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Water Rail heard at the meadow pond this afternoon - probably two. Also a possible Water Rail heard at the dry weir.

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Evening visit. Tawny owl blending in nicely with a tree trunk, moving occasionally to have a preen, more heard. Nuthatch & goldcrest with a long tailed tit flock. 2 swallows 2 house Martins 6 swifts 1 grey heron.

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A single Common Tern flew up river towards Didsbury this evening just before 9pm. Viewed from the meadow pond, it was flying quite high along the river adjacent to Sale WP.
A first for me on the Ees.

Other than that nothing special to report this evening.

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A juvenile green woodpecker was another nice surprise for me this morning in the tall trees at hardy farm next to the football pitch.
Plenty of warbler activity from blackcaps, whitethroats & Chiffchaffs all with juveniles.
Kingfisher heard.

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Afternoon mooch around.

At 5.35pm I picked up a bird just flown into trees at the cow field, thinking it was a female sparrowhawk that was hanging around it in fact turned out to be a juvenile cuckoobiggrin nice rufous brown colouring, long pointed wings & & long tail as it flew off as I was just about to get a photo of itno. It flew off towards the Orchard & I spent over an hour looking around but could not relocate.

1 kestrel
1 buzzard
2 grey heron
Pair of pheasant, could hear what may of been juveniles with them in the long grass.
2 jays
5 ring-necked parakeet
2 collared doves
2 stock doves
4 bullfinch
1 reed bunting
Swift, swallow & house Martins.


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Peregrine (f) flew across the meadow pond area and sat on the electricity pylon by Sale Water Park this evening c 7 30pm

This morning I saw a young pheasant on hardy farm. The bird was too young to fly so clearly we have a breeding pair.

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A pm wander around today, from and back to Jacksons Boat, highlights included 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Common Whitethroat, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Common Buzzard, 14 Swallow and 2 Reed Bunting

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Here today, from about nine through to mid afternoon:

14 chiffchaff, one with a beak full of food calling repeatedly
13 blackcap
6 whitethroat
4+ reed warbler, one gathering insects (in exactly the same place as last night; hello again)
1 coal tit
2 willow tit
2 treecreeper
4 goldfinch
1 greenfinch
2 chaffinch
6+ bullfinch, including juveniles
7 reed bunting
1 house martin
2 swallow
5 song thrush
2 jay
c10 swift, scooting around the old cow field, but no hobbies on their tails.
3 (at least) water rail calling at the meadow pond
2 sparrowhawk, one with prey
1 or 2 buzzard

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Probably the hobby noted below this evening; too brief for 100% confirmation, but impression was of strong facial markings and rufous to the rear. Gutted though, if I'd been in any way competent in getting my bins to my face it would have been a quick, but cracking view. Balls.

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5 chiffchaff
3 balckcap
3 whitethroat
3+ reed warbler, one collecting insects
3 reed bunting
5+ house martin
10+ song thrush
1 jay
10+ swift
1 grey heron heard



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Hobby chasing swifts over the meadow pond field yesterday evening.
Otherwise quiet.
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Yesterday 26th June

Reed Warbler 6 at the meadow pond
Buzzard 1

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Evening visit

Hobby chasing a swift over the cow field, looked to be catching up with the swift but lost behind the trees.
Water rail heard & seen on meadow pond.
1 kestrel
19 swifts
3 house Martins
3 sand Martins
1 swallow
1 willow tit
3 reed warbler
5 whitethroat
4 blackcap
2 Chiffchaff
1 great spotted woodpecker
1 stock dove
8 reed buntings
2 bullfinch
4 ring-necked parakeets

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Morning through to mid afternoon today:

1 goldcrest
10 chiffchaff
15 blackcap (including pair taking food to nest)
11 whitethroat
5 reed warbler (very showy today)
3+ willow tit (including a juvenile)
1 coal tit
1 or 2 treecreeper
4+ goldfinch
2 greenfinch
4 chaffinch
5+ bullfinch
9+ reed bunting
4 song thrush
2 jay
2 swift
1 or 2 great spotted woodpecker
6 black-headed gull
1 cormorant over

Several fledgling blue tit, and loads of long-tailed tits, with plenty of juveniles.

