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Eight Twite flew low east through Higher Meadows at 07:30 this morning.

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Originally posted today by Jack Danson:

Holdens Farm.
What a start to the day !! 8.30 a.m 2 swallows swooping over the farm and darting in and out of the buildings. Then at lunch time sat watching 2 Pied wagtails exploring stone wall and carrying in nesting material. Super day.




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Andy - thanks for your company this morning good to get to know a bit more about places of interest around the moors
by the way forgot Swallow over stables on George's Lane


Ian McKerchar wrote:

Sightings from this morning:

Crossbill 5 over NNW and 11 briefly down in Wilderswood before flying N
Siskin 15 W
Redpoll 20 N
Linnet 3 N
Chaffinch 14 S
Wheatear 2 females at Holdens

Info thanks to Andy Makin





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Sightings from this morning:

Crossbill 5 over NNW and 11 briefly down in Wilderswood before flying N
Siskin 15 W
Redpoll 20 N
Linnet 3 N
Chaffinch 14 S
Wheatear 2 females at Holdens

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Other sightings from today:

9 Wheatear
7 Buzzard
Merlin over high east

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Glossy Ibis circling high in thermals south over Howich at 11:25am.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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A male Ring Ouzel was along Georges Lane this morning.

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2 Swallows battling through the gloom nr Coal Pit Lane entrance this morning

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Quiet along George's Lane around the kennels this morning

3 Siskins over
5 Lesser Redpoll
4 Mallard
Curlew
Kestrel
Meadow Pipits


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Scout Road late morning :-

4 Lapwings
1 Curlew
Numerous Pheasants
30+ Woodpigeons
Skylarks
Meadow Pipits
1 Reed Bunting
Others included Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Magpies, Carrion Crows, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, & Goldfinches.

3 Mallards on Bryan Hey Reservoir & a pair of Canada Geese on the fields behind the reservoir.

My first Swallows of the year (two), as I headed down Smithills Dean Road, presumably the birds that nest at Bryan Hey Farm.



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Two Wheatears at Higher Meadows this morning quickly flew north over the moor.

A total of 732 Meadow Pipits flew north at 08:45 in a brief window of blue skies and much reduced wind, viewed from Scout Road.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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George's Lane 10:00am

3 Wheatear (all male and the first I've seen this year) in the field below the kennels.
2 Lapwing
1 Red-legged Partridge in the same field


4 Goldcrest &
10 Lesser Redpoll in the small conifer plantation on the GM/Lancs border

Elsewhere:
1 pair of Stonechat


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10.00-13.00

Burnt Edge

4 Meadow Pipits & 2 Black Headed Gulls

Mast Road

1 Reed Bunting, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Raven, 6 Meadow Pipits and a pair of Mistle Thrushes.

Georges Lane

On the rough pasture below the kennels.

26 Fieldfares mixed with 50+ Starlings in a single flock, 1 Kestrel, 1 male Stonechat, 1 Raven and 2 Lapwings.

Holdens Farm

Another mixed flock of Fieldfares & Starlings, on pasture behind the farm, a highly mobile group, impossible to count, but numbers seem similar to those near the kennels.

1 Pied Wagtail

-- Edited by John Williams on Saturday 15th of March 2014 03:40:06 PM

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Afternoon walk from Burnt Edge to Smithills Moor via Holdens Farm and return.


Stonechat pair on Smithills Moor
Curlew 2 over displaying
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel F
Meadow Pipit 6
Skylark 3
Pheasant 2

Dean Mills Reservoir (atop Smithills Moor)

Mandarin M
Shoveler 2M
Mallard 3


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9.00am to 10.45am. Scout Road - Coal Pit Road - Burnt Edge.

5 Canada Geese & 3 Mallards at Bryan Hey Reservoir
Pheasants
Lapwings off Scout Road & Coal Pit Road
Numerous Black-headed Gulls & a flock of 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying over
Woodpigeons
1 Green Woodpecker calling from Lomax Wives Farm. Another one heard near Holden's Farm.
Pied Wagtails, Skylarks , & Meadow Pipits
Wrens, Dunnocks, & Robins
2 Blackbirds, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush
Blue Tits & Great Tits
Magpies, Carrion Crows, & a pair of Ravens over Burnt Edge
Starlings
Chaffinches, Greenfinches, & Goldfinches
1 Lesser Redpoll at Bryan Hey Reservoir
1 Linnet at Holden's Farm
Reed Buntings off Coal Pit Road & at Burnt Edge






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Originally posted today by Jack Danson:

Spent a wonderful 15 mins watching from the car, 2 Green Woodpeckers feeding in short heather at the side of Coal Pit rd near Holdens Farm. Before flying into trees at other side of road.

