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RE: ASTLEY, CHAT AND ASSOCIATED MOSSES


Little Woolden Moss today:

 

1 Raven

1 Woodcock

2 Lesser Redpoll

90 Pink-footed Geese flew east at 09:15

17 Grey partridge

54 Skylark

47 Pied Wagtail

9 Wigeon

22 Teal

1 Peregrine

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Other sightings from today include:

1 Chiffchaff, 2 Raven, 2 Great Black-backed Gull and 150 Fieldfare on Little Woolden Moss

1 Peregrine on Chat Moss

125 Fieldfare on Irlam Moss

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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c300 Pink-footed Geese over the western end of Little Woolden Moss. c50 peeled off and headed South and the rest headed back West this afternoon.

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Little Woolden Moss:

 

255 Fieldfare (in one flock) over southwest

188 Starling over southwest

15 Meadow Pipit

19 Linnet

71 Lapwing

1 male Merlin on the peat

4 Redpoll 

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Irlam Moss today:

 

15 Linnet

2 Yellowhammer

 

Croxdens:

 

Adult female Peregrine on the peat

4 Snipe

2 Woodcock

 

Barton Moss:

 

 c100 Chaffinch

30 Goldfinch

27 Linnet

10 Fieldfare

275 Pink-footed Geese in 2 skeins over southeast at 12:37 and 12:50hrs

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Little Woolden Moss today:

 

4 Whooper Swan

1 female Peregrine

1 male Merlin

17 Grey partridge

7 Snipe

pair Stonechat

78 Skylark  

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Croxdens today:

 

female Peregrine on the peat

15 Stock Dove

 

Little Woolden Moss:

 

1 Peregrine

110 Lapwing

11 Wigeon

1 Sparrowhawk

12 Pied Wagtail

87 Starling

6 Tree Sparrow 

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Irlam Moss today:

 

1 male Stonechat

4 Snipe

2 Lesser Redpoll

13 Grey Partridge

 

Chat Moss:

 

6 Snipe

4 Grey Partridge

1 Green Sandpiper

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Yes that was me Shannon. Sorry you didn't get your raptors, better luck next time.

Cheers John

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Day round here today; wanted falcons, but didn't get them, kestrel aside, despite a good 3 hours on Little Woolden Moss scouring (possibly arriving just as John was leaving; I certainly met someone who told me about getting a merlin photo; hi, if so!). Counts for what I did see:

Irlam Moss, pretty quiet generally, with a dearth of woodpigeon, even. Most small birds were goldfinch, linnet or chaffinch; apart from those:

1 brambling (male in with large mixed chaffinch / goldfinch flock on Cutnook Lane; probably at least one other)
6 reed bunting
3 meadow pipit
19+ pied wagtail
10 redwing
1 song thrush
36+ fieldfare
12+ mistle thrush
3 jay
9 stock dove
1 sparrowhawk
1 or 2 kestrel
1 buzzard

Small raptor over in the gloaming heading home; looked too small for a kestrel, but that's all I could say.

Little Woolden Moss:

A couple of tit flocks; one mainly blue, with at least one coal, then another primarily long-tailed tit with a few great tit along for the ride.
5 linnet
11+ meadow pipit
1 pied wagtail
3+ skylark heard calling
1 jay
120+ pink-footed geese up, arriving from NW and then milling around the sky
88 lapwing over, 3 flocks, all heading SW
1 snipe
1 kestrel
1 buzzard

8 teal on Croxdens



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Little Woolden Moss:

Merlin 1 (male, record shot attached)
Grey Partridge 11 (coveys of 8 & 3)
Skylark 14
Linnets 12 (mobbing the Merlin)
Fieldfare (just 1)

Some good stuff on other wildlife

Cheers, John

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Little Woolden Moss today:

557 Pink-footed Geese milling around

Peregrine

1 male Merlin

17 Teal

2 Wigeon

4 Snipe

48 Lapwing

41 Linnet

Irlam Moss at Cutnook Lane:

2 Brambling

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart 



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Chat Moss this morning:

 

10 Grey partridge

10 Fieldfare

2 Willow Tit

1 Chiffchaff

1 Tawny Owl

1 Lesser Redpoll

36 Stock Dove

1 female Merlin chased off by Jackdaw flock

2 Raven

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Irlam Moss today:

 

70 Linnet

210 Starling

 

Little Woolden Moss:

 

6 Snipe

340 Pink-footed Geese

 

Info thank to Dave Steel



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Little Woolden Moss today:

 

13 Grey Partridge

1 pair of Stonechat

2 Whooper Swan

1 female Peregrine

c320 Lapwing

c500 Pink-footed Geese

Male and female Peregrine

 

Croxdens:

 

5 Teal

3 Snipe

3 Redpoll

1 Willow Tit.

 

Info thanks to the Daves of Steel and Stewart



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Little Woolden Moss this morning produced:

1 Chiffchaff

A pair of Stonechat

210 Pink-Footed Geese

10 Grey Partridge

29 Linnet

1 male Merlin

Info thanks to Dave Steel 

 



