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Holcombe Moor and environs


Early AM 2 Grasshopper Warbler 9 Willow Warbler 1 Chiffchaff 2 Kestrel, 3 Curlew, Moorhen 4 Canada Geese, Male Stonechat, 20+ Wheatear, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, two flocks of Linnets (6 & 4) 8 Ring Ouzel (3m 5f) lots of meadow Pipits and Singing Skylarks, Pied Wagtail, Long Tailed Tits flocks of Goldfinches Pheasant and usuals.

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Excellent morning for 2 BBS Squares around the moors and Ranges..
12 Ring Ouzel
26 Wheatear
Stonechat in a new area for me.
2 Golden Plover
Grasshopper Warbler
2 Stock Dove
2 Green Woodpecker

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Had a great walk along moor bottom road with my 2 children. We saw wheatear, excellent views of a male stonechat, green woodpecker, skylark, meadow pipit, linnet, willow warbler, swallow. Sadly we failed to see the ring ouzels!!!

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In trees along road: 4 Willow warblers singing Nuthatch 3 Chaffinches singing 3 Ring Ouzel including a pair at the far end of moorbottom road on top of slope 5 Wheatears 1 Stonechat 1 Green Woodpecker 1 Peregrine flew over Grey heron flew over numerous singing skylarks and Meadow Pipits

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Late morning visit was rewarded by great views of Ring Ouzel, 4 in total along the right hand side of the hill on Moorland Road walking towards the firing range. Other highlights:
Wheatear
Stonechat
Kestrel
Willow Warbler
Meadow Pipit



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Late morning visit (after an early morning at Elton) with Simon Johnson produced the follow highlights;

17+ Ring Ouzels along Moorbottom Road, both on the slopes right of the path and some below in the valley bottom, slightly more males than females.
19 Wheatear
3 Stonechat
2 Green Woodpecker
14 Willow Warblers
few Lesser Redpolls.

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this morning with Simon Warford

glorious sunshine looking out over a blanket of fog

Good passage of meadow pipits with approx 900 north
3 Wheatear and male Stonechat on moor bottom road
60+ Skylark on moor with at least 30 singing birds
Red Grouse displaying
4 Curlew
2 Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
2 Raven
5 Greylag Geese sw
Green Woodpecker
15 Golden Plover

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walk through Redisher woods and across rifile range gave Treecreeper, Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Fieldfares, Meadow Pipits and 4 Reed Bunting.

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Ringtail Hen Harrier is still in Holcomve Area at the mo.. Currently hunting by the Tower mobbed by 2 Raven and a Merlin..
Rob..

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Ringtail Hen Harrier tonight below Harcles Hill.. Flew north below White Hill into Lancs..

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2 Raven
Merlin west
67 Golden Plover in several flocks either sw or east
1100+ Meadow pipit south with several hundred still on the moor
3 juv Stonechat
2 Green Woodpecker
3 Sparrowhawk
2 Greylag Geese north

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A pair of Raven had set up in Harcles Quarry for the first time this year. . 5 young hatched c10days ago. On checking this morning the nest has been destroyed and all 5 young killed. . .Photos taken and police to be informed. . I doubt anybody will know anything but if they do can info me and will liase with Police.

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A short walk along Moorbottom Road up to red flag post on 25th November in glorious sunshine - 100+ fieldfares with a solitary redwing feeding on berry bushes between Moorbottom Road and northern edge of Saplin Wood; two ravens circling over Holcombe Moor edge; kestrel hunting; and 5 stonechats (3 male/2 female) showing well on walls and heather/gorse on hillside above Moorbottom Road.

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no sign of any snow buntings on the moor this morning

watching from fields just below peel tower

12 Twite came over from the north east when the hit the other valley (which runs to to red brook) they turned back on themselves and headed back and up over the moor towards peel tower
8 Greylag Geese also came over here South
600+ Pinkfeet headed east across south Manchester
393 Starling NW

Chiffchaff, several Goldcrest Nuthatch and Great spotted woodpecker in the garden of the house near by

2 Snipe and 2 Raven on the moor



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The coordinates given for yesterday's Snow Bunting sighting place it by some hundreds of metres in Lancashire.

Interestingly, some 13 years ago, Barbara and I watched two birds at close range for a couple of minutes on the broad summit of Harcles Hill; these were about one and a half kilometres south south east of the latest sighting (and so were comfortably in Greater Manchester). This was a purely chance encounter (we weren't even there birding and were without binoculars) in an area we hadn't walked over for some 20 years, and we assumed at the time that the birds were a regular winter feature (indeed this may well be the case) and so thought little of it.

I suspect that Snow Buntings would generally not be difficult to find here along the summit ridge paths during the winter months (especially after spells of windy/stormy weather), should birders put in the time searching on a regular basis, and after all, the area is relatively easy to access.

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A single Snow Bunting was on the moor behind Peel Tower today and was fortuitously photographed by the observer. The bird was on the path between the trig point at the top of Bull Hill and the standing stone on the way to Peel Tower. Approx bearing 768184.

