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ASTLEY, CHAT, LITTLE WOOLDEN AND ASSOCIATED MOSSES


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Barton Moss

1 Woodcock

750 Woodpigeon

1 Stonechat

16 Stock Dove

110 Linnet

1 Brambling

90 Starling

200 Jackdaw

2 Fieldfare



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Little Woolden Moss

80 Linnet

Chat Moss

4 Great Black-Backed Gull---flying North

16 House Sparrow

135 Reed Bunting

90 Yellowhammer

10 Corn Bunting

7 Grey Partridge

1 Stonechat

300 Jackdaw

130 Starling

12 Redwing

2 Bullfinch---Male



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Some highlights from the mosses today:

7 Red-legged Partridge
4 Grey Partridge
c1200+ Starling - feeding flock
c80+ Fieldfare
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
26 Lesser Redpoll - flocks of 12 + 14
2 Snipe
1 Woodcock
5 Meadow Pipit
2 Buzzard
2 Kestrel

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Irlam Moss

62 Lapwing

52 Fieldfare

2 Stonechat

1 Common Gull

11 Grey Partridge

60 Black-Headed Gull

15 Meadow Pipit



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150124

Barton Moss Including a Carbon Landscape Winter Bird Count

72 Lapwing

500 Chaffinch

42 Stock Dove

2000 Woodpigeon

4 Redwing

2 Stonechat

3 Rook

60 Reed Bunting

5 Yellowhammer

16 Linnet

2 Brambling

 



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Irlam Moss - quick visit

Flock of c150+ Linnet
Flock of 16 Goldfinch
Flock of 11 Yellowhammer
1 Stonechat
2 Buzzard
21 Fieldfare

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Some highlights from the mosses today:

1 Merlin
1 Marsh Harrier - female
2 Corn Bunting
200+ Skylark
80+ Reed Bunting
10 Yellowhammer
1 Stonechat
4 Grey Partridge
8 Fieldfare
2 Redwing

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Irlam Moss

19 Rook

850 Woodpigeon Flying Southeast

Barton Moss

550 Jackdaw

320 Woodpigeon

55 Chaffinch

60 Stock Dove

110 Redwing

60 Starling 

18 Linnet

2 Stonechat

50 Mallard---Guns A blazing on Astley Moss!

75 Teal12 Fieldfare

54 Pink-Footed Geese Flying NE @ 1117



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Irlam Moss

250 Fieldfare

4 Song Thrush 1 in song

1 Buzzard

10 Grey Partridge

60 Black Headed Gull

19 Blackbird

7 Red-Legged Partridge

300 Starling

7 Snipe

Cadishead Moss

106 Fieldfare

2 Herring Gull

1 Song Thrush

3 Common Gull

12 Grey Partridge

25 Redwing

450 Starling

1 Grey Wagtail

Chat Moss

8 Herring Gull Flying west

1 Stonechat

 



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Highlights from the mosses this morning in the snow

2 Marsh Harrier - females
1 Peregrine
1 Sparrowhawk - female hunting Linnets
1 Buzzard
2 Kestrel
2 Brambling
130+ Linnet
30+ Chaffinch
80+ Reed Bunting
3 Snipe - flushed by Marsh Harrier
5 Stonechat
3 Yellowhammer
5 Skylark
13 Fieldfare
6 Redwing
1 Lapwing
1 Grey Wagtail

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Astley Moss

60 Chaffinch

85 Redwing

Chat Moss

55 Yellowhammer

140 Reed Bunting

6 Corn Bunting

1 Marsh Harrier

60 Stock Dove

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

1 Woodcock



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Little Woolden Moss and the Glaze

56 Teal

52 Mallard

28 Fieldfare

30 Redwing

2 Buzzard

85 Starling

3 Goosander....1M 2F

30 Chaffinch

2 Brambling.

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

2 Lesser Redpoll

6 Snipe

260 Fieldfare

2 Reed Bunting

 

 



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Irlam Moss

700 Starling

77 Fieldfare

13 Magpie

14 Herring Gull---Flying North @ 0926

1 Grey Wagtail

22 Pink-Footed Geese Flying East @ 0940

24 Skylark

11 Reed Bunting

7 Yellowhammer

1 Mistle Thrush in Song

1 Snipe

2 Stonechat

11 Meadow Pipit

27 Lapwing

16 Pied Wagtail

Chat Moss

2 Stonechat

4 Great Black-Backed Gull Flying North

60 Redwing

32 Reed Bunting

2 Grey Partridge

24 Skylark

1 Marsh Harrier.

 



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Little Woolden Moss this afternoon 1 x Stonechat, 1 x Yellowhammer



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Irlam Moss

185 Fieldfare

550 Starling

20 Lapwing

23 Pied Wagtail

1 Grey Wagtail

8 Great Black-Backed Gull...Flying North

5 Herring Gull



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Late afternoon circuit from the bottom of Astley Road to Cutnook Lane.

