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John Rayner wrote:
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Called in this morning to have a quick look for the Sedge Warbler, found not only the Warbler but also Mr Rayner and Mr Bissitt.

In addition to the Sedge we also had 87 (I think) Golden Plover. There were a number of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler singing locally as well. Other than that not much else.



 



In addition I tried up Ernocroft Lane but only found 4 Linnets and a Stock Dove

Cheers John


 I did hear the garden warbler on the walk back when I had passed the bungalow opposite Clough End (not really where we were looking, but it's obviously mobile).

 

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Mark Walsh wrote:

Called in this morning to have a quick look for the Sedge Warbler, found not only the Warbler but also Mr Rayner and Mr Bissitt.

In addition to the Sedge we also had 87 (I think) Golden Plover. There were a number of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler singing locally as well. Other than that not much else.





In addition I tried up Ernocroft Lane but only found 4 Linnets and a Stock Dove

Cheers John

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Called in this morning to have a quick look for the Sedge Warbler, found not only the Warbler but also Mr Rayner and Mr Bissitt.

In addition to the Sedge we also had 87 (I think) Golden Plover. There were a number of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler singing locally as well. Other than that not much else.

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Highlights:

Sedge Warbler (2nd local bird this year and my first at Ludworth since 2009)
Raven 3
Golden Plover 31
Garden Warbler 1


Cheers John

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09.00-11.30.

Next highlight was a Snipe drumming overhead. A lovely sound I've not heard up here for a few years.
Golden Plover 41
Wheatear 4
Skylark 8 singing males
Raven 2
Lapwing 22
Reed Bunting 4
Curlew 1
Buzzard 2
Linnet 2 pairs
Carrion Crow flock of 43

Cheers John.



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Not really a bird hunt (but the kite would have been nice). Highlights were 1 common whitethroat, 3 tree sparrows, raven, at least 4 prs of swallow, 3 linnet at least, 1 reed bunting and sundry other usuals.



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1 Red Kite had just drifted over Ludworth moor heading towards Rowath

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Best bits from this morning:

Wheatear 19 (9 Picking Rods path, 3 above quarry, 4 below SBI area, 3 above Green Gates Fm)
Curlew 3
Oystercatcher 1
Golden Plover 1
Tree Sparrow 3 (Larkhill)

Cheers John.

-- Edited by John Rayner on Sunday 29th of April 2018 12:07:42 AM

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BBS Survey around the greater area. Some of the highlights included:

Grasshopper Warbler 2 (both reeling)
Raven 8 (including 2 in a half hearted attempt at the beginnings of a nest on pylon)
Skylark 12
Lesser Whitethroat 2 (pair nest building)
Whitethroat 1
Tree Sparrow 3 (Smithy Farm)
Stock Doves 2
Wheatear 9

Cheers, John




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Lesser Whitethroat singing and showing on the Far Bradshaw side this afternoon.

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Second early morning visit this week, the first on Monday had nothing new from previous visits, today had a few fresh migrants in. Joined part way by John Rayner;

Most notable was a reeling Grasshopper Warbler which was then located by myself and Mr Rayner, (there seem to be few in today looking at other threads).
While watching the Grasshopper we then had our first Whitethroat of the spring in pretty much the next bush/tree.
A good number of Wheatear were also present.

Also seen;

22 Lapwing
19 Meadow Pipits
12 Skylark
11 Wheatear
9 Swallow
8 Chaffinch
7 Willow Warbler
7 Pied Wagtail
6 Goldfinch
5 Chiffchaff
5 Reed Bunting
5 Golden Plover
4 Linnet
4 Curlew
2 Tree Sparrow
2 Oystercatcher

Cheers

Mark



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 19th of April 2018 10:49:52 PM

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A brief visit this evening proved to be fruitful with a male Yellow Wagtail in much the same area John had one last week.

Other than that;

39 Lapwing
12 Meadow Pipit (with a flock of 30+ in Derbyshire)
8 Pied Wagtail
4 Skylark
3 Reed Bunting
3 Bullfinch
2 Curlew
2 Golden Plover
2 Chiffchaff
and singles of, White Wagtail, Linnet, Wheatear, Willow Warbler, Swallow.

