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RUMWORTH LODGE


This pm; two Willow Tits coming regularly to a Bolton Wyevale Garden Centre feeder. (First recorded, a few weeks ago by Steve Suttill..... Thanks Steve.)
This place is within the Rumworth recording area.

-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 14th of December 2017 03:14:01 PM

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On arrival at 11.30 I found a blanket of fog over the Lodge. Met with Steve Almond as he was leaving. The fog cleared in 40 minutes and a weak sun even appeared briefly.
Lodge iced over. I left at 1.25pm.

Sightings:
Cock Pheasant....1 Site life tick!
Wren....1
Redwing.... flight of 15 low + 1 ground feeding.
Fieldfare....9 on field, near Geese and Starlings.
Canada Geese...101 in NW field
Buzzard...1 on post by Broadgate farm.
Common Gull....12+
Coot...22 A splendid sight walking in a long line across the ice.
Moorhen..1
Common Snipe....2

Lapwing....101 on ice.
Teal...43 on ice.
Shoveler...1f on ice.
Grey Heron...1 flying

Thanks due to Steve for describing the general area of the Pheasant. And new wood has replaced that which was rotten, in the Stile.
Noticeable absentee for most of 2017 has been the coveys of Grey Partridge.

-- Edited by keith mills on Tuesday 12th of December 2017 06:10:40 PM

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This morning with decent visibility before the fog came. The lodge is 95% frozen over.

On the ice:
Lapwing 107
Teal 43
Shoveler 2 female
Coot 17
Mallard 16
Black-headed Gull c200
Common Gull 17

Elsewhere:
Kingfisher 1
Snipe 7
Buzzard 1
Pheasant 1 male
Canada Goose 85

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This morning partly with Pete Lane. Highlights:

Lapwing 200+
Snipe 9
Teal 22
Fieldfare 10
Pheasant 1 male
Bullfinch male flying over

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This morning a flock of 223 Lapwing feeding in one field near Beaumont Road

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This am. Weather mainly sunny but wintry.

Virtually no ducks, apart from mallards and a single Tufted Duck, on open water at the Lodge.
Under the willow carr a Wigeon, and a Teal, could just about be seen.
Cormorant....2
Great Crested Grebe....3
Coot....8
Moorhen....1
Grey Heron...1 at the Dam.
Kestrel...1 also near the dam.
Willow Tit and Nuthatch seen in the wood.
At the flooded field a flock of 30+ Redwing flew low in front of me.
Oddly at the top of Lock lane, a Grey Wagtail was on a garden wall.

The mannequin has been removed from the island.


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This am. Dam, Wood and Lock Lane only. Dry but dull.

Redwing.....2 in tree
Fieldfare....1 on wire.
Mistle Thrush....3
Great Crested Grebe....3
Nuthatch.....2
Willow Tit....1
Lapwing....12
Jackdaw...20+
Kestrel....1 a smart male on wire.
A small mixed finch flock contained at least 4 Greenfinch.
Pied Wagtail....2
Grey Wagtail....1 on dam overflow.
A score of House Sparrows were coming and going on the dung heap at the farm. A Wren was also present.

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Today up to 1:30pm:

 

20 Wigeon

19 Teal

2 Gadwall

4 Snipe 

 

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Today up to 1.30pm. Windy, with fierce squall; then sunshine.

Coal Tit ....2
Willow Tit....1
Nuthatch.....1
Long tailed-Tit....1
Greenfinch....1
Goldfinch....3
Mistle Thrush....2
Fieldfare....7 feeding.
Redwing....8 feeding.
Starling....60+ on wire
Jackdaw...c50 flock
Pied Wagtail....1
Grey Wagtail ....1 at Seddon Fold Farm.

Shoveler....2 drakes
Pochard....1m
Wigeon....9
Tufted Duck....2m
Gadwall....5
Common Gull....4

Good news: The Beaumont Road stile is open again for access after many, many years, when it was buried under bramble
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Bizarre news: A 6 foot shiny (white female) mannequin has been erected on north isle, presumably to scare the birds away. Eh?
Watch out news: the Bull is still in the western fields.

-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 23rd of November 2017 02:14:38 PM

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Female Common Scoter still present at 3.05 this pm.
Thanks to Steve Almond for the text earlier today.
Also at least 6 Gadwall present.

