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RE: Flixton, including Lagoons and Barton/Irlam Locks


Hobby at the locks, at 07:50 today

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Wellacre CP.

Nuthatch 2
Willow Tit 1...heard in trees looking west from Green Hill.
Chiffchaff 1 singing plus 7.
Crow 9
Buzzard 1
Goldcrest 1
Ring-necked Parakeet 1
Jay 2
Swallow 4
Gadwall 2...from Green Hill.
Black-headed Gull 16
etc.etc.etc.

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Morning walk to Ship Canal.

Goosander 1 female...same place as last Thursday. Perhaps on a lonely moult.
Kingfisher 2...Just further along on Flixton bank.
Mallard 20+
Mute Swan 2 adults.
Coot 1
Cormorant 6
Canada Geese 4
BH Gull 80+...no juveniles.
LBB Gull 4adults, 3 juveniles.
GBB Gull 1 5th CY..some brown in wings.
Herring Gull 1 adult.
Swallow 20+
etc.

Drizzle curtailed walk to Wellacre CP.





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Late report for Thursday, 10th August late afternoon.

Goosander 1 female.
Kingfisher 1

Both on the Flixton bank, downstream of turbine building/locks.

Swallow 20+ over the stables.

Earlier at Woodsend Park:

Rook 30+
Jackdaw 20+


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A female Goosander was the only bird on the canal below the locks this morning, a Common Sandpiper was present on the Irlam side

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Afternoon Wellacre Country Park.

Willow Tit 2
Treecreeper 1
Coal Tit 2
Chaffinch 1
Chiffchaff 8
Blackcap 3
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Sand Martin 5+
Swallow 12+
Gadwall 6...from Green Hill.
Moorhen 2 adults, 1 juvenile...Dutton's Pond.
Herring Gull 4
LBB Gull 3
etc.

Just 27 species.

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Morning visit to ETW and Ship Canal/Irlam Locks:

Common Tern 3
BH Gull 60+
LBB Gull 2
Cormorant 3
Grey Heron 3
Mute Swan 2 adults.
Mallard 10+
Great Crested Grebe 1 adult.
Pied Wagtail 5+ including juveniles.
Grey Wagtail 5+ including 3 juveniles.
Swift 1
House Martin 4
Sand Martin 15+
Swallow 10+ including juveniles.
House Sparrow 80+
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A *very* quiet afternoon's wander round Wellacre Country Park. Even the magpies were few and far between. Two reed warblers singing on Jack's Lane. Also there: a soaring sparrowhawk and a song thrush feasting on a newt.

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Flixton ETW/Ship Canal.

Common Tern 2
Grey Wagtail 1 male, 1 female.
Mute Swan 2 adults, 1 juv.
Sand Martin 10+
Swallow 6
Oystercatcher 1
Cormorant 1
Pied Wagtail 1
Mallard 5
BH Gull 7 adults.
LBB Gull 2 adults.
Herring Gull 1
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Martin Whittam wrote:

I walked down the railway path to the canal this morning.Lots of birds but I was sad to see and smell hundreds and hundreds of dead fish along the canal bank. This is obviously going to have a knock on effect on the birds - there were no cormorants





I recall the same thing happening there a few years ago. At the time I spoke to the DoE or UU (or similar - can't recall,) who said it was due to lack of oxygen, rather than poison or agricultural/industrial run off.

When I saw it there were at least 20 cormorants on the woodwork on the Eccles side of the locks and a lot of herons too. Presumably whilst the dead fish were still palatable enough.

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I walked down the railway path to the canal this morning.Lots of birds but I was sad to see and smell hundreds and hundreds of dead fish along the canal bank. This is obviously going to have a knock on effect on the birds - there were no cormorants

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Wellacre Country Park.

Chiffchaff 12 singing.
Blackcap 11 singing.
Whitethroat 3 singing.
Willow Warbler 1 singing from Green Hill.
Reed Warbler 4 singing Jack Lane.
Reed Bunting 1 singing Jack Lane.
Goldcrest 2 singing.
Water Rail 1 heard Jack Lane.
Sparrowhawk 1 female Green Hill.
Buzzard 1
Swallow 2
Sand Martin 5+ ETW.
Swift 10+
Nuthatch 1
Herring Gull 1 adult.
LBB Gull 1 adult.

