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RE: Orrell Water Park


Late post for Tuesday . Birds seen .
Starling-4
Robin -3
Blackbird -6
Herring Gull -2
Carrion Crow -6
Jackdaw--4
Canada Goose -18
Black Headed Gull - c40
Ruddy Shelduck - 1
Coot - 12
Mallard -22
Great Crested Grebe - 3
Kingfisher -1
Long Tailed Tit -6
Blue Tit -10
Great Tit -8
Moorhen -4
Wood Pigeon -8
Collared Dove -5
Chaffinch -10
Dunnock -2
Greenfinch 6
Magpie -8
Goldfinch -3
Jay -1




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Pleasant late morning walk in showers and sunshine. Sightings included :-

Ruddy shelduck still present with the mallards and Canada geese on the main water.

8x greenfinch, 5x chaffinch, blue tit, great tit, 2 x nuthatch and singles of coal tit, willow tit at the feeding station

Grey wagtail in the surrounding farmland



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esc Ruddy Shelduck still present yesterday (Thu 24th)

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Ruddy Shelduck still present this morning. Save money these summer holidays, don't take the kids to the zoo, take them to see this bird for free biggrin



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Barnacle Geese in the county were all considered of feral origins until one in a small flock contained a ringed bird which proved that it (and probably all of them) were truly wild, so anything is possible smile



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Thanks for the picture Mark & the info John.

Using these last two posts I can now say that this isn't the individual that turned up a couple of times in 2016 at Newchurch Common. That wasn't wingclipped or indeed had no signs of ever having been. It was ultra wary too, I had to crouch behind a hedge and stalk it to get closer for pictures, never as close os Marks, even digiscoping. Still, as Ian says - mine was also still only Cat E. This species will always be guilty until proven innocent!!



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Happened to be passing again

Ruddy Shelduck much tamer this time, and right wing is obviously clipped - couldn't see this before

Cat E or otherwise, they breed in SE Europe & are migratory, often appearing in the UK. One day there will be evidence of natural migration, so it's worth checking

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Still present this morning. Very attractive despite dubious origins!



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John Watson wrote:

Ruddy Shelduck still at 4pm, by CP

Definitely no jewelry, primaries seem unclipped though possibly slightly short indicating 1cy perhaps ?
Much more cautious than the Canadas it was with, reluctantly came to bread supplied by someone


  Category E I'm afraid.



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Ruddy Shelduck still at 4pm, by CP

Definitely no jewelry, primaries seem unclipped though possibly slightly short indicating 1cy perhaps ?
Much more cautious than the Canadas it was with, reluctantly came to bread supplied by someone

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And indeed ruddy shelduck still present amidst the other waterfowl in the same location this afternoon



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Ruddy Shelduck still present adjacent to the car park

 

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Ruddy shelduck was approachable this morning amongst the mallards & Canada geese, it has no rings & was holding its right leg up a lot even when feeding.
Female mandarin
2 great crested grebe
At the feeders...
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Coal tit
Blue tit
Great tit
Collared dove
Blackbird
Robin
Moorhen

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Ruddy Shelduck on bottom lake today, info thanks to Peter Alker



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A friend of mine has just text me a photo of a Ruddy Shelduck on the bottom lake. Can't tell from the photo if it has any rings on though. 



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Male and female Yellowhammer, Willow Tit and Goldcrest at the feeding station today

 

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Today 12 - 2pm

Grey Heron, Mallard (30+), Black -headed Gull (c 40), Canada Goose (15), Great crested Grebe (2)

Robin,Wren, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Willow Tit (1)

Yellowhammer (2), Chiffchaff (6), Goldcrest (2), Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jay and Skylark singing over field near Park Road.

 

Mike



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Early afternoon walk in bright sunshine yielded:-

Yellowhammer (2), Chiffchaff (6), Goldcrest (2), Great crested Grebe (2)

Plus several Robin, Wren, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit

 

 

Mike



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Today 2-3pm

Willow Tit and Goldcrest at the feeding station.

Also pair of Great Crested Grebe on the upper reservoir.

