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Sorry for the late post, I led a winter birdwatching walk round Daisy Nook Country Park on Sunday morning 27/1/13. Highlightds were a Sparrowhawk in a tree on the Visitor Centre car park and a Woodcock at the side of Valley Farm at the Riversvale end of the park. Needless to say I missed the Woodcock.

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Went for a wonder around at about 1pm on Saturday - 12/1/13

7 Robins.
1 Mute Swan, still had a lot of browny-grey juvinile feathers. Couldn't see if it'd been ringed.
5 Goosanders on Crime Lake, didn't have binocs (amateur mistake ) so couldn't see how many male and female.

Cheers, Sean.

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Your best bet for Dipper is near the entrance to the garden centre. Also had brilliant views of Kingisher there.

Good luck, Steve

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My post was March 2010 so not sure if dippers still in this area. They were between Oldham Road and the junction of Alt Hill Road. In the past I have seen them .anywhere along the river from Park Bridge through Daisy Nook

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I scrolled down here and people were mentioning Dipper near Oldham Road around the weir - where exactly do they mean i.e all the way up to Lees or elsewhere?

-- Edited by John Doherty on Sunday 26th of February 2012 03:52:08 PM

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I've decided, for various reasons, to make Daisy Nook a prime patch for myself.

Pick of the stuff from today: 11-1pm

1 Great Crested Grebe, undeterred by the fishermen, on Crime Lake
3 Grey Wagtails on the river (no Dipper despite my very best efforts)
1 Jay
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Male (and another heard)
3 Nuthatch showing well near the disused canal bridge - a super place to see birds, with 2 Dunnock here and lots of Blue, Great and a few Long Tailed Tits.
More Nuthatch heard






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10.00 am this morning a splendid male Goldeneye on Crime Lake, (1st time I have seen one on there) together with a Great Crested Grebe which arrived on Tuesday 21/2/12
Dipper and Grey Wagtail on the river Medlock. Also 2 seperate sightings of Goldcrest.

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Today, really a notch chilly below what it is in my neighbourhood!

2 Treecreeper, 2 Goosander (pair cruising the river) Single Nuthatch only, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker heard. plus lots of Wren Robin and a single Dunnock + usual tits.

20 Blackheaded Gull plus a host of Moorhen, Coot and Mallard on the Crime lake/stream

No Water Rail nor Dipper. would have been nice.

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Sat 5th Nov. 07.45 - 08.30 hrs.

From Oldham Rd, Bardsley along bottom of Boodle Woods.

Followed river best as I could hoping for Dipper or Kingfisher. No joy !

An abundance of Nuthatch ...... always been plenty here.
1 Grey Wagtail.
1 Redwing.
Sparrowhawk.... heard but not seen.

Pretty quiet but a bonus of 6 vocal Whooper Swans going over (east to west). Were very high up.
This would make them heading towards Leigh or Wigan if they did not veer. Approximately 07.30 hrs, I was wondering if anyone else saw them ?

Roger



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2 Raven flying together west to east along Clayton Vale this morning, flew over Keeley Court, Newton Heath

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Yesterday in the fine Autumn sunshine: 1 Kestrel hovering near the fishing lakes, plus 1 Grey Heron, circa 30 Mallard, 5 Moorhen, lots of Coot.

No luck with Dipper along the Medlock homewards

Jon

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Hobby over horse paddocks north of the canal at 12.30. flew off SE

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Two grasshopper warblers reeling last night at the back if crime lake

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Had a look on Crime Lake yesterday, difficult to confirm but appeared to be a pair of Great Crested Grebes with young, hidden by overhanging willow. (Sunday 3-7-11)
Went back this morning on my way to work (6.45 am 4/7/11) and saw 1 adult catching fish and the other with at least one chick on its back, possibly 2 but difficult to tell.

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From visitor centre to Crime Lake

Blackcap
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
Whitethroat
GS Woodpecker
Swallow
Chaffinch
Canada Geese
Coot
Mallard
Song Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Grey Heron
Blackbird
Blue Tit
Great Tit

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First Chiff Chaff calling this year, One near footbridge over M60 and one in the trees at the rear of the fairground field next to Daisy Nook Farm

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A short walk up the Canal and then up Riversvale this morning.

