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RE: Alexandra Park, Whalley Range


Ring Necked Duck there at 16:30pm.

Grey Herons building a nest

3 Bullfinch

1 Nuthatch 

3 Redwing

2 Mistle Thrush



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Ring-necked Duck female still present

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Ring-necked Duck - female back again and settled to roost amongst the Tufted Duck on north side of lake this evening. (Thanks to Copland Smith for the heads up)

Tufted Duck 40
Goldcrest 1 singing
Grey Wagtail 1

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Ring-necked duck still around this afternoon.

Also:

3 goldcrest
1 coal tit
1 treecreeper
3 nuthatch
2 greenfinch
1 grey wagtail
4 starling
1 redwing
1 song thrush
1 great spotted woodpecker
22 tufted duck
2 mute swan
2 grey heron
1 buzzard drifting over


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Ring-necked Duck female still present 07.55

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Ring-necked Duck still present at 17:00



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Ring-necked Duck still Present at 10.0 - 11.30am..

 



-- Edited by Paul Samuels on Friday 26th of February 2021 12:11:50 PM



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Ring-necked Duck female still present this morning Tufted Duck 54 Stock Dove 3

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Ring-necked Duck female still present

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Ring-necked Duck - female back again
Tufted Duck 36

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Better light today - around 10:00. The Ring-necked Duck spent a while preening then went to sleep.



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Monday 07.50 Ring-necked Duck female still present

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Sunday 08.00 Ring-necked Duck female still present

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Tufted Duck 63 counted this morning
(I put news out on the Ring-necked Duck at 07.54 - worth checking Platt Fields Park if it's moved from here)


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No sign of the Ring-necked Duck at 15:30 - a lot of the Tufted Ducks have moved on.



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Ring-necked Duck still present today 



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Ring-necked Duck still there at 4pm Friday.



-- Edited by Davd Coupe on Saturday 20th of February 2021 10:02:29 AM

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The ring-necked duck was still showing well at lunchtime, well worth the walk!



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Simon Gough wrote:
Tony Coatsworth wrote:

 

Pretty dark first thing today but a welcome sight. Only 1.5 miles away so I think that's OK in these lockdown times biggrin



 



Indeed, I didn't expect to get a chance to walk to a GM tick, I'm really pleased. You have to laugh when you are year-ticking Tufted Duck at the same time. I got Collared Dove for the yearlist on the way. Crazy times...


Ha-ha - yes Grey Wagtail was a new one for me 



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Tony Coatsworth wrote:

Pretty dark first thing today but a welcome sight. Only 1.5 miles away so I think that's OK in these lockdown times biggrin





Indeed, I didn't expect to get a chance to walk to a GM tick, I'm really pleased. You have to laugh when you are year-ticking Tufted Duck at the same time. I got Collared Dove for the yearlist on the way. Crazy times...



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Ring Necked Duck still present and diving for food. 

Also 2 Herons on a nest .

Lots of ring necked Parakeets making lots of noise.



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Lucky this is next to where I work, so nipped in this morning to see the still present female Ring Necked Duck. 

Associating with 40+Tufted Duck but noticeably smaller and lighter brown flanks. Head tucked in most of the time.

Also present were 2+ Ring Necked Parakeet, 2 Mute Swan and Grey Heron. 



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Pretty dark first thing today but a welcome sight. Only 1.5 miles away so I think that's OK in these lockdown times biggrin



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Ring-necked Duck female still present this morning Tufted Duck numbers similar to yesterday at 56 Cormorant 1

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Ring-necked Duck - first winter female, unringed and fully winged, still present at 14.00
Tufted Duck 57

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Thursday 18th Feb

- female Ring-necked Duck (2CY?)
5 mins from Lucass nursery so I thought why not, go and have a ganders. A fantastic little duck, bit timid but was tempted by a bit of bread that was thrown by a couple of non-birders, and inevitably showed well, close in on the duck pond alongside plenty of Tufted Duck.

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- 2 Grey Wagtail
- Ring-necked Parakeets, few dotted around
- 1 female Tufted Duck showing a white blaze

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Ring-necked duck present today - first seen by Tony O'Mahoney. Amongst over 50 Tufted duck. First winter female?

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Goosander 3
Little Grebe 1
Common Gull 3
Herring Gull 2
Cormorant 2
Chiffchaff 1
Goldcrest 2
Redwing 37

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Big (relatively speaking) arrival of migrants this morning, best was a common redstart, plus 3 willow warblers, 10+ blackcap, a chiffchaff and a flyover meadow pipit. 



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Kingfisher this morning on central island of lake, seen from Demesne Road side.

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8 grey herons on the island, all as still as statues.
1 pair on a nest at the north of the island.
The other 6 at the south end - one on the ground, anther apparently nestless, a pair on the high nest and another pair on what looks like a half-built nest.

Parakeets in the wild area very noisy and making different sounds from usual. Territorial behaviour?


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In the snow today:
the lake was partially iced, with some Blackheaded gulls floating and others standing on ice.
Heron standing on the high nest at the south of the island. Other nests empty, as yet.
Pair of Shovelers circling each other in the east channel.
Mallards, Tufted ducks, Canada geese, Mute swans, Coot, Moorhens.
Ringnecked parakeets over.


