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Called in here mid afternoon on our way back from the Fylde to add the Black Tern to our list for the day. The bird was showing well at the northern end of the main mere, constantly hawking among the collected gulls and waterfowl. Shame there wasn't a Whiskered Tern at Audy to finish off the day biggrin

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7 Egyptian geese in with a flock of moulting Canada Geese on Tatton Mere today.



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The first Sand Martin of the year over Tatton Mere 2:45pm today



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Woodcock 6
Raven 1pr



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Sun 4th Feb 11:15 - 12:00

Both Kestrel and Buzzard just outside the park, on the way there. Short visit, concentrating on the area around Melchett Mere.

-1+ Green Woodpecker 1 seen but poss 2 separate calling birds
- 3+ Coal Tit inc 1 singer
- Nuthatch plus plenty of Blue & Great Tit on the feeders by the hide.
- pr Mute Swan
- 200+ Canada Goose
- c 12 Wigeon
- pr Pintail
Small numbers of Mallard, Tufted Duck etc

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Yesterday there were good numbers of Stock Dove  - i'd say more than 25 - in the area of the stubble field on the other side of the stream between the Old Hall and the Mill Pond. Also c. 3 Greenfinch and 2 - 3 Yaffles. No thrushes at all, and apart from  small flocks of Mipits, no real sign of autumn/winter passage. Very quiet. I suspect that today may have been a bit more vis miggy.



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14.00-17.30

3 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Buzzards, 1 Kestrel and 3 Ravens.

Combined numbers of the following for Tatton and Melchett meres : 162 Tufted Ducks, 6 Pochard, 3 Little Grebes and 7 adult plus 5 juvenile Great Crested Grebes.

Lots of Black Headed Gulls throughout plus 6 Lesser Blacks and 1 Herring Gull.

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Probably from the nearby Gauntlet Bird of Prey centre Mike, it's happened before. I believe enquiries are being made.



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Apparently a Black Kite was reported from the park on Friday, anyone know anything more?..



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Disappointingly quiet yesterday afternoon, best bird being a Common Sandpiper along the shore of Dog Wood.



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A steady though light passage of Siskins were vis-migging (and invis-migging) over the park heading east this afternoon, and 2 Redpoll also which were my first for quite a while. At least 2 Green Woodpecker heard, and Stock Dove seen.
A Goldcrest was subsinging in that Millenium Wood near the Deer Park quite close to where i was standing. It imitated calling Chaffinch, Willow Warbler, Linnet and Dunnock, and when a small flock of Goldfinches landed nearby, all singing together, it started imitating them too. I don't think i've ever come across a Goldcrest using imitation before.
A ringed female Stonechat was feeding on the bank along the west side of the Mere and was presumably a migrant.



-- Edited by Mike Duckham on Thursday 9th of March 2017 10:39:25 PM

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A good day in Tatton Park today
Pied Wagtail
Crow
Song Thrush
Wood Pigeon
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Magpie
Chaffinch
Brambling
Robin
Nuthatch
Jay
Treecreeper
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Coal Tit
Green Woodpecker
Raven
Coot
Cormorant
Buzzard
Canada Goose
Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
Black-headed Gull
Long-tailed Tit
Goldfinch
Meadow Pipit
Starling
Wren
Pochard
Goldeneye (a male displaying to two females)
Swan
Great Black-backed Gull
Kestrel
Heron
Jackdaw

Tufted Duck




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Two families of Spotted Flycatchers - one lot behind the Lodge house at the Rostherne entrance, and one family in the copse of Sweet Chestnuts on the left half way along the road from here to the house. Raven and Stock Doves also.

Edit - not the Beech Walk sorry, been a while since my last visit!



-- Edited by Mike Duckham on Monday 18th of July 2016 02:13:30 PM

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Black-necked Grebe 2 on Tatton Mere yesterday (info from Mike Edgecombe)

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Not quite Tatton Park, but Tatton Estates land nearby where I was helping Manchester University do an invertebrate survey due to water quality deterioration in this area. Several Grey Wagtails which landowners tell me are doing really well here, breeding on the main rivers and tributaries that eventually drain into the River Bollin & ultimately the River Mersey. Lots of Buzzards too, as expected in this area.



