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RE: WORTHINGTON LAKES


Couple of hours this morning

 

5 pairs of Great Crested Grebes

Worthington Res, 1 pair with 4 young

Arley Res 3 pairs, 1 pair going down again after at least 2 failed attempts two other pairs both with at least 1 failed attempt

Coot with 3 young

Adlington Res 1 pair incubating

 

Single Dipper on Dougy



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Dipper, 4 poss 5 just fledged young 

Sparrowhawk on nest

Great crested grebe on new nest

family party of Goldcrests



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1pm today

Male and female Mandarin Duck on grass bank near Adlington reservoir.

 

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Originally posted today by a Stuart Mackay:

Heard a cuckoo briefly in the fields near Wigan golf club behind worthington lakes yeasterday, but failed to see it. 



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This pm 2 Dippers; 2 Woodcock flushed; pair Mute Swans; 1 Kingfisher; 1 Cormorant; 15+Teal; Bullfinch; Nuthatch



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This afternoon - at least 13 Mandarins (9 males and 4 females); 3 Kingfishers; c.30 Skylarks moving NW; 1 Great crested Grebe and 1 Coot only; 20+ Teal; Buzzard; Kestrel; Grey Wagtail; and many Rooks and Jackdaws back at the Rookery.



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1 Kingfisher

1 Grey Wagtail

2 Dipper

2 Heron

1 Cormorant

1 Buzzard

2 long tailed Tits in a flock both missing their tails



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Originally posted today by Allan Rimmer

Two Green Sandpipers feeding in the channel to the west of Adlington Reservoir, Worthington, this afternoon but flew north. Also,a Greenshank was heard calling as it flew away, apparently with the Sandpipers, but was not seen.



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18.00-20.30 (Just as the rain started)

In the meadows beside the track leading from the A5106 were 8 Linnets, 2 Yellowhammers, 1 Pied Wagtail and a family of 3 Kestrels (m+f+ juv).*

Adlington Reservoir * (* In Lancs)

3 Manderins and 4 Grey Herons (3 of which were in the marsh/reserve area and were fighting over a chunky dinner plate sized fish that looked like a bream).

Arley Reservoir

6 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Tufted Ducks.

Worthington Reservoir

3 adult Great Crested Grebes + 1 half grown youngster, 2 Cormorants and 3 Tufted Duck.

Checked the nearby River Douglas for Dippers and Grey Wagtails, without success.

When I checked the nearby Arley Brook, which previously had been a great spot for Dippers and wagtails, I found the waterlevel very low, but the biggest shock was that 3 scambler motorbikes

were being ridden along the stream bed, and throughout the surrounding woodland. Little wonder there was no wildlife to be seen.

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Arley Reservoir:- pair Great Crested Grebe, single Coot, Nuthatch

Adlington Reservoir:- Cormorant 3, Mallard 3, Moorhen 2, pair Grey Wagtail, Siskin

Nature Reserve:- Mandarin Duck 3, Teal 5, Pheasant, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2, Willow Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Jay

Adjacent fields:- Lapwing, Curlew, Skylark, Pied Wagtail 2, Fieldfare min 100, Yellowhammer



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couple of hours this afternoon

 

single Great crested Grebe on Anglezarke res

 

Arley res

2 Grey Herons

4 Mandarins, 3 males in full breeding plumage and 1 female

couple of Teal

 

down in the woods,

 

pair of Grey Wagtails,

pair of Dippers,

single Great spotted Woodpecker and single Goldcrest

 

http://paulrisley007.wix.com/kingfisher



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Originally posted today by Tom Morton:

This afternoon - 2 Kingfishers; 2 Herons in trees at north end of the site; 1 Great Crested Grebe (1st this year - ); c.12 Teal, 2 Cormorants; Pair Goosander on Adlington Reservoir; 3 Dippers; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Nuthatch; 7 Canada Geese (with perhaps another 30 on nearby canal).



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Between 12 and 2pm today

42 Canada Geese
33 Mallard
2 Drake Tufted Ducks
2 Buzzards (overhead)
1 Grey Wagtail
6 Black Headed Gulls

+ the usual Blackbirds,Blue tits,Robins and Great Tits.

very quiet really.

