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RE: ASTLEY, CHAT AND ASSOCIATED MOSSES


Ian McKerchar wrote:

They have stopped releasing many (if any) Red-legged Partridges though as they apparently used to almost immediately dissappear and were never seen again, let alone shot!





As they're "French" partridges (Obsever's Book of Birds -1952 edition) presumably they're on the next Eurostar back home tout suite biggrin

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Little Woolden Moss today:

 

7 Lesser Redpoll

2 Willow Tit

1 Grey Wagtail

6 Snipe

280 Pink-footed Geese over and about the reserve

23 Teal

 

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There are huge releases of gamebirds here each year, my largest ever single covey of over 80 Grey Partridge and it’s near impossible to now tell wild birds from releases although the latter are at least usually fairly tame. They have stopped releasing many (if any) Red-legged Partridges though as they apparently used to almost immediately ‘dissappear’ and were never seen again, let alone shot!



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Jason Dulhanty wrote:

 

Field behind Rindle barn

An impressive 60 Grey partridge

Cheers Jay

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Hi, I was chatting to 'Mr Mosslands' David Steel who told me that there had been releases of captive reared Grey Partridges in this general area recently, so this number may well be part of that release programme. 60 is certainly a very impressive number and gives hope for their survival here long term smile



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Croxdens this am:

 

2 Willow Tit

1 Chiffchaff

1 Nuthatch

3 Snipe

22 Reed Bunting

1 Stonechat

1 Golden Plover over

6 Lesser Redpoll

 

Info thank to Dave Steel 



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15.00-16.30

Rindle road area

On the way in, fields around Nook lane full of Pheasants

Rindle woods and SSSI

More Pheasants

2 coveys of Grey partridge 5 and12

Various Thrush flocks

Chaffinch

Treecreeper

Corn bunting x4 id by call

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Long tailed titx16

Buzzard

Field behind Rindle barn

An impressive 60 Grey partridge

Cheers Jay

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Visible migration highlights from Little Woolden Moss this morning, 07:00-12:00:

 

2 Brambling

23 Snipe

98 Meadow Pipit

1 Wigeon.

12 Siskin.

389 Redwing

3 Lesser Redpoll

76 Skylark

1 Peregrine with prey

1 Golden Plover

452 Starling

350 Lapwing

60 Pink-footed Geese

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel 



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Little Woolden Moss today, 09:45-12:30:

 

c120 Pink-footed Geese flew off the peat west at 11:10

c50 Skylark

c30 Meadow Pipit

male and female Stonechat (field 18)

 

Barton Moss, 13:00-14:15:

 

2 Grey Partridge

8 Redwing

c50 Goldfinch

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Little Woolden Moss today from visits both am and pm:

1 Green Sandpiper

186 Lapwing

2 Snipe

7 Lesser Redpoll

3 Peregrine

115 Skylark

c400 Black-headed Gulls

25 Stock Doves

5 Corn Buntings

c100 Skylarks

c30 Meadow Pipits

2 Sparrowhawks

c150 Pink-footed Geese over southeast at 16:15

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Mike Chorley wrote:

I wonder if we're getting Continental Robins arriving from areas where Cetti's Warbler are common?


 That possibility also occured to me Mike, as there have been a lot of continental arrivals in the last couple of weeks and Id not heard it before then.



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Around 100 pink footed geese on Little Woolden Moss today, flew south-west at around midday. Quiet otherwise though! Also interestingly both a yellow wagtail and a fieldfare feeding near each other among the pied wagtails in the field on the right hand side, just by Four Lane Ends. Cheers Charlie

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Hi Alan. Your experience mirrors the one I had on Sunday at Strinesdale in Oldham while doing my WEBS survey. A brief bust of Cetti's song, several times, from a Robin! I'm glad it's happened to someone else, I thought I was going mad. I made sure I saw the bird in case it was a Blackcap mimicking both. It was the way the Robin matched the volume which surprised me. I wonder if we're getting Continental Robins arriving from areas where Cetti's Warbler are common?

