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RE: Ashton-in-Makerfield


Sunday 29 August 2010

Curlew over the house, calling and heading west, at 18:05.

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Hobby just after 3pm today, between the town centre and Skitters Wood, carrying prey

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Rob Thorpe wrote:

Saturday 07 August 2010

A Curlew heard overhead at 03:00ish






Your'e becoming obsessive Rob biggrin.gif

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Redshank calling over Skitters Wood-Ashton town centre around 22:30 10th August

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Saturday 07 August 2010

A Curlew heard overhead at 03:00ish

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Skitters Wood - only in Lancashire could somewhere be called Skitters Wood!

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Kingfisher on Millingford Brook between Skitters Wood and the town centre this evening

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Tuesday 27 July 2010

A Common Sandpiper heard over the house at 23:30ish.

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100+ Swallows feeding around sunset this evening (not that you would have noticed any sun setting in the murk) over a Barley field along Drummer's Lane, North Ashton



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Wednesday 21 July 2010

A Curlew was calling overhead in the rain at 01:30 this morning (or should that be last night?).

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2 Jackdaws yesterday were feasting on Cherries, from a tall tree, the top of which is just visible against the gable end of the Nationwide on Gerrard Street.

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Saturday 01 May 2010

A Lesser Whitethroat at Sewage Farm, Golborne Road early morning.

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Monday 26 April 2010

1 Wheatear in stony field off Riding Lane this evening.

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Sunday 25 April 2010

2 Wheatear off Riding Lane this morning. Also 1 Oystercatcher over.


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Thursday 15 April 2010

Spent most of the day in the garden, the "highlights" being:
4 Buzzard
2 Sparrowhawk
a singing Goldcrest, and
a pair of Coal Tit carrying nest type stuff.

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Wednesday 07 April 2010

2 Ringed Plover off Riding Lane at 14:00ish. Also 2 Sand Martin and a Swallow over.

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Monday 05 April 2010

2 Oystercatcher off Riding Lane at noon.

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Sunday 04 April 2010

Now 4 Ringed Plover off Riding Lane this morning.

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Saturday 03 April 2010

3 Ringed Plover in a field off Riding Lane, late afternoon.

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singing Chiffchaff and Goldcrest in Skitters Wood this morning and a pair of Bullfinch

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I've just (literally) at 23.30hrs had a significant (for here anyway) movement of Wigeon over my house. Judging by the number of calls and the very audible sound of lots of wings over 20 seconds or so I would 'guestimate' easily over 100 birds. Judging from their fading calls they sounded like they were moving NW. Possibilities of finding them at the Flashes tomorrow? Somehow I suspect they'll go straight through.

-- Edited by Craig Higson on Tuesday 23rd of March 2010 12:06:50 AM

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In Skitters Wood today a female Sparrowhawk caught a Magpie, whereupon every Magpie in Ashton-in-Makerfield seemed to appear to mob it!! Also 4 Crows, one with buff in the wings.

Also 5 Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail and G S Woodpecker

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13 Rooks at the Jubilee Park rookery this morning

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Saturday 06 February 2010

A Peregrine flew over heading north at 12:00. Info thanks to Terry Thorpe.

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Wednesday 03 February 2010

A Great Spotted Woodpecker this morning was a garden tick for me.

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Sunday 10 January 2010

A female Bullfinch in our garden this afternoon. A garden tick after 23 years at this address!

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a Snipe was flying around Bryn railway station this morning

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Tuesday 05 January 2010

Early afternoon between Jameson's Farm and the Harrow Inn (got sent home from work early due to snow biggrin.gif):
9 Lapwing
4 Snipe
Hundreds of Woodpigeon

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Wednesday 23 December 2009

1 Blackcap (male) in our garden this morning. Info thanks to Terry Thorpe.

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Sunday 20 December 2009

Between Jameson's Farm (Golborne Road) and the Harrow Inn:
1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
58 Lapwing
9 Snipe
c2000 Woodpigeon
c30 Starling
2 Mistle Thrush
1 Fieldfare
2 Pied Wagtail
4 Skylark
c30 Meadow Pipit


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Friday 20 November 2009

Gutted! a flock of c15 probable Brent Geese flew over the South Lancs (aka Three Sisters)Industrial Estate at about 09:20 this morning. I was halfway between my car and the office and so didn't have any binoculars (got some in the car but was too far away mad.gif)... The ones that got away!

On a happier note, 2 Goldcrests in our garden this morning were the first this autumn.

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Edge Green road, ' field watch' 14.00 15.00
1 very posy kestrel
2 buzzard
2 crows
1 magpie
2 mistle thrush
1 flock of long tailed

cheers geoffbiggrin.gifno merlin (yet)

-- Edited by Geoff Hargreaves on Sunday 15th of November 2009 09:15:59 PM

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Tawny Owl calling in Skitters Wood this evening

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A large, loose flock of approx 600 Fieldfare were heading west over Bryn at approx 0825hrs this morning

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Saturday 31 October 2009

Audible Migration over our garden between 21:00 and 23:00:
A skein of Pink-footed Geese heading east at 21:00.
70 Redwing calls heard, if each call represents a flock then that would be quite a few Redwing.
2 Blackbirds also heard calling overhead.

-- Edited by Rob Thorpe on Sunday 1st of November 2009 05:38:04 PM

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Brambling at Skitters Wood this morning

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47 Redwing, 6 Skylark and 3 Goldfinch SW over Skitters Wood this morning and a Goosander SE

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Saturday 24 October 2009

I heard a Skylark call over somerfield car park just before 21:00 tonight. Never heard one at night before.

P.S. Where has the 'preview' option gone when posting on here?

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On Thursday 22nd Oct at George's Pond there was a Mallard with 5 small ducklings, probably less than a week old (plus the resident Muscovy....)

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Orange-Winged Amazon at Skitters yesterday. Then flew towards Jubilee Park area. I think one has been present for a couple of years in gardens near the town centre.

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Saturday 17 October 2009

2 Buzzards drifting NW high over our house at 13:20 today, also 2 flocks of 50+ Redwing NW. Info thanks to Terry Thorpe.

-- Edited by Rob Thorpe on Saturday 17th of October 2009 08:13:18 PM

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Monday 05 October 2009
21:20-23:20

with the nights drawing in I thought I'd try and make the most of it... Rather than a visible migration (vismig) watch, I tried an audible migration (audmig) listen. The results are as follows:
2 Redwing
3 Mallard (or it could have been the same mallard three times)
1 noisy Pipistrelle Bat
1 Bottle of wine


-- Edited by Rob Thorpe on Tuesday 6th of October 2009 12:14:26 AM

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1 Oystercatcher over Birchall High School tonight around 6.30pm

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A Redwing called overhead tonight at about 2135hrs, it sounded very high up - presume there will be more tonight with the full moon

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at least 2 Siskin calling over Skitters Wood this morning, Kingfisher on Millingford Brook

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Kingfisher a few times over the past few days on Millingford Brook, moving noisily between Skitters Wood and the town centre. 2 flew through our garden a couple of evenings ago, in an arc from the brook, seemingly in a vocal chasing session.

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Oystercatcher over my house at 18:30, quite low heading SE and calling a lot.

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Nice to see at least 2 pairs of House Martins nesting on the library (just to R of entrance) and back on the newish nrsing home opposite, all in the town centre.

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I've had 1-2 over my house early morning (around 8-ish) Friday and Saturday, heading your way, Dave.

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Oystercatcher calling over Skitters Wood this morning, juv Bullfinch feeding on Common Bistort seeds

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