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RE: Roman Lakes, Marple


A large flock of Canada Geese (178) dominated
Greylag 1
Barnacle Goose 1 feral
Mute Swan 2 (4DBT has moved on)
Little Grebe 2 (ad & juv)
Great Crested Grebe 1
Tufted Duck 1
Coot 57
Moorhen 13
Mallard 48
Cormorant 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Dipper 1 on Goyt

Cheers John

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Thanks Steve


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Hi John,

4DBT was ringed as a male cygnet in a brood of 8 on 2/9/2018 at Ashton Moss.

Steve



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Mute Swan - usual pair plus an interloper (Blue Darvic 4DBT). If Steve Christmas is reading this could you please tell me its origins. Could possibly have been an 'O' or a zero rather than D.

Also:
Teal 1f
Tufted Duck 1f, 1m
Great Crested Grebe 1
Goosander 1f
Coot 72
Moorhen 15
Mallard 62
Canada Goose 103
Barnacle Goose 1 feral
Grey Heron 1

Kingfisher 1
Chiffchaff 3
House Martin 14

Cheers John





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North Lake:
Mandarin Duck 2

Horse Fields:
Canada Goose 114
Stock Dove 1
Buzzard 1
House Martin 30

Main Lake:
Mute Swan 3
Great Crested Grebe 1
Goosander 1
Teal 1

Cheers John

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A quick look over Main Lake (canoeists on North Lake).

A poor year for breeding birds:

2 Mute Swans (they failed earlier in the year)
2 Great Crested Grebes (were sitting but nest now under water)
51 Coot (but only 1 juvenile)
A female Mallard with 2 young
1 Mandarin female
1 Kingfisher
1 Stock Dove

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Late news from yesterday. A full count:

North Lake:
Canada Goose 15ads, 4juvs (probably more hidden)
Mallard 1ad, 2juv

Main Lake:
Canada Goose 93ads
Mallard 64ads, 1juv
Mute Swan 2ads (failed breeding this year)
Moorhen 2 only
Coot 27ads, ZERO JUVS (unusual)
Greylag Goose 1
Barnacle Goose 1
Great Crested Grebe 2 (in weed dance display)

On 17th June I saw a Mink cross the path at North Lake. May account in part for the lack of coot chicks

Cheers John

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North Lake:
8 Mandarin Ducks (A pair and a female with 5 ducklings)
2 Stock Doves singing

Main Lake:
2 Common Sandpipers
Mute Swan sitting on 1 egg

Linnet Clough Reservoir:
1 Whitethroat
1 Garden Warbler

Overall a total of 7 Blackcaps

Cheers John




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House Martin 10
Swallow 18
Sand Martin 2
Tufted Duck 4m, 3f
Mandarin 1m
Blackcap singing

Cheers John

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Greylag 1, in with the Canadas
Mandarin 4m, 2f
Tufted Duck 4m, 1f
Mute Swan 2
Cormorant 8

Kingfisher 1
Chiffchaff singing
Stock Dove singing

Cheers John




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Belated WeBS count:

North Lake:
Cormorant 1
Mallard 2
Goosander 1m
Canada Goose 57
Dipper (on river)
Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming
Buzzard

Main Lake:
Cormorant 6
Black-headed Gull 7
Mallards 53
Coot 17
Canada Goose 28
Mute Swan 2
L Grebe 2
Tufted Duck 1m
Moorhen 12
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 displaying

Cheers John




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Mute Swan update.

Last year's youngsters have dispersed. 2 Adults on Main Lake and 1 1st w. on North Lake.

(12 month's ago the youngsters hung around well into March prompting aggressive attacks from the adults. In fact one youngster was eventually tolerated and over-summered).

Cheers, John

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North Lake 100% and Main Lake 95%+ iced over. Birds concentrated on small patch of water made for easy counting:

Canada Goose 30
Mute Swan 7
Black-headed Gull 41
Little Grebe 4
Mallard 66
Coot 41
Moorhen only 4!
Cormorant 1
Grey Heron 1

Mistle Thrush 2
Buzzard 2
Nuthatch, Stock Dove and Goldcrest (2) all singing

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Nuthatch 6
Mistle Thrush 4
Redwing 55
Kingfisher 1
Dipper 1

Shoveler pair
Teal 1f
Goosander 1m 4f
Tufted Duck 1m
Mallard 53
Coot 38
Moorhen 19
Little Grebe 3
Canada Goose 2 only!
Feral Barnacle Goose
Grey Heron 3

Cheers John

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Walked some Christmas off early afternoon.

North lake

Goosander 1m 1f

Main Lake

Goosander 3m 3f

Tufted Duck 1m 1f

Wigeon 1m

Coot  and Mute Swans

 

As an aside - John haven't they done an amazing job with the Landscaping of Mellor Mill. Also you can have a better view of the North lake from the "new path"

 



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Selected sightings from this morning:

Gadwall 1
Little Grebe 1
Goosander 3
Dipper 2
Kingfisher 1
Grey Heron 3
Raven 1
Lesser Redpoll 9 (Mellor G.C.)

Cheers John

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A quick visit.

North Lake:
Goosander 1m, 1f
Mandarin 3m, 2f

Main Lake:
Gadwall 2m, 2f
Tufted Duck 4m, 2f
Mute Swan 2ad, 5 1st w.
Little Grebe 2

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North Lake:
Gooander 2
Stock Dove 1
Mistle Thrush singing

Main Lake:
Gadwall 2m, 1f
Little Grebe 4
Tufted Duck 2m, 1f
Grey Heron 3

A feeding flock included 4 Nuthatches, 2 Goldcrests and a Treecreenper.

Cheers John



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Stock Dove (singing)
Gadwall 2
Coot 106
Goosander 2f (1 Main Lake, 1 River Goyt)
Dipper (Goyt)
Grey Wagtail (Goyt)
Green Woodpecker (heard near Mellor Golf Course)

Cheers, John

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Green Woodpecker 1
Dipper 1 singing
Gadwall 4
Blackbird 16
Nuthatch 3

Cheers John

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Little Grebe 7
Gadwall 2m, 2f
Tufted Duck 1m, 1f
Goosander 3m. 2f
Mute Swan 2ad, 5 1st w.
Cormorant 10
Dipper singing on R. Goyt

Cheers John

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Coot 91
Moorhen 12
Little Grebe 3
Wigeon 4
Gadwall 1f
Teal 1
Mute Swan 2ad, 5 1st w
Cormorant 6
Canada Goose 105

Cheers, John


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Wigeon 5
Gadwall 1f
Coot 105 (guestimate)
Moorhen 14
Mute Swan 7 (seem to have lost 1 young bird but didn't check everywhere)

2 Dippers and a Grey Wagtail on river

Cheers John

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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

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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).

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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.

Cheers John






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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

Cheers John

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