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RE: Prince's Park, Irlam


A noisy flock of Canada Geese flew low over my house at 6.10am this morning. Don't know how many as I was still in bed!!!

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Steven Nelson wrote:

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C 50 Geese over north in the dark 20:45 again very noisy.






Canada's Phil! I often see and hear them over my Irlam house in the evening and as you say, sometimes they fly in darkness. They always seem to be heading north obviously to a roost site but I don't know where (Pennington maybe?). Sometimes they are bearly above rooftop height and numbering about 50 or so in one or two flocks. Would be interesting to know where they commute to. I presume it's the flock that frequents Prince's Park.

Hi Steven thought they were Canada's they flew back in again this morning about 05:45 like you said very low over the houses I am just off broadway so when they take off from Highbury end of the River they Wheel right to take them north right over my house very low and noisy a beautiful sight if only brief

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Phil White wrote:

C 50 Geese over north in the dark 20:45 again very noisy.






Canada's Phil! I often see and hear them over my Irlam house in the evening and as you say, sometimes they fly in darkness. They always seem to be heading north obviously to a roost site but I don't know where (Pennington maybe?). Sometimes they are bearly above rooftop height and numbering about 50 or so in one or two flocks. Would be interesting to know where they commute to. I presume it's the flock that frequents Prince's Park.

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C 50 Geese over north in the dark 20:45 again very noisy.

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Lots of Geese coming on going late last night and early this morning over my Irlam home during darkness onto the Old River never got to see them but very noisy.

-- Edited by Phil White on Tuesday 9th of September 2014 05:31:13 PM

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6.45pm-7.45pm

1 Nuthatch - first one I've seen here for quite a while.
2 Goldcrest
1 Willow Tit
c20 House Martin and a few Swallow hawking insects over the river.
3 almost full grown Mute Swan youngsters seem to have been abandoned by their parents but seem to be doing well.
1 Coot

Also I found a baby Grey Squirrel on the ground making a right racket. It was still blind so had obviously fallen from the nest. I left it where it was and went to get my daughter to show her. When we got there just a few mins later it was gone!!confuse

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Late post for Friday 15th Aug:

2 singing Chiffchaff

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5.30-6.15pm

1 Willow Tit - first one I've seen here for a few years
1 GS Woodpecker
1 Blackcap - singing
Numerous young birds heard calling around the park from trees and vegatation but difficult to see.

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10.30am
Pair of Gadwall - noteworthy here despite regularly occurring on nearby MS Canal
Coots - 2 birds on nests + 1 brood of 3 half grown chicks + 1 brood with 1 almost full grown chick
singing Blackcap & Chiffchaff
Plus usuals!

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2 Swift over adjacent housing estate on Liverpool Rd at 6.15pm this evening.

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Peregrine over at c.4.00pm heading SW towards Carrington

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5.40-6.15pm
'Old Boathouse Tip' (just outside the park!)

6 Swallows
1 Sand Martin
15 Tufted Duck
1 Chiffchaff
4 Canada Geese
1 Grey Heron
1 Cormorant over
2 Moorhen
1 Coot

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5.15-5.45pm

3 Chiffchaff
2 Teal - pair
2 Mute Swan - pair. Female sat on nest.
Mallard with 10 ducklings


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4.15-4.45pm

2 Grey Wagtails - pair at swampy bit
1 Buzzard - again in trees at swampy bit
2 Chiffchaff having a skirmish
1 Blackcap
4 Teal - 2 pairs
1 Oystercatcher over north noisily
1 Mistle Thrush

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Quick circuit of the old river Irwell and park 12.15-12.45pm before a cold, wet and windy, fruitless 3 hours at Binn Green waiting for the Two-barred Crossbill !

