Sightings

2018
Patchwork Challenge 2018 patch: Shaw to Castleshaw (60 species/61 points 25/03/18)


25th March, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 2 males and a female Tufted Duck, 2 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher and 3 Red-legged Partridge
24th March, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – pair of Tufted Duck, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 1 Stock Dove and 2 Raven
17th March, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 11 Lapwing on flood
10th March, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 2nd-winter CASPIAN GULL circled over fields for five minutes at 09:10am but never landed and flew off over Golf Course, pair of Teal (site first)
2nd March, garden, Shaw, Oldham – male Bullfinch
1st March, Cowlishaw, Oldham – Snipe flew from stream
24th February, Rainbow Trails, Powys – 2 Crossbills (h), c20 Siskin and 2 Lesser Redpolls
23rd February, Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough – 1st-winter GLAUCOUS GULL distantly roosting in fields North of the lake, 24 Whooper Swans on the lake
17th February, Barford, Warwickshire – 2 Muntjac Deer
12th February, Cowlishaw, Oldham – male Goosander flew over, Skylark (h)
11th February, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 2nd-winter CASPIAN GULL circled over Cowlishaw Lane with a first-winter Herring Gull at 10:05am
10th February, Shaw, Oldham – 15 Teal in flooded field just west of Tram Station
10th February, garden, Shaw, Oldham – Goldcrest
9th February, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 2nd-winter CASPIAN GULL on flood along Cocker Mill Lane at 09:50am
4th February, Cowlishaw, Oldham – adult argentatus Herring Gull
3rd February, Shaw and Cowlishaw, Oldham – 170 Pink-footed Geese flew over heading NNW at 11:50 and 42 Magpies (good count for Cowlishaw)
3rd February, Ashton Heath, WiganHOODED CROW (GM Tick) on the heath opposite the Eagle and Child Pub, and a Sparrowhawk
26th January, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 2nd-winter CASPIAN GULL on flood along Cocker Mill Lane at 12:20pm and an adult argentatus Herring Gull
26th January, Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough – 1st-winter GLAUCOUS GULL (GM Tick) showing down to c10feet at times on the Sailing Club jetty
21st January, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 2nd-winter CASPIAN GULL on flood along Cocker Mill Lane at 12:50pm
19th January, Elton Reservoir, BuryMEALY REDPOLL, 6 Bullfinch and 1 Willow Tit (h)
12th January, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 2 adult argentatus Herring Gull and 1 Red Fox
8th January, Draycote Water, Warwickshire – 1 male HAWFINCH and a Green Woodpecker(h)
7th January, Kitcliffe Reservoir, Rochdale – 1 female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 29 Pink-footed Geese over.
6th January, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 1 female Teal, 1 Little Owl, 1 Raven, 1 Little Grebe and a drake Goosander
5th January, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 120 Lapwings, 3 Bullfinches and 1 Grey Wagtail
1st January, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 1 adult Great Black-backed Gull

