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RE: ELTON RESERVOIR


09.30am - 13.15pm Mixed cloud, still then breezy. 09c-13c.

51 Species including.

1 Sparrowhawk.
4 Great spotted woodpecker.
4 Rose ringed parakeet.
8 Shoveler.(M).
1 Pochard.
1 Oystercatcher.
1 Willow tit.
1 Coal tit.
1 Nuthatch.
1 Bullfinch.
11 Chaffinch.
60+ Goldfinch.
20+ Greenfinch.
23 Lapwing.
2 Redwing.
23 Blackbird.
7 Song thrush.
60+ Starling.
7 Cormorant.
6 Collared dove.
2 Great black backed gull.
6 Lesser black backed gull.
220+ Black headed gull.
180+ Canada goose.
2 Great crested grebe.
6 Goldeneye.
5 Goosander.
2 Gadwall.
24 Tufted duck.
1 Reed bunting.
4 Grey Heron.
1 Grey Wagtail.
2 Mute swan.

Thanks Derek.


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09.30am-13.30pm, Mixed cloud, breezy.03c-08c.

45 species including.

1 Kestrel.
2 Buzzard.
1 Lesser redpoll.
3 Lapwing.
1 Coal tit.
1 Goldcrest.
80+ Fieldfare. ( 1 flock ground feeding).
1 Pheasant.
2 Reed Bunting.
4 Bullfinch.
60+ Goldfinch.
5 Song thrush.
4 Collared dove.
13 Cormorant.
3 Common Gull.
4 Lesser black backed gull.
250+ Black headed gull.
220+ Canada goose.
2 Gadwall.
5 Great crested grebe.
12 Goldeneye.
17 Tufted duck.
5 Mute swan.

Thanks Derek.


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Sightings from this morning with Paul and Simon produced 68 species.

3 Pintail (2 drakes) circled the res twice at 07:50 and flew off SE ish
13 Whooper Swan flew NW at 10am looked like they dropped down to Lowercroft (same birds seen over Carr Vale in Derbys at 08:12).
129 Pink-footed Geese NW (20 and 109).
1 Green Sandpiper
2 Woodcock
3 Oystercatcher
1 Curlew over
13 Skylark over
21 Goldeneye
36 Goosander roosted
4 Water Rail
1 Little Egret
3 Ring-necked Parakeet
1 Dipper - Paul
100 Fieldfare
3 Redpoll feeders
18 Siskin
2 Meadow Pipit

Dear annonymous ebirder, there is no need to keep putting our sightings on ebird on our behalf, we are capable of putting our own sightings on ebird. All you are doing is duplicating records which is completely senseless.




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This morning

230 Pink-footed Geese flew west
Little egret
5 Shoveler
18 Goldeneye
18 Lapwing
oystercatcher

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09.15am-12.30pm.Mixed Cloud, Breezy. 05c-08c.

44 species including.


2 Brambling.(1F,1M).
1 Little egret.
15 Greylag goose. (West).
1 Lesser redpoll.
2 Treecreeper.
6 Nuthatch. (3 x 2 in 3 different areas).
7 Rose ringed parakeet.
2 Bullfinch. (M).
50+ Goldfinch.
8 Long tailed tit.
4 Song thrush.
4 Jay.
19 Goldeneye.
4 Goosander.
12 Teal.
29 Tufted duck.
1 Grey wagtail.
1 Pied wagtail.
2 Common gull.
1 Lesser black backed gull.
14 Herring gull.
1 Grey heron.
5 Mute swan.

Thanks Derek.




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09.00am - 13.00pm. Mixed grey cloud. 05c - 09c.

42 species including.

1 Nuthatch.
1 Willow tit.
13 Long tailed tit.
4 Collared dove.
2 Song thrush.
1 Mistle thrush.
1 Jay.
70+ Starling.(1 flock).
40+ Goldfinch.
37 Cormorant.
1 Great black backed gull.
100+ Black headed gull.
120+ Canada goose.
51 Tufted Duck.
16 Teal.
22 Goldeneye.
7 Goosander.
3 Great crested grebe.
2 Grey heron.
2 Mute swan. 1 Kestrel.

Thanks Derek.



