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Post Info TOPIC: Burleigh Rd. Stretford, street tree feeders.


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RE: Burleigh Rd. Stretford, street tree feeders.


Straight after filling the feeders there were -
Goldfinch 4 (including 2 young feeding themselves ).
Greenfinch 2.
Cormorant 1 circling overhead then heading east.
Also visits by a pair of Blue tit and occasionally 2 Great tit .
Its been a very noisey day today with bin -wagons up and down the street and lots people walking beneath the feeders, plus car doors slamming but although the birds are constantly disturbed they keep retuning .
The feeders in my backyard are constantly being used by Goldfinches and also a Woodpigeon hoovering up the dropped seed.

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This morning 11.30 am ish.
Goldfinch 1 fledged young feeding itself.
2 very busy blue tit, 1 looking slightly tatty.

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Three swift high over the feeders at 7pm tonight. Also more seed being taken from the feeders especially with the longer time available for taking food.

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Just seen a young Goldfinch begging food off adult at the feeders.
This is very early in my opinion - I think it was towards the end of May when the first one turned up last year .

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There's been a Feral pigeon showing a bit of ingenuity at the feeders over the last few weeks.
It can't land on or near the feeders but it has discovered a way to climb to them using its wings and feet.
I've had to move it on gently with a prod or two (it might have been a bit deaf).
There has been 2 pigeons with the same plumage very similar to a Rock Pigeon, ie. grey back, 2 black wing - bars but one had a white patch on it's back .....that was the one climbing to the feeders . I gave it the nickname " Columba Bob"feeder thief !
Anyhoo , as I returned from Burton Mere on Saturday (4.30pm) I found Columba Bob expired in the road at the feeders a bit flat in parts.
This morning 6am ish I heard a racket of lesser black-back gulls over head butt didn't get out of bed and then a carrion crow calling constantly. Looking at Bob's carcass later, there was almost nowt left . It must have been a sight to see, but I missed it. A Buzzard was also seen over today ,mobbed by lesser black - back gulls.
There was one thing left of Bob - it's stomach contents..... no intestine etc. just part digested seed which won't be there long. Its great how nature recycles.







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Not many birds on the feeders lately so nothing new to report , until now with 14 Chaffinch on and around the feeders.
Also of note was the Kestrel (a rare bird indeed for this built up area ) passing over the feeders. Although I have seen a kestrel over Trafford Town Hall half a mile away and quite a few at Salford Quays, Pomona a mile and a bit away.
I generally forget to mention the occasional Grey Heron and Cormorant that also fly over probably leaving Salford Quays and heading towards Sale Wp.

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Thanks for the reply to James Richardson .
Sightings from 12.30 to 1.30pm. -
Goldfinch - mainly 3's and 4's with a maximum of 9.
Greenfinch - 1 on 2 occasions.
Robin - 1.
Blue tit - 2.
Blackbird - 1 ( which didn't visit the feeders but was in adjacent tree ).
Carrion Crow - 2 together, close by on one of the Birch trees which the 2 Magpies were claiming on 11.12.16 .
Ps. A Goldfinch was in full song on two occasions, but only when it was separate from any others. When others joined it, it became silent. Usually on the feeders the Goldfinch don't sing , just use bubbles and squeaks or the aggressive nasal sound to bully others from the best spot . But what a lovely song .

-- Edited by phillipskelly on Friday 17th of March 2017 02:38:07 PM

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Reply to Phillipskelly: - I used to get lots of Greenfinches on my city centre feeders until last year, I haven't seen or heard a single Greenfinch around the area at all for months. They are getting affected by a disease.

Also no coal tits this year whereas in previous years they were regular on feeders. These are likely migrants from Europe though, so numbers may increase again after irruptions.

Numbers of other species seems roughly the same for the last 3 years.

-- Edited by James Richardson on Thursday 16th of March 2017 03:11:58 PM

-- Edited by James Richardson on Thursday 16th of March 2017 03:12:19 PM

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A Woodpigeon now taking advantage of the tree's Inflorescence , sat at the top of the tree eating whole buds and flowers accompanied by a bee .

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Heard alarm calls going on as I opened the front door from a magpie, blue tits and long-tailed tits. A closer look showed a black cat scrambling through the adjacent beech hedge after birds. I soon ejected it!
The long-tail tits (scarce visitors) didn't stay long.
The blue tits were pecking at the newly opened flower heads on the cherry tree.....not destroying them,but probably picking small insects now available.
The amount of birds using the feeders has dramatically dropped over the last month I've not been watching as often,but judging by the amount of seed taken , normally I would have run out days ago but stil have about 5kg left.
Goldfinch have been attending at 10 or less.
Greenfinch at 1's and 2's.
A pair of Blackbirds have been regular visitors .
Has anyone else seen a drop in numbers on their feeders ?

