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RE: Greenfield


December WeBS counts - in the snow, but only 5% of water surface frozen

Waterside Mill (Tanners): no water birds at all (and very few others)

Royal George Mill + Manns:
37 Canada Geese
32 Mallard
1 Tufted Duck (female)
1 Little Grebe
3 Moorhen
1 Grey Heron
1 (pinioned) Mute Swan
6 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull

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Intake Lane:

Just 1 Red Grouse in rough field but more calling from the moor. Pair of Ravens over.
Foraging in lower fields: c60 Jackdaws, 30 Black-headed Gulls and 20 Starlings.
Also: 3 Mistle Thrush, 5 Magpies, Blackbird, Dunnock, Wren and Chaffinch.

Warlow Clough: Kestrel and another Red Grouse.

Moor edge, Mossley: 2 Buzzards and another Kestrel.


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Intake Lane:

5 Red Grouse in rough field and more calling from the moor above. Little Owl on drystone wall. 14+ Magpies.

Haven't seen any Stonechats for over three weeks (when I said they looked set to overwinter hmm)
Guess they've moved to warmer climes like Brushes Valley smile

Down Friezland Lane; 9 Redwing foraging amongst molehills in horse field.

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November WeBS counts - very chilly!

Waterside Mill (Tanners):
1 Mallard, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Grey Heron were only waterbirds present.
(also female Great Spotted Woodpecker on pondside tree and Red Grouse calling from the moor)

Royal George Mill + Manns:
76 Canada Geese
82 Mallard
3 Tufted Duck (1 males and 2 females)
4 redhead Goosander
just 2 Moorhen
1 (pinioned) Mute Swan
74 Black-headed Gulls

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Intake Lane and nearby moorland fringes: 10.15 - 12.00

At least 8 Red Grouse - including another (or the same as last week) perched on a Hawthorn.

Also noted: female Kestrel in Warlow Clough, pair Greenfinch, female Bullfinch, several Mistle Thrushes.

Larsen traps all removed.

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Another walk around Intake Lane this afternoon - 13.30-14.30:

Life tick for me - never before have I seen a Red Grouse perched on top of a Hawthorn eating what few berries remain hmm

As David Walsh has noted further down the valley, and a few locals have also noted, there has been a poor berry crop this year (with the notable exception of Holly) which may account for the paucity of thrush species: one Redwing, one Blackbird and one Mistle Thrush.

No Stonechats today.

The farmers Larsen traps, which were full of Pheasants last week, were empty, so I presume he's rounded up most of them now.

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Intake Lane this afternoon - 13.30-15.15:

Spent most of time watching a pair of Stonechat which look set to over-winter. Both seemed to be finding plenty of caterpillars at the edge of the moor.

Also, Little Owl (not seen here for some time) and a female Kestrel. Red Grouse a-plenty, with most sitting on walls or fence-posts...

...and a very chunky-looking large finch with prominent white wingbars flew over heading South (can't think what it could have been, apart from Hawfinch confuse

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October WeBS count:

Waterside Mill (Tanners):
1 Kingfisher and 1 Grey Heron were only waterbirds present.
Also female Kestrel hunting and Red Grouse calling from the moor.

Royal George Mill + Manns:
70 Canada Geese
61 Mallard
5 Tufted Duck (4 males and 1 rather Scaup-like female)
1 Kingfisher
12 Moorhen
1 Grey Heron
1 (pinioned) Mute Swan
2 Black-headed Gulls

Also, probable sighting of John Spalding arriving as I left...

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September WeBS count (it's that time of year yet again - my 21st year of counting these sites!):

Waterside Mill (Tanners):
1 Cormorant, struggling to swallow a large fish.
Also Grey Wagtail flying over.

Royal George Mill + Manns:
133 Canada Geese
17 Mallard
1 Tufted Duck (female)
1 Kingfisher
7 Moorhen
1 Grey Heron
1 (pinioned) Mute Swan

Also Dipper on the river.

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7.30 am today. Significant swallow activity at Bockin: flock of 25 - 30 on the phone wires, flying around from time to time and then returning to the wires over a period of about half an hour before departing. I see that I recorded similar activity at a simlar date in a previous year.

