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RE: CHORLTON WP


An exciting visit this afternoon!

Pochard 1 male.
Tufted Duck 11
Coot 75+
Moorhen 1
Cormorant 4
Grey Heron 1
Grey Wagtail 1
Redwing 4
Mallard 10+
Gadwall 8
Great Crested Grebe 1
Mute Swan 2 adults.
Little Grebe 1
Common Gull 1
Black-headed Gull 30+
Canada Geese 12
Ring-necked Parakeet 8
Nuthatch 1
Long-tailed Tit 10+

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Sunday 21st July
(Sorry for the late post, been so busy with work and baby)

Went for a walk round Chorlton WP with Michelle and baby, then followed the Mersey over to Jackson Boat for some much needed refreshments wink

- Ring-necked Parakeets 3 seen, more heard, 1 showing well on feeders
- Grey Wagtail 5 minimum
- Reed Bunting 2
- Common Buzzard being harassed by Lesser Black-backed Gull
- Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
- Blackcap 1, more heard
- plenty of Chiffchaff heard

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Friday, June 21st:

Mute Swan 1 adult, 8 Juvs.
Coot 12 adults and 5 juvs.
Mallard 15
Great Crested Grebe 2 adults.
Reed Warbler 1 short burst of song.
Jay 2
Grey Wagtail 1
Blackcap 4 singing.
Chiffchaff 3 singing.
Nuthatch 2 heard.
Ring-necked Parakeet 1 heard.

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Just 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull.
6 adult Mute Swans.
2 male and 1 female Tufted Ducks.
3 Great Crested Grebes.
2 Goldcrests.
3 singing Chiffchaffs.
12+ Coots.
1 Coal Tit.
4 RN Parakeets.
etc.

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Sand Martins 4 this afternoon
Pair Great Crested Grebe
Singing Goldcrest
Grey Wagtail pair

W/Tony Darby

-- Edited by Tim Wilcox on Thursday 14th of March 2019 03:35:55 PM



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1 Blackcap "tacking" in the car park.

Goldcrest 2 singing.
RN Parakeet 2
Grey Wagtail 2 on the river.
Shoveler 1 male.
Goosander 3 male, 4 female.
Tufted Duck 10
Great Crested Grebe 2
Cormorant 1
etc.etc.etc.


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Originally posted today by Stuart Marsden:

An hour or so this morning at CWP and Kenworthy - male Mandarin flew in, 2 pochard, 3 shoveler, 4 GC Grebe, 1 kingfisher, 10 song thrush singing on Kenworthy, 4 siskin



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Afternoon visit:

Pochard 5 male, 3 female.
Goosander 11 redheads, 2 male.
Shoveler 1 male, 1 female.
Gadwall 1 male.
Great Crested Grebe 2
Tufted Ducks
Coots
Mute Swans
Canada Geese
Moorhens
Grey Wagtail 1
Siskin 2
Cormorant 1
Ring-necked Parakeet 2
etc.

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Goosander 1 male.
Shoveler 3
Gadwall 8
Pochard 9 males.
Tufted Duck 25+
Great Crested Grebe 3
Coot 70+
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Quick walk round 10.37 - 11.51:

Mute Swan (12, 5 ad, 7 2CY)
Shoveler (3, 1m)
Teal (1m - next to island and west end)
Goldeneye (2, 1m)
Goosander (2 f/2CY - flew east down the river)
Pochard (5, 4m)
Grey Heron (1)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (1 ad)
Chiffchaff (1 - along south side of lake. loosely associating with a Long-tailed Tit flock. My first winter record for the site!)

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A walk around this afternoon to kickstart the year list 11.59-14.06:

Mute Swan (16, 9 ad, 7 2CY - my personal high count for the site)
Shoveler (1f/2CY)
Pochard (6, 5m)
Great Crested Grebe (2, pair displaying at west end)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (1)
Kestrel (1m - Barlow Tip)
Treecreeper (2)
Lesser Repoll (c30 - Barlow Tip, gave prolonged views near the pumping station but sadly no Mealies with them)


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Another enjoyable visit this afternoon 14.22 - 15.39:

Mute Swan (8, 2 ad, 6 1CY)
Shoveler (4+, 1+m)
Gadwall (20+)
Pochard (5, 2m)
Grey Heron (1)
Kestrel (1m, Barlow Tip)
Treecreeper (2)

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Pleasant walk around the site today 11.58-13.36:

Mute Swan (7, 2ad, 5 1CY)
Shoveler (2,1m)
Gadwall (20+)
Pochard (6, 2m)
Tufted Duck (c36)
Goosander (3, male on water park and a male and a redhead flew west down the river)
Grey Heron (2)
Sparrowhawk (1, Barlow Tip)
Common Gull (40+, resting on the concrete supports of the sub-station across the river)

No winter thrushes or snipe on the tip sadly!

