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RE: Entwistle Reservoir


4,15pm today, Marsh harrier circling high over the res then headed off north. 



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Friday, 6th April 2018. 10:15 - 15:00 hrs.

Walk from Jumbles Reservoir - Wayoh Reservoir - Strawbury Duck Pub - Entwistle Reservoir - Turton Tower and return

Peregrine x 1
Kestrel x 3
Goldeneye x 2
Lapwing x 2
Grey Wagtail x 1
Redwing x 2
Song Thrush x 1
Mistle Thrush x 3
Great Crested Grebe x 6
Great Spotted Woodpecker x 1
Tufted Duck x 3
Meadow Pipit x 5
Coal Tit x 7
Dunnock x 3
Wren x 2
Long-Tailed Tit x 2
Blackbird x 7
Blue Tit x 5
Great Tit x 4
Chaffinch x 10
House Sparrow x 1
Robin x 4
Jay x 1
Magpie x 3
Rook x 1
Jackdaw x 15
Carrion Crow x 20
Lesser Black-Backed Gull x 5
Black-Headed Gull x 20
Canada Geese x 25
Greylag Goose x 1
Grey Heron x 1
Coot x 1
Moorhen x 2
Cormorant x 4
Mallard x 30
Flying low over Jumbles Reservoir - unable to positively identify as too far away (and no scope) - could have been 3 Swallows (could somebody please confirm if in the area this weekend?)



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I had a Woodcock fly over the A666 just south of the Green Arms Road turning at circa 11.30 today.

Stonechat and 3 Kestrel on Green Arms Road

Entwistle Reservoir was quiet with 6 Cormorant, a dozen Mallard and a small group of Black-headed Gull. In the adjacent woods, only tit species with Great, Blue and Coal noted, plus calling Goldcrest.

In comparison, the excellent Strawbury Duck was packed!


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11am scan from the embankment road.

3 Cormorants
10+ Mallards
35+ Black-headed Gulls
3 Herring Gulls
1 Kestrel

A lady dog walker told me had seen 'a beautiful Kingfisher' on her way around the reservoir


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Late morning scan from the embankment road :-

10 Cormorants
23 Mallards
12 Black-headed Gulls


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Very little about, I could not even see a Mallard.
8 Cormorants and 3 Black-headed Gulls the only birds seen on the reservoir.


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25/07/16, 1130- 1330;
Canada Geese = 28
Cormorant = 5
Chiffchaff = 4
Nuthatch = 2
Coal Tit = 3
Bullfinch = 1
Song Thrush = 1
Goldcrest = 6
Goldfinch = 3
Swallow = 3
Woodpigeon = 6
Mallard = 22
Black-head Gull = 25
Carrion Crow = 5
Magpie = 1

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8.30am to 9.00am.

6 Cormorants
6 Grey Herons in the heronry
19 Canada Geese
5 Mallards
4 Black-headed Gulls (100+ passing over very high up)

2 Swallows on wires between reservoir & Strawbury Duck



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9.35am to 11.30am.

Reservoir :-
1 Cormorant, 15 Grey Herons, 4 Canada Geese, 14 Mallards, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Black-headed Gulls.
I only covered part of the woodland but birds included Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Goldcrests, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Chaffinches, Siskins, & Lesser Redpolls.

Edge Lane :-
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Lapwing, 2 Curlews, 2 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, a few Skylarks & Meadow Pipits, 2 Swallows, 1f Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Linnet.

Broad Meadow Farm :-
Pair of Canada Geese, 3 Mallards, Moorhens with young, 2 Swallows, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 1 Goldcrest.
Also a few Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Siskins, & Lesser Redpolls.

For the last half hour I had been listening to a male Cuckoo calling from all the above areas. Same one as heard earlier on Cheetham Close ?


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18 Grey Herons showing in the heronry. 1 Cormorant & a few Mallards were the only birds on the reservoir.
A Tree Pipit on my way down to the reservoir from Greens Arms Road was my first one this year.


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Reservoir scanned from the embankment road at 11.00am.

Unusual not to see Grey Herons flying away from the reservoir on my way up here, so with most birds in the heronry I had my best count of the year with 24 showing.
2 Cormorants
3 Canada Geese
10 Mallards
1 Black-headed Gull
1 Grey Wagtail


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8.15am to 9.25am.

