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Short-eared Owl and Barn Owl on the mosses this evening
29 Grey Partridges (25 + 4)
Lots of Redwings flying over in the darkness

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5 Wheatears plus 90+ Linnets and 3 Stock Doves in Holly Bush Lane this morning

Green Sandpiper in pool at base of tip off Prospect Lane

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Was asked by a local farmer to do a survey of his land in Prospect Lane. I used to bird the area regularly from 2002 till a couple of years ago. It was good to see that bird numbers are still holding up there, with the following counts: Kestrel 3, Grey Partridge 27 (in 3 covies), Common Buzzard 3, a massive Linnet flock stretched on the wires between three telegraph poles in Hollybush Lane, totalling c.430, Willow Tit 2, Chiffchaff 5, Yellowhammer 26, Redpoll 5, Skylark 55, Meadow Pipit 6, Goldfinch 34, Pheasant 23, House Sparrow 90, Tree Sparrow 21, Corn Bunting 5, Wheatear 1.

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Moat Lane Pools Rixton Claypits

Green Sandpiper showing well in between showers today.

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This evening

Juvenile Whinchat in barley field off Prospect Lane - Green Sandpiper in pool at base of tip off this lane. Lots of hirundines moving through plus 15 Mistle Thrushes, 3 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 40+ Goldfinches

Moat Lane pools

Green Sandpiper, juvenile Little Ringed Plover

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Green Sandpiper on the tip pool off Prospect Lane this evening

Buzzard, 5 Kestrels, covey of 8 Grey Partridges and Red-legged Partridge on the mosses

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Green Sandpiper on Moat Lane pools today also 2 Green Woodpeckers and 2 Little Ringed Plovers

pair of Red-legged Partridges on Holly Bush Lane and pair of Grey Partridges with one juvenile

-- Edited by Mike Baron on Saturday 9th of July 2011 08:42:56 AM

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Female Marsh Harrier in fields west of Biffa Plant off A57 late afternoon - generally heading towards Woolsten Eyes

-- Edited by Mike Baron on Monday 4th of July 2011 09:26:40 PM

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I had to second glance this - oiks where I come from tend to have air rifles and aggresive dogs, I take it yours were Oycs!

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I thought i'd pay a visit to this area as i had a Quail here last year, no sign this time but recorded the following on Mon 13th:

Corn Bunting 1
Yellowhammer 2
Sand Martin 2
Grey Partridge 5 - 4 calling, of which 3 seen, 1 of which was escorting a female
Buzzard 3+
Kestrel 1
Reed Bunting 2+
Lapwing - 40 in a field, perhaps failed breeders, also 3 or 4 birds in area still exhibiting some breeding behaviour
Oik 1 doing likewise, chasing corvids, calling etc
Skylark - at least 2 singing & doing superb Yellow Wag impressions among other spp
Yellow Wagtail 3-4 inc a singing bird which took c. 30 mins to spot before showing well

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Lesser whitethroat singing 100yds north of house on Moat Lane, on the reserve side of the lane. Garden warbler 50yds north of the house, on the non-reserve side . . . if that makes sense!

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2 Male Yellow Wagtails Holly Bush Lane this morming.

In the grassy field nr houses/farm on A57 side of Lane.

Feeding with single pied wag and loose flock of starlings.

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Lesser whitethroat singing at 5.30pm today on Moat Lane, about forty yards down from the junction with Moss Side Lane.

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Large numbers of singing Blackcaps, Willow warblers, Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs now at the Clay Pits.
6 Brambling were a slight surprise, feeding in the canopy just on Moat Lane.
Beautiful day to be there today, Speckled Wood, Orange-tip on the wing, Violets and Ladys Smock in flower.
Best of all, an OSPREY from Glazebrook heading towards Rixton at 2pm.


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9 Wheatears this evening - 4 on Prospect Lane and 5 on Holly Bush Lane

2 pairs of Grey Partridges and 1 RLP

2 Tree Sparrows

1 Yellowhammer singing

1 Green Sand and Redshank on tip pool

4 Stock Doves

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3 Wheatears in Holly Bush Lane this evening

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Female Merlin on mosses this evening

2 Shelducks on tip pool - they were on Moat Lane pool yesterday

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Yesterday, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank on tip pool. 3 Redshank on Moat Lane pools. Also 2 Willow Warblers singing. Only one Corn Bunting along Prospect lane but 4 Wheatear. On Wednesday (30th) one female Marsh Harrier on the mosses in the evening David

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20 Waxwings on School Lane (Hollins Green) this evening. Only 1 present at Culcheth site and berries all gone there. 2 Green Sandpipers still on Rixton tip pool.

