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RE: Platt Fields Park, Manchester


No sign of the Red-breasted Merganser this morning. Goldfinch c40

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Red -breastead Merganser was active and showing well when I left at 12 noon. it never ventured far from the island. Also a Grey Wagtail on one of the small islands and the also the usual noisy Ring- necked Parakeets flying around and in the tree  tops.



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Red-breasted merganser active and showing well up to 9.30 this morning.

Rest:

2 goldcrest
1 coal tit
2 nuthatch heard
2 redwing heard
1 jay heard
1 great spotted woodpecker
5+ ring-necked parakeet
11 moorhen
17+ coot
14+ tufted duck
3 mute swan (2 juvenile, one adult with blue darvic 4APF)
2 great crested grebe
3 grey heron
4 cormorant
5 common gull




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Red-breasted Merganser still present 7:55 - seemed to be feeding happily

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Cormorant 8 this morning, one with a metal ring (couldn't make out a reading)
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Great Crested Grebe 2
Treecreeper 1
Goldcrest 1
Coal Tit 1
Greenfinch 2



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Red-Brested Merganser present when I left at 12.35pm

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Red-breasted Merganser still on the lake at 9.40 this morning.

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Red-breated Merganser still present at 2.05pm

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Red-breasted Merganser 1 (first-winter male ?, still present at 12.50)
Goosander 4 flew over
Great Crested Grebe 2
Cormorant 4



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3.45-4.20pm Magpies 133 counted into the roost (this time last year 183 and well down on the 365 of a few year's ago)

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Male & female Bullfinch (First for me, as a fairly new birder..... very happy)

1 Nuthatch
Around 10 Goldfinch
All hanging round together



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4 Cormorant
2 Pochard
1 Great crested grebe

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On monday

2 Treecreepers
1 nuthatch
1 great tit
all feeding off the same tree, it's the first time i've seen treecreepers in platt fields.



-- Edited by Lizzie Forrester on Thursday 22nd of September 2016 09:10:19 PM

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dave broome wrote:

Egyptian Goose this morning - I'm guessing that it's metal ring was fitted at this site?

Tufted Duck with 3 small juv

Ring-Necked Parakeet on the island

a Coot with a darvic ring jumped in to the water before I could read it - is one regular here?



-- Edited by dave broome on Saturday 25th of June 2016 12:45:37 PM

There was one Coot with a darvic AB4 (there may be more). This bird and the Egyptian Goose were ringed
at Platt Fields some years ago.

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Egyptian Goose this morning - I'm guessing that it's metal ring was fitted at this site?

Tufted Duck with 3 small juv

Ring-Necked Parakeet on the island

a Coot with a darvic ring jumped in to the water before I could read it - is one regular here?



-- Edited by dave broome on Saturday 25th of June 2016 12:45:37 PM

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Little trip out today for the Egyptian Goose, showing along the bank of the island so not the greatest views. Plenty of nesting Grey Herons and also a few Great Crested Grebe with young.



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1st visit this morning for many years, thanks to Tim Wilcox for his directionssmile. Egyptian Goose. Great Crested Grebes with 3 young, 100s of Canada Goose goslings (or so it seemed!), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet and was surprised at how low down some of the Heron nests were on the island trees

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Great Crested Grebes with 2 chicks

Egyptian Goose

4 Swallow

Blackcap

Chiffchaff

 



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Cycling past the skateboard area just now a male Sparrowhawk swooped into the fenced area and grabbed a female Blackbird, spotting me it then flew with its catch out of the skate area and onto the grass. Before it could tuck in a Magpie flew in next to it causing the Sparrowhawk to fly up and drop the Blackbird which immediately flew off. Quite dramatic!

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A short early morning stroll round the lake in Platt Fields park at 7.00am

1 Egyptian Goose
1 calling Chiffchaff
1 Great Crested Grebe
15+ Ring Necked Parakeet moving so fast that counting was difficult
2 Grey Heron


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Yes - the Egyptian Goose has been knocking around there for several years now.



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Originally posted today by Martin Eayrs:

Saw a sole Egyptian Goose today in Platt Fields Park, near the steps where the ducks feed. Don't know if it's regularly there, but it's the first time I've seen it.





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26++ Rose-ringed Parakeet out of the pre-roost upto 8pm
Willow warbler singing on the island
Grey heron 'chicks' now almost fully grown, still standing on nest, will fledge any day now.
The usual early summer (and short staying!) common sandpipers on the island - these never stay long.
20+ swallow over the pond


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2 Ring-Necked Parakeets (probably m&f), mid-pm, outside High School entrance on Grangethorpe Road
They'd been spooked by daytime fireworks & vast numbers of noisy people

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Had a quick cycle around the lake as it started to tip it down. I saw a very photogenic grey heron and got some nice shoots of it. On the lake was:
4 pochard (2m+2f)
3 grey herons (including on on its nest on the island)
4 mute swans
7 coots
1 moorhen
3 great crested grebes
4 domestic geese
4 mallard x domestic duck hybrids
31 tufted ducks
2 cormorants (one of which had a whitish head)
A ring necked parakeet calling
And many black head gulls, mallards and Canada geese

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21st January

1 Egyptian Goose
2 drake Pochard
c50 Tufted Duck
c20 Ring-necked Parakeets

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48 Parakeet out of Pre-roost yesterday evening, albeit very slowly.
Sounded like a small group stayed on the island to as darkness fell.

