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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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Hobby circling high above the water park/River Mersey. In association with Black-headed Gulls but often above them. It looked as if they were all feeding on flying insects.

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Morning stroll around. All the normal residents on the water, and Warblers finches and buntings at Barlow tip.

Mandarin duck 

Kingfisher 

two best birds on a very quiet day.

 

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A pair of Raven circled the water park at circa 1930 this evening, before heading off SE

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Willow tit seen and warning calling at Barlow tip on Sunday afternoon.

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Quick visit this afternoon 13.47 - 15.20 with the following highlights:

COMMON SANDPIPER (1) flushed from the north shore at 14.03 and circled the lake calling although I didn't see where it went to. Only my third CWP record!
Mute Swan (1)
Tufted Duck (5, 3m)
Buzzard (1)
Swift (c15)
House Martin (2+)
Sand Martin (2+)
Swallow
Reed Warbler (1m) singing in the reed bed at the east end.
Whitethroat (2m)
Willow Warbler (1m)

-- Edited by Liam_Langley on Monday 8th of May 2017 05:54:57 PM

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Nice wander round this afternoon 13.42 - 14.56 with the following highlights:

LESSER WHITETHROAT (1m) singing along the river adjacent to Barlow Tip - a patch tick for me!
Whitethroat (2+ m)
Willow Warbler (2m)
Swift (8+) my first of the year over Barlow Tip
House Martin (2) over Barlow Tip
Swallow
Great Crested Grebe (3ad)



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2.30 this afternoon:

1 common sandpiper on river bank
Mallard with 6 one day old chicks on river

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12.30 through early afternoon:

2 chiffchaff
2 blackcap
1 nuthatch
3 goldfinch
1 chaffinch (with no lower legs; was able to shuffle along the branch with what he had left whilst belting out his song)
4+ house sparrow
1 swallow
1 jay
1 moorhen
23 coot, a few carrying nesting material around
13 tufted duck
Mallard & Canada geese
8 mute swan
1 great crested grebe
1 black-headed gull

Kenworthy Woods:

1 goldcrest
4 chiffchaff
7 blackcap
1 whitethroat
1 greenfinch
1 song thrush
1 stock dove over
1 buzzard


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Great to hear Grasshopper Warbler reeling from close to children's play area on parkway playing field at 7am. 



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English Nature do issue a licence to remove Buzzards, but it is very complicated and you cannot just take any, the licence holders needs to prove the birds are doing damage to property livestocks or crops, in fact that goes for any removal or taking or wild birds.

It is a very difficult area of legislation and one that causes a  lot of debate, the main thing here, is that the licence holder may be able to do it, but they cannot ask family or friends to help.

it is illegal to take or possess any wild bird or part of a wild bird, its eggs or nest, however if you have a general licence then as long as you apply the strict rules , you may be able to do so, but you may also fall foul of the law, if you stray from the conditions of licence.

It is a extremely complicated area.

Best just to watch, mother nature does a good job of keeping order.

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Ian Keith wrote:

Just met a dark haired young lad circa 16yrs who was out looking for Buzzard nests. Apparently his Dad had got a licence to take a young bird. Fortunately he's in totally the wrong area. Really surprised thought this kind of thing had died out years ago.


Take a young bird for what I wonder? I'm not aware of the existence of such a 'licence' (maybe someone on here is) though of course, while one may now be obtained to 'control' them, Chorlton WP would be extremely unlikely to meet the criteria for one of those! All around very 'fishy' to me hmm



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Just met a dark haired young lad circa 16yrs who was out looking for Buzzard nests. Apparently his Dad had got a licence to take a young bird. Fortunately he's in totally the wrong area. Really surprised thought this kind of thing had died out years ago.

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Large flock of Redpoll Siskin and Goldfinch feeding on the trees around the lake. The Mersey side of the lake.  

2 Goosander flying towards Jackson boat along the Mersey. Good numbers of Chiffchaffs singing. 

And all the usual stuff. 



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Singing Chiffchaff present this morning

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Chiffchaff singing from trees on north shore of lake 10:50 4/3/17, first of the year for me.

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Mid morning visit.

