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RE: ASTLEY, CHAT AND ASSOCIATED MOSSES


Croxden 0735-0950

3 Redwing

1 Chiffchaff

1 Treecreeper

16 Meadow Pipit

17 Reed Bunting

6 Snipe



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Croxdens today:

7 Teal

6 Shoveler

2 Snipe

2 Raven

53 Lapwing

juvenile male ringed Peregrine on the peat

 

Little Woolden Moss:

220 Skylark

115 Meadow Pipit

pair of Stonechat

40 Reed Bunting

85 Linnet

15 Goldfinch

8 Snipe

c500 Wood Pigeon

2 Yellowhammer

 

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Little Woolden Moss 0825-1315

1 Golden Plover heading South @ 0850

1 Ringed Plover Heading South @ 0850

170 Skylark

55 Reed Bunting

2 Swallow Heading South @ 1037

2 Swallow Heading South @ 1050

6 Herring Gull

7 Teal

12 Snipe

78 Meadow Pipit

58 Lapwing.



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Chat Moss

6 Grey Partridge 

26 Skylark

24 Pink-footed Geese flying east @ 0835

27 Redwing

2 Grey Wagtail

16 Teal

7 Shoveler

16 Linnet

2 Chiffchaff  with one in song

6 Fieldfare

6 Lesser Redpoll

Little Woolden Moss

154 Pink-footed Geese milling about eventually moving west

340 Linnet

4 Grey Partridge 

400 Skylark

138 Meadow Pipit

2 Yellowhammer

7 Snipe



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Irlam Moss brief visit

70 Starling

16 House Sparrow

24 Meadow Pipit

2 Chifchaff

2 Grey Wagtail

2 Redwing



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Croxden 0910-1015

36 Starling

31 Redwing

25 Linnet

5 Snipe

16 Skylark

106 Pink-Footed Geese Flying East @ 0932

2 Chiffchaff

1 Raven

Irlam Moss

86 Starling

5 Lapwing

75 Linnet.



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This early afternoon's highlights:

67 Pink-footed Geese down in the centre of the moss

17 Buzzards, with some local birds but many seemingly moving NW over the moss 

7 Snipe

60 Skylark

150 Stock Dove



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0900-1340

Chat Moss/Croxden

87 Redwing

16 Fieldfare

58 Linnet

3 Swallow

34 Jackdaw

6 Snipe

43 Meadow Pipit

49 Skylark

4 Shoveler

16 Teal

1 Green Sandpiper

Little Woolden Moss

1 Water Rail

17 Pink-Footed Geese

2 Snipe

Irlam Moss

8 Swallow

1 House Martin

240 Starling

90 Linnet.

 

 



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0730-1000

 

Irlam Moss

2 Grey Partridge being chased off by an aggressive male Pheasant

Little Woolden Moss

92 Redwing

1 Lesser Redpoll

2 Raven

3 Swallow

5 Snipe

28 Pink-Footed Geese Flying SE @ 0802

25 Pink-Footed Geese Flying E-W @ 0855

230 Pink-Footed Geese Flying E @ 0900

46 Pink Footed Geese milling about the area @ 0917

38 Linnet

1 male Peregrine.

 

 

 

 



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Croxdens today:

 

c100 Linnet

c40 Goldfinch

1 female Sparrowhawk

15 Shoveler

3 Wigeon

juvenile Marsh Harrier over west 

19 Mistle Thrush

120 Starling 

 

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Irlam Moss 1245-1350

185 Starling

4 Snipe

2 Redwing

26 House Sparrow 

8 Swallow

38 Linnet

 

 



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Cadishead and Little Woolden Moss Circuit with a Group 1000-1345

32 Redwing...which soon moved on further south

1 Nuthatch

260 Canada Geese

125 Starling

115 Lapwing

16 Snipe

45 Meadow Pipit

3 Herring Gull.



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A brief visit on my way home from Elton

 Barton Moss

7 Snipe

3 Chiffchaff

12 Meadow Pipit

3 Reed Bunting

2 Buzzard 1 of which was hovering in an atypical ungainly way for this species...the two Kestrel were it seemed disdainful of its efforts.

2 Stock Dove.

 



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Croxden 0920-1245

1 Nuthatch

115 Pink-Footed Geese flying east @ 0937

34 Pink-Footed Geese flying west @ 1004

32 Meadow Pipit

37 Skylark

7 Swallow heading emphatically South (Where else at this time of the year we might ask!) 

7 Chiffchaff

9 Snipe

2 Green Sandpiper--moved off west @ 1155

16 Teal

14 Shoveler

1 male Peregrine---ringed ....metal left leg...red right. 

