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Post Info TOPIC: Heaton Park (NOT the reservoir)


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RE: Heaton Park


treecreeper just off northern side of boating lake.

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Dipper on stream behind Tram Building seen at 11am.Stock Dove heard in same area

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100+ Redwing field near boating lake
Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Shoveler on boating lake
9 Teal in swamp
3 Nuthatch
10 Goldfinch
Bullfinch
3 Goldcrest
8 Stock Dove
15 Lapwing north
11 Curlew nw (4,4,3)

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41 Lapwing in the stubble field north end
43 Magpie
Oystercatcher feeding in field across motorway from golf course

-- Edited by Simon Johnson on Sunday 24th of February 2013 10:57:53 PM

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Heaton Park Boating Lake
8 Pochard 7 male and the first female seen on there this year
26 Tufted Duck
Goosander
2 Great Crested Grebe

BT Tower area north part of Park
Brambling - male
15 Chaffinch
16 Greenfinch
2 Stock Dove
11 Magpie
70 Woodpigeons
230 Jackdaw flew north west in small parties

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Heaton Park Boating Lake

0730-0900 & 1530-1620

6 drake Pochard
2 Teal (male & female)
2 Goosander
4 Greylag Goose
1 Great Crested Grebe
1 Little Grebe
c22 Tufted Duck
1 Muscovy Duck

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No sign either for me -

Highlights on the lake- 4 Goosanders, 6 drake Pochards, 3 x Great Crested Grebes, 1 Mute Swan
Park- Chaffinch, Nuthatch (in the trees next to lake) Greenfinch (Conifers near perimeter fence at the car park)



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No sign of the female Ring-necked Duck so far this morning.

Info thanks to James Walsh

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The female Ring-necked Duck was showing very well about 4.45pm behind the main island in front of the cafe
It was with 6 Pochard and 20 Tufted Duck

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Female Ring-necked Duck behind the main island this evening, with Tufted Duck and Pochard.

Info thanks to Simon Johnson


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Thursday 24/1/13
Lunch break.
Quick walk to the lake but it was frozen over,
Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, couple of Tufted Duck keeping out of sight in the bushes at the side of the lake.
Walking back to the van...20-25 Redwings in the trees overhead and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker

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I wonder if the falconer was the guy who'd lost the Harris hawk seen there over recent weeks.? Maybe he's been captured.? :0)

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Early morning with Sean Sweeney

Boating lake and area
Little grebe
9 Pochard (all drake)
37 Tufted Duck
3 Teal
2 Mute Swan
3 Grey Heron
Cormorant
4 Nuthatch
2 Great spotted woodpecker

Wooded Swamp
5 Teal
2 Goldcrest

Band stand pond
42 Mallard
2 Goldcrest

Secret pond
16 Tufted Duck
Buzzard

Also a falconer with a Harris Hawk!

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9th January.

Kingfisher at the side of the boating lake.

The ringed Black-headed Gull that I reported on this thread 29/10/12 has unfortunately been untraceable. I can only guess that I must have read the ring incorrectly.

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Well It was a no show for the Harris Hawk but never mind. :0(

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Thanx Ivan

There sure is a massive amount of rats around there it's unbelievable there so cheeky too.

I'm going to leave soon so hoping for a sighting and maybe even a photo or two. :0) fingers crossed.

Will let you no how I get on.

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Not sure Colette as I have not been in for a few days. The bandstand area is/was the place to see it. It seems to ignore the squirells but feeds on the numerous rats in the area. I can't see any reason for it to leave as long as there is a food supply for it. If it has fed it will sit in a tree for hours and doesn't move much whilst digesting. Good luck.

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Does anyone no if the Harris hawk is still on the loose around heaton park. ? If so what area has he been seen.? I've heard around bandstand (where squirrels are pretty tame).?

Thanx in advance was thinking of going Tom (sunday) :0)

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6 male Pochard on boating lake
20 tufted duck
4 Mute Swan (2 ad 2 imm)
2 teal in swampy area
3 Nuthatch in swampy area trees
2 Jay
17 Greenfinch

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9.30a.m. to 11.50a.m.

