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The Mute Swan pair with their three cygnets are still present on Sheldon Pool
Also pair of Coot
Moorhen
Grey Heron
2 House Martins arrived to drink
Willow Warbler singing in the area

On the mound

Common Whitethroat singing
3 Reed Bunting also singing

The pools at the back contained Grey Heron, 2 adult Coot and 3 younger birds of various sizes and a pair of Canada Geese with 2 goslings

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Yesterday (7th June) - skylark singing over the land behind the Metrolink Park and Ride.

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Mute Swan: pair with 3 cygnets
Moorhen: could only see one with a smallish chick
Coot: just the one
Heron: one
House Sparrow: 3 males
Willow Warbler: still singing

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Pair of Mute Swan with three cygnets on Sheldon Pool
Pair of Moorhen with a brood of six
Pair of Coot

Pair of Canada Geese leading six goslings across Lord Sheldon Way this afternoon

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25/4/2017 early morning visit

8 Willow Warbler
10+ Skylark
5+ Reed Bunting
1 Swallow
6 Goldfinch
2 Bullfinch
Singles of Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Whitethroat heard singing,
Also heard calling were a Meadow Pipit and a couple of Linnet
A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling from the centre of the mound just after 7am. Seems to be quite an influx locally of this species at the moment, I have only heard 2 birds in Tameside in the last 10 years, this bird is the 4th in 5 days.

A Wheatear and 6 Linnet were seen during my last visit.



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WEBS count 11/3/17
7 canada geese
2 mute swans
3 mallard
1 coot
2 black headed gulls

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A bit of info on the Sheldon Mute Swans thanks to Steve Christmas.

The male was originally ringed as a cygnet at Ashton Moss on 25/08/2014, Darvic 4ANJ. The female has also been ringed now.

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A quick look on Sheldon Pool on my way home from work tonight

No sign of Teal reported earlier. This had been replaced by a female Goldeneye, a surprise bird given the depth of Sheldon Pool!

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Thursday 16th March 2017, 12.15pm

Sheldon Pool, a quick stop on the way home from the vet

1 pair of Tufted Duck
1 drake Teal
3 Coot
2 Moorhen
c 12 Canada Geese
Good numbers of Skylark singing over the mound.

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11/3/17 mid morning

I had thought the swans on Sheldon Pool had only 1 metal ring between them but now one of them at least has a blue davic, unfortunately only able to read 4M the rest of the ring was buried in the feathers. Maybe a different pair or perhaps they have been ringed over the winter.
On the back pools
4 Coot
2 Tufted Duck
1 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
1 Little Grebe
Lots of singing from Skylarks, well into double figures
At least 6 singing Reed Buntings
C10 Meadow Pipit

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3 Tufted Duck (2 drake) on Sheldon Pool this evening.

7 Canada Geese and Mute Swan pair also present.

1 Moorhen on bank

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20/2/2017 brief visit mid morning.

Still fairly quiet but nice to hear some sustained singing from Skylarks, over 10 birds present, not all singing.
2 Stonechat, both males, previous sightings this winter have always included 1 female.
1 or 2 Meadow Pipit,
2 Reed Bunting
Lots of Carrion Crows and Magpies
On the back pools
A pair of Tufted Duck
3 Mallard
4 Coot
1 Moorhen
Just off site 2 Kestrels were interacting high over the Leisure Park

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A Kestrel was hovering over the mound this morning

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Drake Tufted Duck present on Sheldon pool this afternoon

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WEBS count 11/2/17 2.40-2.50pm
1 mute swan (other not in sight)
5 mallard
4 coot
1 moorhen
2 canada geese
4 black headed gulls

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A quick look on the way home in the gloom

Female Wigeon associating with five drake Mallard on Sheldon Pool
4 Coot
Mute Swan pair
Grey Heron

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simon ghilks wrote:


Of interest looking across to Littlemoss 2 Pink-footed Geese were seen feeding alone in one of the horse fields. One of them being very dark, possibly melanistic or hybrid.
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The darker Pink-footed Goose looks like the bird which was also seen at Audenshaw Reservoirs a few days ago.

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01/02/2017 late morning walk around the mound

2 Stonechat,
1 Reed Bunting
7 Meadow Pipit
1 Goldcrest
1 Sparrowhawk
6 Heron and 9 Lapwing in the Horse field near Mockridge Pool

Of interest looking across to Littlemoss 2 Pink-footed Geese were seen feeding alone in one of the horse fields. One of them being very dark, possibly melanistic or hybrid.
Couple of distant photos hopefully attached.

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18/1/2017 Late afternoon visit.