Reservoir :-
3 Cormorants
12 Grey Herons
9 Canada Geese
12 Mallards
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Buzzards
Usual woodland birds now include Chiffchaffs & Willow Warblers

Broad Meadow Farm :-
2 Canada Geese, 1 Mallard, 2 Moorhens,
1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler,
Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, & Bullfinches.


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8.50am to 11.10am.

Reservoir :-
1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorants, 10 Grey Herons visible in the heronry, 6 Canada Geese, 10 Mallards, 2 Grey Wagtails,
Chiffchaffs & a Willow Warbler heard.

Field between reservoir & Greens Arms Road :-
1 Kestrel, 3 Meadow Pipits, 1 Reed Bunting.

Edge Lane farmland :-
1 Buzzard, 2 Curlews, 5 Black-headed Gulls, 6 Skylarks, 4 Meadow Pipits, 2 Pied Wagtails, 1 Stonechat, 3 Wheatears.

Broad Meadow Farm :-
2 Swallows feeding at the small pond are presumably breeding birds from the farm stables.
Also 4 Mallards & 2 Moorhens on the pond.
Also had a Raven flying over.




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Easter Monday, 28th March 2016. 13:40 - 14:30 hrs. From Strawbury Duck pub across 'Dam Wall" road (Batridge Road) of Entwistle Reservoir.

Highlight - From 'Dam Wall' Road - 12 Heron nests visible with either 1 or 2 adults perched on top
Cormorant x 2
House Sparrow x 1
Goldfinch x 5
Kestrel x 2
Blue Tit x 1

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9.25am to 11.45am.

3 Meadow Pipits & a Reed Bunting between Greens Arms Road & the reservoir.

Very little on the reservoir or in the reservoir woodland.
1 Great Crested Grebe
2 Cormorants
Only 9 Grey Herons visible but odd ones seen flying in as I checked farmland
No Canada Geese & only a few Mallards
2 Black-headed Gulls

Edge Lane farmland :-
1 Grey Heron, pair of Canada Geese, pair of Mallards,
2 Lapwings, 3 Curlews, 1 Snipe,
6 Skylarks, 11 Meadow Pipits, 2 Pied Wagtails.


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Scanned the reservoir from the embankment road around 10am.

1 Great Crested Grebe
3 Cormorants, one with an almost wholly white head, apart from the black down the back of the head. I have seen Cormorants with plenty of white on their heads but never this much.
12 Grey Herons showing, one flying in disappeared from sight into the heronry so possibly more hidden away.
7 Canada Geese
15 Mallards
1 Grey Wagtail


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8.35am to 9.10am. I did the WeBs count and then scarpered,. Nearly as many dogs swimming as there were Mallards.

3 Cormorants
13 Grey Herons
7 Canada Geese
12 Mallards
10 Black-headed Gulls


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9.15am to 11.40am.

Reservoir :-
3 Cormorants
10 Grey Herons
8 Canada Geese
28 Mallards
9 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Dipper
A Curlew heard calling from near Greens Arms Road

Edge Lane farmland :-
1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Pheasant, 1 Curlew, 45 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Skylarks, 11 Meadow Pipits, 1 Pied Wagtail,
9 Magpies, 40+ Carrion Crows, 1 Rook, 1 Raven, 1 Reed Bunting.

50+ Redwings, 4 Song Thrushes, & 10 Starlings at Burton Hill.

Broad Meadow Farm area :-
5 Canada Geese, 4 Mallards, 1 Moorhen, 4 Pheasants, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, + a few Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, & Bullfinches.


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8.30am to 9.35am.

8 Cormorants
13 Grey Herons
18 Canada Geese
29 Mallards
28 Black-headed Gulls
1 Herring Gull
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Great Black-backed Gull
1 Dipper on the stream at the top end


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Original plan was to scan the reservoir before heading up to the moors. As the mist moved in as I headed up here and stayed for most of the morning I spent 3 hours around here from 8.45am.

All woodland paths checked whilst everywhere else was fogbound. Not a lot about the best being :-
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrushes, 1 Nuthatch, numerous Goldcrests & Chaffinches, 1 Lesser Redpoll.

About 10am the mist moved away from the farmland above the reservoir so I headed up to Edge Lane :-
1 Buzzard, 1 Skylark, 27 Redwings, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 49 Carrion Crows, 3 Rooks, 2 Magpies, 5 Goldfinches.

Back at the reservoir viewing was still down to about 20 yards, but around 11.20am it started to clear. Finally all clear after a sleet shower.
8 Cormorants
15 Grey Herons
21 Canada Geese
25 Mallards
3 Black-headed Gulls


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9.45am to 11.30am.

