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RE: Holcombe Moor and environs


Modest highlights of a shortish morning circuit:

1 Buzzard and at least 4 Kestrel, possibly up to 7.

1 Swift.

2 Stonechat.

Dipper and Grey Wagtail in Redisher Wood.



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Highlights from a longer morning circuit:

Patch tick in the form of a Little Grebe! It was on the pond by Hollingrove Farm.

3 Kestrel an 1 Little Owl, my first sighting for a while.

4 Stock Dove in 3 locations, with 2 birds singing.

2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Kingfisher and Dipper in Redisher Wood.

2 Stonechat and 7 Wheatear.

Excellent views of male Lesser Redpoll at the top of the assault course, 2 Linnet and 4 Bullfinch.

 

 



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Dipper and Treecreeper best from a morning circuit truncated due to the rain!



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Highlights from a longer morning circuit:

1 Green and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Stock Dove.

7 Stonechat, with 1 pair looking like they were rearing a second brood, and 1 Wheatear.

1 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 3 Bullfinch.



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Highlights from a short afternoon circuit after the murk had cleared:

At least 3 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel and 5 Raven playing on the updraught to the west of the moor.

5 Stonechat and 3 Wheatear with juveniles of both species.

Good number of Meadow Pipit on the high ground, but all of the Skylark seem to have gone.

 



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Highlights from a morning circuit after the school run:

2 Buzzard and 2 Kestrel.

1 Green Woodpecker.

1 Kingfisher and 1 Dipper In Redisher Wood.

Family party of Whitethroat in an area where I have not seen them this year.

Adult and juvenile Wheatear.

1 Lesser Redpoll just up the valley from Simons Lodge. 



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Did a short circuit over the higher ground this afternoon, with the highlight being a Hobby which zoomed north over the stables. However, potentially more interesting was 4 birds that flew north west when I was just north of Peel Tower. I am pretty sure they were Crossbill based on their flight calls but I couldnt be absolutely sure. 



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Best from a short morning circuit after the school run:

1 Kestrel.

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

My first fledged Wheatear of the year with 4 young birds present.

Flock of c90 Starling which perched up long enough to establish no pink ones were present!



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51 species during a longer morning circuit from home, with the highlights being:

Green and 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Only 1 Curlew calling.

1 Grasshopper Warbler still reeling.

Party of 8 Mistle Thrush.

Dipper and 3 Grey Wagtail.

10+ Stonechat and 8 Wheatear.

3 Raven.



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Cuckoo around 1500, Saplan wood below Moorbottom Road



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4,30pm till 6pm 

Cuckoo present around Paddy's pond area. Very mobile & vocal. Its been around since yesterday morning, so Ive been informed. 



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...... Continued from Elton post, totalling 61 species and 3 or 4 additional ones heard (65)

By this time I realised since I twisted my knee last year I'm going to need to keep a support on everytime I ride my bike in future...

Highlights include:

Nuthatch
Jay
Kestrel
Buzzard
Meadow pipit
Skylarks
Linnet
Stonechat
Lesser redpoll
Garden warbler
Green woodpecker flew past
Stock doves x3
Song thrush
Mistle thrush

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Highlights from a longer morning circuit:

1 Red Kite on the west side of Holcombe Moor. It seemed to head over the moor towards Ramsbottom. Also 2 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel.

4 Lapwing and 1 Curlew.

6 Stock Dove, possibly 4 pairs in different locations.

5 pairs of Stonechat, and at least 3 pairs had newly fledged young. 5 Wheatear.

1 Lesser Redpoll.



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I wanted to ride up here 3 weeks ago but had to postpone until lockdown was eased!

Highlights include:

Garden warbler
Stonechat
Wheatear
Skylark
Meadow pipit
Linnet
Dipper
Raven
Jay
Buzzard (and was being mobbed by a kestrel)

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Cuckoo seen this morning. It did a circuit of the firing range and then disappeared. Also Buzzard, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 6+ Stock Dove, 2 Grasshopper Warbler 3 Grey Wagtail and a Dipper . 1 Swift over the high ground.



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Excellent views of singing Garden Warbler at the top of Redisher Wood this morning. Also my first record of Swift here this year, with 3 birds flying around, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Lesser Redpoll.



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

Cuckoo calling incessantly from the north side of Redisher Wood.

2 Buzzard and a Kestrel.

Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

First patch record of House Martin this year.

