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Post Info TOPIC: Stockport and environs to East Didsbury


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RE: Stockport and environs to East Didsbury


2 calling Redwings flew south of the Mersey Vale SBI at 1pm today.

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A Little Egret flew upstream and then back downstream over the flooded river Mersey at lunchtime today, near the Mersey Vale SBI, it seemed to drop into the sewage works on the south side of the river.

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Peregrine Falcon over town centre at 09.25. Into a stoop but didn't catch feral pigeons. 4 Pied Wagtail too.



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Seemed to be good numbers of Sand Martin along the Mersey this afternoon from the viaduct to the pyramid. Grey Wagtail flycatching too, and a fishing Cormorant.†



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Burnage Rugby Club to Mersey Vale Nature Park 6.15-8.45

The value of getting up early demonstrated this morning with 42 species seen and lots of birds showing well. Normally on this route I manage about 25-30, but there was tons of activity in the bright sunshine.

Main point of note was some nice sightings of Whitethroat, there was a male on territory on the main footpath, which was flying really high from its perch, 20m or more. I was presumably a bit early for them last month. Two more males were locked in a song battle on the high ground within the Nature Park, they were incessant and again flying high off their perches. Also around here a very prominent singing Willow Warbler, not that common down here in my experience, it is far more normal to find Chiffchaffs.

The scrub and light woodland up on the embankment there at Mersey Vale looks great for a Garden Warbler or Lesser Whitethroat, but there was no sign today, despite plenty of other birds being in there.

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I walked down to the Waterside Hotel at Cheadle Bridge today to see how many Sand Martins might be about. 2 only over the river, but the river bank has been landscaped and grassed over since last year so there is virtually nowhere for the birds to nest. Ironically on the other side of the bridge at the Burnage Rugby Club site, the bank is clear of the Himalayan Balsam and they could resume nesting there; lets hope they settle somewhere. Other than that there were 4 pairs of Goosander on the shingle and then back at the Garlic Bend singing Blackcap and Chiffchaff but no Whitethroats; it used to be a great place for them until the footpath was widened.

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Cheers Chris, I guess I must have missed you- I have a very similar photograph of the Cormorant. †Not as ridiculous an identification mistake as it might seem, without binoculars and obscured by the tree branches it wasnt easy to identify the bird.



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Hi Mike, Ive just had a quick look at the Mersey in the Gt Portwood St. , Tiviot Way area, ie. the back of the main shops. †No sign of Herons of any description,however there was a Cormorant sat on a rock in the river, immediately behind the Sainsburys loading bays ??.. photo below.Also seen female Goosander, two Grey Wagtails,two Canada Geese and two Mallards.

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RE: Stockport to East Didsbury


Originally posted today by Mike Crawley:

hi folks,

I'm friends with the CAWOS county recorder and he has just sent me a messag. †I plan to go into the town centre and take a look.

Here's the message

Hugh,
There are a few spots that might fit.
My immediate thought would be behind the town centre Sainsburys store (Warren Street), as this area is "at the back of the main shops".
From:†AHUGH PULSFORD
Sent:†Friday, March 8, 2019 9:35 am
To:†Mike Crawley
Subject:†Fw: Night Heron
Hi Mike
Don't suppose you got a few minutes to check this out please. Can you work out the location? If not could you forward it onto any local birders please?
cheers
Hugh
Hugh Pulsford
Cheshire and Wirral†County Bird Recorder
Cheshire and Wirral Ornithological Society ( CAWOS)†www.cawos.org
Secretary National Association of County Recorders and Editors (ACRE)
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From:†Angela
To:†Hugh
Sent:†Thursday, 7 March 2019 16:24:13 GMT
Subject:†Re: Night Heron
Hi Hugh †
Didn't get any photos as I was on my way to go shopping & walking across the bridge. At first I thought it was a Grey Heron but as I got closer noticed it's head was different ie: shorter so I stopped to observe it. I stared & stared & thought I don't know what it is. So came home looked up in my RSPB bird book & found it exactly like the Night Heron Black body grey wings & exactly the same shape beak. It was standing on a rock at the waters edge on the bridge over the River Mersey at the back of the main shops.
Thanks for the reply
Angela
On Thursday, 7 March 2019, 14:52:51 GMT, Hugh > wrote:
Most unusual Angela. Did you manage to get any photos. Do you know if it was an adult bird, ie black head, black back and grey / white body or very brown with lots of white streaks on its body. Also what was it doing please.
Many thanks
Hugh

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On 7 Mar 2019, at 14:13, Angela †wrote:

I spotted a Night Heron on the River Mersey in Stockport yesterday afternoon just wondered if it was unusual as I have never seen one before.
cheers
Mike



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A short walk along the River Mersey at noon near Heaton Mersey.

