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RE: ASHWORTH MOOR RESERVOIR


Sun 15/2 14:45-16:45 clear sunny misty later still then cold e breeze towards dusk

Canada goose 81
Lapwing 95

Goosander 25 (8m)

Herring gull c 40 mostly ad
L Bb gull c 10
C gull c 20
B hd gulls c 300
G Bb gull 2ad +1 imm

Goldfinch 5 west end

Cheesden brook
Fieldfare 25 plus 10 starlings
Dipper flying upstream



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Afternoon visit turned up

Pied Wagtail and more unusually for the site a Grey Wagtail
Two Skylarks (first of the year)
Goosander x 2 (red heads)

plus

Herring Gull
Black Headed Gull
Canada Geese
Lapwing

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Rob Creek wrote:

rob archer wrote:

1st winter Iceland Gull briefly on the Res this morning.. Flew off East at 0905






...are you thinking it could possibly be the same bird as the one seen at Elton Res within the hour Rob???



The Iceland Gull seen at Elton this morning was an Adult bird not a First Winter so not the same Bird.
Seems there has been some movement of Iceland Gulls going off other sightings also being reported in GM.
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rob archer wrote:

1st winter Iceland Gull briefly on the Res this morning.. Flew off East at 0905






...are you thinking it could possibly be the same bird as the one seen at Elton Res within the hour Rob???


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1st winter Iceland Gull briefly on the Res this morning.. Flew off East at 0905

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0750 to 1000hrs..
Single Pink-footed Goose in with Canada Geese
Buzzard
Pair of Stonechat
c150 Lapwing



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4 Whooper Swan flew onto the Res at 10.45 from the East..
Still there at 11.15.
Rob

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Strange one this morning... A Great Tit flew out of the overflow channel..?
Rob..


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Late one from Sunday afternoon c.14:30

Almost a full house of gulls...

Great black backed x 4
Lesser black backed x 3
Black headed x loads
Herring x 12 (a number of juv

Goosander x 3 (2m, 1f)
Canada Goose x 2
Mallard x 3 (2m, 1f)
Lapwing x 15



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Quick visit at lunchtime today 13:15-13:45 before cold drove me into my car

Strong www cold wind res full

11 Canada geese
22 b hd gulls - hundreds in valley flying up cheesden brook

kestrel fem hunting

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Sat 17/1 11:30-12:15 cold sunny spells snow showers sledging with grand daughter

Bhd gull 4
C gull 6
Kestrel f hunting
Raven with carrion

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Sun 11/1 15:00 strong SW wind very cold dull
Goosander mmmmfff

G Bb gull 7 ad
B hd gull c 30

P wagtail 1

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Mon 5/1 14:15-14:45 cold dull damp still

Goosander mmfffff
Canada goose 20+

G Bb gull 2ad a 3y and a 1y
H gull 2ad 2y and three 1ys
Common gull c. 20
B hd gull c 60

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Male Merlin tonight flew fast and low South across the Reservoir at last light tonight...putting up a Meadow Pipit which it chased high into the sky against a fantastic sunset but lost sight of it when dropping low again..
Not seen a Merlin here in December before.. Also,
54 Goosander
c600 mixed flock Common/Black-headed Gull
Kestrel
c50 Fieldfare..
Rob

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Mon 1/12 14:15-15:00

Goosander m
Tufted m

GBb gull 1 ad
H gull 12
L Bb gull c 20
C gull 29
B hd gull c 40

P wagtail 1


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Mon 24/11 12:45-13:15 bright still cold

Mallard MMF
Goldeneye 1F
Tufted Duck M

Lapwing 14 very active and lots of bobbing bowing - display???

B hd gull c 80
L Bb Gil 4
C gull 10

P wagtail 3
Linnet 1
Meadow pipit 5

-- Edited by Mike c cooper on Monday 24th of November 2014 04:03:44 PM

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 24th of November 2014 05:22:48 PM

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Woodcock flying low along the Reservoir banking last light tonight was a new one for me up here.. Rob

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Mid Morning
Calm and quiet.
Goldeneye brownheads x 2
Canada Geese x 73 flew in.
GBB Gull x 1
Lapwing x 4

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Long walk today high on the Moors and Edges above and around the Reservoir ( Mostly in Lancs) trying to track down Craig's possible sighting from yesterday.. Nothing found by me unfortunately but 2 Twite flew off the Moors over Ramsbottom towards Holcombe at around 1130..
Rob

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Drake Scaup still present at least until 1pm today with 3 Tufted Duck.
Also poss/prob R L Buzzard flew NW on moorland edge , mobbed by corvids, but was lost to view after trying to get ahead of it in the car.. Could be still in the Chhesden area.
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Drake Scaup still present at 1630... Nice find Mike.. Was about to drive over to check the Res but on checking the forum saw your post so tabbed over instead.. A new bird on foot for me.. Cheers.. Rob..

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Mon 3/11 13:00-14:00 lovely sunny day with bitter SE breeze

Scaup m 1st winter/eclipse

Tufted 5 m

Mallard Mmff

Goldeneye f

Goosander mffff

G c grebe 2 wp

Lapwing 19

GBb gull 1 3y
H gull 2imm
LBb gull c. 40
B hd gull 20

Pied wagtail 1imm

-- Edited by Mike c cooper on Monday 3rd of November 2014 02:56:38 PM

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Female Pintail on the res first thing this morning.. Flew off South towards Elton at 0800. Rob

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Late Afternoon
Great Crested Grebe x 2
Tufted Duck x 1
Lapwing c 30
Goosander x 3
Canada Geese x 41

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Kingfisher by the overflow this morning... An unusual bird up here. 3 Wheatear Dunlin Common Sandpiper..

