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RE: SALE WATER PARK (and Broad Ees Dole)


Tuesday 2nd February           Just a quick look before the late afternoon rain started.

All very quiet, but noticed:

Mute Swan        19

Gadwall        3, B.E.D.               Teal       9+ B.E.D.                 Tufted Duck        21                       Goosander        2

Cormorant      4                        Grey Heron        3

Common Snipe        3, B.E.D.

Black-headed Gull       210         Common Gull      5                 L. B.-b. Gull       6                          Herring Gull       10

Stock Dove        4 over.

Coal Tit       2, feeders.              Long-tailed Tit       10+, feeders.

Pied Wagtail        1



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Monday 1st February                1330-1810hrs.             Just lake and B.E.D.

Mute Swan         20

Gadwall        29                           Teal      20, B.E.D.                         Tufted Duck        40                        Goosander        6, B.E.D.

Cormorant       6                          Grey Heron         9

Little Grebe        12                      Great Crested Grebe        8

Common Buzzard         1

Coot         85

Common Snipe        3, B.E.D.

Black-headed Gull       280            Common Gull         c.10                 L. B.-b. Gull         10                      Herring Gull         13

Stock Dove        2 over.                 Wood Pigeon         c.20

Jay        1

Long-tailed Tit        14                  Treecreeper         2, B.E.D.

Song Thrush          9  (8 singing).                Redwing         1

Pied Wagtail          1                     Grey Wagtail         1

Goldfinch           4

& some of the usual species.

Also heard the male Pheasant by old cricket field.

 



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Sunday 31st January             1335-1815hrs.               38 species, including:

Mute Swan        20

Gadwall        19 (15 lake + 4 B.E.D.)                        Teal        13  (1 lake + 12 B.E.D.)

Tufted Duck        39                                                Goosander        5, B.E.D.

Cormorant        7 on lake, plus 5 over south and 1 over west in evening.

Grey Heron         9

Great Crested Grebe        9

Common Buzzard         2 local birds, plus 1 over east.

Kestrel        2

Woodcock        1

Black-headed Gull        680, the Turn Moss lot visited again.

Common Gull        10                              L. B.-b. Gull          11                              Herring Gull         12

Kingfisher         1

Coal Tit        1, feeders.                           Willow Tit        1, feeders.

Pied Wagtail         1                                 Grey Wagtail         1

Chaffinch        1, feeders.                         Bullfinch         1

Also:

Ring-necked Parakeet       65 in Jackson's Boat pre-roost.

Very low coverage ---  far too many people to be safe. I just hid and watched the gulls much of the time.



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Saturday 30th January                    1320-1740hrs.                42 species, including:

Mute Swan        16

Gadwall       5                       Teal        8+, B.E.D.                       Tufted Duck       34                        Goosander       11, B.E.D.

Cormorant       5                   Grey Heron       11

Little Grebe       9                  Great Crested Grebe        6

Kestrel       1

Common Snipe      1, B.E.D.

Black-headed Gull       640  (Birds presumably disturbed off Turn Moss came over to lake for a while).

Common Gull      15               L. B.-b. Gull       11                        Herring Gull       10

Stock Dove       3 over.           Wood Pigeon        c.15

Kingfisher       1                     G. S. Woodpecker       1

Coal Tit       1, feeders.           Long-tailed Tit       2                     Nuthatch        2

Song Thrush        1                Redwing      7

Grey Wagtail        1

Goldfinch       13                    Siskin       1                                  Bullfinch       1



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Friday 29th January             1340-1745hrs.              41 species, including:

Mute Swan        17

Teal      2                          Tufted Duck      32                           Goosander      19, B.E.D. roost at dusk.

Cormorant       3                Grey Heron       3

Little Grebe      7               Great Crested Grebe       7

Moorhen       16                 Coot       102  (100 on lake + 2 B.E.D.)

Common Snipe        5, B.E.D.

Black-headed Gull       c.100                      Common Gull       2                          L. B.-b. Gull       3                       Herring Gull       10

G. S. Woodpecker        1

Jay        1

Coal Tit     1, feeders.               Long-tailed Tit       2                     Nuthatch        3                       Treecreeper         1

Song Thrush      7 singing.        Mistle Thrush        1                      Redwing        1

Pied Wagtail       3                    Grey Wagtail        4, incl. 2 by river, Jackson's Boat.

Greenfinch       2, Jackson's Boat (also 3 more in trees on opposite riverbank at Hardy Farm, one of them singing).

Goldfinch        11



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Thursday 28th January             1340-1800hrs.                35 species only, including:

Mute Swan     14

(Gadwall     None at all on lake or at B.E.D.)

Tufted Duck      33                          Goosander       10+

Cormorant      2

Great Crested Grebe        8

Black-headed Gull        70 on lake.  Also 30 or so on Stretford Ees, then a loud explosive bang from somewhere in Stretford / Chorlton flushed everything, including 800+ mainly Black-headed Gulls from Turn Moss, which scattered in all directions, not returning.

