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RE: WORTHINGTON LAKES


Nice afternoon walk from Platt lane around nature reserve taking in the River Douglas.
Rooks and Jackdaws.
Pheasant.
Flock of about 30 mainly Chaffinch with odd Goldfinch and yellowhammer.
All in farm field.
Coal tit
Jay
Pair of Dippers on Dougy.
Buzzard over.
Grey heron on nature reserve and Great crested grebe on Arley.
Walk back to Platt lane.
Flock of about 100 Rooks and Jackdaws now gathered in field and on wires.
6 curlew over.


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Walk from Platt Lane to White Crow
12 singing Yellowhamers
2 Curlew over border
1 Reed Bunting
4 Pheasants
8 singing Chaffinch

North Hall
8 Tree Sparrows

Park View
4 Tree Sparrows
12 Fieldfare.

Cheers Jimmy

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Quick visit this aft
pr Kingfishers on nature res great views of them both catching fish

Cheers Jimmy

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Visit from 4pm produced

Mixed flock of chaffinch, yellowhammer, tree sparrow & linnet in stubble of way down to nature reserve
2 kingfisher ( one showing well for almost an hour)
4 Mandarin ( 2M 2F)
Great Crested Grebe
Buzzard
Teal

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Adlington Res
5 Goosanders

Nature Res
6 Teal

Also 1 Kestrel
1 Buzzard

Cheers Jimmy

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This Morning (Bitterly Cold ,,Must Be Nuts)
Natue Res
Kingfisher perched on top of a bull rush
2 Teal

Worthington
19 Tufted Ducks
4 Cormorants
2 Gadwall
2 Common Gulls
Pr Mute Swans
5 Calling Ducks,

Stubble Fields
150+ Corvid Flock
15 Stock Doves
200+Mixed flock of Finches and Skylarks
25 Tree Sparrows opp Gills Farm in brambles

Cheers Jimmy

-- Edited by Jimmy Meadows on Saturday 4th of February 2012 03:22:58 PM

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Two of the Coot on Worthington Res today bore rings, (one just a metal BTO ring, the other also had a darvic)
A Black-Headed Gull was present which had been ringed in Poland
Also on Worthington Res 165 Mallard, 33 Canada Geese, 3 Cormorant, 13 Tufted Duck and 2 Mute Swan

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Regarding the ongoing discussion re. the boundary. The line across Adlington reservoir constitutes the line of Buckow Brook which was the boundary between Adlington (now Chorley) and Worthington (Wigan) when it was dammed in 1858! It had flowed into the River Douglas roughly at the point where the present overflow channel enters the river. The river itself was then diverted into the tunnel. It had previously run through the area now occupied by the Arley and Worthington reservoirs. So just a fraction now lies within Lancs but it has always been regarded as GM for recording purposes, although I suspect the issue has never been considered.

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29/1/12

Two Mandarins, a Kingfisher and two Teal on Arley Lodge NR this morning. Seven Tufted Ducks on Adlington Reservoir. Singles of Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail and Willow Tit, and two Treecreepers and four Nuthatches in the vicinity as well. There was a flighty flock of Yellowhammers and Chaffinches around the stubble field off Chorley Road, but no sign of the Bramblings today..

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late morning kingfisher showing well in nature reserve plus large flock of skylarks as per Jimmy's post

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This morning
120+ Skylarks in stubble field opp Platt Lane
53 Fieldfare in trees r/o nature res

Cheers Jimmy

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keith mills wrote:

10 to 11.30 this am:
No sign of the Egyptian Goose.
Spent most of time checking Adlington and Arley Reservoirs. but also had a quick look over Worthington.
However Mandarin Duck...4 Drakes ..1 Female, swimming in Adlington.
Kingfisher showing well at same reservoir.
Rooks/Yellowhammer/Skylarks in the fields down to here from the A49.

Nice chat with Neil Southworth..the Chorley Recorder(also after the Goose).




I must have just missed you Keith. I also met up with Neil Southworth and Allan Rimmer (I think) who showed me where the Mandarins were - I could only see one hiding in the vegetation on the far side of the 'nature reserve' part of Adlington Reservoir as Neil called it. A kingfisher was also showing well here too.

Later I saw 70+ Rooks in the field by the lay-by plus a few Yellowhammers - no Brambling today though.

I couldn't see the Egyptian Goose anywhere even after checking the pond down by where the old bleach works used to be. I did notice down here how many of the cottages had feeders in the trees outside the fronts of their houses and there was a plethora of tits and finches as well as a Great Spotted Woodpecker here.

I also met a very nice couple here who showed me their back garden which was packed full of similar birds on feeders and in the trees and it resembled Bunting Hide a Penny on a good day!

