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Post Info TOPIC: Other Manchester City Centre birds


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RE: Other Manchester City Centre birds


Spend enough time in Manchester City Centre and little might surprise you, some species are commoner than you might think but the noise of the city and building layout makes them difficult to see or hear. Treecreeper, Green Woodpecker, Water Rail, Grey Phalarope, Wheatear and Whitethroat are just some of the surprises seen within the boundaries of the Manchester inner city ring road which encompasses the true city centre, there are of course much more and checking birder's 'Manchester City Centre' bird totals on the website (under site lists) may surprise one or two viewers.

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I saw a male Sparrow on Port Street yesterday while looking for more Black Redstarts. You don't see many about in the centre. Plenty near my house in Rusholme though.

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There was a House Sparrow calling yesterday in one of several street trees planted in large containers in what I think is Church Street, just along from an entrance to Affleck's Palace, opposite a demolition site. I was surprised to hear that, are there many in the city centre?

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At the junction of Tib Street and High Street,just outside Afflecks Palace there's a very unusual 'sculpture'.....by the traffic lights.
Whilst Paul (C) and l were out looking for the Black Redstarts,he noticed a Blue Tit constantly flying in and out of the tiny vessel shaped,like a 'trumpet'.aww.gif

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Very noisy pair of Mistle Thrushes nesting on the roof girders in Victoria Station.

Saw a Black Redstart on the Co-op roof by the clock tower last Fri on my way home. Have just got back online today (builders tearing my house apart) to find that the whole of Greater Manchester has been watching them!

Steve

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I've been submitting Roving Records for the City Centre and now have 15 species (no BX though )

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Mistle Thrushes can be found on the grass outside Urbis on a quiet morning. Plenty of birds to be seen right in the city centre!

-- Edited by Henry Cook at 07:59, 2008-06-11

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This didn't really belong on the Black Redstart thread which is already getting full of other stuff (mea culpa) so I thought I'd start a new thread for other regular steetwise stuff. Looking up for Redstarts there are quite a lot of breeding birds on our city centre rooftops as well as the stars. Today I heard chicks calling outside the back door of where I work at Manchester Art Gallery and saw a Blue Tit perching on a phone wire with food then flying up to the Casino rooftop on George St., where I presume there's a nest. Dunnocks are anywhere there's a hedge round a car park and the Grey Wags on the same building as the BXs have already been seen and appreciated. Goldfinches are prevalent in the city centre too.

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