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Post Info TOPIC: WORSLEY WOODS and environs


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WORSLEY WOODS and environs


This morning,

Rather quiet and not much about,

Dam area
Kingfisher flying low over the water
3 Grey herons
At least 20 Teal
Mute Swan
3 Common Snipe
3 Jays

The woods
2 Nuthatch
1 Treecreeper
2 Great spotted woodpeckers
Large mixed tit flock of 20+ birds
Sparrowhawk [f]
6 Robins
Wren
4 Jays
Probable Common Snipe footprints in the mud in the silted area near the stream



-- Edited by Dave Thacker on Wednesday 26th of December 2012 06:44:13 PM

-- Edited by Dave Thacker on Wednesday 26th of December 2012 09:33:31 PM

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dead juvinil
e mute swan under the power lines on beatrice road

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Worsley Villaga

Dipper on culvert stream by the Barton Arms alongside Barton Road, Dipper!

Walk along canal towards Monton village, saw female Gooseander disturbed by barge flew towards Monton bridge where it landed. Also seen Grey Wagtail, buzzard.

Cheers, Colin

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Filtration Lagoons
Willow Tit site first for me
also 2 Buzzards 1 Sparrowhawk 50 Fieldfair over and about 500 Jackdaws
cheers
colin

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3 buzzards and 12 lapwing over the filtration lagoons yesterday at 1.30, seen from the motorway.

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We caught one in Dorset in the 1970s and the same year there was a different one caught at Radipole. Apparently they are more common in Scandinavia.
Happy to write an article for the 2012 report!

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They're not quite as rare as you might think Bill and the last one I saw was in Nanquidno Valley, Cornwall several Octobers ago. Fortunately it gave good, prolonged views as obviously, thoughts turn to rarer species when you initially can't place its identification. I dont think I've ever heard of one being caught though and as you rightly say, it's indeed extremely interesting

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Steve Christmas wrote:

Putative juvenile swallow x house martin hybrid caught and ringed today.
Underparts like a washed-out swallow, legs dark and unfeathered.
Upperparts dark blue with whitish rump with a few dark flecks.
Tail with medium fork, uniform dark blue and no tail spots.





What a surprise that capture must have been Steve! I've tried a quick trawl of the internet and looked through a few books to see if I can find anything on these two species interbreeding but as yet have drawn a blank. Your record sounds like the subject of an interesting article for the 2012 GM County Bird Report to me!

Cheers,

Bill.



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Putative juvenile swallow x house martin hybrid caught and ringed today.
Underparts like a washed-out swallow, legs dark and unfeathered.
Upperparts dark blue with whitish rump with a few dark flecks.
Tail with medium fork, uniform dark blue and no tail spots.


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c.25 Canada Geese just flew low over my house heading SW. By the largest number I've recorded in Worsley.

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Kingfisher again today, spending most of the afternoon between the stream in the woods and the pond.

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Kingfisher hunting at Roe Green fishing pond yesterday at around 8.45pm

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Late post for yesterday morning. All sightings from the cow field opposite Bridgwater school.

6 house Martin
12 swift
Singing whitethroat
Kestrel hunting
Sparrowhawk soaring
House sparrows collecting food
Siskin over
Moorhen and Canada geese heard
No sign of the coots that attempted to breed here last year

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11-12.30
Filtration lagoons
2xreed warbler
1xbullfinch
3xreed bunting
3xtufted ducks
2xblue tits
1xcoot
1xmoorhen
Along the canal
4xmagpie
2xchaffinch
1xgarden warbler
Delph
2xmute swans
1xmoorhen with 2 chicks
1xheron (who had half an eye on the chicks)
Mum sent them off into cover.
Cheers Jay

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Raven heard over my garden just now Didn't realise that they would fly at night

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This afternoon 3.30pm - 6.15pm

Finally a migrant to get excited about in the form of a Worsley MEGA - a Male Cuckoo. Located in the woods about 100 yards away to the West from the Filtration Lagoons (Botany Bay woods?). It was flying from tree to tree deep in the woods away from me and I initially thought it was a male sparrowhawk, but when I finally caught up with it, it revealed itself. Good, if brief, views down to 25 yards. It never made a sound before, during and after I saw it, so it was a great stroke of luck that I found it.

