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Sparrowhawk flying at low level between traffic on the top road near Bilash
Cheers Jay

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A pair of vocal Ravens have just flown over my garden heading South west

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Flock of geese over Swinton 200 plus 08.50
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Yesterday
14 Pied wagtails around the Town hall gardens and carpark.
2 Jays and a Mistle thrush in the trees behind St Peters church.
Sparrowhawk over

Today,
5 Bullfinches [4m, 1f] in the trees behind the Broadoak garden centre on Worsley road and 2 Great spotted woodpeckers in trees next to the Limes home.

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Sparrowhawk on Deans road. Flock of 12 lapwings flying across the east lancs.
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A Peregrine was perched at the top of St Peters church again at 12.05pm today. It favours the South side of the tower. It flew off 5 minutes later heading East.

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Two Siskins in the trees behind St Peters church yesterday afternoon.

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I'll keep my eyes peeled Dave
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The first brambling of the winter over my Swinton garden this morning.

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Yesterday afternoon while walking up Partington lane heading towards the precinct I noticed a flock of 45-50 agitated Starlings flying around St Peters church giving out an alarm call. I looked around for a Sparrowhawk but could not find one. There are normally between 50 and 70 Starlings roosting around the church each evening after feeding on the precinct. I waited for 10 minutes to see if I could find what was upsetting the Starlings and I also noticed that the feral pigeons had all disappeared but I could not find any bird of prey.

Thirty minutes later as I was making my way back home a large Peregrine falcon flew up from the top of the church tower heading South west causing the Starlings to panic again. The Peregrine headed towards the very large Cranes which are being used to construct the new Moorside High school on the playing fields next to the East Lancs road. So I went home and got my binoculars and nipped around the corner and found the Peregrine perched near the end of the closest crane to the A580 It stayed for nearly 45 minutes before flying back towards St Peters church.

I have spent sometime today checking out the top of the church tower with my binoculars wondering if the Peregrine was using it for roosting at night. There was no sign of it this afternoon but on later on my 2nd visit the Peregrine flew in at 18.25pm from over the precinct, it circled the church then headed for the Cranes again. I walked down Deans road to get a view of the Cranes but I could not find the Peregrine.

I would be interested if anyone else has a sighting of a Peregrine either on the church tower or around the church area.

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