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06/03/24 1050-1320

 

33 species

 

3 x Gadwall

4 x Goosander (2 M 2 F on river)

3 x Nuthatch

1 x Dunnock 

1 x Wren

6 x Chaffinch (3M 3F)

2 x Coal Tit

6 x Long Tailed Tit

3 x Grey Wagtail (pair on river together 1 in steams at the back of the feeders)

1 x Great Crested Grebe

1 x Domestic Goose

2 x Goldfinch 

1 x White Throated Dipper

1 x Song Thrush

Plus plenty of uncounted:

Mute Swan

Canada Goose

Coot

Moorhen

Tufted Duck

Black-headed Gull

Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Mallard

Domestic Mallard

Robin

Blackbird

Magpie

Great Tit

Blue Tit

Wood Pigeon

Feral Pigeon

Carrion Crow



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29/02/24 0945-1200

 

33 species

 

 

2 x Gadwall

7 x Goosander (5 on river , 2 M 3 F, and a pair on the back lodge)

1 x Cormorant

4 x Nuthatch

2 x Dunnock 

2 x Wren

1 x Chaffinch

3 x Moorhen

2 x Goldcrest

1 x Buzzard 

1 x Treecreeper

2 x Pied Wagtail

1 x Great Crested Grebe

Plus plenty of uncounted:

Mute Swan

Canada Goose

Coot

Tufted Duck

Black-headed Gull

Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Mallard

Domestic Mallard

Robin

Blackbird

Magpie

Great Tit

Blue Tit

Long-Tailed Tit

Wood Pigeon

Feral Pigeon

Carrion Crow



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1515-1600hrs 23/02/24

 Lodges only didn't have time to walk the river 

 

29 species

 

 

3 x Gadwall

2 x Goosander (both juvenile. One on main lodge one on back lodge)

1 x Cormorant

1 x Nuthatch

2 x Dunnock 

1 x Wren

2 x Chaffinch

2 x Coal Tit

Plus plenty of uncounted:

Mute Swan

Canada Goose

Moorhen

Coot

Tufted Duck

Black-headed Gull

Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Mallard

Domestic Mallard

Robin

Blackbird

Magpie

Great Tit

Blue Tit

Long-Tailed Tit

Wood Pigeon

Feral Pigeon



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0955-1145hrs 01/02/24

 

31 species

6 x Northern Shoveler

8 x Gadwall

1 x Goosander

3 x Cormorant

1 x Great Crested Grebe

1 x Nuthatch

3 x Dunnock 

1 x Wren

1 x Chaffinch

1 x Coal Tit

1 x Sparrowhawk 

2 x Grey Wagtail (initially seen together on the paths of the middle lodge, later seen on the river)

Plus plenty of uncounted:

Mute Swan

Canada Goose

Moorhen

Coot

Tufted Duck

Black-headed Gull

Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Mallard

Domestic Mallard

Robin

Blackbird

Magpie

Great Tit

Blue Tit

Wood Pigeon

Feral Pigeon

 

Also 14 Pink Footed Goose flew over North around 1130am



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90 minute walk around Moses Gate this morning sighing 29 species

8 Northern Shoveler

12 Gadwall

3 Goosander

1 Cormorant

1 Buzzard

2 Treecreeper

1 Nuthatch

3 Dunnock 

1 x Wren

2 White-Throated Dipper (displaying nicely just below Weir on River)

Plus plenty of uncounted:

Mute Swan

Canada Goose

Moorhen

Coot

Tufted Duck

Black-headed Gull

Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Mallard

Domestic Mallard

Robin

Blackbird

Magpie

Great Tit

Blue Tit

Coal Tit

Wood Pigeon

Feral Pigeon



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7 Ring-necked  Parakeet over and 3 Lesser Redpoll to note this morning.



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30+ Siskin at the back of the main pond (near the rear pond if you walk anti clock wise from the car park)



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22 Lapwing, 5 Redwing and a Raven over this morning, plus 21 Shoveler on the main lake and large mixed tit flocks around the fringes of the main lake which, included several Treecreeper, Goldcrests and Nuthatch.



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Hawfinch flew (Heading South East) over the Childrens play area, Red Bridge/River Croal and on towards Nob End SSSI 9:28 this morning.



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Single Whooper this morning 08:40



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117 Redwing over 8:45am



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Little Egret over river Croal towards Darcy Lever just before 9AM this morning



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Great White Egret low over main lake early this morning, again at 10am towards Darcy Lever Gravel pits, then again over Church Street Little Lever heading towards Irwell/Nob End SSSI shortly afterwards.

 

Thank you, Keith.



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A second year male Mute Swan that we ringed at Moses Gate on 24/2/2020 has just been caught at Abbotsbury, Dorset, a distance of 323km. This is the longest movement we have had since we started ringing swans in GM in the 1980s.



