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Two Grey Wagtails feeding three juveniles below the main bridge in Uppermill plus two very active Dippers

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Wharmton Hill

16 Golden Plover flying around the surrounding fields

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Ladcastle Road, Dobcross

4-5 Willow Warbler
5 Chiffchaff
Blackcap
2 Long-tailed Tit
5 Lesser Redpoll

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First Dunlin of the year back on t'moor this morning smile

Also, usual Golden Plover, Curlew, Red Grouse & Meadow Pipits, plus Kestrel.

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Early morning visit to t'moor yesterday. Lost in the clouds there was very little to see, though a Lapwing was an unusual visitor to the peat pools on the very top.

Marvellous to listen to the chorus of Curlew, Golden Plover, Meadow Pipit and Red Grouse without actually seeing any!

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Much quieter this morning, but it was literally freezing with some small patches of snow in sheltered spots.

Raven - 2 by the roadside
Golden Plover - just the one pair on the county boundary
Curlew - 1
Red Grouse - only 3 seen
Meadow Pipit - 2
Skylark - 1


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Even colder on the moor this morning - and very misty.

6 Golden Plover in the county (and a couple more in Yorks) mostly paired up and behaving territorially. Calling and even a bit of singing smile

Red Grouse everywhere making plenty of noise.

Male Reed Bunting on the county border - a first for me up here.

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Wouldn't normally be up on the moorland plateau at this time of year, but volunteers blocking drains up by Chew Resr last Monday reported 35-40 Golden Plovers.

Took a look at White Moss & Featherbed Moss, north of the Holmfirth road, after lunch today and spooked 5 Golden Plover on the Yorkshire side of the path. They conveniently flew into Greater Manchester briefly before settling back in Yorks.

Only other birds present were Red Grouse. Not surprising: 2 degrees C (without accounting for the wind chill) and some small patches of snow. Moor is the wettest I've ever seen it. If the volunteers block any more drains they'll need to raise the footpath by six inches!

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Dipper singing on river from main bridge in uppermill this morning

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5.30 this evening, seen on my way home from work

Barn Owl hunting within the central island on the M62.
(2 Owls in 2 days a Tawny Owl in Boothstown yesterday evening, like waiting for a bus wait for ages then 2 turn up.


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Hi all, thought you may be interested to know.

Adult Red Kite visited for a few hours this afternoon, over tame valley Delph.

It came in from over High Moor, headed up Tame Valley Delph, Back over Heights toward Castleshaw, it then came back over the valley several times, harassed by crows,it gave as good as it got, back up toward heights, then over toward high moor again, only to come back over our land up the valley again, finally about 5.30 back up toward Castleshaw.

I am not a birder, just a keen enthusiast, who keeps some sheep on the tame valley, did try to get video on my phone but each time it came back over it was a little too high for my phone.
We were in awe, as it is the first time ever we have seen a kite, rang my friend who is a birder to confirm sighting.
Absolutely made up.

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Uppermill.

A nice plump Dipper heard singing, and then seen, from the bridge at Kenworthy Road.
It's a bit off my patch, but as I'll be working here for a few weeks, hopefully I'll get
a few more views.

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Tawny Owl calling in the centre of Uppermill last night at 10:30 ish

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50 House Martins passing over Swan Meadow Delph - 12 noon.
3 Grey Wagtails on River Tame in Delph (1 juvenile)

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Spotted Fly catcher in garden at Delph at 9.30am.

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Two singing Dippers along the river in Uppermill this morning - one next to the park and another next to the playing fields towards Greenfield. Also two juvenile Grey Wagtails and a Lesser Redpoll flew over.

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Delph - Kingfisher on River Tame in village at 10am.
Buzzard circled over St Chads Church Uppermill at 1500hrs.

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Even quieter this morning on the moors.

No Golden Plovers at all and just a couple of juvenile Dunlin. All in all, it seems to have been a good breeding season for most species up on the tops. Plenty of Red Grouse with big families (until mid August anyway!).

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All rather quiet on the moors this weekend - apart from the whining of mossies in my ears!

Most of the waders have left already (a sign of a successful breeding season?) but this was compensated for by the sight of a Short-eared Owl hunting over some Greater Manchester moorland. In all my years of bog-trotting I've regularly seen these owls in West Yorks but this was a county first for me!

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Saturday 29th June Midday

Garden Warbler at Dobcross same area as last year
2 Calling Chiffchaff
Good numbers of young Willow Warblers being feed by adults
Family paties of Wrens, Blue Tits, Great Tits and Robins



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Late news

Mon 6th May

Buzzard ,Hobby and Swift at back of Wharmton Hill. 40 Golden Plover flying over.

Tues 7th May
Tawny Owl - vocal in Delph. Grasshopper Warbler reeling at midnight and following morning at 5.45am. Also heard Thurs 8th May in morning.

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Heights, Delph 5th May

Hobby seen flying past Heights Church at 1800 flying south - towards Dovestones

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Saturday 14.00 hours

Ladcastle road

1 Chiffchaff calling
Willow Warbler several calling

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First Dunlin back on the moor this afternoon smile

Peat restoration team seem to have finished their work just in time.

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Saddleworth Moor. This morning early. Only snow left in the deepest gullies; moor wet (rather than frozen solid) for the first time this year; very strong SE wind suppressing all bird activity.

