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Newton Lake this morning Green Sandpiper Kingfisher ( male) 2 Nuthatches Coal Tit 4 Little Grebes Cormorant 2 Tufted Ducks 3 Gadwalls

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Woke early and decided to do a breeding bird survey at the Parkside Colliery site (part of my Winwick patch)

It was cool at 5.30 am but got nicer as the morning progressed. As usual, the site was heaving with birds, though being early and cool, stuff only started singing in earnest by 6.30 am. Totals included 116 birds in song:

Lesser Whitethroat 1 in song
Sedge Warbler 1 in song
Reed Bunting 3 in song
Yellowhammer 2 in song
Grey Partridge 2
Meadow Pipit 2 in song
Whitethroat 15 in song
Chiffchaff 6 in song
Willow Warbler 12 in song
Blackcap 8 in song
Stock Dove 2
Bullfinch 1
Kestrel 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 3 (inc. a pair feeding young)
Robin 14 in song
Great Tit 7 in song
Blackbird 12 (7 in song)
Jay 1
Mallard 4
Linnet 10
Goldfinch 2 in song
Collared Dove 5 (2 in song)
Song Thrush 7 in song
Chaffinch 9 in song
Woodpigeon 25 (3 in song)
Carrion Crow 8
Magpie 7
Wren 12 in song
Blue Tit 2
Swallow 9
House Martin 2
Dunnock 5 (3 in song, 1 feeding young)
Mistle Thrush 2
Pheasant 5
Jackdaw 8
Feral Pigeon 11

Also scores of Rabbits, 1 Stoat and 1 Grey Squirrel.

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Kingfisher this morning on millingford brook at base of castle hill

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Green Sandpiper on Newton Lake this morning

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102 Teal and 1 Gadwall on Newton Lake today also a Swedish-ringed Black-Headed Gull on the ice, but I couldn't read the full number

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Male Gooseander on Newton Lake boxing day.

Thats a first for me possibily indication there are more fish in it following the gross pollution there at one time.



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Collin, i'm honestly not absolutely sure, its a bit difficult to say from the window of a train. It was around Earlestown station, sitting on a fencepost by the trainline. The passage of the train put it up, instantly recognisable by ring tail and white bar in the rump. Lovely looking bird, hope you find it.

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Joe Wynn wrote:

Cracking ringtail hen harrier seen from the train back from lime street. Sat on a fence post, flew off as train passed it, brilliant views!





Hi Joe,
Where exactly was it?

Thanks

Colin

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Cracking ringtail hen harrier seen from the train back from lime street. Sat on a fence post, flew off as train passed it, brilliant views!

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Newton Lake this evening

53 Teal
96 Black-headed Gull
2 Canada Geese
Kingfisher
Grey Wagtail
4 Little Grebe
4 Tufted Duck
12 Goldfinch

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Kingfisher on Newton lake this morning.

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Green Sandpiper and 2 Gadwall on Newton Lake this evening

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Green Sandpiper on Newton Lake this morning

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50 Teal and 3 Goosander on Newton Lake yesterday






Drats I'm chasing these goosander around St Helens at the mo!

I popped in on Tuesday morning and got 19 tufted duck and 45 teal not too shabby

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50 Teal and 3 Goosander on Newton Lake yesterday

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3 Green Sandpipers still present on Newton Lake last night

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1 Green Sandpiper Newton Lake this evening

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2 Green Sandpipers Newton Lake this evening plus:

9 Gadwall
7 Teal
2 Little Grebe
4 Lapwing

-- Edited by Mike Baron on Friday 13th of August 2010 09:13:06 PM

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Anna rhind wrote:

Great news about the kingfisher being back not so much the Harris hawk! I've never seen a kingfisher up there am I looking in the wrong places, all I ever seem to see are teal tufties and the occasional lapwing, has he got a favourite perch?






Hi Anna

Welcome to Manchester Birding Forum.

The Kingfishers can be a bit elusive here - I see one probably around every half dozen visits.

From the main path where the benches are - look down the lake and to the left of the mud flat are some dead branches sticking up out of the water - they sometimes perch here. The last one I saw flew into the overhanging branches of a sycamore on the right - virtually impossible to see them once they are in there. I have also seen them fly down the little brook behind the path.


The best way to find them is to listen for their call which often announces their presence before you see them.

Good luck

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Great news about the kingfisher being back not so much the Harris hawk! I've never seen a kingfisher up there am I looking in the wrong places, all I ever seem to see are teal tufties and the occasional lapwing, has he got a favourite perch?

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Female Harris' Hawk flew across back of pool carrying prey this evening - presumably thje same bird that was present earlier in the year.

3 Green Sandpipers also present

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3 Green Sandpipers again this evening plus:

Kingfisher
2 Little Grebes
6 Teal

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3 Green Sandpipers on Newton Lake this morning

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3 Green Sandpipers again on Newton Lake this evening

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This evening - 3 Green Sandpipers on mud at back of Newton Lake

-- Edited by Mike Baron on Thursday 15th of July 2010 08:31:23 PM

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Newton Lake this evening

94 Teal
13 Tufted Duck
7 Gadwall
1 Goosander
2 Mute Swans
2 Little Grebes

1 escaped Harris' Hawk

plus 28 Linnets on wires off Parkside Road

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Quick loop Rob Lane Bullfinch and Jay. Buzzard on Castle Hill. Lake frozen over just a dozen teal on Ice.

-- Edited by Pete Astles on Thursday 24th of December 2009 12:34:55 PM

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10 Partridges out of back window and on my apple tree on front lawn.

Wait for it.......flock of Fieldfare

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Circuit start at Sankey Valley via Gypsy Wood cut back before Fiddle and walk back down canal.

Flocks Linnet
Kestrel (2)
Buzzard (2)
Fieldfare (100) fields by Gypsy wood.
Jay (1)



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Newton Lake frozen today

46 Teal present though Tufties and Pochard have moved on

Escaped female Harris' Hawk also present

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Newton Lake mid morning

3 Green Sandpipers
1 Kingfisher (male)
1 Buzzard
2 Grey Wags
9 Gadwall
7 Teal
1 Tufty
9 Canada Geese
2 Mute Swans
1 Little Grebe

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94 Linnets on wires on Parkside Rd this evening

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3 Green Sandpipers this evening at Newton Lake - on mud flat at back of pool

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Peregrine late morning perched in top of a hedge off Parkside Rd.

Different bird to the one I saw at HGF earlier this morning

Also female Pintail on Newton Lake (Willow Park) late afternoon and 28 Linnets on Parkside Rd

-- Edited by Mike Baron at 17:33, 2008-11-08

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