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Post Info TOPIC: BICKERSHAW RUCKS


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RE: BICKERSHAW RUCKS


Single Woodcock flew over path above Fir Tree Flash after dark this evening

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Additional sightings 08 30 - 09.30

12 Redwing

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3 Greenshank on New Water - all 3 flew off at 08 57
1 Late Hobby over being harassed by single Raven
At least 3 Chiffchaff

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Mid pm
Fir Tree Flash

1 female Goosander
1 Kingfisher
2 Chiffchaff

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Late morning
Fir Tree Flash

Cetti's Warbler now moving towards Edna Road carpark
1 Kingfisher
150+ Goldfinch

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Cetti's Warbler singing from the North end of Fir Tree Flash this morning as a posed to the ditch between South end of Fir Tree Flash and New Water last week

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10.00 - 11.15

2 Whinchat M + F
9 Common Snipe
30+ Meadow Pipit S

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11.30am - 13.30pm

1 Cetti's Warbler singing
2 Raven
3 Sparrowhawk
3 Buzzard

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15.30 - 18.30

1 Tree Pipit called twice while flying over East.
1 Cetti's Warbler singing.
1 Greenshank heard only.
1 Kingfisher.
3 Buzzard.
2 Water Rail.
2 Willow Tit

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10.00-12.45

1 Hobby E @ 10.20
single Swift, Whitethroat & Blackcap
roughly equal numbers of Willow Warbler @ Chiffchaff
small numbers of Swallow @ House Martin
3 Buzzard
3 Kestrel


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Early pm visit,

2 Raven,
Usual 4 Kestrel,
Large Long-tailed Tit flock contained at least 6 Willow Warbler and a Willow Tit.


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Out and about again this morning before the rain came in - it was beautiful at Bickershaw about 8am!

Notable 4 Kestrels - 3 in the air at once, almost certainly at least 1 juvenile probably 2. 4th one was heard only near Diggle Flash.
3 common Buzzard 1 likely a juv as calling almost constantly.
2 Great Crested Grebe with well grown juveniles on Diggle Flash.
2 Little Grebe
3 Gadwall looking like 2 male coming out of eclipse
2 Raven passed overhead Diggle Flash.
2 Swift over Fir Tree Flash.

Other species were as expected - low numbers seen in the breezy conditions.


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4 Common Tern flew over East this evening

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Over Diggle Flash today at about 5pm, a Red Kite flew fairly lazily across, heading NW. Quite pleased to record my first GM tick for this species.

-- Edited by Paul Richardson on Friday 31st of May 2019 09:25:47 PM

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Garden Warbler singing and giving brief views this evening

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Morning walk - 2 male Cuckoos and single Cettis Warbler in song; 30+ House Martins gathering mud at New Water; Reed Bunting with jingly notes in song off Road to Nowhere!


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Male Cuckoo present this evening

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2 male Cuckoo present late afternoon.
Common Tern fishing Nevison Flash yesterday p.m

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Hobby present this evening and Cetti's Warbler showing well but not quick enough to get a photo

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Female Cuckoo present mid afternoon

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Female Cuckoo present this evening close to where the Red Poll cattle are.
Cetti's Warbler still present.

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Garden Warbler in fine song just off-site on track from Crankwood towards Park Lane. Whitethroat the most numerous songster (15+ over southern half alone).

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Cetti's Warbler present this evening, also, something you don't see very often if at all, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the complete open whilst perched on a fence post.
Swift, House Martin and Sand Martin flying around as well.

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Cetti's Warbler singing intermittently from the fringes of Fir Tree Flash towards the dam end this evening

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17.45 - 19.00
Plank Lane as far as New Water.

1 Short-eared Owl - flew low and fast with Jackdaw in pursuit over New Water @ 18.30 as I was scanning water, and continued NE towards Fir Tree Flash and beyond.
I might of expected one in March but was surprised to see one at end of April.
2 Grasshopper Warbler reeling
2 Whitethroat
Sand Martin

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17.15-18.30
As far as ruck behind Nevison Flash from Common Lane entrance.
1 Garden Warbler
2 Common Tern
1 Grasshopper Warbler
1 Whitethroat
3 Buzzard

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About 10.30am - was out on a group walk with some friends, without my camera, when we spotted 3 Buzzards giving grief to a very fine Osprey over the W end of Diggle Flash and the Stock Pond. It made a few circuits not that far above our heads, almost dived into the Stock Pond for a fish, thought better of it, and flew off to the north.
At the same time, there was a Peregrine high overhead, and a Kestrel hunting over the N bank of Diggle Flash.

