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Post Info TOPIC: Cutacre Country Park; north of the railway


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RE: Cutacre Country Park


Today,

1 Green Sandpiper
1 Woodcock
65 Snipe
1 Teal
2 Little Grebe
1 Kingfisher
95 Meadow Pipit
2 Stonechat
20 Lesser Redpoll
4 Grey Wagtail
200+ Redwing





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Today,

2 Pintail
2 Teal
190 Mallard
2 Little Grebe
1 Green Sandpiper
39 Snipe

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Today, two site ticks in one visit!

2 Pintail
2 Shoveler
28 Wigeon
85 Mallard
2 Little Grebe
16 Snipe
250+ Herring Gull
45 Meadow Pipit
25 Skylark

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Sunday 6th of November 2016 07:34:59 PM

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Today,

1 Green Sandpiper
3 Snipe
5 Teal
3 Little Grebe
5 Wheatear
3 Willow Tit


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Today,

1 Green Sandpiper
10 Teal
6 Snipe
3 Little Grebe
4 Wheatear

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Today,

1 Greenshank
2 Green Sandpiper
6 Snipe
50+ Mallard
2 Little Grebe
3 Wheatear


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Today,

2 Green Sandpiper
25 Mistle Thrush
40 Linnet

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Today,

1 Green Sandpiper
2 Dunlin
5 Snipe
2 Little Grebe
1 Grey Partridge
30+ Skylark

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Sunday 4th of September 2016 06:46:05 PM

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Today,

2 Green Sandpiper
4 Snipe
100+ Lapwing
55 Mistle Thrush

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Today,

2 Greenshank
2 Green Sandpiper
1 Dunlin
13 Snipe
100 Lapwing
2 Little Grebe
1 Teal
1 Tufted Duck
20 Skylark
46 Mistle Thrush
30 Meadow Pipit

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This morning:

1 green woodpecker

1 green sandpiper

brood of little grebe on southern pools



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This morning, of note -

1 Greenshank briefly
4 Green Sandpiper
1 Whinchat
1 Wheatear
8 Teal
2 Little Grebe

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Today of note,

2 Green Sandpipers
1 Tree Pipit showing well on east side.

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Today,

1 Green Sandpiper
2 Common Sandpiper
1 juvenile Little Ringed Plover
1 Mandarin
3 singing Grasshopper Warblers


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RE: Cutacre, Middle Hulton


Today, 6 Dunlin present on the pools along with 1 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank and 2 Shelduck. Also 6 Wheatear, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Raven, 4 Tree Sparrow and 29 Linnets.

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This morning, a Lesser Whitethroat was singing along hedges at the southern end, also on the site were 4 Tree Sparrow, 7 male Wheatear, 1 Little Owl, 1 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Willow Tit, 35 Linnet and 33 Skylark.

On the new pools, 3 Shelduck, 3 Dunlin & 4 Redshank.

Overhead, 3 Swallows flew through north as did 12 Meadow Pipits.

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A remarkable flock of 130 Linnets contained a very nice leucistic bird, which for a few seconds had me thinking it could be a Snow Bunting before I got the scope on it. Then from nowhere a female Merlin dashed through the flock sending Linnets everywhere, before having a go at a Lapwing before flying off south-ish. Also a White Wagtail was with 5 Pied Wagtails, a single male Wheatear and also Tree Sparrows now totalling 7! biggrin

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Excellent morning in hazy conditions.

Highlight was finding 4 Tree Sparrow, which is the first ever record for the area.

On the pools, 3 Shelduck, 2 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Snipe and 2 Curlew flew over east.

Also 2 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Tit, single Fieldfare, 38 Linnets, 20 Skylark, 1 Raven and 270 Meadow Pipits flew over north in small groups throughout the morning also 3 Sand Martin through.

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Sunday 30th of March 2014 05:02:41 PM

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Today, 3 Mandarin, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 6 Teal, 2 Willow Tit, 9 singing Skylark, 35 Fieldfare and an impressive flock of 400+ Redwings, with many singing their hearts out!

