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Cetti's Warbler singing at dusk from Nevison's Flash

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Cetti's Warbler calling again this morning otherwise quiet

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09.00 - 10.00
C3 as far as New Water and back

Highlights

Cetti's Warbler singing quietly by Nevison's Flash
3 Lesser Redpoll
3 Redwing
2 Siskin heard but not seen


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Couple of hours this afternoon, windy. Not many small birds about.

4 Gadwall
2 Great Crested Grebe
2 Little Grebe
1 Pochard
7 Tufted Duck
1 Water Rail
1 Snipe
1 Kestrel
2 Jay
1 Stonechat
1 Grey Wagtail
Mixed Tit flock
30+ Goldfinch


Large Thrush flock went over to high to identify.

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morning dog walk pretty quiet probably due to strong winds more birds heard in deep cover than seen the highlights being good views of a kestrel perched on a wooden fence post eating prey looked like a shrew,1 swallow with 3 house martin hawking over field and diggle flash, small numbers goldfinch and long tailed tit seen with more heard. the adult great crested grebe were out feeding the 2 youngsters on diggle flash but not many tufted duck showing presumably taking shelter in the reeds no gadwall seen again presumably taking shelter, 2 adult mute swan and 2 cygnets on bank of stock pond huddled down together,




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morning dog walk

1 pied wagtail amongst a flock of 8 long tailed tits, 2 other tit flocks mainly consisting of long tailed tits but also with great tit and blue tits mixed in, robin, wren, blackbird and dunnock all foraging under overhanging bushes after the rain, usual magpie,carrion crow and wood pigeon but in general pretty quiet,
diggle flash- 5 gadwal and 1 great crested grebe on stock pond, pair of great crested grebe on main flash with two recently fledged young this pair always seem to breed pretty late, 2 adult mute swan with 2 remaining cygnets, c 50 tufted duck, c 30 coot, 2 little grebe, 5 mallard, 3 moorhen, 2 lesser black backed gull, 14 black headed gull.

speaking to a couple of friends yesterday and they were asking why i wasn't posting as often, nothing sinister just a change in my work shift patterns means the majority of the walks i take with the dogs are now done in darkness so generally i don't see anything to reportno

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morning stroll with dogs
decent flock of tits with c15 long tailed, 6 blue and c 20 great tit in trees on track between diggle flash and road to nowhere, c25 goldfinch feeding in fields nr top of road to nowhere, single swallow hawking over same fields, several blackbird, 2 robin, 2 dunnock, usual magpie, wood pigeon and carrion crow,
diggle flash- 22 canada geese, tufted duck numbers starting to build up c30, 3 lesser black backed gulls amongst 16 black headed gulls, 3 great crested grebe, 4 little grebe, 4 mute swan 2 adult 2 cygnets, 5 mallard, c20 coot, 4 moorhen,

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08.15 - 09.45
C3 & C4 only
single Yellow Wagtail flew over SW calling
single Whitethroat
single Blackcap in sub song
otherwise quiet


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Hour this lunchtime, Quiet.

3 Stonechat, including youngsters.
1 Willow Tit
1 Water Rail
5 Grey Partridge, Flushed
1 Female Sparrowhawk
1 Raven

Plus all usuals.

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Few hours this morning,

1 Kingfisher
2 Little Grebe
12 Tufted Duck
2 Great Crested Grebe
5 Linnet
2 Stonechat, both youngsters
3 Whitethroat
1 Sedge Warbler
1 Reed Warbler
5 Reed Bunting
2 Skylark
5 Meadow Pipit
2 Lapwing
1 Kestrel
1 Water Rail

Plus all usuals



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4 juvenile grey partridge in C8 field this morning, goldfinch starting to flock now charms of c25 and c20, ditto the tits with a flock of c20 mainly great tit but with 2 long tailed and at least 4 blue tit,

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kingfisher on stock pond this morning, 1 grey heron, 2 great crested grebe ( they seem to have lost their youngster only ever saw a single always being carried on a parents back but been no sign for at least 3 days now) 2 moorhen, several coot and 3 mallard also all on stock pond,
diggle flash - good numbers coot, 2 families of little grebe 2 young in each, 1 great crested grebe, 3 tufted duck, 4 mallard, 8 black headed gull, pair mute swan with 3 remaining cygnets, moorhen with 1 young,
great tit, blue tit, 1 juvenile whitethroat, blackbird, dunnock, robin, magpie, carrion crow, wood pigeon,

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Whinchat and Peregrine Falcon the only birds of note this morning, the Peregrine give good views over C8 before flying off towards Penny.



