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A superb mornings migration watching with Andy Makin and Dan Brown from Scout Road up to 1pm produced;

2 ringtail Hen Harriers through sw
2 Merlin through
2938 Pink-footed Geese east and 935 nw
12 Golden Plover
53 Skylark
37 Swallow
10 House Martin
4 Fieldfare
113 Redwing
2 Tree Sparrow
215 Pied Wagtails (record count)
3553 Meadow Pipits
21 Brambling
113 Greenfinch
505 Linnet (record count)
35 Lesser Redpoll
156 Siskin
46 Reed Buntings (record count)



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Today’s moors highlights from this morning:

52 Cormorant over such in four flocks

795 Pink-footed Goose SE in 11 skeins

1 drake Goosander S

401 Woodpigeon S and 140 N

86 Pied Wagtail S

393 Meadow Pipit S

8 Swallow and 1 House Martin S

1 Ring Ouzel accidentally flushed then flew off south

170 Redwing and 3 Fieldfare S

45 Lesser Redpoll S and 1 N

97 Siskin S

498 Linnet S (a site record!)

3 Tree Sparrow S 

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Andy Pinches



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Today’s highlights from this morning included:

 

25 Wigeon 25 high over SW

356 Meadow Pipit S

28 Song Thrush S

100 Redwing N and 757 S

4 Fieldfare S and 1 E

10 Swallow

71 Chaffinch S

2 Brambling S

105 Linnet 105 S

194 Goldfinch S

152 Siskin S

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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2700 Redwing very low south in only two hours over Higher Meadows this morning.

Also, a Ring Ouzel and Merlin over.

Info thanks to Andy Pinches



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Late news for Wednesday 2nd October:

 

1230 Pink-footed Geese W/NW in 5 skeins and 878 E/SE in 10 skeins

4 Whooper Swan E

1 Merlin SE

14 Redwing S

 

Yesterday's highlights included:

 

3 single Marsh Harriers over

2 ringtail Hen Harrier through together

34 Redwing

409 Meadow Pipit

32 Lesser Redpoll, 122 Siskin and 513 goldfinch S

3 Tree Sparrow S

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Today’s moors totals:

Ringtail Hen Harrier through

Merlin S

67 Skylark and 1774 Meadow Pipit through

26 Swallow and 6 House Martin

84 Linnet through

23 Twite S in a single flock seen at very close range as they passed

2 Chiffchaff

2 Black Redstart down by the rocket mast on Winter Hill just in Lancashire 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Yesterday morning's highlights:

231 Pink-footed Geese SE in 5 skeins and 1 skein of 60 NW

11 Buzzard S

1 Merlin at Higher Meadows

12 Snipe S

2146 Meadow Pipit S

5 Ring Ouzel NW over Higher Meadows

57 Swallow S

65 Linnet S

27 Siskin S

1 Crossbill S

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Andy Pinches

 

Today's highlights included:

966 Meadow Pipit S

1 Redwing S

43 Linnet S

18 Siskin S

12 Swallow S

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Highlights today between myself, Andy Makin and Andy Pinches included:

2437 Meadow Pipit south

Juvenile Hobby through

9 Crossbill S

2 Redwing S 

63 Linnet, 20 Siskin, 17 Swallow, 7 House Martin all S

1 Goosander S

5 Chiffchaff (including one around the mast buildings on Winter Hill)

1 Wheatear 



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Other site highlights today thanks to Andy Makin included:

4 male type Red-breasted Merganser over south

42 Buzzard through SE, including a single flock of 15

1 Merlin on Smithills Moor

5 Golden Plover over SE

1618 Meadow Pipit S

160 Swallow S

81 House Martin S

1 Crossbill S

Male type Ring Ouzel dropped into Scout Road quarry before flying off south

28 Siskin, 125 Goldfinch, 88 Chaffinch and 40 Linnet all S

3 Green Woodpecker along Georges Lane (Andy Pinches)

 

Highlights for Saturday 21st:

1 Redwing calling over south

450 House Martin, 360 Swallow S

1 Merlin

60 Linnet, 347 Goldfinch and 361 Meadow Pipit all south



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A Great White Egret flew WSW from Scout Road, heading in the direction of Burnt Edge at 07:25 this morning.

