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RE: Salford Birds


Harris Hawk circling high over Morrisons in Eccles this morning. Good to see it is still around as I've not seen it for a couple of months.

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24th March

Irwell Valley Way/Kersal Dale

2 Chiffchaff
1 Kingfisher
Pair Goosander
1 Grey Heron
5 Mallard
Tortoiseshell Butterfly
Peacock Butterfly


Buile Hill Park

1 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker showing well
2 Goldcrest showing well in ornamental trees on north side of park
2 Dunnock
3 Mistle Thrush
Pair Mallard on the Lion Pit
10 Jackdaw
2 Collared Dove



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A Peregrine swooped on to a flock of Pigeons over the Cargills site near the Millenium bridge this afternoon at 15.20. Trying to keep one eye on the Peregrine and one eye on the car in front meant I missed most of the attack but some feathers floating in the air suggested the falcon made a kill.

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River Irwell adjacent to Peel Park

15 Tufted Duck
3 Mallard
2 small ducks flying fast, probably Teal (felt like a bingo caller writing that one....2 little ducks!)

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A Buzzard flew low over West Hope street at 14.55 this afternoon. It headed over the car showrooms and towards Weaste.

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3.55-4.15pm

1 buzzard,flew over as i was about to leave & disturbed everything then landed on lamp-post on far side off the works.
1 kestrel
1 chiffchaff,first sighting off the year
39 pied wagtails
3 grey wagtails
2 lapwings
2 dunnocks
1 blackbird
43 magpies
16 woodpigeons
50+ b h gulls


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Buile Hill Park

An hour early afternoon looking at bees

Also

1 Dunnock
2 Mistle Thrush
1 Chaffinch
2 Long-tailed Tit

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17th march.

weaste etw...

48 b h gulls
78 pied wagtails
1 grey wagtail
1 dunnock

on adjascent ship canal...

2 coots
2 mute swans
8 lapwings
1 kestrel
1 goldeneye (male) go's by the name off arthur

info thanks to phil kelly.

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Common Buzzard over Buile Hill Park c3 weeks ago (forgot to report at the time)

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Sparrowhawk in Buile Hill Park 3pm hovering low over Weast Lane then began soaring very high above the golf course until it disappeared off towards Eccles old Road

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Two Jays and a Chiffchaff on West Hope street at 12.30pm

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A Buzzard was soaring high over the Cross lane area at 12.35 this afternoon.

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Barr Hill FC football pitches 10.30am-12.45pm

flock of 14 Siskins over south
flock of 11 Redwings over east

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River Irwell adjacent to Peel Park

02/03/12

1730-1845

1 Kingfisher
8 Goldeneye
2 Little Grebe
1 Cormorant
22 Tufted Duck
5 Mallard
c50 Redwing
3 Pipistrelle Bat

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7 Sand Martins feeding over Weaste ETW (off Broadway extension) at 4pm this afternoon.

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Sparrowhawk Buile Hill Park 3pm giving 2 Wood Pigeons something to think about

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Peregrine launched itself off Cargill (Trafford side of ship canal) heading towards Allied Mills (Broadway extension) at 4.10pm.
Buzzard high over Weaste ETW at 2pm

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Sparrowhawk in Buile Hill Park scoping the golf course out at 2.30pm then slowly drifted off towards Gore Ave.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 21st of February 2012 04:55:44 PM

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Agecroft bridge to the Arches this afternoon, not too much but 2 little grebes, a male Goldeneye and a flash of kingfisher flying down the river.

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I saw a pheasant whilst cycling in Drinkwater park today just near the 13 arches

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Monday 13th Feb

Skylark flew over the Meadows Nature Reserve (by The Crescent) calling at 10am

Female Goosander on River Irwell by the Maxwell building

-- Edited by James Walsh on Tuesday 14th of February 2012 07:08:14 AM

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A bird which had the shape and size of a godwit flew low over Liverpool street at 7.30am this morning heading southwest

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River Irwell adjacent to Peel Park

1 Goosander
14 Goldeneye
63 Tufted Duck
4 Teal
2 Cormorant (1 with white head)
1 Mute Swan
21 Canada Goose
3 Little Grebe
10 Mallard
2 Moorhen
c100 BH Gull
4 Common Gull

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9th Feb River Irwell adjacent to Peel Park

2 Goosander
10 Goldeneye
4 Teal
50 Tufted Duck
20 BH Gull
5 Mallard


Peel Park

1 GS Woodpecker
c100 Redwings


University campus (pines by library)

1 Goldcrest

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8 Lt tits, 4 Blue tits and 2 Great tits in the low bushes outside my workplace on Liverpool street at 12.35pm today. Also 5 Pied wagtails running around Hope street at 10am.

