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10.30am - 13.30pm. Clear, then light cloud. 12c-15c.

Great day, hardly any humans.
Overall quiet bird wise.

43 species including.


1 Kestrel.
2 Oystercatcher.
80+Starling. (25+ Juvenile).
4 Blackcap.
3 Willow warbler.
4 Whitethroat.
2 Lesser black backed gull.
45 Canada goose.
1 House martin.
1 Sand Martin.
9 Swallow.
4 Chiffchaff.
1 Pheasant.
8 Greenfinch.
2 Song Thrush.
6 Lapwing.
13 Carrion crow.
3 Collared dove.
3 Great crested grebe.
12 Tufted duck.
2 Grey wagtail.
5 Mute swan.
1 Pied wagtail.

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Friday 17th am ~ 9-11:30

  • Common Scoter - M & F moving about, diving, prominent because they were the only ducks staying out in the middle
  • Common Tern - just 1, on the buoys, flying about and sometimes skimming for a drink
  • Common Sandpiper - 1, Ringed Plover - 1
  • Swifts - also skimming for a drink, Swallows & Sand Martins
  • Ring-necked Parakeet - 1 on the lowest feeder
  • Nuthatch, Bullfinch, Goldfinch - on the feeders
  • Willow Warbler - many, Chiffchaff - a couple but only heard
  • Common Whitethroat - several
  • Reed Warbler - 1 in the pond/marsh at the far end the name of which I can never remember
  • Sedge Warbler - 1 in the reeds/grass over the canal

Others there saw various waders on Withins but nothing still visible when I got there



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drake Garganey present this morning.

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09.30am - 13.00pm. Light grey cloud, light breeze. 13c - 19c.

52 Species including.

1 Whinchat.
1 Kingfisher.
1 Raven.
1 Rose ringed parakeet.
1 Coal tit.
5 Chiffchaff.
4 Whitethroat.
6 Blackcap.
8 Willow warbler.
1 Oystercatcher.
2 House martin.
2 Swift.
6 Sand martin.
9 Swallow.
26 Blackbird.
3 Song thrush.
14 Lapwing.
8 Collared dove.
1 Pheasant.
1 Bullfinch.
11 Greenfinch.
2 Grey wagtail.
4 Pied wagtail.
50+ Starling.
5 Lesser black backed gull.
3 Great crested grebe.
60+ Canada goose.
27 Coot.
34 Mallard.
3 Mute swan.

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1 Brent goose, over south at 7.15 then back north at 8.55

1 whinchat, doffer fold farm

1 ringed plover

1 common sandpiper 



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Thurs 9/5 14:10-20
3 Greenshanks circled res calling disapearing East over sailing club

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09.00am - 13.00pm. Clear then light cloud, still. 09c-12c.

50 Species including:

1 Garganey.
1 Kestrel.
1 Sparrowhawk.
3 Rose ringed parakeet.
1 Oystercatcher.
1 Kingfisher.
4 Swallow.
2 Sand martin.
1 Sedge warbler.
6 Whitethroat.
5 Chiffchaff.
7 Blackcap.
9 Willow warbler.
1 Mistle thrush.
3 Song thrush.
1 Jay.
10 Lapwing.
1 Reed bunting.
1 Pheasant.
1 Pied wagtail.
1 Grey wagtail.
3 Gadwall.
3 Great crested grebe.
1 Goosander.
2 Grey Heron.
4 Mute swan.

Thanks Derek.

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No Little Tern this morning but drake Garganey still present and a Sandwich Tern flew through.

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A few record shots of Little Tern that turned up this afternoon.  Still there 5.30 tonight. They don't usually stay overnight but see if its still there tommorrow



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Brilliant day around Elton with 71 species, 5.15am listening to the dawn chorus and stayed till 2pm. Highlights-

2 drake Garganey
1 drake Shoveler
6 Gadwall
1 Common Sandpiper
15 Swift
2 Water Rail
1 adult Little Gull 6.05 - approx. 9am only
1 Common Tern
1 Tawny Owl
2 Little Owl
1 Hobby
3 Ring-necked Parakeet
4 Sedge Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
22 Willow Warbler
14 Blackcap
8 Whitethroat
5 Lesser Whitethroat (record year)
2 Treecreeper
1 Redpoll




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Drake Scaup present this morning, found by the dynamic duo of Paul and Ian. Pretty quiet otherwise apart from singing Lesser Whitethroats and Garden Warbler, 2 Common Tern, 2 Shoveler, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wheatear. 2 Wheatears present yesterday.



