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RE: HORWICH MOORS


Cuckoo (m) opposite Giligants Farm

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Had a few hours this morning but it was really quiet. 06:00 - 09:00 Top end of Smithills near Adam Hill, Georges Lane and Matchmoor Lane. No Wheatears and hardly any sign of movement. A few Redpolls seemed to be the only things moving. 3 Willow Warblers were singing along Georges Lane, and a Pied Wagtail along Matchmoor Lane were sadly the most interesting things I saw in three hours of the quietest birding I've had up here.


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1200-1400 2 Coal tit 2 Great tit 1 Goldcrest 1 Curlew 20 Meadow Pipit 1 Carrion Crow 2 Song Thrush 2 Jackdaw 2 Robin 2 Blackbird 2 Willow Warbler Still no sign of the elusive Ring Ouzel after many visits looking for it!

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Male Ring Ouzel still present at Gilligant's Farm at 8:15pm with 4 Wheatear (1m, 3f).

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Male Ring Ouzel showing well from 9-10am at least at Gilligants Farm this morning.

Also 2 Wheatear.

Info thanks to Brian Fogg

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Cracking weather this am from 07.30 - 12.00 George's Lane up towards Two Lads then over into Holden's area, Walker Fold woods, and back up and over between the quarries.

Of note

Wheatear 13 in field north of Coal Pit Lane, 4 more at George's Lane
1 female Whinchat near the big group of Wheatear
Willow Warbler - numerous in all areas except obviously the high moors
Curlew - 2 feeding in horse paddock near Holden's, 2 others heard
Mistle Thrush 2 in horse paddocks
Coal Tit - 2 in Larches George's La, 2 Coal Pit Lane, more heard in Roscoe's Tenement Clough
Lapwing 1
Common Buzzard 2
Peregrine 2
Raven 2
Kestrel 1

Fairly numerous Meadow Pipits on the higher areas
Swallows - 1 over George's Lane, 2 on the roof of Holden's Barn and 2 more lower down. Skylark 3 heard

-- Edited by Paul Richardson on Saturday 23rd of April 2016 05:44:55 PM

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09.30-13.30

Georges Lane

2 Wheatears, 1m Stonechat, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Linnet, 1 Buzzard, 1m Kestrel and 2 Lapwings. Cuckoo heard by the plantation on the Lancs border.

Burnt Edge

1m Kestrel, 3 Curlew and 1 Buzzard. Willow Warbler singing in the conifer plantation.

Sugar Loaf Plantation

3 Willow Warblers singing. 1 Grey Wagtail by the stream.

Holdens Farm

3 Swallows. The only birds in the horse paddocks were a pair of Meadow Pipits.

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This morning 5 singing Grasshopper Warblers along Coal Pit Road.

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Today, Wheatears as follows; 4 Fleet Moor, 3 Walker Fold, 4 Mast Road and 2 Holden's Farm.

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Sunday 17th of April 2016 05:39:00 PM

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Four Ring Ouzels (two adult males) this morning at Georges Lane/Higher Meadows, two of which flew towards the Hawthorns at the bottom of the Pike in Lancashire.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Very little to add to the reports for today on the moors.

Male Stonechat along Burnt Edge, 2 Willow Warblers along Coal Pit Lane.

No Hirundines apart from the mentioned Swallows at Holdens and no Raptors apart from one Common Buzzard coming off the moors (us not the bird) along Coal Pit Lane and very low numbers of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks.

 

Walk Coal Pit Lane, Holdens, Burnt Edge, George's Lane, back via path up near Three Lads and Holden Plantation, 9.00 - 12.30



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Nice to meet you too Steve, I'm just glad that the Ring Ouzel was still around when you got there. Whilst I was there it flew into the willows behind the barn with most of the Fieldfares.

It had not re-emerged when I left.

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Saturday, 9th April 2016. 12:15 - 16:00 hrs.

Walk from road off Matchmoor Lane - along Burnt Edge - Holdens Farm - Gilligants Farm - Winter Hill mast and return via Mast Road and Burnt Edge.

Nice to meet you John (must have been you!) - and thanks for tip off about male Ring Ouzel.

Ring Ouzel (M) x 1 (in field to left of Holdens Farm)
Fieldfare x 5
Raven x 1
Swallow x 1
Curlew x 3
Pied Wagtail x 1
Meadow Pipit x 15
Skylark x 4
Long Tailed Tit x 3
Red Grouse x 1
Blue Tit x 5
Great Tit x 3
Chaffinch x 3
Pheasant x 1
Carrion Crow x 8
Magpie x 4
Woodpigeon x 1
Lapwing x 1

-- Edited by Steve Judge on Saturday 9th of April 2016 04:52:26 PM

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08.15-14.00

Georges Lane

2 Willow Warblers, 1 Swallow

Burnt Edge

1f Kestrel, 2Curlew

Adam's Hill

3 Skylarks

Walker Fold

2 Buzzards

Holdens Farm

1m Ring Ouzel on the pasture alongside the barn with 14 Fieldfares, 2 Redwings, 1 Wheatear and a pair of Pied Wagtails.

