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Just wandered along the yatch club side on my way to Edgworth this morning.

2 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
3 Grey Herons
1 Greylag
2 Canada Geese
Numerous Mallards & Moorhens
1m Goldeneye
50+ Black-headed Gulls
3 Buzzards flying over


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11,05am to 14.55. Whole area covered.

Reservoir :-
No Grebes seen today.
8 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
14 Canada Geese
1 Greylag
70 Mallards
1m Goldeneye
12 Moorhens
100+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull

Best of the rest as I wandered around, mostly the usual species :-
25 Siskins & a Great Spotted Woodpecker at Ousel Nest by Grange Road.
Lesser Redpolls the only unexpected species today with a pair at Grange Farm.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker by the railway line. Whilst up there I scanned the fields on the far side of the reservoir & picked out a flock of about 100 Lapwings between Walsh Fold and Birches.
2 Stock Doves flying over the quarry at the top end.
A stream that runs under the road between Walsh Fold & Bradshaw Road has always looks possible for Dipper and today I had one here for the first time.
It became wet & windy as I checked the farmland so I just had lots of Jackdaws, Rooks, & Carrion Crows on the fields up here.
I eventually finished off back along Grange Road where I now had the Redwing flock (none earlier) which has been around for weeks. Very flighty so needed numerous counts but I eventually settled for 110.



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Early afternoon visit.

2 Great Crested Grebes
5 Cormorants
12 Grey Herons. Higher count than normal probably due to the strong winds pushing birds down here for shelter from the very exposed Entwistle heronry.
17 Canada Geese
1 Greylag
81 Mallards
2m Goldeneyes
6 Moorhens
1 Coot
70+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull

1 Buzzard soaring around


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8.25am to 10.10am.

Reservoir :-
3 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants, including one with lots of white on it's head
2 Grey Herons
1 Canada Goose
72 Mallards
9 Moorhens
100+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull
1 Grey Wagtail

Mixed flock at Grange Road made up of 14 Redwings, 2 Mistle Thrushes, & 20+ Goldfinches.
Resident House Sparrows are on Bradshaw Road side of the reservoir so one at Ousel Nest Gate House was a surprise.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker on a garden feeder by Horrobin Lane car park.
2 Stock Doves on the quarry at the top end.
1 Buzzard & 50+ Rooks flying around.

Someone must have thrown some bread out at Water Fold giving me birds to search through from the main car park. Mainly Black-headed Gulls & Jackadws but I did manage to pick out a Herring Gull & a Common Gull. The latter showed some great acrobatic skills as 3 times it dropped the bread it was carrying (once whilst being mobbed by a Jackdaw), but each time it caught it again in seconds after swooping around to retrieve it in the strong wind.




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A couple of hours this afternoon.

2 Great Crested Grebes
6 Cormorants
85 Mallards
10 Moorhens
100+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull
1 Kingfisher

60+ Redwings along Grange Road with 2 Mistle Thrushes & numerous Goldfinches


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Did not manage to get out until late morning so Grange Road (no Redwings) & reservoir very busy. I did not see any point going all the way around so I scanned the reservoir from the woodland by Grange Farm & then headed up the path by the railway.

Reservoir :-
3 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
The usual Greylag was with the Canada Goose waiting for bread at Horrobin Lane car park.
6 other Canada Geese around the reservoir included another Greylag
Numerous Mallards & the male Goldeneye
Unable to count Moorhens from here, only one seen nearby
50+ Black-headed Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying over

A pair of Goldcrests chased other around by the stables, the male looking splendid with it's open displaying crest.
Lots of Woodpigeons flushed from the field between reservoir & railway.

Just hanging about for a while by the stile by the railway at the top of the path I had a good selection of birds which included :-
Two more Goldcrests, a Treecreeper, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a flock of Goldfinches, 2 Nuthatches, & 60+ Redwings flying over heading for Holts Fold/Last Drop area.


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12.35 to 14.10.

As usual I checked Grange Road on the way to the reservoir, and some good stuff as usual.
Near the gate to Ousel Nest Meadow I checked lots of noise coming from Nuthatches. I usually get one or two here but did not expect to see four together.
An increase in Redwings (170+) further down the road. On the field & in trees by the road & by the railway.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker was quite content at the top of a tree until it moved and disturbed two more, when it became very noisy as it chased them around the tree tops.
Another Nuthathch was heard in the same area.

