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2 Grey and 5 Pied Wagtails perched together on my works roof today between the snow falls on Liverpool street Salford.

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26/01/09

pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker Buile Hill Park

also 3 Common Gulls (2 adults, 1 first winter) on adjacent playing field

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A female Sparrowhawk was feeding on a Grey wagtail behind my works today, just off Liverpool street Salford.

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Hello

Walking into work this morning along Chapel St, I had the pleasure of seeing a Peregrine making a beeline for the steeple of Salford Cathedral.

Julian


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3 Goosander (1 drake) and 4 drake Goldeneye on the River Irwell @ Peel Park

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19/12/08

9 Redwings over Liverpool Street @ 9am

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A Peregrine chased and caught a BH Gull over Liverpool street and the EMR scrapyard in Salford today at 12.40pm. The gull tried its best to evade the falcon by flying as fast as it could through the framework of the gasometers but it was soon caught.

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River Irwell by Peel Park Tuesday 2nd December

3 fem/imm Goldeneye
3 Goosander (2 drakes)
57 Tufted Duck
5 Little Grebe
2 Cormorant
2 Grey Wagtail
1 Mute Swan


also Grey Wagtail on Knutsford Street, Seedley

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Top of the War Museum is a prime site, usually early morning between 7.30 & 8.00am. Hunts the pigeons in Traff Park from this vantage point. Can be seen around the Quays at any given time, usual story, the more time you spend in the area, the better the chances of seeing one. Keep an eye on the seperate "Salford Quays" thread .

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Forgot to mention yesterday morning;
Sparrowhawk while crossing Centenary Bridge - flew about 2ft in front of me smile.gif.
I've often looked for Peregrines in Trafford Park around the bridge area, but not seen any. Has anyone elsehmm.gif?

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Judith
I check the gasometer each time as I walk between the shopfloor and the offices, normally between 20-30 times a day. I have in the past set up my scope during my dinner break but the Peregrines have not put in a visit.
I'm lucky if I can get a view with my bino's which I always keep in my car but I have been trying to get a decent photo of the birds for the last 18 months but no luck so far.

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I don't suppose there's any way you can get a scope on the gasometer birds, Dave? It would be interesting to see if 2006 juvs are coming back with a view to breeding.

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Peregrine flying high over my works on Liverpool street in Salford this morning at 8.30am and later at 15.50 two peregrines flew up from their perch on the gasometer across the road and headed towards Manchester centre.

I'm interested to know how many Peregrines are actually thought to be in the Manchester and Salford area. Anyone hazard a guess?

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8 Whooper swans flying very low and silent over Liverpool street in Salford this morning at 6.50 am. They were heading towards Salford Crescent.

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c35 Pied Wagtails over Langworthy tram station around 3:30pm

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A Peregrine was perched on the Liverpool street Gasometer upsetting the local Starlings this morning at 10 am.

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River Irwell by Peel Park 1:10pm-2:15pm

6 Little Grebe
4 Tufted Duck
20 Long-tailed Tit
20 Mallard
40 Canada Geese
1 Grey Wagtail
5 Cormorant

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Sorry Judith,

I was spending the whole day on a wood-engraving course and I don't think the other course participants would have been too enamoured by the presence of a corpse (it was a very hot day and the body was already crawling with flies). If I had actually been out with the intention of birding I would probably have had my supply of plastic sample bags with me, but I was loaded down with books, tools, etc (always make room for the bins though!).

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Hope you got the body Steve - it's on the list of corpses the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology like to receive, being a top predator!

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Late post (not that it matters). Had time to kill in Salford on Saturday morning so had a look at the river from the terrace of the Old Pint Pot. Dead Kingfisher which must have flown into the pub windows the previous night. Also, pair of Little Grebes, Cormorant plus usual Mallard, Canadas and Moorhen.

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Couple of ringed plover, grey wag, heron swallow sand martin coot and LBB Gull and several BH gull 2 mute swans all in one little spot on Pomona docks just down from no 3 dock today. a little hive of bird life in one spot.

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A pair of Buzzards were soaring high above Regent road and the EMR scrap yard in the centre of Salford today at 1.15pm before moving west.

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1 adult Little Grebe and 5 Tufted Duck on the River Irwell between Salford University and Castle Irwell, also Song Thrush in Salford University grounds

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A Peregrine was flying over Liverpool street in Salford at 6.55 am this morning carrying a small bird. It was heading towards Manchester city centre.


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A RN Parrakeet flew over the main road in Weaste Cemetery today at 12.15pm.
It could be clearly heard calling but not seen while it perched in a tree near the RC part of the cemetery.



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A Peregrine was perched on the Gasometer on Liverpool street Salford this evening at 7pm eating a kill.

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Saturday 0430-0630 Buile Hill Park

25 species including:

singing Nuthatch
singing Blackcap
singing Coal Tit
singing Song Thrush

also very brief glimpse of what was probably the Ring-necked Parakeet

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Grey Wagtail again on Knutsford Street

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Grey Wagail on Knutsford Street

BTO survey on Salford Quays highlights:

1 Song Thrush by Broadway

1 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing and 1 Common Whitethroat by The Lowry

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A pair of Grey Wagtails and a singing Whitethroat on Hope street between Liverpool street and the railtracks this evening at 18.35.

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A Buzzard was flying low over Swinton Park Golf course this evening at 18.55.

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Grey wagtail on Knutsford Street in Seedley

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I was told this morning about a Peregrine which was sat on the Gala Bingo hall next to Salford Precinct yesterday happily eating a pigeon in full view of people entering the building.

Also 5 Grey wagtails perched on the wall of EMR scrapyard beside Liverpool street at 12.35pm today

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A Peregrine was again perched on the Liverpool street gasometer in Salford this evening at 18.15 and was being mobbed by a pair of Magpies.

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9.55 am
A Peregrine caught a BH Gull this morning which had been perched on my works roof at Liverpool street in Salford. There are normally between 20-30 gulls resting on the roof throughout the day and I think that the Peregrine swooped down from the opposite gasometer and flushed the gulls into the air. I was at the side of the building and heard the gulls start making a racket and as I looked up the Peregrine flew past and landed on to the next firms roof while carrying the flapping gull. It took about 30 seconds for the Peregrine to kill the gull which was struggling causing both birds to slip down the roof. The rest of the gulls were screaming and doing their best to move the Peregrine off which it finally did carrying the unfortunate gull.
Nature in the raw.smile.gif

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A Peregrine was sat on the Liverpool street Gasometer today at 12.35pm with another bird flying overhead possibly displaying as it was swooping down towards the perched bird then soaring back up into the air. It did this a couple of times before perching near the other bird.

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Today 1.25 pm
A Peregrine was again on the Liverpool street gasometer today eating what looked like a pigeon.

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Sunday 16/12 1.15PM
Sleeping Tawny Owl in Weaste Cemetery with also a male Bullfinch seen in the trees near the VC Grave at the end of the road.

Today
Peregrine on the Gasometer on Liverpool street at 9.20 am.
At least 25 Redwing either on the gasometer or eating the berries in the trees opposite at 12.35 pm

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