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Near Two Lads  - this afternoon, only three birds seen Carrion Crow, Red Grouse and Barn Owl (15.30)



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Morning on moors:

7 Whooper Swan W at 9:30
6 Pink-footed Geese SE at 9:20
3 Siskin N
67 Fieldfare ENE in 6 flocks

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Dan Brown

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Yesterday (31.12.15) 10.00-13.30

Burnt Edge

1 Kestrel, 1 Goldcrest (with a couple of Robins on the conifers), 82 Fieldfares mixed with lesser numbers of Starlings moving South.

Walker Fold Wood

A charm of 12 Goldfinches, a single Blue Tit, and all gathered together on a small hawthorn bush 5 Magpies.

 Coal Pit Lane

24 Fieldfares, again mixed with Starlings, on an adjoining pasture, but very nervous and often flushing and settling on overhead wires.

 



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10:00-12:30 today Walker Fold to mast road and back above the quarry. 3 Reed Bunting 20 Fieldfare 15 Starling 7 Bullfinch flock

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Late news for yesterday when three Snow Buntings were flushed from the moor on the top of Winter Hill within Lancashire and flew towards the rocket shaped mast but could not be relocated.

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Short-eared Owl hunting over the snow on Two Lads Hill at 08:20 this morning.

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Other visible migration from Scout Road this morning included:

239 Pink-footed Geese SE in 2 skeins and 200+ NW in 1 skein
15 flocks of Fieldfare south totalling 816 birds
2 Crossbill directly south towards Bolton

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Two female/immature Snow Buntings south over Scout Road this morning.

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This morning's total 07:30-10:30am:

13 skeins of Pink-footed Geese E/SE totalling 2478 birds
2 flocks of Whooper Swans E
636 Woodpigeon
64 Redwing S
106 Fieldfare S
77 Chaffinch S
1 Brambling N
1 Crossbill N
13 redpoll S

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Today's totals from Scout Road 07:45-10:30:

70 Pink-footed Goose SE at 08:07
Single Green Woodpecker high south, continued without stopping!
88 Woodpigeon
465 Fieldfare S in 7 flocks
56 redpoll S
4 Brambling
13 Crossbill S

Also 3 Stonechat at the top of Burnt Edge

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Visited the moors on Saturday from 11.00 until 2.30. The conditions were dreadful! However, I still managed to see:

Stonechat (in 3 seperate areas- Burnt Edge, both on the right end and left end, and up on mast road.

Kestrel (Hovering over Burnt Edge)

Redwing (Start of Walker Fold Wood)

Mistle Thrush (Start of Walker Fold Wood)

But the highlight was a Raven on my way back down just off Mast Road. The cloud had completely descended on me by then so visibility was poor. A raven was on the path around 20m in front of me before I could even see him (or him me for that matter!)

I was hoping to see some Brambling in Holdens Plantation as I have seen them there for the last 2 years but no such luck!!



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Late news for yesterday morning:

165 Pink-footed Geese NW in 3 skeins and 140 SE in 2 skeins
243 Woodpigeon SSW
416 Fieldfare S in 12 flocks
93 Chaffinch
33 Brambling
26 Greenfinch
1210 Starling W

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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This morning's visible migration highlights from Georges Lane and Matchmoor Lane 07:15-10:15:

65 Pink-footed Geese NW in two skeins and 2323 E/SE in 17
210 Fieldfare
1 Brambling S
3 Crossbill NE

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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This morning with Andy Makin in deteriorating conditions, 13 Crossbills flew out of Gale Brook Plantation also 3 Brambling and 731 Woodpigeon south.

