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Usual second winter Iceland Gull sleeping on the roof of Poundstretchers at midday today.

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2nd winter Iceland Gull on the roof of Poundstretchers at 3:20pm today.

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Loads of Gulls today at around 11.15 a.m. but no Iceland !, then they all flew off.
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Iceland Gull typically not present when I arrived at 1:20, but nearly 300 gulls (mostly Black-Headed and Herring) were on Poundstretcher's Roof

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2nd. winter Iceland Gull again on Poundstretcher roof at 12.15 today.

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Second winter Caspian showing well behind the first farm off Common Lane at 11:45 today

 

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Both the 2nd.w. Caspian and 2nd.w. Iceland gulls on the roof of Poundstretcher store late morningsmile

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Second-winter Caspian Gull on the roof of Poundstretcher, Tyldesley Road 14:20-14:28 (officially just in Atherton as its over the brook, but closer to Tyldesley town centre)

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The second winter Iceland Gull (from Cutacre/Atherton/Pennington Flash) was along Common Lane today with 100 big gulls behind the first farm at 12:30.

 

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Adult summer Mediterranean Gull flew low over Tyldesley town centre whilst I sat in traffic at c.7pm this evening



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Adult summer Mediterranean Gull flew west over Wayfarers drive calling constantly at c. 7.30 this am

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Raven low over the Stour Road public open space this afternoon 



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2 Ring-Necked Parakeet this afternoon alongside the unsurfaced section of Garret Lane, in a London Plane on the boundary of Garret Hall Primary School and the field with a pond in it



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Football training back on Garrett Hall school field for the summer and if tonight's hour from 6.30 is anything to go by will be an enjoyable birding hour each week! 

Single buzzard over, Hobby sent Swallows into a panic as it hunted over Garrett Hall lane, Great Spotted Woodpecker in trees around field and most surprising of all 6 Ring Necked Parakeets in large tree in Northeast corner from 6.30-7ish very vocal and active then flew into the Cemetery area. 



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Late post for Thursday 19th 2+Whimbrel heard calling over garden at c. 10.50pm heading roughly north

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c.60 Redwing in fields south of new guided bus way and west of mossley common rd this am.

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At least 51 House Sparrow present today on the Stour Road public open space



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Small numbers of redwing heard over garden this evening



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Goldcrests in Tyldesley today - 1 on a small public open space at Dewberry Close and a minimum of 3 in woodland at Common Lane by the allotments

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House Martins over Town Hall I didn't have time to look due to work commitments but they must still have a small colony in the streets at rear of Town Hall.

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Currently around 70-80 Fieldfare fairly mobile around the hedges and trees on the United Utilities side of Mort Lane

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Football training again last night (not me, my youngest son!)
4 Great spotted woodpeckers flew from behind Garrett hall school north towards trees around tyldesley cemetary, 2 singles then 2 together all within a few minutes of each other. Also 3 grey wagtails flying around the school.

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Whilst watching my youngest at football training yesterday evening, an adult Mediterranean Gull in pretty much full winter plumage was feeding on Garrett Hall scholl playing fields at about 7.20pm before flying off with c 100 Black Headed Gulls west (presumably to roost at Pennington).

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Lesser whitethroat in trees near the gatehouse pub this afternoon.

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Single tree pipit flew south over garret hall school at c.10.35am today also good sized flock of hirundines over cow fields here

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2 summer plumaged adult Mediterranean Gulls drifted east to west over Wayfarers drive, Tyldesley at 3.30pm today.

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Two Bullfinch and a small roving flock of Long-tailed Tits provided some distraction from this morning's game at Tyldesley Rugby Union Club but even better was a Willow Tit smile

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Singing Chiffchaff by Tyldesley rugby club this morning.

