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RE: HOLLINGWORTH LAKE


14/11

Drake Pintail

7 Pochard

Drake Goldeneye



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At about 1045 I was amazed to hear a Grey Plover which flew over NE repeatedly calling 

A Ring Ouzel was in the dell and then the field immediately behind Pavilion Wood (photos below)

Also of note 1 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Tufted Duck, 7 Teal, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Redwing, 4 Goldcrest, 10+ Siskin over, 6 Lesser Redpoll over, 1 Linnet over

On Saturday 14th October Andrew Huyton had brief but conclusive views of a Yellow-browed Warbler at Shaw Moss (which is the first record for the Rochdale area as far as I am aware) but unfortunately there has been no further sign despite searching 



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2 Whooper Swans on the lake mid morning but had disappeared by midday - one appeared to have wounded/back/wing - looked like blood to me rather than colour marking - I hope its not been wounded by the wind farm barrier around Rochdale!

Also 1 Redwing, 1 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest and 10+ Siskins

 



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Andrew Huyton had a Black tern on Monday evening (2/10) but unfortunately no sign this morning - just 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Siskin of any note.

Also late news from Saturday 23rd September when a local (non- birding) photographer took a photo of a Great White Egret at the nature reserve - presumably the same bird as had earlier been seen at Crime Lake and the first record for Rochdale if accepted. Another dip for me!



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1 Spotted Flycatcher - Shaw Moss

Also 4 Cormorant, 4 Teal, 1 Buzzard, 2 Sand Martins S, 40+ Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch and 9 Linnets amongst the usuals



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24/8

1 Spotted Flycatcher - Big Hedge

2 Swifts

Andrew Huyton also had a Green Sandpiper on Shaw Moss and 4 Little Egrets flying over



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Sunday 13th August

female Redstart - Big hedge

1 Garden Warbler  - Big Hedge

Also 1 Buzzard, 1 Little Owl, 3 Blackcap, 25+ Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 40+ Linnet

Saturday 12th August

1 Spotted Flycatcher - Shaw Moss

Also 1 Teal, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Grey Wagtails

 



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drake Common Scoter, 4 Oystercatcher, adult Common Gull and a Cuckoo today



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6 Little Egrets this morning was an unprecedented record here. At least 2 were still present this evening



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Green sandpiper at the nature reserve today - also 3 oystercatchers. Grasshopper warbler singing at Shaw Moss

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21 Common Scoter today (8 drake, 13 female)

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4+ Common Swift yesterday afternoon. Also Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, Sparrowhawk, 15 Swallow, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap 



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27/4

female Redstart in hawthorns at top of Turnough Hill above Big Hedge

1 Grasshopper Warbler singing at Shaw Moss

Also 4 Tufted Ducks, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 2 Linnets



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Tuesday 25th April

1 Common Sandpiper 2 House martins 15+ Sand martins

Monday 24th April

5 Wigeon 1 Goldeneye 6 Tufted ducks 2 Wheatear

Sunday 23rd April

1 Greenshank (Shaw Moss), 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling



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The highlight today was a Greenshank at Shaw Moss

Also of note 7 Great Crested grebes, 8 Teal, 17 Tufted Duck, 2 Redshanks, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Buzzard, 2 Stock Doves at Rakewood, 2 Sand martins, 3 Swallow, 2 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Blackcap, 2 Siskin over and 6 Linnets



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Originally posted today by Dave Olive:

Grey Heron, Crow, Willow Warbler - several around the lake perimeter, Chiffchaff singing, Long Tailed Tit, Woodpigeon, Black Headed Gull, Tufted Duck. Great Crested Grebes nest building opposite the hide, Cormorant, Magpie, Robin, Coot, Mallard, Male/Female Pintail, Moorhen, pair Mute Swan.



