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Post Info TOPIC: HOPE CARR (sewage works and nature reserve)


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HOPE CARR NATURE RESERVE


Seen today between 10am and 11am.

1 Pectoral Sandpiper
1 Whitethroat
1 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Pr. Tufted Duck
1 Sedge Warbler
6 Lapwing
6 Gadwall
1 Reed Bunting (male)
30+ Swift
2 Housemartins

Plus usual regulars.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 7th of May 2009 01:47:20 PM

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Pectoral Sand still present 09:50 on lagoon number 7(b).

If you intend to visit then please refer to the map of hope carr on the site guide prior to it. Birders were wandering around all over the place today including some lost souls climbings gates etc. For your own safety just have a check first please and if you're lost on site feel free to give me a ring. Rather that than someone falls in a lagoon or we encounter problems with works personel.

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Peg Sand still present 7am

Info thanks to Dexlan Savage, Judith Smith. Phil Rhodes

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pec sand still present this morning, showing well at 5.40am.

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still present at 9pm on number 8 lagoon on the Hope Carr site map (see website for details).

Also present single Sanderling, 5 Dunlin and 4 Ringed Plover, birds dropping in all the time!

Info thanks to Andy Isherwood

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Wednesday 6th May

Pectoral Sadpiper present 8:20pm tonight with Dunlin.

View the sludge lagoon from by the two metal gates along the public footpath which runs inbetween the sludge lagoons.

Info thanks to Andy Isherwood

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Quick visit this afternoon. and a Jay flew straight down the path at me! had to move out of the way, odd event!

Anyway, Chiff-chaffs, and Willow warblers,

Oystercatcher Goosanders and Sedge warbler been best birds.

Heavy crust on the lagoonsbleh.gif

Keep Birding

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Green Sandpiper still present today and a drake Goosander.

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at least 75 Teal this morning. Not much else though

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Cheers John. 27 was a lucky number this morning for me either way, it even lessened the blow of the bill for the repairs to my car when I went back to pick it up

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Wombwell Ings is part of the Dearne Valley complex, near Moore RSPB (just east of Sheffield).

Curiously there was another report this morning of a flock of 27, this time at Skinflats RSPB (I'm not making that one up either, it's in Forthshire).

27 seems to be a very special number amongst Whoopers. 1 squadron leader and a lucky 13 either side smile.gif

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I have no idea where Wombwell Ings is (sounds like made up name though )

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I noticed on an alternative bird news website that 27 Whoopers flew NE over Wombwell Ings at 09.35. Possibly Ian's flock? If so, Paul's Audenshaw arrival today had probably not split from this group.

Cheers, John

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I think one of your flock got lost because about 9ish a Whooper Swan joined the one present since yesterday at Audenshaw, before the pair eventually flew south east at 10.10

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Well would you believe it

After being pooh all through autumn but still plugging away there regardless in the afternoons, I made my first very early morning visit to Hope Carr in, frankly, years this morning. I wouldn't have bothered usually only, my car was booked in for work at Victoria Garage in Leigh at 8:30am and as I pass Hope Carr to get there I called in, it was typically quiet apart from the 27 Whooper Swans that flew over SE at approximately 8:10am (overflying Pennington Flash first!), nothing to do with good birding or careful fieldcraft that one, just pure luck and coincidence, brilliant

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02/10/09 midday-ish

Green Sand- 1 showing well on number 4, easily visable off the footpath
Chiffchaff- 2
Pochard- 6

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Today at midday.

Chiffchaff- 4+
Reed Warbler- 1
Spotted Flycatcher- 1 along the 'big hedge', a very good record here indeed!
Kingfisher- 1 willow pool

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Checked all the beds out,only 1 Green Sand present this pm.

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Friday 29th August 4pm

Green Sand- 1
Reed Warbler- 2

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes


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Mi-afternoon today.

Juvenile Black-necked Grebe- 1 main lake, elusive though spending much time behind the island and associating with the seemingly many juvenile Little Grebes there.
Green Sandpiper- 1 flying around the whole reserve!
Lesser Whitethroat- 1 on the western border mixed in with a small roving tit flock (mainly Long-tailed)
Kingfisher- 1 on the main lake
Tufted Duck- 4 very small young on the willow pool
Buzzard- 1 over the main lake

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08 08 08

Might be a lucky date for the Chinese but no rarities found today - only 2 green sands.

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Friday 1st Aug, early evening

Shelduck- 1 juv
Green Sand- 1
Buzzard- 1

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tuesday 22nd

3 green sand
1 whimbrel headed straight over south west at 1:30pm
9 reed warbler
2 sedge warbler
200 swift

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Early this afternoon:

4 Green Sandpipers and 2 Common Sandpipers on 9b

7 Little Ringed Plovers (inc. 2 juv) on No.4

Hundreds of Swifts and House Martins along with a few Sand Martins and Swallows.

