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Late post for Saturday 3rd June 2017 12:00 - 16:00 hrs.

Burnt Edge - Holden Farm - Gilligant Farm - Winter Hill - Mast Road - via Holden Plantation and return

Linnet x 2
Stonechat x 2
Whitethroat x 1
Curlew x 1
Kestrel x 7 sightings
Meadow Pipit x 20
Skylark x 5
Grey Heron x 1
Swallow x 15
Swift x 7
House Martin x 1
Carrion Crow x 8
Magpie x 3
Goldfinch x 5
Great Tit x 3
Chaffinch x 1
Pied Wagtail x 2
Pheasant x 1



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Cuckoo showing very well at Burnt Edge this morning, feeding on caterpillars.

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5-6 this morning. Burnt Edge

2 Cuckoos

1 Grasshopper Warbler (Heard Only)

4 Linnets

Plenty of Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Swallows etc

 



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Totals from the moors this morning:

 

Male Whinchat at Edge Lane and a female at Heather Hall

8 Wheatear

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin

 

 



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A female Black redstart was perched on the sign by the pull in near the bend on Mast Road at 9am this morning. It seemed to be moving along wall which eventually runs to the bottom of the pony field.

 

Also around today were a Yellow Wagtail over north and the 6 Fieldfare were still at Higher Meadows along with a male and female Cuckoo and six Wheatear around the moors.

 

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Cuckoo still along George's Lane and now 6 Fieldfare!

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This morning's sightings:

 

4 Fieldfare remain, 1 Whinchat and 1 Cuckoo by the 'big hedge' off Georges Lane

10 Wheatear on the moors

A Grasshopper Warbler flew up just before the barriers on Mast Road

 

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Today, 4 Fieldfare in field along George's Lane where I saw 2 on the 29th April, with 12 Wheatear for company.

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Today's highlights, partly with Dan Brown;

1 Cuckoo
2 Fieldfare along George's Lane
22 Wheatear (16 Georges, 1 Mast Road and 5 Heather Hall).
2 Stonechat
2 Whitethroat
1 Garden Warbler
7 singing Grasshopper Warblers across the moor
adult Meditteranean Gull in newly ploughed field at Walker Fold.

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Only 29 Wheatear this morning, and a Cuckoo along Georges Lane.

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Another good day for Wheatear on the moors with a total of 173 today!

 

Also a single Whinchat along Georges Lane by the kennels and a flock of 25 redpoll over north.

 

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Excellent morning on the moors today with:

180 Wheatear, including 123 below Georges Lane

3 Whinchat (two along Georges Lane and one in a field by Scout Road

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Birds from a very good morning today included:

 

Single whimbrel N along with two single Tree Pipits and a Ring Ouzel dropped down just past the kennels along Georges Lane.

A total of 131 Wheatear across the whole moors area.

Male Whinchat in an Edge Lane horse paddock.

12 redpoll N.

 

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Earlier today, two Ring Ouzels flew north from Mast Lane and a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling from along Georges Lane.

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Birds present today included:

3 Cuckoo

89 Wheatear moving quickly through

1 Ring Ouzel by the kennels on Georges Lane but early morning only

Info thanks to Andy Makin

 



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28 Wheatear today (mostly males).

 

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Summer plumage golden plover on the ground on top of winter hill , 2 wheatear , 1 swallow , 1 male reed bunting , several meadow pipits , 1 dislpaying curlew along georges lane great views of a male ring ouzel feeding near to the big hedge , 10+ willow warblers in song , great views of a cuckoo on the lancs side last seen flying towards the boundry with greater manchester , 4 stonechat , 2 whearear .



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This morning:

 

2 Crossbill north

23 Wheatear mainly along Mast Road pony fields and Heather Hall

Small groups of Swallow north

 

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This morning up to 11am, with Simon Johnson;

12 Wheatears across the moor, also 30 Redpoll, several Swallows and Sand Martin north. Unfortunately couldn't connect with Phil's Osprey despite it heading for Winter Hill. cry

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Originally posted today by Jack Danson:



Well , Spring must be here beautiful morning and 4 swallows flying in and out of stables at Holdens Farm Smithills . 