Common Gull      2                         L. B.-b. Gull        3                             Herring Gull      14

Kingfisher       1

Jay      2

Goldcrest      1                               Coal Tit        1                                   Long-tailed Tit        c.12

Nuthatch       1

Song Thrush       11, incl. 9 singing.                                  Redwing      4

Grey Wagtail       4

Goldfinch       3                              Bullfinch        1

Also:  Ring-necked Parakeet  (62 at Jackson's Boat pre-roost).

Also:  Stock Dove  (1 over Stretford Ees);  Mistle Thrush  (1 singing, Stretford Ees trees by railway bridge);  Starling  (c.40 over Stretford Ees after 'explosion'. Also 1 on top of Stretford Ees pylon).

 



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Wednesday 27th January          1245-1800hrs.        44 species, including:

Mute Swan      15

Gadwall      23                    Teal     5, B.E.D.                   Tufted Duck     28                    Goosander      15, B.E.D.

Cormorant      6                  Grey Heron       1

Common Buzzard       1                      Kestrel       1

Common Snipe      7, B.E.D.

Black-headed Gull       230  (also 210 over on Stretford Ees).                                                Common Gull       29

L. B.-b Gull       14                             Yellow-legged Gull       1 second cal. yr.                        Herring Gull       18

Stock Dove      1 over.

Kingfisher        2

Jay       2, B.E.D.

Goldcrest       2, B.E.D.                      Long-tailed Tit        c.15                     Treecreeper        1, B.E.D.

Song Thrush       4 singing.                Redwing        5

Pied Wagtail        1  (also 10 over on Stretford Ees).                                    Grey Wagtail        1

Chaffinch         1



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Tuesday 26th January                 1400-1740hrs.            Just lake and river area mainly.

Mute Swan        13

Gadwall      26                      Teal     16, B.E.D.                     Tufted Duck      15                       Goosander       13, B.E.D.

Cormorant     5                     Grey Heron     3

Little Grebe      13                 Great Crested Grebe       11

Common Buzzard       1

Coot       87

Black-headed Gull      250                Common Gull      13                    L. B.-b. Gull       21                     Herring Gull      33

Long-tailed Tit       8+

Pied Wagtail       8, incl. 6 on B.E.D.                        Grey Wagtail       1

& hardly anything else in rather grim weather conditions.

River from Jackson's Boat bridge down to railway bridge:

Mallard  (76);  Grey Wagtail  (1).



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Monday 25th January            1300-1740hrs.           39 species.

About 70% of lake frozen over, and similarly 90% of B.E.D.

Mute Swan      11

Gadwall      24 on lake.                       Teal      53 on B.E.D. + 5 on lake.

Tufted Duck       2                              Goosander      2 on river + 7 in from upriver in evening.

Cormorant     2 only.                          Grey Heron      7

Little Grebe      6                               Great Crested Grebe       6

Common Buzzard       2 circling over area.                       Kestrel       1

Coot      80 on lake + 2 on B.E.D.

Common Snipe       2, B.E.D.

Black-headed Gull      420                    Common Gull      c.20                         L. B.-b. Gull       10                       Herring Gull        23

Goldcrest       1                                   Coal Tit         1                                   Long-tailed Tit      8                      Nuthatch        2, feeders.

Redwing      3

Grey Wagtail       1

Greenfinch       1                                 Goldfinch       2                                  Siskin      1                                   Bullfinch       1

Also male Pheasant, and 75 Ring-necked Parakeet at Jackson's Boat pre-roost.



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Sunday 24th January                    Just round lake and quick look at B.E.D.

Mute Swan       11

Gadwall      30 on lake, none on B.E.D.                        Teal       13, B.E.D.

Tufted Duck      28                                                     Goosander        3

Cormorant       4                                                        Grey Heron      3

Little Grebe      8                                                       Great Crested Grebe       7

Coot      87 on lake + 2 on B.E.D.

Black-headed Gull        330                      Common Gull         14                           L. B.-b. Gull        9                         Herring Gull      16

Long-tailed Tit        12

Redwing        2                                       Song Thrush       2

Pied Wagtail        1                                 Grey Wagtail       1

Goldfinch       10

& some of the other usual species.



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Saturday 23rd January              1315-1725hrs.              42 species, including:

Mute Swan      11

Gadwall      23, B.E.D.                         Teal      11, B.E.D.                         Tufted Duck      18                         Goosander      26, B.E.D. roost, dusk.

Cormorant      5                                  Grey Heron      3

Little Grebe       8                               Great Crested Grebe      6

Sparrowhawk      1                              Common Buzzard       1

Coot       81, incl. 2 on B.E.D.

Black-headed Gull     113 on lake.        Common Gull     2 on lake.             L. B.-b. Gull      5                         Herring Gull       22 on lake in evening briefly.

Kingfisher      1

Jay      1

Coal Tit      1, feeders.                         Willow Tit      1, feeders.                Nuthatch        2, feeders.              Treecreeper        2, B.E.D.

Song Thrush       1 singing.                  Redwing       6, B.E.D.

