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02/06/09 1 Kingfisher, pair of Pochard and drake Tufted Duck KGV
03/06/09 drake Tufted Duck, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Wagtail KGV
03/06/09 2 Mute Swans SPL

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After a fruitless hour watching an empty Hobby territory just over the border in Cheshire I came home and as I was lighting the BBQ my son called to alert me to - yes - you've guessed it, a flyover - but clearly hunting Hobby.

It may have been in the area a while as several over flying Swallows had previously alarm called, I assumed it was in response to an unseen Sparrowhawk.

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Common Whitethroat and 2 Song Thrush @ Woodcote Allotments by Sinderland Brook

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KGV - 2 drake Pochard, pair of Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 GS Woodpecker, 1 Mute Swan, 1 juv Cormorant, 6 Mallard ducklings, 2 Swallow

SPL - pair of Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Mallard ducklings

2 House Martin over Brook Way in Timperley

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Bonanza time this morning with first 2, then 3, then 7 and finally 8 Common Buzzard thermalling and displaying over the garden before finally drifting off high to the east.

Local birds or perhaps wintering birds moving out?

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lots of action over Timperley Raptor Viewpoint (aka my back garden) with female Sparrowhawk and several Buzzards.

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Hmmm.

My sister's garden and I find out on the Website....words will be had!!

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Excellent garden bird Ann!
I've been out and topped my nyjer feeder up to try and tempt one in here.
Thanks. Henry.

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Mealy redpoll with the lessers on the garden niger feeder mid-morning.

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Rob

I saw the Mandarin for the last time either on Stamford Park or King Georges in August last year and I walk around both regularly.

Sid A

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When was the Manadarin last seen?

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WeBS count

King George V Pool

6 Pochard (4 drakes)
2 Tufted Duck (1 drake)
2 Cormorant (1 adult with extensive white on head and neck and 1 juv)
23 Mallard
4 Moorhen
3 Coot
2 Mute Swan
6 Canada Goose
15 Black-headed Gull
1 white farmyard goose

Stamford Park Lake

2 Mute Swan (1 with green ring CX70)
2 Canada Goose
21 Black-headed Gull
6 Mallard
1 Mallard x farmyard duck hybrid


Also 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest on Timperley Brook

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WeBS count

King George V Pool

6 Pochard (4 drakes)
2 Mallard
2 Mute Swan
4 Canada Geese
4 Moorhen
3 Coot
1 Grey Heron
25 Black-headed Gull
1 white farmyard goose


Stamford Park Lake

43 Mallard
18 Black-headed Gull
1 Mute Swan
1 Moorhen
2 Canada Goose
1 Mallard x farmyard duck hybrid

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Peregrine over Altincham College of Arts today at 2.30pm circling and drifting south

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Mike, i work around alty /timperly and just stop off at likley looking spots to have my lunch break and yesterday was my first vist, had another look today but the weather was bad, and i obviously missed goldfinch and wood pigeon off the list,one of the big pines looks as though a tawny/little owl has a regular perch there so here.s hoping.

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Nice selection of birds in a 10 minute stroll! Have you ever had Little Owl along that section? I ask coz i used to live off Alder Drive by Brooks Drive and i used to hear them calling at night.
Cheers.

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Timperley life list c. 89 (ish). Barn Owl 4.11.19, Green Sand 27.8.19, Little Egret 13.2.19, ringtail harrier sp 20.10.18, Fawn Yawn 15.10.18, Grasshopper Warbler  15.4.16, Tree Pipit 13.4.16, Yellowhammer 5.4.15, Hobby May '11, Wigeon Dec '10



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Ridgeway rd/brooks drive 1/12/08

2 gs pecker 2 bh gull
6 blackbirds 1 mistle thrush
1 song thrush 12 starling
1 redwing 2 magpie
4 lt tit 2 great tit
1 jay 1 nuthatch
4 blue tit 1 wren
2 robin all in a ten mins leg stretchbiggrin.gif I half expected to find snow white on the log seatwink.gif,brooks drive must hold some more, I,ll try to get there more often.

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6 Redwing west over he garden this morning.

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1 Redwing heading west over Altrincham College of Arts at 9.30am this morning

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king george v pool 23/09/08 lunch break

1 heron 4 coot 4 moorhens 10 feral pigeon (over) can,t you just see i,m struggling) 2 mallard 2 blackbirds 2 canada,and a nice surprise 1 nuthatchbiggrin.gif added to the list.it,s a bit quite a the momment, something/one has cleared the place out,but it,s very urban and i suspect a lot of disturbment over the weekend,just hope that whoever keeps the place
litter and dog poo free hasn,t tieded up some of the birds as well.

cheers geoff

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Good to hear the pool is being regularly birded Geoff. Great shame about the grebe, was always the highlight of my sporadic visits to the site. Have you still bee getting regular views of Kingfisher? They seem to be doing quite well in the area but maybe it's due to dispersing adults after a failed breeding season, hard to say...
Thanks. Henerz.

