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RE: ASTLEY, CHAT, LITTLE WOOLDEN AND ASSOCIATED MOSSES


A couple hours round Little Woolden Moss late morning was very good with maximum of 4 Hobbies feeding on airborne insects,at least 2 on show most of the time. Also 2 Marsh Harriers together at one stage and really nice to see 2 juvenile Yellow Wagtails with their parents. Good numbers of Swifts feeding over the oil seed rape crop together with a few Swallows and Sand Martins and 3 House Martins.

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Barton Moss

12 House Martin

6 Swallow....there would have been more but the Farmyard Cats have found a way to catch them when they come down for mud for their nests...apparently....

15 House Sparrow

5 Nuthatch...Family Party

2 Pairs of Yellow Wagtail

Irlam Moss

22 Lapwing

6 Swallow + Young

6 Swift



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Irlam Moss

16 Lawing

3 Lapwing young

1 Curlew

2 Oystercatcher

60 Starling

1 Mallard with small young

2 Lapwing trying to lead young across 12 Yards Road...managed to stop the cars and got one across the other was still hidden...

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

1 Snipe

1 Garden Warbler

3 Curlew

85 Swift

2 Buzzard

1 Hobby @ 1210

1 Peregrine...Male @ 1240

1 Marsh Harrier



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Chat Moss

3 pairs of Yellow Wagtail

14 Skylark

1 Oystercatcher

1 Goldcrest in song

1 Curlew



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Irlam Moss

9 Swift

38 Lapwing

5 House Martin

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

90 Swift

9 Meadow Pipit

1 Marsh Harrier

Little Woolden Moss

32 Skylark

1 Corn Bunting in Song

43 Lapwing

1 Grey Partridge

2 Yellowhammer

4 Yellow Wagtail

 



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110624...Brief Visit

Irlam Moss

1 Tawny Owl

25 Swift

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

20 Swift

4 Meadow Pipit

1 Oystercatcher



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Irlam Moss

8 Lapwing

2 Oystercatcher

6 Swallow

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

2 Marsh Harrier

3 Curlew

36 Willow Warbler

22 Swift

19 Meadow Pipit

1 Grasshopper Warbler---Singing

1 Sedge Warbler---Singing

1 Garden Warbler---Singing

...and 3 Chinooks!



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Just realised that Jack Snipe's a winter visitor so wouldn't be that - maybe it was a "normal" Snipe just not behaving normally.

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Irlam Moss

2 Grey Partridge

16 Swift

16 Lapwing

8 Swallow

1 Grey Heron

Chat Moss

31 Willow Warbler

2 Oystercatcher

1 Little Egret

 

 



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Irlam Moss

12 Swift

2 Oystercatcher....with hidden young

2 Gadwall

2 Swallow 

2 House Martin

1 Yellowhammer

Chat Moss

1 Hobby

6 Swallow

14 Swift

8 Willow Warbler

1 Reed Warbler in song

1 Gadwall female with young

1 Little Egret

2 Blackcap in song

 

 



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Evening visit (Sunday 16th) to the eastern end of Little Woolden Moss LWTNR until the rain settled in properly to see if that made a difference to what's about but it only meant I saw less - did however hear a Water Rail doing a lot of calling at the east end of the Eastern Pools.

But I may have flushed a Jack Snipe - can't be sure because the light was fading and I've no experience of differentiating between Jack & "normal" Snipes - my immediate thought was "Snipe" but that was straight away followed by "but it's not making any noise, it's staying low and it's landed not that much further away" - is that "normal" Snipe behaviour if it's just before roosting or possibly near a nest?



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Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

2 Garden Warbler in song

3 Oystercatcher

1 Dunlin---flew west @ 1232

1 Hobby...perched

13 Swift

Cadishead Moss

19 Lesser Black-Backed Gull

2 Herring Gull

7 Swallow

15 House Sparrow

5 House Martin

75 Canada Geese

 



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Little Woolden Moss

6 Swallow

2 Sand Martin

17 Starling

2 Yellow Wagtail

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

4 Oystercatcher

45 Swift

8 Willow Warbler

9 Reed Bunting

3 Sedge Warbler

7 Meadow Pipit

3 Water Rail

1 Marsh Harrier @ 1112

1 Hobby @ 1222

1 Sparrowhawk...Male

2 Family parties of Coot



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Irlam Moss

1 Tawny Owl...Juv

4 Blackbird in alarm at the Tawny Owl

6 House Martin

5 Swallow

Astley Moss Breeding Bird Survey for LWT

16 Wren

4 Blackcap

19 Willow Warbler

4 Meadow Pipit

3 Oystercatcher

1 Curlew

5 Teal

3 Reed Bunting

2 Willow Tit



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Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

