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1 Wheatear off Wood End Lane this morning (quite late for here). Also 2 Kestrel, 3 Yellowhammer, 10 Skylarks, 16 Fieldfare, c50 Linnet and c30 Goldfinch in a short walk around the mosses.

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A pleasant walk around the moss this morning. At least 5 Wheatears off Holly Bush Lane with c 15 Pied Wagtails. Numerous Meadow Pipits were passing south and feeding in the fields. Mixed in with the pipits were small flocks of Skylarks. Other birds included 3 Kestrel, 17 Grey Partridge and 4 Buzzard. On whats is left of Moat Lane pool there was a pair of Wigeon and a family part of Mute Swan (2 adults and 3 juveniles).

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A mooch around Rixton moss and Moat Lane pools yesterday afternoon.

The two highlights were a Hobby which flew no more than twenty feet over my head and the eruption of small brown jobs from a rape field when a Kestrel flew over. This flock consisted of 150+ Linnets plus Goldfinches, Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings and even the odd Whitethroat. I had previously spotted only a dozen or so birds in this field before the falcon arrived.

Also:

Lesser Whitethroat
Garden Warbler
2 Kestrels
4 Buzzards
32 Tufted Ducks including broods of 7, 6 and 5
Reed Warbler
20 Whitethroats
6 Blackcaps
8 Chiffchaffs
10 Willow Warblers
15 Yellowhammers
16 Reed Buntings
5 Yellow Wagtails
Nuthatch
6 Mute Swans inc 3 cygnets
59 Lapwings
70+ Swifts
160+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls

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Green Sandpiper on Moat Lane pool this afternoon. Also large corvid flock from path at end of Moss Side Lane, around 300 birds, mainly Rooks and Jackdaws

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Moat Lane 11.30-12.00pm
2 Common Terns
Cuckoo - heard in distance

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Long-tailed Duck on the pool on the west side of Moat Lane. Presumably the same bird that has been on the Mersey.

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27 Wheatears this evening plus 8 Yellow Wagtails and 4 White Wagtails

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Mike

You had 8 more Wheatears than I did this morning! I also missed the White Wagtail but did have a Cuckoo by Woodend Farm.

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28 Wheatears on the mosses this afternoon plus 7 Yellow Wagtails and a White Wagtail.

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A mixed flock of 500+ Redwing & Fieldfare in field south of A57 next to entrance road to Rixton Old Hall. They occassionally flew up to nearby beech trees and began singing creating a fantastic sound.

Also in woods:

2 GS Woodpecker
1 Nuthatch
1 Buzzard

On River:

2 Greylag Geese
3 GC Grebe
1 Little Grebe
pair Tufted Duck

(no sign of LT Duck!)

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14.00-16.30

Not a single gull on the pool just West of Moat Lane that on my last visit contained hundreds.

Apart from Coot, Mallard etc, the pool contained 4 Gadwall and a pair of Tufted Ducks.

A hundred or so Woodpigeon were on a newly tilled field by Moss Side Farm, and with them 12 Lapwings.

As I was walking around the clay pits, I heard the shotguns open up, presumably on the pigeons, I hope these guys know a Woody from a Peewit?.

Rixton Clay Pits NR

Very few birds around, the large cleared area held a group of 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 bird seen collecting the silky down from last years dead Rosebay Willowherb heads.

1 Song Thrush also here plus a small group of Chaffinches. 2 Buzzards flying over, and a single drake Shoveler on one of the pools, otherwise just the usual Coot and Moorhens.

A Long Tailed Tit was seen putting the finishes touches of moss to what I assume will be it's new family home.

No sign of Toads or Frogs yet either, just a single diving beetle in one pool, not 100% sure of the exact species, but "fenestratus" bore the nearest resemblance in the field guide.


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At least 11 Bramblings with 160+ Chaffinches in trees around Wood Farm on Holly Bush Lane this afternoon

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14.30-16.30

The pool on the West side of Moat Lane held a sizeable gull roost.

300+ Black Heads, 40+ Herring, 6 Common, 2 Great Black Backs, 2 (Huge) Argentatus Herring and just 1 Lesser Black Back.

By 16.30 only a few Black Heads remained, all the other gulls had moved off westwards.

