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Saturday 12th October 2019, 9.00 - 11.45am.

Brushes Valley, to Higher Swineshaw Reservoir.

Higher Swineshaw.

21 Reed Bunting
3 Stonechat
10 Meadow Pipits
1 Kestrel
7 Skylark, in a single flock
1 Dipper, singing in Higher Swineshaw overflow

Bullfinch calling all along the valley, mainly juveniles
6 Lesser Redpoll at Lower Swineshaw scout hut
1 Raven over the valley
12+ Long-tailed Tits
12 Goldfinch in a single flock
Several Jays stashing acorns

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Saturday 5th October 2019, 9.00 - 11.30am.

Brushes Valley, to Higher Swineshaw, then Irontongue.

Lower Swineshaw

c25 Redwing and c6 Fieldfare flew north (?) out of the trees at the scout hut
9 Mistle Thrush followed them, noisily
3 Chiffchaff, two singing

Higher Swineshaw

2 Dipper were a very unusual sighting for this site
1 Cormorant
10+ Reed Bunting
20+ Meadow Pipits
A flock of approximately 20 Blue and Long-tailed Tits flew across Boar Flat, landing briefly in the bracken at Higher Swineshaw Dam, then made off down the valley
1 Raven
1 Pied Wagtail

Irontongue.

A flock of approximately 80 Goldfinch feeding on the moor
2 Reed Bunting
10+ Meadow Pipits

Walkerwood Reservoir

1 Cormorant
11 Black-headed Gulls



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Friday 4th October 2019, 6.30 - 7.30am.

Brushes Reservoir.

1 Dipper
2 Grey Wagtail

Walkerwood Reservoir.

1 drake Mandarin
11 Mallard
1 Grey Wagtail

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Sunday 29th September 2019, 10.00 - 11.00am.

Only two sightings of any note, fittingly, given the conditions.

Walkerwood Reservoir.

1 drake Mandarin

Brushes Reservoir.

1 Dipper in the torrent of an overflow channel

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Saturday 28th September 2019, 11.30am.

Pennine Bridleway, Brushes, in atrocious conditions.

46 Meadow Pipits south over Harridge
2 Raven

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Thursday 26th September 2019, 9.00 - 11.00am

Around the Gamekeepers cottage.

1 Kestrel hunting from a pylon
1 Buzzard
1 Raven
c 20 Meadow Pipits, up in the air each time the Kestrel left the pylon
4 Swallows
5 Mistle Thrush on one pylon
3 Pied Wagtail

Walkerwood Reservoir.

1 Mandarin drake yesterday was the first sighting for months
1 Cormorant
8 Mallard
17 Canada Geese yesterday was the highest count of autumn so far
1 Grey Wagtail

Country Park.

10 Chiffchaff
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Several Goldcrest
1 Song Thrush

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Saturday 21st September 2019, 8.00 - 11.30am.

Higher Swineshaw and Irontongue areas.

9 Grey Wagtail in Higher Swineshaw overflow was unusual
7 Stonechat - 2 around Higher Swineshaw, and 5 at Swineshaw Brook, Boar Flat.
10+ Reed Bunting
40+ Meadow Pipits
6 Swallow and 6 House Martin through
1 Buzzard
2 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk at Lower Swineshaw

Friday, 7.00pm, Brushes Reservoir.

2 Cormorant

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Thursday 19th September 2019, 9.30 - 11.30am.

Stalybridge Country Park.

13 Chiffchaff, one singing
2 Blackcap
2 Nuthatch
26 Robin (tried a full count today)
1 Wren
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 House Martin overhead
Several Long-tailed Tits

Walkerwood.

1 Cormorant
1 Grey Wagtail
2 Chiffchaff
1 Blackcap
Nuthatch on the feeders
4 Bullfinch

Around Brushes football pitch.

4 Chiffchaff feeding amongst Knotweed flowers
45 Starling
2 Buzzard over Wild Bank

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Tuesday 17th September 2019, 9.30 - 11.30am.

Brushes Valley, to Higher Swineshaw Reservoir, and around Lees Hill.

2 Wheatear, one at Higher Swineshaw Dam, the other between Lees Hill and Boar Flat.
2 juvenile Stonechat between Irontongue and Boar Flat
1 Raven over the valley
Skylark heard only, flying down the valley

3 Chiffchaff singing, Brushes Valley

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Monday 16th September 2019,

Walkerwood area.

