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12.40 - 15.15

Bottom res:
Mallard 28
Tufted Duck 1M
Moorhen 1
Black-headed Gull 1
Embden Goose 2

Top res:
Mallard 4
Tufted Duck 1M
Moorhen 4 inc 1 juvenile
Coot 2
Little Grebe 6 inc 2 juveniles
Kingfisher 1biggrin spent at least half an hour back and forth between the wall of the outflow and a convenient branch. Excellent lunchtime viewing.

Lots of Robins, mostly heard - subsong, "tchackking", and a few begging calls still.
Chiffchaff 2, one singing (!) the other "experimenting"
Willow Warbler several
Bullfinch minimum 3
Nuthatch at least 1 bird (3 sightings in total along the side of the valley)

In the mature copse several Blue Tit in association with
Great Tit 1
Coal Tit 1
Long-tailed Tit several
Blackcap 1
Goldcrest 1
Chaffinch
Song Thrush 1 juvenile
Treecreeper 2

Raven over from sw to ne

Sparrowhawk 2 - Female over Strine Dale mobbed by c12 Swallows; Male over Bottom res with a couple of Swallows in pursuit

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Blackbird
Jay - 2
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Jackdaw
Wren
Wood Pigeon
Goldfinch

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Saturday 9th Sept. 11.45-14.05

Bottom Res:
Mallard 20
Embden Goose 2

Top Res:
Mallard 11
Tufted Duck 4 (1 male still in breeding plumage)
Moorhen 2 (adult & juv)
Coot 2 (no sign of any juvs from earlier in the Summercry)
Little Grebe 6 ( 4 adult, 2 juv -well past "humbug" stage)

Robin several juvs calling in thick cover
Jackdaw 27 in horse pasture - numbers up around site now the tip is closed
Common Gull 16 in fields with
Black-headed Gull c18
Bullfinch 2 female/juv
Swallow 7
Hobby 1 (fly through from Roebuck Lane where the Swallows had mainly been feeding)

plus usuals

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12.30 - 15.00

Bottom Res:
Moorhen 1
Mallard 16

Top Res:
Moorhen 2
Coot 2
Little Grebe 4 Adult in a territorial dispute
Tufted Duck 4 (2 of each)
Mallard 22
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1 giant Goldfish, 1 depth-charging dog and a quantity of abandoned clothing by the dam outlet. confuse

Best of the rest (14 species)
Bullfinch 2
Swallow 7 youngsters on a fence wire lined up to be fed by the adults.

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Weds May 21st. 12.00 - 14.00

Bottom Res:
Mallard 3 M
Coot 1
Embden Goose 2

Top Res:
Mallard 2 M
Little Grebe 2
Coot 1

Best of the rest of the other 16 usuals was the Little Owl showing well at the usual spot. Still several Willow Warblers singing, plus a couple of Blackcaps and 1 Chiffchaff. No sign of any Grey Wagtails at the Golden Steps, but a female further down stream by The Bull Inn on Dunham Street was collecting food.

No tadpoles in the small pool between the reservoirs (too muddy) but a pair of Common Blue Darters were the first of the year for me here

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10.57 -12.57 Bit breezy
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Bottom Res:
Mallard 6 all drakes
Canada Goose 1 - then relocated to Top Res.
Embden Goose 2 1m 1f

Top Res:
Coot 3
Canada Goose 2
Little Grebe 2 (at opposite ends of the reservoir -a "domestic"?biggrin)

Willow Warbler 6 (S) but most birds seemed to be doing more feeding than singing.
Chiffchaff 1 (S)
Blackcap 1 (S)
Swallow 1
Treecreeper 1
Robin 1 feeding young, 2 young calling at other points, several other males singing.
Jackdaw 20 - on horse pastures, several more around Waterhead Academy/local church. Presumably part of the High Moor flock now dispersed.
Black-headed Gull 1 over main road. No other gulls seen anywhere around the valley.

