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A couple of hours walking round the water park and Greenslate Meadows late this morning in surprisingly-nice weather. A few highlights:

  • Goldcrest and chiffchaffs singing in the trees at the corner near the railway station. Blackcaps singing in the trees near the feeders. No other warblers to be seen or heard.
  • Great crested grebes and coots nesting by the island on the top pond.
  • Two pairs of willow tits at the Lakeside Avenue end. Nuthatch calling from the same area.
  • Just one ruddy shelduck to be found.

Only my second visit, as well as enjoying the walk I'm impressed that it's so litter free!



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Afternoon walk

Canada Goose (8), Mallard (19), Coot (8),Ruddy Shelduck (2), Black headed Gull (17), Great crested Grebe (2), Moorhen, 

Magpie, Jay, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Great spotted Woodpecker,

Willow Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long tailed Tit,

Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Dunnock.

Blackbird, Song Thrush



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You're welcome. It's not to say that anybody shouldn't go and see them if they wish to do so. I record them on my WeBS count there and they brighten up the car park. Just that nobody should be under any illusion about their origin



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dave broome wrote:

These individuals would indeed be classed as category E birds as per the BOU, therefore not forming part of the British list (albeit that Ruddy Shelduck is also included in category B (on account of apparently wild birds between 1800 and 1949) and category D (birds having occurred where there is reasonable doubt about their wild status). The Orrell Water Park birds are clearly escapes from captivity, quite possibly from a collection a mile away which contains this species, or possibly even deliberate introductions. Being very confiding and hanging around the throng of car park puddleducks they presumably add a bit of interest for people feeding the Mallards and geese. They also add a bit of variety on the WeBS count. Other than that they reside firmly in category E, alongside such species as Ostrich, Wild Turkey, Laughing Kookaburra and Toco Toucan.

https://www.bou.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/british-list-category-e-2018-02-05.pdf





Great explanation, Thanks Dave!

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2 Ruddy Shelducks (both un-ringed but evidence of wing-pinioning) and 3 Goosander

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Saw them on Thursday. Both clipped & associating with other flightless plastic Anas Heinzii

I'm sure there are wild birds around, but definitely not this pair

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These individuals would indeed be classed as category E birds as per the BOU, therefore not forming part of the British list (albeit that Ruddy Shelduck is also included in category B (on account of apparently wild birds between 1800 and 1949) and category D (birds having occurred where there is reasonable doubt about their wild status). The Orrell Water Park birds are clearly escapes from captivity, quite possibly from a collection a mile away which contains this species, or possibly even deliberate introductions. Being very confiding and hanging around the throng of car park puddleducks they presumably add a bit of interest for people feeding the Mallards and geese. They also add a bit of variety on the WeBS count. Other than that they reside firmly in category E, alongside such species as Ostrich, Wild Turkey, Laughing Kookaburra and Toco Toucan.

https://www.bou.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/british-list-category-e-2018-02-05.pdf

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Are these Ruddy Shelduck Category E??

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Brownlow Farm, approx 1 mile from Orrell Water Park, had several Ruddy Shelduck among a collection of waterfowl on its pond recently

-- Edited by dave broome on Thursday 1st of March 2018 07:36:34 AM

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Took a flying visit to Orrell Water Park this afternoon to see the two Ruddy Shelducks (see pics) Both showing really well as the water is mostly frozen.

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There is an Orrell Park on the outskirts of Liverpool & Bootle - just for info.

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Originally posted today by Neil Gordon:

2 ruddy shelduck at the water park today via an rspb Liverpool member .birds photographed together



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Post for Wednesday the 14th Feb.Extremely cold.The paths were flooded.
Mallard x40
Mute Swan x2
Coot x6
Carrion Crow x4
Ruddy Shelduck x1
Long Tailed Tit x6
Chaffinch x8
Wood Pigeon x 12
Great Tit x 4
Blue Tit x 8
Blackbird x 4
Robin x 3
Goldfinch x6
Great Crested Grebe x1
Greenfinch x 1
Siskin x 1

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Ruddy Shelduck today



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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



-- Edited by dave broome on Thursday 10th of August 2017 11:48:59 AM

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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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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

-- Edited by steven burke on Saturday 24th of June 2017 03:55:14 PM

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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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-- Edited by munsworth on Wednesday 5th of April 2017 03:09:37 PM

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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

 

 

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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.

Info thanks to Peter Alker

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Single redhead Goosander present this evening.

Info thanks to Peter Alker

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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

 

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-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 4th of December 2015 04:54:30 PM

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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!

 

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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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