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RE: Roby Mill and area


23 / 10 / 2018

Crossbill - flock of 8 in Scots pines on the old golf course

Kingfisher - 1 on lake by College Farm



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Thursday 18th Oct
7.30 - 8.30 viz mig - still, clear, frosty

Fieldfare 1,100, 
Wood Pigeon 1,260, 
Redwing 690, 
Pink-footed Goose 230
Jackdaw 102
Crossbill 3
Brambling 5
Starling 30
Meadow Pipit 11
Reed bunting 1
Goldfinch
5 Linnet 11
Siskin 1
Chaffinch 5
Jay 1
Pied wagtail 6
Grey Wagtail 1
Song thrush 1

Mistle thrush 3

First
Redwing of the autumn 3/10
Fieldfare 18/10
Brambling 10/10



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c 25 Pink-footed Geese over the patch - East.
by some way the earliest I've had here



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10.30 Hobby over the house chasing Swallows

also Friday 17th 2 Crossbills over the old golf course



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adult Siskin and juvenile in the garden on nut feeder
- two appeared last year at a similar time of year



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Wheatear -  1 flushed from the old tip
Tree Pipit - 1 calling north
Garden Warbler 1 singing
Grasshopper Warbler 3 reeling (my first 19th April)



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Common Whitethroat singing - old golf course
Blackcap 5
Chiffchaff 7 (first for me here on 7th april)
Wilow warbler 11 (first for me here on 7th april)



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Mill Lane -  College Farm

Chiffchaff  - 4 Singing
Willow Tit - 2 singing
Little  Grebe - pair have returned



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Chiffchaff  near small lake -  College Farm



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3 willow tit and male Brambling in the garden with the usual garden birds. stubble field school/Lafford lane 3 Yellowhammer, Chaffinch 190 and 5 Brambling..also small numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare.

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8:40 am 3 Hawfinch flight west towards Ashurst beacon.

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Nov 6th. 11am, school lane/lafford lane/walthew green (junction), Firecrest (fem),long tailed tits,coal and Blue tit mixed flock. Garden willow tit 3,Blue tit 16,Great tit 23,Coal tit 14, Tree sparrow 3,Great spotted woodpecker, House sparrow 24,Goldcrest 2 and Nuthatch 3. woodcock in gardens early am;flight back towards golf course.



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Tuesday 26th sept. 7am- 3pm. Lafford lane 16 c Buzzard, Starling 119,Bullfinch 4,Reed bunting 6,Linnet 4, Redpoll 13,c kestrel 2,Cormorant 21,skylark 7, Greywag tail 1, Piedwag tail 34,Yellowhammer 4,Meadow pipit 696, House martin 297, Swallow 1,362 and Adult Hobby.. south over the village.

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Redstart in Upholland churchyard today, info thanks to Chris Darbyshire 



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2 Crossbill flew south over Ashurst Beacon this morning



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3 swifts north at first light (general large arrival in North West)

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Redstart - male singing persistently - possibly a different one to yesterday's - in a different location



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Beacon Country Park - near car park
Redstart 1 male



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Today, 24th April
Garden Warbler 1 singing
Whitethroat 4 singing
Grasshopper Warbler 4 singing (7 now on the patch)

23rd April
Whitethroat 1 singing

20th April
Fieldfare 1 over



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6.30 Old Golf Course - Grasshopper warbler 1 reeling



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6.30 - patch
Willow warbler 3 singing (an early arrival 'in force')
Blackcap 2 singing
Chiffchaff 11 singing




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1 Willow warbler singing on the patch this morning



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sunday march 19th.
Am, 1male and 5 fem Goosander towards st joseph college lakes.
Garden 2 willow tit.
North pm.. 10 Piedwagtail and 2 Greywagtail.



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I havent been  been physically up to my patch walk over the last few days

- but drove around the patch and was very  pleased to hear first singing Chiffchaff this morning



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Little Grebe - pair back on the lake performing trilling duet - this is about a month earlier than the last 2 years
Reed Bunting  - returning male singing



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Yesterday in the garden.
1 ringed Starling...( thought it might have been a European
ringed bird,but no!..ringed on Nov 19th
2016 at Orrell!,distance travelled 4km!!!).
Also today near (i think its Cleives hill lane,Aughton 4 Waxwing)
slightly out of area!!!.

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Nov 11th.

(7:08 am), south west over lafford lane
1 Merlin.
Garden Willow tit 4.
School lane..Chaffinch 30+,Brambling 2 (fem).
Fieldfare 300+ and Redwing 400+ south
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Nov 2nd.
SE (AM), Pinkfooted geese.. 160+200+10+200+150
+140+22+300+80+20.
Whooper swans 8(SE)..And 44 yesterday.
wood pigeon 9,000+,Redwing 200+,meadow pipit 16,
piedwagtail 8,Greywagtail 1.
Garden..Goldcrest,willow tit 2, numerous blue,great,
coal tit,Great spottedwoodpecker.
Disused tip (am)..Barn owl.
Dusk yesterday Woodcock.
Lafford lane am..Yellowhammer 7.

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Patch this morning
250 Pink-footed Geese - s

Saturday
Marsh Harrier - female / imm, flew from Lafford lane direction straight over the house and then towards the Beacon



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Monday oct 31st.
Swallow 1(south) at 11:27 am.
wood pigeon 3,000+ (s).
In the garden 4 willow tit's, 2 Greywag tail.
Numerous Blackbird,Redwing and fieldfare.
C snipe (sw). Tawny owl calling in the garden
at 4:40 am.