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9.30am to 11.50am. Scout Road- Coal Pit Road- Burnt Edge- Walker Fold.
Not too much about, the best sightings being :-

1f Goosander with 12 Mallards on Bryan Hey Reservoir.
A Redwing with 8 Blackbirds at Green Nook
10 Meadow Pipits & 100+ Fieldfares on field between Gilligant's & Roscow's Tenement Farms
A Kestrel at Holden's Farm
A Reed Bunting was the only bird at Burnt Edge





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2 Ravens on posts at quarry edge on the road to Burnt Edge this morning



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5 male, 3 female Goosanders on Bryan Hey Reservoir. Stonechat on mast road adjacent to quarry.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 4th of January 2014 11:48:08 AM

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Late news for yesterday, when 30+ Brambling were in Roscows Tenament Clough, off Coal Pit Lane.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Around 8.45 this morning, 4235 Woodpigeons flew over Scout Road, then a flock of at least 300 Skylark headed directly NW over the watch point. Other birds included 310 Starlings, 40 Reed Bunting and 6 Goosander south and 7 on Bryan Hey Reservoir.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Single snow bunting 8.00 am this morning bird took up off mast road and landed next to the second to last compound no sign of black redstart , heard several red grouse and had a great view of one bird next to the road ( all in lancashire ) 2 carrion crow were eating the bird seed left for the snow buntings , 1 female stonechat on manchester side several redwing flew over at head hight .

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A Black Redstart was on the rocket shaped mast just over the border in Lancashire on Winter Hill this morning.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Had a walk round Burnt edge area 3-4.00.
Didn't see much just 2 Buzzards and a fantastic Green Woodpecker.
Had great views of them all though.
I have never seen a Green Woodpecker up there before!

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circuit from Walkers Fold to Holden Farm.

A few mixed flocks around Walkers comprising
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Treecreeper
Goldcrest

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Chaffinch and Blackbirds in the woods

Around Holden's

4 Starlings
6 Redpoll

a few Corvids knocking about

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Sightings from yesterday:

929 Fieldfare over SW with 40 Bramblings mixed in the flocks
Bramblings throughout the Beech woodlands from Holden's Farm to Walker Fold with at least 200+ birds!
A flock of 30 Lesser Redpoll and 25 Greenfinch at Holden's Farm
4 Red Grouse on Sugar Loaf Hill was very unusual
A very vocal Water Rail was in juncas at Green Nook and was the first record for the moors recording area

All info thanks to Andy Makin

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Sightings from this morning:

99 Brambling, including one flock of 80+
1160 Woodpigeon NW


Info thanks to Andy Makin


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Had a walk round Burnt Edge area today as part of my week off work 10.00 till 12.00.
Species seen:

3 Stonechat
Meadow Pipit
Female Reed Bunting
Buzzard being mobbed by a crow
Greenfinch
Pheasant

But the highlight was a massive flock of Brambling in Holdens Plantation. This had at least 100-150 birds may be more. They were constantly moving around the trees feeding on the beech mast but every now and then a smaller flock would fly up from the ground into the trees above. Brilliant to see!
Thanks to Pete for the information.

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2 female/immature Snow Buntings over Scout Road watch at this morning and also 16 Brambling, 14 Siskin, 330 Fieldfare.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Yep, Cracking Snow Bunting Almost straight over our heads, superb smile

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The only highlight of this mornings Vis Mig. watch was a calling Snow Bunting that flew over us at Scout Road at 7.27am, also 156 Pink-footed Geese flew SE and 55 flew NW, 1,988 Woodpigeon SW and 590 Starling NW, otherwise fairly quiet. Good to have a few GM birders with us this morning including Karen Foulkes, Simon Ghilks, Holly Page and Dennis Atherton smile

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Another visit this morning in search of Snow Buntings and Twite, but unfortunately no such luck. The whole area was very quiet. 23 Greenfinches in the alder plantation near Walker Fold Farm plus 6 Linnets. 1 Kestrel, 1Goldfinch, 20 Fieldfare, 4 Pheasant, plus the usual Carrion Crows, Wood Pigeons etc was pretty much the sum total of 2 very wet hours.

