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Walked up Shutlingsloe this morning from Clough House car park via Standing Stones. Two dippers along the river. One seen from the bridge by the car park, the other about 1/2 mile upstream. Also a couple of grey wags. Weather pretty bad so didn't see much on the walk other than the usual mipits, curlew, skylarks etc. Highlight was when almost back to the car when I got a hawfinch in the top of the big tree by the river as it bends 90 deg along the road. I thought it was a Grest Spotted Woodpecker at first by the way it was flying but didn't look quite right so I got the bins on it. Glad I did!

Btw, some of the tracks/paths in the forest are closed due to trees having fallen in the storm. Quite a bit of damage.



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Teggs Nose CP

Searched the woodland for a couple of hours but no sign of either Redstart or Pied Flycatcher.

On the plus side, a Tawny Owl gave great views as it was chased around the woods by a couple of Mistle Thrushes and a pair of Blackbirds.

A pair Mandarin Ducks (M+F), sat in a large oak tree. Also seen around the woodland were 3 Goldcrests, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Bullfinches,

1 Treecreeper, whilst a couple of Swifts flew over.

Willow Warblers were plentiful, some in small groups, numerous birds were in song, whilst one individual which was carrying nesting material was not happy

about the interlopers and tried to chase them away, even though it's beak was packed with dried grass.

Teggs Nose Reservoir :

1m Goosander and around a dozen Swallows.

Bottoms Reservoir :

1m Goosander, 2 Grey Wagtails, 1 Common Sandpiper, a pair of Great crested Grebes and a feral Snow Goose that has paired with a Canada Goose.

Ridgegate Reservoir :

At last I found a single male Pied Flycatcher in woodland near the reservoir, together with 3 more Bullfinches.

Only a few Mallard were on the water whilst passing Cormorants hesitated and did'nt land, perhaps the dozen anglers there put them off.

Trentabank Reservoir :

A displaying pair of Great Crested Grebes.

Standing Stones :

7 Mistle Thrushes and a single Song Thrush were on a nearby sheep pasture, whilst 1 Swift hurried North.





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6m mandarin and 2m 1f goosander on teggs nose reservoir this afternoon. Redstart and garden warbler in the woods as well as the usual blackcaps, chiffchaffs and willow warblers.

A blue morph snow goose type was on bottom reservoir. I know there was one at Tittesworth during the winter so maybe the same one?

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Male mandarin on Teggs Nose Reservoir this afternoon. First time I've ever seen anything of interest on it! A few chiffchaffs and willow warblers in the wood plus a blackcap. ~6 swallows over Bottom Reservoir.

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Late post for Saturday 8th April 2017 6:30-9.00am

Teggs Nose Wood:
1 Green Woodpecker
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming)
2 Bullfinch (pair)
1 Blackcap (male singing)
2 Nuthatch
8 Chiffchaff
2 Grey Wagtails on the banks of the reservoir

Bottoms Reservoir:
2 Goosander (pair)
2 Grey Herons
1 Great Crested Grebe
2 Pied Wagtails

Standing Stone:
4 Willow Warblers - My first of the year
2 Siskins
Several calling Curlews



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10.00-14.00

Bottoms Reservoir

1f Goosander, 4 Tufted Ducks, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Common Gull, 4 Ravens and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Ridgegate Reservoir

1m Pochard, 4 Tufted Ducks, 4 Little Grebes, 3 Cormorants, 2 Ravens and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Trentabank Reservoir

2m+3f Goosanders, 3 Little Grebes, 6 Tufted Ducks and 1 Buzzard.

Standing Stones

No birds were to be seen around this part of the forest, not even in the cleared areas, with just a few crows on adjacent pastures.

Although a group of around 60 large gulls were amongst the sheep on pasture near Clough Brook.

They appeared to be mainly adult Herring, although a few Lesser Black Back and Common Gulls were with them.

Also near Clough Brook, 2 Buzzards were sat on fence posts, and there was an obvious size difference between them, probably male and female.

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13.00-16.00

Bottoms Reservoir

1 Great Crested Grebe

Ridgegate Reservoir

2 Little Grebes, 14 Tufted Ducks and 3 Cormorants. 2 Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk and 2 Ravens soaring high above.

The only bird I could find in the scrub area along the south bank was a single Wren.

Trentabank Reservoir

2 Little Grebes, 1 Tufted Duck and 2 Cormorants.

Standing Stones area

The forest here was silent and birdless, as was the area of young conifers and scrub. A Barn Owl had been reported here just before I arrived.

