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28th Oct.     14.30 hrs.

Torside Reservoir.   Woodhead.

Osprey sat in tree at side of res ... bedraggled in the rain.

About 1/2 mile past car-park coming FROM Glossop.

Info from Ian Lyth.

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Friday 23rd October 2015, 12.30 - 15.30am

Woodhead Reservoir.

Great Grey Shrike.      Elusive.

Never had it on the wires ..... was using the fence posts between the two tracks.

also

22 Teal.

Cormorant.

Kestrel. M & F

7 Mistle Thrush.

2 Siskin. 

Few Redpoll buzzing around.

Plenty of Goldfinch feeding on the thistles.

Roger.



-- Edited by Roger Baker 3 on Friday 23rd of October 2015 04:39:15 PM

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Tim Wilcox wrote:



Great to know it was still there David as it wasn't up on Birdguides today. Remarkably few people interested in this nearby bird.



Nearby indeed, Tim. Twenty minutes from a soggy Woodhead Dam, to sunshine in Stalybridge, avoiding the roadworks on the A628 by cutting through Padfield and Hadfield. Such a pleasant and easy walk, and a great little bird to watch.

The only other walkers I saw were seven youngsters from Yorkshire doing their Duke of Edinburgh. I also chatted to some of the dumper truck drivers who actually recognised me and the dogs from our early morning jaunts around Higher Swineshaw and Lees Hill. I'd be interested to know what they make of me! wink

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Thursday 22nd October 2015, 10.00 - 11.00am

Alongside Woodhead Reservoir

Following Tim Wilcox's excellent directions (thanks for that, Tim), the Great Grey Shrike showed very well for me this morning.

I walked from the car park at Woodhead Dam, eastwards, the full length of the reservoir, in fine, blustery conditions. There was no sign of the bird on the way up, and as I began the walk back the heavens opened. I was about to give it up as a bad job when the Shrike appeared on telephone wires to my left, in the fields adjacent to The Lodge, with the green outbuildings. It put on a good show, dropping into the fields regularly, then fluttering back up to the wires. I watched for about twenty minutes, then gave in to the driving rain.

All in all, a rewarding hour smile

-- Edited by David Walsh on Thursday 22nd of October 2015 02:38:26 PM





Great to know it was still there David as it wasn't up on Birdguides today. Remarkably few people interested in this nearby bird.

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Thursday 22nd October 2015, 10.00 - 11.00am

Alongside Woodhead Reservoir

Following Tim Wilcox's excellent directions (thanks for that, Tim), the Great Grey Shrike showed very well for me this morning.

I walked from the car park at Woodhead Dam, eastwards, the full length of the reservoir, in fine, blustery conditions. There was no sign of the bird on the way up, and as I began the walk back the heavens opened. I was about to give it up as a bad job when the Shrike appeared on telephone wires to my left, in the fields adjacent to The Lodge, with the green outbuildings. It put on a good show, dropping into the fields regularly, then fluttering back up to the wires. I watched for about twenty minutes, then gave in to the driving rain.

All in all, a rewarding hour smile

-- Edited by David Walsh on Thursday 22nd of October 2015 02:38:26 PM

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Anyone going for the Great Grey Shrike should take the B6105 off the A628, cross the weir and park immediately left on the bend (ignore the site access sign but don't block access to the dumper trucks acccessing the cobbled road to do essential work on pylons). Walk down the cobbled track and follow the Longdendale trail east making sure you take the pedestrian route to the right and not the left-hand track used every few minutes by dumper trucks. Walk for a mile until the vegetation lowers and the game-keepers cottage with green-clad outbuildings are visible to the right. The shrike was appearing on wires from here eastwards.

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4 Buzzards above Swallow Wood rear of Arnfield Res this morning , 1 Sparrowhawk mobbing Buzzards as they soared , and a couple of Siskins .

