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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


ETW/Canal:

Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 30+
Starling 200+
Cormorant 2
BH Gull 50+
Mallard 15
Moorhen 2

Jack Lane:

Water Rail 1
Goldcrest 1
Willow Tit 2

FlyAsh Hill:

Lapwing 7
Skylark 1
Mistle Thrush 2
Buzzard 1
Willow Tit 1
Goldfinch 10

General Sightings:

Goldcrest 3
Collared Dove 20+
Lesser Redpoll 1
Bullfinch 3

etc.etc.etc.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 18th of October 2015 10:35:45 PM

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Irlam Locks:
07.55
30 Canada Geese on ship canal downstream of locks
3 Cormorant

18.00
1 Grey Wagtail

Fly Ash Hill:
08.00
1 Chiffchaff singing in the heavy rain!

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8.00am
Chiffchaff singing in a tree along Langdon Rd, Flixton.

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ETW:

Starling 250+
Swallow 25+

FlyAsh Hill:

Snipe 1
Goldfinch 40+
Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 1f
Blackcap 1

Wellacre College Field:

Common Gull 2
BH Gull 50+

General Sightings:

Goldcrest 1
Mistle Thrush 3
Bullfinch 2
Rook 17
Jackdaw 1
Jay 2
Chiffchaffs
Willow Tit 1
Coal Tit 1 in garden.
Nuthatch 2 in garden.

etc.etc.etc.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 18th of October 2015 10:36:11 PM

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17.30 this evening:

Irlam Locks:
Minimum of 76 Pied Wagtails. Many flying in from the ETW.
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Kingfisher
2 Grey Heron
c.80 Black-headed Gulls
1 Cormorant
16 Swallow

Fly Ash Hill:
1 Willow Tit

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7.50am
2 Kingfishers chasing each other downstream of the locks
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Heron

18.15
36 Pied Wagtails on the locks (probably more)
2 Mute Swan

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An afternoon walk and not one bird of prey after yesterday.

ETW/Ship Canal:

Kingfisher 1
BH Gull 100+
Mallard 20+
Pied Wagtail 10+
Swallow 2
Sand Martin 1
Magpie 20+
Mute Swan 2 ads.

FlyAsh Hill:

Siskin 1 over.
House martin 1
Blackcap 2
Chiffchaff 1

General:

Blackcap 1
Bullfinch 1
Willow Tit 1
Rook 20
Jackdaw 4
Jay 1
Chiffchaff 3 singing plus 2.
Reed Bunting 1
Starling 20+

etc.etc.etc.


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1 Osprey high over the garden gliding South at 1130.

Also 5 immature Cormorants and a Sparrowhawk. Not all together of course.

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a walk around duttons pond about 11am before heading to Carrington moss.

1 garden warbler
2 blackcap
3 chiffchaff, 1 singing
1 willow tit
1 goldcrest
1 great spotted woodpecker
4 swallow

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Sunday, August 16th.

A first for me round here, with 2 Nuthatches calling in trees along Irlam Road, in front of Wellacre College.
Also, a high-flying Raven, flying west yesterday.
30+ Rooks have been counted on Wellacre Park recently and a Jackdaw seen along Irlam Road.

A walk on Saturday to Jack Lane produced 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps and a Willow Warbler, along with a singing Coal Tit behind Stott Drive and 20+ Swallows and 10+ House Martins at the ETW.

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PHIL GREENWOOD wrote:

Belated record of 4 Oystercatchers flying over Stott Drive, westwards. Surely not successful breeding at the Locks?





Sadly probably not - we did see the pair on the locks with 2 chicks then a day or two later just one then just a single adult Oystercatcher with no sign of any young. The second adult was about but not associating with the first one to any great extent.

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Sorry. Belated as in Sunday, 12th July.

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Belated record of 4 Oystercatchers flying over Stott Drive, westwards. Surely not successful breeding at the Locks?



