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RE: Alexandra Park, Whalley Range


11am
No Shoveler, Merganser or Goosander.
The usual Mute Swans, Canada Geese, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen.
1 Common Gull spotted amongst the Blackheaded.

2 pairs of Heron. One sitting in the south nest. 2 building in the north nest.

Nuthatches seen and heard. Goldcrests.


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Midday

Shoveler 1
Tufted Duck 40

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Same as Pete yesterday, but without the Shoveler. One Heron on the nest, another below on the island. Goldcrests and Nuthatches very active. Parakeets over.


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12.45-13.05

Goosander 1 female
Shoveler 1 male
Tufted Duck 37
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2

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Goosander pair
Tufted Duck 41
Shoveler 1 drake
Grey Heron pair at nest
Common Gull 4
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Carrion Crow 47

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Shoveler 2 drake

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Dawn today
shoveler 2m 1juv m
Buzzard over flying north
Ringnecked parakeets. 2 flocks (23 & 15 AT LEAST) flew west of south at sunrise. Direction of Southern Cem & Chorlton WP


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pair of Shoveler on lake 10:50 today. still no Mergus

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10:35
Still no sawbills


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09.35

Carrion Crow 47

No sawbills

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10:53 am Alexandra Park "lake"

1 Goosander redhead - flew East at 11:02
No RB Merganser
2 Heron


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Return of the Mergi.

11:40
Redbreasted Merganser 1
Goosander redhead 1


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No sawbills whilst I was here today from just gone 9 to just before 12, either. What there was:

8+ goldcrest
3 nuthatch
1 grey wagtail
3 song thrush
25+ redwing
11 mistle thrush
5 ring-necked parakeet
6 moorhen
8 coot
7 tufted duck
4 mute swan (3 adults all with blue darvics: 4CUN, 4BUT, 4CLX)
1 grey heron
83+ black-headed gull
2 common gull
1 lesser black-backed gull


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Copland Smith wrote:

Yesterday (Friday 24)
12:40
4 Goosander (all redhead)
1 Redbreasted Merganser

12:10 today
No Mergus at all!
2 Heron (1 in each bay, steeple-stemmed)





I made two visits here this morning plus one to Platt Fields Park, no Mergus species at either, they must be somewhere.

1 Herring Gull yesterday

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Yesterday (Friday 24)
12:40
4 Goosander (all redhead)
1 Redbreasted Merganser

12:10 today
No Mergus at all!
2 Heron (1 in each bay, steeple-stemmed)


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Red-breasted Merganser still present mid-afternoon

-- Edited by James Walsh on Friday 24th of November 2017 09:29:29 PM

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Just before 1100 2 male Goosanders came in, flew around the lake, then were lost to sight but they didn't land.
Soon after 1 of the Goosander females departed east.
The other female Goosander and Red-breasted Merganser remained.

I assume the Merganser is a female with it's bright red bill?

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Red-breasted Merganser 1
Goosander 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 3 together

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5 Goosander (1 out of water on S bank)
1 Redbreasted Merganser

Redwings, Mistle thrushes & Blackbirds vey active

12:10 today


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12:45-13:00
1 red-breasted merganser
5 goosanders
11 tufted ducks
1 grey wagtail

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09.10-09.25

Red-breasted Merganser 1
Goosander 6 (5 redhead)

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09.05-09.50

Red-breasted Merganser still present
Goosander 4 redhead
Fieldfare 2+
Ring-necked Parakeet 27+


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Red Breasted Merganser showing well at 1 pm. Diving constantly. Came up with
a reasonably sized fish, promptly dived bombed by 3 Black Headed Gulls,but
managed to swallow it ,thwarting the gulls.

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08.25-09.15

Red-breasted Merganser flew in alone at 09.05
Goosander 3
Cormorant 1
Herring Gull 2
Common Gull 1
Ring-necked Parakeet 62+
Goldcrest 4
Grey Wagtail 2
Redwing - several
Goldfinch 16+

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Think everyone went to see the Red-breasted Merganser today !



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Red-breasted merganser seen briefly this afternoon just before it went dark. It was present with 2 redhead goosanders then flew off to roost.

Also around 43 Ring-necked parakeets in the trees

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Red head Red-breasted Merganser still present at 10.30, Associating with a male and female Goosander.

