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RE: Ashton Moss


2 Whitethroat
Willow Warbler
2 Grey Heron
Swallow
plus the usuals

No sign of yesterday's Lesser Whitethroat or Sedge Warbler

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Mid afternoon

Mockridge Garden Centre area

Reed Bunting (singing male)
At least 2 Common Whitethroat
Blackcap
Sedge Warbler, an uncommon species in Tameside!
Lesser Whitethroat, I initially heard this bird whilst trying to find the Sedge Warbler. As I managed to get on the bird he moved, being a typical Lesser Whitethroat! He sang about six bursts and seemed to move on

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Grey Heron and drake Tufted Duck seen from bus on pool nearest Manchester Road early afternoon

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Buzzard on a fence post by the railway line this morning.

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Morning visit

3 Mute Swan on Sheldon Pool. 2 adults and 1 juvenile bird
20+ Black Headed Gull
3 Mallard
10+ Magpie near Cricket Club

Sainsburys roundabout

2 Jackdaw
7 Carrion Crow
6+ Common Gull

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8.20pm - 9.00pm 20/6/12

Quick stroll round starting near the path near the sheldon arms.
Robin
Song Thrust, singing deafeningly loud!
c10-20 Starling
c10 Swallows
Swift
1 Kestrel flew over and was subsequently mobbed by everything, poor thing.
1 Little Grebe, couldn't see any of the chicks, hopefully they were huddled in the reeds with the other parent.
Mute Swans still on Mockridges pond with all 5 cygnets.
Mallards still got plenty of ducklings.
1 Grey Heron

Also, whilst walking back down the dirt road had a lond distance staring contest with a fox.

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11am-12pm

Mockridge Pond
Swans and cygnets still present
Mallards ducklings doing well
Reed Bunting

Skylark singing above scrubby fields

Went over to the smaller pool next to the field with the horses.
x2 Little Grebe with 4 tiny chicks
Linnet
Goldfinch
Coot
Swallows

Loads of Starlings all over the place
Also saw a little gang of blue tit fledglings in a bush down near the motorway bridge.

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-- Edited by Sean Molloy on Wednesday 13th of June 2012 04:02:55 PM

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Glad to hear that the cygnets are doing OK - think Rachael said there were 6 originally. The guys working on the Metro have been keeping an eye on them.

There are a few Reed Bunting around, but the bigger flocks in the area last time I visited were Linnets. A few pairs of Lapwing seem to have bred as usual but it won't be long before the roost starts to build up again.

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Not sure if anyone is still posting in here but seems to be the only thread on the forum for this general area.

Walk around near mockridges yesterday afternoon, around 4PM, for the first time in a while.

Mute swans have successfully bred, 5 signets in tow.
Mallards have also bred, i think i counted about 9 ducklings. They were so tame, obviously used to being fed, that they literally crowded around my feet.
Coot with one chick, past the downy stage but still obviously young and being fed by both parents.
2 Grey herons
unfortunately didn't have my bins but I'm sure there was a flock of reed bunting about but couldn't get close enough to see.
also saw a few greenfinch and goldfinch.
1 lapwing on a strip of grass in the middle of the dual carriageway, only one i saw. are they still roosting in the area or have they been deterred by the metro work?
not much else of note.

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-- Edited by Sean Molloy on Monday 11th of June 2012 03:09:20 PM

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Late afternoon visit

Blackcap - 2 sets of parents feeding young, at least one more singing
Willow Warbler - 3 singing
Whitethroat - 3 birds singing including one displaying
Reed Bunting singing
Mallard with 8 well grown ducklings
Grey Heron
Lapwings still around, not sure how much Metro works have affected them, no obvious sign of any young birds
Skylark in full song
8 House Martin

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Swift seen at junction of Lord Sheldon Way and Manchester Road,2.15pm

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Late am

Common Whitethroat - 2 birds singing in different locations
2 Blackcap singing and 1 female
c10 Willow Warblers
c20 Linnet
2 Meadow Pipits
Mute Swans still present


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This morning 0900-1200

Male Reed Bunting singing when I first arrived
5 Willow Warblers all heard only
4 Blackcap (2 males singing in close proximity to one another with 2 females also in the vicinity)biggrin.gif
2 Sand Martin over
16+ Lapwing
8-10 Linnet
c4 Skylark singing and another one showing well perched on post
Also quite a large passage of Meadow Pipits appeared to be going through c50 birds in total



