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3 Raven feeding this afternoon at their usual time - 1 adult + 2 full grown noisy youngsters

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1 Raven over Clay Lane this morning

The noisy family of 4 Ravens again this afternoon at their regular feeding place at their usual time.

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Raven family again feeding at their usual time and place this afternoon.
Also a one-legged Pied Wagtail.

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1 Raven over yesterday morning

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Raven family again this afternoon.

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Raven family of 1 adult and 2 well grown young yesterday afternoon and again this morning.

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Whilst 4 of us were watching the bird feeders in the Secret Garden (Archaeology site) a Raven landed on the feeder cage and tried for 2 mins to dismantle the feeders. An hour later it returned and managed to get at the fatballs through the cage with its massive beak and didn't seem at all concerned at me approaching to within about 5m. Also a Sparrowhawk (f) landed for 15 mins in a tree by the moat.

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3 Ravens again this afternoon. 1 adult and 2 noisy youngsters harassing the adult for food.

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This afternoon a family group of 4 Ravens - 2 adults and 2 fully grown young demanding food

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Ian Howarth wrote:

8 x Swifts flying now over Riddings Rd, Arderne Rd, St George's Crescent, Heyes Lane. They visit this same spot every year without fail in early May.


Nice, used to have them nesting in our eaves in that area, Acresfield Road.

Had a couple on Thur 10th, Delahays bypass on a visit.

Willow Warbler was brought in by the warm front and rain Wed 9th - Thur 10th. In willows along the public footpath from Brooks Drive to the hospital. Also here a Whitethroat holding on, can't be many more years before the vegetation gets too tall. I can remember the first one staking out a low bramble patch as the field scrubbed over, many years ago.



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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 sp20.10.18, 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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8 x Swifts flying now over Riddings Rd, Arderne Rd, St George's Crescent, Heyes Lane. They visit this same spot every year without fail in early May.

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2 x Ravens escorted by 2 Carrion Crows along the 18th fairway flying South. 2 x Nuthatch together, 1 x Treecreeper, 1 x GS Woodpecker.

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1 noisy Raven over this afternoon mobbed by a Carrion Crow


Same today only this time Raven was silent. Heading south.



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1 noisy Raven over this afternoon mobbed by a Carrion Crow

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1 Snipe. West Timperley Nature Reserve 6pm.

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Mallard with 11 ducklings on canal by Timperley met. 1 Grey Wagtail in the same area as per the last few years. 1 Blackcap (F).

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Near the moat. I was just about to post that I'd seen the M + F Great Spotted Woodpecker but not together, when 5 seconds later they were 'mating', albeit for only 2 seconds. 2 Song Thrushes having a right scrap and then one of them jumps on a branch 2m away and stares at me for ages as if to say 'what do you think about that?' 1 Blackcap (f).

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Drake Mandarin Duck flew south over the horse field adjacent to Fairywell Wood on Sunday 3rd April, there's a small stream in there so perhaps looking for breeding sites? Prob over 100 Woodpigeon in the same field, though hard to count as they moved around a lot!

Long Tailed Tit i think probably nest building in one of the hedges along Beech Fields, Mon 4th.



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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 sp20.10.18, 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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A beautiful Chiffchaff sung merrily away by the moat this afternoon.

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Alty Golf Course. M + F GS Woodpecker together.

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2 Raven over this afternoon

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1 Raven feeding at a private site this afternoon in Timperley

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Very vocal Chiffchaff at Skelton Junction, from Moss Lane bridge.

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1 noisy Raven overhead heading towards the golf course this morning

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The horse field between Brooks Drive, Fairywell Wood and Alder Drive has had a lot of birds daily, tho limited diversity!

21.2.22 - highest count of 33 Magpie,

Woodpigeon 42 on 5th March

Lesser Black Backed Gulls collecting nesting material.



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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 sp20.10.18, 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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Great to watch Siskin (10) bathing in the flooded field by KingGeorgeV whilst it was pouring down and then to take shelter on the Lee side of a tree, next to about 8 Goldfinch. 2 trees blown down.

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Alty Golf Course. About 60 Redwing, 1 Buzzard being harassed by 2 Carrion Crows again but the Buzzard fought off the 2 crows this time, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Song Thrush singing, another close by, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (m), a flock of about 45 Starlings. And nice to see several Great, Blue, Coal and Long Tailed Tits feeding together within a meter of each other.