1 Dipper.

2 Lesser Redpoll. For Malcolms information, they were in the same locations I described yesterday!



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Best from a morning circuit:

2 Oystercatcher- a patch tick! 8+ Lapwing and a singing Snipe.

1 Stock Dove.

2 Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the valley floor and another from Moorbottom Road.

6 Wheatear.

2 Lesser Redpoll.



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13 Wheatear at the head of the Red Brook Valley this morning. Also Green Woodpecker, Stock Dove and Lesser Redpoll in the same general area.



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3 Ring Ouzel ( 2 male) in the regular sheep fields this evening .

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Early walk over ..

Ring Ouzel calling somewhere in the valley but didn't find it .

Mediterranean Gull in with feeding Black-headed Gulls below Lark Hill flew off towards Red Earth Farm and 2 Grasshopper Warblers below the old Maggot Farm ( Lancs)



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5 Lesser Redpoll around Redisher Wood this morning, 2 below Bank Top Farm an 3 together by Simons Farm. Also Green Woodpecker. 



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4 Ring Ouzel in the sheep fields and a Grasshopper Warbler near Lark Hill on this morning's early yomp



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6 Ring Ouzel amongst the sheep below Moorbotto Rd this evening .

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Tabbed over first light to avoid the crowds ..

Plenty of Wheatear arrived overnight with  c20 birds around the valley and another new pair of Stonechat found  to make it 9 pairs in GM ..

Single male Ring Ouzel in the valley floor near The Glen and c30 Fieldfare flew over east ..



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Walked over this morning to continue the Stonechat search . Found and photographed another 2 pairs making it at least 8 in total within GM. 

Green Woodpecker also seen high on Lark Hill. 



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Completed my 2 Holcombe BBS squares this morning as I normally do them on foot from home anyway..

6 pairs of Stonechat within GM this year . Taken photos of all the males and probably more still within GM on The Ranges.

2 Fieldfare, 8 Wheatear and 3 Ring Ouzel ( 2 males) also present this morning  

 



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6 Wheatear this morning, 2 on the east side of Red Brook and 4 together on the west side. 3 Curlew, and 1 Snipe singing below Lark Hill. Also 1 Raven, 4 Stock Dove together and Lesser Redpoll. 



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2 female Ring Ouzel the undoubted highlight of my morning walk. They were hunkered down behind the stone wall next to Moorbottom Road west of Harcles Hill, but flew off north. Also 2 Wheatear in the same area, my first 2 Swallow around Hollingrove Farm and my first Willow Warbler near Simons Farm.



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15 Fieldfare flew south(!) over Redisher Wood this morning. 2 Lesser Redpoll at the top of the woods.



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Best from fitness walks over the last 2 days:

2 Curlew in different locations and 4 Lapwing.

2 Green Woodpecker in different locations.

15 Fieldfare (yesterday) and 28 Redwing today.

3 Wheatear and 7+ Stonechat.

2 Dipper in different locations, 2 Grey Wagtail.

1 Lesser Redpoll yesterday.



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Walked over this morning .. 

6 Golden Plover above Red Brook and towards Black Moss .. 

2 Red-legged Partridge high on the tops behind Lark Hill ( in Lancs)

2 Wheatear on eastern flank above Moorbottom Rd 



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I did a similar keep fit circuit from Ramsbottom this morning with largely similar birds. Missed the Wheatear again, but also saw a flock of 10 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Raven, 2 Kestrel and 2 Little Owl.



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Walk from Hawkshaw near Red Lion and over fields to barracks through to Moorbottom road past red brook to last flag-post above Hawkshaw Lane

Red Lion to barracks - Nuthatch, 2 Jay, Pheasant, 2 Curlew,

Barracks to Moorbottom Road - 2 Chiffchaff, Moorhen, Pheasant, Green Woodpecker, Great spotted woodpecker

Moorbottom Road - 12+ Carrion crow, 7 Stonechat, 2 Pied wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 2 Stock Dove, loads of wren, meadow pipit and skylark

 



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Walked over 1st light .. 

2 Grey Partridge flushed off the eastern slopes above Moorbottom Rd was a surprise.  Flew down onto the valley floor south of Paddys Pond .Not seen any here for many years.

Single Wheatear high amongst the boulders west side of Red Brook  



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Walked over at 1st light .

2 Greylag Geese flew over high west at 0715 and a single Golden Plover seen at the top of Red Brook ..a few Linnet have returned to the gorse above Moorbottom Rd ..