Pr Bullfinch seen plus others calling
2 Nuthatch calling
2+ Blackcap singing and 1 female
2 Chiffchaff
Family party of Grey Wagtail included at least two young birds, 4 birds seen in total
Coal Tit
7 Great Tit (family group)
G S Woodpecker calling
Female Mallard with 4 ducklings
Jay

A pleasant walk in a pleasant areasmile.gif



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A walk around the other night produced all the usual stuff. Blackcaps seem to be everywhere. And the Great Crested Grebes were on Crime Lake along with a Sedge Warbler.

I did see two guys sat by the lake with air rifles holdals. I hung aroudn for a bit to see what they were up to.

-- Edited by Matt Potter on Thursday 20th of May 2010 03:38:07 PM

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Kath Butterworth wrote:

Hi Matt,
try listening to Lesser Whitethroat on the CD for the mystery call - they are similar to Cetti and have been in this area in past.






Hi Kath,

I hope you are well! :0)

I am pretty familair with Lesser Whitethroat call and I have seem them nearby in the past, but it wasnt one of them!

Cheers though and I am still scouring the CD for the bird!

Matt

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Hi Matt,
try listening to Lesser Whitethroat on the CD for the mystery call - they are similar to Cetti and have been in this area in past.

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Nothing out of the ordinary last night. Swalllow numbers on the increase and lots of Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers.

Didnt see the pair of Great Crested Grebes on Crime Lake.

Another call issue just past the vistor centre. My initial thoughts was a Cettis Warbler, but the call wasnt quite there. Another trip me thinks to find the blighter!



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pootle round daisy nook today. 11.30 till rained off at half past 2

highlights were

swallows 3 + 3+ 4
black caps 3 2f 1 very lucky male all in same tree
willow warbler 1 singing
chifchaff 6 singing
jay 2
nut hatch 2 both in same tree together
wren 3

crime lake
2 grey heron
2 mute swan
c20 mallard
15 canada goose

we also heard one frog calling in one of the broken canal sections

-- Edited by jason fisher on Sunday 25th of April 2010 03:02:58 PM

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Continuation of walk from Medlock Vale-

Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Blackcap
Chaffinch
Nuthatch
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Woodpigeon
Canada Geese
Mallard
Moorhen
Coot
Great Crested Grebe - 2
Swan - 2
Magpie
Blackbird
Song Thrush
Long Tailed Tit
Great tit
Blue Tit
Swallow

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Led a "dawn chorus" walk around the valley and Boodle Wood today. Chiff Chaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps are all well established in territories now.
Saw a pair of Treecreepers gathering nesting material, Nuthatches from 4 locations,
Swallows are back, Lapwings appear to be settled, possibly 6 or 7 pairs, 3 or 4 Pheasants (never saw any 5 years ago), 2 Herons, Pair of Great Crested Grebes on Crime Lake, G S Woodpeckers from 3 locations, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Coal Tits and Great Tits with nesting material, 3 Song Thrushes, Mistle Thrushes have fledged and left the nest from 1 location, Mute Swans not on a nest yet.
Once everyone had left and I took the dogs out I came across a Lesser Whitethroat singing near Crime Lake, quite a scarce bird for Daisy Nook.
With all the more common stuff we totalled 40 birds in 2 and a half hours.

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The blackcap was at least 10 foot from the river wink.gif & the grey wag was on a rock on my side nana.gif
.... so where's your list...!!!

