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RE: Macclesfield Forest


10.00-12.30

Bottoms Reservoir

25 Canada Geese, 1 Little Grebe and a Moorhen

Ridgegate Reservoir

1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Canada Geese, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorants and an overflying Raven.

Trentabank Reservoir

20 Canada Geese, 13 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Little Grebes, 2 Cormorant and an overflying Buzzard.

9 Red Deer on the North Bank, plus 2 rather depressed looking Grey Herons in the heronry.

A short walk in the forest produced just 1 bird, a perky little Wren flitting round a clump of brambles that were encrusted with snow, even in near Arctic conditions it gave a burst of song.

Elsewhere in the forest not even a Woodpigeon stirred.

The road to Standing Stones from Trentabank was closed due to snow and ice.

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Standing Stones

No crossbills at Standing Stones
Plenty of birdsong, particularly chaffinches
3 very active mistle thrushes

Wildboarclough

Brown hare
2 dippers, 1 near Crag Inn, 1 at Clough Farm - both singing
Buzzard
Kestrel

Cat & Fiddle

Red grouse
Buzzard

Phil

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10.00-13.00

Bottoms Reservoir

10 female+ 3 male Goosanders, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebes, 3 Mute Swans plus Mallard, Coot etc.

Ridgegate Reservoir

2 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant and 2 Little Grebes.

Forest area on South side of Ridgegate

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Siskin plus several mixed tit flocks and Chaffinches.

In one tree 5 Chaffinches were feeding on Sycamore seeds, it's the first time I've seen any animal eat them.

Trentabank Reservoir

1 Cormorant, 2 Buzzards, 2 Ravens including one having an aerial fight with a Sparrowhawk. The Raven chased the hawk out of the sky, the corvid later flew off, but the hawk did'nt show again.

A couple of mixed tit flocks passed by the viewing area, and with them 1 Treecreeper and 1 Nuthatch.

Standing Stones

2 Ravens and a single flock of 7 Chaffinches.

It's the first time I visited this area without finding a single Mandarin, and there was no sign of Crossbills.



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Saturday 3rd November

Bottoms Reservoir

1 Pochard (male)
1 Kingfisher
1 Grey Heron
1 Little Grebe
4 Tufted Ducks

Fields below Standing Stone

100+ Fieldfare
3 Song Thrush
1 Common Buzzard
1 Kestrel

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12.00-15.00

Bottoms Reservoir

1 female Mandarin, 4 Tufted Ducks, 1 Great Crested Grebe,2 Grey Wagtails, 5 Coot, 2 Moorhen plus a male Kestrel flying over.

Ridgegate Reservoir

4 Swallows, 3 adult Little Grebes plus 1 juvenile still being fed Sticklebacks by a parent, also 4 Tufted Ducks and a single flock 12 Pied Wagtails.

The young Little Grebe dived several times, and each time a nearby Tufted Duck went in a panic. The little Dabchick was nibbling at the Tufties legs.

An adjacent pasture held another 7 Pied plus 3 "Alba" wagtails. The group of 12 were on the wall at the Western end of reservoir, 3 of them having very lemon coloured faces.

In the forest just South of Ridgegate a single mixed flock of passerines were feeding amongst the pines, impossible to count they were mainly male Chaffinch or Coal Tits.

I only found a single female Chaffinch in the group, but the flock also contained 4 Siskins and at least 6 Goldcrests plus 2 Wrens, 2 Robins and a few Great Tits.

Trentabank Reservoir

6 Cormorants (Roosting in conifers), 5 Mallards, 2 Little Grebes, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel plus a group of 5 Long Tailed Tits with a single Chiffchaff amongst them.

1 Red Deer hind on the North bank.

Standing Stones

5 Ravens soaring over. Also a large flock of mixed tits in the Sycamores by the car park, mostly Coal and Great.

3 Jays.

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Saturday 15th September

Clough House:
1 Dipper
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Kestrel
25 Swallows lined up on the wires

Danebower:
2 Wheatear
2 Stonechat

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Sunday 9th Septmber 7am

Standing Stone area:
2 Whinchat
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
2 Common Buzzards

Clough House:
2 Hobbies
1 Grey Heron

Danebower:
4 Stonechat
3 Ravens


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Friday 31st August 6.30-10.00 am


Standing Stone area:
1 Spotted Flycatcher
2 Whinchat
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Treecreeper
7 Goldcrests
1 Chiffchaff singing
2 Little Owl
2 Common Buzzard
1 Dipper on the river below Standing Stone

Danebower:
3 Red Grouse
1 Wheatear

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Tuesday 28th August

2 Whinchat along the wall and fence line on the road down from Standing Stone car park towards Wildboarclough this morning.
1 Common Buzzard
12 young Swallows preening on the overhead wires.

Nice to see the sun too.


