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RE: Woodford area


Saturday 19th: a Hobby flew through the former Aerodrome site nr Avro Golf Course and continued in to Cheshire

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Church Lane :
Lesser Whitethroat still singing

Od Hall Lane (AVRO G.C.)
Probably Channel Wagtail still
7 Wheatears

Cheers John

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Tried AVRO Golf Course again this morning and the Blue-headed-type Wagtail was commuting between the airfield and the freshly mown fairways.

It appeared to have light-ish powder blue tones to the head (which was not a photographic artefact) and rather too much white in the face for pure Blue-headed. It is probably a 'Channel Wagtail' hybrid. I confess I had to resort to Ian's excellent article on the main website for additional information.

Also on the Golf Course and nearby Airfield:

Wheatear 4
Linnet 4
Curlew 2
Tree Sparrow 2 (mating)
Sand Martin 4 (over river)

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8 Wheatears on the golf course

1 skylark
1 curlew on the airfield

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Old Hall Lane - Woodford Airfield - AVRO Golf Course.

Golf Course:
Possible Blue-headed Wagtail (bluish-grey head, reasonably sharp, white supercilium, appeard to have all yellow throat) but couldn't clinch the ID at distance and it flew before I could get scope views.
3 Wheatears
1 Oystercatcher
1 Tree Sparrow

Airfield:
1 Little Ringed Plover
2-3 Skylarks
Many Lesser-black Backed Gulls paired and roof nesting
No Curlews heard

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Sunday 29th April 08:30

Church Lane:

Lesser Whitethroat singing from roadside hedge near cricket club, then gave good views. Possibly a second heard nearby. smile

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Late post for afternoon of Friday 23rd.

Old hall Lane:
9 Fieldfares
2 Redwings
3 Common Buzzards
1 Mistle Thrush

Church Lane:
5 Oystercatchers
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming)


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Ian was correct, it's not travelled far. This bird was ringed on 25/06/2016 by the RSPCA Ringing Group as part of a project looking at movements to and from Lake Windermere, Cumbria, where the majority are ringed during the annual moult period.

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Still a very interesting recovery John and further than one perhaps would expect.



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John Rayner wrote:

Church Lane Flood:

Lots of water now, also lots of birds but nothing very special. Most interesting was a colour ringed Canada Goose. Red or orange with white letters 'DADT'. Metal ringed on right leg.




Ian was correct, it's not travelled far. This bird was ringed on 25/06/2016 by the RSPCA Ringing Group as part of a project looking at movements to and from Lake Windermere, Cumbria, where the majority are ringed during the annual moult period.

Cheers John

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Church Lane Flood. Still plenty of water:
1 Oystercatcher
1 Peregrine carrying prey
c220 Black-headed Gulls
4 Common Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls

Old Hall Lane:
3 Tree Sparrows (behind Woodford Church)
1-2 Buzzards
c130 Lapwings (distant and Probably in Cheshire)

1 Stoat

Cheers John

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Much the same as on 22nd but minus Swans and plus 2 Greylags.

Cheers, John



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Thanks Ian, I will contact him.

Cheers John

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John Rayner wrote:

Church Lane Flood:

Lots of water now, also lots of birds but nothing very special. Most interesting was a colour ringed Canada Goose. Red or orange with white letters 'DADT'. Metal ringed on right leg.


 

Probably not come far John, NW England somewhere. Contact kevin.leighton@rspca.org.uk

 



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Church Lane Flood:

Lots of water now, also lots of birds but nothing very special. Most interesting was a colour ringed Canada Goose. Red or orange with white letters 'DADT'. Metal ringed on right leg.

Mute Swan 1ad, 2 1st w.
Canada Goose 235
Black-headed Gull c230
Common Gull 1
Herring Gull 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
Starling c40
Jackdaw c125

No birds on a second visit due to an optimistic angler fly fishing no

Old Hall Lane:
Meadow Pipits c20
Skylark singing from the ground but not seen
Kestrel
Buzzard
Nuthatch

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Church Lane Flood: (A bit of standing water at the moment)

Black-headed Gull 132
Common Gull 1
Buzzard 1
Redwing 2
Fieldfare 1

Old Hall Road and River Dean:
Kingfisher 1
Buzzard 3
Redwing 5
Fieldfare 23
Sparrowhawk 1
Jay 2
Goldfinch 60
Lapwing 23

Bridle Road:
Little Owl 1
Sparrowhawk 1

Cheers John



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I had a good chat with the head groundskeeper at Avro golf course this morning. I had noticed an increase in nest boxes on the course, and he confirmed that they are trying hard to increase the biodiversity on the course by improving it as a habitat. So far, they have been rewarded by tree sparrows using the nest boxes, and a pair of garden warblers (seen today) nesting in a bank of scrubby brambles. Previously this had been tidily strimmed, so the decision to let it go wild has clearly payed off.

