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Middlebrook Valley Trail, Bolton


Info and picture, with thanks from Joseph Cooper, who  saw this female Blackcap by the Trail yesterday.



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Thursday 18th of April 2019 08:06:42 AM

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Late post for last Friday:

Willow Tit....1

Coal tit.....1

Nuthatch.....1

Long-tailed Tit.....4

Chaffinch....1

Wren....1



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An enjoyable session covering Lady Bridge down to where Middlebrook changes to the River Croal.

Most of time with Joseph Cooper and Partner.

Willow Tit......2

Coal Tit ...2

Long-tailed Tit...2 or 3

Nuthatch.... 4+ multiple sightings. 2 more heard only.

Wren....2

Song Thrush...1 close, on ground

Jay...2,  one perched on stone in brook.

Dunnock/ Robin...numerous.

Chaffinch...pair.

Grey Wagtail....1 on brook

Buzzard....1

Kestrel......1 low.

Grey Heron....1 in brook

Chiffchaff....3

Blackcap...heard only

Teal....2 in the Middlebrook  feeder stream that crosses the 5th hole of DGC ( new site for Teal)

No Dipper seen today by me, but one I saw Friday, left off my last post.

A Kingfisher went by upstream, I was told ,while I had my back turned.

Pictire taken today, by Joseph Cooper:

 

 



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Monday 1st of April 2019 07:49:18 PM

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Quite eventful this pm:

Chiffchaff....3

Buzzard....2 soaring/displaying over the Brook...down

 near Haslam Park.

Coal Tit....2

Nuthatch....2

Willow Tit heard.

Chaffinch....2

Wren....2

Long-tailed Tit....2

Grey Heron...1

Teal....18 at least, on "Loch Beaumont

 I had to call the Fire Brigade, re. reed bed fire started by 5 Youths.

All soon under control but 100 yards of the reed bed damaged.



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Friday 29th of March 2019 10:12:21 PM

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More news from Joseph Cooper,

with thanks:

Downstream by Haslam Park a Great Crested Grebe Grebe

has been seen twice in the last few days.

3 weeks ago a Goosander was near the  same place.

Both would be site ticks for me.



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Monday 25th of March 2019 08:43:49 PM

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Yestersay pm: Buzzard seen soaring down the valley towards Lostock.

Seen through my front room window.

New picture taken by David Rogers last week at Loch Beaumont. 

A Pale Buzzard.

Also seen today, while cycling:

Dipper....2 

Grey Wagtail....1







-- Edited by Keith Mills on Sunday 24th of March 2019 01:54:19 PM

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Down by the brook this pm:

Dipper.... 2 sightings( Bank Wood territory)

Nuthatch.....1

Coal Tit......1

Long-tailed Tit..... 3

Willow Tit ........1 Site tick for me.....see photo of one of two regulars

                    Photo with thanks to Joseph Cooper.

 

 



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Friday 15th of March 2019 03:57:25 PM

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Info this am, with thanks from David Rogers:

Two Buzzards putting on a glorious mating display

by Loch Beaumont. Sometimes settling in the trees

at the back (Ravenswood)

And also on the ground by the Loch



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Thursday 14th of March 2019 04:11:28 PM

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A proper Dipper photo .

As taken last week on Middlebrook by David Rogers.



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One Dipper seen today while I was cycling.

 

Bank Wood Territory



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While cycling: Dipper back on territory 

It was perched on a very large armchair that someone had fly tipped, in the centre of the brook.



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Only 8 Teal visible in Loch Beaumont this morning.

Other birds seen include 20 Jackdaw and 2 Moorhen.



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Sightings this am with dog, and in heavy sleet. Short walk--Lady Bridge to Heaton Bridge:

Single Dipper in drain channel

Teal.....25+ in ''Loch Beaumont'' -standing water by rail tracks. A lot of water out of sight, so probably larger number.

Grey Heron flew over, very low, to land in brook nearby.

Moorhen...3



 



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Tuesday 29th of January 2019 11:55:28 AM

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Four dippers seen this afternoon, two in the stream under Tempest Rd near Lostock station and two between the Beaumont Rd and Ladybridge Ln bridges. I assume they are different birds.

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My dog and I, got caught in heavy rain this morning, but nice to see the Middlebrook 'Triple'

Kingfisher....1, two sightings

Dipper...1, flying downstream.

Grey Wagtail...1, on the brook near Bank Wood.

Also:

Grey Heron....1

Moorhen....4

Collared Dove....3 or 4

Mallard. 2

Hybrid Mallard....2

Dunnock...1



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Wednesday 7th of November 2018 12:30:38 PM

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This am, with thanks for info from David Rogers:

Pair of Kingfishers and a third single sighting.

Photo by David Rogers.