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Environment Agency have called me back and said they have had a look and confirmed that the loss of fish was due to very low oxygen levels, rather than anything more sinister. A common problem on that particular stretch of water apparently.

Doubtless the Herons were simply cashing in on the easy prey.




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Sunday 7pm the unusual sight of 7 Herons all stood together on the wooden banking on the Irlam side of the MSC just north of the locks. 3 others nearby too.

Kingfisher seen crossing the canal (Flixton to Irlam) near the old ferry site.

Of concern is a very large amount of dead fish on the Flixton side of the MSC around the concrete jetty just north of the locks - reported to the Environment Agency as was the sight of a dead swan with a green darvic ring ('CN42') noticed on 21st June.



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7.50am - Track alongside railway:
5 singing Chiffchaff
1 singing Blackcap

17.15 - Jack Lane NR:
4 Reed Warbler - 1 bird showing very well
2 Reed Bunting - both singing males

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2 Oystercatchers and 1 Cormorant at Irlam Locks this morning at 7.50am.

3 Reed Warblers singing at Jack Lane NR at 18.00 this evening.

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Tuesday 23rd of June 2015 10:09:44 PM

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ETW/CANAL/IRLAM LOCKS.

Great Crested Grebe 6
Mute Swan 1
Oystercatcher 2
Grey Heron 1
Cormorant 1
Starling 200+
BH Gull 10+
Mallard 10+
Pied Wagtail 1
Swallow 20+
Sand Martin 2
Willow Warbler 1 singing.
etc.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 10th of June 2015 10:42:38 PM

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Flixton ETW/Irlam Locks/Canal:

House Martin 30+
Swallow 10+
Sand Martin 10+
Swift 2
Oystercatcher 2
Starling 100+
Magpie 30+
BH Gull 20+
LBB Gull 1
Cormorant 1
Mute Swan 1
Mallards

Jack Lane NR:

Water Rail 3 heard.
Reed Warbler 2 short song.
Reed Bunting 3 singing.
Moorhen 2 heard.
Mallard 2
Jay 2

FlyAsh Hill:

Whitethroat 3 singing.
Willow Warbler 2 singing.
Little Grebe 1
Gadwall 2
Kestrel 1
Mistle Thrush 1
Moorhen 1
Sand Martin 5+
Greenfinch 1 singing.
Reed Warbler 1 singing.
Chiffchaff 5 singing.

Dutton's Pond:

Blackcap 2 singing.
Song Thrush 1 singing.
BH Gull 1
Mallard 10+
Moorhen 6 adults and 9 juvs.
Coot 2 adults and 4 juvs.
Canada Goose 1 adult and 5 juvs.
Bullfinches.
Chiffchaff 1 ad and 2 juvs.

etc.etc.


-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 18th of October 2015 10:36:48 PM

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Jack Lane:

Reed Warbler 6
Moorhen 3
Reed Bunting 2m
Willow Warbler 1
Song Thrush 1
Sparrowhawk 1m
Chaffinch 1

General Sightings:

Lesser Whitethroat 1
Buzzard 1
Herring Gull 1
House martin 20+
Swallow 10+
Sand Martin 5+
Whitethroat 2
Blackcaps/Chiffchaffs...etc



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Irlam lock + Etw. Oystercatcher x2. Grey Heron x 2 . Swift x 5 . Gadwall x 4 . Mute swan x 2 . Pied wagtail x 3. Grey wagtail x 1. Black headed gull x 10 . Lesser black-back gull x 1 . Cormorant x 2 . Peregrine falcon x 1 .

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Afternoon walk.

Jack Lane NR:

Reed Warbler 5 singing.
Water Rail 2 heard.
Moorhen 2
Chiffchaff 1 singing.
Blackcap 1 singing.
Willow Warbler 1 singing.