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Ian Kimber had a female Marsh Harrier flying over south this morning - first ever record for the site



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1 Swallow ( first here was on 1st April)

1 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Lesser Redpoll

1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Redshank at Shaw Moss



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Immature Whooper Swan present this morning 

Also drake Goldeneye and 2 Oystercatchers

 

A Shelduck present yesterday 



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Tuesday 7/2

1 Oystercatcher - first of year here 

4 Goosanders, 15+ Siskin

Sunday 5/2

4 Whooper Swans (2ad,2imm)

Saturday 4/2

drake Pintail

1 Little Egret

23 Cormorant 10 Goosander



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2 drake Wigeon

1 drake Shoveler

32 Cormorant, 1 Goosander, 1 Grey Wagtail



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female Brambling in Bib Knowl Plantation 

also 2 drake Goosanders, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Nuthatch



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Mute swan 2
Shoveler
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Drake Pochard - a Rochdale rarity these days

also the Green Sandpiper was again at the nature reserve (info courtesy of Alan Nuttall)



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A good weekend here:-

Sunday 6/11

female Common Scoter this afternoon

drake Goldeneye, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 10+ Redwings

Ian Kimber also had an adult Mediterranean Gull in the roost and 180+ Pink-footed Geese over SE this morning

 

Saturday 5/11

first winter drake Scaup

Andrew Huyton also had a Little Egret and a Green Sandpiper at the nature reserve



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A Red-throated Diver was present this afternoon but only stayed for about 20 minutes before flying off high WSW at around 4pm - it was getting harassed by gulls, but I think the predictable appearance of a sailing boat was unhelpful no. It hadn't been present in the morning so presumably it was brought down by the poor weather. The first here for about 30 years!

 

Also today 5 Great Crested grebes, 4 Cormorants, 18 Teal, 2 Tufted Ducks,  1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 40+ Fieldfare, 15+ Redwing, 2 Raven flew SE and a Lesser Redpoll over 



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Monday mid morning to early afternoon
Walk around from Shaw Moss and a stint in the hide for the kingfisher which showed extremely well also turned up:

64 Redwing,
47 Lapwing,
1 Wigeon,
1 Shoveler,
6 Tufted Duck,
1 Kingfisher,
5 Moorhen,
1 Pheasant,
16 Teal,
12 Blackbird,
1 Goldcrest,
7 Robin,
8 Blue tit,
7 Great tit,
5 Wren,
17 Carrion Crow,
7 Magpie,
3 Meadow Pipit,
5 Cormorant,
94 Black headed Gull,
2 Great Crested Grebe,
7 Common Gull,
2 Snipe,
1 Jay,
1 Great spotted woodpecker,
9 Siskin,
2 Goldfinch,
3 Mallard,
11 Long tailed tit,
c120 Canada Geese,
1 Chaffinch,
1 Buzzard,
1 Kestrel

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1 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 18 Teal, 9 Tufted, 1Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Siskin over

Also a Dipper on the stream in Ealees Valley

Ian Kimber had a male Ring Ouzel with a flock of Redwings in Big Hedge this morning



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1 female Shoveler

Also 5 Cormorant, 2 tufted Ducks, 1 kingfisher, 1 grey wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff 

 



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Saturday 08:30 - 12:10 from Shaw Moss to the Lake nature reserve hide and return. Set out with a spring in my step hoping for (praying for) a yellow-browed warbler no joy unfortunately. 4 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 4 Mistle Thrush, 3 Raven, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 5 Lapwing, 1 Wigeon, 8 Swallow, 35 Teal, 32 Goldfinch, 11 Meadow Pipit, 3 Jays,

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A Green Sandpiper at Shaw Moss this morning

Also 1 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Linnets 



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3 Wigeon 1 Shoveler and 52 Teal on Shaw Moss

Elsewhere 20+ Swallows 3 Chiffchaff 1 Blackcap 1 Whitethroat and 2 Goldcrest



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A female/imm Pied Flycatcher was in the Big Hedge area early this morning though it unfortunately could not be relocated later on - only my 2nd record at the site - checking my notes the other was on 21st August 1987 which makes me feel quite old!