The same pool held a pair of Mute Swans, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Gadwall plus Coot, Mallard etc.

A single Woodcock flew into the nearby copse, and a group of 3 Buzzards flew over.

There was a single Grey Heron at the pool, it quite often flew up and landed amongst the Black Headed gulls scattering them, I got the impression it was trying to find a weakness in one.

Clay Pits Nature Reserve

All the pools were frozen, the heathland held 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 male Bullfinch and a very determined Sparrowhawk that dashed around at low level and really spooked the Woodpigeons.







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male Hen Harrier flying south along Holly Bush Lane this afternoon at c13:30

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10.30-1.00 on and around the moss
Generally quiet but highlights were:

2-3 corn bunting
Reed bunting
c20 lesser Redpoll
2 siskin
2 grey partridge
3 kestrel(1 male with small rodent)
Buzzard
2 great black backed gull
And on moat lane pools were:

3 pintail(1 drake)
5 gadwall

And 20+ meadow pipit also

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Two Short-eared Owls were hunting the field approx 150m west of the junction of Holly Bush and Prospect Lanes at 16:30

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Pink-footed Goose on Moat Lane pool this afternoon

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One adult Whooper Swan still present at 16:00.

Thanks Mike, not seen one at Rixton before

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David

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3 Whooper Swans currently on Moat Lane pool - 2 ads plus juv

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Hi David -
It was the two-tone head with more clearly demarcated boundary that got my attention...rather scoter-like
The bill was rather dark, couldn't see a hint of orange with bins.
No white wing flashes seen....didn't look like a Gadwall...
..maybe I'll get another look this next weekend !!
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Nev - I have not seen a Red-crested Pochard on the pits but anything can happen. A few years ago one was present on the small lake at Birchwood Conference Centre for about a week (presumably an escape)

Could it have been a female Gadwall they have pale heads and brown bodies; they do frequent the pits at Rixton.

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15:00
Stroll around Rixton produced the usuals until I scaled the bank to overlook pool on the west side of Moat Lane (opposite the entrance where the cars go to park for fishing).
Could any of the regular visitors to the area confirm or otherwise whether a female duck with the mixed Tufted Duck flock is a female red-crested pochard?
It's got a definite two tone dark upper/pale lower brown head and general brown body? Size of a mallard. My only other idea was a female scoter, but it seemed to have the steep forehead of a pochard.
Also seemed too big for 'the-duck-who-shall-not-be-named' with no stiff-tail!

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A quick but productive hour's birding, with Les Jones and Brian Baird. Most impressive were the c.8,000 Starlings on wires and feeding in the fields to the west of Hollybush Lane as I was leaving. Other stuff included:26 Fieldfares, 6 Moorhens, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 1 Raven, 1 Bullfinch, 5 Grey Partridges, 1 Pied Wagtail, 9 Skylarks, 2 Kestrels, 3 Common Buzzards, 8 Goldfinches and 7 Linnets.

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Couple of hours after work late afternoon

30 skylark
25-50 meadow pipits
4 mistle thrush
3 grey partridge
Buzzards kestrels etc
Plus a leucistic wood pigeon

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First day back and fairly quiet.bright spot was a peregrine coming in low over the moss putting all the wood pigeons up then plucking one out of the air around 6 feet up as it took off.it flew on and up with feathers going everywhere then just dropped,finished the job off and tucked in.
Other birds present:
30 skylark
20 linnet
3-7 buzzards
2 kestrel
A few meadow pipits in ones and twos mainly(7 the biggest group)
And two cock pheasants having a fight in front of the car and didnt want to move!even when i pulled alongside them they just carried on.
Also a few swallows hanging about with c10 house martins.

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Five Wheatears in ploughed field at bottom end of Hollybush Lane this morning

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Afternoon mooch round the claypits looking for spotted flycatchers(which have been present here around this time for the last two years)ended in failure.few bits and bobs which included:
5 siskin
Redpoll
Willow tit
Bullfinch
Yellow wagtail
Jay(with full crop)
Lots of dragonflies about mostly common darter plus black darter and common hawker

On the moss:

Yellow wagtail
White wagtail
2 buzzard
2 kestrel
c60 meadow pipit in (ex) potato field off prospect lane

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Holly bush and prospect lane

9 yellow wagtail
3 kestrel
12 grey partridge
26+ meadow pipits
The meadow pipits employed a number of tactics to deter a kestrel by mobbing shadowing underflying(perhaps to disrupt line of sight)and a couple of brave/stupid birds decided to stay still.it didn't work.the kestrel dropped down on one then spent twenty minutes enjoying its supper.

