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RE: Alexandra Park, Whalley Range


12/11/17, 16:20

Naked eye observation as I came out of the café - c10 ring-necked parakeets flew into the park (to roost?)

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Goosander 7

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10:30 last night - male Tawny Owl hooting repeatedly for some time at the Demesne Road end of the park


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9:15am

Redwing 6 flitting from Holly to Holly (Demesne Road end)
Carrion Crows

Lake

the usual Mute Swans, Canada Geese, Mallards, Tufted Ducks, Moorhens, Coots

no Goosanders

Linden Avenue

Ringnecked Parakeets very active
Rook 22 - a visitation in the Linden tops. They were repeatedly chasing the Parakeets.

9:40
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1 Goosander male


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At 4:30am today, female Tawny Owl heard calling in the Park (kevick) repeatedly, close to Demesne Road and then the calls receded further north. Magpies immediately kicked up a rattle of alarm calls that went on for nearly half an hour, although I didn't hear the owl again.


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Only 4 Goosander on the lake approx 3:00-3:20pm- 3 females/juveniles, 1 male. Other highlights: Grey Heron- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet- 3 Song Thrush- 1

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16 Goosander early yesterday (Thursday) according to Tony O'Mahony

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Counted approx. 10 Goosander on the lake this afternoon, 3 males and maybe 6-7 females/juveniles. Before I could confirm the count some dogs ran towards the lake and despite the barrier the birds got scared and flew off!

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13 Goosanders on the Alex Park lake today, most of them around the new floating island, which is there to add aquatic vegetation and good fish habitat, which is, of course, good for Goosanders.

Also Coot, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck as usual, with lots of Feral Pigeons and Blackheaded Gulls and some Ringnecked Parakeets screeching over.

Tony O'Mahoney reported a Pochard a few days ago.


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The usual lake denizens [Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Grey Wagtail]
but they've been joined by a male Goosander.


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Sunday 23 October 2016 am

Alexandra Park Lake

Mute Swan 2
Canada Goose 24
Mallard 45
Tufted Duck 10

Coot 6
Moorhen 6

Black-headed Gull 75

Grey Wagtail 2


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Yesterday (Tue 19 Jul 2016) saw the usual Park pond residents - 4 mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted, Coot, Moorhen, 4 Terrapins, with Feral Pigeons, a couple of Carrion Crows and a few Blackheaded Gulls flying over. And, of course, Ringnecked Parakeets all around. Difficult to count now that the leaves are hiding them, but there hasn't been a single day without hearing or seeing them since I moved here in January. 4 flew past last month, 2 of which had shorter tails and were presumably juveniles. Last night at 10.30, I heard a Tawny Owl for the first time here.

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Swifts screaming this morning - my first of the year.
4 Swallows skimming the water yesterday.

The usual lake population - Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot
but the young Herons have flown the South nest.

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The usual lake population - Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot and Herons - 3 young in one nest and one in another I think. On the floating pallet, usually occupied by Tufted Duck, 2 terrapins were sunbathing (Yellowbellied Sliders, I think). Nuthatches, Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers about the park, plus Ring-necked Parakeets.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 23rd of April 2016 03:46:43 PM

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Swallow by the lake this morning and a Chiffchaff singing at north end.

Info thanks to Tony O'Mahony

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As I had begun to suspect, the head of one of the 2 Goosanders on the lake is now clearly darkening, so a Redheaded juvenile is coming out as a drake. The other is very red, so I think we have a pair. Photos through today's snow are not very clear but I'll get a clear picture of both to show the difference when the sun comes out.


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I did another count today with a view to mapping the seasonal changes in bird attendance around Alexandra Park Lake. These are minimum counts.

