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RE: Goyt Valley Local Nature Reserve - Offerton


Pied Wagtails 62 (on Offerton ETW settling beds)
Redwings 53
Meadow Pipits 21
Black-headed Gull 45
Grey Wagtail 2
Jay 4
Nuthatch 3
Long-tailed Tit 6 with a Goldcrest in the flock
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1

Cheers John

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A nice walk in the sun rudely interrupted by the noisy screams of parakeets!

2 ring-necked parakeets near to Jim Fearnley bridge this morning. Enquiries with a couple of dog walkers revealed that a bird was on the run having escaped from a keeper in Offerton. However, their apparent efforts to recapture the bird have been unsuccessful, probably due to the fact that it has met up with another 'wild' bird (of which the locals knew nothing about). One bird was inspecting nest holes, so we might be about to have a population explosion locally (unless the peregrine fancies nipping out for an Indian takeaway).

About 30 species of bird seen otherwise, but nothing else really of note apart from the song of a mistle thrush.



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I realise it's an escapee but the best bird today was a White Java Sparrow by Stockport Hydro.

Also Kingfisher, 10 Swallow, 8 Mandarin Duck, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest.



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Kingfisher and 2 Grey Wagtail this morning by Jim Fernley bridge. Also Chiffchaff,  Nuthatch,  Treecreeper, 30+ each of Swallow and House Martin. 



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A minimum (could not all be viewed at same time due to tree cover) of 48 mandarin moulting near to Offerton Water treatment works. Ducks was all that this afternoon was good for due to rain! 



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A few sightings from the Goyt Valley SOS walk this afternoon. 

4 Swift, 4 House Martin, 6 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap. Enjoy them before there's a 4 lane by-pass through there. 



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1 whitethroat in farmland scrub with fishing ponds behind you. Otherwise not much apart from maybe 5-6 pairs of swallows, mostly at ramshackle farm towards Bredbury Hall, and many house sparrows. 12 starlings feeding on the grassland was almost a blast from the past.



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Otterspool to Fishing Pools

Blackcap 5 (4 singing)
Swallow 4
Sand Martin 1
Chiffchaff 2
Mandarin 7 (6m, 1f)
Linnet 5
Greenfinch 2
Jay 1

Cheers John


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Clapgate- Otterspool 5.30-6.30pm

Dipper, 10 Mandarin Duck, Chiffchaff, 3 Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Goosander pair.



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Clapgate- Otterspool 11-12.30

Kingfisher, 3 pairs of Grey Wagtail, 20 Redwing, Common Buzzard, Stock Dove, Nuthatch, 3 Goosander, 2 drake Mandarin Duck, 4 Mistle Thrush 



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2 Peregrine Falcon, one with prey. The other chasing that one. Also Common Buzzard, 20 Stock Dove, 40 Redwing, Grey Heron. 



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Clapgate- Jim Fernley bridge- Otterspool 8.30-10.30

Kingfisher, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 2 Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Goldcrest, 8 Mandarin Duck, 4 Grey Heron, 7 Cormorant, 30 Redwing, 7 Mistle Thrush.



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Single Woodcock flying up river by the Hare and Hounds pub at 16.35.



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10.40-12 Kestrel , Goldcrest , 4 Bullfinch , 4 Cormorant , Common Buzzard ,  3 Mistle Thrush , 4 Grey Heron, 2 Pied Wagtail 



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Chris Knight wrote:

Afternoon cycle, hoping to find winter thrush flocks, but only things flocking were long-tailed tits (several parties), a few pied wagtails going to roost and some linnets (c10 landing in isolated rougher field near model aeroplane fliers). Nonetheless, both song and mistle thrushes, cormorant, grey heron, sparrowhawk and buzzard.

Further raptor noise was however down to (at least) two large falcons (Gyr? crosses?, not peregrines, though not obvious through the wire) shut in a dilapidated-looking shed at the back of Middle farm. Is this likely to be above board?





Hi Chris,
It's certainly not illegal to keep Birds of Prey but there are rules and regs and the appropriate licence to keep them, BUT if you have any concerns then you must report it to the RSPCA who will follow it up.

Something to bear in mind though...
The housing can be misleading, although it may not look good it could be sufficient, as long as they are fed, watered, and flown. There are 9 British species at least, that need to be DEFRA Registered if kept (Peregrine being 1 of them).
You think it's possibly a Gyr, that isn't on that list to be DEFRA registered, and the fact they are a sub-Arctic bird means they are not best suited to warmer conditions. Their immune system is also succeptible to a range of avian conditions as in their natural range they are not exposed to much disease.
Hope this helps.

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Afternoon cycle, hoping to find winter thrush flocks, but only things flocking were long-tailed tits (several parties), a few pied wagtails going to roost and some linnets (c10 landing in isolated rougher field near model aeroplane fliers). Nonetheless, both song and mistle thrushes, cormorant, grey heron, sparrowhawk and buzzard.

