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14 Brambling south over Scout Road this morning.

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Short-eared Owl hunting on Wildersmoor at 3.15 today. Viewed from the top of Two Lads.

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Short-eared Owl hunting over Wildersmoor this morning.

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A male Stonechat was being pursued by another Male Stonechat in the field by Matchmoor Lane and Burnt Edge Lane as I cycled past this morning.

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This morning's highlights included:

1548 Pink-footed Geese moving SE in 9 skeins and single bird bird west

2 Merlin hunting together moving SE over Matchmoor Lane 

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Very brief visit to the masts after seeing the Velvet Scoter

1 very dark male Peregrine flew right next to me at the Trig. Also 2 Ravens & nothing else

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Highlights from this morning included:

3749 Pink-footed Geese over (mainly heading SE) in 20 skeins

16 Whooper Swan SE in two flocks

6 Barnacle Geese over SE

525 Woodpigeon over south

51 Brambling north

Info thanks to Andy Makin

 

 

Today's moors totals 8-1030 am excellent morning for geese but passerine activity pretty dead cracking flock of 6 Barnacle geese high ssw at 840 am continued direct and high over gm, unot far from a flock of whoopers going se, whooper swan 16 se at 808 am and 13 se at 934 am 20 skeins of Pink feet numbering (3749) with 2 skeins nw 120+ 4 (124) and 1 flock ne 28 . 17skeins se 43 , 25,10, 20, 280, 230, 280, 150, 300, 100,60, 1000+, 300, 45, 34, 300, 420, (3597) rather unusual for moors over half going se towards Egerton and a super flock of 1000 + almost missed crossing distant m62 towards e Pennines . lapwing 251 s, Lbb gull 23 s, herring gull 9s, cormorant 2 se , woodpigeon 80 nw and 525 s, skylark 1 e, field fare 17 n, mistle thrush 2 n, starling 5 nw, lesser redpoll 6 s, chaffinch 15 s+1n, Brambling 51 n, greenfinch 2 n, reed bunting 5 n. Also velvet Scoter still High rid and flock of 32  skylark landed in stubble field .



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This morning from Scout Road;

565 Fieldfare SW
142 Redwings SW
263 Bramblings south
10 Goosander south
1 Crossbill Gale Brook Plantation

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This morning from Scout Road;

935 Fieldfare SW
323 Bramblings south included flocks of 150 and 70 over at first light.
127 Chaffinch south
5 Grey Wagtail south

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Five Whooper Swans flew SE over the Scout Road area early this morning.

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This morning from Scout Road;

35 Brambling south
3 Pink-footed Geese NW
1741 Woodpigeon north

Also 15+ Bramblings in Beech trees at Burnt Edge Lane

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198 Bramblings south over Scout Road
6 Crossbills (1 male) Gale Brook Plantation

30+ Bramblings in Beech trees at Burnt Edge Lane.

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This morning's highlights included:

 

1 Merlin SE

110 Redwing N

684 Fieldfare N

5 Brambling N

26 Reed Bunting NW

1 male Yellowhammer S

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Visible migration highlights from two locations on the moors this morning thanks to Andy Makin and Simon Warford:

 

518 Pink-footed Geese SE in 8 skein and 1 skein of 150 NW

1130 Woodpigeon NW in 47 flocks

1 Waxwing NW

962 Fieldfare SE and 942 NW

223 Chaffinch 223 N/NW

660 Brambling N/NW in 60 flocks and 8 singles

29 Crossbill 29 N in 6 flocks

 



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Today's visible migration highlights included:

100 Pink-footed Geese W

308 Woodpigeon N

270 Fieldfare W/SW

93 Brambling N/NE

14 Crossbill S in 2 flocks

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Other than this morning's 3 Waxwing, the main highlights were 201 Brambling south in 21 flocks (largest of 43), 153 Chaffinch south and 5 Crossbill south.

 

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3 Waxwing briefly in a single rowan above Gale Brook at 08:50 this morning, which then flew off SE towards Egerton.

 

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Further sightings from this morning include:

 

351 Woodpigeon S

212 Starling W/NW

159 Fieldfare NW

63 Redwing NW

78 Chaffinch N

83 Brambling NW

19 Crossbill N in four flocks

38 Reed Bunting N 

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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A further single Waxwing flew north over Higher Meadows with 5 Crossbill at 09:15.

