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9.30-11 Clapgate to Jim Fernley bridge :
15 Meadow Pipit
Common Buzzard
4 Grey Heron
4 Cormorant
10 Greenfinch
20 Goldfinch
Mistle Thrush
Song Thrush
3 Pied Wagtail
Little Grebe
Sparrowhawk
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Nuthatch

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1-2 pm Clapgate to Jim Fernley bridge:
Dipper
Goosander pair
Grey Wagtail
2 Mistle Thrush
Common Buzzard
Great Spotted Woodpecker

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Otterspool Bridge to Goyt Hall Farm

All the action was in the first field opposite the hydro-electric plant:
Pied Wagtail 17
Meadow Pipit 20
Buzzard 1 grounded
Black-headed Gull 51
Common Gull 1
Cormorant 2 over

Cheers John

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Late post for Sunday 10.30-11.30:
10+ Meadow Pipit in field by kennels
Goosander pair
2 Goldcrest
Common Buzzard
14 Pied Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

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4-5pm
3 very active Common Buzzard
3 Grey Heron
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
7 Pied Wagtail
Male Sparrowhawk

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2 Chiffchaff
Goldcrest
2 Goosander
Mandarin
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Nuthatch
3 Jay
Common Buzzard
3 Mistle Thrush
2 Song Thrush
Stock Dove

From 4-5.30

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10 -11.15

14 Mistle thrush
2 Bullfinch

Freshly ploughed fields holding approximately:

350+ jackdaw, 80 Carrion crow, 72 Rook
130 Woodpidgeon + 15 Stockdove
75 Gull: mainly black headed with a few common gull
Peregrine over
Buzzard being mobbed by 6 magpie

In addition:7

1+ Great-spotted woodpecker near the iron bridge
1 Nuthatch calling in same area
1 Goosander (red head)
32 Mandarin flew out in a group heading south
2 Grey Heron





There appears to be an influx of rook in this area at the moment. Is anyone aware of any rookeries around the bredbury, stockport and surrounding areas.

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6.40-7.40:
Sparrowhawk
Common Buzzard
30+ House Martin
Single Swallow
5 Mistle Thrush
Jay
Chiffchaff
Grey Heron

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6.30-7.30:
2 Common Whitethroat
2 Chiffchaff
Sparrowhawk
Many Swallow / House Martin
5 Mistle Thrush
Jay
3 Grey Wagtail

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c80 Swallows and 1 House Martin over Goyt Hall Farm drifted SE
85 House Sparrows at Goyt Hall Farm with another flock c60 at Middle Farm
3 Buzzards

Cheers John

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7-8pm sun:
2 Common Buzzard
4 Grey Heron
11 Mandarin Duck
Single Common Swift
50 House Martin
20+ Swallow
Chiffchaff
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker

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Hobby through at 7.25pm near Middle Farm.
3 Common Buzzard, 1 juvenile
6 Mandarin
2 Chiffchaff
10 Swallow
7 House Martin
Stock Dove
3+ Grey Heron
Many Black Headed Gull over heading to roost
Lesser Black Backed Gull

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Lunchtime:
6 Goosander over
2 Grey Wagtail
5 Pied Wagtail
Jay
1000 + Wood pigeon until the intelligencia started blasting themconfuse
Great Spotted Woodpecker

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3 mandarin
Grey wagtail
5 jay
2 Chiffchaff
House Martin
Many swallow
Mallard with young
Nuthatch

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Still no Yellowhammers at the traditional site near Goyt Hall Farm but I have just heard a reliable report of Yellowhammers there in Jan/Feb this year.

2 Garden Warblers were having a territorial 'sing-off' dispute.
10 House Martins over Middle Farm

Cheers, John

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Goyt Hall Farm area:

No Yellowhammers have returned this year (another Stockport Borough breeding bird gone?)
1 Lesser Whitethroat at the fishing ponds and a Buzzard close overhead.

Cheers John


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Otterspool-Goyt Hall Fm:
25+ Swallow near the kennels
3 Chiffchaff
2 Blackcap
Goosander-pair
2 Mandarin
Dipper
Nuthatch

House Martin over Hare and Hounds pub at 4.30

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Otterspool - Goyt Hall Farm

Chiffchaff 9
Blackcap 4
Nuthatch 4
Goldcrest 2
Greenfinch 5
House Sparrow 19
Jay 5
Collared Dove 1
Buzzard 2
Mandarin 2m
Goosander 2m

Cheers John


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Clapgate-Otterspool-Bongs La-Holiday La-Jim Fernley Bridge 8.30-10.30am:

8 Chiffchaff (mainly downstream from Waterside Farm)
3 Goosander (1 Drake)
4 Nuthatch
Common Buzzard
2 Stock Dove
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 drumming)
2 Grey Wagtail
7 Mandarin (again, mainly in trees)
Possible Raven, though distant
Bullfinch

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8-10am:
8 Mandarin( mainly in trees along poise brook)
7 Redwing
Treecreeper
3+ Nuthatch
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Meadow Pipit over
Peregrine Falcon
3 Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
2 Stock Dove
Grey Wagtail
Bullfinch
Grey Heron

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Poise Brook L.N.R.

