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RE: Holcombe Moor and environs


early morning

47 Pink-footed Geese se and 45 NW
7 Wigeon NW
2 Merlin (1 sw and 1 NW)
Peregrine
13 Common Buzzard
7 Raven
992 Meadow pipit sw
59 Skylark sw
235 House Martin feeding over moor then south
6 Snipe se

300+ Goldfinch feeding on moor

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15 Pink-footed Geese flew east late morning
1600+ Meadow pipit sw
Green Woodpecker
2+ Crossbill heard over
8 Buzzard
Peregrine
24 Skylark sw plus 16 on the moor
2 Snipe
3 Raven
7 Kestrel
15 Goldcrest near the miniature pony stables

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Sunday 6 Sep - Holcombe Moor Edge overlooking Moor Bottom Road and Saplin Wood. 2 ravens doing acrobatics avoiding annoying sparrowhawk. At least 4 Kestrels hunting, peregrine over flying south and buzzard circling. Hundreds of swallows and house martins hawking in a large (hatch?) of large black insects with offset tails (??) Large numbers of meadow pipits but no wheatears. Half a dozen mistle thrush including juveniles feeding in fields below Moor Bottom Rd. Still no little owl. Not seen on Moorbottom Rd now for last 3 or so years - almost always guaranteed before.

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spotted flycatcher in trees near assault course this morning.on way up to moors via moorbottom rd 6 kestrel hovering all in a line.male and female wheatear 2 raven and a buzzard over.in the bracken at head of valley 1 whinchat and at least 6 stonechat inc 1 juv.strangely didn't see any meadow pipit.cheers andrew

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Great advert for all Peter's hard work..13 Kestrel hanging in the wind above Moorbottom Rd last night..

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skylark, meadow pipit, juv stonechat, 6 Wheatear (1 Juv) 4 Kestrel, Redpoll, Grasshopper Warbler Chiffchaff, 3 Curlew on range, Jay, and a Green Woodpecker

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This evening with Simon Warford

40 swift
7 kestrel
2 curlew
Redshank heard calling east at 23.10 over moor bottom road


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Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May 2015 10:30 - 15:00 hrs.

Walk from Peel Tower Car Park - Holcombe Village - over Holcombe Moor (via Chatterton Close, Buckden Clough, Beetle Hill, Pilgrims Cross, Peel Tower) - 'Shoulder of Mutton' pub (light refreshment!) - back to Peel Tower Car Park.

Greenfinch adult with at least three fledglings
Curlew x 1 (spoke to chap doing bird survey with NT guy who had spotted 2 pairs of Curlew on Holcombe Moor)
Kestrel x 1
Meadow Pipits x lots
Skylarks x lots
Jay (Buckden Clough)
Pied Wagtail
Jackdaws x 7
Carrion Crows
Magpies
Blackbirds
Great Tit
Chaffinch
Robin
Swallows
Swifts

-- Edited by Steve Judge on Monday 25th of May 2015 04:01:06 PM

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4 Stonechat, 7 Wheatear, 7 Singing Skylarks, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, Kestrel, Mixed Group of Linnet and Lesser Redpoll, White Wagtail, Meadow Pipits, Heron, Swallow Curlew Pheasant Mallard, Canada Geese, and Green Woodpecker.

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Five Ring Ouzels were a pleasant surprise early this morning while doing my BBS squares in the Bull Hill area, also 18 Wheatear.

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7.00 till 9.00am Along Moorbottom Rd, Highlights

Willow Warbler 20+ singing from almost every tree and shrub
Chiffchaff
Common Whitethroat 3
Skylark 3
Wheatear 2
Ring Ouzel 7, 3M & 4F, and a fly over flock of 12
Stonechat
Curlew 3
Kestrel 2
Pied Wagtail
Young Tawny Owl heard only

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Early AM 1 Grasshopper Warbler 7 Willow Warbler 1 Chiffchaff Buzzard, 1 Curlew, Moorhen 2 Canada Geese, 2 Stonechat, 11 Wheatear, 1 Green Woodpecker, two flocks of Linnets (6 & 4) 11 Ring Ouzel lots of meadow Pipits and 6 Singing Skylarks, Pied Wagtail,Pheasant 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting, Goldcrest Blackheaded Gull, 2 Swallow and usuals and Bagpipes.