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Walk from Oldham Rd through Boodle Wood






I hope you remembered where your boundaries were!! wink.gif

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Walk from Oldham Rd through Boodle Wood
6 robin
5 blackbird
5 great tit
8 jays
8 wood pigeon
8 blue tit
2 nuthatch
4 coal tit
1 grey wagtail smile.gif
7 magpie
2 mallard
1 blackcap biggrin.gif singing beautifully
1 long tailed tit
1 chaffinch
1 greenfinch
1 grey heron


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Paul Carroll wrote:

Walk around the country park today.
4 Chiff Chaffs singing from different locations,
2 Song Thrushes
Dipper sing on the river Medlock (has anyone seen a Kingfisher this month?)
Mute Swans paired up (JDJ male and ZZ5495) Crime Lake
2 x male Tufted Ducks Crime Lake
Pair of Great Crested grebes Crime Lake and 2 pairs of Coots.
Pair of Bullfinches
Nuthatches singing from 3 locations.






We went for a walk to Hartshead Pike through Daisy Nook and saw the Great Crested Grebes. Nice to see them there again. They used to be on Crime Lake many years ago.

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Walk around the country park today.
4 Chiff Chaffs singing from different locations,
2 Song Thrushes
Dipper sing on the river Medlock (has anyone seen a Kingfisher this month?)
Mute Swans paired up (JDJ male and ZZ5495) Crime Lake
2 x male Tufted Ducks Crime Lake
Pair of Great Crested grebes Crime Lake and 2 pairs of Coots.
Pair of Bullfinches
Nuthatches singing from 3 locations.

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Walked from Oldham Road toward Daisy Nook
11.45-13.15
2 mallard
2 nuthatch
long tailed tits
great tits
blue tits
goldfinch
greenfinch
wren
chaffinch
magpie
woodpigeon
blackbird
2 jays smile.gif
1 dipper towards oldham rd bridgebiggrin.gif
1 GS Woodpecker (heard loads)biggrin.gif
Lovely day biggrin.gif

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I had a couple of hours walk around the Daisy Nook area today 5/3/10
2 Buzzards (seperate locations)
Male GS Woodpecker drumming, female nearby feeding.
6 x Teal
18 lapwings
Male Kestrel
Male Bullfinch
1 x Pink Foot Goose with the Canada Geese.

Yesterday 4/3/10
Dipper singing on Medlock & Grey Wagtail
Treecreeper & Nuthatch in Boode Wood
4 x Pheasants
5 Redwings
13 Fieldfare
1 x Buzzard
32 Lapwing


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2 hours walk p.m. Sunny and quite warm !
Sparrowhawk
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 3 birds - area between bridge and Oldham Rd.
Dipper - 2 - from bridge towards Oldham Rd.
Nuthatch - 1 or 2 sightings
Treecreeper - 1 only
Also :-
Long-tailed Tit
Blue Tit Great
Great Tit
Blackbird
Moorhen
Mallard
Canada Goose
Mute Swan




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3 hours walk around in the snow yesterday produced

4 bulfinch
1 redwing
3 nuthatch
8 blackbird
9 robins
1 swan
4 coot
3 songthrush
4 fieldfare
6 canada geese over
1 candan cross with some other goose
10 long tail tits
1 heron
loads of blue and great tits
10 mallards
1 sparrow hawk
1 kestrel
5 crows
3 jackdaws

think i had a peregrine over was low and fast and looked like it from the fleeting views i got.

cheers

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nice one andrew.   grey wagtail also nest here and ive seen a roe deer further downstream.   have you seen any woodcok in the area?   apparentley they occur around park bridge but im not sure exactly where to look

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Thanks for that ill certainly put it in my diary. A nice easy one for me as my house backs onto the forrest above the river

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5 dipper is a good number on this much improved river.   if youre interested, a pair can be watched in summer at the nest they have used for several years just below the weir upstream of oldham road

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Daisy Nook & Medlock Valley


Daisy Nook 30/11


Plenty of Woodland Birds


20+ Gold Finches - 10 Green Finches - m & f Bullfinch - 10+ Blue Tit - 10+ Great Tit  - 20+ Collared Doves


Medlock Valley 30/11


30+ Redwing - 20+ Long Tail Tit - 50+ Starlings - 1 Kestrel - 5 Dippers


Crime Lake 30/11


1 Goosander ( I think ) !!!!


im still working on my id`s and studied my field giude for ages and thought thats what it was :)


Andrew



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