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Old Wednesday 10th May 2017, 20:58   #76
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Thanks Corvus. I will check the herring gull via Mike Jackson.

I have heard back from WWT (phone call) re. the whooper swan - apparently a 2nd year female it was ringed at Newmillerdam, Wakefield this winter - it might regularly hang around with mute swans as apparently the ringer there rings mutes and also caught this whooper - so might explain its behaviour. If I get anything further via email I will post it.
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Old Thursday 11th May 2017, 07:34   #77
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Colour-ringed herring gull. And as promised here is Mike Jackson's prompt response....

It’s a bird which was colour-ringed ringed at Harewood Whin landfill site, to the west of York, (53.960 -1.177). The bird was caught using a Cannon Net and is one of around 1750 Gulls which have been caught and colour ringed to date.

Harewood Whin is one of the decreasing number of Landfill sites in the UK where it is possible to operate for the catching and ringing of gulls. Whilst with us the gulls feed on the Landfill site during the day and roost on the floods in Lower Derwent Valley National Nature Reserve or on the Humber Estuary.

The bird was rung on 26th October 2015 and this is the first sighting since ringing.

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Old Thursday 11th May 2017, 08:02   #78
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Nice one! thanks for posting the report.

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Old Thursday 11th May 2017, 20:14   #79
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Whooper swan still on Waterloo Lake this pm, calling, hanging out with the mute swans and coming to bread !!

Also 5 herring gull present.

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Thanks Corvus. I will check the herring gull via Mike Jackson.

I have heard back from WWT (phone call) re. the whooper swan - apparently a 2nd year female it was ringed at Newmillerdam, Wakefield this winter - it might regularly hang around with mute swans as apparently the ringer there rings mutes and also caught this whooper - so might explain its behaviour. If I get anything further via email I will post it.
I saw that swan at Newmillerdam earlier in the year
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Old Sunday 21st May 2017, 10:54   #81
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Linda,

The whooper swan still present with the mute swans this am. Suspect it might be in for a long stay...

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The Whooper Swan still present this morning, 32 Mute Swans, little else.
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Old Tuesday 24th October 2017, 13:09   #83
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About 200 pink-footed geese flew over Roundhay this morning about 10am. Looks like they may have come from Eccup. Whooper swan still there feeding on bread with the mutes.
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Old Tuesday 24th October 2017, 18:28   #84
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There were pinkies in flight the other Sunday - managed to get them on my garden list.
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Old Wednesday 25th October 2017, 10:25   #85
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There were pinkies in flight the other Sunday - managed to get them on my garden list.
That’s good. They’re on mine too after a flypast a couple of weeks ago
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Old Tuesday 31st October 2017, 17:35   #86
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I had a 2nd hand report of someone seeing a Hawfinchnon one of the golf courses on Roundhay park sometime in the last couple
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It was the course to the East of the Park roughly where the footpath across the course runs.
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It was the course to the East of the Park roughly where the footpath across the course runs.
Did you see it Keith?

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I wish - last hawfinch I have seen is about 5 years ago or more.
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I’m going to the Yorkshire Arboretum tomorrow with there been a report of 50
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This afternoon, the whooper swan (presumably the bird from the Spring was with the main mute swan herd). Seems like some wintering stuff has moved in.

Upper Lake: pair Gadwall, 1 female Goosander (first of the winter for me), 19 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 6 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 2 Mute Swan, 86 Black-headed Gull.

Waterloo Lake: 46 Mute Swan (plus the Whooper), 400+ Black-headed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 2 Cormorant, 62 Mallard, 37 Canada Goose, 16 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, 9 Moorhen.
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There is currently a vacancy for someone to carry out the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) in Roundhay Park, covering both lakes. It is carried out once a month on a Sunday (dates on the BTO WeBS webpage) and will probably take one to two hours to cover both lakes. If anyone is interested or wants more information please PM me.
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Old Thursday 7th December 2017, 21:31   #93
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Upper Lake: 11 gadwall
Waterloo Lake: 12 goosander (10 male; 2 female), 5 little grebe, 51 mute swan, 1 whooper swan (bird fro May).
Also red kite and buzzard.
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A year ago for a day or so were 2 if i remember rightly Red breasted Merganser females on the top lake.
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Yesterday evening there was an impressive movement of B H Gulls moving NW across the park - a continual steady stream for 40 mins which must have involved thousands of birds.
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The gulls are moving from East Leeds across to Eccup Reservoir in North Leeds - they stream over my house which is sort of midway between. I was down there last Wednesday and whilst there was c100 bhg around there were many more over flying. The WEBS count earlier this month gave a total of just over 200 birds actually on the water in the Park.
Also seen on the WEBS count was a kingfisher on Upper Lake - it seems to like the island there. So worth hanging about there during quiet times.
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Old Sunday 18th March 2018, 10:01   #97
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Webs count today - in a nithering wind
1 Whooper swan
43 Mute swan
9 Canada geese
1 Greylag goose - probably domesticated
33 Mallard
43 Tufted duck
1 Great crested grebe
2 Moorhen
6 Coot
c750 Black-headed gull
c50 Common gull
3 Herring gull

no cormorant or little grebe today.
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Old Monday 19th March 2018, 07:10   #98
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Webs count today - in a nithering wind
1 Whooper swan
43 Mute swan
9 Canada geese
1 Greylag goose - probably domesticated
33 Mallard
43 Tufted duck
1 Great crested grebe
2 Moorhen
6 Coot
c750 Black-headed gull
c50 Common gull
3 Herring gull

no cormorant or little grebe today.
Well done on your perseverance Keith. It has been very cold and the wind really does go right through you at Roundhay.
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Webs Count from Sunday - very pleasant morning until the dragon racing boats turned up

Mute Swan - 43
No sign of the whooper swan

Canada goose - 14

Greylag goose - 1
Mallard - 29
Tufted duck - 4
Cormorant - 1
Black-headed gull 31
Common gull - 2
Kingfisher - 1
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Quite different from your last count, isn't it Keith.

Nice one with the Kingfisher.... would make my day LOL
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