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RE: WORTHINGTON LAKES


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

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Assuming that the bird is still there tomorrow where is the best place to park for we visitors wink.gif

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No sign by 9pm, probably gone to roost.

Info thanks to Dennis Atherton

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Osprey still present at 20.00,5 birders were walking in as i left so there could be later news.

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Osprey still present by 7pm

Info thanks to Iain Campbell

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23/5/11

Osprey still present at 17:15

Thanks to Neil Southworth (Chorley Nats) for the phone call.

Chorley Natural History Society covers the northern end of Worthington Lakes as it falls within Chorley Borough. The Osprey was crossing over the county boundary constantly.

http://www.forum.chorleynats.org.uk/viewforum.php?f=2&sid=23df07e2d7e543f986d7161ddf570331

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Osprey still Present at 4.15, fishing on Adlington Reservoir.

Info thanks to Ian Woosey

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Osprey lingering and fishing on Arley Reservoir at 3:10 today.

Info thanks to Ian Woosey

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6 G C Grebe
2 Whitethroat
Mute Swans nest building

Arley Woods
1 Dipper

Chorley Road
Entrance to Worthington Lodge House
4 Tree Sparrows
Entr to Lakeside Care Home
Tree Sparrows on territory
Opp Worthington Farm
1 Yellowhammer
1 Whitethroat

Cheers Jimmy

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9 G C Grebe
4 Gadwall
Pr Mute Swans
4 Treecreepers
3 Nuthatch
2pr LT Tits nest buildingsmile.gif
1 Kingfishersmile.gif
Willow Tit calling fron nature res
Rookery masses of nesting activity
No GSW which is very unusual

Arley Woods
1 Dipper
Pr Grey Wagtails

Cheers Jimmy






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Lunch-time visit produced only the usual waterfowl but at least three Coot on nests and four apparent pairs of Great Crested Grebe sharing the three main Lakes. That was the good news - the bad was that we disturbed a Mink feeding on a Canada Goose carcass under the trees on the left hand corner of Adlington. It swam under the submerged trunks of some large trees and we informed a United Utilities employee who said he would tell his bosses.

Hope they act quickly otherwise there's no hope for the Coot, GCGs Mallard or any of the other Worthington nesters - including Dipper and Kingfisher.

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Quiet-ish morning around the Lakes after heavy rain. Very few small birds, but on the reservoirs:

2 Goosander
6 Gadwall (but see Jimmy Meadows's entry for Bradley today - could have been some overlap)
7 Tufties
5 Great Crested Grebes
Plus usual Mallards and Canada geese, and one large, peculiar-looking white-headed duck which is definitely not in Wildfowl and probably involves an input from a Muscovy.



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Worthington
7 Gadwall MEGA for herebiggrin.gif
1 Goosander (f) also rare nowadayssmile.gif
pr G C Grebe

Mayflower Lodge
pr Mute Swans
10 Tufted Duck

Arley
1 Mute Swan flew in

Feeding Station
9 Long T Tits on nut feeder

No Wrens or Goldcrest seen seenno.gif

Jimmy



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Over this way with time for a walkabout..1100 to 1400. Saw the following;
2 Dipper on the Brook in Arley Wood
2 Nuthatch
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 f Sparrowhawk
1 Buzzard
Greenfinch,Goldfinch,Bullfinch and Chaffinch
Lots of Tit flocks plus 1 Coal Tit
2 Tree Sparrow near Crawshaw Hall
Mixed flock c75 Redwing/Fieldfare by the Canal
3 Tufted Duck (1m)
2 Great Crested Grebe
1 f Goosander
9 Teal
Plenty of Canada Geese, Mallard, Coot and 2 Mute Swan

Rob Archer



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I think i,ll have to cross one off my borough listwink.gif
Right at the top end of the lakes I found a dipperbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifnice bird but i,ve strayed into lancsno.gifno.giflovely day but the search begins again.

cheers geoff


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19/1/11

Observations hampered somewhat by the mist, which stubbornly refused to lift all morning. Managed to see the following however:

2 Mandarin (pr) and 5 Teal on Arley Lodge NR (partly in Lancs).
1 Kingfisher
c20 Siskin with c12 Goldfinch in the car park
1 Great Crested Grebe
1 Treecreeper
1 Nuthatch
1 Bullfinch
8 Moorhens at the feeding station.

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original posting by jimmy meadows
"On the far bank of Arley Tawny Owl dead sadly hanging in the trees and no way to retrieve it"

Been on local news tonight that the owl was actually alive and rescued by a walker and taken to local wildlife hospital where it has made a good recovery and they hope to release it back in area soon. Its wing had become tangled in some fishing wire and then became stuck in tree.

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-- Edited by Andy Isherwood on Wednesday 5th of January 2011 08:53:16 PM

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Posted by Alan Rimmer today (please use the search function to locate this thread when necessary Alan ):

Not much changed this morning from last Sunday's WeBS count - still around 200 mallard, 1 'call' duck, 3 Canada geese, 10 moorhen, 6 coot, but on an even smaller amount of water: one tiny pool on Worthington Reservoir, the only unfrozen bit on any of the lakes.

