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Post Info TOPIC: Stalybridge country park- Brushes


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RE: Stalybridge country park- Brushes


Around Higher Swineshaw reservoir this evening.

2 Stonechat, 2 Curlew, Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit.



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Brushes car park to Higher Swineshaw 07:30-10:15

6 Stonechat, 3+ Meadow Pipit, 5 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Red Grouse, Treecreeper, 2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Goosander, Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting.



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Walkerwood-Higher Swineshaw 14:50-16:35

Red Grouse, 3 Tawny Owl, 2+ Mandarin Duck, 2 Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, 12 Greenfinch. Plus usuals.



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8-11 Oakgates to Higher Swineshaw highlights:

3 Oystercatcher, 3 Stonechat, Red Grouse, Common Whitethroat, 20 House Martin, 20 Swift, 4 Swallow, 3 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Common Buzzard, 2 Linnet, Cormorant, Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail.

Possible Willow Tit between Walkerwood reservoir and Oakgates car park. With mixed roving flock. Glimpsed without binoculars then went deep into cover. No call either but worth looking out for maybe?



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Wood Warbler still this late am. Same place as before. Calling/singing constantly and showing well.

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8:45-11:45 from Walkerwood to Higher Swineshaw

Wood Warbler showing well

Other highlights were:

1+ Cuckoo above gamekeepers cottage
1 Garden Warbler
7 Blackcap
8 Chiffchaff
17 Willow Warbler
3 Common Whitethroat
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
3 Stonechat
Lesser Redpoll
7 Common Sandpiper
3 Reed Bunting
3 Linnet
Grey Wagtail

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Wood Warbler still on territory
Garden Warbler 3 singing birds
Cuckoo heard
Curlew 6
Common Sandpiper 4
Stonechat pair

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Wood Warbler still on territory
Garden Warbler 3 singing birds
Cuckoo heard
Curlew 6
Common Sandpiper 4
Stonechat pair

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Great to see and hear the Wood Warbler this afternoon in its usual place.

c10 Redpoll across the valley
1 Swallow

Apart from good numbers of Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff singing it was fairly quiet in the afternoon sun.

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Wood Warbler showed really well and sung non stop this p.m. at the co-ordinates Pete H gives. I had 3 lots of spinning coin then a chee, chee etc, then repeat.

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Wood Warbler still present, in the area as described by Paul Dewey (see below). Quite mobile around a small area and mostly only doing the 'spinning coin' part of the song.
Of note- wall-nesting Coal Tit carrying food.

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Wood Warbler singing and showing well at times from Brushes Road at 53.489147, -2.002599
Red-legged Partridge 2
Curlew 3
Common Sandpiper 4 (1 Walkerwood Res, 3 Higher Swineshaw)
Raven 1
Stonechat 2 (pair)
Wheatear 1
Redpoll 8


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Had a walk up to see the wood warbler reported on Birdguides. Decent views, bird singing  in trees at 13.15 between Brushes road and Brushes reservoir, just before the treeline ends.

Also a county first for me in the shape of a cuckoo. Was calling above the road and then flew across the valley to other side of reservoir. 



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Forgot to add one drake goosander

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Walk over Harridge to swineshaw and back (10-1pm) 4 skylark 9 curlew, two of them were chasing off 2 oystercatcher 1 wheatear 5 stonechat 6 Reed bunting 1 ring ouzel 2 pied wagtail 2 linnet 3 red grouse 4 swallow 1 common buzzard Lots meadow pipits

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This morning

2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 7 Wheatear, Stonechat, Linnet, Grey Wagtail, 3 Swallow, 8 Meadow Pipit.



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Higher Swineshaw to lower car park 12:00-13:00

Wheatear. 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, drake Goosander, 17 Meadow Pipit, Red Grouse, 4 Curlew.



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8:45-11:15

2 Red Grouse, 65 Pink Footed Geese over, Raven, 3 Red Legged Partridge, 2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 4 Reed Bunting, 6 Bullfinch, Pied Wagtail, Nuthatch, 5 Mistle Thrush. 



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Around Higher Swineshaw 11am

7 Teal, Red Grouse, 2 Raven, 8 Meadow Pipit. 



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9-11:30 Car park to Higher Swineshaw 

Kingfisher on mill pond, 4 Red Grouse, 7 Stonechat, Sparrowhawk, 2+Common Buzzard, 40 House Martin, 5 Swallow, Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Nuthatch, 2 Cormorant, Tufted Duck, 7 Meadow Pipit 

Higher Swineshaw lowest I've ever seen it.



