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1 dazzling adult Kingfisher at roe green fishing pond that would have started fishing if it hadn't of seen me from its perch.smile.gif

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Today whilst fishing just off manchester road, near the motorway bridge at linnyshaw in walken at 1.30pm, 2 soaring buzzards that caught my attention were joined by an osprey that flew to the north after briefly slowing and dropping in altitude to check out the pond i was fishing from. The view lasted less than a minute, and it must have been 100ft in the air.
My first osprey outside of the lakes or scotland.biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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Late post for Monday 9th August.
Early morning
One male pheasant in the cow field. The cows are getting quite aggressive as they have young and chased me out of the field.disbelief.gif
Family of moorhens on the pond with two young
5 adult canada geese dropped in briefly
1 grey heron
1 flock of goldfinches that peaked around 40+ members
1 male kestrel joined the female hunting in the field, the first male i've seen in worsley. Hopefully they might have been breeding nearbysmile.gif
One probable gropper. Heard a reeling noise in the scrub field, sounded louder than any grasshopper or cricket i've ever heard. When i moved towards the noise it stopped. It then started again about 30 yards away, as if i had flushed it and it had started reeling again after flying 30 yards. Unfortunately i didn't see the birdno.gif


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A male pheasent was flushed from the cow field opposite bridgewater school early this morning, my first in worsleysmile.gif

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In the field next to Roe green cricket club this evening.

Heron over
Female kestrel hunting (i think the same one as in the other field.)
Family of long tailed tits
family of magpies
Buzzard heard.
At the fishing pond in the field:
family of moorhen (2 chicks)
1 Kingfishersmile.gif flew low over the pond, the first i have seen in worsley for months

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Early this am, in and around the fied opposite bridgewater school and the cow field.

A family of 6 Jays with 4 fledged and begging young all lined up in on tree branchsmile.gif
Families of:
blue tits
great tits
magpies
wrens


Female sparrowhawk hunting low in cow field before heading to golf course
Female GSW landed before heading to golf course
Female kestrel hunting in scrub field.

2 moorhen still present on pond as was a grey heron.

1 opportunistic house sparrow who took first a toad (not a tiny one either)and pecked it to death around the heart area, and then took a dragonfly that had just emerged from its larval stage and was waiting for its wings to dry out. The sparrow duly removed the wings and was able to eat the dragonfly at its leisure!

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to add to the usual suspects seen this morning in the field opposite bridgewater school:

1 oystercatcher over
1 cormorant over
1 wren with fledglings


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Filtration bays this evening:

Goldfinch
Whitethroat
Blackcap
Heron
Reed & Sedge Warbler
Swallow, Swift & House Martin
Willow Warbler
Chiff Chaff
Reed Bunting
3 pairs of Coot with a total of 13 young.
Moorhen and single chick
Canada goose and 3 goslings that are 3 weeks old and surviving well.

The Swan nest near to the wooden bridge at the courthouse still has 2 eggs that unfortunately have not hatched this year. The pair and cygnets left the nest last week.

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at the fishing pond opposite bridgewater school this early am:
2 whitethroat
2 goldfinch
plenty starling
2 moorhen
plenty house sparrow
2 bh gull (many more flying over)
1 gbb gull (over)
snipe drumming (heard)
woodcock roding
female kestrel hunting in surrounding field
lots of swift
12 house martin
2 swallow


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early morning at the fishing pond opposite bridgewater school

3 black headed gull
4 moorhen having a 2 on 2 scrap with neither pair giving in, giving incredible views (the pond isn't big enough for two pairs really)
buzzard over
Female Kestrel hunting in surrounding field
2 lapwing
heron
2 whitethroat
10+ house sparrow
15+ starling
willow warbler
2 goldfinch
Loads of swift, swallow, house martin


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The pair of swans from around Worsley Courthouse appear to have just raised 1 cygnet this year, the same as last year.

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In the field opposite bridgwater school:

On pond in cowfield:

Single black headed gull in breeding plumage - its there every day, just timidly flying over the water, occasionally dropping down but never sitting on water.hmm.gif
the common tern made another brief appearancesmile.gif
1 heron
2 moorhen
1 coot
female kestrel hunting in surrounding field - I never see a male in worlsey always the female bird

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A morning trip along the canal between Worsley and Astley produced the following:

Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiff Chaff, Heron, Buzzard.
Sedge Warbler 'parachuting' near to the landfill.

