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RE: Stalybridge country park- Brushes


A long day out around the mountains of Stalybridge, unfortunately not many birds about as lots of little men with big guns were out in their droves throughout the dayfurious.gifno.gif

I did manage a few species from Brushes to Swineshaw though, the highlights being

1 Goldcrest
2 Coal Tit just above my head
3 Bullfinch (all female)
2 Red Grouse, 1 calling and 1 distant out in the open
1 Kestrel (male)

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8 -12 from brushes road around country park and up to 1st quarry
3 collared doves
4 jackdaws
7 backbirds
5 bullfinch 3 m 2 f
3 house sparrow
6 jays
14 crows
7 magpies
5 great tits
8 robin
1 dunnock
3 coal tit
2 long tailed tits hmm.gif
5 magpies
17 chaffinch 10 m 7 f
24 woodpigeons
7 blue tits
2 nuthatch
5 goldfinch
2 sisken
3 greenfinch
7 redwins
4 feildfare
8 mistle thrush
1 buzzard
1 sparrow hawk m
c40 pheasants m/ f seem to be everywhere !!
35 black headed gulls
1 juvenile lesser blackbacked gullsmile.gif (thanks god for the concise bird guide)

-- Edited by Lee Griffiths on Tuesday 28th of December 2010 01:53:40 PM

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8-12.30 stated at brushes road up to higher swinshaw back through the pine woods and finished in country park ..
in no order
c15 house sparrows
6 magpies
4 collared doves
9 starlings
c 40 long tailed tits in 3 flocks smile.gif
15 blue tits
7 great tits
5 coal tits
14 goldfinch
4 greenfinch
6 jackdaws
9 crows
1 male sparrowhawk
4 robins
c20 pheasants
7 sisken
14 mistle thrush
7 bullfinch 2 m 5 f
2 dunnock
1 grey wagtail
7 nuthatch
3 tree creepers smile.gif
c25 wood pigeons
7 crows
5 jays
11 blackbirds
9 chaffinch 5m 4f
1 grey heron
2 goldcrest a 1st for me !biggrin.gif
and also a 1st for me i know its not a bird but 2 roe deer !!!!biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
also a couple of other possibles but couldnt get a proper id on need some better bins !!

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top of besom lane to 1st quarry and back along the track to carrbrrok 9-12
6 redwings
14 mistle thrush
8 house sparrows
12 blackbirds
8 collared doves
11 robins
9 black headed gulls
20+ canda goose
30 + crows
40 +jackdaws
5 magpies
2 jays
12 blue tit
5 great tit
7 coal tit
8 chaffinch (5m 3f)
4 nuthatch
2 tree creeper smile.gifsmile.gif
3 dunnock
2 wren
50 + wood woodpigeons
2 goldfinch
1 bullfinch (m)
not one long tailed tit seen or heard confused.gif

-- Edited by Lee Griffiths on Sunday 28th of November 2010 05:55:59 PM

-- Edited by Lee Griffiths on Sunday 28th of November 2010 06:00:48 PM

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Monday 15th Oct 07.00 - 09.30

Heyheads to Carrbrook Village...........Heyheads New Rd/ Swallow Lane

1 Nuthatch
9 Redwing
3 Bullfinch (2m 1f )
17 Chaffinch
3 Brambling
1 Jay
16 Collared Doves
Big influx of Blackbirds.

Carrbrook up Cowbury Dale as far as Dis-used Quarry.

Very Quiet except for Tits.
8 Mallard on first reservoir.
8 Bullfinch (6f 2m) feeding on path up near quarry.

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-- Edited by Roger Baker 3 on Monday 15th of November 2010 05:30:26 PM

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7.45-1145 from fishing hut to 1st quarry and back the pine wood way . .
1 whooper swan
58 canada goose (19 in the field at the end )
17 blackheaded gulls
3 mistle thrush
1 buzzard
3 pheasant
6 chaffinch
21 blue tits
17 long tailed tits
8 great tits
2 coal tits
5 nuthatchs
2 bullfinch
9 robins
2 wrens
3 dunnocks
4 wood pigeon
plus magpies crows rooks


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Sunday 24th Oct 1130 am whooper still there

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had a quick drive up due to not be able to go and see the waxwingscry.gif
whooper swan and one cormorant still on walkerwood itself smile.gif

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I was in Stalybridge at 17.00 hrs. Chatting to an angler I know. He had come off Walkerwood at 16.30 hrs. Whooper still present.

