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Post Info TOPIC: Dunham Massey area, including the NT Park


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RE: Dunham Massey area, including the NT Park


An unusually high number of Canada Geese grazing on the meadow beside the stream over Bollington Gate stile today.  Approximately 160 birds there late afternoon.



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Around lunch today 2 Green Sandpiper on the stream over Bollington gate. Buzzard, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Stock Dove noted in the deer park.

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A walk along the Bollin this afternoon produced two Grey Wagtails on the weir upstream of the footbridge near the Bollington flats and two Green Woodpeckers feeding on the ground at the oxbows where there was also a small group of Goldfinches. Several Swallows and two Buzzards were also seen. No sign of the recently reported female Garganey however.



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Had a walk along the Bollin late this afternoon, away from the flats at Bollington and noticed a lot of wing flapping in a small copse on the opposite side of the river from the oxbows.  It turned out to be a startled looking, apparently very young common Buzzard seemingly making its first journey into the big wide world biggrin



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Super walk this afternoon in hot sunshine along the R.Bollin from the Bridgewater Canal bridge on Dunham Rd, down to Bollington Flats then down the riverside path to the A56 and back again.

Sightings:
Family of Mandarin ducks on the river - female plus 5 well grown young.
3 almost full grown Goosander on the river.
Female Mallard plus 4 young which included 1 white duckling
2 Grey Wagtail
6 Pied Wagtail
Lots of Swallow
6 House Martin
2 Sand Martin
3 Blackcap
2 Chiffchaff singing
1 Nuthatch heard
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker heard calling from inside the deer park
2 Stock Dove
4 Buzzard circiing together
1 Kestrel
Flock of c.15 Goldfinch at ox-bow

Lots of insect sightings- see other wildlife thread

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The adult swans with four cygnets were present on Smithy pool this evening. Also present several Coot chicks being fed by parents and 3 Grey Wagtails.



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Had a walk around the park this afternoon, the first for some time. Had brief views of 2 Swallows and 3 House Martins around the clock area.

No sign of nesting in what was always a place where Swallows set up home.



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A Green Woodpecker in the deer park, circa 8pm

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Goosander 1m 2f Island Pool. Water level a lot lower in recent visits than int olden days.
2 Coot chicks bottom pool below island pool.
Grey Wagtail Bollington weir.
Goosander 1f with c. 13 ducklings above the weir. One later got lost.
Mallard - 4  well grown ducklings above the weir.
R N Parakeets - pr prospecting on the oxbows.
Mandarin - 2m 1f up the river.
Went alongside the boggy bit of woodland (next to the park wall and adjacent to the field with the Bollin public footpath) where Willow Tits used to occur but no sign, i assume they went 20+ years ago.



-- Edited by Mike Duckham on Sunday 6th of May 2018 12:38:40 PM

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Led a bird walk this morning from 11am to 1pm, which proved productive despite the heavy rain.
highlights were.
1 little Egret
1 Ring necked Parakeet
1 Swallow
3 Treecreeper
3 Green Woodpecker
2 great Spotted Woodpecker
4 Goosander 2m 2f
2 Little Grebe
1 Chiffchaff
1 Jay
2 Buzzard
1 Song Thrush in full song
3 Grey heron

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A wander around the park early afternoon today produced;
1 Buzzard
5 Nuthatch
3 Treecreeper
3 Chiffchaff
2 Coal Tit
8 Blue tit
2 Great Tit
2 Pied Wagtail
1 Green Sandpiper
1 Black-headed Gull
2 Mute Swan
2 Little Grebe
5 Moorhen
11 Coot
32 Tufted Duck
38 Mallard
26 Canada Geese
4 Gadwall
3 Goosander



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afternoon visit

1 green sandpiper on flood in field over Bollington gate then flew onto the stream.
2 teal & 2 gadwall also on the stream.
2 shoveler over
2 great spotted woodpecker
green woodpecker heard
9 nuthatch
5 treecreeper
1 ring necked parakeet
1 mistle thrush
2 buzzards


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Cycling down the canal past the Dunham Massey area on Saturday 24th March a chiffchaff was singing

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Walk round with Malcolm this morning was very productive, saw all the expected birds except Green Woodpecker which was leading us a merry dance with its Yaffling (laughing) at us without ever being foundblankstare. Biggest surprise were 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, I've not heard of them here before.
Cheers Ian Just checked back and Dave Broome heard one here on 6th March, shows what little I know !!!!!!!!!

