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Thursday 5th July Peregrine seen flying over the Oldham Leisure Centre

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2 Oystercatchers Cowlishaw Moss 5am

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Broadway Park singing Chiffchaff & Great Spotted Woodpecker

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Glorious morning for International Dawn Chorus Day on Cowlishaw Moss - singing Grasshopper Warbler, Skylark, Whitethroat, Blackcap & Reed Bunting

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Whitethroat and Blackcap both singing at Cowlishaw today

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Chiffchaff Cowlishaw Moss on the hedge between Crompton Way styal and golf course

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Cowlishaw Moss 1 male Reed Bunting, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Sparrowhawk & 20 Redwings

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2 singing male Reed Buntings on Cowlishaw Moss on the marsh adjacent to the golf course hedge, also a light passage of Meadow Pipits this morning

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Monday 25th March 2018 Pair of Sparrowhawks on Cowlishaw Moss

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A pair of Sparrowhawks at Oldham Edge this morning

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2nd Winter Caspian Gull circled the fields at Cowlishaw for five minutes at 9:10am but never landed and then flew off over the Golf Course. A pair of Teal on one of the floods were new (for me) for the site.

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A fox flushed the Caspian Gull and it flew south at 10:05am

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2nd winter Caspian Gull showing now in the fields on Cocker Mill Lane

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A few photos of X106 from this morning

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X106 2nd Wint Caspian Gull currently off Cocker Mill lane

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1 adult argentatus Herring Gull along Cocker Mill Lane this afternoon. c175 Pink-footed Geese over yesterday at 11:50 heading cNNW

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Started on Cocker Mill Lane on my round Greater Manchester tour at 10 and had decent views of the 2w Caspian Gull with 2 other birders. Yellow ringed and on slope coming off the golf course, partly obscured by hedge.

It then flew closer, settled on the field near road and at 10.15 flew high and over the distant sheep field and housing estate.

No return by the time i left at 10.30 to travel up to Hollingworth Lake to fail to see the Glaucous.



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Early afternoon with Simon and Chris.

Cocker Mill Lane (fields around the farm area) early afternoon.
- Lesser Black-backed 1
- Herring Gull 3 including 1 immature bird with a very white head
- Common Gull 4
- Black-headed Gulls c15
- Skylark heard calling overhead, didn't see them though.

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Monday 29th of January 2018 09:09:57 AM

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Cowlishaw (Cocker Mill Lane) - only 3 Herring, 2 Lesser black-backed, 1 Common and 2 Black-headed Gulls between 13:30-14:00. Main flood almost completely drained too!!!

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Nice one Ian, hopefully going over early afternoon so hopefully the Gulls are still there. As said before it's really hit and miss at this site for the larger Gulls

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pete berry wrote:

Gary Crowder wrote:

Hi Ian, just a little word of warning about the Gulls at Cowlishaw there was at least two immature Gulls there on Friday with yellow darvic rings and both too distant for me to take there ring no's. Although seeing the X106 is a fantastic way of clinching the Id






Indeed there are at least 2 ringing groups using yellow rings in this country whose birds are regularly seen in the area.One is the Aberdeen ringing group whose gulls regularly winter in the north west.We used to see a couple of dozen or so of these birds at Richmond Bank over the course of the winter.The guy whose does the ringing at the big tip in York also uses yellow rings and we get even more of his ringed birds over here in the winter than the Aberdeen birds.Identifying the Caspian Gull purely or ring colour is misleading to say the least!!
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Thanks for the advice, however it was the appearance of the bird and the rings which led me to Caspian Gull,
Cheers Ian

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Gary Crowder wrote:

Hi Ian, just a little word of warning about the Gulls at Cowlishaw there was at least two immature Gulls there on Friday with yellow darvic rings and both too distant for me to take there ring no's. Although seeing the X106 is a fantastic way of clinching the Id






