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First decent stroll round the neighbourhood for a couple of weeks, due to knackered knee - may be some time before moorland mooching is back on the agenda cry

Several Chiffchaff still around the valley (including one singing).
Dipper (with metal ring) at Wrights Mill on the river.
Female Sparrowhawk mobbed by Crows and Jackdaws.
Numerous Jays.
No Redwings or Fieldfares yet - just Song and Mistle Thrushes which are probably locals.

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Hi John ... a friend told me about a Ring-neck parakeet being in a tree on the Stamford Arms car-park at Heyheads around 3 month ago.

Roger.

-- Edited by Roger Baker 3 on Monday 5th of September 2016 08:37:01 PM

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5 Ring-necked parakeets, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk over Stamford Golf Course this morning.



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Extended walk from Mossley, via Buckton Castle, across the moor to Alphin Pike:

Flyovers of Peregrine and Buzzard on the moor, otherwise the usual fare of Red Grouse, Meadow Pipits, Skylark and Wren, plus a singing Reed Bunting and a family party of Mistle Thrushes.

Descending Alphin to Greenfield, three juvenile Stonechat was a pleasant surprise. Lapwings in the fields seem to have raised very few young this year though they were tolerating the Pheasant in their field today.



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Woken early this morning - Jackdaws much noiser than normal as young had fledged.

Late morning walk along the moor edge from Micklehurst Cricket Club to Greenfield border:

Lapwings noted nesting in late April had been wiped out (apart from one brood) by farming operations but most seem to have relaid. At least 12 birds were calling frantically and diving at some unseen predator as I approached their field. When I got closer, it transpired that the object of their annoyance was a pair of Pheasant in the field. Most of the aerial onslaught seemed to be directed at the male (who wasn't taking the slightest bit of notice!).

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On the river, I seem to have found a bigamous male Dipper (identified by a metal ring) which has one mate in Mossley and another upstream in Greenfield. Will follow progress...





Have recently found a Dipper nest at a new site. Regular observations strongly suggest that a single mum is doing all the feeding of the young but seems to be coping. The ringed male seems to be devoting his attention to his other mate up the river.

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Thursday 19th May 2016, 12.30pm

Blackcap singing in the vegetation next to the railway, behind Mossley Home Improvement Centre, Manchester Road.

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Several fire engines engines just gone up Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge. Looks to be a fire raging on the moors around Harehill or the Alphin area, from the view out of our attic.

One consolation may be the wind, which is still coming from the north and east, which will hopefully contain the blaze around the moorland fringes.

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7.10pm - 2 swifts over Mossley Railway Station. My first of the year.



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Late morning walk along the moor edge from Micklehurst Cricket Club to Greenfield border:

Little Owl
2 pairs Wheatear
5 pairs Lapwing
1 Twite - first I've seen in this area for almost twenty years!

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Four singing Willow Warblers on Heron Lane this morning and only one Chiffchaff. Seems to happen every year - as soon as the Willow Warblers arrive, the Chiffchaffs move away from this patch with only the odd pair remaining to breed.

On the river, I seem to have found a bigamous male Dipper (identified by a metal ring) which has one mate in Mossley and another upstream in Greenfield. Will follow progress...

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Another disappointing early visit to BBS square (Top Mossley/Hartshead Pike) this morning:

As last year, just one pair of Lapwing. No Skylarks again. Meadow Pipit numbers better than last year.

No Willow Warblers yet and just one wind-blown Swallow.

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Pairs of Dippers displaying at two traditional nest sites on the river this morning. Also Chiffchaff singing.

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3 Chiffchaffs on Heron Lane this morning (one singing, two silent)

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First singing Chiffchaff of the year on Heron Lane this morning.

Pair of Grey Wagtails and a Robin all carrying nest material by the river. Dipper carrying food to a traditional nest site - presumably the female is already on eggs.

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A lone Curlew heading south through the snow this morning!

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Sunny, but icy, morning walk along moor edge from Buckton Castle to Greenfield:

Little Owl sunning itself on a favourite drystone wall.
Flyovers of Peregrine, female Sparrowhawk and 2 Raven.
Red Grouse heard but not seen.

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65 Pink-footed Geese heading W at 08.50
2 Ravens flying S
4 Goosander circling round the valley
Kestrel hovering over Midge Hill
Dipper on River Tame

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Mossley railway station this morning at 08.10

3 swans, almost certainly Whoopers, flying SE.

