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Saturday 13th October 2018, 9.30 - 11.00am.

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook to Millbrook.

1 Ring Ouzel flew southwest over the moor at Shireclough, calling twice.
3 Mistle Thrush
8 Pheasants
1 Meadow Pipit

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Thursday 11th October 2018, 11.00am.

Printworks Road, Heyrod.

1 Little Grebe
1 Moorhen
4 Nuthatch
6+ Long-tailed Tits
1 Cormorant on the pylons

A Sparrowhawk was hunting over the river near Portland Place, Stalybridge, at 6.15pm yesterday, and there sounded to be a steady movement of Redwing over the railway station at 8.00pm.

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Monday 8th October 2018.

5 Redwing west over Penny Meadow, Ashton, at 8.20am

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Sunday 7th October 2018, 9.30 - 11.45am.

Around Harrop Edge, Stalybridge.

A flock of approximately 70 Fieldfare flew noisily over south west at 11.00am, with at least 3 Redwing mixed in.
3 Mistle Thrush
2 Ravens were being harassed by a 100+ flock of Carrion Crows and Jackdaw, for most of the morning.
At 11.30, the Raven pair then mobbed a pair of Buzzard over the old garden centre. The Buzzards drifted off towards Wild Bank.
100+ Starlings feeding in the fields towards Matley.
10+ Meadow Pipits
1 Pied Wagtail
14 Goldfinch


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Sunday 30th September 2018, 9.00 - 11.00am.

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook.

13 Mistle Thrush, including a flock of 11 flying north
1 Buzzard
2 Kestrel
2 Raven
1 Lesser Redpoll
1 Chaffinch
2 Pheasant
10 Meadow Pipits
25 Starlings
74 Black-headed Gulls, in one field
38 Woodpigeons
27 Jackdaw
2 Jays
2 Dunnock

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Tuesday 11th September 2018, 1.15pm.

Printworks Road, Heyrod.

1 Cormorant on the pylons overlooking the river
Several Nuthatches calling

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Hobby flying West over Salisbury Drive Dukinfield at 4pm



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Thursday 16th August 2018, 10.30am - 12.00pm.

Pennine Bridleway along Harridge, mainly around the Carrbrook side. Deathly.

4 Buzzards - 3 together, calling loudly towards Brushes, the other hanging in the breeze over Cowbury.
3 Kestrels together, over Millbrook.
2 Ravens on the moor
1 juvenile Blackcap creeping around the bushes
5 Mistle Thrush
1 Swallow

Yesterday lunchtime, a female Sparrowhawk was hunting in the trees over the river at Grove Road, Millbrook.

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Thursday 2nd August 2018, 10.30am - 12.00pm

Around Harrop Edge, a promising looking area, that rarely fails to disappoint no

90+ Goldfinch, in two groups, both feeding on thistle seeds. Both mainly juvenile birds. 60 around Paddock Farm, the rest towards Matley Lane.
2 Whitethroat, a juvenile seen, with another calling from the undergrowth
1 Willow Warbler
1 Song Thrush
c 10 Swallows

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Lesser black backed gull chick growing fast, its sibling perished after jumping off the nest on to the adjacent roof.  



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Tuesday 19th June. 21.00 hrs. Dukinfield.

House Martin seen visiting traditional nest site on Cheetham Hill Road .... first time I've seen one local this year.

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A pair of Lesser Black Backed Gulls have successfully hatched 2 chicks over the weekend, they are nesting on our factory roof.



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Saturday 16th June 2018, 7.00 - 9.30am

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook to Millbrook.

20 Lapwing; 17 adults and well grown juveniles, plus one group of three smaller juveniles at the field edge. A mixed group of 50+ Black-headed, and Lesser Black-backed Gulls keeping the Lapwing very busy.

1 female Cuckoo moving around the fence posts on the moor edge towards Shireclough
14+ Linnet, including a family group of seven, and a couple of singing males
3 Lesser Redpoll
3 Greenfinch
4 Goldfinch
One pair of Bullfinch taking food into a nest
6 Chaffinch
5 Willow Warblers
1 Blackcap singing
10+ Dunnock, including one carrying food, and a couple of youngsters. Plenty singing.
Family groups of Blue and Great Tits moving around the bushes.
2 Swallows only
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Mistle Thrush
1 Song Thrush
15+ Blackbirds
6 Meadow Pipits, some carrying food
1 Buzzard over Harridge

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Friday 15th June 2018, 10.45pm

Tawny Owl hooting in the trees at Parkhill Nursing Home, Millbrook

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Sunday 20th May 2018, 8.00 - 10.00am.

