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RE: Reddish Vale Country Park LNR and environs


Male Mandarin on bottom lake in eclipse plumage.

I cannot believe the transformation of this bird, I thought I may have found something new never having seen one before.

Even the eclipse is spectacularly flashy.

Took some nice photos.

Andy Voisey

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Little Egret currently roosting in willow just beyond arches from car park

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Black Stork over North Reddish being mobbed by everything drifting south 3.00pm

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Mill Ponds
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1 Great Crested Grebe

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Skylark
1 Buzzard

River Tame
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Mandarin Duck (Pair)
1 Common Sandpiper

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Horse Close Wood River Tame
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1 Bullfinch
1 Buzzard
2 Goosander
2 Little Ringed Plover
1 Garden Warbler
30+ Sand Martin





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Sand Martins are back and starting to nest in riverbank.

On the lakes:
Canada geese
Tufted duck
Mallard
A male Mandarin duck paired with a female Mallard.
Grey Heron
Two large turtles sunning themselves on a log.
Coots + young
Moorhens.
Mute Swan
Grey Wagtail.

Round the woods:
Treecreeper nest building in a box.
Nuthatch
GS Woodpecker
Blackcap
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
Jay
Plus usual tits, thrushes & crows

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 24th of April 2014 11:08:06 AM

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Mill ponds
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2 Great Crested Grebe
3 Mandarin Duck

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Skylark
1 Meadow Pipit

Horse Close Wood via River Tame and Boardwalk
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4 Sand Martin
1 Blackcap


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Rare chance to visit during the week...

Mill Ponds
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31 Mallard
17 Canada Geese
4 Moorhen
27 Coot
5 Goosander
13 Tufted Duck
5 Mute Swan
2 Cormorant

Ross Lave Lane
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c50 Redwing
1 Jay
1 Song Thrush

River Tame to visitor centre via boardwalk
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c400 Redwing (Largest flock I have ever seen apart from overflying cold weather movements)
5 Pied Wagtail
30 Meadow Pipit
1f Sparrowhawk
1 Song Thrush

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Canada geese Mallards Tufted ducks 6 mute swans 1 moorhen 3 cormorants C50 black headed gulls But the highlight was a lovely kingfisher sat in the trees for ages before darting across the water. Thanks to the birders who helped me find it.

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Mill Ponds

1m Mandarin Duck

4f Goosander

 



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Late posting for Christmas Day

Mill Ponds
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c80 Black Headed Gull
69 Canada Geese
24 Coot
60 Mallard
30 Tufted Duck
4 Moorhen
1 Goosander
1 Grey Heron
6 Mute Swan

Ross Lave Lane to Horse Close Woods
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c.60 Redwing

River Tame back to Mill Ponds via Boardwalk
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1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
9 Teal
1 Goosander
c250 Black Headed Gulls (I'll get a Med one of these days!)

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For the first time in ages got to trot round my local patch the 'nature reserve' at reddish vale only to find the over zealous and out of control volunteers had quite frankly destroyed a lot of good habit for wildlife, many trees and shrubs eradicated to make the place look more tidy for people. A lack of direction from the council who no longer have the resources to lead this. What a sad reflection of our times, I will post my sightings when I calm down, Merry Christmas

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Quick visit 12.30-1.00:
Redwing
30+ Tufted Duck
2 Goosander
6 Mute Swan
3 Cormorant

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John Rayner wrote:

Coot 27 (included one Darvic ringed bird - White ANF)




Steve Christmas has informed me that this bird was originally ringed as an adult at Moses Gate, Farnworth on 27/10/2012. This was the first sighting since ringing.

Cheers John

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Brief morning visit:

Coot 27 (included one Darvic ringed bird - White ANF)
Mallard 116
Tufted Duck 17
Mute Swan 6
Little Grebe 1
Cormorant 2
Grey Heron 1

Cheers John

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Morning visit:

Mute Swan 2ad, 4 imm (Both adults were ringed. one metal ringed only and the other Blue Darvic XU6)
Mallard 145
Tufted Duck 11
Canada Goose 44
Cormorant 2
Black-headed Gull 57 (Including 2 metal ringed individuals - get the scope out Tony!)
Grey Heron 1
Collared Dove 4
Redwing 7
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1

Cheers John




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Single Rose-ringed Parakeet over community garden 1600 hours.

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A quick visit late A.M.