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Tonight
Not really Worthington Lakes but closest post for it
Chorley Rd Worthington
opp White Crow 2 Curlews looking forlorn in recently silage field probably lost there brood due to the silageing

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pleasant 90mins whilst waiting for a call to pick mam up from hospital

19 canada geese, plenty mallard, 5 great crested grebe, several coot, pair grey wagtail, 3 treecreeper, 1 goldcrest, several blackbird including some young, robin including at least 2 young, great tits i feeding a youngster in tree, blue tit, long tailed tit, goldfinch, chaffinch, wren,blackcap, willow warbler,nuthatch heard only, pretty sure i saw a male redstart near start of woods but only a fleeting glance with naked eye and with my dodgy eyes couldn't be 100% sure, usual corvids rook,jackdaw, magpie, carrion crow and 1 jay, wood pigeon,

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Mandarin duck on harley with 4 chicks

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Saturday 30th May 2015 12:00 - 16:00 hrs.1

Car Park at Worthington Lakes - along side of Lake - across fields to Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Bridge 66 - past Bridge 65 - into Woodland along River Douglas - back to Car Park

Highlight: 1M and 1F Adult Mandarin Ducks with at least 6 chicks on Leeds-Liverpool Canal
Buzzards
Kestrels
Swallows
Swifts
Great Crested Grebes
Coot
Moorhen
Chaffinch
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Cormorant
Mallards
Carrion Crows
Magpies
Goldfinch
Canada Geese with 5 goslings (on canal)
Blackbird
Lapwing (above Chorley Road on way home)


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1400-1600 Today

Around the Lakes
20 Sand Martin
19 Canada Goose
15 Mallard
5 Magpie
5 Blackbird
4 Great Crested Grebe
4 Blue Tit
2 Grey Heron
2 Great Tit
2 Mute Swan
2 Coot
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Moorhen

Field via access road
2 Wood Pigeon
Chaffinch
Yellowhammer
Goldfinch

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1900-2030 hrs

10 Canada Geese
12 Mallard
3 Great Crested Grebe
2 Great Tit
Blue Tit
3 Blackbird
Coot
2 Long -tailed Tit
2 Goldfinch
3 Yellowhammer
Buzzard


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1300 - 1430 hrs Today

30 Rooks (In cultivated field off main road)
14 Mallard
12 Canada Geese
3 Great Crested Grebe
3 Mandarin Duck
3 Blackbirds
3 Magpies
3 Great Tits
3 Swallow (In cultivated field)
2 House Martin (Close to Bleach Works)
2 Black Headed Gulls
Coot
Grey Heron
Grey Wagtail
Blue Tit
Oystercatcher (In cultivated field)
Yellowhammer
Moorhen



-- Edited by Nigel Marsden on Sunday 24th of May 2015 03:30:04 PM

-- Edited by Nigel Marsden on Sunday 24th of May 2015 03:34:16 PM

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Tim Wilcox wrote:

Nigel Marsden wrote:

I am a newcomer to birding and this is my first ever posting.

14-30- 1700 hrs today, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 moorhen, 2 coot, 6 Canada Geese, 2 blue tits, 1 coal tit, 1 robin

I cannot identify what this duck is. My first thoughts were Wigeon or juvenile Mallard, can anyone help
https://flic.kr/p/tdPWrt





Those are adult Mallard hybrids Nigel. You will see a lot of such hybrids in parks around Greater Manchester. Some are paler and some darker than purebred Mallards. I saw an American hybrid domesticated Mallard subspecies called Silver Appleyard Ducks in Martin Mere's captive collection this weekend. I'd never heard of them before. There's a whole world of wildfowl collecting out there and sometimes they escape causing confusion in the Birding world. Welcome to the most rewarding hobby in the World. Enjoy your birding and never let anyone tell you a bird is not worth looking at.



Hi Nigel
The birds that are in your photo are Call Ducks which were put on Worthington about 4 to 5yrs ago if not longer I think there was approx 10 dumped birds both male and female but gradually the numbers have gone down.
Not a clue about who put them there but about same time a Red Headed Smew was released but sadly that as gone as well.
I don't know why people who buy these things and then throw them out onto a lake and think that they can look after themselves but its a strange world.

Jimmy

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had a quick walk around the lakes this evening, what a sad sight the Great crested Grebe is lying dead on its nest, what made it worse is that its mate was still by its side
Manderin with 5 young on the reserve

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1900-200 HRS TODAY
Common Gull
Black-headed Gull
Coot
10 Mallard
3 Magpies
4 Blackbird
4 Great Crested Grebe
8 Canada Geese
2 House Martin

I had a shock today when I went to look at the Great Crested Grebe, which was nesting on eggs, was lying dead across the nest.

Need this be reported to any authority?

-- Edited by Nigel Marsden on Thursday 21st of May 2015 09:51:34 PM

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Nigel Marsden wrote:

I am a newcomer to birding and this is my first ever posting.

