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RE: HOLLINGWORTH LAKE


Very true Mark, but you don't pass the Wee Dram Shop in Bakewell on the way to Hollingworth Lakesmile.gifsmile.gif

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Re old dog and new tricks,I still can,t do that quote thingy,I,m well impressed by the GND photos that are in the gallery,but i,ll pay good money to see the ones of it 'under the dam wall' confuse.gifwink.gif

only jealous cos nowt,s ont flashes yet no.gifdisbelief.gifgeoffbiggrin.gif

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Hollingworth Lake is a bit closer to Stockport than Carsington Water????confuse.gif

Even if all 3 drove there and back in thier own cars!smile.gif

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I see rain does not stop any of you lotsmile.gif We three went to Carsington searching for the diver on Friday, but it was not there that daycry.gif but a least there are 3 hides which help on rainy days.
Glad you are all having a good view. I think HL is too far for a quick look for me.

Nice pictures in the Gallery Chaps.

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-- Edited by Geoff Walton on Tuesday 24th of November 2009 04:45:51 PM

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Great northern diver still present at 0745 under the dam wall.

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Yea! I'll bet you're chuffed - its a lovely looking bird - it would be nice if it stayed in the area till it was in its first summer plumage ........ I can dream - can't I?!!

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superb views at last of the diver, it was close to the bank to the right of the main car park, not far along the footpath that goes alongside the pub, thanks to the birder who let us know were the bird was, it was in the one part of the lake we couldnt see from our viewing point nr the car park.

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Well good luck - the weather here in Leigh is atrocious - but I guess the bird may well be around - who wants to 'travel' in this weather if you don't have to!!!

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thanks pauline, will go back up this afternoon and try for it again.

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Re: Brians post: We turned up at around 10am yesterday (Sunday 21st) and spent 5 hours looking for GND ...... it appeared finally (didn't see it fly in but weather was awful) across to the right of the visitor centre building on the far bank - it fished thro the yachts and appeared to be heading on its usual circuit round past the car park and pontoon. Somehow it got past without being seen - must have dived - and reappeared near the water tower - from there it fished continuously close to the banking in among the yachts - some of which were being blown onto the stone banking the wind and rain was lashing down - the bird fished unperturbed and we got some good photos!

I'm pleased to hear its flying off at times (I would love to know where its going!) as it worried me to think of it not being fit enough to get about or return to the sea eventually.



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sorry for late posting, my internet connection has been down all weekend, found the great northern diver on sunday morning at about 840am, it was in the nearside left hand corner as viewed from the car park, drove around for a closure look, as we stopped the car it took flight, it circled the res a couple of times, gained hieght and then flew off in the direction of watergrove. we went to watergrove but no sign there so has probably gone.

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GND present midmorning till dinner - up and down the front - led us a merry dance but I got pics this time! It goes with the speed of an express train!! Just after dinnertime it went into the middle to preen and wash but the gulls would not leave it in peace and finally after many mins on the surface it dived and disappeared ..........

Pauline

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Great Northern Diver still present today.

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G.N.D. showing well near Lake Bank car park though diving continuously.

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GND was there in the afternoon but extremely elusive, tho others said it had been in close in the far right bay, we saw it go past the car park and disappear, to reappear much later in front of a chappie on the far left near the pub ........ The Barnacle Goose was with the Canadas in front of the car park. We 'dipped' with the cameras ..... cei la vi.....confuse.gif

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GND still present at dusk - again seemingly unflustered by the nearby yacht race. Barnacle Goose at Akzo Pond yesterday with the Canadas - looks more wary of people than the diver wink.gif

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Went up to the Lake this morning and got some good views of the diver. Came quite close to the edge of the lake near the water tower. Also while at the hide on the other side 2 Kingfishers were seen and 2 Snipe hidden away in the rushes preening. All three firsts for me so a great morning out :D

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GND still present early this afternoon near Yacht club. (biggrin.gif Still diving)

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GND was showing this morning swimming towards the south end of the lake behind the pub and the yacht club. Then became more elusive as it started diving.

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GND seen this afternoon (14/11) pretty near to shore, v close to the stone structure in the Lake past car park . Repeatedly diving ...perhaps unsurprisingly !

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DIVER STILL PRESENT 1PM AT THE FRONT OF THE MAIN CARPARK,BUT VERY MOBILEsmile.gif

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Diver still present at 11am this morning.

Info thanks to Dave Ousey/Steve Bostock

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Great Northern Diver still present late pm - can be surprisingly elusive at times. The locals seem to all know about it and it seemed that nearly every dogwalker stopped to tell me there was a 'rare bird' on the Lake - best was a pair of old wifeys who asked me if I'd seen the Great Northern Dipper - wondered if they were referring to me!

