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RE: Culcheth


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Hi Nige

its in my garden.

Otherwise you can usually see brambling, reed bunting, yellowhammer & tree sparrow at the far end of Withington Avenue (off north side of warrington road) on the set aside

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Hi Rob

never been to this area where are / is the bird table 

thanks in advance Nige 



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The bird table has been of particular interest this winter so far. Just before Christmas and every day since the following have been appearing daily at the feeders

Brambling - up to 9 most days. Started with a single bird in December & then gradually increased since. Previous record was of a pair appearing briefly in the garden in 2011!
Siskin - 5 max to date. Normally only ever get the odd single bird in early spring as it passes through.
Bullfinch - up to 7 most days. Again only ever use to get the odd pair on rare occasions but now are regulars every day & sometimes on & off most of the day.
Goldfinch - 25 max to date but they do appear every year in good numbers.

In contrast

Greenfinch - only 2 records this winter, a single & then 2 briefly last week.
Chaffinch - between 2 - 6 some days



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Pink footed Geese - ca300. The flock was in a hollow on the east side of Holcroft lane and not easily seen from the road which is probably why they have been there mostly, since I last reported them on 31st December 2017. I must remember to take my scope
next time in case of anything else amongst them!





There was a Canada goose with them last Friday, I picked it up distantly as I was walking over the landfill, the flock lifted from the same area by Holcroft Lane. It's probably just a local bird but a lone Canada in a flock of Pinkfeet might be worth checking out - just haven't had chance myself.

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Bent lane and footpaths going out east & back again.

Kestrel - 2, looking to pair up with a lot of calling in flight from the female

Buzzard - 2

Pied Wagtail - 60, all around the horse paddock areas

Lapwing - 200 on muddy fields

Black headed Gulls - 150 with lapwing

Fieldfare - 50+ moving around the area

House Sparrow - 30+ in hedgerow along lane

Pink footed Geese - ca300. The flock was in a hollow on the east side of Holcroft lane and not easily seen from the road which is probably why they have been there mostly, since I last reported them on 31st December 2017. I must remember to take my scope
next time in case of anything else amongst them!

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Chiffchaff in the garden this morning, it spent awhile gleaning insects of my patio rose bushes, a nice surprise. Shortly after a Wren was doing same.

Not sure what it says about my rose bushes!

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Pied Wagtail - 15 in sewage works
Kestrel - 1
Grey partridge - 2
Chaffinch - 20

Pink footed Geese - 300+ Hunkered down & resting in a depression in the field on the south side of the footpath leading to Crow Wood. The flock was not visible from Holcroft lane & there could have been more but not easy to see/count in the hollow!

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The set-aside by the sewage works still had at least 400 Chaffinch and a few Bramblings today and a flock of 22 Stock Doves in the nearby field.

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Hi John

They continued to fly around the area for some 15' after being put up from local fields to the east by a light aircraft which kept circling the area during that time!



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09:23 400+ Pink-footed Geese flew due E low over Culcheth. Noisy !

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There's a large area of set-aside is just to the west of Glazebury Sewage Works,the strip of set-aside is at least 500m long and holds at least 1000 finches,mainly Chaffinch,but good numbers of Brambling in with them and smaller numbers of Reed Buntings etc.There were also approx. 500 Pink Footed Geese flying about just to the south,undoubtedly the birds that are frequenting the nearby mosses.To access this area park in road behind the Raven and walk south keeping the sewage works on your lhs.

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A walk onto farmland north of Withington Avenue producing a restless mixed flock of finches, buntings & sparrows which included:

Tree Sparrow - 40+
House Sparrow - 20
Chaffinch - 40+
Brambling - 1
Yellowhammer - 4 (1m/3f)
Reed Bunting - 15

Pink footed Geese - 60 heading low to NE

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100 + 150 + 150 Pink-footed Geese heading SE at dawn; probably over GM by the time they went out of sight



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 12th of November 2017 05:45:48 PM

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Working in the garden this afternoon was certainly worthwhile if for no other reason than watching skeins of geese passing overhead between 2 - 3pm!

An impressive 1600 Pink footed Geese flew east in flocks varying between 50 & 250 in size. And the total is an undercount as I heard but could not see at least 2 other skeins heading in the same direction to the south of me during that time.

