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Along path from Roe Green upto opposite the courthouses 12.30-14.30 5 Tufted with partners 2 Teal with partners Jay 3 GS Woodpeckers Nuthatch Goldfinch Wren Robin Various Tits Chaffinch Loads of Magpies

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14 magpies in trees opposite worsley church , before flying off in the direction of worsley woods.

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3.50-5.30pm

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14 tufted on dam ( 9m 5f)
c.10 teal + 2 on playing fields
6 snipe visible
4 moorhen
2 coot
3 pairs of nuthatch including one singing
GSW
heron, canada geese and swans at delph

Filtration Lagoons:

5 canada geese
reed bunting
coot and moorhen
2 cock pheasant
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and nice to meet Gary Millssmile.gif



-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Wednesday 23rd of March 2011 10:10:15 PM

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13 tufted (8m 5f) and a pair of canada geese on the dam at 5pm

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21/03/11 11:25am

Large hawk, probably female Sparrowhawk, over Worsley Road, heading towards the Woods (not seen with bins)

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Pair of long tailed tits collecting feathers mill brow noon today.

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Late post from yesterday 6.30 - 8.30am

Woods:

teal
5 snipe
2 canada geese on dam
11 tufted duck - 7m 4f
coot and moorhen
nuthatch
GSW still fighting
Pair of stock dove carrying nesting materialsmile.gif
swans still present

Filtration lagoons:

1st chiff chaff of the yearsmile.gif
probable wheatear
water rail heard
3 comorant W
5 canada geese
bullfinch
buzzard
50+ woodpigeon in farmer's field
2 hares also - including one that ran towards me, offering spectacular views of it feeding down to 15 yards!biggrin.gif


-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Monday 21st of March 2011 01:39:00 PM

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I second that, good site-guide Joey

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A nice site-guide Joey on the main website. I hope to call in if passing.
Thanks. Henry.

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today 4-5.30pm

Woods:

GSW still fighting!
pair of nuthatches
6 snipe
teal
2 pairs of moorhen, 1 pair of coot
Tufteds have increased again up to 12! - 8m and 4f, certainly the largest number i've ever seen on the dam including a female/first winter with a fairly substantial white patch at the base of the bill.

Canal:
another pair of moorhen
pair of canada geese
single swan on the way there (presumably the one seen yesterday on the filtration lagoons)
the usual pair had just arrived on my way back
the dead fox has also returned, though is looking a bit worse for wear

Filtration lagoons:

Coot and mallard on most pools
8 goldfinch
buzzard
heron over
5 canada geese (2 pairs)
8 lapwing (2 of which over NE) and a curlewbiggrin.gif - site tick! (also then over NE) were disturbed from a distant field

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Yesterday 3.45 - 4.05pm

Single swan in filtration lagoons noted from motorway
Usual pair of swans on canal
Kingfisher at delph
Tufteds up to 9 - 5m 4f
& the usuals in the woods

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Joey Eccles wrote:

This afternoon 2.45pm - 5.15pm with Mr Myerscough:

Well thank you for that Mr Eccles. Can't remember the last time I was called Mr....apart from the time of that unfortunate incident that eventually ended up in the hands of the police police.gif and the local magistrate laughing.giflaughing.gif, so I thought it only fair to return the salutation!wink.gifnod.gif

Seriously though Joey, thanks for showing me around your local patch - a cracking area with a good selection of habitats and birds. I hope your local patch birding efforts are rewarded this spring/summer with Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Hobby and Wheatear ......and who knows possibly a Common Scoter. wink.gifnod.gif

Cheers,

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This afternoon 2.45pm - 5.15pm with Mr Myerscough:

c.10 teal on the dam
tufted duck numbers still rising - 5m 3f
no snipeblankstare.gif
2 moorhen
coot
a chap we met said he had just seen a common scoter on the dam, but we couldn't find sight or sound of itconfuse.gif
redwing singing
stock dovesmile.gif
pairs of swans ad canada geese
at least 3 GSW - still fighting!
a pair of treecreeper and a pair of nuthatches inspecting nest sites
19 redwing, a mistle thrush, 2 teal and a heron in sheep field next to the school

