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RE: RIVER IRWELL


Last night at Littleton road: 20+ Sand Martins 2 Mute Swan 2 Great Crested grebe 2 Little grebe 12 Canads geese with grown goslings 11 Mallards including small ducklings Blackcap, Song thrush, Willow warbler, Whitethroat, Blackbird all singing 12 House Martins by Castle Irwell university buildings

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Common Sandpiper this morning at 9:30 flying downstream from Regent Road bridge

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This evening:


20 Sand martins
2 Goosanders
2 Mute swans
2 Little Grebes
2 Swallows
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Whitethroat
1 Blackcap


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Late post from yesterday around crescent meadows area:

2 Willow Warblers
1 Chiffchaff
20 Sand martins at Adelphi bridge - possibly new colony! Shame it is being developed.

This evening from Littleton road to Kersal dale:

2 Common Sandpipers
2 Goosanders
2 Mute swans
2 Lapwing (Castle Irwell)
40 Sand martins

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This evening in strong cold gusts:

2 Little ringed plover
12 Teal
106 Lesser black-backed gulls - a site record for me :)

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Short visit this morning from Littleton road to kersal dale:

1 Willow warbler
1 Blackcap
2 Chiffchaffs
30 Sand martins

5 Shoveler at Castle Irwell


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walk this evening along the stretch between Kersal dale and Littleton road, a perfectly nice evening spoilt by kids on off-road motorbikes.

Highlights:

male Wheatear showing well before motorbike screamed past me
2 Blackcaps singing in trees near allotments, the first of the year

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Evening visit with Simon Warford.

Castle Irwell:

3 Oystercatchers
10 Herring Gulls
15 Teal
20 Sand Martins
92 Lesser black-backed Gulls

River Irwell between Kersal dale and Littleton:

4 Wheatears (3 male 1 female)

River @ Salford uni:

23 Cormorants (flying to roost)

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River Irwell stretch from Littleton road to Agecroft bridge:

3 Linnets
4 Chiffchaffs
16 Sand martins

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Castle Irwell Wetland 18.00 - 20.00

1 Redshank
2 Lapwing
c.300 Jackdaws

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Yesterdays sightings:

2 Sparrowhawks (magnificent displaying over Kersal dale swooping down over trees)
2 Kingfishers (boniface bridge)
2 Sand martins ( Littleton bridge) first back here

Castle Irwell:

19 Teal
1 Buzzard
1 Curlew heard flying over

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River Irwell from University to Cromwell Rd:

2 Kingfishers flying past Cromwell bridge
2 Tufted ducks
2 Goosander
1 Kestrel chased by crows
8 Siskins feeding on the ground
No Goldeneye seen on this occasion perhaps gone back to Scandinavia?

Kersal Dale:

12 Lesser redpolls
2 Buzzards


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Yesterday during WeBS Count: with Steve Atkins and Tim Cosford:

Littleton to Agecroft:

2+ Skylarks over
1+ Meadow pipit over
1 Linnet in subsong
10 Fieldfares
4 Mistle Thrush and one singing
1 Nuthatch
1 Collared dove
2 Long-tailed tits nest building plus more seen
singing birds including Goldcrest, Greenfinch, Song Thrush, Robins, Chaffinchs
2 Bullfinch
Goldeneyes displaying

Kersal Dale:

4 Goosander (2 male 2 females)
2 Great spotted woodpeckers drumming
5 Goldeneyes displaying
1 Lapwing
2 Grey herons
2 Grey wagtails
1 Siskin

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3 Woodcock flushed along the riverside at Kersal Dale this morning during a clean up of all the litter following the floods, with Melanie B and Zoe B.

