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RE: Moss Bank Park, Bolton


9.15am to 10.00am. A quick walk around the park before my weekly volunteering session with Friends of Moss Bank Park. 13 species recorded in total, only species worth mentioning was a single Brambling in the Beech trees overhanging the Walled Garden.

A welcome coffee in the cafe after gardening.



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This morning's dog walk:

 A Goldcrest was showing well in the same spot as my last post.

Single Cormorant over.

Nuthatch was calling continuously and spotted in a bare tree by the car park.

Also by the car park, in rowan, I found my first Fieldfare of the year

One of the ground feeding Carrion Crows had white spots, and when it made a short flight,

it's wings were showing a white band along the centre plus other white mottling

The Park café is now managed by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Friday 2nd of November 2018 10:57:11 AM

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Approx. 2.30pm. single Brambling in the Walled Garden.



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This am dog walk:

15+ Mistle Thrush, (probably 20) very flighty and moving around the taller trees. Moving through I think, as I saw none on my return walk.

Goldcrest...1

94 Canada Geese low about ( from Victoria Lake)

No sign of the raptor.

 



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Late this afternoon 2 Peregrine on Barrow Bridge Chimney southern side.



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Walking up Forest Road this afternoon I notice a bird flying from the ledge on Barrow Bridge Chimney where the Peregrine perches though my bins were still in my rucksack (it could have been a Carrion Crow scavenging on a peregrine's prey item). As I got closer the heavens opened so I up packed my waterproofs and bins from my pack. I walk along  Moss Lane towards Barrow Bridge and passed the Chimney on reaching the house Dell Croft Cottage I checked the ledge on that side of the chimney without success. The rain turn to hail so I decided to short my walk and headed down Smithills Croft Road again I turned to observe the ledge on the chimney and again without success. I walked up the cobbled path that runs from the hairpin bend on Smithills Croft Rd to the Limefield estate as I got near the Primary School on Smithills Dean Rd I again looked at the chimney and this time I could see a bird perched on the ledge I walked back towards the chimney via Jesmond Rd and from there managed to identify it as a Peregrine.  



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10.30 this am: Peregrine falcon seen on stone ledge of the big chimney. Seen during our dog walk in the Park, NE point of ledge near the clump of grass.

By 10.45 it had moved to a due East point on the ledge, and was difficult to see from the park.

My first sighting since January 2015!

 



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Thursday 26th of July 2018 11:16:41 AM

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5.00pm this afternoon Peregrine on Barrow Bridge Chimney on the eastern side best viewed from Smithills Croft Road. Also Grey Wagtail in the stream viewed from the Bridge on Smithills Croft Rd.



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Peregrine on Barrow Bridge Chimney (NE side on the ledge) first seen 3.30pm from Smithills Dean Road. walk over to the Chimney to verify sighting then walked up to Barrow Bridge. Returned at 4.30pm bird still there as I returned home. 



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This morning with dog:

Two Buzzards soaring east of the big chimney.

Nuthatch calling repeatedly. Two seen in usual Oak tree and one in and out of their tree hole. 2 later chasing each other.

Very noisy Carrion Crow.



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Sunday 1st of April 2018 12:51:30 PM

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No sign of the Peregrine, for me, on yesterday morning's dog walk. Chimney checked between 10 and 11am
Two sightings of male Bullfinch. One on leaf litter and then seen calling from a tree. Single
Mistle Thrush and a small flock of Chaffinch along the hedges. 6 Mallards and Moorhen on the car park pond.

-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 12th of January 2018 06:31:32 PM

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Peregrine on Barrow Bridge Chimney approximate time 11.00am. on the eastern side of the chimney, the bird flew off as I watched it.



-- Edited by Paul Thompson on Wednesday 10th of January 2018 02:07:31 PM

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Today 5.30pm. Peregrine on Barrow Bridge Chimney with prey item on the North East side on the usual ledge. Viewed from Barrow Bridge Rd. in front of the gates to Croft Dell (private) Drive.



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Today at 4.15pm Peregrine Falcon Barrow Bridge Chimney on the usual ledge on the north east side, best viewing point the hairpin bend on Smithills Croft Road.  



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Late post for 5th nov. 2016  peregrine barrow bridge chimney.

by Paul Thompson.



-- Edited by Tommy100 on Tuesday 29th of November 2016 08:54:58 PM

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This morning...giving my dog some exercise.

2 calling Nuthatch. one showing well.
3 Mistle Thrush together
14 Goldfinch
1 Moorhen.
No peregrine.

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Again no sign of the Peregrine. It's daily morning visits to the chimney ledge stopped in January this year.
Local birder Paul, has seen it on the odd occasion, during the day.
10 Mallards and 2 Moorhen on the car park lodge.
A Goldcrest showed well in the freshly pruned Hawthorn hedge.



