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

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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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Two Cuckoos singing across the moors yesterday evening.

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This morning:

Hobby and Common Tern both North over Higher Meadows at 07:35 and six Crossbill NNW at 07:40.
Two Cuckoo by the kennels.

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Originally posted today by Jack Danson:

Pleasant walk around Holdens Farm, numerous hen pheasants with cocks in attendance, pair of mallard in wood in front of farm and the high light 2 pair of English partridge one in front of farm in the rough ground and the other pair just behind the house.

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Jon Bowen wrote:

Craig Higson wrote:

Forgot to add - 99% certain I heard Grasshopper Warbler singing down in the valley from the top of Burnt Edge.





Usually one knocking around there Craig, so probably right



Was there yesterday for about an hour and there were at least 3 possibly as many as 6 Grasshopper Warblers reeling away in that area. Also a whimbrel over followed by 2 more possibles but they may have been curlews. didn't get a good look.

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Sunday 15:00. Cuckoo calling at Walker Fold.

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Craig Higson wrote:

Forgot to add - 99% certain I heard Grasshopper Warbler singing down in the valley from the top of Burnt Edge.





Usually one knocking around there Craig, so probably right

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Forgot to add - 99% certain I heard Grasshopper Warbler singing down in the valley from the top of Burnt Edge.

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Seemed quiet this morning. A redshank over George's Lane and two curlew were the best birds between 06.30 and 07.30. A single female wheatear was in the horse paddock at slack hall along with a female Sparrowhawk and another curlew over south. A single wheatear was on the spoil heaps near the quarry on Matchmoor Lane and a singing Blackcap was in the sallows/willows opposite the stables.

Oh yes. A "Moors" tick in the form of a Canada goose feeding in the field opposite Wilderswood car park!

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Still a single Ring Ouzel in the field between Matchmoor Lane and Montcliffe Quarry today, plus 51 Wheatear across the whole moor.

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Sightings from today thanks to Andy Makin, Brian Fogg, Ken Haydock and myself:

Whinchat alongGeorges Lane
42 Wheatear
9 Ring Ouzel including 6 in the field between Matchmoor Lane and Montcliffe Quarry, at least one by New Fields Plantation with a further 2 along Coal Pit Road.
Grasshopper Warbler at Burnt Edge
Male Whitethroats at Brownstones and Walker Fold
Cuckoo ranging from Burnt Edge to Walker Fold
2 Tree Pipit at Holden's Farm (in the field below the farm and then trees in the plantation)

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Other birds from today:

4+ Ring Ouzel near Pilkington Quarry and 19 Wheatear this morning.
Whimbrel calling NW over Burnt Edge this afternoon.

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Female Black Redstart around the cable compounds in GM, moving towards the mast buildings, then onto the moor north of the mast with 2 Wheatear, possibly moving towards the rocket mast at 7:30 this morning.

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Sightings from all day today:

3 Ring Ouzel in Pilkington Quarry
Male Whinchat along Dean Ditch
29 Wheatear

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A Ring Ouzel flew north along Mast Road this morning and 25 Wheatear were by Heather Hall.

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Ken Haydock

Male Whinchat along Coal Pit Road at 11:25 today and an adult Mediterranean Gull flew over North.

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If you walk through the quarry works along concrete path from georges lane and then join the public footpath up the hill, the path passes between two quarries. The right hand one is not worked. There is a service road along the bottom. As the road ends Two ring ouzels seen on the slope to the left of the road and in bush on the slope. 6.45pm sunday 19.4.15. Dave Sulway

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3 Ring Ouzel - 2 Male and 1 Female .....Matchmoor Lane near quarry about 8.45am flew off over quarry couldn't relocate
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Early this morning in very windy conditions:


8 Wheatear
Single male Ring Ouzel by Newfields Farm

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No Ring Ouzel for me despite a scout, but did get a male Merlin up near the mast, 3 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk.

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Late news for yesterday (17th):

1 male Ring Ouzel E over Georges Lane about 07:30, then 3 down in field opposite Heather Hall and Matchmoor Lane.

16 wheatear.

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This morning:

9 Ring Ouzel down below Belmont Road in areaa of sheep fields and plantation in Lancashire; present until at least 9am

Also a flock of 6 Ouzels flew NE at 07:15 and a further 8 flew N at 07:30 over Georges Lane in GM.

At 07:20 2 Whooper Swans flew over E, very high (700ft+) tracked for 15min coming from Lancashire then over Blackrod then seen to divert to the NE.

Also spread all over the entire site were 29 Wheatear.

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3 Ring Ouzel showing close up early pm - one was in a bush a metre above my head and I only knew when it flew off

-- Edited by Nigel Richards on Thursday 16th of April 2015 06:40:23 PM

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This morning:

4 male Ring Ouzels below the conifer plantation off Belmont Road, just over the border in Lancashire and showing well
6 Ring Ouzels flew directly over Georges Lane heading NW
2 Whimbrel flew N over Higher Meadows
7 Wheatear in the pony field at the bottom of Mast Road

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Late afternoon today:

19 Wheatear
6 Curlews together

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7 pm George's Lane. Ring Ouzel (m) just in Lancs below the conifer plantation.

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The only birds of note this morning were:

27 Wheatear
1 Golden Plover over north

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Originally posted today by Jack Danson:

Can't believe no one has mentioned the swallows that have arrived at Holdens Farm !!


2 early on Thur 9/4/15 then yesterday a great show of at least 6 circling the farm and buildings great sight after the wet, wet winter. Then today they were busy feeding and resting on the wires in front of the farm. Also easy to see from track a busy male wren building a very posh nest in the main farm building, looks very impressive.

