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Post Info TOPIC: BICKERSHAW RUCKS


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RE: BICKERSHAW RUCKS


Mooch this afternoon,

1 Kestrel, Male seen a number of times hunting.
1 Buzzard
Small numbers of Reed and Sedge Warbler, also small numbers of Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.
3 Skylark, one individual was seen having a dust bath, got to within 10 yard outstanding views.
7 Meadow Pipit
Reed Bunting numbers at the moment on this site are the most I've ever seen. They are absolutely everywhere.
Lapwing sitting and one with youngsters. Black headed sitting in same area.
1 Linnet
Plenty Swift over in most areas.
1 Common Tern over

Plus all usuals.






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Male Cuckoo this evening by Nevison's Flash

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6:00 am till 9:00 am

Lesser Whitethroat showing well in scrub just off the new road C8.
3 Sedge Warbler, more heard
1 Grasshopper Warbler
5 Willow Warbler
3 Reed Warbler, more heard
1 Linnet
1 Willow Tit
1 Stonechat
9 Blackcap
11 Chiffchaff
4 Whitethroat
15 Reed Bunting
4 Skylark
2 Meadow Pipit
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
2 Buzzard
5 Lapwing

Plus all usual suspects.




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Y'day 8th May, late morning before the rain

1-2 Grasshopper Warblers (h)
1 Raven (E of rucks, drifting N)
3 Whitethroats
3 Sedge Warblers
10 Reed Buntings
20 Swift (E of rucks)
20 House Martins (flock, E of rucks, drifting N)
Chiffchaffs
Willow Warblers

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11 till 2:15. Glorious weather.

All areas except C5 and C7

1 Whinchat C8
1 Stonechat C8
1 Cuckoo C2
20+ Willow Warbler, Most areas.
20+ Blackcap, Most areas.
15+ Whitethroat, Most areas.
10+Chiffchaff
40+ Reed Bunting, most abundant bird on site today, absolutely everywhere.
10+ Lapwing all C10
3 Buzzard
2 Kestrel
10+ Reed Warbler
10+ Sedge Warbler
2 Grasshopper Warbler both C8
4 Linnet, over.
10+ Skylark
5 Meadow Pipit

Nice to hear a Yellowhammer singing although I didn't see it.

Plus all usuals.


Forgot to add 2 Grey Partridge flushed.

-- Edited by Scott robinson on Saturday 5th of May 2018 02:38:02 PM

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Thursday 3rd May, 0900-1000

1 Cuckoo - flying over large flooded area towards top rucks

1 male Whinchat - in field adjacent to large flooded area

Blackcap

Sedge warbler

Kestrel

Sparrowhawk



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45 mins after work from 18.30
2 Common Tern visited Nevisons Flash for 5 mins before departing over to Pennington Flash.
Green Woodpecker flying around edge of Nevisons Flash before landing in top of tree on top rucks then yaffling for 10 mins.
plenty of Reed Warbler chattering away.
Cetti's Warbler very vocal.

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Hobby flew west from playing field right across rucks and beyond Smiths Lane @ 18.20

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08.00-10.15
1 Cuckoo perched in top of tree on edge of playing field
2 Whitethroat at end of road to nowhere
1 Sedge Warbler(C8)
2 Grasshopper Warbler
9 Reed Warbler
Cetti's Warbler singing
4 Oystercatcher
5 Buzzard
3 Grey Partridge
Green Woodpecker yaffling in distance while stood at end of road to nowhere
Willow Warbler, Blackcap & Chiffchaff all into double figures
3 Linnet
8 Lapwing

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Not much this morning should of gone out early as went cloudy as I left the house and eventually turned to rain 2 Grasshopper Warbler Cetti's Warbler 2 Swallow Plenty of Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff 2 Blackcap 4 Reed Warbler

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Grasshopper Warbler reeling by playing field early evening

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18-00-20.00
Male Hobby circled over playing field @ 18.10 showed a brief interest in a passing Woodpigeon before departing North ( my previous earliest record for the Rucks was 2nd May)

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08.50-10.15
of note
single Reed Warbler
single Whimbrel heard only
single Green Woodpecker flew across top rucks
single Cetti's Warbler very vocal and managed a very brief glimpse
single Blackcap
Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff both in good numbers

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1 1/2 hours late morning, much more pleasant than yesterday in the rain
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14 Fieldfare on top rucks moving through East
Green Woodpecker yaffling way in distance
1 Grey Wagtail
Cetti's Warbler singing
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
Long-tailed Tit collecting nesting material from an old cushion discarded, that you wouldn't normally like to be seen left, but came in useful on this occasion.

