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RE: WORTHINGTON LAKES


This afternoon 2pm
Mandarin Duck - Adlington Reservoir difficult to count as they were skulking under overhanging branches
Teal
Mallard
Great Crested Grebe - Arley Reservoir

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couple of hours this afternoon
15 canada geese, 4 call duck mixed in with the mallards, 7 moorhen, coot, 1 pinnioned smew, 8 black headed gull, 15 mandarin 9m 6f, 1 teal, 2 pied wagtail, 3 treecreeper, good numbers of goldfinch, great tit, blue tit,long tailed tit and chaffinch around the feeders, small numbers of rook and jackdaw in the horse fields, 1 jay,good numbers wood pigeon and magpie.
first time i have been here and not seen any cormorant or great crested grebe.

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Nigel Richards wrote:

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Had a walk round the Lakes for the 1st time yesterday looking for the Redpoll
Can I ask where exactly you saw them?
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Nigel, they were in a mobile, noisy flock in the treetops around the nature reserve. Check out any alders, they could still be around.

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Nigel Richards wrote:


Saw the Smew tho' - a big bonus as I missed it at Pennington Flash
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Sorry Nigel, if you read through this thread you'll realise that the Smew has been around for ages and is of captive origin. It is pinioned, ringed and was dumped at the site in August last year I'm afraid.

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Neil
Had a walk round the Lakes for the 1st time yesterday looking for the Redpoll
Can I ask where exactly you saw them?
Saw the Smew tho' - a big bonus as I missed it at Pennington Flash
Cheers
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Red Headed Smew this am
Could this be the same bird that was seen recently at Pennington Flash?

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Arley Nature Reserve:- Mandarin min 10, Teal min 20, Mallard min 30, Moorhen, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Treecreeper, Long-tailed Tit 4, Lesser Redpoll c20

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15 Mandarin today exactly as 2 weeks ago ie 9 males/6 females but 40+ Teal.

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WEBs Count today:
Mandarin - 15 (nine male and six female, all on Adlington Res but wary and sometimes under overhanging trees)
Mallard 95
Teal seven (mixing in with the Mandarin)
Tufted Duck five
Smew one (female, pinioned)
'Call' Duck four
Great Crested Grebe four
Little Grebe one (first seen on Count here for a couple of years)
Moorhen seven
Coot seven
Cormorant three
Canada Goose two
Mute Swan two
Grey Wagtail two

(Flock of about 60 Redwing in nearby fields)

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From yesterday....


Unbelievably quiet. A few Mallard, a dozen or so Tufted Duck, the Smew and a couple of Great crested grebes was really just about the sum total of an hours walk round.

-- Edited by Craig Higson on Sunday 27th of October 2013 02:40:40 PM

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7.15 - 9.15 am

1 pair of Great Crested Grebes with four young , another nest 4 eggs missing and a path in the reeds out to it, looks like human interference
Fledged Sparrowhawks, 3 birds near the nest area
single Dipper on the River and a single Buzzard hunting nearby.

Hare in the fields, Brown Hawker near reserve and very good numbers of large white Butterflies also of note

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a pair of great crested grebes nesting on adlington.the nest is in open water and it seems to be made entirely of lily pads.2 dippers on the douglas in arley wood.

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Nice leisurely stroll round this pm,
pr Mute Swans
2 pr Call Ducks,
1 Smew (captive origin)
pr Common Tern briefly,
Goldfinch feeding young in nest,
Great Spotted Woodpecker young calling in nest hole,
5 pr Great Crested Grebe (2 nest building fingers crossed
Moorhens 3 broods newly hatched 4,3,4,
2 Buzzards over.
Another year without Little Grebes real scarcity on the lakes nowadays

Note waterfowl and the like on the lakes do not breed well at all these days no one reason i suppose but possible causes could be.
1 Mink most likely as young are rarely seen.
2 Nesting sites lack of.
3 Larger fish in the lakes.
4 Fluctuation of water levels.

