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Teggs Nose CP
Monday 25th April 6.30-9.00am

Thankfully there was no fog this high up, just glorious sunshine.
9 Waxwings landed in front of me in a conifer tree and stayed for a good 15 minutes.
4 Skylark
3 Willow Warbler
3 Mipits
1 Bullfinch (m)
6 Linnet
1 Jay
1 Pied Wagtail
2 Swallow
2 Wheatear

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An early morning tour of the Macc Forest area produced of note:-

Trentabank - the Heronry is thriving and a second lot of nests is now occupied on the opposite bank from the viewing lay-by.

Standing Stone car park - Brambling (4), Crossbills (3) and a single Willow Warbler.

Wildboarclough - Grey Wagtail.

Danebower and moors - Lots of Red Grouse, Curlew, Wheatear and Mipits but no Ring Ouzel as yet.


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roy ewing wrote:

It was by the bridge near the Ship inn ,wincle. Is that Danebower?

No Danebower is on the A54 above Wildboarclough at SK0069. You can't miss it, the old mine chimney is still there.


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sid ashton wrote:

roy ewing wrote:

Ring Ouzel---Danebridge


Roy do you mean Danebower?




It was by the bridge near the Ship inn ,wincle. Is that Danebower?

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roy ewing wrote:

Ring Ouzel---Danebridge


Roy do you mean Danebower?

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Ring Ouzel------Danebridge

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white throats on ridge gate one either side.

single mandarin on trentabank close to the heronry which was making a right racket.

entering the small nature reserve flushed 2 common sands

1 pied fly catcher (my latest lifer) biggrin.gif

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06.30 - 10.00, Very misty to start then overcast with some light rain

One of those cracking birding mornings when all that was sought was found biggrin.gif

Teggs Nose Woods

Redstart singing high in a tree was the first bird I saw, followed by Garden Warbler.

Trentabank

Got out of the car in the visitor centre car park and immediatly found Pied Fly in one tree and Wood Warbler in another - amazing. Later there was another Pied Fly sighting in the small nature reserve opposite the car park and another Wood Warbler south of the visitor centre down the newish track, through the large wooden gate and about 200m up the "Walkers Only" path. Also in the small nature reserve a Lesser Whitethroat.
On the water a Kingfisher flew by but there weren't too many other birds on there - the water level does look extremely low.

Wildboarclough

Finally - a Dipper near the bridge after several unsuccessful attempts so far this year. The Dipper had a two rings on its right, leg blue and silver grey and a single silver grey one on its left leg.

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Visited Danebower couple of times over the morning, while also visiting Derbyshire Bridge and Wildboarclough. No sign of Ring Ousels, though it was bitterly cold.
Wheatears, Meadow Pipits, Raven, Red Grouse, Lapwing and Curlew there. In fact everywhere we went along the Danebower Road we saw Red Grouse, calling, flying (mainly in pairs), standing (a la Famous Grouse advert), feeding.

Wildboarclough produced two Dippers, Derbyshire Bridge a flock of 20+ Meadow Pipits, Clough House more Meadow Pipits (6+).

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Just re-read my post from 8th April - that should have read 2 female and 1 male Ring Ouzel hmm.gif

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13:00 today

No Ouzels near chimney - lots of walkers though. A few Wheatears on the walls.

Golden Plover calling on the tops and plenty of Red Grouse around.

Nice pair of Mandarin ducks on Trentabank Res.

Cormorants here have really obvious white thigh patches and white necks and look very smart.

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Did last week's trip in reverse order starting on the moor above Derbyshire Bridge with loads of Red Grouse and Mipits. Then to Danebower for 0715 ish- where I found three Ring Ouzel (2m & 1F) sitting on the chimney. Watched them for a while coming and going. There were also at least 16 Wheatear and several Skylark in the area. I could hear another male Ring Ouzel calling and just as I was leaving found a separate pair just down from the layby.

Also of interest a single male Mandarin on Trentabank where the Cormorant colony is flourishing with 8 occupied nests that somehow I missed last week. disbelief.gif



-- Edited by sid ashton on Thursday 8th of April 2010 10:15:07 PM

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sid ashton wrote:

but by now the snow had set in and finally at Derbyshire Bridge several Red Grouse watching me watching them in the snow storm. biggrin.gif






Snow! Whilst I'm baking my backside off here in the middle east (no not Tameside ). I sincerely hope British Airways are on strike when I'm due to fly back...snow indeed

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More in hope than expectation I headed for the hills mid morning, by the time I reached Langley the rain had started so the birding involved nipping in and out of the car and found:-

2 Grey Wagtails at Bottoms Res,

2 Male and 1 female Mandarins at Ridgegate Res,

The Heronry at Trentabank had what looked like 4 nests occupied,

The only "dipper" at Wildboarclough was me.disbelief.gif

No sign or sound of Ring Ouzel at Danebower but by now the snow had set in and finally at Derbyshire Bridge several Red Grouse watching me watching them in the snow storm. biggrin.gif

-- Edited by sid ashton on Wednesday 31st of March 2010 05:21:40 PM

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Had a ride up this morning on my motorbike and while I slowed up for some horses, I spotted a Little Owl on a wall - just outside Wildboarclough.