Irlam Moss highlights

  • 100+ fieldfares
  • 2 buzzards
  • Covey of 12 red-legged partridges

Little Woolden Moss

  • 19 carrion crows coming in to the poolside

Chat Moss

  • 300+ starlings at Trophy Lawn, also a grey wagtail amongst the pied wagtails
  • 2 marsh harriers, both female/immature
  • Pair of stonechats at Four Lanes End

 



-- Edited by Steven Heywood on Wednesday 10th of January 2024 11:55:58 PM



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Irlam Moss

750 Starling

115 Fieldfare

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

1 Stonechat...Female

Little Woolden Moss

55 Linnet

90 Chaffinch

3 Brambling

30 Goldfinch

30 Stock Dove

160 Redwing

1 Stonechat

45 Skylark



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Irlam Moss

500 Fieldfare

160 Starling

6 Redwing

7 Blackbird

all above flushed by a Dog Walker who freely wandered this field whilst he was on his phone the whole time completely unaware/uncaring about the disturbance caused to these birds...no permission to roam this field by the way...to say I despair would be an understatement....

Chat Moss

85 Skylark

250 Jackdaw

90 Reed Bunting

2 Grey Partridge

47 Yellowhammer

50 Stock Dove

3 Snipe

5 Lesser Redpoll

2 Raven

1 Marsh Harrier

2 Bullfinch

22 Magpie.

 

 

 



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Barton Moss

450 Starling

135 Fieldfare

450 Chaffinch

2 Brambling

1 Mistle Thrush in song

11 Skylark

2 Song Thrush

Irlam Moss

650 Pink-Footed Geese

2 Siskin

40 Chaffinch



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Irlam Moss

11 Grey Partridge

2 Song Thrush in Song

15 Greenfinch

130 Starling

1 Merlin

52 Pink-Footed Geese Flying east

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

2 Lesser Redpoll

4 Bullfinch

4 Fieldfare

 



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Irlam Moss

13 Pied Wagtail

2 Song Thrush in song

42 Lapwing

2 Goldcrest

25 Pink-Footed Geese Flying South 

Chat Moss

160 Black-Headed Gull

20 Great Black-Backed Gull...resting before flying off North @ 1212

3 Herring Gull

11 Lesser Redpoll

3 Woodcock

2 Peregrine

12 Lapwing

...and the joyous sighting of yet more Dog walkers with multiple dogs  moving even deeper in the very last refuges of our beleaguered birds on the moss....the end is nigh for our wildlife...ahh well...we could all sit at home watching Attenborough and the plenitudinous wildlife still remaining  in the rest of the world...Oh wait a minute isn't 

it in freefall because of mans activities ....



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Some recent sightings from mosses:

Wednesday 3rd Jan
1 Woodcock
18 Lesser Redpoll

Yesterday:
1 Gadwall
20 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Herring Gull and a large group of Black headed Gulls loafing and bathing in flooded pools.
Plus 1 very brief sighting of a pale brownish gull overhead heading east with pale primaries that hinted of juv Iceland Gull but due to trees obscuring my view I couldnt get enough on it to be sure.

Today:
1 Black Grouse - male in flight
1 Merlin - male sat on fence post
1 Marsh Harrier - female
1 Sparrowhawk- female
3 Kestrel
1 Buzzard
1 Little Egret
3 Stonechat
3 Snipe - 2 flushed by Marsh Harrier
2 Grey Partridge
1 Greylag Goose
c750 Pink-footed Geese. c700+ in f52 plus c50 overhead (c30 + 18 + 2)
c40 Linnet
60+ Reed Bunting
5 Skylark
5 Bullfinch
2 Lapwing
4 Cormorant over

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Irlam Moss

5 Grey Partridge

2 Song Thrush in song

Astley Moss

140 Chaffinch

22 Redwing

6 Snipe

2 Willow Tit

24 Teal

1 Treecreeper

1 Grey Wagtail



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020124...Very Heavy Rain

Irlam Moss

1 Little Egret

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

13 Snipe

1 Woodcock

5 Teal

80 Pink-Footed Geese Flying South @ 1105

8 Reed Bunting

Cadishead Moss

160 Starling

90 Fieldfare



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Chat Moss

2 Grey Partridge

150 Reed Bunting

4 Bullfinch

6 Snipe

13 Skylark

2 Stonechat---Pair

45 Yellowhammer

190 Jackdaw

10 House Sparrow



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Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

