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08/02/24 lunchtime, the river in the town centre was too high for dippers or wagtails but a kingfisher shot under the bridge at the bottom of Yorkshire Street, the first I've ever seen on the Roch.

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30-40 Redwings circling Rochdale golf and rugby clubs this evening just after dusk today

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Dipper feeding on the river outside The Regal Moon in the town centre this morning.

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Thursday 15th April 2021

2 Goosanders at Bridge 61 on the Rochdale Canal

2 Lapwings at Belfield on the River Beal

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Tuesday 9th February 2021

Drake Pochard on the Rochdale Canal near the "Blue Pits Highest Lock", however, not present the following day when the canal was frozen!

Information thanks to Patrick Galbraith

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Juvenile Goosander on the Rochdale Canal associating with Mallards at Bridge 61

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Late post for Tuesday morning.

- Blackcap (seen) and Chiffchaff singing in trees opposite Wood Fired pizza near Spotlands Stadium.

- 2 Willow Warbler, a Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing in trees outside Bella Vista restaurant near Hollingworth Lake.

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Buckley Valley 17:47 hrs

Two Red Kites drifted north over Buckley Hall prison and passed directly overhead as I stood in the field to the north. Their flight line would have probably taken them over Watergrove Reservoir.

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An extremely bizarre sighting at 8:20am. Just stepped onto the drive outside my house when a Canada Goose flew west down the street at roof top height followed by a Barnacle Goose. Both calling and heading in the direction of Syke.

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Little gull (found yesterday by Kevin Lister) still at Spring Mill Reservoir, Whitworth today which is partly in Rochdale (and therefore GM). 



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Record shot of the marsh harrier that drifted over Rochdale town centre whilst watching the peregrines yesterday 16th at 6.10pm heading in a westerly direction.



-- Edited by steven burke on Monday 17th of July 2017 12:33:16 PM


I put this through as a formal record to Ian who kindly confirmed the bird as a 2CY male. I do not think I will add my images since ithey do not add much. Out of interest this is the second marsh harrier I have seen from a town centre...the other was about 10 years ago when it flew down Market street, Manchester at about 2nd storey height!  



-- Edited by Adrian Dancy on Monday 17th of July 2017 10:16:18 PM

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Record shot of the marsh harrier that drifted over Rochdale town centre whilst watching the peregrines yesterday 16th at 6.10pm heading in a westerly direction.



-- Edited by steven burke on Monday 17th of July 2017 12:33:16 PM

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Originally posted today by Steve Croft:

I've spent a couple of weeks tracking down where our local Jackdaws roost in Oldham there seems to be two directions they head, one towards Rochdale and the other to the roost at Bardsley/Fitton Hill. I've visited the Fitton Hill roost regularly the last few weeks and as best as I can estimate there are about 600 birds there arriving in groups of about 20-40. Great way to down an hour!

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one ringed necked parakeet,seen calling in flight over turf hill rochdale,seen by john webb

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birds seen round buersil head,rochdale,grey heron 1.....,moorhen 2.....,meadow pipit 5.....,robin....,common buzzard 2 birds sat in tree.....,woodpigeon.....,c.crow.....,magpie.....,chaffinch.....,long-tailed tit.....blue tit.....great tit.....,blackbird.....,goldfinch 3 in flight.....,nuthatch 1 calling.....,house sparrow.....,kestrel male in flight......,black-headed gull 7..thanks john

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birds seen around buersil heah,rochdale,,,,,kestrel 2 birds hunting,,,,,.common gull 5 AD,1 JUV,,,,,lesser black-backed gull 7 AD,1 JUV,,,,,herring gull 2 AD,1 JUV,,,,,chaffinch 2,,,,,house martin 9,,,,,,goldfinch 3,,,,,robin calling,,,,,blue tit 2,,,,,woodpigeon 30+,,,,,jackdaw,,,,,magpie,,,,c.crow,,,,,wren,,,,,long-tailed tit,,,,,starling 40 +,,,,,grey wagtail 1 calling in flight,,,,,willow warbler 1 calling,,,,thanks john

