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RE: Orrell Water Park


Goosander numbers had fallen to 12 yesterday.



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16 goosander on lower reservoir 1pm today. Also kingfisher.



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Late post for yesterday 15.7.21 11.30 am - 2.30pm
Wood Pigeon x 9
Magpie x 5
Feral Pigeon x 3
Carrion Crow x 4
Starling x 4
House Sparrow x 2
Goldfinch x 4
Collared Dove x 5
Moorhen x 5 (2 adults +3 imm.)
Black Headed Gull x 10
Canada Goose x 20+
Great Crested Grebe x 1
Mallard x 12
Blackbird x 8
Chaffinch x 11
Blue Tit x 9
Great Tit x 5
Great Spotted Woodpecker x 1
Coal Tit x 1
Dunnock x 2
Greenfinch x 1
Wren x 3
Willow Tit x 1
For the first time in many visits . Coot x zero


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Tuesday 1.30 pm -2.45pm.Managed to miss the rain.
Starling x 8
House Sparrow x 18
Wood Pigeon x 20 +
Black Headed Gull x 30 +
Feral Pigeon x 6
Magpie x 5
Carrion Crow x 4
Blackbird x 20+
Canada Goose x 11
Mallard x 8
Collared Dove x 6
Greenfinch x 1
Great Tit x 3
Robin x 16
Dunnock x 3
Blue Tit x 5
Chaffinch x3
Nuthatch x 3
Coot x 1
Herring Gull x 1

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Goosander numbers up to 10 (7M 3F) yesterday

 

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7 goosander (5m and 2f) on the lower reservoir this afternoon

 

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A Dipper was present today, info thanks to Peter Alker

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5 male Goosander on lower lake yesterday 2pm

 

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Weds 9th Sept

Just got on M6 southbound at Orrell when a Hobby came bombing low over the motorway not far from Winstanley Park towards Orrell Water Park. (2pm ish)

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Yesterday between 12.15 and 2.00 pm. Birds seen as follows:
Goldfinch x 2
Starling x 4
Magpie x 5
Collared Dove x 7
Black Headed Gull x 40
Grey Heron x 2
Feral Pigeon x5
Canada Goose x14
Mallard x10
Moorhen x6
Blackbird x 18. Including a leucistic bird at the feeding station.
Lesser Black Backed Gull x 1
Great Crested Grebe x 2
Robin x 14
Wood Pigeon x 8
Blue Tit x 18
Chaffinch x 20
Greenfinch x 8
Great Tit x 6
Great Spotted Woodpecker x 1
Pheasant x 1
Dunnock x 2
Long Tailed Tit x 4
Coot x 2



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35 Goosander present today, info thanks to Chris Darbyshire

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Three goosander, maybe four on the bottom lake this morning. Also a kingfisher and a buzzard.



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First visit for some time. Good to see the birds are returning> Not as many as before,but
somewhat encouraging.Birds seen as follows.
Starling x6
Feral Pigeon x 7
Carrion Crow x4
Robin x8
Goldfinch x3
House Sparrow x1
Wood Pigeon x6
Black Headed Gull x30 +
Mute Swan x1
Coot x7
Mallard x8
Moorhen x3
Canada Goose x10
Common Gull x1
Chaffinch x10
Great Tit x6
Blue tit x8
Great Crested Grebe x1
Coal Tit x1
Willow Tit x1
Great Spotted Woodpecker x1
Blackbird x11
Collared Dove x5
Nuthatch x1
Magpie x5
Mistle Thrush x1

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Very sad to visit here today to find absolutely no birds on either reservoir. No Mallard, Canada Geese, Coot, Moorhen, Great crested Grebe or Gulls. The feeding station yielded a few Blue and Great Tits, Chaffinch and Woodpigeon. Has avian Botulism been confirmed as the cause of this decimation of the bird population?

 

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Thanks David.
I thought that something serious like a virus had occurred to clear the pond .
I visited Blackleach C.P. on Friday,The scenario there was similar there with
no Mallards or Canada Geese present.I hope we are not experiencing an
epidemic.

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bernard hooley wrote:

I vistited the water park for the first time in about five weeks. It was very strange.
There wasn't asingle bird on the first pond. Not one Mallard or Canada Goose to
be seen anywhere. On the second pond there was one Moorhen and one coot.
At the feeding station I waited for fifteen minutes before the first Blue Tit
showed up.It seemed very nervous staying for less than ten seconds.Blue Tits
and Great Tits appeared but did not hang about. On my way back I came across
two young Mallards on the rear path both were dead.They did not seem to be
predated as they were completely intact. Altogether an uncanny visit

 

Hi Bernard, 

    I was informed recently that there has been a number of ducks found dead at Orrell water park. I believe defra have been informed and have taken some for analysis. Avian botulism was mentioned but not confirmed.


