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RE: Stockport to East Didsbury


Was a Kingfisher on the river this morning, by sewage outlet. 4 Goosander also.
12 Pied Wagtail by Cheadle Bridge, and a Swan(preumably Mute, but distance away and no bins) on the golf course flood.

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Parrs Wood fields near Cheadle Bridge:-

Flock of Approx 100 Gulls - Mainly Black-headed with 10 Common and 6 Lesser-Blacked Backed.

Nothing on River as still in flood.

Rick.

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Still pretty spectacular floods around Parrs Wood field and the nearby golf club. Flocks of 1000+ gulls around, mainly BHG and Common. Buzzard harassing them on Mon, Sparrowhawk this morning.
Max 12 Grey Heron along bank and flood edges.
Also 4 Bullfinches am. Fieldfare. 6 Goosander.
Little Grebes seem to have chosen a safer spot.
Chris H


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Late post for yesterday. 2 Buzzard over the orchard end of Mersey Vale Nature park, mobbed by crow and drifted off North.

Also sparrowhawk here.



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Lovely male Teal am near playing fields. Calling and burbling away.
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Tawny Owl at 7.30 calling near pyramid, couldn't see it.
Still 2 Little Grebes by weir.

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Dipper this morning by Cheadle Bridge. 2 Little Grebe still.

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Single Pink Footed Goose with Canada Geese at 3.25 near end of Parrs Wood playing fields.

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Female Goldeneye this morning near Cheadle Bridge. Also Little Grebe still, as well as yesterday.
Teal yesterday too, just downstream from M60 bridge.
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2 Little Grebes by weir all week early on(7.40), but gone by my commute back.
Max 8 Goosanders, 4 drakes.
Nice dawn choruses this week, mainly Song Thrushes and Robins together, but a few Mistles and Great Tits joining in.
Chris H


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2 Little Grebes by weir early on.
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Drake Goldeneye again this morning.

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3 Goldeneye upstream from Cheadle Bridge at 3.15(1 Drake)
Also Kestrel by Pyramid
5 Goosander
Possible flock of 30+ Waxwing over past pyramid.Starling sized,but bouncy flight, less tightly packed, unfortunately didn't call.
A distance from me, but they were heading towards Geoff's bridge(about 3.30)
Chris H

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Peregrine flew over pyramid 8.40am this morning

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Walk around Mersey Vale nature park.

Goldeneye (f)
Kingfisher smile.gif
Teal (m)
Mallard
Moorhen 11
3 Heron
20 Canada geese

All on river below rugby club

further Heron eating large crayfish biggrin.gif
Goosander 2m 6f

By the weir

Also
Gt spotted woodepecker
Fieldfare
Woodcock (flyover)smile.gif
Wood pigeon
Carrion Crow (eating dead rat)doh.gif
Blue tit
Great tit
Dunnock
Greenfinch
Blackbird





-- Edited by Paul Dewey on Thursday 23rd of December 2010 04:21:39 PM

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Cheadle Bridge - Galleon (and downstream to the Manchester Borough boundary)

41 Mallard
7 Goosander (4m, 3f)
9 Moorhens
1 Grey Heron
2 Cormorants
2 Goldeneye (2f)

The Goldeneye were within Stockport Borough biggrin.gif

Cheers, John

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Little Grebe this morning under pedestrian bridge by pyramid.
Lapwings still around on embankment by rugby club (hounded by female Sparrowhawk Tue).
Many Goosanders, Moorhens and Cormorants.

Chris H

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Tufted Duck this am, near Patch island by rugby club.


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Little Grebe again Fri early on, up from M60 bridge. Teal by Cheadle Bridge.
Later(3.30), 4 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 5 Lapwing, 12 Goosander
Chris H


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Add to Chris's list Kingfisher fishing (sucessfully) at M way bridge with heron here as well. Flock of 20+ mistle thrush at rugby club and Kestrel nearby. 5 cormorant on pylon. Flock of 12 Goldfinch and several flocks of long tailed tits. As Chris said loads of moorhen. Co

I didn't see as many goosander (8) and failed to see grebe as well. The lapwing were around again today on rugby club side where the sun had melted the snow. Thrushes also coming down in same area.

Also saw pair of Mallard diving like tufted. Not seen this before but have a vague memory that this may have been discussed on the forum before.

