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A single Green Sandpiper on one of the pools tonight, my first of return passage. Also fantastic to confirm breeding of Willow Tit with an adult and two well-developed chicks. I hadnt seen any Willow Tits at the site for several months so feared theyd been lost, apparently not yet!

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Nice to see a couple of Hobbies here late evening yesterday chasing the many many swifts feeding over the whole area. Also 7 juvenile Stonechats and 2 reeling Grasshopper Warblers.

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Tuesday 23rd May late morning - quick hour on route to Bolton Royal - from the A6 car park entrance.

2 Garden Warbler (heard only);  Willow Warbler;  Chiffchaff;  Blackcap;  Common Whitethroat;  Goldfinch;

 Chaffinch;  Bullfinch;  Swallow;  Swift;  House Martin;  Reed Warbler.



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8 Golden Plover flew north this morning and Redshank, Jack Snipe, 19 Snipe, Woodcock, 14 Lapwing and 2 Oystercatcher were nice to see on the WeBS count. Wildfowl included 27 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck, 9 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, 42 Mallard, 2 Mute Swan and 15 Coot.



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Adult Yellow-legged Gull on the bottom pool at 11am and then flew off towards the Common Lane, Tyldesley area.

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1-30pm to 3-30pm

Majority of sightings were down around the Swan Lake area with Engine Lane unusually quiet.

A break in the ice on Swan Lake held 1 Mute Swan associating with 2 white farmyard ducks & 20 Coot. About 200 mixed Gulls descended on the ice containing a very large Great Black-Backed Gull. 2 Snipe were flushed from the bulrushes near the inlet creek with a further 2 flyovers nearby. The bulrushes had 2 Stonechat, 1 Reed Bunting & 5 Goldfinch feeding on the fluffy seeds.

On one of the large grassed hills was a mobile flock of 30 Meadow Pipit's.

Also seen :- 2 Redwing;  Grey Heron;  F Pheasant;  3 Kestrel;  Jay; 2 Song Thrush & a very friendly Robin that tried to land on my shoulder down Engine Lane.

 



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Swan Lake was busy today:
-2 Mute Swans (an unusual site here surprisingly!)
-50-60 Gadwall
-10 Tufted Duck
-10 Teal

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-50+ Meadow Pipit
-2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
-3 Willow Tit
-5 Kestrel
-3 Buzzard
-1 Sparrowhawk
-Mixed flock of about 50 Swallows and House Martins
-1 Blackcap
-3 singing Chiffchaff



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Quiet today, but included 17 Pink-Footed Geese over west, Wigeon still and 40+ Gadwall

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Highlight today was a single drake Wigeon on Swan Lake, my first here

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3 Whinchat and 3 Wheatear on the eastern side today - my highest total of either this year! Dont check the eastern side much so difficult to say if this is a one-off occurrence

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Third covey of Grey Partridge found today, towards the south of the site where I saw a pair regularly in April. Looked to be around 15 individuals, added to the other two groups suggests around 30+ juveniles from this year. Much better than the 12 or so from last year. Will be interesting to see if/where these birds will disperse to - can't imagine there are many sites locally that could support Grey Partridge outside of the mosses.

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From the last couple of days:
-Confirmed breeding of Shoveler for second year in succession
-Confirmed breeding of Stonechat - first that I can recall
-Multiple Little Grebe broods
-Large Grey Partridge covey, counted 21 minimum. I don't know if this would represent multiple family groups or not, but there were at least 3 pairs on site this spring.
-Raven on the pylons
-Large numbers of Gadwall down on Swan Lake, unsure if they bred onsite this year, but easily 20-30
-Several Sedge Warbler still about

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3pm to 5pm - very quiet on all fronts.

2 Juvenile Buzzards low down on a pylon calling to an adult higher up.

5 Kestrel - 3 of which were swooping & locking talons with each other over Swan Lake.

2 cronking Ravens also on Pylons.

Also plenty of calling Willow Warbler, singing Goldfinch, plus M & F Reed Bunting.



