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RE: Roman Lakes, Marple


Greylag Goose 5
Mandarin Duck 1m
Tufted Duck pair
Little Grebe 1

Cheers, John


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All 4 Swans still present but the adults now have 1 egg
2 Coots on nests
Tufted Duck pair
Teal pair
Blackcap singing

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A visit at 4.00 p.m. today 2 + House Martin 2 Swallow 2 Sand Martin 1 Barnacle Goose ( I'm presuming this is a regular?) 2 Buzzard

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House Martin 2 (early date)
Sand Martin 4
Swallow 3
Little Grebe 1
Tufted Duck 2
Mute Swan 4 (adults now seeing the 2 juvs as a threat. Constantly chasing and harassing)

Cheers John

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Coot 32
Mute Swan 4
Tufted Duck 2m, 2f
Chiffchaff 1

Cheers John

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5th March:

Coot numbers well down and Tufted Duck numbers well up.

Coot 26
Tufted Duck 17
Mute Swan 4 (usual family)
Little Grebe 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming
Song Thrush singing
Nuthatch 2

Cheers John

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Coot 64
Moorhen 23
Mute Swan 4
Gadwall 1m
Tufted Duck 3f
Siskins 90 minimum
Song Thrush 4
Mistle Thrush 2
Grey Wagtail 1
Buzzard 1
Goosander 2m, 1f

Cheers John


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Steve Suttill wrote:

It's a South Manchester Ring Group colour ring, John. They ringed virtually the adults on the Goyt and Tame, but I don't think they have ringed in the last 5 years so your bird is probably getting on a bit!

Tony Wilkinson or Nev Powell are the people to check with.




I don't have contact details for either. Could you PM me please?

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It's a South Manchester Ring Group colour ring, John. They ringed virtually the adults on the Goyt and Tame, but I don't think they have ringed in the last 5 years so your bird is probably getting on a bit!

Tony Wilkinson or Nev Powell are the people to check with.

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21st Jan.

Forgot to mention a colour-ringed Dipper singing loudly on the Goyt. With bins only it was a bit distant to be certain, but looked like red over white on left leg (metal ring on right). Does that fit in with any local ringing scheme?

Cheer John.

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Main Lake 3/4 iced over

Coot 65
Moorhen 24
Mute Swan 4
Gadwall 1m
Tufted Duck 4 (2m, 2f)
Lesser Redpoll 2 (pair with a nice pink male)
Siskins (H)
Mistle Thrush 4

Cheers John

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Lakes to Mellor Moor 10-12.30

110 Pink Footed Geese over west, 2 Lapwing, 2 Goosander,Dipper,  Goldcrest, 5 Redwing,  Fieldfare,  Bullfinch,  Common Buzzard, Grey Heron,  Nuthatch, 5 Jay, Grey Wagtail were the highlights. 



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Goosander (2, North Lake)
Gadwall m
Little Grebe 3
Mute Swan 4
Coot 62
Moorhen 25
Singles of Song Thrush, Treecreeper and Jay

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Goldcrest 3 with Long-tailed Tit flock
Pair Goosander (North Lake)
Gadwall m
Little Grebe 3
Buzzard 1
Woodcock 1
Redwing c110
Mistle Thrush 8

Cheers John

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Shoveler (f) and Gadwall (m) have returned. Wonder where they commute to?
Tufted Duck 2m, 3f
Coot 107
Cormorant 4
Mute Swan 4
Little Grebe 3
Black-headed Gull 20
Canada Goose 125
Siskin 18
Goosander 1m, 1f (North Lake)

Cheers John

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Even less variety than normal: Mallard the only duck species present.

Coot 104
Moorhen 15
Mallard 71
Little Grebe 2
Mute Swan 4
Cormorant 5
Black-headed Gull 14
Grey Heron 1

Cheers John

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Shoveler, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard - 1 of each.
Jays 2

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Not much in the way of highlights:

Great Crested Grebe 1
Little Grebe 4
Buzzard 1
Cormorant 4

And a Nuthatch repeatedly collecting Yew berries and hiding then in the bark of an Oak tree.