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2 pale Common Buzzards at 3.15.
15 Goosander.
Little Grebe just up from M60 bridge.
3 lapwings Tue, one on North bank of Mersey approachable to a few meters.
loads of Moorhen

Chris H


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2 Little Grebes again this morning by weir. 3 Teal by the Cheadle Bridge.
Heron with a huge fish!
Chris H

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This evening around the weir at sunset:

Kingfisher
Snipe
Goosander 4 (2m, 2f)
Grey heron

Plus a flock of c40 lapwings over the fields on the far side of the river (out of tetrad)

Gorgeous evening!! A pleasure to be there recording for my TTV!

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Pair of Teal above the weir this morning.
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Dipper this morning just down from salmon weir
4 Little Grebes, 2 above weir, 2 near playing fields
8 Goosander, 2 drakes
Plenty of Grey Herons and Moorhen
Chris H

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a productive Mersey this morning. 2 Little Grebe by Salmon Weir.
Kingfisher by playing fields.
2 Kestrel(pyramid and Cheadle Bridge)
8 Goosander (2 Drakes, 2 half moulted drakes)
Bullfinches and redwings near Salmon Weir.
GS Woodpecker in Poplars by rugby pitch.
Cheers
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Had ride into Stockport to look for waxwings, sadly finding none, then back along river.

Highlights were Buzzard being mobbed by crows at Mersey Vale farm and 9 (poss 10) Goosanders 2 Males 7 females on River again near farm. Later saw 3 more, 1 male 2 female in flight but couldn't discount them being from same group although heading towards where had seen them.

Also 3 Moorhen on river and 3 cormorant on pylon.

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Little Grebe this morning by playing fields. Goosander too. Plenty of Grey Herons.
A few Redwings.

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That's the one. Couldn't remember thy name of Gorsey bank.
Chris H

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thanks for the clarification Chris, I think I know the one you mean (the bridge by Yew Street "Industrial" estate that crosses to the Gorsey Bank / Cheadle Heath area)

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Doh! Burnage, sorry.
Geoff's bridge is the new one replacing the older delapidated one that crosses just upstream of the M60 bridge. Used to be a housing estate there, but no longer.
May have had another name? Is dedicated to Geoff .... now, I believe.
Chris H

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Chris, I live in the area and would like to ask for some clarification.

Can you tell me where "Geoff's bridge" is located ?

Also, you mention Broughton Rugby - Presumably you do not mean Broughton Park Rugby (Chorlton) or Broughton Rugby (Salford)

So, I'm guessing that you mean BURNAGE Rugby Club (in Heaton Mersey), on the banks of the river Mersey (where you can hire a canoe !). Kingfisher formally bred (and may still do) at the nearby weir.

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Dipper still in area Mon( by Cheadle Bridge), but not since.
Buzzard Mon and Tue mobbed by Kestrel and crows/woodpigeons/gulls
Bullfinches becoming more visible
At least 3 Goosander showing gleaming white in the wings now
Kingfisher downstrem of Geoff's bridge on Fri
Redwings increasing in numbers, too.
Chris H


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A lovely sound greeted my cycle back from work on Thursday. By the Broughton Rugby portage point I heard a very unfamiliar sound, lovely fluty song very unfamiliar. Stopped for a look, and there was a dipper producing it (I thought they only went 'zit').
It was also there on Friday, and around the island there(Patch island).
Winter territory setting up perhaps?
I'll keep my eyes peeled.
Buzzard too on Thursday, and Kestrel.
A few redhead Goosanders showing white parts, juvenilles moulting to adult males i assume?
Chris H


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4 Goosander this am between Stockport and Chorlton WP. May have been more in hidden stretches and I was cycling. 4 Cormorant

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A bit more action this week as the river subsided. Male kestrel all week. Plenty of Herons, Cormorants and Moorhen. Goosanders peaked at 8, still all Redheads.
First Little Grebe of the season this morning by 'salmon' weir.
Kingfisher by Geoff's bridge on a couple of days.
Plenty of Gulls still around the playing fields.
Roving flocks increasing in size, and an 8 strong Mistle Thrush group around playing fields.
Cheers
Chris H

