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RE: Doffcocker Lodge


Birds seen today 9.10 am to 10.25am: Goldfinches 25+, Magpies 10+, Feral Pigeons 4, Mallards 30+, Coots 22+, Tufted Ducks 35+, Moorhens 15+, Carrion Crows 4, Jackdaws 6+, Black Headed Gulls 85+, Dunnocks 3, Cormorants 2, Great Crested Grebe 1, Blue Tits 12+, Coal Tits 3, Lesser Black Backed Gull 1, Great Tits 2, Blackbirds 15+, Kingfisher 1, Common Gull 1, Wren 1, Wood Pigeons 18+, Redwings 45+, Lesser Redpoll 1, Greenfinches 3 and Bullfinch 1.



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Arrived at 8.45 to 9.40 today's sightings: Black Headed Gulls 80+, Coots 20+, Greylag geese (domestic) 5, Tufted Ducks 25+, Mallards 30+, Kingfisher 1, Great Crested Grebes 2, Magpies 7, Longtailed Tits 8+, Cormorants 2, Jackdaws 5, Wood Pigeons 20+, Blue Tits 8, Common Gulls 2, Starlings 30+, Goosanders 2, Grey Heron 1, Lesser Black Backed Gull 1, Wrens 2,         Redwings 100+, Blackbirds 15+, Bullfinch 1, Dunnocks 3, Fieldfares 2, Moorhens 6+ and Feral Pigeons 2.



-- Edited by Paul Thompson on Wednesday 7th of December 2016 12:09:55 PM

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Walked round the lodge today between 9.35 am & 10.35 am. birds seen: Carrion Crows 2, Black Headed Gulls 80+, Mallard 25+, Tufted Ducks 28+, Moorhens 10+, coots 20+, Greylag Geese (Domestic) 5. Wood Pigeons 8+, Kingfishers 2, Starlings 15+, Magpies 6+, Goldfinches 15+, Common Gull 2, Great Crested Grebes 2, Robins 2, Bullfinches 3, Goldcrest 1, Blue Tits 5, Canada Geese 18, Great Spotted Woodpeckers 2, Dunnock 1, Lesser Black Backed Gull 1, Chaffinches 9, Siskins 5, Blackbirds 13, Jackdaw 1, Greenfinches 5, Wren 1 and Redwings 65+.

No Bittern or Water Rail today.



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No sign of the Bittern today but 3 Water Rails and a Kingfisher were present.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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No sign of Bittern between 10.30-2.00pm,Water Rail seen,2 Kingfisher,4 Goosander,plus usuals.

Photo's below from Thursday



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Walked round the lodge between 11.40 to 12.35. Three sightings of Kingfisher (not sure if they were the same or different birds), 3 Goosander (1 male and 2 female). About 50+ Redwing in the hedges along Moss Bank Way. A single Great Crested Grebe the first one I've seen for about a week, they seem to know the lodge was going to freeze and moved off. No sign of the Water Rail or bittern which a saw on Tuesday. Plenty of people still looking for the bittern.

 Other birds seen: Starlings 25+, Coots 20+, Black Headed Gulls 80+, Tufted Ducks 25+, Robins 2, Moorhens  8, Cormorants c3, Chaffinches 8, Dunnocks 2, Blackbirds c12, Magpies 6+, Goldfinches 5, Wood Pigeons 15+, Greenfinches 8, Blue Tits 2, Common Gull 1, Lesser Black Backed Gull 2, Greylag Geese (Domestic) 5, Canada Geese 17, House Sparrows 4+, Mallard 20+ and Jackdaws 2.    



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Just to add to Dave's notes on previous entry: Goosander 4 Water Rail 2 Kingfisher 1 Jackdaw - flocks coming to roost in willow carr at dusk (no count) Nice to have your company Dave and Dave (Broome).

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Attended the lodge at first light but thick fog affected visibility. Saw kingfisher and heard water rails calling .Met Andy Makin but we gave up hope of seeing bittern due to weather. Thought I would call after work and returned to lodge an hour before dusk. Met David Broome and Peter from Heywood (sorry but forgot your surname). Eventually Dave saw movement in the edge of reed bed at the northern edge of the smaller lodge (left of causeway).Saw bittern walking steadily in the reeds but only giving partial sightings. Just before dusk the bittern climbed up the top of the reeds to roost. It gave good views as it preened. Last seen at this location before darkness came and we had to leave. I have attached a record shot which was taken on phone though Dave's scope. Thanks to Dave and Pete and nice to meet you

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Bittern still in reeds on the right hand side of the smaller lodge, viewed from the causeway. Well hunkered down when we were there at around mid-day but still visible. 



