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


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Flixton, including Lagoons and Barton/Irlam Locks


Flixton ETW/Canal:

Grey Heron 4
Canada Geese 2
Mute Swan 4 adults.
Great Crested Grebe 2 adults.
Gadwall 1male 1female.
Mallard 20+
Moorhen 6
Black-headed Gull 100+
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
Common Gull 2
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 100+
Magpie 20+
Swallow 15+
House Martin 4
Starling 1

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 4th of September 2016 08:25:18 PM

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Flixton ETW/Ship Canal.

Black-headed Gull 170+
Common Gull 1 adult.
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 adults.
Grey Wagtail 3
Goosander 1f and 6 juvs.
Pied Wagtail 5+
Cormorant 1
Mallard 25+
Kingfisher 1

Treecreeper 2 seen below railway, south of ETW.

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Forgot to mention female Gadwall with 9 young along the canal. Also 20+ Mallard.

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ETW/Canal:

Mute Swan 1 adult?
Cormorant 2
Great Crested Grebe 1
Kingfisher 1
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 1
Swallow 10+
Sand Martin 2
Magpie 10+
Black-headed Gull 20+

Jack Lane:

Reed Warbler 2 singing.
Moorhen 1

Dutton's Pond:

Coot 1 adult plus juveniles heard only.
Moorhen 1 adult and 3 juveniles.
Mallard 6
Chiffchaff 3 singing.

General Sightings:

Treecreeper 1 near passage under railway near Dutton's Pond.
Nuthatch 1 regular in garden.
Grey Heron 1
Black-headed Gull 50+ including just 1 juvenile on Wellacre College field.
Blackcap 3 singing.

etc.etc.etc.


-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 4th of September 2016 08:25:50 PM

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Looks like the pair of Oystercatchers have failed in their breeding attempt this year and have left with no sign of either of the birds this morning or this evening.

Of note to birders, access to the path alongside the MSC on the Flixton side may no longer be possible after the embankment repairs. A large fence and warning sign has been erected.

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Jack Lane NR:

Hobby 1 over flying west.
Reed Warbler 3 singing.
Reed Bunting 1 singing.

Canal/ETW:

Sand Martin 30+
Cormorant 1
Great-crested Grebe 2
Mute Swan 2
Gadwall 1adult plus 3 juvs.
Mallard 20+
Swallow 10+
Swift 10+
Magpie 40+
Starling 100+
Pied Wagtail 2
Oystercatcher 2
Coot 2 adults.

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17.00 Irlam Locks

The pair of Oystercatchers were quite active with one bird making a couple of trips to the ETW and returning with a large worm in it's beak. Neither was sat on the nest. I couldn't make out if there were any eggs and there was no sign of any chicks.
Also:
Pair of Grey Wagtails
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Cormorant
1 Great Crested Grebe
1 Grey Heron - stood in hunting mode on a wooden ledge half way down one of the lock gates.

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Just the ETW and Canal.

Starling 200+
Sand Martin 30+ including juveniles on telephone wires.
Grey Wagtail 1
Oystercatcher 2
Grey Heron 2
Cormorant 6
Mute Swan 4 adults.
Great-crested Grebe 2
Swift 2
Swallow 10+
Pied Wagtail 5
Mallard 20+
Lesser Black-backed Gull 12+ flying downstream.
Black-headed Gull 5+

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The pair of Oystercatchers at Irlam Locks seem to be sat on another clutch of eggs (the same nest as used for the first clutch). There were 3 young chicks here a month ago. I assume these have been predated and they are trying again. The nest site is rather exposed and vulnerable but hopefully 2nd time lucky.

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Thursday 9th of June 2016 10:22:24 PM

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A wander down to the ETW and Canal this afternoon.

Grey Wagtail 1m 1f.
Pied Wagtail 1m 1f.
Oystercatcher 1 on locks.
Sparrowhawk 1
Mistle Thrush 1
Starlings 100+
Swift 1
Swallow 10+
Black-headed Gull 3
Lesser Black-backed Gull 3 adults.
Cormorant 3
Mallard 20+
Gadwall 2m.
Coot 2
Magpie 10+
Herring Gull 1 adult flying upstream. What's that doing?

4 House Martins at Woodsend.

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A Siskin calling over Stott Drive this afternoon.

Also, a Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest singing in trees behind the garden.

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A few highlights:

Canal:
Common Sandpiper 1
House Martin 2
Mute Swan 2 adults.

ETW:
Magpie 30+
Starling 20+
Swallow 10+
Pied Wagtail 1
Swift 20+

Jack Lane:
Reed Warbler 5 singing.
Water Rail 2 heard.
Sand Martin 2

FlyAsh Hill:
Sedge Warbler 1 singing.
Reed Warbler 3 singing.
Gadwall 3
Lapwing 2

Total of singing Warblers was 11 Chiffchaffs, 6 Willow Warblers, 7 Whitethroats and 15 Blackcaps, plus the above.

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This evening, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 16 Swift around the path between the railway and Jack Lane NR on a cycle through.

