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Ian McKerchar wrote:

Juvenile Wheatear on the dam wall at Readycon Dean Reservoir near Denshaw early this morning.





Presume you were working as I noticed another fire there on Saturday evening...

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Juvenile Wheatear on the dam wall at Readycon Dean Reservoir near Denshaw early this morning.



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BBS late visit yesterday morning around Dobcross village 

2 Common Swift, 4 Swallow, 3 House Martin  5 Willow Warbler  Common Whitethroat, 4 Grey Wagtail, 5 Chiffchaff  5 Blackcap, 2 Stock Dove, Nuthatch  Jay



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Rob Creek wrote:

Bank Holiday Monday approx 3pm

Me and Michelle were driving through Diggle en-route to Marsden when a Harris Hawk came flying down the side of the hill and swooped right over the road not far up ahead.


Probably the Romiley bird (I saw it duelling with a buzzard at the weekend) having a day out Rob.

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Bank Holiday Monday approx 3pm

Me and Michelle were driving through Diggle en-route to Marsden when a Harris Hawk came flying down the side of the hill and swooped right over the road not far up ahead.

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Highlights of our BTO BBS survey this morning around Dobcross village from 06.40-08.00

2 Dipper, 2 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1+ Sparrowhawk, 3 Blackcap, 8 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, 5 Nuthatch, Bullfinch 



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Any idea where they nest or generally hang out?



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They have been present for a couple of years now!

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Another (or the same) parakeet dashed over Primrose Avenue (off Church Rd) yesterday mid-evening. I wonder if we have a resident?



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Running Hill this morning 10.15 - 11.30

2 Stock Doves
3 Kestrel (a family hunting party)
6 Carrion Crows
5 Swallows
plenty of (very anxious) Meadow Pipits
female Pied Wag (it had no tail!) carrying food

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Blimey!

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Ring necked paraqueet over Wellmeadow Rd Uppermill at 10am this morning. Green, very long tail, flying fast and low; I'm familiar with these birds from my time in India. Saw one several years ago in Friezeland. I don't know of any colonies away from central Manchester so must assume they sometimes travel some distance prospecting for good places to be for whatever reason.



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Steve Suttill wrote:

Couple of hours strolling on t'moor this afternoon.

Very quiet, with nothing but Meadow Pipits and a couple of singing Skylarks, until a pair of Ravens appeared over the hill from the Diggle direction. Their presence brought up a couple of pairs of Curlew which tried to chase them off or distract them from nest sites. Then a Buzzard appeared from the same direction and had an unsuccessful attempt to take a Red Grouse.

No sight, nor sound, of any Golden Plover.


Steve,

Then a Buzzard appeared from the same direction and had an unsuccessful attempt to take a Red Grouse.

Please don't give the hunting mob ammunition like this. They don't need much encouragement.

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Couple of hours strolling on t'moor this afternoon.

Very quiet, with nothing but Meadow Pipits and a couple of singing Skylarks, until a pair of Ravens appeared over the hill from the Diggle direction. Their presence brought up a couple of pairs of Curlew which tried to chase them off or distract them from nest sites. Then a Buzzard appeared from the same direction and had an unsuccessful attempt to take a Red Grouse.

No sight, nor sound, of any Golden Plover.

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Nice and sunny up on Saddleworth Moor this lunchtime, but very few birds. Half a dozen Red Grouse and a couple of singing Skylarks - no Curlew or Golden Plover cry

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20 Fieldfare , Greenfield, above Dacres fields today.

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Pochard on Dovestone today.

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Saturday 7th January 2017, 11.30pm

Dobcross village, heard upon leaving the Swan Inn.

Male Tawny Owl hooting repeatedly from the direction of Ridings Court

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Male overwintering Blackcap in my garden 11.00, Greenfield. Joyous to see with the Tits. It tried feeding on rotting apples still on the tree.

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Single house martin at a traditional nesting site near Junction this morning.

Regards, Chris Jepson-Brown

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Like buses - 6 Swallows and 3 House Martins at Well-I-hole.

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yes, strange weather - sunshine for bees and hovers, then snow......... First Swallow, hurrah - just past the Junction at Denshaw, 10.30 today 10/4/16 - and a Raven further up that road before the mast car park, plus Crows there of course....

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Two inches of snow up on t'moor this morning and a hard frost. Didn't seem to deter the birds - they're a tough lot round here...

Plenty of Red Grouse, two Curlew, half a dozen Golden Plover, Meadow Pipits and Skylark (a couple of the latter singing in a clear blue sky despite the sub-zero temperatures!).

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Saturday 26th March 2016, 11.00pm

On leaving the Navigation Inn, Wool Road, Dobcross. Male Tawny Owl hooting from the direction of Brownhill visitor centre.

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Wonderful sighting. Would have been seen from Tesco I imagine ...............shame I wasn't shopping at the time.........
Just outside GM today, if allowed, Skylark, Kestrel, Curlew, Golden Plover, Meadow Pipits and of course Red Grouse, just near Wessenden Head.
On Sunday at Dovestone around 24 Lapwings wheeling away and going back up towards Isle of Skye rd - not surprising with a noisy regatta and loads of visitors!

