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This morning:

Peregrine chasing Snipe
54 Redwing NW
67 Fieldfare NW
96 Brambling NW with thrush flockd

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Male Merlin perched by Holdens Farm yesterday and four Tree Sparrow were down in hawthorns by farm yesterday morning too, but only 22 Bramblings were present today.

Info thanks to Ken Haydock and Jill Mills

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Over 250 Brambling in Holdens Plantation this morning.

Also at dusk, 14 single Woodcock counted leaving roosts probably around Walker Fold viewed from at the top of Newfields where birds were coming down in fields to feed.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Saturday, 29th November 2014 12:30 - 14:00 hrs.

100 + Brambling at Holden's Plantation.
While there - saw male Sparrowhawk kill Woodpigeon - looked like an exploding pillow.
Kestrel
Chaffinch
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Goldfinch
Heron
Woodpigeon x lots
Carrion Crow
1 female and 1 male stonechat in field north of Hampson Farm
Mistle thrush
Wren
Magpie

Amazingly - 2 Red Admiral butterflies on post next to bridge on path between Holdens farm and Gilligants Farm - lovely sunny day for end of November!

-- Edited by Steve Judge on Saturday 29th of November 2014 04:47:58 PM

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13:00. Well in excess of 100 Brambling at Holden's Plantation.

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14 Brambling at Holdens Plantation this morning.

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Saturday 22.11.14 at 15.10

Mixed flock of Chaffinch, Brambling and Great Tits at Holdens Plantation

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This morning:

40 Brambling at Holdens Plantation and a further 20 by Newfields Farm.
12 Crossbill flew north over the Scout Road watch point.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Wing-barred Crossbills are not uncommon, though the vast majority are relatively poorly so (certainly in comparison with Two-barred Crossbill) but there have been some extremely well marked individuals in the UK too. In discussion with Andy Makin this evening, he commented that he annually sees wing barred Common Crossbills up on the Horwich Moors.

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Similarly interesting observations here mike

birdingfrontiers.com/2013/12/03/the-lynford-arboretum-crossbill-with-white-wing-bars/



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Hi John,

I first picked up these birds on calls, and from the outset they struck me as those of common crossbills, though not quite as "ringing" or as far carrying as some I hear. (The difference can perhaps be attributable to the different acoustic effect of the immediate landscape and/or the mood and age of the birds calling at any particular time. I find them at their most strident typically in general excitement when they are about to take flight).

I didn't hear any calls from the Binn Green adult male bird earlier this year which John Rayner heard giving its "toy trumpet" variant call, so it was nice to listen to your suggested link; thanks for that.

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Mike, it's worth checking the call of Two-Barred Crossbill while the experience is still fresh. It's quite distinctive.
http://www.xeno-canto.org

-- Edited by John Watson on Friday 21st of November 2014 07:35:46 AM

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Today's Crossbills at Walker Fold Wood were feeding exclusively on larch trees, ignoring the pine cones seemingly available close by, and from what I could see of them amidst the camouflage effect of the golden yellow of the foliage, they were all fem/imm birds (yellow- rumped with admixture of yellow/green tones, with no hint of rufous on any indicative of imm males).
Counting the birds was difficult and I had the feeling that other birds were calling which were outside the immediate close knit group in my 'scope view. Presently they flew around in a wide overhead arc when my tentative count of 7 suddenly became 17, (though in flight in the poor light they were little more than silhouettes).

I therefore was not able to grill every individual as I should have wished, and could therefore have missed a possible male bird or two.
One individual, which I saw quite well as it was perched in full view "side on" showed two clear white wing bars (tips to greater and median coverts) though these were uniformly narrow and far from the distinctive shape and thickness sported by Two -barred adults, (I neglected at the time to consciously check if it showed any tertial tipping, but I think not).

Although aware from the literature that Common Crossbill can show wing bars, despite having seen many hundreds before, I haven't personally seen one with wing bars ever, until today's encounter, and to someone who may not be familiar with Two-barred sp. I can well see how this could mislead the unwary.

Introducing a further element, I've never seen juv. Two-barred Crossbill either before, and the illustration in "Collins" of juv. Two-barred (which DO like larch), comes very close to the appearance of what I was seeing today; - NOT making any daft claims here of course, but it does pay to study anything "a bit different" when the opportunity is there.

I was watching the birds for some 20 minutes either side of 13.00; they finally took flight a second time and headed off across the valley in the direction of Gilligants Farm.
A dog walking birder "Terry" shared my 'scope views for part of the time, (although his his dog "Shadrack" wasn't bothered, and had perhaps seen Crossbills before?)

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flock of 17 crossbills at walker fold wood at 1305, info thanks to mike passant.

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3pm. 40 Brambling at Holden's Plantation. 1 Woodcock. 110 Fieldfare East over Holden's Farm in 3 flocks (70, 30 and 10)

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A ringtail Hen Harrier was hunting over Smithills Moor at 11:50 today, viewed from near to Holden's Farm.

Also, 70 Pink-footed Geese flew over towards Southport at 10:25.

Info thanks to Brian Fogg.

