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Broad Ees Dole tonight 3 Lapwing, Cettis Warbler and Kingfisher.

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Dunlin 1 in summer plumage on Broad Ees Dole
Lapwing 2 on BED
Mediterranean Gull 1 Adult, picked up on call 09.54, then lost to view behind trees flying in the direction of The Boathouse, though wasn't relocated
Kingfisher 1
Cetti's Warbler 1 singing and confiding

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2 Lapwings on the small island at Broad Ees tonight.

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Evening wander produced very little bar 2 Swallows and an unusually (for me anyway) good view of the Cettis warbler.



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Tues 18th April
Tach break on way back from Liverpool, quick walk round to the hide.

- Cettis Warbler singing and showed a few times but mainly elusive


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5 x Snipe feeding together at Broad Ees Dole. 1 x Cetti's Warbler right infront of the hide. This a.m.

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Cetti's Warbler performed well this morning
Shoveler 2
Gadwall 3
Teal 8
Goosander 4 flying upriver
Redpoll 2


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A House Martin also brought down by the rain



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Quick lap before the rain for school holidays entertainment produced highlights of:

 

Main Lake

30+ Sand Martin

1 Swallow

1 Reed Bunting (m)

 

Teal Pool 

1 Reed Warbler (heard)

1 Cetti's Warbler (heard)

1 Willow Warbler

 



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Highlights of a wander around this morning before heavy rain set in were: Kingfisher, Cettis Warbler loudly singing next to the hide and Willow Tit x2 on the feeders.

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This morning 08.25/09.30, twas a lovely morning until we came upon silly season with litter down one bank the dreaded disposable barbeque being the worst item left behind by Mr and Mrs I Don't care. Then at the feeders we had people standing right by the feeders looking for birds and photographing Brown rats.

Now to the birds, highlight being our first GM Cetti's Warbler singing and showing really well near the lakeside hide along with a pair of Reed Bunting. At the feeders we did see two Willow Tit, male Great Spotted Woodpecker and a single Nuthatch being the best.

Of interest was a total lack of Gulls ?

Thank you for reading

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Summery feeling morning at the water park today. Singing Blackcaps (2), Cettis Warbler plus numerous Chiffchaffs.

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Shoveler pair at Teal Pool
Gadwall 19
Teal 9
Snipe 1 Broad Ees Dole
Sand Martin 3 over river
Willow Warbler 1 singing at the Teal Pool
Chiffchaff 9
Cetti's Warbler 1 singing and showing at the lakeside behind the hide
Blackcap 2 singing, Tree tops Cafe and Broad Ees Dole
Goldcrest singing Cow Lane
Reed Bunting pair at the lakeside behind the hide

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A buzzard sat on top of the feeders this evening was the highlight of a wander around.

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Also 1 Oystercatcher on the main island at Broad Ees.

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The Cettis Warbler singing frequently from cover to left hand side of Teal pool this morning.
Also several Shoveler, Teal Gadwall etc,with at least 2 pairs Great Crested Grebe on the main lake.
The feeders had the usual birds including Willow Tit and Ring Necked Parakeet and a Brown Rat that was busy picking up all the droppings from the feeders.

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Cetti's Warbler singing and showing
Chiffchaff 8
Reed Bunting 4+
Goosander 2
Gadwall 26
Teal 13

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Cetti's Warbler was giving a wonderful display right in front the hide this morning. It has been here all winter and hopefully may linger lets hope theres another one somewhere in the reeds 

 

Keep Birding.

 

 

 



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Originally posted today by dave olive:

Sale Waterpark with Andy Tordoff - Dull and cloudy 6 to 14 deg'

Gadwall male/female

Greenfinch

Heron 4

Crow

Tufted Duck male/female

Mallards male/female

Canada Geese

Mute Swans 2 pair

Great Crested Grebe 2

Long Tailed Tit - several flitting about various places

Magpie 2

Coot

Moorhen

Shovelers male/female lake behind the hide

Teal as above

Woodpigeon

Robin 

Chifchaff - first of the year.