Family of Swans with 4 cygnets. Looking at the size of the cygnets it's a good possibility that this is the same pair that were seen in the same area a couple of weeks ago with 7.


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From Worsley roundabout walk westwards along the south bank of the Bridgewater canal, under the two motorway bridges and the site is on your left.

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Hi Gary

Can you direct me to where the filtration lagoons are in Worsley Woods as I would like to take a look. Thanks Duncan

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Single Hobby seen over the filtration lagoons 4.45pm today. The bird came in high from Worsley and swooped into the field next to the lagoons. Unfortunately lost sight of it due to the bushes.

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today quick mooch through woods:

5 tufted duck (3 m 2 f) - odd as didn't see any here yesterday and in previous years they have 'wintered' on the dam and not 'summered' and there were none in winter that i saw confuse.gif

also 1 buzzard circling





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7.30 - 9.00pm Highlights
Woods:

1 GSW
chiffchaff
male sparrowhawk over

Canal:

2 mute swans
mallard with 4 ducklings
mallard with 8 ducklings

Filtration lagoons:

2 canada geese with 3 goslings
2 little grebe
1 whitethroat
sedge warbler
reed warbler
reed bunting
heron over
swift,swallow, coot, moorhen

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Filtration Lagoons 4pm to 5pm:
Reed Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Reed Bunting
Buzzard
Heron
Coot
Swallows & Swifts
Lesser Whitethroat
Whitethroat
Willow Warbler & Chiffchaff

Checked full length of canal between Worsley and Lower Green Lane. No sign of the swan family from earlier this week.



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Evening bike ride along canal from Worsley to Astley Moss produced the following:

Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Whitethroat on the filtration Lagoons.

Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff along the canal including a single Sedge Warbler near to the landfill site.

Cuckoo heard but not seen at the Astley SSSI

The highlight however was the sight of a pair of Mute Swans with 7 cygnets on the canal just past Boothstown. All 7 were hitching a ride on the back of the female, unfortunately, due to the numbers some kept falling off and jumping back on.


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In the field opposite bridgewater school 7.15 - 9.00

Many of the regulars metioned below but highlights included:

1 snipe
1 common tern (stopped briefly at pond then flew NW)biggrin.gif


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An afternoon visit to the filtration lagoons produced the following:

Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Swallow,
Swift, Coot

(also good views of a Cuckoo on Astley Moss)

Unfortunately some morons have set fire to and destroyed 30/40 foot of scrub/brambles that would be home to several nesting birds on the fields opposite Bridgewater School.

-- Edited by gary mills on Sunday 9th of May 2010 10:57:32 PM

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In field off worlsey road opposite bridgewater school

1 heron
1 swallow
8 swifts
3 house martins
1 moorhen
3 reed warbler
4 goldfinch
plenty corvids
plenty house sparrow
1 skylarkbiggrin.gif
1 whitethoatbiggrin.gif
that remaining coot has dissapearedconfuse.gif

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In field opposite bridgewater school 7-8am

15 swift
1 swallow
house sparrows
of the breeding coot pair i mentioned earlier one has been inexplicably killed, most likely by the local hoodies who sneak onto the small fishing pond.no.gifno.giffurious.gif
it was found in some brambles with no obvious flesh wounds (presumably it was clubbed to death no.gif)
fantastic close views of:
1 female gsw
1 female sparrowhawk
1 heron
3 reed bunting

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5 Whimbrel were in fields to the south west of the filtration lagoons around midday today.

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early am in field opposite bridgewater school

3 lapwing
female sparrowhawk
2 moorhen
1 song thrush
2 coot and bh gull in little pond
plenty corvids and woodpigeons

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stuff of note this pm

1 buzzard and 1 chiff chaff by filtration lagoons

pair of tufted duck on the dam in the woods (interesting as none this winter) - hopefully a breeding pair. + 1 little grebe.

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Willow Warbler singing in bushes near to the filtration beds plus several singing Chiff Chaffs along the canal between Worsley and Boothstown

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1 kingfisher in the delph on the fallen branches at 7.35 this morningbiggrin.gif
the electric blue on it seemed extra bright today, breeding plumage maybe?

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4 Buzzards in the air together over woods just past the filtration beds midday today.

