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RE: LUDWORTH MOOR


Headed over to Coombes edge yesterday afternoon/evening, saw a few birds of note while walking up the Picking Rods path.

2 Oystercatchers and 1 Snipe but no Golden Plovers seen (one heard in the distance)
2 Male Reed Bunting
a few Swift, Skylark and Meadow Pipit.
1 Curlew heard over towards Far Bradshaw.
21 Lapwing

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Good for waders today:

Oystercatcher 3
Curlew 1 feeding then a flock of 19 flew in
Golden Plover 47
Lapwing 87 (minimum)

Skylark 4 (including one carrying food but still singing)
Meadow Pipit 11
Starling c80
Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
Swift 3 (through north)

Cheers John




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Late BB Survey this morning.

Mostly just the expected species (including 4 Curlew) but the undoubted highlight was a male Merlin that shot straight through.

Cheers John

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Little owl and whitethroat from Briargrove road on this afternoon's ride

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Gird Lane/Smithy Lane Farm/Cloughend/Quarry/Sandhill Lane

Green Woodpecker 1 (Off Smithy Lane)
Tree Sparrow 3 (1 Smithy Lane Farm, 2 April Cottage. The latter collecting pine needles as nesting material)
Whitethroat 4
Blackcap 2
Willow Warbler 5
Garden Warbler 1
Chiffchaff 3
Buzzard 4 (1 juvenile with prey with 2 adults overhead. A tail-less 4th was soon seen off the premises)
Swallow 7
Lapwing 14 (inc 3 juvs)
Reed Bunting 3 (carrying food for young)
Bullfinch pair
Swift 4
Curlew and Raven heard

A couple of good butterfly sightings on othevwildlife

Cheers John


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A quick hour's search for Lesser Whitethroat proved to be fruitless, however there was still plenty about;

14 Swallow
2 Swift
2 Common Whitethroat
2 Chiffchaff
5 Willow Warbler
1 Curlew
1 Redpoll
1 Flyover Oystercatcher

Lots of bird song

cheers

Mark

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Lovely evening walk round the moor, didn't see any wheatear but in addition to the "expected" birds such as Plover, Curlew, buzzard etc we did have two unusual spots: at the end of the evening we saw a pair of oystercatcher, and at the beginning we saw a pipit the we struggled to identify. It was a lot lighter coloured than a meadow pipit, and was not as heavily speckled on the chest. There was a red blush to the chest, but nothing as heavy as the pictures I've seen of the red throated pipit: more, the red blush was only on the chest, it didn't extend to the head. No pictures sorry. Any suggestions as to what it might have been would be welcome

EDIT - forgot to mention that from Cown Edge overlooking the quarry we heard (but did not see) both cuckoo and tawny owl

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23rd May: The best bits.

Spotted Flycatcher 1
Willow Warbler 5
Chiffchaff 2
Garden Warbler 1
Blackcap 1
Stock Dove 2
Reed Bunting 5
Golden Plover 10

Cheers John

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Called in this morning to look for the ring ouzel on my cycle commute, circa 8am. No sign of anything at all in the field - in fact it was fairly quiet in general all the way over from Mill Brow right to Charlesworth. In addition to the corvids and small passerines, I only saw a handful of lapwings and a few gulls (black-headed in the main) and heard a couple of skylark. No sign of curlew at all



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I was up this afternoon and noticed the ploughed field, what's left of the 'moorland' habitat is dwindling year after year. Considering this is the only moorland habitat in the borough it's a real shame.

I started at Larkhill and moved down Gird Ln heading for Cloughend, once I noticed the ploughed field though I didn't have the heart to go on so missed John's Oystercatcher.

Several Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff around.
2 Buzzard
3 Mistle Thrush
8 Swallow
1 House Martin
1 Green Woodpecker
1 Great Spotted woodpecker
1 Blackcap
3 Redpoll
2 Linnet
1 Garden Warbler (this one down Gird Ln)

Cheers

Mark

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After seeing the Dotterel in with Golden Plovers near Danebower yesterday I thought I would check out our local flock, but after recent 3 figure counts of GPs I could only find low numbers today.

Golden Plover 7
Wheatears 5
Oystercatcher 1 (I think my first up here)
Garden Warbler 1
Whitethroat 1
Redpoll 4
Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming
Mixed corvids c150

A couple of items of bad news to report.

Another field of rough grass and scattered rush clumps has been ploughed in to make yet another sheep pasture. This was the field that held the large Wheatear flock earlier this year.

