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RE: Longford Park, Stretford


0930 Sunday , what looked like a White Stork circling high over the park/Stretford. It had gone by the time I got my bins. Colour and behaviour good enough for me though. Anybody else see it?

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Lunchtime visit

2 Willow warbler, one heard briefly sining
2 Coal tit
3 Ring necked parakeet
1 Jay
5 Blackcap
Several Chiffchaff

Also had 4 Sand Martin over a couple of days a go.



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Early morning visit.

4 blackcap
3 willow warbler
2 Chiffchaff
1 sparrowhawk, male flew low in front of me.
2 jay
1 great spotted woodpecker
1 nuthatch, calling
1 goldcrest
2 stock dove
2 mistle thrush feeding young in nest.

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Walk around the park and scrubby area this morning, of note:

1 swallow, first definite one of the year for me
1 Cormorant over
Several pairs of Goldcrest
1 Greenfinch
6+ Chiffchaff
5 Blackcaps, all around scrubby area
6 Mistle thrush
c.15 Starling
plenty of chaffinch everywhere

plus good numbers of all the usuals



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Late afternoon walk

3 Bullfinch
5 chiffchaff, 2 where Steve had the willow warblers the other day (also doing a very quiet chattery bubbly call to each other that i've not heard before, i was around 3 feet from them)
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Blackcaps, both singing
10 Chaffinch
1 Starling
1 jackdaw
1 Goldcrest
1 Greenfinch

plenty of the usuals



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6 willow warblers all together in trees on disc Frisbee course.
1 blackcap
2 Chiffchaff
2 goldcrest
2 nuthatch
2 jays
1 buzzard
3 song thrush
2 mistle thrush

Plus usuals around

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Drumming great spotted woodpecked today. Info thanks to Imogen Webb

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Flock of c50 Redwing this January. Two Fieldfare among them sometimes. 1 Redwing is a pale aberrant. Nuthatches near the cafe and diagonal path regularly.



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Brief afternoon visit highlights: 1F Sparrowhawk, Great tits, Blue tits, Coal tits, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, 1 Grey wagtail (on waterlogged areas in disc golf area, patch tick) C.50 starlings again Redwings Mistle thrushes 1 great spotted woodpecker Plus all other usual gulls and garden birds Berries starting to seriously decrease in the area, so looking slim for a waxwing appearance.

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Lunchtime visit highlights

Blackcap (Nice to get a wintering one, and a patch tick for me. Was associating with a tit flock)
1F Bullfinch
Black headed Gulls
Common Gulls
Herring Gulls (All on the water logged fields)
Redwings
Mistle thrush
Goldfinches
c.50 Starlings
Goldcrests


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Quick visit this afternoon:

Feeding on berry trees
Starlings
Mistle thrushes
Chaffinches
Goldfinches
Redwings
Blackbirds

1 Grey Heron, very high over (Never seen one flying so high)

All the usual tits etc.
No Bullfinches for the first time in the last week or so

Still no sign of any waxwings, still plenty of berries around though (although reducing daily), so I'm holding out some hope!

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Lunchtime visit:
4 Bullfinches. 1 on disc golf course 3 on long grassy area, patch tick for me.
Redwings
Blackbirds
Lots of Goldcrests and Blue tits
Goldfinches
Wren
Black headed gulls
Long tailed tits
Great tits
Carrion crows and magpies

Also 2 days ago had 4 sparrowhawk sightings. 1 flying in to the tress on the quadrant and 3 over the long grassy area, although i believed that to be the same bird 3 times.



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morning visit

2 nuthatch
1 treecreeper
1 goldcrest
3 coal tit
2 chaffinch
1 sparrowhawk
ring-necked parakeet heard only

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i had a visit this afternoon whilst the sun was shinning, all birds seen were in the trees in the new disc golf course..

5 redwings
6 mistle thrush
5 blackbirds
2 chaffinch
6 goldfinch
13 starlings
blue tits & great tits
all above birds were feeding on the berry trees, lets hope they leave some for any waxwingswink

also a chiffchaff was feeding in the sycamores
35 common gulls on the field
goldcrest & bullfinch heard only.