-- Edited by Julian Barnes on Thursday 27th of February 2014 10:46:28 AM

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I took a peaceful stroll up to Torside (Longdendale Valley) with my granddad and we saw:

Lots of Tits e.g. Blue, Great, Coal, Willow and Long-tailed-Tits
2 Bullfinches and 3 Siskins

Many thanks
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William Binns wrote:

Make blackcap showing interesting my feeders in my garden this morning . Should they be in Africa now





Not necessarily, quite a few thousand Blackcaps winter in the UK these days. Mainly in Gardens
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Make blackcap showing interesting my feeders in my garden this morning . Should they be in Africa now

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4 Whooper Swans (2ads,2juvs) on Torside Reservoir this morning, and still at least 30 Bramblings in the Beechwood by Arnfield Farm.

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c80 Bramblings this morning in the Beechwood below Arnfield Farm, by Arnfield Lane.

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Woodhead to Holmfirth.


Today I went over Woodhead to Holmfirth and I saw:

20+ Song Thrushes
3 Kestrels
5 Red Grouse
10+ Woodpigeons, and on the way back I saw even more Woodpigeons and 2 Buzzards.





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flock of 70 curlew flew past me as i was looking over valehouse yestyerday at dusk

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stroll round swallows wood yesterday

dipper showed well at the entrance to the path behind arnfield.

other highlights were a heard only green woodpecker while watching the dipper.

lots of siskin and a few redpoll in with the finches in the alders behind arnfield. great spotted woodpecker in usual tree
nice mixed species tit flock containing all the usuals and tree creeper

swallows wood pond had a male mandarin on it , also probably a female, but only saw a couple of tail feathers as it disappeared behind the island.
plus a flock of around 40 long tailed tits and one gold crest on the island

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plenty of tits of all sorts
general finch flocks, including a few redpoll
dipper seen in the strean in the woods and 2 stonechat on the wall by the gate where you first enter the reserve were a very welcome sight as i was leaving

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10/12/2011 0800-1030 Arnfield

1 Common Snipe on the muddy margins of a very low Arnfield resr. in the same area that the Bonelli's was found.
100+ Fieldfare with a few Redwing mixed in moving around the resr.
Small flock of Redpoll.


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0630 - 0730 this morning at Arnfield res.

Finally got the W Bonelli's Warbler (4th trip down there). It was moving along the trees on the shore line just past the green bridge (not quite as far down as the rowan - where I was sat staking out for a good hour). As per earlier sightings it didnt sing or call but it came up close.

Also saw:
2 Siskins
Willow warblers, Chiffchaffs
1 Garden warbler
1 kestrel (f)
3 Wrens
1 Kingfisher (heard)
Plenty of the usual suspects

Shame it didnt cross the border for a few mancunain flies!

Cheers,

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The Western Bonelli's warbler was still present at Arnfield Reservoir this afternoon. I managed to see it briefly at 16:30, in a rowan tree approximately 200 yards southwest of the bridge. Certainly didn't give itself away easily though, staying completely silent while I was watching it.

Also this afternoon, 8-10 crossbills over, 1 kingfisher, 2 garden warblers, and plenty of chiff chaffs and willow warblers taking advantage of the enormous number of flying insects about.

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Went down for another look but it wasnt there. I met the guy who was first to spot it and he hadnt seen it all day either.

The highlights:

Siskins
Chaffinches
Bullfinches
Goldfinches
KINGFISHER (seen perched on a branch from the little bridge next to reservoir)
Dipper (juvenile)
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
Grey Wagtail



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according to birdguides the western bonelli's warbler is still at Arnfield reservoir (1215 today).

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After dipping on the Western Bonelli's last week I decided another effort was required so I shot down there this morning with John Barber for company.

Got there for about 10.15 and after a bit of searching and studying every little bird that moved we decided it would be more efficient to split up. John took the path above the bench and I went on the opposite side of the stream.

