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RE: Holcombe Moor and environs


3 hour loop in heavy snow. Only spotted 4 birds. Green woodpecker, Raven, carrion crow and a female reed bunting. blankstare



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Roger,

Taking a friend walking on the moor area a little owl and I not seen one for months ! where is it.

Mike Horwood



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The Moor itself is now totally devoid of birds, but the moorland edge still holds some interest. Highlights from this morning:

1 Little Owl

1 Sparrowhawk

1 Kestrel

2 Stonechat

Flocks of 20 Goldfinch and 7 Bullfinch

 



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Highlights from the last two mornings over the moor:

Little Owl yesterday.

Sparrowhawk flushing a Green Woodpecker out of a tree today.

2 Redwing today.

Small movement of Corvids, mainly Jackdaw and Rook, and Meadow Pipit South.

kestrel on both days.



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Highlights from a 3 hour walk over the Moor this morning:

2 Kestrel

1 Little Owl

Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers

75 Meadow Pipit

1 Stonechat

6 Swallow

1 Raven

2 Goldcrest

1 Chiffchaff

1 juv Bullfinch.



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Walk along Moorbottom Road to Crowthorne produced a grand total of 21 Stonechat (some in Lancs) this afternoon..A good year for them, mainly seen in the Bracken patches.

Also along the west facing edges Wheatear, 5 Raven, 8 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard and great views of a Merlin coming out of Red Brook and chasing Meadow Pipits over White Hill



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Couldn't find the Whinchat this morning but a good morning walk nevertheless. Highlights:

2 Wheatear

3 Stonechat

6 Kestrel

1 Sparrowhawk

1 Buzzard

1 Little Owl

1 Raven

20 + Meadow Pipit

Maybe 100 Swallow which appeared to be a mixture of local birds and small groups moving south.



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Full Moorbottom rd loop over to Edgeworth this afternoon. Fairly quiet on the Holcombe side of Red Brook yet the other side was absolutely teaming with life along the path. 

x9 Kestrels 

x4 Adult wheatear (2m 2f)

x6 Stonechat (2 adults 4 juvenile) 

x20 plus meadow pipits (mixture of adults and juveniles) 

x20 plus juvenile goldfinch 

x6 Carrion crow

x1 buzzard

x1 green woodpecker (heard only) 

And the star bird of the day for me was a single female Whinchat, a first for me in this area biggrin

 



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Full loop of Moorbottom rd this evening 15+ kestrels quite a bizarre sight, made up of seperate families of newly fledged juveniles and adults, mainly dog fighting with each other in the air, all spaced out equally along the vallys edge. On the Edgeworth side there was an unfortunate buzzard being pestered by 4 juvenile kestrels too hmm



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singing willow warbler

singing blackcap

Kestrels

Raven

House Martins

Two pairs of Stonechat one feeding young

three singing Skylarks

two pair of Wheatear

three  singing Linnets

lots of Meadow Pipits



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Last night around the Moor rd area I was greeted to the lovely sight of a very successfully fledged family of kestrels. 4 healthy looking juveniles all flying around being very vocal with both parents frequently dropping in voles from above.  



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Highlights of a 3 hour walk round the moor this morning- Cuckoo still calling at top end of firing range, pair Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 3 Curlew and 10 Lapwing. Also post breeding flock c120 Starling including lots of juveniles, and Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit and Skylark still singing.



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Ring Ouzel  below Moorbottom Road amongst sheep fields just past The Glen ruins ..



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Cuckoo currently on Moorbottom Rd adjacent to sapling woods getting heavily mobbed by a load of Jackdaws 



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Couldn't find the Ring Ouzel or Cuckoo this morning, but a real highlight in the form of a Red Kite that flew SW over the firing range being mobbed by Crows. Also Dipper, Lapwing, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 1 Redpoll and 1 Whitethroat.



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2 Ring Ouzel near Paddy's Pond and a Cuckoo by Redisher Woods this evening 



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4 hour hike around the Moors today, very quiet compared to this time last year, apart from the green woodpeckers that were literally yaffelling from all over the place! 

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X5 Green woodpecker, loads more heard, could have been the same birds yet actually saw 5 different individuals.

