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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


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A couple of hours at Etherow produced;

1 Buzzard
Mixed flock of 20 Goldinch and Siskin on the causeway
6 Mandarin (3m +3f)
Mixed Tit flock with 15+ Long Tailed Tit and 2 Goldcrest
1 Treecreeper
Mixed flock of 15 - 20 Redwing and Fieldfare over the top back towards the visitor centre

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Late post for yesterday..13:00-13:30
Highlights 2 Song Thrush near Weir Cottages.
Max 3 Jays at once from hide,also female Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Pair of Goosander flew downstream below weir.
Plus all the usuals.

Cheers Chris

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Pump House:

Mandarin 15
Tufted Duck 10
Pair of Mallards displaying

Ernocroft:

Treecreeper 1
Siskin 2
Redpoll 3
Coal/Blue/Great Long-tailed Tits

Cheers, John


P.S. If I search for 'Etherow' I get 7 different threads - but not this one??




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A very late post for Sunday the 9th;

A walk around with Tony Mossman who wanted me to put something about 'top birder, great bloke, etc' so there you go.

Not much to report really;

20 Mandarins (12m + 8f) at the back of the pump house
10 Tufted Duck (6m +4f) on Keg pool
My own personal highest count of 8 Goosander (3m + 5f) again on keg pool.
Only one flock of tits seen roaming in Ernocroft.
1 Great spotted Woodpecker
6 Siskin over the car park as we were leaving.

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Very quick visit after work today. 15:00 - 16:00

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
5 Long Tailed Tit's
1 Sparrowhawk over Ernocroft
2 Goosander (1m + 1f) on main lake



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Mid-morning visit to Ernocroft Woods

10 Lesser Redpoll
8 Long-tailed Tits
2 Jays
Blue/Coal/Great Tits
2 Wrens
No Crossbills

Cheers, John

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Heard 1 (possibly more) Crossbills flying over or through Ernocroft Wood this morning but couldn't see them through the thicket of trees.

Cheers, John

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Ernowcroft Wood very quiet. No sight or sound of Crossbills. Usual fare from the hide - Jay, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, 13 Cormorants, 10 Long tailed Tits. Also some nice mulled wine offered by another birder in the hide, many
thanks if you are reading this.

Cheers John

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A visit from 11:30 - 14:30.

Ernocroft - Hide - Keg wood and pool.

While up in Ernocroft I heard a Crossbill flying along the path of the river coming from the visitor centre direction, I managed to locate it through the trees and was lucky enough to have it land briefly (about a minute) at the top of a dead tree not too far from me, after calling for a short while the bird (a female) flew off northeast before circling back towards Marple. It seemed there was only the one lone bird.

Other birds of note;

5 Treecreeper
3 Jay
Only one pair of Mandarin seen but I didn't go to the back of the pump house.
4 Nuthatch
Small numbers of Goldfinch flying over
3 Teal (all male)
7 Tufted Duck (4m + 3f)
1 Little Grebe
2 Goosander (both female)
20+ Redwing in two small flocks around the park.

Good number of small bird flocks around the park with what must have been 30+ Goldcrest seen and probably 50+ Long Tailed Tit.

Mark

I almost didn't go thinking I'd visit tomorrow, glad I went today.

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From the Hide
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long Tailed Tits, Jays, Nuthatches, Bullfinch, Mandarin, Tufted Ducks, Coal Tits, Cormorants, and heard Buzzard.

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Got to agree with everything said here, especially Rob The standard of user on other 'forums' just isn't up to the class on here Etherow has significant numbers in a National context, especially up north. The count of 141 at Alderley Park, Cheshire is astounding!!

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Rob Smallwood wrote:

Doc Brewster wrote:

Just heard on another forum that numbers of Mandarins here have topped 140 in the past, must make Etherow Internationally important.





"Another Forum"? There are no other forums, just pale imitations - plastic you might even say!





Always liked you Rob...and your brilliant band: XL5

Numbers of Mandarin rose significantly in 2010 and the county record then was doubled to 74 but 2011 produced no similar counts and numbers seemed to had declined somewhat perhaps. Though I have no 2012 data yet there have been no huge counts reported on this forum nor have any of the other birders I know who visit the site (but don't always post on here) reported anything as significant as any three figure counts

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Doc Brewster wrote:

Just heard on another forum that numbers of Mandarins here have topped 140 in the past, must make Etherow Internationally important.





"Another Forum"? There are no other forums, just pale imitations - plastic you might even say!

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That was the post that triggered the response from the guy who said that he wasn't impressed by it because Etherow gets similar numbers, maybe he was just exaggerating for effect? When I was Assistant County Recorder we never had those numbers either at Etherow CP.

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Nope, news to me?

I believe there has been 141 at Alderley Park, Cheshire which Hugh knows about. Coincidence?

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The person who reported it said you knew about this??

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Just heard on another forum that numbers of Mandarins here have topped 140 in the past, must make Etherow Internationally important.





At Etherow Paul? I've never heard of such counts nor have anything like ever been formally recorded. Our county record is considerably less than that and this sites highest count is currently around 54.

