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RE: Salford Birds


A wing-barred warbler was seen briefly at 4:50pm, 1 observer, north side of Peel Park, amongst large passerine flock, c50 Long-tailed, 2 Coal, c10 Blue, c5 Great Tit, 3 Goldcrest & 2 Treecreeper

The flock is very mobile & ranging around the River Irwell, Peel Park & the playing fields to the north


River Irwell WEBS count

1 Goosander
2 Tufted Duck
8 Mallard
1 Common Gull
2 Cormorant
2 Moorhen

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Had a brief look this afternoon in light drizzle - no sign, but plenty of crests about and a couple of tit flocks including one keeping to aninaccessible part of the opposite bank of the river.

Red-head Goosander on river and a few flyover Siskins plus a flock of c50 small finches which were probably Siskin.

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Hi just had a walk down by the irwell. A yellow browed warbler with a mixed flock of tits and goldcrests. Called once and flew to my side of the river and fed in sycamore. The area it was favouring was the last tree on the left before the first bridge from down the ramp next to maxwell building down to the river. At 10 am.
Hopefully gets picked by everyone, my 7th yellow browed of the year!
Kev

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Pale buzzard in same tree as yesterday, Dead kestrel on slip road M60/A580, Male kestrel perched on lamp post almost opposite.

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A couple of buzzards been knocking about all week off the M61 slip road off the east lancs, near linnyshaw moss. think Dave thacker mentioned them in an earlier post, monday- both were sat on the fence next to the motorway 100 metres apart. thursday one swooped from a tree into the field and appeared to be worming. and today a very pale bird was perched at the top of a tree near to the bridges that cross the east lancs.

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Buile Hill Park (Community Garden)
1 Goldcrest
1 Coal Tit


Langworthy Road
1 Common Buzzard

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12 Redwing over Liverpool street this morning at 8.10am heading Southwest. Also a single Buzzard very high over Regent road at 12.30pm heading West.

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1 grey wagtail flying low over roof tops in ellenbrook.

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6 more Snipe flew over Liverpool street this morning at 10.10 am all heading West.

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8 Snipe flew over Liverpool street in Salford heading Northwest at 16.50 today

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House martin heading south west over ellenbrook 1400 today.

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Tawny Owl calling at 11.30 am on Peel Park right outside Salford Uni Gym. Strange time of day for an owl to be calling?

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1 buzzard soaring over wardley woods off the east lancs 1430 today.

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early WEBS River Irwell adjacent to Peel Park

2 Cormorant
1 Tufted Duck
6 Mallard
c20 Black-headed Gull


The Meadows Nature Reserve

1 Sparrowhawk
c20 Goldfinch

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A Peregrine flew low over the school playing fields beside Fitzwarren street in Salford at 16.50 this afternoon and put up every feral pigeon and Starling into the air.

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Wallness Lane (adjacent to University of Salford)

24th August

3 Swifts
At least 2 Bullfinch contact calling


23rd August

Great Spotted Woodpecker

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Two Peregrines together soaring over Liverpool street and Cross lane this morning at 5.50am.

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3 Common Terns were checking out the small fishing pond behind Ellesmere Shopping Centre in Walkden at 1745 today, then flew southeast

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2 buzzards soaring the thermals and calling, male sparrowhawk, and 1 raven, ellenbrook area today.

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Recently fledged robin in ellenbrook garden this am.

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A Buzzard flew high over Liverpool street at 14.20 this afternoon heading West and a Peregrine flew over heading towards Manchester city centre at 15.05.

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Peregrine carrying a pigeon carcass flew right in front of me as i was cycling over Centenary bridge at aprox 7.30pm tonight....I nearly fell off my bike as it had me mesmerized instead of concentrating on where i was going

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Clowes Park

1 Greylag Goose
2 juv Dunnock
Moorhen & Coot with young



Buile Hill Park

juv Blackcap
4 Bullfinch
Great Spotted Woodpecker
4 Mistle Thrush

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Two young Kestrels have been flying together around the Liverpool street and Hope street area for the last two days. This morning at 5.50am they were both sat together above a security light at the Plumb centre next to my works. The nest must have been close by possibly somewhere near to the Cemtex Concrete works nearby as I have watched a pair of adult birds fly around that area for the last couple of months.

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On the concrete hardstanding on Ordsall Lane (opp Ordsall Hall) as I past at midday;
Black Headed Gull = 110
Common Gull = 1
Lesser Black backed Gull = 3
Herring Gull = 1
Heron = 4

Many of the gulls (and Herons) from the Salford Quays and Pomona area use this hardstanding to roost up on duriing periods of the day.

