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Adswood Tip


Bad news from Adswood Tip.

A major fire yesterday has burnt out over 2/3 of the upper area of grass, scrub and brambles - prime Grasshopper Warbler habitat cry The area destroyed is the size of a couple of football pitches.

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) have apparently sold this land and the new owners are currently having their boundaries surveyed. The surveyors describe getting out fast yesterday as the flames reached 20-30 foot high. None of the lower area is affected.

In the middle of this charred wasteland I found a hole perhaps the diameter of a CD. Methane was continuously escaping from this and burning steadily. I managed to block it with a brick. It will be many a year before there is any development on this site.

GMWDA have recently erected signs welcoming walkers and bikers so it remains to be seen if the new owners also allow open access.

Birds today were few:

4 Meadow Pipits
1 Snipe
3 Goldfinches
2 Greenfinches
2 Pheasants
Plus usual tits, wrens, robins.

Cheers, John




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It's easy to forget just how rewarding suburban birding can be. On a round walk, with Monty the westie, to and from my front door this morning, I saw no fewer than 38 species of bird. Admittedly, it was a long walk (it took about 1 3/4 hours), and I had unusually good fortune, but it's a good score for February.

The first good record was a Cormorant over Woodsmoor Lane, not a regular sighting here. 15 minutes later, a group of four flew over. Goldfinch and Jay were both seen on Midland Road, Bramhall, on approach to the tip. Once on site, a singing Reed Bunting was soon found, along with many singing Dunnock. The highlight was finches. Most of the regulars were there, including a small group of Lesser Redpoll, feeding close to the ground, and a male Bullfinch. The big find was a female Brambling - the first I have ever seen here, which was associating with a singing male Chaffinch. A Meadow Pipit was also present.

After leaving the tip, I took the path along the Ladybrook from stone bridge to Bramall Park. On this short stretch I added Buzzard, Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker, a group of about eight Siskin and a stunning male Kingfisher that allowed views from about 20 yards.

In the park itself were male Grey Wagtail, male Mandarin Duck and the usual common wildfowl. Nuthatch were calling from the trees.

This post could reasonably go on a number of different threads, or I could have started a new one. However, Adswood Tip was the location of the best record, and is most likely to pick up the largest audience.



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Light drizzle, 4C.


Pheasant 1
Snipe 3
Woodcock 1
Black-headed Gull 3
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Woodpigeon 6
Magpie 3
Carrion Crow 1
Wren 4
Blackbird 1
Song Thrush 1
Dunnock 1
Pied Wagtail 1
Linnet 2 (nice to see these again, after a long absence)
Bullfinch 1


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Pretty quiet this morning: 1 Snipe; 2 Meadow Pipits; 1 Redwing; 12 BH Gulls; 1 Common Gull.

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I had been rather pleased with myself to have found a Reed Bunting at Abney Hall Park earlier in the day; this evening there were four at Adswood Tip, all female or first winter birds. A Lesser Redpoll was in the same area. A flock of Bullfinch has been resident throughout the winter, I saw at least four on this visit. Five Meadow Pipits were near the old Jewson's yard. I didn't walk the wetter areas, so didn't put up any Snipe.

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My afternoon walk with Monty found the tip the wettest that I have ever known it. Nonetheless, there were a few good birds seen in poor light.

C35 Lapwing were resting on the abandoned Jewson's yard. A flock of about 12 Lesser Redpoll, also seen on my last visit, was still around. A small flock of six Bullfinch (four males) is a good count here. I flushed one Snipe near Tenement Lane, and a probable Jack Snipe close to the Midland Road entrance. I didn't get a good look at the bird in fading light, but it didn't gain much height as it flew silently off, and dropped within about 80 yards. Plenty of crows, as usual: including 20+ Magpies and a Jay.

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I took the dog over part of the site this afternoon, on my first visit for quite a while. Predicatably, it was pretty cold, and much of the normally soft ground was iced over. However, there were still some wet areas, as my socks will testify, and I flushed two Snipe near the old Jewson's yard.

It was pretty quiet for the first half hour, but as I worked round towards the Tenement Lane end, on the upper level, things picked up, and I found a few decent local birds. Monty flushed a cock Pheasant, much to his delight. A small, busy group of birds contained half a dozem each of Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tit, as well as three male Bullfinch; at least one other was calling nearby. There were at least two Jays present, and singles of Meadow Pipit and Mistle Thrush. The most exciting find was a flock of 16 Lesser Redpoll: my first locally since March 2011.

