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8.50am to 11.05am.

7 adult Great Crested grebes + 3 juveniles
2 Cormorants
3 Grey Herons
6 Canada Geese
c45 Mallards
1 Buzzard flying over
3 Moorhens
1 Common Sandpiper
60+ Black-headed Gulls
3 Common Terns
1 Little Owl at Walsh Fold
Tawny Owl upsetting all the Blackbirds by the access road farm
2 Kingfishers flying across the front of the yatch club + 2 on the stream at the top end of Jumbles
25+ House Martins flying around the field behind the information centre, at times perching on the wires there
12 Swallows on the same wires + 2 at Grange Farm
1 Grey Wagtail on the stream at the top end + one in the overflow tunnel
Dipper also on the stream at the top end
Sounded like spring with numerous Willow Warblers singing + Chiffchaffs calling


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Just the usual stuff about this morning but good views of the Kingfisher family around the yatch club area. I heard them calling from the bridge by the yatch club but could not actually see them.
I moved across to the car park benches to look back into this area and soon picked one up perched on a branch. Gradually the others came out of cover, and worked their way along the edge of the reservoir across the front of the yatch club.


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9.15am to 11.30am.

Reservoir :-
Only one of the newer young Great Crested Grebes seen this morning.
The usual birds this morning included a Common Sandpiper & a Kingfisher,

A Kestrel was eating prey on the accesss road at the bottom end near the information centre. Flew off with it's prey as I walked up the road. Another Kestrel was on a wall further up the road near the farm.

Farmland birds included 80+ Canada Geese, a Little Owl, c10 House Martins with a few Swallows, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a few Goldfinches, & a couple of Linnets.
At least 20 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew over including a flock of 14 birds.


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8.50am to 11.20am.

After being worried about the half dozen Mink near the Kingfisher nest a few weeks ago I was relieved this morning to find a family of Kingfishers. I picked the right spot to shelter from a heavy shower as 4 birds were flying around the edge of the reservoir from trees not far from where I was. Not sure if any more stayed in cover.

A Common Tern flew around the reservoir landing on a few of the buoys.

Other reservoir birds included Great Crested Grebes (same numbers as yesterday), Cormorants, Grey Herons, Mallards, Moorhens, & Black-headed Gulls. 2 Swallows at Grange Farm stables.

A Sparrowhawk flew very low (below head height) a few feet from me across the access road and into the farmyard. Also around the farm I saw a couple of Pied Wagtils & 7 House Martins.
5 Swifts flew over the farm.

Walsh Fold fields had 70+ Canada Geese, about 20 Black-headed Gulls, & lots of Woodpigeons, Rooks, & Jackdaws.


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8.30am to 10.25am.

From a distance I could make out 2 new juvenile Great Crested Grebes, not sure if there was another one. The 2 older ones now diving, 7 adults present.
3 Cormorants
4 Grey Herons
150+ Canada Geese on farmland whilst I was there. From Holts Fold about 15 minutes after I left I was able to see them fly down to the reservoir.
90+ Mallards
1 Buzzard flying over
A few Moorhens included a very young one swimming across the reservoir. No adult with it but just before I spotted it an adult had flown from this area to the other side of the reservoir. Hope it went back for the youngster,
1 Common Sandpiper
15 Black-headed Gulls
1 Sandwich Tern on a buoy for a short while. A first for me on my local reservoirs.
3 Swifts
5 Swallows
2 Grey Wagtails at the overflow + one at the top of the embankment on the reservoir wall




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Couple of hours this morning.

8 adult Great Crested Grebes, the two well grown juveniles, and new ones on the back of the recent nesting female. Unable to see how many new ones as they were just about visible hidden on her back.
4 Cormorants
3 Grey Herons
71 Mallards
3 Moorhens
1 Common Sandpiper
30+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Kingfisher
1 House Martin with half a dozen Swallows when I arrived
15+ House Martins flew in with a Sand Martin as I was about to leave

From the footbridge at the overflow I again counted 6 Grey Wagtails.
Also a Dipper by the bridge, and a Mandarin (drake eclipse) wandered across the top of the weir taking me by surprise.
A lady walking across the bridge with her dog said it had been around for a few days. I did not see it on my last visit on Friday so it seems it may have been there over the weekend.


