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Darcy Lever


Smiths Lodge

 

0930hrs 29/02/24 

10 species

2 x Goldeneye 

5 x Tufted Duck

16 x Coot

4 x Mute Swan

4 x Canada Goose

2 x Mallard (pair, flew off towards Moses Gate)

8 x Goldfinch

5 x Magpie

2 x Black-headed Gull



-- Edited by Bryan Deighton on Thursday 29th of February 2024 02:58:54 PM



-- Edited by Bryan Deighton on Thursday 29th of February 2024 02:59:16 PM

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Smiths Lodge

 

1500hrs 23/02/24 

8 species

2 x Goldeneye 

11 x Tufted Duck

15 x Coot

2 x Moorhen

1 x Great Crested Grebe

1 x Cormorant 

5 x Mute Swan

3 x Canada Goose



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Smiths Lodge

 

1400hrs 15/02/24 

12 species

2 x Goldeneye 

2 x Gadwall

19 x Tufted Duck

12 x Coot

2 x Moorhen

1 x Great Crested Grebe

1 x Cormorant 

2 x Black-headed Gull

1 x Wood Pigeon

1 x Robin

1 x Blue Tit 

4 x Mute Swan



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0945hrs 01/02/24 - 10 minute look on way to Moses Gate

13 species

1 x Goldeneye (immature)

10 x Gadwall

16 x Tufted Duck (M&F pair)

21 x Coot

1 x Great Crested Grebe

17 x Black-headed Gull

1 x Wood Pigeon

1 x Robin

6 x Magpie

2 x Goosander (M & F)

3 x Greenfinch (in trees in track to farm opposite side of road)

14 x Canada Goose

4 x Mute Swan



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Quick look on Smith's Lodge as I was passing at Lunchtime.

16 species

1 x Goldeneye (immature)

5 x Gadwall

2 x Tufted Duck (M&F pair)

22 x Coot

2 x Moorhen

1 x Great Crested Grebe

1 x Cormorant

1 x Black-headed Gull

2 x Wood Pigeon

3 x Feral Pigeon

1 x Blue Tit

1 x Robin

1 x Goldfinch

1 x Magpie

2 x Carrion Crow 

Song thrush heard in woods at back but not seen



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Quick 15 minute look on Smith's Lodge on the way to Moses Gate.

9 species

2 x Goldeneye (1 x female 1 x immature)

7 x Gadwall

13 x Tufted Duck

3 x Mute Swan

15 x Coot

1 x Moorhen

1 x Mallard

1 x Great Crested Grebe

1 x Cormorant

 



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2 Goldeneye with 35 Tufted Duck on Smith's Lodge, also 6 Gadwall.

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This morning, 2 groups of Whooper Swans east over, approx 20 followed by a group of 9. Also well over 1000 Pink-footed Geese over east before 8.30am.



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Today, a female Scaup with 17 Tufted Duck on Smith's Lodge, Darcy Lever.

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Now 2 singing Lesser Whitethroats!

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A local mega today in the form of a singing Lesser Whitethroat about 100 metres behind our house.

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Green Woodpecker present today at Darcy Lever GPs.

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Today, mid-morning a male Cuckoo flew over Smith's Road near Smith's Lodge, heading in the direction of Crompton Lodges.

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2 Oystercatcher back around Smith's Lodge this morning also 40 Tufted Duck.

Nearby 1 Jack Snipe and 2 Willow Tit.

Recently 500+ Jackdaws still roosting at the Gravel Pits.

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2 Ring-necked Parakeets flew from Leverhulme Park towards Darcy Lever GP last week, also recently several Siskins over and 4 Willow Tits at the Gravel Pits.

Dragonfly sightings on other wildlife.

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Curlew heard over the house at 01:10 this morning.

Up to 168 Magpies in the Gravel Pit roost this last week.

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Hi Simon, I have been down to the gravel pits regularly. I was just wondering where abouts I might be able to see the woodcock. Thanks Chris

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Recently up to 160 Magpies and 450+ Jackdaws roosting at the Gravel Pits. Also up to 20 Teal, 14 Tufted Ducks, 4 Goosander, 100+ Redwing and 3 Woodcock.

