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Another good day for Wheatear on the moors with a total of 173 today!

 

Also a single Whinchat along Georges Lane by the kennels and a flock of 25 redpoll over north.

 

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Excellent morning on the moors today with:

180 Wheatear, including 123 below Georges Lane

3 Whinchat (two along Georges Lane and one in a field by Scout Road

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Birds from a very good morning today included:

 

Single whimbrel N along with two single Tree Pipits and a Ring Ouzel dropped down just past the kennels along Georges Lane.

A total of 131 Wheatear across the whole moors area.

Male Whinchat in an Edge Lane horse paddock.

12 redpoll N.

 

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Earlier today, two Ring Ouzels flew north from Mast Lane and a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling from along Georges Lane.

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Birds present today included:

3 Cuckoo

89 Wheatear moving quickly through

1 Ring Ouzel by the kennels on Georges Lane but early morning only

Info thanks to Andy Makin

 



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28 Wheatear today (mostly males).

 

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Summer plumage golden plover on the ground on top of winter hill , 2 wheatear , 1 swallow , 1 male reed bunting , several meadow pipits , 1 dislpaying curlew along georges lane great views of a male ring ouzel feeding near to the big hedge , 10+ willow warblers in song , great views of a cuckoo on the lancs side last seen flying towards the boundry with greater manchester , 4 stonechat , 2 whearear .



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This morning:

 

2 Crossbill north

23 Wheatear mainly along Mast Road pony fields and Heather Hall

Small groups of Swallow north

 

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This morning up to 11am, with Simon Johnson;

12 Wheatears across the moor, also 30 Redpoll, several Swallows and Sand Martin north. Unfortunately couldn't connect with Phil's Osprey despite it heading for Winter Hill. cry

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Originally posted today by Jack Danson:



Well , Spring must be here beautiful morning and 4 swallows flying in and out of stables at Holdens Farm Smithills . 



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This morning from Scout Road with Andy Makin and Simon Johnson;

1 female Ring Ouzel flew north east over Smithill's Moor
1 Brambling over south
1 female Wheatear
2 Mediterranean Gulls over
173 Meadow Pipits north
11 Redpoll south
2 Sand Martin north
5 singing Willow Warblers.

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An hour from Scout Road 07:15 -08:15 this morning produced:

 

Male Ring Ouzel got up from a nearby field and flew east

1 Curlew N

12 Crossbill N

12 Siskin N

71 Meadow Pipit N

 

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A Ring Ouzel flew south from Mast Road by the pony fields at 07:15 this morning.

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Adult Mediterranean Gull over Scout Road this morning. Later, just off the moors, 3 were among Black-Headed Gulls in fields below Bob's Smithy Inn along Old Kiln Lane



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Eight Curlew flew north over Fleet Moor early afternoon today.

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7-9am from Scout Road:

Ringtail Hen Harrier N over Horrocks Moor at 08:23
6 Curlew over in singles SE
9 Golden Plover N
2 Waxwing low N

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Today's visible migration watch highlights from Scout Road 07:25-09:45 included:

 

1 Curlew 1

1 Oystercatcher

1 Golden Plover over north

2 adult Mediterranean Gulls over sw

21 Siskin se

5 Waxwing low east 

 

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09.00-14.00

Wilderswood :

25 Fieldfares

Georges Lane (Kennels area):

1m Sparrowhawk, 3 Lapwings and 2 Grey herons

Plantation (Up to Lancs border):

3 Goldcrests, 4m Chaffinches (All territorial) and 1f Bullfinch.

Burnt Edge :

2f+1m Stonechats, 2 Kestrels, 8 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks and 2 Ravens.

Walker Fold:

80+ Fieldfares flew over in a single group mixed with Starlings and Woodpigeon, heading North, oddly I could find no Redwings with them.

Sugar Loaf Plantation :

4 Goldcrests with a mixed tit flock.

Holdens Farm

Apart from a single Pied Wagtail, there was little else of note here, apart noisy activities from mating frogs in the pools by the path.





