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Birds on the lake – winter

11am Today at the lake: 10 Goosander present, including 4 adult males 4 Mute swan including 1 1st winter 14 Canada goose 23 Mallard 5 Tufted duck 6 Coot 7 Moorhen 54 Blackheaded gull (plus 35 on the football field, … Continue reading

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The Banded Demoiselle

Around the lake in Alexandra Park, you might see some of these rather beautiful damselflies called Banded Demoiselles, because of that black band on the wings of the males. The females have metallic green bodies and no bands on the … Continue reading

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Sunday Butterfly (& bird) walk on Chorlton Meadows

You’re invited to a ‘Butterflies of Early Summer‘ walk this Sunday (7th May). The walk will be led by local aurelian (butterfly-watcher), copland smith.             Orange Tip male Meet: Ivy Green Car Park on Brookburn … Continue reading

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Heron chicks

The Heron “chicks” are as big as the adults now. 2 active nests on Alexandra Park’s lake-isle this year, with (I think) 2 chicks in each.

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Alex Park Goldcrests

There’s more singing going on and birds being more visible as they search for nests and mates. If you see a tiny bird (smallest in Europe) making a short flight seem like a long journey, it may be a Goldcrest. There … Continue reading

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Alex Park spring changes

If you look at the main island from the Demesne Road end, you can see a Heron hunkered down in the nest, presumably sitting on eggs. The so-called Blackheaded Gulls are losing their winter pattern (dark marks on the cheeks) … Continue reading

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Alex Park ducks & drakes

Julie suggested I showed what our visiting Shoveller ducks looked like, which was when I realised I didn’t have a decent picture of one. I have taken a few now. Well, all year round, you will see Mallard and Tufted … Continue reading

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