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RE: County garden birds


The roving tit flock hit the (Romiley) garden this afternoon and contained both chiffchaff and goldcrest. As good as it gets at the moment.



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A good count of 16 Mistle Thrush over my Flixton garden this afternoon.

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A group of 7 or 8 Long-tailed Tits in our Hale garden just now - a sign that the cold weather is soon to be with us? no



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Male & female blackcap feeding in my old trafford garden this morning. Also siskin heard going over.

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Kestrel heading west over our Openshaw garden @ 19:10.



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At 5.17 this evening a Great Spotted Woodpecker was near the

top of our Larch, before diving down into nexts door garden.



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Anyone any ideas what this bird might be? It has appeared in a neighbours garden recently. 



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Dukinfield 4/9/18

After doing the first visits to 2 Tawny Owl survey squares and unsurprisingly given the locations hearing nothing, within an hour of getting home 1 was calling in our garden, considering that the last one I heard in the garden was in early September 2015 this is taking the proverbial I think.
Another bird that hasn't been seen in the garden since 2015 turned up yesterday, a Treecreeper.
A couple of Nuthatches have appeared recently but otherwise I have never known the feeders be so quiet even at this time of year, I suspect we have had regular visits from a Sparrowhawk that hopefully might explain why the birds are reluctant to come into the garden.

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3 buzzards calling over my Radcliffe garden way up, and just when they moved on, a male sparrowhawk landed casually on top of the main bird feeding station just 12 ft from me. He looked as suprised to see me as I was to see him. I stayed totally still and after about 5 seconds - he casually flew back. He looked like he was halfway through his molt looking a bit tatty. Ta!

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Today's star birds were 2 nuthatches which, like yesterday's chiffchaff, were on the ground seeing what I'd left them. After that 'action' at 8.00 a.m., there was nothing else to report whilst I was at home.



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For their breakfast this am; up to 8 juvenile Goldfinch (often nipping each other to get space on the feeders), juvenile Robin, juvenile House Sparrow,

juvenile Dunnocks, Chaffinch and  Blue and Great Tits.

Nothing unusual but nice to see this level of activity.



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Wednesday 29th of August 2018 09:25:24 AM

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Threw some seeds and brown bread on the ground which attracted the house sparrow flock (25) mid morning. This also got the attention of other birds, including a chiffchaff which actually landed on terra firma whilst it had a look what was on offer. See 'other wildlife - Romiley' for the end piece to this idyllic scene.



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Kestrel hovering over our Openshaw garden, being mobbed by the local Magpies.



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4 curlews over my old trafford garden this evening at 7.25pm calling & heading west.
oystercatcher was heard only but could not pick it up as it sounded high up at 8.05pm.

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Just thought I'd share something amuzing in my Radcliffe garden. I have a nest box packed with sawdust in the hope that I may attract willow tits (after my 2016 visit- a long shot but worth an attempt anyway). About last February, a small chamber of about 2 - 2 1/2 inch in diameter was carved out for a 2nd time just at the enterance- but I left it this time to see what would happen. Only recently a juvenile blue tit decided to make himself cosy inside and sleeps there for the night. Ta!

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A Nuthatch by my feeders just now.



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Just thought I'd post an update; My blackbirds are now back together along with both chicks. So this obviously means I'm seeing the male frequently again. This also proves that when they separated, the parents each rearing a chick in a separate area to prevent both from falling victim if one or the other fell victim to a predator. The female helps herself to some mealworms, the chicks are almost independent now but still need some help. This at their age can be a little messy as mealworms get dropped. A juvenile great tit has cottoned on to this and now follows the female and will help itself to the ones that fall. No doubt that's what the sparrows wait for too as they come out in force out of all the cracks whenever the blackbirds turn up. Finally, I've finally seen a Robin and a dunnock- but only juveniles. So the original adults must be somewhere. Ta!

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2 ravens over my old trafford garden this evening at 5.50pm cronking as they went over & also circled a couple of times heading in a northerly direction.
Several house Martins mixed in with the few swifts that are left around.

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A male Tawny Owl calling in our Hale garden at 04.55 this morning - an effective alarm clock!!!



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4 ravens over my old trafford garden this morning at 10.42am heading in a northerly direction then 2 decided to head west.

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Huge cloud of sparrows -30+ on the feeder/lawn/bushes. No idea where they've all come from or why they decided to descend en mass to my garden. Didn't stay long either. and 11 pigeons later in the day. 

 

(And a bonus male stonechat hunting a butterfly whilst out walking Derwent/river ashop)



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Today appeared to be the day to 'take the kids for their first dip in the bird bath' (not long before the Heavens opened!). Both juvenile blue and long-tailed tits had a decent splash, but best was a young jay which contented itself with just drinking the water. Very bold though as the bath is just ten feet from the house. Other birds about the garden included coal tit and goldfinch, this being the most activity for some time.



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A female Blackcap showed vert well in my Prestwich garden this afternoon "chack-chacking" away for a few minutes, and was quite restless. It soon flew off.

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Mixed news in my Radcliffe garden.

The blackbirds fledged within a week of my last post. The male isn't seen often now but I still get the female. I suspect that this is because each parent is rearing a chick each on their own in a separate spot as I have observed that behaviour before. The one with my female is staying in the dense shrubbery at the back. The youngster had its life flash before it as a local cat tried to grab it from the fence. Luckily it was in a protected spot!