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9.10am to 11.30am.

Reservoir :-
Same situation with the Great Crested Grebes. 10 Adults including the nesting pair & the 2 juveniles
3 Cormorants
7 Grey Herons
1 Greylag
42 Canada Geese
90+ Mallards
6 Moorhens
25+ Black-headed Gulls
3 House Martins
6 Swallows
1 Grey Wagtail

A Kestrel & 2 Pied Wagtails at the access road farm

6 Grey Wagtails on the overflow pipes


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10am to 11.50am.

10 adult Great Crested Grebes (pair still nesting) + the two juveniles
2 Cormorants
13 Canada Geese
37 Mallards
6 Moorhens
15 Black-headed Gulls
2 Common Terns
10+ Swallows
Adult Grey Wagtail with a juvenile on overflow pipes
Dipper also at the overflow


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Pair of Kingfishers flying around together this morning.


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11.00 to 13.40.

Reservoir :-
Great Crested Grebes same as a couple of days ago. I managed to see the young ones being fed a fish, and the nesting bird was reluctant to move although the lawn nearby was being mowed.
4 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron flying over
14 Canada Geese
70+ Mallards
6 Moorhens
5 Black-headed Gulls. Numerous others flying over.
4 Common Terns
1 Kingfisher flew past me with a fish landing nearby. It spent a few minutes flying around with the fish, sometimes landing very close to me, even though I was keeping my distance, before flying into cover, maybe to feed young. The problem it was having was with a family of 6 Mink frolicking in the water a few yards away from where it wanted to go.
1 Swift
4 Swallows

Farmland :-
1 Buzzard
1 Little Owl
15+ Swallows


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9.30am to 10.45am.

10 adult Great Crested Grebes + 2 young ones. One bird still on it's nest by Grange Farm.
4 Cormorants
14 Canada Geese
75+ Mallards
4 Moorhens seen included a juvenile
6 Black-headed Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying over
2 Common Terns
4 Swifts
1 Sand Martin
7 House Martins
10+ Swallows
1 Pied Wagtails
+ the usual species which included a couple of Buzzards


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8.25am to 10.40am.

Dipper seen on Bradshaw Brook from the overflow footbridge. As I was pointing it out to a friend a Kingfisher flew underneath us from the overflow and then past the Dipper.

Reservoir birds :-
8 Great Crested Grebes included one on a nest. No sign of any young ones.
3 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
14 Canada Geese
55+ Mallards
Only 3 Moorhens seen. Unable to see the ponds now in the conservation area so I am pretty sure there would be others about.
2 Black-headed Gulls
3 Common Terns
1 Grey Wagtail

Numerous Swallows around the farms and Grange Road fields

A couple of Buzzards soared around the top end of the reservoir/Bradshaw Road. They had at least a dozen Swifts for company.


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8.15am to 10.30am.

7 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
2 Greylags
9 adult Canada Geese + the 3 goslings back out in the open today.
33 Mallards + a brood of 12 ducklings
7 Moorhens
1 Coot
1 Common Sandpiper
2 Black-headed Gulls
3 Common Terns
1 Kingfisher
Swallows around stables & farms

Farmland birds included :-
1 Buzzard
1 Oystercatcher
2 Lapwings
1 Pied Wagtail
1m Reed Bunting


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I only had time for a short visit this morning, mainly around the reservoir.

6 Great Crested Grebes
2 Greylags
4 Canada Geese. No sign of the goslings, I just hope the parents had them hidden away somewhere.
38 Mallards around the reservoir + a pair with the pair of Grey Wagtails at the overflow,
6 Moorhens
2 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
A Tern heard flying through. I was behind the conservation area so could not see it. Presumably a Common Tern.
2 Lapwings on the usual field
1 Buzzard being mobbed by a Carrion Crow


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9.05am to 12.20pm.

