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Highlights from today:

3 Redstarts Georges Lane
1 Spotted Flycatcher
5 Whinchats
2 Yellow Wagtails down Georges lane
Hobby through SW
17 Siskin S
14 Chiffchaff
7 Willow Warbler

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Moors totals for today:

1 Redstart
31 Wheatear
1 Tree Pipit
8 Spotted Flycatcher
4 Crossbill 4 NW

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Phil Rhodes

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I was also up on the moor yesterday (tues)

Georges Road

1 spotted flycatcher in the big hedge
5 wheatear

Mast Road and Winter Hill

The whole area was full of wheatear.
No black redstart for me, but at almost the highest spot on the hill a grey squirrel was perched on a dry-stone wall.
Maybe it was after the Bilberries!

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Today's Wheatear total for the entire site was a fantastic 162, all of which had moved through by afternoon!

Also seen today were:

4 Whinchat
8 Spotted Flycatcher
Merlin
Black Redstart on the county boundary wall on the top of Winter Hill flew off behind the mast buildings
8 Chiffchaff

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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George's Lane 3-30 till 5-15

2 Redstart on fence posts by border
4 Wheatears
Raven over
Loads of Swallows feeding perhaps 50+

-- Edited by Alan Warford on Tuesday 1st of September 2015 10:21:41 PM

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Just finished with horses in the arena at Holdens Farm and watched a Hobby darting, swerving and diving through the small trees surrounding the arena. Only 30' from it when first seen. Brilliant.

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Fantastic day up on the moors today, with a superb fall of migrants right on the very top of Winter Hill around the mast buildings and cable compounds. Full totals from the moors thanks to Andy Makin, Phil Rhodes, Dan Brown and Barry Worsick are as follows:

A ring-tailed harrier went through low SE with a Merlin also briefly mobbing it.
An Osprey went low over Coal Pit Lane heading surprisingly NE in pouring rain at 5:25pm.
2 Tree Pipit
3 Black Redstart
20 Redstart
16 Whinchat
5 Whitethroat
31 Willow Warbler
2 Chiffchaff
1 Garden Warbler
1 Grasshopper Warbler
84 Wheatear
5 Spotted Flycatcher

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I had a really quiet morning along George's Lane. Apart from a couple of calling Chiffchaffs, the highlight was a mixed flock of siskins and redpolls numbering around 70. Impossible to separate the two species in the flock as they came up over the top of Wilderswood, and went down just as quickly, with just the flight calls giving the species away.

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Sightings from all day today:

A flock of 42 Golden Plover with a partial breeding plumaged Knot flew NW just above Georges Lane.
1 Whinchat and 1 Spotted Flycatcher at Burnt Edge.
2 Crossbill 2 NW.
6 Wheatear.
13 Chiffchaff.
376 House Martin and 175 Swallow south.

Yesterday's sightings included:

4 Green Sandpipers heading west over Scout Road at 08:10.
4 Spotted Flycatchers at Walker Fold and 2 in bracken at Burnt Edge, the latter of which flew off SE.
3 Tree Pipits at Burnt Edge.
Single Yellow Wagtail over South.

Info thanks to Andy Makin


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afternoon ramble
1 wheatear, 2 whinchat, 3 kestrel, several pheasant and meadow pipit, 1 raven, 2 spotted flycatcher,

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The first Merlin of the autumn chased a pipit South over Georges Lane this morning.

Two Whinchats at Holdens Farm and a juvenile Hobby flew low over Gale Brook Plantation.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Highlights from a couple of hours this morning:

1 Whinchat
2 Spotted Flycatchers
17 Wheatear

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Hobby at Holden's Farm 11:30am

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Yesterday's bird sightings from a few hours in the morning:

3 Spotted Flycatcher
31 Willow Warblers
3 Chiffchaff
6 Whitethrost
3 Wheatears

Today's morning sightings:

5 Whinchat
1 Tree Pipit
1 Spotted Flycatcher
2 Redstart
13 Wheatear

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Quiet morning on the moors with the only birds of note a Spotted Flycatcher which briefly landed on a fence along Georges Lane before flying of south; also 12 Siskin south east and 21 Wheatear.

