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RE: Etherow Country Park and Nature Reserve


Quick sken round at lunchtime, 33 species in total, some highlights:

  • 90+ pigeons on the café roof
  • 17 mandarin ten drakes, seven ducks
  • 3 muscovy ducks a pair plus one half-grown juvenile
  • One common gull, all the rest black-headed, no large gulls
  • One male goosander, one male tufted duck
  • Great spotted woodpecker showing well on the feeders by the herb garden, also large numbers of blue, great and coal tits and at least two nuthatches
  • Grey wagtail on the river, also a juvenile heron
  • One buzzard feeding on the field
  • Nice to see a song thrush belting out a song in plain view by the garden centre


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09.30-11.30 this morning. 

140 Fieldfare in fields beyond Sunny Corner .20 Redwing. Also Egyptian Goose, 8 Goosander,  Kingfisher, 5 Mute Swan, 2 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Common Buzzard. 



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Large flock of 167 Feral Pigeons around the café. (Well, someone might as well count them! It's pretty slow around these parts of GM)

Cheers, John

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Evening stroll from 19.30-21.00 yesterday .

2 Raven over weir, 14 Mandarin, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mute Swan.



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Drake mandarins ranging from full breeding plumage to very nearly full eclipse.

Pair of buzzard overhead, occasionally mobbed by carrion crows.

No sign of dippers and just the one grey wagtail.



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Nesting nuthatches and treecreepers. Great spotted woodpeckers, blackcaps and chiffchaffs very much in evidence. Just the one willow warbler.

Egyptian goose on Keg Pool.



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Blackcap (the most abundant warbler) 13
Chiffchaff 3
Willow Warbler ZERO
Sand Martin 2 (visiting nest hole)
House Martin 4
Swallow 2
Grey Wagtail 1
Dipper 1 (colour ringed Blue/left, Red over metal/right)
Treecreeper 3
Raven 1
Buzzard 2
Mute Swan 2 ad, 3 1st s.
Mandarin 6m, 3f
Mallard f+9 ducklings
Little Grebe 1

Didn't bump into the Egyptian Goose in a fairly extensive walk. Lots of butterflies.

Cheers John.

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Had a quick walk round midday as the weather was so nice.......I quickly remembered it was the school holidays as the place was packed.

Main things of note;

3 Male Blackcap seen, more heard.
8 Chiffchaff
2 Little Grebe
1 Raven
1 Buzzard

Usual woodland stuff as well, Nuthatch, Treecreeper etc.

Cheers

Mark

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Sunday 8 April first time visit to Etherow CP, what a nice pocket of ancient woodland I never knew was there. As usual in the NW though - Himalayan balsam and Japanese knotweed everywhere.
Wondering if it's redstart/pied fly/wood warbler territory?
There was a female sparrowhawk hunting round the big warehouse by the car park, where there were also 4 sand martins shadowing it when it flew higher up.
In the woodland loads of blue tit, several chiffchaff and treecreeper, 4 great spotted woodpecker, ravens heard, 2 buzzards over the forest to the east.
On the river/canal, 1 dipper, 2 grey wagtail, 2 mute swan, loads of mandarin, one Egyptian goose. Also 2 goosander.
Will have to go back in a few weeks.

-- Edited by James Richardson on Monday 9th of April 2018 09:53:38 AM

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vic chatterton wrote:

Re Andy's count of Tufted Duck

During the late 1970s and early 80s there were some fairly high counts during the much harsher winters.

On 13/1/1979 I had 48 Tufted Duck all visible from the hide. All still water was frozen on that day and even parts of the river. There were also 22 Teal and 5 Pochard on the river. I counted 48 Tufted Duck again on 1/2/1979.


Way before my time Vic. wink

Andy.



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Re Andy's count of Tufted Duck

During the late 1970s and early 80s there were some fairly high counts during the much harsher winters.

On 13/1/1979 I had 48 Tufted Duck all visible from the hide. All still water was frozen on that day and even parts of the river. There were also 22 Teal and 5 Pochard on the river. I counted 48 Tufted Duck again on 1/2/1979.



