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Today 4:20 to 6:40pm:

22 Wheatear
2 Spotted Flycatcher
Lesser Whitethroat
5 Willow Warbler
Chiffchaffs

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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This afternoon in blustery weather:

10 Wheatear
3 Spotted Flycatcher at Brownstones

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Spotted Flycatcher in Newfields Plantation at 12:30 today.

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Sightings from the morning:

7 Whinchat: 1 along Georges Lane past the kennels; 3 in the pony field at Mast Road; and 3 at Burnt Edge.
1 Redstart Georges Lane and 1 at Adams Hill Plantation.
2 Tree pipit heading south over Wilderswood and 1 south over Burnt Edge.
45 Wheatear.
3 Yellow Wagtails.
3 Willow Warbler.
7 Buzzard.

Into thanks to Andy Makin and Dan Brown

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From 0700 until midday Started misty, sun came out about 8 and rain started at midday.

Georges Lane:- The mast was obscured by mist and birds were just leaving their roosts.
7 wheatear, 2 kestrel, 1jay, 1 juv redstart, 1 willow warbler heard only

Wilderswood:- 2 great tit

Matchmoor Lane to Holdens Farm:- 7 Starling, 2 blue tit 2 Wren, 3 Kestrel

Holdens Farm:- 2 whitethroat, 1 robin, 2 great tit, 1 greenfinch about 15 linnet, about 20 goldfinch, 2 spotted flycatcher, 2 possible tree pipit (positive id from photos needed), about 12 swallows.

Holdens Farm to Burnt Edge:- Pheasant, Robin 2 Kestrel

Burnt Edge, past Quarry to Matchmoor Lane:- 5 kestrel playing tag in the wind over the cliff face, joined later by a buzzard, willow warbler heard in conifers.

Mast Road 3 wheatear, 10+ meadow pipits

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 28th of August 2014 07:52:38 PM

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Other sightings from this morning:

25 Wheatear
8 Whinchat (4 Burnt Edge, 3 Coal Pit Lane, 1 pony fields at Mast Road)
3 Spotted Flycatcher (1 Brownstones, 2 Wilderswood

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Three Whinchat and a Redstart currently at Holden's Farm

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Additional sightings from today:

10 Wheatear along Mast Road
Whinchat in the pony fields at the bottom of Mast Road

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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3.30 - 5.00pm Georges Lane - 2 Redstart - 1 Green Woodpecker Brownstones - 4 Spotted Flycatcher - 4 Willow Warbler

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A brief spell this morning produced:

1 Whinchat and 14 Wheatear in the pony fields at the bottom of Mast Road

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Seems like it was a popular place to be today! Good to meet you too Simon, and nice to catch up with Andy who I've not seen for a long time. I spoke to a couple of other birders who may be on here. Sorry didnt ask names. Anyway, in addition to all the above:

Walker Fold / Holdens Farm area - Great spotted woodpecker 1, Wheatear 1, Redstart 2 female/juvenile types, one in the hedge on the left just past Holdens Farm heading to Holdens Plantation one on the opposite side of the field, Stonechat 3, Willow Warbler 6, Sparrowhawk 2, Jay 4, Mistle Thrush 2, Buzzard 2. There was a sizeable tit flock (coal, blue, great, long tailed) at the end of Walker Fold Woods which had a couple of Phylloscs in but they were very mobile and impossible to nail down.

Coal Pit Road - Great spotted Woodpecker 1, Linnet 12, Grey Wagtail 1 and a possible flyover Tree Pipit - called once and was only half heard.

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This morning from 7am with Andy Makin, me till 12.30, Andy till late afternoon;

Black Redstart still present below Georges Lane, just in Lancs past the Kennels.
15 Whinchat (4 Fleet Moor, 3 Burnt Edge, 1 Deans Ditch, 3 Georges Lane & 4 along Mast Road)
6 Stonechat
Grasshopper Warbler showing well along the lower path in Burnt Edge, chasing a Whinchat at one point.
5 Tree Pipit (3 seen and heard flying south and two heard only near Hampsons Farm).
5 Spotted Flycatchers (1 Newfields, 1 Brownstones, 3 Wilderswood/Georges area).
35 Swift
128 Wheatear
4 Redstart at the Big Hedge, Georges Lane (Ken & Jill).

