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Rixton


Moat Lane pools

3 Redshank (adult plus 2 fledged juvs)

Mosses

4 Yellow Wags
3 Corn Buntings
2 Grey Partridges
Buzzard
Kestrel
Sparrowhawk

Glazebrook - Dam Head Lane

4 Yellow Wags (pair plus 2 juvs)
Quail singing
Sparrowhawk

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 18th of July 2010 09:13:54 PM

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A greenshank on Pool 1 (large pool) off Moat Lane this evening, plus lr plover, redshank and a green sandpiper on Pool 2. Pools look ideal for waders since they've been pumped out.

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Rob Smallwood wrote:

Quail reported from Rixton today, no details






Went out looking for the Quail this evening and heard at least one bird in the field by the junction of Woodend Lane and Holybush Lane (north of Woodend). These are private roads but public footpaths.

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Quail reported from Rixton today, no details

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Called in briefly to have a look at Pool 2 (smaller of the two pools). The terns are still there though at least two thirds of the water has now been drained. I think they should be safe enough as they can fly, I can't say the same for the black-headed gull chick that was wandering around an island with it's parent. Chick was very small, presumably one from a second clutch after the first failed? There was also a tufted female with a brood of six small ducklings, their chances of survival might be slim too.

Yellow wag, grey partridge, corn bunts and yellowhammer on Rixton Moss, and another two yellow wags on Damhead Lane.

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Moat Lane pools are private property and owned by the brickworks. Until now I guess they have turned a blind eye to birders, people walking dogs and kids swimming in the pools. Apparently as part of the Enviornmental Permit to operate they have to keep the water levels down and they are currently too high. Also the insurers seem to have become concerned about liability etc

Consequently a pump has been installed and will operate for the next two weeks to lower the water in the main pool. The equipment will be guarded 24/7. New fencing is about to be installed to prevent unauthorised access.

The nearby landfill site on Prospect Lane has also been accumulating gulls - I counted 620+ LBBG's yesterday evening. This has now triggered a separate permit requirement and scarers have been introduced today to disperse the gulls.

On the birding front, a pair of Common Terns have successfully fledged two youngsters on the smaller pool. I first spotted them here on 5th May - not entirely sure when they turned up. The eggs hatched on or around 7th June and the juveniles fledged yesterday or possibly Monday. Cracking success for these pools.

Two male Yellow Wags on the mosses yesterday plus at least 17 Reed Buntings and 2 Corn Buntings. Green Woodpeckers have also bred in the area this year.

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1-3pm-saturday
2 pairs of yellow wagtail-along the lanes
buzzard-2
corn bunting-1
lesser whitethroat-1
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Rixton Clay Pits
10.30am-1.30pm

Garden Warbler singing in scrub on opposite side of Moat Lane to the fisherman's gate.
1 Reed Warbler
Lots of Blackcaps, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats etc.
2 Willow Tits together (pair?)
4 Jays
GS Woodpecker hole with noisy chicks in + adults nearby
1 each of Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel all overhead
30+ Lapwing
1 Little Grebe
1 GC Grebe
1 Mute Swan
20+ Tufted Duck

Also a fox with a rabbit in its mouth trotting down the path towards me before it realised and turned back round !

Butterflies: 1 Small Copper, 1 Orange Tip, a few Common Blues

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Hobby over Hollins Green 6.00am this morning. Lesser whitethroat and grasshopper warbler along Main Lane, two wheatear on Prospect Lane, yellow wag and three corn buntings along Holcroft Lane.

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22 Wheatears around the mosses today - 13 together in first ploughed field on left on Prospect Lane and rest in various fields off Woodend and Holly Bush Lanes

2 Yellow Wags (both males) - one off Prospect Lane and other at top end of Holly Bush Lane
6 White Wagtails
4 Buzzards
8 Grey Partridges (4 prs)
60+ Carrion Crows
9 Teal (pool at base of tip)
18 Linnets
16 Skylarks

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Yellow Wagtail over top end of Hollybush Lane yesterday evening.

