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RE: Fallowfield Loop


A different Common Whitethroat singing today near the Donkey Sanctuary, first time I've heard it there fora month or so.

Separate one near bridge 12.

Also 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, Swallow, 10 Swift, Pied Wagtail, Grey Heron



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Sun 19th June.
Afternoon walk with the dog around Secret Lake area, Levenshulme.

Of note
- 2 Common Swift
- 1 House Martin
- 1 Swallow
- 1 Blackcap
- 2 Chiffchaff
- 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
- 3 Coot families
- Great Crested Grebes look to have departed


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Fri 10th June

Common Whitethroat singing from the scrub behind Reddish works yard almost everyday this week, morning and afternoon.
A good daily showing of Ring-necked Parakeets too.

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Common Whitethroat, 18 Swift over St. Werburgh's Rd tram station, 5 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch.



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Buzzard over Gorton cemetery on Thursday afternoon



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Cycle path / Reddish works yard.

- Whitethroat singing away Tues, Weds, today
- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet over
- 1 Song Thrush
- 1 Swallow
- 1 Grey Wagtail
- and what sounded like a Redshank but I couldnt see it for the life of me?


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Reddish works yard / start of loop path this morning.

- 1 Whitethroat - singing most of the day actually
- 2 Song Thrush - again singing all day
- 2 Chiffchaff
- 1 Blackcap
- 1 Greenfinch
- 1 Common Swift

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Sunday.
Evening dog walk around Secret Lake area.

- 1 Great Crested Grebe with well grown chick
- 1 Greenfinch
- 1 Chaffinch
- 4 Swallow
- 1 House Martin
- 1 Chiffchaff

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Friday 27th May
Loop path near Reddish works yard whilst loading van Friday morning.

- 2 Whitethroat singing
- 2 Chiffchaff
- 1 Blackcap
- 2 Ring-necked Parakeets
- 1 Jay

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One House martin, 3 Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding young, 8 Blackcap, Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Ring Necked Parakeet this morning.



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Tues 17th May
Reddish works yard.

- 1 Common Whitethroat near main cycle path
- 1 Blackcap
- 1 Greenfinch
- 1 Song Thrush
- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet over

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2 groups of Swift this morning. One over the Donkey sanctuary, the other over St Warburgh's Road tram stop. Also Willow Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, Goldcrest, 6 Bullfinch.



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Friday morning, Reddish works yard.

- 1 Willow Warbler
- 1 Chiffchaff
- 1 Jay
- 2 Ring-necked Parakeets over, screeching away, being harassed by a Lesser Black-backed Gull

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Friday 6th of May 2022 05:02:37 PM

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Thurs.
Reddish works yard this morning before going out.

- Willow Warbler singing on perimeter
- 2 Chiffchaff
- 1 Blackcap
- 1 Song Thrush

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Weds.

- 2 Ring-necked Parakeets in tree in Reddish works yard
- 1 Common Whitethroat
- 2 Chiffchaff
- 1 Blackcap


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Yesterday morning and this morning around Reddish works yard.

Pretty much same birds including
- 2 Willow Warblers
- 3 Blackcap
- 2 Chiffchaff
- 1 Whitethroat
- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet
- 1 Oystercatcher over


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Counted 16 Blackcap on the route this morning from start to finish. Also Willow Warbler between bridges 26 and 27. 15 Chiffchaff, 2 Swallow, Ring Necked Parakeet, Nuthatch, Goldcrest.



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Tuesday 19th April
Reddish works yard & surrounding area.

- 2 Willow Warbler
(1 literally at yard boundary, 2nd in scrub nearby)
- 1 Chiffchaff
- 1 Blackcap
- 1 Greenfinch
- 1 Song Thrush

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Good Friday.
Reddish works yard before going on the Southport run.

- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet
- 1 Blackcap
- 1 Chiffchaff
- 1 Greenfinch
- 1 Kestrel

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All singing this morning around Reddish works yard.

- 2 Blackcap
- 1 Chiffchaff
- 1 Wren
- 1 Robin
- 1 Song Thrush

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- Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Greenfinch all singing away around Reddish works yard this morning.
Only the Greenfinch seen.

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Tuesday am.
- 1 Blackcap singing
- 2 Chiffchaff singing
- 1 Chaffinch singing
- 2 Song Thrush singing
- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet over towards South Reddish
- 1 Common Buzzard over

Wednesday am.
- 2 Blackcap singing
- 1 Chiffchaff
- c10 Canada Geese over

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Mon 28th March
Reddish around works yard area. Been meaning to put these sightings on here for a while as our works is actually on the cycle route.

