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Swallow numbers about normal but impressive numbers of House Martin through this last couple of weeks so somewhere has had it good!

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This isn't so much a sighting as a non-sighting... Is it just me being unobservant, or have there been noticeably fewer hirundines around this "summer" ?

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First WeBS count of the "winter" (two days early as I won't be able to do it this weekend).

Waterside Mill (Tanner's):
8 Canada Geese
1 Grey Heron
(chat with an angler confirmed that Mink are still a problem at this site)

Royal George Mill + Manns:
145 Canada Geese
86 Mallard
1 Tufted Duck (m)
2 Wood Duck
9 Moorhen
1 Coot
2 Grey Heron
5 Black-headed Gull

The usual pair of introduced Mute Swans were not to be seen. Have they regained the ability to fly? If so, has anyone seen a pair of "Polish" morph birds in the area?

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Morning walk along the moor edge from the Mossley border including a partial ascent of Alphin.

Small birds remarkably scarce - all on Horwich moors it seems...

Highlights: Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine (the latter two having a brief tussle), juv Red Grouse.

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4.15 pm, 23rd August. Grey wagtail (f or possibly a juvenile) in the road on Friezland Lane just above Scotts' mill. I see them regularly in the stream at Ladhill Lane bridge, and other stream locations in Uppermill and Delph, but this is the first I've seen a significant distance from water.

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4.00 pm, 21st August.

Dipper in the stream at Ladhill Lane bridge. The first I've seen since the spring - it's been all grey wagtail(s) for weeks.

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Monday 10th August 2015, 7.00pm

2 Cormorants circling over Well-i-hole

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24 (yes, twenty four) goldfinches on the wires at Bockin just now...

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Nigel Richards wrote:

Take track from Upper Tunstead straight up to the derelict cottage in Pots and Pans area - Cuckoo was sat on posts halfway up
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Thank you !

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Take track from Upper Tunstead straight up to the derelict cottage in Pots and Pans area - Cuckoo was sat on posts halfway up
Good luck


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Nigel Richards wrote:

Cuckoo sitting on a post giving very good views





Whereabouts, please ?

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Cuckoo sitting on a post giving very good views

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Fields between Bockin and the intake, 16.00 - 17.00
Pair of lapwings repeatedly mobbing a cock pheasant. I have to say it didn't seem all that perturbed... And presumably this is just territorial, as I don't imagine pheasants are any actual threat to eggs or hatchlings ? They then went on to mob another (solitary) lapwing.

Goldfinches singing at Bockin.

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Whitehtroat singing on the telephine wires at Bockin.

-- Edited by Liz Headon on Friday 5th of June 2015 09:16:16 AM

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A couple of Common Whitethroat singing at the back of the Royal George Mill. Near the railway line. I was beginning to wonder
if they would ever arrive.

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Yes, I saw my first swifts and first house martins yesterday, and my first apparently "local" swallow (as opposed to two flying through at speed a couple of weeks ago) during last week. All at Bockin (bottom of Friezland Lane, junction with Manchester Road). It seems late for the swallows and martins - sitting out the poor weather further south, perhaps ? Or have I just been unobservant ?

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First two swifts over the Methodist church at 7.00 am this morning smilesmile

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Ah, pheasants - yes, that could explain it.There's been a fair bit of noisy pheasant activity recently too, and I've seen them right down on the banking near the bottom of Friezland Lane.

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They'll continue this sort of "display" flight for quite a while, Liz. Whilst they just raise one brood, they will relay if the first clutch is lost - to predators or farming activity - so this can extend the season. Those zooming aerobatics are also used to divert potential predators and I watched several last year at this site repeatedly dive-bombing a Pheasant.

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Quite a lot of lapwing activity (albeit small numbers) in the fields below the intake on Alphin over the past week. Calling, the odd flight display - that kind of thing. Late courtship ? Or do they continue this throughout the breeding season ?

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Can I just remind users of this thread that it is for Greenfield in general and not just for Pots and Pans (and the current ouzels) so please make sure that you add the location of your sightings in the post.

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Sun 26/4 17:00-18:00 bright clear bitter North wind

Ring ouzel 1 female halfway up white brook lane and 1ad male on hill side just below summit below obelisk at pots and pans

wheatear at least 10 incl 2 females

Jackdaws c. 40

Willow warbler singing at bottom of lane

-- Edited by Mike c cooper on Sunday 26th of April 2015 08:17:03 PM

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 26th of April 2015 08:26:42 PM

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Literally just posted and 5 Curlew have just gone over the moor and dropped down.


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At least 20 Ring Ouzel present this afternoon, mainly males but quite a few females too.

