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RE: Castleshaw


31/01/09

5 Cormorant
2 Goldeneye
20 Mallard
Reed Bunting
Robin

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forgot to mention the 5 cormorant on sunday

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27/01/09 0900-1045

2 Goldeneye
8 Goosander
Cormorant
15 Mallard
Coal,Blue and Great Tit
Robin
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
20+Fieldfare
300+ Black headed Gull
75+ Common Gull
50+Lesser Black backed Gull
2 Herring Gull



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25.02.09

very quiet so went for a look on top of the hill behind the Saddleworth Hotel but still no look?
Main res
goldeneye 1 m 2 f
Not many gulls canada geese >40
fieldfare 10
Top res
Goosander 10 f 3m

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Recent highlight

17/01/09

64 Great Black-backed gulls(which coincided with the large count at Pennington Flash and also large numbers of gulls present at Castleshaw-about 1500 assorted)

Otherwise very quiet and cold.cry.gif

-- Edited by Mark Rigby at 15:28, 2009-01-21

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1100-1245

Lower Res 90% frozen

Canada Goose
70+ Gulls (LBB,Common, BH and 2 GBB)


Upper Res

35 Mallard
Teal
3 Goldeneye
Kestrel

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20/12/08 1100-1500

usual suspects +

8 Goosander (3males-stunning!!!)
4 Goldeneye

Flushed a Snipe from a good looking area, so it was on with the wellies in search of Jack's. After a good half hours stomping,I had flushed the only bird presentno.gif but a new bird for my Castleshaw listsmile.gif

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1045-1145 the 1400-1530

4 Goldeneye
37 Mallard
Goosander
Cormorant
Grey Wagtail
8 Greater BB Gull
18 Lesser BB Gull
54 Common Gull
3 Herring Gull
100+ BH Gull

Lots and lots and lots of raindoh.gif

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3/11/08

Goldeneye
2 Great Crested Grebe
Tufted Duck
5 Cormorant
Goldcrest
150 mixed flock Fieldfare/Redwing

At 1600, I spotted a large raptor very high up in the blue sky,head on into the afternoon sun. It was being mobbed by corvids and flying in and out of the lower cloud. I grabbed my scope from the car but the bird flew into the cloud never to been seen again.

I am 90% sure it was a Red Kite-but could not clinch ID on the views I got.cry.gifcry.gif





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25/10/08

2 Goldeneye
4 Cormorants
Kestrel

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24/10/08

5 Goosander
2 Stonechat
50+Fieldfare
Great Crested Grebe
4 Tufties
141 Canada Goose
24 Mallard
Kestrel

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21/10/08

Goosander
Great Crested Grebe
100+ Fieldfare
Kestrel

22/10/08

3 Goosander
3 Cormorant
Great Crested Grebe
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Kestrel
Grey Wagtail

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1420-1600

2 Wigeon (ecl drk+fem)
Coot

otherwise-very quiet

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Hi Mark popped up on Sunday

Only thing to add
Whinchat and Stonechat in field over road coming out of carpark and no Canada Geese?

-- Edited by Graham Beverley at 11:10, 2008-10-14

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11/10/08 1150-1530

After several recent visits not worthy of any postscry.gif today, the valley was full of birds.

18 Goosander
4 Cormorant
53 Mallard
7 Tuffted Duck
70+ Mipit
Goldcrest
Goldfinch
2 Kestrel
Greenfinch
7 Pied Wagtail
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
27 Black Headed Gull
3 House Sparrow
2 Moothen
154 Canada Goose
Blue Tit
Great Tit
2 Wren

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Judging by today's weather, that would be about 15 mins then Riggersbiggrin.gif

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late PM till dark


39 Mallard
2 Goosander
Great Spotted Woodpecker
5 Tufted Duck
3 Blackbird
Robin
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
Mipit



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0900-1030

LITTLE GREBE(juv)
5 Tufted Duck
Kestrel
18 Mipits
Goldfinch
10 Mallard

Otherwise very quietcry.gif


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Sat 1400-1600

Kestrel
2 Teal
5 Tufted Duck
7 Mallard
Great Crested Grebe
3 Pied Wagtail
Grey Heron

-- Edited by Mark Rigby at 00:25, 2008-09-28

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Saturday 20.9.08 - complete circuit of both resrs (0900 - 1100):

3 separate family groups of Stonechat and one Whinchat.
120 Canadas + one Canada x Greylag (?) hybrid,
5 Tufties, 1 Cormorant, numerous Mallard, 1 Heron, hunting Kestrel, a few Black-headed Gulls.
Gave up shaking a stick at Mipits when it became obvious there were too many!
Dipper, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail on overflow channel of bottom resr. Dipper appeared colour-ringed but need to examine photos closely.