1 Sparrowhawk chased off by 2 Carrion Crow

7 Snipe

9 Linnet

Cadishead Moss

460 Starling

95 Fieldfare

27 Lesser Redpoll

2 Goldcrest

6 House Sparrow

Chat Moss

850 Pink-Footed Geese



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Irlam Moss

5 Grey Partridge

11 Blackbird

11 Grey Partridge

11 Snipe

44 Meadow Pipit

1 Kestrel with Prey

Cadishead Moss

130 Fieldfare

85 Starling

13 Herring Gull

220 Black-Headed Gull



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Chat Moss

750 Pink-Footed Geese

1 Marsh Harrier

70 Yellowhammer

130 Reed Bunting

14 Stock Dove

21 Fieldfare

6 Skylark

Irlam Moss

90 Starling

140 Linnet

102 Pink-Footed Geese Flying West @ 1345

Little Woolden Moss

45 Linnet

75 Jackdaw.



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Some sightings from the mosses today:

1 Black Grouse seen twice in flight - LWMNR
c600+ Pink-footed Geese in f5 this morning then moved back to f52 this afternoon
2 Stonechat - pair
24 Grey Partridge - coveys of 11 + 13
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Woodcock
1 Snipe
3 Great Black-backed Gull
1 Lesser Redpoll
c130+ Fieldfare
6 Redwing
1 Greenfinch
2 Bullfinch
40+ Chaffinch
1 Buzzard
2 Kestrel


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New Years Day 2024 10:00 - 13:00 hrs. Cadishead Moss - Little Woolden Moss NR - Little Woolden Moss - section of River Glaze - Great Woolden Moss Sightings included: Marsh Harrier (1) Sparrowhawk (1) Buzzard (4) Kestrel (3) Brambling (1) Fieldfare (100 plus) Redwing (5) Teal (2) Grey Heron (1) Pied Wagtail (7) Greenfinch (20) Reed Bunting (10) Chaffinch (50) Wren (1) Great Black-Backed Gull (1) Herring Gull (3) Black-Headed Gull (70)

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c650+ Pink-footed Geese back in f52 again late morning.
1 Little Egret

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Chat Moss

9 Grey Partridge

70 Stock Dove

42 Yellowhammer

13 Reed Bunting

1 Marsh Harrier hunting @ 1150

2 Redwing

140 Fieldfare

1 Snipe

650 Pink-Footed Geese

Little Woolden Moss

21 Stock Dove

160 Jackdaw

 



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c250 Pink-footed Geese in f52 at 11.00am but all gone by 12.00pm

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With Respect to Steve's Post...the Field belongs to Natural England as part of a proposed Nature reserve and as such the Metal Detector man had no right on this or any other of the Fields now owned by NE...

 

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-- Edited by Dave Steel on Saturday 30th of December 2023 12:12:42 AM



-- Edited by Dave Steel on Saturday 30th of December 2023 03:46:18 PM

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Sightings from the mosses today:

Pink-footed Geese: c600+ still in f52 plus a further 21 in f5 but these flew off west due to disturbance from a bloke with a metal detector in the field
1 Marsh Harrier - female
2 Bullfinch
2 Buzzard
35 Fieldfare
1 Snipe
300+ Starling
2 Yellowhammer

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Irlam Moss

180 Linnet

700 (+) Pink-Footed Geese

120 Jackdaw

36 Chaffinch

Barton Moss

90 Chaffinch

250 Woodpigeon

9 Rook

1 Great Black-Backed Gull



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Chat Moss - late am
Approx 750+ Pink-footed Geese feeding in f52

Late post for yesterday - Little Woolden Moss NR - am
1 Peregrine
1 Marsh Harrier - female
11 Lesser Redpoll


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Tuesday 26th am...

I too saw the Pink-footed geese just before 9:30 but they were all flying around somewhere over the east end of Twelve Yards Road probably somewhere around field 5 & Bartonmoss Farm - presumably they came back to field 52 later.

Also as I drove in there was a large flock of Fieldfare in field 2 - presumably those are the ones Dave saw on Irlam Moss

Quick visit to both the East and West ends of Little Woolden Moss NR - very, very quiet on the actual reserve, apart from a few crows and Wood Pigeons flying over, some Reed Bunting and 3 Meadow Pipits (presuming I ID'd them correctly against the light)

Everything else; Buzzard, Kestrel, Jay and other common birds (but not many) were outside the actual reserve.



