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A walk from Clowes Park to Prestwich Clough via Drinkwater Park:

Two separate Coal Tits singing from the suburban gardens near Clowes Park, a Greylag Goose stuck out like a sore thumb from the feeding Canada geese within the park.
Grey Heron about the best on the river.
Lots of Chiffchaff and Blackcaps about
Murky pond in Drinkwater park produced a juvenile Coot squealing, to be fed by a parent which appeared (best sight of the day actually) and another Coot was nearby.
Swallows around the old treatment works

Nuthatch in Prestwich Clough



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Drinkwater Park area

Pair Goosander
Drake Teal
2 drake Tufted Duck
1 Great crested Grebe
2 singing Song Thrush
1 Common Toad

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A mega day's walk all the way from the city centre to Forest Bank Bridge upriver - about 5 miles all in.

Loads of good things seen:

On the river -

16 Goosanders in different groups, the highest featuring 7 individuals
40 or more Goldeneye, some in large groups.
over 40 Tufted Ducks
7 Teals
4 Grey Wagtails
Not a single swan

Trees along route:

2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and another Woodpecker not able to be seen, but definitely drumming on a pylon!
2 cracking Song Thrushes seen singing away, and LOADS more heard.
6+ Mistle Thruses
2 Goldcrest at edge of playing fields opposite Kersal Dale, waited 20 minutes for them to show from the conifers, one did, then they both flew out.
Pair of Coal Tits at the same location
Handful of Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Chaffinch seen throughout
No Bulfinch
2 Jays together
Redwing flocks in the tress on both sides of the river near Kersal Dale
Some Starling
Plus lots of the usuals



Football pitches (belonging to the Uni??) downriver from Agecroft Bridge - a mixed flock of Starlings and Fieldfares, about 80, feeding with a few Redwing and Mistle Thrush thrown in and some arriving from and departing to trees across the river.

Scrub near Forest Bank:

1 Kestrel in a tree.
A single Buzzard over, escorted by ten or so Crows.

Drinkwater Park ponds:

A lone Great Crested Grebe
1 Grey Heron

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-- Edited by John Doherty on Wednesday 14th of March 2012 04:39:45 PM

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Upriver from the city centre today in filthy drizzle - waiting for my pal before Pennington.

7 Tufted Ducks, 3 Goosander (2m1f) chilling out on one of the banks. Looks good, I am going to do Manchester City Centre to Agecroft Bridge soon.

Plus - lots of Passerines, mainly Dunnocks, and some Greenfinchs unfazed by the rain in a tree.

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adjacent to peel park

16 tufted duck
4 mallard

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Mid morning until lunch time

South from Agecroft Bridge to first footbridge

1 Green Sandpiper seen in flight several times
10 Goosander
1 Gadwall (drake)
c20 Mallard
6 Goldeneye
2 Tufted Duck
1 Cormorant
1 Little Grebe
1 Grey Wagtail seen but may have been a pair around
c30 Redwing in Agecroft Cemetery
1 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk



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Kestrel taking voles by forest bank today perching on the pylons


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1 Greensandpiper south of Agecroft Bridge on the side facing the sun in amongst the Canada Geese and Mallards.

Also saw a Little Grebe and a pair of Gadwall plus a few Black-headed Gulls on the water some with full head colour.

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Thanks for that. I will keep on trying.


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Green Sandpipers are usually just south of Agecroft Bridge

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Lunch time walk from Clifton CP along the Irwell past 13 Arches and back.
Miserable weather but plenty of birds.

Disappointed not to see Green Sandpiper - is it usually further down river towards Agecroft? Still waiting for a life tick!!

Did get great views of Goldcrest and Treecreeper though - just in the CP.

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post-afternoon from Prestwich to Clifton CP and back - weather depressing.

Sightings: Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Robin, Goldfinch + usual tits, Jay numbers into double figures, 2 Great Crested Grebe (in summer garb) on Clifton Lake + c25 Tufted Duck, also what was likely a calling Curlew on the opposite bank from the Country Park, 1 Grey Wagtail over the sewage works, also 2 Kestrels nearer 13 arches.



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I visited the location where the Green Sandpipers usually are. Today, two Green Sandpipers, two Dunlin (seen by Bill Myerscough yesterday) and 2 Common Snipe and all the other usual suspects.

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Agecroft Bridge to 13 Arches today, 1.30-3.30 - not so cold, but barely a soul about!

