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RE: CARRINGTON MOSS


Isherwood Rd. to ETW, then old railway, right to training ground, left at crossroads to F1, then return at rear of Basell site and Shell Pool.

Whitethroat 9 singing plus 1f.
Chiffchaff 5 singing.
Chaffinch 7 singing.
Mistle Thrush 2
Song Thrush 6 singing.
Buzzard 3
Skylark 5 singing.
Lapwing 6
Blackcap 7 singing plus 1f.
Yellowhammer 4 singing.
Linnet 1 singing plus 5.
Willow Warbler 1 singing.
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Pied Wagtail 2adults 1 juv.
Reed Bunting 1 singing.
Greenfinch 2 singing.
Bullfinch 4
Swallow 6+
and finally in F11, 1 Yellow Wagtail heard.
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As is usual at this time of year, returned with about 6 bites/lumps and 1 Cleg or whatever actually got some blood, so my next visit will be September!


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Possible hybrid Tree x House Sparrow this morning 10 am. Generally looked like a male House Sparrow but with a complete chestnut crown. White cheeks but without Tree Sparrow muttonchops. Call as House Sparrow. Seen near Sinderland Green at a location where Tree Sparrows sometimes occur, but it is some distance from the nearest farm and I do not recall ever having recorded House Sparrow there.



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Beautiful day out on the Moss today - virtually had the place to myself too. 

Highlights:

5 wheatear in F4

yellowhammer at seemingly ever corner with 22 counted at least

possible corn bunting but didn't get close enough to definitively rule out y/hammer (are corn bunting still possible at this site out of interest?)

20+ linnet

pair whitethroat and two others heard

singing chiffchaff in almost all suitable areas

1 willow warbler singing near narrow track path between F1 and F10 (I think.. still getting to grips with the numbered fields!)

pair blackcap

2 pheasant

16 stock dove 

3 buzzard

1 sparrowhawk

1 kestrel

No whinchat for me...

BUT the three yellow wagtail 1f and 2m more than made up for it! The two males put on a spectacular aerial fight display lasting around 15 minutes. Brilliant birding moment! Coming from the bridge over Sinderland brook heading north and taking the narrow track first on the right. They were about 10 minutes along in the narrow dry field on the left hand side. The much larger field to the right is already cultivated. Not sure of the numbered location but certainly quite close to Brookheys Farm and just before the field with horses/sheep. 



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Today from 12.15 - 3.30 pm
F5 (workmen still doing drainage work) .
Buzzard - 1 (on distant pylon).
Wheatear - 3.
Grey Partridge - 2.
Whitethroat - 1.

F4 (now mostly ploughed with wet areas ).
Wheatear - 8.
Skylark - 3.
Buzzard - 3.
Stock Dove - 2.
Mallard - 2.

Shell pool .
Chiffchaff - 1 heard only.


F1 (being ploughed).
Wheatear - 1.
Linnet - 2.
Whitethroat - 1.

Elsewhere .
Yellowhammer - 11.
Whitethroat - 5.

No Whinchat seen , but nice to meet Cedric (Green Jag Man) on the way back .




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With the Stockport area seemingly within a migrant force-wall, this was like a blast of fresh air. Best were 2 whinchat males in all their finery, with 2 wheatears, and a pair of whitethroats as well as 2/3 other songsters. Other than these I had forgotten how good yellowhammers look as I haven't been to an area that holds them for ages. I saw 10+, and also linnets were well represented with at least 15 seen. 18 stock doves were counted. All these were within the area bounded by the MUFC approach road to the east and the old rail line to the west (adjacent to the nature reserve compound), but didn't do the whole area. As the butterflies were also on show, I will return when the sun really shines (not like today). One other thing. Is it just me, or are chiffchaffs much reduced this year? Nowhere near as many everywhere I've been so far in 2018.

 



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Highlights of yesterday mornings early visit for the BTO's Breeding Bird Survey included 6 Tree Sparrow and a pair of Linnet.

Highlights not on the survey route included 2 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat and 2 Grey Partridge in F4. And 2 Grey Partridge in F11.

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F5 ......
Buzzard - 1.
Wheatear - 8 (at least).
Grey Partridge - 2.
Stock Dove - 2.
Pied Wagtail - 4.
Pheasant - 4.

