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A Grey Heron flew over Portland Street this morning heading in the direction of Deansgate.

A pair of Dunnocks singing on Chepstow Street at lunchtime.

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1 Kestrel flew low along Princess Street at lunchtime.

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1 Kestrel perched on chimney pot on Town Hall rooftop this morning.

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Grey wagtail on the Medlock on Oxford Road next to the Palace Hotel early this evening.

Also 3 lesser black-backed gulls circling around, giving nice views.

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This morning a Lesser Black-backed Gull landed in Piccadilly Gardens.

I often see them perched on buildings around Piccadilly Gardens, but this is the first time I recollect actually seeing one on the ground there.

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Albert Sq. 4.15pm on Moulting Kestrel making forays around the town hall and over the square. Swallow over. Also present at lunchtime Dunnock and a few Goldfinch. Now quiet.

NB There is a separate thread for Black Redstart sightings should there be any

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The black redstart was singing & feeding on the town hall yesterday at 3.40pm
Also 2 kestrel.

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Single Swallow over the River Irwell near the Marriot Hotel

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Black Redstart singing once again this morning on the Town Hall. This time I managed to see as well as hear the bird.
First time in a few years I've been able to spot it.smile

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Black Redstart singing from on top of the Town Hall, Albert Square side at 07.40 this morning.

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River Irwell near to Blackfriars Street at 1pm

Pair of Grey Wagtails
Pair of Goosander sat on the bank.

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Black redstart heard singing, just the once at 11.30am on princess st, could not locate.

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Two Mistle Thrushes were feeding on the 'green roof' of the Town Hall Extension this afternoon

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Pair of Long Tailed Tits what appeared to be nest building in bushes near Piccadilly Station.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 16th of March 2015 02:38:35 PM

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An unusual sight this morning, with a Mute Swan battling the winds as it flew past the town hall before veering off in the Deansgate direction.

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On the River Irwell by Blackfriars Street this lunchtime:
1 female Goosander
1 Grey Wagtail
2 Mallards
2 Canada Geese
c50 Black-headed Gulls

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Male and female Goosander on the River Irwell by the Lowry at 12.45pm.
Peregrine overhead too, heading towards the cathedral.

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Black redstart flew across Albert Square at 5.15 pm this evening, and was singing on top of the memorial in front of the town hall.

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2 Grey Wagtails today on the canal side where the canal runs behind the Crown Courts on Minshull St

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Grey Wagtail joined today by 3 Canada Geese, 1 Wren and 5 Mallards on and close to the River Irwell by the Lowry Hotel.

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A couple of white winged gulls with a mixed flock of smaller gulls (mostly black-headed) flying over Piccadilly gardens quite early this morning. Binoculars were in my bag, so couldn't tell which they were.

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A Grey Wagtail has been present for the last couple of days on the River Irwell close to the Lowry hotel.

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3 male and 1 female Goosander in a similar position to yesterday on the Irwell outside the Lowry hotel.
Also 2 Pied and 1 Grey Wagtail.

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A nice male Goosander on the River Irwell just outside the Lowry hotel at 1pm

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Single Pied Wagtail on tram tracks outside Debenhams 6 50am

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Deansgate/Castlefield from the Met this morning about 0820

Small black robin briefly glimpsed on the railings close to the line as the tram pulled out of the station heading for St.Peter's Square.
Couldn't be too sure, but looked like a Black Redstart. Keep you eyes peeled around the area.
Confirmation would be great.
Couldn't ask the driver to stop.!smile

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Apologies to Shannon, welcome on board, but I can't help with your pigeon. Lots of variations about!

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On a bus around Piccadilly Gardens when I glimpsed what looked very like a stock dove, sat on some street funiture, when I looked out of the window. Only a very quick glimpse before I realised I was looking at something a bit out of the ordinary, and then the bus was off, so could have been a racing pigeon with stock dove like qualities, I suppose (didn't get a good look at its head, which would have said for sure), but was wondering if anyone else had seen a similar bird in town? Would love to know if it really was a lost stock dove.

-- Edited by Shannon Llewellyn on Tuesday 16th of December 2014 10:49:48 PM

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large flock of finches gathering in the trees on the north side of the cathedral after 3pm this afternoon, at least 220 mostly greenfinch with a few goldfinch, they all took flight when 1 of the peregrine falcons flew over but then landed back down before going to roost.
1 male goosander on the river Irwell at Blackfriars bridge.

