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Rixton Clay Pits


This was my first visit here and I was quite impressed with the range of habitat available. Today I saw:

2 GS Woodpeckers chasing each other and drumming on trees - both seemed to be female - also lots of Woodpecker-type holes in one particular tree.
Lot of Blue Tits and LT Tits
A couple of Great Tits, Robins and Blackbirds
2 Cormorants taking off the largest pool
1 Grey Heron flying low over the smaller pools
Quite a few Coots and Tufted Ducks
2 Mute Swans
1 drake Shoveler
At least 5 Gadwall (4 drake)

A lady I met also reported seeing two Buzzards circling over a nearby field, but didn't see them.

I can't see why this area seems to be under-reported as seems to have a lot of potential and I definitely be coming back during Spring.

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RE: Rixton


Had an amble round the Moss this morning, with Dave Steel, Les Jones and Sue Haddock, in stunningly crisp light. We walked along Hollybush Lane, had a look at the Martinscroft Moss area, then down Prospect Lane and back along Woodend Lane.

Key sightings were: 7 Tree Sparrows, 33 Grey Partridge (with some birds already pairing off), 258 Lapwing (mostly over-flying), 21 Linnets, 69 Skylarks, 4 Common Buzzards, 11 Meadow Pipits, 2 Pied Wagtails, 200 Starlings, 5 Kestrels, 9 Mistle Thrushes, 19 Reed Buntings, 15 Yellowhammers, 3 Song Thrushes, c.550 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Common Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull and c.35 Herring Gulls (on the Tip), 13 Goldfinches, 5 Coot, 2 Mute Swans and 2 Tufted Duck (on the fishing pools), 11 House Sparrows, 2 Grey Herons, 5 Jays, 6 Stock Doves, 1 Goldcrest, 150 Fieldfare and finally, a Sparrowhawk cruising slowly around a field on the west side of Hollybush Lane and flushing most of the buntings, larks and pipits.

Cheers David

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Short-eared Owl on the mosses this evening and Green Sandpiper on Moat Lane pools

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Green Sandpiper on Moat Lane pools today. Also there:

6 Mute Swans
6 Gadwall
12 Tufted Duck
4 Cormorants
5 Jay
12 Fieldfare
Reed Bunting
Great Spotted Woodpecker

5 Kestrels and a Buzzard on the mosses

200+ Fieldfares in field at jnc of A57 and Warburton Bridge Lane

Large gulls in field next to tip (Prospect Lane) included 70+ GBBG, 150+ Herring Gull and 180+ LBBG.

5000+ Starlings on the tip.

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And Short-eared Owl on the mosses this evening

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Green Sandpiper on Moat Lane pools today

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Nice morning round Holly Bush Lane etc with Dave Steel and Les Jones. c.10,000 Starlings feeding on Rixton Tip were regularly flushed before we eventually saw a hunting Merlin going through them.
Totals of other main sightings included: 24 Grey Partridge, 6 Kestrels, 4 Lapwing, 10, Bullfinches, 11 Skylarks, 15 Yellowhammers, c.200 Linnets, 3 Mistle Thrushes, 35 House Sparrows, 20 Stock Doves, 1 Snipe, 3 Tree Sparrows, 60 Chaffinches and a dozen or so each of Redwing and Fieldfare.
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Approx 7500 Starlings this evening in field east of junction of A57 and Holly Bush Lane. Eventually flew off south after some superb displays.

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Green Sandpiper on the tip pool today. Peregrine and 1 Golden Plover yesterday on the mosses. No sign of any owls

David

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2 SEOs today

I was chatting to the local falconer who had stopped flying his Peregrine to avoid disturbing the owl when a second bird flew in. He was going to let the local shooters know of their presence to try and avoid any disturbance. A nice bloke!

He was also telling me he had released a Barn Owl in Holly Bush lane last year which he had found in a Larsen trap off Wood End lane.

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David Spencer wrote:

Nice to meet you too Mike.

Was the Barn Owl along Holly Bush Lane again?


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-- Edited by David Spencer on Saturday 29th of October 2011 09:03:56 PM





It was David

I was stood at the car scanning that fenceline when the little blighter flew from behind me and straight past - I lost it after around 20 seconds!

