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RE: Other Manchester City Centre birds


20th December.

Around the Blackfriars Bridge area of the Irwell at approx. 9.40 am.

8 Tufted Duck (4m,4f), 3 Goosander (2m,1f) and 1 Teal (1m). biggrin.gif

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Little gebe on Irwell near Victoria rail bridge.

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2 Little Grebe on the R. Irwell next to Ramada Hotel this afternoon

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On the periphery - a Kingfisher on the R Medlock behind Ardwick youth club on Palmerston St on Monday 22nd. (info from Tony Groom)



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There is a pre-roost forming on the buildings opposite The Lowry Hotel on thr Mcr side of the river, may be a staging post on the way in to St Ann's square perhaps.

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Estimate about 50 pied wagtails flying around St Anne's Square, Deansgate area.

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I came out of work late afternoon today to see the outline of a Harrier sp flying high, but looking to be descending and heading west.

It was in to the sun and I had no optics so no detail I'm afraid.

Best I can say is that it looked fairly hefty so I'm ruling out Monty's unless someone picks one up on Astley Moss tomorrow!

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The patch of grass outside the new Council HQ (One First Street), has been colonised by about a dozen Canada Geese. It's nice to see them in this new context - they look superb in repose and quite comical when they waddle in pairs down the pathways, without so much as a by-your-leave for the people walking alongside them.

Am hoping for some winter thrushes on the patch once the season turns!

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7th Oct 4.40pm :About 20 pied wags flew down the centre of Deansgate with a sparrowhawk in the middle of them.

-- Edited by Adrian Dancy on Friday 8th of October 2010 01:17:23 AM

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There seemed to be Robins everywhere after the downpour - never thought there would be a big movement of that species at this time of year (but I have been known to be wrong!)

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Humdinger of a storm over the City Centre at the moment - hopefully the trees and bushes will be alive with grounded migrants once it clears up!

In the meantime a redhead Goosander on the Irwell outside the Lowry Hotel this morning and Peregrines seem to be showing more than they have in recent weeks.

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Cormorant & Grey Heron on/beside River Irwell underneath Victoria Station bridge this a.m.

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2 corvids that just flew through the City Centre alighting briefly on No 1 Deansgate were almost cetainly Ravens.

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I live behind Piccadilly Station and my niger seed feeder is emptied every 3/4 days by the large number of Goldfinches feeding on it. Record Count so far is 6 either on the feeder or waiting in line in the fence.

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Another Juv Goldfinch collect today in the town centre.

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Must have been a good Goldfinch breeding season in the Town centre, picked up another juv Goldfinch from the Lowery Hotel today.

The ledges on this hotel have been used by Peregrines recently,roosting and feeding on there


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Collected a juvenile Goldfinch from the Hilton Hotel on Deansgate today, should make a good recovery.

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2 Mute Swans with 3 cygnets on canal extension behind Ancoats retail park.

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Kestrels in the Piccadilly Basin have had just one chick that fledged in the last day or two. Given the time span from when I saw the dead female kestrel on the Town Hall roof it would seem that it must have been another female bird.

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A family party of Blue Tits in the trees near the Triangle today c8 birds.

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Whitethroat singing from buddleia in Boddington's car park this morning 6:45

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From the Peregrine stand today, we were treated to views of a stunning male Grey Wagtail, they were doing some work on top of the Printworks creating some disturbance.

Also saw two Mistle Thrushes, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Swift and Woodpigeon, oops forgot the 2 Blue Tits.

-- Edited by Karen Foulkes on Friday 14th of May 2010 08:53:35 PM

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It seems a mistle thrush fledged today and spent some time perched on the chrome barrier separating cappuchino drinkers from the highway. People taking pictures with PAS cameras and mobile phones. I stuck around to make sure it didn't end up on the road. It didn't , it managed to fly up to 'Next' where it was fed by parent still attracting a lot of attention by the public. I saw another bird being fed in the nest. Mistle thrushes don't half like precarious nesting sites. Whether my pictures are any good remains to be seen.

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11th May.

A single fledgling Blackbird was perched on a balcony in the Shudehill area early this afternoon. I could hear the male adult close by giving out those short, very high- pitched squeaky distress calls that they sometimes do when alarm/danger is present, presumably because a Magpie was perched on the apex of a roof, not that far away from the young bird?

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Hi Tom Willis,

I read about your prblem with the thrushes; I sent you a PM and hope this is of help.
Kind Regards,
Mike P

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It appears they have also nested closer elsewhere , I found another nest this evening after watching a juvy spend most of its evening in a tree pit outside Next opposite the triange. Poor thing couldn't find much to eat and after two hours finally flew onto the lawns adj to Urbis when it managed to find a kiddies gum to eat which I discouraged it from, then it found a bit of peach. An adult that was feeding chicks at the near location robbed it then when finished flew off. I reunited the fledgling with its peach.

