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CHORLTON WP


80% iced over this morning consequently not much present. Highlights 32 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler & 4 Goosander.



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Some quick visits in the last week:

Tufted Duck  -  max. of only 24.

Pochard  -  1 fem./imm.

Goldeneye  -  1 ad. male on river.

Mallard  -  counted along river Jackson's Boat up to C.W.P. bridge, got 93, same as S.W.P. section. Also 20 on C.W.P. lake. So well over 200 Mallard in the S.W.P. - C.W.P. section of Mersey valley.

Water Rail  -  1, E. end reeds.

Coot  -  66, eleven of them with rings, all from C.W.P.

Mute Swan  -  6 adults, prob. three pairs, which was two pairs too many for the resident male, who was spending every minute trying to get to grips with one of the other males. Lots of chasing around, wings raised etc., no peace and quiet for any of the six. One of the females involved was a bird which had spent the last couple of months at S.W.P.

Generally very unexciting for birds.

 



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Afternoon visit.

45 tufted duck
20 goosander
16 shoveler
13 gadwall
2 mute Swan
Amongst the black headed gulls were 2 common gulls & 1 Herring gull
4 cormorant
1 grey heron
Several ring necked parakeets around
2 collared doves
Nice flock of 50+ mostly redpolls & siskins on Barlow tip
1 woodcock on Barlow tip
1 buzzard


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Highlights of a walk around this afternoon were:

16 Shoveler

15 Goosander

12 Siskin

4 Goldcrest



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30/12 - dusk visit:

Pochard: 1m
Goldeneye: 3f & 2m
Shoveler: 6m & 2f
Goosander: 6m & 5f
Tufted duck: 27
Great crested grebe: 5
Mute swan: 2
Herring gull: 1 1cy
Cormorant: 1 ad & 1 1cy
Grey heron: 2
+ Kingfisher heard several times


27/12 - dusk visit

Goldeneye: 1f
Shoveler: 4m & 2f
Goosander: 7m & 6f
Tufted ducks: c20
Great crested grebe: 4
Mute swan: 2
Cormorant: 3 ad & 2 1cy

Usual gulls, mallards, etc. Also of note plenty of Coot with colour-rings with 11 reads across both visits.

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PM visit.

Kingfisher - 1
Goosander - 13 male, 11 female.
Pochard - 1 male, 1 female.
Gadwall - 1 male, 1 female.
Mute Swan - Just 2 adults.
Great crested Grebe - 4
Coot - 70+
Moorhen - 10+
Cormorant - 5
Mallard - 40+
Shoveler - 10 male, 2 adult.
Tufted Duck - 17
Canada Geese - 80+
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Highlights this morning: 35+ Tufted, 8 Cormorant. 8 Goosander, 2 Redwing and a solitary Bullfinch.

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Coot 80+
Tufted Duck 25+
Great Crested Grebe 6
Cormorant 6
Mallard 25+...most on river.
Gadwall 1 male.
Canada Geese 20+
Moorhen 20+
Mute Swan 2
Little Grebe 1
Goosander 1 male.
Grey Wagtail 1
Grey Heron 1
BH Gull 150+
Common Gull 10+
Herring Gull 2
RN Parakeet 10+
etc.

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Duck numbers slowly starting to build up with:

3 Gadwall & 17 Tufted.



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Good views of Reed Warbler singing away in the reeds by the children's play area.

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3 Swifts along the Mersey were my first of the year.

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Late one from yesterday for a walk along the Mersey. Highlights were - Kingfisher, 3 Swallow, 7+ Sand Martin and 2 Common Whitethroat.

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Goosander- 1 male, 1 female on the river.
Blackcap- 12 singing.
Chiffchaff- 1 singing.
Willow Warbler- 2 singing.
Goldcrest- 1 singing.
Willow Tit- 1 singing.
Song Thrush- 2 singing.
RN Parakeet- 6
Tufted Duck- 1 male, 1 female.
Great Crested Grebe- 3
Mute Swan- 4
Coot- 12+
etc.