39 species.

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Jack Lane NR:

Reed Warbler 4 singing plus 1.
Reed Bunting 3 singing.
Chiffchaff 2 singing.
Song Thrush 1 singing.
Blackcap 2 singing.
Moorhen 1

Flixton ETW:

Swift 20+
Sand Martin 20+
Swallow 10+
Magpie 30+
Starling 100+
BH Gull 2

General Sightings:

Willow Warbler 1
Whitethroat 1 singing.
Chiffchaff 4 singing.
Bullfinch 1 male, 1 female.
Blackcap 2 singing.
Song Thrush 1 singing.
Goldcrest 1 singing.




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The Cetti's warblers tend to favour the railway side of the reserve. I'll bump into the singing male perhaps every third visit, most times he's singing from the drain between the reeds and the path alongside the embankment.



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Ive spent several hours in the reserve trying to find the Cetti's Warblers & also used Merlin sound ID without success, I did find two Garden Warblers though.

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50+ swifts over the waterworks by Irlam Locks 3:30pm, just handfuls of swallows and sand martins. Two singing reed warblers and a pair of Cetti's Warblers on Jack Lane LNR, which I was dismayed to notice wasn't spared the power strimmer in No Mow May. Great tit broods in Wellacre Wood, Dutton's Pond and by the houses at Green Hill.



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Mediterranean Gull adult at the ETW before flying overhead and south over the railway 10.12
Willow Tit 1 singing from the railway embankment by Jack Lane Farm 53.440521, -2.404796
Reed Warbler 5, 1 singing from the lagoons, the rest at Jack Lane NR

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Flixton ETW/Ship Canal.

Common Tern 5 ( 3 flew upstream and 2 stayed around ).
Grey Heron 2
Cormorant 5
Starling 150+
Herring Gull 1 adult.
BH Gull 20+
LBB Gull 1
Mallard 10+
Swallow 5+
Sand Martin 5+
Swift 1
etc.

Plus:
House Martin 3 at Woodsend Circle.
Hobby 1 high over Flixton.

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Wellacre Country Park highlights:

Chiffchaff 12 singing.
Whitethroat 8 singing.
Willow Warbler 3 singing.
Blackcap 12 singing plus 2 females.
Mistle Thrush 2
Swift 4
Song Thrush 2 singing.
Swallows
Sand Martins
Reed Warbler 5 singing Jack Lane NR.
Herring Gull 1 adult ETW.


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Brief am Visit to the Locks area

2 Blackcap in song

2 Chiffchaff in song

5 Cormorant

4 Mute Swan

10 Swift

60 Sand Martin.



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Morning walk from Stott Drive to Jack Lane, the Ship Canal and return.

Jack Lane NR:

Hobby- 1 flew around then over the railway line.
Water Rail- 1 calling.
Reed Warbler- 2 singing.
Chiffchaff- 4 singing.

Ship Canal/ETW:

Common Sandpiper- 2 flew low along Trafford bank of canal towards the Locks.
Sand Martin- 40+
Swallow- 10+
GBB Gull- 1 adult, 1 2nd CY.
Grey Heron- 1
Cormorant- 10+
BH Gull- 20+

General:

Willow Warblers- 6 singing.
Blackcap- 3 singing plus 1 calling.
Chiffchaff- 4 singing.
Buzzard- 1
Mistle Thrush- 1
Song Thrush- 1 singing.
RN Parakeet- 2
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Afternoon visit.

Red Kite 1 slowly flying over the Ship Canal, heading upstream @ c 1420.
Common Sandpiper 1 on rocks just behind the new turbine building.
Grey Wagtail 1 female, as above.
Cormorant 10+
Buzzard 2 over the ETW.
Grey Heron 1
Swallow 4
Sand Martin 20+
Mute Swan 5
GBB Gull 1 immature.
Oystercatcher 2
BH Gull 10+
LBB Gull 3
Mallard 10+
Moorhen 1
Pied Wagtail 2
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Reed Warbler in Jack Lane NR & Willow Warbler at the farm

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I've read my paper, so time for an afternoon walk.