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7.30am - 10.50am. Very tough - ice everywhere (only a small area of the reservoir near the creek was not iced up)

Highlights:

3 Shoveler
27 Gadwall
40+ Teal
2 Lapwing
1 Jack Snipe (took 20 minutes looking at it at stream in Capsticks before I could see enough for positive ID)
9 Common snipe (1 in Capsticks, others on main marsh)
2 Common Gull
2 Kingfisher
1 GS Woodpecker
1 Willow Tit (at feeders)
2 Redwing
4 Fieldfare
6 Meadow pipit (on banking blow pump house)

 

 



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09.45am - 13.00pm. Mixed grey cloud, still. 03c-06c.

First outing of 2024 1/2 circuit only.

39 species including.

1 Lesser redpoll.
2 Ring-necked parakeet.
2 Whooper swan.
1 Goldcrest.
2 Wigeon.
40+ Goldfinch.
1 Reed bunting.
5 Bullfinch.
6 Chaffinch.
7 Greenfinch.
12 Long tailed tit.
25 Blackbird.
1 Song thrush.
13 Carrion crow.
5 Collared dove.
3 Goldeneye.
19 Tufted duck.
5 Great crested grebe.
60+ Mallard.
13 Cormorant.
90+ Canada goose.
4 Lesser black backed gull.
220+ Black headed gull.
3 Grey Heron.
12 Mute swan.

Thanks Derek.

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Mornings highlights, 4 Little Egrets, 13 Greylag Geese flew over NE and 2 Willow Tits with numerous Finches at the feeders. Also 2 Woodcock flying over.

-- Edited by Ian Campbell on Monday 8th of January 2024 07:09:11 PM

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Thurs 4/1 14:30-16:00

Goldeneye 2 m 10f
Greater Black backed Gull 1 ad
Herring Gull c 30
Black hd Gull c 60

Yellow Legged Gull 1ad (record to be submitted to GM committee)

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55 species this morning with Simon Warford

140 Pinkfooted Geese SE and 33 west
Wigeon
27 Teal
22 Goldeneye
25 Goosander
2 little egret
Kingfisher
Rook
3 Raven
3 Nuthatch
Ring-necked parakeet
Willow tit
3 water rail
3 Stock dove

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Sightings from dusk this evening

Woodcock
54 Goosander
30 Goldeneye
78 Lapwing
3 little Egret

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Tue 26th pm; fairly quick visit, nothing notable, only walked round the "dry" (Old Hall Farm) side to Withins & back

On or next to the feeders:

  • Blue Tit
  • Great Tit
  • Long-tailed tit
  • Greenfinch
  • Goldfinch
  • Bullfinch
  • House Sparrow
  • Robin
  • Reed Bunting
  • Collared Dove

On the Reservoir (+ banks) - the water level is high:

  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Cormorant
  • Grey Heron
  • Mute Swan (2)
  • Canada Geese (many)
  • Ducks - Teal (sticking to the shore), Mallard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye (several; probably 10-15), Goosander (1 pair - not sure they were talking to each other)
  • Gulls - Black-headed, Herring, Lesser Black-backed (definitely no GBB and probably no Common but I wasn't checking closely)
  • Moorhen & Coot of course
  • Pied and Grey Wagtails - 1 of each flitting along together at the water's edge (is this inter-species fraternisation allowed? - seriously though, made me wonder if they ever cross-breed, presumably any offspring would be sterile anyway)

Withins:

  • 1 Black-headed gull on the water and another flying around - that was it - never seen it so quiet


-- Edited by Michael Hood on Tuesday 26th of December 2023 06:37:12 PM

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Fri 15/12 car park area Male Brambling on ground under feeders Little Egret flew along stream Woodcock flushed from small stream by path Redwing 8 Lesser redpoll male

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Highlights from afternoon visit:

35 Goosander and 9 Goldeneye.

1 Little Egret.

1 Little Grebe.

1 Ring - necked Parakeet.

2 Willow Tit.

Small gull roost, but 1 Common and 1 Great Black-backed Gull.

 



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morning highlights with Paul, 2 Brambling at feeders with a Willow Tit and 5 Little Egret below pumphouse.

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This morning

15 Gadwall
5 Wigeon
60 Teal
15 Goldeneye
Little Grebe
2 Nuthatch
Treecreeper
Willow tit
23 Meadow pipit south

Yesterday
Woodcock
16 Golden plover flew over

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I could only find 37 Goosander and 6 Goldeneye this evening. 