Pied Wagtail        1                              Grey Wagtail       2

Goldfinch       1

Also -- Kestrel  (1 just over on Chorlton Ees & 1 on Stretford Ees pylon);  Starling  (1 on Stretford Ees pylon).



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Nuthatch, Ring-necked Parakeet, Willow Tit, Coat Tit, Blue Tit and Great Tit on feeders

Cormorant, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Coot, Moorhen, Great-crested Grebe, Little Grebe, mainly Black-headed Gulls and handful of Tufted Duck on main lake

Grey Heron, Gadwall and Mallard - Broad Ees Dole

Woodpigeon, Robin, Blackbird and Dunnock along the paths

 



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Friday 22nd January     1345-1745hrs.               36 species including:

Mute Swan      12

Gadwall     23, B.E.D., none on lake.                     Teal      7, B.E.D.                            Mallard      Only 13 on lake, also 15+ on river.

Tufted Duck      16 on lake.                                  Goosander      11, B.E.D.

Cormorant      3                                                  Grey Heron      1

Little Grebe      4 on lake; 3 on B.E.D.                   Great Crested Grebe       6

Kestrel       1

Coot      96  (94 on lake + 2 on B.E.D.)

Common Snipe      1 by inflow channel.

Black-headed Gull     36 at lake + 14 on old cricket field.                            Common Gull      6 on old cricket field.

L. B.-b. Gull         1                                                                                  Herring Gull      5

Long-tailed Tit      8+

Song Thrush      2 singing at dusk.

Pied Wagtail       2                                      Grey Wagtail       1

Lesser Redpoll        9, B.E.D.

Flood water now drained away, but lots of mud and litter.

 



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At the feeders by the cafe: 2 Willow Tits 2 Ring-Necked Parakeets 2. Nuthatches Raven over calling

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Thursday 21st January           1310-1720hrs.

Level of lake now going down, and sluice gates shut. Lakeside paths still flooded, and B.E.D. pools inaccessible, with most of B.E.D. woodland also flooded.

39 species, incl.

Mute Swan      13

Gadwall      1                      Tufted Duck        23 back on lake.                        Goosander         6 in from upriver at dusk.

Cormorant       5                 Grey Heron        2

Little Grebe     1                 Great Crested Grebe         13

Common Buzzard        2 in from Stretford and over to Chorlton Ees at dusk

Kestrel       1

Coot      75 only.

Black-headed Gull        70 on lake & 91 on floodwater on old cricket field.

Common Gull        1                 L. B.-b. Gull         2                   Herring Gull            14 dropped in in evening.

Jackdaw        1400 in to B.E.D. roost.

Goldcrest        1                       Nuthatch        2                        Treecreeper          1                        Long-tailed Tit      4

Mistle Thrush         1                Redwing         4

Pied Wagtail        1                   Grey Wagtail       1

Chaffinch        1                       Goldfinch         4



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Monday 18th - Wednesday 20th January

The sluice gates just down from Jackson's Boat were partially opened this afternoon, and will be kept open overnight. Downstream, the river is just c.1 foot from the top of the arch of the canal bridge, though I have seen it higher in years ago. The inflow of river water has flooded most of the wood / scrub down from the sluice, and about half of the old cricket field was underwater by the time I left at dusk. The inflow into the lake has brought a lot of silt and debris, and the lake level is slowly rising. The swans and most of the Coot scattered across the lake as the brown tide spread. Will be interesting to see how things develop. Car parks are closed, which is great.

Mute Swan      14 - 15

Gadwall     Max. 35, then just 19 on B.E.D. today after all departed when the flood water arrived.

Teal     16, B.E.D.

Mallard     26 on lake, 18/1.

Tufted Duck     37 on 19 & 20/1, then all rapidly departed when flood water arrived.

Goosander     29, B.E.D. roost, 19/1.

Cormorant     7-8

Grey Heron     2-3

Little Grebe     Max. 8, 20/1                             Great Crested Grebe        Max. 10 on 20/1

Common Buzzard        1, 18/1, Jackson's Boat.

Common Snipe      7, B.E.D. on 19/1, & 10 on 20/1

gulls      Very few, all on Turn Moss presumably, Herring Gull (14) on 19/1.

G. S. Woodpecker        1, Jackson's Boat, 19/1.

Pied Wagtail         1-3                                      Grey Wagtail        1, 20/1

Goldfinch      5, 18/1

& not much else in all the heavy rain.

River, railway bridge up to Jackson's Boat bridge, 18/1:

Mallard  (41);  Grey Wagtail  (2).

 



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Saturday 16th January               1330-1715hrs.        Limited coverage -- too many people -- only 36 species, including:

Mute Swan      12

Gadwall      35                       Teal      10, B.E.D.                       Tufted Duck      30                        Goosander      32, B.E.D. at dusk.

Cormorant       9                    Grey Heron        3

Little Grebe      12                 Great Crested Grebe       10

Common Buzzard       1          Kestrel        1

Coot       117, incl. 2 back on B.E.D.

