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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

Cheers Steven

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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



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 28th of November 2016 05:29:47 PM

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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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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
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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
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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

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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

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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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