Nice to meet Craig Higson for the first time, who also saw some stuff we didn't.

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Nice to meet Andy Makin and from Andy's info managed to see a black redstart near the ruins on Georges lane, from the same area a green woodpecker was feeding in the field,several wheatear, willow warbler,goldfinch and meadow pipit, 2 spotted flycatcher 1 near wilderswood car park 1 just beyond kennels,
Mast road 1 raven, 6 pied wagtail, meadow pipit, wheatear,3 kestrel in different areas.
Thanks for the info Andy much appreciated.

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In addition to Andrew's sightings, there were two singing Chiffchaff in The Dell, plus several more 'Willowchiffs', a Wheatear in field below the Kennels, a flock of c50 Goldfinch in the same field, and another different flock in Big Hedge.

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A few hours this morning in lovely weather:

2 Spotted Flycatcher - One at the start of George's Lane and one at Big Hedge, in the same tree as...
2-3 Redstart - flycatching from one of the bigger trees near Big Hedge. One male and 1-2 female/juvenile type
1 Treecreeper - Wilderswood
1 Nuthatch - Wilderswood
1 Wheatear - Off Mast Road
6 Buzzard, all circling in the air at once. Great to watch and to observe the differences in plumage
5 or more Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Blackcap - Wilderswood
2 Raven

Plus loads of Swallow, Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit. One possible Tree Pipit on the wires at Higher Meadows, but it didn't stay still long enough or call, frustratingly!

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Today's totals:

13 Spotted Flycatcher- 5 Brownstones, 2 Wilderswood, 6 Sheep Cote Gully.
4 Redstart with singles at Sheep Cote Gully, the big hedge, Georges Lane past the kennels and Gilligants Farm.
4 Whinchat with on 2 Fleet Moor and singles at Burnt Edge and Coal Pit Lane by Holdens Wood.
1 Tree pipit over Holdens Wood
103 Wheatear
9 Chiffchaff
10 Willow Warbler

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Approx 12.30 - 5pm

Started at Wilderswood, I walked through the wood towards the stone wall with the gap, and within minutes I managed...
1 Spotted Flycatcher
1 Coal Tit
1 Willow Tit (within feet of the Coal Tit)
Long Tailed Tit family of 10+ moving through
Great Tit and Blue Tit
...then it sounded like branches coming down on top of me, an almighty crash as 2 Woodpigeon and a Sparrowhawk came falling from the canopy to the forest floor infront of me. One Woodpigeon flew off, and the Sparrowhawk looked startled to see me stood there. It flew off leaving the Woodpigeon on the floor. It was gasping for breath but within a minute or so it was dead, and when I examined it, it had a puncture wound near the breast and a slice wound on its rump. Chances are the Sparrowhawk would've gone back for it.

A walk up to the mast produced good numbers of certain species, they seemed to be everywhere including...

Wheatear approx 50-60
Meadow Pipit approx 40-50
Goldfinch approx 40-50
Linnet approx 30-40
Pied Wagtail (mainly juv) approx 15-20
5 Kestrel (could be repeats)
1 Raven circling the mast
Numerous Swallow all the way up to the mast and surprisingly some House Martin too.
No sign of the Black Redstart for me.

Nice to bump into Andy Makin again, on Matchmoor Road. As we were talking a Stoat ran across the road and then back again, and yet more Wheatear in the area.

And also nice to see Steve Burke again, multitasking on Georges Lane.
Sporting a new car and watching a Spotted Flycatcher at the edge of the paddock.

Oh yeah and an Alpaca in a garden, unringed but probably not of wild origin.

