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07.45am - 12.15pm. Dark cloud, Still. 2c.

46 Species spotted: Including:

1 Goldcrest. (Canal, towards dip).
1 Treecreeper. (Canal, towards dip).
120+ Pink Footed Goose. (SW 11.35am).
5 Whooper Swan.(W).
1 Little Egret.
1 Little Grebe. (Irwell).
1 Kestrel.
2 Water Rail.(Canal).
12 Redwing. (Sheep Field).
4 Scaup.
5 Goosander. (4F, 1M).
120+ Starling.
150+ Wood Pigeon.
1 Great Black Backed Gull.
10 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
250+ Black Headed Gull.
1 Common Gull.
37 Herring Gull.
3 Grey Heron.
9 Teal.
33 Tufted Duck.
4 Great Crested Grebe.
5 Cormorant
2 Jay.
1 Song Thrush.
1 Grey Wagtail.
11 Collared Dove.

Thanks Derek.






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Highlights from 07:00 - 10:45am with 50 species seen plus 2 heard only. Partly with Ian and Malcolm. 1 Hawfinch flew SE over res at 08:10 am. 1 Pink footed Goose amongst 201+ Canada geese. 400+ Jackdaws over. 12 Goosander. 16 Teal. 4 Scaup. 2 Gadwall. 2 Kingfishers. 1 Little Grebe. 2 Water rail 1 Heard in Capsticks,1 seen by Ian on Canal. 1 Little Egret. 6 Jays. 2 Lapwings. Feeders. 1 Brambling my first seen this winter at the feeders. 1 Coal tit. 1 Willow tit. Cheers Steven.

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Hawfinch flew over Elton Reservoir 08:10am this morning calling Cheers Steven

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08.15am - 12.45pm. Blue sky, Still. 3c.

47 Species spotted: Including:

1 Buzzard.
1 Sparrowhawk.
1 Kestrel.
2 Pheasant. (2F).
2 Little Egret.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
1 Common Gull.
100+ Herring Gull.
1 Great Black Backed Gull.
13 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
150+ Black Headed Gull
57 Tufted Duck.
4 Scaup.
1 Wigeon.
13 Cormorant.
4 Great Crested Grebe.
4 Goosander. (4F).
11 Pink Footed Goose.(N).
15 Blackbird.
10 Redwing.(Crow Trees).
4 Bullfinch. (3F, 1M).
2 Coal Tit.
17 Collared Dove.
4 Grey Heron.
1 Grey Wagtail.
20+ Long Tailed Tit.
3 Mute Swan.
15 Teal.

Thanks Derek.






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9 - 11 am:

Managed to finally get some decent photos of the 4 Scaup as they have been evading me all week evileye  (I do believe we have 3 juvenile females & 1 juvenile male)

Also had a kingfisher behind the pump house and a Sparrowhawk in the goyt. 



-- Edited by Martin Loftus on Thursday 17th of January 2019 04:34:11 PM



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Also adding to Ian's list is.... Teal (that was with the female wigeon), 2 water rails seen along canal with one basking in the sun halfway out of the reeds, grey wagtail over and large mixed gulls numbered 100 plus including common gull. Ta!

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Highlights from this a.m. 2 Little Egret, 4 Scaup and 1 Wigeon with 2 Water Rail heard in capsticks.
Cheers Ian

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This a.m. at the feeders, 1 Siskin, 100+ Goldfinch also Green, Bull and Chaffinch. Great, Blue Coal and Long-tailed Tit and a Reed Bunting.
Cheers Ian

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This a.m. with Malcolm, Howard and really good to see Brian Fogg(no disrespect meant to Malcolm and Howard!!), highlights were 2 Little Egret, 4 Scaup and good views of a Water Rail on the canal. 1 Willow Tit on the feeders.
Cheers Ian

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08.30am - 11.30am. Light cloud. 7c.

41 Species spotted: Including:

1 Ring-necked parakeet. (Top of Withins).
1 Raven.(Crow Trees).
1 Little Egret.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Dip).
1 Willow Tit.
1 Great Black Backed Gull.
7 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
29 Herring Gull.
350+ Black Headed Gull.
2 Jay.
1 Song Thrush.
17 Blackbird.
70+ Goldfinch.
4 Bullfinch. (4M).
30+ Greenfinch.
1 Cormorant.
23 Teal.
5 Great Crested Grebe.
33 Tufted Duck.
1 Goosander. (M).
2 Pink Footed Goose.(Over Withins).
3 Grey Heron.
1 Grey Wagtail.