2 Swallows flying around the farm.



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9:50 Ring Ouzel (m) at Big Hedge. Flew off into Lancs at 10:30. Didn't manage to relocate it.

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17:30 - 19:00 Fleet Moor 1 Wheatear Edge Lane 6 Wheatear Gilligant's Farm 15 Wheatear Coal Pit Lane 2 Curlew 2 Snipe 1 Stonechat

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10.00-15.00 

Rained most of the time, with patchy visibility, although it brightened up as I was leaving.

No sign of Wheatears or any Stonechats throughout.

Georges Lane

3 Bullfinches and 1 Lapwing, otherwise just crows and a few Black Headed Gulls.

Burnt Edge

Lots of Meadow Pipits, showing well, allowing close approach and displaying, but no other passerines

Holdens Farm

3 Ravens and a flock of 19 Fieldfares.



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A female Marsh Harrier flew NE over Smithills Moor today.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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17:30 - 19:15 George's Lane 2 Stonechat (1m, 1f) Edge Lane 4 Wheatear (3m , 1f) Coal Pit Lane 1 Stonechat (m)

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Highlights of 8am until midday today; Andy Makin present 7-9am but low cloud didn't really clear until 8am:

A tight flock of 11 Twite flew low north across the moor at around 09:40.

2837 Meadow Pipit (including 472 which Andy Makin had from Georges Lane 8-9am, the rest were spread on a broad front from Two Lads Hill to Deans Ditch 8-11:30) heading low north across the moors; a fantastic sight.

11 Wheatear, included 3 Andy Makin had moving quickly through near Georges Lane pre-9am (one male of which landed on his scope!) and I had 8 in less than five minutes just after 9am which moved briskly through Two Lads Hill, consisting of four males and four females ('phonescoped male attached).

3 Greylag Geese headed over SE (Andy had one from Georges early on and I had two from Two Lads Hill mid morning).

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There was a carnival taking place beyond the kennels on Georges Lane, so there were few birds about, and certainly no Wheatears.

Wilderswood/ Georges Lane : 1 singing Skylark, 1 Lapwing and 1 Kestrel.

Burnt Edge

Meadow Pipit displaying was in full swing throughout the moor, with 6 birds parachuting along Burnt Edge alone.

Whilst flying over were 1 Grey Heron, 2 Curlews and 4 Ravens. A Buzzard patrolled high above Walker Fold.

2 Goldcrests were in Sugarloaf Plantation, A male Reed Bunting appeared to be on territory by Holdens Plantation.

1m+1f Stonechats by the kissing gate where the path from Holdens reaches Mast Road.

 



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Heard a red grouse , flushed a woodcock on top of winter hill , 2 heron hunting frogs in a small pool next to mast road , 4 crossbill flew from wilderswood area towards the pike .



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Pleasant day around Holdens Farm, 2 pair of lapwings behind farm, single snipe on moor field behind farm and the nicest sight a pair of English partridges in front of the farm.

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3 Crossbill in Wilderswood late afternoon near the clearing.

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A single Golden Plover singing on the moor north of the mast just over in Lancs this afternoon.

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From Georges Lane, 07:30 to 09:15 today:

Single Crossbill N
15 Skylark NNE

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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A brief spell 9-11am from Georges Lane this morning included:

15 Whooper Swan NW over HorwicH
9 Siskin N
20 Skylark NE including a group of 13

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Amongst visible migration totals from Georges Lane this morning were 32 Chaffinch, 17 Siskin and 3 Crossbill NW over plus another 6 Crossbills (including 5 males) briefly down in trees just on the Lancashire side of the road.

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Cooold up on t'moors this morning! Probably not surprisingly - fairly quiet.

3 Mistle thrush over Walker Fold Woods and 2 more singing high in the trees.

50 Redwing flew over from Walker Fold towards Holdens and were then seen perched along the overhead wires until a single Kestrel swooped across and sent them all up and off to the north.

Fair few Great Tit and Blue Tit around the trees, 2 Coal Tit right on the edge of the woods in the larches and pines but little else seen. Looked hard for Dipper from Barrow Bridge up along the brook, but saw none. Extremely muddy there!



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Near Two Lads  - this afternoon, only three birds seen Carrion Crow, Red Grouse and Barn Owl (15.30)



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Morning on moors:

7 Whooper Swan W at 9:30
6 Pink-footed Geese SE at 9:20
3 Siskin N
67 Fieldfare ENE in 6 flocks

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Dan Brown

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Yesterday (31.12.15) 10.00-13.30

Burnt Edge

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.

 



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10:00-12:30 today Walker Fold to mast road and back above the quarry. 3 Reed Bunting 20 Fieldfare 15 Starling 7 Bullfinch flock

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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



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Short-eared Owl hunting over the snow on Two Lads Hill at 08:20 this morning.