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Adult Mediterranean Gull on one of the wooden posts on the far side of the main lodge at 5pm today.



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Little Egret on the River Irwell at the Croal-Irwell confluence at 11 30a.m. then flew down the River toward Stoneclough. Could have been the same bird I saw on the Irwell at Clifton.C.P in June, but forgot to put it on the forum.

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At the Croal-Irwell confluence. 7 Goosander, 2 Common Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon on the Mill chimney, 4 Stock Dove, 6 Grey Wagtail Dipper, 3 Kingfisher, 11 Chiffchaff, Blackcap and a Nuthatch.

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I wanted my mother to get out for a little while, as (like many of us) she had been struggling in the lockdown in order to stay safe.

I went up ahead to see if the iceland gull was still there (which didn't take long) and called her up. The lighting was unfortunately too strong for most of the time, (being at a difficult angle) but we managed some great views.

These are her pictures,

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16/02/21 13.30 - 1600

 

25 Species

 

Iceland Gull X 1 (finally found amongst the biggest collection of gulls I've ever seen on here)

Northern Shoveler X 10

Wood Pigeon X 14

Buzzard X 1

Magpie X 8

Carrion Crow X 3

Coal Tit X 4

Blue Tit X 5

Great Tit X 8

Long-Tailed Tit X 6

Nuthatch X 1 

Dipper X 1 ( on the Irwell)

Blackbird X 6

Robin X 6

Chaffinch X 2

 

Plus usual large amounts of Swan, Canada Goose, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard and Feral Pigeon

 

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Iceland gull still showing, it was here from at least around 11am

Fewer shovelers and didnt see the goosander here either though.

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Juvenile Iceland Gull still showing very well here today, also 14 Shoveler and the fire service doing a sterling job of rescuing an adult Mute Swan that was trapped in the ice.

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Looks like Indian Runner Duck

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4th Feb 1320-1500

23 species

 

Mute Swan x 50

Tufted Duck x 52

Goosander x 4 (one pair on back lodge one pair on river)

Northern Shoveler x 5 (3m 2f)

Moorhen x 8

Woodpigeon x 12

Cormorant x 4 (two hunting together in the back lodge very successfully)

Magpie x 6

Carrion Crow x 2

Coal Tit x 4

Blue Tit x 10

Great Tit x 6

Nuthatch x 3

Robin x 8

Blackbird x 8

 

Plus usual large amounts of various gulls (still no Iceland) Canada goose, Coot, Mallard and Feral Pigeon.

 

Also saw I what I presume was an unusual Domestic Duck on the river with two mallards. Bigger than a mallard but smaller than a goose

 



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14:30 to 16:30

Spent a good hour searching for the Iceland Gull to no avail but seeing as there was 500+ Gulls on the main lake it was the proverbial 'needle in haystack' plus a blinding low sun adding to it. Another birder I bumped into was similarly unsuccessful.

2 Buzzards were circling quite low over trees just beyond the main lake.

A nice male Goosander was seen on the edge of the weir, whilst a short walk down the Irwell produced 2 Dippers.  



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Juv Iceland Gull still coming in from mid afternoon, weekends best when more large gulls are present.

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1110--1245 31/12/21

 

26 species seen

 

 Mute Swan x 50

Tufted Duck x 45

Goosander x 1 (female)

Northern Shoveler x 9 (5m 4f)

Moorhen x 10

Cormorant x 1

Magpie x 4

Woodpigeon x 9

Carrion Crow x 3

Coal Tit x 5

Blue Tit x 5

Great Tit x 3

Long-tailed Tit x 6

Blackbird x 13

Robin x 8

 Chaffinch x 2 (both female)

Mistle Thrush x 1

Dunnock x 1

Nuthatch x 2

 

Plus countless Mallard, Canada Goose, Coot, various Gulll, and Feral pigeon 

 

I don't know if the Iceland Gull is still present. Not a bird I've ever seen before. There was over 200 gulls stood on the ice in the middle of the main lodge so it could have been amongst them.

 

Thanks

 

Bryan

 



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Also sneaked a peak of the Iceland Gull juv this afternoon, very glad it stuck around as its a first for me. I've tried before to see the roosting birds at Audenshaw, but failed miserably due to the distance. Here is a great opportunity to see one from relatively close up!



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I had a slightly longer bike ride today, and passed through here.

Best Highlights include:

Mistle thrush
Sparrowhawk
Shoveler
Goosander
Common gull
Iceland gull (juv)

Meadow pipit (1 heard and another seen further afield)
Buzzard (further afield)

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2,35pm - 3,30pm

Juvenile Iceland gull

It stayed around 45 mins before stealing a slice of bread off a swan then flying off  no

 Was quite difficult to spot initially due to the shear amount of large juvenile gulls all constantly moving around, mixed with at least 500plus black headed gulls. I've never seen the place so busy with bird life! 



