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10.15am to 12.40pm around the reservoir & up the Broadhead Valley.

Reservoir :-
5 Great Crested Grebes
12 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
17 Mallards
1 Tufted Duck
1 Moorhen
1 Coot
16 Black-headed Gulls
1 Buzzard flying over
1 Skylark flying over
Common Darter

Broadhead Valley :-
4 Kestrels. A lone bird heading up from Wayoh & a family of three on a training run by the look of it, not helped by constant mobbing by a flock of about 40 Carrion Crows.
A covey 7 Grey Partridges flushed.
1 Green Woodpecker
1 Pied Wagtail
15 Meadow Pipits
1 Wheatear
Red Admiral
Common Hawker


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10.45am to 12.20pm

5 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
21 Mallards
7 Wigeon. Always a good record here.
4 Moorhens
1 Coot
15 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
5 Pied Wagtails
3 Chiffchaffs

Small Tortoiseshell
Gatekeeper. Very late record for this species & most unexpected


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Mid morning to early afternoon.

6 Great Crested Grebes
6 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
30 Canada Geese feeding in the field between reservoir & Chapeltown
34 Mallards
1 Tufted Duck
4 Moorhens
1 Coot
40+ Black-headed Gulls
4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
1 House Martin
3 Swallows
2 Pied Wagtails


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9.45am to 12.35pm

2 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
3 Grey Herons
10 Canada Geese
33 Mallards
4 Moorhens
4 Coots
20+ Black-headed Gulls
20+ Swallows & 20+ House Martins around Chapeltown & Embankment Road. A few visited the reservoir.
Woodland birds included Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Willow Warblers, Goldcrests, & Nuthatches

2 Large Whites, 15 Green-veined Whites, 1 Small Copper, 3 Small Tortoiseshells, 3 Peacocks, 13 Speckled Woods, 11 Gatekeepers, 1 Meadow Brown.
3 Brown Hawkers, 2 Common Darters.
A few Froglets


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9.45am to 11.50am

6 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
33 Mallards
1 Tufted Duck
3 Moorhens
1 Coot
11 Black-headed Gulls
1 Kingfisher near the viaduct
3 Swallows


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Late morning :-

6 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
24 Canada Geese
17 Mallards
1 Tufted Duck
4 Coots
2 Black-headed Gulls
Family of Sparrowhawks
3 Ravens flying over together heading for Holcombe Army Range

Small Skippers, Large Whites, Small Whites, Green-veined Whites, Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks, Speckled Woods, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns.

Brown Hawker, Common Hawker.


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9.50am to noon

9 Great Crested Grebes
15 Canada Geese
13 Mallards
2 Tufted Ducks
6 Coots
5 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull

Small Skippers, Large Whites, Small Whites, Green-veined Whites, Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns.

Southern Hawker


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9.35 to 13.25

4 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
6 Grey Herons
31 Canada Geese
20 Mallards
1 Tufted Duck (unusual here in summer)
2 Moorhens
4 Coots
2 Common Sandpipers
18 Black-headed Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
1 Pied Wagtail

Large Skippers, Small Skippers, Large Whites, Small White, Green-veined Whites, Small Tortoiseshells, Speckled Woods, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns.
Silver-ground Carpets, Shaded Broad-bars, Straw Dots, Silver Y, Udea lutealis, Celypha lacunana.
Brown Hawkers & Common Hawkers
Large Red, Azure, & Blue-tailed damselflies.



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11.15am to 12.20pm

3 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
11 Grey Herons
8 Canada Geese
A few Mallards, Moorhens, & Coots
1 Oystercatcher (still high water levels here so nowhere to land)
6 Black-headed Gulls
3 Common Terns
Grey Wagtails at the overflow perched by the Terns

The suspected Arctic Tern has been found to be a Common Tern with an orange bill, but without the black tip



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10am to noon.

2 Great Crested Grebes
7 Grey Herons
48 Canada Geese
17 Mallards
3 Moorhens
Numerous Coots, adults & juveniles mostly hidden in Amphibious Bistort
1 Curlew flying over
6 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser black-backed Gull
2 Common Terns. A friend checked a ringed bird a couple of days ago and found it to be from Doffcocker.
A possible Arctic Tern had been seen earlier & yesterday, all red bill. One of the Jumbles birds I saw a few days ago seemed to have long streamers, but I could not confirm this bird either, not seeing it long enough or close enough to be sure.
1 Swallow
2 Pied Wagtails


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Originally posted by John Barlow today: -

Three Med Gulls this morning in same field as yesterday.