-- Edited by Ian Campbell on Friday 16th of March 2018 01:30:26 PM

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4 Sand Martins flew NW over Island Pool
4 Stock Doves
2 Mandarin Ducks

Cheers John

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15.45-17.30

2 Green Woodpecker calling - 1 seen
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker having a drumming battle - 3 seen
1 Goosander (f) on Island Pool
A flock of c.50 Redwing engaging in that funny singing they do at this time of the year in the tops of the trees near the Obelisk
2 Treecreeper- one bird feeding up the side of a wall!
3 Nuthatch
1 Jay
1 Grey Heron
1 Oystercatcher over
15 Teal on the flooded fields next to the R.Bollin just outside the park.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 9th of March 2018 07:57:58 PM

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Birds today included female Stonechat still by Smithy Pool, a Ring-Necked Parakeet calling somewhere in the deer park, 1 Green Woodpecker and 22 Fieldfare

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Quick visit this evening 16.45-17.30

Smithy Pool area and fenced off area:

1 Stonechat (f) was a surprise in the rushes around Smithy Pool
1 Raven sat at the top of a large tree calling for over 10 mins. The local Jackdaws didnt like it being there. Eventually it flew off SW calling. Another distant Raven heard to call back.
3 Nuthatch
13 Tufted Duck
1 Coal Tit
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - heard only
1 Buzzard
13 Redwing

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Monday 5th of March 2018 07:28:21 PM

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Chilly pm

Large flock of Redwing feeding in the windswept leaves.

Little Egret on the usual watercourse.

Green Woodpecker seen and yaffling.

 



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2 Little Egret today, again in the watercourse just outside the gateway to Little Bollington

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8-11.15am

deer park...

4 great spotted woodpeckers
3 green woodpeckers
7 nuthatch
3 treecreeper
1 jay
1 buzzard
2 grey heron
30+ redwings
3 little egrets on stream over Bollington gate.

moat... 1 kingfisher, 16 tufted duck

island pool... 10 tufted duck, 1 teal.

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firstly I would like to apologise as the hawfinch I seen actually flew over island pool & not smithy pool. there was one of the national trust volunteers stood with me (Richard) but he didn't get onto it, sorry Richard.
other birds around...

10 nuthatch
7 treecreeper
3 goldcrest
2 buzzard
1 jay
9 linnet & 2 meadow pipit, over
several redwings around
3 grey heron on stream
not a single woodpecker seen or heard on the walk around.

island pool.. 13 gadwall, 6 shoveler, 1 tufted duck, 2 little grebe, 2 yew trees on the island had several redwing, mistle thrush, song thrush & blackbirds feeding in them.

moat... 20 tufted duck, 4 goosander, 1 kingfisher

golf course.. 1 great spotted woodpecker, 1 treecreeper, 3 nuthatch, 2 goldcrest, 1 grey wagtail.

large flock of finches across charcoal road in field next to the golf course 150-200 majority linnets, chaffinch, goldfinch, 2 reed bunting, couldn't find any brambling.

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A single hawfinch flew overhead as I was stood watching the ducks on smithy pool at 11.20am, it made its tik call & I managed to pick it up & get an decent look at the 2 white wing bars as it went south in the park.
Could easily be feeding in the park.

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Little chance for birding with two grandchildren in tow. I did see a metal ringed Canada Goose which appeared to read 526518.

Cheers John.



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This morning, a walk down the Bridgewater Canal from Dunham Town to Agden Bridge produced by first Fieldfare (4) of the autumn. 8 Redwing, a Kestrel and a Bullfinch were also noted.

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Mike Duckham wrote:

Spent some time along the Bollin, but no sign of the Yellow- Browed; there's a lot of willows in the fields on the other side of the river so it needn't have moved far to have "gone".

 

 Mike, John Barber who originally reported the Yellow-browed noted that the bird was calling/singing from the Cheshire side of the river, probably in those willows.



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Swallow - 1 contact calling as it flew over Charcoal Lane and above the Park (i was only thinking, i've not seen one for yonks but usually see an October bird). The fact it was calling makes me wonder if it was from the brewery farmyard or somewhere similar.
Stock Dove - 1.
Spent some time along the Bollin, but no sign of the Yellow- Browed; there's a lot of willows in the fields on the other side of the river so it needn't have moved far to have "gone".

 



-- Edited by Mike Duckham on Sunday 1st of October 2017 09:56:29 PM

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A report on Birdguides of a Yellow Browed Warbler at Dunham Massey Park by the River Bollin, 150m upstream from the weir. Think that would put it in the alders by the oxbows..



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15.15-16.15 Dunham NT Park

3 Green Woodpeckers - an adult and juv feeding together near the enclosed area plus another adult near Smithy Pool
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Treecreeper
3 Nuthatch plus numerous others calling
1 Goldcrest
2 Little Grebe


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Green sandpiper flushed from oxbows. 



