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RE: Ashton Moss


4/12/2015 an hour after noon on the mound.

3 Stonechat
3 Skylark
2 Reed Bunting
c10 Meadow Pipit spread out over the site, probably more hidden in the long grass.
1 Mute Swan on a pond near Moss Side Farm, no Darvic on the right leg, didn't get to see the left so could be one of the birds from a few weeks ago.
2 Grey Heron in the horse field



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Lord Sheldon pond
2 mute swans- unringed,
18 canada geese
8 mallard
41 black headed gulls
9 mallard
5 coot
2 moorhen

I think from the original pair of mute swans that the male has disappeared shortly after cygnet died and the female has moved the remaining 3 cygnets over a week ago. Current 2 swans possibly pair that Simon had seen on farm pond

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Late afternoon 23/11/2015

On or over the Mound
1 Reed Bunting
5 Linnet
3 Lesser Redpoll
5 Meadow Pipit
2 Kestrel
1 Common Snipe flew around.

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Late morning

Sheldon Pool

2 adult Mute Swan. No sign of any juveniles
6 Moorhen
6 Coot
3 Mallard (2 drake)

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Webs count 12.20-12.30pm, very little bird life after the torrential weather.
6 coots
1 tufted duck
4 moorhen


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Early afternoon

Sheldon Pool
2 Coot
3 Moorhen

35 Pink-footed Geese flew over

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30/10/2015 from noon for an hour or so.

Ponds adjacent to Moss Side Farm
23 Mallard (17 drake)
5 Moorhen
1 Little Grebe
2 Mute Swan
Horse Field
19 Collared Dove feeding as a flock.
On the Mound
1 Reed Bunting
3 Skylark
c15 Meadow Pipit
flock of c25 mixed Fieldfare and Redwing flew over going south
1 Kestrel


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4pm

only 1 adult mute swan present, plus 3 cygnets, no sign of other adult- will keep an eye out.

1 kestrel hoovering over mound by mini roundabout, then landed on lamp post next to me



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WEBS count 10.30-10.50am
5 mute swans
9 coot
3 tufted duck
8 mallard
3 moorhen
5 black headed gulls

overhead not using pond:
76 pink footed geese- very low, though was going to land on Moss but kept changing direction, disappeared over mound, may have landed.
approx 15 thrushes flew over


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2 Common Gull on the Leisure Park roundabout late afternoon along with c20 Starling.

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14/10/2015 an hour or so this afternoon

30+ Meadow Pipit

1 Kestrel

On the pond to the north west of the mound

1 drake Wigeon, coming out of eclipse

3 Mallard

1 Canada Goose

2 Mute Swan, appeared to be adults, both were metal ringed but had no darvic rings

3 Moorhen

Double spacing problem persists.



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Sadly one of the cygnets found dead today by road, possibly flew into tram wires, no obvious injuries

3 still on lake though plus adults.



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Monday 12th October 2015, 6.20pm

6 Mute Swans
13 Mallard
1 female Tufted Duck
7 Coot
7 Moorhen
5 Pied Wagtails flying over Car People, towards Ashton

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12.30pm

down to 3 cygnets & 2 adults (1 presumably flown on)

8 coots

1 moorhen



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Thursday 1st October 2015, 9.15 - 9.50am

A half hour wander on the way home from the vet

6 Mute Swans
7 Coot
6 Moorhen
4 Tufted ducks
13 Mallard
5 Pied Wagtail over towards Ashton
1 Kestrel
At least 6 Skylarks around the mound
12+ Meadow Pipits

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On the main pool today

2 Tufted Duck, both female
7 Moorhen, one of which moved rather quickly when a large fish (carp?) jumped out of the water a couple of times!
7 Coot
2 Mallard
6 Mute Swan, all in moult


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Friday 25th September 2015, 1.10 - 1.45pm

The "Mound"

1 Skylark flushed
6+ Meadow Pipits
1 Jay
2 Collared Dove
Goldfinch heard, but not seen
Kestrel hunting towards Moss Lane

-- Edited by David Walsh on Friday 25th of September 2015 08:22:56 PM

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WeBS count 13/9 11.40-12pm

6 mute swans
7 moorhens
11 coots
1 black headed gull

(swans have now been ringed)

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Nine Pied Wagtail and 18 Starling on the leisure park roundabout this afternoon

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29/8/15 from 10 till 12
Fairly quiet on the mound with only 2 Kestrel, House Martins, Swallows and a few Magpies around.
However along the north east edge there were perhaps 40+ each of Swallow and House Martin, a large loose feeding flock of predominantly young Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 4 or 5 Chiffchaff, a family group of Whitethroat, 1 moulting male Blackcap and great scoped views of a Tree Pipit perched in the open that was followed by another bird when it flew into cover. 1 Little Grebe and a few adult and young Moorhen and Coot where on the pools.

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Thanks Simon will have to investigate.

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The mound is along the north west of Rayner Lane, you can see it from the metro stop next to the pool. It looks like a hill but is in fact man made and covers a large part of what used to be Ashton Moss.

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What / where is the mound?

