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ASHWORTH MOOR RESERVOIR


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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-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 26th of August 2016 06:39:53 PM

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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

cheers Kevin



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

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Record shot taken this morning of 5 Avocets, we think two are juveniles. 

Thanks to Kevin and Andrew.

Regards Brian.

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5 Avocets still there 12.17pm

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5 Avocets still present at 10:20

Info thanks to Kevin Lister

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5 x avocet on south shore still present at 9.45 cheers andrew

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This morning;

Grey Partridge on the track to Yates.

Common Sandpiper in the overflow.

2 juv Stonechat below the south bank.

4 Kestrel, including 2 juv

 Willow Warbler near Yates

 

 



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First thing this morning . 3 Redshank Common Sandpiper Little ringed Plover Great crested Grebe

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Fairly large passage of Swifts and Sand Martins north across the reservoir at 10.30 this morning. Meadow Pipits calling with display flights and Reed Bunting calling. 5 adult and 1 Juvenile lesser Black Backed Gulls and 1 adult Herring Gull on the water. 1 larger raptor seen from the van which didn't look Buzzard like, but unable stop to check it out as I was approaching the reservoir.

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Early doors this morning. Redshank Common Sandpiper 2 Grasshopper Warbler

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Hi Ian

 

There was a reason why the I did put "possibility" and "might" in my sentence.

 

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Hi Sarfraz

I suggested a fox (for example) may have eaten one of the gulls, not killed it. My observation was simply that there were two dead gulls together - something I hadn't seen at this site before. Not raising alarm bells, just making a note.

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Or perhaps the bird was just poorly Sarfraz as is the way with gulls feeding on stinking tips and the likes. There's usually plenty of dying birds as the weather heats up particularly with botulism and they are most obvious on stone-lined reservoirs. No need to cry foul play just yet.

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Hi Steve

I saw a dead Lesser Black Backed Gull adult last year n probably a similar location.  I doubt a Fox would have caught it or any other mammalian predator.  It was not really consumed so possibility of foul play might exist?

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A flock of 32 Curlew on the South shore spit at last light tonight was testament to a great breeding season for them up here, c20+ were smaller juveniles but difficult to tell exact numbers in the fading light..



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Sun 29/5 15:20-17:10 hot sunny clear l NE breeze

Mediterranean gull adult summer plumages bird drifted in from south with LBb Gull landed on res and started washing preening only there 2-3 minutes as moved off while I was sketching it

Pochard. 3 drakes

Common sandp 1 north shore

H gull ad with 50 L Bb gulls when I first arrived

Swift 7 hawking over west end of res
Sand Martin 1

-- Edited by Mike Cooper on Sunday 29th of May 2016 05:41:56 PM

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Mike I noticed the willow warbler singing in the few willows at the side of Edenfield Road a couple of days ago. If it's a migrant it's having a bit of a rest. May be in residence, which would be an interesting location.

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Fri 27/5 late lunchtime stroll 13:20-14:20 sunny cloudy spells cool NE breeze

Lbb gull c 100
H gull 1ad
B had gull 5

Curlew at least 3
Lapwing 5

Wheatear m singing
Willow warbler singing from north shore or over road migrant?

Starling c 120 mostly jugs feeding on embankment


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c15.00-16.40

Common Sandpiper 1
Curlew 1 (heard)
Swifts 20+

On the South-western shore - 2 dead gulls. One was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, the other probably an immature Lesser Black-backed Gull. The latter was on its back and partially devoured, exposing pink flesh and sternum - perhaps after a fox or Great Black-backed Gull had eaten it? Both corpses seemed fresh. Impossible to say if there has been any foul play, but can't help wondering if someone has been taking pot-shots as gulls have drifted on to the reservoir from the South. Note: the corpses couldn't be seen closely because of the perimeter wall.

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1 Whimbrel this afternoon and more importantly a pair of Curlew with at least 3 chicks,fantastic news concidering the weather.one of my earliest records for chicks.

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2 Whimbrel flushed on reservoir bank at 11.00 and flew down onto new turbine field

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14 Whimbrel on North shore at 17.00 today,stayed at least 45 minutes and were bathing and being very vocal

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2 Whimbrel and an Arctic Tern flew straight through NE at 0725



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Greenshank on the north shore this morning ..

