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Post Info TOPIC: Holcombe Moor and environs


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RE: Holcombe Moor


11.30 - 1600

Gyr type falcon or Hybird seen on the moors this afternoon.
I had walked along moor bottom road and up onto the moor top looking down into the Irwell Valley, the bird was soaring round above the moor, using the thermals from the ridge along moor bottom road, it was mobbed by a Raven & Merlin - and flew east over the valley towards the wind farm and Ashworth moor res.

It was very bright up there and hard to get any plumage detail, it looked white from below including the head (no hood or anything) and it had dark tips to the primaries, it was also the same size as the Raven that mobbed it!

Also up here
Merlin
Spahawk at least 5 different birds inc 3 together
Kestrel 2
Raven 5
Feildfare 964 NW
Bullfinch 3 NW
Skylark 3
Starling 78 west
Little Owl 2
Green Woodpecker 2
Treecreeper 2



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7.30 - 10.30 am

Ring Ouzel 4 - 3 Birds flew over the riffle range and looked to land on the far hill. Another bird flew west tailing a large flock of fieldfare

Golden Pover 4 SE and 2 sperate calling birds SW (not seen)
Fieldfare 255 NW
Redwing 55 SW
Woodpigeon 88 SW
Chaffinch 30 SW (mainly heard going over)
Siskin 3 south
Redpoll 2 south
Meadow pipit 29 NW also 50 on the tops
Skylark 1 south 2 on the tops

Snipe, Red Grouse, & Raven seen on the moors




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Not much most sightings Hawkshaw side of riflerange

Kestrel
Raven
Meadow Pipitts
Pretty sure two late wheatear
12 redwing
one nuthatch few jays reddisher woods

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One my best days birding in greater manchester.
on the lower farmland

2 Weatears

soaring over the hills was 2 raven

100s of hirundines flying on the hill top around peel tower etc.

In the same bushes from my last visit
1 male Redstart as opposed to the female type seen last time
3 spotted flycatchers
5+ willow warblers associating and acting like spotted flycatchers, also feeding on the ground
1 kestrel
2 sparrowhawks persuing each other
3 snipe/woodcock type birds seen too breifly flying down on the top of holcombe (looked more like woodcock, ie broad winged but habitat was more snipe like)

on the road going upto Peel Tower, lots of birds in the trees that form a line with telephone lines going up slope. Theres a rough path running parallel.
More spotted flycatchers, the same batch as seen at the top but counted at least 4
also 1 Tree Pipit

2 juvenile Stonechats in lower slopes of the heather

And a sore back carrying my spotting scope!



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mark seen Andrew flintoff doing a fast walk and crush a grape stu francis on boltons moors.

Back to better stuff to see. today
4-5 kestrels
sparrowhawk
1 wheatear
1-2 redstart
2 ravens



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Morning and Afternoon Sessions - Lovely sunny day

Wheatear
Linnet
Meadow Pipit
Stonechat
Little Owl
Kestrel ( 11 in sky all at once!)
Buzzard
Peregrine
Swallow
House Martin
Magpie
Crow
Willow Warbler
Green Woodpecker (heard)
Will Young walking his dog ( honestly - quite a nice chap too)

Must be the most unlikely famous person I have ever met while out birding. Does this happen to other people? confuse.gif

Cheers

Mark

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Hi Mark
No sign of any Whinchat so far up here cry.gif

Good 4 hours up here this morning
The fields with the miniture ponies along moor bottom road had lots of birds
Willow Warbler -30 at least,
Whitethroat
Blackcap 2
Goldfinch 15
Bullfinch 2
GSW
Little Owl
Nuthatch 2
and best of all Stonechat 2 juv

On the moors
Tree Pipit flew west
Wheatear 4
Kestrel 5
Swallow 100+
House Martin 3
Raven (heard)

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Hi there,

Has anybody come across Whinchat on Holcombe Moor? Passage birds or whatever. Just interested cheers.

Thanks Mark

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Reddisher wood
Jay
GS Wood
Nuthatch
two grey wagtails

Holcombe Hill/moor 7-8 Kestral assume one family
lots of M Pippits some with flies feeding young
Quite a few wheatears some juvenile
wren
willow warbler
family of coal tits
swallows
carrion crow
Green Woody
pheasant

cheers

ian

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Couple of hours up here today

Best bird was a single Twite which flew over calling on the moors.

Other than than quieter than what would have expected a few young birds about though.

Kestrel 7
Buzzard
Little Owl 2 juv
Green Woodpecker 3 juv
GSW 2 juv
Willow Warbler 10
Blackcap
Whitethroat
Coal Tit 12 juv
Treecreeper 3
Jay 3
Swallow 114 SW
Mistle Thrush 10 SW

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very pleasant but not much about
In Reddisher wood
Mallard and ducklings walking/falling down the lodge outlet
GS wood pecker
Chiff Chaff
Moor
1 curlew 1 wheatear few skylarks more M pippit
Hawkshaw lane
family of jays

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Pretty much the same as Ian today, Heard a few green woodys over the day but saw none, also saw a young wheatear and a little owl near the farm, lots of swifts and swallows, jackdaws, ravens....smile.gif

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Windy Sunny day

Two wheatears
meadow pipits skylarks
heard one green wood
pheasant
GS wood
chiff chaff willow warbler
and that was about it

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bolton rspb visit today through the woods onto the moor,

woods...