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birds seen around buersil head rochdale,common buzzard 1.....,L.B.B.GULL 3....,B.H.GULL30.....,Common GULL 2.....,house martin 25 to 30.....,woodpigeon 17....,moorhen 2......,meadow pipit 1 calling.thanks john

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birds seen round buersil head rochdale,,,common buzzard 2 in flight,,,,,.swallow 8,,,,,.house martin 4,,,,,.goldfinch,,,,,.blackbird,,,,,house sparrow 12,,,,,.starling with juvenile,,,. chaffinch 2 mate in song,,,,,.robin,,,,,.wren,,,,,.dunnock,,,,,.woodpigeon,,,,,.blackcap 1 in song,,,,,.linnet 2 in flight,,,,,.swift 5.thanks john

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birds around buersil head,rochdale,common buzzard 2,kestrel 2 mating,skylarks in song,grey partridage pair,redwing 5,curlew1 in flight

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juvenile dipper on the river in the town centre.

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Roch Valley Way
Chiffchaff singing a few hundred yards uphill from the sewage works

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Shawfield > Fern Hill > Lanehead > Forsyth Brow > Greenbooth > Woodhouse Lane - 11th March
Goldfinch - Conspicuous and numerous throughout (except Forsyth Brow)
Robin - ditto
Greenfinch - x 3 at Shawfield x 1 at Greenbooth Wood
Sparrowhawk male x 1 at Fern Hill
House Sparrow x 5 near Lanehead. The old cottages there and the farms are good for them so there are many more than this.
Skyalrks singing at Forsyth Brow
Starlings x 20 at Forysth Brow
Skirting the moor, very few pipits and no curlew.
Lapwing - two pairs off Woodhouse Lane, as per recent years.

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Huge number of jackdaws flying east over Syke in chattering flocks at 6pm. I presume the roost was not too far away.

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5th August.

Male Pied Wagtail feeding juveniles(s) in the tree right next to the main entrance to the M62 westbound services at Birch this morning.

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-- Edited by Bill Myerscough on Monday 5th of August 2013 09:44:27 PM

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25/7

A Crossbill flew NW over Shore, Littleborough at approx 20:00

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Old House Brook > Black Dad > Birtle Dene > Deeply Vale (Manchester side)
25th June
Whitethroats singing in good numbers throughout the walk - they appear to be at a peak in these parts.
Willow Warblers also in good numbers and a few pairs of bullfinches.
Buzzard mewing somewhere out of site.
Linnets appear to be very down in numbers generally, but a pair that slipped out of some gorse were silent so perhaps I overlooked some.

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Smallshaw Wood - 25th April
G S Woodpecker drumming
Chiffchaff x 1
Blackcap x 1 in fine song
Treecreeper x 1
Nuthatch x 1
Jays - very active - groups of 6 and 7 overhead
Buzzard 'mewing' closeby

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Roch Valley Meadowcroft Wood To Tyrones Bed 5th April

Struck by the number of nuthatches calling on different territories - probably 3 -4 locations in a relatively short walk. They are certainly doing well.

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Driving along the M62 yesterday morning (13/1) it was great to look over and see so many Rooks already congregating around the rookery there. Also a pair of Dippers was around their old nest site as well this morning in Middleton and another nearby pair of Dippers was nest building on 6th January '13. Probably more accurate to say doing a bit of nest renovation, as a pair has bred at this same site for each of the last 3 years. Yet another nearby pair but this time just outside Rochdale Borough was in close proximity to their old nest on 26/12/12. One bird was singing, with the other of the pair just a few feet away.

Looks like a new breeding season is just around the corner... don't know about you but I can't wait for it!

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a female Tawny Owl calling from the same area today at abt 5pm.

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A calling Peregrine, judging by size a female, on the round metal structure near Asda at about 4pm.

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Bill Myerscough wrote:

Out and about doing a site visit for my Winter Thrushes Survey this morning... A really beautiful autumn morning to be out of doors, enjoying the scenery, weather and birds and trying not to worry too much about getting stuck in or falling over in, above the ankles depth mud! The things we must endure in order to get the BTO the data they require!





Reminded me of the sign in the cafe at Old Moor saying how that eating their cake would help conservation. If it's good for the birds we must grit our teeth and do it - someone has to!