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Phil Rhodes

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Wednesdays sightings on a walk 9.00 to 12.30 taking in Walker Fold, Burnt Edge, Mast Road, George's Lane, Mast and compounds and Holden's.

8 Wheatear plus in fields bottom of Mast Road with another nr the mast.
5/6 Kestrels
2 Common Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
35/40 Goldfinch area nr Burnt Edge and Holden's
appx 6 Willow Warblers seen/heard
Swallows the only Hirundine seen in small numbers throughout the walk

Otherwise generally very quiet everywhere.


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Sightings from today include:

5 Tree Pipits along Georges Lane plus 2 adult Redstart and 2 Spotted Flycatcher just past kennels
1 Spotted Flycatcher with a feeding flock which included 25 Coal Tits at Walker Fold.
8 Wheatear.
2 Green Woodpeckers at Higher Meadows and Wilderswood.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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A summary of today's sightings from Andy Makin:

Redstart: 2 along Georges Lane with 1 by the kennels and 1 just over border in Lancashire.
Tree Pipit: 3 in the kennels gardens at Higher Meadows, 3 in the cable compounds on the Greater Manchester side, 6 together in Roscoes Tenement Clough briefly, 1 at Holdens Farm, 1 at Sheep Cote Green.
Female/immature Black Redstart on the mast building on Winter Hill 10-11am at least.
47 Willow Warbler in the top of Winter Hill in cable compounds and around the mast buildings, with a total moors site count Wheatear: 32
Spotted Flycatcher:
2 Roscoes Tenement Clough and 1 at Walker Fold.
19 Swift and 37 House Martin flew through South.

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2 spotted flycatchers , 2 redstart , 2 fem blackcap , willow warblers , robin , great tit , several goldfinches all in the big hedge and dropping to the small pool for regular drinks .

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Sightings from today by Andy Makin and myself (mainly Andy):

7 Tree Pipit with 5 along Georges Lane and on 2 Burnt Edge
19 Wheatear
4 Whinchat on Burnt Edge with Stonechat
Spotted Flycatcher and Redstart in trees between Burnt Edge and Sugar Loaf Plantation
17 Willow Warbler



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Adult and 2 juvenile Spotted Flycatchers in Wilderswood this morning

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 16th of August 2015 06:36:33 PM

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Male redstart flycatching in the same hawthorn on the big hedge that the tree pipits and spotted flyctcher were seen yesterday .

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Sightings from early this morning to early afternoon:

A large flock of 800 Swallow and 500 House Martin moving south in from of a weather front.
3 Spotted Flycatcher (one big hedge at Georges Lane, two at Burnt Edge).
Single Pied Flycatcher along Georges Lane just over the county border in Lancashire.
8 Tree Pipit with 4 at Georges Lane and another 2 over east;1 at Burnt Edge;1 at Lomax Wifes Plantation.
2 Whinchat at Holders Farm.
19 Wheatear
44 Willow Warbler.
15 Common Scoter seen to drop down on to Belmont Reservoir after flying over the moors.

Info thanks to Andy Makin, Dan Brown, Phil Rhodes

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Saturday, 15th August 2015 11:30 - 16:00 hrs.

2 x Spotted Flycatchers (in field next to Roscoe Farm and Barn)
1 x Raven above moors between Winter Hill and Roscoe Tenements Clough
1 Wheatear (on wall on Burnt edge)
1 x Kestrel (behind Gilligants Farm)
1 solitary Swift
3 x Mistle Thrush (next to Gilligants Farm)
Swallows
30 plus Goldfinch
Carrion Crows
Robin
Black Headed Gulls
Woodpigeon
Feral Pigeon
Pied Wagtail (at side of Chorley Old Road near Blundell Arms) on way home

And Lancashire winning off last ball (in 20-20) to round off a great day


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-- Edited by Steve Judge on Saturday 15th of August 2015 05:43:19 PM

-- Edited by Steve Judge on Saturday 15th of August 2015 05:45:55 PM

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Highlights of a 3 hour walk in the area this morning mainly spent dodging showers:-

