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Other Manchester City Centre birds


Up to 7 house sparrows have been using the bird bath (for drinking mostly) recently at Rozel Square, flying in from their Camp Street nest sites. Including at least one adult male and several likely 1st year birds.
They have also been feeding in a group on lavender seeds, as well as people's seed feeders. The dry sandy soil under a Leyland cypress nearby is being used as a dust bath.
They do seem to require quite a heterogeneous landscape which may be a cause of wider declines elsewhere. Just from personal observation they seem to require drinking water more regularly than other similar sized birds.

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A sparrowhawk was seen flying around the cathedral this aft/eve.

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A pillar of Lesser-blacked Backed Gulls and Black-headed Gulls circled over Manchester at around 12.40pm moving from east to west. I was not able to get a full view but would estimate 100-200.



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Random lying-on-back sky-gazing in the sun yesterday from 16:00 to 16:20, 4 swift flying singly over St John's Gardens, generally heading north east.
A similar sky gazing for 10 minutes this afternoon at 15:00, 2 swift over both north east.
Possibly non-breeding birds heading to potential breeding grounds to scope out nest sites for next year.

Also a coal tit singing in the cedar at Rozel Square this morning.

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Just now - an exhausted juvenile Bullfinch, immobile on the grass in front of the Cenotaph in St Peter's Square.  The bird was alive, but obviously not in good shape.  



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A common buzzard circled slowly over the cathedral & then the arndale this afternoon it also hovered on a couple of occasions.
Grey wagtail from blackfriars bridge.
Mistle thrush in parsonage gardens.

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About 9.30 this morning

Just outside the city centre, start of the Mancunian way ,Salford end, up to 20 Canada geese attempting to cross the road in heavy traffic. Hope that went well, traffic did appear to be slowing down but it was quite busy, fingers crossed.

Cheers Jay

Dont twitch and drive (unless absolutely necessary)



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I've only ever managed to spot Mr Dancy in my wanders

 

 



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There used to be a list of who had ticked who(m?) from the site - it got more competitive than year listing at one stage!



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Rob, that's a rare sighting of an elusive species - well done and good to meet you too :)

I know of another blue tit family about to fledge (as of this morning anyway) near Bootle Street, fingers crossed they don't succumb to the same fate.

A pair of blackbirds at Rozel Square have recently fledged and the constant alarm calling from the parents at the local magpies is driving me nuts.

3 sand martins were feeding over the Manchester Arena area around dawn yesterday, and a kestrel was perched on the building. It seems to use the arena as a regular hunting perch.

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Blue Tits fledged from a building in Parsonage Gardens today, sadly most if not all immediately fell prey to a pair of Magpies. 

(Brief sighting of James Richardson yesterday - nice to meet you!)



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About 11am, a big raptor soared high over the Town Hall - am 99 per cent sure it was a Red Kite.  



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Grey wagtail, grey heron and cormorant all on or around the Irwell near the cathedral today.

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Pair of Grey Wagtails nesting on Mirabel St.

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2 Buzzards circling over the city centre 4pm

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2 buzzards circling over the city centre about 15:30 today.

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Watched a kestrel catch a mouse near the Manchester Arena early this morning before flying off towards strangeways.

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Young Mute Swan seen on the Ashton Canal just before it goes under Jutland Street yesterday evening.



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A Common Buzzard was soaring high over the Deansgate/Spinningfields area today

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Two goosander on the Irwell near to the cathedral this morning; also a mistle thrush and blue tits gathering nesting material.

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Blackcap singing from the central garden area at Rozel Square (adjacent to St John's Gardens) this morning.
Long tailed tits continuing their nesting attempt in the same area. Seems to be at least 3 birds involved.

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4 goosanders on the river irwell from Blackfriars bridge this afternoon.
Mistle thrush in parsonage garden collecting worms.

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Grey wagtail on the Irwell opposite the Cathedral around 1pm today, along with a pair of great tits.

Cheers
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Sunday afternoon. Dipper on its usual patch of the Medlock where it emerges from under Pin Mill Brow. 



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Female sparrowhawk nailed a feral pigeon on Tonman Street this morning just as I happened to look out the window.
Several people walking to work stopped in amazement, there was a struggle on the tarmac but someone's dog scared the sparrowhawk off. Pigeon got away.

