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RE: CARRINGTON MOSS


Circa 95 Lapwing in F36 this evening, with a Kestrel nearby in F32.

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Sorry I had not posted this earlier but I spent an hour early morning (6-7am) without any trace of Quail. The bird from yesterday may well have been a bird passing through but there may well be more on the way! As an aside Grey Wagtails have successfully bred on Sinderland Brook with two young fledged.



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Spent about an hour this morning walking up and down the track but didn't hear the quail. Decent numbers of willow warbler, blackcap, chiffchaff. yellowhammer, whitethroat and skylark in the general area plus fly over yellow wagtail, oystercatcher (heading towards Alty STW) and kestrel.

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Quail singing field 25 close to track across north side of field 18:35.

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I carried out the BTO's Breeding Bird Survey (late visit) this morning 0700-0830, highlights included a fly over Hobby and good numbers (relatively!) of Yellowhammer, Whitethroat, Stock Dove and Skylark.

Off survey area a pair of Grey Partridge were in field 10

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12 black tailed godwits flying east over altrincham crematorium (07:30)

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this afternoon,

2 yellow wagtail

grey wagtail

goldcrest

2 Mistle thrush

great spotted woodpecker 

double figure stock doves and a huge Woodpigeon gathering, probably 300 birds

family party of long tailed tits

2 willow warblers, 3 chiffchaff, 5 yellowhammer, 3 whitethroat, 2 blackcap , 2 linnet, 4 skylark, 2 greenfinch, 6 lapwing ,  song thrush plus common residents 

 

 



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Osprey soaring over north side carrington moss.

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Yellow Wagtail male on wires between f10 and f11 this afternoon

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16.30-17.00

Field 11:
2 Yellow Wagtail- both male
48 Stock Dove feeding
2 Yellowhammer
2 Skylark

Old Orchard:
A family party of Long-tailed Tits with at least 5 young birds.
1 Blackcap singing


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Highlights of a short walk at midday today were:

f4  Lapwing x 5, Skylark

f5  Lapwing x 3, Mistle Thrush, Grey Partridge & Stock Dove

f11 Skylark

f12 Grey Partridge x 2, Lapwing x 1

Yellowhammers were present in all the hedgerows around the larger fields - saw c 12 in total

 



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Yellow Wagtail singing in field 25 (for some days) and Willow Tit singing on the track between fields 10 and 11.



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Cuckoo called twice f4/old orchard area as the rain stopped. 



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Two Yellow Wagtail on the pitches of Sale Sharks training ground at Carrington just after 6pm today.



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Just seen this on Facebook. Will this cause issues in the area for people?

We have been informed that from 5 May, in an attempt to control access by motocross bikes and 4x4 vehicles, to reduce the risk of a collision, certain gates on the moss will be locked at weekends. These are at the junctions of Ashton and Woodcote Roads (near Swiss Cottage), Ashton and Birch Roads (next to the concrete section), and Common Lane adjacent to Asphodel Farm. 
This is closure of the Moss by stealth, at weekends as we come into the summer months when the publlic will want to use the Moss most. 
 It will also put pedestrians, cyclists and horseriders in danger because they will have to use very busy main roads rather than these traffic free routes. 
 We will continue to progress our Public Right of Way claims but please protest strongly to your local Councillor (if you dont know who your Councillor is, we can send you a link so you can find out) and to HIMOR, who can be contacted at 0161 776 4401.



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Also Yellow Wagtail f10 and a second White Wagtail f5. No sign of the Whinchat

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F4 & F5 only

Wheatear 30 : 15 F4 & 15 F5
White Wagtail 1 F4
Meadow Pipit c60 F4
Common Whitethroat 1F4
Grey Partridge 2 F5

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Great views of Yellow Wagtail and Whinchat at 30ft. in f11 at 11- 12pm today from the path between f11 and f2.
Whinchat was midway along the path and Yellow Wagtail favoured the end of f11 at the crossroads f10, 2 and f1 but was quite mobile (may have been 2). Nice to see Tony O'Mahony - he always brings me luck .
Ps. As I left a Landrover and Drainage machine looked to be moving into f11.
Pps. Take a warm coat it was bleak , I wore 2 fleeces but was still cold .
F1.
Lapwing 28 .
Common Buzzard 2 over .
Raven 2 over.

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09.30-10.30 Monday 24/4

Whinchat F11

Wheatear 10=

Yellow Wagtail 1 on F!1

Yellowhammer 4

1 Swallow

 



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From 5 - 7.30pm.
Horse fields, Isherwood rd -
Swallow 7.
House Martin 2.
F5.
Grey Partridge 2.
Wheatear 10.
Mistle Thrush 1.
Pheasant 3 ( Inc. 2 males having a stand-off).
F4.
Skylark 1.
F12.
Yellowhammer 2.
F11.
Wheatear 2.
Skylark 1.
Pied Wagtail 4.
Alba Wagtail 1.
Grey Wagtail 1.
Yellowhammer 2.
Common Buzzard 1 (low over).
F1.
Yellowhammer 2.
Lapwing *29.
Rook c20.


