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RE: Strinesdale, Oldham.


Have your Little Grebes all left, Mike?

Would be interesting to know, as Riggers and I both found them at Royal George in Greenfield last week. Seem to remember a similar pattern last year.

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Belated Webs. 11.50 - 14.50

Bottom Res:
Mallard 24
Moorhen 2
Grey Heron 1 (seen from Top res)

Top Res:
Black-headed Gull 43
Common Gull 2 (1 adult, 1 1st winter)
Coot 2

Otherwise fairly quiet:
Jay
Goldfinch
Grey Wagtail 3
Bullfinch
Coal Tit
Long-tailed Tit - at least 2 parties, heard but not seen
Blackbird -good numbers, despite the attentions of
Sparrowhawk 1 male
highlights of the other 19 species seen

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The Rhododendron Chainsaw Massacre alongside the Golden Steps has improved that area, just needs the same enthusiasm applying to the birches and willows blocking the view from the viewpoint! Also, initially, just one man and his dog.

Hear hear!

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10.15 - 13.15

Bottom Res:
Mallard 57
Moorhen 2
Black-headed Gull 19
Embden Goose 3
Grey Heron 1 over

Top Res:
Moorhen 2
Coot 2
Little Grebe 5 - 2 adult & 2 juv on east side, 1 juv on west side
Black-headed Gull 1 with several small groups passing over.

Plus all the usuals inc:
Long-tailed Tit 2 x parties of 8
Jackdaw 4 with at least 2 parties of about 12 passing straight over and down the valley
Greater-spotted Woodpecker 1 coming down the valley from Bishop's Park

Despite the forecast, a quite pleasant morning. The Rhododendron Chainsaw Massacre alongside the Golden Steps has improved that area, just needs the same enthusiasm applying to the birches and willows blocking the view from the viewpoint! Also, initially, just one man and his dog

Good collection of 'other wildlife'

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Little Owl on barn above usual wall. Not seen in the area for a long time. Also spotted Mike Chorley

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12.35 - 15.15.

Webs. Bottom Res. 12.55 - 13.10

Mallard 25
Moorhen 2
Embden Geese 3

Top Res. 13.25 - 13.45 (+ lunch)

Little Grebe 6 - 2x Adult and chick in 1st adult (i.e. winter) plumage; 1 adult & dependant chick, still showing striped head & neck
Grey Heron 1 (sub-adult)
Moorhen 2 Adult
Coot 2 Adult
Mallard 7 (3m 4F)
Tufted Duck 1F
Black-Headed Gull - 24 on res, looked to be actively feeding on a hatch of flies
(Also at least 10 overhead)

19 other species inc;
Goldcrest 1F
Coal Tit 1 Adult
Bullfinch 3 (heard only)
Grey Wagtail 1M - Golden Steps
Sparrowhawk 2, the second being shadowed by a Swallow which was alarm-calling
Willow Warbler - 4 at least, 3 heard only (contact calls). The seen bird had a very pale outer primary on the left wing.
Long-tailed Tit 10 minimum with Blue Tits and the afore-mentioned Warbler
Siskin 4 over -flight calls
Common Buzzard 1 heading NW over the Top Res before veering NNW between Moorside and Strinesdale.
plus mostly invis. mig of Swallows and Meadow Pipits over. 10 Swallows hawking over top res.

Also: 2 Small White, 1 Brown Hawker, 1 Common Darter (fem/imm), the usual fungi

& 1 Kath & Phil (longtime no see) I didn't get as far as the upper barn, so I'll leave that to you.

-- Edited by Mike Chorley on Sunday 18th of September 2011 06:16:20 PM

-- Edited by Mike Chorley on Sunday 18th of September 2011 06:19:11 PM

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Forgot the Tufted Duck from Tuesday. Back down to 3 again from last month's peak of 6 (site record - for me at least). Then again, only half the number of Mallard so maybe the rest are all keping out of sight while they finish moulting.

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12.40 - 17.05 -latterly with Riggers & Graham Beverley

Initially, fairly quiet, with more plants, insects etc catching my attention than birds.

