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RE: Fallowfield Loop


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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First full cycle since you know what. 07:00-07-30

7 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 5 Ring Necked Parakeet, 30 Swift, 2 Swallow, possible Lesser Whitethroat singing from bridge 22 near Fallowfield, 2 Mute Swan, Willow Warbler, 4 Greenfinch



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Tuesday 2nd June.
Evening walk with Lucas around Highfield CP and surrounds

Of note...

- Garden Warbler heard again and is deep into the inaccessible part of the woods, there is a small clearing where I heard it, so you can see any birds flying over or if moving around the outside of any bushes, but no path into the main area and its quite dense with brambles etc so its impossible to go and find it.

- 8 Blackcap heard, 4 seen inc m+f together
- 3 Chiffchaff, 1 close up feeding in the bushes
- 2 Ring-necked Parakeets in tree on golf club
- 1 Sparrowhawk circling over Z bends being tailed by a few House Martins, a Swallow, and other lbjs


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Monday 1st June

Spent the morning having a good look round the Abbey Hey part of the loop from Falmer Close to Boothdale Drive, and around the meadow, which I was told this morning is 1 one of only 2 that are protected locally.

Of note...
- 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat
(1 in meadow near allotments, 1 on top of a Conifer near Wright Robbie)
- 4 Blackcap seen, more heard
- 3 Chiffchaff, 2 doing a sing off and chasing each other
- 1m Greenfinch well camouflaged singing right above my head
- 2pr Bullfinch
- 1m Chaffinch
- c10+ Common Swift
- few Swallow
- 1 Mistle Thrush
- 2 Song Thrush
- 1 Jay
- Ring-necked Parakeet heard over
- plenty of House Sparrow in the meadow and near Ackroyd allotments which was a good sign

Plenty of usuals seen too including Blackbird, Dunnock, Robin, Wren, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Magpie, Carrion Crow and Starlings. A good mix of everything in this area
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Evening walks with Lucas and the dog on the Levenshulme part of the loop around Highfield CP / Fallowfield Brook / Nelstrop Rd North.

Friday 29th May.
- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet over Z bends
- 7 Blackcap
- 2 Chiffchaff
- 2 Song Thrush
- 1 Jay
- 5 Long-tailed Tits

Saturday 30th May
- 2 Ring-necked Parakeets over allotments
- Lesser Whitethroat heard near Golf Club (not seen)
- 4 Blackcap
- 1 Chiffchaff
- 1 Treecreeper briefly but I lost it
- 4 Song Thrush
- 2 Jay

Sunday 31st May
- 2 Ring-necked Parakeets over Highfield Woods
- 8 Blackcap (3 in 1 tree alone)
- 2 Chiffchaff
- 1 Kestrel over allotments

Also Im sure I heard a Garden Warbler a couple of times over the weekend but there was that much bird song that it was difficult to locate and was possibly deeper into the inaccessible area of the woods so its just a probable.

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Thanks for posting the Abbey-Hey part of the loop Chris.

Bit more open with a wider path than the Highfield CP woodland part that I take Lucas for a walk round. Nice to walk along a visually different and aesthetically pleasant part of the Loop. Halfway along the path there?s a scrubby meadow a bit reminiscent of the Woolston Eyes meadow.
Dropped Lucas off at nursery earlier and decided to try my luck on the same stretch as Chris mentions.

- 4 Lesser Whitethroat inc 3 singing males (all 4 seen)
- 1 Common Whitethroat singing on top of a bush in the meadow
- 3 Chiffchaff singing, 1 seen
- Blackcap heard all over (3 seen)
- 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
- Bullfinch pair
- 2m Greenfinch
- 2 Jay
- lots of Swift over


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Lesser Whitethroat singing away between Boothsdale Road and Wright Robinson High School. Also Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap. 



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Monday 25th May

Late lunchtime walk with Lucas in much the same area as below.