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Sun 27th Dec 11:00 - 12:15 - weather fine and bright with light cloud coverage:

Tatton Mere:

- 1 Shelduck

Decent numbers of Coot, Black-headed Gull, Tufted Duck, Mallard

Melchette Mere:

- c20 Pochard

- pr Gadwall

- Buzzard flying over land on opposite side of the mere to the hide

- juv Great Spotted Woodpecker at the feeder

plus more Tufted Duck, Mallard, Coot, Black-headed Gull etc

In andaround the nearby trees

- 1 Kestrel

- c10 Redwing

- 1 Siskin

- 1 Green Woodpecker

- 1+ Mistle Thrush (calling)

- 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (calling)

- 2+ pairs of Nuthatch

plus 20+ Blue Tit, c10 Goldfinch and other comon passerines



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10.00-14.00

(Mostly in the rain, but at least the park was much less crowded)

The small pool near the mansion held a couple of feral Egyptian Geese and a single Grey Heron.

Melchett Mere

41 Pochard, 38 Tufted Ducks, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Grey Herons

A flock of 12 Meadow Pipits around the swampy sedge area and 40 Starlings resting in a nearby tree.

Tatton Mere

21 Pochard, 185 Tufted Ducks (Similar numbers of Coot too), 12 Shoveler, 13 Little Grebes (Including a group of 7 that appeared to be fishing together, Cormorant style),

4 Great Crested Grebes and 18 Gadwall.  A single female Kestrel hunted along the lake edge. No sign of any Goldeneye yet.

Dog Wood

3 Goldcrests with a group of Long Tailed Tits.

3 Buzzards flew above the park, and a flock of 8 Pied Wagtails were feeding amongst sheep on the short cropped turf.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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2 Black Necked Grebes on Tatton Mere along the NW bank was a nice surprise.
Green Woodpecker and Stock Dove were vocal.

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Surprised to be the first to mention these 2 gorgeous birds..

This morning following on from numerous reports, I decided to catch up with the 2 Black Necked Grebes, which are frequenting Knutsford Mere.
What a fantastic way to start the working day, glorious sunshines, a bit of mist and these 2 diving continually for about 30 mins.

They are currently by the tree which stands alone in the water, although yesterday they were apparently further up towards far end ( I entered the park off King Street, Knutsford).


Other Birds of note:
Green Woodpecker & Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard)
Goldeneye 15-20
Tufted Ducks
Mute Swans were extremely territorial this morning, and actual witnessed a fight in which the aggressor was seen off, quite impressive stuff.



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On Melchett, 11 Shoveler.
6 - 10 Bramblings in with the Chaffinch flock along Beech Avenue.
Following on from the Whoopers seen in flight at the end of Oct, there was apparently a flock of 11 (i think) on Melchett in Oct - info from the winter bird sightings poster in the "new" hide.

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10.30-14.30

4 Bramblings with Chaffinches and Great Tits feeding on beechmast. 1m+1F Stonechats on the sedge/bog area by Melchett Mere. 2 Buzzards.

Melchett Mere

3 Grey Herons, 2 Shovelers, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 16 Pochard, 15 Tufted Ducks and 2 Cormorants.

Tatton Mere ( inc. Knutsford Moor)

1m+5f Goldeneyes, 3 Wigeon, 3 Shovelers, 3 Cormorants, 37 Tufted Ducks, 28 Pochard, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Little Grebes & 2 Gadwall.

Both meres held large numbers of Mallard, but numbers of Wigeon and Shoveler seem low for winter, and I did'nt find a single Teal anywhere.

Dog Wood

9 Redwings were rooting through the leaf litter "Blackbird style", as were 2 Great Tits and a Wren.

Lots of Blue, Great & Long Tailed Tits in the wood, and with them 5 Nuthatches plus 2 Treecreepers.



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This afternoon 3 Whooper Swans (and 1 Mute with them) flew fairly low east over the Deer Park. Luckily they were calling or i'd have missed them. They went behind a copse which i was standing next to, i legged it to the other side but couldn't find them; they were flying quite slowly and i wonder if they landed in the kale field here, it slopes away so that you can't see most of it. Nice to see flocks of Long Tailed Tits everywhere at the mo.