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This morning at 6am there was a Mediterranean Gull with about 30 BHG's feeding on a recently cut field along side School Lane, above the Wayoh Reservoir. In fine summer plumage. I took some good comparison photos of this too. I will keep a look out for it again over the weekend.



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-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 5th of July 2013 06:35:09 PM

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10.25am to 11.15am

4 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
2 Mallards
2 families of Coots
2 Curlews on fields between reservoir & Greens Arms Road
2 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Common Tern
3 Swifts
1 Swallow (a few more as I headed into Chapeltown along with House Martins)


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9.55am to 12.25pm

4 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
c20 Canada Geese
10 Mallards
2 Moorhens
5 Coots + juveniles
2 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull flying over
8 Swifts
2 Swallows


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The 16 Common Scoters were still well settled at 12.30pm.
Thanks to John for the text this morning. Another call when I was making toast. At least I did not have to rush breakfast as I did with the Greenish Warbler alert.

Other birds seen (9.20am to 12.30pm) included :-
2 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
4 Grey Herons
33 Canada Geese
4 Mallards
2 Moorhens
6 Coots + juveniles
2 Curlews on nearby fields
3 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull landed briefly
3 Swifts
Pair of Common Terns. Have been resident for a while now, with the male taking food to the female at the overflow. As discussed with John Barlow as we watched the Scoters maybe they need a bit of help to breed here, as with Doffcocker.
Families of Sparrowhawks & Great Spotted Woodpeckers


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Correction on number. 14 male and 2 female. Still here 10am. Have been taking flight regularly but landing back on the reservoir.

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Originally posted by John Barlow today: -

15 Common Scoter on Wayoh reservoir this morning, 13 males and two females. They have been here since at least 6am and are still here. Best views at dam end of reservoir(Black Bull). Last time A large number of these birds visited the Wayoh, they stayed about two and a half hours and then left doing 4 or 5 flight circuits beforehand.

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9.05am to 12.20pm.

2 Great Crested Grebes
3 Grey Herons
17 Canada Geese
5 Mallards
2 Moorhens
2 families of Coots
1 Black-headed Gull
2 Common Terns
10 Swifts
1 House Martin
2 Swallows
Family of Grey Wagtails

Also present :-
Sparrowhawk, Collared Doves, Woodpigeons, Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins, Blackbirds, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Goldcrests, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Nuthatches, Jays, Magpies, Carrion Crows, House Sparrows, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Siskins, Bullfinches.


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9.55am to 12.20pm

3 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
57 Canada Geese
4 Mallards
1 Moorhen
4 Coots
1 Curlew
50+ Black-headed Gulls, most of them on freshly cut fields
1 Common Tern
1 Swift
2 Swallows


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8.35 to 13.40. Around the reservoir & Broadhead Valley. Not much on the reservoir so it seemed a good idea to concentrate on wild flowers & insects.

Wayoh :-
2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Grey Herons, 29 Canada Geese, 6 Mallards, 4 Pheasants, 2 Moorhens, 5 Coots + juveniles, 5 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Stock Dove, Woodpigeons, Collared Doves, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, House Martins, Swallows, Wrens, Robins, Blackbirds, Mistle Thrush, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 11 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, 15 Willow Warblers, Goldcrests, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Jays, Magpies, Jackdaws, Rooks, Carrion Crows, House Sparrows, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Siskins, Bullfinches.

Bistort, Amphibious Bistort, Japanese Knotweed, Common Sorrel, Broad-leaved Dock, Curled Dock, Greater Stitchwort, Common Chickweed, Common Mouse-ear, Red Campion, Marsh Marigold, Meadow Buttercup, Creeping Buttercup, Lesser Celandine, Cuckoo Flower, Large Bittercress, Garlic Mustard, Wavy Bittercress, Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage, Lady's Mantle, Bramble, Water Avens, Herb Bennet, Tormentil, Gorse, Bush Vetch, Red Clover, Wood Sorrel, Herb Robert, Common Dog Violet, Cow Parsley, Sweet Cicely, Hogweed, Pignut, Heather, Bilberry, Yellow Pimpernel, Common Cleavers, Field Forgetmenot, Wood Sage, Self-heal, Germander Speedwell, Wall Speedwell, Water Speedwell, Ribwort Plantain, Daisy, Butterbur, Groundsel, Creeping Thistle, Dandelion, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Ramsons, Bluebell, Bulrush.

