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First willow warbler behind greenfield bowling club this morning also heron over

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walk from Mossley to Greenfield and back (mainly on old railway bridleway):

6 singing Chiffchaffs (no Willow Warblers yet cry)
female Gt. Spotted Woodpecker
Nuthatch

at the old station house:
pair Brambling
half a dozen Lesser Redpoll
about two dozen Siskin



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This morning's WeBS counts at Royal George Lodge:

47 Canada Geese
12 Mallard
7 Tufted Duck (5 males)
6 Coot
5 Moorhen
2 Mute Swan

informed by a local walking his dog that the Swans were introduced by the property developer (Wiggett) as a present for his wife confuse

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Spring most definitely in the air.

CHIFFCHAFF singing at the sewage works. Long-tailed Tit and Robin carrying nest material nearby. Coots nest-building. 7 Heron nests occupied.

Pair of Dippers near sewage works - one colour-ringed (red over orange) so must be getting on a bit by now. Grey Wagtail pair nearby.

Royal George Lodge:
8 Tufted Duck (5m, 3 f) is a good count for here these days.
2 Mute Swan
1 Little Grebe
4 Coot

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Morning walk.

Blue Tit
Great Tit
Coal Tt
Long Tailed Tit
Goldcrest
Dunnock
Blackbird
Robin Never seen so many, looks promising for the forth coming breeding season
Wren
Nuthatch Heard only
Moorhen
1 Coot on Royal George
2 Tufted Duck
Mallard
2 Mute Swan
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
1 Siskin
Jackdaw
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Jay
Heron
Dipper
1 Little Grebe
4 Pairs Grey Wagtail










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Steve Suttill wrote:

Liz Headon wrote:

Lower part of Friezland Lane, above Robert Scott's mill.





Thanks Liz - you learn something new every day!

These local names can be confusing. Friezland for instance. On the map Friezland is the area on the other side of Manchester Road to Bockin, but Friezland Church is near Royal George Mill, quite some distance away. And Boarshurst Band Club is in Friezland not Boarshurst! confuse



I presume that at some time in the past, Friezland Lane was "the lane to Friezland" and went all the way through to where Friezland church is now. I didn't knowthe name Bockin either till I moved here a couple of years ago, although I knew Greenfield and Saddleworth in general to some extent, being originally from Oldham, but two friends who had lived in the area all their lives said "Oh, you mean Bockin !" when I described where the house I was buying was situated.

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Liz Headon wrote:

Lower part of Friezland Lane, above Robert Scott's mill.





Thanks Liz - you learn something new every day!

These local names can be confusing. Friezland for instance. On the map Friezland is the area on the other side of Manchester Road to Bockin, but Friezland Church is near Royal George Mill, quite some distance away. And Boarshurst Band Club is in Friezland not Boarshurst! confuse

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Lower part of Friezland Lane, above Robert Scott's mill.

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Hi Liz

where is Bockin? Don't know the name.

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Steve Suttill, that's probably why the last time I saw dippers they were (unusually) feeding upstream of that point.

Small group of lapwings in flight passing Bockin during the recent storm.

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Having noted earlier in the week that there were occupied nests in the heronry, thought I'd go and see how they had fared after the recent gales.

As I strolled up to Greenfield I passed several uprooted trees but the herons' nests seem to have survived almost untouched, despite their exposed position, and four pairs seem well established. A young Cormorant was also present.

There were 10 Goosanders (3 adult males) and an unringed Dipper on the river by the sewage works. One Brambling with a small Chaffinch flock at the Old Station House, along with one male Siskin, one Goldcrest and a pair of Bullfinch along with the usuals.

At the confluence of the Tame and Chew Brook it was obvious that a lot of sediment was being washed down Chew Brook, presumably from the adjacent house building site. I can't see Dippers being able to feed in such murky water...

Royal George Lodge had 2 Mute Swans, 4 Coot and 1 Little Grebe.

-- Edited by Steve Suttill on Friday 14th of February 2014 01:22:51 PM

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Royal George lodge 14.00 - nice and sunny for a change!

2 Mute Swans, 4 Coot and just one Little Grebe. Grey Wagtail on river. Nuthatch.

Pair Gt. Spotted Woodpecker in trees by canal.

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Tipped off about a flock of 370 Fieldfares that Dave Sanderson had found on his Winter Thrush Survey, I headed off to Mt. Pleasant Farm, between Manchester Rd. and Intake Lane.

There were still over 250 Fieldfare present with around 100 Starlings in the field. Several Red Grouse were calling from the slopes of Alphin to the south. Also Brown Hare.

