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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


Possibly an unusual sighting for this time of the year with 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 3 Herring Gulls on Flixton Girls School field, at 0900.

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Late post 6th June

Water Rail 1 heard at Jack Lane
Goldcrest 1 singing at railway embankment near Dutton's Pond
Reed Warbler 2 Jack Lane
Sedge warbler 1 Fly Ash Hill

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1 Raven high over Stott Drive heading west.

Looks like 2 active House Martin nests at Woodsend.


Finally to complete the excitement, A Goldcrest singing at the end of Wellacre Avenue.

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Fly Ash Hill:

Garden warbler 1 singing in main wooded area.
Blackcap 5 singing.
Chiffchaff 5 singing.
Whitethroat 4 singing plus 2 females seen.
Willow Warbler 3 singing, all south of hill.
Reed Warbler 1 singing.
Sedge Warbler 1 singing just off north-west corner.
Reed Bunting 2 singing.
Swift 5+
etc.

Jack Lane:

Reed Warbler 6 singing.
Reed Bunting 2 singing.
Whitethroat 1 singing.
Chiffchaff 1 singing.
etc.

ETW/Canal:

Mallard 9 males, 2 females, 8 juvs.
Pied Wagtail 3 adults, 1 juv.
Cormorant 2
Black-headed Gull 4+
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
Starling 150+
Magpie 20+
Great Crested Grebe 1
Oystercatcher 1
Canada Geese 3
Swallow 7
etc.

On 2/6/18, 10 House Martins over trees at the end of Queens Road/Westmorland Road, Urmston.

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Fly Ash Hill:

Garden Warbler 2 singing, with 1 actually on the hill and the other just down at south west corner.
Sedge Warbler 1 singing south of hill.
Reed Warbler 2 singing west of hill.
Whitethroat 4 singing.
Willow Warbler 4 singing.
Blackcap 5 singing.
Chiffchaff 2 singing.
Linnet 2
Reed Bunting 1 singing.
Willow Tit 1 south of hill.
Bullfinch 2 male 2 female.
Gadwall 1 male.

Jack Lane:

Reed Warbler 5 singing.
Reed Bunting 3 singing.

ETW/Canal:

Oystercatcher 2
Cormorant 1
Great Crested Grebe 1
Sand Martin 1
Swallow 10+

Rose-ringed Parakeet. At least 2 in tree alongside railway line, near Dutton's Pond.

etc.etc.etc.



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Irlam Locks to Jack Lane NR 12.45- 14.00

1 Treecreeper
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
4 Long-tailed Tit
3 Swallow
1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
3 Blackcap
2 Whitethroat
4 Reed Warbler
2 Chiffchaff
2 Reed Bunting
1 Pied Wagtail
2 Oystercatcher
1 Bullfinch

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Monday 7th of May 2018 02:51:24 PM

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First walk for a bit from Stott Drive to Dutton's Pond, FlyAsh Hill and Jack Lane.

FlyAsh Hill:

Little Grebe 1
Moorhen 1
Sand Martin 2
Sedge Warbler 1 singing.
Whitethroat 6 singing.
Blackcap 4 singing.
Chiffchaff 4 singing.
Willow Warbler 4 singing.
Song Thrush 2 singing.
Reed Bunting 1 singing.
Willow Tit 1 singing.

Jack Lane:

Reed Warbler 3 singing.
Swallow 1
Reed Bunting 1 singing.

Dutton's Pond:

Mallard 7m 3f.
Moorhen 2
Coot 3
Grey Heron 1
Cormorant 1 over.

etc.etc.etc.

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Nice day for a walk from Stott Drive to FlyAsh Hill, with return via Jack Lane and down to the Canal and back.

4 Buzzards and 2 Sparrowhawks high overhead.

2 Herring Gull adults still on Wellacre College field, with a calling Stock Dove nearby.

1 singing Willow Tit at Jack Lane, with another seen further along the path towards the Canal. 1 male Blackcap seen at Jack Lane and 1 singing near the Canal.

Total of 10 singing Chiffchaffs but no Willow Warblers as yet.

