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Wednesday 17th October 2018, 6.30 - 7.20am.

Walkerwood area.

Several Mistle Thrush attempting a bit of singing well before it was light; at both sides of the reservoir, and in the country park.

Last night, 2 Tawny Owls were calling, from Cock Wood and the country park, around dusk. On Monday evening, one was in the trees above the Gamekeeper's cottage.

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Sunday 14th October 2018, 8.30 - 10.15am

Around the Walkerwood area, in heavy rain throughout.

1 Mandarin drake swimming with 12 Mallard
1 Cormorant
4 Mistle Thrush over
1 Chiffchaff
A very noisy group of 20+ Long-tailed Tits. I never tire of watching this species - such beautiful, delicate little birds.
6+ Goldcrest. Seems to have been an influx.
1 Lesser Redpoll
Bullfinch
Chaffinch
Good numbers of Robin and Wren

Usuals on the feeders, including Willow Tit and Nuthatch.

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Thursday 11th October 2018, 9.30 - 11.00am.

Around Walkerwood and Cote Farm.

1 Grey Heron
1 Buzzard over Harridge
1 Kestrel
2 Chiffchaff
5 Meadow Pipits
4 Greenfinch
4 Goldfinch
1 Lesser Redpoll
6 Mistle Thrush

On the feeders.

1 Willow Tit
Nuthatch
Great, Blue, and Coal Tits

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Monday 8th October 2018, 6.30 - 7.30pm.

A small flock of Redwing passed west over Walkerwood Dam at 7.20pm
2 Tawny Owls calling, from Cock Wood, and the woods above the Gamekeeper's cottage, at dusk.
Female Kestrel hunting from a telephone wire next to Walkerwood Dam just before dark.

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Saturday 6th October 2018, 9.00 - 11.45am.

Brushes Valley, to Higher Swineshaw Reservoir.

A solitary Redwing dropped into the treetops around Lower Swineshaw scout hut. Seen off immediately by two Mistle Thrush.
6 Reed Bunting
15+ Meadow Pipits
1 Kestrel
Several Goldcrest calling from the woods
Nuthatch calling along the valley

Several Pied Wagtails heard around the Cock Knarr side of Brushes Reservoir at 6.30pm. This area has held a winter roost in the past.
14 Mallard on the reservoir.

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Tuesday 2nd October 2018, 6.30 - 7.15am.

Walkerwood Dam.

1 Mandarin drake
1 Grey Heron
Mallards, Canada Geese, and little else, on a gloomy morning.

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Monday 1st October 2018, 6.30 - 7.15am.

Walkerwood Dam.

1 drake Mandarin
4 Mallard
20 Canada Geese
2 singing Chiffchaff
8 Chaffinch over west



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From Stocks Lane up to the Trig Point via Wildbank Lower down 2 Swallows, 3 Jay, 1 Mistle Thrush and 3 Red-legged Partridge Higher up 1 Kestrel, 1 Red Grouse and what I would expect must be the same two Raven in Davids post from earlier today

-- Edited by Stuart Pike on Saturday 29th of September 2018 07:18:46 PM

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Saturday 29th September 2018, 9.00 - 11.00am.

Wild Bank SBI, taking in Hobson Moor.

2 Stonechat, my first of 2018 in the area, following the disappearance this year of the regular breeding pair. These appeared to be a first year male and female.
100+ Meadow Pipits
c 25 Skylark, the majority of which dropped in from the north around 10 o'clock
1 Linnet over south
1 Buzzard
1 Red Grouse

2 Ravens were on the pylons at Walkerwood earlier.


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Thursday 13th September 2018, 8.00 - 10.30am.

Around Wild Bank Hill, and Hobson Moor. Majority of sightings in Wild Bank SBI, hence this thread.

1 female / juvenile Merlin low over the moor from the direction of the Trig Point, down Gallows Clough, having a go at flushed Meadow Pipits
150+ Meadow Pipits, everywhere this morning
10+ Skylarks
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker perched up on a pylon, on top of the moor, called, then flew off southwest.
1 Rook
1 Little Owl

Also stumbled across a Lesser Spotted Roger Baker, loitering on Hobson Moor Road.

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Wednesday 12th September 2018, 6.30 - 7.15am.

Walkerwood Dam.