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Afternoon.
6 Tufted Duck
2 Wheatear on fence posts at overflow

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Mid-day
Tufted Duck x 6
Canada Geese x 61
Lapwing x 17
Meadow Pipit c 10 - but many more in surrounding fields.
Pied Wagtail x 2
Wheatear x 1

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Sun 14/9 18:15-19:45 clear sunny cold ne breeze

G c grebe 2
Goosander 30 f

C goose 2
Lapwing 73

B hd gull 12
L Bb gull 40+

Meadow pipit at least 40 over
P wagtail 5
G wagtail 1

M thrush 7

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Sun 24/8 16:15-17:10 bright sunny w breeze

G c grebe 2 ad
Goosander 4 f
C goose 5
Lbbgull c. 60
C gull 1ad
B hd gull 3
H gull 2 ad

WHeatear 6 imms
Meadow pipit 5
P wagtail 4

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Mon 13:45-14:20 sunny spells & rain shower

2possibly 3 g c grebes

5 goosanders f

C. 150 LBb Gull

Sand martin 1

Swallow 4

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Late lunch round the res 3 while 4. Highlights, little owl & golden plover

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Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling yesterday 25th July at 9.30am. I could hear it from the car park but it was faint and I was not able to locate it.

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11th June
Wheatear - Well grown juveniles x 3 on the wall. Male closeby.
Sand Martin x 1 over (presumably from Fletcher Bank Quarry)
Lapwings c30
Canada Geese c50 plus a pair with four young.

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Early evening

Wheatear x 2 (2m)
Pied Wagtail x 4 (3m, 1f)
Meadow Pipit x 2
Mix of Great Black Backed Gull and Lesser Black Backed Gull totalling c. 20 birds
Lapwing
Kestrel x 1 (1m) hunting below the dam
Swallows c. 15
Mallard x 1 (1m)

Also heard a Cuckoo below the Dam but failed to locate!!!


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A single Arctic tern around 2pm but only for about 5 minutes

Also 22 Lesser black-backed Gulls
Lots of hirundines - approx 60+ Sand martins and 100+ Swallows
1 male Wheatear

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Mon 13:30-14:00 sunny clear still

LBb gull at least 70 with 40-50 on water and birds coming and going
H gull 4 2/3yrs

Lapwing 8
Curlew at least. 3

P wagtail 3m 1f

White wagtail 1m

Sand martin 15 in 3parties
Swallow 2

Wheatear MF


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An early afternoon walk around the resevoir turned up

Wheatear (m)
Pied Wagtail
White Wagtail
Meadow Pipit
Lesser Black Backed Gull
Canada Goose
Skylark
Raven
and right at the end a Curlew





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High Noon, or thereabouts.

Regards

Colin

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A delivery up at Norden enabled me to take a lunch break at the side of Ashworth Moor Res.
Approx 2.30pm...
On Res:
9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
3 Goosander
2 Black-headed Gulls
2 Canada Goose
...and an uncountable number of Swallows, possibly up to 100 maybe more

In the valley opposite the Res stone wall:
Still more Swallows
1 foraging male Ring Ouzel (too far away for a shot)
A few Jackdaws
1 Buzzard ( over )
1 male Wheatear
Pied Wagtails
Meadow Pipits

Colin, what time was the Red Kite? That would've made my day!




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Red Kite x 1 drifted over east from the Harden Moor area (Rossendale) and over the reservoir.

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2 Little Gull and c15 Arctic Tern still at the res at 13.30

-- Edited by rob archer on Tuesday 22nd of April 2014 01:37:42 PM

-- Edited by rob archer on Tuesday 22nd of April 2014 01:57:43 PM

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21 Arctic Tern through the res this morning. Also 2 Little Gull, one still at the reservoir at 12.30. .

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Grasshopper Warbler below Owd Betts first thing this morning.. Also 3 Wheatear and a pair of Stonechat...

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10 minutes early afternoon

2 x Pied Wagtail
3 x Meadow Pipit
A stonking male Wheatear...vivid colours so query Greenland race?
Lots of Lesser Black Backed Gulls on the resevoir with a couple of Canada Geese for good measure

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This morning during a walk;

2 Curlew
1 Oystercatcher
3 Reed Bunting
1 Sand Martin
2 Wheatear
9 Meadow Pipit > North
1 Grey Heron
1 Cormorant
30 Goosander
2 Mallard
2 Lapwing
1 Raven
1 Kestrel

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First Wheatear of the year here for me this morning. Pair of Stonechat in a regular spot.


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11.45 yesterday over the reservoir

1 Peregrine flew across water and landed on far bank from A680

6 Meadow Pipits

2 Skylarks

2 Canada Geese

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As previously reported by Alan Nuttall, the first winter Iceland Gull was on the reservoir this morning before flying south at about 0945.

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Iceland Gull on the reservoir at 9:15 this morning (un-aged); found by Steve Brown.

Info thanks to Dave Ousey

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Sun 9/2 14:15-17:45 SW strong winds but not raining

1 grey heron over on arrival

B hd Gull c 50
C gull 4
H gull 5
L Bb gull 2

Goosander 12 m 17 f

Canada goose 4
Pink footed goose 2 came in with canadas

-- Edited by Mike Cooper on Monday 10th of February 2014 11:11:16 AM

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