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RE: Bits & Bobs, Odds & Sods


A Tawny owl flew out in front on my car at 11.30 last night just past the travellers call pub in Bredbury near to the valley.

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Finally got a chance to explore round the back of part of the works yard yesterday afternoon, in North Reddish.
It's very much overgrown and mostly inaccessible but there is a large pond / lagoon surrounded by reeds and a marshy area, and straight away it reaked of Warblers!

- no sign nor sound of the Garden Warbler from Thursday
- 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat was a welcome sound though
- 1 Common Whitethroat
- 1 Willow Warbler
- 2 Blackcap
- 1 Chiffchaff doing a spot of flycatching from a branch over the water
- 2 Wren
- 1 Great Tit
- 2 Robin
- 1 Dunnock
- 2 Coot
...and plenty of Goldfinches singing

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14 swifts over Heaton Moor, my first of the year.

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05:30 this am , on St Clements Church roof , Ashton old Road Openshaw, 3 Mallards and a Mallard hybrid.



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- Garden Warbler singing this morning and this afternoon behind the works depot in Reddish.
There's a lot of inaccessible scrub and marsh behind the unit so no chance of looking for it unfortunately unless it makes its way nearer the actual yard.

Also singing...
- Blackcap
- Willow Warbler
- Chiffchaff
- Common Whitethroat
- Robin
- Goldfinch

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Pulled up at the depot yard in Reddish around 4.45pm this afternoon when a Hobby went steaming over at some rate, seconds later I realised it was homing in on a Swallow that was flying around up ahead.

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Green Woodpecker seen along canal towpath between slag lane and lightshaw this morning.



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Grasshopper warbler briefly heard reeling near the stables I ride at off Knott Lane, outside of Ashton. Also first swift of the year heard over the stables early this afternoon. Plenty of swallows recceing out potential nest sites, too.

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Swift - 1 seen high over Gorse hill, Stretford tonight at 6.10 pm .

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Sparrowhawk over Leigh Road towards Howe Bridge at 6ish.

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Saturday 28th April.
- 2 Swallows flying around over the works yard in Reddish mid-afternoon and at the same time 2 Ring-necked Parakeets flew right over me calling, heading in a straight line towards Levenshulme / Fallowfield.

Monday 30th April.
The following were heard only in the scrub area around the works yard this morning.
- Blackcap
- Chiffchaff
- Willow Warbler
- Common Whitethroat

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Common Scoter collected from garden in Bury last night taken into care and transported to RSPCA wildlife hospital.

 

 



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Originally posted today by Peter Jones:

I came home the other day, and I saw something I have never seen before. It was two dunnocks mating. They were not easy to see as they were scuttling about under branches, but I checked on the RSPB website, and that looks like what I saw. Not easy to describe, as it seems a bit vulgar, but I did watch for a minute or two.

 



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- Blackcap and Chiffchaff seen in the shrubbery surrounding the works yard in Reddish this afternoon. They've been singing the last few days and I finally had a few minutes to spot them.

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2 Swallow feeding over ploughed fields at Warrington Rd ,Golborne lunchtime today.

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Kestrel over the Dane Bank (Dane Bank) pub at 06:55.



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Dippers showing well the last couple of weeks on Westleigh Brook, as was 3 Grey Wagtail. Dippers very active of late!

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02/03/18 Abraham Moss

Redwing, Fieldfare and Blackbird all seen from the office window, foraging in the primary school playground. Chaffinch also present.

-- Edited by Karen Foulkes on Saturday 3rd of March 2018 01:18:30 PM

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A Skylark was feeding with a flock of Redwing on Davyhulme Park this morning, my first record here (presumably here as the earth is relatively softened by the heavy foot traffic). 4 Fieldfare were also observed.

On Tuesday morning two of the resident Carrion Crow were "bathing" in the freshly fallen snow (either that or copying the kids snow angels!!).

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A former work colleague filmed a Woodcock feeding in her Sale back garden just south west of the Mersey valley today and posted it on Facebook.

-- Edited by Tim Wilcox on Thursday 1st of March 2018 09:10:13 PM

-- Edited by Tim Wilcox on Thursday 1st of March 2018 09:44:10 PM

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Juvenile Sparrowhawk spotted flying above the frozen canal by the Metrolink near Cornbrook this morning.smile



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A rather surreal sight of 2 Oystercatchers feeding on a grass verge alongside the A57 at the Northbank Industrial Estate in Irlam this afternoon at 16.10. One bird virtually stood on the kerb a few feet from the busy traffic!

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A Greenfinch singing lustily at Burnage Railway Station this morning at 7.45

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17.00 Peregrine north over the M60/62 - M66 junction.

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Whilst being driven from Middleton to Tatton Park and back again around the M60 today,

- A cormorant on a streetlight in the middle of the motorway at the north end of the stretch that passes Auden Shaw Reservoir. It was there at 10:45 and still doing the same thing about 3 hrs later

- Similarly a roadside Buzzard along the stretch that backs onto Rhodes/Alkrington Woods was there at the start and end of our journey

2 other Buzzard on motorway lampposts around the stretch near Reddish/Brinnington and one on a fence near the DHL/Amazon depots near Manchester Airport(which I guess is over the border in Cheshire)

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Some nice flyovers at the stables I ride at off Knott Lane, near Ashton today; 33 pink-footed geese heading s at approx 1.55, 5 snipe directly over them heading n, then 4 goosander heading sw later on in the afternoon.

