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RE: SALE WATER PARK (and Broad Ees Dole)


Raven 4 together over west (came from over Chorlton Ees)
Cetti's Warbler singing at the Teal Pool
Snipe 2 at the Teal Pool
Shoveler 11
Gadwall 22
Teal 12
Tufted Duck 11
Goosander 4
Little Grebe 2
Great Crested Grebe 3
Black-headed Gull - adult with blue darvic X252
Willow Tit 1 at the feeders
Treecreeper 1
Siskin 51 (in 2 flocks)
Reed Bunting male singing at Sale Ees


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Monday 12th Feb

Redwing
Siskin
Goldfinch
Robin
Blackbird
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Willow Tit (on feeders)
Nuthatch (feeding on table)
Crow
Magpie
Kestrel
Reed Bunting
Heron
Merganser (m & f)
Canada Goose
Moorhen
Coot
Mallard
Mute Swan
Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
Snipe
Cormorant
Song Thrush



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1.5 hours this afternoon, before work:

Blue tit
Great tit
Coal tit
Willow tit
Long-tailed Tit
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
Robin
Wren
Wood Pigeon
Magpie
Crow
Ring-necked Parakeet
Cormorant
Black-headed Gull
Blackbird
Redwing
Song Thrush
Chaffinch
Siskin
Mallard
Teal
Gadwall
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Coot
Moorhen
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Heron
Kingfisher



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Highlights of a lunchtime walk: Broad Ees Dole: 9 Grey Heron, 3 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 2 Gadwall and 2 Siskin. Feeders: 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Willow Tit, 5 Redwing and upto 11 Great Tits.

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Tues 14.00 and earlier.

Broad Ees Dole looking very bleak, with almost no bird life save for a couple of Herons and a Moorhen. Looked to be largely frozen over so all ducks etc on the main lake.

Aside from the usuals were a pair of Wigeon associating with the Gadwall and Tufted Ducks behind the islands on the main lake.

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Late post for Sunday 07.01.24 (pm).
Broad ees dole (Teal Pool).
Snipe - 6.

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Quick call in  to the car park on way home yesterday evening:

Canada Geese

Mute swans

Tufted ducks

Black headed gulls

5 Goosander 



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A pleasant afternoon...
33 gadwall
21 tufted duck
5 goosander
21 mute Swan
6 cormorant
8 Herring gull
10 lesser-black backed gull
3 great crested grebe
300+ black headed gulls
41common gulls
2 little grebe
9 grey heron
1 snipe at Teal pool.
2 willow tit at the feeders
2 nuthatch
1 jay
14 redwing
2 song thrush
15 siskin
1 redpoll
1 chiffchaff
3 goldcrest
3 bullfinch
1 chaffinch
1 Pheasant
1 kestrel

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Late afternoon visit...

1 Woodcock in wildflower meadow.
5 goosander over.
1 little grebe on river.
100+ ring necked parakeets flew out of trees near jacksons boat at 4.10pm & headed north.



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Cetti's Warbler still singing from Teal Pool

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Best counts from the lake during the cold spell and through this week:

Mute Swan  (25);   Teal  (47 on the B.E.D. ice);   Gadwall  (41);  Shoveler  (6);  Tufted Duck  (17);  Goldeneye  (2 fem./imm.);

Goosander  (10);   Cormorant  (9);  Great Crested Grebe  (4);  Little Grebe  (16);  Coot  (94);  Water Rail  (2);

Common Snipe  (3).

Cetti's Warbler still present, but the B.E.D. Chiffchaff disappeared as soon as it froze. Lots of Long-tailed Tit (25+), Siskin (45+).

Ice on the lake gave opportunity to look at gull legs. Apart from three locally ringed regular Black-headed Gulls and a regular Belgian bird, also saw

two Norwegian B.-h. G., a returning Polish bird and a Danish bird. Also, on one day, the Common Gull seen in Jan at S.W.P. was present, ringed as adult on

25/7/20 at the Lofoten Islands, N. Norway, just inside the Arctic Circle. These two S.W.P. sightings are the only ones since ringing.

One of the Norwegian B.-h. Gulls was a bird I saw at S.W.P. in Jan. 2021, ringed as a 3cy+ male nr. Oslo in April 2020 and seen there several times 

each year since, last in April 2023.

