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RE: Salford Birds


Hi all. New here but wanted to report a sighting today.
First of all I am not very savvy in identifying birds and am curious if someone could tell me what I have just seen.
I saw a massive figure in the sky around 20:30 tonight in Eccles, significant enough for me to get up from the table and run outside to see it.
When outside I saw a bird with its wings spread on the roof of the house opposite.
I am certain it was a bird and each wing must have been c18in - 2ft. I didn't see the body of the bird so can not give any details of markings.
Is anyone aware of a bird of prey in the area and what could it be I saw.
Thanks in advance

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Two sightings of a Peregrine flying over Liverpool street today. The falcon was carrying prey and heading towards Manchester city centre on the second time around 3pm.

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Weaste cemetery this afternoon

2 Chiffchaff and a Willow warbler singing
2 Jays
2 Stock doves, first time that I have seen them at this site.
Treecreeper
4 Chaffinch
Song thrush
2 Mistle thrush
3 Redwing
2 Long tailed tits
Coal tit
Great spotted woodpecker
Male Sparrowhawk eating prey while perched on a headstone
13 Magpies
23 Woodpigeons

-- Edited by Dave Thacker on Sunday 14th of April 2013 08:21:11 PM

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wardley ind estate, worsley.
1 0ystercatcher
2 greenfinch
1 chiffchaff

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River Irwell @ The Crescent

Drake Teal
1 Little Grebe
12 Tufted Duck
1 Stock Dove

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1 chiffchaff singing wardley cemetery.

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3 redwings at albert park.

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River Irwell

9 Goldeneye
21 Tufted Duck
1 Little Grebe

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2 Common Buzzards over Liverpool Street

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Monday 18th March

c30 Redwings over Wallness Lane adjacent to Salford University

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Plenty of Peregrine activity over Liverpool street today. A single bird seen four times between 8am and 2pm flying East to West and back again.

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River Irwell WEBS (early due to other commitments!)

4th March

7 Goldeneye
19 Tufted Duck
1 Little Grebe
1 Cormorant
2 Mallard
1 Common Gull
50 Black-headed Gull

-- Edited by James Walsh on Tuesday 5th of March 2013 03:20:33 PM

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Two Goldcrests feeding in the low bushes outside my workplace on Liverpool street at 12.35 today and a Sparrowhawk was perched on the Gasometer yesterday and was mobbed by a pair of the resident Carrion Crows.

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20th February.

At least 90 Redwing indulging in their communal twittering subsong in Agecroft Cemetery this morning. It was loud enough for me to hear from at least 200 yards away whilst walking alongside the R. Irwell. I detoured back through the cemetery and stood alongside the trees and enjoyed and marvelled at the babble. Spine tingling! Also the odd Goldfinch and a single Siskin amongst this flock.

Also a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a pair of Mistle Thrush and another bird singing loudly nearby.


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River Irwell
@ The Crescent
2 Teal (male & female)
2 Tufted Duck
2 LIttle Grebe

Robinson Bridge
Drake Goldeneye
3 Tufted Duck
3 Little Grebe

Cromwell Bridge
2 Goldeneye
6 Tufted Duck
2 Little Grebe


Clowes Park Lake
18 Tufted Duck


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A Redshank flew over Liverpool street this morning at 10.05am heading Northwest.

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River Irwell @ Salford University

4 Goldeneye (2 adult drakes, 1 first-winter drake, 1 female)
2 Cormorant
5 Mallard
10 Canada Goose



Peel Park

1 Siskin
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
c100 Redwing


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A flock of aprox 20 (very fat) Waxwings came to visit us at the cross lane delivery office at 10am today. They had a small feast on the berry bushes and then flew off towards Trafford road.

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River Irwell WEBS

14 Goldeneye (5 adult drakes, 2 sub-adult drakes)
11 Cormorant (2 white-headed)
2 Little Grebe
4 Mallard

Also, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

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A flock of 32 Lapwings flew over Liverpool street heading North east this morning at 7.50am.

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10 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe & 1 Moorhen River Irwell at The Crescent viewable from The Old Pint Pot pub

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A Peregrine was perched on the Liverpool street gasometer at 12.45pm this afternoon. Two Magpies decided to try to move it off by sitting each side of the falcon and doing a bit of calling,wing flapping and just jumping about. After 5 minutes the Peregrine launched itself off the gasometer and scattered the Magpies.

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Late post from Sunday morning 20/1.

Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming in Kersal Dale. In exactly the same tree as when I visited here last winter but then on the slightly later date of 4th February.

On R. Irwell between Littleton Bridge and St Boniface Bridge - totals of 22 Goldeneye (largest rafts were of 11 and 9 ducks) and 6 Teal were the highlights.

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19th January.

Nice walk this morning alongside R. Irwell - down river from Agecroft Bridge to Littleton Road Bridge.

