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County garden birds


Friday 11.10.19 9am.
My Stretford backyard feeders -
Goldfinch 40 + .
Pied wagtail heard several times this week and seen by Sue my neighbour whilst putting her bins out in the alleyway.

Also a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over on Tuesday afternoon.

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At least 450 jackdaws passed over very low from my Radcliffe garden this evening at dusk. A very impressive sight. Only once in the last 20 years did some of them actually land around and in my garden numbering about 60 - possibly in 2015? (I didn't log a date with my paperwork for some reason at that time). Ta!

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Flyovers next to Humphrey Park around 11:30am included a line of five cormorants and two swallows.



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Redwings heard passing over my Radcliffe garden at 8:20pm. Going towards Elton. Ta!

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A chiffchaff was in my Radcliffe garden this afternoon after hearing one sing in the area this morning.

Chiffchaff is a very scarce bird in my Radcliffe garden as some years I don't get any, so this one was a bonus and was "hanging out" with my regular blue tits and coal tits.

Ta!

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As I got out of the car at home in Astley, coming in from work at 8pm tonight, I could hear lots of Redwing calls overhead going south.



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First redwings of the autumn for me this morning, heard only though at 5.30 am over my old trafford garden.

My feeders have been very busy over the last couple of months with upto 70 goldfinch on a daily basis.
Other birds....
40+ house sparrows
Upto 15 starlings at one point last week.
2 jackdaws
Blue tits
Great tits
Coal tits
And 2 ring-necked parakeets which only tend to come early mornings now.
Female sparrowhawk keeps whizzing in but not actually seen it catch anything as yet.

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Late post for Monday 30.09.19.
(Wet and windy).
On and around my Stretford backyard feeders -

Goldfinch - 58* not seen this many for a while.
Starling - c15 over.
And earlier nearby a single Greenfinch.
Today -
Goldfinch - 25 about 11am
Greenfinch - 1.



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I've been seeing a couple of times at least 2 jays and a daily sparrowhawk over the last week(s) passing my Radcliffe garden (apologies for missing writing "Radcliffe garden" on a few recent posts as i usually have done in past). Also my feeders are very very busy lately too mostly with goldfinches, then greenfinch, house sparrow and Chaffinch! Ta!

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Had a young Grey Wagtail taking insects from the edges of our Hale garden pond at about 18.00 this evening.



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30 Goldfinch on and around my Stretford backyard feeders 10:30am today. When its rough weather they always come.
Ps. I've seen them feeding on Sorbus berries on Burleigh rd behind the tree where the feeders used to be sited.

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8a.m., two treecreepers on dead cedar in my Bury garden. Joy !

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Flock of 12 Meadow Pipits south over my Irlam garden at 7.30am this morning.

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Raven flew over calling this lunchtime, heading towards Elton. (No sign at Elton later so would have passed straight through).

Ta!

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60 House Martin feeding over fields behind my Astley garden this morning.



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Technically not in our Openshaw garden, but viewed from one of our back bedroom windows onto the building site behind our home.

A pair of aberrant Carrion Crow, with white feathered collars.



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Two blue tits and a great tit (that I could see), an hour or so ago.



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Tawny owl just now, calling from the bottom of the garden (Romiley), then flew away calling. Have heard it twice during the night in last week or so; sounds like a young bird.



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Went into my Irlam back garden at about 19.30 this evening and could hear Swifts screeching high above. Couldnt see them though.

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Saturday 7th of September 2019 09:11:31 PM

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2 male sparrowhawks both seen together in the air very low down. A slight threat was made between them because of and one therefore moved away afterwards. Ta!

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On and around my Stretford backyard feeders at 9:30am today 06.09.19 were at least 46 Goldfinch, mainly juveniles with one begging for food.
Generally large numbers are turning up whenever the weather turns wet/windy and when its sunny for several days I'm lucky to get 10 (at any one time) so do the flock's move nearer to water ?

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Male blackbird collecting worms, seeds etcetera and flying off with them. No female.Looks like a fourth clutch. Is this possible?

Also, one of the three carrion crow chicks still with its parents. They are a team of three, eating from below the feeders, plus bits we put out for them. How long do chicks remain with parents? In my Bury garden.



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A few things noteworthy:

A female Tawny owl was calling from a near- by tree last night and was briefly seen flying across.
A buzzard passed over both yesterday and the day before

And may as well add the following other bits whilst posting this....

A successful brood of 3 young blackbirds from a nest which all fledged in July. One juvenile is still hanging around in my garden.
Feeders are very busy with the usual greenfinch, goldfinch, house sparrows, chaffinch and the ususal tits.
Not seen the bullfinches though since July.

Ta!

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Amazingly 2 Spotted Flycatchers just through the garden.

First in 25 years biggrin !



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About half an hour ago, 19.30 I noticed a lot of aerial feeding activity over Hale cemetery, looking through the trees at the bottom of our garden. The birds appeared to be mostly Black headed Gulls but the sun was setting in that direction so viewing was not the best. I was wondering if this could have been a swarm of flying ants in the air after such a hot day and the birds were feasting on them. but not sure if it's a bit late in the year - anyone any thoughts please?



