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Chiffchaff still present with long-tailed tit flock near Peel Park yesterday afternoon

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Late post from yesterday afternoon between crescent and Boniface bridge: Chiffchaff with tit flock making swoo noises which could be eastern/scandi race 4 Teal 4 Goosander 11 Goldeneye 16 Tufted duck 2 Treecreepers 2 Sparrowhawks

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Bullfinch (female) feeding on berries just upstream from Regent Road bridge this afternoon.

Kingfisher and 5 Gooseander in the same area during the past week.

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1 little egret with 19 herons (yes 19!!) roosting on Castle Irwell wetland this afternoon. This is a site record for number of herons

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1 Little egret seen on wetland this evening

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2 ring-necked parakeets in Peel park late this afternoon.

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Adult yellow legged gull on the bank next to peel park earlier.

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13 juvenile goosander near The Cliff yesterday.

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After earlier reporting a female Goosander with 5 young (on Bury Water Treatment Works thread) I have just come across another female with 6 young at the bottom of Milltown Street, Radcliffe on the Irwell. All 6 young were repeatedly diving but I think they might need a bit more practise as I didn't see any come up with fish.



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River Irwell Wallness Crescent - Beginning at Blackfriars road into Peel Park hough bridge.

12 Goosander - 6 male / 6 female

4 - Swift

7 - Sand Martins 

4 - Swallows (I think) could have sworn I saw a distinct flash of red

1 - Juvenile Cormorant 

3 - Grey Wagtail 

2 Heron 

1 - Moorhen

2 - Mute Swans

22 - Mallards - 20 male / 2 female

 



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This evening Littleton rd to Kersal dale:

4 Common sandpipers - highest count from here
6 Goosander
1 Kingfisher
10 Tufted ducks around the crescent - unusual to see so many late in April. Perhaps cold weather made them think it's winter


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Late post from yesterday morning at The Castle irwell wetland:

Little egret - site first
2 Gadwall - site first
2 Teal
4 Grey herons
2 Oystercatchers
2 Swallows
3 House Martins



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Highlights from this morning from crescent to Kersal dale:

Willow warbler singing along Frederick road - my earliest ever
Blackcap singing
13 Redwings along Frederick road
C. 20 Sand Martins
2 Linnets flying over (one singing) /> 1 Greylag Goose - kersal dale
Mute swans displaying - Castle irwell (viewed from bridge)



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This evening at agecroft bridge:

2 Dippers
1 Kingfisher
2 Goosander
50 Jackdaws

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Late post from Sunday:

4 Chiffchaffs singing (2 kersal dale and 2 university area)
9 Goldeneye - kersal dale
1 Great Crested grebe -upstream from Littleton road
1 Kingfisher - downstream from Agecroft bridge

Plus usuals

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Canada Goose 45  

Coot 1  

Goldeneye 15 7 (m) 8 (f)

Goosander 5 4 (m) 1 (f) Also 2 (f) and 3 (m) near Manchester Cathedral.

Grey Wagtail 1  

Kingfisher 1  

Little Grebe 3  

Mallard 27 18 (m) 7 (f) 2 Hybrids

Moorhen 2  

Mute Swan 2  

Starling 1  

Total number of species: 11

Individuals: 103

 Also saw 2 foxes around the crescent at peel park



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Thanks I've let them know.

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Salford friendly anglers have that stretch. They have a web site you can contact them on.

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John Sleaford wrote:

Just seen a Mink on the Irwell on the stretch up stream from Forest Bank bridge. Do you notify anyone about them?





If a fishing club has the fishing rights then let them know,they will more than likely try and trap them,they got rid of two on the canal near me when I reported them to their secretary.

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Just seen a Mink on the Irwell on the stretch up stream from Forest Bank bridge. Do you notify anyone about them?

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Seen today around River Irwell / Drinkwater Park

Goldeneye - 4

Teal - 4

Tufted Duck - 2

Little Grebe - 1

Cygnet - 1

Swan - 2

Moorhen - 4

Mallard - 11

Black headed gull - 18

Coot - 12

 

Long-tailed tit - 6

Goldcrest - 5

Great Tit - 8

Blue tit - 2

Greenfinch - 1

Waxwing - 1

Goldfinch - 2

Songthrush - 1

Fieldfare - 2

 



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Winter Wetland Bird Survey - Manchester Cathedral to Hough lane bridge 08:00 - 10:00am

3 Grey Heron

1 Grey Wagtail 

37 Mallard

72 Canada Goose

2 Goosander

3 Moorhen

4 Little Grebe

11 Tufted Duck 

18 Goldeneye



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Winter Wetland Bird Survey M60 to Ringley Road Bridge 8.15 - 10:45am

The spell of cold and dry weather has made conditions ideal for ducks to feed on the river.