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook to Millbrook.

10 Lapwing seen, including one well grown juvenile
Cuckoo singing at Cowbury Dale
6+ Linnets, at least 3 singing males
5 Goldfinch
3 Chaffinch
1 Greenfinch singing
1 Bullfinch
6+ Meadow Pipits
2 Mistle Thrush, carrying food
2 Swallows, in a barn that would normally hold 4 pairs
3 Willow Warblers singing


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Friday 11th May, 7.30pm.

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook.

7 Lapwing, including two newly fledged birds, in the newly ploughed beet field. The grass in the fields that held the bulk of birds is now so long that no Lapwing were visible.
4 Willow Warblers singing around Shireclough

Yesterday, 3 Swift were feeding over Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge

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Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing by Tameside hospital car park this morning. 6 Sand Martin by Tame on Bayley Street. 



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Thursday 26th April 2018, 9.00 - 11.00am

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook.

12 Lapwing visible, including 10 in the air at once, mobbing a crow.
3 singing Willow Warblers
3 singing Dunnock
3 singing Chaffinch
2 Goldfinch
1 Lesser Redpoll
3 very noisy Jay
Pair of Pied Wagtails
2 Raven
3 Meadow Pipits

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2 swallows at the top of Mossley Road.

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Sunday 22nd April 2018, 2.00pm

Printworks Road, Heyrod.

1 pair of Coot, one bird sitting
1 Grey Heron
3 Willow Warblers singing
3 Chiffchaff singing
2 Blackcap singing
1 pair of agitated Nuthatch


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Friday 20th April 2018, 7.00 - 8.00pm

Pennine Bridleway, Shireclough, Carrbrook.

18 Lapwing visible, my best count since the initial influx.
3 singing Willow Warblers
3 singing Chaffinch
1 Peregrine over, towards Brushes
Pair of Pied Wagtails


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20/4/2018 Dukinfield

2 Ravens very high heading north over Dukinfield Park at 1520hr, surely going in the wrong direction given the astounding and sickening news from Scotland.

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Monday 16th April 2018, 8.20am

Ashton Town Centre.

A recently fledged Blackbird being fed worms by its parent on the edge of the car park at Glebe Street was a nice way to start the working week.

Also in the area.

Greenfinch singing above Crickets Lane health centre
Several Dunnock singing
Song Thrush
Mistle Thrush
House Sparrows
4 Goldfinch
Jackdaws nest building

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15/4/18 Dukinfield

3 female Brambling have been visiting our garden this afternoon, 2 picking around under the feeders and 1 using a hanging sunflower heart feeder. A male Great Spotted Woodpecker has been feeding on a fat block today, a female was in yesterday.
Also yesterday, a Willow Warbler was across the road in Dukinfield Park most of the afternoon with a brief appearance of a female Blackcap in the same tree that the Willow Warbler was favouring.



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Sunday 15th April 2018, 9.30am - 12.00pm.

Pennine Bridleway, between Carrbrook and Brushes.

1 Ring Ouzel, a handsome male. Fortunately, it called once, otherwise I would never have found it. It was feeding on the edge of the heather, mainly behind a collapsed stone wall, for about fifteen minutes, then flew higher up the moor, and disappeared into an area cleared of heather. It seems to be a good year for passage. That makes five different sightings for me, at five separate local sites, in the past week and a half.
1 male Wheatear, in the same area, at the same time, as the Ouzel.
1 Curlew calling from high up on Harridge was good to hear.
10 Lapwing visible in the fields, with 7 appearing to be sitting.
1 singing Willow Warbler
House Sparrows around the cottages
Pair of Pied Wagtails
3 Chaffinch
2 singing Greenfinch
5 singing Dunnock

An enjoyable morning.


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Thursday 12th April 2018, 9.30 - 11.30am

Harrop Edge, Stalybridge.

