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RE: HORWICH MOORS


Sightings this afternoon between Andy Makin and myself:

2 Whinchat in the pony fields off Mast Road
16+ Wheatear
300 House Martin south down Scout Road
8 Chiffchaff

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Rather quiet on the moors this morning, but highlights were:

1 Spotted Flycatcher in the Dell off Georges Lane
5 Tree Pipit over south, with a group of 4 and a single
1 Whinchat in the pony field off Mast Road
12 Wheatear
4 Whitethroat
6 Chiffchaff

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Walk from N end CP to Rivington Pike ~16:00

~200 Swallow
~100 House Martin

All feeding on abundant insects

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1 Oystercatcher (h)
1 probable (90% sure) Green Sandpiper (h, very briefly) above the Pike

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Mid-morning to early afternoon today:

7 Wheatear on Winter Hill
3 Spotted Flycatcher at Brownstones Quarry

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Originally posted today by Bob and Joyce Calder:

A walk Coal Pit Lane - Holdens - Mast - Holdens - Sugar Loaf Plantation - Brownstones Quarry - Coal Pit Lane 9.00 - 12.30

Holdens:-

Small flock around trees below farm included 4 Redpoll. 1 or 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Long Tailed Tits, 1 or 2 Dunnocks, several Meadow Pipits, Goldfinch, Linnets and at least 40 Swallows in the area.

Mast:-

Very quiet with only 2 Pied Wagtails, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Crow and 1 Kestrel seen.

Sugar Loaf Plantation:-

Mixed flock of 4 Tit species included 1 or 2 Willow Warblers and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.

Brownstones Quarry:-

1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 or 2 Willow Warblers, small flock of Goldfinch, 15/20 Swallows in the area.


Elsewhere remarkably quiet with very little seen.

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Today's highlights thanks to Andy Makin and other observers:

12+ Spotted Flycatcher spread over the whole area
2 Tree Pipits south over Georges Lane and 1 down at Brownstones Quarry
2 Redstart with a male Lomax Wife's Plantation and a female Holdens Farm
1 Whinchat at Holdens Farm
10 Wheatear
7+ Willow Warbler
2 Chiffchaff

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Highlights this morning included:

Female Marsh Harrier NE over Sugar Loaf Hill briefly landing about 11am
3 Spotted Flycatcher with singles at Wilderswood, Walker Fold and Higher Meadows
1 Tree Pipit E
8 Chiffchaff
14 Wheatear

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Todays totals:

Whimbrel 1 over south
71 Wheatear
2 WhinchaT
6 Spotted Flycatcher, including 1 in the cable compounds on Winter Hill
5 Redstart around mast buildings on Winter Hill
Grasshopper and Sedge Warbler around the mast building
49 Chiffchaff
21 Willow Warbler
1 Garden Warbler

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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This morning up to 9:30am:

Only 4 Wheatears
2 Tree Pipit; 1 over east and one down at Wilderswood
11 Spotted Flycatcher,
9 Chiffchaff
10 Willow Warbler
1 juvenile Green Woodpecker in the big hedge at Higher Meadows
7 Siskin over
Single Willow Tit in Wilderswood clearing

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Dave Broome

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Today's totals spread over the moors with combined counts between Andy Makin and myself:

173 Wheatear spread over the area, mainly on the top of Winter Hill (in GM) once the thick cloud had lifted early morning
9 Whinchat
15 Spotted Flycatcher
12 Tree Pipit
13 Willow Warbler
1 Chiffchaff
2 Merlin
1 Swift over south

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Single Tree Pipit south over Higher Meadows this morning.

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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11-12 this morning, parked at Burnt Edge Lane to look for Whinchat, 5 Stonechat in field immediately, then walked to Holden's Plantation and back with Meadow Pipits the only birds seen. On arriving back at car the Stonechats had gone but a single Whinchat was in the fieldsmile.
Cheers Ian

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Ruff still present at 18:15 this evening at the Lancs end of George's Lane as described yesterday. Otherwise very quiet.