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A couple hours around the eastern end of the site had the usual big numbers of singing Skylark.
3 Ringed Plover,2 Little Ringed Plover and a single Common Sandpiper were on the large central muddy pool. A Snipe was flushed from the long grass, Oystercatcher over and several Lapwing holding territory.
A Lesser Whitethroat was rattling away behind Kenny's Skip Hire on the way in,several Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler singing,also a single singing Reed Warbler in one of the phragmites beds.
On the pools a couple of Shoveler, Mallard and plenty of Gadwall,plus the usual Herring ,Lesser Black Backs and Black Headed Gulls.
Elsewhere a male Stonechat,pair of Grey Partridge, 2 Grey Wagtails ,a few Linnet and Reed Buntings and a couple of Buzzards were the best of the rest.

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Can add from this evening 2 Little Ringed Plovers and at least 2 singing Grasshopper Warblers.

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Highlight this morning was a VERY late Fieldfare feeding on the ground. Couldn't really believe what I was seeing, although it was in the exact same spot Redwings and Fieldfares would feed earlier this year. Otherwise, pair of Shoveler, 10-20 Linnet, and the Stonechat pair still looking very settled were the highlights.

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Decided to do a full Linnet survey this morning. Was surprised by the result - at least 9 pairs across the south half of the site. 8 singing Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 10 Willow Warbler. Swallows back at Oliver Fold, 2 pairs. 4 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck also on Swan Lake.

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Decided to do a full Linnet survey this morning. Was surprised by the result - at least 9 pairs across the south half of the site. 8 singing Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 10 Willow Warbler. Swallows back at Oliver Fold, 2 pairs. 4 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck also on Swan Lake.

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Lapwing numbers high again this morning, 15+ in the air when someone decided to let their dog charge through them :/ Also a pair that have been occupying the field by Oliver Fold farm. Warbler numbers on the south side included 6-8 of Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Whitethroat. A brief female Wheatear on the ground. Pair of Teal. 2 snipe. First ever Mute Swan on Swan Lake, also 2 Greylag Geese. Linnet numbers high, at least 5 pairs.

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This afternnon: Lapwing numbers much higher than I saw last year. Perhaps 15 pairs in total. Skylark numbers similarly very high, probably >30 singing males. First swallow of the year over. Pair of Shoveler are back again (there were 5 a few days ago). Pair of Raven. Pair of Linnet. And a strange (to me) Pipit. It was feeding in one of the shallow ponds, moving around the vegetation and reeds. It did not associate with any of the Meadow Pipits, and when it flew off had two distinct short calls. Only one of them sounded like the typical call. Still looked like a Meadow Pipit though so perhaps just some unusual feeding habits?

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Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 16 Lapwing, a few Linnets and a pair of Stonechat today

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Pair of Ringed Plovers today. Also 14 lapwing, 1 Snipe and a pair of Grey Wagtails

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2 Little Ringed Plovers today. Plus a Linnet, Snipe and 6 Buzzard

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A single Avocet on the 2nd most easterly pool,feeding out in the shallow water ,also Raven over north carrying possible food,plenty of singing Skylarks and a Little Ringed Plover calling.

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Stunning male Hen Harrier this evening, hunting low along the field edges

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Male Wheatear today. Also many Skylark (20+), 3 pairs of Grey Partridge, 4 Snipe, pair of Stonechat, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Cormorant, 2 Teal, 15+ Chiffchaff

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Mid-afternoon yesterday:

Leucistic 1W Herring Gull

2 Oystercatcher

12 Teal

8 Gadwall

Pair of Stonechat

14 Skylark

20 Meadow Pipits

Grey Partridge

Snipe

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Quick hour & half mid afternoon down Engine Lane to Swan Lake & back.

No sign of the Kittiwake & most of the gulls in the gloom were heading off to roost.

A single Little Grebe was constantly diving on the lake & 5 very friendly farmyard ducks were also present.

