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Two swallow and four swift at 08:00 this morning

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First whitethroats of the year for me on the mound early this morning. Not seen or heard any skylark this year. Magpie, carrion crow, jay, wren, robin and chiffchaff also seen. Little grebe, coot, moorhen and canada goose on the pond adjacent to the railway track.

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Woodcock spooked by dog down by the pond adjacent to the railway track at 07:30 today. Also 2 tufted duck, 6 mallard, 2 Canada geese, little grebe and moorhen on the pond. Heron flew over.

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Woodcock spooked from tree area around pond adjacent to the railway track at 08:00.

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7/1/24 Some sightings from 9 to 10,30 this morning
2 Stonechat, male and female
2 Song Thrush singing
1 Reed Bunting
6 Wren
9 Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swan and c70 Canada Geese on Sheldon Pool

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10/11/2023 some sightings from 10 until 11 this morning

2 Stonechat
1 Reed Bunting
1 Chiffchaff
1 Kingfisher
Bullfinch heard
1 Jay
1 Goldeneye on Sheldon Pool
8 Tufted Duck on Sheldon Pool, 1 on Moss Lane Pool
2 Little Grebe
Teal heard on Mockridge Pool

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A flock of around 30 lapwing over the mound southbound at 07:45 this morning.

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Little egret flew over approx. 07:20 heading towards Audenshaw reservoirs.

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Kingfisher flew across the pond adjacent to the railwy track at 07:00 this morning. The little grebe stillmhave 3 young. Great spotted woodpecker in the trees at the head of the pond. Single mallard duck and pair of coots also present. This pond is full beyond capacity at the moment as the outflow pipe is almost blocked.

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Grasshopper warbler heard this morning.

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Little grebes on the pond adjacent to the railway track have three chicks.

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9/6/23

The Mute Swan family mentioned below have relocated to the pond in the traffic island opposite the Travelodge. Quite a trek for a young family along a busy stretch of road. I could only see 6 cygnets this morning.

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The pair of Mute Swan on Sheldon Pool have seven cygnets

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Grasshopper warbler heard this morning around 8:00

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7/3/2023 Some sightings from a quick walk round mid morning

2 Stonechat
1 Skylark
5 Reed Bunting
1 Chiffchaff
2 Little Grebe
13 Tufted Duck
1 Pheasant
2 Mute Swan

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19/1/23 a few sightings from 9:30

2 Stonechat
1 Reed Bunting
2 Bullfinch
1 Jay
2 Common Gull (possibly a new record here for me) on a partly frozen Sheldon Pool with a Herring Gull and c35 Black-headed Gull
2 Mute Swan

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Five drake Tufted Duck were visible as I passed on the tram on Sheldon Pool this morning along with Canada Geese and Mallard.

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30/12/22 mid morning visit very quiet

1 Stonechat, female or young male
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker


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7 whooper sSwan over heading east at 08:00 this morning.

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Birds today included
5 Teal
13 Tufted Duck
6 Snipe
10 Meadow Pipit
1 Goldcrest
1 Redpoll
1 Reed Bunting


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2 moorhen on the tree lined pool and 4 coot on the open pond at 08:00 today. There has been 2 little grebe on the open pond but not visible today. 3 ring necked parakeet over the top of the mound.

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3/11/22 quick walk round at noon

2 Stonechat
2 Goldcrest
1 Buzzard
1 kestrel
1 Reed Bunting
2 Snipe
1 Bullfinch
a few Meadow Pipit heard, 1 seen
2 Little Grebe on Moss Lane Pool, 1 on Sheldon Pool
3 Tufted Duck on Sheldon Pool

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Five teal, five coot, moorhen, two little grebe and single canada goose on the ponds near the railway track today. Grey heron and cormorant flew over. Several jackdaw, carrion crow, wood pigeon, wren around the mound. All seen between 07:30 and 08:30 today.



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Kingfisher on the back pool this morning with 4 coot, 2 little grebe and moorhen.

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11/9/2022 around midday

Not been much around since June but today there were two Whinchat at the eastern end of the mound in an isolated Broom bush where there were also 2 Reed Buntings and a Wren.
Not much else seen
1 Kestrel
2 Jay
5 Swallow over
1 Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit and Bullfinch heard.

If anyone was wondering about the lack of posts since April it is because shortly after the 17th April post a photographer was seen out in the middle of the mound well away from the tracks, presumably staking out a Grasshopper Warbler on territory.
So from now on there will be no more posts from me during the breeding season. In any case it's likely this site will be built on in the near future. There has been a lot of survey work going on this summer, the area is earmarked for industrial development.


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2 pairs of coot with one and three well grown chick's. 2 little grebe today. Chiffchaff heard. Around a dozen swallow above the trees near the pond.

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Two great spotted woodpecker this morning (a first for me here). Two pairs of coot with one and three young, little grebe, grey heron and mallard on the pond adjacent to the railway track.

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Grasshopper warbler heard this morning.

