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Post Info TOPIC: Longford Park, Stretford


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RE: Longford Park, Stretford


Saw a curious event on tuesday afternoon.

Not exactly in Longford park but over longford road near the park on the chorlton side.

300+ Gulls circling silently in the clear blue skies. They seemed to be doing something, maybe even feeding. Mostly BHs but a few Commons and larger 1st year species.

Anybody got any idea what this behaviour could have been? I watched them for a good 10 mins. It was quite a beautiful spectacle.

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Gervase

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Hello

I recently moved from very close to the Ees to very close to Longford park (I'm actually near the scrubby bit in the east that is not actually the park). Thanks for the tips. I will try and get some early morning sessions in. May bump into you down there.

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Gervase

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I've just dug out an old note-book : 200+ Brambling alongside the tennis courts on 20th November 1985 and c150 there the following day. I think they were found by the late Rick Burnett. Top listers John Gregory, Richard Walker and Graham Talbot used to share a house on Rye-Bank Rd, Chorlton in '85/86 backing onto the park but I don't know if they found anything there ?.

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Paul Wilkins wrote:

Although I've not managed to get the PF either I think it is worth noting that Longford Park seems to be much more promising than you might think at first. I usually just nip through on my way to the Mersey Valley but even so as well as the things you guys are listing as recent spots and my LSW I have (in the last three months) seen Tree Creeper, both Winter andboth resident Thrushes, Heron, Stock Dove, Greater Spotted Woodpecker and much more. A week ago there were three Sparrowhawks wheeling overhead, very high but making a fair bit of noise. One of the three kept taking a poke at the second while the third looked on. My guess was that I was watching two males disputing the right to approach a female but I don't really know.

Anyway, my point is that perhaps the park is worth closer attention than it has been getting.

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hi paul, yes this park is worth paying closser attention. after finding the pf,& yourself the lsw,and pete with his gropper there is lot more to this park than you think. the gardens do have plenty off goldcrests,treecreepers,coal tits and buzzing with lots others. also had nuthatches,gsw & sparrowhwaks,buzzards overhead. it really is good,i did have 50+ waxwings on the 20th march.

hope to bump into you at some point,steve.

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Although I've not managed to get the PF either I think it is worth noting that Longford Park seems to be much more promising than you might think at first. I usually just nip through on my way to the Mersey Valley but even so as well as the things you guys are listing as recent spots and my LSW I have (in the last three months) seen Tree Creeper, both Winter andboth resident Thrushes, Heron, Stock Dove, Greater Spotted Woodpecker and much more. A week ago there were three Sparrowhawks wheeling overhead, very high but making a fair bit of noise. One of the three kept taking a poke at the second while the third looked on. My guess was that I was watching two males disputing the right to approach a female but I don't really know.

Anyway, my point is that perhaps the park is worth closer attention than it has been getting.

paul

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cheers iain went back today for another wonder round,no luck. bumped into pete hines and showed him where it was exactly,no luck for him too. did carry on looking after pete and i split up,but still no luck. went to look in the scrubby area adjacent to longford rd for the gropper that pete heard,did not hear or see anything.
other birds off note...
blackcaps,willow warblers,nuthatch,swallow
starling,blackbirds,robins,wrens,wood pigeons,
collard doves,magpies,greenfinch,goldfinch,
chaffinch,sparrowhawk, mistle thrush,blue/great/long tailed & coal tits.



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Gropper reeling in the scrubby open area adjacent to the park by Longford Rd 2.40pm

No sign of the PF (Steve searching also)

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Steve - well spotted on the ring!

Pete - the PF was in the trees immediately behind the cottages located in the centre of the park, as Steve mentions between the cottage gardens and the pitch and putt course.

I had a stroke of luck yesterday bumping into Steve halfway across the pitch and putt course whilst trying to work out where the PF was as its quite a big park.

A great find Steve - well done mate.

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Blimy I'd just walked though there after dropping the car off for MOT in Old Trafford. I'll take my bins when I walk back !

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silly me no.gifhas forgot too mention where it was exactly, it was in the oak trees on the footpath in between the gardens and pitch and putt just before the cottages.

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went to find the lesser spotted woodpecker in longford park,but no joy. but did manage to find a pied flycatcher biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif never thought i would see one off them on my local patch,absolutely amazing. it is always nice to have someone else to confirm that you are not seeing things, and i had the pleasure off meeting iain johnsonsmile.gif(great to meet you sure we will bump into each other again). after finding it again me & iain observed it for a while,i tried to get pics but not joy when you are looking up at birds. we then went to look at where the lsw was originally seen,but no luck. other birds seen...
blue/great/long tailed/coal tits
chaffinch,greenfinch,goldfinch,
wren,robin,blackbird,mistle thrush,
crow,magpie,starling,wood pigeon,
collared dove,song thrush,nuthatch,
treecreeper,sparrowhawk and willow warbler.
also blackcaps (heard only)
after leaving iain i did go back to see if the pied flycatcher was still there and it was,so i observed it for another half hour before heading home for my tea at 6.30pm.smile.gif
iain it did have a metal ring on its right leg.


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RE: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Longford Park


No Paul, the opposite seems true I'm afraid. I've not personally heard of this report from Sale WP other than an anonymous report from the sightings board there apparently, which no one knows anything about!

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Longford Park, Stretford


One LSW very active and calling in the taller trees Wednesday afternoon. First one I've seen round here (in 20 years) but I heard that one had been spotted recently near Sale Water Park. Are they on the increase locally?

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 14th of April 2011 08:31:44 PM

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