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10.00am - 15.00pm. Mixed cloud, light breeze. 07c-10c.

47 species including:

1 Raven.
3 Oystercatcher.
2 Rose ringed parakeet.
40+ Swallow.
30+ Sand Martin.
4 Swift.
20+ Goldfinch.
15 Willow warbler.
6 Chiffchaff.
5 Blackcap.
5 Meadow pipit.
4 Reed bunting.
26 Blackbird.
3 Song thrush.
1 Jay.
10 Lapwing.
4 Collared dove.
2 Pheasant.
3 Grey wagtail.
3 Pied wagtail.
11 Long tailed tit.
7 Greenfinch.
60+ Jackdaw.
80+Starling.
120+ Wood pigeon.
3 Lesser black backed gull.
60+ Black headed gull.
31 Tufted duck.
5 Goosander.
1 Gadwall.
90+ Canada goose.
3 Great crested grebe.
1 Grey heron.
9 Mute swan.

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Whimbrel over reservoir calling several times heading NE direction towards Bury College, viewed from the wall near the overflow @ 19:47



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43 Whooper Swans still present late evening, mostly asleep. Also 5 Wheatear along the wall, 4 Swift and 1 Common Tern of note.

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If that number (43) is correct then it sounds like that's the flock of Whoopers that were on Hollingworth Lake earlier.

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43 Whooper Swans at present on the res.

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A flock of around 30 Whooper Swans have just landed on the res. at 2:45 pm. Info from Neville at Woos Nab Farm.



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2 Arctic Terns briefly at 7.15am before flying off and then 2 more probably different birds appeared after 9am. Also 2 Curlew through and 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Swift. With Paul Wilson and Ian Campbell.

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09.00am - 14.00pm, mixed cloud, still, then light breeze. 03c-10c

With Mike Horwood.


51 species including.

3 Swift.
4 Raven.
1 Common tern.
5 Oystercatcher.
4 Rose ringed parakeet.
1 White wagtail.
100+ Sand martin.
5 Swallow.
1 House martin.
1 Little egret.
1 Kestrel.
1 Nuthatch.
3 Blackcap.
7 Willow warbler.(Many more singing).
5 Chiffchaff.
1 Reed bunting.
1 Song thrush.
1 Grey wagtail.
2 Pheasant.
10 Lapwing.
4 Jay.
4 Goosander.
25 Tufted duck.
3 Great crested grebe.
5 Gadwall.
3 Lesser black backed gull.
1 Grey heron.
5 Mute swan.

Thanks Derek.

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First visit in ages. A very muddy circuit - wish I'd taken my wellys rather than just my boots. Common & Lesser Whitethroat were new for the year for me, though I couldn't manage to see either bird. Nothing else of particular note amongst the 37 species I heard or saw.

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Definitely not the usual "flavissima" ssp

Looks good for Blue-Headed "flava", though I couldn't rule out "Channel Wagtail" (not uncommon hybrid flava x flavissima - seem to get a few locally) as the head is a little on the pale side

Spring yellow wagtails photo ID guide - BirdGuides



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That Yellow Wagtail is surely one of the sub-species, something like Blue-headed Wagtail (M.f.flava) - I'm no expert but someone who is will surely see those photos



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Single Yellow Wagtail in the flooded horse field at the capsticks end 

Common Tern

4 Rose Necked Parakeets in the dip 

Pair of Willow Tits along the canal 

 



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10.15am- 14.15pm. Mixed cloud, breezy, 09c-12c.

47 species including.

Lovely peaceful walk.

1 Kestrel.
1 Buzzard.
1 Lesser whitethroat.
1 Kingfisher.
1 Little egret.
1 Little ringed plover.
1 White wagtail.
1 Willow tit.
2 Blackcap.
6 Chiffchaff.
8 Willow warbler.
1 Great black backed gull.
7 Swallow.
3 Sand martin.
6 Meadow pipit.
2 Jay.
27 Blackbird.
12 Lapwing.
3 Pheasant.
1 Grey wagtail.
70+ Jackdaw.
120+ Wood pigeon.
5 Lesser black backed gull.
12 Herring gull.
100+ Black headed gull.
2 Great crested grebe.
55 Mallard.
53 Tufted duck.
3 Grey heron.
3 Mute swan.

