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RE: Ashton Moss


first visit to the area since05/05/09 been busy working decided to walk instead of using the car and will be doing it again as I can use the full length of reyner lane from the cricket ground to the mockeridge plantation.

golf course

skylark, magpie, swift, whitethroat,goldfinch (numerous) 20 housesparrow,

sheldon pool

6 canada geese, 78 lapwing grey heron mallard, b.h.gull starling

mockeridge pool and wooded end of lane

blackbird,house martin, l.b.b gull, swallow,moorhen,green finch,song thrush,wren, little grebe, (field above pool) linnet , ringed plover,G.b.b.gull,
going to put feeders up at this end keep your eyes peeled

turner lane

jackdaw,great tit, long tailed tit, kestrel, have put orange coloured feeder in first bush half way up lane

cricket ground
robin pied wagtail

patch bird total now 52

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Sunday 12.30-12.45
Sheldon Pond
1 grey heron
6 mallard
2 canada geese with 5 goslings biggrin.gif
4 wood pigeon
2 magpie
2 house sparrow



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Sunday 17-5-09 9.00-10.30

Not much showing today. Nothing on the feeders Nigel. The one on the corner is disappearing into the vegetation.

On golf course
Ringed Plover
Lapwing
Skylark

On Sheldon pool
Mute Swan 2 - no leg rings visible as on water
Mallard
Moorhen
Canada Goose
Grey Heron

On Mockridge pool
Canada Goose
Little Grebe (heard)
Moorhen

On Rayner Lane and Moss Lane
Willow Warbler
Swift
Kestrel
Wren
Mistle Thrush
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
House Sparrow
Robin
Magpie
Jackdaw
Woodpigeon
Starling
Blackbird

Gary

-- Edited by Gary Marland on Sunday 17th of May 2009 11:35:32 AM

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Cunning woodpidgeons Nigel?? There's enough of them!!

Hubby spotted these on walk around 18.00 16/5/09
Buzzard over motorway
greenfinches

Pond behind The Village (what we calling that one then?!)
8 tufted ducks
Mallards
Heron flying over





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7.00am to 8.25am

sheldon pool

5 canada geese, 2 little grebe 4 mallard

golf course/ moss lane/ rayner lane

lapwing, whitethroat (singing on telephone wire near feeding station), skylark, jackdaw, carrion crow, moorhen, magpie, swallow, woodpigeon, 2 lesser black backed gulls (flew over golf course), wheatear (M)

mockeridge pool area

blackbird, greenfinch, starling, wren, swift (over garden centre), goldfinch, robin, collard dove, song thrush, blue tit

patch total is now 49 (what will the 50th bird be answers on a post card)

has any one seen any birds at the feeding station we have only seen 1 great tit but the feed is going some where

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late post from sunday 26 april been working had no time to send in report nice to put a face to a name hi gary after you had left us we had brief views of a reed warbler on mockerridge anyway todays sightings

sheldon pool
3 canada geese 5 mallard, coot,moorhen, grey heron

golf course

lapwings woodpigeon, jackdaw, skylark

topped up feeding station then walked back to mockeridge end

first patch wheatear on golfcourse

song and mistle thrush, blue tit, greenfinch goldfinch dunnock robin collard dove swallow white throat all around mockeridge pool

patch total now stands at 47

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Sunday 26-4-09 10.00-12.00

Wheatear 3 on golf course
Whitethroat 1 singing on Moss Lane
Swallow 3 over ponds

plus usual stuff

on golf course
Ringed Plover 2
Lapwing
Skylark

On Sheldon pool
Mallard
Canada Goose

On Mockridge pool
Grey Heron
Moorhen
Reed Bunting

On Rayner Lane and Moss Lane
Linnet - at long last
Wren
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
House Sparrow
Robin
Great Tit
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Jackdaw
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Starling
Blackbird

Gary

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went down to top up feeders been busy over weekend not had chance toget on the patch
sheldon pool

2 canada geese
4 mallard
1 swallow (first of the year on the moss for me)

golf course

lapwing
wood pigeon
skylark
linnet
carrion crow
jackdaw

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20/4/09
09.30-11.00
Sheldon pond
2 canada geese (still on nest)
3 mallard
3 lapwings
8 house sparrows

along lane towards motorway
5+ skylark (great displays)
grey heron flying
1 reed bunting (around feeding station)
2 starlings
5 jackdaw
10+ carrion crow
7+ lapwing
2 blackbirds
6 feral pigeon
9 woodpigeon
3 magpies
1 mistle thrush

lane past garden centre
8 starlings
1 reed bunting
1 grey heron (from earlier?)
4 blackbird
10+ woodpigeon
6 greenfinch
2 collared doves
2 linnet
1 chaffinch
2 dunnock
1 wren

Mockridge pond
1 canada goose
1 moorhen
2 swallows

plus much more flying too fast in bushes!


