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RE: Roman Lakes, Marple


Main Lake:

Coot 134
Moorhen 15
Mute Swan 10 (the resident adults still aggressively chasing the two interloper 2nd year birds)
Mallard 51
Canada Goose 15
Barnacle Goose 1 (feral)
Gadwall 1
Wigeon 1
Little Grebe 3
Cormorant 6
Grey Heron 2
Black-headed Gull 2

North Lake and surrounds:

Canada Goose 66
Mandarin Duck 8

Cheers, John



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Wigeon 2
Gadwall 1f
Mallard 60
Coot 119
Moorhen 17
Little Grebes 3
Mute Swan 10 (inc. 6 juvs)
Cormorants 3

Cheers, John


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Pair of Dippers at Marple Locks



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Gadwall 1f
Coot 121 (numbers still increasing)
Little Grebes 2 ads
Mute Swan 10 (inc. 6 juvs)
Cormorants 6
Kingfisher 1
Dipper 1 (Goyt)
House Martins c60
Swallows 2
Raven heard

Cheers John



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Coot 106
Tufted Duck 1f
Little Grebe 2
Mute Swan 9 (2ad, 6 juvs, 1 sub ad)
Cormorant 2
Grey Heron 2
Kingfisher 1

[c6 Salmon or Sea Trout eyeing up the weir but not leaping it]

Cheers John

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Coot 90+ (no access today so no full count)
Mute Swan 2ads, 6 juvs
Great Crested Grebe 1 fully grown juv (new arrival)
Buzzard 3
Sparrowhawk 1
Chiffchaff 1
House Martin 2
Migrating ducks are very thin on the ground this autumn.

Nice to chat with Peter Holmes' wife. Tell Peter to get down to Roman Lakes and post some sightings smile

Cheers, John

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Little Grebe pair have 2 well grown young
Mute Swan pair still have all 6 cygnets
Teal 1
Coot 63
Canada Goose 141
Heron 3
Mallard and Moorhens uncounted.

Cheers, John

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Adult Mute Swans have a brood of 4 cygnets. Surprisingly the 1st summer bird remaining from last year's brood is still tolerated in the vicinity.
Greylag Goose 2
Barnacle Goose 1 (feral)
4 families of Coot with 3 birds still sitting (15 ads, 19 juvs)
Moorhen 3
Mallard 18
Tufted Duck 2
Little Grebe 1
Cormorant 1
Raven 2
Jay 2

Cheers John

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Gadwall male (first here this year)
Great Crested Grebe 1
Tufted Duck 3m, 2f
Mute Swan 2ad, 1 1st s.
Swallow 2
House Martin 4

Cheers John

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Blackcaps fresh in with 4 males singing
Chiffchaff 6
Great Crested Grebe 1 (1st here this year)
Mandarin 2 (on river)
Jay 7

Cheers, John



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2 House Martins
1 Sand Martin
13 Swallows
1 Treecreeper
1 Sparrowhawk

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Swallows 3
Chiffchaffs 2

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Mute Swan now sitting on nest with the male still trying to drive away the last of the 2017 youngsters
Goosander 1f
Pair Mandarins
Tufted Ducks 2m, 1f
Pair Teal

Migrants represented by single Chiffchaff and single Sand Martin

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A Red-breasted Merganser in the drizzle was a complete surprise this morning. A Stockport Borough tick and a nice change from Coot counting!

Red-breasted Merganser (male)
Tufted Duck 5m, 4f
Mute Swan 2ad + 2 1st w. (the other youngsters may have been on the back lagoons but I didn't see them so perhaps successfully driven away by the adults)
Little Grebe 1
Chiffchaff 1 singing

No Goosanders anywhere

Cheers, John



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To add to John's report from Sunday, we also saw a pied wagtail, at least 2 siskin feeding with the goldfinch and redpoll, at least 3 song thrush, and a treecreper in the same area. Also heard a buzzard in the trees behind the main buildings EDIT - knew I'd missed something! We also saw three chiffchaff, not calling but positively identified visually

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Main Lake:

Snipe (a weather displaced individual on one of the islands)
Mute Swan 6 (Adult Swans aggressively harassing last year's youngsters)
Tufted Duck 4
Goosander 2
Little Grebe 2
Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
Cormorant 3
Black-headed Gull c25
Grey Wagtail 1
Goldfinch 13
Lesser Redpoll 5
Song Thrush 1

Cheers John

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March 15th. (11.00-12.15). Large emergence of insects today.