-- Edited by Liam_Langley on Friday 28th of December 2018 03:07:26 PM

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I had a report from the wardens of a Little Egret at CWP today.
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Drizzly afternoon, so not easy with damp equipment!

Goldeneye 1male.
Pochard 2females.
Gadwall 12+
Tufted Duck 30+
Coot 70+
Little Grebe 1
Great Crested Grebe 2
Cormorant 5+
Grey Heron 2
Mute Swan 2A 7J.
R-N Parakeet 4
Sparrowhawk 1
Siskin 20+
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12.10- 1.40pm in the rain.

21 tufted duck
27 gadwall
1 goosander male, 1 goosander female on the river.
2 great crested grebe
1 little grebe
1 shoveler
9 mute swan
5 cormorant
5 common gull
1 herring gull
80+ black headed gulls
1 nuthatch
1 treecreeper
1 grey heron
plus all the usuals.

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Circuit late this afternoon 3.40 - 4.50:

2 grey wagtail
1 song thrush
1 kingfisher
8 moorhen
110+ coot
1 teal (my first ever record for CWP itself)
10 wigeon
19+ gadwall
39+ tufted duck
8 mute swan
2 great crested grebe
3 cormorant
c140 black-headed gull
1 common gull
2 lesser black-backed gull


Apropos of nothing, but I saw my first ever wigeon at Chorlton Water Park


-- Edited by Shannon Llewellyn on Sunday 28th of October 2018 07:30:32 PM

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Wigeon numbers up to 15 this afternoon. Tony checked his records and he did indeed count 16 in 2013

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Wigeon 10 today. Tony Darby and me were wondering what the Wigeon high count may have been in the past at Chorlton WP or are Wigeon more recent due to the rafts of weed to graze on.



 



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the highest Wigeon count from CWP in the GMBRG database is 16 on 7th April 1996. These were part of a county wide spring movement which occurred between 3rd and 7th of April that year. The highest recent count submitted is 8 on 14th October 2016.

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Thanks Steve; very interesting. I shall of course be submitting yesterdays record

 



Tony Darby reported 16 Wigeon on this forum on 24th January 2013 



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Steve Atkins wrote:

Tim Wilcox wrote:

Wigeon 10 today. Tony Darby and me were wondering what the Wigeon high count may have been in the past at Chorlton WP or are Wigeon more recent due to the rafts of weed to graze on.





Tim,

the highest Wigeon count from CWP in the GMBRG database is 16 on 7th April 1996. These were part of a county wide spring movement which occurred between 3rd and 7th of April that year. The highest recent count submitted is 8 on 14th October 2016.

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Thanks Steve; very interesting. I shall of course be submitting yesterdays record

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Tim Wilcox wrote:

Wigeon 10 today. Tony Darby and me were wondering what the Wigeon high count may have been in the past at Chorlton WP or are Wigeon more recent due to the rafts of weed to graze on.





Tim,

the highest Wigeon count from CWP in the GMBRG database is 16 on 7th April 1996. These were part of a county wide spring movement which occurred between 3rd and 7th of April that year. The highest recent count submitted is 8 on 14th October 2016.

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Wigeon were a rare bird at CWP years ago,presumably the abundant weed is attracting them in

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Wigeon 10 today. Tony Darby and me were wondering what the Wigeon high count may have been in the past at Chorlton WP or are Wigeon more recent due to the rafts of weed to graze on.

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Wigeon 6
Shoveler 5
Gadwall 21
Tufted Duck 6
Mallard 50
Coot 111
Moorhen 13
Canada Goose 9
Mute Swan 5
Kingfisher 1
Swallow 4
Chiffchaff 1
Goldcrest 2

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Pre sunrise visit. Tawny Owl over car park at 06.05. One calling for 20 minutes near Bailey Bridge until 06.30.

Kingfisher, Drake mandarin and 2 Gadwall were all I could make out amongst the mist, but plenty of wildfowl flying about.