1 Lesser Black Back and 1 Common Gull flew over. 1 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel at Yarnshaw Hill.

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12.00 near visitor center

Wood warbler 1 singing

Redstart 1 singing

Pied flycatcher 2 singing

Great to find this trio here - used to be very regular, not so much recently



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Wednesday 27th April 7pm

Teggs Nose woods:
Very cold and very quiet. No sign of the Pied Flycatcher.
2 Chiffchaff
1 Nuthatch
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming
10 Swallows low over the reservoir

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Teggs Nose woods:
1 Male Pied Flycatcher early this morning.
1 Raven over
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
Many Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs
Madarin duck on Bottoms reservoir.

Danebower:
Male Ring Ouzel singing from the top of the chimney.
Lots of Wheatear and Meadow Pipits.


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First pied flycatcher of the year for me today in Teggs Nose woods near to car park. Also mandarin and grey wagtail on Bottoms Reservoir.

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Teggs Nose woods:
Lots of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff.
Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming.

Standing Stone:
Again lots of Willow Warblers
4 Song Thrush
5 Siskins

Wildboarclough:
1 Dipper

Danebower:
2 Ring Ouzels
6 Wheatear

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My first visit up here today, with my brother-in-law and his kids for a walk, in bracing wind. We parked at Standing Stone and walked down the hill. Having just mentioned that Crossbills were a possible sighting if we were lucky, I heard some 'chip' calls and saw 6 or 7 of them flying off. One remained perched high in a tree and in silhouette showed its head-heavy shape clearly. A nice year-tick with no real effort! A few minutes later I saw a single bird fly over our heads calling and then briefly saw the flock again.

Despite hearing Nuthatch, Blue and Coal Tits and Redpoll, the Crossbills were the only birds I actually saw in the woods...we scared a few off I expect, the kids need to work on their fieldcraft really...

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Below Standing Stone car park:
1 Dipper
1 Pheasant
1 Curlew heard

Danebower:
Lots of Lapwings in the fields before Danebower
Red Grouse constantly bubbling away
1 Skylark
1 Raven
Curlews calling

Cat & Fiddle:
9 Ravens over high towards Derbyshire
1 Stonechat (male) fence post hopping near to Derbyshire Bridge car park.

Just over the border in Derbyshire on Axe Edge moor, Golden Plover heard calling but not seen.

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09.00-12.00

Bottoms Reservoir

1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Goosanders  and 3 Tufted Ducks.

Ridgegate Reservoir

4 Cormorants.

Trentabank Reservoir

6 Tufted Ducks, 10 Cormorants and 8 Grey Herons.

Standing Stones Area

1 Buzzard, 6 Siskins, 2 Ravens, plus a sign of spring in the form of 2 male Chaffinches singing and setting up their territories.

Higher Nabbs

5 Ravens engaged in an aerial display, whilst a flock of 68 Lapwings flew eastwards.



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Sunday 27th September 8.30-10.30
Teggs Nose Reservoir:
1 Goosander female
2 Grey Wagtails
1 Pied Wagtail

Trentabank Reservoir:
7 Little Grebes
1 Mandarin
1 Cormorant
Nuthatch

Standing Stones:
2 Bullfinch
12 Goldcrest
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
2 Swallows heading South
1 Mistle Thrush
1 Kestrel
Lots of Meadow Pipits


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10.00-13.00

Bottoms Reservoir

1 Great Crested Grebe & 6 Tufted Duck.

Ridgegate Reservoir

20 Tufted Ducks & 2 Cormorants

Trentabank Reservoir

1ad +1 juv Grey Heron, 16 Cormorants, 5 adult+1 juv Little Grebe (Youngster being fed a Stickleback by a parent), 6 Tufted Ducks & 1 Buzzard.

Standing Stones

1 Willow Warbler, 1 Song Thrush, 6 House Martins & 1 Buzzard. Lots of Meadow Grasshoppers.



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10.30-1 yesterday around the Crag Inn pub near Wildboarclough, up Shutlingsloe and back:
10+ Spotted Flycatcher, including 4 juveniles
3 Common Redstart
6 Willow Warbler
Peregrine Falcon
4 Kestrel
2 Raven
3 Goldcrest
Pheasant
3 Nuthatch
Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Stock Dove
Meadow Pipit
Dipper
10 Mistle Thrush
30+ Rook

Also a rather stunning Giant Tachinid Fly

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Not much around on Bottoms or Teggs Nose reservoirs, with only a single Grey Wagtail and Great Crested Grebe of any note.
6 Cormorants on Trentabank reservoir.

