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10.00am to 11.10am.

8 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants
4 Canada Geese
80+ Mallards
1m + 3f Tufted Ducks
Pair of Goldeneye
2m + 5f Goosanders
80+ Black-headed Gulls
6 Common Gulls
No Moorhens or Coots seen today, must be some Moorhens somewhere


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8.40am to 10.05am. Over 50% frozen this morning.

Looked liked it was going to be a quiet morning to start with, as I covered the frozen side up to the yatch club, only unfrozen water being in font of the club. 7 Great Crested Grebes together and a single Cormorant on the pontoon.

However, after checking the top end I worked my way down the other side of the reservoir and was amazed at the number of Cormorants now at the yatch club. The pontoon was full of them, with more on the unfrozen patch of water. Unable to count them looking head on to the pontoon, just looked like a clump of black things huddled together. Went back over to Horrobin Lane car park to see the pontoon sideways on and was able to count 37 birds. Just before 10am they all left.

Other birds on reservoir :-
Another 3 Great Crested Grebes
2 Grey Herons
3 Canada Geese
30+ Mallards
3m + 5f Goosanders
4 Moorhens
2 Coots
50+ Black-headed Gulls

1 Lesser Black-backed Gull flew over






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Brief visit this morning.

6 Great Crested Grebes
1 Grey Heron
Numerous Mallards
4m + 3f Tufted Ducks
2m + 5f Goosanders
A few Moorhens
50+ Black-headed Gulls





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Lunchtime check of reservoir birds :-

6 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
5 Canada Geese
Numerous Mallards & Moorhens
2m + 3f Tufted Ducks
1m + 3f Goosanders
1m Goldeneye
100+ Black-headed Gulls



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10.30am to 13.20am.

6 Great Crested Grebes
9 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
3 Canada Geese
c75 Mallards
1m + 2f Tufted Ducks
2m + 4f Goosanders
9 Moorhens
130+ Black-headed Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
3 Common Gulls
1 Buzzard
Plus the usual woodland and field birds

1 Grey Heron & 1 Grey Wagtail along Bradshaw Brook

Just outside the country park area, on the field between Ousel Nest Meadow & Grange Park Road, I saw a Chiffchaff



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Wander around reservoir this morning.

6 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
4 Grey Herons
3 Canada Geese
40+ Mallards
1m Tufted Duck
1 Buzzard flying over
1 Moorhen
80+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull

Ousel Nest Meadow :-
30+ Siskins with a few Bullfinches
1 Redwing



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9.30am to 12.15pm. Whole area covered in constant light drizzle.

6 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
5 Canada Geese
40+ Mallards
1 Buzzard
5 Moorhens
80+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed passing over
1 Common Gull
21 Woodpigeons
2 Collared Doves
Lots of Tawny Owl pellets found in one particular area, but no sign of any owls in the trees there
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Grey Wagtail
3 Pied Wagtails
4 Wrens
4 Dunnocks
15+ Robins
15 Blackbirds
3 Redwings
2 Song Thrushes
4 Mistle Thrushes
2 Goldcrests
2 flocks of Long-tailed Tits
2-5 Coal Tits
20+ Great Tits
20+ Blue Tits
6 Nuthatches
1 Treecreeper
1 Dipper on Bradshaw Brook
6 Jays
12 Magpies
120+ Jackdaws
30+ Rooks. Mixed with the Jackdaws most of the time, but eventually I managed to see them apart to get an estimate of each species
5 Carrion Crows
4 Chaffinches
2 Greenfinches
c25 Goldfinches
2 flocks of Siskins, c20 at sailing club & the dozen or so at Ousel Nest Meadow
10+ Bullfinches

Also found Snowdrops by Horrobin Lane.


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10.15am to 11.05am.

Couple of Snipe flushed as I crossed the field from pill box on Chapeltown Road.

Reservoir :-
5 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
30+ Mallards
1m Goldeneye
5m + 6f Goosanders
3 Moorhens
30+ Black-headed Gulls
4 Common Gulls

Pink-footed Geese heard, but unable to see them as they were behind trees heading for Turton Bottoms/Wayoh.

