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Grasshopper reeling this morning and yesterday evening in the fields between Crimble Lane and Heywood cemetery.
Other birds of note included:
1 Reed Bunting
1 Common Whitethroat
2 noisy juvenile Kestrels on the pylon

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Roe acre brook / chadwick lanes

7th sp of warbler this morning singing & song flighting Sedge Warbler at west end atound phragmites bed

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Roe acre brook Chadwick lane area fri 10/5 1300-16:45

6 species of warblers

Highlight being a singing reed warbler in the small phragmites patch at west end of brook below housing estate
Lesser whitethroat at least one along hawthorns on lane
Many Blackcaps whitethroats willow warblers and chiffchaffs

House martins 5 over lagoon and estate

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Chadwick Lane this evening:

A Lesser Whitethroat singing and showed well this evening. Third year on the trot for me along here.
Other birds seen included:
1 Bullfinch
5 Lapwings
1 Reed Bunting
3 Mistle Thrush
1 Blackcap
2 Chiffchaff
Plenty of Swallows across the fields

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From Crimble Lane to Heywood cemetery this morning:

1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the marshy grass
1 Common Whitethroat
1 Kingfisher
2 Grey Herons
1 Jay
Lots of the usuals in good song, including Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff

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In the fields that are between Crimble Lane and Heywood cemetery:

A Grasshopper Warbler reeling at 18:30. Showed briefly in flight.
Also in the area:
Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.

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Along the river Roch this morning towards Cheesden Brook:
1 Green Woodpecker on the wooded slopes
1 Dipper on the river Roch by the weir


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First Swallow of the year for me over the River Roch by Crimble Mill.
Willow Warbler singing along Crimble Lane
Dipper along the river
3 Chiffchaff
2 Bullfinch
4 Sand Martins
1 Blackcap

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Hopwood 22:10

Several piping calls overheard going North possibly Golden Plovers

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Roe acre brook / Chadwick lane area tues 19/3 09:30-15:30

Oystercatcher 3 noisily flew over (courtship?) mid morning
Lapwing at least 2 on territory
Raven 1 flew over cranking at midday landed on pylon then flew off west towards town centre
Sparrowhawk fem/imm hunting

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Roe Acre Brook/Crimble Lane

1 Kingfisher
1 Dipper
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Common Buzzard
1 Jay
4 Bullfinch
3 Redwing
1 Reed Bunting
1 Lesser Redpoll


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Roe acre brook / Chadwick lane area

Buzzard being mobbed by crow
Ring necked parakeet driven off by jackdaws

Redwing less but still 30-40
Fieldfare flocks of 15 and 40

Kingfisher 1

More Robins and Blackbirds?

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Hopwood 14:00

Ring necked parakeet perched in neighbours tree

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Chadwick lanes / roe acre brook & pools ties 6/11 09:00-12:30

Redwing 60+ along hawthorns and in bushes
Fieldfare flock of 20 over and singles calling

Greater spotted woodpecker 1

Kingfisher 1 with probably another piping with it along pools

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A Little Grebe on Queens Park lake at 15:00 today.
A Sparrowhawk overhead too.
6 Redwings
1 Mistle Thrush

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Roe acre brook / Chadwick lane area fri 2/11 9:00-12:30

Redwing c. 50 feeding in hawthorns along lane
Fieldfare 12 flew in with them

Lesser redpoll 4 seen together plus others calling

Bullfinch 3 males together plus singles seen and heard

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Roe acre brook/Chadwick lane area fri 14/9 06:30-12:30 overcast and still until heavy shower at 11:00

Chiffchaffs several singing and 4 following tit flock
Willow warbler 1 lemony juv seen
Blackcap imm seen plus others heard tacking

Sparrowhawk small fem/imm
Buzzard 1

Kingfisher seen flying high over reed bed on last part of stream/pool maybe another piping with it
Nuthatch 1 seen
G s woodpecker 2 sightings
Jay several about

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Wednesday 12th September 5:30pm

Crimble Lane
24 juvenile Swallows around the fields off Crimble Lane.
10 Sand Martins passed over heading south.
1 Reed Bunting
1 Common Buzzard
Large flocks of Goldfinch and mixed Tit flocks

River Roch
6 Goosander
2 Dippers, one in song
Kingfisher heard

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Chadwick lane / roe acre brook area ties 4/9 06:30-12:00

Blackcap at least 6 birds chasing each other associating with tits

Willow warbler at least 3 lemon juvs

Chiffchaff 1 briefly singing

Nuthatch heard

Meadow pipits several over

H martins feeding overhead

Swallow 1 calling over



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A new sighing for the area for me tonight in the form of a Ring-necked Parakeet at 16:30 this afternoon.

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Monday 9th July 17:30

Grasshopper Warbler reeling once again in the fields between Crimble Lane and Heywood cemetery.

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2 buzzards over my Hopwood garden this evening at 19:00 being squawked at by a L Bb gull

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Monday 4th June 6:40

In the fields that are between Crimble Lane and Heywood cemetery:
Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling for some time this evening, but not seen. I had to go back to be sure it was what I was hearing over the din of the road. First time Ive heard one in this area.
Other birds of note included:
1 Kestrel
1 Common Buzzard
1 Reed Warbler
2 Common Whitethroat
1 Willow Warbler
1 Chiffchaff
Good numbers of Swallows and House Martin


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My first Swift of the year seen over Mutual Mills this afternoon.

