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RE: Fletcher Moss, Didsbury


Sedge Warbler on the northern half of the hayfield at Millgate Fields.
Lots of song and display flights, so not difficult to find.

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8.00-10.30 around the wet meadows by Stenner Woods and the flood basin area running away alongside Millgate Lane

29 species, highlights:

1 Lesser Whitethroat in a massive hawthorn bank between the two meadows
5 Bullfinch, very active
2-4 Reed Bunting - I thought 2 pairs but could have been 1 mobile pair
1 Blackcap singing
3+ Chiffchaff singing
1 Stock Dove

The Lesser Whitethroat was nice but only seen very briefly. I expected to see plenty of Blackcaps but only found 1 and it was very wet so perhaps no surprise that there were no Whitethroats



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5 Buzzard

6 Ring Necked Parakeet

8 Bullfinch

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Plus loads of common species,Highlights were finding where a Treecreeper had set up nest behind bark on a tree,

and a Blue Tit taking food into a Bat Box

 

 

 



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Around the park, Stenner Woods and the River Mersey. Birds seen.
Willow Warbler x2
Starling x5
Carrion Crow x3
Wood Pigeon x7
Blackbird x7
Wren x1
Robin x9
Magpie x6
Great Tit x8
Dunnock x2
Long Tailed Tit x4
Blue Tit x3
Jay x1
Mistle Thrush x1
Jackdaw x10
Mallard x8
Canada Goose x2
Treecreeper x1
Common Buzzard x2
Coal Tit x1
Black Headed Gull x6
Cormorant x2


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Black-headed Gull - 20

Goosander - 7

Mallard - 12

Little Grebe - 3

Pied Wagtail -1

Grey Wagtail -1

on the river between Simon's bridge and Northenden

Ring-necked Parakeet - 5 

in the trees on Stenner Lane

 

 



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Great Spotted woodpecker -1

Goosander -1

Redwing - 10ish

Cormorant - 1

Grey Heron - 1

Yesterday 12.00am near the Waterside Hotel

 



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Originally posted today by David Coupe:

 

On the River Mersey between Fletcher Moss and Heaton Mersey 11.00 am

Dipper -2

Goossander - 2

Moorhen - 2

Cormorant - 2

 



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3-Goosander

2-Little Grebe

20-Canada Geese

12-Mallard

12- Black-headed Gulls

on the river Friday 9/1/18 11-00am

 



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Fletcher Moss ,Stenner Woods ,River Mersey . Birds seen.
Starling -6
Blackbird -9
Magpie -8
Carrion Crow -7
Black Headed Gull 10
Wood Pigeon -9
Dunnock -4
Great Tit -6
Robin -6
Blue Tit -6
Long Tailed Tit -4
Coai Tit -1
Black Headed Gull -1
Ring Necked Parakeet -7
Mallard -2
Grey Heron -1
Mistle Thrush -2
Goldfinch -3
Redwing -3
Wren -1
Nuthatch -1
Chaffinch -3



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Fletcher Moss,Stenner Woods and the River Mersey
Starling 5
Dunnock 1
Magpie 6
Blue Tit 8
Feral Pigeon 10
Carrion Crow 8
House Sparrow 2
Robin 6
Wood Pigeon 3
Chaffinch 2
Great Tit 10
Mallard 7
Ring Necked Parakeet 5
Wren 2
Goosander (f) 1
Black Headed Gull 11
Jay 2
Goldcrest 2
Song Thrush 1
Nuthatch 1





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Hobby low over millgate fields this evening.
3 blackcap
2 whitethroat
2 Chiffchaff
Several swifts & house Martins around
3 sand martin
1 swallow

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This evening 7-8pm

Grasshopper warbler still reeling on millgate fields. Showed eventually, but required some patience.

No sedge warbler or lesser whitethroat for me.

3 Chiffchaff
1 Whitethroat
1 Kestrel
1 Buzzard
3 Reed Bunting
7-8 Swift

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Grasshopper Warbler and a Sedge Warbler today at Millgate Fields



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evening visit

lesser whitethroat & grasshopper warbler were both very vocal & showed really well in millgate fields.
1 willow warbler
2 chiffchaff
2 blackcap
1 whitethroat
3 bullfinch
8+ reed bunting
1 ring-necked parakeet, more heard
5 swift
7 swallow
4 sand martin




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This morning with Tony Darby the Lesser Whitethroat was singing loudly in the hedge between the two parts of Millgate Fields and showed briefly a few times

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Grasshopper warbler present this evening but only reeled a few times briefly & was not seen.
A lesser whitethroat was a bit more vocal nearby but was still unable to view it in the shrub it was in.
1 swift & 1 swallow over.