Large Red, Azure, & Blue-tailed damselflies.
Small White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood.
Moths :- 10+ Clouded Borders & 4 Common Waves together in one small area, Silver-ground Carpet, Cydia ulicetana on gorse.
Mayfly species, 7-spot ladybird, Carder Bees, White-tailed Bumblebees, Grass Spider.


Broadhead Valley :-
1 Mallard, 1 Buzzard, Pheasants, 1 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, Black-headed Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Stock Doves, Woodpigeons, Collared Doves, 2 Swifts, 5 Swallows, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, 1 Pied Wagtail, Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins, Blackbirds, Mistle Thrushes, Whitethroat, Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Magpies, Carrion Crows, 3 Ravens flying around together, House Sparrows, Chaffinches, Linnets, Reed Buntings.
Green-veined Whites, Orange Tips.
2 Four-spotted Chasers. Large Red & Azure damselflies.


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12.15 to 13.00. Very quiet with the high water levels.

2 Great Crested Grebes & 6 Black-headed Gulls on the main reservoir.

2 pairs of Coots nesting on Little Wayoh.

Pair of Canada Geese nesting on the pond above Littlle Wayoh. A few Large Red damselflies and lots of tadpoles also there.


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9.40am to 11.15am.

2 Great Crested Grebes
2 Canada Geese
13 Mallards
2 Pheasants
1 Moorhen
4 Coots
3 Black-headed Gulls
2 Woodpigeons
4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
2 Swallows
2 Swifts and nesting House Martins in Chapeltown but none at the reservoir
Numerous Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins, Blackbirds, & a Song Thrush.
1 Garden Warbler
8 Blackcaps
2 Chiffchaffs
13 Willow Warblers
Lots of Goldcrests
Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, & Great Tits
1 Nuthatch
1 Treecreeper
1 Jay
3 Magpies
5 Carrion Crows
4 Jackdaws
10+ Chaffinches
2 Greenfinches
1 Goldfinch
2 Siskins
2 Bullfinches


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9.05am to 11.10am.

2 Great Crested Grebes
2 Grey Herons
6 Canada Geese
5 Mallards
1 male Goosander
5 Coots
15 Black-headed Gulls
2 Common Terns throughout my visit. Probably explains why there are none on Jumbles.
2 Swifts
c10 House Martins
c70 Swallows
1 Green Woodpecker


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11.30am to 12.20pm. High water levels are back & not much on the reservoir.

2 Great Crested Grebes
6 Canada Geese
2 Mallards
2 Moorhens
6 Coots
25+ Black-headed Gulls


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8.50am to 11.50am. Not just at Brun Clough, normal birding conditions here as well !
First couple of hours cold & windy but dry, the last hour wet as well.

3 Great Crested Grebes
4 Canada Geese
15 Mallards
4 Moorhens
8 Coots
1 Curlew
3 Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Tern
20+ Feral Pigeons
1 Stock Dove
7 Woodpigeons
2 Collared Doves
10+ Swifts
20+ House Martins
50+ Swallows
1 Green Woodpecker
Wrens, Dunnocks, & Robins
5 Blackbirds
3 Blackcaps
4 Chiffchaffs
15 Willow Warblers
Goldcrests, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, & Great Tits
4 Nuthatches
Pair of Treecreepers
1 Jay
4 Magpies
10+ Jackdaws
3 Carrion Crows
2 Starlings
10+ House Sparrows
10+ Chaffinches
5 Greenfinches
7 Goldfinches
2 Siskins


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11.35 to 15.00

6 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
5 Canada Geese
25 Mallards
All the wintering ducks have now gone. The pair of Tufted Ducks at Jumbles today had probably moved there from here.
6 Moorhens
9 Coots
1 Curlew
2 Black-headed Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
1 Common Tern
2 House Martins
10 Swallows
1 Green Woodpecker


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10.30 to 13.10. Around the reservoir and along Broadhead Brook.

5 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
7 Canada Geese
15 Mallards
3m + 1f Tufted Ducks
3 Moorhens
11 Coots
1 Curlew
3 Black-headed Gulls
3 Common Terns. A brief visit from Jumbles birds.
1 Swallow
1 Pied Wagtail
7 Blackcaps
4 Chiffchaffs
16 Willow Warblers
Plus the usual residents.

16 Green-veined Whites, 1 Orange Tip, 5 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Peacock.
Buff-tailed, White-tailed, & Red-tailed Bumblebees, Carder Bees.