Wood Pigeon       c.35

Goldcrest       3                     Willow Tit       2, feeders.               Long-tailed Tit       20

Redwing        10                   Pied Wagtail       3                         Goldfinch       3+



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Main highlights today:

Peregrine x1 flew from Chorlton Ees over the Main Lake
Kestrel x1 on Sale Ees
Willow Tit x1 at feeders
Gadwall x23 on Main Lake
Great Crested Grebe x11 on Main Lake
Little Grebe x5 on Main Lake

Also had the female Stonechat but it was on the green metal fence of Sale Golf Club, across the river from Barlow Tip.

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Late post from Friday afternoon.

Female Stonechat on the fence of Sale Golf Club just up river from the Tram Bridge. Flitted around the area briefly then flew across river to CCHGC.

Chris

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Wednesday 13th - Friday 15th January            1330-1700hrs. daily, but in rain, fog or freezing fog.

Mute Swan     11-12

Gadwall     Max. 45, 15/1                          Teal     Max. 9, B.E.D., 14/1

Tufted Duck      Max. 33, 15/1                   Goosander       Incr. at B.E.D. roost:  30 on 14/1 & 36 on 15/1

Cormorant      9-11                                   Grey Heron      1-3

Little Grebe      Max. 13, 15/1                   Great Crested Grebe      Max. 10, 15/1

Kestrel      1, 15/1

Common Snipe      3, B.E.D., 14/1

Black-headed Gull      c.250, 15/1              Common Gull        Max. c.15                        L. B.-b. Gull         Max. 6                     Herring Gull       Max. 6

Stock Dove       1 over, 15/1

Kingfisher      1, 14/1                               G. S. Woodpecker      1, 15/1

Jay      1-2                                              Coal Tit      1, feeders                                   Nuthatch    3, 14/1, incl. one across from Stretford Ees

Song Thrush       2, 14/1                          Redwing      4, 14/1

Goldcrest        1, 15/1                              Pied Wagtail      1-3

Chaffinch       1, 14 & 15/1                       Goldfinch      4, 15/1                                    Greenfinch      1, 15/1  - first of the year; used to be common

Bullfinch     1-3

& some other usual species.

River Mersey from railway bridge to Jackson's Boat bridge:

13th Jan:   Mallard  (69);  Black-headed Gull  (38);  Grey Wagtail  (3).

15th Jan:   Mallard  (73);  Cormorant  (1);  Grey Wagtail  (3);  Pied Wagtail  (2).



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Tuesday 12th January         1330-1700hrs.              41 species, including:

Mute Swan       11

Gadwall      36                         Teal      8, B.E.D.                         Tufted Duck       26                         Goosander      27, B.E.D. roost.

Cormorant      6                       Grey Heron      3

Little Grebe      13                    Great Crested Grebe      9+

Jay      1                                  Coal Tit      1, feeders.                 Willow Tit      1, feeders.                 Long-tailed Tit       30

Nuthatch       2                        Treecreeper       1                        Redwing      12                               Song Thrush      2

Pied Wagtail       1                   Grey Wagtail      1                        Chaffinch      1, feeders.                  Goldfinch       3

Siskin      7



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Monday 11th January            Just a quick look at lake, also B.E.D. pools at dusk.

Mute Swan       11

Gadwall      47                          Teal       2, B.E.D.                           Tufted Duck       23                             Goosander      22, B.E.D. roost.

Cormorant      10                      Grey Heron       1

Little Grebe      12                    Great Crested Grebe       12

Moorhen       20                        Coot       119

Kingfisher       1

Nuthatch       1                         Pied Wagtail       2                          Grey Wagtail       1

Goldfinch      9                          Siskin       1

& just 15 usual other species in the rain.



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Sunday 10th January         1330-1700hrs.                       Just lake, and B.E.D. pool at dusk after much time in wood avoiding people.  38 species, incl.:

Mute Swan       12

Gadwall       43                      Teal      4, B.E.D.                    Mallard      61 on lake.

Tufted Duck      20                 Goosander      23 at roost, B.E.D.

Cormorant      12                   Grey Heron      2

Little Grebe      12                  Great Crested Grebe      10

Common Buzzard       1, B.E.D.

Common Snipe      1, B.E.D.

Black-headed Gull       360                    Common Gull      23                         L. B.-b. Gull       15                      Herring Gull       c.15

Wood Pigeon       c.25                           G. S. Woodpecker      1, B.E.D.

Treecreeper        1, B.E.D.                     Redwing      c.25, B.E.D.                  Pied Wagtail       2                       Grey Wagtail       2, lake.

Chaffinch       1, B.E.D.                         Goldfinch        1                               Siskin       7, B.E.D.



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Saturday 9th January       1335-1710hrs., though very limited coverage due to crowds of people, many behaving stupidly. Just 38 species, incl.:

Mute Swan         12

Gadwall        42                          Teal        4                          Shoveler       1 male, B.E.D. at dusk.

Tufted Duck       18                     Goosander       21, B.E.D. roost.

Cormorant       6                        Grey Heron        3

Little Grebe      14 on lake.         Great Crested Grebe        10

Common Snipe       2, B.E.D.

