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Buzzard feeding on mallard today ..



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Broad Ees Dole 2.30pm

Wigeon 14
Gadwall 12
Mallard 19
Teal 4
Little Grebe 2
Grey Heron 1

Over at Chorlton WP canoeists were packing up so must've driven all but the local Tufted Ducks and a few local Mallards over to the Dole

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Gulls BH Gull 240 LBB Gull 8 Herring Gull 3 Common Gull 4

Ducks Mallard 38 Gadwall 24 Tufted 5 Teal 18 Shoveler 1

Herons 7 Cormorants 11 Corvids Crows Rook Jackdaw

Woodpigeon 49 Collared Dove 10 Ring Necked Parakeet 5

Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing Robins 

Blue tit Great Tit Coal tit Long Tailed tit Willow tit 

Nuthatch, Great spotted woodpecker , Treecreeper

Goldcrest Goldfinch Chaffinch Greenfinch , Dunnocks and Sparrows

Kestrel Buzzard.

Moorhen, Coots, Little grebe .

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Yesterday Wednesday 31.10.18

Inflow Channel :-
Grey Heron - 1.
Goldcrest - 1.
Treecreeper - 1.
Blackbird - 2.

River Mersey :-
Common Buzzard over - 2 circling.

Main lake :-
Cormorant - 4.
Gadwall - 25.
Mute swan - 9 (2 adult Inc. VN6 and 7 juveniles inc.4DCF).

And a possible Yellow legged gull.

Broad Ees Dole :-
Shoveler - 3.
Moorhen - 6.
Grey Heron - 1.
Teal - 13.
Little grebe - 1.
Long-tail tit - 10.

Today 01.11.18 (short visit).
Main lake :-
Lesser Black-back gull - 6.
Common gull - 6.
Herring gull - 1.
But No Yellow legged gull.
Broad Ees Dole
Snipe - 3.
Teal - 14.
Water on the Dole is at it's Lowest level for a long time but views from the hide are becoming narrower due to encroaching bushes and trees.



-- Edited by phillipskelly on Thursday 1st of November 2018 03:23:25 PM

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Cold and frosty morning stroll

Raven over the sports centre first thing 

Kingfisher on broad ees dole 

Gadwall count high at least 25+

All the normal stuff you would expect 

 

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From 10:30 am today.

Main lake ......
Gadwall - 9.
Mute swan - 17 ( 8 juveniles including 4DCF, 4DCD,and 4DCC.).

Old Carpark ......
Reed bunting - 1.

Broad Ees Dole .......
Wigeon - 10.
Gadwall - 6.
Shoveler - 4.
Little grebe - 4 Inc. 1 juv.
Buzzard - 1 .
Snipe - 4.
Teal - 9.
Kingfisher - 1.
(Ps. hope the snipe photo is right way up this time.phone scoped)

and lots of Long-tail tit about everywhere.


-- Edited by phillipskelly on Thursday 18th of October 2018 04:34:48 PM

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Good birding today,

Visitor centre area 4 Nuthatch, 5 Ring necked Parakeets  2 Coal tit 1 Willow tit

Broad ees dole 

Kingfisher 1

Wigeon 13

Shoveler 8

Gadwall 5

Little Grebe 6

Buzzard 

and Chiffchaff sulking left of the hide seemed to be paler, but was in strong light .

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That's what I was afraid of. Perhaps it'd be better just to board the hide up if that's what it's being used for.

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Shannon , I noted a few dead little grebes last week adult ones at least 3, I regret the fact that I was told an  air rifle was used, I have been in touch with the local authorities but have not yet been able to get a body to x-ray it .

Sadly the demise of the rangers has not be a good thing for the Water park .

