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Highlights from a high level walk over Holcombe Moor and Harcles Hill this afternoon:

Still good numbers of Meadow Pipit on the high ground, but now mainly in flocks, 80+ birds in total. 2 Skylark.

2 Raven.

1 Sparrowhawk north and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker east, both over the open moorland.

1 Little Owl and 2 Kestrel.

Biggest surprise was 2 Wheatear on the top of Harcles Hill.



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My first site record of a Peregrine during a short walk this afternoon. It seemed to be passing to the south, but not before it had a go at one of the resident Kestrel. Also Little Owl, but not much else of interest .

 



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Morning circuit 7.40 to 11.00:

Migrants included:

Flocks of 8 and 16 Fieldfare south through Red Brook Valley.

6 Mistle Thrush.

Flocks of 12 and c80 Goldfinch.

Only 5 Meadow Pipit and 2 Skylark.

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2 Stonechat and 1 Grey Wagtail.

1 Green Woodpecker.

1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel and 1 Little Owl.

 



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A quieter morning than 20th September. Best from a similar morning circuit:

Apparent migrants limited to:

20 Meadow Pipit

1 Skylark

8 Lesser Redpoll

8+ Mistle Thrush

5 Goldfinch

5 Swallow

Single flock of 80+ Woodpigeon

Also 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Stonechat and 2 Kestrel.



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Highlights during morning circuit from Redisher Wood, up the Red Brook valley and over the Moor to Holcombe from 7.00 until 11.15.

Much evidence of moving birds with:

3 Cormorant, my first site record.

155 Meadow Pipit.

2 Mistle Thrush.

6+ Wheatear and 2 Stonechat at the north end of the valley.

3 Skylark.

Compact flock of 6 Jay.

3 Swallow.

3 Goldfinch.

3 Bullfinch.

Single Reed Bunting and Alba Wagtail.

Also 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 2 Raven and 3 Green Woodpecker- including one well above the tree line.

 



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An afternoon walk through Redisher Wood and over Holcombe Moor was quiet on the bird front. The only points of interest were:

6 Kestrel and 1 Buzzard on the updraught on the west side of the Moor.

1 Wheatear near the quarry.

A few Swallow heading south.



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Excellent morning loop around the moor with much evidence of migration.

A very large flock of mixed passerines on the eastern side, with the hillside being alive with small birds. It was impossible to count or identify all the birds but Goldfinch (25+), Blue Tit (20+) and Chiffchaff (10+) were most evident. Mixed in were 7 Mistle Thrush, a few Great Tit, 4 Bullfinch, 3 Starling, 1 Whitethroat and a Green woodpecker that seemed to be moving south.

c40 Swallow and 3 House Martin.

No less than 10 Kestrel in the air together on the updraught on the western side of the moor, 1 Sparrowhawk and the star bird was a Hobby that zipped straight through.

2 Raven, 1 Jay, a 2nd Green Woodpecker and 3 Wheatear around the firing range area.



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Around the base of Holcombe Tower this morning:

5 Wheatear

2 family groups of Stonechat

Info thanks to Brian Fogg

 

 



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Walked a long circuit from Redisher Wood up the Red Brook valley, over Holcombe Moor to Peel Tower and down Holcombe Old Road this morning. Just about everything has stopped singing on the high ground so birds a bit harder to find now. Some birds of interest though:

At least 4 Raven, 4 Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk.

2 Little Owl in different locations.

2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

2 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat with fledged young and a Lesser Redpoll.

1 Grey Wagtail.

Swallow starting to gather in small flocks with maybe 60 birds seen. A few Swift and House Martin too.



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Loop on the bike this evening, still plenty of Wheatear and stonechat, showing along Moorbottom Rd. Two ravens were quartering along the valley wall seriously upsetting every living thing in the area! Witnessed a few very violent confrontations between them and a pair of Kestrels.

Also had a juvenile willow warbler at the red Brook creek in the bracken. 



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Did an extensive walk around the moors and the Moorbottom rd area this afternoon just before the heavens opened. Apart from the usual's the only thing of note were the increased linnet numbers (I saw 8) and It was nice to see two newly fledged Wheatear's looking very healthy, being chaperoned by their parents. Both looked very strong in flight and alert. One posed nicely for a photo in front of me before being angrily moved on by its mother biggrin



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The cuckoo has been present all day, constantly doing circuits of the whole Red Brook valley! Mainly around Paddy's pond area. in the late afternoon we couldn't work out if there were two present or just one very mobile and stealthy, sneaky one hmm 

The first photo is mine, and the second one, an absolute cracker! was taken by Gary Taylor who has been up there since 4am this morning patiently waiting for it to come close enough! He has kindly given me permission to share it with you all. 

other birds of note: 

x1 female sparrowhawk

x2 linnet

x2 kestrel 

x1 curlew 



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Late report from yesterday evening 6pm till 9pm with Simon Adams 

No sight or sound of any Cuckoos

X 5 Linnets, x1 grasshopper warbler reeling approx halfway down Moorbottom Rd, lots of Wheatear, meadow pipit & skylarks about, only spotted two stonechat's though, their numbers are way down on last year hmm

Starling flocks Turing into small murmurations now, at least a thousand plus. 