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kgv pool 10/09/08

added grey wagtail and kestrel to the site list

cheers geoff

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kgv pool quick look at lunch 08/09/08

1 grey heron 1 kingfisher,large flock of mixed tits among them 3 goldcrest (or 1 seen3 times)thanks to andy isherwood who gave me a bird watching lesson at penny last year,
1 tree creeper was treatbiggrin.gif.

sadly the great crested grebe is no more I found it dead tangled up in fishing line some 20 ft out amongst the weeds.

elation turns so quickly to saddness

geoff

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Single Hobby over Smith's Fields on Thursday evening, again during football so no optics so I couldn't age it.

It flew low south-west from The Sylvan over the allotments heading roughly in the direction of the Moss

This is the second time I've seen Hobby here this summer - they MUST be somewhere local.....

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kgv pool mid afternoon,1 great crested grebe,1 grey heron,1 kingfisher,the heron was walking 10ft in front me this afternoon very reluctant to leave its spot,great to see a kingfisher 'fishing' three strikes out of fivebiggrin.gif,the fishermen tell me there are a pair of them
but i,ve not been that lucky yet.

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kgv pool, quick look mid pm, 1 kingfisher,1 great crested grebe (which needs to undergo the bread/sprat test)very close views on this small urban lake,12 long tailed tits,2 great tits and some lbjs that may have been goldcrest?? .i can feel a site list coming and it,s dead easy flyovers and within the railings ,go on james i,m already at yawn.gifyawn.gif

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Kingfisher showing well on KGV, also 2 Pochard

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King George V Pool - 1 Kingfisher, 4 juv Pochard, 3 Common Swift

Sinderland Brook - singing Yellowhammer

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My tram navigation was indeed up the pole - they were last seen drifting north over Brooklands station area not Timperley station!

I think it well worth while any South Manchester birders checking out any hawking gull flocks - as well as suitable breeding areas.

I just wish I could have aged them..

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Had a Hobby from my garden ( a first) in Hale yesterday evening at 18.00, also in amongst the BHGs and swifts before it left the group and headed south. I was thinking of you Rob as you mentioned you'd likely had one a few weeks back, but I guess your four somewhat trumps my singleton. Also had a single common gull mixing with the BHGs each evening

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Wow superb! The mind boggles. I remember being ecstatic getting Sprawk and Kessie in Timperley not so many years ago. Used to play for Junior Blues (someone had to) on Smiths Field - north would take the birds towards Brooklands station wouldn't it?
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Timperley life list c. 89 (ish). Barn Owl 4.11.19, Green Sand 27.8.19, Little Egret 13.2.19, ringtail harrier sp 20.10.18, Fawn Yawn 15.10.18, Grasshopper Warbler  15.4.16, Tree Pipit 13.4.16, Yellowhammer 5.4.15, Hobby May '11, Wigeon Dec '10



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Helping to clear up at Unicorn Athletic Tournament at Smith's Fields (not in the Slyvan as some have suggested!) I hit the jackpot today with firstly one, then a second, third and ultimately forth Hobby, hawking insects with a flock of Black-headed Gulls and Common Swift.

The Swift kept above the Hobby, and in a fairly close group.

All the birds drifted slowly north, following the canal until I lost them over Timperley Station.

Without optics I couldn't age them, but it seems a couple of weeks too early for any to have been juveniles.

Ironically, yesterday I was watching a breeding pair on the (wrong side of the) county border in the nearby Dunham area . I've been able to confirm that these two birds were at the breeding site at the same time, so they hadn't come from there.

Worth keeping a close eye on the Moss I'd say....

A very pleasant mystery.

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I remember reading somewhere that Timperley's on a flight line for Shelduck. In fact i seem to recall sightings in the bird reports, this would've been mid '80's i guess! I used to look out for them but don't recall seeing any.
However i did see big flocks of Pink Feet from time to time.
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Timperley life list c. 89 (ish). Barn Owl 4.11.19, Green Sand 27.8.19, Little Egret 13.2.19, ringtail harrier sp 20.10.18, Fawn Yawn 15.10.18, Grasshopper Warbler  15.4.16, Tree Pipit 13.4.16, Yellowhammer 5.4.15, Hobby May '11, Wigeon Dec '10



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Nice one Rob. Isn't there some sort of huge post breeding moult over in Germany or something, could well be part of a larger migration?


