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ASHWORTH MOOR RESERVOIR


My first visit up here for a while and was rewarded with a stunning summer plumage Mediterranean Gull. 20:00 - 20:30

Also around

13 Goosander

3 Great Crested Grebe

1 Grasshopper Warbler

 

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Single dunlin on shore below owd betts at mid day cheers andrew

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A walk around the res this morning...

South Bank
Wheatear (2f)
Usual Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit
Reed Bunting (2m)

On the res
2 x Canada Geese + 2 gooslings
c. 10 Lesser Black Backed Gull
8 Mallard
6 Black Headed Gull

North Shore
Common Sandpiper
Grasshopper Warbler (reeling)
3 x Curlew (flyover calling)

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Greenshank over at 20.15,calling constantly and flying due north,very high,not wise in peregrine country.I was in Sutherland last week watching these on breeding grounds,did find a nest.This is obviously an Iceland/Greenland bird I think

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2 Arctic Tern through NE this morning .. also 2 Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper 



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visit today at lunch time in anticipation of some  terns but 1 Whimbrel, a Yellow Wagtail and approx. 20 Wheatear were the highlights - 3 Great Crested Grebe too.  Quite a few gulls on too - 1-2 immature Great Black Backed Gulls and over 10 immature Herring Gulls

 

 



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7 Oysterfatchers flew in frin east at 12:30 and settled on southern embankment
Water level dropping hopefully for wader passage latet this spring summer and autumn

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2 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Stonechat and a Grasshopper Warbler this morning 



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Late post for yesterday 17/04/ 1720 - 1810

Canada Goose x 14
Linnet x 5
Magpie x 2
Great Crested Grebe x 1
Tufted Duck x 4
Wheatear x 12
Swallow x 6
Pied Wagtail x 25
Skylark x 1
Carrion Crow x 4
Common Sandpiper x 1
Herring Gull x 4
Lesser Black-backed Gull x 4
Mallard x 3
Meadow Pipit x 10
Reed Bunting x 9

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Single male Wheatear this morning along with 6 Pied Wagtails, 4 Curlew, 4 Goldeneye and a single Great Crested Grebe.



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This afternoon,solitary male wheatear on southern edge of reservoir.

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This morning's offerings as we try for the 1st Wheatear...

Stonechat x 2 1m (have to be one of best looking birds in full breeding plummage) + 1f
Curlew 4+ chasing each other around the resevoir calling
Couple of parachuting Meadow Pipits
Many Skylarks in song
One very harassed female Mallard with 5 males in tow
One loved up pair of Canada Geese
A lone Great Crested Grebe
Male and female resident Pied Wagtails
10-12 Lapwing on North Shore stones until disturbed by dog walker
1 x tufted duck m

But no Wheatear yet


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A wander round this afternoon between 13:15 and 14:30

Of interest...

Goosander (red head)
Cormorant x 1 (unusual for here)
Great Crested Grebe x 2
Goldeneye 2M 1F
Curlew x 2 (heard a few more)
Oystercatcher x 1
Canada Goose x 2
Pied Wagtails (3 M 1 F)


Still no Wheatear tho'

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9/3 14:20-16:20 lovely spring afternoon with cold SW breeze

Canada goose 16
Mallard MM
Goldeneye M displaying to F plus imm M
G c grebe 1 wp

Lapwing 26 on rock pile N shore
Oystercatcher 4 feeding on S then N shore
Curlew 12 with 3 in pairs displaying / in territory

Pied wagtail MF
Skylark 1 singing


[no Wheatears yet]

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Lovely still clear evening 5/2 16:30-17:20

Lapwing 130 on north shore edge
Canada goose 23
Goldeneye 2 ad M , imm M and F

Small gull roost but good numbers of larger gulls

B hd Gull c 300
G Bb gull 11 ad 4 Imms
Herring gull 46 ad 69 Imms
Common gull 15 including 2 very dark grey birds (Eastern ??)


