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


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RE: Flixton, including Barton/Irlam Locks


Thursday, 13th October. Walk from Stott Drive to Jack Lane and on to Irlam Locks.

Treecreeper 1
Buzzard 1
Linnet 1
Skylark 1
Goldfinch 20+
Redwing 12
Fieldfare 50+ flying south west.
etc.etc.etc.

Jack Lane:
Water Rail 1 heard.

Ship Canal:
Mute Swan 1 f adult.
LBB Gull 1
BH Gull 20+


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1 Raven flying over the MS Canal at the locks from Irlam towards Carrington at 6.15pm this evening.

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4 Swallows still around the stables on Flixton side at 5pm this evening

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Heard a Tawny Owl this morning. Walking the dog near Flixton golf course 1st fairway about 05:30. I've not heard one in years.

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Also heard it.
10+ Swallows over ETW and 1 GtCrested Grebe on the canal.

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Chiffchaff singing for the last 3 mornings from the same small patch of trees on the Flixton side

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Late report from Thursday, 1st September:

6 Siskins over back garden.

Still 4/5 House Martins around Woodsend shops.

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Birdwatch from my Flixton back garden, Friday, 5th August pm, produced:

Common Gull 1 over.
Hobby 1 over.
Willow Tit 1 singing nearby.
Chiffchaff 1 singing nearby.
Coal Tit 1

Not much actually in the garden because I was sat there!

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Spotted a Kingfisher at the Mersey at the end of Southgate today. I only saw it when it flew off after my dog jumped in to cool off and disturbed it. It had been sat on a semi submerged shrub. When they fly they remind my so much of Hummingbirds. You can only see their wings as a blur they are beating so fast.

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Maybe of interest to Tetrad person,
male and female Pied Wagtails and 2 Juveniles in front of Wellacre 6th form college, Sunday morning. Also regular sightings of up to 4 adult Rooks at Woodsend but no idea if they are nesting near by.

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Harris Hawk with jesses over Flixton Fields this morning, mobbed by Carrion Crow, or as someone on the touchline next to ours said "Look at those two Buzzards mating up there"!

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3 Swifts over the house at 1015.

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Tuesday, April 19th.

Jack Lane:

Reed Warbler 4 singing.
Water Rail 1 heard.
Reed Bunting 1 singing.

FlyAsh Hill:

Raven 1 seen at usual place.
Wheatear 1 in field south of hill.
Gadwall 1 pair.
Little Grebe 1
Reed Warbler 1 singing.
Linnet 4
Pied Wagtail 1

Totals of singing Warblers:
Chiffchaff 13
Willow Warbler 10
Whitethroat 6
Blackcap 10

General sightings:

Swallow 3
Buzzard 1
Sparrowhawk 2 soaring together.
Goldcrest 1 singing.
Coal Tit 1 singing.
Chaffinch 5 singing.
etc.,etc.,etc.



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Friday, 15th April:

Jack Lane:

Still only 1 vociferous Reed Warbler but also a Water Rail making a pig of itself.

Reed Bunting 2 singing.
Swallow 1
Moorhen 2 heard.

ETW/Canal:

Grey Wagtail 1
BH Gull 70+
Sand Martin 2
Swallow 1
Cormorant 2
Coot 2
GtCrested Grebe 1
Canada Geese 2
Bullfinch 2
Pied Wagtail 1

Walk covered most of area north of railway line.
Total counts for singing Warblers were Blackcaps 10, Chiffchaffs 11 and Willow Warblers 3. No other warblers as yet.
Also seen were 2 Willow Tits and an immature Woodpigeon. Etc. etc. etc.

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Walk from Mile road to Jack Lane, then round to Fly Ash Tip via Ship Canal.
Usually a good spot for Lesser Whitethroat, but not this morning.
Good numbers of Blackcap, also Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff.
Reed Warbler at Jack Lane.
Sand Martins over Mile Road.
Cormorant on River Mersey.
Unusually very little seen from Fly Ash Tip except good numbers of Linnets, Gadwall and one Reed Bunting.