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This morning from Scout Road with Andy Makin and Simon Johnson;

1 female Ring Ouzel flew north east over Smithill's Moor
1 Brambling over south
1 female Wheatear
2 Mediterranean Gulls over
173 Meadow Pipits north
11 Redpoll south
2 Sand Martin north
5 singing Willow Warblers.

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An hour from Scout Road 07:15 -08:15 this morning produced:

 

Male Ring Ouzel got up from a nearby field and flew east

1 Curlew N

12 Crossbill N

12 Siskin N

71 Meadow Pipit N

 

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A Ring Ouzel flew south from Mast Road by the pony fields at 07:15 this morning.

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Adult Mediterranean Gull over Scout Road this morning. Later, just off the moors, 3 were among Black-Headed Gulls in fields below Bob's Smithy Inn along Old Kiln Lane



-- Edited by dave broome on Tuesday 28th of March 2017 11:21:01 AM

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Eight Curlew flew north over Fleet Moor early afternoon today.

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7-9am from Scout Road:

Ringtail Hen Harrier N over Horrocks Moor at 08:23
6 Curlew over in singles SE
9 Golden Plover N
2 Waxwing low N

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Today's visible migration watch highlights from Scout Road 07:25-09:45 included:

 

1 Curlew 1

1 Oystercatcher

1 Golden Plover over north

2 adult Mediterranean Gulls over sw

21 Siskin se

5 Waxwing low east 

 

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09.00-14.00

Wilderswood :

25 Fieldfares

Georges Lane (Kennels area):

1m Sparrowhawk, 3 Lapwings and 2 Grey herons

Plantation (Up to Lancs border):

3 Goldcrests, 4m Chaffinches (All territorial) and 1f Bullfinch.

Burnt Edge :

2f+1m Stonechats, 2 Kestrels, 8 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks and 2 Ravens.

Walker Fold:

80+ Fieldfares flew over in a single group mixed with Starlings and Woodpigeon, heading North, oddly I could find no Redwings with them.

Sugar Loaf Plantation :

4 Goldcrests with a mixed tit flock.

Holdens Farm

Apart from a single Pied Wagtail, there was little else of note here, apart noisy activities from mating frogs in the pools by the path.





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30 Waxwing low over Scout Road heading NW towards Belmont at 09:55 this morning.

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4 Golden Plover on Winter Hill today
250 Redwing and 50 Fieldfare moving north

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Late news for yesterday morning from Georges Lane:

6 Crossbill NE
4 Redpoll N
2 Siskin N
23 Fieldfare in the pony fields at the bottom of Mast Lane

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Georges Lane :

3 Ravens, plus in the plantation by the Lancs border, a pair of Coal Tits.

Burnt Edge :

1m+1f Kestrels, the female hovered above the hillside for over two hours.

At one point she was mobbed by a crow, which appeared to be more for fun than annoyance. When the crow moved away the kestrel chased after it.

Then the kestrel was joined by a pair of noisy Ravens, and the two species just seemed happy to tolerate each other.

The only small bird seen around here was a single Reed Bunting.

Walker Fold :

2 Ravens and 1 Buzzard

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Saturday, 21st January 2017. 11:30 - 14:00 hrs.

Layby off Matchmoor Lane - Burnt Edge - Holdens Farm - Gilligant Farm - Hampsons Farm - Colliers Row - side of Walker Fold wood - Sugar Loaf Plantation - and return via Burnt Edge back to Matchmoor Lane.

Quiet birdwise - too cold for me to go to top of Winter Hill - so stayed in foot hills!