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This morning: Redwing Mistle thrush Goldcrest Ring necked parakeet (patch first, wonder how long before they are in my garden!?) Blackbird Large numbers of Goldfinch Long tailed tit Blue tit Great tit Black headed gull Herring gull Sparrowhawk (over the rough grassland area next to the park) House sparrow Starling Dunnock Robin Wood pigeon Magpie Plenty to see everywhere I looked

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Thanks for clearing that up chaps. And yes I know about the pink footed sightings forum but as I wasn't sure I decided it would be better on a more general one. Thanks

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Hi 
Yes a small skein of PF geese flew over my workplace on Kensington rd today going somewhat north of west, not the direction they went reliably last year which was more due west, I wonder where they are heading . Quite a rabble. Can be few more evocative autumn sounds than that.
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Skein of geese over Firswood just now very close to longford Park, only heard so wasn't able to identify. Anyone else see anything around 4pm to clarify? Seems to have been some pink footed movement around recently, which would have been a garden tick had I have been able to get a view!


 



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Eugene Dillon-Hooper wrote:

Skein of geese over Firswood just now very close to longford Park, only heard so wasn't able to identify. Anyone else see anything around 4pm to clarify? Seems to have been some pink footed movement around recently, which would have been a garden tick had I have been able to get a view!





Hi Eugene Probably PF Geese I heard some over my house around 4pm (Rusholme) but despite rushing outside didn't get a view. NB there is a whole thread for GM Pink-footed Goose sightings

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Skein of geese over Firswood just now very close to longford Park, only heard so wasn't able to identify. Anyone else see anything around 4pm to clarify? Seems to have been some pink footed movement around recently, which would have been a garden tick had I have been able to get a view!

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A quick turn around the park in the late morning turned up:

Blue Tit (5)
House Sparrow (1)
Goldcrest (2)
Robin (7+)
Starling
Magpie (numerous)
Blackbird (4)
Wood Pigeon (in numbers)
Carrion Crow (4)
Black-headed Güll (6)
Jay (2)
Great Tit (5) Mistle Thrush (2)

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1 chiffchaff in and out of a sycamore tree 1 sparrowhawk flew through causing distress to a squadron of long tailed tits

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Nice hour walk around Longford park area this lunchtime:

Nuthatch (a couple being very vocal)
Gold crest
Robin
Blue tit
Great tit
Long tailed tit
chaffinch
Wood pigeon
Coal tit
Jay
Magpie
Wren
Mallard
Blackcap
Black headed Gull
Carrion Crow
Dunnock
Blackbird
Starling
Goldfinch
Mistle Thrush
Great spotted woodpecker
Herring Gull

Lots of squirrels and a fox




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I see, doesn't sound as much like a Hobby from your second description. The Steroids comment, is to describe its shape and size. They can appear as slightly bulkier and larger swifts, although that does not make them a large falcon by any means, just larger than a sift. (bare in mind they tend to feed on martins, swifts, dragonflies etc...)

There are House Martins about, so that is very possible, and of course swallows, but neither would screech like a swift... Whereas Hobby's are known to be screechy at times.

Check this out, and listen to the recording of its call.
http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/birdguide/name/h/hobby/


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Eugene you said Did it look like a large swift? Could have been a Hobby at a push? Been known to be described as a Swift on steroids... 

Well that is interesting as I've just seen a post from Pete Hines seeing a hobby at 3.15 at the meadow pond which would be not long before I saw this bird just a mile or two away. I had the impression it was smaller than a swift but it was the shape that got me in the glimpse I had. In a way it was shaped more like a house martin. Which could describe a falcon. It wasn't flapping. I guess just on a southerly wind. It was moving so straight and fast it didn't remind me of the flight habit of any of the hirundines or Apus. 

When you say described as swift on steroids do you mean the call?

Have to chalk that up as a maybe. Would have been a county first for me.

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Did it look like a large swift? Could have been a Hobby at a push? Been known to be described as a Swift on steroids...

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As usual this from just near the park on the west side around sark road. 

This afternoon as I walked down the road I heard a swift screech over head. As I looked up I saw the bird flying fast and due north. It looked rather small and not quite the jizz of a common swift. Though the screech was certainly Apus.

Sadly no bins and it was out of sight very quickly

Any other possibilities?

 

 



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Last couple of days,

Greenfinch
Blue tit
Great Tit
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Jay
Magpie
Swifts
Sand Martin
Chiffchaff
Long tailed tit
Gold crest
Mistle thrush
Song thrush
Less Black backed gull
Black headed Gull
Herring Gull
Goldfinches
House Sparrows
Starlings
Blackbirds
Blackcap
Dunnock


Great to see so many species in the local park. And i'm sure there is more to be had!

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Once again not quite Longford park but nearest site in the forum.

For all the years I have lived here (just off sark rd to the east of longford park) there has been an annual presence of a few common swifts. This year it's mostly 4 but as many as 7. In other years there have been more. They fly regularly over Peveril crescent, sark road and claridge road. Also I suspect Kensington, grange, Longford rd, newport etc. On claridge they fly particularly low swooping between houses at garden level.

