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RE: ANGLEZARKE


Had a walk round Anglezarke and High Bullough yesterday afternoon and had excellent views of 3 male and 1 female Mandarin on High Bullough.



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Apologies if there's a board for High Bullough reservoir (the little one on the path round Anglezarke) but I couldn't find it - the search doesn't seem to work. Yesterday around lunchtime: 2 mandarin ducks, male + 1 juv I think (may have also been a female but didn't have my bins with me oops), tufted ducks, mallards.

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Morning visit to the Northern end of Anglezarke Reservoir and Watermans Cottage area.

Woodlands : 1 noisy pair of Nuthatches, 1 squabbling pair of Treecreepers, a pair of Goldcrests and 3 Buzzards.

A flock of 28 Rooks flew over.

Reservoir : 8 Great Crested Grebes (Inc 2 displaying pairs), 1m+1f Mandarin Ducks and 1 Common Sandpiper.

A male Kestrel came close enough to see that he was carrying a mouse (With a longish tail) in his talons.



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Cracking season for the migrants, 3 broods of Redstarts fledged, 1 brood of Spotted Flycatchers, good numbers of Willow Warblers, Green Woodpeckers also produce young, one decided to go to sleep on the main path and did not object to being moved away from the dog walkers. it felt well fed and parents were still calling nearby so left it alone, no signs of it day after also no signs any harm had come to it, young still heard a week after. single juvenile Kestrel calling and following adult also in same area.



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Walked all round Anglezarke Reservoir, and had a quick look over Yarrow Reservoir too. 09.00-13.00

Anglezarke Reservoir : 1 adult Great Black Backed and 6 adult Herring Gulls amongst a gathering of Lesser Black Backs.

1 f (Or eclipse male) Mandarin Duck in flight low over the water. 5 Buzzards soared high over the N.End of the reservoir.

A large mixed flock of Swallows and House Martins drifted South. Also seen 2 Grey Herons and 3 Jays.

A Nuthatch was among the common woodland birds, together with a noticeably large number of Coal Tits.

A single Cormorant was the only bird on Yarrow Reservoir.

Also by Heapey Fold Lane a mixed flock of around of a dozen Tree and House Sparrows, containing at least 3 of the former.

I can't recall finding a mixed flock like this before, do they hybridise?.

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Late post for yesterday 20th May.

A couple of weeks later than I would normally go in search of Redstart, Pied Flycatcher etc, due to the lockdown,

I decided to try the Anglesarke area this spring for these summer migrant little gems.

From 06.00am.

Lead Mines Clough.

Redstart briefly heard but not seen, and no sign of any flycatchers.

A Grey Wagtail was by Limestone Brook, and a Kestrel soared overhead.

A drake Mandarin was on the River Yarrow, whilst 2 Treecreepers and a pair of Nuthatches were in the woodland.

Watermans Cottage area.

2f Goosanders and a single Great Crested Grebe were at the North end of Anglezarke Reservoir.

Around the woodland were 3 highly vocal Nuthatches, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Coal Tit.

Blue and Great Tits appear to be the only birds utilising the nestboxes at both sites.





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11.00-15.00

Circular walk from White Coppice along Black Brook to the beech copse and return via Anglezarke Moor,

Round Loaf and the path above the quarry at White Coppice.

40+ Bramblings were in the beech copse, where there appears to be a very good supply of mast still remaining.

The beech nuts also appear to have attracted 5 Reed Buntings and a few Great Tits.

1 Woodcock flushed from a patch of bracken and a pair of Mistle Thrushes were above the quarry.

The only other birds seen were 3 Wrens along Black Brook and 5 crows plus a single Meadow Pipit on the moor.

Sadly I could not find a single Dipper anywhere along Black Brook, where on previous visits I have had no trouble finding them.

Also notable for their absence were Kestrels, indeed not a single raptor was seen throughout the walk.

Kestrels can usually be seen hovering above the moor, and are usually very much a feature of any walk here regardless of the season.

