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RE: Platt Fields Park, Manchester


11.30 am went to check on the ill goose today he seems to have developed a limp on the right leg although i did'nt see any cuts or bruising - he was washing/preening himself at the waters edge, i'll pop down in the week to see how he's doing.

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Derek Pates wrote:

went to check on the ill goose at lunch time he seems ok gave him a good feed (still being bullied) saw the heron (sat next to a tall black slim bird of similar size - sorry unsure of species).




The tall black slim bird is probably a cormorant Derek, they're not unusual to find on the lake. Keep up the
good work work with the goose, I'll pay a visit myself at the weekend.
















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went to check on the ill goose at lunch time he seems ok gave him a good feed (still being bullied) saw the heron (sat next to a tall black slim bird of similar size - sorry unsure of species).

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There has been a similar (or perhaps the same) oiled goose at Alexandra Park the last few weeks at least. With the additional feeding from all the bread handouts they seem to survive the condition.

-- Edited by Henry Cook on Tuesday 8th of January 2013 02:47:05 PM

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UPDATE - Just got back home, spoke to the park manager and rpsb bird ringer - the male canada goose is being monitered daily - he us dirty through lack of self cleaning (not oil), is underweight,walking and swimming, being fed and watered daily. the rspb guy has checked him over and cannot find anything wrong with him - but he is being monitered on a daily basis so hopefully he will get back to full health.
i will call and check on him sometime tomorrow.

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I'll pop down to, am that end of town anyway.

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i'm only up the road so i'll go and have a look - i will update when i get back.

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Just seen a rather distressing tweet from a non-birder - 'goose at Platt Fields dying. Oil on feathers and can't swim. Other geese attacking it and is starving to death.' Anybody passing who could have a looksee?

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On Saturday

4 Grey Heron - thinking about nesting
1 Egyptian Goose
1 Pochard (good for here)
20+ Tufted Duck

Small flock of finches - Chaffinch, Bullfinch but no Brambling :(

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29 Ring-necked Parakeets left pre-roost 15.30-15.45 in 2 flocks of 21 and 8.
c21 Magpies counted in island roost (probably more)
Egyptian Goose

Cheers John.




-- Edited by John Rayner on Sunday 9th of December 2012 08:25:34 PM

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Two flocks of Ring-necked/Rose-ringed Parakeet left the pre roost this evening, one of 15 and one of 10 with a further 2 but no sign of Amazon

Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Jay - 2
Grey Wagtail - 1
Grey Heron - 1
plus the usual suspects and the Egyptian Goose.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 8th of December 2012 05:31:06 PM

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Rose-ringed Parakeet 32 left the pre-roost by the training ground with the Amazon at 3.50pm
Magpies 193 counted into the roost up to 4.25pm then there was a fight and a break-out of over 50

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Glad you got back in time!

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Magpies 148 counted in to roost this evening. Looking good for a high count in December

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John Rayner wrote:



Canada Goose 62 (including at least 5 metal ringed individuals, one of which I managed to read and have submitted to EURING)
Egyptian Goose 1 (Again close ringed, read and submitted to EURING)

Probably find that both were ringed in Platt Fields Park





The Egyptian Goose was certainly ringed there John, by Steve Christmas if I remember correctly

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I tried my luck searching for a large Ring-necket Parakeet flock but no luck.

Of interest:

A Sparrowhawk made a couple of passes at the Feral Pigeon flock, which numbered about 110.
Cormorant 11
Grey Heron 2
Tufted Duck 5
Great-crested Grebe 1
Mute Swan 5 (2 ads, 3 juvs. 1 adult - Blue Darvic HJ4)

Canada Goose 62 (including at least 5 metal ringed individuals, one of which I managed to read and have submitted to EURING)
Egyptian Goose 1 (Again close ringed, read and submitted to EURING)

Probably find that both were ringed in Platt Fields Park

Cheers, John

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The Moorhen chicks are now back up to 3, they're difficult to see
under the overhanging branches. 2 Greylag Geese were an addition to the
usuals yesterday. The mute Swan pair raised 3 cygnets last year, not 5 as
previously stated (must check notes in future). There are now 2 Terrapins
on the Grebes' old nest

Tony

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The Great Crested Grebes now have 2 chicks, swimming around when not
hitching a ride on the adult's back.
Moorhen chicks down to 1 unfortunately.
Mute Swan cygnets down to 4, although they're pretty large and healthy
looking now.
That mysterious group, 'the ringers', have been busy here. A few of the young
Coots are now sporting very handsome looking Darvic-type rings; white with
black lettering.
The now vacated Grebe's nest was occupied this afternoon by a large Terrapin.

