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RE: Piethorne Valley.


Shag still present currently, perched on water tower.

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Shag still present at till 1.45 at least sunning itself on northern bank, also 12 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Grey wagtail, and Kingfisher showing well on small lodge behind reservoir wall and sounded to be more than 1 present by the racket going on!

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shag still present at12-15 but distant on the far bank

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Shag still on Ogden Res at 0825 this morning - also 7 Cormorants although the Shag was separate to these

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Cheers Gary smile. Perhaps I should've said that it seems to like the ledge on the draw off tower. It did a lot of moving between there and the water, with a few low flight circuits thrown in.

Regards, Chris

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The Shag was still present as I left at 6:15pm sat on the water tower on Ogden Res and showed really well. Great find Chris!!

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Shag still present on Ogden Reservoir at 6pm.

Info thanks to Gary Crowder

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Juv' shag on Ogden Reservoir this afternoon and a good number of swallows and house martins in the lower valley.

Regards, Chris J-B

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On a pretty dismal, in the rain, late afternoon stroll were:

green woodpecker, calling in Knowsley Plantation,
five tufted duck, on Kitcliffe Res',
two grey wagtails, by Piethorne Res'
two meadow pipits, above Springholes,
a few swallows,
woodpigeons starting to flock and a
willow warbler, by the bridge at the eastern end of Ogden Res'.

I also found devil's bit scabious in flower, a floral valley first for me.

Regards, C. Jepson-Brown



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On a clear, if slightly autumnal feeling evening, I saw the following:

two great crested grebes, on Kitcliffe,
two grey wagtails flying down the valley,
a few meadow pipits in the upper valley,
two grey herons, on Ogden,
hundred plus swallows, with a few house martins,
linnet over,
dipper flying high down the valley.

Regards, Chris J-B

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One Spotted Flycatcher and at least one Redstart above Kitcliffe Farm at 6:30pm today.

Info thanks to Gary Crowder

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2 Raven over

-- Edited by Alan Nuttall on Friday 15th of August 2014 02:52:27 PM

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This morning:

2 female Redstart
1 Spotted Flycatcher,
1 Common Whitethroat

At the side of Kincliff Farm, on the middle field viewed from path on left hand side.

Info thanks to Alan Nuttall


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Male Redstart still showing well above Kitcliffe Farm at 330pm

-- Edited by Simon Hitchen on Thursday 14th of August 2014 11:20:24 PM

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Male common redstart behind farm buildings by Kitcliffe res.

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This report is for yesterday evening (6th). Very quiet really:

2 willow warblers contact calling and one in semi-song,
1 female tufted duck on Kitcliffe,
lots of meadow pipits in the upper valley,
1 wheatear by Hanging Lees,
good numbers of swallows and best of all,
grey partridge heard below Wickenhall Water Treatment Works.

Regards, Chris J-Brown.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 7th of August 2014 10:03:52 PM

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Visited the parents this weekend and managed a quick visit on the way past, my first to my old stomping ground in a couple of years, and even managed a patch tick! A small gathering of tits in Piethorne Plantation drew my attention, presumably mobbing an unseen owl, but when I lifted my bins to look at some movement, I was more than surprised to lay eyes on a Nuthatch, the first one I've ever seen there (though did hear one briefly in Old House Ground back in about 2002ish I think it was). Not a great deal else, flyover (presumably Lesser) Redpoll, Kestrel sat on a wall with prey, lots of young Swallows, a family of Mistle Thrush and a single Great Crested Grebe on Ogden.

Neil

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My first visit for yonks didn't yield many sightings though quite a few warblers were still in song. These were:

chiffchaff
willow warbler
blackcap and
whitethroat.

Also seen were four oystercatchers on Ogden and a common sandpiper on Kitcliffe. A few meadow pipits were still displaying also.
Lots of butterflies about too, with meadow browns, small heaths and small and large skippers in abundance.

