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RE: Saddleworth


Kingfisher on Huddersfield Canal, Diggle nr ward lane this morning.

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stuartherring wrote:

you are usually guaranteed dipper on the river through greenfield you were very unlucky





Thanks! I will remind my sister of that next time we go for a wlk out that way.:)


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2 Whinchat on Dark Lane just below Heights. 2 GOldcrest in trees at junction of Heights Lane and dark Lane. Before we went to the pub!!!

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you are usually guaranteed dipper on the river through greenfield you were very unlucky

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Apologies if this is the wrong thread, but I couldn't find a pure Uppermill topic

18th September 12:00 - 13:45
walk along the River Tame and the Canal from the centre of Uppermill to the Brownhill Countryside centre (closed for the day), over towards Dobcross and then back down the donkey track and along the canal towards the big Tesco , before turning back towards Uppermill.

2 Nuthatch, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Blue Tit, Great Tit, 3 Goldfinch - all on the feeders at Brownhill

pr Canada Geese, 100+ Mallard - all on the canal

Plenty of Robins and Long-tailed tits calling from the woods and hedges en-route

Grey Wagtail - on the River Tame

Up on the hills in the distance (pots and pans)
- 1 Buzzard circling high above the hill
-10+ Swallow
- lots of Crows and Jackdaws

As with all other visits to the area and Dovestones this year, I totally failed in my quest to find a Dipper. :(

-- Edited by Charles Farrell on Sunday 18th of September 2011 07:13:46 PM

-- Edited by Charles Farrell on Sunday 18th of September 2011 07:14:58 PM

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27th June - am.

Slackcote area.

A few calling Siskins flying over this morning.

Also, Lesser Redpoll, Buzzard, Nuthatch, Stock Dove, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Reed Bunting.

A pair of Pied Wagtails and a single Mistle Thrush were seen collecting and carrying food. Fledged Carrion Crows, Magpies and Jackdaws. Fledged Goldfinch and Greenfinch. Swallows and House Martins also active. Dunnock nest building.

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I've just got hold of a copy of " The Birds of Saddleworth" published in 1975 which states that only one Canada Goose had ever been seen in the area until 4 pairs were introduced in 1973.

Will we have flocks of several hundred Pintail/Muscovy hybrids all over Greater Manchester in 30 years time? smile.gifsmile.gif

Steve

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The escaped pintail has now been joined by a female muscovy duck. Must be feral duck season on Diggle pond!


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Escaped Pintail still on Diggle duck pond. Has black plastic ring on right leg 619 AVF.

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9:15 am Male Pintail on Diggle pond!!!


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Diggle Brook - off Ward Lane - Moorhen and 6 juveniles.

Linnet -2 below Pots n Pans. No Little Owl in area after much scanning.

Diglea - Wheatear

New Years Bridge res - Canada Goose - 3 goslings

Denshaw - 3 House Martins in vicinity of last years colony

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Wharmton Hill 1800

At least 40 Golden Plover in field to the west of the mast.

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Wharmton Hill 09.30 Monday: 12 Golden Plover - presumably on migration.
Also 1 Whitchat, 3 linnet, 3 wheatear, 1 buzzard, 1 Green woodpecker plus lots of jackdaws, magpies and crows as usual.

Dave S

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First Blackcap in Delph on 21st April and one heard at Thurston Clough on 22nd (courtesy of Tony Mather)

Hull Lodge - Grasshopper Warbler and Whitethroat seen and heard at 1600 today

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Buzzard being mobbed by 4 crows as it flew along Wharmton Hill - heading towards Grasscroft - approx 12.30

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Early morning Atlas recce visit to Saddleworth Moor:

2 male Wheatear on county boundary
pair Golden Plover
Red Grouse (at least a dozen)
calling Red-legged Partridge
Curlew, Mipits, Skylarks and a solitary Pied Wagtail.

also: Mountain Hare

Steve

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Dragged away from the DIY by the gorgeous spring weather smile.gif

Running Hill Gate and Broadstone Hill:

Several pairs of Lapwing & Curlew displaying,
Skylarks & Meadow Pipits singing like mad,
2 Raven over
1 Hare.

Enjoyed the stroll, and the views, so much I went to meet my "better half" and did the same walk again with her after lunch! Added Snipe and distantly-calling Golden Plover in the afternoon.

Steve

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first chiff chaff of the year at the old station house freizland 7.30 ambiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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2 Curlew and 3 Tufted Duck from Tame Lane, Slackcote

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Brief walk along the River Tame at Slackcote late morning.

2 Dipper in display flight.
Greenfinch
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Magpie
Jackdaw
Carrion Crow
Woodpigeon
Robin


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28th February.

A lovely visit to Denshaw and Slackcote this afternoon in the excellent company of Maggie and Pat Culkin.

Highlights- 1 redhead Goosander, 1 Male Reed Bunting and a lovely male Stonechat biggrin.gif found by Maggie.

Also 2 Stock Dove, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c60 Starling, c100 Jackdaw and very large but distant and stretched out flock of Fieldfare - several hundred but impossible to count reasonably accurately.

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23rd January.

At Slackcote this afternoon - excellent views of a Green Woodpecker.biggrin.gif Also a pair of Dippers.

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14th January.

Song Thrush singing sing.gif near Slackcote this morning - the first I have heard this year. Also Mistle Thrush singing - welcome signs that the breeding season is just around the corner. biggrin.gifsmile.gif

Also 8 Stock Doves in same general area on 9th. Also on same date - mixed flock of c35 finches near Denshaw - roughly c30 Greenfinch and c5 Goldfinch.

