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Post Info TOPIC: ASTLEY, CHAT AND ASSOCIATED MOSSES


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RE: ASTLEY, CHAT AND ASSOCIATED MOSSES


Late news for yesterday on Little Woolden Moss:

 

2 Raven

2 Peregrine

 

On Great Woolden Moss:

 

400+ Pink-footed Geese

110 Fieldfare

12 Meadow Pipit

22 Lapwing

17 Skylark

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel 



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Little Woolden Moss today 11:30-14:00:

 

1 Goldcrest

3 Lesser Redpoll

3 Yellowhammer

7 Reed Bunting

3 Kestrel

4 Snipe

c500 Pink-footed Geese still west of field 56

19 Fieldfares

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Chat and Barton Moss this morning:

 

2 Snipe

2 Peregrine

2 Lesser Redpoll

30 Linnet

22 Reed Bunting

25 Fieldfare

2 Tree Sparrow

21 Grey Partridge

150 Jackdaw

20 Stock Dove

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel 



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Little Woolden Moss today, 10:00-14:15:

 

1 Sparrowhawk

1 Kestrel

29 Redwings

3 Fieldfares over north and a further 7 Fieldfares in field 35 Moss Road

18 Long-tailed Tits

110 Lapwings

c600 Pink-footed Geese (around fields west of field 56) then flew north west mid afternoon

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel and Dave Stewart



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Little Woolden Moss this morning:

 

10 Grey Partridge

7 Snipe

3 Lesser Redpoll

500 Pink Footed Geese

21 Redwing

1 Woodcock

1 Merlin

1 Great Black-Backed Gull

2 Stonechat

26 Fieldfare

96 Skylark

125 Lapwing

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Irlam Moss today:

 

c100 Chaffinch

2 Brambling

12 Fieldfares over west

c350 Pink-footed Geese east (12:35)

c1000 Woodpigeon

2 Raven

 

Chat Moss:

 

26 Lapwing

250 Chaffinch

1200 Woodpigeon

23 Skylark

3 Snipe

9 Yellowhammer

202 Pink-footed Geese heading east

12 Fieldfare

1 Brambling

 

Little Woolden Moss:

 

24 Grey Partridge

48 Skylark

18 Linnet

75 Chaffinch

3 Brambling

22 Lapwing

500 Pink-footed Geese which were settled on stubble until the model airplanes flew nearby

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel and Dave Stewart



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Following the Timberland Trail back from its junction with the Ship Canal at Cadishead to Irlam Moss today produced:

 

143 Canada Geese

26 Fieldfare

5 Grey Partridge

43 House Sparrow

31 Blackbird

31 Magpie

12 Snipe

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Irlam Moss fields 20/19/63/62/18 today:

 

c300 Starling

10 Fieldfare

11 Long-tailed Tit

c200 Chaffinch

1 Brambling

7 Yellowhammer

5 Meadow Pipit

1 Willow Tit

1 Grey Wagtail

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Irlam and Barton Moss this morning:

 

280 Chaffinch

3 Brambling

17 Grey Partridge

300 Jackdaw

1 Woodcock

1 Kingfisher

8 Tree Sparrow

1 Common Gull

1 Great Crested Grebe

4 Yellowhammer

21 Fieldfare

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel 



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Thursday, 30th November 2017 10:00 - 14:00 hrs.

From Barton Moss - walk along Twelve Yards Road to Little Woolden Moss - then return via a circuit of Croxdens Peat Fields.

Willow Tit x 1
Fieldfare x 2
Redwing x 10
Tree Sparrow x 6
Linnet x 1
Mistle Thrush x 4
Bullfinch x 2
Long Tailed Tit x 5
Wren x 1
Kestrel x 5 sightings
Buzzard x 4 sightings
Pied Wagtail x 3
Goldfinch x 5
Chaffinch x 70
Woodpigeon x 1000 approximately
Magpie x 10
Robin x 7
Blackbird x 10
Carrion Crow x 8
Blue Tit x 3
Great Tit x 2
Pheasant x 1


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Little Woolden Moss and immediate area today:

 

1 female Peregrine

5 Snipe

25 Starling

31 Linnet

14 Pied Wagtail

3 Meadow Pipit

51 Fieldfare

3 Mistle Thrush

1 Song Thrush

1 Raven

1 Brambling

1 Woodcock

138 Chaffinch

12 Redwing

14 Stock Dove

1 Stonechat

110 Starling

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart and Dave Steel



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3 Brambling in with c. 70 Chaffinch in Rindle hedge this am.

