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kingfisher in the delph today as usual on the dead branches in the water with a moorhen building a nest below

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Early afternoon
Back of the Delph
Treecreeper
Jayx2
Nuthatch
Robinx2
Various Tits
No sign of the Lesser spotted woodpecker
Cheers Jay
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Worsley Woods 

40 Teal

5 Snipe

1 Grey Heron

2 Jay

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Coal Tit



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worsley woods today 25 teal .also teal like female duck but greyer with pale cheeks and a darker cap and blue/grey bill did not mix with teal cheers colin



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8 - 12.30

Just missed you Jason.

Wardley woods

3 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreepers, Snipe, 7 Teal, 2 Jays, Great spotted woodpecker, Coal tit, 2 Mistle thrush, Song thrush, Kestrel, Goldcrest.

Worsley wood and Warke dam

31 Teal, 35 Mallard, 7 Herons, 2 Snipe, Sparrowhawk, 5 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreepers, Large tit flock of 27 birds mainly Long tailed with 5 Blue tits and a Goldcrest. Three of the Long tailed tits were ringed. 5 Jays, 6 Redwing and 1 Fieldfare.

I would like to wish everyone a very happy New year.

 

 



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About 1 ish
Kingfisher at the Delph.
Woods at the top of the Delph
Heron over
Sparrowhawk over
Great and Blue tits
Robin
Great spotted woodpecker (f)
Glimpse of a Sparrowhawk flying low through the woods
No sign of the Lesser spotted woodpecker, but I will try and try again.
Cheers Jay
Don't twitch and drive.
Made 2 dog walkers day with the Kingfisher.



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Superb Bernard, I had a funny feeling I'd had one a couple of weeks ago but couldn't I.d it for sure.
Brill
Cheers Jay
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lesser spotted woodpecker in the trees at the top of the slope from the new bridge and pool

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While watching a Kingfisher at the Delph in Worsley village this morning I noticed a Wren in an agitated state constantly flying up and down near the waters edge. It was mobbing a large Mink which I watched for 15 minutes as it hunted at the waters edge just below me. The Wren gave up after a couple of minutes. As I was leaving another Mink swam in full view at the far side of the Delph near the left hand tunnel. Not good news for any nesting birds next year.

Also seen this morning
2 Grey wagtails behind the Tung fong
Buzzard over Legh road
2 Woodcock flushed from the field behind Worsley Garden centre
3 male Bullfinch along the canal path
Treecreeper in trees next to the Courtcar parkcarpark
20+ Redwing over the Bridgewater school

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Wardley woods
Morning run
Great spotted woodpecker
Treecreeper
Robin Wren
Small flock of Long tailed tits
Coot and Mallard on small pond
Cheers Jay
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A Buzzard appears to have taken up winter residence in the fields opposite Bridgewater School.

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walk from worsley village along canal to monton then up loopline into worsley woods birds seen as follows
mallard
moorhen
long tailed tit
great tit
blue tit
nuthatch
buzzard
teal
robin
canada goose
carrion crow
magpie
goldfinch
grey heron
tufted duck

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dogfight between a buzzard and 2 ravens over the filtration lagoons today at 11.15

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13.00- 14.30 ish
Back end of Worsley woods (Delph)
Lots of long tailed tits
Great and Blue in good numbers
Blackbird and a Redwing feeding on berries
Jay
Treecreeper
Nuthatch
Robinx2
Wrenx2
House Sparrow
Cheers Jay
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Kingfisher at the Delph this morning
Cheers Jay
Don't twitch and drive

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Wardley woods
On a morning run around 10 ish
Great spotted woodpecker
Robin
Treecreeper
Great, Blue, Longtail tits all over
Jay
Cheers Jay
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18 whooper swans and 50 fieldfair nw over worsley village cheers colin

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noon ish
In the woods
Jayx3
GS woodpecker
Nuthatch
Blue, Great and long tailed tits all over
Common buzzard over the woods
Robinx3
Wren
Treecreeper
At least 7 Grey heron on the dam
Mallards and Moorhens
Cheers Jay
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kingfisher on the streem by the barton arms pub in worsley village today cheers colin

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not a lot about fledged reed warbler reed buntings but great show of ox-eye daisys and birdsfoot trefoil due to lack of striming this year cheers colin

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Delph 12.30ish
Female Mallard with 9 chicks
Single Moorhen
Cheers Jay
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Little egret flew over N at 20.30 tonight

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Filtration Lagoons 10.15 - 12.45

1 Sedge Warbler & 1 Reed Warbler seen but many of both species present singing
Reed Bunting 6
Chiffchaff 1
Willow Warbler 1
Tree Sparrow
Lapwing 2
Starling 20
Swallow 7
Carrion Crow 4
Canada Goose 2
Mallard 4
Coot 6
Moorhen



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Filtration Lagoons 7.45 - 8.40pm

Sedge Warbler 1
Reed Warbler 1
Reed Bunting 2
Chiffchaff 3
Willow Warbler 2
Starling 2
House Martin 6
Swallow 3
Carrion Crow 2
Mallard 4
Coot 3



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11.30-14.00
Around the Dam
Great, Blue and Long tailed Tits
Treecreeperx2
M and F Blackcaps
Grey Wagtail
Robinx3
Wren
Magpiex3
mallardx3
Tufted Duckx2
Chiffchaffx3
Willow warbler
Coot
On the Delph
Grey Heron fishing
Mooren
Mallard
Cheers Jay
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Worsley woods treecreeper jay buzzard over

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Filtration Lagoons 2.15 - 3.30

Reed and Sedge Warbler both heard but not seen.

Reed Bunting 5
Whitethroat 3
Chiffchaff 3
Willow Warbler 2
Blackcap 2 (1m 1f)
Goldfinch 6
Long tailed Tit
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Swallow 3
Carrion Crow
Jackdaw 2
Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Mallard 4
Coot 3


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about 50 redwing in the sheep field next to bridgewater school worsley road cheers colin

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Early afternoon walk around the dam and woods produced.

4 x Tufted Duck
6 x Mallard
C25 Teal
6 x Moorhen
3 x Coot
Grey Heron
Wren
Numerous Robin
Dunnock
2 x Carrion Crow
Long Tailed Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
C40 Redwing

This site always held Snipe but non seen today,
Possibly due to the extensive ground works in progress.

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Delph 13.30
Goldcrestx2
Wrenx2
Moorhen with chick
Blue titx2
Lots of Carrion crows about
Cheers Jay
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Monton - 1 Woodcock 8.30 this morning flew along Park Road in front of my car then over Rocky Lane towards Worsley Golf Course.

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Filtration lagoons
11.30-12.30
Buzzardsx6 over farmland behind the lagoons
Goldfinchx3
Long tailed titsx2
Single reed bunting
single coot
magpiex8
Cormorant over
Great titx2
Robinx3
Cheers Jay
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13.30 Delph
Blue titx2
Single Goldcrest
Also a Daubentons bat (I'd by the the guy who deals with the Filtration) which was very peculiar, I've only seen them at night.
Cheers Jay
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filtration lagoons 2 bullfinch 3 snipe flushed 12 teal 3 phesant
sheep field 20 lapwing 30 fieldfair
female goosander on the canal behind the courthouse
colin








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

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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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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,

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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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