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Other Manchester City Centre birds


Kingfisher yesterday Irwell Blackfriars
Today, 6 goosander.



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A new city centre tick for me at lunchtime, with a Moorhen near to Victoria Bridge Street on the River Irwell.

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Chiffchaff singing in Sackville gardens on Thursday 9th June at 5pm.

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2 Sand Martin feeding over the R Irwell by the Marriott Hotel this afternoon, also Mallard with 10 juv, Grey Wagtail, Somg Thrush and Greenfinch

A pair of Mallard were on a rooftop in Spinningfields



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Just after 5pm 2 Canada Geese flew down Princess St. above the rush hour traffic looking very out of place!

-- Edited by Tim Wilcox on Monday 16th of May 2016 05:38:19 PM

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For the last two Saturdays there's been a single cormorant on the stretch of river in front of the cathedral, I also saw one on the same stretch during the winter months.  It surprises me that there's anything living in such a dirty river for it to feed on.



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Unusual female duck , very dark brown with a white breast patch, on the Rochdale canal, opposite rear of Rain Bar, with several ducklings.



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A Grey Heron was being chased and generally harassed by a Herring Gull over Portland Street this morning.

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Collared Dove just inside the ring road at the A6/A34 junction this evening



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A Common Buzzard currently circling above the CIS Tower 12.46pm

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3 mistle thrush, 2 blackbirds, 1 blue tit, 2 crows in albert square this evening also 5 lesser black backed gulls flying around.
1 kestrel over st anns square.

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A large Bird of Prey, almost certainly a Common Buzzard but seen at distance without optic - flew south-west through the City Centre early afternoon.



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Neil Ferguson wrote:

Ivan Ellison wrote:

Goldfinch sat on nest in st Ann's square.





Amazingly early that. I thought they only usually started nesting towards the end of April


Quite surprised myself, but the bird was sat tight on her nest watching the shoppers below her. Easy to spot as no leaves on the trees yet

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Ivan Ellison wrote:

Goldfinch sat on nest in st Ann's square.





Amazingly early that. I thought they only usually started nesting towards the end of April

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Goldfinch sat on nest in st Ann's square.

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I've just watched an adult Herring Gull pass by my office widow heading from the Irwell near the Lowry Hotel roughly south.

Whilst Lesser Black-backs are increasingly common I rarely see Herring Gull in the City Centre.



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On the River Irwell close to the Lowry Hotel at lunchtime today:

A pair of courting Goosanders. (First time I've witnessed this) A really pristine looking male.
A pair of Grey Wagtail.

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Single Mute Swan on Ashton Canal by Wharf Close. Seems not to be injured. Young one as still some brown coloured feathers.



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Thursday 10th March 5pm

Sparrowhawk low over Bloom Street car park twice last night.

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Sparrowhawk being harried by 2 Carrion Crows over the Palace Theatre 12:50

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River Irwell (close to Lowry hotel) 12.30pm

One female Goosander battling strong currents and high water levels.
One Grey Wagtail

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Kestrel  resting on top of the rusty car park off Store St behind Piccadilly Station. Flew off up Sparkle Street. there used to be a pair nesting in the area a few yrs ago. Lets hope another pair is moving in.



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Cormorant on the river across from the Cathedral today. Between Cathedral Approach and Chapel Street bridges.



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Goldcrest between Merchants Bridge and The Wharf pub in Castlefield this morning



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Blackcap singing again this morning at 7.50am in the north west corner of piccadilly gardens.

Also 9 goldfinch, 2 blue tit & 1 pied wagtail.



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I thought i heard one singing twice at 7pm last night in the gardens

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I've just spotted the Blackcap on the way in to work, singing away quite happily in the trees in the northwest corner of Piccadilly Gardens.



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There has been one in Piccadilly Gardens in the trees close to top of Market Street singing for about a week now. I kept forgetting to put it here though. Thanks for posting Karen.smile

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A Blackcap was singing in Piccadilly Gardens this morning.