No sign of Grey Wagtails at Golden Steps

plus usuals

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My first swallow this year

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Webs 12.05 - 14.05

Started with a Coot on the bottom level of the Golden Steps. That's definately a first!biggrin
Finished with a pair of Grey Wagtails on the higher level of the same steps.

Bottom Res:
Coot 2 (as well as the Golden Steps bird)
Moorhen 2
Mallard 4 pair and 2 spare males
Embden Goose 3

Top Res:
Little Grebe 1 (still in winter plumage)
Canada Goose 1 pair
Mallard 1 pair
Coot 2 pair
Tufted Duck 2 pair

A game bird (probably Pheasant poult) flushed twice from first the birch wood at the top res, then the rhodedendrons lower down.

Goldfinch )
Greenfinch )
Robin )
Bullfinch ) all in song
Great Tit )
Blue Tit )
Blackbird )
Chaffinch )

Jackdaw 25 along Waterworks Lane
Carrion Crow
Wood Pigeon
Magpie

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Yesterday's Webs: 12.35 - 14.00

Bottom Res:
Canada Goose 2 (pair)
Embden Goose 3
Mallard 5 (4m1f - one of my lowest counts for this res. Given the absence of any Mallard from the Top Res, I wonder if the ducks are already sitting?)

Top Res:
Coot 1
Moorhen 1/2 (one sighting of a bird in the reed on the west side of the res, later a bird on the east side)
Goosander 1m

The rest:
Goldfinch
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Blackbird
Carrion Crow
Robin (several, but stangely they were quieter than in January when there seemed to be more full song)
Wren 1
Wood Pigeon
Magpie
Bullfinch 1 m
Black-headed Gull 1(!)
Jackdaw 1 (!)

The last two sightings a clear indication of the difference the closure of High Moor tip has made, compared even to last month

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12.00 - 13.30 (Webs)

Bottom Res:
Embden Goose 3
Canada Goose 14 (possibly Mr Suttill's missing birds?)
Mallard 31
Moorhen 1

Top Res:
Mallard 3 (2m 1f)
Tufted Duck 3 (ditto)
Coot 2
Moorhen 2

No large gulls here, either, reflecting the closure of High Moor Tip. Overhead 70 Black-headed Gulls, with 20 more and 6 Common Gulls feeding on pastureland at Green Lane Farm

Also:
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Robin - good numbers around, judging by all the song around the circuit
Blackbird
Mistle Thrush
Carrion Crow
Magpie
Jackdaw - again, far fewer birds than when the tip was open
Wood Pigeon
Chaffinch
Bullfinch

and at least 1 "Dennis Atherton" ("it was small and brown and flew that way")biggrinbiggrinbiggrin

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Sunday 15th 13.35 - 15.05

Bottom Res:
Black-headed Gull 27 (nice to see any number above 1!)
Mallard 12
Embden Goose 3
Moorhen 1

Top res:
Tufted Duck 2 -1m1f
Mallard - 2m2f
Coot 1
Grey Heron 1

Goldfinch -small flock scattered through the birches on Culvert Street.
Jackdaw - C100 flushed from fields to the east of Roebuck Lane, later small parties moving west
Carrion Crow - c10 in with the Jackdaw
Bullfinch 4 - a pair on Culvert Street, two others around the Top Res
Robin 4 - 2 chasing around on Culvert Street, at least two others around the site
Blackbird 4 min. -3 together feeding on hips near the new Treatment Works

Magpie
Mistle Thrush
Mixed flock of Long-tailed, Blue & Great Tits, plus Goldcrest on Culvert Street
Woodpigeon
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1(!) over

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Top Res:
Coot 1 (adult)
Moorhen 1 (juvenile)
No Little Grebes




When the freezing fog had burnt off and I could eventually see the far side of the lodge, there was a new Little Grebe at Royal George Mill yesterday, associating with the one that has been present for several weeks. Or has the original one gone and two new ones turned up? confuse

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14.15 - 15.40

Bottom Res:
Mallard 11
Moorhen 1 (adult)
Embden Geese 3

Top Res:
Coot 1 (adult)
Moorhen 1 (juvenile)
No Little Grebes

Fairly quiet otherwise;
Long-tailed Tit 6
Goldfinch 5
Magpie 3
Black-headed Gull 2 (feeding in fields to east of reses)
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Robin
Wren
Wooodpigeon
Jay
Greenfinch
Mistle Thrush

The bulk of the activity here today was a regular passage east to west of small parties of Jackdaws and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, until just as I was leaving, when there was a small roost of about 10 Blackbirds gathering at the end of Culvert Street.

