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RE: Etherow Country Park and Nature Reserve


John Rayner wrote:

I guess I meant goodbye to Dippers in the vicinity the weir bridge where they have bred in the past. Inevitably there will be lots of disturbance during construction but when the dust settles perhaps they will love it. I hear that Dippers have bred near other such projects so perhaps I over-reacted.

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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.

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I made a trip round Etherow yesterday and came across the sign, took a photo so I can write or email the necessary people.

Birds of note around the park included;

7 Chiffchaff Calling throughout the park
1 Goldcrest seen though a few more heard
4 Blackcap seen though with several more heard calling
2 Treecreeper
3 Nuthatch
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Buzzard over

Cheers

Mark


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The question of Dippers and small hydro schemes has been raised before - in New Mills. I'm not familiar with the locality to be able to comment, but it would be useful if a local with knowledge of the Dipper nest site could write to the planning authority. I would imagine that some form of mitigation could be included in the planning approval (if it goes ahead). If a nest box was provided, Nev Powell would be prepared to help I'm sure.

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I guess I meant goodbye to Dippers in the vicinity the weir bridge where they have bred in the past. Inevitably there will be lots of disturbance during construction but when the dust settles perhaps they will love it. I hear that Dippers have bred near other such projects so perhaps I over-reacted.

Cheers John

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John,

I did raise the issue of the music festival on this website a while ago. Not sure if anyone was interested. I contacted the Council but found I was way out of my depth with the sort of stuff they quoted and what I would have to do to lodge a 'proper' complaint. Not sure why the installation of the hydro plant would mean goodbye to the dippers (unless you know something I don't). In any case it would just be an eyesore on quite a wild stretch of river, but hey, what do Stockport Council care? Delusions of grandure figure very highly in their plans for World domination (well North-West England anyway).

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Andy

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As well as the large sign on the path to the hide advertising "Blackthorn Music Festival - Last week in July" [see http://www.blackthornmusicfestival.co.uk] there was a council notice by the bridge at the weir.

This one announced application for planning permission for an "Archimedes Screw hydro-elecrtic plant at Weirhead, Compstall. West of the road bridge over River Etherow". Presumably similar to the one at Otterspool. Goodbye Dippers?

For anyone interested in objecting (almost pointless I would have thought) the Planning Application Number is DC055241. Notice dated 5th May and there is then a 21 day period to lodge objections.

Cheers, John

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Around Sunny Corner. Bird flew out above Weir Pond over towards Ernocroft Woods.
Willow Warbler were mainly on 'higher' path from car park to weir.

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This am 9-11:

Also whilst in woods a bird flew over that was very egret shaped, light coloured and had the flight jizz of an egret. Saw for 1 second then hidden by trees. Might be worth looking for locally?





Chris,

Which 'woods'? There are a lot of trees out there! wink

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This am 9-11: 3 willow warbler 6 chiffchaff 12 blackcap 2 swallow Egyptian goose 7 mandarin 4 nuthatch treecreeper Common buzzard Stock dove goldcrest Great crested grebe Also whilst in woods a bird flew over that was very egret shaped, light coloured and had the flight jizz of an egret. Saw for 1 second then hidden by trees. Might be worth looking for locally?

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Phil it is a large area, much larger than I had originally guessed at, just hope it's managed correctly and not allowed to dry out.

On to today's sightings though;

10 Chiffchaff seen or heard
5 Blackcap all male with a possible 6th female but I didn't get a good enough look
1m and 1f Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Treecreeper
3 Nuthatch

Interestingly no Willow Warblers heard anywhere

Plenty of blue great and coal tit's about though.

Cheers

Mark

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Noticed the ground clearing a couple of weeks ago when i was last there, hadn't realised how big that area was, with it previously being overgrown, & as you say Mark, theres plenty of scope to develop a nice little marsh area

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Early morning walk around the park produced a good amount of the common woodland birds.

7:30 - 10:15ish Keg woodland and then a quick walk round Ernocroft.


12 Chiffchaff seen or heard
3 Willow Warbler
7 Blackcap all male
5 Treecreeper
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (3m + 1f)
1 Dipper on the river near Keg pool.
1 Swallow
2 Buzzard
2 Sparrowhawk


Interesting development around the marshy area near the king fisher statue on keg pool, looks like they're clearing the willow out to help native plants to come through as well as hopefully creating a suitable marsh habitat for birds. Handled well it could be a nice area.