8 Great Crested Grebes
5 Cormorants
16 Canada Geese + 3 goslings
29 Mallards
Moorhens hiding from the wind ? Only 3 seen today.
Pair of Oystercachers on a field by Walsh Fold.
Pair of Lapwings on usual field by Bradshaw Road
3 Black-headed Gulls. Farmland birds on the more sheltered side of the valley at Holts Fold this morning, only a couple around Walsh Fold fields.
2 Common Terns
1 Sand Martin
3 House Martins
16 Swallows
Still not seen a Swift anywhere this year
Pair of Grey Wagtails at the overflow
Pied Wagtail at Walsh Fold, another one on Grange Road fields
4 Mistle Thrushes along Grange Road
My first Garden Warbler of the year & my first Whitethroat here this year. Both near Yatch Club/Horrobin Fold.
9 Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs, 13 Willow Warblers
6 Goldcrests
A lot more Jackdaws than of late, on farmland with Rooks
1m Reed Bunting as usual at a farmland pond. Still trying to spot a female here, but the males behaviour suggests there may be one nesting.
Plus all the other usual species (Pheasants, Woodpigeons, Collared Doves, Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Jays, Magpies, Carrion Crows, Starlings, House Sparrows, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Siskins, & Bullfinches)


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7.45am to 10.40am.

Reservoir :-
8 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants on the reservoir + 1 flying over
1 Grey Heron
5 adult Canada Geese. Only 3 goslings now.
13 Mallards
9 Moorhens
Oystercatcher flew down from Turton Golf Course, then across the reservoir heading towards Bromley Cross.
2 Common Terns
1 Sand Martin
15+ Swallows
2 Grey Wagtails at the overflow

Farmland :-
5 Mallards, a Greylag with 12 Canada Geese, 1 Moorhen,
Oystercatcher flew in from direction of Hawkshaw, pair of Lapwings,
50+ Black-headed Gulls. A search through them did not reveal any Mediterranean Gulls but a 1st summer Common Gull was a surprise.
1 Sand Martin flying around with half a dozen Swallows
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Little Owl
1m Reed Bunting


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8.20am to 9.15am.
8 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
10 Canada Geese + the 4 goslings
2 Greylags
Numerous Mallards & Moorhens
2 Lapwings
2 Black-headed Gulls
2 Common Terns
10+ Swallows
1 Sand Martin
1 House Martin
2 Ravens flying over

Lesser Black-backed Gull added to the morning list as I passed back through early afternoon


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8.10am to 9.10am. Nothing doing in the strong wind around Holts Fold and the golf course so went to plan B and checked the more sheltered areas around here & Bradshaw Brook.

Yesterday I thought the Canada Goose on the quarry ledge might have young underneath her. This morning she was on the reservoir with 4 goslings.
What a start to life. Being pushed off a quarry by your own mother & no doubt they were pelted with hailstones this afternoon.

Birds seen eating fish today were Great Crested Grebes, a Cormorant, a Common Tern which was being chased around by a Black-headed Gull, and a Magpie !
I saw it stabbing away at a roach by the edge of the fishing lodge at Horrobin car park. Eventually it opened it up and wandered off carrying some of it's insides.

I forgot to mention a pair of Lapwings on farmland in yesterday's report.


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9.50am to 12.20pm.

8 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
1 Greylag
20 Canada Geese
40 Mallards
8 Moorhens
3 Black-headed Gulls on the reservoir. About 20 more on farmland.
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
4 Common Terns
13 Swallows
5 Pied Wagtails on Grange Road field, 3 more around the farms
+ the usual species


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7.30am to 10.20am.

9 Great Crested Grebes
2 Grey Herons
5 Greylags. Came across the reservoir and landed on farmland before being disturbed (farmer had been working the fields since 5am I was told by the other farmer). They then settled on the reservoir with the Canada Geese.
11 Canada Geese
27 Mallards
5 Moorhens seen. With nesting birds hidden from view probably a couple more present.
3 Black-headed Gulls on the reservoir. Only a dozen on fields whilst I was there. 30+ on fields when I scanned from Holts Fold later.
A Common Tern flew in from Bradshaw Lodges with a fish and settled on a buoy to digest it. Two more quickly followed, flew around for a while, and then headed off towards Wayoh.
A Kingfisher flew under the bridge at the top end of the reservoir heading for the brook to Turton Bottoms.
2 Buzzards together low around tree tops.
Pair of Lapwings between Walsh Fold & access road
A distant Curlew near Birches
5 Stock Doves
1 Tawny Owl upsetting a couple of Blackbirds
Male Cuckoo called from near Grange Farm stables for a couple of minutes before moving on.
12 Swallows around stables & farms
Lesser Redpoll along Horrobin Lane
Linnet at Walsh Fold
+ the usual stuff


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9.15am to 11.50am.