2 Common Sandpiper



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Single Greenshank flew through north at 0620..



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13 Greenshank on the N shore spit this evening .. All flew off NE towards Greenbooth Res..

A Whitethroat also on the North shore was an unusual one for me here..

2 Common Sandpiper

6 Goosander



-- Edited by rob archer on Monday 9th of May 2016 08:07:14 PM



-- Edited by rob archer on Monday 9th of May 2016 09:37:28 PM

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Fri 15/4 12:30-13:30 pleasant and productive walk along southern side cold, slight SE cold breeze ovcast

Oystercatcher 1 across res and landed bird in'th field
Raven E across res towards greenbooth mobbed by Crow

Goldeneye mf
Mallard M

Lbb gull 5
B headed gull 2

Curlew several seen and heard bubbling to On all sides of res
Lapwing pair in Territory

Sand Martin 1E
Swallow 1E &3 feeding
Wheatear mf at least my first here this year!!
White wagtail f associating with m Pied

Sparrowhawk m Hunting around embankment circling older because cinamon face and breast

[possible grasshopper warbler heard reeling by new turbine]

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 15th of April 2016 02:57:14 PM

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Green sandpiper flushed off the flats just West of the reservoir tonight.

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10-11 3/4 sun breaking out cold ese breeze

Curlew 2 pairs

Kestrel mf cop in deeply vale

Grey wagtail

No wheatears!!!!!

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07:45 - 08:45 misty, drizzle

4-5 Curlew in flight on S and W sides
3m 2f Wheatear S bank
1m White Wagtail
1m 1f Stonechat N shore
2m 1f Goldeneye W end (first time I've seen them here)

Plenty of Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail

Couple of Canada Geese,

Skylark and Reed Bunting heard



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Sat 2/4 7:30-7:40 low cloud dul rain cold ees wind looking for wheatears ring ouzels brought down by overnight rain

Curlew 3 at east end 2 south side and 2 west end

Lapwing 1 d/t over soil heap on hill

Possible golden plover heard repeated plaintive piping from bird in'th field when first arrived??

Herring gull c 60
L Bb gull 10
B hd gull 8

P wagtail mff
G wagtail m west run off
Goosander mf
Mallard mf

Skylark at least 3 singing
M pipit d and about 8
R bunting 2 m s



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 2nd of April 2016 10:26:08 AM

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Fri 25/3 8:30-9:10 sunny clear some clouds cold www wind

Canada goose 21
Mallard mf
Goldeneye mf

herring gull 12 non adults B had gull 12Lapwing 1 d/t fields to east
Curlew 2 singing d/t

Skylark 2 singing
Meadow pipit 4 singing
Reed bunting 2 m singing
Pied wagtail mf

No wheatears nor sand martins perhaps later today as it warms up

-- Edited by Mike Cooper on Friday 25th of March 2016 11:08:37 AM

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18:00-19:15 pm 23/3/16
19 Goosander
4 Oystercatchers
6 Curlews
2 Lesser Black backed gulls and 5 Black headed Gulls only

Cheers Steven


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Can add to Robs report that 4 Dunlin flew the length of the reservoir in a south easterly direction at approx 1630 hrs.

Regards Brian and Geoff.



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Short-eared Owl again tonight ( Possibly the same dark looking bird seen on the 11th March)  hunting mainly around the heather above and east of Owd Betts.

3 Goldeneye

10 Curlew appeared to be roosting along the north shore below Owd Betts.

Oystercatcher

c500 Lesser Black-backed Gull onto and off the Res, flying off primarily West towards Fishmoor Res

 



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5 Whooper Swan this morning.. 



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Sun 13/3 16:20-18:40 sunny misty later cold NE breeze

Goldeneye 2m 1f
Goosander 10m 12 f
Grey lag goose 3 on north shore with 2 Canada's then on res but disappeared didn't see / hear them leave? May be my first for site??
Mallard mf

H gull c 300
Lbb gull c 250
G Bb gull c 30 arrived about 17:00
B had gull c30

Gulls left to east from about 17:30 then the rest west at 18:00 may have been walkers disturbance on north shore ?

