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Eight Ring-necked Parakeet visited my Davyhulme garden this morning, very noisy!

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Late post from yesterday; a stunning male blackcap again seen in my Radcliffe garden (now the 2nd visit ive seen him make this month) whilst all my regular Tits (about 7 or 8 of them) were seriously queuing up for their morning feed (which made me laugh) and a coal tit bravely jumped the queue and came within 2ft from my face. Lesser redpolls still and Grey wagtail again this morning too.

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Male Tawny Owl calling in between rain showers in our Hale garden just now.  Not heard him since early November.



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Six Ring-necked Parakeet were back emptying the feeders today in my Davyhulme garden. Both the Woodpigeons and the House Sparrows looked distinctly unimpressed. A pair of Coal Tit sneaked in when they could to dash off with the odd sunflower seed and a female Sparrowhawk sailed through.

The parakeet were also visiting adjacent roofs and nibbling at something on the tiles ?? (see pic)

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This afternoon 1 grey wagtail was actually feeding in my old trafford garden for a change, looked to be eating some loose seed on the ground.
7 fieldfare where in the tall tree at the bottom of the garden but did not stick around long.
Upto 4 redwings were feeding in my neighbours garden at the weekend 1 was feeding on the remaining berries in my holly bush.
Not seen much of the blackcaps until today when the female made a brief appearance.
1 goldcrest
1 Robin
1 dunnock
3 blackbirds
2 chaffinch
4 collard doves.
Plus the usual goldfinches & greenfinches.

-- Edited by steven burke on Tuesday 12th of December 2017 08:40:01 PM

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My Radcliffe garden is still giving me surprises. I cannot believe; this winter is likely to be the most productive ever!! 2 mistle thrushes in for over a decade. Adding to the growing list of birds not seen in my garden either for yonks or all timers. Grey wagtail still, which is getting well fed now and my lesser redpoll too along with the usual bunch. Ta!

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Grey wagtail again this morning in my Radcliffe garden. Apparently he's found out just today that i have an adapted mealworm feeder for the tits and they sometimes drop the odd mini mealworm below if he gets there before the blackbird. We only have a tiny pond for our few frogs and bird bath that is well maintained and it was this that he was originally interested in to find food.

Goldfinches at about 20+, greenfinchs were upto about 8+ previously, 2 chaffinch plus the usual (including 6 of the lesser redpolls)

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Ps. Attached pictures of yesterday's grey wagtail, a garden first in almost 18 years!!!!

-- Edited by Richard Thew on Sunday 10th of December 2017 02:49:29 PM

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I was originally going out birding for the day but I didn't like the forecast that may cause potential issues for myself. I'm glad I didn't because I discovered a grey wagtail in my Radcliffe garden just now. This is a likely first as I couldnt confirm a previous possible 15 years ago. Other noteworthy birds was after this morning snowfall, our 20+ odd goldfinches went mad for it on our conifer tree. The lesser redpolls are still coming but I've not seen more than 3 together on the feeders (although I've not been as attentive). Ta!

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1 Ring-necked Parakeet on the feeders is a first for my garden in Davyhulme, with 2 other birds staying in the apple tree. The sparrows didn't look too impressed!
25 Goldfinch earlier this morning and 3 Cormorants over.
(not quite Steve Burke levels but getting there wink !!

-- Edited by Nick Hilton on Saturday 9th of December 2017 10:20:09 AM

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Hoping some cold, snowy weather might drive something in as it's getting rather samey:- todays 'highlights', 2 goldcrests only 2 meters from window (searching Irish yews), nuthatch, mistle thrush, 3 collared doves, 7 chaffinches, usual green and goldfinches, blackbirds, tits, house sparrows etc... Wish I could get rid of pigeons which are a new problem this year.



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A female Bullfinch in my suburban Hazel Grove garden this afternoon was an unusual sighting.

Cheers John

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As I've not been able to get out birding recently it was great to see a group of approximately 30 Redwings in the tall trees in our Hale garden just before dusk this afternoon.



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7 Ring-necked Parakeet have just visited the apple tree at the bottom of my Davyhulme garden, short visit and then headed off towards the Trafford Centre

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This morning in our Beaumont Chase garden. 2 Willow Tits (heard to confirm id) 2 Goldcrest 1 m Bullfinch 1 f Bullfinch 1 Coal Tit 1 Sparrowhawk 15 House Sparrows 6 Goldifinch 5 Bluetits 2 Collared Doves

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My Radcliffe garden has 7 lesser redpolls on my feeders once again. Apparently there were originally 2 with a rose coloured chest and one with a very pale colouration and 4 normal plain looking. so imagine my surprise to see 3 rose coloured ones and still the paler one! This could indicate there is now 8 regulars??

