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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).

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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.

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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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John Rayner wrote:

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)

Cheers John


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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.

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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.

Cheers John


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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.

Cheers John


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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

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

Cheers John

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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

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Midday walk from Larkhill to the quarry and back;

3 Willow Warbler with one in song
4 Chiffchaff
1 Pied Wagtail
7 Swallow
1 Lapwing
1 Buzzard
6 Mistle Thrush
1 Bullfinch
1 Whitethroat

Cheers

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Golden Plover 23
Raven heard
Whitethroat 1
Goldfinch 17
Meadow Pioit 44. (Inc single flock of 33)
Swallow 2
Chiffchaf 5
Buzzard, Willow Warbler, Grey Heron.

Cheers John

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Late post for yesterday,

While it was quite sunny it was also breezy which probably wasn't the best weather for birding, nevertheless it turned out to be a reasonable call due to a Spotted Flycatcher near Cloughend Bungalow on my way back to the car. Other birds seen;

c40 Swallow's over the fields by Larkhill
2 Chiffchaff
3 Willow Warbler
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Buzzard
1 Goldcrest
2 Treecreeper
6 Golden Plover over the quarry

Cheers

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A wind assisted loop of Ludworth Moor by bicycle delivered a sparse return in terms of birds, possibly due to the wind. Many magpies and corvids as normal, numerous swallows and martins and quite a few swifts, but the only other things of note were a group of about 40 thrush, and three curlew feeding in a field.

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Spent a couple of hours up at Ludworth this afternoon with the weather being reasonable.

A good number of Swallows over the fields
Counted 6 Swift as well
2 Chiffchaff
3 Willow Warbler
1 Grey Heron
2 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Tree Sparrow
1 Raven heard in the distance

Butterflies listed in 'other wildlife'.

Cheers

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Spotted a Raven and a flock of about 30 Golden Plover on this morning's commute. They flew over as I cycled past so wasn't able to look for Dunlin

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35 Golden Plover (no Dunlin)
6 Skylarks
6 Mistle Thrushes
2 House Martins straight through
Whitethroats (3), Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Linnet all in song

Cheers John

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Up to 20 golden plover,some in summer plumage,possibly one dunlin and several lapwing.
One whitethroat on path to picking rods and reed bunting,2 skylarks and meadow pipit.
Greenfinch,goldfinches and heron flying over.

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After a text from John I had initially thought of going up to Ludworth tomorrow but in the end I chose to head up today.

Saw the Dunlin in amongst the Golden Plover flock in fine plumage, there were also 8 Swift flying above the path.

Had a brief walk over to the quarry where there were several Swallows darting around as well as numerous Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers in amongst the scrub.

Cheers

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Good for waders this afternoon

A single summer plumage Dunlin in with a flock of 59 Golden Plover (my first Dunlin up here). Poor photo attached, I was photographing insects and only had my macro lens.
Lapwings c90
Curlew (single flock of 13)
Skylarks (8 males singing)
Whitethroat (on Picking Rods track)

On the debit side the pools to the east of Gun Road have been dredged. That's probably screwed this year's emergence of Emerald Damselflies, Black Darters and Common Hawkers, but it may improve the habitat in the long term.

Cheers, John


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Late Breeding Birds Survey early morning with Mark Walsh.

Mostly just the expected species but a couple of highlights:
A juvenile Tawny Owl was mobbed by Blue Tits, Goldfinches, Bullfinches and Mistle Thrushes.
A Peregrine flew over with 22 Swifts nearby.

Interesting to compare 2015-2016 surveys with the 2003-2009 breeding bird counts (per. Dave Evans et al). Lost as regular sightings are Snipe, Grasshopper Warblers, Sedge Warblers, Stonechats and Whinchats.

Cheers John

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09.45 - 12.15.

Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat - 1 of each
Curlew 2
Tufted Duck. A male. Unusual for here.
Lapwing 21
Reed Bunting. 4 singing males on territories.
Snipe. 1 perched on a fence post.
Linnet 9
Redpoll 1
Mistle Thrush. Family party of 5.
Plus usual breeding species.

Cheers John

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A late post for yesterday, got up to Ludworth for a quick early morning walk from 8 - 10am, very warm even early morning.

4 Willow Warblers
2 Chiffchaff
2 Tree Sparrow
1 Common Whitethroat
1 Green woodpecker (though another bird was seen 5 minutes later a little further on, could have been the same bird could have been a different one)
1 Kestrel
1 Buzzard

Were the highlights of the walk.

Butterflies in other wildlife.

Cheers

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I'll admit I didn't get an extended view which is a shame, but the brief view I had was quite clear. We saw plenty of larks and pipits, this bird was much darker. I was hoping you might mention Ring Ouzel, or is that my being too hopeful?

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Julian Winstanley wrote:

Still not very mobile, we had lunch in the car at the bottom of the picking rods track, managed to walk a couple of hundred yards up the track after eating but not too far. Saw many skylark, a few meadow pipits, a flock of half a dozen starling, a flock of half a dozen linnet, a couple of reed bunting.



Most interesting thing was something I didn't see properly: I was looking towards Manchester, over the field above the old quarry to the west of the road. I saw a smallish bird rise from the grasses near the small pond for just a couple of seconds before it went back into cover. It seemed slightly larger than the reed bunting in that field, and seemed to be black with a white spot on its throat. It rose, hovered around briefly, then went back down. I didn't see it again despite regularly scanning, and due to my condition I'm not able to walk down for a scout around at the moment. Any ideas what it may have been? I did scan my bird guide but I'm not sure that it could be the bird whose illustration caught my eye...




Hi Julian,

I hope that it is rarer, but....

...overwhelmingly it is most likely to be a poor view of a Meadow Pipit or Skylark. If the illustration that caught your eye was a White-spotted Bluethroat your hovering behavioural description for that species doesn't really fit.

Cheers John

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Still not very mobile, we had lunch in the car at the bottom of the picking rods track, managed to walk a couple of hundred yards up the track after eating but not too far. Saw many skylark, a few meadow pipits, a flock of half a dozen starling, a flock of half a dozen linnet, a couple of reed bunting.


Most interesting thing was something I didn't see properly: I was looking towards Manchester, over the field above the old quarry to the west of the road. I saw a smallish bird rise from the grasses near the small pond for just a couple of seconds before it went back into cover. It seemed slightly larger than the reed bunting in that field, and seemed to be black with a white spot on its throat. It rose, hovered around briefly, then went back down. I didn't see it again despite regularly scanning, and due to my condition I'm not able to walk down for a scout around at the moment. Any ideas what it may have been? I did scan my bird guide but I'm not sure that it could be the bird whose illustration caught my eye...

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The weather was so nice today that it would have been a shame not to get out, as such I headed up to Ludworth. Seems I wasn't the only one with that idea as I bumped into Andy Bissitt as well as Mr and Mrs Raynor.

A lot of bird life around though mostly heard as opposed to seen;

Several Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff calling
A single Garden Warbler singing by Cloughend (no lesser whitethroat this time)
Curlew calling
A few Redpolls
And a Buzzard high up

I'd hoped it might be a good day for Hobby but no luck.

Butterflies noted in other wildlife

Cheers

Mark


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