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ASHWORTH MOOR RESERVOIR


Another brief visit this evening, and the only waders were 40 Lapwing.

Excellent count of 82 Goosander and a single Goldeneye.

1 Swift among c320 Swallow over the reservoir.

1 Sparrowhawk shot low across the water.

2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were the only ones present, and they didn't stay to roost.



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Highlights from a brief visit this evening:

24 Lapwing and 3 Dunlin.

55 Goosander, 1 Tufted Duck and 1 Goldeneye.

c300 Swallow low over the reservoir with a few Sand Martin among them.

1 Kestrel.



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Fri 17/8 10:00-14:00 overcast cold SW wind

Ringed plover 2
Dunlin 3 (but another birder had 5 before I got there)
Lapwing 6

Goldeneye fem first of Autumn here?
Mallard 6
G C Grebe 1

Swallow c 60
Sand Martin c 80

Grey wagtail heard
Pied wagtail c 30

Kestrel at least 2

Willow warbler 1 juv

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18 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover and 2 Common Sandpiper this evening.

47 Goosander roosted, with Teal and Great Crested Grebe still present.

2 Buzzard and 3 Kestrel.

10 Swift among a mixed flock of c60 Swallow and Sand Martin.



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This evening 19.50 to 21.00:

6 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Common Sandpiper. Couldn't find any Lapwing!

44 Goosander and 92 Canada Geese came in to roost.

75 Lesser Black-back Gull but only 7 Black-headed Gull.

Single Swift over the dam and 11 Swallow over.



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This evening 20.00 to 21.00:

20 Lapwing, 6 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover and 1 Common Sandpiper.

48 Goosander and 1 Teal.

3 Kestrel.

Very few gulls again.



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An earlier visit this evening from 18.20 to 19.50:

6 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 85 Lapwing and singles of Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover and Curlew.

Very few gulls roosted and most of the Hirundines seemed to have gone.

34 Goosander and 2 Teal.



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This evening 19.30 to 21.00.

Single juvenile Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 35 Lapwing and 1 Snipe.

39 Goosander, 2 Teal and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

c100 Swallow with 10 Swift and a few Sand martin mixed in.

155 Lesser Black-back Gull, 1 Herring Gull and 65 Black-headed Gull.



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A fair bit of interest this morning from 7.00 to 9.00:

30 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 2 Dunlin and singles of Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper.

34 Goosander, 2 Teal, 2 Cormorant and a Great Crested Grebe.

The juvenile Peregrine put in another brief appearance, but didnt catch anything. 3 Kestrel and a Little Owl still up at 9.00!

2 Wheatear among c50 Pied Wagtail and c25 Meadow Pipit.

3 Swift and 1 House Martin.



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This morning 7.00 to 8.30:

8 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 5 Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper.

11 Goosander and 2 Teal.

Juvenile Peregrine flew in low from the east and spent 10 minutes or so around the reservoir, before flying back high to the east. Possibly one of the Rochdale birds? Also at least 4 Kestrel and 1 Little Owl.

Single Chiffchaff in bushes on the north side of the reservoir.



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And a little later:

1 Common Sandpiper and 65 Lapwing.

35 Goosander, but most flew off around 7.15

No less than 9 Kestrel, possibly 10, and a Sparrow-hawk.

Singles of Swift and House Martin in with the other Hirundines.

Grasshopper Warbler still reeling!



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5 Dunlin, 5 Snipe and 6 Teal on the reservoir first thing this morning .



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7 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, a Common Gull and an adult Great Black-backed Gull on the reservoir this evening .



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Green Sandpiper , Common Sandpiper and 9 Snipe present first thing this morning ... Green Sandpiper flew off West at 0640..



-- Edited by rob archer on Friday 3rd of August 2018 07:56:12 AM

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61 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper and a single Snipe this evening. Goosander count up to 67, and the Grasshopper Warbler still reeling!



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Turnstone on the big island 1st thing this morning , flew off west at 0750.  2 Dunlin , 4 Cormorant and 3 Common Sandpiper also on the island ..



-- Edited by rob archer on Wednesday 1st of August 2018 09:43:16 AM

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Wader passage seems to have dried up over the last few days. This evening only 38 Lapwing and 2 Common Sandpiper. Still some birds of interest though:

Good count of 62 Goosander roosting.

Single Grasshopper Warbler still reeling.

c 25 Swift and c 35 Swallow over the water.

Single Kestrel and Buzzard.

Only small numbers of Lesser Black-backed Gull and Black-headed Gull.



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3 Dunlin , Redshank, 7 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover , 11 Snipe , Curlew, c25 Lapwing and c100 Lesser black-backed Gull first thing this morning ..