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Walk up to higher swineshaw and back today through country park 

12 jays

2 cuckoos

9 common sandpiper

2 oystercatcher

6 curlew 

1 cormorant

4 Reed bunting 

8 linnets including fledglings

2 grey wagtail

2 pied wagtail

6 stonechat 

plus the usuals 



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A visit today between 10-2 1 Oystercatcher 1 Lapwing flying over Curlew calling 2+ Redpoll with 4+juveniles 2 Reed Bunting 2 Willow Warbler 2 Common Sandpiper 2 Stonechat

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Around Higher Swineshaw this evening. 

4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Reed Bunting, Grey Wagtail, 7 Meadow Pipit, 3 Willow Warbler. 



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Around Higher Swineshaw this evening.

2+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Willow Warbler, Grey Wagtail, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Pied Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit, Curlew 



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Full circuit from the car park via Carrbrook across to Higher Swineshaw and back down 09:00-11:45

17 Lapwing, 4 Stonechat, displaying Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 5 Red Grouse, 5 Linnet, 2+Raven, Kestrel, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Lesser Redpoll, Sparrowhawk, 2 Fieldfare, Redwing, 2 Nuthatch, Jay.



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Little walk up to Harridge via the dam and sun green male and female goosander on Millbrook dam 2 bullfinch 4 greenfinch 4 kestrel 2 buzzard 1 wren 2 dunnock Plus lots of usuals

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New Year yomp around Wild Bank, Walkerwood, upto Swineshaw and Harridge and back. A few Redwing arguing with a couple of Mistle Thrush, a female Bullfinch, six Nuthatch, about ten Red Grouse at the top, and a Sparrowhawk were the highlights.

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Friday 5th November 2021, 6.45am

Walkerwood

4 Goosander on the reservoir (1 drake, 3 redhead) - my first of the autumn
c35 Fieldfare down the valley and into the Country Park, followed 15 minutes later by c60 Redwing.

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Country park up lower Hyde green, then to Harridge, upper swineshaw then back down to walkerwood up to wild bank to farms and back (got sore legs this eve!) 10-2.45 2 cormorant, 6 Reed bunting, 4 red grouse, 10 meadow pipits, 6 stonechat, 2 wheatear, 2 kestrel, 4 bullfinch, 3 pied wagtails c50 black headed gulls, 1 common buzzard, 42 goldfinch, 16 swallows plus usuals

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Brushes Road to Higher Swineshaw 18:00-20:15

Peregrine Falcon, Tawny Owl, Red Grouse, 4 Red Legged Partridge, 3 Reed Bunting, 4 Stonechat, 3 Kestrel, 4 Nuthatch, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Jay, Grey Wagtail, 3 Cormorant over, Goldcrest 



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UPPER SWINESHAW RES - 2 Redshank dropped in early morning still there after I left.

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Yesterday evening 

8 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Stonechat, 2 Linnet, 7 Reed Bunting, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Kestrel, Common Buzzard, Nuthatch, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, Curlew, 2 Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit, 8 Swallow, 6 Swift, Tawny Owl. 

Plus usuals



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Around Higher Swineshaw Reservoir 19:30-20:00

4 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, 5 Stonechat, 5 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Common Buzzard 



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Walk up round Harridge to swineshaw and back through country park yesterday morning 1 tufted duck 4 lapwing and young 8 stonechat 6 curlew 15 black headed gulls 4 chiffchaff 5 common sandpiper 1 sparrowhawk 3 Jays 2 grey wagtail 1 pied wagtail 1 cormorant 2 linnet



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 17th of June 2021 08:39:01 PM

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18:30-21:00

4 Common Sandpiper, Wheatear, Tawny Owl, 3 Lesser Redpoll, Common Whitethroat, 2 Kestrel, 4 Curlew, Common Buzzard, 2 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Red Grouse, 4 Stonechat, 10 Meadow Pipit, 3 Swift, 4 Blackcap, 12 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker. 



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The bird in your photographs is a Canary Isaac, clearly escaped from captivity somewhere!



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Lots of walks over the past week - one of which has got me and a few others flummoxed.  I have attached pics below, the bird was bigger than a robin, round belly and very yellow, at first glance i thought a Siskin, but its not. It is ringed but a green ring.