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Just a note to say that I also saw the Peregrine
flying down the side of the new Police headquarters
on Wednesday dinnertimeish. Sat in my car and
it flew right over me, not very high either.
Great to see.

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nigel charlesworth wrote:

saw my first peregrine in Ashton let alone local patch



Now I'm jealous! Great spot.
15.20
Briefly checked out Sheldon pond for swans- no sign
2 canada geese (one still looks like on nest & opposite side to where dogs go)
4 mallards
over 30 starlings flew up from bank near pond
over 50 starlings in flock nearer motorway end of lane
very windy & kids were saying rude words!


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driving home down lord sheldon way @ approx 4.15 (dont tell the boss) and starlings jackdaws wood pigeons and lapwings all shot up had to stop at the lights at the turning and saw my first peregrine in Ashton let alone local patch

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Ashton Moss

14/04/09

3 Ring plovers
2 LRPs
on path to Droylsden near to Mockridges
Good scope views

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I think they would need a small arsenal to successfully breed on here

Gun turrets??
There was no signs of swans yesterday, canada geese were squabbling- one looked like it was on nest, will go over later & check for swans and find that feeding station (any excuse) smile.gif

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At 4 years old they should be old enough to breed

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nigel charlesworth wrote:


do you think the swans where not quite old enough to sucsessfully breed ??????????






I think they would need a small arsenal to successfully breed on herebiggrin.gif

Gary

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the mute swan nest was on the left of the sheldon pool as you look towards the garden centre on the edge of the willows in was still there on easter monday but as was said before SOME dog walkers treat the area as there own we saw LRP only because a dog walker was on the main part of the golf course behind the invisible fence with keep out signs
do you think the swans where not quite old enough to sucsessfully breed ??????????

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9.00am 14/4/09
Approx 14 jackdaws on verge as drove past, by 'Sheldon Pond'.

11.00-12.00
Sheldon pond
6 canada geese
6 mallard
moorhen
no swans

Lane towards motorway
10+ lapwings
8 carrion crows
3 jackdaws
1st sky lark

lane past mockridge
2nd skylark
6+ greenfinch
3 blackbirds
1 song thrush
2 long tailed tits
2 robins
wren
2 blue tits
24+ starlings
20+ woodpigeons
2 collared doves
4 house sparrows
feral pigeons
4 carrion crow
2 lapwing (up path)
2 mallard (up path)
moorhen (mockridge pond)

Kestrel flew by motorway bridge/firestation


-- Edited by Rachael Hill on Tuesday 14th of April 2009 02:14:32 PM

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Thanks Steve. These appear to be brother and sister although the situation is a bit complicated as there was a menage a trois (excuse my French) with a second male attending the female so they might only be half brother/sister!

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Steve Christmas wrote:

Could anyone visiting again please check the ring numbers of the pair of mute swans? If it is the same pair from earlier in the winter they are brother and sister no.gif.






They are SHB and SHD, Steveno.gif

The male was being very territorial and moving the Canadas off the pool when I had a look on Good Friday, but I could see no signs of nesting.

Steve

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easter monday 9.15 to 11.00ish

sheldon pool
dunnock, canada goose (6), mallard, house sparrow (4) two male two female,

golf course / rayner lane
jackdaw, carrion crow, lapwing, skylark, wood pigeon, skylark.

moss lane
wren, bullfinch, long tailed tit, reed bunting, grey heron ( in flight)

rayner lane / golf course
sparrowhawk, robin,

mockerridge pool
collard dove, goldfinch, moorhen.

path across golf course veiwing from Heavy plant crossing signs
ringed plover, little ringed plover

patch total todate 40 species in three weeks

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Sunday 12-4-09 10.00-11.30

Chiffchaff on Moss Lane

plus usual stuff

on golf course
Ringed Plover 1
Lapwing
Skylark

On Sheldon pool
Mallard
Canada Goose
Black-headed Gull
no sign of Mute Swans - Looks like the dogwalkers have finally scared them off.

