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It's been a great year this year for nesting House Martin's around my house .. The best for many years with 9 successfull pairs .. most have fledged their first brood this week and the sky is full of calling birds .. The regular Swift's are also  present too and it's a superb sight watching them all feeding after the damp spell .. 



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Mediterranean Gull just flown south over my  Ramsbottom house calling ..



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Dipper on the River Irwell below Nuttall Park this afternoon and 2 Oystercatcher flew over calling loudly.



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Single goosander flew over Nuttall Lane this morning while doing the school run!



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A new bird was added to the bedroom list at 0410 this morning ( so to speak)....A Golden Plover flew over calling ..



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Grey Wagtail over Bolton Road and treecreeper in Nuttall Park the highlights of an afternoon shopping trip!



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Hi Roger,

This bird/sighting first surfaced on 7th Jan by someone local who wasn't 100% sure what he had seen when I contacted him. Saying that he did find a Great Grey Shrike on Holcombe Hill during autumn 2016 so he does know what they look like.. It has been searched for pretty well several times after that date with no further sightings until it resurfaced on Birdguides this morning of a reported sighting yesterday, despite really bad weather, in a similar area to the first sighting.

I have spent 3 hrs searching the area this afternoon, as seems others have today, and seen nothing but it could easily be missed. Not sure if the original sighting was publicised even though several locals heard about it but it seems people have heard about that sighting now and I'm wondering if thats what has caused the Birdguides alert this morning?

Anyone know who reported it today or saw it yesterday as no locals seem to have any info?



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Hi Roger,

Only negagive information, I to have just spent a couple of hours in the area with no sightings, I have seen your name on the forum but I Dont think we have met.

This is one of my regular areas, dont know if you are aware but Bury old road is the boundry between GMC and Rossendale which is my patch, 10 days ago a Great Grey Shrike was reported in the same area but never relocated, I am not aware of who posted it this time but I dont think it was anyone who is a member of Rossendale Ornothological Club as it did not appear on our web site.

If we manage to relocate I will let you know.

Regards Brian.



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Does anyone have any information about the great grey shrike reported on Birdguides yesterday? I spent 1.5 hours in the area along Bury Old Road above Nangreaves this morning but couldnt find it. A few birds of interest though - buzzard, kestrel and 4 fieldfare.



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Dipper on the River Irwell below Nuttall Park this afternoon.



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3 Goosander on the River Irwell just downstream from Nuttall Park.



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Late posting for yesterday , 2 peregrines over my house @ 1730 and today 1630 there were 3 buzzards !



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Adult and juvenile Peregrine over Nuttall Lane area at 17.10 this afternoon. They both thermally upwards and headed off north. 



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A Dipper was feeding a fledged juvenile  by the Bridge over The Irwell this morning which was encouraging after the double dose of illegall toxins that were dumped into the River earlier in the year ..

Mediterranean Gull feeding with Black- headed Gulls on recently mowed fields off Bamford Rd ..



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Cuckoo still present on the southern flanks of Fletcher Bank ..



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Cuckoo in the woodland between Park Farm and Fletcher Bank this morning ..2 Whitethroat also 

 



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Osprey over the M66 near Ramsbottom at 9:05 this morning, being harrassed by a Carrion Crow.

Info thanks to Pete and Norma Johnson



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Originally posted today by Brian Kirkwood:

Single Common Redshank in flooded field on the shoddy footpath between Stubbins and Ramsbottom

Info thanks to Paul Gorton

Regards Brian Kirkwood.

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Last 3 mornings,flocks of swifts 5 to 20 all going south    no



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Garden Warbler singing from exactly the same shrub, (presumably the same bird) was in last year in Grants Wood..



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Ring-necked Parakeet over Ransbottom Town centre this afternoon ... 

First for me here 



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A nice Adult Mediterranean Gull was feeding in a recently cut grass field along with c70 of Black-headed Gull by the Irwell at the end of Kenyon Street, Ramsbottom today..

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11:25am June 2015
1 Red Kite being mobbed by 2 Ravens & 5 Carrion Crows heading towards Bury from Holcombe Hill
Cheers Steven

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2 Garden Warbler in Grants Wood this afternoon...