10+ wheatears

10+ meadow pipits

x4 stonechat 

x1 kestrel 

and the highlight of the day was witnessing a hunting Merlin near to Crowthorn rd that flew past us at lightning speed chasing some meadow pipits.wink



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Just attempted a loop of Moorbottom rd on my mountain bike yet had to take the biggest detour ever around the top of the moors due to the MOD using the firing range. I'm glad in a way as I came upon a quarry just off Crowthorne rd on the Edgworth side of the moor and spotted a pair of ring ouzel foraging in it  biggrin along with a pair of brambling. 

Lots of wildlife seen today, of note:

X1 green woodpecker heard calling from the trees behind the public carpark on Lumb car rd

X1 wheatear along Moorbottom rd

X1 golden plover up on the tops 

Numerous meadow pipits and skylarks up on the tops (skylark in photo)

X2 ring ouzel 

X2 brambling

I heared Curlew calling from a few fields as I was cycling back to Affetside too

 



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17:30-20:00pm Moorbottom Road
2 Green Woodpeckers.
1 Raven.
2 Stonechat.
16 Linnet.
3 Wheatear.
2 Curlews Heard but not seen.

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2 Ring Ouzel to the west of Red Brook this morning  . 2 Red Grouse also in this area .

Not a single Curlew on the moors  completing 2 BBS squares was a first for me here and disappointing 



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In Reddisher Wood Chiffchaff, 10 Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Treecreeper,

7 Curlew, 3 Green Woodpecker, 5 Stonechat, Kestrel, Raven, Lots of Meadow Pipits, Skylarks



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A good 4 hours spent covering an extensive part of the moors and saplin wood area.  Most of the time spent in thick cloud and rain, saw one single skylark and had great close up views of 2 woodcock that I accidentally flushed, they were about 100 metres appart roosting in the heather on the top of the moor near to the Edgeworth boarder. 



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Spent a good 3 hours walking around Holcombe brook valley this afternoon. Was exceptionally quiet wildlife wise. Birds of note: 

X2 buzzards (one dark, one pale)

Green woodpecker (heard)

X1 Raven 

X2 stonechat (M+F)

X2 Kestrel (M+F)

X3 jay

 



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4pm till 7pm 

X8 pairs of Stonechat visible hunting insects along the Moorbottom rd path and many more heard throughout the evening. 

X2 Raven 

X2 Kestrel 

X2 Little Owl 



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4th afternoon visit of the week trying to find Hen Harrier, still no luck !. Did however see a Little Owlsmile(GM Year tick 165), still find it hard to believe I have not seen one at Elton this yearcry.
Cheers Ian

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Yesterday afternoon, covered a large area of the moors by bicycle.

Meadow pipits in abundance, X2 kestrels. X1 little owl. Plus I startled a green woodpecker that was foraging just off the path on Moorbottom rd. Which in turn startled me! hmm



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Short-eared Owl last light tonight hunting in the Heather near The Tower. 

 



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X3 Rooks, half way up Moor rd 9pm 



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One, probably two Grasshopper Warbler still reeling this morning. Lots of Skylark and Meadow Pipit singing as well. Also 1 Kestrel, 3 Swift and 4 Swallow over the moor.



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Cuckoo, heard then seen early afternoon.
Cheers Ian

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Cuckoo near Paddys Pond area this evening 

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Cuckoo still this morning , lower down into Redisher Woods/Saplin Woods area..

3 Grasshopper Warbler



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Had a quick look for the cuckoos on Friday evening but was told that they were live firing on the ranges on Thursday afternoon and will be all weekend so perhaps not much prospect of any further sightings.



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2 Cuckoo this evening on The Ranges..

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This morning with Malcolm, 1 male Ring Ouzelsmile, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Wheatear, 2 Buzzard the other birds of note.
Cheers Ian

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2 Raven, Buzzard, Kestrel, 4 Curlew, 2 Green Woodpecker or one very mobile, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, 8 Wheatear, Pheasant, Mallard, Canada , Linnet, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipits and 5 singing Skylarks. 