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Buile Hill Park

Early morning

2 Song Thrush, 1 showing very well at Spring Bank
1 Goldcrest

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Raven flying low over ellenbrook, very vocal.

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A Willow Tit calling at the entrance of Parrfold Park in Walkden this morning 0745hrs.

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8 young ducklings and their mother bobbing along The Irwell this afternoon at The Lowry Hotel

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Five Rooks flying over Liverpool street Salford this morning at 5.50am heading West was a bit of a surprise. Its not a bird that I usually see over my workplace.

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Hi Ian, there was a Hobby at Weaste ETW on May 5th (see Salford Quays thread), I'm certain your prediction is good & that there might be more sightings this summer, if anyone is looking for Hobby at this site, you might need insect repellant !!

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500+ Swifts very low over Weaste ETW and the Broadway extension this morning at 8am. (flying between the cars). Surely its only a matter of time before they attract the attention of a passing Hobby.

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As I returned to my car in the Salford Royal hospital car park on Stott lane this evening at 8.10pm I watched a Peregrine dive in and catch a feral pigeon over the playing fields opposite. The falcon ended up sat in the field for about 10 minutes as it removed the feathers while I got great views with my binos The Peregrine flew off towards Trafford park.

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Two Sparrowhawks were perched on the same gasometer at Liverpool street, Salford at 3.30pm this afternoon.

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two Great spotted woodpecker's in Buile Hill Park this afternoon feeding their very noisy chicks

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over a hundred plus Swifts all having a feeding frenzy earlier this afternoon over Broadway adjacent to Weast sewage works.. was quite an impressive sight to witness

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Re: Dave I saw that happening about 6,45 am this morning. There was a bird of prey getting seriously mobbed by a load of crows on the very top of the gas pylon but i was too far away to make out the species

However i did spot a Sparrowhawk hunting up and down Seedley Park Rd at aprox 1.30

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A Peregrine was mobbed by the two Gasometer Crows at 12.45pm as it tried to return to Manchester. Both Crows dive bombed the Peregrine and chased it down Liverpool street as far as the fire station

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4.50pm There was a Kestrel being harassed by a Gull on Broadway just near to the sewage works on the banks of the Ship Canal

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A Peregrine carrying small prey item has just flown low over Liverpool street heading towards Manchester

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A walk round light oaks park whilst letting the baby sleep.
6 mallards and 2 ducklings looking fluffy
1 moorhen
1 nuthatch
1 treecreeper
2 great spotted woodpecker
7 mistle thrush
C12 blackbirds
Plus numbers of blue tit,house sparrows, chaffinch.
2 collared dove

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 26th of April 2012 01:05:12 PM

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c10 Swift over Weaste ETW @ 10am

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Weaste ETW & adjacent Manchester Ship Canal

Sunday 22nd April 6:30pm-7:45pm

1-2 Stock Doves
5 Lapwing
4 Tufted Duck (3 drks)
2 Swallow
1 Common Buzzard
2 Chiffchaff
1 Willow Warbler
1 Blackcap
1 male Grey Wagtail
1 Grey Heron
20 Starling
5 Jackdaw
1 Cormorant
30 Black-headed Gull
5 Pied Wagtail
7 Mallard

-- Edited by James Walsh on Monday 23rd of April 2012 07:32:28 AM

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Sparrowhawk Just now in KFC's car park Regent Road eyeing up the Gulls eating my chips and thinking not a prayer!

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Weaste cemetery 12.15pm

3 Great spotted woodpeckers
4 Goldfinch
Sparrowhawk

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7th April

Middlewood Locks

2 Lapwing
1 Grey Heron

(No security fences up so easier access to the site, but also more disturbance for the birds)

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Saturday 31st March

Wallness Lane (adjacent to University)

singing Chiffchaff
Great Spotted Woodpecker



Irwell Valley Way

3 Goldeneye
4+ Goosander
6 Tufted Duck
Sparrowhawk
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 singing Song Thrush
Grey Wagtail
2 Pipistrelle Bats

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A Peregrine was preening itself while perched low down on the Liverpool street Gasometer as I was leaving work at 7pm this evening. Also seen today to add to my post below James, 2 more Buzzards, another Sparrowhawk and a Grey wagtail

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7 Common Buzzards in the air together around 3:30pm, viewed from Salford's very own Bosphorous, Buile Hill Park, looking south from the golf course

Also 1 Nuthatch calling & showing by the golf course

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Buzzard, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and two Sand Martins seen over my Salford workplace since 6.15am. Birding with the large bay doors open

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