-- Edited by Ian Boote on Wednesday 22nd of April 2015 09:41:09 AM

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Early AM 2 Grasshopper Warbler 9 Willow Warbler 1 Chiffchaff 2 Kestrel, 3 Curlew, Moorhen 4 Canada Geese, Male Stonechat, 20+ Wheatear, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, two flocks of Linnets (6 & 4) 8 Ring Ouzel (3m 5f) lots of meadow Pipits and Singing Skylarks, Pied Wagtail, Long Tailed Tits flocks of Goldfinches Pheasant and usuals.

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Excellent morning for 2 BBS Squares around the moors and Ranges..
12 Ring Ouzel
26 Wheatear
Stonechat in a new area for me.
2 Golden Plover
Grasshopper Warbler
2 Stock Dove
2 Green Woodpecker

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Had a great walk along moor bottom road with my 2 children. We saw wheatear, excellent views of a male stonechat, green woodpecker, skylark, meadow pipit, linnet, willow warbler, swallow. Sadly we failed to see the ring ouzels!!!

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In trees along road: 4 Willow warblers singing Nuthatch 3 Chaffinches singing 3 Ring Ouzel including a pair at the far end of moorbottom road on top of slope 5 Wheatears 1 Stonechat 1 Green Woodpecker 1 Peregrine flew over Grey heron flew over numerous singing skylarks and Meadow Pipits

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Late morning visit was rewarded by great views of Ring Ouzel, 4 in total along the right hand side of the hill on Moorland Road walking towards the firing range. Other highlights:
Wheatear
Stonechat
Kestrel
Willow Warbler
Meadow Pipit



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Late morning visit (after an early morning at Elton) with Simon Johnson produced the follow highlights;

17+ Ring Ouzels along Moorbottom Road, both on the slopes right of the path and some below in the valley bottom, slightly more males than females.
19 Wheatear
3 Stonechat
2 Green Woodpecker
14 Willow Warblers
few Lesser Redpolls.

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this morning with Simon Warford

glorious sunshine looking out over a blanket of fog

Good passage of meadow pipits with approx 900 north
3 Wheatear and male Stonechat on moor bottom road
60+ Skylark on moor with at least 30 singing birds
Red Grouse displaying
4 Curlew
2 Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
2 Raven
5 Greylag Geese sw
Green Woodpecker
15 Golden Plover

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walk through Redisher woods and across rifile range gave Treecreeper, Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Fieldfares, Meadow Pipits and 4 Reed Bunting.

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Ringtail Hen Harrier is still in Holcomve Area at the mo.. Currently hunting by the Tower mobbed by 2 Raven and a Merlin..
Rob..

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Ringtail Hen Harrier tonight below Harcles Hill.. Flew north below White Hill into Lancs..

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2 Raven
Merlin west
67 Golden Plover in several flocks either sw or east
1100+ Meadow pipit south with several hundred still on the moor
3 juv Stonechat
2 Green Woodpecker
3 Sparrowhawk
2 Greylag Geese north

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A pair of Raven had set up in Harcles Quarry for the first time this year. . 5 young hatched c10days ago. On checking this morning the nest has been destroyed and all 5 young killed. . .Photos taken and police to be informed. . I doubt anybody will know anything but if they do can info me and will liase with Police.

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A short walk along Moorbottom Road up to red flag post on 25th November in glorious sunshine - 100+ fieldfares with a solitary redwing feeding on berry bushes between Moorbottom Road and northern edge of Saplin Wood; two ravens circling over Holcombe Moor edge; kestrel hunting; and 5 stonechats (3 male/2 female) showing well on walls and heather/gorse on hillside above Moorbottom Road.