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decent numbers of very noisy gulls over diggle flash @06-00 am presumably from an overnight roost all bar a few black headed gulls had left by 06-10, , i picked out 2 great blacked backed gulls, 5 adult and several juvenile lesser black backed gulls and 2 common gulls amongst 70+ black headed gulls,

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juvenile cuckoo this morning in trees at bottom of new road,

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Hour straight from Penny, Very quiet.

3 Kestrel, including youngster.
1 Buzzard, scruffy looking bird, had secondaries missing from both wings.
2 Whitethroat
2 Reed Warbler
1 Meadow Pipit


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Hour this lunch time,

1 Hobby
2 Little Ringed Plover
2 Grasshopper Warbler
3 Sedge Warbler
1 Reed Warbler
4 Linnet
2 Skylark

Plus all usuals.

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little grebe with at least 2 young on diggle flash i think there was another in the reeds but i never actually saw it,pair of mute swan with 6 cygnets, plenty of young coot with parents, 5 well grown mallard ducklings, 2 young moorhen, plenty tufted duck, 1 grey heron, reed warbler, sedge warbler, 1 lesser whitethroat showing really well, 4 whitethroat, blue tit, great tit, robin, dunnock, blackbird, magpie, carrion crow, wood pigeon, approx 10 each of swallow and swift over field beside flash,

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Hour this afternoon, Pretty quiet.

2 Grasshopper Warblers
1 Willow Tit
1 Stonechat
1 Kestrel with kill
3 Buzzard
1 Water Rail
2 Lapwing

Plus all usuals





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Out for a hour early this morning, still very windy and it was really quiet. The only birds of note were a Female Whinchat in C6 with an Insect and a Lesser Whitethroat also C6.

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a.m
1 Common Tern flew over Nevisons Flash, football field and beyond towards Leigh town centre.
Family parties of Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Linnet, otherwise pretty quiet.

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common tern over diggle flash this evening being harassed by lesser black backed gulls

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better view of the mute swans this morning 6 cygnets, hopefully they do better than previous years the survival rate is not good here,

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Early this morning,

A Hobby was present this morning seen hunting on the border of C4/C6. Lots of Warblers singing including, Grasshopper, Sedge, Reed and Willow Warblers. A total of 8 Whitethroats were singing. A Single Garden Warbler was singing in C6, also two juvenile Blackcap in C6. 1 Water Rail heard in Nevisons Flash. Decent numbers of the usuals about Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Reed Bunting. Singles of Linnet, Snipe, Kestrel and Little Grebe.


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Mute swans on diggle flash this morning with cygnets, not sure how many as they were hidden by parents and in reed bed on far side but did see at least 5, other juveniles on water included coot, moorhen and mallard, c 20 swift over water,

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Early this morning,

Highlights,

1 Female Whinchat
2 Stonechat
2 Grasshopper Warbler
1 Male Cuckoo, Heard only
1 Grey Partridge, Flushed
1 Kingfisher
2 Willow Tit, 1 C9 the other C6
1 Common Tern, Diggle Flash

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C6,C7,C8,C9

Pair of Hobby overhead.