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Goosander 2 females on the river.
Grey Wagtail 1
Blackcap 2 singing.
Chiffchaff 5 singing.
Nuthatch 2
RN Parakeet 9
Great Crested Grebe 3
Buzzard 1
Tufted Duck 15+
Jay 1
plus Mute Swans, Coots, Moorhens, Mallards and Canada Geese.
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A quick turn around the water Park as the sun was starting to show up! 6 female and 4 male goosander 2 great crested grebe Around a dozen tufted duck 2 song thrush And a gorgeous goldcrest who gave me an amazing mini acrobatic display as he was feeding

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Walk around in the rain today, not a huge number of ducks about 1 Pochard, 12 Tufted . 4 Herring gulls in a big mixed raft of Common and Black Headed gulls. Highlight was a small mixed flock of 7 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 2 Redpoll. 1 Treecreeper and a Goldcrest,

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Goosander (m), Goldeneye (f), Shoveller (m +f), Gadwall (m + f), Tufted ducks (m + f), Great Crested Grebes, Cormorant etc

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Surprisingly few ducks - 6 Tufted Duck, about 10 Mallard, 1 Pochard and a female Shoveler

Flock of around 40 Siskin - there may have been a few Redpoll with them but they were very mobile (unlike me)



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Our first visit to the site on a lovely winters morning, really don't know why we haven't been before as its only fifteen minutes from home !!

All the usuals as listed in previous threads however we did see what looked like a good Tuftie/ Scaup male hybrid, green gloss to head, no crest evident a dark looking back albeit at distance so could have been lighter ( no scope today ?)

It would be interesting if any site regulars had seen this duck previously and had any further points of note or theories please.



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Highlights of a wander around today were 40+ Siskin, 7 Goosander. 2 Pochard and 4 Bullfinch.

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Afternoon visit.

8 mute Swan
2 pochard, Inc male with wonky wing
10 tufted duck
2 goosander plus 1 on river
12 gadwall
1 Grey heron
6 cormorant
1 chaffinch
7 bullfinch
A very impressive siskin flock 100+ easily but very mobile, when landed in tree tops I couldn't find anything else but 3 goldfinch.
1 Grey wagtail on river
1 great spotted woodpecker
1 Herring gull amongst the many black headed gulls & several common gulls.
1 collared dove in car park
15+ ring necked parakeets
5 redwing


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A morning visit produced:

Kingfisher 1
Pochard 1 male with wonky wing at the feeding station on the north bank.
Goldeneye 3 female/immature.
Goosander 1 male, 1 female on the river.
Great Crested Grebe 5
Mute Swan 8
Shoveler 1 male.
Gadwall 3
Grey Heron 1
Cormorant 3
Tufted Duck 10+
Coot 70+. A bit of a guess.
Mallard 40+
Moorhen 6
Siskin 10+ with 10+ Goldfinch.
Nuthatch 1
Song Thrush 1
RN Parakeet 6
Common Gull 2
Herring Gull 2
BH Gull 50+
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Male Mandarin present this morning, skulking in the willows around the eastern island.

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Lunchtime. In the reeds by the children's play area: 1 x Reed Warbler, 1 x Reed Bunting (M). Several Swift flying over the lake.

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Late afternoon stroll in the gloom. The usual pochard had emerged from his usual haunt under the trees so it could be seen that he's not moved on because he's got a very badly damaged right wing.

Thirty-odd swifts feeding low over the river by Chorlton WP. Also a male grey wagtail supervising a youngster.



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Grasshopper Warbler reeling from within the scrub behind the Orchard in Kenworthy Wood at 7am.

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Morning walk today along mersey and CWP. Highlights inc 40+ chiffchaff, 4 Grey wag, 2x siskin jacksons boat, 2x blackcap and probable Common Whitethroat seen and calling on river next to power station. Probable willow warbler near chorlton golf course

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Morning walk around the park and along the Mersey, highlights being: Peregrine 1. Goosander (f) 1. Swallow 2 along the river. Bullfinch 1. Greenfinch 2. Grey Wagtail 4. Nuthatch 2



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3pm Visit today.

Swallow (1) - stayed for about 10 minutes high over the lake.
Buzzard (1) - soaring higher above the lake.
Nuthatch calling

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Aythya hybrid considered to have some Pochard influence 1 (unprocessed photographs attached)
Pochard 1 drake
Tufted Duck 13
Sand Martin 15+
Blackcap 1 in song
Chiffchaff 3
Siskin heard

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The Ring-necked Duck could not be relocated here this afternoon. I also tried Sale WP and Platt Fields Park lake without success.

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Quick walk through Barlow Tip thisi afternoon;

Willow Tit - first for me on this site.
2-3 Chiffchaff singing away too.
Greenfinch.

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Quick visit again at lunch.

