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Post Info TOPIC: Alexandra Park, Whalley Range


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RE: Alexandra Park, Whalley Range


I recorded a juv sparrowhawk in Whitworth Park, which is a different tetrad, on 15th July. Possibly the same brood?

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Nadine Andrews, Katherine Miller and I heard a juv. Sparrowhawk hunger calling in the park at 08:00 hrs. It was still calling late this afternoon. So it was great to confirm breeding of this species in SJ89H Whalley Range tetrad.

Another addition to the tetrad's confirmed breeding species list was Bullfinch with 2 juvs being fed by a male in the park.

Also seen today:

A Treecreeper sunning itself on a Black Poplar and stretching its wings to soak up the early morning sun's rays.
A pair of Ring-necked Parakeets
Swifts - 4 overhead
Family party of 4 Mistle Thrushes plus another group of 6
Family party of 3 Song Thrushes
Nuthatch - 3
Pair of Coot with 4 small chicks just a few days old
Moorhen with 3 small downy chicks

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7th May 9.15am - 9.45am

2 juvenile Grey Heron's in the nest
2 Tufted Ducks (1 male 1 female)
16 Canada Geese and 3 goslings
14 Mallard
1 Coot and 4 chicks
1 Moorhen
c11 Magpies
c15 Woodpigeons
1 Collared Dove
7 Blackbirds
3 Song Thrushes
1 Chaffinch
1 Great Tit
7 Blue Tits
6 Wrens
1 GSW


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5th April 6.20pm

3 Swifts high above Stanley Road at junction with Alness Road, headed south.

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3rd April 8.20pm

Sparrowhawk over Withington Road and College Road

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19th April 7.20am Stanley Road

1 Jay

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15th April 4.50pm Burford Rd

5 noisy Jays having a dispute

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13th April 7.40am Stanley Road

1 Jay

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12th April 7.45am

1 Jay
2 Song Thrushes

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24th March 5.30pm - 5.45pm

1 Grey Heron on nest
1 Coot on nest

37 Tufted Ducks (23 males 14 females)
22 Canada Geese
27 Mallard
4 Coot
1 Moorhen
15 Magpies
5 Woodpigeons
3 Blackbirds
1 Song Thrush

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22nd March 7.25am - 7.35am

Woodpigeon on nest, corner of Stanley Road and Alexandra Road South

Pair of Grey Herons on a nest at South end of the lake.

16 Tufted Duck (12 male 4 female)

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8th March

Quick 5 minute walk along western side of the lake.

11 Tufted Ducks (8 male 3 female)
16 Mallards
2 Coots
1 Moorhen
5 Woodpigeons
1 Crow

Manchester Council is now gearing up to submit a Round Two bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Parks for People programme. This is for 2 million to help restore the Park to its original Victorian glory while ensuring it offers a range of activities fit for a 21st century green space.

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2nd March 7.15am

Male and female Sparrowhawk displaying above Stanley Road.

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22nd Feb 7.20am - 7.35am

14 Tufted Ducks (10 male 4 female)
1 Pochard
2 Moorhens
4 Coots
c33 Mallards
c53 Canada Geese
1 Grey Heron
1 Cormarant feeding
12 Black Headed Gulls
c20 Woodpigeons
2 Blackbirds
2 Song Thrushes

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15th Feb 7.30am - 7.40am

Quick mooch round the lake after missing my bus.

12 Tufted Ducks (9 male 3 female)
1 Pochard
2 Moorhens
4 Coots
c25 Mallards
c35 Canada Geese
2 Mute Swans
1 Grey Heron

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1 f Pochard
8 Tufted
1 f Shoveler
7 Goosander (3m4f)
1 Cormorant
2 ad Mute Swan (blue darvics HJ4 & HI4)

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22nd Feb 7.40am - 8.05am

Lake 90% frozen

c38 Black Headed Gulls
2 Common Gulls
c5 Moorhens
6 Coots
c35 Mallards
1 Little Grebe
c35 Canada Geese
3 juvenile Mute Swans
1 Grey Heron

c7 Woodpigeons
c14 Magpies
2 Carrion Crows
3 Great Tits
4 Blue Tits
3 Long Tailed Tits
1 Robin
1 female Chaffinch
c45 Redwings



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18th Feb 7.35am - 7.55am

c12 Moorhens
6 Coots
4 Tufted Ducks (1 male 3 females)
c20 Mallards
1 Little Grebe
4 Goosanders (2 males 2 females)
c45 Canada Geese
3 juvenile Mute Swans
1 Grey Heron

c7 Woodpigeons
c3 Magpies
4 Carrion Crows
2 Blackbirds
1 Great Tits
3 Blue Tits
2 Long Tailed Tits
1 Wren


