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RE: Reddish Vale Country Park LNR and environs


Up to 9.15 this morning, Dipper showing well by the weir and 200+ Pink-footed Geese over.

Info thanks to Daryll Falconer

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Mill Ponds
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7 Mute Swan (2 Ad 5 Juv)
2 Gadwall

Ross Lave Lane to Hyde Hall Farm
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117 Canada Geese
c100 Swallow
1 House Martin

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and Boardwalk
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18 Mistle Thrush

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Late post for 25/07/12

Mill Ponds
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21 Coot
86 Mallard
33 Canada Geese
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
1 Moorhen
1 Kingfisher
2 Mute Swan + 5 Cygnets

Ross Lave Lane
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4 Lapwing

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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No Sand Martins at all today, it appears that every nesting attempt this year was washed away, I have never seen so much bank erosion at this site before.

1 Reed Bunting

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Mill Ponds
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c75 Mallard
40 Canada Geese
1 Kingfisher
1 Grey Heron

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Jay
14 Swallow
1 Skylark
2 Reed Bunting

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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2 Great Spotted woodpecker
1 House Martin

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Mill Ponds
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1m Tufted Duck

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Lapwing
1 Skylark

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via Boardwalk
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2 Lapwing
1 Buzzard

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Mill Ponds
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Handful of Swallows and Sand Martins and a House Martin feeding over the ponds.

2 Tufted Duck (Pair)

Ross Lave Lane
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1m Wheatear
1 Skylark
1 Buzzard



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Sunny but cool morning with Mark Walsh and Kevin Bentley

Mill Ponds
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2m Tufted Duck

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Skylark
1 Ringed Plover

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame
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2 Buzzard
1 Lapwing
1m Kestrel

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Mill Ponds
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2 Tufted Duck

Ross Lave Lane
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2 Skylark
1 Lesser Whitethroat

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via boardwalk
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6 Swift

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Ross Lave Lane
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1 Skylark
1 Lesser Whitethroat (Heard only)
6 Swallows

River Tame
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c20 Sand Martin
1 House Martin
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Sedge Warbler

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Mill Ponds
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3 Tufted Duck (2m,1f)
1 Sedge Warbler
3 Grey Heron

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Skylark
3 Lapwing (Over)

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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7 Goosander (6m,1f)
1 Reed Bunting
2 House Martin amongst resident c.30 Sand Martin

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With Dave Evans, a fair passage of Swift with a few Swallows noted today, in addition....

Mill Ponds
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1 Treecreeper

Ross Lave Lane
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2 Jay
1 Mistle Thrush
2 Lesser Black Backed Gull
2 Lapwing
2 Stock Dove

Horse Close wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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1f Goosander
1 Kestrel
c30 Sand Martin

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Mill Ponds
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1m Mandarin Duck
Pair Tufted Duck
2 Grey Heron
1 Sedge Warbler
1 Swift

Ross Lave Lane
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2 Stock Dove

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via boardwalk
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1 Lesser Whitethroat (Heard)
4 Goosander (3m,1f)
2 Common Whitethroat



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After a long boring night shift the last thing I wanted to do was to trudge around the vale, but I forced myself out as there was a big yellow thing in the sky that I had not seen for some time so it seemed a shame to waste the morning. Glad i made the effort.....

Mill Ponds
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2 Tufted Duck
3 Grey Heron

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Ad Herring Gull
1 Common Swift
1m Whinchat (Only my second ever record in the vale)
2 Swallow
1 Stock Dove
1f Wheatear

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1f Reed Bunting
c.20 Sand Martin plus 3 Swallow amongst them
2 Yellow Wagtail (Stunning in the morning light and a first record for me in the vale!)
1m Goosander
1m Mandarin

-- Edited by Tony Mossman on Monday 30th of April 2012 05:53:12 PM

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Mill Ponds
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1m Mandarin
2 Grey Heron
1m Bullfinch

River Tame to Mill Ponds via boardwalk
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3 Sand Martin
1f Kestrel

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Another quiet one, overdue a decent migrant.

