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RE: Fallowfield Loop


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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Lesser Whitethroat calling at 07:10. Also 7 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, Ring Necked Parakeet



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Possible snippet of Lesser Whitethroat song at the 'usual' spot between Boothsdale Crescent and Wright Robinson High School at 07.15.

Also 2 Common Whitethroat at bridge 12, 15 Swift, 3 Ring Necked Parakeet, 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, Bullfinch.



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This morning:

2 Common Whitethroat, 14 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 9 Bullfinch, 8 Swift



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Common Whitethroat by bridge 12 yesterday at 17:30. North Reddish. 3 Bullfinch also.



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4 House Martin over their usual estate. Also 2 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff and 3 Ring Necked Parakeet



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Kingfisher sat up bold as brass between bridges 26 and 27 today. Also Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 10 Swift.



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Common Whitethroat by bridge 18 in Levenshulme. 2 Swift over Gorton Cemetary, 8 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Bullfinch.



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2 Willow Warbler this morning. One at Donkey Sanctuary, 1 in Gorton Cemetary. Also 12 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Ring Necked Parakeet, Goldcrest, 3 Bullfinch.

Kingfisher heard Friday under Princess Road.



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Cycle of full length this morning.

7 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 8 Bullfinch, 8 Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, Ring Necked Parakeet by Donkey Sanctuary.



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- Bullfinch pair flew across Longford Rd over the hump bridge and onto the main area of the Loop paths late morning.

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Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail at Platt Brook by the Princess Road bridge (recorded on the BBS)

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Friday 9th April.
Afternoon dog walk whilst Lucas was asleep.

Longford Rd Z bends to Highfield CP & Houldsworth Golf Cl, Levenshulme.
- min 5 Blackcap (2m seen, 3 more heard)
- 3 Chiffchaff (2 seen)
- 1 Song Thrush
- Ring-necked Parakeets heard on golf cl.
Many species active incl Robin, Blackbird, Wren, Tits, etc

Back to Longford Rd Z bends and on to Secret Lake (Pond).
- 1 pr Great Crested Grebe
- 1 pr Moorhen
- 2 pr Coot
- 2 Mute Swans (4CLA, 4DBU)
- 3 Swallows through
- 1 Sparrowhawk hunting
- 3 Blackcap (1 seen, 2 heard only)
- 2 Chiffchaff heard

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Afternoon dog walk along the loop path that passes by the secret pond in Levenshulme and leads to near work in Reddish.

Of note...
- 3 male Blackcap (1 singing, 2 chasing around)
- 1 female Reed Bunting
- 1 Treecreeper
- 1 pair Great Crested Grebe
Plus usuals

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3 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Ring Necked Parakeet



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Blackcap opposite Wright Robinson High School, 5 Chiffchaff along the route, Ring Necked Parakeet, Nuthatch



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Mon 22nd & Tues 23rd March

Levenshulme & surrounds.
Afternoon walks with Lucas from Barlow Rd - Longford Rd Z-bends along the main loop path to Highfield CP and then along the paths back to Longford Rd bridge in a triangle if you like.

Lots of birdsong and mainly usual stuff around incl...
- 1 Chiffchaff near allotments
- 1 Treecreeper heard (couldnt find it tho!)
- 4 Song Thrush
- 2 Mistle Thrush
- 1 singing Wren
- c25 Goldfinch near golf course
- c30 House Sparrow on allotment bushes
- lots of Blackbird / Robin / Blue Tit / Great Tit
- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet on golf course
- few Pied Wagtails on golf course
- 1 female Sparrowhawk over Barlow Rd

Parts of the main path and connecting trails to Highfield CP are closed at various points due to surfacing work, it is mainly woodland type muddy soil paths in that area and they have put in edging stones and laid hardcore probably for tarmacking over.

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2 Chiffchaff, with a 'new' one between bridges 25 and 26. Also 3 Nuthatch, Goldcrest, 12 ring Necked Parakeet, Great spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush.



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A walk down towards Highfield CP on the Levenshulme part of the loop yesterday afternoon, not been in ages.