1 Woodcock over at dusk.

3 Little Egret.

500+ Black-headed, 1 Common, 10 Herring, 12 Lesser Black-backed and 3 Great Black-backed Gull.

1 Water Rail.

1 Sparrowhawk.

40+ Redwing in field behind Crow Trees.

 



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Dusk tonight, 62 Goosander and 12 Goldeneye roosted along with c1000 Black-headed Gulls, no large gulls. Also 3 Little Egret.

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2 visits today

This evening a female Garganey came into roost with Goosander & Goldeneye
57 Goosander
20 Goldeneye
3 little egret

This morning

77 Whooper swan east / se in herds of 9,8,23, 9, 20 & 8
2900 pinkfooted geese se & 80 Nw

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Mornings highlights, 1 Peregrine over carrying prey, 4 Little Egrets, Brambling heard below Withins, Water Rail heard along canal and a Willow Tit (again heard only hmm) 2 were seen here at bridge 20 yesterday.

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Red-breasted Merganser still present, also Tawny Owl over car park at 7.30

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Red-breasted Merganser still present at 4.15 in challenging viewing conditions! A decent Gull roost with:

22 Great Black-backed Gull

10 Lesser Black-backed Gull

100+ Herring Gull

6 Common Gull

1120 Black-headed Gull



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a single Red-Breasted Merganser (Redhead) with 4 female Goosander at Lunchtime today



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Sunday 12/11/2023 - 9:30-11:30

In no particular order - complete list of sightings for a change:

  • Great Crested Grebe - including some juveniles that still had a bit of stripy plumage on the neck/head
  • Cormorant - about 20 on the sailing club jetty and also a dozen on one of the pylons, a few in Withins
  • Little Egret - 1 or 2; might have been the same one - firstly around the creek, later in the field below the lane to Old Hall farm
  • Grey heron - several in various places
  • Mute Swan - 7, at least one juvenile
  • Pink-footed Geese - 2 skeins of 50-60 at the same time around 10:00; 1 to the north-east going south-east, 1 to the south-west going north-west; i.e. totally opposite directions - make your minds up!
  • Canada Goose - only 2
  • Teal - 7+ skulking at the edge near the far (south) end
  • Mallard - many
  • Tufted Duck - many
  • Goldeneye - at least 2m + 2f
  • Goosander - 2 + 1 on the river - no green heads (yet) but judging by the pinkish belly, at least 1 was male
  • Sparrowhawk - female, flying parallel to the canal
  • Moorhen - many
  • Coot - loads
  • Black-headed Gull - many
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull - at least 2, they seem to favour the buoys
  • Woodpigeon - many
  • Grey Wagtail - 1 with the...
  • Pied Wagtail - about 8, in the mud where the path from Crow Trees Farm to bridge 19 turns right
  • Wren - saw a couple, heard more
  • Blackbird - lots
  • Redwing - no big flocks, probably 15-20 overall, no Fieldfare
  • Goldcrest - 2 or 3 in the trees near the creek, with...
  • Blue Tit - a few
  • Great Tit - a few
  • Magpie - all over the place
  • Jackdaw - several
  • Carrion Crow - several
  • Starling - one flock of maybe 30
  • Chaffinch - just the 1
  • Greenfinch - a few in the trees near the creek


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09.30am-13.30pm .Clear, still.02c -06c.

With Mike

44 species including:

3 Ring necked parakeet.
1 Sparrowhawk.
2 Little Egret.
1 Kingfisher.
6 Redwing.
15 Fieldfare.
1 Common gull.
1 Reed Bunting.
2 Bullfinch.
5 Meadow pipit.
2 Long tailed tit.
1 Jay.
60+ Starling (one flock).
5 Pied wagtail.
2 Pheasant.
11 Teal.
33 Tufted duck.
60+ Canada goose.
28 Cormorant.
11 Great crested grebe.
1 Goldeneye.
2 Goosander.
4 Grey heron.
6 Mute swan.

