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Oystercatcher heading Northwest at c6.30 this evening was a rare sight over my Tyldesley garden. 2 Common tern heading in the same direction a few minutes later being much more regular in recent years.

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I've been away for a week to Dungeness but on my return (Monday 5 pm) my Stretford backyard feeders were completely empty with not a bird anywhere around.
Having filled them only 2 Goldfinch showed up then went.
The next day just a few feral pigeons and a Dunnock, I hope the word gets around where the food is.
My neighbour Sue has been keeping an eye out for the breeding Blue tits but they've completely disappeared ( no fledgelings ... nothing).
The pair of Blackbirds (collecting worms)have had at least 2 of their brood taken by local cats (Sue's son).
Things can only get better... I hope .

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A very vocal pair of Mediterranean Gulls circling low over my Astley house at 12:45 today, drifting slowly east.



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Bury . Male , adult great spotted woodpecker just now feeding sunflower hearts and fatball to what must be the younger chick , on the tree , by the feeders . The older bird has been feeding itself for a couple of days .
Great excitement and joy !

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Bury . Bullfinch , greenfinch , goldfinch and one great spotted woodpecker chicks on the feeders . Pair of house sparrows taking fat ball morsels elsewhere ; i i wish they would nest here .

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A siskin was another new bird for my flixton garden this morning. Nice to see after being heard only flying over.



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Four adult Starlings 'anting' in my Astley garden this early evening, interesting to watch then frantically grabbing the ants and placing then under their wings.



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A Common Tern over the garden this afternoon heading north east ,presumably back towards Blackleach country park.Also 5 Greylag Geese flew over.>I've filled up 3 fatball feeders because of this cool weather and have been rewarded by a constant stream of birds visiting them,mainly Blue and Great Tits including good numbers of young birds. Also several Coal Tits and young,male and female Great Spotted Woodpecker,Blackbird,Robin and a few visits from a Jay. Unfortunately both Magpie and Jackdaw have also discovered them and take a lot of them.
Wondering if this cool weather has badly affected their food supply and that's why we're getting so many birds on them??

-- Edited by pete berry on Friday 14th of June 2024 02:30:43 PM



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Bury . Two ravens heard and seen , then two more heard only , over .



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2 new birds for my flixton garden list.

A male kestrel flew over on Friday, seen often though in the field between me & the ship canal.
Stock dove feeding on the lawn with pigeons, woodpigeons & collared doves was nice to see.
Other birds around...
Lots of juvenile starlings 30+ at one point recently.
Lots of house sparrows
4 collared doves
2 greenfinch
4 adult goldfinch is the most I have seen so far, but 4 juveniles were seen yesterday.
3 juvenile magpies fledged from the nest in next doors garden & are already very confident & taking over.
Chiffchaff & whitethroat have recently been heard only over near the ship canal.



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Young birds in our Wigan yard thus far in 2024: Starlings (c12); Goldfinch (4); Blue Tit; Wood Pigeon; Dunnock; Blackbird. 



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Jay in the back garden today feeding on the fatballs,first time I've seen them feeding on fatballs

-- Edited by pete berry on Monday 3rd of June 2024 04:17:52 PM



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Still not many Goldfinch seen on and around my Stretford backyard feeders lately with the largest single count being 18 but a couple of visits from 2 Greenfinch,Dunnock 1 and now regular visits from a male Blackbird collecting worms from my raised backyard garden bed and also 2 Blue-tit collecting food and taking it to a nest under the gutter of a house two doors down ( acess through a hole between two broken bricks).

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2 adult Mediterranean Gulls North over the Astley Green back garden just now.



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It has been a great week for new raptors. Red Kite on sunday and today Hobby flying from Cutacre across to the Hulton estate. Too quick to get my camera this time



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31 swifts whizzed low over my flixton garden in 10 mins going in a westerly direction this morning, amongst them I got a new garden tick with 2 house martins.


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Not many birds lately on my Stretford backyard feeders but there has been occasional visits from Great tit , Blue- tit and the usual Goldfinches - best count being 18 but usually around 6 .
Today the first (for me) young Goldfinch arrived on the telephone wires above the feeders but it was gone before I could see it feeding/ being fed.

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The same scruffy Red Kite just passed over my Davyhulme garden, going south.

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Red Kite over Atherton garden heading south towards Leigh and Pennington Flash.@ 14.15

 



-- Edited by Colin Broadhurst on Sunday 26th of May 2024 02:40:00 PM

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Bury . Ten days ago , songthrush making nest in the bushes . Now Mr. Songthrush singing his heart out . Hurrah !
Goldfinch often hovers above the dandelion clocks to take seeds , despite sunflower hearts readily available .
One swallow seen , one swift ; their nesting places gradually disappearing .
Wren feeding chicks . Four newly-fledged starlings being fed fat balls . One greenfinch returned four days ago .