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Roughly and hour and a half or so here this afternoon:

1 coal tit
1 nuthach heard
2 jay
1 kingfisher
5 moorhen
105 coot
26 gadwall
1 wigeon
2 shoveler
2 great crested grebe (parent with almost-grown chick)
9 mute swan
1 grey heron
91 black-headed gull
1 common gull

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Walk around 10.15 - 11.50:

Mute Swan (9, 2ad, 7 chicks)
Tufted Duck (1 ad)
Pheasant (2, 1f, 1 chick) on the main path on BT
Great Crested Grebe (2 ad)
Whitethroat (2) BT


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Pottering about in the rain 2:40 4:10, notable:

1 adult great black-backed gull

1 great crested grebe on a nest off the island at the West end of the lake

2 kingfishers on a dead branch on the same island



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 30th of July 2018 11:40:30 PM

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Walk around today 11.58 - 13.13:

Canada Goose (c150) - the most I've ever seen at the site.
Great Crested Grebe (2 ad)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (1 ad)
Swift (5+)
Whitethroat (1m)
Willow Warbler (1m)

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Lesser Whitethroat singing at the river by the metal gate to the tip at 5.15pm then flew across the river to the substation area and started singing from bush along the upper river bank.

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Wander round in the rain today 10.44 - c12.45, highlights as follows:

Swift (1) over Kenworthy Bridge at 12.35 - my earliest patch record by a week!
Mute Swan (5, 3 ad, 2 imm)
Tufted Duck (10, 7m)
Black-headed Gull (1 imm)
Herring Gull (1 imm)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (1)
Treecreeper (1m) singing in trees along the south bank of the river.
Swallow (15+)
Sand Martin (15+)
House Martin (5+)
Willow Warbler (1m) singing on Barlow Tip.
Whitethroat (1m) singing on Barlow Tip.
Reed Bunting (3m)

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Another nice walk around this morning 09.55 - 11.50, highlights as follows:

Mute Swan (3, 1 ad, 2 imm)
Tufted Duck (16, 9m) a really large count for this late in the year.
Cormorant (1)
Black-headed Gull (1 imm)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (1)
Herring Gull (2)
Sand Martin (10+)
House Martin
Swallow (5+)
Nuthatch (2)
Willow Warbler (1m) singing on Barlow Tip.
Whitethroat (1m) singing on Barlow Tip.
Reed Bunting (3, 2m)

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Wander round in the rain this afternoon 12.39 - 14.11:

Tufted Duck (5, 3m)
Black-headed Gull (1 imm)
Sand Martin (20+)
House Martin
Swallow (10+)
Willow Warbler (1m)


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I had a look this evening for the lesser whitethroat in the area described by Chris and Simon but with no luck. Saying that you couldn't hear any other bird for the song thrush belting it out. Blackcap in the area and displaying Greenfinches.
Buzzard over the golf course, 2 kestrel and a sparrowhawk over Hardy Farm earlier in the day.

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Chris Chandler posted this on another thread earlier but this thread includes Kenworthy Woods so I've copied it across for the continuity:

"Morning walk with Simon Gough along the Mersey (9.30 - 12pm).


Pretty drab conditions - heavy drizzle throughout and mist hanging over the river. We crossed over the river by the Water Park and followed the opposite bank up to Jackson's Boat.

The plan was to check for Common Whitethroat in the area round the electricity substation, as I've seen them here in previous years. After scouring the dense brambles in the area for several minutes, we were surprised by a sudden burst of Lesser Whitethroat song and the bird showed for a few seconds before flying further down the river. We followed it to a cordoned off area with several 'Caution - Japanese Knotweed' signs. The bird stayed in this area, but out of sight for around 40 minutes. By this stage the rain was pretty persistent and only the brief bursts of song let us know it was still there.

Eventually the rain let up and the bird began singing almost continuously and afforded us several much better views. I've seen Lesser Whitethroat on this section of the river before, but it was great to find one ourselves and made up for an otherwise grim morning!

No Common Whitethroat along the river, though we did see one later at Hardy Farm.

