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RE: SALE WATER PARK (and Broad Ees Dole)


So far, 29 swans have been found dead / put down at S.W.P., and similarly, 35+ Canada Geese. Two more swans are likely to go the same way tomorrow. The goose count is only estimated as several die on B.E.D. (inaccessible) and the corpses are devoured, moved around, or taken away by scavengers. The Magpies at B.E.D. are having a real feast, and I have twice seen a Moorhen having a good meal from a corpse previously opened. There are still 25 swans left at S.W.P., adding with the casualties to more than the 44 present a couple of weeks ago; the recent arrivals might well have made a really bad move. All the four cygnets from the S.W.P. breeding pairs are now dead, leaving just two visitor cygnets alive. Two other visitor cygnets did not last long. I found a dead Grey Heron recently, possibly another HPAI victim, if that is indeed the cause of the problem. Two swan and two goose corpses have been sent off for analysis to confirm (or otherwise) HPAI.

Not seen the Cetti's Warbler for a few days, but a lakeside Chiffchaff in same area. The Jackdaw roost, counted to the nearest 50, was 1300 in early Nov., 1400 later in Nov., and 1700 in early Dec. Now 10 Little Grebe on the lake, perhaps the 1-2 on the river have moved over to join the usual 7. The best Nov. Coot count was 140, but just 123 so far in Dec. Black-headed Gull numbers stable at generally 320, including occasional sightings of usual Belgian bird and eastern German bird. Otherwise, usual Willow Tit at the feeders, and on a good day c.50 species on the site. Exciting stuff eh?

 



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After escaping from any obvious infection throughout the year, avian flu has finally reached S.W.P. I noticed one dead and one dying Canada Goose about ten days ago, then at dusk on Monday 21st Nov. I found a Mute Swan showing symptoms. At dawn next morning, this bird was close to death, so was put down. Four Canada Geese died during the next few days, as did a Mallard and a Gadwall (so now just 41). Yesterday evening, all the swans looked O.K., but at dawn this morning, we found one dead and one very sick, which we put down, and by late afternoon another dead and another which we needed to put down. Also, by then, a further three birds were showing symptoms and several others looking suspect. There have been 44 swans (37 birds 2cy+ and 7 cygnets) at S.W.P over the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, nearly all are concentrated at the extreme E. end of the lake, partly because people throw bread at them there, but also because the male of a new young pairing has been strong enough to control the whole of the main body of the lake, even dominating the two males of the 2022 breeding pairs. So, a large death toll is expected. We are removing corpses, and birds beyond recovery; this may reduce transmission, also the site is very public.

If anyone sees a very sick or dead swan, a note here would be useful. I live just 6min. walk from the lake, so check early morning and evening, but sick birds are easy to miss. Swan 4DNZ can look a bit ill (probable obstruction to digestive / respiratory tracts), but has been for months and is improving. Cygnet 4FHY is just a weak bird, the only survivor of the late brood (12th June) of five on B.E.D., and often looks unwell, so ignore these two unless either is very bad.

We removed one dead Black-headed Gull from S.W.P. today, and in the morning I saw two on Turn Moss which looked unhealthy. A recent influx to the lake gave a count of 310 a couple of days ago.

Woodcock:  At least a dozen have been picked up in the Manchester general area in the last couple of weeks; many more than usual. Either higher numbers are arriving, or something is happening. Only a tiny number of these birds survive. However, one picked up in Salford today seemed fine, and we successfully released it at dusk on the Sale Ees section of S.W.P.

 

 



-- Edited by John Shaughnessy on Saturday 26th of November 2022 11:22:51 PM

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18 Teal, 21 Gadwall, 17 Shoveler and 2 dead Canada Geese on Broad Ees. 1 Willow Tit and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders.

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Woodcock 1
Tawny Owl female heard

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Broad Ees Dole 15:55 - 16:10: First Winter Mediterranean gull just over briefly. Also 33 magpies, a dozen each of shoveler, gadwall and mallard, a couple of dozen teal and a pair of goosanders. Just the one dabchick, a first Winter bird.

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This afternoon -
Main lake .
Coot 30.
Gadwall 8.
Little grebe 1.
Tufted duck 4.
Kestrel 1.
Cormorant 2 on pylon.
Mute swan 20 (inc. 3 juveniles - 4FFA ,4FFC, 4FFD).

Broad ees dole .
Shoveler duck 6.
Gadwall 9.
Little grebe 1.
Teal 11.
Cettis warbler and Water rail not seen or heard.
Plus a dieing Grey Heron on an island near to the path on the Teal pool.



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Heard the Cettis Warbler calling, rather than singing, and a probable brief flight view (not enough to photo or id) close to the path by the Teal Pool early afternoon.
A Kingfisher flew past.
Much better were views of a Water Rail on the edge of the reeds on the Teal Pool.