Ring-necked parakeets 2 flying around 

Nuthatch on feeders near the cafe

Great tits 6 

Sadly no Redpoll and no Cettis Warbler 

 



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Cetti's Warbler singing at the lakeside behind the hide. More vocal, but more elusive today
Chiffchaff 1 silent same area as Cetti's
Willow Tit 1 along the inflow channel 53.430495, -2.294814

No sign of the Stonechats

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Male & female Stonechat still present in the field next to the airplane field this evening.

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Stonechat 3. Male and 2 female, generally close to the riverbank at the model aircraft field and Sale Ees
Cetti's Warbler singing and showing well around the pylon between the hide and the Teal Pool
Willow Tit 2 together along the top path to the river 53.429714, -2.290867
Kingfisher 1

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Cetti's Warbler showed well at the lakeside c50m east of the hide 09.30-10.00
Shoveler 8
Gadwall 41
Teal 27
Tufted Duck 3
Goosander 4
Kingfisher 1
Treecreeper 1
Goldcrest 2
Redpoll 10
Siskin 6
Reed Bunting 2


-- Edited by Pete Hines on Saturday 11th of March 2023 08:36:33 PM

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Between 7:30 - 9am

Siskin

Flock of about 10 Redpolls,

Several Little Grebes,

Nuthatch,

Long-Tailed Tits

Gadwall, Teal, Shoveler, Tufted Ducks

Song Thrush

4 Ring-Necked Parakeets

 

There was a Mink swimming across the Teal Pool no That needs getting rid of - second one I've seen at Sale Water Park, the other one was on the boardwalk in front of The Boathouse.

 



-- Edited by Richard Would on Tuesday 7th of March 2023 06:34:33 PM



-- Edited by Richard Would on Tuesday 7th of March 2023 06:34:51 PM

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Snipe x 1 this p.m at the back of Teal Pool.

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Common Scoter late morning.

Kingfisher seen too. 



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Sunday 5th March, 0730-0930

Of note;

Kingfisher

Siskin

Teal

Gadwall

Tufted Duck

Great Crested Grebe

Little Grebe

Shoveler

Kestrel

Reed Bunting (m)

Willow Tit

Cetti's Warbler (showed very well in usual spot between Teal Pool and main body of water)



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Common Scoter - drake on the main lake this morning (I understand it was flushed by the power boat and flew off hight about 11.46)

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8 Shoveler and 24 Teal on Broad Ees, 1 Reed Bunting & 1 Lesser Redpoll around the feeders.

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Highlights of a wander around this afternoon: 17 Shoveler, 9 Teal, 2 Bullfinch plus both Willow Tit and Reed Bunting on the Treetops feeders.

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Best counts in last week or so:

Shoveler  -  15, but very variable.

Gadwall  -  Numbers stable at 48-51.

Teal  -  39, but very variable.

Wigeon  - 1 male.

Tufted Duck  -  19, the lake birds roost on B.E.D.

Goosander  -  37 at B.E.D. roost.

Little Grebe  -  Still 13.

Great Crested Grebe  -  8, decreasing to 5.

Grey Heron  -  10, B.E.D., sheltering on windy days.

Coot  -  Decreasing from 174 to recent counts of 136 & 137.

Magpie  -  137 at roost, but only partial count possible.

Jackdaw  -  Only 1250 at B.E.D. roost, but c.400 at Hardy Farm roost, which would account for missing B.E.D. birds.

Cetti's Warbler  -  Only heard it sing twice in period.

Song Thrush  -  Now five singing.

Redwing  -  Only up to 12 recently.

Nothing much else of note. One more swan lost to HPAI, so total deaths now 32. This bird was first seen infected on 6th January, but later looked to be recovering. However, it suffered a relapse last weekend, and I had to call in the RSPCA.



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A Red Kite has just flown over my house in Sale towards Sale Water Park at 15:12ish

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Highlights this lunchtime: 12 Shoveler, 38 Gadwall, Kingfisher, Willow Tit and 12 Siskin.

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Polish Black-headed Gull a couple of days ago. Ringed on 20th October 2014 at Stargard Szczecinski:ul, Portowa, Poland (ZACHODNIOPOMORSKIE). Next seen on 17th & 22nd July 2017 at 's-Hertogenbosch: Brabanthallen, Netherlands (Noord-Brabant), then not again until at S.W.P.