2 drake Pochard, 2 Goldeneye, 5 Great crested Grebe, 6 Ring Necked Parakeet (very close views on the car park feeders), Nuthatch (feeders), 10 Tufted Duck, 10 Mute Swan



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Quick lunch break visit

2 Goldeneye, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Pochard, 10 Mute Swan, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 6 Ring Necked Parakeet, Redwing.



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Chiffchaff singing on Barlow Tip

Note there were two Police cars patrolling round - presumably using number-plate recognition to find 'out of area' visitors.



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Mixed flock of Siskins, Lesser Redpoll and Goldfinch. Approx 5 each

1x M Goldeneye 

2x Pochard

1x Jay

4x Great Crested grebe

4x Collard Doves near car park

4x Goosander

Lots of Canada geese, coot, moorhen, black headed gulls, mute swans, mallards, Tufted ducks, robins, blue tits , great tits, long tailed tits, woodpigeon, crows, magpie, house sparrow 

Vocal Nuthatches but didnt See them.

 



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Had a walk from Sale WP over to Charlton WP along the River Mersey. Not a good day to don't as it was like Piccadilly Circus with the amount of people knocking about.

This was what was seen along the route and from one side of CWP


X Canada Goose 
7 Mute Swan 
X Tufted Duck -- Over 30
3 Common Goldeneye -- 2M 1F
5 Goosander -- 3 M & 2F
1 Great Crested Grebe 
X Common Moorhen 
X Eurasian Coot 
2 Ring-necked Parakeet 
4 Common Magpie 
1 Carrion Crow 
2 Long-tailed Tit 
2 European Robin 
5 Grey Wagtail -- Along the River Mersey
2 Common Reed Bunting -- Bush next to bridge on River Mersey at CWP

 

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Flock of approximately 30 Siskin and 5 Lesser Redpoll feeding in alders next to the main track through Barlow Tip.
Goldeneye x3 (2m, 1f)
Pochard x 2 (2m)
Goosander x4 (4f)
Cormorant x1
Great Crested Grebe x2
Tufted Duck x17
Buzzard x1

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A really enjoyable turn around the water park this morning from half 8. Incredibly cold but had some great spots...my faves;

1 x redwing

1 x song thrush 

Gadwall

1x jay

A family of long-tailed tit

1 x treecreeper which was my first of 2021 and he was really impressive and gave me an excellent view

1 x ring-necked parakeet

1 x pochard (possibly the injured one, you saw James? His wing looked at little out of place)

1 x great crested grebe - another impressive specimen 

1 x grey heron

3 x raven just hanging out, picking up blocks of ice and mithering passers-by...which was highly amusing!



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Drake Pochard - injured right wing
5 Goldeneye
15 Gadwall
5 Goosander
40 Tufted Duck
5 Great Crested Grebe

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2-3pm 5 Goldeneye (3m, 2f) 3 Pochard (2m, 1f) 6 Goosander (1m, 5f) 9 Ring-Necked Parakeets over 2 Siskin Grey Wagtail

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Pretty busy despite the mist and drizzle.

Lake was mainly frozen so most of the ducks have gone.

Black-headed and Common Gulls on the ice.

1 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 5 Gadwall and a handful of Tufted Ducks.

Small flocks of Siskins buzzing around and a Treecreeper.



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Thursday 31st December                   Just an hour or so in mid afternoon.

Mute Swan       2 ad. + 3 juv.  &  2 ad. + 2 juv.

Gadwall      10                     Pochard     1 male.                     Tufted Duck     23                    Goosander      6

Cormorant       1                  Grey Heron       1                       Little Grebe       3                    Great Crested Grebe       5

Moorhen        16                  Coot       138

Pied Wagtail      1                 Redpoll     4

and a very few other usual species.



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Friday 27th November, couple of hours, mid afternoon to dusk.

Mute Swan        2 ad. + 3 juv.  &  2 ad. + 2 juv.

Wigeon     1 male;                     Gadwall      29;                      Teal      3;                     Pochard      2 males;                   Tufted Duck       19.

Goosander      4 over to W. at dusk, prob. to Broad Ees Dole.

Cormorant      2;                     Grey Heron       1;                        Little Grebe       1;                       Great Crested Grebe       4.

Sparrowhawk        1 over, to Sale G.C.

Water Rail       1, reeds at E. end of lake;                     Moorhen       c.15;                          Coot       171.

Herring Gull        2.

Kingfisher       1.

Long-tailed Tit       6;                           Treecreeper      1;                         Grey Wagtail        1;                         Pied Wagtail         1.