On the river there were totals of - 4 Teal (2 separate pairs), 21 Tufted Duck, 48 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 1 Snipe, 13 Goldeneye, 8 Little Grebe, 4 Goosander and c120 Canada Geese. Also 1 Pied Wagtail and 1 singing Grey Wagtail.

Land adjacent to river - 3 Coal Tit, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Greenfinch, c20 Redwing, c10 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Siskin flying over calling, 2 pairs of Magpies nest building.

On Littleton Road playing fields - c45 Lapwing foraging on the grassland. Some birds were quite vocal and aggressive and 2 birds fought briefly. Probably stressed out looking for food? One bird looked like it might have got something but was being pursued relentlessly by a small posse of Black-headed Gulls, before an immature larger gull came in and took over the chase! A solitary Fieldfare was foraging amongst the Lapwings. Also on a small area of short rough grassland at the side of the playing fields it was a bit of a surprise to find a small flock of c12 Meadow Pipits and a single Skylark. Other Skylarks were heard calling but could not be located - possibly flying over?

Hard to count the gulls on this stretch this am as they were flighty and well spread out along the river and on the playing fields but minimum counts of 250 Black-headed Gull, 50 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 15 Common Gull and 3 Herring Gull. There were 2 adult Great Black-backed Gulls on the playing fields on 8/12/12.

A small flock of c25 Linnet were foraging on the banks on this stretch of the Irwell on 7th January '13.

Sadly, no sign on several visits of any Green Sandpiper(s) on this stretch of the Irwell so far this winter. At least 1 has lingered here over the previous few winters.

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Peel Park Friday 18th Jan

1 Sparrowhawk
5 Redwing
1 Fieldfare (heard)
25 Long-tailed Tit
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard)

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River Irwell adjacent to Peel Park

4 Teal
9 Goldeneye
40 Tufted Duck
5 Little Grebe
1 Moorhen
5 Mallard
10 Black-headed Gull
5 Cormorant

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River Irwell (adjacent to Peel Park) WEBS

14 Goldeneye
46 Tufted Duck
3 Cormorant (1 white head bird)
1 Little Grebe
1 Coot
1 Moorhen
10 Mallard
20 Canada Goose
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
50 Black-headed Gull

also 2 Grey Wagtail

-- Edited by James Walsh on Thursday 17th of January 2013 03:17:04 PM

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River Irwell (adjacent to Peel Park) WEBS

14 Goldeneye
46 Tufted Duck
3 Cormorant (1 white head bird)
1 Little Grebe
1 Moorhen
1 Coot
10 Mallard
20 Canada Goose
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
50 Black-headed Gull

Also, 2 grey wagtail

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1 male Goosander on MS Canal at Eccles by Centenary Bridge at 12.30pm today.

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Thanks, James. I hoped you'd be on to this!

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Hi Colin, this is only the second time a Raven has been seen at The Quays, the first record was last October, so it's a rare bird at this site

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Saw a raven being mobbed by carrion crows and black-headed gulls above the Lowry Shopping Mall at Salford Quays today at around 11.00 am. Anyone else catch this? How unusual is it for a raven to be seen here in Salford?

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Had a brief 45min walk at midday at Kersal Dale. Pleasant weather but rather muddy at times!

highlight was a male great spotted woodpecker, with another woodpecker heard nearby pecking wood.
bustling with many great and blue tits.
more than one flock of long tailed tits at opposite ends of the park.
numerous robins singing.
magpies
a small tree with 13 woodpigeon on it for some unbeknown reason.

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This morning
Oakwood park beside the A580

Great spotted woodpecker
Nuthatch heard only
3 Jays
2 Mistle thrush
2 Long tailed tits
Coal tit
2 Carrion crows
Sparrowhawk over

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Tuesday 18th December

River Irwell adjacent to Peel Park

1 drake Goldeneye
1 Little Grebe
2 Cormorant
2 Moorhen

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WEBS River Irwell adjacent to Peel Park

31 Goldeneye
22 Tufted Duck
3 Teal
3 Little Grebe
3 Mallard


Peel Park

2 Siskin
2 Coal Tit
2 Goldcrest
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Treecreeper
10 Goldfinch
c30 Long-tailed tit
2 Mistle Thrush



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WEBS River Irwell adjacent to Peel Park

31 Goldeneye
22 Tufted Duck
3 Teal
3 Little Grebe
3 Mallard


Peel Park

2 Siskin
2 Coal Tit
2 Goldcrest
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Treecreeper
10 Goldfinch
c30 Long-tailed tit
2 Mistle Thrush

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Monmouth Park.

11 to 11.30 today.

Waxwings.....19
Mistle Thrushes....6 (5 on one branch right in front of me!)
Redwing....5
Starlings....45
Great Spotted Woodpecker....1
Feral Pigeon....4
Woodpigeon...3
Blue Tit...2
Carrion Crow..1

Nice little park too!