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Sunday 8th of November 2015 06:38:22 PM

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PM (Initially misty, which then cleared but soon afterwards came the rain)

Burnt Edge

1 Woodcock, 2 Kestrels, 1 Mistle Thrush, a flock of 8 Fieldfares, 3 Meadow Pipits and 1 Reed Bunting.

Walker Fold

1 Raven and 1m Bullfinch.

 



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Visible migration watch from Scout Road yesterday morning 7-9:30:

5 skeins of Pink-footed Geese totalling 724 birds
22 Whooper Swan E over Bolton heading towards Holcombe at 9am, one a immature
168 Woodpigeon SW
2 Stock Dove S
101 Fieldfare S
19 Redwing 19
59 Chaffinch S
75 Brambling 75
130 Goldfinch 130 S
16 Crossbill S

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Today's sightings 06:50-3pm:

18 skeins of Pink-footed Geese totalling 2536 birds
1 Red Kite circling above Belmont yacht club at 08:30am; flew low west down the valley still in Lancashire
1325 Woodpigeon S/SW
136 Redwing S
4286 Fieldfare S shifting to SW and then W later on
1 Tree Sparrow S
168 chaffinch over
152 Brambling over
43 Greenfinch and 119 Goldfinch over
7 Crossbill
Short-eared Owl still around Adams Hill

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Upto 14:30 with Andy Makin (partly joined by Phil Rhodes and Dan Brown), fog to begin with then clearing to leave a very warm and sunny day.

On the move were;

1 Swallow through south
2,641 Fieldfare south and west
28 Brambling
1,372 Pink-footed Geese SE and 189 NW
9 Crossbill flew NW

Present was a single Short-eared Owl, in the Adam Hill / Two Lads area, 8 Crossbill Wilderswood, 1 Stonechat and 3 Goldcrest around the Mast Compounds.

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Vis Mig Watch, Scout Road, 06:35 to 12:15, with Andy Makin, Phil Rhodes and Dan Brown.

Best day of the season for us, which was overwhelming for the first hour. Fieldfares moving south right from the onset, consisted of many small flocks up to 09:00 then going quiet, then a burst of several much larger flocks between 10:30 and midday. Very few pure Redwing flocks; most were mixed in with Fieldfares. Significant broad movement of all finches south, including a site record count of 154 Bramblings (previous highest count was 96 in December 2014), some were mixed in with thrush flocks and several pure large flocks. A number of unidentified finches were also possibly Bramblings and some strange calls from some finch types couldnt be ID'd either. A Ring-necked Parakeet came over high and flew east, could have been a wonderer from one of the local populations. Largest count of Woodpigeons so far this autumn and a site record count of 32 Stock Doves, beating the previous best of 25 on 27th September 2014. Good Meadow Pipit count for end of October. All south unless stated.

1 Ring-necked Parakeet east
4,363 Fieldfare (76 flocks)
364 Redwings
14 Mistle Thrush
4 Song Thrush
154 Bramblings
307 Chaffinch
25 Greenfinch
16 Siskin
84 Goldfinch
13 Redpoll
5 Bullfinch
2 Crossbill
2 Raven
32 Stock Dove
1,336 Woodpigeons
509 Starling NW
117 Meadow Pipit

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Saturday 31st of October 2015 06:07:26 PM

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Saturday 9.00 to 12.15, Coal Pit Lane > Mast >Mast Road > Holdens> Coal Pit Lane

Generally very quiet with highlights:-

Black Redstart around main mast compound but proving elusive and only a very brief view.

1 Goldfinch, 1 Kestrel, 2 Raven and 1 Pied Wagtail the only other birds in the mast area.

Appx 50 Fieldfare along Coal Pit Lane with a further appx 20 nr Holdens

Small flock appx 20 Goldfinch nr Holdens with 4 Reed Bunting in same area.

Min 6 Kestrels throughout the walk.

 



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Totals from Scout Road today, 10am to 1pm:

17 flocks of Fieldfare totalling 1473 birds
53 Redwing south
Amongst the flocks of Fieldfare were 4 Brambling, 2 Siskin and a Merlin.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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1st winter Whinchat on Edge Lane at 12.30 pm today

 

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This morning's visible migration from the top of Winter Hill:

808 Fieldfare in 13 flocks S/SW
63 Redwing SE
6 Brambling S
22 Siskin S
Black Redstart around mast building

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Today's highlights from Scout Rd 06:55-10:15:

Male Hen Harrier W at 08:45 and presumed different male W at 09:55, with a single female 200 metres behind.

