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Cutacre Country Park; north of the railway


Few hours at Cutacre country Park today between 12 noon and 2.30. Weather sunshine and cloud. Very few people, but lots of species to report (first time poster so please be kind):

Sedge warblers (2)

Grasshopper warbler

Whinchat

willow warbler

wheatear

reed bunting

Skylark

Grey wagtail

Buzzard

Kestrel

House Sparrow

dunnock

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Wood Pigeon

Jackdaw

Magpie

whitethroat (common?)

Chiffchaff

Swallow

Lapwing

Little Grebe

Coot

Moorhen

Canada Goose

Mallard

Starling

Blackbird

chaffinch

 

 

 



-- Edited by Alison Gordon on Sunday 2nd of May 2021 08:26:57 PM

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Yesterdays walk round Cutacre CP Had very large numbers of Skylark putting on a good display not seen this many any where in years 

also Wheatear number have started to rise at least 6+ hard to count as they seem to be everywhere and very mobile 

 



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51 species this morning, including:

Wren 32 singing
Dunnock 17s
Robin 14s
Skylark 9s (likely more)
Chiffchaff 7s
Reed Bunting 7s
Willow Warbler 8s
Lesser Redpoll 5s
Blackcap 4s
Linnet 3s
Greenfinch 2s
Willow Tit 1s
plus Little Grebe pair, Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Wheatear pair

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Covered most of the site this morning apart from far east:

Singing Totals:
Chiffchaff - 8s
Blackcap - 2s
Willow Warbler - 6s
Skylark - 11s (likely more)
Meadow Pipit - 15+ (several singing)
Willow Tit - 1s (part of pair)
Blue Tit - 2s
Great Tit - 3s
Chaffinch - 6s
Greenfinch - 3s
Goldfinch - 4s (plus a few extra pairs)
Linnet - 2s
Dunnock - 17s (more than expected)
Robin - 18s
Wren - 28s
Song Thrush - 5s
Blackbird - 4s
Reed Bunting - 3s (more pairs)
Woodpigeon - 3s (more pairs)
Starling - 1s
Goldcrest - 1s

Other Sightings:
Ringed & Little Ringed Plover
5 pairs Lapwing
3 little Grebe
1 Common Sandpiper
4 Pheasant
Pair of Snipe...present in same location for nearly 2 weeks (possibly a breeding pair?)
Usual species...50 in total



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 13th of April 2021 03:05:08 PM

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3 Wheatear this afternoon around the top reedbeds...1 male and 2 female

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Single Male Wheatear round top pools and Raven over south in a brief look round this morning.



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Birds seen on site this morning included single Peregrine, 3 Little ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 2 Swallow, 40 + Sand martin, singing Blackcap and good numbers of singing Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting and Chiifchaff.



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Single Ringed Plover and 2 Oystercatcher this morning.  2 Siskin over north and 3 Buzzard displaying to the south.



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3 Black Tailed Godwit on the bottom pool at c. 8.30 this morning but were then flushed along with c. 100 large gulls by someone in camouflage gear carrying bins. The Godwits flew off strongly west.



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Black-necked Grebe trio were still present at 1:30pm

Also had 2 Grey Partridge,

1 Tawny Owl,

1 Buzzard doing some impressive aerial manoeuvres to avoid the mobbing gulls

3 Great Black-backed Gulls

5 Kestrel

5 Skylark

27 Meadow Pipit



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Originally posted today by Pete Berry:

3 Black Necked Grebes on Swan Lake 



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2:30 to 5pm of note:-

The lane down to the bottom pool was full of activity with my first Chiffchaff of the year; at least 25 Reed Buntings;

Long-Tailed Tits; M & F Chaffinch; M Bullfinch; 4 Redwing; Goldfinch; Song Thrush & many Wrens, Robins & Blue/Great Tits.

On the bottom pool was a single Little Grebe being harassed by Black Headed Gulls everytime it surfaced & a Lapwing displaying overhead. 2 Grey Partridge were flushed just beyond the pool with a few Skylark singing high overhead.

Elsewhere 5 Kestrel & 4 Buzzards with one hovering facing the wind not too dissimilar to how Kestrels do. 



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All 4 stonechat (2 pairs) still present. Oystercatcher on Swan Lake.

Up to 4 Woodcock leaving the fields at dusk.

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2 Raven flew low east over the site this morning. At least 3 Little grebe, single Redpoll,  and c. 30 Skylark. Also a police motorcycle touring the paths but not sure what for as completely ignored large groups of people and the numerous off road motorcycles?



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Male stonechat

2 Skylark

Redpoll over

15 moorhen on Swan lake and horse field next to Oliver Fold Farm 



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Stonechat, 2 Willow tit and numerous singing Skylark and Reed bunting this morning.



