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Post Info TOPIC: Flixton, including Lagoons and Barton/Irlam Locks


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RE: Flixton, including Lagoons and Barton/Irlam Locks


ETW/Canal:

Shoveler 1m 1f.
Gadwall 2m 2f.
Mallard 4
Grey Wagtail 3
Cormorant 4
Oystercatcher 2
Mute Swan 2ad.
Pied Wagtail 2
BH Gull 400+
Common Gull 6
LBB Gull 2
etc.

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Peregrine Falcon over Flixton Fields this afternoon 1535ish, spotted by my wife and Joshua.

They thought they saw it earlier in the week too, but definately saw it just now.....

 

 



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Quick walk down to Flixton ETW and Ship Canal.

Gadwall 1m1f.
Mallard 10+
BH Gull 350+
LBB Gull 4
Common Gull 4
Cormorant 5
Grey Heron 3
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 1
Starling 20+
Magpies
Bullfinch 1m.
Goldfinch 3


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No sign today of the Dipper at Mile Rd Bridge, so we decide to patrol the field on the left hand side, which runs back towards Urmston.

Grey Wagtail was expected find. Unlike the 9 Golden Eye, 20 Teal and Green Sandpiper.

But biggest surprise was a Shelduck which flew over us heading towards Carrington Moss..

 

Next week we are going to search search other field.



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Mile Rd Bridge Flixton.

1 Dipper.

Was hoping for Kingfisher but will take my first Dipper instead, great views of it bobbing..



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A wander around Jack Lane to afternoon, down to the locks and back to Fly Ash Hill 1245-1415 birds of note.

Water Rail heard at Jack Lane.

1 Fieldfare in tree at farm.

1 Grey Wagtail at Locks.

Kingfisher heard at Locks.

 

Extremely heavy going underfoot.



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Female Merlin (perched in the tree in the middle of the field with the new gate) this morning. I got within 20 yards before it took off over the railway towards the lagoons.

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ETW/Canal only:

Goosander 1m 1f flying downstream.
Cormorant 3
Grey Heron 2
Gadwall 1m 1f.
Mallard 16
Mute Swan 2 adults.
LBB Gull 1
BH Gull 100+
Starling 200+
Pied Wagtail 30+
Magpie 20+


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ETW/Canal only:

Grey Heron 6...a record count for me.
Cormorant 6
Grey Wagtail 1
Mute Swan 5 adults.
BH Gull 100+
LBB Gull 2
Moorhen 1
Mallard 7
Magpies
Pied Wagtails
etc.etc.

Note: For local birders, there has been a landslip on the east/ETW bank of the canal, just downstream from the locks, which will make it a little tricky walking along the canal bank.

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ETW/Ship Canal...pm.

Something different with a male Tufted Duck on the Canal.
Also:
Gadwall 1m1f.
Grey Heron 3
Cormorant 5
Mute Swan 2ads.
Mallard 15+
Herring Gull 1 over.
LBB Gull 5
Common Gull 2
BH Gull 200+
Starling 50+
Pied Wagtail 50+
Magpies.
Mistle Thrush 1
etc.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 20th of December 2015 06:05:39 PM

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ETW/Ship Canal only, this pm.

Starlings 200+
Peregrine 1
Sparrowhawk 1f
Pied Wagtails 50+
Magpie 30+
BH Gull 50+
LBB Gull 1
Cormorant 1
Grey Heron 2
Mallard 6
Mute Swan 2ads.

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Highlights from Friday.

Jack Lane:

Common Snipe 1
Reed Bunting 3
Lesser Redpoll 1

FlyAsh Hill:

Teal 14
Kestrel 1f.
Fieldfare 12
Meadow Pipit 1
Song Thrush 1

General Sightings:

Treecreeper 1
Goldcrest 2

ETW/Canal:

Grey Heron 3
Gadwall 1m 1f.
Cormorant 6
Meadow Pipit 2
Grey Wagtail 2

etc.etc.etc.

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2 Ravens over Irlam Road flying north at 1200.

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Mid afternoon walk to Just the ETW and Ship Canal, but with the added bonus of a Dutch Dredger passing through the locks, heading upstream.

Grey Wagtail 2
Grey Heron 3
Cormorant 1
Pied Wagtail 20+
BH Gull 200+
Magpie 50+
Starling 100+
Moorhen 3
Mute Swan 2
Gadwall 5
Mallard 15+
Common Gull 4
LBB Gull 1


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A murder seen from my Flixton back garden today...21 Crows in a tree at the west side of Wellacre School field.  