 



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I vistited the water park for the first time in about five weeks. It was very strange.
There wasn't asingle bird on the first pond. Not one Mallard or Canada Goose to
be seen anywhere. On the second pond there was one Moorhen and one coot.
At the feeding station I waited for fifteen minutes before the first Blue Tit
showed up.It seemed very nervous staying for less than ten seconds.Blue Tits
and Great Tits appeared but did not hang about. On my way back I came across
two young Mallards on the rear path both were dead.They did not seem to be
predated as they were completely intact. Altogether an uncanny visit

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First visit for some time, greeted by 2 Kingfishers chasing one another around the pond.
This lasted for about 20 minutes until they disappeared up the stream by the viewing screen
At the screen there were numerous Chaffinch but no Brambling.the other birds were as follows.
Long Tailed Tit x 6
Great Tit x10
Blackbird x11
Willow Tit x 1
Collared dove x 1
Wood Pigeon x 12
Blue Tit x16
In the woodland were many more Chaffinches Goldfinches and a solitary female Blackcap.
On the other pool were 5 Goosanders(4f.1m),also a Great Crested Grebe.



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This afternoon

Top reservoir :- Male and female Goosander, Great crested Grebe, Kingfisher

Feeders:- single male Brambling



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Late post for last Friday.Birds seen as follows.
Starling x8
Blackbird x8
Goldfinch x3
Canada Goose x17
Magpie x3
Lesser Blacked Gull x1
Black Headed Gull x30
Wood Pigeon x3
Coot x27
Mallard x18
Moorhen x3
Kingfisher x1
Blue Tit x9
Robin x7
Great Tit x4
Chaffinch x9
Blackcap (M) x1
Carrion Crow x3
Collared Dove x2
Long Tailed Tit x6
Feral Pigeon x5
Pied Wagtail x1
Redwing x4
On the train back to Walkden good views of an Arctic Gull
whilst passing Cutacre C.P.

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A couple of hours walking round the water park and Greenslate Meadows late this morning in surprisingly-nice weather. A few highlights:

  • Goldcrest and chiffchaffs singing in the trees at the corner near the railway station. Blackcaps singing in the trees near the feeders. No other warblers to be seen or heard.
  • Great crested grebes and coots nesting by the island on the top pond.
  • Two pairs of willow tits at the Lakeside Avenue end. Nuthatch calling from the same area.
  • Just one ruddy shelduck to be found.

Only my second visit, as well as enjoying the walk I'm impressed that it's so litter free!



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Afternoon walk

Canada Goose (8), Mallard (19), Coot (8),Ruddy Shelduck (2), Black headed Gull (17), Great crested Grebe (2), Moorhen, 

Magpie, Jay, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Great spotted Woodpecker,

Willow Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long tailed Tit,

Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Dunnock.

Blackbird, Song Thrush



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You're welcome. It's not to say that anybody shouldn't go and see them if they wish to do so. I record them on my WeBS count there and they brighten up the car park. Just that nobody should be under any illusion about their origin



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These individuals would indeed be classed as category E birds as per the BOU, therefore not forming part of the British list (albeit that Ruddy Shelduck is also included in category B (on account of apparently wild birds between 1800 and 1949) and category D (birds having occurred where there is reasonable doubt about their wild status). The Orrell Water Park birds are clearly escapes from captivity, quite possibly from a collection a mile away which contains this species, or possibly even deliberate introductions. Being very confiding and hanging around the throng of car park puddleducks they presumably add a bit of interest for people feeding the Mallards and geese. They also add a bit of variety on the WeBS count. Other than that they reside firmly in category E, alongside such species as Ostrich, Wild Turkey, Laughing Kookaburra and Toco Toucan.

https://www.bou.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/british-list-category-e-2018-02-05.pdf





Great explanation, Thanks Dave!

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2 Ruddy Shelducks (both un-ringed but evidence of wing-pinioning) and 3 Goosander

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Saw them on Thursday. Both clipped & associating with other flightless plastic Anas Heinzii

I'm sure there are wild birds around, but definitely not this pair

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These individuals would indeed be classed as category E birds as per the BOU, therefore not forming part of the British list (albeit that Ruddy Shelduck is also included in category B (on account of apparently wild birds between 1800 and 1949) and category D (birds having occurred where there is reasonable doubt about their wild status). The Orrell Water Park birds are clearly escapes from captivity, quite possibly from a collection a mile away which contains this species, or possibly even deliberate introductions. Being very confiding and hanging around the throng of car park puddleducks they presumably add a bit of interest for people feeding the Mallards and geese. They also add a bit of variety on the WeBS count. Other than that they reside firmly in category E, alongside such species as Ostrich, Wild Turkey, Laughing Kookaburra and Toco Toucan.

https://www.bou.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/british-list-category-e-2018-02-05.pdf

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Are these Ruddy Shelduck Category E??