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Sunday 12th August 6am

Standing Stone area:
3 Common Buzzards
2 Jay
Swallow numbers down on recent days.

Clough House:
1 Dipper
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Kestrel


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Walk in a loop from trentabank res:

Very quiet really but birds seen:
c20 cormorants in a tree(one in a nest presumably sitting as it was gullating)
Little grebe
G.c. grebe feeding near full grown juv
5 grey heron
Buzzard
Lots of parties of juv goldcrest
No crossbills.

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Saturday 28th July 6.30am

Not a great deal around this morning.
Clough House:
1 Dipper
2 Grey Wagtails

Danebower:
2 Ravens
1 Curlew
3 Wheatear

Derbyshire Bridge:
3 Red Grouse
2 Kestrels

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Sunday 22nd July

12 Crossbill over Standing Stone once again. Flying off towards Cat and Fiddle and the pine forest before that.
4 Kestrels hunting together (well close to each other)
Family party of Willow Warblers with 3 juveniles.

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Saturday 21st July 6.00-10.00am

At last, sunshine!
A good morning wih lots around.

Teggs Nose Reservoir:
1 Common Sandpiper

Standing Stone car park area:
8 Crossbills over
1 juvenile Redstart
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
3 Goldcrest
2 Little Owl

Clough House:
1 Dipper
2 Grey Wagtails

Danebower:

3 Stonechat (2 adults 1 juv being fed)

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Clough House this morning.

2 juvenile Dippers and 1 adult.
1 Grey Wagtail

Not a lot else anywhere between here and Derbyshire Bridge.

4 Red Deer and a dozen goats on the loose.

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Sunday 1st July

Teggs Nose reservoir:
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Balckcap
1 Cormorant

Clough House:
2 Dippers (1 juvenile)
1 Kingfisher
6 Grey Wagtails (3 juvenile)
3 Nuthatch (1 juvenile)

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Sunday 27th May 8.00am

Danebower:
2 Stonechat (a very nice male and female)
2 Wheatear
3 Meadow Pipits
1 Curlew
Cuckoo heard in the direction of Three Shires Head

Wildboarclough:
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Spotted Flycatcher in the parking area

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7.30 Standing Stone Car Park to Shuttlingslow
8 Crossbills
5 Wheatears
2 Redstarts
Cuckoo
Golden Plover
Red Grouse

Just a couple of years ago there were usually several
Tree pipits, Wood Warbler Pied Flycatcher, Redstart
in the Trentabank area - have these all disappeared?

Also the Woodland between Derbyshire Bridge and Errwood
was a Wood Warbler stronghold have these gone too?


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Thanks to Adam Jones' excellent directions easily found the Pied Flycatcher in Teggs Nose wood yesterday late on. Also present were Blackcap and Willow Warbler. There were two Common Sandpipers on Ridgegate reservoir.

Ventured up to Derbyshire Bridge but too cold, wet and windy for anything much to be alive up there

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Saturday 12th May 6.30am

Teggs Nose:
1 Pied Flycatcher
1 Common Sandpiper calling on the wall of Bottoms reservoir. (Not seen one do this before)
1 Grey Wagtail
3 Mandarins
4 Blackcaps
Plenty of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler
Green Woodpecker heard.
Common Redstart heard too.

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Sunday 6th May 7am

Teggs Nose Woods:

1 Pied Flycatcher (male)
1 Common Redsart (male)
3 Willow Warbler
1 Blackcap
4 Chiffchaff
2 Green Woodpecker
1 Mandarin
8 Swallows


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Saturday 5th May 7.15am

Teggs Nose Woods:
Finally!! A male Pied Flycatcher located by song at first and then watched until I could tear myself away in the freezing cold. (There were snowflakes falling this morning)
In the same area were a pair of Common Redstart and two Green Woodpeckers. Plenty of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler too.

Standing Stone Car Park:
12 Lesser Redpolls and plenty of Chaffinch, but generally quiet here.

Wildboarclough:
1 Dipper
1 Chiffchaff
1 Willow Warbler

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Saturday 21st April 7am

In heavy rain this morning:
Bottoms Reservoir
1 Common Sandpiper on the stoney bank
23 Swallows skimming over the water
1 Cormorant
1 Mandarin duck
1 Blackcap seen (others heard)
Plenty of Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers
Green Woodpeckers also heard on the slopes of Teggs Nose

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06.45 - 11.30, Mostly cloudy with some heavy showers and cold.

A spur of the moment morning visit to the Macc Forest area produced of note:-

Langley, Bottoms reservoir woods - like last year spent some time trying to pin down Redstart and although I heard one singing couldn't get a sighting. Willow Warbler seen.

Trentabank - No sign yet of Pied Flycatcher but several Siskin seen.

Standing Stone car park - 2 Crossbill, 2 Goldcrest.