ETW/Locks/Ship Canal:

Common Sandpiper 1 on Irlam bank of Canal, just downstream from the Locks.
Grey Heron 1
Oystercatcher 2
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 2
Sparrowhawk 1
Cormorant 6
Tufted Duck 1 male.
Gadwall 3
Swallow 12+
House Martin 6+
Sand Martin 2
Mistle Thrush 2
Mute Swan 2 ads.
Starling 10+
BH Gull 70+
Mallard 10+

etc.etc.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 10th of June 2015 10:43:07 PM

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Forgot to mention the 2 usual Oystercatchers at the locks.

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Flixton ETW/Locks/Canal.

2 Swallows have returned to the riding stables near the locks.

Also, 1 Meadow Pipit over, heading along the canal northish.

Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 4
Moorhen 2
Gadwall 2
Grey Heron 2
Cormorant 1
Canada Geese 2
Mallard 6

Male and Female Kestrel over FlyAsh Hill.

etc.tec.etc.

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Walk from Stott Drive to FlyAsh Hill, down to the Ship Canal and back.

Dutton's Pond:

Moorhen 8
Mallard 8
Canada Goose 1
Coot 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming.

FlyAsh Hill:

Chiffchaff 3 singing.
Kestrel 1m.
Reed Bunting 3 singing.
Linnet 4
Goldcrest 1
Chaff/Gold/Bull/Greenfinches.

ETW/Irlam Locks/Canal:

Pied Wagtail 10+
Gadwall 8
Mallard 8
Mute Swan 2
Cormorant 3
Grey Heron 1
BH Gull 80+
LBB Gull 3
Oystercatcher 2
Magpie 40+
Goldcrest 1 singing next to Flixton old ferry landing stage.
Grey Wagtail 2 at the ETW/Locks and another pair at the Irlam old ferry landing stage.
etc.etc.etc.

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Tufted Duck 22
Oystercatcher 2
Gadwall 8
BH Gull 400+
Moorhen 2
Great-crested Grebe 5
Cormorant 3
LBB Gull 3
Coot 1
Mallard 15+
Pied Wagtail 10+
Magpie 30+
Sparrowhawk 1m
Buzzard 1
Herring Gull 2 over...numbers of large Gulls noted heading NE from Flixton back garden during the day.
etc.etc.etc.


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Sat March 14th

Four GS Woodpecker on the patch today, one behind Stott Drive and 3 along the railway line - a record for me
2 Grey Partridge on the ploughed field at Jack Lane

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Tuesday, March 3rd.

Just the ETW and the Ship Canal.

Shoveler 1f...first I've seen here I far as I can remember.
Gadwall 4
Oystercatcher 2
Great Crested Grebe 1
Cormorant 2
Mute Swan 2
Pied Wagtail 70+
BH Gull 150+
Grey Heron 1
Starling 30+
etc.

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Jack Lane NR:

Water Rail 1 heard.
Moorhen 1
Mallard 3
Reed Bunting 2
Song Thrush 1 singing.
Redwing 1
Chaffinch 1 singing.

Flixton ETW/Canal:

Magpie 50+
BH Gull 100+
LBB Gull 1
GtCrested Grebe 2
Oystercatcher 2
Pied Wagtail 50+
Jay 2
Grey Heron 1
Gadwall 2m 1f
Mute Swan 1
Moorhen 2

General Sightings:

Lesser Redpoll 1
Goldcrest 1
Magpie another 40+!
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Ship Canal/Flixton ETW.

Oystercatcher 2 on the locks.
Mute Swan 1f (F16) 1m unringed.
Cormorant 4
Gadwall 6
Mallard 18
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 40+
Starling 50+
Magpie 30+
Moorhen 2
LBB Gull 1
BH Gull 150+
Mistle Thrush 2
Song Thrush 1 singing.

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Ship Canal/Flixton ETW.

Shoveler 1m
Gadwall 2m 2f
Teal 1m 1f
Great Crested Grebe 1
Kingfisher 1 over, flying downstream.
Meadow Pipit 1
Pied Wagtail 30+
BH Gull 100+
Moorhen 1
Coot 2
Starling 100+
Cormorant 2
Magpie 30+

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C105 lapwing in ploughed field in Mile road this morning.