On Mockridge pool
Coot
Moorhen

On Rayner Lane and Moss Lane
Reed Bunting pair
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
House Sparrow
Dunnock
Robin
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Jackdaw
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Starling
Blackbird

Gary

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nigel charlesworth wrote:


.....Anyway I thought the big pool could be refered to as Sheldon pool, the one opposite mockeridge garden centre, wait for it mockeridge pool the ones on the golf course who knows





Sounds good to me Nigel. I was thinking of exactly the same names. Best not get too attached to them as they might disappear if the golf course ever gets finished.

Gary

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went on the moss 13.00
parked up first bird was a kestrel that flew from sheldon way onto golf course then hunted usual stuff saw kestrel hunting over ashton park garden centre one ringed plover on sheldon pool both swans where on the water

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saw the little grebes last year not this year yet!!!
as for yobs with guns i for one will phone the police straight away not seen anybody down there doing anything like thatjust one bloke sunday with a german shepherd who though it was funny to let the dog chase the geese the male swan thought different and i had no camera with me.
Anyway I thought the big pool could be refered to as Sheldon pool, the one opposite mockeridge garden centre, wait for it mockeridge pool the ones on the golf course who knows

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Hi Nigel

I don't know of any names for the pools. The large one will remain as it was built into the terms of the planning permission when they destroyed the moss. The smaller ones at the back change shape and size every year as they move the earth about - Little Grebes nest there every year though. I don't hold out much hope for Swans nesting on the larger pool - the local youth seem to enjoy using the site for target preactice with their airguns - though this might change with the new police HQ nearby (or maybe not!)

Steve

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hi steve
good point the pool/pond i have been refering to is the large one between rayner lane and sheldon way.
are there names for these pools or do they need some so we all know where we are supposed to look
thanks for your info will use them in future been down tonight nothing out of ordinary just chaffinch as a new patch bird for me on moss lane at the feeder

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The lane that runs roughly parallel with Lord Sheldon Way is Rayner Lane. The lane that runs from the Ashton end of Rayner Lane across the railway is Moss Lane.

By Mockridge pool do you mean the one between Rayner Lane and Lord Sheldon Way or the pool on the other side of Rayner Lane by Mockridge Nurseries?

Cheers, Steve

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6.00pm - 6.45pm
took my son down to help put up some feeders and fat balls at the motorway fence site and one in the hawthorns near the farm/stables

mockeridge pool :-
could not see rings on the two swans one on nest the other is patroling the pool chasing away everything that dares to enter is quite fun to watch the postures he does. canada geese, mallard, coot, moorhen

golf course:-
skylark, woodpigeon (50+), ringed plover, starling,

does any one know the names of the lanes that run against Lord Sheldon Way and down to the farm??????????????????????

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Could anyone visiting again please check the ring numbers of the pair of mute swans? If it is the same pair from earlier in the winter they are brother and sister no.gif.

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Posted by NIgel Charlesworth, 05.04.09

up date for ashton moss these are my sightings so far
29/03/2009
nigel charlesworth and phil logan
mockeridge pool area
magpie, mute swan (2),mallard (6) moorhen, coot, canada goose (2) black headed gull, lapwing (6), feral pigeon, skylark
on the lane
kestrel, blackbird, bullfinch, longtailed tit, reed bunting, carrion crow, wood pigeon,grey heron
mockeridge nusery end
mistle thrush, wren, greenfinch, dunnock,collard dove, stock dove,
on golf couse (up the divide path)
linnet, and jackdaw.

05/04/2009
nigel charlesworth
mockeridge pool area
mute swan (2) (1 on nest), canada goose, mallard, moorhen, coot, lapwing, kittewake (juv) (report email to ian mc)
golf course
skylark, LRP(2), golden plover(1), wood pigeon,
on the lane
grey heron, carrion crow, jackdaw, dunnock, goldfinch, magpie, long tailed tit,
blackbird, common buzzard(2) (over golf course HIGH),
mockeridge nusery end
house sparrow, linnet, greenfinch, robin, collard dove, wren

local patch list stands @ 33 species with only two outings and still the summer stuff to come could be in for some great outings



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Mute swans SHB and SHD are brother and sister no.gif ringed in 2005 at Cheadle.



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Sunday 15-3-09 9.30-11.30

Reed Bunting male
Ringed Plover 5
Little Grebe
Mute Swan 2 confirmed as 'SHD' and 'SHB'

plus usual stuff

Lapwing
Skylark
Meadow Pipit
Great Tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
House Sparrow
Robin
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Mallard
Coot
Moorhen
Woodpigeon
Starling
Blackbird
Canada Goose
Black-headed Gull

Gary

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Thanks for the info Steve. I'll keep a more interested eye on them now.

