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RE: Roman Lakes, Marple


Wigeon - first local one of the year for me
Little Grebe 2
Mute Swan 5 (family group)

Cheers John

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Mute Swan - Just the 2 ads and 3 cygnets. The sub-adult bird seems to have left.
Little Grebe 3
Great Crested Grebe - 1 fully grown juvenile
Kingfisher 1
Chiffchaff singing.

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Highlight was a single female Shoveler. Don't see this species every year locally.
Great Crested Grebe 1 almost full sized juv only. The rest of the family may have dispersed or were hidden in the willows.
Little Grebe 2ads, 1 juv
Coot 75
Moorhen 17
Mute Swan 2 Ads, 3 juvs, 1 sub adult.
Cormorant 1

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Correction to Aug 28th post.

Mute Swan cygnets down to 3 (from 4)

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Little Grebe 2ad, 2 juv
Great Crested Grebe 2ad, 3 juv
Coot 57
Tufted Duck 1f
Mute Swan 2 ad, 4 juvs, 1 1st s

Cheers John

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Great Crested Grebes have all 3 chicks intact. Now 1/2 grown.
Mute Swans have all 4 cygnets still surviving
House Martin 26
Sand Martin 2
Swift 1
Buzzard 2

Cheers John

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13th July p.m.

c50 house martins over the main lake (in breezy, cool, damp weather) attracted a marauding Hobby which sailed about amongst them for a couple of minutes, sizing up the menu, before one of the local buzzards escorted it off the site. Worth the entrance fee alone (which is free)!! Also a kingfisher using one of the fishing lodges to bathe. Also see other wldlife for beetle news!!



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8th July:

Great Crested Grebes - male feeding 3 juveniles that were being carried on female's back.
Mute Swans still have 4 cygnets but didn't see the 1st summer bird.
Best of the rest were 14 House Martins and a single Grey Wagtail

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25th June:

7 Mute Swans (2ads, 1 first summer, 4 cygnets)
2 Great Crested Grebes (female still sitting)

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Coot (27 ads, broods 5,3,7,1 + 2 sitting)
Mallard (broods 2,7)
Canada Goose (broods 10,2,2)
Great Crested Grebe 2 (sitting)
Little Grebe 1
Grey Wagtail (1 ad, 1 juv)
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Song Thrush 3

Cheers John


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A 2nd dipper family with 2 juveniles begging food from adult.

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The adult Dipper is colour ringed.

Red over white on left leg
Red over greyish (presumably metal) on right leg.

Probably the individual I saw on 21st Jan 2016. (see down thread))

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A 2nd dipper family with 2 juveniles begging food from adult.

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Plenty of breeding evidence:

Mute Swan 3 (female sitting on 6 eggs with immature bird in close attendance. Male was far away on the lake. The second immature seems to have departed)
Great Crested Grebe pair
Little Grebe pair
Canada Goose (2 broods of 11 & 2)
Coot (4 broods of 1, 5, 3, 6 with 4 birds still sitting on nests)
Mallard (single brood of 2)
Song Trush 3 singing

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Highlights:
Great Crested Grebe 2
Grey Wagtail 2 (Carrying food for young)
Dipper 1 (Unringed. Taking food to young in nest)
Common Whitethroat
Green Woodpecker
House Martin 5
Buzzard 1
Blackcap 3

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Teal 4
Little Grebe 1
Great Crested Grebe 1
Willow Warbler 3
Treecreeper 1 (carrying food for young)

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

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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)

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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

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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

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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

-- Edited by John Rayner on Monday 2nd of November 2015 08:36:26 PM

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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



-- Edited by John Rayner on Wednesday 28th of October 2015 11:08:53 AM

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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

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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

-- Edited by John Rayner on Thursday 1st of October 2015 12:15:55 PM

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