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Post Info TOPIC: WIGAN TOWN CENTRE (and environs)


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RE: WIGAN TOWN CENTRE


female-type Mandarin on the River Douglas today by Tesco with three Mallard, probably a full-grown juvenile as it had immaculately fresh plumage, also a Goldcrest by Central Park Way

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Had a quick walk past the scholes flat,s whilst waiting for my moped to fail it,s motno.gif

2 mallard
3 dunnock
4 magpie
2 blackbirds
6 mistle thrush
1 pied wagtail
1 moorhen
some blackbirds,gulls over (big one,s and some smaller one,s)
best of all 1 grey wagtailbiggrin.gif

cheers geoffbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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No House Martins this year at Drumcroon Centre Parsons Walkdisbelief.gif

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Goldfinch collecting nesting material
Jackdaw probable breeding in roof cavity seen going in and out today


Cheers Jimmy



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Queuing in traffic this evening was livened up by a Raven on Trencherfield Mill, then flying around Wigan Pier/Miry Lane

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Oystercatcher calling overhead early afternoon today

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No sign of yesterdays Waxwings on a 3hr mooch around got displaying Greenfinch though at the jtn of Dicconson St

Cheers Jimmy

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Carrion Crow nesting at the jtn of New Market St and Dicconson St no sign of Waxwings at 5:15

Jimmy

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17 Waxwings today on New Market Street and Mesnes Street (see Waxwing thread).



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I'll remember that for my BBS, Jimmy!

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Magpie nest building in Galleries Shopping Centre in the tree that Pied wagtails used to roost in

Cheers Jimmy

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2 Buzzards drifted east, quite low over Wigan College/Mesnes Field then off over Swinley, at 11:55 today

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yesterday 2 ravens displaying over jjb stadium.then they made at least 6 visits to the roof of the east stand carrying twigs.but its not possible to see onto the roof as its too high so its not known if they are nestbuilding.this info care of cliff aspey who is groundsman at robin park arena.

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single raven over jjb car park "cronking" repeatedly

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peregrine flew over wigan pier today 4.00pm

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THE GREAT THING ABOUT BIRDING ISNT JUST THE BIRDS


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Fred, not well up on Ravens, do they also add material to nest during incubation?been watching another possible pair elsewhere in wigan area on and off for last couple of months. single bird there today swooping at other corvids in area and circled low several times over a possible nest site, also perched nearby and alot of low calling, not mentioning area online for obvious reasons evileye.gifhappy.gif

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groundsman on the municipal stadium next door who is very up to speed with birds reckons they pass thro every day sometimes landing on the running track football pitch.when i saw the bird fly in with a stick it could have been a gesture to its mate.arent ravens known to do this?

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quick walk around jjb stadium this evening looking for Ravens but no luck, Kestrel flew into north stand though

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That's an excellent record Fred. Would you mind submitting it to the BTO Atlas website? http://www.bto.org/birdatlas/index.htm
The breeding code to use is B (nest building). The tetrad should be SD50X Wigan Centre although you can check this on the BTO website by using the Google map on the data entry page.
In 2008 there were only two records of probable breeding and two records of confirmed breeding of Raven in GM submitted to the Atlas. None in the Wigan area. I'm sure there must have been other pairs present elsewhere in the county. This is one of the species we are particularly keen to monitor as it did not breed in the county when the last Atlas (BBGM) was published in 1984.
On a general note, although the recording period for the 2009 breeding season doesn't officially start until 1st April, you can submit records before this date for any breeding activity seen by less common species or early breeders.

Steve

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raven flew into jjb stadium this morningwith a large twig in its beak.could it be????????biggrin.gif

-- Edited by fred fouracre at 21:51, 2009-02-17

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2 Ravens this morning on Wigan College roof, then on to the tower of the NHS place by Mesnes Park, before flying off over the park

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Peregrine over Queen St Wallgate 8:40 This Morning

Cheers Jimmy

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Today a Goldcrest was noteworthy, deep in to the town centre, in the single tree-like Cotoneaster next to Smiths Bookshop, Mesnes Street, where Pied Wagtails roost.