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26th October.

Out and about doing a site visit for my Winter Thrushes Survey this morning, covering a nice semi-rural area which includes parts of Bowlee and Birch. A really beautiful autumn morning to be out of doors, enjoying the scenery, weather and birds and trying not to worry too much about getting stuck in or falling over in, above the ankles depth mud! The things we must endure in order to get the BTO the data they require!

A nice reward though was a very large mixed winter thrush flock - c150 Fieldfare and c40 Redwing, down and foraging on horse pasture at Birch. There was also c20 Starling with them but the whole flock was very flighty, possibly due to the presence on an unseen bird of prey? Another smaller mixed thrush flock (possibly some of the same birds?) were feeding nearby on hawthorn berries and rose hips in a hedgerow. Surprisingly few Blackbirds were encountered, no Mistle Thrush at all and with just a single Song Thrush.

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Late yesterday morning (23/10) there was a gathering of at least 53 Collared Doves together on telephone lines on a farm at Birch. This might possibly be a record count for this species in Rochdale MBC.

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10th June.

Whilst doing the second leg of my Rochdale Town Centre BBS this morning managed to count a single flock of 47 Long-tailed Tits! It took a while to count as I had to wait whilst the flock moved in dribs and drabs from one copse to another along the edge of Mandale Park.

Also later in the morning in the Falinge area - fledged Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Wren and Goldcrest.

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The early visit this morning for my Rochdale Town Centre Breeding Birds Survey was generally quiet but there were a few signs of resident birds getting into the swing of things. Mistle Thrush, Collared Dove and Jackdaw all nest building....not the same nest of course! Pair of Long Tailed Tits collecting and carrying food, as was a single Song Thrush seen collecting masses of worms from the moist soil..... the other bird of this pair near the nest, was alarm calling vigorously when a pair of Jays came snooping.

The only migrant species seen/heard were singing 2 Blackcaps and a single singing Chiffchaff.

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Hollingworth Lake is probably your best bet, heard there were 19 there today.

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Hi, does anybody know where the best place is to see a Comoront in Rochdale or just around Littleborough,
Thankyou,
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16th January.

This afternoon in St Chads Gardens in the town centre a vocal flock of c30 Goldfinch. No sign of the Peregrines.

There appears to be a small Magpie roost or pre-roost gathering near Rochdale Station. There were about 25 there half an hour before dusk, with birds coming in and then some leaving. There were about 30 in the same location approaching dusk on 13/12/11.

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10th June - am.

A visit to Rochdale Town Centre this morning for the second instalment of my 2011 Breeding Birds Survey and the challenges and delights of counting Feral Pigeons and corvids! However, the occasional wander off the set course to have a look at the Town Hall Peregrines and quick visits to a couple of the town centre parks produced some decent records.

A family party of Blackcaps seen in the small area of woodland (St Chad's Gardens?) between St Chad's Church and the Town Hall was a really nice sight. The male was seen feeding 1 juvenile, of which there appeared to be at least 3. A male Pied Wagtail was with 2 juveniles near St Chad's and also around the bowling greens of Broadfield Park. Also in the same park, a Greenfinch appeared to be collecting berries (which appeared to be unripe as yet) from an Amelanchier tree.

In Mandale Park - a family party of Wrens and a Song Thrush carrying food. A Willow Warbler and a Bullfinch were singing there too. Fledged Robins, Blue Tits, Dunnocks, Woodpigeons and Magpies were seen/heard as well.

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Buckley Valley 16:00 - 17:00 hrs

Reed Warbler still singing here this p.m. Seen with Simon Hitchen and Cameron from Rydings Road in front of the pond by the CCTV camera. The bird showed well at the front of the reeds several times.

A Moorhen with chicks heard calling from reeds.
Female Mallard with 3 well grown ducklings
Female Sparrowhawk flew over mobbed by House Martins
Dipper in Buckley Brook

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Buckley Valley 08:00 - 09:30 hrs. Plenty of interest here this a.m.

