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RE: Bits & Bobs, Odds & Sods


Monday 21st March

- 1 Raven over Reddish works yard this afternoon.

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Reddish works yard.

- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet over on Friday morning
- 3 Parakeets over this morning
- 2 Grey Herons over being mobbed by Gulls

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A pair of Grey Wagtails was on the roof of the primary school at Abraham Moss this afternoon. The male briefly displayed to the female but she wasn't interested. One of my colleagues came to see what I was looking at and was very impressed by them, particularly the splendid male.

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Mediterranean gull calling as it flew over my house in Stretford at 0635 and two skylarks flying South over Humphrey Park Station at 1015.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 11th of March 2022 02:06:45 PM

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Two Siskin flew calling over the car park at Abraham Moss tram stop yesterday morning.

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2nd March, waiting for the train at Guide Bridge 1:50 - 2:10

 

  • 4 Black-headed Gull
  • 1 Blackbird
  • 2 Blue Tit
  • 4 Canada Goose
  • 2 Carrion Crow
  • 8 Feral Pigeon
  • 3 Goldfinch
  • 1 Great Tit
  • 3 Jackdaw
  • 1 Magpie
  • 4 Mallard
  • 1 Robin
  • 6 Woodpigeon

 



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Peregrine over the M60 at the ship canal at 08:15

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Thursday 20th Jan
Reddish works yard this morning.

- 5 Common Snipe low over yard, 1 then 4
- 7 Ring-necked Parakeets over together
- 2 Lesser Redpoll over
- 1 Grey Wagtail over
- 1 Song Thrush singing away

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Old Birtle , yesterday , 1500hrs . Magnificent mistle thrush , in the top of an ash tree , facing the bright sun , singing part of his song . Then moved two hundred yards and continued with his serenade. Marvellous .

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Tues 11th Jan
Reddish works yard this morning.

- 2 cronking Raven over towards Gorton
- 1 Common Snipe zooming over and dropped into the marshy area at the back

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Approximately 80 Lapwing just gone west over Woodley precinct.

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Song Thrush heard singing at 1:30am on Monday morning as I was leaving the Railway club Stretford which is sited between Gorse Hill park and Chester rd with lots of bright street lights about.
I also heard it again tonight (Monday)as I left the club just after 11:30pm.
It was easy to hear as there's virtually no traffic on Chester rd at the moment.

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Xmas Eve.
Reddish works yard.

- 1 Common Snipe over (again!)
- 1 Grey Wagtail
- 2 singles Ring-necked Parakeets
- 1 Goldcrest with Long-tailed Tits in yard perimeter scrub

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Oldham Mumps 11.25 a.m.

Sparrowhawk over towards Glodwick

V of 20 Canada Geese low over towards Alexandra Park


-- Edited by Mike Chorley on Sunday 19th of December 2021 05:19:18 PM

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Escaped Eagle Owl which has been frequenting Marple golf club & environs for the last 3 days, has apparently been located this morning in an oak tree where Woodville Drive joins the Middlewood Way



-- Edited by Phil Panton on Sunday 19th of December 2021 10:57:05 AM

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Friday 17th Dec.

Delivering to a customer in Urmston town centre early afternoon. I could hear this cute Guinea Pig type squeaking, I turned round and theres a Golden Pheasant in a cage in the loading area.
Not a wild bird sighting I know but its not every day you see one.

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Saturday 18th of December 2021 12:25:17 PM

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Saturday 18th of December 2021 12:26:37 PM

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Mute Swan flew low south over Firswood tram stop at 8:15 this morning

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- 2 Common Snipe just been flushed from boggy area behind Reddish works yard (4.45pm) calling as they flew over

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Thursday 16th of December 2021 05:00:13 PM

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Friday 3rd Dec

- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet
- 1 Redwing
- 1 Grey Wagtail
- 1 Greenfinch

over / around Reddish works yard early morning.

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Ring-necked Parakeet heard twice today in the primary school playground at Abraham Moss.

Grey and Pied Wagtail were both feeding in the puddles on the primary school roof late this afternoon.

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- 2 Redwings south over Reddish works yard 8.51am

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- Common Snipe just been flushed from marshy area behind Reddish works yard. Did an acrobatic zigzag performance high up then zoomed back down into the marsh.
Managed an iPhone shot.

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Monday 15th Nov

Reddish works yard this morning.

- 2 Siskin low over, had 2 in Dane Bank earlier
- c10 Goldfinch
- c20 Redwings over together then a few singles
- 2 Grey Wagtails flitting around
- 2 Cormorant seemingly dropped in towards Secret Lake

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Thurs 11th Nov

- 2 Redwings over Reddish works yard this morning
- 5 Redwings flitting around at Reddish North rail station
- 3 Redwings over Houldsworth Square whilst I was in traffic

Last night I was walking the dog in Greenbank Park nr Levenshulme and there was a steady stream of Redwings over whilst I was out.

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Over Reddish works yard this morning around 8.30am

- 2 Redwings together
- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet
- 14 Canada Geese
- c6 along-tailed Tits in the surrounding bushes


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- 11 Redwings and a tailing Blackbird over the Shell fuel station in Houldsworth Square, Reddish, at 9.50am as we were coming out of Lucas football club.