Info thanks to David Whitney

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 4th of November 2013 04:44:54 PM

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few hours this afternoon - ended up getting caught in the thunderstorm

lots of migration this afternoon mainly thrushes starlings and woodpigeons

2,719 Fieldfare sw in several large flocks
245 Starling west
23 Redwing sw
206 Woodpigeon south
35 Golden Plover circling the moor above red brook before departing sw
54 Lapwing south
21 Snipe sw
Merlin south
2 Buzzard south

Stonechat, Peregrine, 2 Raven, Green Woodpecker & 3 Kestrel present on the moor

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3 Ring Ouzel (1 calling from the bushes on the slope to peel tower early doors and a further 2 flew SW)

lots of meadow pipit and finches on migration 43 Siskin and a Brambling the best amongst

395 Pink-footed geese flew east in 5 skeins, Merlin, Peregrine and 6 Raven also on the move

21 Swallow flew south

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Nuthatch bottom of Moor Bottom Rd, quite a few Meadow Pipits, 1 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat 2 Whinchat around wall below Red Brook Kestrel, at least three Green Woodpeckers 2 flying onto Holcombe Hill and lots of Wrens.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 23rd of September 2013 10:20:54 PM

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Weds 18th Sept

Still 4 Whinchat in Red Brook
4 Stonechat
3 Kestrel
c40 Pink- footed Geese over Holcombe Moor

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this afternoon

Peregrine
Merlin in red brook area flew west
2 Raven

lots of chats around red brook
13 Stonechat
3 Whinchat
Wheatear

100 Swallow
5 House Martin
30 Meadow pipit

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Thursday 12th Sept

4 Whinchat still in the bracken in Red Brook
6 Stonechat with another 6 or 7 in bracken below Lark Hill just in Lancs
2 Wheatear
2 Raven
3 Kestrel
Peregrine
Buzzard
A few Skylark still on the Moors
2 Little Owl

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Moor bottom road - bushes around the miniature ponies

female/imm Redstart
Garden Warbler
10+ Willow Warbler
15 Goldfinch
5 Chaffinch
Goldcrest
50 Swallow on wires
5 House Martins
2 Tree pipit flew over whilst counting the swallows and landed in the bushes
Green Woodpecker

On the moor
3 Raven
Kestrel
Sparrowhawk
105 House martin flew SW
Grey Wagtail south
Skylark


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4 Buzzards drifting SW @ 1400

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Yesterday...12 Linnets, female Sparrowhawk hung in the wind almost like a kestrel and then stooped in to Reddisher Wood. Later possibly the same bird was fighting with corvids near Peel Tower. Several Kestrels one with its wing and tail feathers damaged probably as a result of disputes with corvids. Carrion Crows fighting with a Raven. Several Wheatear and Meadow Pipit, 2 Little Owls, Green woodpecker. I was not able to get onto Red Brook since the army were shooting on the range but after 5.00pm I was able to get onto Redbrook where there at least two juvenile Stonechats and two juvenile Whinchats but not offereing close views . It was nice to meet Rob Archer.

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7.30 - 12.30am

Paddys pond area -

Spotted flycatcher
30+ Willow Warbler
10+ Coal Tit
Nuthatch
2 Treecreeper

Red brook -
3 Juv Stonechat
7 Wheatear

6 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Raven, and Stock Dove in the valley.

190 Swallow, 14 House Martin and 11 Swift Swift moved SW


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Originally posted by Mike Horwood today: -

Holcombe Moor, Peregrine over,hundreds of Swallows sadly heading south !! 1330

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Reddisher wood

Great spotted Woodpecker, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, lots of Nuthatch, and Dipper

A lot of work has gone on with a new path up the side of the top lodge to the stepping stones. still under construction but much easier than the previous muddy goat track

Moor and Moor Bottom Rd Skylark, Meadow Pipit Swallow, Green Woodpecker, Curlew, Wheatears, one female Stonechat, large flock of starlings and two Herring Gulls

-- Edited by Ian Boote on Sunday 2nd of June 2013 07:21:55 PM

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A late post from yesterday

Wood Warbler was actively feeding in the tree canopy in Reddisher Woods near the bridge over the stream

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At least 30 Wheatears still along Moorbottom Road mid morning, also Green Woodpecker showing well.

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loads of Wheatears stopped counting at 15. several Curlrew, Green Woodpecker, Blackcap Pheasant, several Linnet Skylarks Meadow, Pipit and Cuckoo calling.

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Long walk up to the valley head of Red Brook on Saturday 20th April. No sign of ring ouzels, stonechats or little owls. A dozen or so wheatears with males displaying and chasing each other. Green woodpecker heard and solitary linnet singing in gorse above Moor Bottom road.

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On BBS walk this morning 4 Ring Ouzel still in the valley..