The highlights:

Teal (2)
Tufted Duck (6)
Little Grebe (3)
Mallard and Moorhen
At least 2 Nuthatches (heard in woods)

Clifton Road area: At least 1 more Nuthatch, 1 Jay, Lots of Greenfinch, a flock of Goldfinch with a single Female Siskin mixed in (feeding in a tall tree)

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Agecroft Bridge to 13 Arches

0745-1200

40 species

2 Green Sandpiper
drk Gadwall
4 Goosander
10 Song Thrush (9 singing males)
Male Bullfinch
2 Dunnock
10 Goldeneye
10 Tufted Duck
5 Little Grebe
5 Grey Heron
c70 Redwing
2 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk
5 Siskin
5 Jackdaw
5 Cormorant
c70 Mallard
3 Moorhen
2 Canada Goose
1 Grey Wagtail
2 Pied Wagtail
5 Wren
15 Great Tit
15 LT Tit
20 Blue Tit
1 Goldcrest
9 Blackbird
2 Mute Swan
4 Coot
10 Wood Pigeon
5 Magpie
5 C Crow
c50 BH Gull
c20 Feral Pigeon
7 Goldfinch
1 GS Woodpecker
3 Chaffinch
7 Robin
8 Greenfinch
6 Jay


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Tawny Owl tonight near Kingfiher lodge.


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I remember seeing a pheasant down to about 6 feet there, it didn't recognise me otherwise it would have erupted!! Lapwing can sometimes be around there too (just up from thirteen arches on the meadows)

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keith mills wrote:

Bill Myerscough wrote:

In surrounding woodland/scrubland - 2 singing Song Thrush, excellent views of a singing Willow Wit near the Thirteen Arches, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 1 male Siskin, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Pheasant, 4 Bullfinch and c15 Redwing. Plenty of vocal Dunnocks, Wrens and Robins.

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-- Edited by Bill Myerscough on Wednesday 18th of January 2012 01:55:39 PM




Willow Wit....surely worth a .Bill.



Definitely worth a Keith... it could have been even worse if I'd typed Tillow Wit..... that might have got the listers and twitchers interested

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Bill Myerscough wrote:

In surrounding woodland/scrubland - 2 singing Song Thrush, excellent views of a singing Willow Wit near the Thirteen Arches, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 1 male Siskin, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Pheasant, 4 Bullfinch and c15 Redwing. Plenty of vocal Dunnocks, Wrens and Robins.

Cheers,

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Willow Wit....surely worth a .Bill.

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17th January - am.

From the Agecroft Bridge upstream to the Thirteen Arches Viaduct. Along this stretch the south/west bank of the river is in Salford and the north/east bank in Bury!

Totals along this small strecth of river:- 8 Moorhen, 78 Mallard, 9 Goldeneye, 10 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron and 1 Goosander.

In surrounding woodland/scrubland - 2 singing Song Thrush, excellent views of a singing Willow Wit near the Thirteen Arches, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 1 male Siskin, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Pheasant, 4 Bullfinch and c15 Redwing. Plenty of vocal Dunnocks, Wrens and Robins.

Cheers,

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29th November.

Green Sandpiper approx 300 yards downstream of the Agecroft Bridge this morning. Presumably the same individual bird that has wintered here for a few years now?

Also 3 Goldeneye together on the river here.

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This morning from town (where possible) to Cheetham Hill:

1 Cormorant
6 Grey Herons
3 Goosanders (2F 1M)
1 M Tufted Duck
Lots of Blackheaded Gulls and some Lesser Black-Backed
60-70 Canada Geese
1 Moorhen



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Walk from Castle Irwell to Agecroft Bridge in inclement weather produced:

c10 Blackheaded gulls
1 Kingfisher
3 Mute Swans
c80 Sandmartins and a few Swifts mixed in



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River Irwell WEBS Friday 21st January 1145-1240

1 drk Goosander
2 drk Goldeneye
7 Teal
6 Tufted Duck
5 Little Grebe
3 Common Gull
70 BH Gull
4 Cormorant
14 Mallard
32 Canada Geese


Also, in Peel Park c50 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1-2 GS Woodpecker, 2 Goldfinch

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2 adult Whooper Swans behind Kearsley Mill, Prestolee late evening.

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

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Late am with Simon.

Redhead Smew still present on the river at lunchtime today almost directly below the green footbridge from Ringley to Clifton near where sewage outflow comes in, showing very well. Also Dipper, lots of teal, 7 Goosander, 3 Goldeneye & 4 Gadwall.

Also amazingly a single Whooper Swan on the river behind Kearsley Mill, Prestolee, 50 yards from where we saw 3 on Boxing Day!

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26/12/10 9-12.30 With my Dad & Phil Rhodes.

A concerted effort to check various parts of the river between Nob End & Giants Seat garden centre, Ringley produced one or two suprises.

At Nob End confluence with the Croal, Coots, Pochard, 10 Tufted, 5 Goldeneye, 10 Goosander, 3 Little Grebe & Lapwing.

At Prestolee, 3 Whooper Swans (2 ad & 1 juv) resting on the ice behind Kearsley mill was a very unusual but welcome sight. Also here another 3 Goldeneye & 4 Goosander.

