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RE: Billinge Hill


228 Fieldfare logged going very high between south and south-west this morning before rain set in, info thanks to Chris Darbyshire

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Quick walk this morning.

1 brief song from Willow Warbler.

1 Chiffchaff

1m 1f Yellowhammer.

1m 1f Linnet.

2 Skylark.



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Ring Ouzel flew north from field edge just below the beacon at 0853 this morning, info thanks to Chris Darbyshire

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Male Ring Ouzel and a singing Chiffchaff this morning. Info thanks to Chris Darbyshire

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2 Crossbill south this morning and a Woodcock on slopes near to the beacon, info thanks to Chris Darbyshire

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Hawfinch NNE at 07:47 this morning, info thanks to Peter Alker

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Hawfinch south this morning, with 4 Brambling, 1500+ Redwing south, Firecrest and an unseen Yellow-Browed Warbler calling on the hill, info thanks to Chris Darbyshire and Peter Alker

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Wed 30th Aug in the vicinity of the Beacon 8+ Tree Pipit, 2 Redstart, 3 Wheatear, info thanks to Chris Darbyshire



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Yesterday morning 22/8

At least 10 tree pipits over

4 swift
2 sand martins

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2 Tree Pipit today, info thanks to Peter Alker



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No sign of Crossbills this morning.

7 Yellowhammer

4 Linnet

2 Male Blackcap

6 Chiffchaff

12 Skylark

2 Jays.

And 5 Lesser Redpoll on the larch when returning to the car.



-- Edited by Ken Dunning on Monday 3rd of April 2017 11:47:17 AM



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3 Crossbill and a Sand Martin N this morning, info thanks to Peter Alker



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Woodlark seen twice in flight around Billinge Hill beacon, but not relocated though a search is being undertaken.

Info thanks to Peter Alker

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6 Crossbill SE this morning and 5 Brambling over, info thanks to Chris Darbyshire



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Birds logged this morning included 7 Whooper Swan S at 08:46, 2 Crossbill SW, with others heard only later, 10 Brambling, 260+ Fieldfare, 200 Redwing

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Birds logged moving over in 2hr 15min this morning included 1325 Redwing, 17 Fieldfare, 3 Brambling, 3 Crossbill (NE) and a Peregrine. Info thanks to Chris Darbyshire



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1 Brambling down this morning, info thanks to Chris Darbyshire



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Male Ring Ouzel this morning, which then flew E, 2 Fieldfare and 5 Snipe over, at least 10 Goldcrest and 2-3 Chiffchaff present. Info thanks to Chris Darbyshire/Peter Alker



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visible migration this morning included 1 Brambling SW and 3 Crossbill NE, 2 Chiffchaff also present, info thanks to Chris Darbyshire 



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Ring Ouzel present on SW slope of closed landfill below summit of hill, in scrub by kissing gate 09:25, info thanks to Chris Darbyshire



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Male Ring Ouzel this morning, flew high NE, joining a 2nd bird, 300+ Redwing mainly S, 25+ Siskin, 2 Chiffchaff

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Mon 3rd Oct 400 Redwing early morning in various directions, 3 House Martin sout. Info thanks to Chris Darbyshire 



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2 Hobby south today, info per Chris Darbyshire and Peter Alker



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paul brady wrote:

Mistle thrush singing today and chasing each other around .... i know they breed early but is it that mild!


 And song thrush singing yesterday too!



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Mistle thrush singing today and chasing each other around .... i know they breed early but is it that mild!



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Just at the bottom of the hill my garden, pleased to see the return of 2 tree sparrows to the feeders after a few weeks absence, though a sparrowhawk had them but mustve been a house sparrow which i suppose given their demise aint too much better ....

also had 3 of Peter Alker's ringed starlings which is part of a BTO project .... seems his birds wander over a fairly lare "home range"



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Female merlin this morn, green woodpecker heard couple of times, single swallow, couple chiffchaff, 40+ siskin, handleful of redpoll, redwing, mistle thrush, single sparrowhawk, yellowhammers, goldcrests, coal tit, willow tit - quite lively!



