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RE: ASHWORTH MOOR RESERVOIR


Fri 9/10 - 12:30 - 13:30 - cloudy, cold E breeze (may bring something in ????)

Pink footed Geese c. 50 to SW
C Goose 2
Goosander 4 F
Lapwing 36
P Wagtail 1+
Mipits 1+ 1 + 1
Stonechat 2 (imm/1st W)

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18:40 till dark

6 Snipe were a pleasant surprise
1 Golden Plover in amongst c80 Lapwing
66 Goosander
8 Mallard
1 Little Owl
2 Kestrel

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Sat 3/10 15:20 - 19:00 - Sunny / cloudy spells, blustery strong SW wind

Mallard 3M+3F
Lapwing c. 120
Goosander c. 40 (2 - 3's still arriving after dusk)
Kestrel 1
G Wagtail 1
P Wagtail 1

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wet, breezy and very misty, 18:30-19:30

Exactly 100 Goosander
1 Curlew (I can't recall seeing one at this time of year before)
1 Snipe
2 Meadow Pipit
7 Mallard
1 Magpie

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drizzly and windy here today

1 cormorant
23 Lapwing
52 Goosander (didnt stay till dusk though)
1 LBBGull

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SAt 26/9 15:00 - 18:00 REs - Moor - Valley

C Goose c. 30
Mallard 31 (good count for recent years)
Goosander 13 F (I'm sure many more would have come in for a dusk roost)
Goldeneye 2 F (first record for winter?)
Cornmorant 1 (white belly)
Lapwing c 30
Goldfinch 14 (4 ad)
P Wagtail F + 1
R Buniting 3 + 2 + 2
Mipit 14 + 10 + 1's & 2's
G Wagtail 1

Merlin (F) attacking a Lapwimg for c. 1 minute (it seemed with all the flips & somersaults) - the prey got away and the falcon soared off over the moor

All the birds were seen in the first 20 minutes and two hours later I was lucky enough to see the Merlin hunt ....... so the longer you are out looking the luckier you will be


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I am leading a Fungal Foray at Healey Dell as part of their Woodland Festival so I am afraid I will not be there. Hope everyone has fun at the Lake.

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Thanks Dave. Might see you at Hollingworth tomorrow?

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To put it bluntly.....No.

Unless you go at the crack of dawn, or just before the sun sets then there is very little around during the day. Whilst like anywhere it can pull in some good stuff it is not somewhere for a day out, more a calling off stop between sites. Its worth a look in spring but a lot of the birds have moved out now.

If your wanting to come up towards Rochdale I would recommend, Piethorne, Watergrove or Hollingworth Lake - at least they have the commoner birds around during the day (still have not seen Robin or Blue Tit at AMR)

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Hi all,
Can you walk round it, and is it worth a "day trip" from the deep south in stockport?

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18:30-19:10

26 Mallard
25 Lapwing
200+ BH Gull
1 Common Gull
1 Kestrel
2 Meadow Pipit
14 Canada Goose
52 Goosander (i did'nt hang around to do a proper count so more will have turned up)

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Mike Cooper wrote:

Fri 25/9 13:00 - 14:00 Dull, cloudy, light mizzle, cold SW breeze

C Goose 34
Mallard 4 M (1 ecl) + 3 F
P Wagtail 1 F
B hd Gull 1 w.p. + 1 (1st w)
Lapwing 110
Goosander 2F
Kestrel 1F
Starling 30 to West
Mipits 1 & 2's to S & W (c. 20 while I was there)

P.S. Does any-one know why new fences are being errected above and below the Res and why a bulldozer is creating a new road ?






A local farmer is repairing a couple of roads/ bridal paths at the moment.

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19:00 - till dark

1 Barnacle Goose
73 Canada Goose
93 Goosander
18 Mallard
15 Meadow Pipit - N
1 Little Owl

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Mike - the fences are to keep sheep in and the road i think you referring to is where they have been using heavy machinery at the tip next to the farm.

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Fri 25/9 13:00 - 14:00 Dull, cloudy, light mizzle, cold SW breeze

C Goose 34
Mallard 4 M (1 ecl) + 3 F
P Wagtail 1 F
B hd Gull 1 w.p. + 1 (1st w)
Lapwing 110
Goosander 2F
Kestrel 1F
Starling 30 to West
Mipits 1 & 2's to S & W (c. 20 while I was there)

P.S. Does any-one know why new fences are being errected above and below the Res and why a bulldozer is creating a new road ?

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21st September

95 Goosander
2 Kestrel
4 Meadow Pipit

20th September

1 Skylark
40 Goldfinch
2 Linnet
50+ Meadow Pipit

19th

103 Goosander

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On the way back home from Scotland today a quick visit produced;

1 Barnacle Goose - clearly one from the influx of wild birds going over Rochdale at the momentbiggrin.gifwink.gif
142 Canada Goose
50+ Meadow Pipit

will be up later for the goosanders.