The other Norwegian bird was ringed as 2cy at Oslo in May 2022, seen there in June 2022 and April- June 2023, next at S.W.P. for four days this week.

I also saw the Danish bird in Jan.; unfortunately the ringer is one with a bad reputation for replying to reports of his birds. Birder friends

on the east coast and south coast normally ignore his birds as they don't expect a reply. As this bird was close to home I sent off a report

for the January sighting, and guess what, no reply.



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Teal Pond this morning had 1 Teal, 1 Shoveler and 2 female Goldeneye.

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No Shag this morning

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Mid morning visit to see the Shag which was showing well despite the water sports class being within feet of it, it didnt bother one bit.


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The Shag took a bit of finding when I first arrived this morning. It was distant and diving. After I had lunch in my car, I went back out and located it again. Eventually, it swam up onto the slipway by the car park. So glad I hung about as I was aiming for high tide at Parkgate or a walk from Rostherne to Tatton Park. 



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For its 5th day now the Shag is still present on the main lake , coming in remarkable close at times and getting up onto the jetty's .

 



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Shag is still present this afternoon, showing well,  and having quite a few visitors , they have even come from Audenshaw res to see it .

 

 



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Shag still present on the pontoon at 11.15

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The Shag showing well on the pontoon at 2:00 pm this afternoon.

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Shag still present at 1245.

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Shag was still present at 11am on the pontoon.

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Shag in the pontoon, right now 9.00 a m GMT, with 3 Cormorant.

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Shag still present this morning info via Jackie 

 

 



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This afternoon from 15.43, the Shag was on the main lake towards the west end, closer to the M60, it later swam back to the pontoon at 17.09 and still present there at 17.20.

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Thanks Dave. Just bobbed down now & very showing well.



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The Shag is present again this afternoon, on the floating pontoon below the car park. Apparently very tolerant of canoeists. Info thanks to Ian McDonald and Sam Harris

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Anyone had a look today?



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The shag flew off the pontoon at 5.51pm (according to my phone) it flew towards the east end turned & then started heading west but then flew over Broad ees dole, lost from view because of tall trees.
Well done to John shaunessy.

Woodcock over wildflower meadow, another or the same one was seen a little later whizzing around.





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Shag still present in the rapidly fading light at 17:35. Always great to get a GM first that is within walking distance from your home!



-- Edited by Andrew Jeffery on Friday 27th of October 2023 06:54:31 PM



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Nice views of the Shag at Sale Water Park this afternoon. A GM first for me. Also: 1 Kingfisher 3 Ring-necked Parakeets over

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The shag is still currently present on the pontoon below the boathouse.

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The Shag was found by John Shaughnessy shortly after 14.00 (it hadn't been present earlier). Still remaining in situ on the pontoon, viewed from the boardwalk below the Boathouse Restaurant, at 16.40

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info via John Shaunessy 

Shag at Sale water park on the boardwalk present now .

 

 



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visibility poor today .. fog ,, However feeding station busy with small passerines and Ring necked Parakeets ,

2 different coal tits and 3 willow tits among Blue, Great and Long tailed tits ,Nuthatch and Jay .

 

 

 



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Afternoon/evening visit.

16 mute swans
7 cormorants
8 gadwalls
1 little grebe
4 great crested grebes
8 goldcrests
2 nuthatch
2 ring necked parakeets
2 mistle thrush
1 kestrel
1 sparrowhawk
1 tufted duck , 3 gadwall, 1 Teal, 1 grey heron on Broad ees dole.
3 shoveler, 3 Teal, 2 gadwall on Teal pool.
2 great spotted woodpecker
1 cettis warbler
1 Reed bunting
1 grey heron
Just 2 redwings seen but lots heard at dusk.
Tawny owls heard.

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3:30pm - 4:00pm, 12 gadwall, 2 teal, 4 shoveler, 1 juvenile dabchick, 8 coot, 2 moorhens. Four mallards flew in as I was leaving. All birds on the pool in front of the hide, the teal pool was deserted.

