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RE: Chorlton ees


Chiffchaff x2 - one heard and seen, one heard only. Close together in the thicket between Ivygreen meadow and the small playing field. First this year for me.

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Rather quiet round here this morning (7-9am), if you discount the jays, magpies and carrion crows. Walked through the wood by Chorlton Brook. Nice little group of goldfinches (6-ish) feeding in the undergrowth with a single siskin in tow. Glimpse of a gadwall male on the dipping pond of all places. He disappeared down the far leg of the pond so not sure if he was alone. Then two buzzards circling low directly overhead. Pair of mute swan on the embankment pond by Hawthorn Lane - fairly unusual. Also the two resident moorhen pootling about.

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And the Welsh name for a Jay is Sgrech yn y Coed - screech in the woods.

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13 jay (including 5 quarrelsome individuals together; I don't know what the collective noun for jays is, but it should be a 'screech'.)




There are several, but by the sounds of it, "scold" would be most appropriate for you today wink



That works just as well! biggrin



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13 jay (including 5 quarrelsome individuals together; I don't know what the collective noun for jays is, but it should be a 'screech'.)




There are several, but by the sounds of it, "scold" would be most appropriate for you today wink

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Day spent all around the Mersey Valley area here from about 9 - 12

4 goldcrest
3 chiffchaff
1 singing coal tit (heard only)
2 willow tit
1 treecreeper
Goldfinch, greenfinch & chaffinch, with bullfinch heard only.
2 reed bunting (another singing by the dry weir)
3 song thrush (2 singing)
1 singing mistle thrush (heard only)
13 jay (including 5 quarrelsome individuals together; I don't know what the collective noun for jays is, but it should be a 'screech'.)
4 ring-necked parakeet
2 water rail heard at the meadow pond
1 cormorant over
2 grey heron
1 sparrowhawk (two sightings, presumed same bird)
Multiple buzzard sightings, but never of more than one together
All the usuals

2 (at least) grey wagtail on the river

Hardy Farm orchard:

1 bullfinch seen, and others seen
2 reed bunting (around the edges)
1 woodcock flushed; very brief blurry view as it shot off.
2 buzzard around the clearing behind the wood



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Pretty good today,

1 Kingfisher flying up the river and stopping to fish
2 Reed Bunting
2 Willow tits
5 Greenfinch
2 Sparrowhawks
1 Kestrel
2 Buzzards
1 Goosander flying down the river
2 Song thrush
4 Grey wagtails

plus all the usuals


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today between 1-3.30

1 Water rail heard
1 Pheasant Heard
Lots of long tailed tits, blues and greats
4 Buzzards
1 Kestrel
4 Herons


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Pheasant calling again around 11:00 from Hardy Farm
Buzzard
2x Sparrowhawk high over towards the Mersey.
Greenfinch everywhere!!!!
1x Reed Bunting in the old Horse Paddock ( where the Short Eared Owl was in winter).


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pheasant called once at hardy farm with a male goosander flying up and down the river twice.

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Earlier this morning. Interesting group at Hawthorn Lane pond. 1 coot 2 Moorhen 1 reed bunting (m) 1 grey heron on the bank 2 male mallard Canada goose pair 1 gadwall male Sparrowhawk leisurely fly over the river into the woods on the Broad Ees Dole side. Elsewhere: Ring-necked parakeet pair - bonding behaviour 2 redwing - is it getting a bit late for visitors?


 Not too late Michael. In my last post for Newchurch Common you will see that I had 200 Fieldfares & 30 Redwings still, and I expect to record them for a bit yet smile I'd swap a few for a Ring-necked Parakeet though wink



 



Listen out for Redwings singing. I had one singing at the Ees last year and a flock at Dunham Massey last week held several birds in song


 Yep, I've had some singing at Newchurch, none of the ones in the big flocks (drowned out by 200 chacking Fieldfares!!) but isolated pairs have started doing this in the last couple of weeks, great to hear 



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Doc Brewster wrote:

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Earlier this morning. Interesting group at Hawthorn Lane pond. 1 coot 2 Moorhen 1 reed bunting (m) 1 grey heron on the bank 2 male mallard Canada goose pair 1 gadwall male Sparrowhawk leisurely fly over the river into the woods on the Broad Ees Dole side. Elsewhere: Ring-necked parakeet pair - bonding behaviour 2 redwing - is it getting a bit late for visitors?


 Not too late Michael. In my last post for Newchurch Common you will see that I had 200 Fieldfares & 30 Redwings still, and I expect to record them for a bit yet smile I'd swap a few for a Ring-necked Parakeet though wink





Listen out for Redwings singing. I had one singing at the Ees last year and a flock at Dunham Massey last week held several birds in song

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Michael Seal wrote:

Earlier this morning. Interesting group at Hawthorn Lane pond. 1 coot 2 Moorhen 1 reed bunting (m) 1 grey heron on the bank 2 male mallard Canada goose pair 1 gadwall male Sparrowhawk leisurely fly over the river into the woods on the Broad Ees Dole side. Elsewhere: Ring-necked parakeet pair - bonding behaviour 2 redwing - is it getting a bit late for visitors?


