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Post Info TOPIC: WIGAN TOWN CENTRE (and environs)


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RE: WIGAN TOWN CENTRE (and environs)


Thanks Dave! I was initially going to dismiss it could have been robins but after taking a listen to their winter call, I'm guessing it might have been them! I just assumed it was more of a wading bird due to the depth of it! I have a lot to learn!

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Hello Matt, Robins will often sing at night in winter, especially where there is a lot of artificial light as is the case around the DW/Robin Park area. Teal and Coot are regular down there and would be likely to be heard when they're feeding at night. The sound of these would easily reach the DW Stadium at night from the marshes by the River Douglas at Walmsley's.

This afternoon 81 Redwing at Darlington St and Chapel Lane car park and feeding on Rowan by Harrogate Street junction.



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I was at the DW Stadium on New Years Eve and whilst waiting for my taxi at about 1:30am, there was a lot of various bird songs and calls coming from towards the canal? Anyone have any idea what birds are active at this time of the night?

Thanks

Matt

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A couple of Grey Wagtails are currently mooching about in my back yard, in the centre of a row of terraces in Whelley !



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40+ Redwing at Darlington Street/Chapel Lane car park this morning

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Sunday 29th: approx 180 Pied Wagtail roosting in trees at Robin Park Retail Park, at the north end of car park

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Pair of Ravens on the flats at the bottom of Scholes this dinner time, not be long before they're nest building again if were lucky



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Scot lane area ( not far from robin park) , 3 cormorant over , female sparrowhawk regular , the mistle thrush had several redwing to fight off from its rowan berries , single grey wagtail over .

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Raven in trees near John Bull this dinner time completely dwarfing the Magpies and Jackdaws contemplating mobbing it, also feral pigeon nest building in one of the car parks

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Single peregrine near to jjbstadium again first thing this morning also around 300 pinkfoot heading northeast , 100+ woodpigeon heading west , mistle thrush and goldfich in song ,.

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Trencherfield Mill
2 Ravens this morning n one of the ledges
Jimmy

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Raven this morning mobbed by Jackdaws over Riverway. 10 Long-Tailed Tit and 8 Blue Tit feeding by footbridge between King Street and Wigan North Western

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Peregrine low over the Life Centre and Grand Arcade at 09:44 this morning

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Not sure if it can get sadder than this......a through-lounge-window-having-breakfast-while-watching-TV tick as two Buzzards floated over Hodges Street, a mile from the town centre, at just above rooftop height this morning.

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Raven in trees nr John Bull this morning

info thanks to Ian Bithell


Jimmy

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Collared Dove nesting in Traffic Light system Mesnes Road

Jimmy

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Fledged Grey Wagtail on the River Douglas today. 51 Lesser Black-Backed Gull on roofs by Bithell's waste centre, Westwood Road late afternoon

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swifts have returned to nest on my house and very welcome they are.

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Over the last few days a few Lesser Black-Backed Gulls on roofs adjacent to Bithell's Waste Recycling centre off Poolstock/Chapel Lane inc several Darvic ringed birds. No evidence of any nesting going on, presumably just birds which have bathed or loafed on the Wigan Flashes going there after the yard closes. 20 Lesser Black-Backed and 2 Herring Gull just before six o'clock tonight

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Dinner time check on the Ravens,3 chicks sunning themselves on a nearby roof, the fourth unseen but calling

cheers geoff

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Garden Warbler feeding silently alongside the River Douglas today a short distance downstream of Coppull Lane

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Swift over robin park arena last night,

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The young Ravens now scattered about today due to nest having collapsed over the weekend
1 on the chimney and 3 on the ariel mast with one parent never to far away at most times

Also 1 Grey Wagtail on Water Street

Jimmy

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Saw one young Raven flying over Wallgate this afternoon calling loudly and flapping madly not sure if the others have gone yet but it will not be long for sure.

Jimmy

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One of the young Ravens made a short flight away from the nest this morning. Early pm I could only see the other three being fed in the nest.

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Geoff thanks for advice on Grey Wagtails i will take a walk this weekend,i've not been to the flashes for years. I will have to keep my eyes open for the Ravens at least i know they are in town.Mike

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Early a.m.

2 Adult Raven and 4 chicks now a bit too big for the nest.

cheers geoffbiggrin

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Mike,a walk down the canal from the town centre to Scotmans Flash would be a good bet for Grey Wagtail but they are thin on the ground.The Ravens nest site is indeed a secret as per the many postings ref breeding birds on the forum.


cheers geoff biggrin

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Hi im intrigued by Ravens in Wigan,wouldnt mind seeing them is it a secret location or could someone advise.Im new to site but am from wigan. Also are there any reliable sites for Grey Wagtail in Wigan.Thanks Mike

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Raven chicks standing on edge of nest today will not be long now before they will be off on there maiden flight



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Single Swallow over Wallgate heading east just now. Doesnt make a summer though.!

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Raven chicks were wing strengthing today seen while i was stopped at traffic lights.biggrin

Jimmy

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Definitely four Raven chicks present mid-week Geoff.

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Lunchtime check on the Ravens

Both adults present but mobile

3 Chicks visible, getting their first bit of sunshine

cheers geoff biggrin

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Reet good news,2 hours freezing looking at a pile of sticks,during which both adult Ravens present and correct,mobbing a Buzzard and 20 Jackdaws that invaded their airspace

3 or 4 Raven chicks in the nest biggrin

cheers geoff and 2 less fortunate cider loving observersbiggrinyou have to like urban birding

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Both Ravens at the nest site early afternoon. One stuck it's head in to nest them flew off. I had no bins so couldn't see whether it had food. A short while later the other bird sat on the nest.

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At dinner time today the nest was still ok but was getting strong winds directly on to it

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Any word on the Ravens?

Did the nest get buried last night?

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Jimmy Meadows wrote:

Raven bringing in food today not sure how many young yet just hope they will be ok with the bad weather this weehend

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If they can get through today they should be OK.

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Raven bringing in food today not sure how many young yet just hope they will be ok with the bad weather this weehend

Jimmy

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Male Peregrine Falcon over Wallgate again this morning, have checked around Trencherfield and Eckersley Mills for signs its been around longer but without any luck, was going to check the church opposite Go Outdoors this lunch time when I spotted a Female Sparrowhawk with a Feral Pigeon on the car park, she quickly got it into the hedges surrounding the car park and dispatched it and was completely oblivious to the people and traffic going by, thanks to David Wilson who quickly turned up with mine and his cameras

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A kingfisher flew over the main road at higher Ince, following the leeds to Liverpool Canal towards the town centre

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Two Siskin low over Library St-King St early afternoon

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2 0ystercatchers on the football pitches by the dw gym.been there everyday this week.

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Raven incubating today, tail visible over side of nest

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Single raven perched above the nest site at 2.15pm today

Mike

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2 Ravens aeriel displaying over wigan north western, heading towards the range 1130 today.

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Raven on guard duty this morning surveying all that was going on and then attacked a magpie which was in a tree nr the John Bull the magpie soon departed to a safer place

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I saw it this morning Jimmy, noisily chasing 4 Jackdaw off past the Scholes tower blocks (maybe the same four seen by Paul yesterday?). Must have been an impressive sight for any residents of the flats.

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Raven on guard duty this morning surveying all that was going on and then attacked a magpie which was in a tree nr the John Bull the magpie soon departed to a safer place

Jimmy

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Ravens were adding nest lining material at diner time, one glided past the parish church and was quickly accompanied by 4 jackdaws, 2 each side of it, resembled a bomber with fighter escort

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