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RE: ASHWORTH MOOR RESERVOIR


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..
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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.
Craig.

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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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Rob

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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Sorry to be picky Mike but it's Cheesden Valley,good sightings!
Dave Ousey

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Fantastic afternoon/evening in lovely sunshine but cold 14:45-16:30

Goosander 13m13f
B hd gull c. 600
G Bb gull 22
H gull c. 40
L Bb gull 15
C gull c. 40

Walk down cheers den brook from west of res coming up to south

Dipper pair flushed repeatedly

Hey reedy area below the south walled perimeter of res
Male Stonechat

Meadow pipits heard several times one party of 18 north at dusk
Possible skylark heard over

-- Edited by Mike Cooper on Sunday 19th of January 2014 06:01:54 PM

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 10th of February 2014 01:50:07 PM

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Single Shelduck on the Res this evening..

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Sat 11/1 14:30-16:30

 

gulls - numbers probably underestimated for large gulls that we're drifting west all the time in 10-20's

b hd gull c. 800

l Bb gull c 40

h gull c 100

c gull c 150

g Bb gull 20

 

lapwing 24

goosander 7m6f

magpie 6 at owed betts

wren in cheers den valley



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Sun 15/1215:00-16:00 cold dull SE wind

Grey wagtail fem from res down overflow valley

C goose 4 flew off

Gull roost
C. 1,000 b hd gulls
C. 50 common gulls
G Bb gull 2ad& 12/3y
C. 70 L Bb gull
C. 30 h gulls
1 (1w) yellow legged gull

C crow 2

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Good numbers of large Gulls in the roost tonight..Last light
107 Great Black-backed Gulls
100+ Herring Gulls
35 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
c1000 mix of Common\Black headed Gulls

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51 Great Black-backed Gulls in the roost tonight at last light

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Sun 24/11 14:5-16:15 cold cloudy sunny spells light northerly breeze

Grey wagtail heard

Gull roost

C. 500 b hd gulls
C. 100 common gulls
4 ad g Bb Gulls
55+ herring gulls
10 L Bb Guls
Yellow legged gull 1st winter white head, smudge around eye, black stout straight bill, dark white tipped tertials dark primaries

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4 Whooper Swans currently present.

Info thanks to Alan Nuttall

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A single Greylag Goose flew South West over the Res at 1600hrs tonight..A first for me here..

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Dipper in the over flow channel this morning.
Great Black-backed Gull in the gull roost this evening.

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Tues 29/10 14:45-15:15 between showers sunny spells cold wow wind

Lapwing 53
Cormorant 2
Mallard 5pairs

Goosander 3f

C crow 2

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Looking south from the reservoir this morning several large skeins of Pink-footed Geese, around 1100 birds in total, all flying East. . Also flying east 19 Whooper Swan.

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Merlin still around the reservoir this morning. . Seen twice, once chasing a Fieldfare.


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Sat 5/10 17:15-18:45 Georgeous autumn evening

Cormorant 1
G C Grebe 1 still now in winter plumage
Goosander 20 f
Mallard 1m
Teal 3f flushed from west pool

L Bb Gull c. 50
Bhd Gull c.40
Common Gull 1 ad

Wheatear 1f/imm on wall
Meadow pipit 2-3s over all time
P wagtail c 10
Reed bunting h
Kestrel hunting

-- Edited by Mike Cooper on Saturday 5th of October 2013 07:49:21 PM

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 5th of October 2013 08:43:22 PM

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Earlier (1pm) - Cormorants x 7. Two actively feeding.

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Fri 20/9 15:45-16:30 cool, light clouds, cool SW breeze

Cormorant 3
G C Grebe 1
Goosander 12 f
Mallard 2pairs& 3 imm

Meadow Pipit's c. 40 in field t east of res with juv pied wagtails and goldfinch

Kestrel imm m hunting

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 20th of September 2013 05:48:52 PM

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Thurs 19/9 16:00 - 17:30 cold, dull strong SW Wind

Raven 2+ singles flying from res down valley

C Goose c. 180

Mallard 2 f
G C Grebe 1 still
Goosander c. 20

Meadow Pipit 2+2+4+2
Goldfinch 2
P Wagtail 2

Kestrel f/imm

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 19th of September 2013 09:12:51 PM

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