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Post Info TOPIC: Hough Hill and surroundings, Tameside


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RE: Hough Hill and surroundings, Tameside


8 Red Legged Partridge,2 Tufted Duck and a Starling doing an excellent Curlew display song. 



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8:15-9:40

6 Linnet, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Little Grebe, Common Buzzard, 4 Chiffchaff, 40+Swallow, 8 Pied Wagtail.



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14:00-15:30

A Garden Warbler was in scrub behind the Rising Moon pub. 3 Little Grebe on main golf course pond (2 juvenile), 7 Chiffchaff, 9 Meadow Pipit, Nuthatch, 40+Swallow, 2 Sand Martin.



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18:00-19:00

15 Swallow, 3 Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 2 Sand Martin, Nuthatch, 2 Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, 4 Linnet

No sign of any Little Grebe on golf pond 



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10-11.30

2 Lesser Redpoll, 23 Redwing, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Gull, 2 Bullfinch. 



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17:45-18:50

3 Little Grebe, 20 Swallow, Sparrowhawk, 6+ Pied Wagtail, Willow Warbler, 3 Bullfinch, 20+ Goldfinch



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08:20-09:20

2 Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet, 1+ Sparrowhawk, Little Grebe, 6 Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush. 



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08:30-09.45

60 Redwing, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Stock Dove, 2 Nuthatch, Jay, Greenfinch displaying, Coot, 5 Bullfinch 



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09.30-10.30

2 Red Legged Partridge, 50+ Redwing, 1 Fieldfare (1st of Winter!), 1+ Sparrowhawk, 2 Mistle Thrush, Bullfinch.



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18:30-19:45

2 Meadow Pipit, Linnet, 17 Swallow, House Martin, Little Grebe and young, 2 Coot and young, 4 Moorhen and young, Sparrowhawk, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 150 Jackdaw over.



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Evening wander

3 Red Legged Partridge, Little Grebe, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Moorhen, Goldcrest. 



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Some new birds compared to last few walks

Chiffchaff around golf course ponds, with Male Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch and Greenfinch. 

Little Grebe, Coot(unusual here), 5 Moorhen on pond

8 Linnet on the muddy horse field



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17:45-18:30

Little Grebe back on the golf course pond. Male Tawny Owl calling. Also 7 Moorhen, 50 Canada Geese, 6 Mallard, 120 Jackdaw over, 5 Song Thrush. 



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First thing this morning 

12 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Bullfinch, Goldcrest, 6 Greenfinch, 4 Moorhen. 



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3 Lapwing in field just up from Rising Moon pub. Also 2 Red Legged Partridge, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk. 



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2 Red Legged Partridge in 'horse' field. Also Redwing, 5 Mistle Thrush, 5 Bullfinch, Greenfinch, 3 Moorhen skating.



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14:35-15:50

Snipe species around golf course ponds. Flushed by a dog, rose about 1.5M up, then straight back into the rushy area it came from. Didn't get the binoculars onto it, but by behaviour a possible Jack Snipe. 

Also 3 Moorhen, 2 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Bullfinch and a Cormorant over.



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15:00-16:00

Little Grebe, Goldcrest, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Common Gull, 60 Starling. 



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As well as the Pink Footed Geese other sightings from 09:05-10:40

20 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Moorhen, Meadow Pipit, 8 Common Gull.



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10-11.45 am

60 Fieldfare over, 40 Redwing, 6 Siskin, 20 Linnet, 13 Meadow Pipit, Sparrowhawk, Mistle Thrush 



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18.30-19.30

25 Swallow, 11 Meadow Pipit, 6 Linnet, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap gorging on Elderberry, 4 Rook, 7 Moorhen, Cormorant,.



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Little Grebe pair with 2 young, Kestrel, 40 Swallow, 10 Swift, 3 House Martin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, 7 Pied Wagtail, 2 distant Common Buzzard, 500+ Jackdaw over, 100+ Black Headed Gull in recently harvested field opposite Rising Moon pub with 30 Lesser Black Backed Gull, Chiffchaff, Pheasant. 



