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Other Manchester City Centre birds


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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-- Edited by Paul Hopkins at 08:45, 2009-03-06

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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!

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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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