No hirundines and no grebes.

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0900-1100

Migration well under way

200+ Meadow Pipits
20+ Robin
2 Stonechat
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
2 Kestrel
20+ Mistle Thrush
20+ Blackbird

Plenty of Hirundines-a lot more than recently

30 Mallard
Great Crested Grebe

Nice to see some birds at last! Though nothing unusual Yet!!smile.gif

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Very Quiet recently.1845-1945 tonight

36 Mallard(6 young still!)
76 Canada Goose
Great Crested Grebe
Grey Heron
3 Robin
3 Mistle Thrush(flock of 20 recently)
kestrel
6 Blackbird
Few Swallow(10+)

Just before dark-18 duck flew in off the moors,thought I was in for a treat!smile.gif

All Mallard-escaping from West Youkshirecry.gif

3 ravens overhead just before I leftyawn.gif

Warfy-get on the phone,I need Geeing Up!!!!!!wink.gif

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Late Evening


Not much about-even the Teal have moved on.

Some people dont know how lucky they are.wink.gif

Very tough going Mr Warfycry.gif

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late post for 30/08/08

2 teal
102 Canada goose
5 Kestrel
2 Grey Wagtail
36 Mallard(still 6 Duckling)
8 Tufted Duck
Grey Heron
10 Mistle Thrush

tonight 6.30-8.00

Kestrel
7 TEAL
38 Mallard
8 Tufted Duck
Raven
Grey Wagtail

Very Quiet!!

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Late visit 1900-2045hrs

Teal (fem)
17 Mallard+still 7 chicks
10 Tufted Duck
3 Kestrel
G C Grebe
Grey Heron
98 Canada Goose
250+ Jackdaw roosting in trees between res'
Juv Lesser Black Back
14 Mistle Thrush

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Late afternoon visit

Lower Res

165 Canada Geese
Great Crested Grebe
7 Tufted Duck
9 Mallard+8 very young ducklings
2 grey Heron
15 Goldfinch
3 Kestrel
63 Lesser Black Backed Gull
15 Swallow
17 Mistle Thrush over

Upper Res

243 Lesser Black Backed Gull
Wheatear
Grey Heron
17 Black Headed Gull

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1430-1730

Very Quiet

Upper Res

2 Black Headed Gull
2 Oystercatcher
73 Canada Goose
3 Pied Wagtail
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Lower Res

7 Mallard
Juv Great Crested Grebe
House Martin
Swift
Swallow
Reed Bunting
Meadow Pipit

Lots of exposed mud on lower res-but disturbance by fishermen keeping birds awaycry.gif

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Late Posting for 4/7/08

350+ Lesser Black Backed Gull bathing at 1415hrs
1 Herring Gull
2 Black Headed Gull
Grey Wagtail
75 Canada Geese
6 Tufted Duck
4 Great Crested Grebe
3 Reed Bunting
17 Mistle Thrush

Otherwise, very quiet

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Early afternoon.

4 Redshank
Oystercatcher
27 Canada Geese
Cormorant
4 GC Grebe
5 Mallard
7 Reed Bunting
lots of Mipits
4 Lapwing
2 Curlew

and spring has finally sprung at Castleshaw

Common Sandpiper
20 Swallow
and a White Wagtailsmile.gif

But missed the Dotterel (only a couple of miles away as the crow flys)cry.gif

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Evening visit on the hunt for Ousels.