Further raptor noise was however down to (at least) two large falcons (Gyr? crosses?, not peregrines, though not obvious through the wire) shut in a dilapidated-looking shed at the back of Middle farm. Is this likely to be above board?



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Best bird today was a male Stonechat - quite a rarity hereabouts (in field just before the footpath down to Jim Fearney bridge)
Supporting cast included
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
5 Meadow Pipits
3 Jays
9 Long-tailed Tits
1 Treecreeper
1 Goldcrest

Cheers John



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Clapgate-Goyt Hall Farm-Jim Fernley bridge 7-8.15pm. Highlights: 

Undoubted highlight was a lovely Whinchat around the horse paddock at the rear of the farm. Sat on the fence and resplendent in  the evening sun. Also 20 Mandarin Duck, 6 Grey Heron, 2 Common Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Jay and 20 Swallow.


Great sighting Chris, that's a Mega for this area !!

 



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Clapgate-Goyt Hall Farm-Jim Fernley bridge 7-8.15pm. Highlights: 

Undoubted highlight was a lovely Whinchat around the horse paddock at the rear of the farm. Sat on the fence and resplendent in  the evening sun. Also 20 Mandarin Duck, 6 Grey Heron, 2 Common Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Jay and 20 Swallow.



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I thought I would have a look at the new Alan Newton cycleway. It runs from Marple Old Hall to Bredbury Hall using existing paths, so no new investment except for signage at either end. (Alan Newton was the first Stockport bred Olympian to win a medal - in Helsinki 1952, when cyclists had to buy their own bikes and had 'loan-only' silk tyres from Dunlop. How times change.)

This is probably the best thread to put sightings although a good part of the cycleway is in Chadkirk Country Estate.

Best bits of birding included:
2 Ravens
2 Buzzards
Family of Blackcaps
Good numbers of House Sparrows around the farms. Probably in excess of 60.
4 Swifts
3 Juv Greenfinches
c25 House Martins

Only 7 Butterflies recorded in 2.5 hours.

Cheers John



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Clapgate to Otterspool 19.00-20.15

25 Drake and 4 female Mandarin with 4 broods totalling 25 young. Raven calling but not seen.  Kingfisher, 15 Stock Dove, 5 Chiffchaff, female Goosander, Goldcrest, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 17 Swift, 8 House Martin, Blackcap, 2 Grey Wagtail



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Clapgate to Middle Farm 6.30-7.30pm

23 Linnet is the best I've seen down here for ages. Also female Goosander, 8 Stock Dove, 5 Swallow, 3 House Martin, Common Buzzard, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 3 Mistle Thrush, Jay,Great Spotted Woodpecker. 



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Raven, Peregrine Falcon and 2 Goosander over this morning. 



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Highfield Road-Middle Farm Clapgate 1.45-2.45

Highlight was a pair of Raven over displaying aerial acrobatics against the wind, single Swallow around the farm, 4 Mistle Thrush, Mandarin pair and a record count for me here of 21 Stock Dove.



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Otterspool Bridge - Goyt Hall Farm fish pools

Stock Dove 6
Mandarin 13
Swallow 4
Dipper 1
Chiffchaff 4
Siskin 2
Goldcrest 1
Goosander pair
Buzzard 2
Sparrowhawk 1
Cormorant 7
Grey Heron 3
Greenfinch 1
Carrion Crow 45
Jackdaw 170

Cheers John

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Clapgate to Jim Fernley bridge 6.30-7.45pm

4+ Mandarin Duck, 2 Goosander, Kestrel, Redwing, 4+ Stock Dove, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch. 



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Kennels to Bunkers Hill

3 Goosander, 6 Meadow Pipit, 5 Mistle Thrush, Common Buzzard, 2 Redwing, Herring Gull



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Clapgate to Bredbury Hall 10-11 am

Peregrine Falcon, 2 Common Buzzard, 100+ Redwing, 7 Mistle Thrush, 3 Jay, Nuthatch, 6 Pied Wagtail. 



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Bredbury Hall - Goyt Hall farm - Chadkirk  1.30pm - 4pm

Mistle thrush (around a dozen in fields adjacent to Bredbury Hall)

Redwing (50+ in horse fields at Goyt Hall Farm)

Linnet (flock of around 30 with the Redwings)

Meadow pipit (25+ near dog kennels)

Stock dove (2 at Chadkirk scrapes, pylon field)

Snipe (flew over scrapes)



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Stock Dove 5
Herring Gull 4 (milling around with Black- headed Gull flock)
Pied Wagtail flock c40 mixed in with...
Meadow Pipit 16 and...
Grey Wagtail 1
Buzzard 1
House Sparrow c35
Mistle Thrush 18
Redwing c60
Treecreeper 1

