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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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First post, so hello!

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.

Roger.





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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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A walk along the canal from Oxford Road to the stream at the end of Potato Wharf

As well as the usual Canada geese, mallards and black headed gulls, there was a pair of Goosander on the stream and a pair of grey wagtails on the canal bank.

The canalside bushes held many blackbirds, 3 goldfinch, 4 bluetits, 2 great tits, 2 dunnocks and a wren

There were 2 cormorants in the Castlefield canal basin



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C.30 goldeneye on the Irwell just up from Adelphi yesterday afternoon.
Almost 50/50 split male and female!

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 21st of February 2014 05:01:29 PM

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Magpie, Crow, Peregrine, and Kestrel - all largish birds in this area which perch up high.

Also Wood Pigeons perch up in the town centre miles from decent sized trees !
Feral Pigeons tend to tuck into ledges to avoid the Peregrines.

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MJKeating wrote:

There is a bird which perches on the bell tower of the old Branigans pub on Peter Street. I can't quite work out what it is but believe it is a magpie. Anyone else seen it? I'm wondering if it has a nest up there or just enjoys the look out!






Hi MJ,
it should be fairly easy to work out if it's a Magpie or not from a simple enough description, basically a black and white bird (with blue and green shimmers in the black when seen up close) roughly twice the size of a Blackbird and has a long tail. Did you see the bird fly in to where it perches... the long tail will be evident in relation to its body, fairly broad rounded wings and a slow wing beat with gliding in between.
Unlikely to be nesting where you say it is (if it is a Magpie) as they usually nest in trees and build large bulky nests made up of a mass of strong twigs.
It sounds to me like a favourite observation point as Magpies are intelligent and opportunistic birds, and it gets quite busy near Brannigans with quite a few food outlets so every chance of dropped food and a free meal.
Nothing else really looks like a Magpie so I hope my description has been of help to you.
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matt, there is a regular pair of crows in that area, I have seen them around Lloyd street, possibly one of them !

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MJKeating wrote:

There is a bird which perches on the bell tower of the old Branigans pub on Peter Street. I can't quite work out what it is but believe it is a magpie. Anyone else seen it? I'm wondering if it has a nest up there or just enjoys the look out!






Hi MJ,
it should be fairly easy to work out if it's a Magpie or not from a simple enough description, basically a black and white bird (with blue and green shimmers in the black when seen up close) roughly twice the size of a Blackbird and has a long tail. Did you see the bird fly in to where it perches... the long tail will be evident in relation to its body, fairly broad rounded wings and a slow wing beat with gliding in between.
Unlikely to be nesting where you say it is (if it is a Magpie) as they usually nest in trees and build large bulky nests made up of a mass of strong twigs.
It sounds to me like a favourite observation point as Magpies are intelligent and opportunistic birds, and it gets quite busy near Brannigans with quite a few food outlets so every chance of dropped food and a free meal.
Nothing else really looks like a Magpie so I hope my description has been of help to you.
Cheers
Rob

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There is a bird which perches on the bell tower of the old Branigans pub on Peter Street. I can't quite work out what it is but believe it is a magpie. Anyone else seen it? I'm wondering if it has a nest up there or just enjoys the look out!

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My work mate left work ,crossed the carpark and came across a male Kestral feeding on a rat.He managed to get within 2 feet of the bird and get some great shots on his phone. CIS carpark

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More like two dozen Redwings on Tib Street today - and plenty of berries left.

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Approx a dozen very vocal Redwing on Tib Street in the trees that attracted Waxwings the other year

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80+ mostly greenfinches, several goldfinches in the tree tops at the cathedral.

1 male goosander on the river Irwell at Blackfriars bridge.



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A decent sized flock of Redwing feeding on the berries outside my office Westminster House. Walk down Aytoun Street and turn right towards the gay village and you may catch sight of them. There's a Mistle Thrush that's been resident for a while who is not happy to share the berry stash.

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Occasionally I see a bird soaring around the top of the Hilton Hotel but my office window is too far away to work out what it is. I'm sure it's not a gull but I'm wondering if it's one of the resident peregrines as I'm still waiting to catch a glimpse of one!!

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A lone Canada Goose currently stood outside Great Northern cinema entrance near the Hilton on Deansgate, honking away!






I see this Canada Goose made the papers over Christmas!

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Flock of 20+ Redwings feeding on berry trees on Store Street on Saturday 4th Jan. Very skittish.



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on the river Irwell this afternoon viewed from Blackfriars bridge..

1 kingfisher, 1 cormorant, 1 grey heron, 1 grey wagtail.

on the river Irwell at the Victoria & albert hotel...

9 goosanders, 2 kestrels.

200+ redwings at the junction of new elm rd & water st with several goldfinches amongst them.



-- Edited by steven burke on Wednesday 1st of January 2014 07:47:40 PM

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20+ Redwing flying around Bloom St / Canal St area this morning

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Approx 300 Redwing in total in the vicinity of New Elm Road, feeding on Rowan and thronging bushes along the River Medlock by Potato Wharf
1 Meadow Pipit over the Irwell by Water Street, dropped down to area beyond Trinity Way and the railway (see Salford thread)
a Black-Headed Gull on railings outside the Lowry Hotel bore a foreign ring, but I couldn't confirm the country

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Currently approx 250 Redwing at New Elm Rd, Castlefield

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this afternoon around the cathedral & chetham school of music area...

17 redwings
13 greenfinches
30+ goldfinches
3 pied wagtails
2 blue tits

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this afternoon around the cathedral & chetham school of music area...

1 woodpigeon
3 redwings
3 blackbirds
1 robin
27 goldfinches
3 greenfinches
4 blue tits
1 pied wagtail


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