Reservoir :-
4 Cormorants, 23 Grey Herons, 7 Canada Geese, 31 Mallards, 19 Black-headed Gulls.

Edge Lane farmland :-
1 Buzzard, 1 Pied Wagtail, 24 Redwings, 1 Song Thrush.

Edge Fold/Bold Venrure Farm area :-
5 Moorhens, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Lesser Redpoll.


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9.45am to noon.

Heronry back in business. Very noisy in that area with 8 birds back.
3 Cormorants
31 Mallards
44 Black-headed Gulls

Hardly anything around the woods so I headed up the field to Edge Lane. Meadow Pipit & Reed Bunting on the way up there.

Nothing much along Edge Lane but just before Edge Fold there was a Buzzard in a tree.

At Edge Fold there was a Kestrel in a tree. A Nuthatch was nearby. A Raven flew over.

2 Moorhens by a frozen pond heading to Broad Meadow Farm. Unfrozen pond near the farm had 6 Mallards & 3 Moorhens.
Usual stuff in this area included a few Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, & Bullfinches.



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10.00am to 10.45am.

10 Cormorants
17 Mallards
16 Black-headed Gulls


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9.05am to 9.50am.

5 Cormorants
22 Mallards
3 Black-headed Gulls
A Kestrel flew across the embankment road and then low across the reservoir


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9.05am to 9.55am.

10 Cormorants
20 Mallards
25 Black-headed Gulls
Just a few of the common species around the woodland


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8.30am to 9.35am

5 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
29 Mallards
4 Black-headed Gulls
1 Grey Wagtail
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
1 Pheasant
A Fieldfare & a Redwing heard
2 Nuthatches
3 Meadow Pipits on field between reservoir & Greens Arms Road
1 Jay
3 Carrion Crows
Also saw Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Wrens, Robins, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Siskins, & Bullfinches.



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10.15am scan from the embankment road :-

8 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
A few Mallards
9 Black-headed Gulls


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8.25am to 9.45am

8 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
23 Mallards
1 Moorhen
23 Black-headed Gulls
1 Swallow
1 Grey Wagtail


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8.25am to 9.30am

8 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
36 Mallards
3 Black-headed Gulls


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10.15am to 10.45am

3 Cormorants
20+ Grey Herons
12 Canada Geese
20+ Mallards
1m Tufted Duck
1 Moorhen
20+ Black-headed Gulls
3 Grey Wagtails
1 Buzzard
1 Raven very high up


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9.15am count from the embankment.

After a few counts of the heronry I kept getting 25 birds. A Buzzard then flew low across the top of the heronry putting up lots of herons and making the others stand up. Easy to count them all now, an impressive 39.
1 Cormorant
6 Canada Geese
12 Mallards
18 Black-headed Gulls



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10.30am. Birds seen from embankment.

Only about 10 Grey Herons showing. Presumably others were sheltering lower down in the wood. Would not be pleasant on tops of the trees today.
1 Cormorant
15 Canada Geese
25 Mallards
34 Black-headed Gulls
1 Nuthatch
Flock of 30+ Siskins flying over
30+ Goldfinches with a Greenfinch along Overshores Road



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10am to 10.25am.

3 Cormorants
24 Grey Herons
2 Canada Geese
13 Mallards
40+ Black-headed Gulls
Great Spotted Woodpecker & Nuthatch around the car parks



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Late morning scan from embankment.

2 Cormorants
14 Grey Herons
3 Canada Geese
30+ Mallards
30+ Black-headed Gulls


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Lunchtime scan from the embankment road.

5 Cormorants
7 Grey Herons
31 Mallards
50+ Black-headed Gulls


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5 Grey Herons in the heronry
2 Cormorants
Numerous Mallards & Black-headed Gulls


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9.25 to 13.00. Reservoir, Greens Arms Road, & Edge Lane.

3 Cormorants, c25 Grey Herons, 6 Canada Geese, 12 Mallards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, Pheasants, 2 Curlews, Black-headed Gulls, no sign of the Mediterranean Gull today but has been spotted a few times apart from my sighting a few days ago, 10 Feral Pigeons, Woodpigeons, 1 Cuckoo (different one to my earlier one near Greens Arms Road), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, 1 Tree Pipit, Pied Wagtails, Wrens, Robins, Blackbirds, Mistle Thrushes, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Goldcrests, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Nuthatches, Jays, Magpies, Carrion Crows, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Siskins, Lesser Redpolls, Bullfinches, & Reed Buntings.

