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RE: CHORLTON WP


Walk around today 11.58 - 13.13:

Canada Goose (c150) - the most I've ever seen at the site.
Great Crested Grebe (2 ad)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (1 ad)
Swift (5+)
Whitethroat (1m)
Willow Warbler (1m)

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Lesser Whitethroat singing at the river by the metal gate to the tip at 5.15pm then flew across the river to the substation area and started singing from bush along the upper river bank.

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Wander round in the rain today 10.44 - c12.45, highlights as follows:

Swift (1) over Kenworthy Bridge at 12.35 - my earliest patch record by a week!
Mute Swan (5, 3 ad, 2 imm)
Tufted Duck (10, 7m)
Black-headed Gull (1 imm)
Herring Gull (1 imm)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (1)
Treecreeper (1m) singing in trees along the south bank of the river.
Swallow (15+)
Sand Martin (15+)
House Martin (5+)
Willow Warbler (1m) singing on Barlow Tip.
Whitethroat (1m) singing on Barlow Tip.
Reed Bunting (3m)

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Another nice walk around this morning 09.55 - 11.50, highlights as follows:

Mute Swan (3, 1 ad, 2 imm)
Tufted Duck (16, 9m) a really large count for this late in the year.
Cormorant (1)
Black-headed Gull (1 imm)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (1)
Herring Gull (2)
Sand Martin (10+)
House Martin
Swallow (5+)
Nuthatch (2)
Willow Warbler (1m) singing on Barlow Tip.
Whitethroat (1m) singing on Barlow Tip.
Reed Bunting (3, 2m)

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Wander round in the rain this afternoon 12.39 - 14.11:

Tufted Duck (5, 3m)
Black-headed Gull (1 imm)
Sand Martin (20+)
House Martin
Swallow (10+)
Willow Warbler (1m)


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I had a look this evening for the lesser whitethroat in the area described by Chris and Simon but with no luck. Saying that you couldn't hear any other bird for the song thrush belting it out. Blackcap in the area and displaying Greenfinches.
Buzzard over the golf course, 2 kestrel and a sparrowhawk over Hardy Farm earlier in the day.

Chris

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Chris Chandler posted this on another thread earlier but this thread includes Kenworthy Woods so I've copied it across for the continuity:

"Morning walk with Simon Gough along the Mersey (9.30 - 12pm).


Pretty drab conditions - heavy drizzle throughout and mist hanging over the river. We crossed over the river by the Water Park and followed the opposite bank up to Jackson's Boat.

The plan was to check for Common Whitethroat in the area round the electricity substation, as I've seen them here in previous years. After scouring the dense brambles in the area for several minutes, we were surprised by a sudden burst of Lesser Whitethroat song and the bird showed for a few seconds before flying further down the river. We followed it to a cordoned off area with several 'Caution - Japanese Knotweed' signs. The bird stayed in this area, but out of sight for around 40 minutes. By this stage the rain was pretty persistent and only the brief bursts of song let us know it was still there.

Eventually the rain let up and the bird began singing almost continuously and afforded us several much better views. I've seen Lesser Whitethroat on this section of the river before, but it was great to find one ourselves and made up for an otherwise grim morning!

No Common Whitethroat along the river, though we did see one later at Hardy Farm.

Also seen:

Lots of Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Ring-Necked Parakeet
Grey Wagtail
Buzzard
Great Spotted Woodpecker "


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From about 4.30 - 5.30 this afternoon:

1 willow warbler
1 chiffchaff
3 mooorhen
5 coot
5 tufted duck
5 mute swan
3 great crested grebe
13 black-headed gull (mostly sub-adults that only dropped in briefly)
1 cormorant
1 lesser-black-backed gull
1 herring gull

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6-7.30pm

1 willow warbler
4 chiffchaff
6 blackcap
30+ sand Martin
3 house martin
2 swallow
4 ring-necked parakeet
2 reed bunting
2 bullfinch
3 redwing
2 grey wagtail & 2 Goosander on the river.
Sat in my car in the car park having a brew before the walk around & heard some tapping on my rear window, looked in my rear view mirror to see a long tailed tit sat on my wiper, must of been picking at insects
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Highlights pm:

Goldeneye 1m 2f.
Tufted Duck 9
Pochard 3m 1f.
Ring-necked Parakeet 2

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Late morning.

