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RE: ASHWORTH MOOR RESERVOIR


7 Greylag Geese flew in at last light (seldom seen here) and now 9 Goldeneye present.  



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Had a reply re colour ringed Herring Gull . Another Norwegian bird .. there were at least 8 black ringed Gulls at the reservoir last Autumn that were more than likely all from Norway judging by the info from the one's I could read..CR-Code Black ring with white code: JCN08 LBM;RBNW(JCN08)

Ringing Centre Stavanger Museum (Norway) Ring number FA42196

Species Herring Gull Larus argentatus

Sex Unknown Age Pullus

Date Place Coordinates Observers Days/km/°

02.07 2015 Vorakletten, Sandsøya, Sande, Møre og 

Romsdal, Norway 

62°14'41"N 005°29'17"E Støyle Bringsvor, 

Ingar

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04.08 2015 Sandshamn, Sandsøya, Sande, Møre og 

Romsdal, Norway 

62°15'08"N 005°28'58"E Støyle Bringsvor, 

Ingar

33/1/341

14.08 2015 Sandshamn, Sandsøya, Sande, Møre og 

Romsdal, Norway 

62°15'08"N 005°28'58"E Støyle Bringsvor, 

Ingar

43/1/341

17.08 2015 Sandshamn, Sandsøya, Sande, Møre og 

Romsdal, Norway 

62°15'08"N 005°28'58"E Støyle Bringsvor, 

Ingar

46/1/341

25.01 2018 Sandshamn, Sandsøya, Sande, Møre og 

Romsdal, Norway 

62°15'08"N 005°28'58"E Støyle Bringsvor, 

Ingar

938/1/341

26.03 2018 Sandshamn, Sandsøya, Sande, Møre og 

Romsdal, Norway 

62°15'08"N 005°28'58"E Støyle Bringsvor, 

Ingar

998/1/341

03.04 2018 Sandshamn, Sandsøya, Sande, Møre og 

Romsdal, Norway 

62°15'08"N 005°28'58"E Støyle Bringsvor, 

Ingar

1006/1/341

25.11 2018 Ashworth Moor, Manchester (Greater), Great 

Britain 

53°38'22"N 002°15'32"W Archer, Robert 1242/1059/208



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Dusk 16:15-17:00 very windy and dull difficult observing conditions estimates below

B hd gull c. 1,000

H Gull c 100

Common gull c 200

G Bb gull c 40

Goosander 5 flew in
Lapwing 13 flew out after dark in three parties

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148 Great Black-backed Gull in the roost this evening. 6 Goldeneye also present. 



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Interesting reply re a ringed Great Black-backed Gull seen at the reservoir earlier this year

Resightings of a Colour Ringed Gull

Thank you for your report of a CR-ringed Gull. Under you will find the details. In the 

event the bird is dead and you still posses the ring(s), we kindly urge you to send (them) 

to us. Resightings of our CR-ringed Gulls could be reported to Lista Ringing Group, Box 

171, 4558 Vanse, Norway, on E-mail: gulls@ringmerking.no or the WEB page 

https://www.ringmerking.no/cr.

This list of ringingdata and ring reading data is intended for personal use only. If you 

want to publish data from this list please contact us before publication;

For birds ringed in Norway;

Morten Helberg at email morten.helberg@bio.uio.no

For birds ringed in Denmark;

Kjeld T. Pedersen at email ktpedersen@snm.ku.dk

CR-Code Black ring with white code: JX106 LBM;RBNW(JX106)

Ringing Centre Stavanger Museum (Norway) Ring number 3031293

Species Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus

Sex Unknown Age Pullus

Date Place Coordinates Observers Days/km/°

16.06 2018 Hornøya, Vardø, Finnmark, Norway 70°23'20"N 031°09'25"E Reiertsen, Tone 

Kristin

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20.11 2018 Ashworth Moor, Manchester (Greater), Great 

Britain 

53°38'22"N 002°15'32"W Archer, Robert 157/2490/23



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Great White Egret just flown SW over the Reservoir heading in direction of Affetside .....bit of a surprise.  2nd record here for me . 



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Had a reply today re a ringed Great Black-backed Gull in November..

 
Thanks for reporting your sighting of the colour ringed gull.
 
 We didn't ring many ( around 50 ) Great black backed Gulls so its always good to get a sighting.
 