1 Marsh Harrier @ 0835

6 Swift

11 Willow Warbler

7 Reed Bunting

1 Garden Warbler in song

1 Cuckoo----female---rufous....chased by Meadow Pipit

1 Teal...with 5 small young

Chat Moss

8 Willow Warbler

1 Little Egret

17 Swift

1 Reed Warbler in song

7 Teal...Males

1 Yellowhammer

1 Shoveler...Male



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Chat Moss

1 Marsh Harrier...female....chased by 2 Curlew

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

1 Little Egret

30 Willow Warbler

1 Common Tern

32 Swift

2 Cuckoo...both calling

10 Linnet

1 Garden Warbler in song

Little Woolden Moss

4 Yellow Wagtail

4 Grey Partridge

21 Skylark

21 Lapwing

1 Lapwing young...quite small obviously from a second breeding attempt

1 Corn Bunting....in song...thought I'd lost these a couple of years ago...here's hoping it succeeds...

1 Oystercatcher

 

 

 



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Irlam Moss

11 House Martin

10 Swallow

18 Lapwing

Chat Moss

13 Skylark in song

8 Swallow

17 Swift

2 Yellowhammer in song

4 Willow Warbler in song

7 House Martin

1 Little Egret

1 Teal....female feigning injury to protect her young

 

 



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Fresh juvenile Buzzards on the wing with adults, a single Raven and 80 Swifts over Astley Moss East this morning.



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Barton Moss

20 Swallow

14 House Martin

2 Buzzard

19 Skylark

5 Yellow Wagtail

1 Mediterranean Gull

7 House Sparrow

1 Sparrowhawk chased by Carrion Crows

1 Raven

 

 



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Little Woolden Moss LWTNR West...including a Dragonfly Survey along the Glaze

1 Sedge Warbler in song

2 Marsh Harrier...one with wing moult

2 Willow Warbler in song

60 Swift

1 Hobby

12 Lapwing

 



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Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

23 Willow Warbler in song

3 Curlew

5 Reed Bunting

72 Swift

1 Peregrine...Male

1 Garden Warbler in song

1 Raven

2 Herring Gull

Irlam Moss

1 Tawny Owl

8 Swallow

90 Starling

 



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Irlam Moss

14 Mistle Thrush

11 Stock Dove

14 Lapwing

2 Yellow Wagtail

1 Oystercatcher

350 Starling

Chat Moss

21 Lapwing

4 Grey Partridge

12 Swift

1 Little Grebe

1 Little Egret

9 Willow Warbler in song



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Male Cuckoo being mobbed by Meadow Pipits in scrub from notice board on path next to yellow wagtail fields at 7.10pm. Flew towards tree line at carpark end.

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Post from yesterday evening 1st June...

Little woolden moss nr.

2 hobbies
1-2 marsh harrier
1 kestrel
2 curlews
2 oystercatchers
Several lapwings
Numerous swifts
1 garden warbler heard near main entrance but just couldn't see it.
2 blackcaps
Numerous willow warblers
1 chiffchaff
3 Reed buntings
Grasshopper warbler, Water rails & Cuckoo heard only.

4 grey partridge along Astley Road.

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I had a walk on Little Woolden Moss yesterday evening, it was superb in the warm sunshine. Delighted to hear and then see a Cuckoo, being chased from bush to bush by Meadow Pipits. Also 2 Hobby and a Marsh Harrier at the western end and a singing Corn Bunting in the field north of the reserve. Heard a Grasshopper Warbler over there too

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Irlam Moss

600 Starling

1 Mediterranean Gull

11 Lesser Black-Backed Gull

1 Oystercatcher

1 Curlew

1 Shoveler---Male

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

24 Willow Warbler

21 Reed Bunting

24 Linnet

1 Marsh Harrier

9 Swift

17 Meadow Pipit

6 Sedge Warbler

1 Curlew

3 Gadwall

1 Garden Warbler

 



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New Moss Wood

10 Blackcap in song

22 Wren

1 Treecreeper

6 Chiffchaff

4 Willow Warbler

4 Whitethroat

2 Song Thrush

9 Swift

1 Nuthatch

Cadishead Moss

1 Yellow Wagtail...with this and the Yellowhammer I was as ever uplifted by the sights and sounds of these birds in their glory...BUT sadly this was tempered by the knowledge that in but one (brief as it seems now!!!) lifetime these two species and many more have declined so much so that its to me fundamentally sad that I but encounter these birds in single numbers...what have we done to our Natural World????....and who cares?????

