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RE: BICKERSHAW COUNTRY PARK (formerly Bickershaw Rucks)


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

Info thanks to Ian Campbell



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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

reported by Kevin Forde 



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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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9.00-11.30
1 Yellow Wagtail N calling
4 Grasshopper Warbler
4 Whitethroat
2 Sedge Warbler
6 Reed Warbler
1 Drake Mandarin on Nevison's Flash presumably the same bird from Pennington Wharf /Flash.

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Further sightings this evening
5 Cetti's Warbler
2 Sedge Warbler
2 Grasshopper Warbler
1 Snipe flushed by a Buzzard



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This morning, South side highlights,
2 Whitethroat, 5 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Hobby, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 30+ Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 2 Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard, 3 Grey Partridge.

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12.30-14.30
Not the best time of day for productivity highlights being
7 Willow Warbler
2 Swallow
2 Blackcap

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Little Egret flew NW over Plank Lane @ 19.38

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10.15 - 12.30
From Plank Lane round Fir Tree Flash and back
Of note
1 Willow Warbler
18 Chiffchaff
3 Cetti's Warbler
Pair of Teal
4 Great spotted Woodpecker drumming 8



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Mid morning
2 Raven present

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14-15 to 16-45 - a walk in beautiful weather round most of the country park.

Nevison Flash area - 2 Chiffchaffs & a Chaffinch in full song with a single male Reed Bunting & a flushed Snipe on the flash edge.

South Rucks - 2 Buzzards one with prey being harassed by a Carrion Crow.

Fir Tree Flash - 2 each of Shoveler & Cormorant, a Greylag Goose, plus what I think were 2 domestic Indian Runner Ducks.

Also seen - 2 Skylarks, 4 Long-Tailed Tits & few Goldfinch.



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South Ruck, New Water and back to Plank Lane
Of note:
2 Chiffchaff singing.
1 Woodcock flushed accidentally from long grass 2ft away, it was clearly eyeballing me as he/she lifted off vertically.
7 Redwing.
3 Cetti's Warbler



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As far as South side of Fir Tree Flash and back.
4 Cetti's Warbler very vocal this morning, as were the 2 pairs of Little Grebe on Nevison's Flash.
8 Siskin
2 Grey Partridge
Plenty of Reed Bunting back now setting up territory.
3 Singing Skylark.


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Siberian Chiffchaff calling and seen briefly in treeline between Nevisons's Flash and allotments 11.45

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16.40
Single Little Egret flew West over Plank Lane continuing over playing field

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1 possibly 2 Woodcock flying over trees between Nevison's Flash and New Water @17.20 and then again @17.26 both times flying towards top rucks.

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Flushed Woodcock accidently close to Nevison's Flash mid morning

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15.00 16.15
walk over to and round Fir Tree Flash and back to Plank Lane
Highlights
7 Grey Partridge
75+ Pink footed Geese West
2 Goosander


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Single Jack Snipe flew up from New Water, circled and flew off SW @ 11.40

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10.30-13.15
Nevison's Flash and area around the South ruck

100+Redwing
25+ Linnet
2 Lesser Redpoll
10 Grey Partridge
2 Coal Tit
1 Cetti's Warbler singing briefly
2 Water Rail squealing

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