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Post Info TOPIC: High Rid Reservoir


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RE: High Rid Reservoir



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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29-12-09

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.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

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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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Scaup still present at 13.30 plus minima of the following:-

Mallard 12
Tufted 10
Pochard 4
Goldeneye 4
Little Grebe 8
Coot 30
Moorhen 1
BH Gull 50
Common Gull 12
Kestrel 1
GS Pecker 2

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thanks for that mikes regards steve

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Steve,

High Rid is not far from the Reebok Stadium. From the M61 continue past Reebok on the A6027. Then take A673 (Bolton) and turn left after pertrol station (Fall Birch Rd). Easy to find.

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Mike

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

David Winnard sent me some great images of the bird in question and it does indeed have a damaged wing. Which sort of proves why it stays all year blankstare.gif

Photos on the galleries in a bit.





Poor sod.........condemned to live and die in Bolton sadangel.gif


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David Winnard sent me some great images of the bird in question and it does indeed have a damaged wing. Which sort of proves why it stays all year

Photos on the galleries in a bit.

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Met a couple at High Rid saturday, they said the long staying male goldeneye has a damaged wing.

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This male has been here for about 8 years (see bird report). I thought there must be something wrong with it - now I know!

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I was photographing a male Goldeneye the other day here and thought it was a cracking bird in terms of plumage, until i looked at the pics of when it flapped it wings. Its left wing feathers look in a right state, almost like a skeleton. Having noticed the comments about the summering drake wondered if this may be a reason. Will be emailing Ian the Pics for others to have a nosey at what i mean.

Dave

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:hi mike could you please let me know were high rid res is

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Scaup still at 10 am.

Also 7 Little Grebe and 5 Goldeneye

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Scaup still present this afternoon.
also
2 Pochard
5 Goldeneye (2M/3F)
7 Little Grebe
15 Tufted Duck
15 + Fieldfare

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Late news for the 25th:

first winter drake Scaup still present

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

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First winter drake Greater Scaup still present today, along with:

8 Tufted Duck
6 Goldeneye
single Pochard
7 Little Grebe

info thanks to Phil Rhodes

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Scaup still present at 11:30.

Dave

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Yesterday 16 Nov 2.15pm

L.Grebe 9
Pochard 1
Tufties 4
Coots 27
Scaup asleep
Goldeneye 5 including an obliging close-in male. Hope you got some good shots to make up for the missing Snow Bunting Jon.



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Scaup still there 2pm with pochard. Crackin low soaring Buzzard over.

Dean.

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Scaup still present at midday today.

Info thanks to Dave Ousey

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14/11/09 with Paul Cliff

Scaup still present with drake Pochard, 6 Goldeneye and lots of Little Grebes.

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First winter drake Greater Scaup present today.

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7/11/09

6 Goldeneye
15 Little Grebe


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In its 10th year now, yet it appears fully-winged.

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Drake Goldeneye still present, in eclipse plumage. Also 1 Common Tern.

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Drake Goldeneye present on High Rid still today.

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2.30pm

10 little grebe
6 goldeneye
70+ coot

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Loads of birds today, maybe due to Rumworth still being partly frozen.

6 little grebe
100+coot
plenty mallard
a few tufted
3 goldeneye including 2 stunning males
many BH gulls with quite a few common gull
40+ canadas

A lot of aquatic plants either floating or growing to the surface which seems to attract waterfowl.

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And I know what you were looking for!wink.gif

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21/10/08 popped in this afty before a completely useless 2 hours on Winter Hill..

Wigeon 1 male
Goldeneye 2 female and the summering male still on
Little Grebe 13
Fieldfare 5



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28/9/08 and still better than Rumworth..

Little Grebe 10
Wigeon 6
Goldeneye 1 male

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24/9/08 early pm

Little Grebe 13
Wigeon 7
Goldcrest 4+

Better than Rumworthsmile.gif

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took your timewink.gif

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Rob Thorpe wrote:

Goldeneye still present this morning






...and this afternoon at 1.30. Yes Simon, I finally ticked itwink.gif

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Goldeneye still present this morning

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gentle stroll with my mums dogs this afternoon (yes ive become a part time dog walkerweirdface.gif) the drake summering Goldeneye was showing well(Declan you had it yet?wink.gif)

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18/1/08 (12.45 - 14.30)

Sorry to report more negative news cry.gif ; no sign of the Long-tailed Duck.

5 Goldeneye.
6 Little Grebe.
Treecreeper.
Kestrel.

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The Long-tailed Duck was still present late morning at least (per Bill Gregory, an east lancs birder).

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Am getting curious, what is the longest a long tailed duck has stayed at one site in GMR?
Cheers Ian

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Fri 11 jan

Long Tailed Duck still present.

8 Goldeneye
6 Little Grebe
2 Tufted Duck
Common Gull
Black Headed Gull
2 Cormorant


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