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Heron Lane this morning:

more birds than I've seen here for a long time. Highlight was two juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers which alighted in a tree six feet away from me and proceeded to search for food and scrap with each other seemingly unaware of my presence.

Juveniles of at least a dozen species were flitting through the trees, the most numerous were Willow Warblers and, for the second time in the last three days, I even heard a snatch of Willow Warbler song.

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3 Grey Wagtails on canal side, from Micklehurst Road bridge.

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Thurs 16th July. 15.00 hrs.

Newly mown field facing Mossley Hollins High School.

Jackdaw. 300+
Swallow. Around 8, all entering the old barn.
Kestrel up on moor.

Roger.

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Thursday 25th June 2015, 9.30 - 10.30am

Moor Edge Road, below Abraham's Chair

2 Linnet
4 Goldfinch
1 Chaffinch
2 Willow Warbler
1 Blackcap
100+ Starlings around the old quarry
6 Swallows
2 House Martins
1 Swift
3 Mistle Thrush
6 Meadow Pipits


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Late visit to BBS square (Top Mossley/Hartshead Pike) this morning in glorious sunshine:

Willow Warbler seem to be having a successful breeding season - and good to see two pairs of Whitethroats which have been scarce round here this year.

The two Lapwings from the early visit have gone - and no Skylarks at all for the first time in 18 years of surveying this area cry

Jackdaws continue to thrive.

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Dipper on Tame just down from Woodend Mill.

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Rather disappointing early visit to BBS square (Top Mossley/Hartshead Pike) this morning:

Lapwing decline continues. Just one pair (doing battle with Crows). Just 10 years ago I would have expected 10 pairs.

First visit I've ever made and not seen or heard a Skylark. Meadow Pipit numbers low as well.

The only plus was 4 singing Willow Warblers.

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Good start to the day (bird-wise if not weather-wise) when 2 Swallows flew past my house - heading South! Wood Pigeons nest-building just behind the house.

Once the sun had appeared, I walked up Heron Lane for some more signs of Spring, and wasn't disappointed. A singing Willow Warbler and a pair of Chiffchaffs. The Pink-footed Goose looking very lonely now that most of the Canadas have paired up (with one bird already on eggs).

Into Greenfield...

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Two singing Chiffchaffs on Heron Lane this morning. Doesn't really feel like Spring though cry

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Beautiful morning this morning.
My only sighting so far is of a Kingfisher on the river Thame, in my area, but I am hopeful for the rest of the day!
Also, the single pink footed Goose has turned up again this afternoon, grazing with the Canada Geese.


-- Edited by Garry Chesters on Wednesday 18th of March 2015 04:47:03 PM

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A single pink footed goose still feeding with Canada geese next to the river behind the housing estate opposite 'The Tollemache Arms' in Mossley.

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Plenty of Dipper activity on the river this morning.

At one regular site, one bird was frantically wing-shivering whilst the other sang nearby. Apparently the female sings whilst the male shivers! Then, just upstream, two birds were posturing like two rival male Robins do and I presumed another male had entered the first one's territory. However, it could have been the first pair that I saw - it seems from my books that this aggressive-looking behaviour is also part of the pair-bonding ritual. Both birds were unringed.

Another pair of Dippers were present at the next regular territory.

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Pink-footed Goose with small flock of Canadas in field off Heron Lane.

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9 Goosanders (6 males, 3 redheads) on river above weir at Queen St. Mill this lunchtime.

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1st Feb. 15.00 - 16.30.

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Pair of Mistle Thrush on Egmont St football pitch.
Party of Long-tailed Tit. (c7).
Dipper (un-ringed) just upstream of foot-bridge.

Roger.

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Moor edge walk this morning from Micklehurst Cricket Club to the Greenfield border.

Cricket Club area: c20 Redwing and almost as many Blackbirds scoffing Hawthorn berries, 2 Mistle Thrush, 6+ Greenfinch, male Bullfinch.
Little Owl on fence across the field.

Micklehurst Clough: hunting Peregrine and female Kestrel (former definitely putting the wind up the latter!)
30+ Fieldfare with a few Redwings.



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Late post for yesterday afternoon. Grey Wagtail on roof opposite Milton St John's School.