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Walk from Stott Drive to Jack Lane, Dutton's Pond and Fly Ash Hill.
Highlights included:

Jack Lane:
Reed Warbler 1 singing.
Chiffchaff 1 singing.
Blackcap 3 singing.
Grey Heron 2
Goldcrest 1
Reed Bunting 3m
Willow Warbler 2 singing.
Coot 1 heard.
Moorhen 1 heard.

Pond:
Moorhen 3
Canada Geese 11
Mallard 20+
Grey Heron 1
Chiffchaff 1 singing.
Blackcap 1 singing.
Song Thrush 1 singing.

FlyAsh Hill:
Buzzard 3 over.
Raven 1 over.
Kestrel 1m
Skylark 1 singing.
Chiffchaff 3 singing.
Blackcap 3 singing.
Willow Warbler 4 singing.

Plus another 2 Willow Warblers, 5 Chiffchaffs and 1 Blackcap heard singing.
Plus all the usual other stuff and also 1 Meadow Pipit.

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Manchester Ship Canal- 200yds past St. Catherines Church, Old Barton Road today:

Great crested Grebe 2
Mute Swan 16
Canada Goose approximately 20
Several Mallard and a resident Greylag Goose that has been present since last year.

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Sunday, April 3rd: 1 Blackcap singing along Irlam Road, outside Acre Hall School. Heard from garden, Stott Drive: GtSWoodpecker 1 drumming. Goldcrest 1 singing. Chiffchaff 1 singing. Missel Thrush 1 singing. Coal Tit 1 singing. No sign of any of the regular 20-30 wintering Rooks at Woodsend Park nesting this year.

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7.45am Irlam Locks
Oystercatcher heard but not seem

6.20pm Irlam Locks
Pair Grey Wagtails

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Late post for Tues 15th March:

7.50am pair of Oystercatchers perched on edge of locks.
But no sign this morning

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7.50am Irlam Locks

1 Oystercatcher - flew off west
1 Grey Wagtail

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Thursday, 30th December.

Canal/Irlam Locks:

Goldeneye 1male

Tufted Duck 16
Mallard 3
Pochard 8
Coot 11
Little Grebe 2
Mute Swan 4
Cormorant 1
C Gull 1
BH Gull 200+

Flixton ETW:

Grey Wagtail 2
Pied Wagtail 50+
Starling 50+

Also 30+ House Sparrows nearby.

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Friday, 24th Dec. pm:

Canal/ETW:

BH Gull 250+
Starling 100+
Coot 90+
Pochard 3
Tufted 26
Lapwing 2
Cormorant 10
Grey Heron 1
Mute Swan 2ad 2imm
C Gull 2
Mallard 10
Pied Wagtails, Magpies, Coll.Doves etc.
Sparrowhawk 1

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Tuesday, 7th December.

ETW/Canal:

Gadwall 1m2f
Pochard 2m
Mallard 25+
Cormorant 1
Moorhen 6
Lapwing 6
Coot 43
Grey Wagtail 3
Pied Wagtail 20+
Meadow Pipit 20+
BH Gull 250+
Starlings

Dutton's Pond:

Mallard 9
Moorhen 3

Wellacre/Jack Lane:

L.Redpoll 2
Bullfinch 1
Redwing 30+
Fieldfare 2
Missel thrush 2
Common Gull 16
Buzzard 2
Skylark 1
Lapwing 1
Canada Geese 40+
BH Gull 30+
Curlew 1 heard overhead.

etc.etc.etc.