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110 plus Jackdaws over Ramsbottom centre 4pm Monday

60-70 Starlings also

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lovely sunny but chilly 3 hour winter walk today.
c40 fieldfare flying northwest over peel monument car park and nuthatch calling as I was putting my boots on was a promising start,
but really was the best of it except
Raven croaking over monument and
great spotted woodpecker in Saplin wood.
also my first singing blackbird of the year on Holcolme old road.
He was a little hesitant and singing from within a holly bush but still an encouraging promise of spring.


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Woodcock flushed walking the pooch this evening in Grants Wood... Buzzard being mobbed by 2 Raven above the Conifers..
Rob

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A walk from Entwistle rail via Wayoh res (1 Great Crested Grebe)across the moorlands to Peel monument produced first Swifts of the year (2 west, then 1) plus a pair of hunting Kestrels and a cronking Raven, and many Meadow Pipits. A fair few Swallows were knocking about as well.

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Originally posted by Mike Horwood today:

Nice day local birding,3 buzzards over Walmersley road south of Ramsbottom,good views of kingfisher and dipper on the Irwell in Nuttal park all the usual woodland birds

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Ring Ouzel in Fletcher Bank Quarry this morning.. Also flock of 70+ Linnet

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Several Crossbill calling in the conifers in Grants Wood, Ramsbottom this afternoon..

Rob Archer

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Did a walk today with a friend across Greater Manchester northern boundarys from Worthington Lake, Standish, Wigan to Watergrove Reservoir, Rochdale. Decent walk with mostly dry paths. Obviously not the Rambsbottom area but we did pass through it. !!! Birdwise it was very quiet with not lots to be seen along the walk, however some of the more noticeable bits were..
1 Chiffchaff near Wigan Golf Course.. The only one in a twelve hour walk..
Huge flock of singing Redwing off Arley Lane. Many hundreds, mainly in trees, impossible to count..
1 Tree Sparrow off Arley Lane
2 Yellowhammer off Blundell Lane
4 Swallow.. 3 Arley Lane and 1 Holcombe ranges
1 Sand martin Fletcher bank Quarry, Ramsbottom
1 Buzzard
3 Kestrel all day which was pretty poor really.
3 Sparrowhawk.. 2 over Quarlton and 1 Watergrove Res
Only 1 Wheatear all day on the top of Winter Hill
c20 Golden Plover top of Winter Hill.
1 Greylag Goose over Longworthy Valley flying north
1 Raven, Greenbooth Res
2 Goldeneye Greenbooth Res.

Not lots of birds about in a 33 Mile walk..
Rob Archer

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Sat on the edge of Fletcher Bank Quarry this morning looking south and west, an impressive movement of thrushes, mainly Fieldfare all flying west towards Jumbles/Cheetham Close.. Perhaps close to 1000 birds.

Rob Archer

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Fantastic Peregrine Falcon over the town yesterday evening. Circled around for about 5 minutes before heading off towards Bury/Bolton.

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A pair of Green woodies putting on a bit of display above Simons pond at 1200 today

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First light this am round Fletcher Bank. Saw the following of note..
Single fem\imm Merlin fling NW across the quarry and into Lancs.
4 Grey Partridge
2 Skylarks over S
5 Lapwing by the trig on Harden Moor (Lancs)

Rob Archer

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Single Swallow flying S over my house 11.45, a very late bird..
Rob Archer

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c10 Crossbill calling over Tanners Street, Ramsbottom at 0510 this morning towards Grants Wood.

Rob Archer

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Pair of Oystercatchers have nested successfully on the roof of the Cormar Carpets factory by Nuttall Park, Ramsbottom.. 2 young fledged..

Rob Archer

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The Ramsbottom Town centre Dippers area feeding young now in the nest.

Rob Archer

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For the last few years Dippers have attempted to nest by the main road bridge crossing the Irwell in the Town centre but have been washed out when the River floods (which it regularly does).
They have switched on to it this year and are 20 ft up the bank!!
Quite impressed...





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On Harcles Hill 1430hrs 15 Skylark in one flock together was the first of the year for me up here. Also large flock c150 Fieldfare over flying east towards Whittle Pike.. Early signs of Spring movements perhaps?