 

 



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Little Woolden Moss today:

 

c100 Skylark

93 Meadow Pipit

15 Reed Bunting

35 Linnet

7 Snipe

1 Raven

5 House Martin

2 Swallow
a pair of Sparrowhawk up with 7 Buzzard

 

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Little Woolden Moss 0920-1400

114 Meadow Pipit

70 Skylark

1 Male Stonechat

115 Linnet

14 Snipe 

1 Male Peregrine

55 Reed Bunting...one of these was partially leucistic but refused to pose for a photo

130 Lapwing

120 Starling

4 Teal

1 Ringed Plover circled the site before moving north @ 1130

3 Swallow took a rare rain free window of opportunity to flee south @ 1140

4 Chiffchaff.



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Other sightings from Little Woolden Moss this mid-afternoon:

6 Grey Partridge

108 Crow in a single flock

700 Woodpigeons (single flock)

1 Raven over west

4 House Martin together through SW

 



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0845-1415

Chat Moss

6 Yellowhammer

109 Skylark

166 Linnet

10 Chiffchaff

3 Willow Tit

127 Meadow Pipit

3 Lesser Redpoll

2 Grey Wagtail

Little Woolden Moss

69 Skylark

45 Meadow Pipit

2 Golden Plover flying north south @ 1242

32 Linnet

12 Snipe

1 Hobby harvesting the abundant Common Darters--too intent on mating to notice their Nemesis....



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Chat Moss and Croxden 0740-1000

18 Chiffchaff with 6 giving bursts of song

8 Goldcrest

26 Teal

32 Pied Wagtail

6 Snipe

1 Green Sandpiper which flew off west @ 0820

1 pair of Stonechat

24 Skylark moving north south

2 Grey Wagtail

28 Lapwing

1 Marsh Harrier flying north south @ 0940

1 Golden Plover flying north south @ 0845



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31 Pink-footed Geese high west over Little Woolden Moss at 10am. Also, c80 Meadow Pipit,  217 Lapwing (in 3 flocks) over west, 2 Hobbies together hawking dragonflies from midday.

 

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Single juvenile Little Ringed Plover and a very bedraggled Wheatear were the highlights on a very wet Little Woolden Moss this early afternoon.



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Late news for Little Woolden Moss yesterday:

Juvenile male & adult female Peregrine

35 Meadow Pipit

29 Teal

10 Snipe

23 Skylark

c170 Linnet

1 Raven 

38 Pied Wagtail

 

Info thanks to Dave Stewart 



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Croxdens today:

 

c150 Lapwing

2 Redshank

8 Snipe

22 Teal

 

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Sightings from today:

 

2 juvenile Little Ringed Plover

3 Sparrowhawk (2 adults & juvenile)

57 Linnet

c100 Goldfinch

48 Skylark

17 Reed Bunting

27 Pied Wagtail

25 Meadow Pipit  

 

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Little Woolden Moss early to mid-afternoon today:

Juvenile Little Ringed Plover

2 Ringed Plover

Marsh Harrier circling high with a Sparrowhawk, both drifting off SW

2 Raven circling high off SW

1 Peregrine, though west

1 Yellow Wagtail

1430 House Martin through SW, in three main flocks, the largest of which, some 540 strong, fed voraciously over one of the pools before departing

110 Swallow through SW



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A migrating flock of approx 200+ hirundines descended and landed on telegraph wires in F19 for about 10mins then all took off and continued SW. Mostly Swallows but quite a few House Martins mixed in.

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Chat Moss

110 House Martin

150 Swallow

19 Pink Footed Geese flying East-Northwest @ 0842

20 Meadow Pipit

1 Grey Partridge

Little Woolden Moss

191 Skylark

68 Meadow Pipit

44 Pied Wagtail

5 Grey Partridge

1 Golden Plover over @ 0905

1 Ringed Plover over @ 0942

8 Yellowhammer

1 Raven

Little Woolden Moss brief check eastern section

18 Buzzard...an almost expected double figure count at this time of the year these days..its been a joy to see this steady rise in numbers of this raptor through the peat milling days through to now when there is this positivity for this site aided by the LWT whom I recall begging to get our moss under its wing...they proved true to their agreement with me and their belief in its worth and value.......sometimes it pays off, even in this day and age, to show a persistance in visiting a site over a long period....through the less productive days to now..I recall a Curlew nest out on a spread of completely cleared peat due to the milling ....it failed..this year in an entirely changed habitat in the same area...the east..it raised young..albeit one it was one more than then...

