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RE: Warrington town centre


Late post for yesterday 17th September.

2 Swallows were seen fly catching low over the grassy area opposite the former Bowling Green pub, alongside the main A57 near the Unilever offices.

They were there all morning, and were still swooping very low over the same area at lunchtime.

Over the previous week every time I passed the area, a pair of Swallows were either flying low over the nearby large traffic island or adjacent verges.

Are Swallows still feeding young close by, or have just taken a liking to the area whilst on passage?.

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02/08/2013 5pm
Big female Hobby just flown direct south fast over our Garden in central Warrington headed in the direction on Bank quay railway station.

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2 raven over aldi car park heading towards lever bros at 4.10pm.

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Flock of Fieldfare with possible few Redwing in Hardy / Annie Street

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7 Waxwings in Rowan tree at the corner of Milner Street at 09.50

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Junction of King Edward Street and Manchester Road

Several small flocks of Waxwings flying in a South easterly direction towards Paddington Meadows at 2.30pm in the pouring rain.

-- Edited by John Williams on Monday 26th of November 2012 09:28:11 PM

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27 Waxwings at Milner st 0815 this morning in trees opp VW garage
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-- Edited by Mike Turton on Wednesday 21st of November 2012 08:46:04 AM

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25 Waxwings present at Milner Street at 12.00

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I did post an answer jason ,but decided to delete it,and leave it to someone else for once as many gave me an oppinion against them being ringed and not a one for the ringing,but give someone else a chance to get the hastle for once as I have been the bad guy too many times on here while others sit back
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-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Monday 19th of November 2012 08:37:19 PM

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JOHN TYMON wrote:

It has now become apparent that ringers were down at milner st ringing this morning.
Now I see why there were only 20 later in the day,do we really need to ring every bird ,wouldn't it not have been better for everyone who wanted to enjoy them to just not ring them at all,and let everyone enjoy these fantastic birds just for one weekend without ringing them.These sort of birds are great for getting the general public involved with birds in some way,I know I showed many none birders who were amazed by them :)

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Saturday 17th of November 2012 08:47:22 PM





I think I have a duty to stick up for the ringers who were down at Milner St on Saturday morning. The birds were found a week last Friday by one of the ringers present on Saturday and have been caught over both weekends, so the numbers of birds present later i doubt isn't as a direct result of this activity. As you can see from the elation in John Doherty's post the opportunity to see these birds in the hand would surely be the highlight of anybody's day, bird lover or not.
But the main purpose for ringing these birds is the fact that these birds WILL return to Scandinavia, so the prospect of having them controlled either on breeding grounds or even back in the UK (which has happened) is surely of great benefit.
I don't think you have suffered greatly from this practise John looking at your fantastic photos, and hopefully you too can get the opportunity to see these magnificent migrants up close and very personal.

Cheers
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One photographer was in the area yesterday morning, when the threat to remove the trees was made, also three photographers were there this morning, between 09.00 and 10.00, who were advised of the situation by the guy who originally found the birds, when they moved to a 'neutral area'.

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67 still present atMilner street at 3pm down to 4 feetI was there from 10-3pm and not one person went on the VW display area.Everyone behaved very well all day with no hastle at all,on friday morning someone strayed into vw and was told to leave by the manager,and thats the only instance in the whole weekend,with hundreds of visitors.
nice to meet quite a few forum members today

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Sunday 18th of November 2012 03:27:33 PM

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50+ present at 12.10. Please note, I have heard that a member of staff from VW (possibly the manager) has threatened to cut down the trees if photographers keep going into his parking/dsiplay area, I don't know how serious he is, but best to play safe!

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10 waxwings still in tree on Milner St 3.00pm ish.

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I agree with you there John. I can see the benefits of ringing but sometimes it's best just to leave the birds alone.

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It has now become apparent that ringers were down at milner st ringing this morning.
Now I see why there were only 20 later in the day,do we really need to ring every bird ,wouldn't it not have been better for everyone who wanted to enjoy them to just not ring them at all,and let everyone enjoy these fantastic birds just for one weekend without ringing them.These sort of birds are great for getting the general public involved with birds in some way,I know I showed many none birders who were amazed by them :)

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Saturday 17th of November 2012 08:47:22 PM

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I personally was at Warrington Milner Street for first light, connecting with 50-60 Waxwings - a lifer. Merseyside ringers were around so it was a great opportunity to get up close and personal with these beautiful birds, and handle them as well (5 were ringed). Super start to the morning, then on to Moore (see thread)

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20 waxwings still at Milner Street at 4pm and interestingly a few fieldfares in the trees with berries by B&QI have a feeling the main flock could be on Bank park about 400 yards east of milner street as that is were they kept dissapearing to both yesterday and today.

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passed through Milner st twice this morning,9am and 10.30 ,No signs of the Waxwings,but a few people hanging about for them

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Likewise John, this is a good start to this winter with these fabulous birds.

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KEV BROWN wrote:

Watched 68-70 Waxwings around the VW dealership, Milner Street between 2:45 and 3:20 when they flew off south. At times they were feeding on berry trees at the back, alongside the railway line.





Hi Kev
That was me photographing them by the railway,nice to speak to you ,a few shots on my flickr link below

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Saturday 17th of November 2012 07:42:21 AM

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Watched 68-70 Waxwings around the VW dealership, Milner Street between 2:45 and 3:20 when they flew off south. At times they were feeding on berry trees at the back, alongside the railway line.

