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RE: Burrs Country Park


Derby farm field next to the Garsdale.á

3 lapwing this morning, one was flying around, calling(peewit), and fighting off 2 jackdaw in flight.

5 pied wagtails.

No winter thrushes at all.

3 mistle thrush.

On river Saturday 24/2.

Glimpse of a kingfisher north of the weir (spotted last 2 days).á

Dipper in the rapids near railway bridge(spotted most days)

Heronry at dusk, 12 herons seemed to be sat on nests, with other herons perched around.

Notable on garden feeders next to Burrs.

2 Nuthatch.

Goldcrest.



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Derby farm field. 28 lapwing. Only 3 Fieldfare, no redwings today. Have they started to go home? None yesterday. Great spotted woodpecker on the top of ash trees next to Kadant factory .

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Derby farm field. Mutation of mixed thrush, 20 redwing, 15 Fieldfare, 1 mistle. 6 lapwing. River Irwell. Dipper, grey wagtail, heron in breeding plumage with only one leg. ELR 52322 British Rail

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Derby farm field next to the Garsdale. Meadow pipit 3 Pied Wagtail 5 Lapwing 27 Redwing Song thrush 20 Fieldfare On the river. Goosander 3

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5 lapwings on the Derby farm field next to the Garsdale.

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Once you have climbed the small hill behind the caravan park, look towards 325┬░NNW to see the nesting herons. Today there were 7 nests occupied, presumably with eggs being incubated, with other herons sat or flying around. Memorable others On the river 2 male dippers fighting for territory 5 goosanders Grey wagtail Cormorant In the trees on the river banks Treecreeper Goldcrest On the garden feeders 2 nuthatch

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Originally posted today by Alan Ball:


12 herons nesting near Burrs Country Park. Best viewing is from the small hill behind the caravan park, then look towards a pylon on the west side of the river.



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Goosander on fishing lodge, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Bullfinch, Dipper, Blackcaps Chiffchaffs Willow Warbler singing, several Swallows and 2 Dippers.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 17th of April 2015 10:08:41 AM

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At 1.00pm over river near to park entrance

One Swallow

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several or one very mobile kingfisher, Dipper,. 2 Jay, Female bullfinch, Coal Tit, Redwings, 2 Heron, Grey Wagtail and Treecreeper.

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kingfisher, Chiffchaffs, Dippers, Jay, Heron, and a Goosander.

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Kingfisher, Goosander, Buzzard, Greywagtail andf singing Chiffchaff


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Kingfisher in canal feeder, Treecreeper, Goosander, Grey Wagtail 8-9 am

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 2nd of November 2013 05:32:46 PM

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Two Kingfishers feeding each other, Dipper. 4 and 2 Grey Wagtails, Chiffchaff, Longtailed tits were todays offerings

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Walk down from Brandlesholme to lower Burrs early AM gave Jackdaws, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dipper, 2 Goosander, Nuthatch, and Jay plus usuals

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first light, rather sparse, bullfinch, grey wagtail, heron, flock of long-tailed tits and a treecreeper with a money spider on a thread hanging from its head.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 29th of November 2012 04:34:09 PM

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AM One wet Dipper, Grey Wagtail, several Jays, flocks of Long-tailed Tits, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard over Summerseat

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 16th of October 2012 04:12:56 PM

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1 very active Dipper feeding 2 young
Another 2 Dippers further up stream (possibly 1 seen twice in different places)
1 Kingfisher posing a long time for photos
1 Grey Wagtail feeding young
2 Jays (seen twice in different places)
1 Willow Warbler singing
... and the usuals

No Goosander



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Early AM
four Goosander 2m 2f
Two Jays
One Blackcap
One Chiffchaff
One Grey Wagtail
One Dipper
One Bullfinch
Flock Jackdaws
usuals

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From yesterday walk from Burrs to Summerseat over to Greenmount and back down the Kirklees Trail.
Lot of people out throwing things for dog, and the dogs themselves, into the River Irwell and various lodges. In some cases this was accompanied by a fast waving of arms and loud shouts of 'here fido.' The result was that most birds had decamped from Burrs and the lodges of the Kirklees.

Nonetheless between Burrs and Summerseat
Two Kingfisher flying south and north out of Burrs. towards Summerseat Two Nuthatch, two pairs of Goosander, Chiffchaff, Dipper, Lapwing, Curlew, Singing Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pheasant,

Greenmount
several Fieldfare, meadow pipit,

Kirklees trail Nuthatch

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Early morning walk in the mist
3 Dippers, 2 Goosander, 2 Kingfisher independently very active from the lower car park to half way to the weir, Grey Wagtail and 2 Heron.


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two dippers fighting in river near main carpark at dinner

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Cormorant over. Flock of fieldfares, coal tit, two goosanders on river, kingfisher flying down river, dipper hunting for food below main bridge on river.