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I've just come across a pond which I've never noticed before in spite of it being next to a footpath. It's behind Nuttall's Farm and Davenport Farm and the row of houses on Squires Lane that back onto Colliers Wood and Cooling Lane in Tyldesley. I think it's a flooded horse paddock and probably isn't a pond all year round, but it's been here long enough for birds to breed here this year. So what's present at the moment?
  • At least two pairs of Little Grebes with young smile
  • A single pair of Mute Swans with three large cygnets (there were four but apparently one has been killed)
  • Several pairs of Coots with noisy young
  • Several pairs of Moorhens with young
  • Mallards
  • Woodpigeons
  • House Martins over
  • Rabbits
  • Dragonflies and Damselflies (not identified to species level)
I may get around to counting them next week.

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Raven seen over manchester road/sale lane area twice in last week. Also good numbers of juvenile starling in several flocks around town. Good density of blackbirds nesting around wayfarers drive and porterfield.

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Blackcap singing at entrance to cranleigh drive and pair of willow tits near feeding station.

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3 waxwing flew east over wayfarers drive towards Bodmin road area at 4 ish today also redshank south over jut before both great garden ticks!

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Lesser whitethroat singing this morning in trees along east end of astley park.

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Great news - someone else has hung a peanut feeder at the feeding station. If that was you, thanks very much - the more the merrier as they say. If anyone else is passing by and could contribute a fatball or some seed, I would be very grateful as we all know how expensive it can get. When the weather gets a little less windy I'll tidy the area up a bit.

Anyway, a site tick for me today was a Sparrowhawk which slowly circled the area over the feeding station and some nearby gardens before flying off. I had a great, abnormally long look through my bins - a magnificent sight.

On the feeders there were:
  • 2 Jays which promptly removed all the loose peanuts I scattered over several tree trunk 'tables'. They even came back for more.
  • Male and female Bullfinch
  • 2 Robins
  • 1 Dunnock
  • 1 Blackbird
  • 2 Blue Tits
  • 1 Great Tit
In the area I also saw some Goldfinches and a Chiffchaff as well as the usual Magpies and Woodpigeons. I could also hear a Willow Tit and some Chaffinches but I didn't see them today. The pond has dried up and so the resident Mallards have moved on.


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Filling up the feeding station today I heard my first Chiffchaff of the year in this area, but only the more common 'usuals' around the feeders.

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68 meadow pipit moved north over garden between 8.50 and 10.15am also several pied wagtail seemed to be on the move as well and small number f chaffinch. Most of the birds very low down in very clear conditions?!

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Flock of 5 Siskin over garden today also skylark singing over the open ground just east of the ponds

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A quick visit to the feeding station produced the following birds:

  • Male and female Bullfinch
  • Willow Tit
  • Goldfinch
  • 2 Great Tits
  • 2 Blue Tits
  • Robin
  • Dunnock
  • 2 Blackbirds

Also in the area:

  • 2 Jays along cleared path
  • Grey Heron on pond
  • Chaffinches singing from bushes
  • Greenfinch over
  • Resident pair of Mallards circling the area and landing
  • 2 Carrion Crows carrying nest building materials
  • Usual Woodpigeons and Magpies

Also a Coal Tit singing from a tree on Merlewood Drive

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Grey heron at dusk yesterday (1st April) on the "ponds" where paths from porterfield drive comes out also good numbers of blackbird and redwing roosting in bushes here.

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Singing chiffchaff today heard from garden singing in southern end of astley park.

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Getting jealous of this new feeding station Martyn as had feeders in my garden since we moved in last summer and only had 3 species on them! Think I'm just to far from the trees. Pretty sure chiffchaffs and willow warblers will both be singing in the area within 2 weeks, whether they stay and breed is a different matter.

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Only a brief visit to the feeding station today but a male and female pair of Bulfinches and 2 Long-tailed Tits down to 1 metre (which appeared on one of the feeders whilst I was filling another) made it worthwhile. I also saw a Willow Tit, Coal Tit, 2 Goldfinches, 2 Dunnocks, a male Chaffinch and a Blue Tit using the feeders and tree stump 'tables' as well as the usual Woodpigeons, Magpies and Carrion Crows in the area.

I do hope the Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers will return here this year, but I'm not sure due to the large number of trees that have been chopped down - it's looking very bare around here.