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This am up to 11.30
Two great views of the Bittern, which is currently located in the Phragmites in the smaller lake, and at its northern end.
At 10.25 the Bittern was showing fully at the front of the reeds for 1 to 2 mins. Viewed from the causway at about 70 yards.
At 11am with Andy Makin from the grassy slope to the south of the lake , the Bittern was seen flying, 30 yards, along the northern
edge of same reeds. Later the bird was elusive with only partial views from 50 yards. Probably will show better from further back on causeway.
A County tick for me!
Also: Kingfisher....1
Teal....6
Tufted Duck...7
Grey heron...1


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Bittern showing well in front of the reedbed at 10:30 this morning.

Info thanks to Keith Mills

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This morning sightings, with thanks, from Paul Thompson:

At 8.50 a Bittern was showing well on the Ice (Yes A Bittern!)
Also seen were Water rail...1
Kingfisher...1
At the top of Smithills Dean, by Scout Road, a Single Golden Plover was with Lapwings.

-- Edited by keith mills on Tuesday 29th of November 2016 08:11:57 PM

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This morning 10 Whooper Swans present (9 adult, 1 juvenile). They flew out at 10.13 after being disturbed by a dog chasing a ball in the water. The sign saying dogs must be on a lead is widely ignored.
Also present 1 Little Grebe and 1 female Goosander.

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Single Tree Sparrow on feeders at Boot Lane near Doffcocker this early afternoon.

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes



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WeBS visit 0900 - 0940
Great Crested Grebe x 1
Domestic Greylag Goose x 5
Mallard x 18
Tufted Duck x 13
Coot x 21
Moorhen x 6
Lesser Black-backed Gull x 1
Black-headed Gull x 125

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 16th of October 2016 11:14:15 PM

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Late morning,

1 Wigeon
4 Teal
59 Tufted Duck

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This evening: At least 11 Common Tern, using the rafts.
Reed Warbler showing very well.

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Drake Ruddy Shelduck flew in around 8.30am today. Also Common Tern seen.
Info thanks to Paul Thomson, who left, with the bird still present, at 9.20am
No sign of either on my short visit this evening just...
10 Tufted Duck, a Willow Warbler, and 1 Swallow.

-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 15th of April 2016 06:07:51 PM

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This am with David Aldred. Sunny.

Goosander...5....(3m,2f)
Teal....2
Great Crested Grebe...4
Reed Bunting... a pair
Tufted Duck...5
Moorhen...c8
Grey Wagtail...1
White Domestic Geese...5
Canada Geese...3 + 3 Hybrid


-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 25th of February 2016 03:48:14 PM

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This morning:
Goosander....9 (5f,4m)
Adult Mediterranean Gull...1
Info, with thanks, from David Aldred.

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Fleeting visit at lunchtime today - 10 Common Tern.

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Hour over lunch time today. 2 Common Terns Willow Tit (pair) 2 snipe Swallows and House Martins Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler in song at far end of causeway with brief views of the former. Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff also adding their voices.

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Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler in song by causeway, no sign any Terns as yet.

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Hour around the lodge this morning after the rain
3 Chiffchaff
Pair of Willow Tit
Single Swallow
Snipe
Female Goosander.

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Very smart looking adult Mediterranean Gull with the Black-Headed Gulls yesterday at 3.40pm. On the water for some time, then flew off for a while in the direction of Rumworth but was present again a little later.

Other notables were the return of the monster Terrapin sunning himself on the lower branches of a fallen bush in the water at the eastern corner of the lodge and the complete absence of any swans.




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Visited this morning and saw the following: Reed bunting, Black headed gull, Goosander (2 pairs) Chiffchaff (first of the year for me), Teal, Pied wagtail, Goldfinch.

