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RE: Reddish Vale Country Park LNR and environs


Brother text me yesterday afternoon whilst walking the dog down the vale to say aswell as the usual Little Grebes and plenty of Tufted Duck, he saw 3 Ring-necked Parakeets near the visitor centre.

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Drake Shoveler & 2 pairs of Mandarins on the Mill Ponds

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10 mandarin 1 wood duck plus usual suspects Pair of kestrel on viaduct

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08:45 - 11:15

Mill Ponds
2 mandarin (drakes)
2 little grebe
2 great crested grebe
1 sparrowhawk (fem)

Ross Lave Lane
c35 meadow pipit
c75 redwing
1 sparrowhawk
2 greenfinch
1 coal tit
6 teal

Fields east of motorway
19 snipe (highest personal site count)
1 pink-footed goose (lone bird present for at least a week on flooded field)

Plus the usuals.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 29th of January 2017 06:18:21 PM

-- Edited by Scott Reid on Sunday 29th of January 2017 11:58:14 PM

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Wood Duck getting very amorous with a female Mandarin on the top pond.
4 Little Grebe, 2 Kingfisher, 7 Mandarin, plus usuals

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Mill ponds

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4 Little Grebe

1 Kingfisher

4 Mandarin Duck

1 Wood Duck

 



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Little Grebe 3
Great Crested Grebe 2
Tufted Duck 46
Mandarin Duck 1
Kingfisher (on inflow steam)
Dipper (singing on inflow stream)
+ Usuals

Cheers John

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Had quick walk round the park looking for a kingfisher, but ice on all the ponds put paid to that.

3 male mandarins and a pair of little grebes were the only notable birds, but on leaving the warden did tell me a wood duck had been seen in the morning on the top pond.

There was one for a couple of days last year so hopefully it will return.

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Wander around  the pools this morning. 2 Kingfisher, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, drake Mandarin Duck, 2 Muscovy Duck,Grey Heron,  30 Tufted Duck. 



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A walk from wood hall field car park around the weir to port wood car park at the side of the river tame.

 

1 buzzard

2 Ravens

flocks of crows and magpies

large flocks of long tailed tits

usual woodland birds

nuthatch

goldcrests

small flock of redwings

3 Gooseanders (1 male 2 female)

grey wagtail and dipper at the weir

heard a woodpecker!

a flash of a kingfisher neat to the port wood car park end



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91 Tufted Duck today, by far the biggest total in 20 years! A sign of cold weather ahead?



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Drake Shoveler Drake Mandarin 10 Tufted Duck 1 Kingfisher 1 Little Grebe

-- Edited by James Walsh on Sunday 13th of November 2016 07:16:31 PM

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Quick call after work yesterday.

- Drake Wood Duck showing beautifully on Community Garden pond.
It kept making some cute whistle like calls as it seemed to stick close to one particular female Mallard.

Nice to chat to Tony Mossman.

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went to Reddish vale and saw the handsome wood duck too

was a total surprise


-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 11th of October 2016 09:18:07 PM

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Wood Duck on small pond near community gardens.

Having had 4 or 5 trips out this year specifically to see this species and failed, it was serendipity to find one while out for a walk with our granddaughter.

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Late post from yesterday

15.00 - 16.30 generally cloudy with bright spells and moderate wind (W)

Mill Ponds
Shoveler - 1m on lower pond
Goosander - 1m
Little grebe - 3 singing/calling (2 in almost full breeding plumage and 1 in winter plumage)
GC grebe - 2 nearly in full breeding plumage and putting an impressive performance on whilst displaying)
Redwing - c.30 over

Viaduct to Hyde Hall Farm via boardwalk
Snipe - 4

Ross Lave Lane
Goldfinch - 11 feeding in horse fields

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15.20 - 16.45 Gusty with intermittent icy showers

Mill Ponds
Goosander - 1m
Little grebe - 2 singing/calling
Kingfisher - 1 in usual spot
Herring gull - 3 over

Viaduct to Hyde Hall Farm via boardwalk
Jay - 1
Bullfinch - 1m
Goldcrest - 1
Meadow pipit - 28 in field east of the motorway and south of the river
Sparrowhawk - 2
Snipe - 1 flew from reedbed east of the motorway

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Quick hour this a.m. Clear and much colder today


Mill Ponds

Similar to recent visits



Viaduct to Hyde Hall Farm via boardwalk

Kestrel - 1f

Pied wagtail - 2 over



Ross Lave Lane

Lapwing - 11 south over to the east of the motorway


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15.20 - 16.30 Overcast and mild

 

Mill Ponds

The usual including 31 tufted ducks, a steady increase throughout the last week.