Flock of Siskins on Ousel Nest Meadow.

7 Bullfinches by path from Grange Road to railway footbridge.


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9.35am to 11.30am.

Reservoir :-
6 Great Crested Grebes
15 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
3 Canada Geese
70+ Mallards
1m Goldeneye
29 Goosanders (17m + 12f). Easily my highest count here, even though I have had higher counts on Wayoh.
5 Moorhens
80+ Black-headed Gulls
3 Common Gulls
1 Kestrel
A few Redwings

Moved down to Bradshaw Brook and found a Dipper near Bradshaw Lodges.
As I was watching the Dipper I counted about 200 Pink-footed Geese flying over heading W. (11.05am).
A Buzzard took off from Ousel Nest Meadow as I watched a flock of 80+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying over.
More Pink-footed Geese came over from over the reservoir with my estimate this time being about 600, heading SW. (11.15am).
Still mooching in the same area of the meadow I saw about a dozen Siskins mixed with Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Bullfinches, and a Goldcrest.

After days of seeing hardly anything locally, this morning made up for a poor start to the year.



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8.40am to 9.20am.

4 Great Crested Grebes
2 Grey Herons
3 Canada Geese
40+ Mallards
1m Goosander
1 Moorhen
30+ Black-headed Gulls


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50+ Redwings between Grange Road & railway. Another dozen or so at the yatch club.

Usual birds on reservoir and in woodland.


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8.10am to 9.30am.

4 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants
5 Grey Herons
5 Canada Geese
60+ Mallards
2 Moorhens
1 Coot
30+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull
2 Dippers at the overflow + 1 flying past the footbridge at the top end of the reservoir





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9.35am to 11.45am. Ousel Nest Meadow, Bradshaw Brook, Reservoir, & farmland between reservoir & Bradshaw Road.

3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 7 Grey Herons, 1 Canada Goose, c90 Mallards, 1m Goldeneye, 2 Moorhens, 1 Coot, c90 Black-headed Gulls,
Feral Pigeons, Woodpigeons, Collared Doves, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins, Blackbirds, Redwings (small flock), Song Thrush, Mistle Thrushes,
Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Nuthatches, Treecreeper, Dipper (Bradshaw Brook), Jays, Magpies (including 21 in a tree by Horrobin Lane), Jackdaws,
Rooks, Carrion Crows, Starlings, House Sparrows, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Siskins (25+ on Ousel nest Meadow), Bullfinches.


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8.20am to 9.15am.

5 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
3 Canada Geese
50+ Mallards
1m Goldeneye
3 Moorhens
2 Coots
10+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Buzzard

1 Dipper on brook between reservoir & Turton Bottoms


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Late post for yesterday morning :-

3 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
3 Canada Geese
c70 Mallards
4 Moorhens
2 Coots
20+ Black-headed Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Dipper on Bradshaw Brook near the overflow
Small flock of Redwings
Usual woodlands birds, the highlight being a flock of 6 Bullfinches

Merry Christmas everybody



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9.40am to 10.30am.

4 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
9 Canada Geese
57 Mallards
1m Goldeneye
2 Moorhens
1 Coot
50+ Black-headed Gulls


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9.15am to 10.30am.

5 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
40+ Mallards
1m Tufted Duck
2m + 1f Goosanders
4 Moorhens
2 Coots
30+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull
1 Buzzard


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9.20am to 10.20am.

3 adult Great Crested Grebes + juveniles on a female's back
6 Cormorants
3 Grey Herons
25+ Canada Geese
60+ Mallards
15+ Black-headed Gulls
2 Common Terns


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8.50am to 9.50am

4 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants
5 Grey Herons
30 Canada Geese
50+ Mallards
4 Oystercatchers. Flew in for a couple of minutes before heading off over Bromley Cross.
20+ Black-headed Gulls
2 Common Terns
40+ House Martins


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9.25am to 10.15am

6 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
4 Grey Herons
27 Canada Geese
50+ Mallards
6 Moorhens
12 Black-headed Gulls
3 Common Terns
Numerous House Martins & Swallows



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8.40am to 9.35am

Dipper at the overflow, and fairly quiet on the reservoir.

