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A surprisingly productive short afternoon circuit through Redisher Wood, with the highlights being:

1 Buzzard.

Single Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

3 Raven over.

1 Dipper.

My first Redwing of the season, with 5 at the top of the Wood. 2 Mistle Thrush.

Flock of 22 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch.



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A quiet long morning circuit through Redisher Wood, Red Brook Valley, Holcombe Moor and Peel Tower, but still some interest:

1 Little Owl.

2 Raven.

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

3 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper and 2 Nuthatch.

Still 4 Meadow Pipit and 1 Skylark on the higher ground.

2 Bullfinch and 1 Lesser Redpoll.



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Best from a short morning circuit through Redisher Wood only:

2 Dipper and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Mixed tit flock that included Goldcrest, Chiffchaff and Blackcap.

Mixed finch flock that included 12 Lesser Redpoll, and 1/2 Bullfinch, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.



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Highlights from a morning circuit through Redisher Wood and along Moorbottom Road:

1 Merlin zipped through in a southerly direction at about 12.00, my first site record. Also presumed migrant flock of 5 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, and 2 Kestrel.

1 Green Woodpecker.

Flock of c60 Meadow Pipit , 4 Swallow and 6 Stonechat - all presumed migrants.

2 Raven.

2 Treecreeper and 10 Nuthatch. 

 



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They are rebuilding a section of the retaining wall bordering the brook below the Hare and Hounds pub and have some scaffolding in the water. Perched on top of the scaffold boards this morning was a Dipper! Also 2 Grey Wagtail in the area and a 1 Buzzard, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Nuthatch in the woods.



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Limited highlights from a morning circuit including Redisher Wood and Moorbottom Road:

2 Buzzard and 2 Sparrowhawk.

5 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Treecreeper and 7 Nuthatch.

3 Bullfinch.



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Highlights from a short morning circuit:

1 Spotted Flycatcher at the top of Redisher Wood.

1 Chiffchaff, 2 Jay and 2 Bullfinch.



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A quiet morning circuit round Moorbottom Road, with the limited highlights being:

Mixed flock including Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest.

1 Snipe inadvertently flushed off the path back over the top.



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Another interesting, longer, circuit this morning and some different birds. Highlights:

1 Peregrine, 3 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk and 1 Little Owl.

2 Green Woodpecker.

Apparent small movement of Thrushes with at least 3 Mistle and 2 Song moving south or south west.

Dipper in Redisher Wood.

Compact flock  of c50 House Martin on the east side of the Moor, with c20 Swallow in the same area.

Another good mixed flock on Moorbottom Road with Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest among 4 species of Tit.

c30 Goldfinch with at least 2 Lesser Redpoll.



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An interesting lower level circuit this morning through Redisher and Saplin Wood.

2 Red-legged Partridge again. One bird looked rather pale and washed out, so maybe mixed parentage.

Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Three mixed flocks encountered all containing some summer migrants, although nothing unusual. The totals include all 4 common tits, 15+ Goldfinch, 7 Chaffinch, 5 Bullfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Linnet, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and 2  Goldcrest. 

Also 1 Treecreeper, 10 Nuthatch and an apparent influx of Robin with 30+ birds noted.



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Walked a longer circuit this afternoon after the rain had cleared, more for the exercise than the birds! However, some interest in the form of:

1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel and 1 Little Owl.

1 Green and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

2 Stock Dove.

Treecreeper and 3 Nuthatch in Redisher Wood.

A few Swallow, House Martin, Skylark and Meadow Pipit on the higher ground.



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2 Spotted Flycatcher this morning in the trees between Saplin Wood and Moorbottom Road. Also Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff with them. 2 Goldcrest in Redisher Wood.



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Best from a longer circuit this morning:

Good raptor day with juvenile  Peregrine, 3 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard and 1 Little Owl.

1 adult and 2 juvenile Green Woodpecker.

2 Swift.

4 Wheatear and 8 Stonechat, but couldnt find a Whinchat.

2 Lesser Redpoll.



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An adult male Merlin was perched up on the cairn on White Hill this afternoon before flying off north towards Bull Hill ( Lancs). 



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Whinchat still in with c8 Stonechat  below Red Brook . 6 Snipe in the flooded field by Three Acres Farm this evening 



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Nice couple of hours sat in the sun above the bracken by Red Brook . At least 8 Stonechat ( mostly juv) here and another family party of 6 by the ruin below Lark Hill .

Also in the bracket below Red Brook... 2 Whinchat , 4 Willow Warbler and a few Meadow Pipit  with 4 Wheatear on the higher slopes .



