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RE: HOBSON'S MOOR/HOLLINGWORTH HALL/LEES HILL/MIDDLE BANK AREAS


Large finch flock mostly Chaffinch, but picked out a few Brambling. Flock was mobile around area of Landslow Green. Also flock of 30+ Fieldfare in fields above Hobson Moor Road.

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This afternoon ( unusually quiet).

Nuthatch - 1 heard .
Swallow - 6 in out of barn.
Red- legged Partridge - 2.
Meadow Pipit - 1.
Curlew - 1 heard.
Chaffinch - 2.
Cuckoo - 1.


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4 Ring Ouzel this morning from Hobson Moor Road

Also Wheatear, Skylark, Lapwing, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Curlew

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Wednesday 27th March 2019, 8.30 - 10.30am.

Circular route, from Hobson Moor Road, taking in Hobson Moor, Shaw Moor, Wild Bank, Moorside Farm, and back along Hobson Moor Road.

7 Reed Bunting, at four separate sites; Gallows Clough, Wild Bank, Moorside Farm, and Hobson Moor Road. Included three pairs, and a singing male.
30+ Meadow Pipits, displaying
20+ Skylarks, many singing
2 Curlew over towards Hollingworthall Moor

Otherwise quiet, in blustery conditions.

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20+ Brambling, possibly up to 50 with various flocks seen beyond Hollingworth Hall Farm.

Also 2 Meadow Pipit, Treecreeper, 2+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Nuthatch, 4 Jay, Fieldfare, Redwing, 2 Pied Wagtail. 

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Late post for Saturday 17/11/18. Circular walk at 7:30am from Landslow Green Farm down Cow Lane through Swallows Wood up onto Middle Bank and back via Hollingworth Hall Farm

Masses of beech mast seen throughout the circuit. Brambling sightings included birds on Hobson Moor Rd and beyond Hollingworth Hall Farm plus a flock of 30+ calling birds flying over Cow Lane.
Redwing and Fieldfare were moving through the Hawthorn and Holly Trees at the bottom of Cow Lane.
Plenty of Nuthatch, Great, Blue and Coal Tit in the wooded areas.
4 Red-legged Partridge were at Middle Bank.
2 Kestrel and a Common Buzzard were the only raptors seen.



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David Walsh wrote:

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That fire was going this morning, as well as one above Glossop, towards the A57, and another over Longdendale, above Woodhead. I assume that it is heather burning, at this time of year?

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David Ive spoken to Ian after forwarding over some images of the incident. Probably a small fire and its the smoke arising from it that makes it look bigger than it actually is. Its also too wet to sustain the burning, but the issue would probably be the location, and quite likely to have been started intentionally.

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Rob,

That fire was going this morning, as well as one above Glossop, towards the A57, and another over Longdendale, above Woodhead. I assume that it is heather burning, at this time of year?

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Currently on a break up here David, and no sign of a finch flock for me either. But what I have noticed is a possible fire up on the moors as you look out towards Broadbottom and Charlesworth. Seems to be a fair bit of smoke coming from a moor up that way. Could be totally innocent. Sent you some images over Ian.

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Thursday 15th November 2018, 10.00 - 11.45am.

Hobson Moor, and the edge of Wild Bank.

One pair of Stonechat, commuting between Hobson Moor and Wild Bank
1 Buzzard
2 Kestrel
10 Meadow Pipits, mainly in the fields
1 Skylark
1 Red-legged Partridge at Moorside Farm

No sign of any finches whatsoever along Hobson Moor Road.


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28/10/2018 A morning walk from Landslow Green up onto Pack Saddle overlooking Brushes Valley and the Swineshaws.

1 Brambling near Landslow Green, seems to be plenty of beech mast but the large hedge that the birds took shelter in has been chopped and folded into a very neat but useless fence.
30+ Rook
250+ Redwing flew over from east to west
From Pack Saddle
A Dipper was on Lower Swineshaw
2 Buzzard holding on the cold northeasterly wind
2 Kestrel
2 Raven tumbling briefly before touring the hill.