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Brilliant morning on Winter Hill with Andy Makin up to 2pm.

1 juvenile Hen Harrier on Smithill's Moor, then later seen around the Mast compound
8 Twite flew west
2 imm. Black Redstarts on the border wall, also 1 Whinchat and 4 Wheatear around the mast area.
1 female Merlin chasing pipits
3 Hobbies, including an adult+juv hunting dragonflies for over an hour.
1 Yellow Wagtail south
11 Buzzard
13 Raven
9 Stonechat
1814 Meadow Pipit south
56 Swallow south
36 House Martin south
92 Linnet






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Highlights from this morning:

 

15 Pink-footed Geese SE at 7:43

1 Hobby S

251 Swallow and 283 House Martin S

403 Meadow Pipit 403

4 Wheatear

7 Red Grouse

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Today's sightings early morning to early afternoon:

Pink-footed Geese: 2 N 11:02am and 33 SW 08:15am

3 Merlin, with one direct S and presumed yesterday’s pair of immature male and female type hunting together over Smithills Moor

3 Golden Plover over

3127 Meadow Pipit S

160 Swallow 

524 House Martin

105 Linnet S

1 Wheatear 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Lapland Bunting flew low south calling and giving decent in-flight views over Smithills Moor at 10:20 this morning.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

 

Late news for yesterday included:

Six skeins of Pink-footed Geese over

5 Whinchat at Higher Meadows

3 Goosander

450 Meadow Pipit S

5 Wheatear

Spotted Flycatcher Higher Meadows 

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Andy Pinches

 

 

 



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Highlights from this morning included:

55 Pink-footed Geese SE

3 Merlin

3 Sparrowhawk S

1068 House Martin and 1248 Swallow S

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Other sightings from today included:

7 separate Merlin over Smithills Moor heading south

1 Golden Plover NW

343 Meadow Pipit S

24 Swallow S

19 Sand Martin S

6 Twite S

8 Wheatear

3 Red Grouse

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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10.30-15.00

Georges Lane : 1 Osprey (Flew South from Rivington, circled a few times above high above the county border

then soared away towards Wilderswood). 1f Hen Harrier hunting low above the moor just North of the former

kennels, the bird was seen to dive and catch a small prey item, which may of been a Meadow Pipit as large

numbers of them were flying off the moor at that time. The harrier was then mobbed by a Raven, after which it flew

off in the direction of the main mast, whilst the corvid broke off the attack and joined it's mate.

Also seen along Georges Lane were 1 Tree Pipit (Being chased around an hawthorn by an angry male Chaffinch),

4 Whinchats, 6 Stonechats, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel and 1 Wheatear. A group of 30 Swallows were

congregating around a small dead tree.

Burnt Edge : 2 Tree Pipits with a charm of 100+ Goldfinches around the ruins of the building by the path below

Burnt Edge. 2 Whinchats, an amazing 12 Stonechats and 3 Reed Buntings around the heather and bracken along

the bank, also 1 Kestrel. When I first arrived the bank seemed to be alive with Meadow Pipits, all of which slowly drifted

off towards Mast Road.

Holdens Farm : 9 Linnets and 1 Buzzard.

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Simon Warford wrote:

Vis Mig watch from Scout Road, 7am to 1pm. (just myself).

1 Hobby chasing House Martins
1 Merlin Smithill's Moor
1 Tree Pipit came in from the north and joined the Meadow Pipits around the quarry (phonescoped pic).
3 Wheatear around the quarry
2 Chiffchaff landed on the fence then flew off south.
180 Meadow Pipit south
118 Swallow south
4 Grey Wagtail south
7 Siskin
10 Mistle Thrush south
2 Sand Martin south
650 House Martin south, but best of all was around 100 House Martins which spent a good hour feeding and landing on the rock face in the quarry, prividing me with a memorable encounter, until they all got up and flew off south
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Don't know if you noticed but in picture 4 the house martin has a rather large louse on its back hitching a free ride to Africa!



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Vis Mig watch from Scout Road, 7am to 1pm. (just myself).