4 Chiffchaff singing
1 Blackcap singing
4 Teal - 2 pairs
1 Great spotted Woodpecker

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4.15-5.15pm

1 singing Chiffchaff
3 pairs of Teal

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4.30-5.15pm

6 Redwing + 1 Mistle Thrush feeding on football pitches

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10.15-11.00am

2 singing Chiffchaff
1 Kingfisher
4 Teal (2m,2f)
Pair Mute Swans - f on nest
Also Magpie nest building

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1.30-2.15pm

1 Chiffchaff singing
1 Goosander (m) - tucked up asleep against the river bank
4 Teal (2m, 2f)
2 Mute Swan

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17:00-17:30 60+ Redwings fliting between the football fields and the trees Lots of woodpigeon 2 teal 1m 1f

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11.30am-12.15pm

1 Siskin
4 Bullfinch together in a bush (3m & 1f)
5 Teal (3m & 2f)
1 GS Woodpecker

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2-2.30pm
3 Buzzard circling overhead with lots of 'mewing' going on.
1 Goldcrest
1 Treeecreeper
2 Redwing

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Late post for yesterday 9.45-10.20am

1 Buzzard over being mobbed by crow and BH Gulls

Boathouse old tip:
c.50 Tufted Duck
1 Kingfisher
1 Little Grebe heard
4 Moorhen

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9.45-10.25am
2 Goosander -pair displaying
7 Teal - 4m, 3f
1 Buzzard flew into swampy area trees
1 GS Woodpecker
2 Mute Swan
1 Redwing
1 Moorhen
2 Coot
Lots of common birds singing plus a Blue Tit doing his parachute display flight.

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10:30 - 11:00
2 Mute Swans
1 Canada Goose
7 Farm yard ducks
1 Buzzard in the swamp trees before being chased off by 2 crows
2 Long tailed tits
1 Treecreeper site first


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14:30-15:00
2 Mute Swans
1 Coot
7 Farm Yard Ducks
4 Teal 3M 1F Fire station end
40+ Redwings on football field behind fireman's houses.

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12.00-12.30pm

1 Buzzard low over being mobbed by a Carrion Crow before it settled in trees at the swampy bit
1 Grey Heron
6 Teal (3 pairs)
2 LT Tit

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11.15am-12.15pm
Warm sunshine, lots of birds singing

Prince's Park:
2 Treecreeper
5 Teal

Boathouse 'old tip':
It's a while since I've been here but I was appalled to see that the 'improvement' works have ripped out an entire reedbed that is a breeding area for Reed Bunting and a number of other species and probably had Water Rail in winter.
However that large expanse of open water that it has created had:
50+ Tufted Duck
48 Canada Geese
1 Mute Swan
2 Coot
1 Moorhen
1 Grey Heron


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12.20-1.00pm

1 Goosander (m) - then flew off towards MS Canal
1 Kingfisher
1 Grey Heron
4 Teal (2m 2f)
1 Cormorant over
2 Bullfinch - pair
3 Mute Swan -2 ad 1 juv
Also the white farmyard ducks still but now only 7 birds!

Yesterday c35 Redwing feeding on football pitches

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12:30-13:30
Teal 3m 1f
Reed Bunting 1m (only the second 1 seen in 2years boathouse end)
Bullfinch 1m
Goosander 1m 1f
Greenfinch 3m
Mute Swan 2 + 1 juvenile


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2.30-3.15pm
14 Teal - (6m, 8f) a new site record for me. Lots of noisy displaying going on!
1 Goosander (f)
1 Kingfisher
1 Redwing
1 Moorhen
23 Canada Geese
Now only 8 White farmyard ducks!

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3.30-4.00pm

1 Treecreeper

1 Redwing

1 GS Woodpecker - heard

4 LT Tit



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09:00 - 10:00 this morning.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker 1F 1 over
2 Song Thrush
5 Redwing
1 Grey Heron
1 Jay
1 Goosander F
1 Kingfisher
2 Moorhens
lots of Blue/Great Tit's Robins ,Blackbirds Mallard and 9 Farmyard Ducks.

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3.20-3.55pm

2 Kingfisher - near Boathouse pub

10 Teal - site record for me ! (1 group of 3m & 4f in swampy section and 1 group of 3m at firestation end)

1 GS Woodpecker - heard only

8 Long-tailed Tit

1 Song Thrush - in full song

4 Goldfinch

9 white farmyard ducks still !



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Walk round the Old River Irwell 10:15-11:20
3 Wren
5 Goldfinch
Buzzard still there being harassed by a Crow and a Magpie
Robin 8+
1 heron
Goosander 2F 1M Boathouse end.
Teal 3m 2f
1 Bullfinch M 1st this winter
2 Moorhen
2 mute Swans

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female Goosander & 1 Cormorant on the Old River Irwell viewable from the Boathouse Pub biggrin

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2.45pm - A Blackbird with completely white outer tail feathers - very visible as it flew. Other than that it looked completely normal.