Mill Ponds
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1 Common Whitethroat

River Tame to Mill Ponds via boardwalk
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1 Common Buzzard
22 Sand Martin


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No sign of Dippers down the Denton end either Joe!

Mill Ponds
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2 Grey Heron

Ross Lave lane
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1 Stock Dove

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via boardwalk
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1 Buzzard
1 Common Whitethroat

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Was down at the dipper site over the weekend. In a 2hr period saw neither bird once, very worrying.

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Slight improvement today, spring has really ground to a halt and is struggling to get going again!

Mill Ponds
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1 Grey Heron
1 Common Whitethroat (1st of spring here)

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Skylark

River Tame to Mill Ponds via boardwalk
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26 House Martin

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Pretty rubbish morning, got well beaten by the dog walkers, as a result not much around, in fact only birds of note were 2 Drake Mandarin on the lower mill pond.

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Ross Lave Lane
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3 Skylark
1 Lapwing
2 Stock Dove

River Tame
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2 Reed Bunting
1 Kingfisher
21 Sand Martin

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Mill Ponds
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2m Goosander
1 Grey Heron
1m Kestrel

Ross Lave lane
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1 Skylark
2 Lapwing
2 Stock Dove

River Tame to Mill Ponds via boardwalk
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1 Common Snipe
17 Sand Martin



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Mill Ponds
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2 Grey Heron
2m Tufted Duck

Ross Lave Lane
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2 Blackcap
4 Lesser Black Backed Gull (all adults)
2 Swallows
1 Lapwing
1 Skylark

Pretty sure I heard a Yellowhammer but could not locate it, yellowhammers have not been in this area for years.

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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7 Jay all in flight together

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Mill Ponds
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3 Tufted Duck (2m,1f)
4m Goosander
2 Grey Heron

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Skylark
2 Jay
2 Lesser Black Backed Gull
1 Common Buzzard
1 Lapwing

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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2 Reed Bunting
2 Bullfinch

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2 Teal
Willow Warbler

Hulmes Wood
Mistle Thrush
Nuthatch
Grey Wagtail

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Mill ponds
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3m Goosander
3 Grey Heron
Kingfisher (Heard only)
1 Willow Warbler

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Lesser Black Backed Gull
1 Willow Warbler

Hyde Hall Farm to Mill Pond via River Tame and boardwalk
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2m Goosander
1 Reed Bunting
4 Teal
4 Sand Martin

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Morning walk with Tom Brereton

Mill Ponds
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1 Sand Martin
3 Mandarin Duck (2m,1f)
3 Grey Heron

Ross Lave Lane
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3 Skylark
1 Wheatear (T. Brereton)

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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2 Sand Martin
2 Teal
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Goosander


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Mill Ponds
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48 Mallard
21 Coot
22 Canada Geese
3m Tufted Duck
2 Grey Heron
1 Willow warbler (1st of the year)
3 Mandarin Duck (1 Pair plus a drake that is attached to a female mallard)

Ross Lave Lane
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3 Skylark

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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1 Coal Tit
c40 Redwing
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
4 Teal
3 Reed Bunting
1m Kestrel
1 Kingfisher

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Mill Ponds
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12 Coot
3 Grey Heron
36 Mallard
22 Canada Geese
1m Mandarin Duck
1m Tufted Duck

Ross Lave Lane
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3 Skylark
1 Stock Dove

Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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5 Teal
1 Kingfisher
1 Reed Bunting

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Mill Ponds
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1m Mandarin
3 Grey Heron
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1m Goosander
1 Treecreeper

Ross lave Lane
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2 Skylark
2 Stock Dove

River Tame
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2 Teal
2 Goosander

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11-1pm
Male Blackcap between pond and path to Denton (just before viaduct)
5 Chiffchaff
2 Reed Bunting
7 Jay
4 Bullfinch
1+ Common Buzzard
Grey Wagtail

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Mill Ponds
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28 Mallard
5 Mute Swan (2ad 3imm)
15 Coot
2 Grey Heron
1m Tufted Duck
1 Cormorant
4 Black Headed Gull
16 Canada Geese
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Mistle Thrush

