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RE: Salford Quays


Spent three mid afternoon / evenings earlier in the week looking at the large gulls: 500 or more Herring Gulls one evening, also five G. B.-b. Gulls, but best was a superb ad. Yellow-legged Gull on the small 'island' next to 'Gnome Island' one afternoon. Also, on two days, a L. B.-b. Gull ringed as a chick on Walney Island in July 2022 was the same bird as seen by both Pete Hines and me in January on Turn Moss, no other sightings since ringing.

The Black-headed Gulls included 17 locally ringed birds, also a Norwegian bird ringed as a chick nr. Oslo on 11/6/22, seen again at Oslo in May 2023, but not again until at SQ this week.

19 Cormorant included the previously reported Puffin Island bird Green ZRE.



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A great crested grebe was on Trafford wharf this evening at 10.15pm whilst on my way home from work. A black headed gull looked to be just sat sleeping along the path near the edge but on closer inspection it appeared to be dead.
No signs of any roosting ducks yet.



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15+ whooper swans over Trafford wharf at 10.17pm heading east whilst on my way home from work.

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An adult Black-headed Gull blue 2R44 ringed at Salford Quays on 3rd December 2019 and resighted there on 7th February 2020 was seen on 25th September 2023 at Siauliai, Lithuania (1,666km E).



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Whilst driving home from work around 2.10pm along wharfside way I noticed a grey heron flying over towards clippers Quay then as it got closer it turned slightly & then there was an egret flying towards it as if it was coming from clippers quay, it looked big but looks can be deceiving especially when driving, most likely to be a little egret, anyhow I lost view as it headed over towards white city retail park.

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A flight (collective noun) of 36 cormorants in the main Central Basin at 8.00 am, yesterday, 12th July. Except they were on the water. Perhaps we should call them a flotilla? Or raft?

-- Edited by Colin Wood on Thursday 13th of July 2023 07:15:04 PM

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Peregrine at media city

Trafford wharf..

11 swifts
7 swallows
2 sand Martins
4 pied wagtails




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Peregrine on the Blue Tower adjacent Holiday Inn,Media City, Salford Quays at 4:05pm.

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Family party of Kestrel with at least 2 fledged juveniles around Exchange Quay today also. Single Ring necked Parakeet flew west c.5.40pm

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1 common tern along Trafford wharf at 2.15pm.

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Amazing. I've never seen a firecrest.

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Colin Wood wrote:

A FIRECREST? Not a Goldcrest?


†Donít worry Colin, if it was a Goldcrest Iíd have said so†wink



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A FIRECREST? Not a Goldcrest?

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A Firecrest was picked up a little earlier today (probably having struck a window) outside Dock House, Media City, Salford and released again unharmed on site.



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Afternoon visit, Weaste etw...

2 swallows
1 lapwing
2 oystercatcher
3 grey wagtails
Several pied wagtails
1 blackcap
1 chiffchaff
1 buzzard
1 sparrowhawk

Manchester ship canal...

2 oystercatcher
1 chiffchaff
1 willow warbler
Kingfisher heard
2 bullfinch
3 greenfinch

1 peregrine at media city.




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Pomona

4 sand Martins
Male stonechat
Singing chiffchaff
2 kestrels
1 buzzard over
1 meadow pipit over
Cormorant with green darvic ZRE
Distant binocular view of 2 buzzard & 2 peregrine together over salford/city centre.



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3 Chiffchaff singing around the Quays this morning on a late BTO WeBS count

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Any further verification, Rick?

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Possible Scaup on the the river just next to Pomona Island presently. Need to confirm for sure



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Around 4:30pm at least 52 Pied Wagtail were seen feeding on the flotsam and jetsam floating between Media City and the Lowery with many flying back and forth from the Lowery.
On my way back to the car at 5pm, I noticed about 100+ Pied Wagtail roosting in 2 of the Sorbus trees and bushes(one tree with a street lamp almost underneath) outside Imperial Point carpark entrance .
Quite a sight and very noisy.

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Male & female peregrine on view at media city this early afternoon.



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A decent roost of large gulls on the quays tonight,in excess of a1000 birds when I left including a 2nd w. Caspian Gull.
Still plenty of birds coming in to roost when I was leaving,and plenty flying in as I was driving back down M602.
There was also a pre roost gathering of about 300 large gulls on Man Uniteds north car park.

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1 male Common Scoter took off from the water near the Imperial War Museum and flew off west at 11.30am this morning.

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I received an email today regarding the cormorant I seen on 10th July & 31st July with green darvic ring ZRE. the email was from Stephen Dodd & the cormorant was ringed as a nestling on 2nd July 2021 on puffin Island, Anglesey.

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Yesterday, circa 1900, a Sparrowhawk was circling above The Lowry, checking out the Pied Wagtail roost below.

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Mid- afternoon today, 2 Peregrine at Media city, one on the Holiday Inn tower and one on the adjacent identical tower.

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Went to get on the tram at wharfside to head into the city centre around 1.45pm & I could see a large mass of gulls on Trafford wharf, by far the most gulls I have ever seen on here, I tried a count but seeing that the majority of them were lesser black backed gulls I just tried to just count them, I gave up when I got to 600 knowing that there was a great deal more down towards mode wheel locks, unbelievable, there were several Herring gulls there & the rest seemed to be black headed gulls. An amazing sight for here for me smile

1 sand martin seen flying around Pomona whilst changing tram at cornbrook.