Filtration lagoons:

reed buntings
2 buzzards and a sparrowhawk in the air together
goldfinch
2 coot
moorhen
heron
canada goose

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This morning 8.15-11.00am

woods:

11 snipe
11 teal (including 3 in bridgewater school playing fields)
7 tufted duck - 3 pairs and 1 imm. male
coot nest building
moorhen
mistle thrush and wren also nest building
6 GSW seen - two pairs (the females were chasing each other, and the males were too) and two singles
pair of treecreeper
pair of goldcrest
nuthatch

Filtration lagoons:

3 canada geese
4 coot
moorhen
comorant over
at least 8 male reed bunting singing
7 goldfinch
6 lt tit
male bullfinch
100+ jackdaws in farmers field and also a single lapwing over SE

And a sparrowhawk that had killed a pigeon in my garden whilst i was outdisbelief.gif
sparrowhawk later returned

-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Saturday 12th of March 2011 05:08:23 PM

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Caught the last hour of daylight
5.15 - 6.15pm

Woods:

2 GSW in dispute - though at least one was male (seen drumming prior to dispute)
6 tufted duck on dam - 6m 2 f, though they had gone by 6.10
13 teal visible including 3 on the fields of bridgewater school
5 snipe seen
grey wagtail on brook
2 coot and 2 moorhen

Filtration Lagoons:

treecreeper
little grebe - at least 1, almost certainly 2
4 coot
2 moorhen
water rail heard
reed bunting roost - 15+ including at least 5 birds that came in singles, high in from the south
4 pairs of mallard came into roost
starling displaying
female sparrowhawk


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Kingfisher at the delph 7.40smile.gif

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Concentrated effort to find a LSW woodpecker but to no availsmile.gifyawn.gif
3.30pm - 5.30pm - quite windy

Woods:

6 snipe
3 pairs of moorhen including a pair nest building
single coot - perhaps the partner is on eggs?
3 tufted duck - 2m 1f biggrin.gif
10 teal
nuthatch
treecreeper
buzzard
unidentified woodpecker - saw its silhouette only from about 50 yards, landed out of sight, briefly did a half hearted drum (about half a second) then flew on before i could identify. Probably GSW, but it would be unpaired I think, if it was (not seen any unpaired GSW for a while) and it was where the LSW was previously seen a couple of years agoevileye.gif
large redwing flock - probably the c.65 one knocking about - 50+ birds
also single figures of redwing elsewhere
goldcrest

Filtration Lagoons:

Coot
a pair of tufted ducksmile.gif
reed bunting
moorhen
goldfinch
hunting female sparrowhawk - though the woodpigeon it flushed obviously weren't to its liking
In the farmers field was a 200+ woodpigeon flock containing a few stock dovebiggrin.gif

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caught the last half an hour of daylight around the dam:

5 snipe visible
14 teal out in the open
kingfisher hunting and preeningsmile.gif
c.20 redwing came in to roost
2 carrion crow
6 woodpigeon
2 moorhen
20 or so mallard
song and mistle thrush singing
same magpie roost as yesterday

Also from this morning:

5 canada geese coming in to land (presumably on the canal)
and the swans were continuing to build their nestsmile.gif

-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Monday 7th of March 2011 07:48:52 PM

-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Monday 7th of March 2011 08:26:35 PM

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Two Kingfishers currently at the delphbiggrin.gif

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Mute swan bearing ring DX4 and another with unreadable metal ring resident around Boothstown basin last couple of days.