I've analysed the pictures and there is no evidence to suggest that any one of them are from another race, just a couple of them are 1st winters at least.

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Whilst watching the male blackcap feeding on the apples in my old trafford garden this morning a fantastic new garden tick in the shape of a WOODCOCK smile it flew low over the roof tops of the houses & then over my next doors house.
All the usual activity from goldfinches, greenfinches, blue, great & coal tits.
2 goldcrests. Just after putting this post on another look at the apples & there is now a female blackcap.

-- Edited by steven burke on Saturday 2nd of December 2017 01:02:20 PM

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Peter Hilton who lived further down my road sadly passed away a few months ago.He had a really excellent feeding area at the rear of his house which fortunately his wife has continued to fill with food.One of the main attractions is the number of Tree Sparrows he gets.Pat has kindly invited me down to monitor this very important winter population andI've seen up to 25 Tree Sparrows at the same time feeding there in the last few weeks.Today a quick visit produced at least a dozen birds at the same time!! Pic attached of an half full feeder of Tree Sparrows.Also there were Reed Buntings,Bullfinch,Coal Tits plus all the usual suspects.

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The excitement in my Radcliffe garden continues with yesterday a female pied wagtail popped in for a visit, also a male bullfinch today with 6 long tailed tits. The finches in general are somewhat more flighty then previous days and appears to have affected the number of lesser redpolls as I have only seen 3 possible 4 at any one time on the feeders. I've had one that is very much like a summer linnet because of the extent of the rose colour on his chest and I'm wondering whether it could be from Scandinavia (according to some pictures I've seen in a book) But I will need some spare time in my busy schedule to analyse my pictures properly and perhaps I may need some expert help due to the almost identical features between the races) Ta!

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Blackcap today briefly a couple of times, also 2 nuthatches for the first time this winter. Siskin last seen on Monday.



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Male blackcap feeding on apples in my old trafford garden this afternoon.
A regular pair of goldcrests have been joined by a third bird.
2 male chaffinch yesterday.
Usual goldfinch still in decent numbers 40+
Upto 7 greenfinch.
2 coal tit
4 blue tit
4 great tit
2 Robin
1 dunnock

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male blackcap this am



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A bit of a red-letter day with my first garden record of siskin since Feb. 2015! Firstly, a drab female on a feeder, followed later by three superb males. My brother (who lives in Disley said I'd get them if I provided a sunflower hearts only diet, and he was right). In truth they were probably dragged in by the finch bonanza currently in full flow. A garden record 8 (poss 9) greenfinches today, and a record 9 chaffinches yesterday: goldfinches 12+. Other best birds, nuthatch, 2 long-tailed tits yesterday (one on the you-know-whats). Blackcap last seen Friday.



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This is turning out to be quite a week in my Radcliffe garden with a male blackcap popping in for a look. This is the 1st time I've actually seen a wintering blackcap in greater Manchester at least. 7 lesser redpolls still as well. Ta!

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I no longer have 4 lesser redpolls at my Radcliffe garden feeders..... I've had 6! A garden record. I suspected there was another still in the tree but cannot be sure. I will only update here now if there is any change as it appears they are going to be visiting for a while. It's interesting that there are slight differences in shade (male and female) besides a couple of rosey ones.

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A jay has been to my Marple garden a couple of times recently but is immediately chased off by a magpie which must consider it its patch.



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Radcliffe Garden activity today!

Redpolls still active throughout the day even though only one was seen on the feeders this time. (I'm hoping they will draw in some siskins as in some previous years)

Goldfinches were about 14 plus, greenfinch 3, goldcrest, and long tailed tits 8, plus usual great tits, coal tits, etc etc.

Ta!

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All 4 lesser redpolls are back again on my Niger feeder (2 rosey males and 2 females) along with a few goldfinch and at least 1 greenfinch. Ta!

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Blackcap again today, seen pecking at an apple still in the tree. Otherwise a poor day due to the wind and cats. In response to previous posting, blackbirds are in good numbers round here mainly due to the late brood of three young which were somehow raised nearby irrespective of aforementioned cats. 