Ringing details are below:-
 

Colour ring number 3T0B

 

BTO ring number MA4101

Species Great Black Backed Gull (Larus marinus)

 

Age when rung BTO code 10

 

Ringing Site, Harewood Whin, York (53.960 -1.177)

 

Date of ringing  26th October 2015

 

Yours is the first sighting since it was rung

 

Best Regards

 

Mike

 



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1st winter Yellow-legged Gull roosted on the reservoir again this evening. 23 Goosander and 3 Goldeneye also on the reservoir 



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A few more duck around this afternoon with 6 Goldeneye, 6 Tufted Duck, 42 Goosander and 12 Teal. Couldnt find anything noteworthy in the modest Gull roost. 



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Interesting reply re ringed Herring Gulls at the reservoir recently ,

Rob,

 

Thank you for reporting your sightings of colour ringed Gulls.

 

They are birds which were ringed at Harewood Whin landfill site, to the west of York, (53.960 -1.177). The birds were caught using a Cannon Net and are from the total of around 2500 Gulls which were caught and colour ringed over a 3year period from March 2015.

 

Harewood Whin was one of the decreasing number of Landfill sites in the UK where it was possible to operate for the catching and ringing of gulls. The landfill site has now closed and no longer attracts large number of Gulls. Whilst with us the Gulls used to feed on the Landfill site during the day and roost on the floods in Lower Derwent Valley National Nature Reserve or on the Humber Estuary.

 

One of the main reasons for carrying out this work was to examine if and how the movements of Gulls altered with the closure of the Landfill site which used to be a major food source throughout the year.

 

To date there have been over 1700 sightings reported from as far apart as the Barents Sea and Morocco.

 

Ringing details and subsequent sightings are given below

 

I hope you find this of interest and many thanks for taking the time to report your sightings.

 

Best Regards

 

Mike Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ringing details are as follows:-

 

 

 

Colour ring number Y:D07

 

 

 

BTO ring number GV54829

 

 

 

Age when rung BTO code 10

 

 

 

Site, Harewood Whin, York  (53.960 -1.177)

 

 

 

Date of ringing 31st May 2017

 

Previously sighted at Skelton Lake, West Yorkshire on 21st January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colour ring number Y:C82

 

 

 

BTO ring number GV54802

 

 

 

Age when rung BTO code

 

 

 

Site, Harewood Whin, York  (53.960 -1.177)

 

 

 

Date of ringing 31st May 2017

 

 

 

Previously sighted at Roker Beach, Sunderland on 9th February 2018

 

 



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Not a huge amount of interest this morning. 4 Goldeneye and 13 Teal on the water and small numbers of the common 5 species of Gull. 125 Lapwing roosting on the north side.



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Another different Norwegian ringed Great Black-backed Gull on the north shore this evening.  (Could only get the J on black with 5 letters/numbers and that was it but thats enough to know its from Norway).

Regarding Sundays Caspian Gull X86A, Ian has scrutinised all the photo's I passed over and in his opinion it passes the criteria for a pure Caspian Gull rather than a hybrid.. No trace of the bird for me this evening though..



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Had a speedy reply from Dr Ronald Klein re Sundays ringed Caspian Gull.X86A..( copy of report and location below). The bird is listed as a Caspian Gull ringed on 3rd June 2018 on Hiddensee, Northern Germany and travelled 1107km  to Rochdale of all places..! There are many hybrids and its true purity is a matter of debate..



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A good few hours in the cold today watching Gulls.. At least 5 colour ringed birds seen during the day. 3 could not be positively identified due to dirty black rings, but a Herring Gull had a Black 5 alpha numeric ring beginning J to show it was ringed in South Norway. Another Black ring on a 1st Winter Great Black-backed Gull was too far to read and a Yellow ringed Herring Gull just would not show its numbers..

The two others ( shown below) were  Herring Gull Y:D07 and Caspian Gull X86A, though again after checking details re the ring on crbirding the possibility of a hybrid, (even though I have a ring number) cannot be eliminated as some birds are ringed as chicks and even the ringers do not know the parentage of the birds. The X86A ring number whatever the combination of Gulls comes back to Germany.. Will forward details and await reply.. 



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Two more ringed Great Black-backed Gull's again today, though frustratingly could not get the first letter of one of them to identify it positively.. It was either from Finland or Norway ( 2 letters/3 numbers on Black) but it refused to show me the crux letter. The other was yesterdays JX106..

