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Rachael Hill wrote:

Sat 28 June 2014

7 cygnets still present biggrin

-- Edited by Rachael Hill on Sunday 29th of June 2014 09:00:12 AM





Since Rachael last posted, one of the juvenile Mute Swans has disappeared.

This evening there were still eight Mute Swans (2 ad, 6 juv) present

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Sat 28 June 2014

7 cygnets still present biggrin

-- Edited by Rachael Hill on Sunday 29th of June 2014 09:00:12 AM

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All 7 cygnets present with both parents.
Grey Heron
15+ Mallard
Willow Warbler singing
2 Swallow
Skylark singing over the Moss

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10.30am today,
7 healthy and strong looking cygnets on bank with parents on guard.
Grey Heron at back of lake.
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Two visits to the area today

Grey Heron flying over
2 House Martin near Travelodge
Reed Bunting singing
Willow Warbler, either one very mobile or two birds present
Kestrel hunting

The Mute Swan family was posing for photos

Generally fewer Warblers in the area than last year

-- Edited by Karen Foulkes on Saturday 31st of May 2014 07:59:13 PM

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7 Mute Swan cygnets still present this evening along with both parents.



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Okay Karen steal my idea....
Went tonight, 7 cygnets happily swimming but with a group of lads skimming stones over their heads.
After lynching them (and I knew them through my voluntary- they must think I'm totally bonkers now!) I tried re-educating them and hopefully they might keep an eye on them or at least leave them alone.

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This evening as I passed on the tram, both adult Mute Swans and all 7 cygnets were on the bank of the pool.

Also 6 drake Mallard in early stages of moult

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yesterday at 5pm

All 7 cygnets present and correct smile

Stupid couple allowing one of their dogs to harass the swans disbelief. Pen moved cygnets to centre of pool whilst the cob patrolled the water near the bank giving a metaphorical two fingers to the dog!

Coot family on Mockridge pool but no sign of Little Grebes this year.

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On my way home this evening

Pair of Mute Swan with 7 cygnets
1 Whitethroat singing

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Today

Grey Heron in corner of pool by tram stop
2 Coot
3 Mute Swan still present. I've been watching the adults trying to chase last year's remaining youngster off on more than one occasion over the past couple of weeks!

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Today

3 Mute Swan
Pair Tufted Duck
Coot
2 Canada Geese
12 Black-headed Gull
4 Mallard

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5 Mute Swan present this morning, seen from tram

This evening at least one drake Tufted Duck present, but only the usual three Mute Swans

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All 3 Mute Swan still present
3 Tufted Duck (2 drakes)
2 Coot
4 Mallard

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This morning

3 Mute Swan
Coot
20 Black-headed Gull
3 Common Gull
10 Lapwing flying away from the roof of Car People!

The four Tufted Duck from my last post were still present in the middle of the week, but were not visible today

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This afternoon

3 Mute Swan still present
4 Tufted Duck - 3 drake
Coot
c10 Black-headed Gull

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16.00

Two flocks of lapwings flew from Moss direction over Halford (Snipe retail Park), towards reservoirs.

Approx 35 in 1st flock

Approx 25 in 2nd flock



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A few minutes this morning

3 Mute Swan
2 Coot
12 Mallard12 Black-headed Gull
2 Canada Geese
Female Tufted Duck
Cormorant flew towards Audenshaw



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From tram stop

3 Mute Swan
Drake Tufted Duck
1 Coot
70+ Black-headed Gull (c20 on roof of Car People)

No Lapwing

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This morning

3 Redwing flew towards motorway embankment near The Village
3 Mute Swan
50+ Black-headed Gull


-- Edited by Karen Foulkes on Saturday 14th of December 2013 08:29:30 PM

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Grey heron over retail park at 09:30

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This morning, first thing

50+ Black-headed Gulls on pool by Metrolink stop
3 Mute Swan

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This afternoon on pool by Metrolink

3 Mute Swan
2 Coot
Moorhen
Female Tufted Duck
7 Mallard
1 Meadow Pipit over

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Less than ideal weather conditions

3 Mute Swans still present
1 Coot

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3 Mute Swan yesterday (2/11/13). It looked as if the adults were in the process of chasing the third juvenile away, there being no sign of the other two juveniles!

Also

2 Coot
1 Mallard
1 Black-headed Gull

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At least 4 Mute Swan visible from tram early evening

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Pair of Mute Swan and 3 cygnets
Coot
15+ Mallard (lots of juveniles)
Grey Heron
Whitethroat singing
Willow Warbler singing


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Karen Foulkes wrote:

The pair of Mute Swans now have four cygnets smile





Only 3 cygnets this afternoon cry though they were being well looked after by the parent birds.

Pair of Mistle Thrush have nested under the canopy of the garden centre and have 3 recently-fledged young smile

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The pair of Mute Swans now have four cygnets smile

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1220-1300

Sedge Warbler singing and giving brief views
2-3 Reed Bunting
Whitethroat
Blackcap
Willow Warbler
Grey Heron
Skylark

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Saturday 10-1030am.

Sedge warbler
Blackcap
Reed bunting
Bullfinch
Willow warblers aplenty
Skylark x2

Plus the usual suspects on the pond/swan lake

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Ashley Edwards wrote:

Just amazing how good a place for birding this is.





