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RE: WORSLEY WOODS and environs


This morning 5.45am -12.15pm. Filtration lagoons. 2 Reed warblers ( heard only). 2 Reed buntings. Grey Heron. 3 Gadwall. Common sandpiper. Buzzard. 5 Chiffchaffs. Botany Bay woods Brambling (m) Male Cuckoo sat on a fence post overlooking the cattle field. Female Sparrowhawk. Blackcap (m). 2 Willow warblers. 4 Chiffchaffs. 3 Song thrush. Nuthatch. Tawny owl.

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A Little egret spent around 5 minutes alongside the small pond in the field next to the filtration lagoons this morning before flying over Botany Bay. At least 20 Chiffchaffs, most singing from along the canal towpath and three Ring-necked Parakeets flying about. Also a single Redshank and 9 Black headed gulls in the flooded field south of the canal at the bend before the moorings.

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Roe Green Loop-line From Monton (Dukes Drive) to 'Worsley Station' and back....280323

22 Magpie

16 Jackdaw

5 Moorhen

3 Nuthatch

6 House Sparrow

3 Ring Necked Parakeet...including a pair prospecting for Nest Sites..

4 Bullfinch

1 Raven Flew over @ 1140

2 Jay

2 Song Thrush in song

1 Pheasant chased about by two of the innumerable Dogs on this walk..

1 Song Thrush Egg...predated



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09.00-10.30

Great spotted woodpecker x3

Ring necked parakeet x4

Water rail calling from Warke dam

Plus all the usuals

Cheers Jay

Dont twitch and drive



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Monday 12th February 2024 Teal (10) Gadwall (2) Little Grebe (1) Ring Necked Parakeet (2) - one making a nest hole in dead tree Redwing (1) Treecreeper (1) Nuthatch (1) Mute Swan (1) Great Spotted Woodpecker (1) Tufted Duck (5) Coot (2) Moorhen (1) Dunnock (1)

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Monday 5th February 2024. Early afternoon. Due to recent neck problems I had to leave my binoculars and rucksack at home. But still some nice spots with 'naked' eyes! Worsley Delph: Kingfisher (1) Grey Heron (1) Nuthatch (1) heard Mute Swan (1) Moorhen (1) Jackdaw (10) Canada Goose (2)

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Tuesday 16th January 2024. 11:30 -13:00 hrs. Sightings included

Old Warke Dam (most of lake frozen over)
Snipe (7) - flushed by two foxes on waters edge
Teal (10)
Little Grebe (1)
Moorhen (1)

Worsley Woods:
Nuthatch (3 sightings)
Redwing (4)
Blackbird (10)


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The Olde Warke Dam Worsley

8 Snipe

4 Gadwall

9 Coot

3 Moorhen

2 little Grebe

27 Mallard

3 Teal

1 Jay

3 Tufted Duck

The Delph Worsley

1 Kingfisher (male)

1 Mute Swan

Filtration Pools Worsley

1 Cetti's Warbler 

1 Water Rail 

 



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Two Dipper chasing around the Old Warke Dam this afternoon. 



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Thanks for the heads up



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Phil,

Watching from the Delph can get you good views of a Kingfisher. They prefer to perch on the small bridge or the far rock wall opposite the seats. Morning is best.



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Is there a particular spot to find the Kingfishers, as they keep eluding me.

thanks 

Phil 



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Old Warke Dam Worsley... Highlights

1 Kingfisher

1 Grey Wagtail

3 Little Grebe

5 Teal

3 Nuthatch

2 Gadwall

Filtration Pools

2 Greenfinch

11 Goldfinch

1 Raven over west

Fields southwest of Filtration Pools

2 Swift

150 Swallow

10 House Martin

6 Buzzard   above Botany Bay Wood



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Delph Worsley.

Adult female and a juvenile Kingfisher were both perched on the little bridge this morning at 09.30am. The juvenile was a very green/blue colour compared to the female who caught a small fish while I was watching.



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Old Warke Dam & Woodland

Highlights...

2 Kingfisher

1 Grey Wagtail

5 Nuthatch

2 Teal

1 Chiffchaff

1 Grey Heron

2 Ring Necked Parakeet

Filtration Pools

2 Water Rail

15 Swift over west

 

 

 



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Worsley Woods this morning. 