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Couple of hours this evening:

7 chiffchaff
4 blackcap
5+ whitethroat
c4 reed warbler
7+ reed bunting
10+ song thrush
5+ swift
1 kingfisher (flushed from the meadow pond; not had that before)

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Hardy Farm, Barlow Tip and surrounding habitats, from early to late morning:

1 goldcrest heard singing
9 chiffchaff
4 willow warbler
9 blackcap
6 whitethroat
2 willow tit
1 treecreeper
1 nuthatch heard
Goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch
3 bullfinch
2 reed bunting heard singing
1 sand martin
c5 house martin
5+ swallow
1 pied wagtail
4 grey wagtail (including 2 fledglings)
4 song thrush
1 mistle thrush heard singing
1 jay
15+ swift
1 collared dove
1 stock dove
Two mallard broods; one of 10 very young chicks, one of 4 older ones.
1 black-headed gull
2 buzzard

Ees itself afterwards, in the rain for about an hour and a half:

6 chiffchaff
2 blackcap
5 whitethroat
1 or 2 reed warbler heard singing
2 goldfinch
3 chaffinch
7 reed bunting
2 song thrush
2 stock dove over
3 or 4 grey heron, including at least one large chick on nest
1 herring gull over


-- Edited by Shannon Llewellyn on Saturday 20th of May 2017 04:17:19 PM

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sorry was posting from phone now edited

-- Edited by James Richardson on Saturday 6th of May 2017 09:33:10 AM

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Enjoyable early walk from 05:45 from hardy farm through chorlton ees to broad ees dole, past sale ees and back, for dawn chorus day. Highlights were probably a total of 7 warbler species, plus others as follows. Blackcap, Willow warbler - hardy farm, Chiffchaff, Sedge warbler x4 - chorlton ees, Reed warbler x 1 - chorlton ees, Whitethroat x several, Lesser whitethroat x1 - near small pond with orange water on way to sale water park next to Mersey. Reed bunting x several, Swift x3 chorlton ees, Swallow x4 river Mersey, Willow tit - chorlton ees, Stock dove x 2, Bullfinch x several, Kestrel x2, Grey wagtail x1 River mersey, Plus all the usuals.

-- Edited by James Richardson on Saturday 6th of May 2017 09:36:30 AM

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Evening mooch around the Ees for a couple of hours until dark:

6 chiffchaff
5 blackcap
3 whitethroat
1 reed warbler heard singing at the meadow pond
1 sedge warbler (same area)
2 goldfinch
3 reed bunting
8+ song thrush
1 or 2 swift
Ring-necked parakeet heard
4+ grey heron
2 or 3 cormorant over


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Hardy Farm, Barlow tip and river from between Jackson's Boat & Barlow Tip this morning from about 9 to 12.30:

9 chiffchaff
4 willow warbler
15 blackcap
7 whitethroat
5 greenfinch
4 chaffinch
3 bullfinch
3 reed bunting
3 swallow
2 grey wagtail
5 song thrush
1 mistle thrush
2 jay
1 ring-necked parakeet
1 grey heron
1 buzzard

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Afternoon visit before the rain set in mainly around the meadow field/ pond.

1 willow warbler which later flew off over the river to sale water park.
4 chiffchaff
4 blackcap Inc a female
4 reed bunting
3 willow tit
1 buzzard
7 sand Martins over
1 grey heron
1 great spotted woodpecker
1 ring-necked parakeet
2 grey wagtail on the brook.

My post from 7th April has a mistake which I have only just noticed !
I put 5 reed warblers, it should be reed bunting, oops hmm

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Morning and early afternoon here in the drizzle; highlights:

16 chiffchaff (two gathering nesting material)
13 blackcap
2 willow tit
1 treecreeper
4 goldfinch
3+ greenfinch
3 chaffinch heard singing
7 bullfinch
3 reed bunting
1 swallow
2 grey wagtail (gathering nesting material)
14 song thrush (one with a beak full of worms)
2 mistle thrush heard singing
7 jay
1 great spotted woodpecker
2 ring-necked parakeet
2 water rail heard
4+ grey heron (at least two on nest)
1 buzzard

Wren, great tit and blackbird all also seen gathering nesting material.

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Willow warbler at meadow pond this evening
2 Chiffchaff
2 blackcap
3 bullfinch
5 reed warbler
1 great spotted woodpecker
2 grey heron
3 ring-necked parakeet
Willow tit & water rail heard

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evening stroll

9 chiffchaff
4 blackcap
2 willow tit, 1 with metal ring on left leg
7 sand martin over meadow pond/river then over to sale water park
2 grey wagtail
2 great spotted woodpecker
2 buzzard
1 kestrel
2 reed bunting
3 grey heron
2 stock dove
3 ring-necked parakeets
song thrush singing all around
water rail heard at meadow pond.

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Sorry for delayed report.

I walked the Meadows in yesterday's afternoon warmth, looking for butterflies mainly. (A solitary Comma braved the breeze.)

Wherever I walked, Chiffchaffs were singing, plus the usual common birds.
I waited at Meadow Pond for some time and eventually heard the pig-squeal of a Water Rail, but it refused to show itself.
Buzzard over.


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300+ jackdaw and a buzzard on the Ees this evening.

