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


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RE: Cutacre Country Park


This morning,

1 Sanderling
2 singing Lesser Whitethroat
1 Grasshopper Warbler
3 Sedge Warblers
2 female Wheatears

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Late afternoon;

3 Dunlin
1 Ringed Plover
2 Gadwall
2 Whinchat
3 Wheatear

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This morning sightings between myself and Phil Rhodes;

25 Wheatear
5 Common Sandpiper
8 Tufted Duck
2 singing Lesser Whitethroat
3 Whitethroat


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Today,

21 Wheatear
3 Common Sandpiper
4 Ringed Plover
2 Gadwall
2 Teal
50 Herring Gull
140 Lesser Black-backed Gulls

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14 Wheatears present today also 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Gadwall.

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12 Wheatears present today.

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This evening 5pm to 7.30pm,

9 Wheatear
1 Peregrine
6 House Martin
6 Coot!
1 Little Grebe
125 Lesser Black-backed Gulls


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Today, juvenile Iceland Gull on floodwater along Engine Lane. Also a male Wheatear and 2 Green Sandpipers.

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Late morning,

1 fine male Wheatear smile
2 Green Sandpiper
2 Redshank
2 Oystercatcher
1 Curlew
14 Lapwing
1 Shelduck
7 Wigeon
1 Gadwall
60 Herring Gulls
6 Buzzard
2 Willow Tit
25 Fieldfare
70 Meadow Pipit
10 Linnet
30+ Skylark (15+ singing).

1 Chiffchaff.

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Sunday 12th of March 2017 07:11:25 PM

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Today, the only birds of note were a single Green Sandpiper, 3 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Stonechat and 2 Raven flew over.

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Thanks Pete, I see what you mean as suggested I had a look via Google Earth, There are a number of different options, I shall have to have a mooch,

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Mark Burgess wrote:

Can anyone suggest how to access the site, I recall going through a farm yard but last time I visited the route had been closed, This was before distribution hub was built. Any suggestions appreciated.




You can either access the site from the south either from Astley or Tydesley,look on google earth for all the access points ,there are several public footpaths that cross the railway,or access from the north is off the A6 just beyond the Worsley Trading Estate down Wharton Lane.

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Can anyone suggest how to access the site, I recall going through a farm yard but last time I visited the route had been closed, This was before distribution hub was built. Any suggestions appreciated.

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Juvenile Iceland Gull present this morning on floodwater south of Engine Lane but flew off S/SW at 11am (possibly towards Pennington Flash?). Also, three Green Sandpipers present.

Info and photo thanks to Andy Makin

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This morning with Simon Johnson produced;

Green Sandpiper still present
16 Snipe
Green Woodpecker
40+ Teal
4 Stonechat
50 Fieldfare
13 Song Thrush
1 Willow Tit
80 Herring Gull



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Juvenile Iceland Gull present with other large gulls at 10:50 but flew off in the direction of Pennington Flash after being flushed by dogs at 11:15.

Two Golden Plover also present.

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

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This morning, one of those days that don't come around too often!

Juvenile Glaucous Gull bathing on one of the pools with a gathering of large gulls.
Green Sandpiper still present
45 Snipe
22 Waxwings briefly then flew towards Tyldesley
1 Shelduck
12 Teal
5 Stonechat
3 Siskin
6 Skylark, with 1 singing
23 Reed Bunting
82 Meadow Pipit
20 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
60 Herring Gulls.




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Late afternoon, single Green Sandpiper, 30 Lapwing, 2 Stonechat, 2 Little Grebe and 1 Peregrine.

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This morning,

1 Green Sandpiper
30 Snipe
Jack Snipe
8 Lapwing
1 Little Grebe
4 Teal
3 Peregrine in the air together, one caught and plucked a Lapwing.
2 Stonechat still present
2 Willow Tit
22 Reed Bunting.


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Today of note,

1 Green Sandpiper
6 Wigeon
2 Little Grebe
1 Peregrine
70 Herring Gull
2 Stonechat still present
30 Reed Bunting

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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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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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