Gunshot from the fields above where the Ring Ouzels were caused c150 mixed corvids to take to the air. I could see the shooter in an orange/brown Land Rover type ,pick-up vehicle. Never saw a bird fall to the ground but an immature Lesser Black-backed Gull was fluttering helplessly in the sheep field. The guy got in his vehicle and attempted to dispatch it by driving over it. Missed first time and had to circle round to get it second attempt. Then drove off. Scum!

Cheers John



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I called by at 9:15, on the way home from my BBS count on Mellor Moor. A male Ring Ouzel is still showing well from the top of one of the large hawthorns on the grassy bank opposite Hillside Farm. Two Wheatear were on the stone wall just beyond this.

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John Rayner wrote:

Main highlights:
10 Wheatears
1 Whinchat
96 Golden Plovers (An under-estimate. These were counted on the ground but the flock looked well over 100 in flight)

Cheers John


 John,

I was up there yesterday and, if I had gone online (which I didn't) was going to say that there was at least 95 golden plover, so I think about 100 is accurate. Didn't see any whinchats though (sadly).

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Main highlights:
10 Wheatears
1 Whinchat
96 Golden Plovers (An under-estimate. These were counted on the ground but the flock looked well over 100 in flight)

Cheers John

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Andy Voisey wrote:

I went to see the Ouzels, but I'm not sure I went to the correct spot.




We saw them further up the hill along Sandhill Lane, in the field opposite the entrance to Hillside Farm. Glad you did catch them on your route though

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Two short walks in bright sunshine and a bitter wind.

I went to see the Ouzels, but I'm not sure I went to the correct spot.

From Sandhill Lane I went up a footpath opposite Smithy Lane ,which on the OS map appears to be called Dirty Lane.

A cuckoo was calling from Brown Low Wood, and near the top of the hill I did see an Ouzel, along with one Whinchat and two Wheatears on the way up.

I then tried the quarry end of Ludworth Moor.

The woods were full of life, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Greenfinch, Gold Finch, Chaffinch, Song and Mistle Thrushes. A bit further on there was a Canada Goose in the pond.

I followed the footpath on my map until I lost it and returned. I only saw Mippits, Wheatears and Lapwings on the open ground.

Two new year ticks tho' so it was a good trip out.

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Ring Ouzel, 2 Whinchats and 9 Wheatears all present and correct at 10.15. A 10th Wheatear at start of Picking Rods track. Didn't check the main areas below quarry.

Also attached are a couple of photos of the Ring Ouzel taken by Roy Peacock (I am sure he won't mind me posting them here)

Cheers, John

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Male Ring Ouzel still opposite Hillside farm. Also 2 male Whinchats and 9 Wheatears.

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Male Ring Ouzel still (6th day)
19 Wheatears
1 House Martin

Cheers, John

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Male Ring Ouzel still, with female reported by others. 09.30.

60+ Golden Plover en route to picking rods. 12 Wheatear, 1+ White Wagtail, Reed Bunting, 20+ Lapwing, 4 Curlew, 2 Willow Warbler, 9 Swallow, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Teal, 10 Meadow Pipit 





Nice to meet you Chris. After you left John Tromans and Chris Sutton arrived and we saw both male and female Ring Ouzels

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Male Ring Ouzel still, with female reported by others. 09.30.

60+ Golden Plover en route to picking rods. 12 Wheatear, 1+ White Wagtail, Reed Bunting, 20+ Lapwing, 4 Curlew, 2 Willow Warbler, 9 Swallow, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Teal, 10 Meadow Pipit 



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John Rayner wrote:

Quite a twitch this morning in glorious sunshine with 7 cars visiting Hillside Farm.

2 male and 1 female Ring Ouzels
57 Golden Plovers
4-5 Wheatears
3 Ravens
3 Lesser Redpolls
2 Linnets
2 Buzzards

Plus usual breeding species.

Cheers John





Plus some photos:

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Quite a twitch this morning in glorious sunshine with 7 cars visiting Hillside Farm. 2 male and 1 female Ring Ouzels 56 Golden Plovers 4-5 Wheatears 3 Ravens 3 Lesser Redpolls 2 Linnets 2 Buzzards Plus usual breeding species. Cheers John

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I addition this morning I also saw a total of 19 Wheatears, with 16 of them in a single flock.

Cheers, John

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Nice to meet you John, and thanks for showing Jim and myself the Ring Ouzels.

We saw many Lapwings, plus a flock of around 25 Golden Plover over the wall just below the Picking Rods.

There were a  few Skylarks in the air and we heard many on the gound. A Curlew flew over and landed on the way to Roworth.

The odd Wheatear was about, and there was a Pied Wagtail. Meadow Pipits as usual.