-- Edited by Martyn Jones on Thursday 26th of January 2012 06:54:47 PM

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I think Neil's point was, that with the previous GM Recorder, there had
been some sort of dispensation or agreement to include the whole of it in the GM recording area.





Nothing has changed here in relation to bird recording Keith and this is still the case as it's only a very thin sliver of the reservoir which resides in Lancs and seperating bird records for both counties would be an absolute nightmare

In a listing perspective though, things are less simple. If we could stretch the GM boundary for one location then the same should also be true for any other location too. The Winter Hill Snow Bunting was within a literal stones throw of being GM at times, yet county listers couldn't stretch the boundary to include it. It's that level playing field again

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keith mills wrote:

I think Neil's point was, that with the previous GM Recorder, there had
been some sort of dispensation or agreement to include the whole of it in the GM recording area.



In point of fact, the "GM recording area" is just that; a recording area based upon a governmental administative area. Lancashire is a "True and Historic" county, the boundary (unchanged for over a thousand years), extends from the River Mersey in the south, to the River Duddon in the north.
The boundary exists today, has never been abolished, nor never will...

Here endeth the lesson. Enjoy the birds first and foremost, but always remember, and have pride in, your home county

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GM boundary a bit tight on Adlington. Neil thinks that the whole Reservoir can be counted as GM. Is this so?





Part of it is actually in Lancashire by rights. Quite why they run a boundary through a reservoir seems a little daft though



I took the Street atlas and the OS map with me, both clearly show parts
of the east side of the reservoir in Lancs. ( although the maps differ a little)

Thankfully both Mandarin and Kingfisher were seen on the GM side of Adlington reservoir!( but we had to wait on the Mandarin.)

I think Neil's point was, that with the previous GM Recorder, there had
been some sort of dispensation or agreement to include the whole of it in the GM recording area.

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keith mills wrote:



GM boundary a bit tight on Adlington. Neil thinks that the whole Reservoir can be counted as GM. Is this so?





Part of it is actually in Lancashire by rights. Quite why they run a boundary through a reservoir seems a little daft though

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10 to 11.30 this am:
No sign of the Egyptian Goose.
Spent most of time checking Adlington and Arley Reservoirs. but also had a quick look over Worthington.
However Mandarin Duck...4 Drakes ..1 Female, swimming in Adlington.
Kingfisher showing well at same reservoir.
Rooks/Yellowhammer/Skylarks in the fields down to here from the A49.

Nice chat with Neil Southworth..the Chorley Recorder(also after the Goose).

GM boundary a bit tight on Adlington. Neil thinks that the whole Reservoir can be counted as GM. Is this so?



-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 26th of January 2012 02:48:51 PM

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Egyptian Goose still present at 16:35 loked to be settled for night

Cheers Jimmy

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The Egyptian Goose was on Adlington Reservoir and was still there at 13.45. Other birds on the lakes were 21 Tufted, 5 Gadwall, 2 Mandarin, 2 Great crested grebes and 1 Cormorant, along with 2 Kingfishers. In the woods were Dipper (4), Trecreeper. Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Buzzard. On the stubble fields to the west were a mobile flock of 300+ finches and buntings mainly Chaffinches and Yellowhammers but also a few Reed Buntings and Tree Sparrows plus at least 3 Bramblings.

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25/1/12

Egyptian Goose present this morning (no specific details as to which reservoir).

Info thanks to Tom Morton via Jimmy Meadows.

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1pm - 3pm

flock of approx 150 finches feeding on stubble fields near layby, opp turning for crown. at least 30 Yellowhammers
10 Manderins flew in at 1.30, 6 males 4 females
13 tufted ducks
singles of Bullfinch, Nuthatch and Cormorant
pair of Dippers on River Douglas
30 plus Long Tailed Tits


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Spent an hour around the lakes this morning with my daughter and saw the following: Loads of mallards with some call ducks and what look like mallard/call duck hybrids 20 tufted 1 great crested grebe 2 canada geese Loads of coots an moorhens 1 cormorant Loads of black headed gulls 1 jackdaw Various tits, robins, blackbirds etc Unfortunately no mandarin ducks or wigeon

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7/1/12 (am)

12 Mandarin Ducks and a Kingfisher were present on Arley Lodge, but the surprise of the day was a female Wigeon with 12 Tufted Ducks on Arley Reservoir. Only my second record here, the other being a male on Worthington Reservoir (4/1/09).
A pair of Dippers and a Grey Wagtail were on the River Douglas, and a Buzzard overhead. Had superb close views of a male Sparrowhawk perched on a branch eating his fresh kill..
2 Treecreepers
2 Nuthatches
1 Great Crested Grebe
1 Little Grebe

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BEWARE
While doing the midweek walk with Wigan RSPB group yesterday 2 Cars were broken into on the lower car park 1 was from our group and the other one we could not find the owner,happened btw 09:45 and 11:30.



