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Birds in football stadiums


I was invited to the Etihad by an old business contact today. Enjoyed the hospitality and the match apart from the result. As well as a few feral pigeons flying around there was one Diver sp on the pitch that gave a really impressive display mid-way through the second half hmm



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At the Etihad after the match a Sparrowhawk was circling (thought at first it might have been a vulturewinkbiggrin), no sign of any Robins on the pitch howeverbiggrinbiggrinbiggrin.
Cheers Ian

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Salford City Stadium: Grey Heron flew over at half time, single Swift and Black-headed Gull in the second half of tonight's hammering

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Not in the football stadium

Oystercatcher flew through the Blue Car Park at the Etihad

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Admittedly not quite in the stadium but a Chiffchaff was joining in the singing with thousands of fans just outside Old Trafford this evening as United's trophy parade began.smile

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Pair of Mistle Thrushes were feeding young in the roof of the Sir Alex Ferguson stand yesterday - completely unfazed by the racket created by 75000 + fans.

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Peregrine falcon over the Reebok stadium during this afternoon's victory over Burnley It (or another one?) was in attendance during the FA Cup match against Everton a couple of weeks ago too. It does a good job keeping the pigeons away, although I would like it to swoop down and take a useless C Eagles off the pitch

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Raven on gas tower at end of Joe Mercer way after match today, 1st one I've ever seen here.
Cheers Ian

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Sale Sharks kick off at Salford City Stadium tomorrow night. I'll be on the look-out for any stowaway spectators!

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Ollie Wright wrote:

Dave, I was in the Derby end - saw one bat and one perfectly good goal disallowed!



Hi Ollie, thought derby were unlucky, up until the first goal , the match could have gone either way.

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Dave, I was in the Derby end - saw one bat and one perfectly good goal disallowed!

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Reebok stadium last night, pair of kestrels in the north stand, at least one bat flying about. highlights of the night, better than the footy.

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Only a couple of Black-headed Gulls at Old Trafford for Japan vs Egypt. No sign of Egyptian Goose on way to match but Egypt's goose probably cooked after sending off!

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Oooh Jase, now you know I'm not the bearing type

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Ian, bear with us and just give us our moment. To be fair there was actually a real pigeon!

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Jason

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Yeah - but people keep ruining them with news of Peregrines flying into stands and the like!

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I still don't get it . Isn't there a football forum somewhere for this boring nonsense

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It did Ian - but even I, a passionate "red" wouldn't deny the blue-noses their moment in the limelight. Congratulations lads....

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Didn't this thread used to have something to do with birds

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Ian Campbell wrote:

JasonAtkinson wrote:

Pigeon flew over just before City won the title

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Think I must have seen the same Pigeon as you Jason
Cheers Ian




Clearly not any old pigeo but a Winged Victory in disguise

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JasonAtkinson wrote:

Pigeon flew over just before City won the title

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Think I must have seen the same Pigeon as you Jason
Cheers Ian


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You sure it wasn't a giant flock of Pigs? ;)

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Pigeon flew over just before City won the title

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Peregrine spotted last night about 1920 drifting away over the North stand at the Etihad.

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That's what it was then? Cheers Ian, thought it looked like a raptor.
Don't quite know why I was looking towards our goal as there wasn't much going on in it!

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At Etihad last night, just before half time Peregrine flew to land under roof corner North and East stand then to centre of North Stand roof for rest of match. This is the second game running I've seen this, wonder if it's got a season ticket.
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Very very good, Phil. I like it. Good to see you maintaining your sense of humour.

Early start tomorrow to see us play Spurs at home. I am hoping NOT to see eleven cockerels crowing at five to three.

The best of British at the Emirates

David

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David Walsh wrote:

From where I was standing in the Sunderland end on Saturday, at approximately 3.42pm, I saw a parachute dive that I thought was a meadow pipit, but when the creature stood up and preened itself I identified it as a lesser-spotted Dzeko.

