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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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Alty Golf Course and King George V pool 2 p.m. Lots of species including 1 Bullfinch, 2 Siskin and several viewings of Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Long Tailed Tits etc. Lots of Goldfinch. Not seen the 3 Juvenile swans for a while. Gadwall and Pochard seem to have gone.



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15.00 p.m. 3 Gadwall on King George V pool, Pochard gone. One Great Spotted Woodpecker in a tree while another flew past. 1 Chaffinch.1 Heron overlooking 4 Cormorants. 8 Ring Necked Parakeets on one tree with one checking out the holes. One Nuthatch, dozens of Goldfinch. 17 Parakeets just flew over making a right racket as I write this.

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Today a flock of pink footed geese heard at 0850, then later about 120 - 130 seen to the south of Whitebeam Close,  flying SE about 10:00 ish, in a 'V', quite high and purposeful.



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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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Yesterday Fri 12.11.21

35 Pink Footed Geese about half mile south of Whitebeam Close,  Timperley at c.1.40 pm west into the gale, were quite straggly and low and didn't look particularly committed tbh.



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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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2.30 p.m. King George V pool. Usual suspects including Tufted duck, Heron and 2 Comorants. Bullfinch (M) x 1, Pochard (M) x 1.

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Another - or the same - flock of Pink Footed Geese over Whitebeam Close at 1pm,  also unseen. 



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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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What sounded like a decent-sized flock of Pink Footed Geese flew over Whitebeam Close at 10:00. Didn't see them unfortunately,  perhaps they were directly overhead.



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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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12.30 today. Altincham Golf Course. Watched a female Great Spotted Woodpecker cleaning out an existing nest. The male has made a few appearances this last 2 weeks.

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Clear view of a Great Spotted Woodpecker calling for a few minutes, with in a metre of 4 Goldfinches. Near Altrincham golf range. 3 p.m

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Approx 32 Pink footed geese due east over Fairywell Wood at 4pm, on a mission.



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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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West Timperley Nature Reserve. 6 p.m. Kingfisher

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Whitebeam Close:

Green Sandpiper flew over calling 11.30pm on Tue 10.8.
Stock Dove singing in Fairywell Wood Mon 9.8. (also on 11th Jun). Also 100+ Swift in a wide arc from Fairywell Wood/Roundthorn to Brooks Drive/Ridgeway Sports and Social on 9.8.

4th Jun Oystercatcher over calling at night.
5.6. - 14 Greylags north over Whitebeam was unusual.
6.6. Song Thrush impersonating a Ring Necked Parakeet!

Well done on the Yellow Legged Gulls, a superb Timp record!



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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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Both the adult and 3rd summer Yellow-legged Gulls briefly again today.
Also 4 Ravens feeding.

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At a site in Timperley (that I am unable to disclose) today 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult & 3rd summer) feeding with a few Lesser Black-backed, a Herring and a few Black-headed Gulls.

This site has also regularly (almost daily) been a feeding ground for a family of up to 5 Ravens (2 adults & 3 young) for a few weeks now. - mostly likely the family that nested on the large communications tower locally earlier this year.

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8.p.m. I can now see Eight Mute Swan cygnets on West Timperley Nature Reserve.

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3.30 p.m. West Timperley Nature Reserve. Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over 7 Cygnets that were sitting on Mum, just hatched.

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13May21 6.30 p.m. West Timperley Nature Reserve. A Chiffchaff landed not 2m away and sang just to me...wonderful. Then a Great Spotted Woodpecker (M) flitted between branches before crawling up a tree and then hiding. Swan still sitting patiently waiting for her eggs to hatch. Grey wagtail etc.



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Interesting  about the Stock Dove, I sometimes see odd birds drinking on the Golf Course and suspected there were more about than reported. 



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A Stock Dove was "singing" in Fairywell Wood last week.

House Sparrows are coming to a feeder, and looking for insects on  Whitebeam  Close after 27 years observation! Wonder if a new nest site has become available.



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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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Mon 03May21, 7.40 p.m. The Pond by Timperley canal (Just been re-named on Google maps to 'West Timperley Nature reserve'). 1 x Snipe patiently waited 10m away for 10 mins while I got a great view.

