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RE: Roman Lakes, Marple


Late news 25th: Now 5 Little Grebes

Cheers John

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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

Cheers John


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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

Cheers, John

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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

Cheers John




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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

Cheers John

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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

Cheers John

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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

Cheers John

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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

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Coot 19 (4 nests)
Mallard 56
Canada Goose 26 (including 1sitting on nest on platform made for the Swans - a Coot nesting on same platform just a couple of feet away)
Tufted Duck 1m
Great Crested Grebe 2
Moorhen 3
Nuthatch 4
Blackcap 3

Cheers, John


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Great Crested Grebe now sitting on eggs

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2 Greylags (these in addition to the resident farmyard Greylag type)
5 Tufted Ducks
2 Great Crested Grebes nest building
2 Coots sitting

Cheers John

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Dipper 2 Grey Wagtail on River, Several Chiffchaffs, Several Goldcrest, Long Tailed Tits, Great Crested Grebes, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tufted Ducks the Feral Barnacle Goose and 2 Buzzards.

-- Edited by Ian Boote on Monday 30th of March 2015 06:56:30 PM

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Main Lake:
As 16th except now Little Grebes (2)

River Goyt:
Chiffchaffs (2 singing)
Mandarin (pair)
Goosander (pair)
Dipper (pair displaying)
Grey Wagtail (2)

Cheers John


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North Lake:
Goosander (pair)

Main Lake:
Great Crested Grebe 2
Tufted Duck 3m, 2f
Mute Swan (pair)
Cormorant 1
No migrants yet

Cheers John

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Wander through from Bottoms Bridge to Windybottom Farm & back.

1 Buzzard (Light Phase) at the far end of the horse paddock
2 Great Crested Grebe on main lake, inspecting a Coot nest
1 Cormorant
3 Goldcrest in conifers on walk down to Railway bridge
2 female Goosander
2 Dipper
Male & female Mandarin Duck on stretch of river close to turn off for railway tunnel near Windybottom Farm

Small numbers of Blue/Great/Coal/Longtailed Tits & 4 Goldfinch in the trees opposite the main house

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Not much changing except winter Coot flock is dispersing rapidly.

Coot 44
Moorhen 18
Mallard c50
Great Crested Grebe 2
Mute Swan 2
Grey Heron 1
Cormorant 1


Cheers John

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Main Lake:

Now a pair of Great Crested Grebes (nest building and display)
3 Tufted Duck (2m, 1f)

Cheers John

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Main Lake:
Great Crested Grebe 1
Tufted Duck 3m, 2f

Linnet Clough Reservoir:
Siskin 2 (Pair with male in full song. They have been really scarce [absent?] round here this winter)
Bullfinch 1
Goldfinch 6
Buzzard 1

Cheers John

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1st Great Crested Grebe of the year
7 Tufted Duck (4m, 3f)
Buzzard sat in field opposite Main Lake

Cheers John

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Main Lake:

Gadwall 1m
Tufted Duck 1f
Goosander 1m, 1f
Kingfisher 1
Coot 77
Moorhen 23

Cheers John


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Cold and fog bound:

A drake Pochard on Main Lake was the first here for 15 months.
Mixed flock of Redwings (c70) and Starlings (c50) in field opposite
3 Dippers downstream towards Marple Bridge

Cheers John


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Coot ARD was ringed as an adult at Pennington Flash on 05/12/2012. This is the first confirmed sighting since.

(Info thanks to Kane Bridges)

Cheers, John

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Thanks Steve,

I read a very similar Coot ring at Reddish Vale in 2013 - WHITE ANF. That one was ringed at Moses gate. I will contact Kane.

Cheers, John

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Hi John

The Coot may well have been ringed by Kane Brides: kanebrides@gmail.com



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Main Lake 99% frozen:

Coot numbers down to 74 but one, standing out on the ice, was ringed. This could be read courtesy of an on-the-spot photo by Mike Poole. Black lettering ARD on WHITE Darvic. I wonder how far it has travelled?

Other than that fairly quiet with 1 Little Grebe and 2 Mute Swans remaining but the only duck present was Mallard.