Several new species of fungus to identifysmile

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During football training

160+ Woodpigeon high up South at 0930hrs
Grey Wagtail

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During football training

Raven mobbing a Kestrel
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Sunday 13th October: 13.05 - 14.40

Bottom Reservoir:
Mallard - 20
Embden Goose - 3
Moorhen - 1 juvenile

Top Reservoir:
Coot -2
Moorhen - 1 juvenile
Mallard - 5
Tufted Duck - 1M
Little Grebe - 3 (all in winter plumage -split between a pair with plenty of wickering going on and a single bird)
Common Gull - 1
Black-headed Gull - 7 (it will be interesting to see the effect changes at High Moor Tip will have on counts this winter)

Redwing 22 (feeding near the school)
Magpie
Blackbird
Wren
Robin
Goldfinch -40
plus a feeding party around the old treatment works comprising
Great Tit - 3
Blue Tit - 17
Long-tailed Tit - 13
Chaffinch 1

Good number of all three Tit species heard throughout the site

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During football training

868 Redwing over SW as heavy rain subsided
2 Bullfinch
Collared Dove
3 Mistle Thrush
2 Jay

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12-00 - 14-30

Bottom Res:
Mallard 44
Embden Goose 3
Moorhen 1(juv)
Grey Heron 1 (juv) - later moved to small ponds by Top Res.

Top Res:
Coot 3 (2adult 1 juv)
Moorhen 3 juvenile
Tufted Duck 2 (male and female)
Mallard 3
Little Grebe 3 - seemed to be a pair and juvenile, with the pair driving the other one off when it tried to beg for food. All 3 in winter plumage now.


Highlight of the remaining dozen species was a Little Owl sunning itself in it's (new) usual spot.

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My new home each Saturday between 0930-1100 watching 'Little Riggers' at football training

2 Grey Wagtail
5 Meadow Pipit
2 Jay

Over the football pitches.

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Top res this afternoon 24 mall
ard/4 little grebe 1 juv/5 tufted duck 2 female / 2 wigeon

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Steve Suttill wrote:

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Little Grebe 4 - 2 adult and 2 "post-humbug" chicks, one of which was still chasing a parent for food. Lowest breeding record here for several years (2 pairs and 4 chicks more usual), so I wonder if the birds at Castleshaw are the "spare" pair visiting Riggers en route to their winter hols at Lake Suttill?





Well, judging from Mr. Rigby's latest post, they have left Castleshaw - will inspect Royal George Lodge this weekend smile


Chaps,

The Castleshaw Little Grebes were juveniles so puts paid to that theory! hmm

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Little Grebe 4 - 2 adult and 2 "post-humbug" chicks, one of which was still chasing a parent for food. Lowest breeding record here for several years (2 pairs and 4 chicks more usual), so I wonder if the birds at Castleshaw are the "spare" pair visiting Riggers en route to their winter hols at Lake Suttill?





Well, judging from Mr. Rigby's latest post, they have left Castleshaw - will inspect Royal George Lodge this weekend smile

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12.40 -15.00

Bottom Res:
Coot 1
Mallard 25
Embden Goose 3

Top Res:
Mallard 21
Tufted Duck 4 (2M)
Coot 3 - Pair plus chickbiggrin
Little Grebe 4 - 2 adult and 2 "post-humbug" chicks, one of which was still chasing a parent for food. Lowest breeding record here for several years (2 pairs and 4 chicks more usual), so I wonder if the birds at Castleshaw are the "spare" pair visiting Riggers en route to their winter hols at Lake Suttill?