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05.12.10 Irlam Locks

Green sandpiper 2
Mute swan 3
Gadwall 2
Cormorant 3
Song Thrush 1
Herring Gull 4
Black-headed Gull approx 1000
Common Gull 1
Sparrowhawk 1

Info thanks to Phil Kelly

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Irlam locks, Sat 04.12.10

Great Crested Grebe 4
Mute Swan 8+3 juv
Mallard 21
Cormorant 2
Gadwall 4
Snipe 1
Little Grebe 1
Coot 29
Common Gull 1
Bh. Gull 519
Lapwing 4

At the ETW:

Black-headed Gull approx 400
Meadow Pipit 20
Pied Wagtail 20
Grey Wagtail 4

Info thanks to Phil Kelly

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Irlam Locks 12.00 pm to 12.30pm today:

Common Gull 4
Black-headed Gull 617
Mute Swan 2+
Snipe 1
Little Grebe 2
Coot 30
Mallard 10
Blackbird 10
Sparrowhawk 1
Lapwing 6
Cormorant 5
Gadwall 4

Info thanks to Phil Kelly

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Wednesday pm, 1/12/10.

Jack Lane:

Redwing 20+
Fieldfare 2
Snipe 2
Meadow Pipit 2
Siskin 3
Herring Gull 1 over.

ETW/Ship Canal:

BH Gull 250+
Common Gull 2
Mute Swan 2ad 2imm...no rings.
Grey Wagtail 2
Jackdaw 20+
Starling 200+
Snipe 1
Lapwing 6
Meadow Pipit 2
Cormorant 3
Mallard 20+
Coot 2
Kingfisher 1
Pied Wagtail 10+

etc.etc.etc.

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Irlam locks/ETW only. Monday, November 22nd.

BH Gull 100+
C Gull 2
Grey Wagtail 2
Pied Wagtail 30+
Meadow Pipit 3+
Starling 30+
GtCGrebe 2

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Just a few "highlights" for Saturday, 13/11/10.

Jack Lane:
Redwing 40+
Skylark 1
Grey Heron 1
Song Thrush 2

Locks/ETW:
Pied Wagtail 30+
Starling 30+
Cormorant 2
Sparrowhawk 1f/imm
Siskin 3
Raven 1 over flying South
Mallard 1m
Moorhen 1
BH Gull 60+
Common Gull 1

Stott Drive garden:

Bullfinch 1m
Coal Tit 1
Starling 100+ over South

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Saturday, 30th October.

Just around Irlam Locks/ETW:

Grey Wagtail 2
Kingfisher 2 just upstream of locks, along Flixton side.
Mallard 5
Moorhen 1
Cormorant 2
LBB Gull 1
Song Thrush 1 murdering a snail.
Pied Wagtails
BH Gull 2


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Friday,29th October.

ETW/LOCKS:
Pied Wagtail 15+
Mute Swan 1ad
Mallard 5
Cormorant 2
BH Gull 5

Dutton's Pond:

Canada Geese 19
Moorhen 7
Coot 1
Mallard 30+
Pinkfooted Goose 1. I presume this is part of the Canada flock and not an off-course migrating bird. It had no rings.

Jack Lane/ Wellacre etc:

Goldfinch 20+
Redwing 50+
Bullfinch 6
Chaffinch 10+
Willow Tit 1
Missel Thrush 1
Song Thrush 1
Coal Tit 1
Stock Dove 1
Woodpigeons/Crows/Magpies/Hs.Sps/Starlings/Dunnocks/Robins/Blackbirds/Wrens/
B/GT/LT Tits.

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5th October

Kingfisher by the Boat House Pub on Ferry Road, Irlam

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1 Raven over Stott Drive flying South, Friday 27th August, pm.

17 Rooks Woodsend Park, Saturday, 28th August.

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Sighting for yesterday 12:00-12:45pm:

Irlam Locks to Irlam Ferry-

3 Kingfisher
2 Mute Swan
Single Cormorant
56 Black-headed Gulls

Flixton ETW-

14 Pied Wagtail
4 Grey Wagtail
2 Blackcap
3 Willow Warbler
3 Moorhen
1 Whitethroat

info thanks to Phil Kelly

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Delayed report for Tuesday, August 10.

