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RE: SALE WATER PARK (and Broad Ees Dole)


Pink-footed Goose 65 > NW at 10.32
Gadwall 39
Teal 4
Tufted Duck 23
Little Grebe 9
Great Crested Grebe 7
Coot 125
Willow Tit 1 at feeders
Bullfinch 8
Redpoll 6
Goldfinch 70
Siskin 5

Harris Hawk 1 (regular escapee)


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12 Teal on the little island in Broad Ees Dole and a pied wagtail. Then not far from the hide, close to the path, a cracking view of a Kingfisher in full sun, slowly doing a 360 ° turn before diving, catching its meal and eating. Several Siskin. On the feeders 1 Nuthatch and 1 Willow Tit back and forth.

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Late post for yesterday - not much around bar 1 Willow Tit on the feeders, but it was very busy around the River & Water Park due to the sun being out.

Also nice to see that there has been a trim around the front of the hide at Broad Ees Dole. 



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Willow tits at least 3 regularly visting the bird feeders , along with nuthatches and coal tits 

Several goldcrest, and 5 Bullfinches today.

Kingfisher in the brook app the sluice gates .

main lake holds large Swan geese and coot numbers all 50 plus .

broad ees dole is overgrown and a mess but has bits and bobs on it 

Keep birding 



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Highlights this morning were 4 Willow Tits viewed on the feeders whilst I was having a well earned espresso stop.

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Nothing on the Egret front at Sale water park today , stroll round with Tim Wilcock , Kingfisher on the Teal pool the dole was quite .

Keep Birding 



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100 + Pinkfooted geese over this morning.

40 Mute swans 

Several Goldcrest today

Coots high numbers as were BH Gulls with 4 lesser black backed gull 

Gadwall 26 

and lots of regular birds ... Keep Birding 

 



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Saturday, 11-Sep, there was a Great Egret on Broad Ees Dole at 17:30. Horrible record shot attached. 

Also there were 3 Eurasian Teal and 6 Gadwall, along with the usual supporting cast. (Full list on eBird.)

Apologies for the delayed post; I had to wait to sign up for the forum. smile



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Wheatear 1 on the model aircraft field
Pochard 1 Broad Ees Dole
Gadwall 9 Broad Ees Dole

-- Edited by Pete Hines on Tuesday 24th of August 2021 08:44:10 PM

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Little Egret on Broad Ees Dole at 1.30 today

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Mediterranean Gull 3 adults together on Broad Ees Dole this afternoon. Assuming two of these were recorded on Turn Moss this morning that's 4 birds in the area including the 2nd summer at TM.

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Yesterday 17th June : Broad Ees Dole : A juvenile Ruff on the Island

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8 p.m. Near Broad Ees Dole. 1 x Reed Bunting (F).

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Sun 09May21. 12.30 p.m. Broad Ees Dole hide. 5 x Herons on the tiny island or within 1.5m (one was a juvenile) plus another Heron about 30m away. 1 x Little Grebe. 1 Buzzard being harassed by crows.

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Common Sandpiper 8 together on the islands opposite the restaurant

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17:00 - 17:50

  • 40 sand martins and 4 swallows feeding over the lake
  • Fledgling pied wagtail being fed at the lake side
  • Pair of goosander on Broad Ees Dole

 

 



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Quick wander late afternoon

1 Common Sandpiper at the sailing club
10 Blackcap
7 Chiffchaff
1 Willow Warbler
1 Swallow
2 Little Grebe
1 Goosander (female) along the flood channel

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Common Sandpiper on the Mersey by Sale Ees whilst on my run this evening.

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Broad Ees Dole Hide (10:00 this morning)

1 x Common Sandpiper

3 x Little Grebe

1 x Teal 

1 x Kingfisher

 



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Kittiwake present to 1910hrs., when it flew off with five L. B.-b. Gulls, heading towards Trafford Park / Salford Quays.



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Kittiwake still showing well at 18:00 but getting harassed by the Herring Gulls.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 12th of April 2021 06:55:31 PM

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Enjoyed spending some time with the 2nd cy Kittiwake in front of the boat house this afternoon. Wonderful views. 



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Kittiwake showing well 16:45



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A quick visit straight after work at 2.10pm, kittiwake showing very well in front of the boathouse.



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Morning visit with John Shaughnessy. Second year kittiwake on the water polo court.  



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Got down to see the Whooper Swans at 1015hrs., they were in the centre of the lake as quite a tight group, looking alert and a bit ill at ease, perhaps because of the increasing number of people around the lake, and the paddle boards and canoes etc. at the east end of the lake; I did notice a powerboat being prepared for going onto the lake.

