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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

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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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

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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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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Highlights of today's sightings from the moors included:

 

10,414 Meadow Pipit moving over south 

2 Hen Harriers through

2 single Merlins following pipits south

5 skeins of Pink-footed Geese over NW totalling 192 and a further skein of 64 east

70 House Martin and 941 Swallow south

17 Siskin and 126 Linnet south

8 Wheatear

Young male Black Redstart around the rocket mast on Winter Hill 

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin, Phil Rhodes, Dan Brown and Dave Sherington



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This morning's visible migration highlights from Scout Road included:

 

13  Pink-footed Geese SE

2 Goosander SW

1 adult Hobby south

58 Swallow 58 and 8 House Martin south

7376 Meadow Pipit moving through south between 7am and 12:15pm

1 Yellowhammer south

45 Siskin, 66 Linnet, 88 Goldfinch south

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Today's highlights included 726 Meadow Pipit over south, 86 Swallow and 6 House Martin south.

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Highlights of late morning to early afternoon today:

 

139 Swallow, 26 House and 2 Sand Martin through

3 Hobby though in singles (2 immature and 1 adult)

 

Late news for yesterday morning when a single Whinchat was in the pony fields off Mast Road

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Osprey SW over Two Lads Hill at 5:15pm today

 

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Highlights from today included just 340 Meadow Pipit through but also a male Merlin though south and 5 Wheatear.

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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This morning's totals over the moors:

 

Osprey WSW at 11:33

2 single Golden Plover over

7 Snipe south

Little Owl flying 300 ft above the moor which continued direct SW being mobbed by pipits

1 Green Woodpecker high NE over Horrocks Moor

1135 Meadow Pipit passing through from 7am to midday

 2 wheatear down by Scout Road 

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin 



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Today’s visible migration sightings:

A total of 1073 Meadow Pipit over from 7am to 12:30pm

2 single Merlin

An adult Hobby which caught a Meadow Pipit over Horrocks Moor and ate it on the ground

2 Tree pipit east

1 Little Ringed Plover over east calling 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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09.30-15.00

Georges Lane : 1 Peregrine, 2 Ravens, 1 Stonechat, 2 Kestrels and 7 Swallows.

A Raven was flying alongside the Peregine and both appeared to tolerate the other, until a Magpie joined them.

The Magpie mobbed the Raven relentlessly, forcing it to flee towards Wilderswood, where it was joined by one of it's own kind.

The Magpie then gave up the chase, but it seemed to just ignore the Peregrine, which circled then drifted off towards Rivington.

4 Coal Tits were in the plantation by the Lancs border, but no small migrants were found there.

Burnt Edge : 2 Stonechats and 1 Whinchat were on the Western side of the powerlines.

However, at the Walker Fold end of the bank a roaming mixed flock contained 4 Stonechats, 2 Whinchats, 2 Spotted Flycatchers,

1 Wheatear, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and a Chiffchaff. Amongst them there was also a Meadow Pipit, one of 16 seen along the bank.

Walker Fold : 4 Goldcrests (Amongst a large flock of small birds, mainly Coal Tits, moving through the conifers), 1 Bullfinch

and 1 Kestrel. Holden's Farm : 2 Linnets and 2 Meadow Pipits. A flock of 9 Swallows flew over heading West.





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Highlights today:

 

3 Spotted Flycatcher in willows below Burnt Edge and another 4 at Roscoes Tenement Clough

1 Whinchat Burnt Edge

1 Tree pipit Green Nook

1 Merlin SW

1 Whitethroat

3 Chiffchaff

296 Swallow south

 8 Wheatear

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Ken Haydock



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Around the top if Winter Hlll late morning today:

 

31 Wheatear

3 Whinchat

3 Merlin, two male and female/immature type south

260 grounded Meadow Pipit in the rain

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Walk around Burnt Edge this morning in light rain, sightings included

2 Chiffchaff

1 Willow Warbler

1 Whinchat

1 Spotted flycatcher

Several Stonechat

1 Whitethroat

2 Reed Bunting

1 Sparrowhawk flushing a flock of mixed finches

Lots of Meadow Pipits



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Sightings from this morning:

 

1st year male type Black Redstart around the mast buildings in Lancs; also still present early evening

16 Wheatear

2 Pied Flycatcher on the fence in the sheep field below the pike in Lancs first thing this morning

 

 

