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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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I heard a lot of chatter coming from my garden today and discovered it was a Sparrowtalk. . https://www.flickr.com/photos/135715507@N06


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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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20+ sparrows which is fun to see, a racing pigeon taking a breather and a crow who had a good go at the fat balls, looking very out of proportion to the usual birds I see on there. Fortunately didn't stay long as was devouring large chunks at a time.



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This evening brought a quintessential English garden scene to Romiley with a rose-ringed parakeet squawking noisily from a neighbours eucalyptus tree!! Seriously though, a long-dreaded garden first which made me glad I'd taken the last of my feeders down a few days back!



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Starlings have been flying over our Harwood, Bolton garden all day in twos and threes.  At one point there was a flock of over 100 birds, which alighted into the surrounding trees.  Usually we only see about half a dozen up the road from us. 



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Next doors roof 06:15 this am, Drake Mallard.



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First juvenile Goldfinches and Dunnocks of the year putting in an appearance this morning.biggrin

Cheers Chris



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While sitting in the back garden on Sunday afternoon enjoying the sunshine, I heard a commotion at the end of the garden and was surprised to see a Magpie with a live Sparrow in its beak, frantically trying to release itself. The Magpie was being hotly pursued and harassed by half a dozen other Sparrows trying to help their pal.

After a few moments, the Magpie flew off, still with Sparrow in its grasp and still being pursued by the other Sparrows. I couldn't tell whether the unfortunate Sparrow was a juvenile.



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The starling flock is now greater than the number of birds I can easily count at least 20+. They haven't all landed in my garden at once but keep a vigil in surrounding trees. Lots of juveniles.

Bullfinch pair this morning viciously attacking dandelion heads to great delight. Looks very silly with a beak full of fluff.



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Red Kite over Hale/Stamford Park Altrincham - 11.45 - departed N



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Six starlings hogging the feeders this morning. Two adults and four juvenile. One of those ambivalent species, that I know are in decline, but I can't get excited about. Fun watching the greedy kids begging for food, and then when parent's back is turned quite happily foraging on their own. Noisy! Sparrows weren't too concerned.  



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Male sparrowhawk made an appearance this morning. Landed on our roof long enough to get some pictures- nice!!! Nothing else worthy to note at the moment apart from our house sparrows are devouring all my mealworms for their chicks as soon as I put them out in the feeder. I'm having to feed them only twice a day (morning and evening) to keep costs down as I also want to use some for our blackbirds and robins when they ask me for some. Ta!

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Lesser Whitethroat singing behind my Astley garden this afternoon, nice to see it returning for another year.

Also Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff.



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At least a dozen swifts 'screee'ing far overhead yesterday; two long-tailed tits flitting quite close as we lounged in the garden, and bats flitting over the hedges at dusk - chorlton. 



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May 8 Bury
Just now a cuckoo flew over my house and it was calling!!
Joy of joys!

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A Blackcap has been singing from first thing this morning until now, moving around a few of the adjacent gardens. It was singing from a tree in our garden almost above my head as I had breakfast at around 8am, trying manfully to compete with the various Blackbirds and Robins that seem to around in very good numbers this spring.
Also nice to see 3 fledgling House Sparrows being attended by adults, first seen on Saturday. Not a garden bird around here but also noticed 3 Swifts moving through at height this afternoon.

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2 Swift feeding over the garden this morning - Irlam

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Irlam garden:
2 Swift this evening - seem to be back on territory nearby.
1 Swallow over.
1 Buzzard circling over the garden this afternoon mobbed continuously by a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

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3 Sparrowhawks circling together over Irlam this afternoon seen from my garden. Also 3 Swallow low over the garden this evening heading north.

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Saturday 5th of May 2018 09:19:11 PM

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Finally, 3 resident swifts back in old trafford feeding above all the neighbouring houses this afternoon/ evening & 1 paticular pair going into my neighbours eaves.
5 swallows & 1 house martin over.
Sparrowhawk circling overhead.
Pair of bullfinch
4 greenfinch
12 goldfinch
2 jackdaws enjoying the fatballs.

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For three weeks, one or two reed buntings visiting feeders, also feeding from ground ,in my Bury garden. First time in 22 years. Good to see them!

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Four magpies thugging around today. Cascades of apple blossom coming down when they were squabbling in the apple tree. Sparrows didn't seem to disturbed though.



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Its looking like a good year for nesting in our suburban Bramhall garden this year. Blue tits in the nestbox, blackbirds in the hedges both front and back gardens, and woodpigeons in the pyracanthus. And a lovely little cup shaped goldfinch nest in a bush outside the front room window. Not forgetting a bees nest in a crack in the wall of the porch.

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Very early this morning got a surprise when stepping out of the door, a singing Garden Warbler in one of the tall trees 50 yards from the house, a first record for this Bolton street!

-- Edited by Simon Warford on Tuesday 1st of May 2018 07:43:23 PM

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2 bullfinch visiting my Radcliffe garden feeders this morning. Also, our Robin tried to take possession of the mini mealworms on the ground from a female house sparrow but failed miserably as she stood her ground! Ta!

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Nice to see a pair of bullfinch on my feeders in my old trafford garden on Wednesday, not seen since but hopefully it's the same pair that bred locally last year.
Still good numbers of goldfinches daily
4 greenfinch
2 starlings spending most of the time on the fatballs.
2 blue tits
2 great tits
Male house sparrow calling just under the eaves of my house, think he has a mate on a nest in my loft.
No signs of any resident swifts yet, they are late, usual return date is 21st -24th.
Male sparrowhawk getting chased by 3 goldfinch yesterday morning.
Grey heron landed on roof of house across the road from mine this morning but soon flew off.


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Ringed Necked Parakeets visiting my garden in Sale now,pretty much every day had four this morning 

 

Keep Birding



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