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Thursday 18th October 2018, 9.00 - 11.00am

Around Hobson Moor, Shaw Moor, and the edge of Wild Bank.

An Oystercatcher flying over east, calling, was a bit of a surprise.
1 juvenile Wheatear
2 Stonechat (male and female)
1 Reed Bunting
40+ Meadow Pipits
2 Kestrels
1 Little Owl
A flock of c 50 Woodpigeons flew over south

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Saturday 8th September 2018, 8.30 - 9.30am.

Hobson Moor Road, after a two hour soaking around Higher Swineshaw seeing one Kestrel.

1 female / juvenile Merlin again hunting a large Starling flock, with Mistle Thrush mixed in, in the fields between Hobson Moor Road and Dewsnap Lane.
100+ Starling
20+ Mistle Thrush
c 20 Meadow Pipits
10+ Robins

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Thursday 6th September 2018, 9.30 - 11.00am.

From Hobson Moor Road, only as far as Hobson Moor and Moorside Farm, until the drizzle turned to rain.

A few decent flocks gathering together attracted the morning's highlight, a female Merlin patrolling the fence posts around the moor. Despite the dozens of Meadow Pipits in the vicinity, she was more interested in a flock of c 150 Starlings feeding in the middle of a mown field, flying low and fast over the grass, spooking the whole flock, which then relocated to Hobson Moor Road.

The following numbers are rough estimates of total flock sizes:

40 Linnets
200 Starlings
150 Meadow Pipits
70 Black-headed Gulls

Also

10 Mistle Thrush
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Reed Bunting heard calling






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Thursday 30th August 2018, 9.30am - 12.00pm.

From Hobson Moor Road, following the "easy" route to Wild Bank.

2 Wheatear (m + f), feeding in a newly mown field on Hobson Moor Road
6 Mistle Thrush together on one pylon
A flock of c 50 Meadow Pipits in the mown fields. Another 50+ around Wild Bank
100+ Swallows around the area, including Hobson Moor and Wild Bank
A flock of 40+ Starlings on the Wild Bank side


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Saturday 26th May 2018, 7.00 - 9.45am

Hobson Moor, Hollingworthall Moor, and Wild Bank Hill, in very windy conditions. Majority of sightings outside of Wild Bank SBI, hence this thread.

30+ Skylark, providing a fantastic backdrop to the morning
20+ Meadow Pipits, many carrying food
2 Snipe, one drumming; unusual here, during the daytime
3 Lapwing
1 Kestrel
1 Reed Bunting singing near Moorside Farm
4 Linnet
4 Swallows
3 Swifts
1 Pied Wagtail


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Thursday 3rd May 2018, 9.30 - 11.30am.

Wild Bank Hill, Hobson Moor, and Moorside Farm.

21 singing Skylarks, minimum.
10 Wheatear
1 Curlew
2 Pied Wagtails
1 Grey Heron

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Monday 30th April 2018, 7.00 - 9.30pm

Wild Bank Hill, Hollingworthall Moor, and Hobson Moor. Majority of sightings on the eastern side of the hill, therefore I have plumped for this, rather than the Brushes thread.

14 Wheatear
1 male Whinchat
1 Lapwing
3 Curlew
30+ Meadow Pipits
2 Skylark singing
6 Red Grouse


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Top of Shutts Lane around plantation and back 7-8pm

Possible Tree Pipit. Also 5 Lesser Redpoll, Red Grouse, Kestrel, 3 Willow Warbler, Blackcap. 



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Minimum of 4, possibly up to 6 Ring Ouzel at 10.30 this morning just to the West of Hobson Moor summit as it heads down towards Gallows Clough. 2 males and 2 females.

Also Common Snipe, 2 Kestrel, 4 Red Grouse, 25 Meadow Pipit  6 Skylark, Willow Warbler, Great Spotted Woodpecker. 



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9.00-12.00 with Chris Chandler

Started at the Mottram end of Hobson Moor Road and walked round to Middle Bank and then to the Swineshaw Reservoirs and down, which I'll cover in the Brushes thread.