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Chiffchaff from hide
Ravens 2 over
Treecreeper 2
Siskin 14
Best bird was a displaying Goldcrest - quite stunning with red-orange crown fully flared.

No sign of Crossbill in Ernocroft Wood (reported by Paul Greenall)

Cheers John



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Mandarin 18
Teal 4
Tufted Duck 4
Goosander 5
Little Grebe 1
Nuthatch 2

Cheers John

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With Tony Darby this morning

Mandarin c. 10 - well down on this time last year
Sparrowhawk in the car park
Egyptian Goose at Keg Pool
Surprise Tawny Owl flying around in the woods near Keg Pool around noon and perching in the open!
Weir in spate so no Dipper activity

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Called in briefly this afternoon;

Similar to Andy I had good numbers of Tufted Duck with 17 counted between the main lake and hide.
11 Coot
5 Moorhen
2 Goosander
A sizable party of Long Tailed Tits on some fat blocks near the hide.

Sadly no Water Rail, best I managed was a Robin feeding along the bank no

Cheers

Mark Oh and Great Spotted Woodpecker from the hide as well.

-- Edited by Mark Walsh on Saturday 3rd of March 2018 04:43:22 PM

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Really testing conditions which I thought might have brought something unusual in, but hadn't really. The following were recorded as notable.

Lodge:

20 tufted duck (14 male); possibly a site record?

18 cormorants (at least).

6 goosander (4 male)

River Hide:

pr of goosander

1 dabchick, a real scarcity in the park these days

1 snipe; attempted to land on mud bank (covered in ice), but flew off up river at once. A first for me here after 33 years of visits!

No sign of teal or water rail, which with carrion crows and a grey heron patrolling where it had been is perhaps understandable. Only saw 5 small passerines in total (robin, blackbird, wren, long-tailed tit, goldfinch), all singles.

 



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One of the park's Holy (G)rails this afternoon, from the now reopened hide. A water rail on the far bank of the river giving good views well before dusk. Also 9 teal on the river, 14 cormorants on the mill lodge, dipper from the weir bridge, and two ravens over. All in all, a very productive pm.

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A couple of hours yesterday afternoon.
Starling x5
Black Headed Gull x 40+
Magpie x6
Carrion Crow x7
Jackdaw x15
Wood Pigeon x8
Canada Goose x 100+
Mallard x 80 +
Greylag Goose x5
Mute Swan x6
Blue Tit x8
Chaffinch x3
Robin x10
Goosander x2
Mandarin x14
Egyptian Goose x1
Coot x12
Blackbird x3
Cormorant x3
Long Tailed Tit x8
Nuthatch x4
Great Spotted Woodpecker x1
Great Tit x3
Coal Tit x1
Moorhen x2
Herring Gull x2

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A couple of hours this morning.

33+ mandarin
2 Goosander
7 tufted duck
1 great crested grebe
1 little grebe
Close views of a kingfisher on the canal, the same or another seen near pump house later on.
2 dipper near the weir another seen flying up stream from the hide. There was actually 2 black bags outside of the boarded up hide.
The 4 muscovy ducks were on the path between canal & pool & were not even bothered by my presence ( nigel, not quiet sure where there from but I get the impression that they have been there for some time) there is something about them though, despite there looks hmm
1 raven, over
1 grey wagtail
2 pied wagtail
No signs of the Egyptian goose for me.
Plus the usuals around.

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John Rayner wrote:

There is a notice on the hide closed from 14th December. Does anyone know is this is seasonal or permanent? The way the door and windows are screwed and boarded up make it look permanent.

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John I know there has been a homeless person living in the hide for a while now. Maybe closing and barring it shut is an effort to move him on?

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Afternoon visit usual suspects at car park end walk up to weir 21+Mandarin, Egyptian Goose was on the pond area of the canal near the old barge on the way back near the cottage before garden centre were 4 very smart Muscovy Duck I have never seen them like this where have these come from any ideas people???

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Goosander 2
Mandarin Duck 21
Teal 3
Egyptian Goose 1
Little Grebe 1
Raven 1 (mobbed by Carrion Crows)

There is a notice on the hide closed from 14th December. Does anyone know is this is seasonal or permanent? The way the door and windows are screwed and boarded up make it look permanent.

