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RE: WORSLEY WOODS and environs


Hi Rob - yes, thanks, my mistake. I wouldn't have said it was a Bird of Prey. It didn't behave like one, and, what I probably meant, is that it wasn't the size of a Red Kite, so I ruled that one out. It looked bigger than a crow (maybe more towards the size of a raven, but the tail was wrong for a raven) and it also looked predominantly black (but that could have been due to losing the light).

Do you have any guesses on what it might have been? 



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Hi Charlotte.
Regarding the fork-tailed bird... you state that it didnt look Raptor-sized. Raptors are different sizes, do you mean it didnt look like a Bird of Prey?
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27/12/2020 - from 8:30am to 4pm (with a break in between):

Nuthatch

Teal

Gadwall

Little Grebe

Snipe

Heron

Mallard

Mute Swan (ringed)

Canada Geese

Redwing

GS Woodpecker

Coot

Moorhen

Dunnock

Longtailed Tit

Robin

Jay

Black Headed Gulls (one ringed)

- Something Corvid-looking flew over quite low with a very well-defined and distinctive forked tail. Didn't look raptor sized, and didn't look like a Red Kite to me.



-- Edited by Charlotte Harrison on Sunday 27th of December 2020 10:37:08 PM

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Enjoyable Boxing Day scout round the woods with my Dad!

Highlights on our morning jaunt:

Eclipse shoveler

Chiffchaff 

Mistle thrush

Grey Heron

Treecreeper

Nuthatch 



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the dam,lots of teal,snipe,pair of shoveler,6 gadwall,pair of little grebe,a few tufted duck,2 nuthatch



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Worsley Woods 11-13.45. Buzzard, Sparrowhawk (f), 2 Bullfinch, Treecreeper, Jay. The Dam. Initially I only could find 17 Common snipe but luckily a Buzzard decided to land right in the middle of them causing an eruption of Snipe. As they flew a couple of laps around the dam I counted 63 until they flew out of sight only to return a minute later. I counted 74 as they returned back to their favourite place in the cover to the right of the wooden jetty. I don't think that I have ever seen this many Snipe before around the dam.

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11.00 to 14.15. An excellent couple of hours in Worsley Woods 45+ Common Snipe scattered around the dam with more flying in as I was leaving. Green sandpiper flushed from the water logged area near the motorway bridge. Woodcock flushed from the area behind the dam. Also seen, 3 Brambling along the cycle track 3 Lesser redpoll 2 Siskin 22 Redwing 3 Fieldfare Nuthatch Song thrush 3 Mistle thrush Goldcrest 18 Tufted duck Little grebe 3 Shoveler Kingfisher 2 Jay's Coal tit 6 Long tailed tips Sparrowhawk 2 Cormorants over.

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Bridgewater canal Filtration Pools brief visit AM

A small finch flock in the treeline alongside the sheep field included....

1 male Brambling

7 Chaffinch

2 Greenfinch

2 Buzzard.... above the sheep field.

Worsley Delph

1 Kingfisher



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10 - 14.15. Blackcap and 3 Jays in Wardley woods. Around the Dam area. 7 Gadwall 17 Teal. 4 Shoveler 2 Little grebe. Goldcrest 2 Greenfinch. Good to meet up again with Dave Winnard. No sign of the Yellow-browed warbler this afternoon. .

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dave broome wrote:

The Yellow-Browed Warbler called just after I got out of the car at 10:38, in the vicinity of the tennis court. No further sign up to around 11:30 when one other border was still searching.
1 Redpoll over


 no sign at 12 00



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The Yellow-Browed Warbler called just after I got out of the car at 10:38, in the vicinity of the tennis court. No further sign up to around 11:30 when one other birder was still searching.
1 Redpoll over

-- Edited by dave broome on Sunday 18th of October 2020 12:31:03 PM

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Yellow-browed Warbler at Beesley Green, Worsley (Roe Green) in trees around the car park and bowling green off Greenleach Lane (bird is vocal currently).