Also:
Carrion Crow
Wood Pigeon
Magpie
Robin
Wren
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Bullfinch
Swallow - several through south
Jackdaw
Black-headed Gull - 8 feedingin fields nearby
Lesser Black-Backed Gull -over SW
Grey Heron - over lower res but heard only

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Lunchtime amble 11.25 - 14.40

Bottom Res:
Embden Goose 3
Mallard 16
Moorhen 1

Dipping Pond
Moorhen 3 (inc 1 black furball)

Top Res:
Tufted Duck 1m
Mallard 10 including 1 duckling
Moorhen 1
Little Grebe 3 -all adults
Coot 2 - having failed/been evicted from the old Little Grebe nest by Mallards now nesting at the opposite end of the res.

Of the other 20 species seen:

Singing-
Robin
Wren
Goldfinch
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
Blackcap
Blackbird
Song Thrush

With young
Robin
Magpie
Willlow Warbler
Chiffchaff

Best of the rest
Nuthatch -1f
Sparrowhawk 1m

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Thursday 19th 13.15 - 15.20

Bottom Res:
Embden Goose 3
Coot 1
Moorhen 1
Mallard 12

Top Res:
Little Grebe 2 (courtship feeding)
Coot 2
Mallard 4 (pair and 2 spare males)
Grey Heron 1

Among the rest (17 species)
Willow Warbler -at least 2 singing and several other contact calls
Blackcap 3 - Pair (female with food) + 2nd singing male
Redpoll - male display-flighting
Great Tit & Robin with fledged young

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11.25 -13.30

Bottom Res:
Canada Goose 2
Embden Goose 3
Mallard 8 (all males)

Top Res:
Mallard 1
Coot 2
Little Grebe 2

21 other species inc:
Willow Warbler 6 s
Chiffchaff 2 s
Blackcap 1 s
Swift a low level screaming party of 5
Jay 2
Mistle Thrush 1 juv
Great Spotted Woddpecker 1


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13.30 -15.30

Top res:
Phesant (1 heard)





Was that a peasant or a pheasant that you heard, Mike?

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Bottom res:
Embden Goose 3 (1m)
Mallard 7 (all m)
Coot 1
Moorhen 1
Canada Goose 2 (flew in from Top res)

Top res:
Mallard 1
Moorhen 2 (1 very 'off-piste'biggrin)
Coot 2
Little Grebe 2

also a pair of Mallard at the bottom of the outfall from the Top res.

Migrants
Chiffchaff 1 (s)
Willow Warbler 6 (minimum all s)
Swallow 4
Blackcap 2 (pair, m s)

Best of the rest (18 species)
Bullfinch 1 m
Goldcrest 1m 1 f
Jay 1
Phesant (1 heard)

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Given that the top res appeared birdless when I got there 1 of ANYTHING was a good count!

I think the birds had figured out that it was warmer UNDER the water than on top of it. I'll have to head up there again when the icy blast in the wind tunnel has subsided to a mere gale and check again. Brrr

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A blood-chilling Webs 12.35 -14.00


Top Reservoir:
Coot 2
Tufted Duck 4 (2 each m& f)
and, back from their winter hols at Lake Suttill
Little Grebe 2


-- Edited by Mike Chorley on Sunday 10th of March 2013 03:56:58 PM





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A blood-chilling Webs 12.35 -14.00

Bottom Reservoir:
Embden Goose 3
Canada Goose 3
Mooorhen 3
Mallard 10 (7 of which were males)

Top Reservoir:
Coot 2
Tufted Duck 4 (2 each m& f)
and, back from their winter hols at Lake Suttill
Little Grebe 2

plus:

Jackdaw 12
Woodpigeon 6 (minimum)
Carrion Crow 2
Magpie 3 to 5
Black-headed Gull 1(!) over
Lesser Black-backed Gull 12 along the edge of the valley
Goldfinch 3(heard only)
Greenfinch 1 display flight
Blue Tit 5 (minimum)
Great Tit 3 (minimum)
Mistle Thrush Pair
Fieldfare, c20 feeding in one of the top horse paddocks with
Starling c12
Robin 1
Blackbird 5 (4m)
Song Thrush 1
Wren 1
Siskin 1m





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Webs 10.56 - 12-26

Bottom Res:
Mallard 13
Embden Goose 3
Moorhen 3
Black-headed Gull 19 (at 11.08) increasing to 35 (at 12.12)

Top Res:
Mallard 1 !