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Rindle Road and SE across the railway to the old peat cutting area on 23rd Nov 08.00 to 11.30am

Chaffinch 300 at field edge E of cottages
Brambling 5 among them
Linnet 3
Starling 2000 on wires near cottages

Redwing 33 across the patch
Fieldfare 6
Mistle Thrush 2

Willow Tit 1
Long Tailed Tit 15
Goldcrest 1
Reed Bunting 27 at SE edge of old peat workings
Snipe 5


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Little Woolden Moss today:

 

Merlin over west

17 Fieldfare

 

Croxdens

 

1 Wigeon

1 juvenile Peregrine

11 Fieldfare over west

c1000 Woodpigeon  

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Late news for yesterday morning on Little Woolden Moss:

 

34 Fieldfare

105 Skylark

71 Lapwing

12 Yellowhammer

3 Stonechat

2 Grey Wagtail

520 Pink-footed Geese over in 4 Skeins

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Chat Moss/Croxden/Barton Moss this morning:

 

3 Peregrine

1 Grey Wagtail

1 Pintail

1 Wigeon

4 Snipe

2 Raven

114 Lapwing

220 Chaffinch

2 Brambling

11 Grey Partridge

1 Woodcock

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Little Woolden Moss this morning:

 

17 Fieldfare

1 Raven

3 Snipe

34 Lesser Redpoll

19 Teal

7 Pink-footed Geese

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel 



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Little Woolden Moss circular walk via the River Glaze 11:00-14:30 today:

 

23 redpolls by New Moss Road

117 Lapwing

Peregrine

27 Reed Bunting

10 Tree Sparrow (Platt House Farm)

c800 Starling

5 Yellowhammer

35 Teal (River Glaze)

1 Wigeon

1 Raven

445 Pink-footed Geese over in 3 skeins

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart and Dave Steel



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Drake Pintail still present at Croxdens today as was an adult female Peregrine.

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Little Woolden Moss this morning, 07:15-11:15:

 

2 Brambling

12 Lesser Redpoll

35 Fieldfare

435 Pink-footed Geese all heading east in 4 skeins

4 Snipe

3 Stonechat

9 Grey Partridge

220 Lapwing

 

Barton Moss 11:25-13:15

 

37 Grey Partridge

235 Chaffinch

1 Brambling

1 Peregrine

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Thursday, 16th November 2017 13:00 - 16:00 hrs.

From Barton Moss - walk along Twelve Yards Road as far as Astley Road - then a circuit of Croxdens

Siskin x 2
Tree Sparrow x 3
Yellowhammer x 3
Bullfinch x 2
Mistle Thrush x 1
Chaffinch x 60
Buzzard x 3 sightings
Kestrel x 5 sightings
Wren x 1
Blue Tit x 1
Great Tit x 3
Blackbird x 5
Mallard x 10
Carrion Crow x 5
Magpie x 4
Pheasant x 2



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Croxdens today:

 

1 drake Pintail

7 Teal

 

Twelve Yards Road/field 18:

 

2 Brambling

6 Yellowhammer

c200 Chaffinch

 

Little Woolden Moss:

 

Juvenile female Merlin

Immature Marsh Harrier with pale green tags on the inner wings

 

Barton Moss:

 

205 Starling

288 Chaffinch

2 Peregrine

4 Brambling

4 Tree Sparrow

200 Jackdaw

1 Nuthatch

1 Grey Wagtail

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart and Dave Steel

 



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Little Woolden Moss today:

 

1 Stonechat

c300 Starling

c1500 Woodpigeon

 

A brief visit Irlam Moss/Croxdens:

 

1 Brambling

2 Lesser Redpoll

2 Fieldfare

20 Redwing

14 Pink-footed Geese

400 Chaffinch

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel and Dave Stewart



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Additional Little Woolden Moss sightings from today, 11:00- 13:45:

 

3 Stonechat

1 Raven

1 female Sparrowhawk

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart

 

On Croxdens this morning:

 

1 peregrine

3 Brambling

1 Raven

170 Jackdaw

 

13 Whooper Swans still present on Little Woolden Moss this evening.

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Day spent around here today; up Astley Road from Irlam, over the motorway, across to Cutnook Lane, onto Twelveyards Road, then onto Little Woolden Moss.