Much of the moor though seems to be absolutely sodden due to the recent rain, and many parts appear to be changing into peat bog.

Could it be that most of the vole population on the moor have drowned?. Oddly not a single Red Grouse was seen either.



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Tuesday, 4th February 2020: 11:00 - 15:30 hrs. Missed rain in the morning!

Walk from Upper Rivington Reservoir (from Horrobin Lane - Eastern side) - Yarrow Reservoir - Anglezarke Reservoir - High Bullough Reservoir (currently drained for maintenance) - White Coppice cricket ground - and return via paths on opposite (western) side.

Siskin x 10
Nuthatch x 3
Treecreeper x 1
Willow Tit x 1
Coal Tit x 1
Buzzard x 2
Kestrel x 3
Redwing x 30
Great Crested Grebe x 2
Grey Heron x 1
Wren x 1
Dunnock x 1
Mistle Thrush x 1
House Sparrow x 5
Tufted Duck x 4
Pied Wagtail x 12
Greylag Goose x 1
Black-Headed Gull x 40
Herring Gull x 1
Lesser Black-Backed Gull x 2
Dunnock x 1
Moorhen x 2
Woodpigeon x 25
Rook x 10
Carrion Crow x 50
Jackdaw x 20
White Doves x 4
Chaffinch x 10
Robin x 7
Blue Tit x 5
Great Tit x 8
Blackbird x 7
Cormorant x 1
Mallard x 40
Magpie x 9




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couple of hours Friday evening and Sunday lunchtime

Spotted Flycatchers, 3 possibly 4 large feathered young dead in nest, absolutely gutted with this, met one of the Chorley lads near this nest early on during incubation and we both agreed it was destined to fail, however it lasted so long each time I passed it and they were still feeding I got the feeling they were going to make it against the odds

Redstarts, both Adults and 2 young feeding along the hedges and fence lines at one site, adults still taking food into nest hole at another site

Treecreepers feeding young in nest

Nuthatches at least 3 broods of fledged young

Willow Warbler with fledged young just out of the nest

Curlew Oystercatcher and Tawny Owls heard plus a jay mimicking Tawny Owl

lots of Long tailed, Great and Blue tits about



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Spotted Flycatchers still feeding young in nest tonight, Sparrowhawk just missed a Blackbird nearby, 1 brood of Redstarts have fledged another brood still being fed in nest,plenty young titmice around, male Pied Wagtail with a mouthful of food on the main road, the midges were out in force tonight



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a couple of hours last Saturday and a couple of hours yesterday (Saturday)

male Pied Flycatcher feeding female in nest, unfortunately not there yesterday though looks like they've failed

Spotted Flycatchers going into nest

2 pairs of Redstarts feeding young in nests

Coal Tit, Nuthatch and Great Tits also feeding young in nest holes

 



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09.00-16.30

Anglezarke Reservoir : 2 Curlews calling and in display flight above the reservoir.

The mature oak woodlands at the Watermans Cottage just held common garden birds including 2 Nuthatches.

White Coppice : 5 Grey Wagtails + 1 Dipper on Black Brook, 2m Wheatears around the adjacent old quarry.

The path along the moorland edge between White Coppice and Heatherlea Woods produced the following sightings :

2 Mistle Thrushes, 6 Willow Warblers, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Tawny Owl.

Heatherlea Woods : 1 Treecreeper. Also a short trill from what sounded like a Wood Warbler, but I could not locate the bird.

As it was midday and bird song had ebbed I quickly gave up looking for either Wood Warbler or any possible flycatchers.

I returned to White Coppice via the moorland path, along which 1 Tree Pipit was singing from an hawthorn and 2f Wheatears were on stone walls.

A Cuckoo was calling along the moorland edge throughout, but I simply could not locate him.

Meadow Pipits, as expected, were plentiful all across the moor.







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3 Crossbill at Lead Mines Clough this morning

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Hopefully this is the right place for this - its the nearest I can see anyway.

