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RE: Chorlton ees


Visit after chorlton water park before dusk.

5 grey herons in cow field
1 woodcock flew out of cow field
1 kestrel
1 nuthatch
1 goldcrest


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Watched a Grey Heron in the cow field struggling to eat a Vole before it flew off after 3-4 minutes.

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A couple of Snipe over the cow field tonight and at least 25 Mallard coming in to roost in the flooded field.

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2 Snipe over the flooded cow field tonight.

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Visits last weekend and during week:

Water Rail   2 up to mid week, but none today

Peregrine Falcon   1 westward over river area today.

Kestrel   2 

Redwing   Up to 4, but none today.

Fieldfare   2 midweek.

Song Thrush   Just 3 today, up to 10 last week.

Nuthatch   Regularly up to 4.

G.S. Woodpecker   Regularly up to 4.

Long-tailed Tit  Still 20 around.

Usual Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Reed Bunting.

Robins feeding on Spindle seeds more than usual, sometimes defending a bush against other Robins. Birds hovering below the opened capsule and plucking seeds out.



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1 buzzard
2 kestrels
1 grey heron
3 song thrush
3 Teal in brook near jacksons boat bridge
1 goosander on river mersey
2 grey wagtail on river mersey
1 nuthatch
21 ring necked parakeets
2 jays

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One of the four Teal was looking a bit lethargic early last week, so kept a check on it. Looked fine later, and now the four have moved to the Sale side. Otherwise, two, probably three Water Rail at Meadow Pond, also two Willow Tit here (one unusually vocal), with possibly an extra bird at the old sludge beds. Casual wanders gave up to seven Goldcrest, half a dozen Bullfinch, male Stonechat, an influx of Siskin which now seem to have moved on, a dozen Redpoll (now moved to the Sale side), a couple of Reed Bunting etc.



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Tawny Owl calling behind Jacksons Boat this evening.

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yesterday morning, 16th Nov

Water Rail 1 calling Meadow Pond
Willow Tit 1 calling Meadow Pond
Fieldfare 97 over south in two flocks 79,18
Skylark 3 over east
Siskin 7
Reed Bunting 1

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2 Snipe calling over the cow field tonight and a distant Tawny Owl briefly calling from somewhere towards Ivy Green.

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Water Rail 1 at the Meadow Pond
Siskin 20 Ivy Green


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Water Rail still squealing at the Meadow Pond
Willow Tit 1 heard at the Meadow Pond
Skylark 1 over
Fieldfare 20 over
Redwing 42 over
Siskin 4

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Cetti's Warbler heard calling from the north side of the Meadow Pond at 10.56, 11.25 then frequently from 12.04-12.09
Water Rail 1 at the Meadow Pond squealing frequently
Willow Tit 1 metal ringed bird at the Meadow Pond
Chiffchaff 1 at the Meadow Pond
Redwing 31
Redpoll 1
Siskin 14
Reed Bunting 1

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Cetti's Warbler 1 heard calling repeatedly, responding to playback briefly, but didn't show. NNW side of the Meadow Pond at 53.434543, -2.298012
Willow Tit 2 together at the NE/E side of the Meadow Pond at 53.434201, -2.297052

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Highlights this evening: 1 Peregrine, 1 Kingfisher, 12 Redwing, 2 Bullfinch & 74 Parakeets heading off to roost.

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A couple of hours this evening...

70+ ring-necked parakeets in the orchard near jacksons boat.
1 goosander over heading towards sale water park
3 jays
2 chiffchaff
Tawny owls heard

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Spotted Flycatcher in rowans near the reedbed pond this afternoon.

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Northern Wheatear on the playing field at about 10am; see record shots attached.

Little Egret flew over around 9am, headed towards Sale Water Park.



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Here are a couple of record shots of that Little Egret a bit further down the river (just upstream of Chorlton Brook).



-- Edited by Peter Yendle on Thursday 1st of September 2022 11:30:04 AM

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Little Egret flew up river by Jacksons Boat being harassed by a female Sparrowhawk.
Raven heard calling.
Chiffchaff singing.
C.

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Very vocal Common Sandpiper along the Mersey opposite the Chorlton brook outflow.

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1 Reed warbler, 3 reed bunting, 2 bullfinch, 2 whitethroat, 2 swallows and a sand martin seen around the reedbed pond yesterday evening. 1 Kestrel hunting over the old 'cow field' and a whitethroat in the bramble scrub.

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Highlights this evening were: 1 Swallow along the Mersey and 1 Common Whitethroat singing in the cow field.

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3 Jays bickering, 2 GS Woodpeckers M + F together, 2 Reed Bunting by the burnt out reeds. Good views of Several Chiffchaff singing their hearts out.

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My first Sand Martin of the year over the Mersey tonight.

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Quick post work wander around tonight yielded 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Willow Tits and 2 Stock Doves prospecting a nest site.