2017
Patchwork Challenge 2017 patch: Shaw to Castleshaw (103 species/112 points)


29th December, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 1 male Stonechat, 1 Sparrowhawk and 5 Lapwings
27th December, Four Crosses, Powys – 1 Fieldfare, 1 Nuthatch and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
26th December, Four Crosses, Powys – 1 Red Kite, 1 Raven and 2 Stock Doves
25th December, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 2 Linnets and 2 Greenfinch
22nd December, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 1 Rook and 1 Meadow Pipit
17th December, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 1 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Mallard and 6 Canada Geese
14th December, Barford, Warwickshire – 1 Muntjac Deer
9th December, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 1 male Stonechat, 2 Redwings and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
3rd December, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 1 Dipper (Site tick)
26th November, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 1 drake Teal, 1 male Stonechat and 1 Little Grebe
24th November, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 1 Brambling, 1 Little Owl and 1 male Kingfisher (Borough tick)
17th November, Alexandra Park, Manchester – 1 fem/immature Red-breasted Merganser and 13 Goosander
17th November, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 1 Stonechat (Site tick), 1 Siskin and 2 Roe Deer
17th November, Princess Road, Shaw, Oldham – 1 Grey Wagtail feeding in puddle in back garden
12th November, Taunton Road, Chadderton, Oldham – 200 Pink-footed Geese over SE at 16:00
12th November, Four Crosses, Powys – 2 Stock Dove, 1 Buzzard and 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker
10th November, Draycote Water, Warwickshire – 4 Little Egret, 20 Wigeon, 5 Goldeneye, 25 Goosander, 4 Shoveler and 2 Tree Sparrow
8th November, Gaydon, Warwickshire – 1 Peregrine and 5 Buzzard
4th November, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 5 Fieldfare and 2 Herring Gull
3rd November, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 2 Redwing and 1 Little Grebe
31st October, Tandle Hills CP, Oldham – 44 Pink-footed Geese E at 08:38, 131 Fieldfare, 28 Redwing, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin, 5 Skylark and 3 Cormorant heading S
30th October, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 64 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 1 Rook and 2 Little Grebe
29th October, Scout Road – Horwich Moor, Bolton – 3 Raven, 150 Redwing, 200 Fieldfare, 3 Greylag Geese over NW, 5 Brambling over N, 1 HAWFINCH (GM tick) over N at 09:04, 19 Crossbill and 1 immature Peregrine
28th October, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 1 Brambling (Site tick)
27th October, Princess Road, Shaw, Oldham – 1 Jay and 1 Grey Squirrel
26th October, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 6 Common Gulls and 134 Lapwings
29th October, Scout Road – Horwich Moor, Bolton – 3 Raven, 80 Redwing, 40 Fieldfare, 200 Pink-footed Geese over 4 Whooper Swan over S and 5 Skylark
25th October, Oldham General Hospital, Oldham – 75 Pink-footed Geese over at 08:05
24th October, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 6 Redwing and Sparrowhawk
22nd October, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 1 Linnet and 2 Herring Gull
22nd October, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 1 female Linnet and 1 Herring Gull
19th October, Audenshaw Reservoirs, Tameside – 1 juvenile Little Stint, 3 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Wigeon, 2 Rock Pipit and 1 Knot
18th October, Kilnsea, East Yorkshire – 1 ARCTIC WARBLER (British Tick), 40 Fieldfare, 80 Redwing, 100 Tree Sparrow, 1 Whinchat, 30 Common Scoter, 1 Gannet, 1 Common Seal, 200 Knot, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Little Egret, 90 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and 3 Water Rail (1 seen)
18th October, Kilnsea Wetlands, East Yorkshire – 3 juvenile Little Stint, 3 adults and 1 juvenile Whooper Swan, 2 Pintail, 2 Little Egret and 3 Roe Deer
17th October, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 3 Snipe
17th October, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 1 drake Wigeon and 1 Little Grebe
16th October, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 1 Siskin, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Little Grebe
12th October, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 3 redhead Goosander, 3 Raven, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Little Grebe
11th October, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 1 Redwing, 2 Red-legged Partridge and 1 Little Grebe
10th October, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 2 Mallard
9th October, Audenshaw Reservoirs, Tameside – 1 winter-plumaged Grey Phalarope, 1 female/immature Common Scoter, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 10 Wigeon and 1 Shelduck
9th October, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 6 (at least 2 males) Stonechat and 1 Great Crested Grebe
8th October, Princess Road, Shaw, Oldham – 1 Tawny Owl heard behind the house at 20:00
9th October, Audenshaw Reservoirs, Tameside – 1 winter-plumaged GREY PHALAROPE showing down to c10 feet
6th October, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Little Grebe and 1 Great Crested Grebe
5th October, Shaw, Oldham – 1 Nuthatch, 1 Comma and 6 Red Admiral
5th October, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 4 Stonechat, 3 Little Grebe and 1 Great Crested Grebe
4th October, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 1 juvenile Stonechat, 1 Pink-footed Goose and 1 Great Crested Grebe
3rd October, Ryhope, Co Durham – 1 EURASIAN SCOPS-OWL (British Tick)
3th October, Leeds and Harrogate, Yorkshire – 2 Red Kite over the A1 at Harrogate and Leeds
2nd October, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 3 Snipe
2nd October, Audenshaw Reservoirs, Tameside – 1 Common Sandpiper
1st October, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 3 Raven, 1 Buzzard and 1 Great Crested Grebe
27th September, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 1 redhead Goosander, 1 Raven, 1 Buzzard, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe and 1 Great Crested Grebe
25th September, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 150 Lapwing, 8 Wigeon, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Raven, 3 Little Grebe and 1 Great Crested Grebe
24th September, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Jay and 1 Pipistrelle sp
23rd September, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 2 Wigeon
23rd September, Delph, Oldham – no sign of Yellow-browed Warbler
23rd September, Princess Road, Shaw, Oldham – 1 Grey Squirrel and 1 Red Admiral
23rd September, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 1 Raven, 2 Linnet and 1 Reed Bunting
22nd September, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet and 11 Red Admiral
21st September, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 1 House Martin
20th September, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 1 eclipse drake Shoveler, 40 Linnet, 6 Stonechat, 2 Nuthatch and 1 Vapourer Moth
19th September, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 6 House Martin, 3 Swallow and 7 Red Admiral
18th September, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 1 redhead Goosander, 6 Teal and 1 Tufted Duck
17th September, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 1 redhead Goosander, 3 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Jay
16th September, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 1 juvenile Peregrine flew thru and a female Mallard, 2 Raven and 2 day-flying Pipistrelle sp
15th September, Blackstone Edge/Light Hazzles Reservoirs, Rochdale – no sign of Baird’s Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear, 50 House Martin, 1 Raven, 12 Black Darter and 2 Common Hawker
15th September, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 50 Harlequin Ladybird larvae
14th September, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 1 juvenile Whinchat, 1 Nuthatch and 1 Brown Hare
14th September, Princess Road, Shaw, Oldham – 1 Red Admiral
13th September, New Brighton, Wirral – 37 LEACH’S PETREL, 1 GREY PHALAROPE, 1 Peregrine, 2 Arctic Tern, 1 Gannet and 1 Little Egret
11th September, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 23 Canada Geese on flooded field and 1 Chiffchaff
10th September, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 20 House Martin and 1 Red Fox
8th September, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 3 Swift
7th September, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Nuthatch, 32 Swallow and 1 Common Sandpiper
5th September, Princess Road, Shaw, Oldham – 2 juvenile Goldfinch
4th September, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Oldham – 7 Snipe, 134 Lapwing, 2 Teal and 1 Common Sandpiper

