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RE: Fletcher Moss, Didsbury


A friend mailed me this morning to say that she had seen a male goosander guarding a dead female near Simon's Bridge. It looked as if the female was caught on something, but she wasn't sure and that may not have been the cause of death.

Does something like this need to be reported? Any advice would be welcome. Thanks.



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A hobby flew NW over Millgate fields yesterday evening at about 7.

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Chiffchaff and Blackcap singing in hedgerows between the Mersey and Old Bedians Rugby Club.

Goosander flew downstream from the river near Parrswood School playing field and over the Manchester Road bridge.  Re-found further towards Northeden near Milgate Fields but flushed no back up river by an irresponsible dog owner.



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Stonechat 2
Stock Dove 18
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2 Stonechats at edge of big bramble patch in hay field

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3 Stonechats now in the hay field. I think there've been 3 around for a while but It's the first time I've
seen them together.

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Stonechat 2 still present
Snipe 1

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First visit of the year to this beautiful place yesterday.
At the feeders:
Robin x6
Starling x 2
Feral Pigeon x3
Magpie x 2
Wood Pigeon x 3
Ring Necked Parakeet x 1
Great Tit x 12
Blue tit x 2
Coal tit x 1
Nuthatch x 1
Stenner Woods:
Robin x 3
Carrion Crow x 4
Magpie x 4
Wood Pigeon x 6
Ring Necked Parakeet x 12
Great tit x 4
Blue Tit x 4
Moorhen x 1
Blackbird x 4
On the swollen river
Canada goose x 4
Grey Heron x 1
Mallard x 2
Herring gull x 1
Black Headed Gull x 6

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A flock of 20+ Siskins have been in the park and the edge of Stenner Woods for a few days now.
Stonechats still in the hayfield today, totally ignoring us and the dogs.

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2 Stonechat still around lunchtime today

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Stonechat - 2 still present this afternoon
Stock Dove 9

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A pair of Stonechats on the N side of the hay field this morning.
Perched up high on grass stalks, a site tick for me..

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c30 Ring-necked Parakeets apparently leaving a roost this morning.

Great Spotted Woodpecker 



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3.20 til dusk.

51 ring-necked parakeets
80+ redwings
1 kestrel
1 sparrowhawk
2 grey heron
2 chaffinch
1 grey wagtail
3 pied wagtails

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Evening visit.

21 ring-necked parakeets including the blue one, photo attached.
1 whitethroat
2 reed buntings
1 buzzard
2 kestrels, male with kill.
Blackcaps & Chiffchaffs
1 vocal tawny owl, eventually seen.

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Evening visit.

22 ring-necked parakeets
1 sand martin
1 common buzzard
1-2 kingfisher on river
2 grey wagtails
4 jays
3 stock doves
2 reed buntings
1 great spotted woodpecker
Several blackcaps & Chiffchaffs singing.
7 redwings

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afternoon visit

38 ring-necked parakeets seen including the blue one, 13 seen in trees near the rugby posts, a flock 23 & 2 flew over heading north & the ones in the trees flew off to join them, there certainly was more than 13 there but hard to see through the trees. obviously all going to roost elsewhere.
1 buzzard
2 grey heron
1 great spotted woodpecker
2 chaffinch
2 stock dove
1 mistle thrush
several song thrushes singing.

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A female/juv. Mandarin was on the river today, associating with a small group of Mallards.

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Sedge Warbler on the northern half of the hayfield at Millgate Fields.
Lots of song and display flights, so not difficult to find.

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8.00-10.30 around the wet meadows by Stenner Woods and the flood basin area running away alongside Millgate Lane

29 species, highlights:

1 Lesser Whitethroat in a massive hawthorn bank between the two meadows
5 Bullfinch, very active
2-4 Reed Bunting - I thought 2 pairs but could have been 1 mobile pair
1 Blackcap singing
3+ Chiffchaff singing
1 Stock Dove

The Lesser Whitethroat was nice but only seen very briefly. I expected to see plenty of Blackcaps but only found 1 and it was very wet so perhaps no surprise that there were no Whitethroats



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5 Buzzard

6 Ring Necked Parakeet

8 Bullfinch

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Plus loads of common species,Highlights were finding where a Treecreeper had set up nest behind bark on a tree,

and a Blue Tit taking food into a Bat Box

 

 

 



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Around the park, Stenner Woods and the River Mersey. Birds seen.
Willow Warbler x2
Starling x5
Carrion Crow x3
Wood Pigeon x7
Blackbird x7
Wren x1
Robin x9
Magpie x6
Great Tit x8
Dunnock x2
Long Tailed Tit x4
Blue Tit x3
Jay x1
Mistle Thrush x1
Jackdaw x10
Mallard x8
Canada Goose x2
Treecreeper x1
Common Buzzard x2
Coal Tit x1
Black Headed Gull x6
Cormorant x2


