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RIVER IRWELL, SALFORD, INCLUDING KERSAL WETLANDS


There were over 20 swifts, dozens of sand martins, a few house martins and even some swallows over the Irwell and adjacent Peel Park/playing fields yesterday afternoon.
All feeding very low over the water/wildflowers and affording some great views.

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An excellent morning before the dog walkers arrived, from 06:20 til 08:20ish. Highlights:
1 common gull early but flew off
2 lapwing
1 chiffchaff
1 willow warbler
1 whitethroat
2 blackcap
2 kingfisher
1 greenfinch
several sand martin &
12 swift &
5 swallow all feeding together over river and wetland
1 treecreeper
1 grey wagtail
5 stock dove
1 collared dove
3 goosander on river
1 mute swan on river



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KERSAL WETLANDS


6.40 am for an hour with Ollie Metcalfe. Similar birds to James except 2 Little ringed plover, 1 lapwing, and, unusually, a single Rook - not sure if rooks are regular round these parts



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RIVER IRWELL, SALFORD, INCLUDING KERSAL WETLANDS


And one blackcap by Salford Uni at the southern end of 'the meadow'

-- Edited by James Richardson on Saturday 6th of April 2019 10:39:04 AM

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Visit this morning from about 08:30. Highlights - C30 sand martin, 1 little ringed plover, 2 sparrowhawk, 1 stock dove, 3 mute swan, 3 grey heron, 5 meadow pipit, 2 grey wagtail, 1 chiffchaff, 2 great spotted woodpecker, nuthatches calling, 2 goosander and kingfisher heard on river.

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1 Goosander (m) on R.Irwell at Salford Crescent at midday today.

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1.30- 2.50pm today - 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 gadwall, kingfisher, 25 sand martin, 2 stock dove, 4 meadow pipit. Looked like quite a lot of water on the wetland today - the plovers seemed at home.



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Cycle round from 15:30ish.
Highlights were 2 kingfisher on the river, seen fishing. Up to 15 sand martin feeding over the wetland, 1 buzzard and 1 sparrowhawk circling over.
One small wader was flushed briefly by a dog, couldn't get a positive i.d.
Several lesser black backed gulls, a few herring gulls, 2 black headed gulls, 2 mute swan.

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Early visit today 7-8.20am - 1 green sandpiper (wetlands then river), 1 oystercatcher (flew off), 7 sand martins, 1 skylark, 4 meadow pipit, 1 chiffchaff, 1 goosander, 8 coot, 1 kingfisher, 1 stock dove.

Full list @ https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54124273



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Two observations James:

1. The river has been in flood for several days now and the detritus you see is a reflection of the water reaching levels and areas it wouldn't normally. If you want another example of that then head down to Salford Quays and have a look at the Ship Canal where you can literally walk across large swathes of it at present

2. In terms of the plastic and indeed any other waste matter I think the topic of this type of pollution has been done to death. Plastic is an undesirable and in many cases (but not always) unrecyclable product created my modern man for our convenience. What frustrates me is that the debate never asks how that rubbish finds it way in to our watercourses in the first place. It's because sadly that same modern man can't be bothered to dispose of rubbish properly, i.e. put in a bin and not just litter the streets. 



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Currently cycling at kersal wetland. 1 sand Martin 1 chiffchaff singing 2 grey wagtails singing 1 kingfisher heard only 5 mute swans 1 grey heron 1 great spotted woodpecker heard Plus usuals The river Irwell is disgusting. The amount of plastic in the surrounding vegetation is unacceptable.

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Currently cycling at kersal wetland. 1 sand Martin 1 chiffchaff singing 2 grey wagtails singing 1 kingfisher heard only 5 mute swans 1 grey heron 1 great spotted woodpecker heard Plus usuals The river Irwell is disgusting. The amount of plastic in the surrounding vegetation is unacceptable.

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Stuart Marsden wrote:

Yes, it means Eurasian teal - ebird is a US platform, I'm sure I can change the settings somehow. 


Unfortunately the default view for folks who aren't logged into eBird is US names not displaying subspecies identities, so species names are prioritized by US common names - e.g. Mew Gull (Common Gull), White Wagtail (Pied Wagtail) etc - see comments here: https://manchesterbirding.activeboard.com/t64547516/help-with-manchester-urban-green-space-bird-surveys/?page=1#comment-65314596 if you have an account you can choose to display common names or scientific names as you see fit.

