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It wasn't on the keg pool this morning(alas), neither were any Swans, just 2 redhead Goosanders.
Cheers Ian

-- Edited by Ian Campbell on Wednesday 1st of June 2016 04:20:29 PM

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I saw it on Tuesday 24th May on the keg pool near the swans.

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Perhaps it continued to get too close to the Mute Swan pair and they dispatched it (see post on March 13th). From what I witnessed the Swan was quite capable of drowning it. March 13th appears to be last recorded sighting on this website.

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Visitor centre informed me that the Egyptian Goose has not been seen for weeks now Ian. 



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5.00-7.30 a.m. after dropping son off at airport at 4.40 a.m. Good walk through whole area listening to dawn chorus. Magical and I had the whole place to myself seeing and hearing all the expected birds except Egyptian Goose, 3rd visit this year and still not connectedfurious.
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Had a wander round the park from 1 through till 4:30 getting back just in time for a coffee at the café.......happy days aww

Plenty of bird life around the park;

9 Chiffchaff.
Several Goldcrest heard though only managed to track a couple down.
1 Dipper seen briefly from the Weir Bridge.
2m and 1f Blackcap seen, more heard.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
4 Tufted Duck
3 Swallow over the main boating lake
Redpoll heard
1 Buzzard over
1 Grey Heron
Then all the usual Tit,s, Nuthatch, treecreeper.

Cheers

Mark

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5 Swallow over the main lake

6 Swift over the main lake

1 Dipper in the usual place



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A pair of siskin were using the feeder in the last garden before you enter the park. Nearby, my first fledgling of the year, a robin, was pondering why its parents had chosen to nest in mid-winter! A male goosander flew down the length of the mill lodge. 



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7-8.30 Dipper, Kingfisher, 12 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, Goosander, 4 Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail,2 Teal, 9 Tufted Duck, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Nuthatch, 4 Grey Heron,2 Mute Swan, 12 Mandarin Duck, 500+ Jackdaw in pre roost. 



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8.10am to 10.15am walk from visitors centre to keg pool and back via the weir.

weather cool breeze with sunny outbreaks.

Mallard, Tufted Duck,Wren, Grey Wagtail,Chaffinch,Goldfinch, 2 Common Redpoll, Moorhen , Coot Jackdaw

Blackbird,Great Tit, Nuthatch,Woodpigeon , Coal Tit, Canada Geese,Robin, Dunnock.

5 Cormorant on island on main lake.

10 Mandarin Duck on canal.

Buzzard mobbed by 6 crows near main lake.



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That'll learn him - or possibly not. I've seen Egyptian Geese trying to get on the Ospreys' nests at Rutland Water. They seem incorregible birds, but I have asoft spot for our Lancashire and Cheshire ones. There's an Egyptian Goose on Platt Fields at the moment, and one up at the Quays too (unless it's the same bird?). Good post John, and great
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-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 13th of March 2016 09:39:55 PM

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Thought there might be a Chiffchaff or two today but no. To avoid the crowds I missed visitor centre pools and the weir so no Mandarins seen. But on the way to and around Keg Pool:

Song Thrush 6
Cormorant 6
Tufted Duck 3
Goosander 1m
Muter Swan 2
Egyptian Goose 1

The female swan appeared to be sitting on eggs with the male patrolling. But in close attendance to the nest was the Egyptian Goose. After a while preening the Goose approached the nest and perched on it. This caused the female to grab it by the neck, a little more than just allopreening but not as aggressive as pecking. The Egyptian Goose was completely submissive and lay down with neck outstretched and endured a good 'worrying', which lasted a few minutes. Eventually the swan lost interest and the goose left the nest. The following images, taken into strong sunlight, set the scene.

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c50 Mandarin Ducks

2 Ravens

2 Tufted Ducks



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Egyptian goose along the canal at Etherow today, making it's usual racket. It usually tags onto a pair of swans later,inspecting their nest and having a lot to say until they get cheesed off with it.
I think the canal bank is being cleared to stop the leaning trees uprooting and taking the soil away that's holding up the tarmac road. Only one permanent warden now, who has to do what he can!

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Doc Brewster wrote:

Ian Campbell wrote:

Decided to call in after seeing the Scaup at Chorlton, counted 41(at least) Mandarin along canal but no sign of the Egyptian Goose, has it departed/died ?.
Cheers Ian


 Presumably you walked down to Keg Pool, Ian, as it is very often resident on here?




No I didn't get that far, I thought it lived mostly around the main lake.
Cheers Ian

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Ian Campbell wrote:

Decided to call in after seeing the Scaup at Chorlton, counted 41(at least) Mandarin along canal but no sign of the Egyptian Goose, has it departed/died ?.
Cheers Ian


 Presumably you walked down to Keg Pool, Ian, as it is very often resident on here?



