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RE: WORSLEY WOODS and environs


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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19 Canada geese were a noteworthy number flying low West this morning at 7.35
5 cygnets also seen

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Kingfisher in delph 18.30

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2 Ravens over North on friday morning at 7.20am only my second site record of the species

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Single Kingfisher in the delph at 5pm today

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Single Mute Swan with 5 well grown Cygnets has reappeared on the canal at Worsley. I think it will be HP4 although i haven't been able to see it's ring. LJX has been forced further along the canal towards Boothstown. These 2 definitely don't get on together.

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The Owl and the Tawny Eagle were found in boxes at the side of the derelict King Billy pub, Moseley Common last night. I think the owner was contacted and told where they were. Not sure what condition they were in or what happened to the Hawk.

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Ivan Ellison wrote:

Ian Campbell wrote:

Hope this is the right spot for this. 4.00 a.m. this morning on M60 coming back from my hols a Barn Owl flew over the motoway at Worsley roundabout. Great surprise and welcome home present as this is a GM tick for me.
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Ian, I am sure you are right as they have been seen along the motorway before in that area, but the falconry centre at worsley garden centre was broken into on Sunday/Monday and 3 birds were stolen. One being a snowy owl, the others are a tawny eagle and a harris hawk, the latter two are injured and cant fly. It wasn't the snowy owl was it , as it appears to have put up a fight with whoever opened the aviary and may just have escaped and still be in the area.
Also for anyone else who hears anything about the 3 missing birds- contact the police at Swinton police stn immediately.

-- Edited by Ivan Ellison on Tuesday 23rd of August 2011 12:13:19 PM

-- Edited by Ivan Ellison on Tuesday 23rd of August 2011 12:14:16 PM


Cheers for the info Ivan, I am certain it was "just" a Barn Owl, although I'd had a long day travelling.
Cheers Ian

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Ian Campbell wrote:

Hope this is the right spot for this. 4.00 a.m. this morning on M60 coming back from my hols a Barn Owl flew over the motoway at Worsley roundabout. Great surprise and welcome home present as this is a GM tick for me.
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Ian, I am sure you are right as they have been seen along the motorway before in that area, but the falconry centre at worsley garden centre was broken into on Sunday/Monday and 3 birds were stolen. One being a snowy owl, the others are a tawny eagle and a harris hawk, the latter two are injured and cant fly. It wasn't the snowy owl was it , as it appears to have put up a fight with whoever opened the aviary and may just have escaped and still be in the area.
Also for anyone else who hears anything about the 3 missing birds- contact the police at Swinton police stn immediately.

-- Edited by Ivan Ellison on Tuesday 23rd of August 2011 12:13:19 PM

-- Edited by Ivan Ellison on Tuesday 23rd of August 2011 12:14:16 PM

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Hope this is the right spot for this. 4.00 a.m. this morning on M60 coming back from my hols a Barn Owl flew over the motoway at Worsley roundabout. Great surprise and welcome home present as this is a GM tick for me.
Cheers Ian

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This evening at Roe green fishing pond:

c.30 canada geese south
A family of 5 swallows alarm calling as what I think was a kestrel passed low overhead, heading North in the twilight
Siskin calling from the Woods
Tawny Owl also calling
3 moorhen including a well-grown juvenile
Grey heron


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At least 2 siskin calling from Worsley Woods this evening. I also heard one back in May, suggesting possible breeding in the area
Great Spotted Woodpecker also heard
Moorhen pair have raised one chick again

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To add to Colin's sightings:

Kestrel and Sparrowhawk both seen at the filtration lagoons on Thursday, the latter of which was seen stooping twice at prey - including one where it stooped towards me about 6 feet over my head

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kingfisher on the dam family partys of willow warblers sedge warblers and reed warblers at filtration lagoons juvenile great spotted woodpecker in the garden

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 30th of July 2011 08:29:47 PM

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Very late post for Sunday morning 7.15-10am

Highlights

Woods:

Great spotted woodpecker heard
Pair of nuthatch collecting food
treecreeper
several parties of long tailed tits
chiff chaff singing
grey wagtail collecting food
Female sparrowhawk over high, soaring and calling before heading South East at speed

Filtration lagoons:

reed warbler collecting food
sedge warblers still singing including some parachute displays
willow warbler fledglings everywhere
at least 10 swallows and as many swifts
distant kestrel, buzzard and yellowhammer
But best of all was a garden warbler feeding a newly fledged youngster complete with a large yellow gape! The youngster was in a bush and was fed no more than 6 feet away from me

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Mute Swan bearing Blue ring HP4 has been on the stretch of canal between Worsley and Boothstown basin for the last couple of weeks, together with her 5 cygnets that appear to doing well.(no sign of any male)
LJX was also on the same stretch of canal this afternoon, however when the family came into view LJX set off manically paddling in the opposite direction until the family were out of view.
Also of note:
Reed Warbler, Yellow Hammer, Whitethroat, Grasshopper warbler all still singing on a small stretch of the canal alongside the landfill site. Also Sedge Warbler still 'parachuting' in the same area.

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This evening 7-8pm

Woods:

Female blackcap feeding
chaffinch feeding young
goldfinch and greenfinch singing
2 parties of great tits feeding young
Long tailed tit family party of c.12
Nuthatches still visiting nest site
Great spotted woodpecker nest site - I found it by the sounds of a begging chicksmile.gif
This means there are at lest 2 pairs breeding in the woods
Treecreeper
2 grey wagtail
A pair tufted duck and 9 male mallard on the dam
A magpie stole a blackbird egg/chick and was aggressively pursued

Roe green fishing pond area:

A male great spotted woodpecker was drumming chunks out of the fence
A wren was collecting food in the canopy
Single pied wagtail
6 swifts
2 swallows


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This morning;

Still only 3 pairs of Swallows under the bridge.

Filtration lagoons
2 Whitethroat
5 Sedge warblers
1 Reed warbler
3 Willow warbler
2 Blackcaps
3 Reed buntings
Garden warbler in the trees between the motorway and the lagoonssmile.gif
5 Coots
2 Greenfinch
5 Goldfinch
Song thrush
Many Swifts, Swallows, House and Sand Martins all flying in for a drink at the ponds

Along the canal to the moorings and back again to Worsley;
Lots of Blackcaps about I saw at least 12 more on my walk
Lesser Whitethroat
Chiffchaff
3 Willow warblers
3 Buzzards over
Cormorant over
Grey wagtail
2 Pied wagtail
Sparrowhawk


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Walk home through the woods 12pmish:

2 singing chiffchaff
Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 pairs of tufted duck
1 pair of teal
grey heron
singing blackcap

Roe Green fishing pond:

2 swallow
a few swift
female kestrel
singing whitethroat
grey heron

-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Wednesday 11th of May 2011 10:38:47 PM

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Walk home through the woods at 1pm ish

Chiffchaff
Stock doves checking out a nesting holebiggrin.gif
whitethroat by roe green fishing pond


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Roe green fishing pond area early am:

a few pairs of swifts
blackcap
wrens
Single sparrowhawk displaying (looked to me like a female)
goldfinch, chaffinch and greenfinch

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5-8pm this evening:

Woods:

Single grey wagtail
chiff chaff
pied wagtail
2 pairs of nuthatch
GSW seen and drumming
male teal
3 broods of mallard ducklings on the canal and dam(combined)

Filtration lagoons:

c.10 swifts - 2011 site ticksmile.gif
at least 6 swallows
2 singing garden warbler
lots of heron movement over
2 lapwing
willow warbler
sedge and reed warblers
2 canada geese
yellowhammer heard and then flushed
buzzard in the field, presumably after worms or insects
female kestrel caught a small mammal