5 Canada Geese
39 Teal (the largest flock of 23 was feeding just downstream from the Ringley ETW outflow
69 Mallard
8 Goosander
1 Cormorant
14 Moorhen
4 Dipper including two having a territorial stand off on the shoreline (singing and posturing until one chased the other into the river)
34 Black-headed Gull
3 Grey Wagtail

Thanks to everyone who took part in the survey and to Mike Beard for doing a great job of organising it. Virtually the whole of the River Irwell (and the Croal up to Rock Hall) has been counted this morning over the same 2-2.5 hour period from Salford Quays all the way upstream to Springside Farm north of Burrs Country Park. A very impressive effort by everyone involved clap

Once we have done all the number crunching it will be interesting to see how the results compare with the original surveys carried out over the winter of 1998-99. A Raven was calling from the top of an electricity pylon above the Kearsley Rd, to the east of Prestolee and took flight south across the river.

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Winter wetland bird survey from Cromwell Rd to Littleton Rd (8-10am):

1 Woodcock
1 Cormorant
1 Grey heron
5 Goosander
6 Teal
6 Tufted ducks
7 Little grebes
14 Canada geese
19 Goldeneye
22 Mallard

Also of note around River included:

Great spotted Woodpecker
5 Goldcrests
4 Song thrushes (singing)
12 Lapwings over

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3 Teal near Kersal dale
1 Kestrel on the Meadows
9 Fieldfare at the cliff playing fields

Water level high so fewer ducks on river than expected for time of year

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2 Waxwings on Belfort drive next to best one shop in Ordsall feeding on crab apple tree

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2 Dippers - next to Agecroft bridge
1 Teal (m) - Agecroft bridge
5 Redwings - Littleton road
12 Goldeneye (11f 1m) - kersal dale
1 Wigeon (F) - castle irwell wetland
2 Linnets - castle irwell

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Belated post from last week:

Woodcock flushed from trees in between River and plating fields just past Peel park. Unusual location!!

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Today during cold and frosty conditions From agecroft to crescent road:

Dipper - first ever seen along this stretch
Kingfisher
Wigeon (female) also first seen on river
16 Goldeneye
17 Tufted duck
12 Little grebes
13 Lapwing on Littleton playing fields
2 Reed buntings seen in Kersal dale
Kestrel
Plus usuals

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At Salford university late afternoon :

6 Grey herons
26 Cormorants
2 Tufted ducks
30 Goldfinches at Peel Park

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River Irwell at Kersal dale & Castle irwell:

Kingfisher
Buzzard
3 Lapwing
3 Chiffchaffs
12 Skylarks over
Plenty of goldcrests


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This afternoon Irwell at Salford uni:

3 Tufted duck (1m 2F)
35 Cormorants - site record for this species
Sparrowhawk

Castle irwell\kersal dale:

3 Mute Swan
4 Goosander
1 Tufted duck
Kingfisher
Lesser redpoll
4 Meadow pipits

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Saturday late post at Hough lane bridge (in between Peel park and Frederick road):

5 Swallow over
Bullfinch
Goldcrest

Castle irwell\Kersal dale:

Lesser redpoll over
3 Siskin
12 Linnets
20 Meadow pipits on site many more heard or seen over southbound
2 Cormorants
Goosander

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Sightings from this afternoon at River Irwell at Kersal dale:

Peregrine flew low over kersal dale
Common sandpiper
Kingfisher
Kestrel male
Bullfinch
Goldcrest
Chiffchaff
Grey wagtail
2 Jays
2 Little grebes including a juvenile
5 Goosander by Littleton bridge

Castle irwell wetland:

Wheatear female
Common gull amongst lessers and black-heads
Sparrowhawk juvenile
Meadow pipit
10 Mistle thrush
150 Jackdaw
60 Carrion Crows


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a stroll along the river from trinity way bridge to Adelphi bridge & back this afternoon.