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Pink-footed Goose 64 east at 09.51
Shoveler 5
Gadwall 9
Teal 15
Little Grebe 1
Great Crested Grebe 2
Sparrowhawk 2
Kestrel 2
Kingfisher 1
Sand Martin 1
Cetti's Warbler 1
Chiffchaff 5
Meadow Pipit 11 over south

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Pink-footed Goose 66 over south east at 08.20
Cetti's Warbler 2, pair interacting, singing and calling simultaneously
Shoveler 2
Teal 18
Kingfisher 1

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From 2 pm today 05.09.23
Visitor Centre feeders -
Coal tit - 2 ( both constantly on and off the feeders, one looking tatty, possible a pair ).
Nuthatch - 1.
Also Blue and Great tits.

Main lake -
Lots of people boating etc.
Great crested grebe - 2.
Cormorant - 4 on pylon.

Broad ees dole -
Shoveler duck - 1.
Little grebe - 1.
Grey Heron - 4.
Teal pool
Water rail - 1.
Kingfisher - 1 across.


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Cetti's Warbler 1 possibly 2. One singing at the Teal Pool path 53.435633, -2.304545. Later one calling at the riverbank 53.432329, -2.295704 (706.66 metres apart) which flew across to the Chorlton Ees side giving views in Willow and Balsam, constantly calling.

Willow Tit heard at the inflow channel 53.430488, -2.294519

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Thanks Chris. I'm a bit reluctant to approach the land-owner, given that I've only seen mink there once. However, if it starts to happen more often, I might take you up on your offer. 



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Peter,

I do not know the definitive answer to the Mink situation but I can share my experience of a similar incident.a few years ago. I witnessed a mink raiding the Sand Martin colony in Urmston.. It was brutal and relentless.

What came clear is you need 2 things,
1. Someone willing to deal with removing the mink
2. The landowners permission to remove the mink

In the area you describe i believe the Environment Agency are responsible for the river up to the top of the river banks. It is the respibsibility of the adjacent landowners beyond that.

To the north of the river I understand the field is a farmer holding a lease from Trafford Council. To the South of the river it is EA / Trafford Council / AMEY. (I won't go into the details here). The issue I experienced became determining where the mink breeding site was so whose permission was required. By the time I determined this there were not many Sand Martin left.

If it would help send me a PM and I would be happy to give you contact numbers for some of the organisations I mention above.

Chris



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Little Egret at Broad Ees Dole again this morning.

Also, saw a mink kill a moorhen in the river before dragging it onto the bank. I vaguely remember that we're supposed to report mink sightings, but the only place I can find to report them is
https://www.waterliferecoverytrust.org.uk/report-a-sighting/
If I've got that wrong, please let me know.

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Cetti's Warbler 1 still, showing and calling frequently at the side of the path by the Teal Pool, then later a brief burst of song from the back of Teal Pool
Willow Warbler 1 in song
Chiffchaff 8
Blackcap 3
Teal 3
Gadwall 3
Little Grebe 1
Great Crested Grebe 2
Kingfisher 1


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Little Egret at Broad Ees Dole this afternoon.

Also a Common Kingfisher there, but apart from that, very quiet.



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Common Tern 1
Kingfisher 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 plus a roadkill on the junction 6 M60 slip road
Sedge Warbler 1 singing VC Marsh
Reed Warbler 3 (including recently fledged young)
Cetti's Warbler 1 still, showing, singing and calling

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A few birds on this morning's visit that I don't usually see here:-

  • Common Tern, fishing over the lake (see horrible record shot)
  • Common Sandpiper, flying low over the lake
  • Sedge Warbler, in the marshy scrub beside Cow Lane, below the visitor centre

Also unusual (for me) was a group of six Mistle Thrushes that flew out of the woodland behind Broad Ees Dole and across the river towards Chorlton Ees.



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Oystercatcher 3 over west 15.28
Kingfisher 1
Reed Warbler 2
Whitethroat pair carrying food


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Morning visit highlights all at Broad Ees Dole: 2 Lapwing, Cettis & Reed Warblers, 2 separate broods of Mallard with 7 ducklings each and a Peregrine halfheartedly following a Woodpigeon.

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Afternoon visit, two lapwings still on Broad Ees Dole, the best I got from the Cetti's Warbler family was five seconds of song from the roses by the teal pool. Five cygnets with the mute swans on the lake. Large mixed flock on Barrow Brook: families of long-tailed tits, great tits and blue tits, juvenile goldfinches, a pair of treecreepers and at least one goldcrest. A pair of willow tits further down the brook.



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