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Post Info TOPIC: Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Altcar and environs


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The Corn Buntings were singing territorially I think, rather than calling. Where we stopped first, on Carr Moss Lane just outside Ainsdale, a bird was up on a wire singing, facing north. When a second joined in 100 yards or so away behind it, the first bird turned to face it and carried on singing. Great to watch with the sun shining. Rob got some good photos of the original singer, one or two with the open beak, extraordinary thing it is.

We stopped at Green Kettle Farm and picked up the Partridges, initially we wanted to find some Yellowhammer and it was one of those moments, we saw the hedges, stopped the car and on cue a male bird flew up to a perch. The other was definitely a female. Interestingly, the male wasn't singing, presumably already paired up, whereas we'd had 5 singing Corn Buntings at 3 separate locations, all up on wires jangling away. Another interesting bit of tailored species behaviour maybe, or just one of those things...

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Yesterday afternoon after visiting Marshside, with Simon Gough.

A cracking decision to take the narrow farm lanes route via Car Moss Lane, Plex Moss area, Halsall and Asmall.
We stopped a few times for some cracking sightings.

Corn Bunting - 7
1 heard at side of the road and seen relocating down in the ploughed field near a single Common Gull. But this one had disappeared after we'd parked up and walked back.
We drove on but not long to wait and we got 2 more on separate power lines calling to each other, we parked up again and got excellent views of both, and another 4 to boot. We made it 7 for the area, plus the other at Martin Mere.
Stand out features were its loud jingling call and its crazy shaped inner bill with that angled cut-out as it met the mouth.

Yellowhammer - 2 (same area as above)
1m in a small tree at roadside, bright yellow head with the dark markings, and presumably a female (although not certain) that just didn't appear as bright and was a bit plainer.

Grey Partridge - 3 (same area as above)
Firstly a pair flew over the track and dropped into the vegetation, eventually flushed and flew towards the end of the field where they still felt uneasy and were running in little bursts. Another one appeared and kept bobbing its orange head up, think it was a male. That too eventually ran off.

Red-legged Partridge - 4 (same area as above)
Nowhere near as timid as the Greys. Both pairs we saw at fairly close range, one pair a lot closer than the other, and even though they clearly knew we were there they made no attempt to run off or fly and we got prolonged views of the fantastic plumage.

Also in virtually the same area
-Pheasant
-couple of Meadow Pipit
-Skylarks singing above, and few on ground
-Lots of Goldfinch
-Some Greenfinch
-a few House Sparrow
-2 Common Buzzard
-Some Rooks present
-2 Mistle Thrush
-lots of Blackbird
-Lapwing
-A few Oystercatcher
-4 or 5 Greylag Goose in next field
-2 Mallard
-1 Great Tit
-lots of Woodpigeon
-Collared Dove
-few Swallows around with Common Swift too
-sadly no Hobbies though
-a Whitethroat (heard only)
-a Cuckoo (heard distantly)

Enjoyable and interesting time around this area, and I remember reading Jonathan Platt's post of nearby Bickerstaffe (see thread) stating good farmland birding to be had. Exactly what myself and Simon had in this area.



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Delivering in Southport so took part of my tacho break near Great Altcar around 1pm

Literally within a few minutes walk from the wagon at the edge of a field I'd seen...
3 Tree Sparrow
2 Linnet
Few Goldfinch
Few Greenfinch
2 Oystercatcher
2 Lapwing
1 Common Buzzard (circling)
1 Shelduck
3 Mallard
2 Greylag (over)
1 Whitethroat
Few Woodpigeon
Few Jackdaws
Plenty of Common Swift and Swallows around, was hoping for a Hobby but not to be

On the way into Southport earlier today further down the same road there were lots of Lesser Black-backed Gulls feeding in a field that had just been ploughed by the looks of it
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-- Edited by Rob Creek on Thursday 14th of May 2015 03:32:37 PM

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Plex Moss
4 White Wagtails in ploughed field past Plex Moss Farm

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Plex Moss 5.00pmish
1 Whimbrel quite distant, in field with public footpath running along it ,past Gettern Farm
4 Wheatear
2 Stock Dove

2 Large tractors energetically spraying ploughed fields


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On way back from Southport, I took the scenic route through Great Altcar to see what was about.

