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RE: Chorlton ees


An early morning walk through the ees down the river to Barlow tip and kenworthy from 6.30-9 am Saturday 5th May

2 Reed warblers heard in the beds
Beautiful Sedgie seen singing in the meadow very near to the reeds
Blackcaps everywhere
7+ Whitethroats along the way, very active
1 Chiffchaff seen a few heard
1 Willow Warbler heard
Several Reed Buntings on the meadow

Couple of Swallows on the river and CWP

Heard a blackbird doing a very passable version of a police siren near the golf course before barlow tip. Strangeset thing. Would like to post up the vid I took of the sound. Is youtube the only way?

Other usual suspects. Stunning walk. So lucky to have this patch.





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Quick late morning visit:

1 Reed Warbler singing in reedbed.
2 Common Whitethroats
2 Reed Buntings


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Reed Warbler heard chuntering away very quietly and very occasionally at the
reed bed this afternoon. No sight nor sound of Sedge or Grasshopper Warblers
for me here or at CWP, although some to**er riding round Kenworthy Fields
on a trail bike didn't help matters.



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7-9pm

1 sedge warbler, heard only
4 whitethroats
6 blackcaps
2 chiffchaffs
3 swifts
5 swallows
6 reed buntings
1 snipe
3 bullfinches
4 jays
1 kestrel
2 chaffinches
1 great spotted woodpecker,heard only
plenty off singing song thrushes.

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7.30am-8.30am:

6 Common Whitethroats
2 Willow Warbers
1 Grasshopper Warbler
2 Reed Buntings
2 Bullfinches
2 Lapwings
1 Swallow (over River)
1 Great-Spotted Woodpecker
1 Moorhen
1 Goldcrest
1 Pheasant
1 Grey Heron
Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs amongst others

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7.15-9pm.

went in search again for whitethroats,still no luck
but very happy with what i did see down here tonight..

1 swift (first for the year)
1 grasshopper warbler (first for the year)
1 willow tit
2 great spotted woodpeckers
3 blackcaps
2 chiffchaffs
1 kingfisher,flew over the reed pool at 7.25 & headed towards sale water park.
4 reed buntings

a pleasure to meet phil owen,henry cook & tony coatsworth,was it about 40 mins before we got a good sight off the little blighter

again no signs off any owls seen or heard on my cycle back home

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Nice walk down River Mersey with Henry Cook and Tony Coatsworth to Chorlton Ees.

1 Swift (1st of the year)
1 Grasshopper Warbler (reeling and eventually tracked down)
2 Reed Buntings
Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs

Nice to meet Steven Burke.

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1 Common Whitethroat near pond at 12.20pm.

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came down here tonight to try find the whitethroat arrived just after 7pm til 7.50pm but no signs off any whitethroats on the bright side as i was watching 6 sand martins heading over towards sale water park and noticed something else higher up,was thinking gulls but no it turned out to be 3 terns heading in a north westerly direction at 7.16pm.they looked to off had long tail streamers so possibly arctic but they were high up, maybe gone straight over or possibly ended up at pennington flash !

also another 4,6 & 3 sand martins over towards sale water park whilst stood around.
5 song thrushes
1 willow warbler
2 chiffchaffs
2 reed buntings
all singing
1 goosander (male ) over


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steven burke wrote:


no signs off any other migrants here, yet !




There was Whitethroat in the field close to the reed bed this morning Steve.
Showing well with song flight included

Also, occupied nests at the heronry now up to 11.

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1 goosander (f) on river
1 grey wagtail on river
2 bullfinches
2 reed buntings
8 jays
3 grey herons
blackcaps, willow warblers, chiffchaffs & song thrushes all around,all in song

no signs off any other migrants here, yet !

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8-10am

1 great spotted woodpecker
1 swallow,over river
1 goosander m over
3 sparrowhawks 2f 1m
11 blackcaps 8m 3f
8 chiffchaffs
1 willow warbler
4 willow tits
2 bullfinches
6 jays
3 reed buntings
6 song thrushes
5 meadow pipits
2 pied wagtails


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Flooded fields at about 7:15pm this evening:=

2 Common Sandpiper

Then, while cycling back in direction of Jackson's Boat:-

Superb view of a perched Buzzard, from maybe about 20 feet, in trees at the bottom of the Ivy Green wood.

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this evening,with all the birds singing

3 blackcaps 2m 1f
1 chiffchaff
1 willow tit
8 song thrushes
6 reed buntings
1 great spotted woodpecker

no owls seen or heard on my back home from 8.30pm

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this afternoon/evening...

as petes previous post 7 visibly occupied nests (10 grey herons present)
1 great spotted woodpecker
2 lesser redpolls
1 blackcap
4 chiffchaffs
2 reed buntings
2 jays
plus usual birds around.

