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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

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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

Mark

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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

Mark


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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.

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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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Late evening:

A magnificent 20 (minimum) Ravens flew out of Brown Low in 1s, 2s and 3s and most continued straight as an arrow in a South Easterly direction. One or two meandered but I don't think I double counted any. I think they were using Brow Low as a pre-roost site (and there may have still been 1 or 2 in there when I left).

Cheers, John

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Fair weather had me out looking for something out of the ordianary, and the barn owl fitted that bill. Seen for about 30 minutes from 2.00 p.m. at close range in perfect light, it was a brilliant first site record for me. It was using the scrub and rough grass on the opposite side of the road from Clough End Farm.

Also at least 5 ravens entertained as they flew around the area the whole time I was up there. 5 tree sparrows at Larkhill too. Finally, as I was taking my boots off back at my car, a kestrel came in and began to hover just 20 feet away and less than 20 feet up over a scrawny piece of rough grass by the parking area. It was as close as I think I've ever been to one, and a perfect ending as the sun set behind it. 



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Not a lot to be seen but ...

Jack Snipe 1 (flushed from pool immediately above quarry)
Fieldfare 37
Redwing c80
Reed Bunting 2
Common Gull 21

Cheers John

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Fieldfare 45
Redwing 75
Starling 7-800 (single flock)
Meadow Pipit 2
Bullfinch 1m
Kestrel 1
Buzzard 2

Shotguns 2
Snipe 0

Cheers John


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Cycled over ludworth this morning and saw two notable flocks - a flock of circa 30 thrush sized birds, likely fieldfare or redwings, and circa 100 starling-sized birds first in two separate flocks heading north, then as a single group a few minutes later. Not good on identifying fieldfare vs redwing, sorry, especially from a moving bike!


Also caught a glimpse of a smallish (bigger than a robin, smaller than a blackbird) with a distinct white patch on the lower back, just above the tail - likely to be a bullfinch, on checking the RSPB bird identifier

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A couple of hours this morning.

No barn owl, sadly, but some winter thrushes (of which I've seen little around Romiley) which was nice. Difficult to count, as kept coming and going, and were in mixed flocks, but over 100 of them, 90% fieldfare (about 80 most seen at once).

c12 siskin, which are also non-existent nearer to home.

1 snipe, kestrel, sparrowhawk, buzzard, wigeon (outside county, so I don't count on my Ludworth list), 20+ goldfinch, 40+ meadow pipits plus other stuff. Needed a surprise really.



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A surprise today in the form of a day flying Barn Owl viewed in perfect light (vicinity of Cloughend Bungalow)

Lapwing flocks of 30 and 80
Ravens 3
Meadow Pipits 4
Fieldfare 9
Chiffchaff heard

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A pleasant walk on a crisp sunny morning (till I filled my boots with icy water)

Raven 5-6
Wigeon 1 (still)
Snipe 6
Meadow Pipit 13
Fieldfare 23
Blackbirds 9
Redwings - zero
Tree Sparrow 2
Buzzard 2
small numbers of Gold, Green and Bullfinches.

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A few surprises but reduced numbers of thrushes

Wigeon 1m
Teal 7
Green Woodpecker 1
Fieldfare 63
Redwing 9
Greenfinch 12
Collared Dove 8
Meadow Pipit 5
Strarling c50

Cheers John

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Shooting underway below the SBI area as I arrived - 3 guns, 2 dogs. Sweeping abreast through the rushes they looked like they were after Snipe. Nevertheless scattered over the whole area were:

14 Snipe
251 Fieldfare
Only 5 Redwings
3 Stock Doves
2 Tree Sparrows
30 Meadow Pipits
1 Skylark
c800 Starlings
48 Common Gulls
13 Rooks

Cheers John

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Plenty of birds but mostly common or garden stuff:

Lapwing 66
Golden Plover 2
Snipe 13
Carrion Crow 46
Jackdaw 735
Rook 10
Jay 5
Raven 2
Starling 265
Black-headed Gull 112
Common Gull 15
Fieldfare 160
Redwing 37
Wood Pigeon 89
Goldfinch 49
Greenfinch 8
Bullfinch 2
Buzzard 1
Sparrowhawk 2
Grey Heron 3
Canada Goose 57

Cheers John






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Called in briefly today for an hour;

c150 Fieldfare in one flock heading NE, quite low so whether thy had been startled I'm not sure.
20 Fieldfare a moment later
1 Reed Bunting
53 Wood Pigeon
5 Meadow Pipit

While sat near the quarry I noticed a strange patch of white on the ground about 10 meters in front of me, turned out to be a Stoat on it's hind legs watching me. We had a short staring contest before it headed back off into the bracken.