Roger

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20/10/10 15.30 hrs

Walkerwood Reservoir.

Whooper still present. Seemed very lively and had a very vocal 15 minutes.

Was in centre of reservoir when I arrived but then came close to bank on dam-head, eventually climbed out and began preening for 30 minutes+.

Nice sunny autumn afternoon, if it settles in any more it'll be wearing shades and rubbing in the Factor 2.

Plenty of Jay activity in the Oaks.

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whooper swan still here a lot closer to road now to . .

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Could this just be a peat stain? Sometimes they show this on head and neck.

'Whooper Swan still present 1700 on Walkerwood.
Looks like it may be a little oiled on the neck near the chin, but otherwise seems fine'

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Whooper Swan still present 1700 on Walkerwood

Looks like it may be a little oiled on the neck near the chin, but otherwise seems fine.

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thanks Ian

Whooper swan still present at 8.45 am when I left site plus one cormorant. Plenty of Jays around as well as wood pigeon, jackdaw, carrion crow, two ravens, six BH gulls and magpie.

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Whooper Swan still present at 08:23 this morning.

Info thanks to Iain Johnson

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1.45 -6.00 from fishing hut up to higher swineshaw only counted on way up .
1 whooper swan on walkerwood
1 cormorant on lower swineshaw
plenty of blue great long tailed tits everywhere
2 coal tits
3 mallards
12 jays
1 wren
4 dunnock
3 nuthatch
1 sparrow hawk
1 kestral
2 buzzard
2 mistle thrush
3 robins
6 goldfinch
1 chaffinch
plenty of other corvids about to smile.gif


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3.30 -6.40 from fishing hut to scout hut
15 blue tit
20+ long tailed tits
3 coal tits
7 great tits
3 dunnocks
1 nuthatch
14 jay
4 chaffinch
5 Collared doves
9 Fieldfare
6 red wing
4 mistle thrush.
4 robins
plenty of crows rooks and wood pigeons
30 + canada geese on bottom ressie

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4.00 till 6.30
parked at the fishing shed and walked up to the 1st quarry
20+ long tailed tits
30+blue tits
15 great tits
1 chiffchaff
5 robins
7 jays
3 nuthatch
1 dunnock
2 tree creepers
4 gold finch
and around 50 pheasants mostly young in the field at side of 1st gate just before the house !!!!
glad i rushed hone from work now !!smile.gif
forgot about the 2 buzzards to ashamed.gif

-- Edited by Lee Griffiths on Monday 11th of October 2010 07:54:02 PM

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This am

Duck Island Carrbrook

Moorhen with two young, probably same Bill saw last week

Walk from Carrbrook to Swineshaw

Highlights

4 Raven at Carrbrook with another one (likely a different bird) near Walkerwood biggrin.gif
40 Pink Feet over
Red Grouse seen, plus another 3 heard
4 Nuthatch all calling very difficult to see with the leaves still on the trees

Also around
Chiffchaff (singing)
at least 4 Kestrel
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Long Tailed Tit
pr Bullfinch
47 Black Headed Gull in field
3 Tufted Duck on Higher Swineshaw (very low)
a few Meadow Pipits around, judging by the height some of them were at probably passage birds
Swallows and House Martins likewise
Including the Ravens I had six species of corvid, plenty of Jays around

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Bill Myerscough wrote:

12th September.

What sounded like a family party of Pheasants were calling from the heather moorland above Carrbrook.






Pheasant are regularly released at the top of Brushes valley, and I'm sure there are a few breeding wild as well. Glad to see you looking after "my" patch while I was away smile.gifsmile.gif

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12th September.

Carrbrook area am.

1 Dipper, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Red Grouse calling and a pair of Moorhens with 2 small, dependent young aww.gif on Duck Island in Carrbrook. What sounded like a family party of Pheasants were calling from the heather moorland above Carrbrook.

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Sat 4th Sept 07-00 09-00

Heyheads to Carrbrook Village (Heyheads New Rd...... Swallow Lane)

Overall nice walk with plenty of activity in the hedges.