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3 posts for this thread in one day jawdrop.gif

Caught the last hour of daylight:

Woods:

3 snipe visible to me on the dam - but only visible from the plug-hole end
teal
female GSWs still fighting - they flew over me a few times, with at least 1 other GSW (presumably one of the males) trying to keep up - probably still the same dispute goiing back to the 26th of Febconfuse.gif
3 heron
30+ magpie roost
small woodpigeon roost
6 idiots on 3 motorbikes whizzing down the small track parallel to the damdisbelief.giffurious.gif
the swans have begun nest buildingbiggrin.gif

Filtration lagoons:

Only ducks were 4 cootsno.gifblankstare.gif
c.20 reed bunting in the roost
male pheasant (also seen yesterday)
heron
A starling was displaying above the lagoons for the whole time i was there
Also 3 heron west, along with c.20 woodpigeon in 1s and 2s, and a few assorted gulls
c.20 jackdaw east in groups of 9,5 and the rest 1s and 2s
And a fox was flushedsmile.gif


-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Sunday 6th of March 2011 06:47:58 PM

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6th March - 8.00 to 11.45 am.

Parking up in the lay-by near the church off the roundabout at Worsley at 8.00 am a pair of Magpies were around a full to overflowing litter bin in the lay-by. They proceeded to empty the litter bin piece by piece, just dropping the items of rubbish on the floor, until they came to a brown paper McDonalds bag which was obviously more to their liking and they had their breakfast from that! Not only litter louts but junk food addicts too!!biggrin.gif

Joey's Woodpeckers from yesterday were still in dispute. Again it was 2 females that appeared to be the trouble-makers....but then again isn't it always! laughing.gif Also in the area of woodland - c45 Redwing singing in the tall trees and 8+ Siskin, with a single male singing in another area of woodland. 2 pairs of Magpies and 2 pairs of Carrion Crows were nest building. A male Sparrowhawk was seen, a Mistle Thrush sang, Goldcrest were singing in 2 separate locations, a pair of Treecreepers investigated potential nest sites. A pair of Stock Doves were seen, including display - observed both in flight and also in typical pigeon family bowing and scraping. Good numbers of Chaffinch singing and Nuthatch seen around suitable nesting holes.

Old Warke Dam - had 4 Snipe visible, and pair of Little Grebes, along with 13 Teal (6 males including some displaying) and a Kingfisher flew in.

Feral Pigeons had begging young in nests in the general area.

4 Reed Bunting were around Roe Green fishing pond, with at least 3 at the filtration lagoons. 3 Buzzards circled overhead the lagoons.

So plenty of interesting sightings from a few hours standing in and around some lovely wooded areas - but no Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers I'm afraid.cry.giffurious.gif

Cheers,

Bill.

Joey - not sure about the left over egg in the old nest - although I'm sure our Swan eggspert will know the answer! wink.gif


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king fisher at the delph at 1.50pm in the sun, both swans have also returnedsmile.gif

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8.30 - 10.00 am

woods:

4 GSW including 3 having a fight, 1 drumming and another carrying nesting material
only one snipe visible on damhmm.gif
teal
siskin over - heard a few times
little grebe has returnedsmile.gif

plus usuals

Filtration lagoons:

at least 1, probably two buzzards
2 pairs of canada geese
pair of bullfinch
goldfinch
jackdaw and woodpigeon displaying, reed bunting singing (6 or so)


Also no swans, but i did see a pair on the canal at monton last night from the car (probably the same pair), hope they still decide to breed in Worsley. Just a thought, but an old egg in the previous nest wouldn't put them off would it?

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2 kingfishers sat on the branches that stick out of the water at the delph, in warm sunshine one was preening while the other seemed to be hunting. watched for 10 mins then had to go back to work, 1230 today.

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I would say about 8 years, assuming they make it past year 1. However, in an urban area such as this, there are probably more problems with angling (line and lead), airguns, pylons and pollution. Best chance of survival is to get a good breeding site and stay there - I have a couple of 15 year olds at such sites.

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Do you find that the BTO average life span/breeding age is similar to your own findings Judith?