Minimum 15 House Sparrows
c20 House Martins low over mill pond
2 Sand Martins with the above
1 Kingfisher sat on wooden fence
Mixed roving Tit flock - 42 individuals counted crossing a gap. Roughly equal Great/Blue/Long-tailed.
3 Nuthatches
6 Mute Swans (2 ads, 4 cygnets)

Cheers, John

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Portwood end 8.00-10.00 am

Female goosander with 3 young
2 adult dipper with newly fledged chick
2 kingfisher flirting to and fro from nest hole
Mallard with 8 young
Grey heron
Treecreeper
Usuals

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 12th of June 2013 03:00:54 PM

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Walk along the river with Jill and the dog this afternoon at the Portwood End.
Pair Dipper
Pair mandarin
Kingfisher
Female Goosander with 3 young ( had 13 last week )
Kestrel over
Willow warblers
Usuals.

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2.30 pm single Hobby circling over riding school then zoomed north much to the relief of the hirundines!

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Daryll Falconer wrote:

A few weeks ago the bird tables were disinfected and covered over due to an outbreak of trichomoniasis. This resulted in the death a few collared dove. All the correct procedures were put in place and the quarantine period is over . My partner and I visit every day and have not seen any casualties since but we will enquire at the visitors centre. The lack of a permanent warden anymore won't help things though! (





Thanks Daryll, very interesting. I've heard of it as an STD in humans similar to Thrush (obviously Candida can be airborne / non STD), I've also heard of Canker in Pigeons (and some of the Pigeon family) and Frounce in Falcons (and some of the other Raptors).
What I didn't know is that they are basically the same thing, caused by the same group of organisms, Trichonomads. What I've also learnt tonight is that an estimated 33% of Spain's wild Woodpigeons are currently carrying the disease!

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A few weeks ago the bird tables were disinfected and covered over due to an outbreak of trichomoniasis. This resulted in the death a few collared dove. All the correct procedures were put in place and the quarantine period is over . My partner and I visit every day and have not seen any casualties since but we will enquire at the visitors centre. The lack of a permanent warden anymore won't help things though! (

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My brother was down here at weekend with family and the dog, near the Visitor Centre end. Many of the sites Collared Doves have died due to an unknown virus. He said they were just lying there on the floor, quite a few of them. I've not been down myself yet, just wondered if anyone was in the know???

Apparently a poster has been put up that tells you it's a virus or something like that.

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Tuesday 21st of May 2013 07:25:44 PM

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Whilst I was passing the area at around 4 pm today a single Brent Goose flew low over the M60 heading East.
More than likely the recent Audenshaw, Denton, Hyde commuter.

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Mill Ponds
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1 Sedge Warbler
1 Mink driven off by male Mute Swan after getting too close to the nest.

Ross Lave Lane
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3 Wheatear (2f,1m)

River Tame
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10 Sand Martin

Plenty of Whitethroat now in.

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Mill Ponds
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Plenty of Blackcap/Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Skylark



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Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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5 Swallow
7 Sand Martin
2 Willow Warbler
6 Meadow Pipit

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Mill Ponds
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1 Great Crested Grebe

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Curlew
c100 Meadow Pipits
1 Redwing

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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c40 Meadow Pipits
1 Lapwing
1 Buzzard







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Mill Ponds
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22 Tufted Duck
1 Cormorant
23 Mallard
4 Coot
10 Canada Geese
3 Moorhen
1 Great Crested Grebe
2 Mute Swan
1 Sparrowhawk

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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2 Goosander (Pair)
1 Chiffchaff
3 Little Ringed Plover
2 Buzzard (Pair)
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

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11.30-12.30 Just mill ponds:
1 chiffchaff-visitor centre
Kingfisher
2 Grey Heron
2 Cormorant
Lesser Black Backed Gull
17 Tufted Duck

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Mill Ponds
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1F Goosander
1 Kingfisher

Ross Lave Lane
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9 Fieldfare
1 Chiffchaff

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and Boardwalk
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4 Teal
2 Little Ringed Plover
2 Lapwing
1 Chiffchaff





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By M60/Bredbury junction (just up from Reddish Vale)
12.05pm
2 buzzards circling low overhead

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Tony Mossman wrote:

It would appear that the two immature Mute Swans were chased off the ponds by the adult male and sought refuge on the viaduct. It is presumed that they were then hit by a train or dashed against the viaduct walls. A third bird was caught in the recent high winds and hit a tree, luckily a ranger was present and carried it to a nearby pond, it appears unharmed. Sad times indeed.





Terrible and tragic news

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It would appear that the two immature Mute Swans were chased off the ponds by the adult male and sought refuge on the viaduct. It is presumed that they were then hit by a train or dashed against the viaduct walls. A third bird was caught in the recent high winds and hit a tree, luckily a ranger was present and carried it to a nearby pond, it appears unharmed. Sad times indeed.

