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Pair of grey wagtails in the stream at the packhorse bridge on Ladhill Lane at lunchtime today.

Lots of goldfinch activity at Bockin - I think a brood must have fledged but still be hanging around, and the adults rearing another brood. Lapwings displaying in pairs below the intake for the past several days, but given the amount of disturbance there has been and continues to be, I'm not confident they have much chance of success. Occasional curlew calls, but I haven't seen one yet this year.

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Not really a sighting, but a hearing... I've heard lapwings calling after dark on three occasions recently, the first time I've noticed this, though perhaps it has happened in other years and I just haven't heard them. I don't know whether it's yet more disturbance - they're not having a good time of it from that point of view this year. :(

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Dipper and kingfisher on the river behind the Royal George Pond this morning at 10-30.



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Nice to see the swallows and house martins back at Bockin - after a brief glimpse or two before the colder snap, they seemed to have disappeared for a while.

Lapwings very active in and around the raked field below Intake Lane these last couple of mornings. One pair in particular seemed to be trying to see off a small but persistent flock of jackdaws which had perhaps got too near a nest.

Has anyone else noticed, regularly over the past few days, the pair of lads with a noisy trail bike (I may have the wrong term here, but whatever it is, it's noisy) in the field just below this? Whether they're there with or without permission I couldn't say, but they certainly scattered the sheep yesterday and I can't imagine the lapwings are too thrilled either...

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A Ring Necked Parakeet flew over the Royal George at 8-30 this morning plus my first Swifts of the year overhead.



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Pots and Pans:

Lunchtime stop after seeing the Wood Warbler this morning. 8 Ring Ouzels in the Yarns Hill area, mainly along the hedges in the bottom fields, with 4 very smart looking males in the group

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An Oystercatcher in the field at The Manns at 3-30pm, my first at that location.



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2 grey wagtail on river next to Kingfisher pub this morning
1 grey heron on Chew Brook near the Clarence pub early this evening
2 peregrine over when waiting for my (late) train home at about 6.30 this evening

Area around the ruined cottage beneath the obelisk, and walk up to it from Binn Green this morning:

2 willow warbler heard singing
13 meadow pipit
4 wheatear
2 skylark singing
Jackdaw, rook, carrion crow
2 grey partridge
2 red-legged partridge
1 curlew

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Steve Suttill wrote:

Intake Lane: farmer has raked bottom field since last week. Less than half the number of Lapwings remaining. Suspect at least 5 nests destroyed. Plenty of time to relay, but I expect they have moved to another site. Some may have gone to the turnip field at the top of Shadworth Lane over the Mossley border (5 pairs there today)





Yes, I've noticed a distinct reduction in lapwing activity in that field, which I can see from my house.

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Intake Lane: farmer has raked bottom field since last week. Less than half the number of Lapwings remaining. Suspect at least 5 nests destroyed. Plenty of time to relay, but I expect they have moved to another site. Some may have gone to the turnip field at the top of Shadworth Lane over the Mossley border (5 pairs there today)

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10 Ring Ouzels moving between the quarries north and south of the obelisk on Pots and Pans.
One male actually headed down over the derelict barn and into trees in Dick Clough.
Also 3 wheatear, great spotted woodpecker, willow warbler and skylarks

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A flock of 12 ring ouzels seen very clearly on this beautiful morning in the old quarry just north and a little downhill of Pots & Pans at 10.30. Then, half an hour later, another four (think they were additional, not repeats) just uphill from the old barn to the south of Pots & Pans!

Also a peregrine, several wheatear, skylarks, goldfinch flock, meadow pipits etc.



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About a dozen swallows with house martin and sand martin at the Royal George lodge at 3-30 this afternoon.



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In gloomy and very windy conditions, ring ouzel heard near Pots and Pans war memorial. Despite much trying and with the call being seemingly 'bounced' off the rocks in all directions by the wind, I just couldn't actually see the bird. Also two grey partridge and a golden plover over, heading north.