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Just heard on another forum that numbers of Mandarins here have topped 140 in the past, must make Etherow Internationally important.

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6 Teal seen from the hide
1 Green Woodpecker heard yaffling as I walked up and down the path trying to locate it. It got the better of me though!

Plus all the usuals

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Could I have seen a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker here this morning? We were walking along the right hand side of the canal from the car park. Close to one of the canal bridges (orange lifebelt on a white board adjacent) I saw a woodpecker in a tree - definitely a Grea Spotted. I then looked to my right (river side) & up in a tree I saw a much smaller woodpecker. It definitely wasn't the first Great as, for about 10 seconds, I had them both in my sight. The second bird looked to be like an overgrown sparrow in build - but definitely a woodpecker. So, before I get too excited, does Etherow hold any Lesser Spotteds &, if so, have any been reported recently?

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 18th of November 2012 02:52:27 PM

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Spent all day there today.

6 Goosander on Keg Pool (all redheads; no males today )
2 Little Grebe
Kingfisher spotted twice. Highlight was when it perched on the beak of the Kingfisher sculpture at Keg pool. I found it quite amusing (it doesn't take much) 2nd time it was perched on the fence submerged in the pond at the side of the private road. Got good views both times.
9 Mandarin on canal and 17 behind pump house.
1 Male Tufted duck behind pump house. 8 Tufted on Keg Pool
4 Nuthatch
3 Treecreeper
1 Jay
1 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
16 Goldfinch
4 Goldcrest
Mute Swan closely followed by Egyptian Goose as always.
4 House Sparrow

The highlight had to be on my walk back home over Werneth Low as it was getting dark. A woodcock flew straight past my head flying in the direction of Romiley/Compstall. A lifer for me!!





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Managed a quick visit from 15:00 through to 17:00 but just up and around Keg wood and pool.

Not much seen really;

10 Mandarin (7m + 3f)
7 Tufted Duck (4m +3f)
4 Goosander
1 Dabchick
1 Grey Heron
Plenty of jackdaws heading into roost

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Like wise!

Highlights:

Dipper
3 Goosander
4 Tufted duck behind pump house
Mandarin
Kingfisher on main lake
2 Little Grebe
2 Mute Swans
Very noisy Egyptian goose!







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Highlights 9-10.30
Dipper by weir
Kingfisher on main pool(caught 2 fish)
34 Mandarin(30 behind pump house)
3 Goosander
4 Tufted Duck
Egyptian Goose
Treecreeper
2 Nuthatch
Little Grebe(Keg Pool)

Lovely to meet Vicky S. Egyptian Goose in the palm of your hand!

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Dunnock
Grey Heron
30 Cormorant at usual roost
2 Jay
Chaffinch (m)
Kingfisher at Keg Pool
2 Nuthatch
1 Collared Dove, woodpigeon
Usual on Keg pool: Mute swan, Egyptian goose, Tufted Duck
13 Goosander (3 m + 10 f)
Numerous Manderin behind pump house
Buzzard
Raptor over farm land. Didn't get a very good view of it.
Goldcrest
Flock of Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit

Edit: Sorry I forgot 3 Treecreepers



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Kingfisher on gate en route to hide
27 Mandarin
12 Tufted Duck
Buzzard
3 Jay
2 Nuthatch
Great Spotted Woodpecker
9 Cormorant
Grey Wagtail

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Sun 11th Nov. 07.30 hrs.

4 Goosander on the backwater near the footbridge, 1 male and 3 redheads. Disturbed by a jogger and flew off towards main lake.

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A late post for the 7th;

Due to time off work I was able to get to Etherow by 11am and stay through till 2ish.

Usual route;

18 Mandarin (14m + 4f)
50+ Long tailed Tit
6 Goldcrest
4 Jay
4 Goldfinch
1 Redwing seen but multiple heard in Ernocroft wood
2 Nuthatch seen but again several heard
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Sparrowhawk circling over ernocroft
3 Buzzard seen over ernocroft from the road to the hide
1 Kingfisher
3 Tufted (2m + 1f)
And the highlight 4 Goosander on Keg pool

Seen all round the park though were large Tit flocks with good numbers of Long Tailed Tit, Blue tit, Great Tit and Coal Tit with the odd Goldcrest thrown in, thats a lot different to how I've seen it the last few weeks though that's probably due to the time of day I've been going.

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Probably the final Friday evening I'll be able to do for a while as it's going dark by about 5ish.

15:30 - 18:00

Ernocroft - Hide - Keg Wood

Not much up in Ernocroft so from the hide onwards:

30+ Cormorants
3 Teal (2m +1f)
10+ Long Tailed Tit
1 Wren
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Presumingly Pipit species (due to the flight pattern) over the top of Ernocroft seen from near the hide, likely hood was it was a Meadow Pipit out back over Ludworth but I though it worth while mentioning.
5 Jay
1 Buzzard
2 Little Grebe
8 Tufted Duck (4m + 4f)
20 + Mandarin
1 Dipper


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Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mandarin, Tufted Ducks, Egyptian thing, 2 Little Grebe, Siskin, lots of Jays Cormorant and Nuthatches and Long-Tailed Tits, Buzzard group of Fieldfares other side of river several groups of Pink-Footed Geese doing south east and west.