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8.00
1 Common Sandpiper - MSC
1 Reed Warbler - heard - Jack Lane NR

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17.45 Irlam Locks and MSC

1 Pintail - drake. Apparently been here for a couple of weeks but often remains hidden under overhanging trees.
Pair of Oystercatchers have 3 newly hatched chicks
1 Cormorant
c20 Swift
1 Sand Martin
Mallard male paired with a white farmyard duck

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17.00 Irlam Locks and MSC

1 Kingfisher
2 Oystercatcher
Plus 3 Mallard ducklings together on a rock under bankside trees 'cheeping' but no sign of an adult!
08.00 - pair of Bullfinches

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Friday 6th of May 2016 09:58:06 PM

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Irlam Locks 8.00am

2 Swift - my first this year
1 Kingfisher
1 Oystercatcher
2 Cormorant
3 Tufted Duck
A few Swallows

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Reed Warbler in Jack Lane NR this morning (finally)
& big drop of Hirundines at the ETW

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Highlights:

Common Sandpiper 2 on Flixton bank of canal.
Swift 1 over Jack Lane.
Whitethroat 3 singing plus 1 female.

ETW:

Hirundines...100+ with majority Swallows, followed by Sand Martins, then House Martins.


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16.30-17.15 Irlam Locks

2 Common Sandpiper flushed from Flixton side and flew to Irlam side of MSC
1 Oystercatcher
2 Cormorant
2 Great Crested Grebe - pair
1 Gadwall
6 Mallard
1 white Farmyard duck
Lots of Hirundines feeding low over the ETW - mostly Swallows and Sand Martins but also 1 House Martin.


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3 Common Sandpiper and 1 Swift at the locks this morning

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7.45am
2 Oystercatcher at Irlam Locks this morning.

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7.50am
4 singing Blackcaps counted along the track parallel to railway line near Jack Lane NR this morning.

Also: this evening 1 male Goosander flew E over Mile End Rd at 17.55 (nearest thread I could think of!)

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Flixton ETW/Ship Canal only.

Great Crested Grebe 1
Cormorant 6
Mute Swan 3
Mallard 10+
Gadwall 9
Swallow 10+
Sand Martin 15+
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 6+
Oystercatcher 2
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Black-headed Gull 100+
Starling 50+
Mistle Thrush 1
etc.etc.

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Walk from Stott Drive to Jack Lane and Dutton's Pond.

Kestrel 1m
Buzzard 2
Sparrowhawk 1f
Willow Tit 1
Chiffchaff 8 singing males.
Blackcap 1m 1f...Jack Lane NR.

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Swallow over Jack Lane this morning at10am. My earliest ever.

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Walk down to the Ship Canal and ETW.

Tufted Duck 1m 1f.
Gadwall 1m 1f.
Great Crested Grebe 1
Moorhen 2
Grey Heron 1
Mute Swan 4
Oystercatcher 2
Cormorant 4
Mallard 4
BH Gull 50+
LBB Gull 4
Pied Wagtail 20+
etc.etc.

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Walk down to the Ship Canal and ETW produced:

BH Gull 400+
Common Gull 8
Grey Wagtail 2
Pied Wagtail 10+
Gadwall 2m 3f.
Mallard 6+
Mute Swan 2
Moorhen 1
Cormorant 3
Grey Heron 1
Starling 40+
Goldcrest 2 singing en route.

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Effluent Treatment Works (sewage works bleh)

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Hi Phil. Dutton's pond, Flyash or Green Hill and jack Lane I understand, but what's ETW, please?

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Jack Lane:
Grey Heron 1
Moorhen 2

FlyAsh Hill:
Teal 2m 1f
Little Grebe 1
Moorhen 1

ETW:
BH Gull 250+
Common Gull 1
Pied Wagtail 10+
Magpie 50+
Cormorant 1 over.
Herring Gull 1 over.
LBB Gull 1 over.
Starling 1...yes, just 1.

Dutton's Pond:
Canada Goose 1
Moorhen 6
Coot 2
Mallard 8

General:
Willow Tit 1
Meadow Pipit 6+...field north of Jack Lane.
Collared Dove 10+...Farm near ETW.
Redwing 20+
Goldcrest 2
Buzzard 1

etc.etc.etc.

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We decided to have a mooch around both fields on Mile Rd yesterday.

The right hand side field as you go up Mile Rd from Urmston, produced

4 Mallard, 16 Teal, 5 Goosanders 3m & 2f,  2 Goldcrest, 1 Oystercatcher & 2 Grey Partridge.

Left hand field,

7 Goldeneye nr Flixton Bridge, 10 Teal, 2 Mallards.

 

 



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ETW/Canal:

Shoveler 1m 1f.
Gadwall 2m 2f.
Mallard 4
Grey Wagtail 3
Cormorant 4
Oystercatcher 2
Mute Swan 2ad.
Pied Wagtail 2
BH Gull 400+
Common Gull 6
LBB Gull 2
etc.

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Peregrine Falcon over Flixton Fields this afternoon 1535ish, spotted by my wife and Joshua.

They thought they saw it earlier in the week too, but definately saw it just now.....

 

 



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Quick walk down to Flixton ETW and Ship Canal.

