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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

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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





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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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-- Edited by David Spencer on Wednesday 2nd of May 2012 06:09:02 PM

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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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Hi David One Garden Warbler can generally be heard near the cottage south of Moat Lane pools. This afternoon a second bird started singing right next to the main pool. Odd habitat and I don't expect it to stay there. There were 5 Wheatears in the main ploughed field in HBL, 3 in the ploughed corner where the cranes were, 4 by the log pile and the rest in the field next to the tip. Lots of deep furrows and they can disappear quite easily. Rgds Mike

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Nice to meet you too Brian.

I could only get 6 Wheatears late this afternoon.

Where were the Garden Warblers Mike, they have eluded me so far?

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17 Wheatears around the mosses today plus 2 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Corn Buntings and 220+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 2 Garden Warblers at Moat Lane pools and 2 rabbits that decided to re-enact The Somme. They jumped into a ditch, got covered in mud and kicked 10 bells out of each other...

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A Little Ringed Plover on Moat Lane Pool this am. and at least 3 Wheatear along Prospect Lane.
Nice to meet David Spencer here as well this morning. Hope you weren't too late with the papers !

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Common Sandpiper on Moat Lane pools today plus very noisy Green Woodpecker. Lots of warblers singing including a Garden Warbler and 2 Whitethroats.

A Long-tailed Tit took exception to my car, perching on the drivers side wing mirror and then attacking the rear window on that side!

10 Wheatears still on the fields off Prospect and Holly Bush Lanes this am

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10 Wheatears off Prospect and Holly Bush Lanes this am

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The Cranes took a trip to Astley Moss - but may have headed back late evening....

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Glad David caught up with the cranes this am. They were not present at 07:30 or this evening. 9 Wheatears in the usual fields though and both Common Terns now back - one was back yesterday (courtesy of David Spencer)

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Cranes still present at 6.30 am

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Cranes have flown back into Risley Moss

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Cranes currently present in field west of Hollybush Lane. Note this is a private road. Park in Moat Lane and walk round.

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Very soggy and bedraggled female Merlin in field off Prospect Lane this evening

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Yellowhammer lapwing and stock dove in ploughed field opposite moat lane.quick walk round the claypits and plenty of birds in fine voice including reed bunting chiffchaff willow warbler blackcap song thrush and goldcrest.among the goldcrest was a talented fellow who managed to combine singing and feeding at the same time.he also had a partner perhaps looking to breed here again this year...
Also seen:bullfinch GS woodpecker treecreeper buzzard heron willow tit nuthatch and usual selection of other birds.
Thanks for the messages from mike and Stephen.I am sure I will see you both before long!


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Having only ever seen one Common Crane 5 years ago, and more in hope than expectation I set off to Rixton late afternoon. No sign of the Cranes but a pleasant enough walk - haven't been over there for a while. As it was a bit late in the day there wasn't that much about

Of note several Chiffchaff and my first Willow Warbler for the year near the fishing area on Moat Lane.

In the fields along Woodend Lane, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush, Skylark, several Yellowhammers and busy Lapwings.

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No further sign by 10:05 Also here: Male Yellow Wagtail 2 White Wagtail 2 Wheatears 6 Corn Buntings 20+ Skylarks 1 Meadow Pipit Sparrowhawk Kestrel Buzzard 6 Grey Partridges

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At 09:15 the cranes flew out of risley moss, spiraling up high and headed off Se

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The cranes flew into Risley Moss at 08:42

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Cranes adults and unringed. Still present

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Two Common Cranes currently in field west of Holly Bush Lane. Please note this is a private road. Park in Moat Lane and walk round VIA Moss Side and Prospect Lanes.

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Got some more info now.

Two cranes were observed by Pete Hilton to drop into Risley Moss yesterday. Late this afternoon the birds were observed by several people to fly out of the reserve and in the general direction of Rixton. I was informed by Jonathan Platt (who in turn had been notified by one of the observers) and headed over to Rixton to look for them. I relocated the birds in a field approx 100m west of the junction of Holly Bush and Prospect Lanes. Unfortunately they were quickly spooked by two people walking a dog who to be fair were on a public footpath and I don't think had noticed the cranes.

The cranes flew back into Risley Moss. I headed straight round there but no sign. I did discuss them with the Ranger and apparently the birds have spent their visit on some restored mossland right at the back of the reserve which is screened from view by trees. I suspect the birds are still there and will probably roost. Unless they move away from this area, they cannot be seen from any hide, footpath or the tower.

Risley Moss is open from 10am to 6pm tomorrow.

Mike

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2 Common Cranes present on Rixton Moss at 5:30pm today.

Seen over Risley Moss a couple of days ago, the birds were refound at Rixton Moss at 5:30pm today but flew back towards Risley Moss shortly afterwards, maybe to roost?

Info thanks to Mike Baron

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In yesterdays downpours 1 Wheatear off Holly Bush Lane, 8 or so Corn Buntings, 3 Grey Partridges, 2 Red-legged Partridges & double figures of Yellowhammers. My first visit along these lanes thanks to posters on this forum - thanks Won't be my last visit

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2 Little Ringed Plovers off Moat Lane this morning. Green Sandpiper yesterday and Sunday on tip pools.

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6 wheatears along holly bush lane at 11.30


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Whilst driving along the A57 at 10.10pm a Barn Owl flew over N to S against a full moon and cloudless night sky.

