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Post Info TOPIC: Stockport and environs to East Didsbury


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RE: Stockport to East Didsbury


2 Kingfisher upstream of M60 bridge. Also Common Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 7 Sand Martin, 7 Swallow,  Grey Wagtail.  Many juvenile today of various species too.



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2 Oystercatcher on rugby pitch at 07.25



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As well as the Little Egrets this morning were Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Sand Martin, Bullfinch. 

No sign of Egrets on a slower return cycle back. 



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Flying around field to the West. On my commute to work so couldn't hang around. 



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Chris Harper wrote:

2 Little Egret around sewage works currently. 





Where were they viewed from Chirs?

-- Edited by Scott Reid on Wednesday 5th of July 2017 08:04:06 AM

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2 Little Egret around sewage works currently. 



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Still 3 Sand Martin over the Mersey at Stockport bus station.

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Currently 3 Sand Martin over the Mersey at Stockport bus station.

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Currently 2 Sand Martin over the Mersey at Stockport bus station

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Kestrel over Stockport bus station@ 16:08

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Male Reed Bunting between dipping pond and Patch Island. Common Buzzard still. Also Common Whitethroat, 8 Sand Martin, Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff  Willow Warbler , 50 Lesser  Black Backed Gulls. 



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C 3 Sand Martin over the Mersey at Stockport bus station @ 15:55

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Juvenile Common Buzzard on old railway bridge. Also 4 Common Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Grey Wagtail, 9 Sand Martin. 



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A curlew flew high and west over Embankment Business Park (Mersey Vale) at around 08:15 this morning.

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Drake Mandarin,  3 Goosander, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Ring Necked Parakeet, 3 Grey Wagtail,  2 Bullfinch, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 Sand Martin, Swifts drinking from river.



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5 Common Whitethroat this morning. Also 4 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Swallow, 3 Goosander, Grey Wagtail, 80+ Lesser Black  Backed Gulls on Parrs Wood playing fields of various ages.



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Cormorant over Debenhams West @ 07:21this morning.

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Kingfisher,  3 Goosander, juvenile Black Headed Gull, 3 Grey Wagtail, 40 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 4 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff. 



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Adult Mediterranean Gull on the A6(heading South) @ 11:53. Also Grey Wagtail in the bus station.

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Kestrel hunting this morning.  Also 20 Sand Martin, 3 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch, 4 Swallow. 



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River Mersey between / from A560 and NCN62 bridges in Stockport

Kingfisher 1 (4 sightings, twice carrying food item upriver)
Grey Wagtail 2 family groups
Sand Martins
Chiffchaff 1

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Kestrel over Stockport bus station @ 16:09

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Oystercatcher this morning on playing fields. Also Dipper, 3 Common Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 20 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 3 Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail. 



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Lapwing this morning in horse field. Also Kingfisher, Black Headed Gull, Common Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 8 Swallow, 15 Sand Martin, 4 Grey Wagtail .



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2x Kingfishers flying along river about 10ft apart from each other near M60, Gooseander (m and f), Mandarin duck, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Cormorant, 2x Heron, Lots of Swallows at horse fields, Swift, Sand Martins

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Dipper, 2 drake Mandarin, 3 Goosander(2 Drake), 7 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, 4 Grey Wagtail, 15 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow 



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I was there around midday (counting butterflies)and can add a Goosander (redhead) near Cheadle bridge, among the Mallards. At least 6 Chiffchaffs.


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Kingfisher this morning. Also 10 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 5 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff 



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07.10-07.25

2 Swift, Dipper, 20+ Swallow, 50 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, displaying Common Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch 



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At least one Ring-necked Parakeet over Burnage rugby club this evening (could have been more but wasn't paying full attention) and a Goldcrest singing by the car park there.



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Dipper by Cheadle Bridge this morning too.



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2 Linnet by farm. Also 5 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 10 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, Bullfinch, Common Whitethroat and another singing near Tesco roundabout. 



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My garden (Bredbury) 1 Goldcrest in conifers...Very pleasing! Also Buzzard being mobbed by 2 crows seen from the outdoor garden section of Homebase's!

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2 Oystercatcher this morning on playing fields. Also 4 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 4 Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch, 30 Sand Martin. 

Swallow and 2 Common Whitethroat yesterday. 



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Common Sandpiper still. Also Common Whitethroat, Ring Necked Parakeet, 3 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, 5 Sand Martin, Swallow, 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Goosander, Grey Wagtail. 



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2 Common Sandpipers and 38 Sand Martins this morning.

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Common Sandpiper adjacent to playing fields. Also 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, Goosander, Grey Wagtail, 5 Bullfinch, 6 Sand Martin. 



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6 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 8 Sand Martin, 3 Blackcap, 2 Drake Goosander, Drake Mandarin Duck.



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16:25 - 17:15, weir to patch island, and back. 1 common sandpiper (!), 1 mandarin, 20+ sand martin, 2 house martin, 2 swallow, 2 willow warbler, 3 chiffchaff, 4 blackcap, 1 buzzard, 1 grey wagtail.

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16:25 - 17:15 weir to patch island, and back. 1 common sandpiper (!) 1 mandarin 20+ sand martin 2 house martin 2 swallow 2 willow warbler 3 chiffchaff 4 blackcap 1 buzzard 1 grey wagtail

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07.20-07.35

4 Willow Warbler, 2 Oystercatcher horse field, 3 Mandarin Duck, 2 Chiffchaff, Goosander pair, Common Buzzard, 7 Bullfinch, 2 Blackcap, Grey Wagtail, 2 Grey Heron. 



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Cheadle Bridge to Vale Farm this morning around 10.00-12.00

Most usuals about, except Pied Wagtail. No Sand Martins yet.

Of note:
6-7 Chiffchaff and more heard only
2 Mandarin
5 Ring-necked Parakeet
6 Grey Wagtail, 3 distinct pairs
2 Nuthatch, a pair, by the pitch and putt
1 Sparrowhawk

Also of interest, some clearance has occurred on the other side of the river from the Garlic Bend, a further loss of habitat for things like the warblers after the council decided to pave the track on the Didsbury side and wipe out loads of Sylvia habitat. Now you have to look out for cyclists instead of birds...it was a nice walk out this morning though

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At least 8 sand martins on the river just west of the viaduct this morning



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Two raptors over the Plaza theatre this morning @07:20 hassling the local Pigeons.

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Blackcap, 4 Sand Martin, 7 Chiffchaff, Buzzard, 5 Goosander, cock Pheasant, Grey Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch. Sparrowhawk over town centre. 



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Blackcap at Garlic Bend. Also 8 Chiffchaff, Goosander, 7 Bullfinch, 2 Redwing, Ring Necked Parakeet, 3 Grey Wagtail. 



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5 Sand Martins on the Mersey near the Pyramid This evening. 



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Zoe Barrett wrote:

Male Blackcap in hedgerow by East didsbury tramstop at 18.00. First heard in quiet subsong and first I have seen in UK this year





I just missed a tram this morning. Why is it that waiting 12 minutes seems like eternity at that moment? However, having read Zoe's post, I started looking at the hedge opposite the platforms, and spotted a male Blackcap feeding amongst Blue and Long-tailed Tits. First for the year for me too! Just one reason why I like the Forum, thanks Zoe for my year-tick on a plate.

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Male Blackcap in hedgerow by East didsbury tramstop at 18.00. First heard in quiet subsong and first I have seen in UK this year

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4 Chiffchaff, Goosander, Great Spotted Woodpecker, bizarre sight of 2 Mandarin Duck on a houses roof near Vernon Mill.



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