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Sightings from today, between Andy Makin, Dan Brown and myself.

2 Spotted Flycatcherby Wilderswood car park.
2 Tree Pipit; one low over Wilderswood and one by Walker Fold.
3 Whinchat; 1 Georges Lane, 1 Heather Hall and a juvenile at Hampsons Farm.
31 Wheatear
1 Yellow Wagtail by Holdens Farm
2 Redstart; one along Georges Lane in Lancashire and one in the big hedge at Higher Headows.
Juvenile Black Redstart again along Georges Lane just inside Lancashire.
2 Swift
Juvenile Green Woodpecker by the kennels on Georges Lane
Probably 40+ Willow Warbler

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This morning in windy conditions:

2 Tree Pipits over Georges Lane
1 Whinchat on wires by Wilderswood car park
3 Spotted Flycatcher- 2 Sheep Cote Green and one by Walker Fold Wood
2 Wheatear

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Dan Brown

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10.00-13.00
( A strong Westerly meant small birds were hard to find throughout).

Georges Lane

1 Wheatear & 4 Goldfinches.

6 Kestrels (3 hovering over the moor simultaneously, whilst 3 were over the pasture below the kennels).

Burnt Edge

1 Kestrel, 1 Raven & 12 Meadow Pipits.

Walker Fold

8 Goldfinches

Holdens Farm

The pasture below the path lined with Hawthorns

5 Stonechats, 3 Wheatears, 1 Linnet and a Raven.

The Swallows around the farm (12 in the air together) were feeding fledged youngsters in flight.

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Other sightings from today:

1 Redstart at Georges Lane
6 Spotted Flycatcher; 4 in the big hedge at Higher Meadows; 1 at Sheep Cote Pasture; 1 at Brownstones.
5 Tree Pipit
Merlin over Sheep Cote Pasture.
8 Wheatear
1 Golden Plover south
89 Willow Warbler
1 Whinchat at the top of Corn Edge Lane

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Black redstart just inside Lancashire this morning at 9am; on fence line and dead trees in the eastern corner of the large sheep field by the pike path.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Today's sightings from practically all day, between Andy Makin, Dan Brown and myself:

10 Redstarts- 1 by the county border at Georges Lane; 3 in the big hedge at Higher Meadows; 2 at the bottom of Holdens Plantation; 2 different birds at Holdens Farm; 1 at Sheep Cote Green; and 1 at Green Nook Farm.

6 Spotted Flycatchers- 2 in the big hedge at Higher Meadows; 1 at Walker Fold; 1 at Holdens Farm; 1 at Green Nook Farm; 1+ at Lomax Wife's Plantation.

Cuckoo along Mast Road

Ring Ouzel flew from Newfields Plantation into the tops of the conifers at Walker Fold Wood.

Approximately 70 Willow Warblers.

15 Wheatear.

4 Tree Pipit- 3 in rough fields in between the main road and Newfields Plantation at Walker Fold; one by Green Nook Farm.

1 Ringed Plover- flew over west

9 Whitethroat

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Could anyone supply me with information on the best sites to see Spotted Flycatchers at the moment.
I've tried Holden's Farm/Burnt Edge area recently but with no success.
Any contributions would be gratefully received

Cheers Mike

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Sightings from this morning in very blustery conditions:

7 Wheatear along Mast Road
Merlin at Walker Fold
2 Tree Pipit down, with one showing well on a stone wall at the bottom of Burnt Edge and one on wires at Holdens Farm
11 Willow Warbler

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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couple of hours around Walker Fold area
20+ house martin, 2 goldcrest, good numbers goldfinch and meadow pipit, 15+ linnet, 2 kestrel, good numbers of swallow around farm and barns.2 wren,

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Sightings from this afternoon, 1 to 3pm at Burnt Edge:

3 Spotted Flycatcher
24 Willow Warbler
15 Coal Tit
2 Chiffchaff
3 Treecreeper
3 Nuthatch

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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A 3 hour walk round the area this morning, quite a breezy day. Nothing much else to add to the previous posting, saw 4 of the Spotted Flycatchers in the same area, a few Willow Warblers here and there but not great numbers, quite a few (sorry didn't count them ) Meadow Pipits up around 3 Lads and towards the Kennels, at least 4 different Kestrels around but more than likely 6 min.

Highlight of the walk was a covey of around 12 Grey Partridges on the lower path below Burnt Edge about 11.30.

Bob and Joyce C

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This morning with Andy Makin,

2 Tree Pipits (one near Brian Hey Res. and one perched on wires between Walker Fold Road and Newfields plantation).

10 Spotted Flycatchers (6 adults & 4 fresh juveniles) on the east side of Sheep Cote Green pasture.

Also 21 Wheatear, 7 Stonechat and 19 Willow Warblers.

