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RE: BICKERSHAW RUCKS


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
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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

-- Edited by Gordon Newman on Saturday 21st of October 2017 11:30:19 AM

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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

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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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