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RE: Etherow Country Park and Nature Reserve


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.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 1st of February 2014 11:05:28 PM

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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



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 22nd of December 2013 10:24:06 PM

-- 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

-- Edited by Mark Walsh on Thursday 31st of October 2013 07:57:03 PM

-- Edited by Mark Walsh on Thursday 31st of October 2013 07:57:59 PM

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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.

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Mark

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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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Whilst scanning from a vantage point 11 Buzzards in scattered groups was noteworthy.

Cheers, John

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First stroll round Etherow for a few weeks, a lot of people in the park reminded me of why I tend to go in the evening (that and I'm too lazy to get up early).

Nevertheless an enjoyable walk.

4 Chiffchaff, 2 seen 2 heard
1 Nuthatch
1 blackcap (female)
2 Goosander, Keg pool (female)
1 Treecreeper
10 Long Tailed Tits
3 Lapwing in the usual field


Mark

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c 8 Chiffchaff
3 Willow Warblers
Mandarin pair at nest hole
Egyptian Goose (Keg Pool)
2f Goosander (Keg Pool)
Aggresive pair of Canadas on eggs by riverside footpath at Keg Pool

Cheers, John



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1.30-3pm
Car Park to hide, via woodland path:
3 Lapwing
Chiffchaff
15 Mandarin
Coot with young
Nuthatch
Dipper, below weir
Kestrel

Hide:
Kingfisher
2 Treecreeper
4 Mandarin
2 Swallow during shower
House Martin with swallow
2 Jay
Chiffchaff

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Went down through Ernocroft Woods to the hide and back briefly yesterday late morning.

Plenty of tits around (usual 4 species). Greenfinches part way down and a nuthatch calling up near the road. Needless to say, no new arrivals.

From the hide (someone had left the gate and hide door open!), twelve teal - 1m1f to the left + 3m3f a little up to the right + 4m up in the distance to the right. Usual cormorants and a few Canada geese. Great spotted woodpecker calling. No tufted ducks nor mandarins seen from the hide in perhaps my 45mins there.

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Peregrine over the car park today.
Perhaps that's what got the kestrel whose remains were beside the church last week (not much left; only feet, wings and tail, all neatly removed).

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Peregrine over the car park today.

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A late posting for yesterday; 1500 - 1730

8 Tufted Duck (3m + 5f) at the back of the pump house
19 Mandarin (7f + 12m) as above
1 Heron
1 Treecreeper
6 goosander (3m + 3f)
1 Tawny Owl being chased by crows.
Finally just as I got back to the car a kestrel flew over the car park

Cheers

Mark

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Monday 2pm-3pm (from hide):
Teal: 2m+1f on left far bank at sandy area and another 2m+1f up as far as you can see to the right.
Tufted Duck: 4m+5f
Mandarin Duck: 3m+2f
Jay: 1
Cormorant: 19
Treecreeper: 2
Little Grebe: 1 below Cormorant tree.
Grey Heron: 1
Coot: 2
Mallard: 1m+1f
Carrion Crow: 2
Buzzard: 2

I then went on a walk through till 4:45pm:
Plenty more Tufted Ducks and Mandarin Ducks (>13) near the pump building.

Keg Pool added the following:
Goosander: 1m+2f
Mute Swan: 2 (ringed)
Egyptian Goose: 1
Numerous Moorhen, Coot
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 2 - both drumming.

And round in Keg Woodland:
Raven: 1 flying over.
Nuthatch (a few making faint high-pitched little calls; no typical clear whistling calls).

And finally on the hill up through Ernocroft:
Stock Dove (heard up above the right-angle turn in the path where there's some private property beyond).
Goldfinch flew over, calling.
And another Great Spotted Woodpecker - calling.

Plenty of Robins around generally and a few tits, blackbirds etc.

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an hour or so late morning

26 Mandarin in two groups - 17 by the weir, 9 in the back waters on the way back to the car park
2 male goosander flying upstream
there seemed to be Robins singing every 50 metres or so
9 tufted duck
5 cormorants
8 Long Tailed Tits
4 Dunnock

plus the usual assortment of ducks & geese

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Etherow 15:00 - 18:00

1 Great Crested Grebe
12 Tufted Duck (7f + 5m)
15 Mandarin (9m + 6f)
2 Teal both males
1 Kingfisher
1 Little Grebe
6 Goldcrest seen throughout the park

A little quiet in the woods with not overly much making itself known.

Mark

Forgot to mention 2 Goosander 1 male, 1 female.



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Barnacle Goose on island at side of main lake
New family of Mute swan on main lake with 3 cygnets
Egyptian Goose
Teal
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Buzzard
8 Goosander
Siskin

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1530-1730

A rainy walk around the park.

1 Great Crested Grebe
1 Grey Heron
30 Mandarin (17m + 13f)
12 Tufted Duck (7m + 5f)
2 Teal (1m + 1f)
1 Little Grebe

+ Usual Tits etc.

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1500 - 1730

34 Mandarin (22m + 12f)
2 Tufted Duck (1m +1f)
2 Treecreeper
6 Siskin
5 Goosander (2m + 3f)
5 Teal (3m + 2f)
1 Little Grebe
2 Buzzard
1 Peregrine looked to be flying just within the northern boundary of the park

Usual other bits and bobs

Cheers

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A saunter through the park;

One small area of the main lake remained unfrozen and so housed most of the Canada's with an estimation of between 150 - 200 birds.
2 large Jackdaw flocks heading into roost with c1000 birds
15 Mandarin (3f + 12m) at the pump house
10 Tufted Duck (6m + 4f) seen from the hide
1 Heron
3 Teal all male
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Dipper from the Weir
1 Buzzard
1 Wren
5 Goosander (2m + 3f) on the river by Keg pool

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Now 6 Goosanders on Keg Pool (3m, 3f) plus noisy Egyptian Goose and pair of Mute Swans.

Cheers, John

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15:30 - 1730

15 Mandarin (10m + 5f)
7 Tufted Duck (3m + 4f)
7 Teal (5m + 2f)
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Dipper
Several Tawny owl calls round Keg woodland, despite the seeming abundance I didn't manage to locate one.

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Much the same as John, in a late morning visit, 20 Mandarins including 9 females, 9 on the stream just after the main lake causeway & the rest up near the Pump House, Egyptian Goose on Keg Pool as well as a pair of Goosander, and another female Goosander on the main lake.

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Mandarin Duck (17 male, 9 female. All apparently adult apart from 1 1st winter male)
Egyptian Goose (Keg Pool)
2 Mute Swans (Keg Pool)
Teal heard on the river.

Cheers, John

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1st Visit of the new year and not very much to show for it as the park was full to bursting with people.

2 Tufted Duck (1m + 1f)
4 Goosander (3m + 1f)
1 Treecreeper
1 Nuthatch
30 - 40 Siskin
3 Teal all male

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A day off work saw me down Etherow for a few hours between 10am and 1pm;

4 Goosander (2 pairs one on the main lake with the other pair on keg pool)
9 Tufted dotted around the park (4m + 5f)
Small mixed flock of Goldfinch and Siskin, around 10 of each
6 Goldcrest
15 - 20 Long tailed Tits in 2 parties
7 Teal (5m + 2f)
2 Great sptted woodpecker's both male
2 Nuthatch
A further 10+ Siskin around the back end of Keg pool
1 Female Kestrel
2 Nuthatch


Mark

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