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Yesterday 17:00 to 18:00

Single Ruff on Lancashire side viewed from Georges Lane at 17:30 with a flock of 70 Lapwing and 200 starling. The flocks were low down on the slope. Other birds seen included Black Headed Gulls, Carrion Crows and Woodpigeon, Wren and Robin heard.

On the GMC side of the border were two male Stonechat feasting on the masses of flying ants quite close to Georges Lane. There were two very large swarms close to the tree tops in the grounds of the Kennels with numbers that must have been in the hundreds. I can see why the Green Woodpecker must like this area!

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Burnt Edge 18:00 - 19:00. 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Tree Pipit, 2 Redstart. Also 4 Wheatear at Heather Hall.

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Burnt Edge/Walker Fold 17:30 - 19:00. 2 Tree Pipit. 2 Spotted Flycatcher. 1 Whinchat. John Bradshaw had 1 Pied Flycatcher in the same area this morning.

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Late news for yesterday morning included:

A total of 30 Tree Pipits across the moors with most grounded birds
3 Spotted Flycatchers in Wilderswood
3 Whinchat on Burnt Edge

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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A further two Spotted Flycatchers were at Newfields Farm this evening, taking the day's tally to 8.

Info thanks to Dan Brown

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Additional sightings this morning courtesy of Andy Makin:

2 Whinchat on Burnt Edge
Single Ruff in the sheep fields along Georges Lane just over the border in Lancashire; flew off with 20 Lapwing and dropped down towards Rivington Reservoir
Single Golden Plover NW over Higher Meadows
4 additional Tree Pipits all SE over Georges Lane; taking the days tally to 12
29 Wheatear
Single Spotted Flycatcher at Higher Meadows; taking the days tally to 6

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Not a lot more to add to that in a walk from Coal Pit Lane > Walker Fold > Burnt Edge > Mast Road > George's Lane > Three Lads > Holdens Farm > Coal Pit Lane  Sunday 14th 9.15 to 12.30.

Pair Stonechat Burnt Edge, 1 Stonechat nr Kennels

C Snipe calling nr 3 Lads

C Whitethroat, Holdens Farm

3/4 Kestrels in area

 



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A good morning today up on the moors with the following highlights from first light to midday:

3 Pied Flycatchers (one Wilderswood clearing and two at the bottom on Burnt Edge)
5 Spotted Flycatcher (three at the bottom of Burnt Edge, two in Brownstones Quarry)
8 Tree Pipit (three singles south over Higher Meadows pre-9am, three very showy in the trees at the bottom of Burnt Edge and another two at Holdens Farm)
52 Willow Warbler, many clearly on the move early am
1 Garden Warbler at Walker Fold

iPhonescoped Tree Pipits at Holden's Farm


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Birds on the moors this morning included:

A Whinchat which landed briefly on fence Higher Meadows before flying of high south towards Horwich.
3 Spotted Flycatcher in willows below Burnt Edge by Sugar Loaf Plantation.
26 Wheatear.
57 Willow Warbler scattered.
1 Siskin over wilderswood.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Saturday, 13th August 2016. 13:30 - 16:00 hrs.

Layby off Matchmoor Lane - Burnt Edge - Holdens Farm - Gilligants Farm - Winter Hill - Mast Road - Holdens Plantation - back over Burnt Edge - and return

Stonechat x 5 (including 2 juveniles)
Wheatear x 1
Meadow Pipit x 10
Kestrel x 4
Swallow x 7
House Martin x 5
Carrion Crow x 8
Magpie x 10
Woodpigeon x 1

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Out on Mountain Bike this morning, plenty Meadow Pipit about with House Martin. Single Raven and Wheatear seen and a Single Kestrel.