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Day spent around the water parks today; here first:

2 goldcrest
1 chiffchaff heard
1 willow tit heard
2+ nuthatch
1 or 2 greenfinch heard
1 grey wagtail
1 jay
3 moorhen
2 coot
c20 mallard
9 mute swan (pair with 7 grown juveniles)
c80 black-headed gull
1 cormorant
1 sparrowhawk (seen over the river from Sale Ees, dueling with a carrion crow)
1 buzzard

Broad Ees Dole:

1 kingfisher
4 moorhen
4 teal
3 shoveler
6 little grebe, 2 very young, being fed by parents
3 grey heron
2 sparrowhawk (male and female)

Dead mallard on Broad Ees Dole, too; last time, there were also two dead Canada geese, which I didn't think much of at the time, but after Phillip's post below, is this something to worry about?




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Tuesday 18th September

- Black-headed Gull bearing a yellow 4 alpha code ring 'ETKE', with the other Gulls on the boardwalk below Deckers car park.
Belgian ringed as suspected and it appears you had it here last year Ian.

BELGIAN COLOUR-RING PROJECT : Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
www.bhgull.be
CR-ID: ETKE(Larus ridibundus)
Sex: Unidentified
Ringed as: Pullus

Date Location
18/06/2016 MOLSBROEK (Lokeren), OOST-VLAANDEREN, BELGIUM Audenaert Tim
18/06/2016 MOLSBROEK (Lokeren), OOST-VLAANDEREN, BELGIUM Audenaert Tim
16/07/2017 SALE (Sale water Park), GREATER MANCHESTER, GREAT BRITAIN McKerchar Ian
25/03/2018 MOLSBROEK (Lokeren), OOST-VLAANDEREN, BELGIUM De Taey Eddy
25/03/2018 MOLSBROEK (Lokeren), OOST-VLAANDEREN, BELGIUM De Smet Geert
08/04/2018 MOLSBROEK (Lokeren), OOST-VLAANDEREN, BELGIUM Audenaert Tim
18/09/2018 SALE (Sale water Park), GREATER MANCHESTER, GREAT BRITAIN Creek Rob





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From 1pm today,
Main lake :
Mute swan - 2 adult + 7 cygnet.
Chiffchaff - 1 .
Kestrel - 1 .
Black headed gull - 41.
Herring gull - 1.
Lesser Black-back gull - 2.

Old car park :
Buzzard - 1 over.
Blackcap - 3 ( 2 f + 1m ).
Bullfinch - 1 heard.
Chiffchaff - 2 heard.

Broad Ees Dole :
Teal - 17 .
Gadwall - 3.
Littlegrebe - 4 + 2 chicks.
Buzzard - 1 over.
Sparrowhawk - 1 over.
Grey Heron - 8.
Moorhen - 6.


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Visitor centre :
Willow tit - 1 on feeder.
Buzzard - 1 across the marsh.

Main lake :
Kingfisher - 1.
Mute swan - 9 ( 2 adults + 7 cygnet ).

Cow lane :
Nuthatch - 1 ( three sightings but probably the same bird).
Robin - 4.
Chaffinch - 2.
Also lots of Long-tail tit, Blue tit and Great tit seen and heard in the tree canopy.

Old car park (rear of ) :
Blackcap - 1 juvenile.
Dunnock - 4.
Reed bunting - 4.
Chiffchaff - 2 (1 seen + 1 heard only).
Blue tit - 5 family party.
Blackbird - 1.
And one unresolved bird in the Blackthorn - singing very quietly (sub song ?) like a Blackcap , but when seen momentarily , it didn't seem to have a cap - just looked plain greyish and I thought Garden Warbler . I double checked the song with a CD and it wasn't Garden warbler .
I heard the same song last weekend on Cow lane but couldn't see the bird at first an then finally saw the same greyish sylvia type bird as today .

Broad Ees Dole :
Teal - 18 and also 3 dead ones unfortunately.
Snipe - 1 on main island.
Grey Heron - 1.



Little grebe - 4.

-- Edited by phillipskelly on Saturday 8th of September 2018 03:54:23 PM

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BTO WebS count this morning was on the quite side , in fact prior to a big rainfall the water park appeared empty,

However after the rain , things improved other highlights included 

Swift House Martin and Swallow were in good numbers 

Kingfisher showing well near Stepping stones 

Chiffchaff, Blackcap still in good numbers .