Yesterday there was a Green Woodpecker near the monument, Stock Doves in the Deer Park and by the Rostherne Entrance, and a Reed Bunting over high south calling. I see that part of the wall has collapsed at the back of the deer park - i wonder if any escaped..

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During an afternoon stroll, of note:
1 Green Woodpecker
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Nuthatch
3 Common Buzzard
1 Kestrel


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Rostherne village

A flock of 12 Linnets on power lines & a group of 27 Lapwing flying South.

Tatton Park

6 Buzzards, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers & heading South, a flock of 8 House Martins. 2 Migrant Hawker dragonflies.

Melchett Mere

20 Wigeon, 60 Tufted Duck, 3 Grey Herons, 12 Pochard, plus 1 adult Great Crested Grebe that was still feeding a half grown youngster.

Tatton Mere

26 adult+3 juvenile Great Crested Grebes, 16 Little Grebes, 35 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler & 7 Pochard.

Most of the waterfowl were gathered at the Knutsford Moor end of the mere as sailing was taking place.

Also at the Knutsford end, 6 full grown Mute cygnets, 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls and an absolute mass of Coot.

Dog Wood

A large mixed tit flock also held 4 Nuthatches & 3 Treecreepers.

Both Fallow & Red stags are now appear ready for the rut. Especially the Fallow stags which have isolated themselves from the rest of the herd.
2 big Red stags looked really impressive, a 12 pointer & a 10 pointer, but both appeared drowsy & unconcerned, in a couple of weeks that is likely to change.



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Half a dozen Swallows mixed in with 50 or so Sand Martin flying in small groups over Tatton Mere.

3 GS Woodpeckers including a pair feeding on a fallen log, which was on the ground, in vegitation, so it looked as if they were ground feeding. This was in a copse on the Dog Wood side of the mere.

Also heard a couple of Green Woodpeckers.

Lots of GC Grebes on the mere. Three female and one male Goldeneye still around.

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12.30-3.00pm - Heavy frequent showers. Casual sightings only:

Rostherne Entrance:

2 Egyptian Geese grazing next to the road
3 Brambling - only seen from car but probably more
4 Buzzard
Nuthatch - heard near playground

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A few hours wandering in clement conditions -

Jackdaw; Mistle Thrush; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Chaffinch; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Buzzard; Blackbird; Great Crested Grebe; Tufted Duck; Black Headed Gull; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Coot; Mallard; Goldeneye; Cormorant; Mute Swan; Jay; Brambling (*3); Coal Tit; Nuthatch; Great Spotted Woodpecker (*4); Wren; Robin; Raven; Green Woodpecker; Starling; Goldcrest; Long Tailed Tit; Song Thrush; Canada Goose; Goldfinch; Treecreeper; Redwing; Pochard; Moorhen + Dunnock on call.

I expected more!

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Large flock of Bramblings and Chaffinch along the edge of the golf course at the Knutsford entrance. At least 60 + birds in total. Nice to see my first Brambling of the winter , some of the males were sporting very dark heads.

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Walked round the park with Em this morning and had loads of birds feeding actively. Highlights were: 35 Bramblings (feeding with Chaffinches near the Rostherne entrance), 60 Siskins in the pines near the toilet block, 2,000 Starlings feeding all over the place,140 Redwings, displaying Goldeneyes on the meres plus odd, Wigeon, Shoveler and Shelduck.

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11.00-15.00

Knutsford Moor/Dog Wood

6 Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 30 Tufted Ducks, 2f Goldeneyes, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Treecreeper and 1 Grey Heron.

Tatton Mere

5m+14f Goldeneyes. 1 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 14 Tufted Ducks, 1 Grey Heron & 2 Great Crested Grebes.

Melchett Mere

13 Pochard, 27 Tufted Ducks, 5 Cormorants, 1 Great Crested Grebe & 1 Kestrel




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10.00-14.30

Large numbers of Redwings in the rowans near the Mercury Pool, and with them at least 3 Fieldfares.

Melchett Mere

6 Goldfinches on thistles, 1 male Stonechat flitting around the tops of sedge clumps, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 19 Pochard, 22 Tufted Ducks, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kestrel and a Heron.

Tatton Mere

27 Great Crested Grebes, including quite a few youngsters, at least 1 still being fed by it's parents. 1 pair of Little Grebes.