Only 3 Golden Plover - rest presumably hunkering down out of the wind.
3 Meadow Pipit.
No audible or visible Red Grouse.

Peat restoration team arrived, so I decamped to Rimmon Clough which was a bit more sheltered: more Meadow Pipits, Golden Plover and Red Grouse heard, 2 Raven, Mountain Hare.




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Saddleworth Moor. Yesterday morning early. Little snow left.

c14 Golden Plover (6 in the county). Mostly paired up. More singing than last week - some display flights noted.
6 Meadow Pipit - also indulging in display flights.
Curlew heard only.
2 Raven flying low heading east.
Usual Red Grouse .



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Bracing walk on the frozen tundra of Saddleworth Moor this morning 0745-0845. 2 degrees below (disregarding the wind chill!)

At least 8 Golden Plovers determined to establish their territory despite the weather. Mainly males - calling and some singing.
Just a couple of Red Grouse.
Only other bird was a fly-over Gt Black-backed Gull.

Plenty of Mountain Hare footprints in the snow but the only one seen was a roadside casualty.

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Mon March 4th 07.15 - 09.30 hrs.

Found breeding plumaged male Golden Plover, only about 40yd off path on Gtr Manchester side ...... about a mile onto moor.
Others calling but more distant from path.
Plenty of Red Grouse .... flushed 2 next to road when I climbed over the stile.

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In the snow and ice this morning!

Golden Plover (one showy male and several others calling)
Red Grouse
Raven

Still hat and gloves weather up there !

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Up on the moor for an hour early this morning for a proper look - minus 1C

At least 4 Golden Plover on the Greater Manchester side of the Pennine Way - plenty of calling and some singing.

Plenty of Red Grouse as usual.

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Nice one Steve.
first I've heard of this year. will have to make an early trip up.

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Saddleworth Moor - 15.00:

stopped briefly at the car park on the county boundary on A635 for a scan of the moor.

One splendid male Golden Plover in full breeding plumage just inside Greater Manchester

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Where abouts is this sorry? I live in carrbrook

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Male Merlin Flying by the side of Huddersfield Road near Albion Foarm this morning at 07.45am

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Sunday 24th Feb. 07.15 hrs - 08.00 hrs.

Springhead. Oldham.

33 Waxwing perching (in tall tree on a bit of spare ground) on Bracken Close ....... dropping down to feed on a large Cotoneaster in a side garden on Beechfield Close.

Still there when I left.

I parked on Springhill Road and walked up a side passage (past the Cotoneaster) ....... still plenty of berries left.

Thanks for posting these Andy.

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70 Wawings on Hillspring Road, Springhead yesterday
35 Waxwings today

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Sun 17/02: an hour on Saddleworth Moor just after dawn - freezing cold with quite a bit of snow still lying.

Plenty of Red Grouse displaying - Ptarmigan would have been more appropriate for the conditions.

Only other bird on the tops was a lone small passerine with a bounding flight heading W. Initial thoughts of Snow Bunting soon dispelled

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Female Mandarin on Diggle duck pond this morning-still there at 1130hrs.

also 2 Moorhen and c60 Mallard

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Female mandarin still on Diggle pond this morning...after a gap of a few days...not much else about.

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Greenfield and Royal George
Sunday 30th Dec.
9 Heron Roosting in Field opposite Royal George
3 Dipper on the River all singing, one ringed
50-60 Long Tailed Tits in 2 seperate groups
4 Siskin feeding on Alders next to the canal adjacent to the Sewage Works
15 Goldfinch with the Siskin
3 Cormorants



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Female Mandarin duck on Diggle duck pond - a new one for the Diggle list!

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Female merlin flew over Huddersfield road at the albion farm cafe Delph this afternoon

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Ladcastle Road, Dobcross

Garden Warbler (found by Andy Platt) A Saddleworth rarity eventually showed well after 90 minutes of frustration.
Blackcap
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
15 Long-tailed Tit

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Saturday 19th May. 08.15 hrs.

Kiln Green.

7 Linnets (all male) on a fence + 6 over.

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My first Swallow of the year 480 metres above sea level on Broadhead Moss - temp 1 degree C

Also, Red Grouse, Meadow Pipits and a couple of Golden Plover (one singing!)

Steve

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Delph

Late news from yesterday (Phil Kenyon)

Chiffchaff singing at 9am in Delph.

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A rather wet walk on the canal from Uppermill to Standedge tunnel and back this morning.

Loads of Canada Geese and Mallard.
1 Jay
Pair of Bullfinches in the park near Diggle
1 lone Lapwing
Numerous Blue and Great Tits

Spent a good five minutes watching a pair of Long Tailed Tits literally just a couple of feet from us. The wife was impressed at how "Cute" they were

Just remembered 1 Nuthatch.

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A rather crazy hour or so bog-trotting on the moor with Stephen Young. We were supposed to be checking out likely wader breeding sites for a survey later this spring, but the low cloud meant we could hardly see the next peaty morass

Only birds present were Golden Plover and Red Grouse - and we only heard most of them!

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Tempted by Geoff Eldridge's sightings above Piethorne, thought I'd check Saddleworth Moor for Golden Plover this morning.

Pheasants sunbathing on roadside walls all the way up to the moor, but the on the tops conditions were still arctic. Nothing about but Red Grouse.

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Kingfisher on Huddersfield Canal, Diggle nr ward lane this morning.

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