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RE: Flixton, including Lagoons and Barton/Irlam Locks


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

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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
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-- 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).

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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 +

-- Edited by Tim Wilcox on Monday 4th of December 2017 04:06:06 PM

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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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Also a single Ring-necked Parakeet at 15.10

Video screenshot Hawfinch collage below

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Hawfinch showed again at approx 1420 for 30 mins or so, to the dozen birders who had turned up.

Perched on several of the trees giving decent views to all.

Nice to meet you all.

Lets hope it sticks for a while

Steve

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Steve Burke has just text to say he has re found the Hawfinch...

I am stuck in the house for at least an hour as the wife has gone to football aarrrgghhhhh



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Cheers Steve,

Its not actually a golf course anymore, it was closed in March and the front 9, not the Church Rd side is earmarked for building on as part of the GMSF..

If your planning on a mooch, head for The Grove M41 6JH off Church Rd, I live at 34 corner house no number on the front door, park outside and climb fence opposite this brings you onto the golf course at what was the 17th tee, walk straight and there are 3 huge poplars, head a little to your left and this would have been the 15th fairway, it makes sense if you picture a golf course.

It was foraging on the floor amongst the trees with the Redwings, they actually roost on the course so hopeful that the Hawfinch is also roosting there.

I am out from 0800hrs tomorrow as Sun is up from 0805hrs, till aprox 1000hrs then football takes over till 1200hrs, although I am in watching young ones, whilst wife takes one of elder ones to football..

Have sent you a pm with my mobile number on it just in case..

Cheers Steve






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Great find Steve, out of interest was it viewed from church Road or from the footpath in between the golf course ?

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Think this just fits within the title of this post..

Old William Wroe Golf course, Church Rd side..

1 Hawfinch feeding on ground with Redwings..

2 dog walkers then put them up lost to sight, but could be heard calling.

Weather has now closed in so retreated to the house, but the Redwings do roost on the GC, so hopeful of it sticking about till tomorrow morning, when I will resume the search...



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ETW/Locks/Canal:

Little Grebe 1
Grey Wagtail 3
Mute Swan 4
Coot 1
Moorhen 6
Grey Heron 3
Cormorant 8
Tufted Duck 9
Mallard 10
Pied Wagtail 20+
Starling 50+
Black-headed Gull 200+
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Song Thrush 1
Redwing 2

etc.

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They're getting closer!

At least 1 Ring-necked Parakeet heard flying over Stott Drive.

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Mile Rd,

Every morning this week there has been an extremely large number of Starlings on the Pylon in the right hand field ( driving towards Carrington), this morning the group has almost quadrupled in size the pylon was full of them and the field had a large flock in it too, not going to estimate as i will probably be way out...lol.

Not sure, but it looks like it could be an emergence from a roost, as they all seemed to fly over the car as I was driving past BTS having sat on Mile Road for about 15 mins in the normal traffic at 0815.

Do any of the local birders know if the Lagoons or Jack Lane have roosts at the minute, as thats the area they seemed to be coming from, would imagine there is a mini murmuration of sorts if either did.

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Dutton's Pond:

Moorhen 10
Teal 1 male on "island".
Kingfisher 1
Mallard 6

Jack Lane:

Teal 1 female.

Wellacre College field:

Herring Gull 2 adults.

General:

Kestrel 1
Buzzard 1

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Usual walk.

Dutton's Pond:
Moorhen 10

FlyAsh Hill/Lagoons:
Kingfisher 1
Gadwall 1m.
Peregrine 1
Lapwing 1
Redwing 10+
Willow Tit 1

Jack Lane:
Water Rail 1
Meadow Pipit 1
Goldcrest 1

ETW/Canal:
Grey Wagtail 2
Pied Wagtail 20+
Great Crested Grebe 1
Moorhen 1
Mallard 30+
Black-headed Gull 70+
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Cormorant 2
Grey Heron 2

etc.etc.etc.

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Highlights from a walk from Stott Drive to FlyAsh Hill, then to Ship Canal.

