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Friday 20th April 2018, 7.00 - 8.00pm

Pennine Bridleway, Shireclough, Carrbrook.

18 Lapwing visible, my best count since the initial influx.
3 singing Willow Warblers
3 singing Chaffinch
1 Peregrine over, towards Brushes
Pair of Pied Wagtails


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20/4/2018 Dukinfield

2 Ravens very high heading north over Dukinfield Park at 1520hr, surely going in the wrong direction given the astounding and sickening news from Scotland.

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Monday 16th April 2018, 8.20am

Ashton Town Centre.

A recently fledged Blackbird being fed worms by its parent on the edge of the car park at Glebe Street was a nice way to start the working week.

Also in the area.

Greenfinch singing above Crickets Lane health centre
Several Dunnock singing
Song Thrush
Mistle Thrush
House Sparrows
4 Goldfinch
Jackdaws nest building

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15/4/18 Dukinfield

3 female Brambling have been visiting our garden this afternoon, 2 picking around under the feeders and 1 using a hanging sunflower heart feeder. A male Great Spotted Woodpecker has been feeding on a fat block today, a female was in yesterday.
Also yesterday, a Willow Warbler was across the road in Dukinfield Park most of the afternoon with a brief appearance of a female Blackcap in the same tree that the Willow Warbler was favouring.



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Sunday 15th April 2018, 9.30am - 12.00pm.

Pennine Bridleway, between Carrbrook and Brushes.

1 Ring Ouzel, a handsome male. Fortunately, it called once, otherwise I would never have found it. It was feeding on the edge of the heather, mainly behind a collapsed stone wall, for about fifteen minutes, then flew higher up the moor, and disappeared into an area cleared of heather. It seems to be a good year for passage. That makes five different sightings for me, at five separate local sites, in the past week and a half.
1 male Wheatear, in the same area, at the same time, as the Ouzel.
1 Curlew calling from high up on Harridge was good to hear.
10 Lapwing visible in the fields, with 7 appearing to be sitting.
1 singing Willow Warbler
House Sparrows around the cottages
Pair of Pied Wagtails
3 Chaffinch
2 singing Greenfinch
5 singing Dunnock

An enjoyable morning.


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Thursday 12th April 2018, 9.30 - 11.30am

Harrop Edge, Stalybridge.

Feeling like winter. Strong, cold winds, and shrouded in mist.

9 Fieldfare feeding in the fields added to the unseasonable feel.
3 singing Willow Warblers
1 singing Chiffchaff
5 Meadow Pipits

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Good to hear a Blackcap singing in Dukinfield this morning.

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Saturday 7th April, 6.45 - 8.15pm

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook.

9 Lapwing visible, in the gathering gloom. At least 6 sitting
19 Pheasant
4 Meadow Pipits
2 Red Grouse
2 Song Thrush singing
1 Tawny Owl calling from Shireclough at dusk

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5 + Sand Martin today at 10.30 on the river Tame seen from the bridge on Bailey Street, Stalybridge

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Sunday 1st April 2018, 9.30 - 11.30am

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook to Millbrook. Back in the grip of winter!

14 Lapwing
1 Kestrel
1 drake Mandarin in a field at Millbrook, with a few Mallard
7 Dunnock, with four singing
6 Meadow Pipits

And not a lot else.

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Saturday 31st March 2018, 10.00am

Printworks Road Pond, Heyrod.

4 Coot, with one pair nestbuilding
1 Moorhen
2 pairs of Canada Geese
My first singing Chiffchaff of the year
2 Nuthatch
2 Greenfinch singing

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A couple of hours around Carrbrook from 09.45-11.45

Tawny Owl calling at 10.45. Peregrine Falcon, Meadow Pipit, 3 Lapwing, 5 Bullfinch. Red Grouse heard. Nice to meet David Walsh too. 



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First Chiffchaff of the year, at the lower part of the mettled footpath from the bottom of Mottram Old Road up to Wildbank - about 50m up - always a reliable spot for this spices being first migrant of the summer.

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Saturday 24th March 2018, 4.00pm

Driving from Top Mossley to Ashton, two Lapwing in the air, seen from the car, in fields on the eastern side of Mossley Road, opposite Ashton Golf Course.

House Sparrows actively collecting nest material around Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge, today.

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Thursday 22nd March 2018, 9.00pm

Tawny Owl hooting from the woods between Grove Road and Crowswood Drive, Millbrook.