Reservoir :-
8 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron flying over
11 Canada Geese
43 Mallards
5 Moorhens
2 Coots
3 Black-headed Gulls
2 Common Terns
6 Swallows at Grange Farm stables. They all mobbed a Sparrowhawk as it flew over.
1 Buzzard soaring around
+ the usual woodland birds

No geese at Walsh Fold as the farmer was collecting sileage from this area & spreading it across the fields between the farm & Birches. I had already seen lots of Black-headed Gulls on these fields from across the valley viewing from Holts Fold. Searching through them all really paid off as I found 3 Mediterranean Gulls, one of them gave cracking views as it was only about 20 yards away as it followed the tractor.
At the farm a Swallow was back, with a Pied Wagtail and numerous House Sparrows as usual. A couple of Lesser Redpolls was unusal though.
A male Reed Bunting was at the pond between here & the access road.
Two Swallows as usual at the access road farm.


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9.00am to 11.40am. Blustery with occasional light drizzle. Nothing new around.

6 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron flying over
17 Canada Geese on the reservoir, 13 with a Greylag at Walsh Fold
40 Mallards
6 Moorhens
1 Black-headed Gull
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Buzzard
3 Pheasants
50+ Woodpigeons, 2 Collared Doves, 2 Stock Doves (1 on the quarry & 1 by Bradshaw Brook)
3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
4 Swallows at Grange farm stables with a Pied Wagtail. Another Pied Wagtail on Grange Road field.
1 Grey Wagtail flew up to the reservoir from Bradshaw Brook
Numerous Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, & a pair of nesting Mistle Thrushes,
1 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Goldcrests,
Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Nuthatches, Treecreepers,
Jays, Magpies, Jackdaws, Rooks, Carrion Crows,
2 Starlings with numerous House Sparrows at Walsh Fold,
Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Siskins, & Bullfinches.


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7.30am to 8.25am.

8 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
7 Canada Geese
3 Greylags
c20 Mallards
6 Moorhens
3 Black-headed Gulls
Swallows in the usual places (stables & farm)




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A couple of hours late morning.
An increase in Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler numbers. A Blackcap by Grange Road, the only new species from my recent visits.

Reservoir :-
9 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
8 Canada Geese. The one on the quarry ledge had a Stock Dove for company.
22 Mallards
6 Moorhens
4 Black-headed Gulls
2 Swallows at Grange Farm stables + 1 at Horrobin Fold
1 Grey Wagtail flew the length of the reservoir. Possibly heading for the overflow where I saw one later.

Farmland :-
A Greylag with 20 Canada Geese
1 Buzzard
Lots of Jackdaws & Rooks
2 Swallows at the access road farm.


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9.15am to 11.15am.
Sheltered from the wind around the reservoir but nothing new about. Very windy on farmland where there was very little about, not even the usual Buzzards flying around.

9 Great Crested Grebes, 8 of them together in the middle of the reservoir was unusual. They are normally spread around the whole reservoir. The other one was at the top end.
1 Cormorant
3 Canada Geese on the reservoir, nesting bird on the quarry ledge, & 17 on the usual field by Walsh Fold. No Greylags today.
27 Mallards
7 Moorhens
1 Black-headed Gull
1 Kingfisher
1 Grey Wagtail


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8.20am to 10.15am.

6 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
7 Canada Geese at the reservoir + 16 with 4 Greylags by Walsh Fold Farm
31 Mallards
Pair of Goosanders
5 Moorhens
Only 1 Black-headed Gull at the reservoir but numerous on farmland
Other stuff included 2 Buzzards & 3 Willow Warblers


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10.10 to 13.00. Lighter winds & just the odd short shower.