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Carried out the BTO's Breeding Bird Survey this morning 0650-0820, highlights included a singing male Linnet at Birch House Farm, Tree Sparrows on Sinderland Lane and 2 Grey Partridge in F32.

Yellowhammer numbers seemed up and I had a few Common Whitethroat (interestingly we didn't get a single one on the Stockport Birdwatching Society trip to Leighton Moss yesterday).

In F5 (not on the survey) there were at least 10 Wheatear.




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Bugger, New there would be a Yellow Wagtail about, looks like the Wheatears have moved through as I had double figures in most fields. Glad you connected Pete :).

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Whinchat 1 F11
Wheatear 24, 9-F5, 4-F4, 4-F11, 5-F2, 1-F1, 1 at flare
Yellow Wagtail 1 F11
Common Whitethroat 1 F4, 1 F10

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I decided to have a mooch around Carrington Moss, this morning and tick off some of the locals I have missed so far this year. Well, what a good decision. Between 0715 & 0800hrs I was watching a lifer, in the shape of a Male Whinchat. I first spotted it sat on the blue crate int he corner of field 11, it then moved up the field and sat on a blue tube sticking out of the ground, too far away for a picture of any description. I then lost it to view and could re find it no matter how hard I scanned the field. Other highlights.. Wheatears, sorry to many too count, in fields 4,2,1,10,11.....never seen this many, if I was asked to estimate mornings totals I say 60-70. Whitethroats, 6 in the scrub at field 27, 3 along the path at field 10. Blackcaps 4 all males singing from the fence Shell and Field 4 Yellowhammers at least 20 total, in the hedge at top of 4, and feeding in 1 , 10 , 11 & 2 Skylarks 8 in total in fields 4,11 & 2 lot of working being carried out in 4 looks like drainage work. Linnets 16 on the path between 1 & 2 a lot carrying nesting material.... Nice to bump into Jeff Clarke this morning



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Wheatear 9 still in Field 5.

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Basell site Saturday:

 Ringed Plover x  7 and 3 chicks

Kestrel x 1

Lapwing x 30+

Skylark  several heard but too high to spot.

 



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Afternoon visit

All birds in/over f5...
10 wheatear
4 yellowhammer
C40 linnets
3 pied wagtail
9 stock doves
4 mistle thrush
2 lapwing
2 swallow
5 sand martin
1 buzzard

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Short morning walk.

Wheatear 9 (F1), 3 (F11), 3 (F12), 7 (F5).
Fieldfare 9 (F12).
Meadow Pipit 10+ (F11).
Goldfinch 10+ (F11).
Skylark 3 singing plus 5.
Linnet 10+ (F11).
Swallow 4
Sand Martin 4
Yellowhammer 3 singing plus 3m 2f.
Buzzard 2
Mistle Thrush 3
etc.etc.etc.

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3 Tree Sparrows in the hedges down the road to Brookheys Covert this pm.

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Basell site today

Yellowhammer 1

Kestrel 1

Peregrine 1

Buzzard several

Grey wagtail 1

Ringed Plover 1

Lapwing 20+

Wheatear 4   the first I have seen this year.

 



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Buzzard 3
Linnet 10+
Yellowhammer 2 singing plus 5 others.
Skylark 4 singing plus 5 others.
Chiffchaff 14 singing.
Blackcap 6 singing.
Willow Warbler 3 singing.
Song Thrush 7 singing.
Meadow Pipit 1
Chaffinch 3 singing.
Nuthatch 1
House Sparrow 1m at Swiss Cottage.
Jay 1
Greenfinch 2
etc.etc.etc.


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Basell site between last Friday and Sunday night:

One Ringed Plover

Two Oystercatchers

Two Kestrels together ( a pair bred here last year)

Two Grey Wagtails

many lapwing

Buzzard, unsure how many as spotted over a few days

Common Sandpiper flew off when disturbed from a shallow pond.

Three Canada Geese

Pied Wagtails all over the place.



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This afternoon

Merlin f10
Buzzard f10
Lapwings 2 displaying f25
Kestrel f25
Skylarks singing f5 and f12
Teal 8 on Sinderland Brook
Grey Wagtail 2 f32
Stock Dove 20 f35

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One White Wagtail off Townsend Farm Lane, Sinderland Green 6 pm this afternoon (my first of the year). Also last week I saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming on the pylon in field 8 it made quite an amazing sound! 



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Quick w alk around f4 this pm in the rain...

8 Brambling around the old orchard area and along the hedges.

Chiffchaff singing during brief rain respite.

Male Bullfinch.

4 Redwing



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At least two Ringed Plovers low over Sale Sharks Carrington training ground in the dark of this evening, unseen but heard flying low around the floodlit pitch around 7:30pm. Also, trees around the pitch seemingly full of Redwing and the odd Fieldfare.



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Half a dozen bramblings, including one male in fresh breeding plumage, with the chaffinches in the trees along the road to United's training ground.

