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


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RE: BICKERSHAW COUNTRY PARK (formerly Bickershaw Rucks)


10.15 - 1145
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South ruck overlooking housing estate /Plank Lane swing Bridge

1 Marsh Harrier over West - flew from behind me, caught sight of it flying away from me to the East of Crankwood (turned round when gone, took one stride and flushed a Common Snipe)
Single Coal Tit in a roaming mixed Tit flock
9 Swallow drifting SW slowly as they fed
8 Grey Partridge
6 Common Snipe SW
3 Lesser Redpoll
1 Raven
5 Chiffchaff
Nevison's Flash
Water Rail squealing
1 Cetti's Warbler








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14.00 - 16.15
1 M Stonechat on edge of playing field
1 Grey Wagtail flew over playing field SW and continued of C. P boundary
Resident pair of Raven
2 Grey Partridge
1 Cetti's Warbler


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10 50-12.45
Covey of 9 Grey Partridge
Usual 2 Raven
Meadow Pipit numbers building daily

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07.15-10.30
Common Lane as far as South side of Fir Tree Flash and back.
Highlights :
1 Yellow Wagtail S
2 Grey Wagtail W
2 Whitethroat
1 Hobby E
1 Sparrowhawk
15 Chiffchaff
1 Cetti's Warbler
1 Kingfisher
2 Raven
10 Mistle Thrush
3 Willow Tit


Single Sand Martin

-- Edited by Gordon Newman on Sunday 12th of September 2021 01:37:52 PM

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09.30 - 11.30
As far as New Water and back to Plank/Common Lane
1 Green Sandpiper flew over calling SE
1 Goosander S
1 Reed Warbler in central ditch still

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3 Reed Warbler present this evening

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10.15-12.15
1 Snipe
3 Reed Warbler
1 Whitethroat
1 Cetti's Warbler
2 Raven
3 Buzzard

Brief visit at dusk 20.30
300 + Swallow feeding over New Water
Water Rail heard only

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08.00 - 10. 00
3 possibly 4 Sedge Warbler skulking in scrub along the edge of the playing field
3 family parties of Reed Warbler
2 Cetti's Warbler singing briefly
Plenty of Willow Warbler still with a couple in full song

Report from a dog walker of an Egret sp ( possible Great White from the description) that flew up over from the New Water a couple of weeks ago

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08.45 - 11.00
1 Raven
1 Blackcap
1 Grasshopper Warbler
2 Sedge Warbler
2 Whitethroat
Several Reed Warbler
Family party of Buzzard
3 Kestrel
1 Willow Tit

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Mid a.m
New Water of note,
2 Lesser Redpoll high NE calling
Family party of Tufted Duck
2 adult & 1Juvenile Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk

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11.30 - 13.30
4 Common Term South
2 Whitethroat
Family party of Reed Warbler
Grey Partridge calling


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Tawny Owl calling this evening towards Crankwood direction whilst stood by Nevison's Flash.
Adult Kestrel passed food to Juvenile in flight

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300+ Swallow and 100+Swift feeding over New Water area this evening

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4 Common Term flew over high ESE @4.30

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9.30-1.30 Huge walk around most of the area with my 5 year old granddaughter.. She loved it. Anyway highlights were.. Fantastic close up view of Reed Warbler... 1 male Kestrel... 2 Cetti's Warbler calling... Several Grasshopper Warbler reeling... Lots of Swift and House Martins over Nevisons Flash and lots of the summer Warblers.

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A rufous phase Cuckoo flew along the rucks behind Nevisons flash at 10:50am today and a Garden Warbler was singing too.

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Male Cuckoo called twice from the general direction of Crankwood mid morning whilst stood on ruck above New Water (better late rather than not at all!)

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Not seen Lesser Whitethroat since but was near to Bracken Road moving through in between rain showers

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2 Grasshopper Warblers, 1st doing a song I've not heard before - 1.5 second rattle but descending. I guess it was a female, 2nd bird flew off from same spot

No sign of Lesser Whitethroat, though not really sure where it might be

Numerous (Common) Whitethroat - 20 perhaps
4 Swift heading W
3 Common Tern heading N
1 Cetti's Warbler, strangely quiet but feeding next to me

Willow Warblers
Chiffchaff
Blackcap

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14.00-15.15
1 Lesser Whitethroat
2 Grasshopper Warbler
4 Sedge Warbler
6 Whitethroat
40+ Swallow with lesser numbers of House and Sand Martin hawking over Nevison's Flash


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10.30 - 12.45
Plank Lane as far as FTF dam, first visit for nearly 2 weeks due to ill health

Highlights
2 Garden Warbler
8 Swift
5 Sedge Warbler
1 Grasshopper Warbler


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09.30-12.30. Highlights included... 2 Water Rails (squeeling and grunting).. Several Grasshopper Warblers reeling... Lot's of Cetti's Warblers including a first sighting for me... 6 Common Buzzards... 1 Kestrel and lots of Swallow and House Martins but only 1 Swift.