Regards, Chris J-B


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Couple of hours walk around today - highlights :- 1 Whitetroat, 1 Little Owl, 2 Oystercatcher, at least 3 Common Sandpipers Plenty of butterflies on the wing including >10 Large Skippers, 3 Small Heaths plus Meadow Browns, Whites and Red Admiral

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There as been a Melanistic Grey Heron feeding on Kings way for a couple of weeks now.I have sent you a photograph jot this bird.It does look very dark when flying overhead! Cheers Alan

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Pete Sutton, another birdwatcher from Milnrow, told me last week he had seen a 'black heron' flying over Peppermint Bridge, New Hey. This would explain it.
Chiffchaff, blackcap and willow warbler all singing in the vicinity of Paddy Greenhalgh's this morning.

C. Jepson-Brown

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Remarkably timely, there was another melanistic bird in Staffordshire today too!

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Ian, thank you for clearing that up. And you are right the bird is quite magnificent in its own right.

John

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There is indeed a melanistic Grey Heron in the Oldham/Rochdale area; I was not given a precise location after being contacted a couple of weeks ago but it's likely to have been here. I have some excellent images of the bird and was able to confirm to the observer that it was indeed a rather fetching melanistic bird, a superb thing indeed smile

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Just had a beautful work around piethorn, and my heart was sent racing - a 'black' heron standing with its back to me at the waters edge of east end Ogden res. Managed to get closer views until it flew further around the reservoir. Can't say I'm an expert on any form of herons apart from the norm - but this bird I think was essentially a melanistic from of a grey heron (as far as I am aware). The same size as a grey heron, black/dark slate grey back and body, similar very vague markings to that of grey heron, yellow bill, a yellowish legs. No rings or anything to suggest of captive origin and was spooked when I got within 100yrds. If anyone is around Piethorn today I'd suggest looking out for it, just to make sure I'm not going mad.

Otherwise, common sandpiper, tawny owl (heard), swallows, goosander (x4), little owl in usual spot, pied, white & grey wagtail.

Regards

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I fluked a Garden Warbler this morning while checking out the Common Sandpipers. Being intent on foraging it was silent but provided prolonged observation for me to come to that identification decision.
Good sighting of a Reed Bunting also.
Not so sure about a Grasshopper Warbler though. I have never been able to hear them when others have been pointing the call out to me ( apparently it is an age thing) however I was convincing myself I could hear something, as described, as I tried to pin down another little brown job. Right habitat which meant three or four half second glimpses over ten minutes but then I was joined by curious walkers so I opted to move on and give it it's peace.

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Yellow Wagtail late afternoon in the field between Piethorne and Hanging Lees reservoir

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Grasshopper warbler reeling very loudly in juncus beds, on the southern side of Piethorne' Res this afternoon.

Regards, Chris

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Pink-footed Goose with Canadas on Ogden Res'r

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A short stroll this aft' produced:

2 common sandpipers (one on Piethorne and one on Kitcliffe)
3 willow warblers singing
a few skylarks and meadow pipits
a few swallows
and 3 beautifully plumaged male wheatears, feeding on some strange multi-legged creatures in the short turf near Springholes.

Regards, C. Jepson-Brown

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Swallows have arrived. No sign of sand martins yet.

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Very pleasant walk around all the reservoirs including Rooden this morning 7.30 - 9am
Highlights:

2 little owls (first time I've seen this year) at there usual spot
8 Goosander
2 Oystercatcher
1 Tufted Duck
2-3 Willow Warblers
2 Chiffchaff
Pair Bullfinch
Pair Wheatear
and a pair of Grey Partridge (in fields just below Rooden)

and the usuals.

John


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After meeting Chris J Brown for the first time after a fruitless attempted to get the Two-barred Crossbill (a pleasure to meet you) I promised to post more on this great site, so...

A brief walk around the lower reserviors, the birds of note:

Chiffchaff
Reed Bunting
Great Crested Grebe
Curlew
Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers
Tawny Owl (heard)
1st Swallow of the year

and a Pink-footed Goose with Canadas on Ogden.

Regards

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Witnessed Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming this morning.
Redpoll also seen.

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The good weather produced all that was hoped for. The highlights being
1 pair of stonechats
1 pair of goldeneye
Skylarks, song thrushes, robins and curlew heard throughout the valley.
Oystercatchers (3)
Fieldfares approx 20


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A walk up Ogden this aft' yielded:

6 goosander on Ogden Res'
2 displaying great crested grebes on the same res'
2 skylarks in song near Nicholas Pike
odd meadow pipit over
grey wagtail, by Piethorne Res'
lone curlew, by Ogden Res' (my first returner of 2014).

