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Post Info TOPIC: Flixton, including Lagoons and Barton/Irlam Locks


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RE: Flixton, including Lagoons and Barton/Irlam Locks


Along the Manchester Ship Canal from Cadishead to Boysnope today:

 

1 drake Goldeneye

15 Little grebe

6 Redwing

23 Gadwall

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Friday, 9th February 2018. 10:15 - 16:30 hrs.

Walk from A.J. Bell Stadium (home to Salford Rugby League and Sale Rugby Union clubs) - along Manchester Ship Canal via Barton Locks - Boysnope Wharf - Irlam Locks - cross over to other side of Manchester Ship Canal - past Urmston Water Treatment Works - along Jack Lane - through Jack Lane NR - Dutton Ponds - Green / FlyAsh Hill - and return.

Goosander x 4
Goldcrest x 3
Bullfinch x 4
Greenfinch x 1
Redwing x 30 (the red under the wings now getting darker and looking a 'blood' like colour)
Mistle Thrush x 1
Gadwall x 6
Coal Tit x 1
Buzzard x 2
Jay x 2
Pied Wagtail x 30
Meadow Pipit x 5
Mute Swan x 33
Black-Headed Gull x 100
Lesser Black-Backed Gull x 1
Great Crested Grebe x 1
Little Grebe x 4
Cormorant x 12
Carrion Crow x 10
Teal x 15
Tufted Duck x 40
Mallard x 35
Blackbird x 9
Coot x 23
Woodpigeon x 40
Canada Geese x 2
Starling x 50
Grey Heron x 3
Long-Tailed Tit x 24
Goldfinch x 2
Robin x 5
Dunnock x 4
Moorhen x 7
Pheasant x 2
Blue Tit x 5
Great Tit x 4
Chaffinch x 1
Collared Dove x 2
Wren x 1
Magpie x 25
Feral Pigeon x 3









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Ship Canal alongside A57 at Irlam

2 Goldeneye - pair. Male displaying
22 Little Grebe
c30 Tufted Duck
8 Gadwall
1 Teal

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Ship Canal to Barton Locks today produced:

9 Goldeneye

550 Black-headed Gull

2 Grey Wagtail

9 Little Grebe

34 Gadwall

28 Teal

36 Mute Swan

4 Snipe

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Pair of Goosander on Dutton's Pond this afternoon.

Herring Gull pair still at Wellacre College together with a possible first winter.

Male Kestrel and Sparrowhawk also noted north of the railway line.

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This morning, 10+ Siskin in an Acre Hall School tree, along Irlam Road.

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This morning between 1000 - 1100;

William Wroe Golf Course

North side of railway;
1 Coal Tit
3 Blue Tit
6 Long-tailed Tit
1 Wren
4 Blackbird
3 Robin
7 Redwing
23 Goldfinch
4 Greenfinch
1 Bullfinch
6 Wood Pigeon
2 Magpie
2 Ring-necked Parakeet
1 Goldcrest
2 Starling

South side of railway;
15 Blackbird
1 Robin
225 Redwing
16 Goldfinch
30 Woodpigeon
3 Magpie
1 Blue Tit
1 Great Tit
1 Collared Dove
1 Jay
1 Chaffinch
4 Mistle Thrush
1 Buzzard

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Irlam Locks to Boysnope yesterday morning:

116 Mallard

6 Goldeneye

33 Mute Swan

14 Little Grebe

350 Black-headed Gull

1 Brambling

2 Willow Tit

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Similar to what I saw Nick this afternoon, although I did have a 3 year old shouting most of the time not many birds answer to " Dad, Dad, Dad"
Only difference was

Redwings only 5 flew in from Flixton Fields direction onto North side of WW.

And 20 Mistle Thrushes on the pitch at Trafford...