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This morning with Andy Makin, from above Scout Road;

Approx. 20 Twite just above Scout Road quarry feeding in rough area with patchy juncus till 9.30am at least.
6 Snow Bunting flew south just below a flock of Woodpigeons.
27,800 Woodpigeons between 07.00 & 08.40 then abruptly ceased.
5 Whooper Swan SE
1,485 Pink-footed Geese SE & 272 NW.
15 Golden Plover south
10 Brambling SW & several males around Newfields plantation still.
4 Crossbill west & 271 Fieldfare SW.

2 Stonechat.

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15+ Twite feeding on the grassy slope 400 metres west of the shooting quarries on Scout Road at 08:50 this morning.

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Male Crossbill flew around Walker Fold Wood at 2:50pm today.

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

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Yesterday 30/10/2013 :

30 Whooper Swan SE
1565 Pink-footed Geese SE
7643 Woodpigeon south
1230 Fieldfare south
150 Redwing south
11 Brambling & 105 Chaffinch south
16 Siskin south
2 Yellowhammer south

Today:

330 Pink-footed Geese SE
152 Woodpigeon south
583 Fieldfare south
5 Brambling & 25 Crossbill SW

2 Stonechat present.

Info thanks to Andy Makin.

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Had a walk round walker fold and burnt edge area this morning with annette cutts, 9.30-12.00. It was probably the best 2 hours of weather for today!! Pretty quiet really but saw the following: Goldcrest, Kestrel, Meadow pipit, Jay, Robin, Wren, Linnet, The highlight was a single fieldfare on the way back to the van. Was hoping to catch the crossbills seen yesterday but no joy.

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This morning with Andy Makin,

2 Glossy Ibis circled Edge Lane at 8.10am before flying south towards Rumworth, they were then back in the field behind Bob Smithy around 9.10am
18 Whooper Swans east at 8.05am
1,756 Pink-footed Geese SE in 8 skiens, including a super flock of 1,000+
1,118 Woodpigeon west

1 Wheatear present in field at top of Edge Lane.



-- Edited by Simon Warford on Sunday 27th of October 2013 12:40:15 PM

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Yes Karl, I normally use a 300mm with a 1.4 teleconverter, but I had to take the TC off for some of my Ibis photos because they were that close!

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Saw the Ibis for the first time today

Late to the party I know and I didn't have a camera with me.

Would I be able to get pictures with just a 300mm lens if I hung around long enough? I've seen some post where people have said they have ventured near to the fence.

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C16 Common Crossbills at Walker Fold plantation this am. Also a large flock co approx 300 wood pigeons. 6 Goldcrests, 5 Fieldfare, 22 Long-tailed tits, plus usuals.

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Glossy Ibises still in same field today and flew to other side of farm building around 3 pm

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For some strange reason Rare Bird Alert keep reporting these Glossy Ibis as being at Doffcocker Lodge.

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4-5.30pm

After a bit of searching had really good views of the 4 Glossy Ibis feeding and flying.
They were in the field to the west of the usual one, behind the farm just along Chorley Old Road from Bob's Smithy.

Also seen:
2 x White Wagtail in with numerous Pied Wagtail around the farm
Skein of 17 Pink Footed Geese over SE

-- Edited by Chris Chandler on Sunday 20th of October 2013 10:05:44 PM

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Thanks to Manchester Birding Website. Amazing views of the Glossy Ibis x 4 on the field behind the Bob Smithy Pub this afternoon.They seem to have found a good food supply.[One had a huge worm in its bill].

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Sarfraz Hayat wrote:



Hi Rob,

That is quite a long walk is nt it? Which route would you have taken and how long did it take?

Sarfraz





It's not that far really Sarfraz, Google Maps estimates 3h22m for a 9.8mile walk at a speed of nearly 3mph so for 4 Glossy Ibis it sounds feesible and well worth it!

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Hi Rob,

That is quite a long walk is nt it? Which route would you have taken and how long did it take?

Sarfraz

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All 4 Glossy Ibis in the regular place in the field behind the Bob Smithy.. Walked over from Ramsbottom so rather glad they are. !. Happy walk home. !

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Thanks for the update smile
Maybe next time!

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Also today 8 Crossbills flew south west over Burnt Edge & Wheatear in fields above Scout Road.

Yesterday, 5 Crossbill over Georges Lane also a Ring Ouzel & 2 Brambling over with 2 Wheatear and 35 Robins grounded along Georges Lane.

Sightings between me and Andy Makin.

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