Gary

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Hi Gary,
Mute swan SHB was originally ringed as a female cygnet in 2005 at Cheadle.
Thanks for the report!
Steve Christmas

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Saturday 7-3-09 9.30-11.00

All my posts refer to the Rayner Lane side of Ashton Moss only, to differentiate them from Paul Bambroffe's Daisy Nook/Ashton Moss posts.

The pair of Mute Swans were back today. One had a blue ring with white 'SHB' writing on it as seen last summer by Paul Carroll. Does anyone know if I should report this to the North West Swan Study?

Plus:-

Lapwing
Skylark
Meadow Pipit
Long-tailed Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
House Sparrow
Robin
Dunnock
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Mallard
Coot
Moorhen
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Starling
Mistle Thrush
Blackbird
Canada Goose
Black-headed Gull

Gary

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Saturday 14-2-09 11.00-12.30

Skylark
Meadow Pipit
Long-tailed Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Chaffinch
House Sparrow
Robin
Dunnock
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Mallard
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Starling
Blackbird

No sign of the two Mute Swans that have always been here before.

Gary

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Friday 6-2-09 15.00-16.30

Better than last weekend

Stonechat 1 male
Fieldfare 3
Golden Plover 6
Lapwing
Meadow Pipit
Greenfinch
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Black-Headed Gull
Mute Swan 2
Mallard
Woodpigeon
Starling
Blackbird

Pool almost completely frozen

Gary

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Sunday 1-2-09 11.30-13.00

Cormorant flying over
Goldfinch
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Black-Headed Gull
Mute Swan
Mallard
Moorhen
Woodpigeon
Starling
Lapwing
Blackbird

Gary

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quick look round this afternoon between 3.30 & 4

2 mallard on the pond next to Ashton Park Garden Centre

further up the same lane on the right is another pond that is fenced off not much going on only saw another 2 mallards. Got a great suprise as i walked up to the ditch on the left hand side a Kingfisher was sat on the side on the ditch as bold as brass, 1st time ive seen one here and only the second i have ever seen.

other than that loads of magpies and nowt else

cheers

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Sunday 10-8-08 11.00-12.30

Blackbird
Starling
Magpie
Woodpigeon
Canada Goose
Carrion Crow
Blue Tit
Robin
Song Thrush
Willow Warbler
Goldfinch
Swallow


Also the following butterflies:-

Gatekeeper
Large White
Speckled Wood

Not very interesting, I know

Gary

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Gropper and sedge warbler calling tonight from the area around the telecommunication masts, off Rayner Lane.

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But the congestion charge boundary will run right through Ashton Moss - it could be the most expensive place to birdwatch.

Let's hope they retain a few footpaths and a few areas where birds can breed amongst all the ugly warehouse-type sheds they are building.

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I live within walking distance of this site and on the 17th Feb this year my wife suggested we just go for a walk around this area to see what birds were about, instead of driving to somewhere further afield. I was a bit dismissive thinking that there wouldn't be much at all. However, I was pleasantly surprised at some of the species recorded.

Canada goose
Mute swan
Black-headed gull
Common gull
Lesser black-backed gull
Lapwing
Kestrel
Blackbird
Magpie
Carrion crow
Mallard
Collared dove
Greenfinch
Blue tit
Woodpigeon
Skylark

and the most unexpected to me, a female Stonechat on the far side of the spoil heap near to the estate where the trotting track used to be.

Who knows what a more experienced birder would have spotted.

Maybe I should make it my local patch. It might be the only place I can afford to get to soon.biggrin.gif


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The same two swans were at the same site last May, but didn't stay to breed to my knowledge. The Little Grebes managed to raise one young on that pool. As Andrew says, it's a pretty good birding site in a most unpromising area.

Keep watching, Steve

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Was in the same area week before last. There are a ringed pair of Mute Swans on the enclosed pond near Mockridge Nurseries, they are blue ring on right leg "SHD" and "SHB". Also a Sedge Warbler calling from a ditch near Moss Side Farm.

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not much time for birding lately and even less time to spend posting !!.

spent 10 mins looking on the pool on ashton moss next to the garden centres this afternoon.

4 lapwing
1 ringed plover 1st ive ever seen here
1 little grebe
1 heron
2 lots of canada chicks
8 mallard chicks
40 plus stralings at least 20 juves
greenfnches
sparrows
blue and great tits

not bad for a pool that is 100 mtrs x 20 mtrs and next to a dual carriage way


cheers

Andrew


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