Goldcrest        1                         Willow Tit       2, feeders / wood area.                       Treecreeper        1, E. end scrub.

Nuthatch        2, feeders / wood area.

Pied Wagtail       2                      Grey Wagtail       2

Goldfinch        6                         Bullfinch         1



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Very foggy this am and Broad Ees Dole pool was completely frozen and birdless. Very busy around the lake and car parks were full, I tried to stick to the smaller paths where possible..

Main Lake
Goosander x16
Gadwall x32
Tufted Duck x15
Little Grebe x5
Great Crested Grebe x7
Common Gull x30
Lesser Black Backed Gull x7
Herring Gull x1
Black-headed Gull c.150
Grey Wagtail x1

Broad Ees Dole Woodland
Big mixed tit flock containing 15+ Long-Tailed Tits, 5 Blue Tits, 2 Great Tits, 1 Willow Tit and 1 Treecreeper
Redwing x20 feeding in the leaf litter
Nuthatch x2
Jay x1
Song Thrush x2

Feeders
Willow Tit x1
Sparrowhawk x1 flew through
Usual Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Dunnock etc also present

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Tuesday 5th - Friday 8th January                  2-3 hours each afternoon.

Mute Swan        12 - 16

Gadwall          42 - 44                    Teal          Max. 36 on 7/1.                       Shoveler          1 male, 5 & 7/1.

Tufted Duck        Max. 14               Goosander      Max. 14, B.E.D. roost, 5/1.

Cormorant        Max. 9                   Grey Heron       2 - 3

Little Grebe       Max. 7                  Great Crested Grebe        Max. 7

Sparrowhawk       1, 6/1                Common Buzzard       1 - 2                        Kestrel      2 on pylon, Stretford side, 6/1.

Coot        115, 8/1

Common Snipe       1, B.E.D., 5/1.

Common Gull        Max. 30, 5/1.                    L. B-b. Gull        Max. 23                          Herring Gull         Max. 15

Stock Dove       1 over, 7/1.                           Wood Pigeon        Max. c.30, 8/1

Kingfisher       1, 6-7/1

Jay       1 - 2                                                Jackdaw        1500 into roost, B.E.D., 6/1.

Carrion Crow      150+ in trees by Turn Moss, 6/1. None on 7/1.

Goldcrest      3 on 5/1 & 2 on 8/1.                  Coal Tit        1, feeders, 8/1.                        Long-tailed Tit        Max. 20, 8/1.

Treecreeper       2, 8/1                                  Nuthatch      1 - 2

Song Thrush       2, 8/1                                 Redwing       1, 6 & 7/1

Pied Wagtail      1-3                                      Grey Wagtail        1, 7/1

Chaffinch       1 - 2                                       Goldfinch       Max. 3

& a few other usual species.

 



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Monday 4th January      1320-1630hrs.               41 species, including -

Mute Swan     14

Gadwall      43                       Tufted Duck      10                           Goosander        4

Cormorant      8                     Grey Heron       2

Great Crested Grebe       8

Kestrel       2

Coot       114

Kingfisher       1

Jay       1                              Goldcrest      3                                Coal Tit      1, feeders.                           Willow Tit     1, feeders.

Nuthatch      1, feeders.         Song Thrush        2                         Redwing      2, feeders area.

Pied Wagtail        2                Grey Wagtail       3

Chaffinch      2, feeders.        Bullfinch       5

 



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Sunday 3rd January              1330-1700hrs.      40 species including -

Mute Swan       15

Gadwall      13                           Teal      50, B.E.D.                                Goosander       18 (5 ad. m.), B.E.D. roost.

Cormorant       8                        Grey Heron      3

Little Grebe      11 on lake.         Great Crested Grebe       10

Sparrowhawk       1

Common Snipe      1, B.E.D.

Herring Gull       13                    L. B.-b Gull        4

Stock Dove      1 over.                Wood Pigeon         c.20

Kingfisher      1

Jay       1, B.E.D.                       Goldcrest      2, B.E.D.                      Treecreeper      1, B.E.D.                       Redwing      8, B.E.D.

Grey Wagtail       1                     Chaffinch     1, B.E.D.                       Siskin      1+, B.E.D.                             Bullfinch      2, B.E.D.

Most time spent in B.E.D. wooded area -- avoiding the crowds.



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Saturday 2nd January             1320-1700hrs.

Mute Swan       18

Gadwall         20                             Teal      3 on lake & 62 on B.E.D.                              Tufted Duck       15                        Goosander       6

Cormorant       7                             Grey Heron        2

Little Grebe       7                           Great Crested Grebe         8

Common Buzzard        1                  Kestrel        1

Common Snipe       1, B.E.D.

Black-headed Gull        420                        Common Gull        16+                           Herring Gull      10+

Jackdaw      1400 in to roost at B.E.D. 

Long-tailed Tit       12                        Nuthatch       2                                 Coal Tit        1

& only 15 other usual species. Too much time spent avoiding people, couldn't look at gulls properly.