Reservoir :-
2 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
90 Mallards
1m + 1f Goldeneyes
1m Goosander
8 Moorhens
50+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull
1 Pied Wagtail
3 more Nuthatches took me up to 8 for the afternoon



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just a short visit this morning to check for anything different.

1m Goldeneye back on the reservoir with the usual stuff

Redwings on Grange Road field up to 70+, with 2 Mistle Thrushes


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13.15 to 14.55.

3 Great Crested Grebes
1 Grey Heron
Greylag with just one Canada Goose.
110 Mallards
9 Moorhens
100+ Black-headed Gulls
3 Common Gulls
Not much around the woodland again.

30+ Redwings with 3 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Pied Wagtails, and a flock of 30+ Goldfinches on Grange Road fields.
Another 20+ Goldfinches were further down Grange Road as I headed towards the railway station.


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8.10am to 9.05am.

3 Great Crested Grebes
6 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
Greylag with the 2 Canada Geese
Numerous Mallards
6 Moorhens
30+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull
1 Kingfisher


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8.35am to 9.50am.

2 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants on reservoir + 3 flying over
Greylag (became very tame a few weeks ago, and will now come for food at Horrobin Lane car park with the 2 Canada Geese)
110 Mallards
1m Goldeneye
3m Goosanders
8 Moorhens
40+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull
1 Dipper on the brook at the top end
1 Buzzard


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9.35am to 11.50am.

2 Great Crested Grebes
7 Cormorants
Greylag with the two Canada Geese
92 Mallards
2m Goldeneyes
6 Moorhens
25 Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull

70+ Redwings along Grange Road


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8.10am to 10.15am.

Reservoir :-
4 Great Crested Grebes
5 Cormorants
Greylag flew in with the 2 Canada Geese
80+ Mallards
7 Moorhens
30+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Common Gull
Great Spotted Woodpeckers & Treecreepers not seen much recently so two of each species was welcome

Grange Road :-
30+ Goldfinches mixed with 20+ Redwings & a Mistle Thrush
Buzzard & 2 Herring Gulls flying over
8 Bullfinches along the footpath from Grange Road to the railway footbridge (7 more seen around the reservoir)


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9 Lapwings flying over heading down Bradshaw Valley at 8.20am.

Usual species on reservoir.


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9.40am to 11.30am.

3 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants
Greylag with the 2 Canada Geese
c110 Mallards
6 Moorhens
40+ Black-headed Gulls, one with full summer plumage head. I have seen this one a few times over the last week.
Buzzard at the top end again being mobbed by a Carrion Crow
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Pied Wagtail
5 Redwings along Grange Road
+ the usual species


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As I was here later than normal (10.20am) crowds of people already out and about so I just walked along the railway side. I normally speak to most of the regulars about the wildlife, possibly with your daughter George at some time, but the number of folk about got a bit too much this morning. I hope they all had a good time though, except the cyclists who keep ignoring the no cycling signs.

2 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
The Greylag with the 2 Canada Goose
Numerous Mallards & Moorhens.
70+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
2 Common Gulls

5 Redwings & a Mistle Thrush at Horrobin Fold
A Buzzard by the quarry at the top end was being mobbed by a Carrion Crow. The Crow got so close it looked at one point as though it would land on the Buzzards's back.
The Buzzard flew off towards Turton Tower, and not long after two more Buzzards appeared from over Walsh Fold soaring around quite high up.



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Full morning from 8.10am checking all areas. When it started getting busy I moved onto farmland.
We missed the worst of the rain here, just got lots of rubbish washed down onto the top end of the reservoir. A slight problem having to pick out birds swimming amonst it all.
3 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
2 Grey Herons
Greylag was on it's own when I got to the reservoir but it soon joined the two Canada Geese
60+ Mallards
8 Moorhens
40+ Black-headed Gulls
Not long ago I reported Herring Gulls being unusual locally. Seen them most days since ! Two on the reservoir this morning & numerous passing over, which included a flock of 5 being followed into the distance by a Grey Heron. Also a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying over.
1 Sparrowhawk on Ousel Nest Meadow. 1 Pheasant at Walsh Fold.
Lots of Woodpigeons, a small flock of Feral Pigeons, the usual few white doves along Grange Road, & a Stock Dove,
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail by the raging overflow, numerous Wrens, Dunnocks, & Robins,
11 Blackbirds, 5 Redwings, 3 Song Thrushes, 2 Mistle Thrushes. a flock of 3 Goldcrests by Grange Road & 1 by the quarry at the top end,
Numerous Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, & Nuthatches. A few Starlings, & House Sparrows in the usual places,
As usual plenty of corvids, 5 Jays, 24 Magpies, 20+ Jackdaws, 20+ Rooks (most of them in the rookery by Bradshaw Road), 14 Carrion Crows, 1 Raven.
A few Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Siskins (1 flock of about 10 birds), Bullfinches showing well in most areas (11 seen + a couple more heard)




