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RE: HOPE CARR (sewage works and nature reserve)


Sunday am walk, 43 species. Highlights Tree Sparrow x 3, Bullfinch x 2, Goldcrest x 2, Kingfisher x 1, Song Thrush x 8, Cettis Warbler x 1, Pied Wagtail x 181, Grey Wagtail x 3, Meadow Pipit x 8, Goosander x 3, Shoveler x 7, Teal x 13, Gadwall x 13, Tufted Duck x 29, Little Grebe x 3, Siskin x 1 and Willow Tit x 1.

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Morning walk, 45 species: Green Sandpiper x 1, Tree Sparrow x 7, Willow Tit x 1, Pied Wagtail x 132, Grey Wagtail x 3, Meadow Pipit x 8, Goosander x 7, Tufted Duck x 24, Gadwall x 10, Teal x 16, Redwing x 44, Fieldfare x 1 and Siskin x 7.

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Early morning walk, 41 species. Goosander x 6, Teal x 74, Shoveler x 8, Gadwall x 8, Pied Wagtail x 193, Grey Wagtail x 4, Meadow Pipit x 14, Tree Sparrow x 7 plus singles of Kingfisher, Little Grebe, Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Reed Bunting & Bullfinch.

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Two Little Egrets still in the grass field (horse paddocks?) off the East Lancs Road (A580) just to the south of Hope Carr and west of the Greyhound roundabout mid-afternoon today.



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Stil at least 2 Little egrets present in the grass fields between the A580 and the reserve at c 11.15 as we drove past this morning.

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Yesterday 14th

Shoveler 12
Gadwall 7
Teal 11
Goosander 6
Little Grebe 1
Little Egret 1 flew south
Willow Tit 3 One at 53.483450, -2.508049 and two at 53.484623, -2.516814
Chiffchaff 1 heard calling frequently
Tree Sparrow 9+ Pennington Brook
Siskin 21 UU car park

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Just south of the reserve, around midday today, 3 Little Egret were feeding in a field between Hope Carr and the A580 East Lancashire Road, just west of the Greyhound Roundabout nr the small garden centre

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Late afternoon walk to dusk, wasnt expecting much, 36 species, highlights:- 2 x Mistle Thrush, 2 x Bullfinch, 4 x Grey Wagtail, 125 x Pied Wagtail, 25 x Linnet, 1 x Cettis Warbler, 9 x Shoveler, 6 x Teal, 5 x Goosander, 6 x Gadwall and 1 x Willow Tit.

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Steve Christmas wrote:

Little Egret in the field between Hope Carr and the E Lancs Road at 2.40pm today.


 I passed around the same time and saw it too Steve!



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Little Egret in the field between Hope Carr and the E Lancs Road at 2.40pm today.



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Morning walk 44 species from first light. Highlights Bullfinch x 6, Willow Tit, Kingfisher, Pied Wagtail x 142, Meadow Pipit x 13, Shoveler x 15, Teal x 74, Goosander x 2, Gadwall x 6, Tree Sparrow x 2, Siskin x 7 and Raven over.

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Morning walk produced 50 species, highlights 1 x Woodcock, 2 x Green Sandpiper, 7 x Fieldfare, 9 x Redwing, 2 x Lapwing, 72 x Teal, 6 x Gadwall, 4 x Goosander, 5 x Shoveler, 75 x Meadow Pipit, 195 x Pied Wagtail, 1 x Snipe, 1 x Siskin, 1 x Kingfisher.

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Early afternoon today on the sewage works filter beds:

2 Green Sandpipers, eventually flew off south together 

The usual good numbers of Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit, the latter into the high 60’s again.



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Quiet morning only 36 species. Male Goosander, 16 x Shoveler, 21 x Teal, 2 x Gadwall, 2 x Goldcrest, 1 x Bullfinch, 167 x Pied Wagtail, 81 x Meadow Pipit, 3 x Grey Wagtail, 1 x Mistle Thrush, 1 x Song Thrush, 1 x Sparrowhawk and 1 x Buzzard.

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A good look over the filter beds in the sewage works today found:

7 Grey Wagtail

130+ Pied Wagtail

68 Meadow Pipit (including a flock of 46 initially mooching around the grassy settling beds by the perimeter fence).

 

Also nearby, two Little Egrets on the Pennington Brook where Warrington Road crosses it.