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First summer migrant of the year with Chiffchaff over far end of the lodge
Also
Goldcrest
3 Goosander
Greater Black backed Gull
3 tufted Duck
4 Wren
Buzzard
Sparrowhawk kill around the back of the lodge

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10.30 to 11.30 this morning
7 Goosander (3m 4f)
5 tufted Duck
Common Gull
Lesser Black backed Gull
Canada Goose
Great Crested Grebe
Single Kingfisher, which having caught a fish was then pursued by half a dozen black headed gulls around the lodge

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For the last week I have watched two kingfishers do battle on the lodge. There are some great chases as one chases the other in great agitation. Today they flew round and round repeatedly through the back gardens of houses on Ripon road. What a sight to see as you stand doing the washing up! I always see them around late morning/noon though other people who have gone up say they have never seen them but they are giving some great views all over the main lake.

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My wife and I had a late walk round the lodge last evening and we were treated to a fantastic display by the feeding swifts.

As the dusk fell from around 9.30pm the swifts started feeding lower and lower. In the end as the light was falling they were buzzing past us from all sides, almost within touching distance (if we could have been quick enough!), as we stood on the path near the gate at the Kiln Lane end.





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PM walk round with dogs

Common Tern 9 on raft
Reed Warbler 6 heard
Mute Swan pair
Great Crested Grebe pair
Reed Bunting
Tufted Duck 2 pairs
Lesser BB Gull 1 adult
Black Headed Gull 30+
Chiffchaff 3
Willow Warbler 2


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An hour between 11-12

Reed Warbler 1 singing in left reed bed
Sedge Warbler - good views in right hand reed bed
2 Common Tern arrived back and reclaimed the raft whilst I was there
Pair of Blackcaps
Pair of Bullfinches
Cormorant
Long Tailed Tit carrying food
up to 6 Reed Buntings (4 males)
Pair of Tufted Duck
Great Crested Grebe sitting tight
plus lots of the usualssmile (copyright JT)

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Blowing a bit this morning between 8.30 - 10.00. Highlights
Singing Blackcap
Greenfinch
5 Swallows
Willow Tit in scrub around the back of left hand lake
3 Willow Warblers
2 Chiffchaff



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An hour till 12am

Woodcock 1 flushed from hawthorne scrub north side
Goosander 7
Greenfinch 17
Buzzard 1
Sparrowhawk 1 male
Bullfinch 3
Goldcrest 2
Lesser Redpoll 1

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This morning between 09.45 and 11.00am - windy, over-cast

Moorhen x4
Coot x31
Mallard +40
Tufted Duck x12
Mute Swan x4 (2 adults and 2 young)
Great Crested Grebe x3 (2 adults and 1 young who was constantly begging one of the parents for food, and diving after them - great to watch)
Canada Goose x10
Black headed Gull x4
House Martin x6

Whitethroat x1
Willow Warbler x4
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Robin x2
Wren x1
Goldfinch x1
Greenfinch x6
Siskin x2
Chaffinch x2
Blackbird x1
Magpie
Carrion Crow

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Hi I have been away for a few days.I read the post about the signet with the fishing tackle so went to have a walk round today 3/8/13 at 4.30pm.
Both adults and two signets on the lodge.
As I walked towards the swans I saw the adult male tangled in a fishermans line. He was trying to drag the swan towards shore.
The line eventually snapped.
I borrowed some sweetcorn and enticed all 4 swans to the very edge.They all looked okay I could see no injury to the male swan and no sign of
a hook or line.
I did speak to the group of fishermen who seemed fairly unconcerned.
No sign of the third signet.

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I will send you a pm, Dave.
Cheers
Keith

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Hi Keith, presumably the same Ian I have not seen for years. I knew him well, from socialising not cycling, when he lived in Egerton. Please pass on my regards.

Cheers, Dave.





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Information thanks to my neighbour , and longtime Lancashire Road Club Secretary, Ian Marshall....

Ian has been watching the Mute Swans all Summer as his son-in- law and grandkids live by the Lodge.
Today he noticed that one of the remaining 3 Cygnets(originally 5) had what looked like a 2 coloured fishing float stuck in it's bill.
He contacted the RSPCA this afternoon ,who took full details.
Ian has cycled up late this evening and could only see 2 normal Cygnets.
He hopes that the Swan has been collected to get some help, and that hopefully this story has a happy ending!