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Today between 1000 - 1100;

Trafford FC's ground;
2 Great Tit
2 Blue Tit
27 Goldfinch
2 Greenfinch
20 Redwing
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
2 Common Gull

William Wroe Golf Course
North side of railway;
120 Redwing
4 Blackbird
6 Greenfinch
35 Goldfinch
12 Magpie
2 Blue Tit
1 Great Tit
1 Robin
32 Woodpigeon

South side of railway;
2 Ring-necked Parakeet
2 Blue Tit
4 Magpie
12 Woodpigeon
4 Goldfinch
2 Goldcrest
12 Redwing
1 Kestrel
1 Buzzard


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1 Ring -necked Parakeet feeding on a Beech tree in my back garden this afternoon. Backing onto Flixton Golf course.



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Irlam Locks to the end of the bypass east along the Ship Canal this morning:

 

15 Cormorant

102 Mallard

18 Mute Swan

19 Little Grebe

78 Tufted Duck

16 Goldeneye

Surprisingly 2 Pink-footed Geese with 24 Canada Geese

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Walk down to the ETW/Irlam Locks.

Cormorant 9 including a whitish-headed bird also with white thigh feathers. Early breeding plumage?
Pied Wagtail 40+
Grey Wagtail 2
Starling 200+
Grey Heron 1
Mute Swan 2
Canada Geese 2
Gadwall 1
Mallard 20+
Coot 1
Moorhen 1
Great-crested Grebe 1
Buzzard 1
Meadow Pipit 1
Black-headed Gull 200+
Common Gull 2
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
etc.

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Today between 1000 - 1100;

Trafford FC's ground;
3 Ring-necked Parakeet

William Wroe Golf Course
North side of railway;
85 Redwing
6 Blackbird
10 Greenfinch
22 Goldfinch
1 Chaffinch
4 Magpie
3 Blue Tit
4 Long-tailed Tit
1 Pied Wagtail
2 Robin
8 Starling

South side of railway;
4 Long-tailed Tit
2 Blue Tit
3 Great Tit
2 Jay
1 Mistle Thrush
14 Magpie
4 Robin
12 Blackbird
1 Song Thrush
23 Woodpigeon
14 Goldfinch

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Thursday, 4th January 2018 10:00 - 13:30 hrs.

Walk along north side of Manchester Ship Canal: Starting at AJ Bell Stadium - Barton Locks - Boysnope Wharf - Irlam Locks - crossed over to other side of Manchester Ship Canal to Flixton Sewage works - and return.
At start of walk I passed the Salford Rugby League 1st team doing a training session.

This was one of those walks I have been intending to do for years (and if it was possible!) and at last got round to completing. Hi Nick (Hilton) - please ignore my private message to you - I managed to work out the route!

Willow Tit x 1
Goosander x 3
Goldeneye x 12 (9M and 3F)
Teal x 20
Bullfinch x 1 (M)
Gadwall x 10
Sparrowhawk x 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker x 1
Pied Wagtail x 1
Tufted Duck x 40
Mute Swan x 25
Grey Heron x 4
Great Crested Grebe x 1
Black-Headed Gull x 50
Coot x 30
Moorhen x 4
Cormorant x 7
Goldfinch x 2
Long-Tailed Tit x 5
Dunnock x 2
Robin x 9
Great Tit x 5
Blue Tit x 4
Chaffinch x 5
Blackbird x 7
Starling x 200 (gathering above Flixton Sewage works)
Woodpigeon x 4
Feral Pigeon x 30
Magpie x 9
Carrion Crow x 7
Mallard x 40

Next time when I have more time - I will link this walk up with the one over the new bridge (Salford Western Gateway) over the ship canal below M60 Barton Motorway Bridge to Barton Swing Bridge (for which there is a separate thread under Old Barton Road/Manchester Ship Canal).

I was speaking to a guy walking his dog who lives in a house near Barton Swing Bridge - who told me that he has almost daily visits from Ring-Necked Parakeets on to his garden feeders. They are certainly spreading around Greater Manchester now!



