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RE: Saddleworth


goosander 3 pairs,1 bullfinch male,2 heron ,various gulls on royal george partialy frozen

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And further to Paul's post if its a Sandisc card they have their own software to recover files - probably free download from their website [guess it won't do anything different to the free ones but as least you'll know its legit?]


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nice male redpoll with the goldfinches on the nyjer this morning got some good photo,s then accidently wiped my memory card clean not happycry.gifcry.gif






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stuartherring wrote:

nice male redpoll with the goldfinches on the nyjer this morning got some good photo,s then accidently wiped my memory card clean not happycry.gifcry.gif






you can download free salvage software which will gather any files which haven't been written over - when you format a memory card it just gives the hardware permission to overwrite what's on there, it doesn't actually delete anything until you take more pictures...


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nice male redpoll with the goldfinches on the nyjer this morning got some good photo,s then accidently wiped my memory card clean not happycry.gifcry.gif

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Snowy stroll around Greenfield yesterday:

rather distressing sight of a Sparrowhawk trying to kill a Lapwing which must have been injured already. I'd already found a dead Greenfinch in my garden!

Plenty of other birds in the vicinity of the sewage works: Snipe, Grey Wagtail, 20+ Pied Wagtail, 2 Dipper, 3 Goosander. Also a Cormorant perched on a tree in the heronry.

Little Grebe with a small fish at the Manns. 4 Redwing and a Nuthatch by Royal George Lodge.

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Kingfisher catching fish in small stream at side of Eagle Pond Delph. Seen here on 27th December also.

Continued up valley (3 reed bunting) to Castlehaw and feeding station - station well used by dunnock, robin, great tit, blue tit

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cracking greater spotted woodpecker on suet balls this morning 1st time in gardensmile.gif

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drake widgeon back on royal george+6 mallard,1 kingfisher and lone little grebe

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edit: sorry wrong topic

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A single chiffchaff foraging in my garden at Diggle today at 15:30. Continental race migrating through?

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male goosander on royal george 1.45 pm

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Three dippers singing this morning: one under Uppermill viaduct & 2 either side of wooden bridge adjacent to Dobcross garden centre. Didn't have bins so couldn't see if they were ringed!

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greenfield 3 bullfinches, loads of long tail tits, 1 goldcrest . onto royal george 1 little grebe and loads more long tail tits plus kingfisher heard also female sparrrowhawk flyoverbiggrin.gif

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Global warming, Steve. Why fly from the Baltic to Greenfield when it remains unfrozen at home?

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Thanks Tony,

but it's not the river where the ducks have disappeared - it's the mill lodge which used to have the variety of species (never in big numbers). It does seem to be the diving ducks which have gone (not that we've ever had many dabblers round here). The lodge is not fished (by humans, that is) as often as it used to be. I have seen Mink here in the past and wonder if that's the problem? I'm not aware of anything that could have affected the water quality - for better or worse.

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Hi Steve,

Don't know much about water birds, but clean rivers don't have the mud loving worms that diving ducks chase, so you win with Dippers and Kingfishers and lose with Tufted Duck and Pochard? Didn't the same happen at Pomona Docks a few years ago? Judith will know.

Don't knock the Thermos flask brigade; most of them can't walk further than a hide anyway. Manchester is crying out for an RSPB reserve, so it will reduce the green footprints, and increase the chance of Crossbill, Chat and Ouzel reports.

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Sunday morning 8.11.09

back at The Manns, Well-i-Hole Farm and Royal George lodge:

Male Wigeon still present with Mallards. Little Grebe skulking (often with just the top of its head above water), Kingfisher. Cormorant. Dipper singing on river.

2 Canada Goose bodies suggest that the local Fox population isn't going hungry!

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They probably cant afford to live in Saddleworth! biggrin.gif


















I will get me coat!

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Following the days of incessant precipitation, I thought it worth checking out the flooded fields at Well-i-hole Farm, Greenfield. Rewarded with a cracking drake WIGEON (pretty scarce round here) in the Mallard flock by the pond at The Manns.

