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Hollins Vale Nature Reserve and surrounds

Lunch-time walks over last few days:

Kingfisher x 1
Redwing x 10
Bullfinch x 1
Buzzard x 1
Kestrel x 1
Goldfinch x 1
Jay x 1
Moorhen x 2
Mute Swan x 2
Great Tit x 1
Blue Tit
Blackbird x 3
House Sparrow x 7
Black-Headed Gull x 15
Magpie x 3
Woodpigeon x 5
Feral Pigeon x 1

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Lovely walk around the fisheries from 11-12:30 hot in sun but still muddy underfoot

Chiffchaff at least 5 singing males

Willow warbler 3 singing males

Buzzard pair 1 possibly in display flight repeated stoops? Also very high up which got the pulse going ....



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 9th of April 2018 02:04:30 PM

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After suffering a severe case of "Cabin Fever" with this crap weather I decided to have a look at the Fisheries as a number of gulls have been reported there recently.On arrival there must have been 1200-1500 large gulls sat on the water.A quick pick through with my bins turned up a cracking adult ICELAND GULL giving great views on this narrow stretch of water.I only stayed about 15 mins due to the gale force wind sweeping down the water which were making viewing difficult even with just the bins,As I was leaving I noticed at least 4000 large gulls in a field south of the lake but unfortunately I couldn't get anywhere near them as the road which ran along the edge of the field was blocked by a snowdrift with an articulated lorry stuck in the middle of it!!

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Fisheries 26/2 14:45-15:50 cold overcast bitter e wind

G c grebe 2+1
Moorhen 1+2
Coot 9
Tufted 6m 3 f
Cormorant 1

B hd gull c. 200
H gull c 200
L Bb gull c 400
Common gull 3ad 2 imm

Oystercatcher 2
Greywagtail 1
also c 30 Lapwings in field by moss hall farm

-- Edited by Mike Cooper on Tuesday 27th of February 2018 09:11:45 AM

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A stonking adult Iceland Gull here this morning on the waste ground opposite Asda.

There were quite a few gulls here in the morning but I went back in the afternoon and there were none at all so this site seems a bit hit and miss.

 



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After a phone call from Dave I popped up to have a quick look on the way to Heaton Park and was well rewarded with :
A juvenile Iceland Gull
and a juvenile Kumlien's Gullbiggrin
well worth the slight diversion

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a third calendar-year Yellow-Legged Gull and second calendar-year Iceland Gull were among a loafing and bathing flock on vacant land by Asda car park early afternoon



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Hollins Vale Nature Reserve and surrounds

Lunch-time walks

13/10/16:
Kingfisher x 1
Kestrel x 1
Buzzard x 1
Jay x 2
Long-Tailed Tits x 7

14/10/16:
Redwing x 1
Bullfinch x 2
Jay x 2
Cormorant x 1
Wren x 1
Moorhen x 1
Mute Swan x 1
Great Tit x 1
Blackbird x 3




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Sat 20th August 2016 Derelict land opposite ASDA: Lapwing - min 130 Black-headed Gull - 31 Lesser Black-backed Gull - 4 Common Gull 1

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Monday, 5th April 2016 at 12:20 hrs. My 1st Swallow of the summer seen flying across Pilsworth Road near Asda.

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Also 2 oystercatchers flew noisily over

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Originally posted today by Mike Cooper:

Mon 21/3 12:30-13:30 cold dull lightening

M swan m blue ring 932

G c grebe 2
Tufted 4 m 2f
Teal f
C goose 14
Coot 8
Moorhen 3

Grey wagtail
Kestrel m

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This afternoon with Phil Rhodes, a juvenile Iceland Gull in fields east of the junction of Castle Road and Griffe Lane near M66 bridge, with 600+ large gulls.

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Sunday 21st of February 2016 04:31:01 PM

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Wednesday, 17th February 2016. Fishing pond behind Edinburgh and Balmoral House

Lunchtime:
Goosander x 1M (previous week - 1M and 1F)
Canada Geese x 16
Mute Swan x 2
Moorhen x 3
Lots of Black Headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Lesser Black Backed Gulls (in distance over Pilsworth Tip)

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Tuesday, 1st December 2015 13:15 hrs.

Above Balmoral House ...

Flock of lapwings x 50

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Late afternoon walk around Fisheries and surrounding area with Simon Johnson produced-

Drake Common Scoter on main lake
Tufted Duck - 18
Little Grebe - 1
Teal - 10
Tree Sparrow - 37
Stock Dove - 10
Oystercatcher - 2
Jackdaw 2000
Meadow Pipits moving through with 22, 38, 5 & 2 flying north.


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Thursday (Sorry for the late post!) 30/11 @10:30am, Raven being mobbed by corvids over Pilsworth landfill / Heywood Distribution Park area.

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Asda car park at dusk 1/11

300-400 jackdaws flying East towards heaton park???

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From Unsworth Pole and on the Track past the fisheries
Lapwing and flying over coming in to roost Rooks Great and Lesser Black Backed Gulls, on the lodge Tufted Ducks Great Crested Grebe, Goldfinches Great Spotted Woodpecker and about Meadow Pipits and a Fox giving veru close views before it realised it was being watched.

-- Edited by Ian Boote on Sunday 9th of March 2014 06:54:10 PM

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Good Mooch Curlews x 2 towards M60, Rooks Jackdaws Raven, Heron, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Swallow, Sand Martins House sparrows flock of Goldfinches and Kingfisher

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 27th of July 2013 11:25:37 PM

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flock of 40 fieldfares wednesday 3rd april abt 4pm in trees seen from m66. buzzard also seen a number of time over the last few weeks.