This afternoon:

1 Wheatear off Prospect Lane (plus two Yellowhammers and two Grey Partridges)
Pair of Shovelers on the tip pool
Singing Whitethroats on Woodend Lane and Moat Lane nr the compressor station

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4 Wheatears still off Prospect Lane today

Also 2 Buzzards and 2 Grey Partridge plus a piece of yellow foam doing a sterling impersonation of a Yellow Wag!

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10+ Wheatears today on the mosses:

Prospect Lane heading towards Hollybush Lane - 2 birds in first ploughed field on left after tip and then at least 8 in ploughed field on right past the farm.

19 Corn Buntings and 6 Yellowhammers in bushes at top of Hollybush Lane and 12 Fieldfares in ploughed field there.

Lots of Skylarks, Lapwings etc

Not much on Moat Lane pool

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This afternoon -

Moat Lane Pool:

215 Tufted Duck
42 Gadwall
2 Shoveler
4 Teal
10 Mallard
56 Coot
3 Moorhen
2 Little Grebe
1 Cormorant
1 Kestrel
Fox strolling along the path

Hollybush & Woodend Lanes:

36 Corn Bunting
50+ Linnet
18 Fieldfare
2 Mistle Thrush
2 Buzzard
2 Kestrel

Loads of corvids!

-- Edited by Mike Baron on Thursday 3rd of December 2009 05:36:17 PM

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Quick visit on way home from work

Reeling Grasshopper Warbler - nr clay pits
Male Kingfisher - pool west of Moat Lane
Singing Yellowhammer at back of the above pool
1 Jay
4 Willow Warblers
4 Whitethroats
1 Chiffchaff
3 Great Crested Grebes (2 juvs) on pool
4 Corn Buntings on Prospect/Holly Bush Lanes
140+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls on tip

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Rixton NR - southern end:
Garden Warbler smile.gifsinging and showing well near new wardens hut next to where path slopes down to reserve.
Also a good flock of 25+ Lesser Redpoll feeding in tree tops east of hut.
G S Woodpecker on ground and acting like a Green Woodpecker!
Nuthatch on woodland path
plus usual other warblers: Willow, Chiffs and Whitethroat - lots + Blackcap just 1

and the usual large Terrapin sunning itself in its favourite place viewable from the bridge.

Pools west of Moat Lane:
Possible reeling Grasshopper Warblerconfuse.gif- but only distant and short so couldn't quite get my ear in !
2 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
1 GC Grebe on pool
plus more of the usual warblers

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Grasshopper Warbler reeling and showing briefly at lunch - by large pool off Moat Lane.

Approx 10 mins before I arrived an Egret (prob Little Egret) had flown from the pool - it landed briefly by the fishing ponds on Prospect Lane before being flushed by a fisherman and heading off roughly NE.

Observed and described well by non-birder.

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Grasshopper warbler reeling left of Moat Lane pool (other side of Moat Lane from reserve) 6.45am. Still singing when I left at 7.45am.

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Mosses this afternoon:

8 Wheatears (in field behind farm off Prospect Lane)
4 Grey Partridges
7 Corn Buntings (all singing birds)
4 Yellowhammers
155+ Linnets
8 Fieldfares
1 Buzzard
2 Reed Buntings
20+ Lapwings
1 White Wagtail

plus 140+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls on tip

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Eight Wheatears at lunch. Pair in field by landfill site off Propect Lane and six in field between Prospect and Woodend Lanes.

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5 Wheaters this lunch.

2 in field by landfill site off Prospect Lane and 3 in first field on left up Holly Bush Lane.

Also female Sparrowhawk glided low past car and a Buzzard being mobbed by Crows.

Lots of Skylarks and Lapwings.

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Moat Lane - 4.30-5.30pm

Three chiffchaffs in the wood.
A lone swallow on the telegraph wire over the horse field at the front of the compressor station.

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40 Golden Plovers with the local Lapwing flock this afternoon - in field off A57 nr entrance to Biffa site.

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Moat Lane pool at lunch:

3 Pintails (2 drakes and a duck) - flew off west
138 Tufty
59 Gadwall
58 Coot
1 Little Grebe
7 Cormorants
2 GBBG's with 1 Herring Gul and 40+ BHG

Tip was very quiet except for 2 Kestrels and a Grey Wagtail

500+ Wood Pigeons and 30+ Lapwing at end of Holly Bush Lane with a Buzzard flying over.

