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A mid morning exploration;

2 x great black-backed gull on King George V pool. Gracefully navigating the frozen water!

And something I couldn't identify on the brook! Very fast, flew close to the water and then again over the pool. Behaved like a kingfisher but grey to brown in colour. Second time I have seen this bird...any help on what this could be?!





Could it have been a Dipper?

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A mid morning exploration;

2 x great black-backed gull on King George V pool. Gracefully navigating the frozen water!

On the field behind, I saw a Carrion crow bathing in a puddle and then drying himself in the sun. 

I found a little hidden area between the field and the golf course and saw some redwing foraging about. Some other birds, possibly fieldfare but I didn't want to go in much further in case I disturbed them.

Heard a great spotted woodpecker several times and chased him for about ten minutes but not seen. 

Goldfinch

Pied wagtail

And something I couldn't identify on the brook! Very fast, flew close to the water and then again over the pool. Behaved like a kingfisher but grey to brown in colour. Second time I have seen this bird...any help on what this could be?!



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A flock of Pink Footed Geese at 5.30 pm calling west of Acresfield Rd/Gerrard Rd junction, sounded like they were heading south. Some other reports after dark, from Irlam and Bury.



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Pink Footed Geese heard over Whitebeam Close at 10:07 a.m. Couldn't see them unfortunately.

Skylark over south at 12:40 pm.



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12 Gadwall (11 drake) at King George V Pool. Also Cormorant and c30 Fieldfare

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Single Fieldfare feeding on Rowan berries in the garden today.

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About 300 Pink Footed Geese were over the Clay Lane end of Brooks Drive flying east at 10.05 a.m. Seemed a bit disorganised and unsure where they wanted to go, some of them changed direction briefly at one point.

Ta for the heads up on the Parakeet roost Rob,  wasnt aware of that. 



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Mike, that flight path for the Parakeets would take them towards the main roost site towards the City Centre so they could be heading there?

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Originally posted today by Keith Ridley:


Saw 4 buzzards over Timperley.3 were high in the key one was low quite a sight to see



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About 35 ish Ring Necked Parakeets in 4 groups observed from the back of Ridgeway Sports and Social Club fields at 7pm ish flying from the Clay Lane area towards Roundthorn/Baguley area. I've seen them head that way before, must be a roost somewhere.

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Approx 80 ish Pink Footed Goose east ish at 11:53 and Raven low at 11:45, both over Beech Fields. 2 Swallow at 10:30 SE ish low and fast over Riddings Road after the rain stopped, on a mission. 1 Siskin at 10:20 south east ish over Olive Road

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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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Approx 18 Pink Footed Geese high SE over Acresfield Road at 7.40pm, lucky they called or I'd have missed them.

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Singing Chiffchaff near the railway line and Athletics Club track this afternoon .

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1 Ring-necked Parakeet over Green Lane this afternoon

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1 Stock Dove landed in the field next to Fairywell Wood briefly before flying north along the course of the brook in the direction of Brooklands, on Sat 8th (late due to losing my password!)

Today, a pair of House Sparrows feeding on Hawthorn buds in the hedge at the bottom of the garden - first in the garden for nearly 30 years!



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2 Little Egrets by the brook on Altrincham Golf Course, visible from Oakfield Road.



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Two ravens in a tree at the bottom of our suburban garden this afternoon.

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Raven NE over Shaftesbury Avenue/Vale Road 14.40 today.

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It was nice to observe at close quarters 2 presumed Icelandic coburni Redwing feeding with 3 iliacus on holly berries the last few days, near Fairywell Wood, Timperley. Occasionally joined by a Fieldfare. The coburni seemed to stay close to each other but not the iliacus - and vice versa. Probably coincidence though. The Fieldfare and one of the Redwing repeatedly drank water droplets that were hanging off twigs.



-- Edited by Mike Duckham on Wednesday 27th of November 2019 01:21:46 PM

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Pink Footed Geese heard distantly from Whitebeam Close (by Fairywell Wood) at 9:05 today were presumably the flock that Chris Roberts had SE over Ashton on Mersey at 8:45.