Few groups of 3's/4's feeding fairly close and then a group of around 7 flew up and scattered as I didn't even know they were there. They were striking classic poses every few seconds looking up to see where I was.
As I reached the derelict building I could see 3 more males further up on one of the sloping fields.

-Few Blackbirds around
-Mistle Thrush 2 lower down near Tunstead Lane
-Plenty of Meadow Pipit
-Dunnock 2
-Wheatear 4 giving exceptional views
-Kestrel 2
-Lapwing 2, 1 of which was doing overtime trying to clear off all the Carrion Crow and Jackdaw



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6 ring ouzel this evening around the ruined house at pots & pans 4 males & 2 females.
5 wheatear
Lots of meadow pipits
Few skylark
4 willow warbler
1 chiffchaff
2 raven

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Hiked up from Mossley this morning and there were 6 or 7 very flighty Ring Ouzels by the ruined house at Pots and Pans. My first Wheatear of the year as well.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 24th of April 2015 04:31:28 PM

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At least 6 possibly 8 Ring Ouzel around the derelict building area this afternoon.

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At least eight at Pots and Pans when I went up this morning. First time I've seen them. :)

Also seen from the same area, c15 wheatear (first of the year), c20 meadow pipit, 2 skylark, one peregrine, and a couple of lapwing displaying off in the distance. Plenty of willow warblers and chaffinch could also be heard in the trees just below, too.

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At least six Ring Ouzels still present this evening, viewed from near the disused building at the end of White Brook Lane (below Pots & Pans). Minimum 4 males and 2 females.

Very flukily, as soon as I got up to the site, a resplendent male popped up on a stone wall almost directly in front of me. Magic!

-- Edited by Ollie Wright on Thursday 23rd of April 2015 08:36:18 PM

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My first trip ever to 'Pots and Pans', or just below.
On the way up there were many Wheatears to see and some striking male specimens enhanced by the early morning sunshine.
Around the 'Old building' were around 7 Ring Ouzels, 4 males, but difficult to keep track because they were moving around between
the higher ground above the old building and the field below it, and the moorland terrain also played a factor in losing track of which birds had or hadn't been counted!!
Also seen were Curlews, and a Raven.


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john tromans wrote:

One single male Ring Ouzel just past the derelict building at 11.15. Was fairly distant perched on a rock then flew some distance over the lower fields with sheep in. Many Wheatear. Single Raven.
It was had work finding the Ring Ouzel but worth the slog.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 21st of April 2015 12:58:14 PM





John,

You might have been slightly too late. I counted 12 in one sweep (and I'd say this was an absolute minimum) maybe half an hour before 11.15, but they were beginning to disperse. Whatever, this was amongst the best non-rarity experiences I've ever had in the county.

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One single male Ring Ouzel just past the derelict building at 11.15. Was fairly distant perched on a rock then flew some distance over the lower fields with sheep in. Many Wheatear. Single Raven.
It was had work finding the Ring Ouzel but worth the slog.

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6:45 to 8pm this evening.

Thanks to both Liz and Simon for their help below - it was really useful.

I managed to get onto 3 Ring Ouzels on the slope behind the derelict barn. Looking up towards the obelisk, they were just past the barn to the left, on the rocky area of the slope. 2 males and 1 very vocal female for me. Lifers, and lovely watching them give good views in the setting sun - one male struck a classic pose stood on a rock, looking out over the moor.

Also in the area - several Wheatears giving wonderful views (definitely one of my favourite birds and some absolute beauties on show), 10 or so Meadow Pipits, one Pheasant and a Kestrel hunting.



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Liz Headon wrote:


Red-legged partridge at Binn Green (I've seen one on an odd occasion before: are they naturally occurring, or introduced ? I didn't think this was in their normal range...)





They're definitely introduced, Liz, though when I don't know. Some have been around for at least 20 years to my knowledge. You never see more than one or two together so I don't think there have been any recent introductions.



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3.30 - 4.00 pm.
Ring ouzels !! My first, hence the two exclamation marks (I'll calm down now). 1m, 1f on boulders to the left of the path just before you get to the ruined building (approaching from the Tunstead Lane side) then I turned right where the paths cross after the building and saw another (f) on a broken wall to the left of the path below the burnt patches. There were possibly more higher up, but there was someone else up there and I didn't want to go galumphing up and risk disturbing whatever he was watching.

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Chiffchaff(s) singing in the grounds of Hollyville
Wheatears (several) in similar area to the ring ouzels
Cormorant flying overhead towards Dovestones
Skylark and curlew (heard, not seen)
Meadow pipits (2 - 3)
Red-legged partridge at Binn Green (I've seen one on an odd occasion before: are they naturally occurring, or introduced ? I didn't think this was in their normal range...)
Mistle thrush in field near road to Dovestones

Bird of prey flew over the reservoir then across the A635 and headed north. I'd have said buzzard, but don't buzzards have a wedge-shaped tail in flight ? This had a straight, fairly narrow tail...


