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Pairs of Dippers displaying at two traditional nest sites on the river this morning. Also Chiffchaff singing.

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3 Chiffchaffs on Heron Lane this morning (one singing, two silent)

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First singing Chiffchaff of the year on Heron Lane this morning.

Pair of Grey Wagtails and a Robin all carrying nest material by the river. Dipper carrying food to a traditional nest site - presumably the female is already on eggs.

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A lone Curlew heading south through the snow this morning!

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Sunny, but icy, morning walk along moor edge from Buckton Castle to Greenfield:

Little Owl sunning itself on a favourite drystone wall.
Flyovers of Peregrine, female Sparrowhawk and 2 Raven.
Red Grouse heard but not seen.

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65 Pink-footed Geese heading W at 08.50
2 Ravens flying S
4 Goosander circling round the valley
Kestrel hovering over Midge Hill
Dipper on River Tame

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Mossley railway station this morning at 08.10

3 swans, almost certainly Whoopers, flying SE.

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Heron Lane this morning:

more birds than I've seen here for a long time. Highlight was two juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers which alighted in a tree six feet away from me and proceeded to search for food and scrap with each other seemingly unaware of my presence.

Juveniles of at least a dozen species were flitting through the trees, the most numerous were Willow Warblers and, for the second time in the last three days, I even heard a snatch of Willow Warbler song.

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3 Grey Wagtails on canal side, from Micklehurst Road bridge.

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Thurs 16th July. 15.00 hrs.

Newly mown field facing Mossley Hollins High School.

Jackdaw. 300+
Swallow. Around 8, all entering the old barn.
Kestrel up on moor.

Roger.

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Thursday 25th June 2015, 9.30 - 10.30am

Moor Edge Road, below Abraham's Chair

2 Linnet
4 Goldfinch
1 Chaffinch
2 Willow Warbler
1 Blackcap
100+ Starlings around the old quarry
6 Swallows
2 House Martins
1 Swift
3 Mistle Thrush
6 Meadow Pipits


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

Willow Warbler seem to be having a successful breeding season - and good to see two pairs of Whitethroats which have been scarce round here this year.

The two Lapwings from the early visit have gone - and no Skylarks at all for the first time in 18 years of surveying this area cry

Jackdaws continue to thrive.

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Dipper on Tame just down from Woodend Mill.

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

Lapwing decline continues. Just one pair (doing battle with Crows). Just 10 years ago I would have expected 10 pairs.

First visit I've ever made and not seen or heard a Skylark. Meadow Pipit numbers low as well.

The only plus was 4 singing Willow Warblers.

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Good start to the day (bird-wise if not weather-wise) when 2 Swallows flew past my house - heading South! Wood Pigeons nest-building just behind the house.

Once the sun had appeared, I walked up Heron Lane for some more signs of Spring, and wasn't disappointed. A singing Willow Warbler and a pair of Chiffchaffs. The Pink-footed Goose looking very lonely now that most of the Canadas have paired up (with one bird already on eggs).

Into Greenfield...

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Two singing Chiffchaffs on Heron Lane this morning. Doesn't really feel like Spring though cry

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Beautiful morning this morning.
My only sighting so far is of a Kingfisher on the river Thame, in my area, but I am hopeful for the rest of the day!
Also, the single pink footed Goose has turned up again this afternoon, grazing with the Canada Geese.


-- Edited by Garry Chesters on Wednesday 18th of March 2015 04:47:03 PM

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A single pink footed goose still feeding with Canada geese next to the river behind the housing estate opposite 'The Tollemache Arms' in Mossley.

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Plenty of Dipper activity on the river this morning.

At one regular site, one bird was frantically wing-shivering whilst the other sang nearby. Apparently the female sings whilst the male shivers! Then, just upstream, two birds were posturing like two rival male Robins do and I presumed another male had entered the first one's territory. However, it could have been the first pair that I saw - it seems from my books that this aggressive-looking behaviour is also part of the pair-bonding ritual. Both birds were unringed.

Another pair of Dippers were present at the next regular territory.

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Pink-footed Goose with small flock of Canadas in field off Heron Lane.

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9 Goosanders (6 males, 3 redheads) on river above weir at Queen St. Mill this lunchtime.

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1st Feb. 15.00 - 16.30.

Scout Green.

Pair of Mistle Thrush on Egmont St football pitch.
Party of Long-tailed Tit. (c7).
Dipper (un-ringed) just upstream of foot-bridge.