The Gull with the deformed beak was on the north shore again today and is a regular visitor.

 



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Funnily enough just had this reply .. it was A:B59...
Thanks for the report of A:B59 (GR66177).  This bird was ringed as a chick on Lady Isle, near Troon, south Ayrshire, south-west Scotland on 8/7/13.  Strangely enough this is the first sighting of this bird since it was ringed as a chick, so it is good to see that it is still alive.  It is unusual that Herring Gulls move so far from their natal so this is an interesting observation.
 
Thanks again for your report, without help from people like yourself colour ringing schemes like this would not be as successful.
 

 

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Cheers Rob ... somebody else said that today re the ring details and may well be right .. I've e mailed a copy of the photo to the ringer ( Ayrshire) and the combination either way should be his and may be able to match it .

There have been another 4 I've seen but unable to read including a Red ringed Herring Gull which I hope returns ..  it could be mainland Europe  ..



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Hi Rob, the adult Herring Gull ring number could well be A:BS9. Nonetheless a good set of ringed Gulls coming your way recently!

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Fewer Gulls again this evening, however one of the Great Black-backed Gull's was ringed .. JX106 which is from South Norway.. will await reply re History.



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Fewer Gulls around the reservoir today, though managed to pick out 4 that were ringed.. 3T0B was a Great Black-backed Gull from 11th November returning ( still awaiting History) and two other Great Black-backed Gull had Black Darvic rings that are nigh on impossible to read when dirty on a black background.. The last was an adult Herring Gull A:B59 and will await history.

4 Goldeneye, 5 Teal, 3 Cormorant and 26 Goosander were on the reservoir and a Golden Plover flew NE towards Knowl Hill.. 2 Skylarks also flew over heading South.

c100 mixed flock of Fieldfare and Redwing on the bushes below Ashworth View



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An adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the north shore as I arrived at 1400 but flew off East almost immediately .

The stricken Lesser Black-backed Gull on the island has finally succumbed to its illness having lasted 7 days without moving or any food .. sad to be unable to do something about it's predicament but impressive all the same ..

Watched a Kestrel flying low over the boggy ground near the wind turbine flush a Snipe sp that went straight up a few feet and straight down again that was possibly a Jack Snipe ..



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Another ringed Great Black-backed Gull last night but struggled getting all the numbers/letters off the Darvic , which looked dark green/black..Hopefully it will reappear in the future.



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A similar sized roost this evening to last night but with fewer Great Black-backed Gull present..(One of which was sporting a Yellow Darvic 3T0B... will await history)



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Single Brambling flew over south this morning  as did a Greenfinch ..

4 Goldeneye and 2 Teal on the reservoir.  There has been a Lesser Black-backed Gull stationary on the island that is obviously ill .. It's still alive after 5 days now having eaten nothing and now half in the water  but I can't get to it to sort it out .. Tough as old boots .. 



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Good numbers of Gulls this evening in the roost which held 70+ Great Black-backed Gull with the rest predominantly Herring Gulls of all ages, one of which was ringed with a Yellow Darvic (Y:C82).. will await its history..



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Also 2 Stonechat and a Kestrel on Ashworth Road, 100+ Fieldfare and at least 1 Redwing to the South of the reservoir. Curiously also my first site record of a single Chaffinch!



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Single Pink-footed Goose flew in with the Canada Geese and a juv female Peregrine flew NE over the reservoir this morning .

2 Goldeneye and a Teal also on the water..



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4 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck. 2 Goldeneye and only 9 Goosander on the reservoir this evening.

44 Great Black-backed Gull but nothing else notable in the roost.

1 adult Peregrine, female from the size and bulk, perched on a fence post to the south west of the reservoir until dusk.

Good sized flock of Fieldfare to the south, possibly 100-200 in size.



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11 Teal, 2 Goldeneye and a Dunlin in with the Lapwings was the best this morning 



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Dipper in the overflow 1st thing this morning and 2 Skylarks over south.

Goldeneye numbers now up to 6 ( 3 male) and a single Tufted Duck also present.

Single Whooper Swan flew in at 0955 but did not stay long and 2 Snipe were hiding amongst rocks on the north shore.

An interesting ringed Gull flew onto the reservoir at around 0950 which seemed to tick quite a few boxes for a Caspian Gull..Photos forwarded to Ian for perusal.. 

