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RE: HORWICH MOORS


Sunday morning

 

9.30 to 12.15, initially low cloud, and poor visibility all morning necessitating constant adjustment to our binoculars.

Most birds seen around Burnt Edge, area near telegraph wires mainly:-

Tree Pipits, 2/3

Whinchats 2 possibly 3

Stonechats min 3

Pied Flycatcher, 1 fem

Goldfinch flock 30+

Reed Bunting appx 3

Willow Warblers appx 6

Swallows not counted but a few flying around

Mast Road, 1 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, abt 6 Pied Wagtails and 3/4 Kestrels

Otherwise a few Willow Warblers about and a few Swallows over the moors.



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Combined sightings this afternoon between myself, Simon Johnson, Dave Broome and Dan Brown up to 4pm around Walker Fold Wood, Newfields and Burnt Edge;

1 Pied Flycatcher (photo taken by Dan Brown).
6+ Spotted Flycatcher
7 Tree Pipit perching up in small plantation near Burnt Edge Lane
3 Whinchat
5+ Stonechat
152+ House Martin
35 Swift


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Two Tree Pipits south over Scout Road today also, taking the day's site total to 10.

Info thanks to Andy Makin 



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Other birds today included:

2 more Tree Pipit at Holdens Farm

1 Whinchat at Burnt Edge

7 male Crossbill SE and a further 10 SW

Info thanks to Andy Makin

 

 



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Single Pied and 6 Spotted Flycatchers, 6 Tree Pipit and 20 Willow Warbler in willows below Burnt Edge this morning.

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin

 

 



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Totals from the moors this morning:

 

10 Black-tailed Godwit flew over SE

Single Whinchat, 6 Stonechat, 25 Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Tree Pipit (4 'down'), 7 Spotted Flycatcher at Burnt Edge

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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This morning:

 

489 Swift

1 juvenile Whinchat, 1 male Crossbill, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 3 Grasshopper Warbler in the Burnt Edge area

34 Willow Warbler

4 Whitethroat

1 Wheatear

280 Goldfinch in one flock along Matchmoor Lane

 

Info thank to Andy Makin



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This morning's sightings:

 

Burnt Edge:

 

Grasshopper Warbler

Tree Pipit

 

Scout Road Quarry:

 

2 Whinchat

8 juvenile Stonechat

3 Crossbill south

1 juvenile Redstart

 

1 juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Horrocks Fold

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin 



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Some sightings from today included:

1 Tree pipit

1 Spotted Flycatcher

3 Stonechat

5 Grasshopper Warbler Burnt edge

2 Crossbill 

21 Willow Warbler

2 Chiffchaff

10 Wheatear 

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Brian Fogg



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Late morning Walker Fold to Burnt Edge,

1 Tree Pipit
1 Hobby
1 Peregrine
4 Stonechat
no Whinchat

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Some sightings from the moors area today included:

180 Swift south

1 Crossbill and Siskin south

1 Wheatear

4 Whinchat 

15 Willow Warbler

Info thanks to Andy Makin

 



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Some sightings from this morning included 314 Swift south, 291 House Martin south,  3 juvenile Mediterranean Gull and 4 Wheatear.

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Scout Road this morning included a young male Redstart by Scout Road Quarry, 6 Crossbill SE and 188 Swift south.

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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 Over Scout Road this morning:

 

379 Swift

6 Sand Martin

315 House Martin

A Hobby chasing a martin

 

Also 2 juvenile Mediterranean Gull and 40 juvenile Black-headed Gull at Horrocks Fold and 250 mainly juvenile Rook in a field by Matchmoor Lane

 

Info thank to Andy Makin



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Birds from Scout Road this morning included:

 

240 House Martin  

308 Swift south

1 adult Mediterranean Gull  

7 Crossbill south

 

1 Willow Tit in The Dell off Georges Lane

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin 



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Some sightings from today:

1987 Swift south this morning from Scout Road

405 House Martin south

1 Crossbill at Gale Brook Plantation

1 Wheatear along Scout Road

3 juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Horrocks Fold

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Late news for yesterday:

5 Mediterranean Gulls at Horrocks Fold

3 juvenile Wheatear along Mast Road

Info thanks to Andy Makin

 

 



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This morning:

1087 Swift south over Scout Road

3 Raven high south

1 juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Horrocks Fold along with 60 juvenile Black-headed Gull

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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1 Cuckoo yesterday

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This morning on moors:

 

232 Swift south

2 Golden Plover south

Green Woodpecker at Walker Fold

Juvenile Whinchat, Grasshopper Warbler, 3 juvenile Stonechat and 19 Willow Warbler among ferns half way up Burnt Edge

2 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls at Horrocks Fold 

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin 



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Some sightings from Horrocks Fold area today included:

 

2287 Swift moving S/SW from 06:45am until 13:30pm

19 Crossbill SW (In three flocks) and 2 NW

3 single Curlew W

8 Mediterranean Gull

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Horrocks Fold today:

 

4 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adult and 2 juveniles)

1 Siskin south

10 Crossbill south

1 Common Tern east

1 Oystercatcher

217 Swift SW

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Today at Horrocks Fold Farm:

 

8 Mediterranean Gulls (4 juveniles and 4 adults) with just 100 or so Black-headed Gulls. 

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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24 Mediterranean Gulls present at Horrocks fold Farm this morning, with up to 600 Black-headed Gulls. 

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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94 Swift south between 09:30-11:30 over Horrocks Fold this morning and 19 Mediterranean Gulls including 7 juveniles on the roof together with 2 first summers and 10 adults.