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New garden tick for me this evening in the form of 12 Shelduck that flew fairly low, in a long line, heading due east at about 7:00 p.m.



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The Kingfisher showed superbly on King George V Pool and drat I didn't bother with the camera, although with dog in tow it would have been near impossible even at the range the bird was showing. A few hours here for any of the photographophiles amongst us would reap reward at the moment.
No sign of any Pochard but I didn't get a chance to check out Stamford Park Pond.

Also about today:-
1 Bullfinch
2 Goldfinches
1 Blackcap
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
16 Canada Geese (6 well-grown and 1 youngish gosling)
3 Coots
7 Moorhens (3 juvs)
1 Great Crested Grebe
2 Black-headed Gulls


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king george feeder stream,

1 kingfisher

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King George V Pool - at least 12 Pochard, adult female with at least 6 juvs (hard to count as diving/on vegetated island) and adult female with 4 juvs - this adult female made a solo flight to Stamford Park Lake @ 6:15am, before flying back towards KGV @ 6:35am, also 1 GC Grebe and several young Coot and Moorhen on KGV and 3 Canada goslings and 3 Mallard ducklings on SPL

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A report from Birdguides today:

14:37 14/07/08 Mediterranean Gull Manc'r Timperley 10:30
adult with Black-headed Gulls on Altrincham College of Arts school playing field


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Pochard situation cleared up this morning - both broods on King George V Pool, adult female with 4 juvs and adult female with 7 juvs, also pair of Grey Wagtail and GC Grebe

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Grey Wags are certainly still around - a pair, possibly nesting, underneath the Park Road bridge by the Bridgewater Canal.

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Hi, would have loved it if this forum had existed when i lived in Timperley, it was lonely not having anyone to swap sightings with! Used to get Grey Wag and Kingfisher on the stream at the end of the platform at Navvy Road station. Timperley Nature Reserve - worked on Park Road near there for a while, would check it from time to time, flushed a load of Snipe once during a snowy spell. Best bird tho was half a dozen Mealies on the way to work (taking a slight detour) on Timperley Golf Course one morning on the deck by the path.
Re: rooftop Goldies, i used to walk from Timp into Roundthorn Ind Est to work for a while, and there were some on a roof just near Habitat.
Keep it up!
Cheers all,
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It is more likely the Stamford brood has been predated, I would think. Are there any pike/mink there - from what I remember it's very small. Pochard broods would normally all feed together, diving frequently, which makes them difficult to count, but I still don't think they would walk in an urban area.

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Hi Judith,

Is it possible the other 3 ducklings were on the nest when I saw 4 @ Stamford ? Or would they all be with the female all the time ? There has been no sign of any Pochard on Stamford in 2 visits so I think there is only one brood.......

I'll spend as much time as I can in the area and if anyone else has the time it would be appreciated if you could have a look to get a fuller picture.......

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Pochard - Have you not got two broods, one at each site? Whilst broods can decrease, they can't increase (from 4 to 7) and given they've bred at KGV for 2 years now, the offspring have probably bred (philopatry is the correct name I think).
Having said that, Pochard will walk their young a reasonable distance but I would doubt they would do it in urban areas.

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King George V Pool - female Pochard with 7 duckings, Kingfisher, 2 GC Grebe (1 juv), 8 Mallard ducklings, Canada Geese with 8 goslings (6 and 2) also young Coot and Moorhen

it looks like the female Pochard and ducklings must have walked approx 300 yards (including over a road) from Stamford to KGV !

Stamford - 10 Mallard, Grey Heron

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Stamford Park Lake - female Pochard with 4 young, Grey Wagtail, 7 Mallard ducklings, 3 Canada goslings........great weather for ducks.........

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Stamford Park Lake early am - female Pochard, 4 Grey Wagtails (2 adults, 2 juvs), 5 Canada Geese (3 juvs), Mallard brood of 9 ducklings



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King George V Pool mid afternoon 31/05/08 - drake Pochard, drake Tufted Duck, 5 GC Grebe (3 juvs), singing Chiffchaff and Blackcap

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King George V Pool - 2 drake Pochard, 7 Tufted Duck (4 drakes), excellent views of Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Great Crested Grebe (3 juvs), 2 Mallard broods (2 and 10), Grey Wagtail, singing Blackcap

Stamford Park Lake - pair of Canada Geese with 3 goslings

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