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Ring Ouzel briefly at 06:50 this morning around the 'Big Hedge' at Higher Meadows but flew towards Wilderswood.

 

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Burnt Edge this morning - Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 1 Swallow, 12 Linnets, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Red Grouse; also Raven, Curlew, 40+ Meadow Pipits, Stonechat



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4 male Ring Ouzel just inside Lancashire along Georges Lane, north past the kennels in hawthorns and fields just to the right of track which runs down the slope just past the conifer plantation.

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Male Ring Ouzel at the rest of Gilligants Farm at 10:35 this morning.

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Originally posted by Jack Danson on April 9th:

Lovely warm day yesterday 8/4/2018 at Holdens Farm. 2 swallows on wire in front of farm 2pm till 4 pm ish then disappeared. One this afternoon flying around farm buildings.



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Winter Hill Mast compound area - 3 Wheatear on dividing wall between GM and Lancs (then flew north) and 1 with GM area.

Georges Lane - I bumped into a fellow birdwatcher there at around 8.20, he (like I ) was hoping for Ring Ouzel, but he had only seen 1 Lesser Redpoll. 2 minutes after talking to him a Ring Ouzel flew over and landed in a tree on top of the bank in front of me. I also saw 8 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Green Woodpecker.

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2 Wheatear around the mast compounds on Winter Hill this morning.

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Highlights from this morning's watch from Scout Road included:

1 male Ring Ouzel East

3 Crossbill South

1 adult Mediterranean Gull over

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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This morning's highlights:

 

1 swallow N

A spiral of 8 Buzzard N

7 curlew NE

120 Meadow Pipit N

11 Brambling N 

 

Info thank to Andy Makin



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Highlights from today included:

3 Twite calling low over north

3 Curlew

Adult Mediterranean Gull south 

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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This morning's moors highlights:

 

35 Curlew 35 north in several small flocks

1 Golden Plover

549 Meadow Pipit N

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Some totals from the moors today, 07:45-10:30:

 

19 Curlew N

154  Meadow Pipit N

18 Brambling and 11 Siskin N

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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09.30-14.30

Georges Lane : 2 Kestrels, 3 Ravens, 2 Lapwings and 1 Jay. 1 Meadow Pipit in display flight.

Burnt Edge : 28 Meadow Pipits (inc. 2 in display flight)and 3 Kestrels.

The pipits using the wall at the bottom of Burnt Edge as a launch pad need to be careful, a Stoat was patrolling the top of a wall nearby.

Walker Fold : 1 Buzzard and 1 Song Thrush.

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Highlights from Scout Road this morning:

 

15 curlew N

12 Golden Plover N

1 adult  Mediterranean Gull N and 2 further adults S

109 Meadow Pipits N

 

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Quieter today in the skies over Scout Road but 15 Curlews through north was the main highlight.

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Highlights from Scout Road this morning included:

 

49 Curlew north, briefly dropping below the watchpoint to feed then moving on

2 Greylag Goose SW

117 Woodpigeon N

75 Meadow Pipit N

26 Siskin N

10 Brambling 10 S 

 

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06:45-10:30 today, first two hours from Georges Lane then later from Scout Road:

 

1 Oystercatcher N

34 Curlew grounded below Scout Road and then flew off north

1011 Woodpigeon N/NW

61 Fieldfare and 22 Redwing NW

1 Siskin, 23 Chaffinch and 3 Brambling N

32 Lesser Redpoll N

 

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An Osprey flew north past the very western edge of the Moors at 7am this morning.

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Other sightings from Georges Lane this morning included (all birds heading over north):

3 Raven 

2 Curlew 

46 Skylark 

203 Meadow Pipit

105 Chaffinch  

8 Brambling 

17 Lesser Redpoll 

37 Siskin 

 

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A single Hawfinch flew south over Georges Lane at 07:40 this morning but was eventually lost to view.

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A couple of highlights from on site yesterday (19th) were:

Male Wheatear Georges Lane

Single Chiffchaff in heather by Scout Road quarry

 

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Scout Road this morning, 8-11:15am, birds over included:

 

10 Curlew N

33 Meadow Pipit N

4 Lesser Redpoll  and Siskin 2 N

2 adult Mediterranean Gulls high SE

 

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Sightings from three hours on Georges Lane from 7:30am today included:

 

3 single Curlew ENE

3 female then 1 male Crossbill N

18 Lesser Redpoll

107 Chaffinch

6 Siskin 

 

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Had a walk yesterday from walker fold wood up to the mast and back. Buzzard Kestrel Sparrowhawk Raven But the highlight was a short eared owl seen for 5-10 minutes on the opposite side of mast road but parallel with 2 lads. Brilliant to watch it quartering and even my wife and daughter were impressed!!!!

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Male Merlin north over Horrocks Moor today, also 300 Woodpigeon north and  4 Goosander down on Bryan Hey Reservoir.

 

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Accidentally flushed a Woodcock out of reeds on the way up to Sheep Cote Green Farm .

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A Snow Bunting on Two Lads Hill at 1:45pm today.

 

It flew over Mast Road calling but went silent and then was refound on the slopes on the west side of the hill.

 

Info thanks to Dave Broome



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Ring tail Hen Harrier low NE over Georges Lane and Wildersmoor this morning.