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Sad news.

2 dead immature Mute Swans on the railway line on Reddish Vale viaduct. cry

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Among the regulars were a couple of Canada Geese bearing rings, which I (partially) read:

5265x37 and 5265513 (perhaps some more of Steve Christmas's ringing)

Cheers, John

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Mill Ponds
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99 Canada Geese
70 Mallard
14 Coot
16 Tufted Duck
6 Moorhen
1 Little Grebe
5 Mute Swan (2adults and 3 extremely harrassed immatures)
60 Black Headed Gull
2 Lesser Black Backed Gull
1 Common Gull
3 Cormorant

Ross Lave Lane
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Man with shotgun (duly reported to police)
15 Fieldfare
4 Meadow Pipit

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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2 Teal
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Buzzard

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Rather foolishly left binoculars at home....doh!

Mill Ponds
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Male Mute Swan seeing off last four remaining youngsters
1 Common Gull

Ross Lave Lane
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2 Mistle Thrush
4 Meadow Pipit

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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1m Bullfinch
Mandarin Pair
1 Common Gull
1 Buzzard

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Drake shoveler on main mill pond , spotted by my other half , Jill , at 4.30 this afternoon .

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Mill Ponds
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2 Little Grebe

Ross Lave Lane
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Signs of passage

11 Meadow Pipit
3 Pied Wagtail

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and Boardwalk
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2 Greenfinch
1 Buzzard
1m Kestrel
2 Little Grebe
2 Teal


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95% Frozen

Mill Ponds
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5 Canada Geese
27 Mallard
13 Coot
1 Moorhen
32 Tufted Duck
6 Mute Swan (2 ad 4 imm)
1 Little Grebe

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Goldcrest

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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3 Little Grebe
2 Teal
1 Reed Bunting
1 Kestrel (m)

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Mill Ponds
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1 Grey Wagtail
128 Canada Geese
4 Moorhen
17 Coot
37 Mallard
31 Tufted Duck
6 Mute Swan (2ad)

Ross Lave lane
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6 House Sparrow

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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1 Grey Heron
1 Grey Wagtail

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Mill Ponds
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86 Mallard
27 Tufted Duck
24 Coot
3 Moorhen
7 Mute Swan (2Ad)
36 Canada Geese
1m Mandarin
2 Goosander
1 Grey Heron
1m Sparrowhawk

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Buzzard
1 Lesser Black Backed Gull

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1m Goldeneye
1 Little Grebe
1 Mistle Thrush
A wader flew from a gravel bank on the river, it did not call and I didn't get a good view, probably a Redshank which would have been a first here for me, oh well thats birding!
1 Horse stuck in style (After much nagging from the girlfriend eventually contacted the owners (should have done that earlier I but I had unidentified waders on my mind) I presume they got it out but I doubt the style is in one piece.

Regards

Tony

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c20 Lapwings flew over the railway viaduct towards the horse fields adjacent to the lake at 1150hrs

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Mill Ponds
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117 Canada Geese
22 Coot
2 Moorhen
27 Mallard
36 Tufted Duck
7 Mute Swan (2ad)

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Fieldfare
2 Mistle Thrush

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame and boardwalk
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c35 Redwing
2 Teal
10 Goosander

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Kingfisher
Great Spotted Woodpecker
20 Tufted Duck
4 Mute Swan
Cormorant

Plus all the usuals

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Mill Ponds
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136 Canada Geese
16 Tufted Duck
2 Grey Heron
c110 Mallard
28 Coot
3 Moorhen
3 Cormorant
7 Mute Swan (2Ad)
1 Kingfisher

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Bullfinch
1 Goldcrest

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via River Tame
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1 Treecreeper
8 Teal
1 Dipper
1 Buzzard
1M Kestrel

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Mill Ponds
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95% Frozen

15 Canada Geese
30 Mallard
43 Coot
1 Grey Heron
2 Moorhen
1 Kingfisher
7 Mute Swan
1 Kestrel
c80 Black Headed Gull
3 Common Gull


Ross Lave Lane
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1 Bullfinch
1 Fieldfare
1 Grey Heron

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Mill Ponds
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80% Frozen

c125 Black-Headed Gull
2 Common Gull
6 Tufted Duck
102 Canada Geese
44 Mallard
33 Coot
2 Moorhen
7 Mute Swan (2Ad)

Horse Close Wood to Mill Ponds via boardwalk and River Tame
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6 Teal
1 Dipper
1 Kingfisher
2 Buzzard

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