About 100 yards up from the bridge I came across several birds feeding in a tree about 30 yards in front of me and one in particular showed promise. After a few moments it showed itself but it was a Garden Warbler. Just as I was going to move though the Bonelli's popped up in a closer tree in front of me at a range of only about 25 feet and gave great views for about 45 seconds before flitting away. Another lifer!!

Shortly after, it gave a few short bursts of song from near the bridge area before once again disappearing.

Other birds seen:

Willow warbler
Garden Warbler
Nuthatch
Siskin
Coal Tit
Great Tit
Blue Tit


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July 11th. 06.45 - 08.30

Had chance to re-visit site after hearing song only on previous.

All quiet until 08.00 hrs then Bonellis sang......... located in a large Aspen..... worked it feeding from top to bottom for a good 5 minutes giving good views, not shy at all.

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Heard the Bonelli's Warbler a couple of times from 0615.

Also seen in the area

1 juvenile Crossbill
Good numbers of Siskin

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Heard several times around 1.30 after not having been seen for 2 hours then seen flitting about in willows on left viewed from bridge then flew right revealing pure White belly. Now all sheltering from rain

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Bonnelis warbler still showing and singing

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After the briefest of views on thursday, returned again this afternoon for another look for the Western Bonelli's Warbler.

At first no luck but did see Siskins, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Grey Wagtails and loads of Goldfinch. Also 5 Crossbills overhead.

Heading back to the car at 17.30 heard the Bonelli's Warbler singing in the shrubby trees next to the kissing gate and eventually got sight of the bird for a good 2 minutes from the main path just before the kissing gate where it was sat quietly on a branch in the tree giving really good views. After another short burst of song it then flew off out of sight and I went home happy.

Rick.

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Apparently its just been seen again near the foot-bridge

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Yep, i drew a blank at lunchtime.

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Blankety-Blank this morning. Loads of other warblers about though to keep me on my toes, along with Bullfinches and plenty of Siskins

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Friday, 8th July 2011 - 10.35 to 15.30 - Sunshine and heavy showers

Good but brief views of the Bonelli's between 10.50 and 11.30 ish from the path on the north eastern side of the reservoir - thereafter not a peep. I have still not heard it call or sing despite three visits this week

Nice to meet and chat to the forum members present including the Boss




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5th July

Western Bonelli's Warbler singing for about five mins and showing reasonably well at 06.30, towards top of bush near bench, this morning then moved to bushes, still singing, to right with dead sapling and then towards the bridge eventually

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6-9 seen the Western Bonelli's Warbler. . also on a walk round had 12 crossbills and 5 grey wagtails amonst other things .

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Rob Smallwood wrote:

It was like a Manchester Forum away day yesterday afternoon - nice to meet you all!




Yes it was nice to put a face to the name-whoever you were!

Next time, can you wear your blue hat and neckerchief for ease of identification-but I am not putting my leotard on

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Western Bonelli's Warbler still present this afternoon up to 18:45. I had several brief views of it as it moved through the vegetation, but it also sang quite regularly, allowing us brief snippets of its distinctive sound. I would say slightly Wood Warblerish.

It tends to favour the area around the footbridge in the NE corner of the resr. A lifer for me, only 15 minutes from home.

Cheers,

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It was like a Manchester Forum away day yesterday afternoon - nice to meet you all!

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Monday, 4th July 2011 - 05.30 to 07.00 - Overcast

Went over to Arnfield Reservoir early in the hope of picking up the Bonelli's song but apart from a brief trill at 06.45 nothing doing. The bird was still present in the same Willows where we saw it yesterday evening.


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Western Bonelli's Warbler still present at 19.00 although not singing - good views eventually in the trees adjacent to the bench on the Western side of Arnfield Reservoir. A life-time first for both John Barber and myself.

A Red Kite went over at about 18.30. Nice to chat to the forum members we met.

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Visited this afternoon in the hot Sunshine, Western Bonelli's Warbler still present though elusive.

