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RE: Other Manchester City Centre birds


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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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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1.15pm
1 Kingfisher giving great close views in the small canal between Water Street carpark and the V&A Hotel. It then flew out to the R. Irwell .

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Tuesday 24th of December 2013 05:52:06 PM

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Currently approx 15 - 20 Redwings along with a Mistle Thrush and a Blackbird very active around the warehouses on Adair Street not far from Picadilly Rail Station

...and a Peregrine just flown over top end of Adair Street and Great Ancoats Street as I was driving away from a delivery.

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Monday 23rd of December 2013 03:20:11 PM

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 23rd of December 2013 04:23:04 PM

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this afternoon around the cathedral, Urbis & Victoria station area...

2 mistle thrushes
4 blue tits
11 goldfinches
2 dunnocks
1 wren
1 woodpigeon
2 crows
2 pied wagtails
1 grey wagtail
4 Canada geese flew onto the river Irwell.

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Saturday 21st December 2013, 9.35am

Several pied wagtails flying around the rooves of the Christmas market stalls in Exchange and St Anne's Squares

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16 Redwings currently active near the Renault garage at Blackfriars junction

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

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We ( my partner and I) didn't get a really close look as it was dark and the bird was running along ahead of us but on Friday 6th December at around 10pm there was either a Woodcock or a Snipe running along Houldsworth Street ( behind G Ancoats Street), it ran into Lever Street and was scared by a passer by so took to the wing over Gt Ancoats St. Not a bird We'd expect to see there.

-- Edited by Mark Whalley on Monday 9th of December 2013 01:32:31 PM

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a kingfisher flew onto some vegetation on the river Irwell near to the ncp car park bridge before flying off down stream, also 1 grey wagtail, 4 Canada geese.

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3 Woodcock collect this week in the town centre, all taken into care by RSPCA.

Keep Birding.

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Late news from last week where a colleague reported a strange bird grounded in the Market Street area around dusk which from the description was probably a Woodcock.



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Karen Foulkes wrote:

I decided to count the Feral Pigeons in Piccadilly Gardens today, as nobody ever seems to bother and I can't understand why. They are such an attractive species after all!

On this occasion I positively counted 280, but as they were flushed on more than one occasion, there were likely more present.

I'm sure a few of the birders who work in the city centre must count them occasionally, but are too to say!





Excellent! You are quite right, these birds are quite remarkable in their own way and deserve to be studied and recognised!

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I decided to count the Feral Pigeons in Piccadilly Gardens today, as nobody ever seems to bother and I can't understand why. They are such an attractive species after all!

On this occasion I positively counted 280, but as they were flushed on more than one occasion, there were likely more present.

I'm sure a few of the birders who work in the city centre must count them occasionally, but are too to say!

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female goosander on the river Irwell viewed from ncp car park bridge, also 1 grey wagtail, 1 cormorant & 7 Canada geese.

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A half hour stroll around the old wharves of Potato Wharf, and the nearby riverbank this morning:

Kingfisher
Grey wagtail
Cormorant
3 grey herons
20 long tailed tits
4 bluetits
2 great tits
4 magpies
4 carrion crows
10 Canada geese
22 black-headed gulls
4 blackbirds
Wren



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An adult male Great Spotted Woodpecker was picked up dead in our office car park this afternoon - in the Bridge Street arae of Manchester :(

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The Jackdaw this morning flew from Spinningfields over the ring road in to Salford with 39 Carrion Crows late morning. 27 species logged this morning, including 2 male Blackcap feeding on a Hawthorn by the River Irwell opposite the Marriot Hotel on Water St, Goldcrest by Water St car park, 2 Meadow Pipit over flying south, Kestrel by the Irwell and a Grey Heron on the Medlock by the Castlefield Youth Hostel





That's more than I saw at Worthington Lakes this afternoon!

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The Jackdaw this morning flew from Spinningfields over the ring road in to Salford with 39 Carrion Crows late morning. 27 species logged this morning, including 2 male Blackcap feeding on a Hawthorn by the River Irwell opposite the Marriot Hotel on Water St, Goldcrest by Water St car park, 2 Meadow Pipit over flying south, Kestrel by the Irwell and a Grey Heron on the Medlock by the Castlefield Youth Hostel

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Jackdaw being mobbed by Carrion Crows over Spinningfields near the court building at 11:00

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kingfisher seen again flying up stream of the river Irwell opposite the lowry hotel this afternoon.
6 grey wagtails, 1 grey heron & 16 Canada geese from ncp car park bridge.

-- Edited by steven burke on Sunday 6th of October 2013 08:14:53 PM

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now a water rail would off made a great 66th species for the city centre, the funny thing is there is actually an ideal place for it to go not too far away wink I obviously had a look in this area this afternoon, but nothing around.
a kingfisher was seeing flying downstream of the river Irwell from Victoria bridge, also 2 grey herons & 4 grey wagtails.

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