Cheers

Mark


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Ian Boote wrote:

On the path back from the Hide to the gate



Hi Ian,

Was this bird singing or calling?

Cheers, John

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On the path back from the Hide to the gate

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Ian Boote wrote:

Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, from the hide Nuthatches, Treecreeper, obliging kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, several Mandarin, Tufted Ducks Coal Tit, further on 2 Buzzard, top of wood more of the species listed Goldcrest Keg Willow Tit and Egyptian thing, and on lodge 6 Swallow.





Willow Tit? Are you quite sure you've got that right Ian? Haven't seen one in the area for over a decade.

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Andy

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Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, from the hide Nuthatches, Treecreeper, obliging kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, several Mandarin, Tufted Ducks Coal Tit, further on 2 Buzzard, top of wood more of the species listed Goldcrest Keg Willow Tit and Egyptian thing, and on lodge 6 Swallow.

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Highlights of a lunchtime walk around the reserve

First Chiffchaff of the year - 3 seen in total
Appear to be a healthy number of Tufted ducks pairing up, having seemingly dropped in numbers over the last few years.
Pair of very vocal Buzzards over Ernocroft Wood
Plenty of Nuthatches about

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Fantastic walk 4-6pm in great weather.

Lots of dogs and children meant there weren't many birds around the weir when I first arrived, so decided to pop into the hide.

Hide:
6 Mandarin (2m, 4f)
4 Tufted Duck (2m, 2f)
1 Teal (m)
2 Grey Heron
10 Cormorant gathering in one of the trees
Lots of small birds feeding on or around the feeders-
Blue, Great, Coal and Long-Tailed Tits
Chaffinch
Reed Bunting (1m)
Goldcrest
Nuthatch

Keg Pool and Keg Wood:

1 Egyptian Goose - honking loudly the entire time
2 Grey Heron
9 Coot
Lots of Tufted Duck
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker inspecting nest holes
1 Tawny Owl - flew west out of the wood, being mobbed by 2-3 small birds

I then returned to the weir at about 5.40 and was rewarded with great views of 2 Dippers and 2 Grey Wagtails.
The Dippers performed a courtship dance to one another that involved displaying their white throats and then dancing from side to side with their wings fanned. A lovely sight to end a productive couple of hours!

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Last chance you people out there. I have received a reply to the concerns which I voiced to Stockport MBC that make for, shall we say, interesting reading. It looks as if we are looking at events for over 200 people which could last in excess of 24 hours!! All sorts of factors will be put in place to stop people going off site with alcohol, and to keep events drug free (because everyone is just so law abiding these days). Oh, and the music (which appears to be confined to indoors) will be restricted to 11:00 to 00:00 only (some concession that!). I hope others will at least raise some issues with the authorities. You only have until 11th March. Otherwise one feels that your day in the park is about to become that bit more crowded (and noisy).

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I don't know if the regular ECP users have seen the notice recently put up near the start of the path to Whitebottom Farm. If you haven't, take a look AND OBJECT unless, as it appears, you would like to be birding to the accompanyment of 'live' music events and such (yes, really).

Go to the following web address for more info and act as you think fit. http://www.stockport.gov.uk/services/business/licensing11/fooddrinkentertainment/licensingat2003appsrep/currentlicenceapplications

Is nothing sacred?

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10.00 - 12.30 with Tony Darby
A stunning total of 40 Mandarins present: 28 at the weir and 12 in the channel from the main lake
Pair Dippers very active at the weir
Tawny Owl heard from Ernocroft Wood
Egyptian Goose on Keg Pool honking furiously for a mate
Mute Swans ZP4 and 4ADL at the weir and juvenile 4ADJ on the main lake at the model boat end
Buzzard over mobbed by a Carrion Crow

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Pair of Mute Swans near weir were both ringed. Blue ZP4 and Blue 4AOL
28 Mandarin Ducks
Egyptian Goose near hide

Cheers John

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Went this morning, saw 2 dipper nest building at the weir and the egyptian goose was on the river behind the hide.

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Forgot great-crested grebe!

