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Thanks for the info on the Jack Snipe dates, Steve - seems I missed the earliest record for the 21st Century by one day!

With regard to Willow Tits, I've just had a look in Breeding Birds in Greater Manchester which has a probable breeding record for the tetrad adjacent to where I found "my" bird. BBGM gives an estimate of 300 breeding pairs in the county and expresses the hope that replanting of the Mersey Valley would lead to an expansion in the breeding range. Sadly, not the case.

It's good to get some reward for working these local patches for the last 20 years, though neither bird could be found this morning.

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Well done Steve on two excellent local patch finds. You are right,Sept 18th is an early date for Jack Snipe in GM. In fact there are only 20 September records in the database going back to 1993. Unfortunately, you can't claim the prize for the earliest ever, there are a few records that beat yours.

  • Hope Carr NR - 1st to 13th Sep 1999
  • Doffcocker Lodge - 8th Sep 1993
  • Worthington Lakes 14th and 16th Sep 1996
  • Castleshaw Resrs - 17th Sept 2005


The Willow Tit is intriguing and makes you wonder about the status of this species in the east of the county, given other sightings in Tameside and Oldham this year. In the early 1980's there was of course a significant population extending from Stockport north into Tameside and Oldham. We had assumed these birds had long since disappeared and none were recorded for Bird Atlas 2007-11 in the east, apart from a single at Hollingworth Lake in 2008 and 2009. However, perhaps there are still one or two pairs waiting to be discovered in the area.

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JACK SNIPE - second Mossley first of the week smilesmile

With the intention of looking for dragonflies and butterflies, I decided to have a look at the SBI below the new school. Thought I'd check the pool first as I'd flushed a Common Snipe there last week. I could see a resting wader on the mud but it was too small for Common and didn't flush as I approached closer. In fact it sat there, occasionally bobbing like a Dipper, while I managed a rough sketch. Having checked a few recent county reports, this seems like a rather early record for the species.

Willow Tit was still present, though secretive, on Heron Lane this morning.

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WILLOW TIT - a Mossley first for me smile

Searching the trees along Heron Lane this morning in the hope of a migrant flycatcher or similar, I found very little of interest apart from a flyover Raven. Turning back, resigned to a count of the resident Bullfinches, there it was feeding on a bramble amongst the Rowans. After allowing a good, close up, view, it disappeared into the undergrowth and I could only follow it by its two note call. It re-emerged briefly at the top of a Rowan before once again hiding away.

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Buzzard over Micklehurst Road at 6.0 pm.

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

Willow Warbler numbers have picked up and one was seen carrying food to a nest - Whitethroats also.

What few Lapwings there were on the early visit have all gone - surely any young can't have fledged by now, or can they?

Jackdaws still outnumbering all other species added together!

Little Owl seen on walk home.


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5 Swifts screaming around Woodend Mill (a regular breeding site) this morning.

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Grey wagtail, Dipper along canal between New Bridge and Woodend Mill. Second sighting of Dipper on this stretch.

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Early visit to BBS square (Top Mossley/Hartshead Pike) this morning:

Just 1 singing Willow Warbler and my first Wheatear of the year.

Meadow Pipit numbers down this year and no sign of recovery for the Lapwings.

Jackdaws probably outnumbering all other species added together!

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along the Greenfield end of the old railway bridleway: my first Blackcap of the year + 2 singing Chiffchaffs.

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Forced out of my home today - couldn't stand the sight of my neighbour destroying the last vestiges of wildlife habitat - or the sound of his JCB furious

Old railway bridleway:
2 singing Chiffchaffs
1 pair of Brambling and one pair of Siskin in the same tree.
1 pair Bullfinch

Shadworth Lane and Noonsun Hill:
3 pairs Lapwing nesting
2 Skylarks
surprisingly few Meadow Pipits, no Curlew and, amazingly, no Grouse.

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Slightly better results for this morning's Winter Thrush Survey:

7 Fieldfare perched on overhead wires.
4 Blackbirds (all male)
2 Mistle Thrush (male of the pair singing very loudly)

Also, 2 escaped Guineafowl in the dentist's car park on Stockport Road!

