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RE: Roman Lakes, Marple


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

Cheers John

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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).

Cheers John

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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.

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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.

Cheers John

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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)

Cheers John

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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

Cheers John

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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

Cheers John

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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.

Cheers, John

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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

-- Edited by John Rayner on Tuesday 18th of March 2014 02:08:44 PM

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Main Lake:

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

Cheers, John


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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

Cheers John


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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

Cheers John


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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

Cheers, John

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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

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North Lake:
Goosander 10 (4m, 6f)

Main Lake:
Coot 137
Goldeneye 1f still
Gadwall 3m
Wigeon 1f
Tufted Duck 1f
Mute Swan 1
Cormorant 5
Grey Heron 1
+ Usual numbers of Coots, Moorhens, Mallards

Cheers, John

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North Lake:
Goosander 3f

Main Lake:
Goldeneye 1f (scarce here)
Gadwall 3m
Wigeon 1f
Tufted Duck 1f
Little Grebe 2
Cormorant 5
Grey Heron 1
Redwing c40
+ Usual numbers of Coots, Moorhens, Mallards

Cheers, John

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North Lake:
Goosander 2m,3f
Wigeon 1f

Main Lake:
Gadwall - now 3 males
Little Grebe 1
Kingfisher 1
Male Sparrowhawk mobbed by a noisy flock of Backbird/Mistle Thrush/Nuthatch/Bullfinch/Wren

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North Lake:
Goosander 3m, 3f
Little Grebe 1
Mallard 10
Moorhen 1
Heron 1


Main Lake: (Arrived as gates were opening at 10.06)
Coot 149 (new high count - checked 3x smile )
Moorhen 24
Gadwall 2m
Goosander 1f
Wigeon 1f
Tufted Duck 1f
Mute Swan 1
Little Grebe 1
Mallard 61
Canada Goose 34
Cormorant 9
Black-headed Gull 31


Hedgerows, Woods and Fields:
Green Woodpecker 1H
Wren 6
Robin 6
Blue Tit 8
Goldcrest 1
Nuthatch 2
Treecreeper 1
Blackbird 3
Siskin c20
Bullfinch 1
Goldfinch 4
Sparrowhawk 1

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Walk from Bottoms Bridge to Windybottom farm 14.00 - 16.00

I dipper under Bottoms Bridge

North Lake
7 Mallard
1 Grey Heron
1 Little Grebe - in the corner close to junction of Lakes Rd & Prescott Old Hall Farm

Main Lake
Usual numbers of Coot, Moorhen & Mallard
2 Male Gadwall
2 Female Wigeon
1 Little Grebe - close in to the bank of the larger island & associating with the female Wigeon
1 Peacock - sitting at the top of the right hand tree trunk on the island with the black dovecote
1 Cormorant - decided the Peacock was 'in his seat' & proceeded to mob it. First time i've ever seen a peacock in flight

1 Grey Heron over the horse paddock
c15 Siskin in the tall trees opposite the Main House
c12 Redwing over the Railway Bridge
1 Sparrowhawk over the Railway Bridge
9 Fieldfare over the fields just before Windybottom Farm
1 Jay
3 Nuthatches

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North Lake:
Mallard 17

Main Lake:
Gadwall 2m (new in)
Wigeon 1m, 4f (new in)
Mallard 49
Tufted Duck 1
Mute Swan 1
Canada Goose 107
Coot 144 (single count and may include duplicates)
Moorhen 17
Cormorant 5
Black-headed Gull 22
Grey Heron 1
Nuthatch 2
Siskins heard

No Little Grebes since 11th Nov.

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River:
Grey Wagtail 1
Dipper 1

North Lake:
Goosander pair
Kingfisher
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Main Lake:
Coot 137
Tufted Duck 1
Pochard 1m (new in)
Cormorant 3

Cheers, John

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10th Nov: 07.30. Thick fog so didn't stay long.

Best was 1 Treecreeper in a tit flock

11th Nov: 09.25 - 11.40. Gates still shut at 10.15 so walked from Bottoms Bridge to Windybottom Farm and back.

Wigeon 1
Tufted Duck 1
Canada Goose 56
Little Grebe 2
Cormorant 4
Black-headed Gull 23
Woodpigeon 56
Wren 6
Goldcrest 4
Blue Tit 24
Great Tit 21
Long-tailed Tit 19
Coal Tit 4
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Robin 11
Nuthatch 3
Dunnock 3
Jay 5
Redwing 6
Fieldfare c90
Blackbird 11
Grey Wagtail 1
Buzzard 1
Goldfinch 2 were the only finches seen in 2 1/4 hours.

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Coot 141 (new high count)
Tufted Duck 2
Mallard 41
Tufted Duck 2
Mute Swan 1
Little Grebe 2
Moorhen 21
Cormorant 2
BH Gull 26

Cheers John

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Gates still locked at 09.45 so a cursory look only:

4 Little Grebes still
2 Tufted Duck still
1 Mute Swan
2 Siskins

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Called in after a cold, windy and very wet visit to Ludworth Moor was abandoned.

Coot 139 (new high count)
Tufted Duck 2
Kingfisher 1
Siskins calling

Cheers John

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Main Lake:

Coot 137 (the lowest of 3 counts so probably a new record count soon)
Tufted Duck 1 (the only duck on the water bar a few Mallard)
Mute Swan 1
Little Grebe 3
Grey Heron 1

Cheers John


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Bottoms Bridge - Roman Lakes - Windybottom Farm. A couple of hours dodging showers.

Coot 130
Moorhen 19
Tufted Duck 3
Mallard 59
Wigeon 5 overhead south
Canada Goose 85
Little Grebe 4
Mute Swan 1
Grey Heron 1
Cormorant 2
Jackdaw 74
Magpie 11 in single flock
Jay 4
Redwing 4
Black-headed Gull 15
Wren 4
Siskin 2
Long-tailed Tit 8

The Quicksilver Special Effects van was in the area so perhaps expect more explosions soon.

Cheers John


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A more careful Coot count produced a record high this morning.

Coot 137
Wigeon 3
Little Grebe 4 seen
Kingfisher 1
Siskin c40

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Now 5 Little Grebes smile
5 Wigeon
1 Tufted Duck still
1 Mute Swan still
126 Coot
15 Moorhens (probably more hidden)
50 Canada Goose

Cheers John



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