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Hi Paul, I'll send you a PM when I get chance to put pc on. I can't do that via my phone for some reason, which I'm using at the moment. Cheers, dave

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dave broome wrote:

Male Redstart at Billinge Hill this morning, just below the beacon. Info thanks to Chris Darbyshire





What a great find, knew I shouldve got out of bed!

Do you have any contact info for Chris, Dave?

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Male Redstart at Billinge Hill this morning, just below the beacon. Info thanks to Chris Darbyshire

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Had my 1st brambling of the autumn today and also my 1st fieldfare

aftr an hour or so i'd had 2 brambling, c30 fieldfare and c60 redwing.

skylark, meadow pipits, chaffinches also were over in small numbers

several goldcrest were moving through the undergrowth in several different places too

must be at least 5 bullfinch about too plus a couple of willow tits

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First redwings are pushing thru now with c20 yesterday morning before work and over 200 today whilst working from home :)

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Almost a garden tick of a hobby today as one flew over the paddocks, had a punch up with a kestrel and then headed over the beacon. Really pleased and really noticable how easily it made headway into the wind compared with the kestrel.

Other birds up there on an early lunch break included the female blackcap again and a whitethroat (juv/fem), willow tit and about a dozen yellowhammers.

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Female blackcap feeding on my food
3 bullfinch
1 willow tit
1 chiffchaff
18 mistle thrush

highlights from a quick trip up yesterday tea-time


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First for me yesterday as a friend and I spotted a peregrine (with kill) on the mobile phone towers, the one thats in Greater Manchester. I'm sure that it flew into St Helens airspace though!

it had a kill too. Other notable birds included willow tit, bullfiinch, chiffchaff, yellowhammer, linnet, kestrel and sparrowhawk. Also a small passage of meadow pipits, pied wagtails and skylarks

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News from last night a lovely spotted flycatcher on telephone wires ... only had binoculars with me and no camera though. Bullfinch and chiffchaff also present, single grey wagtail, house martin, skylark all going over too.

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Spotted Flycatcher and at least 6 Whitethroat on Billinge Hill this morning, also a Redstart briefly on the edge of the former quarry/landfill. Info thanks to Chris Darbyshire

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Summary of this mornings sightings:

2 juvenile yellow wagtails still present on Red Barn Lane, Billinge with about 20 pied wagtail

6+ wheatear in field near to horse paddocks

whitethroats, chiffchaff, willow tit, yellowhammer, sparrowhawk also present

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Cheers

PS No sign of black tern nor yelllow-legged gull on Eccleston Mere or surrounding waters (Taylor Park and Carr Mill) from 12 - 1.30pm :(

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On SW side of Billinge Hill near golf course this morning- 5 Wheatear, 4 Tree Pipit, 3 Blackcap, Whinchat and Spotted Flycatcher. Info thanks to Chris Darbyshire

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Redstart and four Tree Pipit on Billinge Hill this morning. Info thanks to Chris Darbyshire

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Belated news from yesterday:
Morning:
1 male brambling feeding with chaffinches and yellowhammer in muddy field

Evening:
3 goldcrest
2 kestrel
2 raven
1 grey partridge calling by horse paddocks

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1 Brambling and total 1000+ Woodpigeon south and total of 21 Fieldfare east, over Billinge Hill this morning, info thanks to Chris Darbyshire

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an elusive Ring Ouzel this morning, a probable first-winter male found by Chris Darbyshire, on the east side of Billinge Hill beacon in the edge of the former quarry, showing occasionally in berry-laden Hawthorns (unfortunately didn't show itself during the time I spent there)
what little visible migration was occurring included 3 Siskin south

-- Edited by dave broome on Saturday 20th of October 2012 12:16:40 PM

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8am - 9:30am with Chris Darbyshire, 1 Wheatear on the midden pile below the beacon, 2 Crossbills over west, about 70 Fieldfares and 100 Redwings. Big numbers of geese in the area, about 1000 over east at 8:30am. Yesterday there were at least 6000 in the Billinge Hill area.