Irlam Moss:

4 goldcrest
45+ goldfinch
17+ linnet
1 greenfinch
c25 chaffinch
4 brambling
1 bullfinch
9+ reed bunting
7 meadow pipit
10 pied wagtail
5+ skylark
1 song thrush (first I've noted for a couple of months)
8 mistle thrush
33 stock dove
1 -3 sparrowhawk
2 kestrel
4 buzzard

Little Woolden Moss:

6 lesser redpoll
2 bullfinch
2 reed bunting
19 pink-footed geese circling over
13 whooper swan (peat works end; thanks to Dave Stewart for putting me onto these)
35+ lapwing
1 snipe over
1 merlin
1 kestrel


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Irlam Moss (along Cutnook Lane and Raspberry Lane) 15.30-16.15

c.70 Pink-footed Geese over E
3 Brambling
40-50 Goldfinch
1 Bullfinch (f)
1 Buzzard
2 Kestrel

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Late news for yesterday:

Croxdens am:

Peregrine upsetting 90 Jackdaw

1 Brambling

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel

 

Little Woolden Moss:

 

97 Lapwings

Immature male Stonechat

5 Tree Sparrows (Red House Farm)

1 Peregrine 

 

Info thank to Dave Stewart

 

 



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Little Woolden Moss today 10:00-12:30:

 

47 Reed Buntings

120 Skylarks

7 Snipe

c700 Starlings

15 Grey Partridges (f56)

2 Fieldfares (f19)

 

1 Wigeon

3 skeins of Pink-footed Geese heading east, totalling 350

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel and Dave Stewart.



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oops, the "800 across the road" were starlings.



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A couple of hours around Astley Moss SSSI this morning.

 

Blackbird 5

Brambling 1

Buzzard 2

Chaffinch 13

Goldcrest 2

Great Tit 4

Jay 5

Lesser Redpoll 1

Long-tailed Tit 20

Meadow Pipit 3

Pheasant everywhere

Reed Bunting 4

Siskin 1

Song Thrush 1

Starling 30

Treecreeper 1

Woodpigeon 102 (there were c800 across the road)

Blue Tit 3

Bullfinch 3

Carrion Crow 1

Dunnock 2

Goldfinch 4

Jackdaw 12

Kestrel 2

Linnet 1

Magpie 3

Mistle Thrush 2

Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 1

Robin 5

Skylark 4

Sparrowhawk 1

Teal 2

Willow Tit 1

Wren 8



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Late news for Irlam Moss on the afternoon of Sunday 5th:

1 Brambling

36 Chaffinch

5 Snipe

1 Willow Tit

1 Tawny Owl

3 skeins of Pink-footed Geese totalling 750 heading east at 17:10

 

Late news for Monday 6th on Little Woolden Moss 07:09-12:30:

3 Raven

7 Siskin

8 Lesser Redpoll

1 Peregrine

1 Female Merlin

494 Starling

3 Stonechat

6 Snipe

159 Redwing

All info thanks to Dave Steel



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At least two, possibly three, Brambling in the big hedge at the top of the old feeding station track at Rindle this afternoon.

Also 150 Starling off Moss Lane and a further flock of 500 feeding in field 67 off Rindle Road.



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Had a very brief visit yesterday afternoon, got close views of a female sparrowhawk. A male sparrowhawk later was chased by 4 crows eastwards away from the site.
Also saw a kestrel hunting, several skylark, a couple of reed bunting, 3 buzzard. Need time for a longer visit!

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Kingfisher on River Glaze at Great Woolden Hall this afternoon.

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Late news for Little Woolden Moss yesterday early afternoon:

 

c50 Skylark

14 Teal

6 Tree Sparrow

1 Peregrine

3 Stonechats (2m+1f)

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Little Woolden Moss this morning:

 

2 Stonechat

37 Reed Bunting

6 Snipe

210 Skylark

1 Peregrine

9 Tree Sparrow

300 Chaffinch

2 Brambling

1 Grey Wagtail

8 Yellowhammer

50 Linnet

750 Pink-footed Geese over in 6 skeins

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Little Woolden Moss today, 09:45-12:4:

 

52 Pink-footed Geese above fields 62/63

Male and female Peregrines high over west

84 Lapwings

c150 Skylarks

c50 Reed Buntings

6 Teal

Make and female Stonechats

2 Grey Partridges

 

12 Yards Road:

 

11 Grey Partridges, appeared tame (likely released birds)   

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart

 

Croxdens:

 

4 Snipe

5 Wigeon

220 Chaffinch dropped into a treeline from the north at 12:30

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Little Woolden Moss, 09:15-12:00:

 

2 Stonechat

5 Snipe

1 Peregrine

1 Merlin

180 Skylark

22 Linnet

4 Lesser Redpoll

150 Lapwing

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel

 



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Little Woolden Moss today:

 