 Not too late Michael. In my last post for Newchurch Common you will see that I had 200 Fieldfares & 30 Redwings still, and I expect to record them for a bit yet smile I'd swap a few for a Ring-necked Parakeet though wink



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Earlier this morning. Interesting group at Hawthorn Lane pond. 1 coot 2 Moorhen 1 reed bunting (m) 1 grey heron on the bank 2 male mallard Canada goose pair 1 gadwall male Sparrowhawk leisurely fly over the river into the woods on the Broad Ees Dole side. Elsewhere: Ring-necked parakeet pair - bonding behaviour 2 redwing - is it getting a bit late for visitors?

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Extended early morning walk today on a rare Tuesday off work. Fairly quiet around the meadow pond but: 2 male reed bunting in smart breeding colour Buzzard flew down into the middle trees 1 Ring-necked parakeet (an everyday sight on the Ees this year) Lone male goosander on the river and a pair further downstream. A pair of mallard on Chorlton Brook wouldn't normally raise comment but these two were 10 feet up a willow tree. That's a new one on me.

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Cylce from sale water park to chorlton water park early am
highlights:
4 grey herons, 1 on the dry weir, 2 flying out of the woods next to chorlton brook and 1 flying off sale golf course.
a pair of mistle and song thrush feeding together on the path.

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Pheasant 5 together Hardy Farm 1m 4f
Buzzard 2

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2 oystercatchers flew from the direction of chorlton water park & headed kind of in the direction of sale water park at 5.20pm.
also in the area 2-3 buzzard, 1 ring-necked parakeet, 1 jay, 16 redwing.

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Day spent around here today:

3 goldcrest
1 treecreeper
2 coal tit
1 chaffinch
3 goldfinch
4 greenfinch
8 bullfinch (others heard)
3 reed bunting
2 grey wagtail (under bridge where brook meets river)
2 song thrush
2 mistle thrush
8 jay
1 water rail heard briefly at the meadow pond
23 common gull on the playing fields before the dry weir
3 ring-necked parakeet
4 grey heron around the heronry, two pair bonding.
1 kestrel
2 buzzard
Plenty of the usuals (lots of wren to be heard, particularly)

1 pied wagtail, 3 jay, and 3 goosander (over, heading towards Sale Water Park) around the river

Hardy farm orchard:

1 coal tit
6 long-tailed tit
5+ goldfinch
2 greenfinch
7 bullfinch

2 mistle thrush on the football pitches at Hardy Farm

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Couple of walks across the meadows today. Highlights;

Kingfisher (1) - along Chorlton Brook - regular sightings this week
Stock Dove (2) - Hardy Farm - unusual for this site
Sparrowhawk (1)
Kestrel (2)
Buzzard (2-4)
Reed Bunting - at least 3-4 pairs around hardy farm playing fields
Ring Necked Parakeet (2)
Note - earlier in the week had 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming (7am)
Goldcrest

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A quick trip around the Ees on my bike 4:30-5 - highlights;
Willow Tit (2-3)
Herons on nest and noisy
Pheasant (1)
Crow - one carrying a blackbird sized egg which it carefully buried and covered with grass on the meadow field.
Fox (3)

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Late yesterday afternoon of note

2 Shoveler flying over Jacksons boat
1 Goosander flying down river
2 Buzzards
1 Kestrel
2 Song Thrush in full song




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2 Willow tit one ringed 

Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, small flock of Redwing, and Herons nesting.

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Willow tits in this area metal ringed on the left leg are highly likely to have been ringed at Chorlton ees.

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Walk along the river from Jacksons Boat to the Tram Bridge at Stretford. Very quiet.
Of note;
Grey Wagtail (2) - along the edge of the river
Skylark (1) - flushed by dog walkers on Stretford Ees - not a regular sighting in this area
Goosander (1)
Cormorant (1)
Buzzard (1)
Kestrel (1)
Ring necked parakeet - heard

Other sighting of note in the last few weeks;
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 2 drumming near the cobbled road, and one on hardy farm - Sunday 14th early. Also Pair of kestrel in display flight over the cow field.
Widgeon on river (1m) at junction with Chorlton brook - Not a regular bird on these parts.





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Lots of Robins and Blackbirds
2 Coal tit
4 Great spotted woodpecker
3 Goldcrest
2 Ring necked parakeets
1 Jay
Lots of blue and great tits
1 Treecreeper
1 Heron
1 Siskin
3 lesser Redpoll
small flock of Goldfinch
1 Kestrel
1 Songthrush
1 Redwing

Between the Ees and Chorlton WP
4 Buzzards together, 2 pairs. Most i've seen at once in the area


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2 Willow tit one ringed 

Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, small flock of Redwing, and Herons nesting.

