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RE: Adswood Tip


Hi Mike,

I bumped into Geoff a couple of hours ago and he is still scrupulously recording the local patch. He's concentrating on Lady Brook Valley and Poynton Pool this year and he found a Common Sandpiper at PP this morning, which was my 103rd local (SJ98 10k square) bird of the year.

Cheers, John

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Hi Nigel,
I'm interested that someone still keeps an eye on Adswood Tip. I watched the site quite avidly in the late 70's and early/mid 80's and regularly did some ringing there.
I suppose the site is much changed, but then again, everything changes.

The leading light down there (in birding terms) was Geoff Lightfoot, who was an almost daily visitor for many years and who must have enough data to write a book, as he conscientiously maintained scrupulous records and also found some notable birds, (top of the list being the famous Little Bunting of course).
Is he still active in the Cheadle Hulme area and does he also bird the tip still?
Regards,
Mike Passant (Co. Durham)

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Two Grasshopper Warblers were reeling here on Sunday at 5:00pm: one near the top end of Tenement Lane, the other in burnt brambles near the methane burner. There is much disturbance at the moment from junior motorbikers and arsonists, so I don't know how long the birds will stick around.

Also present: two Chiffchaffs and three Meadow Pipits, but still no sign of Whitethroat, which is generally common here throughout the summer.

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I managed to relocate the Gropper this afternoon and had a brief view of it, low down in a small hawthorn. I get at least one here most years, but this has been the earliest.

Not much else: a Swallow, one Chiffchaff, a Buzzard overhead. A male Stonechat was on site yesterday.

Sadly, a pall of smoke covered the site as I left, the result of some childish arson in teh dry grass to the east of the site. Hopefully no damage done to breeding Skylarks.

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A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling from inpenetrable brambles for about a minute around 6pm this evening.

Only other migrant detected was a singing Chiffchaff.

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The reports of migrants arriving elsewhere drew me to Adswood Tip this morning. There were some signs of spring here too, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Highlights:

Chiffchaff - 2
Blackcap - 2
Willow Warbler - 1
Swallow - 1
Skylark - 1 singing
Song Thrush - c7, i/c 2 fledged young
Reed Bunting - 1
Pheasant - 2+

Also three species of butterfly on the wing:

Small Tortoiseshell
Comma
Orange Tip


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A very quick visit this evening, in the vain hope of a Whinchat: there seem to be a few passing through the North West.

The Lesser Whitethroat is still rattling away, deep in brambles tonight. Also representing the warbler group were a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler and two Blackcaps. Five House Martins, a Swallow and a Swift passed overhead. A Skylark was singing, and at least twenty Starlings were feeding in the long grass.

There is still no sign of Common Whitethroat.

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Adswood Tip was in great form this sunny morning.  I spent an hour from about 07:45 enjoying the warbler song.  Last night's Lesser Whitethroat was still present, and no longer skulking.  It perched in the tops of a birch and a hawthorn to allow good, clear views.

Another unexpected treat was a singing Garden Warbler, though this was visually less obliging, as it kept low in the brambles; it was another site first for me.

Making up a total of five warbler species were Chiffchaff (3), Willow Warbler (4) and Blackcap (4+).  There is still no sign of Common Whitethroat, which is the most obvious warbler here by mid-summer.  I have also seen Sedge and Grasshopper here in the past couple of years, but no sign of these either as yet.

Other species included:

1 Bullfinch (1m)
6 Linnets
4 Goldfinch
1 Chaffinch
2 Greenfinch
1 Skylark
2 Reed Bunting
2 Swallow
1 House Martin
1 Lapwing
4 Song Thrush.

I took the dog for a walk down Middlewood Way later in the morning, where the only warbler was another Lesser Whitethroat (SJ945868).  There was also a Buzzard overhead.

At least three House Martins are back at the breeding site on Woodsmoor Lane, Woodsmoor.

A Willow Warbler was singing near the anglers' pool at Mirrlees fields yesterday morning.

All things considered, a good weekend.


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Saturday 21st April - 19:00 to 19:45.

1 Lesser Whitethroat (first I've found here)
2 Willow Warbler
1 Skylark
1 Chiffchaff
5 Linnet
2 Meadow Pipit
1 Kestrel
2 Swallows
2 Pheasants

No Common Whitethroat back yet.

Not a Ring Ouzel in sight.  



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Not too much of interest early this evening:

2 Chiffchaff
2 Blackcap
2 Willow Warbler
1 Swallow
1 Skylark
1 Stock Dove
Several calling Pheasants (I still haven't managed to see one).


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