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This morning:

16 Wheatear, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 35 Willow Warbler along the Walker Fold path and a single Whinchat in horse paddocks along Edge Lane.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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This morning:

13 Wheatear
A Tree Pipt at Higher Meadows and another in the plantation below Burnt Edge
Spotted flycatcher below Wilderswood

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Andy Pinches

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A minor fall after rain this morning along Georges Lane up as far as the border with Lancashire produced:

A single Pied Flycatcher bathing in a puddle and perched on the fence by the kennels
3 Tree Pipits

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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10.30-15.00

Georges Lane

2 Kestrels, 6 Meadow Pipits (One carrying food), 1 juv Pied Wagtail and 1 Buzzard.

Burnt Edge

A family of 4 Meadow Pipits including 2 juveniles that were struggling to fly, 1 male Kestrel and 1m +1f Stonechats.

Holdens Farm

26 Mistle Thrushes and 3 Linnets.




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Late news for yesterday morning:

550+ Swift moving SW
Juvenile Cuckoo at Holdens Farm
Grasshopper Warbler still reeling by the kennels on Georges Lane
5 Wheatear

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Morning vismig from Scout Road:

Good numbers of Swift moving south then later SEW with a total of 1318, the majority from 06:45 to 08:30.
Quite a bit of movement in first two hours of light in very low cloud with 5 Black-tailed Godwit N, 2 Oystercatcher and 7 Lapwing N, 1 Dunlin over calling, 3 juvenile Common Tern high N.
Also 2 Wheatear along Mast Road.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Highlights this morning:

Two Stonechats by the metal barrier on Mast Road and a further male and 6 juveniles on Burnt Edge
4 Wheatears in the Mast Road pony fields
134 Swift south between 11:05 and 11:30
1 Curlew south

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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This morning:

Good numbers of Swifts with 473 moving south from Edge Lane and Burnt Edge between 10:45 and 12:15, with over half in last 30 minutes before heavy rain moved in.
Small numbers of hirundines south included 40 House Martin and 130 Swallow.
2 Wheatear were in the Mast Road pony fields.
4 Crossbill flew directly south over Edge Lane.
8 Curlew flew NW together over the tops of Winter Hill.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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30 juvenile Swallows landed on Mast Road around 10am today, 10 Swift went SE and 6 Wheatear included one which continued SE over the moor. Best of all a juvenile Black Redstart landed on the border wall along Georges Lane just after 10am, then flew up on to the border tower where it rested for 5 minutes before it worked its way to top before flying of towards the mast buildings.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Hobby at 9pm on Coal Pit Lane

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The moors this morning included 3 Wheatear in the pony field along Mast Road, 12 Willow Warbler in the bracken along Burnt Edge with a male Stonechat here and along Georges Lane.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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A few sightings from this morning:

1 Crossbill and 2 Siskin at Gale Brook Plantation
1 juvenile Wheatear on Horwich Moor

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Saturday, 4th June 2016. 12:00 - 16:00 hrs.

Layby off Matchmoor Lane - Burnt Edge - Holdens Farm - Gilligants Farm - Colliers Row - Walker Fold Wood - return via Burnt Edge

Linnet x 3
Yellowhammer x 1
Curlew x 2
Skylark x 3
Meadow Pipit x 7
Reed Bunting x 1
Willow Warbler x 5
Lapwing x 4
Mistle Thrush x 2
Pied Wagtail x 2
Swallow x 10
Swift x 2
Goldfinch x 10
Great Tit x 1
Blue Tit x 2
Chaffinch x 3
Carrion Crow x 10
Magpie x 5
Woodpigeon x 7
Pheasant x 3 (all male)
Canada Geese x 2
Black-Headed Gull x 8


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3 Spoonbill (1 adult and 2 immatures) at 8:45pm heading SW at height over Fleet Moor; lost to view heading towards Haigh.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Grasshopper Warbler,Willow Warbler,Chiffchaff,Whitethroat,Reed Bunting,Kestrel,Raven,Buzzard and Blackcap all seen and heard on Bike ride around Horwich Moors today.

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Hi,Holdens Farm. Just had a pleasant half hour listening to the cuckoo, watching swallows and very interestingly watching a dunnock.

