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.

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.

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.

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

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!

Early morning walk, 44 species, of note: Teal x 18, Shoveler x 11, Gadwall x 15, Goosander x 3, Tufted Duck x 16, Pied Wagtail x 125, Meadow Pipit x 5, Siskin x 2, Little Grebe x 4, Bullfinch x 4, Goldcrest x 2 with singles of Grey Wagtail, Willow Tit, Kingfisher, Redwing and Sparrowhawk

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Thanks

Dave

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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

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