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RE: Timperley


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. 80 (ish). The only list that counts! Latest addition: ringtail harrier sp 20.10.18, Fawn Yawn 15.10.18., Ring Necked Parakeet Jan '17, Grasshopper Warbler  15.4.16, Tree Pipit 13.4.16, Yellowhammer 5.4.15, Hobby 12.5.11



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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. 80 (ish). The only list that counts! Latest addition: ringtail harrier sp 20.10.18, Fawn Yawn 15.10.18., Ring Necked Parakeet Jan '17, Grasshopper Warbler  15.4.16, Tree Pipit 13.4.16, Yellowhammer 5.4.15, Hobby 12.5.11



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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

cheers geoff (on me dinner break)biggrin.gif

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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,
Mike.

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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

-- Edited by James Walsh at 11:42, 2008-06-01

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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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Big ouch indeed!

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or part of the Red Footed influx maybe Rob ...... ouch!

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Fluffed another raptor tonight - came home from work about 5:40 to see a falcon sp hawking very high above the garden - by the time i'd got bins it had gone.

Have had Hobby before overhead so I presume this was one of the north Cheshire birds wandering.evileye.gif

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Had a buzzard sp over garden this morning - getting quite used to Common's now but this one looked large, long tailed and large headed.

By the time I got bins on it it was against the sun so it'll go down as a near miss, but I'll always wonder.............evileye.gif


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King George V Pool - 2 drake Pochard, 5 Tufted (3 drakes), 5 Great Crested Grebe (2 adults, 3 chicks), Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail

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..and thanks to Mike'stext picked up the same bird over Timperley village looking settled so probably an early returning bird rather than passing through - good early date for "the garden". smile.gif

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Swift over this afternoon.

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Cheers Sid.
I popped around this evening and there it was on the golf course being very friendly with alien brothers; 2 Canada Geese. I saw the 2 geese on my last visit and completely missed the Mandarin!
1 Chiffchaff was blasting his song out from the adjacent housing estate and 3 Pochards are still on the pool.
Thanks. Henry.

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Henry

The Mandarin is still around - this morning he was on the golf course adjacent to King Georges with the two Canadas he usually knocks around with. He doesn't always stay on the water and often goes walkabout so you need to look in all areas aroun the pool. Sometimes he nips over to Stamford Park.

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I heard the Mandarin drake is still around the Altrincham area but i've dipped twice recently.
Other stuff on King George V Pool this evening included 3 Pochards (2 drk, 1f), 3 Tufted Ducks (2 drk, 1f) and 2 fine Great Crested Grebes.
Thanks. Henry.

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Singing chiffchaff this afternoon on Timperley Nature Reserve by Bridgewater Canal (Greater Manchester's smallest reserve).

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2 drake Pochard & pair GC Grebe on King George V Pool

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drake Pochard on King George V Pool last week, also Grey Wagtail on brook

(also drake Mandarin was still on Stamford Park Lake last month)

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The snow has brought the birds into Green Drive - 3 male blackcaps in neighbour's garden, 8 lesser redpoll and 3 siskins in ours.

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Cheers Steve - I check that Lapwing roost every now and again and haven't had GP there before - 'tis but a short flight to our house as the plover flies!

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Today at Broadheath Retail, noticed

23 Golden Plover
54 Lapwings


Taking flight from Mothercare roof..

Regards Steve

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Grey Wagtail and a nice flock of c25 Golden Plover south over the garden this morning.

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Just for the record my sister is getting around 8 Redpoll (and the odd Siskin) on their suburban garden niger feeder, and across the road a neighbour has two wintering Blackcap.




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Altrincham


drk Mandarin still on Stamford Park Lake

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RE: Timperley


c9 Common Swifts over Timperley 16/08/07

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King George V Pool - Kingfisher showing well on posts and islands around 9:30am, GS Woodpecker, Nuthatch, GC Grebe

nearby on Stamford - moulting drk Mandarin

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King George V Pool - Kingfisher @ 8:30am, 1 GC Grebe, 5 Canada goslings, 7 Mallard ducklings, GS Woodpecker

Common Swifts last seen in Timperley 3rd Aug & Altrincham 4th Aug

-- Edited by EcoBirdRacer at 10:55, 2007-08-07

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ecl drk Mandarin & 1 GC Grebe on King George V Pool but no sign again of juv Pochard today

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Jay & Song Thrush in Pickering Lodge Park (Jay has been going in local gardens as well), also Sparrowhawk and c10 Common Swifts (some look to be breeding) in the area

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2 male Blackcaps & singing Chiffchaff between Bridge Grove & Brookfield Avenue @ sj 776894

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Rob - was it just the drake you saw yesterday, or the pair ?

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Saw the Pochard yesterday - have to say it looks un-ringed and about as wary as it could be on a pond the size of a large jacuzzi!

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17/05/07 mid morning

King George V Pool - drake Pochard, drake Tufted Duck, Canada goslings

Stamford - pair of Tufted Duck

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Stamford Park Lake - pair of Pochard, pair of Tufted Duck, pair of Canada Geese & 6 goslings

King George V Pool - drake Mandarin, 2 pairs of Tufted Duck, GC Grebe, GS Woodpecker

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Timperley/Altrincham


Stamford Park Lake - pair of Pochard (also see Altrincham Pochard phenomena post), pair of Tufted Duck, GS Woodpecker, pair of Canada Geese with 6 goslings

King George V Pool - drake Mandarin, 3 Tufted Duck (2m, 1f), GC Grebe, singing Chiffchaff

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