Wildboarclough - 1 Dipper and 1 grey Wagtail on the stream.

Danebower area and moors - Pair of Ring Ouzel (see Danebower report) Wheatear, and several noisy Red Grouse.

Lamaload Reservoir - singing male Redstart, 3 Willow Warblers and a pair of Goosander.

Not a bad morning eventually considering the conditions.


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Teggs Nose/Bottoms Reservoir
Still no Common Redstart or Pied Flycatchers at Teggs Nose/Bottoms Reservoir although I am 99% certain I heard a Pied Flycathcer singing this morning, but could not locate it before it went quiet.
2 Green Woodpeckers

Trentabank Reservoir:
All the usuals and 2 Little Grebe that I'd not seen previously.

Standing Stone car park:
Just a few Crossbill for me this morning, but it seemed the Siskins were more active than normal. No Lesser Redpoll or Bramblings.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Mistle Thrush
2 Willow Warblers chasing each other around.


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Standing Stones
30 crossbills, 10 in trees and 20 flyover
Siskin
Willow warbler
Chiffchaff
Great- spotted woodpecker

Wildboarclough
Grey wagtail
Dipper


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Standing Stone Car Park:

Decent amount of Crossbills still with 11 seen this morning.
6 Siskin
4 Lesser Redpoll
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Tawny Owl
1 Curlew

Wildboarclough:
3 Dippers
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Goldcrest

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Standing Stones
3 crossbills, 1m, 2f
Numerous lesser redpoll
Siskin
Singing willow warbler and chiffchaff

Wildboarclough
Dipper


Phil

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1 crossbill (f) at Standing Stones.

12 swallows and sand martins at Bottoms Reservoir.

Phil

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Visit to Standing Stone car park and Danebower 8.30am to 10.00am.

Saw much the same as Phil, but no wagtails

However, did see 4 stonechat at Danebower

Stopped for pot of tea at Ice Cream Farm on the way home, and a swallow was perched on their TV aerial. My first of the year

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Sunday 1 April
Standing Stones Car Park


6 crossbills
Siskin - display flights very apparent
Redpoll
GSW
Chaffinch
Curlew

Danebower
6 wheatear
Numerous meadow pipits, plenty of parachute display
Pied wagtail
Curlew
Red grouse

Wildboarclough
No dippers at any location!
Grey wagtails in 2 places

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Thursday 29th March 10.00-12.00

Standing Stone car park:
6 Crossbill
2 Goldcrest
3 Siskin
1 Curlew
3 Grey Herons

Wildboar Clough:
2 Dippers
2 Grey Wagtails



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Standing Stone car park 7.15 am

10 crossbills ( 5 M, 5 F ) , the males glowing almost luminously brick red in the dawn sunshine, feeding in the trees around the car park.

Also flock of around 20 redpolls, several siskin, lots of chaffinch.

Lynne

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Late report from Sunday 26th March

11.30am - 4pm Walk from Standing Stones Car Park to Ridgegate Reservoir then Shutlingsloe.

Carpark
4 Crossbill (All f) Very vocal and showed well
Siskin
Lesser Redpoll
Dozens of Chaffinch
Pied Wagtail
Great, Blue, Long-Tailed and Coal Tits

Ridgegate Reservoir
2 Pairs of Great Crested Grebe
Tufted Ducks
2 Cormorant
Grey Heron
Several Chiffchaffs singing and showing well

Shutlingsloe
Skylarks singing and displaying all over
Lapwing
Meadow Pipit
More Chaffinches and a Greenfinch
Lots of Buzzards enjoying the sunny weather

Beautiful day to be out


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After an unsuccessful look for the Danebower Ring Ouzel the Manx birder, Mr Barber and I headed down to Wildboarclough - standing on the bridge over Cumberland brook at Clough House car park we were watching a Dipper. Suddenly it flew towards us and to our surprise it didn't go under the bridge but flew up and over our heads then down onto the brook again. We then watched it in a display routine with its mate - amazing

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Standing Stone car park 6.45am

Good numbers of Crossbills once again this morning giving very good views.
Also present were:
30 Lesser Redpolls
8 Brambling
5 Siskins
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Common Buzzard

A great morning.

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Yes guys, nice to meet all of the forum members there. After Standing Stone we too went to Danebower and found the two Wheatear as well as pairs of Kestrel, Peregrine and Buzzard and 2 Ravens but no sign of any early Ring Ouzel. On the moors at Burbage Edge a nice flock of 60+ Golden Plover and several Red Grouse - a really nice day in the hills in great company .

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Standing Stone early am.

Much the same as Phil below (nice to meet you at last), with Crossbills a lifetime first for me
Great to see some Bramblings and Lesser Redpolls around too.
Nice to meet Sid, his friend, and John as always.