Goldeneye 1m 1f.
Goosander 1m.
Pochard 3m.
Tufted Duck 8
Great Crested Grebes.
Coots.
Mallards.
Moorhens.
Herring Gull 1 imm.
Common Gulls.
Black-headed Gulls.
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-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 21st of February 2018 08:30:04 PM

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Couple of hours this afternoon. No sawbills, or gadwall, for that matter; what there was:

c20 goldfinch
2 chaffinch
1 bullfinch
1 grey wagtail
1 redwing
2 collared dove
5 moorhen
29+ coot
28 tufted dudck
12 pochard (one female)
1 goldeneye
12 mute swan
5 great crested grebe
1 grey heron
2 cormorant
c80 black-headed gull
5+ common gull
1 herring gull

On the walk from the tram stop at Sale WP: buzzard and cormorant at Jackson's Boat, grey wagtail further along the river and a lesser redpoll on Barlow Tip.




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Steve Christmas wrote:

Hi Shannon,

This was ringed as a moulting adult female on 25/6/2016 at Ambleside, Windermere.

Many thanks for the sighting

Steve





Just had an e-mail from the ringers to confirm this information, but also of interest, this is the first of the birds they've ringedat Windermere to be seen in Greater Manchester (this individual had previously been seen in Nosterfield, North Yorkshire).

It's also my own first record of this species for CWP, too.

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James Walsh wrote:

Fem/imm Red-breasted Merganser showing well adjacent to the island on the east side of Chorlton Water Park from 4:30pm-5pm when it flew west also 14 Pochard (12 drakes 2 females)





Balls. Day off today for a wild merganser hunt; here in the morning, when there was no sign, left to have a look on Sale Water Park (via Barlow Tip, etc), where it also wasn't, then a quick scurry back up here before light failed, which would have been just after five; I must have missed it by minutes. I bet it flew back to Sale, too. Probably laughing.

Anyway. Here from about 9.30 - 11.30; much of the lake frozen, which made counting easier than it normally is here:

1 nuthatch heard
5+ house sparrow
2 siskin
2 greenfinch
2 bullfinch
1 grey wagtail
2 song thrush
4 moorhen
28 coot
7 gadwall
18 tufted duck
11 or 12 pochard (1 female, with another probable female tucked away amongst vegetation, too obscured to confirm)
12 mute swan
4 or 5 great crested grebe
216 black-headed gull
9 common gull
4 lesser black-backed gull
2 herring gull



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Fem/imm Red-breasted Merganser showing well adjacent to the island on the east side of Chorlton Water Park from 4:30pm-5pm when it flew west also 14 Pochard (12 drakes 2 females)

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11.30-12.00

Pochard 9 male
Tufted Duck 16
Gadwall 2
Great crested Grebe 6
Cormorant 1
Treecreeper 1



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 7th of February 2018 01:49:38 PM

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Anothers quick visit this evening 15.50-16.20

No sign of Red-breasted Merganser

14 Pochard - 11m & 3f
1 Grey Wagtail
2 Ring-necked Parakeets on the feeders

....then off to Sale WP to see if RB Merganser was there....see Sale WP post!

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Female Red-breasted Merganser back on the lake around 12.30.

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Quick visit this evening 16.00-16.45

1 Goldeneye (m)
8 Pochard (7m,1f)
15+ Tufted Duck
2 Gadwall
5 Ring-necked Parakeets over

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Interesting; many thanks for the info, Steve!


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Hi Shannon,

This was ringed as a moulting adult female on 25/6/2016 at Ambleside, Windermere.

Many thanks for the sighting

Steve



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Ian McKerchar wrote:

Hi Shannon,

the Greylag Goose with a neck band sounds interesting, pleased try robert.swann@homecall.co.uk for information as it sounds possibly like one of theirs?