Brown Hare & a Mink reported along Broadhead Brook, between the reservoir and Roman Road. No sign of them when I got there.
A large Pike by the water's edge in the pool at the top of Little Wayoh.

Blubells in flower at last. Also Lesser Celandine, Marsh Marigold, Butterbur, Dandelion, Daffodil, Golden Saxifrage, Sweet Cicely, & Wood Anemone.



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9.30am to 11.45am

4 Great Crested Grebes
3 Canada Geese
10 Mallards
5 Tufted Ducks
2f Goosanders
3 Moorhens
8 Coots
2 Black-headed Gulls
3 Sand Martins (at last, my first local ones this year)
1 House Martin (also a couple back in Chapeltown)
20+ Swallows
1 Pied Wagtail



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10.20 to 13.25. Around the reservoir and up the Broadhead Valley.

Reservoir :-
1 Great Crested Grebe
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
5 Canada Geese
10 Mallards
6 Tufted Ducks
1 Sparrowhawk
3 Moorhens
9 Coots
3 Black-headed Gulls
1 Dipper
Tawny Owls calling from two different areas
1 Green Woodpecker
4 Linnets along the embankment
3 Small Tortoiseshells

Broadhead Valley (selected birds) :-
1 Grey Heron
1 Buzzard
2 Curlews
1 Skylark
4 Swallows
12 Meadow Pipits
19 Wheatears. Spread all over the valley in ones & twos.
1 Mistle Thrush
8 Willow Warblers
1 Raven
1 Small Tortoiseshell


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10.30am to 12.20pm. Fairly sheltered from the wind and drizzle so I spent more time here than going onto the moors.
The Arctic Terns have finally moved on.

2 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
6 Canada Geese
25 Mallards
8 Tufted Ducks
Pair of Goldeneye
2f Goosanders
2 Pheasants
3 Moorhens
10 Coots
4 Black-headed Gulls
4 single Lesser Black-backed Gulls passing through
5 Woodpigeons
40+ Swallows
16 Wrens
2 Dunnocks
12 Robins
3 Blackbirds
3 Blackcaps
2 Chiffchaffs
16 Willow Warblers
4 Goldcrests
4 Long-tailed Tits
Numerous Coal Tits, Blue Tits, & Great Tits
5 Nuthatches
3 Magpies
6 Carrion Crows
4 Starlings
6 House Sparrows
10 Chaffinches
4 Greenfinches
2 Goldfinches
8 Siskins


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13.25 to 14.30.

2 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
3 Grey Herons
9 Canada Geese
2 Teal
14 Mallards
8 Tufted Ducks
2 Moorhens
9 Coots
4 Black-headed Gulls
2 Arctic Terns still here (6 days now). At times today in the cold wind and with the hailstones it felt like I was in the Arctic. Maybe they think they are there already !
20+ Swallows


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11.00am to 12.30pm.

4 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
6 Canada Geese
11 Mallards
2 Teal
5 Tufted Ducks
Pair of Goldeneyes
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Moorhens
5 Coots
5 Black-headed Gulls
2 Arctic Terns still here
3 Swallows


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9.55am to noon.

1 Great Crested Grebe
2 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
4 Canada Geese
2 Teal
11 Mallards
4 Tufted Ducks
Pair of Goldeneye
1 male Goosander
1 Buzzard
4 Pheasants
3 Moorhens
5 Coots
1 Curlew flying over
4 Black-headed Gulls
2 Arctic Terns. Present throughout giving distants views only until I crossed the embankment as I was finishing off. All of a sudden one of the birds flew within a few yards, even drawing comments from fisrtly a chap with a youngster, who said "is that an Arctic Tern", and then a woman following behind who said "that's an Arctic Tern isn't it". Binoculars not needed as it was so close, blood-red bill and streamers clearly visible. Her husband was put to rights as he had just told her "It's just another gull ". I got the feeling he won't forget that remark for some time. "I know that is a duck" he shouted as a Mallard flew across, and even though he identified it as a Mallard, it did not get him out of jail !
10 Woodpigeons
2 Collared Doves
12 Swallows
2 Grey Wagtails
1 Pied Wagtail
Numerous Wrens, Dunnocks, & Robins
3 Blackbirds
1 Blackcap
1 Chiffchaff
10 Willow Warblers
2 Goldcrests
8 Long-tailed Tits
Numerous Coal Tits, Blue Tits, & Great Tits
5 Nuthatches
1 Jay
1 Magpie
5 Carrion Crows
4 Starlings
6 House Sparrows
7 Chaffinches
7 Greenfinches
12 Goldfinches
20+ Siskins
2 Lesser Redpolls
2 Bullfinches


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10.50 to 13.10.

