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RE: Orrell Water Park


Singles of Chiffchaff and Bullfinch in the reserve this morning, 5 Greenfinch and 20+ Goldfinch at feeding station, 1 Grey Wagtail moving around the site, 5 Skylark over, Kingfisher on lakes earlier reported by another observer

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Late post for Sunday 23rd June
1 Common Tern on lower reservoir - first I've seen there this year

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Pair of yellowhammers at the feeding station, pair of Great crested grebe, still around 8 or 9 waxwings by the entrance. Also willow tit, chiffchaff and willow warbler.

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Hobby over SW at 5pm today.

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Glorious morning from 8-9. Highlights being a pair of yellowhammers,a pair of great crested grebes, male bullfinch, blackcaps, willow warblers, chiffchaffs, a single willow tit and waxwings still.

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As well as the 60+ Waxwings (and Sparrowhawk) I've reported on their specific thread, I also saw the following birds at the feeding station here:

  • Male Brambling
  • Male Reed Bunting
  • Greenfinch
  • Several Male and Female Chaffinches
  • 2 Dunnocks
  • 2 Robins
  • 3 Blackbirds
  • Woodpigeon
  • Long-tailed Tit
  • Blue Tit
  • Great Tit
There were also several Chiffchaffs in the nearby trees and two pairs of Great Crested Grebes doing part of their mating dance on the pools. A pair of Coots was also busy nest building and there were a few Mallards and Canada Geese sunning themselves on the banks of the water.

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Walked to the Water Park from Highfield and passed the Waxwings (estimate about 90) at 10am.
Sat at the bird feeding station for 20 minutes and saw:
1 pair Blackcap
2 Siskin
6 Blackbird (which appear larger than our Derbyshire ones)
3 Brambling
6 Chaffinch
1 Pair Green Finch
1 Pair Bullfinch
2 Robin
1 Willow Warbler
2 Chiffchaff singing
1 Sparrowhawk which just about put an end to our birding.

What a superb little spot.

-- Edited by Ken Dunning on Sunday 21st of April 2013 09:39:04 PM

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A beautiful afternoon at Orrell water park, Highlights were:- Waxwings, Blackcaps by the entrance. 3 Great crested grebe on the top lake. Female Great spotted woodpecker and Bramblings at the feeders, and Chiffchaff and Willow warbler ubiquitous. smile

-- Edited by David Duncan on Saturday 20th of April 2013 09:48:54 PM

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17- 4 - 2013 - 6.15am

Waxwings 127 counted
Chiffchaff 2 singing
Willow Warbler 3 singing
Brambling 3 (including 1 singing)



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spent anhour there today,great views of the waxwings,also at the feeding station
2male 1 female brambling
at least 3 siskin i bright male
blue tit
great tit
chaffinch
greenfinch
hedge sparrow
robin
blackbird
wood pidgeon
collared dove
1xwillow tit
at least 6 chiffchaff
house sparrow
on the water
great crested grebe
mallard
canada goose
coot
black headed gull

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 13th of April 2013 04:44:42 PM

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pr Bramblings at feeding station today

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10th - April 15.00
2 Sand Martins quickly through northwards
1 White Wagtail

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Sunny but very cold afternoon.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes on each lake.

The pair on the 2nd lake treated my wife to her first view of the courtship display - she thought it was really cute !!

A Coots nest in the centre of the 1st lake. Female incubating. They'll have to be careful with any change overs as there seems to be a large flock of Black Headed Gulls in residence. At least a dozen Canada Geese on the 1st lake as well.

The feeding station was populated by Chaffinches and very little else.

-- Edited by Neil Ferguson on Thursday 4th of April 2013 05:22:55 PM

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A flock of about 40 Waxwings in trees by the car park (upper lake end) about 6pm. Feeding on fruit left in lower branches, great views of them. A 1st for me :) Also Reed Bunting and Willow Tit near feeding station.

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Only one great crested grebe on the upper lake this morning. Other birds seen, female kingfisher, good numbers of reed bunting and yellowhammer, 2 brambling, a male bullfinch, siskin and a willow tit. Around 20 waxwings were trilling high in the trees close to the feeders.

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2 pair of Great crested grebe, pair of yellowhammers, brambling, fieldfare and reed bunting were the highlights this cold and windy morning.

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Pair of Great crested grebes on the lower lake.

-- Edited by David Duncan on Sunday 24th of March 2013 06:14:27 PM

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A quick hour from 8am this morning. A wren in full chorus greeted me on the car park. Great crested grebes courting again on the upper lake, a yellowhammer, a brambling and plenty reed buntings on the brook. The feeding station was deserted. No siskins for me this morning.

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A beautiful morning at Orrell water park this morning, plenty of siskins around the alder trees, a single fieldfare, and a pair of courting great crested grebes performing their dance. At the feeding station, a few bramblings still present, a male bullfinch, and along the brook, a female yellowhammer, reed buntings, a grey wagtail and a brief flyby kingfisher.

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Still a few Brambling at the feeding station, a pair of yellowhammers over the brook and a pair of Great crested grebes on the upper lake. Other birds seen, coal tit and a siskin in the pine trees between the lakes.

