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10-10.30am this morning

100's of Gulls in field next to Bredbury Hall.
40+ Starlings in field opposite above.

Little Owl on Chimney stack at GHF...
http://www.ajdixonphotography.co.uk/photo4403607.html#photo

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Very quiet today.

Little Owl - GHF chimney stack
3 lapwings in newly ploughed field behind GHF
5 Herons in field near model aircraft strip
Buzzard over

Cheers, John

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1000+ Starlings displaying at dusk towards Goyt Hall Farm/ Bredbury Hall...Seen from Otterspool Bridge so I couldn't quite pin point the exact location.
Will have a look tomorrow from Bredbury Hall side.

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lunchtime today

one little owl on back tree left of GHF- enjoying the sun!
c50 fieldfare

on river
kingfisher
cormorant
goosanders
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Gone goggle eyed looking at 2000 and 2001 diaries but can't find a mention of the Partridge, John. Sorry about that. Sure it was before the footand mouth outbreak, as I was frustrated about not being allowed on the farm for so long after.
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two little owls showing well today about threeish, in the large tree opposite the farm on the other side of the track, smile.gifbiggrin.gif

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36 Mandarins in field next to kennels
8 Grey Herons around Goyt Hall Farm
1 Little Owl on farm chimney pot
4 Cormorant on river
1 fem Goosander on river
1 Treecreeper
c35 Fieldfare in horse field with
5 Redwing and
1 Meadow Pipit

-- Edited by John Rayner on Wednesday 3rd of February 2010 09:07:17 PM

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Little Owl making up for missing chimney pot at 12.30pmsmile.gif

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No sign of mandarins at the correct place this time!

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Goyt Hall Farm
Little Owl was showing well at 1.30 today.
Sitting on the Farmhouse chimney stack (the one that should have 4 pots but one is missing)

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A short visit with Mrs P today. Missed the Mandarin cos I mis read the left at home directions! (sorry mr Rayner!) But got fantasic views of the Little Owl in the tree sat right out in the open in front of the Magpie nest. Also 1 Stock Dove, many Woodpigeons, Blue and Great Tits, Finches, Nuthatch etc etc.

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Re Grey Partridge. It's a long shot, but I'll try ang get the exact date(Sadly I do keep a diary--it's just finding the thing!)
The exact spot was at the top of the sloped field opposite Goyt Fm, where the grass meets the crop. A year or so back it was set aside and lapwing bred.
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First visit to this site, brought on by hope of seeing little owl, which obligingly was there and quite active, moving branch a couple of times.

Also c50 redwings on fields and nuthatch nr bridge. Plenty of tit activity.

Later at opposite end saw 4 comorants in flight and c50 Mandarin ducks behind kennels. Got a bit confused about where best to see them from as couldn't see how to see river from mill lane so viewed from bongs lane, where i also put up buzzard from nearby trees.

Did i miss a path on the correct side? Also the Mandarins seemed to be flying in and out of kennels. Are they feeding them?

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PS have seen a Grey Partridge near Goyt Hall fm, but not since summer of 2000, anyone seen one since then?



Hi Chris,

I would be interested in deciding the last date for Grey Partridge in SJ98. Have you a date for your summer 2000 sighting?

Does anyone else have a more recent sighting for this area?

Cheers, John

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On the topic of Little Owls, just a few hints and tips of where I've seen them over the years.
Evenings in summer on the building in Middle Farm as you head towards Bredbury Hall
At Goyt Farm, often on the chimney, in tree adjacent to chimney, or on pole in sloped field opposite(early/late best here)
Still around the wood often in morning,in trees on left especially as you head down the first steep bit of track.
Sometimes on fence posts at top of the 'bull' field opposite where the track joins Midshires way.
At waterside,unsure if a different pair, often on farm building, sometimes on telegraph pole in middle of their BIG field opposite the kennels.
Hope this may be of some use.
Chris H
(PS have seen a Grey Partridge near Goyt Hall fm, but not since summer of 2000, anyone seen one since then?)