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Quick visit this morning in monsoon rain
Birds of note
19 Tufted Duck
pr Grey Wagtails
6 Call Ducks just been on googlke to see what kind but no luck yet

Cheers Jimmy

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Belated WeBS visit this lunchtime:

Mandarin - 1m, 1f
Mallard - 177
Tufted Duck - 7
Canada Geese - 39
Mute Swan - 1
Kingfisher - 2
Dipper (on river) - 1
Cormorant - 3
Coot - 18
Moorhen - 21
Great Crested Grebe - 1
Hybrid ducks - which look (and sound) like a cross between a Mallard and a Call Duck - 6
Black-headed Gulls - 294

Big surprise was only 1 GCG and no Little Grebes



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12-50pm- 15-20pm. warm and dry

50+ mallard
34 canada geese
12 moorhen
3 great crested grebe
5 cormorant
coot
black headed gull
common gull
tufted duck
2 mandarin

walk around woods and river douglas
2 dipper very active watched them for 20mins from bridge over douglas
long tailed tit
great tit
blue tit
wren
robin
blackbird
magpie
wood pigeon
buzzard ( perched in tree very vocal)
brief sighting of nuthatch
crow

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21 Mandarin flew low north today in three flocks within 30 seconds

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Hi Jimmy had a walk round this morning saw a young great crested grebe with parent birds on main reservoir, 3 kingfisher, 1 little grebe 1 female mandarin, 1 cormorant 2 mute swans 2 treecreeper although it could have been the same bird ( seen 10mins and 300yds away) 1 common gull about 8 great crested grebe, 1 grey wagtail, plenty tufted duck, mallards and black headed gulls 7 canada geese and 1 willow warbler.

Cheers Bernard McGurrin

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This Afternoon
16 Tufted Duck
2 Buzzards
pr Mute Swan
43 Black headed gulls
1 Treecreeper
126 Mallard
7 Great Crested Grebe

Adlington Res
6 Mandarins
pr Great Crested Grebe but no sign of the young that they had (Suspect Mink)

Cheers Jimmy


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Quick look in this morning


Worthington Res
1pr Great Crested Grebe with 1 young
1 Grey Wagtail
pr Mute Swans

Cheers Jimmy

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Thought I'd have a wander here this afternoon to try and increase my borough count. Also managed to dodge the showers too.

Worthington Reservoir
Good numbers of Mallard, Black Headed Gull and 1 Tufted Duck

Adlington Reservoir
1 Mandarin (f)- borough first
1 Kingfisher
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
Juvenile Grey Wagtail
Plus the Mallards, etc

Arley
1 Mandarin (f)
Mallards, etc.

-- Edited by Nick Isherwood on Tuesday 16th of August 2011 05:18:22 PM

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This Afternoon

Worthington Res
7 Tufted Duck
1 Mandarin f on gantry
2 Great Crested Grebe
30+Black Headed Gulls
60+Mallards
36 Canada Geese
2 Common Terns

Arley Res
Coot with 1 young
5 Great Crested Grebe

Adlington Res
pr Great Crested Grebe with 3 juv

Nature Res
1 Mandarin f with 6 juv
1 Kingfisher

Chorley Rd fields
60+Swallow feeding over crops
6 Tree Sparrows bathing in pools on farm track

Cheers Jimmy




-- Edited by Jimmy Meadows on Saturday 13th of August 2011 05:50:52 PM

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7 Common Terns
9 Great Crested Grebe +3juv on Adlington
3 Tufted Duck
1 Goldcrest
1 Blackcap
2 Grey Wagtails
juv Treecreeper
10 juv Black Headed Gulls
2 Mute Swans
3 Willow Tits
1 Brood of young Coots

Must be Mink on here as its the worst i have ever seen it for young waterfowl

Cheers Jimmy

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Quick hour this afternoon

Willow Tit with fledged young
Great Crested Grebe with 3 young
Coot on nest
Tree Creeper feeding fledged young
single Dipper
single Nuthatch

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Originally posted by Alan Rimmer today:

Lots of activity this morning:

Female Mandarin with six small young, first on Worthington and then Arley, plus another, almost full grown, young sitting, bizarrely, in a disused nest on Arley.

Total of eight Great Crested Grebes ( including one on nest, Worthington) pair with three very young (Adlington) and a pair displaying (Arley).

Three Kingfishers - two on Adlington and a third catching fish twice on River Douglas just above bridge in Arley Woods and flying upstream.