Also today 2 Kingfisher, 6 Cormorant, 4 Great-crested Grebes, 2 Siskin, 30+ Redwing

Cheers, The Great Northern Dipper

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Great Northern Diver still present this morning - 9am till I left at 11am. First found South of the visitors' centre, it then journeyed half way round the Lake, keeping close to the shore, until it reached the part where a woodern fence goes into the Lake, just past the cafe. It then turned back but started to get get mobbed by gulls and then went further into the centre.

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cracking views of the great northern diver also had a brambling,some redwings,male goosander,and a nice pair of bullfinches near visitor centre

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Can't understand your post - or the one before it .Pourquoi?

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Still not sussed that quotey thing,confuse.gif but you guys at hollingworth should beware of mr mck,s motives wink.gif,it seems he might have space in his freezer for it biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

cheers geoffbiggrin.gif

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Cheers Bill - bet you were waiting for the boats to disturb it so it would head off towards Piethornewink.gif

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GND easily seen 11.45 - 12.30 - first patroling the area in front of the car park, about 20m out, diving frequently. Later it moved to the middle of the lake, staying on the surface and preening.

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If anyone has any information as to if the bird is still present today or any other day come to mind, would you mind please letting me know so I can keep the bird information services updated. Text or phone would be great. Ta

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David Winnard wrote:

Also today;

1 Barnacle Goose
7 Pink-footed Goose
1 Stock Dove
1 Grey Wag
3 Pied Wag

Nice afternoon with Paul and Dean!

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Dave - A really fantastic series of photos of the Great Northern Diver, especially so the one of the close up of the divers head. Brilliant.

Cheers,

Bill.

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Nice afternoon with Paul and Dean!

Likewise Dave, nice to meet you and what a crackin Diver.

Cheers Dean.



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Also today;

1 Barnacle Goose
7 Pink-footed Goose
1 Stock Dove
1 Grey Wag
3 Pied Wag

Nice afternoon with Paul and Dean!

Dave

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Great Northern Diver still present midday and showing well.

There when I left at 12:45 - beauty - came right into the shore near tower / bridge. Also, 3 M Swan, 2 Cormorants and 3 G C Grebes.

Info thanks to Dave Winnard






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Great Northern Diver still present midday and showing well.

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GND still here 4 pm - seems oblivious to the boats which is a good job as it seemed like the world and his wife were out yachting this afternoon - also today 2 Green Woodpeckers, 30+ Fieldfares, 1 Kingfisher

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GND still showing well this afternoon up to 3.15pm when I left. Very close up views as the diver came within 15m of the shore. It doesn't seem bothered by the boats or the people walking along the path.smile.gif

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Great Northern Diver (juvenile) still present at 12:15pm today

Info thanks to Dave Ousey

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Great Northern Diver still present this morning though elusive, spending long amounts of time underwater due to disturbance by boats.

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No sign of GND between 3.00 and 4.00 p,m. today. I did a complete circuit but saw only a medium sized flock of BHG, lots of Canada Geese and a pair of Grebes. Siskins and Long Tailed Tits in the reserve.

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Great northern Diver still here 0800 but lots of rowing boats also so may get disturbed

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Couldn't spot GND 2.30 - 3.00 p.m. today, though the weather was atrocious with high wind and driving rain, so it may still be there.

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Great Northern Diver stil present at 10:30am though now very mobile.

Info thanks to Bill Myerscough and Dave Philips

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Great Northern Diver still present on the lake this morning. Close into the north shoreby the car park.

Info thanks to Steve Atkins

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Great Northern Diver and 4 Whooper Swans still present at 16:45 hrs in the fading light and pouring rain. The Diver was out from the Sea Cadets building in the SW corner of the lake, viewed from car park on the north shore next to the sailing club. It was very active - washing itself, preening and wing flapping.
Well done Simon on a fantastic find, the first Great Nothern Diver in Rochdale since 1983 I believe, and that was at the Lake as well!

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Great Northern still present at dusk and the 4 Whoopers smile.gifsmile.gif

A rare day without boats here - makes you realise what this place could be like without the constant disturbance. I also saw the last Great northern Diver here ......in December 1983 - quite a wait!

Merlin today was actually at Watergrove - popped up there briefly to see if I was missing anything and when I came back the 4 Whoopers had turned up!

Will send some pics of diver to Ian.

Cheers, Simon

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Juvenile Great Northern Diver and 4 Whooper Swans still present 3.55pm.

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Juvenile Great Northern Diver still present at 1:35pm, plus 4 Whooper Swans and a Merlin through.

Info thanks to Simon Hitchen

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Juvenile Great Northern Diver present this morning.

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Sun 11/10 10:30 - 12:30

M Swan 1
Wigeon 1 M (lovely drake when sun appeared)
G Wagtail 2
Redwing 8 to NW
Woopig 3 parties totalling 60
C Gull c. 10
L Bb Gull 3
Siskin 1 over towards Rakewood

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