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Dukinfield, Ashton, Stalybridge


Tuesday 14th November 2017. 13.00 hrs

Printworks Road, Heyrod.

1 Goosander. The moulting young male.

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Monday 13th November 2017, 1.15pm

Printworks Road Pond, Heyrod.

4 Goosander. 2 males, one redhead, and one immature male moulting into adult plumage.

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Sunday 12th November 2017, 1.15pm

Printworks Road Pond, Heyrod.

2 redhead Goosander. Either one or two redheads present on most visits over the past week.
1 Grey Heron
1 Moorhen
5 Mallard

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Sunday 12th November 2017, 9.30 - 11.00am

Harrop Edge, mainly around Paddock Farm. Very quiet, compared to last week.

1 female Stonechat
1 Fieldfare
4 Redwing
1 Mistle Thrush
4 Goldfinch
2 Bullfinch
1 Raven
1 Rook
1 Kestrel
1 Grey Heron
60 Canada Geese in the fields


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Peregrine Falcon with prey over Ashton at 07.10 this morning. 



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Monday 6th November 2017, 1.10pm

Printworks Road Pond.

1 drake Mandarin with 7 Mallard

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Sunday 5th November, 8.30 - 11.30am

Harrop Edge, around Paddock Farm, and the woods at Lower Roe Cross.

1 pair of Stonechat around Paddock Farm
20+ Redwing feeding on holly, in the almost complete absence of any other berries locally
At least one Fieldfare mixed in
6 Mistle Thrush
1 Song Thrush
c 20 Blackbirds
1 Goldcrest
Flock of 6 Bullfinch
6 Chaffinch
1 Buzzard
2 Kestrel
1 Raven
2 Pied Wagtails
4 House Sparrows
A flock of c80 Starlings feeding in the fields around Paddock Farm
c 200 Canada Geese in the fields towards Hyde Road, Mottram
At least 3 Rook feeding behind Cheetham Fold Farm, with Jackdaws and Carrion Crows

Attempted to count Magpies - 74
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In the woods at Lower Roe Cross

1 male Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Nuthatch
Small mixed feeding flock, with several Goldcrest and Coal Tits

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Saturday 4th November 2017

Printworks Road, Heyrod, 10.30am

2 Coot were the only sign of life on the pond
5 Cormorant were perched together on a pylon
1 female Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Nuthatch
Couple of Mistle Thrush, and lots of Blackbirds

Huddersfield Road

As I was leaving the house, at 8.00am, a Sparrowhawk overhead was being noisily mobbed by two Black-headed Gulls

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Tuesday 31st October 2017, 1.15pm.

Printworks Road Pond, Heyrod.

1 drake Goosander
2 Coot

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Sunday 29th October 2017, 11.00am

Printworks Road, Heyrod

4 redhead Goosander on the pond
1 Coot
Nuthatch
Goldcrest
Goldfinch

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Thursday 19th October 2017, 9.00 - 11.45am

Harrop Edge, Stalybridge, taking in Harrop Edge Road, Paddock Farm, and down to Edge Lane, via the woods at Lower Roe Cross.

Harrop Edge Road - particularly lively, for a change.

2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
6 Redwing
20+ Blackbirds, seemed to be everywhere.
6 Bullfinch
4 Goldfinch
3 Dunnock
6+ Wren
A flock of mixed Tits containing at least 16 Long-tailed Tits
1 Kestrel
1 Pied Wagtail

Around Paddock Farm.

2 Stonechat (male and female), catching flies.
4 Red-legged Partridge
2 Mistle Thrush
1 Pied Wagtail
2 Goldfinch
A couple of Skylark heard calling, but not seen

In the woods.

1 Treecreeper
1 Nuthatch
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Small flock of mixed Tits, containing mainly Coal Tits

Edge Lane.

1 Buzzard
1 Grey Heron
c 30 House Sparrows around the houses

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Sunday 8th October 2017.

Redwing calling over Stalybridge buffet bar at 8.30pm, and Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge, between 9.00 and 9.30pm.