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Sunday 19.11.17:

2 Willow Tits at feeders in the garden centre adjacent to the Rumworth Lodge site.

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This afternoon, up to 3.15. Weather mild ,dull, and dry.

At the Dam were 3 Great Crested Grebe, a Moorhen, and a single Cormorant that considered landing in the channel, but then did not.
Also 2 Mute Swans(juvs) flew down the channel and away north.
Pied Wagtail....2 present.
At Lock Lane
a Kestrel was on wire as were 2 Fieldfare, being my first this time round.
North of Chew Moor a distant flock of Lapwing were up (200+)
Collared Dove....1
Goldfinch....7
At the Lodge
Goldeneye....2 fem.
Pochard....2(a pair)
Tufted Duck....12
Wigeon....6
Snipe....9
Reed Bunting....1
Great Crested Grebe....4
Coot....5
More Blackbirds than usual in the hedges.
On the isles, Lapwing peaked at 64.

-- Edited by keith mills on Wednesday 15th of November 2017 04:36:38 PM

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Today up to 2.30. With David Aldred and Paul Thompson. Weather fine; turning sunny.

Kingfisher....1 main lodge.
Grey Wagtail....1
Grey Heron... eventually perching on the church chimney pot.
Pied Wagtail....6
Willow Tit....1 good views.
Coal Tit....1
Song Thrush....5
Mistle Thrush....1
Pink-footed Geese....70 in one skein west at 10.10.am
Great Spotted Woodpecker....1 heard first on call, and seen in wood.
Buzzard....1
Kestrel....3
Chaffinch....5
Greenfinch....4
Goldfinch....1
Linnet....5
Lapwing....c80
Starling....60
Jay....1
Wren....1
Long-tailed Tit....2
Ducks at the lodge down in numbers from yesterday.
Tufted Duck....12
Wigeon....4
Teal....3
Gadwall....7
Shoveler....2
Great Crested Grebe....2
Cormorants....3
Snipe....20+
Common Gull....3





-- Edited by keith mills on Monday 30th of October 2017 03:43:54 PM

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Today up to 1.38pm. Sunny.

Buzzards....5, four together, drifting west over Seddon Fold, as I spoke with Stan.
Kestrel....2
Cormorant...4, one with an all white front.
Grey Heron...1 seen yesterday.
Coal Tit...2
Willow Tit....1
Goldcrest....2 , seen yesterday.
Wren....2
Pied Wagtail....3
Starling...c140
Lapwing.......90+ (44 at Lock Lane flood.)
Jackdaw....c40
Tufted Duck....14, but yesterday viewed from distance 2 big rafts of them, being 40+
Pochard....9
Shoveler....5
Teal....3
Gadwall....13
Snipe....13
Common Gull....2 first for some time.
Lesser Black-backed Gull....c10
No further sign of the Black Redstart since 23/10, but a flock of Redpoll has been seen at the farm by Stan. Stan also reminisced about the 50's when Corncrake were at Top Bank Farm!

-- Edited by keith mills on Sunday 29th of October 2017 02:07:30 PM

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Walked round this morning on the roads:

Redwing 40
Fieldfare 6
Kestrel 1
Meadow pipit 2
Linnet 7
Goldfinch 25
Bullfinch 1 male
Willow tit 1
Coal tit 2

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This morning through to 12.50pm. Weather dry but with strong winds.

At the Dam a Kestrel was preening in a tree.
Along Lock Lane were 3 Pied Wagtail, 80+ Starlings and 26 Jackdaws.

Main Lodge:
Tufted Duck...14
Pochard....5
Common Snipe....5
Teal....2
Cormorant....2
Lapwing...68 all on islands apart from 4 at Lock Lane.
Redwing.....10

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Late news for yesterday, when there was no further sign of the Black Redstart at Seddon Fold Farm.



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First winter Black Redstart on fence posts in front of Seddon Fold Farm along Lock Lane at 3:25pm.

Also, Wheatear, 11 Wigeon and 4 Pochard.

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This am, with Steve Almond at main lodge, and then a solo tour round in my vehicle up to 1.10pm Weather fine.

