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RE: HOPE CARR (sewage works and nature reserve)


This afternoon, at least six Tree Sparrows along the western edge in gardens backing onto Pennington Brook. Five adult Sedge Warblers, three adult Reed Warblers, family party of Willow Tits, other singing warblers included nine Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers, two Whitethroats, four Blackcaps and a Cetti’s Warbler. Only one brood of Gadwall.



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18 Swallows and a pair of adult Mediterranean Gulls this late afternoon.



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At least five Little Egrets in the grass fields just south of Hope Carr along the northern edge of the A580 just west of the Greyhound Hotel early afternoon today.



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Morning walk, 52 species, of note: Green Sandpiper x 1 Chiffchaff x 8 Sand Martin x 2 Bullfinch x 8 Cettis Warbler x 2 Tufted Duck x 25 Teal x 8 Gadwall x 58 Shoveler x 8 Goosander x 7 Pochard x 1 Water Rail Raven x 1 Siskin x 4

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Morning walk, 43 species, including: Green Sandpiper x 2 Grey Wagtail x 2 Pied Wagtail x 30 Gadwall x 28 Teal x 9 Tufted Duck x 20 Pochard x 3 Shoveler x 6 Goosander x 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker x 1 Siskin x 6

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Seven Little Egrets together in the field along the northern side of the East Lancs Rod just south of Hope Carr and west of the Greyhound Motel at c4pm today.


 

At least five Little Egrets this afternoon in the same field at c4pm


 

Three Little Egrets in the field at 4:30pm today.



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Seven Little Egrets together in the field along the northern side of the East Lancs Rod just south of Hope Carr and west of the Greyhound Motel at c4pm today.


 

At least five Little Egrets this afternoon in the same field at c4pm



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Six Little Egret this afternoon in usual field at 3pm when I went past.

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Seven Little Egrets together in the field along the northern side of the East Lancs Rod just south of Hope Carr and west of the Greyhound Motel at c4pm today.



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3 Little Egret today, again just south of the reserve, feeding in a field by the north side of the A580, near Grave Oak Farm west of the Greyhound Hotel

-- Edited by dave broome on Wednesday 14th of February 2024 09:51:10 PM


 I also had three in the field closest to the East Lancs Road at 2pm and then at 4pm just the one, sat atop the hawthorn bush in the middle of the field!



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3 Little Egret today, again just south of the reserve, feeding in a field by the north side of the A580, near Grave Oak Farm west of the Greyhound Hotel

-- Edited by dave broome on Wednesday 14th of February 2024 09:51:10 PM

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3 little egrets in usual field at 3pm today,seen from A580.

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Four Little Egrets in the grass field along the north side of the A580 just south of Hope Carr and west of the Greyhound Roundabout at 3:30pm today.



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Morning walk, 44 species, or note: Siskin x 24 Bullfinch x 4 Gadwall x 34 Shoveler x 5 Tufted Duck x 26 Teal x 23 Goosander x 12 Pied Wagtail x 140+ (flushed by Sparrowhawk) Grey Wagtail x 4 Raven x 3 Kestrel x 1 Sparrowhawk x 1 Buzzard x 2

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Highlights from early afternoon today:

138+ Pied Wagtails pond the filter beds of the works 

19 Goosanders

1 drake Pochard

2 Water Rails squealing from a small pool

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

5+ Siskin in alders around the car park

 



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Three Little Egrets in the field (paddock) just west of the Greyhound Motel/Roundabout along the northern side of the A580 East Lancs Road at 3pm today.



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Single Little Egret in the flooded fleld on the corner of Warrington Road and the A580 this mid-afternoon (behind the couple of houses).



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A single Little Egret in the fields just west of the Greyhound Roundabout along the northern side of the A580 mid-afternoon today, prominently sat atop the Hawthorne hedge!



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Still 2 Little egret in the usual area c. 9.59 this morning, 1 perched on top of the hedgerow.

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6 Little Egret late afternoon in the usual field,visible from East Lancs Road.

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Four Little Egrets in the paddock just west of the Greyhound Roundabout/Leigh Dog and Cat Home again at c2:30pm today



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Five Little Egrets around standing water in the field west of Greyhound roundabout, near the farm/garden centre, late morning. Six there as I passed back the other way around 1pm

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At 2:35pm today there were five Little Egrets feeding in the short grass paddock along the north side of the A580 East Lancs Road, just west of the Greyhound Roundabout/Leigh Cats and Dogs Home!



