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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?

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Hi David

I monitor & ring the dippers along the Tame (as part of the South Manchester Ringing Group dipper project). This year I've monitored ten territories. The Uppermill pair had a brood of five & they fledged sometime when I was on holiday between 7 May & 17th May. On 17th I was able to locate one juvenile being fed by one parent but the colour ringed male was flying further up the river so there could well be other fledged birds around. It would be useful for me to receive any information on fledged chicks seen (& info on whether ringed or not ringed) & sightings of colour ringed adults (photo's are always better as I've found that the colour I think I see in the field isn't always correct when I look at the photo)!

The pair people usually see near the garden centre had a nest I couldn't get to (to ring the chicks) & again, they should have fledged while I was on holiday....sadly it seems it may have been predated as the pair were hanging around together, not really doing much & there is no sign of fledged young (I watched the pair & searched along the territory on two consecutive days).

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Must be strong dippersbiggrin

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Thursday 21st May 2015, 4.00pm

High Street, Uppermill

Grey Wagtail carrying food
2 Dippers, viewed carrying a bag of shopping, and without binoculars. One was possibly a juvenile, as I couldn't see any white plumage, as they flashed past under the bridge. Someone possibly monitors this area already, but if not it could be worthwhile for someone local to keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks for a breeding code. I only ever visit when shopping for wine.
Pair of Goldfinch visiting a nest site by the river

-- Edited by David Walsh on Thursday 21st of May 2015 09:51:14 PM

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Thursday 14th May 2015, 4.15pm

Uppermill High Street, River Tame

Pair of Grey Wagtails feeding a very noisy, newly fledged bird on the riverbank by the bridge


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today, lapwing pair and 3 Wheatear, plus 1 Kestrel and numerous usual suspects on a nice warm day, but still with a very cold wind up on the bog top - the temp drops by around 2 to 3 degrees from Greenfield up to Wesssenden, need to still wear warm clothing.

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This afternoon over Saddleworth Moors (from Binn Green over to Holmfirth)

3 Red Grouse (1 with just head sticking up above the Heather)
1 Wheatear
1 Skylark
2 Meadow Pipit
1 Kestrel
A handful of Jackdaws

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Saturday 9th May 2015, afternoon

High Street, Uppermill - River Tame

Dipper flew under the bridge downstream
Grey Wagtail

Newbank Garden Centre, Dobcross - River Tame

Dipper, looking like a male on sentry duty

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1st Cuckoo of the year for me calling lots on the slopes below Alphin, near Moor Edge road this morning before the rains came.

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Red Kite over Diggle heading towards Dovestone at 1930hrs (info thanks to Tony Mather)

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After my Osprey sighting in Lees at lunchtime (and subsequent loss of data signal) I had a delivery in Holmfirth

Sightings over the tops of Saddleworth Moors...
2 Common Buzzard circling about a mile north of Binn Green
7 Red Grouse (most showing well, couple just heads above the Heather)
5 Curlew
Few Meadow Pipits
Carrion Crows
...and a Sparrowhawk zoomed over the road as I dropped down down into Holmfirth

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Cold with dense fog in the valley - very warm and sunny up on the moor. Fantastic views over the sheet of cloud with nothing visible across the county apart from Scout Moor and Winter Hill!

Witnessed the "butterfly" display flight of the Golden Plover for the first time in a few years. Skylarks singing everywhere. This is what it's all about smile

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Pair of grey wagtails on the River Tame at Delph yesterday afternoon.

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Nine goosander on Readycon Dean Res' this morning, with numerous skylarks, meadow pipits and a single reed bunting on the adjacent moors.

Regards, Chris Jepson-Brown

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First time up on the moors this afternoon for a couple of hours.
Finally got a picture of the numerous red grouse as one sat and obliged rather than took flight as I was heading back to the car.
Pair of Golden Plover, Meadow Pipits and Skylark.
No sign of any raptors, just the air ambulance landed by the car park.

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RED KITE smile

Up on the moor this morning doing my usual wander, checking out the new arrivals. At 8.30 I looked back towards the A635 Holmfirth Road and could see what I took to be a Buzzard south of the road in the direction of Holme Clough. With the chance of it being Rough-legged, I gave it more attention than usual. A crow flew at the raptor and as it twisted to avoid the intruder, the forked tail and wing shape gave it away. It soon dropped down towards Holme Clough heading towards Dove Stone. On my way home I stopped at Rimmon Clough and had a look down into the valley but couldn't see anything there. Earlier, whilst I was further out on the moor, someone in a silver-grey estate car arrived at the car park and was looking around with binoculars - maybe they got a better view.