Sand Martin 2 flew through NW

Tufted Duck 6m, 3f
Goosander 2 North Lake, 2 Main Lake
Mute Swan 6
Little Grebe 2
Coot 38
Moorhen 20
Canada Goose 59
Mallard 41
Cormorant 6
Black-headed Gull 8
Treecreeper 2
Stock Dove 3
Buzzard 1

Cheers John


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Late news yesterday 14th:

Seemed to have been a bit of a clear of waterfowl out at Main Lake:
Little Grebe 2
Mute Swan 6
Goosander 2f

Elsewhere:
Woodcock 1
Stock Dove 2
Manderin Duck 2 (pair on river)
Bullfinch 12 (including a single flock of 10)

Cheers John



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North Lake 100% frozen. Main Lake 95% frozen making counting easy. Wildfowl numbers greatly reduced.

Coot 33
Moorhen 16
Goosander 2f
Canada Goose 8
Mute Swan 6
Little Grebe 5
Mallard 44
Black-headed Gull 31

Cheers, John

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Late news for yesterday 28th December:

The young Swan had freed itself from the fishing hook/line and was feeding normally with the family party.

Coot 139
Wigeon 9
Tufted Duck 2
Mallard 76
Little Grebe 6
Moorhen 14
Black-headed Gull 28
Goldfinch 8
Singles of Bullfinch and Nuthatch

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Another of the young Swans is in trouble, this time from fishing line. It appears to be hooked, with line hanging from its bill, and was repeatedly shaking its head whilst trying to free itself.

8 Wigeon
4 Little Grebes
169 Canada Goose
1 Barnacle Goose (the regular feral bird was flying round with the Canada Geese)

Cheers John

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The RSPCA officer attended Roman Lakes this morning but unfortunately the Swan had died overnight. He suspects lead poisoning but there are not enough resources to do an autopsy.

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John Rayner wrote:

One of the 1st w. Mute Swans has been detached from the family group for some days now and looked ill today. It was closing its eyes with bill open and it was an obvious effort to keep its head erect. (see attached)

Other water birds included Goosander (3m, 1f on North Lake), the long staying Wigeon flock (10), the female Gadwall and at least 3 Little Grebes. Elsewhere 1 Stock Dove.

Cheers John



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I have reported this to the RSPCA. (Thanks for the contact number Paul).

Cheers, John

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One of the 1st w. Mute Swans has been detached from the family group for some days now and looked ill today. It was closing its eyes with bill open and it was an obvious effort to keep its head erect. (see attached)

Other water birds included Goosander (3m, 1f on North Lake), the long staying Wigeon flock (10), the female Gadwall and at least 3 Little Grebes. Elsewhere 1 Stock Dove.

Cheers John



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5 pairs of wigeon, 1 gadwall, 7 little grebe, 4 tufted duck, 1 stock dove (plus 1 heard), flock of 40-45 finches made up of siskins and goldfinches (could not sort out ratio), 2 female goosander on river bank, buzzard.



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Late WeBS count

North Lake (completely frozen):

Goosander 3 (2m, 1f) on river Goyt
Canada Goose 1
Grey Heron 1

Also Jay and Buzzard

Main Lake (95% frozen making counting easy):

Coot 147 (equalling the record)
Moorhen 28
Mute Swan 7
Mallard 72
Wigeon 8
Gadwall 1f
Tufted Duck 1f
Little Grebe 6
Grey Heron 1
Cormorant 1
Black-headed Gull 29

Also Nuthatch 2, Jay.

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7th December:

Goosander 2 (m, f)
Wigeon 12
Tufted Duck 5 (3m, 2f)
Gadwall 1f
Little Grebe 2
Coot 132
Canada Goose 109
Grey Heron 2
Stock Dove 2
Goldcrest 1

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Goosander 8 (3m, 5f)
Wigeon 12 (5m, 7f)
Gadwall 1f (new in)
Coot 143
Little Grebe 6
Mute Swan (2ad, 5 1st w)
Kingfisher 1
Redwing 29
Sparrowhawk 1
Grey Wagtail 1

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Main Lake 1/2 frozen making counting easier:

Coot 147 ( a record for the site I think)
Moorhen 34
Wigeon 7
Mallard 59
Mute Swan 7
Little Grebe 3
Canada Goose 9 (main flock missing)
Cormorant 1
Black-headed Gull 16
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Grey Wagtail 1
Goldcrest 1

North Lake:
Stock Dove 1
Canada Goose 3
Mallard 2
Goosander 1m
Grey Heron 2

Cheers, John


PS David, Did you press the 'attach file(s)' button under the window where you wrote your post? Press attach file, browse PC, select photo and press insert.

