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RE: Roman Lakes, Marple


Main Lake - Windybottom Farm

Willow Warbler 1 (my first of the year)
Chiffchaff 9
Blackcap 2
Goldfinch c25

Mute Swan 5 (The 3 1st summers hanging on despite a battering from the male. Female sitting on 5 eggs)
Tufted Duck 2
Teal 1
Goosander 1 (on river)
Great Crested Grebe 1

Dipper and Grey Wagtail (on river)
Green Woodpecker (heard)
Stock Dove (3 singing)

Cheers John

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15th March (yesterday's post referred to 13th and 14th)

Same birds as last post plus Chiffchaff singing and Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming

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14th and 15th March.

Adult Mute Swans aggressively trying to drive last year's 3 offspring from the water. Brutal!
Gadwall 2m
Tufted Duck pair
Great Crested Grebe 1
Little Grebe 2
Cormorant 3
Treecreeper 3
Nuthatch 1
Lesser Redpoll 1

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25th Feb PM.

Gadwall 4m
Goosander 1m
Tufted Duck 2m, 1f
Wigeon 1m
Mute Swan 1m, 1f, 3 1st w
Great Crested Grebe 1
Little Grebe 4
Coot 34
Canada Goose 44
Cormorant 2

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5th February:

Goosander 2m, 2f
Wigeon 1m
Tufted Duck 2m, 1f
Mute Swans 5
Little Grebe 3
Siskin c20
Lesser Redpoll 3

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Little Grebe 5
Wigeon 1m
Teal 1f
Mute Swan 5 (family party still together - but probably not for much longer)
Buzzard 1

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Woodcock 1
Wigeon 2m
Little Grebe 3
Mute Swan 5
Tufted Duck 1m
Goosander 2m, 2f
Cormorant 3
Stock Dove 2 (in song)
Song Thrush 1 (in song)
Jay 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2

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Wigeon 1m (back after an absence of a couple of weeks)
Goosander 1m
Tufted Duck 6 (3m, 3f)
Mute Swan 5
Little Grebe 2
Grey Heron 2
Nuthatch 2
Siskin c100 (forming a large mixed finch flock)
Lesser Redpoll 4 minimum in flock
Goldfinch c6 in flock

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11th December:
Mute Swans 6. A 3rd adult landed mid morning and the resident adults aggressively chased it off the water and onto the bank. Also 3 1st winters still.
Goosander 4m, 1f
Wigeon 1m
Little Grebe 2
Redwings c40

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Coot 128
Moorhen 16
Little Grebe 3
Wigeon 2m
Tefted Duck 3 (1m, 2f)
Mandarin 11 flew over
Goosander 7 (4m, 3f North Lake)
Mute Swan 5
Canada Goose 73
Redwing 12

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Before the rain set in...

Coot 106
Little Grebe 3
Mute Swan 5
Goosander 7 (North Lake)
Grey Wagtail
Nuthatch

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A morning walk accompanied by Tony Darby who was something of a good luck mascot with Main Lake holding singles of Pochard, Shoveler and Teal.
8 Goosanders (1m, 7f) were on North Lake.

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We went that way today and in addition to those listed also saw buzzard, 3 cormorant, 2, little grebe and a hobby further towards new mills

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Shoveler 1m, 1f (now a total 3 this year. Good for a bird that is less than annual)
Teal 1f
Tufted Duck 1f
Goosander 1m, 2f (North Lake)
+ Grebes, Swans, Coots as in recent posts.

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2nd November:

Pochard 1f (almost a year since the last one)
Tufted Duck 1f
Coot 109 (autumn high count)
Moorhen 23
Little Grebe 3
Cormorant 5
Mute Swan 5
Kingfisher 1
Siskin c30
Stock Dove 2
Buzzard 1
Dipper singing on R. Goyt

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Best bits
from a couple of recent visits.

27th Oct:
Coot 108
Little Grebe 4
Jay 9
Dipper 2
Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk

31st Oct:
Siskin 25
Stock Dove 1
Little Grebe 5 (inc. 1 on North Lake)
Pinkfeet 60 over
Buzzard, Sparrowhawk

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Now 7 Wigeon

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Teal 3
Wigeon 1
Mandarin 1
Coot 99
Moorhen 19
Little Grebe 5
Mute Swan 5

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Female Shoveler today, Kingfisher, 5 Little Grebe, 85 Coot and a Barnacle Goose (fully-winged and vocal wink)



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Canada Goose 173 (including a small individual which was probably just a runt)
Little Grebe 4
Wigeon 1
Madarin 1 drake
Mute Swan 5
Jay 1
Coal Tit 1
Kingfisher 1 (on River Goyt)

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Steady build up of Coot, now 88
Moorhen 13
Kingfisher heard

Plus yesterday's Wigeon, Little Grebes and Mute Swans still present.

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Wigeon - first local one of the year for me
Little Grebe 2
Mute Swan 5 (family group)

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Mute Swan - Just the 2 ads and 3 cygnets. The sub-adult bird seems to have left.
Little Grebe 3
Great Crested Grebe - 1 fully grown juvenile
Kingfisher 1
Chiffchaff singing.

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Highlight was a single female Shoveler. Don't see this species every year locally.
Great Crested Grebe 1 almost full sized juv only. The rest of the family may have dispersed or were hidden in the willows.
Little Grebe 2ads, 1 juv
Coot 75
Moorhen 17
Mute Swan 2 Ads, 3 juvs, 1 sub adult.
Cormorant 1

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Correction to Aug 28th post.