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Decided to call in after seeing the Scaup at Chorlton, counted 41(at least) Mandarin along canal but no sign of the Egyptian Goose, has it departed/died ?.
Cheers Ian

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late am to 4.30pm

Pretty quiet  A few Redwings on the Werneth Low edge of the CP, but largest flock only 9.

Mandarin very scattered throughout the canal and river but at least 30.

11 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 1 Grey Heron.

A Kingfisher flew down river and flew into fairly deep overhanging waterside cover. Could just about make it out in the dense cover and would appear to have settled down to roost.

Anybody know why umpteen trees have been cut down along the waterside edges by the roadside leading to the hide entrance gate? It's even worse along the central causeway from the car park and the canal.  As well as the trees almost all the undershrub layer of bramble, hazel and blackthorn etc has been removed leaving a very bare edge to the lake and canal. Just another episode in the worst run CP in the North West - not just my opinion having talked to other regular birders.


Vic,

I think there were signs at one point saying that the embankment of the canal had been severly undermined by unnamed burrowing animals, and was in danger of collapse. I dare say that they decided to extend the action taken there as it would not go down too well if the road to the farm collapsed (they wouldn't be able to hold their music festival then!!). I try to look on the bright side and imagine that more sunlight reaching the surface of the water might encourage some new species of dragonfly. I think future developments in the insect world will be far more interesting than birding ones in ECP (and probably elsewhere).  

 

 

 

 


 



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late am to 4.30pm

Pretty quiet  A few Redwings on the Werneth Low edge of the CP, but largest flock only 9.

Mandarin very scattered throughout the canal and river but at least 30.

11 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 1 Grey Heron.

A Kingfisher flew down river and flew into fairly deep overhanging waterside cover. Could just about make it out in the dense cover and would appear to have settled down to roost.

Anybody know why umpteen trees have been cut down along the waterside edges by the roadside leading to the hide entrance gate? It's even worse along the central causeway from the car park and the canal.  As well as the trees almost all the undershrub layer of bramble, hazel and blackthorn etc has been removed leaving a very bare edge to the lake and canal. Just another episode in the worst run CP in the North West - not just my opinion having talked to other regular birders.



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Mandarin 16m, 7f (Canal & Weir)
Tufted Duck 2m, 7f (Keg Pool)
Goosander 2m, 1f (KP)
Teal 1f (KP)
Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Bullfinch (Sunny Corner)

Cheers John

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The Grey Wagtail details are as follows:

Ringed:  Z297587 (M/PK Y/L) 1st CY. Heysham NR, Lancs  6/9/15

I have been asked to look out for it over the coming months to see if it overwinters.

Could any other birders in the area keep an eye out for it as well.

Cheers John



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Grey Wagtail 1 colour ringed individual near the weir. Left - Metal over Shocking Pink. Right - Yellow over Light Green. A quick Google search suggests it may have been ringed at Heysham. I will try to find out.

Mute Swan 2 (both Blue Darvics 4ADL and ZP4)

Wigeon 1f (my second local one of the year)

Mandarin 12m, 5f

Tufted Duck 8

Chiffchaff 1 heard

Cheers John

 

 



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6.15-7.30 pm:
Kingfisher
Mandarin
Tawny Owl
2 Goldcrest
Small female duck hanging around with Mallard but wary of them. Quite like a Wigeon but not all the features. May be worth checking out. Hybrid?

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late am/ early pm
3 Buzzards (minimum - possibly more as birds were overhead in various parts of CP)
1 Sparrowhawk - caused pigeon mayhem around car park
1 Kingfisher
1 Chiffchaff
Where have the Little Grebes got to - not seen any this year?

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Weir-hide-keg pool 10-12.30:
2 Kingfisher
Egyptian Goose
4 Bullfinch
Nuthatch
2 families of Tufted Duck
Blackcap and young
15+ Mandarin
Mute Swan
Buzzard
20 House Martin
7 Swallow
3 Swift
5 Chiffchaff
Great Spotted Woodpecker

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A badly timed visit to coincide with a torrential downpour, Highlights

Mandarin Duck 24
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
Great spotted Woodpecker 1 adult and 2 juvinile birds
Goldcrest
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Buzzard


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Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tawny Owl, Heron, kingfisher, Siskin, and Goldcrest.

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Not really at the park for birds today, but seeing two broods of tufted duck on the keg was the highlight. Two females (no drakes) have broods of seven and four. There was also another juvenile which was sort of with no one. It tried to join the brood of seven and was viciously attacked by the female who made an attempt to drown it. Birds always provide the best action it can't be denied.