1 Hobby chasing House Martins
1 Merlin Smithill's Moor
1 Tree Pipit came in from the north and joined the Meadow Pipits around the quarry (phonescoped pic).
3 Wheatear around the quarry
2 Chiffchaff landed on the fence then flew off south.
180 Meadow Pipit south
118 Swallow south
4 Grey Wagtail south
7 Siskin
10 Mistle Thrush south
2 Sand Martin south
650 House Martin south, but best of all was around 100 House Martins which spent a good hour feeding and landing on the rock face in the quarry, prividing me with a memorable encounter, until they all got up and flew off south
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Mid--morning to early afternoon today:

5 Pink-footed Geese west at 8:53am and another 3 at 9:32am

1 Peregrine high S

32 Buzzard south with a maximum spiral of 15

139 Swallow S

375 House Martin S

475 Meadow Pipit S

8 Siskin S

Birds down included:

3 Whitethroat

6 Chiffchaff

26 Stonechat

11 Whinchat 

27 Wheatear

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Highlights today included:

195 Meadow Pipit S

Osprey SE at 11:15

3 Merlin S

7 Buzzard S

195 Swallow

9 Snipe SE

1 Raven high SW

13 Mistle Thrush E

7 Wheatear

1 Green Woodpecker

Whinchat at Higher Meadows (thanks to Andy Pinches)

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Combined sightings today from myself, Phil Rhodes & Dan Brown -

2 Hobby hunting over Smithill's Moor
5 Whinchat (4 Pony Field on Mast Road and 1 Georges Lane)
3 Spotted Flycatcher (2 Burnt Edge, 1 Mast Road)
1 Redstart Pony Field
21 Wheatear
1540 Swallow through south
277 House Martin through south
226 Meadow Pipits through south
3 Grey Wagtail south
15 Buzzards
6 Chiffchaff
4 Siskin



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Combined sightings today from Andy Makin, myself, Dan Brown and Andy Pinches -

Scout Road-
1 Whinchat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher on fence by the quarry, also 3 Wheatear here.

Burnt Edge circuit-
12 Stonechat
2 Whinchat
2 Tree Pipit
1 Hobby
2 Wheatear
3 Willow Warbler

Brownstones-
1 Spotted Flycatcher
4 Lesser Redpoll
4 Chiffchaff
1 Willow Warbler

Top of Winter Hill / Deans Ditch (Andy)-
10 Sandwich Tern very high over SW
3 Merlin
2 Hobby
4 Pink-footed Geese SW
1500 Swallow
1035 House Martin
37 Buzzard south Over 1500 Meadow Pipits across the moor.
30 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat

Fleet Moor -
5 Whinchat, 8 Wheatear, 13 Buzzard south

Georges Lane-
4 Wheatear
1 Redstart
1 Spotted Flycatcher

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16.30-20.00

Georges Lane : 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 2 Buzzards, 1 Raven and 4 Stonechats.

Burnt Edge : 1 Wheatear, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Kestrel and 3 Ravens.

12 Goldcrests were roaming through the conifer plantation on top of Burnt Edge.

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This morning’s highlights included:

Three flocks of Pink-footed Geese over, with 10 SE and 11 NE at 07:25 and 11 NW at 07:36.

Breeding plumages Grey Plover SW over Winter Hill

48 Wheatear

1 Tree Pipit at Holdens

550 Swallow and 300 House Martin

 1 male Merlin at Higher Meadows

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Andy Pinches



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Let news for Tuesday 3rd, thanks to Andy Makin and Andy Pinches:

Yellow wagtail and Green woodpecker at Higher Meadows

4 Whinchat

1 Tree Pipit over east at Burnt Edge

11 Wheatear

6 Chiffchaff



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A few highlights from yesterday morning around the Holden's Farm/Burnt Edge circuit included Whinchat, female Redstart and a Tree Pipit.

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Yesterday’s excellent highlights included:

1 Golden Plover over

2 Pied Flycatchers in Sugar Loaf Plantation 

11 Spotted Flycatcher across the moors 

8 Redstart, with 6 in bracken at Burnt Edge, 1 in Sugar Loaf Plantation and 1 dropped in during rain at Higher Meadows

15 Whinchat

53 (!) Stonechat across the entire moors

24 Wheatear

18 Chiffchaff

15 Willow Warbler

1 Sedge Warbler 

9 Whitethroat 

3 Blackcap 

4 Nuthatch 

5 Tree Pipit

and the first Red Grouse on Smithills Moor this year!

