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RE: Tatton Park


Saturday 11th February 2.00-3.00pm

Smew still present up to my leaving. It is still very flighty but also still sticking very much to the Northern end of Tatton Mere.
Also seen:
6 Goldeneye
2 Pochard
1 Great Crested Grebe


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The Smew was still present at c.15.00 - still at the Northern end of the mere and still flighty, on one occasion it went onto the ice covered pool at the extreme north end. Also had the Golden Eye, Tufties and Shelduck on the mere.

Great to meet Scott Reid again and to walk together to where one of the wardens had pointed us in the direction of a goodly sized flock (c.30) of Bramblings

Also had the Great Spotted Woodpecker, an overflying Fieldfare and heard calling Green Woodpecker.

When I first arrived had a really close view of the Airbus taking off over the mere - amazing. The birds took not the slightest notice.

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Redhead smew still showing well,at 14:00 hrs ,today. It appears to favour the ice-free channel at the northern end of the mere,although very flighty,always returning to this area.
Also on the mere, m+f goldeneye ,shelduck ,4 great crested grebes 8 pochard,30 + tufties , several coots, mallard and 80 + Canada geese on the ice.
Around the park: greater spotted and green woodpeckers, and a very large mixed flock of goldfinch,siskins and a few redpoll.

Cheers Chris.

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Redhead (f) smew showed well at the north end of Tatton Mere yesterday inspite of the freezing rain (don't ever call me a fair weather birder!). It seemed to spend quite a lot of time skulking in the vegetation on the west side, thanks to the guy who sent us in the right direction. Do object to paying 5 to get in the park in the middle of winter though.

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Reports of a smew present for the last couple of days on the mere

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Brambling calling in the beeches inside the Rostherne entrance, Tawny Owl calling near the Deer Park and a nice group of Fieldfare near the mill pond feeding up on Hawthorn berries.

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Quick walk down to the mere after a visit to the food show and there was loads of swifts flying around

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Osprey north over the mere at 1.30 pm

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8/2/11

A leisurely stroll up to the Hall and back from the Knutsford entrance produced the following:

4 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
13 Goldeneye
3 Little Grebe
5 Great Crested Grebe
11 Pochard
41 Tufted Duck
3 Great Heron
5 Cormorant
2 Nuthatch
2 Stock Dove
2 Pied Wagtail

No pies at the cafe, but sirloin steak for 8 did the trick nicely hungry.gif

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24/11/2010 - Species seen around the farmland to the east of the park today:

Raven, Barn Owl, Grey Partridge, Lapwing, Brambling, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, Bullfinch, Tree Sparrow and Stock Dove.

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06/07/2010 - Just out of park to the north at Birkinheath Covert this morning were 4 Crossbills briefly. Very noisy but tricky to pick out amongst the conifers there.
Also a family of 8 Mandarins on Mobberley Brook adjacent to the covert.

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Called in today and saw black caps , house martins, finches and tits near the house went down to the mere plenty of Canada geese with young ,3 great crested grebe 1 which was sat on her nest and 1 tufted duck.

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Accompanied my very young grandson to Tatton for the Easter Bunnies on the 5th (Easter Monday - 'twas like Piccadilly Circus!) - he was entranced by the farm animals including one chicken which took a swipe at me. Missed but nearly wild enough to be tickable! No warblers heard although I was listening, but very windy.

Stopped on the way out to see a fair size flock of hirundines over the smaller mere (leading up towards the house). Sands, Swallows and House Martins all there roughly in the ratio of 20:7:2, around 60-80 total. First Swallows of the year for me. Also a pair of Goldeneye still hanging around, although I see that John T had 20+ up at Pennington.

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One of the Redhead Smew was present today from Dog Wood end of the Mere.Couldn't see t'other one),also a Lesserpecker calling in Dogwood,which lived up to its name as it was overun with dogs(including mine).smile.gif


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WE all went today.

The smew were round the back, viewed from the woods, and the scaup up at the top end near the 2nd lake.
It's always nice to see male goldeneye as well.

A buzzard above looked nice.

After lugging all my gear around the mere, I was worn out at the end, but we call to look at Rostherne Mere on the way back. 10 gc grebe and some goosander were visible from the churchyard. Must try and get a permit for a day for our group.

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Richard Donkin wrote:

Parked at Knutsford entrance on road by golf club for free - saving 4.50 - thanks to Sid Ashton for tip.


All part of the service Richard wink.gif and welcome to the forum.