Gadwall 1m1f.
Mallard 10+
BH Gull 350+
LBB Gull 4
Common Gull 4
Cormorant 5
Grey Heron 3
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 1
Starling 20+
Magpies
Bullfinch 1m.
Goldfinch 3


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No sign today of the Dipper at Mile Rd Bridge, so we decide to patrol the field on the left hand side, which runs back towards Urmston.

Grey Wagtail was expected find. Unlike the 9 Golden Eye, 20 Teal and Green Sandpiper.

But biggest surprise was a Shelduck which flew over us heading towards Carrington Moss..

 

Next week we are going to search search other field.



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Mile Rd Bridge Flixton.

1 Dipper.

Was hoping for Kingfisher but will take my first Dipper instead, great views of it bobbing..



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A wander around Jack Lane to afternoon, down to the locks and back to Fly Ash Hill 1245-1415 birds of note.

Water Rail heard at Jack Lane.

1 Fieldfare in tree at farm.

1 Grey Wagtail at Locks.

Kingfisher heard at Locks.

 

Extremely heavy going underfoot.



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Female Merlin (perched in the tree in the middle of the field with the new gate) this morning. I got within 20 yards before it took off over the railway towards the lagoons.

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ETW/Canal only:

Goosander 1m 1f flying downstream.
Cormorant 3
Grey Heron 2
Gadwall 1m 1f.
Mallard 16
Mute Swan 2 adults.
LBB Gull 1
BH Gull 100+
Starling 200+
Pied Wagtail 30+
Magpie 20+


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ETW/Canal only:

Grey Heron 6...a record count for me.
Cormorant 6
Grey Wagtail 1
Mute Swan 5 adults.
BH Gull 100+
LBB Gull 2
Moorhen 1
Mallard 7
Magpies
Pied Wagtails
etc.etc.

Note: For local birders, there has been a landslip on the east/ETW bank of the canal, just downstream from the locks, which will make it a little tricky walking along the canal bank.

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ETW/Ship Canal...pm.

Something different with a male Tufted Duck on the Canal.
Also:
Gadwall 1m1f.
Grey Heron 3
Cormorant 5
Mute Swan 2ads.
Mallard 15+
Herring Gull 1 over.
LBB Gull 5
Common Gull 2
BH Gull 200+
Starling 50+
Pied Wagtail 50+
Magpies.
Mistle Thrush 1
etc.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 20th of December 2015 06:05:39 PM

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ETW/Ship Canal only, this pm.

Starlings 200+
Peregrine 1
Sparrowhawk 1f
Pied Wagtails 50+
Magpie 30+
BH Gull 50+
LBB Gull 1
Cormorant 1
Grey Heron 2
Mallard 6
Mute Swan 2ads.

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Highlights from Friday.

Jack Lane:

Common Snipe 1
Reed Bunting 3
Lesser Redpoll 1

FlyAsh Hill:

Teal 14
Kestrel 1f.
Fieldfare 12
Meadow Pipit 1
Song Thrush 1

General Sightings:

Treecreeper 1
Goldcrest 2

ETW/Canal:

Grey Heron 3
Gadwall 1m 1f.
Cormorant 6
Meadow Pipit 2
Grey Wagtail 2

etc.etc.etc.

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2 Ravens over Irlam Road flying north at 1200.

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Mid afternoon walk to Just the ETW and Ship Canal, but with the added bonus of a Dutch Dredger passing through the locks, heading upstream.

Grey Wagtail 2
Grey Heron 3
Cormorant 1
Pied Wagtail 20+
BH Gull 200+
Magpie 50+
Starling 100+
Moorhen 3
Mute Swan 2
Gadwall 5
Mallard 15+
Common Gull 4
LBB Gull 1


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A murder seen from my Flixton back garden today...21 Crows in a tree at the west side of Wellacre School field.  



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Phil,

I was down on Wellacre for a little on Saturday Morning 0900-0945 trying to watch our Josh playing football, the Lesser Black Backed was on Wellacre field then but was over the far side near the flats with approx 30/40 other gulls, could not make out anything else as was too busy chasing a little person whom didn't want to watch his brother.... note to self , leave baby at home and remember bins next time....lol...


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ETW/Ship Canal:

Mute Swan 2
Cormorant 3
Great Crested Grebe 1
Gadwall 3
Grey Heron 3
Grey Wagtail 2
Pied Wagtail 30+
Mallard 6
Starling 200+
Magpie 30+
BH Gull 60+
LBB Gull 1

General:

Siskin 3
Goldcrest 2
Magpie 30+...extra to above.
Redwing 12+
Common Gull 3 on Wellacre College field.
Mistle Thrush 1
Song Thrush 1 in the garden. First for some time.
etc.etc.etc.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 18th of October 2015 10:35:16 PM

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An hour in the garden witnessed a massive influx of Redwings flying over South...well 2 actually.

Plus 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Linnets, 1 Siskin, 1 Sparrowhawk and a Buzzard.

Actually in the garden were 2 Goldcrests and 2 Coal Tits.  A total of 24 species in 1 hour, before I had to watch Bargain Hunt.



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