Green Woodpecker - independant juvenile in wooded area below lower waterman's cottage

Bottom Res.
3 Embden Geese
18 Mallard
1 Moorhen

Top Res.
1 Grey Heron -sub-adult
3 Coot -2 adult, 1 juvenile
1 Moorhen
4 Mallard
3 Black-headed Gulls
7 Little Grebe - 2 very small chicks (still small enough to ride on their parents' backs ), 3 adults and 2 juveniles. This is the second year running there seems to have been this combination. It could just be that one parent has been predated each year, but is there any evidence of polygamy in Little Grebes?

1 Spotted Flycatcher. In a sheltered area of hawthorn along the western stream flowing into the Top Reservoir, with 7 Willow Warblers, (mostly juvs but one sang a few times), 2 Robins. Wren, Blue & Great Tits. The bird was feeding and seemed settled but unfortunately, just before Riggers arrived, it was disturbed by a young family who decided to wander along the bank of the stream rather than use the footpath. It flew to some Rowans downstream and was lost to view by Graham and myself. Coincidentally, Bill Myerscough's sighting last year, in another part of the site, was on exactly the same date!

In total 21 species of birds, 28 plant sp., 6 butterfly sp., 3 fungi ans assorted bees, wasps, froghoppers & spiders!



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Spotted Flycatcher early afternoon near inlet on Upper reservoir (info M.Chorley) but there was no sign of it by 1530hrs

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12.35 - 15-35

Bottom Res:

Mallard: 27
Embden Goose: 3
Moorhen: 1

Top Res:

Little Grebe: 2
Moorhen: 1
Coot: 2 Adult + 2 well-grown chicks
Mallard: 8
Grey Heron: 1 - from the neck colouring looked to be a 1st summer bird.

Also:

Willow Warbler: 4 singing + independant juvenile
Chiffchaff: 3 singing + independant juvenile
Robin: 2 singing, 5 juveniles calling at different locations and a group of 3 juv + 1 adult near dipping pond.
Bullfinch: 1 female/juv near top res, 1 male hedge along top channel to Golden Steps
Chaffinch: 2 (a pair)
Blackcap: 1 - brief burst of song near top res. benches
Green Woodpecker: 1 heard

plus usuals, 3 species of butterfly and 2 species of damsel fly.

-- Edited by Mike Chorley on Sunday 26th of June 2011 05:43:11 PM

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12.35 - 15.05

More like March or October with the strong winds, but surprisingly dry.smile.gif

Bottom Res:
Mallard 7 all males
Embden Goose 3
Moorhen 1

Top Res:
Little Grebe 2biggrin.gif
Moorhen 1
Coot 2 biggrin.gif
Tufted Duck M & F

Also:

Willow Warbler 7 S
ChiffChaff 2 S
Blackcap 4 S
Robin 2 S and 2 juv heard
Greater-spotted Woodpecker 1 adult female with food (FF) and juv heard in nest.
Reed Bunting 1 S
Song Thrush 1 S
Bullfinch 2 F
Chaffinch 1 S
Greenfinch 1 S
Goldfinch 6 inc 1 S
Blue Tit 7 inc 1 with food (FF)
Grey Wagtail 4 at least inc 2 juvs together and 1 adult male. There was a lot of chasing about involving 2 or 3 birds around Golden Steps, while the male was feeding a juv. Later there were the 2 juvs and another bird (only glimpsed) at the top of the steps followed by another chase not involving the juvs. Possibly two families interacting.

Overhead:
Swallow 8 minimum
Swift 3
Starlings several, some with food (FF)


plus usuals

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11.40 - 14.30

Bottom Res:
Mallard 12m 1f
Canada Goose 1pair
Embden Goose 3
Moorhen 1 with nesting material

Top Res:
Mallard 2
Litle Grebe 2
Coot 1 pair - N
Grey Heron 1

Water level alarmingly low - several yards of mud between the water's edge and any suitable cover for nesting waterbirds- but I gather it may have been lowered to effect a repair after the outflow was vandalisedmad.gifdisbelief.gif

Also:
Chiffchaff 3+
Willow Warbler 8+
Blackcap 3
Jay 1
Great Spot 1
Swallow 3
Reed Bunting 1m
Song Thrush 1 - channelling Nuthatch!
Long-tailed Tit 4
Grey Wagtail pair -Golden Steps
Begging courtship display from one of the many pairs of Great Tit

Plus 5 species of butterfly

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Popped up here for 'lunch hour' today - 10.50 a.m. to 13.10 p.m.

