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RE: Chadkirk Country Estate


A hobby was (successfully) catching insects over the estate for about 20 minutes this afternoon. Strangely was not interested in the 20+ house martins! Some of the other usuals included three grey wagtails, 2 buzzards, kestrel and a chiffchaff heard.



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A flock of 20 or so house martins over the river with 15 or so swallows low over the neighbouring field and the odd swift at 10.30 today.



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On the river today were:

8 female/eclipse Mandarin Ducks
1 female Goosander with 7 ducklings
Kingfisher

Nearby were:

Singing Whitethroat
Singing Blackcap

Cheers John

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3.50 pm - 3 young Lapwing in the same place.



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3pm - A pair of Lapwing with chicks in the Pylon field 3pm



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2.00pm to 2.30pm this afternoon. 4 buzzard, 1 kestrel and at least 3 lapwing on broadheys scrape.

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2 Kingfishers today.

Cheers John

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As well as 2 pr stock doves, 2 pr of mandarin (on the river bend by the main road), and buzzard, the highlight was both dipper (at 3 meters) and kingfisher on the brook that runs between the main car park and the road. With the river being in spate, this was the safe option for them. Getting both at rest in the same binocular view is not an everyday occurrence.



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Snipe 5 on the trading estate pool. This is slowly being filled in as tons of wood chippings are dumped.
Dipper on river

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When I was down there on Monday, there were four lapwings, so hopes for at least one population expanding (magpies, crows, ravens, jackdaws, herons, buzzards, humans not withstanding).



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Raven 3 over Little Wood
Chiffchaff 6
Buzzard 2
Snipe 9
Lapwing 3 (1 appears to be sitting in Broadheys [aka Pylon Field] defending nest against marauding Jackdaws)

Cheers, John

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6.30-7pm. 

Male Blackcap in full song near Peak Forest  Canal. Also 3 Lapwing, Common Snipe, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, 2 Mandarin Duck in trees, 2 Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest. 



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Julian Winstanley wrote:


... and this canal quacker, which is obviously destined for category D smile

Cheers John



That duck has been around for about eight months now!


Practically a resident then. Get it ticked smile.

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... and this canal quacker, which is obviously destined for category D smile

Cheers John



That duck has been around for about eight months now!

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Late news 23 March: Walk from Chadkirk Country Estate to Brabyns Park

Brambling 2 (Brabyns)
Nuthatch 4
Treecreeper 1
Chiffchaff 3
Buzzard 6
Sparrowhawk 1
Snipe 14 (Chadkirk)
Mandarin 2 (Chadkirk)

... and this canal quacker, which is obviously destined for category D smile

Cheers John

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Displaying Lapwing this morning. 



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Two Buzazrds over the Chapel at 3.10pm



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Hi Andy, good to know the Dabchick are back. they used to be seen quite a lot but the EA cut the overhanging vegetation all the way along the river on both sides a good few years ago now and that was the end of that! I see Ravens quite a lot these days but I haven't seen the Buzzards for a couple of weeks now.



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1st Feb. p.m.

A pleasant stroll to the Goyt bridge, where I saw a pair of ravens up river over Marple Dale; 4 goosander (1 m), 1 cormorant, and a dabchick (first here for well over 15 years at a guess) were on the river itself. Also usual woodland stuff like bullfinch, nuthatches and buzzard. Spring felt closer.



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10.30-11.00:

Nice to see at least 1 Dipper on stream.  Also 2 Bullfinch, Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch. 



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Originally posted today by John Rowland:

just an update on the breeding success of a pair of lapwing in Broadheys this summer. For the first time in over twenty years a single pair of lapwing had four young but I think only three survived as towards the end of the fledging period I only ever saw three young. I am putting the success of this down to the introduction of the scrape that went in three years ago as the parents and young were always around this area.

I have to say though I was less than impressed with the fool who found the nest photographed it and then advertised the fact on social media! lets hope he doesn't trespass again next year if we are lucky enough to have this pair return.

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Two Ravens flew over the horse fields on the far side of the Goyt just before midday, one of them pausing briefly at the top of a pylon. Only a single finch in a 1+ hour circuit: a Goldfinch.

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3 Goosander (1m 2f) on the Goyt from Chadkirk bridge this afternoon.



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Late post for Friday evening, a Lapwing displaying around stony area near the car park. 



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John Rowland wrote:

lets hope we don't lose any more of this valuable habit as it sounds like it is already having a substantial effect. the pond is also a fantastic breeding site for Frog, Toad, Smooth, Palmate and Great Crested Newts, so if it gets filled in this will be a massive loss to Chadkirk.




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Hiya John .... this needs reporting, possibly "Natural England" would be a good place to start.

Great crested and Palmate newts are a European protected species. The animals, their eggs and their breeding sites and resting places are protected by law.

Too much of this filling in goes on without notice and by then it's to late.

Roger.

-- Edited by Roger Baker 3 on Saturday 27th of February 2016 06:13:52 PM

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Treecreeper around pond, failed to spot any Snipe



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lets hope we don't lose any more of this valuable habit as it sounds like it is already having a substantial effect. the pond is also a fantastic breeding site for Frog, Toad, Smooth, Palmate and Great Crested Newts, so if it gets filled in this will be a massive loss to Chadkirk.



