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Lunchtime scan from the embankment road.

3 Cormorants
8 Canada Geese
28 Mallards
21 Black-headed Gulls


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Late morning visit.

13 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
1 Canada Goose
45 Mallards
32 Black-headed Gulls
4 Pied Wagtails having a feast with midges


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10.15am to 11.20am

1 Great Crested Grebe
3 Cormorants
1 Canada Goose
31 Mallards
16 Black-headed Gulls
30+ Swallows mostly birds passing through. A few summer residents still around Edge Lane.
A couple of Great Spotted Woodpeckers the highlight of the woodland birds

9 Green-veined Whites, 1 Comma, 7 Speckled Woods, 1 Gatekeeper, 2 Meadow Browns
1 Common Hawker


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10.15am to 11.15am

2 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
46 Canada Geese
26 Mallards
32 Black-headed Gulls
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Green Woodpecker

Green-veined Whites, Large Whites, Small Tortoiseshells, Meadow Browns, Speckled Woods.
Southern Hawker, Common Hawker.




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9.50am to 11.10am

1 Great Crested Grebe
6 Cormorants
12 Grey Herons
61 Canada Geese
14 Mallards + a brood of ducklings
2 Oystercatchers
20+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Kingfisher




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Late morning check from the embankment road.

1 Great Crested Grebe
2 Cormorants
10+ Grey Herons
60 Canada Geese
15 Mallards
1 Oystercatcher flying over
10 Black-headed Gulls


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9.20am to 10.20am. Low cloud, constant drizzle, and windy. More like November than July.

2 Cormorants
A few Grey Herons still left in the heronry. The visibility was so bad I could not see them from across the reservoir, but could hear them from underneath.
63 Canada Geese
10 Mallards
1 Curlew flying over
3 Black-headed Gulls

On the way down from Greens Arms Road I saw a couple of Meadow Pipits & a Reed Bunting.


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10.30am to 11.30am

2 Cormorants
3 Grey Herons
61 Canada Geese
15 Mallards
1 drake Common Scoter
1 Oystercatcher
2 Curlews flying over
2 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull flying over
1 Swift


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10.15am to 11.15am.

1 Great Crested Grebe
2 Cormorants
About a dozen Grey Herons, including the young one which has spent over a week standing next to the fishermen
59 Canada Geese
12 Mallards
2 Curlews flying over
2 Black-headed Gulls
Crossbills. Falling cones/bits of cones gave their presence away. Very high in the conifers I was unable to count how many but only a few.

My first Red Admiral of the year.
Very bright orange newly emerged Chicken of the Woods fungi.




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10.15am to 11.20am.

1 Great Crested Grebe
2 Cormorants
15+ Grey Herons
51 Canada Geese
15 Mallards
1 Curlew
3 Black-headed Gulls
1 Grey Wagtail


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A couple of hours late morning, hardly a ripple on the reservoir when I started and sunny, but became overcast and breezy.

1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorants, 20+ Grey Herons, 44 Canada Geese, 13 Mallards, 1 Pheasant, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlews, 15 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Woodpigeons, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, numerous Wrens & Robins, 3 Mistle Thrushes, 6 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, Goldcrests, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Magpies, Carrion Crows, 1 Raven, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Siskins, Bullfinches, 1 Reed Bunting.

10+ Green-veined Whites, 2 Orange tips, 1 Speckled Wood.
Silver-ground Carpets, Common Heaths, Cydia ulicetana.
Large Red damselflies.

Bilberry, Bistort, Bluebell, Bramble, Broad-leaved Dock, Broom, Bush Vetch, Charlock, Common Catsear, Common Cleavers, Common Duckweed, Cow Parsley, Creeping Buttercup, Creeping Thistle, Cuckoo Flower, Curled Dock, Daisy, Dandelion, Few-leaved Hawkweed, Field Forgetmenot, Foxglove, Gorse, Groundsel, Hawthorn, Heath Bedstraw, Heather, Herb Bennet, Herb Robert, Hogweed, Holly, Lady's Mantle, Lesser Stitchwort, Marsh Marigold, Meadow Buttercup, Meadow Vetchling, Pink Purslane, Red Campion, Red Clover, Rhododendron, Ribwort Plantain, Rowan, Self-heal, Smooth Sow-thistle, Sorrel, Spear Thistle, Sun Spurge, Sweet Cicely, Thyme-leaved Speedwell, Tormentil, Wavy Bittercress, Wood Sorrel, Yellow Pimpernel.