Lower Res.
Mallard 10
Embden goose 3
Canada Goose 6 (3 pairs)
Moorhen 2 (poss a pair. Birds at either end of the res when I arrived, but two at outflow end later. Maybe they'd had a tiffmatrixfight.gif and made update.gif)

Top Res.
Tufted Duck 1m
Moorhen 2
Coot 3 (usual 'handbags' over who has which bit of the res)
Little Grebe 1!(couldn't see a label saying 'if found please return to S. Suttill but..)biggrin.gif

Best of the rest:
Song Thrush 1 in good voicesing.gif
Goldcrest 1 singing
Skylark 1 singing
Chiffchaff 2 singing - probably on their way to Bill M at Piethornbiggrin.gif
Grey Wagtail 1m - Golden Steps
Common Buzzard 1 -being mobbed by 2 Lesser Black-backs, which suddenly left when
Peregrine 1 arrived - or maybe it was the 2nd Buzzardbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

Wildlife sightings on t'other Forum

-- Edited by Mike Chorley on Tuesday 29th of March 2011 12:47:53 AM

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Webs.

Bottom res:

Moorhen 1
Embden Geese 3
Mallard


Top res:

2x
Mallard
Tufted Duck
Goosander
Canada Goose
Moorhen
Coot
Black-headed Gull

Usual suspects inc:
Jay
Long-tailed Tit (3+)
Goldcrest - singing
Grey Wagtail - male on outlet to Top res
Coal Tit - 2 in widely-separated territories
GSW - Male in mature trees by lower car park (drumming heard there earlier)
Female at regular location by the top res. called then flew uphill


Fungi & frogs on the Wildlife site (later)

-- Edited by Mike Chorley on Sunday 13th of March 2011 05:32:50 PM

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Another wet Webs!

Bottom reservoir

Mallard 24
Moorhen 2
Black-headed Gull 92
Embden Goose 3


Top reservoir
Mallard 7
Moorhen 1
Coot 1
Goosander 2 (m&f) - seem to be regular here in February

Best of the usuals

Long-tailed Tit 6+
Jay 1

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Webs (appropriately!) today

Lower Res

Mallard 35
Black-headed Gull 29
Moorhen 1
Embden Goose 3 (must have fallen out with Steve's Canada'sbiggrin.gif)

Grey Heron on pathside pools between Upper & Lower

Upper Res

Mallard 14
Black-headed Gull 26
Moorhen 1 (pos 2 as I later disturbed one roosting in the hawthorns by the benches.
Maybe, like the Bennies Rail it was after the fatball)
Tufted Duck 3 (2m1f)

Not much else of note:
Bullfinch 1 (imm/f)
Jay 2
and a singing Goldfinch. Seems a bit early for such a comparatively late breederconfuse.gif

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Resevoirs still almost totally frozen, the little bit of open water held 35 Mallard, 6 Black-headed Gull and a single Moorhen.

Female Sparrowhawk mobbed by 2 Carrion Crow
Coal Tit
Great Tit
Treecreeper
2 Jay

Altogether very quiet.

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stuartherring wrote:

ooohhh far to much christmas spirit mike baaah humbugbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif






Otherwise known as 'anti-freeze'!biggrin.gif

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ooohhh far to much christmas spirit mike baaah humbugbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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1.30 -2.30 p.m. Gulling on Ice aka December 2010 Webs

No former soap stars or retired sportspeople, just

1 Adult Common Gull

a supporting cast of

30 Black-headed Gulls (of various ages)

& a pair of completely indifferent feral White Geese. There used to be 4 of these geese. Possibly the subordinate male has gone off with his Canada Goose mates but one can't help wondering where the missing female may be spending Christmashungry.gifchew.gif

All the main survey species had left for warmer climes except

1 Moorhen

commuting between the stream inflows on the otherwise totally iced top res.