Kingfisher

Little Grebe

Mallard c20 4:1 in favour of drakes

Goosander pair

Black Headed Gull x 20†

Magpie x 6

Crow x 2

Long Tailed Tit x 6†

Blackbird male



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Chiffchaff still in song at Heaton Mersey Vale yesterday morning, also 2 Dipper, Kingfisher and 10+ Goosander on the river Mersey.

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sorry for the delay.

nothing earth shattering but on Saturday whilst I was watching an entertaining game of rugby:-

Three Common Buzzard low over Burnage Rugby Club (during the game on the 3G pitch which is next to the nature trail walk and carried on over the golf course towards the river) the third was lowest and being aggressively mobbed by Crows.
approx. 10 Redwing flying over, calling
3 Fieldfare on the 9th green of the golf course, with a Mistle Thrush
Ten Ring-necked Parakeet, flying over

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A large creche of 45+ Goosander (all redheads/juvs) on the River Mersey near Heaton Mersey Vale yesterday (23/8).

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5 Mallards in the bus Station @ 16:05





Always the same, you wait for a Mallard then 5 arrive at once

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5 Mallards in the bus Station @ 16:05



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Delighted to see the Sand Martin colony on the Waterside Hotel side of Cheadle Bridge and around the bridge this evening; around 30 or so birds. The riverbanks by the main hotel car park have been significantly worked on since I saw it last, apparently by the EA, and the combination of clearing trees and chopping a new bank out of a field with a JCB has created a perfect habitat. No wonder they haven't used the spot by Burnage Rugby Club. Also 4 loafing Goosanders on a shingle bank.

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Oystercatcher heading South this morning at 07:20, on the A6 over Stockport old infirmary.



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Waiting for the tram at East Didsbury this morning and idly thinking about early migrants and firsts for the year, I recalled that at a similar time last year I'd seen my first Blackcap in the hedge opposite the platforms. At which point a female Blackcap popped out of a bush! So a nice yeartick and even better, it was on no other day than March 24th last year, so that is 2 years in a row to see them in the exact same spot for a yeartick. Spooky!

-- Edited by Simon Gough on Saturday 24th of March 2018 07:03:50 PM

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Chris Harper wrote:

...Also a rarely seen sight and sound of a pair of Redwing singing and displaying near Kennels...





Hey Chris, there was a Redwing singing the other day when I saw the Firecrest on the riverbank. I'd never heard one before. Maybe all the snow has made it feel at home? We ought to see if they stick around, breeding Redwing in GM would be good!

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Saw 2 Mandarin ducks about 12:00 between the footbridge and the M60, as I went to take a photo they took off flying downriver over the M60



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My first Chiffchaff of the year around the M60 bridge. Up to 3 calling. Also a rarely seen sight and sound of a pair of Redwing singing and displaying near Kennels.

Other birds: Kingfisher, 5 Bullfinch, 5 Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest† Sparrowhawk† 3 Pied Wagtail† 5 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, Pheasant† Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay.



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Thanks for the information, they'd both be patch ticks for me!

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Simon, re: linnet records this winter, I‚ve had individual birds on three occasions since early Nov, primarily around the scrub surrounding the dipping pond by Patch Island. All three have been very vocal (calling) and were heard before they were seen on each occasion. Two raven were hanging around the same general area for a day a couple of weeks ago.

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I know where you mean, it's normally good for things like Bullfinch, Greenfinch and Blackcap in the summer, maybe I should check in more often over the winter...

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Simon

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Mersey Vale Nature Park.