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Nice to meet you too Mike.

Was the Barn Owl along Holly Bush Lane again?


David

-- Edited by David Spencer on Saturday 29th of October 2011 09:03:56 PM

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Short-eared Owl and Barn Owl again this evening plus Peregrine, 3 Kestrels, Buzzard and 10+8 Grey Partridges

Nice to meet David Spencer

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Short-eared Owl and Barn Owl on the mosses this evening
29 Grey Partridges (25 + 4)
Lots of Redwings flying over in the darkness

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5 Wheatears plus 90+ Linnets and 3 Stock Doves in Holly Bush Lane this morning

Green Sandpiper in pool at base of tip off Prospect Lane

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Was asked by a local farmer to do a survey of his land in Prospect Lane. I used to bird the area regularly from 2002 till a couple of years ago. It was good to see that bird numbers are still holding up there, with the following counts: Kestrel 3, Grey Partridge 27 (in 3 covies), Common Buzzard 3, a massive Linnet flock stretched on the wires between three telegraph poles in Hollybush Lane, totalling c.430, Willow Tit 2, Chiffchaff 5, Yellowhammer 26, Redpoll 5, Skylark 55, Meadow Pipit 6, Goldfinch 34, Pheasant 23, House Sparrow 90, Tree Sparrow 21, Corn Bunting 5, Wheatear 1.

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Moat Lane Pools Rixton Claypits

Green Sandpiper showing well in between showers today.

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This evening

Juvenile Whinchat in barley field off Prospect Lane - Green Sandpiper in pool at base of tip off this lane. Lots of hirundines moving through plus 15 Mistle Thrushes, 3 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 40+ Goldfinches

Moat Lane pools

Green Sandpiper, juvenile Little Ringed Plover

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Green Sandpiper on the tip pool off Prospect Lane this evening

Buzzard, 5 Kestrels, covey of 8 Grey Partridges and Red-legged Partridge on the mosses

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Green Sandpiper on Moat Lane pools today also 2 Green Woodpeckers and 2 Little Ringed Plovers

pair of Red-legged Partridges on Holly Bush Lane and pair of Grey Partridges with one juvenile

-- Edited by Mike Baron on Saturday 9th of July 2011 08:42:56 AM

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Female Marsh Harrier in fields west of Biffa Plant off A57 late afternoon - generally heading towards Woolsten Eyes

-- Edited by Mike Baron on Monday 4th of July 2011 09:26:40 PM

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I had to second glance this - oiks where I come from tend to have air rifles and aggresive dogs, I take it yours were Oycs!

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I thought i'd pay a visit to this area as i had a Quail here last year, no sign this time but recorded the following on Mon 13th:

Corn Bunting 1
Yellowhammer 2
Sand Martin 2
Grey Partridge 5 - 4 calling, of which 3 seen, 1 of which was escorting a female
Buzzard 3+
Kestrel 1
Reed Bunting 2+
Lapwing - 40 in a field, perhaps failed breeders, also 3 or 4 birds in area still exhibiting some breeding behaviour
Oik 1 doing likewise, chasing corvids, calling etc
Skylark - at least 2 singing & doing superb Yellow Wag impressions among other spp
Yellow Wagtail 3-4 inc a singing bird which took c. 30 mins to spot before showing well

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Lesser whitethroat singing 100yds north of house on Moat Lane, on the reserve side of the lane. Garden warbler 50yds north of the house, on the non-reserve side . . . if that makes sense!

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2 Male Yellow Wagtails Holly Bush Lane this morming.

In the grassy field nr houses/farm on A57 side of Lane.

Feeding with single pied wag and loose flock of starlings.

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Lesser whitethroat singing at 5.30pm today on Moat Lane, about forty yards down from the junction with Moss Side Lane.

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Large numbers of singing Blackcaps, Willow warblers, Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs now at the Clay Pits.
6 Brambling were a slight surprise, feeding in the canopy just on Moat Lane.
Beautiful day to be there today, Speckled Wood, Orange-tip on the wing, Violets and Ladys Smock in flower.
Best of all, an OSPREY from Glazebrook heading towards Rixton at 2pm.