 

Not bad for 6 miles from home



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At least 4 Ring Ouzels on grassy slope opposite Hillside Farm. Cheers John

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Apologies to anyone who tried to find Ring Ouzels at Hilltop Farm. I should have typed Hillside Farm and I know at least 2 people went to the wrong farm in Mellor.

As it happens the Ouzels seem to have moved on, although most of the Fieldfares are still around.

10.00-12.00 with (in part) Tim Wilcox and Tony Darby.

Highlight was a Whimbrel which overflew the Picking Rods track, calling, and appeared to land towards the kennels. Not refound.
Golden Plovers 34
Wheatears 3
Fieldfares 19

Cheers John

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Now 7 Ring Ouzels (3m, 4f) in the same area

(Info thanks to John Ireland)

Cheers, John

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Breeding Bird Survey with Mark Walsh

Highlights:
A reeling Grasshopper Warbler
Flocks of Fieldfares flying SW (13 & 23)
Feeding flock of Fieldfare (24) opposite Hilltop Farm contained 6 Ring Ouzels (2m, 4f)
Golden Plover 22
Wheatear 7

All expected breeding birds were recorded including 2 Tree Sparrows at Smithy Lane Farm.

Cheers John

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OK Forget editing, it wont let me;

18 Golden Plover
1 Wheatear
3m and 2f Reed Bunting
1 Kestrel
2 Raven
Curlew Heard
2 Canada Geese
4/5 Willow Warbler
Good numbers of Lapwing, Meadow Pipit and Skylark.


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That's what I get for posting from my mobile, will edit later so it makes sense.

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Called in today from 12-2. Headed up to the Picking Rods and then down to the quarry. Bumped into Mr Rayner early on so we headed round together. 18 Golden plover in two small flocks of 9 up the picking rods path 1 Wheatear up the PR path 3 Male 2 Female Reed Bunting 1 Kestrel 2 Raven Curlew Heard 2 Canada Geese 4 possibly 5 Willow Warbler Good numbers of Lapwing, Meadow Pipit and Skylark 3 Swallow flitting around the Kennels in Derbyshire. Cheers Mark

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Called up yesterday and today, thankfully no motorbikes in the quarry so no disturbance;

3 Wheatear quarry area (same as yesterday)
1 Swallow over (3 yesterday)
2 Curlew by the pond just in Derbyshire more heard over towards Far Bradshaw
2 Chiffchaff
11 Meadow Pipit (c30 in DB yesterday)
7 Skylark
1 Reed Bunting
1 Buzzard
1 Golden Plover heard (22 in a flock yesterday)
21 Lapwing

Cheers

Mark

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Circular walk on a superb sunny morning: Larkhill - Smithy Lane - Far Bradshaw - Gun Road - Picking Rods - Quarry - Cloughend - Larkhill

Swallow 2 east over Larkhill
Brambling 1 (male coming into summer plumage)
Tree Sparrow 2 (away from Larkhill at Smithy Lane Farm)
Herring Gull 3
Chiffchaff 8
Curlew 4
Golden Plover 1
Wheatear 2
Snipe 6
Reed Bunting 6
Skylark 12
Meadow Pipit 10
Lapwing 15
Green Woodpecker heard
Buzzard 2
Kestrel 1

Cheers John








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Wheatear 2 (male & female by Picking Rods track)
Lesser Redpoll 3 (Cloughend)
Stock Dove 1 (outside Larkhill)
Mandarin Duck 2 (pair under the Larkhill feeders was a surprise)

+ other expected species

Cheers, John

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Called up 3 or 4 times over the past week or so but not really had much to report until today;

Managed to get my first Wheatear of the year (a very bright male) in the field on the left as you head up the Picking Rods path, though it did then hop over the path into GM.

3 Chiffchaff in song
More Reed Buntings in with 4 males seen
Green woodpecker heard
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Curlew heard
22 Fieldfare
4 Mistle Thrush
4 Tree Sparrow
1m and 1f Bullfinch
3 Golden Plover
Plenty of Meadow Pipits displaying
8-10 Skylark in song
20-30 Lapwing displaying
2 Snipe

1m and 1f Teal also seen on the 20th.

Other than that the only other thing of note was bumping into a fellow birder enjoying the weather on Saturday, I'd hoped for Wheatear then but no luck.

Cheers

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Golden Plover 2 near Picking Rods with another 38 over
Lapwing seemed to be similar numbers to last year. Many on territory but not much display
Skylark c6 in song
Meadow Pipits parachuting
Reed Bunting male back on territory
Pheasants 2 males fighting
Unusually, no raptors or thrushes of any description.