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quick hour at lunchtime,

A Fledged Buzzard with both parents flew from GM airspace into Lancs, near nature reserve
juvenile Nuthatches with parents
One of the recently fledged Dippers found dead in the water, no signs of predation though
2 pairs of Great Crested Grebes
Whitethroats feeding young in nest

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Quick walk around this morning
The Mute Swan nest looks as if its been predated, one bird present making strange calls
At least 3 Dippers on the River Douglas
Pair of Grey Wagtails
pair of Mandarins
Sparrowhawks nest built up, female nearby
Buzzard over being aggressively mobbed by a pair of Carrion Crows, who probably have young in the nest now, the Buzzard turning over in flight trying to grab the crows. Nice flying display lasted for a couple of minutes.
Curlews calling in the fields and a nice male yellowhammer were the other highlights


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No sign of any swans this evening but 2 pairs of Mandarins and 1 pair of Teal, along with 2 Dippers, Swallows, Sand Martins and a singing Chifchaff. Also two Yellowhammers and 7 Great Crested Grebes.Canada Goose on nest too.

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swans nesting on adlington res

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This evening - 9 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Mandarins, 6 Teal , 19 Tufted, 2 Mutes, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cormorant; also in woods, 3 Dippers, pair Grey Wagtails, pair Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

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"Ethereal minstrel! pilgrim of the sky!" Skylarks singing and a Lapwing in a joyous tumble here today. Signs of spring at last? It certainly felt like it along with a singing Treecreeper, displaying Great Crested Grebes and chasing nuptial Mandarins.

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"Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks" but this did not deter 6 Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk displaying over the area this morning. Also 6 (min) Teal, pair of Mandarins, 4 pairs of displaying Great Crested Grebes, 16 Canadas, 2 Tufted, the long staying Smew, 2 Cormorants, 35 Black headed Gulls, 1 Mute Swan, Coot, Moorhens, Mallard. Also there were Bullfinch, Grey Wagtail and 59 Rook nests. In Arley Woods a Chiffchaff braved the cold, along with a singing Siskin, Treecreeper, Nuthatch and 4 Dippers.

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Finch flock on the way down to the nature park contained
3 Brambling
6 Yellowhammer
50+ Chaffinch
Reed Bunting

also mixed Skylark and Meadow Pipit flock across the road from the lay-by.

Also mixed corvid flock or Jackdaw / Rook and Carrion Crow included one 'brown' Carrion Crow which showed same coloration as a bird I've often seen around The Reebok

on the nature reserve
4 Great Crested Grebe
2 Moorhen
2 Cormorants

1 Dipper on the River Douglas



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16 Teal (min) and 1 Kingfisher, nature reserve; 6 Great Crested Grebes (courting pair Adlington + 2 each Worthington and Arley); 135 Black headed Gulls, 3 Common Gulls, 2 Cormorants, Smew and pair Tufted Worhington; 10 Curlew in fields on Arley lane +30 Redwings; also in area Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail (river), Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and Skylark; 25 active Rook nests.

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An hour this afternoon from Platt lane to River Douglas. 2 Jay. 3 Cormorant on Arley. 2 Goosander M and F on nature reserve and 2 Teal. 4 Great Crested Grebe Single Dipper on River Douglas. 3 Pied wagtail in field next to layby.

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A quick, bitterly cold hour this afternoon 1.45 - 2.45

Single Kingfisher on the nature reserve showing well for 10 minutes or so
10 Teal

150 plus Woodpigeon in trees at the back of the nature reserve


Mixed flock on the stubble fields on the left of the path held
20 plus Yellowhammer
single male brambling
40 Chaffinch



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The large finch flock were right next to the road this morning ( the flock actually flew over the middle of the road and landed again ) i picked out the white rump of a brambling , also plenty of rooks feeding on the stubble.

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Between 13.00 and 13.45 At least 3 Bramblings with Chaffinches 100+ and Yellowhammers 20 + in stubble fields; also 200 Jackdaws and Rooks, 3 Grey Partridge, 50 Wood Pigeons. 12 Mandarin, 6 Teal and Kingfisher top pool,with 4 Goosander (1M/3F) on Adlington Reservoir. and 1 Dipper on River by footbridge

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The Smew does indeed look pinioned Alan, certainly on the right wing it is and the left looks similar. It is also metal ringed on the right leg too.