-- Edited by keith mills on Tuesday 20th of October 2015 12:13:59 PM

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This morning's dog walk.
Nuthatch...3... two seen, one heard only.
Mistle Thrush...2
Canada Goose...5
Mallard...5
Moorhen...4 I watched while one Moorhen climbed up a 6 foot high fence with the help
of some Honysuckle to get to a feeder on the other side.
Great Spotted Woodpecker's drumming from at least two directions.
The mist eventually cleared from the chimney but the Peregrine was not present.

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This morning during dog's walk and training.

Kestrel...1
Great Spotted Woodpecker...3 seen together in same tree, then flew into the tree above me.
Mistle Thrush...1
Canada Geese...low flight of 6.
Car Park lodge: 3 drake Mallards and 2 moorhen. A low count for here.
No sign of the Peregrine on this and recent visits.

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David Lumb wrote:

10.10am to 11.15am.


Finished off at the car park pond and was surprised to see a Kingfisher fly across.
8 Mallards & 3 Moorhens also on this pond.





A Kingfisher on the car park pond amazing! Good find that Davidsmile

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10.10am to 11.15am.

Barrow Bridge Road lodge :-
16 Canada Geese, 9 Mallards, 2 Moorhens

Victoria Lake :-
2 Moorhens

Park areas :-
5 Black-headed Gulls, 8 Feral Pigeons, 17 Woodpigeons, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, a few Wrens, Dunnocks, & Robins, 8 Blackbirds, 1 Mistle Thrush, a few Great Tits & Blue Tits, 5 Nuthatches, 5 Magpies, 4 Jackdaws, 3 Carrion Crows, 3 Chaffinches, 6-10 Greenfinches, 2 Bullfinches

Finished off at the car park pond and was surprised to see a Kingfisher fly across.
8 Mallards & 3 Moorhens also on this pond.


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Late morning check of the lodges/ponds.

Victoria Lake :- 2 Mallards, 2m + 4f Goosanders, 1 Moorhen.

Lodge by Barrow Bridge Road :- 6 Canada Geese, 1f Goosander, 2 Moorhens.
No sign of the Peregrine but informed by one of the road workers here that it had been on it's ledge a couple of days ago.

Small pond at bottom of chimney :- 1 Moorhen.

Forest Road lodge :- 5 Canada Geese.

Dean Brook between Forest Road & Smithills Dean Road :- 2 Dippers


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Glorious weather for this morning's dog walk. Snowdrops out

Nuthatch...3 or 4 (2 giving extended views at their hole in Oak)
Mistle Thrush...3
Jay...1
Canada Geese...21 over very low.
Yesterday's count at the car park lodge...Mallards.28 Moorhen..3
Aka David's post; no sign of Peregrine on these visits.

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10.50am to 12.10pm.

Park area including woods behind Rock Gardens :-
18 Mallards, 5 Moorhens, Black-headed Gulls, Feral Pigeons, Woodpigeons, Wrens, Robins, Blackbirds, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Nuthatches, Jays, Magpies, Jackdaws, Carrion Crows, Chaffinches, Goldfinches (20+), Bullfinches.

Reservoir by Barrow Bridge Road :-
24 Canada Geese, 6 Mallards, 1 Black-headed Gull, 2 Moorhens.

Victoria Lake :-
12 Mallards, 3m + 8f Goosanders, 1 Moorhen. Grey Heron flying over, and a Dipper on the brook by the lake.



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10 to 10.45 this morning:
Peregrine Falcon on chimney ledge; east aspect.
2 Mistle Thrush seen in the park.

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Despite the sunshine, the Peregrine was missing on this morning's dog walk.
We had to make do with the supporting cast:
Woodpigeon...33 ground feeding together
Black-headed Gull...9 ditto
Feral Pigeon...6
Canada Goose...25 over low, east.
Cormorant...1 over west.
Mallards...6+
Moorhen...3

Merry Christmas to one and all.


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This morning's dog walk:
Peregrine Falcon on usual ledge, in sun. SW aspect of chimney.
Nuthatch and Great Tit feeding in Oak tree.
After the recent Chaffinch fest, only 1 male Chaffinch seen.
Noisy skein of Canada Geese low behind trees.

-- Edited by keith mills on Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 11:02:02 AM

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Well over a 100 Chaffinch flitting through a a stretch of hedge, bordering the old ''Animal World'' enclosure
this morning.






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Arriving at the car park with dog at 9.43, I thought I glimpsed two birds on the chimney ledge. Immediately
a largish Peregrine was in aerial combat with a larger Raven sized bird. The Peregrine stooped a few time to see it off,
towards Halliwell. After some victory laps, the Peregrine was back on the ledge at 9.48
Also seen were loose flocks of Chaffinch and Blue Tits (12+ Chaffinch). One of the Carrion Crows, here, had white bars
right across the middle of it's wings.
15 Mallards and a Moorhen on the car park lodge.






-- Edited by keith mills on Monday 17th of November 2014 11:42:04 AM


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Peregrine appeared on the usual ledge(northwest aspect) at just after 10 this morning. Eating prey.
Common Tits and Mistle Thrush seen. At least 13 Mallards and a Moorhen on car park pond.