 

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Totals from this morning's sightings from the moors:

 

7 skeins of Pink-footed Geese with 359 SE, 110 NW and 58 NE

Good numbers of Woodpigeon moving, mainly N/NE with 2137 and a further 487 S/SW

27 Redwing

22 Fieldfare NW

Male Peregrine N

A Stonechat at Heather Hall

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Some sightings from the area today:

 

Scout Road- 5 Crossbill

 

Gale Brook- 64 Fieldfare, 43 Chaffinch NE at 9am

 

Georges Lane- 4 Crossbill flew north at 9:42am, 86 Fieldfare, 22 Redwing

 

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Late news for yesterday's highlights, 07:30-09:45:

2489 Pink-footed Geese SE in 16 skeins plus 1 skein of 51 NW

12 Whooper Swan SE at 09:20

290 Fieldfare N

60 Redwing N

1 Hawfinch N over Scout Road at 07:45 

 

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This morning up to 11am, partly with Andy Makin and Phil Rhodes -

1680 Pink-footed Geese ESE
26 Whooper Swan SE
1 male Ring Ouzel in field next to Scout Road quarries.
1 Snow Bunting east over Dean's Ditch
62 Fieldfare, where are they all this winter?
34 Chaffinch north
Dan Brown had a Red Kite over his Horwich garden heading low towards George's Lane but we couldnt pick it up despite is being near Wilderswood at the time.

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Sunday 12th of November 2017 06:48:27 PM

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Higher Meadows/Georges Lane this morning:

 

17 snipe west in three flocks

1 Bar-tailed Godwit west with seven Snipe

1 Golden Plover west

3 Crossbill SE

72 Chaffinch mainly north

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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8 Crossbill flew out of Wildeswood at 10:20 this morning and headed SE.

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Todays Vis Mig highlights, with Andy Makin, Ken Haydock and Phil Rhodes from Georges Lane (Scout Road fogged out)-

An impressive flock of c1000 Pink-footed Geese SE over the mist was impressive, total of 1155 SE and 23 NW
1 adult Mediterranean Gull flying south with Black-headed Gulls.

Very quiet both days at weekend for me and Andy, 2 Crossbills at Wilderswood on Saturday morning.

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Todays Vis Mig highlights or lack of them, with Andy Makin and Ken Haydock up to 10:00 -

506 Pink-footed Geese SE and 21 NW
138 Fieldfare NW and 120 south
114 Redwing SE and 68 NW
181 Chaffinch south and 135 north
4 Brambling north
30 Siskin north

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Todays Vis Mig highlights (with Andy Makin) in what was visible migration at its absolute best -

6000+ Pink-footed Geese, huge super skiens across Manchester and over us all SE, apart from 55 that went NW
1 Shelduck west over the moor, a vis mig first
3 Goosander south
7 Whooper Swans SE, right over us.
25 Fieldfare north, 8 south
42 Redwing north, 7 east
A phenomenal movement of Chaffinches, with 1358 north up to 11.30am, and only 51 south
16 Hawfinches north, on exact same flight line as the Chaffinches, 7 north at 09:11 and 9 north at 09:40.
65 Siskin north!
2 Brambling north
3 Crossbill south

Male Merlin and 3 Peregrines present.

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Thursday 2nd of November 2017 10:49:05 PM

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A further 9 Hawfinch north over Scout Road at 10:40

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7 Hawfinch north over Scout Road at 09:10 this morning.

 

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Todays Vis Mig highlights (with Andy Makin, Rick Else, Dennis Atherton, Alan Warford & Dave Sherrington) -

Affected by intermittent mist.

1 drake Goosander SW
116 Woodpigeon south
288 Redwings south or NW
28 Fieldfare SW, 14 NW
A remarkable 504 Chaffinches of which 297 went south and 204 north, some very high
46 Siskin north!
12 Brambling
15 Crossbill south and further birds heard calling in Gale Brook Plantation

1 Ring Ouzel Georges Lane (Andy).



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Reports of full sightings from this morning coming later but here is a nice shot of the 15 Crossbills that flew over this morning,

 

 I only managed to get 14 in the shot  :(



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Record shots from today of the two Hawfinch flyby from this morning



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Todays Vis Mig highlights (with Andy Makin, Rick Else, Dennis Atherton, Brian Fielding and Ian Campbell) -

2 Hawfinch north 08:15 - the memorable run of records continues, and finally we managed some photos, although mine only an average record shot compared to Dennis?
5 Tree Sparrow high north - superby photographed by Dennis
40 Pink-footed Geese NW including 2 wandering birds, also 33 SE
109 Fieldfare SW
500 Redwing south or east and 104 north
174 Chaffinch north and 94 south
2 Brambling south
407 Starling NW or SW
22 Rook south



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Delayed highlights from yesterdays (30th October) Vis Mig watching (between Andy Makin, myself, Dan Brown, John Raynor, Dennis Atherton and Brian Fielding) -

21+ Hawfinch north over Scout Road, also 16 over Georges Lane.
3 Whooper Swan south
751 Pink-footed Geese ESE
1269 Woodpigeon south
1224 Fieldfare NW
640 Redwing NW
25 Brambling
3 Crossbill south over Scout Road, and 4 along Georges Lane/Wilderswood.


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2 Hawfinch NE over Scout Road at 08:15 this morning.

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Flyby Crossbill from this morning< No luck With Hawfinch yet but I will keep trying



-- Edited by Dennis atherton on Monday 30th of October 2017 02:49:27 PM

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A further 11 Hawfinch west over Higher Meadows at 08:40.

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So far this morning over Georges Lane/Higher Meadows, a single Hawfinch SE at 07:22 and another 4 NE heading towards Burnt Edge at 07:47.

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brian fielding wrote:

Go to the end of georges Lane and turn left, then turn left at the pub, I think it's the bob smithes,  the one that had the glossy ibis a few years ago, towards the end of this road you will see a pull in next to the quarrys,  this is where the vismig spot is.


 Thanks Brian. I guess I should have asked beforehand. Maybe next year!



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Go to the end of georges Lane and turn left, then turn left at the pub, I think it's the bob smithes,  the one that had the glossy ibis a few years ago, towards the end of this road you will see a pull in next to the quarrys,  this is where the vismig spot is.



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