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A visit this afternoon to Dunkirk area

120+ Canada Geese
100+ Black-headed Gull
15 Teal
7 Lapwing
Bullfinch heard only

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6/8/17 Dunkirk Area, brief visit to check the pool.

First returning Teal, a female was at the back of the pool at midday.
Also around the pool and fields,
100+ Black-headed Gulls.
70+ Jackdaw, many juveniles.
20+ Woodpigeon, again many juveniles.
c100 Canada Geese.



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2nd Aug. 13.30 hrs. Dunkirk area R. Tame.

Very quiet.

On or around the pool in the horse field.

Canada Goose. c 132.
Black-headed Gull. c 17

On the river.

Mallard. 3

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Yesterday at 1030 am, walking up past the Queens Hotel with my wife on our way to the dreaded weekly shop at Morrisons my mood was somewhat lightened by the sight of a Peregrine circling over Chartist House. Having seen them at Ashton, Stalybridge,Audenshaw etc this was the first one I'd ever seen at Hyde in my life despite having worked there since 1968  and lived there since 1978.

The bird may have been the one that has been recorded at Audenshaw Reservoirs occasionally this year as it flew off eventually in that direction.



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Afternoon visit to Dunkirk area

A fair amount of disturbance on the river due to fishermen and 8 small boats

Chiffchaff moving silently through the trees on the riverbank, possibly a new arrival or female
Kingfisher flushed several times
Grey Wagtail pair
3 male Siskin singing in a sapling on path down to river. Several other birds calling along riverbank
Nuthatch in SBI
Hard to count Teal due to disturbance but at least 7
3 redhead Goosander flushed
Grey Heron
5 pairs of Long-tailed Tit seen in the area including a pair building a nest
100+ Canada Geese

Lots of birdsong with most expected common species represented


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10/3/17 Dunkirk area of River Tame and adjacent fields

5 Wigeon feeding on the river bank
3 Lapwing in display flight
8 Teal on the pool
1 Goosander
1 Kingfisher
4 Siskin around the car park
3 Buzzard
c150 Canada Geese

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04/02/2017 40 mins either side of midday Dunkirk area

Only 1 Teal seen on the pool, non seen on the river.
Pair of Goosander
2 female Goldeneye
3 Little Grebe
1 Dipper
1 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
Plenty of activity in the wooded areas including a few Siskin.

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10/1/2017 Dunkirk Area, early afternoon.

On or around the pool
1 Shoveler, female
4 Teal
3 Lapwing
1 Grey Heron

On the river
33 Mallard
1 Goldeneye, female
10 Teal
2 Cormorant
7 Moorhen
1 Little Grebe
2 Grey Heron

In the fields and woods
50+ Redwing
1 Buzzard with prey item (looked to be a Woodpigeon)
1 Sparrowhawk
25+ Long-tailed Tit in 2 flocks
1 Goldcrest
Great Spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch heard only



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Dunkirk area today

12 Teal on pool and a confiding pair on the river
Red head Goosander
Grey Heron
Cormorant over
6 Lapwing
3 Siskin with c12 Goldfinch
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Nuthatch (heard only)
8 Redwing
At least 20 Blackbird in general area, but mainly in hawthorns
Mixed tit flock containing at least 15 Long-tailed Tit at least five each of Blue and Great Tit
Song Thrush
6 Moorhen (Four on riverbank and two on canal) Female Sparrowhawk flew through wood at far end of Dunkirk Lane towards canal

-- Edited by Karen Foulkes on Sunday 27th of November 2016 05:55:33 PM

-- Edited by Karen Foulkes on Sunday 27th of November 2016 05:56:18 PM

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14/11/2016 Dunkirk area just after midday

On or around the pool in the horse field
41 Teal
15 Lapwing
2 Mallard

On the river
35 Mallard
8 Moorhen
1 Goosander

Perched in the trees near the pool
1 Fieldfare
2 Redwing
1 Song Thrush

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Late afternoon visit to Dunkirk area 22/10/16

6 Teal on pool
8 Lapwing, flew off in the direction of Dunkirk Farm presumably to roost
Cormorant flying downstream
Great Spotted Woodpecker
c40 Redwing with 6-8 Mistle Thrush
c40 Goldfinch, 30 of which were with the thrushes and the other 10 or so were feeding elsewhere

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16/10/2016 brief visit at around 9am to Dunkirk area.