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18.00-19.00

2+Reed Bunting, 2 Little Grebe with 2 young being actively fed, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 9 Swallow, 8 Swift, 2 Moorhen and 1 young, 50 Starling, 3 Mistle Thrush. 



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Little Grebe pair have had a second brood, with 3 very young chicks swimming near the reeds. Older chick being hassled by parent.

Also 7 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Swift, 3 Moorhen with chick.



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Single Little Grebe chick now with a stripey head. Adult too. On the pknd. Also 12 Swallow, House Martin, 2 Swift, Chiffchaff, 5 Mistle Thrush.



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Common Whitethroat, Treecreeper(first for the area for me), Little Grebe plus chick diving out in the open now, Nuthatch, Moorhen, 7 Swallow, 4 Swift, House Martin, Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, Pied Wagtail. 



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24 Swallow mainly around Broadbent Fold Farm, Little Grebe very well hidden, House Martin, 4 Swift, Common Buzzard, 3 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 20 Canada Geese. 



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Little Grebe pair have at least 1 chick on Dukinfield Golf Couse pond. Newer part of the couse near Early Bank Road.

Also 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 6 Swallow, Swift, 40 Starling 



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Just 2 Swallow today, Little Grebe, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, Coot, Moorhen.



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12 Swallow, 2 Swift, 7 Blackcap, 8 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, Pied Wagtail, 2 Coot, Moorhen, Common Buzzard, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker 



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3 Swift, Little Grebe, 3 Herring Gull, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, 2 Lapwing with 8 Crows for attention, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Swallow 



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Little Grebe, Common Buzzard, 2 Lapwing, Pied Wagtail, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Herring Gul (one carrying nesting material), 4 Rook (golf course), 130 Starling, 8 Greenfinch, 2 Moorhen, Coot, 4 Mallard, 3 Swallow. 



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Just walked to Broadbent Fold Farm today but had a new bird for the area during this lockdown period in the form of a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Female with no tail. 

Mobbed by one of at least 4 Swallow that have returned to this particular farm in the last few days.



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Around Hough Hill, golf course and clough from 18.30-20.00

Common Whitethroat was a new lockdown walking list tick near the now dried up pond. 89th species.

Male Reed Bunting was also by the pond.

Also 5 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 12 Swallow, 2 Lapwing, Herring Gull, Nuthatch, Goldcrest 



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Another nice surprise by the golf pools this evening was a female Reed Bunting. Little Grebe still. Also Kestrel, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Linnet, 2 Pied Wagtail. 



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Best find was a single Little Grebe on the more 'ornamental' of Dukinfield golf course ponds behind the Rising Moon pub. Also 2 Greylag Goose over was a new lockdown walking list tick. 79 species now. 

In addition 9 Linnet near Hough Hill summit, Kestrel caught prey near ponds, 3 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 2 Swallow, Sparrowhawk, 2 Pied Wagtail, Herring Gull, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and a distant Lapwing towards Harrop Edge. 



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2 Swallow around golf ponds. 15 Linnet in field next to Bardsley Fold Farm. 2 Pied Wagtail. 



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12 Linnet around the farm at 18.30 in a very chilly Easterly wind. 3 Pied Wagtail also.

Swallow was around the pond on the golf course.

No sign of any distant White Tailed Eagle.



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Thought I'd start a separate thread for this area, as it is apart from Gorse Hall and is almost at the point where Hyde, Dukinfield and Stalybridge meet.

At Broadbent Fold Farm there were 25 Linnet feeding around the horse paddocks, with another near the summit of Hough Hill. My hifhest ever count here.

Best bird was a female Wheatear in the horse field to the West of the hill. Only field with exposed soil from the hooves. 18.45.

2 Pied Wagtail were around the farm 

3 Moorhen on the ponds in the 'new' part of Dukinfield Golf Course by Early Bank Road. Kestrel hunting around the edges.

No sign of the 2 Swallow by Potthouse Farm.



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