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Sunday 20th May 11am.

Male Redstart singing on the West banks of Naden Middle reservoir.
Also a few Reed Buntings here.

Greenbooth reservoir:
1 Kestrel harassing two Ravens
Several Willow Warblers on the East side.

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Higher Naden Reservoir

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Greenbooths Reservoir

Drake Goosander

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This afternoon 5 male & 2 female Goosanders on Greenbooth Reservoir and a pair of Goldeneye on Higher Naden Reservoir. Also a mystery duck on Higher Naden; small, diving repeatedly, close to the edge, grey colouration with white showing on flanks, rather like a female Goldeneye, but grey head (not Brown), no golden eye nor yellow on bill or white on neck. Head shape different too. 



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Lovely autumnal walk around the reservoirs 09-12 hoping to get some Hawfinch invasion action but to no avail. No Rowan berries left either so no chance of a late Ring Ouzel

Herring Gull c 40
L Bb Gull c 30
Cormorant 2
Goosander f

Fieldfare over (first for me this Autumn)
Redwing 9 over

Stonechat 1+
Grey wagtail 1+

Kestrel imm male

Great spotted and green woodpeckers (latter in Naden House garden)

Siskin over



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Walk around reservoirs and valley fri 21/4 9:10-12:10 cool cloudy cool WNW breeze

22 willow warblers singing

2 lesser redpolls at Naden house

Stonechat 2 separate males

3 male and 1 female Wheatears
[no ring Ousels but never seem to see them in spring
at least 3 curlews on tops
Grey wagtail male singing at upper Naden

-- Edited by Mike Cooper on Friday 21st of April 2017 07:33:21 PM

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Pair of Stonechat by the middle reservoir
Two white wagtails
Numerous meadow pipits

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Took advantage of a glorious Autumn day for a walk up the valley from 12:00-15:00 mon 31/10

Dipper on greenbooth on rocky shore just up from ooutlet pit

Cormorant 2
Mallard 4m&1f
Lbb gull 50+
Herring gull 1 ad
Common gull 3 ad
B had gull c 70
C goose 18

Stonechat pair at Naden House and another pair Upper Naden res

All Rowan berries eaten so only a couple of blackbird and 1 mistletoe thrush

Several goldcrests about the valley

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Mon 10/10 10:30-14:30 sunny cloudy spells, cold NE strong breeze

Successful trip for Ring Ousels

At Naden house garden and Rowans below ad male plus prob female with 2 M thrush, 3 blackbirds , S thrush and c. 40 Redwings

Below Upper Naden large Rowan by dam grassy slope ad and imm male Ring Ousels with at least 10 M Thrushes, 50+ Redwings 5 blackbirds and a Fieldfare

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4 siskins in spruces by greenbooth
Green woodpecker Naden Hse
Stonechat at least 2 families Naden Hse and tardis U Nadenc

Kingfisher 1 flew out of stream gully on East side of U Naden!!!

Chiffchaff just down from thrushes at U Naden
2 Raven over

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7/6/16 11:40 - 15.45 Pink-footed Goose 1 (Possibly with damaged wing) Stonechat 1/2 Dipper 1 Grey Wagtail - pair Goldcrest - pair

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Stonechat pair on the hillside at Reddyshore. Pheasant called from Naden Dean.

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Sun 11/10 morning 10:15-13:15 cloudy sunny later cold e breeze

Searching for ring ouzels none unfortunately

Green booth

Cormorant juv
B had gull c 50
L Bb gull 4
Goldcrest several
Crossbill heard flying over
Raven 2 roaming around the valley
Stonechat mf imm
M Naden
C goose c 80
Stonechat mf 2 imm

H Naden
Kestrel
Grey wagtail



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3rd Septenber

3 Whinchat and 1 Common Whitethroat in Bracken at Naden Dene.
4 Partridge here also.
1Little Owl
2 Stonechat at lower naden.
4 Willow Warbers calling.
2 Chiffchaff.
1 Siskin
1Cormorant
Plenty of Reed Buntings around.
2 Raven
Green and G.S Woodpecker.


Also 9 large raptors drifting South, high over wind turbines,looked Buzzardish,but too distant.

Nice walk and plenty to see,great time for passage whinchat,check the Bracken patches,regards Dave

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11th June
Green Woodpecker active on the hillside above the Water House.
Stonechat female on bracken nearby (where the male was the other day).
Blackcap singing in the larches at Greenbooth Wood.
Stonechat pair in the vicinity of Higher Naden.

