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Roman Lakes, Marple


139 Coot
3 Little Grebes
2 Tufted Ducks
4 Cormorants

Cheers John

-- Edited by John Rayner on Monday 27th of October 2014 10:00:08 PM

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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

Cheers John

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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

Cheers John

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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

Cheers, John

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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

Cheers, John



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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



-- Edited by John Rayner on Tuesday 23rd of September 2014 02:39:20 PM

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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

Cheers John

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17/09/2014

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

Cheers, John

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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)

Cheers John

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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.

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Gadwall male 1 (new in)
Teal female 1 (new in)
Tufted Duck 1 female
Kingfishers 2 (over Main Lake)
Coot 91 (numbers building)
Little Grebe 2
Great Crested Grebes 5
Mute Swan 2

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A new mix of birds to complement the old.

1 female Tufted Duck
1 drake Teal
3 Little Grebes
Great Crested Grebes still hanging on to all 3 chicks.

Cheers, John

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An hour in heavy rain:

All 5 Grebes still surviving
81 Coot
23 Moorhens
78 Mallard
1 Cormorant
2 Swans
77 House Martins. A steady stream migrating west in small parties (8,20,17,8,9,3,3 and 17). Plus a single bird east.

Cheers John

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Mother's obviously warned them not to take sweets from strange men?

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20/08/14 P.M.

4 Swifts
c40 House Martins
2 Swallows
4 Sand Martins
5 Great Crested Grebes (A behavioural note: The other day I noticed one adult, presumed male, swim in with a small fish and offer it to each of the 3 chicks in turn. All refused to take it whereupon the adult then offered it to the female, which was carrying one of the chicks on its back. She took the fish and offered it to the chick she was carrying and it wolfed it down immediately. Today much the same thing - they refused to take the fish from the bird that swam in some distance with it but then took it from the adult that was accompanying the chicks).

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Afternoon visit, but not alot showing due to the heavy rain, did however notice that both Little Grebes were on the Mill Pond (the White Dovecote one) off Station Road, on the approach to Strines station.
Also Kingfisher sheltering in the bushes on the river, close to the bridge on the same stretch of road.

-- Edited by Phil Panton on Sunday 17th of August 2014 04:46:38 PM

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Coot 77
Great Crested Grebe 2 ad, 3 juv
Mute Swan 2
House Martins c90
Sand Martin 1
Swallow 1
Blue/Great Tit flock c15
Tree Creeper 1
Chiffchaff 2 juvs

Cheers John

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Kingfisher flying low over the main lake at 19.20 hrs .

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The Great Crested Grebes now have a 2nd brood of 3 small young. Two hitching a ride on parent's back and the third swimming and begging food. Cheers John

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Great Crested Grebe pair still sitting
Mute Swans 2
Coot 71 (approx 1/3 juvs)
Moorhens 4 ads, 10 juvs
Mallards 62 (but only a single duckling)
Heron 1 juv
Dead Canada Goose in the water

Cheers John

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14th July:

No sign of Great Crested Grebe chicks. They were well grown on 26th June but still dependent on perents and begging for food. Didnt see them dive for their own food. Would they be old enough now to disperse and fend for themselves, or have they been predated? The adults now seem to be attempting a second brood with both adding material to the original nest and the female sitting.

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-- Edited by John Rayner on Tuesday 15th of July 2014 08:28:49 AM

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Pair of Great Crested Grebes with 2 almost fully grown young
Pair Mute Swans still (including Green CCT4)
Coot 31 adults and 18 youngsters of various sizes
Moorhen 3 ads + 4 young
Mallard 2 broods of 9 & 2
Grey Wagtail 1
Grey Heron 1

Cheers, John

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Great Crested Grebe pair - now reduced to 2 fairly well grown chicks
Mute Swans 2
Coot broods of 1,2,2,3,3,4,4
Mallard broods of 2,3,3,3
But only 1 Moorhen youngster seen
Treecreeper carrying food
Nuthatch carrying food
House Martin 10
Swallow 6
Swift 4

Cheers John

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2 Mandarins and 1 Dipper on the river.
Stock Dove drinking from the puddle in the horse field.

