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Lone White Wagtail, this afternoon by Midland Way, adjacent to the A57 / A49 roundabout



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Good selection of Birds seen from the garden today at various points in time -central Warrington

Fieldfare-2

Mistle thrush-1

Great spotted Woodpecker- 1m

Chaffinch-4

Coal Tit-2

Great Tit -2

Blue Tit-6

Collared Dove-7

Magpie-3

Sparrowhawk-1

Wren -1

Dunnock-2

Blackbird-2

Robin-1

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not got a clue why im double spaced

 



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An opportunity arose this morning of about 45min watching from the roof of Golden Square, Warrington. Birds moving between S to SW were 68 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark and a minimum of 6 Siskin, birds being heard but many difficult to see against blue sky before fog drifted in. Long-Tailed Tit moved through London Planes at Golden Square and a Collared Dove is sitting on it's third brood in a Flowering Pear tree

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Great garden bird last night - a male tawny owl could be heard hooting at around 22:05 in padgate

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Adult Mediterranean Gull seen at 12.10 flying over the roundabout at the junction of Lovely Lane and A57, heading west towards Sankey Valley Park

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Raven this afternoon over the Sankey Bridges area flying towards Arpley Tip

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For interest, in relation to John's sighting below, a Darvic-ringed Cormorant just upstream of the town centre in spring turned out to have been ringed in Germany

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5pm

A single flock of 28 Cormorants flying West over Bridge Foot.

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6pm (Yesterday 1st July)

Wilderspool Causeway

A Green Sandpiper flew off the site of the former rugby stadium, low over a nearby car park and off towards the Mersey, calling throughout.





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Peregrine just gone over our garden in the centre of warrington being harrased by a lesser black backed gull headed towards the halliwell jones stadium.
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A Peregrine was perched on top of the Scottish Power building in Wilderspool for several minutes around 11.30.
This building usually provides a roost for a flock of Feral Pigeons, although their numbers seem to have dropped from around 80, to about half that number since
the former rugby stadium has been demolished. Needless to say then when the raptor was present, no pigeons were to be seen anywhere.
The first birds back, several minutes after the falcon had departed were 4 Magpies. showing off their bravery on the roof, followed by 15 pigeons who went into a
frenzy of flap and glide displaying. Take heed lesser birds, I have a feeling our "Peregrinus" friend will return.



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JOHN TYMON wrote:


The area were the twite are reported was a local patch of mine for almost 10 years, its very doubtful that there would be twite flocks there. The linnet flocks were always there in winter and sometimes the 1st winter birds can be mistaken for twite. I never saw twite there in the 10 years I covered the area . It was a good area in summer for Ringed plover as well as a few other waders. Also green sandpiper and good numbers of little grebes on the Brook and I had a few Pied Flycatchers and a Hen Harrier once in the valley there :)



I think you are right John. The occasional Little Grebe is still seen on the brook, but the other species seem long gone unfortunately

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Sankey Valley Park, area north of new water treatment works: This morning at first light, there were 70+ Magpies in a noisy communal roost. The birds dispersed in small groups in all directions. The numbers of this species has been steadily growing recently in this area. Quite an impressive sight, but at what cost to small breeding birds this spring?

Also, apparently there have been reports (from a reliable source) of a flock of Twite on the open ground north of the treatment plant, that was until recently fenced off. I have not personally seen the Twite, but there is usually a mixed flock of Linnet, Meadow Pipit and Grey & Pied Wagtails there as well as Stock Doves. Whilst there is constant disturbance from dog walkers, this area is hardly watched, so this could potentially be a rich location for seeing interesting birds!





The area were the twite are reported was a local patch of mine for almost 10 years, its very doubtful that there would be twite flocks there. The linnet flocks were always there in winter and sometimes the 1st winter birds can be mistaken for twite. I never saw twite there in the 10 years I covered the area . It was a good area in summer for Ringed plover as well as a few other waders. Also green sandpiper and good numbers of little grebes on the Brook and I had a few Pied Flycatchers and a Hen Harrier once in the valley there :)

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Sankey Valley Park, area north of new water treatment works: This morning at first light, there were 70+ Magpies in a noisy communal roost. The birds dispersed in small groups in all directions. The numbers of this species has been steadily growing recently in this area. Quite an impressive sight, but at what cost to small breeding birds this spring?

Also, apparently there have been reports (from a reliable source) of a flock of Twite on the open ground north of the treatment plant, that was until recently fenced off. I have not personally seen the Twite, but there is usually a mixed flock of Linnet, Meadow Pipit and Grey & Pied Wagtails there as well as Stock Doves. Whilst there is constant disturbance from dog walkers, this area is hardly watched, so this could potentially be a rich location for seeing interesting birds!