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Late post from yesterdays morning walk - 1 x Goosander, 45 x Meadow Pipit, 16 x Bullfinch, 4 x Shoveler, 4 x Little Grebe, 4 x Grey Wagtail, 65 x Pied Wagtail, 2 x Sparrowhawk, 5 x Tufted Duck, 22 x Teal, 10 x Gadwall, 1 x Willow Tit, 1 x Reed Bunting, 1 x Cettis Warbler and 2 x Tree Sparrow

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Early morning walk 49 species - 2 x Green Sandpiper, 3 x Tree Sparrow, 3 x Goldcrest, 28 x Long-tailed Tit, 5 x Goosander (4f, 1m), 2 x Willow Tit, 40 x Meadow Pipit, 11 x Bullfinch, 64 x Teal, 4 x Shoveler, 20 x Tufted Duck and 2, I presume blokes with shotguns shooting on the river at the back of the Main Lake.

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Dave Cropper wrote:

Hi Lez

Just wondered on what basis you identified this bird as Willow Warbler (vocals etc) as it looks like a Chiffchaff to me. My thoughts on plumage would be indistinct supercilium, what appears to be short primary projection although not easy to see and clearly very dark legs. 

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Hi Dave, it was the single call that led me to believe it was a Willow Warbler & I didn't really pay too much attention to plumage, however it does appear to be a Chiffchaff & its single call is very similar. Thanks for the correction Lez.


 



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Early morning walk, of note: Green Sandpiper x1, Meadow Pipit x 2, Chiffchaff x 2, Blackcap (f) x 1, Bullfinch x 9, Goosander (f) x 1, Tufted Duck x 20, Gadwall x 12, Teal x 8, Shoveler x 10, Little Grebe x 5, Cettis Warbler x 2, Fieldfare x 4, Willow Tit x 2

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Hi Lez

Just wondered on what basis you identified this bird as Willow Warbler (vocals etc) as it looks like a Chiffchaff to me. My thoughts on plumage would be indistinct supercilium, what appears to be short primary projection although not easy to see and clearly very dark legs. 

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Mid afternoon visit curtailed by the rain, so only managed just over an hour.

Of note :- Tree Sparrow,  Goldcrest,  Long-Tailed Tits,  Goldfinch,  M Pheasant,  F Bullfinch,  Jackdaws  & small flock of mainly juvenile Linnet.

& on the main lake - 2 Grey Heron, singles of Cormorant,  F Goosander,  Little Grebe  & good numbers of Gadwall & Tufted Duck with 2 male Shoveler having a right to-do in front of a female.

The rain wasn't surprising but seeing a Willow Warbler at this time of year definitely was - in trees near to the main lake - overwintering individual maybe?

 

 



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Little Egret at 09:20 this morning, also Chiffchaff, Willow Tit, 8 Tree Sparrow, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 50 Redwing and 42 Fieldfare south.

 

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes 



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This afternoon, at least 11 Tree Sparrows along the Pennington Brook though probably more as most were deep within thick vegetation, 16 Little Grebe on the Main Lake and a single singing Cetti's Warbler.



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This afternoon's highlights included, singing Cetti's Warbler, 16 Goldcrests, 4 Treecreeper, 37 Long-tailed Tits (in four flocks), 3 Tree Sparrows, 10 Bullfinch, 9 Shoveler.



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Late post for Saturday am, 48 species inc. 1x Green Sandpiper, 11 x Bullfinch, 2 x Cettis Warblers, 1 x Kingfisher, 18 x Gadwall, 13 x Teal, 4 x Shoveler



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 23rd of October 2022 07:26:49 PM

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Morning walk, of note, 2 x Green Sandpiper, 3 x Tree Sparrow, 1 x Willow Tit, 4 x Bullfinch, 5 x Meadow Pipit, 2 x Cettis Warbler, 24 x Gadwall and 100+ Teal

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Mid afternoon visit.

Main lake :- 2 Juvenile Little Grebe,  Cormorant,  Teal,  Gadwall,  Shoveler.

Pennington Brook :- Grey Wagtail & single Teal.

United Utilities filter beds :- Mostly Magpies & Jackdaw with just 2 Pied Wagtail.

Elsewhere  2 Cetti's Warbler heard,  2 Jay,  Buzzard,  Long-Tailed Tits & still a few Willow Warbler around the reserve.  