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2 Waxwing north over Higher Meadows, Georges Lane at 07:45 this morning.

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Further highlights from this morning in the Higher Meadows area:

 

1 Woodcock N

515 Woodpigeon S

80 Redwing N

341 Fieldfare NNW

1217 Starling N/NW in 41 flocks

114 Brambling N and 13 S

2 Crossbill N 

 

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 Great Grey Shrike present at 08:35; at Higher Meadows off the north end of Georges Lane, in hedges as bushes in between Wilderswood and the dog kennels.

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09.30-13.00

Georges Lane :

A large flock of Fieldfares flew North whilst I was chatting to Andy Makin. 1 Kestrel and 1 Sparrowhawk were seen near the junction of Matchmoor Lane.

After I left Andy 2 flocks of Crossbills, 28 birds in total, settled in the plantation, just inside the GM border. A very noisy Jay was also here.

Burnt Edge : 1 Grey Heron, a pair of displaying Ravens, 2 Kestrels and a flock of 50+ Starlings.

Walker Fold : 1 Reed Bunting and 1 Crossbill. Holdens Farm : 2 Redwings were feeding on haws.

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Highlights from this morning's visible migration:

560 Pink-footed Geese SE in 3 skeins

2063 Woodpigeon S in 28 flocks and 105 N

260 Fieldfare and 178 Redwing N

1846 Starling NW in 35 flocks

126 Brambling N

8 Crossbill N

41 Reed Bunting N

1 Corn Bunting NW.

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This morning's visible migration sightings thanks to Andy Makin, Andy pinches, Paul Wilson and Simon Warford:

 

21 Whooper Swan SE at 9:30

1623 Pink-footed Geese SE in 17 skeins

10788 Woodpigeon S in 98 flocks

160 Redwing N and E

1248 Fieldfare N and E

51 Chaffinch N and 8 S

72 Brambling

18 Siskin S

53 Crossbill, with 10 S and 43 N 

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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This morning from Higher Meadows:

 

14 Whooper Swan over SE (in flocks of 5, 2 and 7)

30 Pink-footed Geese NW

2147 Woodpigeon S

285 Fieldfare 

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Also today around the main mast building were 2 Black Redstarts, 2 Wheatears, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit and 1 Merlin.

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4 Snow Buntings headed NE over Higher Meadows at 08:30 this morning, heading towards Smithills Moor.

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This morning with Andy Makin-

Despite the misty conditions a really good morning for variety and quality! Initially fairly quiet but things really got going around 8am and was very busy for the next hour or so, with lots of small flocks of Woodpigeons and a female type Merlin flew straight through at speed, half-heartedly chasing a couple of passerines along the way. Then, unexpectedly a couple of large flocks of Bramblings right overhead, out of the gloom so past us in a few seconds calling, its not often we get brambling flocks of this size (50+25+30) in quick succession. Then at 08:50 a Hawfinch flew through low south and what was presumably a different bird appeared around 10:50 and perched up briefly with Crossbills and Chaffinches giving good views in Gale Brook Plantation, it flew around a few times and perched up again before flying off south with a finch flock. Yet more Crossbills for us and a single Swallow south was probably the last one this year. Three Ring Ouzels south were notable and also a single bird remains faithful to a rowan tree near Scout Road quarry.

2031 Woodpigeon south
1 female type Merlin south
593 Starling west
1071 Fieldfares
485 Redwings
3 Ring Ouzel south and 1 still frequenting a Rowan Tree near Scout Road
27 Song Thrush
3 Tree Sparrow
185 Chaffinch
214 Bramblings south
2 Hawfinch south, with one perched up in Gale Brook Plantation for a while
75 Crossbills
61 Siskin





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Today's moors morning highlights:

 

7 Whooper Swan SE

320 Pink-footed Geese SE and 289 NW

8671 Woodpigeon S/SW

450 Starling N

235 Redwing N

2759 Fieldfare, with 574 N and 2185 W/SW

26 Brambling N

12 Crossbill S and 8 NW 

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Today's moors visible migration highlights included;

 