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-- Edited by Rob Creek on Saturday 23rd of August 2014 07:42:42 PM

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Thanks Ian.

Horwich Moor is a new area for me, I have only visited it 3 times.

The guide puts it all into perspective for me and opens up new bits to explore.

For some reason I seem to have skipped the moors guide when I first went through the website.

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Black Redstart currently on Winter Hill; around the rocket shaped mast on the Lancashire side.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Andy Voisey wrote:


I have checked my OS maps and can't find "higher meadows" where the big hedge is, could someone pinpoint it for me please?

Many thanks

Andy V




Check out the site guides on the Manchester Birding website...

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I also had a walk in the area From Matchmoor Lane, along Burnt Edge, round the plantation to Holden's Farm and back up to Matchmoor Lane.

Burnt Edge:- 1 Stonechat

Plantation Area:- 2 Stonechats and flock of about 15 meadow pipits

Holdens Farm:- 20+ swallows, about 10 linnets, 2 wheatear, 1 whinchat, 1 whitethroat, 1 great tit, 1 robin, 1 greenfinch, 2 young stonechat.

The farm area seems to be a magnet for bird activity.

I have checked my OS maps and can't find "higher meadows" where the big hedge is, could someone pinpoint it for me please?

Many thanks

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Further sightings from today:

3 Redstart with one along Georges Lane past the kennels, one in the big hedge at Higher Meadows and one which came off the moor and flew in to the dell at Georges Lane.
2 Tree Pipit
16 Spotted Flycatchers with 5 at Wilderswood; 3 the big hedge; 8 at Brownstones
46 Wheatear
6 Chiffchaff
25 Willow Warbler
1 Curlew

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Dan Brown

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Highlights of a 3 hour walk around the area this afternoon:-

Whinchat, 5 (1 in field below the Kennels, 2 in the horse field along Mast Road, 2 below Burnt Edge)
Stonechat, 6 (2 behind Holdens, family party of 2 adults and 2 juv along Burnt Edge)
Wheatear, min 7 in various parts of the area
Raven, 2 around Two Lads area
Kestrel, min 4 birds around the area
C Buzzard, 1
Long Tailed Tits, small party of around 7 birds in area around Big Hedge with a few Willow Warblers with them
Two small groups of Goldfinch, one group in area below the Kennels the others along Mast Road where they were mixed with around 30 Meadow Pipits
Few Pied Wagtails along Mast Road in horse field
A few Willow Warblers scattered around the area


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Today's totals;

5 Wheatears
9+ Tree Pipit with 5+on wires and bushes at the start of Walker Fold path; 2 at Burnt Edge; and 2 at Holden's Farm
5 Spotted Flycatchers at Wilderswood and 1 at Walker Fold
1 Redstart in the big hedge at Higher Meadows

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Dan Brown


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Today's sightings:

1 Tree Pipit showing well on wires and in the clearing at Wilderswood, also 1 calling over Walker Fold
Black Redstart on the top of Winter Hill and 1 again along Georges Land just within Lancashire
Redstart along Georges Lane and 3 in the Big Hedge at Higher Meadows
Spotted Flycatcher along Georges Lane, 1 at Wilderswood, 1 at Sheep Cote Green pasture and 5 in Walker Fold Wood
Whinchat along Georges Lane past the kennels, 1 on Horwich moor and on 1 Fleet Moor
57 Wheatear
15 Goldcrest
29 Willow Warbler

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Dan Brown

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Black Redstart along Dean Ditch at 07:20 this morning; flew into the compound on the GM border, just east of the top of Mast Road.

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Yesterday's sightings from all day:

151 Wheatear
Whinchats along Scout Road and at Holdens Farm
Redstart, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and Tree Pipit at Higher Meadows but moved into Lancashire.
Black Redstart still along Georges Lane in Lancashire

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Sightings from today, between Andy Makin, Dan Brown and myself.