Sparrowhawk (f)

3 Song thrush

2 Chiffchaff 

3 Treecreeper 

4 Nuthatch 

2 Jay's

7 Common Snipe

Unusual to watch a Kingfisher flying low down the length of the Bridgewater canal next to the filtration lagoons.



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7.30-13.30 

Worsley Woods 

3 Great spotted woodpecker 

5 Nuthatch 

8 Snipe

2 Little grebe

6 Chiffchaff

Along the canal to Boothstown 

2 Sand Martin 

First Willow warbler of the year heard from the edge of Botany Bay woods.

4 Buzzard

2 Sparrowhawk 

Curlew (heard )

4 Lapwing 



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8.00-9.30am this morning 

At least 52 Common snipe in view as most sat on the far bank due to dog disturbance yet again.

Kingfisher

2 Little grebe

2 Herons

2 Buzzards

5 singing Chiffchaff 

3 Songthrush

2 Great spotted woodpecker 

2 Greenfinch



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8.00-9.30

32 Common snipe

2 Little grebe 

2 Grey wagtails 

Nuthatch 

Grey Heron

Chiffchaff 

Treecreeper 2

Buzzard



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07.45 - 09.45

Worsley Woods 

At least 2 Great spotted woodpecker drumming heard.

Sparrowhawk (f)

Chiffchaff

2 Treecreeper 

5 Redwing

4 Snipe

2 Cormorants 

2 Shoveler 

2 Little grebe

Buzzard over.

 

 



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Olde Warke Dam Worsley

2 Mute Swan (pair)

14 Teal

43 Mallard

8 Tufted Duck

11 Snipe

2 Nuthatch

3 Little Grebe

1 Tree Creeper

1 Song Thrush (in song)

4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (2 pairs)

2 Ring necked Parakeet

2 Shoveler (pair)

1 Grey Wagtail

Filtration Pools Worsley

1 Grey Heron

20 Goldfinch

3 Bullfinch

7 Reed bunting

1 Sparrowhawk 



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13.15 - 15.30

Two Kingfishers fishing at the Delph. One from the small bridge and the other from the rock face about 4' above the water. Both caught small fish while I was watching them for over 45 minutes.

In Worsley woods and the lake

3 Ring-necked Parakeets 

3 Grey wagtails 

2 Nuthatch 

Treecreeper 

Great spotted woodpecker 

Only one Snipe seen as the water level is very high.

2 Little grebe

2 Shoveler 

13 Tufted duck

Buzzard over

Also seen in the sheep field next to the Bridgewater school were two Brambling with a small flock of Chaffinch.



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08.00 - 11.00

4 Ring-necked Parakeets including 2 that chased a Great spotted woodpecker away from a potential future nest site. I have seen up to 7 Parakeets together in the woods over the last two weeks.

4 Nuthatch 

2 Jay's

Coal tit

Plenty of the usual birds on the dam including a Cormorant, Shoveler and 2 Gadwall. 

3 Common Snipe feeding on the mud now the water levels are beginning to drop.

A Kingfisher was fishing from the small bridge at the Delph with two Grey wagtails present.



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Plenty about this morning, highlights:

Wigeon on the dam (site tick for me)
2 bullfinch
7 siskin


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black headed gull on the dam silver ring on one leg yellow one no T J N 8 on the other



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Worsley Woods and Warke dam 8am - 12.00.

6 Ring-necked Parakeets,

5 Siskins,

Great spotted woodpecker,

2 Jay's,

2 Buzzards,

Sparrowhawk (m) carrying prey,

3 Nuthatch,

Treecreeper,

Coal tit,

10 Goldfinch,

2 Bullfinch,

7 Redwing, 

Song thrush,

65 Common Snipe, an easy count as most were feeding or preening out in the open early on. Another 14 Snipe flew in as I was leaving.

Water rail only heard but in its favoured area in the boggy bit near the cottage.

2 Little grebe,

8 Gadwall,

6 Shoveler,

Kingfisher,

Heron,

2 Grey wagtails,

Plenty of Teal, Tufted duck and Black-headed gulls.