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Saturday 22nd April 2:30pm

Old Hall Farm
1 Male Wheatear
3 Chiffchaffs
5 Skylarks
2 Linnets
1 Kestrel
2 Common Buzzards
5 Swallows
c25 Lapwings defending territories
2 Pied Wagtails
1 Oystercatcher

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Recent sightings:

Church Lane Flood:

2 Herring Gulls 22nd March
4 Oystercatchers 24th March

Old Hall Lane: 22nd March

Curlew 1
Skylarks c6 (singing)
Stock Dove 13
Buzzard 1
Lapwings (many displaying)

Cheers, John

-- Edited by John Rayner on Friday 24th of March 2017 04:14:46 PM

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Afternoon overlooking the old Airfield which is now heaps of rubble from house building.
One stubble field remains, with a flock of over 50 lapwings circling, and some on the ground in their diminished old nesting site.
2 curlew in a rainwater pond on the site.
A flock of over 100 skylark were put up by successive flights from 3 buzzards and 2 kestrel.

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Sunday 4th December 2-3pm
Old Hall Lane:
A real abundance of winter thrushes. Redwings and Fieldfares constantly moving around the trees and hedges and groups flying over. Not seen so many here for quite a few years.
Also 2 Mistle Thrush and good numbers of Blackbird.
1 female bullfinch
1 Kestrel
2 Common Buzzard
12 Goldfinch
A Green Woodpecker, heard only, from behind the farm house. Not seen, but only the second time I've come across one here.
c200 Starlings mixed in with Fieldfare and Redwing flock by the River Dean.

Lots of the usuals too.smile

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A hobby flew from the farmland on the Old Hall Lane side, over the road, and on towards the Church Lane side at 3.55 p.m. as I drove home this evening.



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Old Hall Lane/British Aerospace buildings. Rooftop nesting Gulls:

All the rooftops cannot be seen from the road so these are surely under-estimates.

Lesser Black-backed Gulls 55 ads + 16 chicks with 3 ads still sitting
Herring Gull c6 ads with 1 appearing to be sitting on a nest

Other breeding evidence:
Oystercatcher 2 ads, 1 juv
Pied Wagtail 3 ads, 5 juvs
House Sparrow 12
Tree Sparrow heard
Swifts c8 feeding overhead

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6th June 8pm Old Hall Lane & Farm

A few more juvenile Lapwings seen and 1 juvenile Oystercatcher.
A pair of Skylarks were very busy too and the Curlews constantly chasing away anything nearby, including at one stage a couple of Common Buzzards.
19 Canada Geese goslings with 4 adults.
Song and Mistle Thrushes all with beaks full of insects.
1 Kestrel
2 Linnets
2 Chiffchaffs
2 Collard Doves
C24 Sand Martins

Lots of the usual birds too.



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2nd June 7.30pm-9.05pm

A nice clear evening with lots of activity.
I've noticed that some of the gulls have made nests on the slanted roofs of the old aerodrome buildings. Looks odd at a 30 degree angle, and not something I've seen before.
5 Oystercatchers
4 Curlew
c20 Lapwing
1 Reed Bunting
2 Skylarks
1 Grey Heron
c30 Sand Martins
5 Swifts

Plus lots of the usuals, and in good voice too.

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26th May 8.45pm-9.45pm

Oddly, the first bird seen was a Shelduck, that did a lap of Old Hall Farm and headed away into Cheshire towards Adlington Hall.
Good to hear Skylarks still in song. At least 4 seen.
2 Song Thrush
2 Curlew
c12 Lapwing
1 Common Buzzard heard calling.
Thought I heard a Common Whitethroat singing, but only heard it once and can't be certain.
1 Pheasant

Plus lots of the usuals

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5th May 7-8pm

More Sand Martins seen tonight but they all seemed to be passing through. 31 in a few groups heading West.
1 Wheatear
1 Kestrel
1 Nuthatch
1 Grey Heron


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2nd May 9-10am

1 Wheatear on the golf course, together with a Pied Wagtail and a couple of Linnets.
2 Skylarks in song over the airfield
2 Curlew
1 Kestrel
1 Grey Heron
1 Oystercatcher on the golf course
c20 Lapwings & 3 juveniles seen. (Hopefully there are others out of view)
1 Common Whitethroat heard singing around the old parking area, by the public footpath.

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28th April 7-8pm Old Hall Lane

It seemed at first that there was not a lot about tonight, but it picked up and got better before I was rushed off by thunder, lighting and a hail storm.
1 Little Ringed Plover on the golf course. Still there when I left.
3 Curlew on the airfield
Lots of vociferous Lapwing, both on the airfiled and Old Hall Farm
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
1 Common Buzzard
4 Linnets
1 Swallow
4 Sand Martins (first seen here this year)

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Church Lane this evening:

2 Oystercatchers, and no water at all.
Not been here for a week or two, but shocked to see no water at all.

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Old Hall Farm 9.30am

8 Common Buzzards
35 Lapwing
1 Wheatear
Flock of 12 Linnets
4 Chiffchaffs
Great Spotted Woodpecker in small wood on Cheshire side
1 pied wagtail 1 skylark over airfield
Plus all the usuals

