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RE: HOLLINGWORTH LAKE


From the North side of the lake, this morning: 3 Pink-Footed Geese, approx 200 Canada Geese, Black Headed Gulls, Common Gull, Mallards, 3 Mute Swans (1 immature), 22 Lapwings on the pier, Great Crested Grebes, Cormorants, Jackdaws

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5 ad Whooper Swans in middle of lake briefly around 14:00

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A single Waxwing was in a garden on Milbury Drive this afternoon but it flew off towards Hollingworth Lake and could not be relocated in a brief search

On 1st January there was a male Brambling in Pavilion Wood, a Kingfisher was showing well from the hide and 3 Pink-footed Geese were with 310+ Canada Geese

 



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Male Ring Ouzel at Shaw Moss associating with winter thrushes (2 were present on Saturday) Also 2 Brambling in Pavilion Wood, 3 Swallows south, 200+ Fieldfare,150+ Redwing, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Linnet west, 2 Siskin over Ian Kimber also had a Great White Egret fly over south

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2 drake Common Scoter Also 1 Kingfisher, 15+ Redwing, 40 + Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat, 4 Siskin and 2 Lesser Redpoll

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10 Whooper Swans on the Lake this morning

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The Glossy Ibis was still showing well at 530 pm on fields at Clegg Hall marsh - best viewed from Branch Road - however there is nowhere to park along this road so best to park at the top just off Wildhouse Lane and walk down to view

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Glossy Ibis at Shaw Moss this mid-afternoon (photo and video now on the website)

The bird has been commuting between Shaw Moss (at ///jukebox.became.fires) and the fields to the south-west of Clegg Hall off Branch Road (at ///thigh.shelf.pizza).

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A Willow Tit was at the nature reserve - a bit of a mega here in Rochdale - only my 3rd record at the site Also 4 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 2 Little Egret, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Linnet over were the other highlights

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Great White Egret this morning and 2 Little Egrets - also c15 Teal, 3 Chiffchaff and a Green Woodpecker

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Unfortunately no sign of the Cattle Egret today although there were still 2 Little Egrets on the nature reserve.

This morning there were 9 Common Scoter (8 males, 1 female) and, more surprisingly, a female Scaup closely associating with them - they all flew off west together when disturbed by boats about 10 am - unfortunately this is a familiar problem here. 

 

 



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Here are a few photos of the Cattle Egret from yesterday.

-- Edited by Vicky Harper on Sunday 16th of July 2023 10:33:24 AM

-- Edited by Vicky Harper on Sunday 16th of July 2023 10:34:03 AM

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Cattle Egret was seen eventually yesterday evening at 18:45. From the bank between the hide and the Eastern path. Not viewable from the hide or road as it was sheltering in the creek. Grainy shot attached.

Also present were 3 Little Egret, 3 Little Ringed Plover, Kingfisher, 30+ Lapwing, Jay, Chiffchaff, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron.



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Cattle Egret still present at 08:50

Info thanks to Dave Broome



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Cattle Egret present this morning at 07:45 (undoubtably the bird seen a little earlier at Audenshaw Reservoirs) but flew N/NW at 08:40 when disturbed by boats and lost to view behind trees but could conceivably still be present.



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3 Black Terns this afternoon from 1630-1730 at least 

Also a Greenshank and a Redshank on the nature reserve and a Grasshopper Warbler reeling at Shaw Moss.

 

Yesterday morning Ian Kimber had an Osprey circling the Lake before heading north



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Female Redstart this morning near Turnough Farm Also 4 Wigeon - and 2 singing Sedge Warblers were at Shaw Moss

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3 Common Scoter this morning (2 male, 1 female)

A Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpipers yesterday (22/4)

 



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9 Little Gull went slowly east over the lake at 08:36

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Another adult Kittiwake this afternoon Also my first Swallow of the year here

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Adult Kittiwake this morning

Also drake Mandarin, 11 Wigeon over, 1 Buzzard, 12 Redwing, 15 Fieldfare, singing Willow Warbler and 5 Lesser Redpolls



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Drake Common Scoter this morning 

Also Ian Kimber had 3 Sand Martins through



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A few ducks on the move today :-

23 Wigeon

24 Teal

16 Goldeneye

Also 3 Goosander and a Curlew over



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Smew flew off at 10:30 and no sign since.

