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Other Manchester City Centre birds


A dead Woodcock today on a street in Blackfriars, photographed and possibly a Peregrine kill.

Info from Ray Scally.

Cheers, John

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4 goosanders over cathedral at 4.38pm heading north/north west.

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Lunchtime walk today, saw a kingfisher on the Irwell for the second time in two days. Yesterday (1.55pm) it flew under Bridge Street West and settled on vegetation on the wall of the right bank (viewed from the bridge towards Lowry Hotel).

Today (c.1pm) - one flew under the Lowry Hotel pedestrian bridge, along the bank opposite the hotel, passing within a few feet of a grey wagtail.

It cheered me up on a bad day at the office.

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Saw a juvenile falcon(at about 2.0m range!!) eating some KFC scraps in the car park between Bloom St and Richmond St (behind queer), tried to get my camera phone out but he flew up to a little ledge in the neighbouring car-park, really made my day!

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Karen Foulkes wrote:

12 Goldfinches feeding outside Boots in Piccadilly at 1620





Hi the goldies are in the trees around Piccadilly every day i see them at 7am and again at 230pm

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12 Goldfinches feeding outside Boots in Piccadilly at 1620

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whilst eating my mcdonalds in parsonage gardens around 3.15pm there was 10 blue tits,happily coming down on the grass about 6ft away from me eating the small pieces off my fries that i was throwing down. also 2 mistle thrush,1 also feeding with the blue tits, 2 magpies, 1 blackbird, 3 greenfinches, 1 wren.

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2 coromorants flying over irwell at 3pm saturday 10 december

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4 goosander this afternoon on river Irwell, between the Lowry Hotel and Premier Inn at around 1pm.

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female goosander feeding on river irwell near cathedral today, showing well, seemed unphased to my presence (something which i've not experienced with a goosander before).

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A colleague today saw a crowd of people gathered in Piccadilly Gardens - on investigating, he found that they were crowded around a 'Peregrine Falcon', which was lunching on a pigeon. Some of the onlookers had seen the raptor strike the pigeon in mid-air.

From the photograph my colleague took, I was able to reidentify the raptor as either a female or an immature Sparrowhawk.

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Steve Suttill wrote:

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when I went pasty at 9:15ish.





following Steven Burke's sausage roll, is there a theme developing here?

And what about the PIEd Wagtails?

Steve







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Rob Smallwood wrote:

when I went pasty at 9:15ish.





following Steven Burke's sausage roll, is there a theme developing here?

And what about the PIEd Wagtails?

Steve

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Last night's frost may well be responsible for the first (for me this winter) red head Goosander on the Irwell outside the Lowry Hotel this morning.

Up to 2 Peregrine roosting on hotel but neither present today when I went pasty at 9:15ish.

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1 kingfisher on river irwell flying past lowry hotel at 3.55pm,whilst i was feeding the b h gulls some off my sausage roll
also in parsonage gardens between 4-4.30pm,1 mistle thrush, 1 blackbird, 3 blue tits, 2 greenfinches & 2 magpies.

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Ollie Wright wrote:

Report from my better half - on Friday morning, a Kestrel apparently flew into the road on Portland Street, to steal food from a pigeon. The Kestrel narrowly avoided being hit by a bus, before flying off with its spoils.

She is not a birdwatcher, but was able to identify the bird using Google images (and a stuffed Kestrel at Manchester Museum).

I haven't seen this sort of scavenging behaviour in Kestrels myself?





I dare say that the observation by your 'better half' was correct. Kestrels do scavange in the city. They do also fly worrying low over the streets even when busy.

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Where in the city centre are there Whitethroat?

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From 7:40-8:20 this morning, approximately 160 Woodpigeons flew S/SW over the New Cross area of the City Centre

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Report from my better half - on Friday morning, a Kestrel apparently flew into the road on Portland Street, to steal food from a pigeon. The Kestrel narrowly avoided being hit by a bus, before flying off with its spoils.

She is not a birdwatcher, but was able to identify the bird using Google images (and a stuffed Kestrel at Manchester Museum).

I haven't seen this sort of scavenging behaviour in Kestrels myself?

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1 buzzard gliding over aytoun st heading north/westerly towards arndale at 4.25pm.
3 goosanders (f) on river irwell at victoria bridge at 5.45pm.

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16 Canada Geese low down Market Street at 6 50am strange sight indeed

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3 possibly 4 juvenile Kestrels fledged this week in Piccadilly basin. When I was talking to one of the residents in the street a juvenile walked up next to us and obviously wanted to join in the conversation. I ushshered it back to a safe spot. When the trams are up and running they will be in peril.

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dave broome wrote:

A total of 23 species seen on a wander today, after seeing the Black Redstart on the Town Hall. Included Whitethroat feeding young, Kingfisher and Grey Heron on the Irwell.



Thanks for entering these as atlas records, Dave

For the first time ever, I was checking someone's records at the same time as they were entering them. Thought I was going mad for the moment

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A total of 23 species seen on a wander today, after seeing the Black Redstart on the Town Hall. Included Whitethroat feeding young, Kingfisher and Grey Heron on the Irwell.

