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A woodcock was flushed out by a stray golf ball this morning on Stamford Golf Course (not mine may I add). A first for me on the course.
Sadly a tawny owl had managed to fly into a barbed wire fence and had not survived.

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2 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk, about 70 fieldfare and a green woodpecker heard for the first time this year on Stamford Golf course.

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This morning's Winter Thrush Survey around Mossley/Greenfieeld border:

7 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 3 Blackbird and 2 Mistle Thrush

also 6 Bullfinches - this year's young now almost completely in adult plumage.

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c 120 Pink-footed Geese over Mossley at 0820 this morning heading S/SE

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skein of c90 Pink-footed Geese over Mossley heading E/SE at 0825 this morning

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Gull noises above Mossley station this morning made me look up to see a Black-headed Gull doing battle with a medium-sized bird of prey. No bins but it was almost certainly a Hobby smile

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One Dipper on river near Woodend Mill yesterday afternoon.

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0805-0830 Two laps of Mossley cemetary produced no wryneck :(

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Many thanks for the info, I will keep an eye out for your posts.

Cheers,
Ashley

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The guy who found the bird had to go out to work and didn't find it on returning home. He will phone me if it is refound and I'll post here. The golf course might be worth checking.

In 2006 a Wryneck hung around Shell, Carrington, for five days and the previous year one spent three days in Horwich...

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Is there any more information available with the wryneck sighting like whether it lingered or flew off? I only live in Carrbrook and between Queensway and us is the golf course so wondering if its likely to be in that area with all the short grass etc?

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WRYNECK reported from a BTO member's garden in Queensway, Mossley at 09.45 this morning.

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Late visit Breeding Bird Survey square (Top Mossley/Hartshead Pike) this morning:

Meadow Pipits and Whitethroats gathering lots of fat juicy caterpillars bodes well for a good breeding season.

The two small Lapwing colonies seem to have suffered mixed fortunes. One field has been completely abandoned but the other has good numbers with a couple of well-grown chicks present. One bird still sitting - presumably on a replacement clutch. Plenty of corvids hanging around looking for an easy meal though...

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At least 3 Willow Warblers singing on Heron Lane.

First Swallow of year for me.

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Early visit Breeding Bird Survey square this morning:

No Willow (or any other) Warblers this year, nor any hirundines. Lapwing numbers down this year.
3 Wheatears - first of the year for me smile

After the survey continued my walk round the back of Hartshead Pike and found a pair of Little Owls sitting cosily together in their favourite tree.

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3 Waxwings in ash tree on Manchester Road (nr Warmco) this morning at 8.00

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Pleasant stroll around my BBS square at Hartshead Pike with Tom Willis. Sun shining, blue sky, icy cold!

Meadow Pipits everywhere. In the heather they all seemed to be paired up and/or displaying. Elsewhere in the fields there were small flocks, presumably having retreated from the higher moors.
Skylark heard singing briefly.
Half a dozen Lapwing on territory.
Two male Pheasants having a good scrap.
Kestrel in combat with a Crow.
Pretty quiet otherwise - no Wheatears yet.


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This month's Winter Thrush Survey visit:

Just 4 Blackbirds and 1 singing Mistle Thrush.

The Buzzard is back It was being harassed by a Crow by Midge Hill and flew off over Royal George Mill.

Dipper activity suggests that they may be on eggs.



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Tawny owl on telegraph pole just after you go under railway bridge between Heyrod and Mossley. Heron hunting on the river just next to Egerton Park, always nice to see them at night.

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That's a great spot for Dippers, Roger.

I used to do a Waterways survey there every year and the cascade under the bridge seems to mark the boundary of two Dipper territories, so fights are regular.

Also a cracking spot for Grey Wagtails in the breeding season.

Have replied to your message about the colour ring - if it is blue it's a well-travelled bird!

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18th Feb. 16.00 hrs.

Scout Green.

Heard a singing male Dipper in the fast water just upsream of the metal bridge, by the time I had scrambled down there were 3 ........ one chasing another up and down the river while her ladyship just sat fluttering her eyelashes.

Think the singing male had blue and white rings on right leg but the light was awkward so could be wrong.

Roger.

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I saw one last year in the car park behind the main road through mossley. It was mid Jan and he was on his own. My only waxwing sighting ever!

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Ashley Edwards wrote:

Where did you see the waxwings Steve?






28 Waxwings perched in ash trees on Manchester Road, Mossley at 0945 this morning.
Made occasional forays to feed on rose hips in my nextdoor neighbour's garden (no. 96) then flew off down the valley.

Never thought I'd see Waxwings from my living room window

(copied from Waxwing thread - should have put it here as well)



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Where did you see the waxwings Steve?

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No luck in relocating this morning's Waxwing flock, but;

Pair of Dippers defying high water levels and renovating their nest in an old mill on the riverside. Colour rings show this to be the usual female.

Also, lone male Goosander on the canal.

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This month's Winter Thrush Survey visit.

4 Mistle Thrush & just one Blackbird, so it was a bit galling to get home and find 2 Blackbirds feasting on raisins outside my back door

Perhaps it wouldn't be very scientific to scatter raisins around my survey route


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Cracking views of Tawny Owl last night. Walking past the site of the demolished Carrhill Mill, I saw something fly up and land in a tree six feet from me - it had just caught a small rodent which it proceeded to devour oblivious to my presence

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This month's Winter Thrush Survey visit.

