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Other Manchester City Centre birds


30th September.

Small party of Long-tailed Tits working their way along the solitary row of trees that run right up the centre of the pedestrianised bit of Market Street. I didn't have my bins with me but I am sure that I saw one nipping into HMV and coming out with "Strangeways, Here We Come" by the Smiths - in fact now I think about it they definitely seemed to be heading in that direction!giggle.gif

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Bill.

-- Edited by Bill Myerscough on Wednesday 30th of September 2009 04:45:43 PM

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c. 20 jackdaws on top of the Arndale at the moment - a pretty unusual sight. (Corvids anyway, think they're jackdaws but can't QUITE tell without me bins!)

Paul

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I've seen foxes nearby when I've been called out in the middle of the night to attend to the burglar alarm at work. I don't know about Owls but I'm sure you can hear plenty of "howls" in that area at night!no.gif

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Had a quick look at "New Islington" (Judith's post 21 June) at lunch time - too hot to stay long - observed 10 Canadas, 3 Mallard, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Blackheaded gull, 3 Dunnock, 1 House sparrow, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Swallow and 1 Sand martin.

We were reliably informed by one of the local gentry that there are foxes on the site and that "owls" can be heard at night disbelief.gifdisbelief.gif

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which species? Sweet and Sour or Lemon?

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Steve

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Called to China town today for a strange bird....................

chicken? guess that was a lucky escape for it.


keep birding

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That's at least a T, then, Bill. They would probably re-lay.

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Hi Judith,

Myself and Declan Savage spent some time on the morning of 13th April '09 watching this site through my scope from the vantage point of the bridge that passses over the canal. We watched a single Ringed Plover for a while and Declan then located the second bird of the pair - which then flew noisily and obviously agitated towards where the first bird was, just as a Magpie landed on the ground very close to where the first bird was. I can still recall Declan saying that he wondered if we were watching the nest being predated - and even though we were some distance away I think that was probably a very good "educated guess" as to what was actually happening.

I haven't made any further visits to this site since.


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Bill.









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As well as excellent views of one of the Black Redstarts this morning, Adrian and I had a look at the cleared area behind the Central Retail Park on Great Ancoats St. There is a notice board saying it's called New Islington. Although this large area is fenced off, with security on site, it can be overlooked from Redhill St just past where the canal goes under that street which then becomes New Union St. The solid fencing has wire mesh panels at this point and there is space for 1 car to park opposite.
The are is especially attractive to birds as, pending development, an ornamental T-shaped canal has been built within the area.
There were at least 2 pairs of Lapwings with young, Ringed Plover, and many Sand Martins (though no obvious nesting habitat - maybe flying to the R Irk? and even a Swallow. Lots of standing water and sparse vegetation - if not developed due to the recession, could be good in winter. The usual Canada Geese, Moorhens, Pied Wag juvs etc.
If any city centre birders have chance to vist this area, I'd be interested in hearing of any breeding evidence for the Ringed Plover.

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In addition to Adrian's post re. our Black Redstart watch on Back Piccadilly, China St and Dale St. yesterday, we also had Grey Wagtail, Magpie, 3 Swifts over Piccadilly Basin, a flock of c.8 Goldfinch over, the usual pigeons and a Crow nesting half way up a very tall crane over the Basin.

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My twice-daily walk along a short stretch of the River Irk on Dantzic Street is particularly pleasant at the moment. There's a small colony of sand martins nesting in holes/pipes in the brickwork on the street side of the river - pretty hard to get a good look but I reckon there are 3 or 4 pairs. A pair of blue tits nested this year in a similar brickwork gap across the river at the bottom of the firework factory (the building with the tall chimney) - feeding stopped about 10 days ago, I hope the fledglings' first flight didn't end up in the water!

A pair of moorhens have raised two young - they're pretty much adult-sized now. Herons often fly over and sometimes stop off to feed on the river. Grey wags are always around in the summer but seem to move elsewhere for the winter. There are always a few mallards but I haven't seen any evidence of breeding. Canada geese are only occasional visitors.

Today at 5pm I was delighted to see a gorgeous male bullfinch, joined shortly later by a female. First time I've seen them so close to Manchester city centre - actually, first time I've seen the species ANYWHERE in Manchester for years!

When I get to work there are still plenty of birds around. I work in the Triangle building, so peregines are a daily sight. There's a narrow gap, a sort of a courtyard, in the centre of the triangle, which a pair of grey wags have made their home. They're constantly coming and going with beaks full of insects at the moment - you can't actually see the nest or hear young, but I'm sure we'll have some fledglings soon.

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Still at least 2 Goosander on the Irwell in the Lowry Hotel area along with a pair of Canada's with only one chick remaining and frustrating occasional views of what looks to be a small Cormorant, hopefully a runt and not something more exotic!

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They breed near to Piccadilly and stay around all winter.

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Quite a late report, but on the 3rd April I saw a Kestrel, whilst playing football in Piccadilly Gardens, being mobbed by two Carrion Crows. What drew my attention was the Kestrels call. First BOP I've seen in town. biggrin.gif

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I'm not sure whether it classes as 'city centre', but there was a Willow Warbler singing in Whitworth Park at 09:30. Another was singing in Birchfields Park about an hour later. Both passage birds, no doubt.

