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Mon 21/5 10:00-13:00 hot sunny still at start becoming SE breeze

Raven 2 to West being mobbed by crows pitched in behind Ashworth view nursery

Oystercatcher get at least 1
Lapwing 5 on S shore and 2 defending territory from Crows
Curlew 3-4 at different times feeding drinking and washing in res
Dunlin 1 heard calling singing then flew off to the East
Common sandpiper at inlet outlet

Mallard 4 males
Canada geese liar with5 goslings on res

Herring gull 2 ad
L Bb gull c 60 on res at one time
B hd gulls a few

Dipper flew down outlet channel
Grey wagtail at outlet

[no wheatears again!!!]

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Morning visit...

6 + Swift
2+ Swallow
8+ Sand Martin
2 Common Sandpiper
1 Ringed Plover (W end next to the overflow - site tick for me )
2 Grey Wagtail
2 Pied Wagtail
24 Juv Lesser Black Backed Gull
2 Black Headed Gull
1 Lapwing
1 Curlew (below Dam)
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Meadow Pipit
Mallard
Skylark
Carrion Crow
Magpie
Canada Goose
Pheasant
Reed Bunting
Kestrel (hunting)

-- Edited by Barry Corless on Sunday 13th of May 2018 01:52:25 PM

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Sat 12/5 14:45-18:00 sunny and still becoming cloudy and col W breeze

Oystercatcher 1
Lapwing 3 on res then flew off west
Curlew several bubbling display flights

Common sandpiper 2 by inlet

Whimbrel 1 flying west calling

[no wheatears possibly due to noisy scrambling event in farm below res area]



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 12th of May 2018 08:45:05 PM

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This afternoon 14:00-16:00 in light rain

At least 5 female large and very tame (Greenland???) Wheatears on dam wall and embankment

Swallow at least 10 hawking around southern dam bump and wall
Sand Martin c 10 with the above

Curlew at least 1 bubbling

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7am - 8 am this morning

Res itself was quiet with a few Mallard and a handful of juv Herring gull
5 + Wheatear
4 Curlew
Many Meadow Pipit
5+ Reed Bunting
Skylark in early morning display flight
2 x Common Sandpiper on N.shore






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Wednesday 18th April Morning

 

2 Tree Pipit calling s they flew over, heading North-ish straight into Rossendale

2 White Wagtail

1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler

a tired male Wheatear - probably same bird since Monday eveing. 



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2 Shelduck, 2 Goldeneye and a White Wagtail at the reservoir this morning ..



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Weather not even close to Spring but birding more so this morning

Pied Wagtail (on the E. dam wall)
Curlew x 4 (1 in fields below the Dam, 3 flyovers at W end; much calling)
Mallard x 2 m
Canada Goose x 8 (paired up not in usual flock)
Lesser Black Back Gull (1 x adult, 2 x juv)
Herring Gull (several adult + juv)
Skylark x 2 (S bank display flights)
Carrion Crow
Jackdaw
Meadow Pipit (several displaying + flyovers (NW))
Wheatear 1 f (first of the year at W end on res wall)
Tufted Duck 1 m
Reed Bunting 1 m
Lapwing (display flights over fields below dam)
Black Head Gull (Gardens of big houses at N.side)

Non-birding (Much frog spawn evident in culverts / streams at W end)

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Curiously, not a single gull roosted this evening. A few herring and black headed gull passed through, but none stopped. Around the reservoir, 6 goldeneye, 4 goosander, 80 lapwing and a single curlew.



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Hail, snow wind plagued circuit of the res

V few birds

1 m Stonechat
50+ Lapwing
scattering of lesser black backed, herring and black headed gulls
2 Goldeneye



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5 Goldeneye
2 Goosander
1 Tufted Duck

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A quick NYD peek on the way home from Elton Res... c. 12:30pm

About 30 large gulls (mix of Herring, Lesser Black Backed and Great Black Backed) plus more coming in
About 35 Black Headed Gull
3 Goosander (1m, 2f)
1 Goldeneye (m)
2 Pied Wagtail
Large flock of Lapwing 40-50




-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 1st of January 2018 05:45:28 PM

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Quick visit for the roost this afternoo. Complete count of birds present:

Black Headed Gull 510

Common Gull     14

Herring Gull        4

Great Black Backed Gull 6

Goosander          20

Lapwing             165



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131 Goosander on the Res last light tonight with more still arriving .. 

2 Little Owl, Common Scoter, 10 Tufted Duck and 14 Great black-backed Gull also present ..

Also a very good looking pure white Black-headed Gull with black wingtips amongst the growing gull roost ..



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Nice view of a young Merlin on the South wall early this morning which appeared  in front of me, scattering the many Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtail..

6 Tufted Duck and a Wheatear also present..



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2 Scaup on the Res this evening , along with 62 Goosander, 3 Tufted Duck and a Great crested Grebe.. 3 Black-tailed Godwit flew in from the North, circled twice and continued South . .

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Mon 4/9 14:10-15:30 overcast light SW breeze muggy

G c grebe 2
Tufted 2 m
Goosander 15 f
cormorant 1< br />Buzzard dark bird over valley and lighter over res
Kestrel 1+
Sparrowhawk f flushed all lapwings and gulls from N shoe

Lapwing flocks of 60+66

B hd gull c. 120
L Bb gull c. 60

Swallow 8 South


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Mon 14/8 9:30-11:30 at first dull overcast cools SE breeze but brightened up from 10:30

Cormorant 1 on spit flew off and returned to south embankment bump
G c grebe 1 ad sp
Goosander FF
C goose 1 on res and flocks of 44 and 30 in Deepley Vale

L Bb gull c. 8 ad and 20 juvs/Imms
H gull 1 ad
B had gull 3 ad

Lapwing 63

Buzzard 1 ad with juv mobbed by Crows and Fem Kestrel

Swallow 30-40 in family parties migrating but most stopping to feed Juvs
Sand Martin 1 briefly feeding over res

Grey wagtail ad fem at overflow


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Early afternoon wander

** 2 d Common Scoter ** mid-reservoir still there at 13:45
1 common sandpiper - N shore
1 curlew - N shore
1 f goosander

Plus the usuals


-- Edited by Barry Corless on Sunday 2nd of July 2017 01:54:00 PM

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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!

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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

-- Edited by Mike Cooper on Monday 28th of November 2016 10:55:08 AM

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