Great weather but few birds - one Mistle Thrush & two Blackbirds

Also: Buzzard and two Guineafowl (escaped from their enclosure at the farm)

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Short afternoon break from DIY!

Heron Lane:
Buzzard still present in trees by railway line.
2 Dippers on river - one a colour-ringed local bird.

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Didn't see the waxwing post till mid-morning but went for a stroll anyway down through Mossley Park past Mossley Hall above the station: Long-tailed Tit 4, Blue Tit 2, Great Tit, Jackdaw 17 (later saw 100+ circling above the park), Magpie, Wren 2. Couldn't find any berry bearing trees in the area to attract waxwing long term - some cherry trees further up Stamford Rd on path up to Hanover St but they're berryless. In the meantime stuck an apple on my garden feeder! longshot.

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Lone waxwing just now, high over stamford rd as I dashed to the station. Heard again while on the platform but couldn't spot it.

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Early morning walk through trees by canal produced Nuthatch (still quite a rarity in these parts), Treecreeper and Goldcrest as well as the usuals.

Also (unringed) Dipper on river at Roaches bridge.

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Heron Lane & Midge Hill:

Buzzard present again - seems to have taken up residence

20 Fieldfare being harrassed by Blackbirds (thought it should be the other way round?) and 2 Redwing sharing a tree with a Mistle Thrush. Should have done the Winter Thrush Survey today!

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Second visit for the Winter Thrush Survey this morning. I chose my route because of a splendid Hawthorn hedge which attracts Redwing & Fieldfare every winter. Arrived this morning to find that the farmer has cut down all the Hawthorns

Count was 2 Mistle Thrushes and 5 Blackbirds (all male) - exactly the same as last month!

Also seen: Buzzard and Sparrowhawk

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Over 70 Swallows this morning on wires and hawking over the bottom fields of Higher Quick Farm/Stockport Road.

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Heron Lane, this morning, 8.00 - 9.00

Two singing Chiffchaffs, one male Blackcap and several Willow Warblers mixed in with the roving flock of Blue, Coal & Long-tailed Tits. Plenty of Bullfinch as usual here - most of them juveniles.

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Buzzard hanging on the wind over Noonsun Hill this evening.

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Heron Lane, this morning, 8.00 - 9.00

Trees between river and railway line were alive with birds this morning

Willow Warbler (some still singing full song), Blackcap, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, Robin, Wren, Blackbird, Bullfinch and Goldfinch - all with juveniles.
Star bird though was Spotted Flycatcher in Rowan tree having a good preen between feeding flights.

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We're in bottom mossley, close to new bridge in. Had a buzzard on our path feasting on a wood pigeon a few weeks back.
Quite surprised as i've not seen or heard them (buzzards) since i moved here last summer.


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11.30 Sat 12 May:

Oystercatcher flew low past living room window, heading up valley towards Saddleworth. Don't see many of those in Mossley

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Early visit to Breeding Bird Survey square this morning (in admittedly not ideal conditions):

Plenty of singing Willow Warblers but otherwise you wouldn't know it was spring. Only one Meadow Pipit and no Swallows at any of the farms

Six Wheatear at Hartshead Pike had me puzzled. One had very dark flanks and breast surrounding the white belly. I was near the end of the survey route so I thought I'd finish my counts and go back for a closer look. This I duly did to find all the Wheatear had flown That'll teach me!

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Late post for Fri 13th April. 18.30 hrs.

Green Woodpecker.

Heyheads. Bang on the Stalybridge/Mossley border. In the back garden of one of the stone terrace facing the "Stamford" on Huddersfield Road.

Roger.

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Heron Lane this morning: my first Willow Warbler of the year

and, just over the border in Greenfield, another Willow Warbler and a Blackcap.

Pretty sure I heard a Buzzard - just one "mew" and that was it

Steve

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My first Chiffchaff of the year, heard on my walk up to the railway station

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Peregrine over Manchester Road at 7.00 this morning, heading speedily SW.

A nice sight to greet you when you crawl out of bed

Steve

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Short walk this morning:

2 Snipe flushed from pool below the new school
Only 2 Lapwing in adjacent field where half a dozen pairs used to nest.
Long-tailed Tit nest-building but struggling with a pigeon feather almost as big as itself!
Pair Goosander on river.
Dipper near a regular nest site with metal ring on right leg.

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Bit late with this but we had a walk from Lydgate along Quickedge Road on Tuesday afternoon. Highlight were 3 Lapwing displaying and making some fantastic sounds.

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Sunday 11th March. 17-15 hrs.

R. Tame. Egmont St.

Dipper feeding 25 yds downstream of bridge.

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Raven flew over early this morning heading towards the moors.

Later a Dipper (with metal ring) was singing away on the river near to a traditional nest site.

Steve

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1.1.2012

Nice start to the year: Great Spotted Woodpecker in the garden and 15 lapwing overhead (Stockport Road).

-- Edited by tom willis on Wednesday 4th of January 2012 09:59:02 AM

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