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Post Info TOPIC: Mersey Vale Nature Park, near Heaton Mersey


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RE: Mersey Vale Nature Park, near Heaton Mersey


Firecrest again for a few minutes at 11.50. Same area.

Cheers John

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Firecrest showed on and off between 14.15 and 14.35 at 53.408232, -2.197021 (GPS from camera) which is 328.31 metres from the Craig Road entrance (at the Vale Road end) and 157.43 metres from the pylon line, along the top path above the horse paddocks (where we watched it last Sunday 11th). Record shot from Sunday attached.

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Firecrest still about but intermittent . It was found by a birder who chatted to Pete Hines then spotted it to our left.
I parked at the junction of Craig /Vale rd. walked up the steps on the left - along the path till you see a large ivy covered tree far to your RIGHT with broken limb ripped off . The firecrest was seen just after the tree for about 200m with a farm , caravans and horse paddock below and to the right.
Good luck but be patient.
Ps. nice to meet Paul Dewy .



-- Edited by phillipskelly on Tuesday 13th of March 2018 07:24:36 PM

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In addition to c5 Goldcrests
1 Kingfisher caught and ate a small fish at Pylon Pool
1 Peregrine circling overhead
4 Greenfinches

Cheers John

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8-10 a.m. this morning searching all the described areas with no sign of Firecrest hmm, did see 7 Goldcrest however.
Cheers Ian

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Firecrest seen very briefly today at approximately 14:30.
Slightly away from the previous sightings though.
Theres a "pond dipping" pond under the aforementioned electricity pylon. I walked along the footpath above this pond busily counting the pairs of Bullfinch when I heard the characteristic call of Firecrest.
It took me five minutes to actually get to see the bird, which called regularly.
The bird moved away from me towards the track where the bird was seen of Saturday and Sunday but I lost it, unfortunately.

I was "on site" for about 2 hours



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 12th of March 2018 07:06:00 PM

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Firecrest still on view 12.35 Cheers John



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Firecrest again 12.02 - 12.09 c150m beyond pylon wires along upper track. Cheers John

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12.15-4.30pm.

I spent a couple of hours in the location simon had the firecrest, in the hedgerow inbetween the 2 paddocks also having small walks up & down the river but no joy, so I decided to walk along the river path to the next stile & took the path going up the slope this then took me along the top path that is overlooking the second paddock, as I passed the bench on my right then just under the pylon wires overhead the trees & shrubs on the left is where I found the firecrest just happily feeding low to the ground & only 10 feet away from me giving excellent views. I watched it for just over 5 minutes as it slowly moved around before it flew to the other side of the path & then lost to view. another 30 minute search but could not relocate.
other birds around...

2 nuthatch
3 treecreeper
1 jay
2 grey wagtails
1 pied wagtail
2 bullfinch
7 chaffinch
8 goldcrest
6 goosander
3 grey herons
3 mistle thrush
2 redwings
great spotted woodpecker heard
plus all the usual birds around.

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I just heard from Steve Burke that he has found the Firecrest up on the high path behind the paddocks where I saw it. This is a good 200m away from my spot. You can access the path up there by climbing the short slope up from the riverbank path as you head towards Stockport before the M60 bridge, or by approaching from the steps on Craig Road and walking through the scrubby woodland for 5 mins or so, where you emerge in the open, right by the electricity pylon with the paddocks below you to the right. The grid ref is more like SJ871900

Glad the bird is still around, if a little itinerant...

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Hi Mike, your post may be a little misleading. I gave it over 3 hours today and as far as I know there was no sign of the Firecrest after Simon Gough's original sighting at around 07.30. Some decent local birding though and loads of suitable habitat so I don't rule out it turning up again.

08.20 - 11.35.

Oystercatcher 1
Goosander 2m, 3f
Sparrowhawk (a couple of fly overs)
Kingfisher (heard)
Bullfinch 6
Goldcrest 2
Grey Wagtail 1

Also a heronry I didn't know about by the angler's pool. 8 birds at a minimum of 3 nests (2 sitting, 1 building)

Cheers John


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Sorry if anyone feels my previous post was a little abrupt. Mainly due to frustration with myself than with anyone finding and/or reporting good birds. Firecrest would be the best bird ive seen on, what I consider as, my local patch.

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Morning
Just heard this news, which is frustrating as I live 10 minutes away.
Thankfully someone has reported it as present at 9am this morning so I can get over there and have a look.
Lots of habit to go through though


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Some better directions for the Firecrest:

By car head for Vale Road, which is at the Didsbury end of Craig Road and leads to a business park, Burnage Rugby Club, and the river footpath right at the end when you run out of road. When you get to the river, turn left and go through the stile/gate thing and the bird was showing at the point where the hedge divides the 2 paddocks. It showed well for about 5 mins then flew back up the hedge line towards the farm buildings at SJ869899. I always call this area Vale Farm.

I stayed for 20 mins or so until the rain set in with no further views so hopefully somebody will re-find it over the weekend.

-- Edited by Simon Gough on Saturday 10th of March 2018 09:02:04 AM

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Firecrest present this morning.

Park at the bottom of Craig Road and take the footpath to the horse paddocks where the bird was showing very well at 07:35.

Info thanks to Simon Gough



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