On the pool in the horse field
1 drake Shoveler in eclipse or possibly a first winter.
1 Teal. (17 is the maximum count I have had this autumn)
On the river
4 Teal on the short stretch I looked at.
1 Cormorant
c10 Mallard
On previous visits recently 2 Little Grebe, Goosander and Kingfisher have been seen.


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Late afternoon visit to Dunkirk area

16 Lapwing and two Teal on the pool
Two Redwing and c6 Mistle Thrush present
At least 200 Canada Geese
Eight Goldfinch
Grey Heron
10 Mallard

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7/5/16 mid morning Dunkirk Area

c20 Swift over the fields and river
Also in the area a handful of Swallow, House and Sand Martin

On the pool were 2 Mallard and 1 juv. Grey Heron.

A Common Sandpiper was seen on the pool earlier in the week.
Wintering Teal last seen on 23rd April, a pair. 2 Stock Dove were here on the same date.

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Green Sandpiper spotted on the canal this morning near Aldi on Manchester Road

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Late afternoon Dunkirk area

Green Sandpiper still present on the pool
2 Little Ringed Plover
4 Lapwing
At least 9 Teal present

Kingfisher flew downstream
3 Goosander flew over

Chiffchaff singing
Jay near car park


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13/4/2016 7:40-8:20 Dunkirk area of River Tame

On or around the pool in the field
1 Green Sandpiper (still feeding well as I left)
6 Teal
2 Mallard
2 Lapwing

A Dipper flew along the river

Around the river side trees and shrubs
2 Willow Warblers singing
1 Chiffchaff singing
1 Blackcap
3 Jay


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25/2/16 afternoon visit to Dunkirk area

21 Teal on the pool.
On the river
12 Teal
1 Dipper
2 Little Grebe
1 Grey Wagtail
25 Mallard
1 Cormorant
In the surrounding woodland
38 Siskin
1 Treecreeper
1 singing Goldcrest
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker


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14/2/2016 1.10-230 Dunkirk area and Jet Amber fields.

Nuthatch,3 Chaffinches,goldfinches heard,2 goldcrests, great spotted woodpeckers and one drumming.
3 lapwings,heron,thrushes and 60+ Canada Geese near pond.1 teal,2 drake goosanders,mallards,little grebe and moorhen
on river.

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13/2/16 mid morning to Dunkirk area

Nothing on or around the pool
On the river
c16 Teal
3 Little Grebe
30+ Mallard
1 Grey Wagtail
In the woods adjacent to the treatment works
c20 Siskin
Goldcrest
Treecreeper
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker in a noisy territorial dispute followed by lots of drumming.
2 or 3 Song Thrush singing
1 Mistle Thrush singing


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1/2/2016 late afternoon visit to Dunkirk area fields and River Tame

64 Teal were on or around the pool
5 Grey Heron roosting at the back of the pool
c30 Redwing
4 Mistle Thrush
1 Sparrowhawk
150+ Canada Geese
on the river
30+ Mallard
3 Little Grebe
6 Moorhen
1 Cormorant

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The teal were all scattered on the river today rather than on the flood, but mixed in with them were 3 female Goldeneye and a little Grebe.

Elsewhere, 1 heron at the roost, 7 Long tailed tits, song thrush and 2 cormorants flying low over the river

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10/1/2016 Dunkirk area early afternoon.

44 Teal mostly resting on the bank around the pool
5 Grey Heron at the back of the pool
On the river were
34+ Mallard
1 Little Grebe
1 Goosander
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Dipper between the footbridge and the sewage works
5 Moorhen
100+ Canada Geese and 5 Mistle Thrush were on the fields.
Also, a Kingfisher was seen by Karen Foulkes near Dunkirk Wood at around this time.