Reservoir :-
6 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
5 Canada Geese, which includes the bird on the quarry ledge with a pair of Stock Doves
31 Mallards
6 Moorhens
3 Black-headed Gulls
2 Swallows passing through
1 Grey Wagtail
3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrests, + the usual species

Farmland :-
5 Greylags with a Canada Goose by Walsh Fold. Another field held 13 Canada Geese, and another pair flew in later.
A pair of soaring Buzzards were joined by a third one,
1 Curlew, 1 Skylark, 4 Pied Wagtails (3 of them at Walsh Fold Farm),
As usual lots of Black-headed Gulls, Woodpigeons, Jackdaws, Rooks, & Carrion Crows.

Ousel Nest Meadow :-
3 Buzzards soaring around quite low (presumably the 3 seen earlier), 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatches, 15-20 Siskins.

Grange Road field :-
2 Redwings with a Mistle Thrush, 25 Woodpigeons, 2 Pied Wagtails, 25+ Siskins, 6-10 Goldfinches.


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8.45am to 11.25am.

Reservoir :-
8 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
1 Greylag
6 Canada Geese
28 Mallards
1 Common Sandpiper
Not a single gull on the water. All gulls today on fields between Walsh Fold and Walves.
Stock Dove on the quarry
2 Pied Wagtails at Grange Road stables
A few Chiffchaffs & 1 Willow Warbler

Farmland :-
1 Pink-footed Goose with a white patch on it's face, with a pair of Greylags & a pair of Canada Geese. The next field had 7 more Canada Geese and then 2 more dropped in.
2 Buzzards, 1 Kestrel,
Lots of Black-headed Gulls spread across various fields. Looking back across the valley from Holts Fold later on I was able to estimate about 350 birds.
130+ Woodpigeons,
1 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtails,
Corvids included 2 Jays, and a Nuthatch was at the rookery.

Back at the reservoir after my farmland jaunt I saw that the Pink-footed Goose was now on the water with a pair of Canada Geese, and I heard a Mediterranean Gull flying across a field behind a line of trees which meant I could not actually see it.


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9.25am to 11.40am.

Reservoir :-
Misty & drizzly start seemed to suit 4 Sand Martins & a single Swallow. They left as the weather started to pick up.
6 Great Crested Grebes
2 Greylags flew in to join 14 Canada Geese which included the one on a ledge at the quarry
33 Mallards
6 Moorhens
20+ Black-headed Gulls
3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls passing over
1 Grey Wagtail at the embankment end on the wall. Noisy kids & swimming dogs at the overflow no doubt pushed it up here.
1 Stock Dove on the quarry
5 Chiffchaffs (also saw one along Grange Road & one at Chapeltown Road car park.
+ the usual species

Farmland :-
Greylag with a Canada Goose. The Greylag flew down to the reservoir to join the two seen earlier.
4 Mallards
180+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed flew across very low
2 Buzzards
1 Curlew
100+ Woodpigeons
1 Meadow Pipit
1 Pied Wagtail
2 Mistle Thrushes
Numerous Rooks & Jackdaws
House Sparrows at Walsh Fold
A few Goldfinches


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10.30 to 13.25. All areas covered.

Reservoir :-
6 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
2 Canada Geese
38 Mallards
6 Moorhens
5 Black-headed Gulls
1 Kingfisher
1 Chiffchaff
+ the usual species

Farmland :-
1 Grey Heron
1 Greylag with 19 Canada Geese
6 Mallards
2 Black-headed Gulls
2 Buzzards
2 Pheasants
50+ Woodpigeons
1 Meadow Pipit
20 Fieldfares with 5 Starlings
Usual mixture of corvids

Pair of Grey Wagtails at the overflow

Grange Road field :-
43 Woodpigeons, 4 Pied Wagtails, 2 Song Thrushes, 4 Mistle Thrushes.


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Easter Monday, 28th March 2016. 10:30 - 11:30 hrs.