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no sign of any snow buntings on the moor this morning

watching from fields just below peel tower

12 Twite came over from the north east when the hit the other valley (which runs to to red brook) they turned back on themselves and headed back and up over the moor towards peel tower
8 Greylag Geese also came over here South
600+ Pinkfeet headed east across south Manchester
393 Starling NW

Chiffchaff, several Goldcrest Nuthatch and Great spotted woodpecker in the garden of the house near by

2 Snipe and 2 Raven on the moor



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The coordinates given for yesterday's Snow Bunting sighting place it by some hundreds of metres in Lancashire.

Interestingly, some 13 years ago, Barbara and I watched two birds at close range for a couple of minutes on the broad summit of Harcles Hill; these were about one and a half kilometres south south east of the latest sighting (and so were comfortably in Greater Manchester). This was a purely chance encounter (we weren't even there birding and were without binoculars) in an area we hadn't walked over for some 20 years, and we assumed at the time that the birds were a regular winter feature (indeed this may well be the case) and so thought little of it.

I suspect that Snow Buntings would generally not be difficult to find here along the summit ridge paths during the winter months (especially after spells of windy/stormy weather), should birders put in the time searching on a regular basis, and after all, the area is relatively easy to access.

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A single Snow Bunting was on the moor behind Peel Tower today and was fortuitously photographed by the observer. The bird was on the path between the trig point at the top of Bull Hill and the standing stone on the way to Peel Tower. Approx bearing 768184.

Info thanks to David Whitney

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 4th of November 2013 04:44:54 PM

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few hours this afternoon - ended up getting caught in the thunderstorm

lots of migration this afternoon mainly thrushes starlings and woodpigeons

2,719 Fieldfare sw in several large flocks
245 Starling west
23 Redwing sw
206 Woodpigeon south
35 Golden Plover circling the moor above red brook before departing sw
54 Lapwing south
21 Snipe sw
Merlin south
2 Buzzard south

Stonechat, Peregrine, 2 Raven, Green Woodpecker & 3 Kestrel present on the moor

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3 Ring Ouzel (1 calling from the bushes on the slope to peel tower early doors and a further 2 flew SW)

lots of meadow pipit and finches on migration 43 Siskin and a Brambling the best amongst

395 Pink-footed geese flew east in 5 skeins, Merlin, Peregrine and 6 Raven also on the move

21 Swallow flew south

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Nuthatch bottom of Moor Bottom Rd, quite a few Meadow Pipits, 1 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat 2 Whinchat around wall below Red Brook Kestrel, at least three Green Woodpeckers 2 flying onto Holcombe Hill and lots of Wrens.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 23rd of September 2013 10:20:54 PM

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Weds 18th Sept

Still 4 Whinchat in Red Brook
4 Stonechat
3 Kestrel
c40 Pink- footed Geese over Holcombe Moor

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this afternoon

Peregrine
Merlin in red brook area flew west
2 Raven

lots of chats around red brook
13 Stonechat
3 Whinchat
Wheatear

100 Swallow
5 House Martin
30 Meadow pipit

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Thursday 12th Sept

4 Whinchat still in the bracken in Red Brook
6 Stonechat with another 6 or 7 in bracken below Lark Hill just in Lancs
2 Wheatear
2 Raven
3 Kestrel
Peregrine
Buzzard
A few Skylark still on the Moors
2 Little Owl

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Moor bottom road - bushes around the miniature ponies

female/imm Redstart
Garden Warbler
10+ Willow Warbler
15 Goldfinch
5 Chaffinch
Goldcrest
50 Swallow on wires
5 House Martins
2 Tree pipit flew over whilst counting the swallows and landed in the bushes
Green Woodpecker

On the moor
3 Raven
Kestrel
Sparrowhawk
105 House martin flew SW
Grey Wagtail south
Skylark


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4 Buzzards drifting SW @ 1400

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Yesterday...12 Linnets, female Sparrowhawk hung in the wind almost like a kestrel and then stooped in to Reddisher Wood. Later possibly the same bird was fighting with corvids near Peel Tower. Several Kestrels one with its wing and tail feathers damaged probably as a result of disputes with corvids. Carrion Crows fighting with a Raven. Several Wheatear and Meadow Pipit, 2 Little Owls, Green woodpecker. I was not able to get onto Red Brook since the army were shooting on the range but after 5.00pm I was able to get onto Redbrook where there at least two juvenile Stonechats and two juvenile Whinchats but not offereing close views . It was nice to meet Rob Archer.