Then, after a few snow flakes - it started to rain cry

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On the Royal George lodge, 2 mute swan, 3 little grebe and a dipper singing on the river.

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Weds 22nd Jan. 14.30 hrs.

Royal George Lodge.

2 Mute Swan.
2 Coot.
Goosander (red-head).

The Manns.

4 Moorhen.
2 Coot.
c 134 Canada Geese in the field.
c 300+ Black-headed Gulls in the field over towards Boarhurst.

The short "Church Length" of canal had 23 Mallard drakes and 2 ducks.

Roger.

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4.00 pm today, by the Greenbridge Lane/Oakview Road bridge.

2 dippers (a pair ?) - both unringed
2 separate pairs of mallard, as opposed to the mixed groups of 6 - 9 which were there all last week.

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This morning's WeBS count at Royal George lodge:

2 Mute Swans, 7 Goosander (3 drakes), 2 Little Grebe, 5 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 1 Heron, 19 Mallard and 19 Black-headed Gulls - but only 11 Canada Geese.

Dipper singing on river.

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Royal George lodge, 2 mute swans, 5 goosander including 4 drakes and a buzzard circling overhead.

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Dipper - 3 sightings - bird with BTO ring on rt leg (river by sewage works -Friezeland) 2 unringed birds 1 on the river between Chew Valley Road & sewage works, the other on the feeder stream to the fishing pond between Archer's and Tanners' Mills
Grey Heron - 1 adult on the river at Friezeland, sightings of (the same?) juvenile on the river between Chew Yalley Road & sewage works, over St. Mary's School playing fields & fishing the weir below Tanner Bros' Mill
Goosander - 2m on the river at Friezeland.

Good numbers of commoner woodland birds around - plus House Sparrow.

Lots of Jelly ear at Water Edge carpark & Blushing Bracket on willows now in Chew Brook at Tanner Bros.

-- Edited by Mike Chorley on Tuesday 14th of January 2014 07:45:55 PM

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2 Mute Swans still present at 1440hrs

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Oakview Road / Greenbridge Lane. 11.00 - 11.30 am.

Party of long-tailed tits.
Robins - a definite pair.
Grey heron (in stream on cricket field side of bridge), also 9 mallards (5m, 4f).


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Sewage works: 3 Goosander (2m) on river, male Great Spotted Woodpecker, pair Bullfinch, 2 Jays, Treecreeper.

Nearby at the old Station House: no Bramblings, but 8 Lesser Redpolls on feeders. Having struggled through the recent British Birds paper on Redpoll taxonomy ("the new gulls" indeed!) I paid particular attention to this flock which contained an amazing array of different plumages (including the reddest male I've ever seen) and bill sizes.

Royal George Lodge & Manns pond: 2 Mute Swan, pair Goosander, male Tufted Duck, 5 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 21 Black-headed and 4 Common Gulls.

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Swans still present plus a drake goosander on the Royal George pond. Dipper, kingfisher and 2 goosander on the river, no sign of any water rail this winter. I had a common buzzard overhead yesterday.



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Swans still present but not interested in bread at 10.20 this morning.

Called round to a friends nearby for a coffee and birding chat. When I returned, the swans had moved under the bridge to the Manns where they decided that the bread was quite tasty after all - and revealed that both are unringed.

Only one Little Grebe seems to be left from the trio in mid-December.

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The 2 Mute Swans still present on Royal George lodge at 1030hrs

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A real site rarity, John smile

Unless I've missed any (quite possibly!) the last Mute Swan at Royal George was a first-winter bird back in December 2006. Prior to that, a pair was around in December 2002 until the lodge became completely frozen. One of that pair was colour-ringed and turned out to be from Nottinghamshire.

Thought these birds might be worth a closer look but they didn't like the look of me, didn't come to bread and moved to the far side of the water so I couldn't check for rings.
Both appear to be 2nd winter birds.

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A couple of mute swans on the Royal George pond at 9am plus one goosander.

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WeBS counts this morning:

Waterside Mill (Tanners) Lodge: not one single waterbird present - and no anglers to blame either!

Royal George Lodge: 193 Canada Geese, 19 Black-headed Gulls, 13 Mallard, 5 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 3 Little Grebe and one redhead Goosander.

Grey Wagtail and singing, unringed Dipper on the river.

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Royal George Lodge - 10am

now Little Grebe present - one with much paler cheeks than the other two.
Female Tufted Duck
Dipper (unringed) singing enthusiastically from overhanging branch by river.
Grey Wagtail.

