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RE: Viridor Wood


Geoff Hargreaves wrote:

Short-eared owl still around at 2.15 although mobbed by crows and a jay
then lost to view,huge wigan tick

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Glad you got onto it Geoff. Having thought about it I need to check to see if its on my Wigan List. Might be a nice tick for me too.

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For clarity - if you park on the car park, cross the road and follow the path anti - clockwise, you will come to a crossroads with a bench and a large beech tree. The open area beyond is where I first saw it, although I think it had been flushed from a similar area farther around the site.

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Short-eared Owl still present at 16:00.

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Short-eared owl still around at 2.15 although mobbed by crows and a jay
then lost to view,huge wigan tick

cheers geoff

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20/11/11

Short-eared Owl currently out hunting (1:40) on the Western side of Viridor Wood, in the open area that is enclosed by the main path.

Info thanks to Craig Higson

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2 30 til 4pm today,
1 Buzzard
2 Kestrels
1 Goldcrest and 1 Goldfinch amongst a small flock of Long tailed tits
Numerous Fieldfares
1 Jay
4 Magpies
2 Crows
9 Grey Partridge

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I had a good look round the site this afternoon but could only dig out the
following before back up arrived

12 goldfinch
1 willow tit
blackbirds
chaffinch
2 jay
10 jackdaw
numerous gulls over,

cheers geoff

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No sign of any owls this evening with Mr Hargreaves & Mr Meadows. Mr Broome also drew a blank watching from Riding Lane. We did however observe the following:

4 Buzzards
2 Kestrels
15+ Stock Doves
30+ Skylarks
4 Cormorants
2 Meadow Pipits & a few Fieldfares..

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Keith Pilling wrote:



Short Eared Owl seen hunting in the Totem pole field for 20mins 4 05 till 4 25 pm before being chased off by 3 Magpies.






!!! I went down hoping for Short-Eared Owl, but only got there at 4.35. The Barn Owl came through a cloud of mist at the far end of the totem field and gave a fantastic close-range fly past Hopefully the Short-Eared will have stuck around.

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3 till 4 30pm this evening

2 Pied Wagtails
1 Blue tit
2 Robins
4 Meadow pipits
3 Magpies

1 Female Sparrowhawk
1 Female Kestrel
3 Buzzards



Short Eared Owl seen hunting in the Totem pole field for 20mins 4 05 till 4 25 pm before being chased off by 3 Magpies.



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Barn Owl and Buzzard this evening in the totem pole field

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Bit of movement today - 25 Meadow Pipits in the Horse Paddock plus 10+ over, a flock of 39 Skylarks moving through plus 15 or so individuals, plus all the usual suspects.

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Sat 22/10/11 3.30 till 5.45 pm
4 Buzzards
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrels
3 Jays
1 Treecreeper in amongst a small flock of Long tailed tits
26 Feildfares
3 Redwings
19 Grey partridge
21 Magpies
2 Moorhens



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Saturday 22 October 2011 Peregrine flew SE over Riding Lane at 14:30.

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Barn Owl Ryding Lane this evening, flying towards Lily Lane

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Horse paddocks to three sisters and back through viridor wood,13.00 15.30 18sp noted
2 kestrel
1 snipe (over)
1 sparrowhawk
4 skylark
7 grey partridge ,cracking views all feeding
2 buzzard,nice close views of one on the ground then both in flight low overhead

cheers geoff

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Horse paddocks quick shufty dinner time,in miserable drizzle
2 blackbirds
1 robin
8 woodpigeon
4 pied wagtail
6 meadow pipit
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female Peregrine sat in ploughed field at Lily Lane/Ryding Lane this morning

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Bimbled round late evening with the hound - mainly the usual suspects: 40+ Woodpigeon, 5 Blackbirds, 2 Jackdaws, 2 Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, Blue, Great and Long Tailed Tits, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, 4 Meadow Pipits and 4 Mistle Thrushes

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Horse paddocks path,am wander

15 pied wagtails
1 sparrow hawk
1 kestrel
goldfinch,swallows,house martins,woodpigeons etc,
1 meadow pipitnot that common here
1 linnet

cheers geoff

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This morning
Lily Lane Farm
3 Yellow Wagtails 1ad 2 Juv

Cheers Jimmy

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Horse paddock,s path to three sisters midday in sunshine for a change

1 kestrel
2 wheatear
5 yellow wagtail (2ad 3 juv)
120ish mixed flock of goldfinch and linnet
10 pied wagtails
20 swallows

cheers geoff

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Whinchat this morning, east of Lily Lane/north of Riding Lane. From car park take main f/path past the 'picture frame' sculpture, after another 200-300m it was in the area on RHS looking towards Rose Farm.

Tree Pipit overhead, called twice, not seen, seemed to be heading west

the mixed finch flock on stubble at Riding Lane was 380+ strong this morning, but only seen distantly

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Lily Lane Farm area
2 Wheatear
1 Willow Tit
2 Chiffchaff
15 L T Tits
2 Kestrel
20+ Linnets
2 Whitethroat
1 Lesser Whitethroat
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Grey Partridge 2 Coveys 3+3
20+ Swallows
2 Skylark

Cheers Jimmy

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Lesser Whitethroat early morning, showing very well in hedgerow north of Lily Lane Farm, also in the vicinity Goldcrest, Chiffchaff and 3 Coal Tit.

Over the A58, on stubble at the Lily Lane/Riding Lane junction a finch flock, of initially approx 250 birds - probably c150 Linnet and c100 Goldfinch plus the odd Greenfinch. After being spooked by a Sparrowhawk the flock broke up in to 2 or 3 smaller ones.