1 Skylark
1 Meadow Pipit
2 Stonechat, first sighting for a couple of months, possibly new birds.
6 Snipe of which one was probably a Jack as it flushed from close quarters, flew silently low and straight and looked to have a shorter bill.

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WEBS count 14/1/17 11.10-11.20am
2 mute swans
9 canada geese
5 coot
11 mallard
1 tufted duck
28 black headed gulls
2 lesser black backed gulls


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WEBS count 18/12/16, 13.40-13.40

9 canada geese
2 mute swans
10 mallard
5 moorhen
3 coot
40 black headed gulls

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WEBs count 13/11/16, 11.10-11.20am
2 mute swans
5 mallard
3 coot
4 moorhen
1 tufted duck
9 black headed gulls

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25/10/2016 early morning

2 possibly 3 Stonechat, fairly mobile on the mound.
20+ Meadow Pipit
1 Skylark
3 Reed Bunting
1 Fieldfare flew over
10 Collared Dove
15+ Wren
1 Redpoll
1 Goldcrest
15+ Long-tailed Tit in 2 flocks
4 Little Grebe (back pool)
4 Mallard, 3 drake (back pool)
Seemed to be lots of Redwing and Blackbirds in the fields and hedges over towards Littlemoss

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WEBs count for Sheldon pool
16/10/16 11.50-12.00
5 coot
2 mute swans
3 moorhen
16 canada geese
2 black headed gulls

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Hello Rachael

The Kingfisher was on one of the far pools near Moss Side Farm. Can't recall ever seeing one on Sheldon Pool but no reason why they wouldn't get on there occasionally, though I suppose it gets a lot more disturbance than the far pools.

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Was the kingfisher on Sheldon?
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21/9/16 late afternoon

c70 Meadow Pipit
24 Collared Dove
200+ Starling
1 Skylark
1 Snipe
1 Kingfisher
5 Little Grebe including the 3 juveniles.
Mixed tit flock, mainly Long-tailed, c15 with a couple of Chiffchaffs.
2 Mute Swans still on Sheldon Pool.


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Webs count this morning but had a camping fisherman and dog jumping in for a bottle
Sheldon Pond
2 mute swans
3 coot

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5/9/16 mid afternoon on the mound

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Double figures Collared Dove around the horse field
c10 Swallow
1 Whitethroat
c20 Goldfinch
1 Willow Warbler with a small mixed tit flock
Reed Bunting heard
on the back ponds
Female Mallard and 1 almost full grown juvenile, these 2 have been on the same pond since the chick was newly hatched
4 Moorhen incl 3 juveniles
4 Coot incl 2 juveniles
The 2 Little Grebes did breed and managed to hatch 3 young that appear to be doing very well.



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This afternoon

A flock of at least 50 Goldfinch
40+ Swallow present and at least 10 towards Littlemoss
4+ House Martin

No sign of any rooftop Lapwing on site yet

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6/8/16

Sheldon Pool

2 juv Grey Heron
4 Swallow, possibly a family party
Juv Moorhen
4 Coot
Eclipse drake Mallard

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22/7/16

5 Kestrels along Moss Lane this morning, at least 3 of which were juveniles dust bathing and chasing insects on the track.
Still Reed Buntings, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Whitethroats around but keeping quiet and generally in cover. Not seen or heard any Skylarks on the last 3 visits, perhaps breeding affected by the poor weather and they have moved off. Usually a few Swift, Swallow and House Martins hawking over the mound. 2 Little Grebe have been seen on one of the back ponds but unfortunately no sign of successful breeding. The Swans on Sheldon Pool failed to hatch any young, the eggs disappeared sometime in April, the swans moved off shortly afterwards.

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This afternoon: Cuckoo silently touring the mound presumably looking for a nest to deposit an egg. Most numerous nests would appear to be Skylark.

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This morning a Swallow flew over Sheldon Pool, battling against the blizzard.

Also present today was a pair of Tufted Duck.

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Does anyone know if the short eared owls are still on the mound?


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Some sightings from yesterday:

Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were both singing on the lane near Mockridge Garden Centre. Lots of common species present in this area.

Also a Swallow was flying around near the Sheldon Arms.

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Not strictly on the moss itself...a male Sparrowhawk flew directly down the tramlines this afternoon at a height of just 4 feet

-- Edited by Tim Wilcox on Tuesday 5th of April 2016 05:25:40 PM

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22/3/2016, 20 minutes from 16:00

Extremely truncated visit due to locking son out of house, Doh! Literally walk on walk off.
1 Short-eared Owl attracted the attention of a passing Herring Gull.
3 male Reed Bunting
1 Meadow Pipit
a few Skylark singing
and a Stock Dove did a couple of circuits around the centre of the mound, looking to land but eventually flew off high towards the horse field.

