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RE: ASHWORTH MOOR RESERVOIR


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..



-- Edited by rob archer on Friday 9th of November 2018 09:35:37 AM

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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)



-- Edited by rob archer on Thursday 1st of November 2018 02:17:13 PM

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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



-- Edited by rob archer on Tuesday 30th of October 2018 05:40:28 PM

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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..



-- Edited by rob archer on Friday 28th of September 2018 02:11:08 PM

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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.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 27th of September 2018 08:52:53 PM

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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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c50 Pink-footed Geese and a single Whooper Swan headed west over the reservoir late on this evening ..

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18 Pink footed Geese over the reservoir heading East this morning and 3 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat and a Goldcrest by Cheesden Bar just over the border in Lancs .. .

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Adult Yellow-legged Gull in with the Lesser black-backed Gull on the north shore again this morning ..

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105 Goosander in the roost this evening.

5 Kestrel and 1 Buzzard.

c50 Swallow and 20 Alba wagtails all flew off south.



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Whinchat below Ashworth View Nursery this evening ..

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Adult Yellow-legged Gull flew in with Lesser Black-backed Gulls this morning . A single Dunlin on the big island and Tufted Duck now up to 25...



-- Edited by rob archer on Friday 14th of September 2018 11:37:44 AM

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No sign of the Merlin during a late afternoon circuit, but 1 Buzzard and 3 Kestrel.

Seemed to be a bit of westward movement of the Alba Wagtails, with at least 35 birds present. Also a few Meadow Pipit and 12 Swallow.

140 Lesser Black-back and 115 Black-headed Gulls.

32 Lapwing, 1 Cormorant, 1 Goldeneye, 18 Goosander and 21 Tufted Duck on the reservoir.

Also 1 Rook over. 

 



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Merlin again this morning in similar area as last week over towards Harden Moor ( Lancs) . Single Golden Plover flew over west and Tufted Duck numbers now up to 23 ..



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3 Skylark and a Redpoll over south this morning. A Dipper was in the overflow first thing,  whilst a Sparrowhawk was chasing the many Meadow Pipits along the south wall when the fog lifted.  No sign of yesterdays Pintail this morning. ( photo attached from yesterday afternoon at 1600)



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Best from an afternoon circuit:

2 Pintail, my first site record, 31 Goosander, 21 Tufted Duck and 1 Goldeneye.

4 Lapwing.

4 Kestrel.

1 Wheatear, c20 Alba wagtail and a few Meadow Pipit.



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Goldeneye, 2 Wheatear and now 21 Tufted Duck at the reservoir this morning . 



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3 Shoveler this morning ( only my 3rd record here) .. 17 Tufted Duck and a Wheatear also present ..



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Highlights from a quick circuit this evening:

My record count of 107 Goosander, along with 11 Tufted Duck and  1 Goldeneye.

128 Lapwing, and 1 Curlew dropped in late on.

c100 swallow low over the water with at least 1 Sand Martin among them.

3 Kestrel.



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Yellow Wagtail again  amongst the many Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit on the South Wall this morning ..



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Sandwich Tern  heard south of the res heading west but didn't see it .

Yellow Wagtail , Wheatear and 40+ Linnet on East Wall this evening ..



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Yellow Wagtail , Whinchat, 2 Stonechat and a Wheatear all catching insects on the South wall/ embankment early doors this morning .. 5 Ringed Plover also along western shoreline 



-- Edited by rob archer on Monday 3rd of September 2018 12:09:42 PM

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Excellent morning circuit with plenty of interest:

Single Yellow Wagtail among flock of Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail on the north side. Also 1 Grey Wagtail.

2 Whinchat and 3 Wheatear on the wall to the south of the reservoir.

1 immature Peregrine spent about 15 minutes around the reservoir and spent much time trying to catch a Lapwing. It singled a bird out and made multiple stoops without success. It eventually flew off east. Also 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel and a Raven over.

Flocks of 7 and 4 Swallow, and 25 Linnet flew south.

13 Tufted Duck, 7 Teal, 1 Goldeneye and 1 Goosander on the water.

1 Common Gull and 3 Herring Gull among the Black- headed and Lesser Black-back Gull.

77 Lapwing the only waders I could find.



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2 Merlin this evening .. an adult female staying mainly in the rough ground below Yates and a second bird , ( probably the same bird as seen on Wednesday ) looks like a young male and stayed mainly in Lancs around Croston Close/ Wham Farm area.

Great evening ..



-- Edited by rob archer on Friday 31st of August 2018 08:23:24 PM

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4 Wheatear and 2 Stonechat were amongst many Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail along the sunny south wall of the reservoir this morning ..

A single Jay flew south over res at  1st light ..



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This evening:

68 Goosander, 9 Tufted Duck and 1 Goldeneye.

1 Curlew and 3 lapwing.

Merlin perched for a few minutes on the dam wall near the overflow channel, and 1 Kestrel.

 A few more gulls this evening with single Herring Gull, 2 Common Gull in with c50 Black-headed Gull and 65 Lesser Black-Back Gull.



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3 Sandwich Tern briefly at the res this morning before departing west ..

9 Tufted Duck, 9 Cormorant and a single Swift also present



-- Edited by rob archer on Thursday 30th of August 2018 10:46:50 AM



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-- Edited by rob archer on Thursday 30th of August 2018 11:41:30 AM

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Dunlin and a Ringed Plover this morning ..Meadow Pipit numbers building up which no doubt attracted the 1st Merlin of the Autumn up here for me ..seen Cheesden at first but still in the area south of the reservoir 



-- Edited by rob archer on Tuesday 28th of August 2018 12:28:23 PM

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