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Shoveler 1f
Gadwall 1m
Tufted Duck 1m
Great Crested Grebe 1 (but no Little Grebes today)
Mute Swan 4

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Gadwall 1m
Tufted Duck 2m, 4f
Mute Swan family 4
Little Grebe 3
Cormorant 4
Buzzard 1
Long-tailed Tit 12
Goldfinch 6
+ other regulars

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North Lake:
Goosander 11 (4m, 7f)
Little Grebe 1
Siskin c30

Main Lake:
Coot 115
Moorhen 21
Gadwall 1m
Tufted Duck 2m, 3f
Great Crested Grebe 1 (new in)
Little Grebe 4

River Goyt area:
Buzzard 1
Kingfisher 1

Cheers John

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North Lake:
7 Goosanders (2ad m, 1 1st w. m, 4f)

Main Lake:
1 m Gadwall
3 Tufted Ducks (1m, 2f)
4 Little Grebes
4 Mute Swans (2ad, 2 1st w.)
+ Coot, Moorhens, Mallards, Canada Geese etc

Horse Field:
1 Buzzard hunting invertebrates in the frost

Cheers John

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John Rayner wrote:

The Mute Swan family at Main Lake is down to 4. I found the 5th youngster about 1/4 mile away waddling along the approach track and looking quite poorly with a badly kinked neck. I have reported this to the RSPCA. Also:

1 Male Gadwall
4 Tufted Duck
4 Little Grebes
A few Siskins flying over

Cheers John





The 1st winter Mute Swan was taken into care (eventually) by the RSPCA. If possible it will be released back with the rest of the family.

Forgot a pair of Goosanders on Main Lake this morning, the first of this winter period here.

Cheers John

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The Mute Swan family at Main Lake is down to 4. I found the 5th youngster about 1/4 mile away waddling along the approach track and looking quite poorly with a badly kinked neck. I have reported this to the RSPCA. Also:

1 Male Gadwall
4 Tufted Duck
4 Little Grebes
A few Siskins flying over

Cheers John


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Coot 123 (back pools not checked)
Little Grebes 7
Tufted Duck 1m, 1f
Mute Swan 5

Cheers John

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Coot numbers now up to 133
Flock of Canada Geese (78) now contains a single Pinkfoot
Gadwall 2m, 1f
Tufted Duck 2m
Little Grebe 6
Mute Swan 5

Cheers John

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Sat 7th Nov 08.15-09.00:

2 Female Pochards (soon cleared off)
Pair Gadwall
1 Male Tufted Duck
7 Little Grebes still
+ usuals

Cheers John

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Coot 119 (season high)
Moorhens 21
Wigeon 5
Shoveler 1f
Pochard 1m
Gadwall 1m
Little Grebes 7
Mute Swan family
Black-headed Gulls 8
Siskins heard overhead

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A nice selection of ducks today - good for this site anyway.

Shoveler 1f (1st this year for me here)
Pochard pair
Tufted Duck 1m
Wigeon 1f
Teal 1f
Mallard many
Mute Swan 5
Little Grebe 5

Cheers John

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Main Lake:
1 Kingfisher
1 Tufted Duck female
1 Common Gull
111 Coot
2 Gadwall
1 Wigeon
4 Little Grebes
72 Canada Geese

Linnet Clough Reservoir:
1 Woodcock
1 Little Grebe
2 Mistle Thrush
3 Fieldfare
82 Canada Geese

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1 Wigeon and 2 Gadwall still.

