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RE: Bits & Bobs, Odds & Sods


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.

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Thursday 2nd of November 2017 11:08:38 PM

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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)

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Wednesday 1st of November 2017 01:10:16 AM

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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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I got to do some vis-migging this morning waiting for a delayed train at Burnage. 4 flocks of Redwings passed by low heading south, 2 of about 25 and 2 of around 15 birds. This was between 7.52 and 8.05. I wonder where they'll end up...

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1 of the Yellow-legged Gulls still present at Smithfield Market, Openshaw, around 10am today.
Seen on lamp-post near security lodge.

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Got back from Corfu on Friday, back in work this week and currently doing the 1st visit to a supplier on Smithfield Market.
I can confirm that (The) 2 Yellow-legged Gulls are still here, since 1.45pm.
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Photos added of both birds as singles and then together, the latter of which I've rarely seen with these 2 individuals, they nearly always sit or stand well apart. Only seen them together on one other occasion.

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Wednesday 18th of October 2017 08:59:08 AM

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Late post for yesterday: Sparrowhawk seen soaring over area of Wilmslow Road near junction with Wilbraham Road/Owens Park, approx 3:45pm.

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7 Swan sp. south over Princess parkway near Southern Cemetery at 07.50



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No sign of Yellow-legged Gull(s) at Smithfield Market yesterday afternoon or today either.
I'll give it chance incase I've missed it, before I submit the record.

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First redwing of the year on the scrubby land off Crime Lane outside Ashton today; earliest one I've had, I think.

Also four Mandarin ducks on a small pond in this area (which is a patch first), along with a single teal.

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A Kingfisher flew along the canal at Clayton as I passed on the tram late afternoon today

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Smithfield Market, Openshaw.

- 1 Yellow-legged Gull present Sunday 5.15pm on China Star roof.
Present again this morning at 10.10am on lamp-post near security.

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Thursday.
- 1 Yellow-legged Gull present from 1.15pm until 1.30pm Smithfield Market, Openshaw.

It's the usual suspect that's lingered and showed more readily. I'm still on site but not seen it since 1.30pm when it flew off towards Gorton after being harassed relentlessly by an adult and juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull.
Could be worth checking Redgate Recycling a few minutes away?

Also 2 Grey Wagtail in the main parking area.
Some images from yesterday's onslaught. A barrage of Lesser Black-backed dive bombs.

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Friday 22nd of September 2017 12:37:59 PM

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A strange day for noticing birds today whilst working, all-sorts around that I've not seen in a while!

- 5 Common Buzzards circling above our Reddish depot approx 3pm.
4 totally engulfed by a marauding mass of circling Gulls appearing to be mainly Lesser Black-backed, Herring, and Black-headed, with a couple of monsters (Great Black-backed) thrown in too!
1 kept a little distance away and was a fair size bigger, so possibly a female keeping an eye on her mate with 4 immatures? Although Buzzards do group together regularly at this time don't they?
The whole group eventually circled off towards Dane Bank (Denton).

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Late post, apologies.

Sunday 17th Sept 5.15pm
- at least 1 Yellow-legged Gull present flying round, the one with feathers missing from the trailing edge of both wings.
Possibly another bird present, looks ok to me and doesn't look like the 2nd bird that seemed to have left a couple weeks ago but I'll wait on confirmation of the images first as these Gulls give me the runaround confuse

Monday 18th Sept 12.30pm
- 1 Yellow-legged Gull present, mobile again, identified by wing pattern as above.

Will update hopefully tomorrow when I'm on site.
Cheers

Update... There was a second Yellow-legged Gull present Sunday afternoon as suspected. But after careful consideration on Ian's part, the general feeling is despite it being difficult to tell, it's likely to be the other bird of the main Smithfield 2 and not a different bird. The main factor being the red area of the goynes extending to the upper mandible area of the bill (or 'Bleeding', cheers Ian) which I'd actually commented on but didn't match it up. It proves however, that the 2nd bird did return if only for that day, and likely indicates that it has been present since I last saw it at Smithfield, locally at least! Thanks again Ian Cheers

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c30 House Martin around the complex at Abraham Moss late afternoon today. A Jay also flew across the tram tracks

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- 1 Yellow-legged Gull
Still present at Smithfield Market Openshaw this afternoon, seen cruising around over Bessemer Street and Ashton-old-Road.

