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RE: WORSLEY WOODS and environs


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.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 27th of March 2012 08:37:46 AM

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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

-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Tuesday 13th of March 2012 08:27:44 PM

-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Wednesday 14th of March 2012 03:34:59 PM

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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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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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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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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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Popped down to the delph today as my friend wanted to try and see the kingfisher, no sign of it, but did see a nice grey wagtail.

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Friday 13/01/12
13.00-15.00
Hoping to stumble across the kingfisher(guess what)
4xHeron
6xSnipe
6xTeal
Mallardsx2
Moorhen
Jayx2
Nuthatchx3
Great spotted woodpeckerx4
Various Tits all over
Magpiesxloads
Crowsxloads
Chaffinchesxloads
Goldfinch
Robinx4
Single noisy wren
Small flock of Redwing near Roe Green pond
Cheers Jay.

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I had a walk round the woods this afternoon, stopped by the Delph on the way, no sign of a kingfisher.

In the wood
Treecreeper (my first, and I got a photo)
Blue tits
Great tits
Longtailed tits
Coal tit
Jay
Chaffinch
around 50 Woodpidgeon

on the dam
around 10 teal
2 swans I assume Mute
6 Heron

on the way back to the car I had another look in the Delph and there it was on the branched in the water, (first since I was a child, got a couple of decent head on pics, I moved to try and get a side on pic but it was disturbed and flew into the bushes.

quick edit to say the woods are overrun with Grey Squirrels, nearly everytime I say movement it was on of them.




-- Edited by Louise Aspden on Thursday 12th of January 2012 04:27:55 PM

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At 9am this morning what sounded like at least 1 whooper swan flew low over my house. Unfortunately I was too slow to see it, and having little experience with the species I can't be 100% sure. It will be interesting to see if one turns up elsewhere in the county.

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12.15pm
A quick look at the Delph on the way back home from the mosses turned up a Kingfisher which was perched on a branch near the tunnel entrance in the far corner and a Grey wagtail

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This morning 8.30-10.30am:

Woods:

A minimum of 22 teal at the dam
5 snipe on show
4 heron - including 3 that flew in together
Water Rail calling from the marsh, frustratingly close to the fence!
30+ redwing
5 mistle thrush
30 strong chaffinch flock
2 great spotted woodpecker
100s of wood pigeon heading West

2 canada geese and a kingfisher by the delph

Filtration lagoons:

Female shoveler inadvertently flushed
c.100 pink footed geese over at 9.03am heading South East
Lots of gulls over including a few greater black backed all heading East
70+ Jackdaw were flying about
55 black headed gull in the farmers field
water rail calling

And nice to see Mo Farah running in the woods on yesterdays BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Preview

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Warke Dam
17 snipe
8 teal
1 grey heron
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Kingfisher in the Delph 14.15

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Kingfisher in the Delph 14.30

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A mixed flock of finches numbering c.80 at roe green fishing pond this evening containing mostly goldfinch with 5-10 siskin and a few greenfinch.
At one point a male sparrowhawk plunged after at one bird about 5 yards behind me, missed and then flew directly over my head

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Heron fishing up to its knees in the middle of the delph 4pm today.

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Kingfisher in it's usual place at 7. 40am this morning once again

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Tawny Owl 't-wooing' from a tree at Roe Green this morning at 6.30am - perhaps having roosted in the box there.

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Single Kingfisher on the Bridgewater Canal along from the Filtration Lagoons towards Boothstown 1830hrs today.

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A walk through the woods this afternoon 3.15-3.45:

Highlights:

Canal and Delph:

2 canada geese
Grey heron
Kingfisher - the only view recently that hasn't been from a moving vehicle!

Woods:

At least 3 nuthatch heard
3 tufted duck
4 herons - including 2 panting and spreading their wings
At least 6 teal, but there could have been double that amount.

Roe Green Fishing pond:

2 Jay and Kestrel that literally fell off its perch when it realised I was beneath it

-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Wednesday 28th of September 2011 08:08:38 PM

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2 Ravens were flying over Wardley woods at 12.20pm heading West.

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