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RE: Saddleworth


4.6.08
Buzzard on wall above Binn Green on way to work at 06.15
later in afternoon approx 10 crossbill in tree next to bench and good numbers of redpoll

-- Edited by Graham Beverley at 08:14, 2008-06-05

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Don't think you were out of order Kath, as the bird seems obviously unpaired. I would hesitate before posting sightings of rare (in our area) breeding birds though.

The Wood Warbler certainly brightened my day!

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Kath Butterworth wrote:

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Having seen Riggers account of "a spotted fly in the dovestones area", i have thought whether i put too much directional info on regarding the Wood Warbler.??
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Well it helped me to find it Kath. First one I've seen in quite a while. I went to Coombes Valley two weeks ago to try and see one (amongst other species) without success. Then I learn that there's one fifteen minutes away.

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Glad to see the more savoury topic of bird watching has returned(although as a female birder I appreciate the warning).
Having seen Riggers account of "a spotted fly in hte dovestones area", i have thought whether i put too much directional info on regarding the Wood Warbler.??

With that in mind, there is a Pied Fly and Tree Pipit reported in the area on Friday (from a reliable source)

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Good to meet you Declan - glad you got to see a few of our local specialities. The Wood Warbler is amazingly confiding - hope he finds a mate.

Still the Crossbills avoid me - not one in twenty years of visiting the area!

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Gary Marland wrote:



Too wet for any unsavoury characters I suspect.






probably at home with their wives and families!evileye.gif

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Wood warbler still showing well from private road below Binn Green car park this morning (10:00 - 11.00). Also approx. 8 crossbills in tops of trees on left of path down from car park.

Too wet for any unsavoury characters I suspect.

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03.00 - 04.15. Had another attempt for the Crossbills this afternoon and, after a 45 minute wait, found a group feeding quietly in the Larch by the inscibed bench (just off the car park). Through the scope I had a minimum of 2 males (inc. 1 extremely bright individual), 1 female and 2 juveniles.

The Wood Warbler had moved further down the footpath towards the reservoir (just past the 3rd wooden gate).

No unsavoury people or incidents.

Cheers, John

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Finally made it up to there early this morning (thankfully no sign of any dodgy goings-on).

The Wood Warbler was putting on a great show at the bottom of the steps below Binn Green car park, singing constantly and flitting back and forth across the road.

Walked up to Chew Res and then back to Binn Green along the high ridge to the south of Dovestones Res. in. En route, saw:

Red Grouse 1
Stonechat 4 (2 pairs)
Wheatear 2
R L Partridge 1
Kestrel 1
Raven 2
Dipper 1
Common Sandpiper 2
Grey Wagtail 7 (2 pairs and 3 juveniles)
G S Woodpecker 1
Curlew 3
Siskin 2
Lesser Redpoll 2 flying over
pair of Coal Tit nesting in a hole in a clay bank, just like Sand Martins
plus usual commoner stuff

a distant raptor, soaring high, could have been a peregrine but too far away to be sure.

Having struggled to find any crossbills, I finally managed to see a group of 6 (2 males) in the pines just by the car park, feeding quietly in the tree tops.

Nice to meet you Steve, by the way, and thanks for your helpful info.




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17 Crossbills just below the Binn Green car park this a.m., later several on the opp side of reservoir, but 2 flew back towards Binn Green.
Minimum 6 Redpolls in area
1 Buzzard over

Wary of the reports of dodgy behaviour, as I got my gear out of the back of my car, I heard male voice sayig "I'll be ready for you in a moment pal"!!!!!
Before I had chance to test the strength of my scope against his head I realised, much to my relief that it was an old bloke with his wife, just setting off hill-walking and he was just messing around posing, as he thought my scope was a camera. Thankfully it was busy with normal folk today

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Had a great afternoon at Binn Green with Paul (Cliff),FAB' sightings of a flock of Crossbills and a couple of juveniles....can't beleive l've been lucky enough to see 16 +.(L)They stayed around for a while and we had clear views,luvverly beaks,plummage and watching them feed.Great bird!!
The only bad thing about the afternoon was the constant too-ing and fro-ing of 'the undesirables' who were in search of some 'afternoon delight'......this kind of activity is what makes it very difficult for women birders to go out alone in woods or wooded areas (of which l don't).
l also think any of us that see any of this anti-social behaviour should report it to the police and any rangers.

-- Edited by Melanie Beckford at 08:07, 2008-05-31

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On a similar note. I googled Entwistle Reservoir a while back and the first site on the list was a "Dogging" site. They use the picnic area at night apparently. Worryingly, the picnic tables at Penny Flash were also mentioned.

There were letters in the Bolton News a couple of months ago about unsavoury gentlemen hanging around the toilets at Barrow Bridge too.

I used to think this sort of thing was a bit of a myth but it seems to be more common than i thought.

Guess we have to be carefull, especially walking around with bins, scopes and camerasbleh.gif

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it's all in hand, ian - pun intended.

there were 6 men in and out of the woods this afternoon, whilst we were up on the knoll. not nice.

edit to add C&P links into your browser

http://homepage.mac.com/skiddo/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/cbill03.jpg


http://homepage.mac.com/skiddo/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/cbill04.jpg

have also sent ian a much better image my friend phil took on wednesday



-- Edited by Paul Cliff at 19:46, 2008-05-30

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spent the afternoon up there with melanie.

incredible afternoon's birding. a flock of 16 crossbills within minutes of arriving - they circled twice so we both got 3 attempts at the count.

a couple of hours later 2 males and 2 females appeared and then to top it off - 2 adults and two juveniles. fantastic.

have tried some pics on my phone through my scope, will see if i have anything shortly.

we didn't see another bird all afternoon.

all scoped from the rocky knoll above the car park.