Lots of Tufted Duck, Black Headed Gulls, Coot etc.

At the Knutsford Moor end, 5 Shoveler, 3 Cormorants and a Lesser Black Back Gull. Sadly I did'nt have time to view this area in more detail from the Dog Wood side.

Just 1 Buzzard seen, which was close to the Rosetherne entrance. Raven heard. Darter dragonflies still around, as was 1 Small Tortoishell and 1 Red Admiral butterflies.

The big Red stags are looking very impressive, with 2 huge roaring ones that were sizing each other up for a fight, but in the end backed down.

1 huge Fallow stag too, that was having a wallow in a muddy pool.

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The bird was discovered at 10:45am but flew off in a northerly direction almost immediately.

Tony Usher.

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Hi All,

I was just wondering whether there has been any news of the Great Northern Diver at Tatton recently?

Many thanks in advance for any information.

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Louis, please don't worry about it, such an apology is absolutely not necessary I assure you.

I was never in any doubt that you didn't cause any upset to anyone, nor that in reality, you didn't actually intend anything by the comment and merely hadn't condsiered how it might be perceived by others; easily done for sure wink.

There is a growing trend for us birders to pour scorn on the general public who do not understand our hobby thought but is that really all their fault?

Anyway, as I said in my post, I apologise it was your post that finally tipped me over the edge as clearly there was really little implication in it but it was the straw that broke the camels back...or something like that...biggrin

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I do apologise greatly Ian, for I didn't at all mean to offend you and cause dismay to the general public. The hide did start to get rather busy later on and I fully appreciate what you are saying and that I shouldn't have made this assumption that all the general public are noisy (and they were trying to be quiet.) In no way did I cause upset to the mother and their children, just packed away my bins and left the hide. However, later on in the afternoon an older man and his grandson entered the hide and I did inform them of the birds on the lake and had a chat with the man about how he used to be a part of the Warrington Birding Club and passed on some of my knowledge to his grandson.

In no way was my comment meant to be provocative, unkind or scornful but was only informing of what had happened in the hide and that I didn't tell them to be quiet, or anything of the sort.

Once again I am sorry for my lack of respect regarding my statement and that I should have been more careful in what I had written.

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Louis Hill wrote:

A pleasant walk around the park today, spent about half an hour in the Allen Hide until some noisy toddlers and their mother came storming in.

-- Edited by Louis Hill on Wednesday 21st of August 2013 05:04:04 PM





I'm sorry Louis, I know I really ought to bite my lip at this but have you considered how that statement might make us birders sound to the general public? Are the hides not for everyone, including toddlers, who have a particular habit of being noisy ? I fully appreciate they could well scare the birds off for a few minutes and disturb any birders present (one only has to attempt birding at Pennington Flash at the weekends to appreciate that!) but these hides in public places are there for all the general public to enjoy and not just birders. Sure they could well attempt to be quieter but I've seen too many birders just tut loudly and pour scorn at such kids and their parents (especially lone mums it seems), then watch the dismay on their faces and the instant association of a grumpy manner and anyone with bins! I've also watched some birders take the opportunity to very tactfully educate the children (and their parents) and perhaps, hopefully, light the spark which starts off a life long appreciation and love of wildlife; sometimes that's all it takes.

Once again, I apologise I have picked on your post Louis, nothing personal, but it seems many posts like this are appearing on this forum of late and that there is a particularly widening divide amongst birders and the public (on the behalf of birders I might add) which cannot help but be detrimental at some point.

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A pleasant walk around the park today, spent about half an hour in the Allen Hide until some noisy toddlers and their mother came storming in.
Did see a few birds though.

11:00am - 3:00pm

Tatton Mere and woodland:

3 Mute Swans
10+ Coots
2 Ravens over
10+ Black Headed Gulls in summer plumage
1 Goldcrest
Heard Green Woodpecker
Lots of Carrion Crows and Jackdaws

From the Allen Hide:

3 Mute Swans
10+ Tufted Duck (mostly females)
1 drake Pochard
10+ Coots
Lots of Mallards
10+ Canada Geese over

2 adult and 2 juvenile Blue Tits,
2 Great Tits,
1 Wren,
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker,
2 Chaffinches on feeders

Louis.


