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RE: Rostherne Mere


Not really a sighting but didn't know where else to put this as no exisiting topics seemed suitable. However, is anyone aware if there is a starling roost at Rostherne, if so how large? I ask because yesterday morning, in poor light, I saw what I thought could be the best part ofa thousand birds over field close tothere ( I had turned onto A556 from M56 towards M6). The numbers could be way out as I was driving but did have the effect of 'smoke'. I assume they were starlings as had two smaller parties of about 30 birds soon after.



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One drake Common Scoter at far end viewed from churchyard, also one Swallow. A Brimstone flew through the village.
Nearby, a House Martin at Cicely Mill.

-- Edited by Mike Duckham on Monday 6th of April 2015 06:30:16 PM

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Finding Tatton Park closed (Monday in winter,doh ) had a short look around Rostherne. Not so many species to be seen on the water except Great Crested Grebe, Wigeon, Pochard, Cormorant, a pair of Goldeneye and a few distant Gulls. hmm

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A decent-sized gull roost this evening, unluckily it was well to the left so that about a third of it was partially obscured by trees. In the birds that i could see were 131 LBBG and v approx 2-3000 BHG, prob nearer the latter. Also 73 Shoveler having a good scoff in their usual area over towards the reedbed. Recently a Marsh Harrier was present for a few days and was a bird which had been wing-tagged as a nestling in Tayside last year; one of its siblings was seen in the Outer Hebrides.

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1 Marsh harrier
2 Raven
1 Kestrel
Goosander
70plus Lapwing
Goldeneye
Shoveler
Grey wagtail on church roof
Wrens



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A walk around Rostherne church this afternoon

The Mere
Great crested grebes
Cormorants
Kestrel
Buzzard
Coot
Swallows
Sandmartins

Church grave yard
1 male Blackcap
Pair Chaffinch
Blackbirds
Jackdaws
2 Jays
Blue tits
Mistle thrush
Rooks


-- Edited by Graham Smith on Sunday 28th of April 2013 06:01:41 PM

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Yesterday - 26/3/13

adult Mediterranean Gull in the roost and a leucistic Black-headed Gull.

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23/01/2013 - 4-5pm, with Mike Duckham, more snow started falling whilst there:

5 Goosanders - 1 drake
6 Goldeneyes - 4 drakes
3 Great Black-backed Gulls
10 Herring Gulls - including an argentatus
c90 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
100+ Common Gulls
c8000 Black-headed Gulls
1 Green Woodpecker
4000+ Starlings
9 Redwings
1 Mistle Thrush
1 Treecreeper

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02/12/2012 - 12.30pm - The Barnacle Goose seen at Dunham last week has relocated to the west side of the mere.

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2 Redwings this evening.

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Fri 28th

7 Mistle Thrush on dead branches infront of the hde
3 Jay
Nothing else of note.

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06/09/2012 - 12pm:

1 Ruddy Shelduck - female

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20/05/2012 - 2 drake Mandarins the only birds of note this evening

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Hi Henry,
Yes,there was a big woosh, then it saw us and went to look. Ian saw it all - I saw it as it was taking off and flying away - Jim was in the loo, and therefore a bit upset.

Geoff

p.s. does anyone know if the "spring walk" today is a walk around the mere, as I might go?

-- Edited by Geoff Walton on Saturday 28th of April 2012 08:16:12 AM

-- Edited by Geoff Walton on Saturday 28th of April 2012 08:16:33 AM

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Geoff Walton wrote:

10.30am - 12.45pm

1 Peregrine landing on the bird table for a second





That must have been a superb sight, only a couple of meters away!!!

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10.30am - 12.45pm

70 Swift
40 Swallows
handfull of House and Sandmartins
1 Buzzard
1 Peregrine landing on the bird table for a second
1 Pheasant on the bird table
male and female Kestel mating in dead tree opposite the hide
2 pairs Gadwall
4 pairs GC Grebe
2 pairs Tufted Duck
Bullfinches,Great and Blue Tit on the table.