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Highlights from a walk from Stott Drive, to Dutton's Pond, Jack Lane and the Ship Canal.

10 Common Gull, 1 LBB and 50+ BH Gulls on Wellacre College field.

2 Song Thrushes singing at Dutton's Pond. Plus a Grey Heron, 6 Moorhens and 23 Mallards.
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers flew over in formation, making chattering noises. Perhaps some sort of mating flight.

3 Water Rails at Jack Lane NR. 2 heard and 1 giving good views.

8 Cormorants, 3 Gadwall, 2 Grey Herons and 50+ Pied Wagtails at the Canal and ETW.

General sightings of a Willow Tit, 4 Bullfinches, 3 Reed Buntings, 2 Stock Doves and a Buzzard.

etc.etc.

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Lapwing 80+ on Mile Road field.
Goosander 1 flying down River Mersey over Mile Road.
Mute Swan 1 flying over Mile Road, low and northwards.

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Originally posted today by Ian Moffatt:

Late afternoon on the Irwell old course & surrounding fields
Huge numbers of Teal on the old course resulting in a personnel record count of 220 birds.
Also a 1st from this site flushing a Jack Snipe from a ditch which flew less than 20 yrds before going back to ground + 3 Snipe.
3 Mute Swans (2 juv) + 3 Bullfinches (m) along the banks.

M.S.Canal at Barton Locks.
Another 52 Teal on the canal = a total count of 272 birds.
110 Tufted Ducks, 52 Mallards, 18 Gadwalls, 52 B.H.Gulls, 5 Mute Swans (2 juv), 2 G.C.Grebes, 22 Coots but oddly no Moorhens.
2 Buzzards hunting across the fields.
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Kingfisher on Old Eeas Brook at the end of Southgate this morning.

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Ship Canal:

Goosander 1m 1f just upstream of Irlam Locks.
Gadwall 1m 1f
Cormorant 1
Grey Heron 1
Moorhen 3
Mallard 6
Coot 1

ETW:

Pied Wagtail 70+
Starling 200+
BH Gull 100+
Magpie 30+

etc.

Also 150+ Lapwings on Mile Road field.

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ETW/Canal/Irlam Locks sightings for Friday, December 5th.

Pied Wagtail 70+
Grey Wagtail 2
Mute Swan 2ad 1imm.
Gadwall 6
Teal 1m 1f.
Mallard 25+
Starling 100+
BH Gull 150+
Common Gull 2
Little Grebe 1
Moorhen 4
Grey Heron 2
Greenfinch 2
Goldcrest 1
etc.

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4 Twite noted in the alders west of Dutton's Pond, along with 2 Lesser Redpolls.

In the general area, 2 Treecreepers and a Willow Tit.

FlyAsh Hill:

Water Rail 1 heard in the lagoons.
Linnet 20+
Missel Thrush 2
Redwing 3
Reed Bunting 1
Pied Wagtail 10+
Chaffinch 6+

5 Common Gulls on Wellacre College field along with 1 LBB and 50+ BH Gulls, "cleaning up" after the pupils.


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This afternoon a good count of 4 Grey Wagtails around Irlam Locks and the ETW. Also a Willow Tit alongside the ETW.

Jack Lane produced the sound of a Water Rail along with views of 3 Goldcrests, 4 Redwigs, 3 Moorhens, 2 Bullfinches and a GreyWagtail.

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Friday afternoon.

ETW/Ship Canal:

Cormorant 2
Grey Heron 3
BH Gull 100+
Mute Swan 2ads.