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A heart racing moment today whilst doing a bird surveys on Astley Moss SSSI; From the willows came the distinctive first 4 notes of a Cetti's Warbler song, which would be a first for me on the site and probably a first for Astley Moss. (stand to be corrected on the latter point). I decided that a part song was not enough to tick this one so I waited patiently to see the bird. After a short while of nothing, a Robin popped up and flew about 20 metres along the willow scrub to my left. Then, shortly after, the part song of the Cetti's burst out again, 20 metres away to my left!! Surely not.  I moved closer to the new venue and to my absolute amazement, the Robin popped up and let rip with the first 4 or 5 notes of the typical and very distinctive song of the Cetti's. Bitter disappointment to say the least and total amazement to hearing a Robin produce such utterances.

Well, for anybody visiting Astley Moss and wishing to avoid such drama, I suggest that should you hear what you think might be a Cetti's Warbler, presume Robin until you can prove otherwise.



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Little Woolden Moss today, 9:30-13:00:

 

c120 Skylark

c100 Linnet

117 Pink-footed Geese on the peat

2 Stonechat (north path)

2 Tree Sparrow (Red House Farm)

8 Buzzard

2 Sparrowhawk

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Little Woolden Moss highlights for yesterday morning:

 

22 Yellowhammer

140 Linnet

3 Snipe

75 Skylark

90 Pink-footed Geese on field 20

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Little Woolden Moss today, 10:45-14:00:

 

175 Pink-footed Geese over west 11-11:30 and 117 landed on the west pools at 13:40

 

In fields 56 and 19:

 

150 Skylarks

80 Linnets

Sparrowhawk

1 juvenile/female Merlin

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Irlam Moss this morning:

 

16 Redwing

5 Snipe

23 Grey Partridge

1 Golden Plover over

 

Little Woolden Moss:

 

125 Lapwing

250 Skylark

120 Linnet

1 juv/female Merlin which put up all the Linnet and Skylark

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel 



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Little Woolden Moss today, 09:45-13:00:

 

116 Pink footed Geese in field 20, flew west 11:45

32 Teal

 

On field 56:

 

150 Skylarks

100 Linnets

20 Meadow Pipits

imm/ fm  Merlin

17 Reed Buntings

2 Snipe over west

 

Croxden, 07:20-09:50:

 

12 Lesser Redpoll

1 male Stonechat

4 Snipe

24 Pink-footed Geese over at 09:40

1 Grey Wagtail.

3 Redwing over at 07:56

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart and Dave Steel



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Little Woolden Moss today, 12:35-13:45:

 

60 Pink-footed Geese on the reserve, then joined by another 30

31 Teal

5 Snipe

1 Golden Plover flying over

70 Skylark

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Sightings from Little Woolden Moss throughout today up to mid-afternoon:

 

7 Snipe

1 Peregrine

4 Golden Plover over (3 morning, 1 afternoon)

1 Ringed Plover

8 Swallow

183 Pink Footed Geese (18 in field 20 in the morning were probably some of the same as the 10 out on the peat mid-afternoon; a single over along with skiens of 24 in the morning and 140 W mid-afternoon)

1 Wheatear

110 Skylark 

5 Stonechat

6 Grey Partridge 

 

Info thanks to the Daves of Steel and Stewart, plus myself.

 

 



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Little Woolden Moss this afternoon:

 

27 Pink-footed Geese still at the west end before flying off west at 14:40

80+ Linnets

25 Skylarks

20 Meadow Pipits

 

Croxdens:

 

1 Peregrine

150 Black-headed Gulls

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Little Woolden Moss today, 9:30-13:00:

 

27 Pink-footed Geese

2 Greylag Geese

c100 Skylarks

c80 Linnets

35 Meadow Pipits

1 Sparrowhawk

1 Raven

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Some sightings from Little Woolden Moss this morning:

2 Ringed Plover

1 Snipe

in field 56:

7 Pink-footed Geese

43 'alba' wagtails; majority look-a-likey White Wagtails but I'm still not convinced

90 Linnet

120 Skylark (also around all the fields north of Little Woolden Moss)

 



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Little Woolden Moss and field 56 today, 11:00-13-:45:

 

11 Teal

173 Skylarks

100+ Meadow Pipits

15 Pied Wagtails

1Peregrine

1 Sparrowhawk

1 Raven 

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Little Woolden Moss today, 10:30-13:30:

