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Golden Plover 2
Lapwing c110
Starlings c200
Redwing 14
Sparrowhawk 1
Bullfinch 4
Meadow Pipit 1

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Tree Sparrow 3 (Larkhill)
Nuthatch 2
Redwing 19
Green Woodpecker (H)
Magpie 15 (1 loose flock)
Bullfinch 3
Buzzard 1
Kestrel 2
Common Gull (feeding flock of 155)

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09.40-10.50. Hard work to find anything:

1 Little Owl
2 Snipe
1 Kestrel
A few Thrushes - 6 Blackbirds, 2 Redwings, 1 Mistle Thrush
A few Finches - 4 Chaffinches, 2 Greenfinches, 2 Goldfinches, 1 Bullfinch
A few Tits - 7 Blue, 1 Great, 1 Coal Tit
A few Corvids.
And that was it.

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Flock of 38 Canada Geese was unusual for up here
Snipe 9
Meadow Pipits 14
Redwing 25
Fieldfare 93
Raven 2
Jay 2
Pheasant 2
Green Woodpecker heard
Singles of Little Owl, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel

Cheers John



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Superb views of female Green Woodpecker
16 Fieldfares and 2 Redwings feeding on hawthorns

Cheers John

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Afternoon walk in balmy sunshine - Warm and more like July smile

27 Snipe (An excellent count but no Jacks)
174 Fieldfares
18 Redwings
3 Meadow Pipits
3 Skylarks
1 Little Owl
1 Kestrel

Cheers John


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John Rayner wrote:

A couple of hours this morning together with Andy Bissett.

Fieldfare 118 in total - in flocks of 72 (Andy), 28 and 18

Meadow Pipits 12

Skylark 2

Snipe 10

Jack Snipe 2

Bullfinch 3

Singles of Little Owl, Raven, Kestrel and Siskin

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John, You must have misheard me. My flock of fieldfare was of 62. Also heard tree sparrow and green woodpecker, and saw sparrowhawk which flushed the fieldfare from the rowans. In behaviour I haven't seen before, three or four fieldfare then made individual swoops at the hawk as it retreated.



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A couple of hours this morning together with Andy Bissitt.

Fieldfare 108 in total - in flocks of 62 (Andy), 28 and 18

Meadow Pipits 12

Skylark 2

Snipe 10

Jack Snipe 2

Bullfinch 3

Singles of Little Owl, Raven, Kestrel and Siskin

Cheers John



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Redstart 1 imm/fem between April Cottage and Cloughend Bungalow)

Pink-footed Geese 31 SE at 09.52

Redwings 42 on hawthorns

Lesser Redpoll 6

Tree Sparrow 5 (Cloughend Farm)

Little Owl 1

Green Woodpecker (H)

Greenfinch 9

Cheers, John

 



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Post seems to be double spacing and I can't alter it.

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 Well it had to be 'padded out' somehow John.  wink



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Statistically today, 10th October, is the most productive day for BBRC rarities to be found. So I hit Ludworth Moor early doors. Did I find any? Wha'd'you think!

Meadow Pipit c40

Long-tailed Tit 13

Bullfinch 4

Chaffinch 12

Greenfinch 4

Magpie 17

Treecreeper 1 (April Cottage)

Tree Sparrow 2 (April Cottage)

 

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Redwing (single flock of 60-70)
Raven 4
Little Owl 1
Meadow Pipit 36
Skylark 2
Chiffchaff 2
Siskin 3

Cheers John

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Meadow Pipits 33
Skylark 2
Reed Bunting 4
Snipe 3
Goldfinch c50

And singles of Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Little Owl, Siskin

Cheers John

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11 Skylarks
A wisp of 9 Snipe landed in SBI area
c30 Meadow Pipits
c20 Goldfinch

Cheers John

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A late afternoon walk up to the quarry from Larkhill, a good number of birds active though.

c80 Goldfinch in several smaller flocks.
8 Meadow Pipit
3 Buzzards
1 Kestrel
1 Snipe briefly seen from the quarry before it dived for cover
2 Nuthatch

One large roaming flock of mainly:
Long Tailed Tits
Coal Tits
Great Tits
Blue Tits
with several Chiffchaff and Goldcrest included.