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Pair of Goosander north over Halfpenny Bridge, Pomona @ 11:30am

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4th February.

Another section of the River Irwell from Littleton Road Bridge down river to St Boniface Bridge this morning produced the following sightings and totals:-

43 Goldeneye (20m) - in one group of 6 two males put on a lovely visual and vocal display to try and impress the four females, 9 Canada Geese, 55 Mallard, 37 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Wigeon (2m), 3 Goosander (2m), 4 Moorhen, 7 Teal (5m), 1 Cormorant and on a rubbly, shingly bit alongside the river at the back of the Cliff Sports centre a single Green Sandpiper. Possibly one of the two seen roughly 2 miles upstream yesterday? Just as I was approaching the St Boniface end of the walk a small goose flew upstream which sounded like and initially looked like a Barnacle Goose but as it flew quickly past at head height and looking at it without the aid of binoculars something just didn't look quite right. Also 3 Grey Wagtails.

In surrounding woodland etc - Nuthatch calling loudly from Kersal Dale, a Siskin flew over calling, a male Great Spotted Woodpecker was getting an interesting range of sounds from drumming on different parts of a dead tree, with a female seen and heard calling nearby. A flock of 5 Bullfinch. Singing Song Thrush and Chaffinch. 3 Fieldfare and 1 Redwing and a small flock of 7 Greenfinch.

Cheers,

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-- Edited by Bill Myerscough on Saturday 4th of February 2012 07:36:51 PM

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River Irwell - Agecroft Bridge downstream to the Littleton Road Bridge this morning.

In addition to the 2 Green Sandpipers downstream of the Agecroft Bridge, also in close proximity was 1 Snipe and perhaps more surprisingly 2 Dunlin foraging along the waters edge. Towards the Littleton Road end of this stretch, 11 Lapwing - a few foraging on the grass on the sunnier side of the river and others foraging and loafing on the nearby sports playing fields.

Also - totals of c125 Canada Geese, 49 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 3 Little Grebe, 16 Tufted Duck, 2 Goosander (a pair), 1 drake Gadwall, 2 Mute Swan and 18 Goldeneye (rafts of 8 - 1m,7f - and 9 - 5m,4f - plus a single male on its own). Also singles of both Grey and Pied Wagtail.

Cheers,

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(Early) River Irwell WEBS for February

3rd February 2012

58 Tufted Duck
5 Goldeneye
3 Teal
2 Little Grebe
5 Mallard
10 Canada Goose
10 BH Gull

Also, 1 Grey Wagtail on the river


Peel Park

2+ Song Thrush
c100 Redwings


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A great view of a low flying Peregrine as it flew over my Liverpool street workplace today heading towards Manchester at 13.15pm. A large bird, probably the female who looked stunning in the sunlight.

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Sparrowhawk half n hour ago on Victoria road pestering a small flock of sparrows of all things ! (it's in the name flew off towards the Elsmere estate

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Pomona

Female Goosander
1 Little Grebe
9 Mute Swan
c100 BH Gull
2 Common Gull
1 Grey Wagtail

-- Edited by James Walsh on Monday 23rd of January 2012 05:00:30 PM

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agecroft bridge 11.50-12.30pm.

1 green sandpiper
5 goldeneyes 3m 2f
2 tufted ducks 1m 1f
1 goosander male
5 little grebes
1 pied wagtail
35 mallards
31 canada geese
150+ b h gulls


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I had a walk along the Irwell from Agecroft this afternoon, 3 Goosander, 5 Goldeneye, 12 Tufties, 20+ Mallard, around 100 or so Canada Geese, saw the Sandpipers as they kept flying up and down the river when they were disturbed. Its a lovely place.

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Agecroft bridge area

2 Green Sandpiper
Snipe
2 Goosander
2 Goldeneye
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
20 Mallard
Little Grebe

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16th January.

This morning on the River Irwell between Agecroft Bridge and downstream to the Kersal footbridge there were totals of :- 5 Goosander, 39 Goldeneye (several generally small rafts of birds but with the largest of 19), 2 Green Sandpiper, 35 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 9 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 136 Canada Geese, 1 Moorhen and 28 Tufted Duck. 2 Mute Swan flew over.

