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RE: KINGSWAY (Business Park), Rochdale.


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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26th March


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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38 Teal
2 Ringed Plover

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27 Lapwing
2 Ringed Plover
Dunlin
Redshank
Common Gull
12 Black-headed Gull

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2 Ringed Plover and 89 Lapwing next to JJB.

Skylark blasting out its song overhead

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2 Ringed Plover and 18 Lapwing by the giant JJB sports spaceship.

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14th December.

A Kingfisher today.

Also 16 Teal, 6 Moorhen and 1 Song Thrush.

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Steve Suttill wrote:

Bill Myerscough wrote:

22nd November - am.

Perhaps not too surprisingly this site has "evolved" somewhat since its glory days and now houses one industrial unit so enormous that it can probably be seen from outer space





But has the unit got a Lapwing and Golden Plover roof, Bill?

Steve



Not entirely sure Steve, as I don't think it has ever been seen, as it is usually shrouded in inpenetrable cloud or mist with the building being so enormous. Makes the nearby Pennines look like mere molehills.

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Bill Myerscough wrote:

22nd November - am.

Perhaps not too surprisingly this site has "evolved" somewhat since its glory days and now houses one industrial unit so enormous that it can probably be seen from outer space





But has the unit got a Lapwing and Golden Plover roof, Bill?

Steve

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22nd November - am.

Perhaps not too surprisingly this site has "evolved" somewhat since its glory days and now houses one industrial unit so enormous that it can probably be seen from outer space

Still a visit this morning was rewarded with a really good count of c60 Snipe.

Also c22 Teal, 3 Fieldfare, c10 Meadow Pipit, 20+ Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, a few Robins and Wrens, 1 Moorhen and a Mistle Thrush was singing from somewhere nearby.

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A Green Sandpiper was a nice surprise on the overgrown pool which I believe is known as Fenn's Pond this evening

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A good showing this morning of Fieldfares, Redwings, Mistle Thrushes and Blackbirds all actively trying to feed whiile protecting their diminishing food supply. A dozen Lapwings all stood around on an iced up pool but no other signs of any other waterfowl or waders.

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Passed that way this morning. No show for the Water Rail but most of the pool(s) fringes are now free of ice and there were quite a few people about. (Although I'll admit to a Moorhen getting me quite excited until it revealled itself fully!) 6 Teal on one pool and 4 on another. 13 Redwing seen in that little park (maybe called Stanny Brook Park) which flew off over Milnrow but there were more up around the ruined farm. 5 Lapwing flew over and 1 Kestrel.

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25th November.

Cracking views early afternoon of the Water Rail again, biggrin.gifsmile.gif even though the pond that it was on was mostly frozen.

Also 2 Moorhen and at least 3 Teal.

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Many thanks for the Water Rail information,Bill.Can count myself lucky to have seen the bird before what seemed like an army of "dog walkers" passed by and flushed the rail into the dense undergrowth.smile.gif

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24th October.

7.50 to 8.15 am.

Just returned from a weeks holiday in coastal Northumberland and a real feast of birds - came back full of enthusiasm and thought I would venture out early to Piethorne hoping to catch sight of a stray Eider or even a Brent Goose! laughing.gif Called in at Kingsway on the way over to Piethorne and along with a flock of c16 Teal, adult and immature Moorhens and 2 Snipe on one of the ponds was a Water Rail! happy.gif It showed really well for a couple of minutes and was seen a little later this morning by Dave Ousey.

Also c15 Redwing over, 1 Jay over, 1 Lesser Redpoll over, 1 Sparrowhawk over and 1 Bullfinch calling.

More on my Northumberland sightings in the out of county section later.

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Fri 24/9 10:30 - 10:50

At least 8 Skylarks on flooded field by massive warehouse build

11 Linnet by Marketing pod

1 Moorhen and 2 (MF) Kestrel on overgrown pool opposite

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A Whinchat this evening flitting on and off the fence posts, showing its white tail flashes, in the field at the bottom of John Milne Avenue. Could be a new species for the site.