2 Spotted Flycatchers bottom of Burnt Edge nr Walker Fold
Min 6 Wheaters on middle part of Mast Road nr the barriers
Family party of 6 Mistle Thrush
3 Jays
1 Chiffchaff
1 C Buzzard
2 Kestrel

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Sightings from today:

Spotted Flycatcher at Newfields
Whinchat with Stonechats at Burnt Edge
Single Tree Pipit (still?) on wires by Walker Fold car park and two in hawthorns along Georges Lane above the big hedge, the latter incredibly 'showy' snd approachable.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Other highlights from today include:

Two Whinchat and a Tree Pipit at Burnt Edge
5 Spotted Flycatcher by Sugar Loaf Plantation and one at Walker Fold
Single Redstart below Burnt Edge
Whimbrel over early morning.

Info thanks to Andy Makin


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10.00 to 1330
Georges Lane
1 stonechat
goldfinch
Linnet
1 repoll
1 jay
buzzard
Pied wagtails
Many willow warblers

Burnt Edge (Matchmoor Lane along top then descent down to path that leads to Holden's Farm)
1 Wheatear on top
7 stonechat inc 2 adults in bracken
Numerous linnet in bracken
1 Whinchat in bracken
2 Wren in bracken
1 warbler in bracken I'm struggling to identify, but seeing the previous post it could be the wood warbler. (I have a photo)
1 spotted flycatcher at bottom of descent in a dead fallen tree.
3 spotted flycatchers in the tall pines about 100 yards further on at the bottom of the rise up to Matchmoor Lane

Holdens Farm

Just the usual willow warblers, swallows and seed eaters, but the highlight was a hobby.
It zipped out from behind the barn presumably after one of the swallows, but within a couple of seconds every swallow from Holden's Farm was mobbing it.
I reckon there must have been 30-40 swallows attacking it. It was driven away empty handed.
I banged off a few photos of the fight, but it was into the sun, so they're not great.

The whole episode rounded off a pleasant day out in the sun.

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12-2 pm today

Female Pied Flycatcher on George's Lane half a mile beyond the kennels.
2 juvenile Spotted Flycatcher George's Lane just beyond the kennels.

Mike

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Stunning Wood Warbler at 12:30 today with a feeding party of Willow Warbler and tits on the path down to Walker Fold Wood by the stream.

A very rare autumn passage record for the county!

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Main sightings from today between Andy Makin, Andy Pinches and myself:

Hobby low East over Wilderswood
Green Woodpecker by the kennels on Georges Lane
2 Redstart, with one in ferns in Burnt Edge and one in the 'Big Hedge' along Georges Lane
Single Spotted Flycatcher along Wilderswood
2 Tree Pipit with singles showing well on telephone wires and trees at Walker Fold and one by Holdens Farm

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Today, only 113 Swallows heading south and a juvenile Peregrine flew through NW

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Late news for yesterday:

3 Redstart (2 still present from the day before and a single was along Georges Lane by the kennels
9 Wheatear
6 Crossbill spread across various points around the moors

info thanks to Andy Makin and Dan Brown

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

In isolated willows by the bottom of Burnt Edge today:

3 Pied Flycatcher still present
5 Spotted Flycatcher
2 Redstart
Tree Pipit (with no tail!)

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10 Spotted Flycatcher present at the same location by midday.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Gorgeous morning at Burnt Edge and round to Walker Fold via Holden's and Roccoe's Tenement Clough.

Really nice to meet the expert Andy Makin again and thanks Andy for your help - we never DID spot the Tree Pipit though!

In addition to the Spotted and Pied Flycatchers and the Redstarts (the latter two being site firsts for me).....

9 Mistle Thrush
Approx 30 Linnet
10 Goldfinch
4 Meadow Pipits
1 Kestrel juv male

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In isolated willows by the bottom of Burnt Edge today:

3 Pied Flycatcher still present
5 Spotted Flycatcher
2 Redstart
Tree Pipit (with no tail!)

Info thanks to Andy Makin


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Totals from today:

27 Wheatear
2 Spotted Flycatcher; 1 bottom of mast road and 1 southern end of burnt edge
3 Pied Flycatcher (family party on migration!) at the southern end of burnt edge
Tree Pipit and immature male Redstart southern end of burnt edge
6 Stonechat burnt edge
33 Willow Warbler

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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4pm, Juvenile Cuckoo In the fields adjacent to the Pike and the Barn.

