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RE: HOLLINGWORTH LAKE


Fri 26/2

Green Woodpecker calling from either side of nature reserve this morning

Teal 4
Goosander m & f

Redwing c 20 landed on hill

Curlew 2 calling over to West mid afternoon

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9 Whooper Swans flew in this morning just before 9 am - still there 0930

Also 4 Shelduck and 2 Oystercatchers, and a Skylark flew over calling



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Sunday 7th February 2021

Adult Mediterranean Gull Hollingworth Lake in the afternoon

Information thanks to Simon Birch

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Juv. Iceland Gull briefly this morning - then flew SE 

Also 2 Goldeneye

 

Other recent sightings were a female Common Scoter on Tuesday (2nd February) and a Shelduck on 3rd February 



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Adult Mediterranean Gull Hollingworth Lake 3:55pm also the 4 Shelducks still present

1 Gadwall and 7 Tufted Ducks on Clegg Pools

Greylag Goose on Clegg Marsh with 50 Canada Geese

Information thanks to Ian Kimber and Alan Nuttall

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4 Shelducks on Hollingworth Lake early afternoon

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Adult Mediterranean Gull briefly at Hollingworth Lake this afternoon

Info thanks to Simon Hitchen

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10 Goosanders
2 Great Crested Grebe
2 Mute Swan
2 Teal
3 Cormorants

1 Greylag Goose Akzo Pond with Canada Geese

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Sunday 17th January 2021

10 Goosanders (6 drakes)
4 Great Crested Grebes
6 Cormorants

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Saturday 16th January 2021

Pink-footed Goose with the Canada Goose flock at Hollingworth Lake in the afternoon

Information thanks to Simon Hitchen

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Hollingworth Lake

4 Great Crested Grebe
4 Goosander
1 Teal
2 Mute Swan


Akzo Pond

4 Teal
c200 Canada Geese

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A juv/1st winter Iceland Gull was found by Andrew Huyton early afternoon and showed well - rather appropriately standing on the iced-over section of the Lake

A larger than usual number of 'large' gulls for this site also included an adult Great black-backed Gull (uncommon here),40+ Herring Gulls and 15+ Lesser black-backed Gulls 

Also today 2 Great crested Grebe, 2 Cormorants, 8 Goosander, 1 drake Goldeneye, 5 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch, 40+ Redwings and one Fieldfare amongst the usuals.

 

 



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1st January 2021

Drake Mandarin Rochdale Canal - Bridge 49

Information thanks to Alan Nuttall

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Thurs 26/11 so far this morning
Nature reserve
Teal 15 m 8 f
Common gull 7
Cormorant 2
G c grebe 2 pair bonding head shaking

Tawny Owl roosting in same hawthorn for last 3 weekly visits Also deveral Dieldfares chacking overhead

-- Edited by Mike c cooper on Thursday 26th of November 2020 11:08:52 AM

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Wed 11/11

NAture Reserve
Teal 19 males and 9 females
Lapwing 160 first thing
Green Woodpecker heard along the big hedge

A Cettis Warbler was ringed early morning

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Clegg Hall Pools

1 drake Pochard
14 Wigeon
10 Gadwall
12 Teal
7 Tufted Duck
2 Little Grebe
6 Mute Swan

Information thanks to Alan Nuttall

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1 Whooper Swan
8 Pochard
11 Wigeon
2 Gadwall
16 Tufted Duck

Information thanks to Simon Hitchen


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Wed 4/11 Nature reserve area Green woodpecker calling first thing around caravan park Pink footed geese 2 skeins heard first thing heading west above fog/low cloud Siskin several heard flying over Bullfinch c 8 Treecreeper and nuthatch Teal 8m 6f Kingfisher 1 m

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Shelduck at Hollingworth Lake

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Hollingworth Lake

1 Great Crested Grebe
2 Mute Swan
28 Teal
200 Lapwing


Clegg Hall Pools

11 Wigeon
4 Teal
9 Tufted Duck
5 Mute Swan
2 Little Grebe

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Wed 14/10 morning

Over 30 teal in nature reserve
Few redwings early morning
Green and great spotted woodpeckers heard
Siskins heard over early



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 14th of October 2020 09:20:17 PM

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Fem/imm Common Scoter this morning - also a female Pintail and a Wigeon

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20 Teal and 100 Lapwings on the nature reserve

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1 Shoveler 1 Wigeon 200 Lapwing 20 Teal 1 Chiffchaff

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https://youtu.be/Aid-G4wLZVg

Film: Kittiwake, Hollingworth Lake, 1st October

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Juvenile Kittiwake flying around the lake 2:30pm and seemed to land on the nature reserve area

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5 Whinchat and 4 Stonechat at Shaw Moss this morning. Adult male Redstart around the cattle field between Shaw Moss and south dam of the lake. 2nd calendar year Caspian Gull at reserve end of lake 11:00

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No sign of the Caspian Gull this morning but 2 Redstarts still and Andrew Huyton had a Hobby.

The Caspian Gull was showing well yesterday morning and a Whinchat was still at Shaw Moss



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The Caspian Gull was back again this morning Also a Yellow Wagtail briefly and 2 (male and female) Redstarts, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcaps, 6 Willow Warblers and 3 Chiffchaff.

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08.10-09.20

Arctic Tern 1 dropped in at 09.30 and was asleep when I left
Common Gull 3
Common Sandpiper 1
Northern Lapwing 139

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Afternoon stroll 12:35 - 15:20

  • Very brief sight of the Caspian gull amongst the large gulls disturbed from the nature area.
  • Common sandpiper from the hide.
  • A pair of redstarts and a spotted flycatcher up the lane from the old water activties centre, in the hawthorn bushes in the field by the "Beware of the bull" signs. (Many thanks to the two chaps who told me where to look).