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10.30 patch
6 Crossbills - flying east one singing in flight



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Thursday october 27 th.
A kingfisher on the concrete blocks in the water at the concourse in skelmersdale.. was a nice sighting today.
Roby mill this am, 1 woodcock, numerous redwing, fieldfare south.
A Raven over (sw), and a female merlin chased piedwag tails over lafford lane.
A 1st win Greywag tail in the garden along with 3 willow tits. A starling in a flock of 100+ with white leg ring,black letters.. unable to read it yet..but keep trying.

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7.30 patch
Brambling 1
Chiffchaff 1
Teal 8 on the lake -  I often see the odd ones on the lake - but a small flock (a Spring of Teal) seems to be sticking around this Autumn
Pink-footed Goose 58 East
Redwing c40 milling around



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7.00 - 8.45 patch
Jack Snipe 1 flushed from the lake edge
Teal 5 on the lake
Redwing c 1,500 south
Fieldfare 120 s
Siskin 2,
Redpoll 2
Pink-footed Goose 75 s

 

 

 



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7.30 patch
influx of Song thrushes c 20 - mostly olive brown contact calling 'continental' birds
also c30 flighty Blackbirds - presumed immigrants
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 5
willow tit 1

 

 

 

 

 



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6.30 patch
Tree pipit - I grounded
Chiffchaff - 21 calling / singing
Willow warbler 4
Blackcap 1
Barn Owl 1

no viz mig at all



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I have surveyed and  mapped all the warblers on my Roby mill patch

The results are my blog
http://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/warbler-survey.html

169 singing males -
38 Whitethroat,
33 Blackcaps
7 Garden warblers
2 Lesser whitethroats
46 Willow warblers
36 Chiffchaffs
7 Grasshopper warblers

sadly no Sedge warblers this year

 



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1 Swift over the garden



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Patch 4.30 - 7.30 (s - singing)
Spotted flycatcher 1
Garden warbler 1 (s)
Grasshopper warbler 9 (s)
Whitethroat 22 (s)
Willow warbler 28 (s)

Blackcap 7(s)
no sedge warblers or Lesser whitethroats

 

 The derelict farmland East of Mill Lane / Beacon Lane gets better every year as it get more overgrown - now fantastic habitat for Grasshopper warblers, Willow warblers, whitethroats

Using an app with GPS, I am mapping all the singing Warblers on the patch. Previous years counts for several species, were significant at a country level so I wanted to attempt to verify the numbers I had been getting and make sure I was over-counting. Far from over-counting however, it looks like I may been under-counting

Blackcap map attached (24 singing males) - this isn't the final assessment however, I'll probably find some more, but on the other hand I'll probably fail to re-find some of these

also
Reed  bunting 4 (s)

Lesser Redpoll 2 
Willow tit 1

 



-- Edited by Phil Barnett on Thursday 5th of May 2016 09:13:21 AM

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North over Dean wood area 1 Osprey..(11:47 am).

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school lane..following tractor(ploughing)..13 Blackheaded gulls and 1 adult summer and 1 2nd yr Mediterranean gulls.

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5.30 patch
Grasshopper warbler 7
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Common Whitethroat 4
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5.30 patch (s = singing)
Tree Pipit - 1 (near Beacon)
Lesser whitethroat 1(s)
Common whitethroat 2 (s)
Grasshopper warbler 1(s)
Blackcap 9(s)
Chiffchaff 15 (s)
Willow warbler 25(s)
Linnet 2 (s)
Lesser Redpoll 1
Siskin 5
Etc

 

 



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Few swallow's and House martin north this afternoon. In the garden nuthatch,Bullfinch,siskin,Goldfinch two pairs Blue tit nest building; male House sparrow in nest box. c buzzard and Sparrowhawk over.

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6.30 patch
2 Whitethroat - singing
2 Grasshopper warbler

 



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Patch 6.30
Grasshopper Warbler - 2 reeling
Kestrel - 1
Stock dove - 1
Teal - a pair on the lake
Tufted duck - a pair on the lake
Dabchick - pair
Siskin - male display flight - something I've seen quite a lot recently
Redpoll - 2 over (+2 on niger feeder)
Yellowhammer - 2 singing
Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Swallow x3
Willow tit
etc

yesterday Chiffchaff - 22 singing



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7:20 am. Redstart 1-m , knowles farm. +chiffchaff 5,Willow warbler 7 and Blackcap 3-m. Garden 2 Willow tit. Also Walthew green 3 yaffle's Green woodpecker..(also heard same area on monday).

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6.45
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 reeling near colledge farm
+ Swallow back at Knowles farm



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6.00 patch
(s - singing)
Chiffchaff - 27 (s)
Willow Warbler 15 (s)
A lot of the 'new' warblers were concentrated near the beacon suggesting a fall of migrants rather than, necessarily, returning breeding birds.
Blackcap 3 (s)
Little grebe  2
Siskin 2 (s)
Linnet flock of 25
Red-legged Partridge 2
Buzzard 2
Pied wagtail - male back at college farm

 

 

 



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7:15 am..1(singing)+1 willow tit scrub bushes at the front of the house;quick dash through to rear and 4 in the garden on sunflower feeder and bird table. Also over (east at 6:50 am 3 c crossbill(calling). Nuthatch,Great Spotted Woodpecker, siskin 2 in /around the garden. skylark singing school lane.



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