MB

  All users of this forum, please ensure you familiarise yourselves with the sticky posts at the top of each forum; posts not conforming to these guidelines and requests will be deleted.

Members Login
Username 
 
Password 
    Remember Me  
Post Info TOPIC: Smithfield Market, Openshaw.


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:
Smithfield Market, Openshaw.


Tuesday 16th Jan

- 1 Yellow-legged Gull (1 of the main 2) landed on Sykes roof at 3.16pm.

I'd made my collection and it was still there braving the sharp icey wind and hail as I left at 3.20pm.
Not many Gulls this afternoon.
- 2 adult Great Black-backed Gulls of note

Also a Sparrowhawk circling over the end of Bessemer Street where it meets Gorton Lane. It was being harassed by a Carrion Crow and a Jackdaw.

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Tuesday 16th of January 2018 08:04:01 PM

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1085
Date:

One adult Yellow-legged present this afternoon and showing well in poor light.

__________________
Rob


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Didn't manage a visit here today but will be back on site probably Monday. Redgate came up trumps this morning anyway to make up for it. Hopefully the Yellow-legged Gulls will still be in place.

I've attached an image from Wednesday, a comparison shot of one of the Yellow-legged Gulls with a Lesser Black-backed Gull on J&B Wilde's. I'll put some more images on my Twitter so as not to clog the thread up with too many shots.


Attachments
__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Thurs 11th Jan 12pm

- 2 Yellow-legged Gulls
- 4 Great Black-backed Gulls
- 5 Argentatus Herring Gulls
- 1 Wren

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Weds 10th Jan 9.30-9.45am

- both the Smithfield 2 Yellow-legged Gulls present this morning.

1 showing well on Fishnet and J&B Wilde's roof. The other was sat on Sykes roof when it was displaced (unusually) by a landing Great Black-backed Gull. It didn't fly off though like other Gulls would, it simply stood up and walked slowly over the apex onto the adjacent slope.

- 4 adult Great Black-backed Gulls
- 6 (possibly more) Argentatus Herring Gull

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Tues 9th Jan.

- 1 of the Yellow-legged Gulls currently present.
- 4 adult Great Black-backed Gulls
- 5 Argentatus Herring Gull
- 1 Raven high over

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Rob Creek wrote:

Monday 8th Jan
W
Just 1 Yellow-legged Gull currently present, on Fishnet roof.





Make that 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (the Smithfield 2) currently present on Fishnet roof.

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Monday 8th Jan
W
Just 1 Yellow-legged Gull currently present, on Fishnet roof.

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Friday 5th Jan

- Just 1 of the Yellow-legged Gulls currently present resting above J&B Wilde.
- 4 adult Great Black-backed Gulls
- 7 Argentatus Herring Gulls

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Thurs 4th Jan - 2pm

- 2 Yellow-legged Gulls still (Smithfield 2)
(1 on Sykes roof, the other mobile around the yard)
- 4 Great Black-backed Gulls
- 1 Argentatus Herring Gull

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Weds 3rd Jan 9.15am

- 2 Yellow-legged Gulls still present (Smithfield 2)
- 2 Great Black-backed Gulls

Couple of images of one of the Smithfield 2 braving the howling winds this morning, struggling to keep its balance above J&B Wildes.

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Wednesday 3rd of January 2018 11:25:48 PM



__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Tuesday 2nd Jan 2018

- A cracking start to 2018 as the Smithfield 2 Yellow-legged Gulls are back this morning. 1 showing well on a lamppost in the middle of the yard calling and the other briefly on JB Wildes roof then flew off over Bessemer St.
- 5 adult Great Black-backed Gulls
- 4 Argentatus Herring Gull

Happy new year to everybody on the forum smile

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 11:36:41 PM

Attachments
__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Saturday lunchtime.
Not a single Gull of any type present in the vicinity, as viewed from Bessemer Street. Seems like they were all at Redgate.

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

keith mills wrote:

Yes Rob, but I left it too late I think. Many large Gulls were leaving as I arrived and I could see them circling to the SE....Possibly over the Redgate plant.
Thanks anyway for all the info.





No problem cheers Keith.
Looks like all 3 Yellow-legged Gulls have gone AWOL again since Wednesday lunchtime. I will strive to make sure I post any noteworthy sightings (whenever I can) from either site, so that anyone reading these particular threads have plenty of info and left in no doubt as to what's there and when.
Cheers

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1440
Date:

Yes Rob, but I left it too late I think. Many large Gulls were leaving as I arrived and I could see them circling to the SE....Possibly over the Redgate plant.
Thanks anyway for all the info.

__________________
Rumworth List 2018: Species to date 42 Latest: Bullfinch, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Redwing, Song Thrush.


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

That's a bit unlucky Keith as all 3 Yellow-legged Gulls were present that morning.

