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Just to add to Brian's post. When Mark and I joined him, viewing from the SW bay of White Holme, he had already seen the bird on the rocky island and it had relocated to the far sandy spit and was working its way left round the shore. At the point marked 'X' on the map it was flushed by a crow and flew, first a little right, but quickly doubled back and made straight for the south end of Warland. It lost elevation and appeared to be landing however, despite a good search it was not re-found.

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A repeat performance today for me, several miles walked, hours on site, 1 wheatear and a few meadow pipits to show for the effort. A very difficult bird to connect with.



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i refound the bairds sandpiper this morning at about 07.15 on the rocky small island on whiteholme res, i was joined about 08.00 by john raynor and mark rigby, the bird then relocated to the far left hand side of the res but we stayed at the end of the res closest to the manchester border just in case the bird should fly to warland res like it did yesterday, thankfully we saw it fly of the shoreline of whiteholme res and followed it continously has it flew over the moor directly for warland res and only lost it has it dropped down towards warland res, looking at johns map the bird clearly flew through manchester airspace, which if accepted will be a county tick for all 3 of us.



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Glad to hear the Baird Sandpiper was still present on White Holme res. this evening , as I left I saw a man get out of his car with a shotgun and dog.
Hope it's about tomorrow ( 2nd time lucky ... maybe? ).


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Was lucky enough to be on site, albeit at the wrong end of the res, when the bird was re-found around 17:50 feeding in the small bays in the western corner of White Holme Res. Views were good and a small water tank provided shelter from the wind. This is apparently the same area of the res where the bird was initially found yesterday, so despite it apparently venturing over to Light Hazzels and Warlands, it seems to be showing some loyalty to this area of White Holme.
Baird's was a long-overdue tick for me and was definitely becoming a bogey-bird after dipping four at various places over the last few years! Brilliant little wader! Happy days!

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brian fielding wrote:

bairds sandpiper reported has again present on whiteholme res this evening, like colin a made the trip up there twice today and dipped twice, walking well over 10 miles, when the bird is on warland res it is very close to the manchester border although viewing difficult due to main path along warland res being closed which would give better views into the many inlets along the east shore, all in all a very bad dip but thats birding i suppose, nice to see some familiar faces up there today, might have another go tomorrow if my legs have recovered by then!





The creek where Andy saw it IS the GM boundary. Clearly marked on OS Explorer OL21. Nice to see you albeit with nothing to show from all that hiking but sore legs

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Baird's Sandpiper still present on White Holme Res at 19.00 feeding on small rocky island

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bairds sandpiper reported has again present on whiteholme res this evening, like colin a made the trip up there twice today and dipped twice, walking well over 10 miles, when the bird is on warland res it is very close to the manchester border although viewing difficult due to main path along warland res being closed which would give better views into the many inlets along the east shore, all in all a very bad dip but thats birding i suppose, nice to see some familiar faces up there today, might have another go tomorrow if my legs have recovered by then!



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I spent about 3 hours on site today and walked about 7 miles but the only bird of note was a peregrine over Warland reservoir. I have no doubts that the bird was still present, but it's a big site and very difficult viewing, and nobody present had seen the bird or had any clear idea as to exactly where it had been seen. It wouldn't surprise me if it turns up again on White Holme res. 



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Baird's Sandpiper on Warland Reservoir (just NW of White Holme Res) at 2:30pm at least today. In the bay on the south eastern side but very difficult to view and probably still in West Yorkshire but very close to the county boundary.

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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2 Little Tern > west through Light Hazzles Res, 10:17.

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female Common Scoter on Blackstone Edge Reservoir this morning

no sign of Knot at Light Hazzles, 3 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover were present and a Greenshank circled and flew NE seemingly having come off Whiteholme Res

 



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A Knot on Light Hazzles Reservoir this morning was a bit of a Rochdale mega, being my first in the borough since 1986!

Also 2 Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper 

 



-- Edited by Simon Hitchen on Thursday 18th of May 2017 11:21:16 PM

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A pair of Pintail on Blackstone Edge Tesr this afternoon 



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Long-tailed Duck still present late afternoon at the western end
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Long- tailed duck still here this afternoon



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The Long tailed Duck showed quite well at the White House end of Blackstone Edge Reservoir around 2pm. It was seen by others at 5-30pm and finally at 6-15pm in failing light.

David Ousey.



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Long-tailed duck still present at 07.35 - 8 years to the day since the last one turned up in Rochdale at Piethorne Reservoir.