A magical birding moment for sure, and the Osprey a site first for me!



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08.00 - 10.30
1 Garden Warbler
1 Lesser Whitethroat
5 Grasshopper Warbler
3 Sedge Warbler
7 Whitethroat
1 Oystercatcher
1 Raven

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19-00 to 20-30

3 Grasshopper Warblers all seen

2 Bullfinch (Pair)

1 Commic tern over 

5 Lapwing

6 Magpie

2 Wood Pidgeon

1 Blue Tit

1 Great Tit

5 Skylark

Blackbird

Jay x1

Herring Gull and Black headed Gull over

male Kestrel

 



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07.00 -10.15
5 Whitethroat
3 Sedge Warbler
9 Grasshopper Warbler
8 Reed Warbler

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19.00 - 20.00

Common Lane entrance as far as New Water and back

1 Cetti's Warbler - flew low across reeds in ditch either side of loud burst of song.
2 Little ringed Plover
2 Grasshopper Warbler
3 Reed Warbler
3 Snipe


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Walked the new track around the north part of the "Rucks" this morning, plus a bit of diversion over to "New Water" and back to Fir Tree Flash.

Willow Warbler 23, Grasshopper Warbler 4 (1 seen), Reed Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 7, Blackcap 8, Wren 24, Robin 18, Linnet 1, Skylark 8, Reed Bunting 9 all male, Kestrel 1, Buzzard 1, Starling 12, Lesser Black-backed Gull 8, Great Crested Grebe 3 - plus many other common birds.

Looking great at the moment, and sounding amazing!

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17.10 - 19.00

3 Grasshopper Warbler
2 Reed Warbler
2 Swallow

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17.30 - 19.00

1 Little ringed Plover
1 Grasshopper Warbler

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Evening walk, migration has slowed down since the last post Single Reed Warbler still singing from the same ditch, apart from a few more Willow Warblers not much else happening.

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15.10 - 17.30
1 Reed Warbler
7 Willow Warbler
6 Blackcap
100+ Sand Martin
3 Swallow

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12.45 - 15.15
cracking afternoon, not normally the best time of day but 45 species seen, highlights being,

1 Wheatear
1 White Wagtail
6 Buzzard
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Blackcap
2 Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff - lost count well into double figures
1 Green Woodpecker





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09.10 - 11.45

1 Blackcap
1 Willow Warbler (different bird to yesterdays)
10 Chiffchaff
1 Kingfisher
5 Lesser Redpoll
pair of Buzzard copulating

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10.10-12.00

1 Hobby flew over top rucks @ 11.30ish ( very early! beating last years 16/04 arrival by some distance).
1 Willow Warbler
750+ Sand Martin North ( probably missed quite a few as well)



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14.30-17.30

200+ Sand Martin NW
1 Swallow
11 Chiffchaff
resident pair of Buzzard displaying

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08.20-10.45

7 Lesser Redpoll
4 Chiffchaff
single Kingfisher

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3 Chiffchaff present this evening, also single Pink - footed Goose flew West and Curlew heard but not seen.

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c2000 Starling roosted at Nevisons Flash last night, Thursday 14th

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Fir Tree Flash
mid afternoon
of note:
18 Goosander - 9M + 9F
3 Pochard - 2M + 1F
1 Kingfisher
1 Grey Wagtail

-- Edited by Gordon Newman on Saturday 19th of January 2019 06:28:53 PM

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5 Pochard on Fir Tree Flash this afternoon - 3m 2f.

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10.30-12.30
Fir Tree Flash
4 Goosander 1M + 3F
3 Pochard 2M + 1F
30+ Tufted Duck
20+ Mallard
2 Little Grebe
1 Great Crested Grebe



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 29th of December 2018 09:26:17 PM

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09.45-10.45 before work
1 Kingfisher - Nevisons Flash
5 Lesser Redpoll
1 Willow Tit with Long-tailed Tit
2 Common Snipe and Water Rail calling from New Water



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12.20- 15.00
female Stonechat C8
otherwise quiet

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09.30-12.00
Highlights
1 Green Woodpecker
2 Goldeneye M&F
1 Goldcrest
2 Lesser Redpoll
4 Willow Tit


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10.15-1200
walk over to Fir Tree Flash and back to Plank Lane, cold and windy
only things of note were:
single Woodcock flying low over grass scrub (C5)at side of Fir Tree Flash
12 Pochard

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