 

Viaduct to Hyde Hall Farm via boardwalk

Buzzard - 2

Sparrowhawk - 1m

Kestrel - 1f

Jay - 2

Meadow pipit - 4

 

Ross Lave Lane

Meadow pipit - 2

Pied wagtail - 1

Buzzard - 1 



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Had a wander round with Liam Langley this morning.

07.50 - 10.30 Overcast but very mild for the time of year

 

Mill Ponds

Great crested grebe - 2 displaying

Little grebe - 2 calling/singing frequently

Kingfisher - 1

Cormorant - 9

...plus the usual.

 

Mill Ponds to Horse Close Wood via boardwalk 

Bullfinch - 2 (m+f)

Buzzard - 1

Meadow pipit - 3

Reed bunting - 1

Teal - 8

Fieldfare - 1

 

Horse Close Wood

Great spotted woodpecker - 2 

Nuthatch - 2

Goldcrest - 1

 

Ross Lave Lane

Redwing - 23 + 8 either side of the motorway

  

Some other highlights from earlier in the week include:

 

Mill Ponds

Goosander - 1 (17th) 5 over (19th)

Greylag goose - 2 (17th) same birds on the river bend beyond viaduct on the 19th 

 

Ross Lave Lane

Lapwing - 7 (17th)

Meadow pipit - 29 (19th)

Skylark - 1 (19th) 

Fieldfare - c.25 (17th)

Sparrowhawk - 1 (17th)

Pink-footed goose - c.350 NW (17th)

 

Mill Ponds to Horse Close Wood via boardwalk

Kestrel - 1m (23rd)

Dipper - 1 (23rd)

Sparrowhawk - 1 (23rd)

 

Horse Close Wood

Ring-necked parakeet - 1 (17th)

Siskin - 1 with goldfinches (17th)

Treecreeper - 1 (17th)



-- Edited by Scott Reid on Monday 25th of January 2016 07:22:17 AM

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Best bird was a female Pochard sitting (roosting) on an old Coot nest
Mandarin 4m, 1f
Great Crested Grebe 1
Tufted Duck 22
Goosander 1m
Cormorant 7
Bullfinch 3

Cheers John

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Nice walk today 11.20-12.20pm

Mill pond 2 mute swans (4API & 4APH blue/white) & 4 cygnets

Moorhen 3

Mallard 16

5 coots

2 black headed gulls

 

Main lakes

canada geese 60

mallard 74

embden geese 4

coot 30

moorhen 10

muscovey duck 1

tufted ducks 10

white farm duck 1

cormorants 4

black headed gulls 29

mute swans 2 (blue/white XU possibly 6 as last year had XU6, obscured view & green/white darvic CFC1)

also crow, wren, robin, long tailed tits, great tits, magpie, collared dove

 



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Monday night with Stockport RSPB

A good selection of birds - around 25 species in total including Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Moorhen , Coot, Tufted Duck, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Sand Martin, Swallow, Swift, Blackcap, Chiffchaff

No Kingfisher though which have been seen there regularly.



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1.30-2.30:
Reed Bunting
Many Sand Martin, Swallow and Swift
Great Crested Grebe with 4 young
3 Grey Wagtail
2 Mute Swan
Blackcap
Buzzard


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11-11.45:
Lapwing
Stock Dove
Willow Warbler
Blackcap
Mandarin
7 Sand Martin
Grey Wagtail
Common Whitethroat
7 Swift
5 Swallow
Mute Swan

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River Tame at Tiviot Dale this morning .... 2 male 1female mandarin with 3 small ducklings , pair dipper , and pair grey wagtail at Harrison's Weir.

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Pair dippers on Harrison's weir this morning. Little grebe and pair gadwall on top mill pond.

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Also saw the Peregrine today, in addition to Chris 4 Skylark and pretty sure an adult Yellow Legged Gull perched up with the Black-headed Gulls on the main Mill Pond.

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10-11 highlights:
Peregrine Falcon over with prey
Kestrel in box
Common Buzzard
9 Tufted Duck
4 Mute Swan
3 Redwing
5 Cormorant
Grey Wagtail
2 Treecreeper
Nuthatch

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Well I gave it a good go in the rain this morning from dawn till 09.00, spending the bulk of the time near the inflow stream. Lots of bird song but no Cetti's for me.

07.25-09.00:

Tufted Duck 18
Goosander 2
Cormorant 5
Little Grebe 1
Song Thrush 6 (4 in song)
Redwing 1
Mute Swan 4

Read the Swan rings but they are probably well known. Here they are for the record.
Adult - Blue XU6
Adult - Green CFC1
1st Winter - Blue 4APL
1st Winter - Blue 4 APJ

One adult was trying to drive off one of the youngsters. Chasing it aggressively.

Cheers John





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Cetti's warbler singing in the undergrowth by the feeder stream to the top lake.

