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6 Wigeon on the reservoir at 17:45 hrs. Still present at 19:05 hrs visible on the water in the reflected sunset. 12 Redwing flew south this am.

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52 Pink-footed Geese over SE at 09:27 hrs. Moments earlier a Golden Plover was heard calling in flight coming in from the east. so had to choose between trying to pick up the GP or counting the geese. The geese won biggrin

56 Lapwings roosting on the inside of the dam this evening.

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A female Ring Ouzel perched in a hawthorn along Higher Slack Brook at 10:30 hrs was the highlight of the morning Location of Ring Ouzel

Also present were (singles unless count specified):
Teal
Great Crested Grebe
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Goldcrest - 2
Skylark - 3 flying east
Swallow - 5
Chiffchaff - 7
Blackcap - 2
Grey Wagtail
Meadow Pipit - 23
Goldfinch - 20
Lesser Redpoll
Bullfinch - 3


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Male Common Scoter on the reservoir at 18:00 hrs standing up out of the water and flapping its wings. There was no sign of it at 19:00 hrs, so it had presumably flown off whilst out of view.

Kingfisher on the hide pool
Pied Wagtail - 17 on the dam
Grey Wagtail - 2 at the top of the spillway
Chiffchaff - 2 calling
Blackcap - heard alarm calling
Bullfinch - 3




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I was very surprised to find the Marsh Harrier still present this evening at 19:00 hrs. It initially appeared over the eastern ridge south of the wind turbines then flew down the hillside and was quartering over the fields by the Crook farm ruin (2 mature sycamores mark the location). It dropped to the ground once then resumed hunting flying within approximately 300 metres of my view point at
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A Marsh Harrier (cream crown) was the highlight of the month (so far!) viewed from Steward Barn, it was flying low over the moor at 09:30 hrs and drifted east over Crook Hill by the wind farm. It was in view for about ten minutes and is only the second site record (6th for Rochdale borough). A visiting bird watcher from Oldham (sorry I didn't get your name) was with me, and it certainly made his day, as it was a GM first for him.

A Kingfisher on the hide pool was the first of the autumn.

Also this morning:
Great Crested Grebe - 2
Kestrel
Lapwing -13
Swift - single high up over eastern ridge
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Raven - 2
Goldcrest - 3
House Martin - 12+ hawking over the dam with 2 Sand Martins and 3 Swallows
Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler - 8
Blackcap - 2
Treecreeper
Stonechat - immature in the car park was presumably a migrant
Lesser Redpoll - 2



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Thanks for posting Simon. Having checked the GMBRG database I can confirm it is a first for Watergrove Reservoir. Two new species in one week, following the Mediterranean Gull on Monday, that doesn't happen very often! Ian Kimber has just reported that all the birds on the island have been flushed by a windsurfer and he is no longer able to see the Knot.

Also this morning, a FLOCK of nine Common Sandpipers flew low over the water calling and landed on the shoreline. The highest count here since ten on 5th August 1980. Certainly don't think I've ever seen so many Common Sandpiper together before.



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Summer plumaged Knot showing well on the island just now - found by Watergroves no.1 lister Steve Atkins - who reliably informs me its a first for the site. A very smart bird and a great find Steve

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An adult Mediterranean Gull in almost full breeding plumage was roosting with Black-headed Gulls on the spit in front of the Windsurfers' club house at 18:45 hrs. I returned home to get my scope and met Dave Ousey on top of the dam. He relocated the bird on a small island between the spit and the dam. It took flight south at 19:38 hrs and was moulting outer secondaries on both wings. Surprisingly a site first for Watergrove.

Also 3 Common Sandpipers flying together near the dam. A pair bred successfully here this year with a downy juvenile (50% adult size) seen on 6th July.

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09:00 - 11:00 hrs Low cloud obscuring the wind turbines, light rain, light NW

Common Scoter - 3 males on the reservoir when I arrived and still present at 11:00 hrs although windurfers were setting up.
Tufted Duck - 2 males and a female flew in and landed close to the scoter
Common Sandpiper displaying along the shoreline
Oystercatcher - 2 flew south
Skylark - 4 singing
Swallows - 17 feeding in the rain
Blue Tit chicks heard calling from nest in drystone wall
Blackcap - 5 singing
Willow Warbler - 12 singing and 2 calling suggesting they were near a nest. Several have been seen carrying food since 27th May.
Whitethroat - 1 singing
Wren - 6 singing
Blackbird - 6 singing
Dunnock - 4 singing
Meadow Pipit - 4 parachuting
Chaffinch - 4 singing
Lesser Redpoll - 2 in song flight
Reed Bunting - recently fledged juveniles hunger calling by the hide with a male close by. 1 singing on the moors.