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Old Hall Lane and Farm 1pm

Dominated by Common Buzzards (7) on the thermals and displaying.
2 Kestrels
1 Oystercatcher on a flooded pool on the farm side
4 Chiffchaffs in song
2 Skylarks also in song over the airfield
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker heard drumming from the woods on the Cheshire side
1 Raven over
2 Meadow Pipits
5 Tree Sparrows need the farm house
10 Lapwings
2 Grey Herons

Church Lane:
2 Oystercatchers

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Old Hall Lane

Chiffchaff singing
Raven 1
Curlew 2
Lesser Black-backed Gull 43
Fieldfare c20
Redwing c15
Skylarks singing

Cheers John

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Church Lane Flood

Shelduck 1 (first here for 4 years)
Oystercatcher 1
Rooks 8 (4 at 2 nests in rookery, 4 feeding nearby)
Black-headed Gull 154
Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
Herring Gull 3
Common Gull 2

Greylag Goose 1 Cheers John

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1.30pm, around Old Hall Farm

4 common buzzards
1 peregrine
16 curlew
11 starling
13 lapwing
plus all the usuals


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6th March 11am

Old Hall Lane:
1 Sparrowhawk
25 Fieldfares
6 Skylarks. Several over the golf course and some singing over the airfield.
3 Common Buzzard
1 Peregrine across the airfield by the Avro museum
1 Kestrel
14 Lapwings. Some displaying and split quite evenly between the airfield and Old Hall Farm.
Lots of the usuals too

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Peregrine chasing pigeons around the hangers near the avro museum yesterday. very exciting display indeed.



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Church Lane Flood:

Black-headed Gull c110
Common Gull 5
Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
Herring Gull 1
Redwing c25
Fieldfare 3
Mistle Thrush 2

Old Hall Lane:

Redwing c100
Fieldfare 76

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Friday 28th November 8-10am

Church Lane:
12 Fieldfares
36 Black-headed gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed gulls

Old Hall Lane:
c50 Redwings (mainly around the church grounds)
9 Fieldfare
2 Goldcrests
4 Skylarks
6 Linnets
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
5 Meadow Pipits
1 Common Buzzard
C500 Starlings on Old Hall Farm
A very distant skein of geese (in Cheshire heading towards the Goyt area)
Lots of the usuals around toosmile

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Saw a large flock of starlings flying towards Wilmslow from Greater Manchester airspace as I drove home this evening. Looked to be about 2000 at a quick glance. Anyone seen any numbers in the Woodford area? Anyone know where they are heading?



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A Tawny Owl over the Woodford Community Centre at 7.10pm. Nicely lit underneath by the bonfire glow.
An unexpected Woodford tick for me biggrin

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Sunday 1st November 11.30-12.30

Old Hall Lane:
An unseasonably warm walk from the church to the runway and back.
2 Common Buzzards
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Nuthatch
2 Pied Wagtails
12 Meadow Pipits (8 in one flock over)
1 Stock Dove
1 Raven
25 Mistle Thrush
4 Tree Sparrows
1 Jay
c100 Wood Pigeon over
Lots of the usuals along the hedges.


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Adlington side of Airfield this morning

Brambling - 3
Golden Plover - 1
Stonechat - 1
Redwing - 185 in 1.5 hours
Lesser Redpoll - 33

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Friday 31st July

Old Hall Lane:
7 Sand Martins
1 Swift
4 Swallows
1 Nuthatch
15 juvenile House Sparrows
30 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, including several juveniles on the hangar roofs at the golf club house end
1 Pied Wagtail
2 Goldfinch
1 Robin


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Friday 10th July 10.30

Old Hall Lane:
3 Curlews
2 Linnets
1 Skylark
6 Sand Martins, very poor numbers here this year
12 Swifts
5 Swallows
1 Tree Sparrow
2 Mallards
1 Pheasant


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Airfield from Old Hall Lane:

73 Lesser Black-backed Gulls loafing on buildings rooftops with a further 11 birds on nests
4 Oystercatchers (2 ads, 2 juvs)
1 Buzzard
6 Curlews
41 Lapwings on runway with a further 16 in fields

There are underestimates as I can only view from the perimeter fence


Adlington side (Cheshire)

26 Lapwings
2 Curlews
1 Little Owl
1 Whitethroat
2 Sand Martins
1 Little Grebe

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Old Hall Lane:

9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls sitting on rooftop nests on 2 airport buildings. (May be more. I can only view one side of the roof)
Pair of Oystercatchers feeding worms to an almost full grown juvenile
Skylarks and Curlews heard

Cheers John


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British Aerospace area: A large number of gulls roosting on the rubble of demolished buildings

203 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
8 Herring Gulls

Cheers John

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Church Lane Just watched incredible ariel mating display of two buzzards. Followed by the pair mating on ground .

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Thursday 8th April 6pm
Church Lane:
2 Oystercatchers
1 Stock Dove
2 Mallards

Old Hall Lane:
1 Oystercatcher
1 Skylark
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Pied Wagtails
1 Curlew calling
15 Lapwings


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