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9.00 - 11.15. Large number of birds today.

Meadow Pipit 175 (including flocks of c70, 40 and 25)
Skylark 5
Siskin 6 minimum
Redpoll 1
Goldfinch 182 (including 120 in 1 flock)
Chaffinch 8
Raven 1
Sparrowhawk mobbed by 3 Magpies
Cormorant 2 over
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Chiffchaff 2

Cheers John


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A pleasant morning (10.00-12.45) with the highlight coming under 'other wildlife'.

Whinchat (a lovely male)
Wheatear 2
Meadow Pipit 72 (a big influx)
Skylark 5 (all heard passing high overhead)
Little Owl 1
Swallow 21
Snipe 11
Coal Tit 2
Chiffchaff 5

Cheers John

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10.10 - 12.25.

Good birding today. Star bird was a roosting Barn Owl, which I inadvertently flushed.

Also Little Owl 1
Wheatear 1
Chiffchaff 3
A passage of Swallows totalled 46
Lapwing 23
Goldfinch c70
Meadow Pipit 9
Reed Bunting 3

Cheers John

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I thought the heavy rain might ground some migrants - but no.

Little Owl 1
Raven 2
Chiffchaff 2
Bullfinch 1
Reed Bunting 1

Cheers John

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Of note this morning:

1 Wheatear
36 House Martins (in small groups 9SE, 23E, 3SW, 1SE)
Only 2 Chiffchaffs
2 Snipe (flushed from footpath)
1 Kestrel hunting

Cheers John


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14.30 - 16.40:

Not the best time of day to visit but I expected more than just 15 species in 1h 40m. The pick was a Little Owl.

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Of note today:

1 Stonechat (for its second day)
3 juvenile Bullfinches
1 juvenile Linnet wih 2 adults
Raven heard

Meanwhile 'Operation Wryneck' is proving to be a most difficult mission to complete.

Cheers John

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3 Whinchats yesterday but none today.

3 Lesser Redpolls (1 bearing a metal ring)
2 Bullfinches (ad female and 1 juv)
4 Greenfinches
1 Willow Warbler
4 Chiffchaffs
Raven heard

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4 Ravens and a Little Owl reported by others

Cheers John


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5th Sep AM:

2 Whinchats below quarry. 1 fairly smart male and 1 female type.
Juvenile Buzzard
+ usuals

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2nd Sep PM:
Late news: A big clear out ahead of a front which produced torrential rain so none of the AM excitement.

A flock of 5 Snipe flew in
2 Ravens

4th Sep AM:
Redstart - 1f
Goldfinch - 52
Swallows - 37 in small parties all NW
Blackcap - 1m
Meadow Pipits - 17
Buzzard - 1ad, 1 juv
Goldcrest - 1

Cheers, John


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Trying to catch some of the 'Horwich effect' this morning, and not too bad really.

April cottage;

1 spotted flycatcher
1 common whitethroat
1 blackcap m

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blackcap (h)
1 willow warbler

Quarry area

2 whinchat (moulting/very worn male, plus 1 fem/juv)
1 Green woodpecker

Also around-

c15 chiffchafffs over the whole area. 1 other common whitethroat on Derbyshire side of bridleway (but flew towards Grt. M/c). 3 reed buntings also there. 1 golden plover over 'red throat' field, 6 ravens close to border near pylons crossing SSSI, 1 skylark (sad), other usuals, plus butterflies, dragonflies, it was very good.

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Late post for yesterday.

Not much different from what John had though sadly I missed the Redstart and Whinchat.

The main differences were on my jaunt up to the woods at Brownlow where I had;

1 singing Williow Warbler
1 Sparrowhawk doing the rounds
10 Meadow Pipits

I had a count of c50 Linnets up in the fields just past the wood a couple of days ago, but alas a farmer with his tractor meant no linnets this time.