X2 kestrels, x1 buzzard X2 green woodpecker 

X1 little owl (in a different part of the Moor from the two pairs I already know of smile

Curlew calling

Possible male merlin on Crowthorne side too 

 



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7pm till 8,30pm : two male cuckoo's calling profusely from around Paddy's pond. Got good views of one as it slowly flew along Moorbottom rd towards reddisher woods. Then it vanished, the other one was still around Paddy's being very vocal until I left.  

Lots of newly fledged starlings in quite large flocks being chaperoned by the elders. 

A few small flocks of linnet along Moorbottom rd too 

Plus the usuals. 



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Only from Moorbottom Rd,top to bottom

4 Wheatear

4 Stonechat

5 Meadow Pipit

6 Linnet

2 Ring Ouzel

4 Swallow

Skylark

Green Woodpecker(giving great views)

Raven

Pheasant

Kestrel

Curlew heard

Not a single Tit seen all the way



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Highlights from a three and a half hour walk this morning:

3 Kestrel

2 Curlew

Green Woodpecker

Cuckoo calling for at least 2 hours in the Red Brook valley, but didn't get to see it!

8 Wheatear and 3 Stonechat.

1 Grey Wagtail

14 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff.

6 Linnet and 1 Lesser Redpoll.

16+ Skylark and 25+ Meadow Pipit.

 



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Highlights from a 4 hour circuit round Redisher Wood and Holcombe Moor:

Curlew and my first site record of Snipe singing.

1 Sparrowhawk,  2 Kestrel and a Raven.

3 reeling Grasshopper Warbler, with one being seen well.

Single Garden Warbler, with lots of Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap.

4 Wheatear. Abundant Meadow Pipit and Skylark singing on the high ground.

Green Woodpecker.

Little Owl.

 



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1 Wheatear
1 Swallow
4 Willow Warbler
1 Chiffchaff
2 singing Skylark
1 Goldcrest

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Birds of note from a morning walk round Moorbottom Road and over Holcombe Moor:

2, probably 3 Ring Ouzel on the steep west side of the Moor. They then flew west to the opposite side of the valley.

10 Wheatear.

Single  Goldcrest and Swallow.

2 Curlew including one in bubbling display flight.

2 Grey Heron.

Single Little Owl.

At least 15 each of Meadow Pipit and Skylark.

 



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This afternoon 13-00pm to 17-00pm

7 x Wheatear

2x Ring Ouzel in tree before flag mast 

Raven

Carrion Crow

Magpie

Blue Tit

Chaffinch

Kestrel at least 3

Common Buzzard

Meadow Pipit

Skylark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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11am till 3pm Stonechat x 7 Moorbottom Wheatear x 9 Moorbottom Kestrels x 3 Buzzard x 3 Raven x 2 Lots of Skylark Lots of Meadow Pipit Reed Bunting x 1 Curlew heard, not seen Green Woodpecker heard, not seen

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Treecreeper, Chiffchaff, 6 singing Willow Warbler, 6 Linnet, 14 singing Sky Larks, 7 Wheatear, 3 Curlew 2 Green Woodpecker, Canada Goose, Mallard, Reed Bunting, Buzzard, Kestrel, 1 Male Ring Ouzel, lots of Meadow Pipits and a Stonechat.



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4 Ring Ouzel on this mornings Holcombe BBS Squares, all on the Red Brook boulder fields ...2 Red Grouse also at the top of the Brook.

Excellent year for singing Skylark's on the Moors up here ..Best numbers I have recorded.. 



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Visited 12.40 to 15.30 this afternoon highlights: Wheatears 6+, Stonechats 4+ and Ring Ouzel 2 both male (seen flying over my head probably flushed by 2 mountain bikers descending Holcombe Moor, the birds landed briefly in a large tree by the path then flew to a rock on the hillside I tried to photo them but failed to get any decent shots before I lost them) this was on the west side of the moor along the footpath that is the extension of Moorbottom Road. Also heard Green Woodpecker yaffle several times.    



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Evening walk with V. Irving ... 6 Ring Ouzel, all on the sunny,  West facing hillside above Moorbottom Road .. 



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This morning -

2 Ring Ouzel

3 Stonechat

4 Raven

Wheatear

Green Woodpecker

Chiffchaff

Buzzard

Numerous Linnets, Meadow Pipits and Skylark



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Did an evening loop on the mountain bike along Moorbottom rd. Didn't take my bins, just my camera, plus had to split my attention on concentrating on any birds I saw out of the corner of my eye and not crashing my bike into stone walls aww.

Signs of spring starting to appear. 

X4 male wheatear, some were being very vocal and displaying. 

X7 stonechat, mixture of males and females, males seemed to be fighting each other whilst the females were all collecting nest material. no

X4 medow pipits 

And one very vocal green woodpecker 



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Best bits from a 2.5 hour walk round Redisher Wood and Holcombe  Moor this morning:

Green Woodpecker calling and 3 Geat Spotted Woodpecker drumming.

Little Owl.

Pair Grey Wagtail.

2 Pairs Stock Dove.

Curlew heard in display flight but not seen in the early mist.