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One short-eared owl viewable in brilliant light at ridiculously close range this morning. Doubt I'll ever get a closer look at a hunting owl.



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Friday 18th 14:20-16:00

Arrived on the mound in time to see the last few seconds of an aerial 'interaction' between the owls, not sure whether it was friendly or not. Then spent time walking round and enjoying the skylarks singing, even in the wind and cold. The darker owl re-appeared when the wind dropped a little and spent sometime hunting, usually in an area I had just left!

It was lovely to meet Simon Gough on Sunday and it was perfect and definitely not like that on Friday - I was very cold by the time I walked back to Daisy Nook to pick my car up - but did manage to get photos of a reed bunting on a reed on the way home!



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Thursday 17th.     11am-12.30pm.                                                 

 

On to a Short-eared Owl soon as I got off the tram. Walked down the lane on a lovely sunny morning with Skylarks singing all the way. On the way back disturbed the Owl perching on the fence I then had great views of it hunting along the mound. Good views of a Buzzard over the mound constantly mobbed by the local crows.             

Cheers Dave Phillips.



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WEBs count 12/3/16 11.20am
7 coots
1 moorhen
5 mallard
2 mute swans
8 black headed gulls

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A quick visit this morning on my way to work from 7.15-7.25. 1 short-eared owl perched on a post near the tram stop car park. It was mobbed by 2 meadow pipit. Also 4 skylark

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14/3/2016 an hour and a half from 3:45pm

Didn't see any Short-eared Owls until I was leaving and nearing Rayner Lane when one flew from around Mockridge Pond directly overhead onto the main area of the mound.
Also seen
2 Snipe flew around for a few seconds, last seen heading high in the direction of Ashton town centre.
1 Kingfisher on one of the ponds near Moss Side Farm
plus the usual Skylarks, Reed Buntings, Meadow Pipits and Wrens.

On many visits here it has been heartening to hear the enthusiasm for these owls from the local people, either dog walkers or people passing by. Today a guy was telling me he has an office overlooking the mound and has seen them regularly from there, hunting the bank along side Rayner Lane, nice way to get distracted from your work.

-- Edited by simon ghilks on Monday 14th of March 2016 09:58:41 PM

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Late post for this morning 9.00 - 10.20 Similar to Simon's sightings but in addition: Kestrel 1 Snipe flushed by dog walker. Great to see so many Skylark singing βΊ After 2 circuits of the mound looking for the short-eared owls 1 appeared as I got back to my car at the side of the tram stop.

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13.00 - 15.00

A joyous visit today in beautiful sunshine, with a constant soundtrack of singing Skylarks and a full hour from about 13.30 of both Short-eared Owls showing well. The smaller bird spent the most time in the air, with its bigger friend content to sit tight initially, but then both were up together and the bigger one spent a while gliding around. It also perched up 3 or 4 times allowing lovely views as it glared around. Interesting on this visit was the behaviour of the numerous Magpies, which were agitated by the owls at times, unlike on my previous trips. Also one great moment when the smaller bird buzzed the bigger one on the ground and then sped away as if fearing the consequences!

Also seen, male Reed Bunting, a couple of Meadow Pipit and as noted, 10+ Skylark, including at least 4 singers. Also one brief view of a female Stonechat. Finally, it was great to meet Andrea, who was delighted with her first ever Shortie. It really was a great way to see the species for the first time, hunting in perfect light at pretty close range for 10 minutes. They won't all be like that, trust me...





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Between 3pm and 4.15pm 2 Short-eared Owls on the mound. At least 1 bird in view most of the time. Called to each other on one occasion.

Couldn't get any decent photos but probably due to my lack of photographic skill as I always seemed to have the wrong setting when they were near.

Just to rub it in, as I put my camera away 1 bird perched on the ground near by and regurgitated 3 pellets!

2 male Reed Buntings and 10+ Skylarks with several of the larks singing.



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Sunday 6th March. 16.30 - 17.45 hrs.

12 Golden Plover.

Flew in at 17.00 hrs and landed in a field at the back of Moss Farm (Littlemoss) ..... still there when I left.

Roger.

-- Edited by Roger Baker 3 on Sunday 6th of March 2016 07:14:37 PM

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8.40_8.45 2 short eared owls hunting from tram stop car park. 5 Skylark 3 Meadow pipit

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A Short-eared Owl was quartering the mound just behind the tram stop car park at 0725 am.

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