Late news for yesterday included:

 

3 Tree Pipits south

25 Wheatear

1 Whinchat

4 Spotted Flycatcher  

11 Swift

277 Swallow

130 House Martin

 

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin, Dan Brown and Andy Pinches



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This morning's highlights:

 

4 Shelduck west (two adults and two immature type)

1 Sand Martin, 182 House Martin, 255 Swallow over

1 Grey Wagtail, 48 Meadow Pipit, 19 Linnet, 3 Siskin and 34 Goldfinch over

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Sightings from today included:

 

2 Wheatear

3 Tree Pipit over

A Spotted Flycatcher

1 female/immature Merlin

1 Whinchat at Burnt Edge

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin 



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Additional late sightings for yesterday morning at Burnt Edge:

7 Spotted Flycatcher

6 Stonechats

3 Whinchats

1 Whitethroat

4 Willow Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff

Info thanks to Ken Haydock and Jill Mills



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This evening's sightings included:

 

6 Spotted Flycatcher at Higher Meadows

21 Wheatear

1 Black Redstart at the top of Mast Road on top of Winter Hill

1 Grasshopper Warbler flushed from the satellite compound behind main building (in Lancashire) 

 

Info thanks to Dan Brown



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Highlights today between myself and Andy Makin:

 

2 Whinchat at Holden's Farm, plus 1 whitethroat and 4 willow warbler. A further 6 Willow Warbler at Higher Meadows.

14 Wheatear

1 Redstart at Higher Meadows 

1 Tree Pipit at Wilderswood

3 Raven



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Highlights from this morning on the moors:

 

4 Common Scoter (three males and a female) over S/SW viewed from Scout Road at 8:40am

320 House Martin, 49 Swallow and a Swift over

2 Whinchat at Burnt Edge

10 Wheatear 

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Highlights from the moors today include:

2 Whinchat at Burnt Edge and a single Spotted Flycatcher

2 Tree Pipits at Holden's Farm

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Today’s highlights:

Immature Kittiwake SW past Scout Road at 09:35

1 Whinchat at Burnt Edge

4 Wheatear

Hobby

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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This morning's highlights:

 

Merlin south 

Hobby over Walker Fold Road 

1 Tree Pipit south and 2 down at Holden's Farm 

2 Spotted Flycatcher 

Willow Tit, 22 Willow Warbler and 3 Whitethroat at Holden's Farm 

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin

 



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This morning in the Burnt Edge area:

 

Willow Tit

Spotted Flycatcher

4 Tree Pipit

2 Whinchat

24 Willow Warbler

1 Chiffchaff

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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This morning highlights at Burnt Edge:

5 Tree Pipit down and 2 more over SE

3 Whinchat

20 Willow Warbler

Also 3 Wheatear along Mast Road

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Today's sightings from the moors, mid-morning to early afternoon;

23 Tree Pipit in total spread across the moors including grounded flocks of 10 and 7 and a few fly-overs

2 Pied Flycatcher (Junction of the path from Burnt Edge to Sugar Loaf Plantation)

2 Spotted Flycatcher

1 Whinchat

9 Stonechat

39 Willow Warbler

2 Whitethroat 

4 Wheatear (Mast Road)

Info thanks to Andy Makin

 



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Sunday morning

 

9.30 to 12.15, initially low cloud, and poor visibility all morning necessitating constant adjustment to our binoculars.

Most birds seen around Burnt Edge, area near telegraph wires mainly:-

Tree Pipits, 2/3

Whinchats 2 possibly 3

Stonechats min 3

Pied Flycatcher, 1 fem

Goldfinch flock 30+

Reed Bunting appx 3

Willow Warblers appx 6

Swallows not counted but a few flying around

Mast Road, 1 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, abt 6 Pied Wagtails and 3/4 Kestrels

Otherwise a few Willow Warblers about and a few Swallows over the moors.



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Combined sightings this afternoon between myself, Simon Johnson, Dave Broome and Dan Brown up to 4pm around Walker Fold Wood, Newfields and Burnt Edge;

1 Pied Flycatcher (photo taken by Dan Brown).
6+ Spotted Flycatcher
7 Tree Pipit perching up in small plantation near Burnt Edge Lane
3 Whinchat
5+ Stonechat
152+ House Martin
35 Swift


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Two Tree Pipits south over Scout Road today also, taking the day's site total to 10.

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