Blue Tit 6
Goldfinch 20
Jackdaw c40 on covered reservoir(?) to west of Bottom Res
Magpie 4
Great Tit 2
Goldcrest 2(minimum)
Carrion Crow
Common Gull 2 (minimum, in the gull flock to west of the reservoirs)
Lesser Balck-backed Gull 3 (ditto)
Wood Pigeon 4
Robin 2 (minimum)
Blackbird 1

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11.50 - 13-45 (Webs)

Bottom Res
Blach-headed Gull 50
Common Gull 1
Moorhen 4
Canada Goose 2 (earliest I can recall seeing any back here)
Embden Goose 3
Mallard 14

Top Res:
Coot 1
Grey Heron 1
Black-headed Gull C60 (flock seen to be disturbed from top res while I was counting stuff on bottom res)

Jackdaw 16 plus a flock of 60 distantly on the valley skyline, probably disturbed from High Moor Tip)
Wood Pigeon 15
Blue Tit 6+
Coal Tit 4 minimum (2 at each end of the valley, also 2 as part of a roving flock, but maybe the lower end pair)
Great Tit 4 minimum (ditto)
Long-tailed Tit 3 minimum (ditto)
Blackbird 5
Magpie 8
Carrion Crow 3
Bullfinch 1 minimum (1 heard upstream of the viewpoint; later male feeding near the old conifers above the dipping pool)
Chaffinch 3
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Jay 1
Nuthatch 1
Robin 2
Dunnock 1
Goldfinch 8 minimum (birds feeding low in the thicket at the school end of Holgate St.

Waterworks Lane
Starling 1
Greenfinch 1

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Sunday 16th December 11.35 - 13.55 (Webs)

Bottom Res (50% iced over):
Moorhen 1 Adult, 3 juv
Mallard 13
Embden Goose 3
Common Gull 2
Black-headed Gull 171

Top Res (25% iced over)
Moorhen 1
Black-headed Gull 60

Blue Tit 8
Robin 4
Magpie 6
Chaffinch 6
Goldfinch 24 mostly in larches along waterworks Road
Wood Pigeon 6
Jackdaw 3
Lesser Black-backed Gull 8 over in 1's and 2's
Great Tit 7
Coal Tit 3
Carrion Crow 3
Wren 2
Long-tailed Tit 5
Sparrowhawk 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1




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11.25 - 13.30

Top Res:
Moorhen 2 adult
Coot 1 adult
Little Grebe 1 juvenile (looks like the others have decamped to Lake Suttill for the winter)

-- Edited by Mike Chorley on Friday 16th of November 2012 08:42:16 PM





Only one last week, Mike. Will see what this Sunday's WeBS count turns up

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11.25 - 13.30

Bottom Res:
Mallard 32
Embden Goose 3
Moorhen 2 juveniles, plus 3rd in the outflow to Golden Steps.
Black-headed Gull 32
Common Gull 1

Top Res:
Moorhen 2 adult
Coot 1 adult
Little Grebe 1 juvenile (looks like the others have decamped to Lake Suttill for the winter)

Magpie 10
Jackdaw 6 (minimum)
Woodpigeon 10
Carrion Crow 8 plus 2 overhead mobbing
Common Buzzard 1
Great Black-backed Gull 1 overhead
Lesser Black-backed Gull 10 overhead, mostly heading for High Moor Tip
Robin 8
Jay 1
Blue Tit 3 seen (several more heard)
Great Tit 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 heard
Long-tailed Tit party heard doing a circuit of the site
Mistle Thrush 2
Meadow Pipit c20 in the western horse paddocks
Goldfinch 20
Chaffinch 2
Blackbird 1
Wren 2

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Sunday 14th 13.45 - 15.30

Nicer weather than last time, but just as quiet!