Cheers

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Male Redstart and female Whinchat were the star birds.

Also
Goldfinch 70
Chiffchaff 3
Skylark 1
Buzzard 1
Kestrel 1

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Swallow 12
Linnet 13
Meadow Pipit 12
Skylark 2
Rook 12
Starling 42
Snipe 3
Willow Warbler 3
Kestrel 2
Buzzard 1

Lots of Butterflies/Dragonflies on other wildlife.

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Superb autumnal morning: bright, clear and calm, deserving more than I saw.

Starring:

3 spotted flycatchers.
Peregrine (prob juv as calling consistently)

Also featuring (two or less unless stated)

Tree sparrow (2+)
Redpoll
Linnet
Goldfinch (10+)
Bullfinch
Mistle thrush
Sparrowhawk (fem)
Buzzard (4)
Green Woodpecker (seen at last!)
Willow warbler (c6)
Chiffchaff (didn't count them)
Swallow (15+)

7 species of dragonfly/damsels.



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A quick hour around the quarry this afternoon, not much to report really;

1 Kestrel with prey (looked like a field vole)
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Buzzard's
2 Wilow Warbler
11 Goldfinch
23 Swallows

And that was about it.



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Swallows moving through inc. flock of 22 NW
Willow Warbler 5 (2 in full song)
Lesser Redpoll 3 inc. at least 1 juvenile
Buzzards 2
Kestrel 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Goldfinch c20

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I made the mistake of heading to Ludworth yesterday and spent most of my time dodging showers, after the third shower I gave in and headed home, sadly no Redstart or Stonechat to show for my troubles.

Today however, being a much better day weather wise, was also a better day birding-wise as I managed to catch up with the male Redstart smile

Other birds of note;

c30 Goldfinch
1 Kestrel
2 Nuthatch
2 Buzzard
1 Reed Bunting
6 Linnet in Derbyshire
Plenty of Hirundines around the quarry

Other stuff added in 'other wildlife.'

Cheers

Mark

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Kestrel dived on feeding Goldfinch flock but failed

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John,

I notice you chickened out of counting the goldfinches !! There were rather a lot. At least 75 I made it (same day). wink

Cheers,

Andy

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Adult male Green Woopecker + 3 juveniles (no sign of female)
Stonechat juvenile
Mistle Thrush 24 (in one whacking great flock)
Common Whitethroat 2
Kestrel dived on feeding Goldfinch flock but failed
House Martins 8 (low and straight through)
Lapwing 9

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Adult male Green Woodpecker accompanying a single juvenile smile

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Excellent morning 09.30 - 11.45

Quarry area:
Adult male Redstart
Juvenile Stonechat
Green Woodpecker 1 seen, 1 heard
Goldfinch flock 41
Meadow Pipit flocks 6, 15

Also:
Willow Warblers 5
Chiffchaffs 3
Buzzard 2
Swifts 9
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Jay 1
Redpoll 1 male

+c900 sheep. Butterflies on other wildlife.

Cheers John

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Very quiet:

Lapwing 21
Starling c50
Meadow Pipit 9
Reed Bunting 4 (inc at least 1 juv)
Goldfinch 6 (inc 1 juv)

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Sorry John I've only just seen these posts. That is where I saw it (not at the Robin Hood pikes bit, at the higher bit on the same path with the 2 sets of stiles - a well trodden stoney path is crossed by another path which goes from the back of Coombes Rocks to Rowarth - from your post it looks like you were at the right place). Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. It was 3 feet away from me befor it flew and unmistakable. I hope its still there.

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Three of us gave it a couple of hours tonight. Nothing unusual seen.

John Tromans and Jim Edwards covered to Far Slack Farm. I went higher and (I think) found the 2 stiles described by Rob.

