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Other Manchester City Centre birds


20th April.

A lovely sighting from Victoria Station this lunchtime. Over platforms 1 and 2 of the station a begging fledgling aww.gif Mistle Thrush was seen perched high up in the metallic rafters and was being fed by an adult bird, which was dropping down onto the tracks and presumably picking up discarded takeaway food bits etc popcorn.gifdonut.gif, which it then carried up into the rafters to feed to the vocal youngster. aww.gif

A really heart-warming sight in a pretty grotty urban setting! nod.gif

This might have been a first confirmed breeding record for this species for the BTO and GM breeding birds atlas projects for tetrad SJ89P, if there hadn't already been an earlier one!! bleh.gifbleh.gif See Steve Suttill's post on this same thread dated 11/6/08.

Keep atlasing!,

Bill.

-- Edited by Bill Myerscough on Tuesday 20th of April 2010 02:00:52 PM

-- Edited by Bill Myerscough on Tuesday 20th of April 2010 02:06:07 PM

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Goldcrest in conifer near cathedral. Carrion crows bringing in nest material to same tree.

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Female kestrel on the town hall tower tonight...previous sitings have been of the male.

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male goosander and a swan on the irwell where it goes under trinity way.also one grey wagtail.also watched blue tits carrying nesting material into a wall.across the river a chiffchaff was calling.also greenfinches singing.

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Kestrel over the town hall again making a lot of noise.

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Just outside the centre a Woodcock flew east across the A56 near White City at about 7:30 this morning, my third in central Manchester in a few months.

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Kestrel displaying over the town hall in late afternoon. Local crows mobbing but the male putting up with them admirably and the crows flew off....I wonder?

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Having a crafty pint in the beer garden at the back of Fringe Bar on Swan St the other day, about 6:30pm, when a male blackbird flew right across us, underneath the canopy, nearly took our heads off! He was singing like a maniac as he zoomed through.

Then he perched in a bush next to us, yammering away like a good 'un.

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Male Blackbird singing bold as brass from a small bare tree right outside the Co-op building on Miller Street early yesterday morning.

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Drake Goosander and 3 Mallard by Lowry Bridge

Also Greenfinch singing here

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a peregrine was gliding around the retail park at ancoats yesterday at a hight of 70-80 ft.

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3 Goosander on the Irwell today upstream of the Lowry bridge, also 2 Grey Wagtail there
Goldfinch singing in Piccadilly Gardens

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A possible green woodpecker was seen flying above the railway next to Sackville Street on Tuesday morning, March 23rd. It was too high to see colours. It had a woodpecker-like flight, undulating, short bursts of flight, folding up its wings in between, shrieking staccato while flying. The size was about right but this is hard to estimate for a flying bird and it could have been smaller (blackbird upwards).

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River Irwell near MEN Arena around 10.30

4 Goosander
3 Pied Wagtail
1 Sparrowhawk overhead

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This lunchtime on the River Irwell

Mute Swan - Lowry bridge
Drake Goosander - Blackfriars Bridge

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I saw a woodcock out the office window last winter, from the back of Peter House, but not this winter yet. Had 4 Lesser Redpoll out the window circling briefly on Weds though, which were a new office tick for me!

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Given the number of Woodcock casualties we get on streets near the route of the R Irwell in the city centre, I'm not surprised. Their eyes are st on the sides of their heads and they seem to collide with things.
The Peregrine(s) in Bolton enjoyed a Woodcock dinner the other day, when the vicar found the head and legs with some parts of the wings, near Bolton Parish Church tower and sent me the photos. There's a river at the back. I suspect the birds must fly straight along the river at night, and the Peregrines can chase them successfully in the ambient light.

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Sat at the lights where Irwell Street turns in to Trinity Way at the junction with Chapel street yesterday at about 3:00 I was amazed to see a Woodcock fly towards me then head off west up Chapel Street at about 1st storey height.

Presumably it had been flushed from an area of open ground elsewhere.

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Same amount as Pied Wags as Dave had yesterday, 120+

Good to catch up with Simon H in the city!

Dave

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A walk around the city centre this afternoon turned up a Peregrine perched on the front of the Gmex building.
120+ Pied wagtails in a single tree in St Ann's square at 4.30pm,
4 Fieldfares flying over the town hall.

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Just to clarify, the drake Goosander on the bank of the Irwell by the Lowry Hotel is in fact dead! That is to say it is deceased, not living, expired

thanks again Rob...

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Drake Goosander on the bank of the Irwell by the Lowry Hotel at 12:30 today.

Info thanks to Rob Smallwood

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M & F Goosander on River Irwell - Victoria Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge 13:00

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18 Fieldfare flying past my 7th floor office window (St Peter's House, St Peter's Square) towards the Beethan Tower, so in a westerly direction I suppose.

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12 Tufties (a new species for my City Centre list) on the Irwell by the Cathedral this morning. First time I've seen icebergs floating downstream!

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Pair of Goldeneye drifted past Bridge st near Markaddy today & 1 male and 3 female on river by the A6 Crescent.

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A Buzzard today at about 2pm flying south (ish) over the Whitworth Street west area being mobbed by a Crow.

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Grey Heron in the City Centre on Albion Street this afternoon, viewed from the upstairs of the Bus!!!

Overheard someone on the bus say "look at the size of that bird, it's probably an Eagle looking for Pigeons!!!".

If only!!!

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4 Goosander (2 male 2 female) on the Irwell viewed from the Bridge on Bridge st

9.30am 02/01/2010

Cheers Dave

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As I type I am watching from the kitchen window a mixed flock of Redwings and Fieldfares with one large Mistle Thrush are feeding on fallen berries in Store Street behind Piccadilly Station. A very welcome extra Xmas pressie.

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Almost constant movement of winter thrushes from my 10th floor viewpoint near Bridge Street - including a number of birds flying past the Town Hall watched but not pursued by the Peregrine.

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2 Fieldfare past our office window heading towards Bloom St

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Plenty of thrushes being forced into the city centre, 20+ Redwings in our work car park on Chapel Street all morning having a constant battle with a single Fieldfare, several Mistle Thrushes and Blackbirds.

10+ Fieldfare flying around Bridge street near the Markaddy.

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2 groups of Redwings moving through Spinningfields this morning - 2 when it was only just getting light and a further group of 3 at lunch

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c200 Fieldfare in trees on Princess Parkway central reservation, Hulme @ 3pm yesterday - tues.

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c80 Fieldfare low NE over New Cross in the city centre early this morning.

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12v redwing flew over Albert Sq at 2.00pm

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I trust you'll do a Nest Record Card, Kath - it's certainly some kind of record!

Cheers, Steve

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Canada Goose is sat on 5 eggs on canal behind Aytoun - Manchester Met. A result of global warming until this cold snap.

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Small bat sp over the Irwell at the Lowry footbridge tonight - over water - could it have been Daubenton's perhaps? Not well up on bats...

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Bill Myerscough wrote:

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

Cheers,

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Probably the same group I saw on Store Street working their way through some Rowan trees a week or so ago.

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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

Cheers,

Bill.

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

chicken? guess that was a lucky escape for it.


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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.


Best wishes,



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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