212 Canada Geese and 4 Moorhen in "Water Rail" field.
Nuthatch.

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4th Nov, 2.00 pm. Jay on bridleway near Friezland horse arena.

4th Nov, 3.15 pm. Coot (1), moorhen (2), mallard (2m 2f) on Manns. About 50 Canada geese grazing in the field between the pond and the farm. Small party of long-tailed tits in the trees around the pond.

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12.30 pm... Pair of grey wagtails in the car park behind the former Co-op grocery (now Premier, I believe) on Chew Valley Road.

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Lovely to see a dipper feeding in the stream alongside Greenbridge Lane (2.45 pm), apparently relaxed and totally undisturbed by the noisy building work going on just a few feet above it on the old bowling green site.

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This morning's WeBS counts:

Tanner's Lodge (Waterside Mill): 1 Kingfisher and 1 Heron (no human anglers)

Royal George Lodge: 7 Coot, 7 Tufties and first returning Little Grebe of the winter as well as the usuals.

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3 adult swans (almost certainly Whoopers, but they were quite high) flew over Wharmton Hill at 11.00 and headed off in the direction of Dove Stone.

Could these be the birds seen at Castleshaw yesterday?

Livened up a Winter Thrush Survey which had very few thrushes!

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1400 - 1430 Around my house (off Boarshurst Lane) and adjacent lanes
Buzzard over - glided over and into valley nr Roaches
Kestrel
3 siskins over
Nuthatch heard
2 jays
1 peacock, 3 red admiral, 6 small tortoiseshell, 1 comma, 1 speckled wood and a cabbage white enjoying the warm sun!

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Intermittent swallow activity over the last few weeks. The resident swallows in the Bockin area, around Springfield Farm, gathered noisily and left a few weeks ago. Since then, groups still active around the farms on Intake Lane, but gradually getting quieter. Yesterday (21st Sept) groups feeding around Bockin again but clearly on passage rather then local.

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WeBS counts this morning at Waterside Mill (Tanners) and Royal George lodges.

Nothing much of interest (no returning Little Grebes yet) but Chiffchaffs singing and Jays present at both sites.

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c30 Swallows feeding low over trees at junction of Manchester Road and Well-I-Hole Road at 0845hrs

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early morning stroll up to Royal George Lodge to see if Mr. Chorley's Little Grebes had turned up. Not yet smile

Only birds on the lodge were 4 Coot - 3 adults and one of this year's young - now well grown.

Good to see two Kingfishers on the canal nearby.

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Walk from Uppermill to Royal George Lodge 15:15 - 17:30. Highlights:- 6 Dippers - inc three immatures along the river 1 Grey Wagtail 1 Jay A few Chiffchaffs and a couple of Willow Warblers. 1 drake wing-clipped Mandarin on canal. 1 singing male Goldcrest behind Alexandra Mill in Uppermill. 'Lowlight' one dead Woodock floating in canal near tesco's.

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Good day in the garden today cracking pair of bullfinches this morning and this afternoon 1 female redpoll ,4 goldfinch ,2 treecreeper ,3 long tailed tits and a garden first female blackcap megasmilesmilesmile

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Water rail showing well at the far end of the usual ditch, best viewed from the canal towpath.
It appeared to be displaying at one point.

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this morning in cold wind - No Water Rail.

Birds seen - 3 Moorhens, 1 Heron (ditch)
5 Jays
Willow Warbler and several Chiffchaff singing

2 Jackdaws nearby

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Water rail present this afternoon in the usual ditch.

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Mid-afternoon - Female sparrowhawk alighted briefly on house roof, Greenbridge Lane.

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My first Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Swallows of the year this morning smile

Heronry seems to have lost a few nests in this week's strong winds cry

Royal George Lodge: 7 Tufted Duck (4m, 3f), 2 pairs Coot. No sign of Water Rail.

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Bridle path from Waters Edge to Station Lane:

Pair of chaffinches
Pair of coal tits
Chiffchaff (heard twice - or two birds - but not seen)
Grey heron (overhead)

Plus usual robin, blackbird, wood pigeon, magpie, jackdaw etc

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First willow warbler of the year singing on the bridle path near Friezland horse arena biggrinbiggrin

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Water Rail noted today 1400 in ditch (excellent views), also noted Grey Wagtail on river, Jay in trees by the canal, Mistle Thrush in field and Mandarin Duck (M & F) on the canal, plus all the usual

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A walk from 8 to 9-30 this morning, water rail, dipper, about 20 redwing and my first chiffchaff of the year.

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