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Sat 12/9 17:30 - 20:00 REs / Knowl Hill / Deepley Vale
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B hd Gull 20
L Bb Gull 1
C Goose 1
Stonechate MF + 3 imm on run off wall to E
Common Sandp 1
Goosander 16 when I arrived - 108 when I left

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Mipits c. 10

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Goldfinch 1+3+2
Chaffinch
Green Woodp 2
Dipper 1
M Thrush 9
Lapwing c. 80


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A bit of migration

7 Wheatear
50+ Meadow Pipit
12 Pied/White Wagtails
2 Linnet
1 Reed Bunting
52 Lapwing
14 Goosander
1 Common Gull
40+ BH Gull

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A very interesting night;

only 77 Goosander cry.gif
200+ Black-headed Gull
1 Common Sandpiper
16 Meadow Pipit blogging
4 Pied Wagtail
1 Kestrel

and the most bizarre mammal sighting i have had for a while, more on the wildlife forum.

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A bit windy up there tonight

118 Goosander - highest number i have had in 4 years, wonder if the works at Elton has made this increase? Numbers usually peak late Sept/Early Oct so will be interesting to see what happens.

6 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Carrion Crow
1 Kestrel

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FRiday 28/8/09 12:45 - 13:30 - Cold, cloudy / sunny spells, blustery W wind

Cormorant 1
Goosander 22 F
Mallard 2
L Bb Gull c. 30 in 1's - 4's (almost 50% juvs)
B hd Gull 3 (2 juvs)

5 Swallow and 1 Sand Martin battling to feed low over waves


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Nothing much;

2 Wheatear
23 Goosander
2 Herring Gull
100+ LBBGull
1 Canada Goose

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Sun 16/8 13:45 - 15:00

Cormorant 1
C Goose 112
Goosander 11 F
Mallard 3 + 1 juv

LBb Gull c. 40
Bhd Gull c. 30
H Gull 1 (3Y)

Swallow 1
[Sand Martin 1 @ Buckhurst Lodge]

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Sun 5/7 19:45 - 20:45 Sunny / cloudy, still eve

Oyk 1
C Goose c. 50
LBb Gull c. 50
B hd Gull 9 (ad) + 1 juv
Mallard 2 + juv, Mallard + 4 tiny FL
Goosander 2 F
LRP 1(ad) + 1 juv
Pheasant (H)
Grasshopper Warbler (Heard reeling from South of Res)

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Thurs 25/6 eve 19:30 - 20:45
Lovely sunny clear eve but cold E strong breeze

C Goose c. 40
LBbGull 20 on when arrived and at least another 30 drifted in and off
Bhd Gull 25 all adults except 2 2nd Y birds all left in parties from 4 - 6
Mallard 2 F + FL
Goosander 7 F
Curlew 1+1+1
Kestrel 1
Swallow 3
Swift 3 + 2
Reed Bunting M(s)+M(s)+M(s)

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Mon 22/6 eves 20:00 - 21:00

G C Grebe 2
C Goose 43 + gosling
Mallard pair + 1 FL
Goosander 4 F when I arrived joined by 13 F later
Oyk 2
Kestrel imm M
Curlew 4 on res + several calling
Pheasant
L Bb Gull c. 60 in total 1's & 2's in c. 20 washing and then parties of 3 - 5 departing West constantly

Bhd Gull juvenile (first this summer - chocolate brown) begging to constantly calling adult - eventually regurgitating to feed young. Must have bred nearby???

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Mon 15/6 eves 20:00 - 21:15

C Goose 52 adults - no sign of gosling
Mallard F with 3 tiny FL (another F + 2 M)
G C Grebe 2
Curlew at least 7 seen with others calling
Oyk 2
Whimbrel 1 heard from fields to East - couldn't find!!
Kestrel F / imm M
Lapwing c. 30 Bird-in-th' Fields
Swift c. 30 eating the masses of midges!!!
Goosander 9 F flew in late
L Bb Gull c. 30 in and thro'
B Hd Gull 1 ad
Reed Bunting 4 singing Ms

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Mike
I do the BBS at Buckhurst which stretches over to Nangreaves. In fact I did it today. For the last three years, I think, I have had sand martins in that area, maybe up to half a dozen. I have had them on the edge of Harden Moor, mid Buckhurst and over a little farm pond on the Nangreaves side. I don't know which colony they come from. The Ashworth Moor birds probably eminate from this direction.

