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Stopped off at Risley Moss after lunch and the locals said that they had seen 2 Hobby's, when I aked how long it was since they had seen them, the reply was there is one sitting on the dead silver birch right now! The dead tree was not that easy to pick up, a single tall thin stem in a mass of green. But once found a Hobby was perched on the top. It was distant but filled the scope giving me my best ever views of a Hobby at rest.We stayed about an hour and it flew off a few times to be joined by a second Hobby giving great arial display. One kept returning to its favoured perch.

I was even able to lower my scope to allow a very small girl to have a look through as she wanted to know what bird I could see. She did not have much luck with my bins but she was very exited to see it through my scope! Not a bad end to the day following really close views of the Little Gull at Penny Flash, it was close in by the car park.

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Tower hide today

Two hobbies chasing dragonflys, also a sparrowhawk carrying a large dead bird of unidentifiable description, also two green sandpipers, 1 whmbrel, 2 buzzards, 4 kestrel, around the hide were bulfinches, wren, blackcap, goldfinch, smile.gif

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Two hobbies today, plus sparrowhawk, kestrel and buzzards - at least one hobby has been present almost every day for several weeks now. Five hobbies were seen on Tuesday, though three of them dashed through together without pausing apparently, just after I went back to work! Did manage to find a distant peregrine however before I left.

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hobby present most of the afternoon, not doing much though, just perched up most of the time very distant though, yellowhammers singing, loads of lesser black backed flying over, also green sandpiper and sparrowhawk made a few appearences, hoping for a good hooby shot but too far away

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Had my first visit in over ten years today and saw some good stuff.

1 Water rail - On the edge of the reeds and occasionally swimming on the small pool to the right of the tower hide.wink.gif
1/2 Hobbies - Flying and resting in the distant trees, scoped well.
1 Raven
1 Yellowhammer
2 Bullfinch
1 Common tern
1 Whitethroat
1 Lapwing

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Hobby arrived around 2.30pm today, there were two kicking about earlier apparently. There's been a bit more hobby activity in the past several days compared to recent weeks, they seemed to disappear around 2nd week in June. I saw two last Thursday and they've been seen over the weekend too. At least three male yellowhammers have been singing on the moss for weeks now. A female was definately there in spring but hasn't been seen for a couple of months, no sign of any juveniles either.

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No hobbys again today,


buzzards, kestrel, sparrowhawk, also the local yellowhammer in its favorite tree, whitethroats singing, reed bunting, chiffchaff, willow warblers,

quiet day today cry.gif

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11am - 1pm 13/6/10

Visit to Tower Hide

2 Buzzards
1 Sparrowhawk
4 Swifts
1 Swallow
2 House Martins
2 Chaffinches
2 Blackcaps singing
1 Yellowhammer singing
1 Chiff Chaff singing
Plenty of Whitethroats singing
1 Jay
4 Blackbirds
2 Song Thrushes

No Hobbies cry.gif


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early pm
hobby-2
buzzard-2
kestrel-1
yellowhammer-2
family party og greater spotted woodpecker
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three hobbies this afternoon hunting dragonflys ont moss, also kestrel, buzzard, sparrowhawk, female marsh harrier, a water rail in the pool to the right front of the tower, also whitethroats, chiffchaff and yellowhammers smile.gifsmile.gif

-- Edited by Dennis atherton on Monday 31st of May 2010 05:46:58 PM

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A hobby and a female marsh harrier on the moss between 3.30-5.00pm today. Earlier a turtle dove, seen by several observers (though not me unfortunately), flew across the moss. Otherwise, usual buzzards, a couple of sparrowhawks (one mobbing the marsh harrier) and a kestrel.

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Nice to meet you Stuart, i am glad you got the hobby, i must of missed Mel B, i always miss the stars when they come to town, biggrin.gif

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only one hobby this afternoon but i got one at last , heard yellowhamer and whitethroat plenty of dragonflies around in the sweltering heat nice to meet dennis atherton and as for the question nikon or canon you know what they say "IF ANYONE CAN CANON CAN"wink.gifwink.gif

-- Edited by stuartherring on Sunday 23rd of May 2010 07:47:00 PM

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Approx' three Hobby's around today, great sights biggrin.gif

Never saw the Dragonfly eating Kestrel though hmm.gif

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Tues 18th May

Two Hobbies showing early afternoon - along with 5 Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk and the Dragonfly chasing Kestrel

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Four hobbies over the moss at dinner time, along with a dragonfly-catching kestrel just to cause a little confusion!