Cheers

Mark


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Called up again this morning 7:30 - 10:15

Was hoping for Ring Ouzel but no luck there, I was rewarded though with 1 Wheatear and 2 Oystercatchers as well as several Chiffchaff's singing. No Willow Warblers as yet.

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Called up midday and stayed through the afternoon as the weather had improved somewhat. Covered a fairly large area of Ludworth including the SBI area south east of the quarry, joined partway by Mr Rayner.

Highlight was 3 male Wheatear, all very smart individuals.

36 Lapwing with a number displaying over towards Charlesworth as well.
18 Meadow Pipit
12 Greenfinch (all at Larkhill/Brownlow)
10 Skylark
8 Pied Wagtail (No white and sadly no Yellow for me)
6 Snipe
5 Chaffinch
4 Curlew
4 Mistle Thrush
4 Jay
4 Buzzard
3 Chiffchaff
3 Goldfinch
2 Fieldfare
2 Oystercatcher
2 Swallow
Singles of Kestrel, Tree Sparrow, Linnet

Cheers

Mark
Also 2 Reed Bunting

-- Edited by Mark Walsh on Saturday 7th of April 2018 05:36:21 PM

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Couldn't find any of yesterday's Wheatears but a bonus male Yellow Wagtail
Golden Plovers 5
Raven 1
Curlew 1

Cheers John


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09.30-12.45. Full circuit with Paul Greenall: Gird Lane - Larkhill - Cloughend - Quarry - Picking Rods - Gun Lane - Kennels - Hillside Farm - Cloughend - Smithy Farm - Gird Lane.

Brambling 2 (Larkhill feeders)
Greenfinch 11
Tree Sparrow 9 (7 Larkhill, 2 Smithy Farm)
Chiffchaff 4
Tawny Owl 2 heard
Bullfinch 4
Jay 2
Buzzard 2
Kestrel 1
Oystercatcher 2
Curlew 1
Fieldfare c40
Skylark 4
Lapwing 18
Sparrowhawk 2
Meadow Pipits c45

Cheers John

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Finally felt a bit like Spring today with the sunshine and general mildness.

One flock of about 63 Starling
18 Lapwing, with a few individuals displaying
16 Meadow Pipit with a few 'parachuting'
6 Skylark most in song (a conservative count, there were probably more)
4 Pied Wagtail
3 Reed Bunting (m)
2 Chiffchaff
2 Oystercatcher
2 Buzzard
2 Grey Heron
1 Kestrel

Cheers

Mark

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p.m.

Saw most of what Mark saw only lesser numbers (apart from 2 buzzards). Additionals were c35 fieldfare, 4 redwings, 2 stock doves, 2 kestrels, 2 rooks, 1 raven.



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A short midmorning walk from Hillside, Picking Rods, Quarry and back to the car.

A steady increase of Lapwing with at least 60
A couple of large Starling flocks with around 300 birds in total
33 Golden Plover
9 Meadow Pipit
6 Goldfinch
4 Chaffinch
2 Pied Wagtail
1 Buzzard

Cheers

Mark

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Late afternoon:

Curlew 13 (including a flock of 10)
Lapwing 24
Golden Plover 1
Starling 290
Fieldfare 12
Raven 4
Buzzard 3
Stock Dove 2

Cheers John

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A circular walk from Gird Lane - Quarry - Far Bradshaw - Smithy Lane

1st Curlews of the year in field near Moorfield Arms development
4 Reed Buntings (2 pair) under Larkhill feeders but only 1 Tree Sparrow (I hope the majority of these have decamped to Brownlow feeders)
1 Redwing
5 Fieldfare
5-6 Buzzards
2-3 Kestrels
1 Tawny Owl
5 Lapwings
2 Snipe
1 Meadow Pipit

Cheers, John

P.S. There are still numerous deep snowdrifts to negotiate on the lower parts of Smithy Lane down to Chatterton Road

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Mark,

I was on the path behind Clough End farm when I saw you on Sandhill Ln.