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Brilliant morning around Elton with the following highlights

an Osprey over the reservoir at 6.30am being pursued by 3 lesser black-backed gulls, circled briefly before flying off north towards Lowercroft. Viewed distantly from the canal (2 poor record shots attached).
single Arctic Tern briefly at 6.45am but chased off by black-headed gulls
1 Common Tern
3 Mediterranean Gulls
1 poss 2 Ringed Plovers
1 Common Sandpiper
2 Snipe
2 Wheatear
1 Lesser Whitethroat
5 Willow Tits
250 Sand Martin
7 House Martin
60 Swallow
22 Willow Warbler
14 Blackcap
2 White Wagtails
2 Siskin
5 Redpoll
7 Linnet
21 Mipits



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2 male Redstarts and a male Yellow Wagtail present this morning. Also 2 House Martin, Common Sandpiper, Little Owl and good numbers of Willow Warblers and Blackcaps fresh in.

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A few Swallows mixed with House and Sand Martins over the res prior to the rain



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A Sandwich Tern was perched on a buoy out from the sailing club at 6.55am viewed distantly from capsticks, by the time I got nearer it was flying around the reservoir, it went quite high towards Radcliffe then came back to the reservoir before flying NE at 7.10am. Also Common Sandpiper, Common Tern, 1 Wheatear and 7 Goldeneye.

Its already on ebird so no need for our annonymous friend to put it on there for us..

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10.00am-13.00pm. Cloudy, very windy. 09c-13c.

42 species including.

2 Kestrel.
1 Sparrowhawk.
1 Common sandpiper.
3 Rose ringed parakeet.
5 Sand martin.
6 Meadow pipit.
1 Jay.
2 Pheasant.
17 Blackbird.
11 Carrion crow.
5 Collared dove.
3 Lesser black backed gull.
150+ Black headed gull.
32 Tufted duck.
2 Goldeneye.
2 Goosander.
41 Canada goose.
27 Coot.
4 Great crested grebe.

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3 - 4pm

1st Winter Little Gull was still present. 

lovely looking individual smile



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2 Common Crane over Old Hall farm side of Elton heading East towards Pilsworth 8:45 (ish),  viewed from the lane up to the farm with Paul Wilson. Terrible phone photo attached as neither of us had camera equipment.



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10.15am-13.15pm. Mixed cloud/clear windy 06c-12c.

44 species including.

1 Little ringed plover.
1 Kingfisher.
3 Sand Martin.
1 Kestrel.
21 Blackbird.
1 Willow tit.
5 Chiffchaff.
1 Oystercatcher.
18 Lapwing.
3 Pheasant.
2 Collared Dove.
100+ Jackdaw.
120+ Wood pigeon.
5 Long tailed tit.
4 Pied wagtail.
2 Lesser black backed gull.
350+ Black headed gull.
2 Goldeneye.
2 Goosander.
7 Great crested grebe.
49 Tufted duck.
63 Canada goose.
31 Coot.
3 Grey heron.
2 Mute swan.

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Both Black Necked Grebe still on at 11.30am.
2 pairs of Great Crested Grebes.
12 Lapwings
7 Chiffchaffs
2 Grey Herons
1 Kestral
Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, on car park feeders.
Lots of Tufted Duck, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Black Headed Gulls.

Warning - Reservoirs Western pathways are waterlogged and heavily muddy.

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8:45-10:30

2 Black Necked Grebe, Willow Tit, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Lapwing, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Teal, 6 Goldeneye, 8 Jay, 2 Reed Bunting, Kestrel.



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This morning

Willow warbler (singing top of the dip)
Siskin
Brambling
Nuthatch
Ring-necked parakeet
4 Teal
4 gadwall
Shoveler
14 gadwall
Little egret
40 sand Martin

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Fri 29th 8-10 AM

  • 5 tits on the feeders; Blue, Great, Coal, Willow, Long-tailed (no Brambling for me)
  • Several pairs of Goldeneye still about
  • No sign of the Black-necked Grebe
  • 3 Little Ringed Plovers on Withins (+2 Oystercatchers)
  • Several Chiffchaff singing, some visible (leaves not out yet)
  • Nothing else of note


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3pm-4;45pm of Note:

Black-Necked Grebe was still present hanging around the sailing club.Was slightly more obliging for the camera than the pair from last week!

X1  Ring-necked Parakeet flew past towards the river.

x22 Sand Martin came down to feed on the res, ahead of a bout of torrential rain 



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morning highlights, 1 Black-necked Grebe, at the feeders a Brambling and a Willow Tit.