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walk in heavy rain this morning,
1 Blackcap singing by Fir Tree Flash
8 Willow Warbler
5 Chiffchaff

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07.30-09.00
only things of note were
single Willow Warbler
8 Chiffchaff

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17.00-18.30
female Marsh Harrier - flew through high West @ 18.27
single Sand Martin
Cetti's Warbler singing from Nevisons Flash

Yesterday evening (Wednesday)
2 Shelduck flew over SW
2 Chiffchaff

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17.00-16.00
3 Sand Martin
Cetti's Warbler singing from Nevisons Flash (probably same bird that has been singing from central ditch as initially heard from Nevisons Flash back in September 2017 , of course there could be 2 birds as I didn't visit central ditch area this evening), would like to think there are two individuals.

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07.30-10.15
1 Chiffchaff - flew into small bush on edge of ruck above new housing ,called once then flew off.
Green Woodpecker still present, seems to like to cover whole site has it has done this morning
Curlew - heard only


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08.45-12.30
cracking mornings walk 47 species seen highlights being:

Green Woodpecker - initially heard in C12 as the other day but not seen , then at midday what I presume was the same bird ,was yaffeling from trees by C5/football field before flying to trees overlooking Fir Tree Flash then flew further away still yaffeling. (could possibly move of site, watch out Pickley Green)

Little Egret - landed in flooded area of C10 that has recently had a lot of work done to retain water levels etc , but was promptly flushed by dog walker walking by waters edge despite new banking and channels put in place acting as screening and not easy to get through. ( probably same bird that is at Pennington Flash and that I have seen flying over towards Pennington Flash a couple of times recently?)

Cetti's Warbler heard only but deafening (loudest I have heard it call since first arriving at back end of last year).

1 Siskin (M)
3 Lesser Redpoll





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17.00-18.15
Went in search of Wheatear unsuccessfully, in usual areas I see Wheatear every year, that I haven't walked over for in ages but glad I did has I heard a Green Woodpecker yaffelling in distance , so went in search, finding it perched in a tree in C2 .(managed a poor record shot attached below). only other bird of note was a single Fieldfare (only my third record of the winter which is poor for here).
Also couple of photos attached of the guys handywork in laying out the railings in Nevisons Flash the other day.

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17.00-18.45
3 Siskin N @ 17.19,
1 Kingfisher,
Cetti's Warbler singing briefly,
800+ Starling.
Snipe flushed by some idiot dragging metal railings through water and reeds laying them in a line to form a walk way didn't dare try and approach him.


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single Little Egret flew SW over Nevisons Flash towards Pennington Flash @ 18.35.
male Stonechat in corner of C5, also present this evening with Cetti's Warbler singing loudly from central ditch

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Quick walk through at 4:30-5:45 1 chiffchaff (first of year) 4+ skylark Water rail heard ( nevisons)

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single Little Egret flew over SW @ 17.10 towards Pennington Flash no doubt to roost (right place right time scenario has I had just left treeline)

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male Stonechat still present in C5 this morning
increase in numbers of Skylark and Reed Bunting with both singing, giving hint of spring round the corner

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Cettis Warbler giving brief bursts of song this afternoon from central ditch between C5 & C6 also in same area 11 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Water Rail calling

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male Stonechat still present in C5 as per Saturdays post although that post and the other wildlife post for same site seemed to disappear soon after posting for some reason.
1 male Pochard - DF
2 Goosander - FTF numbers dropped since end of January
1 Grey Wagtail - C3

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not much to report in the rain this morning other than
FTF
16 Goosander
Mute Swan numbers keep climbing now totaling 19 Adult +15 immature

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11.30 - 14.30
C10
1 Woodcock
male + female Pochard
10 Tufted Duck
5 Teal
1 Great spotted Woodpecker

FTF
9 Goosander 5m +4f
2 male Pochard, 1 Grey Wagtail
20 Mute Swan
30 Mallard
20 Tufted Duck
2 Grey Heron

C3
1 Grey Wagtail
30 Redwing



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peregrine falcon over this am circled around close to diggle flash before heading off in direction of pennington flash, 2 goldeneye on diggle flash 1m 1f, kestrel seen catching prey,

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3 whooper swans over south this am, 1 kestrel, 1 snipe, flock of 16 goldfinch, small numbers blue,great and long tailed tits,

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Cettis Warbler gave brief burst of song mid morning from central ditch close to dam end near Fir Tree Flash

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stock pond- 1 great crested grebe, 8 coot, 3 mute swan 1 adult 2 well grown cygnets, 2 moorhen, 1 lesser black backed gull, 11 gadwall
diggle flash- 5 gadwall, 3 pochard 2 m 1 f, 1 drake goldeneye, 2 little grebe, 2 common gull, 2 lesser black backed gull, coot, tufted duck, b;lack headed gulls,
7 long tailed tit, 5 great tit, 2 blue tit, 3 goldfinch, 3 robin, 6 blackbird, 1 wren, 3 jackdaw, 4 chaffinch, 2 greenfinch, magpie, carrion crow, wood pigeon.

