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RE: Ashton Moss


At least 7 Tufted Duck (4 drakes) on Sheldon Pool in recent days.

A pair of Mute Swan were chasing the Canada Geese last Monday afternoon (2/3), but I haven't seen the Swans since.



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8/3/20 an hour or so around the mound from 8am

1 Stonechat, female, unusually at the far side of the site near Moss Lane Pool
4 Skylark up and singing
6+ Reed Bunting, some singing
1 Little Grebe on MLP
1 Kestrel
6 Meadow Pipit
3 Lapwing on fields over on Littlemoss
pair of Teal on Mockridge Pool
4 Tufted Duck on Sheldon Pool
Didn't see any Swans on any of the pools, an adult pair were on Mockridge Pool early last week.
Mockridge and Sheldon Pools are still flooded out as they have been most of the winter, maybe why the Swans are only occasional visitors at the moment. The back pools are nearly back down to their usual water levels.

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WEBS count 06/03/2020 (early)
No swans
20 canada geese
6 mallard
3 tufted ducks
1 coots

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WEBS count 09/02/2020
Still no swans
11 canada geese
9 mallard
4 tufted ducks
3 coots
1 black headed gull

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WEBS count 12/01/2020
no swans!
24 canada geese
1 moorhen
22 mallard (1 hybrid)
6 tufted ducks
4 black headed gulls

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30/12/19

the 2 mute swans are a different pair- male 4BVL ZY8876, female unringed
lake had numerous canada geese, mallards and tufted ducks plus 40+ black headed gulls, very busy

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28/12/19 Late afternoon visit

3, possibly 4 Stonechat on the mound
1 Reed Bunting
Couple of Meadow Pipit
1 Kestrel
1 Grey Heron
9 Lapwing flying over
Both Mute Swans back on Sheldon Pool
8 maybe 9 Tufted Duck also on Sheldon
2 Song Thrushes singing after sunset.

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WEBS count 15th Dec 19
24 canada geese
40 mallard
1 mute swan (4CLS)
7 tufted ducks
28 black headed gulls

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Song Thrush giving a virtuoso vocal performance by the tram car park at 11pm last night!

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WEBS count 16/11/19
with Emily Mason, university graduate
32 mallard
2 moorhen
2 tufted duck
42 canada goose
19 black headed gull
1 hybrid duck
mute swan cygnetshave moved on again, hopefully adult pair will come back shortly


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WEBS count 13/10/19
2 mute swans
16 mallard
1 coot
3 moorhen
1 tufted duck
1 black headed gull

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8/11/19 Early afternoon

1 Stonechat (male)
5+ Teal (4+ on Mockridge, 1 on Moss Lane Pool)
1 Snipe
2 Goldcrest
couple of Meadow Pipit

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14/9/19 WEBs count Sheldon lake 2 mute swans back on lake (breeding pair 4ANJ 4CLS) 25 mallard 2 tufted ducks 1 coot 1 moorhen

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17/9/19 late afternoon to 4:30 on the mound

1 Whinchat (juv)
1 Stonechat (male)
1 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Buzzard
5 Meadow Pipit
3 Chiffchaff
1 Reed Bunting
c10 Goldfinch
1 Bullfinch
1 Chaffinch over
On Moss Lane Pool
2 Little Grebe
3 Coot (1 juv)
2 Moorhen
1 Heron
Didn't see any swans on the back pools

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8/9/19 from 10am around the mound

1 Whinchat juv,
2 Whitethroat
2 Reed Bunting juvs,
6+ Chiffchaff
c25 Goldfinch
2 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk
5 House Martin
6 Swallow

On Moss Lane and Benny Lane pools
1 Kingfisher
2 Little Grebe
2 Mute Swan, adult male 4BVL and the cygnet, couldn't see the adult female.
5 Coot including 1 Juv,
1 Mallard
1 Heron



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18.45-19.45 yesterday. 

20+ Swallow over the pond, 2 Mute Swan, 2+ Chiffchaff, 2 Kestrel 



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26/8/19 from noon, fairly quiet which is usually the case in the afternoons.

1 Wheatear
1 Whitethroat
Plenty of Chiffchaff calling, 1 singing
2 Little Grebe
5 Mute Swan, adult pair on Sheldon, pair with cygnet on Moss Lane Pool
2 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk

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Thanks Simon, hope the adults will return for next season, it would be a shame if such a good breeding pair moved on

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Rachael Hill wrote:

Ahh that's sad. The back lake ones have too. Thanks





Hi Rachel

The back lake (Moss Lane Pool) Swans are still there. They are often out of sight, tucked into the bank at the narrow end of the pool.

Regarding the Sheldon Swans, 5 of last years young have been almost permanent on Audenshaw Reservoirs since the end of March. On Friday evening there were 6 immature and 2 adults, so possibly most of the family were together again.