Cheers John

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Main Lake:
Goosander 2m, 1f
Little Grebe 1
Tufted Duck 2f

River Goyt:
Grey Wagtail 1
Dipper 2
Goldcrest 1
Goldfinch 16
Kestrel 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1

Cheers John


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26th Jan:

Coot 93
Moorhen 24
Tufted Duck 3
Mute Swan 2
Little Grebe 1
Goldfinch 18
Long-tailed Tit 8

Cheers John

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Coot 96
Tufted Duck 7 (5m, 2f)
Mute Swan 2
Plus usual numbers of Mallard and Moorhen

Cheers John

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a.m. New influx of thrushes:

Redwing 29
Blackbird 16
Mistle Thrush 1
Bullfinch 5
Buzzard 3

p.m. 3 Singing Dippers together on the River Goyt towards Marple Bridge. None looked to be ringed.

Cheers John

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North Lake:
Goosander 2f, 1m

Main Lake:
Coot 109
Moorhens 39
Great Crested Grebe 1
Little Grebe 2
Tufted Duck 2f
Mute Swan 2

Cheers John

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26th Dec.

Main Lake:
Great Crested Grebe 1
Little Grebe 1
Teal 5
Tufted Duck 4
Sparrowhawk 1
+ Usuals

Linnet Clough Reservoir:
Woodcock 1
Kingfisher (heard)

Cheers John

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Still the same...

Coot 114
Moorhen 33
Little Grebe 3 (2 Main L., 1 North L.)
Tufted Duck 2f
Mute Swan 2
Cormorant 4
Canada Goose 117
BH Gull 26
Grey Heron 1
Treecreeper 1
Nuthatch 2
Redwing 1

Cheers John

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11 Dec: Nothing much changing at the moment:

Main Lake:
Coot 115
Tufted Duck 5 (2m, 3f)
Little Grebe 1
Black-headed Gull 23
Cormorant 3
Grey Heron 1

North Lake:
Little Grebe 1

Cheers, John





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8th Dec:

Main Lake:
Coot 115
Tufted Duck 2
Little Grebe 1

North Lake:
Goosander 4 (2m, 2f)
Kingfisher 1
A lot of mobbing activity high in an Ivy clad Oak.

Cheers, John

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6 Dec. early morning. Crisp, sunny and -3deg..

North Lake - almost completely frozen over

Main Lake - half frozen:
Coot 111
Mallard 79
Moorhen 18
Tufted Duck 2
Little Grebe 2
Goosander 3 (1f, 2m)

Cheers John

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1st Dec:

Main Lake:
Coot 113
Moorhen 33
Teal 1m, 2f
Tufted Duck 2m, 1f
Mute Swan 2
Little Grebe 2

North Lake:
Goosander 5

Cheers John



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27th Nov:

North Lake:
7 Goosanders

Main Lake:
3 Little Grebes
2 Tufted Ducks
2 Mute Swans
Siskins heard
27 Long-tailed Tits

Linnet Clough Res:
1 Little Grebe
1 Woodcock
1 Song Thrush singing

Cheers John

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24th Nov:

1 Wigeon
2 Tufted Ducks
3 Little Grebes
2 Mute Swans
1 Kingfisher

Cheers John

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21 Nov:

Pair of Goosander still on North Lake

Main Lake:
130 Coot
4 Little Grebes
2 Wigeon (pair)
2 Tufted Ducks (females)
33 Black-headed Gulls

Cheers, John

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17 November

North Lake:
Pair of Goosanders

Main Lake:
3 Little Grebes
1 drake Wigeon
Pair Tufted Duck
Pair Mute Swans
5 Cormorant
+ Usual Coot etc

Cheers John



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5th Nov: Main Lake

WHOOPER SWAN 2 (adults)
Mute Swan 2
Wigeon 3
Cormorant 10
Little Grebe 1
Pink-footed Goose 160 (SE)

Cheers John



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North Lake:
Goosander 1 male

Main Lake:
Little Grebe 4
Wigeon 4
Tufted Duck 1
Cormorant 4
Siskin 2

Cheers John

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A quick look over Main Lake but nothing unusual:

Wigeon 1m
Little Grebe 2
Cormorant 6
Black-headed Gull 14

Cheers John

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