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Pair Kestrels
Pair of Buzzards, circling for some time, also 1 earlier in the afternoon.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Would have got a great photo, had I not have forgotten my memory card)
2 Jay
1 Bullfinch, M
3 Lesser redpoll (First for me at the ees)
2 Coal tits
Lots of blue tits, great tits, robins, Blackbirds
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Sightings mostly from the morning until early afternoon:

1 goldcrest
1 treecreeper
1 willow tit
5 goldfinch
3 greenfinch
11 bullfinch
Long-tailed tit, blue tit and great tit in good numbers
3 song thrush
3 jay
24 magpie in one small area of the old cow field alone
1 great spotted woodpecker (with another heard)
3 ring-necked parakeet (also around the old cow field)
3+ common gull over
2 cormorant over
1 grey heron
1 kestrel
1 buzzard

On and around the river:

2 pied wagtail
1 little grebe
2 goosander (flying SE along the river's course)

Hardy farm orchard:

1 goldcrest
1 coal tit
3+ goldfinch
1 chaffinch
2 bullfinch



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A couple of hours in the persistent rain around the meadow pond, dipping pond and environs (1:15-3:00).

Willow Tit (3) - brief views
Great spotted woodpecker (1)
Treecreeper (2)
Nuthatch (1)
Goldcrest (9)
Great tit, Blue tit, Long tailed tit, Chaffinch, robin, wren etc
Buzzard (2) likely to be the same bird coming out of the trees on the meadow pond area
Sparrowhawk (1) nearly took my hat off as it pursued Goldfinch flock on way home
Song thrush (6)
Bullfinch (3)
Cormorant, Grey Herons (4), and Gulls movement to SWP over
No sight or sound of Water Rail.
Big Jackdaw roost starting to build.

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First chance I've had for a proper day's birding since new year, so seemed polite for it to be on my local patch:

1 goldcrest
1 treecreeper
2 coal tit (both in song)
8 siskin
3 greenfinch
1 chaffinch
1 bullfinch
Long-tailed tit, dunnock, wren, great tit (many in song), etc
c25 jackdaw
2 great spotted woodpecker
12 lapwing over
16 common gull over
1 cormorant over
1 water rail heard at the meadow pond
2 mute swan over
1 grey heron
1 kestrel
1 sparrowhawk

Hardy Farm orchard:

1 willow tit heard only
8 bullfinch
1 goldfinch
Small long-tailed tit flock

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Nice long Jaunt around Chorlton Ees and Sale WP this pm.

Chorlton Ees:
1 Nuthatch
1 redwing
2 Heron
2 Jays heard calling
Blue and Great tits
2 Kestrels
Long tailed tit flocks

Sale WP and Broad Ees dole:
Numerous BH gulls
c15 Cormorant
2 Greater Black Backwd gulls
1 Common Gull
c10 Great Crested Grebes
7 Little Grebe
1 Goldeneye
c10 Tufted Duck
c15 Pochard
8 herons




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Yesterday morning 7.50am - 10am:

2 Kestrels
1 Treecreeper
4 Bullfinch
15+ Canada geese
3 Song thrush
5 Long tailed tit
10+ Great Tit
1 Mistle Thrush
1 Pied Wagtail

Plus all the rest of the usuals



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Along the river from Chorlton wp to old cows field.
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Little Grebe
Cheers Joel

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Today between 2.30-4pm

Sale Water Park:
4 Cormorant
5 Gadwall
c25 Mute Swan
c10 Great Crested Grebe
c10 Long tailed tit
1 F Chaffinch
1 Goldfinch
1 Grey Heron
1 Little Grebe

Chorlton Ees
c500 Jackdaw
1 Kestrel
1 Jay
2 Wren
2 Bullfinch
10+ Blackbirds
Numerous Magpies

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Woodcock (1)
My daily circuit a bit later than usual - c.2pm a woodcock flew over Hardy Lane playing fields from the direction of the sewage pump station then over the new tram bridge towards the golf course and Barlow Tip. Other birds of note: Redwing and Mistle Thrush feeding on the enclosed playing field, hunting sparrowhawk and ring neck parakeet over, 3 x reed bunting.

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Myself & Steve Burke flushed a Skylark from the edge of 'Cow field' this PM - Not a bird I see on the ees often.



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5 Grey Wagtail
Small flock of Goldfinch
Buzzard
Kestrel
Jay
Beautiful pair of Bullfinch male and female
Best on for the PM was a Treecreeper! Always enjoy seeing these

Thanks,
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Thanks for the update fellas. I was there for about an hour earlier, nothing much to report. flock of about 30-40 fieldfares, much increased from the other day! a buzzard and a kestrel, 1 great spotted woodpecker and 1 Goosander on the river.