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Late news for yesterday, when a juvenile Wheatear was by the main mast on Winter Hill at 6:30pm.

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

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09.00-12.30

Georges Lane

A large mixed flock of passerines, including Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, 1 Whitethroat and a juvenile Bullfinch, moved through the bushes below the lane, and attracted

the attention of a female Sparrowhawk. She in turn attracted a couple of brave Swallows who mobbed her vigorously, she almost managed to grab one, but then she just

disappeared towards Wilderswood. The reason for the Swallows courage was there to see, 3 newly fledged juveniles sat on the fence below the drama.

Another Swallow family were resting up just North of the kennels. Also here were 8 Lapwings, 30+ Starlings, and in the young conifers, a single male Lesser Redpoll.

Burnt Edge

As along Georges Lane, Swallows were here in profusion, with 4 juveniles sat on a stone wall, and many more gathered in the nearby willows.

5 Linnets and 3 Reed Buntings were below Burnt Edge, whilst the horse paddock above held a Kestrel, 3 Ravens and a charm of 30 Goldfinches.

Below Burnt Edge I met Andy Makin, who kindly pointed out a juvenile Stonechat, and expressed concern that Stonechats have been scarce on the moor this year.

I did'nt manage to glimpse the juvenile Redstart Andy had seen, Walker Fold though held a huge flock of Coal Tits, and mixed in with them the odd Chaffinch etc.

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Sat 25th 0800-1200

Wilderswood:

Treecreeper - 1
Goldcrest - 1
Willow Warbler - several family groups
Common Whitethroat - 3 adullt, 3 juv
Goldfinch - several groups
Kestrel - 1


Burnt Edge:

Mistle Thrush 2 flocks one of 10 and one of about 8
Reed Bunting - 2
Meadow Pipit - 4
No Stonechat seen or heard
Kestrel - 1


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Birds from yesterday morning from Scout Road included 9 Crossbill South (in two flocks of 6 and 3) and a third flock calling but not seen.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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1000 to1500 Saturday
George's Lane and Wilderswood, then Matchmoor Lane along Burnt Edge, down the valley and up to Holden's Farm.

Very quiet all over on a very windy day.

No crossbills, no wheatear, no stonechat, no buzzard.

Kestrels, goldfinches, linnets and greenfinches etc, and a group of 5 mistle thrush in the valley.

Only excitement was in the wood with a group of goldcrests which had one very shy member with a fiery orange crest.
I only glimpsed it twice briefly in dense pine.
I did not get a look at its face, but I'm pretty sure it was a goldcrest.

Guess I'll have to wait until September and Spurn to see the real deal again.

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Late news for yesterday morning; 3 Crossbill and 3 Siskin NW over Georges Lane.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Heard a Grasshopper Warbler Saw 2 Meadow Pipits 5 Goldfinch 1 Reed Bunting Several Willow Warblers Tonight around 1900 by Sugar Loaf Plantation

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25 Crossbills over yesterday, including 20 down together in one plantation alone.

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Five Crossbills SW over Scout Road this morning. Also 3 Siskin and 88 Swift directly over SE in small groups.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Originally posted today by Jack Danson:

Nice to see a hen pheasant with 9 chicks a couple of days old, in the conservation area directly in front of Holdens Farm.

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I could see the smoke from that fire all the way from Atherton at about 7:00pm , I hope it got under control all right.

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Large grass/heather fire this afternoon above Holdens Farm. Decided to drive the scenic route home from work up Matchmoor Lane and down to Scout Road. Ended up driving down Burnt Edge Lane to take a look with my bins. At least one fire engine seen driving up Mast Road but I could only see one firefighter. He was using one of the fire beaters but not getting very far. Hopefully they'll have it under control soon.

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