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Hobby hunting over Puddle Clay Pits SBI this evening - a site first for me.

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Late visit to BBS square (Top Mossley/Hartshead Pike) this morning (hot & humid):

Fewer Willow Warblers than on the early visit - maybe some of the April birds were just passing through?
Only 2 Lapwing and no sign of successful breeding.
Usual number of Swallows, but no House Martins or Swifts. No Skylarks singing either,
Good news was 3 singing Whitethroats, all very close to the survey route.

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Sedge Warblers back at Puddle Clay Pits SBI this morning smile

Nuthatch pair have established territory by Roaches Lock. This species is becoming relatively common round here these days. Can remember when they were as rare as hens' teeth!

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Moor Edge road: 7.30 - 8.45

Sadly no Ring Ouzels this morning. However...

Micklehurst Clough: singing Willow Warblers; Swallow; 2 Little Owls in quarry.

Noonsun Hill: Red Grouse calling; 2 Curlew (one of which flew right down into the valley to the field above Puddle Clay Pits SBI which is threatened by a planned housing development).

Fields below moor edge: just 9 Lapwing seen today; female Wheatear.


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Early visit to BBS square (Top Mossley/Hartshead Pike) this morning (my 21st year!):

5 Willow Warblers singing but no Chiffchaffs.
5 Lapwing, still hanging on in here.
3 Skylarks and a couple of Swallows. Not so many Meadow Pipits this year.

Heading home, disappointed not to have found a Wheatear, and a splendid male popped up on a drystone wall.

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David Walsh wrote:

An unsuccessful attempt to twitch Steve Suttill's Ring Ouzels had the consolation of providing my first Swallow of the year, performing aerobatics over Micklehurst Clough.



Hardly my Ring Ouzels, since you told me where they were smile

Still no Swallows for me cry



If they were the same birds? You did succeed in enticing them to a slightly more accessible area smile

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An unsuccessful attempt to twitch Steve Suttill's Ring Ouzels had the consolation of providing my first Swallow of the year, performing aerobatics over Micklehurst Clough.



Hardly my Ring Ouzels, since you told me where they were smile

Still no Swallows for me cry

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Saturday 14th April 2018, 5.00 - 7.00pm.

Moor Edge Road, on a lovely spring evening.

An unsuccessful attempt to twitch Steve Suttill's Ring Ouzels had the consolation of providing my first Swallow of the year, performing aerobatics over Micklehurst Clough.

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2 singing Willow Warblers
1 singing Chiffchaff
1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
1 Song Thrush
1 Mistle Thrush
1 singing Chaffinch
3 Goldfinch
15+ Pheasant
3 Red Grouse
The usual Lapwing in their field

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My first Willow Warblers (2) singing at Heron Lane this morning.

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Still no Wheatear or Willow Warblers.



I was lurking around the woods in the clough around dusk on Monday, Steve, and heard a Willow Warbler singing in the rain.

Perhaps it was also upwardly mobile, and has moved on to richer pastures in Oldham smile

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More moor edge meanderings - 10.15 - 13.15:

3 Ring Ouzels again, probably the same birds as Sunday in pretty much the same places. The male by the Lapwing field was surrounded by a flock of c30 Fieldfares. The Fieldfares flew off but the Ouzel remained resolutely on its favourite fence-post.

6 pairs of Lapwing in the usual field. One pair, thinking themselves superior presumably, have moved over the border into Greenfield.

Still no Wheatear or Willow Warblers.

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Moor edge this morning: 7.30 - 8.45

Found two of David Walsh's Ring Ouzels in a tree below the old quarry on the slope down the Micklehurst Brook. Also two Mistle Thrush.
Little Owl and Kestrel in the quarry itself. Buzzard calling nearby.

Further north along the moor edge, another Ring Ouzel, a splendid male, flitting from one tree to another above the Lapwing field.
5 pairs of Lapwing in the field - a couple sitting.
Two Red Grouse calling from edge of moor.



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Thursday 5th April 2018.

4 Ring Ouzel on the moor below Warlow Pike

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Tues 3/4/18 - 7.50am

My first Chiffchaff of the year on the walk from home to the station this morning smile

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Thanks, David, for keeping an eye on my patch during my enforced absence. Hopefully I'm back for the rest of the season.

Saturday 24th March, 7.40 - 8.40am

Moor Edge Road, from Howards Lane, as far as the Oldham border:

14 Lapwings still in their usual field - minor territorial squabbles and low-level display.
8 Starlings and 6 Wood Pigeons also in the field.
2 Red Grouse
15 Pheasants (3 males)
a few Meadow Pipits
Chaffinch, Blackbird and Dunnock (all singing)
but no raptors this early in the morning.