Shoveler 1m 2f.
Pochard 8
Tufted Duck 15+
Gadwall 8
Goosander 1m.
Mallard 20+
Coot 30+
Moorhen 10+
Great Crested Grebe 4
Common Gull 20+
Rose-ringed Parakeet 2
Mute Swans
Canada Geese
Cormorant 2
etc.etc.etc.

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Also 5 Redpoll at the Barlow Tip end of the water park. Feeding with a flock of Goldfinch.  



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About 12:00 today:

  • 5 pochard
  • 26 tufted duck
  • 16 gadwall
  • 2 shoveler
  • 4 great crested grebe
  • 30+ mallard
  • 3 cormorant, including a very striking sinensis type
  • 3 ring-necked parakeet

Possible water rail near the gangway near to the entrance



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1.30 this afternoon:

1 oystercatcher - first here for me

1 little grebe - same one as here for several weeks

Pair shoveler

1 male goldeneye

1 male goosander

20 pochard

25+ tufted duck

4 gadwall



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2.30-5pm

23 pochard
17 tufted duck
27 gadwall
5 great crested grebe
5 mute swan
1 grey heron
9 ring-necked parakeets
4 bullfinch
7 chaffinch
1 greenfinch
3 goldcrest
1 redwing
60+ black headed gulls
3 common gulls
2 lesser black backed gulls
4 goosander over
plus all the usuals around.

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As I had an emergency dental appointment in West Didsbury today I combined it with a visit to my old local patch and have a lovely, shortish, visit in the bright sunshine.

Highlights were up to 8 Ring-necked Parakeets, at least two of them 'singing' territorially from trees which they left but kept returning to to carry on repetitively 'singing'. I only checked out the eastern end of the lake but still picked up 3(2 drake) Goosanders and a female Goldeneye amongst the commoner waterfowl. Plenty of Tufted Ducks and a pair of Gadwall too as well as a female Pochard. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was calling on Kenworthy Fields and a few Redwings were flying about. At least 5 Nuthatches were seen, several visiting the feeding station.

Great to be back and a bonus to make up for my pain



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From around 2 - 3.45 today:

25+ goldfinch
7 house sparrow
2 redwing
1 great spotted woodpecker
2 ring-necked parakeet
8 moorhen
30+ coot
8+ gadwall
4 shoveler
44+ tufted duck
19 pochard (one female)
2 goldeneye
4 goosander
6 mute swan
1 little grebe
4 (possibly 6) great crested grebe (two in an almighty scrap)
5 cormorant
c130 black-headed gull
6+ common gull
1 lesser black-backed gull

Also what sounded very much like a linnet over the Barlow Tip end; only heard very briefly, and no chance of an ID on sight, so not 100% certain, but still, a pretty distinctive call.




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Today around 3pm:

Tufted Duck - 45

Gadwall - 6

Goldeneye - 2 (pair)

Shoveler - 3 (1m 2f)

Goosander - 2 male

Pochard - about 20

The widest range of winter ducks I've noticed here this year

 



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Goldeneye 2m.
Goosander 2m.
Gadwall 10+
Tufted Duck 40+
Coot 50+
Pochard 15+
Mute Swans
Mallards
Moorhens
Grey Wagtail 1...on the banks of the Mersey.
Canada Geese
Nuthatch 1
Redwing 1
Great crested Grebe 2
Rose-ringed Parakeet 2
Common/Black-headed Gulls
Herring Gull 1 1st winter.



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A mixed finch flock of approx 60 birds, mainly Goldfinch with a small number of
Siskins and Redpolls, on the Alders at the south side of the lake this afternoon.

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An murky hour and a half or so late this afternoon yielded:

1 goldcrest
1 nuthatch
1 goldfinch
1 jay
9+ ring-necked parakeet
7 moorhen
c80 coot
16 gadwall
20+ tufted duck
13+ pochard (1 female)
3 goldeneye (all male)
3 goosander (all male)
6 mute swan
1 little grebe (a first for me here)
2 great crested grebe
1 grey heron
3 cormorant (another over)
c130 black-headed gull
12+ common gull
2 herring gull over

Hardy Farm, Barlow Tip and river from Jackson's Boat, early afternoon:

3 goldcrest
1 treecreeper
1 lesser redpoll heard briefly
1 greenfinch (heard singing)
1 bullfinch
2 pied wagtail
2 grey wagtail
4+ redwing
2 song thrush (singing)
3 jay
Jackdaw roost beginning to build late on.
4 ring-necked parakeet
1 grey heron over
1 cormorant over
1 buzzard




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A walk around first thing. Most of the lake was slightly frozen pushing most of the ducks/geese to the Barlow tip end of the park.