Birchen Holts
Grey Wagtail on the stream.
Linnets x 4 on the bracken beds.
Reed Bunting singing from a large bracken bed - a dry situation from which they have sung each year for more than 40 years.
Wheatear pair with juveniles out on the stoney hillside.

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8th June
Green Woodpecker flying along lower reaches of Woodhouse Lane (Ellis Fold) - and calling beside Greenbooth Res and at Naden Dean.
Stonechat male x 1 above the Water House
Reed Buntings singing throughout the valley - perhaps a dozen sites.
Wheatear pair on a stoney scree slope. Numbers probably still declining in the valley.
Solitary Cormorant seems to have taken up residence.

9th June

About 9.30am a male Cuckoo flew down the valley and called several times over the following forty minutes or so near the Water House.
Common Sandpiper calling .
Little Owl on a hillside beside Lower Naden.

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Sun 19/4 9:00-11:30 pleasant morning stroll cloudy then brightening looking for Ring Ouzels unfortunately none i saw

Raven 1+
Green woodpecker at least 1 heard from green booth dam and middle naden?

Willow warbler 6 around green booth, 2 Middle naden and 2 upper naden

Sonechat f m naden beautiful m u naden

Wheatear m u naden are there very few this spring so far?

Dipper flying round hillside at u naden towards top stream

Linnet 2+3

Goldfinch 2+4+2

Cormorant 2 on green booth

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8th April
Woodhouse Lane - top farm - Chiffchaff x 1
Doctor Dam Cottages - Chiffchaff x 1
Greenbooth Res - Ravens x 3 over plus Kestrel
Greenbooth Wood - Goldcrest singing in larches
Lower Naden Res - Goldeneye pair

9th April
Top of Holt Wood - Chiffchaff x 1
Naden Wood - Jay x 3
Rainshore near farm - Chiffchaff x 1
Greenbooth nr quarry - Green Woodpecker x 1
Lower Naden - Stonechat pair
Greenbooth above Water House - Linnet x 2
Greenbooth Wood - Goldcrest singing in larches again - different spot.

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Holt (known locally as Tannery) Wood.
Dipper (pair)
Nuthatch (pair)
Bullfinch (male)

Greenbooth Reservoir
Goosander 3m 2f.
Little Owl (pair)

Regards Steve Brown.

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Off Woodhouse Lane
Towards mid-day flushed a covey of c5 Grey Partridge from rough grass on the banks of the stream. It is several years since I have seen any in this locality and feared the worst. It appears all is not lost. Also flushed two from a streamside at Red Lumb four or five weeks ago.

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Greenbooth
Cormorant x 2
Jay x 1
Kestrel x 1
Goldcrest x 2
Woodhouse Lane
Green Woodpecker - mid-reaches then down in the trees at rear of Ellis Fold
Reed Bunting x 3
L T Tit x 12
Fieldfare x 2
Redwing x 6
Raven x 1 over
Meadow Pipits - c6
Twite x 2 feeding with c6 Chaffinch on ground where, in the summer, a pile of herbage had stood to feed the Highland cattle.

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A nice walk around with Mr Hill this morning produced;

2 Whooper Swans on Greenbooth which then flew off over Norden and then to the East (the 11 low over Norden this morning were probably off Greenbooth as well)
9 Ring Ouzel - around Naden Dene with a few Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush
3 Stonechat
2 Green Woodpecker
1 Kestrel

plus lots of fungi

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Middle Naden Res
Common Sandpiper x pair
Canada Goose x 2 pairs - each with five young
Stonechat pair very agitated near to rushes - suspect young out of nest.





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First Cuckoo for 20 years near Greenbooth Res this morning for Dan Bennet..


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Walk up from dr dam 17:30-20:20 sunny/cloudy, cool SE wind. Hail squall at 19:15-19:40 (hoping for ring ouzel or dotterel)
Dr dam
Grey wagtail m
Willow warbler 2singing

Green booth
Willow warbler 6+ singing
Oystercatcher 2to E
Wheatear f
Kestrel
Stove dove 3
(Possible crossbill heard tchlip call heard from spruces on way back several times but didn't seen bird)
M naden
Willow warbler 2+ singing
Stonechat MFN display/copulation

H naden
Chaffinch f nb wool
Mallard MFN (n?)
Willow warbler singing


-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 26th of April 2014 09:46:44 PM

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East Knowl Farm - 1/4 mile below
Twite x 2 on overhead wire - agitatedley watching the progress of a wall hopping Little Owl. Looking against strong light I couldn't actually see if they were a pair.