Cheers John

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Egyptian goose was ringed there as an adult on 10/11/2013. Thanks for reporting it.

Steve



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Dropped in to shelter from the foul weather in the cafe. Quick look showed a single goosander on boat club lake. The (?) Egyptian goose was sitting disconsolately up on the edge of the path, this meant I could test out the close focus on my new bins (Thanks FocalPoint!) and read its BTO ring (1044333). Is this well known, or worth reporting?



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Called in again this afternoon, only 2 things of note were a flock of c30 Siskin near sunny corner and a group of 12 Long Tailed Tits with 2 Goldcrest moving through, otherwise very quiet.

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Fancied a change from Ludworth so called in Etherow for a brief visit;

Several parties of Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long Tailed Tit and Goldcrest around the park, in addition a lone Grey Wagtail by the weir.

A large number of Jackdaw heading to roost (3:30pm) as the sun was setting, heading south west.

Usual Mandarin's along the canal between the visitor centre and pump house with some in the river behind the pump house. The Egyptian Goose was also on the canal.

Cheers

Mark

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Late post for yesterday
Sparrowhawk m x1
Coot x4
Mallard x34
Canada Goose x31
Black Headed Gull 28
Mandarin x12
Mute Swan x3
Moorhen x 2
Greylag Goose x 1
Carrion Crow x 4
Egyptian Goose x1
Grey Heron x 1
Cormorant x 1
Raven x 2
Jackdaw x 1
Magpie x 4
Wood Pigeon x 6


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Mandarin 42
Egyptian Goose 1
Kingfisher 1
Little Grebe 1
Great crested Grebe 2
Buzzard 1



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Yesterday 7.40-9.40 am

2 Redpoll by garden centre, Goldcrest, Kestrel top of Ernocroft, 4 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 4 Muscovy Duck, 14 Mandarin Duck. 



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The Egyptian Goose was ringed as an adult at Etherow on 10/11/2013

Info thanks to Steve Christmas.

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Without trawling through 11 pages of sightings I cannot be sure this hasn't been reported before:

The Egyptian Goose was hauled out on the bank near the model boat club area. It was metal ringed 1044333. I would assume it was ringed at Etherow but someone out there will know for certain. >
Sand Martin young were hanging out of holes in the brick walls of the mill waiting to be fed and 1 Great Crested Grebe on the lodge.

My intention to photograph insects was unsuccessful. Must remember to put a memory card in the camera next time hmm

Cheers John

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6-8.30 pm yesterday 

Dipper, Tawny Owl, 2 Stock Dove, Grey Wagtail, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Treecreeper, 4 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 8 Mandarin, 2 Mute Swan with cygnet, 4 Tufted Duck, 8 Swift, 5 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 4 Sand Martin, 3 Goldcrest, Goosander and at least 3 pairs of Great Spotted Woodpecker. 

Plus the usuals 



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Brief visit to hide - pair of Kingfishers perched below hide for some time but mostly obscured by vegetation (about time the brambles were cut on edge of embankment)

pair of Teal and pair of Tufted Ducks and several Mandarin. Grey Wagtail by weir and a single Great Crested Grebe on boating lake.



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19.00-20.30 Highlights 

Drake Teal, Kingfisher, Dipper, 7 Tufted Duck, 18 Mandarin Duck, 5 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Swallow, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Goldcrest 


 Earlier in the afternoon (in addition to the above), there was a single raven over the park which hung around for about 5 minutes. Also drake goosander, a few sand martins, and a tantalising glimpse of what was near certainly a woodcock which rose from the ground near Sunny Corner (whilst I was not looking in that direction) and made off over the trees in a direct line away from me.



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19.00-20.30 Highlights 

Drake Teal, Kingfisher, Dipper, 7 Tufted Duck, 18 Mandarin Duck, 5 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Swallow, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Goldcrest 



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2.30 -4.00

Highlight was a male reed bunting by the nature reserve.