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I agree, I found as much last year.
It's interesting that you have managed so many in December, based on only 3 trips admittedly I averaged around 40 birds. I've had a fair few stay on the island to (compared to recent months) have you noticed that to?

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Hi Jamie,
I've done quite a lot of pre-roost counts since the clocks went back in October.
My monthly averages have been pretty consistent; Oct.63, Nov.64 and Dec.61, the highest being 76 on 8/12.
I think the number of birds going to roost will decline as we head towards Spring. The breeding pairs will
tend to stay near their nests, and the roost, if it continues, will consist of non-breeding birds.

The count yesterday was a paltry 21, I think they've been spooked by the Peregrine in the area, or maybe it's
just eaten them all. biggrin

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Tony,

I've not been counting as much as I was in the autumn but I've finding it difficult to come up with more then 35 consistently.
would be interested to see how it picks up over the coming months towards spring.

J

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A Peregrine Falcon put in an appearance while I was observing the Parakeet pre-roost this afternoon.
It made a pass through the trees N of the lake, but without success. It then flew over to the Holy Trinity Church
on Platt Lane, where it perched on top of the scaffolding that surrounds the spire at the moment.

The Parakeet count was a very low 32, perhaps due to the presence of a Peregrine in the area.
Also, 6 Pochard on the lake.

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5 male Pochard ( that's 5 more than at Chorlton WP this morning) on the boating lake, were one of the
highlights this afternoon while counting the Parakeet pre-roost.
Also, 9 Cormorants flew off W to roost (possibly Sale WP). Plus the huge numbers of gulls (in their many 1,000s) which
overfly every late afternoon heading E, we think, to Audenshawe Reservoirs.

And all the best to all the Mancy birders out theresmile

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A misty morning round the boating lake

2 Great-crested Grebe
2 Grey Heron
Tufted Duck
Mallard
Coot
Moorhen
1 Egyptian Goose with a Farmyard x Bar-headed Goose hybrid in tow
Canada Goose

Nuthatch
About 10 Parakeets in 3 separate flocks




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Additional sightings on top of the 40+ Ring Necked Parakeet:
Egyptian Goose
2 Grey Wagtail
Jay
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Crested Grebe with 2 young
3 Mistle Thrush
2 Grey Heron

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Originally posted by Roy King today:


I can't believe iv'e spotted another Egyptian Goose. Walking through Platt Fields today on the pond, low and behold 1 lonely goose. Looking beautiful but shunned by all the other birds. A Swan took an instant dislike and tried to bite him/her. Took some great snaps.

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Was leaving Birchfields Community Centre last night and thought I heard a cuckoo but discounted it as impossible!

Bins out tonight just in case

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Thanks a lot Graham. Just need to find Brighton Grove now - that's if the bird's still there!

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Go down Brighton Grove to Birch fields Park. Turn immediate right through gate along path for 30m. On right is graveyard. Tree with a "Private' sign is where I saw the cuckoo.

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Where is this graveyard? Is it off wilmslow road - the city centre side of Old Hall Lane? Cheers

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See my Birchfields Park post earlier.

It's in Birch Church graveyard -- up a tree .



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Cuckoo heard singing early evening near Platt Fields Park. Not seen, didn't have time to look for it so don't know exact location

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Lots of magpies and woodpigeons
Canada geese
Mallards
Tufted ducks
4 Pochards
2 cormorants
2 grey herons
Moorhens
Coots
2 mute swans


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92 Magpies counted into the island roost and 44 Ring-necked Parakeets in the pre-roost

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The boating lake Coot factory doing the business again this Summer with 5 pairs producing
21 surviving chicks.
The regular breeding pair of Mute Swans have 8 cygnets.
The Great-crested Grebe pair have only 1 chick this year.
The breeding Herons have been successful again with 3 juveniles as a result.

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Not strictly Platt Fields, but on Wilmslow Road.

Saw a Buzzard slowly flying high up in the sky, due South, mobbed by two Carrion Crows. I always find it funny to think, in these situations, that I'm probably the only one who noticed the birds as nobody around me is looking in the sky. I was probably the only one in the street taking advantage of this aerial spectacle, as the Buzzard swooped and dodged the two Crows and slowly vanished into the horizon...

If you don't look you won't see!

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Amongst all of the usual birds on the lake are two Pochard.

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JamieDunning wrote:

It's about time Paul!





Funny thing is , if it was an elephant or a bird in africa the BBC would tell you to leave it alone, the then Wildlife and Countryside act 1981 makes it illegal to release the bird back into the wild, you cant do right for doing wrong, its a no win situation for certain species .



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thanks for the info paul lets see what the vet says..

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It's about time Paul!

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Derek Canada Goose ( ill goose ) collected today, was very ill and was taken to vets, to be honest we dont see a good end, sorry!

Kingfisher, and Egyptian Goose, Pochard and Tufted duck showing well, fly past of Ringed Necked Parakeets.

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