1 drake Mandarin on the reservoir
3 Grey Herons
Chiffchaff singing
Several Nuthatch calling

Otherwise quiet

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Monday 10th September 2018, 6.30 - 7.20am

Walkerwood Dam.

1 Kingfisher, again on the depth marker posts
2 Cormorant
3 Grey Herons
38 Canada Geese
7 Mallard
1 Willow Tit, in a small mixed flock
6 Bullfinch
6+ noisy Jays
1 Kestrel over Harridge

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David Walsh wrote:

Friday 7th September 2018, 6.30 - 7.15am.

Walkerwood Dam.

1 Kingfisher on the exposed depth gauge posts near the dam. Only ever an occasional record here - almost always in September.
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Just thinking about that one Dave ....... in the past Walkerwood has always been a fly only Trout fishery on a "put and take" basis with the fish being to big for a Kingfisher.
Now that an angling club has stocked it with coarse fish things might improve especially if they breed with plenty of fry in the margins ??

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Friday 7th September 2018, 6.30 - 7.15am.

Walkerwood Dam.

1 Kingfisher on the exposed depth gauge posts near the dam. Only ever an occasional record here - almost always in September.
4 Grey Herons
3 Grey Wagtails
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Willow Tit
2 Nuthatch
1 Chiffchaff singing
Lesser Redpoll over

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Wednesday 5th September 2018, 6.30 - 7.30am.

Walkerwood area.

House Martins started moving over Walkerwood Reservoir at 6.55, pausing , then heading roughly south west. A rough estimate would be 150, with about 10 Swallows mixed in. Still birds passing through as I left.
3 Grey Herons
1 Cormorant
A flock of c 20 Goldfinch
1 Grey Wagtail

-- Edited by David Walsh on Wednesday 5th of September 2018 07:57:03 AM

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Monday 3rd September 2018, 6.30 - 7.30am.

Walkerwood area.

A mixed flock of Hirundines moved through south west, and consisted of roughly:
60 Swallows
40 House Martins
1 Swift

5 Lesser Redpoll were moving around the dam area

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Saturday 1st September 2018, 8.30 - 11.30am.

From Walkerwood, to Higher Swineshaw and Lees Hill.

Higher Swineshaw Reservoir.

1 Tufted Duck,
c 20 Linnet feeding around the dam
2 Pied Wagtail
1 Grey Wagtail
c 30 Meadow Pipits
1 juvenile Stonechat feeding on the dam banking. Pair of adults at Lees Hill.
2 Buzzards over the moor
1 Kestrel
Chiffchaff singing between Higher and Lower Swineshaw Reservoirs

Walkerwood area.

1 Cormorant
2 Grey Herons
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Pied Wagtail
Nuthatch are very much in evidence around the feeders
1 Willow Tit also on the feeders
A lot of very noisy Jays around at present

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Thursday 23rd August 2018, 9.00 - 11.30am

From Walkerwood to Higher Swineshaw Reservoir, then back across Harridge Moor, in intermittent drizzly rain.

Harridge Moor.

1 Wheatear
1 Whinchat
2 juvenile Stonechat
2 Ravens on the pylons

1 male Reed Bunting at Higher Swineshaw
1 male Stonechat plus juvenile at Lees Hill
Nuthatch at Brushes Cottages, and Walkerwood
Great Spotted Woodpecker at Walkerwood
A Buzzard over Wild Bank, and one at Brushes Valley
1 Cormorant on Walkerwood Reservoir

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Sunday 19th August 2018, 9.45 - 11.15am, in heavy rain.

1 Spotted Flycatcher, feeding amongst Willowherb and Himalayan Balsam, next to Walkerwood Dam
2 juvenile Grey Wagtails in Walkerwood overflow
c 15 Swallows around Walkerwood Dam, some feeding juveniles in flight
1 Cormorant on Brushes Reservoir
5 Kestrels noisily together over Harridge

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Saturday 18th August 2018, 7.00pm.

8 redhead Goosander on Brushes Reservoir
1 juvenile Grey Heron on Brushes shoreline
1 Cormorant flew off Walkerwood Reservoir at 6.45
1 Kestrel on the wires by Walkerwood

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Saturday 18th August 2018, 9.30 - 11.30am

Around Wild Bank, and Hollingworthhall Moor, in a gusty wind.

