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I'd share the pics and put em to shame.


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My apologies for posting this on here, not least as I doubt very much it concerns any registered users of this forum (I've seen photos of one of the people involved and don't recognise him but they may well read it anonymously) but perhaps the two camera clad (and I will refrain from using the term 'photographers' as that's unfair on all the decent ones out there!) and camouflage wearing morons who were on site around 2:30 today and felt it necessary to continually flush the Hooded Crow on the heath at Ashton Heath Road until it had had enough and flew off, might consider just photographing trains or planes in future instead; you know, something you might not want to try and wander right up to disbelief



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Hooded Crow was still present opposite Eagle and Child when I arrived about 1240. It flew off over the housing estate about 1250.

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The Hooded Crow was on top of a lamp-post across the other side of the street when I arrived at 11am but it then flew off over the houses and hasnt reappeared. Dog central this morning

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At 11.00 hrs the Hooded Crow was in the company of 3 of its black cousins at the top of a tall bare tree more or less facing the Eagle & Child on the opposite side of the Heath .... was there for a good 30 mins dropping to the ground once when the dog walkers vanished.

We viewed from the pavement where we pulled up .. having a laugh with the local residents who seem to be loving their new found fame !.

Roger.

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Hooded Crow 14:20 from Haydock race track, in set-aside field just N of overflow CP

Rumour has it that it drifts between the Eagle & Child and the races; much like the punters, really

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Hooded Crow seen on the Heath and on tree behind pub this morning,good to meet Austin(sorry missed your surname), hope your photos are OK.
Cheers Ian

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Hooded crow was showing well opposite the eagle & child pub on Ashton heath Road from 3.15pm, it flew into the nearby trees a couple of times & then on the ariel of a house as I was leaving. No camera with me as I came straight from work. Nice to see a few familiar faces. I keep my lists fairly quiet & personal with just several people knowing about them but thought I would share this one, the hooded crow is my 200th gm birdsmile

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called back this afternoon to try for better views of the hooded crow than yesterday, saw it again about 2pm perched in hedgerow on the heath across from the eagle and child pub for about 4 minutes , so glad i made the effort, cheers brian.



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Hooded Crow still present 15:50

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Hooded Crow currently on Aston Heath Rd opposite the Eagle and Child pub

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Sorry Ian not a sighting, but just checked and hooded crow became full species in 2002

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Is it the first since it became a split species, not sure what year that happened!

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14! wow that's a surprise, we all seemed to think it was a first and everybody needed it for the county, shows what I know!

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Hooded Crow in the hedgerow on the Windsor Road side of Ashton Heath 14:20

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The last record was at Watergrove Reservoir on 14th January 1996.



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Ian McKerchar wrote:
brian fielding wrote:

Saw the hooded crow this morning when it flew from the heath towards the racecourse, thanks for the info, great find and first for the county I believe!


 Try 14th county record smile


 When was the last Ian?



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brian fielding wrote:

Saw the hooded crow this morning when it flew from the heath towards the racecourse, thanks for the info, great find and first for the county I believe!


 Try 14th county record smile



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Saw the hooded crow this morning when it flew from the heath towards the racecourse, thanks for the info, great find and first for the county I believe!

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I've been told that the Hooded Crow back in Heath Road now.



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The Hooded Crow was present till 10.55 when it flew towards Haydock Racecourse. Relocated it on the racecourse at approx 11.45. Seen distantly perched on white rails with many other corvids but when I drove round for a closer view it had moved on again. Also seen at the original site were 2 Ravens over, Rooks, Jackdaws, Carrion Crows and Magpies but I couldn't find a Jay for a clean sweep. Cheers John.

-- Edited by John Rayner on Tuesday 23rd of January 2018 03:35:11 PM

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A few of my poor photos of the hooded crow attached. Just last week I returned from Cyprus where hooded crows were common town birds, and I barely looked twice at them. I was walking down Heath road this morning on my way to Sandy Lane to see if I could find the reported brambling flock when it suddenly dawned on me that I was walking past a hooded crow, but not in Cyprus, this was actually a Greater Manchester mega! The light was poor and I fired off a few poor photos and then put the news out, sparking a mini twitch! I didn't see any sign of the brambling. Obviously the same bird which before Christmas was seen several times from the layby near Haydock Island.



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Hooded Crow still showing incredibly well with 2 Carrion Crows on grass at the fork of Heath Road.

Bird has apparently been present c2 months and looks very settled and is unbothered about dog walkers etc. Can flush off into nearby trees, bushes or roofs but soon returns.

Image thanks to Andy Makin



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Hooded crow showing well on the grass where Heath road splits and the footpath to Sandy lane starts.



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18th Jan 2018

Large flock of brambling, roughly 100 or so. Farmers field next to the path that goes from the end of Ashton Heath to Sandy Lane in Golborne. Along the haydock race course perimeter fence. Seen every day since Tuesday.



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Tuesday 16 January 2018

A Peregrine headed NW, low over Bryn Road and the Eavesway coach depot, at around 09:05.

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07:10-07:30 over Skitters Wood
2 Brambling SW
10 Chaffinch N
7 Fieldfare W
1 Redwing N

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In a brief watch this morning 44 Chaffinch went north over Skitters Wood, including a high flock of 33 birds
A Song Thrush went high north, as did a Blackbird and a Siskin. 1 Linnet and 3 Chaffinch went south. Only 8 Redwing, in various directions

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2 Brambling north over Skitters Wood this morning, also 10 Chaffinch and 20 Redwing north in 20 minutes

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4 Swallow south over Skitters Wood this morning, also south/south west 64 Redwing, 10 Chaffinch, 3 Grey Wagtail and 2 Song Thrush, with another vocal and greyish continental Song Thrush down for a while

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Redwings streaming over just now and, bizarrely, a Lapwing!

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Chiffchaff in the town centre today with a tit flock at Armoury Bank



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1 Swift west over South Lancs Industrial Estate this afternoon



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1 Swift feeding briefly over Skitters Wood this evening and a Kingfisher there on Millingford Brook



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Ive been toying with the idea of getting some sound recording stuff to try to ID some of the bizzare noises Ive heard over my house - this might just have persuaded me to do it!!

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Heard an unfamiliar strange sound over home and heading west c22:15 last night, which with the help of xeno-canto.org and recordings on Portland Bird Obs blog I've identified as being the flight call and noisy wingbeats of Common Scoter



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5 vocal Oystercatcher low S over Skitters Wood around 20:30 this evenin, one or two fairly regular over past few weeks



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Siskin low N over Skitters Wood today



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Stock Dove in Skitters Wood this morning was the first I'd seen in there, also 2 Siskin present



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female Blackcap still in gardens by Skitters Wood



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female Blackcap in gardens by Skitters Wood this morning, feeding on fat balls



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Raven low E over Skitters Wood towards town centre this morning



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Raven over Belvedere Road this morning. Nice first-week addition to my new garden list

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Approx 120 Goldfinch roosted in shrubbery at South Lancs Industrial Estate this evening



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They were the first Goosander and Kingfisher that I'd seen on there. The Muscovy 'George' is long gone alas. I like to imagine that it flew back to Central America

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Kingfisher must be a Mega on there. What's happened to the Muscovy though?

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birds at George's Pond, Wotton Drive this morning included 1 Goosander, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Bullfinch



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3 Buzzards gliding and "mewing" over Jubilee Park @ 13.10 pm

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26 Pink Footed Geese flying south easterly over Jubilee Park @ 12.35

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Peregrine flew SW over Walford Road at around 08:30 this morning. Also a pair of Coal Tit added to my growing list of species responding to Y-b Warbler recording!

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