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RE: CARRINGTON MOSS


Just a short walk from Isherwood Road.

Stonechat Usual pair between f12/13.
Fieldfare 5
Song Thrush 1
Grey Wagtail 1
Skylark 1
Goldfinch 10+

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Another late post -
Friday 24.11.23 from 2.15pm.
Field 11/12 (the carrot field, with the 2 pylons close together).
Stonechat - 2 m+ f together.
Goldfinch - 10 feeding along F12 margin and the pathway.
Pinkfooted geese - c160 flying N to S and dropping down to land in the distance.
Also c 60 - flying S to N dropping down into similar area , probably Warburton/Carrington .
Elsewhere -
Kestrel - 2 hunting in different areas.



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Late post for yesterday afternoon Friday 17.11.23
Fieldfare - 37.
Buzzard - 1.
Long-tail tit - 12.

F11.
Stonechat - 3 (2f + 1m ).
Yellowhammer - 4.

F5.
Grey Partridge - 8.
Mixed flock around the bottom of the long Hawthorn hedge -
Blackbird -10 , Redwing -6, Chaffinch -1 ,Goldfinch -4.

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Little Egret 3 at Brookheys Farm
Pink-footed Goose 31 NW over Brookheys at 11.30

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Quick afternoon visit due to weather.
Stonechat - 2 m+ f on F12/13 margin.
Kestrel - 1f hunting in F4.
Jay -1 on F4 boundary.

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Dogs / walkers flushing birds out of F11

Yellowhammer c42. F11 stubbles / F4 hedgerow
Skylark 48+ mostly F11
Meadow Pipit 3 F11
Redwing 76+
Partridge 5 F1


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Late post for yesterday (Sun 22.10.23) from 2pm.

Horse paddock.
Jay -1.
Pheasant -2 f.
Redwing - 2.
F4.
Kestrel -2 m+f.
F5.
Buzzard -1 (over).
Pheasant -2 m.
F14/15 margin.
Stonechat -1f .
F15.
Linnet -6.
Goldfinch -1 (with the linnet's).
Skylark -25.
Meadow pipit -12.
Raven -1 (seen on dead elm tree on Dark lane, through scope).

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Today from 2pm ( clouding over with wind getting up).
F 5 (partially ploughed).
Fieldfare - 11 .
Mistle Thrush - 7.
Starling - 70.
Alba Wagtail -1

F13 farmer ploughing field and no Stonechat seen on f12/13 margin but Harris Hawk seen flying low hunting over in F12.
F14 Stonechat 1f.

F15 Meadow pipit 55 ( in partially ploughed field).
Jackdaw - c100 + c 20 Rook.

Elsewhere -
Kestrel - 2.
Jay - 1.
Yellowhammer - 4.



Also Starling - 70.

-- Edited by phillipskelly on Wednesday 18th of October 2023 07:20:10 PM



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 19th of October 2023 09:29:19 AM

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Today from 1:45pm

Stonechat - 2 ( f12/13 margin).
* CORN BUNTING* - 1 futher along the margin in a Goat Willow ( I've not seen one at Carrington for years ).
Buzzard -1 .
Jay - 1.
Kestrel - 2.
Starling - 20 on Pylon.
Mistle Thrushe - 4 ( same pylon).
Skylark - 5.
Cormorant - 1.
Wood pigeon - c50.


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This afternoon from 1:30 pm.
Stonechat - 4 (f12) with 3 chasing each other in f12.
Buzzard - 10 (1f12 and 3 high over Bassel site , plus 6over Altrincham).
Kestrel - 2.
Jay - 2.

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At least 40 House Martins and 20 Swallows feeding over the pitches at Sale Sharks Training Ground off Carrington Lane late morning today.



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Yellow Wagtail 1 F11
Woodpigeon c1000 F11
Skylark 3 F11, 2 F62
Linnet 5 Dark Lane
Yellowhammer 2-3 F32 carrying food

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Lesser Whitethroat singing from Hawthorn hedge on Henshall Lane. CM fields 109 / 107 near entrance to Red Beech Farm around 11.45 this morning 



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Osprey circled low above field 1-2 then drifted north at 12:05

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Originally posted today by Dave Olive:



Carrington Moss with Andy Tordoff.