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Canada geese
Pink-footed geese
Mallards
Coots
Moorhen
Mandarins (12m, 8f)
Black-headed gulls
Great tits
Coal tit
2 nuthatch
Grey wagtail
4 cormorants

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Saw pair of buzzards on path to Low from park and small murder of rooks and jackdaw on Low/Nuthatch and coal tit on table near Sunny Corner.Also saw two groups of long tailed tits.Egyptian goose on table at hide and chaffinch and cormorants up river.

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treecreepers, low buzzard, lots of mandarin, redwings and jackdaws coming in to roost.

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20 mandarin
Greylag goose
Mute swan
2 buzzards
Lots of black headed gulls
Robins
Heard 2 woodpeckers but couldn't find them

First visit. Lovely place but need to spend more time there.

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Quick wander to Keg pool and back 2.30-4.00:

Egyptian Goose

34 Mandarin(Mainly behind Pump House)

7 Tufted Duck

Little Grebe

Sparrowhawk

3 Common Buzzard

5 Teal

Nuthatch

Goldcrest

4 Mute Swan

 



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Nice late morning wander around before the heavens opened.

Nothing out of the ordinary but good numbers of the commoner wildfowl including

16 Tufted Duck (9 m & 7 f)

19 mandarin (11 m & 8 f)

1 very vocal Egyptian Goose at the Keg Pool

4 Mute Swans (2 Adult & 2 Juvenile)

5 Longtailed Tits

Unable to get round to the hide, due to contractors blocking the road by the weir, who appeared to be carrying out strengthening work on the wall

 



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First visit here today, nice place.

Nothing earth-shattering, as follows:
Woods to the left of the river
Nuthatch 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker male
Treecreeper
Goldcrest
plus common tits, robins
Buzzard over the fields behind.

Weir area
12 or so Mandarins
10 Tufted Duck
Kingfisher-like flash, couldn't say for sure
Grey Wagtail

Ernocroft Wood
Kestrel
Bullfinch 2

Is a Kestrel in woodland fairly common? not sure I've seen one in such a habitat before

Finally as I left, around 500 Jackdaw heading back west towards Stockport



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-- Edited by Simon Gough on Monday 23rd of December 2013 12:11:41 AM

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Car park-weir-hide 12.00-2.00 Lots of blue tit, great tit and robins around the main lake. 20 long tailed tits moving through. 1 dipper,3 nuthatch,80 jackdaw heading towards Brabyns park but the highlight was approximately 125 lapwing over towards Werneth low.

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Car park-weir-hide 3.40-5.15

Single Woodcock down river from hide at 4.40
2+ Tawny Owls
26 Mandarin
Dipper
Kingfisher
Grey Wagtail
26 Cormorant
5 Goosander over
Grey Heron
Song Thrush in song
Common Buzzard

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Thought I'd rescue the thread from the murky depths of page 6.


A trip to Ludworth this morning turned into a trip to Etherow when I realised how long its been since I last birded there in earnest. I have been once or twice but it's just to busy over the weekend.


Anyway not much out of the ordinary;


2 large tit flocks through the park.
3 Goldcrest mixed in with the above.
11 Nuthatch seen in various places.
11 Tufted Duck
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
4 Bullfinch
1 Chiffchaff heard calling while I was walking to the hide, took me a while to locate but managed to see it on the other side of the river low down.


Cheers


Mark

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Car Park-Weir-Ernocroft 8.30-10.30

Dipper
1+ Egyptian Goose
25+ Mandarin Duck, inc. juvenilles
5 Grey Wagtail. inc juvenilles
3+Grey Heron
Juv. Nuthatch
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
4 Jay
4 Goldcrest, inc. juv.
4 Chiffchaff, inc. juv.
2 Swallow
Common Swift


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16:30 - 19:30

A walk round the park produced;

5 Chiffchaff
1 Willow Warbler
1 Blackcap (f)
5 Grey Wagtail
Large tit flock of 60 - 80 birds in Ernocroft.

Cheers

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0600 - 1100


Not been getting much sleep these past couple of days so decided rather than stay in I'd make the most of the nice mornings we've been having and go down Etherow. All in all it turned out to be quite a fruitful day;

4 Chiffchaff
5 Blackcaps all male
4 Grey Wagtail 2 adult and 2 juv
1 Juv Dipper
1 Tawny owl in Ernocroft
A pair of Bullfinch's
3 Goldcrest
2 Spotted Flycatcher around the weir cottage area

Plenty more about but these were the highlights.

Cheers

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Visited on Sunday 7th for the first time in many years primarily for Mandarin.