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Roe acre brook / Chadwick lanes fri 13/4 10:00-15:00

Willow warbler at least 5 singing males

Blackcap at least 3 singing males 1 seen

Chiffchaff at least 3 singing males

Swallow 1 over at 10:30

Redwing 1 seen

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Roe acre brook chadwick lane area 13/3 8:30-13:00

Redwing still c 6 about
Fieldfare heard
Many blackbirds and song thrushes
Mistle thrush poss nestbuilding
Lesser redpoll males in song flight

Meadow pipit 1, 2 , 1 & 2 over or into fields

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Walk around roe acre brook got Chadwick lane area this afternoon 8/3 15:00-16:00

Redwing 20-30 in small groups feeding on ground and fitting up I. Hedges and trees

Snipe flushed

Fieldfare 15 flew over chacking

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House martins still feeding young in nest today

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Chadwick lane/gort/roeacre brook area fri 3/6 8:00-14:00

Nuthatch 1 calling

Lesser whitethroat male singing

Grey wagtail 2 over

Kestrel adult with 2 begging fleged juveniles

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House Martin nest being occupied corner of Pilsworth and Everton streets this morning 10/5

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Roe Acre brook tues 9/5 14:00-17:00 sunny hot clear still

Blackcap at least 2 singing
White throat at least 3 singing
Chiffchaff at least 3 singing
Willow Warbler at least 2 singing
Garden warbler 1 singing from dense trees shrubs on Chadwick lane side
Reed warbler 1 singing for 3 minutes mid afternoon in Phragmites at Green lane end

Grey heron adult
Sparrowhawk female
Mistle thrush 2

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20+ Swifts at Queens Park lake and River Roch

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About a dozen Swifts over Sandiway in Heywood.
Also 6 House Martins close to Springfield Park.
Both firsts for the year smile

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Roeacre brook
Female sparrowhawk hunting over stream bog
Buzzard being mobbed By a crow and rook

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Monday 10th April 2017 6:30pm

1 Swallow over the lake at Queens Park this evening.smile

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Late post for yesterday, 27th March 2016.

3 Sand Martins over Orchard Street, (my first of the year) heading towards Queens Park.


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Roe acre brook 28/3/17 7:00-10:00

Kingfisher 2
Oystercatcher 7 very noisy excited birds circling overhead - smaller bird poss fem?

Lesser Redpoll 2

Meadow pipit 3 over and 2 in fields towards golf course

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Roeacre brook Chadwick lane area 27/3 15:15-16:20

Chiffchaff at least 2 singing
Kingfisher heard
Moorhen
Jay
Bullfinch 4 males chasing a female

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1/3/17 12:00

Kingfisher on Chadwick brook behind travois Perkins off green lane brightened up a dull day

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[bAberrant Carrion Crow

Yesterday afternoon, while parked on Taylor Street, I saw and heard a crow calling from the roof of St Joseph's church. Despite the appalling light conditions, rain, height of roof and lack of bins I could see it wasn't typically black. I drove home to collect my bins, but by the time I returned it had gone. I decided to return the next day (today).

After a short wait this morning, the crow appeared on the roof again, with two other carrion crows, but stayed for less than 20 seconds. I had nursed faint hopes of a hoodie but it wasn't to be! But it was a ghostly looking bird being entirely grey - in fact it looked more like a grey currawong than a carrion crow! I've seen many carrion crows partially plumaged with white, grey or brown, but I can't recall seeing one that was completely grey.

I tried again in the area but couldn't relocate the bird. Perhaps tomorrow.

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Sunday 23rd October 3pm
Rochdale Way, just off Rochdale Road East.
8 Redwings
3 Fieldfare

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A female Redstart seen in the front garden of a house on Marland Fold just behind Springfield Park this afternoon.
I also noticed a nesting family of House Martins on Promenade Street. Great to see.
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Sunday 3rd July 2.30pm

Lesser Whitethroat singing and showing briefly along Chadwick Lane.

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Late post for Wednesday 8th June 7pm

Lesser Whitethroat still singing along Chadwick Lane. Didn't show itself though.

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Sunday 5th June 6:30-7:15

Chadwick Lane, between Rochdale Road and Mayfield Sports centre and back.

1 Lesser Whitethroat singing and showed briefly twice. Been a while since I've managed to track one down.
2 Common Whitethroat
6 Willow Warblers

Lots of the usuals along this path too.smile

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Seems to have been a fall of willow warblers this weekend 2 singing in brook lands area fri 29/4 and 1 singing from morrisons car park 1/5 13:10

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Phoenix brewery

Song thrush singing when i got to work at 7.40 this morning and still at it when i left at 5.00

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A Tawny Owl heard calling tonight in the Springfield Park area.



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I've seen curlews recently much lower than usual flying over bury new road below darn hill and over gardeners arms birch
this evening

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Pair of Kestrels seen mating earlier today on a mill in the Queens Park area. Seem to be taking up residence.

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