Sunny and warm day. (Don't have field maps) 

Canada Geese 6

Black-headed Gull 1

Magpie

Yellow Hammer 3

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Grey Partridge 2

Lapwing 3

Wheatear 3

Yellow Wagtail 2

Buzzard 2 (Seen at different times so may be the same bird)

Swallow

Chiffchaff - several calling from different locations

Pied Wagtail 1

Golden Plover? (Not sure about this one, definitely not a Sandpiper)

Blackcap 4 all seemed to be having a right old tussle, all males.

White throat in the bushes behind the security barrier on the main road.

 



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27th April - 12.20 onwards

Gadwall on Shell pond

Field 10 was quite productive having been recently ploughed by the looks of it and had

1 Wheatear
1 Whinchat
2 Grey Partridge
3 Lapwing
3 of 4 Yellowhammer feeding on the ground and back and forth from the trees/telephone wire

Male Mallard sat in the middle of field 12 for reasons of his own.



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Northern fields. Path from Isherwood Rd butty van > horse paddocks > beyond Sale Sharks (off the field numbers map)

Wheatear 4. 1 in field next to Isherwood Rd opposite new housing, 1 in field next to Carrington Rd/Sale Sharks and 2 the next field in (with the pylon).
Whitethroat 4 (1 pair)
Oystercatcher 2
Yellowhammer 2

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Partridge 1 F5
Oystercatcher 1
Little ringed Plover 1
Raven 1
Skylark 4
Common Whitethroat 1 F2/orchard
Wheatear 9, 4 in F5, 5 in F10
Yellow Wagtail 1 F12
Pied Wagtail 5
Yellowhammer 2 F4



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From 2pm today -

Field 5 -
Wheatear - 8 ( which is now 50% ploughed , and I saw the plough returning from working other fields later).
Mistle thrush - 2.
Pied wagtail - 2.

Elsewhere -
Chiffchaff - 1 seen + 1 heard.
Blackcap - 1 seen + 2 heard.
Jay - 1.
Bullfinch - 2.
Buzzard - 1.
Mistle thrush - 1.

Woodcote Stables -
Kestrel - 1.
Ring-necked parakeet - 1.
Greenfinch - 2.
Willow Warbler - 1.
Swallow - 8.
Chaffinch - 2.
House sparrow - 2.

ETW -
Swallow , House martin , Sand martin - 100's and too numerous to count,low over the spinners.

Pools adjacent solar farm / donkey paddocks -
Whimbrel - heard only because access/ viewing impossible since solar farm construction.



-- Edited by phillipskelly on Monday 24th of April 2023 10:19:48 PM

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South western approach 53sp incl.

Redstart male F71
Yellow Wagtail male F69
Wheatear 5 (1 F26, 3 F10, 1 on the development site SW of the railway)
Swallow 3 F69
Mandarin 3 Sinderland Brook
Gadwall 1 drake Sinderland Brook
Partridge 2 F26
Lapwing 7
Sparrowhawk pair displaying
Buzzard 5
Kestrel 3
Skylark 4 singing
Willow Warbler 7
Chiffchaff 10
Blackcap 9
Linnet 11 mostly around F9
Yellowhammer 4 (1 F9, 1 F10, 2 F26)


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Wheatear 4 f10 and an additional 4 at southern end of f12

 



-- Edited by Dave Cropper on Saturday 15th of April 2023 11:24:33 AM

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Partridge 2 F1
Peregrine male patrolling F8 and stooping after a Feral Pigeon
Skylark 10+
Redwing 30+
Fieldfare 40+
Stonechat 1 female under the pylons still F12
Chaffinch 96, c80 in F9
Linnet c150 F9
Reed Bunting 6+ Raven 1

-- Edited by Pete Hines on Tuesday 14th of March 2023 08:43:53 PM

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A flock of approx 20+ Golden Plover in f36 this morning I couldnt get a accurate count as driving.

