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Other Manchester City Centre birds


Starlings it seems are like buses. None whatsoever for 6 years and then a flock of 12 descended to feed on whitebeam berries today. Alongside at least 4 mistle thrush, several blackbird, greenfinch, goldfinch and wood pigeons.

These whitebeam trees are literally alive with birds. Bodes well for possible waxwing irruptions assuming there's any berries left in a few weeks.

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A great morning of half watching the rugby and half window-birding from Rozel Square.

17 species including a first record for starling at St John's Gardens. Finally.
others -

1 chiffchaff,
2 coal tit,
blue tits,
great tits,
2 chaffinch,
6 blackbird,
wood pigeons and feral pigeons
2 dunnock
1 greenfinch
goldfinches
house sparrows
magpie
wren
robin
black headed gull


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8 greenfinch still feeding on whitebeam berries (along with increased numbers of blackbird and woodpigeon) at Rozel Sq st john's gardens.





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Greenfinch at rozel square today, first for a long time. Large mixed tit flock of 17 blue tit, 5 great tit, a single coal tit.
Also the grey wagtail is still around feeding under its favourite birch trees, presumably on inverts washed off by the rain.

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singing Chiffchaff in Vimto today https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60120855 and a Goldcrest yesterday - first since spring 2018....

https://ebird.org/barchart?r=L4934653&yr=all&m=



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Common Whitethroat and 2 Coal Tits at Vimto Park this morning - both site megas:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59844253



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Kestrel on the ground photographed on Sackville St. this evening at close range by Amanda Wallace via Facebook. Here's her pic

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Clearly another influx of flying ants today, I was stood in St Peters square around 6.30pm & was watching many gulls circling around, not in the hundreds but not far off a hundred in total mostly lesser black backed, few herring & black headed gulls. Whilst watching these I then noticed a number of starlings flycatching on the top of no 1 & no 2 buildings, I first thought there were around 30+ of them but one photo revealed at least 58, nice to watch for around 20 minutes before they all flew off towards Oxford Road train station.

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About 20 sand martins feeding over Rozel sq St. Johns gardens just now, with another 20 martins or so over the top of no1 spinningfields feeding although those were high up so uncertain on species

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Willow warbler feeding in birch trees at Rozel Sq this morning - new record for location.

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Lesser black-backed gull chick visible and calling from the roof of Zizzi's on King Street, on the flat roof bit by the chimney. Adults calling and flying around overhead.

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Chiffchaff calling and seen feeding from birch trees at Rozel square St John's Gardens yesterday afternoon

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About 15 or so swifts were feeding over Castlefield on Saturday.
Also there seems to have been a little influx of coal tits to the city centre - at least 2 birds singing from Rozel Sq. at the weekend

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There was a fledgling coal tit on my peanut feeder this morning, Rozel Square, city centre. Until now I've only really known coal tits as winter visitors here.

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a common buzzard circled high over the town hall this afternoon.
male kestrel at the town hall, looking very scruffy.
2 mistle thrush in parsonage gardens.
there are several pairs of lesser black backed gulls around, I watched one adult attacking one of the several crows that are also around.
1 grey wagtail

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A mistle thrush, a song thrush and blackbirds all singing yesterday evening/this morning around Rozel square. A wonderful city centre soundscape.


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First jay i've ever recorded at Rozel Square this morning. Noticed when all the local blue tits were warning calling. It flew in from Castlefield and fed off one of the bird feeders.

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A near adult/adult Iceland Gull with Herring Gulls and Lesser Black-Backed Gulls over Dale Street car park Tuesday 2nd April 2.10pm.   They had appeared to have flown from the East.  The Herring Gulls and Lesser Black- Backed Gulls dropped onto the water bodies of what is probably the Picadilly Basin.  The Iceland Gull flew quite low but then carried on westwards

 



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Loud chirping made me notice a blackbird nest at Rozel Square this morning, with at least 3 fairly well developed chicks.
The location is regularly disturbed so the nest may be relatively safe from the local magpies.

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2 goosander, 1 kingfisher & 1 grey heron on the river Irwell viewed from Victoria bridge.
2 mistle thrush in parsonage gardens

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forgot to mention in my post for yesterday that 2 mallards were sleeping in Piccadilly gardens.

today, 4 goosander on the river Irwell & 1 kingfisher from Victoria bridge.

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male goosander on the high fast flowing river Irwell from Victoria bridge this afternoon.
mistle thrush on the premier inn.
blackbird singing at the cathedral, also 8 goldfinch there.

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3 Cormorant flying East along Whitworth Street at 06:50 this am.



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Sparrowhawk flew low over St John's gardens this morning heading west, scaring the hell out of all the pigeons and passerines.

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Baby - very newly fledged - Mistle Thrush this morning (8ish). Just South of the Mancunian Way (the trees by the cycle path off the bottom of Sackville St.). Making a huge din, with parents in the background bringing food (caterpillars I think).

Given Steven's post on 8th Jan, could this be a 2nd brood?! Seems madly early perhaps spring is coming...