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Couple of hours mid afternoon

Of note :- 2 Cetti's Warbler 1 seen 1 heard, Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 12 Long - Tailed Tit, 3 Mute Swan one of which was on Pennington Brook alongside 12 Mallard, 3 Jay, 75 Starling's over filtration beds, 25 Jackdaw over,  2 Linnet & a Greenfinch over, 4 Little Grebe  & still very good numbers of Willow Warbler all around the reserve.

 



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Highlights from this late afternoon:

7 Snipe

1 female/immature Redstart (found by Phil Rhodes)

14 Chiffchaff

3+ Reed Warbler

4 Bullfinch



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Late morning walk, Snipe x 4, Teal x 21, Gadwall x 32, Shoveler x 1, Tufted Duck x 9, Little Grebe x 9

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A.m. 43 species Shoveler x 2 Teal x 7 Tufted Duck x 3 Gadwall x 1 Little Egret x 1 Little Grebe x 9 (3 different beds - 4 juv) Bullfinch x 5 (4 juv) Willow Tit x 2 Cettis Warbler x 1 calling Swallow x 1 House Martin x 1



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Brief look around the beds this morning produced 2 Snipe, 8 Shoveler, 18 Teal, 1 brood of 4 quite old Tufted duck with female and a juv Water rail.

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2 x Snipe, 2 x Kingfisher, 1 x Teal and 2 x Shoveler plus several Sand Martins feeding this am.

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Green Sandpiper present this evening

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes



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Single Green Sandpiper and Little Egret this early afternoon.

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes



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Single Green Sandpiper late morning today.



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Morning walk, of note - 2 x Little Egret 1 x Green Sandpiper 5 x Tree Sparrow juveniles, 1 adult 6 x Grey Wagtails inc. juveniles 2 x Oystercatcher 1 x Lapwing 1 x Teal 1 x Kingfisher

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Green Sandpiper present yesterday evening.

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes



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A family party of Cetti's Warblers was this early afternoon's highlight,



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3 Mediterranean Gulls feeding on filter bed behind number 3 circle in the sewage works



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 9th of July 2022 09:59:30 AM

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3pm to 5.15pm with the gusty winds playing havoc with the hay fever.

Main lake - 3 different family parties of 10, 6 & 5 young Mallards with a Coot & 3 young all in the same area.

                  2 Mute Swans, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Shoveler & a Grey Heron over.

Elsewhere - Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, Jay, Jackdaw, Buzzard, Swift.

                  Plus a Sedge Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warblers & a few Reed Warblers heard only. 



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Took a while but eventually saw 2 x Reed Warblers, 1 x Sedge Warbler and 2 x Little Grebes feeding their 3 very little chicks.

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Several great views of Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler and Blackcap. Heard lots of Reed Warblers but didn't see one.

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6 x Mediterranean Gulls 10.53am First Blackcap of the year 5 singing Cettis Warblers 42 Gadwall 3 Brambling 8 Tree Sparrow 11 singing Chiffchaff

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42 species morning walk 12 singing Chiffchaff, 5 x Brambling, 5 x Tree Sparrow, 1 x Kingfisher, 5 singing Cettis Warbler, 4 x Little Grebe, 32 x Gadwall, 30 x Tufted Duck, 2 x Shoveler.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 26th of March 2022 11:53:25 AM

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52 species on a 3 hour amble this morning Kingfisher x 1 Willow Tit x 1 Brambling x 4 Tree Sparrow x 8 Chiffchaff x 13 Redwing x 19 Meadow Pipit x 2 Cettis x 4 singing Little Grebe x 8 Goosander x 2 Bullfinch x 2

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Highlights around midday today:

10 singing Chiffchaff

2 singing Cetti's Warblers

1 Willow Tit

14 Tree Sparrow

2 Oystercatcher

3 singing Treecreeper

4 Bullfinch

 



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Two Raven over Hope Carr at 5:15pm today, one flew very low alongside Warrington Road towards the Greyhound Motel and its mate flew to sit atop of one of the large cranes by Hope Carr.



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Late post got yesterday 2 x Shelduck 30 x Gadwall 3 x Goosander 22 x Shoveler 37 x Teal 34 x Tufted 20+ Siskin 20+ Tree Sparrow 1 x Brambling 1 x Meadow Pipit 6 x Little Grebe 1 x Cettis Warbler



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This morning:

45 Siskin, with 36 around the UU car park and a further 9 around the main lake

29 Goldfinch

124 Pied Wagtail around the sewage works

Usual male Cetti’s Warbler singing and motoring around the SE sewage beds



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