1 Wheatear moving along the moor edge, on the Hobson Moor side of the hill, was the highlight of a desperately quiet morning.
10 Swallows feeding over the moor
15+ Meadow Pipits

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Friday 17th August 2018, 6.30 - 7.30am

8 redhead Goosander still present at 7.30am, tucked into the far eastern corner of Walkerwood Reservoir.
Couple of Chiffchaff singing

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Thursday 16th August. Evening.

Goosander. 8 redheads landed on Walkerwood Res at 20.30 hrs.
Sparrowhawk. 2.
Buzzard being harassed by a pair of Ravens over Brushes Res.

Roger.

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Tuesday 14th August 2018, evening.

Wild Bank Hill.

2 juvenile Wheatear feeding in the fields around Shaw Moor Farm

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Saturday 11th August 2018, 9.00 - 11.30am

Brushes Valley, to Higher Swineshaw.

5 Spotted Flycatchers, a pair feeding at least three fledglings, one of which was being fed on the ground, with a possibly injured wing.
3 Buzzards, one over Harridge Moor, a juvenile at Wild Bank, and a juvenile perched within 100 yards of the houses at Brushes Road
2 juvenile Kestrels over Harridge Moor, and a male at Higher Swineshaw
1 male Stonechat at Higher Swineshaw, and a female with a juvenile at Harridge Moor
24 Red Grouse counted on Harridge and Swineshaw Moors
c 30 Meadow Pipits
30 House Martin feeding over the valley
2 Raven at Walkerwood
52 Black-headed Gulls on Higher Swineshaw Reservoir
Good numbers of juvenile Dunnock around the moors

A quiet morning, but a satisfying one.


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Sunday 5th August 2018, 9.30 - 11.00am

Harridge Moor, and the woods above the Gamekeeper's cottage.

100+ each, of Swallows and House Martins feeding over the moor
A Willow Warbler feeding at least two fledglings in the bracken, a few others singing.
10+ Coal Tits calling in the trees, very much in evidence in all the wooded areas at present.
1 Nuthatch
4 Treecreepers, with more calling
Several noisy Jays
1 Kestrel over Harridge
4 Kestrel, looking like a family group, noisily around Lower Swineshaw dam
1 Buzzard perched over at Wild Bank

Walkerwood Reservoir.

1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron, present constantly at the moment. A juvenile bird has also been seen on a couple of mornings over the past week
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Pied Wagtail
2 Moorhen

Yesterday, around Higher Swineshaw.

No waders at all
42 Black-headed Gulls
1 juvenile Grey Wagtail
2 Pied Wagtails
3 Mallard
1 Reed Bunting flushed from low in the bracken on the track towards Irontongue, the only one seen or heard. This species seems to have disappeared from the area since the fire, despite their territories (at least half a dozen) being in areas of bracken around the reservoir untouched by the fire. I can only assume it is due to the disturbance caused by the firefighting machinery and personnel?
One pair of Stonechat with at least 2 juveniles at Lees Hill
At least 6 Lesser Redpoll between Higher and Lower Swineshaw
1 Linnet
c 35 Meadow Pipits on Higher Swineshaw dam banking

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Thursday 2nd August 2018, 9.00pm

Walkerwood Dam.

c 60 Swift. 10 feeding over the country park area, and c 50 moving through south west
4 House Martins through south west

I reinstated the feeders last week, and have had regular sightings once more, of the Willow Tit.
The other species which has visited regularly is the Nuthatch, which is very evident at present, all around the valley. They seem to have had a successful breeding season.
A single Common Sandpiper was the only wader present at Higher Swineshaw Reservoir on Tuesday evening.

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Tuesday 24th July 2018, evening

Higher Swineshaw Reservoir.

1 Green Sandpiper
2 Common Sandpiper
10+ Pied Wagtails, mainly juveniles, feeding on the shoreline.
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Buzzard, looking very pale against the blackened moor.

Lower Swineshaw Reservoir

3 Lapwing
5 Pied Wagtails
3 Stonechat (male and two juveniles) on the moor above the reservoir

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Saturday 21st July 2018, 9.00am - 12.00pm

Higher Swineshaw Reservoir

It's amazing the difference a muddy shoreline makes. All four reservoirs in the valley are stone-lined, and poor for waders, other than Common Sandpiper, which breed here. A combination of low rainfall, and (mainly) a vast quantity of water being pumped out of Higher Swineshaw Reservoir, to douse the recent moorland fire, has meant that the water level is the lowest that anyone can remember, giving a muddy shoreline to the entire reservoir, save for the dam itself.