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Thursday 22nd March 2018, 9.30 - 11.30am

Moor Edge Road, from Howards Lane, as far as the Oldham border.

14 Lapwing was my best count, with several displaying

A mixed flock moving around the Lapwing field, consisting of:
70 Fieldfare
30 Redwing
60 Starlings

1 Sparrowhawk shot through, putting up all of the above
1 Kestrel over the moor
3 Buzzard spiralling above Buckton Moor
2 Raven around Abraham's Chair
60 Carrion Crows harassing the Raven
1 Skylark
4 Meadow Pipits
1 Pied Wagtail
Chaffinch singing
Mistle Thrush singing



-- Edited by David Walsh on Thursday 22nd of March 2018 01:13:49 PM

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2 Buzzards over The Billy Goat this afternoon about 2.45.



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Heron Lane on a slightly nippy and rather breezy afternoon smile

9 Goosanders (4 males) on the river, with a few Mallards and Canada Geese.
Snipe flushed from old Sugar Well.

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Heron Lane early this morning:

60+ Fieldfares heading south through the snow showers.

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Morning walk along moor edge from Millbrook to Greenfield.

Buzzard being pestered by a Crow.
Female Kestrel.
Little Owl in old quarry at Noonsun Hill.
Couple of Redwings and a Mistle Thrush.

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Heron Lane: 8.00 - 8.45

A rather late Chiffchaff associating with small flock of Blue & Great Tits and a couple of Goldcrests.

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Mooch around Puddle Clay Pits area in between rain showers:

2 Snipe, Jay and a roving flock containing Blue, Great, Coal & Long-tailed Tits, Nuthatch and Goldcrests.

Adjacent field had 115 Canada Geese, 22 Black-headed Gulls and 6 Pheasants.

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A Green Woodpecker on Stamford Golf Course this morning, the first for a few years.



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Sunday -07.30 - 08.30

Fascinating to watch a female Sparrowhawk trying to catch a Magpie around the bottom of Midge Hill. The chase, from tree to tree, went on for about 15 minutes and the Sparrowhawk was persistent until 3 more Magpies joined in and eventually she had had enough of their mobbing.

Also, juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker and the usual collection of warblers (inc large numbers of juveniles).

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A grasshopper warbler reeling in the field between the 8th tee on Stamford Golf Course and Mossley Cemetery.



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16:55. Red Kite over Mossley Rd., beyond Golf Course, approaching Top Mosley.



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Great Spotted Woodpeckers have bred successfully in trees by canal.
Juvenile was peering out of nest hole on Thursday evening.
This morning one was out of nest being fed juicy grubs by the adult male.

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Late visit to BBS square (Top Mossley/Hartshead Pike) this morning:

10 Lapwing + some juveniles - welcome upturn in their fortunes after several years of decline.
Just one Skylark, but a flyover Buzzard was a new survey tick.
Good numbers of Willow Warbler but Chiffchaffs seem to have moved on.

Just after finishing the second transect a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling from a rushy field just north of Lane End Farm.

-- Edited by Steve Suttill on Wednesday 31st of May 2017 02:49:02 PM

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Dippers fledged from nest on canal earlier this week. Two fledglings were perched on a waterside stone ledge on Tuesday evening and were still there the next morning. They were gone from the ledge today - hopefully somewhere safe.

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Moor Edge Lane this morning (7.30 - 8.30) cold and windy

6 pairs of Lapwing in usual field.
2 pairs of Swallows at the farm.
Pair Linnet, 3 Mistle Thrush + Meadow Pipits and Wrens.


Puddle Clay Pits (17.45 - 18.15)

went to see if Sedge Warblers had returned but, drawing a blank, went to check out a Canada Goose nest where the female was incubating 12 days ago. Much to my surprise, the nest was occupied by a female Mallard brooding eight ducklings! It's definitely a Canada nest (exposed and lined with pale grey feathers) so can only assume the Canada's clutch was lost (a nest nearby was predated last year) and it provided an nice comfortable place for the Mallard to brood her youngsters. Did, for a moment, wonder if the Canada Goose had been incubating the Mallard eggs - but surely not?

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Moor Edge Lane this morning (7.30 - 8.30) in glorious spring weather (unlike when I met David Walsh here on Good Friday!)

6 pairs of Lapwing in usual field - not tolerating presence of Pheasants near their nests.
1 female Wheatear.
Pair of Swallows back at the farm.
Meadow Pipits and Wrens as expected.



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Bottom Mossley......Tollemache area,around 11:30 am 2 swallows flying over the river Tame and surrounding fields.

My first of the year,but no Martin's as of yet.