Cheers

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Mid-afternoon walk round the Picking Rods area and quarry;

1 Wheatear along gun road but in Derbyshire, noticed when it landed on fence wires that it had an injured leg, otherwise it looked in good health
A sizable (for Ludworth) flock of c38 Snipe over the quarry
1 Linnet (more heard) again in Derbyshire
3 Pied Wagtail
5 Meadow Pipit
2 Jay
1 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
9 Long Tailed Tit in a party near Larkhill

Cheers

Mark

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Redwing 18 (My first of the autumn)
Lapwing 96
Meadow Pipit 65
Goldfinch 16
Chaffinch 13
Mistle Trush 1
Chiffchaff 2
Jackdaw c200

Cheers John


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Meadow Pipit 276 (including three largish flocks of c80, 64 and 27)
Skylark 7
Swallow 14 (heading south and mostly only a few inches from the ground)
Bullfinch 5 (flying high)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (a long way from any trees and apparently migrating)
Chiffchaff 2
Pied Wagtail 5
Sparrowhawk (circling high then plunged onto Meadow Pipits in a Peregrine-like stoop)

Cheers John

41 swallows were on wires down Smithy Lane, but were gone when I returned (migration in action). Also about another dozen moved through which John could not have seen.

1/2 additional skylarks to above, and another two chiffchaffs were in areas not covered by John.

Siskins heard only

1 snipe flushed.

 


 



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Meadow Pipit 276 (including three largish flocks of c80, 64 and 27)
Skylark 7
Swallow 14 (heading south and mostly only a few inches from the ground)
Bullfinch 5 (flying high)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (a long way from any trees and apparently migrating)
Chiffchaff 2
Pied Wagtail 5
Sparrowhawk (circling high then plunged onto Meadow Pipits in a Peregrine-like stoop)

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1.5 hours vis migging produced:

Meadow Pipit 211
Skylark 16
Swallow 6
Pied Wagtail 5
Grey Wagtail 1
Goldfinch 5

Also:

Teal 1
Green Woodpecker 1
Snipe 6
Jay 3
Sparrowhawk 1
Bullfinch 5
Linnet 7
Chiffchaff 1

Cheers John






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A couple of hours walking around the quarry/picking rods areas produced a few meadow pipits but not much of anything else.....

43 Meadow Pipit
2 Skylark
4 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
5 Snipe
1 Swallow
1 Reed Bunting

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Passage of skylarks today.

Meadow Pipits 65
Skylarks 8
Snipe 7
Raven 2
Swallows 4
House Martin 2
Kestrel 1

Cheers John

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I was up midday Sunday and noted that they seemed to be spraying something onto the ploughed area, so as you mention John most likely an attempt to create the perfect pasture. We all know that getting rid of those last few rushes is going to improve the income of those sheep farmers.

Coincidentally nothing worth noting while I was up there, no Wheatear even.

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The only change was the extent of the ploughed area which is now about 7-8 football pitches in size and is still growing. Can't see arable farming working up here so maybe just ploughing in the remnant rushes to create the perfect grassland sheep pasture.



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John,

Surely not! According to the NFU puppet on BBC 5 Live last week, farmer's destruction of the countryside is a thing of the past!! He tended towards birds of prey being at the root of the disappearance of farmland birds nowadays. God give me strength.

 

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More extensive visit but nothing new.

Meadow Pipit 36
Wheatear 1
Chiffchaff 2
Raven 2
Kestrel 1
Reed Bunting 6
Buzzard 2

The only change was the extent of the ploughed area which is now about 7-8 football pitches in size and is still growing. Can't see arable farming working up here so maybe just ploughing in the remnant rushes to create the perfect grassland sheep pasture.