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Just now a Buzzard was seen as I sat in my armchair. Medium height it passed over the golf course harassed by 3 Corvids. The Buzzard drifting over the valley,

with one corvid very close and attentive before it broke away. By this time I was with bins at my front door, and picked up a second Buzzard much higher

in the same area ( Heaton Bridge)

 

 

 



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Wednesday 24th of October 2018 04:27:22 PM

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As I cycled along the Trail on Regent Park G.C. this am,

a Buzzard flew lowish across, and then glided out of sight 

down the valley.

 

 



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Sunday 21st of October 2018 02:30:35 PM

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Early this morning, about 200 noisy Jackdaws low over the valley, near Ravenswood. Seen from the walkway on Ladybridge.



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This pm:

A Dipper was moving downstream in stages.

Not in the usual haunts but down near the flats towards Bolton.

Dippers are elusive on the brook this year.

 



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This afternoon's walk with dog, sightings:

Dipper ..2 together.

Grey Wagtail.....4 at least, including 2 frolicsome juveniles.

Pied Wagtail....1

Grey Heron....1

Mallards....4

Garden Warbler....1 singing but only glimpsed.

Song Thrush heard only.

As I returned home along Junction Road I could see at least 5 Swans in the SE corner of Rumworth Lodge. I will check these later.

 

 





-- Edited by Keith Mills on Monday 28th of May 2018 04:21:34 PM

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Dog walk this evening in the rain:

Single Oystercatcher by the standing water against the railway. A Moorhen and a strange White-necked Mallard also present.

The Brook was in spate, possibly caused by the outflow at Rumworth Lodge being open. No birds seen.

A Grey Heron flew onto the fairway(14th) by the brook. Song Thrush singing at Rumworth Rd.

Called at the Dam on the way home: Grey Wagtail present and 2 Swallows at Bank Top Farm.



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This evening dog walk:

6 Teal still, by the standing water against the railway.

Song Thrush foraging close by me, at the old pub.

A Grey Wagtail studied me from a tree, and then flew onto the pub roof.

In trees by Rumworth Road, a Song Thrush was seen in full voice.

As I turned for home up Junction Rd. a flock of 100+ Fieldfare flew overhead, from over the channel and Bank Top Farm, heading north east.

This is the third time, this season, I have seen a large Fieldfare flock in this vicinity.

A Pied Wagtail was on wire at Broadgate farm.

 



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Friday 13th of April 2018 06:55:25 AM

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This pm with dog.

Dipper ....1 on territory but not on brook, but in open feeder drain on the other side of the railway.

Great Spotted Woodpecker....1,  heard and then seen drumming, in Bank Wood. This is now a regular here.

Jay....1, flew upstream calling

Lesser Black-backed Gulls....2 over twice, calling.

Wrens.... 5 seen and and 12+heard.

Song Thrush....5 heard only

Chiffchaff....1 heard



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Saturday 7th of April 2018 04:45:24 PM

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Early afternoon dog walk today. Lady Bridge to the station.

Song Thrush ...singing.

Great Spotted Woodpecker...drumming,  heard only

Buzzards....2 soaring together, with at times up to 25 Corvids around them.

Teal....17+ in the standing water against the railway. Water partly obscured by rail bank, so probably more than the 17.

Canada Goose....1 ditto

Mallards....8 including the regular white fronted pair.

No sign today of Dipper, Kingfisher or even Grey Wagtail.hmm



-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 16th of March 2018 03:47:01 PM

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A dog walk this afternoon got me the dipper near the dilapidated pub. Also, a buzzard near Beaumont Road. On the way back to the car, I saw a heron perched on the roof of the house near Rumworth Lodge dam outflow.

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This am while cycling the trail:
A Dipper back on the brook.
First sighting since May 2017.
Absence maybe caused by the bridge rebuilding?

-- Edited by keith mills on Tuesday 30th of January 2018 02:51:53 PM

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Mid day dog walk; Lady Bridge to the station.
By Ravenswood a Buzzard soared with a corvid in attendance.
In front of this wood a Sparrowhawk cruised by, twice.
The brook itself was empty of birds apart from a Grey Heron and a Moorhen.
Still no signs of the Dippers and not even a Grey Wagtail today.


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Mid day dog walk; Lady Bridge to the station.
By Ravenswood a Buzzard soared with a corvid in attendance.
In front of this wood a Sparrowhawk cruised by, twice.
The brook itself was empty of birds apart from a Grey Heron and a Moorhen.
Still no signs of the Dippers and not even a Grey Wagtail today.


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Also, it was very nice to finally meet Keith.

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Lunchtime dog walk with my wife and daughter from the old pub right down to the outskirts of Bolton got me a kestrel, a kingfisher, a grey heron and a buzzard mewing (although I couldn't see it due to the sun). A few blackbirds, robins, blue tits etc were in the trees bear the old pub.

