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Post Info TOPIC: Platt Fields Park, Manchester


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RE: Platt Fields Park, Manchester


Black-necked grebe still present along with millions of creepy crawlies dropping onto the water surface.

I am surpised there are no fish in the lake, I pulled a few out but that was 20 years ago :)

I managed a few decent shots though, had to lay in a lot of canada goose poo to get them.

-- Edited by Adrian Dancy at 13:33, 2008-07-14

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Cheers Tim - and sound advice. Nice to meet you again this morning.

Still present this morning as were 2 female type Ring-necked Parakeets, a Grey Wagtail and 2 Gt Spotted Woodpeckers.

-- Edited by Rob Smallwood at 12:33, 2008-07-12

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A word of caution to all re.being in Platt Fields park at dusk or after dark - a friend who lives on Yew Tree Road rode through on his bike last week and was attacked and hospitalised with stitches to a head wound and concusion (though he managed to hang on to his bike thanks to someone with a big dog scaring off his attackers). So please be very careful there later in the evenings.

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Still present at dusk showing down to 3 feet again - bit of a pain as I was trying to digiscope it and it never went far enough away!

Thought I heard young Tawny Owl as I left, one Ring-necked Parakeet flew over and one other calling.

No further sign of the tail-less Parakeet that I am now convinced was an Alexandrine - has no one else seen a broad winged tail-less Parakeet sp here?

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BN Grebe still present at around 17:45.

I spent a surprisingly enjoyable 45 minutes here between very heavy showers, seeing several other species around the small ornamental pool:

10+ Swallow
8+ Swift
2 Mute Swan (plus young)
2 Grey Wagtail
2 Heron
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (near the BMX enclosure)
20+ Coot
2+ Moorhen


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Juvenile Black-necked Grebe still present and showing well at 14.00 and looking healthy enough smile.gif

a noisy Ring-necked Parakeet flew out from the island

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B N Grebe still present at 5.30 this evening. I did see it eating something on one occasion but couldn't see what it was. Can't imagine it would have stayed around this long with nothing to eat.

Quite a few swallows around the lake too, and a family party of 7 Mistle Thrush.

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Pete Hines wrote:

12.50 - 13.30

juvenile Black-necked Grebe still present and giving incredible views down to 3 feet when it was possible to see it swimming below the surface of the water for a while then follow its air bubbles before it resurfaces biggrin.gif

Worryingly, the bird made numerous dives all of which were unsuccessful. Staff there reported a complete absence of small fish. Although BWP states that they take other food items according to the time of year I didn't see it eat anything cry.gif. It should go to Chorlton WP where there are shoals of millions of small fry wink.gif

Any photographers get down there before the weekend or before it starves.





don't worry ive seen over 100 bn grebe and can honestly say ive hardley ever seen one with a fish,i think they eat small fry,lavea,under watersmile.gif

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON at 18:07, 2008-07-10

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12.50 - 13.30

juvenile Black-necked Grebe still present and giving incredible views down to 3 feet when it was possible to see it swimming below the surface of the water for a while then follow its air bubbles before it resurfaces biggrin.gif

Worryingly, the bird made numerous dives all of which were unsuccessful. Staff there reported a complete absence of small fish. Although BWP states that they take other food items according to the time of year I didn't see it eat anything cry.gif. It should go to Chorlton WP where there are shoals of millions of small fry wink.gif

Any photographers get down there before the weekend or before it starves.

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Black-necked Grebe still present about 9.30 this morning along with juv Heron, 2 cygnets, 2 juv Coots, the Gyppo Goose of unknown origin, a Parakeet that flew off from a Cherry tree right above my head and two more squabbling on the island. All quite exotic for a local park.

I couldn't see the Grebe on the way back from the supermarket but my bins were by then in the bottom of my paniers. Setup activity has started for the weekend food and drink festival event.

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l nipped down to see the Black-necked Grebe (L) late afternoon with Paul (C),the weather was brilliant!!.....if you love heavy rain.Found the B-n Grebe easily,diving,loving his life and trying to stay out of the way of a Coot who was harassing it at any chance.A lovely little waterbird and l would be delighted to see an adult.biggrin.gif
Others seen were,two juvenile Herons in the trees with an adult nearby,lots of Moorhen, Coots with young and plenty of Canada Geese.

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Be warned - there's a music festival here this weekend - presumably setting up will start Friday at the latest.

I can't see the grebe (tolerant as it is) staying in to the weekend.

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12.30 -13.00 and the start of a classic three hours of urban birding wink.gif

juvenile Black-necked Grebe (absolutley bizarre biggrin.gif)
2 juvenile Grey Herons in the nest on the island
2 adult Mute Swan with two cygnets
1 Egyptian Goose
Blackcap in song

next stop Black Reds

-- Edited by Pete Hines at 19:11, 2008-07-09

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Still present this morning and showing excepionally well on this small ornamental pond.

Also present were calling Ring-necked Parakeets and a brief view of a tail-less parakeet that seemed to show red on the upper wing - not seen well enough to tell if it was blood stained having lost its tail in a fight or perhaps something more exotic.

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Birdguides reporting a juv Black-necked Grebe on the lake at Platt Fields Park for its second day.

Given the size of the lake there should be raesonable photo ops I'd have thought.

Apologies if this is reported elsewhere.

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