Bottom reservoir:
Mallard 19
Moorhen 3 (1 juvenile)
Embden Goose 3
Black-headed Gull 1

Top reservoir:
Moorhen 1
Coot 2
Little Grebe 3 (all in winter plumage)

Lapwing 18 over, heading eastwards
Grey Wagtail 2
Bullfinch 2 on Holgate Street having a 'call and response' session.


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Sunday Sept 30th. 13.05 - 14.30

Very Quite

Bottom Res:
Mallard 28
Embden Goose 3
(later 2 juvenile Moorhen and 1 juvenile Grey Wagtail on the Golden Steps)

Top Res:
Tufted Duck 1m
Little Grebe 2
Coot 2

Best of the usuals:
Sparrowhawk 1f
Meadow Pipit 1 over (heard only 'invis'? mig)

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12.40 - 15.10

Bottom Res:
Mallard 29
Embden Goose 3
Coot 1
Moorhen 1 (adult) with 2 juvs on the Golden Steps outflow

Top Res:
Grey Wagtail 1 M
Mallard 6
Tufted Duck 1 eclipse M
Coot 2 (no sign of any juveniles)
Little Grebe 7 - 2 adult & 2 juveniles plus a distinctly separate group of 3 adults. (Following on from Bill Myerscough's comments elsewhere, I noted that each of the adult/juvenile pairs were well apart at the northern end of the reservoir)

Fairly quiet otherwise, among the more interesting stuff:
Willow Warbler 1 contact calls
Chiffchaff 2 atleast, with a mixed party of Great & Blue Tits (adult and juvenile), Chaffinch (2+) & Coal Tit (1 adult). Earlier 1 bird heard first contact calling then giving a brief snatch of song
Robin 4+ 1 adult with above party, 1 juvenile (begging calls heard) 2 others at least, with snatches of both subsong and sub-subsong() heard
Swallow 2
Black-headed Gull C 50 over
Bullfinch 1 heard

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11.35 - 13.05 A soggy slog in prolonged precipitation At least the Frog was probably enjoying the weather

Bottom res:
Mallard 28
Coot 1
Embden Goose 3

Top res:
Mallard 17
Tufted Duck 2m
Little Grebe 1
Coot 4, inc 2 juveniles (good job they're precocious water birds, as the nest is now submerged!)

Not a lot else, unsurprisingly
Song Thrush 2, having a sing off (but even they were under cover!)
Blackbird, Blackcap, Dunnock, Robin, Wren, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff all in song, the last also giving contact calls.
Also Long-tailed Tit and Jay

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12.30 - 15.00 Quite pleasant, despite the dull weather.

Bottom Res:
Mallard 13m 3 f
Moorhen 1
Embden Goose 3

Top Res:
Mallard 4m(1 already in eclipse) 1f with 4 ducklings
Coot pair with at least 2 downy chicks
Little Grebe pair
Tufted Duck m & f

best of the rest:
Grey Wagtail pair (Golden Steps)
Chiffchaff 2 singing, contact calls from a 3rd
Willow Warbler, Blackbird, Robin,Wren, Song Thrush - several birds singing
Wren 2+ juveniles
Song Thrush 3 juveniles
Coal Tit- alarm calls
Blackcap 1 singing

Surprisingly, given the weather, few hirundines
House Martin 1
Barn Swallow 2


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Stridulation

Had to look that one up, Mike - thanks for adding a new word to my vocabulary I'll try and use the word as often as I can

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The work on the new academy meant there was very little vehicular access to the site today, so quiet enough to hear the bumblebees foraging in the rhododendron flowers