Cheers John

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A fair cross-section of birds, but not that exciting. Best was at least one brambling at the feeders of the first house at Larkhill. Other species inc. rook (10), stock dove (12), chiffchaff (2/3), buzzard (3), kestrel, fieldfare (2) and about 120 black-headed gulls (inc the odd common) which were taking a rest before departing high NE mainly. The down side was that even though it was p.m., the amount of 'song' from skylarks, lapwings, meadow pipits was the worst I can remember.



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Similar sightings to Mark plus...
Green Woodpecker heard
2 Curlew beyond Far Bradshaw towards Mellor Moor
1 Sparrowhawk
6 Stock Doves (on 13th March)

Cheers John

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Julian Winstanley wrote:

Curlew (at least 4), lapwings and skylark all seen / heard as I cycled over Ludworth this morning



 




I was going to say that I passed a few cyclists out today and so might have seen you Julian, then I noticed the time you were out disbelief I didn't get up there till 10ish biggrin



On to todays sightings;

28 Lapwing
7 Skylark (all along the PR path)
8 Meadow Pipit
4 Buzzard over Cloughend area
2 Pied Wagtail
1 Heron
1 Curlew (Heard over towards Far Bradshaw)
Plenty of Dunnocks in song and the usual tits etc.

Bumped into Mr Raynor on my way back to the car as well.

Cheers

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Curlew (at least 4), lapwings and skylark all seen / heard as I cycled over Ludworth this morning

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2 hours spent walking from Larkhill to the Picking Rods and back.

32 Lapwing (a good number displaying)
6 Goldfinch
5 Starling mixed in with the Lapwing
5 Redwing over
4 Skylark singing
4 Chaffinch
3 Meadow Pipit
3 Buzzard
3 Curlew
1 Jay
1 fly past from a Sparrowhawk

Mark

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Called in before the weather got a bit cooler today;

12 Lapwing
8 Skylark
5 Starling
3 Buzzard
3 Tree Sparrow
3 Chaffinch
1 Brambling
1 Curlew
1 Goldcrest

The usual tit's, Robins, Dunnocks etc.

Mark

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26th Feb AM.

Larkhill area:
Brambling 1
Tree Sparrow 6 (minimum)
Reed Bunting 1
Redwing and Fieldfare c20 in mixed flock
Carrion Crow 22

Brownlow area:
Buzzard 3
Raven 3

Cloughend area:
Raven 1
Lapwing 1 (the only one seen)

Quarry area:
Crawling with trail bikers

Cheers John



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Slacked off a lot over the winter so haven't been out as much as I should.

From the last 2 visits though;

17th;

c120 Starling moving from GM into Derbyshire
64 Fieldfare
5 Raven up near Hillside farm
4 Goldcrest
4 Green finch
2 Buzzard
and then singles of, Tree Sparrow, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch.

I also heard a Tawny call once just past Clough End in the conifers.

24th;

c200 Starling moving about with about 150 Lapwing
8 Skylark with several in song flight
1 Golden Plover amongst the Lapwing
2 Meadow Pipit
1 Heron
1 Green Woodpecker

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Fieldfare 7
Brambling 3
Tree Sparrow 4
Reed Bunting 3
Chaffinch 13
Rook 14
Raven 1
Lapwing 9
Buzzard 1

Cheers, John

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Skylark 5 (2 in full song flight)
Snipe 6
Jack Snipe 1
Raven 4
Buzzard 1
Tree Sparrow 5
Brambling 2

Cheers John



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30 & 31 Jan mostly around Larkhill and Brownlow.

Brambling 2 splendid males (on feeders at Brownlow)
Treecreeper 1 (on feeder at Larkhill. can't remember seeing a Treecreeper taking seed from a feeder before)
Chaffinch 14 minimum
Greenfinch 3
Goldfinch 2
Reed Bunting 2
Raven 3
Buzzard 1
Fieldfare 31

Cheers, John

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Recent sightings:

3rd Jan.
Green Woodpecker 1
Snipe 2
Redwing c80
Raven 2
Buzzard (dive bombing display flight)

6th Jan.
Tree Sparrow 6
Golden Plover 34
Lapwing 48 (mixed flock with the Goldies)
Raven 3
Rook 17
Fieldfare 1 (no Redwings)

Cheers John


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Today12.00 till 1.30. C 80 Lapwing 1 Sparrowhawk 2 Raven 10 Meadow Pipit 1 Grey Wagtail around quarry area. 4 Mislte Thrush and 10 Redwing and c200 Starling. Nice to find a pair of Stonechat near the gate up to the picking rods although they were in Derbyshire i believe.

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