Rob Archer

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This Morning with Paul Wilson

Tree Pipit - north up valley
4 Ring Ouzel - red brook (at the valley Head) 2 male 2 female
11 Wheatear (9 at red brook)
50 Fieldfare NE and 2 in valley
2 Siskin
3 Lesser Redpoll
Swallow NE
7 Sand Martin North
3+ Linnet
6 Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
several Curlew heard and at least 2 Green Woodpecker

2 Goldcrest in trees out on moor

-- Edited by Simon Johnson on Saturday 13th of April 2013 09:54:51 PM

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This afternoon around the Moors.
5 Ring Ouzel
3 Fieldfare
2 Wheatear
3 Siskin
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Green Woodpecker
Many Meadow Pipit
There was a pair of Stonechat in a regular spot on 14th March and also 18th March but not seen them since then. Presume the grim weather has had something to do with it..

Rob Archer

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a good walk round with Simon Warford

The moor was very quiet - only one singing skylark not many meadow pipits back and no wheatear or stonechats

However birds where moving and the best was a ringtail Hen Harrier which circled fields over Tottington gaining height and then drifting north up the valley

other sightings -
4 Buzzard north
4 Curlew North
89 Meadow Pipit north
5 Siskin North

in the valley
3 Green Woodpeckers
4 Fieldfare
70 Starling
2 Raven
2 Kestrel
1 skylark

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quick shufti moor bottom rd plenty walkers out and about At least two green woodpeckers, 16 meadow pipits raven

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Reddisher wood

Coal Tit, Treecreeper, several Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatches, Bullfinch Long Tailed Tits and Jay
Moor Bottom Rd 1 Red Grouse above red brook, Siskin, 2 Meadow Pipit 2 Skylark singing, Kestrel. 12 Carrion Crow in one flock

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couple of hours - fog setting in

single Brambling south
3 Crossbill sw
76 Chaffinch se/sw
136 Redwing sw
11 Siskin south
7 Goldcrest
Green Woodpecker heard

-- Edited by Simon Johnson on Saturday 13th of October 2012 08:32:14 PM

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Can only add
A Few Meadow Pipits between red brook and lark hill, juvenile stonechat moor bottom rd
willow warblers and nuthatch in reddisher wood

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Mid afternoon

3 juv Wheatear
5 Kestrel
63 Goldfinch feeding on thistles
Green Woodpecker
55+ Swallow 15 of wich perching in a sliver birch

No skylark or meadow Pipits

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Yesterday afternoon:
Very hot, and thousands of ants on Moorbottom Road,including many flying ( Queen) ants which adhered to
my skin!
Very quiet bird wise:

Linnets ...3 on the gorse
Carrion Crows....12
Kestrel...2
Juv. Wheatear....1
Wren...1
Magpies and Woodpigeon

Some noisy mechanised sheep herding going on, could have explained the lack of bird activity.


-- Edited by keith mills on Saturday 11th of August 2012 12:22:10 PM

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Plenty of juv birds around the Ranges yesterday afternoon. 28/6/2012
Green Woodpecker 1 juv
2 pairs of Wheatear both with fledged young
Stonechats with 2 juv ( 2nd brood)
Min of 10 juv Kestrel fledged.
Whitethroat feeding young by the Barracks
2 Grey Partridge by the Cairn on Harcles Hill was unusual

( Also a Common Scotor and a single Common Tern on Wayoh Res Lancs)
Rob Archer

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Cuckoo around the Ranges/Redisher Wood area the last couple of days. Still there this morning.

Rob Archer

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quite a few willow warbler and an odd blackcap at the bottom of holcombe hill
Quite a few Wheatear, Skylark, Meadow Pipit with live food.
Swift Swallow House Martin
one Green Woodpecker two Curlew one on the tops
Heard one Stonechat

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evening walk not many bird about - cold and windy

2 Red Grouse flew over red brook
3 Wheatear all females and all on the top - none along moor bottom Road
Rook
several Skylark and Meadow pipit
5 Willow Warbler
Whitethroat

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Along Moor Bottom Road, with my class tonight, 7-9pm.

Many Linnet,Skylark and Meadow Pipits. One pair of Wheatear,Stockdove, Swallows, some feeding some going North.
Wonderful ,prolonged, close views of a male Green Woodpecker feeding
Second Green Woodpecker, seen lower down in the valley being 'seen off' by a Crow.

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Afternoon

A Cracking male Merlin flew NW up the valley and off over the tops
2 Raven
26 Wheatear
2 Stonechat
6 Redpoll including display flight
14 Fieldfare
11 Swift
House Martin
30+ Willow Warbler
6 Blackcap
5 Chiffchaff
2 Green Woodpecker
Stock Dove

Also found my first ever long tailed tit nest

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trip to see the ring ouzels but sadly at red brook was a group of trial motorbikes on which one heavy headed character tried to repeatedly drive the thing vertically up the hill until he dropped off much to the mirth of his pals.

Some other bits along moor bottom rd holcombbe hill 2f 3/4M Stonechats 10 wheatear lots of meadow pipit skylark fly over buzzard 3 green woodpecker pheasant. Good views of Mottram Church Joderal Bank, Bickerton Hill, Fidlers ferry Liverpool Cathederals, and Welsh Mountains

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3 Ring Ouzel above the Ranges this am..2 above Paddys Pond and one on the Red Brook boulder field....12 Wheatear also..

Rob Archer

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