Indeed there are at least 2 ringing groups using yellow rings in this country whose birds are regularly seen in the area.One is the Aberdeen ringing group whose gulls regularly winter in the north west.We used to see a couple of dozen or so of these birds at Richmond Bank over the course of the winter.The guy whose does the ringing at the big tip in York also uses yellow rings and we get even more of his ringed birds over here in the winter than the Aberdeen birds.Identifying the Caspian Gull purely or ring colour is misleading to say the least!!
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Hi Ian, just a little word of warning about the Gulls at Cowlishaw there was at least two immature Gulls there on Friday with yellow darvic rings and both too distant for me to take there ring no's. Although seeing the X106 is a fantastic way of clinching the Id

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late post from this a.m. after seeing Glaucous Gull at Hollingworth at 8.00 a.m. went to Shaw and saw large juv. gull with big yellow rings at 9ish which can only have been the Caspian Gull. Would have put this on earlier but been to the Manchester Beer Festival smile.
Cheers Ian

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Caspian Gull still on second more distant flood off Cocker Mill lane

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2W Caspian Gull in field off Cocker Mill Lane at 1135hrs

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Cocker Mill Lane Flood

1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Common Gull and 30 Black-headed Gull early afternoon

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Cocker Mill Lane Flood

Up to 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 5 Herring Gulls, 10 Common Gulls and 50 Black-headed Gulls present from 11am-2:30pm but no sign of Caspian Gull

Good to meet Ian Campbell and Alan Nuttall

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Some photos of today's 2nd Winter Caspian Gull

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Photos of one of last weeks argentatus Herring Gulls attached

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2nd Winter Caspian Gull on Cocker Mill Lane flood in Shaw at 12:50 - yellow ring x106. Last week two argentatus Herring Gulls in the same fields but no sign since

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Cowlishaw - 2 Bramblings in hawthorns at the bottom Cowlishaw 'road' before flying over me calling at 10am. Probably still in area but couldn't refind in the briefest of searches

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Cowlishaw - 6 distant Buzzards circling over Tandle Hills - most I've ever seen together in Oldham

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Male Wheatear at Cowlishaw was a long over due first (for me) for the area this evening

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Saturday 17th June 2017

2 Hobby Crompton and Royton Golf Course

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Hobby flew NW thru Cowlishaw at 17:55 this evening - half-heartedly going for the swallows.

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Good weekend at Cowlishaw with Grasshopper Warbler (site first for me) on 29th, 30th and today, fem Whinchat (site first for me) and Sand Martin on the 30th and a pair of Whitethroats today

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Thanks for this: Caspian's been one I've never been able to get to grips with. Typical gull, though, won't make things easy: after a fruitless search on the fields I gave up, only for it to fly slowly low over the bus stop I was standing at!



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The 1st winter Caspian gull was still showing well from Cocker Mill Lane at 12:15.



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First winter Caspian Gull in fields south of Crompton Primary School this morning; resting with c40 large gulls and currently viewable from Cocker Mill Lane, Shaw.

Info thanks to Gary Crowder



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22 Waxwings flew over Cowlishaw at 16:05 plus male Peregrine and 4 Lapwings over

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Singing Chiffchaff at Shaw & Crompton Metrolink station this morning

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Fem/1st summer Whitethroat in the grounds of Crompton Primary at 0745 this morning

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Pair of Oystercatcher back on St.Josephs this morning at 6:00. Flew off in general direction of Grains Bar (Castleshaw?) at 6:20. I would love to know where these birds have appeared from & go to after these feeding sessions.

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No sign of Oystercatchers at 7:00 this morning, however just heard them fly over the house and they're back on St.Josephs. They must be enjoying rich pickings.

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St.Josephs school playing field Heyside. Pair of Oystercatcher having a feast on earthworms.

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Spring Hill area of Oldham this afternoon.

I was parked up for little more than 5 minutes making a collection at Cairo Mill.
In that short time I saw...
- Redwing 2
- Jay 1
- Grey Heron 1
...all fly over the loading bay in virtually the same flight path separately.

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Common Buzzard soaring over The Black Ladd 10:00am.

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Hobby over fields at Cowlishaw at 10:05 this morning chasing House Martins. Also singing Blackcaps and Chiffchaff and juvs of Wren, Mistle Thrush, Great and Coal Tits. Also Vixen with three Cubs.

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A brief singing Sedge Warbler in 'Cowlishaw' this morning. Whitethroat still singing. Also 2 Swifts, 17 Swallows, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps and a Willow Warbler

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