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Cetti's Warbler heard in song again briefly from the back of the Teal Pool mid morning
Raven 2
Chiffchaff 2
Kingfisher 1

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Cettis warbler showed well on Teal pool, eventually this afternoon.
Other birds on Teal pool...
Water rail
Snipe
Kingfisher
Teal
Shoveler
Great spotted woodpecker over
Skylark over

Broad ees dole...
Grey herons
Teal
Shoveler
Tufted duck
Gadwall
Little grebe
Goosander




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Cetti's Warbler still present at the Teal Pool today

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This afternoon around Broad ees dole.
Cettis warbler quite mobile but heard only.
Water rail seen flying across the adjacent pool (Teal Pool)at the dole at 4:15 pm.

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Cetti's Warbler 1 very closes in front of the hide calling frequently, singing and showing occasionally 09.55-10.08 when flew to lakeside reeds opposite from where it sang and showed occasionally to 10.55, when I left it. Record shot. First documented site record.
Shoveler 8
Gadwall 26
Teal 28
Tufted Duck 1
Goosander 1
Little Grebe 5
Moorhen 18
Coot 78
Buzzard 1
Kingfisher 2
Treecreeper 1
Redwing 15


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Cetti's Warbler singing from the back of the Teal Pool at 16.50. Some movement observed though UTVs without a scope
Goosander 14 at the Broad Ees Dole roost at dusk
Shoveler 9
Gadwall 21
Teal 31
Jackdaw c800 at dusk


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Cetti's Warbler singing from Broad Ees Dole at 11.30 this morning.



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1 late Swallow and 1 Shoveler were the highlights of a wander around this morning.

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Two Redwings in blackthorn bushes on the riverbank this morning were my first of the season.



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Wigeon 5 (2 male 3 female) flying around the main lake before departing NW without landing
Teal 46
Gadwall 13
Little Grebe 3
Kingfisher 2 together (then two observations of individuals at opposite ends of the lake)
Sparrowhawk 2
Buzzard 2
Kestrel 2
Meadow Pipit 8 over south

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A surprisingly productive early visit, with two patch ticks for me: Cuckoo and Whinchat.

The Cuckoo (brown; presumably juv) was in the trees along the river behind Broad Ees Dole, but flew across the river into Chorlton Ees before I could get a photo. The Whinchat was also very active, but I managed to get a couple of distant record shots before it also flew over the river. (See photos attached.)

Apart from those highlights, fairly typical for the time of year. 



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Highlights of a wander around this morning were: 3 Gadwall, 4 Teal, Kingfisher and a charm of approx 60 Goldfinch.

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Water Rail creeping along the muddy reed edge on the Teal pond next to Broad Ees Dole this evening. Patch tick for me!



-- Edited by Andrew Jeffery on Friday 19th of August 2022 07:04:06 PM

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Lots of activity on the lake so lots of birds on Broad Ees Dole this afternoon: a couple of dozen mallards on Teal Pool, a dozen more on the hide pool with three herons, a pair of gadwalls and a juvenile dabchick being supervised in its fishing by an adult. A kingfisher shot across Teal Pool but I couldn't pick it up from the hide.

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Gadwall 6
Common Tern 2
Kingfisher 1
Reed Warbler adult feeding two recently fledged juveniles

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2 Common Terns and 1 Lapwing present tonight.

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I must admit that LBH did briefly cross my mind, but juvenile Little Egret seemed far more likely. smile



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Dave Cropper wrote:

Interesting photo of little egret (presumably a juvenile).

There have been claims in the past of this plumage, with a pale bill with dark tip and pale legs, being a juvenile little blue heron. (Recorded in Ireland but not yet on the British list).





Juvenile Little Egrets have been recorded and document several times at this site at this time of year before

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Interesting photo of little egret (presumably a juvenile).

There have been claims in the past of this plumage, with a pale bill with dark tip and pale legs, being a juvenile little blue heron. (Recorded in Ireland but not yet on the British list).



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Little Egret at Broad Ees Dole early this morning. (It had gone when I returned at 09:30.) See record shot attached.

Also a (Northern) Lapwing here. Apart from that, just the usuals. (Full list on eBird.)



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Highlights this evening all at Broad Ees Dole: 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Teal and 1 Lapwing.

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Common Tern 1 flew out NW carrying food

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2 Common Terns this evening.

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3 REDSHANK and 1 Common Tern this morning.

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Main highlights today:

1 Common Sandpiper
2 Reed Warbler singing
1 Kingfisher
3 Grey Wagtail - two adults feeding a youngster on the Mersey.


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Highlights this morning were: 1 Teal, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Reed Warbler and a Willow Tit.

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Today from 3pm.
Main lake .
Mute swan - 32.

Cow lane.
Goldcrest - 1.
Robin - 1.
Blackbird - 3.
Song thrush - 3 heard.
Chiffchaff - 1 heard.

Old car park.
Bullfinch - 2.
Long-tail tit - 2.
Greenfinch - 4 ( 2 singing).
Chiffchaff - 1.
Goldfinch - 2.
Wren - 1.
Robin - 1.
Blackbird - 3.
Blackcap - 2 m+ f.

Broad ees dole. (Water level high).
Canada goose - 2.
Mallard - 2.
Coot - 2.
Moorhen - 1.
Little grebe - 1.
Mute swan - 1.
Grey heron - 3.