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Of note in the woods this afternoon:

14 Siskin, with males singing and displaying
2 Water Rail (in the marsh bit!)



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quick visit this afternoon 12.45 - 1.30
On dam:

1 juvenile mute swan (first for me on the dam)
1 little grebe
mallard
plenty of calling teal
around 12-15 snipe that were flushed by a dog walker. some re-landed and gave best views i've had in the areasmile.gif. others flew off in all directions!
seems to be an absence of tufted duck on the dam this yearconfuse.gif
also in woods were goldfinch,
commoner tits
and lots of nuthatch

-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Thursday 4th of February 2010 08:25:22 PM

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Hi Joey,
I've sent you a PM.
Steve

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Quick visit this afternoon

Betfred lake 95% frozen only mallard and 2 teal
5 redwing
finch flock 10+ birds could only identify a couple of birds and they were both goldfinch
lt tit flock also with grt tits and blue tits.

canal and delph

plenty of mallard
4 moorhen
1 sparrowhawk troubling 30+ starlings, 2 chaffinch and some jackdaws

filtration lagoons at sunset

small starling roost
30+ reed bunting roost which surprised me as usually i see only 3-4 birds in the day. many of these birds arrived in flocks from the east
9 shoveler arrived and flew down onto lagoons
7 teal already present
2 coot
2 canada geese left
2 adult swan and 2 juveniles(this year's) - which is interesting as only 1 bird was raised in the worlsey area this year
many small mammal footprints and fox footprints.
1 buzzard roosting in nearby trees
1 sparrowhawk over

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Hi Ian
I went lucking for the lsw as well today but no luck.cry.gif
woods:
female sparrowhawk perched in tree was a nice opener
roving lt tit flock (20+) along with grt tits and blue tits.
3 nuthatches
2 treecreeper (1st of the year)smile.gif
1 gsw
1 jay
finch flock that contained goldfinches and smaller birds, probably siskins but couldn't be sure
12 magpies feeding on dead ewe i reported a couple of days ago
betfred lake completely frozen
stoat/weasel and fox footprints

Canal and Delph:
1 heron
many mallard
8 bh gulls
4 moorhen
2 fieldfare
3 redwing
1 very pale buzzard over

Filtration lagoons:
10-15 shovelers (mostly male)
2 coot
1 heron
2 swan
3 canada geese
8 teal (again mostly male)
2 buzzard scrapping in mid air over (including the earlier pale one)
sparrowhawk over
many gulls heading east
3 reed bunting
nothing in field adjacent

Also just want to comment on how blissfully quiet it was without motorway noise. Never before in worlsey have i been able to hear birds so clearly it makes you wonder just how wonderful the woods must have been before the motorway was builtsmile.gif
quite possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity and it was certainly relished



-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Tuesday 5th of January 2010 09:05:24 PM

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Hi Joey
Started checking out Worsley Woods for the Lesser Spot no luck yet.
Will post sightings if spotted. Had the wintering Green Woodpecker on
the 3rd of Jan for the 2nd successive year on the Irwell old course at
Barton oppersite the airport near to Barton locks on the M.S.Canal.
Also huge numbers of Teal, 85 counted on the same day on the old course.
Bye for now
Ian.

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8-10.30am this morning

In the woods:

many tit flocks consisting of blue, great and longtailed tits, throughout woods
large flock of goldfinch 30+
2 gs woodpecker
8 nuthatch
lots of blackbird and robin
song thrush
numerous mallard on mostly frozen betfred lake
teal and grey wagtail on surrounding streams coming from lake
wren about
2 jay
1 heron
redwing flock in field adjacent to bridgewater school
also in same field a freshly dead ewe, probably died in night.

On canal:
this years juvenile swan
lots of mallard

Titration lagoons:

some better species here with

10 shoveler (8m 2f)
6 teal
2 coot
two swan, probably parents of juvenile
2 canada geese
little grebe
grey heron
3 reed bunting
6 field fare in adjacent field
at least 500 gulls (mostly if not all herring gulls) heading over to the east


-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Sunday 3rd of January 2010 12:37:37 PM

-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Sunday 3rd of January 2010 12:38:25 PM

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9.45-12.15 this morning in the snow

Seen in the woods;

Sparrowhawk [m]
GS Woodpecker
5 Nuthatches
4 Bullfinches
2 Coal tits
30+ LT tits
2 Jays
7 Redwings
Plenty of Wrens and Robins but no Treecreepers seen.