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Willow warbler and Chiffchaff in 'the dell' off Georges Lane plus 1 Raven over.

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A single female Ring Ouzel circled high over the kennels on Georges Lane at 09:25 this morning before flying off NE.

Also present, one Wheatear and one Curlew.

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Sightings this morning from Andy Makin, Ken Haydock and myself:

5 Ring Ouzels with 4 on the top of Winter Hill early am and a male in the pony fields at the bottom of Mast Lane, the latter of which was still present and showing well at 11:15.

2 Fieldfare flew high North over Georges Lane early am.

Single singing Willow Warbler Georges Lane and two or three singing Chiffchaff

Single Wheatear on Winter Hill early am

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Only 512 Meadow Pipits moved through North today, plus 4 Wheatears on the top of Winter Hill.

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George's Lane 6pm to 7.30pm.
3 Wheatear ( 2m, 1f) near the kennels.

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

All different birds John as they are watched coming in from a fair distance (and height) away and then watched fly well off; which considering the view from up there is a very long travel distance too! The area affords probably the best visible migration vantage points in the north-west of England and truth be known, given recent observers up there have been busy counting pipits I don't doubt one or two Ospreys may have slipped past, certainly two or three were reported from the very west of the county/East Lancashire which would have been visible from the moors had we of been looking that way at the time.

At least 55 were seen moving through the country on Monday with a further (minimum) 38 yesterday, and of course that only those which have been seen by observers! The poor weather recently certainly seems to have created something of a bottleneck and the good weather of the past two days in particular has released that with some impressive results; all the recent birds have been moving purposefully over too, no lingering or feeding etc. GM recorded its highest ever numbers in the past two days, numbers with surprisingly little overlap or duplication. Most may well have slipped through in the past couple of days now but I don't doubt that a few more will be seen before spring is over smile





I've looked into this a bit over the last few days after seeing a single osprey on Friday fly in off the sea whilst on a spring seawatching trip in Cornwall.
Saturday saw >70 birds reported independently of each other to rare bird alert alone, and that's only the reported ones!

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All different birds John as they are watched coming in from a fair distance (and height) away and then watched fly well off; which considering the view from up there is a very long travel distance too! The area affords probably the best visible migration vantage points in the north-west of England and truth be known, given recent observers up there have been busy counting pipits I don't doubt one or two Ospreys may have slipped past, certainly two or three were reported from the very west of the county/East Lancashire which would have been visible from the moors had we of been looking that way at the time.

At least 55 were seen moving through the country on Monday with a further (minimum) 38 yesterday, and of course that only those which have been seen by observers! The poor weather recently certainly seems to have created something of a bottleneck and the good weather of the past two days in particular has released that with some impressive results; all the recent birds have been moving purposefully over too, no lingering or feeding etc. GM recorded its highest ever numbers in the past two days, numbers with surprisingly little overlap or duplication. Most may well have slipped through in the past couple of days now but I don't doubt that a few more will be seen before spring is over smile

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Is it possible all these Ospreys sightings up on the moors are not the same bird, as last night one was also seen at white coppice? Its possible that one day that one could take up Summer residency on one of the reservoirs up there eventually. If not there are a lot of Ospreys about and passing through.
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Simon Warford wrote:

9229 Meadow Pipits and in Spring? Are you two suffering some kind of altitude sickness or something? wink

Thats more than fairly remarkable, that's the highest Spring count ever in the UK, the previous best count was 6827 over Scolt Head in April 2006, not bad for a small inland county! smile

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Tuesday 7th of April 2015 06:53:46 PM





As I've said elsewhere; I was merely shouting numbers at him, he did all the adding up...biggrin

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9229 Meadow Pipits and in Spring? Are you two suffering some kind of altitude sickness or something? wink

Thats more than fairly remarkable, that's the highest Spring count ever in the UK, the previous best count was 6827 over Scolt Head in April 2006, not bad for a small inland county! smile

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Other sightings from this morning to early afternoon from Andy Makin and myself include:

A fairly remarkable 9229 Meadow Pipit moving through very steadily on a very broad front across the moors, with the vast majority up to 9am but still moving through though much weaker when we left.
2 Twite over
9 Fieldfare through
3 Curlew
33 Wheatear (including some individuals counted by Ken Haydock)

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Osprey over north at 09:15 this morning, viewed from Two Lads Hill.

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A total of three Ospreys flew through this airspace today, the previous two plus a further individual at 12:40.

Other visible migration sightings from an all day stint today include:

Female Marsh Harrier at 12:05
Ring-tail Hen Harrier at 14:30
3556 Meadow Pipit moving through
39 Wheatear quickly moving through
1 Twite
1 Merlin NE

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Two Ospreys over Winter Hill so far this morning; one at 07:40 and one at 09:25.

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Couple of hours around Georges lane area this pm-flock of c180 meadow pipit nw, 1 buzzard,1 kestrel,2 raven, several pheasant,

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Adult Mediterranean Gull flew South over Georges Lane this morning.

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Visible migration from George's Lane today included:

2 Golden Plover NW
1 female Merlin N
2 Curlew E
534 Meadow Pipit NNW
4 Brambling NNW
46 redpoll 46 NNW

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59 Fieldfare at Holdens Farm this afternoon.

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Yesterday (25th):

1026 Meadow Pipit over north 7-9am

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Visible migration early morning today from George's Lane included 109 Lesser Redpoll North and 9 Curlew North.

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