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Yesterday's Winter Thrush Survey:

2 Redwing and 2 Mistle Thrush perched in the same Birch tree - and that was it cry

How can you do an hour's walk and not see or hear a single Blackbird confuse

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This morning's Winter Thrush Survey: 12 Fieldfare perched on overhead wires. 5 Blackbirds - most feeding on the few remaining Hawthorn berries.

Also seen: pair Bullfinch, Dipper and Kingfisher.

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Two Peregrines above my house at 08.50 this morning. A pair judging by the disparity in their sizes. Unusual to see a pair together outside the breeding season.

Seasons' Greetings!

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John,

I assume you are referring to Stamford Golf Course in Stalybridge? If so, I also flushed a woodcock, from our garden in Huddersfield Road, half a mile from the golf course, yesterday morning. Definitely a garden first!

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A woodcock was flushed out by a stray golf ball this morning on Stamford Golf Course (not mine may I add). A first for me on the course.
Sadly a tawny owl had managed to fly into a barbed wire fence and had not survived.

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2 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk, about 70 fieldfare and a green woodpecker heard for the first time this year on Stamford Golf course.

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This morning's Winter Thrush Survey around Mossley/Greenfieeld border:

7 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 3 Blackbird and 2 Mistle Thrush

also 6 Bullfinches - this year's young now almost completely in adult plumage.

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c 120 Pink-footed Geese over Mossley at 0820 this morning heading S/SE

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skein of c90 Pink-footed Geese over Mossley heading E/SE at 0825 this morning

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Gull noises above Mossley station this morning made me look up to see a Black-headed Gull doing battle with a medium-sized bird of prey. No bins but it was almost certainly a Hobby smile

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One Dipper on river near Woodend Mill yesterday afternoon.

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0805-0830 Two laps of Mossley cemetary produced no wryneck :(

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Many thanks for the info, I will keep an eye out for your posts.

Cheers,
Ashley

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The guy who found the bird had to go out to work and didn't find it on returning home. He will phone me if it is refound and I'll post here. The golf course might be worth checking.

In 2006 a Wryneck hung around Shell, Carrington, for five days and the previous year one spent three days in Horwich...

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Is there any more information available with the wryneck sighting like whether it lingered or flew off? I only live in Carrbrook and between Queensway and us is the golf course so wondering if its likely to be in that area with all the short grass etc?

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WRYNECK reported from a BTO member's garden in Queensway, Mossley at 09.45 this morning.

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Late visit Breeding Bird Survey square (Top Mossley/Hartshead Pike) this morning:

Meadow Pipits and Whitethroats gathering lots of fat juicy caterpillars bodes well for a good breeding season.

The two small Lapwing colonies seem to have suffered mixed fortunes. One field has been completely abandoned but the other has good numbers with a couple of well-grown chicks present. One bird still sitting - presumably on a replacement clutch. Plenty of corvids hanging around looking for an easy meal though...

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At least 3 Willow Warblers singing on Heron Lane.

First Swallow of year for me.

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Early visit Breeding Bird Survey square this morning:

No Willow (or any other) Warblers this year, nor any hirundines. Lapwing numbers down this year.
3 Wheatears - first of the year for me smile

After the survey continued my walk round the back of Hartshead Pike and found a pair of Little Owls sitting cosily together in their favourite tree.

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3 Waxwings in ash tree on Manchester Road (nr Warmco) this morning at 8.00

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Pleasant stroll around my BBS square at Hartshead Pike with Tom Willis. Sun shining, blue sky, icy cold!

Meadow Pipits everywhere. In the heather they all seemed to be paired up and/or displaying. Elsewhere in the fields there were small flocks, presumably having retreated from the higher moors.
Skylark heard singing briefly.
Half a dozen Lapwing on territory.
Two male Pheasants having a good scrap.
Kestrel in combat with a Crow.
Pretty quiet otherwise - no Wheatears yet.