Good to see a kingfisher still around, flying along the frozen channel alongside Adlington Reservoir, but not sure where it is feeding; also a dipper was on the Douglas just above the bridge.

Other sightings: 2 jay, 2 nuthatch, and various tits etc. coming in to feed almost immediately as we scattered mixed seed around.

Walking through the fields to Adlington and back down the canal bank (OOA) the most notable sightings were of small flocks of fieldfare and redwing, feeding on hawthorn berries.

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'Challenging' walk in the snow up to Worthington and back for the WeBS this morning/early afternoon produced some decent sightings:

Around 40 pink feet were flying east as we walked through Gidlow Cemetery and various small birds seemed to appreciate the liberal amounts of mixed seed we scattered en route, including a flock of about 15 long-tailed tits.

At the reservoirs, Worthington had two small areas of unfrozen water, holding 202 mallard, 10 Canadas, 10 coot, 1 'call' duck, 4 moorhen plus a flock of 32 lapwing roosting on the ice.

Everywhere else was frozen solid apart from a tiny pool at the outflow on Adlington where, unfortunately, we disturbed a kingfisher which flew round before heading north. At the top end of the reservoir a fox prowled along the edge of the reeds.

Walking back towards Beech Hill, a flock of 18 whooper swans flew east (Jimmy Meadows had heard them calling as they passed over his house but was unable to see them).

So worth the effort!

PS: the dead birds mentioned by Jimmy in the previous post had disappeared.

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Wigan RSPB Christmas Walk

Nature Res
14 Mandarins
9 Teal
2 Little Grebe
1 Kingfisher
Adlington and Arley frozen
On the far bank of Arley Tawny Owl cry.gifdead sadly hanging in the trees and no way to retrieve it
Worthington
only partially frozen
2 Grey Wagtails
Mallard
Coots
Moorhen
B H Gulls
Common Gulls
Canada Geese

Cheers Jimmy

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2 GCG's one on Arley and one on Worthington lake. Unfortunatly both birds were dead. Victims of the cold snap. Other birds; 3 Tufted duck, 1 Goosander 1 Kingfisher.

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This Afternoon
Birds of note
Worthington
Pr Mute Swans
2 Little Grebe
10 Tufted Duck
with viewing down to about 20 yards due to the foggy conditions there could have been anything in the middle of the res and it would have been impossible to see

Arley and Adlington completly frozen

Cheers from a frozen birdwatcher




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Originally posted by Mark Pearson today:

1 drake Shoveler, 1 drake Teal, 1 Cormorant, 18 Tufted duck 2 Little grebe.



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A Fem / imm Scaup dropped in on Arley Reservoir for 15 minutes yesterday morning (30th November)

Info from Mark Pearson

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This afternoon

3 Little Grebe
1 G C Grebe
10+Tufted Duck
1 Woodcock first one i have ever seen here smile.gif

Cheers Jimmy

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Posted by Allan Rimmer today:

Four Mandarins (one male and three females) on top end of Adlington Reservoir this morning, along with four Teal. On the other Reservoirs numbers well down apart from 102 Canada Geese and 10 Tufties; high water levels may have driven off the usual Great Crested Grebes though there was one Little Grebe. Two Sparrowhawks and a Buzzard overhead but being given a hard time by the local Rooks.



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This morning
Worthington Res
pr Mute Swans
163 B h gulls
2 Little Grebe
9 Tufted Duck
1 Buzzard over
1 GSW showing well on the fence line

Arley Res
Pr Mute Swans with 2 cygnets

Cheers Jimmy

-- Edited by Jimmy Meadows on Saturday 6th of November 2010 07:24:38 PM

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Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Arley Lane c.5pm. Also 4 Mandarin on Arley reservoir, along with Kingfisher, Little Grebe, 2Buzzards and 3 Great Crested Grebes.In Arley woods, Dipper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Willow Tit, and Nuthatch, with both Pied and Grey Wagtails and 2 herons by the canal. Three flocks of Tree Sparrowws in the area

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This pm
Not much doing
2 G C Grebe
1 Little Grebe
1 Teal f
1 Grey Wagtail
2 Tufted Duck
Plus usual suspects

Jimmy

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Late Posting for yesterday
5 possibly 6 Broods of G C Grebes
4 Treecreepers looked to be a family party
Goldcrest with 2 young in tow
2 Willow Tits
1 Yellowhammer

Cheers Jimmy

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This Morn
4 Pr GC Grebe
Pr Grey Wagtail collecting food
Pr GSW feeding young
Pr Great Tit feeding young
Pr Mute Swan on Mayflower Lodge

Cheers Jimmy

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Mid Morning Only round first res

1 Dipper
2 Mute Swan
2 Cormorants
2 Coots Nesting
1 GC Grebe nesting about 2ft from a Coots nest dont fancy the grebes chances of succeeding here,

Cheers Jimmy

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27/3/10 (am)

1 Dipper
1 Buzzard
1 Treecreeper
2 Grey Wagtail
1 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk
10 Great Crested Grebe

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13/3/10 (am)

Sightings of note included:

1 Oystercatcher (over)
1 Dipper
1 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Grey Wagtail
2 Yellowhammer
3 Linnet
1 Reed Bunting
3 Stock Dove
6 Great Crested Grebe
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.