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c15 Redwings over Morrisons in Houldsworth Square, South Reddish, around 8.50am today.

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6 Redwings and then a Jay over Reddish works yard today approx 8.10am, not long after the Parakeet went over.

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Whilst sat having a coffee & waiting for my car a little egret flew over the shopping centre in urmston, over urmston train station & most likely to be heading for urmston meadows at 9.48 am.

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Small groups of Redwing over Withington, heading west - about 6 at 8:20 and then 20+ at 09:00



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3 single Redwing over Reddish works yard this morning.

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Red Kite over the M61 and A6 at Middlebrook, Bolton at 11am today. 

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Ring-necked Parakeet West over Higher Openshaw @ 07:58 this am. 



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First-Winter yellow-legged gull amongst the lesser black-backs and herring gulls descending on Lostock School, Stretford this lunchtime.

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short eared owl flying high south east over Urmston at 0945, towards Stretford/Chorlton

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short eared owl flying high south east over Urmston at 0945, towards Stratford/Chorlton

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Driving north on the M61 this afternoon a flock of c. 20 Lapwing were flying over the paddocks just south of the Junction for Horwich, a smaller brown wader was amongst them, looked like a Ruff but only very brief view.



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Tuesday 22nd May

Literally seconds after having Parakeets fly over the works yard in Reddish this morning, I was greeted by a familiar call.
6 Lesser Redpolls in the treetops in the yard but flew off also towards Levenshulme.

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Mon 31st May
Afternoon dog walk on Nutsford Vale (nr Greenbank Pk) just off Mount Rd, Levenshulme.

Of note...
- 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker flew right passed me
- 1 Nuthatch
- 3 Blackcap
- 2 Chiffchaff
- 2 Swallow
- 6 House Martin
- 1 Common Swift




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Sun 30th May
Evening walk to Greenbank Park, Levenshulme, with Lucas and his cousin.

- Common Whitethroat on playing fields side of park
(1st one Ive seen on here)
- Blackcap singing
- 50+ Starling
- 11 Lesser Black-backed Gulls together over


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Last few mornings around our Reddish works yard.
Roughly same birds seen and heard daily so not worth posting for each day.

- 2 Whitethroat singing close prox (1 seen)
- 2 Chiffchaff singing mainly from respective spots (1 seen)
- 3 Blackcap (min) singing around the site
- Common Swift seen towards secret lake
- the odd Swallow seen
- Song Thrush seen / heard
- lots of Goldfinch around

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Mon 24th May
Reddish - around works yard area towards secret lake.

- Currently 40-50 Common Swift
- 1 singing Blackcap
- 1 singing Chiffchaff

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Late post for yesterday 17.05.21
Sparrowhawk drifted across the busy Edge lane/Chester rd. junction at Stretford Mall ,very low at 5:40pm and then headed off towards Stretford cemetery/ Ees.

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- Common Whitethroat singing from a small tree in main car park of Manchester Fort retail park in Cheetham Hill mid-afternoon. Couldnt quite believe it when I heard it.

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Hi Roger,
my first thought was Goldfinch of which theres usually some knocking around nearby. It was a tiny piece of eggshell that was mainly white with dirty speckles on which would fit.
Thanks for that.

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Hi Rob ... looking at the outside decoration think the nest is Chaffinch (but possible Goldfinch ?) .... have you not got a pic of the eggshell ?? Goldfinch egg is more white with brown speckling ... Chaffinch egg is an off cream, greenish tinge colour with more chocolate brown blotches / squiggles. Hope this helps.

Roger.

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Greenbank Park, Levenshulme.

- 2 singing Blackcap on main park
- 3 Mallard sat on grass near kids playground (unusual location)
- small party of Long-tailed Tits
- 1 Song Thrush
...and the remains of small birds nest with a bit of eggshell in it, not sure of possible species?


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Single Wheatear on the soil/ clay heaps in Leigh cemetery, first record here for me.

Also:
Great Spotted woodpecker
several: Great, Blue & Long tailed tits
several: Robins & Blackbirds
Mistle Thrush
Chiff Chaff
Blackcap
Dunnock
Nuthatch
Stock dove
Wood pigeon
Common Whitethroat

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Saw the backsides of 39+ Snow Geese disappearing north-east over Crankwood at 08:06 this morning. Just managed to get a quick record shot at full zoom of what I'd initially assumed were Whooper Swans, only on checking the photo after seeing a tweet about a skein of 42 Snow Geese seen over Yorkshire this morning, I can see my birds are definitely Snow Geese, and no doubt the same skein reported heading east over Fairburn Ings at 09:55, then Wheldrake Ings at 10:25, and then south over Alkborough Flats around 11:05.
Seems odd for what I'd presume is a feral flock to cross the country like that?

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Greenbank Park, Levenshulme around teatime.

- 1 Ring-necked Parakeet flew over Manor Rd and into a tree on the park but didnt stay long
- 1 Blackcap singing in copse near basketball court
- 1 Chiffchaff singing in same area
- 1 Coal Tit
- 1 Chaffinch


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