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No Hawfinches for me this morning - looks like I left an hour too early. Still large flock of Fieldfares and Redwings in the Cloughend Farm/April Cottage area

Pink-footed Goose - single skein of 154 SE (photo)
Fieldfare 315
Redwing 57
Chaffinch 36 (N)
Bullfinch 6
Raven 2-4
Buzzard 2

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Single Hawfinch in the same area as yesterday at 11:30 this morning with Redwing but only remained fairly briefly.

Info thanks to Roger Baker



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Got a fine view of a single Hawfinch at around 14.45 together with Pete Hines, Mark Rigby and Andy Bissett. The Fieldfare flock was also very impressive. Many thanks to John Rayner for getting the info out. A great find and a worthy reward for his regular patch work. Good one John.

 



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Echoing Mark's remark, thanks John. I would not have known about them until about now actually! They were still around at 3 o'clockish in the scrubby area opposite Clough End seen by myself and three others. Other than that the fieldfare flock was pretty impressive in the open area between the quarry and the plantation, certainly 200+. Also one raven flew over.

Forgot to add that the hawfinches were with a party of 6 or 7 bullfinches when refound.



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Many thanks to John for the alert. Been hoping for a fly over one morning, but to get them feeding.....aww

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After a half-hearted attempt at Vis-migging (very slow) decided to check out the thrush flocks around Cloughend Farm. This paid off big time when at 10.28 I found 2 HAWFINCHES loosely associated with a small flock of Redwing and feeding on hawthorn berries. watched for a few minutes then back to the car for my scope but just as I returned they flew. Re-found one, this time with Fieldfares, at 12.15 and managed to get Mark Walsh onto it but again it flew before I could get photos. Worked out where might be the next place they might appear and set up. Up popped 2 in roughly the same area as originally found. This time I managed a few poor, long-range, phone-scoped record shots as they were on view from 12.25 - 13.04.

Best of the rest:

Snipe 10
Stock Dove 9
Siskin 2
Fieldfare c120
Redwing c30
Lapwing 8
Goldfinch c30

So, what next? Find one in the garden I suppose smile

Cheers, John

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Too late for any vis-migging. Feeding groups/Residents as follows:

Tree Sparrow 3
Fieldfare 212
Redwing 95
Lesser Redpoll 2
Buzzard 3

Cheers John

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7:30 - 9:30 spent in the same spot as last time, wrapped up well but still forgot to pack gloves and a hat no

Anyway;

885 Woodpigeon - South West
260 Pink-footed Geese - East (in 4 Skeins)
66 Fieldfare - 36 North and 30 South West
34 Starling - West
14 Redwing - South (only one group seen through the two hours)
13 Meadow Pipit - South West
11 Chaffinch - South West
8 Goldfinch - South
4 Siskin - South
3 Green Finch - South West

plus;

45 Fieldfare and 16 Redwing in the trees around Cloughend
21 Meadow Pipits in the fields next to the PR path
8 Chaffinch at Larkhill
3 Bullfinch at Cloughend
2 Green Finch at Brownlow
2 Raven
1 Golden Plover
1 Kestrel


Cheers

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07.30 - 10.45 Vis Mig from Picking Rods/Gunn Road junction (with Mark Walsh)

Hampered by low cloud and poor visibility till 08.00 but poor counts compared with an average Horwich Moor day (and, of course, no Hawfinches). Most birds moving through in the south to west quadrant.

Stonechat 3 (moved through W)
Pink-footed Geese 782 (skeins moving in many directions. 60E, 110NW, 230E, 40S, 250NW, 28W, 64S)
Redwing 84 (only double figure flocks 20,18,11)
Blackbird 2
Fieldfare 10 (3,2,5)
Meadow Pipit 77 (disappointing, no flock in double figures)
Starling 53 (plus feeding flock of c100)
Lapwing 24
Golden Plover 2
Snipe 2
Goldfinch 59
Siskin 25 (single flock)
Chaffinch 8
Woodpigeon 148
Raven 2
Skylark 2
Pied Wagtail 3
Sparrowhawk 1

Resident birds not included.

Cheers John












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Not much to add on to John's post other than 3 Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Goldcrest and 5 Meadow Pipits.

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A p.m. potter, in part with Mark Walsh:

Brambling 2 (1 at Larkhill feeders and another in hawthorns opp. Cloughend)
Tree Sparrow 4 minimum
Raven 2
Redwing 47
Woodpigeon 91 (flocks of 70 & 13 south plus stragglers)
Canada Goose 69
Lapwing 3
Linnet 1

Cheers John


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Green Woodpecker 1 female
Pink-footed Goose 180 west
Redwing 11
Lapwing 12
Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
Bullfinch 2
Buzzard 1
Kestrel 2

Cheers John

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2 Stonechats still
1 Raven
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
1 Buzzard
1 Redwing opp Cloughend

Cheers John

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Called in both Friday and today, similar birds on both days, including my first Redwing of the Autumn on Friday;

Friday;

25 Canada Geese
20 Greenfinch
6 Snipe
4 Redwing
2 Raven
2 Stonechat
Single's of Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Bullfinch, Mallard, Skylark and 1 Swallow south.