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Moor edge walk this morning from Micklehurst Cricket Club to the Greenfield border.

Cricket Club area: c20 Redwing and almost as many Blackbirds scoffing Hawthorn berries, 2 Mistle Thrush, 6+ Greenfinch, male Bullfinch.
Little Owl on fence across the field.

Micklehurst Clough: hunting Peregrine and female Kestrel (former definitely putting the wind up the latter!)
30+ Fieldfare with a few Redwings.



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Late post for yesterday afternoon. Grey Wagtail on roof opposite Milton St John's School.

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Big movement of Redwing SW down the valley this morning.

100+ over the railway station at 08.10 but prior to that at least two larger flocks had flown in the same direction down the valley. Hard to count birds and eat breakfast at the same time smile

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David Walsh wrote:

Steve Suttill wrote:

Heron Lane:

WILLOW TIT refound after an absence of 6 weeks

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Despite all the hoohah going on 5 minutes up the road, this is the best news of the weekend for me!! biggrin

I saw mine again this morning - all we need to do now is join the dots along the woods of the Tame Valley, and we'll have ourselves a breeding population biggrinbiggrin







OK David. You start a trail of sunflower seeds at your end and I'll do the same here ...
... but they're probably both male or both female - any good Willow Tit sexers on the forum? smile

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Steve Suttill wrote:

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WILLOW TIT refound after an absence of 6 weeks

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Despite all the hoohah going on 5 minutes up the road, this is the best news of the weekend for me!! biggrin

I saw mine again this morning - all we need to do now is join the dots along the woods of the Tame Valley, and we'll have ourselves a breeding population biggrinbiggrin



-- Edited by David Walsh on Sunday 2nd of November 2014 05:44:10 PM

-- Edited by David Walsh on Sunday 2nd of November 2014 05:44:46 PM

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The dwindling Higher Swineshaw Reservoir, surrounded by a blackened Swineshaw Moor - July 2018


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WILLOW TIT refound after an absence of 6 weeks smile. Located in flight as it descended from the Oldham border on Midge Hill. Followed it to a hawthorn by the railway bridge over the lane where it was feeding on the ripest berries. Good views as it flitted from one hawthorn to the next, only losing it when it descended into the brambles.

Also, c80 Pinkfeet over heading E/NE. Redwings and Fieldfares over in dribs and drabs heading SW and good numbers of Woodpigeon heading the same way.

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Roger Baker 3 wrote:

28th Oct. 14.45 - 16.00 hrs.

Heyheads (Kershaw Hey).

Not actually sure if I was in Mossley or Stalybridge, very borderline ?





Right on the border, Roger. Whichever, you were definitely in the Watsonian Vice-County of Cheshire smile

There's a great map feature on the Grey to Green website
http://www.gmwildlife.org.uk/grey_to_green/index.php?map=1view4
where you can superimpose a variety of boundaries.

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28th Oct. 14.45 - 16.00 hrs.

Heyheads (Kershaw Hey).

Not actually sure if I was in Mossley or Stalybridge, very borderline ?

Picked out a couple of Goldcrest mixed in with the roving tit flocks.

Roger.


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Proper birding Steve ...... none of that "sat in the hide" stuff for us !

Had a double dose of that hill ....... I had to get back up it !
My legs not been right since.

Roger (The Tameside Ninja)

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Following a suggestion by Roger Baker, tried out a new route this morning.

From Top Mossley over Luzley Road: 200+ Pinkfeet over heading SE and a Little Owl found while scanning a small clump of trees for thrushes smile

Then down an extremely steep, wet and muddy path (thanks Roger - will get even sometime!) along the Mossley boundary to the edge of the Cliffs SBI:
Sparrowhawk and Kestrel, about 10 Redwing, Gt Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, pair Bullfinch, wandering tit flock, etc.

Back along the canal (very quiet).

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40 Redwing flying SW down the Tame valley this morning at 07.30

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Two Dippers on River Tame behind Woodend Mill at 16:30.

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On the river by the old Queen St. Mill this morning:

5 redhead Goosander
3 Dipper (at least two were unringed)
Grey Wagtail
Heron

A little later on Heron Lane:

Heron (naturally!)
Kingfisher
2 Swallows over heading South

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Ashley Edwards wrote:

Where abouts is Heron Lane? I can't seem to find it on any maps?





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If you head out of Bottom Mossley along Manchester Road, towards Greenfield, Heron Lane is on the left, before the river, and Roaches Lock. Good luck wink

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Where abouts is Heron Lane? I can't seem to find it on any maps?