Teal 7 (in swampy area behind boathouse cafe)
Tufted Duck 16
Goosander 2 (flying over in direction of reservoir)
Common Gull 3
Moorhen 6
Woodpigeon 15
Magpie 30+
Jay 3
Carrion Crow 20+
Blue Tit 10
Great Tit 4
Long-tailed Tit 13
Waxwing (one flew over calling and heading South)
Nuthatch 3 (2 more heard)
Wren 1
Starling 6
Blackbird 2
Redwing 3 (near Papal monument)
Robin 4
Pied Wagtail 9 (in Horse paddock)
Chaffinch 1
Goldfinch 8
plus lots of Black-headed Gulls, Canada Geese, Mallards and Coots.

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Afternoon walk

3 Drake Pochard on boating lake (5 here on 30th) tend to hide behind the islands
9 Moorhen on boating lake
8 Rook highland cow field
3 Jay in woods
41 Mallard bandstand pond
Treecreeper near tram stop entrance
Nuthatch
Great-spotted Woodpecker
10 Coal Tit
3 Goldcrest
3 Stock Dove (north end if park)
Buzzard (north end of park)

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Fri 28-Dec-12: (14:15 - 15:30). Cool and damp, with a bit of light rain towards the end of my visit.

Walked from the gate opposite Sainsburys to the boating lake and back. Very quiet as far as small birds were concerned.

- flock of Long-tailed Tits
- c4 Blackbird
- Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard)
- a single Redwing

on the lake
- 2 male Pochard
- 5 Goosander (3 males, 2 females)
- c50 Canada Goose
- 8 Greylag Goose
- 22 Tufted Duck
Plus small numbers of Coot and Moorhen and a motley assortment od Domestic Geese

At several points during my visit, the sky was filled with Gulls of various species though it was difficult in the light to make out more than that the vast majority were Black-headed. Then as dusk approached and the Crows and Jackdaws tried to assemble to roost, they too were put up by something unseen. There must have been 500+ Gulls and 200+ mixed Crows and Jackdaws in the air on these occasions.

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Marvin Lewis wrote:

Amongst the usual Gulls and Wildfowl on the lake,4 Goosander, 5 Drake Pochard and 2 Cormorant.
Flock of 10 Redwings amongsrt small group of Mistle Thrush and Goldfinch,on trees along path to Heaton Park Tram station.
Usual Nuthatches and Jays amongst the other common passerines.
Not seen the Harris Hawk escape on my last couple of visits,and I wonder if it has been reclaimed by the owner,[or it might have just not been around at the time of my visit.]





On a pathway down to The Dell, on Boxing Day, my wife & I saw enough pigeon feathers within an approximate 2m x 1m area to suggest that the Harris Hawk had quite a tasty Christmas dinner not too much earlier.

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Amongst the usual Gulls and Wildfowl on the lake,4 Goosander, 5 Drake Pochard and 2 Cormorant.
Flock of 10 Redwings amongsrt small group of Mistle Thrush and Goldfinch,on trees along path to Heaton Park Tram station.
Usual Nuthatches and Jays amongst the other common passerines.
Not seen the Harris Hawk escape on my last couple of visits,and I wonder if it has been reclaimed by the owner,[or it might have just not been around at the time of my visit.]


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Most of the ice over the lake has melted.I counted 14 Goosanders and 1 female Goldeneye amongst the Mallard,Tufted ducks and other regulars.
The Harris Hawk escapee in the Dell has become a local celebrity and had just caught a rat when I saw it this morning.

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1.00pm to 2.45pm
A quick walk round a waterlogged park.

In the woods and gardens:
Jay 4
Nuthatch 2
Long-tailed Tits 5

Round the Boating Lake:
Goosander 11 (group of males and females)
Pochard 2
Cormorant 1
Common Gull 2
plus lots of more common waterfowl and feral pigeons.

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Goosanders showing particularly well at present,as the lake is partially frozen!
Nice group of Siskins amongst the Goldfinches and other finches/tits,in the trees adjoining the Lake car park.