Rochdale's former wader hot-spot is now a construction site. Most of the pools have now gone replaced by the steel framework of a large building. cry.gif

Still we had 2 great years. It looks like Rochdale's birders will have to go back to searching upland reservoirs for their waders.

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3 Wheatears this evening looked likely to be 'Greenland' birds

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visit this morning...

1 house martin
8 ringed plover
2 wheatear
2 lbb gulls
1 pied wagtail
usual corvids, skylark, mipits and lapwing.
1 singing whitethroat before the last roundabout motorway end

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1 Dunlin this evening

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5 Black-tailed Godwits this afternoon in stonking summer plumage - appeared to be icelandic race birds - they were on the pool at the back of the main mudflats accessed from the roundabout nearest to Gordon Riggs garden centre.

also 1 Redshank
2 Stock Doves

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2 White Wagtails here this p.m. in pristine spring plumage.

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A Dunlin this morning

Yesterday a male Wheatear

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Male and female Wheatear this evening on grass bank to north of middle roundabout.
20 Lapwing
7 Meadow Pipits flew north.

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Just a quick visit tonight but not a great deal spotted.

Ringed Plover - 6
Pheasant - 1
Crows - 10+
Magpie - 1

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A redshank was present tonight about 5.30 along with over 50 Lapwing, but didn't spot any Golden Plover.
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Very nice to meet you as well Matt handshake.gif - great to have some good company, as well as some interesting birds to watch.biggrin.gifsmile.gif

We just need a bit of rain now pray.gif to try and attract some interesting waders for spring passage.

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Today from 12.30 - 2pm

Lapwings - 35+
Skylark - around 50 ish
Bill Myerscough - 1
Ringed Plover - 2
Jackdaw - 30+
Crow - 10+
Golden Plover - 2
Kestrel - 1
Linnet - at least 40
Starling - 30ish
Pied Wagtail - 15 ish
White Wagtail - 1







Lovely to finall catch up with Bill!! biggrin.gif

-- Edited by Matt Potter on Friday 19th of March 2010 02:28:36 PM

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Quick visit last night at 4.30.

Lapwing - 10
Ringed Plover - 1
Crow 15
Jackdaw 23
Pied Wagtail 12
Skylark Flock 60+ as Bill M spotted.
Pheasant 1
Starling - Lots

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18th March.

Just a quick visit early afternoon.

Once again a large feeding flock of Skylarks on rough grassland near the second roundabout - probably c60 birds again. eyepopping.gif Also 140+ Starling, 3+ Linnet, 7+ Pied Wagtail and I was able to watch the nice sighting of a single Golden Plover bathing in one of the shallow ponds on the mud flats.aww.gif


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4.30 - 5.00pm Tonight

Jackdaw - 4
Crow - 12
Starling - 50
Lapwing - 36
Skylark - 2 Singing and displaying
Pied Wagtail - 20
Linnet - 8
Teal - 2, 1m and 1f

Lovely to meet Steve Atkins the other week here.

Its a great urban site and its a shame that it will all be developed one day as am sure it would get a great number of species, well more than it has already!

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 16th of March 2010 10:16:35 PM

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28th February.

A lovely and unexpected spectacle this morning of birds on passage. A loose but vocal flock of Skylarks came in from an easterly direction and after a brief bit of noisily swirling about they all plummeted down on the mudflats here and became almost invisible! It was hard to count birds accurately as it all happened fairly quickly but 60 Skylarks would be a fairly conservative estimate.

22nd February.

c50 Teal, c70 Starling, 14 LBB Gull, 3 Herring Gull and c40 Jackdaw.

Matt - a belated response to your last post. If you have a look at my post on this thread from 10/08/09 this will explain whereabouts to look. You can also use a series of footpaths that lead across the site but these are regularly subject to closure as developments take place on the business park.