15 Canada Geese
2 Oystercatcher
3 GC Grebe
3 Cormorant
Raven
2 Stock dove
2 Jay
3 Pied Wagtail
Goosander
Goldeneye

And a rather lost Pink Footed Goose, did a couple of circuits of the res then flew off SE

No Ring Ouselscry.gif

-- Edited by Mark Rigby at 23:03, 2008-04-22

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Upper Res

2 Goosander
2 GC Grebe
2 Mallard
14 Canada Geese

Lower Res

Redshank
4 Cormorant
5 Canada Geese
GC Grebe
LBB Gull

Very windy/cold with 2ft waves and white water on both res tears.gif

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Upper reservior - 8 goosander, 1 stonechat, 1 goldeneye, 1 GC Grebe

Lower reservoir - 2 GC grebe, mallard, canada goose, 2 herring gull, 4 lapwing

about 9.30 am!

-- Edited by Iain Johnson at 18:10, 2008-04-06

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1530-1700

No such luck todaycry.gifin the white out!!!! At one point struggled to see the reservoir from the comfort of my MOBILE HIDE (Car)

2 Oystercatcher
2 Great Crested Grebe
2 Curlew
2 Carrion Crow
9 Canada Geese
5 Mipits
Goosander
Cormorant

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4/4/08 1400-1620hrs

At 1455hrs,I was counting Meadow Pipits in the field adjacent to the cottages when they all got up and flew off. Then I heard a commotion behind me (corvids going mad). I turned and saw a large brown raptor flying low along the hillside being mobbed by the local corvids. When I got it in my bins I nearly died of shock-an Osprey omg.gif. It flew behind the plantation and carried on over the hills in a NNE direction towards Castleshaw Moor.

Other birds

23 Meadow Pipit
2 Goosander
3 Mallard
Stock Dove
11 Lapwing
2 Oystercatcher
4 Redshank
Stonechat
Cormorant

Nice to meet Graham-shame you didnt arrive 5 minutes earlier!!hmm.gif

Its about time they built a hide up herebiggrin.gifIf I wasnt being a lunatic then it would have been missedcynic.gif


-- Edited by Mark Rigby at 20:02, 2008-04-04

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tonywilkinson wrote:


Part of our ringing team has been out this week in the early stages of our big Dipper chase. We had a three bird flypast on the River Sett at Hayfield; it was a real territorial battle involving last year's male. We checked a 'new' nest at New Mills but failed to catch the pair,





Taken from a posting on March 17th. Also noted on posting from March 18th :-

"Another good riparian species on that walk is Sand Martin; but the colonies come and go. Last year was not good in Reddish Vale for example, but two years ago we ringed 150+ "

There has also been hear-say, not by the above poster, of reduced numbers of Twite sightings in the Whiteholme/Light Hazzles area around the feeding stations this year.

Readers may wish to draw their own conclusions about behaviour and lunatic fringes as these are just observations by someone who may cover many miles around the county in persuit of sightings, which are reported to fellow birders and recorders, in the company of other observers but I certainly do not chase birds.


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Well, it seems that I, along with many others on this forum are part of the "lunatic fringe" who do not keep to hides. Off the top of my head I can only count eleven hides in the whole of the county, with seven of these at Pennington alone !, and two more at permit only sites.....................Perhaps we should all start going to Martin Mere and Mere Sands Wood and let the County go unrecorded ???????????????

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Now I'm wishing I'd read the un-edited posts to see what it is I'm missing! confused.gif

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Still non the wiser I'm afraid Tony weirdface.gif

I've already stated the website and forums stance on the posting of breeding birds and will continue to moderate posts as usual, there will always be some birders that due to one reason or another let one slip from time to time and these will be dealt with by me but are you implying that we shouldn't even be looking out for sensitive species in the breeding season (what of roving reports for the Bird Atlas then?), most of the GM Annual Report is made up from sightings from these very people who also post on here. Whilst I agree that there will always be those fortunately very few birders who don't abide by the Birdwatchers code or seem to have any common sense there are very few sites in the county that actually have hides so yes, most of the sightings on this forum are from birders wandering around birding, finding those important species (including breeding ones) that otherwise would go unnoticed, unrecorded and perhaps unprotected because of it. As for lots of birders chasing very few birds, there's less really active birders out there than you might think and more than enough birds for us all to enjoy with plenty areas still to be fully explored without any need for 'chasing'.