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Black-headed Gull - 20

Goosander - 7

Mallard - 12

Little Grebe - 3

Pied Wagtail -1

Grey Wagtail -1

on the river between Simon's bridge and Northenden

Ring-necked Parakeet - 5 

in the trees on Stenner Lane

 

 



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Great Spotted woodpecker -1

Goosander -1

Redwing - 10ish

Cormorant - 1

Grey Heron - 1

Yesterday 12.00am near the Waterside Hotel

 



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Originally posted today by David Coupe:

 

On the River Mersey between Fletcher Moss and Heaton Mersey 11.00 am

Dipper -2

Goossander - 2

Moorhen - 2

Cormorant - 2

 



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3-Goosander

2-Little Grebe

20-Canada Geese

12-Mallard

12- Black-headed Gulls

on the river Friday 9/1/18 11-00am

 



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Fletcher Moss ,Stenner Woods ,River Mersey . Birds seen.
Starling -6
Blackbird -9
Magpie -8
Carrion Crow -7
Black Headed Gull 10
Wood Pigeon -9
Dunnock -4
Great Tit -6
Robin -6
Blue Tit -6
Long Tailed Tit -4
Coai Tit -1
Black Headed Gull -1
Ring Necked Parakeet -7
Mallard -2
Grey Heron -1
Mistle Thrush -2
Goldfinch -3
Redwing -3
Wren -1
Nuthatch -1
Chaffinch -3



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Fletcher Moss,Stenner Woods and the River Mersey
Starling 5
Dunnock 1
Magpie 6
Blue Tit 8
Feral Pigeon 10
Carrion Crow 8
House Sparrow 2
Robin 6
Wood Pigeon 3
Chaffinch 2
Great Tit 10
Mallard 7
Ring Necked Parakeet 5
Wren 2
Goosander (f) 1
Black Headed Gull 11
Jay 2
Goldcrest 2
Song Thrush 1
Nuthatch 1





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Hobby low over millgate fields this evening.
3 blackcap
2 whitethroat
2 Chiffchaff
Several swifts & house Martins around
3 sand martin
1 swallow

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This evening 7-8pm

Grasshopper warbler still reeling on millgate fields. Showed eventually, but required some patience.

No sedge warbler or lesser whitethroat for me.

3 Chiffchaff
1 Whitethroat
1 Kestrel
1 Buzzard
3 Reed Bunting
7-8 Swift

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Grasshopper Warbler and a Sedge Warbler today at Millgate Fields



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evening visit

lesser whitethroat & grasshopper warbler were both very vocal & showed really well in millgate fields.
1 willow warbler
2 chiffchaff
2 blackcap
1 whitethroat
3 bullfinch
8+ reed bunting
1 ring-necked parakeet, more heard
5 swift
7 swallow
4 sand martin




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This morning with Tony Darby the Lesser Whitethroat was singing loudly in the hedge between the two parts of Millgate Fields and showed briefly a few times

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Grasshopper warbler present this evening but only reeled a few times briefly & was not seen.
A lesser whitethroat was a bit more vocal nearby but was still unable to view it in the shrub it was in.
1 swift & 1 swallow over.

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Grasshopper Warbler still present this evening. Very elusive, reeling from the ground, and also going quiet intermittently as a male Kestrel hunted the field.

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Grasshopper Warbler still at Millgate Fields this afternoon

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With Tony Darby. Grasshopper Warbler still reeling and showing extremely well on Millgate Fields this afternoon

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Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling today in the Stenner Woods area grasslands. One possibly two birds but mobile.
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Post for yesterday.Walked around the park ,then through Stenner woods and along the Mersey.
The following birds were seen.
Blackbird 7
magpie 5
Feral Pigeon 20
Wren 1
Wood Pigeon 14
Robin 11
Blue Tit4
Bullfinch 1
Great Tit 2
Carrion Crow 6
Mallard 12
Grey Heron 1
Nuthatch 2
Ring Necked Parakeet 2
Chaffinch 3
Black Headed Gull 3
Canada Goose 2
Coot 2


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Stenner Woods Sunday 19th Feb 15.00-16.30

Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 - active and calling
Nuthatch 4-5 - again lots of activity
Song Thrush singing
Goosander 3 - 2 nice males and female on the river, some squabbling
Grey Heron - on the flooded meadow

Plus plenty of vocal usuals

As ever, the habitat aches for some 'better' birds, but a Sunday afternoon shows perfectly why only the more human-tolerant birds seem to be there. Still a brilliant site in urban Manchester though.