Rob Archer

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Walked over to Hawkshaw Lodge and back above. the Ranges. 1330 till 1700.
Saw the following;
3 x Sparrowhawk circling high together above the Shoulder of Mutton in Holcombe- (Thought this a tad unusual till I remembered how good the Timothy Taylors is in there.)
1 x Kestrel Moorbottom Road
1 x Buzzard over woodland just west of Ranges. Not the same bird I saw a while ago in Two Brooks so there may be a pair.
1 x Little Grebe on Hawkshaw Lodge
2 x Stock Dove near Ranges
Mixed flock of c80 Chaffinch/Greenfinch put up by f Sparrowhawk by Ranges
9 Fieldfare above the Ranges
1 x Great Spotted Woodpecker, Saplin Wood

Rob Archer

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Walked acros from Rammy to Ashworth Moor Res for last light.. Another great sunset. 1530 to 1800. Saw the following;
1 x f Sparrowhawk over woodland GM side of the quarry.
4 Long Tailed Tits.
2 x Raven
1 x Meadow Pipit ( 1st of the year for me up here)
c100 Pink Footed Geese NW at 1645
16 Goosander ( 6 m ) on Res
Tawny Owl (h) Quarry woodland GM side
Woodcock roding above me above the Brook running down N side of Quarry towards Shuttleworth. (GM Side).

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Bit of a Ramble between Rammy, Ashworth Moor Res, down to White Ash, across to Elton and back up the Irwell. Glorious start above a sea of cloud and a gloomy finish below it. 0800 to 1630.
Flock c30 Lesser Redpoll in Silver Birch at the top of my road in Rammy
Ashworth Moor Res.
1 x f Goosander ( Thats a lot of water for one bird)
White Ash.
1 x f Goosander.
Mallard and Canada Geese.
Green Woodpecker (h)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (h)
Nuthatch (h)
Water Rail (h) by Waters Farm, Heap Bridge
1 x m Teal. River Roch. Heap Bridge
Elton Res
Little Owl (h)
5 Cormorant
3 Great Crested Grebe
2 x Pochard
6 x Teal
1 x Lapwing
Many Coot, Tufted Duck and Canada Geese
1 x Goldcrest
On the Irwell.
1 X Goldcrest
6 x Goosander 2m
3 x Dipper.
c10 Redwing
Good views of Tawny Owl on Nuttall Hall Road.

Rob Archer




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Walked over from Rammy to Ranges via Irwell and Reddisher and Two Brooks between 1200 and 1630..Felt like spring today but not too much about. Best being..
1 x Tawny Owl in Reddisher calling away claiming territory at 1330 in the afternoon sunshine!
1 x Stock Dove (heard) Ranges
2 x Raven Harckles Hill
2 x Kestrel on the Ranges
1 x Grey Heron Hawkshaw Lodge


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Walked over from Rammy to Ashworth Moor Res and back across to The Ranges. and Holcombe Moor. 1015 to 1600hrs.
Peregrine over Knowl Hill
f Sparrowhawk south of the res
Kestrel over the res
1m & 1f Goldeneye on the res
2 x f Goosander
43 Common Gull
11 Fieldfare
1 Redwing
3 Mistle Thrush
Kestrel, Moorbottom Road
1 x Stock Dove over the Ranges
Little Owl


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Saw the (probably)same buzzard on same afternoon. First i`ve seen in two brooks.Saw one about two months ago near Quarlton.

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Bit of an error on my last....7th Woodcock this winter not this year.. There seem lots more about than normal.
Rob Archer

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Good days walk from Rammy down the Irwell, Holcombe, Reddisher, Ranges. Two Brooks, Hawkshaw and back between 1000 and 1545hrs saw the following.
3 x Dipper( Irwell,Two Brooks, Carr Bank Lodge)
Several good sizes tit flocks with one including 1 Willow Tit seen near Woodhey School
Good regular numbers of Bullfinch, Chaffinch and Goldfinch and Greenfinch
3 x Goldcrest near Woodhey
2 x Nuthatch Irwell
2 x Great Spotted Woodpecker Two Brooks
1 x Green Woodpecker Two Brooks
2 x Grey Heron Irwell/Two Brooks
1 x Cormorant over Rammy
6 x Goosander 2m 4f
1 x Little Grebe on Hawkshaw Lodge
2 x f Sparrowhawk. 1 near Woodhey. 1 on south side of Ranges
1 x Woodcock flew off footpath on south of ranges(7th of the year for me. Best ever)

Rob Archer.

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