1 Kingfisher still around Walkerwood Dam
1 Grey Wagtail - yesterday there were three chasing around
1 Blackcap
1 Cormorant

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Saturday 14th September 2019, 7.00 - 10.30am.

Brushes Valley, to Higher Swineshaw Reservoir, Turf Pits, and the eastern slopes of Harridge Pike.

7 Stonechat, in three separate areas
c 20 Skylark, mainly on the grassy slopes of Harridge Pike
c 30 Reed Bunting at Higher Swineshaw
100+ Meadow Pipits
6 Chiffchaff
12 Red Grouse

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Friday 13th September 2019, 6.30 - 7.20am.

Walkerwood Reservoir.

2 Kingfisher
19 Mallard
2 Grey Wagtail
1 Grey Heron over the Country Park
1 Goldcrest around the feeders

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Thursday 12th September 2019, 10.00 - 11.30am.

Stalybridge Country Park.

10 Chiffchaff, one singing
4 Lesser Redpoll
6 Swallow overhead
4 Nuthatch
6+ Long-tailed Tits, in a small mixed tit flock
1 Buzzard over Brushes Valley
1 Grey Wagtail in Walkerwood overflow

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Tuesday 10th September 2019, 9.00 - 10.30am.

A very quick up and down the valley, as far as Higher Swineshaw Reservoir - quiet.

Three Raven very noisily around the top end of the valley, and Harridge. It appeared that two birds were trying to see off a third.
2 Siskin flew down the valley, calling
3 Chiffchaff along Brushes Valley
Only a couple of Reed Bunting calling at Higher Swineshaw. No sign of the juvenile flock today.
Several Nuthatch calling, including around the scout hut at Lower Swineshaw, and on the Walkerwood feeders
1 Buzzard over Harridge, being harassed by around 30 hirundines
1 Cormorant on Walkerwood Reservoir


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Highlights for the weekend, Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Higher Swineshaw area.

1 Wheatear, on Swineshaw Moor
24 Reed Bunting, mainly juveniles
20+ Meadow Pipits
1 pair of Stonechat
3 Chiffchaff
1 Whitethroat
1 Raven
1 Kestrel
c30 Goldfinch
1 Mistle Thrush

Brushes Valley.

Several Nuthatch
4 Coal Tit
1 Chiffchaff
1 Willow Warbler at Brushes Cottages
9 Long-tailed Tits in one flock

c80 Swallows were moving southwest over Walkerwood at 7.00pm yesterday

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Monday 26th August 2019, 9.00 - 11.00am.

Stalybridge Country Park.

8 Chiffchaff, one singing
5 Blackcap, including two juveniles feeding on elderberries
1 Willow Warbler
2 Nuthatch
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, one briefly drumming
3 Chaffinch
23 Great Tits
12 Blue Tits
2 Long-tailed Tits
2 Wren
14 Robins
2 House Martins
1 Grey Wagtail in Walkerwood overflow
2 Blackbirds


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Saturday 24th August 2019, 6.30 - 10.30am.

An excellent morning, providing a stark contrast to the past few weeks, when you could have been forgiven for thinking that the upper part of the valley and surrounding moorland had been sterilised.

A lot of activity early on, in the bracken surrounding Higher Swineshaw Reservoir produced:

1 Whinchat
4+ Willow Warblers
1 Whitethroat
1 juvenile Blackcap
18+ Reed Bunting, mainly juveniles. They suddenly seem to have started flocking together, rather than skulking in the bracken.
30+ Meadow Pipits
1 pair of Stonechat with at least three juveniles
5 Red Grouse
1 Kestrel

A Wheatear flew low south west over the very top of the moor at Turf Pits

Also plenty of action in the trees around Lower Swineshaw on the way down:

At least one Spotted Flycatcher
6+ Willow Warblers
1 Whitethroat
6+ Long-tailed Tits
1 Treecreeper
1 juvenile Mistle Thrush

Many Nuthatch calling in the woods

1 Sparrowhawk sat on the wall of Brushes Cottages, eyeing up the feeders.





-- Edited by David Walsh on Saturday 24th of August 2019 02:40:31 PM

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Saturday 17th August 2019, 9.00 - 11.30am.

Brushes Valley, to Higher Swineshaw and Irontongue Hill. Very blustery conditions.