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Some excellent southerly Vis Mig yesterday 30/10/2013, between 6.30am & 7.15am -

c30 Whooper Swan east at 6.55am
700 Woodpigeon
120 Redwing
220 Fieldfare
25 Jackdaw
2 Goosander.

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Single Chiffchaff singing this afternoon.

Also recently up to 15 Teal on Darcy Lever Gravel pits, 2 Willow Tits and the roost has held up to 500 Jackdaw & 220 Magpie.

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On the way to Moses Gate at Hacken lane in Darcy Lever I saw a Mute Swan being escorted or shepherded from the works back to the lodges some distance away. One flapping Swan strutting down the pavement and six diligent staff in an expert surrounding posse making sure said swan had a safe return. Well done to all concerned.

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This afterrnoon,

2 Dipper Leverhilme Park, one singing.
1 Nuthatch
6 Swallow late on flying low south
3 of the highest flying Jays I have ever seen heading south.
450 Jackdaws at usual roost.

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Saturday 13th of October 2012 08:26:37 PM

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3.00-4.15PM
Darcy Lever GP roost:

Jackdaw - 895
Woodpigeon - 300
Magpie - 175

Plus, GS Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 20 Redwings.


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500+ Jackdaw, mainly in trees near Radcliffe rd. At Darcy Lever Gravel pits, 900 Woodpigeon, 55 Magpie.

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Judith, we thought they maybe of interest, particularly the Jackdaw roost, this is an area we used to watch very regular before my Elton days, but its only the last year or so we noticed large numbers of Jackdaws in the area and only this year we have seen Woodpigeons roosting there. Most of the birds were coming in from the direction of Bolton.

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Those ar ereally useful records from a rarely-visited area - thanks Simon and Alan.

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6/12/09

Me and Warfy senior checked out Darcy Lever Gravel Pits this afternoon to count the birds coming into roost, counting was awkward as it is difficult to get a suitable vantage point, but we noted the following-

Jackdaws - 798 (all coming in from the west and landing in adjacent fields before whirling around in one massive flock before roosting in the gravel pits)
Woodpigeons - 520 (mainly in from the west but counting these was hard, could have easily have been triple this number)
Stock Dove - at least 1
Magpie - 113 (actual number probably well over 200 as coming in from all directions)
Collared Dove - approx 45 roosting nearby

Will visit again soon..

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male Blackcap in my garden feeding on block of fat, 2.15pmsmile.gif

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3/12/2007 Mid Afternoon

31 Snipe at one site and 5 at another.

10 Goosander,3 Little Grebes and several Teal on River Croal near hacken bridge.

Dipper Lever bridge.

73 Lapwings on fields south of Radcliffe Road and not on roofs.

and one leaky wellycry.gif

-- Edited by warfy at 18:15, 2007-12-03

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24/11/2007 Mid am

No sign of R N Parakeets in Leverhulme Park but I will keep looking, my friend Chris Marston had one last weekend in nearby G Lever.

2 Jack Snipe have returned to favoured areas. Shame one of the best sites now has houses on it.cry.gif

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A rarity for Darcy Lever today a Buzzard over Smiths Lodge/Raikes Lane area 1pm from the car!

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3/8/2007 Late Afternoon

2 Juv Dippers & 3 Juv Grey Wags from Lever Bridge still.

3 Common Tern - Smiths Lodge.


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28/07/2007 - Mid Afternoon

No sign or sound of last weeks reported Ring Necked Parakeet in Leverhulme Park, dont know who reported it, i will keep an open mind even though i have had various escaped parrots in the park in previous years,

Did have -

4+ Dippers, 2 well grown juveniles feeding from Darcy Lever bridge on wier(very easy), and 2 adults in Leverhulme Park itself plus another juvenile which may well have been one of the earlier ones moved upstream.
Grey Wagtail - 2 adults and 1 juvenile from Darcy Lever bridge
Kingfisher
Garden Warbler
Sparrowhawk
Jay
Bullfinch family party
Little Grebes - at least 3 on River Croal near Fogg Lane.


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