Dutton's Pond:

Grey Heron_ 2
Willow Warbler_ 1 singing.
Blackcap_ 1 singing.
Moorhen_ 4

Green Hill:

Willow Tit_ 1 singing, along the steep path.
Chiffchaff_ 5 singing plus 2 seen.
Chaffinch_ 1 male.
Cormorant_ 1 over.

General Sightings:

Willow Tit_ 1 singing plus 1 seen. Both along track from Jack Lane to Canal.
Treecreeper_ 1 singing plus 1 seen. Just south of Wellacre College artificial pitch.
Sand Martin_ 50+ at ETW.
Swallow_ 10+ at ETW.
Oystercatcher_ 2 at Irlam Locks.
Cormorant_ 4 at Irlam Locks.
Jay_ 1
Greenfinch_ 1
Nuthatch_ 1 in garden.
Great Spotted Woodpecker_ 1 in garden.
Ring-necked Parakeets.
etc.etc.etc.
40 species.











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Morning "get the newspaper" walk to ETW/Ship Canal.

Sand Martin- 40+
House Martin- 1
Swallow- 1
Grey Wagtail- 1
Pied Wagtail- 5+
Cormorant- 12+
Oystercatcher- 2
Mallard- 15+ males.
Gadwall- 1 male, 1 female.
Great Crested Grebe- 2
Mute Swan- 2 adults, 1 immature.
Coot- 2
LBB Gull- 2 adults.
Herring Gull- 1 adult.
BH Gull- 25+

Plus a mallard-shaped hybrid I think, with brown head and breast, grey back and black rear end?

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The drake Common Scoter was still present on the north side of Irlam Locks yesterday just after 7:30pm, visible from Irlam Road, Urmston. 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Swallow and 18 Sand Martin also present

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Common Scoter above the locks at 3:45 also some unpleasant characters throwing rocks at the swans - they stopped when I appeared

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Wellacre CP Cetti's Warbler 1 singing from the lagoon heard from Green Hill
Blackcap 1 Jack Lane
Chiffchaff 15
Willow Tit 4, 1 Green Hill at 53.441361, -2.393151 and 3 together along the railway beyond Jack Lane NR at 53.440453, -2.405093
Sand Martin 56
Raven 2

-- Edited by Pete Hines on Monday 3rd of April 2023 07:14:19 PM

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Wellacre Country Park.

Cetti's Warbler 1 heard from Green Hill overlooking lagoon.

Willow Tit 1 singing. Heard from track beside railway, due south of farm.

Chiffchaff 19 singing.

Sand Martin 20+ over ETW.

Kestrel Pair flying together over Green Hill lagoon.

Song Thrush 6 singing.

Treecreeper 1 just a little further west from the Willow Tit.

Nuthatch 2 in garden.

Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 in garden and 1 down the track near the Ship Canal.

Rook Approx. 20 nests in the Irlam Road area, in 3 trees. Last years tree abandoned.
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Flixton ETW/Ship Canal...morning visit.

Sand Martin 12+
Chiffchaff 1
Grey Wagtail 4
Pied Wagtail 2
Oystercatcher 2
Cormorant 12+
Mallard 12+
Mute Swan 3 adults, 1 immature.
Coot 2
BH Gull 200+
Herring Gull 3
LBB Gull 5
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Wellacre CP & Irlam Locks

Chiffchaff 14
Sand Martin 4
Water Rail heard from the lagoons

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Wellacre Country Park, North side only.

Chiffchaff 7
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Water Rail 2 calling Jack Lane.
Goldcrest 4
Mistle Thrush 2
Song Thrush 2 singing.
Buzzard 1
Rook 20+...beginning to nest on Irlam Road.
Jackdaw 3
Coal Tit 1

Total of 39 species for the above and ETW/Ship Canal.



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Highlights from my morning visit to the ETW/Irlam Locks and Ship Canal.

Common Scoter 1 male...had to repeat it as it's a first-time sighting for me on the Canal.
Great Crested Grebe 2
Mute Swan 2 adult, 1 immature.
Cormorant 6
Oystercatcher 2
Black-headed Gull 160+
Herring Gull 4
Chiffchaff 1
Stock Dove 1


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Male Common Scoter still present on Ship Canal at 4.30pm just upstream from Irlam Locks. Poor phone photo attached.
Also 2 Oystercatcher.

