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Post Info TOPIC: Stockport to East Didsbury


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RE: Stockport to East Didsbury


Peter Nolan Woolley wrote:

5 Mallards in the bus Station @ 16:05





Always the same, you wait for a Mallard then 5 arrive at once

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5 Mallards in the bus Station @ 16:05



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Delighted to see the Sand Martin colony on the Waterside Hotel side of Cheadle Bridge and around the bridge this evening; around 30 or so birds. The riverbanks by the main hotel car park have been significantly worked on since I saw it last, apparently by the EA, and the combination of clearing trees and chopping a new bank out of a field with a JCB has created a perfect habitat. No wonder they haven't used the spot by Burnage Rugby Club. Also 4 loafing Goosanders on a shingle bank.

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Oystercatcher heading South this morning at 07:20, on the A6 over Stockport old infirmary.



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Waiting for the tram at East Didsbury this morning and idly thinking about early migrants and firsts for the year, I recalled that at a similar time last year I'd seen my first Blackcap in the hedge opposite the platforms. At which point a female Blackcap popped out of a bush! So a nice yeartick and even better, it was on no other day than March 24th last year, so that is 2 years in a row to see them in the exact same spot for a yeartick. Spooky!

-- Edited by Simon Gough on Saturday 24th of March 2018 07:03:50 PM

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Chris Harper wrote:

...Also a rarely seen sight and sound of a pair of Redwing singing and displaying near Kennels...





Hey Chris, there was a Redwing singing the other day when I saw the Firecrest on the riverbank. I'd never heard one before. Maybe all the snow has made it feel at home? We ought to see if they stick around, breeding Redwing in GM would be good!

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Saw 2 Mandarin ducks about 12:00 between the footbridge and the M60, as I went to take a photo they took off flying downriver over the M60



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My first Chiffchaff of the year around the M60 bridge. Up to 3 calling. Also a rarely seen sight and sound of a pair of Redwing singing and displaying near Kennels.

Other birds: Kingfisher, 5 Bullfinch, 5 Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest† Sparrowhawk† 3 Pied Wagtail† 5 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, Pheasant† Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay.



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Thanks for the information, they'd both be patch ticks for me!

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Simon, re: linnet records this winter, I‚ve had individual birds on three occasions since early Nov, primarily around the scrub surrounding the dipping pond by Patch Island. All three have been very vocal (calling) and were heard before they were seen on each occasion. Two raven were hanging around the same general area for a day a couple of weeks ago.

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I know where you mean, it's normally good for things like Bullfinch, Greenfinch and Blackcap in the summer, maybe I should check in more often over the winter...

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Simon

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Mersey Vale Nature Park.

Walk in from Craig Road, turn right at the community orchard ignore the meadow in front of you and look for the path that turns right again and goes up to what I think is called the upper meadow. †There are some hawthorns and small trees up there and three Linnet were foragoing in the grassy footpath. †Unsurprisingly they left quickly as soon as they spotted us. †

I only know this area of the Park from scything the grass last summer as a volunteer with HMCG and Cheshire Wildlife Trust†

Good Luck†



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Linnet is a decent bird for that walk Mike, where did you see it?

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From the M60 bridge to Cheadle bridge (B5095 Manchester Road)

Notable
Kingfisher (near the weir)
Goosander (8 three drakes, five ducks)
Dipper (perched momentarily on the bridge about 10 inches above the water)

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Redwing
Fieldfare both on Parrswood School playing field

Bullfinch

Great spotted Woodpecker

Song Thrush all on the Mersey Vale Nature Park


Coot, Mallard, Grey Heron, Rook, Crow, Jay, Ring-necked Parakeet, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, House Sparrow, Chiffchaff, Blackbird, Robin, Linnet, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Canada Goose, Mistle Thrush

Good fun



-- Edited by Mike Crawley on Sunday 4th of March 2018 04:56:39 PM



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Grey Heron over Stockport town hall @08:33 heading N/E .



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Three cormorants and two goosander on river. Redwings, fieldfares, thrushes on horse field.