I strongly suspect they are breeding pairs as numbers swell and late season screeching suggests fledged young to me. 

Question is does anyone know where they nest? I can't think of anywhere obvious nearby except perhaps St Clements Church.

Thanks

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Hi Gervase, have sent you a pm.

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Once again not quite Longford park but nearest site in the forum.

For all the years I have lived here (just off sark rd to the east of longford park) there has been an annual presence of a few common swifts. This year it's mostly 4 but as many as 7. In other years there have been more. They fly regularly over Peveril crescent, sark road and claridge road. Also I suspect Kensington, grange, Longford rd, newport etc. On claridge they fly particularly low swooping between houses at garden level.

I strongly suspect they are breeding pairs as numbers swell and late season screeching suggests fledged young to me. 

Question is does anyone know where they nest? I can't think of anywhere obvious nearby except perhaps St Clements Church.

Thanks

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I was in longford park yesterday afternoon and I left the car park heading into the park when I heard a Woodpecker. It was in the trees running alongside the athletic stadium, the Great spotted woodpecker was drilling for a second then moving on to another tree and it kept doing this. Unfortunately I could not get a picture. within the same area there was a female Nuthatch but she quickly gave me the slip. I enjoyed a good 1.5 hours wandering around the park seeing nesting Blue Tits, busy Coal Tits and some very fast Long-tailed Tits, numerous Woodpigeons and a couple of Collared Doves and of course many friendly grey Squirrels. Sparrows were chirping at each other. A couple of Robins came and kept me company until they got bored, It was most enjoyable.



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Blackcap - one singing at the Quadrant roundabout

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Hello,

Apologies if this is slightly off topic but found this thread checking for links for the new Disc Golf course and was very interested in the list of different species found in Longford Park.

I'm one of the volunteers that's been helping to install the new disc golf course in Longford Park. We're very keen to enhance the old pitch and putt area in terms of biodiversity - golf courses tend to be a bit of a monoculture and disc golf is a bit different in that thicker tree cover and bushy areas actually enhance the course design. We've been given a lot of choice in the species of trees planted (both in the course installation and as part of our community volunteer days... nearly 600 trees so far!) and we'd be keen to hear from the bird watching community if there is anything we can do (in terms of tree species, new bushes, hedges etc etc) that would help encourage rare species to the park and / or provide much needed sources of food etc.

We've tried already to plant things that will produce berries and some early blossoms to make it look good visually but if you have any suggestions we'd be very interested for any future planting areas.

You can either reply here or, if you prefer, email us info [at] manchesterdiscgolf .co .uk 

Kind regards

Steve

Manchester Disc Golf Volunteer

 

 



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on route to Stretford meadows.

2 blackcap
1 chiffchaff
1 willow warbler
2 bullfinch
1 sparrowhawk
2 stock dove


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Willow Warbler - one singing at the Quadrant roundabout

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evening stroll

2 chiffchaff
1 goldcrest
1 long tailed tit
2 bullfinch
3 mistle trush
2 song thrush
1 siskin, over
1 ring-necked parakeet, over

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morning visit.

1 sand martin, over heading north
3 meadow pipit, over
2 siskin, over
5 mistle thrush
2 song thrush
1 stock dove
1 sparrowhawk
2 chaffinch
2 goldcrest
2 bullfinch
5 coal tit
nuthatch heard, 2 jay

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Siskin


 

Thanks Pete. Short and sweet. Bit like a Siskin. I'm just used to hearing those little wheezes in their song. A lighter version of Greenfinch wheeze.



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Gervase Cooke wrote:

On a stroll through the park with my little boy on board on Saturday I saw a small finch in a tree near the stables. It was silhouetted and I din't have binoculars. All I could tell was it had a very deeply forked tail and was singing continuously in a way that I am not familiar with. I don't know my little finch songs well I have to say but to me it wasn't Goldfinch which I know well (my mum calls them the chattering classes). It lacked the intermittent wheeze that I associate with Siskin. I've had a listen to some Linnet song on line but that doesn't sound quite right. Leaves Lesser Redpoll I'm guessing but can't seem to find a decent sound clip to compare. Can anyone help? It's only a 15 second snippet. Little thing just sang and sang.

Still some Redwing in the park last week. 

Was full of song on Saturday. Spring is coming. Exciting times.