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On Little Woolden Moss today:

Male and female Peregrine

237 Pink-footed Geese and a further 85 over SE

105 Lapwing

25 Teal (River Glaze)

6 Tree Sparrow

5 Grey Partridge

1 pair of Redwing

Info thanks to Dave Stewart

 



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On Chat Moss this morning:

8 Snipe

7 Redwing

34 Linnet

1 Woodcock

Info thanks to Dave Steel

 



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This afternoon:

920 Pink-footed Geese, initially feeding in fields west of Little Woolden Moss (and so in Cheshire) but then moved to fields north of the moss (in GM). A further 70 flew over fairly high SE at 15:55

110 Skylark in field 19 Little Woolden Moss

80 Linnet, 14 Yellowhammer and 6 Grey Partridge by Olive Mount Farm

46 Stock Dove on Chat Moss

300 Starling by Rindle Cottages, Astley Moss, harassed by a Sparrowhawk at one point

28 Collared Dove in one flock at Rindle, Astley Moss

 



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Visible migration over Little Woolden Moss this morning included:

528 Starling

34 Linnet

450 Pink-footed Geese

220 Lapwing

9 Lesser Redpoll

6 Snipe

1 male Merlin

1 male Peregrine

14 Fieldfare

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Barton Moss today:

 

2 Willow Tit

4 Fieldfare

3 Redwing

250 Starling

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel 



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Additional Croxdens sightings from today included 4 Wigeon whilst on Little Woolden Moss, 535 Pink-footed Geese, 92 Lapwing, 120 Starling, 10 Whooper Swan (including 1 juvenile), 4 Fieldfare.

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Chat Moss today:

 

19 Fieldfare

12 Redwing

2 Lesser Redpoll

1 Brambling

9 Grey Partridge

4 Snipe

95 Skylark

32 Stock Dove

4 Willow Tit

75 Herring Gull

180 Jackdaw

1 Merlin

 

Little Woolden Moss:

 

2 pair Stonechat

130 Skylark

100 Chaffinch

106 Linnet

30 Greenfinch

2 Redpoll

11 Grey Partridge

270 Pink-footed Geese

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Little Woolden Moss today:

 

17 Pink-footed Geese over west (12:18hrs)

c350 Lapwing

c100 Starling

4 Whooper Swan 

 

Irlam Moss:

 

35 Skylark

57 Linnet

5 Yellowhammer

11 Grey Partridge

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Chat Moss today:

 

7 Snipe

3 Shoveler

6 Lesser Redpoll

46 Redwing

1 Peregrine

10 Tree Sparrow

4 Brambling

106 Chaffinch

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Little Woolden Moss:

 

150 Starling

220 Lapwing

24 Skylark

43 Linnet

1 male Peregrine

250 Pink-footed Geese in field near Little Woolden Moss with a further 51 over southeast (11:39hrs)

5 Snipe

1 male Stonechat

2 Lesser Redpoll

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel and Dave Stewart



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Birds on Little Woolden Moss today included:

7 Redwing

5 Lesser Redpoll

300 Pink-footed Geese

9 Snipe

6 Whooper Swans (photo on main website)

2 Raven

156 Skylark

140 Chaffinch

115 Linnet

1 Stonechat

Info thanks to Dave Steel

 



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Sightings from today:

 

Great Woolden Moss:

 

6 Redpoll

266 Pink-footed Geese (3 skeins) landed near Little Woolden Hall

1 male Peregrine

1 Merlin

220 Lapwing

150 Starling

20+ Teal

3 Pintail 

3 Whooper Swan

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Little Woolden Moss today:

 

25 Fieldfare

5 Redwing

254 Starling

1 Stonechat

8 Snipe

2 skeins of Pink-footed Geese (of 65 and 14) west at 10:25 and 11:05hrs respectively

 

Barton Moss:

 

37 Linnet

19 Pied Wagtail.

 

Barton Moss Road:

 

17 Fieldfare

10 Redwing

2 Willow Tit

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Little Woolden Moss highlights today included:

 

5 Teal

71 Skylark

78 Lapwing

c170 Starling

1 female Stonechat

5 Snipe

84 Pink-footed Geese over west at 12:55hrs and a further 287 landed near Little Woolden Hall at 13:12hrs

2 Whooper Swans over west at 14:00hrs

1 immature female Merlin on the peat

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Chat Moss today:

 

80 Fieldfare

7 Redwing

290 Pink-footed Geese in two skeins

3 Grey partridge

59 Skylark

 

Little Woolden Moss:

 

78 Skylark

12 Grey Partridge

8 Tree Sparrow

130 Lapwing

1 Golden Plover

1 male Stonechat

65 Linnet

395 Pink-footed Geese in 3 skeins

1 female Peregrine

1 female/juvenile Merlin having a bath

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Chat Moss today:

 

550 Pink-footed Geese over in 5 skeins

2 Raven

12 Redwing

250 Starling

 