Other (more expected) sightings: lots Red Grouse, Golden Plover (unusually quiet today), 2 pairs Curlew, 1 Snipe, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits singing.

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Went up to Saddleworth moor this pm specifically to see Red Grouse, being not so familiar with higher altitude birds, and this area also.
I wasn't disappointed, quite a few birds were present with a very obliging bird flying around and feeding just behind
the welcome to Saddleworth sign, if anyone knows where I mean.

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Hi Bill

the moor is very wet right now. It would be foolish to stray off the Pennine Way. Any birds that are present can be seen from the footpath - unless the cloud is so low that you can't see anything!

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Hi Steve S

Is it fairly easy walking on Saddleworth Moor from the Holmfirth Road or is it best keeping on the Pennine Way or other paths?Are the golden plovers fairly near the road?

Thanks for help

Bill


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Rob Creek wrote:

Steve Thomson wrote:

Steve Suttill wrote:

Early morning - low cloud, poor visibility, only just above zero:

Several Golden Plover (some singing), 2 Curlew calling, one skulking Skylark, plenty of Red Grouse.







Sorry for asking but where do you go to see the red Grouse never seen one



Hi Steve,
Like Steve S. says, the Red Grouse are plentiful in that area, just drive passed Binn Green on the A635, or a little South on the A628 Hollingworth road over the Saddleworth Moors and you should bag yourself a hat load of Red Grouse. They sometimes 'perch' on the roadside wooden posts, I've had loads in the last few weeks whilst en-route to deliveries from Hollingworth to Barnsley.
Hope this helps.



Hi Rob,
Thanks very much for the reply and yes helps immensely quite excited to get up there now

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Steve Thomson wrote:

Steve Suttill wrote:

Early morning - low cloud, poor visibility, only just above zero:

Several Golden Plover (some singing), 2 Curlew calling, one skulking Skylark, plenty of Red Grouse.







Sorry for asking but where do you go to see the red Grouse never seen one



Hi Steve,
Like Steve S. says, the Red Grouse are plentiful in that area, just drive passed Binn Green on the A635, or a little South on the A628 Hollingworth road over the Saddleworth Moors and you should bag yourself a hat load of Red Grouse. They sometimes 'perch' on the roadside wooden posts, I've had loads in the last few weeks whilst en-route to deliveries from Hollingworth to Barnsley.
Hope this helps.

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Steve Suttill wrote:

Early morning - low cloud, poor visibility, only just above zero:

Several Golden Plover (some singing), 2 Curlew calling, one skulking Skylark, plenty of Red Grouse.







Sorry for asking but where do you go to see the red Grouse never seen one

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Early morning - low cloud, poor visibility, only just above zero:

Several Golden Plover (some singing), 2 Curlew calling, one skulking Skylark, plenty of Red Grouse.

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Six goosander on Readycon Dean Res' (Denshaw moors), this morning.

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Late afternoon

18 Red Grouse
5 Golden Plover
Kestrel
3 Raven


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Moor for an hour this morning in very strong winds:

c15 Red Grouse, Golden Plovers, Raven & first Meadow Pipit of the year up here.

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Just 8 Red Grouse on Featherbed Moss late morning with plenty of displaying going on! Spring is on its was but you wouldn't think so given the weather blankstare

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Early this morning on t'moor in a bitterly cold wind:

At least 2 pairs of Golden Plover + a flock of 5 circling round. Plenty of Red Grouse displaying and a flyover Raven.

The big shock was a Dunlin. Shouldn't be back here until mid-April confuse

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Lots of golden plover on 'the moor' today, calling and singing, also red grouse, kestrel and a peregrine over.

Chris Jepson-Brown

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Saddleworth Moor this morning in definitely wintry conditions (-1C and an eye-watering wind)

4 Golden Plover (all in GM this time) some calling and one actually singing!
about 20 Red Grouse

3 Canada Geese, 2 Crows and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew over.

No Rough-legged Buzzards.

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This aft, in quite wintry conditions, not a lot, but:
buzzard, near Upperwood House
and a walk up onto Hollin Brown Knoll yielded two ravens and lots of red grouse.