Thanks Derek.









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3pm At the feeders: 

     * Male siskin made a very brief appearance on the feeders before dissappearing after being spooked by an alarming Blackbird (Spotted by Steven Higginbottom evileye)

    * Little Egret flew out of the creek towards the pump house.

    * 4 scaup still present.



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This a.m. with Malcolm, highlights included 4 Scaup, 2 Little Egret and 2 Raven. At least 3 Water Rail heard but not seen along the canal.
Cheers Ian

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Quick look this morning 08:10 to 09:05am 3 Goldeneye 2M 1F on Reservoir. 8 Goosander. 2 Teal. 1 Great Black backed Gulls. Feeders very busy with . 160+ Goldfinch. 2 Bullfinch. 14 Greenfinch. Cheers Steven

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08.15am - 11.15am. Dark Cloud, Windy. 5c.

41 Species spotted: Including:

2 Little Egret.
3 Lapwing. (SW).
1 Kestrel.
1 Sparrowhawk.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.(1M).
2 Bullfinch. (1M,1F).
16 Goosander. (2M,14F).
21 Teal.
10 Mute Swan.
1 Water Rail.
1 Coal Tit.
1 Pheasant. (M). (Capsticks).
46 Tufted Duck.
6 Great Crested Grebe.
33 Herring Gull.
3 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
5 Cormorant.
5 Grey Heron.
300+ Goldfinch. (Mainly Dip + Feeders).
30+ Greenfinch.
60+ Starling.

Thanks Derek.






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This a.m. with Malcolm highlights included 2 Little Egret below pumphouse, 1 Buzzard near Crow Trees, 1 Goldeneye and 15 Goosander on the res. no sign of the Scaup.
Cheers Ian

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Just spent a couple of hours a roundabout
Highlights include;

2 water rails
Kingfisher
Sparrowhawk
Bullfinch
Little egret
Teal
Pink footed goose (swimming near capsticks)
Scaup
Goosander
gadwall and common gull

Ta!

-- Edited by Richard Thew on Friday 11th of January 2019 11:44:05 AM

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Morning highlights include 4 Scaup, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Gadwall, 1 Goldeneye and 14 Goosander with 1 Little Grebe on the river.
Cheers Ian

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08.30am - 12.15pm. Dark grey sky, mist, still. 3c.

47 Species spotted: Including:

2 Little Egret.
1 Little Grebe.
1 Kingfisher.
1 Stock Dove.
2 Raven.
2 Kestrel.
4 Scaup.
4 Goosander. (1M,3F).
37 Tufted Duck.
7 Great Crested Grebe.
8 Mute Swan.
17 Teal.
1 Bullfinch.
1 Coal Tit.
11 Long Tailed Tit.
3 Song Thrush.
13 Blackbird.
2 Common Gull.
3 Lesser Black Backed Gull
18 Herring Gull.
3 Cormorant.
1 Grey Wagtail.
2 Grey Heron.

Thanks Derek.






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Highlights this a.m. with Malcolm, 4 Scaup still present, 4 Raven, 3 Little Egret and 2 Little Grebe on the river.
Cheers Ian

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Car park area 09:00-12:30 and 14:30-16:30

Feeders

Willow tit
Fem great spotted woodpecker
Max of 4 reed buntings and Bullfinches
Small fem/imm sparrowhawk hunting

Res
4 (2 pairs? ) Displaying at each other from hospital and point pylons
10 goosander flew in late afternoon

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This a.m. highlights; 4 Scaup still present, 2 Raven, 2 Little Egret and 1 Little Grebe on the river.
Cheers Ian

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08.45am - 12.45pm. Blue sky, light breeze. 7c.

45 Species spotted: Including:

1 Little Egret.(Creek).
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
2 Raven.
1 Kingfisher.(Irwell).
1 Water Rail.(Canal).
4 Mistle Thrush.
2 Redwing.
1 Song Thrush.
2 Pochard.
9 Teal.
19 Goosander.(6M,13F).
1 Goldeneye.
1 Great Black Backed Gull.
8 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
28 Herring Gull.
1 Greylag Goose.
1 Pink Footed Goose.
1 Coal Tit.
3 Cormorant.
1 Grey Wagtail.
9 Grey Heron.
5 Long Tailed Tit.
10 Mute Swan.
28 Tufted Duck.
7 Great Crested Grebe.