243 Lapwings on the west peat pools

5 Snipe

Adult male Peregrine with prey

c50 Skylarks (field 56)

c100 Starlings over west

3 Lesser Redpolls on the path near to the car park

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart

 

Irlam Moss:

 

5 Lesser Redpoll

2 Siskin

2 Willow Tit

9 Grey Partridge

120 Pink-footed Geese over heading west

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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A pleasant walk along Moss Lane to edge of Lower Woolden Moss

Pink footed Geese - 250 in 2 skeins came off fields & flew west
Skylark - ca100 restless flock around fields
Fieldfare - 10
Redwing - several flocks of between 20 - 50
Mistle Thrush - 2
Pied Wagtails - 6
Stonechat - pair
Linnets - 50
Reed Bunting 6
Tree Sparrow - several heard & seen among House Sparrows by farm


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Further Little Woolden Moss sightings today:

 

31 Pink-footed Geese over west (09:40)

3 Lesser Redpoll

2 Stonechat

30 Skylark

15 Reed Bunting

3 Snipe

 

Barton Moss:

 

40 Goldfinch

12 Reed Bunting

3 Kestrel

23 Snipe

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Little Woolden Moss - last hour of daylight 16.15-17.15

1 Stonechat (male) along main path
1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
c50 Pink-footed Geese in 2 skiens at 17.10. (22 heading E, c.38 heading W)
covey of 14 Grey Partridge just off reserve

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Little Woolden Moss to Red House Farm:

 

23 Reed  Bunting

7 Tree Sparrow

2 Willow Tit

45 Skylark

3 Kestrel

2 Sparrowhawk

71 Pink-footed Geese over west at 12:10

 

Irlam Moss:

 

2 Grey Partridge

20 Pink-footed Geese

4 Siskin

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart and Dave Steel



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Croxden/Barton Moss this am:

 

1 Peregrine

2 Raven

2 Grey Wagtail

2 Wigeon

14 Tree Sparrow

3 Snipe

3 Lesser Redpoll

2500 Woodpigeon

A total of 480 Pink-footed Geese on and over the area

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel 



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Further sightings from Little Woolden Moss today,10:00-12:25:

15 Reed Bunting

c300 Pink footed Geese

200+ Skylark (field 56 & over west)

Croxdens:

81 Mallard

5 Snipe  

c2000 Woodpigeon

1 Peregrine

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Little Woolston Moss 7-11.30 with Dave Steel Corn Bunting 1 Pink Footed Geese 360 Tree Sparrow 20+ Siskin 4 Lesser Redpoll 2 Skylark 120+ Buzzard 7 Redwing 45 Yellowhammer 5 Of note- the peat extraction has finished on LWM and remedial work is being done to retain water on that area where extraction had been continuing till last week.

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Rindle area of Astley Moss this early afternoon:

A Rock/Water Pipit flew fairly low over the old feeding station track (having come from the direction of the east side of Rindle Road) calling several times and headed west just over tree height over Rindle Wood but no further sign including in the fields beyond. A very odd sighting indeed!?

170 Starling in one flock feeding in fields

440 Woodpigeon in one flock in fields behind Rindle Wood

A total of 109 Grey Partridge (releases for shooting) in two coveys, with 31 in fields behind Rindle Wood and 78 in field 67; and a very wary pair in field 69 were much more likely to be local wild birds

7 Buzzards up in the immediate area

In the big hedge by Rindle Wood were:

29 Yellowhammer 

26 Redwing

19 Greenfinch

16 Tree Sparrow

70 Goldfinch (mobile flock around the fields mainly)

4 Lesser Redpoll

Plenty of Chaffinch

9 Jay were in a single flock feeding on acorns along Moss Lane



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Barton Moss this morning:

 

48 Meadow Pipit

17 Reed Bunting

2 Lesser Redpoll

9 Yellowhammer

98 Redwing some pausing to eat hawthorn berries

4 Grey Partridge

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Little Woolden Moss this morning:

 

1 Wigeon

160 Redwing

5 Fieldfare

6 Lesser Redpoll

300 Pink-footed Geese off the reserve

1 Peregrine

2 Snipe

1 Chiffchaff

2 Stonechat

145 Skylark

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Little Woolden Moss today, 12:30-14:30:

 

c270 Pink-footed Geese including 50 flying in from the east (all in fields west of the reserve)

11 Cormorants over southeast

1 Peregrine

21 Mistle Thrushes on wires in field 18

 

Croxdens 15:30-17:30:

 

300 Pink-footed Geese milling about the air

4 Snipe

Water Rail

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart and Dave Steel



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