Chorlton Water Park 15.03.15

Brief spells of sunshine, soon overcast and a bit breezy at times

A good cheerful turnout from Team Tuesday met in the car park at Chorlton Water Park, and soon binoculars were raised in all directions to note early birds for today’s list. After a brief look over the lake noting cormorant, tufted ducks, mute swans and black-headed gulls, TT set off in an anti-clockwise direction. After a few hundred yards a lone male goldeneye was seen constantly diving, thwarting directions to its location as it never emerged where expected.

Soon we turned right onto a path best known for being squidgy underfoot but not before the front runners noted a grey heron flying past. The path lead out onto a more open aspect but sightings were hard to come by until we reached the more stable track where thrushes were seen flying overhead, and as we turned back towards the river we confirmed sightings of redwing, greenfinch and a wren.

The path emerged at the river’s edge opposite an electricity substation, and with the lake on our left and the river on our right we headed for the bridge, spotting Canada Geese, mallard and a well camouflaged jay feeding on the banks of the river. Stopping on the bridge for a quick elevenses the banks and edges of the river were searched for grey wagtails and goosander but with no luck, although parakeet flew over noisily. The orchard area revealed good views of redwing and back across the track a pair of bullfinches gave us a quick show.

Standing under Betjeman’s ” wirescape” by the farm, we noted redwings, starlings, and song thrush. Time then to head back towards the lake where a small group of pochard were waiting for us and taking in the pond area we netted lovely views of a goldcrest and a grey heron lurking in the background. Back to the cars some members of TT were further delayed by house sparrows and collared doves going about their day.

A few birds late to the party were seen by those who stayed to eat their sandwiches, so the list became even more satisfying as siskin, goosander, reed bunting, and kingfisher could be added to a fulfilling morning’s birding. (HP)

Bird List (BP)

  1. Cormorant
  2. Grey Heron
  3. Mute Swan
  4. Canada Goose
  5. Mallard
  6. Pochard
  7. Tufted Duck
  8. Goldeneye
  9. Pheasant
  10. Moorhen
  11. Coot
  12. Black-headed Gull
  13. Feral Pigeon
  14. Woodpigeon
  15. Collared Dove
  16. Ring-necked Parakeet
  17. Wren
  18. Blackbird
  19. Song Thrush
  20. Redwing
  21. Dunnock
  22. Robin
  23. Goldcrest
  24. Long-tailed Tit
  25. Coal Tit
  26. Blue Tit
  27. Great Tit
  28. Nuthatch
  29. Jay
  30. Magpie
  31. Carrion Crow
  32. Starling
  33. House Sparrow
  34. Chaffinch
  35. Greenfinch
  36. Goldfinch
  37. Siskin
  38. Bullfinch
  39. Reed Bunting
  40. Goosander
  41. Kingfisher



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