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Brownlow Farm, approx 1 mile from Orrell Water Park, had several Ruddy Shelduck among a collection of waterfowl on its pond recently

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Took a flying visit to Orrell Water Park this afternoon to see the two Ruddy Shelducks (see pics) Both showing really well as the water is mostly frozen.

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There is an Orrell Park on the outskirts of Liverpool & Bootle - just for info.

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Originally posted today by Neil Gordon:

2 ruddy shelduck at the water park today via an rspb Liverpool member .birds photographed together



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Post for Wednesday the 14th Feb.Extremely cold.The paths were flooded.
Mallard x40
Mute Swan x2
Coot x6
Carrion Crow x4
Ruddy Shelduck x1
Long Tailed Tit x6
Chaffinch x8
Wood Pigeon x 12
Great Tit x 4
Blue Tit x 8
Blackbird x 4
Robin x 3
Goldfinch x6
Great Crested Grebe x1
Greenfinch x 1
Siskin x 1

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Ruddy Shelduck today



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Late post for Tuesday . Birds seen .
Starling-4
Robin -3
Blackbird -6
Herring Gull -2
Carrion Crow -6
Jackdaw--4
Canada Goose -18
Black Headed Gull - c40
Ruddy Shelduck - 1
Coot - 12
Mallard -22
Great Crested Grebe - 3
Kingfisher -1
Long Tailed Tit -6
Blue Tit -10
Great Tit -8
Moorhen -4
Wood Pigeon -8
Collared Dove -5
Chaffinch -10
Dunnock -2
Greenfinch 6
Magpie -8
Goldfinch -3
Jay -1




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Pleasant late morning walk in showers and sunshine. Sightings included :-

Ruddy shelduck still present with the mallards and Canada geese on the main water.

8x greenfinch, 5x chaffinch, blue tit, great tit, 2 x nuthatch and singles of coal tit, willow tit at the feeding station

Grey wagtail in the surrounding farmland



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esc Ruddy Shelduck still present yesterday (Thu 24th)

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Ruddy Shelduck still present this morning. Save money these summer holidays, don't take the kids to the zoo, take them to see this bird for free biggrin



-- Edited by dave broome on Thursday 10th of August 2017 11:48:59 AM

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Barnacle Geese in the county were all considered of feral origins until one in a small flock contained a ringed bird which proved that it (and probably all of them) were truly wild, so anything is possible smile



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Thanks for the picture Mark & the info John.

Using these last two posts I can now say that this isn't the individual that turned up a couple of times in 2016 at Newchurch Common. That wasn't wingclipped or indeed had no signs of ever having been. It was ultra wary too, I had to crouch behind a hedge and stalk it to get closer for pictures, never as close os Marks, even digiscoping. Still, as Ian says - mine was also still only Cat E. This species will always be guilty until proven innocent!!



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Happened to be passing again

Ruddy Shelduck much tamer this time, and right wing is obviously clipped - couldn't see this before

Cat E or otherwise, they breed in SE Europe & are migratory, often appearing in the UK. One day there will be evidence of natural migration, so it's worth checking

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Still present this morning. Very attractive despite dubious origins!



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Ruddy Shelduck still at 4pm, by CP

Definitely no jewelry, primaries seem unclipped though possibly slightly short indicating 1cy perhaps ?
Much more cautious than the Canadas it was with, reluctantly came to bread supplied by someone


  Category E I'm afraid.



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Ruddy Shelduck still at 4pm, by CP

Definitely no jewelry, primaries seem unclipped though possibly slightly short indicating 1cy perhaps ?
Much more cautious than the Canadas it was with, reluctantly came to bread supplied by someone

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And indeed ruddy shelduck still present amidst the other waterfowl in the same location this afternoon



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Ruddy Shelduck still present adjacent to the car park

 

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Ruddy shelduck was approachable this morning amongst the mallards & Canada geese, it has no rings & was holding its right leg up a lot even when feeding.
Female mandarin
2 great crested grebe
At the feeders...
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Coal tit
Blue tit
Great tit
Collared dove
Blackbird
Robin
Moorhen

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Ruddy Shelduck on bottom lake today, info thanks to Peter Alker



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A friend of mine has just text me a photo of a Ruddy Shelduck on the bottom lake. Can't tell from the photo if it has any rings on though. 



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Male and female Yellowhammer, Willow Tit and Goldcrest at the feeding station today

 

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-- Edited by munsworth on Wednesday 5th of April 2017 03:09:37 PM

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