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I doubt if it's reached the end of its breeding life - I have a swan still breeding which is at least 26 years old as he's as sprightly as ever! He raised 3 cyggies last year.

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Joey

I noted TBY at Langland Drive, Barton on the ship canal on both the 31/12 and the 12/01. I didnt record it on 2 subsequent visits although it could have been there (ie in the water). Not too far away from you ! Originally, I'm informed, it was ringed somewhere in Cheshire, prob in 1997 so its over 13-14 yrs old. BTO states average lifespan of 10 years so perhaps it had reached the end of its breeding life and was driven off by (presumably younger and fitter) LJX.

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8.00 - 10.30am light rain, water levels quite high

woods:

2 nuthatch caching food around a nest site
2 GSW having a territorial dispute
great, coal, blue and lt tits
4 jays
teal and a single snipe visible on dam
3 more teal and a single, very stationary redwing on the bridgewater school playing fields

mute swans DV4 and LJX present on canal as a pair, no sign of TBY. Interesting as previously TBY and DV4 had been seen as a pair (together) and had acted territorially against LJX.

filtration lagoons:

water rail
2 canada geese
mallard
coot and moorhen
heron over
buzzard hunting in surrounding area
2 bullfinch (pair)
reed bunting (pairs)
4 lapwing over west
cock pheasant in farmers field next to the lagoons

The highlight though was a very large brown hare in the farmers field running along the boundary fencesmile.gif



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10.15-11.45:

very windy, water levels down 6 inches from yesterday

woods:

nuthatch
treecreeper
teal
3 heron
single swan at delph

filtration lagoons:

heron
2 teal
buzzard
2 bullfinch
reed bunting
2 coot

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3.30 - 4.45 pm - heavy rain

Filtration lagoons:
Single male teal
3 bullfinch
Goldcrest
C.10 reed bunting
2 Canada geese
Coot
Moorhen

Woods:
Song thrush
4 teal
Water levels very high, most of the marsh area was completely flooded and flowing with the stream, levels varied from between two to four feet above normal levelsblankstare.gif

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Plenty about even with a late start 10.15-12.15:

Highlights:

3 mute swans on the canal (all adults) - all 3 ringed : L J X, T B Y, DV4. I think that
L J X and LPL were new and probably a pair. TBY and DV4 were both aggressive towards L J X.

Filtration lagoons:

35 waxwingsbiggrin.gif - site tick
pair of gadwall flushed
4 teal
buzzard
Two skeins of pink feet: c.110 flock over at 10.45am heading west and also c.80 heading west at 11.35am.
Interestingly both drew a fair bit of fire from the shooters on the mosses (to say it sounded like a war zone would be no exaggeration) and the latter skein abandoned their v-shaped formation altogether, for a shoal effect (like fish) and headed south for abit before turning back west.
Also in the farmers field were 89 lapwing and at least twice as many starling

Woods:

6 teal on the brook and a heron
9 snipe just about visible on the dam
2 raven, heard them first and the looked up to see them mobbing a buzzard! Another site tickbiggrin.gif
treecreeper


Also on a note of carcasses:
saw LPL, which looked like it had been dragged from the water
also at the filtration lagoons was a pigeon carcass, but it didn't look like a BOP kill.
Lastly the roe deer carcass i reported a few weeks ago it is actually a fox and is now present under the blue motorway bridge

-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Sunday 30th of January 2011 01:36:55 PM

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Hi Gary,
Thanks for reporting this. LPL was originally ringed as a male cygnet from a brood of 5 at Leigh on 1/9/2002.
Steve

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Filtration Lagoons 3pm to dusk, very quiet with half the water frozen.
Single Buzzard
2 Heron
Several Reed Bunting and up to 30+ arriving in 2 & 3's to roost in the reed bed at dusk.
Also, found the remains of an adult Mute Swan that had fallen prey to the local foxes. Very little left, however i did recover the ring that was 'Blue LPL'.
If anybody has knowledge of where and when this bird was ringed or who i can contact it to find out, it would be appreciated.