6 Great Crested Grebes
5 Grey Herons
6 Canada Geese + the 3 goslings
30+ Mallards
Family of Moorhens
1 Black-headed Gull
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Common Tern



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7.35am to 8.35am

7 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
10 Grey Herons
15 Canada Geese, 3 goslings, + the hybrid
30+ Mallards
Family of Moorhens
8 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Common Tern
2 Swallows
2 House Martins


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8.00am to 9.30am

6 Great Crested Grebes, including one on a newly built nest
2 Cormorants
7 Grey Herons
8 Canada Geese + the goslings + the hybrid which flew in
20+ Mallards
An Oystercatcher flew around for a few minutes before heading off down Bradshaw Valley
4 Black-headed Gulls
A few Swallows
Grey Wagtails at the overflow
+ the usual woodland species


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Morning visit on my way to Hawkshaw, & afternoon visit on my way back.

Usuals on the reservoir :-
Great Crested Grebes, Grey Herons (including a juvenile), Canada Geese, Mallards, Black-headed Gulls, & Common Terns.

Pair of House Martins at the access road farm
At least 3 pairs of Swallows at Walsh Fold
Dipper on the brook by the bridge at the yatch club


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Just a couple of Common Terns and the usuals on the reservoir this morning.

Grey Wagtails provided some interest though :-
Family group flying around Bradshaw Brook at the overflow
Pair in a bush below the quarry
An adult and a juvenile on the brook between the reservoir & Turton Bottoms


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9.15am to 10.45am.

4 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
2 Grey Herons
7 Canada Geese + the 3 goslings
30+ Mallards + a brood of ducklings
1 Moorhen
2 Black-headed Gulls
3 Common Terns
The Swallow nest sites now also includes the stables at Horrobin Fold to add to Grange Farm stables, Walsh Fold, & the farm up the access road

As I was leaving the wandering pair of Greylag Geese flew in from over Bromley Cross. They flew straight over the reservoir and continued towards Hawkshaw

Nothing new amongst the woodland birds


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9.10am to 10.40am

5 Great Crested Grebes
2 Grey Herons
22 Canada Geese + the goslings, and the hybrid flew in
30+ Mallards
1 Moorhen
1 Common Sandpiper, my first of the year
A few Black-headed Gulls flying over, none on the reservoir
1 Common Tern
10 Swallows
1 Sparrowhawk, Pheasants, Woodpigeons, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Grey Wagtails, Pied Wagtail, Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Mistle Thrushes, Whitethroats, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Goldcrests, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Nuthatches, Jays, Magpies, Jackdaws, Carrion Crows, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Lesser Redpolls, & Bullfinches.


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7.45am to 8.25am

5 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
5 Grey Herons
13 Canada Geese + 3 goslings
c35 Mallards
1 Moorhen
6 Black-headed Gulls
3 Common Terns on the buoys (on my way over I saw 2 more flying over Bromley Cross heading in the general direction of Doffcocker. I have seen them before between the two sites heading one way or the other. The first two reported at Doffcocker not long ago coincided with my two on Jumbles leaving when the Sailing Club open day got going)
Swallows around the farms & stables
Grey Wagtails at each end of the reservoir




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7.50am to 9.00am

Only 2 Great Crested Grebes. The lack of grebes here probably explains more than usual on Wayoh.
1 Grey Heron
16 Canada Geese
30+ Mallards
1 Moorhen
3 Common Terns
10+ Swallows
1 Kingfisher giving great views around the creek area at the bridge near the information centre. At one point it landed in the top of a tall tree.

Whitethroat back on Ousel Nest Meadow, otherwise just the usuals on a fairly quiet morning.



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Short visits on my way to and back from Hawkshaw

Usuals on the reservoir included one Common Tern this morning, and two this afternoon.