3 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
4 Canada Geese
12 Mallards
4 Teal
11 Tufted Ducks
1m + 3f Goldeneyes in the channel above the railway viaduct
2f Goosanders
2 Moorhens
7 Coots
30+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Kestrel hovering above the embankment
20+ Swallows + half a dozen House Martins feeding along the overflow




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10.40 to 13.10.

2 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
15 Canada Geese
17 Mallards
4 Teal
12 Tufted Ducks
2m + 2f Goldeneyes
1m + 3f Goosanders
1 Buzzard
6 Pheasants
4 Moorhens
8 Coots
4 Black-headed Gulls
9 Woodpigeons
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
4 Swallows
1 Grey Wagtail
18 Wrens
12 Robins
2 Blackbirds
1 Song Thrush
1 male Blackcap
4 Chiffchaffs
7 Willow Warblers
4 Goldcrests
10+ Long-tailed Tits
Numerous Coal Tits, Blue Tits, & Great Tits
6 Nuthatches
2 Jays
8 Magpies
4 Carrion Crows
3 Starlings
10+ Chaffinches
4 Greenfinches
3 Goldfinches
20+ Siskins
2 Bullfinches

Frogs and Toads breeding in the pond at the top end and a Pike thrashing about at the edge of the reservoir.


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12.20 to 13.20. WeBS Count.

6 Great Crested Grebes
1 Grey Heron
6 Canada Geese
6 Teal
11 Mallards
8 Tufted Ducks
1m + 2f Goldeneyes
1m Goosander
4 Moorhens
4 Coots
3 Black-headed Gulls


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12.20 to 13.20. WeBS Count.

6 Great Crested Grebes
1 Grey Heron
6 Canada Geese
6 Teal
11 Mallards
8 Tufted Ducks
1m + 2f Goldeneyes
1m Goosander
4 Moorhens
4 Coots
3 Black-headed Gulls


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8.45am to 10.30am

2 Great Crested Grebes
1 Grey Heron
49 Canada Geese
15 Mallards
3 Teal
18 Tufted Ducks
23 Goosanders
2 Moorhens
6 Coots
40+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull




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10.00am to 12.30pm

2 Great Crested Grebes
34 Canada Geese
7 Mallards
Numerous Teal. Pair seen in conservation area on main reservoir and others heard from cover on Little Wayoh
2m Pochards
11 Tufted Ducks
1m Goldeneye
14 Goosanders
1 Buzzard
3 Pheasants
7 Moorhens
2 Coots
20+ Black-headed Gulls
Flocks of Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying over (20+, 15, 4, & 12)
2 Stock Doves
6 Woodpigeons
2 Collared Doves
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Pied Wagtail
3 Wrens
6 Dunnocks
5 Robins
5 Blackbirds
2 Song Thrushes
1 Mistle Thrush
Goldcrests, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, & Great Tits
5 Nuthatches
1 Treecreeper
7 Magpies
6 Carrion Crows
10+ Jackdaws
10+ House Sparrows
10+ Chaffinches
6 Greenfinches
2 Goldfinches
Lots of Siskins spread throughout


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11.35am to 12.45pm

6 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
67 Canada Geese
6 Teal
4 Mallards
12 Tufted Ducks
Pair of Goldeneye
19 Goosanders
3 Moorhens
3 Coots
20+ Black-headed Gulls

I heard today that 2 Shelducks dropped in on the 14th. Still not seen one myself on the three reservoirs.


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Noon to 13.00.

2 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants
38 Canada Geese
Teal heard only
Numerous Mallards
1m Pochard
7 Tufted Ducks
1m + 2f Goldeneyes. I did not check on the pair which has been regular for ages near the viaduct.
24 Goosanders
4 Moorhens
5 Coots
9 Black-headed Gulls
1 Tawny Owl
1 Green Woodpecker


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9.30am to 11.20am

3 Great Crested Grebes
41 Canada Geese
1m Teal out on the main reservoir. Did not see or hear any others.
20+ Mallards
9 Tufted Ducks
6 Goldeneyes. Pair as usual past the viaduct, another pair on main reservoir, & 2f on Little Wayoh.
17 Goosanders
7 Coots
12 Black-headed Gulls
1 Pied Wagtail


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8.15am to 11.50am, including a visit to Entwistle Reservoir.