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Thought I'd have a change and spent an hour or two here in the rain on my bike

Highlights include:

Shoveler
Gadwall (on the back pool)
Goosander x5

Usually, I get to see several common gulls around, but not on this visit.

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12.1.2021 13.49-15.56

50 Mute Swan

13 Shoveler

4 Goosander

1 Pochard

2 Great Spotted Woodpecker

Uncountable number of different gulls, lots of mallards, coots, and moorhens. Some tufted ducks. Arriving at the lakes here was incredible. I've never seen so many swans in one place and there were tons of other birds on the main lake. Quite the sight! My first time seeing Shoveler. Was very exciting :)



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1350--1450  29/12/20

 

21 species seen

 

 Mute Swan x 48

Gawall x 4

Tufted Duck x 41

Goosander x 2 (female on back lodge and male on river)

Moorhen x 9

Cormorant x 2

Grey Heron x 2

Magpie x 8

Woodpigeon x 6

Carrion Crow x 2

Coal Tit x 4

Blue Tit x 7

Great Tit x 6 

Long-tailed Tit x 15 

Blackbird x 3

Robin x 3 

 Chaffinch x 3 (1m 2f)

 

Plus countless Canada Goose, Coot, Black-Headed Gull, and Feral pigeon 

 

Thanks

 

Bryan



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1035-1205hrs 22/12/20

 

25 species seen

 

1 x Domestic Goose

 52 x Mute Swan

3 x Northern Shoveler

1 x Gawall

Tufted Duck x 45

Moorhen x 8 

Common Gull x 2

Cormorant x 2

Grey Heron x 1 

Magpie x 8

Carrion Crow x 2

Coal Tit x 4

Blue Tit x 3

Great Tit x 10

Wren x 1

Blackbird x 3

Robin x 7

 

Heard a Nuthatch but not seen.

 

Also could have sworn I heard a Water Rail. Never seem one on here and very little experience with them so could be wrong.

 

Plus countless Canada Goose, Coot, Herring Gull, Black-Headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Feral pigeon and Wood-Pigeon

 

Thanks

 

Bryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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WeBS count from the weekend, plenty of birds to count!

154 Coot
19 Moorhen
74 Mute Swan
285 Canada Geese
120 Mallard
3 Gadwall
6 Shoveler
74 Tufted Duck
1 drake Pochard
11 Goosander
3 Little Grebe
1 Kingfisher
4 Cormorant
110 Herring Gull
60 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
5 Common Gull
560 Black-headed Gulls.

2 Dippers on the Irwell, also around the lodges Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 Treecreeper, Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker.



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1330-1440hrs 2nd Dec

 

24 Species

 

 

Northern Shoveler x 2

 

Mute Swan x 48 

 

Tufted Duck x 29

 

Goosander X 2 (both males, not seen these two before)

 

Moorhen x 5

 

Cormorant x 1 

 

Magpie x 11

 

Wood Pigeon x 6

 

Carrion Crow x 2 

 

Coal Tit x 2

 

Great Tit x 7

 

Blue Tit x 4

 

Blackbird x 3

 

Robin x 7

 

Dunnock X 2

 

Herring Gull X 1

 

Lesser Black-Backed Gull X 2 

 

Pied Wagtail X 1

 

Kestrel X 1 

 

Plus usual countless Mallard, Coot, Feral Pigeon and Black-Headed Gull.

 

 

 

Thanks

 

Bryan



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1400-1600hrs 22nd Nov

Northern Shoveler x 3 (a first for me on here)

Mute Swan x 50

Tufted Duck x 42

Goosanderx 3 (1 juvenile in the River and two flying over)

Moorhen x 4

Cormorant x 3 (2 on main lodge 1 flying over)

Kingfisher x 1 (fishing on river)

Magpie x 3

Wood Pigeon x 6

Carrion Crow x 3

Coal Tit x 1

Great Tit x 1

Blue Tit x 1

Long Tailed Tit x 6

Wren x 2

Blackbird x 2

Robin x 8

Goldfinch x 18

Plus usual countless mallard, coot, feral pigeon and various species of Gull.

 

Thanks

Bryan



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Late news from Novembers WeBS count -

147 Coot
15 Moorhen
68 Mute Swan
206 Canada Geese
75 Mallard
2 Gadwall
2 Shoveler
72 Tufted Duck
1 drake Goosander
1 Grey Heron
2 Little Grebe
1 Great Crested Grebe
1 Water Rail
2 Kingfisher

130 Pink-footed Geese over east.
Also Treecreeper, Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker around the lodges.



