CHRISTMAS CRACKERS, WILDLIFE STALL AND WINTER BIRD WALK ALL IN ALEXANDRA PARK- SUNDAY 10th DECEMBER 2017 12 Noon to 4pm

 

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As part of the Annual Alexandra Park Christmas Event ‘Christmas Crackers’, the Alexandra Park Wildlife Group will have a stall inside the Pavillion and Wildlife Group, Tony, will provide a Winter Bird Walk at 2pm prompt!

Come and join Tony and see what types of birds are in Alexandra Park at this time of year!

Please bring binoculars if you have them.

Sunday 10th December 2017.

For the Winter Bird Walk  – Meet outside the Pavillion ‘Coffee Cranks’ Café facing the lake at 2pm prompt.

 

 

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ALEXANDRA PARK WINTER BIRD WALK – SUNDAY 10th DECEMBER 2017 – 2pm

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SUNDAY 10TH DECEMBER 2017

2PM

MEET OUTSIDE THE PAVILLION ‘COFFEE CRANKS’ CAFÉ FACING THE LAKE

As part of the Annual Alexandra Park Christmas Event ‘Christmas Cracker’, the Alexandra Park Wildlife Group will have a stall inside the Pavillion and Wildlife Group, Tony, will provide a Winter Bird Walk at 2pm prompt!

Come and join Tony and see what types of birds are in Alexandra Park at this time of year!

Please bring binoculars if you have them.

This is a free event – All ages welcome

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Recent Bird Sightings in Alexandra Park

 

Alexandra Park is currently a very active environment with various species of birds, which seem to have descended upon us at the start of winter 2017!  So far, a member of the Alexandra Park Wildlife Group (Stuart) has recorded 15 goosanders, plus the red-breasted merganser which seems to have moved over to Alexandra Park from Plattfields Park. Also nuthatches, goldcrests, great spotted woodpecker, grey heron, grey wagtails and mistle thrushes along with the usual ducks, crows, tits and finches.  Therefore, Alexandra Park is well worth a visit right now!

By the way, if anyone does go to look for the merganser, note that it can be a bit difficult to pick out from the female goosanders at first.  It is often either close to the island or floating about with its head tucked under its wing – but as well as its ‘grubbier’ fading rust-into-grey neck; it is smaller, sits slightly lower in the water with no obvious white chest, and with binoculars you can see the red bill is straight, even slightly sloped up, rather than curving down at the end.

The lake area has also been recently weeded by the fenced area around the lake – which took 3 days to do by Stuart– who also spent a very long day clearing the lake of surface litter with the new net.  Well done Stuart!

Also, the Wildlife Group are featured in an article in the latest ‘Open Up’ Community Magazine.  If you have not yet picked up a free copy, the Lodge in Alexandra Park has some.  You can also view the magazine online via:

http://openupmagazines.co.uk/read/

Please note though that the article went to print before the name and date of Alexandra Park’s Christmas Event was changed at the last minute.

The new name and date for the event is:

Christmas Cracker – Sunday 10th December 12 Noon to 4pm.  Full details to be posted

 

 

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Alexandra Park Owl and Bat Boxes

On Thursday 19 October, Mandy Elford from the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit carried out an inspection of the owl and bat boxes in the park, assisted by two members of the Alexandra Park Wildlife Forum.

These were the findings:

Location no 6: One bat box contained recent bat droppings (presumably of a Pipistrelle species). This was the box facing north-east. A second box contained some nesting material, the third was clear. It was recommended that branches be cleared below the boxes to facilitate access for the bats.

Location no 7: Two out of the three boxes contained nesting material. No sign that any had been used by bats. It was recommended that ivy needs clearing if boxes are to remain here.

Location no 9: Owl box contained much nesting material, but was situated too high up for proper checking. It was recommended that the box be lowered so that it can be checked and cleaned out.

Location no 13: The plan showed a bat box on this tree but nothing was found.

Location no 15:  The owl box looked clear but was too high up to be properly inspected. It was recommended that it be lowered (as for no 9).

Location no 18: Snails present in both bat boxes but they were not badly infested. It was recommended that some branch clearance takes place to make them more accessible for bats.

All the above locations were in the western part of the park known as the “Wild Area” between Lime Avenue and the North Oval.

Location no 1:  In the north-west copse just one location held an owl box which was inspected from a distance using binoculars. It appeared to be clear. It was recommended that the box be lowered and repositioned facing south west to give owls a better flight path.

Note: Location generally refers to a single tree but there may be more than one box attached to it.

TONY O’MAHONY

24 OCTOBER 2017

 

 

 

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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, making 89)
1 Grey heron
1 Grey wagtail

The Goosanders (Mergus merganser) are back to tell us it’s winter. They’re the long-bodied ducks sitting low in the water. Females and young birds have red heads and the adult males have dark heads and creamy flanks.

Less than a mile away, on the lake at Platt Fields, a close relative of the Goosander has visited – a Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator). It’s was seen there for  3 days, before it relocated to Alexandra Park lake on Thursday 16 November. It’s smaller, thinner beaked and the head colour fades gently to the breast.

copland smith.

 

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REMEMBER, REMEMBER HEDGEHOGS ON 5th NOVEMBER!

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Free Falconry Event in Alexandra Park Tomorrow Saturday 28th October.

Birds of Prey Demonstration

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