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Ahh that's sad. The back lake ones have too. Thanks

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Hi Rachael

I did see the two adults on Sheldon Pool earlier this week but it would appear they lost their cygnets in June, perhaps in the cold damp spell.

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Has anyone seen our swan pair on the main lake- Lord Sheldon? I've not seen for about a month. Tried pond by mockridge, pond behind The Village and pond opposite Sheldon on the triangle between all the main roads- nothing. Thanks

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Some sightings from this morning with Simon Ghilks

Little Grebe
Reed Bunting - at least seven singing and a young bird seen
Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Whitethroat - birds of each species seen and heard
Lesser Whitethroat - heard singing near the railway, may have been just off site

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19/6/19 Some sightings from today around midday and early Sunday 16th

A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling briefly today but more sustained on Sunday and visible for a time in the centre of the mound.
6 Blackcap singing along Moss Lane
Plenty of Whitethroat all around some juveniles being attended by adults.
3 Willow Warbler singing.
2 Chiffchaff singing.
Lots of Reed Bunting singing, 1 juvenile seen.
8+ Skylark
1 Kestrel
3 Little Grebe
A pair of Mute Swans had 6 cygnets on the back pools on 25th May, they only have one left now.
Swift, Swallow and House Martin over.



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Some sightings from yesterday evening and early this morning.

The Sheldon Pool Mute Swans have three cygnets.

Birds otherwise similar in number to Simons last post. A Sedge Warbler was singing some distance away this morning.

Shame that this site is blighted by trail bikers

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13/5/19 11:30

Quick stop for a listen from the car at the wonderfully tangled, overgrown and partially flooded portion of land to the east of the M60 adjacent to Ashton Cricket Club

Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Willow Warbler all heard singing also Reed Bunting, Wren, Blackbird, Song Thrush and Moorhen in the area.

On the 11th a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling from the area of the mound near the corner of Rayner Lane and Moss Lane, lots of other warblers heard and seen on an early morning visit.
6+ Whitethroat
4 Willow Warbler
3 Chiffchaff
4 Blackcap
Also
3 Swift over
Kestrel
2 Bullfinch
2 Song Thrush
5+ Reed Bunting
2 Skylark singing
and a well grown and independent juvenile Blackbird

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Birds I saw on the mound: Reed bunting (m) Little grebe 2 Coot 2 Blackbird Great tit Blue tit Robin Wren Dunnock Skylark



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20/4/19 early morning up until 8

1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling and visible in the middle of the mound,
5 Willow Warbler
1 Blackcap
3 Chiffchaff
2 Whitethroat
6+ Reed Bunting
5+ Skylark
3 Song Thrush
Little Grebe
4 Teal
Kestrel
Buzzard


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First Swallow of the year flew east over the mound this afternoon!

Now that last year's young have left, the Mute Swan female is back on her nest. The male seems to be enjoying putting the Canada Geese in their place.

Another pair of Mute Swan on the back pool.

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They were 3 left on top near tram stop on Sunday, nearly missed them. I'll take a look. They needed to leave!

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29/3/19 - late morning:

Sheldon Pool:
Just the adult pair of Mute Swan - last yea'rs young all gone.

Around the mound:
a couple of singing Chiffchaffs
a plethora of singing Skylarks
plenty of Reed Buntings
1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel

Back pools:
2 Coot
2 Moorhen
1 Mallard
1 Heron




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24/3/19 early morning visit

Sheldon Pool
5 Mute Swan, 3 of last years young still present.
3 Tufted Duck
1 Grey Heron washing a large frog it had caught prior to consuming

Around the mound
Double figures of Skylark and Reed Bunting
20+ Carrion Crow
10+ Magpie
1 Kestrel
3 Little Grebe on back pools
Mute Swan pair on back pools
3 Song Thrush singing
A few Meadow Pipit heard

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18/11/18 from 8:30am around the mound.

A Kingfisher was hunting from an overhanging branch on Sheldon Pool at around 10am. It was at the corner nearest the car park and tram stop.
3 Kestrel.
1 Stonechat.
4 drake Teal displaying to a lone female on the narrow back pool (Benny Lane Pool).
Singles of Little Grebe, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Coot and Moorhen on Moss Lane Pool.
12+ Wren, all very vocal this morning.
Flock of 6 Bullfinch.
10+ Meadow Pipit.
2 Redwing over.

Also forgot to mention a male Pheasant was seen in the middle of the mound on the 5th November.


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14/11/18

8 cygnets and 2 adult mute swans
15 canada geese
9 mallard
4 moorhen
3 coot
3 black headed gulls

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A few maxima from 25/10/18, 2/11/18 and 5/11/18 around the mound

4 Kestrel
1 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
4 Snipe
4 Goosander over
5 Teal
1 Little Grebe
1 Skylark
1 Stonechat
30+ Meadow Pipit
couple of small flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare over.