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22/2/10

A quick stop to have a look on my way to work.

I only stopped at the roundabout opposite the brick building with the green roof. Is there anywhere else specific to look or is all the birding from the road?

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BHG - 60 ish
Comon Gull - 10
LBBG - 8
GBBG - 1
Lapwing - 30
Crow - 4
Jackdaw - 7
Starling - 55
Skylark - 2 singing

Shame the place is going to get developed as it could be a great site, and its size could pick up some great birds.

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20th February.

3 Skylarks singing this morning made it feel a bit more like spring, even though large areas are still frozen over.

Also:- 7 Moorhen, c50 Lapwing, c30 Starling, c20 Jackdaw, 1 Siskin over, 5 Goldfinch over and c28 Teal. 1 Chaffinch singing.

Bill.

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8th February.

Mid-morning - c55 Lapwing foraging on the mudflats smile.gif - first sizeable flock of this species I have seen anywhere for several weeks.

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4th February.

Quick visit mid-morning - largely iced-over and with a light dusting of snow.

3 Teal, 3 Moorhen, 15 Mallard on the only unfrozen water.

A Meadow Pipit flew over and a small flock of c15 Goldfinch moved through. 18 Carrion Crow were scavenging on the mudflats/rubbly areas, as were 3 Skylarks. 2 of the Skylarks had a brief dispute fight.gifbye.gif and 1 got chased away by the other. This date for Skylark is even earlier than last year when birds were reported on 20/02/09. Still the early bird gets the pick of the best territories...........or more likely at the moment severe frostbite! hmm.gif

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23rd January.

Early pm - a first visit to this site for a good while - not a lot about though.cry.gif

1 Kingfisher on one of the overflow ponds. smile.gif

2 Common Gulls amongst about c120 Black-headed Gulls, 11 Lapwings. 4 Fieldfare and 1 Mistle Thrush were foraging on some freshly turned over ground and 1 Kestrel hunting. A Cormorant flew over.

Cheers,

Bill.

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Briefly Fri 4/12 13:00 - 13:30 sunny / cloudy spells, cold

Common Gull 5
B hd Gull c. 25
LBb Gull 8 over

Lapwing 3 on pools & 20 over

Splendid male Stonechat

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22 skylark jizzed by me and dave winnard
45 mallard
10 greenfich
12 reed bunting
8 linnet
10 common gull
c70 bh gull



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Mon 9/11 13:15 - 14:00 (after seeing the GNDiver at Hollingworth Lake)

Moorhen 2
MAllard MMMF
Reed Bunting c. 12
Mipits 2 + 1
Skylark 1 over
Pheasant MM
B hd Gull c. 40 foraging at school and back
C Gull 5 with above

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Couple of visits on 31/10.

Mid-morning - c260 gulls loafing on the mud flats - c55 Common, 2 LBB and the remainder Black-headed. Also at least 3 Skylarks and c5 Linnet.

Afternoon - had a good wander around and came across a few hidden pools that I didn't know existed - flushed 11 Snipe in the process. This site must be a possibility for Jack Snipe this winter? Also c110 Starlings, 4+ Reed Buntings, 2 Grey Herons, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Redwing amongst the double figure count of Blackbirds feeding on hawthorn berries, 13 Pied Wagtails together - wonder if they might be roosting in one of the trees near to one of the industrial units? confuse.gif A small flock of c15 Goldfinch.

Not a single Teal!cry.gif

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Wed 28/10/09. 8 - 9 am.

Just off Kingsway Business Park (Ellen Road Steam House Chimney). A Peregrine was seen roosting near the top of the chimney.

A Peregrine was regularly seen roosting here last Winter (October - Jan). This coincided with sightings at Kingsway Business Park a short distance away. This is the first time since January that it has returned (if it is the same one?)

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Why not? It's getting better numbers & variety than at Strinesdale!no.gifdisbelief.gifcry.gif

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We'll be counting this site for WeBS soon!

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