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Along the River Irwell today, near to the Lowry hotel at 12.30pm:

6 Goosander (3male, 3 female)
3 Mute Swan
2 Cormorants

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Walk to work through Rozel Sq, 1 song thrush (relatively unusual) also 12 goldfinch, 2 dunnock, 2 collared dove, 2 blackbird, 1 blue tit, 2 wood pigeon.

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Out with my folks in Manchester today, and on a whim we walked over from the Cathedral to look at Strangeways Prison, as you do (!). Lining the carpark at the old Boddies brewery site were lots of very berry-laden trees, and there was a good number of Redwing around and about. Also a dozen or so more on a tree on Elsworth Street up the hill towards Cheetham Hill.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Ordsall Waxwings found the trees on Bury New Road in due course, it's not far away from where they are

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Dunnock snuffling around the Alpine Village in the amphitheatre outside the Great Northern Warehouse this morning.

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A redwing was in subsong at St John's Gardens this morning, with a mistle thrush rattling away just above in the same tree.
Plenty of blackbirds feeding on what's left of the crab apples and rowan berries.

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1 dipper on the river medlock viewed from pin mill brow on the city centre side, it then flew down river a few minutes later.
Numerous blackbirds & redwings on a walk around faraday tower & piccadilly area.
Just outside the city centre I went to look for the recent sighting of waxwings at gartside gardens but none seen, as I walked back to the city centre I noticed 2 juvenile mistle thrush sat in a tree next to the mancunian way, I have seen juveniles in February but never this early ! Photo attached.



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2 redhead Goosander on the Irwell, near the Lowry Hotel this afternoon.

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2 Dipper at Pin Mill Brow this morning, also male Sparrowhawk and 32 Redwing - full list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50769632



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Wednesday, 24th Nov:

Grey Wagtail 1 heard over King Street.

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Ring necked parakeet currently calling from Norway maple opposite the spinningfields Armani store on deansgate

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Late post, but last Thursday AM, heard the sounds of a falcon on Lloyd Street - a Kestrel was bickering with a second unidentified bird just above the roof of the Town Hall. 



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A dipper flew upstream of the river medlock viewed from Fairfield street also 2 grey wagtails.

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A Great Crested Grebe was a good city centre bird today, viewed on the Irwell looking downstream from Victoria Bridge Street.



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Sparrowhawk (probable male) hunting various passerines on Monday afternoon from the cypress tree at Rozel Sq.

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Up to 7 house sparrows have been using the bird bath (for drinking mostly) recently at Rozel Square, flying in from their Camp Street nest sites. Including at least one adult male and several likely 1st year birds.
They have also been feeding in a group on lavender seeds, as well as people's seed feeders. The dry sandy soil under a Leyland cypress nearby is being used as a dust bath.
They do seem to require quite a heterogeneous landscape which may be a cause of wider declines elsewhere. Just from personal observation they seem to require drinking water more regularly than other similar sized birds.

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A sparrowhawk was seen flying around the cathedral this aft/eve.

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A pillar of Lesser-blacked Backed Gulls and Black-headed Gulls circled over Manchester at around 12.40pm moving from east to west. I was not able to get a full view but would estimate 100-200.



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Random lying-on-back sky-gazing in the sun yesterday from 16:00 to 16:20, 4 swift flying singly over St John's Gardens, generally heading north east.
A similar sky gazing for 10 minutes this afternoon at 15:00, 2 swift over both north east.
Possibly non-breeding birds heading to potential breeding grounds to scope out nest sites for next year.

Also a coal tit singing in the cedar at Rozel Square this morning.

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Just now - an exhausted juvenile Bullfinch, immobile on the grass in front of the Cenotaph in St Peter's Square.  The bird was alive, but obviously not in good shape.  



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A common buzzard circled slowly over the cathedral & then the arndale this afternoon it also hovered on a couple of occasions.
Grey wagtail from blackfriars bridge.
Mistle thrush in parsonage gardens.

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About 9.30 this morning

Just outside the city centre, start of the Mancunian way ,Salford end, up to 20 Canada geese attempting to cross the road in heavy traffic. Hope that went well, traffic did appear to be slowing down but it was quite busy, fingers crossed.

Cheers Jay

Dont twitch and drive (unless absolutely necessary)



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I've only ever managed to spot Mr Dancy in my wanders

 

 



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There used to be a list of who had ticked who(m?) from the site - it got more competitive than year listing at one stage!



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Rob, that's a rare sighting of an elusive species - well done and good to meet you too :)

I know of another blue tit family about to fledge (as of this morning anyway) near Bootle Street, fingers crossed they don't succumb to the same fate.

A pair of blackbirds at Rozel Square have recently fledged and the constant alarm calling from the parents at the local magpies is driving me nuts.

3 sand martins were feeding over the Manchester Arena area around dawn yesterday, and a kestrel was perched on the building. It seems to use the arena as a regular hunting perch.

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Blue Tits fledged from a building in Parsonage Gardens today, sadly most if not all immediately fell prey to a pair of Magpies. 

(Brief sighting of James Richardson yesterday - nice to meet you!)



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