Also seen

9/10 Magpies & about the same number of Carrion Crows

6/7 Wood Pigeons (including 1 extremely optimistic male display-flightinghmm.gif)

5 Goldfinches
4 Great Tits
3 Blackbirds
2 Bullfinches
sing.gif "and a Blue Tit in a Larch Tree"sing.gif

Also heard 1 Jay
and had a fly-over of 5 Jackdaws

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Webs today (14th)

Bottom Res.
Mallard 45
Moorhen 2
Black-headed Gull 26

Top Res
Little Grebe 2
Mallard 12
Coot 1
Moorhen 3
Common Gull 3
Black-headed Gull 57 (with more on fields nearby)

best of the rest ( 16 species)
Long-tailed Tit 12smile.gif
Pied Wagtail 8 (with the black cattle)
Siskin 2 (flight calls only)
Goldcrest 1 heard
Greater-spotted Woodpecker 1f

plus a selection of the commoner fungi

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WeBs Sunday 10th.

Bottom res:
Mallard - 42 (26M 16F)
Moorhen - 1 juv
Black-headed Gull - 5
Domestic Goose -3
Fishermen - not as many as expected.

Top re:
Mallard - 7 (3M 4F)
Tufted Duck- 3 (MM&F)
Black-headed Gull - 38
Little Grebe - 4
Moorhen- - 3
Coot - 2 (Adult & independent Juv)
Grey Heron - 1
People in fenced-off area reseved for wildlife - 2 (unable to tell if they were 'Friends of
Strinesdale' doing a survey or just the
usual idiots!)

Also:
Redwing - 1
Mixed flock of Great, Blue & Long-tailed Tits

Several species of fungi.



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Playing 'spot the little grebe' between showers.

Never had all the birds visible at once, but a family group of 1 adult & 3 juv with a 4th juv in the background and a definate sighting of 3 adults at once seems to indicate there are still 7.

Looks like a family of 2 adults and 3 juv plus lone adult and youngster. Lots of regrouping and skittering over the water didn't help! 1 adult was making a much more musical piping whistle in contrast to the usual call. Seemed to bring all the juveniles towards it, then 1 of the other adults came steaming in and all the chasing around started.

Other sighting inc.

Grey Heron 1
Coot 3 (2adult 1 juv -at opposite ends of Upper Res)
Moorhen 5 (1 juv Lower Res; 1 juv 3 adults Upper)
Tufed Duck 1m1f Upper

Sparhawk 1 male over top res mobbed by
Swallows 6
House Martin 1+
Willow Warbler 1 juv (calling)
Chiff-Chaff 1 singing
Blackcap 1 juv/female flycatching
Goldcrest 1
Bullfinch 2+

Also some interesting scat on the wall near where the Little Owls used to be seen. Contained lots of tiny black insects (all deadbiggrin.gif) Didn't look like a pellet but some avian faecal deposit in/on 1 nearby.

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Right, I'm calling the agency and demanding a refund!furious.gif

The flycatcher was booked for LAST Mondaybiggrin.gif

Nice find, Bill. Thanx 4 txt mssg.



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23rd August.

9.30 - 11.10 am.

Highlight was the sighting of a Spotted Flycatcher biggrin.gif foraging off telephone lines near a farmhouse on the eastern side of the valley at SD958066. Had some really great views before the rain finally set in. thumbsdown.gif

There appeared to be 3 adult and 3 juvenile Little Grebes on the upper res.

Both Bullfinch and Lesser Redpoll were heard but not seen. c10 Swallows were still about, including 4 juveniles sat on telephone lines waiting to be fed. Flocks of c35 Meadow Pipit, 5 Mistle Thrush, 7+ Linnet and 3 Pied Wagtail were seen. 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen and what appeared to be a Tawny Owl was heard "kewicking"......until a Jay flew out of the tree where the sound was coming from! disbelief.gif

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Quick visit yesterday (18/08/2010)

Confirmed breeding on top res.

Coot 2 adult with 1 chick (very vocal but being ignored) plus 3rd Adult
Moorhen 2 adult with 4 juveniles plus 3rd Adult
Little Grebe 3 Adult with 4 juveniles, ( 3 independent, 1 still being fed)

Bottom res

Juvenile moorhen

also

Willow Warbler 1 feeding fledged young & 2 calling juvs (also briefly singing male)
Chiffchaff 1 independent young (also briefly singing male)

plus

Sparrowhawk
2 + Coal Tits
6 Swallow
2 House Martin

80 Mallard between the 2 reservoirs
2 m 1 f Tufted Duck (top res)


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19/05/2010

No Garden Warbler or Whitethroat today

Barn Swallow (5) - 1 briefly mobbing
Sparrowhawk (1)
Bullfinch - 2 pairsmile.gif collecting Dandelion seeds
ChiffChaff(2)- inc. 1 self-windingbiggrin.gif
Dipper (1)
Greater-spotted Woodpecker- calling
Green Woodpecker- called twice, distantly
Jay (1)
Little Grebe (1)
Mistle Thrush- 2 juveniles
Robin - at least 2 fledged young