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30 Waxwing low over Scout Road heading NW towards Belmont at 09:55 this morning.

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4 Golden Plover on Winter Hill today
250 Redwing and 50 Fieldfare moving north

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Late news for yesterday morning from Georges Lane:

6 Crossbill NE
4 Redpoll N
2 Siskin N
23 Fieldfare in the pony fields at the bottom of Mast Lane

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Georges Lane :

3 Ravens, plus in the plantation by the Lancs border, a pair of Coal Tits.

Burnt Edge :

1m+1f Kestrels, the female hovered above the hillside for over two hours.

At one point she was mobbed by a crow, which appeared to be more for fun than annoyance. When the crow moved away the kestrel chased after it.

Then the kestrel was joined by a pair of noisy Ravens, and the two species just seemed happy to tolerate each other.

The only small bird seen around here was a single Reed Bunting.

Walker Fold :

2 Ravens and 1 Buzzard

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Saturday, 21st January 2017. 11:30 - 14:00 hrs.

Layby off Matchmoor Lane - Burnt Edge - Holdens Farm - Gilligant Farm - Hampsons Farm - Colliers Row - side of Walker Fold wood - Sugar Loaf Plantation - and return via Burnt Edge back to Matchmoor Lane.

Quiet birdwise - too cold for me to go to top of Winter Hill - so stayed in foot hills!

Kestrel x 6 separate sightings
Stonechat x 1
Fieldfare x 7
Dunnock x 2
Magpie x 10
Great Tit x 1
Robin x 3
Carrion Crow x 5
Grey Heron x 1
Buzzard x 1 (seen on M61 on way home)


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Georges Lane

2 Ravens,1f Kestrel and 10+ Black Headed Gulls.

Burnt Edge

1 Cormorant, 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls and a flock of 30+ Starlings flew over.

The only bird in the Holdens Farm/Plantation area was a single Robin.

I know it's midwinter but I can't recall seeing the area so birdless, although there were a few Magpies and crows around.

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A couple of hours visible migration watch from Scout Road this morning produced:

615 Redwing N/NE in 20 flocks
A single Waxwing among the Redwing
35 Fieldfare

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Highlights over Scout Road yesterday 8-10am included:

1 Waxwing low NE
202 Redwing N in 9 flocks

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Visible migration from Scout Road today, 07:50-11:50 included:

40 Pink-footed Geese over NW
3 Snipe 3 NW
1 Golden Plover
280 Lapwing N in 12 flocks
377 Woodpigeon N/NE
3464 Redwing N/NE in 81 flocks
901 Fieldfare in 34 flocks
1 Waxwing low NE with Redwing and a further 3 birds low E
1 Ring Ouzel 1 NE tagging on to Redwing flock
1 Brambling N
1 Crossbill S

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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600 Redwing E/NE over Scout Road this morning in 19 flocks, along with 98 Fieldfare.

Also 4 Crossbill south.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Highlights from a couple of hours visible migration watching from Matchmoor Lane this morning included:

195 Woodpigeon NE
53 Fieldfare NE
247 Redwing NE in 7 flocks
14 Lesser Redpoll E
1 Crossbill W

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Highlights of birds over this morning:

3 Goosander SW
Pink-footed Goose 15 SE at 08:35 and 60 W at 08:50
10 Brambling S
2 Crossbill S

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Highlights from this morning were:

700 Pink-footed Geese NW on a number of skeins
18 Stock Dove NW
45 Fieldfare S
40 Brambling SE

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Other sightings from yesterday include:

250 Pink-footed Geese over SE
4363 Woodpigeon over SW in small flocks

Info thanks to Andy Makin


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Male Snow Bunting north over Matchmoor Lane near Heather Hall this morning.