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Finally managed to get out and enjoy the nice weather. Not too much seen as I didnt have my bins.
Hay meadow
4 buzzards displaying
3 ring necked parakeets over
Meadow pond area
3 sparrowhawks, 2 males and 1 female
1 buzzard high up
1 water rail heard

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Day spent around here today:

1 goldcrest heard
12 chiffchaff (most singing)
1 blackcap
1 willow tit
1 treecreeper
4 goldfinch
2 greenfinch
2 chaffinch heard singing
2 bullfinch
3 reed bunting
2 grey wagtail
2 song thrush
7+ jay
1 raven over
3 great spotted woodpecker (one drumming, one calling, one flying)
2 stock dove over
2 water rail (one heard only, one popping out onto the path(!) for my first ever sighting here)
4 grey heron
1 sparrowhawk
Buzzard(s) heard several times.

Hardy Farm, Barlow Tip and river, late afternoon:

2 goldcrest (one singing)
11+ chiffchaff (most singing)
3 dunnock bouncing around each other, wing-flicking like mad.
6+ goldfinch
4+ greenfinch (one in display flight)
1 chaffinch
2 bullfinch
4 reed bunting
10 sand martin (seen from Barlow Tip, over Chorlton Water Park)
25+ redwing
1 song thrush
2 mistle thrush
2 jay
3 goosander (one over)
1 buzzard

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Sunny morning walk. Aside from usuals a willow tit with a metal leg ring was seen near the small reedbed (too small to see any info on it). Also 2 meadow pipits over heading north west. Lots of chiffchaffs and 4 buzzards.

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Kingfisher (1) - flew across the football training field on Hardy Farm from the sewage pump station area.
Nuthatch (1) - exploring a hole which the ring-necked parakeets are also interested in. The parakeet just sat and watched from a nearby tree. It will be interesting to see how that dynamic works out !

Of note in the area in the last few days;
Buzzard (4) - circling high
Plenty of Ring-necked parakeet in the area but first time I have had them land in my garden

Chris



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Good numbers of Chiffchaff calling 

One Blackcap calling just by metro link bridge Jacksons Boat. 

Little Grebe on the Mersey in the same location. 



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Warm spring evening around Chorlton ees and along the Mersey yesterday evening.
Highlights amongst usuals were 3 Willow Tits, several Reed Bunting and this male Sparrowhawk sat about 10m above my head by the bowling green car park. Location given away by Blue Tit warning calls.



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Mid-morning through to afternoon:

4+ goldcrest
1 coal tit heard singing
2 willow tit
1 treecreeper
1 nuthatch heard
c15 siskin
2 goldfinch
2 chaffinch
3 bullfinch
2 song thrush singing
4 jay
2 stock dove
1 water rail heard
4 - 6 grey heron, two pairs beginning to nest build
2 kestrel (mating)
1 or 2 buzzard
Usuals about in good numbers.

Hardy Farm, Barlow Tip and river:

3 goldcrest (one singing)
c15 siskin
8 goldfinch
2 greenfinch
8 bullfinch
1 grey wagtail
4+ song thrush singing
200+ jackdaw coming to roost at dusk
1 jay
1 great spotted woodpecker
1 cormorant over
1 sparrowhawk


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Afternoon walk around ees, of note: 1 sparrowhawk Lots of Bullfinches Chaffinches Lots of territorial behaviour from blue and great tits Water rail heard, possibly 2 Pair of willow tit Buzzard heard 2 raven over 6 gadwall over

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Morning walk around Hardy Farm. Birds around the fenced off training pitches ;
Redwing 24
Mistle thrush 12
Great Spotted Woodpecker (2) over
Redpoll heard in the orchard

Interesting the redwing and mistle thrush have turned up again after a week or so. Seems to be when its windy...... or more likely the day after the pitches were used.

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Morning walk around Hardy Farm was very quiet. Only exception was a bird we don't see very often on the Ees;

Grey Partridge (1) - flushed from the NE corner of the new fenced training pitch area and flew to scrub outside the SW corner

PS;
great spotted woodpeckers have been drumming this week on the sunnier days.
1 woodcock at dusk last week on Hardy farm.
1 Greylag over at dusk last week flew over cow field.

C

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Morning walk around Hardy Farm. Birds around the fenced off training pitches ;
Redwing 3 ...... 30 two days ago
Mistle thrush 2 ............. 10 two days ago
Stock dove 2
Reed Bunting 3
Goldfinch c 20
Starling c 50
Ring necked parakeet 2 over
Mute swan 1 over
Great spotted woodpecker 1 over
Kestrel 1 over

Chris ........ Flock of redwings feeding with the mistle thrush most of the week great to watch

-- Edited by Chris Sutton on Wednesday 1st of February 2017 06:24:54 PM

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An afternoon stroll round the Ees yielded:

Blackbird (c. 30)
Blue Tit (12)
Chaffinch (small flock of 10 and 4 individuals)
Jackdaw (4)
Wood Pigeon (30+)
Sparrowhawk (1 female resting in a tree top)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (2)
Buzzard (1 perched low in a tree)
Magpie (c. 20)
Bullfinch (group of 5)
Grey Heron (3)
Great Tit (12)
Carrion Crow (3)
Robin (5 but many more singing)
Wren (1)
Black-headed Gull (6 over)
Ring-necked Parakeet (3 seen but, judging by the noise, they were part of a sizeable flock).