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Sat 01May21 6.45 pm. King GeorgeV Pool, 5 cygnets, proud Dad and Mum is doing fine. Gadwall M and F have returned.



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Natalie Clarke wrote:

Ahhh, ace! I sometimes walk down that quiet road next to the post office and noticed the raven over.

I shall try and check out this weekend!


 Hi Natalie have a look at my notes on the Hale thread, they may be of interest.



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Ahhh, ace! I sometimes walk down that quiet road next to the post office and noticed the raven over.

I shall try and check out this weekend!



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Natalie Clarke wrote:

 

1 x raven flying over the post office depot building 

 


Thanks for this info.  First chance I've had to follow this up, the Raven nest is on the telecomms tower nearby! 

Been wondering if they're nesting in the area since seeing one last March!



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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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A Mandarin Duck flew over the end of Whitebeam Close and Fairywell Wood calling at 5pm, presumably following the Brook. Timperley tick I think.



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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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Wed 21Apr2021. 6.45 p.m. Next to the Secret Garden, Alty Golf range. Jay in the same tree. Great Spotted Woodpecker. Gadwall seem to have left KingGeorgeV pool.

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Sat 17Apr2021, 3.30 p.m. The Pond, next to the Canal, Timperley (opp The Bridge Apartments), 2 x Jays sitting on a branch 3 m away for 2 mins, Coot and chicks, Swan persistently chasing off a Canada Goose who was not having any of it, nesting Mute Swan on the adjacent bog/water which has been heavily pruned with new nest boxes. 2 Wrens and a Goldcrest, and some kind of wader.

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Thursday 15Apr2021. 2.30 p.m - Next to Alty Driving range, Jay, Treecreeper, Greenfinch (and hear a Woodpecker). Then at 6.30 p.m at KingGeorgeV pool, Gadwall x 2, Coot with 6 chicks. After scanning the trees, by the pool for 30 mins hearing the drumming of a Woodpecker I was rewarded with a glimpse as it flew over me and landed on a tree over the Brook. My first clear view of a Great Spotted Woodpecker where it drummed in full view for a few mins, and then again on the next slim tree for a few mins where again I got a great view. Wonderful!

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An evening walk round Stamford Park and King George V.

Really great to see about twelve mallard ducklings flopping into the water on the pond in Stamford Park!

Over towards the pool...

3 x song thrush 

1 x house sparrow 

1 x nuthatch 

2 x wren

2 x gadwall 



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A quick hour round my regular spots. Highlights being;

1 treecreeper in Stamford Park

2 fine looking Herring gull in the park in front of King George V pool 

Several greenfinch 

2 nuthatch 

Wren

Song thrush

4 gadwall 

Chiffchaff heard but not seen



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Peregrine high over the garden this afternoon, drifted north then returned south 



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A little scout of the local areas and some different sightings which was good!

1 x greenfinch in Stamford Park

1 x female house sparrow near the post office depot 

Starling feeding on the park

2 x nuthatch

1 x little egret on the pool and 1 flying over

Several great tit...all looking very fine!

1 x grey wagtail on the Brook

2 x ring-necked parakeet 

2 x jay in the den behind the driving range

The great spotted woodpecker heard and seen VERY briefly. But there were a few men on trucks getting in my way. I assume they are getting ready to open the golf course...ugh. 



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Yeah! I had suspected it was there but today was first glimpse of black, white and red. Gonna go back on Tuesday with my day off work :) 



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Behind the driving range but near the moat is its favoured drumming spot!



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A couple of hours round my usual spots...

1 x grey wagtail on Timperley Brook

Several great tit about the pool

2 x gadwall

A family of long-tailed tit on the field approaching the golf course

And my second month of chasing a great spotted woodpecker and I FINALLY pinned it down to a tree behind the driving range so extremely chuffed with that. I didn't get the best view but still pleased!

1 x coal tit in the same area

1 x song thrush

1 x cormorant diving on the pool

1 x wren on the Brook heard but only fleetingly seen



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Quick mooch round my local areas after a HORRENDOUS day in work biggrin

Soon cheered up by the very vocal song thrush at the far end of King George V pool. Seen in the same tree a couple of times now.