I was intrigued to find that a sign has been posted by GM Waste Disposal Authority announcing that they welcome the use of this land for walking and cycling. It didn't suggest which access points they recommend.

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Not much going on today.

Buzzards overhead
Blackcaps
Whitethroats (not as many as last year)
Grasshopper Warbler very loud, near the fence by the old brickworks (probably more than one, but it's hard to tell)

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Quiet this morning (10.10 - 11.00)

Whitethroat 4
Swift 2
House Martin 1
Pheasant (H)
Willow Warblwer 1
Chiffchaff 1
Reed Bunting 2

Cheers, John

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Very quiet on the warbler front this chilly evening: a few Blackcaps and Willow Warblers plus two Whitethroat. Other than that, Kestel and male Reed Bunting were the stars.

A Moorhen on Friday evening may have been the first that I've seen here.

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08.45 - 10.00

A bit of a warbler fest

Grasshopper Warbler 1-2
Sedge Warbler 1
Whitethroat 2
Lesser Whitethroat (heard)
Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs a-plenty.

Stock Dove 3
Pheasant 2
House Martin 2

Cheers, John




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Grasshopper Warbler showing beautifully on top of brambles at 7.45 this evening, and audible from quite some distance. Still no Whitethroat.

The sunken car is not a helpful landmark to those not familiar with its position, as the much-corroded car is no longer clearly visible. However, if you find a body of water that looks deeper than a couple of feet, then this is it. OS grid reference is SJ 888 875.

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Inspired by the prospect of a grasshopper warbler, I paid my first visit to Adswood Tip this morning. I got very muddy, very wet, and a bit lost - I wandered all over but didn't find a pool with a sunken car in it

No grasshopper warbler either

But some lovely views of reed buntings.

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Thank you again,
forgot to mention I found a Yale Key, not yours I hope?

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Hi Ken,

I think you have the right parking area. I go down Linney Lane then along Tenement Lane until the tarmac road surface turns to track.

Walk a few metres down the track ((still Tenement Lane) and there is a muddy gap on the RHS. Follow grassy track clockwise until another gap on the RHS to the 'upper level'. Difficult to describe from here but as you enter the upper level try to work your way towards the far left. You should eventually come across a strip of water with a car in it. In fact you should hear the Grasshopper Warbler before you find the water.

Good luck, John

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Thanks John,
Can I ask where you access the area, I was parked on a single track in front of some very distinguished houses, one with its own paddock and menage.
Not sure I should have been there, but my car was constantly monitored by a security camera aimed at the house entrance gates!
I think it was Tenement lane.

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Sorry to report this Ken, but the Grasshopper Warbler was showing brilliantly at 13.45. Out in the open at no more than 10 metres.

We must have been there at the same time but it's a big area and I didn't see a soul (or dog) during my visit.

Last year I had up to 8 Grasshopper Warblers so you still have a good chance on a second visit.

Cheers, John

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Had my first visit to the area in the hope of hearing the Grasshopper Warbler, but no such luck, at the area from 2-00pm ish to 3-30ish.
2 Heron and 6 Chiffchaff.

But then whilst heading back towards my car I thought I saw
2 Reed Buntings and cut off the path to investigate.
This diversion flushed what I am fairly certain was a Woodcock.
It made a rapsing sound as it flew away, and had the long beak of either a Wodcock or a Snipe, but from the sound I would say Woodcock, though not too educated on the subject.

Lost the two unidentified "Reed Buntings"!

The position was in front of the large concrete area that has a football looking stand at the back and adjacent to the methane treatment tanks.
There was a methane inspection cover next to me No. 18.


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I moved this week's Saturday morning dog trek to Adswood Tip, which is about as beautiful as it ever gets at this time of year. It's a bit plashy underfoot, and we were briefly battered by a hail storm, but with the demise of informal ATV racing, it was peaceful: I didn't see another mammal in just over an hour.

The highlight was the first Grasshopper Warbler of the spring, reeling from near the pond that holds the sunken car, and showing briefly. The only other warblers present were Willow Warbler (4) and Chiffchaff (3). I was surprised that Whitethroat has not made a return yet, but perhaps they, like the Blackcaps, were just keeping their heads down. A Lapwing and a Linnet were also good finds for this site at this time of year.