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Phil,

I was down on Wellacre for a little on Saturday Morning 0900-0945 trying to watch our Josh playing football, the Lesser Black Backed was on Wellacre field then but was over the far side near the flats with approx 30/40 other gulls, could not make out anything else as was too busy chasing a little person whom didn't want to watch his brother.... note to self , leave baby at home and remember bins next time....lol...


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ETW/Ship Canal:

Mute Swan 2
Cormorant 3
Great Crested Grebe 1
Gadwall 3
Grey Heron 3
Grey Wagtail 2
Pied Wagtail 30+
Mallard 6
Starling 200+
Magpie 30+
BH Gull 60+
LBB Gull 1

General:

Siskin 3
Goldcrest 2
Magpie 30+...extra to above.
Redwing 12+
Common Gull 3 on Wellacre College field.
Mistle Thrush 1
Song Thrush 1 in the garden. First for some time.
etc.etc.etc.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 18th of October 2015 10:35:16 PM

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An hour in the garden witnessed a massive influx of Redwings flying over South...well 2 actually.

Plus 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Linnets, 1 Siskin, 1 Sparrowhawk and a Buzzard.

Actually in the garden were 2 Goldcrests and 2 Coal Tits.  A total of 24 species in 1 hour, before I had to watch Bargain Hunt.



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ETW/Canal:

Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 30+
Starling 200+
Cormorant 2
BH Gull 50+
Mallard 15
Moorhen 2

Jack Lane:

Water Rail 1
Goldcrest 1
Willow Tit 2

FlyAsh Hill:

Lapwing 7
Skylark 1
Mistle Thrush 2
Buzzard 1
Willow Tit 1
Goldfinch 10

General Sightings:

Goldcrest 3
Collared Dove 20+
Lesser Redpoll 1
Bullfinch 3

etc.etc.etc.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 18th of October 2015 10:35:45 PM

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Irlam Locks:
07.55
30 Canada Geese on ship canal downstream of locks
3 Cormorant

18.00
1 Grey Wagtail

Fly Ash Hill:
08.00
1 Chiffchaff singing in the heavy rain!

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8.00am
Chiffchaff singing in a tree along Langdon Rd, Flixton.

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ETW:

Starling 250+
Swallow 25+

FlyAsh Hill:

Snipe 1
Goldfinch 40+
Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 1f
Blackcap 1

Wellacre College Field:

Common Gull 2
BH Gull 50+

General Sightings:

Goldcrest 1
Mistle Thrush 3
Bullfinch 2
Rook 17
Jackdaw 1
Jay 2
Chiffchaffs
Willow Tit 1
Coal Tit 1 in garden.
Nuthatch 2 in garden.

etc.etc.etc.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 18th of October 2015 10:36:11 PM

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17.30 this evening:

Irlam Locks:
Minimum of 76 Pied Wagtails. Many flying in from the ETW.
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Kingfisher
2 Grey Heron
c.80 Black-headed Gulls
1 Cormorant
16 Swallow

Fly Ash Hill:
1 Willow Tit

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7.50am
2 Kingfishers chasing each other downstream of the locks
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Heron

18.15
36 Pied Wagtails on the locks (probably more)
2 Mute Swan

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An afternoon walk and not one bird of prey after yesterday.

ETW/Ship Canal:

Kingfisher 1
BH Gull 100+
Mallard 20+
Pied Wagtail 10+
Swallow 2
Sand Martin 1
Magpie 20+
Mute Swan 2 ads.

FlyAsh Hill:

Siskin 1 over.
House martin 1
Blackcap 2
Chiffchaff 1

General:

Blackcap 1
Bullfinch 1
Willow Tit 1
Rook 20
Jackdaw 4
Jay 1
Chiffchaff 3 singing plus 2.
Reed Bunting 1
Starling 20+

etc.etc.etc.


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1 Osprey high over the garden gliding South at 1130.

Also 5 immature Cormorants and a Sparrowhawk. Not all together of course.

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a walk around duttons pond about 11am before heading to Carrington moss.

1 garden warbler
2 blackcap
3 chiffchaff, 1 singing
1 willow tit
1 goldcrest
1 great spotted woodpecker
4 swallow

-- Edited by steven burke on Monday 31st of August 2015 08:48:58 PM

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Sunday, August 16th.