Some best counts in last four days:

Great Crested Grebe -- 9.

Coot  -- 174

Shoveler  --  7

Jackdaw  --  1350, roost count into B.E.D.

Redwing  --  80, perhaps the Turn Moss flock moved across.

Siskin  --  At least 45

Lesser Redpoll  -- 15

Otherwise much as usual.



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Norwegian Common Gull at S.W.P. today, ringed as adult female on 25th July 2020 at Flakstad camp site (Lofoten beach camp), Flakstad, Nordland (68 06 12 N;  13 17 13 E). This is on the Lofoten Islands, just inside the Arctic circle, top NW part of Norway, 1827km. from, & approx. NE of S.W.P. Today was only sighting since ringing.

Fairly quiet during the week:

Gadwall  -  37 at the end of last week, then incr. to 59 early this week, but down to 46 by the end.

Teal  -  Best count of 43.

Mallard  -  Counted twice along the river, Jackson's Boat down to canal bridge, got 93 each time, and 25 on lake on one of the days.

Tufted Duck  -  usually 24.

Cormorant  -  14 for one day late last week, otherwise the usual 7-8 or so.

Coot  -  163 at end of last week, 164 in middle of this week, 169 a couple of days ago.

Redshank  -  2 for a morning mid week.

Common Snipe  -  Occasional 1 at B.E.D.

Black-headed Gull  -  Max. of 410.

Small birds hard to find in the cold weather:  max. of 22 Long-tailed Tit;  c.20 Redwing;  2 Willow Tit;  2 Coal Tit;  c. 50 Goldfinch;  6 Siskin.

Song Thrush beginning to sing properly, also a Chaffinch trying a bit of singing on a freezing cold morning.

 



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Broad Ees Dole almost completely frozen over: 5 Grey Heron, 42 Teal and 2 Snipe stood out in the open on the ice at the back.

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Wigeon 1 drake, present since Friday 13th, on main lake and Broad Ees Dole

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Apart from the Kittiwake and a Jack Snipe a very quiet start to the year. Some best counts in last few days:

Little Grebe    12 regularly.

Shoveler    Up to 11 at B.E.D. roost.

Teal    Up to 38 early in year, now just mid 20's.

Goosander    Very variable at the B.E.D. roost, but one count of 39 was my best ever.

Gadwall    Up to 57 early in year, but now under 40. Disturbance from boats increasing.

Coot    Counts varying between low of 151 and high of 163 as birds come and go.

Water Rail     1 flew across Teal pool.

Wood Pigeon   Another big movement early in year, this time to N., across broad front, Carrington - Northenden, c.2450 birds in an hour around sunrise.

Otherwise, 2 Willow Tits at the feeders, regular Kingfisher etc.



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Kittiwake a first winter / 2CY found by John Shaughnessy this afternoon c13.30 ?, showing well off the restaurant, was later seen departing east by Steve Burke c15.00

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Although there has not been a swan death since 11th Dec., HPAI is still active at S.W.P. In the week before Christmas I found a dead drake Gadwall and a dead adult L. B.-b. Gull, both at the E. end of the lake. On 27th Dec. I noticed a Canada Goose with obvious symptoms, and found it dead the next day by the stone bridge. On 29th, another Canada Goose showed severe symptoms; it was still alive today, with neck bent right down along its back, gasping for breath, but still able to fly strongly. This symptom is often seen in Canada Geese, but not in swans. Also, the slipway by the boardwalk is again showing droppings characteristic of infected birds. A second wave of HPAI infection seems possible.

A dead drake Gadwall at the W. end of the lake today is a bird I saw with a broken wing two days ago, so a natural death of sorts; likely another power lines victim.

In the last ten days or so I have recorded 70 species on the S.W.P. - Chorlton W.P. - Chorlton Ees - Turn Moss circuit, so not too bad. A few things of interest:

Wood Pigeon   Large movement on one day early last week and one day early this week. Last week, birds began arriving about half an hour before sunrise, and continued moving until an hour after. Flocks descended over a wide area of S/SE Manchester; Chorlton, W. Didsbury, Withington, Platt Fields, Northenden areas, then dispersed or moved generally south. I watched from the riverbank at S.W.P. each time, and the two big movements plus very small ones on other days gave well over 3000 birds.