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c25 Redwing flew over Crescent Road in Dukinfield towards Ashton late morning today


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Friday 6th October 2017, 9.30 - 11.45am

Around Harrop Edge, Stalybridge

1 female Stonechat was moving around the rough fields above Paddock Farm
10+ Goldfinch
2 Linnet over
2 Bullfinch
1 female Sparrowhawk
3 Raven, 2 over Gallows Clough, the other over Edge Lane
2 Chiffchaff
5 Pied Wagtails
15+ Meadow Pipits
1 Jay
15+ Robins, very much in evidence this morning, two of which were chasing the Stonechat.

On the way home, a Buzzard drifted around from Matley, over Mottram Road, and was harassed by two Carrion Crows. Eventually, another raptor came into view very high up, and joined in. My best guess would be a Peregrine, but it was too distant to be sure.


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Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 9.30 - 11.15am

Around Harrop Edge. Quiet, in very gusty conditions.

The main entertainment was watching two Nuthatches, in the shelter of the woods. They were constantly to and fro an old nest hole, presumably stashing seeds.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
10 Meadow Pipit
6 Goldfinch
1 Linnet

Plenty of Canada Geese, Black-headed Gulls, Woodpigeon, and corvids around the fields, but not much else.

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Sunday 1st October 2017, 7.00 - 9.00am

Pennine Bridleway, between Shireclough and Millbrook.

1 Chiffchaff singing at Shireclough
1 Kestrel
1 Buzzard
7 Mistle Thrush
4 Goldfinch
4 Greenfinch
1 Jay, collecting acorns
6 Meadow Pipits
3 Red Grouse

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A single Rook scavenging around Ashton bus station this morning.

Three Rook left a corvid roost on the Dukinfield/Ashton border yesterday morning.

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Thursday 21st September 2017, 9.15 - 11.30am

Pennine Bridleway, from Shireclough to Millbrook, before the rain.

1 Whinchat, feeding in a field of beet, at Shireclough
5 Stonechat, a pair and three well grown juveniles, one already with well developed male plumage.
1 Buzzard over Buckton Vale
1 Kestrel
4 Swallows
10+ Meadow Pipits
10 Goldfinch
2 Greenfinch
1 Lesser Redpoll over
1 Jay
1 Chiffchaff
3 Dunnock

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Sunday 17th September 2017, 9.30 - 11.30am.

Pennine Bridleway, from Shireclough to Millbrook, in cold, heavy drizzle.

2 Stonechat, a female and well grown juvenile, in the area of this year's nest site.
22 Mistle Thrush flew over from Millbrook towards Cowbury Dale
30+ Meadow Pipits, moving around in small flocks
20+ Goldfinch
1 Buzzard
8 Swallows

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Thursday 14th September 2017, 9.30am - 12.00pm.

Harrop Edge, Stalybridge, taking in the woods at Lower Roe Cross.

2 Ravens
1 male Kestrel
1 female Sparrowhawk, having a real go at the Kestrel
1 Buzzard
A flock of 7 juvenile Linnet
15+ Goldfinch
25+ Meadow Pipits
2 Jay
1 Song Thrush
3 Chiffchaff
2 Willow Warblers
3 Swallows
94 Black-headed Gulls feeding in the fields

In the woods.

3 Nuthatch
Several Goldcrest
6 Long-tailed Tits
2 Coal Tits, one storing food
Great and Blue Tits
Bullfinch calling
2 Chiffchaff
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

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Sunday 10th September 2017, 9.00 - 11.30am.

Harrop Edge, Stalybridge.

28 Linnet around Paddock Farm, mainly juveniles.
c 30 Goldfinch feeding in the fields towards Hattersley roundabout.
c 20 Meadow Pipits moving through south in threes and fours.
8 Swallows
2 House Martins
1 Pied Wagtail over
2 Ravens, constantly hassled by Jackdaws
1 Willow Warbler
1 Chiffchaff singing
1 Coal Tit
c 70 Black-headed Gulls feeding in the fields towards the A57
c 160 Canada Geese in the same fields
6 House Sparrows

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Thursday 7th September 2017, 1.45 - 3.15pm

Harrop Edge, Stalybridge.

1 Buzzard
1 Little Owl
1 female Kestrel
1 female Sparrowhawk.
1 Raven, being harassed by Jackdaws.
2 Pied Wagtails
c 50 Swallows feeding over towards Roe Cross
200+ Canada Geese feeding in the fields between Harrop Edge and the A57
Jackdaws and Woodpigeon in abundance.