Seen/heard over Stott Drive, 1 Yellow Wagtail. First time I've seen a Yellow Wagtail north of the M/c-LPL railway line.
Also a short Willow warble from the field behind the house. That is, a Willow Warbler warbling.
Have had up to 40 House Sparrows in garden, which led to the inevitable visit from a male Sparrowhawk. Now down to 39 Sparrows.
20+ Rooks daily on Woodsend Park and around Woodsend Circle, also House Martins around the old shops area.

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Yesterday midday, at the bottom of Irlam Road, Urmston, over looking the Ship Canal, 2 Kingfishers were on a fallen poplar tree.

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Irlam Locks around 1pm today:

5 female Goosander
4 Cormorant
6 Mallard

Info thanks to Phil Kelly

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Forgot to mention Peregrine, high over house heading east at c1400.

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Just Irlam Locks and Ship Canal today.

ETW and environs:
Oystercatcher 3
Grey Wagtail 1f or juv
Pied Wagtail 1m 1juv
House Martin 1. Also 2 seen around usual Wellacre Circle shops.
Swallows 6+
Swifts 10+
GtSWoodpecker 1
Buzzard 1
LBB Gull 1
BH Gull 2

Canal:
GTCGrebe 1
Mute Swan 1
Cormorant 2
Grey Heron 1
Mallards 6

etc.etc.etc.

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Morning walk.

At Jack Lane reed bed:

Reed W 4singing
Sedge W 1 singing
Reed Bunting 2singing
Mallard 7juv
Moorhen 2 heard

Dutton's Pond:

Canada Geese 2ad+2juv, 3ad+5juv and 6ads
Mallard 1f+7yng, 10+ ads and 3juv
Grey Heron 3
Moorhen 2ad and 3juv
Coot 2ad

Other sightings:

Skylark 1 singing
Oystercatcher 1 over
Cormorant 2 over
LBB Gull 1
Blackcap 1f and 2juv, plus plenty of singing males
Willow W 1 carrying food
GtSWoodpecker 1 juv
Plenty of juv Blue/Gt Tits
Swallow 2
Swifts
WTs, Chiffchaffs, etc, etc,etc.


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Birding from Stott Drive back garden this afternoon(Sat. 5th June) amazingly produced 3 bursts from a Grasshopper Warbler, moving around the field behind the house.

Also a GtSWoodpecker ad feeding a juv in a nearby tree.

Also noted:
Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch.
1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 BH and 1 LBB Gull over.
1 Chiffchaff and 2 Song Thrush singing.
etc.etc.



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Belated report for Monday, 3rd May.

Jack Lane NR:

Reed Warbler 3 singing
Sedge Warbler 1 singing and seen
Mallards/Canada Geese
Reed Bunting 1m 1f
Buzzard 1
Swift 5
Swallow 1
Sand Martin 3
Stock Dove 2
Pied Wagtail 1
Blackcaps/Willow Warblers/Chiffchaffs singing.

Canal/ETW:

Starling 50+
BH Gull 80+
Grey Heron 1
Cormorant 1
Grey Wagtail 1
Coot 1
Mallards
Sand Martin 100+
Swallow 50+
House Martin 10+


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Jack lane nature res.

Lesser Whitethroat,
Willow warblers
Chiff-chaffs
3 Swallows
and a cuckoo flew up the ship canal.


Mute swan rescue success as it flew out of the field in front of the farm as soon as I pulled up,Love my jobbiggrin.gif


keep birding

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Just seen/heard 1 Swift high over house heading North.

On far-ranging walk:

Willow Tit 2 singing
Blackcap 8 singing plus 1f
Willow Warbler 6 singing
Chiffchaff 9 singing
Whitethroat 1 lonely singing male
Bullfinch 1
Skylark 1 singing
Song Thrush 2 singing
Miss. thrush 2
Buzzard 4

Canal/ETW:

GreyWagtail 1m
Pied Wagtail 1
Cormorant 2
GtCGrebe 3
Coot 1
Swallow 4
Oystercatcher 1

Jack Lane:

Reed Warbler 4 singing
Sedge Warbler 1 singing

etc.etc.etc.