7 goosanders
67 Canada geese
3 grey wagtails
2 grey herons
1 mute swan
12+ long tailed tit
3 chiffchaff
11 mistle thrush
6 house martins
1 sparrowhawk



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Post from around Kersal dale/Castle irwell yesterday:

Great spotted Woodpecker
Kingfisher
Nuthatch
2 Goosander
4 Linnets
15 Sand Martins
5 Chiffchaffs
Also surprised to see Roe deer on the River bank

Irwell near crescent Meadows this afternoon:

2 Sparrowhawks
3 Mute swans
8 Little grebes
3 Chiffchaff
7 Long-tailed tits
Kingfisher showing really well

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20 Goosander near Adelphi bridge today

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Last night at Littleton road: 20+ Sand Martins 2 Mute Swan 2 Great Crested grebe 2 Little grebe 12 Canads geese with grown goslings 11 Mallards including small ducklings Blackcap, Song thrush, Willow warbler, Whitethroat, Blackbird all singing 12 House Martins by Castle Irwell university buildings

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Common Sandpiper this morning at 9:30 flying downstream from Regent Road bridge

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This evening:


20 Sand martins
2 Goosanders
2 Mute swans
2 Little Grebes
2 Swallows
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Whitethroat
1 Blackcap


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Late post from yesterday around crescent meadows area:

2 Willow Warblers
1 Chiffchaff
20 Sand martins at Adelphi bridge - possibly new colony! Shame it is being developed.

This evening from Littleton road to Kersal dale:

2 Common Sandpipers
2 Goosanders
2 Mute swans
2 Lapwing (Castle Irwell)
40 Sand martins

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This evening in strong cold gusts:

2 Little ringed plover
12 Teal
106 Lesser black-backed gulls - a site record for me :)

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Short visit this morning from Littleton road to kersal dale:

1 Willow warbler
1 Blackcap
2 Chiffchaffs
30 Sand martins

5 Shoveler at Castle Irwell


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walk this evening along the stretch between Kersal dale and Littleton road, a perfectly nice evening spoilt by kids on off-road motorbikes.

Highlights:

male Wheatear showing well before motorbike screamed past me
2 Blackcaps singing in trees near allotments, the first of the year

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Evening visit with Simon Warford.

Castle Irwell:

3 Oystercatchers
10 Herring Gulls
15 Teal
20 Sand Martins
92 Lesser black-backed Gulls

River Irwell between Kersal dale and Littleton:

4 Wheatears (3 male 1 female)

River @ Salford uni:

23 Cormorants (flying to roost)

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River Irwell stretch from Littleton road to Agecroft bridge:

3 Linnets
4 Chiffchaffs
16 Sand martins

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Castle Irwell Wetland 18.00 - 20.00

1 Redshank
2 Lapwing
c.300 Jackdaws

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Yesterdays sightings:

2 Sparrowhawks (magnificent displaying over Kersal dale swooping down over trees)
2 Kingfishers (boniface bridge)
2 Sand martins ( Littleton bridge) first back here

Castle Irwell:

19 Teal
1 Buzzard
1 Curlew heard flying over

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River Irwell from University to Cromwell Rd:

2 Kingfishers flying past Cromwell bridge
2 Tufted ducks
2 Goosander
1 Kestrel chased by crows
8 Siskins feeding on the ground
No Goldeneye seen on this occasion perhaps gone back to Scandinavia?

Kersal Dale:

12 Lesser redpolls
2 Buzzards


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Yesterday during WeBS Count: with Steve Atkins and Tim Cosford:

Littleton to Agecroft:

2+ Skylarks over
1+ Meadow pipit over
1 Linnet in subsong
10 Fieldfares
4 Mistle Thrush and one singing
1 Nuthatch
1 Collared dove
2 Long-tailed tits nest building plus more seen
singing birds including Goldcrest, Greenfinch, Song Thrush, Robins, Chaffinchs
2 Bullfinch
Goldeneyes displaying

Kersal Dale:

4 Goosander (2 male 2 females)
2 Great spotted woodpeckers drumming
5 Goldeneyes displaying
1 Lapwing
2 Grey herons
2 Grey wagtails
1 Siskin

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