A large flock of c35/40 birds moving through the trees lining the golf club and the main loop path, I thought these may have been dispersing by now and getting ready to pair up for breeding. Numbers only estimated as some were silhouetted, the calls gave many species away.

- 4 Lesser Redpoll at least (firstly picked up on call then seen)
- 1 pair of Bullfinch
- 1m Chaffinch
- 1m Greenfinch
- c8 Goldfinch
- c10 Long-tailed Tit
- 4 Blue Tit
- 2 Great Tit
- 5 Blackbird (3m)
- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet sat in the tree in their midst

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Showy Chiffchaff still near Boothsdale Crescent. 6 ring Necked Parakeet, Goldcrest. 



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2 Chiffchaff, one perched by Boothsdale Crescent, the other near Donkey Sanctuary (07.20). Also 3 Goldcrest, 2 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Ring Necked Parakeet, 7 song Thrush, Bullfinch.



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Chiffchaff singing this morning near Boothsdale Crescent. Also 19 Ring Necked parakeet, Nuthatch, 3 Redwing.



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2 Redwing by Donkey Sanctuary, 10 Ring necked Parakeet, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, 4 Bullfinch, 8 Greenfinch, Mute Swan over



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Willow Tit- first time seen in the area. Around the brook as you enter Highfield Country Park from the loop just after the school.

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Counted 23 Song Thrush singing in my cycle from the start to the finish of the loop today from 07.20 to 07.50

Also 6 Ring necked parakeet



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70+ Ring Necked Parakeet around allotments this morning. Also 2 Song Thrush in full song for about a week now. Always good to hear.



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60+ Ring Necked Parakeet in trees around Bethnal Drive allotments this morning. Also 20 Redwing.



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Last 2 evenings a walk with Lucas and the dog through part of Highfield CP, Levenshulme.

Of note...
- 1 Chiffchaff
- 1 Coal Tit
- 4 Long-tailed Tits
- 1 Sparrowhawk over
- 1 Jay
- 3 Ring-necked Parakeets on golf club (only 2 tonight)

...and an odd looking Carrion Crow both times on golf club. Partially leucistic with white wings but its got a pale grey back and rump giving it a tricolour effect, managed an iPhone image in flight. I dont think its a hybrid, just leucistic variation.


-- Edited by Rob Creek on Saturday 5th of September 2020 12:12:29 AM

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9 ring Necked Parakeet, 2 Nuthatch, Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, Blackcap and a Willow Warbler from 07.20-07.50



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Peregrine Falcon over Highfield CP at 07.15 this morning

Also 6 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Ring necked Parakeet, Bullfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan.



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Tuesday 23rd June

Early evening walk with Lucas and the dog around Nelstrop Rd and Highfield CP on the Levenshulme part of the loop.

Of note...
- 5 singing Blackcaps
(1 slightly more Blackbird toned and I was leaning towards Garden Warbler but it went quiet as I approached on the path so I didnt get a better earshot or a sighting)
- 2 singing Chiffchaff, 1 seen
- 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
- Ring-necked Parakeets heard on golf club
- 1 Sparrowhawk being followed by c15 Starling near the Z-bends
- 1 Song Thrush right near my feet
- Long-tailed Tit family of 12 minimum
- 1 Swallow and 1 House Martin together, over

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Been on a few walks during the last week or so but Ive been mad busy having eyes in the back of my head as Lucas has decided hes got a turbo boost for crawling and he started walking the other day without the aid of his push along musical walker so I forgot to post any sightings.
My apologies as I cant remember the exact days I saw what but I know what I saw and heard and its much the same as Ive seen in recent weeks, again the sightings are from the Levenshulme part of the loop near Highfield CP.

- Ring-necked Parakeets heard on Houldsworth Golf Club
- 1 Common Whitethroat also heard on Gokf Club
- Blackcaps still in abundance
- Chiffchaffs also
- 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
- lots of Song Thrush
- 1 Long-tailed Tit family
- male Greenfinch
- Bullfinch pair
- 2 Jay
- a lot of Wren activity
- 1 Kestrel hovering over the allotments


-- Edited by Rob Creek on Monday 15th of June 2020 07:29:50 PM

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