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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


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.

etc.


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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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Flixton ETW:

Sand Martin 100+
Swallow 5+
House Martin 1
Black-headed Gull 70+
Starling 50+
Grey Heron 1

Jack Lane:

Water Rail 1 heard.

General:

Blackcap 4 singing.
Chiffchaff 6 singing.
Willow Warbler 1 singing.
Stock Dove 10+ field adjacent to ETW.
Woodpigeon 130+ ditto.
Pied Wagtail 10+ ditto.

etc.etc.etc.


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anyone know why all the work is taking place at the lagoons under Fly Ash Hill ?

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2 Sparrowhawks displaying over Wellacre College and surrounding area this afternoon, joined by a third for a short while, until seen off.

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Also, a Willow Tit was heard singing at the bottom of Lansdowne Road North, near the railway, Flixton.

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Nuthatch 1 heard in Flixton House gardens.

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Walk from Stott Drive to Fly Ash Hill, Jack Lane and back:

Fly Ash Hill:

Willow Warbler 1 singing.
Blackcap 1 singing.
Chiffchaff 6 singing.
Linnet 2
Kestrel 1m.
Buzzard 2
Song Thrush 1 singing.

Jack Lane:

Blackcap 2 singing.
Water Rail 1 heard.
Moorhen 2
Chiffchaff 1 singing. Another 3 singing in the general area.

Willow Tit A pair south of Dutton's Pond and a single seen along path near Jack Lane.

etc.etc.etc.

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Sand Martin 1 heading west over field south of Dutton's Pond.
Treecreeper 1 in trees just north of railway line.
Grey Wagtail 1 near Irlam locks.
Chiffchaff 7 singing.
Stock Doves 3
Jay 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Oystercatcher 2 at Irlam Locks.

etc.etc.etc.

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Oops. Suddenly realised I did mean east of Stott Drive.

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Willow Tit 1 singing in field west of Stott Drive.


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Chiffchaff 1 seen at Dutton's Pond and 1 singing near Jack Lane NR.
Bullfinch 3 near Dutton's Pond.
Pied Wagtail 20+ field east of ETW.
Meadow Pipit 15+ field east of ETW.
Buzzard 2
Goldcrest 1 singing.
Jackdaw 3
Crow 6
Rook 11 nests on Irlam Road.
Magpie 50+
Mistle Thrush 2
Coot 1 Dutton's Pond.
Moorhen 4 Dutton's Pond.
Mallard 7 Dutton's Pond.
etc.etc.etc.

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3 Sandmartin over Jack Lane at 08:55.

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2 Chiffchaff on the patch today. One on Fly Ash Hill and one at Jack Lane NR. Greenfinch and Linnet also present on the hill.

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My first sand martin of the year flew overhead as I was walking over Flixton Bridge at midday.



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

Dutton's Pond:

Moorhen 8
Coot 3
Mallard 6

Jack Lane:

Teal 1m 1f.
Mallard 8
Water Rail 1 heard.

General sightings:

Redwing 50+
Fieldfare 5+
Woodpigeon 50+
Mistle Thrush 1
Willow Tit 1 next to path under railway.
Goldcrest 1 singing.
Buzzard 2
Magpie 50+
etc.etc.etc.




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ETW/Canal:

Little Grebe 2
Oystercatcher 2 on the locks.
Gadwall 3m 2f.
Tufted Duck 16
Coot 2
Moorhen 2
Grey Heron 1
Cormorant 2
Mute Swan 2
Grey Wagtail 4
Pied Wagtail 20+
Starling 50+
Mallard 20+
etc.

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ETW/Canal:

Tufted Duck 50+...possible visitors from iced-over Shell Pool.
Mute Swan 8
Coot 2
Moorhen 2
Gadwall 4
Mallard 8
Grey Heron 3
Cormorant 5
Black-headed Gull 350+
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Herring Gull 10+ over flying downstream.
Grey Wagtail 2
Pied Wagtail 20+
Starling 30+
Magpie 20+
Collared Dove 12+
Song Thrush 3
Chaffinch 6
etc.