1 Green Sandpiper
6 Common Sandpipers
1 Redshank
31 Black-headed Gulls
3 Pied Wagtails
2 Stonechat (male and juvenile), in the bracken
20+ Meadow Pipits, many feeding along the shore

Lower Swineshaw Reservoir

7 Lapwing
10 Mallard
Lesser Redpoll around the scout hut

Grasshopper Warbler reeling by Brushes Road (as it was at 11.00pm yesterday)

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Thursday 19th July 2018, 8.00 - 9.00pm

Grasshopper Warbler still reeling in the field adjacent to Brushes Road
30+ Swifts over Wild Bank
1 Buzzard over Wild Bank
Grey Heron on Walkerwood Reservoir

Earlier today in Cock Wood

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Nuthatch
Juvenile Treecreepers
Couple of family groups of Long-tailed Tits
Juvenile Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch
Juvenile Great Tits everywhere
Several Lesser Redpoll

30+ Swallows, mainly juveniles, over Walkerwood Reservoir
Juvenile Cormorant on Walkerwood
Kestrel over Harridge

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Sunday 15th July, 9.00pm

Grasshopper Warbler reeling from rough grassland, in the field by Brushes Road, opposite the Country Park.

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Saturday 14th July 2018, 8.00 - 11.00am

Lower Swineshaw Reservoir

2 Common Sandpiper, an agitated adult, and a well grown juvenile. They were late breeding this year, but this is a breeding record that I thought I'd missed, due to the recent access restrictions in the valley. Good to see.
c 30 Meadow Pipits feeding around the dam banking
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Buzzard on the shoreline
5 Lesser Redpoll around the scout hut

Higher Swineshaw, and environs

4 Stonechat, a family party of a pair, plus at least two juveniles in the bracken, towards Lees Hill
4 Common Sandpiper
c 60 Black-headed Gulls
3 Lapwing flew over Lees Hill, from the direction of Arnfield, and dropped in briefly, before continuing west
40+ Meadow Pipits, mainly, as at Lower Swineshaw, around the dam banking
2 Pied Wagtails, an adult and well grown juvenile
3 Blackbirds, one carrying food into bracken, right at the edge of the burned Moor
1 Goldfinch
2 Lesser Redpoll in the bracken
1 Buzzard

Brushes Valley

6+ Treecreeper, calling everywhere, and feeding in twos, presumably young birds?
Several Coal Tits, a mix of adults and juveniles, one carrying food


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It has surprised me how much wildlife has remained in such a bleak and totally destroyed habitat to be honest David.

I have removed several toads from the moor, Meadow Pipits still wander around the scorched earth cool enough for them to step onto and butterflies and impressive dragonflies still populate the untouched gullies, few that they are.

There is also evidence of some regeneration in areas not too severely burned, with new green shoots already coming through.

Of course, much of the moor is depressingly damaged, with earth reduced to nothing more than deep ash fuelling impressively large and regular 'dust devils' and heavy rains will off course bring their own further problems to the area too.

A sad state but nature has its way and it will eventually get back to what it was though it will take time, in many areas, lots of time.

 



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Thursday 12th July 2018, 9.30 - 11.30am.

Higher Swineshaw Reservoir, and surrounding area, for the first time in three weeks.

Swineshaw Moor, to the north and north east of the reservoir is blackened and lifeless, but the reservoir itself produced more than I would usually expect, particularly given the amount of plant and personnel still arraigned around the area of the dam.

3 Common Sandpiper
3 Lapwing
1 Snipe flushed from the overflow
3 Mallard
2 Pied Wagtails, and adult and juvenile
61 Black-headed Gulls, many juvenile
1 Willow Warbler
1 male Stonechat at an existing territory within 100 yards of the dam.


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Saturday 30th June 2018, 7.00 - 11.00am.

No public access to Brushes Valley at present.

Concentrating on the north side of Brushes Valley this morning, taking in the moorland around Harridge Pike, and the oak woodland above the gamekeeper's cottage. To a constant sound of helicopters almost overhead. One of the stranger ambles I've had around the moor.