Chris Jepson-Brown

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Juv rough legged buzzard hunting alongside the A635 above Crowthers farm near dovestones at 12.10pm

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That could well be the same as mine Mark, coming from the right direction, ie from the transmitter area.
Ken

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Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard seen briefly at 1505hrs on Saddleworth Moor above Dovestones Reservoir with 2 Common Buzzard before heading back towards Holme Moss. Drove back along the A635 into West Yorkshire and picked up a Rough-legged Buzzard high up over the mast on Holme Moss.

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Thanks Ian/Mark,
went up at 15.30 when I saw this post, saw it straight away from the road, cruising from Wessenden , near Upperwood house , SE 030064, managed to pull in and use bins - trending towards Diggle area, Broadstone trig point. Interesting, I saw a pair around 25 years ago at Broadstone.....some wait for another there, eh?
Got some fairly silhouettey grab shots.
Cheers
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Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard flew over onto Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester at 1:50 today. Two juvenile birds are on nearby Holme Moss within Derbyshire and it was one of these birds which flew off into GM and is currently being looked for.

Info thanks to Mark Rigby

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Saddleworth Moor this morning in thick fog.

Only birds seen were Red Grouse, but plenty of Golden Plover proclaiming territories (though mostly on Yorks side of the Pennine Way) mainly calling but some already singing.

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Oystercatcher on Dovestone res today. Same as last year early on, using the pontoons.
Cheers
Ken
Oh, forgot, weds pm, 4 Golden Plover on Wessenden, white moss/pennine way north area.............

-- Edited by Ken Gartside on Sunday 15th of February 2015 09:22:46 AM

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Thanks David, that's on my BBS route, I'll keep an eye out.
Cheers
Ken

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Monday 9th February 2015, 7.45pm

Wool Road, Dobcross

Female Tawny Owl calling opposite The Navigation Inn

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35 Red Grouse on Saddleworth moor yesterday in the snow - two close flocks of 19 and 16, roosting/feeding together.
White moss car park area.
Never seen as many at once, but this part isn't shot over............
Brambling easily seen at Binn Green, 4 to 6, plus all the usual in feeding frenzy with the cold weather.
No Short-eared Owls, again, Chris!
Cheers
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-- Edited by Ken G on Thursday 5th of February 2015 10:55:24 AM

-- Edited by Ken G on Thursday 5th of February 2015 10:14:11 PM

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1.30 pm today. Redwing in the back garden of one of the houses on the road leading to the Pool and Leisure Centre in Uppermill.

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Two rather magnificent short-eared owls, on 'the moor', where the Cotton Famine Road crosses Featherbed Moss, this aft'. Also, numerous red grouse. Conditions were tundra-like.

Chris Jepson-Brown

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First walk on Saddleworth Moor this year. Sprinkling of snow overnight and a bitterly-cold wind.

Half a dozen Red Grouse and a hunting Peregrine the only birds on the tops. On the drive up there I had to brake sharply as 4 Red-legged Partridges strolled across the road by Upperwood House. Kestrel hovering nearby. Usual Pheasants everywhere in vicinity of Binn Green.

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Kingfisher on Diggle duck pond at 1320

49 Mallard
Moorhen


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Saturday 25th October 2014, 3.30pm

High Street, Uppermill

Dipper calling on River Tame, flew upstream under bridge
Grey Wagtail on river

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Stroll along the county boundary on Saddleworth Moor this morning.

Dozens of Red Grouse, all very vocal.
Half a dozen Meadow Pipits
Male Kestrel hunting
Common Snipe flushed from pool by footpath.

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Saturday 30th August 2014, 4.00pm

Male Merlin low over the A635 just over the county boundary

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Saturday 23rd August 2014, 4.00pm

High Street, Uppermill

Dipper feeding in the Tame, practically under the bridge

-- Edited by David Walsh on Saturday 23rd of August 2014 08:34:54 PM

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A completely knackering day up on t'moor.

My good lady dropped me off on the county border this morning to do a 3 hour breeding wader survey, which is nearly all just over the county border so I'll spare you the details. However a Golden Plover and its attendant Dunlin page did follow me back to the very edge of Greater Manchester smile

I then had to walk back home to Mossley cry. Walking across Little Moss there were a few more Golden Plover, Red Grouse, Skylark and Meadow Pipit. One of the latter flushed from my feet to reveal a nest with four eggs (new GPS activated to enable Nest Record Card to have accurate details!). Then the rain (and some hail) started!

Cutting back to the main road, a Dipper flew over my head - never seen one at this altitude before! And, as I passed Binn Green, a Cuckoo could be heard calling from the valley near Yeoman Hey and Dove Stone.

A hot bath and some Ibuprofen and I've just about recovered!

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