Buzzard Kestrel present ,

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-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 12th of August 2018 03:11:02 PM

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Broad Ees Dole and surrounds for a couple of hours this afternoon:

1 chiffchaff heard
2 reed bunting (one a fledgling, still begging)
1 house martin
1 swallow
1 swift
1 stock dove
6 moorhen
1 coot
1 gadwall
21 mallard
6 little grebe (2 full-grown juveniles, 2 half-grown)
1 lapwing
4 grey heron
3 black-headed gull
1 lesser black-backed gull
8 cormorant over
1 sparrowhawk (over Stretford Ees)
1 buzzard (juvenile constantly calling from Stretford Ees)

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30+ Species seen today best was 8 Juvenile Goosanders on river mersey opp cow field , I recorded a female with 8 young at Kickerty Brook a few weeks ago, I have been watching them every few days , recently they went missing so I am fairly certain these are mine, After watching them for 15 mins they all flew up river towards Northenden.

 

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A few hours today, from mid-morning - early afternoon:

2 chiffchaff heard singing
11+ blackcap
5 reed warbler heard singing
1 willow tit
6 goldfinch
3+ greenfinch
3 bullfinch
1 reed bunting heard singing
2+ house martin
1 swallow
3+ song thrush
1+ jay heard
7+ swift
2 moorhen
1 coot
2 mute swan with 7 cygnets
1 grey heron
1 cormorant

Broad Ees Dole:

1 reed bunting heard singing
6 moorhen, including grown juveniles
1 coot
14 mallard
5 little grebe, pair with 3 young chicks
5 lapwing
10 grey heron
70+ black-headed gull
1 lesser black-backed gull


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Short mooch this afternoon from 1-3pm.

Whitethroat - 1.
Blackcap - 1.
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1.
Reed Bunting - 2.
Grt.Crested Grebe - 1.
Reed Warbler - 2 ( 1 seen +1 heard).
Mute Swan - 2 + 9 cygnet.

Broad Ees Dole (2 islands bearly showing).

Common Sandpiper - 1.
Lapwing - 2.
Little Grebe - 2.
Moorhen - 2.
Mallard - 8.


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Break this afternoon.

Of note over main lake...
- 1 Swallow
- 1 Common Swift
- 1 Common Whitethroat singing from shrubbery to the right of the car park
- 3 Great Crested Grebe (1 pr + 1)

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Mid afternoon today at the lake side.

Only birds of note were 3 Common Swift and 2 Swallow.

And something that had me laughing that happened on 3 different occasions. Firstly a girl feeding the Canada Geese and as they encroached she backed off and ran back to the waiting car. Then 2 girls walking on the jetty had the fright of their lives and ran off as one Goose flew up out of the water infront of them.
Lastly 3 girls with buggies and youngsters were feeding them when all of a sudden they started running off and the Geese were actually running after them. You could hear the kids screaming laughing and all of them threw the whole slices of bread and ran off in terror to the other side near Deckers as more and more Geese appeared!


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Brief visit ending at 3pm.yester day 10.05.18
Similar to last post with -
Reed warbler - 3 seen with 2 singing males competing for the same spot and giving great views.
Reed bunting - 1.
Grt.Crested Grebe - 2.
Chiffchaff - 1.
All the above seen on main lake.

Broad Ees Dole.......
Water level dramatically high covering nearly all the islands.
Little grebe - 4.
Grey Heron - 1 over.
Moorhen - 2.

Ps.time ran out so didn't do the rest of the WP.


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2 possibly 3 Reed Warblers in reeds at the north west corner by Broad Ees Dole. Only had 2 birds together on the edge of the lake, but singing from beyond the pond to the north of the path was likely a 3rd bird. 4 Blackcap 2 Chiffchaff Reed Bunting Great Crested Grebe - otherwise little of note on or over the water. Broad Ees Dole: 2 Little Grebe Teal Grey Heron By the bridge over the river: 2 Grey Wagtail Buzzard being mobbed by crows

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Common Sandpiper Main Lake in bay SE of Watersports Centre 10:20am

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Few hours around here this afternoon; pretty chilly, and water-sports on the lake.