No sign of the Cuckoo heard singing from the woodland towards the railway line at 06.00-06.15 (info thanks to Gerry Purslow)

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Great Crested Grebe pair have 3 young
Mute Swan pair have failed
Coot - 6 broods of 4,4,3,3,2,1
Canada Goose - brood of 3 & crèche of 12
Mallard - 3 broods of 5,3,2
c35 mixed hirundine flock of Swallows, House & Sand Martins
Grey Wagtail female carrying food

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Plenty of evidence of birds breeding:

Coot - 25 Adults (5 birds sitting and broods of 2,3 & 4 young & copulation)
Great Crested Grebe (pair with 1 carrying at least 2 young on its back)
Mute Swan (pair with female sitting)
Moorhen (copulation)
Canada Goose (4 pairs with evidence of egg predation)
Blackbird & Robin (carrying food)
Blackcap, Willow Warbler & Chiffchaff (singing on territory)

Also
Tufted Duck 2m, 1f
Grey Wagtail 1
Cormorant 2

Cheers, John


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Afternoon visit

Fairly quiet, but good to see a pair of Coots taking 5 newly hatched balls of fluff for a swim & another sitting on eggs.
i Dipper heading downstream under the railway bridge
5 Swallow & 3 House Martin over

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Evening visit:

9 Swallows
2 Great Crested Grebes
2 Mute Swans
7 Tufted Ducks
59 Canada Geese

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North Lake:
A single Mallard (lots of bankside over has been removed)

Main Lake:
Coot 25
Tufted Duck 4m, 2f
Teal 1m
Mandarin 1m, 1f
Great Crested Grebe pair at nest
Mute Swan 2
Chiffchaff singing but no other migrant passerines.

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North Lake:
The overhanging willows that sheltered Mandarin Ducks have now been felled.

Main Lake:
2 Mute Swans both ringed. Cob - Green CCT4 and Pen - Blue 7HJH

The latter has not been seen here since Jan 2013 though its sibling Blue 7HPV visited earlier this winter but has since departed. These siblings were ringed in Sep 2012 at Newport, Shropshire.

Fairly quiet on the lake:
Still 8 Tufted Ducks
59 Canada Geese
18 Coot (2 sitting)
2 Great Crested Grebes (sitting)
2 Little Grebes
2 Grey Herons
2 Chiffchaffs

Cheers, John





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North Lake:
More chain saw activity, felling some of the crack willows on the far bank.

Main Lake:
2 Mute Swans (Probably the pair that departed in January but could only read the first character of the blue darvic 7??? on one individual)
2 Great Crested Grebes (now sitting)
24 Coot (further reduction in numbers)
8 Tufted Ducks (4m, 4f)
18 Canada Geese
1 Chiffchaff singing
10 Redwings
8 Goldfinches
3 Mistle Thrushes
Singles of Cormorant, Grey Heron and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Cheers, John

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Main Lake:

Coot 29
Great Crested Grebe 2
Little Grebe 1
Stock Dove singing
Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming

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Main Lake:

34 Coot including 1 on nest (side channels not checked)
2 Great Crested Grebes busy nest building
3 Little Grebes
2 Teal (drakes)
1 Tufted Duck (drake)
2 Cormorants

River area:

5 Mallard
2 Mandarin Duck (pair)
1 Buzzard
1 Woodcock

Cheers, John


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North Lake:
5 Mandarin Ducks (3m, 2f)

Main Lake:
4 Tufted Ducks (3m, 1f)
1 Great Crested Grebe
1 Little Grebe
2 Cormorants

Cheers John

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8th Feb:

Main Lake:
1 Common Gull (uncommon here)
52 Black-headed Gull
1 Great Crested Grebe
3 Tufted Duck
59 Mallard
48 Coot
19 Moorhen
1 Treecreeper
c50 Siskin
2 Lesser Redpoll
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Sparrowhawk
37 Canada Geese

North lake:
2 Mandarin (pair)

Cheers, John

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30 Jan:

1st visit for a while and both Swans seem to have departed.