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17th Feb 7.30am - 7.55am

Male & female Sparrowhawk flew over Demesne Rd

Lake 85% frozen

c8 Moorhens
4 Coots
11 Tufted Ducks (4 males 7 females)
c45 Mallards
1 Little Grebe
3 Goosanders (1 male 2 females)
c35 Canada Geese
3 juvenile Mute Swans

c11 Woodpigeons
c12 Magpies
4 Carrion Crows
1 male Sparrowhawk
5 Blackbirds
6 Great Tits
6 Blue Tits
2 Long Tailed Tits
2 Robins
1 Wren

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16th Feb 8.50am - 9.05am

c12 Moorhens
6 Coots
10 Tufted Ducks (4 males 6 females)
c20 Mallards
3 Goosanders (2 males 1 female)
c40 Canada Geese
3 juvenile Mute Swans

c13 Woodpigeons
c7 Magpies
5 Carrion Crow
1 Sparrowhawk
4 Blackbirds
2 Great Tits
2 Robins

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15th Feb 7.45am - 8.10am

c20 Black Headed Gulls
1 Common Gull
c10 Moorhens
4 Coots
8 Tufted Ducks (4 males 4 females)
c30 Mallards
1 Little Grebe
3 Goosanders (2 males 1 female)
c35 Canada Geese
3 juvenile Mute Swans - no sign of the adults this morning. HH4 or HF4 was chasing ZY1766.

c13 Woodpigeons
c5 Magpies
1 Carrion Crow
6 Blackbirds
c5 Redwings
3 Great Tit
2 Blue Tits
3 Robins


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14th Feb 2.40pm - 3.30pm

c13 Moorhens
5 Coots
5 Tufted Ducks (3 males 2 females)
c45 Mallards
1 Little Grebe
4 Goosanders (2 males 2 females)
c30 Canada Geese
2 Mute Swans & 3 juvenile
1 Grey Heron

c55 Woodpigeons
c25 Magpies
6 Carrion Crows
6 Blackbirds
c65 Redwings
1 Great Tit
6 Blue Tits
3 Long Tailed Tits
4 Robins
2 Treecreepers


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12th Feb 8.40am - 9.30am Lake 70% frozen

c70 Black Headed Gulls
1 Common Gull
c6 Moorhens
2 Coots
4 male Tufted Ducks
c70 Mallards
1 Little Grebe
3 Goosanders (1 male 2 females)
c32 Canada Geese
2 Mute Swans & 3 juvenile
1 Grey Heron

c20 Woodpigeons
c30 Magpies
3 Carrion Crows
4 Blackbirds
5 Great Tits
5 Blue Tits
2 Long Tailed Tits
4 Robins

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7th Feb 3.10pm - 4.20pm

2 Nuthatches on feeders on corner of Alexandra Rd South & Demesne Rd

c15 Moorhens
6 Coots
10 Tufted Ducks (5 males 5 females)
c45 Mallards
1 Little Grebe
6 Goosanders (3 males 2 females)
c35 Canada Geese
2 Mute Swans & 3 juvenile (HH4, HF4 & ZY1766)

1 dead Canada Goose on fishing peg

c30 Woodpigeons
c15 Magpies
4 Carrion Crows
3 Blackbirds
3 Greater Spotted Woodpeckers (1 male 2 females)
c120 Redwings on football pitches
6 Great Tits
7 Blue Tits
2 Long Tailed Tits
3 Robins


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5th Feb 7.55am - 8.15am

c15 Moorhens
8 Coots
4 Tufted Ducks (2 males 2 females)
c40 Mallards
1 Little Grebe
2 Shovelers (1 male 1 female)
6 Goosanders (3 male 3 female)
c33 Canada Geese
2 Mute Swans & 3 juvenile
1 Grey Heron & 1 juvenile

12 Woodpigeon
6 Magpies
2 Carrion Crows
2 Blackbirds
1 Song Thrush
11 Redwings
1 Great Tits
6 Blue Tit
2 Robin



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2nd Feb 7.55am - 8.15am Lake 80% frozen

12 Moorhens
4 Coots
10 Tufted Ducks (6 males 4 females)
c70 Mallards
1 Little Grebe
3 Shovelers (2 males 1 female)
2 Goosanders (1 male 1 female)
c35 Canada Geese
2 Mute Swans & 2 juvenile
1 juvenile Grey Heron