Dipper on River Douglas this side of bridge, standing motionless for a good five minutes. First time we've seen a non-dipping Dipper - thought it may have been a young bird but couldn't see plumage well in poor light.

Two Common Terns.


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Still no sign of Osprey between 1.30pm and 2.45pm

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No bird is ever worth rushing a pon o`lobbies for hungry.gif

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Ian Woosey wrote:

24/5/11

No sign of the Osprey by the time I left at 1pm (from 10:45).

2 Mandarins (f) with one chick on Arley Lodge NR. 3 Grey Wagtails on Worthington Reservoir, and 2 Buzzards over.

Sid, cameras are in the top carpark next to the visitors centre...





Thanks Piemonbiggrin.gifsaves me rushin mi pon o lobbies after workbiggrin.gif

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No sign of the Osprey by the time I left at 1pm (from 10:45).

2 Mandarins (f) with one chick on Arley Lodge NR. 3 Grey Wagtails on Worthington Reservoir, and 2 Buzzards over.

Sid, cameras are in the top carpark next to the visitors centre...

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Well done Sid for catching up with it, I dipped last night, would of loved to try this morning but stuck in work cry.gifno.gif






Sorry for typeo, I cant seem to edit misplaced nonsmilie from my phone

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Dennis atherton wrote:

Well done Sid for catching up withno.gif it, I dipped last night, would of loved to try this morning but stuck in work cry.gifno.gif






And mecry.gif
Anyone got any further updates today ,would be most welcome,last sighting i can find was 8am-Please post if you go and you do not see the Osprey as well as if you see itsmile.gif

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Well done Sid for catching up withno.gif it, I dipped last night, would of loved to try this morning but stuck in work cry.gifno.gif

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06.45 to 09.00 very windy and cold - gloves required in May!!!!

Had my first good flight view of the Osprey at 07.25 when standing on the dam separating Arley and Adlington reservoirs - it was over the small pool north of Adlington. Saw it twice more before 08.00, again flight views. The second time it was accompanied by Crows although they didn't seem to be bothering it. Didn't see it fishing or perched but never-the-less worth the effort of getting up early. I was surprised that there were no others birders present when I was on site blankstare.gif

Ian, I didn't notice any security cameras in the car park confuse.gif

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Lee Griffiths wrote:

Ian Woosey wrote:

What is wrong with parking in the carpark and walking round to the causeway ?? The carpark is free and overlooked by security cameras. If you walk down from the layby opposite Platt Lane you might run the risk of disturbing it, as it often flew to that area perhaps to rest in a tree (and may even roost there tonight).




hi Ian sorry nothing wrong with the main carpark parked in there myself 1st . But was told by a chap to move my car as they sometime's lock the gate's at 6.30.. Did.nt even think about what i was writing last night with being on a high with seeing my 1st osprey ! !




Lee, it is not a problem pal. I have sent you a PM. Glad you saw your first Osprey in Wigan wink.gifsmile.gif

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Osprey still present at 07:30 this morning, over Adlington Reservoir.

Info thanks to Sid Ashton

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Ian Woosey wrote:

What is wrong with parking in the carpark and walking round to the causeway ?? The carpark is free and overlooked by security cameras. If you walk down from the layby opposite Platt Lane you might run the risk of disturbing it, as it often flew to that area perhaps to rest in a tree (and may even roost there tonight).




hi Ian sorry nothing wrong with the main carpark parked in there myself 1st . But was told by a chap to move my car as they sometime's lock the gate's at 6.30.. Did.nt even think about what i was writing last night with being on a high with seeing my 1st osprey ! !

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Ian Woosey wrote:

What is wrong with parking in the carpark and walking round to the causeway ?? The carpark is free and overlooked by security cameras. If you walk down from the layby opposite Platt Lane you might run the risk of disturbing it, as it often flew to that area perhaps to rest in a tree (and may even roost there tonight).


That sounds like a plan Ian - I'll give it a go wink.gif

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What is wrong with parking in the carpark and walking round to the causeway ?? The carpark is free and overlooked by security cameras. If you walk down from the layby opposite Platt Lane you might run the risk of disturbing it, as it often flew to that area perhaps to rest in a tree (and may even roost there tonight).

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Lee Griffiths wrote:

hi sid carry on past the main car park you will see a lay by on the right just after the left turn .. . the path there leads right down to the lake its a bit quicker than parking in the main carpark .. what a cracking bird to !!biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif



Thanks Lee, is the road you mean on the left Platt Lane? From my maps it looks like the path down to the lake is directly opposite - is this correct? The layby looks to be before the left turn.blankstare.gif

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