Green-veined Whites, Orange Tips, Peacocks, & Small Tortoiseshells.

Unable to find a Redstart which has been around for a few days, but at least I found the Tree Pipit in the area that it had been seen in as I searched for it.



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10.00am to 11.50am. A quick look at the reservoir before concentrating on the Edge Lane farmland.

Reservoir :-
1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 12 Grey Herons, 5 Canada Geese, 14 Mallards, 1 Curlew, 2 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Pied Wagtail.

Edge Lane :-
1 Grey Heron
2 Curlews
1 Mediterranean Gull with 80+ Black-headed Gulls. Stuck out like a sore thumb, after checking hundreds, if not thousands of gulls unsuccessfully locally over the last few weeks.
2 Skylarks
3 Meadow Pipits
3 Pied Wagtails
7 Wheatears
1 Willow Warbler
80+ Carrion Crows
2 Reed Buntings
1 Brown Hare
Family of Rabbits
Green-veined Whites, Orange Tips, Small Tortoiseshells



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8.40am to 9.35am.

1 Great Crested Grebe
1 Cormorant
About a dozen Grey Herons in the heronry
6 Canada Geese
9 Mallards
1 Whimbrel on a field just behind the conifers on the north bank
2 Black-headed Gulls
2 Grey Wagtails
1 Raven flying over

Woodland birds :-
Woodpigeons, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Wrens, Robins, Blackbirds, Mistle Thrushes, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Goldcrests, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Nuthatches, Carrion Crows, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Siskins, Lesser Redpolls.



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8.10am to 9.35am.

6 Cormorants
12 Grey Herons
15 Canada Geese
12 Mallards
7 Black-headed Gulls
1 Great Black-backed Gull
6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls passing over
2 Buzzards
1 Curlew
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
2 Pied Wagtails
1 Raven
+ the commoner resident species





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9.50am to 11.50am. Reservoir & adjacent farmland.

3 Cormorants
15 Grey Herons
16 Canada Geese
16 Mallards
45 Black-headed Gulls
2 Buzzards
1 Kestrel
Pheasants
4 Curlews
1 Stock Dove & a few Woodpigeons
A few Skylarks & Meadow Pipits
Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, & Mistle Thrushes
Goldcrests, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, Great Tits, & Nuthatches
Magpies, Carrion Crows, and a Raven
Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Siskins, & Bullfinches
5 Reed Buntings



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9am to 10am

3 Cormorants
25 Grey Herons
15 Canada Geese
31 Mallards
17 Black-headed Gulls


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Very windy up here so I just had a quick scan from the embankment before heading back to a sheltered Wayoh

Heronry is now up and running, 22 birds this morning.
1 Cormorant
7 Canada Geese
26 Mallards
16 Black-headed Gulls
1 immature Herring Gull on the water, and an adult passing through



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A scan across the reservoir at 11.30am

6 Cormorants
3 Grey Herons
7 Canada Geese
33 Mallards
15 Black-headed Gulls


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9.45am to 11.15am around the reservoir & up around Edge Lane.

5 Cormorants
7 Grey Herons back in the Heronry
7 Canada Geese
37 Mallards
1m Pochard (any duck except Mallards is unusual here)
12 Black-headed Gulls + lots more flying over
A few Woodpigeons
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
3 Meadow Pipits
A few Wrens, Robins, & Blackbirds
5 Mistle Thrushes
Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, & Great Tits
2 Nuthatches
Jays, Carrion Crows, & Starlings
A pair of Bullfinches were the only finches I saw or heard
A flock of 5 Reed Buntings


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15 Crossbills in larches about 200yd from car park this am.

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9.15am to 10.00am

2 Cormorants
7 Canada Geese
59 Mallards
35 Black-headed Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls


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9.25am to 10.15am

Crossbills near the bottom car park again. Only heard this time, flying over the trees which I was stood underneath which obstructed my view.

3 Cormorants
9 Canada Geese
69 Mallards
19 Black-headed Gulls

Not much around the woodland on a full circuit of the reservoir.


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3 Crossbills flew over me as I did a quick scan at 11.30am.

Hardly anything on the reservoir :-
1 Cormorant
20+ Mallards
20+ Black-headed Gulls


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11.40am to noon.

1 Cormorant
17 Canada Geese
Numerous Mallards
50+ Black-headed Gulls
5 Mistle Thrushes flying over
A few Fieldfares heard calling from conifers but well hidden


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