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Big movement of Redwing SW down the valley this morning.

100+ over the railway station at 08.10 but prior to that at least two larger flocks had flown in the same direction down the valley. Hard to count birds and eat breakfast at the same time smile

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David Walsh wrote:

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Heron Lane:

WILLOW TIT refound after an absence of 6 weeks

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Despite all the hoohah going on 5 minutes up the road, this is the best news of the weekend for me!! biggrin

I saw mine again this morning - all we need to do now is join the dots along the woods of the Tame Valley, and we'll have ourselves a breeding population biggrinbiggrin







OK David. You start a trail of sunflower seeds at your end and I'll do the same here ...
... but they're probably both male or both female - any good Willow Tit sexers on the forum? smile

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WILLOW TIT refound after an absence of 6 weeks

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Despite all the hoohah going on 5 minutes up the road, this is the best news of the weekend for me!! biggrin

I saw mine again this morning - all we need to do now is join the dots along the woods of the Tame Valley, and we'll have ourselves a breeding population biggrinbiggrin



-- Edited by David Walsh on Sunday 2nd of November 2014 05:44:10 PM

-- Edited by David Walsh on Sunday 2nd of November 2014 05:44:46 PM

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Heron Lane:

WILLOW TIT refound after an absence of 6 weeks smile. Located in flight as it descended from the Oldham border on Midge Hill. Followed it to a hawthorn by the railway bridge over the lane where it was feeding on the ripest berries. Good views as it flitted from one hawthorn to the next, only losing it when it descended into the brambles.

Also, c80 Pinkfeet over heading E/NE. Redwings and Fieldfares over in dribs and drabs heading SW and good numbers of Woodpigeon heading the same way.

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Roger Baker 3 wrote:

28th Oct. 14.45 - 16.00 hrs.

Heyheads (Kershaw Hey).

Not actually sure if I was in Mossley or Stalybridge, very borderline ?





Right on the border, Roger. Whichever, you were definitely in the Watsonian Vice-County of Cheshire smile

There's a great map feature on the Grey to Green website
http://www.gmwildlife.org.uk/grey_to_green/index.php?map=1view4
where you can superimpose a variety of boundaries.

-- Edited by Steve Suttill on Wednesday 29th of October 2014 09:39:41 AM

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28th Oct. 14.45 - 16.00 hrs.

Heyheads (Kershaw Hey).

Not actually sure if I was in Mossley or Stalybridge, very borderline ?

Picked out a couple of Goldcrest mixed in with the roving tit flocks.

Roger.


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Proper birding Steve ...... none of that "sat in the hide" stuff for us !

Had a double dose of that hill ....... I had to get back up it !
My legs not been right since.

Roger (The Tameside Ninja)

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Following a suggestion by Roger Baker, tried out a new route this morning.

From Top Mossley over Luzley Road: 200+ Pinkfeet over heading SE and a Little Owl found while scanning a small clump of trees for thrushes smile

Then down an extremely steep, wet and muddy path (thanks Roger - will get even sometime!) along the Mossley boundary to the edge of the Cliffs SBI:
Sparrowhawk and Kestrel, about 10 Redwing, Gt Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, pair Bullfinch, wandering tit flock, etc.

Back along the canal (very quiet).

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40 Redwing flying SW down the Tame valley this morning at 07.30

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Two Dippers on River Tame behind Woodend Mill at 16:30.

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On the river by the old Queen St. Mill this morning:

5 redhead Goosander
3 Dipper (at least two were unringed)
Grey Wagtail
Heron

A little later on Heron Lane:

Heron (naturally!)
Kingfisher
2 Swallows over heading South

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Ashley Edwards wrote:

Where abouts is Heron Lane? I can't seem to find it on any maps?





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If you head out of Bottom Mossley along Manchester Road, towards Greenfield, Heron Lane is on the left, before the river, and Roaches Lock. Good luck wink

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Where abouts is Heron Lane? I can't seem to find it on any maps?

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Heron Lane:

No sign of the Willow Tit since the 18th.

Chiffchaffs have been present on every visit for the past 3 weeks or so, though they don't actually breed at this site. This morning two were present - one singing and one just making contact calls.

A flock of 12 Swallows which has been present, hawking for insects, for the past few days had gone this morning. Presumably last night's frost has made them see sense...

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