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2 Wheatears present this morning, hanging around the wood pile. Looked like new birds. Also at least 7 Corn Buntings, 2 Yellowhammers, 25+ Skylarks, 7 Grey Partridges and 2 Buzzards.

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Five Wheatears still present

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4 Wheatears still in Prospect Lane this evening (thanks David) plus a fifth in Holly Bush Lane

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4 male Wheatears off Prospect Ln this p.m.

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Single Wheatear in Holly Bush Lane this morning plus 2 singing Corn Buntings

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The Green Sandpiper is usually seen on the non-working pool i.e the larger one with the islands and was there on Saturday. Tonight it had moved to the working pool where clay extraction takes place. When disturbed it goes onto a third pool which is hard to access and also into a main ditch which runs past the third pool and across the mosses.

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No sign of Green Sandpiper but a Redshank on the working pit

2 male Wheatears along Woodend Ln together with Tree Sparrow and Yellowhammers.

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Green Sandpiper still on Moat Lane pool and a flock of 70+ Fieldfares at top of Holly Bush Lane - otherwise quiet on the misty mosses this morning

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Green Sandpiper again on Moat Lane pools today

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Green Sandpiper on Moat Lane pools today plus Redshank

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Had a brilliant morning walking the Rixton/Martinscroft Mosses, from dawn, with Dave Steel and Les Jones. Two Hares and a Fox added spice to the morning and the birding highlights were as follows:

Tawny Owl 4 (2 dueting pairs)
Curlew 2 (flying west)
Corn Bunting 2 (in song from the wires in Hollybush Lane)
Yellowhammer 11 (inc. 7 in song)
Reed Bunting 5
Grey Partridge 9 (inc. 4 pairs)
Linnet 91
Stock Dove 2
Pied Wagtail 2
Skylark 29 (inc. 16 in song)
Lapwing 180
Redwing 85 (from roost)
Fieldfare 60
Chaffinch 35
Mistle Thrush 2
Song Thrush 2
Kestrel 2
Common Buzzard 2
House Sparrow 14


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This was my first visit here and I was quite impressed with the range of habitat available. Today I saw:

2 GS Woodpeckers chasing each other and drumming on trees - both seemed to be female - also lots of Woodpecker-type holes in one particular tree.
Lot of Blue Tits and LT Tits
A couple of Great Tits, Robins and Blackbirds
2 Cormorants taking off the largest pool
1 Grey Heron flying low over the smaller pools
Quite a few Coots and Tufted Ducks
2 Mute Swans
1 drake Shoveler
At least 5 Gadwall (4 drake)

A lady I met also reported seeing two Buzzards circling over a nearby field, but didn't see them.

I can't see why this area seems to be under-reported as seems to have a lot of potential and I definitely be coming back during Spring.





The area is quite well covered by a few dedicated watchers,but they may not post every visit on here.

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This was my first visit here and I was quite impressed with the range of habitat available. Today I saw:

2 GS Woodpeckers chasing each other and drumming on trees - both seemed to be female - also lots of Woodpecker-type holes in one particular tree.
Lot of Blue Tits and LT Tits
A couple of Great Tits, Robins and Blackbirds
2 Cormorants taking off the largest pool
1 Grey Heron flying low over the smaller pools
Quite a few Coots and Tufted Ducks
2 Mute Swans
1 drake Shoveler
At least 5 Gadwall (4 drake)

A lady I met also reported seeing two Buzzards circling over a nearby field, but didn't see them.

I can't see why this area seems to be under-reported as seems to have a lot of potential and I definitely be coming back during Spring.

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Had an amble round the Moss this morning, with Dave Steel, Les Jones and Sue Haddock, in stunningly crisp light. We walked along Hollybush Lane, had a look at the Martinscroft Moss area, then down Prospect Lane and back along Woodend Lane.

Key sightings were: 7 Tree Sparrows, 33 Grey Partridge (with some birds already pairing off), 258 Lapwing (mostly over-flying), 21 Linnets, 69 Skylarks, 4 Common Buzzards, 11 Meadow Pipits, 2 Pied Wagtails, 200 Starlings, 5 Kestrels, 9 Mistle Thrushes, 19 Reed Buntings, 15 Yellowhammers, 3 Song Thrushes, c.550 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Common Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull and c.35 Herring Gulls (on the Tip), 13 Goldfinches, 5 Coot, 2 Mute Swans and 2 Tufted Duck (on the fishing pools), 11 House Sparrows, 2 Grey Herons, 5 Jays, 6 Stock Doves, 1 Goldcrest, 150 Fieldfare and finally, a Sparrowhawk cruising slowly around a field on the west side of Hollybush Lane and flushing most of the buntings, larks and pipits.

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Short-eared Owl on the mosses this evening and Green Sandpiper on Moat Lane pools

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Green Sandpiper on Moat Lane pools today. Also there:

6 Mute Swans
6 Gadwall
12 Tufted Duck
4 Cormorants
5 Jay
12 Fieldfare
Reed Bunting
Great Spotted Woodpecker

5 Kestrels and a Buzzard on the mosses

200+ Fieldfares in field at jnc of A57 and Warburton Bridge Lane

Large gulls in field next to tip (Prospect Lane) included 70+ GBBG, 150+ Herring Gull and 180+ LBBG.

5000+ Starlings on the tip.

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