-- Edited by Mike Duckham on Sunday 10th of November 2019 08:10:05 PM

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A skein of 15 calling Whooper Swans flew SE over the far end of Navigation Road train platform yesterday at 4pm, a very pleasant surprise.
On my return leg, a Golden Plover flew over Alder Drive calling at 1 a.m. today.



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A flock of Pink Footed Geese were heard from Whitebeam Close at 10.15 a.m., possibly the 90 birds which flew SE over Irlam prior to that.

Ring Necked Parakeets seen and heard today and yesterday at the south end of the wood.



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A flock of Pink Footed Geese flew over the Fairywell Wood/Brooks Drive area, calling at 9:05 a.m., didn't manage to spot them this time.



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Yesterday morning, 2 Ravens flew east to west over Fairywell Wood, the horse field next to Alder Drive, Brooks Drive and the sports fields off Ridgeway Rd.
Pretty sure i heard one call same time today but only 99%.



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A Green Sandpiper was heard this morning from Whitebeam Close, calling from the area of Fairywell Brook just south of Fairywell Wood.
A few parakeets heard too.
The gull colony, wherever it is, is quite vocal and can be heard from a distance, presumably on the roofs of Roundthorn Industrial Estate.



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A Lesser Black Backed Gull was collecting nesting material in the horse field adjacent to Whitebeam Close - i wonder where the nearest nesting site is? Perhaps on the big warehouse roofs not far away across Fairywell Wood. A Blackcap singing in the wood. Fledgling Dunnock in the garden.
A Whitethroat is back in the rough field between Fairywell Wood and Brooks Drive, along the footpath here.



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A Woodcock flew east over Delahays Rd at 5:45 pm., heading for the pastures. Not a Timperley tick for me though, after one flushed from a neighbours garden next to the big pond on Acresfield Road one morning during a snowy spell mid '80's.

Yep Sid it's amazing how egrets have spread and are still spreading.
I guess during the daytime it must be fishing along quieter stretches of the Timperley Brook, there's bits that go between houses which will be undisturbed.
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1 Little Egret present in the tall weeping willow on one of the islands at KGV Pool at dusk. Talking to a couple of fishermen, it's apparently been quite regular recently. No Pochard or Goosander though.


 Mike of interest I posted the following on 12th December 2018 in the Altrincham thread which is where I have always believed the pool is situated. The two Little Egrets were there for a couple of days that I know of.

Just did a circuit of King George V pool, plenty of activity today including 3 Cormorant, 7 Goosander (5 female and 2 male), male and female Pochard, a Grey Heron perched in the same tree on one of the small islands as two Little Egrets. 

Interestingly I discovered a bit of history about the pool today.  It is a small artificial lake constructed between 1910 and 1911 in celebration of the coronation of King George V and was gifted to the people of Altrincham in the king's memory in the hope that the folk of Altrincham would take an interest in the pool's birdlife.


 



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Mike Duckham wrote:

1 Little Egret present in the tall weeping willow on one of the islands at KGV Pool at dusk. Talking to a couple of fishermen, it's apparently been quite regular recently. No Pochard or Goosander though.


 Mike of interest I posted the following on 12th December 2018 in the Altrincham thread which is where I have always believed the pool is situated. The two Little Egrets were there for a couple of days that I know of.

Just did a circuit of King George V pool, plenty of activity today including 3 Cormorant, 7 Goosander (5 female and 2 male), male and female Pochard, a Grey Heron perched in the same tree on one of the small islands as two Little Egrets. 

Interestingly I discovered a bit of history about the pool today.  It is a small artificial lake constructed between 1910 and 1911 in celebration of the coronation of King George V and was gifted to the people of Altrincham in the king's memory in the hope that the folk of Altrincham would take an interest in the pool's birdlife.



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1 Little Egret present in the tall weeping willow on one of the islands at KGV Pool at dusk. Talking to a couple of fishermen, it's apparently been quite regular recently. No Pochard or Goosander though.



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11:20 a.m. - v. approx 240 Pink Footed Geese fairly low ESE ish over the south end of Fairywell Wood, viewed from Whitebeam Close. On a course for Wythenshawe, Heald Green and The Wash.