2 Spotted Flycatcherby Wilderswood car park.
2 Tree Pipit; one low over Wilderswood and one by Walker Fold.
3 Whinchat; 1 Georges Lane, 1 Heather Hall and a juvenile at Hampsons Farm.
31 Wheatear
1 Yellow Wagtail by Holdens Farm
2 Redstart; one along Georges Lane in Lancashire and one in the big hedge at Higher Headows.
Juvenile Black Redstart again along Georges Lane just inside Lancashire.
2 Swift
Juvenile Green Woodpecker by the kennels on Georges Lane
Probably 40+ Willow Warbler

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This morning in windy conditions:

2 Tree Pipits over Georges Lane
1 Whinchat on wires by Wilderswood car park
3 Spotted Flycatcher- 2 Sheep Cote Green and one by Walker Fold Wood
2 Wheatear

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Dan Brown

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10.00-13.00
( A strong Westerly meant small birds were hard to find throughout).

Georges Lane

1 Wheatear & 4 Goldfinches.

6 Kestrels (3 hovering over the moor simultaneously, whilst 3 were over the pasture below the kennels).

Burnt Edge

1 Kestrel, 1 Raven & 12 Meadow Pipits.

Walker Fold

8 Goldfinches

Holdens Farm

The pasture below the path lined with Hawthorns

5 Stonechats, 3 Wheatears, 1 Linnet and a Raven.

The Swallows around the farm (12 in the air together) were feeding fledged youngsters in flight.

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Other sightings from today:

1 Redstart at Georges Lane
6 Spotted Flycatcher; 4 in the big hedge at Higher Meadows; 1 at Sheep Cote Pasture; 1 at Brownstones.
5 Tree Pipit
Merlin over Sheep Cote Pasture.
8 Wheatear
1 Golden Plover south
89 Willow Warbler
1 Whinchat at the top of Corn Edge Lane

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Black redstart just inside Lancashire this morning at 9am; on fence line and dead trees in the eastern corner of the large sheep field by the pike path.

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Today's sightings from practically all day, between Andy Makin, Dan Brown and myself:

10 Redstarts- 1 by the county border at Georges Lane; 3 in the big hedge at Higher Meadows; 2 at the bottom of Holdens Plantation; 2 different birds at Holdens Farm; 1 at Sheep Cote Green; and 1 at Green Nook Farm.

6 Spotted Flycatchers- 2 in the big hedge at Higher Meadows; 1 at Walker Fold; 1 at Holdens Farm; 1 at Green Nook Farm; 1+ at Lomax Wife's Plantation.

Cuckoo along Mast Road

Ring Ouzel flew from Newfields Plantation into the tops of the conifers at Walker Fold Wood.

Approximately 70 Willow Warblers.

15 Wheatear.

4 Tree Pipit- 3 in rough fields in between the main road and Newfields Plantation at Walker Fold; one by Green Nook Farm.

1 Ringed Plover- flew over west

9 Whitethroat

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Could anyone supply me with information on the best sites to see Spotted Flycatchers at the moment.
I've tried Holden's Farm/Burnt Edge area recently but with no success.
Any contributions would be gratefully received

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Sightings from this morning in very blustery conditions:

7 Wheatear along Mast Road
Merlin at Walker Fold
2 Tree Pipit down, with one showing well on a stone wall at the bottom of Burnt Edge and one on wires at Holdens Farm
11 Willow Warbler

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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couple of hours around Walker Fold area
20+ house martin, 2 goldcrest, good numbers goldfinch and meadow pipit, 15+ linnet, 2 kestrel, good numbers of swallow around farm and barns.2 wren,

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Sightings from this afternoon, 1 to 3pm at Burnt Edge:

3 Spotted Flycatcher
24 Willow Warbler
15 Coal Tit
2 Chiffchaff
3 Treecreeper
3 Nuthatch

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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A 3 hour walk round the area this morning, quite a breezy day. Nothing much else to add to the previous posting, saw 4 of the Spotted Flycatchers in the same area, a few Willow Warblers here and there but not great numbers, quite a few (sorry didn't count them ) Meadow Pipits up around 3 Lads and towards the Kennels, at least 4 different Kestrels around but more than likely 6 min.