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Birds on the bottom pool this afternoon included:

Green Sandpiper

Drake Pochard

10 Gadwall

Also Stonechat and small numbers of Linnet in the area.

 



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Single drake Wigeon among the usual Mallard, Gadwall and teal on bottom pool late morning. Only small numbers of gulls in the area, probably due to disturbance.

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Lez Fairclough wrote:

Black-Headed Gull with full breeding black head! which in mid winter is something of a rarely.  





There's been one showing at Elton in mid-December. It is unusual, but you can always expect the odd one to be ready early in the season scattered about somewhere.

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2pm to 4:30pm - railway end, of note :-

Grey Heron;  M & F Chaffinch;  M & F Bullfinch;  Goldfinch;  Pheasant;  M & F Jay;

M & F Kestrel;  Grey Wagtail;  Female Reed Bunting;  M & F Stonechat;  M & F Gadwall.

On the bottom pool near the railway approx 250 mixed Gulls but rather surprisingly a

Black-Headed Gull with full breeding black head! which in mid winter is something of a rarety. confuse  



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15.30-16.00 Saturday 23rd Jan eastern end.

40 Canada Geese over W plus several on Swan Lake

80 Pinkfeet over W

1 Snipe

3 Meadow Pipit

2 Reed Bunting

 



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Friday, 22nd January 2021. Early afternoon exercise walk.

Kestrel x 2
Buzzard x 1
Stonechat x 4
Pochard x 2 (first for me on this site)
Gadwall x 25
Bullfinch x 4 (2M and 2F)
Reed Bunting x 3
Mistle Thrush x 1
Meadow Pipit x 3
Tufted Duck x 1
Canada Geese x 27
Great Black-Backed Gull x 1
Herring Gull x 40
Black-Headed Gull x 30
Moorhen x 15
Coot x 10
Magpie x 7
Crow x 3
Woodpigeon x 5
House Sparrow x 10
Robin x 7
Chaffinch x 1
Great Tit x 4
Dunnock x 3
Mallard x 15
Blackbird x 4
Starling x 20
Long-Tailed Tit x 7


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10am - 11,30am 

Adult Iceland Gull showing very well on Swan Lodge evileye



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Mid morning today, the adult Iceland Gull was showing well on the roofs on the Walkden side of Cutacre.

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Juvenile Iceland Gull on the bottom pool at 10:40 flew off towards Atherton.

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First visit to this site on Saturday and I was pleasantly surprised to hear 2 willow tits near the western boundary of the park.

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2pm to 4pm - Lovely weather again!

Cutacre is quickly becoming a very popular area for dog walkers/joggers/cyclists & unfortunately the odd scrambler bike too.

I remember only a couple of years ago you were lucky if you saw a handful of people - today there were scores!

The lane leading down to the bottom pool held lots of Redwings feasting on berries.

Down at the bottom pool there were approx. 150 gulls including Herring, Lesser & Great Black Backed with many juveniles present,

the fact that there were quite a few children throwing bread in probably accounted for the high numbers.

Also on the pool were 2 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Ducks & a very elusive juvenile Little grebe. Strangely though no Geese!

In the surrounding fields were many Meadow pipits, a hovering Kestrel & a Cormorant flew over.



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A wander around the east end of the site was interesting with 4 skeins of Pink-footed Geese totalling approx 780 birds, all heading west./south west. The birds appeared to be coming in from a n.e.direction,always impressive to see that number of wild geese. The birds went over at 10.30,10.45,10.47 and 10.50.
Around the site there were at least 30 Skylarks, similar numbers of Meadow Pipits 12 Goldfinch and 22 Linnets. 4 Common Snipe were accidentally flushed walking across the site,a single Stonechat and a hunting Kestrel were the other birds of interest.
On the large bottom pool about 50 large gulls mainly Herrings,a few each of Tufted Duck, Mallard, Gadwall and Coot as well as a number of Canada Geese.



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Sightings from early morning up to 10am;

950 Pink-footed Geese over east in 10 skiens between 7-8am, also c50 NW.
5 Redwing over west
2 Green Sandpipers
3 Snipe
21 Teal
2 Gadwall
4 Grey Wagtail
120+ Meadow Pipit
1 Lesser Redpoll over
2 Chiffchaff
1 Blackcap
8 Stonechat
25 Skylark
3 Sparrowhawk


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A quick check on the eastern end of the site this morning was a bit disappointing. I was hoping for a few waders on the muddy pools but unfortunately they were all overgrown with reedmace and grass. A Kingfisher was on the bottom pool together with Tufted Duck, Coot ,Little Grebe etc. Elsewhere on the site good numbers of Skylarks,some nice flocks of 50+ Meadow Pipits and a couple of small flocks of Goldfinch. A couple of Kestrel were hunting over the site and 2 Buzzards were high up.