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  Adult swan ice-breaking for its young while the other adult sat unconcerned in a clear patch of water.

  PS I did as you suggest John and a file was opened but no picture appeared (I've been successful before)

 

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Mute Swan 8 (usual 7 seeing off an adult intruder)
Little Grebe 2
Wigeon 11
Cormorant 4
Grey Heron 3
Stock Dove 3
Mistle Thrush 2 (both singing)

Cheers John

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Late afternoon:

Wigeon 11
Little Grebe 2
Mute Swan 7
Grey Heron 2

Cheers John

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Coot 126
Wigeon 7
Little Grebe 6
Buzzard
Goosander 2m, 1f on North Lake

Cheers John





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A quick look over Main Lake.

Wigeon 12
Little Grebe 2
Mute Swan 7

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Thurs 16th Nov. Some noteable increases.

Mute Swan 8 (The usual family of 2ad, 5 1st w. Plus another 1st w. by the river in the field oppisite North Lake)
Wigeon 12 (4m, 8f)
Little Grebe 6
Canada Goose 59
Cormorant 6
Buzzard 2
Grey Heron 1

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Early WeBS survey.

North Lake Area:

Canada Goose 76
Goosander 1m

Main Lake Area:

Canada Goose 23
Moorhen 16
Coot 108
Mute Swan 2ad, 5 1st w
Mallard 59
Tufted Duck 1f
Wigeon 8
Little Grebe 3
Cormorant 5
Grey Heron 1

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Goosander 9 (3m, 5f North Lake, 1f on river)
Coot 122
Moorhen 18
Little Grebe 1
Mute Swan 7
Wigeon 4
Shoveler 1f
Siskin 2

Checked out a couple of Hornbeams near Strawberry Hill but very little fruit.

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Wigeon 4
Mute Swan 7
Little Grebe 3
Cormorant 5
Grey Wagtail
Sparrowhawk

Cheers John

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08.00-09.30

Ludworth Moor turned out to be fogbound so back to Roman Lakes where 5 Wigeon was the best I could do.

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Roman Lakes is closed on Mondays so an incomplete look over Main Lake from the road.

Now 8 Mute Swans (the usual family of 7 and an interloper that had been driven off onto the horse field)
6 Wigeon (4m, 2f)
A Yew tree held feeding Mistle Thrushes (3), Redwings (10), Blackbirds (4), Song Thrush (1) and a Nuthatch

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Quick visit to see what Ophelia had stirred up. Answer was an influx of Coot...

Coot 126
Little Grebes 2
Wigeon 5
All 7 Mute Swan family party together again

Cheers John

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Female Shoveler still
I could only find 4 young Mute Swans (now 1st winters rather than juvs) with the 2 adults so may have lost one in the past 4 days.

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Late WeBS count:

North Lake:
Little Grebe 1
Mallard 2
Canada Goose 36
Grey Heron 1

Main Lake:
Shoveler 1 female (Thanks David, such is the paucity of Stockport waters that I don't record this every year)
Wigeon 2m, 3f
Coot 84
Moorhen 17
Mallard 75
Canada Goose 49
Mute Swan 2ads, 5 juvs
Cormorant 8
Grey Heron 1

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Also a female Shoveler around midday



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Now 5 Wigeon
7 Mute Swans still

2 (unringed) Dippers on River Goyt. Lots of song and wing fluttering display.

Cheers, John

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Not a lot changed over the past few weeks until 3 drake Wigeon today.

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Coot 87
Mute Swan 2 ad, 5 juv
Little Grebe 2 1 ad, 1 fem/juv
Cormorant 1
Kingfisher 1 juv
No sign of Great Crested Grebes

Cheers John



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David Cookson confirms that Mute Swan W34049 is indeed 'Green CCT4' and has lost its Darvic. This was always the most likely scenario.
Thanks to Steve and David for their assistance.

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Late news 3rd August.

Mute Swan 2ads, 5 juvs
Great Crested Grebe 2ads, 4 juvs
Mandarin Duck 2
Little Grebe 2
Kingfisher 1
House Martin c20
Swift 3

Something strange going on with the Mute Swans as the male now has no Darvic ring (It should be 'Green CCT4'). Is it unusual for these Darvics to be lost? I could read the metal ring, which is W34049. Could someone (Steve?) please confirm that this is the same individual?

Cheers John

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Sorry everyone,this should have been posted on the Etherow thread. I will try to amend. Not having a good day am I? no

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