Today saw 7 Canada geese as well as only one Stonechat, differences from Friday were;

22 Goldfinch
7 Lesser Black Backed Gull over the quarry
4 Reed Bunting
3 Meadow Pipit
and 1 Snipe

Cheers

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2 stonechats still in top field above the quarry. Seen distantly as I forgot my boots so had to stay on 'dry' ground! Also noted about half a dozen redwings, a chiffchaff, a small party of golden plover (less than 10), buzzards, kestrel, sparrowhawk, common gulls etc...



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After a message from Mr Rayner (thanks very much)I journeyed up for a quick look for the Stonechat which turned out to be very obliging. It's a shame were limited to birds passing through and not breeding.

Other birds of note were;

7 Snipe
5 Reed Bunting
20 Canada Geese

Cheers

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An hour or so around the Quarry and Picking Rods fields:

Highlight were 2 Stonechats (both males). I have been searching for these all year but drawn a blank until today. Also:

Raven 2
Snipe 13
Meadow Pipits 56 (mostly moving SSE)
Lapwing 48
Canada Goose 20
Kestrel 2

And a Great Spotted Woodpecker high over Picking Rods track and migrating W.

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Up for a brief couple of hours this afternoon, Larkhill to the PR and back via the quarry.

16 Meadow Pipit in the area with a couple of single figure groups over South.
14 Swallow South
7 Reed Bunting in the field above the quarry
4 Mistle Thrush
3 Bullfinch
2 Jay
2 Goldcrest
Singletons of Snipe, Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Kestrel.
1 Largish flock of Tits at April Cottage mostly consisting of Long Tailed Tits with a few Blue and Coal thrown in for good measure.

Cheers

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A quick visit this afternoon for a couple of hours.

Around 200 Jackdaw
18 Meadow Pipits in the area with a few small groups of stragglers moving South.
15 Linnet
11 Starling
10 Snipe
5 Swallow over South
3 Goldcrest
2 Bullfinch
2 Raven
Then singles of Golden Plover, Kestrel, Buzzard, Chiffchaff and one lone Wheatear.

Cheers

Mark



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Could only get up for a short while this morning (half an hour) so concentrated around the PR path and Quarry;

A few small groups of Swallow moving south, 27 in total.
5 Meadow Pipits south
1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
1 Snipe

cheers

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A fairly quiet walk from Gird Lane to Picking Rods and back.

A steady stream of Meadow Pipits moving south but largely in single figure groups.

Meadow Pipit 117 south
Skylark 2 south
Pied Wagtail 5 south
Swallow 3 south
Snipe 6
Wheatear 2
Golden Plover 1
Lapwing 1
Long-tailed Tit 11
Chiffchaff 3

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Wheatear 3
Teal 2
Starling 170
Lapwing 2
Greenfinch 12
Mistle Thrush 4
Jay 2
Sparrowhawk 1

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Called up again for a couple of hours around midday.

Sizable number of Meadow Pipits for the area with a single flock of around 120 and subsequent smaller groups of between 10-20, in total around 180.
10 Swallow over in a single group SW
4 Skylark
3 Kestrel
2 Snipe
2 Jay
1 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
1 House Martin

Cheers

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3 white wagtail on the field to the left of the track up to picking rods. Pic later

EDIT - update now we're back. Lots of corvids and pipits as expected. 2 swallows, which were unexpected. 2 Kestrel. Goldcrest heard in the trees above the quarry. Flock of circa 20 thrush and a single wheatear around Rocks Farm on the eastern side of Cown Edge rocks

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The tracks through the quarry and above field are a recent addition as they weren't there last Friday when I was up, so most likely from the weekend's session.

Managed a couple of hours this afternoon before the rain came.

Small numbers of Swallow moving through South West with a few House Martins.
38 Meadow Pipit, one small flock of 17 and the rest in smaller groups.
21 Black Headed Gull
4 Mistle Thrush
3 Buzzard
2 Raven
1 Jay
1 Kestrel
1 Chiffchaff
1 Reed Bunting
1 Bullfinch

Cheers

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Much damage to the areas above and below the quarry since my last visit. Wide tracks created through the rushes by trail bikers.

