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Friday 29th Noon. A quick potter between the Quarry and just up the Picking Rods path.

Not a lot around, Skylarks, Lapwings and a Curlew flying which is nice.



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A good mornings birding today, walked from Gun Road over to far Bradshaw, back along Smithy Lane and across to Cloughend, then on back to the car.

2 Grasshopper Warblers Reeling
1 Whitethroat
1 Male Whinchat seen over near Far Bradshaw
2 Stonechat
Several Wheatear

Also reasonable numbers of Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Lapwing


Cheers

Mark

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Hello Geoff!

The golden plovers were on the left hand side of the first lane that runs from the Far Slack farm to the Near Slack farm path
to Pistol farm. aboveThe Picking Rods.I saw a pheasant near there too.



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Nice to meet you Bill,

I should have stayed for the Curlew. Where where the Golden Plovers, near the Picking Rods?

 

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Walk from Gun Road to Picking Rods and Far Slack,then lane to Pistol Farm and back from 11.ooam to 12.15pm

Mallard and two chicks and two Canada Geese on pool.fair numbers of pipits,skylarks and lapwing.Two pied wagtails and goldfinches,
about 30 golden plover,a curlew in flight,a willow warbler heard and my first swallow of the year.


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Spent most of the day up at Ludworth witha break for some lunch in Marple.

Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the field above the quarry, close to Gun Road
4 Wheatear, 3m and 1f
6 Curlew
4 Willow Warbler
3 Chiffchaff
2 Oystercatcher
2 Linnet
1 Stonechat

A decent number of displaying Lapwing, Skylark and Meadow Pipit.

Cheers

Mark

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RING OUZEL 3 (2m, 1f).
Willow Warbler 3.
Wheatear 16 (15 males).
Redpoll 5.
Bullfinch 4.
Chiffchaff 3.
Swallow 1 north.
Raven 2.
Stock Dove 4.
Reed Bunting 3.
Linnet 1.
Curlews bubbling, Skylark singing, Lapwings on territory.

Cheers, John



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Morning walk around Hillside the PR path and the Quarry area.

1 Wheatear in amongst a small flock of Redwing
3 Chiffchaff
3 Raven
1 Curlew

in addition several Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch and one flyover Redpoll

Cheers

Mark

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Late morning/early afternoon visit

Birds observed included.......

c70 Golden Plovers
1 Curlew
1 Buzzard
2 Ravens
42 Redwings
1 female Wheatear
1 female CROSSBILL.


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Along Sandhill Lane to the quarry today:


-1 chiffchaff 

-1 pied wagtail

-3 buzzards

-2 ravens

-2 stonechats (pair)

-1 reed bunting

-3 curlews

-2 lapwings

-2 meadow pipits

-skylarks (heard)

 



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BLACK REDSTART viewed from the path between Clough End and Far Bradshaw below the quarry by the stile.

Also 2 Stonechats and 2 Fieldfares in the same area.

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4 Wheatears this afternoon viewed from layby on Sandhill Lane. 



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Managed 3hrs or so today and well worth the trip,around 150 Starlings with around 100 Lapwings flying together North of the Picking Rods,as well as 3 Skylarks and a Stonechat.Then going on the track from Pistol Farm towards Far Slack Farm ,from the field to the left,around 50 Lapwings up and with them 3 Golden Plover in non breeding Plumage and 1 Curlew over.

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Midday wander again mainly around the quarry and PR path.

Flock of 93 Lapwing with about 80 Starling mixed in
6 Canada Geese on the Derbyshire Pool with 2 Greylag
6 Skylark, most of which were in song
1 Curlew over
A few Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Goldfinch along the valley from Cloughend up to Hillside.
Just 2 Buzzard's so far as Raptors were concerned.

Cheers

Mark

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Between about 10.30 and 12.30 today in the sunshine:

5 bullfinches (3 male, 2 female)

3 skylarks

3 goldfinches

1 reed bunting

assorted tits 

curlews heard

greenfinch heard

 



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Had a couple of hours wandering around yesterday from about 11am;

About 85 Fieldfare near Hillside Farm
20 Redwing over by the Kennels
Severel Skylark along the PR path with a couple braving the wind to display
1m + 1f Stonechat
2 Kestrel
1 Tawny heard
1 Buzzard

Cheers

Mark

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Spent a couple of hours around Midday wandering around the Cloughend/Quarry area with a few small flocks but not much else.

A mixed flock of Redwing and Fieldfare about 60 strong, primarily Redwing
A small flock of about 23 Siskin just up from Cloughend
12 Goldfinch
8 Chaffinch
6 Greenfinch
1 Bullfinch
and 1 Kestrel on the lines near April Cottage

About 100+ Canada Geese in one of the fields as I was driving up.