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Further sightings from across the area this afternoon include:

33 Stonechat

12 Whinchat

2 Spotted Flycatcher

 

Late news for yesterday included:

4 Tree Pipit

6 Spotted Flycatcher

1 Wheatear

4 Whinchat

12 Chiffchaff

8 Willow Warbler

6 Blackcap

 

All Info thanks to Andy Makin



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8am to 12.30 in fairly thick fog at first, humid, gradually but not fully clearing to cloudy with warm, sunny breaks.

Walked up the access path from Walker Fold, partway up under Burnt Edge, then back round to Holden's Farm, and finally down Roscoe's Tenement Clough and through the woods.

A very different experience to last Saturday with such limited visibility, at least at first. However, there was still quite a bit of bird activity, although "stonechat alley" directly beneath Burnt Edge was much quieter. That said, we also saw Stonechats elsewhere on the round, so the total actually surpassed Saturday.

Anyway, 36 species and here they are:

Robin 7
Common Whitethroat 1
Goldfinch 57
Wren 4
Tree Pipit 1 at Walker Fold (Thanks to Ian McK for confirmation, as I wasn't sure from the picture!)
Bullfinch 6
Chiffchaff 7
Willow Warbler 4
Blackcap (juv) 1
Blackbird 1
Mistle Thrush 4 flew over in the fog!
Blue Tit 10
Great Tit 2
Long Tailed Tit 4
Coal Tit 2
Spotted Flycatcher 1 at Walker Fold
Chaffinch 2
Nuthatch 2
Stonechat 20
Whinchat 1 juvenile or female - seen briefly as it flew out of the wildflower meadow at Horton's Farm, then distantly 'scoped as it sat on a post.
Wheatear 1 nice female (Burnt Edge)
Sparrowhawk 1 female flew low across the moor below Burnt Edge
Kestrel 1
Buzzard 1
Raven 1 heard
Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon and Magpie all present several of each
Reed Bunting 5
Dunnock 3
Pheasant 5
Linnet 5
Swallow 20+
Jay 1 heard
Starling c20 on distant wires
Collared Dove 1



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Full counts today courtesy of Andy Makin:

5 Buzzard S

1 female Merlin

1 juvenile Marsh Harrier W over Smithills Moor at 08:13am

1 Tree Pipit at Walker Fold, plus 2 east and 2 more down by Brownstones (image on one attached)

9 Spotted Flycatcher, with 4 Walker Fold, 2 Holden's, 2 Sugar Loaf Plantation and 1 at the side of the road at Fleet Moor (image of one attached)

3 Whinchat with singles below Burnt Edge, along Coal Pit Lane and one down by the mast on Winter Hill

1 juvenile Yellow Wagtail by Scout Road Quarry

male Ring Ouzel by Sugar Loaf Plantation then flew of high North East

A Lesser Whitethroat (very rare bird up here) in ferns in Burnt Edge

20 Willow Warbler

6 Chiffchaff

5 Whitethroat

9 Blackcap

Nuthatch

5 Wheatear

2 Swift south

40 Swallow south 



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A few hours here this morning, between George's Lane and Holden's Farm.

3 Stonechat below the kennels at the end of George's Lane
4 Wheatear just off Winter Hill
1 Common Redstart at Holden's Farm
c15 Stonechat around Burnt Edge


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Burnt Edge circuit today between Andy Makin and myself included:

2 Grasshopper Warbler

3 Tree Pipit

12 Blackcap (also 1 Walker Fold)

6 Whitethroat

16 Stonechat

11 Willow Warbler

9 Chiffchaff

17 Coal Tit



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80 Swift, 340 House and 55 Sand Martin, 190 Swallow over Fleet Moor this morning and the 1st summer Little gull seen over High Rid Reservoir at 11am, although only present for 10 minutrs.

Highlights on the moors themselves included 1 Tree Pipit at Holden's and 3 Wheatear off Scout Road.