3 cold birders in hide



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25/04/2012 - 1-3pm, strong E winds:

1 Teal
4 Arctic Terns - flew through N
c10 House Martins
c10 Sand Martins
c250 Swallows


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Shame it hadn't stayed. Must have moved on overnight. A few bits and pieces showed themselves:

2 Greylag Geese
2 Kestrels
2 Buzzards
1 Green Woodpecker
2 Stock Doves
2+ Meadow Pipits
2 Sand Martins
2 Chiffchaffs


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A good turn out of forum members at Rostherne - one since first light

Unfortunately no sign of the Osprey by 09.30.

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31/03/2012 - 6.30-8pm with Mike Duckham:

1 Osprey - female perched up in tree on east side, may have roosted
1 Goldeneye
2 Gadwalls
c20 Teal
4 Tufted Ducks
2 Kestrels
3 Buzzards
1 Green Sandpiper
6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls - several flew straight through
2 Herring Gulls - flew North
3+ Sand Martins
2 alba Wagtails
1 Green Woodpecker
2 Stock Doves
1 Treecreeper

-- Edited by Henry Cook on Saturday 31st of March 2012 09:40:08 PM

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28/03/2012 - 6-7pm, eventually some hirundines flew through this evening:

1 Green Sandpiper
1 Kestrel
1 Buzzard
4 Stock Doves
2 Swallows
10+ Sand Martins
2 Chiffchaffs
1 Treecreeper
2 Nuthatches
3 Bullfinches

-- Edited by Henry Cook on Wednesday 28th of March 2012 09:05:12 PM

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Called in at the church and saw the following towards the mere

1 Kestrel m hunting
5 Buzzard
1 Nuthatch
2 Great crested grebes
1 Cormorant
mixed flocks of tits
Woodpeckers heard drumming


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23/01/2012 - Just two Great Black-backed Gulls and the leucistic Black-headed Gull amongst the roost tonight. Plenty of Jackdaws, Starlings and Black-headed Gulls as per usual. Also a Green Woodpecker calling.

-- Edited by Henry Cook on Monday 23rd of January 2012 06:08:29 PM

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14/01/2012 - Fairly quiet gull roost again this evening but with such brilliant weather I didn't care, just good to be out enjoying it all. Plenty of signs of spring about even whilst it's freezing, with Stock Doves in song, ducks displaying and some spring bulbs in flower already. Stuff seen this evening:

c4500 Black-headed Gulls
c100 Common Gulls
56 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
6 Herring Gulls
2 Great Black-backed Gulls
8 Goldeneyes
46 Shovelers
c40000 Starlings - again, hard to estimate when the sky is just full of them but slightly less than on the 5th.
c900 Jackdaws - two seperate roosts of c400 and c500, but under-recorded, as I was driving home along the A556 in the last embers of daylight (5pm) there were still large groups flying towards the mere.
1 Peregrine - female
2 Green Woodpeckers
2 Stock Doves
1 Goldcrest

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adult Yellow-legged Gull in the roost tonight, also a very black backed long winged Intermedius type Lesser Black-backed Gull, otherwise a poor roost with 1 Great Black-backed, 35 Lesser Black-backs, No Herrrings, c10 Common Gulls and far fewer BHGs than normal.

Also 2 Egyptian Geese and 2 male Pintail.

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05/01/2012 - 3.45-4.45pm with Mike Duckham - some spectacular sights tonight:

8 Goldeneyes
7 Herring Gulls - including 2 argentatus adults
c30 Common Gulls
c140 Lesser Black-backed Gulls - influx, returning spring birds?
c6000 Black-headed Gulls - sheltering really close to the obs for a change with the strong NW wind
1 Stock Dove
50000+ Starlings - a vague estimate but a great number showing for ages until dark in a swirling mass over the water and amongst the gulls at times.
1 Goldcrest

not a single Jackdaw flew in to roost

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We froze this morning, but had a good 3 hours.
Pochard
Goldeneye
Tuffties
Widgeon
Teal
Shoveller
GC Grebe
GS Woodpecker
Pheasant
Lapwing
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Robin
Bullfinch
Chaffinch
Nuthatch
Siskin


p.s. Thanks for my copy of the 2010 Report guys


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20/11/2011 - Roost visit with Mike Duckham just before dusk:

1 Med Gull - same adult winter bird still in the roost
2 Great Black-backed Gulls
c40 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
14 Common Gulls
c5000 Black-headed Gulls
c180 Cormorants
3 Mandarins
5 Wigeons
4-5000 Jackdaws - incredible numbers and noise from this species in the woods adjacent to the mere
c8000 Starlings - not so many this evening but the roost area is out of sight from the obs, thus birds may be arriving unseen from other directions.

Recent sightings in the log-book include Bittern, Raven and Green Woodpecker.

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13/11/2011 - A quick check of the roost this evening with Mike Duckham produced:

1 Med Gull - adult winter
c30 Common Gulls
c40 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
c5000 Black-headed Gulls
2000+ Jackdaws
10,000+ Starlings - roost has recently been somewhere wildly in the region of 50,000 birds but numbers dropped off significantly today

A Bittern and Barn Owl have been recently reported.

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An ad winter Med Gull in the roost this evening.

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One Yellow Legged Gull this evening, ad or near-ad.
A Bittern has been reported several times recently.
Cheers.

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A single Whooper Swan this morning.

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4 Pintail and a Shelduck late morning.

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Single ad Mediterranean and Yellow-legged Gulls in the roost this evening,also 160 LBB Gulls.

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Wed 20th Jul:

Ruddy Shelduck 2 still present far left corner of the mere.
Mandarin - 2 juvs at the sandbar.
Grasshopper Warbler encountered by a couple of the regulars.
Recent sightings include Hobby, Black Tern and an interesting description of an aythya hybrid: large white patch at base of bill, head shape wrong for Scaup - bump on rear crown. Same size as Tufted.
It's on the small side for most aythya hybrids, and that bump on the rear crown is interesting, so worth looking out for. No sign yesterday though.
Cheers.

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As Tim says, the wood itself is a protected nature reserve - especially with the Cormorant colony. I surveyed the area as part of the CAWOS Bird Atlas and I got a special permit from English Nature to enter the wood itself.

Even then I had to co-ordinate with Peter Day and the Rostherne wardens and keep to the boardwalk.

Occassionally they do escorted walks, but the idea is to keep the area as undisturbed as possible - otherwise it would turn into a dog-walkers / children playground area like Dunham Massey, Tatton Park or Marbury CP.

It might sound elitist but there are very few areas left in North Cheshire dedicated for wildlife. Rostherne Mere can be viewed from the churchyard, a public path or the Observatory.

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WED 13/7/11..


2 Ruddy Shelduck (perhaps the Pennington birds?), and Common Sandpiper this evening.

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Tim Coleshaw (Team Leader, National Nature Reserves West Team) has very kindly provided me with the definitive access arrangements for this site:

Access Arrangements, Rostherne Mere

Rostherne Mere National Nature Reserve is managed by Natural England, with the A.W Boyd observatory being run by CAWOS. Access to the observatory is via an annual permit (10 single, 15 family, 5 senior citizens / children 11-16 years) available from Mrs S Canovan, 7 Pownall Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire,SK8 5AZ. Day permits are also available for 1.

Away from the Observatory, part of the NNR can be visited via a concessionary path which gives views of the Mere and woodland.

Visits to other parts of the reserve are also possible with the wardens (generally Sunday & Wednesday mornings contact Peter Day, 41 Dorrington Road, Sale, M33 5DX, tel: 0161 973 0067 for details), or on Natural England guided walks (see www.naturalengland.org.uk for details). The reserve car park is on the main village street, opposite Egerton Hall.

Regards

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Today, I was with my wife and didn't take the path from the churchyard to Boyd as it said permit holders, instead we walked round and then down through the woods to the lake alone the footpaths. We went right up to hide on the lakeside and obviously din't (couldn't) get in. We had a really nice walk along the decked bridges by the reed beds.