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10.50am to 11.40am

1 Great Crested Grebe
1 Cormorant
15+ Grey Herons
20+ Canada Geese
A few Mallards
1 Oystercatcher was seen before I arrived. Three there a few days ago.
1 Common Sandpiper
5 Black-headed Gulls
3 Green Woodpeckers
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers




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9.15am to noon around the reservoir and on the fields off Edge Lane.

1 Great Crested Grebe
2 Cormorants
20+ Grey Herons, including numerous juveniles at the heronry. One youngster was stood by fishermen at the water's edge below the heronry seemingly without a care in the world.
42 Canada Geese
1 hybrid Goose, the one normally seen at Jumbles
15 Mallards
1 Buzzard
1 Pheasant
1 Moorhen at Broad Meadow Farm pond
2 Curlews
1 Common Sandpiper. Hopefully it's partner was on a nest somewhere. They have not bred here for quite a few years but the water levels are still at a decent level this year.
Black-headed Gulls. A few at the reservoir & 80+ following a tractor around the fields.
Woodpigeons
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
1 Skylark (the only small farmland bird seen in a strong wind. No sign of the usual Meadow Pipits & Reed Buntings)
1 Swallow
Wrens
Dunnocks
Robins
Blackbirds
Song Thrushes
1 Chiffchaff
8 Willow Warblers
Goldcrests
Long-tailed Tits
Coal Tits
Blue Tits
Great Tits
Magpies
Jackdaws
50+ Carrion Crows following the tractor
Starlings
Chaffinches
Goldfinches
Siskins
Bullfinches

1 Brown Hare

Lots of Green-veined Whites
1 Orange Tip


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9.10am to 11.30am. Reservoir + Edge Lane.

1 Great Crested Grebe
2 Cormorants
12 Grey Herons
2 Canada Geese
9 Mallards
6 Pheasants
Family of Moorhens on a pond below Edge Fold
1 Lapwing
2 Curlews
2 pairs of Common Sandpipers
15 Black-headed Gulls
1 Stock Dove
10 Woodpigeons
5 Skylarks
1 Meadow Pipit
2 House Martins
4 Swallows
1 Pied Wagtail
Wrens, Dunnocks, & Robins
1 Wheatear
4 Blackbirds
5 Song Thrushes
1 Mistle Thrush
1 Whitethroat (on the railway embankment near Entwistle Station)
1 Blackcap
4 Chiffchaffs
6 Willow Warblers
10+ Goldcrests
A few Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, & Great Tits.
1 Magpie
30+ Carrion Crows
1 Raven
40+ Chaffinches
2 Greenfinches
1 Goldfinch
3 Siskins
2 Reed Buntings

A few Green-veined Whites and a Small Tortoiseshell.


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9.25am to 10.25am.

2 Cormorants
5 Grey Herons
2 Canada Geese
3 Mallards
1 Common Sandpiper
6 Black-headed Gulls
1 Swallow


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12.15 to 13.40.

1 Great Crested Grebe
5 Grey Herons. Most of the nests now seem empty.
6 Canada Geese
24 Mallards
2 Pheasants
28 Black-headed Gulls
5 Woodpigeons
1 Green Woodpecker
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
2 House Martins
1 Grey Wagtail
10 Wrens
5 Robins
2 Blackbirds
1 Song Thrush
2 Mistle Thrushes
2 Chiffchaffs
6 Willow Warblers
Numerous Goldcrests, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, & Great Tits
5 Carrion Crows
40+ Chaffinches. Seemed to be everywhere with the Siskins.
20+ Siskins
4 Bullfinches


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10.00am to 10.55am

1 Cormorant
15+ Grey Herons
3 Canada Geese
6 Mallards
2 Black-headed Gulls
2 Green Woodpeckers
1 buck Roe Deer

A male Cuckoo heard yesterday


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9.50am to 10.15am.

1 Great Crested Grebe
1 Cormorant
15 Grey Herons
13 Canada Geese
9 Mallards
10 Black-headed Gulls


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12.30 to 13.00 along Edge Lane.

2 Curlews
5 Woodpigeons
2 Swallows
1 Skylark
2 Wheatears
20+ Carrion Crows


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9.00am to 11.00am around the reservoir and on the fields around Edge Lane.