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Manchester Ship Canal - Irlam Locks to Boysnope Wharf plus viewing towards Barton Locks 14.45-16.00

15 Goldeneye (9 adult males, 2 first winter males, 4 females)
75+ Tufted Duck
10 Gadwall
12 Teal
33 Mute Swan
16+ Little Grebe
9 Great crested Grebe (2 at Boysnope plus a group of 7 just downstream of Irlam Locks)
1 Grey Heron
4 Cormorant
14 Coot
3 Moorhen
2 Goldcrest



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 09:03:57 PM

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Manchester Ship Canal from Irlam Locks to Barton Locks 13.00-15.30

10 Goldeneye (7m & 3f)
120+ Tufted Duck
45+ Teal plus 10 more on Salt Eye Brook
20+ Gadwall
40+ Mallard
24 Mute Swan
14 Little Grebe
4 Great Crested Grebe
4 Cormorant
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
130+ Black-headed Gull seemed to be coming into roost at Barton Locks
6 Common Gull
3 Snipe
4 Goldcrest
2 Fieldfare
3 Redwing
1 Kestrel
6 Long-tailed Tit
1 Grey Wagtail

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Today on the Manchester Ship Canal just north of Irlam Locks, birds included 5 Goldeneye (inc 4 ad male), 3 Little Grebe and 26 Tufted Duck

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Nice to see 2 male and 3 female Goosanders on Dutton's Pond, along with a Kingfisher.

Usual 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Herring Gull adults and 11 Common Gulls on Wellacre College field.
50+ Redwing nearby and a single Siskin overhead.

Flixton ETW/Canal:

Cormorant 9
Grey Heron 2
Gadwall 1m 1f.
Mallard 30+
Starling 150+
Black-headed Gull 200+
Magpie 30+
Pied Wagtail 30+
Common Gull 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 adults.
Moorhen 2
Great Crested Grebe 1


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I didn't see Santa on Monday but 60+ Jackdaws flew over Stott Drive.
12+ Rooks along Irlam Road, with some starting to sit in pairs near their old nests.

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Today between 1100 - 1200;

Trafford FC's ground;
5 Ring-necked Parakeet
17 Common Gull
2 Black-headed Gull
1 Mistle Thrush

William Wroe Golf Course
North side of railway;
1 Kestrel
27 Redwing
16 Blackbird
1 Carrion Crow
1 Mute Swan (fly over)
3 Greenfinch
4 Goldfinch
2 Mistle Thrush
1 Jay
14 Magpie
12 Woodpigeon

South side of railway;
14 Long-tailed Tit
7 Redwing
2 Blue Tit
1 Kestrel
12 Carrion Crow
2 Great Tit



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2 Peregrine circling high up over Jack Lane , 09:35 this morning. One eventually went towards the power station and the other went North

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Just a reminder to those posting on this thread that it relates to the whole area of Flixton and so wherever possible posts should be specific to which site they relate to (ie William Wroe Golf Course etc) smile



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No joy either for me today although having spent almost every hour of daylight searching the last 2 weekends, I only had 2 spare hours today.

Highlights

3 Ring Necked Parakeets over.
2 Kestrels,
Several Treecreepers
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Long Tailed Tits in several flocks with Goldcrests.

Severe lack of Redwings , Fieldfare , Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush and Goldfinches, today although it was very frosty.
The resident Buzzards were also missing today..

Nice to meet Simon Gough a pleasant way to spend a Saturday morning...
Also 2 more birders were seen prowling The Grove early afternoon I the rain, nice to speak to them also..

Have a couple of hours spare tomorrow, so will have another wander then..




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Nice to meet you too Steve.

No Hawfinch sightings for me either, covering the golf course north and south of the railway. There were Redwing skulking in a number of places, notably the trees at the rear of the Flixton station car park on the north side of the railway. Other species very similar to Steve's list.

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William Wroe Golf Course - Flixton

No sightings of Hawfinch for me this morning. Nice to have chat with Nick Hilton.

Nice selection of birds seen, though, included: Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard, Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing x 10, Mistle Thrush, Long-Tailed Tits x 5, Goldfinch x 4, Greenfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, Woodpigeon, Starlings, Carrion Crow, Black-Headed Gulls, Pied Wagtail x 2.

-- Edited by Steve Judge on Friday 15th of December 2017 03:44:56 PM

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Thanks Bernard...

Seems to be expanding its area, from when I first saw it....

Many thanks and Fingers definately crossed....