47 Meadow Pipit

1 Snipe

8 Teal

1 Wheatear

1 Tree Pipit over @ 1240

 

 

 



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A couple of hours on Little Woolden Moss just after midday produced:

2 juvenile Whinchat (together)

1 male Wheatear

1 Raven over west

2 Hobby, both seemingly through SW

19 Buzzard up over the entire area as far as the eye could see, so some of which were absolutely no where near the moss (!) but all appeared to be local birds 

1 Ringed Plover 

1 adult Great Black-backed Gull on one of the pools with 38 Lessers and 14 Herring Gulls 

Hirundines swept through heading SW, mainly low but one flock was very high up indeed, many more were seen very distantly and were not identifiable to species so the true numbers were higher than below:

1160 House Martin

590 Sand Martin

448 Swallow

 



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Irlam moss

1 Redstart Male...soon into cover but record pic taken...

33 Swallow

45 Meadow Pipit

6 Chiffchaff

2 Swift

2 Snipe

8 Grey Partridge

110 Linnet

Cadishead Moss

220 Swallow in a southerly movement @ 1125...

44 House Martin

11 Meadow Pipit

1 Yellow Wagtail 

310 Black Headed Gull

Little Woolden Moss brief check east

11 Chiffchaff

33 Meadow Pipit



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Little Woolden Moss

 

48 Pied Wagtail

32 Meadow Pipit

1 Blackcap

14 Swallow

8 Snipe

1 Wheatear

1 Little Ringed Plover...juvenile

1 Peregrine

5 House Martin

 



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Croxden brief visit am

57 Lapwing

7 Teal

2 Snipe

23 Swallow 

70 House Martin

11 Chiffchaff

3 juvenile Sparrowhawk being chased by 12 Magpie and 4 Jay...the raptors gave as good as they got and simply refused to give way ... it seemed quite clear that the raptors were working as one yet only a few days ago two juvenile Sparrowhawk were locking talons in the sky above this same area...I surmise that at the end of the day birds of a feather must stick together....endlessly fascinating this birdwatching even after so many decades...



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Barton Moss 0805-1340

in heavy rain for quite a while....

160 House Sparrow

220 House Martin

117 Swallow

4 Snipe

41 Chiffchaff

6 Teal

5 Willow Tit...in two separate parties of titmice....

36 Meadow Pipit

5 Blackcap

1 Little Grebe

1 Great Crested Grebe

15 Coot

2 Grey Wagtail

6 Skylark

157 Black Headed Gull

5 Reed Bunting

2 Sparrowhawk

 



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A couple of hours either side of midday, staring out over Little Woolden Moss in the drizzle was quite productive!

86 Snipe- 74 came noisily in from mainly high N/NE in 6 flocks, circled the moss a few times, often skimming low over the vegetation before finally dropping in (largest flock size was 18). Another 12, in 3 flock, seemed to come in from a more easterly direction and carry on straight through SW, often quite high.

15 Ringed Plover- 4 dropped in to one of the pools and remained, whilst 11 flew through low SW in one flock which also contained 4 Snipe!

20 Swift through SW in four flocks of 9, 4, 4 and 3

160 Lapwing in fields just to th east of the moss

1 Peregrine- adult female

420 House Martin, 80 Sand Martin and 30 Swallow through SW in some smallish flocks and dribs and drabs; highest House Martin flock was 80.

1 Wheatear

c200 Meadow Pipit still in one flock in fields at the very western edge of the moss (also getting into Cheshire).

230 Starling feeding in stubble fields at the very eastern edge of the moss. 



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0640-1000

Irlam Moss

64 Linnet

1 Yellow Wagtail 

Cadishead Moss

2 Willow Tit

2 Goldcrest

12 Linnet

7 Chiffchaff

Little Woolden Moss

1 Redshank

3 Wheatear

2 Whitethroat

72 Meadow Pipit

20 Reed Bunting

2 Yellow Wagtail

13 Chiffchaff

5 Grey Partridge 

5 Lapwing



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Irlam Moss

44 Goldfinch

140 Linnet

2 Blackcap

4 Chiffchaff

26 House Sparrow

5 Swallow

3 Yellow Wagtail

3 Wheatear

2 Sparrowhawk



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Early afternoon on Little Woolden Moss:

Juvenile Dunlin

3 juvenile Ringed Plover

Juvenile Little Ringed Plover still present

9 Wheatear

1 Hobby

1 Marsh Harrier, same bird also over Cadishead Moss

260 Meadow Pipit, with 220 in one flock in and around a stubble field at the very western end of the moss and a further 40 on the moss itself

Only small numbers of hirundines through

 