Kestrel x 6 separate sightings
Stonechat x 1
Fieldfare x 7
Dunnock x 2
Magpie x 10
Great Tit x 1
Robin x 3
Carrion Crow x 5
Grey Heron x 1
Buzzard x 1 (seen on M61 on way home)


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Georges Lane

2 Ravens,1f Kestrel and 10+ Black Headed Gulls.

Burnt Edge

1 Cormorant, 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls and a flock of 30+ Starlings flew over.

The only bird in the Holdens Farm/Plantation area was a single Robin.

I know it's midwinter but I can't recall seeing the area so birdless, although there were a few Magpies and crows around.

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A couple of hours visible migration watch from Scout Road this morning produced:

615 Redwing N/NE in 20 flocks
A single Waxwing among the Redwing
35 Fieldfare

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Highlights over Scout Road yesterday 8-10am included:

1 Waxwing low NE
202 Redwing N in 9 flocks

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Visible migration from Scout Road today, 07:50-11:50 included:

40 Pink-footed Geese over NW
3 Snipe 3 NW
1 Golden Plover
280 Lapwing N in 12 flocks
377 Woodpigeon N/NE
3464 Redwing N/NE in 81 flocks
901 Fieldfare in 34 flocks
1 Waxwing low NE with Redwing and a further 3 birds low E
1 Ring Ouzel 1 NE tagging on to Redwing flock
1 Brambling N
1 Crossbill S

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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600 Redwing E/NE over Scout Road this morning in 19 flocks, along with 98 Fieldfare.

Also 4 Crossbill south.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Highlights from a couple of hours visible migration watching from Matchmoor Lane this morning included:

195 Woodpigeon NE
53 Fieldfare NE
247 Redwing NE in 7 flocks
14 Lesser Redpoll E
1 Crossbill W

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Highlights of birds over this morning:

3 Goosander SW
Pink-footed Goose 15 SE at 08:35 and 60 W at 08:50
10 Brambling S
2 Crossbill S

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Highlights from this morning were:

700 Pink-footed Geese NW on a number of skeins
18 Stock Dove NW
45 Fieldfare S
40 Brambling SE

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Other sightings from yesterday include:

250 Pink-footed Geese over SE
4363 Woodpigeon over SW in small flocks

Info thanks to Andy Makin


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Male Snow Bunting north over Matchmoor Lane near Heather Hall this morning.

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Today's visible migration watch 8-11am from Matchmoor Lane:

2546 Pink-footed Geese; 3 skeins NW numbering 168, 7 sKeins SE numbering 878 and 1 skein of 1500 E
6 Whooper Swan SE at 08:20
2224 Woodpigeon; with 10 flocks NE and 31 flocks N/NW
75 Brambling S

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Visible migration watch from Matchmoor Lane today 07:30-10:00:

Single Woodcock directly south at first light
A single Waxwing SE
7 skeins of Pink-footed Geese SE numbering 634 and 1 skein NW numbering 25
20 Goosander 20 SE
445 Woodpigeon NE and 200 SW
1545 Starling N/NE in 6 large flocks
11 Brambling S

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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This morning's visible migration highlights involved:

4 small skeins of Pink-footed Geese SE numbering 165
1018 Woodpigeon with 267 NW and 751 SW
Crossbill 2 N
28 Reed Buntings N

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Other highlights from today's visible migration watch this morning included:

Whooper Swan 3 SE
Woodpigeon 1172 in total
Stock Dove 60 NW with 13 woodpigeon
Fieldfare 96 NW
Starling 1419 in total
Brambling 13 N
Crossbill 1 N
Reed Bunting 23 N

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9 Waxwing over Georges Lane so far this morning. With 4 SW and 5 W.

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Single Waxwing south over Scout Road at 07:50 today

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Today's moors visible migration highlights 07:15-10:15am:

Whooper Swan 2 SE over Horwich 08:05
Brambling 56 N in 4 flocks and two singles
Bullfinch 13 N
Crossbill 13 N in flocks of 8,2,1,1,1
Reed Bunting, notable N movement with 21 in a short 15 minute spell

Late news for yesterday included 2563 Woodpigeon S.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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