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3 Goldeneye on the water this morning and 120 Pink-Footed Geese flew over to the west. Also 32 Lapwing, 1 Kestrel and 1 Skylark.



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Big numbers of large gulls moving west over the res this morning, mainly Herring Gulls of all ages.

Also of interest, the Caspian Gull X86A that was present here on 25/11/2018 was seen and photographed yesterday at Redcar Tarn, Keighley..



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Mediterranean Gull in with the Black-headed Gulls this morning. Two Goldeneye also present. 



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In heavy mist there were Five Whooper Swans on the reservoir at 1600 hrs today, still there when I left at dusk.

Regards Brian.



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Great Black-backed Gull numbers have been increasing in recent weeks but tonight was exceptional . Minimum of 420 present when Ieaving at last light and still.arriving from the south . By far the most I've seen here,  or anywhere for that matter .. impressive . 



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Decent Gull roost yesterday evening with c1300 Black-headed, 20 Common, 45 Herring and 127 Great Black-backed. Only 17 Goosander, but I didnt stay until dark so more may have come in. Also 2 Pintail, 3 Goldeneye and 1 Kestrel.



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0800/1000 hrs, misty, 8 degrees felt like 2, cold Westerly.

Female Merlin was sheltering from the wind on the sheep pen NW corner of reservoir, unfortunately I disturbed it and it flew over the wall and down to Deeply Vale.

Three Male Goldeneye on the water.

Single Male Goosander Over.

Kestrel hunting near Ashworth view.

Several Pied Wagtail.

Only a handful of Black-headed Gulls around.

Regards Brian



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5 Goosander and 80 Lapwing this morning. Great Black-backed Gull numbers built up while I was there with 20 when I left. 38 Fieldfare south of the reservoir. 



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A wander around the res at lunchtime today

Pied Wagtail x 3 (S and W banks of res)
Grey Wagtail (feeding on S bank of res; first time I've seen one on S bank; more normally in NW corner near to overflow )
Goosander x 6 (2m, 4f)
c 60-70 gulls a mix of Lesser Black Backed, Herring and Black headed gulls
Stonechat x 2 (1m 1f)
Reed Bunting x 3

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Woodcock below Ashworth View and a single Goldeneye on the res this morning .

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5 Goldeneye on the reservoir and a Stonechat on the south wall 1st thing this morning .



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A drake Goldeneye was new in today and 12 Common Gulls were in with the small number of Black-headed Gulls at last light tonight .



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175 Lapwing this evening. Small roost with only 8 Goosander and 65 Black-headed Gull. 14 Fieldfare flew north.



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Green Woodpecker again tonight seen flying into the small copse at Two Owls Cottage and a superb view of an adult male Merlin flying directly over my head below Ashworth View .



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Goldcrest below Ashworth View and a Golden Plover flying north over the reservoir were the only real things of note for me this morning .



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Single Goldeneye present 1st light this morning and a Blue Tit below Ashworth View 



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4 Shoveler and a Wigeon flew in first thing and a Golden Plover flew north over the reservoir at 0800. 



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A Merlin flew South over the reservoir at 1700 this evening . 2 Stonechat below Owd Betts  and c20 Redwing flew east over Yates and down towards Norden 



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Rob Creek wrote:

Hi Rob,
presumably youve contacted Tim Frayling at Natural England? The NE birds could well be his Bowland birds (or Trough) as you say.
I had one in September 2018 at Redgate, N:E29
Cheers.


 Hi Rob , 

Yes , contacted Tim a few months ago  as per crbirding but he's been in Thailand so no reply ..thev have all been from The Trough bar one from the Ribble. I would guesstimate there have been 50+ of their green ringed gulls at AMR this year but only managed to read 11.. 



-- Edited by rob archer on Friday 4th of October 2019 07:13:55 AM

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Hi Rob,
presumably youve contacted Tim Frayling at Natural England? The NE birds could well be his Bowland birds (or Trough) as you say.
I had one in September 2018 at Redgate, N:E29
Cheers.

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Highlight from a late afternoon circuit:

1 Merlin zipped through low and fast heading north! 1 Sparrowhawk hunting the southern bank, and 1 Kestrel.

70 Lapwing.

6 Great Black-backed and 6 Common Gull among the commoner species.

Only 3 Goosander, but I didnt stay until dusk.



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Coal Tit below Ashworth View and 100+ Goosander at the res this morning . Another colour ringed Lesser Black-backed Gull (N:E82) amongst the gulls on the south bank. Not had a reply re any of the green N: birds at all so far but probably all from The Trough. The juv Lesser Black-backed Gull NA15 without the colon in the code is probably from Holland but has not been traced for certain as yet but is being looked into by one of the ringers.    



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Dipper back in the inlet gully singing this morning. 2 Wheatear on the north bank and c30 Pink-footed Geese over West at 0745.



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Passerines were the main interest this morning with 1 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat and 3 Wheatear among c80 Meadow Pipits, 20 Pied Wagtails, c50 Goldfinch and c30 Linnet. Also a few Skylark and Chaffinch moving west. 4 Tufted Duck , 7 Goosander, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant and 1 Heron on the reservoir.



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Roost counts this evening:

1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 650 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Black-headed Gull, 88  Goosander and 25 Pied Wagtail.



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Green Woodpecker on the western grass slope again this morning and another colour ringed Lesser Black-backed Gull ( N:L12 Green) amongst the many Gulls passing through, mainly heading west.  