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Dipper flying upstream from Cheadle Bridge this morning. GS Woodpecker very alarmed in similar area at 4.30, not sure at what.
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Hi lites last week were 2 Greater Black Backs on Parrs Wood playing fields on Thu morning, with 20 LBB and many Black Headed and a few Common.
Buzzard being mobbed by crows on Wed.
Plenty of Grey Herons, Cormorants and pristine Canada Geese about.
Maximum 7 Goosander, all redheads still.
Juv Bullfinch.
At least 3 Chiff Chaffs still singing away.
Regular Kestrel and Sparrowhawks, Kestrel nearer pyramid.
House Martins still over farm opp. Parrs Wood, a few Swallows over.
Chris H


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Back to the daily commute.
Last weeks hi-lites:
Kingfisher, Goosanders daily(7 maximum, all redheads), juv Moorhens, Kestrel, Stock Dove, Grey Herons(max 6 together), nice gull flocks mainly Blach Headed, also Lesser Blacks and Common, a few Swallows, many House Martins (no Sand), Grey Wagtail family, Bullfinches and Mistle Thrushes.
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Not much around today, but a few sightings

Swallow 2
Canada goose 45
Mallard 6
Cormorant 2
Moorhen (juvenile)
Grey Wagtail 5 (3 juveniles)
Carrion Crow 20+
Wood pigeon (lots including juveniles)
Black headed gull 18
Common gull 1
Magpie
Grey Heron 3 (with a further one on Heaton Mersey Common)

various roving tit flocks, mainly long-tailed and blue.

No sign of Goosander today.

Also had a Sparrowhawk over Heaton Mersey Common.



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Walk by the river today produced the first kingfisher i have seen in ages. Also:

4 (poss 6 didn't see them all together) Goosander.
At least 6 grey wagtail
20+ long tailed tits
Magpie
Grey heron
Black headed gull
Mallard
Moorhen
Chiffchaff
Crow

Suprisingly no swallows or martins.



-- Edited by Paul Dewey on Wednesday 1st of September 2010 08:16:08 PM

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The Galleon - Cheadle Heath Sewage Farm

Black-headed Gull 179
House Martin 4
Sand Martin 9
Chiffchaff 1
Goldfinch 16
Stock Dove 2
Canada Goose 72
Grey Heron 2
Cormorant 1
Mistle Thrush 9

Cheers, John

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2 Peregrines over the centre of Stockport this afternoon(3.20), doing food pass.
Directly above viaduct,one then flew up river, the other down.
Female Sparrowhawk also near pyramid.

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Reed Buntings still there, male singing away.
Many gulls still at Parr's Wood fields
GS Woodpecker near Geoff's bridge
Chiff Chaff, Whitethroat and Blackcap all in same bush next to sewage works.
2 Stock Doves on horse fields with many Wood Pigeons(young too)
Sand Martins drinking from a very low river.
Chris H



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Reed Bunting pair still present this morning .
100+ gulls on Parrs Wood fields(LBB and BH)
No sign of Lsr Whitethroat

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1st Kingfisher on the Mersey since the winter this morning around Parrs Wood playing fields.
Reed Bunting still there, singing Lsr Whitethroat, with plenty of Blackcaps, Chiffies and Whitethroat.
Pied and grey wagtails very busy, as are Sand Martins.
Mistle thrush family usually on the playing fields. GS Woody in the mature trees there.
8 Grey Herons, inc. 3 juv today.
Chris H

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Lesser Whitethroat this morning singing from virtually underneath pylon between rugby pitch and 'salmon' weir.
Where the Trans Pennine forks to either follow river bend or to cut it off.
Also Blackcap and Chiff Chaff there, with a Willow warbler over the river.
Chris H

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Still a good number of birds last week. A few Stock Doves around trees along Parrs Wood playing fields.
Reed Bunting pair near pond by rugby club-breeding??
Kestrel hunting opp. playing fields
Good numbers of Whitehroat and Chiff Chaff.
Blackcap and Bullfinch seemingly calling from same bush near pyramid.
Lots of Sand Martins and Swifts, a few House Martins.
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Loads of birds this morning:
Male Reed Bunting was the highlight, in scrub near meander downstream of weir with salmon sculpture.
Also Bullfinch with nesting material, blackcap and whitethroat, 14 Lesser Black Backs on Burnage Rugby field, Coot, lots of Sand Martins and Swift, Grey Wagtails, Mallards with Young, Canada's with young, afew Grey Herons too.
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Did think that, but wings looked a bit too flayed at the primaries as it gained height.
Must work out a way of cycling with the bins
CH


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