Tony

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Platt Fields is my local park and I've given the lake a few visits over the Bank
Holliday weekend. There seems to have been a bit of a breeding frenzy since I
was last here a few weeks ago.

The juvenile Herons have moved out of the nest and can be found mooching
around the edge of the island like surly teenagers.
Mute Swans, HI4 & HJ4 have 5 out of 5 cygnets still going strong (this same
pair successfully raised 5 last year also).
The Moorhen pair have 3 small chicks and the tallest nest I've ever seen, it's
about 2ft high and constructed from twigs and crisp packets...fantastic.
The Great Crested Grebes are still on the nest.
However the prize for breeding, above and beyond the call of duty, must go to
the Coots! These often overlooked birds have managed to produce 22 chicks so
far this year. Alright, there's more than 1 pair, but hey, that's still good going
on what is a relatively small boating lake.

Tony

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Quick early afternoon visit:

1 Ring necked Parakeet
1 Egyptian Goose
1 Grey Heron
1 Cormorant


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04/01/2012 - 11-12pm:

42 Tufted Ducks
5 Cormorants
2 Grey Herons
1 Muscovy Duck
1 Egyptian Goose
c50 Canada Geese
c20 Coot - several colour ringed
9 Moorhens
3 Common Gulls
c40 Black-headed Gulls
1 Jackdaw
1 Nuthatch
4 House Sparrows
1 Pied Wagtail
12 Magpies
etc

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15:30--15:50

Amazon parrot - 1
Ring-necked Parakeet - 6
Tufted Duck - 49 (!)
Canada Goose - c70
Mallard - 10 (plus the usual hybrids)
Moorhen - 8
Coot - 15
Muscovy Duck - 1
Embden Goose - 6 (+1 hybrid)
Magpie - 100+ (on island)
BH Gull - c50

Got soaked, only 2 mins from home.

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3.30 - 4.00 with Tony Darby

Magpies 182 counted in to roost

Merry Christmas all!

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Bill Myerscough wrote:

I notice that in keeping that with several other local water bodies that floating island/rafts have been put on the lake presumably to act as refuges for fish from foraging Cormorants.





Bill, I think you'll find the floating islands were put there to accommodate the huge numbers of Common Terns we have nesting here every Summer; a hitherto well kept secret.

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27th November - am.

2 Ring-necked Parakeet - what looked to be a female seen. One bird appeared to indulge in what might possibly have been a circular, undulating display flight? - not sure if they are recorded as doing this?

Also a Mistle Thrush living up to its name of stormcock by singing loudly in the teeth of a strong wind.

On the playing fields, before the dog-walkers seriously got going, there was a mixed flock of foraging gulls - c200 Black-headed and c30 Common.

5 Cormorant. I notice that in keeping that with several other local water bodies that floating island/rafts have been put on the lake presumably to act as refuges for fish from foraging Cormorants. Well it hasn't taken the birds long to work that one out, as 3 were foraging around and under a small raft! Maybe the rafts/islands need to be much bigger?

Also 2 Grey Heron, 1 Egyptian Goose and c50 Feral Pigeon.

Cheers,

Bill.

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Haha, yeah it's a giant spot light with a bat on it!

A bat detector (by that I mean heterodyne detector) allows you to hear the social calls and the echo location 'clicks' of bats as they fly over.
you can then (just about) identify the bat on the combination of the calls and the GISS.

good fun!

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JamieDunning wrote:

Tim Wilcox wrote:

Magpies 144 counted in the roost on the island 4.30-4.45

3 bats probably Pipistrelle though it's always baffled me how you I'd them zooming about in near darkness





I occasionally go down with one of my bat detectors and am yet to find (hear) anything other than pips!

What's a 'bat detector' Jamie? Intrigued Is it a Robin in a mask?

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Tim Wilcox wrote:

Magpies 144 counted in the roost on the island 4.30-4.45

3 bats probably Pipistrelle though it's always baffled me how you I'd them zooming about in near darkness





I occasionally go down with one of my bat detectors and am yet to find (hear) anything other than pips!

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Magpies 144 counted in the roost on the island 4.30-4.45

3 bats probably Pipistrelle though it's always baffled me how you I'd them zooming about in near darkness

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8.00am around the lake.

Of interest:
8 Ring-necked Parakeets
1 Amazon
15 Tufted Ducks
1 Egyptian Goose
8 Cormorants - I wonder if thats a record for here?
2 Herons
+ all the other usuals


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06/10/2011 - 1 Egyptian Goose still present (on the basketball court!), also 2 Cormorants.

