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RE: RIVER IRWELL


Wellington Street, Bury

Kingfisher active this morning, seen twice.

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Wellington Street, Bury

Not seen anything of note for the last two weeks at work been very quiet apart from a couple of sightings of Kingfisher and Grey Wagtails.



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This evening from Great Clowes street bridge to Cromwell Rd: 10 Goosander 35 Lesser Black-backed gulls 91 Black-headed Gulls 10 Mute Swan Single Swift

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Monday evening 17th Aug, Adelphi bridge to Cromwell rd:

Kingfisher fishing by Boniface bridge - first sighting since winter
30 Lesser-black backed Gulls
1 Swift
1 Mute swan
plus usuals

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Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th

Wellington Street, Bury

Very little to report these last 4 days, Grey Wagtails seen everyday, Kingfisher seen yesterday, Grey Heron present on Wednesday. Still a few Sand Martin about along with Swift.

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Wellington Street, Bury

All sightings from this afternoon,

1 Common Sandpiper
1 Kingfisher
1 Grey Wagtail

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Monday 27th to Friday 31st

Wellington Street, Bury

Dipper and Kingfiser seen everyday this week, Dipper been very active especially this week with the high river water. Grey Wagtails seen Tuesday and today.
Sand Martin and Swallow seen everyday with Swift.
Grey Heron seen today only.

Unfortunately I've seen Mink this week. Singles seen Monday and Wednesday and two seen today.

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Wellington Street, Bury

Dipper seen this afternoon.

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Wellington Street, Bury

Kingfisher seen again this morning.

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Wellington Street, Bury

Kingfisher seen this afternoon.

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Wellington Street, Bury

Late post for Monday afternoon,

Common Sandpiper and Dipper seen.

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Monday 13th to Friday 17th

Wellington Street, Bury

Very quiet this week at Work, Sand Martin seen daily along with Swallow and Swift. Grey Wagtails seen Wednesday and today, Grey Heron seen Tuesday.
Kingfisher seen Monday and heard only today.
Grey Heron was seen with what looked like Crayfish on Tuesday morning.

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Wellington Street, Bury

Today at Work,

Pretty quiet today, but Grey Wagtail active with male and female both seen, still small numbers of Swift, Swallow and Sand Martin zooming around.

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Wellington Street, Bury

Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail seen this morning.



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Wellington Street, Bury

Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th July

Pied Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Dipper
Kingfisher
Swift
Swallow
Sand Martin
Grey Heron
Blackcap
Whitethroat
Oystercatcher



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Wellington Street, Bury

Dipper again seen this afternoon at work, but this time cracking views, heard it calling at first then managed to locate and was seen on a branch and then onto exposed pebble area for a couple of minutes.
Grey Heron also hunting.

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Wellington street Bury,

Dipper present this morning.

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Today at work, Wellington Street, Bury

2 Grey Wagtails seen throughout the day on the Irwell itself and seen flying over my site numerous times.
1 Dipper
Swift and Sand Martin


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Wellington Street, Bury

2 Kingfishers seen this afternoon.

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Wellington Street, Bury

Dipper seen in flight this afternoon.

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Today at work, Bury

2 Red Headed Goosander
1 Male Grey Wagtail
1 Grey Heron
1 Oystercatcher
Kingfisher heard only
Few Sand Martin about

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Female Goosander and Grey Wagtail seen this morning.

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Dipper seen this morning.

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Elton Bury,

1 Grey Wagtail
1 Grey Heron, Attacked by a Crow, then chased off
Swift, Sand Martin and Swallow
2 Female Goosander


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Sunday 8th June 2015

9 red-head Goosander on the River Irwell viewable from the bridge adjacent to The Riverside just north of The Meadows Nature Reserve

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Single Female Goosander on Irwell this morning.

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3 Female Goosander and 1 Grey Wagtail on Irwell this morning, Kingfisher heard only.

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Pair of Kingfishers seen again today at work.

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Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th, Bury

Single Dipper seen yesterday and today
2 Kingfisher
1 Grey Heron
Sand Martin
House Martin
Swallow
Swift
1 Female Goosander, I would imagine a male was about but could only see female from the site I'm working on, I seen a pair last week on same stretch.
1 Grey Wagtail
3 Pied Wagtail

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Working in Bury beside Irwell,

Male Sparrowhawk over site I'm working on
Kingfisher
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
Swift
House Martin
Sand Martin



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Working in Bury right beside River Irwell

Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail on Irwell today, Swift and House Martin around River all day.

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Cycle ride from Drinkwater Park along the Irwell to Clifton Country park and back,

8 Buzzard,
2 Kestrel,
1 Sparrowhawk ,
3 Heron,
1 pheasant
2 Goosander one had 2 chicks the other had 8!

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Yes I hope so. There are some preliminary plans in place which I can forward if you like?