Three pairs of Swallows at the Grange Farm stables, one pair at Walsh Fold, and another pair at the access road farm. Linnets also at Walsh Fold.

Tawny Owls calling along Bradshaw Brook at Ousel Nest Meadow, the afternoon one being chased around by Blackbirds.

Pair of Ravens on a pylon.

Rookery on Bradshaw contained about 10 nests. This small copse also contained a Great Spotted Woodpecker this morning and a Nuthatch this afternoon.
Curlew on fields behind the copse.


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9.00am to 10.30am

6 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
4 Grey Herons
2 Greylag Geese
25 Canada Geese + the hybrid
30+ Mallards
Moorhens included juvenile on farmland ponds
30+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
2 Common Terns
A few Swallows
1 Pied Wagtail
Grey Wagtails at the overflow tunnel
2 Stock Doves at the quarry






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8.15am to 9.30am

3 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
2 Grey Herons
12 Canada Geese + the hybrid
20+ Mallards
20+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Tern
10+ Swallows
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Meadow Pipit
1 Linnet
1 Curlew on the other side of Bradshaw Road
+ the usual residents



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7.50am to 8.40am check of the reservoir only.

7 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
2 Grey Herons
19 Canada Geese + the hybrid
40+ Mallards
2 Moorhens
6 Black-headed Gulls
3 Swallows
1 Sparrowhawk

It sounds like the Pink-footed Geese did not stay long, just a brief rest before their long journey north. As I discussed the geese over a pint yesterday lunctime a mate who had gone to check for them yesterday morning said they had gone but there were 7 Ravens on the quarry banking. The other chap with us then said he must of only just missed me the day before as he wandered around with his wife. He knows what they look like and you could hardly miss them by the bridge, but they only saw Canada Geese and the hybrid.





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8.00am to 10.15am.

Good Friday became Super Friday when I got to the top end of the reservoir. Two Pink-footed Geese with the Canada Geese & 5 Ravens on the quarry. Two of the Ravens stayed in the tree tops while the other three flew off. Two of them returned and then the four flew off towards Turton Golf Course.

Other birds this morning included :-
5 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
4 Grey Herons
30 Canada Geese + the hybrid
25+ Mallards
2 Moorhens
8 Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Tern
2 Stock Doves
1 Sand Martin
2 Swallows at Grange Farm stables & 2 at the farm up the access road (no problem with returning Swallows on my local patch)
2 Linnets on the fields between the access road & Walsh Fold, with lots of Rooks



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Just the usuals on the reservoir this morning but a Swallow was at the Grange Farm stables.

I left the reservoir and headed over the fields towards the pill box on Chapeltown Road and was taken by surprise when a drake Goosander flew off the pond up there.


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8.00am to 10.40am.

9 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
3 Grey Herons
19 Canada Geese + the hybrid
4 Moorhens
80+ Black-headed Gulls on the fields near Walsh Fold eventually moved down to the reservoir
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Pheasant
24 Woodpigeons, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Collared Doves, 1 Tawny Owl near the information centre, 5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
1 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail
Wrens (35) & Robins (29) everywhere + 6 Dunnocks
10 Blackbirds, 6 Song Thrushes, 2 Mistle Thrushes
3 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Goldcrests
2 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Coal Tits, 10+ Blue Tits & Great Tits, 6 Nuthatches, 1 Treecreeper
3 Jays, 10 Magpies, 4 Jackdaws, 25+ Carrion Crows, 1 Raven flying over, & Rooks heard calling from the rookery on Bradshaw Road
House Sparrows at Walsh Fold & up the access road
12 Chaffinches, 8 Greenfinches, 9 Goldfinches, & 2 Bullfinches


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8.25am to 9.50am.