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Sunday 18th March 2018, 9.30 - 10.30am.

An hour spent struggling along the Pennine Bridleway from Carrbrook to Brushes, and back, being constantly battered by snow drifting from the moor, driven by a ferocious, gusty wind. The only birds seen were 2 Carrion Crows and 2 Red Grouse. A few of the "garden species" were around, in the shelter of the clough next to the houses at Carrbrook. No Lapwing heard today.

Then on to Printworks Road Pond.

1 pair of Goosander
1 Little Grebe, coming into breeding plumage.
4 Coot
2 Moorhen
6 Canada Geese




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Thursday 15th March 2018

Harrop Edge, 9.30 - 11.15am. Blustery and very quiet.

2 Skylark
1 Lesser Redpoll
2 Meadow Pipits
1 Kestrel
1 Curlew flew over east, carrying on up Longdendale Valley, until it was a speck.

Printworks Road, Heyrod, 11.30am.

Similar sightings to Roger's, minus the Geese.
Also, a pair of Greenfinch in the surrounding Bush
1 Grey Wagtail in the horse paddock
Several Nuthatch calling

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook, 4.30 - 5.30pm.

11 Lapwing seen, all on the ground.
c 20 Redwing. There seems to have been a clear out of Fieldfare since the weekend. Not one seen this evening.
15 Starlings
26 Pheasant
2 Pied Wagtail



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Thurs 15th March. 15.00 hrs.

Printworks Rd. Heyrod. Stalybridge.

Canada Goose. 6
Coot. 4
Moorhen. 1
Little Grebe. 1

Roger.

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Saturday 10th March 2018, 8.00 - 10.15am

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook to Millbrook.

Similar fare to Thursday, with an accurate Lapwing count again proving difficult. On the way up, 12 birds were in the air together, doing a wide circuit of the moor, but it was at a point before I could view the fields where the birds are on the ground, so I have no idea whether this is the total population or not. One bird seems to be sitting tight in the middle of the beet field. At least six birds were displaying.

Fieldfare and Redwing numbers were slightly down, and around 10 Chaffinch were mixed in with the Goldfinch and Starlings. Again, most of the action was in and around the beet field.

3 Meadow Pipits back on territory were new for the site this year.

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Thursday 8th March 2018, 9.30 - 10.30am

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook.

13 Lapwing, minimum, but difficult to count when on the ground, due to a combination of the field contours below the Bridleway, and the heavy snow, which restricted visibility. At least five birds displaying.

The old beet field at Shireclough held the following:

c 70 Fieldfare
c 40 Redwing, both difficult to count accurately
20 Goldfinch
12 Pheasant
3 Song Thrush
2 Mistle Thrush
1 Lapwing

In a field further towards Millbrook, a smaller flock feeding on the ground contained approximately:

80 Starlings
30 Fieldfare
30 Redwing

Dunnock singing all along the route.

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Thursday 7th March

Two lesser redpoll on our garden feeders which backs on to Gorse Hall, Dukinfield area. They were present for most of the afternoon.

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Thursday 1st March 2018, 3.30pm

Ashton Town Centre.

I received a couple of strange looks whilst stalking through swirling snow, putting fat balls in the hedges of Cotton Street East car park, behind Boots.

Around 25 House Sparrows, a Dunnock, and a Robin didn't seem to mind, though. smile

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An unusual sighting for the area early this afternoon, 2 Lapwing flew low across Dukinfield Park and then over our house.

A few Redwing have been frequenting the park over the last few days also just across Pickford Lane on our garden feeders in the last week or so, couple of Siskin and Redpoll, male Blackcap, male and female Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrest, daily mid teens of Goldfinch and Greenfinch, 4 Chaffinch, c10 House Sparrow. Also around the garden 4 Blackbird, 3 Robin, 3 Dunnock, all 4 of the commoner Tits, a few Starlings and probably the best for me a Song Thrush that has been around since late autumn although it has been seen less frequently lately.

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Tuesday 27th February 12.30 hrs.

Printworks Rd. Heyrod. Stalybridge.

80% frozen ........ seemed to be just 5 pair of Canada Geese in the open water but visibility was bad in a snow storm.

Roger.

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Good weather today made walking to/from Stalybridge Station more enjoyable than recent times

A pair of Goosander were on the canal by Tesco this morning.

This evening two Dippers on the Tame downstream from Melbourne St bridge. Whilst upstream near Corporation St were two Grey Wagtail and some Long Tailed Tits



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Thursday 22nd February 2018, 10.00 - 11.30am

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook to Millbrook.