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Late post for yesterday at 12.30

2 Ravens circling and 3 Common Buzzard



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Waterside and adjacent scrub vegetation on the Charkirk Industrial Estate pool has been stripped and the whole area covered with wood chippings. In the small area left untouched were 11 Snipe and a Grey Heron.

Elsewhere singles of Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch and Goldcrest.
4 Mistle Thrushes and 2 Redwings feeding in Pylon Field.

Cheers John

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Brief visit yesterday afternoon produced
Kingfisher
2 Lapwing
Stock Dove

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I've just been looking back at spring so far, and I forgot that I saw a raven on 11th April near Marple locks which was flying low towards Chadkirk. I would be pretty confident in saying that they were not just a roaming party otherwise they would have gone with the adult birds to find food. As it was they just sat quietly in the woods for about half an hour waiting for their return and you could easily have walked right past them. Obviously most people would have had their attention drawn to them once they did return as there is no mistaking them once the calls start up!

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Can't remember the exact details, but someone pointed out a photo of a juvenile Raven in the Stockport area to me recently - think it may have been posted on i-spot.
It puzzled me at the time but something else cropped up and I forgot about it. Andy's post just reminded me - guess they have bred in the area?

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I didn't expect much, but found a family party of 4 ravens on site which provided much entertainment. I was last here about 6 weeks ago so I guess they could have bred in the area (anyone know?). Food was being brought to the two fully fledged youngsters, and on one occasion a buzzard tried to hijack it. Brilliant! I had to look around me to make sure I was still in Chadkirk! Also about: chiffchaff, grey wagtails in two spots, a pair of lapwing, stock doves, including at least 6 in Marple Dale just over the bridge, and various other things. Ravens though! What a bird!

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Snipe
7 Mandarin Duck on Goyt
Blackcap
Pied Wagtail
2 Mistle Thrush

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Lapwing displaying this afternoon
Chiffchaff
Bullfinch

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Chadkirk Industrial Estate Pool:

35 Common Snipe

Cheers John

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Will be putting my objection in. Close view of a Dipper in the brook yesterday at noon.
Also Goldcrest

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New Bridle Path for Chadkirk Country Estate


There are plans to create a 'right of way' bridle path for horse riding around the edges of the fields adjacent to the brook and also around part of 'Coronation Field, which is the wild flower meadow.

I believe this will take up around 1/2 - 3/4 hectare of land, which is either UK BAP habitat (this lowland pasture is unique in the Stockport area) or, in the case of Coronation Field, an SBI.

The costs to build the bridle path will be in the region of 20K to 35K. As the cost of creating the Coronation Field wild flower meadow in the first place was around 10K one may justifiably question whether this is the best use of assets.

If you wish to object to this plan the person to write to is Hazel Lees at hazel.lees@stockport.gov.uk

Alternatively you may wish to attend the public meeting, which is to be held at Woodley Civic Hall at 18.00 on 8th December.

Cheers, John

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31st July:

4 Goosanders and 3 Mandarins on river
Kingfisher heard
3 Stock Doves

News from a few days ago:
Common Sandpiper on Pylon Field Pool (info from John Ireland)

Cheers John

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United Utilities seem to have encrouched on a considerable amount of the Pylon field, with a large site compound

Pylon field scrape
2 Pied Wagtails
1 Lesser Blackbacked Gull
3 Meadow Pipits

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A notable 36 Snipe on the weedy industrial estate pool

3 Buzzards over woodland by Otterspool Road

Cheers John



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Quick hour yesterday 2-3pm:

Dipper on smaller stream nearer to chapel

2 Nuthatch

Mistle Thrush



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Late post for 29th

5 Snipe
1 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk

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Not a lot around.

14 Mistle Thrushes feeding together in 1 field.
Whitethroat singing + at least 1 youngster
Willow Warblers, Blackcaps, Goldfinches, Greenfinches etc.

Only 2 butterflies (2 Meadow Browns)

Cheers John

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Mainly along Goyt 11-12.30

Mandarin pair
Grey Wagtail
2 Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Common Buzzard
Cormorant
5 Swift
Nuthatch
Mallard pair with 6 young

Orange tip butterfly

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Loosely this area.

Along the Goyt from Chadkirk New Bridge to Marple Dale Nursing Home

c25 Swallows and 6 Sand Martins
2 Grey Wagtails
1 Chiffchaff
Pair Goosander

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4pm

2 Curlew flying overhead

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1 White Wagtail and 1 Lapwing on pool in 'pylon field'
1 Goldcrest
2 Chiffchaffs
2 Stock Doves
1 Sparrowhawk

Cheers John

-- Edited by John Rayner on Friday 12th of April 2013 04:50:41 PM

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This afternoon 13:00-14:30....
Red letter day for Chadkirk
Highlights.....
Single Lapwing near scrape on Broadheys Field
2 Buzzards over Kirk Wood, constantly harrassed by Crows,
2 Stock Doves,
Grey Heron on Mill Pond, no sign of any Snipe though,
2 pairs of Mallard on Broadheys scrape,
1 ringed, and 1 unringed Dipper, on stream behind main car park,
Grey Wagtail over,
Plus plenty of the usual tits,finches and Corvids etc.

Cheers Chris

P.S. First Daffodils of the year, flowering in the Walled Garden.

-- Edited by Chris Greene on Thursday 31st of January 2013 03:18:40 PM

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12 Snipe (on overgrown Mill Pond and in Pylon Field)

Cheers, John

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