 



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Yes, it means Eurasian teal - ebird is a US platform, I'm sure I can change the settings somehow. Security is OK at the moment, quite a few dog walkers around, happy enough. I imagine Spring will bring out the black-trackied ones.



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I suspect "2 Green-Winged Teal" means "2 Eurasian Teal" ?

And how's security looking in that area - scallies not found it yet ?

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Note that this is a list of birds I saw there on 1st Feb - full list on https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52260335

My last visit, with Anna Reuleaux, was yesterday (10th) where I saw pretty much what Shannon saw - full list https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52558168 plus a migrant skylark sat on the bund

 



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RE: RIVER IRWELL


Originally posted today by Stuart Marsden:

This morning on the wetlands & river

Jack Snipe 1, reed bunting 9 together, gadwall 2, meadow pipit 11, pink-footed goose 1 feeding with 155 Canada geese, tufted duck 11, goldeneye 10, teal 2, little grebe 2, GBB gull 2, siskin 3

 



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First visit to Castle Irwell Wetlands this morning; wetlands and river:

3 greenfinch
2 meadow pipit
5 pied wagtail
1 grey wagtail heard
4 redwing
1 great spotted woodpecker
1 little grebe
4 goldeneye
5 goosander over
4 mute swan
4 grey heron
140+ black-headed gull
7+ common gull
7+ lesser black-backed gull
14+ herring gull
1 great black-backed gull
1 or 2 cormorant

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I was cycling around the new wetland this afternoon as such I didn't have the right equipment to study al the gulls properly but there was one great black-backed gull amongst the black headed gulls, and one first winter herring type gull with a clearly very pale head and small beady black eye.
My first thought was Caspian gull but this would need verification if anyone's heading there with bins/a scope.

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14 Goldeneye on the Irwell by Salford Wetland today w/ Ollie Metcalf, also 5 Lapwing and a Common Snipe there, full list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50651478



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6 Little Grebe and a Kingfisher this afternoon at Close Park.



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2 Little Egrets at The Cliff. Sorry for the number of edits...I had problems uploading. There should now be 3 images.



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At least 3 little grebes on the Castle Irwell basin yesterday, also one stock dove.

Female goosander on the Irwell opposite Peel Park.

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Todays highlights at Castle Irwell wetland 2 Little ringed plovers over 2 Lapwing 2 Oystercatchers 1 Lesser redpoll over 1 Willow warbler 1 Kingfisher 1 Little grebe 2 Goosander 57 Meadow pipits in grass - site record Also singing chiffchaff, greenfinch, mistle and song thrushes

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Around kersal dale / castle Irwell yesterday: 2 Kingfishers showing well 3 Chiffchaffs singing 1 Sparrowhawk 2 Stock doves 22 Meadow pipits 49 Lesser black-backed gulls No waders yet ....

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No joy with the mandarin this afternoon but it was nice to see a dabchick and a grey wagtail under the bridge.

Five goldeneye (2 ducks with a drake and two single drakes) along the stretch between Broughton Bridge and Trinity Way. Also a rather nice male goosander sat on the river bank entirely unconcerned by the building work on the new flats.



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It was right at Broughton Bridge, visible from the Bridge and the beginning of the path leading to Peel Park. 



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Todays WEBS count from Agecroft bridge to Hough Lane:

Black-headed gull 258
Canada goose 58
Common gull 1
Goosander 3
Goldeneye 26
Great crested grebe 1
Grey heron 1
Grey wagtail 6
Herring gull 1
Lapwing 1
Mallard 49
Moorhen 4
Mute swan 1
Pied wagtail 3
Teal 2
Tufted duck 2

Incidental records of note:

Sand martin 3 near Agecroft bridge
Lapwing 7 - on littleton playing fields
Skylark 2 - flying over
Kestrel - near castle irwell
Fieldfare, redwing and meadow pipits in small numbers on playing fields

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Nice one with the Mandarin sighting Andy - where did you see the bird exactly?

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BTO WEBS Count this morning, Broughton Bridge around Wallness Crescent 8:20 - 9:30

Black Headed Gull - 63

Canada Goose - 35

Cormorant - 1

Goldeneye - 5 male / 3 female

Little Grebe - 4

Mallard - 7 male / 3 female / 4 hybrid

Mandarin Duck - 1 female - First I have ever recorded here

Moorhen - 1

Tufted Duck - 7 male / 2 female



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This morning on river towards Kersal dale: 1 Dunlin 1 Lapwing 3 Goosander 3 Teal 6 Goldeneye - males displaying and fighting 27 Fieldfare Univeristy of Salford/Crescent area: 42 Tufted duck - numbers down this winter but highest count had this year 4 Meadow pipits - unusual to see feeding here Also 5 Song thrushes and 7 redwing Kestrel

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Pair of Little Grebes involved in some pre-nuptual display on the Irwell by the Old Pint Pot this morning.

