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RE: LONGDENDALE VALLEY


plenty of tits of all sorts
general finch flocks, including a few redpoll
dipper seen in the strean in the woods and 2 stonechat on the wall by the gate where you first enter the reserve were a very welcome sight as i was leaving

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10/12/2011 0800-1030 Arnfield

1 Common Snipe on the muddy margins of a very low Arnfield resr. in the same area that the Bonelli's was found.
100+ Fieldfare with a few Redwing mixed in moving around the resr.
Small flock of Redpoll.


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0630 - 0730 this morning at Arnfield res.

Finally got the W Bonelli's Warbler (4th trip down there). It was moving along the trees on the shore line just past the green bridge (not quite as far down as the rowan - where I was sat staking out for a good hour). As per earlier sightings it didnt sing or call but it came up close.

Also saw:
2 Siskins
Willow warblers, Chiffchaffs
1 Garden warbler
1 kestrel (f)
3 Wrens
1 Kingfisher (heard)
Plenty of the usual suspects

Shame it didnt cross the border for a few mancunain flies!

Cheers,

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The Western Bonelli's warbler was still present at Arnfield Reservoir this afternoon. I managed to see it briefly at 16:30, in a rowan tree approximately 200 yards southwest of the bridge. Certainly didn't give itself away easily though, staying completely silent while I was watching it.

Also this afternoon, 8-10 crossbills over, 1 kingfisher, 2 garden warblers, and plenty of chiff chaffs and willow warblers taking advantage of the enormous number of flying insects about.

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Went down for another look but it wasnt there. I met the guy who was first to spot it and he hadnt seen it all day either.

The highlights:

Siskins
Chaffinches
Bullfinches
Goldfinches
KINGFISHER (seen perched on a branch from the little bridge next to reservoir)
Dipper (juvenile)
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
Grey Wagtail



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according to birdguides the western bonelli's warbler is still at Arnfield reservoir (1215 today).

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After dipping on the Western Bonelli's last week I decided another effort was required so I shot down there this morning with John Barber for company.

Got there for about 10.15 and after a bit of searching and studying every little bird that moved we decided it would be more efficient to split up. John took the path above the bench and I went on the opposite side of the stream.

About 100 yards up from the bridge I came across several birds feeding in a tree about 30 yards in front of me and one in particular showed promise. After a few moments it showed itself but it was a Garden Warbler. Just as I was going to move though the Bonelli's popped up in a closer tree in front of me at a range of only about 25 feet and gave great views for about 45 seconds before flitting away. Another lifer!!

Shortly after, it gave a few short bursts of song from near the bridge area before once again disappearing.

Other birds seen:

Willow warbler
Garden Warbler
Nuthatch
Siskin
Coal Tit
Great Tit
Blue Tit


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July 11th. 06.45 - 08.30

Had chance to re-visit site after hearing song only on previous.

All quiet until 08.00 hrs then Bonellis sang......... located in a large Aspen..... worked it feeding from top to bottom for a good 5 minutes giving good views, not shy at all.

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Heard the Bonelli's Warbler a couple of times from 0615.

Also seen in the area

1 juvenile Crossbill
Good numbers of Siskin

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Heard several times around 1.30 after not having been seen for 2 hours then seen flitting about in willows on left viewed from bridge then flew right revealing pure White belly. Now all sheltering from rain

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Bonnelis warbler still showing and singing

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After the briefest of views on thursday, returned again this afternoon for another look for the Western Bonelli's Warbler.

At first no luck but did see Siskins, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Grey Wagtails and loads of Goldfinch. Also 5 Crossbills overhead.

Heading back to the car at 17.30 heard the Bonelli's Warbler singing in the shrubby trees next to the kissing gate and eventually got sight of the bird for a good 2 minutes from the main path just before the kissing gate where it was sat quietly on a branch in the tree giving really good views. After another short burst of song it then flew off out of sight and I went home happy.

Rick.

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Apparently its just been seen again near the foot-bridge

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Yep, i drew a blank at lunchtime.

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Blankety-Blank this morning. Loads of other warblers about though to keep me on my toes, along with Bullfinches and plenty of Siskins

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Friday, 8th July 2011 - 10.35 to 15.30 - Sunshine and heavy showers

Good but brief views of the Bonelli's between 10.50 and 11.30 ish from the path on the north eastern side of the reservoir - thereafter not a peep. I have still not heard it call or sing despite three visits this week

Nice to meet and chat to the forum members present including the Boss




-- Edited by sid ashton on Friday 8th of July 2011 10:48:17 PM

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5th July

Western Bonelli's Warbler singing for about five mins and showing reasonably well at 06.30, towards top of bush near bench, this morning then moved to bushes, still singing, to right with dead sapling and then towards the bridge eventually

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6-9 seen the Western Bonelli's Warbler. . also on a walk round had 12 crossbills and 5 grey wagtails amonst other things .

