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RE: Warrington town centre and environs


Since a month ago looking through my notes an absolute dearth of garden birds.

Not one tit species.

Blackbird one male occasionally and that is it.

No Dunnocks, House Sparrows, Wrens, Greenfinch, Goldfinch or Thrush.

Apart of course, from those bloody Ring-Necked Parakeets in our neighbours orchard and by Red Lane allotments 200yards away and seeming to use the Bridgewater Canal opposite as a flyway to screech up and down early morns.



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South Warrington round Red Lane Allotments / Market garden along Bridgewater Canal up to 17 Ring-necked Parakeets roosting since last Sunday inc at least 6 juv. Tonight nice to see 11 Swift (only second sighting from house this year) in the local.



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Peregrine over Halliwell Jones Stadium at the moment hunting pigeons .

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A family party of 5 raven over our house

In central Warrington ,near to Bank Park Warrington 

Drifted off South . 



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Curlew heard last night around 4 am, start of returnees? 

 



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Juv Wren flew in through my kitchen window today, perched on the draining rack at the sink, looked at me confused and flew out again. Never had that before.

Mixed year for breeding in the garden, two successful Blackbird Broods, one Long Tailed Tit brood, two House Sparrow broods and three Dunnock broods from two pairs (I think). Juv Chiffchaff was around the other day in the trees on the lane next to the garden and adult again singing from there. Neither Blue Tit brood made it though cold spells killing them off leaving the sad task of clearing the next boxes.



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Unexpected Ringed Plover wandering around Birchwood Park today!



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Last couple nights 12, then 14 Ring-necked Parakeets have roosted in a tree to the South of Kingsway Bridge over the Mersey, only a few hundred yards from Woolston #4 bed!!!no

And either the art class at school were having a joke or there was the ghostly dusty image of a Tawny Owl having hit a window at Bridgewater Higher School (upper site); no sign of an injured bird. Two pairs Herring Gulls appear to be nesting on the roof also!



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First fledged young Long Tailed Tit just gone through the garden unfortunately 2 flew into windows which knocked them out butlittle chance of recovery .

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2 House Martin over Tesco Extra Warrington just .

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Yesterday fledgling Blackbird in our garden and today fledgling Dunnock. Our cat is well hacked off at facing the next few months shut indoors.

Edit: Also Tawny Owls heard most nights in the old market Garden by Red Lane Allotments.



-- Edited by Andy Slee on Thursday 28th of March 2024 07:26:59 PM

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Last night and tonight - Tawny Owls calling and flying between trees by Red Lane, North Appleton.



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Nice to find a pair of Ringed and a pair of Little Ringed plover on a soon to be Housing site near central Warrington yesterday and this morning   ,hopefully both will get young off before they start the building this summer . 



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4 Buzzard over our house in Central warrington just being chased around by Gulls.

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15 Whooper Swans flying low NW over Warrington Town Centre at 17.40 tonight 



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North Appleton - garden list since lockdown. First Song Thrush for many years yesterday and then this morning three Curlew directly flew over NNW-SE taking the post March 2000 list for the Garden to a nice round half century.



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Four Waxwing, Whitefield Road (Bargain Booze End) in Stockton Heath at 2:50 pm.



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North Appleton Tawny Owls tei-twoing each other near Red Lane Allotments at 10pm last night. Today 17 Ring-necked Parakeets hassling one of the Owls in daytime.



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3-4pm had a look around for the Waxwing in the usual spots around Tesco, Kemmac Distribution (sketchy poss Yellow Legged Gull on roof), Battersby Lane and all other environs for Waxwing and only turned up 33 Starlings in a tree at Osnath works by Tesco, plus on the traffic light / street light at the A49 / Tesco Extra junction a male Peregrine. I'll take that as a year tick for my efforts!



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33 Waxwing Battersby Lane Warrington  at 2pm yesterday. 



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170 Pink Footed Geese SW over Tesco Extra Warrington at 8.30 

This morning 



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Yesterday, as I was tarting to cook lunch wife asks me why I'm transfixed on the kitchen window........"I'm counting that Skien of Pink-footed Geese flying SE over Moore Nature Reserve"...................."Get looking at the Goose in the Oven and worry about birds on Boxing Day.......". Oooops!

 

Now its Boxing Day, 464 SE over Moore / Lower Walton at ~10:45am in three loose Skeins almost converging as one.



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Short-eared Owl at Paddington Meadows recentley....I do pass this spot on the river every couple of weeks with the rowers, not yet seen myself but will be keeping an eye out

 

 

https://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/23991809.rare-birds-spotted-paddington-meadows-warrington/



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28 - 32 Waxwing at Forshaw Street / Battersby Lane, Warrington at times through the day. Calling nicely this afternoon when I had time to stop and watch as opposed to views from traffic queues to date this year. Around 3pm a second flock of 20 or so flew in twice from the direction of Winwick Road circling the trees the other group is roosting in before returning that direction (flocks have been seen near Tesco). A group of eight Starlings flew by the second time the mobile flock appeared to give a nice flight comparison.