Almost the first bird we saw was a male Ring Ouzel perched up on a hawthorn on the hillside. While we watched it, a second male and a female appeared in the next bush, then suddenly more until we had 8 in view. Nice! As we contemplated creeping up the hill a dog walker strode past us up the path and scattered the flock. We followed him up and did see a male again as it flew into the same tree and showed well. Tallying up flight views we decided we'd seen 9 birds.

Walking by Moorside Farm 2 swallows were our first of the year.

At Middle Bank we bumped into Ian Lyth, who had been on Ring Ouzels up on the hill there. As we chatted a few appeared until we had 4 in view together feeding merrily. No idea if these were different birds to the earlier group, but my gut feeling is it was the same flock. It was a great scene with a soundtrack of Curlew and Skylark and lots of busy Meadow Pipits. Chris spotted a Wheatear that I missed too. Again the birds were disturbed by walkers, but we had some great views.

Classic April birding in GM, loved it.

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4/2/18 from 8:30 until 11:00 am. Along Hobson Moor Road up onto Middle Bank and back through Hollingworth Hall Farm.

Along the road and the farm area
25+ Blackbird
2 Song Thrush
1 Mistle Thrush singing
2 Redwing
5 or 6 Bullfinch
3 Chaffinch singing
4 Nuthatch
c10 Rook
1 Little Owl
1 Kestrel

Middle Bank
4 Raven, all very vocal and 2 were doing some synchronised flying, assume this is pairing/display activity.
1 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk

Also seen, a flock of about 30 Golden Plover above Hobson Moor and a few Red Grouse heard calling from the west side of Brushes valley.

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Saturday 2nd September 2017, mid-morning.

Lees Hill and Middle Bank.

2 Wheatear at Lees Hill
3 Kestrel - a male and juvenile together, plus a separate male towards Higher Bank
Chiffchaff singing at Middle Bank
Mistle Thrush singing in the clough
15+ Meadow Pipit
6 Goldfinch
Hirundine count very low - just a few Swallows this morning.

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Wednesday 30th August 2017, 7.00am

Female Wheatear moving around the walls at Lees Hill.

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Sunday 13th August 2017, 8.30 - 11.00am

Circular walk from Higher Swineshaw. Around Lees Hill, Middle Bank, then Higher Bank.

1 juvenile Wheatear
1 female Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding in a dead tree on Lees Hill
The pair of Stonechat collecting food, still being followed around by juvenile Willow Warblers, who were joined today by a juvenile Whitethroat. Just one fledgling Stonechat visible again.
1 Buzzard
12+ Goldfinch, feeding on thistle heads
30+ Meadow Pipits
100+ Swallows
2 Swift

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Thursday 10th August 2017, 9.00 - 11.00am

Around Lees Hill and Higher Bank, having wandered round from Higher Swineshaw.

None of the hoped for migrants, as yet, but Swallow numbers have increased since the weekend. Over 200 today feeding around the area.
A Peregrine was mobbed all the way from Arnfield, and eventually headed off towards Brushes, over Lees Hill.
1 Kestrel around the bushes.
A pair of agitated Stonechat accompanied a very recently fledged juvenile, its gape still obvious. The male had a mouthful of caterpillars, and was being harassed by three juvenile Willow Warblers. Both Steve Suttill and myself have commented several times on the attraction of Willow Warblers to both adult and juvenile Stonechat. Those this morning definitely seemed to seeking food from the male.


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18.30-20.20 yesterday. 

1+ Red Legged Partridge, 2 Stonechat, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 5 Meadow Pipit, Stock Dove, 30 Swallow. 



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Tuesday 25th April 2017, 7.45pm

18 Golden Plover feeding in fields between Pack Saddle and Hall Farm. The flock appeared to contain birds of both sexes?

There are still large numbers of Wheatear around. I counted over twenty, with no effort, on a wander down from Middle Bank, past Higher Bank, and onto the moor, at dusk.

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23rd April. 05.45 - 09.30 hrs.