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SW end

Mandarin Duck 6. 3 pairs together on Sinderland Brook at Sinderland Green Wood
Skylark 1 F26
Fieldfare 86 ranging between F69/F70/F25
Chaffinch 130 ranging between F71/F26
Linnet 70 again F71/76

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Decent hour here today, despite the cold wind and multiple off-road motorbikes.

6 Grey Partridge (2 F1, 2 F10, 2 F11).
Woodcock flushed from old railway, flew across F9.
Raven over F10.
Good numbers of Skylarks across multiple fields.

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Early morning wander around the Eastern end of Carrington Moss :

5/6 Siskins in Alders between F17 & 18

Good numbers of Greenfinches (seem to be recovering)

Goldfinch

Chaffinch

Bullfinch

Nuthatch

Long-Tailed Tits

Redwings

Song Thrushes singing (several)

Mistle Thrushes

Little Grebe (sewage works)

Gadwall (sewage works)

 

 



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Brookheys / Dark Lane

Little Egret 2 Sinderland Brook by Brookheys Farm
Goosander pair on Sinderland Brook
Teal 12
Raven 3 over
Skylark 4 (singing)
Goldcrest 3 (singing)
Redwing approx 100 in F32
Fieldfare approx 30 in F32
Pied Wagtail exactly 50 in F32
Yellowhammer 3 (1 singing)

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Grey Partridge 6 (2 F1, 2 F2, 2 F11)
Tawny Owl daytime singing male at the Old Orchard
Raven 1
Skylark 65 (40 in F4, 25 in F11)
Treecreeper 1
Redwing 85 by the Riding School
Stonechat 3 usual pair by the pylons in F12, another female at the west end of F2
Chaffinch 80 in F9
Linnet 150 in F9

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Fieldfare - minimum 160 in F32, scoped from Dark Lane, several more hidden from view by hedgerow
Tawny Owl - daytime singing male from Hogswood Covert

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This afternoon.
F5
Fieldfare -1.
Redwing - 8.
Mistle Thrush -2.

Elsewhere....
Song thrush -2.
Grt tit -2.
Raven -1
Stock dove - 28.
Woodpigeon -2.
Grey partridge -8.
Pheasant -15.
Jackdaw - C70.
Kestrel -1.

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Mistle Thrush

Redwing

flock 12+ Long-Tailed Tits

flock 50 Chaffinch F9

Buzzards

Kestrels

female Goosander on that fenced-off body of water near F8

2 x Bullfinches

Jay

 

 



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Stonechat 1 F12
Redwing 98 (92+ in F2)
Fieldfare 53+ in F2
Chaffinch 78 (70+ in F9)
Linnet 30+ in F9
Yellowhammer 4 F8
Reed Bunting 6 (5 F1, 1 F9)
Skylark just 1 heard F12

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Stonechat 2 F12
Skylark 95 mostly F12
Linnet 40 F12
Chaffinch 50 mostly F9
Raven 3

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Originally posted today by Richard Would:

If I didn't know better, I'd say that I've just seen an Osprey over Sale. I live close to the edge of Carrington Moss in the Manor Avenue/Moss Lane area and I just watched a large pale raptor with long cranked wings and comparatively short tail gliding and circling over the Avenue, I lost it behind a neighbour's house. 

Bit late for an Osprey, but I couldn't make it into anything else (I'm very experienced with raptors, so it wasn't a Buzzard or a Red Kite!)



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Buzzards

Kestrels

Female Bullfinch

Redpolls

7/8 Grey Partridge F10 & 11

Little Egret flying over rugby pitches

2 Stonechats

Jays etc

 



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Walk from Isherwood Road to the concrete-lined lake at the west of the Moss.