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Steve . They flew over the trees and onto the other golf course .
Hope you get a garden tick .

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Bernard,

so glad you have seen it, and thanks for reporting it...

Get a bit twitchy during the week when no news, as work gets in the way....

Seems to have moved closer to the school, as I saw it in the 3 birches on Saturday and then it flew across the school field onto The Grove, so still hoping for a garden tick....

Also being seen at 1345hrs which is close to its favourite 1400hrs window, when we see it frequently..

Quick question Bernard, when they flew over the railway did they land in the wooded bit or keep going onto what is the other half of the golf course. ?

Thanks


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Thanks Tim !
In my excitement I forgot to mention the other birds in the flock they were mostly
Redwings and a few Goldfinch .On the leaf litter were at least 15 blackbirds .also
seen
Jay -1
robin .4
Wood Pigeon ~4
Pied Wagtail 2
Jackdaw -2
Blue Tit - 4
Fieldfare - 2
Magpie - 5
Herring Gull - 1
B H gull -6


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bernard hooley wrote:

W alked down the narrow path from the railway station onto the golf course .As my wife and I
got to the back of the school we noticed lots of small birds in the three birch trees there.Just as
I got my bins on them they all flew off over the railway .Five minutes later they returned. On top
of the middle tree on my first scan there it was, my first ever Hawfinch the time was 1.45pm .





Lifer and County tick of Hawfinch in one! Good stuff!

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W alked down the narrow path from the railway station onto the golf course .As my wife and I
got to the back of the school we noticed lots of small birds in the three birch trees there.Just as
I got my bins on them they all flew off over the railway .Five minutes later they returned. On top
of the middle tree on my first scan there it was, my first ever Hawfinch the time was 1.45pm .

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The Brambling was in Birches alongside the school field and flew with the Goldfinch flock over the road towards the Church.



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Tony,
Nice to meet you this morning..

Funny you should post about a Brambling as me and Paul Heaton were discussing that very possibility when we were wandering.

Just out of interest, was it on the floor feeding or in the that big flock flitting around the trees...

That's 2 new site species you have seen today, but not the one you wanted..lol

Cheers
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I drew a blank this morning at old William Wroe Gild Course as well.

1 Snipe flew south

female Brambling with the Goldfinch flock was a bonus

 



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 10th of December 2017 03:49:46 PM

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Another extremely cold and grey day

No more sightings until I sought a boiling kettle at home at approx 1330hrs

Although it was 30 mins before the time it normally shows.

Hope it shows tomorrow for anyone looking as forecast is brighter..

Oh well work gets in the way now till next Saturday.....


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Hawfinch seen in flight just before 9am then seen at 11am perched in tree next to 17th fairway on the old William Wroe Golf Course but then flew off towards the church, a quick look around but no signs.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 10th of December 2017 01:26:40 PM

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According to Birdguides Hawfinch seen again this am.

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Hawfinch seen again at 1400hrs,

This time favouring the trees at end of path onto golf course over the fence next to the school field. Its was hanging around with the Fieldfares, Redwings and Mistle Thrushes

Then flew into the trees directly opposite, before actually landing on top of tree on corner of The Grove opposite corner to my house.

Please note my neighbours are aware we have a Hawfinch in the area, Bill with the feeding station has been warned about people looking at the feeders, but please don't climb on his wall....

Nice to spend some time with Paul Heaton this afternoon, glad you saw it.

Nice to know that the Hawfinch has been around all week.

Cheers
Steve

-- Edited by Steve Scrimgeour on Saturday 9th of December 2017 02:53:28 PM



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 9th of December 2017 03:39:53 PM

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Hawfinch refound top of silver birch on the old William Wroe Golf Course, above area that was seeded. its with 2 Redwings.

Phone had died so back having a brew, but back out shortly..


Nice to know its hung around...




-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 9th of December 2017 11:09:00 AM

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Old William wroe golf course, 10-11.20am.

No signs of the hawfinch, other birders still looking.
Several redwings
1 fieldfare
1 nuthatch
1 treecreeper
1 great spotted woodpecker
5 jays
1 buzzard
1 kestrel
1 sparrowhawk
4 siskin, over.