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Late morning visit to Dunkirk area

38 Teal on the pool, but there could have been a few more tucked away and birds were also flying onto the river
2 Little Grebe together on the river and a probable third on the meander
Pair of Goosander near the island
10-15 Siskin flew away from the alders near the car park
11 Mallard on river and 16 on canal
120+ Canada Geese
1 Grey Heron
3 Moorhen
Great Spotted Woodpecker calling
Bullfinch calling
Song Thrush singing again



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27/12/2015 late morning visit to Dunkirk area and River Tame

34 Teal on or around the much expanded pool in the horse field
3 Grey Heron roosting in the tree behind the pool
11 Redwing in the same field
The river is probably only suitable for Torrent Duck at the moment.
A small flock of Siskin were feeding in the trees around the car park
Song Thrush singing nearby.

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23/12/2015 Dunkirk area and river. 16.15 hrs.

Just 1 Grey Heron on the pond.
Goosander 1. Redhead. Flying downstream.
Canada Goose. 60.

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9/12/2015, Pair (M&F) of Goosander on the canal near Haughton Dale. Female appeared to have a fish but was spooked as I passed and dropped it as she flew off

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3/12/2015 Dunkirk area and river A.M.

Same as Simon minus the Canada Geese or Kingfisher (which is what I was looking for) and only one Goosander.

Also.

Goldcrest. 4
Long-tailed Tit. Several large parties.
Bullfinch ... saw a few (M&F) knocking about plus others "piping".
Siskin. Four small flocks ... about 20 in all.
Lapwing flying across the river.

Two dog walkers flushed a flock of Jackdaws that had been feeding on Jet Amber Fields ..... I reckon there must have been close to a thousand birds in the air ... there wasn't much light anyway but the sky really went black ... quite a spectacle plus the noise.

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3/12/2015 Dunkirk area and river early afternoon

35 Teal on the pool in the horse field
3 Grey Heron resting at the back of the pool
2 Little Grebe
38 Mallard
2 Kingfisher
3 Goosander
c200 Canada Geese (1 had dark breast, dull cheek and pale legs but otherwise size and structure as a normal Canada)


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Brief midday wander along disused railway line from Hyde, East towards Godley junction, cutting back towards Hyde hospital. First time there, v. pleasant, if a bit late in the day for much activity apart from the Jays:

Raven (1 over)

Pink-footed goose (one flock, not visible through trees)

Snipe (inadvertently flushed from from field)

Jay (seemingly everywhere)

Mistle Thrush, blackbird, jackdaw, carrion crow, magpie, pied wagtail, blue tit, great tit, goldcrest, robin, greenfinch, wood pigeon, starling, black-headed gull 

 



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9/10/2015 an hour from 9:30

On the pool the 27 Teal from a few weeks ago have been replaced by a single female Wigeon.

On the river were

5 Teal

17 Mallard

1 Goosander

1 Little Grebe

5 Moorhen

Also 1 Skylark heard as it flew over



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15/9/2015 Dunkirk Farm area, quick check of the pond and river early afternoon.

27 Teal, all on the pond
17 Lapwing
2 Grey Heron (1 was actually lay down in the field when I first arrived but later went and stood at the edge of the pond and looked fine)
3 Cormorant
1 Kestrel
2 Buzzard
150+ Canada Goose
c15 Mistle Thrush
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Goldcrest with a Long-tailed Tit flock
A few House Martin

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Friday 3rd July 2015, 9.00am

Buzzard over central Hyde, seen from Wild Bank Hill, Stalybridge

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Afternoon visit to Dunkirk area

10 House Martin
2 Swallow
2 Lapwing
3 Blackcap singing

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Dunkirk area

Mallard with 8 ducklings on Peak Forest canal
6 House Martin
4 Swallow
2 Lapwing
Male Blackcap
Family party of Great Tit
Other common species feeding young, including a House Sparrow which appeared to have a nest quite low along the river bank

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Tameside Willow Tit records are scarce, albeit on the increase recently. Do you submit them to the GMBRG?