 

Adult Hobby

1 Ringed Plover (juv.)

137 Lapwings over west

80+ Linnets on the peat and a further 35 Linnets on field 56

21 Skylarks 

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Little Woolden Moss, 09:30-12:30 today:

 

1 Peregrine

1 Sparrowhawk

4  Kestrels

1 Raven

 

Around field 56:

 

150+ Skylarks

91 Meadow Pipits

27 Pied Wagtails

2 White Wagtails

58 Linnets

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel 



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Little Woolden Moss today, 09:30-11:00:

 

15 Ringed Plovers (1 on the peat, 14 over southwest)

1 Shoveler

17 Teal

3 Swallows

1 displaying Raven

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart 



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In addition to the LWM sightings, Simon Johnson and I had a Yellow Wagtail, 1 Greenshank, 10 Teal and a female Marsh Harrier at Croxdens late afternoon.

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Sightings from today on Little Woolden Moss, 09:45-12:45:

Juvenile Ruff

12 Ringed Plovers (10 juvs + 2ads)

1 Peregrine

2 Sparrowhawks

31 Teal

100+ Skylarks

25 Meadow Pipits

2 Whitethroats

3 Willow Warblers

2 Grey Partridges

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Visit this morning, gates on carpark have to be locked now due to vandalism , what a crap world .

Anywho Juvenile Ruff , Ringed Plover still present

Teal 18

Peregrine 1

Kestrel 3 

Sparrowhawk 1

Buzzard 2

Skylarks 100+

Meadow Pipits 20+

Reed Bunting 7

Grey Wagtail 1

Crows 22

Swallows 8+

Chiffchaff 1 

Willow warbler 2

Lots of Dragonflies and Butterflies ,

Keep Birding,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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23/9/17 Little Woolden Moss 9am to 10:45

1 Juvenile Ruff
12 Ringed Plover
3 Stonechat
1 Chiffchaff
2 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
20+ Skylark moving high overhead north
A few Meadow Pipit and Reed Buntings dotted about.

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A juvenile Little Stint present at 15:00 flew off south at 15:17. A couple of blurry phonescoped record shots below, plus one showing its size in relation to a Pied Wagtail on the left.

Other birds present included 4 Ringed Plover, 3 of which departed south, White Wagtail, 76 Skylark flushed by a Buzzard from fields on the north side, a flock of 20 Meadow Pipit went south and a flock of 21 Blue Tit moved through with a few Great Tit.



-- Edited by dave broome on Friday 22nd of September 2017 06:23:55 PM

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Birds present mid morning today on Little Woolden Moss included:

13 Ringed Plover

Juvenile Hobby

Meanwhile at Croxdens:

Greenshank

Kingfisher



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This morning up to 9.00am on Little Wooldon Moss-

2 Ruff
4 Ringed Plover
2 Stonechat still present
hundreds of Meadow Pipits heading south and loads all over the peat.
100+ Skylark
4 Chiffchaff


-- Edited by Simon Warford on Friday 22nd of September 2017 10:49:01 AM

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This morning up to 9.15am on Little Woolden Moss-

2 Sandwich Terns (adult + juvenile) heard calling overhead and picked up flying south west at 08:25
1 juvenile Ruff
2 Dunlin
11 Ringed Plover
4 Snipe
4 Shoveler
27 Teal
1 Little Grebe
2 Stonechat
2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin and 1 Sparrowhawk all hunting the pools, with one of the Peregrines catching a Skylark and plucking it on the moss.
1 Wheatear
6 Chiffchaff


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Little Woolden Moss today,  09:45-13:00:

 

12 juvenile Ringed Plovers

2 Dunlins

3 White Wagtails

41 Meadow Pipits

10 Skylarks

2 Stonechats

5 Willow Warblers

3 Whitethroats  

Sparrowhawk

9 Buzzards

93 Swallows

 

On Croxdens:

 

Greenshank

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart and Dave Steel



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48 Pink-footed Geese SE over at 07:54 this morning.