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Roe Green fishing pond this am

c.30 goldfinch
at least 3 siskin
c.45 redwing, landed briefly and then into the woods
comerant over
pair of mallard
2 moorhen including a juvenile
female kestrel hunting and giving great views down to 20 metres. Tried to pounce on a wren but missed, and chased down a magpie that came a bit too close for over 100 metres.
decent gull movement over
Lt tit flock, and also great tits and blue tits.
GSW and nuthatch heard from the woods


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Kingfisher seen on the fallen branch at the delph 3.30pm, nice to see that one made it through the freezesmile.gif

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Around sunset

The two mute swans seem to be spending their time at Roe Green fishing pond, but flew off North to roost.
Also noted:

LT tit flock
GSW
heron

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8.15-12.00 - very slippy, i fell twicedisbelief.gif

Warke dam:

7 common snipe
teal
moorhen
mallard

woods:

5 siskin
goldfinch
commoner tits
GSW
nuthatch
jay

filtration lagoons - very productive and all birds seen within the complex!:

cock pheasant
sparrowhawk (f) seen twice
buzzard
4 gadwall - 1m +3fsmile.gif
teal - low numbers
mallard
c.12 shovelersmile.gif
2 mute swan - both unringed as far as i could tell
c.65 fieldfare over with some landing on site
a few redwing
good views of a water rail as it flew about 6 feet in front of me smile.gif
comerant
grey heron
2 green finch
2 bullfinch (m +f)
female chaffinch
coot
moorhen

and 2 grey wagtails on the canalsmile.gif





-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Tuesday 4th of January 2011 12:59:30 PM

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8.15- 9.45am
Went to have another walk around the woods this morning mainly to see what was around the Warke dam area;

Between 30-40 Teal on the lake with birds arriving and taking off every couple of minutes.
3 Coot
4 Moorhens
4 Snipe, 2 of which were content to sit in the open with the other two barely visible in the Marsh grass

While I was watching the Snipe, an inconsiderate dog owner let his dog run through the marsh area [ the silted area at the top of the lake] which flushed 40+ Teal and Mallard into the air. Also another 9-10 Snipe and a Woodcock flew from the marsh to avoid the dog.
While I went to have words with the owner the dog decided to swim up the lake to chase the remaining ducks. All the owner could say was that all dogs chase ducks and its only natural. The dogs have the whole of the woods to run through and this idiot lets his deliberately into a fenced off area. After a heated debate and a couple of threats we went our separate ways.

Other birds seen;

5 GS woodpeckers
3 Nuthatch
Bullfinch[m]
2 Siskins

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Obviously you dont know many of the forum regulars then Joey. Mature? Proper bunch of daft kids more like

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Roger Baker 3 wrote:

Thanks Joey for that cheerful little winters tale...... really got my New Year off with a bang..... pass the Kleenex.

PS. Please don't go planning a career as a childrens story teller...... they'll all end up in trauma.......

Roger

Joey Eccles wrote:

And i forgot to add there was what looked like a roe deer carcass (looked fresh) frozen into the ice in the canal just a few yards from the filtration lagoons, presumably the deer had tried to cross the ice and fallen through, or tried to swim across but wasn't able to get out of the canalcry.gif









Sorry about that Rogerhmm.gif. Though whilst I agree that 'nature in the raw' may not be a heartening tale for primary school children, I suppose it is lucky then that i'm posting to a forum of mature wildlife watcherswink.gif

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Thanks Joey for that cheerful little winters tale...... really got my New Year off with a bang..... pass the Kleenex.

PS. Please don't go planning a career as a childrens story teller...... they'll all end up in trauma.......