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Yesterday’s highlights from the Burnt Edge/Holden’s Farm circuit:

1 Hobby

3 Tree Pipit

57 Coal Tit

5 Chiffchaff

2 Grasshopper Warbler 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Late news for yesterday morning:

157 Swift, 176 House Martin and 86 Swallow south

1 Curlew, 1 Ringed Plover and 1 Snipe south

3 Tree Pipit over SE at Burnt Edge

1 juvenile Whinchat on Burnt Edge

4 Chiffchaff, 36 Willow Warbler, 9 Whitethroat

10 Wheatear

Info thanks to Andy Makin

 



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Holden’s Farm and Burnt Edge circuit this morning produced:

3 Tree Pipit

14 Chiffchaff

23 Willow Warbler

7 Blackcap

1 male Redstart

30 Coal Tit

10 Goldcrest 

10 juvenile Siskin

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Holdens Farm and Burnt Edge circuit today produced:

Pied Flycatcher

5 male Redstart

8 Tree Pipit

23 Whitethroat

15 Blackcap

48 Willow Warbler

2 Grasshopper Warbler

Chiffchaff

Curlew over

10 Stonechat

Info thanks to Andy Makin

 



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Late news for yesterday when 2 Redstarts were present, one in the plantation in front of Holdens Farm and the other off Coal Pit Road, plus 2 Tree Pipit in Burnt Edge.

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Highlights this morning were 5 Tree Pipit in hawthorns along the Walker Fold path and 2 over high East, also a Grasshopper Warbler flushed off the path at Burnt Edge.

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Highlights today between myself and Andy Makin:

Marsh Harrier hunting over Smithills Moor around midday

15 Tree Pipit around Burnt Edge and Holden's Farm areas (early morning, only one present early afternoon)

1 juvenile Grasshopper Warbler at Holden's Plantation

2 Redstart Holden's area (one around Sugar Loaf probably one of these)

1 Spotted Flycatcher Sugar Loaf Plantation and later possibly same bird at Burnt Edge

14 Lesser Redpoll Holden's Farm

7 Siskin

6 Wheatear

8 Whitethroat

14 Blackcap

38 Willow Warbler

8 Chiffchaff

Hobby at Burnt Edge

 

 



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This morning’s highlights:

Hobby perched on the wall along Mast Road first thing and then again mid morning hunting insects behind Holdens

Two Redstart at the bottom of Burnt EdgE and also 9 Blackcap flycatching in Burnt Edge

6 Wheatear

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Yesterday’s highlights between Andy Makin and Dan Brown included:

Black Redstart briefly at Holden’s

4 Tree Pipit

Sedge Warbler

3 Spotted Flycatcher

43 Willow Warbler

8 Blackcap

20 Whitethroat

Garden Warbler

6 Wheatear

303 Swift SE late morning

 



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A good day of migrants on the moors today produced:

Single Pied Flycatcher, male Redstart, two Tree Pipit, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Wheatear, 12 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 67 Willow Warbler, 10 Whitethroat and 10 Siskin all in the Sugar Loaf area.

Also 2 Crossbill at Gale Brook and just 14 Swift over.

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Earlier today:

21 Wheatear along Mast Rd

93 House Martin

96 Swift 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Highlights on the moors today included:

 

196 Swift S

200 House Martin

20 Common Scoter over NW

1 Greenshank SW at Scout Road

4 Curlew over

6 Wheatear 

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin



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Highlights from this morning:

single Crossbill sp. SE over Scout Road

single Ringed Plover S

680 Swift with most passing SW over Two Lads Hill, also 176 House Martin, 153 Swallow and 1 Sand Martin .

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Holden's farm : 1/2 juvenile redstarts Mast road: 1 adult and 5 juvenile Stonecahts. 2 Raven.

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10.00-15.00

Burnt Edge : 2 Kestrels, 10 Linnets, 3 Mistle Thrushes and 2 Reed Buntings.

5 Lesser Redpolls (Including a resplendent male) were chasing each other around the

conifers in the plantation. Also here were a group of 5 Willow Warblers (Some now looking like

they've been dunked in Lemon sherbet), 3 Goldcrests and 8 Goldfinches.

Walker Fold : 2 Goldcrests, 4 Willow Warblers, 1 Jay, 1 Treecreeper and 1 Siskin.

Holdens Farm area : 1 juvenile Stonechat and around 15 Swallows.








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Some movements on the moors today with 210 House Martin, 48 Swallow and 582 Swift over SW, also 5 common Tern SE, 4 Wheatear in the fields off Mast Road and 5 Siskin over. Also a Hobby feeding on insects along Dean Ditch.

 

Info thanks to Andy Makin

 



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