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After rain this afternoon

Mockridge Pool
1 Reed Bunting (male)
1 Little Grebe
Pair Coot
1 Moorhen

Sheldon Pool
2 Mute Swan
2 Coot
6 Mallard



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A brief look on the Moss this am

4 Lapwings displaying despite the fact that they were working in the area
1 Skylark singing
2 adult Mute Swan on Sheldon Pool
Also 2 Coot and a Moorhen

At least 3 Greenfinch displaying
Plenty of House Sparrows also


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A good mooch around the moss this am

Two flocks of Linnet (6 and 10-12)
At least 3 Skylarks singing including 2 having a mid air battle for territory
2-3 Meadow Pipit, a bit thin on the ground in Tameside at the moment
2 adult Mute Swans arrived on Sheldon Pool, one had a silver ring on, couldn't read number though
Pr Tufted Duck on Sheldon Pool also
1 Buzzard displaying towards motorway
1 Kestrel, hovering near Metro works
3 Lapwing displaying

Good numbers of birds singing, nothing out of the ordinary though

Still some good habitat in the area despite the works

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18/2/11 - am

Sheldon Pool
1 ad Mute Swan
2 Coot
1 Mallard

Mockridge Pool

2 Moorhen
1 Grey Heron

1 Skylark singing above old slag heaps
Kestrel hovering
9 Goldfinch



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24/1/11-am

Sheldon Pool
2 adult Mute Swan when I arrived, a first winter bird then arrived, stayed briefly and then flew off. One adult bird was definitely unringed, but I didn't see the legs properly of the other, but the first winter bird was ringed. Unfortunately I was unable to read the ring as I only saw the ring when the bird was in flight.

Also present:
20 Lapwing
1 Grey Heron
c20 Black Headed Gull
2 Mallard
10 Canada Geese

Mockridge Pool

2 Moorhen
2 Mallard

30 Linnet opposite KFC feeding on ground

Greenfinch displaying near Mockridge Garden Centre

Areas which were potentially good for Lapwing breeding last year now look unsuitable as there is lots of digging going on, it looks like several breeding species will be lost from this site and the workmen were taking a keen interest in Sheldon Pool today.no.gif



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This am

All pools still iced over

c150 Pink Footed Goose, probably same skein reported on Pink Foot thread times etc tie in
2 Lapwing with 1 Golden Plover calling loudly over towards Ashton, no birds roosting on Gala Bingo though
Meadow Pipit over calling plus another unseen bird
Common Buzzard dislodged by Crow near motorway/Leisure area
Grey Heron around Sheldon Pool
1 Herring, 2 Common and c40 Black Headed Gulls on Sainsburys roundabout.
c40 Jackdaw on Sainsburys Roundabout


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This evening 1710-1820

Sheldon Pool
Mute Swan
2 Moorhen
Grey Heron

22 Lapwing over in two groups of 12 and 10
Steady stream of Gulls flying over towards Audenshaw

When I was waiting for the bus, there was a flock of 50-100 Pied Wagtails which landed first on Nexus House and then across the road on the Snipe Retail Park perching on the road side of Argos and Comet, looking like a different roost perhaps?

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Quick mooch today about 2.30pm
Lots of digger movement on Moss so a lot of disruption.
On the plus side that got a few flying wink.gif
80+ lapwings
60+ Black headed gulls
30+ starlings
8+ carrion crow
All circling

On Sheldon pond
28 canada geese
16 mallard
1 grey heron

no skylark which is what we went for!

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A mini mooch on the the Moss after work this pm.

Sheldon Pool
c35 Lapwing - more may have been hiding in long grass
15 Mallard including duck with 8 well grown young
1 Moorhen
10 Canada Geese
1 Grey Heron - juv
8 House Martin low over pool
2 Sand Martin over
1 Swallow

Skylark singing on the moss
3 Pied Wagtail over

Also around

Greenfinch
House Sparrow
Wren
Collared Dove
Woodpigeon
Feral Pigeon
B H Gull
Swift

It sounded like there were young birds Moorhen or Coot? on Mockridge Pool, but the cover on the ground is so thick, only small parts of the pool are visible.

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probable hobby flew over the car as we crossed the M60 by the village hotel circa 7pm - flew along the embankment towards jnc 23.