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Croxden

24 Chiffchaff

1 Willow Warbler

4 Snipe

34 Linnet

16 Meadow Pipit

216 Swallow

174 House Martin

48 Swift

18 Sand Martin 

14 Teal

3 Wheatear

1 Peregrine...male

2 Sparrowhawk fighting almost talon to talon in a clear blue sky...



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Cadishead Moss

62 Swallow

80 Linnet

45 House Sparrow 

1 Kingfisher

Little Woolden Moss

5 Wheatear

3 Ringed Plover

1 Dunln

12 Buzzard

660 House Martin

16 Swift

80 Swallow

3 Sand Martin

5 Snipe

1 Marsh Harrier..harried off by the local Carrion Crows @ 1245...

Irlam Moss

3 Wheatear

58 Swallow

12 House Martin

 

 

 



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Little Woolden Moss this afternoon:

6 juvenile Ringed Plover

1 juvenile Little Ringed Plover (phonescoped shot on website)

1 juvenile Dunlin

12 Wheatear

1 Yellow Wagtail

24 Meadow Pipit (on the peat)

824 House Martin through W/SW in just under 90 minutes

21 Swift as above

 





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Irlam Moss

7 Yellow Wagtail

72 Swallow

8 Swift

11 House Martin

25 Linnet

1 Raven

12 Grey Partridge

1 Wheatear

2 Snipe

11 Chiffchaff

Cadishead Moss

300 Linnet...all chasing a Male Sparrowhawk

1 Yellow Wagtail

25 Swallow

Croxden

2 Snipe

3 Sand Martin 

34 Swallow

9 Chiffchaff

2 Swift

22 Teal



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Chat Moss

53 Swallow 

1 Common Gull

18 Pied Wagtail

81 House Sparrow 

130 Linnet 

2 Grey Partridge 

Little Woolden Moss

21 Swallow

1 Dunlin

3 Ringed Plover

1 Peregrine...male

1 Green Sandpiper 

5 Wheatear

1 Swift

10 House Martin

1 Marsh Harrier ...third noted this week this came in from the north...hunted for a short while then gained height and moved off south by 1145.



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Little Woolden Moss 0930-1340

12 Swift

1 Dunlin

3 Ringed Plover

16 House Martin

4 Wheatear

1 Yellow Wagtail

62 Pied Wagtail

1 Peregrine 

1 Marsh Harrier 



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Little Woolden Moss 0720-1000

1 Marsh Harrier

16 Chiffchaff

3 Willow Warbler

1 Ringed Plover 

8 Snipe

43 House Martin

4 Swift

44 Swallow

1 Wheatear 

1 Green Sandpiper

1 Peregrine...juvenile female

 



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Little Woolden Moss 10.45 - 3:

2 chiffchaff
1 willow warbler
5 sand martin
c25 house martin
5+ swallow
2 wheatear
6 swift
2 ringed plover
2 dunlin
1 kestrel
1 peregrine
2 buzzard

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Little Woolden Moss 1140-1350

41 Swift

8 Swallow 

27 Meadow Pipit 

2 Raven

6 Green Sandpiper 

3 Ringed Plover 

1 Wheatear

2 Raven

2 Peregrine

1 Hobby



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Barton Moss

750 Woodpigeon 

150 House Sparrow

82 House Martin

84 Swallow

1 Snipe

1 Swift

2 Juvenile Yellow Wagtail 

1 Grasshopper Warbler 

Croxden

1 Wheatear

6 Swift

3 Green Sandpiper 

22 Teal

1 Snipe

1 Willow Warbler in subdued song.



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Little Woolden Moss 0900-1400

2 Green Sandpiper 

10 Swift

1 Hobby taking dragonfly

5 Grey Partridge 

33 Chiffchaff

4 Willow Warbler

13 Swallow

9 Raven which included a flock of 8 which moved north-south @ 1310

also noted on Chat Moss

120 Linnet

46 Starling

34 House Sparrow



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Little Woolden Moss this morning:

 

1 Great White Egret over NW at 08:05

1 female Peregrine

c70 Meadow Pipit

50+ Pied Wagtail

18 Swallow

11 Swift

12 Grey Partridge

1 Green Sandpiper

14 Chiffchaff

1 juvenile male Sparrowhawk

 

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Croxden 0830-1330

14 Snipe

12 Green Sandpiper

42 Teal

47 Lapwing

1 Curlew flew over @ 0908

28 Chiffchaff

3 Blackcap

5 Whitethroat

10 Sand Martin

16 Swallow

1 adult and 1 juvenile Peregrine

4 Swift

 



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Little Woolden Moss 0920-1415

9 Grey Partridge 

2 Yellow Wagtail 

1 Wheatear

21 Swallow

9 House Martin

2 Willow Warbler

3 Tree Sparrow

17 Linnet

4 Whitethroat



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