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This morning, again from train window just outside Victoria, 3 terns (sorry, no specific ID) heading in Oldham direction.

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I was on the 17th floor of Tempus Tower (near the MEN) and had magnificent birds eye view of 6 goosander flying somewhere around the 10th floor :D They splashed down in the Irwell eventually!

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Noted 4 Sand Martins from the train window whilst waiting to pull into Victoria station this morning (my first as well).

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Single sand martin on the River Irk at Dantzic St 7.50am today - first I've seen there this year.

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Grey Wags have been in and around our car park all winter.
( Dickinson St - Bloom St )

I've also seen them down Canal St

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Pair of grey wags back on the River Irk at Dantzic St 7.50am today. Wonder where they spent the winter? (And if they're the same ones that bred off Federation St last year near the black redstarts?)

Also cormorant over Vic Station.

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2 Goosander on river below Lowry footbridge, 1m 1f.

I decided to donate the crusts from my rather dry sandwich with the Black-headed Gulls, only to find the Goosanders joining the melee.

So much for only escape sawbills coming to bread. I'm off to Dorset for the Hooded Merganser!

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100-150 Pink-footed Goose North-west over city centre on 13th around 1:30 pm.

3 Goosander on river by Lowry, 2 drake, 1 redhead.

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there used to be a very small Sand Martin colony (1 or 2 pairs!) on the ship canal just before the Regent Road bridge. They were nesting in old pipes!

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There are now 3 Cormorants in the area - seem to be flying up and down the canal from Oxford Rd to Piccadilly and back again. Been around for a few days now.

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Cormorant perched on top of the NCP car park on Whitworth St (canal side)

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Theres been up to 6 Goosanders and 2 little grebes on the river near the Mark Addy recently, think its on Bridge st west, with a pair of Goosanders present today, also 2 Goldcrest calling from riverside trees, if any city centre listers are interested.wink.gif

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6 Goldfinches in St Peters Square

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Today marked the first day of my second year based in Peter House, Oxford Street. I celebrated in style watching 8 meadow pipits flying south over the back of the building. I am now on a mighty 31 species from the office windows, including:

Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Mallard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, LBB Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Ferel Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Swift, House Martin, Black Redstart, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Chaffinch. Oddly no Sparrows?!

I am still awaiting a Moorhen to swim along a small part of canal near the back of the Bridgewater Hall, which is in view, but no luck so far.
Maybe a Buzzard will spread its wings over the city centre some day and hopefully something unexpected through the autumn migration period!?

I know it doesn't compare well to real bird watching, but those of us that work spend most of our lives doing it, so you might as well keep your eyes open heh!?! biggrin.gif

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Visible migration from my office window yesterday with 10-12 House Martins passing in a southerly direction low over buildings opposite the back of Peter House. Second time in a few weeks.

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5 Mute Swan weaving through the City centre high-rises was an incongruous but pleasant sight today.

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Distant views of large bird of prey from platform at Victoria Station yesterday at 18.20. I was willing it to fly overhead and be an Osprey but it drifted off to the north so I hope it was just a Buzzard!

Steve

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After another (unsuccessful) search for the BX (sorry, Black Redstarts) this morning, I heard Adrian's Whitethroat in the distance and checked out the car park on the other side of Miller St. Didn't realise there were so many brambly, overgrown areas in there - a site worth watching. Also a fine show of Orchids - don't ask me what species, have we got any city centre botanists out there?

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There's a big colony of House Sparrows around Manchester Craft Centre and the nearby housing. The area has loads of excellent nest sites and plenty of food scraps. Blue Tits and Blackbirds also breeding (as well as the usual winged rats!). Once had a singing male Black Redstart on the Craft centre roof and a flock of Waxwings further up Tib St.

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I have a list of 23 species from my office window in Peter House, St Peter's Square, including Black Redstart, Pink-footed Goose, Lapwing and Peregrine. Obviously around the City Centre you can get all sorts from Teal and Grey Herons to Sand Martins and Chiffchaffs. I was told that Waxwings used to visit Rowan trees near Piccadilly Station years ago, until they were felled, but not sure if they were ever properly recorded. Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover and Linnets breed further out towards Sport City, while I had a Lesser Whitethroat in rough ground on Bury New Road (Salford I think!?) about 3-4 weeks ago. Keep you eyes peeled, as you never know when the next confused "Reed Warbler" might turn up in China Town again!?!?! biggrin.gif

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mr broome,having spent a lot of time 'urban birding' in salford you,,d be surprised at the
range and quantity of birds that inhabit the parks, gardens and mean streets that go unoted but a little time spent watching the area (and your back)will yield some surprises.but don,t do it unless you have too.

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whitethroats so close to the city centre is a nice record but for the lists falls outside the limits of the city centre being on the wrong side of miller street!

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2 whitethroat NCP car park over Miller Street just a few yards from CIS building.

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Had Whitethroat in the city centre tonight pointed out by Adrian D in the NCP car park across the road from the CIS tower nr Black Red site.

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There's usually one or two House Sparrows hopping around the Chinese Arch.

I've also seen Robin and Blackbird here. I missed the mystery Warbler last year though :(

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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!

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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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