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This month's Winter Thrush Survey visit:

Just 4 Blackbirds and 1 singing Mistle Thrush.

The Buzzard is back It was being harassed by a Crow by Midge Hill and flew off over Royal George Mill.

Dipper activity suggests that they may be on eggs.



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Tawny owl on telegraph pole just after you go under railway bridge between Heyrod and Mossley. Heron hunting on the river just next to Egerton Park, always nice to see them at night.

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That's a great spot for Dippers, Roger.

I used to do a Waterways survey there every year and the cascade under the bridge seems to mark the boundary of two Dipper territories, so fights are regular.

Also a cracking spot for Grey Wagtails in the breeding season.

Have replied to your message about the colour ring - if it is blue it's a well-travelled bird!

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18th Feb. 16.00 hrs.

Scout Green.

Heard a singing male Dipper in the fast water just upsream of the metal bridge, by the time I had scrambled down there were 3 ........ one chasing another up and down the river while her ladyship just sat fluttering her eyelashes.

Think the singing male had blue and white rings on right leg but the light was awkward so could be wrong.

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I saw one last year in the car park behind the main road through mossley. It was mid Jan and he was on his own. My only waxwing sighting ever!

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Ashley Edwards wrote:

Where did you see the waxwings Steve?






28 Waxwings perched in ash trees on Manchester Road, Mossley at 0945 this morning.
Made occasional forays to feed on rose hips in my nextdoor neighbour's garden (no. 96) then flew off down the valley.

Never thought I'd see Waxwings from my living room window

(copied from Waxwing thread - should have put it here as well)



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Where did you see the waxwings Steve?

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No luck in relocating this morning's Waxwing flock, but;

Pair of Dippers defying high water levels and renovating their nest in an old mill on the riverside. Colour rings show this to be the usual female.

Also, lone male Goosander on the canal.

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This month's Winter Thrush Survey visit.

4 Mistle Thrush & just one Blackbird, so it was a bit galling to get home and find 2 Blackbirds feasting on raisins outside my back door

Perhaps it wouldn't be very scientific to scatter raisins around my survey route


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Cracking views of Tawny Owl last night. Walking past the site of the demolished Carrhill Mill, I saw something fly up and land in a tree six feet from me - it had just caught a small rodent which it proceeded to devour oblivious to my presence

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This month's Winter Thrush Survey visit.

Great weather but few birds - one Mistle Thrush & two Blackbirds

Also: Buzzard and two Guineafowl (escaped from their enclosure at the farm)

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Short afternoon break from DIY!

Heron Lane:
Buzzard still present in trees by railway line.
2 Dippers on river - one a colour-ringed local bird.

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Didn't see the waxwing post till mid-morning but went for a stroll anyway down through Mossley Park past Mossley Hall above the station: Long-tailed Tit 4, Blue Tit 2, Great Tit, Jackdaw 17 (later saw 100+ circling above the park), Magpie, Wren 2. Couldn't find any berry bearing trees in the area to attract waxwing long term - some cherry trees further up Stamford Rd on path up to Hanover St but they're berryless. In the meantime stuck an apple on my garden feeder! longshot.

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Lone waxwing just now, high over stamford rd as I dashed to the station. Heard again while on the platform but couldn't spot it.

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Early morning walk through trees by canal produced Nuthatch (still quite a rarity in these parts), Treecreeper and Goldcrest as well as the usuals.

Also (unringed) Dipper on river at Roaches bridge.

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Heron Lane & Midge Hill:

Buzzard present again - seems to have taken up residence

20 Fieldfare being harrassed by Blackbirds (thought it should be the other way round?) and 2 Redwing sharing a tree with a Mistle Thrush. Should have done the Winter Thrush Survey today!

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Second visit for the Winter Thrush Survey this morning. I chose my route because of a splendid Hawthorn hedge which attracts Redwing & Fieldfare every winter. Arrived this morning to find that the farmer has cut down all the Hawthorns

Count was 2 Mistle Thrushes and 5 Blackbirds (all male) - exactly the same as last month!

Also seen: Buzzard and Sparrowhawk

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