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Post Info TOPIC: BICKERSHAW COUNTRY PARK (formerly Bickershaw Rucks)


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RE: BICKERSHAW COUNTRY PARK (formerly Bickershaw Rucks)


2pm to 5pm

Most of the site apart from the Diggle Flash end.

Of Note,

15+ Willow Warbler
10+ Common Whitethroat
8 Chiffchaff
6 Blackcap
5 Reed Warbler
2 Sedge Warbler
2 Skylark
2 Bullfinch
5 Reed Bunting
4 Cettis Warbler, all heard only
1 Grasshopper Warbler, heard only
1 Garden Warbler, singing gloriously for 10 minutes but couldn't find the bugger, Nevisons Flash end.
1 Kestrel
2 Little Egret
1 Water Rail
Great Crested Grebe, Coot and Moorhen with youngsters.
2 Shoveler
C30 Swift



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Cuckoo late afternoon today on the west side of New Water, also two Little Egrets.

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Jay

Reed bunting

Whitethroat

Sparrowhawk

Kestrel

Willow warbler

Swift (overhead)

Cuckoo (heard only)

Tree sparrow

Grasshopper warbler

Reed warbler

Magpie



 



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Male Marsh Harrier

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Sunday 21st April 8.30-13.00

Hadn't been here for ages but fancied looking for spring arrivals somewhere interesting and had an excellent morning

Grasshopper Warbler
Whinchat
Marsh Harrier
Little Egret
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Cetti's, Sedge and 4 other warbler species, Reed Buntings, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Bullfinch, 41 species altogether without really grilling the place



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Grasshopper Warbler reeling by Fir Tree Flash this morning. 



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Back home from Mull for a couple of days,

11 till 13.30

Riddled with Crossers and Quads!!

29 Tufted Duck
2 Great Crested Grebes
2 Teal
4 Gadwall
6 Goldeneye
1 Water Rail
1 Little Egret
C60 Mixed Flock of Fieldfare, Redwing and Mistle Thrush (New Water)
1 Cettis Warbler, heard only (New Water)
1 Kestrel
6 Redpoll
2 Reed Bunting
3 Skylark
2 Song Thrush
6 Buzzard

8 Chiffchaff on site

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Immature male or female Marsh Harrier hunting around 1:15pm, also Willow Tit, 3 Stonechat, 80 Redwing and 5 Fieldfare. At Diggle Flash 2 Pochard, 3 Goldeneye and 34 Tufted Ducks.

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Bittern sun bathing in the NE reeds of Diggle Flash at 2:55 then moved into cover. Also a drake Pochard, female Goldeneye, 30+Tufted Duck and a Willow Tit.

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At least 1200 Starlings in the evening roost, seen flying around above the country park from the south shore of Pennington Flash at dusk.



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A Red Kite flew low over being mobbed, then flew off high above Hindley Green at 10:35

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes



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Few hours this morning, nice to be back on the old patch! The sites looking good.

Of Note,

1 Grasshopper Warbler
1 Cettis Warbler
9 Willow Warbler
4 Chiffchaff
7 Reed Warbler
3 Sedge Warbler
11 Whitethroat
5 Reed Bunting
1 Kestrel
1 Male Bullfinch
1 Female Whinchat


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Female Cuckoo and Cettis Warbler present this morning near to Higher Hall flash. 



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Early afternoon produced a single Woodcock, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Water Rail, 2 Snipe and 2 Buzzards.



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14:15 to 16:45 - Nevison Flash entrance to Fir Tree Flash & back.

Jay x 5

Buzzard x 2

Kestrel x 2

Pheasant x 2

Great Crested Grebe x 2 plus 1 juvenile

Cormorant

Gadwall

Shoveler

Goldfinch

Long-Tailed Tit

& a Green Sandpiper flushed from the path between the reeds at Nevison Flash.

 

 



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Kevin Forde wrote:

Long-tailed tit

Great tit

Blue tit

Magpie

Wren

Reed bunting

Jay

Hobby

Kestrel

Buzzard

Heron
Goldfinch

 

 

 


 



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Heron

Blue tit

Great tit

Willow warbler

Reed bunting

Kestrel

Raven

Goldfinch

Buzzards (seven in the sky at once) my highlight.

 

 

 



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Single Little Egret and Oystercatcher on New Water @ midday
Garden Warbler singing away

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Looks like the plover has flown over to Woolston Eyes



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Ahh explains why incouldnt find ot approx 1900 ish last night! Thought it be hiding away due to the large amount of dirt bikes tearing around! 

ah well one for another time

Did come across a Reed Warbler ive never seen before which is a bonus :) 



-- Edited by JonathanGallagher on Tuesday 31st of May 2022 05:20:18 PM



-- Edited by JonathanGallagher on Tuesday 31st of May 2022 07:24:04 PM

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Apparently the Plover flew off high at 6pm last night,and wasn't seen to return.

-- Edited by pete berry on Tuesday 31st of May 2022 03:19:34 PM

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No sign of the White-failed Plover so far today.



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White-Tailed Plover still showing well from 3pm to 4-30pm but fairly mobile & quite distant at times.

