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Thanks for the info Steve. I'll keep a more interested eye on them now.

Gary

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Hi Gary,
Mute swan SHB was originally ringed as a female cygnet in 2005 at Cheadle.
Thanks for the report!
Steve Christmas

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Saturday 7-3-09 9.30-11.00

All my posts refer to the Rayner Lane side of Ashton Moss only, to differentiate them from Paul Bambroffe's Daisy Nook/Ashton Moss posts.

The pair of Mute Swans were back today. One had a blue ring with white 'SHB' writing on it as seen last summer by Paul Carroll. Does anyone know if I should report this to the North West Swan Study?

Plus:-

Lapwing
Skylark
Meadow Pipit
Long-tailed Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
House Sparrow
Robin
Dunnock
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Mallard
Coot
Moorhen
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Starling
Mistle Thrush
Blackbird
Canada Goose
Black-headed Gull

Gary

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Saturday 14-2-09 11.00-12.30

Skylark
Meadow Pipit
Long-tailed Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Chaffinch
House Sparrow
Robin
Dunnock
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Mallard
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Starling
Blackbird

No sign of the two Mute Swans that have always been here before.

Gary

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Friday 6-2-09 15.00-16.30

Better than last weekend

Stonechat 1 male
Fieldfare 3
Golden Plover 6
Lapwing
Meadow Pipit
Greenfinch
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Black-Headed Gull
Mute Swan 2
Mallard
Woodpigeon
Starling
Blackbird

Pool almost completely frozen

Gary

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Sunday 1-2-09 11.30-13.00

Cormorant flying over
Goldfinch
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Black-Headed Gull
Mute Swan
Mallard
Moorhen
Woodpigeon
Starling
Lapwing
Blackbird

Gary

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quick look round this afternoon between 3.30 & 4

2 mallard on the pond next to Ashton Park Garden Centre

further up the same lane on the right is another pond that is fenced off not much going on only saw another 2 mallards. Got a great suprise as i walked up to the ditch on the left hand side a Kingfisher was sat on the side on the ditch as bold as brass, 1st time ive seen one here and only the second i have ever seen.

other than that loads of magpies and nowt else

cheers

Andrew

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Sunday 10-8-08 11.00-12.30

Blackbird
Starling
Magpie
Woodpigeon
Canada Goose
Carrion Crow
Blue Tit
Robin
Song Thrush
Willow Warbler
Goldfinch
Swallow


Also the following butterflies:-

Gatekeeper
Large White
Speckled Wood

Not very interesting, I know

Gary

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Gropper and sedge warbler calling tonight from the area around the telecommunication masts, off Rayner Lane.

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But the congestion charge boundary will run right through Ashton Moss - it could be the most expensive place to birdwatch.

Let's hope they retain a few footpaths and a few areas where birds can breed amongst all the ugly warehouse-type sheds they are building.

Steve

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Steve "Make your birdwatching count!"


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I live within walking distance of this site and on the 17th Feb this year my wife suggested we just go for a walk around this area to see what birds were about, instead of driving to somewhere further afield. I was a bit dismissive thinking that there wouldn't be much at all. However, I was pleasantly surprised at some of the species recorded.

Canada goose
Mute swan
Black-headed gull
Common gull
Lesser black-backed gull
Lapwing
Kestrel
Blackbird
Magpie
Carrion crow
Mallard
Collared dove
Greenfinch
Blue tit
Woodpigeon
Skylark

and the most unexpected to me, a female Stonechat on the far side of the spoil heap near to the estate where the trotting track used to be.

Who knows what a more experienced birder would have spotted.

Maybe I should make it my local patch. It might be the only place I can afford to get to soon.biggrin.gif


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The same two swans were at the same site last May, but didn't stay to breed to my knowledge. The Little Grebes managed to raise one young on that pool. As Andrew says, it's a pretty good birding site in a most unpromising area.

Keep watching, Steve

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Was in the same area week before last. There are a ringed pair of Mute Swans on the enclosed pond near Mockridge Nurseries, they are blue ring on right leg "SHD" and "SHB". Also a Sedge Warbler calling from a ditch near Moss Side Farm.

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not much time for birding lately and even less time to spend posting !!.

spent 10 mins looking on the pool on ashton moss next to the garden centres this afternoon.

4 lapwing
1 ringed plover 1st ive ever seen here
1 little grebe
1 heron
2 lots of canada chicks
8 mallard chicks
40 plus stralings at least 20 juves
greenfnches
sparrows
blue and great tits

not bad for a pool that is 100 mtrs x 20 mtrs and next to a dual carriage way


cheers

Andrew


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