Didn't see all that you did, but can add 1 further buzzard (landed in Brown Low, one was also out on the moor), a few more meadow pipits (15+ in all), 4 rooks, and a snipe which I flushed from the brook that runs into the farm garden. Should also add that if you didn't go that far there was an 8-foot snowdrift blocking the quarry path. Amazing.



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Called up for a brief walk this afternoon, still lots of snow from Hillside and beyond but it's clear up to Cloughend.

40+ Starling in small groups around Larkhill and Brownlow
11 Redwing
10 Golden Plover flying near Brownlow
7 Meadow Pipit
7 Goldfinch
6 Chaffinch
4 Greenfinch
1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
1 Bullfinch

And 1 Goosander flying East

Cheers

Mark

Noticed Andy's car but our paths didn't cross.



-- Edited by Mark Walsh on Sunday 4th of March 2018 06:01:39 PM

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8 Tree Sparrows (5 Larkhill, 3 April Cottage)
2 Ravens
4 Buzzards (looked like 2 pairs, 1 pair displaying)
2 Ravens
2 Tawny Owls
1 Kestrel
1 Snipe

Cheers John

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Late post for Saturday;

Highlight was a Stonechat in the field above the quarry, other than that;

31 Golden Plover
12 Starling
7 Meadow Pipit
Then a single Raven, Lapwing and Buzzard.

Called in again this afternoon to see if I could catch up with the Stonechat again but no luck on that front, otherwise;

63 Starling and 41 Fieldfare - in one large flock
17 Goldfinch
2 Mistle Thrush
2 Raven
and singles of Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail and Kestrel.

Cheers

Mark

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Mark Walsh wrote:

A brief walk this afternoon from Larkhill to the PR path and back via the quarry.

Not much to report.

c80 Golden Plover
20 Meadow Pipits
12 Goldfinch
3 Green Finch
2 Raven
Single's of Kestrel , Sparrowhawk and Buzzard.

It was a bitterly cold wind though.

Bumped into Andy Bisset while up there as well.

Cheers

Mark

As well as those mentioned by Mark, also 12 rooks, 3 snipe and a mixed flock of starlings and fieldfare of about 71 birds split 50/50 inc. one redwing making the odd bird! Viewing was difficult what with the wind, and friendly sheep scaring off the snipe!

Cheers,

Andy.

 


 



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A brief walk this afternoon from Larkhill to the PR path and back via the quarry.

Not much to report.

c80 Golden Plover
20 Meadow Pipits
12 Goldfinch
3 Green Finch
2 Raven
Single's of Kestrel , Sparrowhawk and Buzzard.

It was a bitterly cold wind though.

Bumped into Andy Bisset while up there as well.

Cheers

Mark

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Superb, crisp morning:

Highlights were:
Snipe 8
Jack Snipe 1
Raven 5

Not seen any Tree Sparrows at Larkhill on last few visits (albeit around midday)

Cheers, John


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Just so the place doesn't disappear from view! A visit this p.m. was largely lacking in drama, but did have (amongst others) 2 ravens, buzzard, 2 kestrels, sparrowhawk, 3 bullfinches, 5 rooks, 10 fieldfare, 1/2 redwings, 2 mistle thrushes. The feeders at Larkhill were deserted and it looked as if some tree work had been taking place. I saw no tree sparrows, which I pray is temporary.



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A brief call up midday, focussing on Larkhill to Cloughend;

Larkhill:

8 Tree Sparrow (at least)
2 Reed Bunting
6 Chaffinch

Elsewhere:

9 Greenfinch
1 Fieldfare
1 Raven
1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel


Cheers

Mark

-- Edited by Mark Walsh on Saturday 20th of January 2018 03:31:36 PM

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Rather depressingly there was a trail bike event underway in the quarry, organised by 'Manchester 17 Motorcycle Club'. Over 100 people, 48 vehicles including a catering van and 50+ competitors. Nor surprisingly there were few birds around. This list a listed Grade A Site of Biological Importance but in reality that counts for nothing.

