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RE: Alexandra Park, Whalley Range


Common Sandpiper still patrolling the south-west bank, 13:30



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Common Sandpiper still present this morning

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Nick Weaver wrote:

I am not so sure...but I think there was a Sandpiper pottering about near the lake's overflow. Friday morning 9:10. (New here and not sure such unclear identifications are so welcome)





Common Sandpiper still present this afternoon. Good spot Nick.

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Yes, it is a Common Sandpiper - Tony O'Mahony saw it earlier.


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I am not so sure...but I think there was a Sandpiper pottering about near the lake's overflow. Friday morning 9:10. (New here and not sure such unclear identifications are so welcome)

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Couple of hours to Alex Park with a friend so mainly for socialising! But still a pleasant spot and highlights were... 1 very bold wren who came really close 3 treeceeeper 1 or 2 nuthatch heard 2 song thrush 1 grey wagtail 4 ring necked parakeet And some time spent watching the heronry...4 adults and one juvenile in the nest. The adults were very noisy

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Usual water birds - no Shovelers.
Young Mute swan pair at nest on island, female hunkered down on it.
2 of the 4 Heron nests are occupied. Heron sitting in the SE one and there has been activity around the north nest. Although the high south nest was explored in late December and in January, there's no sign of occupancy there.
Nuthatches and Parakeets noisy.

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yesterday 28th Feb Shoveler pair
Tufted Duck 37
Stock Dove 1 singing
Redwing 90-100
Siskin 90-100

-- Edited by Pete Hines on Tuesday 1st of March 2022 10:16:49 AM

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Pair of shovelers with the regulars on the pond again this lunchtime. No sign of any herons yet. Great spotted woodpecker showing well in the trees in the open parkland.Thee ring-necked parakeets are bickering about best holes at the Claremont Road end.

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Male shoveler joined by a female today. All the usuals, plus 3 Mistle thrush on the cricket field. I didn't see any Redwing today, or Herons. A Woodpigeon was sitting in the highest Heron nest.

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Shoveler 1 drake
Tufted Duck 53
Goldcrest 3

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Chiffchaff 1 ranging widely in the tops of mature trees along the avenue south of the tennis courts
Goldcrest 3
Treecreeper 1
Redwing 60+
Tufted Duck 42

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Goldeneye 1 drake (found by Tony O'Mahony on the WEBs count)
Tufted Duck 42

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Redwing 75 on the football pitch
Tufted Duck 33
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 males interacting

(No Shoveler, 7 were reported yesterday by Tony O'Mahony)

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Shoveler 5 (3m, 2f)
Tufted Duck 34
Lesser Redpoll 1

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Info via Tony O'Mahony

Spotted Flycatcher 2 in NW corner

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Thanks Rob!

emailed steve and he replied. Thank you Steve. 

 

4CLX ringed as a male cygnet on 2/12/2013 at Sefton Park, Liverpool.
4CFL ringed as a female cygnet on 22/10/2016 at Chorlton WP.
Both have been at Alexandra Park for a while.

 



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Hi Callum, send an email over to Steve Christmas who will most likely be the ringer, he usually replies anyway when he sees the post.

se.christmas@ntlworld.com

Any colour ringed birds of most species can usually be traced to a particular ringing group by going on cr-birding website and simply filling in the species and ring details, unless its a Gull from Scandinavia in which case it becomes a bit more tricky. Hope this helps.

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 Apologies if this is a well known answer on here, but is it possible to track ringed birds? And if so, how?

 

Two ringed mute swans , would be interesting to know where theyre from originally.

 

Numbers were 4CLX and 4CEL.

 

 

 



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Pochard 1 drake
Tufted 17 (11m 6f)
Goldcrest 5

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Common Sandpiper 1 (found by Tony O'Mahony)

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No sign of the Ring-necked Duck either here or at Platt Fields Park this morning

Tufted Duck 31 Alex Park, 65 Platt Fields Park (so numbers up slightly)

Chiffchaff singing at both sites

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Ring-necked duck present at noon, diving frequently with tufted ducks

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12:05 Ring-necked duck present


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11:30am Ring-necked duck present.


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4:25pm Ring-necked duck present


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Ring-necked Duck still present this morning
Tufted Duck 38

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10:10am Ring-necked duck present with only about a dozen Tufted duck.


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Female Ring-necked Duck now back on the lake.

Info thanks to Tony O’Mahony



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Little Grebe 3
Tufted Duck 11

No Ring-necked Duck (see Platt Fields Park thread)

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Ring-necked Duck still present 10.40
Tufted Duck 18
Grey Wagtail usual pair

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Ring-necked Duck still present with Tufted 09.48
Tufted Duck 39
Cormorant 1
Treecreeper 1

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Ring-necked Duck female still present 14.18
Tufted Duck 33

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At noon today, the ring-necked duck was in the south pool, separate from all the tufted except for one male. They stayed close to each other while I was there, diving in synchrony.


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Ring-necked Duck still present this morning
Tufted Duck 19

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Female Ring-necked duck present at 11:55am, in the south pool of the lake for a change.

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Ring-necked Duck still present this morning
Tufted Duck 20

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Ring-necked Duck still present 08.44

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Ring-necked Duck still present at midday with the Tufted Duck flock.
3 Common Gull
1 Lesser Black Backed Gull
31 Black-headed Gull
2 Grey Wagtail
3 Mistle Thrush
34 Redwing
2 Stock Dove
There was also a very interesting looking leucistic Woodpigeon (see pics)

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Ring-necked Duck female still present 08.40
Tufted Duck 27
Redwing 57 singing

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Ring-necked Duck 1st wtr female still present 09.20
Tufted Duck 30
Grey Wagtail pair

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Ring-necked Duck first-winter female still present 3pm
Tufted Duck 45
Black-headed Gull 12
Common Gull 1

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Ring-necked Duck female still present this morning

-- Edited by Pete Hines on Wednesday 10th of March 2021 07:35:43 PM

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Ring-necked Duck female still present this morning

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Mediterranean x Black-headed Gull (hybrid) (found by Tony O'Mahony). This bird was also seen and photographed on 1st March by Paul Greenall. Movie screenshot of the open wing added
Ring-necked Duck 1st winter female

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Ring-necked duck still present, 7:30-8:20am, diving to feed amongst 18 Tufted duck in the north pool. Another 21 Tufties in the south pool. Herons on 2 nests and have recently been on a third. Only 2 Mute swans, having had 3 for most of the winter.


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Ring-necked Duck female still present this morning

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Saturday 6th March 07.10 Ring-necked Duck female still present

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Friday 5th March 07.07

Ring-necked Duck first winter female still present
Tufted Duck 48
Goosander 1

-- Edited by Pete Hines on Friday 5th of March 2021 07:58:46 AM

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