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Pretty quiet at the heronry mid afternoon, with only 7 visibly occupied nests. Numbers are well down on previous years
5 Chiffchaff in song
1 male Reed Bunting at Brookburn School pond

Ivy Green

1 Blackcap in song (1 was singing in my garden on 24th, plus resident pair of Goldcrest)
4 Chiffchaff in song

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8 Heron nests occupied today

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Birds on 5 nests in the Heronry this afternoon
Not much else about

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Late post for last Sunday 15th Jan. Walking through Chorlton/ville

A Nuthatch on a roadside cherry tree on Claude Rd
A Siskin singing from an alder on St. Clements Rd
A Goldcrest singing from a yew tree in my garden on Edge Lane

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A walk with Steve Bletcher late morning, highlights....

3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
At least 30 Redwing and 2 Mistle Thrush
1 Siskin

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Thursday 15.12.11

Cow field -

Grey Heron 1
Jay 2
Goldcrest 3 (2 adjacent to the heronry and 1 in the heronry )
Long-tailed Tit 7
Willow Tit. 1 (by heronry)

Turn moss-

Common Gull
c 170 Black-beaded Gull
c 20 Goldfinch

Info thanks to Phil Kelly

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A Quick walk around the Ees this afternoon produced
Buzzard
Blackbird
Song Thrush
Wren
Robin
Goldfinch
L/T tit
Blue tit
Great tit
Willow tit (first for me in Chorlton)
Carrion crow
Magpie
Jay

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Late news

A Short-eared Owl alighted from the ground at Hardy Farm on Thurday 22nd Sept

info from Copland Smith

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Cuckoo singing yesterday 12.00 at Hardy Farm from the strip of trees between the old orchard and the cattle field, heard from the pumping station.

info from Copland Smith

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18/4
1 Gropper
2 Reed Warblers
1 fresh Sand Martin hole in approx same area as previous years.

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The Mersey Valley wardens tell me that the burning is an annual event by (they believe) the same individual. He starts and finishes at the same time each year (roughly early March to early April as I recollect). Although they think they know who it is, they haven't managed to catch him at yet. I was asked to keep my eyes open so I invite anyone else passing that way to do the same.

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had a walk to here from longford park.
1 whitethroat next to large reedbed. first for the yearsmile.gif
lots off blackcaps,chiffchaff and willow warblers
1 goosander (over)
3 swallows
1 buzzard
1 kestrel
1 reed bunting
2 bullfinch
1 great spotted woodpecker
2 jays
2 pheasants
plenty off goldfinch,greenfinch, blue/great & long tailed tits




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Gervase Cooke wrote:

Who burned the meadow by the reed bed again? Smells like it just happened. I was there a couple of weeks ago and it was fine then.







I think last year it was some weirdo with a flamethrowerblankstare.gifdisbelief.gifflame.gif


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Stunning morning stroll

Willow Warbler Singing by the river.

Great views of f Sparrowhawk soaring.

Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs everywhere.

Swallow heading north overhead.

Who burned the meadow by the reed bed again? Smells like it just happened. I was there a couple of weeks ago and it was fine then.



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Re: Whitethroat

It would be early if so Roger and particularly so for our county but anything's possible.

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Stroll round the ees and over to Broad Dole yesterday. What a stunner.

Lost count of singing chiff chaffs. Thought I heard a Whitethroat too (is that possible?)

7 pairs of Gadwall on Broad dole
and 2 pairs of shoveller

5 herons feeding. Things are hotting up in the Heronry.


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A gentle stroll around Chorlton Ees to Sale WP and Bradd Ees Dole with Tony Darby once the rain had stopped this pm

Heron nests now 16 confirmed and one probably under construction. Also Goldcrest singing here

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11th March sightings from Michael Seal info via Liz Saxby MV info warden

male Stonechat
2 Buzzard

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13 occupied nests Sunday AM.

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9 occuoied nests at the heronry yeseterday

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Dave Bishops' 'Jackdaw City' on the friends of Chorlton Meadows blog spot, posted 5th Feb

http://friendsofchorltonmeadows.blogspot.com/2011/02/jackdaw-city.html

I spoke to Dave last week and he wondered of the roost could be around the Ashton-on-Mersey ETW. Ive not had chance to check it out yet.

-- Edited by Pete Hines on Monday 21st of February 2011 10:09:14 PM

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Jackdaws at Claude Road, Chorlton cum Hardy between Brookburn Road and North Meade. 1124+, lots flew over from different directions and didn't land. All left at 5.08pm.