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Yeah, I had a great morning out with Alan Flavell at Heaton Park - highlights were the four or five Jays feeding in the woods with views down to 3 metres and the escaped Harris Hawk sitting on a dead rat (or squirrel) in a tree near the Dell. Also distant views of the Goosanders on the main boating lake. I'll be back for more of this!

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11.30a.m. near the Dell with Martyn Jones.

Escaped Harris Hawk seen eating a Rat.

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The Goosander count on the lake is increasing.I counted 19 this morning.
Also seen were several Grey Herons and Cormorants ,a Drake Pochard and a Grey Wagtail,[along wiith the regular inhabitants]

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A stroll this morning in cold windy and showery conditions.Aside from the regular birds,highlights were:
Goosander x 13 including 3 Drakes in adult plumage
Drake Pochard x 2
A flock of Siskins high up amongst the birches at the far end of the lake,near to the car park.[Hard to count exact numbers;?15-20]
I also noticed a small group of immature larger Gulls amongst the usual Black-headeds and Commons,on the Papal monument field.I decided that they were most likely to be 1st.winter Herring Gulls,rather than Lesser Black=backed,but am not adept at Gull identification,and would welcome anyone else's views.I haven't noticed these Gulls there before.

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Thanks for that Jason. I'll be heading over there one day next week!

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Best place at Moore Vicky is the small group of trees right next to the car park, that's the lesser by the way.
cheers Jay

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Okay Moore nature reserve and Dunham Massey are my next port of call! I WILL find one!

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Having birded meticulously (why I'm not so sure, we reach for the nearest thing sometimes, I guess) I would say Heaton Park as being a difficult site to see Green and Lesser-Spotted Woodpeckers. The Lessers were around in Springtime and were still elusive, and I only recall Green once or twice them being reported via the Heaton Park thread - I know I'm echoing what Bill said here to an extent.

All add conclusively, but in order to assist I'd say that there's only a small chance of finding this Green here. I'd say Green is a difficult bird to see in Heaton Park given I've never seen or heard one even though I've been in there at every time of the year once, twice or thrice a month. Of course nothing is impossible and you really never know, but it isn't a stronghold or a place where they're regularly recently seen.

The best place in the county is Dunham Massey Park or Green Woodpeckers, although I'm not sure at this time of the year and I have had no hide nor hair on two or three previous recent visits - out of county, Moore nature reserve in Warrington is even easier - Phoenix Hide at Warrington end the views I had of this species were ridiculously good, and they didn't even have to yaffle they were just flaunting.

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Yes I did go look down there with no luck. That was where I heard the bird sounding like a 'squeeky toy' (I'm not sure enough to say what it could have been. I'm going to download a bird app when I get my new phone which might help with identification. I've spent all day searching every corner of the park from dawn till dusk. A few locals have said they see them regularly at Blakeley Park so I'm going to have a look there. I'll be back checking Heaton Park too!

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Vicky,

I live quite close to Heaton Park. Although I have never seen one there myself, I was told by one local that the best place to see a green woodpecker is from the pathway at the back of the boating lake, i.e. opposite side to the cafe. Is this where you were looking?

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I searched every corner of the park today with the hope of seeing Green/Lesser Spotted Woodpecker with no luck. I heard a bird calling from high up in the canopy which sounded like a 'squeeky toy'. No sign of anything significant though. Locals told me the best place to see Green Woodpecker so I'll try again this week

Birds seen:

8 Redwing
Numerous Blackbird
8 Thrush (not sure which though)
12 Goldfinch
High in the trees birds with tails about the same length of a long-tailed tit, finch appearance. Couldn't see them clearly enough through my bins.
3 Goldcrest
The usual Tit flocks
1 Nuthatch
3 Treecreeper chasing each other around the tree trunk
Numerous Jay
Usual tit flocks
5 Goosander
Tufted ducks

At one point I felt like the Pied Piper with my bag full of peanuts. I turned around and was being followed by numerous squirrels, magpie and Jay. I was joined by a peacock which finished all the nuts off!