Jack Lane:

Lesser Redpoll 1
Water Rail 2 heard.
Treecreeper 1
Redwing 20+
Reed Bunting 1

General:

House Sparrow 50+
Collared Dove 30+
Willow Tit 2
Goldcrest 3
Buzzard 1
Missel Thrush 9
Magpie 50+
Goldfinch 20+
Bullfinch 1
Rook 4
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7.45am - 25 Redwing over west. My first of the autumn!

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Saturday, October 11th.

Ship Canal/Irlam Locks/ETW only.

Common Sandpiper 1 just upstream of the Locks.
Grey Wagtail 3
Cormorant 4
Great-crested Grebe 1
Mute Swan 2ads, 1 with blue ring FI6.
Grey Heron 2
Jackdaw 10+
Moorhen 3
Mallard 20+
LBB Gull 1
BH Gull 40+
Magpie 20+
Crow 2
Starlings
Pied Wagtail 10+
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Monday afternoon, September 22nd.

ETW/Canal/Irlam Locks:

Grey Heron 4
Cormorant 1 imm.
Grey Wagtail 2
Pied Wagtail 1
Great-crested Grebe 1
Mallard 20+
BH Gull 20+
Magpie 10+

Jack Lane NR:

Water Rail 2 heard.

FlyAsh Hill:

Song Thrush 1
Willow Tit 1
Linnet 4
Kestrel 1

General sightings:

Goldcrest 1
Willow Tit 1
Chiffchaff 6

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Irlam Locks
17.30 - c.45 Pied Wagtails at the locks this evening.

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Highlights for Thursday, August 7th.

1 Kingfisher along the canal. Also, 2 Grey Wagtails and a juvenile Gadwall near Irlam Locks.

A Juvenile Water Rail at Jack Lane in full view and another Water Rail heard in the bullrushes.

A couple of Willow Tits also heard in separate areas.

2 Grey Herons at Dutton's Pond.

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Morning walk.

ETW/Canal/Irlam Locks:

Great Crested Grebe 1ad with 1 young on it's back.
Grey Wagtail 1f
Swallow 10+
Starling 300+
Grey Heron 2
Mallard 30+ including juveniles.
BH Gull 10+
Pied Wagtail 2
Oystercatcher 2ads.
Magpie 10+

General sightings:

Willow Tit 1
Bullfinch 2

Jack Lane:

Moorhen 1
Reed Bunting 4
Sand Martin 1

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Back to the patch, yawn, yawn. Only joking.

Irlam Locks/ETW:

Grey Wagtail 4 flying over the canal. Breeding success?
Pied Wagtail 6+ including juveniles.
Oystercatcher 2 ads.
Great-crested Grebe 3 ads.
Cormorant 2
Grey Heron 1 sat in a tree for a change.
Mallard 15+
Swallow 10+
Sand Martin 6+
BH Gull 20+
LBB Gull 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1
Song Thrush 1 singing.
Green/Chaff/Goldfinches. etc.

Jack Lane:

Reed Warbler 2 singing.
Chiffchaff 3 singing.
Moorhen 2

Dutton's Pond:

Grey Heron 1
Canada Geese 7
Coot 3 juvs.
Moorhen 1ad and 2 juvs.
Mallard 20+
Blackcap 1 singing.
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FlyAsh Hill:

Grasshopper Warbler 1 "singing".
Reed Warbler 3 singing.
Sedge Warbler 1 singing.
Reed Bunting 3 singing.
Linnet 1
etc.etc.etc.

Jack Lane:

Reed Warbler 6 singing.
Reed Bunting 3 singing.

General sightings:

Willow Tit 3 heard.
Jay 2
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Irlam Locks/Canal/ETW.

Grey Wagtail 1m
Pied Wagtail 1m
Mute Swan 3ads
Cormorant 2
Oystercatcher 2ads
Great-crested Grebe 1 pair displaying.
Sand Martin 5+ including a pair mating on a telephone wire!
Grey Heron 2
Swallow 10+
Mallard 5m, 1f with 11 young and 1f with 3 well-grown juvs.
Magpie 20+
BH Gull 1ad
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