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RE: Alexandra Park, Whalley Range


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

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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.

Cheers, beer.gif

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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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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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10.30 - 11.30 this morning:

6 Goosander
11 Tufted Duck
pair of Bullfinch (first I've seen here)
5 R N Parakeets
c30 Redwing
1 Stock Dove
Treecreeper
2 Nuthatch
2 G S Woopdecker
5 Goldcrest

Mistle Thrush, Wren, Blue Tit and Great Tit all singing in the sunshine.

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Iwas using the lazy option - peering through railings as I drove past!

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Rob, I had a walk round the park this morning from 8.30 to 9.15 and there were still 8 Goosander present. As you say, they are easy to see, at very close range.
Also 2 RN Parakeets, 1 GS Wpecker, c50 Redwing and other usual stuff this morning.

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At least 3 Goosander still present and presenting good photo opportunities.

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brief midday visit:

8 Goosander (5 males)
9 Tufted Duck
c50 Mallard - much greater numbers than usual
male Shoveler
grey Heron
Cormorant
sparrowhawk
2 parakeets
GS woodpecker
c25 Long tailed Tits
plus usual stuff

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lunchtime today:

38 species in 40 mins, including:

Goosander - 1 redhead
Shoveler - 1 drake
Pochard - 1 female
Sparrowhawk - male in tree on island being mobbed by 2 R N Parakeets
and 3 Jays before flying off
Siskin 4
Redwing c20
Moorhen - 16 - highest count by far
Grey Heron 1
Common Gull 2
G S Woodpecker 2, incl 1 drumming
Treecreeper 1
Nuthatch 2
Goldcrest 2
Long-tailed Tit c30
Mistle Thrush 7
loads of Magpies everywhere - counted at least 40

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13.30 - 14.30

still 5 Goosander (3 males) despite pond being 80% frozen; also male Shoveler and 4 Tutfed Duck.
Grey Heron 1
Sparrowhawk 1
GS Woodpecker 2
Ring-necked Parakeet -2 by pond
Nuthatch 1
Redwing c20
BH Gull - 34
Goldfinch - c40
Jay -3
Grey Wagtail -1
Pied Wagtail -4
Long-tailed Tit - c30 on island

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15.00-15.25

5 Goosander (3m 2f)
5 Tufted
2 Ring-necked Parakeet (m & f) by the pond were later relocated on feeders across the road at Alexandra Park House, 28 Alexandra Road South (viewed from inside the Park).

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6 Ring-necked Parakeet by the pond, containing three adult males flew off in the direction of Whitworth Park at 16.18 today
2 Cormorant & 4 Tufted on the pond on 31st Oct

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1 drake Shoveler
2 Tufted
1 juv Cormorant
Gt/sp Woodpecker
Nuthatch
Goldcrest

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15.15

4 Tufted ducklings on the pond
Male and female Ring-necked Parakeet perched right above my head on a low dead branch of an ash tree by the pond biggrin.gif

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Hi Declan

Yes, your Birdtrack sightings will be logged for the Atlas.

Many thanks, Steve

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I used to live in Rusholme and regularly walked through Moss Side and the Crescents, it probably helped looking like a scruffy birder/biker hmm.gifhmm.gif

-- Edited by Tony Coatsworth at 19:59, 2008-05-09

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Steve,
I already record everything on Birdtrack - will it not therefore already be logged for the Atlas?

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I understand that Declan was brought up in Belfast, so Alex Park shouldn't worry him...

Declan: can you make sure you enter up the Tawny Owl on the Atlas website? Not many people are doing nocturnal or crepuscular (great word that!) visits and we risk under-recording Tawny Owls, etc. Don't suppose you get many Nightjars though...

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Not that brave really Tony - its where I live. There were 3 of us - safety in numbers, and all that. Actually its pretty safe most of the time if you keep your wits about you. I've been more nervous at times at other better known (non city centre) sites (ones with hides and visitor centres and everything) when representatives of the local population have hurled verbal abuse and on one memorable occasion released a not-so-friendly pair of pit bulls in our direction. Never had that anywhere round the city centre.

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You're a brave man wandering round there that time of night !

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this evening, 8.00 - 9.00pm

Tawny Owl - 1
Ring-necked Parakeet -4
Tufted Duck - 2
Mute Swan - 4
Grey heron - 1
Grey Wagtail -2
GS Woodpecker - 1
Treecreeper -1
Nuthatch - 2
Mistle Thrush -2
Song Thrush (2), Willow Warbler (2) and Blackcap (1) all singing

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This morning, 8.00 - 8.30

Usual species including:

Cormorant 1
Grey Heron 1
Tufted Duck 4
Coot pair with 2 chicks
R N Parakeet 2
G S Woodpecker 2
Stock Dove 2
Collared Dove 2
Grey Wagtail 2
Redwing 1
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 2 singing
Goldcrest 2
Jay 1




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Usual stuff in the park this evening, plus male Sparrowhawk again, and a small influx of Tufted Duck (13, compared to usual 4 or 5), and a female Pochard. 2 Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff singing in the evening chorus.

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Did my TTV survey for Whalley Range (incl Alex Park) yesterday.

New birds for the year were 1 each of singing Chiffchaff and Blackcap, plus the following more usual stuff (list includes nearby streets, gardens etc):

Mute Swan 6
Canada Goose 29
Tufted Duck 5
Mallard 19
Moorhen 5
Coot 4 adults, 2 chicks
BH Gull 1
Woodpigeon c50
Feral Pigeon c70
Collared Dove 4
GS Woodpecker 3
R N Parakeet 3
Pied Wagtail 1
Grey Wagtail 2
Wren 20+
Dunnock 15+
Robin 20+
Blackbird 30+
Song Thrush 7
Mistle Thrush 6
Goldcrest 2
Long-tailed Tit 3
Blue Tit - lots 40+
Great Tit 20+
Treecreeper 2
Nuthatch 2
Starling 20+
Jay 4
Magpie 40+
Jackdaw 2
Carrion Crow 6
House Sparrow 28
Chaffinch 8
Goldfinch 16
Greenfinch 1

37 species altogether which isn't too bad for an inner city area. Quite a bit of breeding activity observed but I won't say what on here after having my wrists slapped (quite rightly) by Mr McKerchar last week for an earlier post.

Declan

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