Wheatear. c13.
Meadow Pipit. c7.
Curlew. c3.
Skylark. c2 singing.
Red Grouse. 3 pair. These were on Swineshaw side of Lees Hill.

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At Middle Bank 2 Kestrels (both females), 2 Common Buzzards as usual getting grief from corvids. At least 6 Curlews.

Not had a single Wheatear yet, here or on Werneth Low. However on walking past Middle Bank quarry I was amazed to find 2 fields alive with Wheatears. 36 birds counted! - def not an overcount as there may have been a few more close to the wall that weren't in view. Been a birder for 50 years and never seen that many - 20+ on Audenshaw being the most 'til now.



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March 1st. 14.00 - 16.30 hrs.

Sightings mainly between Cow Lane and top of Middle Bank.

With Paul Greenall.

Slowly coming to life up here.

Great Spotted Woodpecker .... pair chasing each other round.
Treecreeper ... pair chasing each other round.
Stock Dove. 4
Kestrel.
Lapwing. 6
Curlew. 1
Brambling. Flock of approx 20 feeding on beechmast ........ well back in the United Utilities drum compound.
There were 3 Red-legged Partridge galloping about in the compound but probably recent releases.
Flock of 100+ Wood Pigeon feeding in a field below Middlebank.
Plenty of Carrion Crows knocking about but managed to pick out a few Rook (4) in a distant tree.
Also Siskin and Meadow Pipit heard only.

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Late morning . In a litter strewn copse on Hobson Moor Road - flock of c 40 finches, mostly Goldfinches with 4 or 5 each of Bramblings and Chaffinches. They were flying in and out of a conifer with Blackbirds, Mistle Thrushes and a single Song Thrush who were creating a right old racket - almost certainly mobbing a roosting Tawny Owl.



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05/02/17 circular walk also taking in a section of Swallows Wood and returning via Cow Lane

A few Brambling at a couple of places
Green Woodpecker heard at 2 locations
25+ Rook
A few Red Grouse seen and heard
1 Meadow Pipit
1 Little Owl
2 Tawny Owls heard
1 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
Small flock of Fieldfare with a couple of Redwing
At least 5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers seen or heard, some drumming.
Plenty of activity from the commoner woodland species.



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23/10/2016 Early morning, a non birdwatching walk with Wife (she would boot a White's Thrush into the undergrowth if it were to hinder progress for more than a millisecond).

However I did manage to see a few Brambling along Hobson Moor Road, some next to the junction with Cow Lane and a few more further along near Hollingworth Hall Farm and a flock of c20 Fieldfare that flew up Brushes Valley and over the top of Middle Bank.

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Tuesday 11th October 2016, first light until 9.30am

Around Lees Hill, to Middle Bank

2 Sparrowhawk, male and female together
1 Kestrel
1 Buzzard
2 Raven
1 Green Woodpecker
2 Mistle Thrush
A flock of 60 Redwing flew noisily southwest from Boar Flat
1 female Stonechat on the Swineshaw side of Lees Hill

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Monday 10th Oct. 14.00 - 15.30 hrs.

c 19 Rook feeding with the Jackdaw flocks at side of Hobson Moor Road.
40+ Meadow Pipit feeding in field behind Higher Landslow Green Farm.

Plenty of Beech Mast this year after last years shortage.

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Sunday 18th Sept. 17.00 - 18.30 hrs.

Road up to Moorside Farm.

Very quiet.

Swallow. 20+ feeding over new mown hay.
Meadow Pipit. c 8 feeding in the hay ..... 40+ flock flew over and were joined by the 8.

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Saturday 17th September 2016, mid-morning

Around Lees Hill

Large numbers of Meadow Pipits, even for this area. At least 200, on walls, wires, in trees, and flying up from the juncus.
2 Wheatear
1 Raven
2 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Green Woodpecker - good views of it feeding at Middle Bank
Small flock of c 10 Chaffinch moving around
1 Skylark over south
3 Linnet
50+ House Martins through, in two groups
50+ Swallows



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Saturday 10th September 2016, 8.30 - 10.00am

Around Lees Hill, quiet again.

