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RE: Birds in football stadiums


Almost perfect symmetry at the Reebok stadium yesterday (Sunday 6 Nov), a 5-0 revenge for the FA Cup semi-final with two beautiful raptors over the south west corner of the stadium in the last 10 minutes. As to what they were (they weren't eagles as he was on the pitch ) they had the shape of a falcon but they seemed bigger than a kestrel and appeared to have dark tails and light bellys and under-wings although the flood lights were on and they didn't fly low or bank enough so that I could see their upper parts. I would appreciate any suggestions.

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I saw 11 tits at Edgeley Park today.

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There was a cock-8-2 at Old Trafford yesterday...

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I also spotted a Wheatear in central defence... sorry, I've just been corrected, it was a Wheater

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Holly Page wrote:

Peregrine at Reebok Stadium during the match last night. Provided a welcome distraction after we went 1-0 down against Macclesfield. It circled the ground and then landed on the floodlight at the northwest corner.





I also spotted Eagles on the wing.

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Whilst watching Wigan Warriors play Bradford Bulls the other evening, a Bat flew briefly in front of the Boston Stand at the DW Stadium. Yes I know it's not a bird, or a Soccer game either but...

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Peregrine at Reebok Stadium during the match last night. Provided a welcome distraction after we went 1-0 down against Macclesfield. It circled the ground and then landed on the floodlight at the northwest corner.


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01/05/11 - 1530hrs Man City Eastlands Stadium

Single male Kestrel circling and sitting on cables above J1 Entrance.
There for at least 20mins, with the masses unaware, above.gif

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Mistle Thrush have successfully nested on top of the first spot light in the north east corner of the East Stand at Old Trafford. Two adults feeding at least one well grown youngster (would imagine it gets a bit toasty when the lights are on !!!!)

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Karen Foulkes wrote:

Ian Campbell wrote:

watched all the second half from the roof of the Colin Belll stand.
Cheers Ian






What were you doing watching it from the roof Ian?




Very funny Karenbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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Ian Campbell wrote:

watched all the second half from the roof of the Colin Belll stand.
Cheers Ian






What were you doing watching it from the roof Ian?

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Is that the Wolves equivalent of a prawn sandwich?!

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Not birds,but spotted a Wolves fan with a pair of leicas round his neck at the live tv game earlier. That'a a dedicated birdersmile.gif

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Kestrel again watched all the second half from the roof of the Colin Belll stand ( the 1st half was better), still at least we won!.
Cheers Ian

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6 Waxwings opposite Mercedes garage on Ashton New Rd - I was willing them into the stadium complex but they were just huddled up against thewind.

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Kestrel watched most of the 2nd half today v Wolves perched below roof of Colin Bell stand, lets hope it enjoyed the goalssmile.gif
Cheers Ian

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Watching the Man City v Aston Villa game today, saw a female or young Blackbird flying round the stadium.
The Bird also rested on the pitch a few times, and flew off when disturbed by footballers.
Funny moment when Joe Hart the City keeper went to take a goal kick and the bird was just feet away from him, the City fans broke into a song "Feed the bird and he will score"

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Snoods...

'nuff said. Now on with the birds

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

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What's thisyawn.gifyawn.gifyawn.gif,all about brainless.gif
,oh just remembered, someone likes the game with odd shaped balls confused.gif

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Jay Jay Okocha would get into any team

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Been off-line for a while with major computer problems - and just catching up with all the postings !!

Apparently a 'Sparrow' was on show for the 'Seagulls' on Weds 8th at Bury. Played on the 'wing' and scored a blinder.

Rick.

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Frank Swift

Shaun Teal Peter Swan Keith Curlew Chris Eagles

Eider Gudjohnsen David Howell Robin van Persie

Tony Woodcock Jimmy Grebes Jay Boothroyd

The only diver I can think of is Ronaldo

Manager Brian Chough
President Sir Stanley Grouse

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Mark Jarrett wrote:

There are frequent sightings of House Sparrows at Eastlands. Apparently they make their way to the trophy room and bathe in the considerable dust that has built up in the cabinet.biggrin.gif

Up the Rovers!

-- Edited by Mark Jarrett on Tuesday 7th of December 2010 12:06:09 PM

PS - Sorry City fans, I really should have said Turf Moor!
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No problem Mark, it's just that I didn't think they actually had a trophy cabinet at Eastlands yet, they are waiting 'till they win something, smile.gifwinner.gif I wishwink.gif


forgot to mention how amazing is the footage of the Eagle Owl at the match omg.gif


-- Edited by Ian Campbell on Tuesday 7th of December 2010 04:46:06 PM

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11 robins can regularly been seen on the pitches at wrexham, bristol city and swindon town wink.gif

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I mentioned this thread to a mate and he said that on the subject of" Birds in Football Stadiums" he's firmly in favour of them not being allowed. Life on Mars is alive and well in these parts....... wink.gif

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There are frequent sightings of House Sparrows at Eastlands. Apparently they make their way to the trophy room and bathe in the considerable dust that has built up in the cabinet.biggrin.gif

Up the Rovers!

-- Edited by Mark Jarrett on Tuesday 7th of December 2010 12:06:09 PM

PS - Sorry City fans, I really should have said Turf Moor!