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8/8/2015 08:00-09:15

A few sightings from the mound and surrounds

2 Little Grebe.
2 Kestrel.
Skylark, heard only.
c20 House Martin
few Swallow.
Willow Warbler a bit of singing, lots of contact calling.
Whitethroat 1 carrying food another alarm calling.
1 Bullfinch.
1 Sedge Warbler.
1 fem/imm Redstart.



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Hello Bill

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Where do you get on 'the mound'?Is it from the path behind the pool near the metro station?


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10.50am
both Mute swans and 4 cygnets present

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12/7/2015 11:00-13:00

Sightings from the mound and surrounds.
1 Little Ringed Plover
3 Grey Heron
15 Coot (9 juvs of various ages)
5 singing Whitethroat
2 Willow Warbler
2 singing Blackcap
1 Skylark
30-40 House Martin
2 Swift
2 Swallow
1 Kestrel
1 Little Grebe
2 Reed Bunting
1 Linnet

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Saturday 11th July 2015, 4.30pm

Moss Lane. 20 minutes early for a staff member's do at the nearby "leisure" park, so rather than hang around a plastic bar, I decided to wander around an area I haven't visited since before the motorway was built. Still some good habitat here, despite the "progress" all around.

2 Blackcap singing
1 Whitethroat singing, plus 2 begging juveniles
1 Reed Bunting singing
20+ Swallows
2 House Martins
12+ Linnet, including begging juveniles - didn't expect to return home with a breeding code when I left the house smile

-- Edited by David Walsh on Saturday 11th of July 2015 11:58:51 PM

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Beat me to it! Yes all cygnets are back smile

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22/6/2015

4 cygnets were back with the adults, sitting on the grass next to the hard standing by the usual pond at noon today.

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Just nipped down... apparently they've moved the swans today (done once before), but I've not been able to check out new location. Last time they moved them back pretty quick.
I'll keep an eye out.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 22nd of June 2015 12:16:31 AM

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Hi Karen,
all 4 mute swan cygnets were there yesterday (Saturday, 2pm) on bank near road opposite the car park.
There was a bloke waiting there, presumably for a lift, who gave me odd look when I checked on swans.

I'll try & check on them tomorrow. They were far to young to have left naturally.


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Sheldon Pool

2 adult Mute Swans
8 Canada Geese
Moorhen

No sign of any other Mute Swans on usual pool, so don't know where the cygnets are.

3 Coot
Moorhen
6 Mallard in heavy moult

Skylark singing
Blackcap singing

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Pm quite blustery

The Mute Swans now have four cygnets

One young Coot seen with single adult and Willow Warbler singing

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Pair of Mute Swan with 5 cygnets seen this evening

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Late morning today

Mute Swan, 5 cygnets visible with the pen, although I believe there were/are 8. The cob was spending his time seeing off Canada Geese
3 adult Coot, 2 Coot chicks seen also (3 on Friday)
Grey Heron
Blackcap singing and showed well although briefly
Willow Warbler singing
2 Swallow
Skylark singing

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14 & 16/4/15
Seen both times
2 mute swans
1 grey heron
moorhens,
mallards
coots


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Little Grebe present this afternoon
Also seen from the tram today
Mute Swan
Moorhen
Coot
3 Mallard


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19/3/15 12.45pm
2 mute swans
3 mallards
2 moorhen
4 black headed gulls
1 coot

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Webs count 10.40-10.50am
2 mute swans
4 mallard
4 moorhen
3 coot
2 tufted ducks
2 black headed gulls

plus great tit, magpie and a skylark singing

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Five drake Tufted Ducks were visible this morning from the tram, but none present, or should I say visible this afternoon.

This evening both adult Mute Swans were present. Also 3 Coot, 1 Moorhen and 20 Black-headed Gulls.

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This afternoon

3 Tufted Duck (2 drake)
2 Mute Swan
2 Coot
20 Black-headed Gull
Mallard
Moorhen

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From the tram at 1700

Drake Tufted Duck present again
Pair of Mute Swan
6 Canada Geese
4 drake Mallard
3 Moorhen

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14.10
2 mute swans (adult, no juvenile)- checked leg rings and they are our original pair
6 moorhen
7 mallard
2 coot
6 canada geese
plus black headed gulls (approx 20)

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Both adult Mute Swans were present this evening along with one juvenile.

I believe the missing adult may have been residing at another site elsewhere in the borough

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WEBS count 10.50-11.00am
2 mute swan (1 adult, 1 juvenile)
8 canada geese
5 moorhen
1 coot
7 mallard
40 black headed gulls

60% ice, 80% visability

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Karen Foulkes wrote:

Two Mute Swan only today, one adult and one juv




The news stated yesterday that the M60 at Ashton under Lyne had to be stopped in both directions for a swan, they had to get the RSPCA to catch it.
Lets hope the other adult appears soon, back with its partner.

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Two Mute Swan only today, one adult and one juv
6 Canada Geese flew off towards Audenshaw
3 Coot
Moorhen
Mallard (drake)
Grey Heron flew over
A Song Thrush sang briefly when it had gone dark

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The Mute Swan family has now dwindled to four, two adults and two juvs
Also the drake Tufted Duck was back, possibly moving between this pool and one of the others
3 Moorhen
2 Coot

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