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Yellow-legged Gull 1st thing flew off south at 0610.. a Great black-backed Gull also amongst c80 Lesser black-backed Gulls.

Also present were Dunlin , Green Sandpiper, c20 Snipe, Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, 7 Common Sandpiper and 31 Goosander ..

A Hobby flew south over the reservoir ( 1st for me here ) and a short time later a  Peregrine also flew over south after making a dive at a Woodpigeon ..



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Black-tailed Godwit first thing this morning in the drizzle and fog .. also present... 2  3cy Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Dunlin, Redshank , 5 Common Sandpiper, c15 Snipe and 5 Oystercatcher..



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7.15 - 9.50am.

1 Greenshank (poss 2), 1 Ad Dunlin, 1 Teal fem/imm, 11 Snipe, 15+ Lapwing, 5 Goosander fem/Imm, c 10 BH Gulls, very few big gulls coming in then leaving.

Greenshank left mid morning high SW prob after hearing what I thought was another flying high overhead?



-- Edited by Craig Bell on Saturday 21st of July 2018 02:46:18 PM

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Greenshank flew in to big island at 8.10am



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Pintail on the res this evening along with 10 Snipe on the large island. 



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2 Yellow-legged Gull and a Golden Plover first thing this morning ..



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Should add that I had a Common Gull adult and a Redshank and Friday 13th July at about 6.30pm.  The Common Gull flew south. 



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20 Lapwing, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin and singles of Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover and Snipe this morning.

Also 5 Goosander, 1 Teal and 4 or 5 Kestrel.



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And a little later:

1 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 3 Common Sandpiper and 35 Lapwing.

Also single Little Owl and 3 Kestrel.



-- Edited by Roger Halsey on Tuesday 17th of July 2018 10:36:52 AM

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3cy Yellow-legged Gull flew in first thing this morning , departing at 0600.. After comparing photo's it wasn't last week's 3cy bird ..Also present were 2 Dunlin, 4 Little Ringed Plover and 7 Common Sandpiper 



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 17th of July 2018 10:35:49 AM

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Mon 16/7 13:00-16:30 hot humid sunny cloudy spells. Still becoming E light breeze

Common sandpiper at least 4

Green sandpiper 1 from 15:30

Little ringed plover 1 from 16:15

Lapwing 38

Canada geese c 60 L Bb gull c 80 B had gull c 30 incl several juvs Goosander 2 fem

Swallow up to 10 sand Martin 6 mid afternoon feeding drinking swift 2 (numbers well down from usual July screaming hordes!!!!)

Lots of pied wagtail juvs and a couple adults

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Sunday 15th July.  7 - 10.30am.  With A Young (9.45-10.15).

10+ Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, c15 Lapwing, 5 fem/juv Goosander,  9 B H Gulls, 30 (max count) L B B Gulls with very few birds coming and going. Pilsworth tip not working affecting numbers???



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Redshank, Dunlin , 4 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Common Sandpiper and a Curlew first thing this morning  



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Today from 11.00 to 13.00.

5 Common Sandpiper, 55 Lapwing and 2 Little Ringed Plover.

Great Black-backed Gull and Yellow-legged Gull among 80 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 3 Herring Gull.

3 Kestrel.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 15th of July 2018 09:40:58 PM

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Of interest during a late circuit:

2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 38 Lapwing.

32 Goosander roosted.

1 Great Black-backed Gull among the gulls.

Pair of Grey Wagtail and a reeling Grasshopper Warbler.

1 Kestrel.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 13th of July 2018 10:33:31 PM

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During a late visit this evening:

1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 21 Lapwing and a Curlew. The Green Sandpiper appeared to go to roost on the small central island.

Also 31 Goosander came to roost on the reservoir and a Grasshopper Warbler was still reeling on the adjacent moorland.



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After being unsure re the ID of a couple of Gulls on Tuesday I sent a copy of a few of the photographs I took to Ian who confirmed them as  2 separate Yellow-legged Gulls... a 3cy bird and an Adult  . In with the Lesser black- backed Gulls this morning was another Adult Yellow-legged Gull which may well be a different bird... also present 4 Common Sandpiper and 2 Little Ringed Plover 



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5 Little Ringed Plover and 3 Common Sandpiper first thing this morning . Also, in amongst c100 Lesser black-backed Gulls was a yellow legged argentatus Herring Gull on the small island that has recently formed ..

 



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An interesting circuit of the reservoir this evening.

19 Goosander and a single Pochard on the water.

3 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing and a single Common Sandpiper on the margins.