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I must have just missed you Phil. I was in the park 11.20-12.10pm !
Sightings much the same but a couple of interesting additions:

1 Blackcap - male - in bushes at end of Highbury Ave was a big surprise (winter site record for me!)
The Buzzard sat in the trees in the swampy section then flew off south after being mobbed by 2 Carrion Crows - also a site first for me!
1 pair of Goosander at Boathouse end (I didn't go down far enough to the firestation end to see the other pair)
3 Kingfishers - 2 birds together perched on the same branch (presumably a pair with one bird calling repeatedly to the other and seemed to be doing a bit of displaying to the other) also 1 single bird further along at the Boathouse end - site record for me!
1 Reed Bunting (f) - near Boathouse - another site first for me!
1 Nuthatch - called from high up in one of the tall poplar trees but I couldn't see it.
5 Mistle Thrush
2 Mute Swans
3 Teal (2f 1m)
1 Heron
2 Cormorants overhead
1 Moorhen
9 white Farmyard ducks still - the 10th bird the other day was separate from the regular group of 9. It is intriguing as to where these birds have come from!

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Walk through the park and around the old river Irwell 10:00-11:00
1 F Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Buzzard in the trees in the swamp section a site first for me.
2 pairs of Goosander fire station end boathouse end.
3 Teal 2f 1m.
1 Heron
1 Cormorant
2 Kingfisher's together near the Riverside outfall flew off towards the boathouse.
2 Mute Swans
lots of Mallard and the farmyard ducks back to 9.


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1.00-1.45pm

2 redhead Goosander still on old river Irwell at Boathouse end.
No sign of the pair at the firestation end though.
Also:
1 Kingfisher
4 Teal (3f 1m)
2 Mute Swan
at least 14 Mallard
2 Redwing
2 Song Thrush
20+ Goldfinch
Now 10 white farmyard ducks!

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Robin singing in the park at 12.45am last night!
Also another heard singing from Ferryhill Rd, Irlam a few minutes later.

Good record of the Goosanders Phil. Not a species I've recorded in the park before but I have seen them on the nearby M/cr Ship Canal before.



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2 pairs of Goosander on the Old River 1 pair at the boat house and another at the fire station end a site first for me
Teal 2 f 1 m
The farmyard ducks are back to 9, 1 looking a bit worst for wear.
9 Long tailed tits.


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10.50-11.25am
8 Teal - 4m & 4f - equals my site record count here for Teal.

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14:00 Half hour walk with the dog's
3 Teal 2m 1f
1 Kingfisher rear of Boathouse
White farmyard Duck's still there only seen 8
lot's of Blue Tits,Great Tits seen.

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12.15pm
1 Sparrowhawk
21 Canada Geese
2 Mute Swans (incl V16)
1 Heron - actively fishing
1 Grey Wagtail
Redpoll - heard only

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10.00-10.30am
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Teal
1 Mute Swan (V16)
c.20 Canada Geese
Also a group of 9 white farmyard ducks that have appeared from somewhere.

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4.15-4.45pm A rather windy half hour walk this afternoon in the park. Main highlights:

Flock of c.50 Swift, c.15 House Martin, c.10 Swallow all swooping very low to ground and within a couple of feet of me at times giving great views - especially the Swifts. Even people passing by were taking note.
1 juv BH Gull on it's own in middle of football pitch hunkered down and looking rather vulnerable.

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12.00-12.45pm

1 Yellow Wagtail over south and then back north a few mins later - a new sight record for me
1 Jay again

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08:00 - 08:30
Well done on the Jay Steve never seen 1 down there.
3 Chiffchaff
1 Willow Warbler
1 Bullfinch (m)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Asleep)
2 Teal pair
2 Mute Swan Displaying and mating.

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1.15-2.00pm

1 Jay - new site record for me!
2 Lesser Redpoll
1 Siskin over
4 Blackcap
2 Willow Warbler
1 Chiffchaff
1 Swallow
1 GS Woodpecker
1 Goldcrest
1 Coal Tit
2 Grey Wagtail - pair
2 Mute Swan - Resident pair- female now on nest


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