Posts Tagged ‘Treecreeper’


Myself and the two Steve`s decided on visiting a couple of new places of birding interest last Sunday. These sites often get mentioned on RBA, but, we have never visited them, they are Carr Lane Pools in Hale and Pickering`s Pasture in Hale Bank, near Widnes.  The weather all day was showery with sunny periods and as we got to Carr Lane Pools a weather front passed through and we had to head back to my car for shelter. A Peregrine put most of the birds up and as they settled a Wood Sandpiper was found by Steve K, along with a few Yellow Wagtails and some Black Tailed Godwits. Well worth a visit!  At Pickerings Pasture, it at first looked like a dog walking area, but as we did the tour a good birding spot right on the River Mersey was revealed, some woods, a small pool and the tidal flats were decent birding area`s. My search for the elusive Treecreeper carried on in the woods, but again, no joy for this hard species to catch up with this year!!  At Frodsham we did the full trip around, testing my car`s suspension and after Steve B had taken on a small gardening job, which he did admirably with the help of a lady photographer, we birded the area and a Marsh Harrier was seen hunting. The lack of waders was apparent, but the tide was all wrong to be honest. We visited Leasowe and New Brighton, the wind was quite strong and the tide was coming in, but still to far out to wait for any seabirds. Another search for Treecreepers at Risley Moss was made but, they do not feed the birds in summer so the Woodland hide was almost deserted. A Hobby hunting from the Tower hide was great to watch, but not much else. Pennington Flash was good, apart from the shower / cloudburst that hit us after leaving the car. We managed 2 Kingfishers, 5 Common Terns,Green Sandpiper and a Garganey in eclipse moult, with lots of other species to watch and enjoy. Our last port of call was Astley Moss (for the third time this year) to search for, you guessed it Treecreeper! People say,” third time lucky”, but not for me, it`s a nice walk anyway! We reached home by 5-15pm and all enjoyed the day.

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A 6am start with myself driving and Steve & Chris Brown on the trip. A nice morning and our first call at Holyhead Harbour to see the Black Guillemots. The birds where soon located and a few pictures were taken. We used to have to go to Fedyr Fawr to see these stunning summer plummaged birds,but, now its much easier to catch up with them. It was a strong off shore wind that greeted us at South Stack RSPB reserve. Plenty of Manx Shearwaters were heading to the north and up to 5 Puffins were seen alongside lots of Guillemots & Razorbills. Large gulls patrolled the cliffs in case any food was availiable from the breeding areas. At our much awaited destination of Cemlyn Bay, the sun shone and 20 degrees of heat but, alas, the wind was that strong that any pictures could not be taken as it took you all your time to keep your telescopes or bins still! Sandwich, Arctic and Common Terns were seen and a single Roseate Tern and the most splendid Meditereanean Gull in breeding plummage also. A walk along the adjoining headland was very nice but, mainly birdless. At Frodsham a Red necked Grebe and Lesser Scaup had been present for a few days so, we headed over there. A few comments about how well watched the place used to be and the variety of birds that used to be found followed and as we arrived a few birders were present and information was exchanged on the whereabouts of our two “target” species. The Lesser Scaup was with some Tufted Ducks on number 6 tank and looked too be starting to moult. The Red necked Grebe was on the Weaver Bend and required climbing over barbded wire, metre high grass and various obstacles that were on the footpath to the river! It was well worth the effort as the bird showed well if a little distant for close camera work. An Avocet was seen, bringing back some memories of myself and Steve B seeing our first in the north west in almost the same place many years ago. We met a twitching friend of mine and he told me about seeing the Short Toed Eagle, thanks for that Simon! Next stop, much nearer to home, Rindle Road and Astley Moss for the hard to locate Treecreeper. This species is prooving hard for me to see this year, is it declining? No joy on that species again, but a tip of from another birding friend had us in the deep grass again and succesfully finding a Yellow Wagtail in a field full of Llamas, it was a bit odd true but, again worth the walk. Time for home, back at 6pm and we all got at least 9 year ticks.

Dave O.


With the hour less in bed catching one of our number out and another preparing for an overseas visit, a much depleted “A Team” left Rochdale at 6am with myself at the wheel. First stop, to “tick off” Mandarin, was Preston Grasshopper’s rugby club pond, good start no Mandarin`s, the theme would continue later in the day! Sizergh Castle, just in Cumbria, next stop and a waiting Hawfinch was seen sat on top of a tree. Cracking bird this one, a quick look at the feeder`s for my bogey bird in 2014,Treecreeper revealed none present. A male Scaup has been present on Middleton pond near Heysham village for a while, it was too good to miss and the bird duly obliged with excellent views, I made friends with a couple of Mute Swan’s also. We went past Morecambe F.C. and headed for Heysham harbour. A lot of fishermen and their vehicle`s were parked along the harbour wall and one in particular was parked very badly and it looked like it was going to turn nasty as a security guard tried to reason with the offending parker! About 6 Wheatear, 2 Twite and lots of Linnet`s in the area but, the real stars were masses of Meadow Pipit`s moving south, a real migration in action moment. At Leighton Moss 60 Avocet, 100 Black Tailed Godwit and the constant clamour of Black Headed Gulls reminded us about spring,then 3 Sand Martin headed past us,excellent. Along the causeway the bird of the day was firstly heard then flew out and sat on top of a reed, a male Bearded Tit, the bird was nicer than any picture I have seen,a true gem! A couple of Marsh Harriers were around then our first Swallow`s past just overhead heading north. A couple of butterflies were seen,Brimstone & Peacock and a few Chiff-Chaff in song all added to the general good feeling about the day. Over the hills to Stock`s Reservoir next with a hope of catching up with a large fish eating raptor the focus. No luck in that direction also,but a sunbathing Little Owl made up for it. A few more Sand Martin were seen over a couple of rivers as we headed towards home. We headed for the canal in Littleborough to catch up with a Mandarin,that was nearly always around, and after a good walk we had no joy. The pair of Garganey at Shaw Moss pond near Hollingworth Lake were quickly seen and we headed for home. We all saw about 8 species to add to our “year lists” and all enjoyed birding in warmer,drier conditions than we have had of late!

Dave O.


In a 3 hour “vigil” at Clough Bottom in which there was heavy showers, light rain and mist then, warm sunshine the following birds were seen:- 9 Greylag Geese (landed on res at 3-20pm and flew off in the direction of Burnley at 4-00pm) 1 Mallard, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 LBB Gull, 4 Wood Pigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 10 Wren, 18 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Blackbird, 14 Willow Warbler,3  Blackcap, 8 GOLDCREST – smile (finally caught up with them at Clough Bottom this year!),  3 Spotted Flycatcher, 12 Coal Tit, 24 Blue Tit, 40+ Great Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Jay, 4 Magpie,6 Carrion Crow, 32 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 5 Crossbill (2 Juv`s).

Clough Bottom

Clough Bottom

Regards,
Dave Ousey.