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Over 70 Swallows this morning on wires and hawking over the bottom fields of Higher Quick Farm/Stockport Road.

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Heron Lane, this morning, 8.00 - 9.00

Two singing Chiffchaffs, one male Blackcap and several Willow Warblers mixed in with the roving flock of Blue, Coal & Long-tailed Tits. Plenty of Bullfinch as usual here - most of them juveniles.

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Buzzard hanging on the wind over Noonsun Hill this evening.

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Heron Lane, this morning, 8.00 - 9.00

Trees between river and railway line were alive with birds this morning

Willow Warbler (some still singing full song), Blackcap, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, Robin, Wren, Blackbird, Bullfinch and Goldfinch - all with juveniles.
Star bird though was Spotted Flycatcher in Rowan tree having a good preen between feeding flights.

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We're in bottom mossley, close to new bridge in. Had a buzzard on our path feasting on a wood pigeon a few weeks back.
Quite surprised as i've not seen or heard them (buzzards) since i moved here last summer.


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11.30 Sat 12 May:

Oystercatcher flew low past living room window, heading up valley towards Saddleworth. Don't see many of those in Mossley

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Early visit to Breeding Bird Survey square this morning (in admittedly not ideal conditions):

Plenty of singing Willow Warblers but otherwise you wouldn't know it was spring. Only one Meadow Pipit and no Swallows at any of the farms

Six Wheatear at Hartshead Pike had me puzzled. One had very dark flanks and breast surrounding the white belly. I was near the end of the survey route so I thought I'd finish my counts and go back for a closer look. This I duly did to find all the Wheatear had flown That'll teach me!

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Late post for Fri 13th April. 18.30 hrs.

Green Woodpecker.

Heyheads. Bang on the Stalybridge/Mossley border. In the back garden of one of the stone terrace facing the "Stamford" on Huddersfield Road.

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Heron Lane this morning: my first Willow Warbler of the year

and, just over the border in Greenfield, another Willow Warbler and a Blackcap.

Pretty sure I heard a Buzzard - just one "mew" and that was it

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My first Chiffchaff of the year, heard on my walk up to the railway station

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Peregrine over Manchester Road at 7.00 this morning, heading speedily SW.

A nice sight to greet you when you crawl out of bed

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Short walk this morning:

2 Snipe flushed from pool below the new school
Only 2 Lapwing in adjacent field where half a dozen pairs used to nest.
Long-tailed Tit nest-building but struggling with a pigeon feather almost as big as itself!
Pair Goosander on river.
Dipper near a regular nest site with metal ring on right leg.

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Bit late with this but we had a walk from Lydgate along Quickedge Road on Tuesday afternoon. Highlight were 3 Lapwing displaying and making some fantastic sounds.

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Sunday 11th March. 17-15 hrs.

R. Tame. Egmont St.

Dipper feeding 25 yds downstream of bridge.

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Raven flew over early this morning heading towards the moors.

Later a Dipper (with metal ring) was singing away on the river near to a traditional nest site.

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1.1.2012

Nice start to the year: Great Spotted Woodpecker in the garden and 15 lapwing overhead (Stockport Road).

-- Edited by tom willis on Wednesday 4th of January 2012 09:59:02 AM

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13.11.11 - 0900

Woodcock flushed from Heron Lane on walk back from Royal George.

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5.11.2011

c80 Pink-footed Geese heading SE at 09.30

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Very autumnal feel to this morning's stroll along Heron Lane:

one Heron (naturally) and 3 redhead Goosanders on the river. Mixed flock of tits; Great, Blue, Coal and Longtailed with a couple of Goldcrests. Thrushes; mainly Blackbirds with one Song Thrush and a couple of Fieldfares. Gaggle of c100 Canada Geese included one Embden and one Canada/Greylag hybrid.

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Back to the local patch after a wet and windy week on the West coast of Scotland. No skirmishing between Buzzards and Golden Eagles this morning

Heron Lane: SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, Blackcap, 14 Mistle Thrush.

All the local Swallows seem to have gone. Up in Scotland, I watched 2 young leave the nest just 2 days ago.

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Chiffchaff seen and heard in my garden this morning - first time I have seen one on a seed feeder.

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Think it must have flown down the hill, Tom
Chiffchaff singing (though not very well) in my back garden this morning.

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Lovely view of a chiffchaff in our back garden this morning. Was a bit surprised to hear one singing nearby on Sunday and then it was in full-view (but quiet) today.

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Closer encounter than I would have liked this morning

Fluttering noises from the fireplace and an adult Jackdaw calling down the chimney could only mean one thing - me getting very dirty!

Thankfully managed to (eventually!) catch and release an only just-fledged youngster into the back garden . Found enough sticks at the bottom of the chimney to make an eagle nest never mind a Jackdaw's.

Wouldn't have minded all the hard and messy work but the silly thing didn't seem at all grateful - and I've already got confirmed breeding for Jackdaws in this atlas tetrad...

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As I type this I can see through my window that Buckton Moor is blazing away again!

Fire-fighters are bravely tackling the fire, putting their own safety at risk, whilst dozens of Meadow Pipit eggs and chicks are fried furious.giffurious.gif

Hope they manage to put out the flames before the Lapwings, Curlew and Grouse get the same treatment.

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Sun 8th May. 07.15 hrs

River Tame. Roaches Lock.

Pair Grey Wagtail feeding fully fledged young (1) on small island just downstream of bridge.
Adults very agitated and vocal when a pair of Magpies put in an appearance, youngster flattened itself to pebbles until they moved on.