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19:15--19:50

Ring-necked parakeet - 12
Amazon -1
(All roosting in big tree at W end of lake @ 19:45.)

Canada goose - 75
Emden - 1
Egyptian - 1
Muscovy duck - 1
Coot - 10 + 3 juv
Moorhen - 2
Mallard - 20
Tufted - 1 f + 3 juv
Mute swan - 2 (HJ4 + HI4) + 3 cyg

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16/06/2011 - 5.30-7am, some of the species seen included:

1 Ring-necked Parakeet + at least 1 juv heard screaching
1 Kingfisher - flew along the water culvert, unexpected!
9 Tufted Ducks - 1 brood of 6 juveniles
5 Coots + 5 juvs
c30 Mallards + 4 juvs
1 Egyptian Goose
1 Muscovy Duck
7 Feral Geese
112 Canada Geese
1 Mute Swan + 3 cygnets still
2 Grey Herons - no sign of juvs
1 Grey Wagtail + juvs around MHSG
1 Blackcap
1 Mistle Thrush
2 Treecreepers
1 Nuthatch

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Rose ringed parakeet flew over twice last night (about 20:50)

along with the usuals
& the unusual Muscovy duck?!

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Mute Swans HJ4 & HI4 now have 3 cygnets.
Also 3 juvenile Herons out of the nest on the island

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1 parakeet (couldn't see it well enough to know if it was ring necked)
Saw it on Sunday 20th about 3 in the afternoon

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Usual stuff +
2 Mute Swans HJ4 & HI4
Heron on nest on the island

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2 Cormorant
1 Egyptian Goose
1 Muscovy Duck
30+ Tufted Duck
Mallards of various ancestry

Nuthatch
LTT, Blue and Great Tits
Goldfinch

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1 Grey Heron
1 Egyptian Goose
1 Muscovy Duck
20+ Canada Geese
12 Tufted Duck
6 Coot
4 Moorhen
male Sparrowhawk
small groups of Redwing 10 birds in total

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Quick visit with dog this afternoon:

1 Egyptian Goose
1 Treecreeper
6 Redwings

amongst others

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02/01/2011 - Quick check of the lake at 10am:

1 Egyptian Goose
1 Muscovy Duck
9 Tufted Ducks
2 Mute Swans
45 Canada Geese
9 domestic Geese
3 Hybrid ducks
c20 Mallards
6 Moorhens
8 Coots
1 Treecreeper
2 Redwings
3 Ring-necked Parakeets

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One last count of the Magpie roost for 2010 yesterday evening only netted 118 on the island before a mass gang fight broke out and about 40 birds flew off in various directions. Heavy fog thickening over the ice

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Egyptian Goose was feeding on the grass near the skateboard park, with about 10 Canada Geese.

Now where do those elusive Shoveler hang out ??

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Popped in to the park myself on passing through to south Manchester, but couldn't find the Egyptian Goose, must have been hiding on the island somewhere (any hints on where it normally rests??). Lots of Tufties though and very approachable (16 in all), plus 4 Herons, a Muscovoy Duck and the usual CG, MA, MH, and COs.

Lots of titmice knocking about too, but nothing unusual with them.

Route back to north Manchester via as many berry trees and bushes as I could, but not a Waxwing in sight disbelief.gif.

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1 Grey Heron
1 Egyptian Goose
10 Tufted Duck
various Mallards -> farmyard Ducks
5 Common Gull
10+ BH Gull
Nuthatch Calling

200+ Santas


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Lunchtime 20 mins round Lake; 60% frozen

Usual suspects as previously, including:
Shoveler - pr
Common gull - 6
Heron - 1
Greylag hybrid goose - 1


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Today 4.00 - 4.35pm Magpies 224 counted into the roost on the island

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12 Tufted Duck
5 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
2 Common Gull
30+ BH Gull

very vocal Parakeet on the island

no Shoveler :(

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Lunchtime 20 mins round lake

Shoveler - 2 (m+f; m very brightly coloured)
Tufted duck - 12
Cormorant - 5 (How does a small lake support 5 sometimes 7 of them?)
Mallard - 14
Coot - 16
Moorhen - 4
Canada goose - 45 (32 flew in with 1 Canada/Embden hybrid)
Embden goose - 7
Hybrid goose - 5
BH gull - 30
Ring-necked parakeet - 1 (on the island sing.gif)


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Really glad that you saw a Parakeet. They were being very vocal when they came to feed later on in the afternoon an they seem to be hanging out in bigger groups too, so where there is one, there may well be another ten of its pals. I'm glad you like them too.biggrin.gif

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