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Yeah, thanks Andy. There was a pair of Mallards on the pond today as well as some frogspawn. I refilled the feeders at my feeding station and moved a few more tree stumps into position. However I only saw two Blue Tits, two Long-tailed Tits, a Great Tit and a Robin using it today (no Willow Tits) in the biting wind and snow. There were however four Goldfinches in and around the area as well as a House Sparrow, a Dunnock, three Carrion Crows and the usual Magpies and Woodpigeons. I'm starting to consider what might be done to improve the whole area for wildlife - PM me (anyone) if you're interested in getting involved.

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Small numbers of redwings moving south over garden on wayfarers drive today also single snipe flying round noisily at c.8am in every direction! Will be checking out the feeding station Martyn and will add to it whenever going past, the area round the pond seems to be best bet of keeping a wildlife haven here.

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Ok, so I've got my home made feeding station up and running on the waste ground about 100 metres past the pond near the footpath at the bottom of Merlewood Drive in Tyldesley. It's nothing much, just a couple of bottle feeders, some fatballs and a tree stump bird 'table'. But today was rather special because I had a pair of Willow Tits visit, the first time I've ever seen them here. I thought I heard them yesterday, but decided they must have been Blue Tits. However, my visit today positively confirmed there are at least two in the area.

On the feeders I had:

1 Coal Tit
3 Long-tailed Tits
2 Blue Tits
3 Great Tits
2 Robins

Also very near to the feeding station were:

1 female Bullfinch
4 Goldfinches
1 House Sparrow
Several male and female Chaffinches
2 Blackbirds
2 Carrion Crows
Lots of Magpies and Woodpigeons

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Today I ventured out for the first time in ages to see what further devastation had been wrought on the former Tyldesley Loopline by the proposed mis-guided busway as it is called by some. A single House Sparrow was singing from a rooftop aerial as I made my way to the patch of wasteland below the loopline where I was greeted briefly by a Grey Heron fishing in the small ephemeral pond we have here. Wandering through the woodchippings and remains of trees that were planted here when I first moved in over 30 years ago, it seemed that all there would be here would be a group of six Magpies and a few Woodpigeons. I've decided to try hanging a couple of home-made feeders in the hawthorns in the middle of this area and I'll report back if we get any birds using them regularly. I might try to move one of the sawn off tree stumps to use as a feeding table below it, but they're bloody heavy!

After I while I encountered some Chaffinches and a pair of Blackbirds chasing each other across the area of heather - yes, I know - heather! On walking up towards the road bridge on Hough Lane, and looking with dismay at all the extra trees that have recently been removed, I came across a Dunnock and a pair of Long-tailed Tits, as well as Robin. A Great Tit and some Blue Tits were seen on the way back as well as Wren, whilst I watched the mechanical monster removing even more trees with consummate ease.

In the words of Jurassic Park, I'm sure 'life will find a way', but we don't half make it hard for it to do so.

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6 whooper swans south over garden at 9 40 this am also several Siskin in area

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Good numbers of common species in astley park today over 30 blackbird, 13 redwing and 7 song thrush also mixed flock of tits contained at least 6 goldcrest, 3 coal tit and c. 35 long tailed tit. 2 very vocal nuthatch and single treecreeper. Had been lots of jay activity over my garden nearby last month or so ad had 3 on ground in park at one time.

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Two Tawny Owl 'hooting' during rugby training at Tyldesley RUFC tonight; one in the vicinity of Tyldesley Park and the other Gin Pit.

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Late report for yesterday (Sat 7 Jul)

First time I've been out since the recent deluges. In a warm sunny interlude I saw the following birds:

Chiffchaffs - at least three or four birds singing loudly with two seen
Whitethroat - seen singing (site tick for me)
Kestrel - perched in the trees
Great Tit
Blue Tit - heard only
Wren - heard only
2 Blackbirds
2 Woodpigeons
2 Magpies

There were also a couple of other birds singing which I couldn't identify - I need to brush up on my birdsong.

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