2 Ravens
2 Wheatear
2 Stonechat
50+ Meadow Pipits



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Tuesday 6th September 2016.

Around Lees Hill at dusk

3 Wheatear
1 Kestrel

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Thursday 1st September 2016, 10.30 - 11.30am

Around Lees Hill. Very quiet.

3 Wheatear
1 Raven
1 Buzzard
Several Swallows feeding

And that was about it.

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Saturday 27th August 2016, 7.30 - 11.00am

Around Lees Hill

The highlight again was two Spotted Flycatchers, feeding in the same area as on Thursday. I picked up the first of them as I was about to leave, when it appeared on a wall with a couple of Wheatear, then it was joined by the second. Both Flycatchers were associating with the Wheatear, and on a couple of occasions the Wheatear flew into the trees with the Flycatchers.

3 Wheatear
2 Kestrel
3 Buzzard together
1 Whinchat
Several Willow Warblers
100+ Swallows
c 30 House Martins moving south
2 Red-legged Partridge
20+ Meadow Pipits

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Thursday 25th August 2016, 10.30am - 12.00pm

Around Lees Hill

A great hour or so ambling around, making up for all the times I wander about seeing next to nothing. It won't win the Makin/McKerchar Trophy for visual migration, but it satisfied me smile

2 Whinchat
2 Spotted Flycatchers, one giving a great display of the Flycatcher's art
10 Wheatear, 9 of which dropped in together late on
1 very ragged Kestrel
10+ Goldfinch
20+ Meadow Pipits

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Saturday 20th August 2016, 9.00 - 11.30am

Around Lees Hill and Higher Bank. Very windy and quiet, bird-wise. Probably not helped by the late start.

At least 2 Wheatear
100+ Swallows feeding, moving south
2 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
1 Raven
30+ Meadow Pipits
2 Willow Warblers

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Tuesday 16th August 2016, 7.00 - 9.30am

Lees Hill and Higher Bank

1 Whinchat
1 Redstart
1 Wheatear
3 Stonechat
1 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Juvenile Kestrels
1 Raven
4 Red-legged Partridge
4 Willow Warblers
13 Canada Geese on the moor


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Saturday 13th August 2016, 7.00 - 9.30am

Lees Hill, Ogden Clough, and Higher Bank

1 male Redstart
3 Wheatear
100+ Swallows feeding, moved in from the north after 8.00am. No other Hirundines.
Several Willow Warblers
50+ Meadow Pipits
1 Buzzard way out over Boar Flat


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Saturday 6th August 2016, mid-morning

Lees Hill and Ogden Clough

2 Wheatear
2 Buzzard calling constantly
1 female Sparrowhawk having a right go at a Raven, eventually seeing it off towards Arnfield
Around 50 Swallows feeding in the area, with other Hirundines trickling through south.
Very roughly: 50 Swift and 30 House Martins
2 Red-legged Partridge
2 Pied Wagtails
Several Goldfinch
1 Linnet


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Sunday 31st July 2016, 10.30am

Juvenile Wheatear moving between Lees Hill and Higher Bank

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Saturday 30th July 2016, 8.30 - 11.00am

Around Lees Hill - a few signs of movement.

1 juvenile Pied Flycatcher, being harassed along the fence wires by Meadow Pipits
1 juvenile Wheatear
1 juvenile Green Woodpecker, noisily feeding between the rocks
20+ Willow Warblers, some feeding in the trees with Coal Tits, but mostly in the bracken
c 100 Swallows feeding, with a couple of smaller groups through southwest
1 House Martin
1 Kestrel
2 juvenile Pied Wagtails
4 Linnet over
4 Goldfinch
Several Chaffinch
1 ragged Cormorant circling over towards Lower Swineshaw
Dozens of Meadow Pipits




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Originally posted today by Paul Bayley:

Red Kite just south of Hollingworthhall Moor being harassed by a Lapwing. 15:30 Tuesday 19 Apr.

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