FlyAsh Hill:

Redwing 1
Mistle Thrush 7
Song Thrush 2
Meadow Pipit 2
Willow Tit 1
Goldcrest 1

Jack Lane NR:

Chiffchaff 1 singing.

ETW/Canal:

Grey Heron 9
Cormorant 5
Starling 100+
Mallard 25+
Magpie 50+
Black-headed Gull 50+
Common Gull 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
Pied Wagtail 20+

Dutton's Pond:

Goldcrest 2
Nuthatch 1
Moorhen 6

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Three buzzards were flying about Parker's Garden Centre, much to the dismay of the wood pigeons, yesterday about 3:30pm



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Phil,

They are Ring necked Parakeets, seen locally at Duttons Pond, over what was William Wroe GC, in and around Parkers Garden Centre also seen over Flixton GC

There were 5 all together when I first saw them, but have seen 2 on more than once,

Friends have seen them around Woodsend near the Sainsburys and the Co-op opposite St Monicas..



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Phil. The parakeet is Ring-necked on the BTO lists and this is its "British" name, whereas it is Rose-ringed on the IOC list of international bird names.

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1 Little Grebe on Ship Canal just upstream of Irlam locks yesterday at 07.45. Don't recall seeing one on the canal before.

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Wellacre College field only...afternoon:

Rose-ringed/Ring-necked Parakeet(which is it?) 2 in small wood on south perimeter of field.
Herring Gull 2 adults.
Common Gull 5 adults.
Jackdaw 15
Rook 14
Black-headed Gull 50+

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Irlam Locks/Flixton ETW:

Grey Heron 8
Grey Wagtail 2
Pied Wagtail 20+
Swallow/House Martin 20+
Black-headed Gull 60+
Mallard 8
Moorhen 3
Cormorant 2
Buzzard 1
Chiffchaff 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Common Gull 1
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Good number of Mistle Thrush with 15 over Stott Drive.

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Juv Wheatear on Jack Lane today at 12:15

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Forgot to mention a first sighting of a returning adult Common Gull.

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Irlam Locks/Flixton ETW:

Goosander 1f
Coot 2ad 3juv.
Cormorant 1
Mallard 20+
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 20+
Grey Heron 3
Canada Goose 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Swallow 20+
Lesser Black-backed Gull 20+
Black-headed Gull 100+

1 Nuthatch heard near Wellacre College, Irlam Road.
5 Mistle Thrush in field south of Stott Drive.

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Belated report from 31/7/17. Irlam Locks and Flixton ETW.

Cormorant 3
Grey Wagtail 3 juvs.
Pied Wagtail 10+
Oystercatcher 1
Mallard 10+
Mute Swan 2
Swallows
Swift 30+

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17.15 Jack Lane NR

1 Water Rail seen by the small pool next to the path. It called as it disappeared into the reeds.
2 Reed Warbler
1 Reed Bunting
2 Oystercatcher flew noisily over

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Probable Cetti's Warbler at Jack Lane NR

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18.00
Irlam Locks

1 Kingfisher
1 Buzzard circling

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Had 3 a few months back on Willie Wroe, but since then only seen 1 at a time, down at Duttons Pond , at St Monica's and by the Sainsbury's at Woodsend.

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Five entertaining Ring-necked Parakeet were very active and vocal around Wellacre school during the Flixton Football Club tournament this afternoon.

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Willow Tit- 1 singing in trees behind Stott Drive.

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The Reed Warblers were all singing.

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Jack Lane:

Reed Warbler - 6
Reed Bunting - 2 singing.
Whitethroat - 1 singing.

Fly Ash Hill:

Lesser Whitethroat - 1 singing on southern edge of hill, at highest point.
Willow Warbler - 2 singing.
Chiffchaff - 3 singing.
Whitethroat - 6 singing.
Sedge Warbler - 1 singing below western edge of hill.
Kestrel - 1 male.
Sparrowhawk - 1 female.
Buzzard - 1
Blackcap - 4 singing.

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1 Common Sandpiper and a Kingfisher at Irlam Locks this morning, also 1 Reed Warbler at Jack Lane NR

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