Having moved work premises to Salford, I'll be posting from some new sites from now on. The last two places I've worked have both had Black Redstarts, so am hoping they move here - plenty of good habitat smile

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Short walk behind Magnesium Elektron up to the old canal viaduct. Four seperate Little Grebe A pair of Goldeneye Male Goosander flying upstream Single Grey Wagtail.

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Late post from Sunday's WEBS count from Cromwell bridge to Agecroft bridge (8.44 - 10.21)

Black headed gull 33
Canada goose 191
Common gull 2
Cormorant 2
Dipper 1
Goldeneye 48
Goosander 3
Grey heron 1
Grey wagtail 2
Little grebe 1
Mallard 30
Moorhen 6
Teal 7
Tufted duck 5


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Chiffchaff still present with long-tailed tit flock near Peel Park yesterday afternoon

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Late post from yesterday afternoon between crescent and Boniface bridge: Chiffchaff with tit flock making swoo noises which could be eastern/scandi race 4 Teal 4 Goosander 11 Goldeneye 16 Tufted duck 2 Treecreepers 2 Sparrowhawks

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Bullfinch (female) feeding on berries just upstream from Regent Road bridge this afternoon.

Kingfisher and 5 Gooseander in the same area during the past week.

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1 little egret with 19 herons (yes 19!!) roosting on Castle Irwell wetland this afternoon. This is a site record for number of herons

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1 Little egret seen on wetland this evening

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2 ring-necked parakeets in Peel park late this afternoon.

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Adult yellow legged gull on the bank next to peel park earlier.

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13 juvenile goosander near The Cliff yesterday.

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After earlier reporting a female Goosander with 5 young (on Bury Water Treatment Works thread) I have just come across another female with 6 young at the bottom of Milltown Street, Radcliffe on the Irwell. All 6 young were repeatedly diving but I think they might need a bit more practise as I didn't see any come up with fish.



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River Irwell Wallness Crescent - Beginning at Blackfriars road into Peel Park hough bridge.

12 Goosander - 6 male / 6 female

4 - Swift

7 - Sand Martins 

4 - Swallows (I think) could have sworn I saw a distinct flash of red

1 - Juvenile Cormorant 

3 - Grey Wagtail 

2 Heron 

1 - Moorhen

2 - Mute Swans

22 - Mallards - 20 male / 2 female

 



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This evening Littleton rd to Kersal dale:

4 Common sandpipers - highest count from here
6 Goosander
1 Kingfisher
10 Tufted ducks around the crescent - unusual to see so many late in April. Perhaps cold weather made them think it's winter


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Late post from yesterday morning at The Castle irwell wetland:

Little egret - site first
2 Gadwall - site first
2 Teal
4 Grey herons
2 Oystercatchers
2 Swallows
3 House Martins



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Highlights from this morning from crescent to Kersal dale:

Willow warbler singing along Frederick road - my earliest ever
Blackcap singing
13 Redwings along Frederick road
C. 20 Sand Martins
2 Linnets flying over (one singing) /> 1 Greylag Goose - kersal dale
Mute swans displaying - Castle irwell (viewed from bridge)



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This evening at agecroft bridge:

2 Dippers
1 Kingfisher
2 Goosander
50 Jackdaws

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Late post from Sunday:

4 Chiffchaffs singing (2 kersal dale and 2 university area)
9 Goldeneye - kersal dale
1 Great Crested grebe -upstream from Littleton road
1 Kingfisher - downstream from Agecroft bridge

Plus usuals

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Canada Goose 45  

Coot 1  

Goldeneye 15 7 (m) 8 (f)

Goosander 5 4 (m) 1 (f) Also 2 (f) and 3 (m) near Manchester Cathedral.

Grey Wagtail 1  

Kingfisher 1  

Little Grebe 3  

Mallard 27 18 (m) 7 (f) 2 Hybrids

Moorhen 2  

Mute Swan 2  

Starling 1  

Total number of species: 11

Individuals: 103

 Also saw 2 foxes around the crescent at peel park



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