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They'll probably be the Mistle Thrushes which bred in Victoria Station.

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Beautiful pair of thrushes (think mistle!) gathering food on the grass between Chetham's and Urbis, on Friday and yesterday.

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Unsuccessful attempt to spot black redstarts in the northern quarter area on Saturday morning. Only sighting of note was a thrush (I really struggle to tell the difference between mistle/song) singing from the top of a building on Dale St.

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Black redstart on building on Lever Street opposite bus stops and siding onto Back Piccadilly. All other areas covered but no sitings.

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Black Redstart singing on top of Debenham's this morning (information from Dave Steel). Also one reported near Victoria Station yesterday ( via RSPB staff who presumably are doing the Peregrine watch)

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Blackcap singing in the rain this lunchtime in tall trees by Bridge Street bridge near the Markaddy(not sure how good a record this is for the centre..)

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Watched a pair of goldfinches from Piccadilly station this morning - flying between Star and Garter and the station.

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Late post for 23rd - the same or another Buzzard soaring over Town Hall area seen from my office on Bridge Street.

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Couple of days late adding this, but on Friday there was a sparrowhawk drifting low over the train as we pulled into Piccadilly.

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2 Grey Wagtails on River Medlock near Lass'O'Gowrie this afternoon

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Steve Suttill wrote:


Plenty of Goldfinches in the City Centre as well - but I don't think we've got proof of breeding for them yet. I got some nice photos of them perching on razor wire this morning!

Steve


Sorry, I have taken a while to come back on this one - but this has been my first chance to check my old notebooks in conjunction with my BTO atlas computer records. But I watched adult Goldfinches feeding begging young aww.gif near the New Islington site on 2nd August 2009. thumbsup.gif

Should show up as an "out of season breeding record" - missed out on the "official" breeding season by a mere 2 days!!

Cheers,

Bill.

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Late post for 20th april. A Common buzzard was being mobbed over the cathedral at about 8.30 am
By one of the peregrines

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Male Redstart in full cry this morning






Male 'Common' Redstart Mike ?

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Male Redstart in full cry this morning on streetlamp above car park which used to be the old Victoria bus station. Goldfinches flying around and above Afflecks Palace, Church Street Multi-storey car park and car park next to The Unicorn.

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Lots of Goldfinch for me as well this morning, around the Cathedral and in Piccadilly Gardens.

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Yes Bill, beat you to it biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

Mistle Thrushes have bred in the station for as many years as I can remember, though this is the earliest yet. Plenty of time for another brood.

Plenty of Goldfinches in the City Centre as well - but I don't think we've got proof of breeding for them yet. I got some nice photos of them perching on razor wire this morning!

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20th April.

A lovely sighting from Victoria Station this lunchtime. Over platforms 1 and 2 of the station a begging fledgling aww.gif Mistle Thrush was seen perched high up in the metallic rafters and was being fed by an adult bird, which was dropping down onto the tracks and presumably picking up discarded takeaway food bits etc popcorn.gifdonut.gif, which it then carried up into the rafters to feed to the vocal youngster. aww.gif

A really heart-warming sight in a pretty grotty urban setting! nod.gif

This might have been a first confirmed breeding record for this species for the BTO and GM breeding birds atlas projects for tetrad SJ89P, if there hadn't already been an earlier one!! bleh.gifbleh.gif See Steve Suttill's post on this same thread dated 11/6/08.

Keep atlasing!,

Bill.

-- Edited by Bill Myerscough on Tuesday 20th of April 2010 02:00:52 PM

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Goldcrest in conifer near cathedral. Carrion crows bringing in nest material to same tree.

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Female kestrel on the town hall tower tonight...previous sitings have been of the male.

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male goosander and a swan on the irwell where it goes under trinity way.also one grey wagtail.also watched blue tits carrying nesting material into a wall.across the river a chiffchaff was calling.also greenfinches singing.

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Kestrel over the town hall again making a lot of noise.

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Just outside the centre a Woodcock flew east across the A56 near White City at about 7:30 this morning, my third in central Manchester in a few months.

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Kestrel displaying over the town hall in late afternoon. Local crows mobbing but the male putting up with them admirably and the crows flew off....I wonder?

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Having a crafty pint in the beer garden at the back of Fringe Bar on Swan St the other day, about 6:30pm, when a male blackbird flew right across us, underneath the canopy, nearly took our heads off! He was singing like a maniac as he zoomed through.

Then he perched in a bush next to us, yammering away like a good 'un.

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