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-- Edited by Mark Walsh on Friday 28th of January 2022 02:48:25 PM

-- Edited by Mark Walsh on Friday 28th of January 2022 02:48:45 PM

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Frequent but brief sightings of a Ringtail Hen Harrier this week, seen 26th, 27th, and 28th but not on 29th despite good coverage. Seems to be an afternoon bird usually seen in the quarry to Picking Rods area.

I have constantly missed it this week but tried again today. At 14.30 a splendid male flew through the predicted area and disappeared over the ridge towards Rowarth. It re-appeared 16.30 to 16.40 viewed from Picking Rods and flew towards stone circle towering and circling like a Sparrowhawk. It drifted left over Cown Edge then further left until it disappeared down the valley.

Two Harriers in the area at the same time is pretty special and a welcome borough tick.

Cheers John

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Ringtail Hen Harrier this afternoon seen from the track up to the Picking Rods. Otherwise fairly quiet with 1 Buzzard, 2 Lapwings and 1 Raven.

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The weather didn't look great but I decided to head down for a midday wander and was rewarded with a Hen Harrier up near the Picking Rods, saw the bird 3 times with the last time watching it head over towards Gun farm being mobbed by crows, even got a short video.

Other than that 1 male Stonehat on the fence heading up the PR path, 28 Redwing, 3 Raven and 5 Snipe.

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Wasn't concentrating on birds too much, but did notice 4 snipe (flushed from field above quarry), 4 buzzards (3 together), 1-3 ravens mostly heard, a flock of finches on the conifers included a few siskins, 1-2 redpoll and more goldfinches. 5 mistle thrushes was a pitiful reminder of when the Autumn flock here was in the 40's. Things are in a bad, bad way.



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Late am/early pm.

Sightings included

Lapwing- c240
Golden Plover- 3
Snipe- 1
Raven- 8
Stonechat- 2
Wheatear- 1

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Skein of Pinkfeet (c160) flew SE around 11.30

Many Ravens (12-16) still around Ernocroft Farm area. 4 on a carcass before the farm and minimum 12 over the conifer wood, but possibly some overlap.
Buzzard and Sparrowhawk separately tried to harrass the Ravens whilst they were in tumbling display.

Lapwing flock 22
Mipits c20

Cheers, John

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Ernocroft lane sheep fields to east

17 Raven seen around the field and above nearby conifer woodland giving great aerial displays 

C 30 + Lapwing and 1Curlew at top of field

10 Pied Wagtail amongst the sheep with Starling Crow Jackdaw throughout the area



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15th Sept. 14.00 - 15.30 hrs.

Rook. c13.
Coot. 2
Whitethroat. 2
Chiffchaff. 1
Reed Bunting. 1
Goldfinch. 30+. All juveniles feeding on the thistle-heads.
Stonechat. 12+. Couple of nice males but mostly moulting juvs.

At first glance the area seemed devoid of birdlife but fortunately for me the sun came out and the bracken below the quarry suddenly came alive with chats ... 12 is a conservative count, I'm sure there were more ??
Try as I might I couldn't convert one into a Whinchat !!

Roger.


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3 Whinchats, at least 3 Stonechats & 1 Common Whitethroat. 

1 Kestrel in the quarry. 2 Flyover buzzards.

Andy



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Went up for dragonflies, but the breeze was evidently not to their liking. Instead, saw 2 whinchats, 2+ stonechats and a whitethroat still in the quarry area; whilst opposite Clough End Farm there was a spotted flycatcher (my 1st of the year!!), and a female blackcap. Skies were very quiet though.



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Thanks Ray, I was not aware of that thread ( No activity on it since last February though ) My House and garden is probably equidistant between the two locations. Clos eto the Oddfellows and with views up the hill to 5 lane ends.



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Sightings early afternoon included........

Lapwing - 72
Wheatear - 1
Stonechat - 6
Whinchat - 2
Chiffchaff - 7
Linnet - 25
Reed Bunting - 3

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Ted Stockton wrote:

My garden is at the top end of mellor and faces a lot of open countryside. This evening , I saw what appeared to be a Little Egret flying at about 60 to 80 feet over the garden from East to West.





Hi Ted, there is a thread entitled 'Mellor Moor' which may be closer to your house and worth posting your sightings on that one, I post on that a few times for most of the area inside GM that is west of Broadhurst Edge Wood.

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Walk this morning, 8.30 to 10.30. 6 stonechats in the quarry, a sparrowhawk being mobbed by swallows above my head on Sandhill Lane. I heard plover calling repeatedly but didnt spot. 



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My garden is at the top end of mellor and faces a lot of open countryside. This evening , I saw what appeared to be a Little Egret flying at about 60 to 80 feet over the garden from East to West.



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A couple of hours wander yesterday 2pm - 4pm.

Below the quarry the group of Chats were showing well. Difficult to count as they were very mobile but at a guess at least 2 Whinchat and 6 Stonechat including juveniles (see pics below).

A flock of Lapwings and Starlings around Derbyshire pool and 3 juvenile Moorhens.