Highlight was a Reed Warbler singing from the Phragmites on the pond along Rydings Road just by the CCTV camera! The altitude here is 150 M above sea level. Only my 2nd ever Rochdale Reed Warbler. The first was found by Simon Hitchen at Hollingworth lake on 8th June 2008. Ill certainly be going back in a weeks time to see if it's still on territory.

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a pair of Mute Swans

Family parties of Coal Tit (first time I've confirmed breeding in this area), Blue Tit and Great Tit - adults collecting food and juvs begging to be fed, so clear signs of dependency allowing the breeding code FL to be used.

Linnet 4 flew east

Willow Warbler - 2 singing and 2 calling continuously (a sure sign they have young nearby either in the nest or recently fledged.) Sure enough both calling birds (probably a pair) were carrying insects in their bills.

Whitethroat - 1 singing
Blackcap - a pair
Kestrel

Yesterday a Dipper was seen in Buckley Brook

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Buzzard x 1 over bottom of Woodhouse Lane / Greenbooth Road mid-day. Soaring high being harried by a crow. One in same spot about three weeks ago.

Chiffchaff x 2 singing in Roch Valley at Midge Hall and quarter mile downstream. Also one singing in one of the larger gardens of Bury Road.

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2nd March

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Bowlee Community Park - last time here there were masses of birds on the playing fields...not a single one today!disbelief.gif

However there was - 1 Kestrel, 1 Reed Bunting singing, 1 Mistle Thrsuh singing and 1 Moorhen on a small pond.

In the maize stubble fields around Bowlee village - c80 Lapwing, c70 Fieldfare and c130 Starling and 3 Stock Dove. Didn't bother counting the numerous corvids. hmm.gif What were probably 2 separate pairs of Tree Sparrows biggrin.gif were seen about half a mile apart.

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4th February.

Not far short of 1,000 birds biggrin.gif foraging on the playing fields at Bowlee early afternoon.

c90 Rook,
c130 Jackdaw,
c230 Starling,
c120 Common Gull,
c350 Black Headed Gull,
11 Lesser Black-backed Gull.

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Stanney Brook Park area

sightings included

6 teal
1 moorhen
1 song thrush
2 Bullfinch
7 greenfinch
5 goldfinch
1 redwing
3 fieldfare
1 great spotted woodpecker
2 goosander flew over
1 cormorant flew over






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Sunday 19th Littleborough canal from canal street up to Fothergills mill.

30+ redwing
5 blackbird
1 song thrush
14 Fieldfare
5 long tailed tit
1 male mandarin
1 sparrowhawk.
+ a few flocks of mixed tits

Monday 20th, Ealees area.
4 redwing
1 bullfinch
1 dipper
1 sparrowhawk
16 long tailed tit
4 chaffinch
1 nuthatch
1 cormorant flew over
3 coal tit
numerous great and blue tits
1 grey heron
2 Jay

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2 Woodcock yesterday in Rochdale Cemetery was a first for me at my old 'patch', a great sight, got such a buzz from seeing them so close to home biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

Loads of interesting fungi to....though of course all fungi are interesting wink.gif

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had a walk from my house up to lake to see 'the grebe'. passed akzo pond.
1 heron
5 teal

lots of tits and finches seen.

on way back a pair of Mandarin at littleboroughs popular duck feeding spot, dont know how long they have been there but i cant believe i haven't spotted them before now.

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14th November.

A flock of 6 Bullfinch in Mandale Park this morning. Mistle Thrushes were defending berried trees in Broadfield Park. A Grey Heron on the fast flowing River Roch, upstream of the Lviv Bridge in the town centre - but today no Grey Wagtails or Dippers.

In Falinge Park - good views of 12 Lesser Redpoll feeding on birch, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Nuthatch here and 1 calling loudly from a very exposed location on top of a chimney pot in Falinge Fold, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - a male in the park and a female in Falinge Fold.

2 Grey Heron on the River Spodden at Shawclough, as were 2 Grey Wagtails but today there were no Dippers. A Little Grebe was on the reservoir near Turner and Newall at Shawclough and flocks of c120 Starlings and 9 Collared Doves were at Spotland Fold. At Shawclough - 1 Goldcrest was seen and 5 Siskins flew over.

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