Info thanks to Phil Kelly

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My last post refered to 'lots of Jackdaws over at dusk'. From early Dec 2010 I have noticed a steady movement of Jackdaws over Chorlton (and recently Withington) starting about an hour before dusk, all heading in the same direction. The birds are congregating in tall trees along Darley Avenue / Hardy Lane and Chorltonville and then clustering in a pre-roost gathering in the tall trees at the pumping station at the end of Brookburn Rd. 1100 - 1200 birds were there this evening before all departing en-mass over Chorlton Ees in the direction of Stretford (Cemetary ?) by 17.15. I suspect I missed hundreds more which had passed over the Ees earlier. Now to find the roost.

1 Buzzard
1 Meadow Pipit Hardy Farm
15 Greenfich Hardy Lane

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I have just received some late news of a Short-eared Owl at the cow field on 6th December.

Info e-mailed to MV Info wardens from David Holman. (I assume this is A David Holman rather than THE David Holman !)

An emaciated immature Grey Heron was picked up in the car park today, taken to Chorlton WP and collected by the RSPCA.

Lots of Jackdaws over at dusk today. Nothing at the cow field on a quick visit at dusk.

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Large reedbed/scrub area north of river mersey:
1 Grasshopper Warbler - showed really well after tracking its reeling for a good 15 mins
5+ Reed Warbler
2 Sedge Warbler
1 Pied Wagtail

Also, amazing sight on the River Mersey near Chorlton Ees - a 40 strong party of Canada Geese, made up of 5 adults anf 35 goslings.

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Thanks Ian.

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Ollie, this will undoubtably be a young Grey Wagtail. Check out the photos on the Manchester Birding galleries for images of juveniles of both species. It would be very early indeed for juveniles of Yellow Wagtail and in a most unusual habitat for them whereas the time/habitat (not to mention description) fit that for Grey Wagtail.

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Hi Luke,

I was fortunate enough to see the bird sitting still on a rock in bright sunshine for about five minutes. I initially assumed that it must be a juvenile grey wag, but had a field guide with me and was able to identify it as a juvenile yellow.

Key identifying features were firstly, the black ring of 'spots' at the top of the breast and also (I could be wrong here) the fact that it didn't actually wag its tail that much. I live in a flat which overlooks the flat roof of a pub and a grey wag winters there. This has afforded me with fantastic close range views - and what I have noticed about the bird is that its tail very rarely stops wagging. The bird I saw on the banks of the Mersey did wag its tail, but only a couple of times in the five minutes I spent watching it.

I briefly saw another bird flitting in and out of the shady bank close to the juvenile, but it quickly flew away, leaving the youngster sitting on its own. I wasn't able to get the bins on that bird, but from a very brief view, I believe it was a female yellow wagtail. It certainly didn't look like a grey.

I've googled pictures of juvenile yellows and greys and they seem to look quite different.

I might have it all wrong - I hope others see the same birds and can confirm and deny!

Best,

Ollie



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I've definately had juvenile Grey Wag on that stretch of the mersey, last Wednesday being fed by an adult, could be another of that brood??

Am I right in thinking the two look similar when they are fledglings?

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Am convinced I saw a juvenile yellow wagtail on banks of Mersey, yesterday. Close to where the reed bed is.

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At least 4 Reed Warblers in reedbed
1 Sedge Warbler
Lots of Whitethroat
Swifts, Swallows and 2 House Martins over River
Male Grey Wagtail feeeding 1 youngster on rockiest part of River (mouth of Chorlton Brook)

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8.00 - 12.00

Large field (surrounding reedbed) full of warblers including:
At least 4 sedge warblers (one just across the river), being particularly showy today
1 Gropper - farly elusive
2+ Reed Warbler - reedbed
1 Lesser Whitethroat - reedbed
Lots of Common Whitethroat

Also...

2 Mute Swan over river
4+ Sand Martin
2 House Martin
Several swallows & swifts
2 Shoveler - flew upstream along mersey
2 Pheasant

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1 Gropper
1 Sedge Warbler
at least 2 Reed Warbler
Herons putting on a good show

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Gropper 1 reeling at field to n or river

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07.00-09.45

3 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 reeling, 1 calling, all showed well
2 Sedge Warbler singing
3 Reed Warbler singing
2 Lesser Whitethroat singing at Hardy Farm. 1 at the orchard & 1 at the old scramble track
17 Common Whitethroat (2 females)
1 Goldcrest in song at the heronry (& 1 in song in my garden)
2 pair Reed Bunting
6 Bullfinch
34+ Swift
12+ House Martin
Sand Martin
Swallow
4 Tufted Duck
several well grown soggy young Herons

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