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Whimbrel heard again over my flixton garden last night at 11.50pm.

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First young Starling of the year in my garden this afternoon.

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Grey Heron over my old trafford garden just now, also 2 singing Blackcap in recent days

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Hardly any birds visiting my Stretford backyard feeders in the last few weeks except for a few Goldfinch,a pair of Blue-Tit and sometimes a Great Tit.
This morning around 6am there were 5 Goldfinch and a single Blue -tit.
One of the Goldfinch was sat crouched on the phone wires above the feeders and when flew onto the feeders I could see it couldn't stand and both it's feet were enlarged,pale and swollen .
I wonder if this is Fringilla Papillomavirus which affects finches legs and feet.
The bird was still able to feed although not very agile on the perch.

-- Edited by phillipskelly on Thursday 16th of May 2024 12:34:20 PM

-- Edited by phillipskelly on Thursday 16th of May 2024 12:38:04 PM

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A Peregrine over back garden just now,drifted off west. Also a Common Tern over the garden heading ne in direction of Blackleach Country Park where they breed,probably fishing on the canal,few Swifts over as well.

-- Edited by pete berry on Wednesday 15th of May 2024 11:26:48 AM

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Male Bullfinch in my Astley garden this morning.



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A Common Tern flew south over my Irlam garden this evening 7.30pm

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New garden bird pair of Oystercatcher just flew over Ashton-on -Mersey garden towards Mersey.

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New bird for our Over Hulton garden . Flyover by a Kingfisher this am bringing garden total to 68



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Red Kite over Davyhulme 12.15

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Red Kite circled over our Astley garden and the Colliers Wood area of Astley for a good five minutes at 09:40 before drifting off west.



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Hazel Grove garden tick today. My attention was drawn to a noisy cronking Raven which ended up mobbing a distant circling raptor. Rushed in for binocs and found it was mobbing a Red Kite.

Cheers John

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Bury . Chiffchaff and blackcap singing , seen . Two , male mallard have taken residence and march around the area .
Just now can see song thrush gathering nest material. Joy !

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2 Swifts screeching over my Irlam garden this evening

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Came home today to find the sad sight of the roof of one of my nest boxes in my garden partially ripped off that had Great Tits nesting in it for the first time. 3 small eggs still inside. Presumably done by a squirrel.

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Another 2 new birds over my flixton garden today, 2 swifts whizzing around but soon disappeared & a great black-backed gull.
Also over throughout the day...
12 sand Martins
1 Swallow
1 sparrowhawk
1 buzzard
And a distant blackcap heard singing over towards the ship canal, surprised its the first one I've heard though.

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A flyover raven & a grey heron were new to my flixton garden today.
A tawny owl was heard only yesterday evening just after 10pm.


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Whitethroat singing from my Astley garden this morning.



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A lovely lesser redpoll spent a lot of time in my flixton garden this morning, wasn't too bothered by me doing some gardening even when I was about 3ft away from my feeders at one point. Occasionally it flew to the top of the trees in next doors garden & did some singing & back down again to feed. smile

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Whilst sat in my flixton garden this evening after work, what sounded very much like a water rail going over at 10.48pm, very noisy as well, At 11.02pm oystercatcher over then at 11.29pm whimbrel over.


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A Swift over the back garden this evening briefly,feeding quite high up,first one I've seen this year.

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Bar-tailed godwit heard over my flixton garden just after 11pm this evening.

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3 more new birds to add to my flixton garden list.
Ring-necked parakeets over at the weekend.
Oystercatcher over on Sunday.
3 swallows over this evening.





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Puzzler in my Norden garden this afternoon...

A chaffinch but

1. It had two distinct wing bars not the T-shape we usually see
2. Very rusty brown - significantly more so than any I've ever seen before
3. Merlin mistook its call for Tree Sparrow!!

I'm assuming it might be a subspecies but the call freaked me out...


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This afternoon in my Astley Garden, a Raven over east, both Willow Warbler and Blackcap singing from trees at the back of the garden and Blackbirds still feeding young.



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Chiffchaff in my Irlam garden this morning - only my 3rd record

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Bury . Two magpies have , systematically , pulled up approximately three square yards of grass and moss from the lawn . They were really heaving on it .
A first , here . Were they after something specific , if so , what ? Any ideas , please !

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Small numbers of Siskin and Linnet over my Tyldesley garden today but best of all were 2 Greylag Geese heading east just before 9am, my first garden record!

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A cracking sum plum male Siskin in the garden this morning feeding on dandelion heads,rather than the sunflower hearts I put out for the birds!!

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2 Swallows briefly feeding over trees at bottom of garden this afternoon.
Also a male and female Sparrowhawk thermalling above garden, 2 Buzzards over and a Kestrel hunting over the rough field at back of house.
Chiffchaff still singing a couple of gardens away,and Nuthatch
singing also.

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