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RE: Etherow Country Park and Nature Reserve


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


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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

Mark

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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


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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

Regards

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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.

Regards

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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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Doc Brewster wrote:

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?

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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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