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Rob Smallwood wrote:

It was like a Manchester Forum away day yesterday afternoon - nice to meet you all!




Yes it was nice to put a face to the name-whoever you were!

Next time, can you wear your blue hat and neckerchief for ease of identification-but I am not putting my leotard on

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Western Bonelli's Warbler still present this afternoon up to 18:45. I had several brief views of it as it moved through the vegetation, but it also sang quite regularly, allowing us brief snippets of its distinctive sound. I would say slightly Wood Warblerish.

It tends to favour the area around the footbridge in the NE corner of the resr. A lifer for me, only 15 minutes from home.

Cheers,

Steve.

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It was like a Manchester Forum away day yesterday afternoon - nice to meet you all!

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Monday, 4th July 2011 - 05.30 to 07.00 - Overcast

Went over to Arnfield Reservoir early in the hope of picking up the Bonelli's song but apart from a brief trill at 06.45 nothing doing. The bird was still present in the same Willows where we saw it yesterday evening.


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Western Bonelli's Warbler still present at 19.00 although not singing - good views eventually in the trees adjacent to the bench on the Western side of Arnfield Reservoir. A life-time first for both John Barber and myself.

A Red Kite went over at about 18.30. Nice to chat to the forum members we met.

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Visited this afternoon in the hot Sunshine, Western Bonelli's Warbler still present though elusive.

Good to see Rob Smallwood and Riggers amongst other Manchester Birders.

A great local bird and hopefully it will head for GM



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Still singing and showing from trees along the shore-line in the nature reserve

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Male Western Bonelli's Warbler present today, singing constantly for its second day.

I was told about it last night but unfortunately it couldn't be confirmed then but what a find and at this time of year too! Full marks to the finder who apparently deserves such awards for perseverance at ths site (which I can well believe up there!).

Shame it couldn;t have chosen the other site of the border in which to set up territory though...

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wish I had been closer I would of gone up, still might be worth a look early tomorrow just in case

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Absolutely Mike - Common Scoter I had good views in reasonable light. They were resting all the time I was there (30 mins) and when i left so didn't see them in flight. He was totally black no white at all with small yellow to bill and she was very clear grey cheeks and neck and paler underside primaries when she 'stretched' - he didn't bother!

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Are you sure they were Scoter?

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Bottoms reservoir this morning - male & female Scoter and a couple of Sandpipers up and down. Just over the dam wall on Valehouse 10 very early mallard ducklings staying extremely close to mum!

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evening walk round swallows wood

loads of all 4 common tit species it looks like they are still in mixed flocks at the moment.

1 buzzard

mixed finch flock with gold, chaffinch, siskin and brambling.

plenty of blackbirds,
1 great spotted woodpecker heard drumming.
2 male tawny owls having a shout off didn't manage to see either of them.

1 nuthatch.
1 grey wagtail.
1 pied wagtail

plus one stoat.

on the way back to the car on the path down the side of the trout fishery, flyover by 24 curlew

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Arnfield farm, Arnfield low moor, higher bank, middle bank, lower bank into Swallows wood and back up to the farm, not sure where the county boundary is but since I started out and finished in Derbyshire I put it all under out of county.

Arnfield Farm

2 wren
3 Robin

Arnfield Low Moor

1 Kestrel
several Meadow pipts
2 skylark

Higher Bank

3 buzzard mobbed by corvids
20 jackdaw
6 Carrion Crow

Swallows Wood

Lots of great and blue tits, a couple of coal tit
2 Nuthatch
2 blackbirds
Great Spotted woodpecker drumming
Redpoll and siskin in the larch trees
Goldfinch
Chaffinch

On the pond

10 mallard
2 coot
2 moorhen
2 canada Geese

Fields nr the airshaft

40+ Curlew
10 Lapwings
2 rook
12 Starlings




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Had a walk up from Deepclough to Rhodeswood/Torside Dam

2 Kestrel
2 crows
8 Jackdaw
Pair of mallard ducks in a stream by the farm
4 buzzard circling the valley
1 Jay
10 wood pigeon
1 Wren

On Rhodeswood

3 Oystercatcher
5 Curlew flying over
24 Canada Geese
4 Goosander (1male 3 female)
Pair of mallard
4 Blackheaded gulls

Hoped for a little owl but checking all the dry stone walls drew a blank

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Hi,

Lesser Redpolls seem to be a permanent feature at Torside car park. Every time I go they're there! All in all in just the car park area I saw:
L Redpolls
Siskins
Chaffinches
Goldfinches
LT Tits
Blue Tits
Great Tits
Coal Tits
Mallard! ...? eating the seeds that the redpolls were dropping on them!!

