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Piethorne Valley.


Was in the Piethorn Valley Wednesday pm No sign of the Short-eared Owl However the valley was alive with large numbers of Winter Thrushes feeding on the abundant Hawthorn berries. Mainly Fieldfares and Mistle Thrushes but also included a few Redwings and three Ring Ouzels. Also had Chaffinch, Kestrel (2) Pheasant and Tufted Duck on Kitcliffe., Cheers Dave Phillips.



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Little Grebe on Foulwater Lodge yesterday morning. There is a Wheatear still hanging around in the vicinity of Rooden catch-water drain. High up in the Piethorn watershed I have twice seen a Short-eared Owl during the last two weeks. 



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Grey Partridges.  There are some still around but the not the numbers that I have seen in the past.  I put up two on the high ground on the south side of the valley last week and have had several sightings in the usual areas of the north side recently. Three today.



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6th October 2018

11 Tufted Ducks on Piethorne Reservoir

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Tuesday 7th August 11 Tufted Ducks on Kitcliffe

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First of the season's wheatears seen up around the Rooden catchwater. Four females.

 



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Late news for yesterday (8/4) when a Ring Ouzel was in the field above the water treatment works - poor record shot attached



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I didnt find the Red-breasted Merganser. There was a pair of Goosander on the small, unnamed reservoir immediately east of Piethorne reservoir. However, I did see a pair of Ravens chase a Buzzard over a hill and come back seconds later pursued by a Merlin. There was a Kingfisher on the small reservoir below Ogden Reservoir.

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Red-breasted merganser showing well on Ogden Res' this afternoon.

Regards, Chris Jepson-Brown

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Four grey partridges on Turf Hill.  (flushed twice) Not seen them for quite a while.

Red-breasted Merganser was on Norman Hill Reservoir with three female goosander.

Mixed flock of Fieldfare and starlings near Goodfleckers.



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female Red-Breasted Merganser feeding with a female Goosander on Piethorne Reservoir this afternoon

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Red-breasted Merganser still on Kitcliffe late morning, also a Great Crested Grebe. 29 Pink-footed Geese over west. Pair of Goosanders on Piethorne

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Female red-breasted merganser on Kitcliffe this a.m, though later relocated on Ogden Res' (A. Nuttall). Also in the valley, woodcock, kingfisher and nuthatch, plus two separate skeins of pink feet over, heading NW (circa 120 in each group).

Kind regards, C. Jepson-Brown

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Goldcrest    Woodmill/near Dyeworks.



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Red Kite battling against the wind as it flew over Ogden Edge.  My first on my home turf.

 



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Fri 20th October

Great Crested Grebe 1

Buzzard

Siskin 4 flying over

Redwing heard



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Very little on the reservoirs. A single mallard (with 4 ducklings) was the total for that species on the 5 large reservoirs!

Great Crested Grebe 2
Buzzard 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Tree Pipit 1
Raven 2





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Sunday, 13th August, 2017

Great Crested Grebe - 1
Canada Goose - min. 85
Tufted Duck - 7
Peregrine - 1
Little Owl - 1
Green Woodpecker (heard calling)
Hirundines - c50 on telegraph wires. Mainly swallows plus a couple of house martins and one sand martin.
Tree Pipit - 4-6 on hillside to north of Kitcliffe Reservoir. Sometimes resting/preening on isolated hawthorns, but coming to ground, walls or fences too. A few meadow pipits present in same area.
Willow Warbler - 5/6
Linnet 1

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For clarification - the previous post for Rooden Reservoir was for Saturday, 13th May.

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Rooden Reservoir

18:15 - 20:00 hrs.

Couldn't find a Denshaw thread, and though Crompton Moor and Saddleworth are adjacent, I decided to include it with the Piethorne Valley Reservoirs. Did a short walk from the Ram's Head pub on the A672 to Rooden Reservoir.

The highlight was 4 whimbrel. Three flew from the reservoir to join another in a field between the pub and the reservoir (quite close to the road too). Good views of all 4 birds. At least one bird called quite frequently. Eventually, the 3 birds flew back towards the reservoir (again calling) while the last bird remained in the field , which also held a curlew for a nice comparison.

At least 2 other curlews in the area. Also c6 lapwings and 2 oystercatchers. Good to hear and see a few skylarks in song.



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Originally posted today by John Cooper:

Just returned from a pleasant but blustery walk around Piethorn. Main sightings:

2 Wheatear (1 male/ 1female) earliest ever sighting

Little Egret (first I have ever seen at this sight)

2 Oystercatcher

40 Fieldfare

Dipper

3 Goosander 

 



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We still have Grey partridges.  While they remain very elusive 3 were seen on the high ground between Piethorn Valley and Hollingsworth Lake last Tuesday.  