Still exactly 26 Lapwing in the fields below the Bridleway
1 Skylark
20 Fieldfare - no Redwing seen today.
9 Dunnock, 7 singing males
3 Song Thrush
2 Mistle Thrush
2 Lesser Redpoll
1 Chaffinch singing
1 Greenfinch singing
4 Goldfinch
7 Red Grouse
10 Pheasant
20+ Starlings

On a pleasant spring morning

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Wednesday 21st February 2018, 5.30 - 6.30pm

Shireclough, Carrbrook.

Kestrel perched on a telegraph pole, just before dusk
3 male Tawny Owls hooting, one at Shireclough Farm, the other two from Cowbury Dale.
Lapwing calling from the fields below the Bridleway.

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Tuesday 20th February 2018, 9.00 - 11.00am

Harrop Edge, Stalybridge.

2 Buzzards, in the same tree.
4 Skylark, calling from the rough grass around Paddock Farm
12 Fieldfare
6 Chaffinch (4 singing)
1 Greenfinch singing
1 Lesser Redpoll over
4 Goldfinch
Several Dunnock singing
100+ Black-headed Gulls in the fields
2 Raven being mobbed by Carrion Crows

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Monday 19th February 2018.

Bayley Street, Stalybridge, 2.30pm.

Pair of Dipper on the River Tame between Bayley Street and Tame Street bridges.

Gas Street, Ashton (back of Boots), 4.00pm.

A flock of c 20 House Sparrows around the hedging of the car park
1 Dunnock singing
1 Pied Wagtail

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15:00 Buzzard circling over River Tame at junction of Sandy Lane / Park Rd

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Steve Suttill wrote:



Always good to see challenging vocabulary on the forum smile ....
...and always good to see Peewits!



Thanks Steve. Use it or lose it, as they say smile

Any literary expression from this morning would relate to fog, mist, drizzle, and grime, so I won't bore you with it.

Printworks Road Pond, just visible, held the following:

4 Coot, again moving around as two pairs
1 Little Grebe, moving around the pond today. Normally it skulks around in one area.
6 Mallard
10 Canada Geese
Couple of Mistle Thrush singing around the area

Also, a pair of Goosander on the canal at Grove Road


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A Vanelline deceit ushered in springtime in Stalybridge this morning, despite the icy rain blowing up the hill, with 26 Lapwing moving around the fields below the Bridleway.



Always good to see challenging vocabulary on the forum smile ....
...and always good to see Peewits!

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Saturday 17th February 2018, 9.30 - 11.00am.

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook to Millbrook.

A Vanelline deceit ushered in springtime in Stalybridge this morning, despite the icy rain blowing up the hill, with 26 Lapwing moving around the fields below the Bridleway. The target species for the morning, and four days earlier than my first record of 2017, although I don't visit this area every day. Despite the weather, a fantastic sight and sound biggrin

Again, the old beet fields held good numbers of winter thrushes, as well as other species as follows:

70 Fieldfare
40 Redwing
30 Goldfinch
11 Starlings
44 Pheasants
10 Chaffinch (2 singing)

Elsewhere:

6 Mistle Thrush (2 singing)
1 Song Thrush singing
8 Blackbirds
7 Dunnock (4 singing)
2 singing Greenfinch
2 Ravens
1 Buzzard
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Jay
2 Red Grouse

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Thursday 15th February 2018, mid-morning.

Printworks Road, Heyrod.

1 Cormorant over, downriver.
4 Coot, looking like two pairs
10 Canada, as five pairs
6 Mallard
1 Moorhen
Nuthatch in the trees
Coal Tit and Great Tits singing

Pair of Dipper (unringed), on the River Tame, downstream from Grove Road.

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Sunday 11th February 2018, 9.30 - 11.00am.

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook.

Much the same mix of species as last week.

A mixed flock of winter thrushes in the old beet field, almost impossible to count accurately on the bare earth littered with beet fragments. My best estimate would be 70 Redwing and 15 Fieldfare.
5 Mistle Thrush
4 Chaffinch
4 Goldfinch
2 singing Greenfinch
2 singing Dunnock
13 Starling
13 Pheasant
1 Buzzard

Printworks Road Pond, 2.00pm

4 Goosander swimming as two pairs
1 Little Grebe
3 Coot
4 Canada Geese
6 Mallard
1 Cormorant on the pylon
Nuthatches calling in the surrounding trees

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Dipper on the Tame in Stalybridge centre .



