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Post Info TOPIC: Dunham Massey area, including the NT Park


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RE: Dunham Massey area, including the NT Park


2 Little Egret today, again in the watercourse just outside the gateway to Little Bollington

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8-11.15am

deer park...

4 great spotted woodpeckers
3 green woodpeckers
7 nuthatch
3 treecreeper
1 jay
1 buzzard
2 grey heron
30+ redwings
3 little egrets on stream over Bollington gate.

moat... 1 kingfisher, 16 tufted duck

island pool... 10 tufted duck, 1 teal.

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firstly I would like to apologise as the hawfinch I seen actually flew over island pool & not smithy pool. there was one of the national trust volunteers stood with me (Richard) but he didn't get onto it, sorry Richard.
other birds around...

10 nuthatch
7 treecreeper
3 goldcrest
2 buzzard
1 jay
9 linnet & 2 meadow pipit, over
several redwings around
3 grey heron on stream
not a single woodpecker seen or heard on the walk around.

island pool.. 13 gadwall, 6 shoveler, 1 tufted duck, 2 little grebe, 2 yew trees on the island had several redwing, mistle thrush, song thrush & blackbirds feeding in them.

moat... 20 tufted duck, 4 goosander, 1 kingfisher

golf course.. 1 great spotted woodpecker, 1 treecreeper, 3 nuthatch, 2 goldcrest, 1 grey wagtail.

large flock of finches across charcoal road in field next to the golf course 150-200 majority linnets, chaffinch, goldfinch, 2 reed bunting, couldn't find any brambling.

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A single hawfinch flew overhead as I was stood watching the ducks on smithy pool at 11.20am, it made its tik call & I managed to pick it up & get an decent look at the 2 white wing bars as it went south in the park.
Could easily be feeding in the park.

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Little chance for birding with two grandchildren in tow. I did see a metal ringed Canada Goose which appeared to read 526518.

Cheers John.



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This morning, a walk down the Bridgewater Canal from Dunham Town to Agden Bridge produced by first Fieldfare (4) of the autumn. 8 Redwing, a Kestrel and a Bullfinch were also noted.

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Mike Duckham wrote:

Spent some time along the Bollin, but no sign of the Yellow- Browed; there's a lot of willows in the fields on the other side of the river so it needn't have moved far to have "gone".

 

 Mike, John Barber who originally reported the Yellow-browed noted that the bird was calling/singing from the Cheshire side of the river, probably in those willows.



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Swallow - 1 contact calling as it flew over Charcoal Lane and above the Park (i was only thinking, i've not seen one for yonks but usually see an October bird). The fact it was calling makes me wonder if it was from the brewery farmyard or somewhere similar.
Stock Dove - 1.
Spent some time along the Bollin, but no sign of the Yellow- Browed; there's a lot of willows in the fields on the other side of the river so it needn't have moved far to have "gone".

 



-- Edited by Mike Duckham on Sunday 1st of October 2017 09:56:29 PM

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A report on Birdguides of a Yellow Browed Warbler at Dunham Massey Park by the River Bollin, 150m upstream from the weir. Think that would put it in the alders by the oxbows..



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15.15-16.15 Dunham NT Park

3 Green Woodpeckers - an adult and juv feeding together near the enclosed area plus another adult near Smithy Pool
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Treecreeper
3 Nuthatch plus numerous others calling
1 Goldcrest
2 Little Grebe


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Green sandpiper flushed from oxbows. 



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Dusk on Sun 27th (late news), 2 Tawny Owls calling from trees next to the grass avenue near the Hall. Little Grebe chicks begging loudly on the pond nearby.

Earlier, Green Woodpecker calling.



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Green Woodpecker showing well near the Deer Barn area, close to the fenced enclosure

 

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6 green woodpecker and a kingfisher in the park this morning
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Kingfisher on the river bollin yesterday pm



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Hours walk yesterday(10th)from 1400.

Green sandpiper and snipe flushed from oxbows.

10 juvenile goosanders with their mother on the bollin

 Swifts and swallows galore. 



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a wander this pm down the Trans Pennine Trail from The Rope and Anchor pub to Black Moss Covert, quiet, highlights were 2 Common Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Yellowhammer and a Kestrel

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There was a Green Sandpiper present on the oxbows near the River Bollin on both the 27th and 30th of June.

Info thanks to Chris Shaw



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Swifts, too many to count, obviously feeding around the area over the obelisk in the park late on this afternoon.



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A Hobby flew low over Dunham Woodhouses towards the NT park at 16.35 this afternoon.

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An evening stroll around the deer park produced excellent views of a Green Woodpecker, plus another bird calling. 2 singing Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler were also noted.