Little Grebe....1
Pink-footed Geese.... c110 over the lodge in two skeins >E at 11.15
Lapwing....12
Gadwall....9
Wigeon....4
Grey Heron....1
Tufted Duck...a pair
Linnet...c35

Arriving at the Dam 12.15, I immediately saw 3 Buzzards soaring together over Broadgate Farm, with probably a further two further back but soon lost in cloud.
The 3 Buzzards slowly drifting away, across the Middlebroook Valley.
As I climbed into my vehicle to depart the dam, a Kingfisher flew across the road near me, and banked at the church towards Middlebrook.
Pied Wagtail and c50 Starlings on wire at the farm.

As I drove back up Beaumont Road, the Kestrel that Steve had seen earlier, was hunting over the spot where we had been scoping from.


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Today up to 12:30:

 

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28 Wigeon

10 Gadwall

50 Lapwing

 

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Walked round this morning on the roads:

Raven 2
Kestrel 1
Buzzard 1
Lapwing 9
Jay 1
Swallow 2
Grey Wagtail 1

In Lostock wood:

Nuthatch 2
Coal tit 2
Goldcrest 1

On 1st October there were 21 Snipe on the islands

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At the dam this morning:
Water level in the lodge at maximum, as overflow in use. Grey Wagtail showing well on top of overflow ladder, otherwise little or nothing.

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2 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch and c 6 Great Tits, but
no sign of Willow Tit in the Wood, and nothing at the dam. This am


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1.30 to 3.30 this pm. Weather fine and sunny.

Still the quiet time of the year:
Grey Wagtail....1
Buzzard....1, soaring over western fields but continually harassed by, up to 4, Corvids.
Linnet.....31, the flock flew in, as I was about to leave the farm, and perched on wire.
Lapwing...9, close together; sat or stood, by a patch of Dock.
Cormorant....2
Great Crested Grebe....2
Gadwall....2
Grey Heron....1
Canada Geese....68

-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 28th of September 2017 04:24:49 PM

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Also seen from the Dam, today: A pale Buzzard soaring over Broadgate farm/ Junction Road area and drifting > NE at 3.02 pm

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Single Wheatear present early afternoon today.

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Whinchat still behind at the south reeds at 12 30 today.

 

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Whinchat behind the south reeds late afternoon today.'

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Sedge Warbler and 6 Snipe present at 10:20am today.

 

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This Morning, Lock lane and wood only.

Nuthatch...2 The smaller one taken to be a juvenile.
Lapwing....4
Kestrel....1, perched on post by Gorse bushes, flooded field.
Linnet....c30 feeding near farm.
White Wagtail....3
Goldfinch....3
Grey Heron....1
Hirundines... 100+ mainly Swallow but included c20 House Martin. The Hirundines feeding low over fields but also c50 high up. Also at 7.25am c40 Pink-footed geese over >SE

-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 15th of September 2017 12:19:30 PM

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This afternoon, main Lodge, up to 3.30pm. Sunny, with breeze and a very short shower.
Very quiet:

Gadwall....3
Snipe....11
Pied Wagtail...1
Swallows...6
Great Crested Grebe....2
Worthy of a mention were a minimum count of 50 Mallard.
This morning's flock of Linnet could still be seen in the scope. Their bobbing flight around the farm and the flooded field.

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Late morning and early afternoon.
Dam,Wood, Lock Lane only :

Linnet....c45 feeding by Flood
Goldfinch....c30
Grey Wagtail....1
Pied Wagtail....1
Chaffinch...2
Robin...5 including 2 juveniles.
Swallows ...c30, including 11 on wire.

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Some sightings from this morning:

 

Adult Cuckoo flew SW over Lock Lane perching briefly in an elder then flew off SW at 9:55am

2 Swift SW

6 Snipe

Common Sandpiper

8 Lapwing

24 Teal

11 Gadwall

Willow Tit

 

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1 to 2.15 this afternoon:

Quiet for me today, except for Duck numbers on the up.

Gadwall....14
Teal....25
Grey Heron...1
Great Crested Grebe....2
Chaffinch...1m
Gull flock up to 250 spread between shoreline and muck spread field. All Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed.

Still quiet at the dam yesterday:
Great Crested Grebe....2
Grey Heron....2
Grey Wagtail....1
Mallard...1


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Common Sandpiper and 12 Snipe present this morning.

 

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this pm 12.20 to 2.10. dry, breezy, dullish.