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A Buzzard low over the Park at 10.15 this morning, being pursued by Crows.
Peregrine on Ledge.

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The Peregrine on usual ledge around Ten this morning.
Positioned on NW side and facing chimney.

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Peregrine on usual ledge facing east, during this morning walk with my dog; but by
9.30 it had moved round on the ledge to face north.

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Peregrine appeared on north facing chimney ledge at 9.58 this am.
Earlier, at least 6 Swifts hawking near the chimney.

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9.20 this am,
Peregrine Falcon cruising over me on the east bank , heading towards Barrow Bridge.

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Single Peregrine on chimney ledge during first 20 minutes of the dog walk. not seen after 10am.
4 Canada Geese on grass , 6 Mallard and a Moorhen at CP pond

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10.30am to 11.20am.

1 Peregrine on the chimney ledge when I arrived. After a mooch around the woodland behind the rock garden I spotted two birds on the ledge. They both flew off just before I left the park.

Pair of Canada Geese on the grass near the railway, Mallards included ducklings on the Barrow Bridge Road lodge, 1 Black-headed Gull at the football pitches, Feral Pigeons, Woodpigeons, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins, Blackbirds, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Nuthatches, Magpies, Carrion Crows, Chaffinches, & Goldfinches.


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0830 today:
Peregrine Falcon on usual ledge on my arrival. After 3 minutes it flew off in a westerly direction.
My first sighting since the 1rst. March. smile

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This morning with the dog. 9.30 to 10.15
Peregrine present on the usual ledge all the time. This looked like the larger female version.
Faced south on arrival and then moved round to face west. As usual Feral Pigeons 50 feet up from the ledge, on the chimney top.
Mallards...12
Canada Goose...2
Mistle Thrush....2
Nuthatch...1
Goldfinch...8
Jackdaws/Tits/etc.

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Peregrine Falcon on ledge of chimney again. Southwest side surveying all below.

Also Great Spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch about

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Peregrine on chimney ledge at 11.40 this am. After 10 minutes it shot off towards Barrow Bridge village.
Returned later, to the ledge, and appeared to be eating.

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Peregrine on usual ledge this morning, during
Dog walk up to 10 o'clock.
16 Mallards, 2 Moorhen and a Black-headed GULL on the car park pond



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Peregrine Falcon on the usual chimney ledge at 10.35 this am. Seen
during the dog walk. Also 2 Mistle Thrushes on grass.

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12.30 to 13.20.

I checked the lodge by Barrow Bridge Road first & found 5 Canada Geese, 9 Mallards, 2m + 4f Goosanders, & 2 Black-headed Gulls there.

A full search of the park, including the woodland between the rock garden & Johnson Fold Housing Estate which contained most of the finches.
14 Mallards & 2 Moorhens on the car park pond.
A Sparrowhawk flew over the park and landed in the woodland behind the Goosanders
Woodpigeons everywhere. Estimate of about 160 adding them all together.
20+ Feral Pigeons. Some on the chimney (no sign of the Peregrine) & others spread around Barrow Bridge Road & Animal World
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Wrens
6 Robins
3 Blackbirds
1 Redwing
3 Mistle Thrushes
No Long-tailed Tits seen around the park but a flock was on Forest Road
2 Coal Tits
Numerous Blue Tits & Great Tits
1 Nuthatch
15 Magpies
4 Jackdaws
8 Carrion Crows
12 Starlings
8 Chaffinches
2 Greenfinches
30+ Goldfinches
3 Siskins
2 Bullfinches



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Peregrine Falcon on the usual ledge at 9.30 this morning. On East side.

16 Mallards and 3 Black-headed Gulls on the Car park pond.
Other sightings very mundane.

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This am at 9.40:
Peregrine on the usual stone ledge of the Chimney.

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This am dog walk:

Largish Peregrine on chimney ledge.
Nuthatch...1
Goldfinch.. 25-30
Black-headed Gull.. 5 on grass
Mistle Thrush..3
Blue tit..1
Carrion Crow..1
Mallards..18
Moorhen..2

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This Morning: a dog walk in the Rain.

Peregine on chimney ledge all the time. (11.45 to 12.35).

A new facility has opened, in the Park called ''The Hive''. Lancashire Wildlife Trust are involved.
I think it's a Moth/ butterfly enclosure. Presumably bees are in there somewhere!



-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 6th of September 2013 01:20:01 PM

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Peregrine on chimney ledge at 8.50 this morning.
2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Carrion Crow, and 2 Canada Geese ground feeding.
Song Thrush singing from top of tree; at top of the bank.





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A Song Thrush was seen, and was singing during the morning dog walk. ( This bird usually in the old nature reserve)
Two Carrion Crows and a Mistle Thrush ground feeding
One very noisy Nuthatch seen and others heard.
Only a pair of Mallards on the car park pond and the Muscovy nearly hidden in vegetation.
Great Tits..3
Coal Tit..1
Dunnock..2
Chaffinch heard.
Several Pigeons and Magpies.
No Peregrine.

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