Ross Lave lane
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3 Skylark

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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2 Treecreeper
2 Reed Bunting
2 Jays
1m Kestrel
3 Lesser Black Backed Gull (over)
2 Common Buzzard (heard only)

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Mill Ponds
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5 Grey Heron
15 Coot
3 Black Headed Gull
24 Canada Geese
2 Great Crested Grebe (Displaying)
1m Tufted Duck

Ross Lave Lane
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1m Blackcap
2 Stock Dove

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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2 Reed Bunting
3 Goosander (2m,1f)
1 Buzzard
1f Kestrel

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The other day I had some good views of grey wags on the river, put some shots on the blog for those interested!

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Mill Ponds
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16 Coot
1 Great Crested Grebe
23 Canada Geese
2 Grey Heron

Ross Lave Lane
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3 Jay
2 Stock Dove

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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1 Coal Tit
2 Goosander
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker

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Mill Ponds
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1 Black-Headed Gull
14 Coot
1 Great Crested Grebe
1m Mandarin
22 Canada Geese
2 Grey Heron
2 Tufted duck

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Skylark

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame
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2 Jay
2 Reed Bunting
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1f Kestrel

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Mill Ponds
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11 Coot
10 Canada Geese
2 Tufted Duck
2 Grey Heron

Ross Lave lane
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1 Skylark

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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2 Treecreeper
2 Grey Heron

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No count of the Mill Ponds today as the sun was still below the horizon when I arrived and a thick mist hung over the water.

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Skylark
1 Reed Bunting
1 Stock Dove

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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1 Grey Heron
1m Goosander
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1m Kestrel
1m Mandarin

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Both Dippers feeding happily, couldn't have told the ordeal had even happened. Phew!

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We saw today :
1 Male Mandarin Duck
2 Skylark (overhead)
2 Nuthatch
2 Buzzard

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Loads of Chiffchaff in now, dont think I went a minute without hearing one,
in addition...

Mill Ponds
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16 Coot
1m Mandarin (perched 10m high in a tree)
9 Canada Geese
7 Tufted Duck
2 Grey Heron
1 Jay

Ross Lave Lane
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2 Goldcrest
3 Skylark

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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2 Nuthatch
2 Teal
1m Kestrel

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With Scott Reid

Mill Ponds
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11 Coot
12 Tufted Duck
19 Canada Geese

Ross Lave Lane
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2 Skylark
1 Reed Bunting
8 Goldfinch

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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2 Goosander
1 Lapwing
1 Reed Bunting
1 Sand Martin
1f Great Spotted Woodpecker
1m Kestrel
1m Mandarin



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Well done Scott PM on the way

Mill Ponds
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6 Tufted Duck
1m Mandarin Duck
12 Coot
13 Canada Geese
1m Goosander

Ross Lave Lane
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1f Sparrowhawk
1 Grey Heron
1m Pheasant (RV Mega)
1 Meadow Pipit over

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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1 Jay
2 Teal
1 Lapwing
1 Reed Bunting

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Not sure whether your Lecturer will swallow such a lame excuse for not turning up at Uni...

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Thanks for that update Scott, that's one heck of a trip that! Glad she was OK, I'm likely to be going this weekend to attempt some shots again, i'll certainly have a look out to check she's OK. It must happen more times than is seen, that's one incredibly lucky dipper!

These are Reddish Dippers though, they breed 'em tough in this county!

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Well done, Scott

There's a lesson for all us though. Be prepared - never go out birding without a Swiss army knife

Steve

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Dipper drama at Reddish Vale!!

I was up and about at 6am this morning and heading down to Reddish Vale to get some footage of the dippers before I went to university. However, things turned out to be a little more dramatic than the peaceful morning by the River Tame that I'd anticipated.