Also, Rob will be glad to hear, the Linnet was high up the valleybiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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Rob Thorpe wrote:

Mike Chorley wrote:

also 1 Linnet (m) - first I've seen this low down the valley. Maybe the good weed crop has brought it down.





Shouldn't that be "first I've seen this high..."? wink.gif




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also 1 Linnet (m) - first I've seen this low down the valley. Maybe the good weed crop has brought it down.





Shouldn't that be "first I've seen this high..."? wink.gif

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Single Chiff-chaff still by the proposed school site; also 1 Linnet (m) - first I've seen this low down the valley. Maybe the good weed crop has brought it down.

Otherwise:

1 Garden Warbler
2 Whitethroat
9 Willow Warbler (min)
8 Robin
2 Reed Bunting

All in song.

On the reses:
1 Moorhen
2 Coot
3 Canada Goose
3 White Chinese Geese
15 Mallard ( 2 F 13 M)


19 other species inc; Bullfinch, Jay, Dipper, Swift (2) Swallow (2) and a steady overhead passage of Lesser Black-backed Gulls in small groups heading n.n.w

Some pyromanic activity even here cry.gifdisbelief.gif but the Water Bailiff tells me that a Friends of Strinesdale may be formed to try to prevent this sort of thing.



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Between the "showers"! this p.m.

Bottom res

Canada Goose 2 pair
Mallard 13 m 2 f

Top Res

Little Grebe 1
Mallard 1m
Coot 1
Moorhen 2

Blackcap 1
Chiff-Chaff 1 (in willows near proposed school site)
Willow Warbler 12 (min) singing males
Bulfinch 1m
Jay 2
Skylark 1 (song flight)
Coal Tit 2
Song Thrush 2

Plus usual woodland species

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2 GS woodpeckers chasing each other through the trees.
And a dog walker told me about 2 Cuckoos seen there yesterday

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pair bullfinches
pair grey wagtails
goldcrest
chiffchaff (didnt hear it just watched it for ages)
female goosander
goldfinches
and all the usual stuff

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12.00 - 14.00

Bottom Res.
Moorhen 1
Black-headed Gull 1
Canada Goose 4
Mallerd 24, mostly now paired up

Top Res.
Grey Heron 1
moorhen 1
Little Grebe 2
Mallard 2 (pair)
Tufted duck 2
Common Gull 3
Black-headed Gull 55

plus usual stuff inc.
Kestrel 1 (f)
Greater Spotted Woodpecker 1 (f)
Goldcrest 1 (f)
Mistle Thrush 1 (m) - singing
Bullfinch 2 (m) - singing
Coal Tit 3

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Crunched, slid, paddled and dog turd dodged bleh.gifevileye.gifdisbelief.gif around today for the WeBs

Both reservoirs 98% frozen still, except at the inflows.

Bottom res

Mallard 55
Black-headed Gull 36
Moorhen 2
Domestic Goose 4 (feral)

Top Res

Mallard 4
Black-headed Gull 1
Grey Heron 1

(that's 6 more birds for the top res than Dec. visit)


Also
Bullfinch 6 (in 1's & 2's)
Kestrel 1
Greater-spotted Woodpecker 1 (M)
Jay 1
Sparrowhawk 2

The latter apparently in display, both circling over the Hillgate street 'carpark' before
the lower bird flew low upstream behind the Visitor Centre, with the upper bird stooping, then flying parallel & slightly above

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This am

Mallard 42m 25f
Black-headed Gull 57
Coot 1
Moorhen 5
Canada Goose 2
Lesser Black-back 1
Grey Heron 1
Woodcock 1smile.gif (only the 3rd wader ever recorded for here as far as I know)

15 Long-tailed tits with
1 Coal tit
3 Blue Tits
1 Goldcrest
1 Treecreeper

2 Bullfinch (1m 1f/juv)

Small nos of Robin, Magpie, Carrion Crow & Wood Pigeon


Also, along Lees Brook

1 Greater-spotted Woodpecker (M)
1 Sparrowhawk (M)
1 Dipper (unringed)




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Bottom Res;

32 mallard
1Coot
1 Moorhen (juv)

Top Res:

Little Grebe ( 2 adults, 2 very vocal young & 1 larger juvenile-1st brood?)
Grey Heron
Tufted Duck 3 males (1Adult winter, 2 partial eclipse)3
3 Moorhen 2Adults, 1 juv.

