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RE: Strinesdale, Oldham.


The brambling was new!

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Hi Bill

isnt it ironic that somebody does a patch for years and see's nowt then somebody else comes along and cant go wrong!

Mr Chorley wont be best pleased with youevileye.gif I think its best if we dont tell himwink.gif

I did it to some chap who is a regular at Castleshaw-asked me today "had owt good lad"-you should have seen his face when I replied "Osprey"biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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4th April.

Really getting to like this place - 4th visit in the last 4 to 5 weeks. It was an excellent morning - 42 species in a 3 hour visit - absolutely no pressure on whatsoever for your TTV then Mike!! biggrin.giflaughing.gif

Best bits - 2 singing Chiffchaff, a Sparrowhawk, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Coot amongst the Mallards and Moorhens, a flock of at least 5 Bullfinch, 3 Fieldfare, 4 Linnets flew over.

The Little Owl was in exactly the same spot it always is - nice to finally come across something even more idle than me! ashamed.gif

A male Lesser Redpoll was singing from the top of a large tree and later at least 3 were feeding on Larch cones. 2nd day running I have recorded singing L. Redpolls in G.Manchester!

A male Brambling was a really unexpected but welcome find.

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31st March.

Singing Chiffchaff heard and then seen, 6 Tufted Duck (3 males), 2 Little Grebe, a pair of Goldcrest - the female seen and a male heard singing, a Little Owl, a Jay, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a pair of Coal Tits & 1 Reed Bunting.

Plenty of signs of the commoner species commencing their breeding preparations - 2 pairs of Magpies near substantial nests, 1 Carrion Crow carrying nest material, Dunnocks singing in 7 locations, Robins in 9, Woodpigeons displaying all over the place, pairs of Goldfinches in several spots. Blackbird, Chaffinch and Collared Dove were singing.

Curlew, Skylark and Meadow Pipit all heard on surrounding farmland.

40+ L B B Gulls wheeling away high over the valley.


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As I meant to say last week (but apparently forgot to click "submit post" doh.gif) I suspect that the new academy won't have that much impact if it happens. Maybe more "traffic" through the valley either side of school times with pupils from Strinesdale & Counthill using it as a dry weather shortcut but I do't think anyone else will hang around much. Any use during lessons/break/lunch would have to be supervised as the school is ,presumably, in loco parentis at those times.

What would probably have far more environmental impact would be the 2 or 3 school strong school run as pupils (some of whom might have walked to a more local school) travel in along a main road at rush hour. Hopefully, whoever is in charge of the planning will do some joined-up thinking in conjunction with the local travel involving off-road parking/dropping-off points, a reliable school bus service and maybe even car-sharing clubs

Hang on, this is a council scheme isn't it? so..........nahdisbelief.gif

Incidentally, I don't object to the amount of use it gets-the more people who use and value it the less chance of it disappearing- it's the ABUSE the annoys me. I walked along Lees Brook recently and was disgusted at the amount of junk dumped in it. It's a wonder there's anything on it, let alone grey wag., dipper and the occasional kingfisher

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Hi
I only live up near Countill School so Strinesdale is a stones throw away.
As per usual Bill seems to always spot more in one visit than i do in six, never mind i'll just keep trying.
Yes Strinesdale is a very busy place and can even get quite rowdy but i can recommend early and late visits or even better when the weather is bad you have a chance of the place to yourself.
I dont have much of a problem with the amount of people or even how it is used its just good to see such a popular spot being well used and is a definite asset to the local people, ok its not how i would like it for birdwatching but I cant have everything and at least i know where everbody else is heading when i fancy getting out.

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Now now the youth of today have there problems and can be a nusiance, however lets still look at the potential here,
The little tikes will be to lazy or drunk to be up early in the morning so i suggest we visit the site before the little blighters wake up.biggrin.gif
KEEP BIRDING

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furious.giffrustrated.gifmad.gifworry.gifrage.gifconfused.gifdisbelief.gif seems about the best response to that news. Although as they will be in uniform at least we'll know where to complain if necessary

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Unfortunately Strinesdale's "terrific potential" is highly unlikely to be realized.

As you may be aware from the previous posts the area already has a problem with youth nuisance and if Oldham Council has its way it will build one of its new Academies on the old factory site at the bottom of the access road then it will be constantly full of youths disturbing the peace. It is my understanding that they are looking at building a new school to replace Breeze Hill, Counthill and Grange on the former Mill Site. I know the fishing club that looks after the bottom reservoir are very concerned about the effect this will have on the environment and are making representations to Oldham Council but it is highly unlikely this will have any effect.

Sorry if this is slightly off topic but I thought this may be something of which you would like to be aware

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6th March.

Paul, Mike,

Interested to read your posts - I tend to agree with you both - terrific potential but from my 2 visits seemingly very highly disturbed habitat. The top reservoir in particular has potential to be really good - if (and it is a big and highly unlikely if) it could be fenced off and humans and dogs kept out!! banned.gif Both reservoirs have small areas of fringing reedbeds which if allowed to expand could be good for warblers, buntings etc. There can't be too many areas of Oldham which have any reedbed type habitat?

Visit this a.m. - Little Grebe still present - caught two small fish and ate then unharassed smile.gif

Also - a male Great Spotted Woodpecker, terrific views of a Green Woodpecker - which spent the whole morning yaffling loudly. 2 Jays, 2 Coal Tits, a pair of Bullfinches, 1 Kestrel, 1 singing Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush singing and giving a zig-zagging type display flight near the visitors centre. A small party of Siskins could be heard (but not seen) from the woodland fringing the upper reservoir.

Will definitely return in May to see what warblers, chats etc turn up!

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re: Strinesdale reservoirs. It's my WeBs survey site/Atlas tetrad and does quite well despite getting a lot of disturbance from local kids. In fact the Medlock Valley wardens, based in the offices at the old waterworks by the bottom res., had to take a tern/gull/duck nesting/resting raft off the top res because so many kids were swimming out to use it as a diving platform!. It is certainly much more productive than it was when I first visited it back in 1975 while it was still in use as a reservoir. The little owls bred on a regular basis and I think there have been breeding redstarts in the surrounding woods on a couple of occasions. Typically, the best ducks of the winter turn up when I'm at the other end of the Countyfurious.gif. But it was worth it for the cetti's -and we did see 11 goosander(2 drakes & 9 ducks) at Pennington

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Bill visited this site myself a few weeks ago,parked in the new car park near the visitor centre appears to be a good habitat, and looks good for spring migration.

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4th March.

Visited this area of Oldham for the first time ever today - despite having lived in the area for 20+ years! Really will have to try and get out a bit more biggrin.gif

On the upper reservoir - 1 Little Grebe, 2 redhead Goosanders and a pair of Tufted Duck. 170+ Black-headed Gulls, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 1 Common Gull. The poor Little Grebe was followed around by a single predatory Black-headed Gull waiting for an opportunity to pinch any food off it - the miserable sod! frustrated.gif

1 Grey Heron and a Little Owl on a stone wall nearby.

Two male Bullfinches attempted to out-sing each other - the volume was deafening - not! biggrin.gif

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Bill.

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