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RE: Platt Bridge


Late news from Saturday, Cetti's warbler singing at Springview cricket club, around the bowling green area.

 



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cettis warbler singing next to the bridge over the canal at lily lane yesterday.



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Woodland behind Iceland, off Woodcock Drive held Willow Tit, 1 Siskin, Goldcrest and Great Spotted Woodpecker this morning



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Massive garden tick tonightbiggrin

1 Marsh Harrier, over the house,deep joy, presumed going to roost at Lightshawconfuse

cheers geoffbiggrinand before you all start I wasn,t using the old step ladder on the flat roof trick to clock the flashes

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-Could be worse Dave;- it could be two Monk Parakeets.





I don't think Defra need to call in the snipers just yet Mike. It was fairly confiding, so I presume it's a lone bird that was behind bars until very recently

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-Could be worse Dave;- it could be two Monk Parakeets.

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Monk Parakeet at Woodcock Drive this morning and a flock of c60 Redwing in woodland between Iceland car park and the former sewage works

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at least 25 Pied Wagtail over and around the Iceland store yesterday just after sunset as I drove past. One to check out when I've time to stop.

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Gone Fishing Horse Fields,cos everything needs a name

2 Magpie
3 Crows
12 Wood pigeon
2 Pied Wagtail
9 Mistle Thrush
23 Starling
1 Jay
2 Collard Dove
1 Herring Gull
more to find here I think

no sign of Wheatear

cheers geoff


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Originally posted by Les Steele today:

Wheatear calling into my garden for the last 2 weeks. - After referring to Collins Bird Guide - it looks like a 1st winter Greenland Wheatear

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F Sparrowhawk being mobbed by Lesser Black Backed Gull Lily Lane Traffic lights 07:45

Cheers Jimmy

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It was about 10:45 i had heard them calling in the distance but could not see them and then into sight flying from the Hindley Prison area there was 4 at first then another 2 which were interacting with each other came past about a minute later all going west .
I heard them a bit later but didnt see them so they could have come back the same way but not sure.

Cheers Jimmy

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We only got 4 at Dover Bridge, Jimmy, but they were heading towards Platt Bridge which would be NE from us to you.

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6 Ravens over Woodcock Drive this morning heading west smile.gif

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Grasshopper Warbler reeling today just on the western side of the canal by it's junction with the A58 Lily Lane.

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Then the Bamfurlong Triangle,it is then i,ll start a thread later after i,ve tried to count the house sparrow,s that thrive in this abbobiggrin.gifthe swallow family is still around and very showey .

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I could hear a Grasshopper Warbler reeling across the canal from Platt Bridge last night, in the "triangle" formed by the canal, the A58 and the West Coast Mainline. Not sure what this area is actually known as, but maybe it could be called Bamfurlong Triangle?

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Whoopee,from the garden,a family of swallows buzzing around ,so the nest site can,t be that far awayconfuse.gifamusingly the adults reappeared later and 'buzzed' a blackbird from his favourite perch.I,ll be installing some swallow access vents in the garage.

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I have had several concerned birders reporting absence of House Martins at long-established sites this year.

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not as many round us in warrington,always 3 to 4 pairs near us only 1 pair this yearcry.gif

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Had good look around the 'village' this afternoon checking out house martin nesting site,s and I,m pretty sure there just arn,t quite as many birds as last year.I looked at the post office and Biccki lane ,abram ect just one,s and two.s.Has anyone else noticed a population decline in their area????

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Geoff Hargreaves wrote:

It seems I might have to start a few more 'scare stories' to keep you foriengners at bay




Geoff, surely it's reputation alone is enough to keep people off the mean streets of Platt Wazz!?!blankstare.gif

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Now then here,s, a thing,not been checking me own doorstep well enough furious.gifand seem to have let a few tournament points slip through my fingersno.gifno.gif,whinchat,lesser whitethroat, gargany(2).It seems I might have to start a few more 'scare stories' to keep you foriengners at bay.

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stratton drive coppice 12.00

all the usual garden birds plus 20 redpoll and 25 redwing 2 gs woodpecker

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Dave,Stratton drive 'coppice'(cos everything deserves a name) falls just outside wigan flashes and outside abram flashes,so boundry bending is required when anything tasty turns up,there,s a private feeding table in one of the gardens and it seems to draw a lot
of birds over the railway line,one my first 'finds'biggrin.gif was a brambling in the same area,well worth a look if your doing a day on the flashes.

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Brambling this morning in woodland at Stratton Drive

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gulls assorted,lots of them 200+ lolling about over the estate air space

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ok i,m in i,ll try to document 'the colony' around abram and platt bridge it,ll probably get done next year because i,ll need to get permisson from the householders involved before i start staring up at their windows.

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Yes, they've been on the Lily Lane houses at the lights for 30+ years, also on the (closed) doctor's surgery. There are also some down Warrington Rd in Abram I think. It's a very widespread colony.

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judith there is some nesting on buildings near to lily lane t/lights on houses in lily lane
and some what looked as if they was on the old doctors surgery i was in traffic so could not get the address properly

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But I could only find 2 nests occupied in the complex near the Post Office (over the cycle repair shop) out of 19 nests on that block - unless I was just unlucky?

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victoria road house martins,nice bunch of 10 12 birds , looks like two families fledged ,not the best spot for bins or camera but still nice to see in the 'village'

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grounded myself today and cut back the jungle, in between the rain, a pair of bullfinchbiggrin.gif confidently feeding on the patio dandilionsbiggrin.gif

cheers geoff
p s had to bike out to hawkley reed bed to get em on my 'eco day'

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08/04/08 flock of 30 goldfinch in a pre roost gathering around the gardens,and very large bowl of alder seeds on the patio should those mealies of daves fly over.

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last night 26/03/08 1 tawny owl calling from the garden @ 3.30 a.m. a new garden tick for mebiggrin.gif ,wished i,d have stayed up and gone to pennington before workfurious.gif

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01/03/08 rear of catholic club tram st

1 female sparrowhawk perched up for 5mins (urban birding at it,s best)

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Les,i,ve just added reed bunting to my garden list i think the icy conditions force some birds to leave the flashes for the conforts of surburbia

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Grey Wagtail in the garden for the last few days eating me dried mealworms - not bad for Platt Bridge eh!

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