Regards, Chris Jepson - Brown

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A cracking male Ring Ouzel on rocks below Pots and Pans. Other were calling but couldn't be located.

4 Wheatear
Loads of Skylark

-- Edited by Mark Rigby on Sunday 10th of April 2016 03:47:39 PM

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Field below Intake Lane had at least 10 pairs of Lapwing (some already sitting) but no Wheatear (which I expected) or Ring Ouzel. Even the Stonechats seem to have moved on.

Things were better in the valley. Near the sewage works were: my first Willow Warbler and my second Blackcap, plus singing Siskin and Chiffchaff. Royal George lodge delivered the goods with my first Swallows (five of them).

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2.30pm Ring Ouzels 3 flew south calling directly over my head from the direction of the war memorial at Pots and Pans and landed amongst the rocks on the top of Brockley Moor but I couldn't relocate them in my scope (at some range) and they probably flew on while I was adjusting the tripod.

Also Wheatear 3 but by the time I'd been up to the memorial and came back down they had gone too.

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31st March (but didn't have chance to post) Pheasant (f) strolling across Manchester Road at Dacres. Canada geese feeding in the lower fields at Bockin, sometimes in small numbers but sometimes in sizeable flocks. Wood pigeons also present in large numbers.

This morning... Grey heron landed in front of Springfield Farm at the bottom of Friezland Lane, on the land used by Scotts as an overflow car park, and foraged around in the scrub round the edge for a while. Lapwings and a curlew calling from the higher fields.

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dipper on the river tame next to Tesco.
blackcap singing near tanners mill.

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24th March, afternoon. Flock of fieldfares (about 100 perhaps - I'm no good at estimating flock size, I'm afraid) in field at Bockin. Landed briefly, took off again and flew around for while, landed again, but never settled for long.

26th March. 15.00 hours. A few lapwings in the fields just below the intake, calling and flight display. Pheasants (m and f) in the fields close to the road at Bockin, very active and vocal. Also a pair of mistle thrushes.

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Greenfield ETW: pair Goosander on river, pair Siskin, c10 Redwing.

Intake Lane: 5 or 6 pairs of Lapwing, male Stonechat, Red Grouse calling from moor.

Moor edge/Shadworth Lane (just inside Mossley) turnip field: 3 pairs Lapwing, c40 Fieldfare, c20 Redwing, c50 Starling, 4 Linnet.

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February WeBS count:

Waterside Mill (Tanners):
6 Canada Geese, 2 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 1 Heron.
Also 20+ Fieldfares attacked by Sparrowhawk. 1 singing Reed Bunting.

Royal George Mill + Manns:
44 Canada Geese
12 Mallard
7 Tufted Duck (5 males)
1 Kingfisher
9 Moorhen
3 Coot
12 Black-headed Gull
1 (pinioned) Mute Swan

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February WeBS count: got there before the rain started (again!).

Waterside Mill (Tanners):
10 Canada Geese, 2 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 1 Cormorant.

Royal George Mill + Manns:
17 Canada Geese
15 Mallard
4 Moorhen
2 Coot
108 Black-headed Gull (half a dozen with full hoodies)
1 Little Grebe (almost in breeding plumage)
1 (pinioned) Mute Swan
(no Wood Ducks)

and a low flyover by a Peregrine!


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Hi Steve. Sadly not, as I only have a small camera, and it's not suitable for wildlife photography.

It was a good view, though (sat on the little island just beneath the road bridge you cross, turning about so both legs were seen clearly), and whilst obviously I can't say for sure, the orange, for example, looked very orange, rather than, say, a faded red, and the black didn't look faded at all.

As you say, even if this bird's not a record breaker, and assuming it is the 2007 ringed individual, it's a great age for what's a pretty small passerine! Fingers crossed it turns up again, and can be confirmed! :)

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Shannon Llewellyn wrote:

Oh, wow, that's brilliant, if the case! Thank you for the information, both. :)





Don't suppose you got a photo, Shannon? Some of these colour rings were a bit confusing and, as they are now quite old, may have faded or become discoloured.