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Grasshopper Warbler still present this evening. Very elusive, reeling from the ground, and also going quiet intermittently as a male Kestrel hunted the field.

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Grasshopper Warbler still at Millgate Fields this afternoon

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With Tony Darby. Grasshopper Warbler still reeling and showing extremely well on Millgate Fields this afternoon

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Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling today in the Stenner Woods area grasslands. One possibly two birds but mobile.
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Post for yesterday.Walked around the park ,then through Stenner woods and along the Mersey.
The following birds were seen.
Blackbird 7
magpie 5
Feral Pigeon 20
Wren 1
Wood Pigeon 14
Robin 11
Blue Tit4
Bullfinch 1
Great Tit 2
Carrion Crow 6
Mallard 12
Grey Heron 1
Nuthatch 2
Ring Necked Parakeet 2
Chaffinch 3
Black Headed Gull 3
Canada Goose 2
Coot 2


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Stenner Woods Sunday 19th Feb 15.00-16.30

Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 - active and calling
Nuthatch 4-5 - again lots of activity
Song Thrush singing
Goosander 3 - 2 nice males and female on the river, some squabbling
Grey Heron - on the flooded meadow

Plus plenty of vocal usuals

As ever, the habitat aches for some 'better' birds, but a Sunday afternoon shows perfectly why only the more human-tolerant birds seem to be there. Still a brilliant site in urban Manchester though.

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Stenner Woods

Buzzard seen several times in the early morning (8.00 - 8.30) in Stenner Woods. It must be a favourite roosting spot.



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Two little grebes on the river near Simon's Bridge this afternoon. Haven't seen them on this stretch of the river before, could be the same ones seen further up-river near Cheadle weir.



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I had a nice walk around the woods 11.00-13.00 with my niece Grace, who is nine. In between prodding mud and icy puddles with sticks we saw 4 Teal, a Nuthatch, a Ring-necked Parakeet, a Grey Heron, a Great Tit, a Kestrel being chased by a Crow and a few Magpies. I also noticed a Treecreeper, Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker but these were a bit less obvious for her to see. Some brilliant fungi in there too. Despite being typically busy with 'normals', birds were showing well and in bright sunshine it was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours.

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Lesser Whitethroat in bushes west of the Millgate Lane sluice. Very skulking, so heard only.

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Re Simon Gough's post, I am convinced that the Parakeets have had an impact on the Great Spotted Woodpeckers in Stenner Woods and other local areas. Is it that they are taking over their nest holes? Jamie Dunning will know the answer. Where are you Jamie?





I'm sitting very quietly

As some of you will know, I did attempt, a few years ago now, to put up some boxes in that hope the Parakeet would use them and we could glean something from those nets records.
After all, our parakeets are a limited, closed population, and persuading them to use a box (where we can access them) over a nest hole (where we can't) seemed like the obvious answer, we also metal ringed a few.
The literature on them does have an example of Rose-ringed Parakeet having a direct impact on another species, although it isn't one of the Woodpeckers, It's Nuthatch [on the continent]. I did also compare some data (from the GMBRG and BTO) one afternoon, but there just isn't enough to infer anything like that in Manchester at the minute.
The main threat therefore is posed to other secondary cavity nesting species, and in particular I'd bet, those which are specialists that do not nest colonially (That's Nuthatch and Starling to some extent around us?).

It's an interesting idea that they may put off other birds with their presence in an area, although being colonial, I would think the woodpecker will just move elsewhere with the parakeet population what it is currently.

I'll see you all in the discussion thread? evileye

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Good discussion this one, I wasn't trying to suggest that there was direct competition for nest-holes, my point was more about the way the Ring-necked Parakeets occupy the area by the Boardwalk and whether they could 'dominate' a territory in the first place. My supposition was that if a Woodpecker wasn't comfortable in the area it wouldn't get as far as excavating a hole, in favour of moving somewhere else. I think I've read that this can occur between Great and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, correct me if I'm wrong of course.

I have seen less Great Spotted Woodpeckers in Stenner Woods this year than in both the last 2, and also nearby in the wood by Priestnall Fields in Heaton Mersey, where last year there was at least a pair. Both areas are occupied by Ring-necked Parakeets. They are not scientific studies by any means but I didn't think the Great Spotted Woodpecker was in decline, so where are they? As a kind of control, I have seen less than usual near my office in Wythenshawe, so maybe it is all a coincidence. Last year and the year before there were at least 3 pairs within half a mile of my office in 3 separate little woods, and this year I've only seen 1 pair. Again not scientific but of some anecdotal value perhaps?