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Walked from littleton rd upriver for a bit and back to agecroft bridge with six blackcap singing, three willow warblers teal pair at same location

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should be a good wetland here after work is finished


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The footpath upstream of Cromwell Rd will be closed for several months as the EA are constructing a flood storage basin in the area of land in the cliff opposite Kersal dale. It is a pain you can't walk down there without making a big detour.

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Strictly speaking I got on upriver as it was closed like you said but I saw the sand Martin at Cromwell bridge ... Wonder why it's closed


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Adelphi bridge to Cromwell road: Chiffchaff singing Jay pair Grey wagtail x2 pairs Pied wagtail x 2 pairs Tufted duck x4 pairs Little Ringed plovers Sparrowhawk Goosander x2 Teal pair Little grebe pair plus usual tits and finches Ps John - which path did you take from Cromwell bridge to philips park as the bridge is closed?

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Walk from Cromwell Bridge Salford to Philips Park, Prestwich produced

Swallow, Nuthatch, Lapwing, Teal pair, ten Goosanders, 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Buzzards, many Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap in Philips Park Hall gardens, 1 Goldcrest in same conifer, Jays etc etc

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22 Cormorants roosting near the university Tufted Duck pair

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Footpath from Cromwell road to Castle irwell still completely closed off but highlights from this afternoon in heavy rain from Adelphi footbridge to Cromwell road:

Lapwing flying over
Sparrowhawk
Mute swan pair
Coot pair - first time seen a pair here
3 Sand martins
1 Teal drake
singing birds: Song thrush, Mistle thrush, Goldcrest, Chaffinch, Robin, Wren, Dunnocks, Great tit, Blue tit
Still no Chiffchaffs

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From the weir downstream of Adelphi bridge to Cromwell Rd: (WEBS):

4 Goldeneye
25 Tufted duck
1 Goosander drake
Teal pair
5 Little Grebe
5 Moorhen
1 Mute swan
20 Mallard

Magpie on nest
3 Sand martins - first seen this year



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From the weir downstream of Adelphi bridge to Cromwell Rd: (WEBS)

Coot 1
Black-headed Gull 105
Canada Goose 31
Common Gull 7
Cormorant 3
Grey Heron 1
Goldeneye 6
Grey wagtail 1
Little grebe 7
Herring gull 1
Lesser black-backed gull 3
Mallard 26
Moorhen 7
Pied wagtail 2
Teal 2
Tufted duck 65

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17 Goldeneye this aftenoon
also, 4 Mute Swan, one from Chorlton WP and another from Sale.

A small phyllos gleaning in the trees between the crescent and the river, didn't get a good ID in bad light.

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River irwell near the university:
3 little grebe
8 tufted duck
10 mallard
14 goldfinches in peel park
nuthatch heard in crescent meadows
Lesser black-backed gull flying over
cormorant flying over
2 moorhen
lots of magpies and woodpigeons
Great spotted woodpecker right next to crescent road


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Tim Roberts wrote:

Amazed reading these posts. Shows what progress has been made since the early 70s when I worked at a computer centre on Mary Street adjacent to the river. In those days we used to joke that the river was so polluted you could walk across it - at least hop from one abandoned shopping trolley to the next. Our caretaker had an air rifle to fend off the coypu-sized rats. Birds were few and far between, the only relief came between June and August when a fabulous colony of swifts took over a derelict wharehouse on the Salford bank.





How well I remember those days Tim. We used to play by the river where it flowed to the east of the Ordsall area, and you describe it very well (although you haven't mentioned the smell). The nearest thing I have seen recently that reminded me of how it was then, was the pictures of the tsunami hitting the Japanese coast and pushing a huge wave of detritus along in front of it. The Irwell really was as full of rubbish as that. Still, you don't get the massive flocks of tufted duck and pochard that you used to get by Trafford Road swing bridge any more, so it's swings and roundabouts as always with birds.

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Amazed reading these posts. Shows what progress has been made since the early 70s when I worked at a computer centre on Mary Street adjacent to the river. In those days we used to joke that the river was so polluted you could walk across it - at least hop from one abandoned shopping trolley to the next. Our caretaker had an air rifle to fend off the coypu-sized rats. Birds were few and far between, the only relief came between June and August when a fabulous colony of swifts took over a derelict wharehouse on the Salford bank.

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8 goosander near Woden St Bridge yesterday (3/12/13) 4m 4f, all happily fishing.

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Thursday 24th- 27 Tufted Duck just upstream of Trinity Way off Mary Street, also a Coot there around old brick structures exposed by low water levels; at least 12 Goosander from there downstream to Prince's Bridge off Water St; Grey Heron at the Irwell-Irk confluence; 10 Mute Swan by Water Street

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15 Tufted Duck today a short distance upstream of the city centre, near Strangeways, just off a sandbank opp Mary Steet

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