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7/6/22 from 7:15 this morning

A Superb Parrot was calling from trees next to Benny Lane Pool this morning.
There have been single flyover Ring-necked Parakeets on 2 recent visits, first records for me from here.

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2 sand martin and 3 swallow briefly on the top today.

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Pair of bullfinch in the trees along the path between Sandy Lane and Rayner Lane this morning.

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Went to pick up a lawnmower at Argos Snipe this afternoon so took Lucas for a little walk around the pond and up the path on to the hill.

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- As Simon mentions below definitely plenty of Willow Warbler around. few seen, hard to put a number to them.
- 5 Chiffchaff
- 1 Blackcap
- 1 Sand Martin flying around
- 1m Reed Bunting
- 2 Stock Dove
- 1 Greenfinch
- Great Spotted Woodpecker heard only
- 2 Mute Swan
- 1 Muscovy Duck


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17/4/22 From 5:45 to 7am this morning

2 possibly 3 Grasshopper Warblers on the centre area.
Also bizarre occurance of a Curlew on the mound, calling occasionally throughout my visit. I didn't see the bird so there is the possibility of something mimicking the call but it was spot on and in isolation.
Otherwise similar to previous post with addition of a couple more Whitethroat.

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14/4/22 from 7 to 8:15am

Influx of Willow Warblers since Monday, 10 heard
8 Chiffchaff
5 Blackcap
1 Whitethroat
3 Skylark
7 Reed Bunting
1 Meadow Pipit
3 Stock Dove


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To add to Simon's list, 4 coot, little grebe, moorhen and mallard (m) on the open pond. 2 coot and moorhen on the tree surrounded pool near the railway track. My first swallow of the year on the top.

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11/4/22 some sightings from about 9am to 10:15

6 Chiffchaff
1 Blackcap
1 Willow Warbler
1 Swallow
6 Reed Bunting
2 Meadow Pipit
2 Skylark
1 Stock Dove
1 Kestrel
1 Pheasant




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3 coot, 2 little grebe, 2 Canada geese and 3 mallard (2m) on the open pond adjacent to the railway track. Most surprising was a swan walking along the top path adjacent to Rayner Lane. Blue ring starts 4D but unsure of the rest and don't know how to post photo.

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4 teal on the tree lined pond, little grebe, 2 coot, 2 Canada geese on the open pond this morning. Reed bunting and skylark on the top. Pair of pheasant flushed from the grass on the top.

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To add to Simon's list 4 teal were present on the tree lined pool adjacent to the railway track. Also 2 snipe on the top area (spooked by the dog).

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14/3/2022 some sightings from 6:30 to 8am

minimum 6 Chiffchaff
9 Reed Bunting
1 Meadow Pipit
3 Skylark
2 Song Thrush
2 Greenfinch
1 Chaffinch
1 Stock Dove
2 Kestrel
2 Little Grebe
2 Mute Swan and 7 Tufted Duck on Sheldon Pool

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2 little grebe present on the pond adjacent to the railway track this afternoon. Also 2 kestrel giving spectacular aerial display over the mound for around a minute before heading off high to the east.

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26/2/22 early pm visit

Some additional sightings from those mentioned below.
Male Stonechat briefly on the centre of the mound, probably same bird as earlier this year, now attaining adult plumage.
4 Skylark
2 Stock Dove landed on the mound
3 Meadow Pipit
1 Kestrel
Moss Lane Pool had 2 Little Grebe, 2 Coot, 2 Moorhen and 7 Mallard.
2 Mute Swan and 10 Tufted Duck were on Sheldon Pool.
17 Tufted Duck were on this pool earlier in February.
3 male Reed Buntings were seen using the feeders near the picnic table recently.

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Woodcock (possibly 2) on the mound this morning, 2 snipe. Little grebe and 2 coot on the open pond, 2 coot, moorhen and 7 mallard (6m) on the wooded pond. Skylark on the top area.

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8 mallard (6m, 2f)and 1 coot on the tree lined pond and 6 tufted duck (4m, 2f), 2 coot, 1 little grebe and 1 moorhen on the open pond adjacent to the railway track on the mound this morning. Water depth increasing on both ponds.

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8 mallard (6m, 2f), 2 tufted duck (1m,1f), 2 coot, 1moorhen and 1 little grebe on the open pond and 2 coot on the tree lined pod adjacent to the railway track on the mound this morning. There is more water in these ponds than I have ever sen before. Also 2 skylark briefly singing high up in the wind and rain.

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12 Tufted Duck (11 drake) visible from the tram, on Sheldon Pool, as I passed this afternoon. Also two Mute Swan.

On Friday a Cormorant was perched on the raft.

-- Edited by Karen Foulkes on Sunday 13th of February 2022 10:00:08 PM

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Great white egret over the mound at 11:15 today heading towards Audenshaw reservoirs.

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Three teal (2m, 1f), moorhen and a fleeting glimpse of a kingfisher on the wooded pool adjacent to the railway track at the far side of the mound. Little grebe and two coot on the open pond.

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Singing skylark on the mound this morning.

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Three teal, 2 drake on the wooded pool this morning.

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