Dippers x 3 (Two on Bradshaw Brook south of Jumbles Reservoir past Bradshaw Hall Fisheries; and one on Bradshaw Brook north of Jumbles towards Turton Bottoms)
Grey Wagtail x 1
Nuthatch x 1
Coal Tit x 3
Wren x 1
Pied Wagtail x 1
Buzzard x 1
Canada Geese x 4
Greylag Geese x 2
Great Crested Grebe x 2
Cormorant x 2
Jackdaw x 10
Woodpigeon x 7
Goldfinch x 5
Blue Tit x 3
Great Tit x 1
Long Tailed Tit x 2
Chaffinch x 3
Robin x 2
Blackbird x 4
Mallard x 20
Carrion Crow x 5
Feral Pigeon x 1


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8am to 9am.

2 Redwings with 4 Song Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush, & a Pied Wagtail on Grange Road field. A Buzzard flew over as I watched them.

Very peaceful for Easter Sunday around the reservoir, just me & 2 fishermen, until a dog waker informed me the car park barrier was still down. Putting the clocks forward was a blessing as barrier timer had presumably not been altered.
Best of the reservoir action was by the quarry at the top end :-
Pair of Canada Geese, one of them on a quarry ledge, pair of Goldeneye, and a Buzzard being mobbed by 2 Carrion Crows.

Other reservoir birds :-
6 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Cormorants on the yatch pontoon, 38 Mallards, 4 Moorhens, 4 Black-headed Gulls.

A Sparrowhawk & a Raven flew over.

Called here again around lunchtime, crowds of people, but still no hirundines, just a few more Canada Geese and Black-headed Gulls to add to the earlier visit.


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8.00am to 11.00am.

Reservoir :-
7 Great Crested Grebes
5 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
15 Canada Geese
44 Mallards
9 Moorhens
12 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
Usual woodland species included 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers & a flock of 4 Jays seen a few times

Grange Road field :-
2 Pied Wagtails, 3 Redwings, 3 Song Thrushes, & 2 Mistle Thrushes.

Farmland :-
2 Grey Herons, Greylag with a Canada Goose, 4 Black-headed Gulls,
1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrels,
2 Lapwings,
3 Stock Doves, 41 Woodpigeons,
2 Skylarks, 3 Meadow Pipits, 1 Pied Wagtail,
1 Redwing,
Numerous Jackdaws, Rooks, & Carrion Crows.

A Kingfisher was at the overflow on Bradshaw Brook.
A Moorhen called from a nearby pond.
3 aggressive Nuthatches chased each other around at this end of Ousel Nest Meadow.


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8.00am to 9.50am.

6 Great Crested Grebes
6 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
1 Greylag which flew from reservoir up to Walsh Fold
11 Canada Geese
28 Mallards
Pair of Goldeneyes
3m + 1f Goosanders
7 Moorhens
1 Curlew on Walsh Fold fields
15 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
8 Redwings by Grange Road


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7.45am to 9.10am :-
7 Great Crested Grebes
5 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons flying over
1 Greylag (Walsh Fold fields with a Canada Goose)
11 Canada Geese
37 Mallards
Pair of Tufted Ducks
Pair of Goldeneyes
6 Moorhens
25+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Kingfisher by the bridge at the yatch club. I was surprised at one point to see it flying across gardens to the houses at Horrobin Fold. It flew back after a few minutes.
1 Tawny Owl by the footpath from the railway footbridge to Grange Road, calling whilst upsetting a few Blackbirds. "Raisin" (my friend has christened it) has been a regular in her garden, but a couple of weeks ago it's diseased partner was taken into care (cannot remember the name given to that one) and sadly did not survive.

Early afternoon on my way home from Hawkshaw :-
Nothing different on the reservoir.
1 Curlew on fields on the other side of Bradshaw Road to Jumbles
5 Buzzards soaring around together over Ousel Nest Meadow. They eventually headed off over Bromley Cross, four continuing their journey and one returning.


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7.40am to 12.15. An overdue full count of all birds seen in all areas.

