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Post Info TOPIC: Heaton Park (NOT the reservoir)


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RE: Heaton Park (NOT the reservoir)


Little Egret on one of the (currently muddy) grassy areas near the big lake on its own, feeding, later joined by a gull. It's the grassy area north of the eastern end of the lake, the one with the semi-loop bit of path before the hill. I'd heard a report of one a few days ago in the park. Didn't hear any ring-necked parakeets today. Mute Swans, Tufted Ducks, Moorhens, Coots, Great Crested Grebes; Herring, Lesser Black-Backed and Black-Headed Gulls; pair of Cormorants, feral geese, Canada Geese in the lake. Elsewhere: Nuthatch, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Blackbird, Crows, Magpies.

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Sightings from the boating lake area

2 little Egrets in trees to the east of the boating lake
2 Rose-ringed parakeet
Nuthatch
7 Cormorants
Great crested Grebe

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North part of the park

Curlew flew SW
91 redwing
283 Chaffinch into roost
4 lesser redpoll
Ring-necked parakeet
65 rook

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A Great White Egret flew east over the north end of the park at 10:05

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Spotted Flycatcher this morning around the horse pasture east of the BT Tower

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Birds this morning included 13 Chiffchaff, 1 juv Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest and 2 Bullfinch

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Adult summer-plumage Mediterranean Gull dropped on to the lake for a quick bathe at 19:45 today

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Cuckoo calling from inside the park this morning

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Oops forgot time: Calling Ring Necked Parakeet heading over the animal centre towards the piggery around 3pm

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Calling Ring Necked Parakeet heading over the animal centre towards the piggery

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26 Whooper swan flew west at 16:30

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3,900 Redwing flew SW at dusk

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Cuckoo calling from north end of the park this evening

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A Red Kite high over,drifting n.w.and being mobbed by a single Crow at 1.30 today

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A Glossy Ibis spent 10 mins circling over before flying off west at 9.50 am



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Walk round 9/1 mid afternoon

2 ring necked parakeets in tree tops towards boating lake

Several herrin and common gulls on mostly frozen lake with 100+ Black headed

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Ring-necked parakeet heard in the park. When I tried to locate the bird I saw it take flight over the boating lake.

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17-Oct-2020 (10:00 - 23:30): Changeable but generally fairly bright

Extensive walk up Old Hall Lane (around the outside of the Golf Course) and then around the park. As usual (for me) I didn't see that much of interest.

- 4 Lapwing overhead towards the Reservoir
- Several noisy Jay
- Small flock of calling Bullfinch in the woodland between the Boating Lake and the Tram Museum
- 1 Mistle Thrush
- a Good fall of Goldcrest, mainly along Old Hall Lane
- a flock of a dozen or so Blackbirds demolishing the berries on one particular tree
- 1 calling Nuthatch

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16.10.2020 11am-noon

1 Jay

1 Great tit

5 Graylag Geese



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1030-1430 9th August

 

Walk round with the kids whilst eldest was at treetops.

 

Nothing majorly exciting.

 

Blackbird x 4

Dunnock x 2

Great tit x 2

Grey wagtail x 2

Robin x 1

Swift x 2

Wren x 1

Lots of Carrion Crows, Canada and Greylag Geese, various Gulls, Mallards, Mute Swans, Feral and Woodpigeons.

 

Also heard a parakeet flying over the bandstand area but the foliage was too dense to find it. 

 



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Sun 12-Jan-20 (14:30 - 15:30):

Not a great deal to see. Best of what I did see

- 1 Common Gull amongst the BH Gulls on the Boating Lake
- Flock of c25 Redwing
- 1 Mistle Thrush with the Redwing flock

Plenty of the common Ducks and Geese on the Boating Lake and plenty of Gulls overhead, although I didnt pick out anything out of the ordinary.

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30 Linnets, Sparrowhawk hunting over the wood and a Common Buzzard flying at treetop level just before sunset.



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2 Red Kite over this afternoon one south the other SW
360 Fieldfare north

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A flock of 30+ Common Scoter flew over the park SW at 13:55 today at one point in V formation

Also 700 + Swift moved S/Se

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Adult summer plumaged Mediterranean Gull Heaton Park Boating Lake

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Walk from the lake car park to the garden centre and return. Birds seen as follows.
Goldfinch x3
Starling x3
House Sparrow x6
Wood Pigeon x 6
Mallard x 5
Blackbird x10
Carrion Crow x 4
Canada Goose x 20
Coot x 4
Great Crested Grebe x 1
Mute Swan x 4
Magpie x 9
Grey Heron x 1
Long Tailed Tit x4
Robin x 10
Jay x 1
Treecreeper x 1
Stock dove x 2
Song Thrush x z
Great Tit x 1
Lesser Black Backed Gull x 1
Blackcap x 1
Moorhen x 1
Raven x 2 Flying over the house ,cronking
Sparrowhawk x 1
Herring Gull x 1
Black Headed Gull x 6



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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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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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