2 Red-legged Partridge
Lots of Pheasant
2 Sparrowhawk circling together
1 Kestrel
Plenty of House Sparrow
Lots of Woodpigeon
few Sand Martins over the hedges
2 House Martins also


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Plex Moss
2 Sand Martins with Swallows on wires
2 Stock Doves
Big flock of Linnets
Several Red Legged Partridge

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90+ Corn buntings on telegraph wires above stubble field this afternoon. Dicconsons Lane, Clieves Hills.

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Crossed Plex Moss this afternoon after kite flying on the beach was hampered by sandstorms! Thousands of Pink Feet were feeding on the stubble fields and the roadside and field margins held hundreds of Red Legged Partridge and pheasants - released for winter shoots I guess. Kestrels on the wires and small flock of Corn Bunting of note - oh and they've fixed the road - it no longer takes a 4x4 to get down it...

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Plex Moss
2 Wheatears roadside/field just past Plex Moss Farm
Loads of Red Legged Partridges in flocks of 10/15


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PLEX MOSS
3 Whimbrel in 2 fields between Plex Moss Farm and Gettern Farm. 2 were in v deep ploughed furrows in field..so deep the birds were completely submerged.
3 Wheatear 2m 1 f
2 Oystercatcher
Corn Bunting singing

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Returned home from Southport via Plex Moss - of interest two very well dressed Golden Plover, several Red-legged Partridge and a single Corn Bunting were seen between Gettern and Plex Moss Farms.

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PLEX MOSS
Fields round Plex Moss Farm

10 Whimbrel
2 Corn Buntings
30+Wheatear

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25 Whimbrel y'day 17:30

Also, 30+ RL Partridge, 10+ Grey Partridge - never seen so many!

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Plex Moss

9 Whimbrel in loose flock feeding in field between Gettern and Plex Moss Farms. Some v close to road .


Grey and Red Legged Partridges.


Small flock of Shelduck flying around.


2 pair of Oystercatcher.

Also a Brown Hare.

-- Edited by John O'Neill on Friday 2nd of May 2014 01:47:33 AM

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Plex Moss
3 Wheatear, 1m 2f in ploughed field just over railway bridge.

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Plex Moss

Evening
20+ Red Legged Partridge
1 Grey Partridge
Numerous Pheasant
15 Fieldfare in trees

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Sat 15 Feb at 1.30:
Barn Owl hunting from bridge over railway line on road towards Downholland Moss
8 Red Legged Partridge

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Plex Moss
2 young Grey Partridge on roadside
At least 2 Yellowhammers singing on posts
1 Corn Bunting


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Visit first thing this morning in the hope of stumbling across Dotterel on considerably flatter terrain than Pendle Hill, unfortunately no avail.

That said area was fantastic with great views of
Yellowhammer
Whitethroat
Blackcap
Reed Bunting
10 + Wheatear
Linnet
Lapwing
Red Legged Partridge & Pheasant everywhere
Skylark in full song
Buzzard getting mobbed by a crow
Kestrel

Cuckoo heard but not seen.
Single Whimbrel seen at Plex Moss



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Plex Moss
Single Whimbrel in ploughed field opposite Gettern Farm.

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Altcar by B5195

1 female Marsh Harrier, 4 Swallows resting on wires by a roadside farm.

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I was at Great Altcar this morning from 08.00 to 12.00 and reckon I had very distant views of the Montagu's Harrier perched on a telegraph post next to the Alt, SE of the B5195. Problem was it was about 800m away in hazy conditions with the sun shining from behind it - not easy. It flew off the post a couple of times and the silhouette was Harrier like but not sufficient for me to positively ID the bird.

Also present of interest;- Red legged Partridge, Buzzards, young Kestrels, Corn Buntings singing from the overhead wires, a female Wheatear in the potatato field and a brown Hare.

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Male Montagu's Harrier at Great Altcar, showing well by minor road between Alt bridge and B5195 at 2:10pm.

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 10th of June 2012 02:43:36 PM

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Plex Moss
No Whimbrels this afternoon. 2 Wheatears in ploughed field near Gettern Farm. Corn Bunting on wires. Several Red Legged Partridge.

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Plex Moss
4 Whimbrel in fields near Gettern Farm in the rain this afternoon. Flighty but showing well.