30+ Swift and 3 Sand Martin hawking insects.

Grasshopper Warbler still reeling on the nearby moorland.



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6 Pochard first thing this morning is a scarcity here and a first for me at the reservoir..

Water levels lower exposing some mud , hence....3 Dunlin, Redshank, 3 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher , 4 Curlew and 12 Lapwing .

Common Sandpiper have bred successfully too on the north shore  but only appear to have one surviving chick at present ..



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Mon 21/5 10:00-13:00 hot sunny still at start becoming SE breeze

Raven 2 to West being mobbed by crows pitched in behind Ashworth view nursery

Oystercatcher get at least 1
Lapwing 5 on S shore and 2 defending territory from Crows
Curlew 3-4 at different times feeding drinking and washing in res
Dunlin 1 heard calling singing then flew off to the East
Common sandpiper at inlet outlet

Mallard 4 males
Canada geese liar with5 goslings on res

Herring gull 2 ad
L Bb gull c 60 on res at one time
B hd gulls a few

Dipper flew down outlet channel
Grey wagtail at outlet

[no wheatears again!!!]

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Morning visit...

6 + Swift
2+ Swallow
8+ Sand Martin
2 Common Sandpiper
1 Ringed Plover (W end next to the overflow - site tick for me )
2 Grey Wagtail
2 Pied Wagtail
24 Juv Lesser Black Backed Gull
2 Black Headed Gull
1 Lapwing
1 Curlew (below Dam)
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Meadow Pipit
Mallard
Skylark
Carrion Crow
Magpie
Canada Goose
Pheasant
Reed Bunting
Kestrel (hunting)

-- Edited by Barry Corless on Sunday 13th of May 2018 01:52:25 PM

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Sat 12/5 14:45-18:00 sunny and still becoming cloudy and col W breeze

Oystercatcher 1
Lapwing 3 on res then flew off west
Curlew several bubbling display flights

Common sandpiper 2 by inlet

Whimbrel 1 flying west calling

[no wheatears possibly due to noisy scrambling event in farm below res area]



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 12th of May 2018 08:45:05 PM

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This afternoon 14:00-16:00 in light rain

At least 5 female large and very tame (Greenland???) Wheatears on dam wall and embankment

Swallow at least 10 hawking around southern dam bump and wall
Sand Martin c 10 with the above

Curlew at least 1 bubbling

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7am - 8 am this morning

Res itself was quiet with a few Mallard and a handful of juv Herring gull
5 + Wheatear
4 Curlew
Many Meadow Pipit
5+ Reed Bunting
Skylark in early morning display flight
2 x Common Sandpiper on N.shore






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Wednesday 18th April Morning

 

2 Tree Pipit calling s they flew over, heading North-ish straight into Rossendale

2 White Wagtail

1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler

a tired male Wheatear - probably same bird since Monday eveing. 



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2 Shelduck, 2 Goldeneye and a White Wagtail at the reservoir this morning ..



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Weather not even close to Spring but birding more so this morning

Pied Wagtail (on the E. dam wall)
Curlew x 4 (1 in fields below the Dam, 3 flyovers at W end; much calling)
Mallard x 2 m
Canada Goose x 8 (paired up not in usual flock)
Lesser Black Back Gull (1 x adult, 2 x juv)
Herring Gull (several adult + juv)
Skylark x 2 (S bank display flights)
Carrion Crow
Jackdaw
Meadow Pipit (several displaying + flyovers (NW))
Wheatear 1 f (first of the year at W end on res wall)
Tufted Duck 1 m
Reed Bunting 1 m
Lapwing (display flights over fields below dam)
Black Head Gull (Gardens of big houses at N.side)

Non-birding (Much frog spawn evident in culverts / streams at W end)

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Curiously, not a single gull roosted this evening. A few herring and black headed gull passed through, but none stopped. Around the reservoir, 6 goldeneye, 4 goosander, 80 lapwing and a single curlew.



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Hail, snow wind plagued circuit of the res

V few birds

1 m Stonechat
50+ Lapwing
scattering of lesser black backed, herring and black headed gulls
2 Goldeneye



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5 Goldeneye
2 Goosander
1 Tufted Duck

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A quick NYD peek on the way home from Elton Res... c. 12:30pm

About 30 large gulls (mix of Herring, Lesser Black Backed and Great Black Backed) plus more coming in
About 35 Black Headed Gull
3 Goosander (1m, 2f)
1 Goldeneye (m)
2 Pied Wagtail
Large flock of Lapwing 40-50




-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 1st of January 2018 05:45:28 PM

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