The Highlight though was on the canal when a wood pigeon dashed across my path with a sparrowhawk in hot pursuit. The wood pigeon flew into the foliage to try and shake the hawk off, but the sparrowhawk was too agile and got a foothold on the pigeon, causing it to collide with the branches. Both birds then plummeted onto the path and the sparrowhawk momentarily lost its grip as they hit the floor. The wood pigeon seized its chance and took off, the sparrowhawk just behind it. The wood pigeon knew it couldn't outmaneuver the hawk so flew down the canal an inch above its surface with the sparrowhawk a few inches above it, waiting for a mistake. The sparrowhawk couldn't risk attacking in case it plunged into the canal, and at any rate must have known the pigeon was a better level flyer, so it veered off and sat in a tree to recover. All that was left were a 100 or so feathers slowly zig-zagging their way to the ground - closer inspection revealed the pigeon had lost at least 5 primaries. Magicalbiggrin.gif

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Singing Garden Warbler showing well early morning by Bridgewater Canal c300 yards west of Worsley village


Bridgewater Canal, Worsley-Bridgewater Park

Date: 6th May Time: 0650-1000
Weather: Drizzle, overcast, mild

46 species

1. Cormorant (1)
2. Mute Swan (1)
3. Canada Goose (2)
4. Mallard (25)
5. Pheasant (5)
6. Grey Heron (6)
7. Moorhen (2)
8. Kestrel (2)
9. Lapwing (3)
10. Black-headed Gull (4)
11. Lesser Black-backed Gull (3)
12. Feral Pigeon (1)
13. Collared Dove (1)
14. Wood Pigeon (18)
15. Great-spotted Woodpecker (1)
16. Skylark (1)
17. Swallow (8)
18. House Martin (9)
19. Pied Wagtail (1)
20. Grey Wagtail (2)
21. Wren (8)
22. Dunnock (21)
23. Robin (13)
24. Blackbird (42)
25. Song Thrush (7)
26. Mistle Thrush (1)
27. Sedge Warbler (2)
28. Garden Warbler (1)
29. Blackcap (4)
30. Whitethroat (7)
31. Willow Warbler (18)
32. Chiffchaff (8)
33. Goldcrest (2)
34. Long-tailed Tit (5)
35. Blue Tit (19)
36. Great Tit (18)
37. Magpie (6)
38. Jackdaw (5)
39. Carrion Crow (11)
40. Starling (26)
41. House Sparrow (11)
42. Chaffinch (16)
43. Greenfinch (3)
44. Goldfinch (19)
45. Bullfinch (1)
46. Reed Bunting (1)


-- Edited by James Walsh on Friday 6th of May 2011 03:20:24 PM

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Yesterday evening:

Among the usuals:

Garden warbler and pied wagtail at filtration lagoons
2 canada geese also came into roost
no tufted on dam

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Highlights:
7.15am - 9.45am

Woods:

pied wagtail
2 pairs of tufted
2 canada geese
2 grey wagtail
20+ singing wrens
displaying stock dove
goldcrest
chiffchaff
loads of blackcap
GSW
nuthatch feeding young
and a woodcock was flushed!

Filtration lagoons:

Whitethroat
6 sedge warbler
a couple of reed warbler
3 swallow
single willow warbler
2 canada geese
loads of reed bunting
chiffchaff
sparrowhawk
female kestrel


-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Monday 2nd of May 2011 07:02:51 PM

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This morning

Plenty of bird song in the woods
Bird seen;
2 Treecreeper
1 GS woodpecker
4 Great tits
Sparrowhawk
Lots of Willow warblers and Chiffchaffs singing
only 2 Tufted duck on the dam

Filtration lagoons
2 Jays
2 Reed warblers singing
3 Sedge warblers
4 Reed buntings
Chiffchaff
Sparrowhawk
No ducks at all
Partial remains of a Mute swan scattered aboutcry.gif
2 Buzzards over

3 pairs of Swallows doing their nests up under the bridges with also 40+ feral pigeons doing the same





-- Edited by Dave Thacker on Sunday 1st of May 2011 12:09:26 PM

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This morning 7.15-10.35:

Woods:

Common sandpiper on dam - long overdue as a site tick for mesmile.gif
2 pairs of tufted
pair of teal
grey wagtails nesting
bullfinch - quickly put in its place by a bluetitconfuse.gif
blackcap
stock dove displaying
heron
nuthatch nesting
2 GSW heard drumming outside my house at 6.30am
And an abandoned campsite - fires still smoldering, tent present but partially collapsed, 2 sleeping bags strewn about including 1 that had been partially burnt and a few belongings thrown about. All a bit Blair Witch Project!omfg.gifwtf.gif

Filtration lagoons:

swallow
lots of sedge warbler - including many doing their display flight
a few reed warbler
whitethroat
more stock dove
3 canada geese
herons over E and W
curlew heard
buzzard
bullfinch
loads of reed bunting

also at least 4 groppers reeling in the scrub field opposite bridgewater school - very confiding with open views down to a couple of meters.

No sign of the swans since their egg dissapeareddisbelief.gif

-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Monday 25th of April 2011 11:06:51 PM

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A grasshopper warbler was reeling in the scrub around roe green fishing pond. Also seen was a female kestrel and 2 heron.

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Bridgewater Canal, Bridgewater Park-Worsley

0700-1430

41 species

Mute Swan (2)
Canada Goose (3)
Mallard (41)
Pheasant (5)
Grey heron (3)
Lapwing (3)
Curlew (1)
Common sandpiper (1)
Black-headed gull (6)
Feral pigeon (1)
Wood pigeon (16)
Great-spotted woodpecker (1)
Skylark (2)
Swallow (10)
Wren (12)
Dunnock (11)
Robin (14)
Blackbird (20)
Song thrush (3)
Mistle thrush (1)
Grasshopper warbler (1)
Sedge warbler (1)
Blackcap (9)
Common whitethroat (11)
Chiffchaff (15)
Willow warbler (17)
Goldcrest (1)
Long-tailed tit (4)
Blue tit (18)
Great tit (18)
Nuthatch (1)
Jay (1)
Magpie (12)
Jackdaw (4)
Carrion crow (13)
Starling (10)
House sparrow (14)
Chaffinch (15)
Greenfinch (9)
Goldfinch (31)
Reed bunting (2)


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3.20-5.00pm

woods:

3 tufted 2m 1f
2 pairs of teal
pair of bullfinch

Filtration Lagoons:

Female kestrel hunting the field borders (like a sparrowhawk) and the scrubland
Sparrowhawk soaring and then stooped at something from height on the other side of the motorway
lt tits nesting
song thrush carrying food
LBB gulls over
no linnet
4/5 herons back and forth from the East (presumably to the herony on the mosses)
Mute swan DV4 came tearing down the canal after a shrieking canada goose, it must have flown a 200 yards chasing the goosesprint.gif before it settled on the lagoons

otherwise the same as yesterday


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Productive visit this morning with 5 year ticks - 2 of which were site tickssmile.gif
7.30 - 10.30:

woods:

GSW
nuthatches at nesting hole
at least 5 stock dove, but more likely 8 - 2 pairs, a 3 and a single
6 tufted - 4m 2f
3 pairs of teal
3 snipe visible
usual tits and finches

Filtration lagoons:

pair of linnetbiggrin.gif
c.10 sand martinsmile.gif
3 swallow
probable little grebe
willow warbler
blackcap
chiffchaff
9 canada geese
2 stock dove
2 cock pheasant
lapwing over
loads of reed bunting


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Evening visit to the filtration lagoons today:

Swallow
Reed Bunting
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
2 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
2 Sparrowhawks displaying.
+ the usual residents.

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Whilst out running yesterday counted a total of 26 singing Willow Warblers along the canal between Worsley and Lower Green Lane, Astley (including pathway alongside Whitehall Meadow)

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Sparrowhawk displaying over my house 13.00pm today

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Willow Warblers have started to arrive back with 3 singing along the canal just past the filtration lagoons, yesterday.