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Friday 1st January          1320-1650hrs.       34 species incl.

Mute Swan       14

Gadwall       27                           Teal       11, B.E.D.                        Tufted Duck       17                       Goosander       14 to roost at B.E.D., incl. 9 on lake earlier.

Cormorant       10                       Grey Heron       2

Little Grebe      8 on lake & 1, B.E.D.                                               Great Crested Grebe        6+

Common Buzzard      2 over B.E.D. at dusk, to Chorlton Ees.

Common Snipe      5, B.E.D.

Common Gull       22                      L. B.-b. Gull      4                        Herring Gull       14                      Yellow-legged Gull        1 ad.

Jay      1                                       Long-tailed Tit        6+                Pied Wagtail       1                        Grey Wagtail        1

Just looked at lake and B.E.D. -- too many people everywhere.

 



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Thursday 31st December           1235-1655hrs., except for an hour at Chorlton W.P.

Mute Swan      14

Gadwall       32                       Teal       7, B.E.D.                     Tufted Duck       10                        Goosander       6 on lake & 6 over at dusk, but B.E.D. too frozen.

Cormorant      10                    Grey Heron         3                   Great Crested Grebe       9

Kestrel        1

Common Snipe       1, B.E.D.                       Green Sandpiper       1 calling over lake area at dusk.

L. B.-b. Gull        12                                    Herring Gull        4

Long-tailed Tit       14                                 Song Thrush        2                          Pied Wagtail      1

& another 18 usual species.

 

River from railway bridge to Jackson's Boat bridge:      Mallard  (37);  Grey Wagtail  (2).

River from Jackson's Boat to Chorlton W.P. bridge:      Mallard  (57);  Grey Wagtail  (1).

 



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Wednesday 30th December       1400-1645hrs.          34 species including:

Mute Swan     11

Gadwall      17                      Teal      64, B.E.D.                      Tufted Duck      8                            Goldeneye      2 ad. males.

Goosander       6

Cormorant       8

Grey Heron      3

Little Grebe      6                       Great Crested Grebe       8

Moorhen       24                        Coot      89

Black-headed Gull      Belgian bird, seen in October, back again.

Common Gull      15+                       L. B.-b. Gull        3                           Herring Gull       11

Kingfisher       1

Jay     1                        Song Thrush       2                      Pied Wagtail        1                         Goldfinch       3

E. end of lake mostly frozen over. About 90% of B.E.D. frozen over. Rather too foggy to see much.



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Tuesday 29th Dec.     1345-1655hrs.      44 species, including:

Mute Swan     10

Pink-footed Goose      c.190 to WNW at 1435hrs.

Gadwall     24                    Teal     20, B.E.D.                    Tufted Duck     5                       Goldeneye     1 f./imm.

Goosander      21 (5 ad. males), in to roost on B.E.D.

Cormorant      6                      Grey Heron     4

Great Crested Grebe       7

Common Buzzard      1 in at dusk from Stretford.                         Kestrel      1

Woodcock      1                         Common Snipe     4, B.E.D.

Black-headed Gull      260                     Common Gull      20                        L. B.-b Gull       5                         Herring Gull       3

Stock Dove      1 over.

Coal Tit     1, feeders.                         Long-tailed Tit       9                          Nuthatch      2, feeders area.

Redwing      25, most coming in from E.                           Song Thrush       1

Pied Wagtail      1                         Chaffinch     1                          Goldfinch      3

About 70% of B.E.D. pool with thin covering of ice.

Ring-necked Parakeet      Pre-roost of 21 on Stretford side yesterday.



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Today from 2pm.

Visitor Centre feeders-
Nuthatch - 2.
Dunnock - 2.
Plus Grt. and Blue tits.

Inflow channel .
Teal - 3.

Wildflower meadow .
Kestrel - 1.

Cow lane .
Bullfinch - 1f.

Main lake.
Goosander - 7 (3m +4f).
Gadwall - 13.
Mute Swan - 7.
Great crested grebe - 4.
Cormorant - 8.

Broad ees dole (with very high water level).
Grey Heron - 2.
Little Grebe - 1.
Snipe - 3.
Teal - 15.





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Monday 28th Dec.   Three hours until dusk.

Mute Swan     10               Gadwall     17                Teal      4 B.E.D.                  Tufted Duck      8                Goosander     13 (6 ad. males) B.E.D. roost

Cormorant     3                 Grey Heron     4             Little Grebe       7                Great Crested Grebe     6

Common Buzzard    1            Kestrel    1

Moorhen     23                  Coot     95

Woodcock     1

L. B.-b. Gull     6                    Herring Gull     1

Wood Pigeon      10

Kingfisher      1

Jackdaw      1350 in to roost at B.E.D.

Long-tailed Tit      8

Redwing      2                    Song Thrush       2

Bullfinch      1

& a few other usual species.