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ETW/Canal:

Mute Swan 8
Tufted Duck 20
Pink-footed Geese 60+ heading NW.
Gadwall 2
Mallard 25+
Coot 4
Moorhen 1
Cormorant 4
Grey Wagtail 2
Pied Wagtail 50+
Starling 200+
Common Gull 2
Lesser Black-baked Gull 1
Black-headed Gull 250+
Magpie 30+
etc.etc.etc.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 14th of January 2017 09:15:44 PM

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ETW/Canal:

Goosander 1f/imm flew downstream, then veered off towards Irlam before the Locks.
Tufted Duck 2f
Gadwall 3m 1f
Mallard 40+
Mute Swan 2
Cormorant 4
Grey Wagtail 3
Pied Wagtail 50+
Common Gull 1
Black-headed Gull 200+
Starling 100+
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
Moorhen 2
Grey Heron 2
Kestrel 1m
Mistle Thrush 1
Song Thrush 1
Goldcrest 2
Magpies...plenty as usual.

Etc.etc.etc.

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Wellacre College Field:

Common Gull 12
Black-headed Gull 40+

Dutton's Pond:

Moorhen 6
Goldcrest 3

FlyAsh Hill:

Teal 2m
Gadwall 2m 1f
Willow Tit 1
Linnet 2

Jack Lane:

Kingfisher 1
Chiffchaff 1

General:

Buzzard 1
Lesser Redpoll 1

etc.etc.etc.

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ETW/Canal:

Mute Swan 2
Mallard 10
Gadwall 2m
Coot 1
Moorhen 3
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Black-headed Gull 130+
Pied Wagtail 50+
Grey Wagtail 2
Magpie 50+
Starling 10+
Meadow Pipit 1

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ETW/CANAL:

Goosander 1 male flying up the Ship Canal.
Grey Wagtail 3
Pied Wagtail 10+
Little Grebe 1
Gadwall 3
Moorhen 3
Grey Heron 2
Cormorant 1
Mute Swan 1
Mallard 2
etc.

Jack Lane:

Fieldfare 2
Song Thrush 2
Mistle Thrush 4
Redwing 4
Meadow Pipit 2
etc.

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Highlights only.

Dutton's Pond:

Kingfisher 1
Grey Heron 2
Goldcrest 2

FlyAsh Hill:

Redwing 23
Meadow Pipit 1 over > south.
Skylark 1 over.
Tufted Duck 6 flew off from Lagoon,

Jack Lane:

Water Rail 1 heard.
Reed Bunting 1f
Willow Tit 1

ETW/Canal:

Grey Wagtail 4
Pied Wagtail 20+
Grey Heron 3

General:

Treecreeper 1
Goldcrest 2
Song Thrush 2
Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 1

etc.etc.etc.


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Thought I'd try and find my own YBW but guess what, no luck. I'm moving to Norfolk asap, or Leigh, which is it to be. However...

Jack lane NR:

Water Rail 2 heard.
Goldcrest 1
Willow Tit 1
Chiffchaff 1
Moorhen 1
Grey Wagtail 1

ETW/Ship Canal:

Mallard 13
Grey Heron 4
Cormorant 1
Pied Wagtail 10+
Grey Wagtail 1
Black-headed Gull 60+
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2

General Sightings:

Redwing 1
Buzzard 2
Kestrel 1
Coal Tit 2

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ETW/Canal:

Cormorant 1
Grey Heron 5
Mallard 25+
Gadwall 1m 1f.
Black-headed Gull 70+
Mute Swan 3 adults.
Magpie 30+
Pied Wagtail 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
Herring Gull 1

From Fly Ash Hill:

Wigeon 1m 1f.
Gadwall 1m.
Siskin 1 over, heading south-east.
Kestrel 1m.
Mistle Thrush 2

Dutton's Pond:

Moorhen 9
Grey Heron 2

Common Gull 5 on Wellacre College field.

Chiffchaff 1 singing behind Stott Drive.

etc.etc.


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Peregrine in pylon at Jack Lane Farm, 11am today.

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Flixton ETW/Canal:

Goosander 2
Kingfisher 1
Grey Heron 5
Gadwall 5
Cormorant 1
Mallard 25+
Starling 50+
Swallow 12
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 10+
Magpie 30+
Black-headed Gull 100+
Kestrel 1male.
Sparrowhawk 1

1 Willow Tit and 1 Goldcrest along path below railway.
1 Goldcrest singing Jack Lane.
2 Goldcrest in garden.

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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.

etc.

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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+

etc.

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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

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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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