A first for me round here, with 2 Nuthatches calling in trees along Irlam Road, in front of Wellacre College.
Also, a high-flying Raven, flying west yesterday.
30+ Rooks have been counted on Wellacre Park recently and a Jackdaw seen along Irlam Road.

A walk on Saturday to Jack Lane produced 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps and a Willow Warbler, along with a singing Coal Tit behind Stott Drive and 20+ Swallows and 10+ House Martins at the ETW.

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PHIL GREENWOOD wrote:

Belated record of 4 Oystercatchers flying over Stott Drive, westwards. Surely not successful breeding at the Locks?





Sadly probably not - we did see the pair on the locks with 2 chicks then a day or two later just one then just a single adult Oystercatcher with no sign of any young. The second adult was about but not associating with the first one to any great extent.

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Sorry. Belated as in Sunday, 12th July.

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Belated record of 4 Oystercatchers flying over Stott Drive, westwards. Surely not successful breeding at the Locks?



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Environment Agency have called me back and said they have had a look and confirmed that the loss of fish was due to very low oxygen levels, rather than anything more sinister. A common problem on that particular stretch of water apparently.

Doubtless the Herons were simply cashing in on the easy prey.




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Sunday 7pm the unusual sight of 7 Herons all stood together on the wooden banking on the Irlam side of the MSC just north of the locks. 3 others nearby too.

Kingfisher seen crossing the canal (Flixton to Irlam) near the old ferry site.

Of concern is a very large amount of dead fish on the Flixton side of the MSC around the concrete jetty just north of the locks - reported to the Environment Agency as was the sight of a dead swan with a green darvic ring ('CN42') noticed on 21st June.



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7.50am - Track alongside railway:
5 singing Chiffchaff
1 singing Blackcap

17.15 - Jack Lane NR:
4 Reed Warbler - 1 bird showing very well
2 Reed Bunting - both singing males

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2 Oystercatchers and 1 Cormorant at Irlam Locks this morning at 7.50am.

3 Reed Warblers singing at Jack Lane NR at 18.00 this evening.

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ETW/CANAL/IRLAM LOCKS.

Great Crested Grebe 6
Mute Swan 1
Oystercatcher 2
Grey Heron 1
Cormorant 1
Starling 200+
BH Gull 10+
Mallard 10+
Pied Wagtail 1
Swallow 20+
Sand Martin 2
Willow Warbler 1 singing.
etc.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 10th of June 2015 10:42:38 PM

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Flixton ETW/Irlam Locks/Canal:

House Martin 30+
Swallow 10+
Sand Martin 10+
Swift 2
Oystercatcher 2
Starling 100+
Magpie 30+
BH Gull 20+
LBB Gull 1
Cormorant 1
Mute Swan 1
Mallards

Jack Lane NR:

Water Rail 3 heard.
Reed Warbler 2 short song.
Reed Bunting 3 singing.
Moorhen 2 heard.
Mallard 2
Jay 2

FlyAsh Hill:

Whitethroat 3 singing.
Willow Warbler 2 singing.
Little Grebe 1
Gadwall 2
Kestrel 1
Mistle Thrush 1
Moorhen 1
Sand Martin 5+
Greenfinch 1 singing.
Reed Warbler 1 singing.
Chiffchaff 5 singing.

Dutton's Pond:

Blackcap 2 singing.
Song Thrush 1 singing.
BH Gull 1
Mallard 10+
Moorhen 6 adults and 9 juvs.
Coot 2 adults and 4 juvs.
Canada Goose 1 adult and 5 juvs.
Bullfinches.
Chiffchaff 1 ad and 2 juvs.

etc.etc.


-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 18th of October 2015 10:36:48 PM

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Jack Lane:

Reed Warbler 6
Moorhen 3
Reed Bunting 2m
Willow Warbler 1
Song Thrush 1
Sparrowhawk 1m
Chaffinch 1

General Sightings:

Lesser Whitethroat 1
Buzzard 1
Herring Gull 1
House martin 20+
Swallow 10+
Sand Martin 5+
Whitethroat 2
Blackcaps/Chiffchaffs...etc



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Irlam lock + Etw. Oystercatcher x2. Grey Heron x 2 . Swift x 5 . Gadwall x 4 . Mute swan x 2 . Pied wagtail x 3. Grey wagtail x 1. Black headed gull x 10 . Lesser black-back gull x 1 . Cormorant x 2 . Peregrine falcon x 1 .

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Afternoon walk.