-- Edited by David Winnard on Friday 21st of October 2016 10:23:35 AM

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A fem/imm Long-tailed duck on Blackstone Edge reservoir this afternoon and still present at dusk - originally found by Yorkie birders



-- Edited by Simon Hitchen on Thursday 20th of October 2016 07:35:19 PM

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Today during hot weather:
Yellow wagtail juvenile on dam of Blackstone edge res
2 Common sandpipers - Blackstone edge res
2 Wheatear - Blackstone edge res
Peregrine on pylon
2 Red grouse on Moor
2 Skylark
Family of Meadow pipits - White Holme res

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Today during hot weather: Yellow wagtail juvenile on dam of Light Hazels 2 Common sandpipers - light hazzles 2 Wheatear - light hazzles Peregrine on pylon 2 Red grouse on Moor 2 Skylark Family of Meadow pipits - Warrant reservoir

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Sun6/3 14:30-17:30 cold an inch of snow on ground sunny clouding over later cold N breeze

Teal 3 on rusty pool next to chelate res below edge

Mallard pair light hazzles

Red grouse 2 pairs feeding plus 1 calling towards wayland res on maturing heather in fenced enclosure above light hazzles res


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Spent an hour or so around here today hoping for a Twite or two and, seeing as its not a million miles from Axletree Edge, thought there might be a possibility of Dotterel (although admittedly that's like hoping to find a needle in a haystack in a field of haystacks). Unfortunately it was pretty windy with showers so not a lot moving.

Wheatear 3, Red Grouse 4, Common Sandpiper 1, plus a few Meadow Pipits, Reed bunting, and a Pied Wagtail.

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A walk this evening with Cath, to Warland Res from the Whitehouse, produced 1 Peg sat on rock between blackstone edge and whiteholme, seen from some distance. 2 Common Sandpiper and approx 8 Wheatear most female/juv type but with 1 male.

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Originally posted today by Dave Hill:

Blackstone Edge Reservoir 7.00pm last night, four Twite(2pairs),3 common sand,pair of greylag geese,redshank,golden plover and a pair and a single grey partridge,

one of my better visits and left a good feeling for a change

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There was no sign of the Common Scoter this pm. However, a Golden Plover was feeding on the shoreline on Warland Reservoir.

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Thanks Steve, on way back from Marshside Southport after getting my first Baikal Teal. If I can get there before the light goes then I will have a quick look but it sounds like she may have gone.
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Hi Rob,

I was up there yesterday pm and checked the resr twice with no sign of it. There was very little else about apart from a pair of Ravens along the Pennine Way. However we saw 3 passerines, one showing a lot of white on the wings (so may well have been Snow Buntings). These were along the track which runs north from Blackstone Edge Resr over Byron Edge i.e. parallel but to the east of the Pennine Way. Due to rain and cold our binoculars were so fogged up we didn't get a clear view of the birds and didn't want to hang around looking for them as we were wet and cold cry

Good luck if you try for them.

Steve

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Dave Colton wrote:

Common Scoter still present 13:20 - 14:00 today.

About 30-40mtrs off the dam wall, lots of preening, wing flapping and tail shaking going on, maybe preparing to move on?






Anyone know if this bird is still here or has she flown?

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Common Scoter still present 13:20 - 14:00 today.

About 30-40mtrs off the dam wall, lots of preening, wing flapping and tail shaking going on, maybe preparing to move on?

Very little else seen and very cold!!

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Female Common Scoter still showing well from dam wall

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Common scoter showing well from the Pennine Way in lovely bright conditions this dinner time. Also a lone meadow pipit over.

Chris

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Female Common Scoter still present on Blackstone Edge Reservoir this afternoon

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Female Common Scoter still present Blackstone Edge reservoir,excellent photograph opportunities giving appreciation views down to 40 feet from dam wall.
Cheers Alan

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Female Common Scoter still on Blackstone Edge Resr at 3pm close into the dam above the Pennine Way. It spent a lot of time swimming with its head just under the water.

5+ Red Grouse calling from the moors around Light Hazzles and Warland Resrs. One bird was observed feeding on heather shoots.



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Female Common Scoter present on Blackstone Edge Reservoir at 10:50 this morning and showing very well to within 40ft.

Info thanks to Alan Nuttall

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Sun 2/9 16:00 - 18:30

Moor onto edge

Wheatear 17 F/imm
Meadow Pipit 24 (one party of 14)
Kestrel F
Swallow 1

Nothing on Res

Do you still get Red Grouse up here wither side of road?????



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Originally posted by Alan Nuttall today:

Blackstone Edge,A 1st winter/female Black Redstart present for at least 45mins this morning.The bird was flying from bank to pumping bridge and wall.This bird first time in Rochdale for me! Cheers Alan

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Originally posted by Simon Hitchen Saturday 7th July:

15 Shelduck on Blackstone Edge Res'r this evening ( 3 adults and 12 juvs) - the most I've ever seen in Rochdale

Also a stonking male summer plumaged Grey Plover on White Holme Resr - was flushed by a Peregrine at 19:00 but unfortunately couldn't get it to fly into GM airspace! Also 2 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover and an Oystercatcher here - really need to get Rochdale to invade Calderdale to get White Holme into GM where it belongs!

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3 Whinchat nr. Light Hazzles Res'r this morning - also 2 Wheatear.

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A Rock Pipit at Blackstone Edge Res'r this morning on the rocky shoreline by Turvin Rd. It showed some characteristics of 'littoralis'. Also a Stonechat here.

Simon Hitchen



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 8th of August 2010 12:24:35 PM

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