This area (which I count for WeBS) has declined in the diversity of its wildfowl over the past few years. Tufted and Coot used to be regular (occasionally breeding), one or two Pochard used to overwinter, Teal and Goldeneye used to drop in now and then and I even had a male Ruddy Duck once. The canal nearby once produced a pair of Garganey! These days there is nothing but Mallard, Canada Geese, Moorhen and, if your'e lucky, Goosander. Can any locals explain this?

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2 dippers displaying and fighting on the river near the kingfisher pub in greenfield this morning

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01/10/2009 - A good walk around the area south of Dovestones Res. and part way up the Chew Valley from 10.30am-3pm revealed:

1 Crossbill (found by Dave Winnard, flew over the plantation SW of the res.)
3 Red Grouse (up the Chew Valley)
1 Dipper (up the Chew Valley)
2 Ravens
4+ Siskins
1 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk
7 Jays
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Nuthatch
3+ Goldcrests
1 Pheasant
2 Mistle Thrushes
5 Pied Wagtails
10+ Meadow Pipits
2 Stonechats (up the Chew Valley)
c30 Mallards
13 Black-headed Gulls

no sign of any Crossbills at the Binn Green plantation

-- Edited by Henry Cook on Thursday 1st of October 2009 09:33:11 AM

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The online survey, which Mr Potter has mentioned elsewhere on this forum, asks if you would like a cafe. Get logged on Mark and order your breakfast bap smile.gif !

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Apart from a small visitors centre at the main car park which as I understand will be more akin to a rangers office (not a shop, cafe etc).

Most of the residents of Sadleworth will not see any difference as the majority of the work will be on the surrounding moorland to resore it to its former glory smile.gif

The people who are kicking up a fuss do not even venture in these areas, and as Steve points out, the only people you meet on the moors are walkers and not local residents of Sadleworth.no.gif

As I know several people who are against the RSPB "taking over" (as they see it)- it is definatley a case of "wanting your cake and eating it!"

They like their "local shops and services", but without tourism and day visitors, many of these would be unable to survive.

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No need to "import" Ospreys.

Just get Riggers to transfer his allegiance from Castleshaw and they'll just turn up!

Apparently the 'Osprey-finder General' bagged another one while at work today.

Jammy sodevileye.gifbiggrin.gif

Mind you, no Red Kites will come within a mile of the placebiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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I'm afraid I was otherwise engaged last night and couldn't make the meeting.

Riggers is right about there being some strange people in Saddleworth (and plenty of other places!). A lot of local people make their money from the tourists and then moan about them! If you've ever been to Dovestone on a sunny weekend you will realise you couldn't fit more people in if you tried - unless you drain the main reservoir and turn it into a car park!

I don't think it can be turned into another Minsmere and that is certainly not the RSPB's intention. It's never been a great place for birds unless you are willing to do a great deal of foot-slogging and have patience - not qualities I normally associate with a "typical" RSPB reserve visitor who wants to open a hide window and see it all there in front of you. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy doing that from time to time, and I also enjoy a nice caff like at Minsmere or Old Moor.

I just hope that the RSPB don't feel that they have to have "flagship" birds for the site and start importing Red Kites and Ospreys!

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I can understand in a way Mark. If you have thousands more visitors going up there that will surely lead to development over time and slow, encroaching loss of the area in question?

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There are some strange people in Saddleworth who "dont like change" and dont want tourism, day trippers etc.

Some even complained when brown "Saddlewoth tourist attractions" road signs were errected in Oldham. brainless.gif

There is an anti "anything new.gif" thinking. New houses,New supermarket,New pub etc.


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The record of the RSPB managing sites and the conservation work they are responsible for is surely not disputed(sorry,forgot about that Ruddy Duck!), so I can't work out why there is a negative feel about this new development from some.
Cheers Ian

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just come back from the rspb meeting about dovestones, a lot of local emotion about leaving the area alone and to cap it all the rspb let slip the location of the local peregrine pairno.gif

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I gather that the vis centre will be at the car park at the dam at Dove Stones Resr. I do have the plans of the reserve. Basically it's in 3 sections: Ashway Gap (all in GMC) where visitors will be catered for, vis centre etc etc; Arnfield, and Quiet Shepherd, both areas in Derbyshire, where RSPB will have control over the shooting rights and manage to moorland for breeding waders. It's been on the cards for a year or so now but was kept under wraps until the negotiations with UU were finalised.