-- Edited by keith mills on Wednesday 24th of July 2013 10:10:41 PM

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Evening visit

Common Tern 8+ adults & 6 newly hatched juvs that are unable to fly yet, seems the previously fledged juvs have already left.
Reed Warbler still singing !
Mute Swan 2 adult, 3 cygnets.
Pair Great Crested Grebes
Tufted Duck 15 in eclipse

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PM walk round



Mute Swan 2 adult + 3 Cygnets
Common Tern 15+ Adults & at least 4 newly fledged juveniles in flight.
Reed Warbler still singing
Great Crested Grebe 2
Canada Goose 55
Swift 8


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This morning 5.50am-7am:

Common Tern x15
Mute Swan pair + 4 cygnets
Canada Goose x28
Moorhen x2
Coot x5
Tufted Duck x5
Mallard
Great crested Grebe x1
Black Headed Gull
Herring Gull x1
Collard Dove
Wood Pigeon
Starling +30
House Sparrow x6
Dunnock x7
Blackbird x4
Mistle Thrush x2
Robin
Willow Warbler x3
Chiffchaff x2
Common Whitethroat x3
Reed Warbler x7
Sedge Warbler x3
Reed Bunting x2
Greenfinch x8
Goldfinch x4
Chaffinch x9
Wren x5
Swallow x2
Swift +12


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Pair of Mute Swans with 4 cygnets looking well.
two Reed Warbler and one Sedge Warbler seen.
Great displays from the Common Terns, including one adult feeding another adult ? a courtship ritual (or just one very lazy Tern!).


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Went round the lodge yesterday early evening about 6.30pm 6/6/13. The swans and cygnets were fine on the small lodge.

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Went again for my dinner 12.00 till 12.30. Glorious sunshine again.
Worryingly I couldn't locate the swans and cygnets. They will only be 5 days old maximum so hopefully they were all hiding in the reeds some where!
I went to the grass bank side of the main lodge. Common terns flying close by this area.
Reed warblers, reed buntings and tree sparrows all showing well on the causeway.
With regards to the last post by mark I agree that if people are going into the reeds that isn't right. I have sat on the bank sides of the causeway to take photos but to enter the reeds will only disturb the wildlife.

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When I arrived at work this morning, one of my colleagues (a doctor of Biology) approached me to tell me about two men she had seen taking photographs at Doffcocker at around 8.00 this morning. She said the two blokes had stationed themselves in the reeds on the small lake side of the causeway. I clarified this point with her several times and she was adamant that they were off the causeway and actually in the reedbed. If I hadn't had a meeting bthis morning I would have headed straight down to Dofffcocker myself.

I do think that any action such as that could only be seen as deplorable and gives all those of us who like to photograph wildlife a bad name. Not to mention being potentially extremely harmful to the subjects.

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Had my dinner break today sat in glorious sunshine at doffcocker. Long may this weather continue!! Managed an excellent photo of a reed warbler at last. One finally came to the front reeds on the causeway. There are lots of common terns present. Looks like both rafts are being used which is brill. The highlight was the pair of mute swans with 4 cygnets. It seems like they have been on the nest for such a long time. They could only be a couple of days old as they hadn't hatched on Friday when I visited. Had a look for the terrapin spotted the other day but no joy. The pair of grebes have moved onto the smaller body of water on the left at doffcocker. Will they try to build a nest here as I have already seen them be unsuccessful twice on the main body of water.

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After our visit to Rumworth and a picnic and bike ride through Moss Bank Park with my daughter, we went to Doffcocker lodge.
Had great views of a Great Crested Grebe swallowing a huge fish and also of the Common Terns fishing.
Others seen included:

Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Reed Warbler
Reed Bunting
Oystercatcher overhead.

Great day out enjoyed by the both of us.

One other thing to note not bird related was a Bat flying around Moss Bank Park in broad daylight. Obviously very odd as at first glance i was trying to work out what kind of bird it was with such a fast wing beat!!



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Visit this morning between 6.45 - 7.30

2 Reed Warblers giving good views ( for Reed Warblers) at the far end of the causeway
5 Sedge Warblers heard (2 viewed)
8 Common Terns
2 Chiffchaff
3 Willow Warblers
15 Starlings
2 Dunnock (1 carrying food)

plus the usual inhabitants

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 9th of May 2013 08:09:42 PM

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Usual suspects, 6-8 am. Water Rail seen but not heard, one by cut out reeds and another further in to reed bed. Lots of Sedge Warblers. Very good views of a couple of Reed Buntings and a Willow Warbler. Good views of Buzzard. Spent 15 minutes watching a Heron being mobbed by Gulls and Terns.

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