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160 Swift feeding over the very northern edge of the area this afternoon and c130 Lesser Black-backed Gull present.



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A quick stroll around the east end of the site this morning.
There were good numbers of Swifts feeding over the site and adjacent fields, also a few Swallows and a single House Martin. Plenty of singing Skylarks all areas of the site, a couple of Reed Buntings, singing Reed Warbler and Whitethroat,and a couple of Lapwing and Little Grebe holding territory.
All the gulls are using the bottom pool near the railway line as it's the only bit of water left,over 100 Lesser Black Backs and a few Herring Gulls were present, but a bit flighty due to number of people by the pool.

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Todays sightings between myself and Phil Rhodes-

adult Iceland Gull
Green Sandpiper
Redshank
2 Oystercatchers
Greylag Goose
3 Gadwall
Water Rail
12 Siskin
Little Owl



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Male Wheatear mid-afternoon today.

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Late morning today, 12 Barnacle Geese (of unknown origin) flew low SW but later were found feeding around the bottom pool.

Also seen were the adult Iceland Gull and 5 Stonechat.

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

 

 



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2 Raven and 2 Oystercatcher this afternoon

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Today WeBS count with Simon Johnson and Phil Rhodes covering the whole site-

1 Short-eared Owl still present
1 Little Owl
18 Snipe
Jack Snipe
4 Oystercatcher
2 Ringed Plover
3 Gadwall
3 Teal
25 Mallard
2 Little Grebe
19 Lapwing
22 Moorhen
9 Coot
1 Tufted Duck
450 Herring Gull
1 Stonechat
27 Skylark
3 Stock Dove
40 Meadow Pipit
105 Linnet
50 Fieldfare
no sign of the Iceland Gull.


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 This afternoon:

 

3 Curlew

4 Stonechat

80 Herring Gull

 

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes



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The Iceland Gull quite often roosts on flooded land behind Kenny Waste depot, no doubt where it feeds.There is very easy access to this area by parking in Wharton Lane,which is off M/c Road(A6).It's only a couple hundred yard walk down Wharton Lane,over the metal stile, to view the flooded area on the rhs .Obviously the bird isn't always there but best bet is late morning thru to early afternoon to see it there.

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My first visit today in a vain attempt to find the Iceland Gull! Of interest though:

2 Little Egret and 9 Gadwall.

1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Lapwing.

1 Great Black-backed Gull.

20+ Skylark with many birds singing.

 



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The adult Iceland Gull was on the flooded area at the north eastern end of the site,behind Kenny Waste depot at 1pm today

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Cetti's Warbler seen and heard again today.

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Around midday today:

 

Little Egret on railway flood at 10am then flew east

Pair of Grey Partridge

Pair of Stonechat

 

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7 Ravens flew over the M61 southish near cutacre this morning

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Covered the entire site today mostly doing WeBS counts;

Adult Iceland Gull was amongst 630 Herring Gulls
1 Short-eared Owl
1 Little Owl
1 Green Sandpiper
3 Woodcock
20 Snipe
Jack Snipe
1 Shelduck
10 Gadwall
27 Teal
26 Mallard
35 Lapwing
17 Moorhen
1 Tufted Duck
3 Raven
1 Peregrine
12 Skylark
11 Stock Dove
40 Meadow Pipit


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This afternoon:

2 Little Egret circled the warehouses at 3:07pm and possibly landEd in creek between them.

Adult Iceland Gull

Green Sandpiper

pair of Stonechat

32 Lapwing

250 Herring Gull

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11.45-14.00

Good mooch around.

Great for kestrels today, both male and female giving great views.

A flock of redwing 30+

A couple of dogs flushed 7 snipes from the first pool I stumbled upon.

On the higher ground were a few meadow pipits, a skylark, a raven and a buzzard.

I will be back.

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Adult Iceland Gull by the recycling area until 12;19 this afternoon, when it then flew to Chanters in Atherton.

 

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Today with Simon Johnson and Phil Rhodes,

returning adult Iceland Gull present around 12.30pm biggrin
Tree Sparrow
Little Owl
Green Sandpiper
21 Skylark
30 Linnet


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WeBS count with Simon Johnson and partly Phil Rhodes;

30 Snipe
1 Green Sandpiper
15 Lapwing
6 Coot
19 Moorhen
2 Tufted Duck
4 Gadwall
6 Teal
17 Mallard
1 Little Grebe
1 Mute Swan
6 Grey Wagtail
2 Grey Heron
137 Herring Gull
3 Great Black-backed Gull

Also 2 Raven, 1 Stonechat, 1 Willow Tit, 40 Linnet, 6 Skylark, 38 Redwings.




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