1239 Pink-footed Geese SE in 10 skeins and 484 NW in 6 skeins

1275 Woodpigeon S

470 Redwing W/SW

3113 Fieldfare W/SW in 51 flocks (largest flock of 280)

815 Starling W/SW 

2 Brambling NW

16 Bullfinch N

17 Crossbill S

21 Reed Bunting S 

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Today's highlights in poor visibility and conditions:

 

Water Rail around Bryan Hey Reservoir

61 Redwing in 7 small flocks

3 Brambling

16 Siskin

7 Crossbill

Immature type Ring Ouzel still in a Rowan on the slope by Scout Road quarry for its seventh day

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Today's moors highlights 07:40-11:15am:

 

142 Pink-footed Geese in 3 skeins SE and 70 NW

1 male Merlin SW

1 Golden Plover SE

1734 Woodpigeon S

52 Fieldfare N and 170 S

201 Redwing N and 232 S

1 immature Ring Ouzel down

3 Great Spotted Woodpecker together N

22 Brambling S and 5 N

6 Crossbill S

1 Yellowhammer

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Visible migration highlights (heading south) from the opposite side of the moors this morning by Scout Road/Gale Brook Plantation included:

263 Woodpigeon

448 Redwing

576 Fieldfare

1 Ring Ouzel (down on the ground)

6 Swallow

210 Chaffinch

71 Greenfinch

113 Linnet

510 Goldfinch

364 Siskin

45 Crossbill in four flocks

8 Brambling

Info thanks to Andy Makin

 

 



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Visible migration from Higher Meadows along Georges Lane (all heading pretty much south) this morning produced highlights of:

5 Ring Ouzel in one flock flew out of the big hedge at just after 07:20, circled the area twice then made off east across the moor

1959 Redwing 

159 Fieldfare

34 Song Thrush

1082 Woodpigeon

203 Chaffinch

2 Swallow

43 Greenfinch

32 Linnet

2 Stonechat were also present on Wildersmoor



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This morning's sightings included:

 

475  Woodpigeon S

1 Ring-necked Parakeet S with Woodpigeon flock

89 Redwing and 45 Fieldfare S

2 Ring Ouzel with 1 over S and one flushed off the moor

115 Chaffinch, 49 Siskin, 37 Greenfinch 37, 140 Goldfinch and 132 Linnet S

14 Crossbill S

19 Reed Bunting S

3 Twite fed briefly on the burnt slope above Gale Brook with flock of Goldfinch before flying off S

 

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This morning's highlights:

2 Greylag Geese NW

2 Ring Ouzel S

69 Fieldfare S

139 Redwing S

6 Swallow S

95 Siskin S

16 Crossbill S

69 Linnet S

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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This morning:

 

1 Sand Martin south

172  Redwing S in 11 flocks

49 Siskin S

64 Linnet S

24 Crossbill in three flocks dropped in to Gale Brook Planation, with another 10 direct over south

 

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This morning's moors visible migration totals from the Scout Road watchpoint included:

 

19 Pink-footed Geese in 2 skeins NW and two of 73 SE

1 Goosander E

1 immature Hen Harrier south at 7:55 am

400 Woodpigeon N and 822 S

166 Meadow Pipit S

121 Redwing S in 7 groups, largest flock of 30

3 Fieldfare S and 29 NW

3 Swallow and 3 House Martin S

218 Chaffinch S

213 Goldfinch S

88 Siskin S

63 Greenfinch S

112 Linnet S

1 Crossbill S

2 Tree Sparrow S  

18 Reed Bunting S

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin

 



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Late Post 06.10.2018 15.00-19.00

Georges Lane : 7 Stonechats between Wilderswood and the kennels, plus 8 more on the Lancs border around the ruins of the old building and on the fence posts.

4 Meadow Pipits were with the Stonechats on the Lancs border.

The only birds (Apart from corvids) around Burnt Edge were a couple of Kestrels and a single Meadow Pipit.

A Kestrel was still hovering here at 19.00 in the twilight. Another Kestrel was over Walker Fold.

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This morning around Scout Road area with Andy Makin produced a single Ring Ouzel behind the quarries, Black Redstart in the quarry and 15 Crossbills in Gale Brook Plantation.

