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RE: stretford tip/meadows


5th July 3:05pm - 4:05pm highlights: territorial display between two pairs of buzzards, one adult bird calling from the cricket pitch while its mate circled around the other pair until they drifted back over the motorway; four young grey partridges very fluffy but capable of flight; singing lesser whitethroat on East of the rise.

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Red Kite 1 drifted over SE at 16.20 (and most certainly over Sale WP)
Peregrine 1 high, drifted north

-- Edited by Pete Hines on Sunday 26th of May 2024 09:04:28 PM

-- Edited by Pete Hines on Sunday 26th of May 2024 09:05:14 PM

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Sedge Warbler - metal ringed bird still on territory
Lesser Whitethroat - still, ranging from the the summit to the SE end

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Lesser Whitethroat at the eastern end at the top of the rise. A Sedge Warbler also present nearby by the large puddle on the track.

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Tree Pipit 2 still present
Common Whitethroat 4
Willow Warbler 3
Chiffchaff 13
Blackcap 12
Snipe 1
Linnet 1

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Tree Pipit 2 SW slope
Redstart male Sw slope
Grasshopper Warbler 1 reeling briefly 53.443111, -2.322426
Common Whitethroat 2 singing
Willow Warbler 1
Chiffchaff 17
Blackcap 12
Swallow 1
Sand Martin 3
Greylag Goose 4 over NW plus a domestic greylag
Lapwing 1
Snipe 1
Raven 1
Linnet 2
Greenfinch 17
Reed Bunting 4

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12 February Raven - 1 flying west over Chester Road, Stretford, 11.57. towards Stretford Meadows

-- Edited by Pete Hines on Tuesday 13th of February 2024 05:55:10 PM

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Jack Snipe 1
Snipe 1
Pink-footed Goose 125 over west at 14.27

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From 1 pm today - Eastern corner behind the basket ball court .
Blackcap -1 m + 1f seen several times.
Robin -1 .
Blackbird - 4.
Song thrush 1 singing several times.
Buzzard - 1.
Wren - 1
Goldfinch 3.
Blue - tit - family of 3.

Elsewhere , very quiet apart from -
Kestrel - 2 (1 adult and 1juvenile ).
Whitethroat - 1 not singing.


Goldfinch flock - c40 ( feeding on knapweed and thistle seed).

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Afternoon wander, highlights: three swallows low overhead; great tits, robins and dunnocks have flying young in tow, at least one whitethroat visiting nest; a single stock doves over. The only raptor was a female sparrowhawk.

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Highlight of this morning's visit was a Red Kite that drifted over, heading east. (Record shot attached.)

Also, at least 2 Sedge Warblers singing near the summit, and a single Herring Gull with 21 Lesser Black-backed on the cricket pitch.



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Late mooch from 5:30 - 7pm but very quiet.

Swift - 8.
House martin - 2.
Blackbird - 7.
Carrion Crows - 2.
Collard dove - 1.
Buzzard -1 over.
Kestrel - 1 hunting.
House sparrow - 3.
Lesser Black-back gull -1 over.
Dunnock -1.
Jackdaw -2.
Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Whitethroat all heard as I was leaving at 7pm.

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Cuckoo flew low west at 09.43
Sedge Warbler 3 territories
Common Whitethroat 13
Blackcap 7
Chiffchaff 7
Reed Bunting 4
Lapwing 1 over

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Sedge Warbler still present yesterday morning

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Sedge Warbler 1 on territory on slope SE of cricket pitch
Whitethroat 8
Reed Bunting 3

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Evening visit.

Lesser whitethroat south of the summit.
14 whitethroat
4 blackcaps
8 chiffchaffs
1 willow warbler
3 Reed buntings
5 stock doves
1 Pheasant
1 kestrel
1 lapwing over
9 swifts
4 swallows



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Lesser Whitethroat - singing male still at the summit this morning

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Lesser Whitethroat - singing male at the summit
Whitethroat 19
Sedge Warbler 1 singing behind the wet patch
Swift 1
House Martin 1
Lapwing 2 over
Reed Bunting 3

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No sight or sound of the lesser whitethroat in the south east corner this evening but heard a couple of rattles of one on the Eastern slope of the central path from summit.
22 whitethroat
6 blackcap
2 chiffchaff
1 kestrel
1 stock dove
5 ring necked parakeets
2 Reed bunting
Pair of bullfinch
Pair of goosander over.

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Lesser Whitethroat - singing male still, in the SE corner

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Lesser Whitethroat singing male roaming the east end

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Swift 1
Whitethroat 4

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Common Whitethroat 3 singing males
Swallow 1
Reed Bunting 5

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Common Whitethroat 1 singing male this morning

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Blackcap pair opposite the allotments

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Walked across Stretford Tip this morning.
A flock of circa 20 Redpoll feeding among the dead willowherb heads was a nice surprise.