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Dusk on Sun 27th (late news), 2 Tawny Owls calling from trees next to the grass avenue near the Hall. Little Grebe chicks begging loudly on the pond nearby.

Earlier, Green Woodpecker calling.



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Green Woodpecker showing well near the Deer Barn area, close to the fenced enclosure

 

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6 green woodpecker and a kingfisher in the park this morning
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Kingfisher on the river bollin yesterday pm



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Hours walk yesterday(10th)from 1400.

Green sandpiper and snipe flushed from oxbows.

10 juvenile goosanders with their mother on the bollin

 Swifts and swallows galore. 



-- Edited by Chris Shaw on Tuesday 11th of July 2017 12:47:21 PM

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a wander this pm down the Trans Pennine Trail from The Rope and Anchor pub to Black Moss Covert, quiet, highlights were 2 Common Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Yellowhammer and a Kestrel

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There was a Green Sandpiper present on the oxbows near the River Bollin on both the 27th and 30th of June.

Info thanks to Chris Shaw



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Swifts, too many to count, obviously feeding around the area over the obelisk in the park late on this afternoon.



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A Hobby flew low over Dunham Woodhouses towards the NT park at 16.35 this afternoon.

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An evening stroll around the deer park produced excellent views of a Green Woodpecker, plus another bird calling. 2 singing Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler were also noted.

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Took a bird walk yesterday morning with some success, but the park was a bit quiet. Had 27 on the walk and the weather was sunny.
2 grey heron
6 Treecreeper including one juvenile
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker heard
3-4 Nuthatch
1 Kingfisher
1 Little Grebe

After the walk a Tawny Owl and 1 young Owlet was found in the North Park and we got good but brief views of the Adult

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Good views of a Green Woodpecker were the highlight of an evenings stroll through the Deer Park earlier.

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Female Mandarin with seven ducklings on the Bollin upstream of the weir near to Bollington Mill flats.

Information thanks to John Barber.

 



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Afternoon Walk 4-5pm but park still very busy. Not much Woodpecker activity but ....
Spotted Flycatcher (1) - next to island pond .... and a couple of treecreeper nearby.
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Late post for yesterday .Birds seen as follows
blackbird
wood pigeon
carrion crow
jackdaw
mute swan
green woodpecker
moorhen
mallard
magpie
Canada goose
jay
tufted duck
robin
swallow
house martin
raven
starling
garden warbler
It was fascinating watching the jackdaws sitting on the
backs of the Fallow Deer pulling out their fur to use as
nesting material.

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Pair of Gadwall on the island pool.
Pair of Mandarin on the river, then flew over the park, then came back and landed in the field between the oxbows and the footpath.
Grey Wagtail below the footbridge over the river.



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a short visit from 4.15pm was worth while...

1 wheatear, near the deer barn
1 green woodpecker
3 swallows, over
2 chiffchaff
1 willow warbler
1 buzzard
1 tawny owl
4 mandarin just outside the deer park on the river.

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Yesterday Mon 27th 4pm ish.

A Kingfisher on the oxbow viewed from the obelisk was beating a fish on a twig - initially calling, so perhaps more than one bird present.
Up to 3 Buzzard high over circling.
No sign of the Tawnies in their roost hole but a Wren did sound the alarm as it passed over it so maybe there's a female in there with chicks?...
17 Tufties versus 15 Mallard on the Moat Pool (i can still remember my excitement when the first Tuftie turned up there in the early 80's).
A gorgeous Tawny Mining Bee digging a hole for a nest.
One Redwing between the obelisk and the watermill.

In the fields near the park towards the Crematorium a Lapwing was displaying and 5 Buzzards circling together.



-- Edited by Mike Duckham on Wednesday 29th of March 2017 01:14:57 PM

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A day off work and an early start in beautiful conditions saw me on Dunham Forest Golf Club at around 7am. Lots of the usual birds around, but I was quite surprised to see 3 Mandarins flying through the wooded area off towards Altrincham. On the deer park there were 4-5 more in the trees around the Obelisk. They roost in trees I believe, I haven't been early enough to see them before I suppose. The call/quack was interesting, a bit more goose-like than many ducks I have heard before.

Also of note a lovely pale-phase Buzzard that I happened upon on the golf course, perched low on a dead tree. What a handsome creature, later seen gliding around with a couple of others.

All in all a splendid morning and well worth a day of holiday, always nice when the days off land on decent birding weather.

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Excellent 3 hours spent today with Malcolm, saw all the target birds including Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Treecreeper and Nuthatch.
Cheers Ian

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