5 Stonechat, a pair and three juveniles
20 Red Grouse
50+ Meadow Pipits, some emerging from the heather, but most had the appearance of winter feeding flocks, gathering in the areas of short, or cleared heather. I wondered whether they may have been birds displaced from the destroyed moor, which in some places was only a hundred or so yards away?
2 Dunnock singing
Pair of Linnet, the male singing
2 Buzzard, calling over the keeper's cottage
4 Jay in the woods
1 juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker
Several Nuthatch


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Thursday 28th June 2018, 9.30pm.

Male Reed Bunting singing in the field adjacent to Brushes Road.

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Wednesday 27th June 2018, 7.00am.

Walkerwood Reservoir.

10 House Martins
12 Swallows, including juveniles being fed on a wire
1 juvenile Pied Wagtail

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Thursday 21st June 2018.

Combined sightings from this morning, and Wednesday evening. Dry, bright, but cold and windy on both visits.

Higher Swineshaw

7 Common Sandpiper, including one juvenile, parents very agitated at the presence of 16 Black-headed Gulls
5 Stonechat, a female and 4 juveniles
3 Curlew, one swimming in the reservoir
1 pair of Pied Wagtail
1 pair of Linnet
1 Buzzard


Elsewhere

2 juvenile Stonechat at a traditional territory on Harridge moor. First breeding evidence at this site of the year.
2 family groups of Nuthatch, at Brushes Cottages, and Brushes Valley. One of our nest boxes, in the Walkerwood area, fledged 7 juveniles (after a recount).
Family of Goldcrest higher up Brushes Valley
Meadow Pipits carrying food
Willow Warblers carrying food

Otherwise quiet.



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Saturday 9th June 2018, 9.30 - 11.30am

Around Higher Swineshaw Reservoir and Lees Hill. A few breeding records.

5 Stonechat across three territories. Two males, and a female with two newly fledged birds. My first confirmed breeding record of the year, in complete contrast to the bumper breeding season of 2017.
A pair of Pied Wagtails feeding a juvenile
1 Grey Wagtail feeding a juvenile
4 singing Reed Bunting
One pair of Common Sandpiper
1 Curlew over Boar Flat
Two pairs of Canada Geese, with 8 goslings between them
8 Linnet
Lesser Redpoll
Blackcap singing at the foot of Higher Swineshaw dam






-- Edited by David Walsh on Saturday 9th of June 2018 12:22:54 PM

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Friday 1st June 2018, 7.30 - 10.30am

Walkerwood to Higher Swineshaw and Lees Hill.

2 Oystercatchers on Lower Swineshaw Reservoir. Both flew off northeast at 9.00am.
Pied Wagtail carrying food at Higher Swineshaw Reservoir
Cuckoo singing in Brushes Valley
5 singing Blackcap
Otherwise quiet

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Thursday 31st May 2018, 10.00 - 11.45am

Walkerwood Dam, and a wander around the rifle ranges.

Rifle Ranges.

6 singing Willow Warblers
1 singing Blackcap
4 singing Song Thrush
5 singing Dunnock
1 Linnet
5 Lesser Redpoll
1 Greenfinch
1 Chaffinch
15 Meadow Pipits, many carrying food

Elsewhere.

1 Reed Bunting singing in the rough fields above Brushes Road, for over a month now, was pleasing. A pair used to breed regularly, but seemed to disappear for the past three years, with only sporadic sightings.
1 singing Whitethroat, on Brushes Road. The main reason for the trip around the rifle ranges, where there have been at least four singing males in previous years. A disappointing year for me, so far, with this species, and Warblers in general, in fact.
A male Grey Wagtail was feeding insects to two well grown juveniles at Walkerwood Reservoir
Several noisy Jays



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Wednesday 30th May 2018, 6.30 - 7.20am

Walkerwood, and along to Cote Farm

Only two Swallows visible at Cote Farm
35+ Swift feeding over Harridge. Another few around Millbrook Dam.
1 Cormorant over
2 Jays on the road, squabbling
4 singing Blackcaps
Several Greenfinch singing
Female Great Spotted Woodpecker picking insects from the telegraph poles
Six Nuthatch young, in one of our boxes, was a nice result last night. Food being shovelled in by both parents.
Cuckoo singing
2 Common Sandpiper
2 Grey Wagtail
1 Pied Wagtail

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Monday 14th May 2018, 6.30 - 7.15am

Around Walkerwood.