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Merry Christmas David

My daughter was jogging round the Jumbles this morning and saw none of these things.

Keep up the good work.

 

Best wishes to you and yours

 

George Warburton

 



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8.20am to 9.45am. Not many people about for a Christmas Day morning, but it was raining all the way around. Trouble was, not many birds about either.

2 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
2 Canada Geese
c75 Mallards
5 Moorhens
20+ Black-headed Gulls
Tawny Owl at Grange Farm
A couple of Redwings heard at top end of reservoir

Merry Xmas to everybody



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8.40am to 10.00am

3 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
2 Canada Geese with the Greylag. Still not sure if it is an escape from the access road farm or the one which has been seen here & Wayoh for the last 2 winters
Numerous Mallards
1m Goldeneye
50+ Black-headed Gulls
A Grey Wagtail flew across the reservoir and down to the overflow where I also found a Dipper
Only 2 Redwings at Grange Road this morning


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9.30am to 10.50am.

3 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
140+ Mallards
1m Goldeneye
6 Moorhens
60+ Black-headed Gulls
60+ Redwings along Grange Road


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Visits before and after wander around Wayoh. 8.15am to 9.30am & 11.30am to 12.20pm.

2 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
3 Grey Herons
2 Canada Geese
1 Greylag
80+ Mallards
1m Goldeneye
6 Moorhens
80+ Black-headed Gulls
2 Common Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew off on my first visit. 1 immature on reservoir on second visit.
Flock of 9 Herring Gulls flew over Grange Road & then down Bradshaw Valley
1 Buzzard flying over
1 Pied Wagtail
Flock of 40+ Siskins
Plus the usual species



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10.45am to 11.35am.

2 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
2 Canada Geese
1 Greylag
Numerous Mallards
1m Goldeneye
7 Moorhens
50+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull
1 Buzzard


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13.20 to 14.55.

3 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
100+ Mallards
Pair of Goldeneye
6 Moorhens
c80 Black-headed Gulls

Grange Road :-
79 Redwings on the field.
A flock of 15 Chaffinches making use of the roadside puddles.
Mistle Thrush and Goldcrest. Missed out on these species yesterday.



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8.40am to 12.25pm. All areas covered and all birds counted. 4 species of duck on one trip unusual for here,

Reservoir :-
2 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
2 Canada Geese
100+ Mallards
2m + 1f Teal
Pair of Wigeon
Pair of Goldeneye
9 Moorhens (another one on a farm pond)
45 Black-headed Gulls

Walsh Fold :-
A mixed flock of Jackdaws & Rooks (100+) 1 Pheasant, 2 Pied Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, numerous House Sparrows.

Access Road Farm :-
Another Pied Wagtail & more House Sparrows. Also had House Sparrows along Bradshaw Road.

Woodland birds :-
17 Woodpigeons, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 13 Wrens, 4 Dunnocks, 4 Robins, 16 Blackbirds, 5 Redwings along Grange Road & 1 by the reservoir, 1 Song Thrush by Bradshaw Brook, 4 flocks of Long-tailed Tits (60+ birds in total but surprisingly I did not see any Treecreepers with them), Coal Tits (5), Great Tits (10+), Blue Tits (40+), 7 Nuthatches, 4 Jays, 17 Magpies, 10+ Jackdaws, 20+ Carrion Crows, 10 Chaffinches, 5 Greenfinches, 6 Goldfinches, 4 Siskins, & 9 Bullfinches.


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13.25 to 14.45

3 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
7 Grey Herons
2 Canada Geese
1 Greylag
100+ Mallards
9 Moorhens
c75 Black-headed Gulls
1 Kingfisher




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9.10am to 10.35am.

2 Great Crested Grebes
9 Grey Herons
c115 Mallards
6 Moorhens
30+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull
1 Buzzard flying over
Redwings calling along Grange Road. Could only see a couple, may have been a few more.



