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RE: Fallowfield Loop


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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100 Redwing heading into Gorton cemetery at 15.30

Also Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Ring Necked Parakeet, Jay.



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20 Fieldfare over St Werburgh's Road tram stop at 11am. Over 50 Redwing between Sainsbury's in Fallowfield and the tram stop too at 07.45.

Also Nuthatch and 10 Ring Necked Parakeet



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Common Buzzard over the St. Werbugh's Road tram stop at 15:15 this afternoon. 



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8 Redwing by Wright Robinson School, 50+ Ring Necked Parakeet out of roost between Yew Tree Lane and Princess Road, 2 Bullfinch, Nuthatch.

Fox by Houldsworth Golf Club



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5 Redwing by Houldsworth golf course this morning, with others calling en route. Chiffchaff also. At least 2 Ring necked Parakeets at very close range on the apple tree by St. Werburgh's Road tram stop.



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3 Chiffchaff singing this morning. Also 10 Ring Necked Parakeet, Nuthatch, Sparrowhawk, Goldcrest, 2 Mistle Thrush.



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Lesser Whitethroat still blasting out it's song and showing occasionally from track near Wright Robinson School from Boothsdale Crescent at 07.15 this morning.

Also en route were at least 15 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Ring Necked Parakeet, 4 Bullfinch, 70+ Swift.



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Nice to hear Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Common Whitethroat all in song together at the start between Boothsdale Crescent and Wright Robinson School at 16.45 today.

Also 2 Goldcrest and 2 Ring Necked Parakeet en route .



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Not, strictly speaking, on the Fallowfield loop, but we had a cycle out to the secret lake in Levenshulme, and there is a family of great crested grebes - one adult and two juveniles - the today. Also, what I thought was a very large swift swooped low through the trees by the lake and then flew upwards. I think it may have been a hobby.

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Possible Lesser Whitethroat (thought I caught a snippet of the song) near Wright Robinson School again.

Common Whitethroat at bridge 22, and one singing near the start at Boothsdale Drive.

Also 6 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Ring Necked Parakeet, Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker.



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Excellent views of a singing Lesser Whitethroat this morning between Wright Robinson School and start of the trail.

Still 10 Blackcap en route, 5 Chiffchaff, Bullfinch.

By St. Werbugh's tram stop in Chorlton were Grey Wagtail, 2 Greenfinch and 3 Swift.



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Goldcrests at at least 3 spots today. Bridges 13 and 14, and then 25 and 27 2 singing.

Also Great Spotted Woodpecker at atart, and 10 Blackcap.

7 Swifts overt tram stop



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Nice to see 4 Common Swift over St Werburgh's Road tram stop this morning.

Also 12 singing Blackcap en route, 4 Chiffchaff, and a Common Whitethroat near Wright Robinson school.



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Minimum of 14 Blackcap on the route over the last few days. Chiffchaff count still around 8.

Ring Necked Parakeet in Gorton cemetery

Bullfinch and Greenfinch between bridges 13 and 12.

Willow Warbler singing by wright Robinson school



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Thanks Steven. Looked bigger, but I'll stop for a closer look if I see it again



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Chris Harper wrote:

Up to 7 Blackcap en route now, with a few stunning males in the sunshine. best between bridge 13 and 14 in North Reddish. 7 Sand Martin over towards Debdale Reservoir. 5 Chiffchaff. Herring Gull in levenshulme.

5 Bullfinch.

5 ring Necked Parakeet, plus a small Parakeet/Parrot with a pale/sky blue belly near Whalley Range High School. Any thoughts welcome.







Chris, I seen on a couple of occasions a budgerigar flying around old trafford on Saturday !

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Up to 7 Blackcap en route now, with a few stunning males in the sunshine. best between bridge 13 and 14 in North Reddish. 7 Sand Martin over towards Debdale Reservoir. 5 Chiffchaff. Herring Gull in levenshulme.

5 Bullfinch.

5 ring Necked Parakeet, plus a small Parakeet/Parrot with a pale/sky blue belly near Whalley Range High School. Any thoughts welcome.



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5 singing Blackcap at various points this morning. Also 7 Chiffchaff. Grey Heron by the brook near Princess Road (Bridge 27)



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This mornings highlights were 13 Chiffchaff en route, 2 Blackcap, Ring Necked Parakeet, Bullfinch by bridge 12, a Kestrel over Princess Road. 07.20-07.50



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As this is such a long route, stretching from Audenshaw to Chorlton, I think it deserves its own thread. There are basically 30 bridges on the cycle/walking route, from bridge 30 at St Werburg's Road tram stop in Chorlton, back to the start just West of Audenshaw Reservoirs. I cycle it at least a few times a week, and it has some decent habitat, with scrub, mature trees, Gorton Cemetry, Houldsworth Golf Course, and Highfields Country Park en route.

I've put sightings previously on the Fallowfield or 'Odds and Sods' lists, but think this will pinpoint any sightings a little better.

Best of today was a Blackcap by the tram stop, 7 Chiffchaff at various points, 5 Ring Necked Parakeet by Whalley Range High School, and 4 Bullfinch at bridge 25.



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