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4 Stonechat-1 pair and two singing males, Buzzard mobbed by a pair of Ravens,  Green woodpecker, two mating Kestrels, Linnet, 6 singing Skylarks, flock of Goldfinches, Goldcrest, Reed Bunting Male, Tawny Owl, Coal Tit, quite a few Meadow Pipits, Song Thrush in full song and two Fieldfare.



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Short-eared Owl still present in the same area on Holcombe Moor at last light tonight..



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Short-eared Owl performing well in the gusty, wind blown top of Holcombe Moor tonight ..

Info fm Miss Victoria Irving...



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06:30-08:30am in the hope of seeing Short Eared Owl at first light but failed to see it. 3 Fieldfare 17+ Meadow Pipit heard a lot more than seen 1 Pheasant 1 Kestrel 2 Ravens Cheers Steven

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Brief view of the Short-eared Owl at last light..

2 Raven and a Kestrel over Moorbottom Rd



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very lucky to see the Short-eared Owl tonight - last light in a break in the fog in the area mentioned below

something small and dark also flitted of the dry stone wall near the kissing gate in the same area the black redstart was seen but couldn't re-find

Woodcock flew out of saplin wood 70 Fieldfare on the moor



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Short-eared Owl out again tonight at last light in same area of the moor..

2 Red Grouse and a Woodcock over Moor Road ..



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No trace of the Short-eared Owl or Black Redstart last night..

On Saturday 31st Oct a local chap took a good photograph of a Great Grey Shrike on the path up to Holcombe Tower..There are plenty of suitable areas around the Ranges and over towards Quarlton where it could still be if anybody is in the area..



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Glorious evening above the cloud ..

Short-eared Owl hunting at last light around the heather on Holcombe Moor..

Black Redstart on the wall close to the kissing gate that leads down to the Green Bench above Saplin Wood.. Still in the area at last light..

4 Red Grouse and 7 Grey Partridge..



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Short-eared Owl tonight hunting around the heather edges above Moorbottom Rd and around towards the heather on Holcombe Moor ... Great views in evening sun ..

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a few hours spent up here this morning

Highlights -

12 Twite flew west over the moor with a couple of redwing between Peel Tower and harcles hill
2 Brambling flew over west
Swallow - late bird sw

other birds noted -
600+ Fieldfare NW
200+ Redwing sw
11 Buzzard moved south
2 Sparrowhawk
4 Kestrel
7+ Raven
80+ meadow pipit sw plus 100+ still on the moor

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6.50am - 11.30 am

Watched from the valley bottom near saplin wood due to the mist and cold wind on the tops

16 Crossbill flew south in parties of 7 (male and 6 female/imm) 8 (all female/imm) and then one heard over
Redwing flew sw
700+ meadow pipit flew south/se
29 Skylark in a single party came over the top and sw
270+ Goldfinch
2 Peregrine
Raven
20 + Lesser Redpoll
Green Woodpecker
4 Nutchatch
5 Chiffchaff

lots of goldcrest and coal tit calling from the woods

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7.45 - 10 am watch from the east side just under peel tower

1+ Ring Ouzel - 1 was in trees along moor bottom road by the stables then this or another was in the garden at the house at the top of the hill by peel tower and flew sw over moor
Little Grebe - one on the pond below the hill
100 Swallow south
500 Meadow Pipit south
27 Skylark se
70+ Chaffinch south

Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtail and Chaffinch were also seen attempting to land on the top of peel tower whilst passing over which have never seen before

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10.05am to 12.50pm.

Crowthorn Delf to Bull Hill :-
2 Lapwings, 5 Meadow Pipits.

Bull Hill :-
9 Carrion Crows.

Pilgrims Cross to Peel Tower :-
1 Kestrel, 34 Skylarks, 33 Meadow Pipits, 1 Pied Wagtail.

Holcombe & Peel Tower hillside :-
2 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Nuthatch, 5 Jackdaws, 5 Carrion Crows.

Track across the army range past Red Brook to Lark Hill :-
1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, Pair of Stonechats on a fence + another one calling not too far away, 1 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipits, regular sightings of Wrens, 1 Jay, 5 Carrion Crows, 1 Raven, 120+ Goldfinches.

Lark Hill to Longshaw Head :-
70+ Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks, 100+ Goldfinches.


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