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Castleshaw Reservoirs


Vis-mig from Top Bank with Andy Platt produced very little in the way of migration with the following note:-

71 Meadow Pipits
2 Skylark
3 Chaffinch
2 Goldfinch
Stock Dove
21 Woodpigeon
7 Mistle Thrush
Blackbird
7 Pied Wagtail. Lone Pink-footed Goose with 2 Canada Geese flew in and and landed on the field near Redstart hedge. However, at about 8.20 I spotted what I initially thought was a Common Buzzard perched on a fence post but it didnt look quite right through my bins. This was confirmed when I got my scope on it, it wasnt a Buzzard but a female Goshawk. After watching it for a couple of minutes it flew strongly along the far side of the reservoir and was lost to view behind a hill and wasnt seen again.

Other birds of note where:-

3 Kestrel
Sparrowhawk
2 Goosander
4 Little Grebe
58 Lapwing

A flock of 32 Pink-footed Geese flew over and the lone Pinky flew up from the field to join them.biggrin

-- Edited by Mark Rigby on Sunday 7th of October 2018 01:01:11 PM

-- Edited by Mark Rigby on Sunday 7th of October 2018 01:01:56 PM

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Sunday 23rd September

4 Little Grebe 1 Common Sandpiper 1 Goosander on the Upper Reservoir
c50 Lapwing
2 Teal

-- Edited by James Walsh on Monday 24th of September 2018 07:42:13 PM

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This evening

Little Grebe. 1
Great crested Grebe. 1
Lapwing 319
Curlew. 1
Common Sandpiper. 2

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Little Egret still present early afternoon Castleshaw Lower Reservoir

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Little Egret on Lower reservoir this morning at 0930hrs.

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Thursday 12th July 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck, 10 Lapwing (including 2 chicks), 2 Stock Dove, 2 Sand Martin, 20 Swift, 4 House Martin, 20 Swallow, 1 Kestrel, 1 Canada x Greylag hybrid with c100 Canada Geese

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Good numbers of wading birds on Castleshaw Reservoirs due to low water levels, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 40 Lapwing, 3 Oystercatcher, also 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck, 20 Swift, 1 Common Gull

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Singing Grasshopper Warbler & male Reed Bunting in juncus marsh between car psrk and the pond

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1 Common Snipe Castleshaw Lower Reservoir

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Singing Grasshopper Warbler in juncus on Millcroft Lane, also c40 Lapwings, 1 Common Sandpiper & 5 Tufted Ducks on the Reservoirs

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2 drake Wigeon & 2 Great Crested Grebes on Castleshaw Lower Reservoir

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Friday 11th May

2 summer plumage Dunlin Castleshaw Lower Reservoir

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11.00.Cold and windy

4-5 swallows...not enough to make a summer tho'

1 House martin

Pair of oystercatchers

Pair of common sandpipers

Nothing else of note. But never the less, the above were my first ones of these species this year.



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Merganser still present 10am today in location described.

No sign of any martins etc.



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15th April 2018

Drake (first-year?) Red-breasted Merganser showing along the north-east shore of the Upper Reservoir, still present at 5:30pm viewable from Castleshaw Top Bank or the adjacent footpath along the north shore of the Upper Reservoir

2 Common Sandpiper
2 Curlew
2 Redshank
2 Oystercatcher
1 singing Skylark
1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
6 Tufted Duck



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Red-breasted Merganser (drake) on upper res currently

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Red-breasted Merganser (ecl Drake) still on top res at 1605hrs. Found by B.Stanley this am

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Sunday 8 April

Curlew 5

Skylark singing

Pair wheatear and 1 male near Heights

Swallow (returned to heights on 5th April )  also present at Grange

Redshank 6

Oystercatcher 2

Raven 2

Buzzard

Fieldfare 7

Redwing 1

Chiffchaff



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08:30-10:15
Grey wagtail 2
Pied wagtails
Reed bunting
Redshank 2
Curlew 3
Oystercatcher 2
Grey heron 2
Skylark 2
Lapwing 2
Raven

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08:30-11:00
Grey wagtail
Pied wagtail
Reed bunting
Redshank
Curlew 3
Oystercatcher 2
Grey heron
Skylark
Lapwing 2


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11 March

Meadow Pipit and Reed Bunting calling

Skylark singing .4 present  in field at Oxhey

Oystercatcher 3

Crows collecting mud

Tufted Duck - pair on Eagle Lodge

Goldeneye female on top res

Male Stonechat on noddle

40 Fieldfare and 1 Redwing in field at Oxhey

Cormorant 4

Canada Goose 84

 

 



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c100 Fieldfares
1 female Kestrel
9 Goosander (5 drake)
2 Tufted Duck
c50 Canada Geese


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1 Common Snipe - Pennine Way in field adjacent to Marsden Moor Heritage Trail above Castleshaw Reservoirs

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2 Goosander
2 Tufted Duck
20 Lapwing
10 Cormorant
1 Buzzard

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Wildfowl count day

Reed Bunting 5 - below Hull Lodge

Cormorant 3

Mallard 23

Tufted duck 4m 2f

Moorhen

Kestrel 2

Little Grebe 1

Snipe 3

Dunnock 5 - feeding in channel between reservoirs

Stonechat - feeding in channel between reservoirs

Stock Dove 3

Grey Partridge 4 (behind Wood Farm - going to check if released birds)

 



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Wildfowl count  day

Kestrel 2

Grey Heron 1

Moorhen(on fishing pond)