Tim gets out locally much more than me, due to not having a job anymore, the lucky swine, so he will probably have more information to hand than me in any case.






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Re Simon Gough's post, I am convinced that the Parakeets have had an impact on the Great Spotted Woodpeckers in Stenner Woods and other local areas. Is it that they are taking over their nest holes? Jamie Dunning will know the answer. Where are you Jamie?



 

The Great Spotted Woodpeckers make new holes every year while the Parakeets use old holes so no probably not


 

 I agree Tim (again!). A study done in Dorset on Ring-necked Parakeets showed the greatest impact was on Jackdaw tree hole nesting, as the species compete directly for older pre-excavated holes. Of course Jackdaws do nest elsewhere (chimneys etc) so not a total disaster for them smile

 



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alanhill wrote:

Re Simon Gough's post, I am convinced that the Parakeets have had an impact on the Great Spotted Woodpeckers in Stenner Woods and other local areas. Is it that they are taking over their nest holes? Jamie Dunning will know the answer. Where are you Jamie?





The Great Spotted Woodpeckers make new holes every year while the Parakeets use old holes so no probably not

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Re Simon Gough's post, I am convinced that the Parakeets have had an impact on the Great Spotted Woodpeckers in Stenner Woods and other local areas. Is it that they are taking over their nest holes? Jamie Dunning will know the answer. Where are you Jamie?



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A late departing single Redwing this morning. Unusual to see one on it's own..


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1st singing Blackcap of Spring around Millgate Fields this morning (2 days earlier than last year).
5 Chiffchaffs also in the area.

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730-1030 from Stenner Woods to Cheadle Bridge via Millgate Fields and the river, with Chris Chandler

The woods were busy with common birds, but only 1 Woodpecker seen, a female Great Spotted, but numerous Great Tits and at least 4 Nuthatch were contesting territory or partners or both.5 Ring-necked Parakeets were hanging about at the Boardwalk, we did wonder if they were preventing Great Spotted Woodpeckers from occupying the area, as you would normally expect to see at least 2 or 3 of those. Who knows?

Walking round to the football pitches, we saw a smashing flock of 50+ thrushes, with some smart Fieldfares amongst 6-7 Mistle Thrush and Redwings. Also here were 5 or more Siskin feeding on catkins

At the sluices on the river we were delighted to see a Kingfisher zip across and perch at a nice bino distance, before zooming off towards the A34. Also 3 pairs of Goosander on the water at different points along it.


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Fletcher Moss (Stenner Woods and Park only) Saturday 30th January

Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, on feeders in new wildlife garden. Robin, Wren Blackbirds nearby. From boardwalk, Jay, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Goldfinches, Thrush, small flock of Redwings. No Parakeets seen, but heard in distance.

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A nice walk down the river to Millgate Fields, hoping for some winter birds. First notable sighting was the first local flocks of Redwings I've seen this winter. I don't know about anyone else but I've seen plenty of Fieldfares and hardly any Redwings. As I walked up the path along the side of the rugby pitches I saw a male Bullfinch, then a female, and then another male, and eventually 5 birds materialised, 3 male and 2 female.

Next up was the main species I was hoping to spot, Siskin. Having heard a rather wan call, I noticed 2 birds, then a couple more and eventually I was sure there were 10. They were so mobile it was impossible to count them, and I had run out of fingers anyway to be fair...Some dog walkers wandered past and the flock flew off, and I counted 12 or 13 birds in the air, and 2 were left, so I ended up going with 'about 15'. Don't sign me up for any surveys I guess...

Walking back through Stenner Woods I picked up a nice Reed Bunting. What adaptable birds these seem to be. I saw one in a tree with a Yellowhammer in farm fields on Sunday, then today in woodland with Chaffinch and Great Tit. Neither of which is really what you think of as their core habitat, although to be fair in both cases some prime habitat was nearby.

Also seen, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Nuthatch, Common Gull and a Cormorant over. Lots of Long-tailed Tits and Black-headed Gulls. The river was very high and I saw no Goosander, I guess they prefer shallower water?



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7.45-8.30am Highlights,

4 Ring-necked Parakeets, initially perched in the top of a large dead tree, then became very mobile continually flying around the park and constantly calling
Blackcaps 2
Common Whitethroat 2
Long Tailed Tits x 8 all feeding in the same bush

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4 Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff.

