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I have been sent details of a survey on future usage of Smithills Estate conducted by the Woodland Trust who have recently taken over administration of part of Horwich Moors. Regular visitors may be interested in taking the survey:
Near Two Lads - this afternoon, only three birds seen Carrion Crow, Red Grouse and Barn Owl (15.30)
Yesterday (31.12.15) 10.00-13.30
1 Kestrel, 1 Goldcrest (with a couple of Robins on the conifers), 82 Fieldfares mixed with lesser numbers of Starlings moving South.
Walker Fold Wood
A charm of 12 Goldfinches, a single Blue Tit, and all gathered together on a small hawthorn bush 5 Magpies.
Coal Pit Lane
24 Fieldfares, again mixed with Starlings, on an adjoining pasture, but very nervous and often flushing and settling on overhead wires.
Late news for yesterday when three Snow Buntings were flushed from the moor on the top of Winter Hill within Lancashire and flew towards the rocket shaped mast but could not be relocated.
Info thanks to Andy Makin
Two female/immature Snow Buntings south over Scout Road this morning.
Visited the moors on Saturday from 11.00 until 2.30. The conditions were dreadful! However, I still managed to see:
Stonechat (in 3 seperate areas- Burnt Edge, both on the right end and left end, and up on mast road.
Kestrel (Hovering over Burnt Edge)
Redwing (Start of Walker Fold Wood)
Mistle Thrush (Start of Walker Fold Wood)
But the highlight was a Raven on my way back down just off Mast Road. The cloud had completely descended on me by then so visibility was poor. A raven was on the path around 20m in front of me before I could even see him (or him me for that matter!)
I was hoping to see some Brambling in Holdens Plantation as I have seen them there for the last 2 years but no such luck!!
PM (Initially misty, which then cleared but soon afterwards came the rain)
1 Woodcock, 2 Kestrels, 1 Mistle Thrush, a flock of 8 Fieldfares, 3 Meadow Pipits and 1 Reed Bunting.
1 Raven and 1m Bullfinch.
Saturday 9.00 to 12.15, Coal Pit Lane > Mast >Mast Road > Holdens> Coal Pit Lane
Generally very quiet with highlights:-
Black Redstart around main mast compound but proving elusive and only a very brief view.
1 Goldfinch, 1 Kestrel, 2 Raven and 1 Pied Wagtail the only other birds in the mast area.
Appx 50 Fieldfare along Coal Pit Lane with a further appx 20 nr Holdens
Small flock appx 20 Goldfinch nr Holdens with 4 Reed Bunting in same area.
Min 6 Kestrels throughout the walk.
1st winter Whinchat on Edge Lane at 12.30 pm today
Today's highlights from Scout Rd 06:55-10:15:
Male Hen Harrier W at 08:45 and presumed different male W at 09:55, with a single female 200 metres behind.
4 Crossbill SW
15 Brambling S
108 Fieldfare S
1 Swallow S
1848 Pink-footed Geese SE and 70 NE in 14 skeins
Ingo thanks to Andy Makin
Yesterday morning an adult Black Redstart on the mast building on Winter Hill along with 2 Goldcrests and 2 Stonechat.
From Scout Road this morning, 29 Brambling S, 39 Siskin and four small flocks Crossbill numbering 16 S, 118 Chaffinch and 3 Swallow.
09.15 - 13.00 today bright, easterly breeze, cool. Walker Fold, Burnt Edge, Mast Road and Winter Hill.
Goldcrest - 1
Meadow Pipit 26
Reed Bunting 2 (Burnt Edge)
Carrion Crow 8
Raven - very mobile, hard to be sure perhaps 4
Mistle Thrush 1
Kestrel 4 (again quite mobile over the area)
Merlin 1f - flying fast and close to the ground west to east on the GM side of the mast
Common Buzzard 1 over Walker Fold
Black Redstart 1 - in Lancashire - made a brief appearance (with bright green caterpillar in beak!) on the fence of the large compound on the right as you walk towards the trig point. Flew back down into the scrub, and then 3 technicians started working on the mast after which it didn't appear again.
1 Ring ouzel this morning, otherwise dreadfully quiet. I wonder what the right conditions are for visible migration up there, because it wasn't what today brought?
Also yesterday, 8th October with Andy Makin, single Ring Ouzel Burnt Edge and 12 Crossbill flew out of Walker Fold Wood with a further group calling from the wood, also 9 Crossbill south from Gale Brook Plantation and 3 Crossbill over Deans Ditch. Also 1 Merlin, 17 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare and 480 Pink-footed Geese SE in 5 skiens.
Craig Higson wrote:Which one is Gale bk plantation please Simon? Can't see it on the site guides.
Which one is Gale bk plantation please Simon? Can't see it on the site guides.