 ( Speedy reply from Ian to confirm the bird is a Caspian Gull though the possibility of a hybrid cannot be eliminated by these photos)



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Missed the Merlin, but 1 Buzzard and 3 Kestrel also present.

43 Goosander, mostly came in very late, about 20 minutes after sunset. Also 1 Teal and 1 Cormorant.

Flock of 160 Fieldfare over, heading NW.

Gull numbers down and couldnt find anything notable.



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Merlin this evening flew directly above me whilst sat on north bank and perched up on the same post as a few weeks ago above Croston Close so possibly the same bird ..

5 Goldeneye on the res .. 



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Adult Yellow-legged Gull in the roost tonight along with 32 Great Black-backed Gull



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Big increase in roosting gull numbers since my last visit, most notably Herring Gull with c380 present. Also 22 Great Black-back Gull and 16 Common Gull.

4 Goldeneye and only 3 Goosander on the reservoir, and 3 Teal on the small pond to the west of the dam.



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2 Brambling flew south over the reservoir calling 1st thing this morning ..13 Linnet also over south.... 3 Stonechat by the pumphouse on Ashworth Road .

Dunlin, 2 Goldeneye , 2 Teal , 5 Cormorant and 300+ Lapwing also present on the reservoir ..



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23 Great Black-backed Gull , 2 Wigeon; 5 Teal and 5 Tufted Duck on the reservoir at last light with a single Wheatear also present along the South wall ..



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Yellow-legged Gull in the roost this evening and 2 Wheatear on the South Wall .. c100 Fieldfare towards Wham Head and c20 Redwing flew north over the reservoir..



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The Yellow-legged Gull was present again early doors this morning and flew off east at 0815...as did a nice male Hen Harrier coming in from Harden Moor and crossing south of the res and down towards Norden at 0930....7 Great Black-backed Gull present on the shrinking island..



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Yellow-legged Gull again this morning flew off east at 0900...6 Great Black-backed Gull also on the reservoir and  30 Fieldfare over Cheesden Bar ..



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A Coal Tit sheltering behind a wall in the pool by the overflow channel was the best for me this morning and a 1st for me up here ..



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Yellow-legged Gull again this morning amongst c200 large gulls which also included 2 Great Black-backed Gulls.. 3 Cormorant on the reservoir and c100 Fieldfare over in 3 flocks heading East. A Golden Plover flew over from the east, landed briefly on the island and continued west. 



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Adult Yellow-legged Gull flew in with other large gulls at 0800. 5 Fieldfare flew over west and 3 Cormorant also present.. ( 2 Pintail, 5 Teal and a single Wigeon on Buckhurst Lodge in Lancs just over border)



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Only 1 Tufted Duck and 10 Goosander on the water at dusk this evening.

120 Lapwing.

5 Great Black-backed, 3 Herring and 2 Common Gull among larger numbers of Lesser Black-backed and Black-headed Gull.



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Golden Plover flew over west and a single Wheatear on the East Wall this morning . 9 Great Black-backed Gull on the island .

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3 Swallow flew west over the res this morning along with 4 Chaffinch and 2 Reed Buntings which flew south.  5 Great Black-backed Gull, a single Wigeon and 2 Snipe were also on  the reservoir. 



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Red-breasted Merganser on the reservoir briefly this morning amongst c40 Goosander.  Great Crested Grebe, the Goldeneye and 26 Tufted Duck also present. 28 Pink-footed Geese over NW and 4 Great Black-backed Gull on the island



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Merlin around south side of reservoir this morning and over towards Croston Close . Peregrine on the pylon towards Yate"s and a White Wagtail on the sunny south wall .. 44 Pink-footed Geese over west..



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39 Tufted duck this evening along with the single Goldeneye. Also 100 Lapwing and 27 Pink-footed geese flew SW.

5 Great Black-backed Gull and 4 Herring Gull among c200 Lesser Black-backed and c150 Black-headed Gull.



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32 Tufted Duck , the Goldeneye and a single Wigeon this evening ..

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c100 Pink-footed Geese over west this morning . Dipper in the overflow and a Snipe on small section of remaining mud .. 16 Skylark , 12 Linnet and a single Redpoll all over south and a Sparrowhawk chasing the many Meadow Pipit on the South Wall. 2 Whinchat still by Cheesden Bar ( Lancs)

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