Three of the gulls had coloured numbered rings on their left leg. Two had yellow rings and one had a white ring on, unfortunately I could not read the letters/numbers on them.

 



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Old Warke Dam Highlights

15 Snipe (partly hidden in vegetation)

9 Shoveler 

3 Little Grebe

1 Grey Heron 

2 Ring Necked Parakeets

1 Female Sparrowhawk

10 Teal

7 Gadwall 

1 Grey Wagtail (on the stream below The Dam)

2 Tufted Duck 

2 Nuthatch

 



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Old Warke Dam 15.30

7 shoveler

Several teal, snipe and gadwall

 



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8am - 14.00

Warke Dam

5 Little grebe

17+ Common snipe

Water rail

2 Heron

Kingfisher

4 Shovelers

3 Grey wagtails

Plenty of the usual.

2 Nuthatches and a single Treecreeper in the woods.

Filtration lagoons

2 Reed buntings

Goldcrest

Sparrowhawk 

Highlight was a female Marsh harrier over the cow field next to the canal. 

Lots of shooting going on in Botany Bay woods which made the rest of my walk to The Boathouse and back to Swinton a little quiet birdwise. Birds seen included;

Two Swallows

Male Sparrowhawk 

3 Buzzards

Great spotted woodpecker

2 Red legged partridge

Chiffchaff

2 Tree sparrows

Grey wagtail

2 Pied wagtails 

Song thrush

Cormorant over

Raven over

 



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The Old Warke Dam Worsley

25 Teal

77 Mallard

7 Gadwall

4 Little Grebe

7 Snipe

2 Chiffchaff 

7 Robin  (in song)

4 Dunnock (family party)

Male Sparrowhawk (mobbed by Crows)

Pair Mute Swan

27 Black Headed Gull

1 Jay

17 Canada Geese

1 Pintail

1 Grey Wagtail (on the stream from The Dam)

 

Worsley Delph 

2 Nuthatch



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drake pintail first i have seen here 3 little grebs on the dam



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25+ Common Snipe on Warke dam this morning along with 2 Kingfishers and 2 Little grebes.

Willow warbler, Blackcap and Nuthatch seen in the woods with Chiffchaff heard.



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A Common tern spent 20 minutes fishing in the Bridgewater canal between the filtration lagoons and the Moorings this morning It caught three small fish then flew south over the cow fields.



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Worsley Woods Warke dam.

A rare sighting for me earlier this afternoon in the boggy area next to the dam was a Water rail feeding a couple of meters from the path.



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Filtration lagoons this morning

6 Reed warblers singing, only one seen.

1 Sedge warbler.

3 Reed buntings.

4 juvenile Pied wagtails.

Male Blackcap.

2 Swallows feeding over the pools.

Buzzard over.

Also a male Hobby soaring high over the marina at the Moorings pub.



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filtration pools Worsley

1 male Sparrowhawk over west (with prey)

2 Buzzard 

5 Reed Warbler in song

6 Reed Bunting in song (including a pair feeding young)

3 Blackcap in song

2 Song Thrush in song

3 Greenfinch wheezing / singing

4 Coot

 



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Olde Warke Dam

1 Snipe

6 Teal (3m 3F)

5 Tufted Duck (3m 2f)

1 Little Grebe

2 Chiffchaff in song 

2 Nuthatch singing / calling

1 Mistle thrush in song

Filtration Pools

4 Reed Warbler in song

1 Reed Bunting in song

2 Blackcap in song

2 Song Thrush in song

Canada goose  (2 pairs on eggs)



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Worsley Woods this morning. 

2 Ring-necked parakeets in trees next to the tunnel under the motorway before flying off over the motorway.

2 Oystercatchers over.

Kingfisher on the dam with at least 15 Snipe.

2 Chiffchaffs calling.

Along the canal to Astley pit and back to Worsley.

7 Chiffchaffs singing

Female Blackcap

5 Buzzards

30+ Sand Martins in one flock flying North.

Tawny owl.