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3 Goosander flew east to west over the M60 just before Sale Water Park at 8.10am this morning and began descending towards the R.Mersey by Washway Road.

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Spotted from the motorway on the way home tonight - a small (maybe a couple of thousand) Starling murmuration on the western side of the M6 between Jcnt 24 Ashton and Junct 25 exit for Wigan. Obviously difficult to pinpoint the exact location as I Was driving and they were flying around, but I'd guess that someone stood on the motorway bridge on Lowbank Road might stand a chance of seeing them. Always a chance it could increase in size if the site is suitable.

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The change in the weather brought a fine adult yellow-legged gull to the group loafing on the roof of Lostock School, a nice tick from the front door. Sadly it stayed out of camera reach until it decided to fly off in the direction of Salford Quays.



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Very late post for last tuesday.
Either an immature glaucous or immature iceland gull flew over Loreto college, some point after 2:30 pm heading west

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Weds 20th Dec 9.10am

- 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull on lamp post near crossroads of Chapman St and Cross Lane in Gorton.
It's the same bird that's been at Redgate Recycling recently.

Some Black-headed Gulls and 2 Herring Gulls flying round the bit of a green at the crossroads.

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There's a thread for this area David, search Bedford Common.

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Dog walk this morning, fields behind bedford high :

20 Fieldfare
6 Redwing
several Blackbirds
1 Grey Heron
8 Goldfinch
6 Meadow Pipit
Several Blue & Great Tits
1 Mistle Thrush (Bents carpark)
1 Merlin (near greyhound roundabout close to River Glaze)
plenty Jackdaw, gulls & Collared Dove flying over & around

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Woodcock over the M60 just West of the Prestwich junction at 16:40.



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2 male goosanders on pool between locks 13 & 14 on Marple canal at mid-day



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Nice mixed thrush flock feeding on one of the fields at the stables I ride at off Knott Lane, near Ashton; 17+ redwing, 11 mistle thrush and 2 fieldfare.

First fieldfares of the autumn / winter, too; about time.

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5 Siskin and 4 Redwing flew over the works yard in Reddish this morning heading east.

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19 whooper swan over the area I watch / ride at around Knott / Crime Lanes just out of Ashton at dusk today, heading roughly NE.

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Redwings heard going over in Whitefield at 21:00 ish

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1 Yellow-legged Gull this morning approx 10.15am circling low over KFC on Hyde Rd in Gorton.
It flew off behind Crawshaw's Meat shop and down Taylor Street, at the end of which is Bessemer Street and Smithfield Market so it's likely to be one of the Smithfield 2.

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One Yellow Legged Gull found at11.20 on China Star roof viewed  from inside Smithfield market off Bessemer Street.  It then flew to the roof of Sykes where it showed itself to be the boss gull. It did several flight circuits and was constanly calling and being mobbed by other gulls. It then flew towards Manchester centre and I lost it. i could not find the other one. A pleasant bit of birding and is well worth seeing.



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Friday 3rd Nov

Both Yellow-legged Gulls present at 10.26am on China Star roof as viewed from Bessemer Street

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Adult Great Black-backed Gull on 384 building at Redgate Recycling 2.10pm, looking at the bill it may be just short of being full adult but certainly looks to be more advanced than a 4th Winter. I hope I've got that right. Didn't stop long here, change of plan to a delivery sent me to Stretford.

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Thursday 2nd Nov.

9.57am and both Yellow-legged Gulls present in same general area of Smithfield Market as viewed from Bessemer Street.

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Wednesday 9.26am
Both Yellow-legged Gulls present as viewed from Bessemer Street at the side of Smithfield Market

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Busy day forcing a late call to a supplier on Smithfield Market.

3.45pm both Yellow-legged Gulls present but as of 4pm one has disappeared and the other is currently sat on Sykes roof but fairly mobile.

- A few more images of one of these long staying Gulls as one flew off. I've included a mantle comparison with a Lesser Black-backed, and tried to show the character of this particular bird which tends to dominate pretty much anywhere in the immediate area, and to be quite frank, with a bill and gape of that ferocity and size I'm not surprised. It's always calling and making its presence known, they both do actually. (Knock an hour off the camera times, my apologies but I was in the hospital when the clocks went back ta)

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c40 Goldfinch at Abraham Moss around the car park and tram stop late afternoon today.

A Ring-necked Parakeet was also calling in the area too.

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Smithfield Market this afternoon.

Both Yellow-legged Gulls present in full view on China Star roof from 2.05 to 2.10pm, still present when I left but mobile.
I'm now at Redgate Recycling incase lightning strikes twice!wink

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Friday 27th of October 2017 12:16:15 AM

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Redgate Recycling in Gorton 2.10pm

- Pale phase Arctic Skua flew over the refuse yard, circled low and immediately put up all the Gulls with some of the larger ones giving chase. My apologies but lost to view.
Cracking!

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Both Yellow-legged Gulls currently at Smithfield Market this afternoon.

They've just posed nicely for a record shot for proof of their presence still, and there is a large juvenile Gull standing with them, and it flys round with them every time one takes off, looks like a Lesser Black-backed Gull but I'm not the best when it comes to juvenile large Gulls!

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Tuesday 24th of October 2017 10:32:14 AM

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