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RE: Orrell Water Park


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.

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Waxwing still present again this morning.

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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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Waxwing stil present this morning.

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Good views of the Waxwing at 10.15am!!!

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 22nd of February 2015 03:20:57 PM

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Waxwing was in trees opposite the garden at 09.30 but flew off over the houses about 10 mins later.

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Waxwing still present this morning in the usual garden.

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Adult female Waxwing still with us this morning in the usual garden.

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Waxwing still present this morning in the garden opposite the entrance.

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Waxwing present at 3.45 today, in the trees inside the water park opposite the garden. Seemed very content preening itself and watching the other garden birds feeding. Lovely bird.

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Waxwing still present this morning in the garden opposite the entrance.

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Single Waxwing still present in the usual garden at 2pm today

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Waxwing still present this morning in the garden opposite the entrance.

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Late news for yesterday (17th February)

Good views of the Waxwing, in its usual place at 2.30pm.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 18th of February 2015 07:51:15 AM

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Waxwing still present in the garden this morning.

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Yep I was told that Rob, that's excellent news. I was also told that more problems occur in the week, not at weekends when a pallet can (if needed) be put across the drive to make it more obvious that it's a private property. I have had emails regarding this, so it is an appeal from the residents, not just idle speculation. But I am sure that members on here, having read Ians posts are behaving better than some visitors from further afield who may not read this forum and therefore not be aware of any requests made on here. I have contacted the pagers again to add the request about staying out of gardens, and they put that out in their message today smile

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Doc Brewster wrote:

Ian McKerchar wrote:

Waxwing present again this morning in the garden opposite the entrance to the water park.

Please remember to park in the water park car park itself and not along the road by the houses please.





Please also remember that the gardens are private. Birders/photographers have been entering the gardens which is not really acceptable. The bird is easily viewed and shows really well from the public rights of way outside the gardens. The news is being put out really quickly on a daily basis so I think it is the least we can do to bear the residents wishes in mind smile




...impeccable behaviour yesterday from everyone whilst I was there. I can 100% categorically state that I didn't see anyone enter any gardens yesterday.
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Ian McKerchar wrote:

Waxwing present again this morning in the garden opposite the entrance to the water park.

Please remember to park in the water park car park itself and not along the road by the houses please.





Please also remember that the gardens are private. Birders/photographers have been entering the gardens which is not really acceptable. The bird is easily viewed and shows really well from the public rights of way outside the gardens. The news is being put out really quickly on a daily basis so I think it is the least we can do to bear the residents wishes in mind smile


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Waxwing present again this morning in the garden opposite the entrance to the water park.

Please remember to park in the water park car park itself and not along the road by the houses please.

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In case you haven't read Peter's excellent account here is the link

http://btoringing.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-return-of-waxwing.html

Cheers John

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Mark Jarrett wrote:

Rob Creek wrote:

Everything but the Waxwing after nearly 2 hours around the area.


I parked up and sure enough the WAXWING had turned up.





Are you following me around Greater Manchester and Lancashire Rob, or am I following you? :)

Arrived at 10.45 and only one other birder there. After ten minutes it flew in giving great views and moving around the garden a fair bit. Had a walk round the lodges missing out on the Kingfisher but had the bonus of a Peregrine on the M6 at Standish and a pair of Buzzard over the M65 back in East Lancs.



Certainly seems like we're picking the same places Mark.
One lady in the park that lived 2 doors up on the side street reported she had 2 Waxwings in her Silver Birch this morning. She also told us she'd just seen a Water Rail near the park feeders but I missed out on it. Just remembered I had a Grey Wagtail though!

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Rob Creek wrote:

Everything but the Waxwing after nearly 2 hours around the area.


I parked up and sure enough the WAXWING had turned up.





Are you following me around Greater Manchester and Lancashire Rob, or am I following you? :)

Arrived at 10.45 and only one other birder there. After ten minutes it flew in giving great views and moving around the garden a fair bit. Had a walk round the lodges missing out on the Kingfisher but had the bonus of a Peregrine on the M6 at Standish and a pair of Buzzard over the M65 back in East Lancs.

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also Coal and Willow Tit on feeder in the garden by the entrance, Kingfisher on the top lodge, singing Goldcrest .

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 15th of February 2015 06:08:42 PM





Thanks Ian,
I'm glad you've posted that as I had a Willow Tit on the garden feeder too but another birder said it wasn't, so I was doubting myself then but I was sure it was a Willow Tit.

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also Coal and Willow Tit on feeder in the garden by the entrance, Kingfisher on the top lodge, singing Goldcrest .

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 15th of February 2015 06:08:42 PM

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Everything but the Waxwing after nearly 2 hours around the area.

At the garden feeders...
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Robin
Blackbird
Collared Dove

Same birds almost at park feeders except to add a Nuthatch and 2 Moorhen

1 Sparrowhawk through the park
2 Buzzard over
Lots of usuals around the lake

Got in the car and started to pull out of the car park and I could see some people pointing up into one of the park trees.
I parked up and sure enough the WAXWING had turned up.
Perched on top of the tree for a while then made its way down to the apple feeding tree. It gave extensive good viewing. The nextdoor neighbours of the chosen garden were out too watching the bird.
Quality viewing that stopped me dashing up to Shard Bridge on the Fylde for Tundra Bean and Barnacle Goose. So on way to Lunt to see what's on offer.