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7.40 am c200 Pink-footed Geese heading East, high over Portland Street.

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A Sparrowhawk flew low across Store Street car park this morning before perching on top of the Avis building for several minutes.

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3 Mute Swans on the River Irwell by Trinity Bridge at 12.30pm today. (2 adults and 1 juvenile)
Also. 2 Mallards

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Large numbers of Redwing passing over the City Centre tonight, heard calling (pretty low) from Thompson Street.

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today at lunch time a kingfisher flying along the river behind Parsonage Gardens.
Also I think a great crested grebe - only saw it brefly as it dived - didnt see it come back up.

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in the trees next to the marriot this afternoon, 1 chiffchaff, 2 goldcrest, goldfinch, blue tit, great tit & lots of blackbirds around.

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I counted 35 Pied Wagtails flying from their roost in the trees outside Ask Italian restaurant at the top of Portland Street this morning at 7.30am

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Tuesday 20th October 7.35am

Kestrel low and calling over Princess Street this morning.

I've also noticed, in the last few days, good numbers of Pied Wagtails flying from their roost in the trees outside Ask Italian restaurant at the top of Portland Street.

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Buzzard being mobbed by crows over the Manchester Science park at 13:45

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kingfisher flew downstream of the river irwell under Victoria bridge at 4.25pm.

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Friday 11th September 2015 12.45pm

A Kingfisher flew along the River Irwell heading towards the Cathedral from the Lowry.
Also on and around the river here:
1 Pied Wagtial
12 Mallards
15 Black-headed Gulls

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Buzzard was near Central Library around 15:00 being mobbed by Gulls

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Common Buzzard drifting SE along Great Ancoats Street at 1550hrs

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Not quite the city centre proper, so I hope this is the most appropriate thread, but a buzzard seen circling over my place of work on Oxford Road.

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a nice surprise this morning around 10.45am was 5 starlings feeding on the cathedral picking off insects in all the nooks & crannies & flycatching. have not seen a starling in the city centre for a very long time.

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2 Grey Wagtails on the Rochdale Canal towpath between Princess Street and Oxford Street yesterday

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6 swifts whizzing around above the cathedral this afternoon/evening.
also I had to rescue a juvenile dunnock that had flew into greggs on brazenose street, the girl behind the counter didn't know what to do, so I had to retrieve it from the fridge it had flown into. there was 2 or 3 around with a parent, so I just put it back on the street, it flew off ok.

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an unusual sight & sound of 10+ flock of siskin flying over albert square this evening at around 6pm.
also a herring gull in st anns square treading lightly on the spikes of Barclays bank trying to retrieve some food in them, it didn't get it though.


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Correction to where the Great Spotted Woodpecker was found yesterday - it was on Chapel Walks off Cross Street. Not Chapel Street as I stated in later posts. I had picked up my brother, who had captured the distressed bird from Cross Street. This is why in my first post I stated it was near Cross Street. The fact it was found in the heart of the City I think was significant. It also underlined the reason I asked my brother when he phoned me, to try and capture the bird on a busy road with no trees and with the bird crashing into buildings then falling to floor, being pursued by a crowd of people who were taking photographs on mobile phones!! My brother was attracted to what the crowd were doing first and foremost. So it was in the heart of the City and not Chapel Street, Salford. At least there was a happy outcome.

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The juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker found in a distressed state on Chapel Street, was successfully released in Longford Park at 5.15 this morning. The bird flew confidently to a nearby tree, showing no ill effects from yesterdays ordeal in Manchester, before flying a longer distance. Thanks to Ian for advice and my brother Anthony, who originally found and captured the bird, among a crowd who had gathered, many who were trying to get photographs of the woodpecker with their phones. The bird had become disorientated and exhausted.


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The woodpecker was actually along Chapel Street, looking very exhausted and alien amongst all that concrete and the decision was taken (rightly in my view) to take it into care. Further care is currently being organised.

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