Yellowhammer 1 male, 2 females.
Chaffinch 20+
Stonechat 2
Skylark 20+
Meadow Pipit 20+
Siskin 2
Mistle Thrush 3
Chiffchaff 1
Stock Dove 10+
Buzzard 2
Kestrel 3
Raven 1
Mute Swan 1 adult.
Moorhen 1
Little Grebe 1
Jay 2
Rooks, Jackdaws, Crows, etc.

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Circuit of F4

Sparrowhawk 2 birds patrolling F4 dispersing the flocks
Skylark 110+ F4
Chaffinch 130+ F4
Linnet 21 F4
Starling 70+ F4
Meadow Pipit 1 heard only at F11
Ring-necked Parakeet 2 over
Raven 3 over
Buzzard 1
Kestrel 1


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Back again this afternoon with a scope.

F4
Meadow pipit - c200
Chaffinch - c200.
Brambling - 1.
Linnet - 1.
Greenfinch - 1.
F5
Buzzard - 1.
Starling - 160


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A very quick mooch (with bins only) due to heavy rain and no coat,early afternoon.
Buzzard - 1.
Kestrel - 1 f5.

F4 -
Meadow pipit - 40.
Chaffinch - 40.
Starling - c100.

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Grey Partridge 10, 8 F2, 2 F9
Skylark 70+ flushed from F4 by Sparrowhawk then headed south
Chiffchaff 3
Redwing 13
Stonechat 2, pair along the track between F4 / F12 then under the pylon F12
Meadow Pipit 15
Chaffinch 80+ in F4
Linnet 14 F9
Redpoll 1
Siskin 2
Yellowhammer 4 F11

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Thanks for the replies John and Rob. I'll keep looking and see if it appears again.

 I'm always amazed how many birds are high up and invisible to the naked eye. I often sit in the garden looking up with my binoculars,catching birds which must be hundreds of metres up. A very pleasant way of relaxing.



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From those limited details, I'd say probable Red Kite

If the wings seemed paper-thin & level, with fingered wing-tips, floating almost paper-like in flight, that would confirm it for me; if they were thicker & shallow-V with more rounded wing-tips and purposeful flight then Buzzard

Hope those analogies make sense!

If you Google for pics, those will mostly be of adult birds close up, so don't rely on them. Also, light conditions can affect apparent colouration more than you'd expect, so don't trust that too much. Size is impossible to judge from a distance even for the most experienced observers



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B Benson wrote:

Think I may have seen a Red Kite this evening. Sat in garden in Flixton looking towards Carrington with binoculars. Large bird appeared in distance quite high up. Large wingspan, distinctly red and white underparts but couldn't make out the tail. Travelled a long way with no wingbeats. Definitely not a Buzzard, narrower wings. Any ideas?






Hi Brian,
I dont think you will get many comments on this one. The tail wouldve been a key feature with this species, and theres always a possibility of sunlight affecting colouration. I suspect this one could remain unidentified.
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Think I may have seen a Red Kite this evening. Sat in garden in Flixton looking towards Carrington with binoculars. Large bird appeared in distance quite high up. Large wingspan, distinctly red and white underparts but couldn't make out the tail. Travelled a long way with no wingbeats. Definitely not a Buzzard, narrower wings. Any ideas?



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Had a couple of hours here late morning. Made the mistake of walking around the outside path next to Shell, and discovered quite how many horseflies there are in the area. Most unpleasant.

Very hot so not too many birds

Yellowhammer, linnet, whitethroat, blackbird and swallow along edge of field 1.

Blackcap and pheasant heard and buzzard, whitethroat and yellowhammer seen around fields 24 and 25

And highlight was two yellow wagtail  on hedge on edge of field 4



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Red Kite over field 168 at 8am

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2 Grey Partridge in NE corner of F25

No sight/sound of Quail but it was breezy



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Quail singing near NE corner of field 25

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Mandarin crèche of 2 female and 8 duckling on Sinderland Brook
Grey Partridge 2 F25
Lapwing 27 (26 in F26)
Skylark 9 (7 in F26)
Treecreeper fledglings
Yellow Wagtail 1 male in F26
Yellowhammer 4

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Quail singing west side of field 25 at 13:00

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