Posted on twitter today - c350 Crossbills at the North end of Lead Mines Clough today.

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Impressive views from the dam of an Osprey fishing over the water at 0845 today, and being harassed by several gulls. On the third pass, it caught something (in the area roughly below the Anglezarke car park) and flew off northwards, presumably looking for a suitable place to perch and eat.

We were on a walk, so no further views of the reservoir until we got back to the dam at 12.15 - nothing to see at that stage up until about 12.30.

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In an effort to help sort out my stiff neck - I did this walk without any binoculars or rucksack!

Upper Rivington Reservoir - Yarrow Reservoir - Anglezarke Reservoir - White Coppice - and return via reservoir on other side

My 'Naked eye watch' produced:

Kingfisher x 1 (flying across White Coppice cricket field towards Black Brook)
Curlew x 1
Great Crested Grebe x 5
Grey Heron x 2
Swift x 7
Swallow x 30
House Martin x 10
Lapwing x 1
Goldfinch x 4
Starling x 30
House Sparrow x 2
Cormorant x 1
Tufted Duck x 1
Canada Goose x 25
Swan x 2 adults (plus 5 cygnets)
Wren x 5
Robin x 1
Black-Headed Gull x 40
Lesser Black-Backed Gull x 2
Carrion Crow x 10
Blackbird x 4
Woodpigeon x 30

No sign of Spotted Flycatcher at Watermans Cottage

Buzzard seen near Junction 13 of M60

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09.00-12.00

A last attempt to find Redstart or Spotted Flycatcher as the breeding season closes for 2018. Sadly I could neither.

Plenty of yellow faced Blue Tits around though, many still being fed by parents.

At Lead Mines Clough 2 adult and 3 juvenile Grey Wagtails were by the almost dried up River Yarrow.

A female Mallard led her brood of 3 half grown ducklings and 2 Curlew called loudly as they circled above the woodland.

3 juvenile Black Headed Gulls were with a couple of adults and a pair of Lapwings on the scrape by Yarrow Reservoir.

The Southern end of Anglezarke Reservoir was devoid of birds apart from a single Great Crested Grebe.

A couple of Oystercatchers, a Lapwing and a Grey Heron were at the Northern end.

A thorough scan through the large oaks and ashes near Watermans Cottage produced a few more Blue Tit families but little else.

A Robin was still in full song here, Chaffinches and Wrens managed a few notes too.

At least the cooler weather and light rain kept horseflies at bay, mosquitoes were still biting though.




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09.00-14.00

Covered the area from Lead Mines Clough to Watermans Cottage and the North side of Anglezarke Reservoir.

At one point on the walk a female Pied Flycatcher was frantically snatching insects from the leaves of a large oak,

whilst nearby a Wood Warbler was heard trilling, but alas I could'nt locate the bird.

No sign of Redstart or Spotted Flycatcher.

Lead Mines Clough : 1 Dipper, 2 Ravens and 2 Nuthatches.

Watermans Cottage area : 2 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Nuthatches, a pair Great Crested Grebes and a melanistic cock Pheasant.

Chaffinches, Robins, Wrens, Song Thrushes, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps were still singing.

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09.00-14.00

Lead Mines Clough :

1 Chiffchaff (Only summer migrant found throughout), 2 Buzzards, 1 Dipper and a pair of Coal Tits.

1m Goosander on Yarrow Reservoir.

Anglezarke Reservoir & Adjoining Woodland :

4 Oystercatctchers, 2 Curlew, 3 Buzzards, 12 Tufted Ducks, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Ravens, 1 Kestrel and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

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Today, a Buzzard and Kestrel over Anglezarke and 14 Goosander on the adjacent Yarrow Res.

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(09.00-13.30)

Lead Mines Clough

2m+1f Redstarts, 4 Nuthatches and 2 Treecreepers. Also, a family of Coal Tits with 2 fledged young being fed by their parents.

Watermans Cottage

2 Nuthatches and lots of Chaffinches etc, in the woodland by the reservoir but no sign of any flycatchers of either species.