Some of us can remember it before they built a motorway, a by-pass and a tram track through it... disbelief

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Just amazing how good a place for birding this is. Visit to Mockridge Nurseries cut short to go look at
Sedge warbler
Blackcap
Skylark calling in distance
Pair of mute swans
Swift x3
Whitethroat

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This morning

Sedge Warbler still present
Willow Warbler
Blackcap
Whitethroat
Grey Heron


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2 Whitethroat
Willow Warbler
2 Grey Heron
Swallow
plus the usuals

No sign of yesterday's Lesser Whitethroat or Sedge Warbler

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Mid afternoon

Mockridge Garden Centre area

Reed Bunting (singing male)
At least 2 Common Whitethroat
Blackcap
Sedge Warbler, an uncommon species in Tameside!
Lesser Whitethroat, I initially heard this bird whilst trying to find the Sedge Warbler. As I managed to get on the bird he moved, being a typical Lesser Whitethroat! He sang about six bursts and seemed to move on

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Grey Heron and drake Tufted Duck seen from bus on pool nearest Manchester Road early afternoon

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Buzzard on a fence post by the railway line this morning.

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Morning visit

3 Mute Swan on Sheldon Pool. 2 adults and 1 juvenile bird
20+ Black Headed Gull
3 Mallard
10+ Magpie near Cricket Club

Sainsburys roundabout

2 Jackdaw
7 Carrion Crow
6+ Common Gull

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8.20pm - 9.00pm 20/6/12

Quick stroll round starting near the path near the sheldon arms.
Robin
Song Thrust, singing deafeningly loud!
c10-20 Starling
c10 Swallows
Swift
1 Kestrel flew over and was subsequently mobbed by everything, poor thing.
1 Little Grebe, couldn't see any of the chicks, hopefully they were huddled in the reeds with the other parent.
Mute Swans still on Mockridges pond with all 5 cygnets.
Mallards still got plenty of ducklings.
1 Grey Heron

Also, whilst walking back down the dirt road had a lond distance staring contest with a fox.

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11am-12pm

Mockridge Pond
Swans and cygnets still present
Mallards ducklings doing well
Reed Bunting

Skylark singing above scrubby fields

Went over to the smaller pool next to the field with the horses.
x2 Little Grebe with 4 tiny chicks
Linnet
Goldfinch
Coot
Swallows

Loads of Starlings all over the place
Also saw a little gang of blue tit fledglings in a bush down near the motorway bridge.

Sean

-- Edited by Sean Molloy on Wednesday 13th of June 2012 04:02:55 PM

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Glad to hear that the cygnets are doing OK - think Rachael said there were 6 originally. The guys working on the Metro have been keeping an eye on them.

There are a few Reed Bunting around, but the bigger flocks in the area last time I visited were Linnets. A few pairs of Lapwing seem to have bred as usual but it won't be long before the roost starts to build up again.

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Not sure if anyone is still posting in here but seems to be the only thread on the forum for this general area.

Walk around near mockridges yesterday afternoon, around 4PM, for the first time in a while.

Mute swans have successfully bred, 5 signets in tow.
Mallards have also bred, i think i counted about 9 ducklings. They were so tame, obviously used to being fed, that they literally crowded around my feet.
Coot with one chick, past the downy stage but still obviously young and being fed by both parents.
2 Grey herons
unfortunately didn't have my bins but I'm sure there was a flock of reed bunting about but couldn't get close enough to see.
also saw a few greenfinch and goldfinch.
1 lapwing on a strip of grass in the middle of the dual carriageway, only one i saw. are they still roosting in the area or have they been deterred by the metro work?
not much else of note.

Sean

-- Edited by Sean Molloy on Monday 11th of June 2012 03:09:20 PM

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Late afternoon visit

Blackcap - 2 sets of parents feeding young, at least one more singing
Willow Warbler - 3 singing
Whitethroat - 3 birds singing including one displaying
Reed Bunting singing
Mallard with 8 well grown ducklings
Grey Heron
Lapwings still around, not sure how much Metro works have affected them, no obvious sign of any young birds
Skylark in full song
8 House Martin

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Swift seen at junction of Lord Sheldon Way and Manchester Road,2.15pm

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Late am

Common Whitethroat - 2 birds singing in different locations
2 Blackcap singing and 1 female
c10 Willow Warblers
c20 Linnet
2 Meadow Pipits
Mute Swans still present


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This morning 0900-1200

Male Reed Bunting singing when I first arrived
5 Willow Warblers all heard only
4 Blackcap (2 males singing in close proximity to one another with 2 females also in the vicinity)biggrin.gif
2 Sand Martin over
16+ Lapwing
8-10 Linnet
c4 Skylark singing and another one showing well perched on post
Also quite a large passage of Meadow Pipits appeared to be going through c50 birds in total



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After rain this afternoon

Mockridge Pool
1 Reed Bunting (male)
1 Little Grebe
Pair Coot
1 Moorhen

Sheldon Pool
2 Mute Swan
2 Coot
6 Mallard



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A brief look on the Moss this am

4 Lapwings displaying despite the fact that they were working in the area
1 Skylark singing
2 adult Mute Swan on Sheldon Pool
Also 2 Coot and a Moorhen

At least 3 Greenfinch displaying
Plenty of House Sparrows also


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A good mooch around the moss this am

Two flocks of Linnet (6 and 10-12)
At least 3 Skylarks singing including 2 having a mid air battle for territory
2-3 Meadow Pipit, a bit thin on the ground in Tameside at the moment
2 adult Mute Swans arrived on Sheldon Pool, one had a silver ring on, couldn't read number though
Pr Tufted Duck on Sheldon Pool also
1 Buzzard displaying towards motorway
1 Kestrel, hovering near Metro works
3 Lapwing displaying

Good numbers of birds singing, nothing out of the ordinary though

Still some good habitat in the area despite the works

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