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Today. Late morning; cycling the trail. (Heaton bridge to Bolton)

Kingfisher....1
Grey Wagtail....1
Grey Heron...1
Mallards....4

Dippers have gone missing at all 3 sites on Middlebrook, and they are not appearing either, in the overflow at Rumworth Lodge.

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Cycling to Bolton this pm (return)

A Kingfisher downstream by Bank Wood.
2 Jays, one coming straight at me before banking away.
(This my third Jay of the day, with one this morning 5 feet above my head in Moss Bank Park)
Kestrel with Magpie escort.
Mallard...1
Moorhen...1
Grey Wagtail on the brook.
Again no Dippers seen.

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10.30ish this am, while I was cycling:
A Kingfisher flew up the brook towards Rumworth Mill Bridge.

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Early afternoon today, cycling down the trail:

A large Sparrowhawk (f) was soaring over Ravenswood before crossing the railway to the golf course side.
A Kingfisher was fishing in the brook and then showed twice more as we both moved down towards Bolton.
A Bullfinch disappeared into Bank Wood.

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Late evening yesterday. Lady Bridge to Heaton Fold;

Dipper....1
Willow Warbler....1
Reed Bunting.... 2 including a juvenile.
Song Thrush....1 (2 more heard only)
Grey Heron....1
Quite a few Swallows, and 2 Swifts.
Mallards four only ; very few on the brook recently.

-- Edited by keith mills on Saturday 27th of May 2017 10:33:55 AM

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Late evening yesterday. Lady Bridge to Heaton Fold with my dog.

Dipper carrying a worm into it's den.
Grey Wagtail....1
Long tailed Tit ...2
Willow Warbler....2
Reed Bunting...2
Sedge Warbler........1
Grey Heron...1 very close.
A dark Buzzard rose from the railway track and crossed the brook 20 yards in front of me


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5.20pm today:
2 Buzzards soaring over Ravenswood , but drifting quickly north, towards Doffcocker.
Seen from our back garden.


-- Edited by keith mills on Saturday 8th of April 2017 06:40:47 PM

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The Dipper by Bank Wood was on territory this pm.
It flew off the brook onto the footpath in front to twitch me.
On the way down to Lady Bridge, 2 Pied Wagtails were on a front lawn(Armadale Rd.)

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Just now:
A Buzzard over Ravenswood ; well seen from my back garden. Also a Buzzard seen at 10.25 soaring high over the Middlebrook valley towards Lady Bridge; seen from the Walkway.

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This pm with dog. Lady Bridge to the station.

A Buzzard was soaring and calling over Ravenswood
A corvid went up to harass it.
Grey Heron on the brook.
Reed Bunting....3 males together
Moorhen. ...7
Mallard...6..

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Wednesday 11 January: quick stopover when passing and saw two dipper in the brook and a blue tit and blackbird in the trees over the brook near the bridge.

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2 Dipper Kingfisher 6 Bullfinch 15 Redwing 4 Jay 3 Heron Several Great Tit and Blue Tit Coal Tit

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Today with dog:
Dipper by the weir and a Song Thrush by Bessy Brook were my only
birds of note.
4 juvenile Swallow perched on the dam gantry at Rumworth.

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Cycling along today:
Canada Geese...2 + 5 large goslings. These must be the same family that I saw 24/5 at the Crematorium(on this thread)
I think this is the first time I have seen Canada's actually on the Brook.
A Swift was hunting over the Kirkebrok reed bed.
Jay ...2 including one juvenile
Singing Chiffchaff...1
Song Thrush 2 heard only

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Short walk this pm between Lady bridge and Heaton Fold.
Wren...3
Willow Warbler...2
Reed Bunting...5+
Reed Warbler...1
Dipper..1. Good to see this local one. (Not seen since 11th March)
Mallard. ..2
Moorhen. ..2
Swallow...1




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Cycling today, from Bolton to Lostock:
2 Dippers, 7 Mallards plus an eleven strong brood.

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This afternoon: Heaton Fold to the station.Quiet, some of the usual not seen.
Grey Heron. ..1
Reed Warbler...4
Wren. ..3
Mallard...4
Moorhen. ..2
Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff heard.


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Just a few feet from the road by the chapels, on the lawn at the Crematorium;
2 Canada Geese with 5 goslings.
This pm.

-- Edited by keith mills on Tuesday 24th of May 2016 05:19:20 PM

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A walk with my dog today: Heaton Fold bridge to the Station.

Dipper..1
Jay...1
Reed Warbler...1
Willow Warbler...2
Reed Bunting...2
Mallards...c10
Moorhen...1
Canada Goose...1

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