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20 Redwing in the trees by the 18th fairway. 2 Nuthatch together, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (m), 1 Song Thrush belting out some sort of song.

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About 100 Redwing on the field by KingGeorgeV pool. 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Goldcrest near the moat.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 10th of February 2022 08:19:59 PM

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1 Raven flying over the golf course this morning being mobbed by a Lesser Black-backed Gull

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Robert - Ravens have bred near the Golf Course in recent years

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Alty Golf Course. 2 x Woodpeckers M + F together 0.5m apart. Male kept approaching female but she was having none of it.

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A Goldcrest on my garden feeder (Timperley) just now; so happy as I've not seen one in my garden before. And now a Blackcap (M) which is a regular visitor to the feeders this last 3 weeks. But not seen the Blackcap (F) for a week now.

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Raven flying across edge of golf course! Also at Wythenshawe park! Becoming more common as time goes bye! Perhaps they will breed locally soon!

This is the third winter in a row that a buzzard has spent near the old hall woods! Maybe finds squirrels easy to catch?

That egret (if it is the same one) has been around for three or four years now and can sometimes be seen in stream on golf course!



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2 x Great Spotted Woodpeckers together; well actually one was mithering the other on/off for 10 minutes. (Golf course). Several Siskin near the moat.

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Moat. 1 x Siskin (m), 1 Sparrowhawk (f)

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Beautiful sunny afternoon. 2 x Nuthatch together near the moat. A Great Spotted Woodpecker landed on a branch and seemed to lay back at a slant to face the sun for 5 mins fully exposing all its underside in an unusual fashion, almost like it was sunbathing or just posing. Times like this I wish I had a camera.

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Little Egret in the tree by KingGeorgeV pool. Lots of Redwing and Starling and several views of calling Nuthatch around the golf course. 2 Mistle Thrush in a standoff.

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80 Redwing alongside 10 Starlings in the field next to KingGeorgeV pool. One Great Spotted Woodpecker. One Nuthatch.

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Today was the loudest drumming I've heard this year. Got a good view of the Great Spotted Woodpecker near the Driving range. Lots of Redwing flitting between the trees with a few Fieldfare too. Just one Goosander (M) on the Pool.

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KingGeorgeV pool Mandarin M + F. Also the duck I can't positively identify which is of Mallard size has returned. See my earlier thread. The 9 Goosander (4M, 5F) that I saw on Christmas Day have all gone. 40 Redwing on the field by the pool.

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Altrincham Golf Course and KingGeorgeV pool. Lots of birdsong today, even a Woodpecker drumming on a few occasions, on this beautiful, mild and sunny morning. Over 20 species including 4 Goosander, Redwing, Jay, Bullfinch and Greenfinch.

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Little Egret now on the island at KingGeorgeV pool. About 20 Goldfinch in one Alder and about 15 Redwing in the next tree. One drake Goosander, 2 Song Thrush and a chirpy little Wren.

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Rob. Could the duck be Swedish Blue? I'm no expert on birds; but there is a distict similarity. I saw it again on the Pond at Timperley Nature Reserve 2 days ago. Swimming up and down and very vocal, in a group of Mallards, looking lost. I'm not on Facebook but apparently others have seen it and posted about it. It has a striking scaly appearance on its back. Maybe try Facebook West Timperley Nature Reserve?

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Could your duck have been a Swedish Blue?

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Little Egret in the Brook by KingGeorgeV pool. One male Siskin feeding next to a Chaffinch. Not one Redwing.

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Still lots of Redwing, about 40, moving from tree to tree as you walk round KingGeorgeV pool, and on the field. No Fieldfare, but there were 2 Mistle Thrush.

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About 65 Redwing on the grass field next to KingGeorgeV pool.

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6 Goosander on KingGeorgeV pool (5m, 1f). And a duck I didn't recognise...perhaps a hybrid? Medium to dark grey on top and sides, white throat and breast. And an unusual scaly sort of appearance especially on top. White bits just behind the bill. Very vocal, swimming up and down like it was looking for its mate. Any Ideas?

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King George V pool. 3 p.m. Shoveler female.

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