Yellowhammers showing nicely near the Shell pool. Also three buzzards (one male, one female, one I'm not sure) flying round the woods nearby. Plenty of tufted duck, gadwall and shoveler viewable on the pool from the path.



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This afternoon
Stonechat a pair on the track between f24 and f25
Linnet 16 f9
Brambling single f9
Buzzard 4 f2, f10, f26

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1:00 to 2:30 in persistent rain making it very tricky to keep the optics dry.
40 skylarks
15 yellowhammer
250 ish chaffinch flock .... All too difficult to pick out any brambling in wet bins
Buzzard 2
Tawny owl 1
Mixed finch flock c 40 mainly siskin
Mixed tit flocks
Peaked through the shell pond fence .......
Oystercatcher 2
Lapwing 4
Tufted duck
PS - private property signs popping up and steel gates being put up across path by Swiss Cottage farm
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Tuesday, February 21st. Field F4 and trees south of Shell Pool.

Chaffinch 200+
Brambling 3
Yellowhammer 1
Skylark 3

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The area in and around Jack Lane nature reserve in Flixton is always good for Willow Tit. 2 there this morning.

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John, Steve,

Thanks so much for the info. I arrived direct to the forum - I see from the homepage that there is so much more now! Really useful, thank you.

Sean



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Hi Sean,

Willow tits get reported fairly regularly from the Mersey Valley and Priory Gardens in Sale. (I've only ever heard but not seen there).

If you can get up to Bury they're reasonably easy to connect with on the feeders by the yacht club on Elton Reservoir.

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Hi Sean,

Top right of this page click 'Back to the Manchester Birding Homepage'
Click on 'Site Guides' and you are away.

Loads of maps and general information but Ian (website owner) is currently re-constructing the site so not everything is available yet.

Cheers John



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I've just come across this forum - I moved back to Sale last year after many years away and am getting reacquainted with the local birding patches. I'm by no means an expert birder but really enjoying getting back into it.

I had a nice afternoon on the Moss yesterday in the mild weather, after not visiting for a few months. Buzzard central with at least 13 knocking about including one that was not remotely bothered with me biking past it's low perch at less than 20 feet away.

There was a nice large mixed flock to pick through in the tress opposite the farm house on the main path at the back of the United training ground, at least 50 linnet, 20 chaffinch, at least 2 brambling, 5 yellowhammer (another 3 seen further along), goldfinch, the usual tits, goldcrest and a smart jay.

I could make out 1 shoveler, amongst the numerous tufties, on the pond just off the access road to the United complex (Is this the 'Shell pond'?).

Toward the Dunham end of the Moss there were lots of singing skylarks in the fields but not too much else of interest other than a flyover of 33 lapwing and a couple of stock doves. 20+ redwing were resting high in the tress near the bridge over the brook. The only ducks that I could make out at the fenced off largish pond at this end of the site were 4 gadwall.   

I notice you guys are using grid references for the various fields. Is there a map available which lists these? I also noticed that there are a couple of hides on the Shell(?) pond. Is it possible to request access? All the aggressive new signs popping up regarding trespassing makes me think unlikely....

Could any regular site watchers offer any tips for finding willow tit? This bird has taken on a near mythical status for me! With grey partridge is it a case of being lucky and patient or do they favour any particular fields at this time of year?

Cheers

Sean



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Little Egret on Sinderland Brook this morning.

Info thanks to Jeff Clarke

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Originally posted today by Phil Kelly:


From 1 to 3.30pm today.
Brambling 6 (seen in one bush seen at edge of f4 from path running between f4 / f13) seen with -
Yellowhammers - 8 (at least ) .
Chaffinch - aproximately 200 . (all the birds were only 10m away so close , numbers were hard to hard to account for, dropping down feeding , moving back and forth ... Fox in henhouse senario. )
Common Buzzard - 1 f13.
Stock Dove - 2 f5
Fieldfare - c50 in flight over f 2.
Grey Partridge - 2 ( between f25/26 possibly f 75 ... badly marked on site map.)
Pheasant - 4 f71.
Linnet - 45 f71.
Reed Bunting - 2 f71.


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Himor Group are winning friends and influencing people by having the United security guards hand out leaflets to say that you're trespassing on their land. This is nonsense: if you're on the public footpaths you have every right to be there, as Himor's own notices grudgingly admit.

On a brighter note, despite the Shell Pool being largely frozen over, eight gadwall easily seen from the footpath. Also mallard, coot and teal.

Diggers at work on the field by the Shell Pool so not much on (except two grey wagtails in the ditch); 70+ jackdaws and 60+ rooks in the next field. A couple of bramblings with the yellowhammers in the hawthorns along this path.



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Skylark flock C 200+ today in first field off isherwood lane ( sorry cannot find my Fcode map)

flushed by Buzzard.

Yellowhammers and Linnets on moss.

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Skylarks showing well again at midday today, with good numbers in f10 and over fields 1 and 4.  A flock of about 50 linnets in f9, together with c.6 redwing.  A flock of about 15 redwing plus 1 mistle thrush in the trees between fields 2 and 4, plus about 15 yellowhammers in the hedge between field 4 and 12.



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