Naden Valley
Wheatear x 1 on rocky hillside at Greenbooth.
Stonechat pair again at Lower Naden


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Stonecat pair at Middle Naden. Male at Lower Naden. Taking into account previous sitings, looks like we are shaping up for three to four pairs.
Goosander pairs on Higher and Middle Naden.
Chiffchaff x 1 at Lady Lees and Mistle Thrush singing.
Reed bunting pair at Naden Dean, male beside Middle Naden
Dipper on Middle Naden overflow

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Stonechat - pair on the hillside up and above the 'Water House'. Male x 1 at Naden Head.
Wheatear x 1 at Naden Head.
Kestrel x 1.
Goldeneye - pair on Lower Naden. Male x 1 on Middle Naden.
Goosander - Brownheads x 4 - Middle Naden

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Top of Woodhouse Lane > Rooley Moor > Top of Leach
Skylarlks abundant throughout.
Meadow Pipits less so.
Pair of Reed Buntings in rushes off Rooley Moor Road at 1300 ft level.
Other than a few crows, nothing else. Curlews not seen or heard.

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Don't hold your breath Colin. I've been up there at the prime time and a few meadow pipits on the periphery were all I could muster.

Chris

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Naden Valley to Wind Farm
Goosander - pair x 1 on Middle Naden, pair x 2 on Higher Naden
Reed Bunting - c6 beside Higher Naden
Stonechat - male x 1 singing at Lower Naden again

Wind Farm area - my first visit since the farm was layed down and made possible by my now well embedded new right hip. Plenty of skylarks but other than that a desolate bird fee zone. All masts and roads where we once watched a few grouse, golden plovers and dunlin - not to mention redshank and the odd lapwing. To be fair, its early yet, so I will suspend judgement pending further visits a little later in the year. Didn't even hear a curlew. On descent, after a birdless hour or so, it was almost exciting to flush a Little Owl from the rocks at Birchen Holts.





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Naden Valley to Wind Farm
Goosander - pair x 1 on Middle Naden, pair x 2 on Higher Naden
Reed Bunting - c6 beside Higher Naden
Stonechat - male x 1 singing at Lower Naden again

Wind Farm area - my first visit since the farm was layed down and made possible by my now well embedded new right hip. Plenty of skylarks but other than that a desolate bird fee zone. All masts and roads where we once watched a few grouse, golden plovers and dunlin - not to mention redshank and the odd lapwing. To be fair, its early yet, so I will suspend judgement pending further visits a little later in the year. Didn't even hear a curlew. On descent, after a birdless hour or so, it was almost exciting to flush a Little Owl from the rocks at Birchen Holts.

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Lower Naden Res
Goldeneye pair
Stonechat - male singing from the drystone wall above the res.
Reed Bunting x 1

Middle Naden Res
Goldeneye male x 1
Fieldfares x 15 at Naden Dean
Reed Bunting x 1
Canada Geese x 2

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25th August - am.

At least 3 Whinchat, 5 Stonechat and a single Wheatear.

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17th July
Grasshopper Warbler singing in rushes at top of Woodhouse Lane.
With respect to Bill's previous post, there are certainly two and possibly three pairs of breeding Stonechat in the valley this year, something of a relief after the winter.
Regarding Reed Bunting I estimated something like ten pairs in and around the valley a few years ago, so they have certainly held their own. There are additional pairs in the edge of moor rushes above the valley.

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14th July - am.

A male Whinchat, a total of 7 Stonechat and a single independent juvenile Wheatear. Reed Buntings in 11 locations, two of which had small family parties. Meadow Pipits seen with young and also carrying food plus a male Chaffinch fed a single juvenile. Juvenile Grey and Pied Wagtails with adults.

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A Sedge Warbler was singing from blackthorn to the south of Greenbooth Resr dam at SD854151. This appears to be the first record from the area since 2005.

A high altitude Sedge Warbler at 220m above sea level, but still doesn't beat the Watergrove birds at 250m asl smile

Also a Whitethroat and 2 Willow Warblers singing nearby. A male Goosander on Greenbooth Resr.

Dipper on spillway below the dam.



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Holt Wood
Wood Warbler male still singing
Also:
Blackcap x 1
Chiffchaff x 2
GS Woodpecker drumming and agitating nuthatches.