Long Tailed Tits 24 with
Great Tits 3
Blue Tits 2

3 Swallows, working northconfuse.gif

1 ChiffChaff contact-calling
1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker

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En route to count crows & gulls for my tetrad yesterday:

Bottom Res: 4 mallard ducklings & lots of fishermen

4 Singing Willow warblers
2 Singing Blackcaps
2 male Bullfinchs
Great Spot
Singing Song Thrush
Juvenile Great Tits & robins

Top Res: 2 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck(m&f) 2 House Martins, 2 Swallows, 2Swifts,
3 adult Little Grebes & Grey Heron
all of us enjoying the peace until the dog swimmers (**** dogsbiggrin.gif) turned up

Usual 3 figure counts of Lesser Black-backs and Carrion Crows round High Moor,
Song Thrush, Tawny Owl, Bullfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Redpoll, 40 Swifts high over the tip, but, as mentioned elsewhere, no Stonechats-seen at 2 different locations in Autumn-and only 3 magpies! (They must prefer other parts of Greater Manchestersmile.gif)

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3 Waxwings feeding upper valley near holroyd skips 15.00

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also went round yesterday little owl in top fields, siskins near to tree for life forest and only one male goosander but had been joined by a female

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Saturday 31.01.09
goosander 4 m
grey heron
tufted duck 1m 1f
hoorhen
coot
song thrush 2

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Sunday 18th 11.30 'til 2.00pm

200 Black-headed Gulls (and 3 Common Gulls) commuting between the 2 reses, with more feeding in the fields towards High Moor:also at least 1 Lesser Black-back & 1 Herring gull with the latter.
40 Mallard, 4 Moorhen, 4 Canada Geese and all the usual feral stuff on the bottom res.
2m & 1f Goosander & 1 Grey Heron top res, but no sign of any Little Grebes, even after the gulls left.

All the usual passerines inc. 1 singing Bullfinch & 2 Song Thrush

Back along Lees Brook

Dipper(unringed) in the usual bend, plus 2 Redwing & 2 Coal Tit. Also nice bracket fungus to i.d. (definately NOT Turkey Tail this time Riggerssmile.gif)

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Siezed the chance to visit today for a couple of hours 'just for fun' so of course several species showed that weren't seen on any of the Atlas visitsfurious.gif most prominently the Little *****, sorry, Grebes. 2 adults and 3 large young, one still very vociferous in its' begging.
Good numbers of common passerines (I stopped counting Robins at 12 half-way round) with several species starting to gather in small flocks (Carrion Crows, Common Gulls, Blackbirds(!) ) but the biggest was a flock of c60 meadow pipits, flushed by a young Kestrel hawking merlin-likeomg.gif from a fence post along the top field. It didn't seem bothered by my presence as I worked round to get better views nor by the mobbing group of pipits, 12 swallows and at least 4 pied wagtails.

Could'nt spend as much time today as I'd have liked but a good walk with a variety of flora & fauna for t'other forum as well

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Thanks for that, Bill.

Had a good laugh at the Piethorne post. Glad I'm not the only lunatic, fringed or otherwisebiggrin.gif

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Hi Mike,

Visited Strinesdale for an hour and a half early yesterday afternoon (30/6). It was very, very quiet - I didn't even manage to get your Little Grebe! cry.gif Had a flock of 9 Mistle Thrush, 4 Tufted Duck were present. A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen and a male Blackcap was singing in one area - it was singing in a style that sounded not too dissimilar to that of a Pied Flycatcher - that certainly created a initial rush of excitement, which quickly subsided when I spotted the offending bird! A very agitated female Blackcap was in another part of the valley, probably with a nest close by. A Chiffchaff was singing! - I have logged this species down as holding territory at Strinesdale with this and earlier records.