2 Mandarins (on river)
6 Nuthatches
2 Jays
5 Mistle Thrushes
5 Redwings

2 Annoyingly noisy trail bikers on the footpaths

Cheers John

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Yesterday9.30-11.30 Clapgate-Bredbury Hall-Goyt Hall Farm:
150+ Redwing
2 Grey Wagtail
2 Stock Dove
Treecreeper
5 Cormorant
2 Nuthatch
Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Pied Wagtail
Greenfinch

Goyt very high

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A wander around Poise Brook - fungi potential for sure. Birds - Goldfinch; Redwing (good flock); Blackbird; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Robin; Long Tailed Tit; Coal Tit; Jay; Siskin (about 8 birds with the Goldfinch); Mistle Thrush; Great Tit; Nuthatch; Chaffinch; Jackdaw; Pied Wagtail; Grey Wagtail and Rook.

A few fungal species - list as shown on my site.

FP Dave - www.fungalpunknature.co.uk - cheers

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Kennels - Jim Fernley Bridge:

Pied Wagtail 46 (single flock feeding in field near kennels)

Meadow Pipits 6 (with wagtails)

Mandarin 1m flew upstream

Buzzard mobbed by 5 Mistle Thrushes

Cheers John

 



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Bredbury hall-middle farm-Otterspool bridge 11.30-2.30


20 Pied Wagtail in the field behind Goyt hall farm feeding around the feet of the horses also 7 Grey Heron in the same field nearer to the river, 6 sat in the field and 1 sat in a
tree on the river bank.
4 Rook feeding in the field opposite the kennels with approximately 100 Jackdaw, 50 Black headed Gulls and 10 Carrion Crow.
A pair of Jay caching acorns around middle farm and a nice mixed tit flock of approximately 30 birds containing 20 Long Tailed Tits and a few Blue and Great tits.



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I've heard reports of Woodcock in the field and wood just up from Goyt Hall Farm, but never seen one. Dog walker also told me his dog flushed one from there once.

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Late post from yesterday 1.00 pm Yesterday at lunch time I received a picture text from a friend asking me to help them identify a bird that was in their Offerton garden on woodlands drive near the cricket club , it was clearly a Woodcock in the middle of the day. I thought I would share this sighting but wondered if anybody else had ever seen one in this area before? Cheers, Paul.

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Otterspool bridge-Middle Farm and back 11-1pm

Not a great deal in almost constant rain, but some good sightings nevertheless:

6 Mandarin, inc. 3 feeding with the huge Woodpigeon flock behind Goyt Hall Farm
Sparrowhawk
5 Grey Wagtail
5 Pied Wagtail
Chiffchaff
40+ Swallow
20+House Martin
2 Swift
20 Goldfinch
2 Jay
Nuthatch
Lesser Black Backed Gull
19 Black Headed Gull

Many more common of the woodland species, with many juvenille birds too.

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1 common whitethroat heard this morning along the path to the kennels. Good job really as little else apart from 2 pairs of swallow on Waterside Farm.

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Lesser Whitethroat 1
Yellowhammer 2 probably 3 (2 males and a silhouette)
Collared Dove 2
Buzzard 1

Cheers, John

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Waterside Farm:
3 Swallows
4 Sand Martins

Goyt Hall farm:
2 Buzzards
pair of Stock Doves (male displaying)
Still no Yellowhammers - It's looking bleak for them this year. I noticed today that a large patch of Bramble right in the middle of their territory has been cut and removed.

Cheers, John


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A little swirl of hirundines over the river at Otterspool this morning at 7.35. Not easy without bins (and at the wheel), but 4/5 sand martins and 1/2 swallows in the flock.

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Holiday Lane - Goyt Hall Farm

Chiffchaff 3
Swallow 1 (south)
Meadow Pipit 13
Mandarin 2,m

Cheers, John

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9-10 am
Holiday Lane-Goyt Hall Fm
High Lights:
2 Lapwing
10 Redwing
2 Mandarin
6 Nuthatch
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
10 Mallard
Grey Wagtail
2 Pied Wagtail
3 Drake Goosander

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In fields around Goyt Hall Farm:

11 Meadow Pipits
6 Lapwings
1 Skylark
c70 Woodpigeons
2 Stock Doves
1 Buzzard
1 Goldcrest

Still no Yellowhammers.

