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RE: Doffcocker Lodge


11.25am to 12.15pm.

Thanks for your comments about the Willow Tits Annette. I have previously seen them on the north side, but today I found one at the feeders in a garden at the back of Old Kiln Lane. It's no wonder I missed them the other week as someone was mowing the lawn there in the pouring rain. With Bill's sighting recently at High Rid (I saw none there today) it does seem that they are at both sites.

1 Great Crested Grebe
1 Mute Swan
6 Canada Geese
42 Mallards
5 Tufted Ducks
18 Moorhens
19 Coots
50+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Kingfisher
7 Woodpigeons
1 Pied Wagtail
3 Meadow Pipits
2 Wrens
4 Dunnocks
3 Robins
5 Blackbirds
1 Mistle Thrush
1 Chiffchaff
1 Willow Tit
1 flock of Long-tailed Tits
Blue Tits & Great Tits
5 Magpies
4 Carrion Crows
1 Rook flying over
20+ Jackdaws flying over
13 Starlings
1 Chaffinch
5 Greenfinches
8 Goldfinches
5 Lesser Redpolls
2 Bullfinches




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David, Willow tits are regular inhabitats at Doffcocker. I cannot confirm if they breed there but I have seen them at all times of the year.

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11.10am to 11.55am. Heavy showers most of the time, with rain coming down sideways. At least there was some shelter here, and I had not got as far as High Rid, with no hope of shelter there. A pint of Joseph Holt's bitter and a chance to dry out in the Doffcocker Inn seemed a better option than High Rid as I got wetter and wetter. The bird list is poorer than usual due to the weather. I saw Willow Tits here early in the year but was unable to see if they were still around, which was my main aim.

3 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant
1 Canada Goose
35 Mallards
8 Moorhens
17 Coots
18 Black-headed Gulls
8 Woodpigeons
2 Wrens
3 Robins
3 Blackbirds
3 Magpies
4 Jackdaws
9 Chaffinches
2 Greenfinches
2 Goldfinches
2 Bullfinches




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Cheers keith.

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Did you see it? It was small and brown and flew that way.........................


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There is an article( ''A Tern for the Worse'') about a raft rescue by Bolton Conservation on the 27th June.
http://www.boltonconservation.org.uk/page5.htm
Cheers
Keith



-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 6th of July 2012 12:59:01 PM

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One of the rafts at the bottom end of the lodge seems to have dissappeared, anyone know what has happened?

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Great to hear that after a week the ducklings are still alive as so few ducklings ever seem to make it on Doffcocker. Heres hoping we see them breed there regularly.



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There's a good pie shop (Coleman's) nearby too, Geoff.

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Midday visit (after getting through passport control)
2 broods of Tufted duck 8 ducklings on main lake 6 ducklings on small lake
2 Great Crested grebe(no chicks seen)
Common Tern, goose island raft 1 ad 1 juv,main lake raft 3 ad 7 juv,small lake raft 1 adult,adult birds all over and very hard to count.
Hats off to Doffcocker,the rafts are well used and easy to view a credit to all concerned.

cheers geoff

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No sign of great crested grebe chick today. One other pair displaying over on the smaller back lake.

One newly fledged Sedge warbler with adults flitting around feeding. I think the remainder of the young were still in the nest.

And a first for me in 10 years of visiting Doffcocker 1 female Tufted duck with six extremely tiny ducklings.

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A pair of Great Crested Grebe with chick on back today

Regards

Mike

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At least 24 terns on the 3 rafts today. I saw 2 chicks on one raft and half an egg shell floating in the lake margins. Hopefully its going to be a good year for them. Loads of carp spawning in the warm shallow water as well- food for the terns next year!!

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Steve, I moderate all posts on this forum very carefully, more so than anyone thinks, so no, I don't think we're giving too much away here but I appreciate the concern. The information for these birds is freely available (it appears in the annual county reports for instance) and is very well known.

To say there is a particular (common) bird breeding at a particular site is normally ok so long as its not a precise location. It's worked ok for the past six years

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Are we giving too much information out on breeding birds?

