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Other Manchester City Centre birds


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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2 red head goosanders on the irwell just near cathedral this afternoon

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Kestrel low over St John's Gardens this morning about 08:00 heading east towards the city centre.

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Nice to see a couple of grey wagtails fussing round the roof of Deansgate Station this morning. Up to a couple of years back I'd see them quite often there and was sure one year they'd bred nearby.



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Two grey wagtails feeding around a large puddle at the western end of Tonman Street next to Rozel Sq yesterday afternoon.

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Two mistle thrush, one song thrush, several blackbird, one goldcrest and a foraging group of about 10 long tailed tit in St John's gardens this morning, amongst the other usuals.
Grey wagtail calling and foraging on the ground, and on buildings on St John Street

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30 Redwing over Albert Square and town hall heading south east 08:38

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fredford wrote:

Where is Vimeo Park?


 You mean Vimto Park?

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L4934653

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Vimto+Park/@53.4754996,-2.2344206,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x8322478d4244b07e?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjn1JSH7pDXAhVHtBoKHVdIBU8Q_BIIgQEwDg



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Where is Vimeo Park?

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Steve Suttill wrote:

Is it just me or have others noticed an increase in the numbers of gulls, mainly Herring and Lesser Black-backed in the city centre?

I wouldn't be surprised if they had bred on roofs around Piccadilly train station, though I have no evidence to confirm it other than adult behaviour.


 I documented some breeding evidence around Piccadilly Basin this year Steve.



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Is it just me or have others noticed an increase in the numbers of gulls, mainly Herring and Lesser Black-backed in the city centre?

I wouldn't be surprised if they had bred on roofs around Piccadilly train station, though I have no evidence to confirm it other than adult behaviour.

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Late post for yesterday (25th October 2017)

A Kingfisher flew towards and then over me on Chepstow Street at 4pm. Came from the behind Rain Bar and continued in the direction of the Midland Hotel.smile

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Good vizmig over Vimto today http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40125808 Blackcap still present too.



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Late news Thursday - decent fall in Vimto, including 2 Blackcap, 8 Redwing and the first Chaffinches and Song Thrush of the year there (after c. 200 visits!)

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40008055



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Small flocks of Redwing currently flying fairly low south over the Northern Quarter area of the city centre, calling away. Largest single flock currently has been of 26 birds.



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5 Goldcrest + 2 Redwing Vimto Park today



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Goldfinch flew into the window and the pigeons went nuts, grabbed my camera and low and behold a stunning male sparrowhawk just missed a pigeon and sat in the tree outside my window. Mobbed by crow and flew off back towards the gardens.
Rozel sq. St John's Gardens.

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Chiffchaff feeding in the cypress trees at Rozel Square, even briefly came onto the honeysuckle on my balcony.
Also a small influx of 2 or 3 coal tits about a week ago, not sure if they'll hang around.

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Spotted flycatcher still present. First seen agaib at 4.50 then regularly between 5.10 and 5.30. Remaining high in the same trees between red lace sculpture and bike shed. Also 1 Jay over.

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Spotted flycatcher still present in vimpto park since the break in the rain at 3.20pm near the red ropes & bicycle shed.

-- Edited by steven burke on Friday 22nd of September 2017 06:40:49 PM

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Spotted Flycatcher in Vimto Park mid morning - images here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39325979

might be twitchable!

I also had a female Sparrowhawk in the city on Wednesday, heading north over All Saints - same bird?

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39294210 



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- Peregrine sat on Albion Works Mill (next to Ibis Hotel), Pollard Street in Ancoats approx 1.30pm

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Female Sparrowhawk currently hunting Pigeons outside the Birdcage nightclub on Shude Hill.
Just made an attempt on one but the Pigeon managed to evade it and the Sparrowhawk suddenly looped up and perched on the lamp-post opposite the birdcage.

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Yesterday morning. A flock of about a dozen Thrushes seen on Boad Street ( off Store Street behind Piccadilly Station) feeding on berry trees. Unfortunately it was too grey and dull for a proper ID but have never seen Mistle or Song Thrush is that number together in CC so distinct possibility they were Redwings.