Friday 29th Dec
- no sign of any Yellow-legged Gulls this morning.
- 4 adult Great Black-backed Gulls
- 5 Argentatus Herring Gulls

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1440
Date:

Called here on the 29/11/17 mid afternoon. Eventually found the main entrance, which was near the junction of Bessemer St. and Whitworth St. east.( initially going to an old entrance near Openshaw police station and viewing through railings). At the main entrance I enquired about site access, speaking with a uniformed man in the ''gatehouse''. he said there was no problem with me accessing the site but was advised against photographing buildings as ''the council did not allow this'' (They had no problem with binoculars).
I accessed the site on foot after parking up.
I found no Yellow-legged Gulls present at the time and soon dusk arrived. The same gateman, who knew the Gulls, advise me to come back early morning.

-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 28th of December 2017 08:05:03 PM

__________________
Rumworth List 2018: Species to date 42 Latest: Bullfinch, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Redwing, Song Thrush.


Status: Offline
Posts: 1085
Date:

Cheers Rob - perfect



__________________
Rob


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Rob Smallwood wrote:

Hi Rob,

I called in on the way to work this morning, must have just missed you all. No Yellow-legged Gull for me either, there were a lot of large gulls at Redgate though but not settling.

Can you access the compound or is viewing only from outside the gates?





Hi Rob,
Just to clarify viewing points for you (or indeed anyone going to here or Redgate)

Smithfield.
I only ever view from my wagon either parked up in a proper parking space near the unit I'm visiting as the Gulls are mainly in that immediate area, or Bessemer Street (if I've no need to be on site) which runs down the side of the market from Gorton Lane, and in the latter case I view through the railings and most of the Gulls are viewable.

Redgate.
I've never been on site to the actual rubbish tip, never, it's a smallish site and an industrial waste yard rather than a public drive in. Ive no need to go in the yard anyway as the Gulls are nearly always on the 384 building opposite the yard so just park up and view, they are really close.
Only once have I viewed in the main yard before they replaced one of the missing concrete blockers and the stunning Yellow-legged Gull I had that day was my avatar for ages.
Hope this helps

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1085
Date:

Hi Rob,

I called in on the way to work this morning, must have just missed you all. No Yellow-legged Gull for me either, there were a lot of large gulls at Redgate though but not settling.

Can you access the compound or is viewing only from outside the gates?



__________________
Rob


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Thursday 28th Dec.

No sign of any Yellow-legged Gulls this morning.
Nice to meet the 2 North-east birders who follow our forum now and then, and had travelled over specifically for the Gulls. I hope they show for you lads.

Much the same in the way of other Gulls with the usual species on site.

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Weds 27th Dec (a brief call around 12.30 today)

- 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls
(1 looks like part of the pair, the other looks like the single bird)

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Friday 22nd Dec.

- The usual 2 Yellow-legged Gulls still here this morning on Sykes roof.
- 4 Great Black-backed Gulls
- 1 Argentatus Herring Gull (normally more)
- 1 Redwing
- 1 Mistle Thrush

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Thursday 21st Dec

- 3 Yellow-legged Gulls present this morning.

The main 2 showing really well, calling etc. and the single bird not hanging around for long, it landed on a light post briefly near security lodge then flew off.

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Weds 20th Dec 9.20am

- The main 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls still here on J&B Wildes roof doing their usual routine of calling and pair bonding.

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Tuesday 19th Dec.

- The 3 regular Yellow-legged Gulls present this morning, 1 on post near security again and the main 2 on Sykes roof.
- 2 adult Great Black-backed Gulls
- 3 Argentatus Herring Gulls

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Monday 18th Dec.

- 1 Yellow-legged Gull this morning on lamp post infront of security.

I couldn't see passed security due to the fog so I didn't bother driving on site to take a break as I wouldn't be able to see much, so what a stroke of luck that one happened to be right near the front gates.

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Friday 15th Dec.

- All 3 Yellow-legged Gulls currently on site.
- 1 Great Black-backed Gull
- 3 Argentatus Herring Gull
- 1 male Chaffinch

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Thursday 14th Dec.

All 3 Yellow-legged Gulls currently on Sykes roof.
smile

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Wednesday 13th Dec

Happy days are here again...!!!
- 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls this morning.
(The Smithfield 2 are back and the Loner)

I should've realised yesterday that at least 1 of the Smithfield 2 was back when I photographed it calling...it didn't twig, images below of the Loner and 1 of the main 2)


Attachments
__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Tuesday 12th Dec 9.20am

After an absence of most of the Gulls yesterday afternoon this morning has seen a welcome return of plenty of large Gulls including...
- 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull
- 3 adult Great Black-backed Gulls
- 2 Argentatus Herring Gulls

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Friday 8th Dec.