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Took a bird walk yesterday morning with some success, but the park was a bit quiet. Had 27 on the walk and the weather was sunny.
2 grey heron
6 Treecreeper including one juvenile
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker heard
3-4 Nuthatch
1 Kingfisher
1 Little Grebe

After the walk a Tawny Owl and 1 young Owlet was found in the North Park and we got good but brief views of the Adult

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Good views of a Green Woodpecker were the highlight of an evenings stroll through the Deer Park earlier.

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Female Mandarin with seven ducklings on the Bollin upstream of the weir near to Bollington Mill flats.

Information thanks to John Barber.

 



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Afternoon Walk 4-5pm but park still very busy. Not much Woodpecker activity but ....
Spotted Flycatcher (1) - next to island pond .... and a couple of treecreeper nearby.
Chris

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Late post for yesterday .Birds seen as follows
blackbird
wood pigeon
carrion crow
jackdaw
mute swan
green woodpecker
moorhen
mallard
magpie
Canada goose
jay
tufted duck
robin
swallow
house martin
raven
starling
garden warbler
It was fascinating watching the jackdaws sitting on the
backs of the Fallow Deer pulling out their fur to use as
nesting material.

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Pair of Gadwall on the island pool.
Pair of Mandarin on the river, then flew over the park, then came back and landed in the field between the oxbows and the footpath.
Grey Wagtail below the footbridge over the river.



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a short visit from 4.15pm was worth while...

1 wheatear, near the deer barn
1 green woodpecker
3 swallows, over
2 chiffchaff
1 willow warbler
1 buzzard
1 tawny owl
4 mandarin just outside the deer park on the river.

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Yesterday Mon 27th 4pm ish.

A Kingfisher on the oxbow viewed from the obelisk was beating a fish on a twig - initially calling, so perhaps more than one bird present.
Up to 3 Buzzard high over circling.
No sign of the Tawnies in their roost hole but a Wren did sound the alarm as it passed over it so maybe there's a female in there with chicks?...
17 Tufties versus 15 Mallard on the Moat Pool (i can still remember my excitement when the first Tuftie turned up there in the early 80's).
A gorgeous Tawny Mining Bee digging a hole for a nest.
One Redwing between the obelisk and the watermill.

In the fields near the park towards the Crematorium a Lapwing was displaying and 5 Buzzards circling together.



-- Edited by Mike Duckham on Wednesday 29th of March 2017 01:14:57 PM

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A day off work and an early start in beautiful conditions saw me on Dunham Forest Golf Club at around 7am. Lots of the usual birds around, but I was quite surprised to see 3 Mandarins flying through the wooded area off towards Altrincham. On the deer park there were 4-5 more in the trees around the Obelisk. They roost in trees I believe, I haven't been early enough to see them before I suppose. The call/quack was interesting, a bit more goose-like than many ducks I have heard before.

Also of note a lovely pale-phase Buzzard that I happened upon on the golf course, perched low on a dead tree. What a handsome creature, later seen gliding around with a couple of others.

All in all a splendid morning and well worth a day of holiday, always nice when the days off land on decent birding weather.

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Excellent 3 hours spent today with Malcolm, saw all the target birds including Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Treecreeper and Nuthatch.
Cheers Ian

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A pleasant mooch around the Deer Park and Dunham Forest Golf Club this morning with Chris Chandler.

All the usual birds showing well, stacks of Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker being noisy and obvious. I saw a Green Woodpecker on the golf course which Chris missed, and we both saw 1 in the Deer Park, and Chris spotted a second in the park. Heard a couple more too. We were also pleased to see 4 Redpoll in the park, always nice to see these pretty little finches. 2 Buzzards showed well over the woods on the golf course.



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19th feb 8-12pm.

golf course...

green woodpecker, heard only
7 great spotted woodpeckers
11 nuthatch
5 goldcrest
2 buzzard
3 jay
9 siskin
several redwings, song thrush & stock doves around.
plus all the usuals.

deer park...

1 green woodpecker, more heard
5 great spotted woodpeckers
lots of nuthatch around
2 treecreeper
2 goldcrest
2 jay
1 buzzard
1 snipe, on stream just over Bollington gate
2 skylarks, over
1 little grebe
9 tufted duck
5 teal
again several redwings, song thrush & stock doves around. few fieldfares over
plus all the usuals. was not sure where to put this but as it says "dunham massey area" in the title, I had a little walk along the trans pennine trail at dunham massey & there was 15 pink footed geese in the fields just west of barns lane, also 11 yellowhammers, 7 lesser redpoll.

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A walk through Dunham Forrest /Golf course from Bradgate rd. to the NT Deer park 7.20am - 12pm.
Lots of Tits , Chaffinch and Blackbirds about in the woods also -
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1.
Nuthatch 1.
Common Buzzard 3. ( interacting with each other near the club house, just a few feet off the ground).
NT park -
Lots of Jackdaw , with two in the same tree with nest material.
Nuthatch 2. (Lots more heard )
Treecreeper 2.
Snipe 3. on stream near the mill.
Little grebe 1. on the island pool.
Redwing 6.
Mistle Thrush 5.
Ps. No Green woodpecker seen in the park but 2 heard (always distant ) , until I spooked 2 on the way back on the golf course. Also 7 Great spotted woodpecker seen in the park lots more heard .