A single Great Crested Grebe was on the reservoir, which is surprisingly full after a dry spring.

White Coppice

1 Kestrel, 2 Nuthatches (They appear to be plentiful around here), 3 Ravens and 1 Curlew.

( Is this going to be a bad year for Pied Flycatchers, I could'nt find any in areas where I could easily do so in previous years, and I struggled to find

a single male in Macclesfield Forest/Teggs Nose a few weeks ago?.)

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May Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May 2017: 10:15 - 15:30 hrs.

Walk from Upper Rivington Reservoir - Yarrow Reservoir - Lead Mines Clough - Anglezarke Reservoir (passing by High Bullough Reservoir) - Watermans Cottage - White Coppice cricket ground - and return.

Redstart x 1 stunning male (Lead Mines Clough)
Spotted Flycatcher x 1 (Watermans Cottage)
Whitethroat x 1
Willow Warbler x 5
Chiffchaff x 1
Greenfinch x 1
Buzzard x 5
Kestrel x 4
Jay x 1
Oystercatcher x 1
Lapwing x 1
Meadow Pit x 2
Moorhen x 1
Grey Heron x 2
Grey Wagtail x 3
Pied Wagtail x 3
House Sparrow x 1
Mistle Thrush x 1
Greylag Geese x 4
Canada Geese x 12
House Martin x 20
Swallow x 10
Swift x 4
Lesser Black-Backed Gull x 3
Black-Headed Gull x 20
Cormorant x 2
Goldfinch x 5
Wren x 3
Dunnock x 1
Chaffinch x 7
Great Tit x 4
Blackbird x 3
Robin x 3
Collared Dove x 1
Mallard x 10
Magpie x 3
Carrion Crow x 40
Jackdaw x 1
Male Pheasant x 1


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Easter Monday, 17th April 2017: 10:15 - 15:00 hrs.

After yesterday's washout it was good to get the bins out and get my lungs full of fresh air!

Walk from north side of Upper Rivington Reservoir - Yarrow Reservoir - Anglezarke Reservoir - White Coppice cricket ground - and return via south side.

Willow Warbler x 10
Chiffchaff x 3
Swallow x 4
Dipper x 1
Curlew x 3
Lapwing x 7
Oystercatcher x 4
Great Crested Grebe x 3
Pied Wagtail x 1
Nuthatch x 3
Jay x 2
House Sparrow x 2
Long Tailed Tit x 2
Goldfinch x 3
Tufted Duck x 8
Mallard x 15
Canada Geese x 3
Greylag Geese x 11
Wren x 5
Dunnock x 1
Coal Tit x 2
Robin x 5
Blue Tit x 3
Great Tit x 4
Chaffinch x 7
Blackbird x 5
Magpie x 4
Carrion Crow x 30
Jackdaw x 1
Black Headed Gull x 30
Herring Gull x 1
Woodpigeon x 10
Moorhen x 2
Cormorant x 3
Coot x 2
Pheasant x 1

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Early this pm:
Two Buzzards soaring, seen from Long Lane as I cycled and looked towards Back Lane and Anglezarke Reservoir.

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18 Curlew north of Yarrow reservoir today

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Tuesday, 27th December 2016: 11:00 - 15:00 hrs.

Walked southside of Upper Rivington Reservoir - Angelzarke Reservoir - White Coppice - and return northside via Yarrow Reservoir.