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I've had 5 blackbirds in my Radcliffe garden if this helps Geoff,

As I reported earlier, I've attached a picture of my lesser redpoll visit. Shortly after, we also had a goldcrest very close to the window. Long tailed tits yesterday also noteworthy.

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Anyone else short of Blackbirds this back-end? I have only seen two in my garden since I started my local RSPB count from October



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Breaking news!!!

4 lesser redpolls on my feeders in my Radcliffe garden! One of them is a stunning beauty, very rich in colour esp with a rose tint on his chest!

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After going missing over the weekend, the male blackcap was back yesterday (Monday), but not seen today. 5 greenfinches good to see, and eight goldfinches at once. Goldcrest was searching low down in plants bordering my garden and the neighbours.



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Male blackcap just after lunch in my Romiley garden. Every chance it's the same bird as last winter as it was very bold and dominant at the feeder. Also think it was pecking at a fallen apple at first. Other things included 4 long-tailed tits which lingered, 2 greenfinches and the usual chaff and goldfinches. House sparrows daily, somewhere in the 12 - 15 range most days. This looks like my world for the next few months as there's not much in the 'wilds'.



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Male brambling in my Prestwich garden today. First I have seen in my garden, also 3 flocks of lapwings total about 50 birds flying over in westerly direction.

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Just now (8.45am)
A Sparrowhawk (juv.) perched in my garden Larch tree for over 20 minutessmile
Picture through glass; my dining room window.

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A male Siskin appeared with the usual Green and Gold finches this morning, a day earlier than one that showed up last year.

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Saturday, 11th November 2017 at 15:00 hrs.

A single Redwing in my Eccles garden feasting on berries on holly tree - before being chased off by two blackbirds!

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Brambling under my garden feeders in Radcliffe, splendid new garden tick
Cheers Ian

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My garden has come alive the past few days - had a very unusual visitor, a female pheasant! Also a pair of Jays are now regular visitors to my table.  Lots of great tits, coal tits, blue tits and long tailed tits.  Several nuthatch have been feeding for the past few days too, which makes a lovely change and my very territorial robin smile



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2 grey wagtails were nice to see this afternoon but feeding on the shed in my neighbours old Trafford garden, they also flew into another neighbours garden but never in mine hmm
have only seen them flying over in the past.
45+ goldfinch
4 greenfinch
1 chaffinch
1 robin
1 dunnock
2 coal tit
flock of long tailed tits passed through also, didn't go on any feeders though.

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as I was just leaving my house this morning I could hear a ring-necked parakeet calling in the back, I went back into my house & went out into my garden & could hear it calling but could not see it, eventually it flew out of one of the neighbouring gardens & flew into another where there was an apple tree which it then started to eat apples.

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Things seemed to take off today with goldfinches (max 4) and 2 nuthatches locating the feeder for the first time this winter. It subsequently emptied quite quickly, 2 coal tits being the worst offenders for throwing out any food not their main target. Goldcrests heard nearby and blackbird activity really strong, especially on fallen apples (and some that have yet to fall). Luckily it has been a bumper crop so they can have a few!



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Sparrowhawk just past my window in chorlton, tormenting the local starlings and goldfinches. Also 2-300 Pink footed geese seen around 12.45pm. Eugene

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Really good numbers of garden birds this morning in my Chorlton garden. Lots of Long tailed tits, good numbers of blue and great. 4 black birds 2 Dunnock 1 collard doce 2 jay 1 Goldcrest (garden tick) Mistle thrush over 4 jackdaw over Regular flock of starlings about Most action ive seen around the flat in over 6 months. Also had cormorant over other day, another garden tick.

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Just had a male Tawny Owl calling in our Hale garden - hope it gets some sleep soon as I could certainly use some having spent a considerable amount of time this week in Wythenshawe hospital to be with my wife.



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Just had a cormorant flying unusually very very low over our garden! How's that for a garden tick!!!

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74 fieldfare & 1 redwing over my old Trafford garden at 11.42am this morning heading west.
also a brief visit from a female great spotted woodpecker in the tall tree at the bottom of the garden, seen again flying over 5 minutes later.


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2 high but still very noisy peregrine falcons over my old trafford garden this morning, one noticeably smaller than the other which carried on towards chorlton & the other went into a stoop but lost to view.

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Two Goldcrest in my back garden (Jericho) this morning.

 

 



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60+ goldfinches on & around my feeders, a lovely sight & sound first thing this morning smile
4 greenfinch
2 coal tits
1 goldcrest feeding in my pine tree.
A mute Swan flew low over.

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