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

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Other visible migration from Scout Road this morning included:

239 Pink-footed Geese SE in 2 skeins and 200+ NW in 1 skein
15 flocks of Fieldfare south totalling 816 birds
2 Crossbill directly south towards Bolton

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Two female/immature Snow Buntings south over Scout Road this morning.

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This morning's total 07:30-10:30am:

13 skeins of Pink-footed Geese E/SE totalling 2478 birds
2 flocks of Whooper Swans E
636 Woodpigeon
64 Redwing S
106 Fieldfare S
77 Chaffinch S
1 Brambling N
1 Crossbill N
13 redpoll S

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Today's totals from Scout Road 07:45-10:30:

70 Pink-footed Goose SE at 08:07
Single Green Woodpecker high south, continued without stopping!
88 Woodpigeon
465 Fieldfare S in 7 flocks
56 redpoll S
4 Brambling
13 Crossbill S

Also 3 Stonechat at the top of Burnt Edge

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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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!!



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Late news for yesterday morning:

165 Pink-footed Geese NW in 3 skeins and 140 SE in 2 skeins
243 Woodpigeon SSW
416 Fieldfare S in 12 flocks
93 Chaffinch
33 Brambling
26 Greenfinch
1210 Starling W

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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This morning's visible migration highlights from Georges Lane and Matchmoor Lane 07:15-10:15:

65 Pink-footed Geese NW in two skeins and 2323 E/SE in 17
210 Fieldfare
1 Brambling S
3 Crossbill NE

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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This morning with Andy Makin in deteriorating conditions, 13 Crossbills flew out of Gale Brook Plantation also 3 Brambling and 731 Woodpigeon south.

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Sunday 8th of November 2015 06:38:22 PM

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PM (Initially misty, which then cleared but soon afterwards came the rain)

Burnt Edge

1 Woodcock, 2 Kestrels, 1 Mistle Thrush, a flock of 8 Fieldfares, 3 Meadow Pipits and 1 Reed Bunting.

Walker Fold

1 Raven and 1m Bullfinch.

 



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Visible migration watch from Scout Road yesterday morning 7-9:30:

5 skeins of Pink-footed Geese totalling 724 birds
22 Whooper Swan E over Bolton heading towards Holcombe at 9am, one a immature
168 Woodpigeon SW
2 Stock Dove S
101 Fieldfare S
19 Redwing 19
59 Chaffinch S
75 Brambling 75
130 Goldfinch 130 S
16 Crossbill S

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Today's sightings 06:50-3pm:

18 skeins of Pink-footed Geese totalling 2536 birds
1 Red Kite circling above Belmont yacht club at 08:30am; flew low west down the valley still in Lancashire
1325 Woodpigeon S/SW
136 Redwing S
4286 Fieldfare S shifting to SW and then W later on
1 Tree Sparrow S
168 chaffinch over
152 Brambling over
43 Greenfinch and 119 Goldfinch over
7 Crossbill
Short-eared Owl still around Adams Hill

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Upto 14:30 with Andy Makin (partly joined by Phil Rhodes and Dan Brown), fog to begin with then clearing to leave a very warm and sunny day.

On the move were;

1 Swallow through south
2,641 Fieldfare south and west
28 Brambling
1,372 Pink-footed Geese SE and 189 NW
9 Crossbill flew NW

Present was a single Short-eared Owl, in the Adam Hill / Two Lads area, 8 Crossbill Wilderswood, 1 Stonechat and 3 Goldcrest around the Mast Compounds.

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Vis Mig Watch, Scout Road, 06:35 to 12:15, with Andy Makin, Phil Rhodes and Dan Brown.

Best day of the season for us, which was overwhelming for the first hour. Fieldfares moving south right from the onset, consisted of many small flocks up to 09:00 then going quiet, then a burst of several much larger flocks between 10:30 and midday. Very few pure Redwing flocks; most were mixed in with Fieldfares. Significant broad movement of all finches south, including a site record count of 154 Bramblings (previous highest count was 96 in December 2014), some were mixed in with thrush flocks and several pure large flocks. A number of unidentified finches were also possibly Bramblings and some strange calls from some finch types couldnt be ID'd either. A Ring-necked Parakeet came over high and flew east, could have been a wonderer from one of the local populations. Largest count of Woodpigeons so far this autumn and a site record count of 32 Stock Doves, beating the previous best of 25 on 27th September 2014. Good Meadow Pipit count for end of October. All south unless stated.

1 Ring-necked Parakeet east
4,363 Fieldfare (76 flocks)
364 Redwings
14 Mistle Thrush
4 Song Thrush
154 Bramblings
307 Chaffinch
25 Greenfinch
16 Siskin
84 Goldfinch
13 Redpoll
5 Bullfinch
2 Crossbill
2 Raven
32 Stock Dove
1,336 Woodpigeons
509 Starling NW
117 Meadow Pipit

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Saturday 31st of October 2015 06:07:26 PM

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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.

 



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