-- Edited by Steven Heywood on Wednesday 26th of August 2020 08:50:08 PM

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Caspian Gull already showing when I arrived at 7.45am. Teal 7 Lapwing 103 Common Sandpiper 1 Kingfisher 1 Passerines sensibly keeping hidden in the heavy rain

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No sign of the Greenshank for me unfortunately, but the Caspian Gull showed well this morning before predictably being disturbed by dogwalkers

Also 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat and at least 5 Spotted Flycatchers in the area. Andrew Huyton also had a Yellow Wagtail



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Also: - Greenshank, Common Sandpiper. 



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Second calendar year Caspian Gull still present on the mud at the nature reserve end of the lake this morning.

Info thanks to Dave Ousey



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Totally forgot the Ringed Plover which was flushed along with everything at one point by a woman who let her dog off the lead from the nature reserve side onto one of the spits where many of the birds were!

Interesting juvenile Gull on the mud too, not sure if its a Yellow-legged Gull or not.

Some digiscoped and camera images of the Caspian Gull.


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Caspian Gull still present late morning and best viewed from the hide Also 3 Common Terns briefly mid morning, 1 Ringed plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk and a male Redstart. A Whinchat and a Spotted Flycatcher at Shaw Moss

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Sunday 23rd August.

- 2nd CY Caspian Gull cane in approx 8am this morning.
- 2 Common Sandpiper
- 9 Pied Wagtail
- 1 Grey Wagtail
- no sign of reported Yellow Wagtail for me

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Many thanks and very much appreciated both:

Markwoodhead and Dave Ousey.

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Caspian Gull still present at 10.30 asleep on the mud. Not close. Also Yellow wagtail.



-- Edited by markwoodhead on Saturday 22nd of August 2020 12:00:40 PM

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Park in visitor centre £1 for 2 hours. Walk back to lake turn left along Rakewood Road towards nature reserve. Birds sat on green, muddy area, view from road in open spaces or walk around to other side.

Dave Ousey 



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Simon Hitchen wrote:

2nd calendar year Caspian gull still present this morning




Is there not anyother details about this bird please, such as which part of the lake or how good is the view of it please.

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2nd calendar year Caspian gull still present this morning

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Second calendar year Caspian Gull still present today.

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The Lake's purple patch continued today with the highlight being a 2nd calendar year Caspian Gull this morning - this would also be a site first if accepted by the GMRC

Also a juvenile Ruff and a fem/imm Pied Flycatcher which was with at least 5 Spotted Flycatchers at Shaw Moss. Also at least 5 Redstarts, 2 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat and 7 Swifts, 2 Teal, 1 Buzzard and a Treecreeper amongst the usuals



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Lake and surrounds 10.40 - 15.00

Redstart 2 M together initialy, then split up....possible 3rd.
Ruff 1 - courtesy of the guy who found it from the hide this a.m.. Still present feeding on the shoreline at 14.30
12+ 'alba' Wagtails
Grey Wagtail 1 juv
Treecreper 1
Grey Heron 1
Sparrowhawk 2
Wood Pigeon
Carrion Crow
Jackdaw
Lesser Black-back Gull
Black-headed Gull
Mallard
Mute Swan 2 pairs
Moorhen 2
LapwingRobin
Swallow
Goldfinch
Linnet
Great Tit
Wren
Dunnock
Starling
Blackbird
Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit flock and Bullfinch all heard only.


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   After reaching home after a birding trip with food in the oven and a pint pot of tea at hand, I picked up a message that Simon Hitchen that he had found a Pectoral Sandpiper at Hollingworth Lake in Rochdale. After a call to confirm, oven turned off, pot of tea down the sink and dash up to the lake in the grey gloom that had descended. Upon reaching the lake bank I could see Simon H walking towards me, was it still there? He assured me it was and within minutes I was watching Rochdale`s first Pectoral Sandpiper. A fellow Greater Manchester birder David Broome let me watch the bird through his scope for a couple of minutes. Great find by Hollingworth Lakes ace bird finder Simon H, thanks for getting the news out promptly.

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The Pectoral Sandpiper was the first record for the site (and I think for Rochdale) - not the easiest bird to photograph in the poor light yesterday but I've attached a couple of phonescoped images.

Unfortunately the bird was flushed at about 0930 this morning and did not return so I didn't get to see it again today. However there was a big influx of migrants in the area and a few hours around the wider Lake area this morning produced 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Redstarts, 2 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, 6 Stonechat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 15+ Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 40 + Swifts and loads of hirundines heading south. Also 8 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Buzzard , 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 10+ Linnet and 1 Lesser Redpoll amongst the usuals.

 



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I made an effort this morning, wanting to see the Pectoral Sandpiper with my family, only to find out when I got there it had flown off; I wanted to ball my eyes out and sulk (not really).

That's the way birding goes: Bill Oddie once said you can plan a trip to see a bird but come out empty, but you may see something else that makes it worthwhile. I'm just happy I made an effort and so was my mother.

Other colourful highlights include:

Wagtail Hat Trick of;
Yellow wagtail
Pied wagtail
Grey wagtail

Plus:
Lesser Redpoll
Goldfinch
Blue tit
Black headed gulls
Lesser black backed gull

Common gull
Pheasant
Lapwings
Teal
Peregrine (seen fly and suddenly swoop and vanished behind a hill)

Ta!

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According to Birdguides the Pectoral Sandpiper was flushed by a dog walker and flew off.



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