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3 Ring Ouzel this evening in the same area on Eastern slope above Moorbottom Road and still plenty of Fieldfare in the valley bottom ... 



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At last! 2(1m,1f) Ring Ouzel at the north end of the Red Brook valley. Not in previously reported locations but in the broken ground east of the stream. Best of the rest:

1 Curlew and 5 Lapwing.

4 Buzzard, 2 Little Owl.

Willow Warbler everywhere with a few Blackcap and Chiffchaff.

12 Wheatear, 5 Stonechat.

6 Lesser Redpoll.



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Couldnt find any Ring Ouzel during a late visit- my third failed attempt! Still 30+ Fieldfare in the valley bottom and some compensation in the form of a Tawny Owl, my first site record.



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5 Ring Ouzel this evening together in one of the steep rocky gullies on the eastern slope above Moorbottom Road..still plenty of Fieldfare in the sheep fields.



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2 Ring Ouzel amongst the sheep below Moorbottom Road and a pair of Stonechat in Red Brook this morning ..

Info fm V Irving ..



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09:35 am Moorbottom rd with Ian C
3 Ring Ouzel 2f 1m possibly another male.
130+ Fieldfare..
2 Stonechat.
2 wheatear
12 Linnet.
1 Green woodpecker.
1 Willow warbler.

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Two Ring Ouzel on Moorbottom Rd between the gate with the stiles and the flagpole this evening.

Info courtesy of Gary Taylor 



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Best from a short late morning circuit:

42 Fieldfare still present, but couldnt find anything else among them. Also 2 Buzzard, 5 Lapwing, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Swallow and 1 Lesser Redpoll.



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Ring Ouzel and c40 Fieldfare amongst the sheep near The Glen below Moorbottom Road .. c10 Wheatear in the area and a pair of Stonechat in the dead braken below Red Brook .. Sparrowhawk and 2 Buzzard also in the area . 

Red Kite flew east above Red Brook across towards White Hill at 0815.. 10 years since I've last seen one here in the same place above Red Brook 



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A good total of 42 species on a morn8ng circuit from 7.10 to 10.45 with the highlights being:

2 Buzzard.

4 Lapwing.

2 Green Woodpecker ( no Great Spotted)

25 Fieldfare and a Mistle Thrush on a nest.

5 Wheatear.

4 Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch and 1 Lesser Redpoll in Redisher Wood.

 



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c40 Fieldfare feeding amongst the sheep by The Glen below Moorbottom Rd this evening .

Single Wheatear and a Stonechat in the same area on a great evening walk with V Irving 



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My first Wheatear of the year during a short afternoon circuit. It was singing on the western side of the moor. Also 1 bubbling Curlew and 2 Lapwing.



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Highlights from a morning circuit 7.00 to 10.10:

2 Lesser Redpoll - amazingly my first record of the year!

2 Little Owl.

3 Green and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Dipper and 2 Grey Wagtail in Redisher Wood.

1 Raven.

3 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest.

Lots of singing Meadow Pipit (20+) have now joined the Skylark on the higher ground.



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39 species during a morning circuit 7.20 to 10.10 with the best being:

1 Buzzard, my first here for a while, and 2 Little Owl.

5 Lapwing.

3 Green and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Still good numbers of Skylark on the higher ground.

1 Dipper.

Bullfinch, Goldcrest and Treecreeper in Redisher Wood.

A bit cooler than last week!



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Large number of Jays in trees on Redisher Lane. 2 Lapwings on water off Redisher Lane. Heard a woodpecker drumming but unfortunately not seen.

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3 Lapwings on the water opposite Redisher Lane Male and female Goosander on Simons Lodge Number of Long Tailed tits

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Of note during short circular walk through Redisher Woods today 10.30am. Nuthatch 3 Tree Creeper Grey Wagtail in the Brook 2 Jay Wren

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Highlights from a longer circuit this morning 7.30 to 11.00:

Singing Skylark everywhere! Probably 40 birds in total.

Stock Dove singles or pairs in 4 locations.

Grey Wagtail.

2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

2 Little Owl.

2 singing Reed Bunting.



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Of interest during a morning circuit 9.00 to 11.15:

3 Goosander on the pond in Redisher Wood and a single Dipper nearby.

1 Green Woodpecker.

1 Kestrel and 2 Little Owl.

2 Goldcrest singing.

A few returning Skylark on the higher ground with at least 3 birds singing. 