Of note...
- Blackcap + Chiffchaff singing from the allotments
- More Blackcap seen and heard in Highfield Woods
- Chiffchaff heard only
- 1 male Greenfinch
- Long-tailed Tit family again

Sightings are getting a bit sameish from this area, let me know if it gets a bit boring!
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Sunday 24th May

Busy on the Saturday as it was my sons 1st birthday so took him on a nice long walk through Highfield CP and surrounds, pretty much same areas as below.

- 11 Blackcap possibly more (3m / 1f type together)
- 2 Chiffchaff
- 2 Jay
- 1 Song Thrush
- 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker heard
- 1 Kestrel over Barlow Rd

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Friday 22nd May.

2 walks today in virtually same area as below.
Warm but strong winds meant you could mainly hear the leaves on the trees and bushes blowing about but there was a few times it subsided to listen to the birdsong. It died down later though.

Lunchtime.
- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet over the Golf Course area
- 1 Lesser Whitethroat heard
- 1 pr Blackcap seen, more heard
- 1 Chiffchaff seen, another heard

Evening.
- 3 singing Garden Warbler (2 seen)
- 1 Common Whitethroat heard - couldnt see it
- 2m Blackcap seen, more heard
- 3 Chiffchaff heard, 1 seen
- 2 Ring-necked Parakeets over the woods clearing
- Long-tailed Tit family group of 7 then 3 moving around

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Thursday 21st May.

Took Lucas for a mid-evening walk in roughly the same area as yesterday, Nelstrop Road North bridleway passing Houldsworth golf club and then into the woods at Highfield CP in Levenshulme.

Of note...
- 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing near golf club again, not seen
- 1 Garden Warbler heard then appeared briefly along main path
- 2m then 1m+1f Blackcap, more heard
- 2 Chiffchaff, 1 seen
- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet over
- lots of Wren and Song Thrush activity

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Weds 20th May.

Took Lucas for another long walk late lunchtime, doing part of the Loop near Levenshulme as per yesterday, then through Highfield CP woods near Fallowfield Brook and then back down Broom Lane.

- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet over Z-bends (Nelstrop Rd N / Longford Rd)
- 1 pr Blackcap annoyed at a Woodpigeon on a nest
(More Blackcap seen and heard)
- Great Spotted Woodpecker heard
- 2 Chiffchaff heard
- numerous Song Thrush, some in full song
- Long-tailed Tits moving through

Plenty of other usuals seen, and similar to Debdale in that the Wildlife certainly appears to be a lot closer to you.

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Best thread I think, Levenshulme area of the Loop.

Took Lucas for a walk yesterday teatime along Nelstrop Rd North (the path at the Z bends at bottom of Longford Rd) through the woods between Highfield CP and Houldsworth Golf club, then back again and up a different path towards the bridge on Longford Rd.

Surrounded by birds including...
- 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing near golf club
- 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
- numerous Blackcaps
- 2 Chiffchaff
- Song Thrush
- lots of usual woodland birds

...and then on the way back, a Grey Squirrel was barking in a Sycamore Tree along the path, as I moved round to get a better view of what was causing the alarm I could see a familiar dark shape hidden in the foliage. Tawny Owl.


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Similar to last week but 2 Blackcap singing near St Werberghs station



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Will be doing this a lot for the near future as my cycle exercise.

About 3 Chiffchaff, Greenfinch (which seem very thin on the ground now), Wren, Chaffinch and Robin all singing away.



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3 Chiffchaff today. One at bridge 18 in Levenshulme, 1 on Gorton cemetery, and one near Boothsdale Drive



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Chiffchaff at start of Loop by Boothsdale Close at 07.15



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Chiffchaff by bridge 12 at 15.30. Also 5 Ring Necked Parakeet, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Crested Grebe and Tufted Duck. 



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12 Redwing in trees near Princess Parkway. Also 9 Ring Necked Parakeets, 2 Bullfinch and Mistle Thrush

Great Crested Grebe and Tufted Duck by Debdale Reservoir Dam (Nice of them to divert the Loop along here)



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Counted 25 Song Thrush in full song from the start to the finish of the loop whilst cycling this morning. A nice prelude to a day's work.



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