No Snipe !

Cheers,

Steve.

 

 



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Quarry area 10.15-11.15 am

Derbyshire Pool

 A few Snipe on the bank and flying

Lapwing.1 on the water and a small flock landed

2 or 3 Moorhen

General Area

Moderate flock of Meadow Pipits circulating, and sitting on posts

I could not get nearer the pool due to the broken style, as I am not able to clamber over now.So there could have been more snipe.

 

 



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Quarry area. P.M.

Snipe 27 (Derbyshire Pool)
Mipits c35
Teal 5 (Small Quarry Pool)
Wheatear (Derbyshire Pool)
Stonechat 7
Whinchat 2
Redstart male
Whitethroat
Willow Warbler 2

(Wall Brown 3)

Cheers, John


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Afternoon visit 3.30 - 5.30

In quarry & Derbyshire Pool
Whinchat 1
Stonechat 6
Common Whitethroat 4
Snipe 18
Willow Warbler 4

Far Bradshaw
Wheatear 4
Skylark 2

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A midday wander round the quarry area and PR path;

32 Snipe flushed as I was walking along Gun Lane

3 Whinchat
2 Stonechat
1 Spotted Flycatcher
all of which were in the area below the quarry

Plenty of feeding Chiffchaff in the area as well

Cheers

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Spent the morning up there today and was rewarded with:

-Kestrel on telephone wire near April Cottage

-3 chiffchaffs in the rowans below the quarry

-5 meadow pipits in marshy field above quarry

-Approx 30 lapwings surrounding the Derbyshire pool

-Female wheatear on fence post looking over to Derbyshire pool

-Approx 40 meadow pipits in field to left of footpath down to Far Bradshaw Farm

-Last but not least, 3 whinchats (including a juvenile) and a redstart in same location as above 



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Thank you so much, John! 



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The Redstarts were in the Rowan trees below quarry (not yesterday though). The Spot Fly was in the scattered hawthorns opp April Cottage. 3 Stonechats and 2 Whinchats on the drystone wall that runs by side of quarry. Wheatear and other chats were over towards Far Bradshaw Farm. More Wheatears by Picking Rods.

Good luck, John.


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Quick question for Ray, John and Rob - is it in and around the quarry that the redstarts and whinchats have been seen? Thanks! 



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Full morning at Ludworth. Still plenty of migrants around.


Spot Fly (in field opp. April Cottage).
Stonechat 6.
Whinchat 7.
Wheatear 4.
Chiffchaff 5.
Whitethroat 3.
Raven 2 v
Buzzard 3.
Lapwing 22.
Mipit 64.
Snipe 8.
Curlew 2.


Cheers, John

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To add to Robs list below,

4 Redstart in total
2 Whinchat in total
2 Wheatear
1 Whitethroat
100 Lapwing
2 Skylark
1 Lesser Redpoll.


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Early afternoon visit, birds observed included

1 Teal
8 Snipe
2 Yellow Wagtails
1 Tree Pipit over south
3 Redstarts
1 Whinchat
5 Stonechats


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Up yesterday for a few hours. No redstarts or whinchats for me in the quarry; instead just a large, very vocal goldfinch flock. Watched two buzzards and a kestrel hunting. 



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Afternoon visit with 2 new Redstart in the quarry, 1 Whinchat and 4 Stonechat still present, 8 Snipe and a Curlew over.

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Also a merlin which tried to take a starling mid-air by the electricity pylon at Clough End, then sped off S-E before dropping over a wall on the horizon.



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Afternoon visit with migrants starting to move through, highlights Whinchat 2, Stonechat 9, Curlew 4, Raven 2, Redstart 1, Meadow Pipit 80 over, Mistle Thrush 18.

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Mark Walsh wrote:

A couple of hours early afternoon, a good number of Swift moving through West, probably around the 300+ number. A pair of Chiffchaff were the only Warblers that gave themselves away, a single Kestrel was hunting inbetween Cloughend and April Cottage. Other than that a distant Buzzard, a Raven heard over towards Cown Edge and a single Swallow made up the rest of the birds....oh and a few Goldfinch over.

I really should get out earlier.


 Not sure how I missed you Mark, as I was up there about the same time! The only thing I saw worth the walk was a 'flock' of 7 golden plover down in the first field on the Derbyshire side of the Picking rods path. A common whitethroat briefly in flight was in the quarry area. Just needed to get out of the house after a couple of days mainly indoors, but I can see why I wasn't tempted out before now! 



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A couple of hours early afternoon, a good number of Swift moving through West, probably around the 300+ number. A pair of Chiffchaff were the only Warblers that gave themselves away, a single Kestrel was hunting inbetween Cloughend and April Cottage. Other than that a distant Buzzard, a Raven heard over towards Cown Edge and a single Swallow made up the rest of the birds....oh and a few Goldfinch over.

I really should get out earlier.

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