Little Woolden Moss:

 

400 Lapwing

26 Linnet

3 Raven

7 Snipe

Pair of Stonechat

23 Golden Plover in flocks of 9 and 14

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Little Woolden Moss today:

650 Pink-footed Geese

1 Male Peregrine

1 Curlew

3 Golden Plover

3 Redpoll

1 Tawny Owl

300 Lapwing

pair Stonechat

19 Teal

 

Croxdens:

 

pair of Stonechat

5 Snipe

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Little Woolden Moss today:

 

7 Redwing

4 Raven

1 male and 1 female Peregrine

1 Brambling

2 Willow Tit

2 Siskin

1 Lesser Redpoll

17 Herring Gull

Pair of Stonechat

350 Lapwing

174 Skylark

880 Pink-footed Geese over in 10 skeins

12 Snipe

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel 



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Chat Moss and Croxdens this morning:

 

7 Snipe

1 Green Sandpiper

21 Fieldfare

26 Redwing.

2 Brambling

2 Siskin

700 Pink-footed Geese

130 Starling

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Little Woolden Moss today:

 

55 Lapwing

170 Starling

1 male Stonechat

7 Teal

1 Peregrine

5 Snipe

7 Tree Sparrow

20 Mistle Thrush

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Little Woolden Moss today:

 

9 Snipe

1 Raven

200 Pink-footed Geese

1 Siskin

2 Lesser Redpoll

180 Lapwing

1 Stonechat

1 Wheatear

 

Info and images thanks to Dave Steel



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Croxdens today:

 

47 Skylark

4 Snipe

4 Lesser Redpoll

750+ Pink-footed Geese over west at 11:24hrs

 

Little Woolden Moss:

 

c600 Lapwing

c350 Starling

1 male Stonechat

1 Ringed Plover

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart and Dave Steel



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Little Woolden Moss highlights today:

71 Lapwing

c50 Linnet

1 Peregrine 

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Stonechat out in the middle of Astley Moss SSSI this afternoon.



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Little Woolden Moss today:

 

4 Grey Partridge

2 Nuthatch

1  Peregrine

52 Pink-footed Geese

260 Lapwing, hounded by the Peregrine until most left

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Sightings from Little Woolden Moss today:

1 male Stonechat

124 Skylark

c300 Lapwing

Juvenile female Peregrine

c30 House Sparrows and 10 Tree Sparrow at Platt House Farm

34 Meadow Pipit

19 Linnet

c480 Pink-footed Geese

3 Whooper Swan

7 Golden Plover

170 Lesser Black-backed Gull

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart and Dave Steel



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Some further sightings in the area for yesterday include:

Irlam Moss:

220 Linnet

90 Skylark

200 Starling

 

Cadishead Moss:

122 Skylark

20 Snipe

6 Lesser Redpoll

1 Chiffchaff

12 Teal

 

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Little Woolden Moss 09:45-12:30 today:

 

288 Skylark

29 Meadow Pipit

43 Linnet

1 Raven

1 Stonechat

31 Pink-footed Geese over west 11:30hrs + 440 landed on the peat 11:50hrs

5 Snipe

600+ Canada Geese over west to north in 10 skeins 10:45-11:06hrs

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Little Woolden Moss yesterday saw:

 

c400 Skylark over south

25 Meadow Pipit

30 Linnet

12 Reed Bunting

6 Whooper Swan over northwest (11:06hrs)

c420 Pink-footed Geese landed on the west pools (12:15hrs.)

 

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Croxdens  today:

 

2 Willow Tit

2 Snipe 

 

Irlam Moss:

 

27 Meadow Pipit

35 Linnet

5 Yellowhammer

4 Greenfinch

25 Pied Wagtail

3 Grey Partridge

 

Little Woolden Moss:

 

juvenile female Peregrine

7 Snipe

21 Skylark 

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Croxdens today:

 

2 Wigeon

7 Teal

68 Mallard

41 Pink-footed Geese over southeast (10:06hrs.)

3 Tree Sparrow

 

Little Woolden Moss:

 

11 Snipe

c350 Pink-footed Geese landed west of Little Woolden Moss  (11:38hrs)

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Little Woolden Moss today:

 

27 Meadow Pipit

125 Skylark

5 Swallow

48 Pink-footed Geese landed just east of Little Wooden Hall

33 Linnet

2 Raven 

8 Buzzard 

 

Croxdens:

 

3 Snipe

3 Willow Tit

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Croxdens today:

 

27 Pink-footed Geese over southeast (09:10hrs)

juvenile Marsh Harrier perched briefly then flew west (09:40hrs)

1 Stonechat

 

Little Woolden Moss:

 

134 Skylark

38 Meadow Pipit

69 Pink-footed Geese over west (12:42hrs)       

2 Raven 

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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Little Woolden Moss today:

50 Skylark

32 Meadow Pipit

5 Swallow

2 Whooper Swan

1 Rook (unusual for here)

Info thanks to Dave Stewart



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