Are you saying that even just to be down there, on foot, is a serious offence even with a permit? There were signs asking us to keep to the footbridges and be wary of mink trapping. To our mind we followed footpaths only. Anyway, I'm sending 16 for the permit. 15 for the family and 1 for today, if I infringed without knowing.

We had a lovely walk in the wood, and along the lake and stood next to the hide for a good while and watched birds in the reeds and lake.

I just can't imagine how you could see much on the water from the Boyd, even with very good binos.


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Mereside (whitely?) hide is out of bounds to anyone but the wardens and whoever is with them. I think your allowed to go down to it with the warden, but if you go anyway by yourself and are caught then I think they take away your permit (needs verifying), which is a bit harsh. I've only ever been to the boyd observatory, but thats good enough for birding. If you want a day permit I think you knock on the door and hope someone opens it and put your quid in the box on the table.
Hope this helps,
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Henry have the rules at Rostherne changed? - when I was a member the permit only allowed access to the observatory not to any other part of the nature reserve or to the mere. The only way to get to the hide to which you refer was by invitation and in the company of a committee member at fixed times as I recall

There were always signs up stating the entry restrictions. General viewing of the mere from the church field is also now a possibilty without a permit I understand.

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If you just want to view from the church or side roads there's no need for a permit Stuart. If you would like access to the observatory then yep a permit is needed. I posted the details further down in this thread if you have a look. Don't know about the mereside hide though. Locked when I first tried and haven't really tried since, plus it all looks too overgrown for a good view from it.
Hope that helps.
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Hi.

I'm new here. I went today for the first time. What a great place. I'm just really getting in birdwatching.

I was delighted to see today,

Reed Warbler
Spotted Flycatcher
Great Crested Crebe
Reed Bunting

and lots of other species too.

I need to send off for a permit do I? I shall do that tomorrow. Is there a person I can pay a 1 to for a day permit, or is there an honesty box? Obviously, I don't have the code to the hide, but it looks a bit far away from the lake. There's one down on the lake that was locked. Is that ever open?

Hope to see some of you experienced folks down there who can educate me in this fine hobby.

Thanks, Stuart.

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Not much on the Mere this Morning.
Coote
Cormorant
GC Grebe
Mallard

Saw
2 Buzzard.
1 Stockdove
1 Mistle Thrush
male and female Bullfinch
Blue Tit
Great Tit



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01/05/2011 - Quick visit at lunch, very quiet in the fierce easterly wind. Just a Mandarin and 2 Goosanders of note.

Recently reported stuff has included Arctic Tern, Common Sandpiper, Marsh Harrier and possible male Montagu's Harrier but not confirmed before moving on.

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16/04/2011 - 2-3.30pm in the obs. and quick scan of the sandbar on the west side.

1 Marsh Harrier
2 Shelducks
2 Mandarins
8 Goldeneyes
4 Greylag Geese
2 Oystercatchers
1 Lapwing
4 Stock Doves
3 Swallows
1 Blackcap
3 Chiffchaffs

also reported recently: Black-necked Grebe, c2000 Sand Martins, Redstart and Wheatear.

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Common Tern picking midges off the surface in flight today (Sun) - had me going to begin with, viewed distantly from above the sandbar to the opposite corner. Nice to bump into Paul again who had already had the bird from the Obs. One Green Sand still on the sandbar.
Cheers.

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One Green Sand still present yesterday in a brief visit.

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08/04/2011 - 8-10am, mist first thing which slowly cleared to reveal a lovely spring scene across the mere:

4 Green Sandpipers
4 Goldeneyes
1 Willow Warbler
c100 Sand Martins
2 House Martins
20+ Swallows

Also reported Recently: Marsh Harrier, Little Gull, Golden Plover, Yellowhammer, Brambling and Peregrine.

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Tues 29/3/11 - early evening 2 Green Sandpipers 3 Oystercatchers 2 Swallows with c10 Sand Martins 2 singing Chiffchaffs

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