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2/2 16:00-17:00 dull damp cold blustery SE wind

Goosander MF M
Lapwing c 120

B hd gull c. 1,000
Herring gull 8 Imms
L Bb gull 2 ads
G Bb gull ad 2 Imms
Common gull c. 40

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Sun29/1 15:40-16:50 cold damp dull, light SE breeze

Goldeneye ad M imm M 3 X F
Goosander MMM 8x F

B hd Gull 1,000+
Common Gull c. 90
L Bb Gull 2
Herring Gull 12

Lapwing c. 150 on north shore stone mound

Grey wagtail at least 1 heard
Mistle thrush on barn conversion lawn

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The large numbers of Herring Gull seem to have moved on over Christmas/New Year, just 26 here tonight, but large numbers of Great Black-backed Gull, 

Great Black-backed Gull - 225 - 3rd highest count in Rochdale

Herring Gull - 26

Common Gull - 200

Black-headed Gull - 2400

Goldeneye - 4 (2f, 2 imm m)

Goosander - 13

 

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A juv Iceland Gull roosted tonight, a different bird to the one a few weeks back. Numbers of larger gulls are well down from early/mid December with only 30 Herring Gull tonight (1532 only a few weeks ago!).

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Bitterly cold this afternoon 26/12 15:20-16:10

Very difficult viewing conditions in strong WSW wind

B hd gull c.600
G bb gull c. 15
Herring gull c 40
Common gull c. 80
L Bb gull c 30

Goldeneye fem & imm male
Goosander mff
Scaup 1f

Poss fem red breasted merganser flew in with fem Goosander from Deeply Vale circled and departed the same way. Smaller slimmer and darker than Goosander with only inner secondaries white?

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Scaup still present this morning.. 3 Goldeneye also on the reservoir.. 

2 Stonechat, Grey Wagtail and 3 Meadow Pipit along the North bank..



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Single Scaup, 4 Goldeneye, 100+ Lapwing and 25 Fieldfare this morning.



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First thing this morning ...

Scaup still present along with 4 Goldeneye and 2 Tufted Duck..

 



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Scaup still at the Reservoir along with 2 Goldeneye



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Scaup and 2 Goldeneye first thing this morning



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13:00-13:55 pm
1 Scaup
1 GoldenEye
18 Goosander
80+ Lapwings

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Juvenile Iceland Gull present in the evening roost up until 16.10 at least. Also 42 GBB, 32 LBB, 550 Herring, c50 Common and 1150 Black Headed Gull. Also 18 Goosander and 2 Goldeneye.



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Juv iceland gull currently on the reservoir 

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A 2 hour stint from 14:40-16:40 in lovely conditions, amazing light - still and cloudless but very cold, -1c on car dash when I got back to the car.

I was expecting small numbers of gulls today but I was wrong, many coming in after sunset.

1532 Herring Gull (half coming in after sunset)

2200 Black-headed Gull

62 Great Black-backed Gull

75 Lesser Black-backed Gull

150 Common Gull

197 Lapwing

31 Goosander

2 Snipe

2 Goldeneye

1 Little Owl

 

Time to warm up so I can feel my fingers and toes properly!

Dave



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2576 Black-headed Gull Mike ;) Dave

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Sun 27/11 15:00-16:30 dull overcast cold ENE breeze with Dave winners clicking the black headed gulls onto the res

B hd gull 1576

H gull c. 800
G Bb gull at least 59
L Bb gull c. 60
C gull c 50

Lapwing 23

P wagtail at least 6
Grey wagtail 1 heard Goosander 13m & 19 f Goldeneye at least 1fem

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Flat calm conditions and blue skies for a change up here (3pm - 4.40pm);

1 adult winter Mediterranean Gull 

813 Herring Gull

152 Lesser Black-backed Gull

62 Great Black-backed Gull

150 Common Gull

3000+ Black-headed Gull

2 Goldeneye (f)

24 Goosander

2 Mallard

8 Pied Wagtail

124 Lapwing

 

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Huge gull roost for the last two evenings, both the records of Herring Gull smash the previously highest count of this species in Rochdale by some margin (previous highest 450).

19th November

1 adult Yellow-legged Gull

980 Herring Gull

102 Lesser Black-backed Gull

78 Great Black-backed Gull

3000 Black-headed Gull

250 Common Gull

 

20th November

1492 Herring Gull

92 Great Black-backed Gull

120 Lesser Black-backed Gull

2100 Black-headed Gull

300 Common Gull Dave



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Sun 20/11 13:45-14:25 cold scattering of snow l NW breeze

Goldeneye 1f
C goose 93
Goosander 1m

Lapwing 141 cold weather caused?

