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RE: WORSLEY WOODS


Kingfisher catching fish by Delph and canal this morning at around 7.40. Beautiful and a nice surprisesmile.gif

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quick visit this afternoon,

1 gsw(female)
usual tits
singing chiff chaff
plenty of blackbird, robin and dunnock
2 song thrush

On betfred pond:

3 coot
1 tuftie

Also about 30 swifts overhead, occasional screaming. Couldn't get a good picure thoughcry.gif

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not much on this morning,

1 grey wagtail catching flies by brook
1 tuftie on pond next to betfreds
1 gr tit nest
Lots of dunnock,
goldfinch
1 decimated treecreeper nestcry.gif
On canal
swans nesting
abandoned moorhen nest
Pair of canada geese


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11:45 G.S.W Mating, 2 Tree creeper's, 3 Gray Wagtail's, 1 wren building a nest next to brook. Robin's, Longtail tit's, also blue and coal Tit's, Pair of Bullfinch.

-- Edited by sammy on Saturday 4th of April 2009 06:56:20 AM

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Spent another hour in the woods this morning, 12 tufties (6males 6 females) on the pond outside BetFred's house on pond. I flushed at least 6-7 snipe from frozen area in front of reeds and i also flushed a kestrel from its roosting site. 3 teal also on pond (2m 1f) and 1 coot. Also i moorhen quite high up in a tree that surprised me!
In woods: treecreepers still carrying material into nest site, lots of nuthatch calling. lt, coal, bl and gr. tits about, 1 possibly 2 chiff chaff and lots of woodpigeon.
Lastly, heard lesser spot and turned to see a small bird flying away from me. still no tick!furious.gif

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14.15-15.15pm

You had better luck than I did Joe,

No sign of the LSW but plenty of Nuthatches seen with also 3 GS Woodpeckers at the same time.

Kingfisher seen flying along the small stream towards the Delph.

The filtration lagoons beside the canal only had a pair of Little Grebes and a pair of Grey Wagtails , not much else

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spent an hour in woods 3.30 onwards.
identified a nuthatch and treecreeper nest
flushed a jay
at least 2 possibly 3 singing chiff chaff
1 male bullfinch
various tits
tufties, mallards and teal on pond in front of betfred
went looking for the lsw at the particular spot with my 9 year old step brother, we were watching the nuthatch when another bird similiar in size, flies behind them in a striking way (gliding and splaying out its wings then tucking them in again). all i saw was a silhouette but then he asked (without knowing what the lsw looked like) 'is there a black and white nuthatch?'. can't confirm for definite but it was pretty likely it was in fact the lsw. still no worsley tick thoughcry.gif

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thanks for the info - was it quite high in the trees? and was it on the more mature trees or the younger trees opposite? sorry about the questions but i really really want to see this bird!

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Hi Ian/Joey
Re-Lesser spot
Yes thats the exact location,but when reaching the top of the tract to the right of the boardwalk turn right again and walk back along the path through the woods this should bring you back to the `OLD WARKE STONE WEST`its on this circuit
i have located the female 3 times.
A good pair of boots is a must as the tract gets quite boggy in parts.
Good luck Ian.

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Originally posted by Joey Eccles on the 26th Match 2009:

i've been a couple of times now and i still haven't located it. is the location about 50m to the right uphill of the boardwalk that follows the stream. there are two dead trees with woodpecker holes about 20-30m apart in this area. is this the right spot?


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Originally posted by Ian Moffat on the 26th March 2009:

Had the female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker again late this afternoon.
Flew across my path giving cracking views for 15-20 mins.
Again the same section of woodland not 30mtr from the `old wore stone west`
Again between 1500-1700hrs, sadly still no male to be seen, yet!
Cheers Ian



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 27th of March 2009 12:19:08 PM

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The Swans are openly building their nest again for all to see in the delph

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Did a couple of hours in the woods this morning,
5+ nuthatchs seen calling and checking nest sites
1 treecreeper very close and male gsw in the lsw haunt but sadly no lsw thoughcry.gif.
3 teal 1m 2f in mud flats outside that black and white cottage
heard a water rail but could not find it also on mud flats
5 tufted duck 2 m 3 f on dam along with male mallard
jay
various tits all through woods
possible twite but not too sure - seems unlikely
two male blackbirds that were locked in combat by the side of worsley road was pretty interesting.
possible brambling - hard to tell because of light
35+ redwing high in trees
pair of mistle thrush - often seen in field round the back of BETFRED's place.
Beautiful views of singing song thrush which in turn attracted a possible mate.
various robins singing
lots of woodpigeon, crows and jackdaws about.
Do we get stock doves in the woods or surrounding fields?
Also was the lsw seen in the mature trees or the thinner trees opposite slightly up the hill?

Thanks

-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Saturday 14th of March 2009 03:12:02 PM

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Hi John - Yes, that was me. Birding since 1971 and it has eluded me ever since. A real bogey bird. Thanks for the peek through your scope! What a cracking reserve Moore is.