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Yes that was me. Well it was nice to meet you and hopefully I see you around sometime.

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Hi Joel,

I was on the cobbles for a little while but on the higher path the majority of the time. I think we might have spoken actually, I think it might have been you who mentioned to Chris and I that you'd been seeing an owl on the ground in the same spot a few times. This was while we were on the cobbled path. Were you on your bike? Not unlike the owls as it turned out hmm

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I spent all afternoon there on Saturday with no luck along with numerous other folk. We were speculating that the fireworks display at the school on the Friday night might have sent the Owls on their way.

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Ever since I Monday the 2nd I had a feeling the fireworks show would scare them off. And then when it came to Saturday and then Sunday with out them being seen i thought it might have been the fireworks show, but looks like had the same idea. It's ashame they didn't stay longer or move over to Stretford ees where (hopefully) the fireworks wouldn't have scared them. I spent a bit of time there on Saturday and Sunday. Simon were you watching from the cobbled road or the higher path?

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I spent all afternoon there on Saturday with no luck along with numerous other folk. We were speculating that the fireworks display at the school on the Friday night might have sent the Owls on their way.

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Eugene - the last sighting of the Short-eared Owl I am aware of was at dusk last Friday. I have been past the field various times since and had no sightings .... so suspect they may have moved on. But that doesn't mean we stop looking !. Chris

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First time to Chorlton Ees, but I will be frequenting often from now on! I'm fairly new to the area, although not Manchester. I was wondering if anyone knew if the Short Eared Owls were likely to still be around? Nothing to be seen from them today! 

What I did see however: 

2 Bullfinch

10 Siskin

20+ Goldfinch

1 Jay

3 Kestrels (at once) I saw more, put i presumed it was the same ones coming round again. 

1 Buzzard

Small flock of around 8 Fieldfare

Then plenty of all the usual suspects. Robin, Blackbird, magpie, jackdaw etc.

All seen between 12-3pm


To note, I was down between the metro link and Chorlton WP 4 or 5 days ago and saw:

2 Gadwall

1 Goosander

1 Kestrel

4 Greywagtail

2 Great Crested Grebe

 

Thanks,

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Good to meet you earlier Chris (I was the one in the green hat), sadly owls continued not to materialise through waiting a little longer, just more persistent rain. Only things to add: half a dozen siskins and a goosander on the river.



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I made a couple of brief visits on both Saturday and Sunday and did not see the Short-eared Owl. Spoke to a few other birders and they had not seen it either.
Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Buzzard around ....Pink Footed Geese over.

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Originally posted yesterday by Eugene Dillon-Hooper:

2 Gadwall

1 Goosander

1 Goldcrest

1 Kestrel

4 Grey Wagtail

2 Ring-necked Parakeet

2 Great Crested Grebe

Plenty of Goldfinch and Greenfinch and the rest of the usual suspects.

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Deliveries in Chorlton enabled me to do a spot of birding around 2.30 - 3.15pm

No sign of any Short-eared Owls whilst I was present, but I did get some good views of a Simon Gough and a Chris Chandler.

Birds of note besides the usual stream of Jackdaw over were...
2 Jay
1 Common Buzzard (flew up off the ground again into the trees surrounded by Magpies)
1 Blackbird
1 Robin
1 singing Wren
21 Goldfinch (group of 13 then 8 flying around)

...and one particular group of birds near the cobbled footpath and moving through the trees consisted of
16 (at the very least) Long-tailed Tit
2 Treecreeper
2 Siskin
3 Chaffinch
2 Blue Tit
1 Great Tit
1 Goldcrest

Also a Bullfinch heard again but couldn't locate it


-- Edited by Rob Creek on Saturday 7th of November 2015 05:03:58 PM

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2nd Short-eared Owl has just flown up, 1st Owl flew out of the field being pursued by no less than 5 Magpies.

Nice to see Chris Sutton again.

Other birds...
Long-tailed Tit at least 7
Bullfinch heard only
Blue Tit






When I left Chris 5 minutes ago, the Short-eared Owl was perched on top of the dead tree in the middle of the cow-field in what we both described as spectacular light that was seen over the tree line surrounding the field.

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2nd Short-eared Owl has just flown up, 1st Owl flew out of the field being pursued by no less than 5 Magpies.

Nice to see Chris Sutton again.

Other birds...
Long-tailed Tit at least 7
Bullfinch heard only
Blue Tit
and a Common Buzzard flew up from the long grass into the hedge
-- Edited by Rob Creek on Friday 6th of November 2015 04:47:58 PM



-- Edited by Rob Creek on Friday 6th of November 2015 07:08:47 PM


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