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1/3/10 (pm)

1 Dipper
2 Oystercatcher on Arley Reservoir
12 Great Crested Grebe
3 Tufted Duck
several Nuthatches calling.

-- Edited by Ian Woosey on Monday 1st of March 2010 02:40:35 PM

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Three mandarin (two male, one female) on Adlington reservoir this afternoon.

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5/2/10 am

Very little of note on the lakes apart from 5 Mute Swans (one wearing blue Darvic "SYV") and a single Tufted Duck........

Fields off Chorley Rd:

8 Yellowhammer
2 Reed Bunting
c45 Chaffinch
3 Skylark (over)
2 Stock Dove
16 Fieldfare (over)
1 Kestrel

1 Goldcrest in the car-park

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Morning visit - although there is now a film of water over most of the melting ice, very little change bird-wise: 141 Mallard, 11 Teal, one adult and one immature Mute Swan, 16 Canada Geese, 28 Coot and eight Moorhen.

Good to see two Dippers on the river, between the bridge and the tunnel entrance, but no sign of Kingfisher on the lakes.

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15/1/10

Brief visit, mid-afternoon:

8 Yellowhammer over
1 Grey Wagtail over
1 Treecreeper
2 Nuthatch
1 Goldcrest in the car-park
1 Coal Tit
5 Teal on the Wigan side of Arley Lodge (as opposed to the Chorley side confuse.gif)
1 Jay

Only a few large gulls passing over from the land-fill.
Numbers of Rooks & Jackdaws coming in to the rookery to roost were starting to build up as I was leaving.


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Originally posted by Allan Rimmer at 4:06 today:

Ninety-nine per cent frozen this lunch-time but 156 Mallard, 35 Coot, one Little Grebe and one 'call' duck on a small unfrozen patch of Worthington Reservoir, plus seven Teal on the ice near the stream outlet on Adlington.

Two signs of spring though: a Nuthatch in full song and c120 Rooks prospecting their usual nest site near Kilhey Court.


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Originally posted by Allan Rimmer earlier today:

Two male Mandarins and a female, with a Little Grebe and a few hardy Mallard and Coot on the tiny patch of unfrozen reservoir as the snow came down this morning.

At home in Hodges Street this afternoon, a front-window tick as we watched seven Redwing feeding in a holly bush in a garden opposite. Can Waxwings be far behind?



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622 BH Gulls
126 Herring Gulls
8 GBB Gulls
10 LBB Gulls
2 Grey Wadtails
1 Kingfisher
GSW Drumming

Cheers Jimmy

Note Toilets will be closed to the public from 4th Jan

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264 Herring Gulls and 5 Great Black-Backed Gulls, mainly on the embankment between Arley and Adlington Reservoirs at lunchtime, with the adult Whooper Swan next to them

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Single Whooper Swan present early pm today

Info thanks to Dave Broome

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24/12/09 am

1 Buzzard perched up near the Platt Lane entrance
6 Yellowhammer
23 Great Black-backed Gulls on Arley Reservoir ~ also 120+ Herring Gulls, c30 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 15+ Common Gulls and c200 Black-headed Gulls. Constant movement from the nearby landfill site..
1 Reed Bunting
14 Fieldfare
8 Redwing
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Mistle Thrushes jealously guarding some kind of ornamental berry tree
27+ Collared Dove
usual Rooks, Crows & Jackdaws.......

32 species seen in total.

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This Morning 66 Herring Gulls
176 B H gulls
3 LBb Gulls
1 Kingfisher
1 dipper on Douglas
1 Grey Wagtail

Cheers Jimmy




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16 Mandarins today
Info Thanks to Tom Morton

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23/11/09 Early morning

4 Tree Sparrows, 5 Yellowhammers & 2 Reed Buntings were loosely associating with a flock of Chaffinches which were roaming the stubble field and adjoining trees and bushes just off Chorley Road (Platt Lane end).

Around the reservoirs:

1 Goosander (redhead)
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Grey Wagtail
1 Treecreeper
1 Goldcrest
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Great Crested Grebe.


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Originally posted by Allan Rimmer at 12:24 today (moved here to keep this existing thread for the site going )


One male mandarin and two females on top section of Adlington Reservoir this am with a kingfisher and two female teal.

Around 20 tree sparrows and two reed bunting in stubble in field left of Adlington, and sparrowhawk above.

Water levels very high so little else on water.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 4th of November 2009 04:22:40 PM

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19/10/09
Worthington Res
4 Little Grebe
2 Grey Wagtail
27 Redwing West 8:20

Mayflower Lodge
27 Mallard
4 Aylesbury Duck

Arley Res
8 G C Grebe
4 Goldcrets in Conifers

Arley Woods
1 Dipper on Douglas


Chorley Rd Fields
20 Pied Wagtails
20 Yellowhammers
40 Rooks
10 Carrion Crows
123 Jackdaws
1 Grey Wagtail
70 Wood Pigeon

Cheers Jimmy


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