Also some images from yesterday of this sometimes, not so much confiding, but obliging bird!



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1 Yellow-legged Gull still present at Smithfield Market this afternoon although mobile.


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Nice one Austin, definitely 1 of the 2 birds that has been present for some time now, and seemingly the remaining bird as it's quite possible 1 could have departed. The grey tips to 1 of the primaries on each wing matches 1 of the birds. Some nice shots on the blog too!

Cheers



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Hi Rob,

As promised here are a few images of the Yellow-legged Gull I saw last week.

There are more images on my blog - www.austinmorley.blogspot.co.uk

-- Edited by Austin Morley on Friday 8th of September 2017 05:55:26 PM



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 8th of September 2017 10:38:24 PM

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Wednesday 6th September.
Pretty sure 1 Yellow-legged Gull was present at Smithfield Market.
Primaries and wing moult with missing feather pattern seems to match the individual in the image I've posted for 15th August.

Thursday 7th September.
Spent almost an hour on site here around late lunchtime and I had no sign at all of any Yellow-legged Gulls.



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Hi Rob,

I did indeed, however I left Manchester straight for Cambridgeshire. Working away surveying all week, but when I get home I will upload the images and share on here and via my blog.

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Yesterday...
Spent over an hour on site at Smithfield Market, Openshaw, visiting/collecting from a supplier, around late lunchtime early afternoon.
No sign of either of the 2 Yellow-legged Gulls on site in all that time.
I did say to Simon on Sunday it was unusual that only 1 was present, I wonder if Simon and Austin have been the last 2 observers to see them before they've upped and left?

Austin did you manage any images of it yesterday? I'm asking incase it was a different bird that turned up, and because if it is the last sighting then I can use it for the final date for a GM Rarity record submission.

Of note...
a Common Buzzard flew through low over the security lodge much to a the annoyance of the remaining Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. A sad day if they have gone.
Cheers

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Sparrowhawk, juvenile I think, in my front garden this morning. Gatley.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 5th of September 2017 09:48:49 AM

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Adult Yellow-legged Gull still at Smithfield Market, Openshaw this morning, It was viewable from the main car park before flying off out of view with the local Lesser Black-backs around 10.20 although I'm sure it will be back.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 4th of September 2017 12:57:37 PM

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Quick stop at Smithfield Market, Openshaw, this afternoon with Simon Gough.

- 1 Yellow-legged Gull present.

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Peter Nolan Woolley wrote:

Rob Creek wrote:

- Lesser Black-backed Gull (adult or at least appears to be) with bright green leg ring hanging around Redgate Recycling in Gorton.
Far too mobile to get the number, anyone any ideas as to possible origins of the green ring?





Evening Rob.
Cr-birding is a good place to start, but without any numerics , will be impossible to nail down.smile


http://www.cr-birding.org/taxonomy/term/2154



Many thanks Peter, thought as much but I'm passing here almost daily so will be keeping an eye open.

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Rob Creek wrote:

- Lesser Black-backed Gull (adult or at least appears to be) with bright green leg ring hanging around Redgate Recycling in Gorton.
Far too mobile to get the number, anyone any ideas as to possible origins of the green ring?





Evening Rob.
Cr-birding is a good place to start, but without any numerics , will be impossible to nail down.smile


http://www.cr-birding.org/taxonomy/term/2154

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- Lesser Black-backed Gull (adult or at least appears to be) with bright green leg ring hanging around Redgate Recycling in Gorton.
Far too mobile to get the number, anyone any ideas as to possible origins of the green ring?

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