Main Lake:
1 Great Crested Grebe
1 Little Grebe
2 Tufted Duck (pair)
68 Mallard
47 Coot
20 Moorhen
2 Treecreeper
3 Nuthatch
38 Siskin
1 Grey Heron

North lake:
2 Mandarin (pair)
5 Mallard

Cheers, John

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11th Jan:

Now 2 Mute Swans. Blue 7HPV has been joined by an unringed individual.

Noticeable absence of ducks, even Mallards.

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Bottoms Bridge to Windybottom Farm:

Goosander (pair on river)

Dipper (pair with very vigorous and vocal display from male)

Tufted Duck 3m, 1f

Redwing c50

Siskin 15

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A.M. Bottoms Bridge to Windybottom Farm

Goosander 1m, 2f (North Lake) and 1m, 4f (over Windybottom Farm)
Gadwall 1f
Tufted Duck 1m
Mute Swan 1
Coot 107
Moorhen 18
Cormorant 4
Black-headed Gull 29
Redwing 9
Blackbird 10
Mistle Thrush 2
Jay 2
Buzzard 1

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26th Dec:

North Lake:
Goosander 3m, 1f
Grey Heron

Main Lake:

Half iced over and a clear out wildfowl. No Gadwall, Goldeneye or Tufted Duck.
Little Grebe 1
Coot 109

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21st Dec:

Main Lake:
Little Grebe (re-)appeared and Coot numbers continue to drift downwards

Little Grebe 1
Coot 105
Tufted Duck 1m
Goldeneye 1f
Gadwall 3m, 1f
Mute Swan 1
Cormorant 5
Grey Heron 1

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19th Dec:


North Lake:
Goosander (2f)
Grey Heron 1

Main Lake:
Much the same as yesterday but no Teal, Tufted Ducks down from 8 to 3 and Coot counted.

Coot 115
Tufted Duck 3 (1m, 2f)
Goldeneye 1f
Gadwall 3m, 1f
Mute Swan 1
Cormorant 5
Grey Heron 1


River Goyt:
Dipper 1
Buzzard 1

Cheers, John

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18th Dec:


North Lake:
Mallard 3
Grey Heron 1

Main Lake:
Teal 2 (1m, 1f)
Tufted Duck 8 (4m, 4f)
Goldeneye 1f
Gadwall 3m, 1f
Mute Swan 1
Cormorant 5
Grey Heron 1
Black-headed Gulls 51
Siskin 36
+ Coot, Moorhens, Mallard etc

River Goyt:
Dipper 2 (both unringed)

Cheers, John

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13th Dec: Now 4 Gadwall at Main Lake

North Lake:
Goosander 1f
Mallard 5
Grey Heron 1

Main Lake:
Coot 119
Moorhen 27
Goldeneye 1f
Gadwall 3m, 1f
Mute Swan 1
Cormorant 3
Grey Heron 1

Also:
Raven 1
Grey Wagtail 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Redwing 61
Fieldfare 2
Mistle Thrush 2
Sparrowhawk 1

Cheers, John

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8th Dec:

Not much changing - Coot numbers slowly dwindling and seem to have lost one of the male Gadwalls

North Lake:
Goosander 1m, 3f

Main Lake:
Coot 126
Moorhen 22
Goldeneye 1f
Gadwall 2m
Wigeon 1f
Tufted Duck 1f
Mute Swan 1
Cormorant 4
Grey Heron 1
Black-headed Gull 33
Siskin 12
Long-tailed Tit 10
Nuthatch 3
Treecreeper 1

Cheers, John

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 8th of December 2013 03:17:32 PM

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