Higher Swineshaw and Irontongue.

A Peregrine made a couple of unsuccessful stoops at Meadow Pipits, before heading off over Irontongue Hill, towards Mossley.
Female Stonechat at Irontongue
1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
c12 Swallows over Higher Swineshaw Reservoir
2 Reed Bunting
10+ Meadow Pipits

3 Kestrels over Harridge
Plenty of Bullfinch around Walkerwood

Not a single bird on all four reservoirs.

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Thursday 15th August 2019, 10.00am.

Dipper on Brushes Reservoir was the only thing of any note.

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Sunday 11th August 2019, 4.30 - 5.45pm.

Higher Swineshaw.

Pair of Stonechat with 4 juveniles
1 male Whitethroat

2 Chiffchaff in Brushes Valley
1 female Sparrowhawk around Cock Wood
2 immature Grey Wagtails on Brushes Reservoir j
2 Cormorant on Walkerwood Reservoir

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Tuesday 6th August 2019, 6.30 - 7.30am.

Brushes Reservoir.

1 Common Sandpiper
1 Dipper, initially around the overflow area, with the Sandpiper, then flew up towards the far end of the reservoir.

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Saturday 3rd August 2019, 7.00 - 11.00am.

Brushes Valley, to Higher Swineshaw and Irontongue Hill.

2 juvenile Wheatear flew onto the Boar Flat side of Swineshaw Brook, from the north east. They were constantly harassed by juvenile Stonechat and Reed Bunting. By the time I left, they had made their way as far as Higher Swineshaw Dam.
7 juvenile Stonechat, of varying ages
10+ Reed Bunting, mainly juveniles
10+ Willow Warblers, including some very yellow youngsters
2 Kestrel
3 Swift over Harridge Moor
10+ Meadow Pipits, including a couple carrying butterflies back to nest sites

Brushes Reservoir.

1 Common Sandpiper
1 Grey Wagtail

1 Cormorant on Walkerwood

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Thursday 1st August 2019, 10.00pm.

Common Sandpiper calling from Brushes Reservoir at dusk.

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John Taylor wrote:

Maybe not the right place for this but there was a common sandpiper in the spillway at Buckton Vale Reservoir at 13:30 today.





It is close enough, John, (and frighteningly close to Mossley, whose border runs along the north western by-wash of the reservoir), though I usually post sightings from here in the Stalybridge, Ashton, and Dukinfield thread. I think the reservoir you mean is Cowbury Reservoir, which used to supply Buckton Vale Print and Dye Works. The valley, woods, and reservoir itself is another local area that promises much, but delivers very little. There were actually a pair of Common Sandpiper on the reservoir during the breeding season this year, along with Pied and Grey Wagtails, and very little else.



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Maybe not the right place for this but there was a common sandpiper in the spillway at Buckton Vale Reservoir at 13:30 today.

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Saturday 27th July 2019, 9.30 - 11.45am. Deathly quiet.

Higher Swineshaw.

1 Common Sandpiper on the reservoir
1 male Stonechat feeding caterpillars to a youngster
Couple of Reed Bunting singing

Several Goldcrest in the woods

Common Sandpiper calling from Brushes Reservoir

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Friday 26th July, 8.00pm.

Brushes Reservoir.

1 Common Sandpiper around the dam and northern shore. Also heard by another observer yesterday evening.
1 Kingfisher in the overflow channel - presumably the same bird as on Walkerwood this morning

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Friday 26th July 2019, 6.15 - 7.30am.

Walkerwood Reservoir.

1 Kingfisher patrolling the southern side of the reservoir
1 Grey Heron
1 adult Pied Wagtail with two juveniles

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Thursday 18th July 2019, 9.00 - 11.45am.

Higher Swineshaw.

1 singing Stonechat, and 5 separate, well grown juveniles. On Saturday up to ten juveniles were in the area
3 Common Sandpiper on the reservoir
1 adult Pied Wagtail with three well grown juveniles
3 Mistle Thrush picking through the newly mown dam banking
2 Lesser Redpoll
1 Whitethroat still singing
Several Willow Warblers
Several Reed Bunting

Harridge Moor.

40+ Meadow Pipits, including many juveniles
1 male Linnet
15+ Wren, again with many newly fledged birds, buzzing around the bracken.