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Sunday 4th February 2018, 10.30am - noon.

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook to Brushes.

Two flocks of winter thrushes. Approximately 20 Redwing and 5 Fieldfare in the beet field at Shireclough, and approximately 70 Fieldfare with around 25 Redwing in the fields towards Millbrook.
5 Mistle Thrush (one singing)
1 Buzzard feeding amongst molehills
4 Chaffinch
10 Goldfinch
1 singing Greenfinch
2 singing Dunnock
4 Long-tailed Tits
1 Coal Tit
5 House Sparrows
8 Pheasant
2 Red Grouse

1 redhead Goosander on Carrbrook Pond

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Thursday 1st February, 2018. 13.00 hrs.

Female Sparrowhawk flew over/across Matley Lane .. at back of Waggon & Horses, Mottram Road, Stalybridge.

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Thursday 1st February, 2018, 11.00am

Printworks Road Pond, Heyrod.

1 Little Grebe
4 Moorhen
2 Coot
2 Canada Geese
8 Mallard

Quite lively in the surrounding vegetation, including at least two Nuthatch

An hour an a half earlier around Harrop Edge yielded very little. The fields were still covered with last night's snow:

1 very vocal Buzzard
6 Fieldfares moving around
2 Raven

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Monday 29th January 2018, 11.00 hrs.

Printworks Road, Heyrod. Stalybridge.

Goosander. 2M 1F.
Coot. 1.

Roger.


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Dunnock, Wren, Robin and Song Thrush all singing around Crescent Road in Dukinfield before first light this morning.

Four Rook present around Ashton bus station this morning

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Sunday 28th January 2018, 11.00am - noon.

Pennine Bridleway, Shireclough, Carrbrook

This area is often a good bet for winter thrushes at this time of year.

c 40 Redwing around the old beet field
10 Fieldfare
3 Mistle Thrush; 2 harassing the Redwing, a third doing a little singing.
10 Goldfinch
1 Chaffinch
4 Starling
12 Pheasants
1 Red Grouse
A flock of approximately 80 Woodpigeon over towards Brushes
12 Long-tailed Tits

Carrbrook Pond

1 redhead Goosander
1 Moorhen
25 Mallard
13 Canada Geese
Plus several hybrid "farm" ducks



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On grass near Ashton town centre tram stop this morning

c20 House Sparrow, the most I have seen here at once
c38 Starling

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Thursday 25th January 2018, 11.00am

Printworks Road, Heyrod.

1 Little Grebe
1 drake Mandarin
3 Coot
2 Moorhen
6 Canada Geese
12 Mallard
2 Mistle Thrush, singing
3 Nuthatch
1 Bullfinch
1 male Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Cormorant on the pylon

On Tuesday, 3 Goosander were present (2 males)

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Flock of about 150 Jackdaw roosting in a single tree in Armentieres square in Stalybridge at 07.30 this morning. 



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Monday 22nd Jan. 14.00 hrs.

Printworks Rd. Heyrod. Stalybridge.

Goosander. M+F then another M+F flew in.
Cormorant. 4 up on the pylon.
Canada Goose. 7.
Mallard. 4.
Coot. 1.

Roger.





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Sunday 21st January 2018

Pair of Tawny Owls hooting and calling from Grove Road woods, Millbrook, at 8.15pm. Also heard last evening at 7.00pm.

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Friday 5th January, 2018, 15.00 hrs

Printworks Road, Heyrod.

4 Goosander (2M 2F seemed paired up).
7 Mallard all drakes.
Heron.

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Thursday 4th January, 2018, 11.40am

Printworks Road, Heyrod.

4 Goosander on the pond (2 redheads)
12 Mallard
5 Cormorant on the pylons
2 Nuthatch

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Monday 1st January 2018, 9.30 - 11.30am.

Pennine Bridleway, from Carrbrook to Brushes, in dry, bright conditions.

1 Buzzard
1 female Sparrowhawk, having a dig at a flock of Redwing, feeding in a recently turned field of fodder beet
60+ Redwing in the one field, with a few Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, and Blackbirds mixed in
10 Starlings in the same field, which also contained 25 Pheasants.
16 Fieldfare were feeding together at Millbrook
8 Mistle Thrush
2 Jay at Shireclough
2 Red Grouse
2 Pied Wagtails
10 Goldfinch
10 House Sparrows at Shireclough
5 Great Tits


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