4 Swallows
1 Willow Warbler
Plenty of Tits, Blue & Great
4 maybe 5 Song Thrushes......long time since I have seen this many on one walk.
Lots of Greenfinches.
Green Woodpecker on walk back. Yaffling on a dead tree. Only about 50 yds from Huddersfield Rd, on L/hand side.

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A first brief visit here this afternoon still on the hunt for Whinchat. None seen up at Higher Swineshaw Res but up Brushes Road:

Mixed party of tits approx 4 B.Tit, 3 G.Tit, 15 LT Tit
Blackbirds 2
Jay
Pheasant
WillowWarbler

and that was it but looks very promising terrain for migrants and will visit again

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if anyone happens accross a pair of specs with reactolite lenses between brushes carpark and lees hill could they let me know, my mother has lost hers up there on a walk today.

they have a browny marroon coloured arms with flecks in is her description, thanks.

will up date with sightings later.

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Swineshaw down to Walkerwood this am

1 Common Sand on Upper Swineshaw and 1 on the Lower Res
Chiffchaff singing
Willow Warbler singing
Nuthatch calling
Pheasant
2 Kestrels
Linnet
Bullfinch
Swallows looked like they were feeding young on the wing, never seen this behaviour beforeconfuse.gif


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went up and got thoroughly barbecued today. walked from brushes capark to the end of rouzel hill.

blackcap
greywagtail
housemartins
willow warblers still singing in droves even up as far as higher swineshaw.
lots of blckbirds
woodpigeons
songthrush with new fledglings in woodland
4 calling chifchaf
family of 5 robins (4young )
grey heron
23 total canada goose
jay
longtailed tit
kestrel
buzzard
meadow pipits
3 common sandpiper
pheasnant
curlew
6 swallows (5juvenile)

loads of grasshoppers chirruping
and marsh orchids.

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I managed to squeeze my late BBS visit in this morning.

Lots of fledglings around and birds feeding young.

My highlight was a Garden Warbler, showing well and singing.biggrin.gif Could only find the one bird thoughhmm.gif
I also found a couple of Willow Warbler nests, thanks for the tips on the Atlas sectionsmile.gif I also a nice close encounter with a Willow Warbleraww.gif

The one downside was a lady who engaged me in conversation blaming birds of prey for the demise of songbirdscry.gifdisbelief.gifno.gifyawn.gifhmm.gif

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several blackcaps plus song thrush, robin, willow warbler, jay, 1 kestrel and 1 buzzard and chaffinch between walkerwood and lower swineshaw.

There were also three curlew flying around lower swineshaw dam wall.

7 BH gull, mallard, canada goose, reed bunting, linnet, meadow pipit, curlew, common sand and willow warbler on the two swineshaw reservoirs.

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A trip up to Walkerwood and Swineshaw this morning, plenty of birdsong still.

Brushes Road and Walkerwood
Blackcap - the commonest warbler today with several singing and seen, all males
Willow Warbler - 6 singing
Chiffchaff - 2 singing
Bullfinch calling and a pair seen at a different location
Grey Wagtail - male collecting food
pair of Canada Goose with 1 gosling at corner of resr
2 drake Mallard
pr Pheasant

Swineshaw

2 Common Sandpiper
Stonechat calling out of sight
Curlew
Whinchat - one in same place as last week plus a probable second bird in a different area







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Ravens

don't worry about it guys, I'm not worried yet, it would be a Tameside tick for me, but such is the way of life, I'm sure I'll find one eventually before I've walked too far!smile.gif

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steve - the only tameside tick i have over karen (at the moment)

Jason - it was just off the main access road thanks mate

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was the winchat where we saw it last night ian?

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Don't tell Karen you saw Raven disbelief.gif

Oh, you just did cry.gif

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another look at Swineshaw for Whinchat this morning:

1 Whinchat biggrin.gif
3 Stonechat
curlew
meadow pipit
skylark
pied wagtail
6 BH gull (lower swineshaw)
5 LBB Gull over
2 buzzard which eventually attracted the attention of the local corvids
2 raven
1 Redshank
reed bunting
3 goldfinch over
mallard with ducklings plus a few random males
canada geese with goslings plus a few random birds scattered around
1 willow warbler
red grouse (heard only)
wood pigeon

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brushes on way up,

2 chif chaf singing single blackcap.

walkerwood overflow opposite fishing hut 2 grey wagtail fledglings being fed by parent.

loads of willow warbler on way up side of walkerwood in trees
then kestrel flyover at the small quary at the top.

higher swine shaw, 2 common sand piper.
stonechat
winchat
3 linnet all area firsts for us.
as was an encounter with ian :)

plus a few curlew

meadow pipits and skylark

oon walk back down 7:15pm by gate which restricts access to higher road,
cuckoo calling higher up side of valley. another area first.

back at walkerwood 1 common sandpiper.