Greenfinch         1;                              Redpoll          1.

& some of usual common species.  Ring-necked Parakeet       Pre-roost of c.30.

River, Jackson's Boat bridge to C.W.P. bridge:      Mallard  (6);   Little Grebe  (2);    Moorhen  (1);    Grey Wagtail  (2).



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1410 - 1455, highlights: two male pochard, 16 gadwall, two cormorants, 20 tufted ducks, adult grey heron on island with cormorants. A flock of twelve ring-necked parakeets were busy dismantling the flowers on the Winter cherry by the swings. A flyover little egret as I arrived headed towards Merseybank.

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Late report for Thursday, November 24th pm.

Pochard 1 male.
Shoveler 1 male.
Wigeon 1 male.
Tufted Duck 10+
Gadwall 20+
Coot 100+
Mallard 40+
Mute Swan 9
Canada Geese 40+
RN Parakeet 10+
Cormorant 2
Grey Wagtail 1
Nuthatch 1
Redwing 2

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Thursday 19th November, couple of hours to near dusk.

Mute Swan          2 ad. + 3 juv. & 2 ad. + 2 juv.

Wigeon          1 male.

Gadwall          24

Pochard          1 male.

Tufted Duck          1 male.

Cormorant          1

Grey Heron          2

Little Grebe          1

Great Crested Grebe          2

Sparrowhawk          1 over Kenworthy Woods.

Common Buzzard          1 over Chorlton Golf Course.

Moorhen          12

Coot          182

Common Gull          9

Herring Gull          1

Jay          3 in area.

Long-tailed Tit         7

Mistle Thrush         2, Chorlton G. C.

Siskin         1

Redpoll          1

Bullfinch         1                    & a few usual species.

River from Jackson's Boat up to C. W. P. bridge:     Mallard (126);   Cormorant (1);   Moorhen (1);   Grey Wagtail (2).

Ring-necked Parakeet    55 at Jackson's Boat pre-roost.



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Wednesday 11th November, couple of hours in afternoon to near dusk:

Mute Swan     2 ad. + 3 juv.  &  2 ad. + 2 juv.

Mallard     74

Gadwall     20

Wigeon     1 imm. male.

Tufted Duck     3

Great Crested Grebe     1

Cormorant     3

Grey Heron     1

Common Buzzard     1 around area.

Sparrowhawk     1

Moorhen     15

Coot     181

Black-headed Gull   185;               Common Gull   7;              Herring Gull   2

Kingfisher     1

Ring-necked Parakeet     26 in pre-roost.

Nuthatch     1

Goldcrest     1

Goldfinch     c.20                & a few usual species.

Feeders at car park empty, just Long-tailed Tit (7), some House Sparrow and a Chaffinch there.

River, Jackson's Boat to C.W.P. bridge  -  Mallard  (9);  Little Grebe  (1);  Kingfisher  (1).



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Afternoon visit.

9 mute swans inc 5 juveniles
2 great crested grebes
17 tufted duck
153 coots
27 ring necked parakeets
7 bullfinch
2 treecreepers
3 goldcrest
2 nuthatch
2 collared doves
1 cormorant
1 buzzard
1 sparrowhawk
1 mistle thrush


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An hour or so until dusk on 25th October, 30th October & 1st November.

Mute Swan     2ad. + 3 juv. & 2 ad. + 2 juv.

Pink-footed Goose     74 to ESE at 1550hrs. over Jackson's Boat area, 30/10.  260 to ESE at 1700hrs. over C.W.P., 30/10 (& another flock just before this, heard but not seen).

Gadwall     14, 25/10, but just 1, 1/11.

Tufted Duck     31, 25/10, but just 1, 1/11.

Cormorant     2, 25/10.

Grey Heron     1-2.

Great Crested Grebe     2, 25/10 & 30/10.

Moorhen     Max. 16, 25/10.

Coot     159, 25/10 & 170, 1/11.

Ring-necked Parakeet     35 pre-roost, then north at dusk, 30/10.

Kingfisher     1-2.

Tawny Owl     1 calling at dusk from old tip W. of lake, 25/10.

Kestrel     1, 30/10.

Bullfinch     1, 1/11.           & other usual spp.

River, C.W.P. bridge to Jackson's Boat, 1/11:     Mallard (77);  Goosander (1);  Little Grebe (1);  Moorhen (1);  Grey Wagtail (6  -  2 at J.B. & 4 together C.W.P bridge).



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