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RE: BELMONT RES and MOORS


10.30am to 12.30pm
My first trip since May when the water levels were reasonable. Hardly anything on reservoir today, mostly moorland birds above and below the reservoir. No gulls at all instead of the thousands last time.

1 Cormorant flying past
35 Canada Geese on fields at Higher Pasture House Farm
5 Mallards, the only birds on the reservoir until the flock of Lapwings arrived
1 Kestrel
1 Moorhen on sailing club ponds
4 Pheasants
80 Lapwings
3 Woodpigeons
2 Stock Doves
6 House Martins in Belmont Village
17 Swallows
45 Meadow Pipits
1 Grey Wagtail on sailing club ponds
2 Pied Wagtails
2 Robins
2 Stonechats at Wards Reservoir
6 Wheatears
1 Willow Warbler between church and Wards Reservoir
Mixed flock of Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, and Blue Tits at sailing club
3 Magpies
2 Carrion Crows
2 Chaffinches
2 Goldfinches

Common Hawkers, Brown Hawkers
Green-veined Whites, Small Tortoiseshells (12 + 6 Peacocks on a Buddleia in the village allotments), Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns.


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8.30 to 12 noon Yesterday morning . 12 of us from Bolton RSPB.
Full circuit of the Reservoir using Witton Weavers Way down one side.
Pleasant weather.

Black- headed Gulls..... 1000plus
Lesser Black- backed Gull....15
Mediterranean Gull......1
Goldfinch....3
Willow Warbler.....3
Reed Bunting....1
Kestrel....5
Swallow ....c20
Curlew.....6
Redshank....1
Common Sandpiper....3
Oystercatcher....6
Moorhen...1
Pied Wagtail....4
Canada Geese...c20
Mistle Thrush....3
Lapwing...c25
Golden Plover....Heard only
Cormorant...1
Great Crested Grebe....1
Meadow Pipits...3
Skylark....4
Pheasant....3
Mallards...c20
Coal Tit ...1
One or two of our regulars missing believed to be chasing the Cranes!



-- Edited by keith mills on Sunday 29th of April 2012 02:04:59 PM

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Pair of Red Legged Partridge in fields off Belmont Rd morning of 19th

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Short Eared Owl at Stones Bank at around 9.00pm this evening - lucky - I was cycling past and it dropped to ground about 15 feet away by side of road in my torchlight. It missed whatever it had seen and so carried on hunting.

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Superb close up views of a Raven playing in the strong breeze over the moor just north of the reservoir. It seemed strange to find the island deserted.

Also plenty of Meadow Pipit and Mistle Thrush. Wheatear and Stonechat near Bromiley's farm.

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On the Road Bike tonight on the A675 saw single ad Hobby over Belmont Res flying W towards Winter Hill..

Rob Archer

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A good hour this afternoon watching the mass of BH Gulls on the reservoir. Also seen were 5 Curlews, 3 Redshank and 2 Terns in the distance. Best of all was as I was getting back into my car a Green woodpecker flew across the main roadsmile.gif

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Walk from Belmont to Winter Hill mast at 8am
7 grasshopper warblers singing
5 Lapwing
4 Curlew
3 Skylark
6 Wheatear on boundary wall nr mast
Highlight was male Redstart near Belmont

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Bolton rspb walk today, A med gull present today at the gull roost on belmont res, thanks for spotting it out to us from the two birders already there, i did not get there names?

A few redshanks, curlew, snipe, lots of meadow pipits, linnets, a single redpoll,

We also got bit by loads of midgys today smile.gif

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 6th of June 2010 05:24:38 PM

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Did you see it? It was small and brown and flew that way.........................


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good to see you got a swallow before month end, big 100, keep it going smile.gif


Simon Warford wrote:

No sign of Hen Harrier Belmont area but Merlin and Buzzard today.






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Black headed gull colony were in full voice yesterday afternoon could not see what had disturbed them though, also pair of redshank flying.

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No sign of Hen Harrier Belmont area but Merlin and Buzzard today.

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Now dont forget to take a brolly this time buddybiggrin.gif

Keep adding to that GM list

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I am reliably informed that a male Hen Harrier has been present over the past week or so approx 1 mile NW of Belmont Res, near the Tockholes turning off the A675 just north of GM, could well be the same bird thats been wintering in the area over the past couple of years that occaisonally wonders to Smithalls Moorsmile.gif

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Stones Bank Road - 9-10pm yesterday

Barn owl
Tawny owl (calling)
4 roding woodcock
Grasshopper warbler reeling

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At least 6 adult Med Gulls back at Belmont amongst 1000's of Bh Gull.s

2 Woodcock roding nearby aswell.

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A great evening,Simon.

The Gulls going up was a fantastic sight and the Med Gulls are stunningbiggrin.gif

Midgies not too bad, don't think they like the local food muchsmile.gif
However in Scotland they love the foriegn cuisine and i get chompedbleh.gif

Cheers Dean.

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2/7/08 very pleasant evening with Mr Dean Mac

A Peregrine swooped into the Black Headed Gull colony and put up every single Gull at the place, it was then chased off by about 2000 Black Heads, quite a sightsmile.gif.

Also 4+ adult Med Gulls showing well.

How are your midgy bites Dean??wink.gif

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1/7/2007

Pair Med Gulls with 1 chick.
4 Oystercatchers

no mud either here nowhmm.gif

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24/06/2007 mid afternoon

4 adult Med Gulls
2 Common Sands
8 Oystercatchers


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4/6/07

Adult Mediteranean Gull on the island at Belmont this evening amongst the hundreds of B H Gulls..also 2 Common Sands, Redshank and Tawny Owl flew over the road near Belmont village.

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If it continues to be dry things will only get much worse too and then there's the kids summer holidays to contend with again soon, all the little 'darlings' running around with matches...I'll get me gun wink.gif

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Drove over Belmont rd today. What a sorry sightcry.gif There's been more fires reported recently but i didn't expect it to be this bad. A huge area from Belmont res up past the Tockholes rd is black! On the left of the road right up to the top of the moor is completely burnt out. God knows how many Lapwing and other ground nesters have lost their br
broods.cry.gifcry.gifcry.gifcry.gif


Dean.

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Yeah, bone idle bunch of layabouts furious Well, they are when I'm on duty anywaybiggrinbiggrin

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 There was i passed it on the way back from martin mere. It didn't look too bad but there were about 10 fire engines parked up on the road. Firemen where looking but there didn't seem to be any urgency.

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There was apparently what sounds like quite a serious moorland fire up on Belmont Moors on Wednesday the 11th, I certainly hope it hasn't caused too much destruction (but unfortunately they usually do!) cry

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 Heard first Willow Warbler at Belmont Res this a/noon.
 Also first Wheatear on moors at Tockholes.

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