12th January, Cowlishaw, Oldham – 1st-winter CASPIAN GULL firstly in field near Crompton Primary and the relocated along Cocker Mill Lane

2016
28th March, Castleshaw Reservoirs, OldhamGreat Northern Diver

2013
4th October, Audenshaw Reservoirs, Greater ManchesterGREAT SKUA (GM Tick) on the bank of No 3 reservoir
23rd September, Horwich Moors, Greater ManchesterBlack Redstart
20th May, Hartlepool Headland, Co. DurhamTHRUSH NIGHTINGALE
8th May, Low Newton-by-the-sea, Northumberland – adult male COLLARED FLYCATCHER (UK Tick)
29th April, St Mary’s Island, Northumberland – adult male BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL and White Wagtail
26th April, Audenshaw Reservoirs, Greater ManchesterChannel Wagtail
17th April, Elba Park, Houghton-le-spring, DurhamLITTLE BUNTING
17th February, Wince Brook NR, Greater ManchesterSIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF (GM Tick)

2012
6th September, Lambton, Durham – 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS (only one previously) and 2 Green Sandpipers
6th September, Rainton Meadows, Durham – juvenile SPOTTED REDSHANK
19th February, North Shields Fish Quay, Northumberland – an adult and a second-winter ICELAND GULL
2nd February, Rainton Meadows, Durham – 1 TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE, 1 Greenland and 5 European White-fronted Geese
7th January, Hartlepool Headland, Co. Durham – Red-throated Diver

2011
17th December, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear – 55 WAXWINGS along Saxon Way
20th November, Holy Island, Northumberland – male EASTERN BLACK REDSTART
17th November, Rainton Meadows, Durham – 7 TUNDRA BEAN GEESE, 6 European White-fronted Geese and a Pink-footed Goose
17th October, Saltholme RSPB, ClevelandGLOSSY IBIS
11th October, Marden Quarry, Whitley BayLESSER SCAUP
30th September, A672, Oldham – 1 RED KITE flew over the moor just NE of the Rams Head at 2:20pm (GM and Oldham tick)
9th August, Beehive Flash, Northumberland – 1 Green Sandpiper (no sign of Spotted Redshank)
26th July, St Mary’s Island, Northumberland – 22 EUROPEAN STORM-PETREL, 1 Velvet Scoter, 24 Manx Shearwaters, 1 adult Puffin, and 7 Red-throated Diver
25th July, St Mary’s Island, Northumberland – 36 EUROPEAN STORM-PETREL, 1 SOOTY SHEARWATER, 19 Manx Shearwaters, 1 adult Little Gull, 3 Arctic Skua and a Red-throated Diver
22nd July, Saltholme RSPB, Cleveland – 1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
21st July, St Mary’s Island, Northumberland – 1 BALEARIC SHEARWATER, 8 Manx Shearwaters, 30 Arctic Terns and 4 Sanderling
10th June, Hartlepool Headland, DurhamWHITE-THROATED ROBIN
20th May, Rainton Meadows, Durham – 2 TEMMINCK’S STINT
19th May, Rainton Meadows, Durham – 2 TEMMINCK’S STINT and a WOOD SANDPIPER
16th-18th May, Rainton Meadows, Durham – 3 TEMMINCK’S STINT
3rd May, Rainton Meadows, Durham – drake Scaup, 1 Greenshank, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper
25th March, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire – 1 COMMON CRANE circled over A1(M) c 1mile north of j48 at 2:30pm
23rd March, Rainton Meadows, Durham – 1 Egyptian Goose and a female Pintail
20th March, St Mary’s Island, Northumberland – 1 Scandanavian Rock Pipit and 2 Purple Sandpipers
February, Concord, Washington, Tyne and WearWAXWING
5th February, Rainton Meadows, DurhamMEALY REDPOLL
11th January, Rainton Meadows, DurhamCOUES’S ARCTIC REDPOLL

2010
13th November, Hollingworth Lake, LittleboroughPIED-BILLED GREBE
5th-19th October, ECUADOR – Trip Report here
12th September, Bempton, East YorkshireWESTERN BONELLI’S WARBLER
22nd-29th May, MADEIRA – Trip Report here
8th February, Newholm, North YorkshireBLACK-THROATED THRUSH

2009
7th November, North Shields, Tyne and Wear – juvenile SABINE’S GULL
23rd June – 4th July, SVALBARD – Trip Report here
26th-28th April, Axlemoor, OldhamDOTTEREL
15th-31st January, PERU – Trip Report here

2004
31st October, Derker, OldhamWAXWING
1st October, St Marys Golf Course, Isles of ScillyBUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
1st October, St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly – first-winter CREAM-COLOURED COURSER