Was not disappointed saw 19.

Also seen Egyptian Goose in exactly in the same place as described on 29 June. Preening on steps above weir.
Nuthatch plenty
Spotted Flycatcher 2

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A quick walk from 4:30 - 7:30 pm


Good numbers of all usual tits with lots of juveniles
3 Treecreeper
Saw 5 Nuthatch but heard more
6 Chiffchaff
5 Blackcap (4f + 1m)
Grey Wagtail
Tufted Duck (3m +2f)

Cheers

Mark

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7.45p

Egyptian Goose preening on the top stone of the Weir.
Dipper in the usual place in the opposite direction.

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Yesterday evening from 17:30 - 21 :00

Of note;

1 Reed Bunting male
Good numbers of Chiffchaff and Willow warbler
Several Goldcrest
3 Grey Heron
Juv Great Spotted Woodpecker

There were however lots of signs of new life with lots of parties of blue and great tits feeding young all over the park the same with nuthatches.

Walking all through the park it seemed that wherever I was there was always a roving party of some type of bird.

Cheers

Mark

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this a.m. Egyptian Goose above weir and female Mandarin(3) with 2 young from hide, lots of Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Chiffchaff, Blackcap but no Dipper seen.
Cheers Ian

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A late post for yesterday.

A late afternoon early evening stroll produced much the same as Ian with the exception of a Sparrowhawk over ernocroft and a Reed Bunting on the path to the hide.

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Three broods of mandarin at least. One coot took a pop at one of the duckling. It was duffed up by Mum Mandarin. Also Dipper, pair Grey Wagtails, Buzzard, Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Lots of Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Gold Crest, Little Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tufted Duck and Swifts. No Egyptian Goose or Great Crested Grebes on main lodge

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A late post for Saturday the 25th

As I didn't get down Friday I headed down Saturday morning 07:40 - 10:30

Same as previous trips managed everywhere other than the hide.

Several Goldcrest
Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff heard
1 Little Grebe on Keg Pool
1 Dipper on the river
3 Treecreeper all in the same vicinity within Ernocrroft
1 Buzzard circling over the weir area.

Lovely day but by 10am quite busy.

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Car park-Keg Pool 2.45-4.45
High Lights:

Little Grebe pair
15 Mandarin, some with young
2 Tufted Duck
3 Willow Warbler
4 Blackcap
5 Chiffchaff
Mute Swan pair with 3 cygnets
Many Swallow and Swift
4 Stock Dove
Cormorant

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Etherow CP 15:00 - 18:00

Again managed to cover the whole park (minus the hide)



Plenty of Willow Warbler heard with a couple seen feeding.
Plenty of Chiffchaff heard though non seen.
1 Tawny Owl being chased by Blackbirds
1 Bullfinch male
2 Grey Wagtail
1 Buzzard

Unfortunately I encountered the Canada's by Keg Pool which took 5 minutes to bypass without alarming them to much

Cheers

Mark

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Etherow CP 16:00 - 18:20

1 Willow Warbler seen, several more heard
2 Chiffchaff seen though loads heard
1 Jay
1 Treecreeper
2 Nuthatch
2 Lapwing
1 Siskin

Cheers

Mark

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Etherow CP 16:30 - 19-30

Managed to cover the whole of the park, visitor centre - ernocroft - hide - sunny corner - keg pool.

The highlights being;

2 Siskin (main lake area)
3 Willow Warbler seen, more heard
2 Chiffchaff seen, again more heard
3 Blackcap (1m +2f)
2 Lapwing
8 Redpoll over Ernocroft
Not quite John's 11 but I did get 2 Buzzards circling low over Ernocroft.
Plenty of Swallows with the odd house martin mixed in.

Then plenty of the usual nuthatch's, treecreeper's, and all the normal tit's.

Mark

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A male Brambling at the back of the house near the pump house.
A common sandpiper flew on to the left banking of the main lake and flew off to the opposite banking when a dog approached.
Swallows flying into a disused fan hole in the side of the old boat house.
3 Buzzard
Several blackcap
Plenty of coot with young around keg pool
Surprisingly not a single cormorant on the usual tree viewed from the hide.
also no Mandarin at the back of the pump house but there were a few canadas chasing everything off. also some aggressive canadas guarding path to hide.
Dipper on rocks closest to the weir.

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