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Hello
Are Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers still being seen? Could anyone give me a more accurate location, there's lits of paddock and lots of trees. Would be a lifetime first to see one I'm just not sure I'm looking in the right places. Would be so grateful if someone could advise. Please.

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Hi Steve,

Many thanks for coming back with that very interesting information. It's appreciated. I've reported the bird and its ring details today via the BTO/Euring website and await further details on its ringing origins, which I'll post on this thread on receipt.

Best wishes,

Bill.

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Hi Bill,
A 6-digit number could be either Lithuania (Kaunas) or Iceland (Reykjavik). This would fit with being ringed above the tarsus.
Steve

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29th October.

A morning visit found 2 drake Pochard and 2 redhead Goosander on the boating lake, along with c10 Tufted Duck.

Whilst I was stood alongside the lake watching families feed bread (in this instance bagels actually!) to the wildfowl and gulls I noticed that one of the Black-headed Gulls scrabbling about and squabbling for food had a metal ring above the right "kneecap". Despite the bird being only a few feet in front of me the number wasn't that easy to read through binoculars and after 15 or so minutes of squatting down and getting down on my hands and knees (the bagel throwers must have thought I was a madman! ) I was 99% certain that the number was 493809. However, when I got home and checked the 2010 county report I noticed that most Black-headed Gulls contained in the ringing report had 7 digit ring number, sometimes a combination of letters and numerals - so I hope I haven't missed anything out after all that effort! Anyway, I've registered the sighting via the appropriate channel and will post again if anything interesting is reported back. Unless any of the GM ringers can shed any light on this ring? Many thanks.

Cheers,

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Still a group of 8 Gooosanders on the lake.They are all brown headed presumably female or juveniles.

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2 Great crested Grebe, 4 Goosander, 2 Mute Swan, 14 Moorhen and 7 Tufted Duck on the boating lake

49 Mallard on the band stand pond

22 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch and a Siskin feeding in a tree near the small childrens play area.

Kestrel.

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nice evening in the park.Nothing too unusual but 8 female goosanders, 2 x great crested grebe and 1 x little grebe on the boating lake.

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Nice beautiful evening, plenty of blue sky and sunshine!

1 Jay
1 Nuthatch
several singing Goldcrest heard in conifers Sheepfoot Lane carpark entrance

Lake:

2 Mute Swan
4 Tufted Ducks
1 Grey Heron


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feeding on the grass near the water works
9 Mistle Thrush
91 Meadow Pipit
30 Pied wagtail

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Pleasant autumn conditions in Manchester's favourite park this AM.

Lake - 2 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebes
Woods - 1 Willow Warbler
Conifers over reservoir end - 2 Goldcrests



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Greylag x Canada Goose hybrids occur there and may fit your goose Ben. It's best to be sure first though before suggesting the rarer species so please feel free to contact me to discuss this bird.

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Hi again Ben,
I just read your reply. I do find that apparent leg colour can seemingly vary according to light conditions; this can often be tricky for instance in assessing the leg tones of gulls as well as geese, when yellow can be hard to distinguish at distance in bright light from pink (or indeed orange) on occasion.
Having said this though, you do seem to have spent some time in critically assessing the leg tones of the bird in question. (I'm not aware that Greylag can show orange legs at any age/stage).

A confusion species (also with orange legs) for Bean Goose can be White-fronted Goose (Juvenile of Greenland race) which can also show variable black on the bill/ bill tip;- the problem at Heaton Park would be that this would also rank as an equally unlikely reportable rarity.
When faced with a tricky i/d problem, it is always a good starting point to focus on the likeliest explanation and try first to eliminate the common alternatives, then if you cannot resolve the identification to your satisfaction, my suggestion would be to seek help locally and/or submit photos to Ian McKerchar for assessment. (The local birders may indeed know of a feral bird hanging around at Heaton Park, but I have not seen any mention of it of this thread before and of course live far from there myself, having only visited this site about four times ever).

Good Luck with your puzzle,
Regards,
Mike P.

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