I must say I am envious of the sightings of more than one bird biggrin

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hi david

yes there are usually more than one on the feeder at a time

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for the past week i have willow tits visiting my garden feeder i hope they stay!
Im in gee cross hyde



Out of interest, Jeff. Is that Willow Tits plural? I have been watching Willow Tit for ten months at Brushes, Stalybridge, but have only ever seen one bird at a time. Sunflower seeds seem to be a favourite smile

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Originally posted today by Jeff Krause:

for the past week i have willow tits visiting my garden feeder i hope they stay!
Im in gee cross hyde

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Mid afternoon

A fairly quiet visit

3 Teal
Little Grebe
Grey Heron
4 Song Thrush
16 Woodpigeon
Mistle Thrush
50 Canada Geese
Bullfinch (heard)
1 Lapwing
3 Moorhen

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An afternoon visit to the Dunkirk stretch of the Tame upstream towards the sewage works with Simon Ghilks

3 Snipe
26 Teal
2 Little Grebe
7+ Goldeneye (2 drakes)
3 Goosander flew downstream, all drakes
Cormorant fishing in the shallows
Grey Heron
Kingfisher
Grey Wagtail
Song Thrush (singing)
4+ Lapwing
c5 Moorhen

Very few Canada Geese, maybe they'd all gone to roost.

Excellent birding in increasingly foggy conditions

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4/2/2015 early PM, some sightings from a quick visit to Dunkirk Wood stretch of the River Tame and adjacent fields.

7 Goldeneye
10 Teal
1 Little Grebe
1 Stock Dove on a recently fertilised field.
A loose flock of 9 Mistle Thrush, 2 Fieldfare and 1 Redwing were spread thinly across a grassy field.
1 Sparrowhawk that flew through and disturbed the thrushes
Also lots of Canada Geese in the fields and on the river, 2 of which were seen side by side diving completely under the water for a few seconds at a time. Evolution in action or just weird behaviour? Not a species I have spent much time watching so it might be quite normal.




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River Tame around Dunkirk late am/early pm

c6 Goldeneye (1 drake)
8 Teal (4 pairs)
2 Bullfinch (heard only)
c250 Canada Geese
40 Starling
2 Common Gull
6 Black-headed Gull
Nuthatch (calling)
Grey Heron
7 Moorhen
10 Mallard (7 drake)


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22/1/2015 early afternoon, a few sightings from River Tame between Dunkirk Wood and upstream sewage works.

15 Teal in pairs or groups of 3 or 4
2 Grey Heron
10 Mallard
4 Goldeneye
1 Little Grebe
1 Grey Wagtail
2 Goldcrest
10 Redwing
1 Treecreeper
200+Canada Geese in the fields

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Sat 3rd Jan. 20.45 hrs.

Shaw Hall. Newton.

Pair of Tawny Owl calling to each other from St Marys churchyard.

Roger.

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Yesterday 2/1/15 1130-1215

Short circuit of river and canal at Dunkirk

11 Mallard on canal and two on the river
At least 100 Canada Geese in 3 separate grazing flocks
7 Teal on field across the river
Female Goldeneye on river
Grey Heron roosting in a tree
Grey Wagtail flew over
12 Redwing
c20 Goldfinch
2 Nuthatch

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A walk this morning from Dunkirk Lane to Broomstair Bridge

1 fem Goldeneye
1 fem Teal
1 redhead Goosander
15 Mallard
c120 Canada Geese
2 Moorhen
Grey Heron
Grey Wagtail
Kingfisher fishing in the shallows and giving a small fish a good bash

19 Blackbirds on Dunkirk Lane and 15 along the riverbank
2 Song Thrush
Mistle Thrush singing by the motorway bridge
Good numbers of other commong species present


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Saturday 30th August 2014, 9.15am

2 Lapwings flying due west over Godley Water Treatment Works

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Dunkirk area

Kingfisher flew upstream
Grey Heron
80 Canada Geese
Blackcap (male)
Willow Warbler
2 Swallow


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River Tame at Dunkirk

Kingfisher flew upstream
Female Mallard with 8 small ducklings
2 Grey Heron
8 House Martin
4 Swift
Family group of 4 Wren
2 juv Robin
Swallow
Blackcap singing
c60 Black-headed Gull including several juveniles


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