This was my first visit here since 8th May when singing birds included - 2 Chiffchaffs, 10 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps and a Reed Bunting.

Have input all my sightings as roving records and hope to get up again before the end of July.


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Thought I'd make the most of a nice day and do my late visit here, before it gets busy for the summer. As it was I encountered some evidence of 'attempted breeding' that certainly couldn't be entered on a BTO record cardshocked.gif
The wasn't much avian evidence: a couple of young swallows & house sparrows; a juvenile grey heron; a couple of coot chicks and 8 apparently parentless mallard ducklings. Only 1 little grebe and no sign of any nests. Very sparse compared to previous years.
Unfortunately, family concerns and the pattern of my days off meant that this is the first time I have been up there since April. So if anyone else has (Bill?) please get your roving reports in to fill the gaps. As well as little grebe bullfinch, whitethroat & blackcap are all definately missing from my list this year
Still a pleasant day, however. Highlights included a fox, and a good variety of insects and plants. As well as the usual grasshoppers/crickets, speckled woods and meadow browns, large skipper and common blue damselfly were a surprise find for the Broadbent area of oOldham. Nice to see all the common spotted orchids there as well as at Strinesdale where they now border almost all the lowere res.

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Oh, so it's you wot nicked them is it? for Piethorne!furious.gif and i thought Mr Rigby must have them in his shed along with the Little Crake, Cattle Egret, Ross's Gull and that funny penguiny thing with the razorbill-type beakbiggrin.gif

I don't think it's the weather as the last record I have for them for Strinesdale is a drizzly July day in 2003. I know we moan about 'Manchester weather' but I'm sure there must have been SOME periods of nice weather since when I've been up there and not heard them, as well as the times when I've heard them lower down when it HAS been wet.

Thanks for the ousel offer,btw, but it was more the 'cup of sugar' type loan I had in mind, rather than the 'bank' type. At least you didn't want interest:smile.gif


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Mike Chorley wrote:


No sign of Bill's chiff-chaff from earlier. Must have moved on. I noticed last year that there seemed to be a dividing line, more or less along the old railway embankment in Mr. Rigby's square due south of here. Never heard a chiff-chaff north of it all last summer. Will be interested to know if Mark finds any singing birds in the top third of his square.

P.S. Lend us a couple of Ring Ousels please, Billbiggrin.gif

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Hi Mike,

Quite happy to lend them to you at the going rate of 20 per bird, per day - or as a special offer - just because it's you wink.gifwink.gif - all 7 for 100 - cash only of course! They must be returned in mint condition and please ensure that they are back in the valley before dusk - otherwise you get charged an extra days rental! biggrin.gif

Re the Chiffchaffs - I wonder if they have stopped singing because the weather until yesterday has been so poor - they have just started up again at Piethorne after a lull. I did one of my TTVs alongside a stretch of the Rochdale Canal yesterday morning and the only warbler I had was Willow - even though Chiffchaff has been around every other time I have made a casual visit!frustrated.gif

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Here today for a willow warbler survey-meant to be 1 hour of the early visit (breeding) ttv for SD 90 N but I reckon, with all the noise and flitting about from 12 willow warblers singing at one another across the reses, everything else got fed up and f###ed off. Even the usually reliable Little Owls had stopped topping up their tans and gone back in their wall for some peace and quiet.

So only 27 species for the hour here, including a raven harrassing a sparrowhawk, plus some over-flyers. But the swallows are back and, like most of the residents, in 2's. Hopefully, if I can get up next month, more to add via the Roving report.

No sign of Bill's chiff-chaff from earlier. Must have moved on. I noticed last year that there seemed to be a dividing line, more or less along the old railway embankment in Mr. Rigby's square due south of here. Never heard a chiff-chaff north of it all last summer. Will be interested to know if Mark finds any singing birds in the top third of his square.

P.S. Lend us a couple of Ring Ousels please, Billbiggrin.gif

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10th April.

2 Willow Warblers - 1 singing. 1 Chiffchaff singing, 1 Reed Bunting singing.
2 male Blackcaps together and apparently feeding on the remains of seed/grain put out by visitors in the upper valley for the birds & squirrels. 2 Coots.

2 male Blackbirds fought fight.gif all the while "screaming" like a couple of hyperactive banshees.


Bill.

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