Works slowly continuing for the new giant Aldi, with loads of hedgerows now being ripped up.


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Very little of anything noteworthy recently, apart from the wintering flock of 40+ Skylarks still present this morning, also 26 Linnets, 5 Meadow Pipits, 6 Snipe and 9 Teal. 



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Huge Site Accessed it via Wharton Lane and concentrated on the area at the end that has changed considerably looks like a bomb has gone off with acres of bare grounds small pool and a few ditches and older mounds. Main sighting were skylark, lots of meadow pipit common sandpiper on the pool with 10 mallard and a few black headed gulls, Kestrel, Flocks of Goldfinches and a Bullfinch.

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This evening, single Wheatear, Little Grebe (a site first for me), 10 Teal, 100+ Meadow Pipits, 2 Little Owl, 25 Linnet, 85 Lapwings and only 65 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

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This evening, 5 Crossbill flew south-west and a single Green Sandpiper and Snipe were on the largest pool along with 6 Teal. Also 37 Linnets, 15 Skylark, 118 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 100+ Swallows & House Martins dropped in during tonights thunderstorm.

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Yesterday evening 7th Aug, a Peregrine was hunting over the site, harassing the usual gathering of gulls which totalled over 250 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Also 26 Skylarks, 135 Lapwing, 25 Swifts, 2 Little Owls & 2 Mandarin.

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Thursday 8th of August 2013 01:31:23 PM

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This morning, fairly quiet, though two site firsts for me were a female Tufted Duck and 5 Common Terns (2 adults & 3 Juvs) heading south at some speed, also 3 Curlews, 148 Lapwings, 273 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 5 Stock Doves, 13 Skylarks, 15 Swifts, 17 Whitethroats, 12 Willow Warblers, 2 blackcaps, 2 Willow Tits, 35 House Sparrows, 90 Goldfinches, 24 Linnets and 6 Bullfinches.

Butterflies included 5 Small Skippers, 6 Peacocks, 2 Red Admirals, 7 Small Coppers, 20+ Meadow Brown, 10 Large Whites and 15+ Gatekeepers.

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Early morning 4.30am - 10.30am, it's turning out to be a very good breeding season indeed. I have never seen so many juvenile Greenfinches, in excess of 35 around the site this morning, also no shortage of Goldfinches, well over 95 of which most we're also juveniles. Also last week at least 600 juvenile Starlings feeding in the fields by the A6. Also today 27 House Sparrows including fledged juvs, 22 Skylark, 235 Woodpigeons including many juveniles, 27 Whitethroat, 1 singing Grasshopper Warbler, 1 singing Sedge Warbler, still 14 Chiffchaff singing, some also feeding young, also Willow Warblers feeding young, several juvenile Pied Wagtails. 119 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, they seem to be an increasingly common sight around Cutacre. 3 Herring Gulls and and a fairly early returning Snipe on one of the pools. Also plenty of fledged Blue and Great Tits around compared to none seen last year.

Also 3 Southern Hawkers, but not many butterflies, just a few Meadow Browns.



-- Edited by Simon Warford on Sunday 7th of July 2013 07:15:51 PM

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Yesterday early morning,

1 Grasshopper Warbler singing
1 Garden Warbler singing
1 Sedge Warbler singing
26 Whitethroat
21 Reed Bunting including a nest with 5 chicks in
4 Willow Warbler
4 Chiffchaff
1 Willow Tit
14 Skylark singing
7 Bullfinch
15 Linnet
Little Owl (first sighting since 1st April 2012 when all the old barns got demolished)
female Mandarin with 6 ducklings

