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RE: ASHWORTH MOOR RESERVOIR


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



-- Edited by Mike Cooper on Tuesday 29th of December 2015 07:33:42 PM

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Short-eared Owl still in same area South of the Reservoir  and into Lancs at 1600 today..



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Short-eared Owl hunting again tonight in the same area south of the Reservoir.

Larger than normal gull roost  containing a minimum of 110 Great Black-backed Gull's..

58 Goosander

 

 



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Mute Swan flew onto the reservoir at 0750. Unusual bird up here



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Short-eared Owl hunting around the south-side rough ground this evening during a lull in the drizzle.

Dipper and a Stonechat along the North shore this morning.

Best count so far this year (for me) of 54 Great Black-backed Gull's amongst a growing gull roost..

 



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13 Whooper Swan on the reservoir this morning 



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Sun evening 25/10 16:15-17:30 dark!!! Cold dull overcast light SE breeze

C goose 10
CorMorant 1over (to greenbooth?)
Mallard MF
Tufted Dluck 1M
Goosander 38 F

Lapwing 90

C gull 20
Lbb gull 40
B hd gull c 800

After dusk
L owl calling
Snipe at least 2 heard



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 25th of October 2015 08:06:10 PM

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No sign of the Scaup this afternoon.

Info thanks to Dave Ousey

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Female/immature Scaup present this morning.

Info thanks to David Winnard

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Merlin still in NW corner of the reservoir at 0730 this morning.. Perched up on West Bank wall..Still a few Meadow Pipits about ..

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A young male Merlin (possibly the same bird as last week) flew out from the north shore wall across the reservoir, fast and low dropping over the banking out of sight first thing this morning..
Also a Dipper on the exposed rocks by the inflow gully

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7 Greylag geese on the reservoir first thing this morning flew off East at 0750..



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2 Golden Plover in with the Lapwings this morning



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Last Wednesday I witnessed a Grey squirrel swim from the north shore to the island. Very bizarre. doh

Perhaps the rascal is at it again. The resident gulls went crazy, dive bombing and then circling. 



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Sun 11/10 15:30-14:30

As I arrived all gulls and lapwing got up from islands twice??

Lapwing c 90
Golden plover heard and eventually seen high up circled res and headed off north over moors
L Bb gull c 40
B had gull c 20
Tufted Duck 3m 2f
G c grebe 1 wp

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 11th of October 2015 04:41:19 PM

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Disturbed a Merlin with a recent kill this morning whilst walking the north bank wall..looked like a Pied Wagtail..

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Sun 16:15-19:00
3 g c grebes
6th tufted
goosander 18 fem
Scoter not seen at dusk fem & juv?
Teal fem
Mallard 18 (10 males
Snipe at least 1 heard at dusk
L Bb gull c. 200 late afternoon
B had gull c. 150 at dusk
C goose 55
Lapwing 50
P wagtail at least 30 - 25 at west end mud
Grey wagtail 1 inflow
G s woodpecker 1 flushed from willows at west end pond
Skylark 2 west
Meadow pipit flask of 18 early evening

Also barn owl hunting in fields below res at nightfall

Top of chessden brook from red
Chiffchaff 1
Gold rest 1
Moorhen heard

-- Edited by Mike c cooper on Sunday 4th of October 2015 08:12:18 PM

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An afternoon visit here today with Simon Gough after a visit Central Pools M/C and Kingsway Bus Pk in Rochdale produced hardly a single bird!

Of note...
2 fem Common Scoter
5 Tufted Duck
5 Goosander
1 Dunlin
1 Kestrel
1 Common Gull amongst the usual Gulls
2 Meadow Pipit
4 Pied Wagtail
...and a single Pied Wagtail probable juvenile that had a bright creamy yellow face.


-- Edited by Rob Creek on Sunday 4th of October 2015 05:52:28 PM

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A Grey Plover flew onto the exposed island at 0745 from the South and flew off North East at 0830..
Also present..
2 Common Scotor
Juv Dunlin
6 Tufted Duck

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Juv Dunlin and Snipe on the North shore this morning

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A Jay flying high over the Reservoir heading west and a Wheatear on the west wall was the best for me early this morning..

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Good turnout at last light tonight..
Smart moonrise too..
28 Wigeon.
2 Teal.
19 Mallard
3 Great Crested Grebe
34 Goosander
c100 Black headed Gull
c150 Lesser Black backed Gull
2 Common Gull
42 Lapwing
Single Wheatear near Yates Farm

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A Great White Egret flew onto the exposed Island at 0755 this morning.. Flew off NE almost immediately..
Also 28 Wigeon and a Dipper in the overflow..

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Wigeon, Wheatear and 2 Snipe this morning ..

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Common Scotor and 2 Redshank on the Res this morning

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2 Ringed Plover north shore this morning..
Grasshopper Warbler
Willow Warbler below Owd Betts

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2 Common Scoters still at 12pm today.

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3 Common Scotor this morning

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Common Scotor this morning...

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Flushed c10 Grey Partridge this morning walking the footpath below the South Bank...

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Redshank this morning .. Flew off high South at 0630..
Golden Plover flew over South .
2 Common Sandpiper
2 Grasshopper Warbler



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Originally posted yesterday by John Webb

birds seen at ashwoth moor resr today 18 july 2015,,great crested grebe 1 AD.....,common sandpiper 4 .....,canada goose 25 .....,l.b.b.gull 200.....,herring gull 2 .....,b.h.gull 12 .....,common gull 1 JUV ....swift 5 .....,house martin 7 ....,swallow 5 .....,pied wagtail 3 .....,grasshopper warbler 1 reeling .....,skylark 2in song .....,meadow pipit 3 .....,reed bunting 2 in song.thanks john webb

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Redshank this morning..
Curlew
2 Oystercatcher
Grasshopper Warbler

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Dipper in the overflow channel this morning.
2 Grasshopper Warbler
Common Sandpiper.
Also recovered an injured juvenile Canada Goose to Greenmount Wild Bird Sanctuary..now cleaning the car out.. Had no idea that one goose could crap so much..

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Fri eve 3/7 18:30-20:00 sunny cloudy spells cold strong he breeze

LBb gull 150 on res with at least another 100 in and out
H gull 1ad
B hd gull 2 ad 3juv & 2 imams

Goosander 13 f
G c grebe 1
C goose 41 ad moulting flock

Lapwing 48

P wagtail family party of 8 plus at least 6 imms on edge
Grey wagtail 1 h

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Cuckoo just south of the Res in Lancs this morning.
2 Grasshopper Warbler
Wheatear

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4 Common Sandpiper
Ringed Plover
9 Wheatear in field below South Bank.
3 Teal
Buzzard



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2 Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper this morning..


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