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Early visit to BBS square (Top Mossley/Hartshead Pike) this morning (my 20th year of covering this site for BBS!):

5 Lapwing, hopefully signifying an upturn for them.
No Skylarks, and the Swallows haven't returned to either farm yet. Meadow Pipits a-plenty though.
One Willow Warbler and two Chiffchaffs singing.
Best of all - my first Wheatear of the year - and a female to boot (don't think I've ever seen a female before a male).


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Another soggy trudge along the moor edge this afternoon.

17 Lapwings in fields below Noonsun Hill - 3 or 4 sitting.
Meadow Pipit and Reed Bunting singing.
A few Linnets, and not much else...

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Spring seems to have gone! Cold and increasingly wet as the day went on cry

Noonsun Hill: 1 Curlew and 6 Red Grouse

Fields below hill: 4 pairs Lapwing and numerous Pheasants.

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Walk along moor edge from Millbrook to Greenfield and back.

Buzzard, 2 Ravens and 2 Kestrels at Buckton Castle raptor watchpoint,
Little Owl in old quarry at Noonsun Hill,
4 pairs Lapwing in their favourite field - mostly hunkered down sheltering from the wind behind molehills, but getting up for the occasional display flight
Spring IS here!

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c60 Pink-footed Geese heading East at 09.00 this morning.

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Around 20 Redwing early this morning on Heron Lane, flushed from a roost in Himalayan Balsam, they flew up into adjacent Larches. Also 14+ Bullfinch.

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First decent stroll round the neighbourhood for a couple of weeks, due to knackered knee - may be some time before moorland mooching is back on the agenda cry

Several Chiffchaff still around the valley (including one singing).
Dipper (with metal ring) at Wrights Mill on the river.
Female Sparrowhawk mobbed by Crows and Jackdaws.
Numerous Jays.
No Redwings or Fieldfares yet - just Song and Mistle Thrushes which are probably locals.

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Hi John ... a friend told me about a Ring-neck parakeet being in a tree on the Stamford Arms car-park at Heyheads around 3 month ago.

Roger.

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5 Ring-necked parakeets, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk over Stamford Golf Course this morning.



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Extended walk from Mossley, via Buckton Castle, across the moor to Alphin Pike:

Flyovers of Peregrine and Buzzard on the moor, otherwise the usual fare of Red Grouse, Meadow Pipits, Skylark and Wren, plus a singing Reed Bunting and a family party of Mistle Thrushes.

Descending Alphin to Greenfield, three juvenile Stonechat was a pleasant surprise. Lapwings in the fields seem to have raised very few young this year though they were tolerating the Pheasant in their field today.



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Woken early this morning - Jackdaws much noiser than normal as young had fledged.

Late morning walk along the moor edge from Micklehurst Cricket Club to Greenfield border:

Lapwings noted nesting in late April had been wiped out (apart from one brood) by farming operations but most seem to have relaid. At least 12 birds were calling frantically and diving at some unseen predator as I approached their field. When I got closer, it transpired that the object of their annoyance was a pair of Pheasant in the field. Most of the aerial onslaught seemed to be directed at the male (who wasn't taking the slightest bit of notice!).

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On the river, I seem to have found a bigamous male Dipper (identified by a metal ring) which has one mate in Mossley and another upstream in Greenfield. Will follow progress...





Have recently found a Dipper nest at a new site. Regular observations strongly suggest that a single mum is doing all the feeding of the young but seems to be coping. The ringed male seems to be devoting his attention to his other mate up the river.

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Thursday 19th May 2016, 12.30pm

Blackcap singing in the vegetation next to the railway, behind Mossley Home Improvement Centre, Manchester Road.

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Several fire engines engines just gone up Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge. Looks to be a fire raging on the moors around Harehill or the Alphin area, from the view out of our attic.

One consolation may be the wind, which is still coming from the north and east, which will hopefully contain the blaze around the moorland fringes.

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7.10pm - 2 swifts over Mossley Railway Station. My first of the year.



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Late morning walk along the moor edge from Micklehurst Cricket Club to Greenfield border:

Little Owl
2 pairs Wheatear
5 pairs Lapwing
1 Twite - first I've seen in this area for almost twenty years!

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Four singing Willow Warblers on Heron Lane this morning and only one Chiffchaff. Seems to happen every year - as soon as the Willow Warblers arrive, the Chiffchaffs move away from this patch with only the odd pair remaining to breed.

On the river, I seem to have found a bigamous male Dipper (identified by a metal ring) which has one mate in Mossley and another upstream in Greenfield. Will follow progress...

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Another disappointing early visit to BBS square (Top Mossley/Hartshead Pike) this morning:

As last year, just one pair of Lapwing. No Skylarks again. Meadow Pipit numbers better than last year.

No Willow Warblers yet and just one wind-blown Swallow.

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