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18/10/18 early afternoon around the mound.

2 Stonechat.
2 Kestrel.
2 Goldcrest.
c15 Meadow Pipit.
3 Reed Bunting.
Skylark heard.
1 Snipe.
3 Little Grebe.
2 Teal.

Sheldon Swans still all present, the Moss Lane pair and cygnet have not been seen since 22nd August.

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5/8/18 from 9:15 to 10:30am

Sheldon Pool Mute Swan pair still have all 8 cygnets, the Moss Lane Pool pair are still there with their remaining cygnet.
Moss Lane Pool
1 kingfisher
4 Coot including 2 juveniles
1 juvenile Moorhen
Above and around the Mound
2 Buzzard
3 Kestrel
1 Peregrine, adult circling over Littlemoss farm land, eventually drifted off north.
4 Reed Bunting
2 Jay
1 Chiffchaff
50+ Goldfinch
Swallow, Sand and House Martin hawking all around the mound and taking water from Moss Lane Pool.

On my last visit on Thursday there were min 3 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff and heard a couple of Willow Warblers attempting a bit of singing.



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Sunday 8 July: 12.00 - 14.00

Moss Lane Pool:
male Mute Swan 4BVL with mate and cygnet.
pair Coot with 3 small young.

pair Kestrel and one Buzzard over.

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Yes I had a feeling of deja vu so went to check. The adult male's parents were the original pair and he was ringed there 25/8/14, 4ANJ

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That's great news Rachael, had me worried there for a while.
Some info on the "Moss Lane Pool" pair from Steve Christmas, the female was ringed as an adult at Moses Gate, Farnworth during November 2013. Metal ring ZY7141.

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7/7/18, 6.30pm
Checked tonight, both male & female adult mute swan there with all 8 cygnets biggrin

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7/7/2018 this morning from 8:15 to 9:15

Sheldon Pool Mute Swan brood still at 8 but I didn't see the adult male.
2 broods of Mallard.

Not much bird activity on or around the mound
2 Willow Warbler,
Blackcap singing,
Sedge Warbler singing,
Bullfinch heard,
few Goldfinch
1 Reed Bunting
c15 Swallow
few House Martin
1 Swift
1 Sparrowhawk
3 Kestrel including 2 juveniles.

Moss Lane Pool
Mute Swan pair still with their remaining cygnet.
Coots have recently hatched 5 young

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Bit of info from Steve Christmas regarding the male Mute Swan from the pair on the back pools, it was ringed as a cygnet on Sale Water Park in October 2015. Darvic 4BVL.

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This morning

Sheldon Pool
Pair of Mute Swans still with their 8 cygnets
Grey Heron
Coot
Mallard

On the mound area

Pair of Mute Swans on back pool with one cygnet
Grey Heron
Moorhen
3 Sand Martin
4 House Martin
6+ Swallow
2+ Swift
Whitethroat family
Kestrel
Also present Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting, Blackcap

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11/6/2018 mid afternoon

Sheldon Swans still have all 8 cygnets, another pair of Mute Swans nested on the back pools and they have now hatched 2 young.
Coot with a small chick on the back pools as well as a couple of well grown juvenile Moorhen.
Also around the mound
A few Skylarks
Couple of Whitethroat
3 Reed Bunting
A Willow Warbler gave a short burst of song
2 House Martin
4 Swallow
2 Swift high over
1 Kestrel
fly over Linnets
3 broods of calling Great Tit spread out around the perimeter
and thought I heard a Meadow Pipit flight call.



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A Canada Goose family living dangerously on Bank Holiday Sunday! Luckily, no trams were imminent, and the drivers on the relatively quiet dual carriageway were vigilant, and they were able to cross safely. They seemed to be heading for the grass verge by the car park at Office Depot or Screwfix... As if there wasn't plenty of grass at their own side of the road!




-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 30th of May 2018 01:53:12 PM

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All 8 cygnets were still present yesterday (with parents)

Also a pair of Coot with young, although these were concealed and a Swallow was frequently drinking

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It was lovely to see 8 cygnets this morning, you beat me to posting

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24/5/18 7am to 8am

The Swans on Sheldon Pool have hatched 8 cygnets.

On and around the mound
5 Whitethroat
6 Blackcap
4 Willow Warbler
1 Chiffchaff
2 Reed Bunting
10+ Skylark
c30 Starling collecting food

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19/4/18 from 7 to 8am,

1 Wheatear
2 Grasshopper Warbler, heard only.
1 Whitethroat singing,
2 Blackcap singing
6 Willow Warbler singing
6 Reed Bunting
10+ Skylark
2 Linnet
2 Meadow Pipit heard
Long-tailed Tit collecting nest material
1 Song Thrush
1 Kestrel
1 Lapwing

2 drilling rigs on the mound are possibly a sign that this interesting site is on borrowed time.

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