2 chiffchaff
5 blackcap
1 nuthatch
c25 sand martin
3 swallow
1 song thrush
1 moorhen
5 coot, including one on nest
5 - 7 mute swan
4 or 5 great crested grebe
1 cormorant over
1 black-headed gull
5 lesser black-backed gull
4 herring gull
1 buzzard

Broad Ees Dole:

3 moorhen
2 coot
2 little grebe
1 herring gull

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Called in at the water park early afternoon and watched a pair of Great Crested Grebe appearing to start their courtship dance. One of the birds had a bill full of water weeds.



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Brief evening jog around the main lake and recovery viewing from Boathouse car park (745-815pm)

 

Of note;

2 Swift

2 Swallow

1 Kestrel

1 Blackcap (m if full song repertoire)



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Common Sandpiper 1
Willow Tit pair
Gadwal 5
Tufted Duck 3
Little Grebe 1
Blackcap 7
Chiffchaff 5
Willow Warbler 2
Swallow 2
Sand Martin 1
Reed Bunting 4
Ring-necked Parakeet 3

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BTO WeBS count today 7am-9am

Water Park and Broad res Dole

Canada Geese

Mute Swan

Coots 

Moorhen

Great Crested Grebe 

Little Grebe

Mallard 

Tufted Duck

Teal

Gadwall

Heron 

Black Headed Gull 

LBB Gull.

 

Of other interest Chiffchaff Willow Warbler in good numbers 

Willow tit seen carrying nesting material.

 

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Saturday morning visit, and pretty much the same as Phil's sightings yesterday except no  Artic terns but a nice pair of Wigeon on Broad ees dole

 

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This afternoon from 1pm.

Visitor centre :
Grey Heron - 1 (in marsh).
Willow tit - 1 (on bird table with a very narrow chin marking but briefly seen) .

Cow lane :
Treecreeper - 1.

Inflow channel :
Chiffchaff - 2.
Grey Heron - 1.
Mallard - 4.

Wildflower meadow :
Greenfinch - 6.
Bullfinch - 1.
Reed bunting - 2.
Jay - 1.
Chiffchaff - 2 .
Treecreeper - 1.
Woodpigeon .- c 30.

Old Car park :
Blackcap - 2 m+f .
Bullfinch - 1.
Willow warbler - 1.
Pied Wagtail - 1 over .
And a constructed mound of soil - wish they'd leave it alone !!!

Main lake :
Blackcap - 5 Inc 1 f.
Grt.Crested Grebe - 2.
Lesser Black-back gull - 4.
Reed bunting - 2.
Arctic tern - 1.
Cormorant - 3.

Broad Ees Dole :
Little Grebe - 2.
Teal - 4.
Gadwall - 1.
Reed bunting - 2.
And 2 very young children with a basic scope and bins who knew about MB website with their dad ...... nice to meet them .





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This afternoon from 1pm.

Visitor centre :
Grey Heron - 1 (in marsh).
Willow tit - 1 (on bird table with a very narrow chin marking but briefly seen) .

Cow lane :
Treecreeper - 1.

Inflow channel :
Chiffchaff - 2.
Grey Heron - 1.
Mallard - 4.

Wildflower meadow :
Greenfinch - 6.
Bullfinch - 1.
Reed bunting - 2.
Jay - 1.
Chiffchaff - 2 .
Treecreeper - 1.
Woodpigeon .- c 30.

Old Car park :
Blackcap - 2 m+f .
Bullfinch - 1.
Willow warbler - 1.
Pied Wagtail - 1 over .
And a constructed mound of soil - wish they'd leave it alone !!!

Main lake :
Blackcap - 5 Inc 1 f.
Grt.Crested Grebe - 2.
Lesser Black-back gull - 4.
Reed bunting - 2.
Arctic tern - 1.
Cormorant - 3.

Broad Ees Dole :
Little Grebe - 2.
Teal - 4.
Gadwall - 1.
Reed bunting - 2.
And 2 very young children with a basic scope and bins who knew about MB website with their dad ...... nice to meet them .