This area held 21 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Common Gulls, c100 Jackdaws and 6 Carrion Crows.

Cheers John

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Brief visit this morning - quarry area only.

Of note 1 Wheatear and 4 Ravens.

The ploughed area now extends to 2 fields.

Cheers John



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First time in a week that I managed to get to Ludworth yesterday due to car problems, did a short circuit around the PR path and down to the quarry; 8am start.

Good numbers of Swallow passing through midday mainly (181 south)
Smaller numbers of House Martin mixed in (33)
I only managed to count the migration for about 20 mins so the numbers passing through would have been much greater.

Other than that;

2 Linnet
20 Meadow Pipit
4 Skylark
5 Pied Wagtail
2 Snipe
2 Raven
2 Chiffchaff
1 Wheatear

And finally after thinking I'd go without for the year 1 Hobby - unfortunately in Derbyshire near the Kennels.

Cheers

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Passage today included:
Swallows - 83 south
Meadow Pipits 42
Linnets 2

Also:
Goldfinches - just 5
Reed Buntings 3
Wheatears 2
Chiffchaffs 3

One of the sheep pastures below the quarry was being ploughed. Only 1/2 a football pitch in size but at tiny bit of new habitat.

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Headed out early as the forecast was good, 8:00 - 11:00.

39 House Martin south
45 Swallow south
18 Meadow Pipits
25 Snipe in the air and circling as I walked up the PR path, 1 extra on the ground
5 Golden Plover
4 Wheatear
2 Skylark
2 Raven
And single's of, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Reed Bunting, Bull Finch and Chiffchaff.

Cheers

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Further visits on 1st and 3rd September continued the recent poor returns from this site.

Combined highlights were:
2 Wheatears, 11 Snipe, 110 Starlings and a single Reed Bunting.

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Poor return for 2 hours effort.

Ravens 2
Buzzard 1
Kestrel 1
Meadow Pipits 6
Chiffchaff 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Swallows 2
+ Corvids

Cheers John

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Headed up for a quick circular of Hillside - Picking Rods - Quarry - Cloughend - Hillside;

Scant pickings with singletons of most birds, only sizable groups were Meadow Pipits in Derbyshire (c30) and 18 Linnets up the PR path, otherwise:

10 Swallow
1 Lapwing
1 Reed Bunting
1 Kestrel
1 Chiffchaff
1 Juv Buzzard

Cheers

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Wheatear 5
Golden Plover 14
Meadow Pipit 28
Snipe 2
Teal 2
House Martin 4
Green Woodpecker heard

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A further visit to see what was passing through, more specifically hoping for a Whinchat:

Hillside Farm - Picking Rods - Quarry - Cloughend - Hillside.

A walk up the path to the Picking Rods produced 9 Wheatear all perched on the fence on the GM side, in amongst them was a single female Whinchat aww. These were just passed the stile over the wall.

Other birds included;

17 Meadow Pipit
10 Swallow
1 Swift
1 Kestrel
2 Juvenile Buzzards were rather vocal
2 Raven
2 Chiffchaff
2 Willow Warbler

Cheers

Mark



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Red Kite over Gun Road near start of track to Picking Rods
Redstart 2f and poss juv
Spotted Flycatcher
Tree Sparrow minimum 4 (2ads 2 juvs)
House Martin 15 through
Lesser Redpoll 2
Stock Dove 1

Cheers John Also: Skylark 5 Wheatear 2

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Decided to call up this afternoon as my morning was taken up, glad I did so as it was a good day for Ludworth;

Highlights were 2 Redstart (1 juvenile and 1 female) and 1 Spotted Flycatcher along the cown edge way.

In addition;

5 Chiffchaff
c30 Swallow
4 Willow Warbler
1 Kestrel
1 Bullfinch
10 Goldfinch
2 Linnet (though these were in Derbyshire)
And 2 Raven as I got back to the car

Butterflies in 'other wildlife'

Cheers

Mark

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