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Brookdale Park, Newton Heath.

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2 brief but reasonable views of a Spotted Flycatcher. biggrin.gif Spent 20 mins trying to refind the bird but failed. cry.gif

Also single juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker. From observations - very recently fledged as it appeared quite ungainly when it tried to move about the tree that I finally managed to locate it in after a 15 minute search - but no sign of any parents.cry.gif Plenty of sightings of Chaffinch breeding activity - a male feeding 2 fledged juveniles and in different parts of the park - a female feeding a single juvenile and another was nest building. Pair of Magpies with a single fledged young. Family party of 4 Mistle Thrush - 2 adults and 2 independently feeding juveniles. Family parties of Blue and Great Tits - some just out of nests and other nestlings ready to fledge soon heard calling loudly from holes in walls, nest boxes etc. Family party of Long-tailed Tits.

Fledged House Sparrows and Starlings. Disappointingly a feeding flock of c110 Starlings appeared to consist of only about 20% juvenile birds. Wonder if the earlier prolonged dry spell has had an effect on this species breeding productivity this year? confuse.gif

Also seen nearby - Wren carrying food, with at least 2 unseen fledged young heard calling and a pair of Bullfinch with a single young bird. Kestrel seen and Whitethroat heard singing.

Cheers,

Bill.

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From Failsworth through Brookdale Park as part of one big long walk

Woodpigion
GS Woodpecker
Blackbird
Chaffinch
Song Thrush
Blue Tit
Great Tit

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Lapwing displaying over the roof of CarpetRight

Also Kestrel coming off the mill tower at Mac's gym

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Brookdale Park, Newton Heath

19th November - am.

5+ Mistle Thrush, one of which was singing sing.gif in the park. Also 2 Nuthatch, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.


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Bill.

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21st March.

Min 24 Golden Plover in same field late this morning.biggrin.gif

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7th March.

Have called in several times over the winter months to look for the flock of Golden Plover that were here last winter/spring. But without any luck until today when an exact count of 30 were on the fields where the old Monsall Hospital used to be.biggrin.gifsmile.gif Beautifully hidden away amongst the golden coloured grassland - some were just starting to acquire breeding plumage and looked quite gorgeous in the bright sunlight. The other field which the Golden Plovers used last year is currently being built on.cry.gif

Also 15 widely dispersed Lapwing and assorted gulls, Starlings, Magpies and Woodpigeons.

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Assorted Juveniles around today, inc. Robin, Dunnock, Long-tailed Tits and Bullfinch. The Goldfinches failed on both attempts (like Bill I'm blaming the local Magpies-who managed 3 young- whether they like it or not) Blackbirds are also feeding young somewhere but no offspring seen yet

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Pr of Goldfinches with nesting material on site.

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NEWTON HEATH and environs


Just to stop Bill worrying......above.gifwink.gif

Single Lapwing on the roof of CarpetRight 10.00 a.m.

Male Blackbird carrying food

Pair of Bullfinch through about 2.00 p.m. hopefully on way to nest nearby again this year

Otherwise just the usual

-- Edited by Mike Chorley on Monday 13th of April 2009 11:57:46 PM

-- Edited by Mike Chorley on Monday 13th of April 2009 11:58:23 PM

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At least 9 Golden Plovers still present this morning, along with 2 Linnets, Skylark, Lapwings etc.

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Bill Myerscough wrote:

12th April.

Is the Central Business Park actually in Newton Heath?

I don't think anyone knows which bit goes where round there, Bill weirdface.gif

Certainly they didn't in the run up sprint.gif to the Commonwealth Games. Banners on lampposts everywhere with 'Newton Heath', 'Ancoats' etc but from Thorp Road to Hulme Hall Lane not a scrap of cloth anywhere invisible.gif

I work about 100 yds from the old Miles Platting Station, which appears to be in Collyhurstconfuse.gif, and we're definately in Newton Heath


Anyway, feel free to post away, the more the merrier teamwork.gif

1 Willow Warbler on site today, otherwise just the common or garden stuff

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12th April.

Is the Central Business Park actually in Newton Heath? - not sure, still will "drop" my sightings in from there onto this thread - I'm sure Mike won't mind! wink.gif

Central Business Park - early morning - both single Skylarks and Linnets were singing!
c25 Golden Plover still present.
A Reed Bunting called.
Two Lesser Black-backed Gulls decided to peruse evileye.gif the site from the vantage point of two street lights overlooking the site, sending the Lapwings into a bit of a frenzy.

Rochdale Canal at Newton Heath - 3 Grey Wagtails happy.gif and a Canada Goose sat on a nest. hmm.gif

At nearby Clayton Vale - double figures of Jays giving some strange vocalisations - some sounding like "mewing" Buzzards! A pair of Bullfinches were nest building. 3 singing Chiffchaff, 3 singing Blackcap and 2 singing Willow Warbler.

Have been trying to add a few roving records for the breeding atlas project for some of the tetrads bordering the north side of the city centre - its interesting and surprising to see what is about. I thought I would visit a series of fishing lodges alongside the industrial works on Grimshaw Lane at Newton Heath but they seem to have gone now?

Keep atlasing!

Bill.


-- Edited by Bill Myerscough on Sunday 12th of April 2009 04:44:15 PM

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First Willow Warbler for here, in birches behind the site. Quite vocal, until I got a chance to dig out the 'binshmm.gif

Also 2 Greenfinch in song/display flight, pair of Goldfinches, single Lapwing over from the Central Business Park and a possible Peregrine low over Jewsons around 10.30 a.m.

-- Edited by Mike Chorley on Sunday 12th of April 2009 10:41:16 PM

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2 Swallows over Central Manchester Business Park 1.00 p.m.

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5 redpoll over work today, bringing site total (inc. flyby's) to 50 species.

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Ant-swarming day today. Lots of bhg activity all day (up to 75 at peak) and at least double the normal number of swifts. Unfortunately work intruded just as I was about to do a higher altitude scan furious.gif

also family party of 15 long-tailed tits, pair of blackbirds still feeding young, great tit ditto

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Common Buzzard WSW low over work (Oldham Road) 2.30 p.m. Also goldfinch singing there last three days.

-- Edited by Mike Chorley at 17:25, 2008-07-13

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