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Large flock of approx 30 Fieldfare with a smaller number of Redwing in the field between Clay lane and Joy Lane, Burtonwood, plus a single Red-legged Partridge in the same field.

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35 Golden Plover in one of the ploughed fields along Alder Lane this morning, with 2 Lapwings and 3 Common Gulls.
The horse paddocks nearby, at Old Alder Lane had a mixed flock of around 40 Fieldfares with a few Redwings plus another flock of at least 20 Meadow Pipits with Corn Buntings, Skylarks, Starlings and Pied Wagtails all busy feeding.

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Peregrine today in sky over fiddle inth bag

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Another merlin today might have been the same bird I saw the other week. Flew low accross the road in front of my car on the bridge on alder lane approaching the fiddle.

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Amazing thing happened today at midday driving past the hospital towards burtonwood a merlin flew alongside my car in the field for about hundred yards then landed on a fence post. It was yards from me all the time and a perfect view of a merlin the difference between it and a kestrel was totally obvious.



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Mike Baron wrote:

Mixed flock in stubble field off Farmers Lane this morning:

25+ Corn Buntings
22+ Yellowhammers
45+ Chaffinches
3 Tree Sparrows
2 Reed Buntings

plus House Sparrows and Greenfinches





Hi Mike

Well done for finding these in such good numbers. It's obviously a very under watched / reported area.
Just wondered though, if the Tree Sparrows had followed you from Waterworks Lane, Winwick looking for a freebie.

Cheers Brian

-- Edited by Brian Baird on Sunday 27th of January 2013 02:22:44 PM

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Mixed flock in stubble field off Farmers Lane this morning:

25+ Corn Buntings
22+ Yellowhammers
45+ Chaffinches
3 Tree Sparrows
2 Reed Buntings

plus House Sparrows and Greenfinches

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driving down alder lane this morning pretty sure I saw a red kite flying southerly direction

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Afternoon stroll around the Old Alder Lane area and footpaths produced :-

18 Pied Wagtail - feeding in newly sewn field
100 Starlings - in horse paddocks
150 Jackdaws - flying to roost
15 Redwing
3 Mistle Thrush
4 Lapwing
14 Black - headed Gulls
1 Buzzard
5 Mallard
1 Moorhen
1 Grey Heron
6 Collared Dove
2 Robin
2 Blue Tits

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A walk along a couple of the footpaths this morning in the pleasant conditions revealed:-

7 Skylark
4 Meadow Pipit
7 Robin
4 Collared Dove
4 Jay
8 Crow
2 Blackbird
2 Chaffinch
4 Blue Tit
1 Dunnock
1 Gt. Tit
23 Starling
80+ Herring Gull
13 Lesser Black-backed Gull
39 Jackdaw
10+ Magpie
100+ Woodpigeon
2 Buzzard
plus a Speckled Wood and a Red Admiral active in the sunshine.

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A Kingfisher flew up Sankey Brook towards Causey Bridges Farm this afternoon from underneath the M62 at Gemini, whilst I was admiring two Banded Demoiselle dragonflies at the under pass by Harveys Furniture depot. Two Grey Wagtail were here last week but not today.

I followed the footpath to the farm and found three more male Demoiselles fluttering above the Brook at Causey West Bridge (north side) on old Alder Lane.

Also had good views of a Buzzard circling and calling over the fields here.

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Three excellent ales this evening, I only had the RS Mexico (Cottage Brewery) after the initial samples, the food also excellent. It's always well worth checking out the paddocks for finches and wagtails, while Yellowhammers are also regular around there.

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Good real ale in the fiddle plus you can go birding without leaving your seat in the beer garden. Its gets no better than that plus the landlord lets you try the ales before you buy.

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150+ Linnets, 20+ Goldfinches, 20+ Greenfinches, 8 Pied Wagtails and 1 juvenile Yellow Wagtail in the horse paddocks opposite Fiddle I'th Bag at about 10.30 am, second field back from Alder Lane.

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That's a real shame - I've seen them cross the M62 there a couple of times in the last few years

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On the way to work this moring I had the sad sight of a dead Barn Owl on the hard shoulder of the M62 near to Burtonwood Services.

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A brief visit before lunch today but no sign of any Wheatear. However the following were seen or heard singing :-

Skylark 2
Blackbird 2
Grey Partridge 2 pairs
Pheasant 1
Reed Bunting 2
Yellowhammer 1
Chaffinch 1
Woodpigeon 28
Magpie 2
Kestrel 1
Chiffchaff 1
Carrion Crow 1 pair


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A female Wheatear in the fields here this afternoon as I walked along the footpaths, north of the M62, and along Old Alder Lane to Causey Bridges. Also seen on a cold and windy day -
Lapwing 4
Skylark 1
Meadow Pipit 4
Wood Pigeon 20+
Buzzard 1
Goldfinch 2
Mistle Thrush 1
Starling 6
Collared Dove 2
Mallard 2
Herring Gull 10
Carrion Crow 4
Magpie 6
Blue Tit 2
Kestrel 1

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