A female Sparrowhawk & Buzzard were perched off the lane near the railway.

Also seen down Engine Lane - Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Long Tailed Tit, Coal Tit & Song Thrush.



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Charlotte Harrison wrote:

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Possible Kittiwake on Swan Lake (southernmost)? Picture attached, and thoughts welcome.

 


 Indeed a Kittiwake.



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Possible Kittiwake on Swan Lake (southernmost)? Picture attached, and thoughts welcome.

 



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Multiple Stonechat still around. At least 4 Snipe around the site, 2 Woodcock, multiple Bullfinch and Willow Tit. Kestrel, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. Lots of Redwing at dusk.

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Huge numbers of Stonechat this afternoon - never seen anything like it. Would say 6 at a minimum (2m,4f) but they were everywhere. Didn't even venture to the western side where there have been 2 pairs in recent winters, so could have been even more.
Also:
3 Common Snipe
1 Little Grebe
1 Treecreeper
1 Coal Tit
3 Willow Tit
1 Bullfinch
1 Green Sandpiper
1 Cormorant (on Swan Lake)
3 Skylark
10+ Meadow Pipit
39 species total

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A Little Egret on one of the eastern pools this afternoon - my first here for a while.

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A couple of hours around the eastern of the site was worthwhile with the highlights being at least 2 Green Sandpiper and a pair of Stonechat. Still plenty of Skylark and Meadow Pipits around the site,also Kestrel, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch,Grey and 2 Pied Wagtails,and a few Goldfinch.
Swan Lake was busy with Mallard,Gadwall,Coot,Moorhen and about 150 Herring Gull and 50 Black Headed Gulls

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A wander round the eastern side of the site produced a Merlin being chased by a Carrion Crow,also a couple of Kestrels hunting around the site.
2 coveys of Grey Partridge seen,a party of 12 birds and another one of just 2 birds. Plenty of Skylark around the site including several singing and aerial displaying birds !!! Good numbers of Meadow Pipits in the grassy areas,also 3 Reed Bunting, a small flock of 15 Goldfinch, and a flock of 30 or so Linnet.
Plenty of gulls around the site including a mixed flock of 300 plus large gulls which came off the fields by Common Lane and landed on Swan Lake.

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Afternoon visit

The highlight being 3 Buzzards with 2 Carrion Crows & a Sparrowhawk all rather playfully swooping at each other.

Also of note :- 3 Jay, plenty of Willow Warblers, Goldfinch, Long-Tailed Tit, Common Whitethroat, 3 Kestrel, Grey Wagtail.

6 juvenile Little Grebes - 1 on the small swan lake & 5 on the larger bottom pool.

Also on the bottom pool 4 white & 1 black & white domestic ducks. (phone pic attached) 



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This afternoon, quiet again, but a few interesting sightings -4+ Little Grebe -16 wading birds high overhead and flying south/south-east, my guess was snipe, they were producing a single note call infrequently -1 unidentified raptor, accidentally flushed from a dead tree, definitely not kestrel, very dark brown and smaller than kestrel. Perhaps sparrowhawk but looked too slim.

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Quite quiet at the moment at Cutacre - most of the grassland is in the process of being cut, so the site looks quite different.

This afternoon:

-4+ Grey Heron, mostly in the freshly cut grass
-3+ Common Snipe, accidentally flushed and likely more
-1 Lapwing
-4 Gadwall
-Covey of fully grown 12/13 Grey Partridge, the second covey found this year

also someone had released 5 large white domestic ducks/geese, didn't look capable of flight


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Hi Rob,

Thanks for that, I thought the same with the legs, but you never like to disagree with a more senior birder! :)

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Hi Kristian,
looks Mallard-like to me, and the orange legs (rather than dull yellowish) would suggest so too! Could be wrong though, young Wildfowl can be tricky.