A skylark was singing this morning over Lord Sheldon Way.

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highlights from early afternoon

1 ringed plover
3 lapwings
1 skylark

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early evening yesterday

whitethroat 5+
reed bunting 1
blue tit 1
goldfinch 4+
greenfinch
wren 2
magpie 3
starling inc a flock of around 300
carrion crow 4+
jackdaw 1
willow warbler 2+
robin 1
blackbird 2
wood pigeon 2
swift 4+
swallow 1
LBB Gull 2

black rat!


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Thought I heard a cuckoo distantly whilst on the moss this lunchtime.

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A trip this morning revealed no sign of the hoped for Sedge Warbler, one that looks like it won't find its way onto my Tameside list this year!

Didn't have time to check the area out fully today

1 Oystercatcher flying north
2 male Reed Buntings
4 Whitethroat
Mute Swan
Greenfinch with 2 youngaww.gif

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A good selection of birds on the Moss this morning, nothing out of the ordinary though.

4 Whitethroat along bridleway towards Littlemoss
Little Grebe on Mockridge Pool
Mute Swan on Sheldon Pool
3 Grey Heron
Good numbers of Linnet around

and lots of common stuff

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had a wander across part of the moss: greenfinch, goldfinch, chaffinch, blue, great and long tailed tit's, pied wagtail, whitethroat, wood pigeon, blackcap.

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A walk across the Moss this afternoon

Sheldon Pool
Mute Swan
Mallard
Canada Goose

Mockridge Pool
Grey Heron
Moorhen
Coot
Little Grebe
4 Mallard

3+ Lapwing
Linnet
Skylark
2 Whitethroat singing opposite Leisure Park


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Good view of a male Wheatear as it landed on the railings by the motorway bridge on Lord Sheldon Way this morning.

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two wheat ear on land in front of garage off turner lane one mute swan two moorhen and one canada goose on sheldon pond jackdaw and wood pigeons didnt go near mockerridge it was like a car park

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The path which runs north alongside the motorway should be good for Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat pretty soon.

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I spent an hour or so on the Moss after work this evening.

Mute Swan still on Sheldon Pool unringed very territorial
Pair of Canada Geese, male bird? chasing man and toddler away after they went close to its mate
3 Mallard

Mockridge Pool

Grey Heron
2 Coot
2 Canada Geese

Also in the area

2 Swallow
10+ Linnet
Skylark
10+ Lapwing
10 Starling
3 House Sparrow
Greenfinch
2 Robin
4 Dunnock
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Blackbird
6+ Collared Dove
25+ Woodpigeon
2 LBB Gull over


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5.45pm, Sat 10/04/10
m&f mallard & approx 6 ducklings behind Village


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11.15am
Quick visit
Nothing on Sheldon
100+ starlings & 14 lapwings flew from car people to moss, wish I'd seen what spooked them
Moorhen on lane
Mockridge pond
Grey heron
mute swan
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5.00-5.30pm
50 starlings
20+ lapwings
2 carrion crow
2 skylark

Sheldon pond
1 mute swan
2 canada geese
4 mallard

Mockridge pond
1 moorhen
1 coot
2 canada geese


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Saturday 27th pm

Northern Wheatear 2 - male, on bank on approach to Mockridges.

Skylark c4 singing

Mistle Thrush 2

Grey Heron 3 over

Coot 1, Mockridge pool

Moorhen 2, Mockridge pool

Lapwing c 30





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A trip to the Moss this evening after work

Pool round corner from Mockridge
pr Moorhen
pr Coot
1 drake Mallard
pr of Canada Geese one of which had apparently got its leg caught on wire during the night and a lady was giving it water, she said she and her husband had rescued it earlier today

Mockridge Pool
pr Moorhen
Little Grebebiggrin.gif

Sheldon Pool
Mute Swan (still there)
pr Coot

Slag heaps
10+ Lapwings
1 Skylark

Lanes round pools
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Wren
Robin
Blackbird
Mistle Thrush
Pied Wagtail over

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Monday evening - violent rain showers, brilliant rainbow!

Sheldon pool: 1 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Coot.

Mockridge pool: 1 Little Grebe, 2 Mallard

Car People: 17 Lapwing on roof.

