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Late afternoon today, the gull roost included 173 Herring, 72 Lesser Black-backed, 19 Great Black-backed, 426 Black-headed and 26 Common Gulls. Also, 9 Goosanders and 5 Greylag Geese.

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A Little Gull flew low north over Delph this morning, seen from Scout Road.

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7 Wigeon present today

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16 Common Scoter (including 14 male and 2 female) landed on the reservoir at 7am then flew off NW over moor at 09:25.

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7.45am to 8.25am. Walk from Dimple to Stones Bank, scanning across the reservoir. There are no public footpaths at the reservoir.

3 Cormorants
A Canada Goose chasing two very noisy Greylags
Numerous Mallards & Black-headed Gulls
3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying across
2 Oystercatchers
Common Sandpipers heard
3 Swallows
Woodland birds included Woodpigeons, a Mistle Thrush, a Blackcap, a few Willow Warblers, Goldcrests, Chaffinches, Siskins, and Lesser Redpolls.
2 Roe Deer.


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11am to 11.45am. Stones Bank to Dimple, and a scan across the reservoir.

1 Great Crested Grebe
3 Cormorants
8 Canada Geese
30+ Mallards
1f Goosander
Pair of Tufted Ducks
2 Oystercatchers
2 Black-headed Gulls
15+ Stock Doves flew across from Dimple. A high number for these parts, and because of the high number I thought Feral Pigeons at first. When they all looked the same, unlike all different colours of Ferals, I took more notice and saw the familiar Stock Dove upperwing pattern and colour.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Meadow Pipit
1 Grey Wagtail
Numerous Chaffinches, Goldfinches, & Siskins.


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Morning mooch from Dimple to Stones Bank

2 Great Crested Grebes
2 Canada Geese
Numerous Mallards
6 Tufted Ducks
2 Oystercatchers
c20 Black-headed Gulls
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Mistle Thrush
Goldcrests, Coal Tits, & Blue Tits
20+ Chaffinches
10+ Siskins
2 Bullfinches


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8.30am to 9.45am. Dimple to Stones Bank, scanning the reservoir as I passed.

2 Great Crested Grebes
7 Canada Geese
Numerous Mallards
Pair of Tufted Ducks
1 Pheasant
1 Oystercatcher
20+ Black-headed Gulls
7 Woodpigeons
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
1 Grey Wagtail
5 Wrens
2 Dunnocks
4 Robins
3 Blackbirds
1 Song Thrush
Goldcrests, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, & Great Tits
1 Magpie
2 Carrion Crows
Lots of Chaffinches
A few Siskins & Lesser Redpolls
1 Greenfinch
1 Bullfinch


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A scan across the reservoir from the sailing club around 9am, and another scan from the Stones Bank to Dimple side around lunchtime.

2 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants, including a white headed one which is presumably the one I have seen on Jumbles & Wayoh. The markings are the same.
11 Canada Geese
Numerous Mallards
2 pairs of Tufted Ducks
3f Goosanders
1 Oystercatcher
29 Lapwings
c100 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Skylark
1 Pied Wagtail





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9.05am to 9.55am from Dimple to Stones Bank across the back of the reservoir and early afternoon checking the Longworth Road and overflow sides.

2 Cormorants
2 Canada Geese
50+ Mallards
Pair of Tufted Ducks
Pair of Goosanders
c65 Lapwings
50+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
7 Woodpigeons
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Dipper on Stones Bank Brook
A few of the usual common birds through the plantation, including about 20 Chaffinches and a dozen or so Siskins




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Delph Reservoir


had to kill sometime whilst waiting to see a client in darwen so had a drive over past the sailing club and around and across towards the road that brings you out eventually on the grane. hoped i might see a raptor or two on the moor but no such luck. 2 oystercatchers in flight near the sailing club. 9 curlews flying west up the valley 1 kestrel 30 or so wood pigeon lots of black headed gulls west towards belmont



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 10th of July 2020 02:05:52 PM

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