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RE: Doffcocker Lodge


Bittern showing well in front of the reedbed at 10:30 this morning.

Info thanks to Keith Mills

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This morning sightings, with thanks, from Paul Thompson:

At 8.50 a Bittern was showing well on the Ice (Yes A Bittern!)
Also seen were Water rail...1
Kingfisher...1
At the top of Smithills Dean, by Scout Road, a Single Golden Plover was with Lapwings.

-- Edited by keith mills on Tuesday 29th of November 2016 08:11:57 PM

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This morning 10 Whooper Swans present (9 adult, 1 juvenile). They flew out at 10.13 after being disturbed by a dog chasing a ball in the water. The sign saying dogs must be on a lead is widely ignored.
Also present 1 Little Grebe and 1 female Goosander.

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Single Tree Sparrow on feeders at Boot Lane near Doffcocker this early afternoon.

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes



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WeBS visit 0900 - 0940
Great Crested Grebe x 1
Domestic Greylag Goose x 5
Mallard x 18
Tufted Duck x 13
Coot x 21
Moorhen x 6
Lesser Black-backed Gull x 1
Black-headed Gull x 125

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 16th of October 2016 11:14:15 PM

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Late morning,

1 Wigeon
4 Teal
59 Tufted Duck

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This evening: At least 11 Common Tern, using the rafts.
Reed Warbler showing very well.

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Drake Ruddy Shelduck flew in around 8.30am today. Also Common Tern seen.
Info thanks to Paul Thomson, who left, with the bird still present, at 9.20am
No sign of either on my short visit this evening just...
10 Tufted Duck, a Willow Warbler, and 1 Swallow.

-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 15th of April 2016 06:07:51 PM

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This am with David Aldred. Sunny.

Goosander...5....(3m,2f)
Teal....2
Great Crested Grebe...4
Reed Bunting... a pair
Tufted Duck...5
Moorhen...c8
Grey Wagtail...1
White Domestic Geese...5
Canada Geese...3 + 3 Hybrid


-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 25th of February 2016 03:48:14 PM

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This morning:
Goosander....9 (5f,4m)
Adult Mediterranean Gull...1
Info, with thanks, from David Aldred.

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Fleeting visit at lunchtime today - 10 Common Tern.

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Hour over lunch time today. 2 Common Terns Willow Tit (pair) 2 snipe Swallows and House Martins Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler in song at far end of causeway with brief views of the former. Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff also adding their voices.

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Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler in song by causeway, no sign any Terns as yet.

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Hour around the lodge this morning after the rain
3 Chiffchaff
Pair of Willow Tit
Single Swallow
Snipe
Female Goosander.

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Very smart looking adult Mediterranean Gull with the Black-Headed Gulls yesterday at 3.40pm. On the water for some time, then flew off for a while in the direction of Rumworth but was present again a little later.

Other notables were the return of the monster Terrapin sunning himself on the lower branches of a fallen bush in the water at the eastern corner of the lodge and the complete absence of any swans.




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Visited this morning and saw the following: Reed bunting, Black headed gull, Goosander (2 pairs) Chiffchaff (first of the year for me), Teal, Pied wagtail, Goldfinch.

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First summer migrant of the year with Chiffchaff over far end of the lodge
Also
Goldcrest
3 Goosander
Greater Black backed Gull
3 tufted Duck
4 Wren
Buzzard
Sparrowhawk kill around the back of the lodge

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10.30 to 11.30 this morning
7 Goosander (3m 4f)
5 tufted Duck
Common Gull
Lesser Black backed Gull
Canada Goose
Great Crested Grebe
Single Kingfisher, which having caught a fish was then pursued by half a dozen black headed gulls around the lodge

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For the last week I have watched two kingfishers do battle on the lodge. There are some great chases as one chases the other in great agitation. Today they flew round and round repeatedly through the back gardens of houses on Ripon road. What a sight to see as you stand doing the washing up! I always see them around late morning/noon though other people who have gone up say they have never seen them but they are giving some great views all over the main lake.

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My wife and I had a late walk round the lodge last evening and we were treated to a fantastic display by the feeding swifts.

As the dusk fell from around 9.30pm the swifts started feeding lower and lower. In the end as the light was falling they were buzzing past us from all sides, almost within touching distance (if we could have been quick enough!), as we stood on the path near the gate at the Kiln Lane end.





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PM walk round with dogs

Common Tern 9 on raft
Reed Warbler 6 heard
Mute Swan pair
Great Crested Grebe pair
Reed Bunting
Tufted Duck 2 pairs
Lesser BB Gull 1 adult
Black Headed Gull 30+
Chiffchaff 3
Willow Warbler 2


-- Edited by Alan Warford on Monday 12th of May 2014 08:03:35 PM

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An hour between 11-12

Reed Warbler 1 singing in left reed bed
Sedge Warbler - good views in right hand reed bed
2 Common Tern arrived back and reclaimed the raft whilst I was there
Pair of Blackcaps
Pair of Bullfinches
Cormorant
Long Tailed Tit carrying food
up to 6 Reed Buntings (4 males)
Pair of Tufted Duck
Great Crested Grebe sitting tight
plus lots of the usualssmile (copyright JT)