On the dam,
7 Teal
5 Snipe
Water rail heard
Heron
Little grebe
There was a Kingfisher perched on the railings at the Delph with also pair of Mute swans [one ringed LPL] with one young swan from last year.

At the Filtration lagoons near the canal;
3 Teal
2 Snipe
2 Buzzards over
4 Bullfinches
3 Reed buntings
Jay
13 Fieldfare
6 Redwings
5 Mistle thrushes.


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Kingfisher catching fish by Delph and canal this morning at around 7.40. Beautiful and a nice surprisesmile.gif

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quick visit this afternoon,

1 gsw(female)
usual tits
singing chiff chaff
plenty of blackbird, robin and dunnock
2 song thrush

On betfred pond:

3 coot
1 tuftie

Also about 30 swifts overhead, occasional screaming. Couldn't get a good picure thoughcry.gif

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not much on this morning,

1 grey wagtail catching flies by brook
1 tuftie on pond next to betfreds
1 gr tit nest
Lots of dunnock,
goldfinch
1 decimated treecreeper nestcry.gif
On canal
swans nesting
abandoned moorhen nest
Pair of canada geese


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11:45 G.S.W Mating, 2 Tree creeper's, 3 Gray Wagtail's, 1 wren building a nest next to brook. Robin's, Longtail tit's, also blue and coal Tit's, Pair of Bullfinch.

-- Edited by sammy on Saturday 4th of April 2009 06:56:20 AM

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Spent another hour in the woods this morning, 12 tufties (6males 6 females) on the pond outside BetFred's house on pond. I flushed at least 6-7 snipe from frozen area in front of reeds and i also flushed a kestrel from its roosting site. 3 teal also on pond (2m 1f) and 1 coot. Also i moorhen quite high up in a tree that surprised me!
In woods: treecreepers still carrying material into nest site, lots of nuthatch calling. lt, coal, bl and gr. tits about, 1 possibly 2 chiff chaff and lots of woodpigeon.
Lastly, heard lesser spot and turned to see a small bird flying away from me. still no tick!furious.gif

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14.15-15.15pm

You had better luck than I did Joe,

No sign of the LSW but plenty of Nuthatches seen with also 3 GS Woodpeckers at the same time.

Kingfisher seen flying along the small stream towards the Delph.

The filtration lagoons beside the canal only had a pair of Little Grebes and a pair of Grey Wagtails , not much else

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spent an hour in woods 3.30 onwards.
identified a nuthatch and treecreeper nest
flushed a jay
at least 2 possibly 3 singing chiff chaff
1 male bullfinch
various tits
tufties, mallards and teal on pond in front of betfred
went looking for the lsw at the particular spot with my 9 year old step brother, we were watching the nuthatch when another bird similiar in size, flies behind them in a striking way (gliding and splaying out its wings then tucking them in again). all i saw was a silhouette but then he asked (without knowing what the lsw looked like) 'is there a black and white nuthatch?'. can't confirm for definite but it was pretty likely it was in fact the lsw. still no worsley tick thoughcry.gif

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thanks for the info - was it quite high in the trees? and was it on the more mature trees or the younger trees opposite? sorry about the questions but i really really want to see this bird!

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Hi Ian/Joey
Re-Lesser spot
Yes thats the exact location,but when reaching the top of the tract to the right of the boardwalk turn right again and walk back along the path through the woods this should bring you back to the `OLD WARKE STONE WEST`its on this circuit
i have located the female 3 times.
A good pair of boots is a must as the tract gets quite boggy in parts.
Good luck Ian.

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Originally posted by Joey Eccles on the 26th Match 2009:

i've been a couple of times now and i still haven't located it. is the location about 50m to the right uphill of the boardwalk that follows the stream. there are two dead trees with woodpecker holes about 20-30m apart in this area. is this the right spot?


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Originally posted by Ian Moffat on the 26th March 2009:

Had the female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker again late this afternoon.
Flew across my path giving cracking views for 15-20 mins.
Again the same section of woodland not 30mtr from the `old wore stone west`
Again between 1500-1700hrs, sadly still no male to be seen, yet!
Cheers Ian



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 27th of March 2009 12:19:08 PM

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The Swans are openly building their nest again for all to see in the delph

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