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Common Tern present early afternoon today.

Info thanks to Tony O'Mahony



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Common Sandpiper on boat ramp this am also 2 singing Blackcap and at least 3 Chiffchaff on the approach road.

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2 Sand Martin flew straight through, north this am also 2 Grey wagtail on shore by boat club and singing Blackcap near park and ride car park.

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BTO WeBS Count.( in the snow brave of me I know )

Goosander c6

Mallard c25

Canada goose c23

Mute Swan c13

Moorhen c11

Coot c38

Cormorant c11

Great Crested Grebe c9

Gadwall c20

Tufted Duck c35

Black Headed Gull c 327

LBB Gull c14

Herrring Gull c5

Common Gull c10

Heron 1

Broad ees dole

Teal 33

Mallard 9

Shoveler 14

Snipe 9 

Little Grebe 3

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Today, through the afternoon:

2 willow tit
1 bullfinch
6+ redwing
3 song thrush
4 moorhen
31 coot
5 teal (on marshy area beneath cafe)
3 gadwall
14 tufted duck
2 goosander
2 mute swan
2 great crested grebe
2 grey heron
8 cormorant
c100 black-headed gull
13 common gull
3 herring gull
1 kestrel
1 buzzard

Broad Ees Dole:

2 reed bunting
4 moorhen
1 coot
16 teal
24 gadwall
1 mute swan
3 little grebe
4 snipe
3 grey heron

Another birder had a water rail just in front of the hide before I arrived.

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Mute Swan 

Canada Geese 

Mallard 

Tufted duck

Gadwall

Teal

Gulls BH Gull Herring Gull LBB Gull

Grebes Great Crested and Little

Tits Blue Great Willow Long Tailed 

Corvids Crow Jackdaw Rook Magpie Jay

Goosanders 

Snipe

Herons and Cormorants.

Wren Dunnock Goldcrest

Blackbird Song Thrush Mistle Thrush Redwing

Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Finches Chaffinch Goldfinch 

 

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Quick ride around. Highlights:
Main lake:
1 great crested grebe
3 little grebes
3 tufted ducks
2 goosander, a pair
2 teal
1 snipe flushed from the grassy bank, next to the islands
1 fieldfare
2 lesser redpoll feeding on ground with fieldfare
good numbers of gadwall + the usual
Broad ees dole
2 goosanders, redheads
2 shoveler, a pair
3 little grebe
20+ teal

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BTO WeBS Count Sunday 18th Feb

Coot 38

Moorhen 9

Canada geese 53

Mute Swan 7

Tufted Duck 27

Gadwall 38

Mallard 24

Goosander 4

Great Crested Grebe 2

BH Gull 157

Common Gull 4

LBB Gull 1

Cormorant 8

Broad ees dole

Teal 17

Mallard 8

Canada geese 5

Moorhen 4

Snipe 1

Heron 1

 



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Here from around 2.30 - 4.45. Again much of the lake frozen, including what looked like a small water bird (little grebe?) that seemed to have become locked into the ice and perished.

Main lake and surrounds:

1 goldcrest
1 willow tit
1 grey wagtail
Redwing heard
2 moorhen
27 coot
4 teal
c20 gadwall
2 goosander
4 mute swan
2+ great crested grebe
2 grey heron
8+ cormorant
116+ black-headed gull
3 common gull
16+ lesser black-backed gull
6+ herring gull
1 buzzard

Also possible yellow-legged gull; mantle colour looked good, and head pristine, but couldn't make out leg colour (which perhaps suggests they weren't yellow).

Broad Ees Dole:

54 teal
1 shoveler
2 mute swan
1 little grebe
2 grey heron

Ok, so no red-breasted merganser, but 52 species for the day, which isn't too bad, and it sure as hell beats work.


-- Edited by Shannon Llewellyn on Wednesday 7th of February 2018 08:14:26 PM

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16.30-17.00 Quick visit after Chorlton WP hoping the Red-breasted Merganser had relocated to Sale WP

6 Goosander -5f & 1m
2 Grey Wagtail

..but no Merganser! I wonder where else it goes to?