Some news regarding the development of the site following a Public Consultation last week, Aldi hope to start construction of their 50,000 square metre regional distribution centre in early 2014 followed by the construction (subject to planning application) of a 5,000 square metre office complex, car park for 500 spaces, access roads, loading bays and several massive warehouses on the old Cutacre tip. Interesting that Bolton Council initially indicated 15,000 jobs would be created but now thats been revised to c2,000 despite the size of the industrial estate actually increasing since the initial proposals. On the plus side (if indeed there is one!?) work will commence shortly on the brand new Cutacre Country Park which will surround the development and provide 558 acres of landscapes which will include nature reserves, as well as nature trails, viewpoints etc. How all this will shape up is anybodys guess at the moment and whether this will improve the biodiversity of the area remains to be seen. Anybody interested can see the emerging master plan here:-

http://www.logisticsnorth.co.uk/country-park/

There is a form to make your views known, it was good to see quite a large turnout at the Public Consultation and many locals actually voted in favour of more birdwatching areas. One thing a few suggested was larger pools and reedbeds which I understand will be considered with some kind of reedbed looking likely. One thing is for sure sacred sites never seem to last forever.


-- Edited by Simon Warford on Sunday 9th of June 2013 10:00:30 PM

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Late post for yesterday pm, not exactly Cutacre, but walk along edges of Hulton Park.

Lesser Whitethroat 2
Common Whitethroat 2
Sparrowhawk (f)
Mistle thrush
Blackcap 3
Willow Warbler 4
Carrion Crow 30+
Goldfinch 2
Greenfinch 2
Swallow 1
Swift 4
Great Spotted Woodpecker



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2 Wheatear still present! Also 65 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

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Early morning today, 7 Wheatear (incl. 2 males) still in the southern section of the site also 16 Whitethroat, 3 Shelduck and a single Dunlin on one of the pools.

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Whilst walking over Shorelark Summit this morning at approx. 6.20am I accidently flushed a male Hen Harrier, it slowly flew off north-west chased by several Lapwings until it was lost to view heading towards Winter Hill. An amazing record for this site which is mostly a barren landscape now. Also of note today single Whinchat, 2 female Wheatear and 2 singing Grasshopper Warblers.

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Singing Grasshopper Warbler, 2 female Wheatear, 4 Ringed Plover & 3 male Mandarin.

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Six Wheatear (all females) this evening on fields between Cutacre and the A6, also 2 Dunlin & 2 Shelduck present.

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Yesterday 13 April 2013, fine sunny conditions, highlights,

3 male Wheatear
3 male Mandarin
5 Shelduck
2 Snipe
2 Oystercatcher
1 Redshank
1 Curlew
6 Golden Plover
26 Lapwing
26 Reed Bunting
16 Skylark
39 Meadow Pipit
1 Swallow
1 Willow Warbler
13 Chiffchaff
1 male Blackcap singing
1 Willow Tit
120 Redwing, many in full song
214 Woodpigeon
9 Stock Dove
3 Buzzard
6 Linnet
14 Fieldfare all flying east


-- Edited by Simon Warford on Sunday 14th of April 2013 09:59:33 PM

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2 male Wheatears present today and 60 Redwing. Also unfortunately, some nice people have set fire to a large area of grassland on the site and loads of willow scrub, the fire brigade arrived quite quick to put it out though, nice one Ian.

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Brief visit this morning:
60 Fieldfare over NW
10 meadow pipit
4 skylark
reed bunting
5 snipe
3 common gull
willow tit

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09/01/13 - A flock of 60 Redwing were in the Cutacre area this pm

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A Woodcock flew over me as I left the old Exide Batteries site today at 5pm

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1300 in Cutacre area today;
1 Buzzard
12 Long Tailed Tit
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
55 Lapwing
3 Jay
9 Skylark


-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 23rd of October 2012 10:15:35 PM

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A pair of Raven over the old Exide Batteries plant at midday today.

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Surprised to see a Whinchat early this morning, only seems like five minutes ago when I saw two on spring migration on the 6th May and todays bird was more or less in the same spot as one was in spring. Further evidence that autumn migration is well under way was a fresh juvenile Wheatear hopping around the edges of the main UK Coal car park.