Ten minutes or so later, the powerboat did a high speed circuit round the main body of the lake. The Whooper Swans were clearly disturbed by this, and four birds took off in alarm, gaining height and moving away from the area used by the boat. This took them directly towards the powerlines along the north side of the lake, the section from B.E.D. over the river to Stretford Ees. Getting closer to the cables, they clearly saw the hazard, and tried to slow down and turn away. This they succeeded in doing, and all four turned and descended back towards the lake, landing back with the other eighteen swans.

A further high speed run by the powerboat caused panic, with initially four birds taking flight, then followed by the rest of the group fragmenting, individuals and small groups taking off over the course of several seconds. The first four birds strove for height, and again approached the powerlines. Three of the birds managed to slow down and either turn back or manoeuvre a way through. The other bird struck one of the cables, and dropped vertically, showing no sign of struggle, out of sight either into or behind the trees at B.E.D. All the eighteen other birds seemed to go generally eastwards, somewhat scattered. I think all managed to get through the powerlines in that direction, but I doubt if they all found each other again.

I decided to try and find the fallen bird, and set off round the lake. After a few minutes I noticed one of the Whooper Swans still on the lake, swimming towards the eastern part; I assumed one bird had returned. A couple of minutes later, it took off and flew eastward. Then I searched Stretford Ees, the riverbanks, and the bits of B.E.D. wood I could get into, but no swan, so I gave up. Later, I received a text: "the Whooper came clattering out of the wood through the willows. Met two dogs on the path but neither made contact. It swam back onto the water only for a real near miss with the speedboat. It then swam up the lake. No visible sign of damage". So, it survived, and was the lone bird I had seen.

Birds don't get much of a chance on the lake. Four pairs of Great Crested Grebe are present; last week, the only active nest was washed away by waves from high speed jet-skis, as was the Little Grebe nest. One of the pairs of Kingfisher appears to have gone after boating activity in one area, similarly, one of the G.C. Grebe pairs has given up at the eastern end of the lake. Even the Mute Swans (34 at the moment) have to be wary of attempted attacks by uncontrolled dogs; a daily event I think.

On a brighter note: over 50 species today, including fem. Wheatear, the Sedge Warbler still in the same bush as when I first saw it on 3rd, and double figures of both Chiffchaff and Blackcap. The Great Tit which sings exactly like a Willow Tit is still active by B.E.D. hide (I have seen W. Tit there this week though), and the Great Tit which calls like a Common Sandpiper is still in B.E.D. wood. 

 

 

 

 



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Whooper Swan 22 until flushed by a powerboat at 10.39, when 21 departed, one remained for another 10 minutes before also being flushed.

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No sign of Garganey early this afternoon but...

Willow Tit 1 singing, viewed from SJ 807 926.
Raven 2 over Mersey heading south, to Carrington Moss presumably.
Chiffchaff 4 singing.
Blackcap 3 singing.
Sand Martin 5
Reed Bunting 1 male.
Kingfisher 1
Teal 11
Gadwall 3
Great Crested Grebe 2
Little Grebe 3
Grey Heron 6
etc.etc.etc.


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Drake Garganey seen clearly from the Broad Ees Dole hide at around 3pm today.

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Male Garganey still present on the Dole this afternoon.

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Short afternoon visit .

Sand martin - c100.
Swallow - 5.
Great crested grebe - 2.

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Drake Garganey still showing well early evening though mobile.

 

Earlier in the week (1/4) singing Willow Tit near the carpark and 2 Redpoll.

 

 



-- Edited by Connor Rand on Sunday 4th of April 2021 07:05:27 PM

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In addition to the drake Garganey
Raven 1
Buzzard 1

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Garganey still present when I left at 4:15pm

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Drake Garganey on Broad Ees Dole at 1-1:30pm

Info thanks to Bill Sellwood



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Late post for yesterday Monday 22.03.21

Common Scoter 1 ( found by an experienced local birdwatcher earlier that day).

By the time I got to the main lake it was getting dark and I found the Scoter at 7pm lost it,went to the motorway side of the lake and re- found it at 7.20pm.
Although it was dark,the white clouds were reflecting off the water surface plus a bit of light from the motorway helped. Also at that time were 3 Great crested grebe on the water and a Moorhen close to the bank.
Earlier 2 Mute swan were seen building a nest close by.

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07.11-08.51

Sand Martin 4 flew through north
Chiffchaff 2
Gadwall 4 drake
Teal 14 (7 pairs)
Tufted Duck 2 (pair)
Goosander 1 f
Meadow Pipit 1 > north
Reed Bunting 1 singing male

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Flying visit early AM, viewed only from the main car park.

I didn't see the reported Common Scoter
2 Sand Martin through
1 Goosander (redhead)
2 Herring Gull
1 Grey Wagtail
3 Greenfinch

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1 Chiffchaff
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Goosander (redhead with an injured wing)
6 Gadwall
4 Tufted Duck
5 Little Grebe
4 Great Crested Grebe
4 Stock Dove over
1 Bullfinch
1 Reed Bunting
2 Goldcrest

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Visit this morning, very quiet.

