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Post Info TOPIC: Springs/Dingle Reservoirs and Belmont Road


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RE: Springs/Dingle Reservoirs and Belmont Road


Drake Smew still showing well on Springs Reservoir 10.30am



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A drake Smew was still present this morning at 9am associating with Mallard flock. 

Distant and poor record shot attatched. 



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10.50am to 11.55am.

Reservoirs area :-
30+ Mallards on reservoir but surprisingly nothing else, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Mistle Thrushes, + a few Goldfinches & Bullfinches.

Greenhill Farm to Lower Folds :-
1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 6 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Stock Doves, 1 Nuthatch.



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9.45am to 11.20am. A walk down Springside Road, across the fields, and along Belmont Road past Springs Reservoir.

3 Mallards, 1 Buzzard soaring above, 3 Pheasants, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Lapwing, numerous Black-headed Gulls and a Lesser Black-backed Gull passing, 4 Woodpigeons, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 4 Meadow Pipits, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Blackcap, 7 Willow Warblers, a flock of Long-tailed Tits, 2 Magpies, 8 Chaffinches, 4 Goldfinches, 1 Siskin, 4 Bullfinches, 2 Reed Buntings.

Wild Flowers, and a few escapes :-
Bluebell, Broad-leaved Dock, Bush Vetch, Columbine, Common Cleavers, Common Vetch, Cow Parsley, Creeping Buttercup, Creeping Thistle, Cuckoo Flower, Daisy, Dandelion, Field Forgetmenot, Garlic Mustard, Goatsbeard, Gorse, Green Alkanet, Groundsel, Hairy Bittercress, Herb Bennet, Herb Robert, Hogweed, Honeysuckle, Lesser Stitchwort, Meadow Buttercup, Perennial Cornflower, Red Campion, Red Clover, Ribwort Plantain, Rhododendron, Sorrel, Spear Thistle, Sweet Cicely, Thyme-leaved Sandwort, Welsh Poppy, White Dead-nettle, Wood Sage.


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Cuckoo seen and heard in plantation across the road from Dingle Res.

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Had an hour or so this morning breakfast picnic with the 2 kids on springs reservoir. Species included: Skylark Meadow pipit Whitethroat Reed bunting Pied wagtail Great spotted wagtail Willow warbler Lesser black backed gull Black headed gull No waders, swifts or great crested grebe which I have always seen at this site. May be the work done by united utilities and very high water levels the reason!!

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Morning & afternoon visits. United Utilities were messing about in a boat which did not help.

2 Great Crested Grebes
13 Mallards
1 Oystercatcher
1 Common Sandpiper


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9.15am to 10.00am a full circular walk around the roads and fields, and a brief look on my way back from Belmont early afternoon (same birds).

2 Great Crested Grebes
Pair of Canada Geese on fields
16 Mallards
Pheasants
1 Oystercatcher
1 Curlew
Lots of Black-headed Gulls passing through
3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls circling low over Springs
Woodpigeons
1 Meadow Pipit
1 Pied Wagtail
Dunnocks
Robins
4 Blackbirds
1 Mistle Thrush
4 Willow Warblers
Goldcrests
Long-tailed Tits
Blue Tits
Great Tits
3 Magpies
1 Carrion Crow
6 Chaffinches
3 Goldfinches
1 Siskin
2 Reed Buntings


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9.45am to 11.40am.

Springs Reservoir/Dingle Reservoirs:-
12 Mallards, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Chiffchaff.

Greenhill Farm to Lower Folds :-
1 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Curlews, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Reed Buntings, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Nuthatches, 1 Grey Heron flying through.

Ornamental Reservoir :-
2 Mallards, 1 Moorhen. The goit to the reservoir was full of frogs.


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10am to 10.45am.

2 Great Crested Grebes
6 Mallards
1 Buzzard
3 Pheasants
1 Little Ringed Plover
2 Curlews
Numerous Black-headed Gulls & Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying over
6 Woodpigeons
6 Meadow Pipits
2 Pied Wagtails
1 Wren
5 Dunnocks
3 Robins
1 Mistle Thrush
2 Goldcrests
6 Blue Tits
1 Nuthatch
10+ Chaffinches
4 Goldfinches
1 Siskin
1 Reed Bunting


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10am to 11.10am.

Springs/Dingle :-
20 Mallards
2 Oystercatchers
40+ Woodpigeons
1 Stock Dove
2 Skylarks
4 Meadow Pipits
1 Pied Wagtail
17 Fieldfares

Lower Folds area :-
1 Green Woodpecker
1 Willow Tit buzzing away and possibly a second bird, or this one again. Unusual around here these days, but on my last visit a brief glimpse of a bird made me think Willow Tit. I thought it was probably a Coal Tit though in this area.
1 Nuthatch
2 Reed Buntings


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A good couple of hours this morning checking the whole area. Birds seen included :-

Dingle Reservoir :- 1 Mallard, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

Springs Reservoir :- 25+ Mallards, 1 Oystercatcher, a flock of 12 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying over, a few Siskins.

