Chorlton Water Park 07.02.17

Bright, clear blue skies, sunny and warm!

The almost spring-like weather brought out more than twenty members of the Team for what proved to be one of our best, if not the best, mornings at this site. Even before we had gathered for our usual brief ‘business meeting’, we had been treated to great sights of a Ring-necked Parakeet on one of the feeders, almost oblivious to our presence and interest. Only after this bird had flown off, however, did smaller woodland birds, a colourful Nuthatch and a Dunnock, begin to  venture out from the surrounding bushes to take their share of the food on offer.

Still waters at  Chorlton(CG)

Led this morning by John P., the Team then headed for the lake where Shoveler, Gadwall, Goosander (three unaccompanied males) and  Great Crested Grebe stood out from the usual mix of Canada Goose, Coot, Mute Swan and Mallard. Persistent scanning picked out first a female Goldeneye, her brown head showing nicely in the strong light, and later her mate with his white cheek showing just as clearly. Moving off along the path round the lake, a Song Thrush was noted as well as a few Goldfinches feeding high up in the alders. Further on some Redwing were seen by many  of the Team, but they flew off before the stragglers caught up.

After the habitual (for some) coffee break, and the slow passage overhead of a Sparrowhawk, some of us watched Blue tits flitting around near a nesting box, perhaps checking it out for possible use, caught sight of a Goldcrest near the path and had good views of a pair of Bullfinch. Heading back towards the bridge to cross the fast flowing River Mersey, we detoured in search of Siskin, but only a lucky few caught sight of any. On the bridge itself, persistence was rewarded with glimpses of both a Pied and a Grey Wagtail, but the orchard on the far side of the river was surprisingly quiet. Undeterred, however, and purposefully led by John, we pressed on across the fields back towards the river, deviating from our more usual route. We were rewarded with three magnificent sightings: a Buzzard circling on a thermal in the clear blue sky high above; a Kestrel flying across right in front of us and coming to rest in a tree nearby; and, lastly, a lone Redwing on top of a tree, far off, but nonetheless clearly visible.

Our walk back towards the car park, afforded more views of the many birds on the lake, with a Herring Gull standing out from the smaller Black-headed ones around it, the male Goosanders once again cruising past, perhaps on the look-out for mates(!), and, in the distance, of a Buzzard being harried by some Crows. The pond area, a bit dank and feeling rather uncared for, provided nothing new in the way of sightings, but our arrival back at the car park brought good views of a solitary Starling and a couple of House Sparrows, setting the seal on what had been a rewarding morning’s birding.

Bird List (BP)

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

Photos JH


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