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 27th of January 2010 10:38:13 PM

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Per bird Rob?smile.gif

After talking to our lead birder, and looking back though this thread, I suspect they were meadow pipits

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We also saw 6 small birds on a telegraph wire, but could not identify them. redpoll or sparrows? any offers?




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A little owl in the larger of the two trees at the back corner of the building this morning.

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Loads of fieldfare plus some redwing, but did not see a little owl. The farmer said they are usually in the two trees just behind the building where the old car is.

We also saw 6 small birds on a telegraph wire, but could not identify them. redpoll or sparrows? any offers?

-- Edited by Geoff Walton on Tuesday 26th of January 2010 03:33:55 PM

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John and Geoff thank you very much.
I had a feeling it was that one...I pass it quite often and have never known the name!

I last walked through it the other week on the Tuesday we had the heavy snow...I briefly chatted with the farmer, who seems like a very nice man.

I've looked around the area for Little Owls before without much luck, but never around the farm site...Hopefully might prove more fruitful now!

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Which farm is Goyt Hall John?
Been meaning to ask for a while now!

Anthony




Hi Anthony,

Nothing to add to Geoff's info. Park at Otterspool and keep walking past the kennels - about a mile.

The Little Owls like the tree with the magpie nest in it to the RHS of GHF.

Geoff, As you approach the kennels look for Mandarins in the corner of the field to the immediate right of the kennel buildings. There is a small channel that they walk up to feed in field.

Forgot to mention that there was a Great Spot drumming today on the far side of the Goyt in the GHF area.

Cheers, John

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Hi Anthony,
If I can butt in, Goyt Hall Farm is the Black and White with a pond in front.building, way past the kennels, then past the farm on the left at the real entrance to the LNR, then past the left turn to go to the green bridge over the Goyt to Offerton. It is then a couple of hundred yards further on the left. In other words, if you walk on the path from otterspool, you will come to it.. Almost in a away at Bredbury Hall. The lane opposite the Farm leads up to Bredbury Green.

I think it used to be owned by the Davenport Family of Capsthorne. Chadkirk Chapel was a "Chapel of Ease" to that Family in the early days.

www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bredbury#Goyt_Hall

-- Edited by Geoff Walton on Thursday 21st of January 2010 10:41:03 PM

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Otterspool - Goyt Hall Farm 21/01/10

Much as yesterday but a splendid 4 male Yellowhammers over stubble field behind Goyt Hal farm. Little Owl being mobbed by Blue/Great Tits and 2 Treecreepers.

30 Mandarin in field by kennels.

Cheers, John






Which farm is Goyt Hall John?
Been meaning to ask for a while now!

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Lucky you John. I went to the river and managed to flush the mandarin of the other side in the water.
Assume most of your sighting were from "your negotiated patch"?smile.gif

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Otterspool - Goyt Hall Farm 21/01/10

Much as yesterday but a splendid 4 male Yellowhammers over stubble field behind Goyt Hal farm. Little Owl being mobbed by Blue/Great Tits and 2 Treecreepers.

30 Mandarin in field by kennels.

Cheers, John



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Otterspool - Goyt Hall Farm

34 Mandarin (in field just upstream from kennels)
6 Goosander (2m, 4f)
3 Nuthatch
140 Pinkfeet (west at 10.35)
5 Lapwing (east)
79 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 3 Mistle Thrush
1 Yellowhammer (male behing GH Farm)
5 Grey Heron
2 Cormorant
1 Little Owl (at GH Farm)
3 Jay
Sundry other Tits, Finches, Corvids, Gulls etc.

Cheers, John


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Good numbers of Redwing & Fieldfare this morning in the right hand field as you walk down from Goyt Hall Farm to Middle Farm.
Also quite a few Mistle Thrush & Meadow Pipits aswell as a single Lapwing.