2 Oystercatchers flew over, down the valley, calling.
1 pair of Tufted Duck
1 Pair of Common Sandpiper
1 Moorhen
Cuckoo singing from above the gamekeeper's cottage
1 Whitethroat singing

On Saturday morning, a female Wheatear was at Higher Swineshaw Reservoir. My first sighting of the year in the valley, in what for me, has been a poor year for this species.

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Thursday 10th May 2018, 9.00 - 11.45am.

From Walkerwood Dam, up past the rifle ranges, and on to Wild Bank Hill.

22 singing Willow Warblers, all but 4 in Wild Bank SBI
2 singing Chiffchaff, one each at Flaxfield, and Brushes Road
6 Linnet, including 2 singing males, and a female at a nest site
7 Lesser Redpoll
30+ Meadow Pipits
1 Reed Bunting singing in the juncus between Brushes Road and Range House
Only one Whitethroat in the entire area, a male that has been singing along the Brushes Road edge of the country park since Monday. Some years I'd expect to have half a dozen males singing.
3 Swallows over Walkerwood Reservoir
2 Cormorant on the reservoir

A Cuckoo was singing from Cock Wood around dusk this evening.

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Monday 7th May 2018, 7.15 - 10.30am.

Wild Bank Hill, taking in Hollingworthall Moor, and Hobson Moor. Most sightings in Wild Bank SBI, hence this thread.

Wild Bank.

1 male Cuckoo giving great views, singing initially from a pylon, on the moor, before flying towards Brushes, landing several times on various walls and posts. Harangued the whole time by Meadow Pipits.
1 pair of Linnet
2 Snipe
2 Buzzard over the area of the trig point
3 Red Grouse
1 Grey Heron
Reed Bunting singing in the juncus behind Shaw Farm

Elsewhere.

2 Wheatear
1 Lapwing
2 Curlew
Many Meadow Pipits and Skylark, over the entire area

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Friday 4th May 2018, 6.30 - 7.15am.

Walkerwood Reservoir.

My first Cuckoo of the year, singing above the gamekeeper's cottage
Pair of Common Sandpiper on the reservoir
Buzzard over Harridge

A Common Sandpiper was calling from Brushes Reservoir at dusk last night

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Thursday 26th April 2018, 11.15 - 11.45am

A quick stop off at Walkerwood

10 Lesser Redpoll, including 8 flying together over Brushes Road
A couple of Song Thrush carrying food
Willow Tit on feeders
1 Nuthatch
Male Grey Wagtail at Brushes Reservoir

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Sunday 22nd April 2018, 8.30pm

1 Whitethroat singing along Brushes Road, between the houses and Walkerwood Dam. My first of the year.

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Saturday 21st April 2018, 7.30 - 11.30am

Brushes Valley, as far as Lees Hill.

Higher Swineshaw and Lees Hill.

1 pair of Stonechat, the male singing
1 pair of Pied Wagtail
2 Common Sandpiper, flying together
Skylark singing
2 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
3 Reed Bunting

Lower down.

2 Common Sandpiper on Lower Swineshaw Dam
1 pair of Pied Wagtail in the same area
2 Curlew above Lower Swineshaw
1 Treecreeper, doing a spot of wallcreeping
Nuthatch calling
Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing around Brushes Cottages

A Blue Tit seemed to be competing with bumble bees for residency of one our nest boxes

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Thursday 19th April 2018, 9.00 - 11.45am

From Brushes Cottages, to the far end of Higher Swineshaw Reservoir.

31 singing Willow Warblers; 8 around Higher Swineshaw, 4 around Lower Swineshaw, the rest along the valley.
1 Blackcap singing at Brushes Cottages
Weirdly, not one Chiffchaff heard singing in the entire length of the valley. Plenty around Walkerwood and the Country Park.
1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling between Brushes and Lower Swineshaw Reservoir
1 Treecreeper
2 Buzzards over Swineshaw Moor
Pair of Pied Wagtails at Higher Swineshaw Reservoir
2 male Reed Bunting at Higher Swineshaw
1 Linnet
1 Curlew on the shoreline of Lower Swineshaw Reservoir, more calling beyond Pack Saddle

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