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Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, Heron, Buzzard Over, and two Goosander this am.

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kingfisher on river

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rather wet not much
blackcap, willow warbler, chiffchaff,
jay, fly over oystercatcher swift swallow and grey wagtail.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 17th of May 2011 10:16:05 PM

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8-9am
Dipper
Kingfisher
Pair Goosanders
Bull Chaff Gold Green finch
Lapwings near garsdale
Jay
Jackdaws
LT Tits
Lots of Herons

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Saw Kingisher on river. Also 2 Dipper 2 Goosander and heron.

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Walked down to Burrs from Rammy along the River and back. 0900 till 1430. Saw the following:
7 x Dipper in total on the walk down to Burrs, ( 3 singing )
Lots of Long Tailed, Coal, Blue and Great Tits
1 x Willow Tit near Nutall Park.
Good numbers of Chaffinch and Goldfinch.
2 x Greenfinch
5 x Bullfinch
1 x Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 x Treecreeper
3 x Nuthatch
9 x Goosander (5 m)
2 x Moorhen
4 x Redwing
2 x Mistle Thrush

On Banks Farm Lodge:
54 Canada Geese, 2 Moorhen, 5 Goosander (2 m) and 1 x Celebrity Barnacle Goose.
(Distinct absence of Goldcrests and Kingfishers.. Burrs is usually a banker for Kingfishers}

Rob Archer





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Judith Smith wrote:

That's interesting about the Jackdaw roost, Alan, as at dusk or just before, daily in the winter months, large numbers fly south following the Irwell at Summerseat, which is probably only just over a mile from Burrs. I always wondered where they were going - assumed perhaps the old Robinson-Kay Home woods, or along the river somewhere. If any Radcliffe birder can throw light on the location of the roost, that would great.





There is a Jackdaw roost in Church on Stand lane, Radcliffe

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22nd January.

First visit to this park this morning.

A very nice area and I will certainly visit this park and surrounding areas again during the breeding season.

Surprisingly, the highlight of the visit came in the car park! nod.gif Whilst putting my boots on I noticed a pair of Woodpigeons close together and canoodling date.gif on a tree branch overhanging the car park. Closer inspection through binoculars saw the male apparently courtship feeding the female. He surprisingly gently and daintily regurgitated food on several occasions, which she appeared to swallow. The male climbed on the females back and they copulated. One or both of them then made a short series of unusual sounds, which I haven't heard before, just to round things off nicely! wink.gif

Also about a flock of c10 Greenfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 2 Song Thrush singing, a pair of Mistle Thrush, 3 Bullfinch (including 2 singing males), 1 Goosander, 1 Cormorant, 2 Jay and 2 Grey Heron.

Whilst driving back towards Bury I noticed a large flock of birds in a tree, which on stopping turned out to be 44 Waxwings. biggrin.gif They came down to feed on what looked to be yellow Rowan Berries on a tree outside Truro Close, off Woodhill Road.

Cheers,

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That's interesting about the Jackdaw roost, Alan, as at dusk or just before, daily in the winter months, large numbers fly south following the Irwell at Summerseat, which is probably only just over a mile from Burrs. I always wondered where they were going - assumed perhaps the old Robinson-Kay Home woods, or along the river somewhere. If any Radcliffe birder can throw light on the location of the roost, that would great.

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Just before dusk today, 5 flocks of Jackdaws flew over in south westerly direction.
Estimated 1000+ birds in total. I believe theres a roost in Radcliffe.
Also 5 Goosander over heading towards Elton.

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AM not much
Grey Watail
Male goosander above weir
4 dippers 1 near site of woodhall mill 1 near visitor centre 2 displaying 100 m down from weir
Gold finchers LT Tits ETC
GS Woody

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Large gathering of House Martins over park yesterday evening, possibly 40+.
Looked like family parties getting ready for migration.
Grey Wagtail on river.

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One whitethroat
2 Dippers
1 kingfisher
1 heron
1 Grey Wagtail
1 sedgewarbler
2 willow warblers

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Always a good place to look for broods of Goosander ducklings on the river, Ian - from mid May onwards.

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Very nice stroll up Burrs and further on up the valey along the River Irwell.

1 Dipper around the canal feeder Viaduct flying up stream
1 Dipper 1 willow warbler 1 blackcap 1 mistle thrush below the remains of woodhill mill
2 King fisher chasing each other above and below the weir
Heron on weir
6 Goosander (1 male) 1 GS Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 willow warbler pheasant 5 swallow above weir .

cheer

ian

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Heron Dipper 2 GS Woodpecker ChiffChaff Bull finch King fisher

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Heron
Grey Pied Wagtails
Dipper
Blue Great LTY Coal Tits
Chiff Chaff calling
Gt Spotted Wood pecker

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Buzzard circling high at 4pm over Brown Cow pub.
Also Kingfisher on River Irwell.

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