Mute Swan cygnets down to 3 (from 4)

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Little Grebe 2ad, 2 juv
Great Crested Grebe 2ad, 3 juv
Coot 57
Tufted Duck 1f
Mute Swan 2 ad, 4 juvs, 1 1st s

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Great Crested Grebes have all 3 chicks intact. Now 1/2 grown.
Mute Swans have all 4 cygnets still surviving
House Martin 26
Sand Martin 2
Swift 1
Buzzard 2

Cheers John

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13th July p.m.

c50 house martins over the main lake (in breezy, cool, damp weather) attracted a marauding Hobby which sailed about amongst them for a couple of minutes, sizing up the menu, before one of the local buzzards escorted it off the site. Worth the entrance fee alone (which is free)!! Also a kingfisher using one of the fishing lodges to bathe. Also see other wldlife for beetle news!!



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8th July:

Great Crested Grebes - male feeding 3 juveniles that were being carried on female's back.
Mute Swans still have 4 cygnets but didn't see the 1st summer bird.
Best of the rest were 14 House Martins and a single Grey Wagtail

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25th June:

7 Mute Swans (2ads, 1 first summer, 4 cygnets)
2 Great Crested Grebes (female still sitting)

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Coot (27 ads, broods 5,3,7,1 + 2 sitting)
Mallard (broods 2,7)
Canada Goose (broods 10,2,2)
Great Crested Grebe 2 (sitting)
Little Grebe 1
Grey Wagtail (1 ad, 1 juv)
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Song Thrush 3

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John Rayner wrote:

A 2nd dipper family with 2 juveniles begging food from adult.

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The adult Dipper is colour ringed.

Red over white on left leg
Red over greyish (presumably metal) on right leg.

Probably the individual I saw on 21st Jan 2016. (see down thread))

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A 2nd dipper family with 2 juveniles begging food from adult.

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Plenty of breeding evidence:

Mute Swan 3 (female sitting on 6 eggs with immature bird in close attendance. Male was far away on the lake. The second immature seems to have departed)
Great Crested Grebe pair
Little Grebe pair
Canada Goose (2 broods of 11 & 2)
Coot (4 broods of 1, 5, 3, 6 with 4 birds still sitting on nests)
Mallard (single brood of 2)
Song Trush 3 singing

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Highlights:
Great Crested Grebe 2
Grey Wagtail 2 (Carrying food for young)
Dipper 1 (Unringed. Taking food to young in nest)
Common Whitethroat
Green Woodpecker
House Martin 5
Buzzard 1
Blackcap 3

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Teal 4
Little Grebe 1
Great Crested Grebe 1
Willow Warbler 3
Treecreeper 1 (carrying food for young)

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Greylag Goose 5
Mandarin Duck 1m
Tufted Duck pair
Little Grebe 1

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All 4 Swans still present but the adults now have 1 egg
2 Coots on nests
Tufted Duck pair
Teal pair
Blackcap singing

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A visit at 4.00 p.m. today 2 + House Martin 2 Swallow 2 Sand Martin 1 Barnacle Goose ( I'm presuming this is a regular?) 2 Buzzard

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House Martin 2 (early date)
Sand Martin 4
Swallow 3
Little Grebe 1
Tufted Duck 2
Mute Swan 4 (adults now seeing the 2 juvs as a threat. Constantly chasing and harassing)

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Coot 32
Mute Swan 4
Tufted Duck 2m, 2f
Chiffchaff 1

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5th March:

Coot numbers well down and Tufted Duck numbers well up.

Coot 26
Tufted Duck 17
Mute Swan 4 (usual family)
Little Grebe 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming
Song Thrush singing
Nuthatch 2

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Coot 64
Moorhen 23
Mute Swan 4
Gadwall 1m
Tufted Duck 3f
Siskins 90 minimum
Song Thrush 4
Mistle Thrush 2
Grey Wagtail 1
Buzzard 1
Goosander 2m, 1f

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Steve Suttill wrote:

It's a South Manchester Ring Group colour ring, John. They ringed virtually the adults on the Goyt and Tame, but I don't think they have ringed in the last 5 years so your bird is probably getting on a bit!

Tony Wilkinson or Nev Powell are the people to check with.




I don't have contact details for either. Could you PM me please?

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It's a South Manchester Ring Group colour ring, John. They ringed virtually the adults on the Goyt and Tame, but I don't think they have ringed in the last 5 years so your bird is probably getting on a bit!

Tony Wilkinson or Nev Powell are the people to check with.

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21st Jan.

Forgot to mention a colour-ringed Dipper singing loudly on the Goyt. With bins only it was a bit distant to be certain, but looked like red over white on left leg (metal ring on right). Does that fit in with any local ringing scheme?

Cheer John.

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Main Lake 3/4 iced over

Coot 65
Moorhen 24
Mute Swan 4
Gadwall 1m
Tufted Duck 4 (2m, 2f)
Lesser Redpoll 2 (pair with a nice pink male)
Siskins (H)
Mistle Thrush 4

Cheers John

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Lakes to Mellor Moor 10-12.30

110 Pink Footed Geese over west, 2 Lapwing, 2 Goosander,Dipper,  Goldcrest, 5 Redwing,  Fieldfare,  Bullfinch,  Common Buzzard, Grey Heron,  Nuthatch, 5 Jay, Grey Wagtail were the highlights. 



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Goosander (2, North Lake)
Gadwall m
Little Grebe 3
Mute Swan 4
Coot 62
Moorhen 25
Singles of Song Thrush, Treecreeper and Jay

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Goldcrest 3 with Long-tailed Tit flock
Pair Goosander (North Lake)
Gadwall m
Little Grebe 3
Buzzard 1
Woodcock 1
Redwing c110
Mistle Thrush 8

Cheers John

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