-- Edited by jason fisher on Sunday 23rd of May 2010 10:23:29 PM

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Swineshaw Reservoirs late afternoon:

4 stonechat (2 male and 2 female)
1 pied wagtail
canada goose
mallard
1 wheatear (female)
meadow pipits
2 raven being mobbed by rooks
6 curlews inc 4 over together

no sign of the whinchat

plus one buzzard over walkwerwood reservoir where there is a fishery and consequently had me for a few seconds.......

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A long walk in the sun this morning (wish there were earlier buses on Sunday)

Blackcap (at least 5 singing) along Brushes Road
Willow Warbler plenty
2 Chiffchaff
1 Whitethroat singing
Grey Wagtail
Buzzard being mobbed by 8 Jackdaws

I then walked along the side of Walkerwood to Swineshaw where there were more Blackcap and Willow Warblers singing

Curlew bubbling all around me
1 Whinchat male
Pied Wagtail
Reed Bunting singing
Lapwing

Sadly I couldn't find any waders on Higher Swineshaw although water levels look perfect, it was mind blowingly hot up there though!



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We had a Stonechat (see posting of 18 April) sadly only a male bird though, no sign of any female and I've walked that area several times since and not seen one Stonechat up there. I'll keep my eyes open when I'm on my future forays.

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vic chatterton wrote:


1 Dunlin (can't remember ever seeing one there before but water is a little lower than usual with a small area of rocks and mud exposed so might well be worth checking out whilst waders are still passing through)

On a more negative note, no Stonechats at all - it appears that the last winter may have reduced them considerably.





Dunlin should breed on the moors round here. It would be good to get some evidence for the atlas project.

Stonechats do seem to be near to extinction. Haven't seen any all year cry.gifcry.gif.

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Went up this evening to see what we could find. Never was a sighting of a Tawny Owl celebrated so much!blush.gif

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Spent a few hours between Swineshaw and Middlebank this afternoon. Some excellant birding of which the highlights were -
1 Little Owl
1 Whinchat at Swineshaw
2 Common Sandpipers
1 Dunlin (can't remember ever seeing one there before but water is a little lower than usual with a small area of rocks and mud exposed so might well be worth checking out whilst waders are still passing through)
1 Reed Bunting
1 Cuckoo
6 Wheaters - at least 1 male was a very bright individual so may well have been a Greenland.
1 male Redstart by the remains of the old Middlebank farm.

On a more negative note, no Stonechats at all - it appears that the last winter may have reduced them considerably.
Also only 1 pair of Lapwings. I saw a farmer slurrying a field in the area in April where a bird was sitting.

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A walk from Brushes to Hollingworth this morning, which is covered elsewhere on here.

Brushes to Swineshaw

1 Buzzard looking towards Carrbrook
Willow Warbler lots
Chiffchaff
Redpoll
Curlew
Red Grouse
Wheatear (lots of pairs around)
Common Sandpiper on Higher Swineshaw
Linnet

and I managed not to stray Out of County!

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Rachael Hill and myself walked out towards Swineshaw this morning.

We heard a distant Cuckoo, which sounded like it was passing through the valley, calling two to three times.

Stonechat male near Upper Swineshawbiggrin.gif
Plenty of Red Grouse calling on the moor including a pair matingeyepopping.gif
Curlew
Several Lesser Redpoll flying over including at least three feeding in some larches, unfortunately disturbed by horseridershmm.gif
A lot more Meadow Pipits than I saw yesterdaysmile.gif
Linnet
Reed Bunting 1 pair and a separate male
Bullfinch pair
Willow Warbler
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Swallow
GS Woodpecker
and lots of other common stuff



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I did my early BBS visit this morning

On the way up to where I start there must have been at least 20 singing Willow Warblers, they were literally everywhere, also a couple of Chiffchaff and a Blackcap.