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9 Wheatears this evening - 4 on Prospect Lane and 5 on Holly Bush Lane

2 pairs of Grey Partridges and 1 RLP

2 Tree Sparrows

1 Yellowhammer singing

1 Green Sand and Redshank on tip pool

4 Stock Doves

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3 Wheatears in Holly Bush Lane this evening

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Female Merlin on mosses this evening

2 Shelducks on tip pool - they were on Moat Lane pool yesterday

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Yesterday, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank on tip pool. 3 Redshank on Moat Lane pools. Also 2 Willow Warblers singing. Only one Corn Bunting along Prospect lane but 4 Wheatear. On Wednesday (30th) one female Marsh Harrier on the mosses in the evening David

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20 Waxwings on School Lane (Hollins Green) this evening. Only 1 present at Culcheth site and berries all gone there. 2 Green Sandpipers still on Rixton tip pool.

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30+ Waxwings in Rixton yesterday evening - observed by a work colleague. I was watching 31 in Culcheth at exactly the same time so a few birds around.

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6 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Green Sandpipers this evening

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Pool at base of tip this morning - Prospect Lane

Little Ringed Plover
Green Sandpiper (two yesterday evening)
Redshank
Oystercatcher
10 Teal

looks superb for waders at the moment

3 Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk on Moat Lane

2 Kestrels on mosses plus 33 Linnets

-- Edited by Mike Baron on Tuesday 15th of March 2011 01:24:19 PM

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This afternoon

2 Green Sandpipers and 7 Teal on pool at base of tip, Prospect Lane

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Ian Woosey wrote:

24/2/11
Rixton Moss (with Jonathan P.):

4 Grey Partridge
1 distant Sparrowhawk and more Buzzards
1 Yellowhammer
6 Teal
1 Reed Bunting
2 Stock Dove




. . . and possibly the most pedantic farmer I've ever met, who wanted us to step the two feet off the grass verge and back onto the track (a public footpath) as it was 'his land'. We'd only stepped off the track so we wouldn't be in the way of any farm vehicles! It's a little difficult to take an octogenarian on a tricycle seriously though . . .

Not having a pop at farmers, just this one in particular - Ian spoke to one earlier and we both spoke to another who owns the fishery on Prospect Lane, both smashing blokes.

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24/2/11

Moat Lane Pool:

2 Green Sandpiper
5 Buzzard
7 Tufted Duck
5 Mute Swan
3 Grey Heron


Rixton Moss (with Jonathan P.):

4 Grey Partridge
1 distant Sparrowhawk and more Buzzards
1 Yellowhammer
6 Teal
1 Reed Bunting
2 Stock Dove



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On the fields opposite the Rixton visitor centre pair of Grey Partridge this pm with flock of 30+ Lapwing and large Starling flock (100+)

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3 Green Sandpipers present today (also 3 last Saturday)

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I have finally found the Green Sandpiper! 2 present this morning, along with Pintails and a lone female Pochard.

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Green Sandpiper on Moat Lane pool this afternoon

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30/1/11

Rixton Claypits LNR:

2 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
10+ Siskin
2 Willow Tit
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Bullfinch
1 Reed Bunting
3 Fieldfare
3 Coal Tit
1 Mistle Thrush

Moat Lane Pools:

2 Gadwall
2 Mute Swan
14 Coot

All waters more or less frozen..

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1 Green Sandpiper this morning plus Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Willow Tit, Nuthatch and various ducks...

77 Fieldfares in field off Holly Bush Lane

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2 Green Sandpipers on Moat Lane pool this evening

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2 green sandpipers at 6pm tonight.

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Whinchat plus 5 Wheatears in ploughed field at bottom of Holly Bush Lane this evening

2 Green Sandpipers on Moat Lane pools

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PM yesterday

2 Green Sandpipers on Moat Lane pool 2 - they moved to the tip pool off Prospect Lane where I later relocated them.

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6.30am - Moat Lane Pools

1 green sandpiper on Pool 1, 1 green and 1 common sandpiper on Pool 2.

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