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RE: CARRINGTON MOSS


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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

 



-- Edited by Richard Would on Saturday 29th of October 2022 07:59:54 PM

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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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Pair of yellow wagtail along the track which separates f11. Seemed to be collecting nest material which is encouraging. 



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Grey Partridge F24 this Afternoon

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Pair of Grey Partridge in f31 this morning

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Wheatear 3 in F12
Grey Partridge 2 in F4, 1 in F13

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Early afternoon walk today-

2x Whimbrel still in f8, 2x Ringed plover in f1, 2x Whitethroat singing, 1x Yellow wagtail with 2x pied in f12, 2x Wheatear f12, 7x Swallow, 4x Blackcap, 3x Willow warbler, 2x Chiffchaff, 1x Raven and 5x Grey partridge (3 f10, 2 f4)



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Whimbrel 7. 2 still feeding in F8 for 3rd day (eBird report there from 30th April), earlier 5 flew low west, calling, over F4 at 08.12
Lesser Whitethroat singing male F8, prob same heard later from F1
Yellow Wagtail 3, pair F10, male F1
White Wagtail 2 in F9
Pied Wagtail 2
Wheatear 2 in F12
Partridge 4 in F4, 2 in F13
Raven 2
Yellowhammer 9
Skylark 12


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Isherwood Road along fenceline to F1 then return along main West/East track.

Wheatear- 6+ Distant F12 in ploughed area.
Lesser Redpoll- 1 over.
Yellowhammer- 1 male.
Whitethroat- 9 singing.
Willow Warbler- 1 singing.
Blackcap- 4 singing.
Chiffchaff- 4 singing.
Skylark- 6 singing.
Lapwing- 6
Grey Partridge- 1 F13.
Raven- 1
Song Thrush- 2
Oystercatcher- 1 over.
Mistle Thrush- 2
Chaffinch- 3 singing.
Stock Dove- 4

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Wheatear 4 males still in F4 this afternoon
Grey Partridge 2 in F12

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Male Whinchat present in f4 on Monday afternoon, sorry for late report and bad photo



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Wheatear 6 still in F4 this morning, 5 male and a female
Grey Partridge 2 in F4, 2 in F12

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Not disputing the sightings Pete as I am aware other people have missed the wheatears and am totally aware there is a huge camber in this field. However the all the deep ruts have now been removed making it less attractive to migrants and that whatever has been planted is likely to grow quickly judged by adjacent fields. 



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The 9 Wheatear were present in the NW corner of F4 from 06.43 to 10.18. The land is uneven and depending on your position they may be out of view.

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For anyone visiting f4 to check for migrants be warned that it has been tilled and seeded today and if its anything like f11/13 will be covered in green vegetation within days. As I had been to Shell Pool reserve this morning I quickly checked the area at 11.30 and there were no birds on. 

Desperately need more fields ploughed quickly!



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Wheatear 9 together in F4
Partridge 7 (2 F2, 1 F10, 4 F11)
Skylark 14
Raven 3
Yellowhammer 10

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1 x Fieldfare, 1 x Mistle Thrush in F32. (Brookheys Covert is full of Bluebells right now).

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3 Wheatear and a pair of Grey Partridge in F4 this morning.

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07.44-11.26

Redstart male in the south west corner of F1 along the fenceline
Whinchat male in F4
Wheatear 2 in F4, 2 in F13, 2 in F1
Partridge 3, 1 in F2, 2 in F10
Oystercatcher 2
Lapwing 9
Skylark 12+
Willow Warbler 6
Chiffchaff 7
Blackcap 7
Meadow Pipit 10, 9 in F1, 1 in F11
Linnet 31
Yellowhammer 5

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Quick visit to check newly ploughed fields. 

Wheatear 5 f4 and 3 f13



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A wander down Brookheys Road yesterday at circa 5pm produced three Mandarin, first a male flew between the two coverts towards the brook and then a pair flew around F32.
A Ring-necked Parakeet was vocal in Hogswood Covert.

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Wheatear x 2 in F4, Mistle Thrush x 3 in F4, Yellowhammer x 3 in F2, Grey Partridge x 2 in F11, Skylark x 6 in air at once, some singing. Several Chiffchaff most in song.

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A circuit of F4

Wheatear 4 in F4
Willow Warbler 1
Chiffchaff 4
Blackcap 1
Skylark 4
Raven 5
Redpoll 1
Yellowhammer 1
Reed Bunting 1

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Grey Wagtail on Sinderland Brook, from the green bridge (yesterday)



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Red Kite 1 picked out at distance from the railway at the top end of Dark Lane looking south east as it flew north 11.06, then circling approx over the Man Utd training ground before continuing north (original and crop photo attached)
Mediterranean Gull 2 adults circling over the power station next to Isherwood Road at 12.45, picked up on call
Fieldfare c30 in F4
Grey Partridge 11 (5 in F2, 2 in F1, 2 in F10 and 2 F13)
Lapwing 9
Raven 2
Skylark 9
Chiffchaff 7
Blackcap 1
Treecreeper 1 singing
Linnet 38


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