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09.15am-13.00pm. Clear then light cloud, Windy.06c-10c.

41 species including.


3 Wheatear.
1 Little egret.
1 Oystercatcher.
7 Chiffchaff.
8 Meadow pipit.
30+ Goldfinch.
14 Greenfinch.
8 Lapwing.
9 Long tailed tit.
6 Collared dove.
1 Song thrush.
5 Pied wagtail
2 Pheasant.
40+ Jackdaw.
100+ Wood pigeon.
3 Cormorant.
58 Tufted duck.
4 Great crested grebe.
5 Goldeneye.
2 Great black backed gull.
500+ Black headed gull.
60+ Canada goose.
2 Grey heron.
3 Mute swan.

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In addition, lunchtime today with Peter -

Swallow over Old Hall Farm as the rain started which also pushed down over 50+ Sand Martin.



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3pm - 4;30pm With Gary Taylor 

Of note:

X2 Black-necked Grebes, spending most of the time in the centre of the Res.

X6 Wigeon 

20+ Goldeneye 

X4 Greylag Geese 

And our first Elton Wheatear of the year, that didn't hang around long, near the pumphouse. 



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Sightings from this morning

Redshank on the wall which flew east
6 Snipe east
2 Curlew west
2 oystercatcher
5 Sand Martin
6+ Chiffchaff
24 Redwing
2 skylark ( 1 singing dofferfold + 1 north)
2 Siskin north
268 meadow pipit north
2 Greylag Geese dropped in
Mediterranean Gull ad flew down res towards sailing club
17 Goldeneye
Gadwall

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Sightings from this morning

Sand Martin
4 Chiffchaff
2 oystercatcher
Common scoter
15 Goldeneye
98 tufted duck
2 gadwall
11 teal
2 little egret
Buzzard
70+ meadow pipit north
8 Siskin north
240 starling east
4 Fieldfare
24 Redwing

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Sightings from this morning

3 Drake Common scoter
8 Gadwall
9 Goldeneye
Dunlin
Curlew NE
2 oystercatcher
5 little Egret (coney green)
Fieldfare
386 Woodpigeon NE
20 meadow pipit north

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06.45am-10.30am. Nice to see a general increase in activity.

1 Redshank (on shoreline near car park - not seen when back at car park later)
5 Curlew (1 east, then 4 SW)
6 Little Egret (3 again near stream at Crow Trees, 3 more up towards Coney Green)
2 Kestrel
1 Willow Tit
4 Chiffchaff (1 just past sailing club, 3 between creek and capsticks)
5 Siskin (2 male and 3 female at feeders)
26 Lapwing
15 Redwing (in field near Crow Trees)
15 Pied Wagtail (flooded field near canal)
16 Meadow Pipits (15 over in small groups plus 1 in capsticks field)
2 Common Gull

Also heard Blackcap twice near capsticks (once near reservoir and once in hedgerow up to Doffer farm, but could not see it.

 



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Singing Chiffchaff at Elton overflow this morning

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Little ringed plover on the mud at the creek this morning
30+ meadow pipit north
10 Gadwall
2 Shoveler
Little Egret
60 Redwing
3 Fieldfare
Siskin

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4 Siskin at the feeders with a Raven over this morning, also 3 Little Egret.

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Highlights from short visit this afternoon:

7 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 16 Teal, 4 Goosander and 8 Goldeneye.

1 Little Egret.

16 Lapwing and 2 Oystercatcher.

2 Willow Tit, 1 Siskin and 1 Lesser Redpoll.



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09.30am-13.30pm. Clear, then light cloud, light breeze. 01c -07c.

47 species including.

1 Kestrel.
1 Lesser redpoll.
1 Willow Tit.
1 Common scoter.
32 Goldeneye. (Withins, my highest count).
130 Lapwing. ( 3 flocks, 35,46,49).
3 Oystercatcher.
6 Pheasant.
8 Pied Wagtail.
500+ Black headed gull. (My largest count for ages).
3 Common Gull.
12 Long tailed tit.
2 Reed bunting.
3 Jay.
27 Carrion crow.
100+ Wood pigeon.
4 Collared dove.
40+ Starling.(1 flock).
49 Tufted duck.
180+ Canada goose.
4 Goosander.
33 Coot.
14 Moorhen.
55 Mallard.
4 Great crested grebe.
7 Teal.
5 Cormorant.
5 Lesser black backed gull.
11 Herring gull.
6 Mute swan.

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