Lower down between Ringley sewage works/filtration beds & Giants Seat, Kingfisher, Lapwing, 10+ Goldeneye, 5 Goosander, male Shoveler, 10+ Gadwall, 30+ Teal, wonderful views of a woodcock on the ground by the river. Then to top of a good morning the Smew flew upstream & landed right in front of us and proceeded to catch small fish 100 yards west of the garden centre!

Several Goldcrests & Treecreepers also seen & Gadwall & Teal on the filtration beds themselves.

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Sunday 10th October

River Irwell by Peel Park

1-2 Kingfishers
4 juvenile Goosanders
5 Little Grebes
1 Grey Heron


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19th April.

Morning visit.

A single Common Sandpiper on the Irwell near the Cliff.

Also on mown sports playing fields on the hairpin bend of the Irwell in this area between Lower Kersal and Higher Broughton and seen amongst the foraging Woodpigeons, corvids and gulls was a single Curlew!biggrin.gif

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Monday 8th March

2 Goldeneye & 47 Tufted Duck between Peel Park & Old Pint Pot

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Tuesday 2nd March

pair of Goosander on River Irwell by Peel Park displaying before flying north

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Monday 1st March

Kingfisher showing well by the UoS sportsground
Song Thrush singing by the footbridge between Peel Park & sportsground, also 2 Redwings
c10 Goldeneye, c5 Tufted Duck & 1 Little Grebe along river

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River Irwell WEBS count 19th February 2010

47 Tufted Duck
9 Goldeneye (3 drk, 4 imm drk, 2 fem)
4 Little Grebe
14 Cormorant
14 Mallard
1 Moorhen
1 Coot
17 Canada Goose
5 Black-headed Gull
2 LBB Gull


Also, 2 Treecreeper, Sparrowhawk & GS Woodpecker

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adjacent to Peel Park: 10 Goldeneye (incl. 3 drakes and 3 imm drakes), 3 Little Grebes, pair of Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard & 16 Canada Geese

also, GS Woodpecker in Peel Park & 2 Skylark flew over calling

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Steve Suttill wrote:

Stephen Young found a Green Sandpiper on the Irwell just downstream from Agecroft Bridge yesterday whilst doing BirdAtlas survey work.

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26th January.

Green Sandpiper still showing very well in same location this morning. Also just a few hundred yards from this bird on the Irwell were 2 Little Grebe, 4 Goosander (1m,3f) and 7 Goldeneye together (all females).

Just a shame that the sandpiper was in tetrad SD80A Lower Kersal and not in "mine" SD80B Prestwich, which I surveyed this morning. frustrated.gif

Keep atlasing!

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WEBS count by Salford University 22/01/10 1445-1545

Cormorant 16
BH Gull c50
Mallard 7
Goosander 2
Grey Heron 1
Coot 1

River fast flowing and levels high, no Tufted Ducks or Goldeneye seen !

Also, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and c40 Redwings in Peel Park

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Stephen Young found a Green Sandpiper on the Irwell just downstream from Agecroft Bridge yesterday whilst doing BirdAtlas survey work.

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Between bridge at Linen Court/Riverside & Peel Park bridge


20 Goldeneye (3 drake)
4 Goosander (2 drake)
1 Tufty
3 Chaffinch
2 Greenfinch
Lots of Blackbirds
Song Thrush
Blue/Great/Cole Tits
3 Heron (2 in trees)

+ usual stuff

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November 27th about 9.30 am. Kingfisher from Victoria Bridge, Salford. Fishing from scrub below bridge old tax office side then moved under bridge to old bus station side.

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Drake Goldeneye seen from Peel Park between abandoned footbridge and The Crescent.

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12th October

Kingfisher, 3 Little Grebe, fem/imm Goosander and 5 Tufted Duck between Castle Irwell and Peel Park

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River Irwell by Peel Park on 16/09

Kingfisher (being mobbed by a Magpie !), fem/imm Goosander and c20 Tufted Duck

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Kingfisher this lunch time, flying by bridge across Irwell by Lowry Hotel.

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Kingfisher this morning from footbridge opposite the Lowry Hotel, my new early morning local patch!

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drake Goosander by Blackfriars Bridge this morning

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WeBs count Hough End Bridge - Old Pint Pot pub

3 Goosander (2 drakes)
3 Little Grebe
13 Tufted Duck (8 drakes)
16 Mallard (11 drakes)
5 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
3 Moorhen

Also 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Jay

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3 Teal (2 drake), 2 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Wagtail, c50 Tufted Duck, 5 Mute Swans, c20 finches (prob Siskin) on River Irwell between Adelphi building and Castle Irwell

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2 redhead Goosander and c25 Tufted Duck on the river viewed from The Crescent today

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fairbrother st am
all as reported before but the swans had 2 juv (still in brownish moult)who got chased around a lot,
a pair of little grebe were on this side of the river for a change but made a hasty retreat as the light changed,the kingfisher was spotted and posed nicley on a shopping trolley for a while.

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1 Little Grebe & 5 Tufted Duck yesterday on the river viewed from The Crescent

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