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late post for yesterday 14th, 12-5.30pm.

1 Egyptian goose
18+ mandarin
1 goosander
1 kestrel
1 buzzard
1 sparrowhawk
2 bullfinch
1 kingfisher
2 grey heron
4 tufted duck
2 little grebe
great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, treecreeper, goldcrest
willow warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap
swift, swallow, sand martin.
plus all the usuals around.

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Another early morning walk yesterday, at the park for 6:30......I'm getting pretty good at these early morning starts biggrin

Anyway;

Chiffchaff 6
Nuthatch 5
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Bullfinch 1
Blackcap 6
Then the usual blue, great, coal and long tailed tit flocks.

There is a Beer and Cider festival next weekend so expect it to be busier than usual.

Cheers

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Hi Mark,
Went up to Etherow Country Park on Saturday June 6th with the Saturday Club which Anne Shaw,from RSPB High Peak started a few years ago.We also saw the party of about 50 Long Tail tits near Hirst Cottage flying like little torpedoes into the trees,always nice to see! Also lots of Mandarin Ducks,on the canal,a Male Tufted duck on the pond near the Weir, Dipper and Grey Wagtail on the river up from the bridge,on to Sunny Corner saw Blackcap,as well as usual Great tit and Blue Tits on the way but no Pied Flycatchers. On to Keg Pool,the Mute Swans still there and a pair of Tufted Ducks,as well as usual Mallards. House Martin and Barn Swallows flying low over river on way back to Visitor Centre and on canal Coots and Moorhens with young and 2 Common Swifts High up. On the lake the Great Crested Grebe swimming on its own ,never seen two here ?
Did not manage to see the Kingfisher or the Egyptian Goose.
All the best and Good Birding.

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Early morning walk round the park. It seemed like I had it to myself for a few hours.

4 Chiffchaff
1 Willow Warbler
3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
3 Blackcap
sizable party of Long Tailed Tit's just before Hirst Cottage.

Usual other bits and pieces about.

Cheers

Mark

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12-2:
23 Mandarin inc young
7 Blackcap
Willow warbler
5 Chiffchaff
3 Treecreeper
Nuthatch
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Common Buzzard
Stock Dove
Goldcrest
Swallow


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A look round the park before the masses descended;

Birds of note:

2f + 1m Great Spotted Woodpecker tending to young.
7m Blackcap calling throughout the park
1f Goosander flythrough
4 Treecreeper
2 Nuthatch
1 Willow Warbler (must be lonely on his own)
1m Bullfinch
Plenty of Goldcrest calling through the park as well as some tit flocks roaming.

I wanted to spend a bit longer walking along the side of Keg pool but the male swan followed me the entire length, so I beat a hasty retreat giving it a piece of my mind........but don't think it was overly bothered hmm.gif

Cheers

Mark

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A very early start of 6:30 - 11 with most of the park covered;


Plenty of Goldcrest calling throughout
Same with Chiffchaff
1 lone Willow Warbler
4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
2 Dipper
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Buzzard over keg wood
Several Nuthatch and Treecreeper
7 Blackcap (a mixture of male and female)

Nice and quite even at 11

Mark

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Wonderfully free of people this afternoon

Mandarin 14 mostly drakes with birds flushed from trees at least 10 feet over my head. How high will these strange ducks go?
Dipper at the weir
Grey Wagtail 3
Grey Heron 1

Ernocroft Wood not an other person in over an hour but few birds too
Goldcrest 2
Chiffchaff 1
Robins 3
Blackbirds 5+
Chaffinch 5+



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4.15-5.15
Dipper pair
Kingfisher pair
10 Mandarin Duck
Swallow
2 Tufted Duck
Swallow
2 Blackcap
2 Chiffchaff
3 Nuthatch
Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk

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One hour plus in the hide this afternoon.
Kingfisher.
Pair of Reed Buntings
Pair of Common Buzzards.
A Dipper - unusual from the hide - usually around the weir and downstream.
Have not got a decent photo of a Wren - one perched on a twig 6ft from the hide on more than one occasion and to rub it in a Chiffchaff was also in view at the same time no more than 8ft from the hide not to mention Gt Spotted Woodpecker on another nearby tree.
Of course didn't have my ***** camera with me as I didn't expect to see much to photograph!

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Just done that and this is the bird that was ringed here in Nov 2013

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Hi Ian

have you reported the ring number to the BTO?

http://www.bto.org/ there's a link on the right hand side of the web page.

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Egyptian Goose is ringed 'Brit Museum London SW7 44333'

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Raven 2 Dipper 6 Goosander, 6 Treecreeper, Coal Tit, 24 Mandarin, 2 Buzzard, Kingfishers, Great Spotted Woodpecker, lots of Nuthatch several Goldcrest and a very quite Egyptian Goose.

