sunny

Canada goose 2
Mallard 12
Goosander 3
Pheasant 1
Grey Heron 2
Great Crested Grebe 2
Kestrel 1
Coot 6
Woodpigeon 4
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Magpie 12
Jay 8
Carrion Crow 6
Blue Tit 6
Great tit 7
Long-tailed Tit 2
Chiffchaff 3
Wren 5
Blackbird 4
Robin 4
Dunnock 2
House Sparrow 6

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