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Pomona

10+ sand Martins, nice to watch as I haven't seen any since May hmm
5 Swifts
1 kingfisher
1 common sandpiper

Trafford wharf

The usual black headed, Herring & Lesser Black backed gulls
Cormorant with green darvic ZRE, I did send an email to puffin island cormorants soon after seeing it on 10th July but had no reply.
2 chiffchaff

Peregrine on the holiday Inn.

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Common tern at 1420 today, also peregrine on holiday inn



-- Edited by Samglennie on Thursday 14th of July 2022 10:59:16 PM

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Common Tern still present at 14:00†



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Common Tern still present near Imperial War Museum at 13:50



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A common tern was on Trafford wharf this afternoon.
1 great crested grebe
Several Swifts high up
1 Swallow
2 peregrine falcons at media city
Cormorant with green darvic ring ZRE



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Lesser whitethroat heard & seen inbetween Weaste etw & Manchester ship canal next to allied Mills.
Also in the same area...
4 blackcap
2 chiffchaff
3 buzzard
2 peregrines seen over media city, then one (female) came towards allied Mills.
On the ship canal...
2 great crested grebes
1 tufted duck


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A lot of gulls on the choppy water this afternoon: a couple of hundred black-headed gulls and about a hundred herring gulls; a couple of dozen each of common gulls and lesser black-backs. I'd promised myself I wasn't doing any serious gullwatching, just going for a walk, so a yellow-legged gull insisted on flying across my line of vision.†

Also a couple of sinensis adults amongst the cormorants.



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Black-headed gull blue 2R41 ringed as an adult at Salford Quays on 1/12/2019. Also sighted there 9/12/2020.

Many thanks, both.†



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Hi Steve,
just incase you couldnt find on Twitterthese appear to be North West ringed birds and probably either Steve Christmas or Scott Petrek ringed individuals.



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A walk along Trafford wharf for an hour from 11.15am...

2 peregrine falcons over together calling, one then headed in the direction of pomona, the other I watched heading over man utd football ground then lost to view as it went into a stoop.
All the usual gulls..
Lesser Black backed gulls
Herring gulls
Common gulls, a bigger count this time with at least 39
Black headed gulls including blue darvic 2R41.
12 coots
4 moorhens
12 cormorants
13 mute swans
3 Grey wagtails
1 Grey heron
1 collared dove




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Whilst doing the WeBS count at Salford Quays yesterday I did have a single Fieldfare with a group of Redwing adjacent to St. Peter's Basin.

A fly-over female Goldeneye was the highlight of the WeBS.

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I had 25 minutes on Trafford wharf this afternoon just before all the thick fog came in at 3.15pm.....

12 mute swans
60 Canada geese
12 cormorants
300 + Black headed gulls
2 common gulls
47+ Herring gulls
22+ Lesser Black backed gulls
11 coot
1 moorhen
2 Grey wagtail
5 mistle thrush
26 greenfinch & 2 goldfinch in trees at Quay West.

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Not yet, give it time!



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Thanks Steve. Doesn't seemed to have travelled too far haha

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Black-headed gull 2V18 ringed as a juvenile 30/11/2021 at Salford Quays.

Many thanks, Joel.



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This evening 3pm - dusk.

120+ large gulls, mostly Herring gulls
4 Lesser black-backed gulls
1 Great black-backed gull
Plenty of Black-headed gulls but a distinct lack of Common gulls. 3 colour ringed (1 yellow & 2 dark blue) Black-headed gulls, only read 1 (2V18).

Also a large flock of Goldfinch & 1 Sparrowhawk.

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Juvenile Black-headed Gull darvic Yellow TJN8 present on 30th November.

Just heard it was ringed as a nestling on 12/6/2021 at Koronowo, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland.



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Possible 3rd Winter Caspian gull in the raft of large gulls by the Lowry. (Not confident of this species so I'll be consulting the references when I get home and checking my photos. Will delete this post if it turns out I'm just having a giddy spell.)

Yep, just giddy. From a distance, and from the back of my camera, it looked dark-eyed.



-- Edited by Steven Heywood on Sunday 3rd of October 2021 08:15:32 PM



-- Edited by Steven Heywood on Sunday 3rd of October 2021 08:16:19 PM

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Late afternoon today at Pomona.
Little Egret - 1.
Sand Martin - 3 ( at least).

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Unconfirmed report by next door neighbours son of a Little Egret in the area around " Gnome Island" (adjacent the tram stop) at 5 pm ...ish today.

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Little egret 1.30-1.37 feeding on edge of ship canal adjacent to Exchange Quay viewed from trafford road bridge. Then flew high south-east .



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Media city

Both peregrines on view this early afternoon, it looks like these have failed at the nest site yet again, from my observations both adults came in with prey tucked in for themselves & then stashed the rest in their larder.
Couple of photos of the male, he did have an extra long bill back in March, looks like it has now broke off.



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Wharfside from IWMN to Wharfside tram stop 15:25 - 16:15

  • Black-headed Gull 9
  • Blackbird 2
  • Canada Goose 21
  • Carrion Crow 3
  • Chiffchaff 2
  • Coot 3
  • Cormorant 4
  • Feral Pigeon 14
  • Goldfinch 4
  • Herring Gull 2
  • House Sparrow 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 37
  • Long-tailed Tit 1
  • Magpie 5
  • Mallard 9
  • Mute Swan 21
  • Peregrine 1 (female)
  • Woodpigeon 4


-- Edited by Steven Heywood on Friday 23rd of April 2021 10:10:32 PM

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