Cheers,

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Hi Ian,

I reported it to the BTO's ring-recovery page, so hopefully it should get through to him via that.


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Hi Shannon,

the Greylag Goose with a neck band sounds interesting, pleased try robert.swann@homecall.co.uk for information as it sounds possibly like one of theirs?

Cheers,

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Hour here before dark today. No red-breasted merganser for me, but here's what I did note:

1-2 or more grey wagtail, plenty of activity around the little reed bed, where I've sen them congregate before, but never more than one at a time.
8 moorhen
33+ coot
17 gadwall
18+ tufted duck
12 pochard (one female)
2 goosander
1 greylag goose (with a red / dark orange neck-ring, SCZ)
10 mute swan
4 great crested grebe

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Red-breasted Merganser redhead still present Lesser Redpoll 1 Barlow Tip Siskin 1 Barlow Tip Redwing 40 Barlow Tip

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13.20-14.50

Red-breasted Merganser 1 redhead
Goosander 2 male, 1 redhead
Goldeneye 1
Pochard 12 male, 2 female
Tufted Duck 19
Pink-footed Geese 33 flew over west at 14.24
Kingfisher 1

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Mallard 25+
Tufted Duck 30+
Gadwall 10+
Coot 35+
Mute Swan 10
Cormorant 2
Pochard 10m 2f.
Goldeneye 1m.
Moorhen 2
Herring Gull 2


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Same as Pete Hines post, plus a couple of Siskin in a mixed flock of Tits feeding on the Alders at Barlow Tip and a Kestrel on the boundary with the golf course.
No Merganser .
Nice to see Steve Almond.

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Pochard : 11 male, 1 female
Tufted 14
Goldeneye 3
Great Crested Grebe 5
Cormorant 5
Mute Swan 10
(No Gadwall !)

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Film of the Red-breasted Merganser recorded on Chorlton Water Park at 2pm Monday 29th January 2018 https://youtu.be/5mye2dNVjyo


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At 4pm a pair of Goldeneye but no sign of the Red-breasted Merganser and Goosanders, they presumably roosted elsewhere, perhaps Sale Water Park

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Fem/imm Red-breasted Merganser with 5 Goosander (3 adult drakes) 1:55pm also 30 Tufted Duck 3 Great Crested Grebe

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This afternoon 

B H Gulls 200+

Common Gull 18

Great Crested Grebe 7

Pochard 6

Tufted duck 17

Kingfisher 1

plus the regulars 

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A quick lap of the lake with David Morris from around 12-13.00 today

We had the same stuff as Joel on the water, where a fair bit of ice was keeping the waterfowl from the northern shoreline. No small finches or similar seen but the highlight for me at least was a Woodcock whooshing by overhead, heading for Barlow Tip. Presumably it had been rudely disturbed by one of the seven million or so dogs being walked by the good burghers of Chorlton...

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2:15pm - 3:00pm. A short scroll around the lake, very busy with people so not many birds seen other than what was on the lake.
6 pochards (all males)
a pair or goldeneye
17 tufted ducks
2 cormorant
4 great crested grebes
~100 black-headed gulls
~15 common gulls
3 lesser black-backed gulls
what looked like a dead gull on the ice around the reed bed

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Today, early-mid afternoon. Fire brigade testing equipment (presumably) at one end, so overall numbers perhaps a little down:

2 goldcrest
8+ house sparrow
5+ goldfinch
2 chaffinch
1 bullfinch
1 grey wagtail
4+ redwing
1 collared dove
4 ring-necked parakeet
4 moorhen
53+ coot
2 gadwall
24+ tufted duck
11 pochard (sex ratio as below)
10 mute swan
6 great crested grebe
1 cormorant
c80 black-headed gull
4 common gull



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Walk around this afternoon 14.02 - 15.12:

Mute Swan (10, 2 ad, 8 1w)
Pochard (11, 9m)
Tufted Duck (20, 14m)
Great Crested Grebe (5, 1 ad, 4 1w)
Kingfisher (1)

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Siskin 50+ Kenworthy Woods this morning

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Quick walk around this afternoon 14.38 - 15.41:

Mute Swan (10, 2 ad, 8 1w)
Gadwall (2, 1m)
Pochard (2m)
Tufted Duck (c8m)
Cormorant (4)
GC Grebe (2)
Herring Gull (2 ad) west over.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (5 ad) four west and one south over.
Stock Dove (3) west over the water park.
Grey Wagtail (1)

-- Edited by Liam_Langley on Thursday 21st of December 2017 05:07:37 PM

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Mid afternoon for an hour and a half or so; snow coming down quite heavily, so visibility was pretty poor.

