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RIVER IRWELL


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

-- Edited by Zoe Barrett on Sunday 18th of March 2018 07:53:21 PM

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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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Thanks I've let them know.

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Salford friendly anglers have that stretch. They have a web site you can contact them on.

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John Sleaford wrote:

Just seen a Mink on the Irwell on the stretch up stream from Forest Bank bridge. Do you notify anyone about them?





If a fishing club has the fishing rights then let them know,they will more than likely try and trap them,they got rid of two on the canal near me when I reported them to their secretary.

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Just seen a Mink on the Irwell on the stretch up stream from Forest Bank bridge. Do you notify anyone about them?

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Seen today around River Irwell / Drinkwater Park

Goldeneye - 4

Teal - 4

Tufted Duck - 2

Little Grebe - 1

Cygnet - 1

Swan - 2

Moorhen - 4

Mallard - 11

Black headed gull - 18

Coot - 12

 

Long-tailed tit - 6

Goldcrest - 5

Great Tit - 8

Blue tit - 2

Greenfinch - 1

Waxwing - 1

Goldfinch - 2

Songthrush - 1

Fieldfare - 2

 



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Winter Wetland Bird Survey - Manchester Cathedral to Hough lane bridge 08:00 - 10:00am

3 Grey Heron

1 Grey Wagtail 

37 Mallard

72 Canada Goose

2 Goosander

3 Moorhen

4 Little Grebe

11 Tufted Duck 

18 Goldeneye



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Winter Wetland Bird Survey M60 to Ringley Road Bridge 8.15 - 10:45am

The spell of cold and dry weather has made conditions ideal for ducks to feed on the river.

5 Canada Geese
39 Teal (the largest flock of 23 was feeding just downstream from the Ringley ETW outflow
69 Mallard
8 Goosander
1 Cormorant
14 Moorhen
4 Dipper including two having a territorial stand off on the shoreline (singing and posturing until one chased the other into the river)
34 Black-headed Gull
3 Grey Wagtail

Thanks to everyone who took part in the survey and to Mike Beard for doing a great job of organising it. Virtually the whole of the River Irwell (and the Croal up to Rock Hall) has been counted this morning over the same 2-2.5 hour period from Salford Quays all the way upstream to Springside Farm north of Burrs Country Park. A very impressive effort by everyone involved clap

Once we have done all the number crunching it will be interesting to see how the results compare with the original surveys carried out over the winter of 1998-99. A Raven was calling from the top of an electricity pylon above the Kearsley Rd, to the east of Prestolee and took flight south across the river.

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Winter wetland bird survey from Cromwell Rd to Littleton Rd (8-10am):

1 Woodcock
1 Cormorant
1 Grey heron
5 Goosander
6 Teal
6 Tufted ducks
7 Little grebes
14 Canada geese
19 Goldeneye
22 Mallard

Also of note around River included:

Great spotted Woodpecker
5 Goldcrests
4 Song thrushes (singing)
12 Lapwings over

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3 Teal near Kersal dale
1 Kestrel on the Meadows
9 Fieldfare at the cliff playing fields

Water level high so fewer ducks on river than expected for time of year

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2 Waxwings on Belfort drive next to best one shop in Ordsall feeding on crab apple tree

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2 Dippers - next to Agecroft bridge
1 Teal (m) - Agecroft bridge
5 Redwings - Littleton road
12 Goldeneye (11f 1m) - kersal dale
1 Wigeon (F) - castle irwell wetland
2 Linnets - castle irwell

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Belated post from last week:

Woodcock flushed from trees in between River and plating fields just past Peel park. Unusual location!!

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Today during cold and frosty conditions From agecroft to crescent road:

Dipper - first ever seen along this stretch
Kingfisher
Wigeon (female) also first seen on river
16 Goldeneye
17 Tufted duck
12 Little grebes
13 Lapwing on Littleton playing fields
2 Reed buntings seen in Kersal dale
Kestrel
Plus usuals

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At Salford university late afternoon :

6 Grey herons
26 Cormorants
2 Tufted ducks
30 Goldfinches at Peel Park

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River Irwell at Kersal dale & Castle irwell:

Kingfisher
Buzzard
3 Lapwing
3 Chiffchaffs
12 Skylarks over
Plenty of goldcrests


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This afternoon Irwell at Salford uni:

3 Tufted duck (1m 2F)
35 Cormorants - site record for this species
Sparrowhawk

Castle irwell\kersal dale:

3 Mute Swan
4 Goosander
1 Tufted duck
Kingfisher
Lesser redpoll
4 Meadow pipits

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Saturday late post at Hough lane bridge (in between Peel park and Frederick road):

5 Swallow over
Bullfinch
Goldcrest

Castle irwell\Kersal dale:

Lesser redpoll over
3 Siskin
12 Linnets
20 Meadow pipits on site many more heard or seen over southbound
2 Cormorants
Goosander

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Sightings from this afternoon at River Irwell at Kersal dale:

Peregrine flew low over kersal dale
Common sandpiper
Kingfisher
Kestrel male
Bullfinch
Goldcrest
Chiffchaff
Grey wagtail
2 Jays
2 Little grebes including a juvenile
5 Goosander by Littleton bridge

Castle irwell wetland:

Wheatear female
Common gull amongst lessers and black-heads
Sparrowhawk juvenile
Meadow pipit
10 Mistle thrush
150 Jackdaw
60 Carrion Crows


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a stroll along the river from trinity way bridge to Adelphi bridge & back this afternoon.

7 goosanders
67 Canada geese
3 grey wagtails
2 grey herons
1 mute swan
12+ long tailed tit
3 chiffchaff
11 mistle thrush
6 house martins
1 sparrowhawk



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Post from around Kersal dale/Castle irwell yesterday:

Great spotted Woodpecker
Kingfisher
Nuthatch
2 Goosander
4 Linnets
15 Sand Martins
5 Chiffchaffs
Also surprised to see Roe deer on the River bank

Irwell near crescent Meadows this afternoon:

2 Sparrowhawks
3 Mute swans
8 Little grebes
3 Chiffchaff
7 Long-tailed tits
Kingfisher showing really well

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20 Goosander near Adelphi bridge today

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