Blackheaded gull 211
Common gull 4
Lesser blackbacked gull 7

Heron 3 (1 on north nest)

Mute swan 4
Canada goose 25
Mallard 11
Tufted duck 23
Goosander 2 redhead

Moorhen 3
Coot 3

Parakeets 5

Plus away from the lake:
Mistle thrush; Blackbird; Robin
Blue tit; Great tit
Wren; House sparrow
Carrion crow
Magpie
Woodpigeon
Feral pigeons
Nuthatch
Treecreeper (yesterday)




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During the last week, there has usually been a single redhead Goosander on the lake. Both the north and south Heron nests have been busy with pairs nest-building and mutual-preening. Parakeets have become even noisier. There were 8 feeding in the conifer next to the south Heron nest, plus others spiralling around. 13 is my maximum definite count so far.

Lake: Moorhen; Coot; Mallard; Mute swan; Canada Geese; Tufted duck; Blackheaded gull; Common gull; Lesser blackbacked gull.

The fields have had their usual thrushes - mainly Mistle and Redwing. In the short time since I moved here, as well as Robins, I've seen Song, Mistle, Blackbird (including Luke, a leucistic bird - see picture), Redwing & Fieldfare. I'm waiting for a Ring Ousel.

A Nuthatch joined the Blue tits at my feeder on Demesne Road yesterday.



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Monday 15th February.
Heron mobbed by gulls, heron on nest on island of the lake.
Group of tufted duck of both sexes.
Several noisy ring necked parakeets.
Nuthatch. Female goosander still on the lake.

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Yesterday, Sunday 7 Feb, the sun came out for a while and I started my walk by watching the Herons in Alexandra Park for a while. There are 2 pairs on nests at the north and south ends of the island. The south pair are clearly visible, more so than most of the nests in the Chorlton Ees heronry - no branches in the way and no leaves yet. One was sitting low in the nest, presumably on egg(s). The north nest is more hidden.


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Thursday 4th February, very large flock of winter thrushes feeding on the cricket pitch in the rain. Mistle, redwing and probably fieldfares. It was very poor visibility so hard to see details.

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This morning, I watched 2 pairs of Herons on new nests in separate trees on the island.

At the lake:
3 Mute Swan (2 ad 1 juv)
4 Moorhen
1 Goosander (brown head)
15 Tufted Duck
6 Coot
10 Mallard
99 Blackheaded Gull
2 Lesser Blackbacked Gull
24 Canada Goose

Off the water:
Feral & Woodpigeons, Great, Blue and Longtailed Tits, Wrens, Blackbirds, Robins, Mistle Thrushes.
I think I heard Goldcrest, but at my age, I have lost the higher frequencies.

Also a screaming Kestrel harried by Crows and Magpies. It passed my window on Demesne Road later, still screaming, at about 2pm.





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Yesterday (Wed 9 Dec), amongst the Coots, Mallards, Moorhens, Canadas, Blackheads & Tufties on the lake were 2 male Goosander, and flying in out of a nearby conifer next to Demesne Road was a very smart Fieldfare.

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13 Goosander and a pair of Shoveler on the lake

Info via Tony O'Mahony



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1 Ring Necked Parakeet at Whalley Range Cricket Club this afternoon. First in GM for me.

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Garden Warbler in trees east of the lake at 11:25 today but mobile.

Info thanks to Tony O'Mahony

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Keep searching Ian, you'll see him at some point! And sadly he wasn't doing his dance when I spotted him.

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I imagine he may have moved on with all this fine weather!


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Yeah, dipped too cry

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You weren't using work as an excuse to twitch Bez were you

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A quick wander around the lake whilst out at work this morning:

Grey Heron with two fairly well grown young in the nest.
First winter Cormorant
Two Coot nests
36 Tufted Duck
Two singing Treecreeper
Nuthatch
Four Long-tailed Tits

No Bez no

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David Morris wrote:

and Bez from the Happy Mondays.





One of the best sightings I've seen on here in ages; I'm actually quite envious! I can only hope he was doing 'his dance' biggrin

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Saw a pair of Cormorants on the pond today. Other highlights spotted were a pair of Chaffinches mating and Bez from the Happy Mondays.