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Sunday 15th June 2013

10.00am - 12.00pm

Tatton Mere:

Not as much activity as usual

2 Grey Heron nesting
4 Coot
2 Cormorant
Mallards (drake and female)
Black-Headed Gulls
Canada Geese

Green woodpecker on young ash tree
Wheatear by the lake

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Hi Paul

Good to see you out and aboutsmile

I've Birded Tatton Park on a few occasions over the years, and it's got great potential, but I found that I needed a full day to do it any real justice.

P.S.
Not much in the way of sightings being relayed from Burton Mere Wetlands anymore since you departed, ( left to me, via the NWBF now ) but during yesterday's ramblings, myself, Stan Skelton, Keith Duckers and Bill Owens had 2 Brambling ( male and female ), Common Redstart ( male ), and a single Common Sandpiper ( on the reserve itself ) and then also 3 Cetti's Warbler singing around the Neston Sewage Works area............biggrin........but somehow managed to miss 3 Ring Ouzel that were reported there also cry


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Same as Paul below as a family visit not much birding time but 3 green woodpeckers, 3 male goldeneye and a singing chiffchaff were nice highlights on Sunday. Great Spotted woodpecker also drumming, nuthatch calling and greta crested grebe were also nice.

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A familly visit to the park didn't leave me much time to do some birding, but I got a few year ticks all the same.

Lots of Wigeon on one of the smaller lakes, a Green Woodpecker calling, and some Goldeneyes were the highlights. Also 1 Nuthatch, and c10 Jackdaws flying about.

Not much about, yet I had a nice day out all the same (nice to get out into the sun)

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10.00-15.00

A pleasant walk from Rostherne, around Tatton Park and back.

The big surprise was an adult winter Yellow Legged Gull sat on one of the posts that cross Tatton Mere at the Knutsford Moor end. Also there 2 Common Gulls and lots of Black Heads.

In the mature wooded areas were :- 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Kestrels, 2 Mistle Thrushes and 2 Buzzards. 2 Goldcrests with Coal Tits in the big pines at the Rostherne end.

Raven heard but not seen, not a single Chaffinch seen throughout walk either.

Melchett Mere

2 Grey Herons, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 drake Pochard, 14 Tufted Ducks, 8 Canada Geese and a pair of Mute Swans. A Green Woodpecker was in the sedge area on the South bank.

No sign of any Snipe.

Tatton Mere ( including the Knutsford Moor end)

11 Goldeneye, 33 Tufted Ducks, 3 Gadwall, 3 Cormorants plus at the secluded Knutsford Moor end a flock of 17 Pochard.

Dog Wood

5 Treecreepers with a big mixed tit flock. Lots of Nuthatches here too.



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Sent you a PM Phil.

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Where would the best area be to see the Jack Snipes?

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Tatton used to be a regular haunt for Jacks - gl;ad to see they are still there and surving the dog walkers and mountain bikers!

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02/12/2012 - 1-4pm with Mike Duckham:

15 Jack Snipes
6 Common Snipes
1 Shelduck
2 Goldeneyes
1 Gadwall
c70 Tufted Ducks
c350 Mallards
4 Great Crested Grebes
5 Buzzards
3 Green Woodpeckers
1 Siskin
3 Reed Buntings

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Good visit today in fine sunshine

Nuthatch, 2 Chaffinches and Great Tits visited feeders at the mansion

1 - F Goldeneye on Melchett Pond which flew across at speed
2 Mute Swan

60ish Tufted Ducks over both main waters, and half a dozen Gadwalls bottom of Tatton Mere

A Buzzard flew from farmland just outside the park and into a tree.

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Displaying Great-Crested Grebes on the Mere along with Mute Swans, Tufted Ducks and Sand Matins.

Around the Mansion there were:

Rooks, Swallows, Jackdaws and House Martins



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Sand martins - 3 over the mere

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Pleasant walk around today

1 Goldcrest
25 Long tailed tits
4 Song thrush
13 Redwings
3 Nuthatch
Robins,Blackbirds,mixed flocks of tits and plenty of rooks and jackdaws

Lake

2 Great crested grebes
2 Tufted ducks
2 Mute swans
2 Canada geese

mallards,coots,moorhens and plenty of black headed gulls


-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 11th of March 2012 10:56:05 PM

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