Thanks Derek.



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4 Woodcock seen again at dusk today by Sheila and Katie Tod.



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This afternoon -

4 Scaup

Also single Pink-footed goose along the canal in the flooded field



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This a.m. 1 Little Egret on river and 1 in creek, 2 Goldeneye on res with a Kingfisher at capsticks end.
Cheers Ian

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This a.m. with Malcolm, highlights included 2 Raven on pylon towards Bury (wonder if they are establishing a territory ?), 2 Wigeon and 17 Goosander on the res, 2 Little Egret below pumphouse and 26 Teal on pool by canal.
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Highlights this a.m. 2 Ravens circled the res displaying at 8.45 then 4 returned doing the same thing at 9.00. On the res 24 Teal, 4 Gadwall and 5 Goosander with a Kingfisher flying across. 2 Little Egrets below pumphouse and 1 Water Rail at Capsticks. At the feeders 1 Willow Tit.
Cheers Ian

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08.45am - 12.30pm. Grey cloud, Still, 6c.

Partly with Dave.


44 Species spotted: Including:

1 Buzzard.
2 Raven.
1 Kestrel.
1 Snipe.
15 Goosander (4 Irwell, 11 Reservoir.).
24 Tufted Duck.
1 Gadwall.
11 Great Crested Grebe.
3 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
17 Herring Gull.
1 Nuthatch.
1 Wigeon.
4 Goldeneye.
1 Water Rail.(Canal).
19 Redwing (Crow Trees.).
3 Mistle Thrush.
1 Song Thrush.
21 Teal.
7 Grey Heron.
250+ Goldfinch. ( 200+ in 2 Flocks over Dip, 50+ Feeders.).

2 Little Egret.Thanks Derek.


-- Edited by Derek Richardson on Sunday 6th of January 2019 09:46:25 AM

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Sheila and Katie Tod whilst walking the dogs at dusk each evening have seen a Woodcock for the last couple of weeks. On Thursday this week they were watching four flying around, which is an excellent record for Elton.



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This a.m. with Paul W, highlights included 2 Raven on pylon towards Bury, 11 Goosander, 35 Teal, 5 Gadwall and 1 Goldeneye on the res. 1 Water rail in capsticks and 3 along the canal seen.
Cheers Ian Forgot the 2 Little Egret!!!!,weird how that can happen as we see them nearly everyday now, 5 years ago we would be jumping up and down seeing 2 together.

-- Edited by Ian Campbell on Saturday 5th of January 2019 02:28:30 PM

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Feeders area 09:00 -15:00 fri 4/1/19

Sparrowhawk

Treecreeper 2

Willow tit 1


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This a.m. highlights include 2 Raven over then on pylons, 11 Goosander, 1 Goldeneye and 3 Gadwall on the res.
Cheers Ian

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A potter about from 9.30 to 12.30

Highlights included:

Teal
Gadwall
Pochard
Goosander x2
Grey wagtail x2
Little egrets x2
Sparrowhawk male
Water rails x3 which took some patience to locate.

Ta!

Also noteworthy further north, fieldfare and redwings.

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08.45am - 11.45am. Grey cloud, Still. 3c.

47 Species spotted: Including:

1 Little Egret.
3 Whooper Swan. (S).
1 Kingfisher.(Withins overflow.).
1 Water Rail.(Capsticks).
1 Willow Tit.
1 Reed Bunting. (Feeders).
5 Long Tailed Tit.
1 Nuthatch.
2 Bullfinch. (2M).
3 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
2 Common Gull.
21 Blackbird.
1 Song Thrush.
1 Jay.
1 Pink Footed Goose. (Boathouse).
2 Pochard. (M).
3 Goosander. (2M, 1F).
2 Goldeneye.
17 Teal.
8 Great Crested Grebe.
1 Gadwall.
7 Grey Heron.
3 Pied Wagtail.

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1/1/19 partly with Ian C & Malcolm highlights.
6 Whooper Swans
5 Great Black backed Gulls.
4 Common Gulls.
2 Goldeneye.
1 Gadwall.
3 Teal.
1 Little Egret.
4 Water Rail.
2 Raven.
1 Kestrel.
1 Sparrowhawk.
1 Willow Tit.
1 Nuthatch.
5 Bullfinch.