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Yesterdays WeBS count the Weir at crescent road to Agecroft bridge:

2 Goosander
3 Goldeneye
3 Grey Wagtails
3 Pied wagtails
2 Cormorants
3 Grey herons
79 Mallard
57 Canada Geese
7 Moorhen
5 Little grebes
6 Tufted ducks

Salford Sports village playing fields:

108 Starlings
26 Mistle Thrushes
1 Kestrel
200+ Black-headed Gulls

Castle Irwell Wetland:

11 Herring Gulls
2 Lapwing
18 Lesser-black backed gulls
200 Jackdaws

Also singing Goldcrest, Chaffinch, Song and Mistle Thrushes

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Littleton Road Playing fields (Salford sports village)

300 Black-headed Gulls
40 Starlings
15 Mistle Thrushes
23 Magpies
1 Kestrel
5 Siskins

Salford uni:
2 Treecreepers
2 Jays

David Lewis Playing fields

43 Woodpigeons

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Rather late post from sunday morning in nice weather:

1 Kingfisher near Kersal Dale
3 Goosander
28 Cormorants at dusk
37 Lapwings over Castle Irwell flood basin
16 Goldeneyes
1 Goldcrest singing near Kersal Dale

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Summary of sunday's WeBS count from the Weir (salford uni) to Agecroft bridge:

204 Black-headed Gulls
124 Canada Geese
11 Common Gulls
1 Cormorant
5 Goosanders
28 Goldeneye
1 Greylag Goose
3 Grey Wagtails
1 Kingfisher
1 Lapwing
4 Lesser black-backed Gulls
9 Little Grebes
103 Mallard
9 Moorhen
2 Pied Wagtails
87 Tufted Ducks

other highlights include:

140 Pink-footed geese flying west
c. 40 Siskin
90 Fieldfare

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Very little on river today. Highlights were -

60+ Redwing in Peel Park in subsong
36 Siskins feeding on alder by Cromwell Road
1 Greylag Goose amongst Canada Geese between Littleton and Jubilee bridge
26 Cormorants at roost:



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Happy new year everyone!

18 Tufted Ducks near university
2 Little Grebes near university
11 Goldeneye near Frederick road
20+ Redwing in Peel Park
108 Black-headed Gulls in flooded section of Peel Park. The park was completely submerged only 4 days ago

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Late morning near Salford University:

Great views of a male kestrel
10 Grey herons in trees roosting. Seems strange seeing so many roosting so early in the day, some flew in while i stood there
6 Tufted Ducks
17 Canada Geese
3 Little Grebes
1 Grey Wagtail

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Late post from Yesterdays WeBS Survey (Crescent to Agecroft bridge):

1 Common Gull, Mew Gull
1 Goosander
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher
3 Cormorant, Great Cormorant
4 Grey Heron, Heron
4 Tufted Duck
5 Teal, Common Teal, Eurasian Teal
10 Moorhen, Common Moorhen
16 Dabchick, Little Grebe
26 Goldeneye, Common Goldeneye
58 Canada Goose, Greater Canada Goose
61 Black-Headed Gull
111 Mallard



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3 Goldeneyes by Frederick bridge

Littleton to Agecroft:

23 Lapwings flying over Charlestown
6 Goldeneye
4 Siskin
2 Meadow Pipits flying over salford sports village
1 Jay
1 Goosander drake
1 Bullfinch male
1 Nuthatch
plus lots of the usuals (goldfinch, blackbirds, tits etc.)

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Adelphi to Cromwell Rd today:

1 Goosander
1 Kingfisher
3 Siskin
2 Goldcrest
c. 300 Starlings

Castle Irwell:

120 Lapwings
300 Jackdaws

Littleton to Jubilee bridge:
! Kingfisher
4 Redwing
2 Fieldfare
3 Goldcrest




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River Irwell @ University at dusk:

66 Canada Geese
20 Mallard
4 Little Grebe
2 Grey Herons
17 Cormorants


Peel Park:

50 Magpies roosting
1 Ring-necked Parakeet flying into roost
11 Woodpigeons
1 Pied wagtail flying over
Redwings and fieldfares heard flying over

Crescent Meadows:

1 male Kestrel hovering
40 Crows

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1 Goosander redhead by crescent road

