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Middlebrook Valley Trail, Bolton


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




-- Edited by keith mills on Saturday 4th of June 2016 07:24:13 PM

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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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Today's walk with dog: Lady Bridge to the station.

Dipper...4 ( my highest count on this stretch; 2 at the Lady Bridge/Bank Wood site and the usual 2 at Lostock;
the Lady Bridge Dippers were collecting material)
Grey Wagtail....2
Teal....11 in or around the standing water against the railway.
Moorhen...1 ditto
Mallards....11
Wren...1
As I turned for home I checked the Dam at Rumworth; there were 8 Great Crested Grebe in the Dam channel.
Another highest count.

-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 11th of March 2016 02:41:57 PM

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Just now:
Peregrine Falcon perched on floodlight tower of the Macron Stadium.
The tower was the one nearest Tesco car park.
Viewed from the cycle trail, just over a brook.
The Falcon flew off towards Horwich, over Middlebrook Retail Park at 10.40
Also this pm 2 DIPPERS by Middlebrook, near the old pub.



-- Edited by keith mills on Sunday 24th of January 2016 04:19:08 PM

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This am Ladybridge to the Station with dog:

Dipper...1
Mallard...12
Moorhen...5
House Sparrow...1
Wood Pigeon...25 in one tree.

Contractors are presently repairing the flood damage and improving this popular trail.

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This morning's dog walk. Bank Wood to the Station.

Dipper...1
Grey Wagtail...1
Jay...1
Mallards...11
Moorhen...2
Great Tit...3

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Dipper and Grey Wagtail near Lostock Arms 12.45pm today

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This afternoon 1430-1600 2 Chiffchaff 3 Jay 2 Song Thrush 1 Dipper

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Jay at Lostock station at 0845

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This morning with dog:
Two Kingfisher flying in tandem up the brook between Lady Bridge and Heaton Bridge. My first sighting
for sometime and my first ever double here.smile
Dipper...1
Grey Wagtail...2
Mallards...14
Moorhen...1
Wren...1
Song Thrush heard in Hawthorn blossom above my head but not seen


-- Edited by keith mills on Tuesday 9th of June 2015 10:22:42 AM

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This evening; Heaton Fold to the station via Lady Bridge with dog.

Dipper....3 in total, between 2 locations.
Grey Wagtail....2 one taking sun on the ridge tiles of a house.
Reed Bunting...1m
Willow Warbler...2
Common Whitethroat...2
Long -tailed Tit...2
Swift ...1
Swallow...1
Wren...2
Song Thrush and Blackcap were loud but heard only.
Mallard brood not seen.

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From Deane church to lostock station

1 male and female Bullfinch
1 Willow Warbler
1 Chiffchaff
1 Grey Heron
2 Grey Wagtail
1 Dipper
1 male and 1 female Linnet
1 male Reed Bunting

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 3rd of May 2015 06:49:22 PM

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Today; Heaton Fold Bridge to the Station with dog.
Willow Warbler....4
Chiffchaff....2
Reed Bunting...1 singing male
Mallards 7 + one female with a brood of 14; first brood seen this year!
Dipper...1
Grey Wagtail...1
Heard only were Moorhen and a Song thrush.

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Today's dog walk. Lady Bridge to the Station.
Sightings:
Dipper....1 showing well despite the high water. eventually flew up into Bessy Brook.
Chiffchaff...1 singing just above me.
Wren...3
Mallard...5
Moorhen 3

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This morning's dog walk. Lady Bridge to the Station.

Kingfisher... 1 male, good views, perched up Bessy Brook just before the railway tunnel.
Grey Wagtail...2 on the old pub car park.
Goldfinch ... c14 charm
Mallards...12
Moorhen...3
No sign of the Dippers, but one seen on the Brook last Sunday while cycling.
Checked the Rumworth Dam on the way in, but only 2 Mallards and they flew off.
2.29 mile circuit according to my phone's Runkeeper APP.



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Recently:
3 Grey Partridge seen near copse on (empty) Golf course, when walking back from the Green bridge footpath.
Info thanks to Pete Lane.

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