Elsewhere ......
Yellowhammer - 15.
Linnet - 21.
Skylark - 2.
Stock Dove - 5.
Chiffchaff - 1.
Whitethroat - 1.
Chaffinch - 2.
Robin - 1.

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Late report form Saturday 21.04.18

Field 12 3 Wheatear.
Field 4 6 Skylarks
Crossroads of 11/10 Yellow Wagtail briefly on telephone wires, then disappeared never to return.
Almost every field I passed held Skylarks.
End of ditch that runs parallel to footpath adjacent to Shell NR, pair of Blackcap.

Yellowhammers were in big numbers to compared to last time I was on the Moss.....


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There are no Rook nests in Hogswood Covert this year, I don't recall the last year this occurred (has there been disturbance I wonder??).

There are circa 6 in Brookheys Covert but the majority, circa 40, are in the small wood adjacent to Brookheys Farm

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Green sandpiper feeding on small pool of water in f32.

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Green Sandpiper on field 32 today

Info thanks to Tony O'Mahony



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Walk from Shell Pool around northern fields to Altrincham ETW.

Peregrine 1 over industrial site adjoining Shell Pool. Also...
Buzzard 1
Grey Heron 1
Lapwing 12
Pied Wagtail 1m.
Couldn't see any Ringed Plover through the fence.

Moss:

Brambling 1 on it's own.
Linnet 5
Skylark 1 singing plus 9.
Yellowhammer 3
Kestrel 1f.
Stock Dove 10+
Lapwing 4
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2 Wheatear by the flare north of field 2.

Info thanks to Tony O’Mahony



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Chris Chandler and I had a walk around the Brookheys Covert sort of area this lunchtime having walked up from Dunham Massey. We got to Sinderland Lane about 1130 and walked up the path opposite Whitehouse Lane, up to the point where F25, F27, F10 and F11 meet and then back around the back of Brookheys Farm and back down to the main road.

Some great little vignettes; 40+ Yellowhammers in the hedge at the top of F25 was really great, 60+ Fieldfares in F32 and also as suggested by Jeff below, a Little Egret was pottering around the farm paddocks. There were at least 4 Buzzards up in the air including one doing display stoops and dives and I also liked the Rookery. Nothing spectacular but really nice birding.

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There is a finch flock of 250+birds moving between F4 and F13
Chaffinch 230+,
Brambling 6+,
Reed Bunting 6+
Yellowhammer 8+
Fieldfare c300 mobile F12
Skylark 3 (1 in song F4)
Chiffchaff 1 singing from the Shell pond
Oystercatcher 1 at the Shell pond

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Brilliant. Thank you, will pop down there one weekend



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As I understand it the land may be private, but the major tracks on Carrington Moss are public rights of way or have been given permissive path status by the new owners Himor. All the signs really mean is keep out of the fields!



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Hi All, I went to investigate this area today as I was passing though Carrington, but going from Sinderling Lane area off Manchester Road, I just found that all the land seems to be private with no obvious way to walk though.

Any tips?



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I was talking to a local person near to Brookheys Farm and it seems that Little Egrets (usually two) are regularly being seen there. They are being seen both on the brook and in the adjacent fields. As the brook is so winding here it is quite easy to miss them as even if they are there they could easily be hidden just around the next bend! Already this year they have also occurred on the brook both upstream and downstream of this point (from Heath Farm to Sinderland Woods).

I remember seeing the first for Greater Manchester and now I would not be surprised if they were to breed in this area within a few years. How things change!

Additionally I was told that there was a Dunlin present for some days in a wet area near to Brookheys Farm during the recent very cold spell, but I do not have any dates for this.



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07:45 Tuesday. Two peregrines calling and flying low together over the Basell  site.



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From 1pm today.....
Grey Partridge - 2.
Buzzard - 3 over f5 +1in distance.
1over f4.
2 in f11 (1 having it's tail pecked by 2 carrion crow after its food).
2 over f25 with another 1 in the distance.
Kestrel - f2.
Fieldfare - c 90. F11.
Stock Dove - 4.
Yellowhammer - large flock disturbed by me possibly around 50 birds which I found quite unusual. It was impossible
to get a proper count as they dissappeard /were spread out everywhere.
On the way back to the car I spotted a flock of Chaffinch in the Hawthorn hedge f5 of c100 including 3 Brambling.
Best birds of the day were 2 Harrier sp. unexpectedly over f4 heading North.