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Cold weather with a slight snow flurry yesterday and today have reduced the amount of birds on and around the feeders, with only around 15 birds max at any one time mainly Goldfinch with occasional visits from 2 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch , 2 Blackbird.
4 Carrion Crow have been very active overhead as well as the usual Black-headed gulls and Lesser Black-backs (no change with the amount of feral pigeons blocking the pavement ) .
Ps. My neighbour has noticed a Wren spending a lot of time in our backyards and has been feeding it.

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Today, on and around the the feeders -
Goldfinch - 37.
Greenfinch - 2.
Earlier there was also -
Chaffinch - 1 .
Blackbird - 1 both taking dropped seed in the forks of the tree.
When I filled the feeders later, I noticed that bits of built-up seed had started to change colour . I didn't like the look of this so decided to clean them out including the main fork which a lot offeral pigeons use for feeding .
Using soapy water and a toothbrush it took a long time clear the sticky mush out but adding a small amount of elbow grease finally did the trick. Unfortunately the Blackbird and Chaffinch will have to source food elsewhere for the time being .

Ps.forgot to mention a Blue tit also present occasionally .

-- Edited by phillipskelly on Wednesday 8th of February 2017 02:47:11 PM

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Again there are good numbers of birds attending the feeders this afternoon c40.
I've noticed that the numbers increase as the weather becomes slightly milder, and when the temperature drops to around freezing point nubers drop . I thought it would be the opposite way round. Where do the birds go , maybe to the city centre for warmth 4 miles away ?
Goldfinch - 40 (at 2.15pm) .
Earlier... Chaffinch - 1 (a rare visitor to the street which has been present several times this week ).
Blackbird - 2 (m+f with the male preferring to take sunflower hearts dropped into forks or on the floor rather than eat berries of the adjacent Sorbus tree).
Greenfinch - 2
Also seen regularly - 2 Blue tit and sometimes - 2 Great tit.


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38 birds on and around the feeders at 2.15pm -
Goldfinch 29.
Greenfinch 6.
Blackbird 2. (m+f) taking berries off the Sorbus Intermedia tree at the rear of the feeders.
Blue tit 1.
Also 2 Carrion Crow over and 20+ ferral pigeon cleaning up the dropped seed (but blocking the pavement when they refuse to move) .

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About 40 Goldfinch at a time occasionally visiting the feeders , but numbers dropping down to 10's and 20's .
No Greenfinch seen today , but a Blue tit has in and out a few times.
A Grey Wagtail was hanging around the bins this morning in the back entry rear of Burleigh Rd. houses (bin - day Friday ).

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 23rd of December 2016 04:25:27 PM

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On the door-step at 12.30pm trying to count the goldfinches prior to re-filling the feeders when they all left . (There was a proximately 30 birds)
A Sparrowhawk drifted lazily over a parked car and past the street tree feeders then settled on top of a nearby lamp column, empty handed again . It stayed for only a few minutes before leaving - and not bothering with the nearby ferral pigeons on the roof of the Chester Road shops.

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Not much seed taken from the feeders over the last three days (or from my backyard feeders) , but quite a few Gold and one or two Greenfinch together with a pair of Blue tit and a couple of House Sparrow turning up each day.
But around 12pm today there were 40+ birds on and the feeders, until passers-by , cars , plus a pair of noisey Magpie disturbed them several times. Now (1pm ) there are the usual 15-20 mainly Goldfinch attending.
The Magpie pair seem to be going over last year's nest sites - with one to the rear of the feeders (which they always abandon) and one in a tall Birch tree 30m away. The Magpies had a bit of a scrap yesterday with a pair of Carrion Crow over the birch tree nest and lost. Having won the nest one Crow left and the other picked at the nest for a while then left itself.
Ps.there does seem to be an increasing number of Carrion Crow on roofs etc. whenever I walk through the Gorse Hill area.

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About 15-20 finches (and around 20 feral pigeons on and around the tree) left as fast as possible in all directions followed a by (a second later ) a Sparrowhawk zooming in and out. I don't think it took a finch , but by the time I left my armchair and reached the window everything had disappeared. Time11 am.- ish .

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Again 30 - 40 finches present on the feeders at times , mainly Goldfinch with just one or two Greenfinch turning up - also present occasionally two Blue tit , as well as a solitary House Sparrow.
As you can imagine with so many birds present , at times its hectic - a bit like a WWE tag match with birds ejecting other one another off the feeders ..... survival means no queueing allowed .

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Birds present this afternoon -
Goldfinch 44 (at one time).
Earlier - Blue tit 2 (always 2).
House sparrow 1 only - getting to be a street rarity.
Blackbird 1 eating berries from a nearby rowan tree.
Note: there are 4 Sorbus trees adjacent the feeders, all with a good crop of berries as are numerous other trees(Hawthorn and Sorbus varieties) planted in the Gorse Hill estate aprox.4 yr ago - all ready for any passing Waxings.

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