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Quick Jaunt around the park from 16:00 - 18:30

Usual route.

First sighting was a pair of Fieldfare flying over the park seen from the car park.

Everything else of note;

18 Mandarin (13m + 5f)
3 Teal (2m + 1f)
20+ Cormorants
4 Jay
1 Dipper seen from the bridge near the weir
1 Buzzard
3 Tufted Duck (all female)
2 Little Grebe
1 Tawny Owl heard

Additionally at 17:30 two lads used the park as a motocross track heading by the sound of it along the tarmac path from the weir to sunny corner round and down to Keg pool along the non-river side of the pool, then up to that little green wooden shack for a breather before heading off. I didn't actually see them though the sound of their bikes and marks from the tyres on the paths were self evident as to the type of vehicle used.......all in all it's probably a good thing I didn't meet them as I might have opened my big gob and come off the worse for it.

Never-the-less I was fuming for quite a while.

-- Edited by Mark Walsh on Friday 26th of October 2012 08:44:29 PM

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And here endeth the lesson...

RE: READ THE BLOODY STICKY...

RE: MANCHESTER BIRDING FORUM GUIDELINES AND INSTRUCTIONS




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Can see where you are coming from Geoff, so many folk say Lesser Pecker so P for the final bit of the name could be logical.
p.s. I knew really that you meant Great Spotted Woodpecker

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Great spotted woodpecker Ian (without the wood). I blame it in on my arthritic fingers.

Four of us at Penny this morning, hope to see some of you all freezing with us.

Kind regards

Geoff

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But what did GSP actually mean Geoff?

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Sorry guys

Really meant GS'P(joking) Cannot see the wood for the P's. Perhaps if I had used GPS I might have got it right

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Ahh good point, easily remembered by the old saying - LSP likes broad-leaved tree

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As I recall, I think Lesser Sand Plover prefers deciduous woodland, so it may be worth double checking when you get there.

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No problems mate - I rang all the info services as soon as I saw the post, on my way there now

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But of course Paul; would you mind mega-ing for me then please

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Greater Sand Plover mate

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Geoff Walton wrote:

Hide 12-1230pm

1 GSP heard




GSP????

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Hide 12-1230pm
1 Nuthatch
2 Mandarin Duck
2 Cormorant
5 Tufted Duck
2 Kingfisher flying past, and one flying back and landing on a branch
1 Moorhen
1 GSP heard
guy in hide with me saw 1 Treecreeper and 1 Little grebe before I arrived.


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from the hide
3 Jay, 1 teal male, 2 Goosander female, 2 Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Kingfisher.

The model boat club was also in action annd witnessed them launch a full size rescue rowing boat to retrieve a becalmed model.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 21st of October 2012 06:58:18 PM

-- Edited by Ian Boote on Sunday 21st of October 2012 07:11:16 PM

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 20th of November 2012 11:21:16 AM

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Out again for a few hours between 16:00 and 19:00

Ernocroft - the hide - keg wood

21 Mandarin (14m + 7f)
8 Tufted Duck (3m + 5f)
4 Jay
20 + Chaffinch through ernocroft, had a look for Brambling but no luck.
1 Goldcrest
2 Dipper (seen both at the hide and then later coming back over the bridge before heading into keg woodland).
4 Teal (3m + 1f) seen a little further up river from the hide.
3 Little Grebe
1 Tawny Owl

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Brief time in the hide and then Keg Pool 10am-11-30am

Jays seen and heard on the way. 18 Drake Mandarin behind the wheel house. Usual suspects around. Some larger birds flying in the trees up to the Keg path turn off, but the light was wrong to get a fix. I was hoping they might have been Redwing

Hide - Wren on tree next to the hide

Egyptian Goose swam toward me, and the flew and landed on the bird table by the hide(picture in the gallery sometime I hope please It let me approach within 6 feet. I only had the camera with me.

Possible Kingfisher flying up river

Keg Pool
Another/same Egyptian Goose -probably the other half
3 Little Grebe
Coot
Mallard
Mute Swan


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Grey Heron
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Long-Tailed Tit
3 Wren
2 Robin
3 Nuthatch
1 Treecreeper
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
6 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
Jackdaw
Carrion Crow
Rook
1 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk (m: confirmed by another birder)
Egyptian Goose (does anyone know what sex the Egyptian Goose is at Etherow please. I think it's female but not convinced)
Mute Swan (m and f)
Mandarin
Tufted Duck
3 Little Grebe

Mink swimming across the river and up the banking.
Several rats





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2 Grey Heron
3 Cormorant
14 Mandarin Duck
4 Tufted Duck
No sign of any Kingfishers today!
Egyptian Goose
Male Mute swan (couldn't see the female today)
Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-Tailed Tit, Coal Tit (several)
2 Wrens
2 Robins
Nuthatch (several)
1 Treecreeper
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
5 Jay
1 Sparrowhawk (perched opposite the hide for 20 minutes before being chased off by a Jay)
1 Buzzard soaring over Ernocroft Wood


-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 14th of October 2012 08:09:47 PM

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