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Interesting collection of waterbirds on the reservoirs this morning:
Six Goosander (including a fine adult male), the largest number we've seen here for quite a few years but moved from Adlington to Arley without any signs of the usual panic and were still fishing when we left; one male Mandarin (Adlington); six Teal (also Adlington); two Tufted Duck (Worthington); one Great Crested Grebe (Arley); two Common Gulls with the Black-headeds; two Dippers near the bridge over the River Douglas, and the usual pinioned (?) red-head Smew.

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Chorley Rd fields opp Platt Lan
10 Brambling in large flock of Chaffinch feeding in stubble
5 Yellowhammers
1 Kestrel
8 Skylark

Jimmy

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Large flock of finches - mainly Chaffinch - still feeding in stubble fields sloping down to the Lakes from the A5106 just beyond Kilhey Court.
Just a short walk down the foothpath at about 3pm today gave views of up to 200-250 birds in poor light, with at least one male Brambling standing out as they occasionally perched in the large trees on the left.
Flying and feeding with them was a small group of Skylarks, several Yellow Hammers, a few Pied Wagtails, and probably Meadow Pipits - though the pipits were heard, not seen.

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This AM
With Mr Woosey (to prove that we havn't passed away)
Smew still with us
4 Call Ducks
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Mandarins
1 Mute Swan
1 Jay
1 Gadwall
plus all the usuals
70+ Skylarks in stubble fields off Chorley Road

Jimmy

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11.30 - 13.30 North End. At least 12 Mandarins, 12 Teal (Min), 72 Mallard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jays, 600+ Rooks/Jackdaws in stubble along with c50 Fieldfares and 100+ finches mainly Chaffinches and Yellowhammers but at least 2 Bramblings watched by a F Sparrowhawk, also 100 Wood Pigeons and 7 Skylarks.

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Fully circuit of 3 lakes 11.am-12.30pm in drizzling rain.

30 Canada geese
3 moorhen
6 coots
28 Mallard
4 Mallard Aylesbury hybrids
2 Tufted duck
7 Cormorant
5 Long-tailed tit
2 Goldcrests
1 Grey wagtail
1 Smew
2 Wren






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This morning with Wigan RSPB Midweek Group.

Treecreeper ...1 Car Park trees.
Smew(Red head)...1 taking bread.
Call Ducks...2
Canada Geese 60
Numerous Mallards, and a few Coots and Moorhens.
Tufted Duck...6
Grey Wagtail ...1
Cormorants...3 including 1 white chested JUVENILE
Mute Swans...3
Long-tailed Tits...25
Coal Tit...1
Great Tit...1
Jay....1
Dipper...1 ...showing really well on the Douglas, except when spending long times under water feeding !
Common Gulls....6
Black-headed Gulls
Teal...c12 skulking under overhanging tree roots and difficult to count.
Sparrowhawk...1
Numerous Blackbirds and a few Robins.
Small flock of Redwing over
Large mixed Corvid Flock...c250 in field by main road.




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Captive bred Smew still here now associating wth 2 f Tufted Duck
It was doing a lot of wing exercise but just a shame both wings have been clipped hope they grow back but not sure if they can after being clipped

Also 7 Cormorants
7 Great Crested Grebes
9 Tufted Duck
82 Black Headed Gulls
1 Mute swan with 3 cygnets
6 Goldcrests.

Jimmy

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Redhead Smew still here and more signs of it being of captive origin with it showing a silver ring on its right leg,,one thing to note is that it does follow the Mallard when someone brings bread but doesnt take any of the bread.

What it seems to do is follow the ducks in the scramble and it starts diving to take advantage of the stuff that the ducks disturb under the water then it just goes off on its own feeding for while.

Also here on Worthington Res
10 Tufted Duck
6 Cormorants
1 Mandarin
82 Black Headed Gulls
3 Great Crested Grebe
1 Mute Swan + 3 Cygnets
2 pr Call Ducks which are still as noisy as ever

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Redhead Smew (of presumed captive origin) still at Worthington Lakes this morning.