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Brook lane

3 yellow wagtail
Peregrine
Meadow pipit

Really quiet.had a quick look on the moss but the farmers were out in force so I left it.

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Lots of migration noted this morning. 19 Yellow Wagtails were on the wires to the west of Hollybush Lane. Two Wheatears were on the ploughed field at the top end of the lane and two Spotted Flycatchers were on the roof and in the garden of Woodend Farm.

Other counts included: 100 Goldfinches, 208 Swallows, 8 Common Buzzards, 70 House Sparrows, 91 House Martins, 49 Meadow Pipits, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Pied Wagtail, 21 Lapwings, 6 Linnets, 4 Kestrels, 8 Reed Buntings, 29 Skylarks, 4 Stock Doves, 2 Yellowhammers, 6 Grey Partridges, 2 Goldcrests, 23 Long-tailed Tits and 2 Sand Martins.

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This afternoon:
2 Wheatears at the end of Holly Bush Lane.
Great Spotted Woodpecker and Willow Tit off Prospect Lane in small copse at the foot of the tip.
100+ hirundines over the potato field mainly House Martin but also Swallow and Sand Martin
Numerous Yellow Wagtails mainly in the potato field, not as many as Chris's c80 evening count but they seemed everywhere in the field
c50 Goldfinch and c40 Linnet


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plus a green darter that I'm struggling to I.D.





Possibly a female Common Darter?

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Clay Pits

11.00-14.00

1 Willow Tit, 1 Common Whitethroat, 3 Buzzards, 1f. Bullfinch, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Kestrel and 2 Herons.

1 Great Crested Newt lazing in one of the ponds. 3 Common Frogs almost trodden on along the paths.

Lots of resplendent Peacock butterflies, plenty of Gatekeeper and Meadow Browns too, plus a single Common Blue on the meadow.

Southern Hawker, Four Spotted Chaser, and Common Darter dragonflies abundant, plus a green darter that I'm struggling to I.D.

Lots of Swallows and House Martins swooping over the site.

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7.00-9.15pm tonight:

Generally quiet but between 7.30 and 7.45 an incredible count of c80 yellow wagtail coming up out of the field north of prospect lane and heading south west.also seen:
7 reed bunting
Corn bunting
3 grey partridge
4 pied wagtail
Willow warbler
2 grey heron
Skylark
4 linnet
2 kestrel
2 buzzard
1 Brown rat
Mixed flock of c200 swallow + house martin
One of the farmers was telling me last week that there are muntjac around the firs which I have never seen round here before.interesting...

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Green Sandpiper off Moat Lane this afternoon. Good numbers of butterflies and dragonflies on the clay pits including a male Common Hawker

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Hi mike.there were around 50 hirundines perched on the wires along holly bush lane last night.mostly swallows with a few house martins and one sand martin.also seen:
c150 juv starlings(also on wires)
c15 yellow wagtails(mostly juvs and one worn looking male)
4 juv grey partridge(more heard)
Yellowhammer singing near caravan
Kestrel

Family party of 5 yellow wagtail along prospect lane plus one juv skylark.
No corn buntings seen or heard.
Quail not heard for a couple of weeks either.

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110+ House Martins were feeding over one of the Moat Lane pools yesterday before heading off east - superb to see so many over a small patch of water!