Redwing x 15
Goldeneye x 4 (2M and 2F)
Goosander x 1
Nuthatch x 1
Jay x 4
Mistle Thrush x 1
House Sparrow x 1
Long Tailed Tit x 3
Goldfinch x 5
Mallards x 15
Canada Geese x 2
Wren x 1
Dunnock x 1
Coal Tit x 1
Robin x 7
Blue Tit x 3
Great Tit x 4
Chaffinch x 2
Blackbird x 8
Magpie x 4
Carrion Crow x 30
Rook x 20
Jackdaw x 15
Black Headed Gulls x 50
Lesser Black-Backed Gull x 2
Woodpigeon x 4
Moorhen x 1
Cormorant x 2
Mute Swan x 1
Kestrel x 1 (on way home by side of M61)


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Quick walk from Anglezarke Reservoir to White Coppice and back. Highlights;

Cuckoo - 1 flew over the sheep field at top end of the reservoir.
Redpoll - displaying - further up the valley towards White Coppice.
Plenty of willow warblers

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Saturday, 23rd April 2016: 12:45 - 16:30 hrs.

Walked from Great Barn - Upper Rivington Reservoir - Angelzarke Reservoir - White Coppice - and return from other side.

Conditions: Sunny with 'nip in the air' - perfect walking and birding weather.

White Pheasant x 1 (first one I have seen - apparently they are leucistic / albino birds)
Male Pheasant x 3
Blackcap (1M and 1F)
Willow Warbler x 2 (seen); and lot more heard
Swallow x 3
Curlew x 3
Oystercatcher x 4 (1 sat on nest)
Buzzard x 2
Tree Sparrow x 1
Meadow Pipit x 2
Skylark x 1
Mistle Thrush x 2
Greylag Geese x 14
Mallards x 8
Canada Geese x 10
Wren x 1
Grey Heron x 1
Dunnock x 2
Robin x 5
Blue Tits x 8
Great Tits x 2
Chaffinch x 8
Blackbird x 5
Magpies x 4
Carrion Crow x 20
Black Headed Gulls x 30
Muscovy Duck x 1
Woodpigeon x 20
Feral Pigeon x 4
Moorhen x 2
Coot x 2
Tufted Duck x 3


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Saturday, 5th March 2016: 12:45 - 17:00 hrs.

Walked from Lower House Car Park - 'Pigeon Tower' - Great Hill - White Coppice - Angelzarke Reservoir - Upper Rivington Reservoir - and return via Great Barn.

Great to see work being done to put large stone slabs on boggy parts of walk up to Great Hill. Good deal of work completed - some outstanding work still to be done.

Raven x 2
Oystercatcher x 4
Goosander x 1
Goldeneye x 3
Kestrel x 3
Buzzard x 1
Mallards x 10
Canada Geese x 15
Robin x 3
Blue Tits x 4
Great Tits x 1
Blackbird x 3
Magpies x 10
Carrion Crow x 20
Chaffinch x 3
Black Headed Gulls x 50
Cormorant x 1
Mute Swan x 2
Pheasant x 1
Woodpigeon x 7
Moorhen x 2




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Saturday, 20th February 2016: 13:00 - 16:30 hrs.

Walked from Great Barn - Upper Rivington Reservoir - Angelzarke Reservoir - White Coppice - and return from other side.

Conditions: Rain until approximately 16:00 hrs. Got wet through - but enjoyed it enormously. Had to get out of central heated house to get some fresh air in my lungs and do some birding!

Goldcrest x 2
Goosander x 2 (1M and 1F) - on Angelzarke Reservoir
Goldeneye x 4 (1M and 3F) - High Bullough Reservoir
Kestrel x 1
Buzzard x 1
Mistle Thrush x 3
Long Tailed Tit x 2
Mallards x 30
Canada Geese x 20
Robin x 8
Blue Tits x 9
Great Tits x 5
Blackbird x 7
Magpies x 10
Carrion Crow x 30
Rook x 5
Chaffinch x 1
Black Headed Gulls x 100
Lesser Black Backed Gulls x 5
Cormorant x 1
Mute Swan x 4
Female Pheasant x 1
Woodpigeon x 5
Feral Pigeon x 10
Moorhen x 4
Coot x 3



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10.30-14.00

Anglezarke Reservoir

3m Goosanders, 3 Shoveler, 10 Canada Geese and 60+ Mallard.

Sadly, I did'nt get the chance to scan properly through the Black Headed and Common Gulls which were not only massed at the Knowsley Lane end but on floods in surrounding pastures.