Reservoir :-
1 Great Crested Grebe
3 Cormorants
About a dozen Herons
15 Canada Geese
9 Mallards
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Curlew at Edge Lane
1 Whimbrel at Edge Lane
12 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull flying over
4 Stock Doves at Edge Lane
7 Woodpigeons
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Skylarks
3 Meadow Pipits
2 Swallows
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Dipper
Wrens
Robins
Blackbirds
1 Chiffchaff
4 Willow Warblers
Goldcrests
Long-tailed Tits
Coal Tits
Blue Tits
Great Tits
1 Nuthatch
1 Jay
2 Magpies
25+ Carrion Crows
20+ Chaffinches
6 Goldfinches
Numerous Siskins


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Lunchtime scan from the embankment.

About a dozen Grey Herons in the heronry
4 Cormorants
11 Canada Geese
8 Mallards
8 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
2 immature Herring Gulls


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10am to 12.05pm. Reservoir and Edge Lane fields.

Reservoir :-
9 Cormorants
15 Grey Herons
7 Canada Geese
15 Mallards
1 Sparrowhawk
12 Black-headed Gulls
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Grey Wagtail

Edge Lane :-
4 Lapwings
3 Curlews
1 Snipe drumming
2 Skylarks
5 Meadow Pipits
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Raven on the fields, not just flying over for a change.

Broad Meadow Farm area :-
1 Canada Goose
Pair of Mallards
2 Moorhens
2 Swallows




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10am to 11.35am. Reservoir & fields above around Edge Lane.

Reservoir :-
4 Cormorants
20+ Grey Herons
8 Canada Geese
18 Mallards
16 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers

Edge Lane :-
1 Buzzard
1 Pheasant
1 Curlew
14 Black-headed Gulls
9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying over
2 Stock Doves
4 Skylarks
8 Meadow Pipits
3 Magpies
25 Carrion Crows


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9.40am to 11.45am around the reservoir and the fields off Edge Lane. Hardly anything in the icy wind, but as I did not see any Skylarks or Meadow Pipits on my way over from Turton Golf Course I should be thankful for anything.

Reservoir :-
3 Cormorants
20+ Grey Herons
18 Canada Geese
28 Mallards
31 Black-headed Gulls
1 Pied Wagtail
Nothing of note in the woodland.

Edge Lane :-
30+ Carrion Crows
1 Skylark
1 Meadow Pipit
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Brown Hare


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Not too many Grey Herons in the heronry at 10.15am, but there at least a dozen active nests.
2 Cormorants included the wandering white-headed one.
26 Canada Geese
23 Mallards
28 Black-headed Gulls


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9am to 10.25am

3 Cormorants
14 Grey Herons visible, others hidden in nesting area
9 Canada Geese
24 Mallards
28 Black-headed Gulls
1 Pied Wagtail
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
2 Nuthatches
1 Treecreeper
+ usuals.

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10.20am to 12.15pm around the reservoir and the fields off Edge Lane.

4 Cormorants flying over
14 Grey Herons in the nesting area. Some newly built nests were empty, birds away on a mission.
2 Greylags. They took off soon after I arrived.
30 Canada Geese
34 Mallards
2 Pheasants at Broad Meadow Farm
1 Moorhen on a pond below Edge Foot Farm
31 Lapwings (23 near Tom Barn and 8 below Black Hill)
I thought I heard a Curlew from the reservoir but no sign of anything yet on the fields
21 Black-headed Gulls
1 Great Black-backed Gull flew up from a gulley below Tom Barn. A bit of a shock whilst I was checking the Lapwing flock for possible Golden Plovers.
3 Woodpigeons
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Skylark
A few Wrens & Robins
4 Blackbirds
2 Mistle Thrushes
Goldcrests and a mixture of Tits
1 Nuthatch
1 Treecreeper
1 Dipper on the stream at the top end, between the two footbridges
5 Magpies
35+ Carrion Crows
Numerous Chaffinches & Siskins
1 Goldfinch
2 Bullfinches


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10.10am to noon around reservoir and nearby fields.

1 Cormorant
28 Grey Herons
9 Canada Geese
38 Mallards
2 Pheasants
4 Lapwings at Tom Barn
35 Black-headed Gulls
2 Woodpigeons
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
1 Skylark
1 Pied Wagtail. Flew across to Edge Lane from Cadshaw Farm.
2 Song Thrushes
2 Jays
2 Magpies
2 Rooks
30+ Carrion Crows
2 Ravens (one between Greens Arms Road & Turton Heights, the other at the reservoir)
Lots of Chaffinches, a few Goldfinches, Siskins all around the reservoir in ones and twos.
2 Lesser Redpolls along Greens Arms Road
1 Reed Bunting on Edge Lane
Also the usual tit species, Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins, and Goldcrests.


