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Walked over from Rammy to Ashworth Moor Res and back across to The Ranges. and Holcombe Moor. 1015 to 1600hrs.
Peregrine over Knowl Hill
f Sparrowhawk south of the res
Kestrel over the res
1m & 1f Goldeneye on the res
2 x f Goosander
43 Common Gull
11 Fieldfare
1 Redwing
3 Mistle Thrush
Kestrel, Moorbottom Road
1 x Stock Dove over the Ranges
Little Owl


Rob Archer


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Saw the (probably)same buzzard on same afternoon. First i`ve seen in two brooks.Saw one about two months ago near Quarlton.

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Bit of an error on my last....7th Woodcock this winter not this year.. There seem lots more about than normal.
Rob Archer

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Good days walk from Rammy down the Irwell, Holcombe, Reddisher, Ranges. Two Brooks, Hawkshaw and back between 1000 and 1545hrs saw the following.
3 x Dipper( Irwell,Two Brooks, Carr Bank Lodge)
Several good sizes tit flocks with one including 1 Willow Tit seen near Woodhey School
Good regular numbers of Bullfinch, Chaffinch and Goldfinch and Greenfinch
3 x Goldcrest near Woodhey
2 x Nuthatch Irwell
2 x Great Spotted Woodpecker Two Brooks
1 x Green Woodpecker Two Brooks
2 x Grey Heron Irwell/Two Brooks
1 x Cormorant over Rammy
6 x Goosander 2m 4f
1 x Little Grebe on Hawkshaw Lodge
2 x f Sparrowhawk. 1 near Woodhey. 1 on south side of Ranges
1 x Woodcock flew off footpath on south of ranges(7th of the year for me. Best ever)

Rob Archer.

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Good walk from Rammy to Jumbles via the ranges and back via Affetside and Two Brooks Valley between 1045 and 1730 saw the following:
2 x Ravens performing tricks together above Moorbottom Road, Excellent .
1 x Woodcock flushed off the footpath near the small tarn at the north of the ranges.
Jumbles pretty much frozen over with just a few Mallard, Canada Geese and 1 Grey Heron
c40 Fieldfare and 1 Kestrel near to Cromptons, Affetside
1 x Buzzard in woodland above Two Brooks Valley.( Hardly ever seen Buzzards round here at all. )
1 x Dipper
1 x Tawny Owl and 1 x Little Owl going back through the ranges.
Rob Archer


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Bit of a wander about the moors( between 1000 and 1515hrs) on a dull damp misty day. Not too much about really, the best being:
m & f Peregrine flying due south together above Walmersly Road at 1045hrs. Perhaps the Elton bird was one of them?
2 x f Sparrowhawk. One in Deeply vale about 1200hrs and one above woodland near Snape Hill, Nangreaves about 1300hrs
1 x Kestrel in Deeply vale
Ashworth Moor Res looked totally frozen over still through the mist
104 Canada Geese in a field in Deeply Vale
1 x Grey Heron
3 x Treecreeper really close up near Nuttall Park. Great views
1 x Dipper singing away on the Irwell
1 x Red grouse in the heather close to Holcombe Tower.

Rob Archer

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Originally posted by Mike Horwood today:

Today 4th, Dipper,Kingfisher 3 Goosander (2m ) on Irewell in Rammy

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Birds seen around the moors and mostly frozen Irwell the last few days... 23 Goosander,5 Moorhen, lots of BH Gulls, 2 1st winter Common Gulls by the wier in the centre of town, imm Cormorant, lots of Mallard, 1 Woodcock, 1 Snipe,c 20 Fieldfare,3 Redwing, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 GS Woodpecker, regular Jay, Bullfinch,Goldfinch, Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch,4 Nuthatch,1 m Sparrowhawk, 2 Ravens and 8 Red Grouse by Holcombe Tower ..Not seen the Kingfishers on the Old Mill Lodges for a few days now so hope they have not perished..Merry Crimbo to all

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Great sight last night about 2230hrs..Large skein of Pink Feets calling flying North West over Ramsbottom Town Centre silhouetted against an almost full moon..Magical sight.

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Another stunning but very cold day..Minus 4 at 1200hrs in my back yard.. No wind and a dull silence around the moors and Irwell Valley.The Irwell is well frozen in many places!..It must be tough going for the wildlife just now.. Todays highlights on a 4 hour walk.. Peregrine looking untroubled by it all, 1 Kestrel,2 Jay,2 Raven by the quarry, lots of Jackdaw flying south all day,many LBB and Herring Gulls also flying south am, 1 Moorhen, Lots of Mallard, 12 Goosander, only 3 Dipper( usually double that) 2 Snipe, c75 Fieldfare,c30 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush, many Blackbird, 3 Heron, regular Dunnock Wren Robin, 6 Brambling,4 Chaffinch,4 Bullfinch,regular Goldfinch,3 Nuthatch, small numbers in tit flocks, certainly seeing less LT Tits than a few weeks ago,3 GS Woodpecker
Rob Archer


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plenty of birds about on a proper winters day.. 4 ravens together above my house in Rammy,3 Kestrel, 4 Brambling, lots of Bullfinch Goldfinch,Chaffinch Greenfinch..2 Meadow Pipit, lots of small tit flocks, 1 Redwing, Mistle Thrush,12 Goosander, 3 Dipper, 6 separate Grey Heron, 3 Snipe, 1 Lapwing 3 Cormorant..lots of Robins, Wrens Dunnock Starling..8 cold fingers, 2 cold thumbs

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 4th of January 2011 03:55:16 PM

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