Whether or not it's a record-breaker it must be getting a bit long in the tooth (beak?). Will have to pop up there with a scope and have a good look myself.

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Oh, wow, that's brilliant, if the case! Thank you for the information, both. :)


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This may have broken the longevity record for British dippers which stands at 8 years 4 months! 



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Dipper on the stream by the Kingfisher pub; colour ringed, right leg orange over grey, left leg black over orange.





You did well to record the ring colours, Shannon - it can be very tricky. Your bird is a local one and I think it's a female, probably ringed in 2007 - so getting on in years!

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Dipper on the stream by the Kingfisher pub; colour ringed, right leg orange over grey, left leg black over orange.

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January WeBS count: snow on ground - 80% iced over.

Royal George Mill + Manns:
13 Canada Geese
36 Mallard
6 Moorhen
2 Coot
39 Black-headed Gull
1 Little Grebe
2 Grey Heron
1 (pinioned) Mute Swan
1 (pinioned)Wood Duck (female)

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1530 - 1630
Tame Valley between St Mary's and Royal George
1 Dipper nr St Mary's
1 Kingfisher from Well-i-Hole bridge
2 Grey Herons
2 Coot and 1 Mute Swan on Royal George lodge
4 Goosander over
1 Cormorant over
1f Bullfinch


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12.00 noon - Dipper feeding and singing in the stream at Greenbridge Lane.

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Weds 13th Jan.

Royal George Lodge.

Tufted Duck. 4 (1 duck 3 drakes).
Mallard. 32
Moorhen. 2
Cormorant. 2


Field path at back of Royal George Lodge development.

Song Thrush. 1
Nuthatch. 1
Moorhen. 4

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Those of us living in the eastern end of the county often regard those over in the Wigan area with envy - all those flashes and their water birds.

Now that the Tame has burst its banks and we have the worst flooding in living memory (according to the owner of Well-i-hole Farm) we have the wetlands, if not the same avifauna!

Saddleworth Cricket pitch and some nearby fields have sizable flocks of Mallard and Canada Geese - good numbers of Black-headed and Common Gulls also enjoying the conditions.

Pair of Dippers at Wrights Mill seem impressed with their new island in the river now that the water has subsided.

How long before the Cetti's Warblers move in? smile

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A tick in my Greenfield garden this pm
1m Blackcap biggrin
Last time I had an overwintering Blackcap in my garden was when I was about 13 living in Middleton. That was a female.


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December WeBS count: cold but thankfully dry - fields still flooded though.

Waterside Mill (Tanner's):
2 Canada Geese (one injured)
1 Grey Heron
2 Mallard
4 Moorhen

Royal George Mill + Manns:
4 Goosander (2 m)
52 Canada Geese
19 Mallard
1 Tufted Duck (m)
20 Moorhen (smashing the site record)
1 Coot
112 Black-headed Gull
2 Common Gull
1 Kingfisher
1 (pinioned) Mute Swan
(no Wood Ducks seen)

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Another tour of the valley and moorland fringes.

At the top of Shadworth Lane (Mossley border) a male Kestrel was hunting and a male Stonechat was a pleasant surprise.

Along Intake Lane were 2 Mistle Thrushes, 50 Starling and 2 Red Grouse.

Down at Greenfield ETW, six Herons flew in together, almost nose to tail - something I've never seen before.

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1330 - 1500
3 Dippers - between R Tame/Chew Brook confluence and bowling green bridge
4 Bullfinch - on Gellfield Lane (2m and 2f in separate groups)
1f Sparrowhawk
8 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 4 Chaffinch
Plenty of Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed Tits
2 Goldcrest


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1300 - 1330 River Tame
1 Dipper (singing adjacent to Tesco)
1 Dipper (singing near Carr Lane nr Uppermill)
1 Grey Heron

