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Post Info TOPIC: Heaton Park (NOT the reservoir)


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RE: Heaton Park (NOT the reservoir)


dave broome wrote:
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Brilliant shot Dave biggrin



 


The Swifts departure explains the long face....


 .........or was that because you forgot to take the lens cover off??? wink



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sid ashton wrote:

Brilliant shot Dave biggrin





The Swifts departure explains the long face....

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Brilliant shot Dave biggrin



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Birds near the BT Tower early morning included 1 Redpoll and c40 Fieldfare moving south and a Sparrowhawk, with a few horses joining in the search for the Swift

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No further sign up till 9.15



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Swift seen briefly at dawn but not since

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The side gate at the St.Margarets Road entrance is always left open for foot traffic if the main gate is shut for car access.Shortly after entering the park there is a car park on the left and just beyond a raised grassy mound which should be good for seeing the bird if it's still about in the morning and feeding over the same general area as today.

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Possible pallid swift roosted on the east side of the BT tower this evening

Hopefully will be there tomo and would be great if anyone could get some pics

It was feeding over trees below the Tower and would have been best to view from within the park.

If the st Margarets road entrance to the park is closed early in the morning then acsess down bridle road which is to the north of the reservoir and between it and parrenthorn high school.

If you walk east down this track (where the red-rumped swallows were) you will eventually come to a kissing gate within the park boundary wall on your right and this will come into the field which you can walk across towards the BT tower

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2 Red Kites flew SW over the bowling Greens at st Margarets road entrance about 5 mins ago

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Sightings from the north part of the park and a vis mig watch this morning

2 Ring-necked Parakeets around the BT tower again this morning

1200 Meadow Pipits flew south
600+ House Martin flew south and a further 250 were feeding over the trees near the bowling greens
200+ Swallow south
Sand Martin south
8 Grey Wagtail south
5 Cormorant SW
29 Lapwing SW
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
several Goldcrest and Coal Tit calling from the woods
4 Sparrowhawks in the air at the same time
Buzzard


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Adult Hobby flew south this evening
Ring necked Parakeet was heard calling

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60 Swift moving south

Also small groups of House Martin Swallow and Sand Martin moving through

Treecreeper
2 Goldcrest
6 Jay
2 Great spotted woodpecker
Nuthatch
Sparrowhawk

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A cuckoo flew into the park near the bowling greens this morning

Looks like the other post was from March but hadnt posted until I logged on now!

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A willow Tit was heard calling from woodland near to the bowling greens
40 Redwing also in the area

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4 Sand martin flew north by the BT tower
2 Little Egret flew over also
Kestrel
Sparrowhawk
230 Redwing

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26th Dec: Boxing Day Walk in wet conditions.

- 1 Sparrowhawk
- 2 Goosander (Pair)
- 2 Great Crested Grebe
- 1 Mistle Thrush
- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (heard)

26 species in all

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8 + Whooper Swans flew east this morning

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Morning visit: 9 - 11
highlights being
A sparrowhawk
30+ redwings



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Osprey just been circling over the park for 5 minutes before heading south putting a lot of birds up as it went also

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Sat 12-Mar-17: 07:55

Tawny Owl seen flying between trees near Golf Course, chasing away small birds that had disturbed its slumber

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Migration watch this morning
2400+ meadow pipit SW
70+ Pied wagtail south
100 Goldfinch south
105 Linnet south
28 Siskin South
19 Skylark SW
9 Common Buzzards
5 Sparrowhawk
2 Peregine
Chiffchaff
57 House Martin
83 Swallow

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This evening

Hobby flew through the park
40 Goldfinch in pre roost near the hall
4 Common Gull
Chiffchaff singing

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Birds seen today included Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, Stock Dove and a flock of 44 juv Starling feeding nr the hall



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200 + Fieldfare flew NE at dusk

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Woodcock flew over sheepfoot lane into park at 18.15

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Small flock of redwings in the paddock at Whittaker lane entrance. Found another Harris's hawk, def different bird from last year as this one has bells on its anklets. Full crop so obviously managing to feed well.



