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RE: ASHWORTH MOOR RESERVOIR


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

Rosie

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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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Another fine view of a Merlin tonight perched up on the Reservoir banking..
59 Goosander
Common Sandpiper
3 Cormorant
Kestrel

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First light Fri 13th Sept..

Merlin chasing Meadow Pipits along the Reservoir banking first thing this morning.
Common Sandpiper
Snipe
4 Cormorant
60 Lapwing
Wheatear
Kestrel
Buzzard
32 Goosander
Great Crested Grebe
70 plus Lesser Black-backed Gull
2 Skylark
Many Meadow Pipits, numbers building up daily..


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Common Scotor on the res first thing this morning.. Water levels risen again unfortunately..
Very late posting for 25th July. Yellow-legged Gull in with the Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the Res banking.. Flew off north with all the other hundreds of Gulls..

Rob Archer

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Yes meadow pipits calling - predictive texting on ipadblehblankstare

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<blockquote><b>Tony Darby wrote:</b><hr>
<p style="font-style: italics">&quot;midpoints heard&quot;? Could someone enlighten me :)</p>
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Could it be Meadow Pipits predictively texted <img src="www.sparkimg.com/emoticons/confuse.gif" border="0" alt="confuse" title="confuse" />

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"midpoints heard"? Could someone enlighten me :)

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Mon 15/7 12:30-13:30 hot sunny clear strngthening SW breeze

Lapwing c. 30
LRP 1
Ringed plover 1
Oyk 1
Curlew 4+

G C Grebe 1
Mallard 1ecl

LBb Gull c. 100
B hd Gull c 40 incl 3 juvs

Reed bunting at least 3 males singing (second broods?)
Skylark s
Midpoints heard

Linnet h
Goldfinch h

Swallow 2

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Early this morning..
3 Little Ringed Plover
2 Dunlin
Redshank
3 Great Crested Grebe
Cormorant
Wheatear

Rob Archer

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Water levels getting lower at the moment revealing some good muddy shorelines for a change..
Little Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Dunlin
Common Sandpiper
20 Lapwing
8 Curlew
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
c200 Lesser Black Backed Gull mainly stopping bathing and moving north
4 Goosander
Great Crested Grebe
2 Raven

Rob Archer

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07.30-08.30 19/5/13
Large numbers of Swallows, House Martins and Sand martins over the water and across Ashworth road.
A few Swifts.
2 Lapwing
2 Canadas
2 Reed bunting
4+ skylarks singing
3 Meadow pipits
2 mallard
1 Curlew flying over

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Whimbrel at the res this morning.. Flew off high above Knowl Hill 0540.
4 Curlew
1 Raven
3 Great Crested Grebe
5 Wheatear

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Trip up and walk around this morning..no numbers but species wise

Raven
Curlew (single over heading SW)
Meadow Pipit
Skylark
Canada Goose
Great Crested Grebe
Dunnock
Pied Wagtail
Black Headed Gull



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Thanks Mark! Saves me from making a trip!

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Had a trip over yesterday morning 10.00am till 12ish, No sign of the Black Redstart

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any idea if it is still around? might take a trip tomorrow.

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Black Redstart still in the same location this morning
Info fm Dan Bennet..

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Black Redstart seen at 12.10pm at the site previously reported,showing very well.You have to be lucky with this bird,as I had joined a birder who had been waiting for 40mins.without luck.He left,and I waited a further 1/2 hour and was getting ready to leave when the bird appeared.[Another birder had joined me.He had just walked from further down the overflow channel and hadn't seen it down there.]The bird stayed around,apparently feeding ,[or drinking,or both],on the floor of the overflow channel of the Reservoir.It was unclear from which direction the bird had come in the first place.
Wrap up warm and wear boots,and good luck!

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Had a look myself this morning and no trace of the Black Redstart around 1000 am.. Found the bird inside the perimeter fencing of the Power Station at the end of the drainage gully which I think is still in Greater Manchester.

Rob Archer

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Black Redstart still present in channel next to the reservoir at 12.55-13.20. Great views at first in a blizzard and then the sun came out and it started feeding in the puddles of unfrozen water in the sunshine. It looks in better condition than yesterday and seems to be finding lots of food.

Visited at 10.30 on my way to a local walk but the bird was not to be seen. No idea where it is going to when not feeding.

In answer to Sarfraz, its not viewable from the road, take the footpath down from the road on the bend just after Owd Betts pub. Head 100m towards the corner of the res where a stone bridge crosses the outfall. Its not too muddy as its all frozen. Boots would be advisable.
Pete

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Is it viewable from the road? If not is the walk muddy? tHnks. Sarfraz

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Third time lucky. Missed out this morning at 9 and 12.
Saw the bird in the wide channel by the side of the reservoir at 3.35.
I agree with Simon it's probably a young male bird
Great views.
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Superb views of the Black Redstart at around 10am today.
Observed as it climbed the last 40 yards to the top of the overflow steps.
It was busy feeding continually.
White markings noted on wing(tertials)
County life tick for me.
2 more happy birders present Messrs. Brown/Ousey.

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No sign of the redstart this morning from 08.50-09.30.
Its freezing and windy with snow on the ground.
Wrap up if you intend to go.
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The Black Redstart was showing well early afternoon in the same area - it has female type plumage except for pale wing panels caused by whitish fringes to the tertials which I don't remember seeing on females before

The last bird I saw in that same overflow channel was a Grey Phalarope - is this officially the best reservoir overflow channel in Greater Manchester?!


-- Edited by Simon Hitchen on Sunday 10th of March 2013 09:33:52 AM

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Female black redstart still there at 13:00 in run of channel at west end feeding well

Nice to meet steve ash worth and companion

-- Edited by Mike c cooper on Sunday 10th of March 2013 12:30:10 PM

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