I must go and have a look for those Little Egrets, insane record in the not-too-distant past!



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Originally posted today by Robert Hayden:

King George V Pool:

Monday 10th 1 Little Egret, 3 male and 3 female Gooseanders at 4pm.

Two Little egrets today!



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A male Blackcap in the hedge between Whitebeam Close and the adjacent horse field. I only spotted it because i was trying to see a calling House Sparrow which was the first one here for over 20 years!



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Just had a harrier sp fly over! Viewed from Clay Lane c. 4:40pm, i luckily had bins and somewhere to pull over, watched it as it headed slowly and steadily approx. NE over the rugby pitches, Ridgeway Sports and Social Club, and the Brooks Drive area. Watched until it was well distant. Bit gutted i couldn't ID it to species, but quite a buzz nonetheless.



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The bird may well have departed, but I can be in Timperley on Sunday should it be reported again.

Any updates (positive or negative) would be appreciated please, especially on Saturday.

Best Wishes,

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I was there on Tuesday and the number of Starlings was way down today compared to then so I think you are right about that!

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No show by the Rose-coloured Starling this morning by 11.15


 That's a pity, hope it's still around - but a very clear night last night so may have taken the opportunity to go somewhere a bit warmer.   Certainly new birds arrived in my part of Timperley - Blackbirds and Chaffinches in particular.



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No show by the Rose-coloured Starling this morning by 11.15



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The Fawn Yawn was still showing well on and off today in the tall Lombardy Poplar in the school grounds,  and also the aerial on Forest Drive..     There was a bit of a phase of giving birds nicknames in the 80s/90s, kind of a twitching tribe hip speak. The Grotfinch, the Marmo's, Eleo's, R B Flicker and so on. 
3 Fieldfares over quite high picked up with bins, and 2 others landed in the top of a lime tree.



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Seen well on aerial and flat roof in forest lane/ forest school area several times between 13.10 and 13.45.

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I've always assumed it's because the adults are pink and the juvs are basically boring bags of pooh,and stink rhymes with pink,therefore we get pink stink,could be totally wrong though,if anyone else has another theory i'd be interested to hear it

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The Pink Stink(aka rosy starling) showed twice between 11am and 11.30 on roofs at rear of prep school


 I have wondered for some time where the term Pink Stink came from - Pete or anyone else able to tell me please?



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The Pink Stink(aka rosy starling) showed twice between 11am and 11.30 on roofs at rear of prep school

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Rose-coloured Starling appeared on the corner of Forest Drive at 9.30am currently down in gardens out of view

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Starling was seen briefly this morning around the corner from forest drive opposite wellington school it was in a tree behind Bryon Drive off moss lane, birds were very mobile today and were returning to the popular and other areas. they were feeding on the sports field opposite the school down a allyway , large Goldfinch flock and redwings in area, its a mobile bird but a spoke to a number of locals who are aware of its and are feeding all the birds as best they can.

 

 



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Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling didn't show again and there until noon when no starlings at all!

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Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling still present in the same area as usual at 09:10, seen briefly but no sign since

Info thanks to Paul Heaton



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Second time lucky this lunchtime after no joy on Friday morning. Distant but in full view at the top of the poplars in the Prep School grounds.

Also two small skeins of pink-footed geese 8 and 24 birds overhead.

I'd like to add my thanks to the original finder.



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Tried again today. None of last night's forecast sun but at least it didn't rain. More birders seem to be turning up (about 20) which appeared to make the Rose-coloured Starling a little nervous as the 4 visits to the aerials/roof top were only short ones. It did linger, preening, on top of the nearby Lombardy Poplar allowing more distant photos.

Also 2 skeins of Pink feet over east (49 and 91)

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Present again this morning, but only showed on aerials for about 20 seconds on three occasions between 9 and 11



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Just to add to Doc Brewsters comments about the local residents. Whilst waiting yesterday for the bird with a fellow birder, a friendly resident came out to chat and asked if we would like cup of tea! Good old northern hospitality.  

We also had great views of the bird on a tv aerial near to the Forest school. 



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