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Just the usual species on the reservoir and not much around the woodland, but I did have a Buzzard calling from Ousel Nest Meadow before it flew off down the Bradshaw Valley.


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Nothing much around this morning (9.35am to 11.05am) but at least it didn't rain or blow a gale.

3 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
Numerous Mallards
5 Moorhens
30+ Black-headed Gulls
Just the usual woodland birds


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A short visit this morning looking for anything new.
Same species on reservoir as yesterday.
Kingfisher at the yatch club bridge for 3rd day running, and again so close no binoculars needed.

2 Meadow Pipits on pill box field the only unusual birds seen.


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8.10am to 9.45am

4 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
2 Canada Geese
1 Greylag
100+ Mallards
6 Moorhens
8 Black-headed Gulls
1 Kingfisher
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Dipper at the overflow


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8.30am to 10.10am.

5 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
6 Grey Herons
2 Canada Geese
1 Greylag
100+ Mallards
1m Goldeneye. Flew off towards Wayoh.
5 Moorhens
1 Kingfisher by the bridge next to Yatch Club. Was surprised it did not fly off until I realised it was trying to swallow a small fish.
2 Buzzards
+ the usual woodland species, highlight being a flock of 10 Siskins


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8.45am to 12.20pm around all areas. Lower than expected counts of numerous species, but much higher counts than usual of a few species.

4 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
1 Canada Goose
c115 Mallards
1 Buzzard
5 Moorhens
30+ Black-headed Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying over
1 Stock Dove
7 Woodpigeons
3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
1 Meadow Pipit
1 Pied Wagtail
11 Wrens
5 Dunnocks
8 Robins
22 Blackbirds
1 Redwing
1 Song Thrush
1 Mistle Thrush
11 Goldcrests (spread around the whole area)
50+ Long-tailed Tits
2 Coal Tits
20+ Great Tits
20+ Blue Tits
6 Nuthatches
4 Treecreepers (2 together near information centre, the others in two areas along Bradshaw Brook)
3 Jays
8 Magpies
10+ Jackdaws
50+ Rooks (20+ near Bradshaw Road rookery & 30+ on field by access road)
15 Carrion Crows
2 Starlings
Numerous House Sparrows around Walsh Fold
3 Chaffinches
11 Goldfinches
8 Siskins
1 Lesser Redpoll
6 Bullfinches


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9.00am to 10.15am.

3 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
3 Grey Herons
1 Canada Goose
Numerous Mallards
5 Moorhens
30+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Raven
A Redwing heard calling by the railway line & a few in a Starling flock flying over


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9.05am to 10.30am. A few heavy showers but not as windy as yesterday so reservoir birds were back out in the open, but not much about.

3 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
90+ Mallards
7 Moorhens
Only 3 Black-headed Gulls
Just the usual woodland species


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Rare sighting of someone else here with binoculars and a note book. Should have realised it would be Phil Garnett, the only other person I know in Bromley Cross recording birds as well as watching. Spent 3 hours with Phil checking all areas.

Highlight was 4 Whooper Swans, 2 adults + 2 immature.

Also seen :-
3 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
3 Grey Herons
1 Canada Goose
Numerous Mallards (lots of birds hidden sheltering from the wind)
2 Moorhens
30+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Stock Dove on the quarry
1 Grey Wagtail
At least 5 Goldcrests at Ousel Nest Meadow

Other usual species hard to count due to the wind but species seen :-
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Woodpigeon, Feral Pigeon, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Nuthatch, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin (including a flock of 8), Bullfinch.



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9.45am to 11.05am

4 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
1 Canada Goose
120+ Mallards
2 Moorhens
1 Coot
15 Black-headed Gulls
1 Grey Wagtail at the overflow
1 Buzzard flying over
Usual other species, including 4 flocks of Long-tailed Tits



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10am to 11am.

4 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
12 Canada Geese
Numerous Mallards
5 Moorhens
1 Coot
50+ Black-headed Gulls
2 Common Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Grey Wagtail


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8.30am to 9.50am.

4 Great Crested Grebes
5 Cormorants
3 Grey Herons
2 Canada Geese
120+ Mallards
1f Goldeneye
5 Moorhens
1 Coot
100+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Pied Wagtail


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14.40 to 16.10

2 Little Grebes (unusual bird here)
6 Great Crested Grebes
5 Cormorants
5 Grey Herons
12 Canada Geese
120+ Mallards
11 Moorhens
40+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
2 Pied Wagtails
1 Grey Wagtail


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9.40am to 10.50am.