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Mistle Thrush with nesting material on Northway jtn of Water St this morning

Cheers Jimmy

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Sparrowhawk spooking pigeons for a good 10 minutes just after one o clock this afternoon smile.gif

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Just outside the town centre proper, at Hardybutts, Scholes, there were an impressive 25 Mistle Thrush and 18 Blackbird at a Rowan yesterday

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sparrowhawk circling just above the grand arcade today at about 3:10pm. giving the pigeons a right scare. put me in a good mood for the rest of my afternoon at college.

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Well, it's good to know Kestrels nested (this year?) at the new JJB stadium, as it's important for the breeding atlas.

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judith...........dont know about those at the old ground but this pair for sure havent nested at jjb.though kestrels have.

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At the old football ground, where TESCOs is now, I remember what I assumed to be a pair of Crows nesting in one of the spotlight gantries...maybe this pair of Ravens will try that?

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ravens at jjb again today.according to the groundsman at robin park arena they visit at some time almost every day.

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Adam Dyson wrote:

i was on my afternoon break today at college and i walked past the opticians next to one of the entrances to the bus station and i looked in and did a double take. There was an adult starling looking curiously through one of the full length mirrors in the shop.
............... I dont think it managed to find any glasses that suited it.
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If it had been trying on some of those rose-tinted spectacles, you could have claimed it as a Rose-Coloured Starling??smile.gif

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fred fouracre wrote:

not quite town centre but there were 2 ravens at jjb stadium today.

....Don't they say that when the Ravens leave the JJB Stadium, Wigan Athletic will fall out of the Premiership, or am I getting mixed up with the Tower of London myth?



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Adam Dyson wrote:

i was on my afternoon brake today at college and i walked past the opticians next to one of the entrances to the bus station and i looked in and did a double take. There was an adult starling looking curiously through one of the full length mirrors in the shop.
It was pretty funny to see but me and my friend ryan speakman ( who is a member of manchester birding) decided it was best to try and get it out. After a few lengths of the room we managed to get a blanket over it and take it outside and it flew off. I dont think it managed to find any glasses that suited it. biggrin.gif






Instead of a single bird you might have got two pairs - had you gone to Specsavers... weirdface.gif

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not quite town centre but there were 2 ravens at jjb stadium today.i heard them calling and was treated to some skillfull aerobatics including some half somersaults their wedge tails making id very easy.they then landed on a wireless mast on top of the stadium and began head bobbing and touching beaks.seemed very content with each other so i presume they must be an established pair.anyway they made my day.

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i was on my afternoon brake today at college and i walked past the opticians next to one of the entrances to the bus station and i looked in and did a double take. There was an adult starling looking curiously through one of the full length mirrors in the shop.
It was pretty funny to see but me and my friend ryan speakman ( who is a member of manchester birding) decided it was best to try and get it out. After a few lengths of the room we managed to get a blanket over it and take it outside and it flew off. I dont think it managed to find any glasses that suited it. biggrin.gif

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Raven on Eckersley Mill near Wigan Pier this lunchtime

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100+ Starlings feeding on the huge Rowan berry crop around Miry Lane/Wallgate today. Come on lads, leave some for the Waxwings!

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29 Mistle Thrush on the roof of the church (St John's I think) on Caroline Street off Wallgate this afternoon, lots of Rowans in the vicinity.

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geoff be careful if you if you walk the other way to the bottom of coppull lane it can be a bit naughty with druggies and the like first thing in the morning furious.gif cheers jimmy

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Those LBB Gulls might breed one of these days. They're always around the town centre when I do my 2 Breeding Bird Surveys, and up a dozen 3rd Winter birds summered at Horrocks Flash last year. I hope they don't as they would probably predate the terns and Black-headed Gulls.
Keep your eyes on the tall buildings, such as they are, in Wigan!

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WIGAN TOWN CENTRE (and environs)


24/03/08 first light (dipped on the dippers)cry.gif tesco to court buildings

lots of pigeons 6 mallard
2 moorhens 2 dunnock
4 blackbirds 1 wood pigeon
2 collard dove 3 longtailed tit
4 great tit 2 blue tit
6 house sparrow bh gull/common over
2 splendid lbb gull on car park and a few shoping trolleys drowning,as they say if you don,t go you,ll never see owt.

cheers geoffbiggrin.gif

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 9th of January 2010 12:03:47 PM

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