Bottom Reservoir:
Mallard: 7 all drakes
Moorhen: 1
Embden Goose: 3

Top Reservoir:
Little Grebe: pair
Coot: pair
Canada Goose: pair

First Barn Swallows and Swifts of the year - up to 6 of each
Blackcap: 3 singing males
Green Woodpecker: 1 heard only
Starling: c12, flying to and from the hay meadow with beakfuls of food
Wren: 1 seen, carrying food, 6 more heard only
Chiffchaff: 2 minimum
Willow Warbler:6 minimum
Noticed something new (to me) with one of the Willow Warblers. The bird would raise its' wings, not quite shiver them and produce a thin, sharp call, almost like a stridulation. Before I saw the bird I thought it was either a grasshopper/cricket or a shrew. The bird was moving around in the branches doing this every few seconds for a minute or thw, then stopped and began singing. There was only a brief burst of song then it was back to the other display. It reminded me of the begging display I've seen used by female Robins just prior to mating.

Probable Common Buzzard, Bishop's Park area.
Large, fairly broad winged bird of prey heading n.w. at 13.35, quite low. The flight seemed quite ponderous, with very short glides between periods of flapping. Seemed to catch and eat something (large insect) in flight. Unfortunately poor light and distance made it difficult to pick out any detail

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For some reason part of the post has gone missing, despite an edit to correct it It seems the site doesn't like the use of the standard symbol for "increasing to"

Should read 18 - 21 Canada Geese, the largest number I've ever seen here
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11.50 -14.40. Not exactly warm, but dry and sunny

As this wasn't a Webs visit there was a nice wildfowl record! 18
Bottom Res:
Canada Goose: 18
Emben Goose: 3
Mallard: 3 - all males
Moorhen: 1
Coot: 1 (although when the Coot got too close to the Moorhen, rather surprisingly, it was Moorhen 1 Coot 0 )

Top Res:
Coot: 3
Little Grebe: 2 (pair)
Moorhen: 1
Canada Goose: 3 (probably in addition to the 18 on Bottom Res, but, when they disappeared and I re-checked Bottom Res there were only 16 in total)

Also 3 Mallard (f, 2m) paddling in one of the horse paddocks above Top Res.

Best of the rest:

Willow Warbler: 3 singing
ChiffChaff: 1 singing
Blackcap: 1 singing
Wren: 2 singing
Long-tailed Tit: 2+ pairs
Coal Tit: 1
Reed Bunting: M+F
Redwing: c12
Song Thrush: 1 singing (but the most unusual song I've ever heard from one. The double repetition meant that it must have been a Song Thrush, but I didn't recognise many of the usual phrases of these birds' song)

Plants, Mammals etc on t'other thread


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Webs: 12.05 - 14.05

Bottom Res:
Moorhen - 1
Canada Goose - 2
Embden Goose - 3
Mallard - 11

Top Res;
Black-headed Gull - 1
Grey Heron - 1
Canada Goose -2 (displayed then flew down to join the pair on Bottom Res.)
Tufted Duck - 2 (pair)
Coot - 3
Little Grebe - 3

Plenty of Robins in song, plus singing Goldfinch, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Bullfinch & Wren.

Greenfinch in song flight, Curlew overhead, Skylark (distant),
Grey Wagtail - 2 (Golden Steps) probably a pair, but still in winter plumage

plus usuals


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Webs. 12.05 -1.30

Very slippery underfoot, but, apart from the odd Jack Douglas impersonation, made it round unscathed

Bottom Res:
100 % iced over. The ice was thick enough to support a potential Darwin Award Winner and his child. Standing on the ice isn't a brilliant move, but kicking holes in it to test the thickness...

Bottom Res. Inflow:
Mallard c50
Embden Goose 3

Top Res:
Almost 100% iced over.
Moorhen 2 foraging around the benches at the viewpoint.

Best of the other 13 species seen:
Long-tailed Tit 4
Bullfinch 4 (inc 1 M)

Good passage of Lesser Black-backed Gulls over en route to High Moss



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1030-1200

mixed flock moving through of Great, Blue, Coal and Long-tailed Tits with a single Treecreeper.

38 Fieldfare and 8 Redwing feeding in a field adjacent to the main resevoir.




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