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A Whimbrel dropped out of the clouds and drizzle at 1330 and landed on the south bank briefly before departing south towards Bury and the Robin is still present on the boulder field . c100 Meadow Pipits grounded around the reservoir and a single Wheatear on the West wall. 



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Best from a quick visit this evening was a Hobby that flew west past Owd Betts at 19.30 without stopping and a single Swift shortly after. Also an impressive Gull roost with 760 Lesser Black-backed and 70 Black-headed Gull. And the Robin still present by the pub! 



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A Robin on the boulder fields below Owd Betts and a Great Spotted Woodpecker flying South over the reservoir were unusual for me up here this morning. 2 Wheatear and a White Wagtail also along the south wall.

Lots of large gulls present though could only find a single colour ringed bird amongst them. N:C91,  2cy Lesser Black-backed Gull and may possibly have some history. 



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Sedge Warbler on the north side this morning in the same bush as one found 3 years ago 26th Sept 2016.

2 Colour ringed juv Lesser Black-backed Gulls amongst the gulls this morning . NA15 and N:00E..  ( NA15 without a colon is not recognised on crbirding so maybe a different project than the usual NWgulls). 

2 Skylark over south and 2 Wheatear on the windtower fenceline.  



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Another colour ringed Juv Lesser Black-backed Gull (N:68C Green) in the same sheep field as yesterdays ringed bird and only 5 digits different so probably from the same colony. Not had a reply yet from NWGulls as to exactly where all the green N: birds are from. There have been many at the reservoir this autumn but only managed to read 6. 



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Quite a few Gulls around this morning, mostly juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gulls of which at least one was Green Colour ringed N:63C ( UK Ringed bird). 4 Wheatear also present on the wall down to Croston Close



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Best from a morning circuit:

2 Little Owl and 2 Kestrel.

7 Tufted Duck and 60 Lapwing.

c30 Swallow and single House and Sand Martin.

Flock of c20 Linnet and c30 Goldfinch on the south bank.



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2 Yellow Wagtails again this morning by the SW corner gate . 



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2 Yellow Wagtails again this morning with the Pied Wagtails along the South Wall and the Linnet flock is now c50..

Adult Yellow-legged Gull flew onto the reservoir briefly and departed west at 0745 .. (a few poor photos taken for submission )



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2 Yellow Wagtails amongst the Pied Wagtails along the South wall early doors this morning . c30 Linnet also along the grass banking . 



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Add a Grey Heron (unusual here) and c.25 Linnet tonight after the showers

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Colour ringed Lesser Black-backed Gull N:75C ( UK ringed bird) present among c200 large gulls this afternoon.  A juvenile Great Black-backed Gull was also present amongst them.  



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In addition to rogers sightings from 11:00 Another Tutfed making MMF 3 Cormorants Great crested grebe in sp Adult Coot seen from 13:30 unusual bird for here

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Best from a morning circuit:

32 Lapwing.

2 Tufted Duck and 2 Goosander.

3 Kestrel.

1 Dipper.

c80 Meadow Pipit along the south wall.

2 Wheatear and 2 Stonechat.



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Quite a few wagtails passing through during the week, here's an image from a few hours during the morning....



-- Edited by Paul Samuels on Monday 26th of August 2019 10:53:15 AM

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Had a speedy reply from Ian re yesterday's " Caspian Gull" ..... Although superficially like a Caspuan Gull Ian pointed out a comprehensive and explanatory list of reasons why it wasn't one ... ! Live and learn ...



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Decent numbers of large gulls moving west this afternoon including the one attached which bathed for 15 minutes and carried on west. Seemed to fit the right profile for a 1cy Caspian Gull to me but I have emailed the photos to a man who knows better.. 



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Highlights this morning:

21 Goosander, 1 Tufted Duck and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

1 adult Peregrine flew in and bathed for about 10 minutes before flying off again, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Little Owl.

2 Wheatear, 4 Stonechat and 1 Whitethroat.

Good numbers of Meadow Pipit(60+) and Pied Wagtail (c40).

20 Linnet and 5 Reed Bunting.



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A few colour ringed Lesser Black-backed Gulls along the reservoir banking this afternoon. N:D27 and N:D09 Green on Juveniles ringed in the UK. Another was a Portugese Black ringed adult that I could not get the full details off. 2 Great Black-backed Gulls also amongst them.  



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7:20pm to 8:40pm with Ian Brady

 

A minimum of one thousand swifts feeding at the res tonight, mostly feeding low over the water. Impossible to give an accurate count and the real number could have been anything up to 2000

c300 swallows also present

Also noted

  • 1 male tufted duck
  • 80 goosander
  • 1 buzzard
  • 1 kestrel
  • 2 great black-backed gulls
  • 1 herring gull
  • 2 black-headed gulls
  • min 500 lesser black-backed gull
  • min 20 lapwing
  • min 25 pied wagtail. No doubt there were more present. they appeared to be going to roost in willowherb and long grass near Owd Betts pub.
  • linnet calling

cheers Kevin



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Yellow Wagtail and many Pied Wagtails between the walls along Ashworth Road this afternoon . 



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Impressive flock of 200+ Swallow, 20 Swift and at least 2 Sand Martin over the reservoir this evening. Also 72 Goosander at roost, 1 Kestrel and 1 Sparrowhawk making half hearted attempts to catch a Swallow!



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c250 Swallows all sat down resting on the north bank this morning and a single Dunlin on the north side . 



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Adult Yellow-legged Gull flew onto the reservoir at 1530 and departed west almost immediately. Green Woodpecker was feeding on the freshly cut west slope ( 200 metres from the nearest tree) and flew off towards Cheesden.  



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