Redpoll   There is a pale bird with the small flock. I first saw it on Chorlton Ees a couple of weeks ago, then again last week at B.E.D. Trouble was, each time, I was looking straight up against the light into the top of a 40ft. tree. The undertail coverts appeared unstreaked, and each flank has a couple of strong streaks on a very pale background. Worth a look for perhaps.

The gull, presumably a Glaucous x Herring (or American Herring) hybrid, might still be around. Thought I saw it distantly last week heading for Turn Moss, but no sign when I got there.

Swans usually 38-41, 171 Coot a few days ago, still around 55-60 Gadwall, 13 Little Grebe if you have patience to wait for them all to be on the surface, very occasional Snipe, Woodcock and Water Rail, a Little Egret heading upriver, daily Kingfisher etc. Only 1300 Jackdaw at the roost recently; then a couple of nights ago I saw several hundred go to roost on Hardy Farm / Chorlton G.C., so these must be the missing B.E.D. birds.

 



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Highlights of a wander this afternoon. 2 Shoveler. 25 Teal, Kingfisher, 2 Bullfinch and 2 Willow Tits on the feeders.



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A visit from 11am til dusk.

Main lake...
25 mute Swan
45 gadwall
24 tufted duck
6 great crested grebe
8 little grebe
3 goosander
6 Teal in inflow channel
1 fieldfare
7 redwing
10 siskin
12 ring necked parakeets
1 bullfinch
1 kestrel
2 sparrowhawk
1 buzzard
Woodcock in wildflower meadow
8 goosander flying over at dusk heading towards the dole


Broad ees dole..
3 shoveler
2 Teal
1 grey heron
1 grey wagtail
1 kingfisher

Teal pool...
1 Teal
2 snipe

Visitor centre feeders...
2 ring necked parakeets
1 nuthatch
1 willow tit
2 great spotted woodpecker
2 pheasants
1 buzzard

4 lapwings over main lake at 11.15am

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This morning a lazy half hour having a bacon butty at the visitor centre and watching the feeders, five tit species, Nuthatch, Wren, Robin and Dunnock kept us entertained.

A very Merry Christmas to everybody.

Tony and Cath



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Visits on recent days. Did another dawn to dusk today, S.W.P. & Chorlton Ees areas. Difficult at dawn, mist from lake freezing on my binocular lenses and my glasses.

No more swan deaths or signs of new HPAI infections. More swans are still arriving as smaller waters get iced up; 39 on lake today.

Gadwall 68 today.

Teal  Up to 10 scattered around lake / river. Saw one with green attachment on bill, but couldn't read code.

Shoveler  4 arrived yesterday.

Goldeneye  1 fem./imm. did a fly through yesterday.

Little Grebe   Still 12 on lake.

Coot  Slight decrease to 154 as their favourite feeding areas become frozen over.

Moorhen   Did another count:  16, lake + 3, B.E.D. + 18, river Jackson's Boat down to Metro / canal bridge. The B.E.D. birds have now moved; the Heron carcase now bare of anything eatable, as are the Canada Geese. Just 3-4 Magpies still hanging around in hope.

Common Snipe  Up to 5 around, by lake or river.

Woodcock   1 flew off Chorlton Ees and onto B.E.D. area this evening.

'Herring' Gull  A 1cy bird, very pale, bill pale with very well-defined black tip, tertials very pale and finely barred, likely some Glaucous genes in there somewhere.

Jackdaw  Only 1700 in to roost at dusk today.

Otherwise still two Kingfisher, up to 19 Long-tailed Tit, up to 10 Siskin, occasional Fieldfare over, but very little else.

Walked the river from Jackson's Boat bridge downstream to the Metro / canal bridges:  Canada Goose (12);  Mallard (55); Teal (2);  Goosander (1);  Grey Heron (1);  Moorhen (18);  Common Snipe (3);  B.-h. Gull (3);  Kingfisher (1);  Grey Wagtail (1).  A bit better than usual.