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3.00pm - 5.15pm

woods:

11 tufted - 5 pairs
2 teal
at least 1 pair of GSW
nuthatch
3 goldcrest - 1 pair

4 canada geese and mute swan DV4 on canal

Filtration lagoons:

LBB over
2 heron over
6 canada geese
a couple of hundred woodpigeon and a few stock dove were spooked by something in the distant fields, before flying over
and a hare in the farmer's fieldsmile.gif

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Along path from Roe Green upto opposite the courthouses 12.30-14.30 5 Tufted with partners 2 Teal with partners Jay 3 GS Woodpeckers Nuthatch Goldfinch Wren Robin Various Tits Chaffinch Loads of Magpies

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14 magpies in trees opposite worsley church , before flying off in the direction of worsley woods.

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3.50-5.30pm

woods:

14 tufted on dam ( 9m 5f)
c.10 teal + 2 on playing fields
6 snipe visible
4 moorhen
2 coot
3 pairs of nuthatch including one singing
GSW
heron, canada geese and swans at delph

Filtration Lagoons:

5 canada geese
reed bunting
coot and moorhen
2 cock pheasant
yellowhammer heardsmile.gif

and nice to meet Gary Millssmile.gif



-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Wednesday 23rd of March 2011 10:10:15 PM

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13 tufted (8m 5f) and a pair of canada geese on the dam at 5pm

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21/03/11 11:25am

Large hawk, probably female Sparrowhawk, over Worsley Road, heading towards the Woods (not seen with bins)

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Pair of long tailed tits collecting feathers mill brow noon today.

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Late post from yesterday 6.30 - 8.30am

Woods:

teal
5 snipe
2 canada geese on dam
11 tufted duck - 7m 4f
coot and moorhen
nuthatch
GSW still fighting
Pair of stock dove carrying nesting materialsmile.gif
swans still present

Filtration lagoons:

1st chiff chaff of the yearsmile.gif
probable wheatear
water rail heard
3 comorant W
5 canada geese
bullfinch
buzzard
50+ woodpigeon in farmer's field
2 hares also - including one that ran towards me, offering spectacular views of it feeding down to 15 yards!biggrin.gif


-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Monday 21st of March 2011 01:39:00 PM

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I second that, good site-guide Joey

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A nice site-guide Joey on the main website. I hope to call in if passing.
Thanks. Henry.

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today 4-5.30pm

Woods:

GSW still fighting!
pair of nuthatches
6 snipe
teal
2 pairs of moorhen, 1 pair of coot
Tufteds have increased again up to 12! - 8m and 4f, certainly the largest number i've ever seen on the dam including a female/first winter with a fairly substantial white patch at the base of the bill.

Canal:
another pair of moorhen
pair of canada geese
single swan on the way there (presumably the one seen yesterday on the filtration lagoons)
the usual pair had just arrived on my way back
the dead fox has also returned, though is looking a bit worse for wear

Filtration lagoons:

Coot and mallard on most pools
8 goldfinch
buzzard
heron over
5 canada geese (2 pairs)
8 lapwing (2 of which over NE) and a curlewbiggrin.gif - site tick! (also then over NE) were disturbed from a distant field

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Yesterday 3.45 - 4.05pm

Single swan in filtration lagoons noted from motorway
Usual pair of swans on canal
Kingfisher at delph
Tufteds up to 9 - 5m 4f
& the usuals in the woods

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Joey Eccles wrote:

This afternoon 2.45pm - 5.15pm with Mr Myerscough:

Well thank you for that Mr Eccles. Can't remember the last time I was called Mr....apart from the time of that unfortunate incident that eventually ended up in the hands of the police police.gif and the local magistrate laughing.giflaughing.gif, so I thought it only fair to return the salutation!wink.gifnod.gif

Seriously though Joey, thanks for showing me around your local patch - a cracking area with a good selection of habitats and birds. I hope your local patch birding efforts are rewarded this spring/summer with Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Hobby and Wheatear ......and who knows possibly a Common Scoter. wink.gifnod.gif

Cheers,

Bill.



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