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RE: Daisy Nook & Medlock Valley


2 Wigeon 2 Teal 2 Tufted Duck 1 Gadwall Crime Lake

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Pair of Wigeon still on Crime Lake along will Call duck and what I thought was a female teal a few weeks ago turns out to be a juvenile male who's looking quite smart now.

Andrea



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Thanks Mark. It looks like it's made itself at home with the mallrds on the lake for now.

Andrea 



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Looks like a domestic call duck



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Definitely half Mallard - but don't what the other half might be confuse

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Can anyone id this duck that has been on Crime Lake at Daisy Nook for a few weeks. It has a short beak and is much smaller than a mallard, more teal sized.



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Friday 11th May

5 Swift
20 Swallow
1 Chiffchaff
1 Whitethroat
5 Willow Warbler
2 Mute Swan

Also 3 Swan Geese (1 of the domestic/white type)

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Quiet morning today with a few exceptions, pair of blackcaps, my first Whitethroat at Daisy Nook and my first ever Redstart, otherwise just the usual suspects.

Apologies for the lack of detail yesterday - the Redstart was a male seen hopping around in an open field (I assumed feeding) and occasionally perching on small mounds of grass.



-- Edited by Andrea Wilson on Monday 30th of April 2018 07:32:29 PM

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Thanks Steve,

I'll let everyone know. The nest building has stopped for now. Their first efforts were not in a very suitable place to be honest. Any more developments I'll let you know. 



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Hi Paul,

4API was ringed as a cygnet on 13/11/2010 at Rhodes Lodges, Middleton

It was then sighted a couple of times at Boggart Hole Clough in 2012 and 2013

In 2014 and 2015 it nested at Reddish Vale. 

Interesting that it has now moved breeding site. 

Many thanks,

Steve



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As of the last few days we seem to have an established pair of Mute Swans on the Fairbottom Branch canal at Daisy Nook. Both have metal rings on their left leg, one has a blue ring 4API on it's right leg. They have been observed displaying and mating recently. Preliminary nest building was abandoned today. Is anyone able to give any history to 4API? 



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Single swallow on telephone wire above crime lake outside Italian restaurant 7:30

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Green Woodpecker on the fairground plot the flew to trees next to Daisy Nook farm 14:20



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Good view of a Common Snipe today on the Fairbottom Branch Canal behind Sammy's Basin. 

 



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This morning: Nuthatch, Coal Tit and Kingfisher



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At Crime Lake today a female Wigeon, 3 Goosander and a Water Rail calling

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Mon Jan 8th 14.30 - 16.00 hrs.

Crime Lake to Sammy's Basin.

Pink-footed Goose swimming on Crime Lake.
Mute Swan.
Cormorant.
Goosander.
Coot.
Moorhen.
Mallard.
Heron.
Black-headed Gull.

Nice to meet Len Gunshon ... he spoke in "glowing terms" of Mr McKerchars help when he discovered last years Iceland Gull.

Roger.

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Swan was ringed as a male cygnet at Reddish Vale 28/9/14, sighted crime lake 18/4/15, Gorton 2015 & 2016 then back at crime lake 3/10/16 (from Steve Christmas)

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I'll text Steve now, and get back to you

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Sad news today. Mute Swan right leg ring 4APL left leg ZY7876 has been found dead on the bank of Crime Lake at Daisy Nook. It would appear that it has been predated by a fox. It has been acting strangely and appeared not to be eating for the last 2 weeks. Could this info be passed on to the bird ring community please. Not sure if Steve Christmas was the original ringer. If someone could message me with any history that I could pass on to interested people at Daisy Nook I would be grateful. My own records first note it in December 2015 at Daisy Nook.

On a happier note a Water Rail has been showing quite well on the canal behind Sammy's Basin. 4 sightings in the last 3 weeks or so.



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Thank you Ian, I'll send the sighting through to the website. At least I can recognise a Common Gull now.

Andrea



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Andrea Wilson wrote:

I'm afraid I'm not very good with gulls and therefore asking if anyone can help with this one from Sunday morning. It has a ring, metal I think, JE345.


 Common Gull, probably a Norwegian ringed bird. Try reporting here 



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I'm afraid I'm not very good with gulls and therefore asking if anyone can help with this one from Sunday morning. It has a ring, metal I think, JE345.



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Great White Egret briefly this morning; departed NE at 12:35.

Info via Mark Rigby



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Late post from Sunday morning:- Hobby over Crime Lake, half heartedly haranging swallows, then flew off in the direction of Coal Pit Lane / Ashton Road. This is the first hobby I've ever seen and therfore a first for me at Daisy Nook.

Andrea



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Sorry for the late info, a single Red Kite was seen 4/5/17 around 10.30 am flying quite low over the Daisy Nook Country Park. It hung around for quarter of an hour or so before heading off towards Park Bridge. It was observed near to Newmarket Rd by Ian Rigney from Boodle Wood top path. Trust me to be in Tarporley at the time. hmm 

It appeared to have a couple of its flight feathers missing and was attracting a lot of attention from the local crows.



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Sunday April 30th 2017 13:30 - 15:00

Short visit round Crime lake down the canal to Sammy's Basin and back. Very quiet afternoon until reaching the point the canal widens at the back of Sammy's Basin where I was surprised to see a common sandpaper bobbing around. Definitely a site first for me.