A Mistle Thrush was singing in Agecroft Cemetery and 2 pairs of Magpies were fighting there. Several pairs of Magpies were seen in other locations messing about around nests. Linnet and Lesser redpoll heard.

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2 Green Sandpiper together yesterday and today near Agecroft Bridge River Irwell plus Gadwall.

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12/01/12 River Irwell WEBS (adjacent to Peel Park)

3 Goosander
2 Goldeneye
5 Tufted Duck
11 Cormorant
3 Little Grebe
1 Moorhen
10 Canada Goose
8 LBB Gull
20 BH Gull


Peel Park

1 Bullfinch
c50 Redwing
1 GS Woodpecker
1 Sparrowhawk
10 Goldfinch
2 Blackbird
1 Chaffinch
1 Greenfinch

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I noticed about 20 Black headed gulls and 2 Crows flying around the Liverpool street gasometers today at 12.35pm. They all seemed very agitated and it was only when one of the crows decided to drop on to one of the support bars that I saw a Peregrine perched nearby, beside one of the main columns. Both Crows mobbed the Peregrine for a least 5 minutes while the gulls circled and flew between the supports. Eventually the Peregrine flew off with both Crows and most of the gulls in pursuit heading towards central Manchester

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Pomona

c100 Pink-footed Geese west 3:30pm
1 Peregrine
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Little Grebe
3 Song Thrush
2 Kestrel
4 Mute Swan
15 Common Gull
5 LBB Gull
c100 BH Gull
2 Grey Heron
2 Grey Wagtail
1 Pied Wagtail
2 Robin
11 Magpie
5 LT Tit
1 Greenfinch



-- Edited by James Walsh on Saturday 7th of January 2012 07:33:07 AM

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Lightoaks Park

1 Nuthatch
1 Moorhen
20 Mallard
2 LT Tit
5 Goldfinch
2 Greenfinch

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First tick of the year! Heron over my house in Swinton letting fireworks off in the garden with kids.

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27th December - am.

Journey along River Irwell this morning from Agecroft Bridge downstream for a few miles to St Boniface Bridge.

Totals on the river - 70 Mallard, 11 Goldeneye, 1 drake Gadwall, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7 Little Grebe, 3 Goosander, 26 Canada Geese, 14 Tufted Duck, 2 Moorhen, 9 Teal (inc displaying males), 1 Grey Heron and 2 Pied Wagtail.

Also unfortunately had really good views of a Mink entering what may well have been its living/breeding quarters - not sure what they are called... a minkery? a holt? Anyway, I stood totally still for a while and it finally came out and looked at me and then went back into its home.

Loafing and foraging on Littleton Road Playing Fields - 500+ Black-headed Gulls, 30+ Common Gulls and 15+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

I was really surprised not only to hear one Song Thrush singing but also to be able to count at least 4 singing loudly along the distance covered! Also Mistle Thrushes singing at Agecroft Cemetery and near The Cliff. Blackbird in sub-song. Great Tit singing too. Flock of at least 5 Bullfinch near The Cliff and c15 Redwing over the cemetery. 2 Jays. What sounded like a Kestrel "yikkering". Fieldfare heard only.


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Clowes Park

Female Goosander
14 Tufted Duck
7 Redwing
1 Grey Heron
16 Mallard
24 Canada Goose
5 Coot
2 Moorhen
3 Aylesbury Duck

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Kersal Dale LNR

Flock of 7 Bullfinches (5 males, 2 females)
2 Song Thrush
c20 Siskins
2 GS Woodpecker
1 Buzzard
2 Sparrowhawk
10 Goldeneye
5 Teal
3 Goosander
5 Redwing
c500 Wood Pigeon
2 Cormorant
2 Moorhen
10 Mallard
1 Jay

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24/12/11

Drake Gadwall River Irwell 100 yards north of Littleton Bridge

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23/12/11

c30 Redwings University of Salford on berry trees at the memorial garden

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Tuesday 20th December GS Woodpecker flew over the top of Langworthy Road towards Buile Hill Park

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2 Peregrines around St. Philips Church near Chapel Street 10am

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15 Siskin by Irwell at Lower Kersal.

14 Goldeneye Higher Broughton area. I used to see 10 times that number there in December.

Stephen

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