Roger

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And i forgot to add there was what looked like a roe deer carcass (looked fresh) frozen into the ice in the canal just a few yards from the filtration lagoons, presumably the deer had tried to cross the ice and fallen through, or tried to swim across but wasn't able to get out of the canalcry.gif






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And i forgot to add there was what looked like a roe deer carcass (looked fresh) frozen into the ice in the canal just a few yards from the filtration lagoons, presumably the deer had tried to cross the ice and fallen through, or tried to swim across but wasn't able to get out of the canalcry.gif

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Decent morning with a fair bit around

8.15-11.45am

Woods:

2 chaffinch
2 goldfinch
treecreeper
nuthatch
3 GSW - two of which were having a territorial spat and were chasing each other round above the tree line for a good ten minutes - i never knew they could be so nimble in the air!
7 snipe, heron and also teal at the dam
water rail heard
Lots more teal on the stream
the 4 commoner tits

Filtration lagoons:

Song thrush
mistle thrush
2 bullfinch
at least 2 greenfinch
chaffinch over
1 skylark over
Reed bunting
wren
starling
teal
moorhen
heron
coot
5 fieldfare

and comerant catching fish on the canal

Field next to the lagoons held:

Buzzard
Lapwing
2 pied wagtails
3 cock pheasant





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9.30-13.40,

Good walk around the woods this morning with plenty of birds about.

3 GS Woodpeckers
6 Nuthatch
2 Treecreepers
3 Goldcrest
2 Greenfinch
2 Goldfinch
Pied wagtail
Grey wagtail
Sparrowhawk [m]
2 Redwing
5 Jays
2 Jackdaws
2 Mistle thrush
Lots of tit flocks.

Around Warke Dam area;
40+ Teal
4 Mallard
2 Snipe in the open and one hiding in the grass

Filtration lagoons;
50+ Teal
Shoveller [f]
Little grebe
3 Coot
4 Moorhen
Reed bunting
4 Fieldfare
43 Lapwings over

Along the canal
Chaffinch flock of 50+ birds
5 Pied wagtails
Sparrowhawk [m]
2 M pipits
Song thrush
5 Teal
Plenty of Wood Pigeon flying about heading towards Botany bay

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8.15 - 11.00am

Highlights:

woods:
nuthatch
gsw
common tits

Warke dam:

6 snipe - offering great close views - they were virtually out in the open
c.15 teal
4 mallard
grey heron

Filtration lagoons:

c.80 teal
female shoveller
2 pheasant in the field next door
grey heron
coot
3 reed bunting
2 fieldfare
buzzard perched in tree

Roe green fishing pond is still completely frozen - 4 inches!
grey heron, chaffinch and c.25 goldfinch






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And a big thankyou to the person putting seed on fence posts in the woods. I don't know if you are on or read this forum but well donesmile.gifclap.gif

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thanks Ian, always nice to know where birds come fromsmile.gif

Highlights - 8.15 - 10.30

In the woods:

4 gsw - 3 together and a single - 2m 2f
nuthatch
7 wren
c.25 goldfinch
9 teal and 5 moorhen on stream
male bullfinch

Filtration lagoons:

reed bunting
greenfinch
teal
2 gadwall
c.65 mallard

I would like to add that at least 4 people had been to the lagoons since i visited yesterday morning, with 2/3 together with a dogdisbelief.gif. Also one person - (i think with dunlop wellies?) had climbed the fence and had a wander. If anyone wants to visit the site for the first time or otherwise, there is no need to climb the big metal fence as there is nothing that cannot be seen otherwise - its just a blatant trespass and unnecessary stress on the wildlife at the pools. If anyone wants any info about the site or is thinking of visiting then please pm me by all meanssmile.gif






-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Wednesday 22nd of December 2010 08:27:07 PM

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Gulls don't roost at Barton Dock Joey. Their movements are generally between refuse tips at Pilsworth, Astley and Arpley in Cheshire during the day with early or late movements to and from roosts at Heaton Park and Audenshaw Reservoirs, Pennington Flash and on the Mersey in Cheshire/Merseyside.

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