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Pleasant morning walk, 45 species, of note. Green Sandpiper x 1, Chiffchaff x 1, Willow Tit x 3, Bullfinch x 10, Pied Wagtail x 108, Grey Wagtail x 2, Siskin x 2, Water Rail x 1, Goosander x 10 (8 drakes), Gadwall x 34 Tufted Duck x 13 and Kingfisher x 1.

-- Edited by Keith Williams on Saturday 16th of December 2023 04:57:21 PM

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At 2:30 this afternoon the four Little Egrets were again feeding in the paddock on the north side of the A580 immediately west of the Greyhound Roundabout/Leigh Dogs and Cats Home, clearly unconcerned by the heavy volume of noisy traffic passing only 40 feet or so away!


 Three Little Egrets feeding in the same field at 2:45pm today.



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At 2:30 this afternoon the four Little Egrets were again feeding in the paddock on the north side of the A580 immediately west of the Greyhound Roundabout/Leigh Dogs and Cats Home, clearly unconcerned by the heavy volume of noisy traffic passing only 40 feet or so away!



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At 2pm this afternoon, two Little Egrets were feeding in the short grass paddock on the northern side of the A580 East Lancs Road immediately west of the Greyhound Roundabout and travelling back past at just before 4pm there were four present, still feeding in the same field.



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Lunchtime walk, 38 species inc. Green Sandpiper x 1, Teal x 88, Gadwall x 6, Pied Wagtail x 141, Willow Tit x 2, Meadow Pipit x 24, Bullfinch x 4 and 2 x calling Cettis Warblers

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2 Little Egrets on the field behind the Greyhound

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Early morning walk, 39 species, of note:- Wigeon x 2 (duck and drake), Goosander x 2 (drake), Willow Tit x 3, Blackcap x 1(m), Bullfinch x 3 (m), Grey Heron x 6, Goldcrest x 6, Grey Wagtail x 7, Pied Wagtail 108, Meadow Pipit x 2, Little Grebe x 6 and Cettis Warbler x 2.

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Four Little Egrets in the field on the north side of the A580 just south of Hope Carr and just west of the Greyhound Roundabout this morning.

 



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Late post for yesterday lunchtime. Green Sandpiper x 1 Willow Tit x 1 Cettis Warbler x 1 Pied Wagtail x 39 Grey Wagtail x 2 Tufted Duck x 1 Gadwall x 8

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Little Egret wandering around the grqss field/paddock alongside the A580 East Lancs Road just west of the Greyhound Roundabout this morning (And immediately south of Hope Carr NR).



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Main highlights this late afternoon:

2 Kingfishers together on one of the old flooded sludge lagoons

4 Shoveler

16 Teal

14 Chiffchaffs

2 Blackcaps

2 Willow Tits



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Quiet morning, only 37 species, of note: Green Sandpiper x 2 Little Grebe x 10 Grey Wagtail x 7 Gadwall x 14 Teal x 1 Tufted Duck x 14 Willow Tit x 3

-- Edited by Keith Williams on Sunday 13th of August 2023 10:43:48 AM

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Sat 9am, first time on site for 6 weeks. In addition to Ians report. 41 species. 6 x Willow Warbler of which 3 were calling and chasing in 7b. Only 2 Chiffchaff calling, 2 x Grey Wagtail, one a tailless individual, Female Great Spotted Woodpecker Male Reed Bunting 1 x Greenfinch

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This morning’s highlights, along with what appeared to be plenty of young passerines bred on site so far!

3 Cetti’s Warblers

9 Sedge Warbler

11 Reed Warbler

10 Blackcap

9 Chiffchaff (only 1 Willow Warbler)

Brood of Willow Tits

2 male Bullfinch

1 Stock Dove

1 Kingfisher

3 Teal

Pair of Shoveler

17 drake Tufted Duck

2 broods of Little Grebe

3 broods of Gadwall

 

 



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Early morning walk, 48 species, on note: Sedge Warbler x 1, Reed Warbler x 1, Whitethroat x 1, Cettis Warbler x 4, Willow Warbler x 5, Chiffchaff x 12, Blackcap x 7, Tree Sparrow x 1, Willow Tit x 1, Swallow x 7, House Martin x 2, Sand Martin x 8, Tufted Duck x 17, Gadwall x 19, Goosander x 3, Teal x 4 and Great Spotted Woodpecker x 1.