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Blowing a bit this morning between 8.30 - 10.00. Highlights
Singing Blackcap
Greenfinch
5 Swallows
Willow Tit in scrub around the back of left hand lake
3 Willow Warblers
2 Chiffchaff



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An hour till 12am

Woodcock 1 flushed from hawthorne scrub north side
Goosander 7
Greenfinch 17
Buzzard 1
Sparrowhawk 1 male
Bullfinch 3
Goldcrest 2
Lesser Redpoll 1

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This morning between 09.45 and 11.00am - windy, over-cast

Moorhen x4
Coot x31
Mallard +40
Tufted Duck x12
Mute Swan x4 (2 adults and 2 young)
Great Crested Grebe x3 (2 adults and 1 young who was constantly begging one of the parents for food, and diving after them - great to watch)
Canada Goose x10
Black headed Gull x4
House Martin x6

Whitethroat x1
Willow Warbler x4
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Robin x2
Wren x1
Goldfinch x1
Greenfinch x6
Siskin x2
Chaffinch x2
Blackbird x1
Magpie
Carrion Crow

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Hi I have been away for a few days.I read the post about the signet with the fishing tackle so went to have a walk round today 3/8/13 at 4.30pm.
Both adults and two signets on the lodge.
As I walked towards the swans I saw the adult male tangled in a fishermans line. He was trying to drag the swan towards shore.
The line eventually snapped.
I borrowed some sweetcorn and enticed all 4 swans to the very edge.They all looked okay I could see no injury to the male swan and no sign of
a hook or line.
I did speak to the group of fishermen who seemed fairly unconcerned.
No sign of the third signet.

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I will send you a pm, Dave.
Cheers
Keith

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Hi Keith, presumably the same Ian I have not seen for years. I knew him well, from socialising not cycling, when he lived in Egerton. Please pass on my regards.

Cheers, Dave.





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Information thanks to my neighbour , and longtime Lancashire Road Club Secretary, Ian Marshall....

Ian has been watching the Mute Swans all Summer as his son-in- law and grandkids live by the Lodge.
Today he noticed that one of the remaining 3 Cygnets(originally 5) had what looked like a 2 coloured fishing float stuck in it's bill.
He contacted the RSPCA this afternoon ,who took full details.
Ian has cycled up late this evening and could only see 2 normal Cygnets.
He hopes that the Swan has been collected to get some help, and that hopefully this story has a happy ending!




-- Edited by keith mills on Wednesday 24th of July 2013 10:10:41 PM

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Evening visit

Common Tern 8+ adults & 6 newly hatched juvs that are unable to fly yet, seems the previously fledged juvs have already left.
Reed Warbler still singing !
Mute Swan 2 adult, 3 cygnets.
Pair Great Crested Grebes
Tufted Duck 15 in eclipse

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PM walk round



Mute Swan 2 adult + 3 Cygnets
Common Tern 15+ Adults & at least 4 newly fledged juveniles in flight.
Reed Warbler still singing
Great Crested Grebe 2
Canada Goose 55
Swift 8


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This morning 5.50am-7am:

Common Tern x15
Mute Swan pair + 4 cygnets
Canada Goose x28
Moorhen x2
Coot x5
Tufted Duck x5
Mallard
Great crested Grebe x1
Black Headed Gull
Herring Gull x1
Collard Dove
Wood Pigeon
Starling +30
House Sparrow x6
Dunnock x7
Blackbird x4
Mistle Thrush x2
Robin
Willow Warbler x3
Chiffchaff x2
Common Whitethroat x3
Reed Warbler x7
Sedge Warbler x3
Reed Bunting x2
Greenfinch x8
Goldfinch x4
Chaffinch x9
Wren x5
Swallow x2
Swift +12


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Pair of Mute Swans with 4 cygnets looking well.
two Reed Warbler and one Sedge Warbler seen.
Great displays from the Common Terns, including one adult feeding another adult ? a courtship ritual (or just one very lazy Tern!).


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Went round the lodge yesterday early evening about 6.30pm 6/6/13. The swans and cygnets were fine on the small lodge.

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Went again for my dinner 12.00 till 12.30. Glorious sunshine again.
Worryingly I couldn't locate the swans and cygnets. They will only be 5 days old maximum so hopefully they were all hiding in the reeds some where!
I went to the grass bank side of the main lodge. Common terns flying close by this area.
Reed warblers, reed buntings and tree sparrows all showing well on the causeway.
With regards to the last post by mark I agree that if people are going into the reeds that isn't right. I have sat on the bank sides of the causeway to take photos but to enter the reeds will only disturb the wildlife.

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When I arrived at work this morning, one of my colleagues (a doctor of Biology) approached me to tell me about two men she had seen taking photographs at Doffcocker at around 8.00 this morning. She said the two blokes had stationed themselves in the reeds on the small lake side of the causeway. I clarified this point with her several times and she was adamant that they were off the causeway and actually in the reedbed. If I hadn't had a meeting bthis morning I would have headed straight down to Dofffcocker myself.