Just on the move are harbingers of bad weather to come??

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Pink footed geese - a single skein of 180 flying high to the east this morning
Peregrine Falcon - female low overhead & dropping down towards Silver Lane pools

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Pink footed Geese - 250 heading west at 9.15am, only just visible through the mist.

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A pleasant walk over farmland to the north of Withington Avenue this morning. At various intervals along the hedgerow.

Tree Sparrow - 30 -35 in single flock, my best count here for a while
Yellowhammer - 6
Reed Bunting - 10
Goldfinch - 20
Greenfinch - 2

Mistle Thrush - 2

Long tailed tit - 12
Nuthatch - 2 with tit flock

Woodpigeon - 200+ in single flock
Great spotted woodpecker - 1 near railway

Golden Plover - single bird circling & calling & eventually left south


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15:15 probable Red Kite drifting west

Viewed from moving vehicle in heavy traffic, but tail, wing shape & jizz seemed good. "Not the best view"

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y'day (4th Jan) N of Withington Ave, before railway underpass

2 big flocks of buntings: ~60 Yellowhammers, ~30 Reed Buntings, Chaffinches but no Bramblings or rare buntings. Also sev Redwings flying around

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Pink footed geese - 450 in 2 skeins (200 & 250) heading south to north earlier.

There's a regular movement of ca200 geese heading east in the morning and then back west in late afternoon at the moment.

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Pink footed geese - 250 flew west this afternoon. Again although not seen, quite a few also seem to come off local fields & went out east

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Pink footed geese - 3 skeins totaling 200 flew low to the west this morning with further birds heard but not seen heading out east at the same time

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c100 Lapwing around Franks Farm, Holcroft Lane this afternoon.

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Possible Marsh Harrier circling very high over N Culcheth (y'day): wings looked too long & wrong shape for Buzzard, too distant to be sure though

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Originally posted today by Rob Smith:

Bent Lane - 15th December at dusk

An impressive 90+ House Sparrows into roost along hedgerow but no Tree Sparrows among them. Usually less than half of these here during the day.

30+ Pied Wagtail took off from the horse paddocks & headed south - roosting in Birchwood somewhere perhaps?

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Originally posted today by Rob Smith:

Pink footed geese - 135 in two skeins (60 & 75) flew east around 9.30am this morning

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35 Pinkfooted geese flew S Culcheth then Risley at 09:20
12 Cormorants flew S Culcheth then Risley at 09:25

~110 Pinkfooted geese flew SE over Culcheth into GM at 09:40

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 10th of November 2015 12:03:59 PM

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1+ Redwing feeding in my garden y'day eve

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Originally posted today by John Watson:

~140 Pink-footed Geese going West over Culcheth 11:05 Friday 9 Oct

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Flock (family ?) of ~6 swift drifted south over village

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Finally caught up with a Corn Bunting on the wires outside Frank's Farm entrance yesterday morning around 7:30am after two previous unsuccessful visits. I also saw some Skylarks and Linnets, and four Grey Partridges which flew low over Holcroft Lane.

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20+ Corn Buntings in bushes on top of banking behind Hanging Birch Farm on Weds at dusk

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Originally posted by Dave Tennant today: -

A good number of swallow feeding low around shaw street playing fields culcheth this am, also great spotted woodpecker over.

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1 Corn Bunting on wires on Holcroft Lane c.12.50pm today.

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Three Corn Buntings on the telephone wires down Holcroft Lane this evening. Also a family of Kestrels nearer to Glazebrook.

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Fields around franks farm/silver lane pools

50 swifts 2 sedge warbler 1 garden warbler 3 willow warbler 5 whitethroat 30 swallows 10 house martin 2 meadow pipit skylark buzzard kestrel 5 yellowhammer 3 reed bunting 2 grey partridge(more heard) 1 corn bunting 3 stock dove 1 little owl and 1 barn owl hunting to within 10 feet.

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This afternoon:

2 Oystercatchers over together
At least 4 Buzzards riding the thermals (2 pairs)
A pair of kestrels hunting
A pair of pied wagtails
Sparrowhawk
A raven - very high up and riding the thermals
Lapwing displaying

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Had a look over Holcroft Moss (the one marked as such on an OS map rather than the fields around Franks Farm) this evening. I was hoping for an owl or two but was disappointed. Several buzzards, two grey partridge, lots of roosting woodpigeon then, as darkness gathered, seven woodcock.

