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KINGSWAY (Business Park), Rochdale.


Wood Sandpiper at Kingsway this morning at 09:58 and showing well.

Info thanks to Simon Hitchen

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 19th of May 2012 10:00:43 AM

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2 Shelduck this evening - presumably the same birds that were on Hollingworth Lake this morning
1 Redshank

Yesterday (14/5) 3 Dunlin

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0530hrs,1 Black-Tailed Godwit,1 Dunlin,1 Common Sandpiper,10 Mute Swan,1 Sedge Warbler.
Cheers Alan

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 11th of May 2012 11:31:24 AM

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Last hour this evening:

Half a dozen Dunlin mixed with the Ringed Plover.
No sign of the Yellow Wagtails
Plenty House Martins/Swallows

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Late post for yesterday (9/5)

2 male Yellow Wagtails - a rare bird in Rochdale

No sign of the Ruff since Sunday

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No sign of the Ruff this evening but there was a single Dunlin

Ian Kimber had a Yellow Wagtail this morning but no sign this evening

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2 Ruff still present.
Also 1 Common Sandpiper

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Sunday 6th May. 06.30 - 07.15 hrs

2 Ruff still present. Right at the top end.

Roger.

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Grasshopper warbler reeling very loudly at approx' 16:00.

Chris

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2 Ruff showing well at 1100hrs near to roundabout.

Hundreds of hirundines over the water as the weather closed in. Good numbers of House Martins-cant remember seeing so many at once for a long time

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Yes Chris that is exactly where it was.

Cheers, Simon

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As well as the Ruff today a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling by Stanney Brook Park and showing well at times.

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Simon, is that in the rushy pasture across the road from Stanney entrance? There was one there last summer too if it's the same place.

Were you on the New Road just before dinnertime Bill? I saw an 'observer' there when I was driving past. If I'd have known it was you I would've stopped for a chat.

C. B

-- Edited by C Brown on Thursday 3rd of May 2012 09:02:37 PM

-- Edited by C Brown on Thursday 3rd of May 2012 09:03:09 PM

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First visit to see the Ruff since 27/4 and to marvel how at quickly their plumages appear to be evolving. It was quite breezy conditions this morning but two of the birds appear to be showing signs of developing their ruffs and possibly their head feathers too?

Cheers,

Bill.



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4 Ruff still present at 2000hrs.

Also

Male Whinchat
4 Wheatear
25+ Swift
House Martin
2 Mallard
Pied Wagtail


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1/5/2012 12:45-13:00

Brief visit on route home

4 Ruff feeding in the middle of water.
c6 Lapwing
c5 Swift
c5 Swallow
1 House Martin
1 Oystercatcher
2 Skylark plus one singing in the distance
1 White Wagtail
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Kestrel
2 Wheatear

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Cheers Geoff,you where spot on with second roundabout. Called today and wasn't disappointed.Good views of ruff,also present wheatear and what looked like linnet. Didn't get a look quick enough. Thanks again.
Danny


-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 1st of May 2012 07:46:25 PM

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The best place to park and to watch is at the second roundabout from which ever direction that you are travelling from on the Isac Newton Way. You don't need to walk - if you do you will scare off what you are going to see.
There was a good turn out of different birds there yesterday but people walking too close to them did frighten the ruff (4) off while I watched. I returned an hour or so later but there was no sign of them.

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were's the best place to park?

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Nice to see the Ruff this afternoon they really do look fantastic.There was a small fall of birds around the pool about 1500hrs.
A stonking male Whinchat,I usually have to wait till August in Rochdale.
6 Wheatear,3 Linnet,3 Little Ringed Plover,7 Lapwing at least 3 nests lost due to the wet weather of late.Cheers Alan

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Also saw the Ruffs this pm together with a few Lapwings.

Great to finally get to see them, but our time observing them was somewhat curtailed by the weather - it was really cold in the wind and as I'd not taken my gloves my hands were freezing holding the binoculars.

Still, it was well worth a bit of discomfort, I might pop up there again tomorrow even though the weather forecast is even worse than today!

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I saw the ruffs late this aft', plus two little ringed plover and a couple of swallows. The views of the ruffs were great today, with the birds pretty close to the New Road. They all look fab', but one in particular looks utterly sensational. What a subject.

C. Brown

-- Edited by C Brown on Saturday 28th of April 2012 08:14:23 PM

-- Edited by C Brown on Saturday 28th of April 2012 08:14:57 PM

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10.00 a.m. 4 Ruff, my 1st males in Summer plumage, excellent.
Cheers Ian

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4 Ruff still today - all males now in summer plumage - quite spectacular.
also 1 Redshank, 10 + Swallows, 1 House martin, 2 Sand martin

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25th April.

A nice hour here this morning.....before the weather took a turn for the worse.

Amazingly, 4 Ruff still present. Also singles of Dunlin, Redshank and Oystercatcher. 1 Grey Heron, c15 Swallows, 5 singing Willow Warblers, 1 singing Blackcap and 1 male Reed Bunting. A pair of Coot and 2 pairs of Moorhen also.