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On my Stretforfd backyard feeders :
Quite a few Goldfinch,mainly young being fed and juvenile's beginning to attain deeper brown colours on the back and chest with one or two showing dark eyes and. black head bands forming.
Also nice to see a tatty Blue tit paying a brief visit.
Yesterday a Grey Squirrel turned up so I chucked a pan of water at it as it sat watching me.... should've cobbed the pan as well ,cos it'll be back !!!

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44 Goldfinch on and around my Stretford backyard feeders today (mainly juveniles).
Earlier in the week a Greenfinch made a couple of appearances with several Swift over.

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Had a beautiful Male Sparrowhawk visit my garden feeders in Walshaw, Bury this evening. It even stayed long enough to pose nicely for some photos. biggrin



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Common Whitethroat exploring the bushes in my garden this morning.  

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Again bad weather and again around 30 Goldfinch on my Stretford backyard feeders, mainly young ones.

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29 Goldfinch and 1 Greenfinch on my feeders and the BT wires above, seen by my neighbour Sue while I was out earlier today.

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Late post for Friday 02.08.19

Common Buzzard flying low and being mobbed by gulls over my backyard feeders in Stretford, drifting South towards Stretford meadows/tip. around 2pm ish.

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Just 15 minutes ago around 10.15 am I went into my old trafford garden to top up the feeders & an OSPREY flew low over, I quickly ran back into the house to get my camera from upstairs & got a couple of distant flying away shots, it was heading in a southerly direction.biggrin

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First time,ever, heard the soft peew,peew call of male bullfinch in my Bury garden. Glorious! Never heard his song.

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A Tawny Owl calling from Ash tree at bottom of garden from 10pm till 10.30 at least,that's the 2nd time this week, not sure if it's a young bird calling for food??

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A Common Sandpiper heard noisily flying around above my Irlam garden at 22.15 this evening then headed south.

Also an Oystercatcher heard at 00.10 last night before the thunderstorms.

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50 - 100 Black-headed Gull catching ants high over my backyard feeders , Gorse Hill, Stretford at 3:30pm today.

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Flying ants were picked up by the weather radar a week ago:

https://news.sky.com/story/flying-ant-swarm-in-southern-england-picked-up-by-weather-radar-11765247

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Chiffchaff singing nearby yesterday, and actually in the garden this morning. Sorry chaps, it's Autumn already!



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pete berry wrote:

Sounds like a big hatching of flying ants,that's usually the attraction for big number of gulls etc









They certainly were flying ants pete & plenty of themsmile

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Sounds like a big hatching of flying ants,that's usually the attraction for big number of gulls etc

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Just after 6pm this evening there was a sudden gust of wind whilst I was doing some gardening in my old trafford garden, as I looked up there was a lot of debris flying around including several plastic bags, feral pigeons & woodpigeons seemed to be struggling in flight as they passed over hmm
As the wind settled there was suddenly a mass of gulls in the air , they were obviously feeding on the flying insects that I have seen around the garden this afternoon /evening. Hard to count but at a guess I would say well over 400 gulls, mostly black headed, numerous lesser black backed & herring gulls. I also managed to pick up definitely 2 possibly 3 Mediterranean gulls. A couple of distant cropped crappy shots attached but you can see what it is. Around 7.05pm 1 Mediterranean gull went low over my garden but wasn't quite quick enough to get a good shot but one did get it as it flew past a tree wink
As well as all the gulls there must of been a couple of hundred swifts joining them & at least 3 house Martins. To add to this around 8pm there has been a couple of flocks of starlings going over in a south westerly direction a couple of hundred in each flock at least.

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A large mixed all juvenile tit flock has just visited my Radcliffe garden. Included several blue tits, coal tits, great tits and the biggest numbered species (about 18?) were the cutest juvenile long tailed tits you've ever seen!! Ta!

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Treecreeper on trees in my Bury garden. First seen last year.



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Heard a bullfinch in my Hopwood heywood garden yesterday evening. Had a family this time last year so must be breeding in a garden locally.

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Hooray! House sparrers on my Bury lawn, feeding on bread. Last time I saw this happen was in Salford, forty three years ago.

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On my backyard feeders around 6:15pm were -

Goldfinch - 15 (inc. 3 juveniles)
Woodpigeon - 2.
Cormorant - 6 over probably from Salford quays flying south.
Earlier today there was also a single Greenfinch present several times accompanied by a few Goldfinch and 3 Magpies just pillacking about as well as 3 Woodpigeon.

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On my Stretford backyard feeders just now was a pigeon with large swellings around it's eyes.

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A buzzard flew over my Radcliffe garden this evening. From what I saw of it it looked like a pale morph. The only other noteworthy thing I can add hear from last week is I've also had an unusual dark shaded juvenile goldfinch. From a distant it looks as if it's wet through - but on closer inspection it's clear that it has unusual darker markings. Ta!

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Jackdaw seen for the first time in our Eccles garden - along with the usual Starlings (and many juveniles), Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Blackbird, Magpie and House Sparrows (and several juveniles) .

Also, just the remains of a mass of Pigeon feathers - looks like it could have been taken out by a Sparrowhawk.

Still looking skywards awaiting to see my first Red Kite in Greater Manchester (fingers crossed).

-- Edited by Steve Judge on Tuesday 11th of June 2019 05:26:16 PM

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