Kestrel male

3 Grey wagtails



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Worsley Woods 8am - 11.30am

A Jack Snipe was amongst 40+ Common Snipe this morning on the Dam. Luckily for me a Heron landed nearby and put up the Jack and two Common snipe which flew towards me and landed in the boggy grass area in front of the cottage about 4m in front of me. I had a good view of the Jack snipe for 15 seconds before it disappeared out of view.

Also about the dam were two Kingfishers showing very well in front of the Aviary House.



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Some interesting goose activity recently at the Dam.

21/02/2021 and 25/02/2021 - one single Greylag Goose accompanying the group of Canada Geese that frequent the Dam.

21/02/2021 - I believe a Greylag X Canada hybrid (picture attached)

 

Lots of Kingfisher activity also in the evenings at the moment around the Dam.



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Worsley Woods this morning.

10 Nuthatches

2 Grey wagtails

2 Kingfishers showing well on the dam whilst  fishing.

Ring-necked parakeet heard at the Roe Green end of the woods

2 Bullfinch

30+ Snipe with probably many more hidden from sight 

2 Buzzards

 



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A day off work + gorgeous sunny and wintery walk = happy Monday. And some rather excellent birds. Highlights;

1 x little grebe

2 x grey heron

3 x nuthatch being boisterous!

2 x male shoveler  and 1 x female

Teal

1 x grey wagtail on the Delph

2 magnificent buzzard hunting near the canal on the field. Flew very close and gave me my best view of a raptor yet!

And so nice to walk round in the week when (dare I say it) there are less people about!biggrin



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Hi All

Im currently based on a new construction site in Worsley, and just wondered where the different named woods were? I can see on OS maps the Dam, but the woods are not named. I used to spend lots of time in Worsley when I was younger and walked those areas a lot. I assume the various woods have names?

 

Sightings so far:-

Small Woods at Cricket club

Ring Necked Parrakeet

Nuthatch

Mistle Thrush

Song Thrush

Blue asnd Great Tits

Robin

Corvids

 

Cheers 



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peregrine chasing a sparrowhawk over m60 heading towards the Trafford centre



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Afternoon visit yesterday:

20 birds seen:
Feral Pigeon x 6
Wood Pigeon x 6
Collared Dove x 2
Magpie x 6
Canada Goose x 20+
Mute Swan x 3
Tufted Duck x 22
Mallard x 20
Coot x 21
Black Headed Gull x 30
Common Snipe x 11
Teal x 18
Moorhen x 2
Blackbird x 8
Robin x 7
Nuthatch x 2
Shoveler x 2
Treecreeper x 1
Carrion Crow x
Cormorant x 1

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A pair of Buzzards were displaying over Wardley woods this morning and another pair including a very light coloured bird were displaying over the filtration lagoons this afternoon.



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9.00 -13.00.

Wardley woods. 

Buzzard,

2 Nuthatch,

Treecreeper,

Greater spotted woodpecker,

12 Long-tailed tits.

Worsley Woods,

5 Snipe and 2 Cormorants along with the usual on the dam,

Kingfisher along the stream at the back of the dam.

2 Greater spotted woodpeckers.

Filtration lagoons.

3 Snipe

4 Teal

2 Nuthatch 

Coal tit

Reed bunting.

 

 



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Thanks Tom - I think this is the most likely explanation, and did cross my mind too.

 

Visited the Old Warke Dam this morning and had the following highlights:

Long-tailed Tits

Black-headed gulls (ringed gull from Holland still present, although I can't get all 7 digits)

Gadwall

Nuthatch

Green Woodpecker (heard only)

Little Grebe



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Mill Brow

6 House Sparrow

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

1 Nuthatch (calling)

5 Goldfinch

Old Warke Dam

7 Gadwall

23 Mallard

7 Coot

5 Moorhen

91 Black headed Gull

2 Mute Swan

17 Teal

7 Canada Geese

2 Shoveler (pair)

1 Grey Heron

c50 Snipe    difficult to count in the bulrushes / sedge opposite the boardwalk

1 Mistle Thrush (in song)

Worsley Delph 

1 Kingfisher

 



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Hi Charlotte, could it not have been a corvid that had lost one or two of its middle tail feathers? I can't think of any fork tailed bird that match your description but i may be wrong



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