Jack Lane NR:

Reed Warbler 5 singing.
Water Rail 2 heard.
Moorhen 2
Chiffchaff 1 singing.
Blackcap 1 singing.
Willow Warbler 1 singing.

ETW/Locks/Ship Canal:

Common Sandpiper 1 on Irlam bank of Canal, just downstream from the Locks.
Grey Heron 1
Oystercatcher 2
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 2
Sparrowhawk 1
Cormorant 6
Tufted Duck 1 male.
Gadwall 3
Swallow 12+
House Martin 6+
Sand Martin 2
Mistle Thrush 2
Mute Swan 2 ads.
Starling 10+
BH Gull 70+
Mallard 10+

etc.etc.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 10th of June 2015 10:43:07 PM

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Forgot to mention the 2 usual Oystercatchers at the locks.

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Flixton ETW/Locks/Canal.

2 Swallows have returned to the riding stables near the locks.

Also, 1 Meadow Pipit over, heading along the canal northish.

Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 4
Moorhen 2
Gadwall 2
Grey Heron 2
Cormorant 1
Canada Geese 2
Mallard 6

Male and Female Kestrel over FlyAsh Hill.

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Walk from Stott Drive to FlyAsh Hill, down to the Ship Canal and back.

Dutton's Pond:

Moorhen 8
Mallard 8
Canada Goose 1
Coot 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming.

FlyAsh Hill:

Chiffchaff 3 singing.
Kestrel 1m.
Reed Bunting 3 singing.
Linnet 4
Goldcrest 1
Chaff/Gold/Bull/Greenfinches.

ETW/Irlam Locks/Canal:

Pied Wagtail 10+
Gadwall 8
Mallard 8
Mute Swan 2
Cormorant 3
Grey Heron 1
BH Gull 80+
LBB Gull 3
Oystercatcher 2
Magpie 40+
Goldcrest 1 singing next to Flixton old ferry landing stage.
Grey Wagtail 2 at the ETW/Locks and another pair at the Irlam old ferry landing stage.
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Tufted Duck 22
Oystercatcher 2
Gadwall 8
BH Gull 400+
Moorhen 2
Great-crested Grebe 5
Cormorant 3
LBB Gull 3
Coot 1
Mallard 15+
Pied Wagtail 10+
Magpie 30+
Sparrowhawk 1m
Buzzard 1
Herring Gull 2 over...numbers of large Gulls noted heading NE from Flixton back garden during the day.
etc.etc.etc.


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Sat March 14th

Four GS Woodpecker on the patch today, one behind Stott Drive and 3 along the railway line - a record for me
2 Grey Partridge on the ploughed field at Jack Lane

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Tuesday, March 3rd.

Just the ETW and the Ship Canal.

Shoveler 1f...first I've seen here I far as I can remember.
Gadwall 4
Oystercatcher 2
Great Crested Grebe 1
Cormorant 2
Mute Swan 2
Pied Wagtail 70+
BH Gull 150+
Grey Heron 1
Starling 30+
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Jack Lane NR:

Water Rail 1 heard.
Moorhen 1
Mallard 3
Reed Bunting 2
Song Thrush 1 singing.
Redwing 1
Chaffinch 1 singing.

Flixton ETW/Canal:

Magpie 50+
BH Gull 100+
LBB Gull 1
GtCrested Grebe 2
Oystercatcher 2
Pied Wagtail 50+
Jay 2
Grey Heron 1
Gadwall 2m 1f
Mute Swan 1
Moorhen 2

General Sightings:

Lesser Redpoll 1
Goldcrest 1
Magpie another 40+!
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Ship Canal/Flixton ETW.

Oystercatcher 2 on the locks.
Mute Swan 1f (F16) 1m unringed.
Cormorant 4
Gadwall 6
Mallard 18
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 40+
Starling 50+
Magpie 30+
Moorhen 2
LBB Gull 1
BH Gull 150+
Mistle Thrush 2
Song Thrush 1 singing.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 19th of February 2015 05:54:16 PM

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Ship Canal/Flixton ETW.

Shoveler 1m
Gadwall 2m 2f
Teal 1m 1f
Great Crested Grebe 1
Kingfisher 1 over, flying downstream.
Meadow Pipit 1
Pied Wagtail 30+
BH Gull 100+
Moorhen 1
Coot 2
Starling 100+
Cormorant 2
Magpie 30+

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C105 lapwing in ploughed field in Mile road this morning.

Keep Birding

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