Clough House:
1 Dipper
3 Grey Wagtails (1 Juv)
c60 House Martins (More than I've seen all year)
1 Kestrel
1 Common Buzzard


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10.30-13.00

Bottoms Reservoir

6 Tufted Ducks. Lots of House Martins and Swifts, with just a few Swallows, and no Sand Martins, flying low over the water.
There used to be a large patch of Amphibious Bistort and Water Lillies at the Eastern end of the reservoir, since this has now gone, so too have the Little Grebes,
which were once guaranteed here.

Ridgegate Reservoir

5 Great Crested Grebes plus 1m & 1f Mandarin Ducks.

In the dell behind the reservoir were 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a singing Chiffchaff.

Trentabank Reservoir

17 Canada Geese, 20 Cormorants and a Nuthatch that was doing an odd display flight between the overhanging trees.

I could'nt count the birds in the heronry, as most of the colony is hidden, but a newly fledged heron emerged and flew over the reservoir.

The young bird tried several times to land in a large tree, before giving up, looking very clumsy, it eventually disappeared back into the heronry.

A large flock of Swallows fed off the surface of the reservoir.

Standing Stones

2 singing male Blackcaps and 1 Grey Heron.

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08.30-12.30

Teggs Nose Woodland.

1m Redstart by the car park, 3m+2f Pied Flycatchers around the woodland.

Also 2prs Tree Creepers, 1m Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush and 1 pr of Goldfinches.

Green Woodpecker heard only, Lots of Willow Warblers in song, Chiffchaff and Nuthatch plentiful too.

Bottoms Reservoir

12 Tufted Ducks

Ridgegate Reservoir

1pr Great Crested Grebes

Trentabank Reservoir

1 Great Crested Grebe & 1 Little Grebe.

2 Buzzards soaring high over the forest.

Standing Stones area produced numerous singing Willow Warblers and Chaffinches.

The sheep pasture opposite held. 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Watails and 4 Swallows.

Orange Tip butterflies were abundant on the edge of the forest.





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With Phil Oddy. Male Pied Flycatcher showing well in the wood next to the car park between Bottom and Teggs Nose reservoirs. Great-spotted Woodpecker, nest-building nearby. Further into the wood along the path, Redstart singing but stayed elusive. Plenty of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs. A walk up the path next to the Waterworks looking for further Redstart proved fruitless, but, we had the unusual sight of a male Mandarin flying through the trees.

A quick look at Trentabank reservoir where there were 2 drake Mandarins, a pair of Tufted Ducks, a single Great Crested Grebe. The Cormorant colony had 22 nests occupied, while the Heronry had 7. A couple of Barn Swallows flew through.

A drive up to Standing Stones car park gave more Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs and Crossbills (heard only). I stopped at 3 different places through Wildboarclough, hoping for Dipper, which is usually nailed on here, but, was unlucky this time.

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14th April. Male Pied Flycatcher seen well in small woodland alongside res across the road from the Trentabank car park at around 1030 with a SECOS visit. Another reported at Tegg's Nose. Good numbers of Chiffchaff and Willow warblers heard and seen. Two Swallows over Ridgebank Reservoir. Jays were extremely active with approx 20 seen, one of which was imitating a Buzzard's call.

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A quick scoot round the area.
No Redstarts or Pied Flys seen yet.

Teggs Nose woods:
2 Treecreepers
2 Nuthatch
4 Chiffchaff
2 Willow Warblers
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

Standing Stone area:
3 Siskins
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Willow Warbler
2 Chiffchaff

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Saturday 6th December

Standing Stone area:
2 Ravens
4 Treecreepers
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
23 Fieldfare
18 Blackbirds
6 Goldcrests



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Saturday 23rd August 2pm

Standing Stone:
1 Common Buzzard
2 Raven over

Clough House:
1 Dipper
Dozens of Swallows
1 Kestrel

Wildboarclough:
1 Dipper

Trentabank Reservoir:
18 Cormorants
3 Grey Heron
2 Little Grebes
Coots, Tufteds and Mallards

Bottoms Reservoir:
1 Grey Heron
2 Grey Wagtail
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Great Crested Grebe
8 Mallards
1 Green Woodpecker (heard only)




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A walk around Macc forest with a detour up Shutlingsloe today produced;
Mallard, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen and Cormorant on Trentabank
Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Tree Creeper, Blackcap, Jay, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Willow Warbler, Wren, Goldcrest, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Tree Pipit in and around the forest.
Kestrel, Raven, Meadow Pipit and Red Grouse on Shutlingsloe.
Quite a lot of Swallow movement over (with many heading due north !!)