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Dipper on the Tame by The kingfisher pub this morning, and another shooting through.

Pair of grey wagtail over the same area, and 20+ house martin along Chew Valley Road.

Flock of around 30 meadow pipits on the sheep farms between Binn Green and the ruined cottage (being rebuilt, by the looks of it).

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Tremendous amount of house martin activity at Bockin this morning between 7.00 and 7.30. Flocks of (mostly, if not completely) young birds whirling around my house twittering. I opened the bedroom window and there were about 20 on the roof right outside my window, and another 50 or 60 on the telephone wires across the lane. These took off and flew around from time to time, always calling, but returning to the same spot, till they gradually moved on, in smaller groups, over a period of about 30 minutes. An hour later, one bird (tired? sick?) remains on my roof - for about 45 minutes others "visited" it in small numbers from time to time, fluttering around it and twittering, but they all seem to have left now. It turns round from time to time, but no more movement than that in the hour or so I've been observing. I'll keep an eye on it from time to time...

UPDATE - it has gone, somewhere around 10.30 am, so was presumably exhausted and resting, unless of course it has been taken by a predator.

-- Edited by Liz Headon on Friday 11th of August 2017 10:52:03 AM

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Friday 4 August - 11.00 - 13.30

Walk up the Mossley/Greenfield border to the moor edge: a spectacular fight for aerial supremacy between a Peregrine and a female Kestrel. The outcome was obvious but the Kestrel put up a fight, jinking away from the larger bird and quickly gaining height before the Peregrine climbed and attacked again. This went on for some time before the Kestrel fled low across the fields.

On Intake Lane:
3 juvenile Stonechats (one being stalked, as noted here last year, by a juvenile Willow Warbler).
2 Lapwings, one an adult female, the other a just-fledged juvenile (very late).
Whitethroat.

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Intake Lane this afternoon:

Couple of pairs of Lapwing still with small chicks, but all the rest have moved on.
Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Goldfinches, Wrens and Mistle Thrushes all with fledged young.
No Stonechats or Whitethroats though.

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Whitethroat alongside the canal, behind the Royal George pond.

 



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Seven or eight Sand Martins this morning on the Royal George pond.



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Four Sand Martins around Well-i-Hole farm yesterday were unusual for this area. Have they found a nesting site nearby?

Pair of Dippers feeding well-grown young in a nest on the canal side. Parents having to fly quite some distance to find food on the river and carry it to the nest. Have found two other local Dipper nests on the canal this year, but they have been much nearer to the river.

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6.00 pm today. 2 swifts at Bockin, seemed to be "in the area" and feeding rather than quickly passing through like yesterday's bird.

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Grey wagtail by the stream at Greenbridge Lane. I only saw one, but I'm hoping there's a pair.

Swift at Bockin just now (6.00pm) which surprised me given the chilly easterly breeze that still prevails. It appeared to be passing through rather than feeding.

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Dipper and a pair of grey wagtail on the Tame opposite The Kingfisher pub this morning, and a grey heron over here late afternoon.

Another pair of Grey Wagtail on the brook at the bottom of Holmforth Road.

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2 male and 1 female Ring Ouzel on the slopes below Pots and Pans this morning from Knowl Top Lane. Another heard round towards the refurbished cottage.

Also:
Linnet 2
Meadow Pipit
Blackbird
Jackdaw
Carrion Crow
Mistle Thrush (the last two feeding down in the sheep fields

Chew Brook
Dipper 2 (minimum - no rings seen)
Grey Wagtail pair.
Possible Cuckoo heard towards Dacres, but after the first call drowned out by baying dogs.
plus usuals

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Another couple of hours up at pots & pans this morning, still no ring ouzel for me.
5 wheatear
3 willow warbler
1 blackcap
2 Chiffchaff
1 kestrel
1 mistle thrush
Several meadow pipits

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Originally posted today by Dave Philips:

 

Late post from yesterday Thursday.  At Pots and Pans above Greenfield about lunchtime, had two very confiding Ring Ouzels allowed me to get very close. Also a single Wheatear and numerous Mipits and Skylarks.                    

