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Post Info TOPIC: Holcroft Moss


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RE: Holcroft Moss


Field in front of the moss

Fieldfare - 400

Redwing - 50

Starling - 250

Buzzard - 2

Treecreeper & Goldcrest - on trees adjacent to field


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Mixed tit flock of 30+ birds near the Moss worth a mention as it contained:

Goldcrest - 7 an impressive number & the most I've seen together in one flock outside Spurn - was looking hard for firecrest but no luck!

Long Tailed Tits - 15+
Coal Tit - 2
Blue & Great Tit - ca6 each

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04/05/15 - single Corn Bunting seen on Holcroft Lane this pm (perched in those horrible conifers!!)

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2 Corn Buntings on telegraph wires near turning for Franks Farm at 10.10am this morning.

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Six Corn Buntings on telegraph wires on Holcroft Lane, just north of the turning to Hanging Birch Farm this afternoon, presumably they're feeding on the stubble fields there. 300+ Starlings, Fieldfare and Redwing feeding on sheep pasture around the turn-off for Little Woolden Hall. A Raven flew over the same area.


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Seven Corn Buntings were perched up given fantastic views in the roadside wires and trees along the B5212 in the Holcroft Hall section this morning.

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There were over 300 Fieldfares there yesterday John and they looked like they were feeling sorry for themselves!

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15.45-17.00

The mossland NR was largely birdless apart from the odd Woodpigeon, a few passing gulls, single Buzzard and a lonesome Blue Tit.

A stunning display of Scarlet Elf Cup fungi though.

Just North of the M62 though a field alongside the River Glaze (Cheshire Side) held a tremendous flock of mixed thrushes, 165 Fieldfares, 26 Redwings, 220 Starling and a single Mistle Thrush.

The Mistle Thrush looked a little odd, with very lemon coloured flanks, it was moving around with the Fieldfares and was noticeably bigger than them.

The same small field held 2 Oystercatchers, 6 Lapwings and a single Pied Wagtail whilst on on the Glaze were 6 Teal.

The Fieldfares looked very bedraggled, the strong icy Easterly wind battering them and on occasions it got under their tails and almost tossed them over.

On the other hand many of the Redwings were in their finery, ready for the breeding scene when they return home.

Many more thrushes, most Fieldfares were feeding on pastures nearer to Culceth, a big flock of mixed gulls here too.

These fields of short cropped turf look ideal for Dotterel and Wheatears when migration really gets going in a few weeks.




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