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I am fortunate to have access to this area when walking from home, and highlights from a morning circuit were:

1 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel.

2 Green and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Flock of 23 Fieldfare.

1 Stonechat, but couldnt find a Wheatear.

2 Goldcrest.



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Walked over from home 1st light . Another fine cold morning 

Wheatear up near Red Brook and the same 2 pairs of Stonechat in the GM area .. A further 4 pairs found though on continuing round into Lancs towards Crowthorne. 

2 Snipe singing this morning . One as per yesterday and another east of White Hill in the same area as last year. 

A Golden Plover was calling over onto Wet Moss and then sitting on Lark Hill looking east to Walmersley and West towards Great Hill in Lancs counted 8 Buzzard in the air in a single sweep .. 

 

 

 



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Walked over 1st light .

4 pairs of Stonechat ( 2 in Lancs) along Moorbottom Rd and a pair of Stock Doves in Harcles Quarry .

A Snipe was singing on a wall by the rough ground near the conifers below Lark Hill and a pair of Oystercatchers here also .

2 Mediterranean Gulls flew over calling and joined a group of Black-headed Gulls feeding in fields below the old maggot farm before all departing towards Crowthorne 

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40 species noted during a morning circuit of Redisher Wood, making a total of 45 over the last 2 days. Highlights this morning:

1 Curlew and 4 Lapwing.

1 Green and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

2 singing Chiffchaff, my first record here this year.

2 Dipper and 3 Grey Wagtail.

Treecreeper and 2 Goldcrest.

Singing Meadow Pipit and Reed Bunting.



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42 species during a longer morning circuit with the highlights being:

Probably 2 pairs of Buzzard, 1 Kestrel and 2 Little Owl.

1 Green Woodpecker.

Pair of Stock Dove.

A lone Redwing.

Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Treecreeper and Goldcrest. 

3 Bullfinch.



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31 species during a short circuit of Redisher Wood only with the highlights being:

1 bubbling Curlew and 5+ Lapwing.

1 Green Woodpecker.

2 Stock Dove.

Decent flock of winter thrushes with 70+ Fieldfare and 5+ Redwing.

2 Goldcrest and 1 Lesser Redpoll.



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Highlights from a longer morning circuit through Redisher Wood and over the Moor:

Single Curlew and 8 Lapwing.

1 Buzzard, 1 Little Owl and 1 Raven.

2 Great Spotted Woodpecker including a drumming bird.

4 Stock Dove.

1 Dipper.

2 Goldcrest and 1 Treecreeper.

Flock of c 40 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Bullfinch.



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Highlights from a longer morning circuit:

1 Curlew, my first returning bird of the spring, and 6 Lapwing.

2 Little Owl.

1 Green Woodpecker.

1 Stock Dove.

Small numbers of all 5 common Turdus species again.

10 singing Skylark on the highest ground.

Flighty flock of c20 Lesser Redpoll at the top of Redisher Wood.



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Highlights from a morning circuit today and a short one yesterday afternoon:

5 Lapwing braving the weather!

2 Kestrel.

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

1 Stock Dove.

1 Dipper and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Good mixed finch flock at the top of Redisher Wood that included at least 30 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Siskin.

1 Treecreeper.

 

 

 



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Late report on 2 short visits yesterday:

4 Lapwing, being the first returning birds of the spring.

1 Little Owl.



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

Pair of Goosander.

1 Sparrowhawk.

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

1 Dipper and 3 Grey Wagtail together, with one of the Wagtails starting to get its summer plumage.

Flock of 10 Siskin.



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Highlights from a pleasant and calm(!) morning circuit including Moorbottom Road and the highest ground over the moor:

2 Little Owl and 1 Kestrel.

1 Green Woodpecker.

1 Stonechat and, best of all,

2 Skylark in full song on the highest ground!



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Highlights from a morning circuit:

1 Sparrowhawk.

1 Green and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming.

3 Stock Dove.

Flock of 7 Raven together soaring and playing in the updraught on the side of the moor. I wonder what the age composition of such a flock is at this time of year?



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Morning highlights from the same circuit as Monday:

2 Kestrel.

2 Green Woodpecker and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, with the first drumming of the year noted.

All 5 Turdus, with 45+ Redwing.

1 Dipper, my first of the year here.

1 Reed Bunting.



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