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26 Crossbill SW this morning, also totals of 10 Fieldfare and 12 Siskin flew S. Info thanks to Chris Darbyshire

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And a Yellow-browed Warbler http://two-in-a-bush.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/1st-to-4th-october-highlights-include.html on Sunday

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Had good views of a female Stonechat at the hill summit on and off for over an hour around lunchtime today. There were plenty of Meadow pipits and finches overhead, including a few Siskin (3). Other birds included 6 Yellowhammer, 2 Kestrel, Raven, Bullfinch, 3 Corn bunting, 5 House martin and 4 Jay

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Hi Craig, I've also just seen that tonight, via a link to it on the St Helens Birds Twitter feed. It was photographed on Sunday and is on a Billinge Blog Facebook page

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I've seen a picture of a Red Kite that was shown to my Mrs apparently seen over Billinge Hill earlier this week. Cant remember which day I'm afraid, and other detail are sketchy. Might be worth keeping an eye out though.

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Signs of a little drift our way as yesterday we had a redstart and spotted flycatcher on and around the hill .... fingers crossed for a few more before the weekend

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On the GM thread, Ian points out that the copse is actually in GM, with the footpath forming the boundary

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Originally posted today by Damian Pendlebury:

I found a Bonellis warbler sp. this morning on Billinge Hill on the
public footpath between Crank Road and Smethurst Road that leads to Mountains
Farm. It was in the pine copse that's on the right.

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Cheers,

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An hour up on the summit between 12:45- 1:45 today

8 yellowhammer (all males, some giving very close views up at the top of the hill)
5 corn bunting (on the way up)
3 chiffchaff
70+ linnet
Kestrel
Buzzard

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A single curlew over yesterday (Larch Close), offering a few mournful cries!

The gathering of local(?) swifts this evening were lower than normal - young ones out of the nest?

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Single redpoll over yesterday morning.

Plenty of linnets and goldfinch feeding on the ripening oil seed rape in surrounding fields

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paul brady wrote:

Gonna be keeping my ears open today from the garden as I awoke in the early hours to the sound of a singing quail .... though it couldve all been a very vivid dream!





Maybe I was dreaming, no further singing yet ..... no

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Gonna be keeping my ears open today from the garden as I awoke in the early hours to the sound of a singing quail .... though it couldve all been a very vivid dream!

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Couple more crossbills this morning too around the beacon

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11 Crossbills west over Billinge Hill at 08:40 this morning. Came out of Greater Manchester from the direction of Windy Arbour.

Info thanks to Peter Alker

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John Watson wrote:

RBA reports it still singing. Must have got better.


I guess a stoat or fox must have found the body


When I was there yesterday, I thought I caught a brief hint of a 2nd quail lower down the slope, but couldn't be sure


Strange how they prefer wheat to barley, when most of those fields are barley which is the usual choice





One did move to the barley and thats were it was found dead, rat a possible suspect too

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RBA reports it still singing. Must have got better.

I guess a stoat or fox must have found the body

When I was there yesterday, I thought I caught a brief hint of a 2nd quail lower down the slope, but couldn't be sure

Strange how they prefer wheat to barley, when most of those fields are barley which is the usual choice

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Mind you when I went back the body was gone. Question - can a headless quail still walk and sing!?!

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John Watson wrote:

RBA reports the quail as dead, though it sounded healthy when I was there. disbeliefcry Cause of death would be of interest - fox, gun, or merely pining for the fjords ?

Yesterday RBA mentioned 1+ quail, so there could be another around.





Well I think the two bird theory has proven correct this time!

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RBA reports the quail as dead, though it sounded healthy when I was there. disbeliefcry Cause of death would be of interest - fox, gun, or merely pining for the fjords ?

Yesterday RBA mentioned 1+ quail, so there could be another around.

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Quail singing at 11:15 in wheat field just North of horse paddocks at Crookhurst Farm - SD 525 005

Park on farm approach road close to B5205, walk NE to farm then N. Pass horse paddocks which are on your Right, and at their end turn Right. After passing the paddocks, stop & listen. The bird is on the higher part of the field close to the paddocks, some 50 yards away from you.

Obviously, do not enter the field !

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Single Redwing over at first light today.

Also, yesterday, a Great Crested Grebe flew over high to the east; a quite remarkable sight!

Info thanks to Peter Alker

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Sparrowhawk chasing pipits across fields, , 2 kestral , 3 buzzard, wheatear sitting on fence by the paddock, nuthatch, chiffchaff, goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch, flock of long tailed it and blue tit, great tit, large numbers of meadow pipit, house martins, swallow, yellowhammers, plus usuals.

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