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Late post from Sunday 19th May

28 Willow Warblers singing
Garden Warbler singing

Probably the highlight of the breeding season here so far in 2019 is confirmed breeding of two pairs of Treecreepers. A single pair fledged young in 2016 which was the first time breeding had been proved here.
On Friday evening (17th) an adult was feeding two juveniles in the plantations on the west side of the reservoir and this family party was seen again on Sunday evening. However, a second pair at a different location had been seen carrying food over the past week and then on Sunday evening I noticed an adult Treecreeper carrying food on a drystone wall and initially thought it was searching for insects on the wall. I could hear young birds hunger calling and was amazed to see the adult disappear into a cavity in the wall and then emerge a few seconds later carrying a faecal sac!

This morning Tucker managed to take this fantastic photo of one of the adults again carrying food by the nest hole. The literature refers to Treecreepers nesting up to 16 m above ground behind a flap of loose bark or in a crevice on a tree trunk, in a building or stone wall and occasionally hidden among or behind vegetation I'd be interested to know if anyone else ever observed the species nesting in a drystone wall.

Monday 20th May
The Garden Warbler was showing really well this evening in the willows outside the hide door and sang occasionally.

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Late am/early pm visit
The intermittent showers brought down a few waders which were feeding on the spit in front of the windsurfers' club house:

Common Sandpiper - 3 (including a pair displaying)
Dunlin - 1
Lapwing - 1
Oystercatcher - 1
Ringed Plover - 1

Goosander - 2 males roosting on the spit (quite unusual here in May)

Willow Warblers - numbers have dropped down to 27 singing (64% of the peak count)
Blackcap - 3 singing
Whitethroat - 1 singing
Garden Warbler - heard from the hide singing in the distance (probably on the NW side of the reservoir



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David, that's an impressive count of Willow Warblers. You probably won't be surprised to hear that it is a record number from Tameside (in the GMBRG database) surpassing the 34 territories recorded by Arthur Renshaw at Park Bridge on 14th April 1995.

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Steve Atkins wrote:

There must be other upland sites in GM where similar numbers are present, especially where new plantations have been established in the past 20 years. In the case of Watergrove tree planting began here in the late 1980's.





Steve, Wild Bank SBI in Stalybridge also has large areas of new birch growth on the moor, which replaced heather, following large moorland fires in 2006. The birch reaches as far as the 1,000 ft contour. My count of 38 singing Willow Warblers from Saturday morning included 32 from one of the two areas of birch, and is certainly an underestimate due to the impenetrability of the trees; I can only count from around the perimeter. There is another area of birch at the northern edge of the SBI, so it will be interesting to be able to add them together. The trees also hold decent numbers of Lesser Redpoll, although I find this species a little trickier to count.

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Well the new record didn't stand for very long biggrin 42 Willow Warblers were singing on Sunday morning 21st April which is a Rochdale borough record. Despite a later start this morning due to my BTO heronry survey at Queen's Park, Heywood there were still 40 birds singing.
The territories from this morning's visit are mapped here Willow Warbler Territories Watergrove Reservoir 22 Apr 2019
Unfortunately, my phone's battery died on Sunday before I had completed my circuit, so I had to resort to old fashioned notebook and pen for the remaining birds.

Willow Warblers have small territories, as shown on the map. However, to avoid double-counting, I stood for a couple of minutes at each location where several birds were singing against each other and made sure that they were taking it in turns to sing. Over the past four days it is really noticeable how the majority are keeping to the same small areas and the Willow Warbler singing in the plantation next to the car park at 10:30am was still singing when I returned at 1pm biggrin

The map also shows the areas of the plantations I didn't cover, so whilst not wishing to estimate how many additional Willow Warblers there are in these areas, the 42 actually recorded is definitely a minimum. It will be interesting to see how many stay to breed. There must be other upland sites in GM where similar numbers are present, especially where new plantations have been established in the past 20 years. In the case of Watergrove tree planting began here in the late 1980's.