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This evening 19:05-20:10

5x Chiffchaff, 7x Song thrush, 15x Rn parakeet, 1x Rn pheasant, 3x Stock dove, 1x Grey heron, 2x Goosander over, 1x Kingfisher, 2x prob snipe over cow field and 10x Reed bunting in Meadow pond, of which an area of reedbed has been burnt down



-- Edited by Samglennie on Monday 28th of March 2022 09:13:50 PM



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 28th of March 2022 09:36:32 PM

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Forgot to add 2x poss Siskin over. Am still yet to see the local feral Harris Hawk, does anyone have any tips for where it likes to hang out + best time of day to see it?



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Todays walk 17:30-18:50

16x Chiffchaff incl 3 seen well, 13x Greenfinch, 12x Song thrush, 7x Goldcrest, 2x Jay, 10x RN parakeet, 3x Grey wagtail, 2x Sparrowhawk, 21x Mallard, 1x Goosander, 2x Moorhen, 1x Grey heron, 25x Redwing feeding around woodland and 5x Reed bunting (4m 1f) at meadow pond.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 23rd of March 2022 09:06:07 PM

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Afternoon walk today 1430-1850:

9x Chiffchaff singing incl 2x seen, 3x nuthatch, 2x Sparrowhawk, 2x Cormorant, 5x Grey heron, 4x Grey wagtail, 4x Song thrush, 1x Pheasant, 1x Goosander, 21x Redwing flew east plus 5x in trees opposite side of river and 1x Large raptor prob Harris Hawk



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 19th of March 2022 07:13:15 PM

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Eight buzzards circling high over the corner of the Ees by Jackson's Boat for about five minutes at 2pm, calling all the while before dispersing in pairs. I assume one of the pairs was the one I saw over Ivy Green about half an hour previously. This isn't a behaviour I've seen before, it looked different to the usual seeing an intruder off the premises.

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1750-1850 today around cow field and river - 5x song thrush, 2x Mistle thrush, 2x Nuthatch, 14x Canada goose, 18x mallard, 1x teal, 1x stock dove, 1x jay, 23x rn parakeet, several male greenfinches singing and 4x redwing over



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Stonechat 1 female in the Meadow Field this morning

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Woodcock 1 Hardy Farm this evening

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A pair of Chiffchaff catching flies this morning at Hardy Farm.



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Late afternoon
Chiffchaff - 1 singing and catching flies in a willow tree by Chorlton brook.
Long-tail tit - 4.
Redwing - 3.
Ring- neck parakeet - 4.
Grey Heron - 1.
Wren - 1.
Plus lots of singing Robins everywhere.

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Chiffchaff singing in the corner of the old orchard by Jacksons boat bridge today. Other than that the wind kept things quite quiet.
I have had a report of an oystercatcher on the edge of the river last week. C

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2 woodcock together over the cow field tonight circa 6:30.
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Grey Herons are active over the heronry today. Although I didnt see any nests there were at least 7 birds investigating the conifers. The herons got a bit fretful when a buzzard and our (now) local Harris Hawk flew over. Also, a flock of Lesser/Common Redpoll were feeding in the Alders near the car park bridge.

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Harris Hawk being mobbed over the woods this am.
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Matt Gillett wrote:

Can I ask for advice - where is the cow field as I cant find reference to the site as I look to improve my patch birding (snipe and woodcock targets). Appreciated. TIA.

 

edit - find attached image outlining the field. Cant delete post via mobile. Thanks. 



-- Edited by Matt Gillett on Sunday 13th of February 2022 07:37:15 PM



The field at the side of the cobbled road, which used to have cattle in it

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Can I ask for advice - where is the cow field as I cant find reference to the site as I look to improve my patch birding (snipe and woodcock targets). Appreciated. TIA.

 

edit - find attached image outlining the field. Cant delete post via mobile. Thanks. 



-- Edited by Matt Gillett on Sunday 13th of February 2022 07:37:15 PM

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Mixed flock of Redpoll (at least 3) and Siskin (approx 15) along the brook by the cow field.

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1 Woodcock in the Cow Field at dusk tonight

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Brief afternoon visit until dusk...

Tawny owl in full view on edge of wood at the cow field, thanks to the noisy blackbirds.
Several snipe heard coming out of cow field.
5 redwings
2 song thrush
2 jays
1 great spotted woodpecker
3 Grey heron
Few siskin over
1 common buzzard
1 Kestrel
8 ring necked parakeets, more heard

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At dusk alongside the cow field saw 1 Woodcock and 47 Mallard come in to roost.

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Tawny Owl flying over the Mersey by Jacksons Boat this evening.

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Bird activity low at dusk tonight (if you exclude jackdaws and parakeet flocks). Only highlight 3 snipe came up out of the cow field..... And the clear sky gave good views of jupiter and its moons.
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2 visits down the Ees today.

Saw the Harris Hawk this morning with its usual escort of crows.

At dusk a male Kestrel was hunting the Cow Field. A bird kicked up in a wet area of the woodland but didn't get a good luck but probably snipe or woodcock.

Had report from a reliable source of Water Rail being heard around the Meadow Pond - but didn't get chance to check myself.

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Nice and quite on the meadows this afternoon.

Harris Hawk, 2 Buzzard and a Kestrel over the freshly cut meadow pond field. Also Sparrowhawk (m) over the woods).

Harris Hawk seen on 3 occasions - always being mobbed.

Chris

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