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Single Black Redstart by the rocket-shaped mast just over the border in Lancashire at 2pm today, still present at 2:25 at least.

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

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This morning's sightings:

1465 Fieldfare over SSE in 17 flocks, including ine single flock 500 strong!
40 Redwing over S
1 Crossbill over calling
5 Brambling over S
6 Siskin over S
2122 Woodpigeons over S

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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This morning Vis Mig watch with Phil Rhodes and Andy Makin, until the fog descended, produced highlights;

1 male Ring Ouzel
11 Crossbills south (groups of 8,2 and then a bird heard calling but not seen)
1,748 Fieldfare south in 21 flocks
7 Bramblings and 11 Siskin south
1 Greylag Goose north.

1 Stonechat present.

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Saturday 15th of November 2014 06:06:35 PM

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Fieldfare-fest continues with 2172 through Scout Road this morning in 16 flocks.

Also ignore were 7 Bramblings through.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Yesterday, 11th:

Fieldfare movements through this site continue to amaze and exceed expectations. A further 2630 passed through in 36 flocks today, with 1381 through yesterday too!

28 Bramblings south
1 Crossbill
59 Chaffinch
54 Redwing
18 Pink-footed Geese

Today's sightings (12th):

14 Tree Sparrow over south; some in with small Fieldfare flocks
Merlin NW
Ring Ouzel and 208 Fieldfare through

Info thanks yo Andy Makin

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This mornings Vis Mig watch with Simon Johnson and Andy Makin produced the following;

Great White Egret, flew from Belmont area down the Valley towards Delph but then veered off and dropped into Wayoh area at 09:48 (it didn't enter GM).
12 Whooper Swans flew north
single Ring Ouzel flew south
single Crossbill flew SW (first of the entire autumn!)
the unprecedented southerly movement of Fieldfares continues with 7,062 counted up to 14:30!

Also,
26 Pink-footed Geese NW
22 Siskin south
2 Brambling south
620 Woodpigeon south & 793 heading NE
20 Skylark east
531 Starling north



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This morning with Andy Makin 07:00 - 09:15;

961 Fieldfares through SW
20 Pink-footed Geese east


Yesterday 7th Nov, 07:00 - 09:30;

1,606 Fieldfares through NW and SW

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What an incredible November its been so far, this mornings Vis Mig watch with Andy Makin produced;

second year male Hen Harrier on Smithill's Moor, seen twice between 07:50 & 08:40 eventually flying off over the hill towards Belmont. It spent a short period circling over Gale Brook plantation.

2 Merlins, one female south, then a male over Smithill's moor

3 Snow Buntings south, a single then two fem/immature

The Fieldfares continue to move through with 3,937 all SW (over 27,000 so far this Autumn)

Also 43 Redwing and 2 Brambling through.

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Yesterday (5th) morning totals:

865 Pink-footed Geese SE in 5 skiens
Whooper Swans seen from Georges Lane included 2 NW, 4 S and 8 SE
6648 Woodpigeon
882 Fieldfare S
2 Snow Bunting (male and female) low NE over Georges Lane, circled and looked like they may have dropped down but lost to the NE.

Info thanks to Dan Brown, Andy Makin and Simon Warford

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This morning from Higher Meadows:

A phenomenal 33,953 Woodpigeons through South in only a few hours
1730 Feldfare south
33 Redwing
396 Pink-footed Geese SE in 3 skiens
5 Whooper Swans SE over Horwich
6 Brambling
10 Bullfinch south
7 Redpoll
30 Chaffinch
209 Starling NW

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Dan Brown

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Another superb Vis Mig watch this morning with Andy Makin, produced the following highlights:

26 Whooper Swan right over the mast then headed east
NINE Snow Buntings (including 5+ males) flew south
2,090 Pink-footed Geese flew east
4,705 Woodpigeon south
74 Redwing south
1,006 Fieldfare south
13 Siskin south

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17 Brambling feeding with Chaffinches in Beech woodland at Roscows Tenement Clough this morning.

Info thanks to Brian Fogg

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Very unusual to get two good consecutive days but I suppose it happens now and again! Todays Vis Mig highlights upto 10:30 with Andy Makin were:

20 BRENT GEESE sp that flew into Belmont Res, then flew east over Egerton and skirted around Holcombe and flew off east over the Pennines (also seen by Simon Johnson).
7,863 Fieldfare all south or SW with over 6,500 in the first hour!
202 Redwing south
1 Tree Sparrow south
4 Brambling south and others heard within Fieldfare flocks
10 Snipe west

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The thrush movement continued today in what was a remarkable migration of Fieldfares between 07:00 & 10:30, highlights with Andy Makin included (all south unless stated otherwise):

1 SWALLOW
7,501 Fieldfare all south (at one point a single flock was about half a mile long!)
1 Ring Ouzel
635 Redwing
20 Whooper Swans ESE (8 & 12)
300 Pink-footed Geese East
5,647 Woodpigeon
13 Stock Dove
103 Chaffinch
4 Brambling
11 Blackbird at height
27 Meadow Pipit
30 Jackdaw

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Major thrush arrival last couple of days and myself, Dave Bowman and David Spencer managed to enjoy the spectacle this morning;

4,449 Fieldfare all west or SW
1,295 Redwing mostly west
1,270 Starling west
3 Tree Sparrow north
160 Chaffinch
6 Brambling (3 north, 3 south)
23 Siskin
57 Jackdaw south

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1 Wheatear at the Rocket Mast.