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Last night on holly bush lane/prospect lane:
1 juv cuckoo(2 present last week)
5 corn bunting
10+ yellow wagtail
3 reed bunting
2 juv kestrel(one having a dust bath in front of the car)
5 grey partridge

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Quail calling in potato field off Prospect Lane this morning

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Quail calling this morning by junction of Holly Bush and Prospect Lanes. Also Little Ringed Plover off Moat Lane

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2 Corn Buntings singing this evening - only heard one last Monday.
Nice to see good numbers of breeding Lapwing - a very brief look as was running out of time, there seemed to be at least 10 young of varying ages, some looking to have fledged and some nearly so.
Singing Reed Bunting.
A Skylark imitating a Green Sandpiper.
Yellowhammer and Yellow Wagtail present.
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Walk along the path from the end of Moss Side Lane (nr entrance to Colliers Landfill site) this evening

Lesser Whitethroat singing
Grasshopper Warbler (opposite end of the path to previous bird and presumably a different one)
4 Yellowhammers

Plus

2 singing Lesser Whitethroats - one on Moat Lane and one behind the pools to the west
4 Buzzards
18 Mistle Thrushes in ploughed field at top end of Holly Bush Lane (6 adults, rest juveniles)

Around Moat Lane, the path from Moss Side Lane and the mosses themselves I estimate at least 30 singing Whitethroats and >45 birds all told seen / heard

200+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls on tip

Lots of butterflies today for first time - mainly Common Blue and Speckled Wood plus quite a few dragonflies with male and female Broad Bodied Chasers, several Four Spotted Chasers and a couple of Black-tailed Skimmers

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Walk along the path from the end of Moss Side Lane (nr entrance to Colliers Landfill site) this evening

1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler
1 Reed Warbler
12 Whitethroats
2 Willow Warblers
1 Chiffchaff
1 Cuckoo (male)
2 Little Grebes
4 Yellowhammers

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Late post for Friday evening.

Quick walk round the claypits and singing birds included 3 goldcrest 3 willow warbler 2 chiffchaff sedge warbler 3 reed bunting blackcap and whitethroat.buzzard stock dove and heron also seen.nuthatch and great spotted woodpecker with young in the nest.

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Late post for yesterday 6.00-8.30 pm.

Brook lane

10 yellowhammer 20 linnet white wagtail pied wagtail 6 yellow wagtail 4 wheatear30 swallows 5 house martin kestrel skylark mistle thrush pair 5 pairs of grey partridge and a female whinchat around the rubble mounds.3 whitethroat and an oystercatcher also seen.

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

If we are asking users of the forum to contribute towards something they are unaware of at a site they don't know, it might be worthwhile giving some background as to the proposals and our reasons to oppose it





Ian

Apologies you are quite right. The background is that this is an application for a clay pigeon shooting centre on farmland on Rixton mosses at the end of Hollybush Lane, immediately south of the railway lane and Risley Moss. One controversial aspect of the proposal is that the application seems to be somewhat retrospective as there has already been some engineering works and construction done. The application is receiving a lot of opposition from local residents of Rixton, Oakwood and Gorse Covert mainly centered around the noise pollution, traffic and environmental disturbance to the farmland and adjacent Risley Moss.

I would support all these points. Somewhat selfishly I don't want my birding to be spoiled by the sound of gunfire (recognizing the shooters are just enjoying their hobby!). But of greater concern is the immediate loss of land and breeding habitat the project would cause and the longer term disturbance to the wildlife populations caused by the gunfire noise.

The planning statement (section 1-03 in my link, page 18) supporting the application summarises the ecological issues. One of the points to note is:

"The proposal will have an impact on certain bird species associated with Risley Moss. It is anticipated that the development will deter raptors from using Risley Moss and this impact is considered to be moderate in the long term. To ameliorate this impact and reduce noise levels over the reserve, all shotgun stands will fire towards the south and west of the site."

One thing I am unsure of is the timescale to object; I have a copy of a council letter dated 20th April which I believe was distributed to Oakwood residents regarding the application saying there are 21 days to respond from the date of the letter but the website suggests a consultation end date of 1st May.


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David

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Moat lane pools

oystercatcher lapwing gc grebe chiffchaff willow warbler whitethroat yellowhammer linnet bullfinch and a singing lesser whitethroat that eventually showed well briefly.

Prospect lane

Yellowhammer grey partridge 5 wheatear and at least 3 whitethroat along with 30+ swallows feeding around the fishing pools.

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14 Wheatears this evening - 6 in Prospect Lane and 8 in Holly Bush Lane plus:

11 Yellowhammers
1 Corn Bunting
14 Grey Partridges
2 Red-legged Partridges
110+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls

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Male Whinchat with 9 Wheatears at far north end of the field next to the tip early afternoon. 4 more Wheatears around log pile and field opposite and another in field off Holly Bush Lane

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