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This afternoon:

-hundreds of Swift & Swallow overhead, with smaller numbers of House Martin
-2 Little Grebe pairs, one with a single, well-developed young
-2 well-grown Shoveler chicks
-1 Stock Dove
-Whinchat family still present, probably 5 individuals
-Grey Partridge family group, at least 6

...and a group of 4 ducks which I previously thought were well-developed Mallard chicks, but a passer-by identified them to me as Gadwall. Picture attached, any comments appreciated!

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Kristian Wade wrote:

Hi Lez,

I haven't seen or heard any Garden Warblers at the site this year after many visits, but there is plenty of suitable habitat! Where abouts was your possible sighting?


 Hi Kristian,

The area was about 100 yds north of Swan Lake along a narrow path that runs along the edge of the nearly dried up creek where the two Jays are regularly seen. Red circled area on attached map.



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Hi Lez,

I haven't seen or heard any Garden Warblers at the site this year after many visits, but there is plenty of suitable habitat! Where abouts was your possible sighting?

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3 hours this afternoon sightings included :-

Goldfinch; Chaffinch; Bullfinch; Linnet;

Chiffchaff; Blackcap; Common Whitethroat;

Reed Bunting; Skylark; Meadow Pipit;

Grey Wagtail; Pied Wagtail; Jay;

Buzzard; Kestrel; Pheasant; Juvenile Wren.

And what I think was a Garden Warbler with juveniles - not 100% but eye ring, beak & general colouring seem closest match

& the absence of a stand out distinctive whitethroat makes me feel its not a Whitethroat.



-- Edited by Lez Fairclough on Friday 2nd of July 2021 12:07:08 AM



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 2nd of July 2021 06:34:27 AM

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Early morning again! S and E sides.

Wren - 21s
Skylark - 10+ still singing
Whitethroat - 15s (plus several family parties)
Chiffchaff - 6s
Reed Bunting - 7s
Willow Warbler - 3s
Blackcap - 6s
Reed Warbler - 8s
Lapwing - 2
Sedge Warbler - 4s
Grasshopper Warbler - 1s
Kestrel - many
Linnet - 7
Willow Tit - 1s
Little Grebe - 1
Goldcrest - 2s


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Early Morning today, south side only

family party of Raven (4) on the pylons, perhaps bred locally?
Common sandpiper still on swan lake
Around 5 of each Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Blackcap and Sedge warbler
Shoveler f still with 5 large ducklings
Willow tit nest was predated (probably Great spotted woodpecker), but a family party (4+) found further north!
Bullfinch more noticeable - at least 2 pairs
2 pairs Swallow nesting at Oliver Fold Farm

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Monday, 7th June 2021. 10:30 - 15:00 hrs.

Dave Steele - if you are reading this post - you would love this site with its wide untouched hedgerow between fields and side of paths!

House Sparrows x 30
Song Thrush x 1
Reed Bunting x 8
Greenfinch x 1
Oystercatcher x 2
Buzzard x 5
Kestrel x 3
Common Whitethroat x 7
Bullfinch (Male) x 1
Goldfinch x 10
Linnet x 1
Lapwing x 4
Pied Wagtail x 1
Long Tailed Tit x 4
Skylark x 7
Swift x 7
Swallow x 4
House Martin x 1
Little Grebe x 2
Lesser Black-Backed Gull x 30
Herring Gull x 5
Black-Headed Gull x 20
Wren x 3
Robin x 4
Great Tit x 1
Chaffinch x 5
Chiffchaff x 3
Blackbird x 5
Magpie x 10
Woodpigeon x 7
Feral Pigeon x 10
Canada Geese x 25 (with 15 goslings)
Coot x 4
Moorhen x 2
Mallard x 5
Starling x 30
Carrion Crow x 8


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Willow Tit confirmed to be breeding at the site this afternoon
Pair of Treecreepers was our first record

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Male whinchat
Sedge warbler
Grasshopper warbler
Wheatear pair

amongst others this evening

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This morning's highlights were

11+ Wheatear 

White Wagtail

Singing Lesser Whitethroat 

Reed Warbler

Sedge Warbler  



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