14-30- 1700 hrs today, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 moorhen, 2 coot, 6 Canada Geese, 2 blue tits, 1 coal tit, 1 robin

I cannot identify what this duck is. My first thoughts were Wigeon or juvenile Mallard, can anyone help
https://flic.kr/p/tdPWrt





Those are adult Mallard hybrids Nigel. You will see a lot of such hybrids in parks around Greater Manchester. Some are paler and some darker than purebred Mallards. I saw an American hybrid domesticated Mallard subspecies called Silver Appleyard Ducks in Martin Mere's captive collection this weekend. I'd never heard of them before. There's a whole world of wildfowl collecting out there and sometimes they escape causing confusion in the Birding world. Welcome to the most rewarding hobby in the World. Enjoy your birding and never let anyone tell you a bird is not worth looking at.

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Nigel Marsden wrote:

I am a newcomer to birding and this is my first ever posting.

14-30- 1700 hrs today, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 moorhen, 2 coot, 6 Canada Geese, 2 blue tits, 1 coal tit, 1 robin

I cannot identify what this duck is. My first thoughts were Wigeon or juvenile Mallard, can anyone help
https://flic.kr/p/tdPWrt





Hi Nigel,
A warm welcome to the forum.
Both standard Drake Mallard.
Rob

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I am a newcomer to birding and this is my first ever posting.

14-30- 1700 hrs today, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 moorhen, 2 coot, 6 Canada Geese, 2 blue tits, 1 coal tit, 1 robin

I cannot identify what this duck is. My first thoughts were Wigeon or juvenile Mallard, can anyone help
https://flic.kr/p/tdPWrt



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14.45 - 16.15: 17+ Teal, Mandarin M, Kingfisher, 2 Herons in trees, 3 Great Crested Grebes, Dipper and Grey Wagtail on river, Redwings, Treecreeper and 2 Oystercatchers.

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1 Dipper
1 Kingfisher
2 Grey wagtail

All on river Douglas this morning.

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After the rain - 16.15 - 17.30, sightings of note Gadwall M Worthington Res (unusual at his site); Pair Oystercatchers on draw off tower Arley Res; Curlew flying east and calling, Kingfisher Adlington Res; 3 Great Crested Grebes; 8 Whooper Swans flying west over Chorley Road

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Afternoon visit
7 mandarin 3m 2f on nature reserve and a pair on Arlington red, at least 9 teal on nature reserve, 1 grey heron, plenty of mallard,great crested grebe, Canada geese,coot,moorhen and black headed gull, at least 3 treecreeper, 6 long tailed tit, decent numbers blue and great tit, horse paddock was very busy at least 40 fieldfare, 2 mistle thrush, 1 song thrush,4 blackbird,4 moorhen,1 collared dove,wood pigeon, chaffinch and yellowhammer also flying in to paddock from nearby trees,p
Entry jackdaw,rook,carrion crow and magpie, walked down to river Douglas and saw 1 dipper,
No sign of the long staying pinnioned smew and no cormorant,

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2 Kingfishers in the nature reserve this morning plus Pied and Grey Wagtail on the dung heap

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Saturday 14th February 2015 10:40 - 13:00 hrs. Worthington Lake - Leeds/Liverpool Canal (past bridges 66 and 65) - River Douglas - back to Worthington Lake.

Black-Headed Gulls
Mallards
Tufted Duck
Moorhen
Great Crested Grebe
Robin
Blackbirds
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Buzzard x 4
Kestrel
Teal
Treecreeper
Long Tailed Tits
Goldcrest
Dipper
Canada Geese
Carrion Crow
Woodpigeon
Magpies
Wren

Saw 1st Lambs of Spring in field next to Leeds/Liverpool Canal.

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11.30 -13.30 14 Teal;39 Canada Geese,; 2 Mute Swans; 3 Coot; pair Goosander; pair Mandarin; 70+Mallard; 2 Great Crested Grebe; Kingfisher; Pied Wagtail on manure heap; Dipper on river; Buzzard; c.50 Redwings; 5 Mistle Thrushes; 4 Fieldfare, Nuthatch, 104 Black headed Gulls; 1 Cormorant; Nuthatch; a flock of c.120 Lapwings in the air by Chorley Road;

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An hour this morning in very strong winds !!
Grey Wagtail in the field tight to the layby
Pied Wagtail on manure pile
5 Fieldfare in field on right side as walking down to the nature reserve
3 male 1 female Mandarin
7 Teal
Great Crested Grebe
Nice mixed woodland flock around the iron bridge comprising
Long tailed tit
Blue Tit
2 Coal Tit
2 Goldcrest
Treecreeper



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Today 3pm-4pm
2 Cormorants
6 Great Crested grebes + 1 youngster
80+ Black headed Gull
1 Lesser black backed gull
2 Mandarin duck
3 Teal
80 + Mallard
2 Call ducks
1 Grey wagtail
1 Great spotted woodpecker
6 Coot
2 Moorhen
2 Buzzard overhead