4 Crossbill SW

15 Brambling S

131 Chaffinch

108 Fieldfare S

1 Swallow S

Yesterday:

1848 Pink-footed Geese SE and 70 NE in 14 skeins

18 Crossbill 

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Yesterday morning an adult Black Redstart on the mast building on Winter Hill along with 2 Goldcrests and 2 Stonechat.

From Scout Road this morning, 29 Brambling S, 39 Siskin and four small flocks Crossbill numbering 16 S, 118 Chaffinch and 3 Swallow.

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Had a walk along walker fold wood, burnt edge and then up to the mast and back again with the family today. We saw the following: 3-4 x kestrels, 2 x Ravens, 4 x Stonechat, 2 x Herons, 21 x Fieldfare(first of Autumn for me) Several Goldcrest, Large flock of Goldfinch. Many Meadow Pipits. Highlight was an Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar near Holdens Farm.

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Just to clarify Craig's post. George's Lane 9:00 - 11:00. 1 Ring Ouzel over South and 3 others in the Big Hedge area. A probable 5th bird calling but not seen. 3 Crossbill over Northeast. 16:30 - 17:00 no sign of Ring Ouzel in Big Hedge but 2 Brambling present.

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07:00 to 11:00 am. Started at Georges Lane which was deadly quiet, followed by quick trips to Burnt Edge/Newfields and then Brownstones Quarry before returning to Georges Lane where I met Dan Brown and another birder who's name I didn't get (sorry).

Highlights to 11:00 were: Fieldfare - 54 and Redwing 191 over, Red Grouse 1 along Georges Lane, At least 4 Ring Ouzel seen by Dan in Big Hedge, Chiffchaff - one calling at back of New Colliers Row. I believe Dan also had a party of Crossbills over.

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Saturday, 17th October 2015 11:45 - 15:00 hrs.

Wilderswood Car Park - Georges Lane (as far as kennels) - up by side of Mast Road - Winter Hill Summit - back via Gilligants Farm and Holden Plantation

Male Ring Ouzel x 1 (first one seen here after years of walking this area!!! Well chuffed. On path to right from top of Mast Road)
Stonechat x 2
Redwing x 15 (Big Hedge - before Kennels)
Red Grouse x 1 (on wall to left of Mast Road)
Kestrel x 4 separate sightings
Meadow Pipit x 5
Goldfinch x 20
House Sparrow x 3
Carrion Crow x 7
Robin x 1
Blackbird x 3
Woodpigeon x 20
Magpie x 3
Rook x 5

-- Edited by Steve Judge on Saturday 17th of October 2015 05:26:45 PM

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1100 to 1330 Winter Hill and Georges Lane

Visit today looking for Ouzels and Black Redstarts, but failed to see either.

Workmen were up on two of the masts which may not have helped.

A mixed flock of Redwing and Fieldfares were in the big hedge however which was a compensation, as I have somehow managed to avoid Fieldfares for the past 4 seasons.



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Highlights from this morning:

Short-eared Owl quartering Wildersmoor at first light
3 Ring Ouzel flew out over Wildersmoor heading east. Most likely the same birds were then seen along Mast Road close to the mast and dispersed onto the moor.
2 Twite alighted briefly along telephone wires south of the Kennels along Georges Lane and flew off NW
Single Chiffchaff in The Dell at Higher Meadows
735 Redwing in flocks not exceeding 100 strong over heading SE
11 Red Grouse on the top of Winter Hill, very vocal and many showing really well
11 Raven in two flocks
2 Brambling NW over Higher Meadows
Male Black Redstart showed well along the perimeter fence of the rocket shaped mast on Winter Hill, over the border in Lancashire

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09.15 - 13.00 today bright, easterly breeze, cool. Walker Fold, Burnt Edge, Mast Road and Winter Hill.