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10 Whitethroat
5 Grasshopper Warbler
9 Reed Warbler
1 Sedge Warbler
5 Blackcap
4 Cetti's Warbler
2 Raven
6 Buzzard
50+Sand Martin
2 House Martin
1 Swallow

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Evening walk
1 Whitethroat
5 Reed Warbler

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1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling
1 male Hobby flew low directly over me
3 Reed Warbler
Green Woodpecker gave a very quick yaffle




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Green Sandpiper on New Water this evening.

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As far as Southern tip of FTF from Plank Lane
1 Garden Warbler
2 Reed Warbler
10 Blackcap

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2 Avocet on New Water @ 17.25
1 Reed Warbler

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Hobby drifted over SW @10.32

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10.00 - 11.15
1 Redshank
4 Willow Warbler down from 15 on Sunday morning not surprising with artic blast
Cetti's Warbler still singing despite half the Reed bed going up in smoke again on Monday afternoon, though I can't say the same for Water Rail

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3 Blackcap
Sand Martin 150+ N /30+ W/7 E
2 Willow Warbler
4 Cetti's Warbler
2 Shelduck
12 Lesser Redpoll
2 pairs Great spotted Woodpecker
3 Buzzard


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4 Raven together over New Water otherwise quiet

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08.50-10.30
Of note
3 Willow Warbler
1 Greenshank
1 Oystercatcher
10+ Chiffchaff
4 Cetti's Warbler

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1 M Wheatear @ 08.50 on ruck overlooking Pennington Wharf and Nevison's Flash

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2 Sand Martin @4pm

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As far as New Water only

1 Redshank
1 Curlew heard only
4 Lesser Redpoll
2 Chiffchaff
4 Cetti's Warbler singing
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Raven
1 Willow Tit


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Plank Lane entrance as far as as Nevison's Flash and the ruck overlooking houses on Pennington Wharf and back.
1 Jack Snipe over N F then flew W
5 Coal Tit together with Long-tailed Tits on ruck moving through
2 Cetti's Warbler one seen briefly
2 pairs Little Grebe
3 Water Rail heard


1 Chiffchaff

-- Edited by Gordon Newman on Wednesday 17th of March 2021 02:37:54 PM

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Pair of Raven loafing around for duration of the 2 hours on site
10 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler & 8 Greylag Geese on SBI area
2 Buzzard

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09.45 - 12.00
Of note
12+ Black-tailed Godwit South high
M&F Stonechat
3 Cetti's Warbler singing
3 Buzzard
Teal, 1 Shoveler and 7 Gadwall on former SBI area
2 Snipe

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Woodcock flew over New Water and landed in tree line alongside playing field @ 12.15

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Flooded former SBI area
1 Drake Wigeon
7 Shoveler
30+ Tufted Duck
2 Teal seen but many others calling hidden in the vegetation
2 Little Grebe
Elswhere
1 Woodcock
35 Redwing
17 Pink footed Geese ESE
2 Cetti's Warbler singing



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A.M walk, warmer than of late hence more activity, of note
2 Cetti's Warbler
1 Siskin
4 Mistle Thrush 1 has been singing for at least a week now
2 Redwing - been a poor winter for them on this site compared to most winters
1 Sparrowhawk



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14.30 - till dusk
single Stonechat present by Edna Road allotments
2 Cetti's Warbler

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Female Goldeneye present on New Water for the past two days at least

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10.45 - 12.00
As far as New Water from Plank Lane
3 Siskin flew over Nevison's Flash calling
1 Sparrowhawk
6 Common Snipe - New Water
Owl sp reported by non birder

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Single Woodcock flew over New Water from the treeline by the playing field at dusk

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1 Woodcock flew over Fir Tree Flash presumably from the island
1 Male Stonechat
2 Raven
2 Cetti's Warbler
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Kingfisher

-- Edited by Gordon Newman on Monday 16th of November 2020 03:07:35 PM

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2 Goosander over South
30+Tufted Duck - largest count so far this Autumn on Fir Tree Flash


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I was on site an hour or so earlier Gordon and found the male stonechat in the same area, also seen 1 x buzzard, 4 x jays and 2 x bullfinch



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1 Female Stonechat by the road to nowhere
30+ Redwing
5 Fieldfare
Otherwise quiet

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