The full list was 28 species:

Canada Goose 2
Mallard 2
Pheasant 1
Grey Heron 1
Kestrel 1
Lapwing 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Woodpigeon circa 20
Wren 5
Dunnock 4
Robin 3
Blackbird circa 10
Song Thrush 6
Mistle Thrush 1
Grasshopper Warbler 1
Chiffchaff 3
Willow Warbler 4
Blue Tit 4
Great Tit 5
Jay 2
Magpie circa 15
Jackdaw 2
Carrion Crow circa 50
Starling circa 50
Greenfinch 4
Linnet 1
Bullfinch 1
Reed Bunting 1


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Willow Warbler 2
Chiffchaff 6
Blackcap 4
Pheasant (H)
Meadow Pipit 4
Reed Bunting 1
Buzzard 1
Jay 3

Cheers, John



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Two Common Buzzards seen circling quite low this evening over the tip.
Seen from the train on my way home.

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Best was a flock of 48 Meadow Pipits on the upper level also:

Fieldfare 2
Reed Bunting 3
Siskin 2
Buzzard 2 being mobbed by ...
Carrion Crow 17
Sparrowhawk 1
Bullfinch 2

Cheers, John

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Conditions relented a little, so I did a quick round this afternoon. It was very wet underfoot, as is to be expected. Highlights included nine Fieldfare, near the recycling compound, with two Greenfinch nearby, plus a total of three Snipe and eleven Meadow Pipits flushed from various points on the way round.

A flock of c40 Black-headed Gulls on the chimneyless compond contained a single Common Gull. About 30 Carrion Crows lurked around looking up to no good, for all the world like the local teenies waiting for Bargain Booze to open up for New Year's Eve supplies.

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What a depressing place this is in the rain. I gave up and admitted defeat after 11 species in 1.5 hours.

Having said that not bad for raptors with one each of Kestrel, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk.
15 House Martins over.
2 Stock Doves.
1 Whitethroat.
Pheasant, Bullfinch and Jay heard.

Cheers, John


P.S. It's a while since I last visited, when did they demolish the tall brick chimney?


-- Edited by John Rayner on Thursday 8th of September 2011 04:23:23 PM

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cheers for the advice Steve

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Most of the Grasshopper Warblers I've heard and seen are on the "bottom" part of the tip that's closest to eco-centre/Brickworks There's a large, low hill in the middle of this section and there's nearly always one to be heard on here. Good Luck, they are reasonably easy to hear, but a b*gger to see.

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cheers Henry, better set my alarm clock!

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Hi Anthony. For Grasshopper Warbler views you are best off trying very early morning at this site (bit dodgy late evening). Listen for the noise which usually comes from bramble patches and then it's a case of scanning and maybe you will get a view. A real challenge but it's good fun. Good luck.
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visiting this site this weekend for first time. Would appreciate any advice on where to go once inside entering from Tenement lane Bramhall entrance. Especailly want to target grasshopper warbler!

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Saturday 11th June 5.15-6.00am

My first visit to the tip and it turned up the following:

2 Grasshopper Warblers (reeling only briefly and only one seen for an even briefer moment, but still a county first for me.)
2 Bullfinch
4 Greenfinch
1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker
1 Common Buzzard on chimney stack
2 Chiffchaffs
2 Jays
4 Whitethroat


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Quick look round the lower part of the tip this morning.

Rough circuit between Tenement lane, the vent stacks and the brickworks.

Lots (and lots) of Whitethroats (in pairs mostly) churring away - they were everywhere.
Willow Warblers in trees by vent stacks.
4x Male Reed Buntings on centre hill having a sing-off
2x Grasshopper Warbler.
Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, mostly along the lane
Nuthatch and Greater Spotted also along lane
Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Bullfinch
One Buzzard over the Eco-centre

Still no Lesser Whitethroats on my list for this site, maybe next time.

SS

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Thanks, I've got a good idea where that is - I'll give it a go tomorrow.

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Steve,

It's never easy to give exact directions in the Adswood wilderness, but here goes.

If you enter from the top (Bramhall) end of Tenement Lane, you should turn right and follow the path. It soons joins a line of old wire fence with fairly heavy vegetation growing alongside. There is a break in the fence with a path leading up to the top section: ignore this and carry on until you reach the next break in the path, just beyond a small section of loose stone, with a brick chimney 50 yards to your left. The LW was singing from the bushes in this area. If you don't hear it here, try immediately above this point: it was in that area last week.

Good luck.

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Nigel, where about was the Lesser Whitethroat?

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Lesser Whitethroat still present this afternoon. Also 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat (i/c one fully fledged young), Willow Warbler and Reed Bunting.