 



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Just seen Rob Creek's post. Of the 12 swans he managed to read the rings of 10 are now dead. 4DVP is still alive, seemingly having survived HPAI with just very mild symptoms; I have never seen 4DXS at S.W.P., but the others are certainly dead. On 15th Nov. there were 35 ad. swans plus 6 cygnets.



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A few effects of the cold weather, but really not very exciting:

Gadwall increased from 47, then stable with most recent counts of 63, 66, 66, 63, highest I have had here.

Wigeon  A drake did a quick fly by last weekend, but did not stay

Goldeneye  One fem./imm. for one day. Only the second I have had this winter.

Great Crested Grebe   Increased from 3 to 6.

Little Grebe   Best recent count of 12 on lake + 1 on river.

Little Egret   One flew from upriver on 6th, past Jackson's Boat, and was on B.E.D. later, but gone by dawn next morning.

Grey Heron  One ad. freshly dead on B.E.D. at dawn today, cause unknown. Being scavenged by two Moorhen and half a dozen Magpies, which must welcome its demise as the pickings on the Canada Goose carcases have become very thin.

Coot  Early December count of 153 now increased to 165 yesterday and 164 today, the highest I have ever had here.

Moorhen   Did a count last weekend, getting 18 around lake area + 4 on B.E.D. + 14 on river from Jackson's Boat downriver to Metro / canal bridge.

Woodcock  1 over Rifle Rd. / Sale W. P. metro station this dusk.

Black-headed Gull  Small influx; 440 today.

L. B.-b. Gull  A few more than usual, best count 40.

Jackdaw   Roost of 1700 on B.E.D. early in month now increased to 2170. There is also a roost on Hardy Farm / Chorlton G.C.

Cetti's Warbler  Still there! Heard it today.

Otherwise just the usual 2 Willow Tit, 2 Kingfisher etc. etc.

Did a dawn to dusk today, nearly nine hours non-stop, Sale, Chorlton and Stretford side, hard work, but at least nice weather.

Now 31 swans dead / put down, last one died on 11th having first shown symptoms (along with mate) on 5th Dec. Mate had to be put down on 8th. Will give an update later, but no discernable new infection since 5th is a good sign.



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Late post for Tuesday 15th Nov
Called in on tacho break on way back from Liverpool.

Lots of Mute Swans present and 12 of which I managed to read the rings, sent numbers off to Steve Christmas but I didnt realise the email didnt send and was still in outbox. Resent today and Steve has replied with all the info, cheers Steve.

Sadly 1 of the ringed Swans I saw has since died from Avian Fluh, 4DNZ.

Info from Steve.

4DPC ringed as a cygnet 29/10/2020 at Chorlton WP
4DVL ringed as a cygnet 1/10/2021 at Chorlton WP
4DTX ringed as a cygnet 7/8/2021 at Sale WP
4DXS ringed as cygnet 21/10/2021 Fairhaven Lake, St Annes
4DVP ringed as a cygnet 1/10/2021 at Platt Fields
4DNZ ringed as a cygnet 29/10/2020 at Chorlton WP
4DSL ringed as 2nd year female 10/3/2021 Pennington Flash
4DPA ringed as a cygnet 29/10/2020 at Chorlton WP

4FHB 1st w ringed 7/10/2022 Salford Quays
4FFB 1st w ringed 2/10/2022 Sale WP
4FFC 1st w ringed 2/10/2022 Sale WP
4FFA 1st w ringed 2/10/2022 Sale WP




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Finished off my long walk but only around the visitor centre area for a brew at the cafe & watch the feeders...

All usual tits including 2 willow tits
6 ring necked parakeets
1 chaffinch
15 + siskin flew out of silver birch near there.

Then a lazy tram ride back around 3.40pm biggrin

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Broad Ees frozen over. Only held 2 Moorhen and 27 Magpie. Sale WP partially frozen at the eastern end, 1 dead swan on the ice.

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Very quiet at Broad Ees this afternoon just 3 Teal, 2 Shoveler and 6 Siskin of note. Also at least 3 dead geese/swan each being eaten by Magpies.

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