70 Pink-footed Geese flew NW.

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Some visible migration highlights for yesterday included the first Redwing of the autumn:

 

139 Meadow Pipit S

26 Redwing S

177 Chaffinch S

145 Siskin S

103 Linnet S

64 Greenfinch S

22 Crossbill S in flocks of 12,1,4,2,3

 

Info thank to Andy Makin



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This morning, minimum of 44 Crossbills seen with flocks of 10, 16, 1 and 11 over Gale Brook Plantation then heading SW over Scout Road, 10 of which later returned and perched in the top of Gale Brook Plantation. Six Crossbills also at Walker Fold Wood.

52 Siskin also through Scout Road and 208 Pink-footed Geese in four skiens heading east.

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This mornings totals over the Scout Road area with Phil Rhodes, Dan Brown, Simon Warford, Karen Foulkes and Simon Ghilks:

 

5 skeins of Pink-footed Goose with 261 SE, 2 NW and 50 SE

3 Merlin

4 Golden Plover

846 Woodpigeon north and 783 south, in small flocks

126 Swallow and 16 House Martin through

371 Meadow Pipit

84 Pied Wagtail

181 Chaffinch

177 Linnet

204 Siskin

30 Crossbill in six flocks  

 

Birds down included a Black Redstart in Scout Road quarry 

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Highlights from today's visible migration from Scout Road included:

Juvenile Marsh Harrier over NW

1 ringtail Hen Harrier south

1 Red Kite drifting south and fighting with Buzzards

24 Buzzard over S/SW

6 Sparrowhawk SW

37 Raven over south in several flocks, including 17 in a single spiral

437 Pink-footed Geese over (90 SE, 267 W/NW, 80 SW)

176 Woodpigeon south

1121 Meadow Pipit south

7 Swallow and 55 House Martin south

5 Crossbill down briefly then flew off south

6 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff and 7 Wheatear were 'down' around the moors and a further 2 Wheatear flew south

Info thanks to Andy Makin (joined by Simon Warford and Phil Rhodes)

 



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Late news for yesterday with highlights of:

90 Siskin south

2 Tree Sparrow south

1 Crossbill south

375 Meadow Pipit south

17 Pink-footed Geese SE

Info thanks to Andy Makin

 



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Today's moors highlights included:

 

1 Greylag Goose SW

280 Pink-footed Geese east, 21 NW and 1 south

885 Woodpigeon south in 28 flocks

797 Meadow Pipit south

91 Pied Wagtail south

42 Swallow and 1House Martin south

114 Chaffinch south

27 Lesser Redpoll south

126 Linnet south

6 Crossbill south

2 Black Redstart on Winter Hill along the GM boundary wall

1 Wheatear

 

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes and Andy Makin



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Today's moors highlights:

1 Jack Snipe accidentally flushed off a path walking up to watchpoint

75 Pink-footed Geese WSW

1 Greylag Goose SW

865 Woodpigeon S/SE in 53 flocks

327 Meadow Pipit south

22 Lesser Redpoll south

145 Siskin south

61 Linnet south

15 Crossbill south

2 Wheatear

1 female type Black Redstart around the rocket shaped mast in Winter Hill also made a brief visit into Greater Manchester.

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Some other birds for today in or over the area included:

423 Pink-footed Geese over in 8 skeins in various directions

14 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin and 7 House Martin south

226 Meadow Pipit south

6 Wheatear

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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This morning’s highlights included:

Red Kite low south over Heather Hall and Horwich Moor at 12:10

1 Merlin SW

The two Black Redstart still around the rocket shaped mast on Winter Hill

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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This morning with Andy Makin and partly Phil Rhodes produced the following highlights,

Male and female Black Redstart around the Rocket shaped mast in Lancs. Also 16 Wheatear around the mast area and 5 Wheatear Edge Lane.
Chiffchaff and Goldcrest in the main mast compound.
2 Wheatears dropped out of the sky at Scout Road briefly feeding in field before flying off south. A juvenile Whinchat was also present briefly in the same field.
5 Crossbills flew over Burnt Edge
1 Hobby south
1 Merlin south
128 Pink-footed Geese west and 90 east
308 Meadow Pipit south
125 House Martin south
140 Swallow south


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