Feeling like winter. Strong, cold winds, and shrouded in mist.

9 Fieldfare feeding in the fields added to the unseasonable feel.
3 singing Willow Warblers
1 singing Chiffchaff
5 Meadow Pipits

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Good to hear a Blackcap singing in Dukinfield this morning.

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Saturday 7th April, 6.45 - 8.15pm

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook.

9 Lapwing visible, in the gathering gloom. At least 6 sitting
19 Pheasant
4 Meadow Pipits
2 Red Grouse
2 Song Thrush singing
1 Tawny Owl calling from Shireclough at dusk

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5 + Sand Martin today at 10.30 on the river Tame seen from the bridge on Bailey Street, Stalybridge

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Sunday 1st April 2018, 9.30 - 11.30am

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook to Millbrook. Back in the grip of winter!

14 Lapwing
1 Kestrel
1 drake Mandarin in a field at Millbrook, with a few Mallard
7 Dunnock, with four singing
6 Meadow Pipits

And not a lot else.

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Saturday 31st March 2018, 10.00am

Printworks Road Pond, Heyrod.

4 Coot, with one pair nestbuilding
1 Moorhen
2 pairs of Canada Geese
My first singing Chiffchaff of the year
2 Nuthatch
2 Greenfinch singing

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A couple of hours around Carrbrook from 09.45-11.45

Tawny Owl calling at 10.45. Peregrine Falcon, Meadow Pipit, 3 Lapwing, 5 Bullfinch. Red Grouse heard. Nice to meet David Walsh too. 



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First Chiffchaff of the year, at the lower part of the mettled footpath from the bottom of Mottram Old Road up to Wildbank - about 50m up - always a reliable spot for this spices being first migrant of the summer.

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Saturday 24th March 2018, 4.00pm

Driving from Top Mossley to Ashton, two Lapwing in the air, seen from the car, in fields on the eastern side of Mossley Road, opposite Ashton Golf Course.

House Sparrows actively collecting nest material around Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge, today.

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Thursday 22nd March 2018, 9.00pm

Tawny Owl hooting from the woods between Grove Road and Crowswood Drive, Millbrook.

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Sunday 18th March 2018, 9.30 - 10.30am.

An hour spent struggling along the Pennine Bridleway from Carrbrook to Brushes, and back, being constantly battered by snow drifting from the moor, driven by a ferocious, gusty wind. The only birds seen were 2 Carrion Crows and 2 Red Grouse. A few of the "garden species" were around, in the shelter of the clough next to the houses at Carrbrook. No Lapwing heard today.

Then on to Printworks Road Pond.

1 pair of Goosander
1 Little Grebe, coming into breeding plumage.
4 Coot
2 Moorhen
6 Canada Geese




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Thursday 15th March 2018

Harrop Edge, 9.30 - 11.15am. Blustery and very quiet.

2 Skylark
1 Lesser Redpoll
2 Meadow Pipits
1 Kestrel
1 Curlew flew over east, carrying on up Longdendale Valley, until it was a speck.

Printworks Road, Heyrod, 11.30am.

Similar sightings to Roger's, minus the Geese.
Also, a pair of Greenfinch in the surrounding Bush
1 Grey Wagtail in the horse paddock
Several Nuthatch calling

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook, 4.30 - 5.30pm.

11 Lapwing seen, all on the ground.
c 20 Redwing. There seems to have been a clear out of Fieldfare since the weekend. Not one seen this evening.
15 Starlings
26 Pheasant
2 Pied Wagtail



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Thurs 15th March. 15.00 hrs.

Printworks Rd. Heyrod. Stalybridge.

Canada Goose. 6
Coot. 4
Moorhen. 1
Little Grebe. 1

Roger.

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Saturday 10th March 2018, 8.00 - 10.15am

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook to Millbrook.

Similar fare to Thursday, with an accurate Lapwing count again proving difficult. On the way up, 12 birds were in the air together, doing a wide circuit of the moor, but it was at a point before I could view the fields where the birds are on the ground, so I have no idea whether this is the total population or not. One bird seems to be sitting tight in the middle of the beet field. At least six birds were displaying.