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Late post for yesterday morning, 47 species, of note: Reed Warbler x 1, Willow Warbler x 2, Blackcap x 6, Chiffchaff x 8, Cettis Warbler x 4, Reed Bunting x 1, Gadwall x 39, Tufted Duck x 12, Shoveler x 2, Goosander x 1, Tree Sparrow x 1, Willow Tit x 1, Bullfinch x 3, Sand Martin x 26, Greenfinch x 1 and Grey Wagtail x 1.

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Morning walk partly in the pouring rain, 44 species, of note: Great Spotted Woodpecker x 1, Willow Warbler x 2, Chiffchaff x 8, Bullfinch x 3, Tree Sparrow x 5, Cettis Warbler x 3, Gadwall x 30, Tufted Duck x 32, Willow Tit x 1, Goosander x 2, Blackcap x 1, Little Grebe x 3 and House Martin x 15.

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Morning walk, 41 species, of note: Tree Sparrow x 4, Chiffchaff x 14, Willow Warbler x 1, Gadwall x 39, Cettis Warbler x 4, Oystercatcher x 2, Tufted Duck x 23, Teal x 4, Blackcap x 4, Willow Tit x 2, Goosander x 4 and Shoveler x 4.

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Morning walk, 42 species, of note: First Swallow of the year, Goosander x 10, Oystercatcher x 2, Cettis Warbler x3, Gadwall x 34, Tufted Duck x 48, Teal x 12, Shoveler x 14, Sand Martin x 13 and Willow Tit x 1. No Tree Sparrows again.

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Late post for yesterday, later morning walk, 42 species, highlights: Wigeon x 2, Chiffchaff x 10, Bullfinch x 4, Tree Sparrow x 4, Goosander x 18, Gadwall x 28, Tufted Duck x 44, Shoveler x 11, Teal x 2, Cettis Warbler x 1, Little Grebe x 4 and Greenfinch x 2.

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Early morning walk, 47 species, of note: Willow Tit x 2, Chiffchaff x 6, Green Sandpiper x 2, Goosander x 6, Shoveler x 14, Teal x 14, Gadwall x 54, Tufted Duck x 22, Reed Bunting x 2, Cettis Warbler x 3 (inc, one with no tail!), Redwing x 4, Siskin x 10 and Grey Wagtail x 2. No sight nor sound again of the local Tree Sparrows.

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3pm to 5pm

Main Lake - Shoveler;  Gadwall;  Teal; 2 Little Grebe; Oystercatcher over; Redwing & 3  Goldcrest in nearby trees

Filter Beds - Magpies & Pied Wagtails galore with the odd Grey Wagtail mixed in plus about 30 Jackdaw but no Gulls

Also seen - 3 Sparrowhawk (2 soaring & 1 low through trees; 2M & 1F Bullfinch; M & F Greenfinch; Goldfinch;

                 Long-Tailed Tit; Coal Tit & 2 more Goldcrest.



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Brief visit in search of willow tit. 10.30-11.30am

Accessed Pennington Brook area from Chestnut Drive. Stayed in that locality and initially heard Willow tit after sparrowhawk fly through triggered alarm calls. Saw briefly and after Sparrowhawk did a return fly through to nearby garden feeders. 

Did see a few Tree Sparrow as well.

 



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Late post for Saturday, 45 species, of note: Greenfinch x 1 (first for a while), Grey Wagtail x 7, Reed Bunting x 3, Pied Wagtail x 141, Meadow Pipit x 18, Cettis Warbler x 3, Oystercatcher x 2, Gadwall x 16, Tufted Duck x 27, Teal x 13, Goosander x 3 Shoveler x 12 and Siskin x 12. Tree Sparrows seem to have vanished and no sight nor sound of Willow Tit.

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Early morning walk, 41 species, of note: Green Sandpiper x 1, Redwing x 2, Pied Wagtail x 135, Grey Wagtail x 4, Meadow Pipit x 34, Cettis Warbler x 2, Kestrel x 2, Song Thrush x 2, Reed Bunting x 2, Little Grebe x 4, Teal x 6, Goosander x 3, Shoveler x 11, Tufted Duck x 18, Gadwall x 38, Bullfinch x 2 and Willow Tit x 1.

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Early morning walk, 45 species, of note: Green Sandpiper x 1, Lesser Redpoll x 1, Redwing x 1, Willow Tit x 1, Pied Wagtail x 142, Grey Wagtail x 3, Cettis Warbler x 1, Goosander x 2, Gadwall x 25, Tufted Duck x 15, Shoveler x 1, Teal x 6, Goldcrest x 2 and Meadow Pipit x 13

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One possibly two Little Egrets around the Pennington Brook just east of Hope Carr late afternoon today, one of which was sat in a bare tree for a while!



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