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Osprey flew over Uppermill at 2-30 this afternoon.



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Sorry to hear that Ken......but I have found some other spots in the last couple of years. Better return this thread to the birds now, I think biggrin

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Probably 3 weeks to be sure Mike, they are extinct at the first spot we knew it seems. Let me know if you need directions to nearby areas, but I suspect you don't................

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Thanks, that's saved me a trip for another week or so then.

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Not far off, I wasn't paying much attention to time - I was searching for Bog Beacon, not out yet up there.......

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Richard Hart reported them over Royton at 11.15

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Excellent Mike, I saw them around 11.30 I think.

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Ken Gartside wrote:

37 Whoopers flying over, this morning over Greenfield, heading from Dovestone area westward, most peculiar, got a poor photo, but still got one to prove it - anyone else hear and spot them?





Presumably the birds seen over Tandle Hills Park, Ken

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37 Whoopers flying over, this morning over Greenfield, heading from Dovestone area westward, most peculiar, got a poor photo, but still got one to prove it - anyone else hear and spot them?

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Brun this morning, male Goldeneye in the middle, flew off East and then a Dipper in the outlet stream, good place in these snowy and overloaded river conditions, just below the dam, plus 2 or 3 Lapwing and a flock of Starlings - very misty though. Nearby on Marsden moor 5 Golden Plover and a Snipe.

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Two Golden Plovers on Featherbed near the Pennine way path at 3pm, calling repeatedly, but at some distance with light getting poorer. Plus lots of Grouse of course.

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Despite the early Curlews reported from Castleshaw, Piethorne and Ashworth Moor, there were none on Saddleworth Moor this morning.

The only avian life was 4 Red Grouse - but there was an icy cold gale blowing across the sodden moorland (feet almost thawed out now!)

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Tempted by Mr. Walsh's Golden Plover sighting, I headed for the moors at noon, arriving at the same time as the horizontal snowstorm...

No Golden Plovers, but a Short-eared Owl hunting in the blizzard was a much more impressive sight than the ones on Ashton Moss.

Only other birds were 4 calling Red Grouse.

Considerably more gully blocking has taken place since last summer and this, combined with the truly awful weather, means the moor is wetter than I've ever seen it. You'll soon be able to swim the Pennine Way!

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Saturday 6th February 2016, 10.00am

Saddleworth Moor, at the county boundary, in pouring rain.

1 Golden Plover calling to the south of the road
The usual abundance of Red Grouse dotted around the moor

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Lovely view of a kingfisher from the bridge overlooking the Royal George Lodge this morning.



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Lovely pair of full summer plumage Goldeneye at Brun res, Standedge cutting at 12.30 today - unfortunately a chap walking his dog round the res disturbed them and they headed off eastwards, but not before I got some distant shots of them - and in flight. They don't half make a whistling with wingbeats. Gorgeous birds.

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Pair of Male Goosander at 2pm on Tame near friezland bridleway route, downstream from bowling club. Levels dropped enough now.

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Raven this morning over Moorgate Quarry/Wharmton Hill.

Colour-ringed Dipper on river in Uppermill. More Dippers by Royal George Lodge and Wrights Mill in Greenfield.

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I lived in Dobcross for a year or two and met Mike a lot in the pub - and with his blues band, who are terrific, at Diggle Blues event last year - lovely man, its nice to hear some wildlife broadcast, even on a talk show. I thought GM LRC were doing some sort of survey too of these Parakeets, run by Steve A I suspect.........?
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Ken Gartside wrote:


Blimey, I've only seen these in Chorlton (and London of course) how dare they invade Saddleworth - interestingly Mike Sweeney was talking about these today on Radio Manchester as well.
Cheers
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He lives not far from Diggle, and if you've ever been in The Swan at Dobcross, when he's been holding court in the bar, the sounds aren't far removed from the Parakeets

Was it seen, or heard only, Mark? biggrin

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Mark Rigby wrote:

Ring-necked Parakeet this morning in trees at Harrop Green, Diggle.




Blimey, I've only seen these in Chorlton (and London of course) how dare they invade Saddleworth - interestingly Mike Sweeney was talking about these today on Radio Manchester as well.
Cheers
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Ring-necked Parakeet this morning in trees at Harrop Green, Diggle.

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Colour-ringed Dipper (without binoculars, so couldn't make out precise colour combination) and family group of Grey Wagtails on the river by the park in Uppermill this afternoon.

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Steve Suttill wrote:

Vicky Sumner wrote:

Must be strong dippersbiggrin




... and they rarely use binoculars smile

Seriously though, it's good to hear from Kerry that the ringing project is still running. Are you still ringing Dippers in Mossley and Greenfield?



I know, I know. I was going to edit it, but didn't think anyone would be as pedantic as me. You wouldn't think I was paid to write, would you? Can't even blame predictive text. I'll have to buy wine more often, to increase the number of records wink

Thanks for the information

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