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RE: Ashton Moss


2 curlew over the car people on friday 9.30am ish ( county lifer for me )

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This am

Mute Swan still present
22 Lapwing many displaying later 10 on roof of Car People
pr Tufted Duck
Canada Goose
Coot
3+ Skylark singing (Spring is here!)biggrin.gif
pr Mistle Thrush
Grey Heron
4+ Dunnock
Coal Tit
8+ Great Tit
2 Blue Tit
Chaffinch
4 Greenfinch
Mallard
8 Woodpigeon
10 House Sparrow
Crow
2 LT Tit

Cricket Club area

Kestrel perched on mast
GS Woodpecker

Sainsburys Roundabout
42 Black Headed Gull
8 Common Gull
1 LBB Gull

-- Edited by Karen Foulkes on Saturday 6th of March 2010 08:03:09 PM

-- Edited by Karen Foulkes on Saturday 6th of March 2010 08:07:51 PM

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Went for a quick trip to the Moss this lunchtime, didn't have much time, managed to get the following selection of birds.

Mute Swan
8 Lapwing
Canada Goose
Coot
Moorhen
Mallard
Skylark
Greenfinch
Magpie

I think I've gone mad.............biggrin.gif

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Just had a brilliant stroll down the lane with my kids & then up the path on the golf course:
1 ringed plover biggrin.gif
4 skylark (at least) flying up & down, singing beautifully
1 mute swan w00t.gif -you don't want to know how scarce they are in Tameside!!
12 lapwings
2 magpie
4 mallard
4 blackbird
2 wren
6 canada geese
1 moorhen
5 goldfinch
13 woodpigeon
2 jackdaw
2 collared dove
4 greenfinch
1 grey heron
1 dunnock
4 chaffinch
1 song thrush
1 coal tit
4 blue tit
2 great tit
2 carrion crow
Making me very happy biggrin.gif
Borough tick of 51 (slowly improving smile.gif)



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first visit of year all ponds frozen. topped up feeders by car the home for breakfast then back down to see whats about

mockeridge end the birds where near as damn it perching on us as we watched the feeders then walked up the lane motor way table was empty but pigeons are the animal equivilent of a hoover. the level crossing feeder was empty but evidence of activity could be seen on the way back to sheldon pool we spotted 5 fieldfare and 4 mistle thrush we stopped to watch them another bird appeared and this had a RED breast " American Robin " we both said then the sun went behind a cloud GUTTED has anyone else notice how vivid the breast colour is on Fieldfare we hadnt

just the usual suspencts in small numbers 20 species in all

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Went for stroll down lane passed garden centre, all ponds totally frozen.
10.30-11.10
1 magpie
4 collared doves
1 wren
1 Kestrelsmile.gif
4 blackbirds
8 woodpigeon
1 robin
2 longtailled tits
2 blue tit
1 great tit

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few sightings over the last few weeks

15 fieldfare - new manchester bird for me
3 song thrush
2 mistle thrush
30 greenfinch over
2 heron
25 canada geese
2 sawns
10 goldfinch
2 blackbirds

cheers

Andrew

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late report for boxing day

12.00 12.45

no sign of your canadas racheal pool thawing but no wildfowl in sight save two mute swans that just couldnt prick up enough confidence to land if only i had my camcorder with me. stocked level crossing feeder with fat balls flushed a snipe on the wet meadow near the garage.
a mixed flock of 50+ fieldfare and mistle thrushes were on the golfcourse adj to sheldon pool

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nigel charlesworth wrote:

9.30 - 11.20
canada geese (85+)

AHHH... wonder if these are from Stamford Park boating lake, when I did the WEBS count on Sunday the lake was frozen & I was missing around 100 geese!! Wondered where they got to.
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9.30 - 11.20

freeding points at motorway bridge, level crossing and paddock gate at mockerridge all topped up with seed and fat balls

all water frozen birds seen

magpie, canada geese (85+), kestrel (2) starlings, blackbirds, greenfinch, carrion crow, B.H.gull, wren, herring gull, collard dove robin, goldfinch, long tailed tit (20+) great tit, mistle thrush.

a merry x-mas to all

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Quick drive by the Sheldon Pond
14.40, 22/11/09
3 moorhen
3 mallard