-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 23rd of November 2012 05:49:45 PM

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Monmouth Park, Ordsall, Salford
14.30 to 16.00

Big flock of waxwings, I saw at least 50 and other birders reported up to 160 at a time.
Managed to take a few snaps.
Also
A few redwings
One or two fieldfares
Several mistle thrushes
2 goldfinches
One carrion crow
Several blue tits
One great tit
Couple of blackbirds
Several feral pigeons


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10 Waxwings in Ordsall Park off Trafford Road at 2.35 today, showing incredibly well.

Info thanks to Simon Johnson

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Four Grey wagtails looking for food on the roof of William Eagles ltd on Liverpool street this morning.

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Great spotted woodpecker flew across the east lancs at wardley , 1610 today.

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Peel Park, The Meadows Nature Reserve & River Irwell 1230-1430

70+ mobile passerine flock
2 Goldcrest
c50 Long-tailed Tit
c10 Great Tit
c10 Blue Tit

River Irwell
17 Tufted Duck
4 Little Grebe

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Caught the first train from Bromley Cross to Salford Crescent. In Peel Park for 7.20am and spent the rest of the morning along the Irwell to Clifton CP.
Common birds throughout, but even though the wind wasn't too strong woodland birds were scarce.
Selected birds :-

Peel Park to Cromwell Road :-
4 Little Grebes
5 Cormorants
29 Canada Geese at Cromwell Road bridge.
39 Mallards
17 Tufted Ducks
1 male Sparrowhawk. Appeared from nowhere along narrow path by Frederick Road bridge, before flying low across the river. It was so close I actually ducked out of the way.
100+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
4 Common Gulls
3 Moorhens
1 Coot
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Mistle Thrush
3 Bullfinches

Cromwell Road to Littleton Road (The Cliff) :-
4 Little Grebes
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
20 Canada Geese on playing fields + 9 on river.
3 skeins of Pink-footed Geese. All SE. 8.27am = 200, 8.32am = 250, 9.05am = 150
34 Mallards
10 Tufted Ducks
2 Goldeneyes
8 Black-headed Gulls
1 Common Gull
2 Moorhens
2 Meadow Pipits
2 Grey Wagtails
1 Mistle Thrush
5 Chaffinches
5 Greenfinches
4 Goldfinches
3 Bullfinches

Littleton Road to Agecroft :-
11 Canada Geese
12 Pink-footed Geese. SE. 9.47am.
45 Mallards
4 Tufted Ducks
2 Lapwings
150+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Common Gull
5 Goldfinches
2 Siskins

Agecroft to Clifton (M60)
1 Little Grebe
2 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
16 Mallards
2 Teal
5 Moorhens
5 Black-headed Gulls
1 Kingfisher. It looked bright green in flight with the way the light caught it.
2 Grey Wagtails





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Peel Park
4 Redwing
5 Long-tailed Tit
4 Great Tit
4 Blue Tit


River Irwell
Drake Tufted Duck
1 Little Grebe

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4pm Buile Hill Park (next to golf course) Sparrowhawk locked in air to air combat with a crow! Both crash landed in a tree and carried on fighting and screeching at each other before the Sparrowhawk managed to escape and flew off towards Gore crescent.....Not something you see everyday!

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Looks like we have a resident Buzzard that has decided to make Langworthy and Seedley its new hunting ground.. I have seen it every day for the past week and a half.. at the beginning of last week it was hanging around St ambrose Gardens/ Chimney pot park area for 3 full days.. I even found it sitting on my mates wall on Liverpool Street eyeing up his Chickens and Rabbits!... it looks to me like a young male. Thursday/ Friday/ Sat I have gone on to see it soaring very low up and down Seedley park road/ Derby road getting pestered by a flock of magpies. The latest sighting was 1pm today as it was soaring around St Lukes church Spire for a while before the police helicopter scared it away. I also saw it at 3.15pm on Weaste lane over the motorway.. I hope he likes the area and decides to stay a while

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A wing-barred warbler was seen briefly at 4:50pm, 1 observer, north side of Peel Park, amongst large passerine flock, c50 Long-tailed, 2 Coal, c10 Blue, c5 Great Tit, 3 Goldcrest & 2 Treecreeper

The flock is very mobile & ranging around the River Irwell, Peel Park & the playing fields to the north


River Irwell WEBS count

1 Goosander
2 Tufted Duck
8 Mallard
1 Common Gull
2 Cormorant
2 Moorhen

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Had a brief look this afternoon in light drizzle - no sign, but plenty of crests about and a couple of tit flocks including one keeping to aninaccessible part of the opposite bank of the river.

Red-head Goosander on river and a few flyover Siskins plus a flock of c50 small finches which were probably Siskin.

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Hi just had a walk down by the irwell. A yellow browed warbler with a mixed flock of tits and goldcrests. Called once and flew to my side of the river and fed in sycamore. The area it was favouring was the last tree on the left before the first bridge from down the ramp next to maxwell building down to the river. At 10 am.
Hopefully gets picked by everyone, my 7th yellow browed of the year!
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