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Saturday 13th July 2019, 7.30 - 11.30am.

Brushes Valley, to Higher Swineshaw Reservoir.

5 Oystercatchers flew west at 8.35, calling.
At least 4 Common Sandpiper on Higher Swineshaw Reservoir
6+ Treecreepers, including one feeding juveniles. They have been much in evidence this week, throughout the area.
Nuthatch calling
Male Stonechat with young at Higher Swineshaw
Whitethroat singing at Higher Swineshaw
Plenty of Reed Bunting around Higher Swineshaw, including singing males, and several juveniles
1 Buzzard
I picked up a Peregrine way up above Swineshaw Moor, which then came hurtling down, crashing into the bracken, feet away from me, before appearing several minutes later carrying off a kill.

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Wednesday 10th July 2019, 6.30am.

Juvenile Dipper in the spillway between Brushes and Walkerwood Reservoirs. A very occasional record for the valley. Always post breeding.
1 Mallard with seven ducklings in the same spillway. Not had many Mallard broods on all four Reservoirs this year.
Juvenile Robins everywhere
Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Robin, and Wrens carrying food.

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Sunday 7th July 2019, 8.30pm.

Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the field between Brushes Road and the Rifle Ranges

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Saturday 6th July 2019, 8.30 - 11.00am, in cold, damp conditions.

1 Common Sandpiper on Walkerwood Reservoir. Two were heard on Brushes Reservoir after dark last night.

Higher Swineshaw.

1 Buzzard
1 male Stonechat
1 singing Whitethroat

Otherwise desperate



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Thursday 4th July 2019, 8.00pm.

Walkerwood and the Brushes end of the Bridleway.

1 Cormorant on Walkerwood Reservoir
1 pair of Grey Wagtail
2 pairs of Swallows, feeding four juveniles each

Over Wild Bank.

At least 100 Swift, drifting slowly west
3 Kestrels
2 Buzzards

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Thursday 20th June 2019, am.

3 Siskin south, over Harridge Moor at 11.00am, were one of the highlights of a quiet morning.

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Wednesday 19th June 2019, 6.30am.

Female Goosander on Walkerwood Reservoir

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Tuesday 18th June 2019, 7.00pm.

2 Oystercatcher flew down Brushes Valley, over Walkerwood Reservoir, calling. One continued west, but the other turned and flew back up the valley.

One Cormorant was on Walkerwood Reservoir at 7.00am.
Pair of Grey Wagtails taking food into a nest.

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Sunday 16th June 2019, 9.30 - 11.30am.

Brushes Rifle Ranges and Wild Bank Hill.

19 Willow Warblers, several feeding youngsters
1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the boggy area behind Range House
1 Chiffchaff singing
1 female Reed Bunting
20+ Meadow Pipits
6+ Lesser Redpoll
2 pairs of Linnet on Wild Bank, both visiting nest sites, with one female seen removing a faecal sac


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Sunday 9th June 2019, 9.30 - 11.30am.

Brushes Valley, to Higher Swineshaw Reservoir.

9 Mistle Thrush feeding on Higher Swineshaw dam banking
Pair of Stonechat carrying food
Willow Warbler fledging begging food from an adult at Lower Swineshaw scout hut. Many other adults seen carrying food
Male Cuckoo singing on Swineshaw Moor, then seen flying back across the moor, then down the valley


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BTO BBS Survey, late visit for SJ9899, Thursday 6th June 2019.

The most notable sighting was of a pair of Goldcrest in the valley bottom. The only other record of this species for this BBS square was of a single bird in the area of the Gamekeeper's Cottage on 25th May 2007. Other notables are the low numbers of Robin, Magpies, and Woodpigeon recorded on the day, but that is the nature of these snapshot surveys.

For anyone interested, the full list is as follows:

7 Canada Geese
8 Mallard
1 Pheasant
3 Lapwing
10 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Stock Dove
19 Woodpigeon
5 Collared Dove
12 Swallows
5 House Martins
7 Meadow Pipits
8 Wrens
8 Dunnock
3 Robins
11 Blackbirds
7 Song Thrush
3 Mistle Thrush
3 Whitethroat
4 Blackcap
2 Chiffchaff
11 Willow Warblers
2 Goldcrest
11 Blue Tits
15 Great Tits
3 Magpies
54 Jackdaws
3 Carrion Crows
18 Starlings
53 House Sparrows
10 Chaffinch
7 Greenfinch
25 Goldfinch
3 Linnet
2 Lesser Redpoll

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Thursday 6th June 2019, 12.15am.

Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the fields above Brushes Road.

Pair of Tawny Owls hooting and calling from the Cock Wood area.

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Tuesday 4th June 2019, 6.30 - 7.20am.

Stalybridge Country Park.

7 Willow Warblers
5 Chiffchaff
7 Blackcap
1 Garden Warbler
5 singing Wren
10+ Robins, a couple carrying food
1 Swallow
1 Lesser Redpoll
Plenty of Goldfinch and Chaffinch
Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the fields opposite

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Sunday 2nd June 2019, 8.30pm.

A short dog walk around the field between the country park and Range House, and back along Brushes Road.

Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the juncus
Reed Bunting singing
Whitethroat singing
3 Meadow Pipits, one carrying food, another displaying
3 Mistle Thrush


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Saturday 1st June 2019, 7.30 - 11.00am.

Brushes Valley, and around Higher Swineshaw.

3 Whitethroat singing, 2 around Lower Swineshaw, one on Swineshaw Moor. Its seems a good year for this species
Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the field off Brushes Road
One pair of Stonechat
Good views of a male Cuckoo, patrolling the fence posts between Harridge Woods and the moor
6 Linnet, including a pair together, the others singing males
1 Buzzard over Harridge
2 Lapwing flying over Harridge Moor, towards Turf Pits
Curlew alarm calling, and flying up over Boar Flat and above Lower Swineshaw
Willow Warblers carrying food at Higher Swineshaw
6 Reed Bunting, including a female carrying food into a nest at Higher Swineshaw
2 Swift over the moor

Of the 21 nest boxes we have arranged around the valley, grouped in threes, we have had 5 Great Tit broods, 4 of Blue Tit, and 2 of Nuthatch. Where Nuthatch have nested, none of the other boxes in that group have been used; not sure of the significance of this? Unfortunately, the only Flycatcher activity I have seen was a male Pied Flycatcher singing on one day only, several weeks ago.

Looks like I got to these Nuthatch just in time this afternoon, as they look ready to leave.



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Saturday 25th May 2019, 7.00 - 11.30am.

Most of the morning spent around Higher Swineshaw and Turf Pits, with a bit of woodland watching on the way up.

One of the highlights of the morning was the sight of a pair of very agitated Curlew with at least three juveniles on the moor
1 pair of Stonechat
4 singing Reed Bunting
One very showy Whitethroat near Lower Swineshaw quarry, collecting nesting material and singing at the same time, and another on Brushes Road
Pied Wagtail carrying food at Walkerwood
1 Kestrel
2 Buzzard
2 separate Lapwing, up at a Buzzard and a Raven respectively
4 Linnet
1 pair of Common Sandpiper at Higher Swineshaw Reservoir
2 singing Skylark
30+ Meadow Pipits, many carrying food
Cuckoo singing on Harridge
2 Nuthatch carrying food into different nest sites, to add to the six youngsters in one of our boxes lower down the valley



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Monday 20th May 2019, 6.30 - 7.30am.

Stalybridge Country Park.

Warblers are singing males, unless otherwise indicated.

8 Willow Warblers
5 Chiffchaff
3 Whitethroat, plus one next to Walkerwood overflow
8 Blackcap
2 Garden Warbler, plus another bird, presumed female, flitting around next to a singing male
2 singing Chaffinch
3 Goldfinch
1 Lesser Redpoll
Mistle Thrush feeding young

Cuckoo singing on the Harridge side of Walkerwood Reservoir

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Sunday 19th May 2019, 8.30pm.

A wander up Brushes Road, as far as Walkerwood Dam.

1 Reed Bunting singing in the field above the road
1 male Whitethroat calling
1 Garden Warbler in the Country Park

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Thursday 9th May, 9.30pm.

Pair of Common Sandpiper calling at the eastern end of Brushes Reservoir

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Wednesday 8th May 2019, 7.00pm.

Oystercatcher at the eastern end of Walkerwood Reservoir.
Pair of Common Sandpiper



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Natural England have just issued a new general license (GL26), which covers Carrion Crows and Larsen Traps are allowed on it:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/carrion-crows-licence-to-kill-or-take-them-gl26



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