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Hooded crow still present today at Haydock Island, view from the layby east of the M6 on the west bound carriageway of the A580. Today it was feeding on a stubble field alongside the road with rooks, jackdaws and carrion crows.



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i pulled into the layby at 11.05 am & left at 11.30am & was watching the hooded crow the whole time I was there, I walked up a little as it took a short flight further to my right.



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The Hooded crow was seen this morning by Bill Harrison ,same spot



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No sign of hooded crow late afternoon large Starling murmuration flushed by solo male with a hunting raptor.

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no sign of hooded crow with corvids 10/11 am



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dave broome wrote:

Hi John, did you manage any photos of the Crow showing the flanks, or was it always hidden in stubble?



-- Edited by dave broome on Friday 29th of September 2017 06:33:53 PM


yes

 



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Hi Dave,

The attached photo shows the flank pretty well I think.

 




-- Edited by colin davies on Saturday 30th of September 2017 03:51:11 AM

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Hi John, did you manage any photos of the Crow showing the flanks, or was it always hidden in stubble?



-- Edited by dave broome on Friday 29th of September 2017 06:33:53 PM

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Hooded Crow still present at 3.45 same area opposite the pull in on the east lancs road at Haydock



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Hooded Crow still there at lunch time & in same area as described.

Tree Pipit - flew south overhead
Pied Wagtails - 10 in ploughed field & fertilizer mounds
White Wagtail - 3
Skylarks - 15
Kestrel - female

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Hooded crow still present at Haydock Island today, this morning it was distant in the field with the hay bales, this afternoon quite close to the layby on the west bound A580. Seven species of corvid in and around the fields today, hooded crow, carrion crow, rook, jackdaw, raven jay and magpie! Looking at the photos, the bird is just about as pure as it gets, I can't see even a hint of hybrid.



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Ah, I wasn't clear

We saw it from the layby (St Helens), and the bird was with the hay bales & on the manure heap (also St Helens). The bird flew around close to, but not crossing, the border

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Did you see it in GM or at the usual place from the layby? Yes it does seem to be a pale bird.



-- Edited by colin davies on Wednesday 27th of September 2017 08:24:39 PM

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The footpath heading from "P1" is the GM border. Bird appeared of 1/2 hour wait, and very obvious

I agree this Hooded Crow is pure; if anything, it's paler & perhaps larger than the many Scottish ones I've seen. Are Irish ones paler ?

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Hooded crow with corvid flock at Haydock Island. Park in layby on west bound A580 and look north towards the race course. The flock can be distant at times. The bird looks to be a pure hoodie to me. These fields are in St Helens, Merseyside,  but they are right on the border of Greater Manchester (see map). Anybody who wants to try to add this species to their Greater Manchester list could do worse than take the first minor road left from Haydock Island when heading east on the A580 and park up immediately and then walk towards the race course following the public footpath (P1 on the map). The fields on the right are in GM, those on the left Merseyside. As far as I know the bird has not been seen in GM so far but the flock does occasionally go missing from Haydock island and these fields look good for corvids.



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Approx 50 Swift feeding over fields by Ashton Cross today



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Juvenile glaucous gull and adult Iceland gull commuting between Penkford Flash, Earlestown and Lyme and Woods Pit tip, yesterday and today. Both have also been in fields near Haydock Park on the Manchester side of Haydock island.



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91 Golden Plover, 85 Lapwing and 2 Pink-Footed Geese by Haydock Park today



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Peregrine hunting over farmland by Haydock Island this morning



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In fields by Lady Hill Plantation today, 16 Buzzard, 86 Lapwing and 6 Golden Plover. Viewed from the gate for Lodge Lane pumping station alongside the A49, half-way between Holiday Inn and Haydock Island



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21 Common Buzzard and 12 Stock Dover by Lady Hill Plantation today, viewed from Lodge Lane Pumping Station alongside the A49



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30 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Kestrel by Lady Hill Plantation at 13:30 today 



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35 Buzzard this afternoon were in the large fields adjacent to Lady Hill Plantation, also 42 Herring Gull



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I saw flock of Buzzards on a field near Haydock last weekend, so possibly the same ones as previously mentioned. I got 16 but probably more hidden.

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22 Buzzard and a Grey Heron today stood on farmland adjacent to Lady Hill Plantation 



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at least 12 Buzzard today by Lady Hill Plantation, also 1100 Black-Headed Gull in fields either side of East Lancs Rd south of the racecourse



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25 Buzzard this afternoon stood in the same field as Kevin's sighting below, between Haydock Park Racecourse and East Lancashire Road by Lady Hill Plantation



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Originally posted by Kevin Forde late yesterday evening:

08.15 hrs

Approximately 15 Buzzards in the field, east of M6 and Lodge Lane (A49), North of East Lancs Road (A580), west of Sandy Lane and south of Haydock Race Course. All on ground feeding. Lady Hill Plantation.

 



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Lyme and Woods Pit Country Park this morning - 1 Common Sandpiper, 80 Linnet, 2 Buzzard, c350 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 4 Great Black-Backed Gull

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18 Mistle Thrush at Haydock Island this morning

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Thursday 13 August 2015

Mediterranean Gull on Tesco car park early afternoon. Info thanks to Terry Thorpe.

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7 Pied Wagtail, 6 Linnet and 5 Yellowhammer near the Lyme and Wood Pits Country Park car park on Vista Road this morning, 4 Goosander flew over

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Andy Isherwood wrote:

Imm gannet flew west surprisingly low over m6 c.100 yards north of haydock island at 5 43 this afternoon. Frustratingly about 300 yards out of manchester!





But within ST Helens ... we'll have that record thanks!

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Imm gannet flew west surprisingly low over m6 c.100 yards north of haydock island at 5 43 this afternoon. Frustratingly about 300 yards out of manchester!

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Yellowhammer carrying food, fledged Linnets and Reed Buntings and a male Bullfinch at Lyme and Wood Pits Country Park, Vista Road today. Male Sparrowhawk nearby bathing in a puddle

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That's one of my BBS squares, and sadly, it is outside of GMC.

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7.05pm this evening

A distant Marsh Harrier spooked over 200 gulls feeding in the ploughed field alongside the M6 slip road which leads onto the A580. I saw the gulls fly up as I had just turned onto the East Lancs road, I pulled onto the grass verge and saw the Harrier through the cloud of gulls in the direction of Haydock racecourse. A quick check with my binos confirmed it was a female/juv Marsh Harriersmile.gif

I think that this sighting was just out of the Manchester area.

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