The surrounding woodland appeared to be eerily birdless, with just one flock of 10 Long Tailed Tits and a single Nuthatch.

Singles of Blue Tit and Robin was all I could find in the woods around High Bullough reservoir, where 3 Tufted Ducks were on the water.

In previous winters, when there as been a good crop of nuts, these areas of mature Beech have been teeming with Chaffinches and Bramblings.



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The great white egret was still at Upper Rivington Reservoir on Sunday 4 October at lunchtime. Also seen: 2 grey heron 1 nuthatch 2 blue tit 2 great tit 1 great black backed gull 3 jay 24 swallow 18 startling 5 pied wagtail A number of magpie, carrion crow and jackdaw

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Great White Egret on Upper Rivington Reservoir 10.30 am today

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The Great White Egret was again on Anglezarke Reservoir this evening before moving onto Upper Rivington Reservoir where it was showing well at 6.45 pm.

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There has been a Great White Egret at north end of Anglezarke Reservoir for last couple of days.

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Saturday, 18th April 2015: 12:30 - 16:30 hrs.

Walked from Great Barn - Upper Rivington Reservoir - Angelzarke Reservoir - White Coppice - and return from other side.

Conditions: Sunny, dry with cold 'nip' in the air - perfect walking conditions.

Willow Warbler x 3
Swallows x 3
Lapwings x 7
Coal Tit
Kestrel
Nuthatch
Pied Wagtails x3
Long Tailed Tits
Greylag Geese x 7
Mallards
Canada Geese x 5
Blue Tits x 10
Great Tits x 8
Magpies
Blackbirds
Black Headed Gulls x lots
Lesser Black Backed Gulls x 5
Chaffinch x 4
Dunnock
Carrion Crows
Great Crested Grebe x 1
Cormorant x 1
Jay x 1
Goldfinch x 2
Oystercatchers x 4
Mute Swan
Tufted Ducks x 7
Curlew x 2
Male Pheasant x 1
Mistle Thrush
Robin x 7
Woodpigeon
Feral Pigeon







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Walked from Joan Meadow Wood to White Coppice along the edge of the moor,then followed Black Brook onto the moor, and back across the moor to Moor Road.

5 Ravens were displaying above the high moor, also seen were 3 Kestrels, 1 Buzzard, a pair of Red Grouse and 4 singing Skylarks.

Not a single Meadow Pipit seen throughout, and no sign of either Dipper or Grey Wagtail on Black Brook.

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12.00-15.00

Anglezarke Reservoir

1m+2f Goosanders, 3 Cormorants, 1 Grey Wagtail & 2 Kestrels

A single drake Mandarin within a group of 86 Mallard.

Apart from the usual Black Headed there 4 Common, 7 Lesser Black Backed and a single Great Black Backed Gull.

Woodland

2 Nuthatches, 2 Bullfinches and 1 Buzzard.

4 Goldcrests were within a large mixed tit flock.

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Watermans Cottage area.

Early Evening

A pair of Spotted Flycatchers in the oak woods.

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Waterman's Cottage to High Bullough 8.00-10.00

Spotted Flycatcher on cottage roof
Raven mobbed by Black-headed Gulls as it flew over HB Res
Wood Warbler calling and showing briefly as it flittered through the canopy
Treecreeper carrying food
Garden Warbler
Lots of young Blackbirds / Robins / Blue Tits
14 Canada Geese with 3 goslings
Oystercatcher

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Anglezarke to White Coppice n Back with Wigan RSPB group

3 Garden Warblers,
1 Bullfinch,
3 Raven over,
2 Redstarts seen at least 3 heard,
1 Cuckoo,
6+ Lesser Redpolls,
4 Oystercatchers,
Treecreeper taking food to nest site
Also seen
Willow Warblers
Blackcaps
Long Tailed Tits
Chiffchaff
Black Headed Gulls
Blackbird
Mistle Thrush
Buzzard
Wren going to nest site
Grey Wagtail

Didn't find the Wood Warblers but then again we might not have walked in the area that they are.