A flock of c40 Starlings were all collecting and carrying food in the direction of the nearest housing estate. I thought this might be a little early but checking my records it's pretty much in line with the last 3 years, when adult birds were first seen carrying food on 28/4/11, 29/4/10 and 23/4/09. It's amazing how Starlings appear to be able to loosely synchronize their first clutches, with birds also seen carrying food at Higher Boarshaw later this morning.

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Just read previous posts today (Sat) I saw 2 Ruff on Wed 18/4.

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No sign of the Ruff at 1100hrs.

Redshank
Ringed Plover
Redshank
8 Lapwing

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No sign of Ruff lunchtime today but I don't think I've ever seen so many Little Ringed Plover in one place.
Cheers Ian

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4 Ruff still this morning

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1600hrs,4 Ruff,1 Redshank,5 Little Ringed,1 Ringed,2 Linnet,2 House Martin,20 Swallow.
Cheers Alan

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4 Male Ruff still present at 1040hrs. 2 looking quite splendid

3 Redshank
Ringed Plover
2 Oystercatcher
25+ Meadow Pipit
5 Linnet
6 Skylark
Kestrel

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nice walk over kingsway this afternoon in search of the ruff plenty of ringed and little ringed plover,pied wagtail ,meadow pipit,skylark,black headed gull,lesser black backed gull,sparrowhawk flew over and just one female ruff lovely to see although it would have been nice to see the male ah well better luck next time nice to see the lapwings still doing well despite the rising water levels

regards deon

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Rain,The water level now quite high,this could well cause some problems with early nesing attempts.
4 Ruff the male now quite splendid,2 Ringed,1 Little Ringed,5 Lapwing,2 Meadow Pipit,3 Black Headed Gull.
Cheers Alan

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Circa 8 am

4 ruff and at least 6 ringed plover

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3 Ruff,3 Little Ringed,2 Ringed Plover,Pair Teal,3 Mallard,2 Oystercatchers,9 Lapwing,1 Pied Wagtail,3 Singing Skylark at least 5 present,1 Kestrel.
Cheers Alan

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Apr 7th midday(ish) visit en-route to Dovestones

6 Lapwing
4 Ruff (which then flew off)
3 Little Ringed Plover (one having a conflict with a Meadow Pipit)
Pied Wagtail
c3 Meadow Pipit
2 Oystercatcher
Mallard
2 Carrion Crow
Jackdaw
3+ singing Skylark

couldn't find the Ringed Plover. :(



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Conditions not ideal, 5.30 to 6 this evening, with a cold, strong, blustery wind.

All the target birds located in the far corner from the roundabout.
Ruff....3...feeding together. (could not locate the other)
Little Ringed Plover....2
Ringed Plover....I would say at least 4 ( my eyes were watering by this time)
Lapwing...5
Pied Wagtail ....1

I lost the Ruff 5 minutes before departing

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Sightings from today courtesy of Alan Nuttall:

Kingsway,4 Ruff,3 Little Ringed,2 Ringed,5 Meadow Pipit,5 Skylark singing,

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4 Ruff still present late pm feeding on the pools next to Europe's largest warehouse
Snipe - 1
Lapwing -10
A Swallow flew over - this appears to be the first reported from Rochdale this spring, at least I've not heard of any other sightings in the borough so far.

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4 Ruff still this morning but were flushed about 1130 and had not returned half an hour later
3 Little ringed Plovers
2 Ringed Plovers
2 Oystercatchers
12 Lapwing
1 Kestrel

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All 4 Ruff still present at 12:45 today.

Info thanks to Simon Hitchen

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Yes, the Ruff were a great local find by Simon and Alan. Well done. Lovely to watch such elegant birds close to home!

Did a quick tally yesterday and with Ruff this brings the total number of wader species alone recorded at this site in the last few years to 18! That's not too bad for a building site!

Cheers,

Bill.

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Hey Simon,

Interestingly Ashworth Moor Res seems to have been the hotspot for this species in Rochdale (not many times it can claim such a title!), the last record there was 2 on 10/7/2006 (Me and Pete S), prior to that the last sighting up there was 1996 and the highest flock in Rochdale was also at AMR - 8 on 31/8/1992 (Interestingly Peter Hill mentions that from 1963 - 1992 it was almost annual after the breeding season on major reservoirs in Rochdale - how things change!).

I called in whilst passing on the M62 today - cracking birds (well done Alan!).

Only other birds of note;

Linnet 2
Kestrel 2
Skylark 4
Lapwing 63

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4 Ruff still present at 1830

When Alan and I found them yesterday we were trying to think when we had last seen one in Rochdale - we thought it may have been 20 years ago. Having checked my records my last one was at Hollingworth Lake on 11th August 1987 - 25 years is a long time to wait so enjoy them while you can. Rochdale birding sure is hard work!

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4 Ruff still present at 15:50, one male starting to develop the first signs of breeding plumage

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4 Ruff still here @ 11.15

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4 Ruff still present at 1550
3 Little Ringed Plover
2 Ringed Plover
29 Lapwing

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4 Ruff present at 2:30 today.

Into thanks to Alan Nuttall

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Same again this aft' with one little ringed and two ringed plovers.

C.B

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1 Little-ringed Plover
2 Ringed Plover
2 Lesser black-backed Gulls

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