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Hiked up to Shutlingsloe today and saw a Golden Plover.

Nice pint in the Hanging Gate on the way back.

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Brilliant views of Pied Flycatcher at Trentabank this morning just as the rain was starting at 0600. Both the male and female were showing well in the small enclosed reserve on the opposite site of the road to the car park.



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We three went around this area today. Thought we would risk it, and it stop raining as we got to Teggs Nose.Covered the Reservoirs and walks, and ended up at Derbyshire bridge

Over the day.
Crows
Robins
Blue Tits
Great Tits
LT Tits
Redstart
Tree creepers
Meadow Pipit
Garden warbler
Wheatear
Heron
Little grebe
GC Grebe
Mallard
Tufties
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
lapwing
Red grouse
Blackcap
Common Sandpiper,
Pied wagtail
and best of all, in the same view
two Perigine Falcons on posts, one Curlew on a wall, and a Little owl flying above.


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Thanks Sid i now know which one you mean and i KNOW the hill VERY well. I kinda know it as the resovoir carpark but i enjoy the long walk on a sunny day so i will for the time being at least pay n display still. Unless i cycle up there.

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Out of the house at 05.30 this morning - headed over to Danebower in the
hope of Ring Ouzel - could just about hear the singing but in the strong
wind impossible to pin-point. Plenty of Mipits and Wheatear though. Then
down into Wildboarclough - two Dippers and a Grey Wag right by the bridge
the Dippers were both ringed - blue and silver on right leg, mauve on left.
Trentabank produced Wood Warbler and three drake Mandarin but no sign of the Pied Fly Catchers. The Wood Warbler was on the newly surfaced track as reported by Nigel.

I finished off at the lower carpark of Teggs Nose - too windy there for anything to want to be around.

Brandon this car park is reached from Langley - going from Macc turn left down Hole House lane and up to the reservoir. However if you then want to go up to Teggs Nose there is one cracker of a hill to climb, steeper than from the visitors centre !!!!!


-- Edited by sid ashton on Wednesday 13th of May 2009 01:16:18 PM

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been to teggs many times in the past but would love to know which lower car park you mean i park in the pay n display one near the visitor centre i never knew there was another! And i have been going since the mid 80's before you had to pay? Is it down by the resovoir? Goes to show you think you know an area! all that up hill walking i could have avoided!

-- Edited by brandon mulhern on Tuesday 12th of May 2009 11:18:03 PM

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Tegg's Nose is a great site in early spring. It's worth parking in the lower car park and working upwards. Redstart and Pied Flycatcher are pretty much guaranteed, while Garden Warbler is generally reliable by now, plus the commoner warblers. Spotted Flycatcher is also to be found later in the year. I have not found Tree Pipit myself, but know that others have.

I was there about three back and had decent views of Green Woodpecker, which is a difficult bird to locate in South Manchester / North Cheshire. I also saw 6+ Green Hairstreak: a tiny butterfly that favours the gorse stands.

The reservoir and small mill pond are worth checking. A redhead Smew frequented the latter a few winters ago.

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Tegg's Nose used to be the local (to Macc Resrs) hot spot for Tree Pipit.
Not ventured up there for a few years but it was our Tree Pip banker site for May Bird Races.

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I've seen Crossbills there right at the top of the hill near a ruined cottage but they are very elusive.

Never heard or seen Tree Pipit (Tripit ?) though

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Willy Warblersbiggrin.gif lolsmile.gif

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Hi Tony,

I wasn't sure whether your observation on Woodcocks was a prurient response to my Willy Warblers. However, the comment is perfectly accurate. I used to take an annual jaunt here for what must be one of birding's strangest, but most captivating, events.

I haven't tried for a few years, since Etherow CP provides the same opportunity, and is much closer to home. I also find wintering Woodcocks with some regularity on Adswood Tip.

I seem to recall that Tree Pipits were to be found in the conifer plantations just above Trentabank car park, but I haven't seen one here for a few years now, perhaps because the trees have become too mature. I generally have to get out to the Goyt Valley for a good chance of locating one.

I have also seen Crossbills in this area on a couple of occasions; once a flock of a dozen or so. It is a lovely part of Cheshire.

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I've heard Wood Warbler to the north of the Trentabank visitor centre near the Heronry 'viewpoint'. Good spot for roding Woodcock at sunset as well.

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Wood Warbler used to be a pretty sound bet in Trentabank car park at this time of the year. It took patience actually to get a view of the bird, but the song was generally soon audible. I had had no success in the last couple of years, perhaps a simple consequence of timing. Today, I soon had great views today on the newly-surfaced track immediately to the south of the visitor centre. No bird can match Wood Warbler for embodying the essence of upland springtime.

I had hoped for Garden Warbler, but I suspect that the strong gusts of wind are either drowning their song or discouraging them from singing.

There were four drake Mandarins on the reservoir and a pair of Pied Flycatchers in the small enclosed reserve opposite the visitor centre.

My eight year old son found a private spot by a dense group of bushes that offered the opportunity of meeting a discreet call to nature. I warned him that there may be a bird hiding in there waiting for just such a tasy morsel. "That'll be a Willy Warbler, then", he said. What an answer! There were certainly plenty around.

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