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Last Thursday night Stockport council voted unanimously to approve the building of 99properties by a private developer inside greenbelt and country park land. This is despite a petition of 14500 signatures , and 1500 written objections. Nowhere is safe folks !

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Mill Ponds
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1m Gadwall
28 Tufted Duck
1m Kestrel

River Tame
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10 Teal
2 Snipe

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Dipper and kingfisher on River Tame Gadwall on Mill Pond

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Went for a walk in the park with the grandchildren today and left the camera at home.

As expected I wished I hadn't because while we were pick-nicking in front of the railway arches a young peregrine started hunting between the arches and kept stopping to perch on the tie rods of the structure.

After 10 mins of this I could contain myself no longer and went home for the camera.

Exit peregrine.

Canada geese numbers are building and sand martin numbers appear to be falling.

Chiffchaff and willow warbler heard but not seen.

Surprisingly moorhens have very new young. They and the coots must have managed 2 if not 3 broods this year.

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11.30-12.30:
3 Sand Martin
4 Common Whitethroat
3 Chiffchaff
Common Buzzard
3 Tufted Duck
Grey Heron
2 Mute Swan
2 Grey Wagtail
5 Swallow
Great Spotted Woodpecker

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Male Mandarin on bottom lake in eclipse plumage.

I cannot believe the transformation of this bird, I thought I may have found something new never having seen one before.

Even the eclipse is spectacularly flashy.

Took some nice photos.

Andy Voisey

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Little Egret currently roosting in willow just beyond arches from car park

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Black Stork over North Reddish being mobbed by everything drifting south 3.00pm

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Mill Ponds
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1 Great Crested Grebe

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Skylark
1 Buzzard

River Tame
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Mandarin Duck (Pair)
1 Common Sandpiper

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Horse Close Wood River Tame
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1 Bullfinch
1 Buzzard
2 Goosander
2 Little Ringed Plover
1 Garden Warbler
30+ Sand Martin





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Sand Martins are back and starting to nest in riverbank.

On the lakes:
Canada geese
Tufted duck
Mallard
A male Mandarin duck paired with a female Mallard.
Grey Heron
Two large turtles sunning themselves on a log.
Coots + young
Moorhens.
Mute Swan
Grey Wagtail.

Round the woods:
Treecreeper nest building in a box.
Nuthatch
GS Woodpecker
Blackcap
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
Jay
Plus usual tits, thrushes & crows

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Mill ponds
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2 Great Crested Grebe
3 Mandarin Duck

Ross Lave Lane
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1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Skylark
1 Meadow Pipit

Horse Close Wood via River Tame and Boardwalk
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4 Sand Martin
1 Blackcap


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Rare chance to visit during the week...

Mill Ponds
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31 Mallard
17 Canada Geese
4 Moorhen
27 Coot
5 Goosander
13 Tufted Duck
5 Mute Swan
2 Cormorant

Ross Lave Lane
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c50 Redwing
1 Jay
1 Song Thrush

River Tame to visitor centre via boardwalk
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c400 Redwing (Largest flock I have ever seen apart from overflying cold weather movements)
5 Pied Wagtail
30 Meadow Pipit
1f Sparrowhawk
1 Song Thrush

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Canada geese Mallards Tufted ducks 6 mute swans 1 moorhen 3 cormorants C50 black headed gulls But the highlight was a lovely kingfisher sat in the trees for ages before darting across the water. Thanks to the birders who helped me find it.

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Mill Ponds

1m Mandarin Duck

4f Goosander

 



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Late posting for Christmas Day

Mill Ponds
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c80 Black Headed Gull
69 Canada Geese
24 Coot
60 Mallard
30 Tufted Duck
4 Moorhen
1 Goosander
1 Grey Heron
6 Mute Swan

Ross Lave Lane to Horse Close Woods
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c.60 Redwing

River Tame back to Mill Ponds via Boardwalk
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1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
9 Teal
1 Goosander
c250 Black Headed Gulls (I'll get a Med one of these days!)

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For the first time in ages got to trot round my local patch the 'nature reserve' at reddish vale only to find the over zealous and out of control volunteers had quite frankly destroyed a lot of good habit for wildlife, many trees and shrubs eradicated to make the place look more tidy for people. A lack of direction from the council who no longer have the resources to lead this. What a sad reflection of our times, I will post my sightings when I calm down, Merry Christmas

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Quick visit 12.30-1.00:
Redwing
30+ Tufted Duck
2 Goosander
6 Mute Swan
3 Cormorant

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John Rayner wrote:

Coot 27 (included one Darvic ringed bird - White ANF)




Steve Christmas has informed me that this bird was originally ringed as an adult at Moses Gate, Farnworth on 27/10/2012. This was the first sighting since ringing.

Cheers John

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