-- Edited by steven burke on Wednesday 6th of December 2017 11:52:23 AM

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Steve Scrimgeour wrote:

Hawfinch seen this morning, not sure of time, but Lynn spoke to Pete Berry so he maybe able to give a little more info....

At least its still on site...

Cheers
Steve

-- Edited by Steve Scrimgeour on Tuesday 5th of December 2017 12:11:59 PM





Yes it showed well for at least 10 mins perched in a couple of smallish trees just before the line of poplars.Picked it up in flight as it flew across from just near The Grove just after a small flock of Redwings were flushed from that area and it flew shortly after they did from the same general area..

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Hawfinch seen this morning at William Wroe Golf Course, not sure of time, but Lynn spoke to Pete Berry so he maybe able to give a little more info.... At least its still on site... Cheers Steve 


-- Edited by Steve Scrimgeour on Tuesday 5th of December 2017 12:11:59 PM



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 5th of December 2017 12:54:00 PM

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dave broome wrote:

Some phonescoped shots of the Hawfinch taken just after 2:30pm today on the closed golf course, shortly before it flew off towards The Grove.

-- Edited by dave broome on Monday 4th of December 2017 11:12:37 PM





Please dont tell me that Dave, whilst I am stuck in Knutsford, although its almost a garden tick for me anyway.

Glad its showing for all of you, will be dropping more seed tonight.......


Thanks for all the kind comments and messages its much appreciated and you would have all done the same..

If it sticks will probably see some of you again over the weekend......

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Some phonescoped shots of the Hawfinch taken just after 2:30pm today on the closed golf course, shortly before it flew off towards The Grove.

-- Edited by dave broome on Monday 4th of December 2017 11:12:37 PM

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Steve Judge wrote:

Monday 4th December 2017

William Wroe Golf Course (no longer in use) - Urmston

Five separate sightings of the Hawfinch during the morning and into the afternoon. Nice to meet up with number of birders including Brian Hilton, Tim Wilcox, Chris Sutton and Martin Jones.
Massive thanks to Steve Scrimgeour for first sighting and location details.

Great to see Hawfinch in Greater Manchester for the first time - after trekking to see to a number of sites across the country including Lynford Arboretum (Norfolk), Sotterley Estate (Suffolk), Nagshead (Gloucestershire) and Llanbedir- y- cennin (Conway).

Long distance shot attached.





Good to see you Steve. Thanks to Steve Scrimgeour for a brilliant find and to Pete Hines for posting it first today

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Monday 4th December 2017

William Wroe Golf Course (no longer in use) - Urmston

Five separate sightings of the Hawfinch during the morning and into the afternoon. Nice to meet up with number of birders including Brian Hilton, Tim Wilcox, Chris Sutton and Martin Jones.
Massive thanks to Steve Scrimgeour for first sighting and location details.

Great to see Hawfinch in Greater Manchester for the first time - after trekking to see to a number of sites across the country including Lynford Arboretum (Norfolk), Sotterley Estate (Suffolk), Nagshead (Gloucestershire) and Llanbedir- y- cennin (Conway).

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William Wroe former golf course Hawfinch again at 12.25pm then didnt reappear until 2.30pm Also present Bullfinch pair Goldfinch 6 + Greenfinch 3 + Chaffinch a few so 5 finch species at this site Redwings 30+ Fieldfare 6 Buzzard 2 Kestrel 1 Sparrowhawk 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 Nuthatch 1 Jays 4 +

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Hawfinch still present and showing well

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old William wroe golf course.

hawfinch, showed on numerous occasions this afternoon, very elusive in the morning, still present at around 3.40pm mainly around the 15th tee area.
110 pink-footed geese heading east at 10.28am
30+ redwing
several fieldfare
few mistle thrush & song thrush
few siskin over
c30 goldfinch
2 great spotted woodpecker
1 nuthatch
2 treecreeper
5 bullfinch
3 goldcrest
1 ring-necked parakeet
2 buzzard
1 kestrel
1 sparrowhawk
1 pied wagtail

nice to meet several forum members
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