 



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A couple of hours around here this afternoon:

Main lake and surrounds:

1 coal tit
1 willow tit
18 ring-necked parakeet
4 great crested grebe
13 tufted duck
16 gadwall
1 goldeneye
2 goosander
43 pink-footed geese over nw
7 mute swan
1 grey heron
170+ black-headed gull
c10 common gull
1 cormorant

Broad Ees Dole:

1 kingfisher
1 little grebe
24 teal
2 shoveler
14 goosander
1 grey heron



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3 x ring-necked parakeet on feeders along with nuthatch, coal tit, blue and great tit. Bullfinch male in the bushes near the feeders.

5 x goosander and a few pairs of gadwall on the lake



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44 species early afternoon, highlights being

Chiffchaff 1 - seen briefly at Teal Pond.
Shoveler 3 - 2 males and female Teal Pond.
Goosander 1
Snipe 5
Sparrowhawk 1
Willow Tit 1

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Afternoon visit.

Visitor centre feeders all topped up...

2 willow tits
2 nuthatch
2 ring necked parakeets
1 chaffinch
Usual blue, great & coal tits.
A bit further along from the feeders down on the marsh, 5 teal & 1 grey heron.

Main lake...

5 mute swans
8 cormorants
5 great crested grebes
7 little grebes
10 gadwall
1 tufted duck
1 kestrel Male perched on pylon watching me then suddenly dropped about 15 feet away from me catching some prey.
2 bullfinch

Broad ees dole...

5 goosander
5 gadwall
3 little grebes
3 grey herons
2 snipe
1 kestrel
1 jay

Teal pool...

12 teal
1 shoveler
8 snipe, possibly more as I could see some more movement around them but only had my binoculars.

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Black headed Gull numbers down today, 2 Snipe visible on Broad Ees Dole, 3 Goosander and 1 Willow Tit being highlights.
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Just over two hours on site today between 12 noon until 2.30 with 35 species recorded the highlights being: 

Around the feeders near the cafe 2 Nuthatch, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Ring Necked Parakeet and Willow Tit (very possibly 2).

At Broad Ees Dole 3 Snipe.  

 



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Friday 27th November - Sunday 29th November, three or four hours each afternoon until dusk.

Mute Swan     2 ad. + 5 juv. on lake  +  2 ad. on B.E.D.  The male from the lake tried to evict the B.E.D. male, but seems to have failed.

Gadwall      Max. 22, 29/11;                 Teal      Max. 9, B.E.D., 29/11;                     Mallard     c.60 roosted at B.E.D., 29/11.

Shoveler      1 m. + 1 fem., B.E.D. daily;                       Tufted Duck     Max. 11.

Goosander     Max. 2 m. + 4 fem., B.E.D. roost, 29/11, also 1 juv. on lake, 27/11.

Cormorant      Max. 13;                       Grey Heron      Max. 2.

Little Grebe     Max. 10, 29/11  --  5+ on lake & 5 on B.E.D.;                         Great Crested Grebe      Max. 7.

Kestrel      2 males, pylon on Stretford side, in dispute.

Coot     95, 28/11  ---  90 on lake  &  5 on B.E.D.

Common Snipe      1-2, B.E.D.

Black-headed Gull      270, 28/11;                     L. B.-b. Gull      Max. 8;                      Herring Gull       Max. 5.

Stock Dove       4 over on 28/11;                     Kingfisher      1, 29/11;                   G. S. Woodpecker        1, 27/11;                   Jay    1, 28/11.

Raven        1 over from W. and onto pylon on Sale G.C.

Goldcrest      Singles, 28 & 29/11;                   Willow Tit     1, cafe feeders, 28/11;                      Coal Tit      1, cafe feeders, 28/11.

Long-tailed Tit       Max. 39+, 28/11, incl. flock of 19 which came across from Chorlton Ees.

Nuthatch      2, cafe feeders area, 28/11. Also 1 Sale G.C., 27/11.

Mistle Thrush       5, Sale G.C., 27/11. Presumed 3 of same on old cricket pitch, 28/11.

Redwing      1, 28/11;                       Song Thrush       2, 28/11, incl. 1 singing.

Grey Wagtail       1 daily;                        Pied Wagtail        1-2.

Chaffinch       Max. 2;                       Bullfinch       3, 28/11.

 



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Monday 23rd November - Thursday 26th November,  two to three hours each afternoon to dusk.

S.W.P.  -  B.E.D.

Mute Swan       Still 2 ad. + 5 juv. on lake & 2 ad. on B.E.D.

Gadwall       Max. 18;                    Teal       Max. 14, B.E.D., 26/11;                 Shoveler       1 fem., 24/11  &   1 m. + 1 fem., 25-26/11. All B.E.D.

Tufted Duck       Max. 8;                    Goosander        Max. 9, B.E.D. roost, 26/11.

Cormorant       Max. 14;                   Grey Heron       Max. 4;                    Little Grebe          Max. 7;                   Great Crested Grebe         Max. 9, 26/11.

Common Buzzard         2 in from W., over B.E.D. and to roost on Chorlton Ees at dusk daily.

Sparrowhawk        1, 25/11;                     Kestrel         1 daily.

