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RE: Prince's Park, Irlam


A flock of 20+ Swift screeching over the park this evening.

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4.30pm
1 Chiffchaff singing
1 Sparrowhawk (m) gave good views as it sat on a tree branch


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29 Redwing with 1 Meadow Pipit and 1 Mistle Thrush all feeding together on the football pitch during a blizzard this afternoon.
1 Teal (m) on the river

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2 Kingfisher, 1 drake Goosander and 1 Treecreeper present today.

 

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9 Teal (6m,3f) this afternoon with lots of displaying happening.

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Princes Park and Old River Irwell 14.30-15.30

1 Water Rail
3m Teal
1 Nuthatch
1 Grey Wagtail
1 imm Mute Swan

Lots of small bird activity - felt a bit Spring like!

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A walk west from here to the GM boundary at Glazebrook along the Ship Canal produced:

Drake Goosander still at Princes Park 

62 Mallard

43 Blackbird

20 Teal

2 Nuthatch

4 Grey Wagtail

1 Tawny Owl

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16.00-16.45

14 Tufted Duck (11m & 3f) - site record for me

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11 Tufted Duck (9m, 2f) were noteworthy
1 Sparrowhawk (f)
1 Kestrel (m)

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14.45-15.30

9 Teal (6m,3f)
1 Gadwall (m)

Plus usuals

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Late post: Saturday 28th Jan 14.30-15.15

A bit Spring-like in the park today.

2 Goosander (both f)
7 Teal (5m, 2f) - including much displaying
1 Gadwall
9 Mallard - also some displaying
1 Nuthatch
1 Great spotted Woodpecker
Song Thrush singing
Lots of common bird activity

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11.45-12.30

1 Goosander (f)
1 Grey Heron
30+ Black-headed Gulls - 3 on which were perched at the top of an alder tree. Something I've seen a few times in the park. They have 2 or 3 favoured trees next to the river.

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14.15-15.00

2 Goosander (both f)
1 Cormorant
1 Gadwall
5 Teal


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14.20-15.00
Notable sightings:

1 Goosander (f)
1 Gadwall (f)


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16.00

14 Swallow in single flock heading south!
1 Chiffchaff
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

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13.30-14.15. Highlights:

2 Teal -pair
at least 5 Siskin - feeding/drinking on ground next to path
1 Bullfinch
2 Redwing
Plenty of common small bird activity

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15.45-16.30

2 Goosander -pair. Male displaying
4 Teal - 2 pairs
6 Mallard
2 Nuthatch - 1 seen and another heard calling
Siskins heard only

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14.15-15.00

2 Teal - pair - first birds I've seen here all winter!
9 Mallard
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron fishing
8 Siskins - feeding on the ground a few feet from the path and showing very well
3 Black-headed Gulls sat at the top of one of the riverside Alder trees again!

plus the usuals

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14.30-15.15 'Boathouse Old tip' area

c.45 Tufted Duck on the pool - we had about 50 here last winter. Same returning birds?
2 Gadwall
2 Mallard
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
1 Sparrowhawk (f) over
1 Bullfinch - heard
2 Coot
3 Moorhen

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12.30-13.15 - quite alot of small bird activity.

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Nuthatch
1 Lesser Redpoll
2 Siskin
2 Goldcrest
2 Greenfinches
Goldfinches
Chaffinches
20+ House Sparrows
Blue & Great Tits in good numbers
8+ Long-tailed Tits
2 Moorhen
6 Mallard
plus the usuals !


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Late post for Sun 2nd Jan 2016 15.00-15.45

1 Kingfisher - Boathouse end of old river.
35 Black-headed Gulls - 14 of which were perched in riverside Alder trees! I've seen this behaviour a few times in the park at a couple of different locations around the park.
1 Cormorant
2 Moorhen
Lots of Blue and Great Tits very active

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14.00-14.45

2 Siskin plus a number of others heard - these are infrequent visitors to the park and have been around form couple of weeks now.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
8 Long-tailed Tit
1 Jay
6 Mallard
c.20 Goldfinch all singing togetbher at the top of a large tree
2 Mistle Thrush
1 Song Thrush


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14.00-14.45
Quite a nice selection of birds today despite the strong wind.