5 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron flying over
No Greylags to start with but then a pair flew in. The regular one joined them later.
16 Canada Geese
49 Mallards
2 Buzzards flying over
1 Sparrowhawk on Ousel Nest Meadow
8 Moorhens
25+ Black-headed Gulls, 1 Common Gull. 1 Herring Gull & 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew over.
1 Collared Dove, 55 Woodpigeons, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker,
1 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails,
19 Wrens, 14 Dunnocks (seems a lot more of these about this year on most of my local patches), 22 Robins,
13 Redwings at Grange Road, 30 + on the brow of a hill at Walsh Fold so possibly more over the brow, & a couple of individuals around the reservoir.
22 Blackbirds, 8 Song Thrushes, 3 Mistle Thrushes.
4 Goldcrests
15 Long-tailed Tits, 6 Coal Tits, 20+ Great Tits & Blue Tits,
6 Nuthatches, 3 Treecreepers,
3 Jays, 15 Magpies, 20+ Jackdaws, 30+ Rooks (most of them at the rookery on Bradshaw Road), 12 Carrion Crows, 1 Raven,
House Sparrows at Walsh Fold & along Bradshaw Road,
25 Chaffinches, 10 Greenfinches, 30+ Goldfinches, 20+ Siskins, 4 Bullfinches.


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9.25am to 11.45am. Better than usual on the reservoir (Whooper Swans the highlight), but very little about in the woodland (Long-tailed Tit with no tail still about though).

4 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
6 Grey Herons
5 Whooper Swans (3 adults + 2 juveniles)
1 Greylag
37 Canada Geese
64 Mallards
Pair of Goldeneye
6 Moorhens
1 Coot
5 Curlews (Walsh Fold farmland)
40+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
2 Buzzards soaring around
Pair of Stock Doves on the quarry
1 Redwing at top end of reservoir









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14.40 to 16.55.

No sign of the Firecrest this afternoon. In the same area that it was seen yesterday I had a Redwing & 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers.
I also checked for it along the path by the railway. I did come across something up there that I had not seen before. A Long-tailed Tit with no tail !

Reservoir birds :-
5 Great Crested Grebes
1 Grey Heron
2 Canada Geese
51 Mallards
Pair of Goldeneyes
6 Moorhens
1 Coot
100+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull

Farmland :-
1 Buzzard, 1 Curlew, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 70+ Jackdaws.


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Superb views of a Firecrest this lunch time, half way between the Boat Club and the stables in the trees on the reservoir side. The bird was only a couple of meters away. A lifetime first for my wife and I.

Other birds of note,

Siskins, Treecreeper, Long Tailed Tits, Jay, Great Crested Grebe but the Firecrest took the biscuit!! smile



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 7th of March 2016 06:22:30 PM

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8.05am to 10.30am.

Reservoir :-
2 Great Crested Grebes
5 Cormorants
1 Greylag with 9 Canada Geese
63 Mallards
1m Goldeneye
7 Moorhens
46 Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull
1 Skylark flying over

Farmland :-
1 Raven plus the usual corvids, 1 Reed Bunting.

Grange Road field :-
2 Pied Wagtails, 15 Redwings, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 4 Blackbirds, 2 Nuthatches in a field tree.
On most of my recent visits there had been a pair of Song Thrushes on this field. Sadly one of them was squashed in the road this morning.


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9.30am to 11.45am. Thunder & hail followed by a snowstorm. No surprise that yesterday's frogs had deserted their pond.

4 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
1 Greylag with 9 Canada Geese
26 Mallards
8 Moorhens. I was surprised to find one running across the field behind the information centre.
1 Coot
Only 4 Black-headed Gulls. Probably losing birds here as they breed at Belmont.
1 Great Black-backed Gull flying over.
1 Buzzard flew over the reservoir towards Birches Farm. Later on I saw another one flying in towards Birches. The latter one looked like the one flying across a field in my recent Dunscar report. I was on the fields near Bradshaw Road so I was looking down on the bird as it flew low across lower fields. The upperwings are light brown with dark patches at the end of the wings, making the upperwings look more like Red Kite than Buzzard.
Not much other bird activity around the reservoir & nothing on the farmland except Woodpigeons.

