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Highlights from today's visible migration watch by Andy Makin:

1753 Meadow Pipit south
629 Swallow and 1424 House Martin south
116 Chaffinch, 64 Siskin and 65 Goldfinch mainly south



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Yesterday's (20th) visible migration highlights early morning to midday:

4 Golden Plover NE
Pink-footed Geese: 30 SE at 9.15, 67 E at 10.25
561 Meadow Pipit south
3091 Swallow south
3618 House Martin south
3 Sand Martin south
3 Wheatear grounded

All info thanks to Andy Makin

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Late news for yesterday with just 1 Wheatear and a total of 52 Snipe north in 8 small flocks.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Merlin hunting county boundary wall on the top Winter Hill at 8:50am.

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Vis Mig watch with Andy Makin this morning produced,

1 Osprey flew north-west over Belmont Resr at 07:45 (in Lancs).
1 Merlin south
55 Pink-footed Geese SE
577 Meadow Pipits south
1 Wheatear straight through south and 25 present across the area
4 Grey Wagtail south

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Some sightings from this morning:

Marsh Harrier at 07:15 over Horrocks Moor until 07:22 when it drifted off SW
10 Dunlin over (flocks of 7 and 3)
46 Swallow and 24 House Martin through south
2 Twite over north
5 Chiffchaff at Higher Meadows
1 Wheatear on Wildersmoor
Skein of Pink-footed Geese over Higher Meadows early am but unable to see them due to low cloud
Info thanks to Andy Makin, Dan Brown and myself

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Sightings from the moors today when the very top of Winter Hill around the mast buildings had received a decent fall of migrants:

Vismig from Scout Road early am saw:

543 Meadow Pipit
41 Swallow
15 House Martin
8 Grey Wagtail south

Birds around cable and mast compounds mid morning:

34+ Chiffchaff
3+ Willow Warbler
2 Whitethroat
2 Blackcap
1 Grasshopper Warbler
2 Whinchat
1 Robin
19 Wren
2 Goldcrest
30 Wheatear

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Also this morning with Andy Makin,

2 Whinchat and 1 male Redstart Georges Lane
44 Wheatear across whole area
237 Swallow south
2 Sand Martin south
171 House Martin south
86 Meadow Pipit south
4 Stonechat
45 Mistle Thrush Burnt Edge



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Female or immature Red-breasted Merganser at 07:30 SSE over Scout Road.

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A few sightings from the moors today:

227 Meadow Pipits S
811 Swallow and 415 House Martin S
3 Grey Wagtail S
6 Wheatear down

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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This morning's sightings, including a sudden rush of hirrundines around midday:

882 Swallow and 560 House Martin south
59 Meadow Pipit south
A single Garden Warbler in sub song from brambles and weeds by Scout Road quarry
1 Whitethroat on Edge Lane
35 Wheatear

Info thank to Andy Makin

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Only 12 Wheatear the birds of note today.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Sightings from a full day today:

149 Meadow Pipits moving south
First winter Redstart around the compounds on the top of Winter Hill
17 Wheatear
1 Whinchat pony field off Mast Road
924 Swallow and 463 House Martin south
Possibly as many 6 Hobby moved through south
Female Marsh Harrier south just after midday
39 Buzzard through south

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Andy Pinches; images by Andy Makin.



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Moors totals this morning 7am-12pm, with a passage of hirundines south:

91 House Martin
189 Swallow
2 Wigeon NW
2 Tree Pipit S
1 Crossbill S
55 Goldfinch S
11 Wheatear
1 Whinchat in the horse paddock at Edge Lane along with a single Whitethroat.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Totals late afternoon and evening today with Andy Makin and Andy Pinches:

560 Swallow moving thtough
750 House Martin moving through
18 Wheatear
1 Chiffchaff along Mast Road
1 male Redstart at Higher Meadows

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This morning's moors totals from Andy Makin and Andy Pinches:

1 Redstart and 2 Spotted Flycatchers in the dell off Georges Lane
1 Merlin sat for 5 minutes on the wall on Wildersmoor before flying off SE
7 Wheatear along Mast Road
2 Chiffchaff in Wilderswood

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Highlights from this morning:

1 Whinchat in the pony fields along Mast Rd
3 Spotted Flycatcher in the big hedge at Higher Meadows
1 Tree Pipit south
10 Wheatear
141 Swallow and 90 House Martin south

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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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.

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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.
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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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