Cheers John

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10-11 Clapgate to Jim Fernley bridge :

15 Redwing

6 Mistle Thrush

Grey Wagtail

3 Pied Wagtail

Common Buzzard

Grey Heron

Goosander



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Juvenile Dipper by Jim Fernley bridge
Common Buzzard
Stock Dove
20 Swallow
8 House Martin
2000+ Wood Pigeon

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Yesterday evening 7.45-8.45. Clapgate to Jim Fernley bridge. :
Kingfisher
50 Swift
25 Swallow
7 House Martin
Great Spotted Woodpecker
7 Mandarin Duck

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Clapgate - Jim Fernley bridge- fishponds 9.15-10.30:
Kingfisher
c150 Swift
20 Swallow
15 House Martin
3 Blackcap
Chiffchaff
3 Nuthatch
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Stock Dove
Mandarin
Buzzard
3 Grey Heron
Mistle Thrush
2 Goldcrest
Cormorant


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Clapgate - Holiday Lane-Bongs Lane yesterday 7-9.15pm :
20 + Mandarin
4 Goosander
Grey Wagtail
5 Blackcap
6 Chiffchaff
Sparrowhawk
Common Buzzard
Stock Dove
20 House Martin
9 Swallow
10 Swift
Nuthatch
Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding young
Goldcrest

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Clapgate to fish ponds 5.45-7:
Common Whitethroat
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
30+ Mandarin
24 House Martin
7 Swallow
10 Swift
2 Lapwing
2 Buzzard
Female Goosander
Great Spotted Woodpecker
5 Stock Dove
Goldcrest
2 Mistle Thrush
Grey Heron

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Raven over sewage works this morning at 9

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Between Bongs Road and River Goyt:

Mixed flock of Swifts (c15), Swallows (c6) and House Martins (c20) but no Sand Martins

Cheers John

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Clapgate to fish ponds 6.30-7.30
15+ Swift
15+ Swallow
5 House Martin
4 Mandarin Duck
Willow Warbler
Blackcap
2 Chiffchaff
Sparrowhawk
2+ Buzzard
Goldcrest
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Mistle Thrush

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Lapwing pair by Stockport Hydo
2 Linnet also
Past kennels:
Dipper
3 Goosander
Treecreeper
Stock Dove
2 Mandarin Duck
2+ Grey Wagtail
3 Swallow
2 Blackcap
2 Chiffchaff
200+ Jackdaw in a pre roost around sewage works

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Clapgate- fishponds:
3 Lapwing
2 Swallow
Blackcap
Drake Mandarin
3 Stock Dove
Chiffchaff
Common Buzzard



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Blackcaps 3
Chiffchaffs 4
Swallow 1 (Hare and Hounds)
Lapwings 4
Magpies 21
Buzzards 4-7 (min 4 but may be some double counting)

Cheers John


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Single House Martin over Hare and Hounds pub near Otterspool at 12.55

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6.15-7.30 Clapgate-Jim Fernley bridge-fishponds:
Amazing dawn chorus
Highlights birdwise:
Greylag Goose(site first for me)
Blackcap
2 Chiffchaff
Goldcrest
Common Buzzard
Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Nuthatch
Grey Wagtail
Goosander pair
Pied Wagtail
Jay
Moorhen
Grey Heron
4 Lesser Black Backed Gull

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There is a separate thread for Chadkirk if you're interested Anthony.
Today 10.30-11.45 Clapgate to Middle Farm:
3 Snipe flushed near fishing ponds
150+ Redwing
4 Fieldfare
Meadow Pipit
Pied Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
Mixed gull flock of mainly Black Headed with 5 Common and a single Lesser Black Backed
Nuthatch
5 Moorhen

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9.45-11.00 Chadkirk carpark to new bridge

Highlights...

Goldcrest
Dipper
Treecreeper

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9.30-10.30 Clapgate to Jim Fernley bridge :
2 Common Buzzard
Grey Wagtail
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Treecreeper
2 Nuthatch
3 Goosander
Mistle Thrush

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1-2.30 Clapgate to Middle Farm:
2 Common Buzzard
70 Redwing
8 Meadow Pipit
3 Moorhen
Mistle Thrush
150 Jackdaw
Pied Wagtail
Grey Heron

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Circular walk - Hare & Hounds - Bongs Lane - Poise Brook - Goyt Hall Farm - Otterspool Bridge - Hare & Hounds

Pied Wagtail 12
Grey Wagtail 2
Meadow Pipit 11
Song Thrush 2 (in song)
Mistle Thrush 5 (3 in song)
Goldfinch 11
Redwing 185 (flocks 150 & 35)
Sparrowhawk 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 4
Goldcrest 1
Goosander 3

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Offerton E.T.W.

On the settling beds:
Pied Wagtail 36
Grey wagtail 1
Meadow Pipit 1

Cheers, John

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