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Thanks for the report Jeff,

Very interesting read. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I usually turn around at the end of Dark Lane or carry on straight over the bridge, but now maybe I'll move on to Sinderland Green Wood.

Cheers

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Passing through Sinderland Road so stopped for a quick check of the fields which seemed busy with birds. There were plenty of Fieldfare with fewer numbers of redwing. Plenty of Starling and Wood Pigeon. But of note;

Green Sandpiper (1) - came out of a flooded area in field 32. Flew off high and distant. Great bonus bird for the day.
Green Woodpecker (1) - F60
Yellowhammer c. 6

Chris

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Jeff Clarke wrote:

After four years of watching birds in the Sinderland Green area I have written up a report of my observations for this small area (which few other birders visit). If anyone would be interested in seeing this please PM me your email address and I will send you a copy.

 


 A fascinating read of a dedicated study, thanks Jeff.



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Little Egret this morning on Sinderland Brook close to Sinderland Green Woods (field 72), later it flew off in towards the north-east. This may well have been in the area for some time (see my previous post here on 24th January). Previous birds have often stayed for a week or more.

After four years of watching birds in the Sinderland Green area I have written up a report of my observations for this small area (which few other birders visit). If anyone would be interested in seeing this please PM me your email address and I will send you a copy.



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I was stopped by a farmer today who asked if I knew the identity of the two birds that he had recently seen on Sinderland Brook behind Birch Farm (this was presumably field 30). His description was "large, all white, long legs, long neck" and I guess that these were the Little Egrets which are now turning up annually on the brook. The records that I know of have mainly been around Brookheys Farm but this is only a few hundred metres to the west. In the past some birds have stayed there for a week or more, so for anyone interested this may be worth checking out.

 



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This afternoon by bike

Fieldfare large flock of 250 f25
Grey Partridge 2 F11
Yellowhammer c.40 w/ few Chaffinch and Reed Bunting f8/9
Kestrel 3 in f25, f11, f6
Buzzard f25
c750 strong corvid flock f8 mostly Jackdaws
Woodpigeons in short supply and no Stock Doves at all


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A wander round the north end of the Moss noon - 2pm, highlights:

  • 3 buzzards
  • Female sparrowhawk
  • Kestrel
  • 600+ wood pigeons
  • A confusing mixed flock by the path to Swiss Cottage including woodpigeons, stock doves and feral pigeons
  • Quiet for finches in the fields but c120 chaffinches in the hedge by the riding school entrance, accompanied by three reed buntings and a couple of bramblings


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A wander down the Trans-Pennine trail and Back Lane this afternoon produced;
F151 = 2 Jay, 1 Pied Wagtail
F129 = 110 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, 75 Starling, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Blue Tit
F134 = 6 Yellowhammer, 3 Meadow Pipit
F126 = 9 Chaffinch, 5 Linnet, 1 Kestrel, 85 Black-headed Gull


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Lots of action in and around field 1 at midday: huge mixed flock of rooks and jackdaws plus similar number of wood pigeons and flock of c 80 chaffinches with several bramblings seen.  Redwings in the area plus one grey wagtail.  Two ravens over the electricity substation.



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Quick bike ride back across the Moss today without binoculars.

Very lively, lots of birds about today.

Large flocks of Thrushes, large flocks of Finches, large flock of Meadow Pipits round f12, few Buzzards, Kestrel and a very vocal Raven over and around f8/f9.

Big flock of Woodpigeons (100s of 'em) on f5.

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Jackdaw 200+
Woodpigeon 300+
Starling 500+
Fieldfare 30+
Redwing 50+
Chaffinch 50+
Yellowhammer 4
Brambling 2
Stock Dove 1
Lesser Redpoll 1
Mistle Thrush 1
Song Thrush 1
Buzzard 2
Kestrel 1
Jay 2
Bullfinch 1 male.
Rooks
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Grey Partridge - 6 f5.
Chaffinch - c300 f5.
Tree Sparrow - 4 f5.
Yellowhammer - 2 f5.
Greenfinch - 2 f5.
Brambling - 1 f5.
Grey Wagtail - 1 f5.
Woodpigeon - c1000 f5.
Stonechat - 4 f12.
Meadow Pipit - c200 f12.
Skylark - c200 f4.
Merlin - 1 f26.
Elsewhere ..........
Kestrel - 2.
Common Buzzard - 6.
Stock Dove - 30.
Starling - ( two flocks) c400 and c200 .
And on the way back to the car - Tawny Owl 1.
Also Redwing flock c100. Fieldfare flock c200. .

