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RE: Fletcher Moss, Didsbury


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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

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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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1st singing Blackcap of Spring around Millgate Fields this morning (2 days earlier than last year).
5 Chiffchaffs also in the area.

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730-1030 from Stenner Woods to Cheadle Bridge via Millgate Fields and the river, with Chris Chandler

The woods were busy with common birds, but only 1 Woodpecker seen, a female Great Spotted, but numerous Great Tits and at least 4 Nuthatch were contesting territory or partners or both.5 Ring-necked Parakeets were hanging about at the Boardwalk, we did wonder if they were preventing Great Spotted Woodpeckers from occupying the area, as you would normally expect to see at least 2 or 3 of those. Who knows?

Walking round to the football pitches, we saw a smashing flock of 50+ thrushes, with some smart Fieldfares amongst 6-7 Mistle Thrush and Redwings. Also here were 5 or more Siskin feeding on catkins

At the sluices on the river we were delighted to see a Kingfisher zip across and perch at a nice bino distance, before zooming off towards the A34. Also 3 pairs of Goosander on the water at different points along it.


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Fletcher Moss (Stenner Woods and Park only) Saturday 30th January

Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, on feeders in new wildlife garden. Robin, Wren Blackbirds nearby. From boardwalk, Jay, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Goldfinches, Thrush, small flock of Redwings. No Parakeets seen, but heard in distance.

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A nice walk down the river to Millgate Fields, hoping for some winter birds. First notable sighting was the first local flocks of Redwings I've seen this winter. I don't know about anyone else but I've seen plenty of Fieldfares and hardly any Redwings. As I walked up the path along the side of the rugby pitches I saw a male Bullfinch, then a female, and then another male, and eventually 5 birds materialised, 3 male and 2 female.

Next up was the main species I was hoping to spot, Siskin. Having heard a rather wan call, I noticed 2 birds, then a couple more and eventually I was sure there were 10. They were so mobile it was impossible to count them, and I had run out of fingers anyway to be fair...Some dog walkers wandered past and the flock flew off, and I counted 12 or 13 birds in the air, and 2 were left, so I ended up going with 'about 15'. Don't sign me up for any surveys I guess...

Walking back through Stenner Woods I picked up a nice Reed Bunting. What adaptable birds these seem to be. I saw one in a tree with a Yellowhammer in farm fields on Sunday, then today in woodland with Chaffinch and Great Tit. Neither of which is really what you think of as their core habitat, although to be fair in both cases some prime habitat was nearby.

Also seen, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Nuthatch, Common Gull and a Cormorant over. Lots of Long-tailed Tits and Black-headed Gulls. The river was very high and I saw no Goosander, I guess they prefer shallower water?



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7.45-8.30am Highlights,

4 Ring-necked Parakeets, initially perched in the top of a large dead tree, then became very mobile continually flying around the park and constantly calling
Blackcaps 2
Common Whitethroat 2
Long Tailed Tits x 8 all feeding in the same bush

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4 Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff.

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4-6.15pm

10-12 ring-necked parakeets
1 great spotted woodpecker
3 treecreeper
2 chiffchaff
2 stock dove
3 song thrush
2 mistle thrush
4 redwing
1 reed bunting
4 bullfinch
2 teal
Plus the usuals around

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3 Treecreepers all in same tree along boardwalk in Stenner Woods.

Parakeets very noisy and visible, one perched around 15 foot above footpath which I could show to the grandchildren without needing binoculars.

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A really nice walk in Stenner Woods this morning, similar birds to the posts below, also notable though:
2 Stock Dove in the woods, first time I've seen them in woodland
Reed Bunting male, singing over the meadow. Great to see them establishing territory on there, normally a few pairs in the summer but I hadn't seen any over the winter
2 Chiffchaff singing
2 Little Grebe, on the minging pond by Old Bedians sports club, first 'Mersey' birds for me, looking very summery
10-11 Fieldfare, pristine and surely bound for Europe soon

I walked on to Burnage Rugby Club, posted on the other thread for that bit



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9 Ring Necked Parakeet
Chiffchaff
2 Treecreeper
7 Jay
2Chaffinch
6 Nuthatch
Goldcrest
6 Redwing
Grey Heron
3Buzzard,(2very high,the other 1 low down)

Lots of Blue,Great And Long tailed Tits,Robins,Blackbirds and far to many Magpies.


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Afternoon visit, didn't have time to cover the whole area and do it justice!

