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RE: Other Manchester City Centre birds


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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- Yellow-browed Warbler has called twice in 30 minutes whilst on my break (1.45 - 2.15pm)

Info for John Raynor and the guys if you are still around, it sounds like its coming from the trees where I spoke to you earlier, no other birders here so do t think it's an app call. Hope you get it.
It called again near the Lambert House / Cobourg St area where I was parked up, not far from the Umist stores goods-in, but my time was up, had to go!

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Wednesday 12th of October 2016 02:25:36 PM

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Alex Lees wrote:

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per Birdguides there was one historically in Salford (see below), any other inner ringroad recs?

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one by the 1st bridge from Salford University by Maxwell Building down the ramp this morning
 
 





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

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Hi Simon

per Birdguides there was one historically in Salford (see below), any other inner ringroad recs?

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one by the 1st bridge from Salford University by Maxwell Building down the ramp this morning
 
 


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Yellow-browed Warbler heard again at 11:55 but on the other side of the railway

Info thanks to Mark Rigby

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It's a handy first sighting to report on this forum! I'm counting down the minutes to get out of work and go for a look. Thanks for the information Alex

I note that Birdguides has downgraded the species to 'Local' from 'Scarce' as they are so dependable now in certain places at this time of year. But certainly scarce or more in GM, and has there ever been a Central Manchester record?

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Hi all

The YBW was mine this morning - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32002809 I've just started as a lecturer at MMU and have been checking the park on my way to and from work: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L4934653

Will post anything of interest here from now on too, I had 3 Chiffchaffs, a Siskin and a Lapwing at Pomona yesterday: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31992668

 

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Yellow-browed Warbler still present around the Barnes Wallis Building at 10:20 but mobile and heard only.

Info thanks to Mark Rigby

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Birdguides is reporting a Yellow-browed Warbler at the Manchester Meeting Centre, which is part of the University of Manchester complex up by Sackville Street in the city centre, UMIST as I would think of it as a former student!

The report went on at 08.40.

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Friday 7th Oct.
4 or 5 small flocks of Redwing seen (only approx 10 birds in each) over the city centre whilst delivering, including Portland Street and the Northern Quarter.

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St Ann's Square, 9am - A strange incident, where I noticed something apparently falling off the wall of a building, which turned out to be a Song Thrush.  The bird ended up standing on the ground almost at my feet, presumably stunned by whatever had happened to it.

I was unsure what to do, but it fluttered away in a bit of a panic (without leaving the ground) when I got a bit closer, so I thought my attention was probably doing it more harm than good.

Hopefully the bird recovered OK.



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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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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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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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