Info thanks to David Winnard



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10.15am to 13.15. Wardley woods Female Sparrowhawk 2 Great spotted woodpeckers 2 Bullfinch Jay Song thrush Worsley woods Small flock of 8 Long tailed tits and a single Coal tit Tree creeper On the dam. Kingfisher Little grebe 5 Gadwall 6 Snipe 5 Tufted duck 3 Grey wagtails 2 Buzzards over Male Sparrowhawk flying through the trees. Filtration lagoons Male Blackcap 7 Goldfinch.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 27th of September 2020 04:59:37 PM

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Late afternoon

kingfisher on the dam

Cheers Jay

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A Juvenile Spotted flycatcher was in Worsley woods this morning feeding from a fence post along the path at the back of the Aviary house.

Also seen;

Adult female and juvenile Sparrowhawks

3 Grey wagtails

Treecreeper

Single Willow warbler was at the filtration lagoons.



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Walked from the Old Warke dam through the woods to
Roe Green,then along the loop line back to the dam.
Species seen as follows.
Starling x 6
Black Headed Gull x 18
House Sparrow x 3
Carrion Crow x 1
Goldfinch x 6
Magpie x 4
Mallard x 20
Mute Swan x 3
Herring Gull x 1
Coot x 6
Moorhen x 1
Robin x 4
Grey Wagtail x 1
Blackbird x 4
Wood Pigeon x 2
Wren x 6
Blackcap x 1
Tree Creeper x 1
Quite a few other birds heard ,but the canopy
was so dense they were hard to find. I finished
up with birders neck.

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mute swans just hatched 6 cygnets in the village



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filtration beds.9 reed warblers,1 sedge warbler,3 reed bunting,chiffchaff,jay



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Filtration beds this afternoon.

6 Reed warblers

5 Reed buntings

2 Herons

Song thrush

6 Willow warblers heard

3 Chiffchaff

Male Blackcap

2 Buzzards over

No Sand Martins or Swallows seen.



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filtration beds .nuthatch2,chiffchaff2,6 pair Canada geese,buzzard3,grey heron,



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Tonight whilst coming home from work around 7:30pm along Leigh Road (Millionaires Row) I noticed a bird swoop down over the pavement at head height from a tree and suspected what it was. It perched up on a tree stump in the wooded area of Leigh Road in clear view and as I passed looked at the car, a fantastic Tawny Owl!



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dam.7pair of tufted duck,20 teal,4 white farmyard ducks,1 chiffchaff.



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Back end of Worsley Woods. Between 2-4ish at the Greenleach entrance.

Usual stuff on the way in nuthatch, great and long tail tits.

A moorhen perched half way up a tree had me confused for minute or so.

On the dam, several teals, tufted ducks and a single heron. A sparrowhawk over (f).

Cheers, Jay 

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Worsley woods this afternoon.

Treecreepers x2, Bullfinch x 2, Sisk in, Grey wagtail, Goldcrest.

On the dam.

17 Teal, 4 Tufted duck, Little grebe, 7 Snipe, 3 Herons and the usual Black headed gulls. It's a shame that some of the railings have been removed around the lake as dogs were swimming in the water near the wooden platform disturbing the 4 Mute swans.

Also I flushed a Woodcock in the old figure of 8 area in Wardley woods on the way home.

 



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filtration beds.2 swifts,buzzard,2 reed warblers,2 whitethroat,blackcap,no swallows under the motorway again



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Late news from yesterday (30th April) Cettis warbler heard singing in bushes by side of M60 slip road at South end of filtration beds whilst I was sat in traffic c.6pm.

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filtration beds.very mobile cettis warbler in flight,6/8 reed warblers,1 sedge warbler,2 blackcap,4 buzzard,1 kestral



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Worsley filtration Lagoons mid afternoon.

Cetti's Warbler heard, First for me at this site since creation 2004/5
Reed Warbler heard
Sedge Warbler heard
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff

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Cetti's warbler singing at filtration beds this afternoon 16.45. First for me at this site.

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Cetti's warbler singing at filtration beds this afternoon 16.45. First for me at this site.

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23 snipe,28 teal in the woods this morning



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Nice walk around the woods and the lake on Sunday.

Highlights - 5 snipe, 1 little grebe, 7 teal on the mostly frozen lake.

At least 4 brambling with chaffinches feeding on beech mast, and a flock of 30 redwing in the woods.