B hd gull 50
G Bb gull 25 ads
H gull 133 about half ads
L Bb gull 23

Stonechat mf in sapling E of run off
Fieldfare 18 in hawthorns further along E run off steam


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Last light tonight..

Goldeneye.

5 Wigeon.

62 Goosander.

Large Gull roost containing 61 Great Black-backed Gull and a Black-headed Gull still with a full summer hood which has been roosting for a while now.

181 Lapwing

c100 Fieldfare north..

Little Owl



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Sun 6/11 15:15-17:00 cold dull drizzle cold NW wind

Whooper Swan5 adults announced there presence overhead by trumpeting call headed east towards Rochdale town centre at 15:30

C goose 18 towards greenbooth

Lapwing two flocks roosting totalling 76

Goosander 1m & 11f
Mallard
Tufted 1m

B hd gull c. 500
G Bb gull 14
L Bb gull 13
Herring gull 28
Common gull 54





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12 Tufted Duck (11m1f) is the largest flock on here since the 28th Sept 1997.

119 Lapwing

16 Canada Goose

19 Goosander

 

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Early doors this morning

Dipper in the overflow.

Goldeneye.

2 Wigeon.

6 Teal.

11 Tufted Duck

2 Great Crested Grebe

3 Redpoll over south

2 Linnet

2 Jay over west.

Sparrowhawk

2 Snipe



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Thurs 6/10 15:30-17:30 sunny and cloudy spells strong cold NE wind

Tufted Duck 8 males continually diving (feeding?)
G c grebe 2 (sp&wp)

Meadow pipits parties of 8/6/6 migrants?

Chessden brook bridge/mill area

Dipper 4 (family?)

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Sat 24/9 9:39-11:00 cloudy and dull at first sub breaking thro strong SW breeze

C Goose 1
Tufted Duck 6 (5m)
Wigeon 2 Ecl m + f
G c grebe 2 sp&wp

Lapwing 80 flock
B headed gull 120
Common gull 1 2y
L Bb gull 1 imm

Pied wagtail 2
Grey wagtail 1
Meadow pipits 1 & 2s plus party of 6

Raven 2 juv

Valley
Dipper 2
B tit 2
G tit 3

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This morning ..

2 Wheatear..

Little Owl

 1 Swallow over flying south ..



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Sedge Warbler on the reservoir north shore this evening..

4 Wigeon

2 Tufted Duck

3 Great crested Grebe

44 Goosander

 

 



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14 live Goosander and 1 freshly dead Female,1G.C.Grebe,circa 60 Lapwing

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Quick visit 2/9 11:15-12:00 cloudy cool sw wind

Grey wagtail 1 west or wintering? Plus another called later

G c grebe 1 still going into wp

Swallow 2s & 1s& 2s. Plus c 20 gathering at Ashworth fold farm on way back to
Heywood

C gull 2 ads

B had gull 7
L bb gulling then off w, Goosander f

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Stroll this lunch 11:45-12:45 in c ool ssw wind under sunny, cloudy spells

Lbb gull prob c 200 in total with birds leaving and arriving c 70% juvs
B hd .gull c 30
Lapwing c 40 on rubble pile

G c grebe 1 ad sp
Tufted Duck 1m

Wheatear 2 f/imm
Swallow 6 n , 3w and 1 feeding
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This morning. Redshank. Peregrine taking a pigeon above Yates. 2 Raven.

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Last night,South of reservoir,

2 Swift
2 Stonechat
Grasshopper warbler
Male and Female Whinchat-never seen a male with so much white in flight,almost looked Albino,




cheers ,Dave

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Think they were 2 ads and 3 juvs.

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Many thanks to Andy Swift for tipping me off this morning and to Dave Ousey for taking me over to see them. Great birds to see locally.

also seen this morning

flock of c80 lapwings

2 ravens flew west

steady stream of lesser black-backed gulls passing through with c50, the most on the res at any one time

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5 Avocet's have just departed flying South easterly 13:37pm
Cheers Steven

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