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14 crossbills, 2 greater-spotted woodpeckers, many siskin, brambling and redpoll. Good to meet Sid and his friend up there along with John R and Adam J. Danebower had 2 wheatear and a pair of stonechat.

Phil

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As yesterday 10 crossbills, maybe more as they were flitting around, at Standing Stones - excellent views. Also plenty of brambling, siskin and redpoll around. Danebower was a waste of time with thick cloud/mist.

Phil

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Standing Stones - 10 crossbills, siskin, redpoll and a flock of c.80 bramblings.
Pair of dipper in Wildboarclough.

Phil

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Red grouse aplenty around Cat & Fiddle area. Wheatear at Danebower. 4 crossbills in and around Standing Stones Car Park.

Phil

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16th Nov 8.00am

9 Crossbills (1 singing)
1 Siskin
7 Redpolls
1 Little Grebe on Trentabank


6 Red Grouse Near Shutlingslow


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Today 11:00 to 14:00:-

At Bottoms Reservoir -
3 Male Mandarins
Gt Crested Grebes
Tufted Ducks
Willow Warbler

At Ridgegate Reservoir -
Tufted Ducks
Mallard
1 Pied Wagtail

At Trentabank - Small Nature Reserve opposite visitor centre -
Male Pied Flycatcher singing away and showing very well

Along track leading up to Shutlingsloe -
Blackcaps
Willow Warblers
Chiffchaffs
Chaffinches

Then black clouds came over Shutingsloe and I beat a hasty retreat to Trentabank just before the heavens opened.

Rick.

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Monday 2nd May 6.30-7.30am

Couldn't resist another look at the Pied Flycatcher and so went back and caught up with one in the same area as yesterday. Again in fine voice, clearly looking for a mate.
On Trenatbank Reservoir was a Great Crested Grebe, 4 Tufted Ducks and the obviously noisy Herons.
On Ridgegate Resevoir:
2 Mandarin (m)
2 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant

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Sunday 1st May 6.15-8.30am

Macc Forest
I managed to find the Pied Flycatcher this morning, thanks mainly to some helpful hints from Sid Ashton. A first timer for me, so very pleased.biggrin.gif
Also a pair of Blackcaps and lots of finches around.

Teggs Nose Reservoir/woods
Common Redstart once again this morning. In the same area as yesterday.
A Willow Warbler was also nearby and seemed to be having a competition with the Redstart.

A great start to my Sunday.

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Saturday 30th April 6.00-8.30am

A very strong cold easterly wind made the morning a little less enjoyable than it could have been. Having said that, a very active male Common Redstart went a long way to making up for it.
I think I was watching it for a good 45 minutes as it flitted around an area of trees in about a 10 metre radius. At first it was hard to pin down and it seemed to move invisibally, but once I got locked on it was quite mesmerising. Such a fantastic looking bird.
I failed in my quest for Pied Flycatchers, but will be back over the weekend.
Other birds included, a pair of Nuthatch with nesting material and several Willow Warbler.

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

Langley, Bottoms reservoir woods - spent some time trying to pin down Redstart and although I heard plenty of calling couldn't get a sighting - best I could manage here was a Garden Warbler.

Trentabank - Blackcap and good views of a male Pied Flycatcher in the small wood next to the Heronry viewing lay-by. Also my first House Martins this year.

Wildboarclough - nice views of 2 Dippers on the stream.

Danebower area and moors - Definitely 2, possibly 3 Ring Ousel (2 male & 1 female) giving good views, several Wheatear, 2 souring Buzzards and summer plumage Golden Plover.

Lamaload Reservoir- finally caught up with a pair of Redstart and another singing male as well as two Common Sandpipers.

Not a bad mornings birding considering the cold weather on the hills. Also, nice to meet another forum member Pete Rolphbiggrin.gif

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 27th of April 2011 09:57:00 PM

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Monday 25th April with Holly Page

Trentabank

Male Pied Flycatcher but no sign of Wood Warblers.

Teggs Nose CP

Redstarts singing all over the place! Couple of Garden Warblers showing very well and Common Sandpiper and Mandarin Drake on upper fishing lake.

Dane Bower and Moors

No Ring Ouzel at Danebower but found 1 Male and 2 Females at a nearby location. Probably too much disturbance at the quarry. Curlew, Raven, Red Grouse and haunting calls of Golden Plover all over the place. Vanessa and Anthony, hope you got better views of the Ouzels.

Brilliant day out, good weather, excellent birds and great company!

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Teggs Nose CP
Monday 25th April 6.30-9.00am

Thankfully there was no fog this high up, just glorious sunshine.
9 Waxwings landed in front of me in a conifer tree and stayed for a good 15 minutes.
4 Skylark
3 Willow Warbler
3 Mipits
1 Bullfinch (m)
6 Linnet
1 Jay
1 Pied Wagtail
2 Swallow
2 Wheatear

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