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4-6.15pm

10-12 ring-necked parakeets
1 great spotted woodpecker
3 treecreeper
2 chiffchaff
2 stock dove
3 song thrush
2 mistle thrush
4 redwing
1 reed bunting
4 bullfinch
2 teal
Plus the usuals around

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3 Treecreepers all in same tree along boardwalk in Stenner Woods.

Parakeets very noisy and visible, one perched around 15 foot above footpath which I could show to the grandchildren without needing binoculars.

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A really nice walk in Stenner Woods this morning, similar birds to the posts below, also notable though:
2 Stock Dove in the woods, first time I've seen them in woodland
Reed Bunting male, singing over the meadow. Great to see them establishing territory on there, normally a few pairs in the summer but I hadn't seen any over the winter
2 Chiffchaff singing
2 Little Grebe, on the minging pond by Old Bedians sports club, first 'Mersey' birds for me, looking very summery
10-11 Fieldfare, pristine and surely bound for Europe soon

I walked on to Burnage Rugby Club, posted on the other thread for that bit



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9 Ring Necked Parakeet
Chiffchaff
2 Treecreeper
7 Jay
2Chaffinch
6 Nuthatch
Goldcrest
6 Redwing
Grey Heron
3Buzzard,(2very high,the other 1 low down)

Lots of Blue,Great And Long tailed Tits,Robins,Blackbirds and far to many Magpies.


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Afternoon visit, didn't have time to cover the whole area and do it justice!

12+ Ring-necked Parakeet
Treecreeper
Nuthatch
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker having a tussle
5 Song Thrush singing and one feeding on the ground
1 Mistle Thrush singing
Great Tit - at least 10 seen and others heard
2 Grey Heron - one a smart adult bird in full breeding plumage and the other a younger bird

On the Mersey

2 Goosander
10 Mallard
20 Black-headed Gull


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Lunchtime visit today, very busy birdwise!

Of note...
Rose-ringed Parakeet - approx 20, singles-2's-3's-4's. In various areas of the park. Could be repeats though.
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 2
Nuthatch - 1 then 2 together later
Redwing - large group of about 80-90 in woods, very loud
Song Thrush - 2 together
Blackbird - 2
Chaffinch - quite a few around
Goldfinch - 7
Lesser Redpoll - 1 with the Goldfinch
Bullfinch - 2 (call gave them away)
Lots of Great Tit and Blue Tit
Coal Tit - 1
Wren - few seen, lots singing
Grey Heron - 2 (1 stood near boardwalk, 1 over)


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7.30 am to 12pm Nuthatch x1 . Treecreeper x3. Ring necked parakeet x 10. Redwing x6 . Mistle thrush x2. Blackbird x8. Gt. Spotted Woodpecker x3. Stock dove x4. Song thrush x1. Jay x2. Grey Heron x1

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a pm tacho break today after delivering in Didsbury centre.

45 minutes with plenty of activity.

Rose-ringed Parakeets - approx 8 (some near entrance, others in the wood)
Blue Tits - at least 8
Great Tits - 3
Coal Tit - 1
Goldfinch - 1
Chaffinch - 2 or 3 with more heard
Mistle Thrush - 1
Blackbird - 3
Chiffchaff - heard only but quite loud, couldn't locate
Oystercatcher - heard it calling and it was flying over towards the open bit of the park as I glanced up
Woodpigeon - lots around

...and also of note a Treecreeper with a distinct very white breast, and a pale brown hue to the body, had an almost greyish colour to it. Reminded me of the Treecreeper I had at Marton Mere (Fylde) on Jan 18th this year that was also very white breasted and pale greyish brown to the body.



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2 Buzzard
8 Ring-necked Parakeets
Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Grey Heron
Greenfinch
Chaffinch
plus lots of song and sightings from all the common Garden Birds

2 Nuthatch making nest,very small hole, wonder they can fit in it

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Late Report from Friday 27th

On Mersey

2 Goosander
Red Breasted Merganser
These 3 Ducks were together and flew off towards Kingsway Bridge

In Fletcher Moss

Goldcrest
4 Nuthatch
2 Treecreeper
Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Ring-necked Parakeet
Grey Heron




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Dismal Day with lots of unrecognizable birdsong and calls and not being to see any contenders.
Lots of Bird Activity from the common birds.

Off Note
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Bullfinch
buzzard coming in low over cafe
Grey Heron in Dipping pond


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Ring necked parakeet 5
Blackbird 5
Blue tit 4
Great tit 2
Woodpigeon 4
Goldcrest 1
Grey wagtail 1
Mallard 4
Black headed gull 12
Magpie 6
Carrion crow 3
Long tailed tit 2

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