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Irlam Moss

90 Woodpigeon

84 Fieldfare

2 Redwing

17 Magpie

720 Pink-Footed Geese...several attempts to get a reasonably accurate count!

2 Buzzard

70 Linnet

90 Chaffinch

10 rook

3 Mistle Thrush

Barton Moss

21 Redwing

24 Fieldfare

300 Chaffinch



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Chat Moss

Approx 550+ Pink-footed Geese feeding in f52 - late am/early pm. Possibly the same flock seen over Astley earlier.
1 Little Egret
2 Bullfinch

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Little Woolden Moss NR

1 Black Grouse again in flight
2 Marsh Harrier - females
1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel

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Irlam Moss

60 Redwing

5 Grey Partridge

150 Starling

1 Yellowhammer

5 Skylark

7 Fieldfare

Chat Moss

11 Grey Partridge

60 Yellowhammer

50 Reed Bunting

120 Stock Dove

2 Buzzard.

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

64 Black-Headed Gull

 



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Chat Moss - late am/early pm

2 Peregrine in noisy mid-air skirmish
1 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk - female with prey
1 Kestrel
1 Raven over
22 Lesser Redpoll - feeding flock
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
c90 Pink-footed Geese over east
3 Goldcrest
1 Coal Tir
17 Stock Dove


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Little Woolden Moss NR - short, late afternoon visit

1 Black Grouse - male seen twice in flight
2 Marsh Harrier

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211223 Some records during a Carbon Landscape Winter Bird Count

Barton Moss...including Barton Airport Area

7 Snipe

2 Siskin

130 Starling

6 House Sparrow

14 Herring Gull

21 Common Gull

200 Black-Headed Gull

7 Lesser Black-Backed Gull

160 Feral Pigeon

24 Lapwing

6 Reed Bunting

11 Meadow Pipit

250 Chaffinch

Irlam Moss

650 Pink-Footed Geese.



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201223 Some  sightings During a Carbon Landscape Winter Bird Count 

Little Woolden Moss + Glaze

64 Mallard

13 Teal

22 Gadwall

96 Canada Geese

2 Bullfinch

84 Stock Dove

2 Yellowhammer

95 Fieldfare

125 Starling

150 Chaffinch

40 Greenfinch

2 Brambling

3 Tree Sparrow

2 Kestrel

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

6 Snipe

6 Teal

1 Sparrowhawk...Female

2 Golden Plover Flying South 1 @ 0935 and 1 @ 0950

2 Marsh Harrier

 

 



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A sizeable flock of Pink-footed Geese roosting on the pools on the bare peat of Croxden this evening. Too dark to see clearly to count but lots of frequent calling heard between the birds. Maybe grounded by the strong winds?

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Irlam Moss...brief am visit

7 Red-Legged Partridge...I would say this is a Moss Record number of these birds for me as they are quite a rarity in my recording on the moss....

8 Pheasant

61 Meadow Pipit

8 Snipe



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181223...noted during a Carbon Landscape Winter Bird Count...

Chat Moss

35 Yellowhammer

55 Reed Bunting

1 Kestrel

6 Skylark

Little Woolden Moss LWTNR

3 Lesser Redpoll

1 Black Grouse

2 Redwing

2 Marsh Harrier

9 Snipe

2 Herring Gull

1 Peregrine...Male

Little Woolden Moss

165 Skylark

20 Yellowhammer

100 Fieldfare

140 Starling

26 Linnet

1 Stonechat....sadly a lot of the ditches and their accompanying weedy edges have recently been cut hence a lot of habitat for such birds lost...this bird was on 

ditches not tidied due to different ownership of the land i.e. not quite farmland usage (turf) ...in the past my questioning wrt to this 'tidying' appears

to come from the way farmers receive their subsidies...basically I was led to believe that if the land is not 'tidy' the farmer loses his government grant...

don't quote me but I feel this is the case....the rules of the madhouse govern our farmland's wildlife's survival I would say...

 

 

 

 



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Chat Moss

11 Grey Partridge

120 Reed Bunting

50 Skylark

40 Yellowhammer

6 Corn Bunting

2 Marsh Harrier

12 Greenfinch

1 Lesser Redpoll

1 Snipe

2 Grey Wagtail

Little Woolden Moss

260 Jackdaw

1 Sparrowhawk...Female

10 Grey Partridge

2 Siskin

14 Skylark

 

 



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