- 2 Ring-necked Parakeets
1 towards Dane Bank am, 1 towards Levenshulme pm
- 3 singing Chiffchaff
2 in marshy scrub behind yard, 1 on loop path.
- 2 singing Song Thrush

Didnt hear the Blackcap today.


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Blackcap, minimum 13 Chiffchaff, 10 Fieldfare over East, 4 Ring Necked Parakeet, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush.



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Chiffchaff every 1/2 mile or so - probably about 10 in total.

Blackcaps singing near Donkey Sanctuary and St Werburghs



-- Edited by Tony Coatsworth on Friday 25th of March 2022 11:26:53 AM

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6 Chiffchaff on the route today. Kingfisher on the Brook. Also Goldcrest, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Ring Necked Parakeet.



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Chiffchaff near Loop start at Boothdale Drive. Also 2 Goldcrest, 7 Ring Necked Parakeet, Nuthatch, 3 Bullfinch.



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Still a good number of thrush species on Abbey Hey football pitch at 15:30 but without optics to see species.



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Counted 26 Song Thrush in song this morning along the full length of the loop.

On the football pitch next to Gorton Cemetery were 12 Redwing and 3 Mistle Thrush 

Also Goldcrest and 8 Ring Necked Parakeet 



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Counted 27 Song Thrush singing on my cycle along the loop this morning from 07.15- 07.45

Also 7 Ring Necked Parakeet, Goldcrest



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20+ ring Necked Parakeet around Whalley Range High School. Also 2 Redwing by Donkey Sanctuary. 2 Goldcrest.

Nice to hear my first snippets of Song Thrush song too.



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Sunday afternoon.
Dog walk along the loop path at the Levenshulme end near Highfield CP.

Of note - a Tit flock moving through close to me, from what I could see with the naked eye
- min 15 Long-tailed Tits
- 3 Coal Tits
- 3 Blue Tits
- 2 Great Tits
- 1 Chaffinch
- 1 Blackbird
- 2 Wren

The Blackbird and Wrens couldve been just local to the flock but appeared to be moving with them.

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Few groups of Redwing over Mount Rd, Levenshulme, yesterday early evening. There was still a bit of light and I could see they were heading towards the secret lake direction.

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Peregrine Falcon hunting around Gorton cemetery at 3.30 this afternoon. 



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4 Meadow Pipit South over bridge 27 this morning. Also 20 Ring Necked Parakeet, Chiffchaff.



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Tony Koziol wrote:

Rob Creek wrote:

Been keeping away from Secret Lake for a while as I ended up with some bites on my ankles, legs and arms. A couple were from Horseflies as I saw the culprits fly off after theyd butchered me, the others were just Midge bites, bad enough tho as they can itch like buggery!



 Rob there is no need to suffer......"well known secret" in the fishing circles is that Avon Skin so Soft is a great insect repellent a very reasonable price and you end up with lovely silky smooth skin biggrin

Another one is white vinegar, tea tree oil and veg oil, I have the quantities somewhere blankstare or off course just some off the shelf  repellent.





Thanks Tony, Ive got some Deet spray left over so Ill use that for now rather than smear myself with oil.
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Rob Creek wrote:

Been keeping away from Secret Lake for a while as I ended up with some bites on my ankles, legs and arms. A couple were from Horseflies as I saw the culprits fly off after theyd butchered me, the others were just Midge bites, bad enough tho as they can itch like buggery!



 Rob there is no need to suffer......"well known secret" in the fishing circles is that Avon Skin so Soft is a great insect repellent a very reasonable price and you end up with lovely silky smooth skin biggrin

Another one is white vinegar, tea tree oil and veg oil, I have the quantities somewhere blankstare or off course just some off the shelf  repellent.



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Been keeping away from Secret Lake for a while as I ended up with some bites on my ankles, legs and arms. A couple were from Horseflies as I saw the culprits fly off after theyd butchered me, the others were just Midge bites, bad enough tho as they can itch like buggery!

A midweek evening walk up to near Highfield CP, Levenshulme on the opposite side of the Z bends, not been on this bit since the path was redone. Its all been tidied up and is more open now.