Pair of Goosanders on old river Boathouse end. Some mutual head-bobbing going on - presumably displaying.
3 Siskins seen - more heard nearby
1 Nuthatch
2 Great spotted Woodpeckers chasing each other
1 Grey Heron
1 Cormorant
c.55 Lapwing over
1 Goldcrest
3 Goldfinch
5 Mallard

But still no Teal yet this winter!

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14.30-15.00

1 Jay
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Mixed flock of Great, Blue and Long-tailed Tits

Of greater note:
No sign of any Teal yet this winter. 2-3 pairs are usually present from mid/end of October onwards. Maybe the mild autumn (until today!) has been a factor.

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Late post for yesterday (Sun 4th Oct)

1 Nuthatch
2 Goldcrest

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Carbon Landscape Project event with Dave Steel

2 Kingfisher on the Old River Irwell
c10 Chiffchaffs along the river and in the park
2 Sparrowhawks

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16.20
Kingfisher on the 'old river' Irwell

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A noisy family party of 8 Jays around the 'Old River' Irwell fire station end. Wikipedia says they have 4-6 eggs so if this family had 6 plus the 2 adults then that's about right. Hopefully they bred in the park.
4 Moorhen - 1 adult Moorhen feeding 2 newly hatched young plus nearby a fully grown youngster from earlier in the season.

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15.30-16.15

1 Chiffchaff singing
1 Nuthatch
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Teal (m)
2 Coot - pair
1 Moorhen
2 Mistle Thrush - pair


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11.30-12.15

1 Redwing singing at the top of a tree
2 Teal - both m
1 Nuthatch calling
1 Mistle Thrush
Lots of common bird activity including a Magpie collecting nesting material.

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Not had chance to get out with work but my late night walk in through the park with the dogs you get to see lots of birds at roost mostly pigeons but spotted the Buzzard tonight roosted here from spring last year also

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13.40-14.20

2 Goosander - pair
6 Teal (3m,3f)
1 Jay
1 Bullfinch (f)

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6 Black-headed Gulls perched on top branch of an Alder tree!! Never seen gulls sat in a tree before!!

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10.15-11.00am

1 Water Rail - my first here for about 4 yearssmile
3 Teal (1f, 2m)
1 Nuthatch
2 Coal Tit
c.15 Redwing - being very vocal
Lots of the usual common birds singing
But 1 Canada Goose that has been frozen in the ice for at least 24 hours has moved after being coaxed with bread but appears rather weak.

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14.00-14.45

2 Goosander (1m,1f) flew over heading towards the old tip area lake
10 Redpoll feeding in larch trees next to Boathouse then flew off
2 Nuthatch
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Bullfinch (m)
25 Black-headed Gulls on river plus c.30 on football pitches
1 Coot
1 Moorhen
4 Long-tailed Tits

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11am-12pm
Walk round the Old River:
1 Grey Heron at the Boat House
1 Goldcrest in the Hawthorn opposite the Pub site first
Fire Station end
1Nuthatch on a garden fence far side another first


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11.30-12.15 Boathouse 'old tip'

7 Redpoll feeding in a small birch tree allowed me to approach quite close but the birds were silhouetted against a grey sky and I didn't have my binoculars. But at least 1 bird was obviously a good third or so larger in size than the others and got me wondering if it could have been a Mealy Redpoll.