Flock of 14 House Sparrows on the way back.

etc.etc.etc.

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ETW/Canal:

Great Crested Grebe 6
Mute Swan 1 adult.
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 2
Oystercatcher 2
Swallow 10+ all heading upstream of course.
Sand Martin 1
Gadwall 1m 1f.
Cormorant 5
Tufted Duck 1m 1f.
Mallard 8
Black-headed Gull 150+
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2adults.
Herring Gull 1imm.
Magpie 20+

Plus soaring on high...5 Buzzard and a Peregrine.

Jack Lane NR:

Willow Tit 1 singing.
Reed Bunting 3
Chiffchaff 3 singing.
Moorhen 1

etc.etc.etc.



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A Kestrel put up a single Common Snipe on the newly ploughed fields adjacent to the mile road, Flixton around midday. A Sparrowhawk also passed over.

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Walk from Stott Drive to FlyAsh Hill and return via Jack Lane.

Total of 8 Chiffchaffs heard singing.
3 Willow Tits heard singing.
Pair of Buzzards on pylons south of hill and flying together.
Plus plenty of the usual.

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Jack Lane NR:

Common Snipe 1
Chiffchaff 1
Moorhen 1

Fields north of Jack Lane:

Meadow Pipit 1
Stock Dove 2
Pied Wagtail 5
Redwing 20+

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Walk down Irlam Road to ETW/Ship Canal.

Oystercatcher 2
Cormorant 12
Black-headed Gull 300+
Magpie 30+
Grey Wagtail 2
Pied Wagtail 4
Gadwall 1male.
Mallard 20+
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Goldcrest 2 singing.
Song Thrush 1 singing.
Mistle Thrush 1
Redwing 1
Buzzard 1
etc,

10 Rook nests outside Wellacre College.

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Highlights of walk from Stott Drive to FlyAsh Hill and return via Jack Lane.

Chiffchaff 1 south edge of FlyAsh Hill.
Willow Tit 1 Jack Lane.
Fieldfare 30+ in the general area.
Redwing 45+
Stock Dove 10+
Pied Wagtail 12
Herring Gull 2-usual adults on Wellacre College.
Lapwing 2 on Wellacre College field.
Magpie 50+...not a highlight just out of interest. Could be an underestimate, as I didn't go to the ETW.

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A walk down Irlam Road to the ETW/Locks produced:

Fieldfare 10+
Mistle Thrush 1
Redwing 1
Song Thrush 1
Lesser Redpoll 5

ETW/Canal:

Cormorant 6
Meadow Pipit 1
Lapwing 15
Teal 6
Gadwall 2
Great crested Grebe 1
Mallard 20+
Mute Swan 2
Coot 2
Moorhen 2
Common Gull 2
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Black-headed Gull 200+
Starling 50+
Pied Wagtail 10+

Raven 1 over garden whilst bird-feeding.

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-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 2nd of March 2018 04:30:06 PM

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William Wroe 0910-1145ish

2 Snipe
1 Ring-necked Parakeet
1 Red Kite, over being mobbed by Magpies 0915, appeared to drop onto Flixton Rd side, but not seen again. I have seen a Kite sighting over Carrington reported also this morning on a local Facebook page.
6 Meadow Pipts
Plenty of Redwings around again

Trafford FC.
4 Fieldfare
1 Golden Plover
3 Lapwing
2 Mistle Thrush

St Michaels School Field
3 Lapwing



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Irlam locks to Barton locks 09:35-13:45 today:

 

610 Black headed Gull

2 Shoveler

102 Mallard

53 Gadwall

18 Little Grebe

1 Drake Goldeneye

Pair of Goosander

33 Redwing

132 Tufted Duck

2 Snipe

1 Chiffchaff (Irlam Locks, photo attached)

 

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Buzzard over William Wroe golf course this morning. Eventually took refuge from the cold wind in a large Leylandii at the entrance to the back nine.



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Along the Manchester Ship Canal from Cadishead to Boysnope today:

 

1 drake Goldeneye

15 Little grebe

6 Redwing

23 Gadwall

 

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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

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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

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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

 

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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



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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.

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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. ?

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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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