And on the way home a scan of the pond in Stamford Park turned up a male and a female kingfisher scanning the water! 

I waited three months for a kingfisher and two turn up...



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A windy and soggy walk from home over to Stamford Park and King George V pool.

The headache I developed in the cold was soon forgotten when I got my first kingfisher of the year on the smaller pond in Stamford Park. Showed really well and I was able to watch for ten minutes, while it scanned the pond. And what a joy to have one so close to home!

Other highlights were;

1 x cormorant on King George V pool

1 x pied wagtail

1 x grey wagtail 

1 x raven flying over the post office depot building 

 



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A day off work and had a wander over to Stamford Park, the King George V pool and golf course. Bit slow initially but as it warmed up had some enjoyable spots!

2 x treecreeper in Stamford Park

1 x song thrush in full voice on the pool

2 x nuthatch on the feeder

1 x grey wagtail on the Brook

A great spotted woodpecker drumming away on the golf course. I was confident I had pinned him down near the driving range. But before I was able to see anything, the drumming moved to the other side!

And a robin was following me round the pool, chattering away to me. So just out of curiosity, I held out my hand and he flew over but didn't quite land! But he did continue to follow me until I went into the golf course. 



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Lovely peaceful and sunny walk over to King George V pool this afternoon.

1 x mistle thrush in the park. The first time I felt confident identifying one! 

2 x grey wagtail along the Brook

2 x pied wagtail on the golf course

1 x treecreeper - a very close view

1 x nuthatch 

1 x little egret on the largest island on the pool



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A female Blackcap was at the junction of Whitebeam Close and Alder Drive, I think she'd been feeding on crab apples.



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Incredibly flooded around King George V pool and I couldn't make it onto the field behind. Although, I could hear a HUGE flock of starling but couldn't see them.

However, saw 1 x male pochard. Which I haven't seen here before.

And 1 x male goosander 



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Set off from my house at 08:45 and immediately bumped into 2 rook at the end of my road! They were hanging out with 2 jackdaw. This was first official rook sighting so I KNEW I was going to have a good morning!

Stamford park:

2 x female chaffinch 1x male chaffinch 

2 x song thrush enjoying the worms

1 x male bullfinch 1 x female bullfinch in the bushes on the pond

Park on the way to King George V Pool:

Starling and redwing feeding

King George V pool:

Disturbed a grey wagtail as I went over the Brook

2 x male goosander and 4 x female goosander 

Then something white caught my eye on the far side of the water, right on the bank. I assumed it was the heron but as I trudged through the mud it was actually a little egret! I went round and he eventually flew to the middle and perched on the top of a tree for a while. So that was cool.

1 x dunnock

1 x great spotted woodpecker heard. I think it was coming from towards the golf course. I chased him again but to no avail. The field was flooded and drove me back to the brook but not before a spotted a nuthatch.

Back along the brook:

1 x greenfinch

1 x juvenile goldcrest 

2 x ring-necked parakeets flying over.

 



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Black-headed Gull at King George V Pool ringed in Norway in 2013  first sighting since .

 

Thanks to Rob Creek for the info.



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4 Blackcap visiting gardens in the Green Drive area.



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Left work early today so went over to King George V pool, field and golf course. 

Gadwall on the pond

Grey  wagtail on the brook- i wonder if it was this little guy, I've seen! Got an excellent view of him feeding.

2 x fieldfare 

1 x redwing 

3 x Carrion crow on the golf course

1 x dunnock

1 x heron flying over the pond, I lost him as he landed 

Very cold but fun! 

 



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Originally posted today by Rob Smallwood:

King George Pool:



Gadwall numbers increased to 40 on Monday 


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I'm there roughly every two days and not seen anything Dipper like but it does sound possible.

 

Yesterday Gadwall numbers had increased to an impressive 40  birds.

 

1 Ring-necked Parakeet behaving territoriality too. 



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Hi Dave, 

Quite possibly. Second time I have come across this bird. Both times it has darted out of the bank of a fast (ish) flowing brook. As I have I approached on my side and then flown away from me, very quickly and with a flat flight. Extremely quick and tries to get as far away from me as possible! It seems to come from beneath me. Very neat looking bird with a muted brown colour. I think I will try and have more considered view next weekend!!



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