I do think that any action such as that could only be seen as deplorable and gives all those of us who like to photograph wildlife a bad name. Not to mention being potentially extremely harmful to the subjects.

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Had my dinner break today sat in glorious sunshine at doffcocker. Long may this weather continue!! Managed an excellent photo of a reed warbler at last. One finally came to the front reeds on the causeway. There are lots of common terns present. Looks like both rafts are being used which is brill. The highlight was the pair of mute swans with 4 cygnets. It seems like they have been on the nest for such a long time. They could only be a couple of days old as they hadn't hatched on Friday when I visited. Had a look for the terrapin spotted the other day but no joy. The pair of grebes have moved onto the smaller body of water on the left at doffcocker. Will they try to build a nest here as I have already seen them be unsuccessful twice on the main body of water.

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After our visit to Rumworth and a picnic and bike ride through Moss Bank Park with my daughter, we went to Doffcocker lodge.
Had great views of a Great Crested Grebe swallowing a huge fish and also of the Common Terns fishing.
Others seen included:

Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Reed Warbler
Reed Bunting
Oystercatcher overhead.

Great day out enjoyed by the both of us.

One other thing to note not bird related was a Bat flying around Moss Bank Park in broad daylight. Obviously very odd as at first glance i was trying to work out what kind of bird it was with such a fast wing beat!!



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Visit this morning between 6.45 - 7.30

2 Reed Warblers giving good views ( for Reed Warblers) at the far end of the causeway
5 Sedge Warblers heard (2 viewed)
8 Common Terns
2 Chiffchaff
3 Willow Warblers
15 Starlings
2 Dunnock (1 carrying food)

plus the usual inhabitants

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 9th of May 2013 08:09:42 PM

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Usual suspects, 6-8 am. Water Rail seen but not heard, one by cut out reeds and another further in to reed bed. Lots of Sedge Warblers. Very good views of a couple of Reed Buntings and a Willow Warbler. Good views of Buzzard. Spent 15 minutes watching a Heron being mobbed by Gulls and Terns.

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Visit before work this morning
6 Common Tern
3 Sedge Warbler
4 House Sparrow
2 Reed Bunting
Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Reed Warbler
6 Tufted Duck

as I crossed back across the causeway all the Terns took flight and a male Sparrowhawk took one of the Reed Buntings I was watching and landed on the causeway within 6 feet mantling it's prey. It then flew off low across the water being noisily pursued by Terns and Gulls

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LOL Anthony Grebes seem to have a thing for coot nests. I remember several years ago the gc grebes at moses gate park would only nest after the coots had deserted their nest. This meant their offspring were often being reared well into september.

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Sightings pretty much same as Annette but noted a Coot sitting on nest with a pair of Great Crested Grebes nestbuilding less than a meter away. One grebe tried the nest out with the Coot not seeming to be bothered. I wonder if the grebes are paying the coots protection money!

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Morning visit 6.45-11.45

Alot of singing warblers:
Sedge warbler 6. Giving great views on prominent trees.
Willow warbler 6
Chiffchaff 5
Wrens 3
Long tailed tits 2
Reed buntings 8
Chaffinch 4
Goldfinch 8
Greenfinch 1
Mute Swan 1 pair
Tufted duck 1 pair
Great crested Grebe - 3 pairs.
Common terns 5
Grey heron 1 that flew onto the tern raft and stayed put for about an hour causing great upset.

The water rail called constantly for 3 hours. I finally managed to confirm it was the same call I heard two years ago. Not the sound of a squealing pig and more like the inner reversing parking alarm of a car that just never stops! It showed itself three times on the cut out square and on the third time as i approached it was right out in the open only to scuttle back when it saw me coming.

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Yes!!! Only because it was in that cut reed part. once it disappeared into the reed no chance!! Snooze you lose!!!!

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Doh Chris missed it again!!! I knew that i should have gone with you instead of being laid in bed nursing a hang over! :D glad that you got to see it!! did you manage to get a photograph?

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Visited this morning for half an hour 9.00-9.30 Birds included the following: Sedge warbler Reed warbler Reed bunting House sparrow The highlight here was a brilliant view of a water rail. It was in the little square patch of cut reed at the end of the causeway. Brilliant to see so clearly.

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LOL jon there are dog walkers there at everyhour! I often go up in the summer to watch the terns at around 5am and there are still people around walking their dogs.

You are right though over the last few years the site has really matured and is now starting to pull in far more species of birds. Keep an ear out for Grasshopper warbler which i have watched there for the last three years.

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Quick 1/2 hr this morning between 7 - 7.30 produced

5 sedge warblers including good views of 3
1 reed warbler skulking in the reeds at the end of the causeway
3 Common Terns
plus lots of the usual

only just realising what a gem this place is if you get there before the dog walkers

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Visited on the way back from Rindle Road and wasn't disappointed as got great views of Water Rail (county 1st smile) for about 15 minutes on the top right of the causeway in amongst the mud and pools) 2nd bird calling from the other side of the causeway.
Sedge Warbler heard but not seen
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mixed flock of swallows and House Martins over head and good views of singing Willow Warbler

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