2 Grasshopper Warbler

Several Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting and Skylark all in full voice

 

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07.30-08.30
C3 and as far as New Water only
1 Hobby briefly showed an interest in a passing Swallow before departing east
1 Raven mobbing a Buzzard
1 Kestrel
Grasshopper Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Reed Warbler all singing loudly

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06.30-10.30
Cuckoo called twice from near back of stock pond @09.30
family party of Willow Tit by Fir Tree Flash
Mute Swan on FTF recently fledged
plus usual warbler mix

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Cuckoo in flight over woodland behind Diggle Flash early afternoon



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cuckoo calling from behind stock pond from 10-25 until 10-40 only managed a glimpse it was well hidden and then heard at 11-40 from behind school on bickershaw lane,


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cuckoo flew from church yard on Bickershaw lane @05-50 to trees around stock pond calling before settling down still calling first of the year for me, decent numbers of warblers, blackcap, whitethroat, sedge warbler, reed warbler, grasshopper warbler, chiffchaff and willow warbler all seen, skylark, reed bunting, great tit, blue tit, dunnock, wren, kestrel, buzzard, pheasant, magpie, carrion crow, wood pigeon.
diggle flash- 4 pairs of coot with young a 3, 2x2s, and a single on the stock pond, mallard with 6 ducklings also on stock pond, tufted duck, mute swan, moorhen, great crested grebe, 3 little grebe, black headed gull, 2 lesser black backed gull.

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plenty of warblers this morning, 6 reed warbler, 8 sedge warbler, 4 grasshopper warbler, 6 whitethroat, 2 blackcap, chiffchaff and willow warbler into double figures, 5 reed bunting, 3 skylark, good numbers of robin, blackbird and great tit, small numbers blue tit, dunnock and wren, 4 pheasant, usual magpie, carrion crow and wood pigeon, 9 lesser black backed gull over, 2 canada geese over,
diggle flash- tufted duck, coot, moorhen, mallard, 2 little grebe, 2 great crested grebe, 2 mute swan, black headed gulls,

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Male Cuckoo present this afternoon in C8, also a Female Whinchat in the same area.

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Only addition to Bernard's report this morning is 150+ Swift

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grey wagtail around diggle flash this am, 1 lesser whitethroat, 6 whitethroat,

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14.15 - 16.45
2 male Whinchat - C8
2 Sparrowhawk -C3
1 House Martin

plus usuals
along with all the motorbikes and quad bikes

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An hour this afternoon, C8,9 and 10

3 Grasshopper Warbler
4 Whitethroat
1 Willow Tit
1 Kestrel
5 Skylark
3 Sedge Warbler
2 Reed Warbler
1 Kingfisher
1 Little Grebe
1 Common Tern
1 Singing Yellowhammer, rare on this site.

Plus all usual suspects

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Hour mainly around C8,

2 Grasshopper Warbler
3 Whitethroat
4 Linnet
3 Skylark
6 Meadow Pipit
5 Reed Bunting
2 Blackcap
9 Chiffchaff
2 Willow Warbler
1 Snipe Flushed
8 Grey Partridge Flushed
2 Jay
Few Swallow hunting.

Plus all usuals

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morning dog walk
7 greenfinch picking grit on old car park, great tit, willow warbler, chiffchaff. blackbird and robin all into double figures, 2 wren, 3 dunnock, 1mistle thrush, 4 pheasant, 2 meadow pipit, 2 blackcap, whitethroat heard but not seen, 5 reed bunting, 3 blue tit, 2 jay, 7 jackdaw, magpie, carrion crow, wood pigeon, 2 skylark.
diggle flash- 3 reed warbler, 1 sedge warbler heard but not seen, 2 grasshopper warbler from field to side of flash, 1 drake gadwall, c30 tufted duck, 2 mute swan, 14 coot, 1 lesser black backed gull, 3 moorhen, 3 great crested grebe, 2 little grebe, 2 mallard, 2 swallow hawking over water.

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It's also an important feeding area for nearby breeders, such as hirundines & swifts; also for bugs, some plants & other wildlife

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Those who keep piping on about developing "brownfield" sites before any others need to take a peep at Scott's list for Bickershaw today. The warbler variety alone, with the additional importance of numbers of locally declining 'grassland' species - Skylark, Meadow Pipit, and Linnet - (as well as Stonechat) knocks the "build on brownfield first" suggestion for six. As for the 4x4s, we've tried for years to get shut of them, without success. When/if the site acquires 'Country Park' status, perhaps there'll be a greater determination to send them packing. For the record, the future of the site has been discussed at umpteen meetings for at least the last fourteen years, and, hopefully, the time will come when any lingering doubts about its vulnerability will be dispelled!