1 Yellowhammer

1 Kestrel with prey

7 House Martin

6 Swallow

1 Grey wagtail

1 Nuthatch

13 House Sparrow

Irlam Moss

39 Lesser Black-Backed Gull

600 Starling

5 Lapwing 

Chat Moss

2 Red-Legged Partridge



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Little Wooden moss highlights from this morning, Little egret dropped into the centre of the reserve c.10.45 am, singing Corn Bunting to the north and also 2 + Yellow Wagtail In the area.

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Irlam Moss

38 Starling

29 Black-Headed Gull

10 Lesser Black-Backed Gull

18 Lapwing

16 Swallow

2 Grey Partridge

2 Yellowhammer

2 Curlew

2 Shoveler

1 Oystercatcher

2 Swift

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

42 Swift

15 Willow Warbler

2 Swallow

Chat Moss

14 Willow Warbler

2 Hobby

1 Snipe

1 Little Egret

2 Tufted Duck

 

 

 



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Little Woolden Moss

2 Yellow Wagtail

3 Swallow

2 Sand Martin

3 Skylark in song

Irlam Moss

750 Starling....with good numbers of young....gratifying to see

13 Lapwing...Adult

6 Lapwing Young

2 Shoveler

13 Mallard

22 Lesser Black-Backed Gull

2 Herring Gull



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220524 14C...Heavy Rain Throughout

Irlam Moss

42 Starling

8 Lapwing Young

1 Oystercatcher

10 Lapwing adults

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

26 Willow Warbler in song

2 Shoveler...Male

12 Swift

7 Tufted Duck

1 Common Tern

4 Sedge Warbler in song

12 Reed Bunting

7 Stock Dove

30 Meadow Pipit

9 Swallow

 

 



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Little Woolden Moss NR and round via the Glaze this evening after the rain

  • Lots of Swifts
  • Lots of Willow Warblers
  • But no Chiffchaffs heard - moved on or just not singing?
  • 1 Blackcap, heard and very fleetingly seen
  • 1 Yellowhammer, female I think because the yellow was dull
  • Several Curlews
  • 2 male Tufted Duck
  • 1 male Gadwall on the Glaze
  • Quite a few Canada Geese now have young
  • 3 Kestrels
  • 1 Buzzard being mobbed by a Lapwing - they were still being territorial but I presume any chicks were hidden in the growing crops
  • No Hobbies, no Marsh Harriers

 



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Little Woolden Moss mid-afternoon today, adult female Marsh Harrier, two adult Hobbies and a maxima of 180 Swifts.



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25th May 2024. Little Woolden Moss NR Highlights were Hobby and Marsh Harrier

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210524...brief am visit

Irlam Moss

1 Swift

6 Swallow

2 Oystercatcher

12 Lapwing

2c Lapwing young

Chat Moss

8 Willow Warbler in song

1 Reed Warbler in song

2 Tufted Duck

2 Bullfinch

1 Little Egret

 

 



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Little Woolden Moss

2 Sand Martin

4 Yellow Wagtail

5 Swift

1 Swallow

3 Gadwall

Little Woolden Moss West

16 Willow Warbler in song

10 Reed Bunting

1 Shoveler...Male

2 Water Rail...on call

2 Swallow

1 Curlew

15 Meadow pipit

2 Oystercatcher

1 Buzzard

4 Sedge Warbler in song

51 Swift...an influx it seems

 



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Barton Moss

1 Yellowhammer in song

23 Lapwing

1 Redshank

3 Yellow Wagtail

2 Grey Partridge

1 Peregrine...male chased by Lapwing

6 Skylark

1 Willow Warbler in song

8 Swift

Irlam Moss

8 House Martin

4 Swallow



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Cadishead Moss

4 Grey Partridge

2 Swallow

7 Skylark

4 Yellow Wagtail

33 Starling

Irlam Moss

135 Starling

9 Lapwing

7 Swallow

Chat Moss 

1 Yellow Wagtail

1 Yellowhammer

6 Stock Dove

 

 

 



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Chat Moss

1 Mistle Thrush in song

2 Red-Legged Partridge

2 Grey Partridge

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR/LWM Carbon Landscape BBS 3 of 3