After 20 minutes the male dipper appeared and perched on a branch by the weir wall but he seemed agitated, constantly stamping his feet and calling repeatedly. I thought nothing of it for the next 15 minutes until a pair of grey wagtails turned up and started hovering around a vegetated area coming out from the right-hand side of the weir wall. The female dipper was there hanging upside-down, she had got her left leg tied up in a piece of fishing-line and was flapping frantically to try and free herself!!!! I jumped into the river and waded upstream to the weir. With the water up to my waist I reached up and managed to get one hand around the bird and with the other hand pulled the embedded fishing-line out of the moss and shrubs. The line was too fine and too tight around her leg for me to untie it there and then, so I carried her back to the bank and pondered what to do next. I had nothing sharp with me and no way of cutting her free from the 40cm of wire trailing behind her. TESCO! I fortunately had a small drawstring bag with me - the perfect size for a dipper - so in she went. As I was leaving the river, the male was clearly distressed and flew to within only a few meters of me, calling and spreading his wings, understandably having a right go at me! If only I could have explained.

After driving to Tesco and purchasing a pair of surgical scissors, I sat in my car and managed cut her free, despite her attempts to savage my finger as much as she possibly could! Back in the bag she went and we set off back to the weir. On arrival the male was still flitting around looking extremely concerned, so I wasted no time in getting her out of the bag, giving her one last check-over and setting her free. She dipped into the water and scurried to the bank where she was immediately joined by her over joyed companion who circled her with open wings for around 30 seconds.

She remained on the bank for the best part of 3 hours, preening her waterlogged feathers between having the odd dip into the water. The male never really strayed too far from her side, however about two hours after I released her another male dipper arrived and our protective little fella took it upon himself to well and truly see him off in a frenzied chase up and down the river.

I was determined not to leave until I had seen her fly to put my mind at rest and eventually she did, as she joined the male to feed off a shingle island on the opposite side of the river.

I never made it to uni today, however I can't bare to think about what would have happened if no-one had found her. Long live the RV dippers!!!!


Photos of the bird and the disgusting sight of the fishing line around her leg are here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottreidphotography


This really was an upsetting sight and it makes me wonder how many of these incidents occur on our waterways that go unnoticed. Could more be done to clear our rivers of discarded fishing-line or to prevent it from being discarded in the first place?


Other sightings throughout the morning included:

2 kingfisher
2 grey wagtail
2 goosander
1 sparrowhawk
12 jays (including a flock of 7 moving through high (north) together) normal?


Cheers.

Scott.
























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Sunny

Mill Ponds
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12 Coot
8 Tufted Duck
6 Canada Geese
1f Great Spotted Woodpecker

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Goldcrest
1 Skylark

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Reed Bunting

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18 March 2012

Tame Valley - Denton ET Works (by Stockport Road) to viaduct including Horse Close Wood, Hyde Hall Farm, Ross Lave Lane 08:15-10:30

7 singing Song Thrush, Little Grebe, Dipper, Teal 10, Goosander 1 pair, Chaffinch 5 singing, Chiffchaff 5 singing, Mistle Thrush 2 singing, Jay 3, Skylark 1 singing, Goldfinch 1 singing, single territories of Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Bullfinch and Reed Bunting, 2 territories of Great Spotted Woodpecker and Coal Tit. Good densities of Dunnock and Wren.
Flyovers - 5 Stock Dove, 4 Meadow Pipit (singles north), 3 Siskin

Also Small Tortoiseshell, plus Butterbur, Lesser Celendine and Marsh Marigold in flower

Mill Ponds
1m Mandarin Duck, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Mute Swan

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Mill Ponds
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3 Tufted Duck
4 Collared Dove
11 Coot
19 Canada Geese
9 House Sparrows
5 Chaffinch

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Skylark
2 Mistle Thrush
24 Redwing

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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2 Teal
2 Meadow Pipit
2 Goosander
3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
1f Kestrel



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Misty, no sign of any early migrants as of yet

Mill Ponds
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1m Mandarin Duck
5 Tufted Duck
15 Coot
11 Canada Geese
2 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron

Mink reported and photographed by one of the fisherman

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Skylark

Horse Close Woods to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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1 Nuthatch
1 Little Grebe
1f Kestrel

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