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Wheatear briefly resting on my neighbours roof on Garden Suburb this afternoon, a first for me this year.



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We now have five Heron and one less young Moorhen.



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Four Heron returned to Foxdenton park at lunchtime today. Stalking the four remaining Moorhen juveniles.



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Cormorant diving for fish Foxdenton park big pond 1230hrs watched for 20mins non stop.



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Flock of about 40 plus Long tail tits on Broadway near Newman college early this afternoon. 



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Two Peregrine over Fields new road and Denton Lane Chadderton within the last hour No cameracry



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Kestrel hunting adjacent to Foxdenton park Car park today. Becoming a regular sight lately. Pity it will soon loose it's hunting ground as the Foxdenton development has started that will take away the green space.



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A comparatively low-flying Peregrine (female judging by bulk) made a sweep from Manchester Road towards Old Lane and then round towards the Freehold tram stop this evening around 6.30.

Also at least 1 House Martin hawking over Werneth Park and male Blackbird with a beak-full of worms.

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Five Sparrowhawks hunting around Denton lane on Sunday.

 

Swallows openly feeding young around Sensory garden Foxdenton park.



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Originally posted today by Charlie Garrity:

Foxdenton Park, Chadderton:

We have had a small Heron resident on the pond for a couple of weeks but yesterday 4 Herons. The 3 surviving Mallard ducklings had better watch out. 



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A Peregrine spiraling up over the Westwood area this afternoon around 4.30 p m until lost in the glare.

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First Swallow of the year, right over my local patch, was a nice reward for an unexpected chore. smile

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My first local Chiffchaff of the year for me this morning, with a bird singing from the section of disused railway line between Ashton Road and the bypass.

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Female Blackbird carrying food - Lansdowne Road, near the Diodes factory. First local evidence of breeding this year smile

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Broadway Chadderton   near Elk mill retail park Large Tawny Owl sat on a bungalow chimney 5pm. 



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Originally posted today by Charlie Garrity:

 

Foxdenton Park, Chadderton today:

12 or so Robins,  6 Blue tits, 1 great tit, pair of Dunocks, 14 Mallard and call ducks, 10 Canada Geese and 3 or 4 Blackbirds also Mistle thrush

 



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This morning's forays to re-locate the Drury Lane Waxwings turned up the usual thrushes, tits, corvids etc plus a Great Spotted Woodpecker and, more surprisingly, a Cormorant doing it's Liver Bird impersonation on the lighting clusters by the Long Lane motorway foot bridge.

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Redwing 36 on the playing field at Hulme Grammar School this afternoon, with
Starling 1 and
Pied Wagtail 1

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1 Ring-necked Parakeet on Block Lane in Chadderton yesterday at 17.24 feeding in Willows.

Male Peregrine over Windsor Road this morning at 11.00

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Song Thrush & Blackbird at Alder Fold
Juvenile Mistle Thrush on Featherstall Road (Just needed a Robin for the set
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2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls over Lansdowne Road, harassing a Peregrine. The Peregrine's laboured wingbeats made me wonder if it was a juvenile.

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Garden Warbler replaced by a Chiffchaff at the same location earlier this evening.

Oystercatcher over Windsor Road and Werneth Park on a south-westerly bearing at 23.10 tonight - roughly towards Audenshaw.

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Garden Warbler singing from the side of the tram line near Suthers Street this afternoon. Probably here since Monday but only brief snatches of song as I was passing then.

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The latest addition to GM's avian exotica!

A pale acid yellow bird about the size of a Black-headed Gull has just flown along Napier Street West, turned left down Windsor Road and headed in the general direction of Tandle Hills Park. From a quick Google search it looks like someone has lost a Lutino Cockatiel or Macaw or a Golden Conure. biggrin Treat any reports of Golden Orioles in the area with even more care than usualwink

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Male Peregrine with prey (domestic/feral pigeon from the white tail) flew across Manchester Road from Chamber Road approx. 11.45 a.m.

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Peregrine flying strongly SW - NE low across the tram line just north of Freehold tram stop at 14.50 p.m.

Greenfinch in display flight on Stockfield Street.

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Late this afternoon, against the glooming clouds, a pair of Peregrines hanging on the wind at the junction of Windsor Road and Napier Street West, before heeling off on the wind down in front of the 24/7 Hotel. Great start to the month.biggrin

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Originally posted today by Dave Philips:

Did the Park Run at Alexandra Park today and had 6 Ring necked Parakeets in the trees very vocal.

Cheers and Merry Christmas Dave P

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Single Fieldfare in Rowans on Lansdowne Road around 16-45. Sounded as if it was calling up reinforcements to exploit the berry cropsmile

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12.00 - 13.00

As there isn't a Big Carpark/Shrubbery Watch headed to Werneth Park at lunchtime hoping it would be quiet enough to get a decent count for the RSPB. In the end it was a bit too quiethmm

Singles of:
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Blackbird
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
Nuthatch
Feral Pigeon

Max of 2:
Robin
Carrion Crow
Blue Tit

Magpie - 3

Woodpigeon 4

Long-tailed Tit 7

Only managed to hear a Great Spotted Woodpecker and just missed 5 Redwing, but they were seen by the gentleman who'd chosen to do 11.00 - 12.00 for his Watch, so it will be interesting to see what the combined totals are - if there's any way of finding out
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First local Chiffchaff of the year, on the tram embankment at Alder Root.

