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Post Info TOPIC: Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Altcar and environs


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Plex Moss
Plex Moss Rd
Swallows and House Martins moving through in small groups.

Tight flock of 7 Mistle Thrush included juv birds.


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Plex Moss
Plex Moss Rd
Nice to see a fledged Corn Bunting begging for food from adult bird in weedy margins alongside road.
2 or 3 males heard or seen singing.

Plenty of Swallows and House Martins flocking on wires and over fields.


Family party of 5 Red Legged Partridge scuttling into deep cover of giant Maize crop.

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Plex Moss
Plex Moss Rd
1 Corn Bunting singing on wires.

50+ Rooks in tight post breeding flock, most young birds.

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Plex Moss
Plex Moss Rd
1 m Yellow Wagtail on roadside posts approaching Gettern Farm

2 Corn Bunting singing on wires

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Plex Moss
Plex Moss Rd
at least 2 Whimbrel in flooded field between Gettern and Plex Moss Farms.
1 m Wheatear
1 Little Egret
1 Swallow perched on wires

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Plex Moss
pm
Station Rd
2 m Wheatear
Plex Moss Rd
Flock of 10 or so Corn Bunting in bush right by Gettern Farm. Other birds had clearly dispersed round site, 6 males dotted round singing constantly, up on wires or in trees.
1 Little Egret in ploughed field.
Several Red Legged Partridge paired up.

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Plex Moss
Plex Moss Rd

Large field near Gettern Farm still under stubble which had attracted a flock of 30+ Corn Bunting, loose, kept splitting into smaller groups. Some flew up into bushes and started singing.

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Plex Moss
Plex Moss Rd
600pm ish
Barn Owl low over fields around Plex Brow Farm as light failed.

 

3 Red Legged Partridge



-- Edited by John O'Neill on Thursday 22nd of February 2018 08:29:37 PM

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Plex Moss
Plex Moss Rd

6 Pink Footed Geese low over the first here this year I've seen

2 Buzzards hunting together following a working tractor.

2 Kestrels.

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Plex Moss

Plex Moss Lane
pm

2 Sand Martins with Swallows and House Martins on wires along lane.

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Plex Moss
Plex Moss Rd
pm
Singles of Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting singing

1ad and 1fledged Yellow Wagtail roadside

Buzzard and Kestrel over

Flocks of juv Strarlings

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Plex Moss
Plex Moss Rd
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2 Corn Buntings singing on wires

1 m Yellow Wagtail perched up on a post roadside between Gettern and Plex Moss Farms

2 juv Grey Herons in fields

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Plex Moss
Station Rd

Bunting duet this afternoon as Corn Bunting joined in song with a Reed Bunting. Both in the same field of flowering Oil Seed Rape.

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Plex Moss Rd
5 Corn Buntings singing from wires
2 House Martins in with Swallows
Pair Grey Partridge
Numerous Red Legged Partridge

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1 Yellow Wagtail

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Wheatears seems to have moved on. A couple of Swallows the only migrants seen today.

1 Little Egret hunched at edge of big farm pond by Plex Moss Brow Farm. Strange to see as a farmland bird.

1 dead Grey Partridge possibly due to a collision with wires. Plenty of living Red Legged Partridge.

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Plex Moss Rd

6 Wheatears in 2 groups
4 Corn Buntings singing
1 m Yellowhammer

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Plex Moss
Station Rd
4m and 1f Wheatear in recently ploughed field

Plex Moss Rd
1 Corn Bunting on fence post singing
Lapwings in field right next to road had chicks
10+ Meadow Pipits flycatching all along a short ditch


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Single Corn Bunting singing on wire first I've seen here all year.

1 Buzzard.

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5:30ish At least 1000 Pink Footed Geese in flooded fields between Gettern and Plex Moss Brow Farms. Approx 80 Whooper Swans in tight herd opposite Gettern Farm.
At least 4 Buzzards perched up in trees or hunting low.
numerous Red Legged Partridge.

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5:30ish
Fields here absolutely waterlogged after heavy rains today.
Large numbers of Pink Footed Geese on both sides ot Plex Moss Rd. Easily 2000 birds and more coming in as I left presumably to roost here . 100s of Mallard and Lapwing with the Geese.
20 ish Red Legged Partridge in small groups.
9 Fieldfare in trees.

Great and really close view of a Barn Owl as light failed. Hunting up and down field edges and along hedge lines. Opposite Plex Brow Farm. 1 Kestrel and 3 Buzzards still active.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 28th of February 2017 09:42:48 PM

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Plex Moss
Station Rd

Lines of Pink-footed Geese flying off the moss 6.00pm ish Prob about 100 birds.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 27th of September 2016 10:06:21 PM

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Fields just before Gettern Farm 530pm
2 Wheatear
1 adult m Marsh Harrier
1 Buzzard on telegraph pole
4 Mistle Thrush


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Station Rd

As well as the usual raptors hopping off and on the haystacks here, Kestrel and Buzzard, small flock of Sky Lark mobile and vocal over the hedges and fields.