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A flock of approx 120 finches over Lily Lane this afternoon, flushed by a Sparrowhawk, mostly Goldfinch with some Linnets

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3 pairs of Grey Partridge flushed by hay cutting near Lily Lane Farm this morning, all adults didn't see any young

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This morning
1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk
30+ Swallows
1 Willow Warbler
1 Whitethroat
1 Pheasant

Cheers Jimmy




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Late visit till dark

3 grey partridge,calling and showing well in the horse paddocks
1 lesser whitethroat,at stunning close range
3 grasshopper warbler(1 actually seenbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif )
lots of warblers etc

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I always call them Waterhens too.

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Not everything on the Internet is either modern or acceptable Keith

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Thought about Water Hen after posting, showing my age there looked in Collins guide to see only Moorhen, but checked since on good old modern internet and Water Hen is acceptable ,I saw it on water as well.

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Water Hen? Does anybody bother reading anything other than their own posts on this forum? Sorry Keith but I doubt most birders under 20 will get that one without some serious researching

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7-9pm evening stroll, saw the following birds

Water Hen With chick
Jay
Wood Pigeon
Carrion Crow
Magpie
Swift
Swallow
Robin
Willow Warbler
Songthrush
Blackbird
Grasshopper Warbler( cracking view) good site for this elusive bird
Bullfich
Blackcap
Long tailed tit
Reed Bunting
Skylark
Meadow Pipit
Pheasant





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Late stroll till well after dark

a good old list of warblers,swallows,house martins,garden birds,lapwings,2 kestrel,

2 partridge seen,more calling,

just nice to hear bird song and the heady smell of hawthorn

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At least three Grasshopper Warblers singing on the Lily Lane farm side. Loads of Willow Warblers but little else of note.


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Friday 08 April 2011
evening

2 Swallow and 1 Wheatear at Lily Lane Farm.

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Monday 22 March 2011

A male Wheatear in the field between Viridor Wood (east side) and Riding Lane at 18:00.

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Sunday 09 January 2011

Feeding in one of the horse paddocks at Lily Lane Farm this afternoon were:
29 Fieldfare
2 Redwing
2 Blackbird
17 Starling

also, a Woodcock was flushed on the east side.

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Sunday 28 November 2010

A Raven flew over, very high, heading south early this afternoon.
Also, I heard a Golden Plover overhead, but couldn't see it against the bright blue sky.

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Saturday 27 November 2010

A Peregrine flew NW over Lily Lane Farm, early afternoon.

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A two hour stroll mid-day today produced nothing unusual.

Main things of interest - Two Skylark over, 7 Meadow Pipits including 2 over, a good sized flock of over 40 Goldfinches near Mortons Dairy, at least 3 Goldcrests and two Bullfinches. The tits, thrushes, Robins etc were going mad at something in the big hedge near the pond. I'd like to think it was possibly an Owl in the vicinity but am guessing its more likely a cat or something seeing as they seemed to following it through the scrub.

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Sunday 07 November 2010

3 Pink-footed Geese dropped in to Lily Lane Farm, early afternoon, and started feeding in one of the horse paddocks. 13 more had flown over NW earlier.

Also at Lily Lane Farm, a Sparrowhawk caught a Song Thrush a couple of metres from me. The Sparrowhawk was then chased by a Buzzard, which was being mobbed by 2 Carrion Crows!

-- Edited by Rob Thorpe on Sunday 7th of November 2010 07:03:53 PM

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In addition to Rob's sightings - 3 Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard, 4xRedwings and a Willow Tit.

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Sunday 24 October 2010

A Treecreeper was near the hidden fishing pond on the west side today.
Also 119 Fieldfare.


-- Edited by Rob Thorpe on Sunday 24th of October 2010 08:26:12 PM

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Appeared to have been a small fall of thrushes here this am. Approx 15 Blackbirds in one short section of hedgerow plus 16 redwings nearby.

Also:

Coal Tit
Meadow Pipit 15
Cormorant 2
Kestrel 2
Sparrowhawk
Lesser Redpoll
Gold, Green, Bull and Chaffinches
Grey partridge x13 in 2 coveys
Mistle Thrush
Song Thrush
Pied Wagtail

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Wednesday 13 October 2010

West side & Lily Lane Farm, afternoon:
1 Grey Heron
11 Grey Partridge
2 Skylark
22 Meadow Pipit
7 Redwing
3 Song Thrush
4 Blackbird
2 Goldcrest
1 Willow Tit
2 Lesser Redpoll
Siskin (heard)
1 Yellowhammer
3 Reed Bunting


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Late for yesterday, Merlin over.

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Friday 01 October 2010
late afternoon 'til dark

1 Kestrel
3 Lapwing (over)
1 Tawny Owl
1 Barn Owl
2 Collared Dove (over)
5 Jay
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
27 Swallow
1 House Martin
9 Pied Wagtail (over)
1 Goldcrest
8 Blackbird
4 Song Thrush
2 Redwing
c40 Goldfinch
6 Linnet
1 Lesser Redpoll

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Thursday 30 September 2010
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West side and Lily Lane Farm:
3 Mute Swan (over)
5 Grey Partridge
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
Green Sandpiper (heard only cry.gif)
2 Swallow
7 Skylark
10 Pied Wagtail
plenty Meadow Pipit over
1 Reed Warbler (site tick wink.gif)
1 Blackcap
1 Chiffchaff
2 Goldcrest
1 Coal Tit
1 Willow Tit
3 Goldfinch
1 Linnet
1 Lesser Redpoll
2 Yellowhammer

-- Edited by Rob Thorpe on Thursday 30th of September 2010 01:37:56 PM

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