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Heron Lane:

No sign of the Willow Tit since the 18th.

Chiffchaffs have been present on every visit for the past 3 weeks or so, though they don't actually breed at this site. This morning two were present - one singing and one just making contact calls.

A flock of 12 Swallows which has been present, hawking for insects, for the past few days had gone this morning. Presumably last night's frost has made them see sense...

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Thanks for the info on the Jack Snipe dates, Steve - seems I missed the earliest record for the 21st Century by one day!

With regard to Willow Tits, I've just had a look in Breeding Birds in Greater Manchester which has a probable breeding record for the tetrad adjacent to where I found "my" bird. BBGM gives an estimate of 300 breeding pairs in the county and expresses the hope that replanting of the Mersey Valley would lead to an expansion in the breeding range. Sadly, not the case.

It's good to get some reward for working these local patches for the last 20 years, though neither bird could be found this morning.

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Well done Steve on two excellent local patch finds. You are right,Sept 18th is an early date for Jack Snipe in GM. In fact there are only 20 September records in the database going back to 1993. Unfortunately, you can't claim the prize for the earliest ever, there are a few records that beat yours.

  • Hope Carr NR - 1st to 13th Sep 1999
  • Doffcocker Lodge - 8th Sep 1993
  • Worthington Lakes 14th and 16th Sep 1996
  • Castleshaw Resrs - 17th Sept 2005


The Willow Tit is intriguing and makes you wonder about the status of this species in the east of the county, given other sightings in Tameside and Oldham this year. In the early 1980's there was of course a significant population extending from Stockport north into Tameside and Oldham. We had assumed these birds had long since disappeared and none were recorded for Bird Atlas 2007-11 in the east, apart from a single at Hollingworth Lake in 2008 and 2009. However, perhaps there are still one or two pairs waiting to be discovered in the area.

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JACK SNIPE - second Mossley first of the week smilesmile

With the intention of looking for dragonflies and butterflies, I decided to have a look at the SBI below the new school. Thought I'd check the pool first as I'd flushed a Common Snipe there last week. I could see a resting wader on the mud but it was too small for Common and didn't flush as I approached closer. In fact it sat there, occasionally bobbing like a Dipper, while I managed a rough sketch. Having checked a few recent county reports, this seems like a rather early record for the species.

Willow Tit was still present, though secretive, on Heron Lane this morning.

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WILLOW TIT - a Mossley first for me smile

Searching the trees along Heron Lane this morning in the hope of a migrant flycatcher or similar, I found very little of interest apart from a flyover Raven. Turning back, resigned to a count of the resident Bullfinches, there it was feeding on a bramble amongst the Rowans. After allowing a good, close up, view, it disappeared into the undergrowth and I could only follow it by its two note call. It re-emerged briefly at the top of a Rowan before once again hiding away.

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Buzzard over Micklehurst Road at 6.0 pm.

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

Willow Warbler numbers have picked up and one was seen carrying food to a nest - Whitethroats also.

What few Lapwings there were on the early visit have all gone - surely any young can't have fledged by now, or can they?

Jackdaws still outnumbering all other species added together!

Little Owl seen on walk home.


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5 Swifts screaming around Woodend Mill (a regular breeding site) this morning.

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Grey wagtail, Dipper along canal between New Bridge and Woodend Mill. Second sighting of Dipper on this stretch.

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

Just 1 singing Willow Warbler and my first Wheatear of the year.

Meadow Pipit numbers down this year and no sign of recovery for the Lapwings.

Jackdaws probably outnumbering all other species added together!

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along the Greenfield end of the old railway bridleway: my first Blackcap of the year + 2 singing Chiffchaffs.

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Forced out of my home today - couldn't stand the sight of my neighbour destroying the last vestiges of wildlife habitat - or the sound of his JCB furious

Old railway bridleway:
2 singing Chiffchaffs
1 pair of Brambling and one pair of Siskin in the same tree.
1 pair Bullfinch

Shadworth Lane and Noonsun Hill:
3 pairs Lapwing nesting
2 Skylarks
surprisingly few Meadow Pipits, no Curlew and, amazingly, no Grouse.

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Slightly better results for this morning's Winter Thrush Survey:

7 Fieldfare perched on overhead wires.
4 Blackbirds (all male)
2 Mistle Thrush (male of the pair singing very loudly)

Also, 2 escaped Guineafowl in the dentist's car park on Stockport Road!

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