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Found an adult Iceland Gull, on the rugby pitches on Longshaw Street this morning at 09:45
Dazzling white individual

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Raven-2.45 pm over our House very low, being chased by carrion crows almost landed in the garden confuse at our house in central warrington-good garden tick if I did those sort of things,which I don't .biggrin I remember the days when you would have to go to Central Wales or the Lakes to see a Raven crackin' bird smile

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Sunday 11th of January 2015 05:04:06 PM

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Kingfisher perched on a branch over padgate brook around 14:00 smile

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1 Hawfinch flew over garden (padgate) around 10:10

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200 Pink footed geese just gone south over our house in central Warrington.
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Good visible migration over my garden (padgate) , weekend counts:

54 woodpigeon, 1 linnet, 11 magpie, 3 robin, 3 blue tit, 7 blackbird, 6 carrion crow, 29 pied wagtail, 34 meadow pipit, 296 lesser black-backed gull, 2 buzzard, 28 feral pigeon,
1 mistle thrush, 1 wren, 15 greenfinch, 13 house sparrow, 38 starling, 9 collared dove, 2 jay, 1 great-spotted woodpecker, 96 black-headed gull, 17 goldfinch, 2 whooper swan ,
2 oystercatcher, 1 sparrowhawk, 3 goldcrest, 3 great tit, 7 chaffinch, 191 herring gull, 10 jackdaw, 1 mediterranean gull, 5 redwing, 4 fieldfare, 5 siskin,
30 pink-footed goose, 1 common gull, 2 long-tailed tit, 1 dunnock, 1 grey heron.

(Bold means unusual for the garden)

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Not the town centre, but not a million miles away & with a WA postcode - 2 Swallows on wires along Bentley's Farm Lane near Higher Whitley this morning around 9am smile

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1 Swallow & 2 Grey Wagtails in Sankey Valley Park this morning

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Four Swallows heading south over Orford at 2.30 this afternoon.

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JOHN TYMON wrote:

I will now be known forever as the birdman of Alkatraz as that what we call our factory as its like a prison :)


I hope your boss(the warden)is not reading thisno.
Cheers Ian

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Just rescued a Goldcrest from inside a Guillotine machine at work,luckily the operator spotted it so I stuck my hand in and grabbed it ,kept it in a small box in my office for an hour as it seemed stressed,when I heard it flying in the box I took it round the back of the factory and let it go into the large conifers at the back of the factory,a bit of pr for birds as well as no one had ever heard of a goldcrest so most of the wokforce gathered round while i grabbed it ,so i showed them the smallest bird in the uk,they seemed amazed.
I will now be known forever as the birdman of Alkatraz as that what we call our factory as its like a prison :)

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Nick Isherwood wrote:

Whereabouts is Puddington Meadows please?


Nick I have asked David the same question although I suspect he means Paddington Meadows at WA1 3LU.



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Whereabouts is Puddington Meadows please?

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Puddington meadows spotted flycatchers


1.30-3.30pm Sun 31.8.14

No less than 3 spotted flycatchers on full and easy view for my camera this afternoon at Puddington meadow west. They made sallies for insects between the most westerly pylons (one pylon had a peregrine with its victim briefly perched on top), and the riverside footpath. They sat high in the bushes (at the edges) making regular sallies.

Other birds of note where a female blackcap and 2 noisy but beautiful jays, whilst a kingfisher was heard flying along the river.

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Late Post...21/08/14 (PM)

Wilderspool Causeway near old rugby stadium.

1 Swift heading SW. 1 female Sparrowhawk keeping 60+ Feral Pigeons airborne, although she didn't seem interested in trying to catch one.

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Hobby south over our garden in central warrington at 8pm last night headed over bank park and away towards crossfields.
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24 House martins circling over our back garden in central Warrington, Most we have had in one group here this year, Hope they are not Gathering to go off South for the Winter already smile

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Chiffchaff and willow warbler heard from garden today and the sparrowhawk has passed over and circled twice now.
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-- Edited by Daniel Owen on Monday 7th of April 2014 08:33:44 PM

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8:30 - 11:11
over/ in garden today;
2 mallard, 1 blackbird, 1 robin, 3 woodpigeon, 9 feral pigeon, 2 blue tit, 6 starling, 2 dunnock, 18 black headed gull, 3 house sparrow, 2 collared dove, 27 meadow pipit, 13 lesser black-backed gull, 12 herring gull, 4 goldfinch, 4 magpie, 3 pied wagtail, 2 carrion crow, 1 greenfinch, 1 grey heron, 1 mistle thrush, 1 wren, 1 sparrowhawk, 1 great tit, 1 chaffinch, 2 coal tit (one showed colour of continental, very pale underside and grey top) , 2 buzzard
Also present were peacock and small tortoiseshell butterflies.