Greenhill Farm :- 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Siskins, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting.

Lower Folds :- Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tits, Great Tits, & Chaffinches on the garden feeders. Bullfinches & Greenfinches calling nearby.

Goit to Ornamental Reservoir :- 2 Buzzards soaring above were later joined by a Peregrine as I made my way home along Longworth Road, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, and a Nuthatch. A Dipper was on the brook below.

Ornamental Reservoir :- 3 Mallards, 1 male Teal, 1 female Goosander, 1 Moorhen, 1 Green Woodpecker.




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Early afternoon. A pair of Great Crested Grebes and two Oystercatchers new arrivals joining 44 Mallards.


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11am to noon

89 Mallards
1 male Goosander
19 Black-headed Gulls
1 Pheasant
2 Woodpigeons
1 Stock Dove
1 Meadow Pipit
1 Wren
4 Robins
2 Blackbirds
20 Fieldfares
1 Redwing
1 Song Thrush
1 Mistle Thrush
5 Blue Tits
3 Great Tits
3 Magpies
1 Carrion Crow
2 Goldfinches


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9.20am to 11am

75 Mallards
1 drake Mandarin
4 Black-headed Gulls
2 Kestrels
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Mistle Thrushes
1 Raven flying over
2 Jays


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10.50am to 11.10am

1 Grey Heron
80+ Mallards
1 drake Mandarin, probably the one seen at Dunscar numerous times.
3 Black-headed Gulls
1 Kestrel
3 Woodpigeons
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Wren
1 Dunnock
6 Robins
3 Blackbirds
7 Long-tailed Tits
Blue Tits & Great Tits
3 Jays
1 Magpie
4 Carrion Crows
1 Chaffinch
1 Greenfinch (I saw 20+ here last Wednesday)
4 Goldfinches
5 Bullfinches



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11.05am to 11.50am. Nothing at all on the reservoirs. Someone has got new Pheasants pens by the reservoir, and he tends to walk along the reservoir banks when he is around. The work carried out recently looks alright for birds, but disturbance along the banks will do no good at all.
A walk along the road past Dingle, and the fields past Springs produced :-

1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
Lots of Pheasants unfortunately
3 Meadow Pipits
1 Pied Wagtail
3 Wrens
3 Robins
1 Blackbird
1 Goldcrest
1 Treecreeper with a mixed tit flock
2 Jays
3 Magpies
1 Carrion Crow
12 Greenfinches
2 Goldfinches




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9.45am to 10.45am.

24 Mallards
2 Kestrels
11 Lapwings
2 Woodpigeons
1 Barn Owl
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Meadow Pipit
1 Pied Wagtail
2 Wrens
1 Dunnock
6 Robins
2 Blackbirds
2 Mistle Thrushes
1 Goldcrest
1 flock of Long-tailed Tits with other tits
1 Jay
2 Magpies
2 Carrion Crows
5 Chaffinches
1 Goldfinch







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9.30am to 10.05am. A walk all around the reservoirs area, noticing that the work has finished. It should not make any difference to birding, as there is still an area for possible waders.

32 Mallards
2 Black-headed Gulls
3 Woodpigeons
6 Meadow Pipits
1 Wren
5 Robins
3 Blackbirds
34 Mistle Thrushes (now for the challenge of entering these on the BTO Thrush Survey. Hopefully the problems have been solved)
Small numbers of Blue Tits and Great Tits
3 Jays
1 Magpie
3 Carrion Crows
7 Chaffinches

1 Rabbit
1 Grey Squirrel






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Lower Folds to Greenhill Farm, 10.15am to 10.45 am :-
1 Buzzard
1 Pheasant
20+ Swallows, on farms and San Marino Restaurant
6 Meadow Pipits
8 Mistle Thrushes
1 Jay
1 Magpie
1 Carrion Crow
6 Chaffinches
4 Goldfinches
1 Siskin
1 Reed Bunting

Springs/Dingle, 1.15pm to 1.45pm :-
2 Great Crested Grebes (one on each reservoir)
3 Mallards
60+ Lapwings (a brief visit from fields being harvested before heading off towards Belmont)
4 Black-headed Gulls
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker next to the working area (no workmen doing nothing today, hence the birds)


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13.10 to 13.45
Due to the confusing work going on, I cannot see what they are attempting, I covered the field by Springs and the road by Dingle. As usual the workmen were only stood looking around, looking as confused as me. At this speed it will take years to finish.

1 Pheasant
1 Woodpigeon
12 Swallows
4 House Martins
3 Meadow Pipits
1 Wren
1 Robin
1 Blackbird
1 Song Thrush
Coal Tits, Blue Tits, Great Tits,
1 Magpie
1 Carrion Crow
20+ Starlings
6 Chaffinches
2 Greenfinches
9 Goldfinches
1 Siskin
3 Linnets
2 Bullfinches

















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