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The highlights of a wander round this morning were all around the feeders: 2 Willow Tit, 3 Teal, a Mallard with 6 ducklings , 2 pairs of Long Tailed Tit ferrying nesting material about and a delicious egg/bacon barm.

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As Winter passes to Spring, I had a of couple of hours after work at Sale Water Park and got a great list of 39 birds. There were ten Mallard ducklings on the water behind the feeders. I got two new birds for my year list: Chiffchaff and Kingfisher. I saw my first ever Siskin at SWP. Also by the feeders were Reed Bunting. Two Grey Wagtail by the sluice gates. A Nuthatch was calling loudly near the café. There was a Buzzard circling overhead. Five species of Tit and four species of Finches. There were noisy Ring-necked Parakeets all over the place! Next time, I'll have to take my camera!



-- Edited by Anthony Robinson on Wednesday 16th of March 2022 08:06:52 PM

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Redwing - c115 seen from Turn Moss briefly alighting then moving off from the trees behind Broad ees dole at 4pm.

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Lovely sunny, cool day. On the path to Jacksons Boat, 1x Greenfinch, 1 x Kestrel (f), a few Siskin, 1 passing Great Spotted Woodpecker, several Redwing, 1x Treecreeper. At/near Broad Ees Dole a passing Kingfisher, 1 x Little Grebe, several Gadwall and a close up view of some beautiful Teal.



-- Edited by Ian Howarth on Monday 7th of March 2022 07:54:54 PM

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10.00/11.30

A quick visit this morning with the highlights being three Dunnock displaying near the feeders and three Nuthatch doing the same behind the cafe near the car park. 



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Couldn't get near Broad Ees Dole, even with wellies, as it was well flooded due to the River Mersey sluice gates been opened in the middle of the night. A few fallen trees due to the high winds last night. But did see 2 Redpoll amongst several Goldfinch.

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Highlights this morning were a flock of 40+ Siskin, 2 Goldcrests. 2 Shoveller & 9 Teal.

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On Broad Ees Dole in the light drizzle were 2 Shoveler, 8 Teal, 12 Grey Heron and 1 Little Grebe.. Around the feeders at the cafe 3 Bullfinch. 1 Willow Tit, 3 Nuthatch and the usual selection of other tits and parakeets also 6 Teal in the flood area below the feeders.

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3 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 8 Teal, 7 Goosander, 8 Gadwall & 9 Grey Heron on Broad Ees this afternoon .

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Today between 08.30/10.15. Lovely morning but icy underfoot, nice butties and brew from cafe !!biggrin

2 Willow tits on feeders near cafe, along with male Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, good flock of mixed tits, 2 Dunnock, 6 Robin, 1 Wren and 2 Ring necked Parakeets.

On the lake at least 2 Common Gull, 1 Pochard, 18 Tufted duck,12 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Mute Swans, lots of Canada Geese and Black headed Gulls 



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Monday 3rd Jan

Peregrine 1 on the pylon opposite The Boathouse restaurant before circling the lake and flying north
Willow Tit 2 along Cow Lane
Teal 19
Pochard 1
Goosander 1
Kingfisher 1
Snipe 2
Siskin 57+

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Afternoon visit till dusk.

38 mute swans
55 gadwall
23 tufted duck
1 goosander
4 great crested grebe
3 little grebe
No sign of the pochard for me
1 Grey wagtail
2 ring necked parakeets over
Usual gulls around
Peregrine falcon flew over me whilst near the hide at Broad ees dole, it then perched on the pylon next to the hide for a while.

Broad ees dole..

4 Grey herons
6 goosander

Teal pool..

2 Teal
1 snipe

Harris hawk was seen across the river in top of tree on meadow pond field at chorlton ees, first time I have actually caught up with it.

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Peregrine on pylon between the main Tree tops Cafe car park and the M60 junction
Harris Hawk 1 continuing escapee
Gadwall 54
Pochard 1
Kingfisher 2
Willow Tit 1 at feeders at Tree Tops Cafe

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Here from 2.45pm till dusk...

37 mute swans
54 gadwall
31 tufted duck
1 pochard
2 goosander
4 great crested grebes
9 cormorants
Lots of Black headed gulls including a yellow darvic ringed one ETKE.
Common gulls
Herring gulls
Lesser Black backed gulls
1 pied wagtail
1 bullfinch
1 great spotted woodpecker
2 Grey herons

Broad ees dole...

7 goosander
5 Grey herons
2 kingfishers

Teal pool...

2 Teal
1 snipe

2 goosanders on the river



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Broad Ees at dusk held 3 Grey Herons, 1 Shoveler (m), 11 Goosander (4m. 7f) and 3 Teal.

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Today from 2pm.
Visitor centre feeders .
Willow tit - 2.
Nuthatch - 2.
Coal tit - 1.
Main lake.
Mute swan - 29.
Gadwall - c20.
Tufted duck - 15.
Little grebe - 4.
Grt. Crested grebe - 4.
Broad Ees dole.
(water level high)
Snipe - 2.




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