Two Bramblings were still at the feeding station on Sunday but none seen today.

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Morning visit with Kevin McCabe.

I spoke too soon! 39 Willow Warblers were singing around the usual route which takes in most of the plantations. A new site record.

Great Crested Grebe - pair
Sparrowhawk - 1
Coot - 1 (a rare visitor here in recent years)
Curlew - 1 in display flight over the moors
Lapwing - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1 heard calling
Raven - heard calling in the distance
Goldcrest - 1 singing
Coal Tit - pair (one carrying nesting material)
Chiffchaff - 1 singing
Blackcap - 1 singing
Fieldfare - 1 calling in flight with 2 Mistle Thrushes
Song Thrush - 2 singing
Wheatear - 1
Grey Wagtail - 1
Brambling - male and female at the feeding station
Siskin - 1 flying over
Linnet - 3
Lesser Redpoll - 3
Bullfinch - 3
Reed Bunting - 1 singing



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08:30 - 12:00 hrs, light NE, sunny, temperature climbing from +13C at the start to +21C at midday

33 Willow Warblers singing in the plantations is the second highest site count. Assuming this is the peak number for spring migration this year, the date is within the same 5 day window for the peaks in 2017 (37 on 23/04/17) and 2018 (26 on 21/04/18). Their arrival has been remarkably consistent over the past eight years.
Blackcap - 2 singing (first reported from the site yesterday by Tucker when a male and female were present).
Brambling - 9 still at the feeding station, looked to be all males. Possibly additional birds calling from the trees by Little Town

Great Tit - one carrying moss into a bat box. I just hope it didn't eat any Pipistrelles that may have been roosting in the box before commandeering their home!
Goldcrest - 2 singing
Skylark - 5 singing
Wren - 12 singing
Dunnock - 3 singing
Redwing - 1 in sub song
Pied Wagtail - carrying food. An early date for here
Chaffinch - 7 singing
Lesser Redpoll - 3
Reed Bunting - 1 singing near the hide and 1 male on the moors
Treecreeper - 1 singing. On 8th April one was seen collecting slivers of bark from a birch tree
Great Crested Grebe - a pair which has already lost two nests due to fluctuating water levels



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Spent a good three hours on site today 10.30am up until 1.30pm no sign for me of the Mealy amongst the Lesser Repolls, Brambling still present albeit keeping their distance



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Mealy Redpoll and Brambling showing well this morning only issue is every Saturday's is a Parkrun day....doh !...more images loaded on blog



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Mealy Redpoll at the feeders 18:40-18:50

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The suspected Mealy Redpoll was showing well this morning.

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What appears to be the Mealy was present this afternoon, tried to post some images but all to confusing for me, you can see the images on the blog



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Following up the post from yesterday I checked the feeding station this morning and there is indeed a Mealy Redpoll (in my opinion) with around 30 Lesser Redpolls - also 15+ Brambling , 1 Chiffchaff and a Green Woodpecker calling I think Mealy Redpoll will be a first for Rochdale subsequent to acceptance by the GMRC



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I was hoping to catch the first signs of spring this morning but instead caught the end of winter. The wood around the feeders is raucous with finches, possibly preparing to move on. The flocks of bramblings and redpolls were pretty spread out but I counted eight of the former at one time at the near feeder and twenty of the latter at the one further into the wood, with at least double of both species queuing up in the nearby trees and in the wood. 

One of the redpolls stood out as being much different to the rest of them, whiter, particularly in the face and flank and with white in the supercilium. I'm pretty sure it was a common redpoll but I couldn't get a photo, sorry.



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7 Wigeon (4m, 3f) on the reservoir this evening at sunset. These birds are believed to spend the day on Clegg Hall Pools and then fly to Watergrove late afternoon to roost.

Six (3m, 3f) were present at the same time on Saturday 23rd Feb.

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Steve Judge wrote:

I notice the hide a little further on was locked up - is it permanently locked up?




Hi Steve,

I put a post about the Watergrove hide on the General Discussion section of the forum on 12th Jan. It's currently about half way down the page!

If you or any other birders visiting the site on a weekday let me know 24hrs in advance, I can arrange for someone to open it up. Although to be honest, at the moment there isn't a lot to see from the hide and most of the pool is visible from the path.

