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Post Info TOPIC: Heaton Park (NOT the reservoir)


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RE: Heaton Park


visible Migration watch 6.30-8am

Windy, sunshine and showers

Common Tern Juv flew south east @ 7.30am
Dunlin west @ 7.50am
Pied Wag 5 south

Lots of hirundines moving and again this evening being held up by the showers so feeding up and then powering south west when clearing.

Swallow 289 south west + another 100 present
House Martin 31 south west + another 20+ present
Sand Martin 47 south west + another 20+ Present

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visible Migration watch 6.30-9.30am

Hobby 1 SE
Spahawk 2 SW
House Martin 59 S-SW
Swallow 100 South
Sand Martin 5 South
Alba wag 18 S-SW
Grey Wag 2 SE
Mpipit 4 SW
Goldfinch 15 East
Cormorant NE
Mallard 7 high south



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14th July.

The second season of official recording for the BTO and GM breeding atlases is coming to an end on the last day of July cry.gifcry.gif - thought would try and spend at bit of time wandering around the general area to see what was about. Maybe a touch late in the season to pick up much but....

2 separate family parties of Chiffchaffs were the highlight. The fledged young have a very distinctive begging/contact call (not unlike the flight calls of Siskin but shorter, sharper and less nasal and "whiny" in tone - 1 party had at least 3 juvs and the other party a minimum of 1 juv.
Adult male Chaffinch feeding 1 begging juvenile.
Terrific views of a recently fledged young Jay.
Juvenile Goldcrest.

Other confirmed breeders - Wren, Moorhen, Swallow, Greenfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow and Robin.

On the boating lake - I know they are not the most popular of birds but two pairs of Embden Geese have bred - the first three goslings are now almost full grown but today there was one very cute, small gosling aww.gifaww.gif trailing after all of the adult birds and pleading to be fed - it got all of the attention (if not all of the bread!) from the assorted bread chuckers!

Cheers,

Bill.

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First Swifts for me locally today, some over the house and some in the park. Other than that, just the usual birds calling, nesting and flying around in the park on a lovely sunny spring day biggrin.gif

Swallows a plenty, House Martins back in, Willow Warbler 2, Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 1, Treecreeper 1, Nuthatch 4, Goldcrest 2, GS Woodpecker 3, Jay 6, two pairs of GC Grebes on the boating lake and the first of probably many Canada Geese chicks swimming around too no.gif.

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GSW 4
Spahawk 3 inc pair displaying
Siskin NE
Mpipit 66 North
Cormorant North

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Was in the park yesterday and had a large flock of Pied Wagtails with a single White Wagtail (in horse/highland cow field near to the tram stop side). Also several Meadow Pipits with them, perhaps a small passage movement.

Also did my WeBS this morning, not too much about, most winter ducks have moved on from both the water bodies in the park and the reservoir. 4 Tufted Duck and a Shoveller still on the Boating Lake, with 2 pairs of GC Grebes nest building, while a couple of Teal are still lurking on the Wildlife Pond, although not much water left in this at present.

Lots of GS Woodpeckers drumming, but not caught up with any LSWs so far this year.

Nice to be out in the sunshine again though!! smile.gif

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RE: Heaton Park - "Mealies"


Heaton Park early am

20+ Redpoll Flock containing what i believe were 1st winter Mealies at least 3 of them.
They were giving cracking views as they fed on the ground.

Would be good for any photographers out there to try and get to grips with them!
They were at the top of the hill were the horse paddock is between the tram stop entrance and the horticultral centre. There was also a noisey 250+ flock of Redwing in this area.



Also caught the back end of a flock of swans fly over heaton Park tram stop betwen 5-6 of them. But they went over the houses before getting a good look,


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25/01/09

Boating Lake
Shoveler 4 (3m 1F)
Tufted Duck 25
Cormorant

Peregrine over

The woods
Lesser Redpoll mobile flock of 40+
Common "Mealy" Redpoll at least one with the above
Nuthatch 2+
Treecreeper
Jay 5


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Vis Mig Watch 6.45-8am (very cold)

Redwing 311 several high groups sw-w-nw
Fieldfare 168 5 groups sw-w-nw
Chaffinch 18 N
Greenfinch 6 N
Woodpigeon 30 N
Starling 57 w & n
Lawping 76 east
Spahawk 2 s & 1 w

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Heaton Park Vis mig watch 18-10-08 6.50 - 11.30

totals

Redwing 2583 SW W NW
Fieldfare 1351 NW
Song Thrush 2 SW
Brambling 2 SW
Chaffinch 96 SW
Greenfinch 25 SW W
Goldfinch 34 S
Redpoll 2 S
Bullfinch 2 S & 6 W All high
Reed Bunt 4 W (one group)
Woodpigeon 303 S SW
Meadow Pipit 17 SW
Pied Wag 28 S SW
Starling 19 W
Spahawk 5 S
Kestrel W
Cormorant 3 NE & 5 SW
Skylark single S
Lapwing 25 S
Dunlin W
Whooper Swan 1 NW and 18 E with 200 PFG
PFG 585 SE & 38 W

Cracking morning


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Had a quick look tonighht in this monsoon but didnt have much luck as most of the paths in the park were underwater and the roads were even worse. Water was pupming out from some under ground pipes along St Margarets Rd from within Heaton Park res and the raod was under about 10 inch of water and if carried on looked as though it could flood the houses!

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Red Kite NE by the BT tower at 10.40 circled round over the m60 a couple of times before heading on NE.

In the park
Nuthatch 4
Jay 6
Blackcap 2
GSW 2

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150+ Redwing still in the park and probably more over the hill they were on

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250+ Redwing in the field at The Heaton Park tram stop entrance also 15 Goldfinch, Jay, GSW and 44 Filedfare North.

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Me and Simon had a couple of hours walking around this am, no sign or sound of any Lesser spots there were several Great Spots drumming away, plus usual woodland birds incl 7+ Nuthatches, 2 Treecreepers, 6 Jays, Long Tailed Tits and lots and lots of Redwings, probably 100+.

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Heaton Park (NOT the reservoir)


Had a trudge round Heaton Park this afternoon the Boating lake had:-
5 pochard
Pair Shoevelr
2 Gooander
2 GCG

Elsewhere in the Park
GSW
8 Siskin
2 Bullfinch
2 Treecreeper
Jay
Sparrowhawk and some very tame squirrels which where follwing me around and at one point thought it was gonna climb up me instead of a tree!

The Field at the back of HPR res had
8 Pied Wag
Grey Wag
2 Mpipit
10 Linnet
40 Chaffinch.

Peregine over late evening and 360 finches which looked mainly to be Greenfinch came into roost
in trees near the BT tower.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 28th of December 2014 07:52:41 PM

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