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RE: Tyldesley Loopline and Environs


There was a pair of Mallard on the small pond next to the ginnel path below the loopline this afternoon. First time I've ever seen ducks on this transient pond.

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Andy Isherwood wrote:

chiffchaff in with reasonably sized tit flock in tyldesley park this am also 2 great spotted woodpecker and small redwing flock





There's an interesting programme on the beeb which has just started: Railway Walks. They probably will focus on the nature of the paths. I have regularly walked the defunct line that runs somewhere close to Dunham Massey and over into Lymm - would definitely recommend it for birders.

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chiffchaff in with reasonably sized tit flock in tyldesley park this am also 2 great spotted woodpecker and small redwing flock

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Today was the first sunny day for quite a while and so Sarah and I went for a quick walk round. It was nice to get out for the first time after Christmas and we saw:

Several Blackbirds, Great Tits and Blue Tits
2 Robins
A Chaffinch
A pair of Bullfinches (m & f)
A few woodpigeons
Loads of Magpies
and possibly a Jay disappearing into the trees.

The highlight was a kestrel being mobbed by a crow directly overhead as we walked along the footpath. We'll be very upset if our little patch of nature is totally lost with the advent of this damn tramway.

Happy New Year to one and all !!!

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Yesterday at 3pm a Raven headed south-west over Cutacre Drive, heading towards Astley.

Info thanks to Andy Little

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Grasshopper Warbler still reeling by Tyldesley RUFC yesterday evening.

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At Tyldesley Cemetery today: a very noisy party of newly fledged Goldcrest, being fed by parents, an equally noisy family party of Treecreeper, family party of Jay and Song Thrush feeding young

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Plenty of activity from fledged birds today, inc Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Robins, Blue & Great Tits. Chiffchaff and Whitethroat singing.

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Another quick walk round (whilst avoiding the chores I should really be doing before returning to work tomorrow) produced:

Several Chaffinches, Blackbirds and Chiffchaff all seen and heard singing
2 Woodpigeons
1 Magpie
1 Great Tit
Several Robins, one of which followed me down the path
A Wren tutting away in the trees
2 or 3 Willow Warblers warbling
And the best of the day - 2 shy Jays hiding away in the woods

And oh yes, I tripped on a cunningly concealed bramble and fell A-over-T into a very large patch of nettles whilst trying to prevent my camera from instant death. I got stung all the way down my right side (ouch!) on my bare arms and face. It's still 'ouching' now as I write some four hours later - the dock leaves were useless, where's that antihistamine cream when you need it?

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A quick walk round before tea produced:

Kes, our resident Kestrel hunting and perched in a tree
Luke, our local leucistic Blackbird who I see quite frequently nowadays
3 Chiffchaff singing
1 Song Thrush
4 Robins
Several Blue Tits and Great Tits
2 Magpies
Many Blackbirds and Woodpiegons
An acrobatic Grey Squirrel


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A quick walk round before United play City in the FA Cup this afto produced:

1 Jay (I've finally found one here)
1 leucistic blackbird - must be the same one that appeared in my garden
Several other blackbirds
Loads of Robins singing away and posing for photos
Several Chiffchaff, one of which was quite obliging for photos
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Goldfinch
Bullfinch
House Sparrow
Magpie
Woodpigeons
Carrion Crow over

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A quick walk round this evening before tea produced:

Kestrel - 1
Song Thrush - at least 2
Wrens - at least 2 and very noisy
Several Chiffchaff singing
Blackbird (lots)
Woodpiegeons (lots)
Magpies - 2
Blue Tit - 2
Great Tit - 1
Several Goldfinches over
Gulls over

The highlight was the Kestrel which I watched for a good 15 minutes hunting over the flat waste land between the old railway track and the newer housing estate. After hovering in several different spots, it dropped quite slowly and then retreated to a nearby tree with a small grey kill, probably a mouse. It then proceeded to rip bits off it before eventually swallowing quite a large peice whole.

No sign of the escaped Senegal Parrot tonight.

-- Edited by Martyn Jones on Wednesday 13th of April 2011 07:17:22 PM

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Cheers Steve, that's spot on. I looked for ages on the net but couldn't find anything close, but you've nailed it. (Well, not actually nailed it, because it wasn't an ex-parrot, hehe)

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Hi Martyn,
Try Senegal parrot.
Steve

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Parrot pictures posted. Any help in ID-ing this escapee appreciated.

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Aye Nick lad, hehe!

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Tyldesley loop line and environs


Martyn, are you sure it wasn't just attracted by your peg leg, eye patch and dubloons?

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Tyldesley General Environs


A quick walk down the old Tyldesley Loopline near my house this evening produced the following birds:

3 Chiffchaffs singing and two seen
1 very vocal Wren
2 Robins proclaiming their territory
3 Blackbirds
1 Goldfinch
2 Magpies
2 Great Tits
2 Blue Tits
1 Carrion Crow over
Several Gulls over
Numerous Woodpigeons

But the surprise of the evening was a green coloured Parrot or Macaw with a yellow and reddish underbelly and a greyish head. It was tame and ringed and it flew down on to my back whilst I was photographing it. I walked with it on my back for a few hundred metres but it flew off when I opened my car door. Anyone know what this might be and if I should I report if somewhere? There will be pictures on my blog tomorrow night (address below).

-- Edited by Martyn Jones on Tuesday 5th of April 2011 11:22:22 PM

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 8th of November 2012 08:38:54 PM



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 12th of February 2018 09:20:30 PM

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