6 Little Grebes.

5 Mute Swans.

111 Coot.

20 Moorhens.

Cheers John



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Wigeon 1f (my first local one of the year)

Gadwall 2m

Little Grebe 4

Mute Swan 5

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Coot 109 (numbers still building)
Moorhen 24
Little Grebe 4
Mute Swan 5
Tufted Duck 1f (there has been a very poor turnover of waterfowl this year. A Pochard and a couple of Gadwall early on but nothing at all so far this autumn)

House Martin c130 (difficult to estimate numbers in a single swirling flock)
Siskin 2
Jay 2
Nuthatch 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1

Cheers John



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7 Little Grebes
Unseen Pinkfoot flock overhead in the mist
1 Buzzard

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6 Little Grebes
101 Coot (First count in 3 figures this autumn)
1 Buzzard

Cheers John

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Late news 25th: Now 5 Little Grebes

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Main Lake:
Nothing new

Low Lea Road:
Single flock of 23 House Martins moving south down the R. Goyt
Chiffchaff 1

Cheers John

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Main Lake:
Coot 93
Moorhen 12 min
Mute Swan 5
Little Grebe 2
Cormorant 3
Mallards uncounted

Bottoms Bridge:
Dipper 1

Cheers John

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A family fun day this afternoon but at least all the hordes, side stalls, brass band and beer tent pushed all the birds into the far corner allowing an accurate count.

Coot 78
Little Grebe 3 still
Mute Swan 5 still

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Main Lake:

Coot 80
Little Grebe 3
The single Great Crested Grebe adult and 1 chick have been absent since 2nd Sep. Not good as the 2nd brood chick was only 1/2 grown and still dependent
Mute Swan 2ad, 3 juv

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Main Lake:
Great Crested Grebe 1ad, 1 juv (i hope the rest of the family were tucked under the willows somewhere)
Little Grebe 2ads, 1 juv
Teal 9
Mandarin 1f
Mute Swan 2 ads, 3 juvs
Coot 73
Moorhen 18

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1st August:

Coots 66 (numbers building)
Mute Swans 2 + 3 cygnets
Great Crested Grebe pair still sitting
House Martins 12
Swallow 1

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Mute Swans now have 3 cygnets. One taken into care a couple of days ago (RSPCA?)
Pair Great Crested Grebes still on nest
c30 Swallows (many juvs)
8 House Martins
2 Sand Martins
3 Swifts

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Pair of Mute Swans with all 4 cygnets surviving
Great Cested Grebe pair are again sitting on eggs. No sign of the 2 well grown youngsters from the first brood. Presumably they have moved on.
Coots - 45 including the darvic ringed individual (white ARD)
Mallard 86
Grey Heron 1

Cheers John

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Mute Swan (2+4) and Great Cested Grebe (2+2) - no further losses
Tufted Duck - 1 female
Greylag Goose - 1 feral bird has latched onto the local Canada Goose flock

Cheers John

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6 Mute Swans (2ad, 4 young)
4 Great Crested Grebes (2ad, 2 young almost full sized)
59 Coots (31ad, 28 young)
42 Canada Geese (37ad, 5 young)

1 large Red-eared Terrapin, carelessly abandoned in Main Lake, which will probably make a meal of many of the young birds mentioned above.

Cheers John





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Mute Swans have 4 cygnets
Pair of Great Crested Grebes still feeding 2 young
Female Gadwall
12 House Martins

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Main Lake:

Great Crested Grebe pair have 2 well developed chicks
Mute Swan still sitting
Coot broods of 2, 4, 4, 5 with 1 bird still sitting
Grey Heron 2
Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing

Cheers John

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Great Crested Grebe female carrying chicks but couldn't see how many.
Mixed hirundine flock low over the water: 25 Sand Martins, 10 Swallows, 3 House Martins..

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Nesting birds:

Coot 5, Canada Goose 1, Mute Swan 1, Great Crested Grebe 1. Also:

Gadwall pair
Little Grebe pair
Tufted Duck 2m, 1f
House Martins c25
Swallows 6
Blackcap 2
Grey Heron 1

Cheers John



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