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This morning from Adelphi to Cromwell Rd:

8 Goldeneye
14 Tufted Ducks
1 Common Gull
90 Starlings on playing fields
1 Kestrel
4 Goldcrest
2 Song thrushes
1 Mistle Thrush singing in Peel Park
1 Treecreeper in Peel Park
30 Long-tailed tits
8 Redwings
1 Coal Tit
5 Little Grebes
3 Cormorants

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This morning near Salford university:

1 Little grebe
7 Tufted duck
10 Mallard
1 Teal
51 Fieldfares in trees and 38 flying over



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Agecroft to the Weir at Adelphi bridge WeBS count:

Mallard 107
Canada Goose 26
Black-headed Gulls 8
Little grebe 7
Moorhen 5
Grey wagtail 4
Pied wagtail 4
Grey heron 3
Kingfisher 3
Cormorant 1
Goosander 1

Castle Irwell wetland (under development):

Lapwing 91
Black-headed Gull 150
Lesser Black-backed gulls 38
Great Black-backed Gull 1

David Lewis Playing fields:

Starling 70
Mistle Thrush 2
Black-headed Gull 127


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Wellington Street, Bury

Dipper showing well this morning, seen twice
Sparrowhawk came through, scattered all pigeons from surrounding mills and chimney.
2 Grey Wagtails
2 possibly 3 Jays seen flying over our site throughout the day.
3 Redwing over

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Wellington Street, Bury

Dipper present this morning and a Kestrel flew over.

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Wellington Street, Bury

Kingfisher active this morning.

A flock of Thrushes flew over probably 30+, wasn't able to identify with the naked eye as they were too high.

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Wellington Street, Bury

Dipper present this morning.

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Wellington Street, Bury

A dismal morning at work, but some decent birds seen on the Irwell,

2 Kingfishers, Male and Female
3 Red Headed Goosanders
2 Grey Wagtails
1 Dipper
1 Jay
1 Grey Heron with catch


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Wellington Street, Bury

Dipper seen this afternoon at work.

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Wellington Street, Bury

Kingfisher present this morning a male bird.

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Wellington Street, Bury

3 Grey Wagtails
1 Sparrowhawk

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Yesterday mid morning from Adelphi bridge to Cromwell Rd:

6 Tufted Duck females - the first here of autumn
3 Goosander redhead
6 Little Grebes including one with a small chick
Kingfisher sighted several times
11 Meadow Pipits flying over south east

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Wellington Street, Bury

2 Common Sandpiper this morning.
1 Dipper.

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Wellington Street, Bury

1 Kingfisher
2 Grey Wagtails
1 Chiffchaff singing


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10 Cormorants flying over this evening near university

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Quick evening visit near meadows and and Peel Park:

4 Coots - family party including 2 almost fully grown fledglings
2 pairs Little grebes
Great spotted woodpecker first seen for a while here
3 Mute Swans flying over
12 House martins
Long-tailed Tit flocks

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Wellington Street, Bury

Late post for Thursday afternoon,

2 Dippers
2 Kingfishers
3 Grey Wagtails

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Adelphi-Cromwell Rd:

very quiet this evening, highlights were:

Grey wagtail
Kingfisher
9 Cormorants
4 Grey herons


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Adelphi bridge to Cromwell Road:
Kingfisher
6 Goosander
8 Mute Swan




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Wellington Street, Bury

Kingfisher active this afternoon, Seen three times, possibly two birds
2 Grey Wagtails also seen this afternoon.



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Wellington Street, Bury

Dipper was present this morning.

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Wellington Street, Bury

Common Sandpiper heard only this morning.
1 Dipper seen very briefly
1 Grey Heron
1 Grey Wagtail

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Wellington Street, Bury

Kingfisher and a Pair of Grey Wagtails present this morning.

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Kingfisher seen again this morning, a young bird.

-- Edited by Scott robinson on Tuesday 25th of August 2015 10:34:29 AM

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