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Two Mistle Thrush rattling from TV aerial at Rozel Square this morning.
Collared Dove singing from rooftop nearby.
Loads of Goldfinches around.

Gary Neville and associates scoping out rear of properties along Camp Street day before yesterday. Could the remainder of the House Sparrow colony be in jeopardy...

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Willow warbler in sub-song from one of the trees on Piccadilly Gardens at about 8.45 this morning.

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Adult male and a female greenfinch on the peanut feeder this morning with the usuals. So good to see these back after such a long absence. Rozel Sq, St John's Gardens

-- Edited by James Richardson on Monday 7th of August 2017 09:47:36 AM

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juvenile Common Treecreeper this morning in Sackville Gardens, then relocated in Vimto Park minutes later before disappearing on its onward quest to find somewhere with more trees...

This was my 45th species at Vimto since mid September last year! https://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L4934653/media?yr=all&m=



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Greenfinch back again this morning too :)


James Richardson wrote:

Very pleased to report a male greenfinch on the peanut feeder this evening, Rozel Square, city centre. First I've seen here for 2 years after assumed outbreak of Trichomonosis.





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Very pleased to report a male greenfinch on the peanut feeder this evening, Rozel Square, city centre. First I've seen here for 2 years after assumed outbreak of Trichomonosis.



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dave broome wrote:

Reed Warbler still present in Castlefield early afternoon, singing and showing occasionally at New Elm Road, in Buddleia and Hazel alongside the River Medlock, on right hand side as you approach Potato Wharf






I had a look in the area this morning where dave mentions but no sight or sound of the reed warbler in the 45 mins I was there. I also came back around 3.15pm & spent another 30 mins but still nothing. 1 chiffchaff, 1 grey wagtail, pair of wrens busy in & out of nest, blackcap heard.


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A friend sent me this image of a Kestrel with kill.  It was taken with an iPhone in Back Piccadilly yesterday morning.



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Glad you saw it - very surprised to get one here, wonder if it's a failed breeder returning from breeding grounds?

I managed to record the song, just a shame couldn't hang around and look for bird.

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Reed Warbler still present in Castlefield early afternoon, singing and showing occasionally at New Elm Road, in Buddleia and Hazel alongside the River Medlock, on right hand side as you approach Potato Wharf



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Reed warbler heard singing in bushes along canal in New elm street, Castlefield - shame i could not see it as I was going to work.

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Pair of kestrels flying low down Marshall street near the cis tower this afternoon.

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Yesterday, 10th June, 3 grey wagtails, male and female mallards and cormorant seen on the Irwell, in front of the Cathedral.



-- Edited by Adrian Drummond-Hill on Sunday 11th of June 2017 04:42:34 PM

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Party of fledgling blue tits in trees around the Town Hall this morning.

Also pied wagtail, grey wagtail (perhaps two) and a cormorant around the Irwell.

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male kestrel flew past me this morning at head height on high street then onto Thomas street heading towards shudehill.
a juvenile crow on the footpath outside angel meadows, I nudged it into angel meadows as to keep from the road, adult watching nearby also a grey wagtail here.

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A pair of Grey Wagtail seen from Blackfriars Street bridge circa 1430, the male singing from the adjacent apartment balconies

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About 20 swifts feeing over the St John's Gardens area, high up, yesterday afternoon in the sun.

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went to watch the sand martins this afternoon on the river Irwell near the lowry hotel, when I arrived 2 sand martins flying around & then went into a hole on the opposite side of the river to where the original hole was, they looked to be excavating a hole as there was dirt coming out as they were in there, so I thought it must be another pair, I was wrong as they flew around over the river & then entered the original hole hmm I checked my book & i see they have 2 broods so maybe they are getting ready for the second brood in another hole.

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Two pairs of Canada Geese have fledged Young at Piccadilly Basin.



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2 sand Martins were constantly going inside a hole on the river irwell near the lowry, possibly feeding young.
1 Jay in angel meadows.
1 kestrel near piccadilly train station.
4 grey wagtails singing in various locations around the city centre.



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Blue tit nesting in air vent on Bootle Street.

 



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