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Around the ruined cottage beneath Pots and Pans this morning:

2 (possibly 3) wheatear
c25 meadow pipit
1 skylark heard singing
5 mistle thrush
1 kestrel

From station along Chew Valley Road

1 chiffchaff heard
1 blackcap heard singing
2 dipper on Tame by The Kingfisher pub

Green woodpecker heard yaffling around the brook at the bottom of Holmforth Road (first one I've ever had north of the West Midlands).

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almost 2 hours this morning trying for any early luck at pots & pans for ring ouzel drew a blank. I did manage...
4 wheatear
1 willow warbler, singing next to me
1 green woodpecker
2 grey partridge
2 skylark
2 goldcrest
several meadow pipit around
a chap on a hill with a rifle who soon disappeared when I turned up.

1 blackcap, singing at waterside/tanners mill
1 dipper, singing on the river
2 grey wagtail

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Big Lapwing flock below Intake Lane has now dispersed. Around two dozen remaining, most of which will probably attempt nesting.

First lambs but no Wheatear yet...

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Liz Headon wrote:

Lapwings very noisy and active last night - around 11.00 pm it sounded from the calls as though some were in flight, though my ears may have been deceiving me, and any activity was beyond the range of the street lighting on Friezland Lane, so I couldn't see.




Well so much for the full moon theory - last night was just about as far away from a full moon as you can get!

Maybe the big flock has decided to head North at last?

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Steve Suttill wrote:

Still 60+ Lapwing in a loose flock, as well as the established breeding pairs, in the field below Intake Lane.

Also in the field: 100+ Starling, 40+ Fieldfares and the Mistle Thrush pair.





Lapwings very noisy and active last night - around 11.00 pm it sounded from the calls as though some were in flight, though my ears may have been deceiving me, and any activity was beyond the range of the street lighting on Friezland Lane, so I couldn't see.

Grey heron in the same field this morning. That was a surprise!

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Still 60+ Lapwing in a loose flock, as well as the established breeding pairs, in the field below Intake Lane.

Also in the field: 100+ Starling, 40+ Fieldfares and the Mistle Thrush pair.

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March WeBS counts:

Waterside Mill (Tanners): 1 Grey Heron, 3 Mallard & 20 Canada Geese

Royal George Mill + Manns:
21 Canada Geese
17 Mallard
6 Moorhen
2 Tufted Duck (pair)
1 Kingfisher
1 Cormorant
1 (pinioned) Mute Swan

+ Dipper on river carrying oak leaf (obviously at late stage of nest building) & pair Grey Wagtails

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My first Chiffchaff of the year, singing from trees above Wright Mill weir on the Tame, just over the border from Mossley.

Also, pair of Dippers below the weir.

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Apparently Lapwings feed regularly after dark, especially when there is a clear sky and plenty of moonlight.

Let's hope they have less disturbance and more nesting success this year.

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Yes, I have a view of the same patch from my house, and have been noticing increasing lapwing activity, including calling after dark - something I had never realised they did till I moved here.

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Still 110+ Lapwing in the field below Intake Lane.

5 pairs displaying over lower field whilst the other 100 or so were still behaving as a flock, mainly resting with the occasional half-hearted peck at the ground.

Also in the field: c80 Starling, c50 Wood Pigeon and a pair of Mistle Thrush.

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having noted David Walsh's report of Lapwings back on territory further down the valley, thought I'd check out my local sites.

There were none in the regular moor-edge fields in Mossley, so I continued into Greenfield and found a flock of c120 in the fields below Intake Lane, where they had a similar number of Starlings and c50 Fieldfares for company. On the walk back I noted 2 Lapwings had arrived in a traditional nesting field over the Mossley border. The next few weeks should see the start of Lapwing display flights which, for me, says Spring is here!



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February WeBS counts: near blizzard conditions, 50mph gusts and snow flurries!

Waterside Mill (Tanners): 1 Cormorant (and nothing else wildfowl wise)

Royal George Mill + Manns:
190 Canada Geese (highest WeBS count for some years - all on the most sheltered part of the site)
17 Mallard
4 Moorhen
114 Black-headed Gull
8 Common Gull
4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (all immatures)
1 Little Grebe
1 (pinioned) Mute Swan

+ Dipper singing on river

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January WeBS counts: very wet!