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Friday, 15th February 2019. 11:30 - 16:00 hrs. Watergrove Reservoir Car Park - Feeding Station (near former Visitor Centre) - Middle Hill - Brown Wardle Hill - Brown House Wham Reservoir - through village of Wardle- back to Watergrove Reservoir Car Park.

Brambling x 2
Skylark x 2
Greenfinch x 3
Reed Bunting x 1
Goosander x 1
Teal x 8
Coal Tit x 1
Raven x 1 (heard gronking)
Lapwing x 30
Black-Headed Gull x 50
Herring Gull x 1
Mistle Thrush x 10
Robin x 5
Great Tit x 3
Blue Tit x 4
Blackbird x 5
Chaffinch x 3
Crow x 10
Dunnock x 1

A big thank you to the guys who keep the feeding station well stocked. I notice the hide a little further on was locked up - is it permanently locked up?


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5 Wigeon (3 males) were on the reservoir yesterday evening at 17:25 hrs. Still present this morning but took flight high up to the SW at 11:15 hrs.
Also seen this morning:
Teal - 7
Great Crested Grebe
Buzzard
Skylark - 2 singing (the first returning birds were heard flying over high up on Mon 11th)
Grey Wagtail - 3 flew west then possibly one of the same birds singing in flight over the dam
Dunnock - 5 singing
Wren - 2 singing
Robin - 6 singing
Song Thrush - 2 singing
Treecreeper
Brambling - 3 at the feeding station (including 2 males moulting into breeding plumage)
Bullfinch - 2
Chaffinch - 5 singing
Lesser Redpoll - 8




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Late post from Sunday 27th Jan. Brambling Bonanza!

I counted 15 Bramblings in the hedge in the windsurfer's car park first thing. Nigel Taylor who runs the feeding station with Tucker emailed me early afternoon to say that he had counted 20 below the feeders.
He managed to get a couple of photos with a maximum of 17 birds in one shot (attached). This is the highest Brambling count at Watergrove since 14th Nov 1980 when Bob Turner recorded 24. It is also the highest count in Rochdale since 2002 when 100 were in Healey Dell.






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27 Jan 2019 at 11.30am

2 Brambling under feeders

3 Lesser Redpoll in adjacent trees

Also: Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Robin, Blackbird at feeders.

Black-headed, Common, Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gull on water with Mallard.

Crow and Pied Wagtail in front of Sailing Club.

 

 



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Late post from Saturday 5th January (additional to Adam's sightings).

Morning Visit

Wigeon - 5 (3 males)

Afternoon Visit
with Zoe Barrett
Canada Geese - 153 most arriving after sunset to roost
Teal - 6
Common Gull - 30
Redshank - feeding on the shoreline by the Windsurfers' club house at 14:10 hrs. Still present at 16:45 hrs.
Snipe - 20 left the hide pool roost from 16:30 to 16:40 hrs
Tawny Owl - pair calling to each other
Treecreeper - 2 feeding close together along the path to the hide
Goldcrest - 1
Reed Bunting - 3

Redshank is a fairly scarce bird in GM at this time of year. There are only 14 January records in the GMBRG database from 2012 to 2018, so an average of 2 per year. However, they do show an interesting trend with number of records in brackets: 2012 (0), 2013 (2), 2014 (1), 2015 (0), 2016 (0), 2017 (6), and 2018 (5). Maximum counts of five on the Manchester Ship Canal at Weaste on 27th Jan 2013 and 5 at Audenshaw on 12th and 19th Jan 2018.

Many thanks to Nigel and Tucker for setting up the feeding station again this winter and keeping it well stocked with food. Brambling used to be mainly a spring and autumn migrant here but the provision of food is undoubtedly the reason why there is now a small over wintering flock.



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Saturday 5th January 12.30pm

12 Brambling around feeders
4 Bullfinch
Lots of the usual tits and finches around the feeders
5 Goosander
c70 Lapwing
1 Great Crested Grebe

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Late post from Christmas Eve.