12+ Ring-necked Parakeet
Treecreeper
Nuthatch
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker having a tussle
5 Song Thrush singing and one feeding on the ground
1 Mistle Thrush singing
Great Tit - at least 10 seen and others heard
2 Grey Heron - one a smart adult bird in full breeding plumage and the other a younger bird

On the Mersey

2 Goosander
10 Mallard
20 Black-headed Gull


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Lunchtime visit today, very busy birdwise!

Of note...
Rose-ringed Parakeet - approx 20, singles-2's-3's-4's. In various areas of the park. Could be repeats though.
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 2
Nuthatch - 1 then 2 together later
Redwing - large group of about 80-90 in woods, very loud
Song Thrush - 2 together
Blackbird - 2
Chaffinch - quite a few around
Goldfinch - 7
Lesser Redpoll - 1 with the Goldfinch
Bullfinch - 2 (call gave them away)
Lots of Great Tit and Blue Tit
Coal Tit - 1
Wren - few seen, lots singing
Grey Heron - 2 (1 stood near boardwalk, 1 over)


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7.30 am to 12pm Nuthatch x1 . Treecreeper x3. Ring necked parakeet x 10. Redwing x6 . Mistle thrush x2. Blackbird x8. Gt. Spotted Woodpecker x3. Stock dove x4. Song thrush x1. Jay x2. Grey Heron x1

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a pm tacho break today after delivering in Didsbury centre.

45 minutes with plenty of activity.

Rose-ringed Parakeets - approx 8 (some near entrance, others in the wood)
Blue Tits - at least 8
Great Tits - 3
Coal Tit - 1
Goldfinch - 1
Chaffinch - 2 or 3 with more heard
Mistle Thrush - 1
Blackbird - 3
Chiffchaff - heard only but quite loud, couldn't locate
Oystercatcher - heard it calling and it was flying over towards the open bit of the park as I glanced up
Woodpigeon - lots around

...and also of note a Treecreeper with a distinct very white breast, and a pale brown hue to the body, had an almost greyish colour to it. Reminded me of the Treecreeper I had at Marton Mere (Fylde) on Jan 18th this year that was also very white breasted and pale greyish brown to the body.



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2 Buzzard
8 Ring-necked Parakeets
Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Grey Heron
Greenfinch
Chaffinch
plus lots of song and sightings from all the common Garden Birds

2 Nuthatch making nest,very small hole, wonder they can fit in it

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 7th of March 2015 11:14:53 AM

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Late Report from Friday 27th

On Mersey

2 Goosander
Red Breasted Merganser
These 3 Ducks were together and flew off towards Kingsway Bridge

In Fletcher Moss

Goldcrest
4 Nuthatch
2 Treecreeper
Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Ring-necked Parakeet
Grey Heron




-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 28th of February 2015 07:56:52 AM

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Dismal Day with lots of unrecognizable birdsong and calls and not being to see any contenders.
Lots of Bird Activity from the common birds.

Off Note
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Bullfinch
buzzard coming in low over cafe
Grey Heron in Dipping pond


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Ring necked parakeet 5
Blackbird 5
Blue tit 4
Great tit 2
Woodpigeon 4
Goldcrest 1
Grey wagtail 1
Mallard 4
Black headed gull 12
Magpie 6
Carrion crow 3
Long tailed tit 2

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On Didsbury Toc H Rugby Club pitches:

c150 Redwing, the first decent sized flock I've seen round here this Winter.
c30 Starling and a few Mistle Thrush in attendance.

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6 Bullfinch
8 Jay
2 Treecreeper
Kingfisher
Goldcrest
11 Ring-necked Parakeet

Plus lots of activity from all the usual Garden Birds


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9th February, 3.00pm

Kingfisher very active in area near sluice gate. Male and female Goosander keeping very close to each other on river.

Alan Hill

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Passing through on my way to Didsbury Village(slow walk)

Kingfisher (pond by boardwalk)
Bullfinch
Treecreeper
Goldcrest
Nuthatch
Plus a Cockatiel,Only inches away from capturing it

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Lesser Spotted Woodpecker seen from the boardwalk this morning.

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Originally posted by Bernard Hooley:

A walk with my wife from fletcher moss park to northenden along the bank of the Mersey
Fletcher moss park
Ring-necked parakeets 6 flying about from tree to tree with a lot of squawking going on
Other birds seen
Blackbirds2
Carrion crows 2
Magpies 6
Robins 2
Woodpigeons2
On the river
Grey heron
Mallards20
Little grebe 2
Black headed gulls 46
Cheers bernard


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Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Ringed Necked Parakeets, Buzzard, Swallow, Goldcrest, Reed Bunting.