Mike



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24 Goosander on pond

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Brambling at the feeding station today with 50+ Chaffinch

 



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Goosander 4 redheads on the upper lake



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A minimum count of 27 Snipe in the same winter cereal field between the water park and Winstanley College playing fields again today.

Info thanks to Peter Alker

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19 Snipe sat in middle of a field of winter cereal between Orrell Water Park and Winstanley College playing field this morning. Presumably dropped in by the weather.

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Single redhead Goosander present this evening.

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Three yellowhammers showing well at the feeding station recently.



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great crested grebe 1
Canada goose 7
mallard lots
coot 5
yellowhammer 1
wood pigeon 8
swallow 6
grey wagtail 2
robin 6
blackbird 7
garden warbler 1
lesser whitethroat 1
whitethroat 1
blackcap 6 (4m 2f)
chiffchaff 3
willow warbler 1
long tailed tit 2
willow tit 1
coal tit 1
blue tit 8
great tit 7
magpie 10
carrion crow 4
starling 4
jay 1
chaffinch 10
greenfinch 3
reed bunting 1

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Pair of Great Crested Grebes - on nest incubating

also male Mandarin Duck



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Late post for yesterday
Top pond
male mandarin
mallard 25
Canada goose 12
moorhen 5
coot 7

bottom pond
great crested grebe 2
coot 6
mallard 11

feeding station
blackbird 5
chaffinch 10
greenfinch 4
brambling 1
dunnock
goldcrest 2
magpie 4
robin 4
moorhen 3
goldfinch 21
collared dove 6
wood pigeon 10
blue tit 12
great tit 6
long tailed tit 4

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Lunchtime walk in the snow yielded:-

Drake Mandarin by the car park

Great crested grebe x3 upper reservoir

On the feeders

Brambling x1

Great spotted Woodpecker

Several Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Blackbird, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Dunnock and Collared Dove

 



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Water Rail showing well in the Greenslate Meadows LNR at Orrell Water Park, in the swamp between the lakes and feeding station, also in that area Grey Wagtail, Willow Tit and a male Siskin on the feeders. Drake Mandarin on the island of the upper reservoir



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A single willow tit on Sunday in the water meadows section (which looks like its taken a lot of water recently!)



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Today

Drake Mandarin on lower reservoir

At the feeding station:-

Great spotted Woodpecker 1(m)

Nuthatch

c10 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch alas no Brambling

Great Tit, Blue Tit

Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock

 

Mike

 

 



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Walk around the Water `park and surrounding fields 12- 2pm today yielded:-

Drake Mandarin (lower reservoir)

c30 Canada Geese

2 Great crested Grebe

c40 Black headed Gull

2 Mistle Thrush

On feeders:- Chaffinch, Greenfinch,Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Robin, Dunnock - alas no Brambling but 3 brown rats!

 

Mike 



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Mandarin drake on upper lake at 3.00pm today.

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Drake Mandarin associating with Mallards on lower reservoir at 12.30 pm today

 

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Drake Mandarin today on the lower lake by the car park



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Plenty blackcap and chiffchaff at a very busy OWP. Also a pair of bullfinch, a willow tit, a kestrel and a pair of nuthatch on a quick visit this pm.

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A male blackcap showed particularly well this morning, just past the feeding station.

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No sign of the Waxwing so far this morning.

Info thanks to Peter Alker

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Waxwing still present again this morning.

Info thanks to Peter Alker

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I got there around 4 due to road blocks and no sign of the waxwing. I had a walk around the water park and saw only:
4 domestic ducks
47 mallards
3 great crested grebes
4 coots
7 black headed gulls
Several small flocks of goldfinch.

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Great view of the female Waxwing oppsite car park at 3.30. Thanks for the effort with the apples on the branches.

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Female Waxwing in the usual garden again this morning.

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Single waxwing posing nicely & feeding occasionally on the apples in the usual garden between 4.10-4-50pm smile

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Single Waxwing still in the garden opposite the entrance to the water park this morning.

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Waxwing present again in her favourite garden this morning.

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The female Waxwing arrived in the usual garden at 07:30 this morning.

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The Waxwing is still present in the usual garden this morning.

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Single Waxwing present in the usual garden at 4.30pm today

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