3 Greenfinch and 4 Tree Sparrows at Larkhill
Kestrel hunting
c80 Common Gulls

Cheers John

-- Edited by John Rayner on Tuesday 26th of December 2017 02:14:41 PM



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A late post for yesterday afternoon, started off at Larkhill and made my way to the Picking Rods and back down via the quarry;


153 Starling in several groups
C100 Lapwing (probably Andy's group but I only saw them briefly so no proper count)
35 Goldfinch all in one flock
26 Fieldfare
18 Snipe
8 Tree Sparrow
5 Chaffinch
5 Greenfinch
4 Bullfinch
Singles of Kestrel, Goldcrest and Treecreeper

Cheers

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19th December.

c125 lapwings was decent for up here. Also 50+ starlings , 2 ravens, reed bunting, small numbers of fieldfare (10) and redwing (less) in field at Smithy Lane, but I spotted a larger number of thrushes using the wood at Brown Low when I got back to the parking area. There was a constant passage of gulls in small groups (mostly common/herring) all but a few going south-east.



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Stonechat 1 (quarry)
Tree Sparrow 9 (Larkhill)
Bullfinch 4
Raven 1
Kestrel 1
Fieldfare 7
Redwing 2

Cheers John




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Did the walk I tend to do most in Winter: Glossop Rd lay-by (nr fishponds), up Sandhill Lane to April Cottage, back to Ernocroft Lane and down there to Glossop Rd - back to car along road (took in a little of Ernocroft Wood).

c50 lapwings, 40 - 50 redwings, 15 - 20 fieldfare, c90 starlings, 5 tree sparrows, 6+ bullfinches, grey wagtail (using Gird Lane as if it was a stream), 3 buzzards. Great Spotted woodpecker one of only three species in Ernocroft Wood. Nice morning though.



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A quick saunter round this afternoon while the rain held off.

107 Canada Geese in the fields opposite Larkhill
8 Tree Sparrow (probably more)
10 Greenfinch
2 Chaffinch
5 Redwing
2 Bullfinch
1 Kestrel
1 Buzzard

Cheers

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Larkhill Area:
Canada Goose 176
Tree Sparrow 7
Chaffinch 9
Redwing 6
Sparrowhawk

Cloughend area:
Lapwing 2
Jay 2
Bullfinch 3
Common Gull 60
Buzzard
Kestrel

Cheers John


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19th Nov. 09.00 - 10.30

2 skiens of Pink-footed Geese SE (c140 and the other unseen)
Redwing c60
Fieldfare c10
Tree Sparrow 3
Bullfinch 6
Pheasant 3 under feeders at Larkhill
Grey Heron 1
Buzzard 1
Kestrel 1

Cheers John



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Thurs 16th November. 14.00 - 15.45

Apart from some uncounted Gulls/Magpies/Rooks/Crows and a few Woodpigeons these were just about the only birds seen on a slow afternoon.

Fieldfare 27
Redwing 15
Blackbird 9
Mistle Thrush 7
Starling 15
Siskin 15
Goldfinch 16
Bullfinch 2
Chaffinch 5
Goldcrest 1
Jay 2
Buzzard 1
Canada Goose 71
Jackdaw c350

The trail bike damage continues unabated.

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2 stonechats in quarry area too, and a further flock of 30 fieldfare.



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13.35 - 15.45: 2nd session this afternoon but far fewer birds around.

Holliwood End - Smithy Farm - Cloughend - Sandhill Lane - Gird Lane

Redwing c25
Goldcrest 4
Bullfinch 5
Greenfinch 4
Blackbird 6
Mistle Thrush 4
Song Thrush 2
Jackdaws c550 in pre-roost

The most unusual sighting was Mr Berry.

Cheers John

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08.30 - 11.45: With Mark Walsh and (in part) Andy Bissitt. Plenty of finches in the area but not the desired one.

Chaffinch 18
Greenfinch 6
Goldfinch 22
Bullfinch 8
Redwing 149 (scattered feeding flocks seemed to be drifting south)
Fieldfare 16
Blackbird 14
Mistle Thrush 5
Song Thrush 4
Meadow Pipit 13
Buzzard 3
Kestrel 2
Sparrowhawk 1
Raven 2

Cheers John



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Hi Andy and John,

What is causing that flood at the Picking Rods Path? Is it ok to drive through?