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Vis Mig watch this morning produced:

15,336 Woodpigeons south
207 Jackdaw south
10 Whooper Swan
17 Fieldfare NW
325 Pink-footed Goose SE
325 Starling
98 Chaffinch and 8 Siskin.


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Today from Scout Road:

3000+ Pink-footed Geese SE in 13 skiens
2 House Martin SE
2 Ring Ouzel S
1353 Woodpigeon S
114 Chaffinch S
42 Goldfinch
3 Bullfinch S
97 Redwing
68 Meadow Pipit
315 Starling N
Single Stonechat

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Yesterday's sightings viewed from Scout Road:

Pink-footed Geese moving straight off from first light until 08:30 A total of 34 skiens seen, the majority heading SE with a total of 5911.

Also the first Gadwall over the moors with 3 East

713 Woodpigeon SW

10 Siskin

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Smithills Moor with Andy Makin this morning,

1 Jack Snipe
1,845 Pink-footed Geese SE & 371 west (15 skeins in total)
1,120 Woodpigeon south
20 Stock Dove south
1 Brambling north
172 Chaffinch south

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Georges Lane 15:00 to 16:00 1 Ring Ouzel (Lancs)

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Just a quick half hour along Georges Lane from Wilderswood up to Big Hedge. Very quiet with a single stonechat and 4 Ravens the best birds.

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Sightings from today:

9 skiens of Pink-footed Geese with a total of 1320 se and 289 wsw
Woodpigeon- 670 nw and 2101 ssw
Ring Ouzel- 3 s
Twite- two flocks of 9 and 6 s over Scout Road
Siskin- 31
Chaffinch- 114
Redpoll- 23
Greenfinch- 34
Bullfinch- 11s

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Great White Egret briefly across Georges Lane by the kennels just after 10am today; then seen minutes later from Scout Road and departed north(ish), possibly back to Wayoh Reservoir area.

Info thanks to Ken Haydock, Jill Mills, Andy Makin

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Georges Lane 3pm till 4-30 with Dave Rogers

2 Male Ring Ouzels just in Lancs, One with full white crescent 2nd bird slightly duller crescent, sub adult ?

Viewable from GM briefly

Otherwise very quiet.

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17:00 to 18:00 Georges Lane.

Big Hedge
2 Ring Ouzel
12 Fieldfare

4 Ring Ouzel in the back garden of the kennels

3 Ring Ouzel in Lancs

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2:00pm to 3:30pm with Andy Makin

Georges Lane
7 Ring Ouzel (Lancs)
6 Stonechat

Main Mast Area
2 Ring Ouzel
5 Stonechat
2 Wheatear



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8.15 -9-45am of note,

Peregrine
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel 3
Hobby
Jay 5
Redwing
Fieldfare
Stonechat 2 males
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
Pink Footed Geese two skeins 80+ SE @ 8.30 and 50+ SE @9.25

Unfortunately no sign of any Ring Ouzel for me.

-- Edited by Mark Burgess on Sunday 19th of October 2014 12:08:06 PM

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2pm til 4pm along George's Lane yesterday.
Dipped on the Ring Ouzel's but one guy leaving had photograhed one but not seen any for 2 hours.
Stonechat
Wheatear
Mistle Thrush
Kestrel
Buzzard
Wren
Great tit
Raven
Jay
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Blackbird (at first glance deep in a hawthorn got me a little excited )



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13 Ring Ouzels in the area in total today, ranging from Higher Meadows to Coal Pit Lane.
12 Fieldfare
123 Redwing South
3 Wheatear along Georges Lane
Male Merlin

Info thanks to Ken Haydock and Andy Makin

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Today with Andy Makin and David Spencer;

At least 7 Ring Ouzels still along Georges Lane (2 in GM side, 5 just into Lancs).

1 Grey Plover heard only in the very misty conditions this morning, as the mist lifted 690 Redwings through SW, flocks of Pink-feet heard calling above mist this morning and c400 SE once mist had lifted.

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Probably about 9 Ring Ouzel in the area today, all but one (around the mast cable compounds) along Georges Lane, some of which were over the border in Lancs.

Also present were 2 Wheatear and 9 Stonechat around the mast cable compounds.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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1 male and 3 juvenile Ring Ouzel in hawthorn off George's Lane at 14:30 today

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Todays highlights between myself, Ian McKerchar, Andy Makin & Dan Brown up to 14:00,

2,434 Redwings mostly SE with some south and also 369 NW.
28 RING OUZELS (17 either through or present along Georges Lane, 5 Holdens Farm, 2 over Scout Road and 4 around the Mast Compounds).
6 Fieldfare through Georges Lane
110 Pink-footed Geese NW 11:50
21 Stonechat.
2 Siskin south
71 Goldfinch south
74 Chaffinch south

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