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Holt Wood
Blackcaps x 2 in song
Wood Warbler x 1 singing at the top of the wood
Rainshore / Red Lumb
Whitethroats x 2 in song
Naden Valley
Grasshopper Warbler still singing in rushes above top end of Greenbooth.
Common Sandpipers x 2
Raven x 1 calling
Oystercatcher x 1
Wheatears settling in.

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Red Lumb area
Glorious morning.
Lapwing pairs x 2
Greenland Wheatear x 1
Raven x 2 - leisurely floating around at height in front of Knowl
Curlew x 1 - not seemingly as many about
Goldfinch c 4
Greenfinch x 1
Mallard x 3
M Pipit x 3
Willow Warbler x 3
No Whitethroats up her yet
Swallows c 4


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Wheatears x 10 feeding on the short grass at Middle Naden dam and several others around the valley- considerably in excess of the breeding population.
Stonechat - two pairs.
Grasshopper Warbler singing from rushes at Lower Naden - and showing well from the top of a small willow.
Pheasant x 1
Willow Warblers throughout the valley
Ravens x 2 on top of a pylon near Greenbooth dam.

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4th April
Stonechat pair adjacent Higher Naden.
Goosander pair on Middle Naden
M Pipits - a few in but not many.

In March
Single Oystercatcher since middle of March - and remains single
29th March - Goldeneye pairs x 2
Little Owls at Greenbooth quarry and on the rocks above the Water House

Ravens seem ever present on the sheep pastures above Shawfield c 4 or 6 but possibly more. They are regularly in the air above the valley and across to Ashworth Moor and beyond. I am presuming they are non breeders.


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Stonechat x 2 at Middle Naden.

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Rainshore Lodge
Little Grebe x 1. Haven't visited the lodge in a long time so I need to establish whether there is a pair. The shrouding presence of the former mill is gone - cleared c 5years ago for housing development which got stuck at square one due to the financial crisis. The lodge is now open to hugely more light and well vegetated.

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Summery calm.
C 60 Canada Geese
Oystercatcher x 2 flew up the valley
Sparrowhawk x 1 over the bracken above the water house.
Wrens x 2 singing
Goldfinches c 6 on thistle seed.
BH Gulls x 7
Heron x 1

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2 Wheatear (seperates of both sex)
Skylark
Meadow Pipit
Raven
Whitethroat

7 Canada Geese plus a few Mallards on the reservoirs.

Hot, quite quiet on the bird front.

-- Edited by John Doherty on Tuesday 22nd of May 2012 06:37:06 PM

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10.30/1.30

whitethroat
blackcap
kestrel
raven
little owl
chaffinch
greenfinch
pied wagtail
grey wagtail
curlew
goosander
willow warbler
stonechat
reed bunting
linnet
great/blue tit
house martin
swallow
meadow pipit
wheatear
skylark

enjoyable morning

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Raven calling over Woodhouse Lane three days in last 5 - in the mid reaches over the at housing. About 7pm tonight it passed over quite high, calling, and made off south west.

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Canada Geese c 70 on Greenbooth.
Stonechat pair, Mallard with 5 small chicks and Reed Bunting feeding juvenile - Higher Naden.
c 4 other Reed Buntings singing throughout valley.
Wrens x 2 singing, so at least some survived the winter here - or have moved back since.


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Belatedly - when I was loading the car for my holiday at 4.30 am on 15th May a cuckoo was calling from the Shawfield area. Texted my son from Greece to encourage him to stick his head out of his bedroom at 5 each morning to see if there was any repeat but the idea didn't seem to appeal to him.

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21st April.

I too spent the morning at Naden. I spotted a male Stonechat, male Sparrowhawk, Common Sandpiper, female Chaffinch nest building and several Lesser Redpoll were seen and heard.

Perhaps the most noteable feature of the morning however, was the continual southerly passage all morning of certainly hundreds of Lesser Black-backed Gulls over the valley. I gave up counting at 300 around mid-morning and noisy passage continued throughout the morning, before appearing to tail off towards midday. Heading for the tip at Pilsworth? If it is still there? Pilsworth is roughly SSW of Naden.

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Walked over first light...0500 till 1400..

2 Grey Partridge by Fletcher Bank.
2 Grasshopper Warbler by Ashworth Moor Res
Naden Valley;
2 Grasshopper Warbler by Upper Res
3 Whitethroat
5 Blackcap
Many Willow Warbler
2 Chiffchaff
6 Wheatear
Lots of Meadow Pipit, Skylark and Linnet


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14 Goosander ( 1m 13f..Poor lad!)






or jammy beggar!!!!!! depends on your point of view, i supposebiggrin.gif

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