2 Pied Wagtails & 1 Grey Wagtail on Grange Road field. Other birds on this field included 26 Woodpigeons, 2 Blackbirds, 2 Song Thrushes, & a Mistle Thrush. A small flock of Redwings was calling from trees along the railway. Unable to count them as the snow was blowing straight into my face & onto my binoculars.

30+ Siskins at the Chapeltown Road car park.


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13.20 to 14.45.

2 Great Crested Grebes
5 Cormorants
10 Canada Geese
52 Mallards
1m Goldeneye
7 Moorhens
1 Coot
30+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull


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8.45am to 10.55am.

3 Great Crested Grebes included a pair dancing together
2 Cormorants
1 Greylag
15 Canada Geese
61 Mallards
7 Moorhens
1 Coot
80+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull

5 Pied Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Redwings, 1 Song Thrush, & 2 Mistle Thrushes on Grange Road field.
Pied Wagtails also seen at Grange Farm stables & up the access road.
2 Stock Doves & a Tawny Owl on the quarry at the top end. A small flock of Redwings & a Mistle Thrush not far away.
4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers amongst the usual stuff around the reservoir.


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8.00am to 9.20am.
2 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
1 Greylag
18 Canada Geese
79 Mallards
1m + 2f Goosanders
8 Moorhens
70+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Buzzard flying around Ousel Nest Meadow
5 Pied Wagtails on Grange Road field including a pair fluttering around together which seemed like a mating display

Early afternoon was much the same as the morning but without Goosanders and 3 Common Gulls added to the morning list


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1m Goldeneye + 1f Goosander amongst the usual stuff early afternoon


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7.50am to 10.20am.

Reservoir :-
2 Great Crested Grebes,
2 Cormorants,
1 Greylag,
18 Canada Geese,
77 Mallards,
1m + 3f Goosanders
6 Moorhens
60+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull on the water + 3 passing through
2 Common Gulls
1 Stock Dove on the quarry at the top end + 1 on the small quarry by the bottom of the steps from the main car park
3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
2 Mistle Thrushes on the embankment

Grange Road field :-
5 Pied Wagtails, 30+ Redwings

Access road farm + farmland :-
2 Snipe, 2 Pied Wagtails, 1 Redwing, 34 Woodpigeons

Other birds seen today :-
Pheasant, Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Goldcrests, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Nuthatches, Jays, Magpies, Jackdaws, Rooks, Carrion Crows, House Sparrows, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Siskins, & Bullfinches


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Short visit from 1pm to 2pm.

2 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
13 Canada Geese
1 Greylag
60+ Mallards
7 Moorhens
60+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull

3 Buzzards & 2 Ravens flew over, one of each taking time to soar around.
2 Goldcrests near the information centre
Small flocks of Siskins at Ousel Nest (with a flock of Long-tailed Tits) & by Chapeltown Road car park
Grey Wagtail with a Pied Wagtail on Grange Road field


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Sightings from this morning :-
3 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
1 Greylag
13 Canada Geese
60 Mallards
9 Moorhens
50+ Black-headed Gulls
6 Pied wagtails on Grange Road field

I lost the internet over the weekend so a few sightings which differ from the above :-
Saturday 13th :-
Kingfisher & a Grey Wagtail at the reservoir.
2 more Grey Wagtails were with 2 Pied Wagtails on Grange Road field. Other birds on this field included 40+ Woodpigeons, 8 Redwings, 4 Mistle Thrushes, & 2 Song Thrushes.

Friday 12th :-
A few dog walking friends have asked if I saw the Mute Swans. Unfortunately not (unusual species here) but the birds were an adult with an immature.




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13.30 to 14.40.

2 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
14 Canada Geese
1 Greylag
60+ Mallards
6 Moorhens
c75 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
3 Common Gulls

Whilst scanning through the gulls I spotted a Kingfisher flying around the middle of the reservoir before it flew down towards the embankment end



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9.25am to 11.10am. Most of the time spent in wintry showers.

4 Great Crested Grebes
6 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
1 Canada Goose
66 Mallards
Pair of Goosanders
7 Moorhens
60+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Common Gull
1 Mediterranean Gull. Unlike the other gulls it flew straight through heading for Bradshaw Valley.

100+ Redwings on Grange Road field



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