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Offerton Sewage Works. On just 3 of the settling beds were:

Pied Wagtail (45)
Grey Wagtail (4)
Meadow Pipit (14)
Robin (2)
Moorhen (3)
Song Thrush (1)

Stock Doves (8) in trees behind Bongs Farm.

Cheers, John

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Quick wander with my kids to Jim Fernley this morning. Chilly wind, but a nice snowy scene still. Only did from my estate, across Offerton HS field, and down across bridge to feed the horses. (Of interest Tawny Owl calling 11ish last 2 nights on St John's Wood -female).
Main highlights:
4 Goosander
At least 1 Sparrowhawk with prey. Large female.
2 Nuthatch
Great Spot
5 Redwing
Heron
Quite a few pristine looking Common and Black Headed Gulls flying around.
Large flock of Long Tailed Tits, with 4 Coal Tits too.
River rising, covering the ice that has formed at the sides, a wierd site.
Yours
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There were two Snipe present yesterday, flying low through the trees doing Woodcock impressions!

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60+ Mandarin on the river behind Chadkirk Kennels - showing well and looking great as a flock in flight when I inadvertantly got too close - oops!






We counted 56 Mandarins this morning with 2 Snipe flushed off the footpath and 2 Little Owl at Goyt hall Farm.

Cheers, John



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60+ Mandarin on the river behind Chadkirk Kennels - showing well and looking great as a flock in flight when I inadvertantly got too close - oops!

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Had a VERY cold walk Thu am(7 Jan), and at 8.45 a female Teal flew over Offerton sand and Gravel towards Poise Brook, then lost to view . Tried to find it, to no avail. Never seen the Goyt with frozen sides before.
5 lapwing flew toward Chadkirk
17 Mandarin by Chadkirk Kennels
2 Treecreepers under the pylons towards Jim Fernley Bridge(my first for a while)
2 Nuthatch
Great Spotted opposite Sewage Works
9 Goosander
6 Meadow Pipit and plenty of Pied and Grey Wagtails on sewage beds (thanks for the tip, John)
Might be out again when my fingers warm up.

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14.30 - 16.00

River Goyt:
Mandarin 19
Goosander 6
Sparrowhawk 1
Rook 2
Snipe flushed from footpath

Goyt Hall Farm:
Little Owl 1
House Sparrow 37

Cheers, John

-- Edited by John Rayner on Friday 8th of January 2010 04:56:06 PM

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30ish Mandarin on the river at the sewage works
Female goosander flying up the river
cormorant flying above
lapwing flying

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Hi Chris and welcome to the forum.

Strange this. I have been keeping close tabs on Chadkirk over the past few days and the Little Egret rarely strays for long from its favoured ditch.

It was feeding happily in the ditch at 11.00 this morning and was back in the ditch between 2 and 3 pm (when I took some more piccies which I will send to Ian).

But early on 4th Jan I found a Little Egret opposite the Sewage Works which flew downstream towards Offerton Sand and Gravel and Jim Fearnley Bridge i.e. away from Chadkirk.

The one you saw over Offerton S&G at 11.25 is probably the same bird but it's not beyond possibility that there are 2.

Cheers, John

-- Edited by John Rayner on Wednesday 6th of January 2010 05:20:33 PM

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New to this forum malarky, but thanks to John this morning for showing me the egret's location, and telling me about this great site.
As an addition, as I walked back up Bongs Lane, 2 Common Buzzards flew over, with a sparrowhawk, and put up a large flock of corvids and 15 Stock Dove. As I watched, over flew the Little Egret towards Offerton Sand and Gravel.(11.25)
There is only 1 I assume?
Chris Harper

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66 Mandarin on River Goyt and feeding in field near Chadkirk Kennels.

(Info thanks to Robert Adderley)

Cheers, John

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Having searched Chadkirk Country Park, in a bitterly cold -10 deg, for yesterday's Little Egret I was most surprised to re-find it on the River Goyt just about opposite Offerton sewage farm. After resting for 30 mins or so it flew downstream in the direction of Jim Fearney Bridge. Also on the river were 3 Goosander and 14 Mandarin.