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ooooooooohhhcry.gif and judith have they any plans for a visitor centre or is all that revealed at the meeting i unfortunatly missed the last one but will make the one on the 22nd

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Thanks Stuart - no-one ever tells me what's going on!

I guess I don't count because I live 200 yards outside Saddleworth.

Steve (in Victor Meldrew mode furious.gif)



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The RSPB reserve opens in the spring and the manager is Dave O'Hara.

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THE first of two events to let Saddleworth residents have their say about the future of Dovestone reservoir was held at Uppermill Civic Hall on Friday.

The event outlined some of the plans which form a vision for the future and was organised by United Utilities and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), who are working with the Peak District National Park Authority, Oldham Council, and people who use the area, to improve it for people, water and wildlife.

The next meeting will be at Uppermill Civic Hall on Tuesday, September 22, from 7pm (taken from oldham chronicle)

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did anybody go to the meeting with the rspb & united utilities at uppermill civic hall ,was it any good and is it worth going to the next one on the 22 of sep






Have you got full details of this meeting, Stuart? I've heard nothing about it.

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nice juvenile sparrowhawk at dovestones about 30 ft away on a fence post plus plenty of swallows over res

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did anybody go to the meeting with the rspb & united utilities at uppermill civic hall ,was it any good and is it worth going to the next one on the 22 of sep

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2 dippers on chew brook also 1 suprise kingfisher near greenfield cricket club

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lots of goldfinch families on feeders, a few greenfinches,chaffinches and 1 redpoll ,blue tits, coal tits and great tits all at the same time the siskins will be back when it gets a bit colder (hopefully) ps any one know where to get good quality sunflower hearts at a reasonable price???disbelief.gif

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At least 2 Dippers at confluence of Tame and Chew Brook in Greenfield. One (wearing a nice orange ring) was singing again - winter can't be far away!

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nice female sparrowhawk chasing baby starlings to no avail 5.00 pm tonight

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Garden Warbler still singing at Binn Green, Dove Stones, though very elusive.
Pair of Common Sandpipers nearby getting very agitated and chasing off any Crows in their vicinity.

Walked from Brownhills up the canal to Diggle last night (excellent pint of Landlord in the Diggle Hotel) - plenty of Lapwing chicks in the fields. Good to see them still doing well here, they've almost disappeared from Mossley.

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Whoops! Sorry about my gaffe. Greenfield Kingfisher is a pub not a bird!

Stuart, we would appreciate a confidential e-mail with details of the nest and adult
in case we have missed a territory. We aim to find all nests between Stalybridge and the 'tops', record the nests, metal ring the chicks, and colour ring adults.

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ringed adult seen red and white rings feeding nest full of chicks

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At least 5 Lapwing nests predated over last month, one pair of adults mating. Second brood Dippers 4 ringed at Greenfield Kingfisher, females on eggs at Uppermill and Diggle, nest predated at Measurements. Nuthatch calling at last location

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10th May
Whitethroat at Hull Brook,Delph
Noticably more Swifts
2 Linnets at Heights

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On 2nd may - 1pm - 5pm
5 wheatear at Diggle Edge
2 Stock Dove which flew in direction of Lark Hill and Castleshaw where we later saw 7 together at Bleak Hey Nook

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4-5 willow warblers in full song plus curlews over head in diggle.cry.gif no trout though

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Slackcote - 40 Fieldfare today
Green Woodpecker and Nuthatch calling
Willow Warbler - 5 in valley between Delph and Slackcote



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Meadpw Pipit -15

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Same here, John. The only Ring Ouzels I've seen in the area have been autumn migrants.

The Brushes valley always used to be a dead cert for Cuckoo but no longer, I'm afraid.

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