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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

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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.

Cheers John 



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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

Cheers John


 



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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

Cheers, John


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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

Cheers John












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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

Cheers John


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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

Cheers John

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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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Main Lake:

3 Wigeon
4 Little Grebes still
1 Mute Swan still

Cheers John

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A poor showing of wildfowl today. Barring the Canada Goose flock (89) there were only singles of Mute Swan and Tufted Duck on Main Lake. Plus 4 Little Grebes still.

Overhead:
207 Fieldfares SSW
69 Redwings
3 Bullfinches
12 Siskins

Cheers John

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Disturbance is commonplace at this site. Dog walkers, horse riders, anglers, cyclists, trail bikers - all doing their own thing as they are entitled but it doesn't help birders. Well, a new one to add to the list today as Manchester Airport conducted an explosives demonstration in the field next to the bridle way. A series of incendiary and explosive devices were set off, some hidden in a trainer or child's back pack for example. There were some quite pokey, window rattling bangs which obviously disturbed horses in the adjacent fields but only put up c30 Wood Pigeons and 12 Redwings. A small group of the local horse riding fraternity were protesting and it appeared that Manchester Airport had employed a pyrotechnics company and ran quite frequent courses for multi-national attendees. Iraq and Afganistan were mentioned by an airport representative. I've got to say that the temporary signage 'Loud bangs. May scare dogs and horses' was a bit weak and was poorly placed.

On the river:
Goosander 1 f/imm
Dipper 3 all flying upriver
Green Woodpecker heard

On the lake:
Coot 123 (new high)
Moorhen 22
Little Grebe 4
Tufted Duck 1f
Mallard 73
Mute Swan 1
Cormorant 6
Canada Goose 54

Cheers John

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Regarding Mute Swans at Roman Lakes.

Blue 7HPV, Blue 7HNZ, Blue 7HJH were ringed as part of a brood of 8 on 12/09/2012 at Newport, Shropshire. These 3 siblings were at Roman Lakes from 27th Oct 2012 - 4th Jan 2013.

Blue 7HPV returned to Main Lake on 30th Sep 2013.

Cheers John


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16th Oct:

Small changes only.

Wigeon 5 (1m, 4f)
Gadwall 3 (1m, 2f)
Tufted Duck 1 (f)
Little Grebe 3
Mute Swan 1 (Blue 7HPV seems to be wintering again)
Siskin 3
Buzzard 1

Cheers, John

-- Edited by John Rayner on Wednesday 16th of October 2013 03:57:50 PM

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15thOct:

Gates still locked at 9.35, it is getting later and later hmm?. Fog lifted to reveal:

Wigeon 7
Tufted Duck 2f
Teal 1m
Little Grebe 3
Mute Swan 1

Cheers John

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11thOct:

Gates still locked at 9.30 so couldn't see all of the water.

Wigeon 4
Mute swan 1
No Gadwall and hardly any Mallard visible.

Dipper heard flying downstream

Cheers John

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A quick early morning visit.

No Wigeon, Gadwall
1 Female Teal
1 Mute Swan
1 Little Grebe
101 Canada Geese

Cheers John

-- Edited by John Rayner on Saturday 12th of October 2013 10:58:04 AM

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