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30+ Waxwings in Rixton yesterday evening - observed by a work colleague. I was watching 31 in Culcheth at exactly the same time so a few birds around.

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6 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Green Sandpipers this evening

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Pool at base of tip this morning - Prospect Lane

Little Ringed Plover
Green Sandpiper (two yesterday evening)
Redshank
Oystercatcher
10 Teal

looks superb for waders at the moment

3 Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk on Moat Lane

2 Kestrels on mosses plus 33 Linnets

-- Edited by Mike Baron on Tuesday 15th of March 2011 01:24:19 PM

-- Edited by Mike Baron on Tuesday 15th of March 2011 04:16:45 PM

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This afternoon

2 Green Sandpipers and 7 Teal on pool at base of tip, Prospect Lane

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Ian Woosey wrote:

24/2/11
Rixton Moss (with Jonathan P.):

4 Grey Partridge
1 distant Sparrowhawk and more Buzzards
1 Yellowhammer
6 Teal
1 Reed Bunting
2 Stock Dove




. . . and possibly the most pedantic farmer I've ever met, who wanted us to step the two feet off the grass verge and back onto the track (a public footpath) as it was 'his land'. We'd only stepped off the track so we wouldn't be in the way of any farm vehicles! It's a little difficult to take an octogenarian on a tricycle seriously though . . .

Not having a pop at farmers, just this one in particular - Ian spoke to one earlier and we both spoke to another who owns the fishery on Prospect Lane, both smashing blokes.

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24/2/11

Moat Lane Pool:

2 Green Sandpiper
5 Buzzard
7 Tufted Duck
5 Mute Swan
3 Grey Heron


Rixton Moss (with Jonathan P.):

4 Grey Partridge
1 distant Sparrowhawk and more Buzzards
1 Yellowhammer
6 Teal
1 Reed Bunting
2 Stock Dove



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On the fields opposite the Rixton visitor centre pair of Grey Partridge this pm with flock of 30+ Lapwing and large Starling flock (100+)

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3 Green Sandpipers present today (also 3 last Saturday)

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I have finally found the Green Sandpiper! 2 present this morning, along with Pintails and a lone female Pochard.

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Green Sandpiper on Moat Lane pool this afternoon

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30/1/11

Rixton Claypits LNR:

2 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
10+ Siskin
2 Willow Tit
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Bullfinch
1 Reed Bunting
3 Fieldfare
3 Coal Tit
1 Mistle Thrush

Moat Lane Pools:

2 Gadwall
2 Mute Swan
14 Coot

All waters more or less frozen..

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1 Green Sandpiper this morning plus Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Willow Tit, Nuthatch and various ducks...

77 Fieldfares in field off Holly Bush Lane

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2 Green Sandpipers on Moat Lane pool this evening

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2 green sandpipers at 6pm tonight.

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Whinchat plus 5 Wheatears in ploughed field at bottom of Holly Bush Lane this evening

2 Green Sandpipers on Moat Lane pools

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PM yesterday

2 Green Sandpipers on Moat Lane pool 2 - they moved to the tip pool off Prospect Lane where I later relocated them.

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6.30am - Moat Lane Pools

1 green sandpiper on Pool 1, 1 green and 1 common sandpiper on Pool 2.

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This morning while stood on Rixton Mosses I observed a Hobby coming out of Risley Moss. The bird flew around feeding Swifts over Hollybush Lane before spiralling up high and then heading approx north east. I lost it probably somewhere over Glazebrook still heading in NE direction - I suspect it was heading for the Manchester mosses.

Also:

6 Kestrels (2+2+2)
1 Buzzard
5 Yellowhammers
3 Little Ringed Plovers (2 juvs)
1 Kingfisher (male)

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Rixton Moss - Holybush Lane

3 Corn Buntings - they seem to be doing much better here than on Irlam Moss!
1 juv Yellow Wag
12 Skylarks - most in a group on the road
3 Yellowhammer
1 female Kestrel

Moat Lane Pools

Garden Warbler singing from scrub around Moat Lane Pools (didn't see it though!)
10 Pied Wags around the pools
1 Mute Swan
3 BH Gulls inc 1 juv

Rixton Clay Pits
Fairly quite bird wise but Buzzard, a few Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, 3 Jays, family party of Great Tits
But loads of Butterflies of 9 species including Brimstone, 2 Small Copper, 1 Small Skipper and a cracking newly emerged Hawker Dragonfly drying its wings next to it's discarded nymph case - didn't have my camera though!