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Fieldfare - 26 staying faithful to the cricket pitch, present for several weeks

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Fieldfare 12 on the cricket pitch (greenkeeper says they've been there all week)
Woodcock 1 flying through trees backing onto Sandy Lane

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Willow Tit 1 opposite the Moss Park Allotments gate again 53.444204, -2.328069
Fieldfare 14 over
Redpoll 16 minimum

yesterday 12th Nov

Pink-footed Goose 180+ east at 16.20

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08.47-11.28

Stonechat 1 female again (not seen since 8th) in the dip east of the summit
Redwing 473 over south
Fieldfare 176 over south
Skylark 5 over east
Meadow Pipit 1 over east
Ring-necked Parakeet 10
Rook 6
Mute Swan 2 over
Heron 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Buzzard 1
Kestrel 2
Chaffinch 9
Greenfinch 5
Reed Bunting 1


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A pair of ravens on the motorway lighting by the Chester Road exit at 6pm.

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Willow tit 1 along Lesley road at the Moss Park Allotments 53.444269, -2.327866
Ring-necked Parakeet 36 arriving from the east in groups of 17,4 and 15 before departing west
Redpoll 3 over south
Chiffchaff 1
Kestrel 2
Sparrowhawk 1
Rook 14 minimum

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Stonechat 1 female east of the cricket club (couldn't see yesterdays male)
Pink-footed Goose 70 east at 08.33
Buzzard 2
Kestrel 2
Chiffchaff 1
Swallow 4 > south
House Martin 4 > south
Pied Wagtail 6 > south
Meadow Pipit 90 > south
Chaffinch 8 > south
Bullfinch 3 > south
Greenfinch 9 > south
Linnet 3 > south
Redpoll > 3 south
Siskin 26 > south

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Stonechat 1 male in the 'dip' on the eastern side of the summit
Swallow 1 flew south
Pied Wagtail 3

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Ring-necked Parakeet 60+ flying east at 18.32
Lesser Black-backed Gull 63 over SW pre dusk

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Pink-footed Goose 1150 flying east in 1 hour 5 minutes (08.08-09.13). 220 (08.08), 50 (08.15), 250 (08.30), 20 (08.34), 250 (08.43), 320 (08.55), 190 (09.09), 100 (09.13)
Meadow Pipit 1 over south
Ring-necked Parakeet 33 arriving from the east early on

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Willow Tit 1 east end at 53.439946, -2.318003 (26m asl)
Goosander 7 fly-over
Whitethroat 2
Sparrowhawk 1 (3X)
Buzzard 1
Kestrel 2

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Afternoon stroll 2:50 - 3:40 A young buzzard flew low over the trees by Newcroft Road. Plenty of calling chiffchaffs, just the one whitethroat heard near the top of the rise. A mixed flock of about three dozen goldfinches and half a dozen linnets on the thistles on the bank leading down to the cycleway that used to be a footpath.



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Midday. Common Whitethroats, Greenfinch, Kestrel, Reed Bunting, 3 x Swallows, 3 x House Martin swooping a foot over the flood puddle, 2 x Swift, 1 x Raven over. 1 x Sedge Warbler showing and singing very well in the SE of the meadow. But no sight nor sound of the Lesser Whitethroat.

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Thanks to Tim W and Pete H for the specific location of the Lesser Whitethroat which I heard then saw immediately as I approached the summit. Several more sightings, albeit brief, as it flitted from tree to tree for 3 hours, constantly singing on this hot sunny afternoon. It seems to have a large territory. This is one shy, secretive bird.

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Now 2 Lesser Whitethroat. One at the summit and one at the east end up from the gas plant.

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Lesser Whitethroat 1 singing at the summit still
Sedge Warbler 1 singing still

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A family of willow tits two adults and at least one fluffy youngster in the trees by Kickety Brook on the stretch between the meadows and the canal aquaduct at 5:25pm.

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Lesser Whitethroat rattling away at the summit
Sedge Warbler 2 singing (poss. a 3rd silent nearby)
Whitethroat 18, plenty of young
Chiffchaff 10, incl. recently fledged young
Raven 1 over

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Sedge Warbler still on territory (still doing display flights from the same bush)
Whitethroat 12, including juveniles
Sparrowhawk 3, 1 ad female and 2 juv
Kestrel 1

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Sedge Warbler one on territory
Whitethroat 14
Treecreeper 2, young bird and adult behind school
Kestrel usual pair
Buzzard 1

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From 3:15 pm today.

Hobby - 1 over the summit of the middle hill heading South over the M60 at 16:35 pm.
Swift - 2.
Pheasant - 1 f.
Whitethroat - 1 heard briefly.
Blackbird - 4 .
Greenfinch - 1.
Collard dove - 2 over.
Goldfinch - 2.
House sparrow - 2.

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Whinchat 1 female in bramble north east of the summit at 53.441944, -2.32317 (record shots attached)

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Sedge Warbler now 2 males on territory
Whitethroat 18
Reed Bunting 3 males

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Sedge Warbler still on territory behind cricket pitch
Redpoll 2

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