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The Radcliffe roost was recently estimated at at least 2000 birds Simon.

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Fantastic sight of at least 1,000 Jackdaws (possibly as many as 2,000) sweeping over the M66 at Pilsworth heading towards Radcliffe at 4.35pm today. The Radcliffe roost must make my Darcy Lever roost look pretty average in comparison!

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Merlin over yesterday near Hareshill Road.

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Thurs 29/12 12:00 - 12:30 Torrential shower as I got out of car

G HEron 1

Tufted MMFF

Water level down as re-modelled left back now walkway and grassed area from old dam/ causeway wall

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Wander round the area this afternoon.

Higher Barn
Tree Sparrow 7+ at least
Bullfinch 3
Collared Dove 7
Stock Dove 9
Kestrel (male)
Linnet - single bird
Rook 100+
Cormorant 9 NW
Jackdaw 400+ Flew NW in varying sized high flocks before dusk.
Starling 700 flew south at dusk
2 pinkfeet were feeding in fields near here and the fisheries but flew off after seeing me. + a distant 150 flew NW @ 14.35

Fisheries were very low and also frozen.
On the tip 1000's of Corvids coming and going all the time 2 guys also shooting them.

Into Roost at dusk in the willow plantation
Jackdaw 822
Carrion Crow 600
Magpie 54
Woodpigeon 95
Collared Dove 15




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Pilsworth area, including the Fisheries


20th June.

Had a good wander about and covered a fair bit of ground this morning around the Unsworth and Pilsworth areas hoping to add a few confirmed breeding records for the two atlas projects for 4 of the 2 by 2 km squares in this general area.

Highlights included :- a pair of Sedge Warblers seen carrying food and feeding 2 small young biggrin.gif which themselves were seen only very briefly in low level weak flight over the waterside vegetation. A family party of Linnets - 2 adults and 2 begging young. biggrin.gif More on Linnet records for the atlas projects on the atlas section of the forum sometime next week. nod.gifnod.gifThe male of a pair of Whitethroats carrying food chew.gif and a male Chaffinch feeding a single begging juvenile.chew.gif Also fledged Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Swallow, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Collared Dove, Wren, Moorhen, Great Tit and Blue Tit. Blackbird and House Sparrow carrying food. House Martin nest building - seems quite late? Also Stock Dove, Reed Bunting, Kestrel, Buzzard, Bullfinch, Skylark, Lapwing, Blackcap, Grey Heron and Pied Wagtail.

Cheers,

Bill.

-- Edited by Bill Myerscough on Sunday 20th of June 2010 03:16:16 PM

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Posted on the 5th May by Steve Collins:

Had a walk around the locality of Birch Industrial estate and Higher Barn Farm often call Pilsworth but part Heywood (Rochdale) and Bury.
Highlight was a surprise Hobby behind Higher Barn Farm. Just the one flyby but unmistakeable. Not sure if passing or hanging around as close to Pilsworth Fisheries and the tip. If I see it again I'll pass news on quicker for those that need it.
Also around were Buzzard, Sedge Warbler,Whitethroat, Tree Sparrow and usual supporting cast!
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Had a look for Tree Sparrow with Warfy and Phil Rhodes this afternoon and didnt fail

Tree Sparrow 5+
House Sparrow 20+
Lapwing 10+
Skylark
Stock Stove 7
Spahawk
Fieldfare 37 plus a further 80+ North
Linnet 11

-- Edited by Simon Johnson on Sunday 21st of March 2010 09:25:47 PM

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Fri 19/3 12:45 - 13:30 Sunny, bright, high light clouds. Bitter N breeze

Tip c. 200 LBbGulls, 1 H Gull, 20 Bhd Gulls & 100+ Jackdaws

Coot 2+2
G C Grebe 2
Mallard 4
C Goose 6

Mipits flock of 50+dancing about both sides of main pool

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2 Woodcock and 2 Oystercather at Dusk this eve

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Had a good much round this area this afternoon with Simon Warford, nice area with some good habitat.

5 Woodcock flushed in total. 1 on the tip, 1 Pilsworth Clough and 3 flushed out of a Willow Plantation by the farmers dogs.

Pre roost gathering of 80 Goldfinch at the fisheries, Also 30 Greenfinch in nearby hedges. Single Redpoll, 5 Linnet Pilsworth Clough & 2 Bullfinch in the willow plantation.

11 Stock Dove at Higher Barn and a pale Common Buzzard

On the Tip lots of Gulls
1000 Herring Gull (estimate) but spooked before being able to go through them all
300 Jackdaw, 200 Carrion Crow, 20 Rook, Kestrel, Snipe and 25 Meadow Pipit

On the fisheries 11 Tufted Duck, 15 Mallard flew over dusk and 2 GCG

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Sun17/1 15:00 - 16:00 All pools frozen, thaw starting at edges

Kestrel (F) hunting for majority of visit

Tip
C Crows, Rooks & c. 20 Jackdaws
H Gull c. 20; B hd Gull c. 60; C Gull 4; G Bb Gull 2 (ad + imm)

Mallard 5 (M) + 2 (F) flying about
Goldfinch 19
Chaffinch 4
Bullfinch 2 (F)
G S Woodp (H)

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4 Whoopers there this morning departed towards Manchester (infomration from John Hamer).
Ex Hollingworth Lake?

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 6th of June 2010 11:38:46 AM

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