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RE: Alexandra Park, Whalley Range


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?

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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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Sightings of our little fury friends can be found on the wildlife forum - for all things fury and flowery

found at www.manchesterwildlife.com - or click the link at the bottom of this post.

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declan savage wrote:

Thats an excellent record Brandon. Nice one. I shall keep my eyes peeled.





We never expected to go today thats why no camera or i would have taken its picture as we do with everything we see (not too well in some cases!) We were gutted to see the amazon and the wren as no camera. It was harassing the other birds on the st. bedes side of the park we watched it for a good 10 mins.
Very interested in the daytime bat, has one been seen in there in the open before dusk? (we saw it in bright sunshine at 1ish)

-- Edited by brandon mulhern on Sunday 29th of March 2009 02:17:05 PM

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Thats an excellent record Brandon. Nice one. I shall keep my eyes peeled.



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Declan there was definetly at least one raven in there today as i said one of them was huge a good 20-25cm's bigger than the other birds, which may have been carrion as i am not expert, but of the raven i am sure as it was much bigger and had the tell tail fingers on the end of its wings as it flew.
i'll amend the first post to be more objective.

-- Edited by brandon mulhern on Sunday 29th of March 2009 01:50:05 PM

-- Edited by brandon mulhern on Sunday 29th of March 2009 01:51:22 PM

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brandon mulhern wrote:

5 raven (1 huge one) several blackbirds and rooks (no jackdaw).


Brandon,

Some interesting sightings. I've never seen Raven or Rooks in the park. Where did you see these? A few pairs of Carrion Crows are nesting there at the moment, but any other large black corvids (apart from the odd jackdaw) would be a very unusual record.

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-- Edited by declan savage on Sunday 29th of March 2009 01:44:52 PM

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interesting visit today 12 - 1.30 knew it would be as we had no camera!
1 amazon parrot (on the st. bedes side of the park, first time we have seen it having been looking for the rn parakeets!)
1 gs woodpecker (heard another but not seen)
1 wren (first one we have seen in the park, it was in the bushes next to football pitch)
1 chaffinch (in trees near wider part of the pond/lake)
2 treecreeper
8 goosander m & f
2 heron
5 tufted
3 long tail tits
2 mistle thrush
coaltit
5 poss crows (1 huge one definately raven) several blackbirds (no jackdaw).
moorhens, canada's, pidgeon's, mallard and coots.
and last but not least a little bat of some variety openly flying around picking off the insects for a good 20 minutes in broad daylight........ (kind of hoped the sparrowhawk was about as he would have had the bat for breakfast!)
Brandon
oh and a gorgeous goldfinch in the trees at salford sainsbury's on regent road. He was with two playful dunnocks flying all over the car park!
met Mike colbridge testing his camera on the amazon and treecreepers.

-- Edited by brandon mulhern on Sunday 29th of March 2009 01:44:23 PM

-- Edited by brandon mulhern on Sunday 29th of March 2009 01:52:48 PM

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First visit for the RNPs, and one found flying into a tree on the island, preening then sleeping at around 1400.

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7.00 -8.00 am this morning:

Sparrowhawk pair displaying high over the park; male then landed in usual tree on island
pair of Grey Wagtails
RN Parakeet 2
Goosander 9 (1 male)
Tufted Duck - 3 pairs
Grey Heron 2
Jay 3
Stock Dove 1
Chiffchaff 1
Treecreeper 1
Nuthatch 3
G S Woodpecker 3
Goldcrest 3
Mistle Thrush 4
Song Thrush 3
Long-tailed Tit - pair nest-building
great dawn chorus - singing birds everywhere



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declan savage wrote:

on Friday


dead Canada Goose and its grieving mate






That is the second - there was one about three/four weeks ago with its head frozen into the ice.


-- Edited by gus gem on Sunday 22nd of March 2009 10:46:47 PM

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8.30 this am,

Mute Swan - male - first for many months
Goosander - 6 redheads
Grey Heron 2
Tufted Duck 2
GS Woodpecker 4
Nuthatch 3
RN Parakeet 2
Bullfinch female
Chiffchaff 2

plus usual

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lunchtime today:

4 GS Woodpeckers, including 2 males having a mid-air scrap
2 singing Chiffchaff
3 redhead Goosander
Tufted Duck pair
Treecreeper 1
Nuthatch 2
Grey Heron 1
Mistle Thrush 4
Long-tailed Tit 3
Jackdaw 1
dead Canada Goose and its grieving mate
plus usual commoner species

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early am today:

Blackcap singing
GC Grebe still present
11 redhead Goosander and one smug looking male
2 parakeets (no sign of Amazon parrot)
male Sparrowhawk
Cormorant - 2 circled over the pond but didnt land
2 Grey Heron
pair of Treecreepers
2 Stock Dove
Nuthatch 1
G S Woodpecker 1
Jay 2
Mistle Thrush - 2 pairs
Song Thrush 3
Goldcrest 2
lots of birdsong

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a stroll round the park in sunshine this am from 9.00 to 9.30 produced:

summer plumage Great Crested Grebe on the pool, but no Goosander, and just 2 Tufties

Blackcap in full song

Ring-necked parakeet pair being chased round the park by the Orange-winged Amazon (first time I've seen it)

2 x Nuthatch
1 G S Woodpecker
1 Treecreeper
2 Stock Dove

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9th March - 12.45 to 2.15 pm.

