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Post Info TOPIC: Heaton Park (NOT the reservoir)


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RE: Heaton Park


Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcaps, Grey Wagtail, Mute Swan Cygnets, Juv Swallows and several Nuthatches.

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The highlight from this afternoon's visit was a pair of Sparrowhawks on the thermals together, plus 2 then 1 Swift 5+ Blackcap and 1 singing Chiffchaff - the tamest squirrels around live here - scary even as I'm not used to them being nipping distance!

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Two additions to my Heaton Park list, in the last week, both present in the fields/bushes adjacent to Sheepfoot Lane. Last week, Whitethroat,and,today,Reed Bunting.

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Areas visited mainly around boating lake,lakeside woods,old swimming pool,Dell and surroundings.
Pleasant morning walk.
Large numbers of the commoner passerines.
Good numbers of Nuthatch,Treecreeper,Chiffchaff and several Blackcaps.
Willow Warbler heard near east side of boating lake.
A single Swallow seen near Rose gardens.

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North part of the park

House Martin
2 Swallow
Chiffchaff
Buzzard
23 Linnet

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Things fairly quiet in the park around lunchtime today,but heard a Chiffchaff near the old outdoor swimming pool

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Where did you see the Wheatear, Simon?

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In heavy showers

wheatear - male
38 Sand Martin
Curlew over
Buzzard
3 Stock Dove

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Still at least 15 Redwings feeding on the horse field.
2 Stock doves seen in the woods near the old swimming pool.

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Hour or so today. Not as warm as previous days, but some good rewards.

Main boating lake - 2 drake Pochards together doing plenty of diving, plus 5 Tufted Ducks and two Mute Swans

Forest/woods - Coal Tit and Nuthatch heard.

A M Sparrowhawk briefly over the beehives near BT tower

Two Goldcrests with brief song in conifers alongside reservoir

Half a dozen Mistle Thrush sitewide, and a singing Song Thrush showing well in a treetop.



-- Edited by John Doherty on Wednesday 5th of March 2014 04:17:43 PM

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This a.m. viewed from outside perimeter fence near bt tower, Kumlien's Gull still present, also 2 male Scaup.
Cheers Ian

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JamieDunning wrote:

Kumlien's gull reported throughout today, presumably on res?
any further info?





Viewing the reservoir for the evening gull roost is possible from outside the perimeter fence by the BT tower but is likely to be frustrating. There is absolutely no access to the reservoir without a permit or a key (supplied to permit holders) for the access gate though I'm afraid.

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Kumlien's gull reported throughout today, presumably on res?
any further info?

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I almost forgot! I also saw a Fox in the park today-first one for ages.

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Similar to my last visit 1 week ago,but no Redwings seen.
A Little Grebe on the boating lake.Less Pochard.
New to my Heaton Park list :Bullfinch

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Sunny,with a strong cold wind.Mid-morning walk.

On boating lake:
Great-crested Grebe x 1,[1st.winter]
Cormorant x 1
Pochard x 7,[M x6 F x 1]
Goosander x 2,[M x 1,F x 1]
Herring Gull x 1,[1st.winter]
Common Gull x 9,[including several 1st. winters]
+ usuals.

Elsewhere in park:
Grey Heron x 2,[Golly pond]
At least 24 Redwing on the horse field.
In the woods near the old outdoor swimming pool, good numbers of Jay, Wren, mixed Tit flocks including Nuthatch and Treecreeper ,all showing well, and good views of a Wood mouse there also.


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Pleasant morning stroll.
On boating lake:
Cormorant x 1
Grey Heron x 1
Mute Swan x 1 + cygnet x 1
Common Gull x 2
+usuals.
On NE pond:
Mute Swan x 2 +2 cygnets.
Grey Heron x 1
+usuals.
Buzzard near Telecom tower area.
Song Thrush and c.20 Redwing seen feeding on ground
Mixed Tit flock near eastern end of lake included Nuthatch.
Tits Corvids and Robins all getting increasingly vocal
Finches not obvious apart from solitary Greenfinch near pitch and putt

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150 Redwing near the tram stop entrance with a single Fieldfare and lots of Starlings

2 Buzzard north area of park

lots of birds singing Great tit Mistle Thrush etc



-- Edited by Simon Johnson on Saturday 11th of January 2014 07:29:05 AM

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This early afternoon today on the lake: -

6 Goosander
1 male Pochard

Info thanks to Pete Loydall

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Pleasant mid-morning stroll.

On boating lake:
Cormorant x 1
Pochard x 2,[M]
Goosander x 3
Common Gull x 3
+ usuals.

Elsewhere:
Buzzard x 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker x 2
Pied Wagtail x 2
Mistle Thrush x 3
Redwing x 1
Plenty of the usuals.The Jay count just seems to be going up and up!




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Mistake in last entry-there were 4 Goosanders on the lake.