Little Grebe(one on Eagle Lodge also)

Grey Wagtail 1

Canada Goose 5

Black Headed Gull 44

Common Gull2

Goosander 14(3 male 11 female)

Cormorant 2

Mallard 49

Meadow Pipit 1

Pied Wagtail 1

Little Owl (behind Wood Farm)

 

Woodcock and Stonechat reported by two birders met on site 



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Sunday 8 October

8 Stone chat on fence posts  adjacent house on top reservoir. Also one present on Slackgate Lane .

Cormorant 7

Canada Geese 302

Lapwing 17

Mallard  41

Little Grebe 1

Great Crested Grebe 1

Black Headed Gull 16

Buzzard 1

Kestrel 1

Little Owl on nearby Slackgate Lane

Pied Wagtail 3

Song Thrush 1

 



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Sunday 24 September

Upper reservoir

Cormorant 4

Little Grebe 2

Raven

Buzzard 2

Lapwing 143

Kestrel 2

Chiffchaff singing in Hull brook valley

Two Swallows over Th'Heights

Tufted Duck - 2 on Hull Dam

Coot - 3 on Hull Dam

 



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This morning sightings

Merlin
Sparrowhawk
2 Buzzard
Kestrel
1 poss 2 Redstart
4 Stonechat
3 Whinchat
Wheatear
3 Pied Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Jay
Great Crested Grebe
7 Cormorant
35+ Lapwing
100's House Martin, Swallow and Meadow Pipits streaming through



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Weds 13/9/17 - 11.30-13.00

Lower Resr:
5 Cormorant
7 Common Gull
30+ Lapwing
60+ Canada Geese
12+ Mallard
1 Great Crested Grebe
flock of 60+ Swallows (with a few House Martins included)

Upper Resr (full circuit - rather muddy!):
1 Little Grebe
4 Cormorants
60+ Lapwing
4 Meadow Pipits
2 Kestrels
+ several dead sheep...

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Spotted Flycatcher this morning. Greenshank on Upper Res yesterday morning.

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A male and juvenile Redstart were between Low Bank and the Farm this morning. Yesterday a fem/juv Marsh Harrier flew over heading west at about 0830.

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Osprey at 0950hrs over Lower reservoir (Found by B.Stanley) and eventually flew off towards Hollingworth Lake at 1030hrs

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Turnstone (summer plumage) on lower reservoir late afternoon. Still present at 1830hrs

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Brief midge-ridden visit yesterday evening.

One juvenile Ringed (or Little Ringed) Plover at Lower Resr. Couldn't get close enough for a definite ID and wasn't hanging around to get bitten any longer!

Also: one juv. Lapwing, one Cormorant, several Mallards, Tufted Ducks and Common Gulls.

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Evening visit 20.00 to 21.30. Quail calling loudly from the field at the south end of the road between the two reservoirs. Hobby passed through and attempted to catch a Common Sandpiper without success. 4 Oystercatcher, 118 Lapwing, 3 Common Sandpiper and 1 Teal. Also of note on the lane towards the A62 a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling at around 21.35.



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0900-1130

Common Sandpiper
2 Oystercatcher
Dunlin
Curlew
Lapwing
2 Black-headed Gull
Mallard with 2 chicks out of the initial 11 left.
30 Swift
2 House Martin
Swallows
2 Grasshopper Warbler

Late news-Ringed Plover present over the weekend and was still present yesterday morning but no sign today


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A couple of Grasshopper Warblers down the valley and my first swifts of the year.



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Yesterday evening - still very quiet...

3 Oystercatchers, 1 Redshank, 1 Lapwing and about a dozen Swallows.

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Grasshopper warbler up near the Roman Fort, otherwise fairly quiet.



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6 Wheatears
1 Grey wagtail
3 Lapwings
1 Jay in flight in the open
1 Meadow pipit.
1 Willow warbler in song

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Late evening visit. 2 (m and f) Ring Ouzels, 1 Fieldfare and a f Wheatear in field below Low Bank. At least 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Redshank and 2 Oystercatchers on Lower resolution 



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Full circuit with B.Stanley 0915-1215

Ringed Plover
4 Dunlin
2 Common Sandpiper
2 Oystercatcher
Curlew
3 Redshank
4 Coot
Heron
2 Sand Martin
12 House Martin
Swallows
2 Stock Dove
Kestrel
Ring Ouzel
Reed Bunting
Willow Warbler

And all the other usual Common species


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Osprey this morning at 8.20am unfortunately bird was harassed away over the Noddle by a gang of corvids, lapwing, curlew and buzzard.  



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First Sand Martin, for me at least!

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2 singing Willow Warbler, c30 Swallow, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 male Reed Bunting, 2 Redshank, 2 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 singing Skylark

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Approx. 10:00 am

1 common sandpiper
2 pied wagtails
1 grey wagtail
Ca.8 swallows on lower res.
1 house Martin in midst of the swallows.
1 goosander in flight over lower res. Flew up to higher res.

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This mornings highlights from 5:30 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling behind the car park 2 Ravens 3 Common Sandpipers 3 Redshank 2 Oystercatchers 3 Curlew 2 Willow Warblers

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This morning around 10:30

1 Common Sandpiper
1 Swallow , my first here this spring.
1 Lapwing

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Around lunchtime on the lower reservoir,

2 little ringed plovers flying and calling.

Also on the shoreline near wood farm/water inlet.

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