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3-4pm today

3 Brambling at the feeding station
Reed Bunting
2 Great Crested Grebe in fine breeding plumage on the upper reservoir.

Cheers Mike

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Beautiful hour from 9am. Highlights were a great crested grebe on the upper lake, a willow tit and about 5 brambling at the feeding station, and reed buntings and a pair of yellowhammers around the brook.

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2-3pm today

At the feeders :-
Willow Tit
Reed bunting
Greenfinch
Chaffinch
Blue Tit
Great Tit

Many many Robin singing.
Sadly no Brambling or Kingfisher but this was compensated by a fine
male Grey Wagtail on the bottom reservoir where it flows out of the park.

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The feeders were being replenished when I arrived this morning.

Sadly no Bramblings for me. Lots of Chaffinches, Long Tailed Tits,Blue and Great Tits plus a Coal Tit and a Starling.
Highlights would be a Willow Tit and a pair of Greenfinches.

Two pairs of Canada Geese on the main lake with several Coots, a Moorhen and loads of Mallards.

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Highlights this afternoon were Bramblings again, Reed Buntings, a pair of Bullfinches, a Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk.

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Kingfisher showing quite well again this morning 10am, she's become a bit of a celebrity now with the dog walkers. I understand she's even survived a brush with a sparrowhawk...(They breed em tough in Wigan)

Other birds of note include bramblings, Long-tailed Tit and a few Reed Buntings.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 15th of February 2013 02:38:43 PM

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7 Brambling and 1 Willow Tit at the feeding station this morning, 3 male Reed Bunting also in the reserve. 10 Siskin and a single Fieldfare in trees by the top lake

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Some nice birds today.

At least 8 Bramblings on the feeders along with a Great spotted woodpecker.

1 Yellowhammer feeding on the stream edge down from the feeders.

2 Siskins in the hedgerow along the top fishing pond.

Some good groups of Long tailed tits all over the site.

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A bright and windy hour from 10am produced around 6 Bramblings, plenty of long tailed tits and a kingfisher flew upstream and perched up on a stump about 15 20 metres after the bridge. No yellowhammers.

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Good numbers of Brambling this morning 11am, at least 8 at the feeders.

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10-11am today

The Water Park transformed by the deep snow. Birding highlights were:-

4 Brambling at the feeding station
1 Redwing
Jay
3 Yellowhammer

Mike

-- Edited by munsworth on Saturday 26th of January 2013 11:59:26 AM

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11am this mornings highlights,
2 GS Woodpeckers, 3 Brambling, 1 Reed Bunting and a cracking Kingfisher showed well for 20 mins.


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Noon today

4 Brambling at the feeding station today

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At least 3 Brambling at the feeding station today.

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3 Brambling at the feeding station this morning. 6 Tufted Duck on the lower lake is a good count for this site.

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A single Waxwing flew north over Longshaw (immediately south of the water park) at 08:25 this morning.

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Single Swallow south at 9.30 this morning.

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Brambling over Longshaw near Orrell Water park this morning.

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Approximately 200 Meadow Pipits south over this morning, but probably a lot more!

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17-05-12 Evening

Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 - Pair feeding noisy chicks - Grey squirrel crossed nest hole but thankfully didnt explore
Nuthatch 2 - Pair busy visiting nest hole with food
Blackcap 4 (2m 2f)
Chiffchaff 3 singing
Willow Warbler 1
House Sparrow 3
Chaffinch 6
Greenfinch 2
Song Thrush 1
Blackbird 3
Robin 3
Wren 2
Swallow 3 over lake
Common Swift 2 over
Heron 1
Black-headed Gull 1
Coot 3
Moorhen 2

Highlight - Female Red deer chasing fox from field (Upholland nearby)

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afternoon visit for an hour to a place i've not been to for years
chiffchaff 3, more heard
bullfinch(f) 1
greenfinch 2
siskin(f) 1
reed bunting 2 (1m 1f)
yellowhammer 2 (1m 1f)
kestrel 1 over towards winstanley college
loads of great,blue,coal and long tailed tits
i will come back again but it will have to be early morning at the weekend when its less busy


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Afternoon stroll this afternoon in lovely spring sunshine yielded

2 Chiffchaff (my first of the year)
Sparrowhawk (f) scattered all the birds on the feeders
Reed Bunting - 2m 1f
Yellowhammer - 2 singing
Coal Tit - 1
Several Greenfinch,Chaffinch, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Wren.

Mike Unsworth

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Over this morning:

9 Buzzard
2 Peregrine
2 Kestrel
2 Sparrowhawk
53 Chaffinch heading high SE

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6 Crossbills flew east at 09:35 this morning, just south of Orrell Water Park.

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165 then 80 Pink-footed Geese east over at 08:50 on the 18th and Brambling present.

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At the feeding station today birds included 1 Brambling, 70+ Chaffinch, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 8 boisterous Starlings feeding on fat

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Single Crossbill SW at 08:45 this morning.

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2 Crossbills south at 9am today.

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8 Crossbills flew over SW at 08:20 yesterday (1st)

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Single Brambling over south at first light today.

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