After getting a few photos I carried on through the park and around one of the adjacent fields that has been holding a small roost of Snipe. I only counted 9 but there could have been a few more as they can be difficult to see if they are well hunkered down. I first noticed that Snipe were roosting in this field on 12th November, when I counted 19, and a few days later (15th) there were at least 27. I have not seen Snipe roosting in a field of winter cereal before and it was even more surprising because there is a very popular dog walking route that goes around the perimeter of this field.
|There are at least 9 Snipe in this photo, 6 in the little huddle and at least 3 others dotted about to the right.|
|A zoomed in view of the huddle taken from a closer vantage point.|
|12 of the 15 Goosanders plus a Great Crested Grebe.|
|This Great Crested Grebe is a youngster from a late brood and semi-mingled with the Goosanders. It also indulged in a bit of display towards them at one point as can be seen from the sequence of shots below.|
After photographing the Goosanders I decided to check out the gulls by the car park so I took the dog home and grabbed a few slices of bread. Somebody was already feeding the gulls and tame wildfowl as I approached and it wasn't long before I saw a familiar ringed bird. It was the German ringed Black-headed Gull that I first recorded on 27/10/2012 and has wintered at the site each year since. It is usually present from late October to late February and is often one of the first birds to come to any handouts.
|German ringed Black-headed Gull.|
Ringed 29/04/2012 Bohmke und Werder, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
Photographed 01/12/2016 Orrell Water Park, Orrell, Greater Manchester. 1102 km W.
IA141745 wasn't the only ringed Black-headed Gull and I also noticed one with a green colour ring inscribed J360P. This is a bird I hadn't seen or photographed before and it also had a metal ring with number K06036 and Stavanger as part of the address, so it was obviously a Norwegian ringed bird. A did a quick search on the internet when I returned home and soon found the colour ringing scheme and a site where I could report the bird and access the ringing data as detailed below.
|Norwegian ringed Black-headed Gull|
Ringed 14/06/2015 Søndre Langåra, Frogn, Akershus & Oslo, Norway.
Photographed 01/12/2016 Orrell Water Park, Orrell, Greater Manchester. 1065 km SW.
I also photographed a colour-ringed Canada Goose. This bird was originally ringed in Cheshire and I have recorded it numerous times already this year.
|Canada Goose C75|
Ringed 05/09/2013 Baddiley Meres, Natwich, Cheshire.
Photographed 01/12/2016 Orrell Water Park, Orrell, Greater Manchester. 53 km N.
All in all not a bad set of sightings in the space of an hour or so.