Also seen in and around the Lagoons:

2 Grey Partridge
A pair of Gadwall were in a small pool in the sheep field.
Reed and Sedge Warbler
Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Whitethroat
8 Lapwing
c.20 swift
7 swallow
4 Buzzard
Male Kestrel
Yellowhammer
Long Tailed Tit family party
2 Coal tit searching for insects
Cormorant and a few Lesser Black Backed gull over.

The woods held:

2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Nuthatch nest
3 Coot
and 3 Mute Swans by the delph - the pair by the nest and surprisingly TBY on the other side of the road bridge, tucked up on the bank only a stone's throw away from the nest. Perhaps an 'out of sight, out of mind' approach taken by the pair

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Two Whimbrel have just flown over Bridgewater school in Worsley heading Northeast

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Filtration Lagoons
3 Blackcap
2 Sedge Warblers
2 Buzzards
4 Reed Warblers
1 Cormorants
2 Grey Heron
2 pair Lapwing
10 Reed Bunting
2 Willow Warbler
5 Swallows

Cheers Colin

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Another mooch this evening 6.45 - 8.45pm. Not many spring migrants seen unfortunately but still nice to be out.

Filtration Lagoons:

4 Sedge Warbler
Willow Warbler
2 Canada Geese flew in at dusk.

Surrounding farmland:

17 Grey Partridge - at least 6 individual pairs and a lone bird
At least 20 lapwing on territory
5 pheasant - 3f+2m
2 Kestrel
2 Oystercatcher - one feeding and one over
5 Yellowhammer
5 singing Whitethroat all along the same 50 yards
c.10 Stock Dove
2 Swallow feeding round the farmhouse
Blackcap heard





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Very large bird, looked like a raptor so quite possibly an osprey, very high over Worsley just now heading NW at 5.30pm

-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Thursday 3rd of May 2012 05:31:45 PM

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A quick mooch around some of the farmland behind the filtration lagoons this evening:

Highlights:

2 pairs of Grey Partridge
c.20 lapwing - all pairs
Single Snipe
6 canada geese
Kestrel hunting
Buzzard sitting in a field
Yellowhammer singing

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Late entry

Common Sandpiper along the canal near to Boothstown, Sunday afternoon (23/4)

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Filtration Lagoons
2 Reed Warbler
3 Blackcap
4 Gadwall over
2 Jays

Cheers Colin

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Drove along A580 at 11am & 2pm but didn't see any Storks

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RBA are reporting that a White Stork flew over the A580 near Worsley at 2.15pm. No direction of flight stated.

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5.45 - 9.15am

Worsley Woods
6 Nuthatch
2 Great spotted woodpeckers
Coal tit and lots of Blue, Great and Long tailed tits including one Blue with a deformed beak, it looked like the top part of the beak was curved and 3 times longer than the bottom part.
3 Chiffchaffs singing
2 Blackcaps
2 Willow warblers
3 Jays
Sparrowhawk
2 Tufted duck
6 Teal
3 Snipe
3 Coot
2 Grey wagtails
Kingfisher
Grey Heron, Curlew and Cormorant over.

Delph area
2 Mute swans with the male VU4 defending the site against a pair of Canada geese.
Moorhens with 5 tiny chicks

Filtration lagoons
6 Bullfinch
Willow warbler
Chiffchaff
5 Reed buntings
2 Yellowhammers
Tree sparrow
4 pairs of Canada geese
4 Teal
2 Tufted duck
2 Stock dove
Lapwing and 2 Buzzards over

I went early this morning to the woods to listen to the Dawn chorus. It was Brilliant


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14.00
mute swan and heron at the Delph having a little disagreement (mute swan won)
Cheers Jay

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Why does birding have to be so soul destroying??
Makes you think about how much we must miss traveling through the patch/county
Still a good record

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Osprey north right over the M60 at Worsley at 4.25pm today.

Info thanks to Chris Marston.

(Didnt know where else to post this, sorry Joey)

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A mammoth walk this morning unfortunately didn't turn up anything too interesting but 49 species were still seen even with notable omissions of sparrowhawk, treecreeper, blackcap and greenfinch among others.

6.45am - 12.00pm

Woods:

3 pairs of tufted duck
11 teal (5 males and 6 females)
A high count of 5 snipe, though on my return there were less birds but in different places.
2 stock dove pairs fighting over a tree
Nuthatch were everywhere
5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (including drumming males and fighting females)
I waited around for ages by the old Lesser Spotted Woodpecker haunts but to no avail
I also heard a Tawny Owl last night in the woods, but despite a ruthless grilling of all the likely looking trees in the surrounding area from where it called it failed to show.

