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Other Manchester City Centre birds


Dipper seen at Pin Mill Brow 04.03.17 around 1300 Picture too!

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One mistle thrush, 2 blue tits and a singing dunnock in the lime trees outside the Great Northern this morning

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Male Blackcap still using various peoples' feeders at Rozel Square, St John's Gardens this morning.

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Monday 27th February 8.30am

Male Kestrel perched on the Novotel hotel and then patrolling the lower end of Portland Street, towards Oxford Road this morning.

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One male Blackcap returned to my feeders this morning 27-02-17, Rozel Square, St John's Gardens.

Several House Sparrows calling from back of properties along St John's Street

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Male blackcap on bird feeder this morning, St Johns Gardens city centre, amongst usuals.

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Sunday 19/02/17

Rozel Square, St John's Gardens, general observations from flat on Sunday

2 Chaffinch
Several Goldfinch
Several Magpie
1 Mistle thrush
1 Song thrush
At least 3 singing Dunnock
2 singing Blackbird
Several Blue tit
2 Great tit
1 regularly roosting Woodpigeon outside window
2 House sparrow (small relict colony using rear side of terraced properties between St John Street and Camp Street, probably declining)
1 Robin
1 Wren
Several Long-tailed tit

No greenfinches for months - used to be numerous and regular on feeders.

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The area I saw the Dippers is marked on my A-Z as Limekiln Lane - a footpath running alongside the Medlock from Ancoats Bridge/Pinn Mill Brow



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Female Goosander on River Irwell near Trinity bridge [footbridge]/ Lowry Hotel.

Today 15/2/17 14.00



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Hi all, this may well be my first ever post on here although I do monitor the site regularly. You may have seen my video of the woodcock scuttling across my path in October in St John's Gardens where I live. I'll try and post more updates from that area as I get several birds on my feeders (and some unusual ones passing through).

Thought you might appreciate this video of a peregrine falcon chasing off a sparrowhawk near the cathedral on Wednesday last week. The sparrowhawk seemed to be pushing its luck by circling over part of the peregrine's territory for a while, until the peregrine decided enough was enough and nearly caught it over 101 Greengate.

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Nine Canada geese on the stretch of the Irwell from Victoria Bridge Street to Cathedral Approach.  Further down where Victoria Street meets Hunt's Bank, there were two pair and I caught sight of four goslings before the adults sent them to cover.



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Grey Heron is regular on the River Medlock - Princess St/Mancunian Way



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There's been a few Herons spotted along the Ashton canal and canal basin near Jutland Street over  the years.



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8/2/2017

Not sure whether this is within the accepted boundary for city centre sightings but must be close.

Whilst joining the Mancunian Way from Ashton Old Road at 11:30pm last night I saw a large dark shape drift low over the road from the direction of the city centre, it then landed on a patch of grass at the road side. Looking across it was quite a surprise to see a Grey Heron standing there.

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a flock of 45+ goldfinch in the trees in the car park opposite the civil justice centre on bridge street this afternoon.

at first I thought I had just seen a pigeon flying around Piccadilly gardens at 6.35pm it turned out to be a mallard hmm

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1 ring necked parakeet in All Saints Park on oxford road. Spotted by Imogen Webb

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A male Kestrel was eating his breakfast on the window ledge at Rosenfields at Shudehill this morning with a Magpie in close attendance.

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Definitely 2 dippers on that stretch of the Medlock. Watched both feeding there Sunday afternoon.



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One Dipper present in the location described below at 08:45 this morning. What an indication of improved water quality in this dirty city.

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Just spent 15 minutes watching a Dipper feeding in the River Medlock on the stretch where it has run under Mancunian Way at Pin Mill Brow and runs parallel to Helmet Street. When I first arrived 2 flew away down the river away from Pin Mill Brow. Also had brief glimpses where you can see the river either side of Fairfield Street



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3 Redwings in the Tib St. car.park early afternoon.





Around a dozen thrushes including Redwing were perched up in the trees on Thomas Street behind the multi-storey car park (Tib St., Church St., Thomas St. block) and flying over in ones and twos to the berries on the other side of Church St around lunchtime today.

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3 Redwings in the Tib St. car.park early afternoon. Brief view of the Dipper on the Medlock just now, round Pin Mill Brow.

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30+ redwing, three mistle thrush and two blue tit around Tibb Street car park early this afternoon.

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At least 50 Redwing on Tib Street this morning. 30ish on the car park trees and 20ish in Smithfield Gardens.

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i went to look for the dipper that dave broome had on Wednesday, I looked in the area he had it on the river medlock at Fairfield street/coronation square but no joy. I had a wonder around to other areas I could see & then eventually seen a dipper on the river medlock but just outside the city centre zone at pin mill brow/mancunian way/great ancoats street it eventually flew under the bridge into the city centre zone where it gave slightly closer views from the bridge smile

further down great ancoats street just before the retail park on the corner of gidding road there was at least 32 redwing, 4 mistle thrush & 5 blackbirds feeding on berries.



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Thursday 5th January 12.45pm

A dozen or so Redwings feeding on the berries on the trees at Tib Street car park.
Also a similar number feeding in the gardens of Oak Street behind The Wheat Sheaf pub.