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Mooch this afternoon, C5,6,7,8,9

7 Grasshopper Warbler
5 Whitethroat
6 Blackcap
1 Lesser Whitethroat
4 Sedge Warbler
3 Reed Warbler
6 Skylark
4 Meadow Pipit
2 Linnet
4 Reed Bunting
15+ Chiffchaff
15+ Willow Warbler
1 Stonechat
10+ Swallow
5 House Martin
2 Little Grebe
4 Great Crested Grebe
25 Tufted Duck
1 Gadwall

Motorbikes everywhere again and 4x4 tearing places up.

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06.15 -07.45
C3 & C4 only
single Whimbrel flew NNW over New Water @ 07.13
4 Grasshopper Warbler - 2 C3, 1 C4 & 1 reeling C5
pair of Lapwing displaying
2 Whitethroat
2 Blackcap

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Male Wheatear on edge of New Water @15.15

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07.45 - 11.00
9 Grasshopper Warbler - 6 C8, watched one singing from top of thicket for 30 mins occasionally dropping to the floor before quickly returning to its singing perch, others reeling in C2,3 & 5
1 Sedge Warbler
3 Whitethroat
3 Blackcap
plenty of Reed Warbler
5 Sand Martin
12 Swallow

no sign of Cuckoo yet (thought they might be early this year but got it wrong)


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morning dog walk
willow warbler 20+, great tit, chiffchaff,blackbird,robin,reed bunting all into double figures, 4 blue tit, 2 long tailed tit, 4 blackcap heard only 2 of them seen 1 in particular giving excellent close up views,6 pheasant, 2 grasshopper warbler heard only 1 of them seen and then only briefly, 1 mistle thrush, whitethroat heard only,magpie, carrion crow, wood pigeon, 2 jay, several jackdaw,
diggle flash- 3 little grebe, 2 great crested grebe, pair of gadwall on stock pond, 4 mallard, 2 canada geese, 2 mute swan, 30+ tufted duck, 16 coot, 4 moorhen, 8 black headed gull, 2 lesser black backed gull,

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07.45 - 10.15
C2,3,4 & 6
7 Reed Warbler - 4 NF, 2 Central ditch, 1 New Water
1 Grasshopper Warbler - showed briefly in C5
1 Whitethroat -C4
2 Raven flew from C4 over C5 and landed on phone mast in Firsdale Industrial Park and stayed there for an hour before leaving
Willow Warbler calling from everywhere



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Mooch this afternoon, C3,4,5,6 and 8

3 Grasshopper Warbler, cracking views of one of them.
2 Whitethroat
1 Reed Warbler
11 Willow Warbler
13 Chiffchaff
3 Blackcap
5 Linnet
4 Reed Bunting
6 Skylark
10+ Meadow Pipit
1 Water Rail
1 Kestrel
1 Willow Tit

Grey Wagtail flew over and Kingfisher heard only.

Plus all usuals.

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An amazing spectacle of well over 4000 sand martins at Tinker Joe's yesterday evening. There were a few coming and going up to 8pm, but it really got going at about 8:10pm when thousands came in. I've attached a photo with a crude grid in an attempt to count them.

In the field we'd estimated 3 - 5000 birds, and I just wondered how accurate we had been. I haven't counted every bird in every square on this image, but I have counted birds in every other square, and for the rest estimated the number based on counted squares if you see what I mean. If you add up the totals for each square it comes to 4005 birds. Bearing in mind that not every bird is on this photo because there were smaller flocks on the periphery of the main swarm, an estimate of 5 - 7000 birds might have beeen more accurate. Even so, not a bad attempt in the field and what an amazing number of sand martins!



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