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Saturday, 14th May 2016. 12:30 - 16:00 hrs. Sunny with little nip in air. Quiet birdwise with perfect walking conditions.

Matchmoor Lane layby - Burnt Edge - Holdens Farm - Gilligants Farm - Winter Hill - Mast Road - back via Holdens Plantation

Curlew x 6
Raven x 2
Skylark x 5
Meadow Pipit x 3
Reed Bunting x 2
Willow Warbler x 1
Whitethroat x 2
Swallow x 10
Swift x 2 (seen on drive up near Beaumont Lane)
Great Tit x 1
Chaffinch x 3
Carrion Crow x 10
Magpie x 3
Woodpigeon x 7
Pheasant x 3 (all male)
Black-Headed Gull x 8


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Male Cuckoo singing at Adams Hill Plantation at 6:25pm.

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

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2 Golden Plover 1 Whitethroat 40+ Skylark 20+ Meadow Pipit Circa 3 Grasshopper Warbler (heard) 3 Buzzard 2 Kestrel 1 Wren 1 Raven 1 Common Gull 20+ Blackheaded Gull 5 Willow Warbler 2 Robin 5 Goldfinch 5 Wheatear 2 Bluetit 3 Great tit 1 Coal tit 1 Curlew 2 Carrion Crow 5 Lapwing 1 Grey Wagtail 1 Pief Wagtail 2 Magpie 3 Woodpigeon

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Cuckoo (m) opposite Giligants Farm

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Had a few hours this morning but it was really quiet. 06:00 - 09:00 Top end of Smithills near Adam Hill, Georges Lane and Matchmoor Lane. No Wheatears and hardly any sign of movement. A few Redpolls seemed to be the only things moving. 3 Willow Warblers were singing along Georges Lane, and a Pied Wagtail along Matchmoor Lane were sadly the most interesting things I saw in three hours of the quietest birding I've had up here.


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1200-1400 2 Coal tit 2 Great tit 1 Goldcrest 1 Curlew 20 Meadow Pipit 1 Carrion Crow 2 Song Thrush 2 Jackdaw 2 Robin 2 Blackbird 2 Willow Warbler Still no sign of the elusive Ring Ouzel after many visits looking for it!

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Male Ring Ouzel still present at Gilligant's Farm at 8:15pm with 4 Wheatear (1m, 3f).

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Male Ring Ouzel showing well from 9-10am at least at Gilligants Farm this morning.

Also 2 Wheatear.

Info thanks to Brian Fogg

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Cracking weather this am from 07.30 - 12.00 George's Lane up towards Two Lads then over into Holden's area, Walker Fold woods, and back up and over between the quarries.

Of note

Wheatear 13 in field north of Coal Pit Lane, 4 more at George's Lane
1 female Whinchat near the big group of Wheatear
Willow Warbler - numerous in all areas except obviously the high moors
Curlew - 2 feeding in horse paddock near Holden's, 2 others heard
Mistle Thrush 2 in horse paddocks
Coal Tit - 2 in Larches George's La, 2 Coal Pit Lane, more heard in Roscoe's Tenement Clough
Lapwing 1
Common Buzzard 2
Peregrine 2
Raven 2
Kestrel 1

Fairly numerous Meadow Pipits on the higher areas
Swallows - 1 over George's Lane, 2 on the roof of Holden's Barn and 2 more lower down. Skylark 3 heard

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09.30-13.30

Georges Lane

2 Wheatears, 1m Stonechat, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Linnet, 1 Buzzard, 1m Kestrel and 2 Lapwings. Cuckoo heard by the plantation on the Lancs border.

Burnt Edge

1m Kestrel, 3 Curlew and 1 Buzzard. Willow Warbler singing in the conifer plantation.

Sugar Loaf Plantation

3 Willow Warblers singing. 1 Grey Wagtail by the stream.

Holdens Farm

3 Swallows. The only birds in the horse paddocks were a pair of Meadow Pipits.

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