Good to see Rob Smallwood and Riggers amongst other Manchester Birders.

A great local bird and hopefully it will head for GM



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Still singing and showing from trees along the shore-line in the nature reserve

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Male Western Bonelli's Warbler present today, singing constantly for its second day.

I was told about it last night but unfortunately it couldn't be confirmed then but what a find and at this time of year too! Full marks to the finder who apparently deserves such awards for perseverance at ths site (which I can well believe up there!).

Shame it couldn;t have chosen the other site of the border in which to set up territory though...

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wish I had been closer I would of gone up, still might be worth a look early tomorrow just in case

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Absolutely Mike - Common Scoter I had good views in reasonable light. They were resting all the time I was there (30 mins) and when i left so didn't see them in flight. He was totally black no white at all with small yellow to bill and she was very clear grey cheeks and neck and paler underside primaries when she 'stretched' - he didn't bother!

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Are you sure they were Scoter?

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Bottoms reservoir this morning - male & female Scoter and a couple of Sandpipers up and down. Just over the dam wall on Valehouse 10 very early mallard ducklings staying extremely close to mum!

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evening walk round swallows wood

loads of all 4 common tit species it looks like they are still in mixed flocks at the moment.

1 buzzard

mixed finch flock with gold, chaffinch, siskin and brambling.

plenty of blackbirds,
1 great spotted woodpecker heard drumming.
2 male tawny owls having a shout off didn't manage to see either of them.

1 nuthatch.
1 grey wagtail.
1 pied wagtail

plus one stoat.

on the way back to the car on the path down the side of the trout fishery, flyover by 24 curlew

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Arnfield farm, Arnfield low moor, higher bank, middle bank, lower bank into Swallows wood and back up to the farm, not sure where the county boundary is but since I started out and finished in Derbyshire I put it all under out of county.

Arnfield Farm

2 wren
3 Robin

Arnfield Low Moor

1 Kestrel
several Meadow pipts
2 skylark

Higher Bank

3 buzzard mobbed by corvids
20 jackdaw
6 Carrion Crow

Swallows Wood

Lots of great and blue tits, a couple of coal tit
2 Nuthatch
2 blackbirds
Great Spotted woodpecker drumming
Redpoll and siskin in the larch trees
Goldfinch
Chaffinch

On the pond

10 mallard
2 coot
2 moorhen
2 canada Geese

Fields nr the airshaft

40+ Curlew
10 Lapwings
2 rook
12 Starlings




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Had a walk up from Deepclough to Rhodeswood/Torside Dam

2 Kestrel
2 crows
8 Jackdaw
Pair of mallard ducks in a stream by the farm
4 buzzard circling the valley
1 Jay
10 wood pigeon
1 Wren

On Rhodeswood

3 Oystercatcher
5 Curlew flying over
24 Canada Geese
4 Goosander (1male 3 female)
Pair of mallard
4 Blackheaded gulls

Hoped for a little owl but checking all the dry stone walls drew a blank

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Hi,

Lesser Redpolls seem to be a permanent feature at Torside car park. Every time I go they're there! All in all in just the car park area I saw:
L Redpolls
Siskins
Chaffinches
Goldfinches
LT Tits
Blue Tits
Great Tits
Coal Tits
Mallard! ...? eating the seeds that the redpolls were dropping on them!!

But no butty van today so no bacon sandwich and cup of tea! cry.gif

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Sun 27th Feb 07.15 - 08.30.

Torside Reservoir.

Carpark feeders.

18 Redpoll.
2 Siskin.
2 Goldfinch.
8 Chaffinch.
Blue, Great & Coal Tits.
These were best counts on the feeders.......... plenty more birds in the vicinity early but began to disperse as more cars began to arrive.

1 Jay.


Dam Head.

17 Canada Geese.
1 Cormorant.
5 Oystercatcher over.
Buzzard soaring then landed in trees other side of Woodhead Road.

Roger.



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