A few of the usual tits and finches, mallard (one with 7 young ducklings) and Canada geese (2 sitting on eggs).

One last surprise was a leucistic Canada goose on the lake, another first for me.

Andrea 

 

 



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Late post from Sunday.

Crime Lake:

1 Great Creasted Grebe,

1 Little Grebe  (after weeks of looking I finally found it!)

3 Mute swans (1 pair and 1 youngster from last year)

10 coot, 

4 Moorhen

1 Cormorant  (looking stunning with white breeding feathers on head, could this be a continental bird?)

Numerous mallard.

Andrea



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I await correction from a larophile who has noted a small difference in the third primary on its left wing
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HaHaHa ! Have you got anyone in particular in mind Steve ??





I'm not going to fall into that trap, Roger smile

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I await correction from a larophile who has noted a small difference in the third primary on its left wing
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HaHaHa ! Have you got anyone in particular in mind Steve ??

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Tues 24th Jan. 14.30 - 16.00 hrs.

Crime Lake.

Juvenile Iceland Gull ... ....Is this the one that roosts at Audenshaw Res ??



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Given how close it is, and the number of gulls that fly in to Audenshaw from that direction, I'm sure it must be, Roger.

I await correction from a larophile who has noted a small difference in the third primary on its left wing smile

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Tues 24th Jan. 14.30 - 16.00 hrs.

Crime Lake.

Juvenile Iceland Gull was settled on a pontoon at Coal Pit Lane end of lake with the odd fly round but took off due West at 15.30 hrs ... had not returned when I left at 16.00 hrs.
Is this the one that roosts at Audenshaw Res ??

Also.
Goosander. 2 drake 1 redhead.
Little Grebe.
Tufted Duck mating on the water.

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juvenile Iceland Gull still present today on Crime Lake, showing very well. Also a Water Rail feeding on the open and 3 Goosander



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Still present 2pm in the gloom feeding on fish head digiscoped distant image attached

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Good views of the Iceland Gull this morning (Life tick for me biggrin), occasionally flying up and circling Crime Lake but mostly tucking into something on the bank at the far end (Coal Pit Lane end) away from all the Black Headed Gulls. Little Grebe, Goosander (2) and Teal also showing.

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Iceland gull still present when I left at 12.30 tucking into a carcass on the bank.

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Juvenile Iceland Gull present again this morning (currently best viewed from the fishing peg with the green barrier).

Info thanks to Len Gunshon

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Iceland gull still present and definitely looking comfy at 3.40pm. A first for me and on my local patch too.



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Juvenile/second winter Iceland Gull present again this morning on Crime Lake and looking settled.

Info thanks to Len Gunshon

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Immature Iceland Gull (juvenile or possibly second winter) at Crime Lake yesterday, feeding on carrion.

Info thanks to Len Gunshon

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First visit here for at least 10 years!

5 Mute Swans on Crime Lake and adjacent canal. All adults. 2 had NWSS darvic rings: 4APL and 4ANJ


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Saturday 17th October. 7.15am to 10.00am.
Weather- dull and cool at first, warmed up last hour.

Magpie
Woodpigeon
Grey heron
Blue tit
Robin
Blackbird
Great tit
Carrion crow
Black headed gull
Moorhen
Mallard
Jay
Goldcrest
Bullfinch
Grey wagtail
Dunnock
Starling
Song thrush
Goldfinch
Kestrel
Coot
Mistle thrush
Redwing 10 near Crime lake.
Collard dove
Great spotted woodpecker
Mute swan
Chaffinch
Long tailed tit
Wren
Dipper




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Walked up to Crime Lake today,
Kingfisher, Heron, Cormorant, 10 Teal and a site record for me of 14 Mute Swans.

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Walked from Oldham rd along the canal to crime lake , then to the fairground site and back along the top footpath on the Boodle wood side and back to the Oldham rd car park.

6.45am to 9.15am

Woodpigeon
Starling
Carrion Crow
Mallard
Moorhen
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Robin
Jay
Blackbird
Dunnock
Willow Warbler
Treecreeper
Grey Heron
Coot
Goldfinch
Mistle Thrush
Grey Wagtail
Swallow
Swift
Great Creasted Grebe
Magpie
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Great Spotted Woodpecker




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Boodle woods side (from Oldham road)
Great spotted woodpecker
great tits,
blue tits
nuthatch
chaffinch
blackcap
robin
wren
blackbird
magpie
swallow
mallards
kingfisher biggrin

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4 swallows- my first of the year biggrin
Also 6 mute swans (3 ringed),
canada geese,
moorhens,
coots,
great crested grebe,
magpie,
blue tit,
chaffinch,
house sparrows
plus more (distracted trying to spot swan rings lol!)

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Clayton Vale a little bit of green in at the end of the Medlock was host to a Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, Long Tailed Tit Goldcrest and Kingfishers.

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2 Green Woodpecker Dipper Goldcrest

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Crime Lake this morning, good sightings of a Water Rail in and out of the reeds at the back of the lake, also a Snipe sat in the sun on the Crime Farm side. Not seen either species here for a good while

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Cracking views of a Grasshopper Warbler this morning reeling by the side of Crime Lane. Rare to get such a good view. Unbelievably a second bird was competing nearby. I have seen this species here before but not often. 2 was a real bonus before I got soaked to the skinsmile

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