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Buzzard over, Sand Martins on River, Several Treecreepers, Nuthatch, Blackcap singing, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting on one of the ponds and 6 Ringed Necked Parakeets.


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Just back from there.
Treecreeper
3 Nuthatch
2 song thrush by boardwalk
Several Parakeets
Heard chiffchaff
Was hoping to see a Blackcap but no luck.


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1st Blackcap of the year this morning.

Also 3 Chiffchaff + all the usuals

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Weird sight of Redwings and Chiffchaff in the same tree

At least 3 pairs of Parakeets
Treecreeper
4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers

and Tony Darby

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 20th of March 2014 11:07:38 AM

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Chiffchaff
Goldcrest
several Redwing
11 Ring-necked Parakeet
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
6 Teal
1 Little Grebe
2 Sparrowhawk

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 20th of March 2014 11:08:00 AM

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12 - 16 Ring-necked Parakeet this afternoon in Stenner Woods.

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33 Siskin yesterday
several Redwing - also in song

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A pair of teal this morning (Thursday) on the ponds in the Willow Carr.

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11 Ring-necked Parakeets in the area this morning. A decent turn out, the maximum here during the day is usually 9.



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stenner woods 11-30 till 1.00pm - 2 jays, 2 wrens, a few robins, blue tits, 2 parakeets, some magpies,a hawk unsure of though

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A large flock of at least 150 Redwings feeding on the ground until the area was invaded by rugby blokes doing training stuff. hmmbiggrin



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A very enjoyable stroll round the woodland, hoping for a LSW ideally - no luck in that department, but lots of birdsong inc several Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Wren, and calling Great Spotted Woodpecker. A family party of fledged Great Tits. Fair bit of Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam coming through, nonetheless some cracking habbo, particulary liked the wet, mature willow woodland. So did the birds by the sound of it.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 17th of June 2013 07:23:24 PM

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The Ringed Teal has been in the area for over a year now Pete.
As you suggest, it moves between the woods and the Millgate Lane pond. smile

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Ringed Teal drake on the green pool opposite the rugby club car park at Millgate. No doubt the mystery exotic duck reported to me last month which was seen on the pools in Stenner Woods.
1 Buzzard
Ring-necked Parakeets

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10 Ringed Necked Parrakeets, at one point mobbed a grey squirrel, Local lady also stated she had seen the amazon in this neck of the woods in the past. 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Chiffchaff 1 Willow Warbler loads of Blackcap, 1 Swallow, Jay, Common Whitethroat Reed Bunting, Cormerant Greylag Goose Carrion Crow one very hoarse, woodpecker drumming Goldfinch Alpine Garden 2 Goldcrest with Long Tailed Tits. More mistletoe in the church yard.

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4-6 Ringed Necked Parrakeets, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Chiffchaff 3 Willow Warbler 3 Blackcap and in the very pleasant Alpine Garden Goldcrest with another Blackcap. They were also filming something as well.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 27th of April 2013 04:52:45 PM

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Nice evening stroll 6 - 7.30pm, though no sign of the recent Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Ring-necked Parakeets everywhere. 6-8 individuals, but difficult to keep track.
First Swift of the year
Male Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Nuthatch
5 Mistle Thrush
2 Song Thrush
Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits
Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Chaffinch
Wren
Jay
Great Spotted Woodpecker

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A quick visit at lunch time with Phil Owen.

3 or 4 Ring-necked Parakeets.
Pair of Mistle Thrushes.
Nuthatch
Song Thrush
Male Blackcap
Blue and Great Tits
Dunnock
Robins
Blackbirds
Wren
Carrion Crows

Rick.

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6 - 7:30

Song Thrush
4 Ring-necked Parakeets
2 Jays
1 maybe 2 Treecreeper
1 Nuthatch
Chaffinch (m)

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LOST cry

A 15cm cable release lost at this site.

Cheers, John

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This is probably the one I got incredible views of a few months ago by Parrs Wood playing fields. I hadn't wanted to post this current sighting until I'd seen it with my own eyes (I do trust my father!) but as I say it has been in this location for at least two weeks.

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Nigel Troup wrote:

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was showing again at 17:30 in the top of a large tree close by the small wildlife pond in the area described in the previous post. What a great find Jon.





Can someone try and formally submit this excellent sighting then please? smile

Far too much good stuff going to waste on this forum already and this record is a cracker.

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