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Highlights from a late morning visit:

2 Goosander, 9 Goldeneye.

1 Little Egret.

1 Little Grebe.

3 Great Black-backed and 2 Common Gull.

1 Willow Tit.

 



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This morning with Paul Wilson -

7 Whooper Swan east
800 Pink-footed Geese east and 115 west
6 Goosander
46 Teal
150 Tufted Duck
8 Goldeneye
4 Little Egret
2240 Fieldfare SW
161 Redwings SW
2780 Woodpigeon SW
1 Brambling SW
12 Siskin SW
2 Rook


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Derek Polley wrote:

I am on the "Bury folk keep it green" site and there is a report on there that the current owners of Withins reservoir plan to to drain it and fill it in as they cannot afford to keep it as a reservoir. I am sure this will be of concern to local birders who would like to maintain it as it is. It is possible you all know about this, but I will post a link in case you want to investigate the situation and hopefully try and prevent this. 


 
On current understanding this (mis) information is not the case and is nothing more than a social media kneejerk (over) reaction. We are told the reservoir has been drained slightly to permit essential dam maintenance.



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Sightings from this morning with Paul

Hawfinch flew over withins calling. Originally heading north but then changed to west
2 Goldeneye
8 little egret
500 Redwing NE
10 redpoll withins
6 skylark east

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Sightings from this morning

166 Tufted Duck
4 Goldeneye
Dunlin flying around withins
Kingfisher
415 Pink-footed Geese se
249 starling west
127 Redwing
258 Fieldfare south
Treecreeper
8 Siskin south
5 skylark south

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Elton this morning in the heavy showers!
9 Whooper swan SE,
16 Brambling,
25 linnet
1800 Fieldfare
10 snipe
1052 redwing
Stock dove
254 Woodpigeon all south.
3 little egret withins
5 goldeneye on res

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Sightings from this morning

Female Red-breasted Merganser east with 2 Goosander
4 Goldeneye
Pochard
60 Lapwing,
7 Siskin
400+ Fieldfare south
2 little egret

Yesterday morning
Woodcock flew over the canal at dawn

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Any further posts relating to this Withins issue please post on the discussion forum not least so they are more easily accessible and remain together for reference.



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Couldn't copy the link but this is what it says:
Tragic Day. The waterwell company that bought Withins Reservoir and spent thousands last year on meeting the requirements of the Reservoir Inspectors report have "decided to drain Withins Reservoir". The birders have spoken with the Environment Agency who had been notified and had yesterday had on site presence and they are looking at environmental impacts to the water environment. We don't have any further details don't know if this is a full drain or a limited one. Surely the amount of water coming into the brook this year is a liability concern. Constant juvenile vandalism took it's toll. The owners told us 2021 they wanted an angling business to take it on but no one offered anything that would generate an income. Ourselves and Radcliffe Litterpickers have held multiple tasks to clean the water area and surrounds so it was being well looked after (we mooted a south bank post summer litterpick only yesterday).
The reservoir is in the retained Greenbelt in any event so will "never" be available for building whilst it remains so. But landfill is allowed in Greenbelt if access can be arranged for lorries and planning permission granted. EA have a policy of objecting to the culverting of streams and Places for Everyone and existing council policies would prevent any landfill anyway. So landfill will "never" be allowed as it would revert to a natural wildlife rich valley, a wildlife corridor, crossed by a Roman Road.


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I am on the "Bury folk keep it green" site and there is a report on there that the current owners of Withins reservoir plan to to drain it and fill it in as they cannot afford to keep it as a reservoir. I am sure this will be of concern to local birders who would like to maintain it as it is. It is possible you all know about this, but I will post a link in case you want to investigate the situation and hopefully try and prevent this. 



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Elton Reservoir South end and Withins reservoir lunchtime today.

 

Merlin (f) flushed from fence post at Withins Car park/lane which flew off at speed low West.

Withins Reservoir low water level attracted - 87 Tufted, 5 Goldeneye, 8 Teal, 1 Pochard, 2 Little Egret, 37 Lapwing plus numbers of Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Black Headed Gull and Heron.