Goldfinch 25

Goldcrest - 1

Robin 3

Jay 3

Meadow Pipit 26

Reed Bunting 2 (Burnt Edge)

Carrion Crow 8

Raven - very mobile, hard to be sure perhaps 4

Mistle Thrush 1

Kestrel 4 (again quite mobile over the area)

Merlin 1f - flying fast and close to the ground west to east on the GM side of the mast

Common Buzzard 1 over Walker Fold

Black Redstart 1 -   in Lancashire - made a brief appearance  (with bright green caterpillar in beak!) on the fence of the large compound on the right as you walk towards the trig point. Flew back down into the scrub, and then 3 technicians started working on the mast after which it didn't appear again.

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1 Ring ouzel this morning, otherwise dreadfully quiet. I wonder what the right conditions are for visible migration up there, because it wasn't what today brought?



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morn/aft visit, pretty quiet, highlights being...

3 flocks of crossbill around wilderswood, 8, 10, 17 & a single one past the kennels heading towards rivington pike.
no sign of the black redstart at the mast.
several siskin around
1 redpoll
6 jay
2 great spotted woodpecker
2 treecreeper
5 stonechat at holdens farm
4 raven
1 sparrowhawk
4 kestrel
67 lapwing
1 grey heron
37 mistle thrush, one larger flock held 22.

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Also yesterday, 8th October with Andy Makin, single Ring Ouzel Burnt Edge and 12 Crossbill flew out of Walker Fold Wood with a further group calling from the wood, also 9 Crossbill south from Gale Brook Plantation and 3 Crossbill over Deans Ditch. Also 1 Merlin, 17 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare and 480 Pink-footed Geese SE in 5 skiens.



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A few sightings from this morning so far:

Black Redstart on the main mast building (just over the border in Lancashire), dropped onto the road at one point but generally very elusive
11 Pink-footed Geese SW at 07:50am
Pair of Stonechat at Higher Meadows
2 Wheatear on the top of Winter Hill
10 Redwing S over Bryan Hey Reservoir

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18:00 Coal Pit Lane Merlin 18:01 1 less Meadow Pipit

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highlights from this morning:

A Fieldfare briefly down on Georges Lane and one or two Redwings over
9 Crossbill (2+7) south over Georges Lane
11 Wheatear on the top of Winter Hill

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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This morning 07:00 to 11:00 with Andy Makin and Dan Brown, no Vis Mig due to the very hazy conditions, but the Mast Compounds held lots of new migrants, including up to 15 Goldcrests coming to within a few feet of us in the juncus, and up to 18 Chiffchaffs behind the main building. Also a single Redwing was in the main compound as was 3 Robins, 2 Stonechats, 1 Chaffinch and 1 Pied Wagtail. A female Merlin was also seen on a couple of occasions hunting around the main mast building. No sign of the Black Redstart.

Several Chiffchaff still in Brownstones Quarry.

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Some sightings from this morning by Andy Makin and myself:

Three skeins of Pink-footed Geese heading east of 45 and 64 at 08:30 and 40 at 10:17.
6 Crossbill south over Winter Hill
4 Wheatear on the top of Winter Hill
11 Chiffchaff


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18:00 Georges Lane - Big Hedge
7 Stonechat
1 Whinchat
2 Chiffchaff

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Todays highlights, 06:45 to 15:00, on another sunny and warm day with Andy Makin;

Visible Migration-

1 Merlin chasing Meadow Pipits, drifted off south
1 Golden Plover SE
456 Swallow south
91 House Martin south
2569 Meadow Pipits south, most prior to 08:30, some in mixed flocks with Wagtails and Swallows, made for a superb spectacle.
79 Pied Wagtails south
31 Siskin south
7 Twite west
22 Crossbills (parties of 6,8 and 8 south until lost to view over Bolton)

Present were -

1 Merlin touring the moor
35 Crossbills (20 Gale Brook Plantation, though typically mobile and 15 Walker Fold Wood)
1 Whinchat and 1 Stonechat Pony field at bottom of Mast Road
17 Wheatear Winter Hill and Mast Road
15 Chiffchaff (6 Brownstones, 4 Wallsuches, 2 Walker Fold & 3 Georges Lane)
35 Goldcrest

Yesterday 30th Sept

Fairly quiet due to mist and low cloud, though at least 76 Crossbills were seen flying south from Gale Brook Plantation.