Regards, C. Jepson-Brown

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Sunday 5th January 10.30-12.15

A walk around Ogden Reservoir this morning brought the following:

1 Raven

1 Kestrel

1 Skylark

1 Grey Wagtail

20 Canada Geese

7 Long tailed Tits

 



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Tawny Owl heard at the top of Rough Bank Plantion as I walked down from the hills last night. 



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An excellent walk up Ogden heralding the New Year yielded:

woodcock, near Raghole,

3 tufted duck on Ogden Res'

pheasant, near Kitcliffe

grey wagtail over

2 goosander on Kitcliffe Res'

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greater spotted woodpecker, near Kitcliffe

green woodpecker, Bluebell Wood

and a treecreeper and a nutchatch in Piethorne Plantation.

 

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About twenty fieldfares in the Clough between Hanging Lees and Rooden. Not too much else on the high ground except a couple of Ravens.

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4 whooper swans on Piethorn Reservoir 2 Adults 2 Juveniles

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This afternoon also included 4 female goosander and 1 male on Kitcliffe Res.

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Pretty quiet on a walk on the northern side of the valley, taking in Raghole, Doldrum and Norman Hill Res'. Highglights were:

1. Odd meadow pipit dotted about
2. goldcrest (Rough Bank Plantation)
3. treecreeper (by Kitcliffe Res')
4. redpoll (as above).

Chris

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C Brown wrote:

Thanks to Bill Myerscough for the first one:

1. 8 whooper swans on Rooden this morning
2. several small parties of meadow pipits in the upper valley
3. 1 dipper by Rooden and another at the bottom of Coldgreave Clough
4. 2 grey wagtails by Piethorne Res'
5. probable nuthatch in Bluebell Wood

Lovely scenes and colours up Ogden today.

Chris





Hi Chris,

The swans were actually found by local resident Bev Shepherd at 9.30 this morning, who kindly let me know and fortunately they were still there when I arrived at 10.30. Bev also advised me of 2 swans on Piethorne Res. early/mid morning on 26/10 but had gone when I arrived at 11'ish. I wondered if these might have been the 2 Whooper Swans that turned up briefly at Castleshaw late morning on that same date?

The Nuthatch seems likely as there was one in Piethorne Plantation on 13/10. Given the amount of suitable habitat in the valley for this species it is a surprising absentee here. A pair did hold territory in the Wickenhall area during some years of our recent local breeding birds atlas project but as a species it does seem to be struggling to establish itself in the valley?

Other recent sightings I've not had much time to post details of include :- c40 Fieldfare on 31/10; 1 Little Grebe on Rooden Reservoir on 29/9 and c160 Goldfinch feeding on thistles on 10/9.

Cheers,

Bill.



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Thanks to Bill Myerscough for the first one:

1. 8 whooper swans on Rooden this morning
2. several small parties of meadow pipits in the upper valley
3. 1 dipper by Rooden and another at the bottom of Coldgreave Clough
4. 2 grey wagtails by Piethorne Res'
5. probable nuthatch in Bluebell Wood

Lovely scenes and colours up Ogden today.

Chris

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I went up the valley yesterday for the first time for a while. The colours were fantastic.
No sign of any winter thrushes. The best of the day was stonechats.

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On a very wet and windy walk up Ogden, as far as Rooden Res' early this aft' produced:

1. 8 goosander on Kitcliffe
2. pair of tufted duck on Kitcliffe and one male on Rooden Res'
3. a few redwings over
4. couple of meadow pipits over
5. dipper by Rooden Res'
5. goldcrest in the small plantation below Norman Hill Res'
6. double figure party of reed buntings in the hawthorn thicket by the track between Rooden and Coldgreave

And that's yer lot.

Regards, C. Jepson-Brown

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13 female goosander on Kitcliffe reservoir this morning

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5 female goosander on Kitcliffe reservoir this morning.Also approx. 70 pink footed geese over, heading east.

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2 female goosander on Piethorne reservoir this morning

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