11 Woodpigeon
6 Magpies
1 Backbird
4 Redwings
4 Great Tits
1 Blue Tit
1 Robin
1 Wren

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1st Feb 8.00am - 8.20am Lake 85% frozen

c5 Moorhens
6 Coots
8 Tufted Ducks (5 males 3 females)
c45 Mallards
1 Little Grebe
3 Shovelers (2 males 1 female)
c30 Canada Geese
2 Mute Swans & 2 juvenile
2 Grey Herons

9 Woodpigeon
4 Magpies
5 Carrion Crows
3 Backbirds
3 Redwings
2 Blue Tits
3 Robins

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28th Jan 8.00am - 8.20am

5 Black Headed Gulls over
c15 Moorhens
4 Coots
9 Tufted Ducks (7 males 2 females)
c45 Mallards
1 Little Grebe
5 Goosanders (3 males 2 females) + 2 male Goosanders over
c30 Canada Geese
2 Mute Swans & 2 juvenile
1 juvenile Grey Heron

8 Woodpigeon
16 Feral Pigeons
c12 Magpies
4 Carrion Crows
1 Backbird
6 Blue Tits


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24th January.

Late morning.

Now 5 Mute Swans - 2 adults and 3 juveniles. As per Peter Hines post dated 4/12/09 - the 2 adults were HI4 and HJ4. What I presume are their two juveniles were still here - HH4 was hidden away in a corner of the pond area out of sight of the adults and HF4 was actually outside the perimeter fence of the pond and at risk from dogs etc. I understand that the adults have vacated the site for a short while during the cold spell and it looks like they have now returned to try and evict the juveniles? My observations would suggest this is what was happening. The other "interloper" juvenile bird had a metallic BTO ring on its left leg which I am 99% certain read ZY1766. Can anyone throw any light on this?

The Little Grebe was still here along with 7 Tufted Duck. 2 Coal Tits exchanged calls. No Shovelers or Goosanders when I visited.

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22nd Jan 8.05am - 8.25am

Perimeter of the lake now free from ice.

12 Moorhens
4 Coots
c45 Mallards
1 Little Grebe
1 male Goosander
28 Canada Geese
3 juvenile Mute Swans
1 Grey Heron

1 dead Canada Goose in the water

7 Woodpigeon
7 Magpies
6 Blackbirds
2 Robins
3 Bullfinches (2 male 1 female)
4 Great Tits
2 Blue Tits




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21st Jan 8.05am - 8.25am

14 Moorhens
4 Coots
c70 Mallards
5 Shovelers (4 male 1 female)
1 Little Grebe
27 Canada Geese
3 juvenile Mute Swans
1 Grey Heron
1 Cormorant over

11 Woodpigeon
12 Magpies
2 Carrion Crows
4 Blackbirds
3 Robins
1 Great Tit
8 Blue Tits
1 Dunnock
1 Wren

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20th Jan 7.55am - 8.15am

9 Moorhens
3 Coots
c55 Mallards
5 Shovelers (4 male 1 female)
32 Canada Geese
3 juvenile Mute Swans

7 Woodpigeon
16 Magpies
3 Carrion Crows
1 Blackbirds
2 Robins
2 Great Tits
1 Wren



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19th Jan 8.15am - 8.40am

12 Moorhens
3 Coots
c50 Mallards
4 Shovelers (3 male 1 female)
1 male Goosander
37 Canada Geese
3 juvenile Mute Swans

12 Woodpigeon
8 Magpies
2 Carrion Crows
4 Blackbirds
1 Song Thrush
3 Robins
2 Great Tits
2 Blue Tits


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18th Jan 8.15am - 8.40am

8 Moorhens
3 Coots
c55 Mallards
5 Shovelers (4 male 1 female)
6 Goosanders (4 male 2 female)
25 Canada Geese
2 juvenile Mute Swans
1 Grey Heron

12 Woodpigeon
c20 Magpies
5 Carrion Crows
1 female Sparrowhawk
1 Blackbird
2 Robins
3 Great Tits
1 Blue Tit
1 Wren

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17th Jan 13:00 - 13:45

Lake remains 90% frozen

12 Moorhens
3 Coots
15 Mallards
4 Shovelers (3 male 1 female)
1 Little Grebe
18 Canada Geese
3 juvenile Mute Swans
1 Grey Heron

9 Woodpigeons
c50 Magpie
3 Carrion Crows
1 Mistle Thrush
1 Blackbird
2 Robins
4 Great Tits
4 Blue Tits
1 Long Tailed Tit


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lake mostly frozen

1 Shoveler
1 Little Grebe

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13th December @ 10.50 am.

An amazing eyepopping.gif 31 Goosander (11 males) here this morning. Hardly seemed enough room for them all on this small pond in this popular urban park!
Plus 1 Little Grebeaww.gif, 1 drake Shoveler, family party of 2 adult and 3 immature Mute Swans.
In the park - 5 Mistle Thrush (1 singing), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Jay and c12 Redwing.