-- Edited by steven burke on Sunday 14th of December 2014 06:00:57 PM

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3.35pm today

Mistle Thrush trying to drive off around 25 Starlings and a few Fieldfares from a berry tree between Whispering Smith and the Phones 4U Arena (start of Bury New Rd)

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Harris Hawk on friend's balcony in the Green Quarter in Manchester. Funnily enough, close to where the news article reported one dropping the rat on a Range Rover the other week! He snapped a good picture of it yesterday!

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Kingfisher on medlock on Charles street next to factory night club at 4:00pm ish

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A pair of Mute Swans on the River Irwell by the Lowry at 12.30pm today.

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There are at least one or two Harris Hawks at large in the county at any one time and there has been a bird around the Hulme area for some time now.

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possibly the remains of attachment for jesses visible above the bird's feet.
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It's wearing "anklets" Gordon.

Loved this line in the write-up .......

He added: We had to go down and move the rat off the top of the car, and it was quite heavy.

HaHaHa ! Bet it was all of four ounces.

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Looks like the one who used to reside on Carrington Moss

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Certainly is a Harris Hawk. Difficult to see in the photo but possibly the remains of attachment for jesses visible above the bird's feet.

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http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/pictured-moment-huge-bird-prey-7971437

Am I right in thinking this is a Harris Hawk?

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Not sure if they are regular in "the city" or not but dont remember seeing one myself, Jay flew over car parks next to chester road and on over Bridgewater viaduct before landing in trees on west of road.
Also good sized mixed tit flock in trees around the car parks here comprising of Blue, Great and Long tailed.

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8 Long Tailed Tits on telephone wires over the car park next to Little Peter Street (Off Deansgate).

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Late post : 19 Cormorant flying over Bridge Street near the Marcaddy pub yesterday at 12.15pm in the direction of Salford Quays

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2 Goldfinches (one singing) were just flitting around the railings and battlements on the roof of Town Hall.

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Kestrel drifted along Princess Street at lunchtime. Only about 10 foot off the ground. Headed towards China Town.

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I first found the spotted flycatcher around 5pm it was high in the canopies of the tallest trees, Norway maples, I think & was typically flycatching, flicking its tail as it landed, it did however come down a little closer at times. as well as being excited about adding another new bird for the area I was also gutted with myself for entering the city centre for a second day running without my binoculars & camera, big mistake, but I was suppose to be shopping no the bird proved to be elusive despite there not being a lot of trees in the area of the cathedral, I lost it for 35 mins at one point, it was still present when I left before 7pm.
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other birds at the cathedral...
1 grey wagtail
2 dunnocks
2 crows
1 robin
1 blackbird
several greenfinches & goldfinches

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Fantastic record of a Spotted Flycatcher around the cathedral, in trees on its north side, at 5:15 today and still present at 7pm.

Info thanks to Steven Burke

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a new bird for me today to add to my city centre list 1 jackdaw flew over Urbis/triangle at 11.20am this morning calling heading south/west smile
also 1 swallow over the same area
1 chaffinch on Blackfriars house then flew down into the trees next to the bridge.
2 grey wagtails next to Blackfriars bridge.


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on Friday 2nd may I decided to do what Karen did back in November & count the feral pigeons in Piccadilly gardens, I managed 384 with several more moving around smile

this morning only managed to count 137 feral pigeons.
4 goosanders on the river Irwell from Victoria bridge.
goldfinch collecting spiders webb from a lamppost in Piccadilly gardens.


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1 very chirpy Mistle Thrush this morning perched high on the top of the lamppost near the Mancunian Way bridge (Chester Road side). What's not to sing about in this sunshine?!

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Just been shown some terrific close-up pictures of a male Kestrel taking advantage of a roadkilled rat in Chinatown. Taken on a smartphone from within a few feet.

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On the out skirts of the city centre

Harris Hawk circling over the tram depot
2 Grey wagtail - flew over tram tracks outside Victoria station

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Wednesday 26th March 2014, 6.15pm

On an ultimately pointless journey to Anfield, Grey Heron over Oxford Road station

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