Walk in from Craig Road, turn right at the community orchard ignore the meadow in front of you and look for the path that turns right again and goes up to what I think is called the upper meadow. †There are some hawthorns and small trees up there and three Linnet were foragoing in the grassy footpath. †Unsurprisingly they left quickly as soon as they spotted us. †

I only know this area of the Park from scything the grass last summer as a volunteer with HMCG and Cheshire Wildlife Trust†

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Linnet is a decent bird for that walk Mike, where did you see it?

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From the M60 bridge to Cheadle bridge (B5095 Manchester Road)

Notable
Kingfisher (near the weir)
Goosander (8 three drakes, five ducks)
Dipper (perched momentarily on the bridge about 10 inches above the water)

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Redwing
Fieldfare both on Parrswood School playing field

Bullfinch

Great spotted Woodpecker

Song Thrush all on the Mersey Vale Nature Park


Coot, Mallard, Grey Heron, Rook, Crow, Jay, Ring-necked Parakeet, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, House Sparrow, Chiffchaff, Blackbird, Robin, Linnet, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Canada Goose, Mistle Thrush

Good fun



-- Edited by Mike Crawley on Sunday 4th of March 2018 04:56:39 PM



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Grey Heron over Stockport town hall @08:33 heading N/E .



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Three cormorants and two goosander on river. Redwings, fieldfares, thrushes on horse field.

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Fairly quiet at the Mersey today: Grey heron Cormorant 3m 3f mallards 2f goosanders Blue tit Pied wagtail 4 moorhens 6 Canada geese Song thrush in horse field

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Originally posted today by Barry Collison:

My wife and I usually walk along this stretch of the River Mersey 2 or 3 times a month mainly to look at the wildlife. Last night we watched The Plastic Tide on Sky tv, I recommend watching this program to anybody who has not seen it. With this in mind we did a 1.5 mile stretch from the green footbridge to just past Burnage Rugby club not quite up to the bridge at Cheadle. Today instead of just looking at the fauna and flora we decided to do our bit for the enviroment and pick up all the plastic bottles we saw at side of the footpath. You would not believe how many we collected. We also added plastic bags and cans but soon filled up our bags. There were other "plastic bags" that we did not pick up. These are the ones left by the dog walkers who have a lower IQ than their dogs. On the nature front it was a bit quiet but got some great views of the Buzzard over the horse field. I recommend more people do this whilst walking, then the message might get through.



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Kestrel over Stockport Bus station 16:12.



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Heaton Mersey

Kingfisher 1
Goosander 3
Cormorant 5
Goldcrest 2

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Saturday pm - Dipper on Mersey opposite the flood defences. Also a few Redwing over.



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Common Buzzard on old railway bridge, Kingfisher, 4 Goosander, 6 Redwing, 8 Grey Heron



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Kingfisher, Goldcrest, 2 Redwing, 5 Grey Heron



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Kingfisher 1+, Sparrowhawk. Goosander, 6 Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail



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6 Redwing, Kingfisher, 2 Goldcrest, 7 Grey Heron, Pied Wagtail at 07.10-07-25



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2 Kingfisher and 5 Goosander on this morning's commute.



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Kestrel over the bus station@16:05

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This morning: Dipper, 1+ Kingfisher, 2 Goosander, 3 Grey Heron



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Dipper on the Mersey by Woolpack pub at 15.30...near pyramid.†



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Goosander, Ring Necked Parakeet, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 8 Grey Heron, 5 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grey wagtail so far on this weeks commute.



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Highlights of the week so far include 2 Goosander, 13 Grey Heron, 3 Chiffchaff, 17 Swallow, House martin, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk



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Swift with the group ay 15.30.



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Kingfisher by M60 bridge

Large mixed hirundine flock still. 60 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow on wires above kennels..catch them while you can.



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Swift by Cheadle Bridge this afternoon at 3.30 with 40 House Martin and 10 Swallow between here and Patch Island. Also Kestrel and 6 Mistle Thrush .



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7.15-7.30 this morning†

16 Swallow, 7 Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Ring Necked Parakeet, 3 Sand Martin, 20 House Martin, 3 Cormorant.



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Kestrel over Stockport baths @15:50

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2 Oystercatcher on playing fields. Also 7 Goosander, 2 Blackcap, 2 Sand Martin.†



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