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Sunday 3rd August 5.30-8.00pm

Teggs Nose reservoir:
4 Grey Wagtails
2 Redstarts

Standing Stone area:
5 Spotted Flycatchers (3 Juveniles)
3 Kestrels
2 Meadow Pipits

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14.30-17.30

Bottoms Reservoir
2 Great Crested Grebes (1 brooding), 1 Little Grebe, 7 Tufted Duck, 23 Black Headed Gulls & a family of Canada Geese with 4 almost full grown goslings.

Ridgegate Reservoir

28 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 7 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron and a pair of Great Crested Grebes with 3 half grown youngsters.

Trentabank Reservoir

1 drake Common Scoter, a pair of Great Crested Grebes with 2 near full grown youngsters, 14 Cormorants, 2 Little Grebes and 1 Gadwall.

Standing Stones

6 Willow Warblers (2 very lemon coloured) fly catching flycatcher style from the top of the big conifers, until a male Kestrel appeared.

There was a steady passage of West bound Swallows at Standing Stones and Trentabank, where 4 Sand Martins moved through too.

The forest itself was largely devoid of birds except for the Robin, Magpie etc.

A large patch of Knapweed on the South side of Ridgegate was teaming with butterflies, Peacocks, Gatekeepers And Meadow Browns in profusion.

Lots of Peacock, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper butterflies in scrub North of Standing Stones car park, here too was a single Comma.


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Teggs Nose Country Park 1200-1500
Excellent view of Green Woodpecker and Redstart.
Others present; Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Blackbird, Robin, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Wren, Dunnock, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Nuthatch, Skylark, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Swallow, Magpie, Great Crested Grebe, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Canada Goose, Coot.

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This morning 9.30-12.00

Teggs lower wood, 1 male pied Fletcher and 1 male restart, plenty of the more common species seen.

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07.30 - 13.00, a pleasantly warm and sunny morning for a change.

The morning visit to the Macc Forest area produced of note:-

Langley, Teggs lower woods - like previous years spent some time trying to pin down Redstart and although I heard one singing couldn't get a sighting. Pied Flycatcher, Willow Warbler and Blackcap all seen and singing.

Ridgegate reservoir - Two drake Mandarins.

Trentabank - The Cormorant and Heron colonies are flourishing.

Wildboarclough - Dipper near the road bridge.

Danebower area and moors - no Ring Ouzel but lots of Meadow Pipit, Wheatear and Red Grouse.


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Between 35-40 Ravens circling and performing display flights close to the footpath between the Crag Inn and Hanging Gate pubs to SE of Shutlingsloe. They flew around for a couple of minutes then dispersed in small groups and pairs in various directions.

This is the highest single count of Ravens I've ever seen in the Peak District.



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Bottoms Reservoir

6 Little Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 1 drake Goldeneye, plus a few Mallard & Black Headed Gulls.

Ridgegate Reservoir

6 Tufted Ducks, a pair of Pochard & a couple of Little Grebes. 6 Mistle Thrushes flew over, so did 8 Redwings.

The area of forest to the south of Ridgegate seemed devoid of small birds, apart from a pair of Great Tits.

A skein of 90+ Pink Footed Geese flew over heading East, and a single Dipper was by the feeder stream into Ridgegate.

Trentabank Reservoir

5 Goosanders, 6 Cormorants, 2 Buzzards, 4 Tufted Ducks and a pair of Little Grebes.

A small flock of mixed tits held a single Coal Tit and a Wren.

Standing Stone area

A huge flock of Starlings (400+) flew over heading South West.

No sign of any Ravens or Crossbills, and not a single Chaffinch.


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A flock of about 30 Crossbills was feeding in the tops of spruce alongside Trentabank car park this morning.

c6 Pochard, 2 Cormorant and a Tufted Duck on Ridgegate.  Little Grebe on Trentabank.

 

 



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10.00-13.00

Bottoms Reservoir

3 Little Grebes and 1 Tufted Duck.

Ridgegate Reservoir

3 Little Grebes, 20 Tufted Duck, 3 Cormorants and 1 drake Pochard.

Surrounding scrub/forest

A flock of 5 Bullfinches and 1 Kestrel.

Trentabank Reservoir

1 Little Grebe, 7 Cormorants, 4 Tufted Duck, plus lots of Mallard that were pairing off and displaying.

Standing Stones

1 Buzzard, 3 Pheasant and a pair of very vocal Ravens.

Clough Brook

3 Ravens and 2 Buzzards doing an aerial display.

Very few small birds around the forest, just the odd Blue Tit, Chaffinch etc,.

