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pr Grey Wagtails feeding young nr Tesco Central Park Way this afternoon

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The young Ravens have flown but come back to nest site regularly seen both yesterday and today not sure where they go but more than likely not very far from the nest site.

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4 young Ravens still at nest this lunch time, lifting sticks off the nest as they practice flying upwards

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Young Ravens moving about a lot on the nest site this afternoon

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From the brilliant viewing point of my desk, I have just been wintessing mega flapping from Raven young. A good weekend to fly?


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What news of the Ravens??

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A chiffchaff was calling this morning in trees next to Sharpys chippy at the DW Stadium at around 9.30 this morning.

(Not town centre,but wasn't sure where to post this)

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A Buzzard drifted over the Parish church this afternoon only to be met and driven off by one of the local Ravens, driving up from Scholes to Whelley a Carrion Crow was trying to get into a Magpie nest whist the Magpies were present, the traffic lights changed and I had to carry on my way but the Magpies were getting fairly aggressive towards the Crow


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pr Jackdaws going into last years probable nest site.


Jimmy

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16 Sand Martin feeding at Parson's Meadow today

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Both Ravens at new nest site at lunchtime. Female sat on the nest. Male very vocal and protective.

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2 oystercatchers on the football pitches adjacent to the dw soccerdome

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2 Goldcrest and 2 Grey Wagtail along the R Douglas nr Tesco today

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Another sighting of Peregrine in Wigan. This one was on the church tower of St. James with St. Thomas on Tipping Street (just off Poolstock Lane). It was sat high up on the side facing the town centre, on top of of one of the large gargoyles. I watched it for 10 mins, returned 20 minutes later, it was still there but now feeding on a kill. Not sure if this is a different bird to the one reported to earlier on the Parish Church tower in the centre of Wigan.
Great to see.

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This Morn
Ravens very active with carrying nesting materials in the town centre.

Jimmy

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Noticed a Raven's new nest in different location Friday morning. Couldnt believe how well constructed given timescale. Looks a bit precarious though! Mick

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Ravens nest blown down and was lying at the side of the road this morning. strangely no sign of any eggs or egg shell. surprised by the amount of wool they used. bit of a sickner

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Allan Rimmer wrote:

For the third day running a flock of around eight-10 Redwings are feeding on a holly tree in a garden in Hodges Street.

Seen them on this tree before but only in really cold spells so its unusual to see them now in such an urban setting
when we've not seen any great numbers around the local countryside this winter.

Hopefully they might drag in a more exotic species of berry feeder!




Allan,
It's the same story here on Ladybridge Estate, we see Redwing in small numbers everyday at present . Usually near the centre which can be quite busy. I noted that the Redwing this morning were not as flighty (as people passed
on the adjacent footpath) as earlier in the winter.
Like you I am hoping for ''more exotic species''




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For the third day running a flock of around eight-10 Redwings are feeding on a holly tree in a garden in Hodges Street.

Seen them on this tree before but only in really cold spells so its unusual to see them now in such an urban setting
when we've not seen any great numbers around the local countryside this winter.

Hopefully they might drag in a more exotic species of berry feeder!

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looked at the ravens nest this morning.a tail was visible so eggs must have been laid

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Young Blackbird this morning calling to its parents earliest I have ever had of fledging Blackbirds.

Jimmy

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one raven at the nest today the other one was on a nearby mast, cronking lustily

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12 goosander over the douglas near to JJB stadium this evening .

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Half hour stroll on lunchbreak resulted in the following: Peregrine. Raven. Sparrowhawk.(feral pigeon kill behind AMF bowling.) Pied wagtail. Grey wagtail. Goldfinch. No sign of Goosander. Probably flushed by some inebriated drunkard exiting The Orwell. :/

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Neil Ferguson wrote:

"Are they rebuilding in the usual spot yet?

I believe the old nest was blown away in last years Spring gales"

Ravens are back building, had nice views of them last week squabbling over what looked like a pigeon wing in sennicar lane fields.
Male Goosander flushed from Canal just outside Orwell pub this afternoon
Song Thrush, Blackbird and Goldfinch near John Bull plus two other small charms of Goldfinch, one in parish church grounds one near the range

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fred fouracre wrote:

raven flying quickly In circles around market place causing much consternation amongst the jackdaws.the other bird was sat in the tall tree by the john bull.





Are they rebuilding in the usual spot yet?

I believe the old nest was blown away in last years Spring gales.

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raven flying quickly In circles around market place causing much consternation amongst the jackdaws.the other bird was sat in the tall tree by the john bull.