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Paul,

I would strongly urge you to report this to the police, not only have they a duty to act on what is regarded as a serious offence but they have launched positive steps to cease this type of behaviour at two other county sites (both good for birding, is there a link here blankstare.gif) so will certainly act on any information recieved, of course if they don't receive any they can't act and we have no reason to complain next time it occurs unfortunately.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar at 19:23, 2008-05-30

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Hi Paul, no idea whether they would or not but at least they would be aware of it occuring I guess and could manybe launch a sting operation! Same with the National park Rangers as they have patrols, especially at weekends.

BTW - Wood Warbler present again this morning but no Crossbill or weirdos! Info from my mate!!

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hi iain - i haven't as yet.

would the police really do anything to try and put a stop to it?

later there were 2 other men there with a similar agenda.

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Paul, have you reported this to the police or national park rangers? Personally I think you should and hopefully put an end to this kind of behaviour. The car park is very popular with runners, walkers and families.

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I don't know if Saddleworth is notorious for its sexual exhibitionists, but from past experience I would also apply Paul's warning to the car park at Castleshaw!

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went up yesterday late afternoon.

3 stunningly bright lesser redpoll and 5 equally bright siskin - no crossbills.

had an extremely unsavoury experience on the grassy rocky bit behind the toilets whilst scouting for the crossbills.

a man in his mid 30's came and sat on the rocks behind me for 10 minutes or so, i naively assumed he was enjoying the view. he then passed me went under the fence and stood leaning on a tree. next time i glanced over he was masturbating whilst staring over at me. this is the middle of the afternoon, ffs.

it would seem the car park is being used by others who aren't interested in it's natural beauty or wildlife - be aware and be careful.



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On Tuesday there were bits of what sounded like a nightingale's warm-up bubble between the 'spinning coin' and the song. I gather Mr. Rigby heard those wren-like calls, as, apparently, did the wren that had taken over from the robin in disputing ownership of the wood

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The Wood Warbler was right overhead (photo'd) this afternoon and was song flighting as it desperately sang for a mate. The shivery-trill song seems to me to end with a bit of Wren mimicry. Also a couple of Siskin and Redpoll singing plus Grey Wagtail at the inlet. Sadly no Crossbills.

On Saddleworth Moor 2 Red Grouse, 3 Golden Plover and a Dunlin.

Cheers, John

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5pm to 5.40pm

1 elusive WOOD WARBLER singing intermittantly and showing well briefly. Had to wait about 20 mins before it announced its presence and a further 5 mins before it appeared in a tree. Rarely gave the full song only short snippets. Sounds like robins/ chaffinch might be copying it, but only respond when the WW has called/ sung.

At least 8 CROSSBILL over the car park with at least three sitting in a tree at the far end (where the grassy area is). biggrin.gif

Not much else other than torrential rain!

Good luck - the crossbills are out there! wink.gif

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No sign of crossbills this morningcry.gif



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Can you keep an eye opened for ringed Dippers in this area (thanks for your interest, Mike)? There's a colour-ringed female at the Tanners end of Chew Brook (young seemed almost ready to fledge on Monday). Quite a few birds that were ringed on the Tame last year have gone AWOL - if they're still alive they may have moved up to this area.

Cheers, Steve

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As well as the Wood Warbler at Bin Green,biggrin.gif(Oldham Tick)

1 Spotted Flycatcher in the Dove Stones area(another Oldham tick-I sound like Mr"million list" Woosey now)wink.gif

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Wood warbler again today at Binn Green in the same area 1.15pm. Showing well (once you work out which tree it was behind!)

Year tick, manchester tick biggrin.gif, and, best of all, (sorry Ian) oldham tick biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif Thanks for that, Kath.

Also today

Binn Green : 8 crossbills, wren, 2 robins (1 responding to wood warbler), goldcrest, 2 blackbirds, mistle thrush, 4 long-tailed tits, 2 coal tits, phesant, 2 wood pigeons.

Dovestones res: nothing on the res. too choppy even for the mallard (40 male, 3 female, 2 birds of uncertain origin) but carrion crow, lesser black-back, 4 jackdaws, 12 swallows, 2 each magpie, goldfinch & meadow pipit on the dam face.

Robin, chaffinch, song thrush,great tit, grey wagtail & dipper on the Chew Brook. The dipper appeared to be unringed


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Welcome Kath! 2 good sightings in one weekend - don't forget to add them to your Atlas Roving Records!

Have been looking for Golden Plovers this Spring with no success and my only Wood Warblers have been in Scotland. Maybe I should spend less time searching for Dippers!

Cheers, Steve

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Wood Warbler at Binn Green today from 10am. last seen and heard at 3.30pm. Singing yesterday also.
From Binn Green Car park, go down steps to wards reservoir. Bird sings in wood to right just before gate to lane. Favours conifers and low vegetation. Stand at stones and on hearing it ,eventually get good views. Bird mobile and can be viewed fron lane or cross lane ,through gate and been singing in wood towards reservoir.

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Hi Kath,

I was wondering how long it would take for you to take the plunge and start posting!

The start of an Oldham take-over bidbiggrin.gif

Looking at the time you posted-must have just rolled out of the pubwink.gif

Cheers

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My first post so hope i get this right.

Two Golden Plover on Broadhead Noddle, Delph today at 12 noon.

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