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08.40-09.55

Goosander 5 (1 male, 4 female)
Great crested Grebe 5
Little Grebe 3 (Broad Ees Dole)
Cormorant 12
Tufted Duck 19
Gadwall 23
Teal 21 (Broad Ees Dole)
Snipe 3 (Broad Ees Dole)
Herring Gull 13
Lesser Black-backed Gull 9
Common Gull 12
Ring-necked Parakeet 1
Siskin 20+



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Late morning after Chorlton WP.

Red-Breasted Merganser 1f. Appeared at the east end of main lake just as we were walking back to the car park.
Tufted Duck 5
Gadwall 12+
Mute Swan 6
Cormorant 10+
Great Crested Grebe 6
Teal 8m 2f.
Mallard 20+
Coot 40+
Moorhen 2
Little Grebe 3
Buzzard 1
Grey Heron 10
Willow Tit 2
Nuthatch 2
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Late post for Monday afternoon 3pm ish , 30.01.18

Main lake.
Goosander 4 (3f+1m).
Common gull 10.
Black-headed gull c200.
Lesser Black-back gull c30.
Yellow legged gull 1.
Gt. Crested Grebe 5.
Gadwall 24.
Plus 2-3 siskin in a mixed flock of Tits.

Broad Ees Dole.
Grey Heron 4.
Teal c15.

-- Edited by phillipskelly on Wednesday 31st of January 2018 04:48:42 PM Also Mute swan 5 plus Herring gull .

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BTO WeBS  Sunday 8.30-10-30

Weather. could have been better and drier, sadly 

Coot 110

Moorhen 18

Cananda Geese 54

Tufted Duck  23 m 7 f

Gadwall 18 m 7f

Mallard 15 m 12f

Mute Swan 12

Goosander 1 f

Cormorant 22

B H Gull 137  (3) showing summer plumage heads 

LBB Gull 5

Herring Gull 2

Common Gull 8

Great Crested Grebe 7

 

Broad res Dole

Teal 23m 8f

Heron 2

Kingfisher 1

 

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Friday 12th Jan (2.30pm)

A late delivery in Stretford so called in here for a break. Of note...
- c30 Tufted Duck
- 6 Gadwall
- 8 Cormorant
- 5 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 2 adult Common Gulls



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A few hours around here today, morning and afternoon, nice day for it, and lots to be seen.

Main lake and surrounds:

1 willow tit
2 nuthatch
7+ goldfinch
1 chaffinch
1 bullfinch
1 song thrush
1 kingfisher (with the largest fish I've ever seen one with)
3 great spotted woodpecker
1 moorhen
c40 coot
3 teal
21 gadwall
41 tufted duck
2 goosander
9 (I think) mute swan
4 little grebe
2 great crested grebe
1 grey heron
c8 cormorant
250+ black-headed gull
8+ common gull
10+ lesser black-backed gull
6+ herring gull
1 sparrowhawk

Broad Ees Dole:

1 grey wagtail
1 moorhen
36 teal
1 little grebe
12+ snipe
3 grey heron
1 kestrel (on pylon behind hide)
1 buzzard


-- Edited by Shannon Llewellyn on Sunday 7th of January 2018 07:40:07 PM

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Good stroll round today, Lots of activity at the visitors centre Willow tit x1 Great Tit x 11 R N Parakeets 4 Nuthatch x3

large flock of mixed finches on cow lane mainly Chaffinch with  possible Brambling (bad light in the trees )

Main lake B H Gull 200+ Coots 80+ Gadwall 25 Tufted duck 40+ Goldeneye 1 

Broad ees Dole Teal 38 Snipe 9+ Heron 3 Little Grebe 4 Kingfisher 1.

Goldcrest x7 and lots of other stuff as well .

 

Keep Birding.



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Now 38 Tufted Duck as well as 22+ Gadwall, 9 Cormorant and drake Goldeneye.

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37 Tufted Duck this am and 12+ Gadwall. Kingfisher heard around islands and single Buzzard flew low over lake toward west end.

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