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2 waxwing marsh house lane car park Warrington at 9.50 as they went to leave at 10am   unfortunately 1 was taken by sparrowhawk , the other flew back towards battersby lane .



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2 Waxwing seemingly roosted at Battersby Lane and present until 09.20 when they flew off strong east . none present when I called in at 12.30 on my way home from the patch.record sjot of them below 



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2,300 Corvids West over North Appleton towards the Capped Tip at Moore ~15:50 - 16:15, majority (JUST) Carrion Crow, most the remainder Jackdaw - always interesting to watch the Jackdaw flocks flying faster and through the Carrion Crow flocks, two Ravens and 15 Magpies in the same direction during the period. A small roost of Rooks appears to be forming near Red Lane Allotments by the canal.

The previous years Gull flightpath in a similar direction for an evening roost doesn't seem to be happening this year, used to be able to watch both flightlines from the same places (North Appleton, Moore, Lower Walton).



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270 Pink Footed Geese heading West at 1300 over our house central Warrington 



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Fri 8th Dec

Delivering on Orford Lane near the Wolves Stadium early afternoon when I saw the report of c30 Waxwings in trees opposite Tesco. I made my way round there but they were all Starlings.
Thats not to say there was some just before I got there?

I checked Battersby Lane round the corner (incidentally where they were a few years ago too) but no sign.


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Yesterday 06.12.2023

2 Nuthatch in the grounds of the town hall bank park,

8 Redwing feeding on Berries in Palmyra Square by the parr hall looks a good area to check for Waxwing if your in town .



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2 Waxwings in car park at junction of marsh house lane and marsh lane mid afternoon but no sign of any at battersby lane where one was seen late morning



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No sign of any waxwings this afternoon apparently



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JOHN TYMON wrote:

at least 9 Waxwing earlier and at least 8 still present at Battersby Lane at 13.00 when I left. 



-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Friday 1st of December 2023 01:10:59 PM


Went for a look a few days ago before the influx and looks like plenty of berries there. Hopefully we'll get a decent flock over the next few days



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at least 9 Waxwing earlier and at least 8 still present at Battersby Lane at 13.00 when I left. 



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3 Waxwing still present at 3.30pm at Battersby Lane, at times they flew away for quite a while but came back . Getting mixed in with the Starling at times . 



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3 waxwing battersby lane warrington flighty



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Reports this morning of 11 waxwing heading towards the town centre from Woolston, anyone in the area check near Sainsbury's,Milner street and battersby lane they are the likely sights.



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Adult Yellow legged gull  on the stonemill pub chimney with a Herring Gull just Winwick road, both flew east at 8am



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Dean Clark wrote:

Which end John ? Im quite local to there ( by the king and queen )


 Back Forshaw street is their favoured place were the 3 big trees are ,they have been regular there over the years 



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Which end John ? Im quite local to there ( by the king and queen )



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I have been checking the usual Waxwing sites in Warrington for Waxwing, none found so far but not a great lot of Berries at Milner street as most ofthe trees at vw have been removed ,but Battersby Lane heaving with Berries so anyone passing just have a quick look as im expecting them hopefully any day now ,but need more eyes when im working later in the week . 



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A nice Male Sparrowhawk just in our garden in central Warrington near to Bank Park.

 



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The last two dusks (15:30 - 15:50) with the cloudy weather 1450-1600 Corvids west over North Appleton then following the Ship Canal to roost, presumably from where they seem to descend over on the Capped Tip area at Moore. Quite a racket. 60% Carrion Crow, remainder mostly Jackdaw but at least one Raven observed following the main flocks.



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14 Magpies in the poplers at the back of our house near bank park Warrington yesterday and a few fieldfare and redwing in the same trees 



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Garden 1st, six redwing on the Cotoneasters as I opened the front door this morning, North Appleton. Seen before in flight over the garden, but never 'in' the garden.

 

Titmouse movement as noted below on 28th Sept, suspect a roosting Tawny Owl has been in that location, hence they were harassing it though no sound/sign recent nights as the tree looses its leaves.



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Peregrine hunting pigeons over Tesco Extra Warrington 8am this morning 



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Grey Wagtail in our garden this morning in central Warrington near to Bank Park.



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Chiffchaff singing on the Railway line edge by bank park on the way to work yesterday 



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35 Redwing west over our garden near to bank park Warrington this morning 8am



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Pink footed Geese - 450 in 5 skeins flying south

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