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A pleasant mid-morning walk through the park in the Autumn sunshine,with leaf-fall in full flow.
Not spoiled too much by the numerous dog walkers!
On boating lake:

Common Gull x 3
Goosander x 1
Cormorant x 1
+ the usuals.

Elsewhere in the park:

Plenty of songbirds including great,Blue,Coal and long-tailed Tits,Chaffinches,Nuthatches and Treecreepers,all showing well.
Jays everywhere as before,many with acorns in Bills,with plenty of other Corvids.
Pied Wagtail x 1 on roof of farm centre,immature.
Great Spotted Woodpecker x 3

Still haven't seen any winter thrushes there,which is disappointing.

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A walk through the park 9.30-11.30am.Sunshine and very heavy showers.Cooler than of late.

On boating lake:

Kingfisher x 1
Goosander x 19
Cormorant x 1
+ the usuals.

Elsewhere in the park:

Jays just about everywhere.
Lots of Nuthatches
Pied Wagtails x 2,on Farm Centre Roof.[they are pale with black bibs,but look immature,so I am not sure if Whites or Pied]
Common Gull x 1
Grey Heron x 2
Grey Wagtail x 1,[not far from the Tram station]
+ the usuals



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A mid-morning stroll around the park,marred by somne pretty hefty showers!
On Boating lake,Single adult Herring Gull still present amongst the numerous Black-headed Gulls.
11 Goosanders also seen.
A Grey Wagtail was seen on the stream close to the Dell duck pond.
+ the usuals.


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this morning

5 Whooper swan flew se over St Margaret's road
767 Redwing flew west
118 Fieldfare NW
juvenile peregrine flew into the park putting up hundreds of woodpigeons

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4 juv Gannet gone sw came from Ne circled over simister then across the reservoir circled over the hide above my head then carried on Sw

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9.00 till 11.15 whilst at a Junior football game.

Numerous Chiffchaff
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Pied Wagtail flock of 25+


-- Edited by Mark Burgess on Saturday 5th of October 2013 08:20:30 PM

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A lot of Jay activity in the park today.I counted 8 and missed many more,I am sure,in areas not covered.There wer also 15 Pied Wagtails near the Hall,including a possible White Wagtail not seen too well.
A single Herring Gull amongst the numerous Black-headeds,on the main lake.The Tufted count has gone up to 15.

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lots of raptors about today

5 common buzzard
adult hobby flew sw
6 sparrowhawk
5 kestrel
female/imm merlin flew south

170 pink footed geese flew se in 5 skeins
1700+ Swallows sw
400+ meadow pipit sw

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Late morning stroll.
On field in front of Hall:in close proximity.
Mistle Thrush x 10.
Starling x 12.
Goldfinch x 1
Pied Wagtail x 3
Meadow Pipit x 1
Plenty of Swallows and House Martins overhead,especially over Bell Tower area.

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few meadow pipits over the park this morning - largest flock 10

also singles of Swift, Tree Pipit and Yellow Wagtail over.

4 Teal dropped into the secret pond

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I have read Karen Foulkes's comments on Mistle Thrush in Droylsden and elsewhere with interest,as there has been a notable increase in Mistle Thrush activity in the park during the last week or so.

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Grey Wagtail in the park today,on the stream near the eastern end of the lake.First one I've seen in the park for a while.

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Hobby,probably juvenile,seen near Telecom Tower late morning.The bird liked to stand on the tall metallic structure nearby,[which I think is a Receiver of some sort].It used the structure to launch off,and also settled on it to consume a prey item.

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1.30-7.15pm

despite the hoards of people in the park, a great aft/eve of birds seen..
there was at least 4 spotted flycatchers in the paddock near the entrance from the tram stop, about 150 yds to the left, but gradually moved west and were then best viewed from the path leading straight from the entrance about 100yds, at around 2.05pm there was a female redstart with them plus at least 5 willow warblers. after a mooch around I also found another or possibly the same female redstart with 1 spotted flycatcher further west of the first spot they were seen which was close to the playground at 5.25pm. soon after watching them I went back to the original spot & there was 5 spotted flycatchers this time & then at 6.45pm a handsome male redstart smile watched until 7.15pm when I eventually dragged myself away.

other birds in the area...

1 great spotted woodpecker
2 nuthatches
2 chaffinches
c20 mistle thrushes
6 swallows over south
1 yellow wagtail over south

north of the park near bt tower...

6 willow warblers
3 chiffchaffs, 2 singing
1 jay
4 house martins
1 whitethroat
2 blackcaps
1 sparrowhawk, being mobbed by crows & magpies

plus usuals around smilesmile

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Today's totals were 6 Spotted Flycatchers and 2 Redstart.

Info thanks to Steven Burke

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This afternoon, at least 4 Spotted Flycatchers in the paddock near the entrance from the tram stop, about 150 yds to the left. Also present was a single female/immature Redstart.