Birding was quiet:
Ravens 2
Buzzards 3
Kestrel 2
Meadow Pipits 81 (in 2 large flocks of 23 and 58)
Black-headed Gull 72
Greenfinch 9 (single flock)
Chiffchaff 2

Cheers John

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Hardly worth mentioning really, but my personal recording area for the 'moor' has always been from Glossop Rd eastwards, so I have to mention a new bird for the area (as far as I am concerned). A kingfisher was on one of the Fishponds near to the lay-by. Rest of walk up to and along Ernocroft Lane, round back to Glossop Rd had nothing special, apart from 8 or 9 linnets near to Ernocroft farm which are always a bonus these days. Also recorded chiffchaff, grey wagtail, treecreeper, goldcrest, rook and buzzard amongst others. 



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A.M. As there seem to be so many Tree Pipits being reported recently I thought I would try the quarry area again this morning. Bad idea as it was crawling with kids with huge backpacks doing Duke of Edinburgh or orienteering or something. So I resorted to a bit of insect photography and saw few birds.

P.M. A text from Mark Walsh (ta!) reported that the Barn Owl was still in the quarry so it must have withstood quite a load of disturbance this morning. I nipped down to photograph it.

Otherwise quiet with a flock of Lapwing (67) this morning and Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk this afternoon.

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Gird Lane to Quarry and back.

A superb Barn Owl roosting in the quarry until I accidentally flushed it.
Goldfinch flock of 71 (flushed from thistle heads by a Kestrel they then perched on wires for an accurate count)
Lapwing 44 (flocks of 25 and 18)
Black-headed Gull 32
Meadow Pipit 9 only
Whitethroat 1
Kestrel 3

Cheers John

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Best today was a distant female/juvenile Merlin that flew over Gun Farm scattering the Meadow Pipit flock.
Meadow Pipit flock size down to c30
Skylark 3
Large Pied Wagtail flock (24) contained a couple of White Wagtails
Swallow flock near kennels c55
Snipe 4
Curlew 2
Blackcap 1

Cheers John


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Nice to bump into Andy Bisset while I was up.

I had originally planned to walk from Larkhill down Girdlane and then cutting over to the quarry due to some success in that area on Friday. Unfortunately I had to change my plans to parking up near the PR path and heading around the quarry. That changed as well when I noticed the trail bikers around the area. In the end I decided that heading over Cown Edge would be best.

There was a reasonable amount just along the Picking Rods path with;

17 Goldfinch
6 Meadow Pipit
7 Linnet
1 Pied Wagtail
and 2 Wheatear stopping off on the way south

All seen in GM.

Other Wildlife in the relevant thread and Cown Edge stuff in the Derbyshire sightings.



Friday turned out to be a decent day;

1 Female Redstart
1 Spotted Flycatcher
230 Lapwing
160 Starling
Around 60 Swallows moving SE in small groups. One larger group of 80 at the Kennels.
72 Goldfinch along the PR path with a further 100 at the Kennels again.
20 Meadow Pipits
6 Chiffchaff
1 Wheatear

Cheers

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Either side of mid-day there was not a lot happening but I was photographing insects so looking down rather than up. Then the trail bikers arrived and put an end to proceedings:

Bullfinch 2 (Juveniles)
Sparrowhawk 1
Snipe 2
Meadow Pipits c50
Blackcap 1

Cheers, John


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A big flock of Meadow Pipits is gathering. Best counts were:

Meadow Pipits c76 (inc. single flock of c70)
Rook 21
Swallow 28
Curlew 2
Raven 2

Cheers John



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Also:

If anyone finds a SONY lens cap I lost mine today, probably in the quarry area.

Cheers John

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Gird Lane - Picking Rods. Best bits were:

A large Lapwing flock of c230
c100 Starlings feeding with Lapwing
One Sand Martin straight through south
Small passage of 21 Swallows
Fly-over Cormorant
Chiffchaffs 11
Willow Warbler 2
Redpolls 6
Goldfinch c30
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Only 7 Meadow Pipits

A couple of bits on other wildlife.

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Seemed much quieter than last Sunday. So much for migration! Apart from 'local' warblers and hirundines still around, just one spotted flycatcher as per last week (very similar spot, but as it was not reported since then, I presume a different bird). Good job the sun was shining so that insects could step up to the mark (see other wildlife if interested).



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Best sightings were:

Hobby hunting Goldfinches over Cloughend Farm (still plenty of small passerines in the general area so it may stick around)
Ravens 7 (with gulls and corvids near Gird Lane)
Tree Sparrow 8 (Larkhill)
Redpoll 9
Swift 4
Collared Dove 8
Goldfinch 26
Meadow Pipit 12
Swallow 18

Cheers John



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A steady build-up of common passerines:

Goldfinch 56 (largest flock 25)
Swallow 33 (largest flock 19)
Willow Warbler 5
Whitethroat 1
Lesser Redpoll 2
Linnet 2
Curlew 1

Cheers John

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A couple of hours mid-late morning.