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The Shoveler didn't stay long, but yesterday:
Goosander 4 (3 redhead, 1 male)
Indian spotbilled duck hybrid male still present
Heron standing in the top nest at the south end of the island, another on the ground below
Blackheaded gulls, Mallards, Tufted ducks, Canada Geese, Coots, Moorhens and 3 Mute swans (pair + 1st winter) as usual.
Ringnecked parakeets, Goldcrests and Mistle thrushes very active.



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After the lake partially froze last week, the Goosanders moved elsewhere - probably the Mersey. at 11am today, there were none, but a male Shoveler was present.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 1st of January 2019 02:56:38 PM

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There were only 2 Goosander at 11:30 am. They do seem to increase in numbers as the day progresses. 16 is the maximum so far.


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Three or so hours or so round here this morning to early afternoon:

1 coal tit
3+ nuthatch
10+ goldfinch
5 chaffinch
1 bullfinch
2+ pied wagtail
3 starling
6+ redwing
3+ mistle thrush
46 carrion crow together on grassed area
1 great spotted woodpecker
8+ moorhen
7 coot
10 tufted duck
6 goosander (5 redhead)
3 mute swan (one adult with blue darvic 4CUN, juvenile, also ringed, frequently coughing)
1 grey heron
130+ black-headed gull
5 common gull
2 lesser black-backed gull
1 herring gull


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On Wednesday (early pm) there were 8 Goosander (3 males) and 3 Tufted ducks on the pond

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Goosander 16 (3 males) early pm

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Very interesting!



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When I moved to a flat by the park 3 years ago, there was a resident leucistic blackbird with a white head. That one disappeared last year and another with a different white pattern turned up - I wondered if it was a son of the first.


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I've been spotting a white-headed blackbird in Alexander Park, anyone else seen it? It's extraordinary looking. I spotted it the first time six months ago and last week in the same area of the park.



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11:30 at the lake.

Goosander 15 [2m, 13 redhead]

Mute swan 2 adult 1 young swan. I hope the other was hiding somewhere - on the island perhaps - but it is worrying, as 3 young went down to 2 a few weeks ago. They are swan-sized now. Earlier in the year, 5 cygnets were reduced to 3.

Mallards, Tufted ducks, Canada geese, Moorhens & Coots as usual. Also Blackheaded gulls.

2 Herons.

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1pm.
Goosanders - 2m, 5 rh
Lesser blackbacked among the blackheaded gulls

Many Ringnecked parakeets, including flight of 10 over

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Goosander 11, 2 male and 9 redhead. (13.30 -14.00)

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7 Goosander today at 10:50 (2 male, 5 redhead), so this week has had 2, 7, 8, 7 so far.


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Yesterday 14-11-2018

Goosander 8 (7 redhead)
Tufted Duck 16
Herring Gull 3 juv
Common Gull 3 ad

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Here's an Eastern bird in Tokyo taken last year



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I wrote to the Oriental Bird Club regarding the identification of Spot-billed Duck and the recent birds at Fog Lane Park and Alexandra Park Lake, here is the reply:

"Thank you for contacting OBC with your Spot-billed Duck images. We do not claim to be expert in the identification of this or any other species we are simply enthusiastic volunteers who give our time to run the Club; we have no paid staff. However, we do spend time in the region and have seen the species you mention in the wild, so we pass on our opinions below and apologise if we mention various aspects you already know.

Three Spot-billed Duck races had been recognised in the past, two have now been accepted as full species:

Indian (Western) Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha with two taxa recognised, nominate form found across South Asia from the Indus valley in the west to west Assam and harringtoni found from east Assam, Myanmar through South-East Asia to south China.

Chinese (Eastern) Spot-billed Duck A. zonorhyncha which overlaps in range with Indian species in the west of its range which extends east into Far East Russia (including Sakhalin Island) and Mongolia, Korea and Japan.

There are morphological differences between the taxa whilst haringtoni and zonorhyncha have been found breeding sympatrically in China, seeming to be good confirmation of their new status.

This brings us to your birds:

The first bird (Fog Lane Park) looks like Eastern/Chinese Spot-billed, admittedly a rather pale one, but the lack of red at the base of the bill indicates Eastern.

The second bird (Alexandra Park Lake) on the other hand, does have red at the base of the bill and is therefore Indian Spot-billed Duck. There are many Spot-bills in collections and there is no knowing if they are all marked. Hybrids with Mallard do occur and images of them can be found on the internet. The hybrids we have encountered are frequently quite different from either species; it appears unlikely to us that these birds have any Mallard in them. There is quite an interesting set of images taken in Japan of Spot-billed/Mallard hybrids which we suggest you examine (http://birdingkyoto.blogspot.com/2016/12/spot-billed-duck-x-mallard-hybrids.html). We also suggest you look at our 'OrientalBirdImages' website (http://orientalbirdimages.org/).

We hope our comments are of some use and interest to you."

Thanks to the Oriental Bird Club for these comments

The photo is of the recent bird on Alexandra Park Lake, 3rd August 2018



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In my opinion the bird on the Alexandra Park Lake is a new bird to the pinioned female Spot-billed Duck that was present on Fog Lane Park Lake (see photo), but could perhaps be a result of the Fog Lane Park bird pairing with a Mallard ?? We really do get some funny ducks floating around the Manchester area!

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