Cheers, John

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Jesus John, the photo on Manky Birders is much more life like biggrin.gif

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River Goyt 10.30 - 12.45 (Otterspool Bridge - Middle Farm)

29 species the best of which were

Mandarin (40. Three flocks of 18 and 14 and 8)
Goosander (3-5 females)
Dipper (1 singing)
Pied Wagtail (16)
Grey Wagtail (3)
Grey Heron (3)
Cormorant (3)
Buzzard (1)
Yellowhammer (1 at fishing pools)

Cheers, John

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Just spent an hour on the Goyt between Marple Dale Farm & Chadkirk,
plenty of Swifts intersperced with House Martins & a few Swallow hawking the stretch around the weir.
Also 5 fledged Long Tailed Tits
2 pairs of Grey Wag, with a total of 5 young
a couple of Buzzard
Heron
Chiffchaff
Blackcap singing
& female Sparrowhawk

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Sat in the Hare & Hounds beer garden by the River Goyt at Otterspool this evening and watched around 20 Swifts hawking insects when a Peregrine flew straight through east.

Cheers, John

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Otterspool - Goyt Hall Farm fishing pools

12 House Martins, 3 Swallows and 8 Swifts all hawking insects
Drake Mandarin on the Goyt
2-3 Yellowhammers singing
2 Chiffchaffs singing
2 Skylarks singing
Family party of Blackcaps (at least 3 juvs)
1 Goldcrest (anyone else noticed a population slump - they seem to be quite scare this year round here)
Treecreeper carrying food
Great Spotted Woodpecker heard
Buzzard overhead
1 LBB Gull overhead
1 Linnet near kennels
Many tits and finches (Gold, Green and Chaff)

Cheers, John

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Andy Bissitt wrote:

Perhaps the characters I met down there on Saturday afternoon complete with a couple of air rifles might have had a hand in that. Sad, tragic people, and two of them were by no means young men. I made sure they knew I had witnessed them shooting, but if I had looked their way for much longer I might have been a hospital case (or worse). Not much you can do in the circumstances.

I have to agree though, compared with last year the area seems very quiet. Where are the lapwings and skylarks?






I ran into this group a couple of Sundays back...6 of them including a young lad and like you say the others were by no means young men.
I didn't see them shoot at any birds but they were shooting into a wooded area the first time I passed them.
When I passed on my way back, they were shooting at tin cans, across the footpath and on a blind bend...I was only a matter of feet away before they spotted me and ceased firing.
One member of the group (a Rambo type dressed in camo) even had the cheek to ask me if I'd spotted anything interesting!



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Phew - walked from Chadkirk to Woodbank and back this morning, but hardly saw a thing, although lots of noise.

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Perhaps the characters I met down there on Saturday afternoon complete with a couple of air rifles might have had a hand in that. Sad, tragic people, and two of them were by no means young men. I made sure they knew I had witnessed them shooting, but if I had looked their way for much longer I might have been a hospital case (or worse). Not much you can do in the circumstances.

I have to agree though, compared with last year the area seems very quiet. Where are the lapwings and skylarks?

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Just been down up to Goyt Hall Farm. There was nearly more in the Budgetsmile.gif

Two Swallows at GH Farm, and two pairs of Goosander on the Goyt. A chap and his wife said they had seen a Heron and a Mandarin five mins before.

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21 April

Checked Goyt Hall Farm fishing pools and quieter stretches of the River Goyt.

2 Swallows at Goyt Hall + 2 at Middle Farm
2 Buzzards (GHF)
1 Imm. Mute Swan (fishing pools)
1 Kingfisher
1 Grey Heron
4 male and 1 female Mandarin in widely separated territories
2 Male Yellowhammers (still not seen a female this year)
No Egrets

Cheers, John

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Oh no! First Red Kite and now Little Egret no.gif

I'm covering this area fairly frequently but now I see I really must get out more frustrated.gif


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