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Moat Lane pools

3 Redshank (adult plus 2 fledged juvs)

Mosses

4 Yellow Wags
3 Corn Buntings
2 Grey Partridges
Buzzard
Kestrel
Sparrowhawk

Glazebrook - Dam Head Lane

4 Yellow Wags (pair plus 2 juvs)
Quail singing
Sparrowhawk

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A greenshank on Pool 1 (large pool) off Moat Lane this evening, plus lr plover, redshank and a green sandpiper on Pool 2. Pools look ideal for waders since they've been pumped out.

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Quail reported from Rixton today, no details






Went out looking for the Quail this evening and heard at least one bird in the field by the junction of Woodend Lane and Holybush Lane (north of Woodend). These are private roads but public footpaths.

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Quail reported from Rixton today, no details

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Called in briefly to have a look at Pool 2 (smaller of the two pools). The terns are still there though at least two thirds of the water has now been drained. I think they should be safe enough as they can fly, I can't say the same for the black-headed gull chick that was wandering around an island with it's parent. Chick was very small, presumably one from a second clutch after the first failed? There was also a tufted female with a brood of six small ducklings, their chances of survival might be slim too.

Yellow wag, grey partridge, corn bunts and yellowhammer on Rixton Moss, and another two yellow wags on Damhead Lane.

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Moat Lane pools are private property and owned by the brickworks. Until now I guess they have turned a blind eye to birders, people walking dogs and kids swimming in the pools. Apparently as part of the Enviornmental Permit to operate they have to keep the water levels down and they are currently too high. Also the insurers seem to have become concerned about liability etc

Consequently a pump has been installed and will operate for the next two weeks to lower the water in the main pool. The equipment will be guarded 24/7. New fencing is about to be installed to prevent unauthorised access.

The nearby landfill site on Prospect Lane has also been accumulating gulls - I counted 620+ LBBG's yesterday evening. This has now triggered a separate permit requirement and scarers have been introduced today to disperse the gulls.

On the birding front, a pair of Common Terns have successfully fledged two youngsters on the smaller pool. I first spotted them here on 5th May - not entirely sure when they turned up. The eggs hatched on or around 7th June and the juveniles fledged yesterday or possibly Monday. Cracking success for these pools.

Two male Yellow Wags on the mosses yesterday plus at least 17 Reed Buntings and 2 Corn Buntings. Green Woodpeckers have also bred in the area this year.

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1-3pm-saturday
2 pairs of yellow wagtail-along the lanes
buzzard-2
corn bunting-1
lesser whitethroat-1
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Rixton Clay Pits
10.30am-1.30pm

Garden Warbler singing in scrub on opposite side of Moat Lane to the fisherman's gate.
1 Reed Warbler
Lots of Blackcaps, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats etc.
2 Willow Tits together (pair?)
4 Jays
GS Woodpecker hole with noisy chicks in + adults nearby
1 each of Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel all overhead
30+ Lapwing
1 Little Grebe
1 GC Grebe
1 Mute Swan
20+ Tufted Duck

Also a fox with a rabbit in its mouth trotting down the path towards me before it realised and turned back round !

Butterflies: 1 Small Copper, 1 Orange Tip, a few Common Blues

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Hobby over Hollins Green 6.00am this morning. Lesser whitethroat and grasshopper warbler along Main Lane, two wheatear on Prospect Lane, yellow wag and three corn buntings along Holcroft Lane.

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22 Wheatears around the mosses today - 13 together in first ploughed field on left on Prospect Lane and rest in various fields off Woodend and Holly Bush Lanes

2 Yellow Wags (both males) - one off Prospect Lane and other at top end of Holly Bush Lane
6 White Wagtails
4 Buzzards
8 Grey Partridges (4 prs)
60+ Carrion Crows
9 Teal (pool at base of tip)
18 Linnets
16 Skylarks

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Yellow Wagtail over top end of Hollybush Lane yesterday evening.

This afternoon:

1 Wheatear off Prospect Lane (plus two Yellowhammers and two Grey Partridges)
Pair of Shovelers on the tip pool
Singing Whitethroats on Woodend Lane and Moat Lane nr the compressor station

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