Couple of pics in poor light attached



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As aforementioned the White Tailed Lapwing was giving excellent views this morning in the, at times, very heavy showers. 

Couldn't hang around as had a meeting in Liverpool, but other birds seen included Reed Warbler, Kestrel, 3 Swift, Common Buzzard, Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler and Blackcap. 

Cracking find. Thanks. Couple of pictures attached. 



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Showed very well, better than my visit to blacktoft



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Just an update from birders on site, the White-tailed Lapwing was showing well at 12,30 so still threre but tad wet bird and birders .

Keep Birding 





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White-tailed Plover still present at 07:10

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No sign of White - tailed Lapwing from 04.30 - 06.00 at which point heavy rain began and I made a hasty retreat back home.

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Cheers Simon and John.
I still have not recorded Cuckoo this year on rucks so I will look out for it tomorrow.

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White-tailed Lapwing still 9.20pm, also Cuckoo, 2 Cettis Warbler, 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler. Amazing bird for GM and incredible find Gordon, congratulations!

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White-tailed Lapwing still present @ 2045


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Not that it was ever in doubt I suppose but feather wear and abrasion on the wing coverts (particularly on the right wing) of the recent Rimac, Lincolnshire (and elsewhere on the East coast) White-tailed Lapwing and today's fabulous new county addition are one and the same. Interesting movement!



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White-tailed Lapwing showing well at 19.15

Well done to Gordon for a great find on his patch 



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White-tailed Lapwing showing well at 17.15

Grasshopper Warbler reeling and showing well along the path
3 Cettis Warbler heard

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Just in case it helps for folk not familiar with the site. Parking is usually best on Common Lane, cross back over Plank Lane and enter the site via the black metal horse gate. Follow the stone footpath past Nevison Flash reedbed on your left, then through a wooded section, before the path swings right and uphill to overlook the scrapes. Congratulations to Gordon for an amazing find.

1 Cettis Warbler singing

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White-tailed Lapwing still present at 16:10.

Directions as below, please view only from the footpath.



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White-tailed Lapwing still present at 14:50, showing intermittently through the trees, please view ONLY from the footpath.



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WHITE-TAILED PLOVER (W-t Lapwing if you like) on New Water, easiest access via Plank Lane /Common Lane, walk past Nevison's Flash, through the tree line then view the water slightly to your left below top ruck. Still showing at 14:05.

Info thanks to Gordon Newman



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Pair of Pochard still present on Nevison's Flash this morning. 1 Grey Wagtail by t he completed drainage barriers by Plank Lane entrance.

-- Edited by Gordon Newman on Thursday 26th of May 2022 02:00:29 PM

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Pair of Pochard on Nevison's Flash this morning was a bit of a surprise

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1 Hobby, 2 Sparrowhawk & 1 Kestrel all in the same airspace over South side of Fir Tree Flash @ midday

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Late morning early afternoon highlights
Hobby over playing field @ 11.45
40 + Swift
15+ House Martin
1 Garden Warbler

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3 Whinchat - 2m -1f  11.22 am 4th may

1 m today 1-33pm

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Single Artic Tern flew E over New Water @ 09.32 returning a few minutes later flying SW to join the others on Pennington Flash

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3 Raven present at midday

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09.00-12.00
Terrible record shot of Female Marsh Harrier first seen on North side of Park briefly @ 10.35 through gap in trees then seen again on South side over New Water @ 11.40.
Marsh Harrier was a surprise but an even bigger surprise was 2 SANDWICH TERN flying over New Water WNW @ 11.45.
Garden Warbler by Choke Pond makes all the regular warblers back on site except for Lesser Whitethroat which is not regular.

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08.00-10.15
Walk across centre of parkland back
1 Swift N
7 Grasshopper Warbler - 3 on South side 4 on North side
5 Sedge Warbler - 3 on North side 2 on South side
Plenty of Whitethroat, Reed Warbler and Blackcap throughout.




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1:30pm to 4:30pm - A day of Warblers with 7 different species seen.

Willow Warbler - could be heard singing all around the reserve.

Reed Warbler - 12 with 4 seen around New Water & Nevison Flash reedbeds.

Cetti's Warbler - 3 with 2 seen at Nevison Flash reedbeds.

Grasshopper Warbler - 2 seen reeling and a lifer for me (many thanks to Gordon Newman for approx. location)

Blackcap & a few Whitethroats & Chiffchaffs made up the rest.

Also of note :- Wheatear (F);  Bullfinch (M);  Chaffinch (M);  Goldfinch;  Linnet; 2 Pheasant;  3 Grey Heron;  Song Thrush;

                      Nuthatch;  2 Buzzards;  Kestrel;  Swallow  &  Sand Martin over.      



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Hobby flew East low over Nevison's Flash @18.11
Other sightings today on South side off Park
3 Grasshopper Warbler
5 Cetti's Warbler
1 Sedge Warbler
6 Whitethroat
15+ Reed Warbler



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A Little Egret flew South high over playing field then suddenly circled overhead at which point I then picked up a second bird even higher, I heard them call before I lost sight of them in cloud and didn't see which direction they went.

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