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Mick Taylor wrote:

Peregrine (female) on town centre perch 1.30 pm. Observed probably same bird last week flying around train stations and saw it on same perch, so took telescope into work this week - brilliant views. It is a real cracker. will be keeping a close eye on it as i can see the perch from my office. Mick





Whilst waiting in the barbers for an hour yesterday, I had a read of the Wigan Reporter and there was an article about the above peregrine in there! They are predicting the number of residents to increase in the town centre over the next 5 years, which would be amazing! Still not had a chance to get down to see it (bit lame considering I only live about 3 miles away!!).

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Matt

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Anyone seen the article in the MEN (online) about the Pied Wagtail roost at the Robin Retail park? Apparently 500 birds. I posted on here about this time last year about there being 2-300 in the same area, but it seems to have become more popular!

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A single Redwing in the depths of the town centre today making quick visits on to a Rowan outside the John Bull Chophouse, doing its best to dodge an unhappy Mistle Thrush

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Single raven near to scott lane again and sparrowhawk .

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2 raven flew low over the houses near to scott lane today , on the nearby football fields lots of gulls feed daily ( were they are fed regular) lots of bh gull and common gull , and a few l b b and herring gull , sparrowhawk again , several mistle thrush have been on the rowan and a small flock of goldfinch have regular been on the rowan ( must be eating the flesh of the fruit and not the seed anybody witnessed this behaviour ? )the other day 2 heron went over and 3 cormorant which looked like they were on the big dipper at blackpool ( undulating flight not seen this behaviour before ).

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Peregrine (female) on town centre perch 1.30 pm. Observed probably same bird last week flying around train stations and saw it on same perch, so took telescope into work this week - brilliant views. It is a real cracker. will be keeping a close eye on it as i can see the perch from my office. Mick

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a sparrowhawk circling over spencer road west at 14 30

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Approx 90 Redwing around Hardybutts, Scholes this afternoon and at least 70 at Darlington Street-Chapel Lane, where they appeared to be feeding behind the gym/former MFI building

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Approx dozen Redwing feeding on the last of the rowan berries on Wilcock street, Wallgate at lunchtime today. Only the odd berry left on trees so they are picking up the windfall.

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There has been around 30 redwing, plus a couple of mistle thrushes feeding on rowan berries on the car park, on Wilcock street, Wallgate.



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c125 Redwing this morning feeding at Darlington Street/Harrogate Street and perched in trees at Chapel Lane car park



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4 Bullfinch feeding on Rowan at Harrogate St/Darlington St junction this morning. Still plenty of mobile Redwing feeding there and also commuting over to Wallgate/Trencherfield Mill area

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Thanks Dave! I was initially going to dismiss it could have been robins but after taking a listen to their winter call, I'm guessing it might have been them! I just assumed it was more of a wading bird due to the depth of it! I have a lot to learn!

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Hello Matt, Robins will often sing at night in winter, especially where there is a lot of artificial light as is the case around the DW/Robin Park area. Teal and Coot are regular down there and would be likely to be heard when they're feeding at night. The sound of these would easily reach the DW Stadium at night from the marshes by the River Douglas at Walmsley's.

This afternoon 81 Redwing at Darlington St and Chapel Lane car park and feeding on Rowan by Harrogate Street junction.



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I was at the DW Stadium on New Years Eve and whilst waiting for my taxi at about 1:30am, there was a lot of various bird songs and calls coming from towards the canal? Anyone have any idea what birds are active at this time of the night?

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A couple of Grey Wagtails are currently mooching about in my back yard, in the centre of a row of terraces in Whelley !



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40+ Redwing at Darlington Street/Chapel Lane car park this morning

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Sunday 29th: approx 180 Pied Wagtail roosting in trees at Robin Park Retail Park, at the north end of car park

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Pair of Ravens on the flats at the bottom of Scholes this dinner time, not be long before they're nest building again if were lucky



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Scot lane area ( not far from robin park) , 3 cormorant over , female sparrowhawk regular , the mistle thrush had several redwing to fight off from its rowan berries , single grey wagtail over .

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Raven in trees near John Bull this dinner time completely dwarfing the Magpies and Jackdaws contemplating mobbing it, also feral pigeon nest building in one of the car parks

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Single peregrine near to jjbstadium again first thing this morning also around 300 pinkfoot heading northeast , 100+ woodpigeon heading west , mistle thrush and goldfich in song ,.

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Trencherfield Mill
2 Ravens this morning n one of the ledges
Jimmy

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