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RE: KINGSWAY (Business Park), Rochdale.


0700hrs,1 Green Sandpiper,2 Dunlin,10 Snipe,405 Lapwing,5 Pied Wagtail,11 Swift.
Cheers Alan

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Mark - I think it's a bit snidey to insinuate that my post was boring or irrelevant just because it wasn't one of the usual 'list the species I've seen' jobs?
What makes your: "Stop telling us all and just do it " comment any more or less interesting, valuable or required to the forum's greater good????
I appreciate that I'm enthusiastic to take note of a place I've not made it to and am encouraged by the diversity of the waders there - ergo it's worth a look but haven't for various reasons. Isn't that one of the dilemmas of birdwatching, not being able to get to everywhere at every opportunity??????????
I'm sure we've all had a moment where we've looked at posts and thought as exactly as you've done without going on to post it - because it's a bit naughty to pass an equally (no a MORE) inane comment, which, depending on who you are dealing with, might invite a riposte or not.

There, I'll wind my neck in now.






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I keep kicking myself that I haven't made it here as it seems a great drawer for waders.
Must do so soon.

-- Edited by John Doherty on Sunday 5th of August 2012 11:44:05 AM

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Just in case anyone is thinking of contacting the local MP, the current chap is in fact Simon Danczuk (Lab'). He replaced Paul Rowen in 2010.

Regards, Chris


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This is such a great little site. I wonder does anybody know the legal status of the land, and whether there are any ongoing attempts to conserve it? It would be a sad day indeed if it was swallowed up into the business park .
(am pleased to confirm that the football-topped 'birders' weren't me&Bill. We probably need to brush up on 'field skills' though!...)

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Think I've answered my own question..
There is an extensive report compiled by Ecologists on behalf of ASDA for Plot 'J' in the business park.

Here's the link to it if anyone is interested.

PDF for ecology report on Kingsway Business Park

I wonder if anyone is interested (as I am) in writing to the local MP (see above post!) to ensure this land is protected as much as possible. I'm not convinced that the report goes far enough at all.

Apologies, Ian, if this off-topic.

-- Edited by Thomas and Bill Jones on Monday 30th of July 2012 05:26:35 PM

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Greenshank heard briefly in flight as I arrived but not re-located.

Not surprising really given the 2 football top clad 'birders' demonstrating all the field-craft skills of a bulldozer.

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28th July.

Greenshank this morning. Very elusive at times. I think the tally of wader species recorded at this site now stands at 20.

Cheers,

Bill.

-- Edited by Bill Myerscough on Saturday 28th of July 2012 12:26:55 PM

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Hi Dave,

I've sent you a private message.

Best wishes,

Bill.

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Hi Bill,
What a cracking little list for Kingsway. Could you be a bit more specific where you find the warblers. Did have a Bar Tailed Godwit there a few week ago couple of Reed Buntings too.
Cheers Dave Phillips.

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A brief but clear and close view of a Reed Warbler this morning. A first site record I think? Also 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler and varying numbers of Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Reed Bunting too.

A flock of c160 Lapwing.

Cheers,

Bill.

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Wood sandpiper still there five minutes ago.

C.B

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Simon Hitchen wrote:

The Wood Sandpiper was initially found by Gary Crowden (I think - apologies Gary if I've got your surname wrong) on his first visit to the site!

Suspect it is Gary Crowder














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Wood Sandpiper still present at 1:50pm

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The Wood Sandpiper was initially found by Gary Crowden (I think - apologies Gary if I've got your surname wrong) on his first visit to the site! A long awaited Rochdale tick for me and appears to be the first in Rochdale since 1991!

Also this morning in the arctic conditions I briefly saw a yellow wagtail resembling a Grey- headed Wagtail - it had a dark grey head and a yellow throat - I couldn't see any supercilium but the view was frustratingly brief - wonder if it could have been the Elton bird.

Also 1 male Wheatear












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Wood Sandpiper still present and showing well at 11:30am.

Info thanks to Karen Foulkes

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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


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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

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-- 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

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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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