Both sp of Partridge

Single m. Wheatear.

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Plex Moss
Whimbrels down to 3 this afternoon. Feeding in field right next to Gettern Farm.

2 Pairs Grey and loads of Red Legged Partridge.

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Plex Moss

12 Whimbrel still present in roadside field along Plex Moss Lane. Assuming they're same birds from last week, flock spread out a bit, scattered in ploughed field v close to road.

Both sp of Partridge present.

Corn Bunting singing on wires.



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Plex Moss

Cracking views of 14 Whimbrel in a grassed field on Plex. Bit flighty but eventually settled down v close to the road. Hoovering up some choice items (possibly worms?) in field.

Also one Wheatear; 2 pairs of Grey Partridge and lots of Red Legged.

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Plex Moss Single male Wheatear on ploughed field this afternoon 12.15pm


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RE: Plex Moss, etc.


One Bean Goose [plus two other possibles] thanks to Ian for the confirmation :) - in with a very large flock of Pink Feet. Also two Whoopers feeding in the carrot fields.

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For anyone going over to the mosses in the next few days keep a look out for a reported Marsh Harrier on Downholland moss this morning.

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Excellent views of 18 Dotterel this afty,including a few stunning females.Birds were a bit flighty which was nice,don't often see Dotterel flying around.smile.gif

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After leaving Crosby this morning paid a short visit to Plex Moss to inspect the field where the Dotterel had been on Monday. Of course we knew they were long gone but hoped to find the reported Whimbrel which we duly did in the set-aside next to Gettern Farm - we counted 11 birds plus several Wheatear and a Grey Partrige.

On the way to Plex Moss we had done a bit of a sea watch at Formby Point and that's what we did - we watched the sea. There was very little to spoil our view of the raging waves apart from a couple of distant Gannets, a small flock of Grey Plover and a great Crested Grebe.

Marshside was then equally quite with the only birds of note - a couple of drake Gargeney, lots of Dunlin in summer plumage and a Lesser Whitethroat next to Sandgrounders hide. Then back to Crosby.

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first visit to this site looks very good got the 2 cattle egretsbiggrin.gif and a few curlew , wimbrel, one buzzard and another birder said he had a marsh harrier.lots of jackdaws and crows about but no signs of the hooded crow reported yesterdaycry.gif
Nice to meet you Ian biggrin.gif

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Two cattle egrets still there - with the cattle [!] behind the caravan site - 300m from Plex Moss Lane wasn't cheeky enough to walk through the caravan site but got a closer view from the cul-de-sac with the bungalows nearer the main road.

Also loads of wheatear in the carrot fields, partridges of both types, stock doves, lapwing and a lifer for me - Whimbrel feeding in the adjacent fields!



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Never been to this area before, so the presence of two Cattle Egrets gave me an excuse for an evening visit :

2 Cattle Egrets on the farm near the caravans off Plex Moss Lane,
32 Whimbrel,
10 Wheatear,
Whitethroat,
Buzzard,
2 Kestrel,
Linnet,
6 Red-legged Partridge,
many Skylarks & Stock Doves.

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After Seaforth yesterday on the way to Marshside went across Plex Moss to look for the reported Marsh Harriers - not dissapointed three birds seen - one juv and one male - not sure about the third as it was quite distant.

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Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Altcar and environs


17th April
6.45am - 9.30am

Usual stuff. Of interest were:

Plex Moss - Station Road
10 whimbrel (with curlew in usual field near junction with Plex Moss Lane)
rt hen harrier (attempted to catch a partridge - either missed or failed to hold, too far away to tell)

Downholland Moss - Moss Lane
2 ravens (one landed very briefly)

Weld Road beach carpark - between Ainsdale & Southport
30-40 white wagtails (counted 23 before they flushed)
1 female wheatear
2 little egrets (9 here a couple of weeks ago, a record for me at this location!)
Several small groups of swallows passed through plus steady but sparse mipit movement overhead

Booths Lane - nr. Aughton
30+ corn buntings, 8 yellowhammer, 2 goldfinch (feeding on new drilling)

Poppy Lane - Scarth Hill
70+ fieldfare

Jonathan

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 7th of January 2012 11:02:20 PM

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 10th of June 2012 02:41:02 PM

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