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Sunday 27th August 2017, 10.00am - 12.00pm

Pennine Bridleway, Shireclough to Millbrook.

A female Sparrowhawk was patrolling the fences around Shireclough so, other than noisy corvids, not a lot showing.
No sign of the Stonechat, the last sighting of which was of a male carrying food on 6th August (my last visit).
1 Kestrel
1 Little Owl
6 Mistle Thrush, including five together
40 Goldfinch
2 Coal Tit
12+ Swallows, including fledglings being fed on wires

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18th August. 09.00 hrs.

Buzzard circling and mewing over Mottram Road, Stalybridge.

Roger.

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17th August.

Female Buzzard over Mottram Road, Stalybridge at 16.00 hrs.

Roger.

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14th August. 19.30 hrs.

Dukinfield.

c 15 House Martin over Cheetham Hill Road.

Roger.

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2nd August. 14.00 - 16.00 hrs.

Stalybridge. Harrop Edge.

Kestrel. 3. M + F + Juvenile.
Goldfinch. 7.
Meadow Pipit. 40+. Beginning to flock together. Two main groups counted 17 & 13.
Song Thrush.
House Sparrow .... small colony down near the stables.

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Sunday 30th July 2017, 9.30 - 11.30am

Pennne Bridleway, between Shireclough and Higher Hyde Green

The highlight was the discovery of a pair of Stonechat, with at least one juvenile, in what, for me, is a new territory. I have only ever seen a single male of this species in this area, on 5th March this year. That makes seven pairs, that I know of, in my recording area in Stalybridge, which comprises The Pennine Bridleway, Brushes Valley, and Wild Bank Hill.

Other sightings:

1 Little Owl
4 Buzzards, 3 over Harridge, and one calling over Buckton Quarry
2 Kestrel, one over Harridge, one over Buckton Moor
1 Peregrine, seen off by the Kestrel over Harridge
10+ Swallows
1 Swift
2 Lapwing
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Lesser Redpoll over

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Sunday 16th July 2017, 9.00 - 11.00am

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook, mainly around Shireclough; desperately quiet.

10 Lapwing, almost all well grown juveniles
5 Willow Warblers
3 Greenfinch singing
5 Goldfinch
1 Lesser Redpoll over
1 Linnet over

And that was about it.


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Sunday 9th July 2017, 6.30 - 8.30am

Pennine Bridleway, from Shireclough to Brushes.

12+ Lapwing, including at least four youngsters. Adults mobbing Jackdaws.
10 Linnet
4 singing Greenfinch
10 Goldfinch
c 20 Swallows
8 Meadow Pipits
4 Mistle Thrush
2 Kestrel
1 Willow Warbler
1 Blackcap
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

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Sunday 2nd July 2017, early afternoon.

Over the River Tame, viewed from Stalybridge Tip (aka Household Waste Recycling Centre).

At least a dozen Sand Martins and a family group of Grey Wagtails.

I would have preferrred to be at the Buffet Bar smile

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Sunday 2nd July 2017, early evening.

Over the River Tame, viewed from Stalybridge buffet bar.

10+ Sand Martins, including what appeared to be a couple of juveniles being fed in mid-air
4 Swift
1 Grey Heron over west (down river).

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23rd June. 14.30 hrs.

Stalybridge. Caroline St bridge. R Tame.

Grey Wagtail. Pair.
Sand Martin. 4.
Swift. 3.

Roger.

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BBS for the square SJ9899.

The route follows the Pennine Bridleway, from Brushes Cottages to Harridge Hall, and from Lower Hyde Green, down Besom Lane, past Millbrook Dam, and into the valley bottom. The post could just as easily be in the "Brushes" thread, being split between the two.

Highlights.

2 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Cormorant
1 Common Sandpiper, amazingly, the first time recorded in this BBS square. Fortunately they have been alarm calling for the past couple of weeks, and can be heard at some distance.
1 Lapwing
1 Cuckoo
20 Swift
23 Swallows
39 House Martins
3 Chiffchaff
12 Willow Warblers
4 Blackcap
2 Whitethroat
6 Song Thrush
6 Mistle Thrush
27 House Sparrows
20 Collared Dove
17 Linnet
5 Lesser Redpoll
15 Greenfinch, recorded in nine out of the ten transect sections; more than any other species.
12 Goldfinch
8 Chaffinch


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2 Rook this afternoon near Gala Bingo in Ashton

Coopers Ride area on Dukinfield/Ashton border

12+ Sand Martin
Singing Blackcap and Chiffchaff
Pair of Bullfinch
Pair of Grey Wagtail



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Tuesday 16th May.

