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RE: Etherow Country Park and Nature Reserve


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

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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.

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Mark

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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

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Mark

-- Edited by Mark Walsh on Monday 25th of May 2015 02:20:17 PM

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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.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 16th of March 2015 05:05:39 PM

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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!





-- Edited by Mark Dean on Sunday 22nd of February 2015 11:05:12 AM

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-- Edited by Mark Dean on Sunday 22nd of February 2015 07:31:14 PM

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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)

-- Edited by John Watson on Sunday 28th of September 2014 10:16:15 PM

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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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Car park -hide. 7.15-8.45:
40+ Mandarin Duck
Kingfisher
Dipper pair
15 Swallow
10 House Martin
Egyptian Goose


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A quick jaunt round Etherow at 13:30 for 2 hours, so only up round Ernocroft and then to the hide.

A couple of large tit flocks mainly consisting of Long tailed Tit's and Coal Tit's but with a few Blue and Great tit's thrown in for good measure. Accompanying them were good numbers of Goldcrest, Nuthatch and Treecreeper.

Other than that not much to report.

Cheers

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Tonight 7.30-9.00pm 1 egyption goose sat at the top of the weir on the log/twigs 3 grey wagtail 2 grey heron on the pond near the hide 1 kingfisher 1 wren and 1 jay from the hide but the highlight for me was 4 dipper including 2 juvenile around the weir area all in my binocular view together at one time.

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Was great to see the Egyptian goose last night and at the weekend, my first such sightings. Also had great views of a kingfisher from the hide last night.

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The egyptian goose 'Ernie' is definately not the same bird as the one at Platt Fields. I visited both areas one day last year and both were present.
Good to have him back at Etherow. Ive noticed the mute swans usually dont tolerate him during the breeding season and he is often alone during this time. The same happened last year. Hopefully they'll be buddies again soon.

Vicky

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Andrew Johnson wrote:

I have memories of multiple Egyptian Geese being at Etherow going back perhaps around thirty years. Does anyone know the history of their being at this site?
I feel sorry for this last one, who seems a real character; perching on the feeding station in the nature reserve or honking noisily constantly. Pity someone with a wildfowl collection can't donate him a mate!





I think it was council driven. When I first moved to Romiley in 1986, I recall visiting the park and there being a range of 'tame' ducks and geese. Pintail I remember vividly, and I'm fairly sure about wood duck (and maybe mandarin). I have a photograph from about that time of an Egyptian goose taken in ECP. Within very few years none of them remained.

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I have memories of multiple Egyptian Geese being at Etherow going back perhaps around thirty years. Does anyone know the history of their being at this site?
I feel sorry for this last one, who seems a real character; perching on the feeding station in the nature reserve or honking noisily constantly. Pity someone with a wildfowl collection can't donate him a mate!

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Bit of a late post, I visited a friend (& birder) who lives overlooking Etherow CP on 27th June this year. We walked down to Keg Pool where to my surprise the Egyptian Goose was stood on a half submerged branch not far from the path. I had read about him being taken away to get his foot sorted & hadn't expected him to be back so soon! So he was definitely back in the park on 27th June................................... unless we have a two bird theory biggrin

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Thanks, Keith. All these Egyptian Geese ... I wonder where the current incumbent came from? I hear he had a mate, who died a couple of years ago and he kind of bonded with some mute swans. Presumably there were no chicks from that liaison, unless Eugene 2/3 is a blood descendent of Eugene 1 (?). As Juan Domingo Perón said, ¡El pueblo quiere saber de qué se trata! (well he spoke Spanish - in English, 'The people want to know what's going on!').

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meayrs wrote:

I have heard of recent (last two or three years) of Egyptian goose (or geese?) in both Platt Fields park and also Salford Quays. Would this be the same bird or are there/have there been others.

I am a newcomer to the area and don't know the history, but was made curious by the reference to 'Eugene 2 or 3'. Just idle curiosity, but if anyone has the energy to answer I'd be interested.