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7.30 - 12.30am

Paddys pond area -

Spotted flycatcher
30+ Willow Warbler
10+ Coal Tit
Nuthatch
2 Treecreeper

Red brook -
3 Juv Stonechat
7 Wheatear

6 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Raven, and Stock Dove in the valley.

190 Swallow, 14 House Martin and 11 Swift Swift moved SW


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Originally posted by Mike Horwood today: -

Holcombe Moor, Peregrine over,hundreds of Swallows sadly heading south !! 1330

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Reddisher wood

Great spotted Woodpecker, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, lots of Nuthatch, and Dipper

A lot of work has gone on with a new path up the side of the top lodge to the stepping stones. still under construction but much easier than the previous muddy goat track

Moor and Moor Bottom Rd Skylark, Meadow Pipit Swallow, Green Woodpecker, Curlew, Wheatears, one female Stonechat, large flock of starlings and two Herring Gulls

-- Edited by Ian Boote on Sunday 2nd of June 2013 07:21:55 PM

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A late post from yesterday

Wood Warbler was actively feeding in the tree canopy in Reddisher Woods near the bridge over the stream

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At least 30 Wheatears still along Moorbottom Road mid morning, also Green Woodpecker showing well.

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loads of Wheatears stopped counting at 15. several Curlrew, Green Woodpecker, Blackcap Pheasant, several Linnet Skylarks Meadow, Pipit and Cuckoo calling.

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Long walk up to the valley head of Red Brook on Saturday 20th April. No sign of ring ouzels, stonechats or little owls. A dozen or so wheatears with males displaying and chasing each other. Green woodpecker heard and solitary linnet singing in gorse above Moor Bottom road.

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On BBS walk this morning 4 Ring Ouzel still in the valley..

Rob Archer

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This Morning with Paul Wilson

Tree Pipit - north up valley
4 Ring Ouzel - red brook (at the valley Head) 2 male 2 female
11 Wheatear (9 at red brook)
50 Fieldfare NE and 2 in valley
2 Siskin
3 Lesser Redpoll
Swallow NE
7 Sand Martin North
3+ Linnet
6 Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
several Curlew heard and at least 2 Green Woodpecker

2 Goldcrest in trees out on moor

-- Edited by Simon Johnson on Saturday 13th of April 2013 09:54:51 PM

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This afternoon around the Moors.
5 Ring Ouzel
3 Fieldfare
2 Wheatear
3 Siskin
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Green Woodpecker
Many Meadow Pipit
There was a pair of Stonechat in a regular spot on 14th March and also 18th March but not seen them since then. Presume the grim weather has had something to do with it..

Rob Archer

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a good walk round with Simon Warford

The moor was very quiet - only one singing skylark not many meadow pipits back and no wheatear or stonechats

However birds where moving and the best was a ringtail Hen Harrier which circled fields over Tottington gaining height and then drifting north up the valley

other sightings -
4 Buzzard north
4 Curlew North
89 Meadow Pipit north
5 Siskin North

in the valley
3 Green Woodpeckers
4 Fieldfare
70 Starling
2 Raven
2 Kestrel
1 skylark

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quick shufti moor bottom rd plenty walkers out and about At least two green woodpeckers, 16 meadow pipits raven

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Reddisher wood

Coal Tit, Treecreeper, several Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatches, Bullfinch Long Tailed Tits and Jay
Moor Bottom Rd 1 Red Grouse above red brook, Siskin, 2 Meadow Pipit 2 Skylark singing, Kestrel. 12 Carrion Crow in one flock

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