Highlight of the walk was a covey of around 12 Grey Partridges on the lower path below Burnt Edge about 11.30.

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This morning with Andy Makin,

2 Tree Pipits (one near Brian Hey Res. and one perched on wires between Walker Fold Road and Newfields plantation).

10 Spotted Flycatchers (6 adults & 4 fresh juveniles) on the east side of Sheep Cote Green pasture.

Also 21 Wheatear, 7 Stonechat and 19 Willow Warblers.

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Six Spotted Flycatchers today, with a single Pied Flycatcher at Sheep Cote Green Farm and the Redstart was still present in Lomax Wife's Plantation.

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A large fall of Willow Warblers was apparent in the area this morning and a total of 194 were counted over the entire recording area (which is quite large!); pretty remarkable stuff though.

Other birds of note were a female type Redstart at Lomax Wife's Plantation; 3 juvenile Green Woodpeckers, with one at Walker Fold Wood and two by the kennels on Georges Lane; 3 Nuthatch; 1 Wheatear.

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Sightings for Tuesday, 5th August:

Marsh Harrier high north over Walker Fold. 2 Spotted Flycatchers with a large feeding flock of 60 Willow Warblers, 60+ Coal Tit, 10 Blue Tit, 20 Great Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit and Nuthatch. Single Redstarts at Higher Meadows and Holdens Farm. 14 Wheatear.

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Five Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Redstart and a single Pied Flycatcher present at Walker Fold and still showing well at 11:50am, just south of the Walker Fold Wood and Newfields Plantation, off the footpath down in the dip by Dean Brook.

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Eleven Wheatear and 34 Willow Warbler in the area yesterday.

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Short walk up mast road yesterday too hot to go far few birds about though
Buzzard
Kestrel
Wheatear
Swift
Swallow
Meadow pipit

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This morning around Wilderswood, a showy Tree Pipit, 33 immature Willow Warbler and a Green Woodpecker. Other birds in the area included 80 Swift and two single Wheatear.

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10.30-14.00

Walker Fold

Family group of 3 Coal Tits.

Holdens Farm

24 Goldfinches feeding on Sorrel

Lots of Swallows around the farm.

Holdens Plantation

1 Kestrel & 2 Linnets

A steady trickle of Swifts flying NW throughout.

As expected Meadow Pipits in abundance.




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Over the tops of Winter Hill mid-morning today:

Whimbrel over south
Golden Plover west
juvenile Wheatear

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Walk from Walker Fold to Burnt Edge

Tree Pipit 1 singing and displaying for two minutes on edge of pine plantation that borders the south side of Burnt Edge
Lapwing 6
Raven 1
Kestrel 2 hunting along Burnt Edge
Blackcap 2 singing males
Whitethroat c6 family party with fledged juvs seen
Great spotted Woodpecker 2
Goldcrest 1 singing male
Grey Partridge 1

Great to get out locally at last!


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Saturday 21st June

Mid morning walk with wife and camera, through Wilders Wood, where we had heard that crossbills had been seen in the past, and on up the moor.

In the wood,
Chaffinch, song thrush, blackbird, crow, magpie, family of willow warblers, chiffchaff, 3 redpoll, 4 goldcrest, blue tit, coal tit, whitethroat and what I think may have been a grasshopper warbler.
There was a short burst of song then it bounced about the bushes feeding and flew off.

On the moor

2 kestrel,one feeding on it's catch on a dry stone wall. 4 buzzards and innumerable meadow pipits. No wheatear though.
4 swallows feeding over the pond at Pike Cottage on our return.

A very pleasant walk and some good photographs.

How often are crossbills spotted here btw?

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