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RE: Salford Quays


Pomona/Exchange quay area today held Drake Goosander, c.30 Sand Martin, 2 Lapwing and a singing Sedge warbler

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Walked along the MSC past Pomona a few days ago:

Mute Swan - 14

Cormorant - 10

Lapwing - 1 on canal mud.

Curlew - 1 came off Pomona land and headed off to N.

Sand Martin - c. a dozen.



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Single Lapwing and Common Sandpiper on the mud adjacent to Pomona this lunchtime also 2 Jay and several Blackcap in the area

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Late afternoon/early evening visit.

Pomona...

17+ sand martins
3 chiffchaffs
4 blackcaps

Trafford wharf...

1 willow warbler
2 chiffchaffs
3 swallows
6 sand Martins
20 mute swans
2 pied wagtails
2 peregrines


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Late afternoon visit to pomona.

9 sand Martins
1 kingfisher
3 Goosanders
Cormorant with green darvic ZRE
1 kestrel
8 pied wagtails
5 grey wagtails
1 little grebe
Just 2 chiffchaffs seen/heard


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3 Sand Martins over the Pomona area this lunchtime also my first Mallard brood of the year, 5 on the Bridgewater canal nearby. The adult Little grebe still present on the Irwell along with a pair of Goosander

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Increasing numbers of Chiffchaff in the Quays area today and also a single Oystercatcher flew south over Wharfside

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5 Singing Chiffchaff in the Exchange Quay/Pomona area today also Jay and Siskin

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Afternoon visit.

Large amount of gulls coming & going I tried to get a count at one point...

1000 + black-headed gulls
75+ Herring gulls
16+ lesser-black backed gulls
Just 4 common gulls
4 grey wagtails
2 pied wagtails
Chiffchaff singing next to Trafford Road Bridge.
Pair of kestrels at pomona


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Little grebe still on the Irwell near Exchange Quay, also 2 singing Chiffchaff and 2 Siskin in the area

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A first for me in this area yesterday was an adult Little Grebe feeding under the overhanging trees on the north side of the Irwell, adjacent to Exchange Quay.

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At least 4 Siskin in with a sizeable goldfinch flock in trees in the middle of White City roundabout this lunchtime.

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Chiffchaff this lunchtime in the bushes behind the Foundry building also 6 Goosander (3 pairs) off Pomona.

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A bit of a gull watch, viewing from Wharfside 1643 - 1716, later than planned, consequently I missed nearly all the lesser black-backs and a good number of herring gulls, I saw a lot of them flying South on the way over.†

  • Black-headed gulls c.150, about half of these lingered after the herring gulls left
  • Herring gulls c.120, including two argentatus, an adult and a third-Winter, all gone before dark
  • Adult yellow-legged gull in one of the last groups of herring gulls to leave
  • Two lesser black-backs amongst the first to leave



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Much better view of the tufted ducks this evening, I watched them from the other side outside Central Bay this time, they were right in front of me. Only 23 of them though 13 males 10 females.
19 goldfinch in roost in the trees there also.

Adult yellow-legged gull at clippers quay whilst on my way to work at 12.30pm.


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Adult Yellow Legged Gull still at Clippers Quay this lunchtime



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On my way home from work this evening at 10.15pm there was 94 black blobs on the water along Trafford wharf, a bit further out than usual but definitely the majority of them were tufted ducks, I did notice some coots there.

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On my way home from work this afternoon I couldn't locate the adult yellow-legged gull along wharfside & clippers quay, a scan over the other side near the holiday Inn express & then noticed it was on top of a lamp post. I cycled around & then found it in the Dock near the holiday Inn express having a bathe & then perching on a little yellow bouy. Now I know where else to look.
Also an adult great black-backed gull amongst the other usual gulls.
2 tufted ducks
Peregrine at media city eating prey.

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Clipper Quay.

Nice to see Nick Hilton again, long time no see!

- adult Yellow-legged Gull showing well


-- Edited by Rob Creek on Monday 15th of January 2024 06:40:46 PM



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On my way home from work this evening at 7pm I noticed some black blobs sat on the water, got my binoculars on them & there was 14 coots then up popped 2 tufted ducks, then another flew in, all males. As I scanned a bit more there was another 7 tufted ducks, 4 males & 3 females. The first tufted ducks I've seen here this winter.

The adult yellow-legged gull was at clippers quay along with an adult great black-backed gull this morning whilst on my way to work at 11.30 am.
1 peregrine over.
2 goldcrest were with a tit flock in budhlea along the side of the Premier Inn.

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The adult yellow-legged gull was flying around when I was passing on my way to work at 12.30pm it then landed on the water with all the other big gulls but was soon back up & headed down towards clippers quay.
There was an adult great black-backed gull also.


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No sign of the Yellow Legged Gull around Clippers Quay this lunchtime. A Chiffchaff was feeding and calling constantly in the scant vegetation around the Wharfside tram stop.

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No adult large gulls at Clipper's Quay when I arrived late morning but by the time I'd walked round to The Lowry to view the distant adults off the Trafford side they had inevitably re-located nobiggrin and the Yellow-legged Gull was back on the concrete structures 12-15 to12-30 at least with an adult Lesser Black-backed and an adult Herring Gull for comparison



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Adult yellow-legged gull again at clippers quay at 2.15pm whilst on my home from work.
Ignore the time on the attached photo, I never changed the time back in October.
hmm

There was also an adult great black-backed gull but disappeared as I went to get a photo.



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Adult Yellow-legged Gull still at Clippers Quay at 2.30pm today

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Sun 31st Dec (New Years Eve)
Afternoon visit with Lucas.

- adult Yellow-legged Gull
Same bird as found by Steve Burke a few days ago, a belter!


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All the usual gulls along Trafford wharf this morning inc an adult great black backed gull.

1 peregrine over & 1 perched up at media city.

80+ Pink-footed geese heading east at 8.23am.

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A couple more blue darvic ringed black headed gulls this afternoon...

2V20
204P
also a white darvic JO779

also what looks like an adult yellow legged gull at clippers quays, have noticed it a few times but first chance to get any decent photos.

Male & female goosander, didn't notice the male until going past Trafford Road Bridge whilst on the tram.

Peregrine at media city with prey.



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All usual birds at clippers Quay this morning Inc 9 blue darvic black headed gulls...
2R35
209P
211P
206P
2R45
200P
203P
2H23
2VO5

also cormorant with green darvic ZRE.







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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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