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Tonight not Worthington Lakes but nearest site I could post on

Chorley Rd
Adult Mediterranean Gull feeding with Black headed and Lesser Blacked gulls on recently silaged fields
also 2 Curlew
4 Tree Sparrow
6 Yellowhammer
1 Nuthatch
3 Pheasant

Jimmy

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Female Mandarin with 10 young
7 male Mandarins on nature reserve
Buzzard over
Great Crested Grebe on nest
Yellowhammer on manure pile
female Grey Wagtail

Brown Hare in fields
Emerald Damselfly in woods

https://www.flickr.com/photos/123361074@N05/



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1 pair of Dippers with fledged young, another pair plus pair of Grey Wagtails predated. looks like Mink

https://www.flickr.com/photos/123361074@N05/

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8 Whimbrel over this am; also 1 Common Tern, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Tufted Duck.

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Common sandpiper on east shore of Worthington Lake 4.45 pm


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4 dippers, two pairs
1 kingfisher
1 grey wagtail
All on river douglas

5 great crested grebes
Canada geese
3 mandarin
1 tufted duck
1 blackcap
4 willow warbler
5 chiffchaff
1 nuthatch
1 treecreeper

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Early evening walk - before the rain. 3 Dippers on river, 13 Teal, 2 Kingfishers, 5 Great crested Grebes, Chiffchaff, Curlew in field, 20+ Redwings, 27 Canada Geese, Pair Mandarins, Pair Tufted Ducks, long standing F Smew, just one pair of Coot (lowest no I have ever recorded), pair Grey Wagtails, 59 active Rooks' nests, plus 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Kestrel and pair of Lapwings by public footpath from Chorley Road.

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2 dippers by the bridge in arley woods
4 ravens over calling loudly

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had a quick hour and a half here myself early morning so just to add to Jame's sightings

6 Siskins in trees alongside fields leading down from platt lane
small mixed finch flock feeding in fields with a couple of Reed Buntings and Yellowhammers mixed in
pair of Dippers on river
single Grey Wagtail



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Pair of Mandarin
5 Great Crested Grebe
2 Treecreeper
3 Buzzard
10 Tufted Duck
1 Kingfisher
Dodgy Smew

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Couple of hours pm
21 Canada geese, plenty mallard, pinioned smew, great crested grebe,moorhen,coot, 1m mandarin,2teal, jackdaw,rook,carrion crow,magpie,jay,wood pigeon,collared dove,4 nuthatch,7 treecreeper, great tit,blue tit,long tailed tit,chaffinch,coal tit,goldfinch,robin,wren,
river Douglas 1 dipper, 1 grey wagtail.

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couple of hours this pm, missed my target birds of Dipper on the River Douglas and Grey wagtail.
loads of mallard with a few call ducks, pinnioned smew still showing well, 1 great crested grebe, 5 moorhen, coot,black headed gulls,looking across to the old bleachworks pond 2 mute swan, 6 tufted duck,
near feeders greenfinch, chaffinch, nuthatch, great tit, blue tit, long tailed tit, 3 siskin, wren, robin,blackbird, collared dove,goldfinch, coal tit.
plenty of corvids, rook, jackdaw,carrion crow,magpie and jay all seen, just off site looking for dipper disturbed a flock of c70 wood pigeon, 2 nuthatch, 1 tree creeper.
nature reserve at least 9 mandarin difficult to count under trees but at least 6m, 3f. 1 buzzard over.

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a pm walk today
1 dipper
2 goldcrest
1 nuthatch

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Sat 12-3pm approx
Common Buzzard
Kingfisher - 2
Mandarin - 1 flew in
Jackdaw
Great Crested Grebe
Moorhen
Carrion Crow
Woodpigeon
Black-headed Gull
Nuthatch
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Blackbird
Blue Tit
Kestrel
Robin
Treecreeper
Magpie
Mallard
Coot
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Long-tailed Tit
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
Great Tit
Mistle Thrush
House Sparrow
Collared Dove
Goldcrest
Smew - resident bird (managed a picture of ring(see flickr (link below) if anybody knows about ringing , numbers etc - might shed some light on the origin of said bird , unless somebody already knows where it came from)

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Couple of hours this pm pretty quiet At least 11 mandarin 4f,7m, few took and jackdaw, only mallard, call duck, coot, moorhen,black headed gull and the resident skew on the water, plenty of chaffinch,great tit and blue tit on feeders, a wren flew between my legs whilst I was scanning the main Lake.

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