But no butty van today so no bacon sandwich and cup of tea! cry.gif

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Sun 27th Feb 07.15 - 08.30.

Torside Reservoir.

Carpark feeders.

18 Redpoll.
2 Siskin.
2 Goldfinch.
8 Chaffinch.
Blue, Great & Coal Tits.
These were best counts on the feeders.......... plenty more birds in the vicinity early but began to disperse as more cars began to arrive.

1 Jay.


Dam Head.

17 Canada Geese.
1 Cormorant.
5 Oystercatcher over.
Buzzard soaring then landed in trees other side of Woodhead Road.

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Hi,

Didnt go birding today but went for a run around Torside reservoir and parked near the feeders:

Torside Car Park feeders:

11 Redpoll
2 Siskin
5 Chaffinches
1 Blue Tit
2 Great Tits
1 Coal Tit
1 Pheasant

Trees at back of car park:

6 Long Tailed Tits
1 Magpie
1 Carrion Crow

Around the reservoir:

1 Kestrel
Usual mallards
1 Cormorant

Was really pleased with the feeders - havent seen a redpoll this year yet so great stuff!

Cheers

Rob




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a walk up the longdendale trail, up deepclough and back via windy harbour farm. among the usual we saw a little owl in the fields above bottoms reservoir (a good place to see these lovely birds) brown hare also here. A buzzard perched on a fence post, giving good views near windy harbour, then a sparrowhawk over the cemetry.

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A stroll around torside reservoir this morning, on the feeders at torside carpark we saw a redpoll, g.s. woodpecker and the usual variety of tits.
30ish siskin were feeding on the alder trees at the road crossing the longdendale trail , near the boarding kennels , we also saw 5 bullfinch in this area,two female three male. also seen goldcrest on the crowden side of torside in the conifers,along with L.T.tits. a mistle thrush was defending his hawthorn against a handfull of redwing, with limited success.No ducks of anykind on the still mainly frozen water.

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a short walk with Ann, and my dogs on a misty wet longdendale trail produced not to much ,but we put some seed out and it was quickly attracting various tits , bullfinch, chaffinch, and a lovely female reed bunting.also seen g.s. woodpecker and goldfinch

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Awalk around the torside reservoir this morning produced great views of a flock of up to 40 siskin feeding on alder , hundreds of redwing flying around , we must have had 150 flying up out of the "tree for life" park at torside. lots of fieldfare around.other birds include....
tits:- blue
great
coal
long tail.
siskin
gold crest
buzzard
goldfinch
bullfinch
carrion crow
redwing
fieldfare
blackheaded gull
dunnock
song thrush
pheasants
cormorant
woodpigeon
nuthatch
jay
magpie
chaffinch



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Wonderful weather, you cant beat an autumn morning, cold but sunny , a walk up the longdendale trail with my wife and her new busnells
fieldfare (17)
long tailed tit
rook
redwing
jackdaw
woodpigeon
goldfinch
pinkfooted goose 50+ headind northeast (08.55)
jay
pheasant
magpie
carrion crow
robin
canada goose
mallard
chaffinch
wren
blackbird
sparrowhawk
dipper
coal tit
dunnock
blue tit
bullfinch
house sparrow



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On my walk to work, wich takes me down to the river Etherow(Hadfield) i was treated to a solitary fieldfare flying over me chattering away, dipper on the river , heron, and a flock of tits , blue ,great , coal and longtail, then a buzzard over.

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Castle hill and surrounds , AM. amongst the usual , we saw redwings over , a single , then three, then five. We witnessed a sparrow hawk(Male) unsuccesfully trying to take a jay it was mobbed by another jay and corrion crows and magpie , it gave up.

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hi mike , did noyt notice if the chick was ringed we have been up again this morning and the bird was still there, and the mother was about 100 yards away, so we did not get to close and stayed for a very short while,
Regards
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Hi William,

Did you notice if the owl was ringed, we ringed 2 chicks in Bankswood last week or so.

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A walk in bankswood before work with my dogs, i was drawn to the commotion of alarm calls, from various birds, on closer inspection, i discovered a tawny owl which must have just left the nest , the little chap was sat about 25ft up and still looked quite downy.

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A walk up the longdendale trail yesterday produce the usual birds ,but a little owl added a bit of cheer onthe bitterly cold morning,this morning a walk around castle hill and on to betten hill produced nuthatch2,great spotted woodpecker , twite up in the quarry4, a wheatear on betten hill farm

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male reed bunting on the banks of the river ethrow in hadfield, it landed in a willow tree , giving me goodviews while out on my dinner break

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Single swift over hadfield 07.15

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Bankswood park today, saw vthe first blackcap of the year, a male singing. Swallows everywhere, no sign of house martins yet , betten hill farm is always good for martin.
one lapwing on top`o`t` hill farm, used to be loads round here, how times change..

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