Canal:

The Mute Swan pair of VU4 and LJX showing well
Moorhen still on nest
Single Grey Wagtail
Song thrush collecting nesting material

Filtration Lagoons and Surrounds:

2 Canada Geese that flew West, followed by a third later on
Comorant over North
Pied Wagtail
A pair of Grey Partridge
2 Linnet
6 Yellowhammers
Singing Skylark
8 lapwing, including many displaying
2 Jay flew over
4 Chiffchaff
Buzzard
2 Bullfinch


Wildlife in the appropiate section (Alive and Dead!)

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10.30-11.30
Delph
Mute swansx2
Heron fishing
House sparrows and v Tits
Along the canal
Canada geesex2
Wrenx2
Grey wagtailx2
Mistle thrush
V Tits
Fitration lagoons
Canada geesex2
Heron
Reed buntingsx8
Magpiex2
Jackdaw
Carrion crowx2
Cheers Jay

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A single Willow Warbler singing alongside the Bridgewater canal just past Boothstown 1300hrs today. This is about a week earlier than the usual arrival dates for this species.
Also numerous Chiffchaff singing.

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The mention of 'scout camp middlewood' got me reminising of my cub scout days (30ish years ago!) and a weekend camping there. I remember seeing and hearing the distinctive call of a Woodcock roding over the campsite on a still, warm spring evening. Are the still there?

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singing male blackcap and 2 singing chiffchaff in trees round car parks at scout camp middle wood this morning also 4 buzzard soaring over garden centre c.1.30pm

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A quick walk through the woods this evening 5.00-5.30
The feeder stream to the dam was almost non existant, but the water level on the dam was still fairly high

The dam held:

7 tufted ducks (5 males)
15 teal were visible, including a male that was missing the lateral white stripe
A single snipe was feeding confidently
A mute swan with a blue darvic ring was present - though it was unreadable as its foot was tucked in.

Also in the woods were:

Chaffinch
2 male Great Spotted Woodpecker
Nuthatch
Mistle thrush

The Delph

2 mute swan, including one with a darvic ring that read VU4, the other was sat down.
A grey heron was catching fish
A moorhen was sitting on a nest
3 stock dove were in the trees

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11.00 till 13.30 ish
In the woods
2xGS Woodpeckers
6xNuthatch
2xSongthrush
Usual Tits
10xChaffinch
6xRobin
Corvids Everywhere
40plus flock of Redwing
2xJay
On the Dam
10xTeal
2xMute Swan
1xHeron
4xMallard
No access to the Filtration Lagoons. Path gated off (worsley end) some type of work going on involving a mini digger
Cheers Jay

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Very pale chested buzzard perched on the edge of the filtration lagoons, seen from the motorway about 12pm

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Nice to see you to Jay, at that awkward moment when you pass and wonder whether to speak.

I didnt improve on your sightings either.

-- Edited by Louise Aspden on Thursday 26th of January 2012 05:43:10 PM

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Filtratration lagoons
Early afternoon
Cootx2
Moorhenx2
Big Raptor probably a Buzzard
No kingfisher at the Delph
Nice to meet Louise on the way home.
Cheers Jay


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Thanks Joey, very helpful as always.

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PM sent Louise

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Where exactly are the filtration lagoons?

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Filtration lagoons
13.00-14.30
Bumped into the maintenance man(Birder himself) Works the patch every Week or so between him and his son, absolutely no problem with Birders on the lagoon. Sounds has though he had a better day than me.
Moorhen
cootx2
Flushed Sparrowhawk
On the canal path
Goldfinchx2
Long tailed titx2
Single Jay
No kingfisher at the Delph
Cheers Jay.

-- Edited by Jason Dulhanty on Wednesday 25th of January 2012 03:28:52 PM

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PM sent Jason


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Had a look at the Filtration lagoons last week. Is the only viewing from the canal path?

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Cheers Joey, i'll keep my eyes open for it.

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Yes

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Is the Delph next to the Tung Fong?


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Filtration Lagoons
flushed a Snipe
heard a Water Rail

Cheers Colin

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Mute Swans LJX & VU4 together around the Court House at Worsley for the last week or so.

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