Operation Yellow-browed isn't going too well..


-- Edited by Simon Warford on Thursday 1st of October 2015 07:30:35 PM

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Today's highlights:

13 Pink-footed Geese SE at 8.02 am
4 Buzzard SW
527 Meadow Pipit
2 Grey Wagtail S
1 Yellow Wagtail S with a flock of 20 Pied Wagtail
82 Pied Wagtail S
667 Swallow S
168 Chaffinch (158 S and 10 N)
63 Siskin (43 S and 20 N)
29 redpoll S
49 Linnet S
39 Goldfinch S
Crossbill- fantastic movement early morning with a total of 105 in small flocks seen flying directly south out over Bolton until they were lost to view; half briefly dropped into Gale Brook Plantation.
2 Wheatear on Winter Hill

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Craig Higson wrote:

Which one is Gale bk plantation please Simon? Can't see it on the site guides.





It is the conifer plantation at the junction of Scout Road and Belmont Road Craig.

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Which one is Gale bk plantation please Simon? Can't see it on the site guides.

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Todays Vis Mig watch in another fine and sunny day, from 06:45 to 14:30 with Andy Makin, produced;

1 Yellowhammer perched briefly before flying south
5 Twite west
1 Merlin
9 Pink-footed Geese NW
246 Swallow south
118 House Martin south
7 Grey Wagtail south
30 Pied Wagtails south
1 Coal Tit south
1257 Meadow Pipits south
185 Chaffinch south
38 Siskin
23 Crossbill (groups of 6, 7 and 5 south and 5 north which could have come down in Gale Brook Plantation)

Present around the mast were 3 Wheatear and elsewhere 1 Tawny Owl.


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Another full days Vis Mig watch in fine sunny weather, was mostly covered by me, Andy Makin and later Phil Rhodes, highlights only;

On the move were;

1 Osprey south at 08:10 (Andy and Gary Lilley)
1 Red Kite east at 14:25 (found by Jill and Ken over Burnt Edge, also seen by Andy)
2 Merlin
1 Hobby
260 Pink-feet NW and 47 SE
1048 Swallow south
239 House Martin south
3339 Meadow Pipits south
33 Siskin south
19 Crossbill south (5,1 and 13)

Present were the Black Redstart, 6 Wheatear and a Robin around the Mast Compounds and at least 16 Crossbills in Gale Brook Plantation.


-- Edited by Simon Warford on Monday 28th of September 2015 08:18:31 PM

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Not a great deal that we can add to that from a walk round the area 9.00 to 12.15 apart from:-

4 Chiffchaff along Coal Pit Lane, 2 of them amongst a small group of 7 Long Tailed Tits.
2 Ravens sat on the mast with another one over.
1 Kestrel on the mast with at least 2 others seen in the general area.

Bob & Joyce C

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Todays marathon Vis Mig watch, 06:45 to 15:45 was covered by me, Andy Makin and later Phil Rhodes, produced;

274 Pink-footed Geese all north-west (83 at 08:35, 27 at 09:00, c100 at 09:05 and 64 at 11.50).
2 Hobbies, with 1 taking a Meadow Pipit near the mast
2 Golden Plover east
1 Sandwich Tern (heard only)
1521 Swallow South
3616 House Martin, with up to 2,000 landing on mast cable wires before all flying off south
7 Siskin south
11 Crossbills south
749 Meadow Pipit south

Birds present included the Black Redstart still at the Mast, 8 Wheatear, c500 Meadow Pipits and c500 Goldfinch.

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