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Today's visible migration watch 8-11am from Matchmoor Lane:

2546 Pink-footed Geese; 3 skeins NW numbering 168, 7 sKeins SE numbering 878 and 1 skein of 1500 E
6 Whooper Swan SE at 08:20
2224 Woodpigeon; with 10 flocks NE and 31 flocks N/NW
75 Brambling S

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Visible migration watch from Matchmoor Lane today 07:30-10:00:

Single Woodcock directly south at first light
A single Waxwing SE
7 skeins of Pink-footed Geese SE numbering 634 and 1 skein NW numbering 25
20 Goosander 20 SE
445 Woodpigeon NE and 200 SW
1545 Starling N/NE in 6 large flocks
11 Brambling S

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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This morning's visible migration highlights involved:

4 small skeins of Pink-footed Geese SE numbering 165
1018 Woodpigeon with 267 NW and 751 SW
Crossbill 2 N
28 Reed Buntings N

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Other highlights from today's visible migration watch this morning included:

Whooper Swan 3 SE
Woodpigeon 1172 in total
Stock Dove 60 NW with 13 woodpigeon
Fieldfare 96 NW
Starling 1419 in total
Brambling 13 N
Crossbill 1 N
Reed Bunting 23 N

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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9 Waxwing over Georges Lane so far this morning. With 4 SW and 5 W.

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Single Waxwing south over Scout Road at 07:50 today

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Today's moors visible migration highlights 07:15-10:15am:

Whooper Swan 2 SE over Horwich 08:05
Brambling 56 N in 4 flocks and two singles
Bullfinch 13 N
Crossbill 13 N in flocks of 8,2,1,1,1
Reed Bunting, notable N movement with 21 in a short 15 minute spell

Late news for yesterday included 2563 Woodpigeon S.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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This morning Vis Mig watch with Andy Makin produced -

8 Whooper Swans east
7854 Woodpigeon south
23 Brambling
10 Crossbill
153 Fieldfare

Yesterday we had 2060 Woodpigeons south..

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Today's visible migration highlights from Scout Road include:

570 Pink-footed Geese in 3 skeins SE
4134 Woodpigeon S in 28 flocks
277 Fieldfare S
105 Redwing N
16 Brambling SW

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Today's moors visible migration highlights 7-11am thanks to Simon Warford and Andy Makin:

Whooper Swan 3 SE at 8:30am
Pink-footed Goose 9374 in 40 skeins; with 104 NW and 9270 SE
Woodpigeon 3776 S in 43 flocks
Fieldfare 613 S in 8 flocks
Brambling 5 S

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3 Bewick's SwanS flew low SE over High Rid Reservoir, viewed from Matchmoor Lane at 8am

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Highlights from today's visible migration sightings at Scout Road:

29 Crossbill S and 10 N
1 Brambling N
3548 Fieldfare WSW, with 200 of those in through in 20 minutes between 08:50 and 09:10
1139 Woodpigeon S
13 Whooper Swan over SE (record shot below)
1 Merlin

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This morning's visible migration highlights over the moors included:

120 Pink-footed Geese SE
1831 Woodpigeon S
392 Fieldfare SW
3 Brambling S
18 Crossbill S in 3 flocks

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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This morning's additional sightings from Scout Road include:

1 Golden Plover over NW
567 Woodpigeon NW
143 Fieldfare SW
25 Redwing S
23 Crossbill S
1 Brambling S

Info thanks to Andy Makin

Adult Marsh Harrier hunting over Fleet Moor at 3:30pm.

Info thanks to John Bradshaw

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2 Waxwings south over Higher Meadows at 9:50 this morning.

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Late news for yesterday's visible migration highlights from Scout Road, 07:15-11:00:

Pink-footed Goose 147 SE
Woodpigeon 390 S
Redwing 52 S
Fieldfare 369 S in 9 flocks
Brambling 7
Siskin 13 S
Twite 5 S
Crossbill 2 down in Gale Brook Plantation

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Some late visible migration totals for yesterday from Scout Road included:

Woodpigeon 2111 S/SW
Fieldfare 1644 S in 20 flocks
123 Redwing
10 Siskin
13 Lesser Redpoll
9 Crossbill S

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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