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15 Goosander (7m 8f) amazing to see on this little urban pond
1 Little Grebe
1 drake Shoveler
6 Tufted
13 Moorhen
Mute Swan 2 adult with blue darvics HJ4, HI4 and 3 cygnets HH4, HF4 (darvic is broken with sellotape over the F), the third cygnet has a BTO ring but no darvic and is getting grief from the adult male, so it may not be a part of the clan (public and staff seemed concerned for its welfare).

Al Lee who lives in the parkhouse says there's been no sign of any parakeets for about three weeks, though this could be a reflection of shortened daylight hours ie go to work when it's dark & return when it's dark.

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brief walk at 10am Sunday - the parakeets were in the usual area between the lime walk and the lake - both getting very agitated by a grey squirrel in the tree - are they being protective of themselves or is there any thing else to protect?

Pete

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A brief 10 min visit after midday produced 2 R-n Parakeets. More difficult to see now there's foliage on the trees.

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lunchtime today

11 Tufted Duck
4 Ring-necked Parakeets
drumming Great Sp Woodpecker
Grey Wagtail pair
Coal Tit 2
Goldcrest 2
Nuthatch 3
2 singing Blackcap
Chiffchaff 1
Grey Heron 1
Mistle Thrush 4
Coot with 1 chick

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this morning -brief visit:

Singing Chiffchaff
Jay
Tufted Duck 4
Long-tailed Tit 6
Grey Wagtail 2
plus usual stuff



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Late afternoon today:

Tufted Duck 12
Grey Wagtail - pair
Treecreeper 2
Jay 5
RN Parakeet 3 or 4
Nuthatch 3
Goldcrest 2
Coal Tit 4
GS Woodpecker 2
Mistle Thrush 2
singing Blackcap
Coot with 2 chicks

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A largish raptor soaring high over the park at 5.30 this evening was probably a Buzzard - it gradully headed southwards towards Chorlton; a pair of Sparrowhawk were also present but a bit closer. Otherwise, usual stuff present, including Orange-winged Amazon which appears to have taken up residence and hangs around with the local parakeet pair.

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Yesterday Sunday 5th

1 Pink-footed Goose on the island
1 redhead Goosander
10 Tufted
2 R-n Parakeet
1 Blackcap

Tawny's regular at my home in Chorlton

-- Edited by Pete Hines on Monday 6th of April 2009 10:14:09 PM

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Fairly quiet around the park this morning (8.00), but a Willow Warbler singing on the island was a new arrival. Blackcap also singing nearby and lots of nesting activity from the regular residents. Tufted Duck numbers up slightly - 12 present today. No Goosanders - looks like they have all departed for the spring.

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I've not been back after dark Brandon, so can't say either way if its still around. There was one there around this time last year too.
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nice list there Declan, have you heard the tawny since tues? We have sat in the car outside and listened for a while between 8pm and 9pm thurs and fri but not a sound!

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Alex Park/ Whalley Range area TTV completed this morning (8 -9.00)

45 species in total. Plenty of breeding activity recorded.

Cormorant 1
Grey Heron 1
Canada Goose 21
Pink-footed Goose - 1 - the bird that has been at Chorlton WP?
Mallard 14
Tufted Duck 6
Goosander 1 redhead
Sparrowhawk 2
Moorhen 13
Coot 9
Black-headed Gull 4
Feral Pigeon 100+
Woodpigeon 79
Stock Dove 2
Collared Dove 6
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Ring-necked Parakeet 2
Grey Wagtail 2
Pied Wagtail 5
Wren 19
Dunnock 16
Robin 27
Blackbird 32
Song Thrush 9
Mistle Thrush 15
Redwing 2
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 1
Goldcrest 6
Treecreeper 2
Nuthatch 4
Coal Tit 1
Blue Tit 44
Great Tit 39
Long-tailed Tit 21
Starling 23
Jay 6
Magpie 54
Jackdaw 10
Carrion Crow 37
House Sparrow 39
Chaffinch 20
Greenfinch 21
Goldfinch 24
Bullfinch 1

Also present : Orange-winged Amazon Parrot - 1, showing well all morning in the park

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Tawny Owl calling last night after dark.


5pm this evening:

Goosander pair
Tufted Duck - 9
R N Parakeets - 2
LBB Gull 1
Jay 4
G S Woodpecker 1
Grey Wagtail 2
Nuthatch 3
Treecreeper 1
Chiffchaff 1
Goldcrest 2
Stock Dove 1
Grey Heron 2



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