Waterside Mill (Tanners): 1 Cormorant, 1 Heron & 2 Mallard

Royal George Mill + Manns:
56 Canada Geese
42 Mallard
3 Tufted Duck (2 males)
4 Goosander (1 male)
13 Moorhen
82 Black-headed Gull
1 Common Gull
1 (pinioned) Mute Swan

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December WeBS count:

Waterside Mill (Tanners): 5 Canada Geese, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cormorant, 1 Heron
(+ a female Sparrowhawk which took a male Blackbird)

Royal George Mill + Manns:
138 Canada Geese
78 Mallard
6 Tufted Duck (4 males)
10 Moorhen
1 Little Grebe
2 Heron
31 Black-headed Gull
1 Cormorant
1 (pinioned) Mute Swan

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November WeBS count:

Waterside Mill (Tanners): 1 Heron (that's all!)

Royal George Mill + Manns:
42 Canada Geese
31 Mallard
pair Tufted Duck
10 Moorhen
1 Little Grebe
1 Heron
56 Black-headed Gull
1 (pinioned) Mute Swan

also 2 Dipper on river

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Little Grebe on the Royal George Mill pond this morning.



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October WeBS count:

Waterside Mill (Tanners):
5 Canada Geese, 4 Mallard, 1 Heron.
Also 4 Jays

Royal George Mill + Manns:
48 Canada Geese
35 Mallard
7 Moorhen
6 Black-headed Gull
1 (pinioned) Mute Swan

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Circa 100 Meadow Pipits on Wharmton Hill this morning...and a Wheatear.



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Dipper on the Tame by the Kingfisher pub at about 9.30 this morning, and then again later (singing) at around 6.30; possibly different birds as the later bird was ringed, and I didn't see one on the first.

Nine pied wagtails and a grey wagtail whilst walking along Chew Valley Road in the morning, and six cormorant over when waiting for the train home in the evening.

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September WeBS count (it's that time of year again!):

Waterside Mill (Tanners):
5 Canada Geese, 4 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 1 Heron.
Also Red Grouse calling from the moor, singing Chiffchaff, 2 Dipper on Chew Brook .

Royal George Mill + Manns:
8 Canada Geese
60 Mallard
1 Tufted Duck (male)
1 Kingfisher
6 Moorhen
2 Black-headed Gull
1 (pinioned) Mute Swan
and one rather bedraggled young Lapwing

also 3 Buzzards circling above.

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3 ring-necked parakeets over Robert Scott's factory



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Saturday afternoon visit to Intake Lane:

Stonechat family still accompanied by juvenile Willow Warbler. It seemed most attracted to the male but, when the adult pair moved on, it started to follow the two juveniles.

A field on the Mossley border had been recently mown and provided a good hunting ground for a Buzzard and a juvenile Kestrel. A pair of Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew over, shortly followd by two Spitfires and a Lancaster hmm

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A dipper and a grey heron on the river by the Kingfisher pub at about 8.25 this morning.

c10 house martin along Chew Valley Road.

Around the ruined cottage and walk up to it from Binn Green:

1 willow warbler heard
2 wheatear
10+ swallow
20+ meadow pipit
1 pied wagtail
3 mistle thrush
60+ jackdaw
c30 rook


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A Sunday morning visit for a change:

family groups of Linnet (x2), Blackbird, Robin, Meadow Pipit, Wren, Dunnock and Stonechat.
3 young Red Grouse
2 Kestrels
Whitethroat
young Willow Warbler constantly following the male Stonechat

and, on the walk home, a CUCKOO flying past at head height. Appeared to be an adult bird, but I thought they were all back on the continent by now (?)
Buzzard constantly mewing over Noonsun Hill.

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Another morning walk along Intake Lane:

Male Stonechat and 2 juveniles; family groups of Linnet, Mistle Thrush and Meadow Pipit.

This week the raptor activity was at the Mossley border - hunting female Kestrel dropped down into the field but flew off in a panic when a cock Pheasant appeared. Female Peregrine also hunting low over the same field.

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Morning walk along Intake Lane:

Family groups of Stonechat, Robin, Wren and Dunnock.
Two Ravens and a Kestrel flying over Alphin.

Makes a nice change to have a dry day smile

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