Its not all been doom and gloom for breeding birds, lots of juvenile Starlings feeding on the site along with freshly fledged Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats and Reed Buntings being fed by adults. There are more Whitethroats this year compared to 2011 and Reed Buntings are also up on last year with 14 singing males this summer. On the downside hardly any Grasshopper Warblers(unless my hearings going!) and Willow Warblers are also down on last year with only 3 singing birds this summer. Linnets are definitely up with 23 seen today including young birds. Also today 62 Lapwing, 70 (20+ juvs) Goldfinch, 7 Grey Partridge, 16 Skylark, 250 Woodpigeon, 4 Stock Dove and the Swift migration is in full flow with 150+ moving south in 3 hours.

One evening in the middle of last week at least 450 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were present with them all flying off north-west just before dusk.


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Look around this a.m., heard Grasshopper Warbler, lots of Linnet, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, had a really enjoyable walk.
Cheers Ian

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 24th of June 2012 04:24:54 PM

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Great weather for my second Breeding Birding Survey this morning and the place was alive with birds. As soon as I parked up by the main buildings at 6.45am the first of two Whinchats was perched up on tall grasses. Numbers of Lapwings and Skylarks are down though as a result of large areas of bare earth which has replaced last years grassland. No sign of any Little Owls on the site now with no birds present where they were last year. On the plus side a Cuckoo was singing in the same area where one was seen last year. Whitethroats widely scattered with 17 singing males along with six Willow Warblers, six Chiffchaffs, four Blackcaps and a single Garden Warbler but no Grasshopper Warblers on site yet. Other birds included 15 Reed Buntings, four Grey Partridge, three Stock Dove, three Oystercatchers, single male Wheatear, 120 Woodpigeon, six Sand Martin, two Swift, 25 Swallow, single Buzzard, Bullfinch, five Linnets and a Shelduck was a surprise on a small bit of floodwater on the old tip.

49 species recorded in total.


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Full mornings survey in great weather this morning produced the following-

6 Snipe, 2 Mandarin, 1 Wheatear, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 21 Skylark, 4 Grey Partridge, 15 House Sparrow, 9 Reed Bunting, 2 Jay, 2 Little Owl, 5 Stock Dove, 4 Buzzard, 11 Linnet, 4 Kestrel, 4 Bullfinch, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 17 Lapwing, 12 Meadow Pipit, 2 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush and 15 Golden Plover with a further 23 Golden Plover on nearby Plodder Lane fields.

Also a Stoat was busy running up and down a ditch near one of the farms, it didnt see me as I watched from behind a mound. It certainly attracted the attention of a Pied Wagtail, Wren and Reed Bunting which were all taking it in turns mobbing it!

As part of the ongoing restoration of the whole site a large lake has been created which might prove interesting in the coming months.


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Female Merlin (south) this morning and Raven (north) this afternoon over the old Exide Batteries factory.

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Apparently I have spent 8.30 to 9.30 this am on the South side of Cutacre.
My error however the following seen:

Several small flocks of Redwing /Fieldfare in the Hawthorn.
Song Thrush : 1 superb view.
Kestrel 1
Grey Heron: 1 on Earth mound.
Carrion Crow 10
Pheasant 1
Goldfinch 5 on seed.
A large bird on a distant pylon ... Buzzard I think.
I will try for the Owl again!


-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 3rd of November 2011 10:39:19 AM

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At 8.00am this morning a Short-eared Owl was hunting over the spoil heap on the west side of Cutacre. Viewed from the public footpath that runs round that side. Also a Brambling and 5 Partridge.

Info thanks to Andy Makin.

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Moulting adult male peregrine landed on pylon at S of Cutacre site at 1900hrs Sunday 24th July.

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Cheers Simon


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Jason, the only option really is to walk the public footpaths around the west and south side, you can park at the A6 and take Rosemary Lane and walk south or Breeze Hill Road, near Hulton park entrance and walk either north or south from there. Alot of Cutacre is just bare land now, with the coal excavation nearly finished the landscape changes every week.

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