Eugene was the regular Egyptian Goose, at this site for many years and died in 2011. Locals were attached to it, and one Lady had it's ashes in a casket tied with blue ribbon.


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I have heard of recent (last two or three years) of Egyptian goose (or geese?) in both Platt Fields park and also Salford Quays. Would this be the same bird or are there/have there been others.

I am a newcomer to the area and don't know the history, but was made curious by the reference to 'Eugene 2 or 3'. Just idle curiosity, but if anyone has the energy to answer I'd be interested.

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Chris Harper wrote:

Great shot. Wonder how many names it has?





Could be ''Eugene 2'' or is it 3?

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Great shot. Wonder how many names it has?

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Nice to meet you yesterday Chris, the Egyptian goose gave me a fly past about 10 minutes after you had gone

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Thanks, Chris. Guess his foot is better now. I'll be up there tomorrow to say hello to him!


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Good old Ernie. Was in the top pond near the cottage. The one with the sunken barge in it. Good to see 'him' back.

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Ah, the Egyptian goose is back! Where did you spot him, Chris?

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An enjoyable but ultimately fruitless search for Pied Flycatcher around sunny corner this morning, with similar birds to yesterday. However, in addition were:
2+ Kingfisher
2 Little Grebe
Egyptian Goose
4 Tufted Duck

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9-10.30 Main car park to cwt hide:
40+ mandarin
Goosander
Dipper
2 Grey Wagtail
Kingfisher reportedly on 2nd brood
2+ bullfinch
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
2 Nuthatch
5 swallow
Cormorant
Many young of more common species about.

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9-10.30 Main car park to cwt hide:
40+ mandarin
Goosander
Dipper
Kingfisher reportedly on 2nd brood
2+ bullfinch
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
5 swallow
Cormorant
Many young of more common species about.

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Thanks, Nick - not disappointed as I am learning. I'll put this down to experience smile.

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Sorry to disappoint but that's a Jackdaw.

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I'm far from an expert - check the pic here and see what you think.

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Hooded? There are a few crows there with a lot of white in the wing, could it be these?

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In Etherow County Park today (Mon 23 June) looking for the Egyptian Goose, which the park wardens told me has an infected foot and has been taken into rehab but should be released when recovered.


Surprised to see hooded crows here - at least three, on the left hand path walking up from the cafe. I have a photo if anyone is interested.


Otherwise saw nothing of special interest today - no sig of a dipper but there was a kingfisher dazzling over the water by the hide, too fast and unpredictable to photograph.

-- Edited by meayrs on Monday 23rd of June 2014 07:22:30 PM

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A quick visit to Etherow before going on to Ludworth where the main highlight was 3 juvenile Tawny Owl's happily flying around keg wood area.

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Mandarin female with 4 young
Mute Swan pair. One unringed, one Blue 4ADJ

Cheers John

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This link should take any interested parties to the planning application:

http://planning.stockport.gov.uk/PlanningData/AcolNetCGI.gov?ACTION=UNWRAP&RIPNAME=Root.PgeResultDetail&TheSystemkey=120710

The work would take place in the area between the wooden bridge over the overflow, and the bridge at the wierhead.
It doesn't look too bad to me from the Dippers point of view, but I'll let you make your own mind up about that.

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Andy Bissitt wrote:



John,

I wasn't sure that you were talking about ECP's dippers when I replied, but now you've confirmed it I can say that the Park is not west of the roadbridge (IF they mean Andrew St. in Compstall). There is a weir down river at the back of Compstall Hall (as you may know). I'm guessing that is where they might be planning to do it, and I am not aware of dippers using that area to breed.

Cheers,

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Andy a quick look at the planning documents shows the area under consideration to be the grassy area with the bench's and shelter in-between the river and canal.

I can't figure out whether the work will affect the area where the dippers breed, obviously it will affect the vicinity but the actual location I'm not sure, I think it's also likely to affect the Grey Wagtails as that area is normally the place I've seen them feeding from.

Regards

Mark

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