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Cormorant on the pond today. Not sure if anyone has seen them here before, but this is first one I've seen here. Was sunning itself on a low branch over water, just beneath Grey Heron on nest. What looked like a juvenile heron was also tentatively making its way into the water nearby. The Tufted Ducks seem to be doing well here, with many more around than last year around, along with plenty of Coot, Canada Goose and Mallard.

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What action can people take on this?

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GUYS! They're gonna start draining the lake soon . by a metre. to rebuild the wall (which means it will take ages) there's a heron chick that needs protecting - theyre doing it at the wrong time of year - the fact theyre doing it altogether is outrageous as it will affect the whole ecosystem of the lake. please take action!



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Highlights of today's walk were good sightings of 2 x nuthatch and 2 x redwing.

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Quick walk in the park today - large areas of the park devastated by the tree felling since my last visit. Will undoubtedly have a negative effect on many species.

Spent some time at the other side of the park, around where the firecrests had previously been reported. No firecrests or goldcrests as I was really hoping for (the former more in unduly optimistic hope, as they have perhaps now moved on permanently as has been suggested on here), but did see a couple of bullfinch which brightened up the day.

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Steve - I fear you're right. But I spoke to the RSPB this morning, who confirmed that if any evidence of bird nesting behaviour (even just flying from tree to tree carrying nesting materials) is evident in the park, then it is unlawful for the felling to continue. That's why I'm urging any local birders with a half decent zoom lens to get down to the park and see if they can spot, and photograph, any such behaviour, ASAP...

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I think the City Council are well aware of the Wildlife & Countryside Act, which is why they are chopping down the trees now before any eggs are laid

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Spent an hour last Saturday 26th January watching birds in the area which is soon to be felled to make way for tennis courts (unless we can provide evidence of bird nesting behaviour in the park ASAP). Spotted the following:

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Nuthatch
1 Treecreeper
5 Redwing
1 Chaffinch (f)
1 Coal Tit
2 Long Tailed Tit
1 Wren
1 Robin
1 Blackbird

... as well as the usual suspects (blue tits, great tits, woodpigeon, magpies, etc).

Today, 5th Feb, saw a stunning male bullfinch in a tree, moments before it was felled. Absolutely gutting that they're destroying this wildlife habitat. See Save Alexandra Park's Trees for more info.




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400 trees under the chop , work has already started and large area already felled over past fews days,

5 Ring necked Parakeets seen today.

campsite area where protesters have set up !



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2:30 - 4pm

40+ Redwing
2 Mistle Thrush
Sparrowhawk
Nuthatch
Bullfinch (m)


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No sign of any Firecrests the last few days but knowing how elusive and mobile they've been they could easily still be about.
Also 1 Siskin over.

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2 Firecrest in Hollies by the Play Centre at 3pm
1 Treecreeper
4 Goosander drakes

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One Firecrest this morning and two this afternoon per BG's.

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Nice to meet you Tony, shame we spent so long in the wrong spot. Chuffed to see one eventually though.

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The duller bird showed well in the SW corner around 14:40

Moved quickly from tree to tree but spent a little time fly-catching and hovering in a birch. It then flew towards and over Demesne Road.

(Unfortunately I had spent 2 hours looking in the wrong trees near the abandoned building)

Birds also seen

Dunnock
Goldcrest
Coal, Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits
Treecreeper
Nuthatch
Redwing
Fieldfare

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Yes, who knows what the locals thought with a crowd of folk gathered under the dark trees only legs showing...some sort of drug party!
Anyway, second time lucky for me and arrived about 1110, so great timing after dipping yesterday!


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16/12/2012 - 8.45am-12pm with Phil Owen and a good crowd of Mancunian birders:

1 Firecrest - male, showed well after a couple of hours around the yews and hollys to the east of the lake by the boarded up building

And in addition to yesterdays sightings (44 species in total):
3 Common Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
5 Ring-necked Parakeets
1 Grey Wagtail - over
1 Dunnock



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