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Late entry from the weekend:

 

Blackbird x 2

Carrion Crow x 2

Coal Tit x 1

Cormorant x 2

Great Crested Grebe x 1

Grey Heron x 1

Great tit x 11

Long tailed tit x 4

Magpie x 6

Mute Swan x 50

Moorhen x 11

Robin x 4

Treecreeper x 1

 

Plus countless tufted ducks mallards canada geese feral pigeon and wood pigeon and all manor of gulls

 

Thanks 

 

Bryan

 



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Had 15 mins to spare on way to an appointment in Bolton early afternoon, so a quick scan of the lake

produced 2 Cormorant & 1 female Goosander (brown head).

There was a very large gathering of mainly Black Headed Gulls - at least 300 with many juveniles mixed in.

 



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Visited here yesterday.What a mess.All the walkways are badly broken
or under water. The visitor centre has been closed for years and is now in a state
of disrepair Bolton council should be ashamed.Rant over.Birds as follows:
Feral Pigeon x 100+
Great Crested Grebe x 1
Cormorant x 6
Grey Heron x 1
Mute Swan x 42
Gadwall x 4
Canada Goose x 50 +
Mallard x 26
Shoveler x 1
Tufted duck x 20
Moorhen x 6
Coot x 60+
Black Headed Gull x lots
Herring Gull x 8
Lesser Black Backed Gull x 3
Wren x 1
Robin x

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4th September 1030-1300

 

Blue Tit x 5

Carrion Crow x 1

Chaffinch x 1

Coal Tit x 1

Cormorant x 2

Great Crested Grebe x 2

Grey Heron x 1

Great tit x 11

House Sparrow x 3

Kestrel x 1

Long-tailed Tit x 2

Magpie x 6

Mute Swan x 28

Moorhen x 1

Nuthatch x 1

Robin x 1

Tufted Duck x 20

Wren x 3

 

 

As well as the usual large amounts of Coots, Canada Geese, mallards, wood pigeons, feral pigeons and mixed species of gulls.

 

Cheers

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2nd September 1030-1230

 

Blue Tit x 3

Carrion Crow x 4

Coal Tit x 1

Cormorant x 2

Dunnock x 1

Goldfinch x 1

Great Crested Grebe x 2

Grey Heron x 1

Great tit x 9

Long-tailed Tit x 2

Magpie x 7

Mute Swan x 53

Moorhen x 2

Nuthatch x 2

Robin x 2

Treecreeper x 1

Tufted Duck x 28

 

 

As well as the usual large amounts of Coots, Canada Geese, mallards, wood pigeons, feral pigeons and mixed species of gulls.

 

Cheers

Bryan



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10th June 0945-11-45

 

Bullfinch x 2

Buzzard x 1

Carrion Crow x 6

Cormorant x 1 (first time I've seen one on here this year)

Goldfinch x 2

Great Crested Grebe x 2

Grey Heron x 1

Magpie x 4

Moorhen x 2

Robin x 2

Tufted Duck x 12

 

 

 

As well as the usual large amounts of Coots, Canada Geese, swans, mallards, wood pigeons, feral pigeons and mixed species of gulls.

 

Also heard Wrens and Long-tailed tits but not seen.

It appears the Sand Martin's have moved on as well.

 

Cheers 

 

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21st June

 

4 x blackbird

1 x buzzard (circling high above the park)

1 x chaffinch

3 x Goldfich

4 x Great crested grebe (two adult two juveniles)

5 x Great tit

2 x Grey heron

8 x Herring Gul

2 x Long-tailed tit

1 x Moorhen

5 x Robin

2 x Sand Martin

1 x Song thrush

2 x Wren

 

As well as the usual large amounts of Coots, Canada Geese, swans, mallards, wood pigeons, feral pigeons,and black headed gulls, common gulls and magpies


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A short visit in line with a local round trip from Elton...

Highlights here include.....

Treecreeper
Nuthatch
Long tailed tits
2 Jay's that gave a mimic calls of a buzzard and not only fooled me but also the birds on the lodge which all panicked.

Also...

2 real Buzzards coming back along the canal

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WeBS count today.

60 Mute Swan
1 drake Pochard
1 drake Shoveler
70 Tufted Duck
1 Water Rail
1 Pink-footed Goose amongst 177 Canada Geese
3 Goosander
67 Mallard
60 Coot
14 Moorhen
30 Herring Gull
2 Common Gull
530 Black-headed Gull


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Water rail seen AM



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Male Pochard, 4 Goosander, few siskins, and Nuthatch 



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The pink footed goose is still on the main lodge.
It may appear it could have escapped from a collection somewhere, but I couldn't see any rings on its feet and my friend reports the same when he has seen it out of the water (which also confirms the previous post). So, it's origins remain a mystery.

Other birds on the lodge include:

Great crested grebe
Lesser black backed gulls.

Also:

Grey wagtail heard in the river.
Nuthatches, reed buntings calling and the other usual stuff seen/heard

Ta!

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