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Six Spotted Flycatchers today, with a single Pied Flycatcher at Sheep Cote Green Farm and the Redstart was still present in Lomax Wife's Plantation.

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A large fall of Willow Warblers was apparent in the area this morning and a total of 194 were counted over the entire recording area (which is quite large!); pretty remarkable stuff though.

Other birds of note were a female type Redstart at Lomax Wife's Plantation; 3 juvenile Green Woodpeckers, with one at Walker Fold Wood and two by the kennels on Georges Lane; 3 Nuthatch; 1 Wheatear.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Sightings for Tuesday, 5th August:

Marsh Harrier high north over Walker Fold. 2 Spotted Flycatchers with a large feeding flock of 60 Willow Warblers, 60+ Coal Tit, 10 Blue Tit, 20 Great Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit and Nuthatch. Single Redstarts at Higher Meadows and Holdens Farm. 14 Wheatear.

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Dan Brown

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Five Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Redstart and a single Pied Flycatcher present at Walker Fold and still showing well at 11:50am, just south of the Walker Fold Wood and Newfields Plantation, off the footpath down in the dip by Dean Brook.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Eleven Wheatear and 34 Willow Warbler in the area yesterday.

Info thanks to Andy Makin and myself.

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Short walk up mast road yesterday too hot to go far few birds about though
Buzzard
Kestrel
Wheatear
Swift
Swallow
Meadow pipit

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This morning around Wilderswood, a showy Tree Pipit, 33 immature Willow Warbler and a Green Woodpecker. Other birds in the area included 80 Swift and two single Wheatear.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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10.30-14.00

Walker Fold

Family group of 3 Coal Tits.

Holdens Farm

24 Goldfinches feeding on Sorrel

Lots of Swallows around the farm.

Holdens Plantation

1 Kestrel & 2 Linnets

A steady trickle of Swifts flying NW throughout.

As expected Meadow Pipits in abundance.




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Over the tops of Winter Hill mid-morning today:

Whimbrel over south
Golden Plover west
juvenile Wheatear

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Walk from Walker Fold to Burnt Edge

Tree Pipit 1 singing and displaying for two minutes on edge of pine plantation that borders the south side of Burnt Edge
Lapwing 6
Raven 1
Kestrel 2 hunting along Burnt Edge
Blackcap 2 singing males
Whitethroat c6 family party with fledged juvs seen
Great spotted Woodpecker 2
Goldcrest 1 singing male
Grey Partridge 1

Great to get out locally at last!


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Saturday 21st June

Mid morning walk with wife and camera, through Wilders Wood, where we had heard that crossbills had been seen in the past, and on up the moor.

In the wood,
Chaffinch, song thrush, blackbird, crow, magpie, family of willow warblers, chiffchaff, 3 redpoll, 4 goldcrest, blue tit, coal tit, whitethroat and what I think may have been a grasshopper warbler.
There was a short burst of song then it bounced about the bushes feeding and flew off.

On the moor

2 kestrel,one feeding on it's catch on a dry stone wall. 4 buzzards and innumerable meadow pipits. No wheatear though.
4 swallows feeding over the pond at Pike Cottage on our return.

A very pleasant walk and some good photographs.

How often are crossbills spotted here btw?

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Early morning run across the moors, really cool this morning

Skylark and meadow pipit
1 kestrel
1 snipe flushed right near the mast
3 curlew
2 linnet
1 raven
Swift and swallow

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A few hours along mast road with a saunter off towards Holdens plantation and Adam Hill. Nothing unusual, plenty Meadow Pipits and Skylarks, odd Raven, Kestrel, Curlew and at least two Red Grouse calling (but still refusing to show themselves to me!). A Cuckoo was calling but well onto the Lancashire side.

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Evening wander up mast road.

Cuckoo calling from wilderswood
2 vocal Curlew
a pair of linnets
at least 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler on Wildersmoor

The soundscape was awesome tonight Meadow pipits being the main contributors. Could have done with a bit of "Wet My Lips" though.

No sight or sound of Quail.



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No further sight nor sound of any Quail on Winter Hill beyond 7:10am this morning.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Two Quail singing this morning in the area around the cattle grid just before the mast itself on Winter Hill (no vehicular access; park at the bottom of Mast Road and walk up). Both birds singing up to 07:10 but one at least on the Lancs Side of the border. No sight or sound of yesterday's bird by Adam Hill.