The survey itself included

Lesser Redpoll, surely Tameside's best spot for this birdsmile.gif
Willow Warbler, yep even more
Chiffchaff
low numbers of Lapwing
15+ Linnet at least they've not disappearedsmile.gif
1 Meadow Pipit, poor showing for this speciesno.gif

Some lower than expected numbers for some species

I also had a cracking pair of Grey Wagtails fly over when I was stood by Walkerwood Resrsmile.gif

Wellies no longer necessary, til it rains again!wink.gif

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circular walk brushes to higher swineshaw back via gallows clough

3 willow warbler on wayout by side of ressers all singing.

5 robin
2 wren
4 long taild tit
1 male chaffinch in same place as previously

up by swineshaw.
2 kestrel
1 common buzzard
lots of red grouse visible
meadow pippits too wide spread and numerous to count, must have seen around 50 in the day.
11 canada geese
5 mallards
1 strange coloured pipit quite dark and reddish tinge to belly possibly rock? up by shooting platforms on top of moors

on return leg
7curlew sighted simultaneously
9 skylarks sighted simultaneously on gallow clough but far more there i'm sure.

on returning to brushes 3 willow warbler siging obviously different birds to those on the way out as about 3/4 of a mile away.

1 chifchaff

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1pm till 5pm walk from brushes road to higher swineshaw and return

on way out one male blackcap singing his beak off. plus numerous ususal woodland birds, tits/ chaffinch

one pair of greenfinch

and 5 singing chiff chaff

on the way back heard a couple of drumming woodpecker naving a drumoff.

walkerwood 1 female toad on the dam wall about 30 yards on from the ticket office. one toad in the waters edge clearly visible, on the way back 3 individual female toads plus 2 females in amplexus (obviously the males didn't fancy the walk)

2 pairs of canada geese and a pair of mallard.

brushes reservoir

in the trees numeorus standard woodland birds plus plenty of chiff chaff and one willow warbler.
3 pairs of canada geese and 5 male mallard on the resservoir.

lower swineshaw

2 displaying curlew over the far side.
1 chiffchaff 2 chaffinch, 1 wren, 2 longtailed tits in the walled off garden bit on the right as you walk onto the moor.

another few mallard and 6 canada geese on the resser

higher swineshaw 4 red grouse displaying over the far side, 2 black headed gull 4 canada geese and 3 mallard on the resser. mippits every where.

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I saw probably 25 curlews in a aerial display on Saturday a little further up the valley from were you saw yours,a great view at any time

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A trip to Brushes this morning primarily for Red Grouse.

Blackcap, probably earliest I've ever had in Tameside other than overwintering birds and certainly a bird I wasn't expecting to find this morning at Brushesbiggrin.gif
pr Bullfinch
4+ GS Woodpecker
4+ Chiffchaff
I then hiked towards Carrbrook in the raincry.gif out onto the moors and eventually after it had almost stopped raining, I had a male Red Grouse displaying. There were also at least another two in the area which didn't show for me.
10+ Meadow Pipits including displaying birds
Sparrowhawk (female)
Peregrine over the moor
Kestrel
4 Fieldfare came from over the moor and flew across valley
Nuthatch
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
LT Tit
Blue Tit
Also 2 Curlew almost in aerial combat on the other side of Walkerwood reservoir. Great sight to see anywhere and even more fantastic in Tamesidebiggrin.gif

WARNING
If you go up to Brushes you really do need your wellies!

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I went up to Brushes yesterday morning to see what was about, bit foggy first thing and the birds weren't very showy. There was plenty around though when the sun eventually did break through, and I followed my BBS route which I was pleased to note was in better condition under foot than last year!

I started off with Red Grouse mocking me across the valley, unfortunately I couldn't locate this bird as it was directly into the sun, another one for another time.

GS Woodpecker drumming
Chaffinches (many singing)
Pheasant
Meadow Pipit
Skylark
Lapwing displaying
2 Redpoll
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Had an early walk around lower brushes up to Walkerwood reservoir
blue tits
great tits
wood pigeon 14
magpie 5
blackbird 3
blackheaded gulls 48
canada geese 37
robin 3
longtailed tits 6
mallard 2
pheasant biggrin.gif
greenfinch 3
wren 1
house sparrows 4
mistlethrush
chaffinch
goldfinch
jackdaw
rook

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