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Male Common Scoter just upstream of Irlam Locks on the Ship Canal. There from 0950 to 1005, when I left.

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120323...Irlam to Boysnope Wharf

25 House Sparrow

10 Mallard

7 Gadwall

1 Great Crested Grebe

10 Cormorant

2 Goldeneye.



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A white wagtail is currently in the flock of pied wagtails feeding in the field by the water treatment works, visible from Jack Lane.

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Oystercatcher on the jetty below the locks and a pair of Great Crested Grebe above the locks this morning

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Peregrine over the copse near the canal at 11:15 today

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Sorry. Forgot to say it was just a walk to the ETW and Canal.

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Early afternoon.

Black-headed Gull 500+...my highest count I think.
Lesser Black-backed Gull 5 adults.
Herring Gull 1 adult.
Pinkfooted Goose 1 strangely flying fairly low, east, over ETW.
Gadwall 10
Mallard 25+
Coot 2
Tufted Duck 1 male.
Mute Swan 2 adults.
Cormorant 8
Oystercatcher 2
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 60+ plus another 10+ on field behind Arundel Avenue.
Mistle Thrush 2
Sparrowhawk 1



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Wellacre Country Park pm highlights.

Fieldfare 4
Redwing 30+
Mistle Thrush 4 plus another singing.
Goldcrest 5
Buzzard 2
Meadow Pipit 4
Grey Heron 1
Pied Wagtail 100+( ETW and adjacent field).
Magpie 60+
Starling 50+
Herring Gull 2
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Black-headed Gull 100+
RN Parakeet 2
Raven 2
Jay 2
Bullfinch 4


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Barton Locks area including Salteye Brook am

33 Gadwall

80 Teal

2 Oystercatcher

2 Willow Tit...one in song

140 Black-Headed Gull

3 Great Crested Grebe

2 Common Gull

1 Buzzard

1 Lapwing

50 Linnet

1 Grey Wagtail

3 Song Thrush in song

2 Fieldfare

13 Cormorant.

 



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Wellacre Country Park, north of railway only.

Jack Lane:
Teal 2

Wellacre Wood:
Nuthatch 1
Ring necked Parakeet 2

Dutton's Pond:
Moorhen 8

General Sightings:
Fieldfare 5
Mistle Thrush 6
Meadow Pipit 2
Song Thrush 4
Goldcrest 3
Coal Tit 2
Bullfinch 1

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Flixton ETW/Ship Canal highlights. AM.

BH Gull 300+
GBB Gull 1
Herring Gull 6
LBB Gull 3
Cormorant 10
Grey Heron 2
Gadwall 6
Mallard 16
Pied Wagtail 50+

Then on to Wellacre CP.

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Chiffchaff calling at Jack Lane farm 08:00

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East of Irlam Locks to Barton Locks

9 Goldeneye (6 Female + 3 Male

54 Gadwall

22 Cormorant

2 Raven

1 Grey Wagtail

3 Little Grebe

25 Redwing

1 Willow Tit

34 Tufted Duck

15 House Sparrow

75 Teal

 



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Stott Drive to Green Hill and return via Jack Lane. Highlights from morning walk.

Pink footed Geese 150+ heading west.
Goldcrest 2...Dutton's Pond area.
Goosander 2 male, 2 female...River Mersey near Mile Road.
Chaffinch 6
Coal Tit 2
Willow Tit 1...good views, south border of Jack Lane NR, along the track.
Raven 1...on high pylon south of ETW.
Jay 3
RN Parakeet 2...wood, south edge of Wellacre College.
Mistle Thrush 2
Nuthatch 1...in garden. Better be there next weekend.



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Chiffchaff and Redpoll down by the locks 11:30 today

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Flixton ETW and Ship Canal.

Little Egret 1 over, heading South.
Sparrowhawk 1 female over Irlam side.
Little Grebe 3
Mute Swan 1 adult.
Mallard 11
Gadwall 1 pair.
Moorhen 4
Great Crested Grebe 1
Grey Heron 2
Cormorant 12
Grey Wagtail 1
LBB Gull 2
BH Gull 100+
etc.
30 species in total.

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