Cheetham Hill Rd. Dukinfield. 19.30 hrs.

Single House Martin over usual breeding site.

Roger.

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David Walsh wrote:

Monday 1st May 2017, 5.45pm

Blackcap singing in the trees around Broadhurst Transport, opposite the entrance to Stalybridge Railway Station.





Blackcap singing for the third week, opposite Stalybridge railway station.

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Sunday 14th May 2017, 2.30pm

6 House Martins feeding over Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge. My first of the year, locally.

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Thursday 10th May 2017, 9.00 - 10.30am

Pennine Bridleway, between Carrbrook and Millbrook.

6 Lapwing, including one well grown juvenile, which seems a poor return from at least four nests at the end of March. The adults were permanently alarm calling, harassed by gulls and corvids. There has been some control of the Lesser Black-backed Gulls , Crows, and Magpies, but not much can be done with the Black-headed Gulls. To add to the Lapwings' woes, the field has been ploughed and tilled in the past month, so that the youngster is wandering around on bare earth.

1 Whitethroat singing
3 Willow Warblers
15 Goldfinch
3 Greenfinch
5 Chaffinch
6 Linnet
4 Swallows
1 Swift
1 Buzzard over Harridge

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Monday 1st May 2017, 5.45pm

Blackcap singing in the trees around Broadhurst Transport, opposite the entrance to Stalybridge Railway Station.

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8 Sand Martins this afternoon over the Tame in Dukinfield
Chiffchaff and Blackcap also in the area

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Stalybridge.1 39pm Wednesday 19th April


2 dippers seen on the river Tame downstream from bridge on Melbourne Street.
One fllying up to a wall on the left.t

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19th April. 15.00 - 16.30 hrs.
Harrop Edge. Stalybridge.
Willow Warbler.
Chiffchaff.
Rook (1) mixed in with the Carrion Crow & Jackdaw.
Swallow. (4)
Mistle Thrush collecting food.
Goldfinch.
Linnet. (1)

Roger.

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Friday 7th April. 11.30 hrs.

Ashton-u-Lyne.

Leucistic Jackdaw (white wing bars) feeding near Station Hotel on Warrington Street.

Roger.

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River Tame, Dukinfield - late afternoon

Chiffchaff singing and flycatching in one of the riverside trees

Kingfisher flew downstream carrying a small fish

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Sunday 2nd April 2017, 7.30 - 9.30am

Pennine Bridleway, from Carrbrook to Brushes, and back.

2 Linnet, a male singing, and a female feeding in the fields. My first of the year at any of the area's upland breeding sites.
2 Willow Warblers singing at Shireclough. Also my first of the year.
4 Lapwing visible in the fields at the Carrbrook end, and one in Millbrook, below Higher Hyde Green. Both sites being harassed by gulls and crows.
2 Greenfinch singing
3 Chaffinch singing
1 pair of Mistle Thrush
5 Meadow Pipits
1 Skylark singing
1 drake Mandarin following a pair of Mallard around a field at Millbrook
1 Raven over, towards Buckton Moor

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Thursday 30th March. 14.00 hrs.

Stalybridge. R. Tame. Bayley Street bridge.

12+ Sand Martin. Think fresh in as I checked Mon & Tues with no joy.
Grey Wagtail. Pair M & F.


Harrop Edge. 14.30.

Still in the grip of winter up here !!!

Pied Wagtail. 1.
Carrion Crow. 6.
Jackdaw. 100+

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Tuesday 28th March 2017, 7.00pm

Below the Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook, counting Lapwing.

10 birds visible, in poor light, with four birds sitting.


Last dog walk, at 9.00pm - Tawny Owl calling from Grove Road, Millbrook



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First swallow of the year for me over Standrick Hill, Heyrod. 27/03 @ 11:30

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Peregrine at 19:40 over Saint Marys school Dukinfield.

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