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Two green sandpipers on 9b early this afternoon.

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Unfortunately the Green Sands are most often off limits around the sludge lagoons which are bordered by fences and barbed wire and should not be climbed over. They can occasionally be seen on lagoon numbers 1 and 4 (although 4 is currently dry) and more often flying around calling loudly. There is a site guide for Hope Carr on the website.

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saw the hobby today.where abouts are the green sands.

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Hobby hunting over the beds at 3:40pm today then flew towards the Greyhound Motel, also present:

4 Green Sand
5 Little Ringed Plover
Single Tree Sparrow
Single Grasshopper Warbler near the visitor centre

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar at 19:32, 2008-07-12

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Paul Heaton wrote:


Nettles very high does no-one manage this site anymore very overgrown.





Nope, just us birders to trample as many down as we can.

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Missed the plover and oystercather, but large flock of swallows and martins yesterday afternoon. biggest flock of house martins I have seen in a while rough guess about 50+house martins
20 sand martins and then the rain came so did not count any more.

Nettles very high does no-one manage this site anymore very overgrown.

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juv little ringed plover, 5 oystercatcher and 2 grasshopper warblers was all i could find this evening

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Five broods of Gadwall here this morning, 8 Oystercatcher and singles of Little Ringed Plover and Redshank. Times are hard at the moment blankstare.gif

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Two Black Terns (Hope Carr megas) dropped in all too briefly at around 7am this morning and were undoubtably some of those which then made their way to Pennington later. Single Lesser Whitethroat in the Hawthorns near the bridge over the brook (undoubtably same bird as has been present a while now) and gropper on no. 4/5.

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this am quick look in the rainwink.gif
1 tufted
2 mute swan
1 shoveler
4 mallard
lots of chiffchaff and other small stuff,nothing on the silt lagoons furious.gif

cheers geoff

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2 singing chiffs this afternoon and 4 oiks as well still 38+ gadwall (mostly paired up now) and 3 redpoll around car park.
Cheers
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Tree Sparrow this afternoon, in bushes near the bridge over the River Glaze, then flew south over horse fields towards East-Lancs road.
Also a Chiffchaff singing between the river and Willow Pool.

Still can't find any Green Sands here, i must be looking in the wrong place! hmm.gif


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Three pintail this evening (most probably the birds over Pennington earlier in the day).

Recently, still good numbers of Gadwall (nearly 80 on last weeks WeBS), a pair of Oystercatchers back on the island and still a couple of Green Sandpipers about though elusive.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar at 18:26, 2008-03-16

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Still at least 2 green sand present today along with 8 wigeon and over 87 Gadwall. Also plenty of flocks of small birds around but still no firecrest!!

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A good look this afternoon
3 Green sands still present
over 140 Gadwall but many out of site behind island on main lake
9+ wigeon but same problem as above
1 chiffchaff calling from pit no.2 in with several goldcrests and a good size flock of long tailed tits
about 20 meadow pipits flying around beds

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Sunday 11th November, 07:15pm

Green Sandpiper- 3
Gadwall- over 150!!!
Bullfinch- 8
Buzzard- 2, one perched in a tree along the main path, then both birds circling low over the main lake and sludge lagoons.
Wigeon- 8

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28/10/07 mid morning

Green Sandpiper.
6 Wigeon.
3 Snipe.
95 Gadwall.
90 Pink-feet over.
3 Sparrowhawks in the air together.
Emperor Goose.

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Wednesday 17th October 2pm

Pintail- 6, including 2 drakes on the main lake.
Wigeon- 2
Siskin- 5+ in trees alongside the main lake

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Late news for yesterday, the 14th October 08:45am

Green Sandpiper- 1
Goldcrest- 14
Wigeon- 3

Lots of thrushes very evident in the hedgerows, appearing from everywhere!

Redwing- 41
Blackbird- 67
Song Thrush- 39

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3-4 Green Sanpiper this afternoon.

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I've posted a short video of this bird on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhg4ynViEOs

PS - I've edited the wrong location but it hasn't yet updated - apologies for moving the bird to Derbyshire!


-- Edited by Rob Smallwood at 10:10, 2007-09-23

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i was there till 9.30 this morning and paul was there from first light and no sign
of the phalarope must have gone last night with the skys being so clear

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Pager report says no sign this morning.cry.gif

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Any news today?

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sorry about that date thingy,weirdface.gif anyway grey phal still present at 18.30 friday 21/09/07 still in the far left cornerfurious.gif
so still to far away for my camera to get decent photo,s

cheers geoffbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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Friday 21st September

Grey Phal still present this afternoon.

Info thanks to Birdnetinformation pager (still not considered one of these? For a few quid a week you could have all the county and national bird news at your fingertips wink.gif)

p.s. if anyone out there has any good photos of the bird which they would be willing to have put on the galleries on the Manchester Birding website or possibly for next years annual county bird report, could they contact me by email please, ta.

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