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sheep field next to bridgewater school ,2 ravens,3/4 brambling



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Dukes fields,opposite  bridgewater school,2 buzzards,kestrel,2 nuthatch



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20 teal,12 snipe,at least 1 male brambling with a flock of chaffinch in the woods



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4DBC was ringed at Old Warke Dam, Worsley on 17/11/2015



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A wander around Worsley Woods including Old Warke dam this morning;

On the dam;
8 Snipe
42 Mallard
7 Tufted Duck
5 Mute Swan (the male is ringed, blue darvic 4DBC - Steve C, any interesting facts about this one??)
8 Moorhen
36 Teal
12 Coot
1 Grey Heron
26 Black-headed Gull
1 Little Grebe

In the area;
Coal, Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits
Nuthatch, Goldcrest
Song Thrush

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Five Bramblings seen with a flock of Chaffinch (30+) in the trees alongside the sheep field next to the Bridgewater school on Worsley Road this afternoon. Also two Rooks in the field with the many Crows and Woodpigeon. 



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I really pleasant wander around Worsley Woods including Old Warke dam this morning;

On the dam;
38 Mallard
2 Tufted Duck
5 Mute Swan (pair with 3 well grown young)
10 Moorhen
23 Teal
14 Coot
2 Grey Heron
6 Black-headed Gull

In the area;
1 Buzzard
circa 200 Wood Pigeon
circa 75 Pink-footed Geese over SE
6 Skylark over W
1 Meadow Pipit over W

Coal, Blue, Great Tits noted as well as Nuthatch



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 29th of September 2018 10:04:57 PM

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c 10 sand martins 1 swallow at filtration beds



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Three visits in the last week along the canal and the filtration lagoons and I have not seen a single Swallow either nesting under the motorway bridge or feeding over the lagoons. Other birds seen include; Filtration beds, max numbers seen. 6 Reed warblers and plenty more heard. Sledge warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow warblers, 7 Reed buntings, 12 Long tailed tits , family group. 4 Jays, Song thrush, 3 Mistle thrush Goldcrest 2 Wrens Moorhen, 2 Coots, Garden warbler heard but not seen. 8 Swifts.



-- Edited by Dave Thacker on Thursday 21st of June 2018 09:02:07 PM

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Worsley woods

12.15-13.45 ish

No sign of the Green woodpecker. But did hear a distant yaffle (I think)

Goldcrest

Treecreeper

Grey wagtail

Blackcap m

Nuthatch

Buzzard over the motorway

Mistle Thrush having a right ding dong with a Magpie

Pair of Robins

Cheers Jay 

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A Green woodpecker was a nice find this morning, seen in a small stubble field next to the motorway.

Follow the woods path to Roe green until the small wooden bridge. Cross over to the other side and follow the path back towards Worsley woods. This path rises up to the motorway, the stubble field is on the right just before the path drops down to the stream and the tunnel.

 



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Just had a murmuration of about 500 starling over edenfield lane before they flew over the motorway and dropped into the filtration lagoons



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A solitary Curlew flew east over Worsley Woods at 08:27 this morning.

 



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First in the area for me.  Ring-necked parakeet flying over Worsley Green.

Cheers, Colin



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filtration lagoons 10 reed warblers.1 sedge warbler.1 sparrowhawk



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Yesterday evening c. 6pm 600+ Starlings murmurating (if that's the right term?!) over the filtration beds, watched whilst sat in traffic and small flocks arriving all the time.

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Walked around the woods this afternoon starting and finishing at the wooden walkway
out into the Old Warke Dam The woods should be renamed Worsley water gardens
after todays deluge Birds seen as follows.
wood pigeon 12
teal 6
mallard 12 several paired off

tufted duck 4 (2m 2f )
mute swan 2 (1m 1f)
black headed gull 16
Canada goose 1
robin 6
magpie 4
jay 1
great tit 2
blue tit 4
blackbird 5
moorhen 1

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On the flooded field north off Grange road this am, 2 immature Mute Swan 31+ pied wagtail Single lapwing Black headed Gulls and Starlings in good numbers and birds arriving all the time. 2 Buzzard on Pylon near filtration lagoons.

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