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The hobby (last post) may have been a 1st summer bird rather than a juvenile.

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Wednesday 10th August 2016 Hobby 1 juvenile Heard plaintive calls as it was being mobbed by swallows. It then flew from Ogden south-west over A640. Kestrel 1 Buzzard 2 Canada Goose c65 Swift 1

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A walk this aft', as far as Coldgreave Clough brought forth:

great crested grebe pair, plus two young, on Ogden
blackcap (2) singing,
whitethroat, in song,
willow warbler, contact calling,
common sandpiper, on Kitcliffe,
kestrel,
a few meadow pipits,
a few linnets,
reed bunting (2), in song and...
....a few swallows.

Regards, Chris J - B.

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An evening stroll up the valley revealed the following:

15 (quite flighty) common scoter, on Piethorne Reservoir,
three willow warblers in song,
two blackcap, likewise,
a single whitethroat,
common sandpipers on Kitcliffe and Piethorne and
a great crested grebe, with three quite well grown youngsters, on Ogden.

Regards, Chris Jepson - Brown

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The best of a cold, bright and breezy midday walk. 

Swallows  (3)

Common Sandpiper

Little Owl

 

 



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Rather quiet in the teeth of a NW wind, but my first willow warbler of the year, in the usual willow carr on the south side of Kitcliffe Reservoir. Also a vocal green woodpecker near Kitcliffe Farm, a couple of skylarks singing by Town Hill and a few meadow pipits knocking about.

Regards, Chris Jepson - Brown

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First signs of Spring skylarks heard - above the Rooden Catchwater drain.

Lapwings and kestrel also in same the area. (2 other kestrels seen outside of the Piethorn Valley but in the general area)

 



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Dippers seen at each end of  the valley.  My first sightings of these normal common residents since around Xmas. 

First reed buntings of the year also seen.



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First curlew that I have seen in the valley for 2016

 



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Pair of Stock Doves -  The first I have seen clearly in the valley for some time.

I went out late to try and catch the crow roost at sunset after too many gloomy evenings.  The sunset was disappointing but the crows were not.  Very vocal tonight.  In the past I have always seen them flying up the valley in small groups but this winter they seem to travel in a larger flocks.  Over 70 in the one I counted.  There also seems to be a small flock possibly roosting in Rough Bank plantation - or at least leaving it until very late before going that extra kilometre or so to the traditional roost.  (too dark to see)   If going to see them most of them gather on the slopes of Turf Hill and Rhodes Barns before flying down to the wood when the last of the light has gone.

 



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3 Grey Partridges.  It's been a while since  have seen any up there.  It truly is down to luck because I do wander around those same hills on average four times a week. (The emphasis is in wander because I have never seen any from the paths.)



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New Year's Day - afternoon walk round the valley. Never seen the area so bereft of birds...

Flock of House Sparrows in hedge at Ogden.
Canada Geese and 1 Little Grebe on Ogden Resr.
7 Starlings at top of Piethorne Resr.

and that was it - not even a Crow!

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On a somewhat uninspiring walk as far as Piethorne Res' this morning, I saw the following:

bullfinch
single goosander
kestrel
pheasant
jay
great spotted woodpecker
mistle thrush and.....
a nuthatch.

Earlier, two ravens had flown over New Hey, heading south.

Regards, Chris J - B

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First Gosanders of the season.  2 Females on Ogden in the morning and a male and female on Kitcliffe in the afternoon.

Also a first of the season Fieldfare but not quite geographically in the correct location as it was in the no-mans land between Piethorn Valley and Hollingsworth Lake.

 



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While we're on the subject (sorry!), there's a GM wildlife section where all other wildlife should go. This birds forum is...just for the birds...wink

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Large Heath

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This butterfly isn't found in this part of the country. Long gone are the days when it was known as the Manchester Argus.

Have a look at images of the Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus), which are currently emerging.

If you are still convinced it's Large Heath, try to get a photograph, and contact the GM butterfly recorder, Peter Hardy at pgll@btopenworld.com


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Saturday, 11th July 2015. Circular walk from United Utilities Car Park at Ogden Reservoir (no pay and display!)- Tunshill Lane/Rochdale Way - Piethorne Reservoir - Rams Head Inn (Denshaw) - Rooden Reservoir - back to Ogden Reservoir via Piethorne Reservoir / Kitcliffe Reservoir. First time on this patch - will definitely come back (can recommend food and views at Rams Head Inn - Denshaw) on A672 (off A640).

Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker
Curlew
Buzzard
Kestrel
Canada Geese x 50
Pied Wagtail
Great Crested Grebe x 2
Goldcrest
Goldfinch
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Carrion Crow
Woodpigeon
Cormorant
Swallows
Swifts
Skylarks
Meadow Pipits
Wren
Magpies
Mistle Thrush
Female Mallard and 4 chicks (Ogden Reservoir)
Moorhen
Grey Heron
Male Pheasant
Black-Headed Gull

Butterflies:
Speckled Wood
Small Heath
Large Heath
Meadow Brown
Red Admiral
Small Tortoiseshell

Moths:
Six-spot Burnet




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Late evening stroll to just past Doldrum yielded:

blackcap, singing,
several willow warblers, singing,
goldcrest, singing,
multiple meadow pipits,
skylark, in song,
two reed buntings,
lone swallow,
four swifts,
linnet, pair,
curlew and
several sand martins between Doldrum and Longden End.

Regards, Chris J - B



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Half an hour out in lower valley.

Grey Wagtails fledged.
Blackcap feeding young
Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding young.



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Stonechats have fledged. (Parents and three sighted.)

First swift for the year also seen

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beautiful views of female cuckoo today at Piethorne. It became eerily quiet as she flew low over the hillside of the south side of the valley.

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Quick hour round Kitcliffe and Piethorne

Greenfinch
Kestrel
Common Sandpiper
Dipper
Willow Warbler
Skylark
Meadow Pipit
Wheatear
Pheasent
Numerous Swallows
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Several Starling
Lapwing

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Long walk today including piethorne Valley.
I checked out wicken hall woods and surrounds (thanks to Bill Myersclough's suggestion)
highlights were
green woodpecker
common whitethroat
grasshopper warbler
grey partridge
wheatear
stonechat
also tawny owl flew into and around old house ground at about 3pm, getting an ear full from blackbirds.

still no stock dove though Bill but definitely worth the extra mileage.

Gillian

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A walk around the reservoirs turned up the following species:

Carrion Crow
Blackbird
Robin
Magpie
Mistle Thrush
Wood Pigeon
Blue Tit
Blackcap
Lesser Redpoll
Swallow
Greenfinch
Chaffinch
Pied Wagtail
Common Sandpiper
Mallard
Canada Goose
Meadow Pipit
Lapwing
Skylark
Dipper
Wren
Willow Warbler
Great Tit
Great Crested Grebe
Pheasant
Jay
Goldfinch

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3 Coots on Ogden Reservoir this morning. I don't keep records but it is a long time since I last saw one in the valley.
Another good sighting was two Lapwings mobbing a Buzzard above Norman Hill Reservoir towards Bleakedgate Moor. (Fool Hill I believe it may be called)
A pair of Reed Buntings and a pair of Nuthatches featured amongst the usuals.

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2-3:30 this afternoon.

Hobby flying at speed up the valley over Kitcliffe Res, great sighting, first for me locally.
Little Owl
Wheatear 2
Cormorant
Common Sandpiper on Piethorne Res
Greenfinch
Heron
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Goldfinch
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Plenty of Willow Warbler
No Chiffchaff seen or heard although we did see a few Monday evening
Jay
Swallow quite a few about.

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Hit piethorne mid afternoon (end of a long circular walk today over hough and brushes too.)
This is the piethorne bit:
common sandpiper in channel to side of norman hey res
female wheatear on fence on northwest side of rooden res and a male in ruin by bridle path above springholes quarry.
plenty of skylark and meadow pipits about despite wind.
tufted duck 2 female and 1 male on pond below ogden res.
pair of great crested grebe on ogden res.
heard about 4 willow warblers and 1 chiffchaff. Chiffchaff was in woods by dye works.
lapwing displaying near norman hey res.
no oystercatchers about today.
lots of suspicious brown feathers( -ripped as if by fox) by piethorne quarry and no little owl...

Gillian


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On a pleasant, if breezy walk I saw/heard the following:

four willow warblers (by Piethorne House, Piethorne Plantation, Knowlsley Plantation and west end of Bluebell Wood),
chiffchaff near the water treatment works,
great crested grebe pairs on Kitcliffe and Ogden,
three curlews,
single wheatear in the pasture between the lime house and the site of Norman Hill Farm,
pair of lapwings on the same pasture (my first spring birds for at least five years I'd say),
swallow, over Piethorne Res',
little owl, back at Springholes...good do,
linnet over,
raven, over Turf Hill, heading SE and
no common sandpipers and nor many skylarks and meadow pipits.
Also, two small tortoiseshells.

Regards, Chris J - B.



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