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Driving past Holcroft Moss today and had a Merlin going through a flock of 80 Linnets at the side of the road.

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Wander round Holcroft Moss this morning

42 Grey Partridges (11, 9, 8, 7 & 7)
1 Corn Bunting
2 Jays
14 Long-tailed Tits
1 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk

At Holcroft Hall Farm

1 Corn Bunting
7 Golden Plovers
130+ Lapwings

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Another quick visit to Holcroft Moss on Thursday, with Brian Martin, to keep an eye on the bunting flock using the set-aside crop. Numbers of Yellowhammers have continued to drop, with local birds probably returning to territories in this mild weather - though hard weather may well bring them back again. Reed Buntings were a different story, though, with at least 250 still present. 13 Grey Partridges flushed as we passed the farm buildings and 60 Linnets bounced away into the distance. No sign of the Corn Bunting flock on this brief visit, though.

Masses of corvids and Skylarks were still feeding on the adjacent fields and both Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail added flashes of colour to the little stream which feeds the ornamental pond in front of Frank's Farm.

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Another visit to Holcroft Moss (Franks' Farm), with Dave Steel and Les Jones, to check on the impact of the Stewardship scheme on wintering birds. At the moment this area offers some of the best (if not the best!) arable birding in the area. There are plenty of weedy stubbles and a 20 - 30 acre area of set-aside crop, which is acting as a magnet for feeding buntings and finches. The weedy fields are full of Skylarks (with 320 counted), with Meadow Pipits (67 counted) also present. Fifty Lapwings, 375 Starlings, 36 Fieldfare, 3 Common Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 24 Grey Partridge, 16 Blackbirds, 2 Kestrels, 2 Song Thrushes, 16 Goldfinches, 850 Wood Pigeons, 300 Jackdaws and 58 Stock Doves were some of the commoner species present.

As we approached the set-aside area we saw the typical dumpy out-line of a group of Corn Buntings in a couple of bare bushes. We counted 17, which is excellent, as we've been struggling to find any on the rest of the local arable mosses. The next minute the sky was full of birds as a Peregrine passed over the set-aside crop - several hundred Linnets, scores of Skylarks and Buntings were whirling among the hundreds of corvids. The numbers of buntings feeding in the crop was difficult to estimate but we ended up with a conservative 250 Reed Buntings and 75 Yellowhammers. Absolutely spectacular! As a last note of interest a Roe Deer emerged from the crop, very unconcerned about us, and slowly wandered away.

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Went across Holcroft Moss to monitor the progress of the move to Higher Level Stewardship on Frank's Farm. They've done a fantastic job of it, with numbers exceeding the winter counts I've made there in the past. Key counts were of: 131 Yellowhammers (45 in the weedy rapeseed crop near the entrance to the farm and the rest in a large area of "sacrificial" wheat.), 16 Corn Buntings, 19 Reed Buntings, 23 grey Partridges (7,11 and 5), 6 Fieldfare, 11 Stock Doves, 60 Chaffinches, 94 Skylarks, 32 Linnets, 200 Starlings, 2 Willow Tits and 1 Mistle Thrush plus the other regular stuff.

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22 Corn Buntings Holcroft Lane this evening

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188 Stock Doves in ploughed field behind Hanging Birch Farm (Holcroft Lane) this afternoon. The birds were in a part of the field not visible from the main road. Also here 140+ Linnets. I had stopped to check out what I though was a flock of Corn Buntings (had 30+ here last 2 winters) but a Buzzard spooked the birds before I got a chance to view them properly.

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Four yellow wagtails around the driveway to Franks Farm on Holcroft Lane at 6.10am this morning, with at least one more unseen bird calling to the west (probably around the entrance to the field that's blocked off by a felled tree). Also in the area were two corn buntings and a pair of grey partridge.


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Two yellow wagtails Holcroft Lane this morning by the entrance to Franks Farm - a female was on the road! Usual corn bunts. singing from telegraph wires.

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50+ Golden Plover still nr Franks farm but most of plover flock hidden from view

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200+ golden plover on winter wheat in front of Franks Farm, Holcroft Lane at 2.30pm.

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