Next field over - 140+ Fieldfare and 4 Mistle Thrush

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Moat Lane pools this morning

109 Mallard
79 Coot
1 Moorhen
1 Tufty
7 Gadwall
4 Little Grebes

A Peregrine flew low over with 1 Siskin, 1 Bullfinch (female) and 1 Raven nearby.

A Brambling was with 35+ Chaffinch nr the junction of Moss Side Lane and Moat Lane

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Mid afternoon

225 Tufty
2 Pochard
3 Shoveler
7 Gadwall
3 Little Grebe
61 Coot
2 Moorhen
10 Fieldfare
1 Buzzard

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Quick visit early afternoon

100 Tufted Duck - numbers have been building steadily over the last few weeks - I wonder if they will bring some Scaup with them this year
2 Pochard
27 Coot
7 Gadwall
2 Cormorant
1 Little Grebe
32 Redwing
2 Fieldfare
1 Mistle Thrush
1 Buzzard

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Can you elucidate on this further Mr McKerchar, or is it from one of the County`s "secret" imslow.gif sites ?

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Ian Woosey wrote:

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The last GM record was one over Plank Lane, near Pennington Flash on 8th Sep 2002.






Infact a much more recent GM record (photographed) has just come to the attention of Judith Smith and myself!

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Re Turtle Doves - the latest (ie from published County Reports) for Lancs and Cheshire are as follows ;

Lancs - Leighton Moss, 27th May 2006.

Cheshire - Leasowe, 22nd Sep to 30th 2006.

The last GM record was one over Plank Lane, near Pennington Flash on 8th Sep 2002.

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Turtle doves are fast becoming extremly rare in the northwest cannot remember the last one that was reported ,

I am sure the next GM turtle dove will cause a big twitch.

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I went to Rixton this morning to look for the Cuckoo. No sign - but a Greenshank on the small spit on the pool west of Moat Lane briefly before flying back over the hilly bank to the area currently being used for clay extraction from where it seemed to originally come from. First Greenshank I've ever had here after 25+ years of coming to Rixton !

Also:
1 Kingfisher
89 Canada Geese
5 Tufted Duck
1 GS Woodpecker
20+ Goldfinch
1 Buzzard

During a wander around the nature reserve a Green Woodpecker called from woods but I didn't see it.

Has anybody had a Turtle Dove at Rixton this year (or recent years) ? Used to be reliable site. Not had one for about 5 years here.

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Called in at Rixton on the way to Seaforth yesterday - the young Cuckoo was flitting about and looked ok to me but I'm no expert either!! It may have had something to do with the weather - really sunny and quite warm with lots of other birds around Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Wren, Canadas etc

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Juvenile Cuckoo still present. It flitted around in the tops of bushes and gradually came closer until it was no more than 20 feet away.

Looking at the bird it doesn't seem to be in really good condition, it looks a bit thin (though I am no expert). I am not optimistic about its chances of surviving migration. I also wonder how much of its current boldness is driven by hunger. Am half tempted to go and buy it a tub of meal worms!

Other than the Cuckoo the place was extremely quiet - even the Canada's have gone.

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Cuckoo (Juv) showing well 0700 - 0800 and again 12.30 - 13.30 - well found Mike

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Juvenile Cuckoo still showing off at lunch. Watched it foraging on the path - doesn't seem overly bothered by people.

2 Buzzards overhead, 4 Herons also present and Canada Geese up to 114.

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Had a mooch around the large pool west of Moat Lane at lunch.

Stunning views of a juvenile Cuckoo - the bird flew right past me and landed in the top of a low-growing Hawthorne bush nearby. I watched for 5 mins or so as it tried to beat to death a large, fat, bright green caterpillar! The Cuckoo eventually dropped the caterpillar (which was still wriggling) and disappeared in the undergrowth.

Also present:

4 Buzzards soaring together over the pool
1 Kestrel
4 Herons (3 juveniles)
1 Cormorant
1 Whitethroat
1 Willow Warbler
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Linnets
66 Canada Geese
3 Moorhens
18 Coots
1 Great Crested Grebe
5 Sand Martins
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