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RE: Orrell Water Park


3-4pm today

3 Brambling at the feeding station
Reed Bunting
2 Great Crested Grebe in fine breeding plumage on the upper reservoir.

Cheers Mike

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Beautiful hour from 9am. Highlights were a great crested grebe on the upper lake, a willow tit and about 5 brambling at the feeding station, and reed buntings and a pair of yellowhammers around the brook.

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2-3pm today

At the feeders :-
Willow Tit
Reed bunting
Greenfinch
Chaffinch
Blue Tit
Great Tit

Many many Robin singing.
Sadly no Brambling or Kingfisher but this was compensated by a fine
male Grey Wagtail on the bottom reservoir where it flows out of the park.

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The feeders were being replenished when I arrived this morning.

Sadly no Bramblings for me. Lots of Chaffinches, Long Tailed Tits,Blue and Great Tits plus a Coal Tit and a Starling.
Highlights would be a Willow Tit and a pair of Greenfinches.

Two pairs of Canada Geese on the main lake with several Coots, a Moorhen and loads of Mallards.

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Highlights this afternoon were Bramblings again, Reed Buntings, a pair of Bullfinches, a Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk.

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Kingfisher showing quite well again this morning 10am, she's become a bit of a celebrity now with the dog walkers. I understand she's even survived a brush with a sparrowhawk...(They breed em tough in Wigan)

Other birds of note include bramblings, Long-tailed Tit and a few Reed Buntings.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 15th of February 2013 02:38:43 PM

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7 Brambling and 1 Willow Tit at the feeding station this morning, 3 male Reed Bunting also in the reserve. 10 Siskin and a single Fieldfare in trees by the top lake

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Some nice birds today.

At least 8 Bramblings on the feeders along with a Great spotted woodpecker.

1 Yellowhammer feeding on the stream edge down from the feeders.

2 Siskins in the hedgerow along the top fishing pond.

Some good groups of Long tailed tits all over the site.

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A bright and windy hour from 10am produced around 6 Bramblings, plenty of long tailed tits and a kingfisher flew upstream and perched up on a stump about 15 20 metres after the bridge. No yellowhammers.

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Good numbers of Brambling this morning 11am, at least 8 at the feeders.

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10-11am today

The Water Park transformed by the deep snow. Birding highlights were:-

4 Brambling at the feeding station
1 Redwing
Jay
3 Yellowhammer

Mike

-- Edited by munsworth on Saturday 26th of January 2013 11:59:26 AM

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11am this mornings highlights,
2 GS Woodpeckers, 3 Brambling, 1 Reed Bunting and a cracking Kingfisher showed well for 20 mins.


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Noon today

4 Brambling at the feeding station today

Mike

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At least 3 Brambling at the feeding station today.

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3 Brambling at the feeding station this morning. 6 Tufted Duck on the lower lake is a good count for this site.

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A single Waxwing flew north over Longshaw (immediately south of the water park) at 08:25 this morning.

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Single Swallow south at 9.30 this morning.

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Brambling over Longshaw near Orrell Water park this morning.

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Approximately 200 Meadow Pipits south over this morning, but probably a lot more!

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17-05-12 Evening

Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 - Pair feeding noisy chicks - Grey squirrel crossed nest hole but thankfully didnt explore
Nuthatch 2 - Pair busy visiting nest hole with food
Blackcap 4 (2m 2f)
Chiffchaff 3 singing
Willow Warbler 1
House Sparrow 3
Chaffinch 6
Greenfinch 2
Song Thrush 1
Blackbird 3
Robin 3
Wren 2
Swallow 3 over lake
Common Swift 2 over
Heron 1
Black-headed Gull 1
Coot 3
Moorhen 2

Highlight - Female Red deer chasing fox from field (Upholland nearby)

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afternoon visit for an hour to a place i've not been to for years
chiffchaff 3, more heard
bullfinch(f) 1
greenfinch 2
siskin(f) 1
reed bunting 2 (1m 1f)
yellowhammer 2 (1m 1f)
kestrel 1 over towards winstanley college
loads of great,blue,coal and long tailed tits
i will come back again but it will have to be early morning at the weekend when its less busy


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Afternoon stroll this afternoon in lovely spring sunshine yielded

2 Chiffchaff (my first of the year)
Sparrowhawk (f) scattered all the birds on the feeders
Reed Bunting - 2m 1f
Yellowhammer - 2 singing
Coal Tit - 1
Several Greenfinch,Chaffinch, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Wren.