Edit: Make that six - I've just had a text from one of the birders there.

-- Edited by Jonathan Platt on Monday 17th of May 2010 02:17:00 PM

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Female marsh harrier again on the moss at 4.00pm-ish, it was also seen earlier. Two hobbies were seen earlier too apparently.

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A female marsh harrier was on the moss for the hour I was there this afternoon, though it spent most of the time on the ground. A raven flew west, several buzzards and sparrowhawks on the soar and a yellowhammer was singing.

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sid ashton wrote:

13.30 - 15.15, Overcast

Risley Moss today was a bit like sea-watching without the sea and the birds disbelief.gif

No sign of the recent Cuckoo or much else - certainly no raptors - just the usual birders including Jonathan Platt - so at least there was someone to chat to wink.gif.





Hi Sid,

Just come back from a wander around Silver Lane Pools, perhaps half a mile away from Risley - two cuckoos seen twice flying over the largest pool and the landfill. Typical!

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I know what you mean, sometimes risley can be a baron desolate place..............cry.gif

sid ashton wrote:

13.30 - 15.15, Overcast

Risley Moss today was a bit like sea-watching without the sea and the birds disbelief.gif

No sign of the recent Cuckoo or much else - certainly no raptors - just the usual birders including Jonathan Platt - so at least there was someone to chat to wink.gif.






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13.30 - 15.15, Overcast

Risley Moss today was a bit like sea-watching without the sea and the birds disbelief.gif

No sign of the recent Cuckoo or much else - certainly no raptors - just the usual birders including Jonathan Platt - so at least there was someone to chat to wink.gif.

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first visit in search of a hobby not to be but saw my 1st cuckoo for years ,2 buzzard,2 sparrowhawk,1 whitethroat,1 bullfinch(M) and 2 gsw will visit again when it warms up a bit moresmile.gifsmile.gif

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saturday dinner time, mmm

yellowhammers from feeding station plus the usuals, also a quite tame jay,

from tower, red kite flew over this week, seen by the infamous last of the summer wine birdwatchers crew, biggrin.gif i think it was brian who came up with that name smile.gif

also today cuckoo ont moss plus whitethroat and a inquisitive chiffchaff right on the fence near us, also reed bunting and a couple of buzzards, biggrin.gif

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afternoon, buzzard over, water rail from tower hide, nuthatches from feeding station, great pecker drumming, the first hobby was seen this week but none today, also marsh harrier this week too, little ringed plovers over moss

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A cuckoo appeared on the moss this afternoon. It was perched in the owl box oak tree around 2.30pm.

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Peregrine over the moss and a barn owl showing at the entrance to the owl box this afternoon.

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I thought I saw a distant harrier this afternoon flying low over the last field between the end of the mosses area and the M6. just south of the railway line - but dismissed it as probably a buzzard [which are plentiful] - must get some spare bins to leave at work! Have been lucky enough to see Sprawk, Buzzard, Kestrel and Hobby [the latter hunting over the trees which line the railway last summer] all from the office windows!

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2.00-3.00pm

A peregrine was circling over the NE end of the moss this afternoon before drifting off to the SW. Ten minutes before I arrived a female marsh harrier had risen from the moss and also flew off SW. Apparently it had a damaged leg which was visibly hanging as the bird flew by. Three short-eared owls were flushed on Monday morning by someone doing survey work on the moss, and a new barn owl appears to have taken up residency in the owl box - it was seen hunting last Sunday and yesterday.

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A ring-tailed hen harrier swept across the moss around 3.00pm, from south to north, and appeared to land in the NE corner. Apparently this is the fourth day in succession it's made an appearance, usually between 2-3pm. Also two sparrowhawks, at least three buzzards and a kestrel in the hour I was there. A lesser-spotted woodpecker was seen last week by several of the regular birders.

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3rd

loads of woodpecker action, the great spotteds were all hammering away around the woods, nuthatch on show all day from the feeding station hide with all the usuals, no bramblings or siskins yet

kestrel, sparrowhawk and buzzards from the tower

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4 Woodcocks in air at once, at dusk. Prob 6 seen in all.

