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Chiffchaff singing along the track to the reservoir this morning.

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20th November.

8.00 to 9.20 am. Visibility at best 200m, more often considerably less.

Fair selection of wildfowl - 1 Shoveler, 1 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, c60 Mallard, 1 Goldeneye (also here 6/11), 1 Canada Goose, c55 Coot, 6+ Little Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck, 8 Common Gull, c55 Black-headed Gull, 2+ Pied Wagtail and 1 Grey Wagtail.

In the woodlands adjacent to the reservoir and golf course, - Jay (heard), 1 Treecreeper and least 2 Nuthatch.

7 Teal on the reservoir on 6/11.

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Bill.

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A female Scaup flew in today just before dinner but was flighty.

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7 Wigeon flew in at 13:34 today.

Also present, 34 adult Mute Swan, 6 Tufted Duck and 6 Little Grebe.

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9 male Pochard & 3 male Wigeon on res @ 8.00 am.

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Single Swift south at 3:10 today

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Lunch time

3 Goldeneye (1 male)
9 Tufted duck
a few coot

4 Chaffinch
5 Greenfinch
4 Goldfinch
1 Redwing

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This pm.

Still 99% frozen. Very small free area against north bank being used by Mallards(15)

Fair size Gull roost , circa 200. Quite nervous and coming back to middle of ice,
which made it difficult to sort the 2 larger gulls within the Black heads,especially as
the wind was eye-watering cold.
Nothing else moved except dog walkers and 2 moorhens in the field.

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High Rid was awash with kids in canoes this lunchtime, which with innumerable dog walkers and the sound of golf balls being struck, made it seem more like Penny flash on a Sunday morning, rather than an isolated moorland edge reservoircry.gif

I thought for a second that the Common Scoter was still present but it turned out to be a female Pochard. One advantage of the canoeists was that the wildfowl were all concentrated in one corner, which made it easier to count the 28 Coot, 7 Littlle Grebe and 4 Common Gull.

One or two Redwing were feeding in Fall Birch Road.

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Female Common Scoter still present today, per Andy Makin.

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Went up to see the Common Scoter.
This female bird is still there but well out towards the middle at 5.0PM
I was suprised how white the cheeks and throat appear in sunlight and that the underparts appeared quite rufous and slightly barred
The Peterson field guide gives a better likeness than Collins.
Also 8 Little Grebes, pair mallards and 2 Cormorants flying in

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Female Common Scoter still present at 1.30 pm

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Female Common Scoter still present at 10am.

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Scoter still present 1pm, right out in the middle. I was a little disappointed when I arrived because there was a remote control speedboat being zoomed around when I arrived but I needn't have worried - it didn't seem to bother the scoter at all!!!!

-- Edited by Holly Page on Saturday 16th of October 2010 02:55:44 PM

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Female Common Scoter still present at 5:30 with also 6 Little Grebes.

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FEMALE SCOTER STILL PRESENT AT HIGH RID RES THIS MORNING @10AM.
EASY TO SEE.
OVER AT PUMP HOUSE END.biggrin.gif

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Female Common Scoter still present at 1.30 pm, diving frequently.

Also min 6 Little Grebe, 3 Tufted, 24 Coot, 12 Redwing, plus 2 Nuthatch in adjacent golf course woodland.

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Scoter still present at 1pm

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Common scoter present 12pm, scoped from Montcliffe!

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Thursday 14th of October 2010 12:22:32 PM

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Yellow Wagtail this morning with 5 Meadow Pipit, eventually flew west at 7:58am

Also single Wigeon, 7 Little Grebe and 3 Swallow

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

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Sunday 19 September 2010
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1 Hen Harrier (ring-tail) flew over heading north
1 Common Tern (juv) feeding then flew high east
lots of Swallow and House Martin

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Monday 30 August 2010
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1 Curlew (over)
2 Pied Wagtail
1 Grey Wagtail
3 Spotted Flycatcher in the hedges that run down to the north shore, along with...
2 Willow Warbler

-- Edited by Rob Thorpe on Monday 30th of August 2010 07:11:03 PM

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Wednesday 11 August 2010
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12 Little Grebe
4 Tufted Duck (1 adult, 3 young)
14 Mistle Thrush
lots of hirundines (mainly Swallow), and quite a few Swift.

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20-30 Redwing twittering in the tree-tops overlooking Bolton Golf Course. Also GS Pecker'

On the water:-

Little Grebe 1
Canada Goose 5
Tufted Duck 16
Goldeneye 8
several each of Mallard and Coot
Moorhen 3
BH Gull ca 30

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Yesterday, 10th Feb, afternoon:

4 Goldeneye
2 Little Grebe

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I can't imagine it waddling over to Lower Rivington Reservoir either way

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Just a thought but High Rid didnt freeze totally until last week, upto New years day at least it was totally free of ice, ive never known it freeze over totally before, so this particular bird found dead on the 29th Dec may not be our summering individual, there were 5 males on at one point towards the end of Dec(see my earlier post), clutching at straws I know, as when it did eventually freeze over there was probably only one end for our individual. hmm.gif
R.I.P