 

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Good numbers of Lesser Redpolls busily around Gale Brook Plantation and further up towards Springs Reservoir (in Lancashire) early this morning, also a single Siskin over south, Kestrel hunting over the burnt moor and small flocks of Woodpigeon low south too.



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11th July:

 

A nice showing of Mediterranean Gulls this morning once again at Horrocks Fold Farm cow sheds with 18 birds, 15 adults, 2 2nd summer and 1 juvenile (photos on the website). It seems to be a stop off point for birds moving between GM and Belmont.

 

Also 27 Swift and 1 Yellow Wagtail over calling south.

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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10th July:

9 Mediterranean Gulls present around Horrocks Fold Farm this lunchtime.

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9th July:

21 Mediterranean Gulls (12 adults, 5 second year and 4 juveniles) around Horrocks Fold Farm cow sheds yesterday, including 11 together on the roof at one time. Birds either feeding amongst cattle or roosting on the roof.

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This morning a Wheatear was in the field by Scout Road quarry, and 5 Crossbills over Gale Brook Plantation (whole area now on lockdown due to the devastating fires). disbelief

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This morning, up to 10 Crossbills over Gale Brook Plantation, several Siskin, Treecreeper and Garden Warbler.

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Osprey circling slowly over Smithills Moor, drifting gradually west 11:55-12:00. Other birds included an adult Mediterranean Gull circling low over Scout Rd quarries among Black-Headed Gulls, 5 Raven over Smithills and 30 Swift feeding Walker Fold

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Male and female Cuckoo showing well at Burnt Edge.
6 Garden Warblers singing mostly Wilderswood area and Gale Brook Plantation.
3 Wheatears.

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2 Wheatear at Heather Hall today.

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A Red Kite flew low over Slack Hall / Burnt Edge towards Heather Hall at 10.50am this morning.

Yesterday, 20 Wheatears, 2 Stonechat, 6 singing Grasshopper Warblers. Singing Garden Warbler Gale Brook.

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Mon 30.04.18 7.50am - heard Cuckoo in Walker Fold Woods.

9.00am - Cuckoo heard then seen on slope above Pack Horse trail and below Burnt Edge.

9.15am - Cuckoo heard from vicinity of Chadwicks Close Farm.

 



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This morning,

2 Ring Ouzels (male and female), still present though elusive above Montcliffe and also getting in fields behind Heather Hall, also 28+ Wheatear around the area, 3 singing Grasshopper Warblers.

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Combined sightings from this morning betweem myself, Andy Makin and Dan Brown-

1 Whimbrel over George's Lane
3 Ring Ouzel (1 George's Lane, 1 Montcliffe, 1 Slack Hall)
39 Wheatear (18 Montcliffe/Pony Fields, 6 Georges Lane, 4 Edge Lane, 2 Scout Road, 7 Heather Hall, 1 Fleet Moor, 1 upper mast road)
1 singing Whitethroat
4 singing Grasshopper Warblers
1 Oystercatcher Mast Road Pony Field


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Early morning until 10am,

2 Ring Ouzels (female Scout Road, male Mast Road cattle grid, then flew towards Adams Hill / Montcliffe area)
13 Wheatear scattered around (Dave Sherrington also had 2 at Slack Hall)
1 male Stonechat
4 Greylag Geese landed on Fleet Moor before flying NE.
3 singing Grasshopper Warblers (Dave Sherrington also had 1 at Burnt Edge)
3 Oystercatcher

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Thanks for the tip Simon. 1 Wheatear at Heather Hall 0830 today but no sign of Ring Ouzel. Lovely to meet Phil Rhodes yesterday. Very helpful and friendly.

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Mid to late morning today,

3 Ring Ouzels mobile between Heather Hall, Montcliffe and Slack Hall.
11 Wheatears including 4 around Heather Hall, 3 Adams Hill and 2 Scout Road quarry field
2 Oystercatcher
1 singing Grasshopper Warbler
6+ singing Willow Warbler

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13 Wheatear were the only things of real note today.

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Ring Ouzel briefly at 06:50 this morning around the 'Big Hedge' at Higher Meadows but flew towards Wilderswood.

 

Info and image thanks to Andy Makin



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Burnt Edge this morning - Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 1 Swallow, 12 Linnets, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Red Grouse; also Raven, Curlew, 40+ Meadow Pipits, Stonechat



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4 male Ring Ouzel just inside Lancashire along Georges Lane, north past the kennels in hawthorns and fields just to the right of track which runs down the slope just past the conifer plantation.

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Male Ring Ouzel at the rest of Gilligants Farm at 10:35 this morning.

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Originally posted by Jack Danson on April 9th:

Lovely warm day yesterday 8/4/2018 at Holdens Farm. 2 swallows on wire in front of farm 2pm till 4 pm ish then disappeared. One this afternoon flying around farm buildings.



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Winter Hill Mast compound area - 3 Wheatear on dividing wall between GM and Lancs (then flew north) and 1 with GM area.

Georges Lane - I bumped into a fellow birdwatcher there at around 8.20, he (like I ) was hoping for Ring Ouzel, but he had only seen 1 Lesser Redpoll. 2 minutes after talking to him a Ring Ouzel flew over and landed in a tree on top of the bank in front of me. I also saw 8 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Green Woodpecker.

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2 Wheatear around the mast compounds on Winter Hill this morning.

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Highlights from this morning's watch from Scout Road included:

1 male Ring Ouzel East

3 Crossbill South

1 adult Mediterranean Gull over

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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