-- Edited by Ivan Ellison on Tuesday 8th of December 2015 02:29:18 PM

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a flock of 50 Lesser Redpoll in trees at the top of the hill from the tram stop entrance been a good few years since seen a redpoll flock this size
Treecreeper
2 Skylark south

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over 3000 Redwing flew over the park this morning some very high... the biggest flock 500+

3 skeins of pink-footed geese east 30, 50 & 100

Also a large white heron (possibly Great White Egret) was picked up too late flying north towards Simister but dropped down and was lost behind trees



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Few redwings in the park today, also kingfisher and 2 herons on the small pond in the dell. Buzzard also being chased by group of crows , second time in a week have seen a buzzard through the trees and not just flying over at height.



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Hobby south over the park
500+ Swallow SE
6 Common Buzzards
17 Siskin east
Great spotted woodpecker
Treecreeper
Stock dove

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an impressive flock of 40 Siskin just up the hill from the tram stop entrance

152 House Martin flew south with a single swift

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This bodes well for my garden then. I have a male visiting everyday. He calls noisily from the tree tops and feeds on peanuts and fruit. With three more nearby he may well pull the others in. Thanks Simon for this info.

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At least 3 Ring-necked parakeet calling over Heaton Park tram stop just now sounded like there was possibly more!


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2 Siskin flew over the highland cattle field
15 House martin feeding over same area

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Adult Hobby landed briefly in trees near the car park at St Margaret's Road entrance then flew south

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No sign since 11-56am.
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Just too add they can sometimes go "the other side" of the trees over what I call the back field at Heaton Park (which is the field north of the BT tower) but were always coming back to the midgy swarm over the trees and showing very well.

very glad they have stuck around for others to see.smile

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As Alan says both Red Rumped Swallows still present just after 11am and showing very well at times, best place to view is along the path just before the trees appear on the right hand side. They are feeding over the reservoir and over the trees and giving views even identifiable with the naked eye at times! I only know this as i nipped out of work and then remembered my bins were at home as i had been off yesterday!! A massive thanks to Andy Makin for the loan of his bins to have some better looks at these two though and i would not recomend the no optics approach as it is so frustrating when trying to pick them up again.

good news is very few swallows present with the mainly Sand martin flock so stood out like a sore thumb!

Bad news, cloud breaking so may get up higher!



-- Edited by Andy Isherwood on Friday 17th of April 2015 12:00:54 PM

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Both Red Rumped Swallows still present when I left at 1105. Best viewed from track of Bridle road.

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Both Red-rumped Swallows still present in the original location at 10:40

Info thanks to Brian Fielding

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Both Red-rumped Swallows still showing at 09:20

Info thanks to Simon Warford

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Two Red-rumped Swallow currently at Heaton Park Reservoir, flying over fields at the northern side of the reservoir; take Bridle Road which runs East off Heywood Road, between the northern side of the reservoir and the school to view the area. Bird has also occasionally flown over the reservoir too.

Info thanks to Simon Johnson

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Very close up view of a Goldcrest, also nuthatches, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Cormorant, Redwing and Fieldfares.

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from the park

over 3,000 Fieldfare flew SW this morning with some very impressive flocks
2 Bullfinch near mast
Great spotted Woodpecker
Nuthatch
Ring-necked parakeet - heard near st Margaret's road entrance

250 Lapwing seen heading west out towards pilsworth


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Roger Baker 3 wrote:

Bernard,

I notice that you didn't mentioning frightening all the lads up at Watergrove by turning up with no teeth in whilst the same said gnashers were putting the breeze uo the dog-walkers in the car-park by smiling at them off your dash-board !

So that's two double whammys you've had in one day.

Roger.

a week early for haloween as well Roger, i managed to do the same at Heaton Park, false teeth on the dashboard.



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Bernard,

I notice that you didn't mentioning frightening all the lads up at Watergrove by turning up with no teeth in whilst the same said gnashers were putting the breeze uo the dog-walkers in the car-park by smiling at them off your dash-board !

So that's two double whammys you've had in one day.

Roger.




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15 Goosander on boating lake this morning

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Buzzard just east of the Park on the other side of the M60 north of Junction 19 at 13.00. Making good use of the wind to scan the woods below it.

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North entrance to the park near BT Tower

Redstart
Garden warbler
Whitethroat
5 Willow warbler
3 Buzzard
Kestrel
Sparrowhawk
200+ Sand Martin


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North end of park

Whimbrel south
Buzzard
Peregrine landed on nearby pylon
Kestrel on BT tower
Female Sparrowhawk
27 Greenfinch
20 Goldfinch

Large numbers of hirundines including 230 House Martin sw
398 Swift south


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