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Does anyone know a walk around Macc Forest and environs, that is good for birds?



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I definately wouldn't advise kissing that pub:)

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Louis
Coming from Macclesfield on the Cat & Fiddle road (A537) towards Buxton about 1/2 mile past the pub there is a small turning in the right, which links through to the A54, if you kiss it just go the the main A54 junction but it is a very sharp junction back on yourself.. Turn right and then right again at the end onto the A54. About 1/2 - 3/4 mile along the road bends and you will come to a long lay-by on the left. Park there and walk back 100mts and you will see the old chimney stack. That is the quarry area known as Danebower, the slopes and quarry area are where wheatear, ring ouzel meadow pipits are to be seen. If you PM me will send you a link to a map (not sure about including one on the forum). The whole area is good and one I watch regularly.

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Whereabouts is Danebower? confuse

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Sunday 11th August 8.30am

Standing Stone area:
2 juvenile Redstarts
2 Hobbys
6 Willow Warblers
25 Chaffinch
6 Goldfinch
1 juvenile Northern Wheatear
28 Meadow Pipits
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel

Danebower:
1 Raven
1 Curlew

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I haven't seen one up there this year. Used to see them regularly up at top of the Goyt Valley on the moors around the Cat & Fiddle.



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Could I have seen a Merlin near Standing stone?
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In woods above Rainow.

Male redstart and juveniles, contact whistling much of time
Goldfinch and juveniles
Chaffinch and juveniles
Countless hirundines, juveniles sitting on fence to be fed
Kestrel and juvenile being fed prey.

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Sunday 9th June 2013 6.30 - 8.00am

On Trentabank Reservoir:

2 Great Crested Grebes
Flock of Canada Geese and Mallards
Flock of Cormorants and nesting Grey Herons in trees
3 Coots
1 Common Sandpiper

Heard Cuckoo in woodland near moor

Track up to Shutlingsloe:

Mixed flock of Chaffinches And Siskins
3 Meadow Pipits
Curlews heard

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A quick afternoon dash across East Cheshire:

Standing Stones:

Gorgeous male Redstart, very showy, fly catching along the path down from the car park. Also male Blackcap and, heard only, Garden Warbler

Trentabank reservoir

Drake Mandarin. The Cormorant colony here seems to get bigger each year. Plenty of young about and still many on nests.

Wildboarclough

Dipper pair. Also present here was a lovely flock of about 10 Siskin, using the feeders in the cottage's garden. A huge Brown Hare casually crossed the road in front of me as I left here


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07.30 - 13.00, Mostly cloudy with some hail showers, cold and breezy

The morning visit to the Macc Forest area produced of note:-

Langley, Bottoms reservoir woods - like previous years spent some time trying to pin down Redstart and although I heard one singing couldn't get a sighting. Willow Warbler and Blackcap seen. Also a fox trotted by.

Ridgegate reservoir - two drake Mandarins.

Trentabank - a pair of Goosander. The Cormorant and Heron colonies are flourishing - one of the Cormorant nests held 4 pleading chicks. Two Red Deer walked along the bank opposite to the viewing area.

Clough House and Wildboarclough - 1 Dipper at each place on the stream.

Danebower area and moors - no Ring Ouzel but many Meadow Pipit and Wheatear and several noisy Red Grouse. There were several dead sheep along the walls on the hills.

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Pied flycatcher in Teggs Nose, lower end
Redstart
Willow warblers widespread
Chiffchaff also
Siskin at Trentabank
Heronry very active and noisy
Hirundines also widespread


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Wildboarclough
4 dippers at 3 sites alongthe river

Standing stones
Very quiet, just chaffinches.

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Toot Hill
1 male Ring Ouzel
5 Lapwing
3 Common Buzzard
3 Mistle Thrush

Sutton Reservoir
6 Goosander
1 Greylag Goose
1 Great Crested Grebe

Bottoms Reservoir
3 Tufted Duck
2 Little Grebe

Ridgegate Reservoir
Drake Pochard
Female Goosander

Teggs Nose Reservoir
Drake Goosander

Trentabank Reservoir
2 Great Crested Grebe
1 Little Grebe
5 Tufted Duck
2 Nuthatch
5 Coal Tit
15 Siskin

Lamaload Reservoir
1 Great Crested Grebe
3 Curlew
2 Lapwing

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