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There are several species which are not Sched 1 which I believe need extra protection in the breeding season by not publishing locations which are too specific. Judging by the massive number of postings relating to well watched sites in Manchester, it seems likely that not all of them were obtained from the safety of hides. Lots of birders seem to be chasing very few birds. Now if it's a Cattle Egret in Poynton not much damage can be done to a lost bird, but on the other hand it is not uncommon to meet birders (without permission to be there) trampling around looking for sensitive species. Remember that egg collectors are birders, and possibly very talented ones as well; it's a pity that they can't do something useful than being the majority of a lunatic fringe.

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Not really sure what your post is intended to say Tony or where it is going (what's not really enough)? Who are this 'lunatic fringe', are we talking birders here?

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Not really enough folks. Every year, at a site where I ring Pied Flycatchers, I hope that a pair nests in a box next to the car park. That way all lists can be ticked and disturbance kept to a minimum. The problem occurs when the number of birders exceeds the number of birds, and has nothing to do with Sched 1, Red or Amber listed. Sadly Sched 1s need protection from the lunatic fringe as well.

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If you haven't read the 'Welcome to this forum, PLEASE READ' post at the top this forum then you really should have, but here is the relevant extract:

I welcome all bird sightings recorded in Greater Manchester to be posted on this forum but users should understand that I reserve the right to withold or remove locations of species in which specific site disclosure could be used by unscrupulous individuals who may visit websites such as this. The welfare and protection of species under threat in our county is absolutely paramount to me.

Users of the forum should consider very carefully posting ANY nesting species, ask yourself the question, what is to be gained by posting such information? If in doubt please conatct me for advise but I will edit posts that contain any sensitive breeding information without consultation with the user.





-- Edited by Ian McKerchar at 22:03, 2008-03-31

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I'd like to reinforce what Steve said. Just to repeat what was said this time last year, I think: please don't put nest sites for any Schedule 1 species (that includes Merlin, Barn Owl, Black Redstart, Kingfisher, Black-necked Grebe) - the only exception being the well-watched town centre secure sites for Peregrines, and Little Ringed Plover, which are so common now I doubt they will stay on Schedule much longer. Also Long-eared Owls (due to repeated chick theft).

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It's not a great idea to put sightings of rare breeders on this forum during the nesting period. There are still undesirables around who collect eggs or take raptor chicks from nests. This info is best sent to Judith Smith will not print such sensitive info in the county report.

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had a mooch around the upper res, lots of reed bunting and meadow pipits

curlew calling and a male and female stonechat, 6 goosander, 2 skylark.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar at 21:56, 2008-03-31

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Over the weekend also spotted
Reed bunting
Meadow pipit
Fieldfare
2 Little Owls

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar at 21:57, 2008-03-31

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Castleshaw 1230-1345

Upper Res

3 Goosander
Cormorant
3 Great Crested Grebe
3 Pied Wagtail
Goldeneye

Lower Res

6 Cormorant
2 Oystercarcher
4 Lapwing
Moorhen
13 Woodpigeon
Curlew
2 Goldeneye
Great Crested Grebe
4 Redshank
3 Magpie
Pheasant
2 Grey Wagtail
Grey Heron
Stock Dove
33 Canada Geese

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mid morning in the horizontal hail stoneomg.gif

pair goosander on top res

5 goldeneye, 5 mallard, 2 cormorant, great crested grebe and 74 canada geese.
Small numbers of common, black headed and lesser black backed gulls.

Nearby, dipper and grey wag at Newbank Garden Centre, Dobcross, Uppermill. Red grouse on moors above dove stones from main road. Dead easy in the snowsmile.gif

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No sign of the Whooper swans (info by Birdnet) at 1645hrs but fem Goosander

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Castleshaw Reservoirs


Thursday - 15.35 - 14.40

Redwing 10+
Fieldfare 40+
Lesser black back & Black headed gulls 300+ mixed
Canada geese 122
Greylag with white aroud beak
Teal 4
Jay
Cormorant 2
Pheasant
greenfinch
carrion crow
starling lots of small groups around

Just spent one hour up there and i am sure i missed loads but spent most of my time trying to count the Redwing & Fieldfare.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 9th of July 2011 10:34:59 AM

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