A Buzzard was using the stiff wind to pretend to hover, while harassed by a Crow.

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I searched there too (Sunday 22nd 16:00- 17:00).

A couple of false alarms from the Nuthatch fledglings that were squeaking away. Also a family of Long Tailed Tits and Squirrels, but not Flycatcher.

The usual suspects, including Chiffchaffs with young.

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I searched the general area where the Spotted Flycatcher was last seen for a further 1.5 hours, but no more sightings. The nearby, large gardens off Tenement Lane look ideal habitat for a pair to take up residence.

Cheers, John

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09:00 to 10:15. A strong blustery wind didn't help birding prospects. There were signs of life in the more sheltered areas, but it seemd to be a day of brief opportunities.

The most exciting find was a Spotted Flycatcher, my first ever here, in the wooded area just inside the perimeter fence, alongside the big house on Tenement Lane. It was seen only for about ten seconds, but I left John Rayner on the case, so if it is still around I'm pretty sure that he'll find it.

At the opposite end of the site, on the reedy corner by the old brickyard, a Sedge Warbler sang for about 5 seconds. A Lesser Whitethroat on the top section was much more obliging, 'singing' regularly.

Also:

Kestrel 1
Pheasant (heard only)
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Woodpigeon 10+
Collared Dove 2
Swift 5
Swallow 2
House Martin 2
Willow Warbler 3
Chiffchaff 1
Blackcap 1
Whitethroat 4
Greenfinch 2
Long-tailed Tit c10
Blue Tit 1
Dunnock 4
Blackbird 6
Wren 4
Carrion Crow 2
Magpie 6

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21/05/2011 - 6.00-7.45am, cloudy, breezy and cold, sightings of note:

3 Canada Geese (over)
2 Sparrowhawks
1 Kestrel
3 Lapwings (over)
1 Stock Dove
3 Swallows
2 Swifts
1 House Martin
1 Meadow Pipit (over)
1 Garden Warbler
1 Lesser Whitethroat
1 Grasshopper Warbler
1 Treecreeper (along Tenement Lane, carrying food)
5 Bullfinches
2 Reed Buntings

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7:30 pm.

Kestrel, Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs, Song Thrushes in good voice, Grasshopper Warblers (at least 2), Pheasants, Blackcaps.

SS

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8 May 07.15 - 08 15

All the usuals (no groppers)
Swift (a party of 18)
Swallow (14 in steady passage south)
Kestrel 1

Cheers, John

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Late news 6th May (08.00 - 09.30)

No Groppers reeling
Whitethroat 8 singing
Garden Warbler 1
Chiffchaff 1
Willow Warbler 2
Blackcap 2
Reed Bunting 1
,Pheasant 1H
A couple of Swallows over.

Cheers, John

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Its a sad state of affairs when you have to check your personal safety & think twice about going on to a site, but in this case, its a definate requirement at certain times of the day.

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I know the site well Adam and where you're coming from now

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Ian, if you knew the sort of undesirable people that frequent this place you may not want to go there either (birders excepted). I am purely asking from a personal point of view, it has nothing to with the birds.

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Adam Jones wrote:


Were there many other people around?






I can't help wondering what relevance this has Adam?

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What time and whereabouts was this John? Might pop down later to see if I can find it.
Were there many other people around?

Cheers
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Rick Donkin wrote:

Hi John,

Tree Pipit seen by the trees and shrubs along fence running by side/back of Jewsons. It flew high up from tree singing and then parachuted back down and out of sight down the slope on the far side of the trees towards the fence and into the shrubs and undergrowth. I tried to get to see where it landed but, as you know, the ground is pretty rough round there and by the time I got to the edge of the slope there was no sign of the bird again.

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I went back this afternoon to try and find it and was glad I did.

Female Stonechat roughly in the middle of the lower level (where the gropper was reeling this morning)

Cheers, John

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Hi John,

Tree Pipit seen by the trees and shrubs along fence running by side/back of Jewsons. It flew high up from tree singing and then parachuted back down and out of sight down the slope on the far side of the trees towards the fence and into the shrubs and undergrowth. I tried to get to see where it landed but, as you know, the ground is pretty rough round there and by the time I got to the edge of the slope there was no sign of the bird again.

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Hi Rick,

I was on the tip myself this morning (so was Nigel Troup) and we were leaving about 08.00. I also only had 1 Grasshopper Warbler but loads of Whitethroats and heard a Garden Warbler. Where abouts was your Tree Pipit please?

Cheers, John



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