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Post Info TOPIC: Roman Lakes, Marple


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RE: Roman Lakes, Marple


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

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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

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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.

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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)

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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

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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)

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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.

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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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139 Coot
3 Little Grebes
2 Tufted Ducks
4 Cormorants

Cheers John

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24/10/14

North Lake:
3 Mallard
1 Tufted Duck (f)

Main Lake:
5 Wigeons
4 Mandarin Duck (3m, 1f)
3 Little Grebes
4 Cormorants
2 Mute Swans
1 Tufted Duck (flew in from N. Lake)
131 Coot

River Goyt:
Dipper singing at Bottoms Bridge

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18/10/14

Coot 117 (a few down on recent numbers)
Little Grebe 2
Cormorant 2
Goldcrest 2

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12/10/14. A visit before the fog lifted to see if anything new had dropped in. It had - one Tufted Duck hmm

No Great Crested Grebes
Coot 127
Moorhen 39
1 Little Grebe
1 Tufted Duck
2 Mute Swan
1 Grey Heron

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09/10/14

Main Lake:
Only 1 adult Great Crested Grebe. Juvs seem to have left.
2 Little Grebes

Cheers John

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A visit during a temporary lull in the rain. Lots of waterfowl today so a complete inventory:

Main Lake:
Coot 123
Moorhen 33
Canada Goose 136
Mallard 70
Wigeon 6
Teal 5
Mute Swan 2
Great Crested Grebe 3 (1 ad, 2 juv)
Little Grebe 3
Grey Heron 1
Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tits calling
Many Jackdaws overhead

The juvenile grebes were feeding independently and making flights across the lake so won't be with us for much longer.

Cheers John



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04/10/14. Evening visit.

All 3 juvenile Great Crested Grebes present but only 1 adult
3 Little Grebes
3 Wigeon

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02/10/2014. [09.30 - 10.45].

Glorious sunshine! And Coot numbers are still building:

Coot 121
Great Crested Grebe 4 (2 ads, 2 juvs. Couldn't find the 3rd but the other 2, still calling for food, are also diving for their own, so it may be independent enough to have left)
Little Grebe 1
Wigeon 1
Jay 4

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30/09/2014 (08.15 - 09.45)

Main Lake:
Usuals +
1 Wigeon
1 Chiffchaff calling
1 Sparrowhawk (large female)

Linnet Clough Reservoir:
2 Little Grebes
2 Mallard
5 Moorhens
1 Chiffchaff singing

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26/09/2014. Morning walk with Rick Hall.

Main Lake:
6 Wigeon
3 Little Grebes
5 Great Crested Grebes
1 Kingfisher
2 Cormorants

River Goyt:
Mandarin (female)
3 Goosanders
Another Kingfisher

Cheers John

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23/09/2014

As yesterday but a more careful count:

Coot 116
Moorhen 31
Wigeon 4

No sign of Tufted Duck or Gadwall

Cheers, John



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22/09/2014

Coot 113
Moorhen 21
Wigeon 4
Tufted Duck 1 female
Great Crested Grebe 5
Little Grebe 2
Mute Swan 2
Kingfisher 2

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17/09/2014

2 male Wigeon (new in)
1 Gadwall
2 Little Grebes
5 Great Crested Grebes

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Late News 16/09/14

All 3 Great Crested Grebe chicks begging food
Female Teal
Male Gadwall
No sign of Green Woodpecker although it was also reported flying from river then over horse paddock and Main Lake on 14th (info Gerry Purslow)

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13.00 - 14.30 hrs

2 Dipper flying upstream under Bottoms Bridge
2 adult Great Crested Grebe, but could only see 2 very vocal juveniles
1 Male Gadwall
1 Kingfisher downstream under the Roman Packhorse Bridge
1 Grey Wagtail
& last but not least my first sighting of a Green Woodpecker in the Borough of Stockport.
Have heard them previously in the area, but this was the first positive sighting.
It flew from the woods above the railway tunnel, close to Windy Bottom Farm, crossing the river & landing in a tree
on the opposite bank.
It then dropped to the ground but disappeared from view.

-- Edited by Phil Panton on Monday 15th of September 2014 03:58:58 PM

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