Info thanks to Simon Hitchen



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Redhead Smew present this morning.

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... Don't know why my last entry lost all the line breaks!

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Lunchtime today: Whooper Swan in channel to hide pool Pied Wagtails Mallards + various hybrid Gulls, various 7 Cormorants 70 Lapwings 4 Canada geese (2 one side of the lake, 2 the other) + 30 Canada geese in a nearby field with the white domestic goose that's been helping shepherd the young geese this summer Robin Chaffinch Goldfinch Dunnock Wren Great Tit Starling Magpie Crow Jackdaw Wood Pigeon 10+ Teal 2 Wigeon Male + female Goosander (he was looking smart with his dark red bill and salmon-pink flush) Great Crested Grebe Heron

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Adult Kittiwake this morning

Also fem/imm Common Scoter

3 Wigeon and a drake Gadwall



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Mid afternoon walk round today Mon 7/11

Herring gull 1ad 1juv
Common gull c 10
L Bb gull 3 ad 6 juvs
B hd gull c 160

Lapwing c 120


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Male goosander, not sure if juv or adult coming out of eclipse, just now, swimming across lake towards the white pub. (Saw male and female teal at the hide pond last week)

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Juv. Mediterranean Gull this morning Also at least 4 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 3 Willow Warblers and 1 Chiffchaff Yesterday (4/9) single Spotted Flycatcher and a Lesser Whitethroat.

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A Greenshank flew through west calling this morning. Also today a fem/imm Redstart, 1 Whitethroat and 3 Buzzard No sign of the Great White Egret since Saturday evening

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Great White Egret still present 07.00-08.00

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Great Egret, Snipe, Teal and 70 Lapwings

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8/8 Long-staying Great White Egret still present

Yesterday (7/8) also a single Spotted Flycatcher and Redstart at Shaw Moss, and Andrew Huyton also had a Hobby here

6/8 - also 1 Little Egret and a Spotted Flycatcher



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Great Egret showing well this afternoon, commuting between the nature reserve and the shoreline between the Pavilion Cafe and Rakewood Road, also Little Egret, juvenile Mediterranean Gull, Little Grebe, 120 Lapwings, 2 Oystercatchers and a Ring-necked Parakeet - a superb days birding!

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Great White Egret again present today (and it was also here yesterday)

Other recent sightings were a Little Egret and a Dunlin on Thursday (28th), a drake Common Scoter on Friday (29th) and Ian Kimber had a juv. Mediterranean Gull and a Dunlin yesterday (30th)



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Great White Egret still present at 19:20 at Hollingworth Lake, feeding in the channel at the reserve end

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Great white egret at the nature reserve - presumably the same bird was also seen last Sunday.

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2 Sandwich Terns this morning but appeared to fly off at 0820. A single Arctic Tern on Sunday (1st May)

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1 Common Sandpiper 2 Grasshopper Warblers reeling in the area 2 Whinchat Shaw Moss 2 Ring Ouzel and at least 2 Wheatear at Longden End 6 Swallow 4 Sand Martin

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Sandwich Tern, sat on a buoy near the jetty 09:49

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Wednesday 2nd March 2022

Adult Mediterranean Gull on the jetty at 4:30pm

Information thanks to Andrew Huyton

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Adult Mediterranean Gull again in roost this evening. Also 2 Oystercatcher.

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Adult Mediterranean Gull this evening

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Goldeneye on Hollingworth Lake

Information thanks to Sarah Hickman

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A stark reminder to go birding alone and not have an uninterested partner with me

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Natalie Clarke wrote:

Well, I didn't get a photo and I think I'm usually OK with IDing a tufted duck. But they were slightly larger and one had a white circle under it's eye. It was also diving for some considerable time. But I didn't spend enough time looking tbh!





From your description Natalie, I'd probably suggest Goldeneye, with the one with the white under the eye being a male.

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Well, I didn't get a photo and I think I'm usually OK with IDing a tufted duck. But they were slightly larger and one had a white circle under it's eye. It was also diving for some considerable time. But I didn't spend enough time looking tbh!

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Hi Natalie,

Im new to this and on a recent visit to Old Moor I got excited at first glance thinking Id seen a scoter, but turned out to be female pochard. Could this be what you saw?

 



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