2 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
20 Canada Geese
11 Teal seen swimming amongst trees on Little Wayoh. Probably more hidden away.
14 Mallards
1m Pochard, asleep as usual
12 Tufted Ducks
4 Goldeneyes. Pair up the channel above the viaduct, and 2f on Little Wayoh.
14 Goosanders
6 Moorhens
4 Coots
31 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser black-backed Gull
1 Buzzard
3 Pheasants
19 Woodpigeons
2 Collared Doves
1 Tawny Owl. Much more tuneful than the mobbing Jay
4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
1 Pied Wagtail
11 Wrens
5 Dunnocks
17 Robins
9 Blackbirds
3 Song Thrushes
3 Mistle Thrushes
Numerous Goldcrests, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, & Great Tits
5 Nuthatches
1 Treecreeper
2 Jays
2 Magpies
15 Carrion Crows
1 Raven
9 Starlings
10+ House Sparrows
10+ Chaffinches
17 Greenfinches
4 Goldfinches
10+ Siskins


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12.40 to 13.35

2 Great Crested Grebes
3 Cormorants
28 Canada Geese
1m Teal out in the open, probably more hidden away
6 Mallards
1m Pochard
11m + 6f Tufted Ducks
1m + 4f Goldeneyes
13m + 14f Goosanders
2 Moorhens
1 Coot
7 Black-headed Gulls
1 Pied Wagtail



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9.10 to 13.15 around reservoir and up the Broadhead Valley.

Reservoir:-
2 Cormorants, one with a white head
1 Grey Heron
17 Canada Geese
Numerous Mallards & Teal
12 Tufted Ducks
2m + 2f Goldeneyes
29 Goosanders
3 Moorhens
20+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Brambling at Waterman's Cottage
I met John Barlow (he has his own wildlife website) here and he told me had two Woodcocks behind his cottage last week. We finally managed a walk around together.

On our walk up to Broadhead, still not much about, we found amongst other things :-
House Sparrows building nests at Wayoh Fold.
4 Buzzards
5 Stock Doves
23 Woodpigeons
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker


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Short lunchtime visit. Snow blowing straight into my face, and the pub was open. Why hang around !

1 Great Crested Grebe
3 Cormorants
25 Canada Geese
20+ Mallards
1m Pochard
15 Tufted Ducks
2m + 1f Goldeneyes
28 Goosanders
1 Moorhen
23 Black-headed Gulls



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9.20am to noon. I was going to check the moors but stayed around the reservoir as open spaces seemed birdless in the biting wind.

3 Great Crested Grebes
2 Cormorants
19 Canada Geese
25 Mallards
1m Pochard
10m + 9f Tufted Ducks
2f Goldeneyes
11m + 13f Goosanders
1 Kestrel, again hunting along the embankment
25 Black-headed Gulls
1 Pied Wagtail
Not much around the woodland, just the usual suspects.
2 Lesser Redpolls behind the waterman's cottage. Thanks to John there for the information.


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12.30 to 13.30

2 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
10 Canada Geese
Teal heard only. A quick squeal nearby suggested possible Water Rail. I did not hear the call again so unable to confirm if it was this or not. Would be a first for me in the Wayoh/Jumbles area.
15 Mallards
9m + 9f Tufted Ducks
1m + 2f Goldeneyes
11m + 10f Goosanders
2 Moorhens
20 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Grey Wagtail


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10.30am to 12.20pm

1 Great Crested Grebe
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
16 Canada Geese
12 Mallards
Numerous Teal. Again only heard but sounded like more than normal.
2m Pochards
10m + 5f Tufted Ducks
2m + 3f Goldeneyes
8m + 13f Goosanders
1 Moorhen
2 Lapwings. Flying around without landing.
8 Black-headed Gulls
1 Herring Gull flying over
1 Kestrel. Perched on the edge of a building at the Water Treatment Works, watching the embankment and occasionly flying off to hunt there.
1 Grey Wagtail
At least a couple of Skylarks flying over. At least some moorland birds are returning.


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11.25 to 13.30

1 Cormorant
10 Canada Geese
25 Mallards
1m Pochard
9m + 4f Tufted Ducks
2 pairs of Goldeneyes in the viaduct area
2m + 10f Goosanders
1 Moorhen
2 Black-headed Gulls
1 Grey Wagtail
4 Nuthatches

Fields behind houses on Embankment Road :-
1 Meadow Pipit
c20 Redwings
3 Mistle Thrushes
120+ Starlings


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