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9.00 a.m. on the Irwell near Victoria Station, really surprised to see 1 male Mandarin Duck, also 2 Grey Heron. A workman building the new footbridge over the river told me he regularily sees Kingfisher here also.
Cheers Ian

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There is currently a Parakeet sp flying around the Parsonage Gardens/Bridge Street area of central Manchester.

Can't get much on it but it appears to be grey and white with a conspicuous white wing bar.

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Fri 6th may - Two Swifts flying over Clayton Aniline /North Road Droyslden area at 8am

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19/4/11 4.50pm

Mistle Thrush in a tree outside a Bruntwood owned building on Portland Street.

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It seems a pair of carion crows have made their nest in the crown on top of the spire at Minshull Street Court. A very vunerable location.

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Plenty of Goldfinches in Piccadilly Gardens every morning
Heron over the M.E.N

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Thanks Ian. I suppose it could have been a Sparrowhawk, but seemed a little small for that? It defo was not a Peregrine or Kestrel. It made no attempt to get any of the pigeons & just swirlled on the thermals as I have seen Buzzards do. There was a peregrine much higher up as if watching this larger bird. I just wish I had had my bins. I see someone has seen 5 Buzzards today at The Lowry. Whatever it was it was a magic 10 mins that only I & the pigeons seemed to be aware of in the busy, sunny, city centre.

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I've seen both Sparrowhawk and Buzzard soaring over the city centre this week.

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Soaring Peregrines (and Kestrels) have a very different shape when soaring Kath and could fit your description but Sparrowhawk is also a distinct possibility. Buzzard would display a distinctly and deeply 'fingered' appearance to the primaries (outermost part of the wing- forgive me if you already understand what primaries are ).

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I was in Picadilly gardens at 1pm yesterday. The usually gangs of pigeons were on the old Woolworths roof, statues & bits of grass when they all took to the air. A large bird of prey was above us. I thought it might have been one of the peregrines but it looked bigger, its shape was not of a peregrine & I could see distinctive colours under it's wings. The wings were more rounded & the tail more fanned. It made no attempt to dive at the pigeons & just swirled above us in the warm sunshine. Much higher up in the air was a peregrine. This went on for about ten mins then everything went quiet. Have we now got Buzzards in the city? I see that one was seen in the Northern Quarter in Feb.

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1.15pm above the Lowry without binoculars.

5 Buzzards circling very high slowly drifting south ish, brought to my attention by one of the peregrines busy mobbing them calling constantly.

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That's a refreshingly pleasing and encouraging attitude Luke as like you say, it's very easy to try too hard to convince ourselves sometimes and at the end of the day we've just got to let some sightings we can't fully nail go

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Rob Smallwood wrote:

Med Gulls tend to wander about this time of year and could turn up anywhere, I always think that the wings look quite rounded and broad compared to B-h, but their flight tends to be stronger. Worth keeping a look out for it.

I spend each winter day trying to turn the B-h gulls outside the Lowry Hotel into Bonarparte's, will now check them for Med's too!






Like I say it was difficult as it was over the other side of the road. Thinking back it did seem quite 'rounded' but I suppose you can try too hard to convince yourself haha. The white pale wings was the thing that stood out to me but I guess I'll never know.

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Mark Whalley wrote:

Not sure it counts as a City centre bird spot but I travel to Sale every morning on the tram and this morning as I was passing the triangle of land between the canal and the river, on the right, just after the tram leaves Cornbrook there was a lapwing chasing off a pair of crows.






Mark - thats Pomona - there is a speerate thread on the forum for it, put Pomona in the search facility. Well worth keeping an eye on this area.

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Med Gulls tend to wander about this time of year and could turn up anywhere, I always think that the wings look quite rounded and broad compared to B-h, but their flight tends to be stronger. Worth keeping a look out for it.

I spend each winter day trying to turn the B-h gulls outside the Lowry Hotel into Bonarparte's, will now check them for Med's too!

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Quick question... What's the likelihood of a Med Gull finding itself in Manchester city centre? Saw a single gull from my work window today, never came close enough to get full details, but it appeared to have no black in its primaries at all, was very pale and and had a funny awkward flight pattern.

I'm no expert on Med Gulls and the only one have seen was not an adult, but it seemed distinctively different.

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Not sure it counts as a City centre bird spot but I travel to Sale every morning on the tram and this morning as I was passing the triangle of land between the canal and the river, on the right, just after the tram leaves Cornbrook there was a lapwing chasing off a pair of crows.

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Sparrowhawk over Bridgewater Hall 16.10

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20+ pied wagtails gathering in tree off Piccadilly Gardens yesterday evening (1830ish)

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A Buzzard was circling high over the Northern Quarter for about five minutes around 16:00 today, drifting gradually northward.

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Group of about 30+ Mistle thrush congregating in trees around Upper Brook street this morning.

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River Irwell (city centre): Peregrine flew through, Little grebe on river, as well as 4 Moorhen, 2 Mallard, 2 Canada geese and c20 Black headed gull.

Also Mistle thrush, 2 Blue tit, Wood pigeons and Magpies.

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Grey Wagtail on window ledge on Soap Street this morning.

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4.30pm Sparrowhawk hunting the pied wagtails from Peter House then from the roof of New Town Hall Building.

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2 Mallards and about 10 BH Gulls lunchtime - Lowry Bridge

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