Common Sandpiper....2 eventually got them together.
Kingfisher....1 under southern shore willow by inlet flow, and then on post where the inlet flow enters the lodge.
Kestrel...1 hunting behind southern willows; once in dispute with Magpie.
Wheatear...1 on fence that runs from the southern reed bed to the spinney on hill.
Gadwall....8
Teal....18
Lesser Black-backed gull....21
Black-headed Gull....110
I flushed my first bird from the new footpath ''hedge''... Skylark I think; showed the white in the tail going away from me, but not 100% on this one.


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This aft 15.00 till 17.00:

Ruff still present
Oystercatcher 1
Snipe 16
Green Sandpiper 1
Lapwing 104

Once again, this time at 15.30, all the waders were put up, possibly by a Merlin

At 17.00 the Ruff and Green Sandpiper were feeding together

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At the Dam around 1pm.
Cormorant ....1
Grey Heron....1
Grey Wagtail. ...1
Moorhen....1
Swallows....14 on wire.

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Merlin flushed everything at 5:30pm this evening and a Green Sandpiper was present also.

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Other than the juvenile Ruff, also present today were 17 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 137 Lapwing, a Hobby chasing Swallows at 10:25 and a Cockatiel being chased about by Magpies at 11:25am.

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This am 11.50 to 1.15 in Light Rain.
With thanks to Steve Almond for the text about the Ruff, and the finder Phil Rhodes.

Ruff....1 still present when I left; feeding in water just off SE shores.
Common Sandpiper...1
Common Snipe ....16 feeding just off east shore, plus a further flight of 10, that left over southern fields. Possible they circled back though but I doubt.
Lapwing....23
Teal....8
Gadwall....4
Linnet....5
Goldfinch....3
Grey Heron...1
Wheatear...1 imm/fem. It walked along the shore just under my position on the bank, by a bush
At least 12 Pied Wagtail
House Martin....4 or 5 in with the Swallows.

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Flying visit at 9.30am to try for the Sandwich Terns: but not seen since 8am (Phil Rhodes)

6 Mute Swans present on arrival and watch them fly off around 10am; good record for this site.
Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper feeding shoulder to shoulder on east shoreline.
4 Snipe feeding on south shoreline( 11 seen here this am by Phil.)

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Two adult Sandwich Terns present at 7:35 this morning.

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This morning:

 

Little Egret at 9:10 then flew towards the dam at 9:35

Whinchat behind the south reeds

2 Wheatear

Green Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

7 Snipe

73 Lapwing

 

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This evening 4 to 6pm. Glorious weather.

Wheatear....1 fem or 1rst winter. Perched up on north Island on my arrival.
Tufted Duck....3
Cormorant....1
Gadwall...15
Grey Heron....1
Pied Wagtail...8+
Common Snipe....7
Common Sandpiper....1
Lapwing....4
Redstart....1 Brilliant repeat views at 30 yards. Perching in a small lone Willow bush by east shore c40 yards back from Fishermans Point.
The Redstart regularly dropping down onto the dry shore. 1rst winter male I think. Lovely coloured chest, grey head
with some supercilium showing.
Willow Warbler...1


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Also today at the Dam:

Kingfisher....1 first seen for a time at this end. Flew down the channel before veering into it's usual willows.
Grey Wagtail....1
Swallows....14, with 8 on wire at Bank Top farm.
Mallard....5

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Up to 11am this morning:

 

3 Wigeon

21 Gadwall

7 Teal

12 Snipe

Common Sandpiper

58 Lapwing

Wheatear

14 Linnet 

 

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Late morning today:

Green Sandpiper

Common Sandpipers

5 Snipe

 

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Stopping at the Dam at 12.25... two Buzzards were soaring close together, over the wood, before drifting slowly >NW.
Cormorant....1 ''on stump island''
Grey Heron....2
Grey Wagtail...1 in the outflow.

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This morning. Dam/Wood/Lock Lane:

Great Crested Grebe.....2
Grey Heron....1
Grey Wagtail...1
Swallows....c12
Nuthatch....1 maybe 2
Starlings....c440 including 240 packed on wire at Seddon Fold Farm. All moving in small groups >NW
Goldfinch....5. Lapwing .....14

-- Edited by keith mills on Monday 28th of August 2017 06:03:45 PM

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