Other news is the house sparrow visitors are doing very well and are cheeky and bold enough to grab and run any mealworms thrown for my blackbirds - even snatching one from the poor birds beak!! The blackbird was left bewildered wondering what on earth happened!! This is the 3rd time I've seen the sparrows pull this stunt.

Sadly, I miss our dunnocks and robins- they seem to have totally vanished since early spring. This is especially a shame with the robins because I had two in paticular that were hand tame from late winter of 2016/7 and is the 1st time they are missing (though last summer was a bumper year for them).

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Common buzzard over my old trafford garden this morning being harassed by a crow. All the usual birds on the feeders...
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Bullfinch
Coal tit
Blue tit
Great tit
House sparrow
Starling
Robin
A brief visit from a jay on Tuesday morning & 1 house martin over.
Upto 70 swifts whizzing around most days.

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Fledgling blue tit, great tits and robins all on my feeder (together) this morning. Then a collared dove a bit later, a new garden bird for me.

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A very surreal sight of a large flock of Starlings (est. 500+) streaming over my Irlam garden heading North at c21.00 this evening.

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A juvenile and two adult Goldfinch on my feeders this am.

Greenfinch and House Sparrow also.



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This am:

A juvenile Coal Tit

Juvenile Dunnocks

Juvenile Robin (yesterday)

Greenfinch

Goldfinches 

and first time, 2 juvenile Pied Wagtail.



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The jackdaw has been paying regular visits to my Radcliffe garden on most days, the young blue tits and house sparrows are feeding from the suet I've put inside their caged feeder to give them chance to get some before the starlings gobble the lot! This has also attracted the juvenile great tits and coal tits. The best news though is my blackbirds have nested in our garden and will be another week before they fledge!!! As I type, a jackdaw family is patrolling the area.. ta!

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2 Oystercatchers over my Irlam garden at 9.30pm tonight calling noisily.
Also an adult and young Wood Pigeon feeding on the lawn.

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Not in my garden, but in the front of a garden on my walk along Pemberton road just now. Red legged partridge taking a nap.



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Maximumm of 5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers in my Horwich garden this weeks suggests a successful brood raised in the woods behind the house


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A screaming party of 14 swifts over garden this morning (adding to the Summer idyll). Too early for young yet (?), so I presume it was all the local pairs coming together (seemed to drift off in twos).



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Ring-necked Parakeet over a Hindley Green grden yesterday.

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I was sorting out some of the food in my Radcliffe garden when a jackdaw flew in very close (10ft?). I was quite suprised not only do I only occasionally see them in summer around our estate - but more to the fact that it's only their 2nd recorded garden visit in 18 years!! (Officially- the 19th year starts in about a weeks time). Ta!

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The highlight of Chorlton Open Gardens was an juvenile heron landing in a pond in chorltonville, catching a frog, posing for photos and making it's way off to the neighbours. It seemed oblivious or unconcerned about the dozen or so people admiring it's abilities.

And I didn't do very well at the quiz featuring 42 species that another resident had observed in their garden. It's about twice that which I've seen. 



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Originally posted today by Robin Parker:

Ring Ouzel seen in a garden on the Langley Estate, Middleton, Rochdale Borough. Any other local urban sightings



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Lots of activity recently in my old trafford garden with at least 17 starlings ( here's hoping for a rose-coloured wink )
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Blue tit
Great tit
Coal tit
Robin
All above with juveniles.
Chaffinch
Bullfinch
2 jackdaws.

On Tuesday morning a single oystercatcher flew over.

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1 Willow Tit in Stott Drive,Flixton garden this morning.
1 Ring-necked Parakeet flew over heading towards Wellacre College field.
Nuthatch and Coal Tit heard in field behind garden.

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Ring-necked Parakeet in Dave Steel's Irlam garden at 6am today.



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Family of nuthatches with young from yesterday



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Hale garden 2015: 55 (latest: Siskin): Two Owls!!



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I heard yesterday evening the blackbirds were agitated along with a couple of other birds in my Radcliffe garden. I went to investigate and saw a herring gull attempting to land!! He must have been more curious than anything and disappeared soon after as I don't have anything worthy of pickings for such. Ta!

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Threw the remains of a chicken carcase on the lawn this afternoon and it was soon totally devoured by 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, [2 adult and 1 immature, ?2nd summer? along with Corvids, Woodpigeons and Feral Pigeons.

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4 Swift over our Openshaw Garden @ 19:20



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20+ Swifts over Flixton garden on 7/6/18 at 1842 precisely.

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2 swifts seen this morning, from the tram, between Old Trafford and Stretford stops



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Just seen my first Swift of the year over our Hale garden biggrinbiggrin



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It appears that I have just had a peregrine passing over my Radcliffe garden but some way up with a herring gull warning it off (the shape and size was just right). Also I have 2 very tame blue tits and a great tit after our waxworms from the adapted mealworm feeder. They are battling to get a couple in their beaks each trip before the house sparrows get them all. Ta!

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Nice to watch adult Goldfinches feeding young in our Hale garden late on this afternoon.



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