Also a male Redstart in the same area and a Spotted Flycatcher was along Turnough Lane (Ian Kimber earlier had 4 Spotted Flycatcher in this area)

Also today 1 Dipper, 1 Kingfisher and a Green Woodpecker. Ian Kimber had a single adult Shelduck early morning



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Sunday 28th August

2 juv Shelduck at Shaw Moss this evening were presumably the same birds that Ian Kimber saw on Hollingworth Lake this morning. Ian also had 12 Wigeon first thing but they flew off NW at 0710.

Saturday 27th August

adult Hobby at Shaw Moss - a very rare bird here in the east of the county

7 Shelduck on the Lake (4 adults, 3 juv) 

Also 1 Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warblers and a Chiffchaff. Ian Kimber had the male Redstart at Shaw Moss again



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Another good day here - highlights being:-

2 Cormorant

1 Little Grebe - Shaw Moss

drake Gadwall - Shaw Moss

1 Greenshank - heard flying over Shaw Moss but couldn't locate it

1 Buzzard 

1 Grey Wagtail over

male Redstart - Shaw Moss

2 Blackcap

1 Whitethroat

1 Lesser Whitethroat - Big Hedge

2 Chiffchaff

6 Willow Warblers

6 Spotted Flycatchers - 3 Shaw Moss, 3 Turnough Lane

14 Linnet

Lesser Redpoll over

 

 



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One of the Lake's better days - there seemed to have been a fall of birds overnight 

11 Spotted Flycatchers (6 Shaw Moss, 2 Pavilion Wood, 2 Big Hedge, 1 Sheep Bank)

2 Redstarts ( 1 Big Hedge, 1 Sheepbank)

1 Garden Warbler - Big Hedge

Also 1 Cormorant, 15 Teal, 2 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 25+ Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Nuthatch and family parties of Lesser Redpoll and Bullfinch amongst the usuals

 

 

 

 



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Green sandpiper at Shaw Moss this morning. Also 5 Teal here

 



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Tuesday 16/8

female Redstart in Big Hedge area

Kingfisher showing well from hide

1 Buzzard



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2 Raven over today

111 Lapwing and a pristine adult Common Gull at Shaw Moss 

 



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Green Sandpiper at Shaw Moss this evening - info courtesy of Alan Nuttall



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Greenshank at Shaw Moss today - originally found by Alan Nuttall this morning and still present this evening



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Female Common Scoter this morning



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A Green Sandpiper at Shaw Moss today - autumn must be on its way

Also a Whitethroat still singing here

 



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Great-crested grebe carrying a newly hatched chick on its back

Also 1 Common Sandpiper and 3 Lesser redpoll

 



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Cuckoo calling and showing quite well in Ealees Valley this afternoon - been present for at least 3 days and the first i've seen at the Lake for about 25 years!

Also Stonechat pair 



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At least 6 Arctic terns through today



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A Spotted Flycatcher was hawking from bushes below the Shaw Moss dam this morning

Also a male Goldeneye displaying to a pair of Tufted Ducks that looked distinctly unimpressed, a reeling Grasshopper Warbler near the dipping pond and 2 Swifts

 

 



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2 Teal

1 Redshank

1 Buzzard

2 Grey Partridge

1 first summer Common Gull

pair Stonechat near Rakewood

4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and 15+ Willow Warblers

1 Nuthatch

4 Linnet

1 Lesser Redpoll

 

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Female Goldeneye - my latest ever here

1 Common Sandpiper

Green woodpecker calling 

2 House Martins

3 Blackcap singing 

2 Lesser Redpoll



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2 redshank

1 Little owl

1 House Martin 

20+ Swallow

1 Blackcap

1 Lesser redpoll

and at nearby Longden End, Rakewood 2 male Ring ouzels as well as Dipper and 2 Grey wagtails



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