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Richard's Pipit flew west, calling, over horse paddocks at 8am, lost in mist. Presumably the same bird reported again at 11am SW over Brownlow pine wood at 11:06am.


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Big movement of thrushes this morning, with at least 2200 Redwings and 1200 Fieldfares over the beacon.


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This morning, one Merlin over horse paddocks and two Wheatears, one in field near horse paddocks and one on midden pile near beacon. Almost no passage today (10 each of Meadow Pipit and Skylark, compare with yesterday!).

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This morning over beacon, all flying south, 7:45 - 9:15am, 1 Crossbill, 300+ Meadow Pipits in groups of up to 10 and 100+ Skylarks. Also 1 Wheatear in the horse paddocks.


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1 Crossbill, at least 10 Siskin and 9 Pintail over beacon this morning

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min 10 Crossbill around Billinge Hill/Billinge Plants in misty conditions on morning of Sunday 25th, info thanks to Chris Darbyshire

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1 Tree Pipit over and 9 Wheatears this morning at 9am.



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2 Tree Pipits, 1 Wheatear and 10 Swifts this morning. One of the Tree Pipits was sitting on a wire, the other flew over calling.

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6 Tree Pipits over between 8am and 9am. Also 1 Wheatear on the fence near the summit.

-- Edited by colin davies on Wednesday 24th of August 2011 11:46:32 AM

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4 Tree Pipit and 1 Wheatear late a.m. - Pipits in bushes on SW slope of Beacon
Info thanks to Chris Darbyshire

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2 Spotted Flycatchers and 4 Wheatears on the fence at the summit this afternoon.

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2 or 3 Redstart today, info thanks to Chris Darbyshire

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Late post for 24th early evening visit
Very brief view of the female ring ouzel
Flew in front of me into the trees at the bottom left hand side of the stone circle field
Several meadow pipits resting on the cages
4 lapwing and 6 skylarks also a pair of linnets resting on the gravel path
Buzzard being mobbed by carrion crow.
No wheatears

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an elusive male Ring Ouzel today below the Beacon in the former quarry/landfill area, i.e. the 'stone circle field' (not to be confused with the Glastonbury Festival Stone Circle Field xd.gif)

info thanks to Chris Darbyshire

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RE: Billinge Higher Ends


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5 Wheatears in the "stone circle" field this evening, and 4 Yellowhammers in fields surrounding the golf course..


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No ring ouzel today
But still wheatears and other thrushes
And a lovely yellow wagtail wink.gif

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Hi Brian
The ouzels were towards the bottom of the hill
Were the stone circles are
The male flew into the tall trees to the left
Then flew back to the field.
I found it an excellent place for thrushes
Congrats on the black redstart.

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No Ring Ouzel this am but Black Redstart, Yellow Hammers, Skylarks, Linnets and other Thrushes. I suspect this is an under-reported location

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Male and female ring ouzel still present
Showing well in the fields below the billinge beacon
Also several wheatear lots of skylarks and mistle/song thrushes
Sat 16th 17 57

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2 Ring Ouzel at Billinge Hill this morning, 1 male and 1 female, in the former landfill/quarry below the Beacon, also 4 Wheatear around the stone circle area and 3 Fieldfare - info thanks to Chris Darbyshire

Just one Wheatear on show when I called later, plus 3 Lesser Redpoll

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Ring Ouzel at Billinge Hill near the beacon found yesterday evening and present again today, info thanks to Chris Darbyshire

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Approx 5000 Pink-Footed Geese were visible this morning on fields near Rainford

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Billinge Hill


Sunday 7th:
An impressive group of 12 Buzzards circling in the vicinity of Ashurst Beacon before dispersing
Peregrine along the West Lancs side of the Billinge Hill ridge

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 20th of April 2011 10:27:00 PM

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