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Hi all,
A visit to the park with Jean Cox from 11.45 until 2.30pm.
On our way there through Brabyns Park we saw a Dipper and a Grey Wagtail on the river,as well as a male and Female Goosander.
Usual wildfowl on main lake,Coot,Canada Geese,Greylag geese,Cormorants, Mallard Ducks,Though did not see the Egyptian Goose or Mute Swans,probably because we walked along the further path,near the other lake,where we saw 2 male and 2 female Goosander,and several Cormorants. On the canal as we walked on towards the weir end of the park,at least 10 male and 10 Female Mandarin Ducks,and in the trees on the other side of the canal a small flock of Long Tailed tits and a Nuthatch singing.At the Cheshire Wildlife hide Coal tits,Nuthatch, Great tits on the bird table,Dunnock and Robin on the ground, 2 male 2 female Mandarin on the river,a Cormorant in the usual tree across the river.A Grey Wagtail flew upstream then 2 Kingfisher flew past together one behind the other,downstream, hopefully they had paired up? We used to see the Kingfisher fishing off the overhanging tree branch the other side of the river,but the last two times that I have seen it here ,it has just flown past,I wonder if anyone has seen them on that branch fishing recently?
We left the hide and as we neared the gate,heard a loud call to our left and saw a Kestrel,Sparrowhawk and a Green Woodpecker,all very close together.The Sparrowhawk seemed to be chasing the Woodpecker,which gave its call and quickly vanished into the trees! The Sparrowhawk flew around for a minute or two,and the Kestrel flew off,Then a Common Buzzard appeared flying low,and above it another Common Buzzard,quite a spectacle in such a short space of time!
At least another 20 Mandarin on the river near the pump house,on the way back.
All the best and Good Birding!





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1.30-3 highlights:
Raven over
28 Mandarin
Egyptian Goose
Treecreeper
5 Nuthatch
Common Buzzard
Goosander pair
50 Redwing
3 Fieldfare
4 Bullfinch

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Saturday 14th Feb

The pair of Swans on the canal were both ringed. Blue ZP4 and Blue 4ADL

(Probably the same pair I saw on 01/03/2014 but I think I must have mis-read the ring as I reported it as Blue AOL and Blue ZP4)

Cheers John

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Hi all,
Visit to the park today between 11.15 to 2pm.Walked from car park to hide.
Usual Waterfowl including the Egyptian Goose,Greylags Canada Geese 7 male and similar number female Mandarin on canal,and a further 13 male and 5 female Mandarin on river near old pump house.At least 2 male 2 female tufted Ducks also there, as well as Mallard, Coot and Moorhen, and a pair of Mute Swans . At Hide in Cheshire Wildlife Trust reserve, 2 Jays , 2 Nuthatch,Blue tits,Great tits Coal Tits Robins good view of Wren and Dunnock. Close to hide,Pair of Teal flew onto river,Pied Wagtail,Grey Wagtail flew to other side of river,Chaffinch on ground,6 male Mandarin and 4 Female Mandarin on river,Grey Heron in distance, 4 Cormorants, a Goldcrest flitting about in Alder tree other side of river,as well as Blackbird.No sign of Kingfisher,Though did get a glimpse of it here 3 weeks ago.
Cheers and Good Birding Mark

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10-11walk from the car park to the hide produced

Flock of long-tailed tit followed by 2 Goldcrest
2 Nuthatch
1 Treecreeper
1 Dipper
1 Grey Wagtail
Mandarin: 35 on canal, 14 on river, 4 behind pumphouse, 13 in front of the hide
1 Great Spotted woodpecker heard

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 19th of October 2014 03:53:43 PM

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16:30 - not been before, apprehensive about just how many folk were about, but plenty of birds !

~49 Mandarins, several in flight. Never seen so many together: just NE of main lake, several juveniles
1+ Grey Wagtail (juv)
1 Egyptian Goose "Ernie"
1 treecreeper (h)
1+ nuthatch (h)

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11-3.30pm

1 Egyptian goose
38 mandarin
14 tufted duck
1 wigeon
5-6 buzzard
1 dipper
1 kingfisher
1 blackcap
4 great spotted woodpecker
6 jay
4 grey wagtail
7 pied wagtail
2 lapwing & 3 swallow over.
8 cormorant
nuthatch & goldcrest seemed to be all around smile
plus usuals.

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Dipper today with Mark Citsay visiting GM from Minnesota. A lifer for Mark who comes from a state where the list is over 400. But it's quite big and we are very small. Great to bird with you Mark

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