Grey wagtail mf in west over flow channel
Pied wagtail at least 4 pairs

Kestrel m hunting
Meadow pipit 1 over
Skylark 1 singing over south embankment
Curlew 1+2+heard

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Short-eared Owl hunting along north shore tonight.

3 Goldeneye



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1830hrs brief stop as I was passing

9 Goosander
300 Black-headed Gull
20 Common Gull
150 Lesser Black-backed Gull
5 Herring Gull

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Fri 19/2 10:30-11:00 quck visit as forecast showed the only sun we may see this weekend but alas no cold s breeze, dull, with misty drizzle and dusting of snow on whistle pick and holcombe moor

this didn't put of a harbinger of Spring my earliest ever Curlew flew over res to east plaintively calling with same or another heard calling in the distance later

Bhd Gull c. 120 some attaining full s p hoods

H Gull 2 imms

L Bb Gull 4

common gull c. 20

lapwing 60 sheltering on rock pile below Owd Betts

 



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Saturday afternoon

Meager pickings c. 15:30

Pied Wagtail on the South reservoir banks
Mixture of gulls on the water (Black headed, Herring, Great Black Back, Lesser Black Back)
M Stonechat on top of the rubble pile next to the new turbine



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Sun 17/1 14:45-16:30 Overcast cold light snow showers cold E light breeze

stonechat 2M2F on embankment by road gate

H Gull c. 250

G Bb gull c. 20

L Bb gull c. 40

Common Gull c. 40

Black headed gull c. 400

grey wagtail 1 west overflow channel



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Between 1130/1215 hrs today in the field between the new turbine and Yates barns were a minimum of four female and two male Stonechats, also present were two Meadow Pipits and six Reed bunting.

Regards Brian and Geoff.



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Ian McKerchar wrote:

Originally posted today by Brian Kirkwood:

Huge numbers of Gulls passing over the Irwell valley this afternoon all heading towards Ashworth moor, so scope collected, and drove up to the reservoir, below is the best count I could manage in the mist, rain and failing light.

It should be noted that I gave up when I could no longer see at around 1615 hours, but gulls were still arriving in large numbers.

Black-headed.......2150.

Common..............450.

Herring/Lesser Black-backed.....1100 mostly immature and difficult to separate in those conditions.

I think the above is conservative, as the total could be well over 4000.

Regards Brian. 





Just noticed this oost,its very interesting as the roost at Heaton Park reservoir has been severely reduced this winter due to the reservoir being partially drained to get rid of the blue green algae which has affected it.Its extremely likely that these are birds that used to use HPR as a roost,as there are large numbers of gulls feeding at Pilsworth Landfill,but only a proportion are using HPR to roost.It might be worth keeping a check on Ashworth Moor as this winter there as I have already seen a few Yellow Legged Gulls,a Glaucous Gull and one or two Caspians Gulls at HPR.They could also well be using Ashworth Moor as they are not seen all the time at HPR.

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Originally posted today by Brian Kirkwood:

Huge numbers of Gulls passing over the Irwell valley this afternoon all heading towards Ashworth moor, so scope collected, and drove up to the reservoir, below is the best count I could manage in the mist, rain and failing light.

It should be noted that I gave up when I could no longer see at around 1615 hours, but gulls were still arriving in large numbers.

Black-headed.......2150.

Common..............450.

Herring/Lesser Black-backed.....1100 mostly immature and difficult to separate in those conditions.

I think the above is conservative, as the total could be well over 4000.

Regards Brian. 



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Morning stroll to clear the xmas cobwebs 29/12 9:45-12:30 cloudy sunny spells cold SE breeze

 constant in and out of large gulls all morning must have involved 

200-300 herring gulls

10 G Bb gulls

10 L Bb gulls

2 common gulls

30 bhd gulls

Yellow legged gull 2 winter black primaries, v dark tertials dark grey mantle ringed bill dark eye striped sides of neck chest

Lapwing 26

goldeneye 1fem

valley

stock dove 2



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