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For those who are interested there are more Common terns than ever nesting at Doffcocker this year with 12 pairs sitting on eggs. Two of the rafts are currently occupied and for the first time one pair is also nesting over on goose island (the top waters edge nearest to the rafts) There are no chicks as yet but as the majority of the eggs were laid in the first week of May hatching is due any day now. The males are currently very busy in feisty territorial displays that was getting quite nasty this afternoon. Lets hope when the chicks hatch they will be too busy catching fish to worry about attacking each other.

The Great crested grebe is also still sitting on her nest. Incubation here is 4 weeks and so the eggs should hatch some time this week with luck. Sadly the other two pairs, who attempted to nest earlier have disappeared.

There are numerous reed warblers on the reserve with one particular bird consistently singing and showing well on the causeway. I havent seen any sedge warblers on the reserve this season. A few years ago these birds were more numerous than the reed warblers but it seems recently to have swung in the other birds favour. I have yet to hear any Grasshopper warblers on the reserve this season either.

I have also found at least 4 pairs of nesting reed bunting and 2 pairs of willow warbler. Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Bullfinch can also regularly be heard. On the Chorley old road side there is also a small colony of House Martins nesting in the big residential house.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 24th of May 2012 06:08:43 PM

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After getting some motivation from Martyn's last post, I had a cappuccino at Zest and then went along the causeway this afternoon.
Certainly at least 16 Common Terns.
Two Reed Warblers heard and seen, one getting up on a Willow Bush.

Other sightings:
Grey Heron...1
Tufted Duck....7
Reed Bunting...1
Swifts...4
House Sparrow...1




-- Edited by keith mills on Tuesday 22nd of May 2012 04:16:00 PM

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Doffcocker Lodge has surely got to be THE place to see Common Terns at the moment. I didn't count them but there must be at least 16, with many of them doing fantastic aerial displays, catching fish and doing fish passes etc. It's fascinating to watch how the Black-headed Gulls gang up on them trying to steal the fish - but the Terns do hold their own in these jousts.

I also had a great view of two Reed Warblers (photos on my blog) quite by chance whilst I was waiting for a Tern to land on the 'No Fishing' sign for a photo. They're very noisy in the reed beds at the end of the causeway and so there must be a few of them here. I've been told there are Sedge Warblers nearby too, but I didn't hear or see any today.

Also seen:
2 Tufted Duck
1 Great Crested Grebe
2 Moorhens
4 Coot
Several chicks of different varieties

... and all the usual ferals.

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late pm
tufted duck-12
great crested grebe-4
sedge warbler-1
reed warbler-1
common terns - 20




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late report. 3 common terns yesterday(sat).

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1 Kingfisher this evening

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First time here today. Nice place for a quick scoot around.

Got my first ever Garden Warbler today.biggrin.gif
12-15 Common Tern on a floating platform
1 Male Reed Bunting
and a kestrel successfully hunted a vole.

Rick

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2 singing Reed Warblers back in the small reedbed today, single Common Tern on the raft.

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cry.gif Sorry Annette , I think Doffcocker did not suit them, as no signs there at 10.30
Probably they flew over to RUMWORTH ...see Steve's posting of this morning.

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wow that is 2 weeks earlier than usual!

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smile.gif Common Terns 2 This am
INFO Thanks to Geoff Leather ,Bolton RSPB

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Just checked my records - it was actually 6 January 1974 - well it was over 35 years ago!biggrin.gif

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Haven't birded at Doffcocker for years. Cycled over from Darwen circa 1975 for the Ferruginous Duck with a mate of mine from Blackburn. It was a good tick that.

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plenty common terns,great crested grebe,reed warbler,lots of mute swans,sedge warbler,whitethroat etcsmile.gif

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Despite being drowned 3 times in the thunder storms this afternoon there was some busy tern activity. Birds were busy fishing and flying about. I counted 8 adults and one newly fledged juvenile. (ringed) Birds still seem to be raising young on both rafts.

The pair that raised the eldest of the grebe chicks appear to be nesting again.

Also present were 12 tufted ducks mainly males in eclipse plumage.

No sign of any waders or warblers singing but then I wouldnt be singing in that rain either!

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Waders present on that mud is often disappointing though there are often good numbers of snipe through the winter.

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I've only really started watching Doffcocker regularly this year and have been hoping for a decent wader on the bit of mud. Well pleased.

Dean.

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Usually see common sandpipers quite regularly on migration at doffcocker but havent seen any this year, nice one!

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1 Common Sandpiper 4.30pm 14/7/07

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