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Spent very pleasant afternoon Thus 11 Feb walking through Tatton. Parked at Knutsford entrance on road by golf club for free - saving 4.50 - thanks to Sid Ashton for tip. Walk started at 11.30.

Redheads not on view initially at Knutsord end of mere so walked along to far end scanning through the many diving tufties and goldeneye, with a few pochard. On Melchett Mere there were more of the same with 10 Ruddy Ducks. Still no Smew so walked back watching 2 Buzzard displying over golf course another soaring over the wood on far side of the mere.
Back near the Knutsford end again there was one Redhead drifting along with mallard and coot - then the second one appeared and the two started to dive for food. Watched, sat on the Millennium Project park bench, for an hour in clear, sunny conditions and it became apparent that one of the ducks was slightly larger than the other with noticably more white markings on the sides! (Male in eclipse???). I'm no expert - do we get them here?

Other birds included Jay, Nuthatch, GS Woodpecker, Jackdaw, C Crow, Mistle Thrush, Greenfinch, Chaffinch,Linnet (? 2 overhead against sun) and many cormorant - some in breeding plumage.

Overall a very satisfying afternoon ending at 16.40 before returning to the car frozen to the bone.

This is only my second contribution after having recently come across this excellent birding forum. Hope to post some interesting finds myself to reciprocate the sightings from other members. (In last 10 yrs I have had Lesser Spot in Garden and nesting Kingfisher in opposite bank of stream along side of my garden - but, alas, nothing as good since).
Rick.

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Tim Wilcox wrote:

Yesterday around 1.00pm both redheads were at the south end of the Mere. One in open water, the other hiding near the bank under branches. It's a long tramp with a heavy tripod if you come in at the Rostherne end and park at the Hall. So best to follow the road on to the Kuntsford end.



There is also parking on the road outside the Knutsford entrance wink.gif

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Yesterday around 1.00pm both redheads were at the south end of the Mere. One in open water, the other hiding near the bank under branches. It's a long tramp with a heavy tripod if you come in at the Rostherne end and park at the Hall. So best to follow the road on to the Kuntsford end.

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ONLY ONE SMEW (F) ON MAIN LAKE PENTYOF GOLDEN EYES DISPLAYING PLUS A LOT OF TUFTIES ALSO 2 MALE SHOVELER AND 2 MALE POCHARD,4 HERONS ON THE HERONRY NICE DAY OUTsmile.gifsmile.gif

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Good views of wildfowl today as the mere is partially frozen in the middle - large number of Tufties, Mallard, Coot and Canadas plus good number of Gadwall, a few teal, two red head Smew and displaying Golden Eye drakes. The Smew were at the Northern end about 150m south of the narrow neck where the mere ends in the circular pond. There were more Golden Eye and Teal on the further mere which is separated from the main one by the road.

Elsewhere in the park two pairs of Buzzards displaying and calling, mipits, and the usual goldfinch and mixed tit flocks.

-- Edited by Pete Welch on Saturday 6th of February 2010 01:59:41 PM

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Glad to have been of assistance John - did you listen out for the Lesser Pecker by any chance?




I parked outside the park and walked in, but I didn't hear an LSP.

Thought I heard one at Woolston Eyes last week though.

-- Edited by John Barber on Thursday 4th of February 2010 07:22:08 PM

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Saw two late on. Thanks for the heads up. Also the ducks that have no name.

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John Barber wrote:

Thanks for the tip Sid. A few of us turned up this morning to see the Smew, which duly obliged - but ony one bird seen today.



Glad to have been of assistance John - did you listen out for the Lesser Pecker by any chance?

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Thanks for the tip Sid. A few of us turned up this morning to see the Smew, which duly obliged - but ony one bird seen today.

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Two redhead Smew at the Knutsford entrance end of Tatton mere this morning. First seen at 08.15 still present at 11.30 amongst a flock of Canadas. Much easier to see here than at Rostherne biggrin.gif

P.S. - Should also have mentioned reasonably confident that I heard a lesser pecker drumming briefly in the wood next to the car park at Knutsford entrance when I first arrived - to be investigated further wink.gif

-- Edited by sid ashton on Wednesday 3rd of February 2010 04:15:37 PM

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Large Falcon Present this morning 8.15am, looks like a Peregrine x Saker or Gyr. Vertical chest bars. Got a couple of long shots. No jesses visable on bird. Attacked a passing Grey Heron at one point. Looked larger than Peregrine.

Anyone else seen hybrid type bird in the area, or is missing one.


Just put pic on Birdguides.
(unidentified)




-- Edited by Steve Johnson on Sunday 18th of October 2009 03:51:35 PM

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