Plenty of large Gulls present this morning but again no Yellow-legged Gulls.
- 3 Great Black-backed Gulls
- 1 Argentatus Herring Gull

Ian I think you're right with 2G3B. Mike Jackson from Yorkshire Ringing got in touch and also agrees with you on the number and that it looks like one of Jez's. Will update as and when.
Cheers

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 11070
Date:

Rob Creek wrote:



...and also an Argenteus Herring Gull with a yellow ring on its left leg and a small silver ring on the right. The number looked like "2G38" on the yellow ring. Any info as to whose ringing group likely matches this number sequence?
Cheers


 Could have been 2G3B and if so likely ringed near Kings Lynn, Cambridge or Doncaster. Try jezblackburn@sky.com to see if its one of theirs.



__________________
Ian McKerchar (forum administrator and owner)


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Thursday 7th Dec. 9.30am

- No sign of any Yellow-legged Gulls
- 2 Great Black-backed Gulls
- 1 Argentatus Herring Gull

...and also an Argenteus Herring Gull with a yellow ring on its left leg and a small silver ring on the right. The number looked like "2G38" on the yellow ring. Any info as to whose ringing group likely matches this number sequence?
Cheers

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Weds 6th Dec 9.40am

- 1 adult Yellow-legged only and so continues the slightly sombre mood!
- 2 Argentatus Herring Gull
- 6 Mistle Thrush
- 3 Redwing

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Late afternoon approx 3pm

- 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull (the lone one)
- 2 adult Great Black-backed Gulls
- 1 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull (amongst others, that had virtually the same mantle darkness the Great Black-backed's)
- 8 Redwing
- 9 Mistle Thrush
- 3 Blackbird

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

No sign of any Yellow-legged Gulls this morning
no

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Monday 4th Dec 10am

Just 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull present in main yard area. Pretty certain it's the loner.

Hi Nev, it can be difficult to tell sometimes from just 1 image but looking at bill structure, goyn pattern, and general jizz, I'm pretty certain it's 1 of the long staying pair, and the larger of the 2, presumably the male as it always seems to be the more dominant of the 2.
Cheers

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 189
Date:

One Yellow-legged Gull seen around lunchtime.

Not sure which one it is. One for you Rob I guess?

Cheers

Nev



Attachments
__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Friday 1st Dec.

- could only see 2 Yellow-legged Gulls this morning but strangely the 1st one I saw was one of the long staying pair, and the 2nd bird looked like the single individual that's here. (I'm thinking chances are the 2nd of the long staying pair was present too)
- 1 Great Black-backed Gull again
- 2 Argentatus Herring Gull
- 2 Mistle Thrush
- 1 Robin
- 1 Cormorant over

I've attached an image of a Yellow-legged Gull from yesterday lunchtime, taken by Nigel Philpott. I'm glad you saw them Nigel, they're cracking birds and make for good viewing. As do all Gulls wink

Attachments
__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Late last delivery in Droylsden so passed by Smithfield Market and gave it a quick look.

- Could only see 2 Yellow-legged Gulls together on JB Wildes
- also 1 Great Black-backed Gull still

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Thursday 30th of November 2017 10:07:54 PM

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Thursday 30th Nov.

Around 80 large Gulls present this morning.

- 3 Yellow-legged Gulls still
- 1 Great Black-backed Gull
- 2 Argentatus Herring Gull
- c20 Redwing
- 2 Fieldfare


__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Weds 29th Nov.

- 3 Yellow-legged Gulls still here (10.15am)
- 1 Argentatus Herring Gull
- 5 Redwing
- 5 Mistle Thrush
- 4 Blackbird

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Tuesday 28th Nov.

- All 3 Yellow-legged Gulls still present earlier at 9.44am.
- c50 Redwings (along Bessemer St and near security)
- 6 Mistle Thrush

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Monday 27th Nov.

All 3 Yellow-legged Gulls present and showing well at 9.50am

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Friday 24th Nov. 9.45am

3 Yellow-legged Gulls present still.

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

3 Yellow-legged Gulls present again this morning 9.50am

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Weds 22nd Nov 10am

As far as I can see just the 2 long staying Yellow-legged Gulls present at the moment.
Also a young Great Black-backed Gull.

__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

3pm today and not a single Gull on any of the rooves around the fish units or factories area. It was poor weather though and unusually dark and dull most of the day so maybe it was a 'turn it in and go to roost early' day?
There was a small trickle of Black-headed Gulls over heading east following Ashton-old-road so no prizes for guessing where they were off to!
Some of the Thrush flock were still along Bessemer Street, I've attached a couple of photos from yesterday including a Redwing from the flock and a shot of all 3 Yellow-legged Gulls in the same view, could've gone now that 3rd bird, I'll check in the morning to see what's turned up.

Attachments
__________________


Status: Offline
Posts: 1419
Date:

Tuesday 21st Nov. 9.33-9.48am

Only 2 Yellow-legged Gulls seen whilst on site, they looked like the Smithfield 2 and were mainly together so probably were. I'll be on site again later today so will update then.

Same mixture and approximate numbers of Thrushes around too.

__________________
1 2  >  Last»  | Page of 2  sorted by
Quick Reply

Please log in to post quick replies.

RODIS

 

This forum is dedicated to the memory of Eva Janice McKerchar; rest in peace mum.