 

 



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Highlights from a morning circuit 8.00 to 10.20:

2 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Dipper in Redisher Wood. Also 6 Song Thrush in full song!

5 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare and 1 Mistle Thrush.

1 Raven and 1 Little Owl.

 



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Limited highlights from a low level circuit in the murk and 4/5 inches of snow:

My first site record of Teal, with 3 on the pond in Redisher Wood.

1 male Goosander swimming down Red Brook!

1 Buzzard and 1 Jay.



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37 species noted during morning circuit 8.30 to 11.30 including:

Kingfisher, Dipper, 2 Grey Wagtail and a Stock Dove in Redisher Wood.

Great Black- backed Gull on sheep carcass.

c30 Fieldfare and 1 Redwing on the rifle range.

Prolonged views of Peregrine including a spell of aerial combat with a Raven.

1 Little Owl and 1 Kestrel.



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Best from a morning circuit 8.50 to 11.15:

2 Little Owl.

1 Green and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Dipper and Grey Wagtail in Redisher Wood.

1 Redwing and 2 Treecreeper.



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Best from a morning circuit 9.00 to 11.00:

1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel and 2 Little Owl.

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest in Redisher Wood.

Good sized mixed flock near the stables that included 8 Mistle Thrush together, a few Fieldfare, 30 Goldfinch and 50+ Starling.

3 Lesser Redpoll and 4 Greenfinch.

Couldnt find any Dippers today. 



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Highlights of a morning circuit 8.30 to 11.20:

3 Red Grouse in the mist on the high ground.

3 Grey Wagtail and 2 Goldcrest in Redisher Wood.

Mistle Thrush defending the berries on a holly tree against all comers that included a Woodpigeon, a Jay, several Redwing and a Fieldfare!

And the one that got away... distant views of a blackbird that appeared to have a pale throat and pale wing panels. It dropped down from a tree into an area of dead ground and couldnt be relocated despite a search of the area. 

 



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Highlights from a morning circuit:

Small numbers of Redwing, Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush in Red Brook valley.

Treecreeper, Goldcrest and Great Spotted Woodpecker in the woodland.

1 Snipe flushed from the high ground of the moor, my first record since the spring.

1 Little Owl.



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Best from a short morning circuit in the drizzle:

1 Dipper.

30+ Fieldfare and at least 4 Redwing.

1 Goldcrest.

Compact group of 7 Bullfinch and at least 2 Siskin.

1 Raven over.



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Best from a morning circuit 8.00 to 11.20:

2 Dipper in Redisher Wood.

2 Treecreeper, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Stock Dove, also in the Wood.

150 Pink - footed Goose over to the south east.

First site record of Great Black-backed Gull.

5 Raven.

1 Little Owl.

And a new record count of 37 Mallard on the Redisher Wood pond!



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3 Red Grouse the highlight of a short afternoon circuit. They were flushed by a dog walker in the area to the north of Peel Tower, and were my first site record since the snow in February 2016. Also 2 Little Owl.



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Best from a morning circuit 7.30 to 10.30:

1 Green Woodpecker.

5 Redwing and 3 Mistle Thrush.

Still lots of Jay activity with at least 10 birds.

3 Grey Wagtail In Redisher Wood.

c130 Woodpigeon.

1 Little Owl and 1 Kestrel

 



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Best from an afternoon circuit:

1 Little Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker and a flock of c60 Woodpigeon in Redisher Wood.



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Of interest during morning circuit 8.30 to 12.00:

Two flocks of Fieldfare, 50 and 30. 1 Redwing among them and 5 Mistle Thrush.

c20 Meadow Pipit still on the higher ground. 1 Grey Wagtail.

2 Raven and still plenty of Jay activity.

1 Little Owl and 1 Kestrel.



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Highlights from a circuit after the rain 10.00 until 12.50:

My first site record of Brambling with 3, possibly 4, birds on the east side of the Moor. Also 6 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch and 3 Reed Bunting.

3 Stonechat, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest.

Only a single Meadow Pipit on the high ground.

1 Little Owl and 1 Kestrel.

Record count of 27 Mallard on the pond in Redisher Wood!



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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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