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


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RE: Plex Moss, Downholland Moss, Altcar and environs


Bank Holiday Friday.
Worked the Southport and Ormskirk route but couldnt get to Marshside as some of the customers nearby didnt need any goods.

En-route from Burscough to Formby through farmland roads.
- 1 soaked Corn Bunting on wires
- 2 Whitethroat
- 1 Meadow Pipit
- Lapwing with young, driving 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls away
- c45 finch types alighted from a stubble field, silhouettes though and were flying further away, I didnt get a good look

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Managed a trip over on Saturday (15th January 2022) to see the Snow Goose when it was on Plex Moss. Only just sorted the pics hence late post!

Initially no sign but I headed east along Plex Moss Lane and found a huge flock of Pink-footed Geese in flight, a quick scan with bins allowed me to pick out the Snow Goose pretty easily. There was a big Pheasant shoot going on and I reckon that this was making the geese pretty restless. I did a U-turn and headed back west following the flock. They came down in a sheep field by Plex Moss Lane and started to feed on the grass giving me the chance to grab several digiscoped images, two of which are attached, the first uncropped and the second cropped down to a panoramic format.



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The Snow Goose, that has been in this general area since the 9th January, showed well this afternoon, albeit distantly, on Downholland Moss, amongst a couple of hundred Pink-footed Goose.

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Plex Moss
Station Rd and Plex Moss Rd

Sunny. Lots of Whitethroat perched up on bushes and telephone wires, singing.
Only one Corn Bunting seen though, singing from wires.

2 young m Kestrels on ground together while an adult f watched.
2 Red Legged Partridge.



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En-route from Ormskirk to Southport yesterday.

- 5 Red-legged Partridge
- 2f Grey Partridge
- c20 Redwing flock
- 2 single Fieldfare
- 1 Curlew over
- masses of Pink-footed Geese on return route near Scarisbrick
- lots of Skylark on the move

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Plex Moss
Station Rd
First Pink Footed Geese of the Autumn for me this week, numbers rising in the week to around 100 or so

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Plex Moss
Station Rd
5.30pmish

Nice to watch two f/juv Marsh Harriers swooping low over golden wheat fields in the early Autumn sun this afternoon. Birds stayed close together often landing in the ripened corn.

Kestrel and Buzzard also hunting along the lanes here

A flock of a dozen or so Red Legged Partridge was loudly clucking nervously , presumably upset by all the raptor activity !

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Plex Moss
Station Rd
2 Corn Buntings in song

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Plex Moss Rd

3 Corn Buntings on roadside wires.
Good nos of Swallows and House Martins.
Post breeding flocks of Rooks.

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Plex Moss
Station Rd
430pm
1 m Yellow Wagtail in grassed field
2 Swifts and a House Martin


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Whilst en-route from Ormskirk to Ainsdale today, a few sightings from the Halsall and Shirdley Hill area.

- 2 Red-legged Partridge
- 1 Yellowhammer
- 1 Common Whitethroat
- 1 Little Egret in ploughed field
- 5 Common Buzzard
- few Swallows around too

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Saturday 25th of April 2020 09:57:38 AM

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Thursday 9th April

- 2 Grey Partridge in ploughed field near the roadside, Shirdley Hill.
- Common Buzzard ... seemed to be spotting one everywhere
- 1 Raven

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Friday 3rd April.

En-route from a delivery in Ormskirk to one in Birkdale, Southport. Sightings were in the Halsall farmland area.

- 4 Red-legged Partridge
- 1 Corn Bunting on wires
- 2 Common Buzzard
- plenty of Lapwing
- numerous Stock Doves feeding with Woodpigeons
- also I pulled up alongside a dry ploughed field and there was a large flock of Fieldfare feeding, many of them took to the air as a tractor neared them, possibly c100-150 birds

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Plex Moss
Plex Moss Road

1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 2 Mistle Thrush, several Red Leged Partridge, mostly paired up, 2 Greylag Geese in flooded fields



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Station Rd
1st skeins of Pink Footed Geese of the season here for me. About 100 birds Conversely, 1 or 2 House Martins were last knockings of Summer
Big flocks of Red Legged Partridge still
10plus Skyl Larks filtting round wheatfields. 2 Meadow Pipits.
2 Kestrels

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Plex Moss
Station Rd
1 f/juv Wheatear catching flies energetically on wing
50 plus Red Legged Partridge, mainly juvs, in tight flocks. (possibly recently released?)
1 Grey Heron in field that had been harvested

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Station Rd
1 f Marsh Harrier low over a maize field
1 f Kestrel went one better, actually landing on the top of the ripening wheat in a cornfield
1 juv/f Wheatear
1 Red Legged Partridge flew into a hen and duck enclosure.

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Plex Moss
Station Rd
2 Corn Buntings singing, very appropriately, from ripening corn in wheatfield.
At least 3, probably more Yellow Wagtails flitting around weedy edges and roadside. Adult m and Adult f seen well.
Buzzard and Kestrel hunting.

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Plex Moss
Station Road
4 Singing M Corn Bunting and at least 3 others feeding in weedy areas in fields.
1 m Yellow Wagtail in wheatfield. Possible second bird here.



-- Edited by John O'Neill on Friday 5th of July 2019 07:36:36 PM

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Plex Moss
Plex Moss Rd

1 Grey Partridge close to road
1 Corn Bunting singing from cover
1 Juv Kestrel on post


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Station Rd
1 m Yellowhammer singing in hawthorn hedge
1 m Corn Bunting singing from fieldside scrubby bushes
Plenty of juv Rooks all over.



-- Edited by John O'Neill on Monday 24th of June 2019 07:57:01 PM

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Plex Mos Rd
6 singing m Corn Bunting, two apparenty paired up, 8 birds seen
2 House Martins
1 Yellowhammer feeding in recently sown ploughed field....tractor still going, flocks of Jackdaws, Blck Headed Gulls and LApwing following on. Oystercatcher feeding here too
2 Grey and 3 Red Legged Partridge

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Plex Moss Rd
3 Corn Buntings
2 Grey Partridge
1 Red Legged Partridge
1 Kestrel
1 Buzzard

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Saturday 6th April.
(En-route to Banks Marsh).
All sightings seen in a small area on Plex Moss Lane between Halsall and Barton.

- 7 Corn Bunting (1 showing well singing)
- 1 Reed Bunting m
- 1 Yellowhammer m
- 4 Wheatear on ploughed heap 2m/2f
- 6 Red-legged Partridge (3pr)
- 50+ Common Gull
- lots of Meadow Pipit and Linnet

Also I thought I heard a Yellow Wagtail but couldnt locate it.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 8th of April 2019 12:22:16 PM

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30+ Golden Plover with a couple of Lapwing in heavily flooded field. One or two in Summer plumage.
Pair of Grey Partridge .

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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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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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1 Corn Bunting singing on wires.

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

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

2 Corn Bunting singing on wires

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

Buzzard , Kestrel (2) , Marsh Harrier

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