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Fri eve 12/6 19:30 - 21:00
C Goose 22 + 1 gosling with another flock of 21 arriving later
G C Grebe 2 (they're back)
Goosander 13 F flew in late eve
Oyk 1 (twice?)
Curlew calling in valley below and each side then 16 flew in and roosted on exposed shore
Lapwing 2 with flock of 20 flew up from E fields
Swallow 2+2
Swift c 20
Sand Martin 2+2+1 (are theybreeding nearby?)
L BbGull 20+30 (landing in 2 - 3's and leaving)
Bhd Gull 1 ad
G Bb Gull 1 3Y
Reed Bunting M(s) + (s)+(s)


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Friday 29/5 13:00 - 14:00 BEautiful hot day, light clouds and strengthening SE breeze
C Goose 15
Mallard 1 M
Lapwing c 15
Curlew 4
Oyk 1
L Bb Gull c. 50 (2 imm & 10 2/3 years)
H Gull 1 (ad)
B Hd Gull 4 (ad)

S Martin 1
Swallow 3
Swift 4
Reed Bunting 2 singing males
Wheatear 1 male

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Sat 23/5 08:00 - 09:20 Overcast (mist over moortops), cool S breeze
G C GRebe 2
Mallard 4 (M's)
Lapwing pair at barn conversion lawn - Display / Territory
P wagtail
Skylark several singing
Reed Bunting at least 2 males singing
Swallow 5
Sand Martin 2
Swift 2
Oyk 7 flew in from E and turned S over Res + 3 circling and very nosiy (all adults?)
Curlew several bubbling calls heard
Pheasant H from valley
Linnet 2

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Fri 22/5/09 18.20-1910
Swifts X30
Swallows x 20
Sand Martin x 5
Mallard x 3
Gt Crested grebes x2
Meadow pipit x5
Goosander X3
Lapwing
Lesser BB Gull X50+
Pied Wag x1

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Tues 19/5/09 18.50-19.40.
Swifts X30
Swallows x 20
Mallard x 3
Reed bunting X3
Gt Crested grebes x2
Meadow pipit x5
Oystercatcher
Goosander X3
Lapwing
Lesser BB Gull X20+
Herring gull x6
Greater BB Gull x2
Pied Wag x3

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Mon 11/5 13:00 - 14:00

Sunny, clear, bright - blustery cold NE wind.
C Goose 1 + 2
G C Grebe 2
Mallard 1
Lapwing 4
LBb Gull 2 + 1
Whimbrel 1 (dozing then bathing on exposed shoreline down from Owd Betts)

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Sat 2/5 17:20 - 18:20
C Goose 2 +1
Goosander 7 F
LBb Gull 40+ c. 10 -15 landed on res and then 1- 4's arriving and drifting off West
Swallow 2
Swift 3
Wheatear 7
Reed Bunting 2 M

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Had a wander around the area including ashworth moor and knowl hill/moor this am
very nice,but tough on the legs.

magpie,stonechatbiggrin.gif,pied wag,meadow pipet,skylark,lapwing,swallow,raven,curlew,crow,mallard,wheatear,swift,kestrel,
goosander,b h gull,canada,great crested grebe, herring gull

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Fri 1/5 12:45 - 14;10 - cloudy then heavy rain and strengthening S breeze / wind
Wheatear 2 pairs, 2 M & 2 F
G C Grebe 2
Goosander 2 M + 9 F
Mallard pair
B Hd Gull 5
LBbGull c. 30 in 4- 5 parties landed, wash / preen and left to South
Curlew 1 + several heard
Swallow 6 then c. 20 before down pour
S Martin 2 before down pour

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12:00-14:30

1 Greenshank breifly
2 Curlew
4 Wheatear
6 Pied Wagtail
3 Sand Martin
25+ Swallow
2 GCGrebe
3 Mallard

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Thank you Dave

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You can but i would'nt - best just walk around the 'south' side of the res.

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Hi Guys, "we three/four" might give it a whirl soon. Can you walk all the way around?

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15:30

15 Wheatear
1 Oystercatcher
4 Swallow
hovering Canada Goose (very windy)

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Mon 20/4 13:00 - 14:30
Wheatear 6 (2 M) }
Pied Wagtail 6 }- large hatch of black flies along embankment wall
Reed Bunting 2 (MF) }
Teal 2 (MF)
Goosander 11 (4M)
Mallard 1 (M)
G C Grebe 2
Lapwing 20+
Oyks 2
Curlew 6
Stonechat
Kestrel 2 (MF)
Bhd Gull 1
LBbGull 1+2

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Midday

2 Teal
1 Wheatear
1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler
1 Little Owl

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mid afternoon

1 Whimbrel
3 Wheatear
1 White Wagtail
2 Pied Wagtail
1 Mallard
8 Canada Goose
2 GCGrebe
1 Reed Bunting

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This evening

2 Whimbrel
6 Wheatear
2 White Wag
7 Pied Wag
2 GCGrebe
12 Goosander
4 Reed Bunting
3 Swallow

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1900-1930

1 Yellow Wagtail
2 White Wagtail
6 Pied Wagtail
2 Great Crested Grebe
7 Swallow

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Group of 4 Ravens flew SE this morning making a lot of noise as they did

12 Goosander
2 GCGrebe

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18:00 - 19:30

4 White Wagtail
1 Tree Pipit going over (Heard)
7 Pied Wagtail
2 Curlew
10+ Meadow Pipit
2 Great Crested Grebe
20+ LBBGull going through
10 BHGull
2 Lapwing
2 Reed Bunting

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06:30 - 08:00

6 Wheatear (5m 1 f)
2 Teal (pair)
3 male Mallard
1 fem Goosander
2 Pied Wagtail
2 Linnet
2 Oystercatcher
9 Curlew

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