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report from yesterday. Walked from Jacksons Boat around the Ees and over to Stretford
jay 1
blue tit 4
chaffinch 1
magpie 8
black headed gull 11
robin 5
wood pigeon 7
nuthatch 1
great tit 2
long tailed tit 8
mallard 10
ring necked parakeet 7
mute swan 2
carrion crow 6
redwing 5
mistle thrush 2
fieldfare 2
Canada goose 15
feral pigeon 23

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First visit here this year; from morning until early afternoon:

4 goldcrest
1 (maybe 2) willow tit
2 treecreeper
c25 siskin
4 goldfinch
7 bullfinch
1 song thrush (singing)
1 jay heard
4 great spotted woodpecker
6 ring-necked parakeet
1 grey heron
2 cormorant over
2 kestrel
1 buzzard

Also two probable stock dove over, but not 100% confirmed, unfortunately.

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An hour walk around the ees while wife and son napped. Been long over due.

Absolutely beautiful. The colours are muted but fallen leaves and bleached out grasses make for stunning views. Even nearly got sort of nearly lost in a scrub patch between the brook and the playing fields with a couple of rusted out car wrecks.

Lovely male kestrel at hardy farm

4 separate Buzzards

2 Goldcrest

Nutchatch

Treecreeper

Pair of Bullfinch

Goldfinch

Great, blue and Long tailed Tits

Ring Necked Parakeets in a couple of separate locations.

Usual other suspects

New's years resolution. Get down there more.

Found out this week that Long Tailed Tit in Spanish is Mito. Might start using that as it's a lot shorted to say and type.

 



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Morning to early afternoon:

1 willow tit
1 treecreeper
1 nuthatch heard
c5 lesser redpoll
15+ goldfinch
3 chaffinch
2 greenfinch
6 bullfinch
1 grey wagtail over
3 jay heard
2 kingfisher (brook)
1 great spotted woodpecker heard
1 ring-necked parakeet
1 water rail heard
2 grey heron
1 cormorant over
8 common gull
1 or 2 kestrel
1 buzzard

Grey wagtail on the river; the way the one from above was heading.

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this afternoon

12 ring-necked parakeets
1 kestrel
1 little grebe on river

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Woodcock 1
Siskin 2
Ring-necked Parakeet 8+
Kestrel 2

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Early morning

1 kestrel
4 ring-necked parakeets
3 grey herons
Flock of at least 45 siskin
2 redwings
2 great spotted woodpeckers


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Thanks Chris

It's strange. I'm not seeing all the posts here. My own reply does not show up but you must have seen it as you replied.

Fingers crossed the waxwings show soon.

I named my company after them.

Gervase



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Gervase,
the waxwing(s) was heard flying overhead on the Chorltonville estate on Sunday. I think that was the same report that was posted on Birdguides on Monday. There are a few berry trees around the estate which I keep checking but with no joy so far. Similarly no waxwings showing on the meadows for me.
Chris

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Not quite Chorlton ees but close enough -

Heard a Waxwing overhead towards the ees from the direction of the estate next to primary school on Ivy green road.

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Brief mooch around this morning/early afternoon (had the other half in tow who's not a so couldn't spend ages here)- highlights were a pair of Kestrels (1m, 1f) in the same tree in the Old Cow field, with the male flying to land in a tree directly above us), and a female Bullfinch round the same area earlier in the day- only the second time I've seen them round here.

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afternoon visit.

74 pink-footed geese over heading east at 4.20pm
4 ring-necked parakeets
2 great spotted woodpeckers
1 treecreeper
2 jay
1 bullfinch
3 grey heron
1 buzzard
1 goosander over
2 very vocal tawny owls, 1 seen perched up then flew overhead.

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From about 9 - 2 today:

7+ goldcrest
2 willow tit
1 treecreeper
3 nuthatch
7 goldfinch
1 greenfinch
7 chaffinch (a high count for me here)
4 bullfinch
c20 redwing
1 song thrush
1 grey wagtail heard over
7 jay
1 or 2 great spotted woodpecker heard
Ring-necked parakeet heard
1 water rail heard
90+ pink-footed geese over SE
3 grey heron
100+ black-headed gull around the football pitches
34 common gull with them
1 lesser black-backed gull making up the flock
1 kestrel

Along the river:

1-3 grey wagtail
1 moorhen
1 grey heron

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