Also seen:

Lots of Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Ring-Necked Parakeet
Grey Wagtail
Buzzard
Great Spotted Woodpecker "


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From about 4.30 - 5.30 this afternoon:

1 willow warbler
1 chiffchaff
3 mooorhen
5 coot
5 tufted duck
5 mute swan
3 great crested grebe
13 black-headed gull (mostly sub-adults that only dropped in briefly)
1 cormorant
1 lesser-black-backed gull
1 herring gull

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6-7.30pm

1 willow warbler
4 chiffchaff
6 blackcap
30+ sand Martin
3 house martin
2 swallow
4 ring-necked parakeet
2 reed bunting
2 bullfinch
3 redwing
2 grey wagtail & 2 Goosander on the river.
Sat in my car in the car park having a brew before the walk around & heard some tapping on my rear window, looked in my rear view mirror to see a long tailed tit sat on my wiper, must of been picking at insects
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Highlights pm:

Goldeneye 1m 2f.
Tufted Duck 9
Pochard 3m 1f.
Ring-necked Parakeet 2

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Late morning.

Goldeneye 1m 1f.
Goosander 1m.
Pochard 3m.
Tufted Duck 8
Great Crested Grebes.
Coots.
Mallards.
Moorhens.
Herring Gull 1 imm.
Common Gulls.
Black-headed Gulls.
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Couple of hours this afternoon. No sawbills, or gadwall, for that matter; what there was:

c20 goldfinch
2 chaffinch
1 bullfinch
1 grey wagtail
1 redwing
2 collared dove
5 moorhen
29+ coot
28 tufted dudck
12 pochard (one female)
1 goldeneye
12 mute swan
5 great crested grebe
1 grey heron
2 cormorant
c80 black-headed gull
5+ common gull
1 herring gull

On the walk from the tram stop at Sale WP: buzzard and cormorant at Jackson's Boat, grey wagtail further along the river and a lesser redpoll on Barlow Tip.




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Steve Christmas wrote:

Hi Shannon,

This was ringed as a moulting adult female on 25/6/2016 at Ambleside, Windermere.

Many thanks for the sighting

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Just had an e-mail from the ringers to confirm this information, but also of interest, this is the first of the birds they've ringedat Windermere to be seen in Greater Manchester (this individual had previously been seen in Nosterfield, North Yorkshire).

It's also my own first record of this species for CWP, too.

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Fem/imm Red-breasted Merganser showing well adjacent to the island on the east side of Chorlton Water Park from 4:30pm-5pm when it flew west also 14 Pochard (12 drakes 2 females)





Balls. Day off today for a wild merganser hunt; here in the morning, when there was no sign, left to have a look on Sale Water Park (via Barlow Tip, etc), where it also wasn't, then a quick scurry back up here before light failed, which would have been just after five; I must have missed it by minutes. I bet it flew back to Sale, too. Probably laughing.

Anyway. Here from about 9.30 - 11.30; much of the lake frozen, which made counting easier than it normally is here:

1 nuthatch heard
5+ house sparrow
2 siskin
2 greenfinch
2 bullfinch
1 grey wagtail
2 song thrush
4 moorhen
28 coot
7 gadwall
18 tufted duck
11 or 12 pochard (1 female, with another probable female tucked away amongst vegetation, too obscured to confirm)
12 mute swan
4 or 5 great crested grebe
216 black-headed gull
9 common gull
4 lesser black-backed gull
2 herring gull



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Fem/imm Red-breasted Merganser showing well adjacent to the island on the east side of Chorlton Water Park from 4:30pm-5pm when it flew west also 14 Pochard (12 drakes 2 females)

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11.30-12.00

Pochard 9 male
Tufted Duck 16
Gadwall 2
Great crested Grebe 6
Cormorant 1
Treecreeper 1



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Anothers quick visit this evening 15.50-16.20

No sign of Red-breasted Merganser

14 Pochard - 11m & 3f
1 Grey Wagtail
2 Ring-necked Parakeets on the feeders

....then off to Sale WP to see if RB Merganser was there....see Sale WP post!

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Female Red-breasted Merganser back on the lake around 12.30.

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Quick visit this evening 16.00-16.45

1 Goldeneye (m)
8 Pochard (7m,1f)
15+ Tufted Duck
2 Gadwall
5 Ring-necked Parakeets over

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Interesting; many thanks for the info, Steve!


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Hi Shannon,

This was ringed as a moulting adult female on 25/6/2016 at Ambleside, Windermere.

Many thanks for the sighting

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

Hi Shannon,

the Greylag Goose with a neck band sounds interesting, pleased try robert.swann@homecall.co.uk for information as it sounds possibly like one of theirs?

Cheers,

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Hi Ian,

I reported it to the BTO's ring-recovery page, so hopefully it should get through to him via that.


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