Morning visit:
Wigeon - 8 (5 males) on the reservoir at 09:00 hrs, still present at 15:30 hrs
Teal - 11 feeding along the shoreline
Canada Goose - 200+ feeding on the shoreline
Great Crested Grebe - 1
Cormorant - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Lapwing - 70 roosting on the north shore
Tufted Duck - 1 female
Fieldfare - 22 feeding on fields to east of Steward Barn
Brambling - 3 by the feeding station

Afternoon visit:
Snipe - 26+ left the day roost on the hide pool 16:31 - 16:37 hrs. I missed a few, as the first flock split into two groups and flew either side of the hide.
Goosander - 5 redheads flew north
Dipper heard calling in flight after sunset presumably heading to its roost site
Raven - landed in the usual roost tree
Bullfinch - 4
Tawny Owl - female heard calling ke-wick from plantations


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WeBS count 08:10 - 10:20

8 Bramblings were in the windsurfers' car park at 8:30am close to the feeding station but flew off north.
Reed Bunting - 4
Bullfinch - 3
Lapwing - 30
Snipe - 3
Canada Goose - 182
Teal -11

Late afternoon visit
Goldeneye - pair
11 Goosander were on the reservoir and stayed to roost.
23 Snipe left the hide pool roost between 16:30 and 16:40 hrs. Most flew SW silhouetted nicely against the clear evening sky. So under counted by a factor of 7:1 on the day time WeBS!
Kestrel - 1
Raven - 1
A Pink-footed Goose was heard calling amongst the numerous Canada Geese that had flown in to roost, but I was unable to locate it in the fading light.

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Late post from Friday 26th October

A pair of Whooper Swans with a cygnet were roosting on the edge of the island at 17:40 hrs until dislodged by 39 Canada Geese. Still present at 18:35 hrs but gone this morning.

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08:30 - 12:30 with Kevin McCabe

Goldeneye - 3 on the reservoir first thing (one displayed briefly) appeared to have flown off unseen. The first of the autumn here.
Teal - 1
Great Crested Grebe - 1
Cormorant - 2
Lapwing - 45+ roosting on the island
Buzzard - 1
Kestrel - young male
Fieldfare - 160+ dropped into trees in small groups over a 15 minute period and fed on rowan berries. Looked like they had just arrived.
Redwing - 80 flew west
Siskin - 6 flew north
Bullfinch - 3

17:35 hrs - 4 Wigeon

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9 Wigeon and 3 Pochard together just out from the dam at 18:00 hrs

Also a flock of 60+ Lapwing and a Dipper heard calling in flight.

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08:15 - 10:30 hrs

Six Spotted Flycatchers at three locations around the reservoir is a site record. (3 together hawking from a willow on dried out east bay, 2 in the windsurfer's car park by the path to the hide, and one along Higher Slack Brook). Spotted Flycatcher Locations

Also present:
Kestrel - 2
Male blackcap
Chiffchaff - 2
Willow Warbler - 1
Lesser Redpoll - 3
Siskin - 3
Bullfinch - 2

Nuthatch calling - a very scarce bird here.


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3 male Wigeon and an eclipse male Pintail on the reservoir this evening from 18:45 to 20:00 hrs. The first of the autumn here.

Green Woodpecker flew across the quarry from the SW of the resr and lost to view over East Hill, so covered almost a kilometre in about a minute!
Green Woodpecker flight line

Grey Heron - 2

Sunday morning
Lapwing - 47 roosting on the old Ramsden Road island which has emerged in recent weeks as the water level has continued to drop
Swallow - 6
Chiffchaff - 2
Blackcap - 2
Bullfinch - 2
Lesser Redpoll - 9

Late post from Sat 25th August
A Spotted Flycatcher in trees in the NW corner of the reservoir. A traditional location which is sheltered and catches the early morning sun.

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2 female Common Scoters were on the reservoir yesterday evening at 18:15 hrs, bathing and preening.

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Even better than yesterday. Wood Warbler singing in Ramsden Rd plantation just to the north of the windsurfers club house. My first ever for the site, Rochdale and GM biggrinbiggrinbiggrin Also Cuckoo heard calling by the hide.

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An evening visit after the rain (18:30 - 20:00 hrs) proved productive.

Sedge Warbler - one singing by the hide was the first here for several years. Need to check my records biggrin

Cuckoo - heard calling in the distance whilst I was in the hide. I managed to track it down to a fence line below the Shore path. It was silent whilst working its way from post to post along the fence Watergrove Cuckoo Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling from the Juncus on the moors along Ramsden Road.