Great spotted woody heard, jay, other than the usual willow warblers and chiffchaffs there is a great singing wood warbler, blackcaps, dipper on the brook

moor..

loads of jackdaws, green woody flying over, skylarks, linnets, swallows, wheatears, rook, curlew heard,

no luck for little owls or ring ouzels, no stonechats neither

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Reddisher wood
Heard Green Wpecker
Saw and heard GS Wood pecker Jay Chiffchaff Grasshopper Warbler Gold Crest nuthatch
Moor bottom rd
2 Wheatear Skylark M Pipit pheasant curlew
Riftle Range
Curlew Pheasant 22 Rooks swallow swifts

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Wood Warbler still present in Redisher Woods this afternoon.

Info thanks to Mark Rigby and those young guns. Go for it you crazy kids!

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Fantastic Wood Warbler today, a County tick for me, thanks to Paul Wilsons directions and, Mike Horwood( I think, the original finder), also great to see Dipper on the stream and good to meet Phil Owen and his niece who with young eyes is an excellent bird finder.
Cheers Ian

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Decided to go to Redisher Wood with my niece today to look for the Wood Warbler.

After walking an hour or so listening out through the woods with no joy and our luck seemingly not in, we were on our way back to the car when we bumped into Ian Campbell who kindly took us to the exact spot where it has been showing.

After a short hailstone shower!!, the sun finally decided to come out and so did the Wood Warbler which thankfully sang a couple of times from the canopy.

Also seen were Dipper, Green Woodpecker, Lesser Redpoll, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper amongst others and also we heard a Garden Warbler towards the far end of the wood.

After a walk round we decided to return to have a last look at the Wood Warbler which was singing just before we decided to leave around 3.30pm.

Thanks for pointing the spot out Ian and also thanks to the original finder who was there today (we have seen each other many times out and about and we still don't know each other's names!!)

A cracking place to visit, even though the walk through the woods is a tough one!!!


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In addition on the other side of the range
a lot of wheatears over 15. At one point they were every few metres
curlew heard green wood pecker heard skylarks
meadow pipit



-- Edited by Ian Boote on Saturday 1st of May 2010 01:54:43 PM

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At least 6 Garden Warblers in the Holcombe area this morning with a further 2 in Saplin wood on top of the ones already mentioned.

Also good numbers of Chiff chaff, Willow Warbler, at least 8 Blackcap and 2 Whitethroat.

7 Wheatears up on the moors.

2 Tawny Owls were seen along with 2 Spahawk, 2 Raven, 2 Little Owl, 2 Kestrel and male peregrine

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2 Garden Warblers singing at the start of Moorbottom road this morning.

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Wood Warbler singing at the northern end of Redisher Wood at Holcombe this morning.
Info thanks to Simon Johnson




Also at least 2 Garden Warblers. Wood Warbler showing very well.



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Wood Warbler singing at the northern end of Redisher Wood at Holcombe this morning.

Info thanks to Simon Johnson

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1200- 1400

Green woodies on steroids - loud & showy!!

No Ouzals BUT heard Cuckoo and found Wood Warbler both at top of Reddisher

Woods

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3.30-6.30pm

Peregrine
Raven 2
kestrel
Wheatear 13
House Martin
Swallow 12 north
Red Grouse
Curlew 4
Green Woodpecker 3

Redstarts and Ouzels seem to have moved on

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6.30pm - 8pm Moorbottom Road

2 Ring Ouzels(1m & 1f) seen. At least 1 other heard calling in the valley.
2 Curlew over.
1 Red Grouse
c15 Wheatears
2 Green Woodpeckers
2 Little Owls



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Very pleasant stroll with Simon Johnson this evening up Moorbottom Road, well until the sun went down!

Highlights, a male Redstart perched up briefly near the start of the valley before flying off high north towards the moor!

5 Ring Ouzels(2 males) half way a long showing well with 2 Blackbirds.

Wheatears everywhere, at least 35 birds counted.

Green Wood pecker heard.wink.gif



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Up there this a.m. with Paul W & Peter J, Wheatears in double figures also many Meadow Pipits, Curlew over, 2 calling Green Woodpeckers, good views of Treecreeper nest building, Red Grouse but no Stonechat. Glad to read that Ian Boote saw them here today. Also did not see any Ring Ouzelcry.gif
Cheers Ian

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walk up through redisher wood onto moor and back hrough rifle range
Woods 2 GS Wodpecker Nuthatch and heard kestral
Moor
Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, several Curlew calling, Stonechat, 3 wheatear males singing
working back
Green wood pecker 2 pheasant
No ousels seen so I'm envious of those that have in other areas

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Another couple of hours spent up here this morning with Mark Ribgy looking for Ouzels but no joy here.