Info thanks to Dave Broome

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Always the right thing to do Jimmy, fear not there pal

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After a phone call off Tom Morton about a Smew at Worthington with Tom being dubious about one at this time of year i went up to see it,
From the first sighting of it looked to be ok by me so sent the news out but while trying to get better views of the bird a chap started to feed the ducks on the causeway and the smew started to swim towards them so things started to look not right.
When i got to the ducks the feeding had stopped but i coudnt find the bird but finally found it but never saw it take any bread and it started to dive like a smew does but never have i seen one that close btw 6+8 ft away?.

So while it was diving so close i got good views and it looked as it was missing some feathers on its right wing (pinioned not sure).Could not see any rings on it though.
So decided to txt Ian regarding these things and it looks as if it is of captive origin, and just hope no one decided to go for it !

Though still nice to see a Smew so close

But you just never know if youre doing right or wrong

Thanks to Tom and Ian for there help.

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The Smew now seems apparently too confiding and it credentials therefore look like being of captive origin (if being here in August want odd enough!).

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Redhead Smew (of unknown origin) on Worthington Lakes at 7:25pm this evening. Walk from the car park to the lake, turn right and the bird has been near the blue pipe.

Info thanks to Tom Morton and Jimmy Meadows

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A quick hour this morning before the rain came, very quiet

Mandarin with seven young
Mallard with four young
and Moorhen with three young all feeding in the stream before you get to the lakes.
single Yellowhammer in song
Grey Heron on reserve
no signs of the Sparrowhawks, looks as though they have failed this year
no sign of Jimmy Mute swan and the four cygnets too
single Jay

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jimmy mute swan was on today with 4 cygnets.also mandarin with 8 chicks .also saw 2 commmon terns

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7pm - 9pm

Coal Tit with young
Whitethroat
Sparrowhawk on nest
Great Crested Grebe still with 3 young
Mallard with 5 young
Mandarin with young on reserve, didnt get chance to count them as they turned straight back to cover on seeing me
Male Yellowhammer singing in fields
Dipper
Common Tern

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Adlington Res
pr Great Crested Grebe with 3 young
No sign of Mute Swans but didnt check Worthington Res.

Jimmy

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4.45pm - 7.00pm

Great Crested Grebe with 5 young
another pair incubating
Mute Swans with 4 young
Mallard with 6 young
Sparrowhawk incubating
single Lapwing in field
also singles of yellowhammer, Whitethroat, Grey Heron and Blackcap

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2.20pm - 5.30pm

Mute Swan still sitting on nest on reserve with the Cob busying himself chasing a Canada Goose almost relentlessly on Adlington Reservoir.
Grey Wagtail feeding fledged young in Arley Woods, Dippers still feeding young in nest at usual place, plus a second pair further along the River carrying nest material.
pair of Sparrowhawks nest building, both birds bringing twigs in.
pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding young in nest. A pair of Nuthatches were also making an old woodpecker hole smaller in the same tree earlier on in spring and were constantly dive bombing the Great Spotted Woodpeckers as they were chipping out their new nest hole, no sign of the Nuthatches today.
pair of Tree Creepers
2 pairs of Great Crested Grebes, one pair still incubating on Adlington although this could be a replacement clutch as they should have hatched by now
Moorhen and Coot nests predated
3 Grey Herons
2 Male Mandarins on reserve

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5.00pm-7.00pm

2 pairs of Great Crested Grebes. one pair still incubating
Mute Swan on nest on Reserve
Dippers feeding young in nest usual place
pair of Sparrowhawks copulating, male past food to female on plucking post and waited for her to start feeding before spying his chance
still a small finch flock containing a couple of Yellowhammers feeding in fields
Long Tailed Tit nest been predated
Moorhen on nest

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9am -12.15pm

small flock of finches on way down to Reservoirs from lay bye included at least 10 Yellowhammers, Skylark in song here too
pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers near reserve
pair of Mandarins on reserve mating also singles of Goldcrest and Nuthatch and Willow Tit heard
Great Crested Grebe, Long Tailed Tit and Magpies all busy nest buiding
single Buzzard over,
2 Curlews over and calling, along with the Skylark this has to be one of the best of bird calls/songs
3 Dippers on the River Douglas
couple of other birders to talk too and hardly another soul about, cracking morning

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Nature reserve: 4 Teal 2 Buzzard over Jay 2 Moorhen Adlington: Pair of Great crested grebe 2 pairs Mandarins Pair Mallards

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