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A good morning for bird song with sunshine, clear blue sky and a light easterly 08:35 - 11:35 hrs

Willow Warbler - 26 singing from the plantations around the reservoir, well down on last year's record of 37 on 23rd Apil. However, perhaps there are still more to arrive given the late spring.
Chiffchaff - 1 singing
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 reeling from an area of Juncus on the moor and showing well.
Skylark - 4 singing
Song Thrush - 1 singing
Robin - 8 singing
Wren - 6 singing. They seem to have been hit badly by the harsh weather in March, as there was a maximum of 19 singing in April 2017.
Dunnock - 2 singing
Coal Tit - 2 singing
Chaffinch - 6 singing
Goldfinch - 2 singing
Lesser Redpoll - 2
Reed Bunting - 1 male
Bullfinch - 2
Kestrel - 2
Buzzard - 1 soaring to the SE
Raven - 1
Tufted Duck - 2 pairs
Great Crested Grebe - 1
Canada Goose -1 sitting on nest at a traditional location
Lapwing - 2 displaying

Not many other migrants around. No sign of any Curlew or Wheatear. 1 Blackcap was singing yesterday evening near the hide. A late male Siskin was in the treetops on the 18th. The water level is very high at the moment, so no shoreline to attract waders.



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Drake Red-breasted Merganser still present this afternoon

Also 4 Goldeneye and 40+ Redwings



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WeBS count 11:20 - 12:45 hrs
Later start than usual as I had to walk up due to the snow.
Strong easterly blowing making the reservoir very choppy

The highlight was a male Red-breasted Merganser which gave close views on the east side of the reservoir from the vehicle track round to the windsurfers' club house.

Also on the reservoir
Goldeneye - 3
Great Crested Grebe 1

On the hide pool
Wigeon - pair
Tufted Duck - 3
Teal - 9
Snipe - 2 standing in the snow on the edge of the pool





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Two Tree Pipits flew in at 11:35 hrs (identified on call) and perched obligingly on the dam wall for a few minutes before being flushed by dog walkers.

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A good evening for ducks at Watergrove.

5 Shelduck were standing out of the water on the hide spit (north shoreline) and 5 Common Scoter (1 male & 4 female/immature) were on the reservoir at 19:10 hrs. All were still present at 20:10 hrs, the scoter illuminated by a beautiful sunset.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes has bred successfully for the first time since 2012. Both adults were with the well grown juvenile.

-- Edited by Steve Atkins on Tuesday 29th of August 2017 08:59:41 PM

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Migration is under way biggrin

Common Scoter - 2 males and a fem/imm. were on the reservoir at 18:35 hrs and still present when I left at 20:15 hrs
Dunlin - an adult in breeding plumage was roosting on the west shoreline
Little Ringed Plover - 2 juveniles
Wheatear - a male on the fields to the east of Steward Barn

Kingfisher - one dived into the hide pool and flew off with a small fish.
Blackcap - 2 singing intermittently
Lesser Redpoll - 2 in song flight
Grey Wagtail - one feeding at the top of the spillway



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One of the best mornings at Watergrove in a long time. 07:45 - 10:30 hrs

Shelduck - 5 were circling over the reservoir, calling before I'd left the car park. They landed and were still present at 10:30 hrs.
Mallard - female with 9 small ducklings (just a few days old) on the pool by the hide
Tufted Duck - pair on the compensation lagoon. There were 7 here yesterday evening.
Great Crested Grebe - a pair displaying and warding off a solitary bird.
Whimbrel - 3 flew low over the dam at 10:10 hrs within 50 metres of where I was standing. One bird called. Unfortunately, due to the high water levels there is no shoreline for waders to land on at present. They flew east low over the moors.
Sand Martin - 3 flew north
Swallow - 1
Willow Warbler - 37 singing from the plantations, in several places four birds could be heard singing against each other. This is a minimum count as not all areas of the plantations were visited. A new site record beating the previous of 32 singing on 20th April 2015. Surprisingly, no other warblers heard or seen.
Goldcrest - 1 singing
Reed Bunting - 1 male
Skylark - 4 singing
Song Thrush - 1 singing
Wheatear - 1 female
Raven - 1 flew south calling


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A wander around with the family produced (of note)

Main Reservoir and environs

2 x Oystercatcher
1 x Great Crested Grebe
3 x Lesser Black backed gulls + many black headed gull
2 x Song Thrush
1 x Greenfinch

Feeders close to sailing club

2 x Lesser Redpoll
Coal Tit
+ the usuals

Further up Ramsden Road (on the cobbles)

1 x Linnet
2 x Meadow Pipit
1 x Skylark in full song


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