Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers at Moore, Warrington

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Jed Kirkham
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Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers at Moore, Warrington

Post by Jed Kirkham » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:41 pm

Had a trip to Moore on Saturday 24th Feb, birding from 0715 to 1000hrs, hoping to see/hear LSW before leaves sprout, breeding finishes and activity probably decreases. Fine weather. Excellent and close views of a (loudly!) drumming LSW in the "triangular" wooded area approx. 200m from car park for 10-15 mins, after it flew off a female came in to inspect his handiwork. Also Green and Great Spotted too.
36 species in total. Its a good site, plenty of variety. Best get there early before too many dogwalkers/kids, although car park is now closed before 0730hrs, we were let in by one of the FCC landfill workers.

Met a birder from Skelmersdale, he told me LSWs were formerly at White Coppice.

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Re: Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers at Moore, Warrington

Post by Neil Southworth » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:27 pm

The Chorley area used to be the Lancashire stronghold for LSW's, Jed and we did have a record from Limbrick last year. I don't think we look for them hard enough, although you would think that there would be more casual sightings if they were still around.

Jed Kirkham
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Re: Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers at Moore, Warrington

Post by Jed Kirkham » Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:16 pm

I'll take note of your comments when out and about in suitable habitat around Chorley, and appreciate your reply. I'm fairly sure I've got the drumming differences sorted - LSW generally faster, possibly higher pitched, with an abrupt ending - because they won't be easy to see when the leaves are out. Thanks again.

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Re: Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers at Moore, Warrington

Post by gary lilley » Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:10 pm

The wooded areas around heskin hall were the last time i saw lesser spotted woodpecker Jed .

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