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Two greenfinches on my peanut feeder at St John's Gardens just now. That's the first time I've had more than one greenfinch for about 3 years.

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7 Goosander (4 male, 3 female) on the River Irwell close to the cathedral at 1pm today. The most I have seen together here.
Grey Wagtail also nearby.

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Goldcrest opposite Manchester Cathedral in tree on Irwell bank

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A woodcock was seen flying from piccadilly, up ducie street then down dale street at 3.08pm.

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Surprised, whilst sitting on a Tram this morning at 8:30 from Piccadilly station, as it turned up the hill towards Aytoun Street, to see a Woodcock crash into one of the windows, at street level of the building on the left. Poor thing looked somewhat dazed. 



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I caught a glimpse of the Kingfisher from the bridge on Princess Street Friday evening about 6 o'clock



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male & 2 female goosander on the river Irwell viewed from cathedral approach, then another 2 seen in flight heading down stream towards the lowry hotel shortly after. also 1 goldcrest & 1 grey wagtail, mistle thrush heard singing.

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A Moorhen ran across Great Ancoats Street infront of the wagon about 10am from Pollard Street near the Ashton Canal towards Chapeltown Street.
I glanced over as it dodged the busy traffic over both carriageways and I'll never know how it made it!
confuse

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a kingfisher was on the river medlock viewed from the university north campus steps, it then flew downstream.

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1 redwing, 2 mistle thrush both with beaks full of food, I tried to look if they actually had a nest around but couldn't see one & they disappeared. 3 blackbirds & 4 goldfinch all in exchange square.
a pair of goosander on the river Irwell from Blackfriars bridge also 1 grey wagtail.
1 chaffinch, 1 mistle thrush in vimto park.

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A Sparrowhawk was hunting in St Johns Gardens this lunchtime.



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Two Redwings were feeding on the grass between Chetham's and the National Football Museum this morning. 



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Siberian Chiffchaff at MMU this morning but not subsequently - it was in the central courtyard but most certainly wasn't half an hour later - perhaps it might head to the Irwell, some nice bushes there for it. Couldn't see it in All Saints Park but it was blowing a gale at the time.

If it reappears I'll let folks know....

Pics and video: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42382491



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A pair of goosander on the canal by Potato Wharf visible from the train today at 1:30pm. There are times when I curse the signals at Castlefield, this wasn't one of them :) 



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Single Goldcrest seen yesterday by river's edge near Manchester Cathedral.

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From Sunday 14 Jan
2 collared dove collecting nesting material in Rozel Square.
1 kestrel flew west low over St John's Gardens in the morning to the displeasure of all the other birds foraging around.
Had a goldcrest on the balcony mopping up spilled bits of the peanuts which afforded great views.

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- 2 Goosander (1m 1f) on the River Irwell today seen from the Renaissance Hotel loading bay near Chapel St.
- Also Grey Wagtail moving around

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2 goosander on river Irwell from Blackfriars bridge.
2 goldcrest in trees on Victoria bridge opposite the premier inn.
sparrowhawk flew past the arndale banked & went down deansgate.



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13 species from a brief watch from my window, Rozel Sq, St John's Gardens this morning.
1F greenfinch, 1M house sparrow, 1 goldcrest, 1 great tit, 1F chaffinch, 2 mistle thrush, 2 robin, 2 dunnock, 2 woodpigeon, 4 blackbird, numerous blue tit and goldfinch, and some feral pigeons.

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Rozel Square St John's Gardens this a.m.
2 mistle thrush, 1 grey wagtail, 2 dunnock, 2 robin, 1 goldcrest, 1 coal tit, 2 woodpigeon, plus a few goldfinch, blackbird, great tit and blue tit.

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3 goosander on the river irwell from Victoria bridge also 3 goldcrest & 1 wren in trees on Victoria bridge opposite the premier Inn.

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Grey wagtail feeding around the car park at Rozel Square. Other than several blackbird in the central courtyard, two mistle thrush and a calling redwing although I couldn't locate it - was up in a cedar tree somewhere.

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Rozel Sq. Other than the usuals, a male greenfinch briefly visited the feeders at the weekend. A rare but welcome sight these days.

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2 goldcrests chasing each other around the large cedar in the Rozel Square courtyard this morning.

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One fieldfare low over Rozel Sq this morning heading south, possibly came from St John's gardens

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