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Visit 10.15-11.15am
Men working near Sheldon Pond
Sheldon
1 coot
2 canada geese
3 mallard

car phone warehouse
7 lapwing

mockridge pond
1 moorhen
2 coots
1 mute swan

From lane
2 song thrushes
4 blackbirds
9 magpies
60+ starlings
15 wood pigeons
3+ sky lark
2 dunnock
10+ greenfinch
5 goldfinch (feeding on teasels biggrin.gif)
3 robin
6 house sparrows
3 wrens
blue tit
great tit
2 collared doves
2 dunnock
1 carrion crow
2 lapwings



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Visited Ashton Moss on Sunday.

24+ Lapwing including 19 being harrassed by a Peregrine, the Peregrine then lost interest moved away and stooped and then disappeared over a mound
c30 Linnet, finally seen after hearing them practically every time I've visited the Moss!
Mute Swan Mockridge Pool
Pair of Coot on Sheldon Pool
Pair of Coot on Mockridge Pool
3+ Skylark singing
Grey Heron
Mallard

Round back of Travelodge
LT Tit collecting cobwebs from garageaww.gif
Coal Tit
Greenfinch
Chaffinch
House Sparrow
Blackbird
Great Tit
Blue Tit

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Quick visit in the car
11.15am
Sheldon Pond
26 black headed gulls
1 mute swan
1 coot
4 canada geese
2 mallard
4 lapwing on moss

Mockridge pond
2 coots

Car people rooftop
18 lapwing



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2 curlew over the car people on friday 9.30am ish ( county lifer for me )

cheers

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This am

Mute Swan still present
22 Lapwing many displaying later 10 on roof of Car People
pr Tufted Duck
Canada Goose
Coot
3+ Skylark singing (Spring is here!)biggrin.gif
pr Mistle Thrush
Grey Heron
4+ Dunnock
Coal Tit
8+ Great Tit
2 Blue Tit
Chaffinch
4 Greenfinch
Mallard
8 Woodpigeon
10 House Sparrow
Crow
2 LT Tit

Cricket Club area

Kestrel perched on mast
GS Woodpecker

Sainsburys Roundabout
42 Black Headed Gull
8 Common Gull
1 LBB Gull

-- Edited by Karen Foulkes on Saturday 6th of March 2010 08:03:09 PM

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Went for a quick trip to the Moss this lunchtime, didn't have much time, managed to get the following selection of birds.

Mute Swan
8 Lapwing
Canada Goose
Coot
Moorhen
Mallard
Skylark
Greenfinch
Magpie

I think I've gone mad.............biggrin.gif

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Just had a brilliant stroll down the lane with my kids & then up the path on the golf course:
1 ringed plover biggrin.gif
4 skylark (at least) flying up & down, singing beautifully
1 mute swan w00t.gif -you don't want to know how scarce they are in Tameside!!
12 lapwings
2 magpie
4 mallard
4 blackbird
2 wren
6 canada geese
1 moorhen
5 goldfinch
13 woodpigeon
2 jackdaw
2 collared dove
4 greenfinch
1 grey heron
1 dunnock
4 chaffinch
1 song thrush
1 coal tit
4 blue tit
2 great tit
2 carrion crow
Making me very happy biggrin.gif
Borough tick of 51 (slowly improving smile.gif)



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first visit of year all ponds frozen. topped up feeders by car the home for breakfast then back down to see whats about

mockeridge end the birds where near as damn it perching on us as we watched the feeders then walked up the lane motor way table was empty but pigeons are the animal equivilent of a hoover. the level crossing feeder was empty but evidence of activity could be seen on the way back to sheldon pool we spotted 5 fieldfare and 4 mistle thrush we stopped to watch them another bird appeared and this had a RED breast " American Robin " we both said then the sun went behind a cloud GUTTED has anyone else notice how vivid the breast colour is on Fieldfare we hadnt

just the usual suspencts in small numbers 20 species in all

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Went for stroll down lane passed garden centre, all ponds totally frozen.
10.30-11.10
1 magpie
4 collared doves
1 wren
1 Kestrelsmile.gif
4 blackbirds
8 woodpigeon
1 robin
2 longtailled tits
2 blue tit
1 great tit

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few sightings over the last few weeks

15 fieldfare - new manchester bird for me
3 song thrush
2 mistle thrush
30 greenfinch over
2 heron
25 canada geese
2 sawns
10 goldfinch
2 blackbirds

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