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Stenner Woods

Buzzard seen several times in the early morning (8.00 - 8.30) in Stenner Woods. It must be a favourite roosting spot.



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Two little grebes on the river near Simon's Bridge this afternoon. Haven't seen them on this stretch of the river before, could be the same ones seen further up-river near Cheadle weir.



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I had a nice walk around the woods 11.00-13.00 with my niece Grace, who is nine. In between prodding mud and icy puddles with sticks we saw 4 Teal, a Nuthatch, a Ring-necked Parakeet, a Grey Heron, a Great Tit, a Kestrel being chased by a Crow and a few Magpies. I also noticed a Treecreeper, Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker but these were a bit less obvious for her to see. Some brilliant fungi in there too. Despite being typically busy with 'normals', birds were showing well and in bright sunshine it was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours.

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Lesser Whitethroat in bushes west of the Millgate Lane sluice. Very skulking, so heard only.

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Re Simon Gough's post, I am convinced that the Parakeets have had an impact on the Great Spotted Woodpeckers in Stenner Woods and other local areas. Is it that they are taking over their nest holes? Jamie Dunning will know the answer. Where are you Jamie?





I'm sitting very quietly

As some of you will know, I did attempt, a few years ago now, to put up some boxes in that hope the Parakeet would use them and we could glean something from those nets records.
After all, our parakeets are a limited, closed population, and persuading them to use a box (where we can access them) over a nest hole (where we can't) seemed like the obvious answer, we also metal ringed a few.
The literature on them does have an example of Rose-ringed Parakeet having a direct impact on another species, although it isn't one of the Woodpeckers, It's Nuthatch [on the continent]. I did also compare some data (from the GMBRG and BTO) one afternoon, but there just isn't enough to infer anything like that in Manchester at the minute.
The main threat therefore is posed to other secondary cavity nesting species, and in particular I'd bet, those which are specialists that do not nest colonially (That's Nuthatch and Starling to some extent around us?).

It's an interesting idea that they may put off other birds with their presence in an area, although being colonial, I would think the woodpecker will just move elsewhere with the parakeet population what it is currently.

I'll see you all in the discussion thread? evileye

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Good discussion this one, I wasn't trying to suggest that there was direct competition for nest-holes, my point was more about the way the Ring-necked Parakeets occupy the area by the Boardwalk and whether they could 'dominate' a territory in the first place. My supposition was that if a Woodpecker wasn't comfortable in the area it wouldn't get as far as excavating a hole, in favour of moving somewhere else. I think I've read that this can occur between Great and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, correct me if I'm wrong of course.

I have seen less Great Spotted Woodpeckers in Stenner Woods this year than in both the last 2, and also nearby in the wood by Priestnall Fields in Heaton Mersey, where last year there was at least a pair. Both areas are occupied by Ring-necked Parakeets. They are not scientific studies by any means but I didn't think the Great Spotted Woodpecker was in decline, so where are they? As a kind of control, I have seen less than usual near my office in Wythenshawe, so maybe it is all a coincidence. Last year and the year before there were at least 3 pairs within half a mile of my office in 3 separate little woods, and this year I've only seen 1 pair. Again not scientific but of some anecdotal value perhaps?

Tim gets out locally much more than me, due to not having a job anymore, the lucky swine, so he will probably have more information to hand than me in any case.






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Tim Wilcox wrote:
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Re Simon Gough's post, I am convinced that the Parakeets have had an impact on the Great Spotted Woodpeckers in Stenner Woods and other local areas. Is it that they are taking over their nest holes? Jamie Dunning will know the answer. Where are you Jamie?



 

The Great Spotted Woodpeckers make new holes every year while the Parakeets use old holes so no probably not


 

 I agree Tim (again!). A study done in Dorset on Ring-necked Parakeets showed the greatest impact was on Jackdaw tree hole nesting, as the species compete directly for older pre-excavated holes. Of course Jackdaws do nest elsewhere (chimneys etc) so not a total disaster for them smile

 



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alanhill wrote:

Re Simon Gough's post, I am convinced that the Parakeets have had an impact on the Great Spotted Woodpeckers in Stenner Woods and other local areas. Is it that they are taking over their nest holes? Jamie Dunning will know the answer. Where are you Jamie?





The Great Spotted Woodpeckers make new holes every year while the Parakeets use old holes so no probably not

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Re Simon Gough's post, I am convinced that the Parakeets have had an impact on the Great Spotted Woodpeckers in Stenner Woods and other local areas. Is it that they are taking over their nest holes? Jamie Dunning will know the answer. Where are you Jamie?



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A late departing single Redwing this morning. Unusual to see one on it's own..


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