7 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
15 Canada Geese + the hybrid
c25 Mallards
1 Kestrel
2 Moorhens
1 Lapwing + 1 Curlew on the farmland
20+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Common Tern on one of the buoys
Usual woodland birds including numerous Chiffchaffs but no sign of any other warblers


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8.10am to 9.15am

4 Great Crested Grebes
7 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
25 Canada Geese
Numerous Mallards
2 Moorhens
1 Lapwing
10+ Black-headed Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Dipper at the overflow


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7.35am to 10.45am. Some sheltered spots around the reservoir but very windy on the farmland/fields either side.

7 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
28 Canada Geese + the hybrid
23 Mallards
1m Goosander flying over
1 Sparrowhawk
3 Buzzards
3 Moorhens
1 Coot
10 Black-headed Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed gulls on the reservoir & a few passing over
2 Stock Doves, 40 Woodpigeons, & 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers,
2 Grey Wagtails & 2 Pied Wagtails,
Lots of Wrens & Robins + a few Dunnocks,
11 Blackbirds, 6 Song Thrushes, & 4 Mistle Thrushes,
3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrests, 6 Nuthatches, & a Treecreeper,
Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, & Great Tits,
Jays, Magpies, Jackdaws, & Carrion Crows,
A few House Sparrows up the access road
Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Siskins, & Bullfinches,



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7.50am to 9.00am

5 Great Crested Grebes
5 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
20 Canada Geese + the hybrid
c40 Mallards
1m Pochard
3 Moorhens
1 Coot
1 Curlew
10 Black-headed Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
2m Reed Buntings at the pond near the pill box


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8.20am to 11.30am

5 Great Crested Grebes
7 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
1 Mute Swan. Flew in from down Bradshaw Brook so is probably from the one from Firwood Lodges.
10 Canada Geese
50+ Mallards
1m Pochard
3 Moorhens
1 Coot
4 Lapwings
15 Black-headed Gulls
Numerous Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying over
2 Grey Wagtails on the stream by Horrobin Lane



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8.25am to 9.35am

5 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
15 Canada Geese
Numerous Mallards
1m Pochard
Pair of Goosanders
4 Moorhens
4 Lapwings
1 Curlew
40+ Black-headed Gulls


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8.00am to 9.45am.

8 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
30 Canada Geese + the hybrid goose
50+ Mallards
1m Pochard
4 Moorhens
1 Coot
3 Lapwings
20+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull flying over
1 Meadow Pipit
1 Chiffchaff
2 Ravens


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8.20am to 10.45am. Fairly sheltered from the wind, which drew me down here in the first place. Glad I came down here as it confirmed a garden sighting from earlier.

I heard Ravens over my garden at 7.20am as I went out to top up the garden feeders/table. A definite pair and possibly 3 others. I doubted myself that so many would fly oyer together and not having binoculars handy I guessed that some of them may have been Crows. It all became clearer later on at Jumbles.
About 9am I watched two pairs of Ravens fly into Jumbles and watched them fly around for a while. After they landed I saw 3 on a pylon near the railway and then they flew off down the Bradshaw Valley with another one from the trees behind the pylon. I did not think both pairs had gone onto that side of the reservoir and I soon heard the other pair calling from a pylon on the Bradshaw Road side, so there were actually six birds, and I presume this was the flock over my house earlier. The Bradshaw Road side pair was still flying around when I left.

6 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants
3 Grey Herons
33 Canada Geese + the hybrid
50+ Mallards
1m Pochard
5 Moorhens
1 Coot
2 Lapwings
2 Curlews
30+ Black-headed Gulls (still checking them all for a Med Gull and still waiting for one)
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Buzzards
20+ Siskins at the Chapeltown Road car park
1 Reed Bunting at the pond near the pill box on Chapeltown Road
+ all the other regular species



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8.30am to 12.15pm. A couple of hours checking the woodland birds in the fog, a check of the farmland near Bradshaw Road as the fog started to clear (finally cleared at 10.50am), and back around the reservoir for the water birds when I could actually see something.