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Late report for Thursday, April 21st.

Jack Lane:

Reed W 2 "singing"
Reed Bunting 1m
Mallard 1m 1f
Moorhen 2 heard
Buzzard 1 sat on a bush

Canal:

GtCGrebe 3
Grey Wagtail 1
Swallow 2
Grey Heron 1
Cormorant 3
Pied Wagtail 3
BH Gull 20+

FlyAsh Hill:

Sand Martin 1
Swallow 2
Willow W 3 singing
Chiffchaff 1 singing plus 2
Blackcap 1 singing
Greenfinch 2 singing
Linnet 3
Whitethroat 1 singing
Mallard 1
Canada Goose 1
LT Tit 2

General Wellacre area:

Chiffchaff 7 singing
Blackcap 6 singing
Willow W 4 singing
Swallow 2
Whitethroat 1 singing in alder plantation near pond
Coal Tit 2 singing
LT Tit 2
Buzzard 2 together and 1

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Irlam Locks/canal:

Grey Wagtail 1m 1f
Pied Wagtail 2
Oystercatcher 1 flying up canal.
GtCGrebe 1
Coot 1
Mallard 1m
BH Gull 30+
LBB Gull 2
Grey Heron 1

Then to Dutton's Pond via Jack Lane:

Blackcap 5 singing plus 1f
Coal Tit 2 singing
Willow W 1 singing plus 1
Chiffchaff 6 singing
Bullfinch 2 pairs
L Redpoll 1
Linnet 1
Buzzard 4 overhead together.
Jay 1
Reed Bunting 4
Song Thrush 2
Missel Thrush 1 singing
Swallow 1 over garden
GtSWoodpecker 1 drumming in wood south of Wellacre College.
Sparrowhawk usual adult male through garden.
etc.,etc.,etc,.

No Mute Swans on Dutton's Pond, just Coot, Moorhen, Canada Geese, Mallard and 1 Grey Heron.

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Heard from back garden:

Green woodpecker 1
Willow Warbler 2 singing.
Chiffchaff 1 singing.
Blackcap 1 singing.

Then walk from Stott Drive to Jack Lane, on to Irlam Locks and return.

Blackcap 3 singing.
Willow Warbler 1 singing.
Chiffchaff 3 singing.
Stock Dove 2
Kestrel 1m 1f
Sparrowhawk 1 high over to Irlam.
Linnet 3
Jay 1


Jack Lane:

Grey Heron 1
Reed Bunting 4
Mallard 5
Moorhen 1

ETW/Locks:

BH Gulls
LBB Gull 3
Pied Wagtail only 4
Meadow Pipit 1
Grey Heron 1
Coot 2
Mallard 4m
Rook 2

etc,etc,etc.
Also a very nice Brimstone butterfly but no Swallows, Martins or Reed/Sedge Warblers.

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Thursday 8th April singing Chiffchaff @ Parkers Garden Centre

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Short walk covering Stott Drive to Jack Lane, Dutton's Pond and back.

Buzzards 7 comprising 2 separate pairs and group of 3.
Sparrowhawk 1
Meadow Pipit 1
Reed Bunting 2 singing in Jack Lane reed bed.
Willow Tit 1 in copse just south of Stott Drive.
Chiffchaff 1 singing from across railway line near flyash hill.
1 singing in alder plantation west of Dutton's Pond.
Missel Thrush 1 singing near Wellacre School.
Song Thrush 1 singing near Jack Lane. Have also heard from back garden 3 singing at dusk.

Wellacre School Field:
LBB Gull 1
C Gull 6
BH Gull 200+

Magpie 40+ in ploughed fields and general area.

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