Cheers,

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-- Edited by Bill Myerscough on Friday 14th of January 2011 02:06:51 PM

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On Diggle 'duck pond' on Sunday 2nd January - 5 goosanders & 9 ( 6 male; 3 female)on Monday 3rd. Its the first time I've seen them on this pond & they didn't seem as wary as birds I've seen locally on the canal i.e. they didn't fly off or move away at the first sign of disturbance close-by! Smart looking birds.

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Running Hill Lane 1810-1915

3 Wheatear
2 Curlew
13 Mistle Thrush
Pheasant
2 Kestrel

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two golden plover and five ravens on Saddleworth Moor yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.

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walk from uppermill to pots and pans produced a large number of lapwing, at least 4 curlew, 5 LBB Gulls heading towards Castleshaw, meadow pipit, skylark and possible twite (flyby with no bins no.gif).

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cuckoo heard calling near tanners dam greenfield on friday afternoon (reported by a askew)

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Pair of sparrowhawks circling over Uppermill on Wednesday lunchtime and a dipper flew up the Huddersfield canal on Wednesday night.

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Gropper absent all this past weekend - maybe he's headed up to Castleshaw?

Another Spotted Flycatcher found whilst searching the neighbourhood smile.gif

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Just checking that there wasn't actually a Tameside bird to keep Karen and Rachael (and any other Tameside Tickers) happy. Thankfully, they are honorable womenfolk who won't be tempted into luring it over the border smile.gifsmile.gif

Never have so many people wanted to see a bird that I've found - but still no tournament points furious.giffurious.gif I'm not sure you are only human Ian!

Steve

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Iain Johnson wrote:

Rest assured Steve, I have emailed Ian biggrin.gif





Yes, my mistake. It seems I am only human afterall, allegedly...


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Rest assured Steve, I have emailed Ian biggrin.gif

I've also applied for a change in borough boundaries to the north and east of tamside in order to claim several more county/ borough ticks!!!

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I hope that's not the Gropper which has appeared on Iain's Tameside list - 'cos it's definitely in Oldham!

Cheers, Steve

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Grasshopper Warbler still present in the fields adjacent to the river tame/ huddersfield canal, reeling away and showing down to 20 feet.

Reed bunting and grey heron also.

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Grasshopper Warbler found in Greenfield near Mossley border on Saturday morning. Still reeling away on Sunday. A first for Oldham (and GM) for me biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

Steve

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blackcap singing at Greenfield station this morning. Other recent sightings from the river tame in Uppermill include a single dipper, a pair of grey wagtails, one pied wagtail and three recent fledged ducklings sat on a rock in the middle of the river with mum guarding them - very photogenic and cute!

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i had an early walk on sat (6am)yawn.gifheard 9 different chiff chaffs and 6 different willow warblers from greenfield to the mossley border also 2 different green woodpeckers yaffling lovely morningsmile.gifsmile.gif

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At least 3 Willow Warblers singing in Greenfield near the Mossley border on Sat a.m.

8 Swallows over Royal George lodge on Sun a.m.

Spring most definitely here - had to mow the lawn for the first time this year cry.gifcry.gif

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walk round greenfield and royal george -2 long tail tits,5 swallow (first of year) 1 dipper ,1 chiff chaff (heard) plus usual suspects.

-- Edited by stuartherring on Monday 5th of April 2010 07:09:23 PM

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short walk round greenfield am 1 song thrush.2 chaffinch(mating).1 dipper.2 g s woodpeckers and 1 green woodpecker (very vocal)

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Finally glimpsed the Greenfield Water Rail that everyone except me has been watching for weeks. Let's hope it stays until next weekend so we can put a spot on the map for the new breeding birds atlas smile.gifsmile.gif

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2 dipper on chew brook ( 1 leg rung white and 1 leg red and white) also a pair of grey wagtails near kingfisher pub

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Have sent you a PM, Stuart.

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hi steve i was walking a loopy springer spaniel so i was lucky to see any thing really good news on the chiff chaff ,i saw 4-5 cormarants in the far trees (forgot about them sorry) would it be possible that they are nesting as well ????

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Must have just missed you, Stuart. Went to check Dipper nests & Heronry myself on Sunday morning.

Heronry bigger than ever as new trees are being colonised, though some of the older nest trees are being abandoned - possibly due to Cormorant droppings rotting the branches?

Your possible Chiffchaff confirmed - 1 heard, 2 seen. Heard the green Woodpecker as well - impossible not to really!

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quick walk up freizland bridlepath revealed herons busy building,2 long tail tits,2 song thrush and poss chiff chaff at tame /chew brook confluence but not sure ,green woodpecker yaffling near to greenfield station and stunning grey wagtail near kingfisher pub along with dipper also 1 male siskin on feeder when i arrived home (first for a long time)

-- Edited by stuartherring on Sunday 21st of March 2010 10:59:34 AM

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Travelling down Oldham road near the farm at Lydgate, I saw a Little Owl on a fence post. This is the second time I've seen one there (looked as if it was the same fence post too) so I wonder if it's a favourite spot.

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fletchers mill area, 2 g,s wodpeckers (1 drumming),1song thrush,various tits,1 dipper,7 fieldfare,1 male pheasant - on tanners 1 heron,4 goosander (1m 3f)

-- Edited by stuartherring on Sunday 14th of February 2010 11:37:49 AM

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FREIZLAND 4 LONG TAIL TITS,2 BULLFINCH M&F,4 CORMORANT NEAR HERONRY EARLY AM ,,ROYAL GEORGE 1 (M) 5 (F) GOOSANDER 1 LITTLE GREBE,,HOME 3 GOLDFINCH,2 DUNNOCK ,1 TREECREEPER 1ST FOR A WHILE

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