Of note
- 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
- 1 Nuthatch
- 1 Jay
- 2 Ring-necked Parakeet
- 4 Chiffchaff together
(Possibly a family group)

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Monday 19th July

Early evening walk with Lucas around Secret Lake area, Levenshulme.
A few swimmers in the lake and interestingly a full compliment of Hirundines.

- Sand Martins, small group c15 dropped in, literally to cool off, some landing on the water momentarily to drink.
- 4 House Martins
- 7 Common Swift
- 5 Swallows
- 1 Sparrowhawk over
- Moorhen with newly hatched brood
- singing Chiffchaff

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An early evening walk around the Secret Lake with my lad produced

- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet low over towards Sandfold La tip
- 4 Common Swift
- 2 House Martin
- 1 singing Blackcap
- 1 singing Greenfinch
- 1 singing Song Thrush
- 4 ad Moorhen
- 4 ad Coot + 2 imm
- No sign of any Great Crested Grebes

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Thanks for that Simon.
I had an idea theyd be fairly local, yeah 4DBU was ringed there as one of a brood of 8.
Shame their breeding attempt didnt work out this year on the Secret Lake, maybe down to immaturity being their 1st time.
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For interest

The Secret Lake swans mentioned below have both turned up on Sheldon Pool at Ashton Moss, they have been there since at least the 8th July.
The female 4DBU was hatched and ringed on Sheldon Pool in 2018. They are with two immatures, 4DLZ and 4DNH, these two were ringed as cygnets at Etherow in October 2020.

Ringing info from Steve Christmas.



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Secret Lake area, Thursday evening.

- No sign of Tufted Duck, a short stayer
- 1 imm Great Crested Grebe
- 2 Chiffchaff
- 1 Blackcap
- 11 Common Swift
- 4 House Martin
- 5 Swallow
- 1 Kestrel
- Greenfinch seemed to be prevalent on site with a few singing males around

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Tuesday evening walk round Secret Lake with Lucas.

- new in 1 Tufted Duck (m)
- 1 Great Crested Grebe only (immature)
- 6 ad Coot (3pr) 2pr with well grown young, 1pr with 1 tiny chick
- 4 Moorhen
- 2 Chiffchaff
- 1 Song Thrush
- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet over
- 2 Swallow

As a matter of interest, both Mute Swans now look to have departed.



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Common Whitethroat near bridge 12. Also 8 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Ring Necked Parakeet, house martin, Swift



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Walk round Secret Lake, Levenshulme, with Lucas last 2 evenings.

Monday.
- 5 Ring-necked Parakeets over south
- 2 Blackcap
- 1 Chiffchaff
- 5 Swallow
- 2 Common Swift
- 1f Bullfinch
- 5 Great Crested Grebe
- 1 Grey Heron low over

Tuesday after the match
- 2 Blackcap
- 6 House Martin
- 4 Swallow
- 8 Common Swift
- 2 Song Thrush
- 1 Greenfinch
- distant Whitethroat singing
- only 3 Great Crested Grebes visible

Usual stuff around and also Mute Swan 4DBU appears to be feeding ok on both occasions.



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Thursday evening and Friday evening at secret lake near the cycle loop, Levenshulme.

Of note?
- c30 Common Swift swirling around
- 4 House Martin
- 2 Swallow
- 1 singing Willow Warbler
- 2 Blackcap
- 1 Chiffchaff
- 1 pr Great Crested Grebe with well grown young
- 2 pr Coot both with well grown young

Also 1 pr Mute Swans that have been here a while, 4CLA (m) & 4DBU (f).
They?ve failed to breed despite trying, 4DBU was on a partially obscured nest up at the top end a few weeks ago but it hasn?t worked out for them.
I thought she possibly looks a little bit malnourished, and her neck a little bit thin with what looks like a lump halfway down.


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Peregrine Falcon over the Donkey Sanctuary at 07.15. Also 5 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 4 Bullfinch. 20 Swift, Ring Necked Parakeet.



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50 swift en route is my best count of the year so far. 2 Goldcrest, 4 Bullfinch, 8 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Ring Necked Parakeet, Great Spotted Woodpecker.



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Sunday 6th June

Afternoon dog walk around Secret Lake area.

- 2 Willow Warbler
- 2 Chiffchaff
- 3 Blackcap
- 1 Common Whitethroat
- 1 pr Mute Swan
- 1 pr Great Crested Grebe with well grown youngsters
- 2 pr Coot both with well grown youngsters
- 6 House Martin
- 2 Swallow
- 2 Common Swift


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