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Large numbers of redwing in berry trees around northern quarter. And a peregrine sat on C of CIS building right now. Also 1 flew over NQ spooming pigeons and redwings





The berries at the Sacha's Hotel end of Tib Street are being defended by the local Mistle Thrush. The Redwings sit in a nearby tree waiting for the Mistle Thrush to turn its back before descending on the berries - then beating a hasty retreat!



13 Redwing in the one berry tree and the Mistle Thrush in the other as I walked past this morning

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Yes i had noticed that. Fair few berries still around smithfield gardens off tib street area but only redwings there too. No waxwings for me today.

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Eugene Dillon-Hooper wrote:

Large numbers of redwing in berry trees around northern quarter. And a peregrine sat on C of CIS building right now. Also 1 flew over NQ spooming pigeons and redwings





The berries at the Sacha's Hotel end of Tib Street are being defended by the local Mistle Thrush. The Redwings sit in a nearby tree waiting for the Mistle Thrush to turn its back before descending on the berries - then beating a hasty retreat!

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Large numbers of redwing in berry trees around northern quarter. And a peregrine sat on C of CIS building right now. Also 1 flew over NQ spooming pigeons and redwings

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Dipper this morning on the River Medlock at Fairfield Street/Coronation Square



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90 Redwing in trees around Manchester Central Fire Station on Thompson Street this morning, with some nice subsong too.

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At New Elm Road today 2 Fieldfare, approx 40 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, Collared Dove, 5 Goldfinch, Kestrel and Grey Wagtail.

approx 370 Pink-Footed Geese NW at 11:36

Goldcrest singing at the Marriott Hotel car park. On the R Irwell from there, 2 Mute Swan, Moorhen, 2 Goosander, 1 Cormorant. 10 Goldfinch in St John's Gardens



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a nice mixed flock of birds feeding on berries on new elm road junction of water street this afternoon...

at least 28 redwing
2 fieldfare
5 blackbird
6 mistle thrush
2 chaffinch
5 goldfinch
1 goldcrest
goosander flew over trinity way.

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2 starlings in the trees of the Sackville street car park this morning, a rare sight nowadays in the city centre.

male goosander flying downstream of the river Irwell at the lowry hotel, also 3 grey wagtails.

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I spotted a grey wagtail on the Irwell across from the cathedral at 13:00 today.



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Woodcock filmed this morning by St. John's Street, off Deansgate.

https://twitter.com/jam_rich1/status/798082914298822656

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1 Woodcock, 115 Pink-footed Geese (over ESE) around Vimto Park yesterday http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32429701

2 Woodcock Vimto Park this morning



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Tim, that is right and may be my hand in the video, it is still in care but should make a good recovery.

Keep Birding

 



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Last night a Woodcock flew into the Benzie building at the MMU. A friend on Facebook posted a video of it in the hand after being taken to the RSPCA. I understand it was successfully released on recovering

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A Woodcock flew through Piccadilly Gardens at 17.35 as I was leaving work. luckily missed hitting the windows of Picadilly number one and headed towards the train station direction!

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Two cormorants seen on the Irwell, in front of the cathedral. 

 



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No sight nor sound of the Yellow-browed Warbler 1.30 - 5.45pm. It was not amongst a number of birds that came in for a pre-roost feed at the favoured tree outside the Barnes Wallis Student Hub. Those that did appear to feed in the tree included Blue Tits 2, Great Tit 1, Wren 1, Goldcrest 1, Goldfinch 5, Blackbird 2, Robin 1 and Dunnock 1

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No further sound or sight of Yellow-browed Warbler by 1300hrs

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Yellow-browed warbler briefly seen at 9.42am in trees at the Barnes Wallis student hub with chiffchaff, blue tit & great tit then flew over railway into vimto park.

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Yellow-browed warbler has called on a few occasions in the vimto park since 7.55am but still not seen.
2 Chiffchaffs, 1 singing.

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The Yellow-Browed Warbler was last positively heard at around 12.10 - 12.15pm right above our heads in tall Sycamores on Cobourg St. next to the main UMIST building (as it used to be). Despite it moving about the high crown leaves calling we just could not see it so the only sighting remains that of the observant and lucky finder. We departed at 4pm empty-handed as far as a GM tick (well for some inc. me).

Other sightings were a regular Chiffchaff where the Yellow-Browed Warbler was found, Mistle Thrushes building a nest (!) with nylon twine and other rubbish in the crook of a tree bordering London Road; Blue Tits fly-catching and eating insects from underneath peeling paintwork and around metal-framed windows on a university building bordering London Road; Grey and Pied Wagtails on the rooftops, Blackbirds and (not seen by myself) a Goldcrest and a Peregrine Falcon over

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No further sign of today's Yellow-browed Warbler in the Vimto park area since early afternoon.

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Ian McKerchar wrote:
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Unfortunately that record was never substantiated; there's never been any anything like close to the city centre before.


 

Ok, fair enough, ought to be a Bluetail lying about somewhere....



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Calls were being played during that period no more than 60m from where Rob was parked. We would have been out of sight. Cheers John

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