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Plex Moss
Station Rd

3 raptor species on and round the rolled hay racks this afternoon

Buzzard , Kestrel (2) , Marsh Harrier

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2 F type Marsh Harriers hunting together in field a tractor was busy in (sowing ?) I think these were an adult F and a juv.
Plenty of gulls here too, and a vocal Heron.
F Kestrel hopping between hay-stack rolls in adjacent field.
Groups of Ref Legged Partridge.

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Plex Moss
Station Rd
4 Wheatear in stubble and up on Haystack rolls. Active.


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1 each of Buzzard , Kestrel and Marsh Harrier hunting over the cereal fields. Harrier looked like a juvenile female.

Small party of fledged Skylarks chasing the adult birds.

1 Corn Bunting singing.



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Plex Moss
Station Rd
2 Tree Sparrow
1 Sky Lark
1 Corn Bunting
2 Red Legged Partridge

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Plex Moss
Station Rd 5:45pm

Pair Yellow Wagtails
2 m Corn Buntings
1 m Yellowhammer
at least 1 Tree Sparrow
1 Buzzard


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Plex Moss
Station Rd 5:30 pm

Hobby shot through, low over , to a chorus of alarm calls from resident Oystercatchers

F Yellow Wagtail on one of the weird "pill box" concrete structures here

Stock Dove

Corn Bunting heard singing


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Plex Moss
Station Road

2 Corn Bunting in song

Buzzard been crowded ,not really mobbed, by two blackbirds in a dead tree


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3 m Corn Buntings singing on wires

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4 Wheatear
2 White Wagtail

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4 Wheatear in field being ploughed Plex Moss Farm

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Loose flock of waders in field by Gettern Farm made me think "whimbrels " but, after a closer look they were Curlews, 20+ feeding in the turned soil. Nice to see, very rufous birds, undoubtedly migrants on the way through.. couldn't find any whimbrel amongst them but flock was v flighty.

Corn Bunting flock up to 10/12 birds.

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No migrants seen this afternoon but 5 Corn Bunting the most I 've seen here. Small flock on roadside bush, one singing.
Plenty of Red Legged Partridge.
Stock Doves in fields.


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Asmall, Halsall, Plex Moss area whilst driving from Ormskirk to Ainsdale, and then back to Ormskirk. All birds seen whilst driving but obviously I did stop to confirm what I'd seen.

-Gulls...a few of the surrounding ploughed fields contained lots of Gulls. Quite possibly a few 100 Gulls in one field alone, vast majority being Common Gulls, with a few Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed, but further along one of the fields had lots of Lesser Black-backed Gulls in it.
-Woodpigeon again 100's of them.
-Rook and Jackdaw everywhere
-Common Buzzard 3
-Kestrel
-Mistle Thrush 5
-Red-legged Partridge 1
-Oystercatcher 6 (3 x 2)
-Skylark 6 flying low at side of the wagon, I slowed down and put the window down and could hear them calling, then I realised there were quite a few more as they dropped down into the field.
-a few small finch flocks around still, seemed to be mainly Goldfinch


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m Stonechat perched up on bush exactly same spot as corn bunting y/day

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Single Corn Bunting perched up on top of roadside bushes

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Drive along Plex Moss Lane this afternoon en route to Lunt Meadows. Two Corn Bunting seen on wires just past Gettern Farm. A flock of around twenty Reed Bunting nearby along with thirty or so Fieldfare in adjacent fields. Twenty Pink footed Goose over. A few Lapwing also seen.

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Red Legged Partridge; Flock of Lapwing in fields.

A resplendently colourful m Golden Pheasant in road outside Plex Moss Farm was probably slightly suspect as a genuine wild bird !!

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Pink-footed Geese have arrived in numbers here. Prob 1000 birds in fields and flying out.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 12th of October 2015 09:45:08 PM

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Single Corn Bunting on wires

Several House Martin .

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F Marsh Harrier v close to road hawking low over cereal fields.

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M Great Spotted Woodpecker climbing up telegraph pole on roadside.

Flocks of Swallows on wires

4 Mistle Thrush in field

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 17th of September 2015 09:59:53 PM

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Close prolonged views of a juv Hobby perched up on a haystack along Station Rd. Eventually it shot off after some passing swallows.

4 Grey Partridge in small family group.

Kestrel on post.



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Marsh Harrier (f) soaring v low over fields finally landing.

Corn Bunting singing (more or less) on wires

1 Grey Partridge

15+Red Leg Partridge in flock

1 Kestrel

Plenty of Swallows on wires



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Plex Moss
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Pair Whinchat showing well on wooden posts at side of road near Gettern Farm. Active ,flitting down onto thistles.

No sign today.

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2 Corn Buntings on wires.

One singing.

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