Highlights were 

Goldeneye 2

Goosander 1M 1F

Shoveler 2f  

Pochard 6 

Kingfisher 1

Common Gull 7

and all the usual. 

 



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Goosander 2m
Goldeneye 4m 1f
Pochard 6m
Tufted 18
Shoveler 2m 1f
Great Crested Grebe 2
Little Grebe 1
Gadwall 26
Mallards
Coot 100+
Moorhens
Mute Swans
Canada Geese
Cormorant 2
Grey Wagtail 1
Grey Heron 2
Black-headed Gull 100+
Common Gull 10+
Herring Gull 3
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
Rose-ringed/Ringed-neck...whatever Parakeets 4

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 30th of December 2016 05:54:07 PM

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A flock of c50 Golfinches feeding on the Alders at Barlow Tip this afto'.
Couldn't see any other finch sp. amongst them.

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1 Little Grebe
3 Great Crested Grebe
40 Tufted Duck
35 Gadwall
10 Ring-necked Parakeet
7 Goosander

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Noon today:

 

1 male goldeneye (first here for me this season)

1 little grebe (first here ever for me)



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An hour round the lake late this afternoon:

1 goldcrest
15+ goldfinch
1 great spotted woodpecker
4 ring-necked parakeet
6 moorhen
100+ coot
25+ gadwall
25+ tufted duck
2 pochard (one male, one female)
10 mute swan
1 great crested grebe
5 cormorant
120+ black-headed gull
4 common gull
2 lesser black-backed gull

Hardy Farm (including orchard), Barlow Tip and river from Jackson's Boat, earlier in the afternoon:

2 goldcrest
1 nuthatch
3 goldfinch
2 chaffinch
4 bullfinch
1 pied wagtail
2 grey wagtail
c15 redwing
4 mistle thrush
2 jay heard
1 great spotted woodpecker
4 ring-necked parakeet

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Willow Tit on Barlow Tip this afternoon

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This afternoon:

1 goldcrest
1 coal tit
2 nuthatch
c5 house sparrow
30+ goldfinch
1 chaffinch
15+ starling
2+ ring-necked parakeet
10 moorhen
100+ coot
c25 gadwall
c30 tufted duck
3 pochard (two male, one female)
14 mute swan
2 great crested grebe
4 cormorant
120+ black-headed gull
2 common gull
1 kestrel

Along the river from here to Jackson's Boat:

15+ long-tailed tit
1 willow tit
1 greenfinch
1 jay
1 goosander over
1 grey heron over

A lovely day for it, too.

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2.30 this afternoon:  pair of shovelers, 1 male wigeon, 22 tufted duck, c 20 gadwall



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Didn't pay a proper visit here today, but 10+ coot, 4 gadwall, 1 tufted duck and 7 mute swan were of the most interest when looking across the lake from Barlow Tip.

Hardy farm and Barlow Tip, from about 2 until dusk:

1 goldcrest
Lesser redpolls heard, sounded perhaps five or so, so far as I could tell.
4 goldfinch
2 greenfinch
4 bullfinch
c20 redwing
5 jay
6 ring-necked parakeet
1 goosander over
4 cormorant over
17 common gull
1 buzzard heard

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Pretty much the same as Phil's counts from yesterday, would put Coot count at 150 plus, checked them all just in case, nearly went coot blind.

Kingfisher

Nuthatch

Goldcrest

Redwings.

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Afternoon visit. Fairly rough estimates of numbers.

Coot 100+
Gadwall 30+
Tufted Duck 20+
Mute Swan 16
Mallard 20+
Moorhen 20+
Great Crested Grebe 2
Cormorant 1
Rose-ringed Parakeet 4
Siskin 1
Grey Wagtail 1
Jay 2
Black-headed Gulls
Common Gulls
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1st Pochard of this Autumn/Winter; a very pale looking female.

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