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Fairly quiet at the Mersey today: Grey heron Cormorant 3m 3f mallards 2f goosanders Blue tit Pied wagtail 4 moorhens 6 Canada geese Song thrush in horse field

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Originally posted today by Barry Collison:

My wife and I usually walk along this stretch of the River Mersey 2 or 3 times a month mainly to look at the wildlife. Last night we watched The Plastic Tide on Sky tv, I recommend watching this program to anybody who has not seen it. With this in mind we did a 1.5 mile stretch from the green footbridge to just past Burnage Rugby club not quite up to the bridge at Cheadle. Today instead of just looking at the fauna and flora we decided to do our bit for the enviroment and pick up all the plastic bottles we saw at side of the footpath. You would not believe how many we collected. We also added plastic bags and cans but soon filled up our bags. There were other "plastic bags" that we did not pick up. These are the ones left by the dog walkers who have a lower IQ than their dogs. On the nature front it was a bit quiet but got some great views of the Buzzard over the horse field. I recommend more people do this whilst walking, then the message might get through.



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Kestrel over Stockport Bus station 16:12.



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Heaton Mersey

Kingfisher 1
Goosander 3
Cormorant 5
Goldcrest 2

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Saturday pm - Dipper on Mersey opposite the flood defences. Also a few Redwing over.



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Common Buzzard on old railway bridge, Kingfisher, 4 Goosander, 6 Redwing, 8 Grey Heron



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Kingfisher, Goldcrest, 2 Redwing, 5 Grey Heron



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Kingfisher 1+, Sparrowhawk. Goosander, 6 Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail



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6 Redwing, Kingfisher, 2 Goldcrest, 7 Grey Heron, Pied Wagtail at 07.10-07-25



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2 Kingfisher and 5 Goosander on this morning's commute.



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Kestrel over the bus station@16:05

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This morning: Dipper, 1+ Kingfisher, 2 Goosander, 3 Grey Heron



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Dipper on the Mersey by Woolpack pub at 15.30...near pyramid.†



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Goosander, Ring Necked Parakeet, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 8 Grey Heron, 5 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grey wagtail so far on this weeks commute.



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Highlights of the week so far include 2 Goosander, 13 Grey Heron, 3 Chiffchaff, 17 Swallow, House martin, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk



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Swift with the group ay 15.30.



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Kingfisher by M60 bridge

Large mixed hirundine flock still. 60 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow on wires above kennels..catch them while you can.



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Swift by Cheadle Bridge this afternoon at 3.30 with 40 House Martin and 10 Swallow between here and Patch Island. Also Kestrel and 6 Mistle Thrush .



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7.15-7.30 this morning†

16 Swallow, 7 Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Ring Necked Parakeet, 3 Sand Martin, 20 House Martin, 3 Cormorant.



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Kestrel over Stockport baths @15:50

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2 Oystercatcher on playing fields. Also 7 Goosander, 2 Blackcap, 2 Sand Martin.†



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2 Kingfisher upstream of M60 bridge. Also Common Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 7 Sand Martin, 7 Swallow, †Grey Wagtail. †Many juvenile today of various species too.



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2 Oystercatcher on rugby pitch at 07.25



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As well as the Little Egrets this morning were Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Sand Martin, Bullfinch.†

No sign of Egrets on a slower return cycle back.†



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Flying around field to the West. On my commute to work so couldn't hang around.†



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Chris Harper wrote:

2 Little Egret around sewage works currently.†





Where were they viewed from Chirs?

-- Edited by Scott Reid on Wednesday 5th of July 2017 08:04:06 AM

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2 Little Egret around sewage works currently.†



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Still 3 Sand Martin over the Mersey at Stockport bus station.

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Currently 3 Sand Martin over the Mersey at Stockport bus station.

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Currently 2 Sand Martin over the Mersey at Stockport bus station

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Kestrel over Stockport bus station@ 16:08

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Male Reed Bunting between dipping pond and Patch Island. Common Buzzard still. Also Common Whitethroat, 8 Sand Martin, Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff †Willow Warbler , 50 Lesser †Black Backed Gulls.†



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C 3 Sand Martin over the Mersey at Stockport bus station @ 15:55

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Juvenile Common Buzzard on old railway bridge. Also 4 Common Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Grey Wagtail, 9 Sand Martin.†



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