Little Owl 3
Green Woodpecker 3
Curlew 3
Fieldfare
Linnet 10
Redpoll couple heard
Wheatear Male and female
Grey Partridge 2
Stock Dove 4
Treecreeper 2
Skylark at least 15 birds
Kestrel

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Good few hours up here looking for Ouzels (no such luck) with Warfy.

Highlight was Warfy being asked if he could lend his bins to the local Scally so he could perv on girls!

other than that :

Green Woodpecker 3 very vocal birds, later a pair together
Wheatear 8
Redpoll 3
Curlew
Skylark 3+ singing
Buzzard
Mpipit 20+

and a very high Grey Heron which was soaring around on the thermals!

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Simon's lodge, near shooting range 1130am today 2 Canada geese, pair mallard and pair goosander, most birds seen on lodge for ten years, hopefully this means no mink
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Thanks Paul. Will give the bridal path a go biggrin.gif

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lol steve! i actually thought about whether that was right or not and convinced myself it was the right way round - in my defense it was early this morning!:D


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Paul Cliff wrote:


if you take the bridal path...






or, if you have a horse rather than a fiancee, you could take the bridle path...

Sorry Paul biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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hi mark

lots a lovely walks all with a chance of seeing birds.
if you take the bridal path from holcombe old road (moor bottom road) but rather than climbing the hill towards the tower go out and along - there are lots of points you can either, turn off to go up onto the top of the hill, or on to pilgrims cross, or round the horseshoe towards edgeworth or drop down into reddisher woods.

often green woodpecker, linnets, stonechat, mipits even raven can be seen and you soon start to pick up little owls if you look carefully - it's been good for passing ring ouzels too...


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Hi

I live very close to Holcombe Village and would like to get to bird this area alot more. Please could you recommend either a route or a walk which would take me to some of the better spots in the Holcombe moor/hill area. Many thanks.

Mark Connaughton

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Along Moor Bottom Moor Rd to Holcombe Head Farm Riuns
Pheasant
Carrion Crown
Rook
Kestral
Curlew
PiedWagtail
Blue Great and Coal Tit
Chaffinch Dunnocks etc
very pleasant hour

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First visit for me to Holcombe today

3 Goldcrest at Moorbottom Road where first for the year in the Borough and that was about it just a single Meadow Pipit north was the only other bird seen. Think will wait to April till the next visit

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this afternoon

1 green woodpecker
1 little owl
a few magpie and crows.

driving out of ramsbottom centre on to the top road had 15 snipe fly over the car.



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myself and phil jennison walked out from holcombe village along the edge of the hill above the firing range and up onto pilgrims cross and bull hill back down harcles hill and around the back of the tower. sadly no snowbunting seen enroute.

chaffinch and goldfinch in village
1 little owl
4 kestrel
1 sparrowhawk
1 peregrine
2 stonechat
8 wren
10 meadow pipit
3 robin
lots of magpie and carrion crow


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Same here three trips to holcombe village' nada',thought I was looking in the wrong spots.

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I have made a few visits but no spotted flycatcher...very sad.

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Sadly it seems no Spotted Flycatchers have returned to Holcombe village this year, despite numerous visits none have been seen by either me or Peter Baron, unless anyone knows different. None seen at Barrow Bridge either.

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4pm to 7pm myself and mel b - lovely clear warmish late afternoon, light to moderate winds

3 kestrels
3 stonechat (including 1 juv still heavily speckled)
6 meadow pipit
a dozen or so crows
2 house martins over the top of the moor
15 or so swallows above the trees in the valley
mel pulled a green woodpecker from a fleeting glimpse, we found it on a post further along.
absolutely cracking views of a little owl sat on one of the broken down farm houses - didn't even need the bins as the 3 of us sat regarding each other.

smashing evening, cheers mel!






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Monday 7-10 pm with my birdwatching class headed by Peter Baron.
A great warm evening and some lovely sightings,the first was a nesting Spotted F/Catcher,further up on the moor we watched one of three Kestrels hunt successfully.Others seen were Linnets,Stonechat,Meadow Pipit again we heard the Green W/pecker but no sightings same with the Curlew,we saw a very shy Grey Partridge who once realised it had been noticed crept off and hid.
The Little Owl couldn't be seen at the begining of our walk or at the end,wasn't there on Sunday either cry.gif
A singing Wheatear made an appearance (L)....beautiful

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l went up Holcombe today (3rd visit) and no sooner had l parked up,a Spotted Flycatcher flew into the garden l'd been told it would be...l had several clear views.
Also heard a Cuckoo calling,according to a local it's not been around for three years!!!!
well chuffed...smile.gif

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At least 4 Spotted Flycatchers Holcombe Village this am plus a Garden Warbler singing at the start of Moorbottom Rd under Peel Tower.

Myself and Paul Cliff.

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Went to Holcombe this evening from 7pm till 9 (ish), treated to some great views of a Little Owl,quite charming,also lots of Stonechats feeding their young,several sightings of Linnets (all lifers for me)biggrin.gif.A Green Woodpecker could be heard but not seen,l'll go back for the Spotted F/Catchers,
cos l know they're there.....evileye.gif

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2 Spotted Flycatchers Holcombe village this afternoon.

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