8 Great Crested Grebes
7 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron flying over
27 Canada Geese + the hybrid
53 Mallards, 1m Pochard, Pair of Tufted Ducks
5 Moorhens, 1 Coot
30+ Black-headed Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
1 Buzzard
3 Pheasants
4 Lapwings, 1 Curlew
19 Woodpigeons
2 Tawny Owls calling from the top of the quarry
5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Pied Wagtails
Lots of Wrens, Dunnocks, & Robins
17 Blackbirds, c130 Redwings, 6 Song Thrushes, 2 Mistle Thrushes
4 Goldcrests
8 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Coal Tits, 20+ Blue Tits, & 20+ Great Tits
4 Nuthatches, 3 Treecreepers
7 Jays (including a flock of 5 birds), 8 Magpies, 20+ Jackdaws, 36 Rooks (feeding on the field by Bradshaw Road), & 7 Carrion Crows
1 Starling & 4 House Sparrows
10+ Chaffinches, 8 Greenfinches, 10+ Goldfinches, 1 Siskin, 4 Bullfinches


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8.15am to 9.00am

9 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
15 Canada Geese
Numerous Mallards
1m Pochard
5 Moorhens
2 Coots
30+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Kingfisher


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7.30am to 8.25am

6 Great Crested Grebes
29 Canada Geese + the hybrid
Numerous Mallards
1m Pochard
5 Moorhens
2 Coots
2 Lapwings
1 Buzzard
10 Black-headed Gulls
1 Dipper on the overflow pipies
60+ Redwings





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8.00am to 10.40am. Whole area covered in excellent conditions for counting everything. All the regulars very active & a few things just passing through.

8 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
Only 1 Grey Heron on the reservoir, and a couple passing over
2 Mute Swans. Left the reservoir at 8.50 and flew down the valley
25 Canada Geese + the hybrid goose
65 Mallards
1m Pochard
1m Goldeneye. Flew in and left after about 20 minutes
5 Moorhens
3 Coots
30+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull
1 Buzzard at the top end as usual
1 Sparrowhawk very high up
An Oystercatcher flew in from down the valley, circled around the reservoir, and then headed off towards Wayoh
4 Lapwings on farmland
90+ Woodpigeons, lots of them passing through. Pair of Collared Doves on Grange Road.
1 Tawny Owl calling from the top of the quarry again
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
1 Grey Wagtail at the bottom end of the reservoir & 2 more at the top end
1 Pied Wagtail up the access road
Lots of Wrens, Dunnocks, & Robins
19 Blackbirds, 50+ Redwings (Grange Road), 9 Song Thrushes, & 3 Mistle Thrushes
5 Goldcrests
Numerous pairs of Long-tailed Tits, pair of Coal Tits, & lots of Blue Tits and Great Tits
Only 2 Nuthatches seen and no Treecreepers (they must have been somewhere)
11 Jays (including a flock of 7 birds), 11 Magpies, 6 Jackdaws, 20 Carrion Crows. Rooks could be heard calling at the rookery on Bradshaw Road
3 Starlings, 2 House Sparrows
12 Chaffinches, 10+ Greenfinches, 10+ Goldfinches, 4 Bullfinches



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8.20am to 9.25am.

10 Great Crested Grebes
3 Grey Herons
37 Canada Geese
2 Greylag Geese. They flew in with some of the Canada Geese & the hybrid.
55 Mallards
1m Pochard
3 Moorhens
3 Coots
20+ Black-headed Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
1 Buzzard
1 Grey Wagtail





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8.30am t0 9.45am.

7 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
5 Grey Herons
26 Canada Geese
78 Mallards
1m Pochard
3m + 1f Tufted Ducks
4 Moorhens
30+ Black-headed Gulls

Pair of Buzzards perched in trees. If they are supposed to be such a threat to Pheasants why did they totally ignore the delicious looking cock bird immediately below them ?

1 Kestrel flushed 70+ Redwings from near the information centre. Another 50+ Redwings were along Grange Road.

I watched a Kingfisher fly across the top end of the reservoir whilst listening to a Tawny Owl calling from the top of the quarry.

A Dipper flew past the Horrobin Lane car park towards the stream by Horrobin Lane before flying back past a few minutes later heading for the top end of the reservoir.




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