33 canada geese on embankment across road/track from Sheldon pond
Oh, about 20 jackdaws on by-pass roundabout by cineworld/hollywood bowls


-- Edited by Rachael Hill on Sunday 22nd of November 2009 04:06:47 PM

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saturday

me and the boy (connor) went down to put seed at the feeding areas a few of the dog walkers now drive onto the moss and park near the motorway brdge feeders so we have moved them (not the table) up near the railway line, then walking back down turner lane we threw fat balls into some of the bushes, at the mockeridge end we put fat balls in the trees and seed near the paddock gate.

sunday

been to see the G.N. Diver. then onto the moss

sheldon pool

b.h.gull , common gull, 2 mute swans , coot

motorway table
many magpies

railway feeding station

tits in the trees

not much else weather was awfull

Lesser black on village round about with other gulls

-- Edited by nigel charlesworth on Sunday 22nd of November 2009 11:53:26 AM

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little egret flying low across fields in between newmarket road and the new football ground (curzon ashton) look as if it was going towards the moss

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10/10 14.30
Lord Sheldon pond
10 mallard
2 coots
1 grey heron
no wigeon- anyone seen it recently?


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11/10/2009 8am-10.30am

cricket ground to motorway bridge

chiffchaff (calling in trees near richmond st entrance),starling,magpie,carrion crow,goldfinch, redwing(6),moorhen,GBBgull,LBBgull,BHgull,herring gull,willow warbler.

golf course, sheldon pool

kestrel,skylark,canada goose (63),coot, lapwing,mallard,cormorant(over),
grey heron,meadow pipit(12+)

mockeridge pool and lane

robin,wood pigeon,pied wagtail,great tit,blue tit,collard dove,wren mistle thrush reed bunting.

village roundabout

common gull(20+),jackdaw

patch total now 63

-- Edited by nigel charlesworth on Sunday 11th of October 2009 10:59:57 AM

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Hi Nigel,

I decided to check out your mystery ducks on Sheldon pool this lunchtime and can confirm that they are definitely Wigeon. One is an eclipse male. It stretched one its wings and showed the white forewing. The other is probably a female.
Also heard a Kingfisher calling but was unable to locate it.
A Chiffchaff was singing from a belt of trees on the north side of the track to Mockridge garden centre.
Let me know if you find anything else interesting on the local pools, such as a funny looking grebebiggrin.gif

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8.30 - 10.00

cricket ground
Chiffchaff woodpigeon large flock of mixed finch on lane 3 goosander over

golf course
20+ mistle thrush, snipe magpie kestrel grey wagtail

sheldon pool
mallard black headed gull lapwing the wigeon??? still not convinced

mockeridge pool
collard dove tit flock kingfisher

turner lane
jay

patch total for year 59

-- Edited by nigel charlesworth on Sunday 27th of September 2009 11:21:20 AM

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Juvenile or eclipse Wigeon??

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male and female duck about teal size but look like a wigeon with out the cream head stripe any ideas what these could be i photographed the birds but cant find anything to id them ??????????????

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14:00 hrs. Generally very quiet but Village Hotel Pond -
2 Little Grebe
2 Mute swan
2 Moorhen
c. 12 Mallard

-- Edited by Alan Turner on Tuesday 15th of September 2009 06:05:33 PM

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seen from work this week.

wk comm 24/8
100 + lapwings everyday
100 + starlings everyday
3 pied wags
2 dunnocks
1 little grebe ( see post in general birding )
loads of bh gulls everyday
3 LBB Gull
1 Herring Gull
4 blackbirds
2 robins
18 goldfinch
3 greenfinch
6 swallows
4 house martins
2 swift
40 + canda geese
6 mallards
grey heron ( there seems to be 2 or 3 individuals )

shoud be the build up to gulls coming across soon. last year was getting in excess of 5000+ gulls a night over head .

ill try and remeber to post every week ,

cheers

Andrew

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walked round sheldon pool 9 am 7 mallard, numerous starlings 50+ feral pigeons 106 lapwings on roof of car people gulls flying all over nothing out of the ordinary

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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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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

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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


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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.

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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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.....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.

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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!)

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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?

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