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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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Between one and two thousand Sand Martins roosting at Tinker Joe's Flash last night - with occasional murmurations. No build-up : several hundred appeared overhead in oval ball formation at 2208 hrs. - and they and many others down in the reeds within ten minutes!

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A Treecreeper was either nest building or visiting existing nest in C3, the latter the more likely, as I didn't notice it carrying any nesting material, although it was constantly popping in and out of the hole. Will keep a close eye on it when passing.


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I can add a extra Grasshopper Warbler and a Reed Warbler to Gordon's sightings.

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07.25 - 10.15
1 Grasshopper Warbler - reeling from Blackthorn on edge of path between C8 & C10 (I was ready with camera 10ft away but I didn't even manage to see it never mind photograph it)
1 Whitethroat - C4
1 Grey Wagtail - C3
2 Lesser Redpoll
Pair of Buzzard copulating rather precariously on a thin branch in C8 with the male still displaying later on
Mute Swan on nest - FTF
3 pairs of Linnet - 2 C4 + 1 C8
2 pairs of Little Grebe - C10
plenty of Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler
a few Sand Martin over and 5 Blackcap

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08.15 - 11.15
1 Whitethroat
6 Blackcap
25+Chiffchaff
30+ Willow Warbler
constant flow of Sand Martin over North early on
5 Buzzard
1 Raven
3 Willow Tit
1 Bulfinch
30+ Tufted Duck - DF

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6 sand martin + 2 swallow over diggle flash this am, 11 chiffchaff

wednesday morning a nice clean yellow + white cockatiel around stock pond.
Tuesday morning 2 whooper swans over north-north east @06-50

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10.00 - 13.00
C2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 10

8 Willow Warbler
12 Chiffchaff
100+ Sand Martin
2 Swallow
6 Buzzard together over C3 with 4 of them displaying
2 Sparrowhawk displaying over C8
3 Little Grebe - C10
1 Pink-footed Goose - feeding and looked healthy on Fir Tree Flash (not really associating with Canada Geese so probably dropped in on migration?)


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7 chiffchaff,1 willow tit, 3 reed bunting, 3 pheasant, great tit, blue tit, 5 jackdaw, dunnock,wren,blackbird, robin, carrion crow, magpie, wood pigeon, 1 kestrel,
diggle flash- 3 goldeneye 1m 2f, 4 mallard, 2 little grebe, ( 5 yesterday am) , 1 great crested grebe, 4 lesser black backed gull, 16 black headed gull, 2 mute swan, tufted duck, coot, 2 moorhen, 2 canada geese, 1 cormorant,

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1 drake goldeneye on diggle flash, 2 little grebe,
5 singing chiffchaff, 3 singing skylark, 1 sparrowhawk, several reed bunting, 1 cock pheasant,



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 28th of March 2017 03:46:56 PM

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08.15 - 10.00
C3 only
2 Raven
1 Blackcap singing
6 Chiffchaff
3 Water Rail calling
2 Snipe
2 Linnet

Late news for yesterday evening
8 Goosander flew West over C3

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First light, Stunning morning.

Highlights,

2 Stonechat, Male and Female C8
8 Reed Bunting C6 and C8
5 Skylark C6 and C8
4 Meadow Pipit C6 and C8
3 Linnet C8
1 Kestrel C8
4 Chiffchaff C6 and C8
2 Snipe C10
1 Water Rail, Nevisons Flash
c25 Goldfinch C8
1 Goldcrest C6
1 Kingfisher, Fir Tree Flash. Same place as yesterday probably same bird.

Good numbers of the usuals about and lots of singing.








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11:00 till 13:00.

3 Chiffchaff C6 and C8
6 Skylark C5,C6 and C8
3 Meadow Pipit C6
3 Linnet C8
6 Reed Bunting C8
2 Buzzard C4
1 Male Stonechat C10
1 Kingfisher, Fir Tree Flash.
2 Jay C6
1 Nuthatch, Rare on this site.
3 Greenfinch, don't see many Greenfinch either.


Plus all usuals.



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08.00-10.30
9 Chiffchaff - 4 C3, 4 C6 & 1 C4
at least 3 Little Grebe very vocal in C10
2 Gadwall - C10
1 Snipe - C2
2 Grey Partridge - C5

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2 willow tit in trees around stock pond, 3 singing chiffchaff, a single pink footed goose over heading east. 5 long tailed tit,

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4 singing chiffchaff this morning one in particular giving excellent views first of the season for me, 3 goldeneye on diggle flash 1m 2 f

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diggle flash- 3 goldeneye 1m 2 f, 2 canada geese, 2 mute swan, 5 mallard, 2 moorhen, 2 grey heron, 1 cormorant, 2 great crested grebe, 1 little grebe, 4 lesser black backed gull, black headed gulls, coot, tufted duck, kingfisher flew across stock pond,
great tit, blue tit, 4 reed bunting, 3 mistle thrush, 2 bullfinch, goldfinch, blackbird, robin, 1 kestrel, 1 cock pheasant,dunnock, wren, magpie, jackdaw, carrion crow, wood pigeon.

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morning dog walk
19 goldfinch, great tit, blue tit, 2 bullfinch, robin and blackbird both into double figures, 1 jay, dunnock,wren, 2 mistle thrush, 3 reed bunting, 2 skylark, 3 pheasant,
diggle flash- 2 goldeneye 1m 1f, mallard, coot, tufted duck, moorhen, 1 common gull amongst black headed gulls,2 great crested grebe, 1 little grebe seen 3 more heard only,

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