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8.10-12pm lots of activity around the deer park this morning.

2 green woodpecker, more heard
12+ great spotted woodpeckers
14+ nuthatch
4 treecreeper
4 goldcrest
8 siskin amongst a flock of goldfinch
2 jay
18+ stock doves
10+ song thrushes
3 mistle thrush
lots of redwings around singing
1 grey heron
1 buzzard
19 teal
14 tufted duck
2 skeins of pink-footed goose, 61 & 131, both heading north west.
plus all the usuals around.

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Dropped in this afternoon to have a look around the park. 

Highlights were 3 Green Woodpeckers 2 Nuthatch and 1 Goldcrest. In a plowed field just outside the park near the scout camp there were 50 Lapwings 50 Black-headed Gulls and 8 Common Gulls. 



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The deer park was quiet (bird-wise) again today with just Nuthatch and Goldcrest of note. Two Teal stood on the ice on the frozen Island Pool

The field adjacent to the path from the park to the Bollin held at least two Snipe and a Buzzard.

A Grey Wagtail was at the footbridge over the Bollin.

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On duty today from 12 to 3pm. A quiet day bird wise due to the huge number of visitors today. Highlights were:

20+ Great Tit feeding among the Beech mast on Langham Grove
10+ Long Tailed Tit
1 Coal Tit
3 Shoveler 1m 2f on Island Pool
100+ Black Headed Gulls throughout the park

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A single Green Woodpecker, two Great spotted, a couple of Nuthatch and a dozen Goldcrest in a walk through the park today. As per Ann, no winter thrushes or finch flocks.

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A Egret seen on stream no bins with me so could not tell which spices it was



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Helping out with the midday Bird Walk in the Park today, 25 participants, and with the poor light we had to work hard to see the birds. Notably, no winter thrushes or finches but a good count of common woodland birds.

Moat: Goosanders,3m 4f, 5 Tufted duck, Coot, mallard, Black-headed gulls, 2 Canada Geese.

Smithy Pool: pair of Gadwall, Moorhens

Park: Jackdaws, Rooks, Crows, Magpie, 2 Jays. Goldcrest, Long-tailed tits, Blue tit, Great Tit, Coal Tits, Tree creeper. Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch. 2 Grey heron. Robin, Blackbird.

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Tawny Owl - 2 roosting together
Raven - pair over WNW ish
Fieldfare - 9 over east ish
Redwing - 45 over east ish
Dunnock and Treecreeper singing.
Goosander - 1 male 15 feet away in the arm of the moat right by the courtyard, furtling in the submerged leaves. Retreated when i appeared, but soon moved back.
I found myself wondering if the NT puts up nestboxes anywhere?



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A quick walk round the park this afternoon - noted 4 male and 2 female Goosanders on the moat.



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8 Goosander on the moat yesterday, around 3pm - 4 males and 4 females.

Also good numbers of tufted duck, black headed gull, canada geese and mallards.

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On duty yesterday from 12.20 to 15.30 and saw some winter visitors

1m 2f Goosander on moat
also large numbers of Black headed Gulls (including many juvenile) on moat and Smithy pool

Langham Grove
1f Grey Wagtail
2 raven
1 Jay

Island pool
1f 1m Shoveler
2 Little Grebe

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A pleasant walk around the gardens this afternoon plenty of woodland birds

Highlight as we stood by the lake in front of the house was a Kingfisher

Also at least 25 Pied wagtails around the house



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Green sandpiper showing in ditch at 2 30. Could not be seen from the stile only from banking inside the park.
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Walking along the path from the Park to the Bollin, a Green Sandpiper called loudly overhead before flying down into the ditch in the field, where it could then be viewed from the stile into the Park.



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On duty again yesterday from 1.00 - 5.00pm

The weather was atrocious with heavy rain for most of the time but at the end there was a brief clear spell where there was some activity.

I saw my first Spotted Flycatcher for five years here along Main Drive near the Slaughterhouse. This used to be a breeding species about 8 years ago but this was only my second sighting since then. This was obviously an autumn migrant but was great to see again in the park.

Also seen was a mixed flock of what seemed to be Juvenile Chiffchaff, Coal Tits and Nuthatch.

It looks like the three Cygnets have faired better than the other two and survived to a decent enough size not to be taken by Mink as the first two were. The Rangers have caught three Mink and are hoping that's the lot.


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On duty this afternoon from 1 to 5 pm.

Rather wet with not too much about with the exception of :

4 Green Woodpecker by deer barn 2f 1m 1juv
2 Grey Heron
1 Stock Dove
3 juvenile Great Tit
30+ Black Headed Gulls including 10 + Juvenile on moat

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