1 Hobby

1 Grasshopper Warbler

34 Willow Warbler in song

35 Lapwing 

3 Sedge Warbler in song

27 Meadow Pipit

7 Linnet

2 Swift

1 Oystercatcher

2 Curlew

1 Dunlin

1 Snipe

2 Ringed Plover

2 Swallow

 

 



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Irlam Moss

3 Swift

16 Lapwing

3 Lapwing sat on nests...after field had been recently ploughed and sown...no doubt a second attempt to breed

1 Sedge Warbler in song

2 Grey Partridge

1 Yellowhammer

1 Mistle Thrush in song

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

1 Sedge Warbler in song

1 Marsh Harrier 

2 Hobby

2 Shoveler...Males...Fighting...again!

8 Swift

7 Willow Warbler in song



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230 Swifts drifting east whilst feeding over the railway line at the northern end of Croxdens on Chat Moss late afternoon today.



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Sunday 20 May, from Glazebury to LWM and back

Lapwing - about 10 pairs, most with chicks

Hobby - 3 (seemed to be 2m chasing 1 f - usual story!)

Shoveler - 3 (2m+f, ditto)

2 Curlew (h) - 1 on LWM, 1 N of White Gate Farm

1 Oystercatcher - on LWM

1 Whitethroat

6 Yellow Wagtail (3 pairs, males stunning atm)

2 Swallow

4 Canada Geese (2 pairs)

1 Buzzard



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Carbon Landscape BBS Little Woolden Moss/Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

1 Garden Warbler in song

16 Reed Bunting

21 Willow Warbler

1 Curlew

3 Sedge Warbler

6 Grey Partridge

5 Yellow Wagtail

1 Grasshopper Warbler

6 Swift

21 Lapwing

1 Hobby

 

 



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From 3:30pm today.
Fields around Rindle rd...
Lapwing - 33.
Oystercatcher - 1.
Sparrowhawk - 1.
Mistle thrush - 1.
Yellowhammer - 1 heard.
Willow Warbler - 1 heard.
Raven - 1.
Buzzard -1.
Red - legged partridge -2.
Pheasant - lots,some laying flat in the heat (I almost stood on one ).
Chat Moss...
Croxden Peat Works - F58 (always partly flooded).
Curlew -1 ( long range photo).
Tufed duck - 2.
Oystercatcher -1.
Swallow

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In Reply to Pete Berry wrt Red Kite...

 

I too have read about the Lapwing Young being taken by Red Kite....and have had the same reservations....I have been recording the decline of Lapwing on the Moss over the years and in my opinion this is now gaining momentum with

Autumn Sowing such as FN29 now having lost up to 20 pairs 

No crop sowing on most of Barton Moss

The recent purchase of Farmland for a Nature reserve...ironically now little opportunity for Lapwing to breed due to longer vegetation

Turf Production...ironically a few patches not quite as intensively used have produced some young this year but on the whole a loss of Lapwing compared to the decades when Turf wasn't produced

Farmland on Irlam Moss that has gone over to Autumn Sown Crops

Other land used for Silage production...no chance for anything to nest in such a 'crop' I believe it is oft known as 'Haylage' but the result is the same NO breeding birds within it

The only Farmland where Lapwing Thrive and are treated with great respect (Nests moved during ploughing)....Young moved if ploughing a little later is Little Woolden Moss Field Numbers FN56/57/64...proving farming DOES work with nature if applied with such as the farmers here

Thus IF methods of use of our farmland could reflect the past Lapwing friendly were to be applied we could perhaps accept the beauty of Red Kite into our moss....but regardless the Kite IS part of nature...it's 'us' humans  that appear to be increasingly un supportive of nature!

 

PS nest on Horse Paddock today...not seen Lapwing nest here before such is their desperation to breed surrounded by horses!



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Thanks Dave, I know 12 yards road, if you see it again could you post it



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Hi Brian...it was over Field Numbers 15/16/12 which are part of Irlam Moss....off 12 Yards Road

 

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Hi Dave, is irlam moss the area up from irlam on astley road before you get to little woolden moss and where aprox was the red kite hunting please 



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Let's hope the Red Kite doesn't hand around too long ,remember seeing an article a couple years ago that said NOT a single Lapwing chick was fledged along the M40 corridor due to Red Kite predation. Our Lapwings are having an hard enough time without any extra problems.

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Brief am visit

Irlam Moss

10 Lapwing with 4 young noted

21 Starling including young

1 Yellow Wagtail

1 Sedge Warbler in song

1 Red Kite...hunting

Chat Moss

12 Lapwing

16 Stock Dove

2 Grey Partridge

2 Swallow

13 Willow Warbler in song

 

 



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