The Sylarks and Meadow Pipits have returned to the moorland area with at least 5 singing Skylark and 6/7 displaying Meadow Pipit.



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Best birds from a 1 hour walk round Redisher Woods:

2 green woodpecker, apparently calling against one another, pair of  Goosander and a jay.



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Nuthatch, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Buzzard was about it



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Walk from Redisher Lane through the wood of that name, and up Moor Bottom Road as far as the Red Brook Clough - just about all in GM I think.

In the woods, Treecreeper, Nuthatch and Dipper all in evidence, as well as the usual common tits, with a Tawny Owl on the northern edge near the moor.
In the open valley, a Green Woodpecker was yaffling and glimpsed a couple of times at some distance, a pair of Raven were circling, and a Stonechat male was hopping around in a tall tree, unusually, near one of the ruins.

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Little Owl and stonechat the only birds of note in a 90 minute walk round and over the Moor this afternoon.



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2 Green Woodpecker and a Kestrel this morning, and a Stonechat yesterday.



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Modest highlights from a 2 hour walk through Redisher Wood and over Holcombe Moor:

1 raven

1 kestrel

1 green woodpecker.

The open moorland is now completely devoid of birds, but the edges still hold some interest.



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My first site record of a Kingfisher in Redisher Wood yesterday. It was by the pond in the upper part of the wood.



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3 hour loop in heavy snow. Only spotted 4 birds. Green woodpecker, Raven, carrion crow and a female reed bunting. blankstare



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Roger,

Taking a friend walking on the moor area a little owl and I not seen one for months ! where is it.

Mike Horwood



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The Moor itself is now totally devoid of birds, but the moorland edge still holds some interest. Highlights from this morning:

1 Little Owl

1 Sparrowhawk

1 Kestrel

2 Stonechat

Flocks of 20 Goldfinch and 7 Bullfinch

 



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Highlights from the last two mornings over the moor:

Little Owl yesterday.

Sparrowhawk flushing a Green Woodpecker out of a tree today.

2 Redwing today.

Small movement of Corvids, mainly Jackdaw and Rook, and Meadow Pipit South.

kestrel on both days.



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Highlights from a 3 hour walk over the Moor this morning:

2 Kestrel

1 Little Owl

Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers

75 Meadow Pipit

1 Stonechat

6 Swallow

1 Raven

2 Goldcrest

1 Chiffchaff

1 juv Bullfinch.



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Walk along Moorbottom Road to Crowthorne produced a grand total of 21 Stonechat (some in Lancs) this afternoon..A good year for them, mainly seen in the Bracken patches.

Also along the west facing edges Wheatear, 5 Raven, 8 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard and great views of a Merlin coming out of Red Brook and chasing Meadow Pipits over White Hill



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Couldn't find the Whinchat this morning but a good morning walk nevertheless. Highlights:

2 Wheatear

3 Stonechat

6 Kestrel

1 Sparrowhawk

1 Buzzard

1 Little Owl

1 Raven

20 + Meadow Pipit

Maybe 100 Swallow which appeared to be a mixture of local birds and small groups moving south.



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Full Moorbottom rd loop over to Edgeworth this afternoon. Fairly quiet on the Holcombe side of Red Brook yet the other side was absolutely teaming with life along the path. 

x9 Kestrels 

x4 Adult wheatear (2m 2f)

x6 Stonechat (2 adults 4 juvenile) 

x20 plus meadow pipits (mixture of adults and juveniles) 

x20 plus juvenile goldfinch 

x6 Carrion crow

x1 buzzard

x1 green woodpecker (heard only) 

And the star bird of the day for me was a single female Whinchat, a first for me in this area biggrin

 



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Full loop of Moorbottom rd this evening 15+ kestrels quite a bizarre sight, made up of seperate families of newly fledged juveniles and adults, mainly dog fighting with each other in the air, all spaced out equally along the vallys edge. On the Edgeworth side there was an unfortunate buzzard being pestered by 4 juvenile kestrels too hmm



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singing willow warbler

singing blackcap

Kestrels

Raven

House Martins

Two pairs of Stonechat one feeding young

three singing Skylarks

two pair of Wheatear

three  singing Linnets

lots of Meadow Pipits



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Last night around the Moor rd area I was greeted to the lovely sight of a very successfully fledged family of kestrels. 4 healthy looking juveniles all flying around being very vocal with both parents frequently dropping in voles from above.  



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Highlights of a 3 hour walk round the moor this morning- Cuckoo still calling at top end of firing range, pair Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 3 Curlew and 10 Lapwing. Also post breeding flock c120 Starling including lots of juveniles, and Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit and Skylark still singing.



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Ring Ouzel  below Moorbottom Road amongst sheep fields just past The Glen ruins ..



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Cuckoo currently on Moorbottom Rd adjacent to sapling woods getting heavily mobbed by a load of Jackdaws 



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Couldn't find the Ring Ouzel or Cuckoo this morning, but a real highlight in the form of a Red Kite that flew SW over the firing range being mobbed by Crows. Also Dipper, Lapwing, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 1 Redpoll and 1 Whitethroat.



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