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1430 - 1530 along Chew Brook, past Fletchers Mill to Dovestone dam, back via Tunstead
1 Buzzard (perched in tree below Hawkyard)
1m Sparrowhawk
1f Kestrel
26 Fieldfare
2 Redwing
1 Dipper (heard)
Blue, Great, Long-tailed Tits
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
sev Goldcrests
2 Jays
1 Cormorant over

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13:00 - 14:00 along Chew Brook/River Tame confluence
1 Dipper singing - near the bowling green footbridge
1 Grey Heron
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Pink-footed Goose south (single bird - odd)
c50 mixed gulls, black-headed, common and lesser black-back (too wet to see much detail)

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November WeBS count: lovely weather for ducks - and testing waterproof clothing!

Waterside Mill (Tanner's):
2 Canada Geese
1 Grey Heron
1 Cormorant
3 Moorhen

Royal George Mill + Manns:
68 Canada Geese
45 Mallard
1 Tufted Duck (f)
2 Wood Duck (pair)
12 Moorhen (best ever WeBS count)
36 Black-headed Gull
1 Common Gull
1 Little Grebe (first this winter)
1 (pinioned) Mute Swan
2 Cormorant

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1330 - 1500
Greenfield to Royal George via River Tame and back via canal
1m Brambling - river end of Station Lane with Chaffinch and Goldfinch
1 Dipper from Well-i-Hole bridge
30+ Pied Wagtails with 6 White Wagtails behind Well-i-Hole Farm
1 Buzzard over Wharmton
3 Grey Herons
17 Moorhen
Mixed tit flock (blue, great, coal long-tailed) plus 1 goldcrest
1 Mistle Thrush
2 Grey Wagtails
1 Mute Swan on Royal George lodge
1 Cormorant over sewage works
Black-headed Gulls


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1300 - 1500 Greenfield - Dovestones - Binn Green - along Chew Brook and River Tame
Dipper singing c200m downstream from Chew Valley Rd bridge opposite Tesco
3 Kestrels
1 Buzzard
1 Grey Heron
Grey Wagtail
Goldcrests
Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed Tits
... and a Cormorant flying NW over my house.


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Royal George Lodge

The Mute Swan with the red Darvic has gone (no response from the ringing group yet).
The one remaining Mute Swan only has half its right wing so it won't be going anywhere - presumably another addition to Mr Wiggett's collection...

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Yesterday in my garden (North Rise)
1 Tree Sparrow on feeders adjacent to the house.
First I've seen in Oldham, Saddleworth let alone my garden
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Friday 23/10/15 - Another tour of the valley and moorland fringes.

Only one Mute Swan on Royal George lodge today - couldn't get near enough to see if it was ringed. The red Darvic on last Sunday's bird seems to be from S Yorks.

12 Pied Wagtails on Greenfield cricket pitch today.

More bird activity along Intake Lane with 26 Fieldfare, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Redwing and 20 Starling occasionally harassed by a Sparrowhawk. Kestrel was the only other raptor.
5 Red Grouse - 4 of which were sitting together on a drystone wall.

Kingfisher at Wrights Mill on the Mossley/Greenfield border.

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WeBS count:

Waterside Mill (Tanner's): best count at this pond for ages.
2 Canada Geese
1 Grey Heron
2 Cormorant
4 Moorhen

Royal George Mill + Manns:
56 Canada Geese
33 Mallard
4 Tufted Duck (1m, 3f)
2 Wood Duck (pair)
9 Moorhen
24 Black-headed Gull

2 Mute Swans have appeared - apparently a new pair (one with Red Darvic Y091) confuse

Glum-sounding angler reports that the landowner (Wiggett) will remove fishing rights from end of this month.

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Thursday morning canal between museum road crossing and first lock towards Greenfield kingfisher

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Morning tour of Greenfield. Walked along the valley then up to 40 Row and back along the moor edge.

16 Pied Wagtails on Greenfield cricket pitch - more interesting than the test match smile

Moor edge: Buzzard, Kestrel, Raven, Red Grouse and one Redwing in a hawthorn. 20 more Redwing flying over were heading North confuse

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