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Star bird from a longer morning circuit was a flighty juvenile Cuckoo. I saw it in flight and perched briefly in the area around Holcombe Head Farm. Best of the rest:

4 Kestrel and 1 Little Owl.

Dipper and Goldcrest in Redisher Wood.

3 Stonechat and 4 Wheatear.



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Very worn adult meadow Pipit



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A few images from my last visit.



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Of note during a longer morning circuit today:

2 sightings of Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel and 1 Little Owl.

1 Green Woodpecker.

3 Stock Dove.

At least 4 Jay together, presumably a family party.

c35 Swift, c50 Swallow, 2 House Martin and 1 Sand Martin feeding on the windward side of the Moor, with the Sand Martin being my first site record.

1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling, the only Warbler noted!

Lots of juvenile Wheatear, and 2 Stonechat.

2 Lesser Redpoll and flock of c120 Goldfinch.

No sign of Spotted Flycatcher in either of the previous locations.

 



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Another trip to Holcombe Moor today. I stayed on Moorbottom Rd. In excess of 20 wheatears. The drab male with the missing tail was still present, nlt 3 females and the rest juveniles. 2 stonechat families with one seemingly being shadowed by Willow Warbler or possibly two on the open ground. 3 Kestrels and several pipits one of which I cannot properly identify. Many swallows not counted. Many Goldfinch not counted. Nuthatch calling from an isolated tree. More pictures to follow.

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After a visit to a Sand Martin colony, I did a tour of Holcombe Moor. Very quiet and not much about around Redisher Wood...I hoped to see the Spotted Flycatcher but I did not know where to seek it out.

Crossing from the distal part of the Redisher path across the moor to Moorbottom Rd I came across 2 separate breeding territories of Meadow Pipit and I saw one adult Stonechat on the very long fence.

Moorbottom Road:- A male Wheatear moulting and no tail, adult female, and 8 juvenile birds. I have visited this location many times over the years and have never seen so many juvenile wheatears. There was 1 adult male Stonechat taking food to a nest site, 1 Kestrel. Around 50 Goldfinch and Swallows and 2 more Meadow Pipits, one of which I photographed.


When I sat down for a drink I was joined by a delightful juvenile Wheatear that posed and sunbathed right in front of me...couldn't wish for more really:)...except high overhead sun is a killer for good images:(



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Best from a short morning circuit:

Mallard with 3 freshly hatched duckling on the tiny pond at the top of the building site.

Single Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

1 Stock Dove.

1 Spotted Flycatcher.

1 Swift and 18 House Martin.

3 Goldcrest and 1 Grey Wagtail in Redisher Wood.

1 Lesser Redpoll and 3 Bullfinch including 1 juvenile.



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A newly fledged female Peregrine ( unringed)  spent most of the morning around Red Brook battling with everything it could find including a Hobby which we watched taking a Swallow .excellent entertainment ..with V Irving ... 



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Best from a longer circuit this morning:

Spotted Flycatcher still present although now in a different location from previous sightings.

Kingfisher, Dipper and Grey Wagtail in Redisher Wood.

Single Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

1 Sparrowhawk over.

1 Curlew.

Stonechat pair with 4 juveniles, and 1 Wheatear.

1 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Bullfinch.



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Best from 3 short visits over the last 3 days:

1 Spotted Flycatcher still present today.

1 Curlew calling today.

1 Buzzard and 1 Little Owl.

1 Green Woodpecker (Tuesday)

1 pair of Wheatear and 2 pairs of Stonechat.

2 singing Goldcrest and 2 Grey Wagtail in Redisher Wood.



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Best from a short morning circuit through Redisher Wood:

1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Bullfinch.



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Went today see if could pick up the flycatchers, no luck.

Raptor fest....Kestrel,Peregrine and 3 buzzards, all over Moorbottom road above Saplan Wood.    



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Best from a morning circuit:

Spotted Flycatcher still at the top of Redisher Wood.

My first Sparrowhawk for a good while.

1 Green and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

3 Stonechat, 5 Nuthatch and 2 Goldcrest.



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Spotted Flycatcher still present this afternoon. Also Grey Wagtail and Goldcrest.



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Best from a longer circuit this morning:

Singing Snipe in a boggy area on the high Moor, and 4 Lapwing.

1 Peregrine hunting on the updraught on the eastern edge of the Moor and 1 Little Owl.

1 Green and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

1, perhaps 2 Spotted Flycatcher still at the top of Redisher Wood.

