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130 Fieldfare and a Great Spotted Woodpecker on the Wigan side of Booths Brow Road, Downall Green this morning

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Friday 02 March 2012

Curlew over house at 13:50.

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Wednesday 29 February 2012

Curlew over Bryn Station at 08:30, heading NW.

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Teal calling as it flew N over Skitters Wood at 19:20 this evening, Tawny Owls calling from the wood, pair of Goldcrest today

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Wednesday 22 February 2012

A flock of c30 Lapwing flew east over Tesco Express on Bolton Road, just before 9am.

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12 Grey Partridge Tues 14th Feb between Gladden Hey Farm and Leyland Mill Lane

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Saturday 14 January 2012

34 House Sparrow in the garden, mid-afternoon.
1 Great Black-backed Gull over, heading south.

-- Edited by Rob Thorpe on Sunday 15th of January 2012 11:24:33 PM

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Saturday 14 January 201

3 Greylag Geese west over the house at 13:00ish

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Thursday 10th Nov: a tight flock of 2000 Starling flew high and fast NW over Skitters Wood at 07:40

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Friday 4th Nov: calling Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting both went east over Skitters early a.m.

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Peregrine east over the A49 at Landgate 09:15 this morning, stooped towards the farmland

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I could hear plenty of Redwing flying over whilst I was cycling home from Wigan to Ashton this evening.

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Approx 160 Pink Feet West over Ashton town centre at approx 10.45am today, plus I could have sworn I just heard a Redwing going over.



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5 vocal Grey Partridge were a surprising occurrence in gardens on the edge of the town centre end of Skitters Wood this morning, singing Chiffchaff also present

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4 House Martin still around a nest site today

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as per Simon's Warford's Horwich Moors post today, Meadow Pipit passage continued over Skitters Wood right through today, albeit sporadic

6 south as soon as I opened the front door early morning, but no more over the next few minutes; 40+ mid-afternnoon inc a flock of 15; a few heard but not visible just before sunset

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Craig Higson wrote:

Sounds like Skitters Wood is turning into the new birding capital of Wigan Dave. By the way - what is that picture on your avatar??





Mystery Bird: Channel-Billed Toucan, in gardens on the edge of Skitters Wood a few years ago

Probably not identifiable from the world's worst ever bird photograph. It is shown (?) in the fork of a Sycamore, where it was drinking, in our front garden . It's facing to the right, holding its monster bill up at angle of 45 degrees.


Tawny Owls calling in the wood this evening

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Wednesday 28 September 2011 Peregrine over, fairly low, heading south at 17:35.

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Sounds like Skitters Wood is turning into the new birding capital of Wigan Dave. By the way - what is that picture on your avatar??

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Tawny Owls vocal in Skitters Wood this evening, plus one which flew out of our neighbour's Scots Pine as I went out to the bin at dusk

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a calling Whimbrel went south over Skitters Wood at 18:05 tonight


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Greenshank calling over Skitters Wood at 22:15 last night
50+ Swift moved south today, ahead of incoming rain late morning

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Kingfisher on Millingford Brook at Skitters Wood today, also a Jay walked down a fallen tree to have a drink from the brook, looking like an oversized Budgie walking down a plastic ladder

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Siskin south over Skitters Wood this evening

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The two juvenile Jackdaws still after some nosebag off their parents on the pavement of Gerard Street this morning

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Jimmy,hope you don,t mind but that needs translating,2 young jackdaws begging for food
would be PC,maybe 'pester power' a bit more elevenish,meself just luv slang.

best regards geoff

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2 juv Jackdaws moidering there parents for food this AM


Cheers Jimmy



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Kingfisher at Crompton's Lodge (viewed from Aspenwood off Old Hall Drive) this morning, also a juvenile Black-Headed Gull present (presumably from Pennington/Wigan Flashes)

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A pair of Bullfinch nest-building at Skitters Wood today

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Fledged Nuthatch and Song Thrush in Skitters Wood today, also got a sore neck looking up as a scruffy adult Jay fed a pristine fledged juvenile in the canopy of a tall Lime
also Treecreeper, singing Chiffchaff and Blackcap

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Pied Wagtail feeding 2 juvs today by the Market

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Sunday 01 May 2011

1 Lesser Whitethroat singing near The Harrow Inn.



Thursday 28 April 2011

1 Common Tern over the house at 07:50, heading SW.

-- Edited by Rob Thorpe on Tuesday 3rd of May 2011 11:13:44 PM

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Thursday 07 April 2011

4 or 5 House Martin in the evening.

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Wednesday 23 March 2011

A Buzzard and a Lesser Black-backed Gull were having a bit of a scrap, fairly low over the house this morning.

-- Edited by Rob Thorpe on Wednesday 23rd of March 2011 02:08:50 PM

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Raven seen on buildings in Antler Court, Three Sisters Industrial Park. Calling loudly and gathering nesting material.

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Kingisher on Millingford Brook at Skitters Wood today, also Nuthatch, Siskin, Bullfinch and singing Goldcrest

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Friday 28 January 2011

2 Ravens over, heading south, early afternoon. Info thanks to Terry Thorpe.

(could have done with those for my garden year-list doh.gif)

-- Edited by Rob Thorpe on Friday 28th of January 2011 01:31:24 PM

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Kingfisher calling on Millingford Brook this morning by York Road/Druid Street, also Bullfinch there

At nearby Ashton Heath: Treecreeper, 10 Long-Tailed Tit, 15+ Goldfinch, Grey Wagtail and 2 Bullfinch

At Old George's Pond on Friday the Muscovy Duck population had increased by 100%, to 2 birds. I'm sure no-one is happier about this than the original bird, long-time resident 'George'biggrin.gif

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8:00 am
Pair of Buzzards over Ashton Town Centre

Cheers Jimmy

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Wednesday 08 December 2010

A long awaited addition to my garden list, a Kestrel landed on a neighbour's roof just after 09:00 this morning.

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Monday 01 November 2010

a Chiffchaff in my works carpark, off Bryn Road, early afternoon.

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approx 500 Canada Geese, making a right old racket, were flying low over Brocstedes Farm, Downall Green at 18:30 yesterday
I don't know whether they had come off the stubble field here, or others in the vicinity just over the GM boundary
most went in the general direction of the flashes, with a hundred or so breaking off in the general direction of Carr Mill Dam

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Bit of 'vis mig' this am whilst loading the car up - 48 Jackdaws high up going SE plus 2 skylark and 2 meadow pipits

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Craig Higson wrote:

dave broome wrote:

I think there's a roost somewhere around the Thistle Hotel/Haydocck industrial estate






Used to be one at the Thistle, maybe still is, but I've seen large numbers at Brychall High school the last couple of winters and suspect theres one around there somewhere



But they were going the wrong way to have come from either the Thistle or the Byrchall...?

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dave broome wrote:

I think there's a roost somewhere around the Thistle Hotel/Haydocck industrial estate






Used to be one at the Thistle, maybe still is, but I've seen large numbers at Brychall High school the last couple of winters and suspect theres one around there somewhere

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I think there's a roost somewhere around the Thistle Hotel/Haydocck industrial estate

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Tuesday 05 October 2010

a single flock of 28 Pied Wagtail flew low over our house at 07:40, heading south. Must be leaving a nearby roost site(?).

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2 Redwing this morning on a berry-laden Whitebeam at Skitters Wood

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Friday 17 September 2010

1 Wheatear in stony field off Riding Lane this afternoon.

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House Martins still feeding young in nest
Also Grey Wagtail over

Cheers Jimmy

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