I stopped on the Mellor side yesterday, and began walking, but turned back as the two flooded  sections seemed a "no go" for walking.

 

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Hi Geoff,

I have driven through it a few times, just keep going and don't stop smile. It's not as deep as it looks. Main problem is that the off road parking is also under water so I can't park up there.

Cheers John


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1 hawfinch at just before 13.55, flew in with flock of redwings. In the bright conditions, it was very obvious in flight even without using binoculars, and helped further when it landed with the flock in the tall tree to the left of the unnamed house opposite Clough End for about 20 seconds. They then all departed back towards the old trout lake (down Smithy Lane), but despite following them I could not relocate any redwings or hawfinches. I had seen Mark Walsh leaving (sorry you missed it) who had seen redwings, but I think this must have been a different flock.

Best of rest:-

33 fieldfare (which flew in just before the redwings), 29 lapwings, 2 ravens, 20+ goldfinch, and green woodpecker seen up path to the quarry.

 





Glad they are still around, I think Wednesday looks good weather wise so I should hopefully get another chance for a look.

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What is causing that flood at the Picking Rods Path? Is it ok to drive through?

I stopped on the Mellor side yesterday, and began walking, but turned back as the two flooded  sections seemed a "no go" for walking.

 

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I have driven through it a few times, just keep going and don't stop smile. It's not as deep as it looks. Main problem is that the off road parking is also under water so I can't park up there.

Cheers John

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Hi Andy and John,

What is causing that flood at the Picking Rods Path? Is it ok to drive through?

I stopped on the Mellor side yesterday, and began walking, but turned back as the two flooded  sections seemed a "no go" for walking.

 

Thanks

 

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1 hawfinch at just before 13.55, flew in with flock of redwings. In the bright conditions, it was very obvious in flight even without using binoculars, and helped further when it landed with the flock in the tall tree to the left of the unnamed house opposite Clough End for about 20 seconds. They then all departed back towards the old trout lake (down Smithy Lane), but despite following them I could not relocate any redwings or hawfinches. I had seen Mark Walsh leaving (sorry you missed it) who had seen redwings, but I think this must have been a different flock.

Best of rest:-

33 fieldfare (which flew in just before the redwings), 29 lapwings, 2 ravens, 20+ goldfinch, and green woodpecker seen up path to the quarry.

 



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There are still hawfinches in the area!

~3pm went up v wet path North from junction involving Gird lane and Ernocroft lane. Plenty of finches in trees around nearest house (the one West of Larkhill), though only Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch that I saw. Having got past the house, my wife spotted a lone unfamiliar bird answering to the description flying in from the North (Brown low), which I then failed to relocate, where it had gone down near the other finches. However, a couple of minutes later it flew out (again alone, NW towards Ernocroft farm), revealing itself indeed to be a hawfinch.

We then saw rather few birds for the next hour or so, until coming back through Cloughend, where there seemed good numbers of both redwing and fieldfare going to roost. Walking back past April Cottage towards Larkhill in the gathering gloom a little after 4.30 I then heard a hawfinch flying over and calling, heading East along Sandhill Lane, back towards Cloughend, but never managed to pick it up in binoculars. Even more frustratingly, a second followed it, going the same way, a little further down the hill, and similarly not spotted, about a minute later.

Suffice to say that, while I didn't get great views, they might still be possible.



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09.30 - 11.00 same area (and birds) as yesterday, with one notable exception. There was a huge passage of Woodpigeons underway today all heading SE.

Woodpigeons 2,211 in 90 mins (SE) Quite spectacular!
Redwings 12 only (S)
Starlings c50 (S)
No finches to talk about

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10.00-11.30. Only covering the Cloughend/April Cottage area. Reduced numbers of Fieldfare. Increase of Goldcrests.

Skein of Pink-footed Geese north - overhead but unseen in low cloud
Redwing c60
Fieldfare 10
Chaffinch 12
Bullfinch 7
Greenfinch 5
Goldcrest 6
Lesser Redpoll 2
Long-tailed Tit 9

Cheers John




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