Large numbers of the commoner species - c80 Woodpigeon, c40 Feral Pigeon and c40 Magpies - including one fairly dense foraging flock of c25 birds. 3 pairs of Magpies were nest building.

On the pond - 60+ Canada Geese, 60+ Black-headed Gulls, 14 (11 males) Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, a few Coots, Moorhens and Mallards. 17 (5 males) Goosanders - it is interesting to note how much more tolerant these suburban Goosanders are of the presence of humans - the ones that I see at more rural Piethorne, if you get anywhere near to them, then they are off! floating.gif

10 Mistle Thrush - 5 pairs,
c55 Redwing - many were in the trees at the edge of the playing fields - they kept up an incessant low-level communal "chatter" which was remarkably similar to the sounds that Siskins make when they get together in large numbers.

1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Coal Tit, 1 male Great Spotted Woodpecker and a pair of Long-tailed Tits investigating a possible nesting site, 8 Goldfinch and 2 singing male Chaffinches.

No Parakeets cry.gif or Parrots but still an very enjoyable visit.

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Sunny Saturday morning, 10am in Alexandra Park - 3 parakeets on the lime walk near the pond, two nuzzling each other, then all three being mobbed by large parrot(?) with green tail for about 10 mins - bullied parakeets then took it out on a poor woodpecker drumming on the next door tree! Lovely spring sighting.

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3 Goosander
5 Tufted
2 Heron
1 Sparrowhawk - obliging male in tree by pond this pm

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first visit for a while this morning - 8.00 -9.15

16 Goosanders (9 males) - highest count I've ever had here
11 Tufted Duck
Sparrowhawk male
2 Grey Heron
2 Nuthatch
G S Woopdecker drumming
2 parakeets
Treecreeper
4 Goldcrest
Bullfinch pair
11 Redwing
4 singing Song Thrush
2 Jay

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pair Ring-necked Parakeet
3 (2m 1f) Shoveler
4 (2m 2f) Goosander
1 Little Grebe
3 Goldecrest
Gt/sp Woodpecker
Nuthatch
Redwings

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Sounds like a decent afternoon in the park Bman. Sorry you missed the parakeets. The resident pair were putting on a good show yesterday morning when I was there, but they do sometimes disappear completely, probably to feeders in nearby gardens.
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3pm-4pm sunday first time we have been to Alexandra park birding, we saw
2 grey herons (around pond and in trees )
2 gs woodpeckers ( in ash tree near pond )
5 long tailed tits
20+ redwings (on football pitch and in trees nearby)
~5 mistle thrush (mixed with redwings on pitch)
5 goosander 1f 4m
~6 tufted duck
plus regular pond life, moorhens fighting, canada geese, coots, mallards m and f, bh gulls swooping on heron in tree, magpies, pidgeons, robin and some finches which we never got to identify as light was fading!
all in all glad we went (except for not seeing the parakeets and sparrowhawk) the parakeets being the reason we went !!! Not complaining tho.

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A large group of gulls lifted off the adjacent school playing field as I drove past at 8:00ish, probably as many again but included many Common Gulls.

There were also very large numbers of gulls on Hough End fields this morning.

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Nice flock of c90 Redwing and a dozen or so Mistle Thrush on the playing field this morning. Also c100 BH Gulls, and 2 Stock Dove with c50 Woodpigeon
8 Goosander (5 males), 2 R N Parakeets, male Sparrowhawk and usual other stuff.
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At about 4.45 3 flew east over the platt lane complex by platt fields park, so maybe these were from alexandra park perhaps on their way to Audenshaw.

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Probably, 8 Goosander (5m & 3f) have been the maximum at CWP since 2nd Dec 08.

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Goosander numbers back up to 8 again today. Not sure where they go when not here - Chorlton WP?
also 2 parakeets, and usual other stuff around this afternoon

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lunchtime today:

Goosander numbers now down to 3 (2 males)
15 Tufted Duck
1 Cormorant
Woodpecker drumming
2 Stock Doves with woodpigeons
large finch flock in high tree tops - 50+ but hard to see - mostly seemed to be goldfinches but few chaffinches and greenfinches too
at least 5 Redwing still around

Nuthatch, goldcrest, mistle thrush, song thrush, blackbirds, wren, tits and robins all in song - felt like spring.

no sign of any parakeets today

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Steve Suttill wrote:

Hi Declan

Woopdeckers are missing from my county list (nor are they in any of my field guides). Can you give more precise details of where I can find them!biggrin.gif






Oops! A newly discovered species, found only in deepest Whalley Range....



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Hi Declan

Woopdeckers are missing from my county list (nor are they in any of my field guides). Can you give more precise details of where I can find them!biggrin.gif

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