 





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On a stroll through the park with my little boy on board on Saturday I saw a small finch in a tree near the stables. It was silhouetted and I din't have binoculars. All I could tell was it had a very deeply forked tail and was singing continuously in a way that I am not familiar with. I don't know my little finch songs well I have to say but to me it wasn't Goldfinch which I know well (my mum calls them the chattering classes). It lacked the intermittent wheeze that I associate with Siskin. I've had a listen to some Linnet song on line but that doesn't sound quite right. Leaves Lesser Redpoll I'm guessing but can't seem to find a decent sound clip to compare. Can anyone help? It's only a 15 second snippet. Little thing just sang and sang.

Still some Redwing in the park last week. 

Was full of song on Saturday. Spring is coming. Exciting times.

 



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I had an hour this morning...

6 redwing
4 fieldfare
1 song thrush
7 mistle thrush
20+ blackbird
only found 1 tree that still has some berries left on it in the old pitch & putt area (as Eugene mentions, now the disc FRISBEE golf ! ) they will soon be gone.

great spotted woodpecker heard calling
2 nuthatch
2 treecreeper
6 goldcrest
1 coal tit
8 chaffinch
3 starling

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Yeah, it seems like a good area for them! thanks for letting me know that they've been around before. I guess it's just luck sometimes! Is the Old pitch and putt area, what is now the Disc (Frisbee) Golf area?
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Eugene Dillon-Hooper wrote:

10 + Redwing
Song thrush
Mistle Thrush
c50 Starling
3 Goldcrest
c40 Goldfinch
Chaffinch
Blue tit
Great Tit
Robin
1 Heron

Still hoping for Waxwing to turn up! Good amount of berries around.






Eugene they are around (not many) but still keep looking, I had a flock of 50+ waxwings in the old pitch & putt area several years ago enjoying all those berries.

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No Redwing today, sadly.

Mistle thrush
Robin
Gold crest
Pied Wagtail
chaffinch
Starling
Blackbird

A new one for me in Longford, 1 Cormorant flying over, headed towards Chorlton Ees.

Fairly quiet day all in all.

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10 + Redwing
Song thrush
Mistle Thrush
c50 Starling
3 Goldcrest
c40 Goldfinch
Chaffinch
Blue tit
Great Tit
Robin
1 Heron

Still hoping for Waxwing to turn up! Good amount of berries around.


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Yesterday:

1 Heron
1 chaffinch
Large flock of Starling
small flock of Goldfinch
couple of Thrushes, most likely Song.

Eugene

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A single Sparrowhawk this afternoon! A lovely sight as always.

Spotted annoying pigeons and magpies on the Stretford side of Rye bank road entrance to the park.

Cheers, Eugene.

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Originally posted today by Eugene Dillon-Hooper:


Recent sightings include:

3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Goldcrest
10-20 Long tailed tit
10 Song Thrush, also possible missile thrush
Blue tit
Great tit
Coal Tit
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Jackdaw

Plus many more of the usual suspects.

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Bernard McGurrin wrote:

Gervase Cooke wrote:

Never sure where to put sightings from my own house. Don't feel it warrants a topic of it's ownbiggrin

Anyway I'm just east of Longford park.

A skein of Geese (maybe 50 or so) passed over due west on Saturday around 5pm. Quite high and silhouetted. Honking was not Canada, much higher pitched. My assumption was Pink foot but my Dad says there are a lot of Brent at Southport which is due west from here. 

Anyone got any thoughts.


 Hi Gervase

   There is a county garden birds thread for birds seen in or over the garden, that may be the best bet, but Ian will know for suresmile




I (personally) have never heard of lots of Brent geese being at southport, however one thing they haven lot of over there, especially now, is pink-footed geese.
Hope this helps Joel.

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Never sure where to put sightings from my own house. Don't feel it warrants a topic of it's ownbiggrin

Anyway I'm just east of Longford park.

A skein of Geese (maybe 50 or so) passed over due west on Saturday around 5pm. Quite high and silhouetted. Honking was not Canada, much higher pitched. My assumption was Pink foot but my Dad says there are a lot of Brent at Southport which is due west from here. 

Anyone got any thoughts.


 Hi Gervase

   There is a county garden birds thread for birds seen in or over the garden, that may be the best bet, but Ian will know for suresmile



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Never sure where to put sightings from my own house. Don't feel it warrants a topic of it's ownbiggrin

Anyway I'm just east of Longford park.

A skein of Geese (maybe 50 or so) passed over due west on Saturday around 5pm. Quite high and silhouetted. Honking was not Canada, much higher pitched. My assumption was Pink foot but my Dad says there are a lot of Brent at Southport which is due west from here. 

Anyone got any thoughts.



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