Perhaps time to change my binoculars





I think it is indeed time to change your binoculars Dave.

I'm a City fan who was also at the game and having seen the replay, it wasn't a Meadow Pipit or a Lesser-Spotted Dzeko even.

Being at The Ethiad Stadium, Manchester, it had to be a Great Northern Diver didn't it?.



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From where I was standing in the Sunderland end on Saturday, at approximately 3.42pm, I saw a parachute dive that I thought was a meadow pipit, but when the creature stood up and preened itself I identified it as a lesser-spotted Dzeko.

Perhaps time to change my binoculars



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Steve Suttill wrote:

Is it just a coincidence that the face is in City colours?

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Probably not

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Is it just a coincidence that the face is in City colours?

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Peregrine spent the whole game today perched under the roof of the North Stand, bet it enjoyed the game more than I did,I don't know what I'm doing with these emoticons, bit like Mancini and his team!!
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Karen Foulkes wrote:

A Peregrine flew the entire length of the West stand from South to North during half time at the Etihad this evening. It seemed to be attempting to roost somewhere in the North stand.

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No sign of Peregrine during game yesterday, perhaps it only attends European matches
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A Peregrine flew the entire length of the West stand from South to North during half time at the Etihad this evening. It seemed to be attempting to roost somewhere in the North stand.

-- Edited by Karen Foulkes on Wednesday 22nd of February 2012 08:21:16 PM

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sorry folks, i'm talking about everton not city by the way i've had a few and its late.

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something thats really puzzled me for years. being a long suffering bluenose, during the many many boring games me and my mate used to watch various gull species land on the park end stand but they never ever landed on the bullens road stand or the main stand ( i.e the stands with the floodlights on the roof) though bizzarely last year a cormarent briefly landed on the end light. can anyone shed any light please. thanks

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there was also(including myself) 2000 wigan fans as happy as "LARKS"

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...and Match of the Day 2 just showed a Robin perched on the goal net at the Reebok

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Live coverage of Bolton v Wigan Ath, broadcast on a foreign channel yesterday featured a close up of a Dunnock feeding on the edge of the pitch

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All I see at Bloiomfield Rd are Gulls.

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Peregrine above the gas holder at the bottom of Briscoe lane as I left MCFC stadium this afternoon.
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Also, a Male Blackbird was flying around the South Stand under the floodlights at The Ethiad in tonight's game v Bayern.

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At least one Mistle Thrush flying around the west stand at the Etihad tonight

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Pretty sure a peregrine popped into the DW stadium for a brief spell today. After todays display I think Roberto should get it signed in the January window, we could do with a decent predator.



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I was also sitting in the North stand on november 5th and was so busy watching a peregrine falcon flying in the East stand that I missed United's only goal!

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Alan/Simon,

Thanks very much for your comments. I was hoping that they were peregrines but never having seen one before I wasn't sure and I didn't feel confident to say that they were. I've since looked at loads of pictures of peregrines and found a couple that matched what I saw. Maybe I'll take my small bins to the Everton match just in case.

Cheers,

Phil

By the way, where's this Old Trafford place?

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I was sat in the north stand (SAF stand) and was watching the raptor, which looked like a kestrel in the dusky light toying with idea of landing in the roof area of the east stand.
Before the game i was walking across the cricket ground car park and heard a noise above, it turned out to be a peregrine in an aerial spat with another raptor which i thought was a kestrel. The latter flew off towards stretford into the sun, however the peregrine gave good views in the blue sky as it circled high above the cricket pitch.

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Male Kestrel flew under the stands at Old Trafford on Sunday well after dusk, possibly looking for a roosting site but maybe looking to dislodge roosting birds?

More interesting than United's performance,

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I can confirm that they were Peregrines, I also saw them from my seat in Lofthouse stand.

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Hi Phil,
The last home game I went to I saw two Peregrines flying around above the stadium and landing on the floodlight on the west stand.

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