17:05 ;
I'm 90% sure I've just heard a willow warbler start to sing but was shut up by people having a kick about...

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-- Edited by Daniel Owen on Saturday 29th of March 2014 05:12:38 PM

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Late post for yesterday 15.02.14 16.30

Callands

2 Collared Doves were lazily strolling around in the middle of the road, I had to almost stop to avoid running over them, then a third bird seemed to join them.

Immediately the two doves flew off to the left, the third bird swung around to the right, it was a large Sparrowhawk, probably female.

2 more doves appeared from behind, the hawk turned 180 degrees and pursued these doves, which plunged into the safety of a nearby bush.

The Sparrowhawk then broke off the attack and disappeared over the rooftops.

It was all over in a few seconds, the hawks speed was breathtaking, the doves were lucky, the presence of my probably saved the doves on the road.

You don't need to be on a reserve to enjoy wildlife drama, it's all around.

Collared Doves do seem a bit dozy, especially during courtship, little wonder they are a top prey species for Sparrowhawks.

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15.00

A Peregrine over Wilderspool Causeway & the old rugby stadium, the falcon made a lightning dive at something on a nearby flat roof, but then broke off

from the attack without catching anything.

The raptor stayed in the area for 5 minutes before flying off to the South.

There is usually a flock of around 70 Feral Pigeons here, but they all disappeared when the Peregrine came.

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Second winter Iceland Gull on Dallam Playing Fields from 11.05-11.20 at least, still there when I left

cheers

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Raven being mobbed by Carrion Crows on top of BT building (Barbauld Street) in town centre at 10.00am yesterday (30/01/14).

It returned later at 4.00pm but was constantly harrassed by Gulls.

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c50 Redwings
Mistle Thrush
Grey Wagtail

Seen at 09:00hrs this morning around the Irish Club car park area off Orford Lane

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Nick, the best time seems to be just after dawn, I think the reason there were so many gulls this afternoon is that football matches etc, had been played there this morning.





I had a look this morning but no sign of it amongst the other assorted gulls.

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Nick, the best time seems to be just after dawn, I think the reason there were so many gulls this afternoon is that football matches etc, had been played there this morning.

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Cheers for that. I know where Longshaw street is. I'll check it out tomorrow.

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Nick Isherwood wrote:

Dave, what road are these fields on? I might check this out this week.





Longshaw street - heading south towards Warrington on the A49 turn right at the PC World roundabout go under bridge, first left playing fields are 100 yards on the left- nowt there when I passed later this afternoon.It is a good playing field for gulls though. :)

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Dave, what road are these fields on? I might check this out this week.

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Dallam Playing Fields held many gulls this (early) afternoon, mainly Black Headed but with good numbers of Common and smaller numbers of Herring and Lesser Black-backed (including one that looked like a 'fuscus'), there was also a third winter Iceland Gull showing very well, this was my third there in less than two years!

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Originally posted today by Matt Pitt:

Turning my car round today outside the front of my house in Orford,Warrington, I was surprised to spot a single female grey wagtail which flew right in front of me and landed on a neighbours fence giving excellent close up views!

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Orford Lane, 08:20hrs:

Peregrine Falcon flying west biggrin

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I work around the corner from here John and I often see the gulls 'padding' for worms. I'll keep a closer eye on it if there's a Yellow legged gull knocking around.

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On the A57 roundabout, near the former Bowling Green pub, this morning around 11.00 were a few Black Headed Gulls, patting the grass with their feet to tempt worms to surface.
I've seen upto 30 birds on this traffic island at times, quite often they're joined by a couple of Common Gulls, and even the odd Herring Gull.
The large central verge of the A57 heading towards the Peace Centre also attracts Black Headed Gulls, and an adult Herring Gull became a regular feature here about a year ago.
If you get caught by a red light whilst driving around the roundabout you've got a few seconds to have a glance at the gulls as they're only a few feet away.
Today though patting the grass with a vigour that would put a professional tap dancer to shame was a large Herring Gull, with a slate coloured saddle, and bright lemon feet.
An adult Yellow Legged Herring Gull had joined the Black Heads that were teasing worms to surface. Then the lights changed and viewing was over.
This traffic island is always worth a glance, especially if you're a passenger and not a driver, as I don't want my remarks mentioned in RTA reports.
The gulls are a daily feature, and hopefully I'll spot a Med Gull dancing here one day.
This same roundabout was a magnet for swallows and martins back in September.


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The Swallows were still there this afternoon, but they have now been joined by a pair of House Martins, so perhaps they're just passage birds?.

It's seems odd for them to show such an affinity to such a small area though, unless they are local?.




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31 pink feet over NW 7.20 this morning just north of the Halliwell Jones stadium on the way to work.

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