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2 drake goldeneye, 4 pochard 3m 1 f, 19 gadwall, 2 great crested grebe, 1 liottle grebe, 1 cormorant, 1 lesser black backed gull, 3 mallard, 3 moorhen, 3 mute swan, c 40 each coot + tufted duck, c 30 black headed gull,
14 long tailed tit, 4 green finch with 2 chaffinch 4 more chaffinch much farther on, 11 blackbird, 1 kestrel, 2 redwing, 3 wren, 5 robin, 3 dunnock, small numbers great and blue tit, carrion crow, magpie, wood pigeon, 4 jackdaw.
not seen any fieldfare at all as yet although i don't cover as much of the area as i used too ( some places i find too much like hard work because of damage caused by off roaders) i would still expect to see some fieldfare activity if only birds passing over ?

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2 drake goldeneye on main flash, 14 gadwall on stock pond,

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1 drake goldeneye, 6 pochard 4m 2f, 3 gadwall 2m 1 f, 1 little grebe, 3 great crested grebe, 3 mute swan, tufted duck, black headed gulls, 3 lesser black backed gulls, coot, moorhen, mallard,
1 very agitated kestrel turned on a carrion crow and saw it off and was then diving at something in the field but couldn't see what possibly a fox nicking it's prey,

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15.30 - dark
Cetti's Warbler gave a couple of bursts of of song from central ditch between New Water and C5 (probably same bird from Nevisons Flash a few weeks ago).
4 Drake Pochard - Fir Tree Flash

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11.00 - 13.00
only things of note were all on or around Fir Tree Flash
2 drake Pochard
single female Goosander
2 Siskin


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20+ redwing sharing a tree with a kestrel another 20 + redwing two trees further away, small numbers goldfinch and great tit, 7 blackbird, 2 robin, 2 wren, magpie,carrion crow, wood pigeon, 8 jackdaw over.
diggle flash- 3 mute swan, 7 gadwall, tufted duck, coot, black headed gull, 2 great crested grebe, 4 mallard, 2 moorhen, 1 little grebe.

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morning walk
4 redwing, again good numbers of blackbird, 2 mistle thrush, 4 robin, 3 wren, 3 dunnock, 2 collared dove, 1 kestrel, 1 sparrowhawk, small numbers blue tit, great tit and long tailed tit, c25 goldfinch, magpie, wood pigeon, carrion crow, 2 jackdaw, 1 cock pheasant.
diggle flash- 9 gadwall 7 on stock pond 2 on main flash, 2 male pochard with c40 tufted duck, c 30 coot, 3 mute swan, 5 mallard, 2 great crested grebe. 2 little grebe, 3 moorhen, c 50 black headed gulls,

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7 redwing feeding with blackbirds in hawthorns, a total of 16 blackbird seen during walk, 11 long tailed tit, c30 goldfinch, several small mixed tit flocks mainly great tit with a few blue tit, 3 wren, 3 dunnock , 6 robin, magpie, wood pigeon, carrion crow, 5 jackdaw, 1 kestrel.
diggle flash 6 gadwall on stock pond, 3 great crested grebe, 2 little grebe, c30 black headed gull, 3 lesser black backed gull, 1 common gull, c35 coot, c40 tufted duck, 4 mallard, 4 moorhen, 3 mute swan 1 adult 2 cygnets stretching their wings and flying the length of the flash twice before settling back down not seen the adult male for a couple of days ?

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08.30 - 11.00
Highlights

8 Whooper Swan West @ 09.45ish (forgot to check exact time), (having read Geoff Hargreaves post from Wigan Flashes most likely the same birds)
1 Grey Wagtail in pony enclosures
45 Pink-footed Geese West
1 Lesser Redpoll
1 Siskin




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08.00 - 11.00
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pair of Wigeon - DF
2 drake Pochard - FTF
6 drake Shoveler - C10
single Fieldfare
50+ Redwing
single Common Gull - DF
70+ Pink-footed Geese NW (also a group heard heading towards Pennington Flash direction while in tree cover)
5 Willow Tit
single Great spotted Woodpecker

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Cetti's Warbler singing and Kingfisher present on Nevisons Flash @ 10.30

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pair of wigeon on diggle flash this am

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morning dog walk
plenty of tits at least 4 different flocks mainly great tits, but i flock of 13 long tailed tits with 1 blue tit tagging along the great tit flocks also had a few blue and long tailed tits amongst them, charm of 26 goldfinch, at least 7 robin and 8 blackbird, i could hear a couple of redwings in deep cover but couldn't see them, 2 cock pheasant, 2 wren, 3 dunnock, wood pigeon, carrion crow, magpie, 8 jackdaw over, c60 pink footed geese over NW @ 09-48
diggle flash- c 40 each tufted duck and coot, 5 mallard, 4 mute swan 2 adult 2 cygnet, 3 little grebe, 17 black headed gull, 4 lesser black backed gull, 2 common gull, 3 moorhen, 4 great crested grebe, 5 gadwall on stock pond, willow tit heard near stock pond but not seen.

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09.15 - 10.30
C3 & C4
1 Chiffchaff
100+ Redwing
3 Fieldfare
3 Buzzard
3 Kestrel
3 Raven
8 Common Snipe 3 Lapwing

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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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