-- Edited by Simon Warford on Tuesday 12th of January 2010 07:20:04 PM

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So there was some validity to the story i heard after all, i just hope it is not our infamous friend, very sad news cry.gifno.gif

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Thanks for the specific details Pal, no.gifcry.gif

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JOHN TYMON wrote:

Ian McKerchar wrote:

On the 29th December 2009 Roy Ganley found a couple of Crows feeding on a dead drake Goldeneye at High Rid. There wasn't much of the Goldeneye left but although Roy couldn't confirm it was the injured winged long-staying drake one has to assume that it probably was cry.gif

We live in hope though and Roy for one will be regularly checking to see if the injured little fella turns back up. Thanks very much to Roy for this information.





daupt it would walk to anywere elseconfuse.gifwas it capable of flying?cry.gif

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Tuesday 12th of January 2010 04:38:15 PM




You and your Daupting no.gif
I doubt it could fly looking at the photos, altough it may be able to fly in circles...

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

On the 29th December 2009 Roy Ganley found a couple of Crows feeding on a dead drake Goldeneye at High Rid. There wasn't much of the Goldeneye left but although Roy couldn't confirm it was the injured winged long-staying drake one has to assume that it probably was cry.gif

We live in hope though and Roy for one will be regularly checking to see if the injured little fella turns back up. Thanks very much to Roy for this information.





daupt it would walk to anywere elseconfuse.gifwas it capable of flying?cry.gif

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Tuesday 12th of January 2010 04:38:15 PM

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On the 29th December 2009 Roy Ganley found a couple of Crows feeding on a dead drake Goldeneye at High Rid. There wasn't much of the Goldeneye left but although Roy couldn't confirm it was the injured winged long-staying drake one has to assume that it probably was

We live in hope though and Roy for one will be regularly checking to see if the injured little fella turns back up. Thanks very much to Roy for this information.

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Yep that sound about right, probably just misread rumours, maybe we could start a rumour about Britain not being in recession, petrol prices are dropping and everyone has lots of money and taxes actually went down and not up again biggrin.gif

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You'll probably find that the 'rumour' originates from someone misinterpreting the posts on this thread and you know how Chinese whispers go from there. If the bird has met it's end (and it may seem likely ) then we'd most probably have confirmation one way or the other by now. We live in hope, what little we have left

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Simon Warford wrote:

Where did you hear that Dennis? cry.gifworry.gif
Gutted, Mr Woosey was right condemned to die in Boltoncry.gif

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Sunday 10th of January 2010 09:59:13 PM






I heard this today from someone i was chatting to at pennington flash, it was not someone i had met before so i was wondering if someone else could confirm?

Very sad news if it turns out to be true cry.gif

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Where did you hear that Dennis? cry.gifworry.gif
Gutted, Mr Woosey was right condemned to die in Boltoncry.gif

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Sunday 10th of January 2010 09:59:13 PM

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goldeneye.....


Ian Campbell wrote:

Just curious but what has become of the male Goldeneye with the damaged wing now the res. is frozen over, anybody know?, shame if it's met it's end.cry.gif
Cheers Ian







I did hear this weekend that the long staying goldeneye has sadly been found dead, can anyone else confirm this?

Very sad news, the bird has been there so long and has survived ok till nowno.gif

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There was a small area of water on the fishing lodge by the road, but only a few mallard on there.

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Its probably met the same sad end that alot of other birds will during this severe cold weather, that means we have absolutely no open water in the Bolton area other than Wayoh, might have to start watching Lancs!

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Just curious but what has become of the male Goldeneye with the damaged wing now the res. is frozen over, anybody know?, shame if it's met it's end.cry.gif
Cheers Ian

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Completely frozen today. No Scaup or any other wildfowl.
2 Snipe and 4 Lapwing.

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3/1/10 pm

Drake Scaup
Pochard 3
Goldeneye 6
Little Grebe 9
Common Gull 63

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Drake Scaup still present this afternoon.

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2.00p.m. Yes Gary, the path is very slippy !!, fell flat on my a**e.
Good views of male Scaup( I've only seen females before ) associating with 2 female Pochard. As I was leaving the res. a nice bonus was a Merlin flying across the water and disappearing Westsmile.gif
Cheers Ian

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Drake scaup stil showing but was too far out for a decent picture but great close up views of the little grebes diving then shaking the cold water of their backsbiggrin.gifbeware anyone going up there the path was very slippy.

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28/12/09 late am

Drake Scaup - looking like an adult now.
Goldeneye 5 male
Pochard 4
Tufteds 20+
Little Grebe 10
Selection of gulls on the partly covered ice.

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Scaup still present this morning, plus 6 Goldeneye.

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First winter drake Scaup still present this morning and moulting quite nicely appearently.

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First winter drake Scaup still present today at 1pm. Peregrine also seen over there.

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doh.gifbiggrin.gifscaup still present at 12 noon friday 34 coots 12 dab chicks 4 goldeneye 4 malard 2 moorhens 50 blackheaded .15 common gulls sorry forgot to mention 4pochard 5wigeon

-- Edited by steve ashworth on Saturday 5th of December 2009 07:30:35 PM

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