Jay flew across canal.

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Saw my first swift of the year in Mossley yesterday -7.15pm. Seen flying over bottom Mossley near raiway station.

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Thanks Tom,

found them nearby whilst doing my Breeding Bird Survey this morning.

I seem to have to motivate myself to do the BBS after so many years - sometimes it feels like a bit of a chore. There were other places I would have preferred to go this morning. Day off work and bright sunshine? Surely something wrong! So I just reminded myself of the good birds I'd found in Top Mossley whilst doing the survey - star turn being a Black Redstart - and off I went...

... and what did I find but a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER reeling away in a most unpromising spot! biggrin.gif

Found Tom's Swallows, and another pair, but normally I'd count on twice that number. Lapwings also down to less than half the usual cry.gif

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Hi Steve,

Fairly certain that I saw 2 swallows over the fields by the Hartshead pub on Sunday (was in the car and unable to stop & check as it wasn't me driving!).

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First Whitethroat of the year (for me) singing near to the Greenfield border. Seem to be more Willow Warblers and Blackcaps than ever, but some may still be on passage. Still not seen any hirundines in Mossley cry.gif

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And I've been here only 2 months! Must have got lucky to see them on passage biggrin.gif

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That's a good record, Jenny. Have lived in Mossley for nearly 30 years and never seen a Sand Martin!

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In the fields off Luzley Road early evening yesterday 2 willow warblers, 2 swallows and a small group of sand martins (roughly 6)

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cry.gifcry.gifI was out hoping for a willow warbler this morning but only got 2 nice nuthatch and the usuals

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First Willow Warblers - 3 males singing along a 50 yard stretch of Heron Lane this morning...

... and April showers cry.gif

At least 4 Brambling still present smile.gif

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Don't think trips to Mossley will help you with any of those, Karen cry.gifcry.gif
but if they do turn up you'll be the first to know!

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Steve Suttill wrote:



Anything else you need for your Tameside list, Karen? smile.gifsmile.gif




How about Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer, Willow Tit?wink.gifsmile.gif

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2 Brambling on Manchester Road this morning. 1 bird was a male almost in full breeding plumage.

Nice to see Mr Suttill does let them out of their cagewink.gif





Anything else you need for your Tameside list, Karen? smile.gifsmile.gif

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2 Brambling on Manchester Road this morning. 1 bird was a male almost in full breeding plumage.

Nice to see Mr Suttill does let them out of their cagewink.gif

Other highlights.

Dipper
Grey Wagtail
4 Jays squabbling
Pr Bullfinches

Magpies still building their nest

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Bad times in Top Mossley - they've started work on the old Prospect House site and hacked down loads of trees this week. Was going to happen sooner or later but very depressing. Our garden overlooks it and I fear for the effect it will have on the species that visited the garden and surrounding area no.gif

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I decided to try my luck with the Mossley Bramblings this afternoon. After a look around the area I decided that Steve Suttill keeps them in a cage and only lets them go at certain timeswink.gif






Taking the day off work - dentist cry.gif so decided to let out the Bramblings for a bit of exercise smile.gif

At least 4 in the trees over the road from my house. Don't know what my neighbour puts in her feeders but they certainly seem to like it.

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2 Dippers on river, near bridge at back of football pitch on Egmont street. One with silver ring on right leg. Sorry no more info.

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seeing as you are offering, how about a pint of millstone in the Rising Sun?

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I'm sure we could come to some arrangement which wouldn't make your wallet too heavysmile.gif

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If an Oriental Turtle Dove is worth 5, how much for a Brambling?

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I decided to try my luck with the Mossley Bramblings this afternoon. After a look around the area I decided that Steve Suttill keeps them in a cage and only lets them go at certain timeswink.gif

I then went for a mooch near the river and canal and some of the adjoining woodland.

A pair of Grey Wagtails showed well on a building by the river
Dipper singing then flew upstream

There were plenty of Tits calling in the woodland but I stood quietly and was rewarded with a superb Goldcrest giving great close up views and also a Treecreeper which showed reasonably well before flying further into the woodland and disappearing completely.

A pair of Magpies were quietly nest building in the same location.

Also a flock of at least 50 Jackdaws were flying around near the railway station.

I'll probably return for further exploration!



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Roger Baker 3 wrote:


PS. Are we all on the same Hymn Sheet now ?






Hope so Roger - thought I was going mad for a moment (please don't comment on this biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif)

Thanks for sorting this out, Ian.

Cheers, Steve

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Sunday 6th March. 06.30 - 07.20.

Egmont Street.

Canal back of Pallet Works.

Greenfinch.
Goldfinch.
Chaffinch.
B & G tit.
Mistle Thrush.
Collared Dove.
C. Crow.
Magpie.
Jackdaw.
Jay.
Mallard.
Plenty singing Wren, Robin & Dunnock.
Cormerant over..... heading Stalybridge from Mossley.

R. Tame.

L/Tail Tits.
Mallard.
Dipper..... on stones 15 yd downstream of bridge..... flew off upstream.

Roger.

PS. Are we all on the same Hymn Sheet now ?

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There seem to be 2 threads called Mossley confuse.gif and Roger has unearthed one that hasn't been used for years cry.gif. Is there any way of sorting this out Ian?

Small flock of Bramblings have been present on Manchester Road for over 2 months now.

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Sun 2/1/11: 4 Brambling in back garden smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif

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