Info thanks to Steven Burke

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North part of park - Horse paddock behind BT Tower

Whinchat - sat in a bush later flew to fenced off shrub area
Spotted Flycatcher
10 Chiffchaff
5 Willow Warbler
Whitethroat
Green Sandpiper dropped into pond
Yellow Wagtail flew over SE
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Buzzard
Stock Dove
249 Sand Martin flew SW in several small flocks

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Huge numbers of hirundines north end of the park this afternoon

600 Sand Martin (170 of which flew SW before heavy rain set in)
1000+ Swallow
400+ House Martin
22 Swift

Lots of young birds and Family parties with small groups moving SW between showers

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No sign this morning of the "unusual Gull" I saw 2 days ago.it [The more I think about it,and consult field guides and Google images,I think it was indeed an immature Common Gull].
The Tufted Duck count on the lake has gone up to 21.Plentiful numbers of Mallard,Canada Geese and Black-headed Gulls,all with juveniles.It does indeed look as if one of 4 cygnets has gone.Grey Heron showed very well at east end of lake.
Apart from still hearing a Stock Dove near Tram Depot,the usuals present but nothing much to report.

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Unusual Gull on boating lake this morning.An immature.In size,between Black-headed and Herring,[Comon Gull-sized].Pure white ,clean and round head,dark eye,pale grey back and wings,the latter also having dark brown primaries and a dark tail band also present,[not particularly neat].No white edge to porimaries seen.
As regards bare parts,bill greyish with ring near the tip,not particularly long.Leg colour not clearly seen.The bird stayed mainly near the west side of the lake,near Canada Geese and quite far apart from the numerous black-headeds,which mainly congregate nearer the cafe.Unfortunately it was frequently disturbed by dogs and kids
I am not a Gull expert,especially with immatures.My provisional opinion is Common Gull.If anyone else sees it,I would be interested in their opinion.
Stock Doves heard near the Dell and also near the Tram Depot.Otherwise things much the same as previous reports.Unfortunately,it looks as if the pair of Mute Swans on the boating lake have lost one of their 4 cygnets.

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No sign of the Med Gull I saw 2 days ago.Less Black-headeds than there were then.Quite a few fledged juveniles.
I didn't mention on Monday that I saw a Kingfisher at the small lake in the North of the park,near the golf course.
Grey Heron at same lake,and also in the small lake at the Dell.
Otherwise,much the same as previous reports.

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Single Adult Mediterranean Gull amongst the Black-headeds on freshly mown field in front of Hall near to the Pitch and Putt course,late morning

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Thanks Marvin, always extremely unlikely that they'd have bred there but I thought I'd better check smile

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I have not seen any Black-headed Gulls breeding on the lake Ian. Also,I am not certain how old the juveniles were, but they were probably more than half the size of the adult birds and were certainly capable of flight.

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Did the Black-headed Gulls actually breed on the lake Marvin?

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Things very much the same as my last entry,but nice to see a pair of Great-crested Grebes on the boating lake,with 1 chick.
A small group of Black-headed Gulls on the field in front of the Hall,included 2 juveniles which have fledged.
Good numbers of Swift and Swallow in the same area, along with 2 Pied Wagtail,[an adult and juvenile],and a couple of Goldfinches.
About 5 House Martins,[including fledglings],flying above the Farm Centre.

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Nearly forgot-quite a lot of Starlings in evidence,mainly near lake car park.

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Just an update.
Not a lot to report since my last entry,although at least the park is relatively unscathed after the Parklife weekend.[due to appropriate fencing at the time,and also an excellent rubbish clear-up job by council workers afterwards.
As regards birdlife,things are relatively unremarkable.
On the boating lake,lots of Canada Geese with Goslings,and good numbers of Mallard with ducklings,[various ages]
Lesser numbers of Coot with young,also Moorhens.
The feral Greylags and farm Geese appear not to have bred.There are a paior of Mute Swans with 4 cygnets ,and a pair with 2 cygnets on the Northern lake.
Very occasional Gulls.
Large numbers of common songbirds with fledged young.Nice to see Song and Mistle Thrushes doing well.Blackcaps still very vocal but only one Chiffchaff heard today,and no Willow Warblers.Large numbers of Wren,Robin,Tits,Chaffinch and Blackbird.
Greenfinch more evident than of late.Occasional Swift and Swallow.
Huge numbers of Buttercups and also patches of Water Mint.Both highly popular with Bumble Bees including White-tailed,Red-tailed and also Tree Bumble Bee.



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A beautiful warm morning stroll but not a lot to report.
Lots of Canada Geese, with Goslings, on the boating lake.
Lesser numbers of Mallard,with ducklings,and Coots with young.
2 Great-crested Grebe-unsure if they are an "item".
Hardly any Hirundines or Swifts.
The usual passerines,with a lot of Blackcap and Mistle Thrush activity.
[There is a Rock concert this comng weekend with ? 150,000 visitors expected. I dont know if this will have much affect on the birdlife!]

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