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Just been watching a pair of Mute Swans on King George V pool with eight well grown cygnets.  I've never seen such a large swan family.



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Rob Smallwood wrote:

I've seen reports of a Harris Hawk on Altrincham social media.


Thats probably the badger then! Or Harris Hawk! I wonder if anyone has reported losing one?

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I've seen reports of a Harris Hawk on Altrincham social media.



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Just seen a large bird of prey circling over Atlantic Street, nothing unusual as Buzzards often circle over, but immediate instinct was it wasnt a buzzard, with a white rump and undertail, and the gulls above it were going mad. Similar size to Buzzard, perhaps a touch bigger but with deeper wings. Seemed to have banding underwing but was looking up into the sun. Obvious light bills too.

I though Harris Hawk but keep your eyes peeled.  Headed over the canal towards Althrincham, with ensuing gulls!



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Only a brief glimpse but second time now. Reasonably sure there is a Spotted Flycatcher on Altrincham Golf Course. In the hedge between the 5th Fairway and a pond near the green on the 6th.



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Originally posted today by John Edwards:

Ring Ousel on playing field off Oldfield Rd. Altrincham 



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When visiting the Blue Chip Busness Park on Atlantic St this afternoon I heard what I thought was a Peregrine calling. It seemed to be calling quite loudly at regular intervals and it turned out to be a recording being used as a bird scarer.  It was certainly working, there was not a single bird to be seen in the area furious



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Late this afternoon, a mixed group of Swifts and Swallows over King George V pool busily taking insects of which there were very many.



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As we waited at the lights at the junction of Dunham Road and Park Road at about 17.30 a Red Kite drifted overhead going east.



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George V pond 8-30am
Goosander 1m 5f
Pochard 1m
Tufted Duck m&f lots
Little Egret
Great Spotted Woodpecker m&f
Grey Wagtail
Canada Geese
Moorhen
Coot
Dunnock
Robin
Blue,Great &Long Tailed Tits
Nuthatch
Sparrows
Blackheaded gulls
Chaffinch
Blackbird
Magpie
Crow

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Red Kite drifting slowly from Altrincham/Broad Heath and towards Manchester City Centre at 15:20 today.

Info thanks to Peter Rolph

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Red Kite over Hale near to AFC heading ENE

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4 swallows over Broadheath Retail Park this afternoon.

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A non-birding friend of mine saw, what sounded very much like, a Jack Snipe near Costa Coffee in Altrincham shopping precinct last night! This was at 21:00 (he was still sober ). Couldn't be anything else from his description. He had an attack of conscience once he'd got to the pub; contacted me and I gave him the Lower Moss Wood rescue place number, but, he said it went to voicemail. So, I guess my question is did anyone else hear about this bird and, more pointedly, what happened to it? Don't they migrate at night? I guess it's possible it was brought down by weather? Certainly most unusual!

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30+ Redwings around Sainsbury's car park this afternoon. Plenty of berries on the bushes especially the one near the recycling containers on the overflow car park where the Waxwings fed a couple of years ago - could we be lucky enough to get some this winter? - there have been sighting reports from a number of parts of the country in the last few days.


-- Edited by sid ashton on Wednesday 31st of December 2014 01:30:05 PM

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Had to look twice at a Blackbird feeding on berries on Tesco's car park, opposite the ice rink - it had a clear round white patch on the back of its head/neck.

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Short-eared Owl flying low west over Woodlands Road (Cresta Court end) at 9:10am today, being mobbed by two crows.

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Kingfisher on the brook adjacent to KGVP



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Ann Ribbands wrote:

Grey Wagtail in Altrincham town centre at 9.30 this morning - on the rooftops behind Timpsons. (One for the birds-seen-while-returning-garments-to-Marks & Spencer List!)


From  time-to-time i've seen or heard a Grey Wagtail in the Greenhalghs/Country Bumpkin area of Alty over the last couple of winters, i remember remarking to Henry Cook - where's the water? They don't need much, one wintered in Bangor town centre a few years ago in the vicinity of a leafy trickle down a public footpath - but there's usually some water somewhere. Perhaps a blocked gutter or a flat roof with a puddle?



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c50 Fieldfare in trees on Woodlands Road



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Grey Wagtail in Altrincham town centre at 9.30 this morning - on the rooftops behind Timpsons. (One for the birds-seen-while-returning-garments-to-Marks & Spencer List!)

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I have been keeping an eye on some berry trees at the junction of St Johns Road and Delamere Road in the hope of getting some Waxwings closer to home. Had a look late morning and there were 8 Redwings going at the berrys also a Goldcrest in one of the trees but alas no Waxies.

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