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Vis mig stand-in for SW/SJ (poor substitute) - missed a lot, but here's what I managed from 7:50 to 8:40 (when it suddenly seemed to slow down massively):

3 Little Egrets (dropped in behind the creek)
2190 Woodpigeon south
118 Redwing SW (also 30+ hanging around the trees)
183 Fieldfare SW
(195 unidentified thrushes) SW
11 Pied Wagtail north
6 Linnet north
3 Siskin NE
4 Skylark SE
143 Starling south
Plenty of other finches which I could identify

On the res:

500+ BH Gull
5 Shoveler
4 Wigeon
3 Goldeneye
1 Little Egret
3 Snipe



-- Edited by Paul Wilson on Wednesday 25th of October 2023 10:20:48 AM

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Sightings from Elton reservoir this morning with Paul

Great White Egret circled withins and was looking to land but continued south
12600 Woodpigeon south. Very intense first half hour with some impressive flocks
Swallow south
600+ Redwing SW
500+ Fieldfare SW
40 Siskin west
80 Chaffinch NW
708 Pink-footed Geese W/NW in 5 Skeins
Little egret
Pochard
Chiffchaff


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09.00am - 12.15pm. Light showers, then clear.07c-09c.

Mainly with Steven.

49 species including:



1 Kestrel.
1 Sparrowhawk.
1 Kingfisher.
2 Skylark.
1 Goldeneye.
3 Little egret.
5 Lesser black backed gull.
2 Common gull.
13 Cormorant.
3 Shoveler.
1 Pochard.
9 Teal.
6 Gadwall.
13 Great crested grebe.
5 Goosander.
2 Grey heron.
4 Grey wagtail.
11 Mute swan.
4 Pheasant.
5 Meadow pipit.
3 Reed bunting.
2 Goldfinch.
2 Collared Dove.
3 Jay.

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Another great morning of migration watching from withins res with Simon & Paul

6500+ Woodpigeon south
4 Stock dove south
3290 Fieldfare sw
900+ Redwing sw
700+ Starling west in small groups
31 Siskin north
4 redpoll west
245 Chaffinch w/sw
11 linnet south
940 Pink-footed Geese SE

On the res
Goldeneye
Pochard
120 Tufted duck
5 shoveler

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Highlights from a vis mig watch with Paul & Simon this morning

8 Great Egrets E/NE came right over us at Withins
Merlin south
3 Brambling south in a flock of redwing
900 Redwing SE
1100 Fieldfare SE
16 Siskin NE
1000 Starling west

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Highlight this morning (with Simon W and Simon W) was a fly over by no less than EIGHT Great Egrets. Managed a few record shots (one showing three of the birds, one showing five of them and one showing all eight, at distance as they headed off ENE). Also GC Grebe with a pike!



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Red Kite 13:11, initial South over sailing club, mobbed by Carrion Crow then headed East, last seen in the distance past Pilsworth tip still heading east.



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Lunchtime walk from Sailing club Car Park to Withins and back

Highlights -

7 Wigeon

9 Swallow (6 and then 3) South over Withins  

4 Sanderling low over res then NE

3 Common Gull

10 Teal

2 Shoveler



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A vis mig watch from withins with Simon & Paul was rather productive

Hen Harrier - ad female flew right over us south
Merlin - female SW
7 Whooper Swan SE
200+ Pink-footed Geese SE
2500 Woodpigeon south
4 Stock dove in with woodpigeons south
238 Redwing SW
Fieldfare SW
14 Siskin south + 2 NE
15 Linnet south
4 Redpoll south
8 Rook SW
3 Little Egret west

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08.30am-12.15pm. Clear, then mixed cloud, still. 08c-11c.

32 Species included:

5 Whooper swan.
2 Little egret.
1 Kingfisher.
1 Shelduck.
1 Raven.
8 Jay.
1 Pheasant. (F).
1 Bullfinch.(M).
53 Tufted duck.
44 Cormorant.
1 Grey wagtail.
11 Lesser black backed gull.
110+ Herring gull.
100+ Black headed gull.
3 Goosander.
120+ Coot.
9 Great crested grebe.
4 Grey heron.
9 Mute swan.

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Sightings from this morning

9 Whooper Swan on the res
Shoveler
20+ Teal
4 snipe
Swallow
Treecreeper



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Sightings from this morning

7 Whooper Swan dropped in at 7:23 to join 6 on the res. These departed south a further 55 flew SE at 8:55
Golden plover west
1100 Woodpigeon south
3 Wigeon on withins
2 skylark
5 swallow
200+ redwing
Fieldfare

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500+ Redwing west this evening between 5 and 6pm

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