Fieldfare and Redwing numbers were slightly down, and around 10 Chaffinch were mixed in with the Goldfinch and Starlings. Again, most of the action was in and around the beet field.

3 Meadow Pipits back on territory were new for the site this year.

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Thursday 8th March 2018, 9.30 - 10.30am

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook.

13 Lapwing, minimum, but difficult to count when on the ground, due to a combination of the field contours below the Bridleway, and the heavy snow, which restricted visibility. At least five birds displaying.

The old beet field at Shireclough held the following:

c 70 Fieldfare
c 40 Redwing, both difficult to count accurately
20 Goldfinch
12 Pheasant
3 Song Thrush
2 Mistle Thrush
1 Lapwing

In a field further towards Millbrook, a smaller flock feeding on the ground contained approximately:

80 Starlings
30 Fieldfare
30 Redwing

Dunnock singing all along the route.

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Thursday 7th March

Two lesser redpoll on our garden feeders which backs on to Gorse Hall, Dukinfield area. They were present for most of the afternoon.

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Thursday 1st March 2018, 3.30pm

Ashton Town Centre.

I received a couple of strange looks whilst stalking through swirling snow, putting fat balls in the hedges of Cotton Street East car park, behind Boots.

Around 25 House Sparrows, a Dunnock, and a Robin didn't seem to mind, though. smile

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An unusual sighting for the area early this afternoon, 2 Lapwing flew low across Dukinfield Park and then over our house.

A few Redwing have been frequenting the park over the last few days also just across Pickford Lane on our garden feeders in the last week or so, couple of Siskin and Redpoll, male Blackcap, male and female Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrest, daily mid teens of Goldfinch and Greenfinch, 4 Chaffinch, c10 House Sparrow. Also around the garden 4 Blackbird, 3 Robin, 3 Dunnock, all 4 of the commoner Tits, a few Starlings and probably the best for me a Song Thrush that has been around since late autumn although it has been seen less frequently lately.

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Tuesday 27th February 12.30 hrs.

Printworks Rd. Heyrod. Stalybridge.

80% frozen ........ seemed to be just 5 pair of Canada Geese in the open water but visibility was bad in a snow storm.

Roger.

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Good weather today made walking to/from Stalybridge Station more enjoyable than recent times

A pair of Goosander were on the canal by Tesco this morning.

This evening two Dippers on the Tame downstream from Melbourne St bridge. Whilst upstream near Corporation St were two Grey Wagtail and some Long Tailed Tits



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Thursday 22nd February 2018, 10.00 - 11.30am

Pennine Bridleway, Carrbrook to Millbrook.

Still exactly 26 Lapwing in the fields below the Bridleway
1 Skylark
20 Fieldfare - no Redwing seen today.
9 Dunnock, 7 singing males
3 Song Thrush
2 Mistle Thrush
2 Lesser Redpoll
1 Chaffinch singing
1 Greenfinch singing
4 Goldfinch
7 Red Grouse
10 Pheasant
20+ Starlings

On a pleasant spring morning

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Wednesday 21st February 2018, 5.30 - 6.30pm

Shireclough, Carrbrook.

Kestrel perched on a telegraph pole, just before dusk
3 male Tawny Owls hooting, one at Shireclough Farm, the other two from Cowbury Dale.
Lapwing calling from the fields below the Bridleway.

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Tuesday 20th February 2018, 9.00 - 11.00am

Harrop Edge, Stalybridge.

2 Buzzards, in the same tree.
4 Skylark, calling from the rough grass around Paddock Farm
12 Fieldfare
6 Chaffinch (4 singing)
1 Greenfinch singing
1 Lesser Redpoll over
4 Goldfinch
Several Dunnock singing
100+ Black-headed Gulls in the fields
2 Raven being mobbed by Carrion Crows

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Monday 19th February 2018.

Bayley Street, Stalybridge, 2.30pm.

Pair of Dipper on the River Tame between Bayley Street and Tame Street bridges.

Gas Street, Ashton (back of Boots), 4.00pm.

A flock of c 20 House Sparrows around the hedging of the car park
1 Dunnock singing
1 Pied Wagtail

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15:00 Buzzard circling over River Tame at junction of Sandy Lane / Park Rd

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