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Great to see the waxwing this morning at about 8.50. I know it's been mentioned already but it's amazing that in a non influx year this single bird has chosen to come back to the same garden as previous years

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Managed to see the waxwing in the tree at 12:00 today. A stunning lifer, and I was able to get some very nice shots as it dug in to an applebiggrin

Also a male yellowhammer by the park feeders

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Waxwing and male Blackcap present this morning.

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Rob Creek wrote:

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Watched the Waxwing feeding on the "apple tree" early afternoon - amazing how this lone bird from the big 2013 group found its way back to this Orrell garden especially in a winter when there have been so few seen in this country biggrin
Edited by sid ashton on Saturday 14th of February 2015 04:23:44 PM



Might go for this tomorrow Sid. I presume that was the group that lingered on well after the winter. There was an absolute shed load of them over at Arnott Cresent in Moss Side from around November 2012. I watched them a few times as I just happened to be delivering in the City Centre nearby.
-- Edited by Rob Creek on Saturday 14th of February 2015 06:59:23 PM


Yes Rob I believe that some of that group were still around in May.

If you are going tomorrow be aware that the A577 from J26 on the M6 is closed and a diversion through Skelmeresdale is needed.

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sid ashton wrote:

Watched the Waxwing feeding on the "apple tree" early afternoon - amazing how this lone bird from the big 2013 group found its way back to this Orrell garden especially in a winter when there have been so few seen in this country biggrin

-- Edited by sid ashton on Saturday 14th of February 2015 04:23:44 PM



My sentiments exactly as regards one bird on its own returning to the exact same place two years later
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sid ashton wrote:

Watched the Waxwing feeding on the "apple tree" early afternoon - amazing how this lone bird from the big 2013 group found its way back to this Orrell garden especially in a winter when there have been so few seen in this country biggrin

-- Edited by sid ashton on Saturday 14th of February 2015 04:23:44 PM





Might go for this tomorrow Sid. I presume that was the group that lingered on well after the winter. There was an absolute shed load of them over at Arnott Cresent in Moss Side from around November 2012. I watched them a few times as I just happened to be delivering in the City Centre nearby.

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Saturday 14th of February 2015 06:59:23 PM

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Watched the Waxwing feeding on the "apple tree" early afternoon - amazing how this lone bird from the big 2013 group found its way back to this Orrell garden especially in a winter when there have been so few seen in this country biggrin

-- Edited by sid ashton on Saturday 14th of February 2015 04:23:44 PM

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Male Blackcap also present in the same garden as the Waxwing this morning.

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Single Waxwing still present in the usual garden at 12.30pm today

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8.30am Waxing perched on the top of a tree in the park - opposite the garden with feeders.

I'd somehow managed to avoid seeing this bird on two previous visits - third time lucky

-- Edited by Phil Barnett on Friday 13th of February 2015 09:33:13 AM

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

Whilst the Waxwing has been present on and off most of today, may I remind visiting birders and photographers yet again NOT to park along the street please, but instead to use the water park car park.

Whilst the effect of parking along the road may be perceived as having minimal impact, its accumulative effect day after day by those visiting does have a significant impact for residents and traffic using the road.





Saw the Waxwing first thing this morning, watched on my own for an hour as it fed on the apples opposite the walk-in entrance to the park a small way past the entrance to the car park. Whilst there I mentioned Ians request to 2 lots of visiting birders who had parked on the street and both moved their cars to the car park. To be fair to them the requests have been on here rather than the info networks (up until today) so they never knew of this request. The car park is free, has lots of room and is only a few yards away from where the Waxwing is on the apples. I also asked RBA Pagers to put out that visitors should park in the car park & then walk to the bird, which they have done in every message since I rang it in around 10am this morning. Peter & Ian are good enough to keep all birders updated so the least we can do is respect the resident's wishes smile

Just for extra info the bird is in the garden opposite the park just after Lodge Road turns into Greenslate Road, you can't miss all the feeders and numerous halved apples in the tree in this garden smile This is at approx grid ref SD531035.


-- Edited by Doc Brewster on Thursday 12th of February 2015 05:13:25 PM

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Waxwing still showing well when I left @15-10
Other birds seen kingfisher,blue tit,great tit,goldfinch,bullfinch,chaffinch,greenfinch,dunnock,robin,wren,treecreeper,wren,blackbird,moorhen,mallard,coot,Canada goose,blackmheaded gull,pied wagtail, no sign of mandarin,

-- Edited by Bernard McGurrin on Thursday 12th of February 2015 04:58:18 PM

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Whilst the Waxwing has been present on and off most of today, may I remind visiting birders and photographers yet again NOT to park along the street please, but instead to use the water park car park.

Whilst the effect of parking along the road may be perceived as having minimal impact, its accumulative effect day after day by those visiting does have a significant impact for residents and traffic using the road.

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