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Finally caught up with them today at Milner St,3 hours watching them this afternoon,Biggest count was 68,but I recon there are probably 75+ as some were coming and going,shame the sun didn't stay out for the pics,but nice to see them 300 yards from home.A few other birders poped in and out during the afternoon,and a few risley moss regulars.The birds were very flighty and only about every 25 mins did they venture down to the berry trees,and then only for seconds.They remain mainly in the tall trees at the furniture store.Thanks to all for the updates all week



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Any reports this morning from milner st?

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Just had a personal report of 60 there this afternoon at one point




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Just had a personal report of 60 there this afternoon at one point

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JOHN TYMON wrote:

Any at Milner st today anyone? looking like they will not be there when im off at the weekend,but still seemed to be lots of berries when I drove past in the dark last night,still not seen any pics from warrington,so maybe they are not in the best place for pics?anyone sees any today or particularly tomorrow morning please post,don't assume everyone knows they are still there.
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Quick visit today at 2. 30 pm.
About 30 still present then, plus at least three photographers

Cheers Brian

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Any at Milner st today anyone? looking like they will not be there when im off at the weekend,but still seemed to be lots of berries when I drove past in the dark last night,still not seen any pics from warrington,so maybe they are not in the best place for pics?anyone sees any today or particularly tomorrow morning please post,don't assume everyone knows they are still there.
cheers John

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36 still present this afternoon (about 12.15), a few were fly catching, with others dropping on to the berries, their favoured trees seem to be almost stripped.

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Could anyone please keep updating if they see any at Milner st
cheers John

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Waxwing numbers varied here considerbly late morning to early afternoon with small groups constantly joining and then leaving the main flock. Max 66 birds seen plus 9 Mistle Thrushes

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1.45pm

45 Waxwings resting in 2 Sycamores by the VW dealership in Milner Street, quite good views are possible from the Northern end of B&Q's car park.

Also 6 Waxwings on top of a big beech tree in Bank Park, close to Crosfield Street and near the dilapidated visitor centre.

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More I think about it the ones last night flying to roost behind the vw garage as I was passing in almost darkness could have been Starlings-so forget my earlier post

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Tuesday 13th of November 2012 12:28:12 PM

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JOHN TYMON wrote:

Brian Baird wrote:

Circa 60 Waxwings at Milner Street at 1.20pm
Just dashed home to post this -about 2 miles.
Cheers Brian




Bloomin eck Left at 1.15 none there then :( and no one else there :( must have missed them by seconds :(

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Monday 12th of November 2012 01:42:26 PM



Another birder turned up as I was leaving - one of the Risley Moss regulars (Brian) I think.

Cheers Brian

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Circa 60 Waxwings at Milner Street at 1.20pm
Just dashed home to post this -about 2 miles.
Cheers Brian




Bloomin eck Left at 1.15 none there then :( and no one else there :( must have missed them by seconds :(

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Monday 12th of November 2012 01:42:26 PM

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Circa 60 Waxwings at Milner Street at 1.20pm
Just dashed home to post this -about 2 miles.
Cheers Brian

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Circa 9 waxwings in Milner Street today adjacent to the Kia dealership (didn't get an accurate count, I was actually looking at the cars!)




300 YARDS FROM MY HOUSE AND I WAS AT PENNY-NOWT THERE TONIGHT :(



Thouroughly checked at dinner time Milner street ,priestly street all the berry trees -3 small flocks of Starlings approx 10 strong,roaming from tree to tree,1 song thrush ,1 Mistle thrush,several Blackbirds ,No Waxwings,Lots of berries being demolished by starlings and am wondering now if todays posts have been passing motorists,seeing the starling flocks :(



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Circa 9 waxwings in Milner Street today adjacent to the Kia dealership (didn't get an accurate count, I was actually looking at the cars!)




300 YARDS FROM MY HOUSE AND I WAS AT PENNY-NOWT THERE TONIGHT :(

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Circa 9 waxwings in Milner Street today adjacent to the Kia dealership (didn't get an accurate count, I was actually looking at the cars!)

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Osprey just gone SW over our garden in central warrington ,heading in the direction of Moore nr,so keep a look out anyone around Moore tonight and a beltin garden tick for me and Sue,while having a sit out after work.





Presumably the same individual mentioned in the Pennington thread?





possibly but there was one at glazebury also at the weekend ,that headed to risley.At this time of year ,who could know how many pass through.

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Wednesday 28th of March 2012 06:27:35 PM

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JOHN TYMON wrote:

Osprey just gone SW over our garden in central warrington ,heading in the direction of Moore nr,so keep a look out anyone around Moore tonight and a beltin garden tick for me and Sue,while having a sit out after work.





Presumably the same individual mentioned in the Pennington thread?



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Osprey just gone SW over our garden in central warrington ,heading in the direction of Moore nr,so keep a look out anyone around Moore tonight and a beltin garden tick for me and Sue,while having a sit out after work.

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170 pink footed geese se over sainsburys warrington 9.30 amsmile.gif

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Warrington town centre and environs


For anyone who knows Warrington,a hobby flew the full length of Bewsey Road chasing 2 house martins then followed them south along the railway line that heads to bank key station at 4.30 pm(I followed it in my car on my way home from work)-Who would have thought that 20 years ago,A adult hobby in warrington town cebtre.smile.gif

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 24th of November 2013 08:58:29 PM

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