1 hobby over 'dip' (just past April Cottage), flew towards Rowarth.

1 spotted flycatcher just a few yards further on in dying tree to north of road.

Other things more or less as expected: 3 redpoll, family of bullfinches (parents & 3 young), sev. tree sparrows best of the rest.

Other 'migrants'. 1 swift, chiffchaffs and willow warblers (2 heard in full song). 



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31st July:
Today I finally caught up with Hobby as an adult flew over the quarry. Also:
Kestrel 2
Buzzard 2
Raven 3
Swallow 13
Lapwing 9
Rook c60

Selected highlights from some other recent visits:

27th July:
Tawny Owl

29th July:
Mistle Thrush 11 (including single party of 10)
Swift 10
House Martin 2

Cheers John





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Shower dodging this afternoon. Quite a few family parties seen.

Buzzard 2
Kestrel 4
Curlew 1
Raven 1
Jay 5
Linnet 3
Tree Sparrow 1 (April Cottage)
Swift 7
Green Woodpecker (heard)

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10.30-14.30 in part with Mark Walsh

Sightings included:

Redstart. 1 male in superbly bright plumage.
Tree Sparrow. 4-6 around Smithy Lane Farm. One carrying food.
Raven 1
Collared Dove 7
Lapwing 17
Black-headed Gull 36
Starling c80
Skylark 1
Goldfinch 32. Mostly juveniles
Blackcap 2
Willow Warbler 2
Chiffchaff 5
Meadow Pipit 21
Wren 6
Linnet 2
Reed Bunting 1
Kestrel 1

Cheers John





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A bit of an extended walk from Larkhill - Lakeside - Chatterton Ln - Pistol Fm - Picking Rods - Quarry and back along the road to the car.

Highlight was a Hobby as I was almost back to the car, noticed a BoP for a brief moment near Cloughend and cursed my luck as it disappeared behind tree's, luckily it came out again heading my way.

Other than that;

31 Swift with a small number of House Martins mixed in.
17 Swallow
3 Chiffchaff
3 Linnet
Then Singles of Curlew, Buzzard, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit and Lapwing.

I heard Golden Plover once but didn't see any.

Cheers

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Not a lot happening this morning. The best was a noisy Raven, my first up here for a while.
Also:

Buzzards 2
Rook 14
Golden Plover 20
Swift 12
Juvenile Meadow Pipits and Goldfinches

Cheers John

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Just a short walk this afternoon from 15:00 - 17:30;

42 Golden Plover
25 Starling
25 Swift
11 Swallow
7 Meadow Pipit
4 Pied Wagtail
4 Curlew
1 Oystercatcher with the Curlew
1 Snipe
1 Skylark

and 1 Spotted Flycatcher just beyond Cloughend

Cheers

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18.40-20.40 highlights: 

8 Golden Plover, 2 Common Snipe, 5 Oystercatcher, 6 Curlew, 8 Skylark, 55 Lapwing, 16 Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Linnet, 3 Stock Dove, Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 50 Swift, 10 Swallow, 8 Mistle Thrush, 5 Pied Wagtail. 



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As the weather was so nice I decided to call up to Ludworth for a bit of a circular.

10 Curlew seen throughout the day, though 6 was the largest number seen at any one time.
c120 Lapwing.
Lots of Swallows over the fields.
Only 3 Swift though.
10 Skylark
7 Meadow Pipit
5 Mistle Thrush
4 Pied Wagtail
3 Chiffchaff
3 Nuthatch
2 Tree Sparrow
2 Reed Bunting
2 Linnet

Distinct lack of birds of prey, didn't even hear a Buzzard.

Cheers

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A soggy walk in the rain from Larkhill to the Picking Rods and back via the quarry. Into the cloud base at the Picking Rods so visibility was not the best. However...

Curlew 7
Oystercatcher 2
Snipe 4 (a long time since I have heard the 'wicka, wicka, wicka' call up here)
Lapwings c85
Golden Plover c55
Reed Bunting 4
Skylark 6
Meadow Pipits c10
Starling c150
Linnet 1 juvenile
Pied Wagtail 7
Bullfinch 2

Birds singing: Song Thrush, Blackbird, Wren, Willow Warbler, Chaffinch

Birds carrying food for young: Reed Bunting, Skylark, Meadow Pipit,

Cheers John

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Hi Moorendman,

Welcome to the forum, the more the merrier reporting from Ludworth.

I sent you a private message this morning. You need to be logged on in order to read it.

Cheers John

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I am not a regular birder anymore , but I like to follow this forum, and especially, the Ludworth topic, and see whats about from time to time.

 

Monday evening, 26th June:

4 Oystercatchers in the field next to the Picking Rods track.

Keep up the good work.



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