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On my way home this evening

Pair of Mute Swan with 7 cygnets
1 Whitethroat singing

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Grey Heron in corner of pool by tram stop
2 Coot
3 Mute Swan still present. I've been watching the adults trying to chase last year's remaining youngster off on more than one occasion over the past couple of weeks!

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3 Mute Swan
Pair Tufted Duck
Coot
2 Canada Geese
12 Black-headed Gull
4 Mallard

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5 Mute Swan present this morning, seen from tram

This evening at least one drake Tufted Duck present, but only the usual three Mute Swans

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All 3 Mute Swan still present
3 Tufted Duck (2 drakes)
2 Coot
4 Mallard

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This morning

3 Mute Swan
Coot
20 Black-headed Gull
3 Common Gull
10 Lapwing flying away from the roof of Car People!

The four Tufted Duck from my last post were still present in the middle of the week, but were not visible today

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This afternoon

3 Mute Swan still present
4 Tufted Duck - 3 drake
Coot
c10 Black-headed Gull

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16.00

Two flocks of lapwings flew from Moss direction over Halford (Snipe retail Park), towards reservoirs.

Approx 35 in 1st flock

Approx 25 in 2nd flock



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A few minutes this morning

3 Mute Swan
2 Coot
12 Mallard12 Black-headed Gull
2 Canada Geese
Female Tufted Duck
Cormorant flew towards Audenshaw



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From tram stop

3 Mute Swan
Drake Tufted Duck
1 Coot
70+ Black-headed Gull (c20 on roof of Car People)

No Lapwing

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This morning

3 Redwing flew towards motorway embankment near The Village
3 Mute Swan
50+ Black-headed Gull


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Grey heron over retail park at 09:30

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This morning, first thing

50+ Black-headed Gulls on pool by Metrolink stop
3 Mute Swan

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This afternoon on pool by Metrolink

3 Mute Swan
2 Coot
Moorhen
Female Tufted Duck
7 Mallard
1 Meadow Pipit over

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Less than ideal weather conditions

3 Mute Swans still present
1 Coot

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3 Mute Swan yesterday (2/11/13). It looked as if the adults were in the process of chasing the third juvenile away, there being no sign of the other two juveniles!

Also

2 Coot
1 Mallard
1 Black-headed Gull

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At least 4 Mute Swan visible from tram early evening

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Pair of Mute Swan and 3 cygnets
Coot
15+ Mallard (lots of juveniles)
Grey Heron
Whitethroat singing
Willow Warbler singing


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Karen Foulkes wrote:

The pair of Mute Swans now have four cygnets smile





Only 3 cygnets this afternoon cry though they were being well looked after by the parent birds.

Pair of Mistle Thrush have nested under the canopy of the garden centre and have 3 recently-fledged young smile

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The pair of Mute Swans now have four cygnets smile

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1220-1300

Sedge Warbler singing and giving brief views
2-3 Reed Bunting
Whitethroat
Blackcap
Willow Warbler
Grey Heron
Skylark

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Saturday 10-1030am.

Sedge warbler
Blackcap
Reed bunting
Bullfinch
Willow warblers aplenty
Skylark x2

Plus the usual suspects on the pond/swan lake

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Ashley Edwards wrote:

Just amazing how good a place for birding this is.





Some of us can remember it before they built a motorway, a by-pass and a tram track through it... disbelief

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Just amazing how good a place for birding this is. Visit to Mockridge Nurseries cut short to go look at
Sedge warbler
Blackcap
Skylark calling in distance
Pair of mute swans
Swift x3
Whitethroat

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This morning

Sedge Warbler still present
Willow Warbler
Blackcap
Whitethroat
Grey Heron


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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.

Sean

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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.

Sean

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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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