Tawny Owl calling.

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quick visit , enjoyed the hide at the feeding station with nuthatch,willow tit,coal tit,great,blue and long tailed tits all showing very close to the hide.Robins were busy bossing one another and at least 10 blackbirds and 4 magpies.
nothing much from the tower hide 2 sparrowhawk and some very distant gulls oh and a read buntingbiggrin.gif

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Not great weather this afternoon
Juv Green Woodpecker
2 Sparrowhawks
1 Kestrel
White Winged Carrion Crow

and plenty of rain showers

Cheers Jimmy

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Found three Green Sands at Risley Moss this afternoon on a ridge of exposed peat 150m front and left of the tower hide [quite chuffed to find something on me own as it were!] and then let some other birders know who in return kindly pointed out the Hobby and let me watch it through one of their scopes. A friendly bunch so thanks if you're on here! Peter

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Called in at Risley Moss yesterday with the hope of seeing a hobby or two. Unfortunately they didn't put in an appearance while I was there. Did have close views of a very vocal Garden Warbler though at the side of the tower hide.


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Risley Moss today 11.45 - 13.00 excellent views of two possibly three Hobby. One of the birds was quite brown - perhaps one of last year's youngsters.

P.S. - Anyone going should remember the strange opening times, 9 - 5 during the week, 10 - 6 at the weekend and closed Fridays - just as well these Hobbys come out in the middle of the day wink.gifwink.gif



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Yep Melanie me too - it was a year to the day that they appeared last year - and if I remember it was always late morning/early afternoon as best viewing times - we shall see.

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Thanks Melanie,

I'll have to give it a visit soon.



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Phil Owen wrote:

Anybody know if the Hobbies have returned there yet??

Maybe worth a trip there soon!!






Yeah l saw a couple of Hobbies on Sunday morning the moment l arrived approx 10.30 (ish),literally when l got there one was flying around and stayed all morning till noon.

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Anybody know if the Hobbies have returned there yet??

Maybe worth a trip there soon!!

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If you do visit Risley Moss again at around this time of year, if you wait until it starts to go dark, you have a good chance of seeing Woodcock. They seem to fly over the Moss right in front of the Tower Hide most evenings if the weather is clear.

Beware, though...the gates to the car park are locked at 5pm !!

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Thanks for that Sid.smile.gif

Geoff

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Geoff you need to visit Risley early June when the Hobys first arrive and then again in August when hopefully the young are around as well.

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First ever visit today, and apart from the Woodland Hide, saw nothing at all - Not one bird whilst walking and nothing from the Tower.

The Woodland Hide was the redeeming factor.
Bullfinch
Chaffinch
Robin
Sparrow
GS Woodpecker on the broken Silver Birch post
Jay
LT Tit
Willow Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Greenfinch
Reed Buting

All that was nice, but don't think we will drive there again unless we combine it with pennington or Chat Moss


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Little Egret on the mossland at about midday today. No sign of hobbies but couldn't stay very long.

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Eric Finch wrote:

Hi Mike - was that you with the border collie then? Thinking of going back today armed with a dragonfly ID book - I think common darters, a few black darters and southern hawkers may have been all on show, but since found out Risley has upto 15 species of dragonfly/damselfly! idea.gif Definitely need to brush up on ID skills for these.






Hi Eric

That was me - nice meeting you. Haven't a clue on dragonflies - I see plenty around my local patch - Houghton Green Flash - but never take the time to learn to ID them.

Good luck

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Hi Mike - was that you with the border collie then? Thinking of going back today armed with a dragonfly ID book - I think common darters, a few black darters and southern hawkers may have been all on show, but since found out Risley has upto 15 species of dragonfly/damselfly! idea.gif Definitely need to brush up on ID skills for these.

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Eric

I suspect I was there at the same time as you this morning late on?

A second Hobby showed later but distant.

Mike

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24.08.08 - Great views of an Hobby - probably just the one today. Generally good for raptors with 2+ buzzards, a kestrel and 4 sparrowhawks visible at the same time. Large amount of dragonflies about too. Not so many hirundines today and no swifts sighted.

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23.08.08
sunny day and loads of raptors
2 hobby
8 buzzard
3 kestrel
3 sparrowhawk

loads of fodder about ie dragonflies and swallows
heard willow warbler and chiff chaff callingbiggrin.gif

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