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This afternoon by bike

Pink-footed Geese 200 E at 3.05pm high over f5
Peregrine sat on a hay bale f4
Chaffinch 100 still using the large hedge on the south side of f4 and dropping into f12 (no Bramblings seen today. On Sunday 5 Nov 6 individual sightings of Brambling amongst a huge flock of 400 Chaffinches. Also 50 Skylark, 20 Linnets and 800 Starling f4-f13 that day)
Stonechat 3 on track s of f4 - one male and 2 female/1st winter birds (also present there 5 Nov). A 4th female/1st winter Stonechat f11
Redwing 8 f11
Fieldfare 6 f11
Kestrels at f1 and f5
Buzzard 2 f13
Starling 500 f1
Grey Wagtail Sinderland Brook

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Stonechat 2, pair by the butty van on Isherwood Road (in the hedgerow along the footpath)
Reed Bunting 1 (location as above)
Linnet 6 (location as above)
Skylark c100 F4

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My first time over here this afternoon. Need to get more familiar with the area as took me an age to find, anyhow a nice walk produced the following

200+ starling, until a kestrel swopped by, was hoping for a murmeration!

Bullfinch

10 linnet

20+ chaffinch

2 bambling 

20+ goldfinch

far too many magpies

2 rook

100+ carrion crow

small flock of redwing (15 or so)

100+ wood pigeon

100+ gulls various but mainly black headed

2 siskin

10 greenfinch

1 meadow pipit

a small flock of lapwing

 

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An hour this morning produced;
>200 Chaffinch, mainly in F4 at the west end
Within the mobile flock 7 Brambling were picked out (good close views were had of birds in the adjacent hawthorn hedges)
Plus Greenfinch, Goldfinch, the odd Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting
2 Meadow Pipit in F4
>100 Skylark, mainly in F4 and F13
A single Stonechat on the boundary of F12 & F13
2 Kestrel were hunting F2, with 3 Goldcrest in the hedges
>75 Woodpigeon in F10
Small numbers of Redwing were around
Circa 120 Pink-footed Geese went over SE

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75 pink footed goose in field 26

 Also peregrine sparrowhawk raven brambling fieldfare.



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Single adult peregrine has been present almost daily on the pylons in fields 63, 64, 65, 26, 72, 73 since 8th October. On one day it was seen ripping a Woodpigeon apart, but is often immobile for at least half an hour. Otherwise there has been only the occasional Brambling flying over and almost daily Redpolls. Redwing numbers flying over definitely increasing, but no Fieldfares yet.

 



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Lapwing 90+ F14
Starling 100+ F14
Kestrel 1male.
Skylark 20+
Yellowhammer 2
Song Thrush 6 very mobile near orchard...migrating group?
Woodpigeon 2000+

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110+ lapwing in f23 midday yesterday.



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Single brambling field 65 also small passage of redpolls heading south. Edges of field 25 had willow tit, at least two chiffchaffs and a blackcap. Also peregrine on pylon field 26.



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Quail - male singing in barley in middle of F60 (SJ743899), heard from c50m along the public footpath. Possibly another singing briefly in barley in F32, heard from half way down Brookheys Rd

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F41 (barley, of course) being harvested from 16:15 today, F60 looks ripe too

No sound of quail, though Sinderland Road busy & noisy

Might be last chance this eve, unless harvesting has begun on F60 too
Park at SJ 744 901 and cross road to listen

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Quail calling in either f41 or f60 a couple of times between 21:00-21:10 tonight

220 Lapwing in f36



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Belated report from Saturday, 30th July.

Mistle Thrush 4
Yellow Wagtail 3
Yellowhammer 6 singing.
Whitethroat 2
Buzzard 2
Chiffchaffs
Rook 50+
Woodpigeon 200+

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Green woodpecker heard f24 yesterday, seen over f11 this morning. If this bird is as others in the past it may stay for some time. Also young yellow wagtails in f66 and f25 on both days.

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A wander around F4 this morning produced;

A pair of Grey Partridge with one well grown youngster
1 Buzzard
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Bullfinch
3 Yellowhammer
3 Whitethoat

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Late post:
A Tawny Owl perched on telegraph wires along Dunham Road last night at 22.35 last night.

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Large flock of Lapwing in F36 still as I drove past this pm smile



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