6 house sparrow
10+ goldfinch
2 collared dove
2 ring-necked parakeet
2 moorhen
60+ coot
6 gadwall
2 shoveler
18+ tufted duck
1 pochard (male)
9 mute swan
2 or 3 great crested grebe
2 cormorant
c130 black-headed gull
10+ common gull
2 herring gull

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Decent number of finches this morning on Alders on the south side. c100 Siskin and Goldfinch in equal numbers.

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Pochard 2 ( 1 male & 1 female)
Kingfisher 2
Siskin 10+ (possibly more in the area)
Lesser Redpoll 2+ (possibly more in the area)
Herring Gull 1
Lesser Black-backed gull 2


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A stroll round this morning.

Pochard 

Great Spotted woodpecker x2

Kingfisher x3

Siskin x2

All the regulars present nice stroll 

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pm visit.

Wigeon 1f.
Pochard 1m.
Tufted Duck 34
Gadwall 20
Mallard 30+
Cormorant 1
Great Crested Grebe 1ad 1juv.
Mute Swan 2ad 8juv.
Canada Goose 1
Ring-necked Parakeet 2
Black-headed/Common Gulls.
Redwing 3
Siskin 2
Grey Wagtail 1
Goldcrest 2
etc.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 9th of November 2017 05:13:22 PM

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This morning 11.00 to noon:
1 male pochard, first of the season
1 wigeon

Friday morning (3/11):
1 male shoveler
2 wigeon
4 or 5 redwing



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 9th of November 2017 05:13:39 PM

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Here for an hour late afternoon, as dark descended; nothing like the number of species found as post below, but counts were:

1 goldcrest
4+ grey wagtail (making a tremendous racket from the reed bed end, great to hear)
3 moorhen
61+ coot
13+ tufted duck
16+ gadwall
3 great crested grebe
10 mute swan
60+ black-headed gull, mainly over or departing
4 cormorant

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9.30-11.30am

24 gadwall
17 tufted duck
1 teal
1 wigeon
3 great crested grebes
3 cormorant
3 grey wagtail
82 coot
6 common gulls
70+ black headed gulls
10 mute swans
1 ring-necked parakeet on the feeders
1 goosander, over
1 kingfisher
9 siskin
1 sparrowhawk
7 goldcrest
2 bullfinch
1 kestrel
1 meadow pipit, over

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Tufted Duck 5
Gadwall 29
Mallard 70
Canada Goose 18
Mute Swan 10
Coot 106
Moorhen 6
Great Crested Grebe 2
Cormorant 4
Common Gull 2
Herring Gull 1
Black-headed Gull 129
Buzzard 1
Ring-necked Parakeet 2
Redwing 1
Goldcrest 6
Siskin 1 heard



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 21st of October 2017 05:32:26 PM

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Morning Visit.

Tawny Owl 1

Mute swan 2 adults 7 cygents

Canada Geese 26

Cormorants 5

Ring necked parakeets 5

Nuthatch 2 

Goldcrest 4

BH Gull 120

Coots 100 +

Moorhen 30 +

 Jay 3

Blue Tit 9

Great Tit 11

Long tailed Tit 15

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2-6pm

pair of mute swans with 8 cygnets
pair of great crested grebe with 4 juveniles
10 gadwall
2 tufted duck
1 kingfisher
15 chiffchaff
2 nuthatch
2 chaffinch
5 jay
5 bullfinch
1 cormorant
1 sparrowhawk
15 ring-necked parakeets.

on/over the river, 4 grey wagtail, c40 swallows & 10 house martins.


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