Fledged young of both Wheatear and Stonechat.

1 Grey Wagtail and 3 Goldcrest in Redisher Wood.

2 reeling Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Whitethroat and 2 Lesser Redpoll.

 

 



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Spotted Flycatcher seen at the top of Redisher Wood during a short morning circuit - my first record here. Also 2 Goldcrest and 1 Lesser Redpoll.



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First visit today finding my way around, newly fledged Nuthatch within 200 yds near demolished mill

Lots of birdsong with Chiffchaff  Blackcap and Willow warbler . Heron and Dipper on the Brook

Great spotted Woodpecker and heard a Green

Found the Wheatear and 4 recently fledged young.

Swifts and Swallows along Moor Bottom Lane

Meadow Pipit Grey and Pied Wagtail

Great walk but need to find my way around better

 



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Best from a longer circuit this morning:

2 Buzzard and 1 Little Owl.

2 Great Spotted and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Red-legged Partridge calling again.

2 pairs Stonechat and 1 pair Wheatear with at least 2 fledged young.

Singles of Garden Warbler ( first record here this year) and Whitethroat.

1 Lesser Redpoll.

 



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Best from a morning circuit before the rain set in:

1 Buzzard and 1 Little Owl.

1 Red- legged Partridge calling.

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. ( 2 Green Woodpecker seen by another birder)

5 Raven.

Flock of c25 Swift.

1 Stonechat and 2 Wheatear.

1 Treecreeper.

2 Lesser Redpoll.

 



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A Hobby was the undoubted star bird of a short morning circuit through Redisher Wood. It circled a few times over the Wood before drifting off north. Also Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Lapwing and 2 Grey Wagtail.



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First visit for 3 weeks, but still some interest:

Singing Grasshopper Warbler seen well, along with Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Goldcrest.

1 Grey Wagtail.

At least 3 Lapwing.

Single Buzzard and Little Owl.

Pair Stonechat and 1 Lesser Redpoll.

Decent sized flock of post breeding Starling with at least 200 birds.



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Evening walk with V Irving and B Ennie

2 of the 3 pairs of Stonechat in the valley along Moorbottom Rd now have fledged young ..2 with each pair .

Could be a good year for them here ..



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This a.m. with Malcolm, highlights were, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear. Heard only were Cuckoo and 2 Grasshopper Warbler.
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Best from a short evening circuit:

1 Cuckoo and 1 Green Woodpecker on the ranges. 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Wheatear and 2 Stonechat.



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2 Cuckoo this morning ..One still on the Ranges and another  above the conifers in Quarlton .



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Cuckoo present on the eastern side of the Moor at about 19.00. Later seen to fly round the southern end of the Moor and continue up the Red Brook Valley.

Also the Red- legged Partridge seems to have found a mate, as 2 birds were present on the western edge of the Moor. Other birds of note:

1 Curlew bubbling.

1 Green Woodpecker.

1 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat and 1 Lesser Redpoll.



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Cuckoo again this afternoon around Paddys Pond woodland 



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Holcombe Moor in the rain:

Raven
Meadow pipit
Stonechat
Linnet
Green woodpecker
Skylark
Wheatear


 



-- Edited by Kevin Forde on Friday 26th of April 2019 08:02:05 PM

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An interesting short evening circuit with the highlight being a mixed flock of Fieldfare and Ring Ouzel. Initially I saw 2 Fieldfare and 1 male Ring Ouzel on the moorland edge above Moorbottom Road, but a little later a flock of 12 birds took off and headed north. I think it was 8 Fieldfare and 4 Ring Ouzel, but I could only be sure of 3.

Also 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Wheatear and 1 Stonechat.



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Best from a short evening circuit:

Presumably the same Red-legged Partridge as seen by Rob, but it was inadvertently flushed from the western edge of the Moor and flew down into the valley.

Also 1 Little Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Wheatear, 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Lesser Redpoll.



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Nice afternoon bimble around the moors .. all the Fieldfare would appear to have departed and a Red-legged Partridge has appeared in the sheep fields .  Only 3rd one I've seen up here 



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Cuckoo in Saplin Wood this morning ..2 Grasshopper Warbler also in the valley ..



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3 Ring Ouzel during this morning's 2 Holcombe BBS surveys. 



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5 Ring Ouzel, Grasshopper Warbler, Swallow, 2 Stonechat, Wheatear, Skylark, Willow Warbler, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff and loads of Green Hairstreak butterflies.



-- Edited by Ian Boote on Saturday 20th of April 2019 11:46:46 AM

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