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Andrew Mitchell wrote:

Hi all,

As someone who doesn't know the area well, how do you get to the area where the Ring Ouzels are currently being seen (and where is the best place to park)?

Cheers

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I'd drive up the A635 Holmfirth road out of Greenfield, and park at Binn Green (higher up than the turning for Dovestones Reservoir). If you walk out of the car park back to the road and cross the road, there is a gated track onto the hills. Follow that (turning left as you stand with your back to the road) and after a while the ruined building and the stone walled fields will come in sight ahead of you. It's worth keeping your eyes open on the rocky slopes to the right as you get further from the road - the ring ouzels are sometimes lower down than people are generally reporting them.

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I could only find about 6 Ring Ouzels this afternoon at 3pm, they were below the derelict barn and then flew left as you look up to Pots and Pans.
There were plenty of Wheatear around.

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Over 20 Ring Ouzels between 6.30 and 7am, mostly males with 4 definite females seen
C10 Wheatear
Raven

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Simon,

That's great - thanks very much for the info

Cheers

Andrew

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If you look on Google Maps for White Brook Lane, you'll see the ruined building if you zoom in, and a grid of fields which are separated by dry stone walls. They have been in the furthest two fields east and on the slopes behind. I walked up the hill from Tunstead Lane up a footpath. 20 or so mins from the roundabout at the bottom of Holmfirth Road to looking at the birds.

Parking I don't know, don't drive, sorry...somewhere in the village maybe.

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Hi all,

As someone who doesn't know the area well, how do you get to the area where the Ring Ouzels are currently being seen (and where is the best place to park)?

Cheers

Andrew

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5-7pm
23 Ring Ouzel seen in fields around the derelict barn just below Pots & Pans. There were probably more, but they were moving about quite a bit and kept disappearing behind walls.
They were flushed on a couple of occasions and moved off en-masse. 3 more birds (2m, 1f) seen from the top of the hill in the burnt section.
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20+ Wheatear (very vocal)
2 Buzzard
2 Dipper on the stream below the reservoir


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Is Know Top Lane below Pots and Pans a good place to view
the Ring Ouzels.
Thankyou

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12.30 28 Ring Ouzel still present spread out in fields beyond the ruined barn and counted right past us as they were flushed by two walkers coming straight up the fields where they were all feeding. They flew round and up the hill towards the war memorial

-- Edited by Tim Wilcox on Sunday 19th of April 2015 11:53:15 AM

-- Edited by Tim Wilcox on Sunday 19th of April 2015 03:24:47 PM

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18+ Ring Ouzel at 'Pots and Pans' this morning flushed onto burnt area by a Peregrine (per M Chorley)

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I was trying to be clever this morning, and I headed for Dove Stones via Intake Lane imagining a Ring Ouzel or two might have crossed the valley overnight. Looking across at the slope below Pots and Pans at about 9am I was clearly wrong, as I saw a birder watching something in the fields where Mark Rigby had reported the birds yesterday.

I did see some Lesser Redpoll in the conifers, at least 3, which were displaying I think. Lots of circuits of the trees and calling. Great to watch and listen to anyway.

Nothing much in the environs of the reservoirs.

Walking back into Greenfield I saw a Dipper at the weir at the roundabout, and then I decided to try for the Ouzels up where I'd seen the birder before. This was a great decision if I say so myself. I soon picked up birds in the fields which they had presumably occupied all day; it was about 2pm by now.

Anyway I think there were 10 or so birds about, males and females. The most I had pinned down simultaneously was 8 but there were probably more. Showing well feeding, also lots of nice views as they flew about, perched on rocks and generally busied about. Brilliant stuff, it was really nice up there, some great views back down the valley too. John Spalding turned up too, nice to chat to him.

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A grey and a pied wagtail at Ladhill Lane bridge at lunchtime today - from a distance I expected it to be a pair of greys as they were close together in the same tree.

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Pota and Pans (with Gary Crowder)

Ring Ouzels 15 (Possibly more).
Wheatears 5-6.
Raven 1.
Rook 1.
+ Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Pied Wagtails.

Cheers John

-- Edited by John Rayner on Saturday 18th of April 2015 03:05:30 PM

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'Pots and Pans' area

12 Ring Ouzel (6 male/6 fem) in fields below Pots and Pans near ruined barn (13 present earlier per B.Stanley)
30+ Wheatear
Meadow Pipits
2 Mistle Thrush
2 Swallow

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A walk around the sewage works, about 20 swallows, chiffchaff, a few willow warbler, blackcap, 2 dipper, grey wagtail, treecreeper, nuthatch,
bullfinch plus the usual.

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