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23 Grey Herons. Numbers building up nicely.
1 Cormorant
10 Canada Geese
35 Mallards
57 Black-headed Gulls



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1 Cormorant
12 Grey Herons
6 Canada Geese
29 Mallards
30 Black-headed Gulls
2 Herring Gulls. Very unusual on the reservoirs around here, normally passage birds overhead. (1st-w & 2nd-w)


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11am to 11.30am

2 Cormorants
14 Grey Herons
6 Canada Geese
29 Mallards
32 Black-headed Gulls


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11.40am
4 Cormorants
14 Grey Herons
6 Canada Geese
37 Mallards
24 Black-headed Gulls


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Heronry now up to 13 birds
1 Cormorant
6 Canada Geese. These resident birds are probably the family from last year's successful breeding
30 Mallards
53 Black-headed Gulls


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1 Cormorant
2 Grey Herons
6 Canada Geese
4 Mallards
72 Black-headed Gulls


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10.15am at a deserted reservoir due to still closed car parks.

2 Cormorants
6 Grey Herons
6 Canada Geese
39 Mallards
Pair of Tufted Ducks
27 Black-headed Gulls


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12.15pm to 12.45pm

1 Grey Heron. Even this one took off leaving none around the nests.
6 Canada Geese
23 Mallards
2 male Goosanders
16 Black-headed Gulls
1 Great Black-backed Gull



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Still only about half a dozen Grey Herons in their nests. One Cormorant on the reservoir with 6 Canada Geese, 31 Mallards, and 16 Black-headed Gulls.

Highlight of the day was a Barn Owl hunting over fields near Greens Arms Road. Cracking views for over 20 minutes of bird hunting and occasionally landing on fence posts.


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At least 6 Grey Herons in the nesting area
2 Cormorants
6 Canada Geese
20+ Mallards
27 Black-headed Gulls


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1 Grey Heron on the top of the trees at the Heronry.
6 Canada Geese
22 Mallards
56 Black-headed Gulls


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4 Cormorants
9 Canada Geese
24 Mallards
46 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull


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10.30am to 11am

2 Cormorants
6 Canada Geese
15 Mallards
27 Black-headed Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls



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12.00 to 12.30

2 Cormorants
50 Mallards
28 Black-headed Gulls
1 Kingfisher

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12.30pm.

1 Cormorant
13 Canada Geese
20+ Mallards
8 Black-headed Gulls


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Reservoir :-
2 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
13 Canada Geese
29 Mallards
48 Black-headed Gulls
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Redwings
2 Mistle Thrushes

Edge Lane :-
100+ Fieldfares
400+ Starlings
1 Buzzard
1 Green Woodpecker. A good day for these birds. This was my third one.
1 Meadow Pipit






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10am to 11.30am. Reservoir + nearby fields/Edge Lane.

2 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
12 Canada Geese flew up from Wayoh after I had left here
25 Mallards
20 Black-headed Gulls
2 Woodpigeons
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Numerous Wrens & Robins
5 Blackbirds
16 Fieldfares
15 Redwings
1 Mistle Thrush
Numerous Goldcrests & the common tit species
2 Jays
3 Magpies
12 Carrion Crows
A few Chaffinches, Greenfinches, & Siskins
4 Bullfinches





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11.15am to 11.30am

2 Cormorants
8 Canada Geese
20+ Mallards
23 Black-headed Gulls


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9.10am to 9.25am

2 Cormorants
6 Canada Geese
36 Mallards
22 Black-headed Gulls


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11.15am to 11.30am

7 Cormorants
11 Canada Geese
31 Mallards
25 Black-headed Gulls


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9.30am to 10.20am

8 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
6 Canada Geese
36 Mallards
11 Black-headed Gulls
2 Grey Wagtails

Overshores Road :-
19 Fieldfares flying over
1 Redwing
1 Song Thrush
1 Mistle Thrush
10+ Chaffinches


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14.00 to 14.15

1 Cormorant
13 Canada Geese
32 Mallards
59 Black-headed Gulls
2 Ravens flying over


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