Will probably still have a look around Worsley though as it's not too far from East Lancs.

Mark

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Mark Jarrett wrote:

Was going to go to Worsley last Sunday to try and find the LSW but at the last minute decided to go to Moore NR instead. Mission accomplished and, within 5 mins of arriving, I had seen the Moore LSW. For once I had made the correct decision!biggrin.gif






Hi Mark,

Were you the chap who had a peek down my telescope? A lifer for you if it was smile.gif

Cheers, John

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Was going to go to Worsley last Sunday to try and find the LSW but at the last minute decided to go to Moore NR instead. Mission accomplished and, within 5 mins of arriving, I had seen the Moore LSW. For once I had made the correct decision!biggrin.gif

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I've not been able to get back to the woods due to work but a friend of mine went looking for the LSW on Sat/Sun and today. I gave him Ian's directions on where to look for the bird and he told me that he knew he was in the correct place when he found a sign on a tree saying "Lesser spot, look up"

Was that you Ian ?biggrin.gif

He did not see the LSW but found 2 Water rail next to 2 Snipe on the small mud flat in front of the Avairy house on the dam.Also a pair of Kingfishers and 4 Grey wagtails around the dam area

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Hi Ian

It looks like I am going to have to pull a sickday in work to see this bird in the woods again. I will let you know how I go on.

Just hope that my MD does not read this post.

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Hi Dave. Worsley Woods 1520pm 5th March.
Would you believe it, had the female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker this afternoon.
Same time, same place, same conditions and i persume the same bird.
Again it was high up but showed really well and again had it in vision with the
Great spot, just stood still and watched for anything that moved or flickered above.
Cheers Ian


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Hi Pete
In the trees along the old railway was also a good place to see them, but that was in the late 70,s.
An old fellow that I met a couple of weeks ago who lives in nearby Woodstock drive told me that he had LSW,s visiting his garden feeders over Xmas. I thought that he was getting mixed up with GSW's but he may have been correct.

Due to work commitments the trees will be in full leaf before I am able to get to the woods in the early morning [ sad face emotion].

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Dave,the Lesser Peckers always used to show best early morning(if they're still there that is).Anywhere between the entrance off Sefton Drive to just past the black and white timbered house in the woods was always the place to see them.Good Luck

-- Edited by pete berry at 09:24, 2009-03-03

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Kingfisher at the delph at 7.30 this morning again

-- Edited by Birder15 at 20:54, 2009-03-02

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Spent a couple of hours in the woods this afternoon looking for the LS Woodpeckers, sadly none seen but plenty of birds about including

GS Woodpeckers 6 including a pair checking out a nesting hole
Nuthatches 5 with also 2 checking out a nesting site
Treecreepers 5
LT tits 20+ with 2 carrying nesting material
Coal tits 3
Female Sparrowhawk
Blackcap 2 both females

On the dam
Snipe at least 4 on the small mudflat
Little Grebe 2
Tufted duck 2
Teal 8
Heron 1
Kingfisher 2
Jay 5
Grey Wagtail 1

Spring is nearly here

-- Edited by Dave Thacker at 15:35, 2009-03-01

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Kingfisher at Delph (big pond opposite canal on otherside of bridge next to entrance to the woods on worsley road) on friday the 27th of FEB on branches on left hand side in water. Also joined by 2 grey wag. Heard lsw drumming in woods a couple of weeks ago.

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Thanks Ian
The old warke stone area is where I used to see them years ago. If I manage to get out of work early over the weekend I will go and have a look for them.

-- Edited by Dave Thacker at 21:12, 2009-02-27

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Hi Dave
I almost gave up hope of finding one again myself but perverance paid off.
LOCATION
Exit Worsley roundabout onto Walkden road immediately take the next right
(If you reach Aviary road you have gone too far) carry on down the single
tract lane that takes you past St Marks school and underneath the motorway.
On emerging from the tunnel the section of woodland on your right is the location
i found the Lesser spot today.
Or, if you sat on the "old wark stone" dated 1860ish and walked straight ahead
to the back of the woods and see a couple of rotted stumps with old woodpecker
holes you will know you are in the right place.
Hope this makes sense Dave
Good luck, cheers Ian.


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Ian
Was the LSW in the trees behind the small cottage at the entrance of the woods as that is where I used to see them during the 70-80's.

I have been over 20 times in the last two years to find one and was beginning to give up hope of one being seen again in the woods.

-- Edited by Dave Thacker at 17:58, 2009-02-27

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WORSLEY WOODS and environs


Late afternoon 1500hrs Overcast but dry.
Female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.
Finally after 6 visits this month had the black capped female
high up in the Alder trees giving good views for 20 minutes.
At one stage had the Lesser & Great spot in vision on the same branch.
The bird was located in the exact same section of woodland
when last seen in 2004, five years ago!
Also 3 siskins,a pair of Great spots,Nuthatches,& Tree Creepers.
Cheers Ian


-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 18th of January 2010 01:05:00 PM

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