Meadow Pipit 11
Skylark 5
Golden Plover 7
Reed Bunting 4
Pied Wagtail 4
Lapwing 16

Lots of butterflies on 'Other Wildlife'

Cheers John

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I was in the area on the path to the Picking Rods where the paths first divide by the piles of stones about 12 30pm yesterday.I saw an interesting small brown bird but only saw it's back on a post in the field to the right.It made a few high looping flights, without any sound.before returning to the posts and then flew away..

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Mike c cooper wrote:

Has any one been to look for the rt pipit I am away with work but will try on Friday eves if there is positive confirmation




A number of people have contacted me over this but, as far as I know, only two have been to investigate. Last evening they had an 'interesting' bird flying away, which landed in thistles and wasn't seen again. The frontal parts of the bird were not seen But only a couple of hundred metres from Rob's site.

I am going to have a look myself tonight and the more eyes the better. If anyone wishes to join me I will be at the junction of Gun Road and the track up to the Picking Rods at 7pm.

Cheers John

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Has any one been to look for the rt pipit I am away with work but will try on Friday eves if there is positive confirmation

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I was out with my bins around cown edge (Coombes Rocks) on Ludworth Moor last night at 7pm

Red Throated Pipit is still showing just up from where it was seen previously. Further up towards Coombes Rocks from the previous place there is a place where footpaths cross (one goes from Rowarth to Coombes Rocks and the other from the main road towards the farm houses). It was sat on a post right at these cross paths (there are 2 stiles).

Its still there if anyone didn't get chance to see it!

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Hi Rob,

There are two crossroads of footpaths in that area. They are only a couple of hundred metres apart but do you mean the one that is nearer to Robin Hood's Picking Rods?

Cheers, John

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I was out with my bins around cown edge (Coombes Rocks) on Ludworth Moor last night at 7pm

Red Throated Pipit is still showing just up from where it was seen previously. Further up towards Coombes Rocks from the previous place there is a place where footpaths cross (one goes from Rowarth to Coombes Rocks and the other from the main road towards the farm houses). It was sat on a post right at these cross paths (there are 2 stiles).

Its still there if anyone didn't get chance to see it!

Rob

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Late post for yesterday, with a wander all over the place.

Lots about for the time of the day though most of the Warblers hidden within bushes.

1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
6 Meadow Pipit's
5 Skylark
9 Linnet (a pair early on in the walk and then 7 juveniles around the path to the picking rods)
2 Redpoll
2 Curlew
c29 Golden Plover
8 Willow Warbler
3 Chiffchaff
3 Whitethroat
1 Lesser Whitethroat
3 Reed Bunting

Oh and one Weasel attempting to catch field vole's aww personal experience tells me it's not easy disbelief

Cheers

Mark

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Skylark 7 (3 singing and what appeared to be a family party of 4)
Meadow Pipit 9
Mistle Thrush 10 (in a single party)
Nuthatch (a little out of place above the quarry)
Kestrel 2
Buzzard 2
Willow Warbler 4 singing
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Garden Warbler 2 (1 wing-fluttering but not sure if it was display or a juvenile food begging)
Great Spotted Woodpecker 3 (at least 1 juvenile)
Curlew 2
Linnet 2
Swift 8

Cheers John


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Nice weather this evening so spent a few hours around Ludworth;

3 Whitethroat
1 Garden Warbler down Gird Lane
4+ Tree Sparrow at Larkhill (hard to tell how many with them moving in and out of bushes)
3 Chiffchaff
7 Willow Warbler
8 Swift
5 Swallow
2 Linnet
1 Curlew

It was also nice to watch a couple of foxes lounging in the sun

Cheers

Mark

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An hour around Cloughend Farm this afternoon

Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 1
Lesser Redpoll 2
Tree Sparrow 1
Buzzard 2
Swift c50 moving through
Long-tailed Tit family with parents feeding at least 6 juvs
Also found a Willow Warbler nest

Cheers John

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Picking Rods area this morning:

Golden Plover flock 51
Snipe 1
Curlew 2
Minimum 7 Skylarks singing
Kestrel 1
Reed Buntings 2
Many Lapwings and Meadow Pipits

Cheers John

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