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The Quail showed (of its own free will!) again at 5:55pm, 6:10pm and just after 9pm; the latter sighting taking place along the track to Holdens Plantation by the second cattle grid up Mast Road.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

If the bird does happen to still be present tomorrow, it goes without saying that no attempt(s) to flush the bird should made, nor tape lures used. Any such behaviour could unfortunately lead to all future Quail sightings (hearings!) from any county site being withheld from the forum.

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Quail flew from juncus near cattle grid to Adam hill above quarry.

Stonking good views!

Chuffed to bits!

With andy makin and ken haydock.

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Quail still singing by Adam Hill around midday.

Info thanks to Ian Woosey

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Quail singing by Adam Hill at 11:45 this morning; for 30 minutes towards the junction with Mast Road.

Info thanks to Ian Woosey

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Stonechat, couple of Ravens and Cuckoo were about the highlights of a couple of hours along Mast Road. Heard a couple of Red Grouse but no sightings unfortunately.

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A very large bird, probably the stork, seen very distantly and at considerable height circling very slowly probably heading NW away from the Horwich Moors area and possibly heading Chorley way.

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The Black Stork appeared to go into a glide and lost height just north/north-west of the Rivington area in Lancashire.

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Black Stork circling very high just north of Horwich at 12:16 today, possibly heading slowly north.

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Red Kite circling over Burnt Edge at 09:05 this morning.

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No sign of the Red Kite at Burnt Edge(Ian's Text) between 10.15 and 11am today.
2 distant birds continually soaring around the masts on Winter Hill were, I believe, Buzzards.
Male Stonechat showing well on Burnt edge power line.
Plenty Meadow Pipits and Swifts about.
Kestrel hovering by Matchmoor Lane.

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Walked upto the mast early a.m. Cuckoo calling but not seen near wilderswood car park, Stonechat family near 1st cattle grid on road up, loads of Meadow Pipit and Skylark and 2 Linnet also seen, also Curlew heard only.
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Cuckoo calling in woodland just south of Gilligant's Farm off Coal Pit Road.

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Today:

33 Wheatear
Male Cuckoos at Higher Meadows and Burnt Edge.

Info thanks to Andy Little and Andy Makin

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Sightings from today between Andy Makin and myself:

42 Wheatear
Spotted Flycatcher at 07:10 landed on wire fence at Higher meadows for a minute then flew of north over the moor. The same thing also happened with male Redstart which briefly sang at 7am before moving on.
Single White Wagtail
Garden Warbler singing at Roscows Tennemant Clough
2 male Cuckoo, with birds at Higher Meadows and Burnt Edge; at one point in the early afternoon two males were at Higher Meadows with one then flying off over the moor towards Burnt Edge!
6 Buzzard W/WSW
Hobby over Higher Meadows heading NW
Adult Mediterranean Gull low north over Coal Pit Road

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29 Wheatear through today, also five Greylag Geese over south and two Cuckoo along Georges Lane.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Singing male Cuckoo around Wilderswood this afternoon.

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My youngest daughter wanted to walk up to the mast so we walked through walker fold, along burnt edge, over 2 lads and up to the mast and back. Species seen included the following: Meadow pipit, skylark, Kestrel, Wheatear, Raven, Cuckoo (heard only), buzzard, Whitethroat, Curlew, swallow. A brilliant walk considering she is only 4 years old!!!

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Sightings from all day today:

23 Wheatear
2 Whimbrel north
1 Swift north
Cuckoo at Green Nook

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Late afternoon today in a 10 minute period after a brief spell of drizzle:

Wood Warbler singing in Holdens Plantation before heading north
Tree Pipit also there feeding on caterpillars
Cuckoo
13 Wheatear

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Sightings from today:

1 Whimbrel north
1Tree Pipit calling over east at Higher Meadows
1 Cuckoo
44 Wheatear

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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9.20am to 11.45am

Scout Road/Coal Pit Road :-
Pair of Mallards on Bryan Hey Reservoir, Pheasants, Lapwings included two juveniles by Scout Road (only saw one in the long grass a few days ago), Curlews, Black-headed Gulls, Woodpigeons, 1m Cuckoo at the bottom of Scout Road & a bubbling call above Lomax Wives Plantation could have been a female (not heard one calling for years so not entirely sure), Skylarks, Swallows, Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtails, Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins, 7 Wheatears, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, 6 Grasshopper Warblers heard reeling, Whitethroats, 1 Blackcap, Willow Warblers, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Magpies, Jackdaws, Carrion Crows, Starlings, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Linnets, & Reed Buntings.

Walker Fold Woods included :-
1 Buzzard, 1m Cuckoo, Whitethroats, Willow Warblers, Goldcrests, & a Siskin.


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Ring Ouzel in horse paddock/field directly before wilderswood car park @approx 18-00,

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