1 Kingfisher
5 Teal
1 Goosander (redhead)
17 Tufted Duck
1 Herring Gull
1 Common Gull
3 Lesser Black Backed Gull
15 Redwing
5 Cormorant
5 Great Crested Grebe
2 Little Grebe
1 Kestrel

No Gadwall today

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Much of the same as the last few weeks species-wise but lower duck and gull numbers.

Highlights:
13 Teal
8 Gadwall
17 Tufted Duck
4 Little Grebe
5 Great Crested Grebe
3 Cormorant
6 Lesser Black Backed Gull
4 Common Gull
2 Siskin
25+ Redwing
1 Buzzard
2 Kestrel

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1x Kingfisher along brook

approx 20 Gadwall

2x Teal

1x Bullfinch which looked like it was unwell, maybe Trich disease?

2x Little grebe 

1x female Goosander

4x great crested grebe

3x Grey Heron

Coots aggressive and fighting 



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Main highlights from a quick wander today:

Teal x 43 on Broad Ees Dole
Gadwall x 32 on main lake
Goosander x 1 redhead on main lake
Kingfisher x 1 along brook
Grey Heron x 6 on Broad Ees Dole

Also a black headed gull with a yellow ring on it's left leg and one with a dark blue ring on its left leg. I couldn't read the codes unfortunately.

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Broad ees dole (90%frozen).

Teal - 61 most I've seen at this site.
Grey Heron - 3.
Little Grebe - 4.
Snipe - 6.

Main lake
Little Grebe - 6.
Mute Swan - 10.
Tufted Duck - 6.
Redwing - 1.
Chaffinch - 1.
Treecreeper - 1.
Wren - 1.
Plus lots of Robins and Blackbirds about. Also at least one Great crested Grebe.

-- Edited by phillipskelly on Wednesday 10th of February 2021 05:18:54 PM

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The two kingfishers flew onto the brook from the old flying field. One was observed fishing. Also 4 song thrush, Male pheasant, 2 treecreeper and 4 heron. Jacksons boat area had c15 greenfinch, readhead goosander and grey wagtail.

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2 kingfishers seen today and yesterday together in a bush halfway between the lake and wooden bridge.

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Main lake (western end only):

1 treecreeper
1+ grey wagtail
11 tufted duck
4 great crested grebe
80+ black-headed gull
4 common gull
4 lesser black-backed gull
2 herring gull
1 cormorant

Broad Ees Dole:

c30 magpie beginning to roost
3 teal
5 goosander
4 little grebe
4 grey heron




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Kingfisher (2) - Barrow Brook (the sluice from the river to the water park) . They were both low down in scrub about 40ft from the river towards the flying field having a natter. Chris

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Thursday 4th February             1330-1800hrs.                   48 species, including:

Mute Swan         20

Gadwall          14                     Teal        7+, B.E.D.                       Tufted Duck        11                      Goosander        8, B.E.D.

Cormorant         5, plus 1 over to S. at dusk.                                  Grey Heron         3

Sparrowhawk          1               Kestrel         1, B.E.D. / Turn Moss.

Common Buzzard         6  (5 in air together, Jackson's Boat / Hardy Farm + 1 over B.E.D. at dusk from Stretford Meadows to Chorlton Ees).

Oystercatcher         1, on pontoon by lake, asleep most of time.

Common Snipe         1, B.E.D.

Black-headed Gull        170                      Common Gull        8                       Herring Gull          8

G. S. Woodpecker         1

Jay          1

Jackdaw         1300 in to roost at B.E.D.

Goldcrest         1, singing a bit.

Coal Tit         1, feeders.                          Long-tailed Tit          12                       Nuthatch           2

Mistle Thrush          1                               Song Thrush          7                           Redwing          9   

Pied Wagtail         2

Greenfinch           3 singing.                     Goldfinch          5                                Siskin         1                         Bullfinch         1                              



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Wednesday 3rd February                         1330-1800hrs.                42 species, including:

Just lake and a bit of B.E.D.

Mute Swan       20

Gadwall       12                    Teal        8+, B.E.D.                  Tufted Duck        39                         Goosander      6

Cormorant       5                  Grey Heron       4

Little Grebe         8              Great Crested Grebe       7

Common Buzzard        1                            Kestrel         1

Coot        89, incl. 2 on B.E.D.

Common Snipe       2, B.E.D.

Stock Dove        1 over.                             Wood Pigeon         c.30

Kingfisher        1

Jay         1, B.E.D.                                     Magpie         At least 55 in roost by late afternoon.

Treecreeper         1

Starling        2 over to west in late afternoon.

Redwing        4, B.E.D.                               Song Thrush          12  (incl. 10 singing).

Pied Wagtail         2                                   Grey Wagtail          3

Goldfinch          3

 



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