 

Also present:

 

1 Dunlin

15 Ringed Plover

4 Grey Partridge

9 Snipe

2 Stonechat

2 Lesser Redpoll

2 Raven

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Further sightings from Little Woolden Moss today, 9:45-12:15:

18 Ringed Plovers (11 juvs on the peat and 7 over west)

2 Stonechats (male +juv/fem)

2 White Wagtails

2 juv Willow Warblers

Croxdens:

1 Greenshank   

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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also 12 skylarks on the north side 6 buzzards near the turbine, lots of meadow pipits, snipe, sand martins and heard redshank.



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07.45 till 09.00 on little woolden moss

 

1 dunlin

12 ringed plover

1 peregrine

2 teal

50 pink footed geese heading south east



-- Edited by brian fielding on Sunday 17th of September 2017 11:08:49 AM



-- Edited by brian fielding on Sunday 17th of September 2017 11:11:03 AM

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Late afternoon at Little Woolden Moss, 4.30-7pm.

13 Ringed Plover (11 juvs)
1 Greenshank
3 juv Dunlin
1 Snipe
10 Teal
4 Wheatear
70 Pink-footed Geese over SE at 18:45.

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Three Greenshank and a fine juvenile Spotted Redshank dropped into Little Woolden Moss at 12:08 today but flew off SE at 12:16.

Also present were:

2  Dunlin 

7 Ringed Plover

4 Wheatear

Info and images thanks to Dave Steel



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Little Woolden Moss today:

 

7 skiens of Pink-footed Geese all heading SE

7 Golden Plover

2 Green Sandpiper

5 Ringed Plover

1 Curlew

2 Dunlin

1 Stonechat

3 Snipe

1 Swift

132 Meadow Pipit

2 Grey Partridge

 

Croxdens:

 

75 Pink-footed Geese over

32 Teal

1 Stonechat

2 Willow Tit

1 Hobby

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Sightings from Little Woolden Moss today, am Dave Steel and pm myself:

2 Wheatear

3 Ringed Plover

3 Dunlin (only 2 present pm)

4 White Wagtail 

1 Greenshank

1 Redshank

1 Golden plover

2 Hobby

Pink-footed Geese heard only over am

 



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On Little Woolden Moss this morning:

3 Wheatear

2 Ringed Plover

1 Greenshank

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Today on Little Woolden Moss:

1 Grey Plover

Wheatear

3 juv Ringed Plovers

1 juv Dunlin

1 Greenshank

112 Meadow Pipit

100 Linnet

42 Skylark

14 Snipe

Info thanks to Dave Steel and Dave Stewart



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Late report from yesterday (offline due to house move); Little Woolden Moss, approx 10.40 - 2.20:

Large mixed flock again; roughly 70% blue tit, as far as I could tell, with long-tailed tit also in high numbers, and fewer chiffchaff and great tit; anything else in there eluded me.
1 willow tit
14 linnet
2 bullfinch
c5 house martin
10+ swallow
c40 meadow pipit
c10 pied wagtail
1 white wagtail
1 whinchat (I think that's me referred to below; hello!)
2 wheatear
3 ringed plover
1 dunlin
1 snipe
1 kestrel
1 buzzard

At least one white wagtail on Irlam Moss, too.

-- Edited by Shannon Llewellyn on Monday 11th of September 2017 10:11:59 AM

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Late afternoon with Simon Johnson, highlights;

7 Black-tailed Godwits flew in and then off north
3 Ringed Plover (2 juvs)
1 juv Dunlin still
2 White Wagtails
3 Wheatear
1+ Willow Tit
House Martins piling through south
Another birder saw a Whinchat before we arrived.

Other sightings from a visit on 7/9 included 3 Golden Plover, 3 Shoveler, 25 Teal and 1 Wheatear.


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

 

3 juvenile Ringed Plovers

1 juvenile Dunlin

1 Greenshank over northwest

7 Black-tailed Godwits over southeast

3 White Wagtails

2 Wheatears

1 Green sandpiper

220 Swallows

20 House Martins

1 Swift  

 

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14:45-16:45 today at Little Woolden Moss

1 juvenile Dunlin, 1 juvenile Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper over, 1 Snipe, 1 Mute Swan, 3 Teal, 1 Hobby,         1 White Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Swift west, 21 Linnet



-- Edited by dave broome on Thursday 7th of September 2017 06:42:58 PM

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