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23 Tufted Duck
1 Gadwall (m)
5 Pied Wagtail

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You must have been in the park the same time as me Phil! I did a circuit of the old river to see if the Goosanders were still there but they weren't so I carried on to the 'old tip' area to see if they had relocated there - which they had! Some similar sightings as yours but a few additions:

11.30am-12.15pm
Old tip area:
5 Goosanders (1m & 4f)
2 Tufted Duck (1m & 1f)
1 Grey Heron
1 Kestrel (f)
1 Sparrowhawk (f)
1 Kingfisher - heard only
8 Canada Geese

Old River area:
2 Jay
1 Sparrowhawk - seen twice (may have been the same one on the tip area)
1 Bullfinch
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Grey Heron
1 dead drake Mallard
Good numbers of the usual common birds feeding around the swampy area

Late post for yesterday afternoon in fading light:
5 Teal (2m & 3f)

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Quick half hour round the river:
Fire Station end
1 Jay
1 Kestrel F
2 Mistle Thrush
Boat House end
1 Grey Heron
1 Grey Wagtail first seen for a while
Coot,Moorhen

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Park and Fire Station end 11am-12pm
1 Treecreeper
2 Coal Tits
1 G.S.Woodpecker
4 Teal 2 pair
Great Tits,Robins,Blue Tits and Chaffinch
Old river Boat House end
6 Goosander 2 M 4 F
8 Long Tailed Tits
1 Treecreeper at the Boat House.
1 Wren

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10.30-11.15
1 Kingfisher showing at close range
4 Teal -2 pairs
1 Grey Heron
1 Cormorant
4 Redwing
1 Nuthatch


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07.45am - Peregrine over Prince' Park this morning.

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2 dead Drake Mallard on the old river to add to the 2 dead Swans on the tip
Buzzard is back.

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'Old Boathouse Tip'

The two dead Mute Swans still in the water.

3 Gadwall (2m & 1f)
1 Teal (f)
1 Tufted Duck (f)
6 Mallard (3m & 3f) - some displaying taking place!
1 Chifchaff
3 Long-tailed Tit
2 Coot

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'Old Boathouse Tip'

A rather concerning sight of 1, possibly 2, dead Mute Swans floating in the small lake. Two large white objects in the water. 1 close enough to identify, but the other too distant so hard to be sure if it was definately a swan but it was certainly a similar size 'object' to the first bird. I didn't have my binoculars so it was difficult to tell. One dead swan could be put down to natural occurances but if the second white object is a swan as well then it seems a bit more sinister.no
Should I report them?

Other sightings (fortunately all alive!)
2 Chiffchaff - 1 bird singing!
1 Sparrowhawk
7 Gadwall
10 Long- tailed Tit


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1 Teal (f) - 1st returning bird of the autumn
1 Nuthatch
2 Goldcrest


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16.30-17.00

1 Chiffchaff
4 Swallow heading purposely south
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Nuthatch in a large mixed tit flock

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32 Canada Geese NW low over my house at 17.10 this evening.

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A noisy flock of Canada Geese flew low over my house at 6.10am this morning. Don't know how many as I was still in bed!!!

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C 50 Geese over north in the dark 20:45 again very noisy.






Canada's Phil! I often see and hear them over my Irlam house in the evening and as you say, sometimes they fly in darkness. They always seem to be heading north obviously to a roost site but I don't know where (Pennington maybe?). Sometimes they are bearly above rooftop height and numbering about 50 or so in one or two flocks. Would be interesting to know where they commute to. I presume it's the flock that frequents Prince's Park.

Hi Steven thought they were Canada's they flew back in again this morning about 05:45 like you said very low over the houses I am just off broadway so when they take off from Highbury end of the River they Wheel right to take them north right over my house very low and noisy a beautiful sight if only brief

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Phil White wrote:

C 50 Geese over north in the dark 20:45 again very noisy.






Canada's Phil! I often see and hear them over my Irlam house in the evening and as you say, sometimes they fly in darkness. They always seem to be heading north obviously to a roost site but I don't know where (Pennington maybe?). Sometimes they are bearly above rooftop height and numbering about 50 or so in one or two flocks. Would be interesting to know where they commute to. I presume it's the flock that frequents Prince's Park.

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