Mike Unsworth

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Over this morning:

9 Buzzard
2 Peregrine
2 Kestrel
2 Sparrowhawk
53 Chaffinch heading high SE

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6 Crossbills flew east at 09:35 this morning, just south of Orrell Water Park.

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165 then 80 Pink-footed Geese east over at 08:50 on the 18th and Brambling present.

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At the feeding station today birds included 1 Brambling, 70+ Chaffinch, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 8 boisterous Starlings feeding on fat

-- Edited by dave broome on Saturday 17th of December 2011 03:04:05 PM

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Single Crossbill SW at 08:45 this morning.

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2 Crossbills south at 9am today.

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8 Crossbills flew over SW at 08:20 yesterday (1st)

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Single Brambling over south at first light today.

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Another 120 Fieldfare flew over south this evening.

A total of 6 Swallows flew south today, with at least 4 Redwing.

12 Lesser Redpoll were ringed just south of the water park, including 4 cracking adult males; really pink birds. Also 5 Goldcrest were ringed too.

A Kingfisher on the fishing lakes daily has been showing quite well for the last few weeks.

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180 Fieldfare west and 4 Swallow south this morning.

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Just south of the water park today some passage early morning was clearly evident and in included:

6 Swallows
Quite a few Siskins but often too high to see
Two small flocks of Tree Sparrows totalling about 18 birds
Best of all though was a single Hawfinch!!!

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A morning ringing session yesterday (4th) produced:

Two Grasshopper Warblers (only one actually caught though) and a further individual trapped and ringed at the same location last Friday (2nd).

12 Chiffchaff ringed with plenty more around.

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Tree Pipit over at 9am this morning.

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On the 24th April a male Yellow Wagtail was just outside the southern boundary of Orrell Water Park and also 6 Blackcaps were singing, which is a good number for the site.

There was a male Brambling at the feeding station on Friday (22nd) and 2 Common Tern went through on that date also.

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13-3-11
Several yellowhammers(all looking in top condition)
3 reed buntings,lots of chaffinch all feeding on the fence near the feeding station.
4 brambling on the station
Greenfinches,robin,pair of dunnocks
Buzzard and kestrel in the field behind
Winstanley college.


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Oystercatcher flew over on the evening on the 23rd February.

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Reed Buntings, Yellowhammers, Bramblings and a Sparrowhawk sending the docile Wood Pigeons skyward were the highlights this afternoon.

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12 Brambling at the feeding station today
also in the vicinity Yellowhammer, 3+ Reed Bunting and probably 100+ Chaffinch

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1-2pm Today

Around the feeding station

Brambling 6
Coal Tit 1
Willow Tit 1
Yellowhammer 1
Reed Bunting 8
Plus lots of Chaffinch,Greenfinch. Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, Robin.

Unfortunately didn't see any Siskin or Redpoll. no.gif

Mike

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Bramblings. siskin, yellowhammer and a PEREGRINE were the highlights this afternoon

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Single male Brambling showing well at the feeding station early afternoon (ranger informed there had been 5 Bramlings earlier in the day)
Siskins and Redpoll with Goldfinch flock in the trees between the 2nd Pond and Feeding station.
GSW put in a quick appearance
Coal Tit and Nuthatch also at feeding station
plus all the usual

-- Edited by Raymond Ashcroft on Saturday 22nd of January 2011 04:05:57 PM

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Bramblings
Kestrel
Yellowhammers
Kingfisher (heard)
GS woodpecker

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Siskins, bramblings, yellowhammers, reed buntings, a kestrel and a single male bullfinch were the highlights this morning.

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Bramblings a plenty,2 yellowhammers, a siskin and a willow tit were the highlights today.

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6 Bramblings at the feeding station this morning, where there are also good numbers of Chaffinch. Also around the south end of the park were a mixed flock of a few dozen Goldfinch & Siskin, a few Reed Buntings and singles of Treecreeper, Yellowhammer and Willow Tit. Kingfisher also seen around the reserve by another observer.

-- Edited by dave broome on Monday 3rd of January 2011 01:33:55 PM

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Mid morning and a blatent borough twitch,1 brambling

lots of goodies at the feeding station,nice to park and tick,and just cos birding in wigan is so easywink.gif,park at the junction of tracks lane and greenslate rd take the obvious public footpath,feeding station is to the left,15 mins tops job done.

onwards an upwards geoffwink.gifwink.gifbiggrin.gif

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Today:

70 Pink-footed Geese north-west
3+ Bramblings
Water Rail
6 Waxwing reported in tree tops by car park with others he couldn't see (per. Ian Greenhalgh).

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Not a problem Jon, thanks very much.

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