5+ Sand martin
2 Swallow
1 Great crested grebe
20+Mandarin
12 Tufted duck
1 Grey wagtail
1 Dipper
1 + Kingfisher
2 Treecreeper
2 Blackcap
1 Nuthatch
1 Great Spotted woodpecker
5+ Chiffchaff
2 Buzzard
1 Goldcrest
2 Stock dove



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p.m.

12 sand martins around the mills and lodge area. A pair of sparrowhawks way on high, one in display. Male goosander in flight, one dipper briefly near weir, and chiffchaffs/buzzards as expected. Across the road along the river, a willow warbler was heard very briefly, but not seen. This, I think, was my earliest ever for the county.

A couple of pieces of behaviour were quite interesting. One was noting mandarins 'diving' (for up to 20 seconds). I had always considered them a dabbler/grazer. The other was a coot steaming towards me across the pond in an aggressive manner, mute swan style, and its mate likewise. They did not leave the water though, and backed off when I made steps towards them. Never seen that before (it was not a pond where the birds are fed).



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8.45-10.45.

2 Siskin by Keg Pool, 50+ Mandarin Duck, 5 Goosander, Treecreeper, 4 Common Buzzard, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Nuthatch, 10 Redwing, Raven, Sparrowhawk, Goldcrest, Teal, Great Spotted Woodpecker. 



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Late posting for yesterday 28/12/16

90 Pink-footed Geese (also posted in Pink-feet thread)                                                                                                          

52 Mandarin Ducks

2Teal, 2 Pochard (both fs), 1Little Grebe, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Raven, 6 Great spotted Woodpeckers, at least 1500 Jackdaws through to roost

 Where are all the Siskin?



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10-11am: 30+ Mandarin Duck, Sparrowhawk, 2 Goosander, Grey Heron. 



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10am-12. Best bird was a male Blackcap near cottages. Also 6 Goosander , 6 Mandarin Duck , 2 Common Buzzard , 15 Fieldfare , 5 Nuthatch , 4 Tufted Duck , Egyptian Goose, Bullfinch, Goldcrest , Great Spotted Woodpecker,Grey Wagtail . 



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Late report for Sunday 6th November
Walk along the Etherow from Broadbottom and around the CP
1.30-4pm

3 Dipper (all on the river, none by the weir)
10 Mandarin (6m, 4f)
2 Redwing
2 Jay
2 Buzzard
3 Grey Heron
Kestrel
Long-tailed Tits
Grey Wagtail
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Nuthatch
Cormorant
Tufted Duck

The hide was utterly devoid of any birdlife. Nothing but a carrion crow in 15 minutes. The trees over the river are getting quite overgrown, meaning the field if view us quite limited.




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Fairly quite bird wise but lots of people to the hide

2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Heron, 6 Mandarin, Coal Tits, Long Tailed Tits, 1 Siskin, and Nuthatch



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6-7pm 21 Mandarin Duck, 3 Teal , 2+ Tawny Owl, Raven, Dipper above weir, 7 roosting Cormorant, 4 Tufted Duck,  Grey Heron. 



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Common Sandpiper on island in main boating lake (one furthest from the car park) at 7.15pm

Also 10 Mandarin Duck, Egyptian Goose, Dipper and Tufted Duck. 



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Lovely view a of a Buzzard circling over Etherow while calling loudly as I cycled up Werneth Low this morning

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Fleeting visit this evening produced 10 Mandarin Duck, Egyptian Goose, 2 Tufted Duck and Sparrowhawk. 



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Today 1200 - 1500;

Chiffchaff x 5
Blackcap x 3
Goldcrest x 3
Song Thrush x 6
Siskin x 4
Coal Tit x 8
Long Tailed Tit x 6
Bullfinch x 1
Chaffinch x 3
Great Spotted Woodpecker x 2
Jay x 1
Grey Wagtail = 2

Conservative count of 32 Mandarin (plus two duckling)
One female Tufted Duck on Keg Pool with 5 duckling.

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I had thought that the Egyptian Goose at Platt Fields and the one at Etherow were two different birds. Anyone feel sure about this?





They are! The Platt Fields bird has been at that site for years

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I had thought that the Egyptian Goose at Platt Fields and the one at Etherow were two different birds. Anyone feel sure about this?

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