-- Edited by Mark Jarrett on Tuesday 7th of December 2010 12:07:25 PM

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Please read the forum guidelines on the sticky posts at the head of this sightings forum.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 7th of December 2010 05:00:14 PM

Understood, sorry! For anyone interested - a YouTube search for "owl at football match" will turn up a rather brilliant clip of an eagle owl at a Finnish stadium.

Paul

-- Edited by Paul Hopkins on Tuesday 7th of December 2010 10:11:31 PM

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I'm sure I saw 11 Blue Tits on the pitch at Eastlands when I watched Match of the Day on Saturday night!!!!! (or were they Great Tits!!!)biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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Surely at Eastlands there must be a Dodo or Great Auk. Have a look in the Trophy Cabinet!!!biggrin.gif Sorry could not help myself.

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I was with the United fans behind the goal that day - a Long-eared Owl might have made the day slightly more bearable.
Back in the 80's during a rearranged FA Cup 3rd round tie at Old Trafford v Rochdale under floodlights, a Dunlin flew in and landed by the halfway touchline just in front of where I was standing. It said a lot for the game that it wasn't disturbed for several minutes.
In the 60s watching United at Sheff Wed a Carrion Crow came and perched on the crossbar of the Wednesday goal - seemingly it was a regular visitor on match day.


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But you can't tick Soft-plumaged, only Fea's or Zinos!

Back in the days when Oldham were in the Premier League I saw a Long-eared Owl fly over just before the home game against United. As soon as I saw it I knew it was a jinx on United, Oldham went on to win 1-0.

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Iain Johnson wrote:

whilst a friend of mine in NZ once saw a soft-plumaged petrel!






Competition closed - he wins!

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I've seen yellowhammer feeding on the pitch at teh westpac stadium in Wellington (New Zealand) before a rugby game whilst a friend of mine in NZ once saw a soft-plumaged petrel!

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On 4th Dec, Birdguides reported 50+ Waxwing near Boundary Park, Oldham - home of Oldham Athletic FC.

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I've seen Sparrowhawk over Eastlands - no sign of the plastic Kestrel that hung around Maine Rd though biggrin.gif

Sorry I didn't stop Phil - a few pints of fizzy lager meant I had more urgent needs.
I've a Seasonticket - block 109 M176

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Phil Owen wrote:

A Grey Wagtail was feeding by the sidelines during the match between my beloved Man City v Bolton this afternoon and flew off after getting disturbed by a throw-in!!

Nice to say a quick hello to Tony Coatsworth at half-time too.

-- Edited by Phil Owen on Saturday 4th of December 2010 08:44:32 PM





Didn't see the Wagtail but did have a Peregrine over the Phoenix pub on Briscoe Lane before the game.
Cheers Ian

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Hope it left more graciously than the greedy Argie!

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A Grey Wagtail was feeding by the sidelines during the match between my beloved Man City v Bolton this afternoon and flew off after getting disturbed by a throw-in!!

Nice to say a quick hello to Tony Coatsworth at half-time too.

-- Edited by Phil Owen on Saturday 4th of December 2010 08:44:32 PM

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Mike Chorley wrote:

Yes, I suppose 1 out of 4 isn't a bad average is itbiggrin.gif - said the Toffee






I dont know how to answer that!

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Yes, I suppose 1 out of 4 isn't a bad average is itbiggrin.gif - said the Toffee

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Matt Potter wrote:

And 2 goals flew into to the Scousers net! wink.gif






biggrin.gif I was tooo polite to mention that! biggrin.gif

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And 2 goals flew into to the Scousers net! wink.gif

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Mistle Thrush flew into the South Stand and a Kestrel flew over the East Stand this afternoon at Old Trafford.

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Mike Chorley wrote:

According to my old copy of Collins Latin Gem it's stadi & stadii






This reminds me of a a scene in the Life of Brian!!! biggrin.gif

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According to my old copy of Collins Latin Gem it's stadi & stadii (meaning a racetrack)

What we call a stadium is spatium ( a space)

-- Edited by Mike Chorley on Sunday 21st of March 2010 09:43:08 PM

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Pete Hines wrote:

An Out-of-County one : On 6th Dec 2006 a Woodcock held up play until it was carried off the pitch during the Newcastle - Reading match at St. James's Park.

Wasn't it Maine Rd that held the waders after City had moved to Wastlands (or was that Middle - Eastlands!).






I thought Woodcock played for Notts Forest (one for the older readers there). Also being a pedant as I am, isn't the plural of stadium stadia (not quoted in this actual post)?

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Photo's on the BTO Blog 16th March

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As a sports photographer working at the big stadiums in Manchester and the region on a weekly basis I shall keep my eyes open :)

Technically though, posting photographs taken inside football league stadia will land you in trouble with the Data Co body!

Old Trafford has a family of mice that appear on the pitch every now and again.. they did the other week and were photographed by Getty, not sure if they were published or not though!

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An Out-of-County one : On 6th Dec 2006 a Woodcock held up play until it was carried off the pitch during the Newcastle - Reading match at St. James's Park.

Wasn't it Maine Rd that held the waders after City had moved to Wastlands (or was that Middle - Eastlands!).

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