13th November – ‘Reservoir Ducks’

Posted: November 15, 2011 in Bird Watching, Rochdale, Rossendale, Twitching

With living in an area blessed with 3 fairly large reservoirs its always worth a look around this time of year as the more “exotic” species are heading south. So, after a tip-off from one of Watergrove`s finest,I found myself heading up there! The target species was Gadwall, not a common bird in this part of the world at all. Upon arrival a quick count up, revealed 8 Gadwall (which I am reliably informed is the highest ever flock recorded in the Rochdale area) With a supporting cast of 21 Teal, 2 Wigeon, male Goldeneye . It had me thinking that I was at Martin Mere WWT reserve!
Just over the hill in Rossendale I checked out “my” local patch, Cowm Reservoir. 2 smart Goosander, a flock of Canada Geese and a “gronking” Raven along with 90 Mallard and 8 Tufted Duck. Next stop Spring Mill Reservoir where I found a dapper little male Teal, Goosander, Mallard, Tufted Duck and the star of the show a male Pochard. Last port of call was a small lodge on Wallbank which held 3 Mute Swan`s and 2 Moorhens. Nice local weekends birding!
Dave O.


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