Category Archives: birds

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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The Herons are building

Alexandra Park is full of singing birds – Songthrushes, Robins, Wrens warming up for Spring. Winter birds from the north are still about: Redwings poking around in the grass or twittering from trees, with the occasional Fieldfare among them. Herons nest … Continue reading

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Waxwings in the area

The picture wasn’t taken in Whalley Range, but only a bit to the north. This is one of 3 Waxwings that have come from the taiga in the far north to feast on apples at Hulme Garden Centre. Easy to … Continue reading

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