Peacock Butterfly, Apfel Lane and first Buttercup on Manchester Street.

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Raven fly-over this afternoon. The bird flew in an arc from Featherstall Road South across Middleton Road and back across the east side of Stockfield Mill heading towards Broadway. Ruffled a few feathers en route.biggrin

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Plenty of activity among the local House Sparrows along Windsor Road this a.m. including some with nesting material.

Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit & Blue Tit all in good voice

Several Meadow Pipits over as well

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Redwing down to 2 today on Lansdowne Road, both "on guard" in the centre of the only tree with a decent number of red berries left. It seems that, like the Waxwings, they don't really like the orange ones left at the other end.

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Minimum of 18 Redwing now in competition with about 12 Wood Pigeons for the remaining berries. Oddly, 1 tree at the far end still has quite a few berries but all the birds are concentrating on about 3 trees at the other end. Follow-my-leader feeding?

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Still at least a dozen Redwing feeding here at lunchtime yesterday, with more heard in the conifers nearby. One bird over-flying at about 16.40 p.m.

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C50 Redwing on Lansdowne Road this afternoon, feeding on the berry-laden trees.

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bev dobson wrote:

I live in Failsworth and a flock of something I cant identify keeps flitting from tree to tree, it is not the waxwings, they dont have the little crests and they are bigger than these birds, but they look like some sort of pippit or other, but they are not too much smaller than a blackbird, I would love your help in identifying them. Their beaks are sharp and thin and in flight their tails seem short in proportion to their bodies. Thanking you in anticipation, Bev Dobson






I think our fellow birders below have nailed it for you Bev, I'd also say I'm quite sure you've been watching Redwings.
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That was my first thought. Look at BTO winter thrush ID link.

Listen for the squeaking call

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There have certainly been a few Redwing passing south overnight over The Coppice these last few weeks.

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A bit of a stab in the dark, but might they be Redwing? There's quite a lot around at the moment.

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I live in Failsworth and a flock of something I cant identify keeps flitting from tree to tree, it is not the waxwings, they dont have the little crests and they are bigger than these birds, but they look like some sort of pippit or other, but they are not too much smaller than a blackbird, I would love your help in identifying them. Their beaks are sharp and thin and in flight their tails seem short in proportion to their bodies. Thanking you in anticipation, Bev Dobson

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Robins (2) on Windsor Road, both in the car dealership hedge, one singing, the other foraging about 20 ft apart
Dunnock singing on Windsor Road
Blackbird singing on Stockfield Street

also Harlequin Ladybird still around Windsor Road flats.


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Foxdenton Park - c70 Mallard, 5+ Moorhen on the pond together with quite a few Call Ducks which have arrived here since my last visit. c30 Black Headed Gull, plus 1 Common Gull on adjacent playing fields.

On nearby farmland which contains a mixture of both grazed and rough grassland - c20 Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting, c40 Redwing, c25 Fieldfare and 1 Kestrel. Sadly all of this land is now earmarked for possible development and may be lost as a habitat for local wildlife to use.

On 12/10 a flock of 20+ calling Whooper Swans flew south over my Chadderton home! c50 Redwing over on 11/10. Also I've seen/heard the odd one or two calling Rooks flying over my house in recent weeks - possibly birds from Birch which may wander further afield outside of the breeding season?

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Small numbers of Redwings passing over my Chadderton home around the middle of the day yesterday (2/10) - all heading west - c20, 6, 3 and then 4.

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3rd Winter Caspian Gull on John Newman College Field, viewed at 50 metres distance from the comfort of home.

Managed to scope it before it flew off after 20 mins.

Checking the gulls that turn up on the field has finally paid off

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Weds 18th June 21.00 -23-00

Walk from Werneth to Foxdenton Hall and back for Woodcock survey

Swift - 2 low-level screaming parties near suitable nesting sitrs en route, plus min 4 birds hunting over the sewage works.
Grey Heron
Song Thrush at least 2 singing males (1 VERY vocalbiggrin)
Mistle Thrush 1 with food
Blackbird 5 singing males (minimum)
Magpie 3 adult plus 1 very recently fledged juv
Wood Pigeon
Starling
House Sparrow - good numbers
Mallard
Swallow - 2 then 6 together over the sewage works

plus at least 1 Pipistrelle

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Alder Root

Singing Whitethroat, Dunnock and Blackcap

Good crop of Sulphur Tuft at Apfel Lane

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Singing Blackcap at Alder Fold this afternoon. One there briefly on Thursday May 9th.

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Daytime recce for the BTO Woodcock Survey (Coppice to Foxdenton Hall via Butler Green)

Blackcap 1s
Greenfinch -several song flighting
Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Starling
Robin
Carrion Crow
Jackdaw
Magpie
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Canada Goose
Mallard
Moorhen -inc 1 on nest
Swallow 1 over Hall
Kestrel - 1
Nuthatch 1 (heard only)
Chaffinch pair, also another male s
Collared Dove pair
Blackbird
Wren

Buff-tailed Bumblebee 2
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Completely forgot about it but a couple of weeks ago a Cormorant flew along the canal alongside Broadgate.
And at last a Swallow this week while arriving at work on Broadgate.

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