Suggestions so far have been Serin, yellowhammer, or an escaped bird... any suggestions most welcome!

todays  wet and windy walk through country park up to swineshaw and back

2 grey wagtail

1 cormorant

1 pied wagtail

2 great spotted woodpecker

4 common sandpiper

2 reed bunting

10 meadow pipit

1 kestrel

1 common buzzard

1 kestrel

2 curlew

6 chaffinch

2 chiffchaff

2 greenfinch

C30 black headed gulls on lower swineshaw

 

 



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18:30-20:10 Walkerwood to Higher Swineshaw 

3 Wheatear, 4+ Common Sandpiper, Common Whitethroat, 2 Stonechat, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 2 Red Grouse, 10 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Meadow Pipit, Swallow, Kestrel, 5 Reed Bunting, 3 Linnet, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.



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Walk through the country park up round Harridge to higher swineshaw from 9.30 this morning

8 lapwing

6 common sandpiper

4 reed bunting

4 stonechat

7 lesser redpoll

4 willow warbler

2 curlew

15 meadow pipits

8 wheatear 

2 pied wagtail

4 blackcaps

1 great spotted woodpecker

4 red grouse

1 grey wagtail

 

 



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walk through the country park up to higher swineshaw and back at 9.30 this morning

1 cuckoo

1 great spotted woodpecker

1 common sandpiper (on walkerwood - furthest down i have seen one)

6 common sandpiper on swineshaw

2 curlew (absolutely love the sounds these birds make!)

4 reed bunting

5 wheatear

4 lesser redpoll

c10 meadow pipits

2 pied wagtail

1 common buzzard

 



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Saturday evening - quick walk through the country park and up towards Harridge (around 4pm)

Plenty of greenfinch

2 stonechat

4 lapwing

1 common buzzard

Sunday walk through the country park up to Brushes and back around 10.45am

2 common sandpiper

1 great spotted woodpecker

2 pied wagtail

1 grey wagtail

2 blackcap

 

 



-- Edited by Isaac Heath on Monday 10th of May 2021 08:41:19 PM

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a walk of all weathers this morning - from sun to hail and then snow, up to swineshaw and back again

2 great spotted woodpeckers

6 common sandpiper

4 curlew

4 reed bunting

8 wheatear

2 stonechat

2 willow warbler

3 chiffchaff

1 common buzzard

2 sand martin

c15 meadow pipits 

2 ring ouzel

still not heard or seen a cuckoo 



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-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 6th of May 2021 07:30:17 PM

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Walk up round Harridge and back through Swineshaw and the country park this morning - 9.30-12

2 common buzzard

2 kestrel

2 curlew

4 common sandpiper

c15 meadow pipits

1 great spotted woodpecker

2 pied wagtail

4 reed bunting

2 stonechat

4 lesser redpoll

2 chiffchaff

1 willow warbler

2 wheatear

 

 



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Briefly around Higher Swineshaw Reservoir this morning. 

4 Common Sandpiper, Raven, 2 Kestrel, Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, 4 Curlew, 8 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Tufted Duck, Red Grouse, forgot to add 2 Linnet from Saturday. 



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Around Higher Swineshaw 20:00

4 Ring Ouzel, 4 Wheatear, Common Sandpiper, 6 Meadow Pipit, Willow Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 7 Red Grouse, 2 Curlew. 

No sign of reported Black Redstart 



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Walkerwood reservoir to Higher Swineshaw 08:50-11:15

4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Wheatear, 4 Stonechat, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting, 20 Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Swallow, 4 Curlew, Sand Martin, 2 Common Buzzard, 5 Mistle Thrush, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Bullfinch, 3 Jay, Grey Wagtail, 3 Red Grouse. 



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A walk up through millbrook dam past Roebucks farm then past brushes around 1.15 today

3 common buzzard

2 mistle thrush

15 long tailed tits

2 blackcap 

2 common sandpiper on brushes res

4 chiffchaff

 

 

 



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 19th of April 2021 07:55:40 PM

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A walk up to brushes yesterday and round the country park 

around 6 blackcap in the country park

3 jays

2 common buzzard

4 chiffchaff

1 cormorant 

 

walk up to higher swineshaw and beyond today

7 common buzzard

1 great spotted woodpecker

8 chiffchaff

4 willow warbler

at least 7 lesser redpoll

5 common sandpiper

c20 meadow pipits

2 stonechat

several Reed bunting

2 red grouse

2 grey wagtail

4 pied wagtail

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Around Higher Swineshaw 

Little Ringed Plover, 2+ Common Sandpiper, 3 Reed Bunting, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Curlew, 20 Meadow Pipit, Peregrine Falcon, 3 Red Grouse, Grey Wagtail 



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Quick wander from Walkerwood up to Higher Swineshaw mid morning 

3 Stonechat, 5 Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, 2 Kestrel, Common Buzzard 



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