6 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
2 Canada Geese
58 Mallards
5 Moorhens
1 Coot
80+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Grey Wagtail with a Dipper at the overflow


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Not much about this morning, even though I covered most of the area.

5 Great Crested Grebes
6 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
2 Canada Geese
Numerous Mallards
5 Moorhens
1 Coot
10+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Pied Wagtail
+ the usual resident species


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9.45am to 12.55pm. All areas checked, reservoir, woods, and farmland.

3 Great Crested Grebes
7 Cormorants
3 Grey Herons
2 Canada Geese
c120 Mallards
6 Moorhens
20+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Kingfisher
1 Buzzard
26 Woodpigeons
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
3 Pied Wagtails
7 Wrens
4 Dunnocks
16 Robins
12 Blackbirds, 2 flocks of Redwings (6 & 4), 1 Mistle Thrush,
4 flocks of Long-tailed Tits (12 with 3 Nuthatches, 10+, 10+, & 5). Also had a flock of 12 later but I am pretty sure they were the same birds as my first flock.
3 Coal Tits, about half a dozen Great Tits, & 20+ Blue Tits
7 Nuthatches
6 Jays, 15 Magpies, 60+ Jackdaws, 25+ Rooks, 15 Carrion Crows,
12 Starlings
House Sparrows at Walsh Fold & up the access road
7 Chaffinches, 4 Greenfinches, 19 Goldfinches, 3 Siskins, 6 Bullfinches.
Crossbills. As I was walking up the steps by the quarry, under conifers, I heard a couple in flight. From the field at the top I scanned the conifers but no sign of any birds. Not sure if there were more than two, or whether they had been in the trees or just passed over.



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7.40am to 8.45am.
5 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Cormorants, 2 Grey Herons, 1 Canada Goose, numerous Mallards, 5 Moorhens, 5 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Grey Wagtails.

12.10pm to 12.40pm on my way home from Hawkshaw :-
At the top of the road from Walsh Fold, by Bradshaw Road, there was a Raven on the top of a pylon.
1 Pied Wagtail at Walsh Fold.
1 Redwing on the tops of trees by the reservoir.
Black-headed Gulls up to 40+, and a Common Gull with them.


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9.00am to 10.25am.

6 Great Crested Grebes
9 Cormorants
8 Grey Herons
9 Canada Geese
130+ Mallards
4 Moorhens
30+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
4 Meadow Pipits
1 Pied Wagtail
8 Redwings



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7.55am to 9.30am.

7 Great Crested Grebes
8 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
c100 Mallards
4 Moorhens
30+ Black-headed Gulls
2 Meadow Pipits
1 Pied Wagtail
2 Grey Wagtails + 1 Dipper on Bradshaw Brook



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7.40am to 8.50am
6 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
4 Grey Herons
62 Pink-footed Geese flying over
7 Canada Geese
60+ Mallards
2 Buzzards
40+ Black-headed Gulls
2 Meadow Pipits
1 Grey Wagtail
3 Pied Wagtails
3 Mistle Thrushes
1 Dipper at the overflow
+ the usual species

Early Afternoon :-
2 Greylags flying over
1 Swallow


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Late morning scan of the reservoir from Horrobin Lane car park only showed the usual species.

On my across the field from the the pill box by Chapeltown Road I came across 7 Meadow Pipits with 40+ Goldfinches, and a Buzzard overhead.


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8.10am to 9.40am.

When I got to the reservoir I saw 8 Swallows on the reservoir and numerous others flying around above the access road, and also some on the wires at the farm up there, giving me a total of 32. A single House Martin was also on the wires. It was not much later that c20 House Martins appeared circling and feeding fairly high up.

7 Great Crested Grebes
6 Cormorants
5 Grey Herons
90+ Mallards
6 Moorhens
30+ Black-headed Gulls
A few Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying over
1 Grey Wagtail
2 Pied Wagtails



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7.55am to 9.45am.

8 Great Crested Grebes
7 Cormorants
3 Grey Herons
8 Canada Geese
Numerous Mallards
4 Moorhens
70+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Kingfisher
1 Swallow
2 Grey Wagtails
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Buzzard


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