Cheers Steven.

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My bad, i apologies I forgot to add a post last year on my way to chorley .....(31st dec). A gadwall was seen showing well on a pool of the flooded fields along the canal and there were some redwings in the area too! Ta!

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08.15am - 11.30am. Grey cloud, Light breeze. 9c.

45 Species spotted: Including:

130+ Pink Footed Goose. (08.55am SW ).
2 Little Egret.
1 Kingfisher. ( Creek).
2 Lapwing. (10.30am S ).
1 Kestrel.
5 Wigeon.
2 Pochard.
5 Goosander.
9 Great Crested Grebe.
1 Teal.
39 Tufted Duck
1 Willow Tit.
3 Long Tailed Tit.
1 Water Rail.
1 Great Black Backed Gull.
19 Herring Gull.
2 Common Gull.
6 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
13 Cormorant.
1 Song Thrush.
21 Blackbird.
5 Mute Swan
5 Grey Heron.
1 Grey Wagtail.

Thanks Derek.



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Visited for the first time today: Kingfisher (first Ive ever seen) Heron Egret Greylag goose Great crested grebe Canada geese Gulls Ducks



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I was over at Elton Raz this morning and there were still

2 little egrets
2 goosander
2 snipe


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this a.m. with Malcolm, highlights included, 1 Little Egret, 8 species of Duck with 11 Goosander, 2 Pochard, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Shoveler,, 2 Gadwall plus Mallard, Tufted and Teal. 2 Water Rail heard in capsticks and a Willow Tit at the feeders.
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08.30am - 11.00am. Dark cloud, still. 8c.

41 Species spotted: Including:

2 Kestrel.
1 Little Egret. (Creek).
2 Water Rail. (Canal).
4 Goldeneye.
5 Teal. (Withins).
1 Kingfisher. (Irwell).
1 Song Thrush.
1 Pochard. (M).
9 Goosander. (2M, 7F).
8 Mute Swan.
19 Herring Gull.
8 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
2 Common Gull.
350+ Black Headed Gull.
300+ Canada Goose.
33 Tufted Duck.
1 Bullfinch. (M).
1 Coal Tit.
3 Long Tailed Tit.
23 Collared Dove.
6 Cormorant.
10 Grey Heron.
1 Grey Wagtail.
7 Great Crested Grebe.

Thanks Derek.



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Information from Katie at Woos Nab Farm -

Circa 150 Pink-footed Geese heading West at 16:30.

Also a Pipistrelle bat.



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This a.m.with Malcolm, in very poor visibility the highlights were, 1 Little Egret below pumphouse, 1 male Pochard, 1 Nuthatch at the feeders and a brief view of Water rail at canal.
Cheers Ian .................... Forgot the pink-footed Goose amongst the Canadas near the car park

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dusk

Little Egret feeding in creek
8 Pink-footed Geese flew west
37 Goosander roosted
Goldeneye - female
Pochard - male
Pheasant

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08:45-09:50am with Ian C highlights.
1 kingfisher.
6 Goldeneye.
3 Pochard

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08.45am - 10.45am. Dark cloud, Rain, Windy. 8c


Short visit, 37 Species spotted: Including:

1 Little Egret.
1 Kestrel.
4 Goldeneye. (2M,2F).
3 Goosander. (1M,2F).
15 Tufted Duck.
1 Bullfinch. (M).
16 Collared Dove.
8 Long Tailed Tit.
7 Cormorant.
3 Mute Swan.
4 Herring Gull.
1 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
2 Grey Heron.


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Short visit in the rain this a.m. highlights being 3 Goldeneye (2m) on the res. and 1 Little Egret.
Cheers Ian

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Wed 19/9 08:00-12:00 car park area

G S Woodpecker fem
Nuthatch fem

Male sparrowhawk attacking feeding station several times

Kingfisher heard along brook

[no Redwings now but Song thrush and more? blackbirds and Robins]

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3 Little Egret this afternoon.



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This a.m. highlights, 21 Shoveler, 6 Goosander and 6 Teal on the res. 1 Little Egret below pumphouse and 1 Snipe flew into capsticks.
Cheers Ian

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