-- Edited by Mark Burgess on Sunday 19th of November 2017 02:19:12 PM

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Red-breasted Merganser 1 flew in with 2 redhead Goosander at 08.22
Goosander 8
Siskin 1 over

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Red-breasted Merganser 1 still present this morning
Goosander 7
Ring-necked Parakeet c40
Coot - white darvic DZF (presumably ringed here)

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Red breasted Merganser still present up till 14.15 

Nuthatch , ring necked parakeets  large mixed tit flock in trees  

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-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 17th of November 2017 04:49:14 PM

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Red-breasted Merganser still present at 1.20pm
Goosanders now 15

-- Edited by Tim Wilcox on Friday 17th of November 2017 01:22:47 PM

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Red-breasted Merganser 1 still
Goosander 13

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Really nice comparison photos there :)



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Red-breasted Merganser 1. It took flight with 7 Goosander at 16.06 but split from the group as the others headed off south-east, circled the lake before heading south-west, back towards Platt Fields.

Goosander 13. First one at 16.02 then 7 at 16.06 flew south-east, presumably to roost at Broad Ees Dole, leaving 5 remaining at 16.20

Ring-necked Parakeet 66 at 16.20





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Red-breasted Merganser 1. It took flight with 7 Goosander at 16.06 but split from the group as the others headed off south-east, circled the lake before heading south-west, back towards Platt Fields.

Goosander 13. First one at 16.02 then 7 at 16.06 flew south-east, presumably to roost at Broad Ees Dole, leaving 5 remaining at 16.20

Ring-necked Parakeet 66 at 16.20

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Red-breasted Merganser 1 ( relocated from Platt Fields Park) Goosander 12

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11am Today at the lake:

10 Goosander present, including 4 adult males

4 Mute swan including 1 1st winter

14 Canada goose

23 Mallard
5 Tufted duck

6 Coot
7 Moorhen

54 Blackheaded gull (plus 35 on the football field, making 89)

1 Grey heron

1 Grey wagtail

plus Ringnecked parakeets over.


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Goosander 10 early afternoon
Treecreeper 1

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Goosander 12 at 13.00 yesterday

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12/11/17, 16:20

Naked eye observation as I came out of the café - c10 ring-necked parakeets flew into the park (to roost?)

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Goosander 7

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10:30 last night - male Tawny Owl hooting repeatedly for some time at the Demesne Road end of the park


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9:15am

Redwing 6 flitting from Holly to Holly (Demesne Road end)
Carrion Crows

Lake

the usual Mute Swans, Canada Geese, Mallards, Tufted Ducks, Moorhens, Coots

no Goosanders

Linden Avenue

Ringnecked Parakeets very active
Rook 22 - a visitation in the Linden tops. They were repeatedly chasing the Parakeets.

9:40
Lake
1 Goosander male


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At 4:30am today, female Tawny Owl heard calling in the Park (kevick) repeatedly, close to Demesne Road and then the calls receded further north. Magpies immediately kicked up a rattle of alarm calls that went on for nearly half an hour, although I didn't hear the owl again.


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Only 4 Goosander on the lake approx 3:00-3:20pm- 3 females/juveniles, 1 male. Other highlights: Grey Heron- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet- 3 Song Thrush- 1

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16 Goosander early yesterday (Thursday) according to Tony O'Mahony

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Counted approx. 10 Goosander on the lake this afternoon, 3 males and maybe 6-7 females/juveniles. Before I could confirm the count some dogs ran towards the lake and despite the barrier the birds got scared and flew off!

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13 Goosanders on the Alex Park lake today, most of them around the new floating island, which is there to add aquatic vegetation and good fish habitat, which is, of course, good for Goosanders.

Also Coot, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck as usual, with lots of Feral Pigeons and Blackheaded Gulls and some Ringnecked Parakeets screeching over.

Tony O'Mahoney reported a Pochard a few days ago.


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The usual lake denizens [Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Grey Wagtail]
but they've been joined by a male Goosander.


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Sunday 23 October 2016 am

Alexandra Park Lake

Mute Swan 2
Canada Goose 24
Mallard 45
Tufted Duck 10

Coot 6
Moorhen 6

Black-headed Gull 75

Grey Wagtail 2


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Yesterday (Tue 19 Jul 2016) saw the usual Park pond residents - 4 mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted, Coot, Moorhen, 4 Terrapins, with Feral Pigeons, a couple of Carrion Crows and a few Blackheaded Gulls flying over. And, of course, Ringnecked Parakeets all around. Difficult to count now that the leaves are hiding them, but there hasn't been a single day without hearing or seeing them since I moved here in January. 4 flew past last month, 2 of which had shorter tails and were presumably juveniles. Last night at 10.30, I heard a Tawny Owl for the first time here.

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