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Oystercatcher calling over Skitters Wood 21:15 this evening

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returning adult Common Gulls noticeable over the past couple of days, Friday 9th one at Bryn, today one on street light at Bryn, one feeding on Whitledge Green, one south over Skitters Wood and one over Downall Green

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Approx 300 Swift feeding on flying ants over the town centre late afternoon

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4 Oystercatcher N over Skitters Wood at 18:52

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Cockatiel over Skitters early p.m.
fledged Bulfinch there too

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3 Oystercatcher flew noisily east over Skitters Wood this evening

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Oystercatcher SE over Ashton Heath this morning

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Pair of Common Buzzards circling and mewing loudly over Jubilee Park this morning at 11am.

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Swift feeding over Skitters Wood this afternoon

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2 Willow Warblers singing by the railway line at Richmond Road Bryn this morning

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2 House Martin present at a Bryn nest site this morning
a silent male Blackcap at Skitters Wood

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Chiffchaff singing in Skitters Wood this morning

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70 Redwing Brocstedes Road, North Ashton this morning

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2 Raven low east over Skitters Wood at 0920 this morning

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Wed 13th: 2 Raven low SE over Brocstedes Farm Downall Green early morning. 100 Redwing there this morning

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A Raven was down scavenging around the town centre, then flew off west over Skitters Wood at 0800

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Two calling ravens east over skitters wood and the town centre at 0800

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A Raven circled the town centre then flew rapidly NW past Skitters Wood at 10:25 this morning

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150 Fieldfare at Brocstedes Farm, North Ashton this morning

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Raven low west over the town centre and Skitters Wood this morning
200+ Redwing on farmland in North Ashton

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70 Fieldfare today feeding on a stubble field by Brocstedes Farm, North Ashton

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approx 2000 Woodpigeon low NE over downall green at 0845 this morning. 4 Siskin and 4 Nuthatch in Skitters Wood

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20+ Waxwing over Skitters wood at 3:15 this afternoon towards Liverpool Road area

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dave broome wrote:

1 Whooper Swan south over Skitters Wood this morning, among a flock of c20 Herring Gull!







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1 Whooper Swan south over Skitters Wood this morning, among a flock of c20 Herring Gull!

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c.50 Pink feet SE over Billinge Lane at 9.20am

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6 Redwing at Skitters Wood this morning

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A newly fledged House Martin was on the ground among planters by Ashton library this morning, watched by several people and picked up by one of the librarians, there are a couple of nests on the building. After being photographed in the librarian's hand it flew off

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1 Swift was feeding over Skitters Wood on the evening of Thursday 6th September

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Siskin south over Skitters Wood this morning

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Wed 8th: 1 Siskin south over Skitters Wood early morning, Oystercatcher calling over there 2240hrs

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2 vocal Common Tern west over Ashton Market 17:30hrs (if they were looking for the fish stall they need to come on Saturday or Tuesday..)

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Wednesday 02 May 2012

Many House Martin back over the town center this evening
also a Swift and a Swallow over the house, heading NE.

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Oystercatcher north over Skitters Wood this morning

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Goldcrest singing today at Skitters Wood
Great Spotted Woodpecker Booths Brow Farm Downall Green

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Tatton Drive,
Swallow going north 08:30.

Priory Road,
2 Chiffchaff singing
also Goldcrest

Jimmy

-- Edited by Jimmy Meadows on Thursday 19th of April 2012 09:50:33 PM

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Thursday 19 April 2012

Morning walk to Bryn Station:
Blackcap singing at King George Close
Blackcap singing at Wigan Road/Alexandra Road
Goldcrest singing at Carnegie Drive
2 Chiffchaff singing at Bryn Station

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Thursday 12 April 2012
On an early morning walk to Bryn Station

1 Siskin north over Hilton Street
1 Goldcrest singing along Wigan Road
1 Chiffchaff singing at Bryn Station

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a low-flying Sparrowhawk was causing chaos amongst the town centre pigeons and Jackdaws just after mid-day.

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singing Blackcap at Skitters Wood this morning

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Friday 30th March: 2 Red-Legged Partridge Booths Brow Road, singing Yellowhammer and Skylark Brocstedes Farm

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Wed 28th at least 4 Redwing roosted at the town end of Skitters Wood

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Wednesday 28 March 2012
mid morning

Goldcrest and Coal Tit singing at Carnegie Drive

Chiffchaff singing at Bryn Station

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Sunday 25 March 2012
Another hot sunny day, 19.5'C

Over the garden:
4 Rook
2 Bullfinch
1 Siskin (> north)
1 Meadow Pipit (> north)

Ashton Heath:
2 Chiffchaff
1 Coal Tit

Old Sewage Works:
2 Mistle Thrush
3 Chiffchaff
1 Coal Tit
1 Jay

Peter Street Scrub:
1 Chiffchaff

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Saturday 24 March 2012
sunny, light SE breeze, 19'C

some sights and sounds from an unseasonably hot afternoon (and evening) in the garden:

4 Mallard (over)
2 Buzzard (over, one mobbed by Lesser Black-backed Gull)
2 Sparrowhawk (local pair)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (many over, mainly > south)
Herring Gull (several over, mainly > south)
Black-headed Gull (several over, mainly > south)
7 Rook (over)
2 Carrion Crow (over)
1 Magpie
1 Chiffchaff (heard, distantly)
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
1 Siskin (over > north)
2 Linnet (over > north)
2 Bullfinch (over, only second (or is it third? can't remember) record here)
2 Pied Wagtail (over)


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Coot calling in flight over Skitters Wood this evening, in twilight at 19:30 (as I went to the bin!), seemed to be flying west/south-west before turning north

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dave broome wrote:

(two females having a prolonged bout of chasing and occasional calling, with a male sitting quietly nearby)





At the risk of upsetting all the lovely female users of this site....it's good to know some things are the same whatever the species ;-p

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Wed 21st March: Chiffchaff singing in Skitters Wood, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (two females having a prolonged bout of chasing and occasional calling, with a male sitting quietly nearby)

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Chiffchaff singing today at the Stubshaw Cross former reservoir site (a small woodland by Stubshaw Cross Labour Club)


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Sunday 18 March 2012

female Sparrowhawk caught a Feral Pigeon in our front garden this afternoon, then started to pluck it, pigeon still struggling, before being spooked by the neighbour's dog. The Sparrowhawk left without the pigeon, which disappeared(!?)

Also 1 Siskin heard flying overhead, direction unknown.

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