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09.00-12.00

High Bullough-Watermans Cottage

Could'nt locate Wood Warbler or any flycatchers.

2 near fledged Tawny Owlets, looked like they'd been knitted not grown, did'nt view for long as Tawny parents can get nasty.

2 Nuthatches, 2 Treecreepers, a pair of displaying Ravens and on the reservoir a single Great Crested Grebe.

8 Swallows swooped low over High Bullough Reservoir.

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Yarrow Reservoir/Lead Mines Clough/Watermans Cottage (AM)

2 male Redstarts (Chasing each other around), 1 Treecreeper & 5 Oystercatchers.

1 Roebuck.

A real abundance of Great Tits, almost every tree seemed to hold a pair, Blue Tits too, will there be any vacant nestboxes left when our little migrant friends arrive back?.

Chaffinches & Wiillow Warblers also plentiful.

A very early Spotted Flycatcher was reported near the Watermans Cottage, although I could'nt find any flycatchers anywhere, maybe it's still too early?.



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Today with Wigan RSPB Mid- Week Group.
No rain; dull am but bright pm.

Group Sightings:

Brambling....60+ in 2 flocks feeding on Beech mast around the Woodland Trails. Flighty.
Chaffinch...45 ......one flock of c25. on Beech mast.
Bullfinch...4
Goldfinch...1
Tits.... numerous small flocks of Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, and Long-tailed Tit , often ground feeding.
Goldcrest....3
Treecreeper....4
Nuthatch....5
Great Spotted Woodpecker...2
Winter Thrushes.... 11 Fieldfare and 1 Redwing in a tree. Also 6 Fieldfare
and c20 Redwing over.
Mistle Thrush...2
Lapwing...4
Jay...1
Numerous Robins and a few Blackbird.
Plus Carrion Crow and Wood pigeon.

On the reservoirs:
Anglezarke:
Cormorants...2
Canada Goose c50 with....
Pink-footed Goose...1
Greylag....1
Mallards...c50
Lesser Black-backed Gull...1
Common Gull...2
Herring Gull...1
High Bullough...nothing.

Also 6 Roe Deer. Two of which were seen in cover by our lunch stop.




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Wood Warbler still present at 7 p.m., also Spotted Fly same area.

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Wood Warbler showing well below High Bullough Res @ 8.00 Also Spotted Flycatcher at Watermans Cottage 2 Treecreeper 4 Nuthatch

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Lead Mines Clough 08.00-30

1 Grey Wagtail.

Yarriow Reservoir

1 Oystercatcher

Anglesarke reservoir 09.15

1 Osprey mobbed by 2 crows & a BH Gull, raptor flew off towards Rivington

Reservoir.

White Coppice 09.40-11.30

4 Wheatear in old quarry

1 Cuckoo ( mobbed persistantly by pipits) 1 Tree Pipit & 1 Redstart (m)

along moorland edge towards Brinscall. 1 Roebuck.

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I didn't see much at all in this area today, but the highlight was the feeding station on the Alance Bridge in the NW corner of the Yarrow Reservoir. Here I got close up views of a Nuthatch, a Coal Tit and many Great Tits, Blue Tits and Chaffinches.

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4th February, 11am, walking from White Coppice along The Goit
towards Brinscall, 3 Dippers seen together. (Bolton CHA Rambling Club walk)

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This pm with Wigan RSPB.
Lunch in Anglezarke car park followed by Janet's excellent home made cake, then a walk along the trails by Higher Bullough and Anglezarke reservoirs.
Sitings :
Buzzard.... 3
Fieldfare/Redwing mixed flock (45/25)... 70 total...flying SE
Nuthatch....1
Long Tail Tit flock .... 9 with...1 Great Tit
Tufted Duck 4
Cormorants...10
Wren 1
BH Gulls/ Mallards.

Sitings a bit thin but all very pleasant.


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