Moorhen         31, 26/11 ---- 23 lake + 8 B.E.D.;                     Coot         98, 26/11 ---- 93 lake + 5 B.E.D.

Common Snipe        Max. 3, 23/11.

Common Gull        Max. 13;                  L. B.-b. Gull        Max. 10;                    Herring Gull         Max. 7.

Magpie       179 in B.E.D. roost, 23/11;                        Jay       1, 25/11;                       Jackdaw          800 in to roost, B.E.D., 25/11.

Rook       2 together to SW, 25/11;                       Carrion Crow         75 on old cricket field, 24/11, roost in adjacent trees.

Long-tailed Tit        Max. 22, 25/11;                     Redwing        1, 25/11;                          Mistle Thrush            1, Stretford side riverbank, 25/11.

Grey Wagtail          1-2 daily;                         Pied Wagtail          Max. 4.

Siskin         7, 26/11;                          Goldfinch         Max. 5.                      & other usual species.

Ring-necked Parakeet          Pre-roost of 60, Jackson's Boat, 24/11.

Cow Lane west / Barrow Brook pool:     Moorhen  (11);   Common Buzzard  (1 over, 24/11);   Tawny Owl   (1 hooting, 24/11);   

G. S. Woodpecker  (1 occasionally);   Fieldfare  (2, 24/11);   Song Thrush  (1 singing, 24/11);   Treecreeper  (1, 24/11);   Coal Tit  (1, 26/11);   

Goldcrest  (1, 25/11);   Grey Wagtail  (1 most days);   Bullfinch  (1, 24/11);   Chaffinch  (Max. 5, 26/11);      & common species.

 



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Thursday 19th - Sunday 22nd November,  two or three hours each afternoon to dusk, though much of Sunday spent trying to avoid the afternoon crowds.

 

Mute Swan       2 ad. + 5 juv. on lake &, from 20/11, also 2 ad. on B.E.D.

Gadwall       Max. 24;                   Teal       Max. 16, B.E.D., 20/11;              Tufted Duck      Max. 10, but all gone by 22/11.

Goosander      Max. 5, B.E.D.

Cormorant      Max. 14;                 Grey Heron      Max. 4;                 Little Grebe       Max. 15, 20/11;                Great Crested Grebe      Max. 8.

Common Buzzard       1 daily, but 4 on 22/11, incl. 2 in to roost from NW;                     Kestrel       1 in area daily.

Moorhen       Max. 37, 20/11;                 Coot        94 on 20/11  &  92 on 22/11.

Common Snipe         Flock of 6 high over E. to W., 20/11.

Black-headed Gull        Max. 380;              L. B.-b. Gull         Max. 13                    Herring Gull         Max. 9.

Wood Pigeon        Max. 40, B.E.D. roost, 22/11;                         Stock Dove        1 over, 22/11.

Kingfisher       1, 19/11;                         G. S. Woodpecker        Daily singles.

Magpie          155 to roost at B.E.D., 22/11, nearly all these from Stretford side of river.

Jay           1-3.

Jackdaw       800 in to roost, B.E.D., 21/11.

Mistle Thrush         2, 22/11, on pylon, Stretford side;                        Song Thrush        2, 22/11.

Grey Wagtail        1-2;                         Pied Wagtail        Usually 2, though 4 on 20/11.

Goldcrest        1, 21/11;                       Long-tailed Tit       Max.12.

Redpoll         1, 19/11;               Chaffinch        Max. 3;                  Goldfinch       Max. 10;                     Bullfinch        Daily singles.

& some of the other usual species.

Five minutes at cafe feeders, 22/11  -   Blue Tit,  Great Tit,  Coal Tit (1),  Willow Tit (2),  Nuthatch (1),  Magpie,  Chaffinch (1)  &  parakeets.

 



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Probably wouldnt make much difference Steve, various water-sport activities are done during the week too!


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Hi Rob, It returned for a while though it stayed well out in the water (can't say I blame it, the paths were very busy when I arrived and dogs were playing in the water at the Western end). The arrival of the canoeists was the trigger for its leaving again. Shame it didn't arrive on a weekday.

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Nice to see a few familiar faces this morning.

- Great Northern Diver (juv / 1st w)

Showing well on main lake infront of Deckers when I arrived at 8.50am but it was short lived as it took flight within 10 minutes. It flew off high to the south and over the M60 at approx 9am
Presumably the Diver returned then Steven if you saw it between 9.45-10.12am?

Other birds of note...
- c45 Pink-footed Geese over E
- 4 Ring-necked Parakeets
- 2 Redwings
- 6 Great Crested Grebe
- 4 Common Gulls



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Great Northern diver in mid water across from boathouse 0945, flew off SW at 10:12 and hadn't returned by 10:40. Probably unlikely to do so, lots of watersports activity starting up.

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Great Northern Diver juvenile flew off south at 09.02
Kingfisher 1
Pink-footed Geese - 3 skeins over east c200 at 08.13, 100 at 08.39 and 110 at 08.42

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Great northern diver was showing well opposite the boathouse when I left around 8.45am.



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