Cheers John

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Poise Brook Woods - Offerton


6 Nuthatches calling
4 Song Thrushes singing
3 Pairs of Stock Doves cooing

Lots of other common bird song but no Chiffchaffs and no woodpecker activity.

Cheers, John



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Not seen any yet John. I do reckon they have decreased in last few years, although not done a count.

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Goyt Hall Farm area.

2 Curlew in field but no Yellowhammers for me this year, and I've normally recorded them by now.
Has anyone else seen them this year?

Bongs Farm area
c45 Meadow Pipits in rough pasture
Pair Mandarins on river.

Cheers, John

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Cheers, John,

Numbers built up like that in Greenfield a couple of years before they started nesting, so it is worth looking out for twig carrying, etc.

However they may just be birds from Marple Dale...

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Hi Steve,

I may have painted a picture of birds clustered in trees. In fact 7 of these birds were loafing on the river bank and 2 were in a tree but I'll keep my eye on them.

Cheers John

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John Rayner wrote:

6th Feb:


Grey Heron 9 (roosting in single flock)


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Hi John,

probably worth checking for signs of nesting if there are so many present at this time of year?



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6th Feb:

Mandarin pair
Goosander 4m, 1f (on river)
Grey Heron 9 (roosting in single flock)
Redwing c40
Fieldfare c10
Mistle Thrush 5
Lesser Redpoll 3
Jackdaw c200
Carrion Crow 36 (single flock)
Rook 6
Buzzard 1

Cheers, John


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Offerton Water Treatment Works (31 Jan)

Pied Wagtail 18
Grey Wagtail 4

Cheers John

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Chadkirk - goythall farm- middle farm 1 goosander on river near road bridge. Surprised to find 60 lapwing in the field opposite the kenels with 30 fieldfare 3 mistle thrush and approximately 300 starling. Field between goyt hall farm and middle farm 20 meadow pipits.

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Chadkirk - goythall farm- middle farm 1 goosander on river near road bridge. Surprised to find 60 lapwing in the field opposite the kenels with 30 fieldfare 3 mistle thrush and approximately 300 starling. Field between goyt hall farm and middle farm 20 meadow pipits.

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Bongs La-Otterspool-Jim Fernley Bridge 8.45-10.15

River:
Dipper
7 Goosander(3 Drake)
3 Cormorant
7 Grey Heron
6 Mandarin(4 Drake)
50+ Mallard

Wood/Farmland:
2 Common Buzzard
Kestrel
4 Nuthatch
Redwing
Treecreeper
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
4 Goldcrest
4 Bullfinch
4 Mistle Thrush
Song Thrush
2 Pied Wagtail

Plus 'usuals'

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Poise Brook-Jim Fernley Bridge- Goyt Hall Fm 11.15-12.45
Woods:
Dipper on the brook
2+ Great Spotted Woodpecker
2+ Nuthatch
Treecreeper

Farmland:
30 Pied Wagtail(most I've ever seen down here)
2 Stock Dove
Common Buzzard
40 Redwing
10 Fieldfare
30 Starling
40 House Sparrow
9 Grey Heron
17 Black Headed Gull
10 Mallard
10 Goldfinch
15 Chaffinch
2 Greenfinch

A lovely Xmas amble altogether.

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Chadkirk Kennels - Goyt Hall Farm:

Mixed flock of c15 Greenfinches, c10 Goldfinches, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Goldcrest
Goosander 1 (overhead)
Pied Wagtail 12 (single flock, Goyt Hall Farm)
Grey Wagtail 1 (feeding on flooded path)
Mixed corvid flock in fields c95 Jackdaw, c20 Rooks, c15 Carrion Crows, 1 Jay, 4 Magpies

Cheers, John


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7-8.15
Misty start, but by 8am there was some clear movements going on.
25 Meadow Pipit over South West
50 Woodpigeon
40 Goldfinch
Mixed flock of 10 Mistle Thrush and 7 Redwing(1st of Autumn)

On Goyt:
2 Drake Mandarin
2 Grey Wagtail
2 Grey Heron
3 Mallard

Woodland:
2 Goldcrest
If it wasn't a Blackcap, then something doing a good impression of one in a mixed flock, couldn't see it.
Nuthatch
2 Treecreeper
Large mixed tit flocks
4 Jay

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7.45-9.00
Jim Fernley Bridge:
2 Mandarin
10 Mallard
Kingfisher
2 Grey Wagtail

Woods:
Common Buzzard
5 Jay
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Nuthatch

Farmland:
100's of Woodpigeon
4 Stock Dove
5 Bullfinch
50+ House Sparrow
30 Swallow
Lesser Black Backed Gull

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