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2 fledged Great Spotted Woodpecker being fed in trees near the Hough lane, Busway junction today

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Several hundred Swift still feeding over the grass fields either side of Combermere Lane today also increasing number of Starlings frequenting the fields (only small numbers of juvenile birds so far) and Willow tits still actively feeding at least 2 fledged young.

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Family parties of Goldcrest, Willow Tit and Bullfinch amongst others along Common/Combermere lanes today

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Lesser Whitethroat still singing along Combermere Lane this afternoon and a Kingfisher flew over the track and across the grass fields heading east.



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Either side of midday today along Cumbermere Lane:

Lesser Whitethroat singing at the north end of Cumbermere Lane when I was walking up, not far from the railway line and when returning one (it?) was singing south of the farm around the field with the Llamas in.

Yellowhammer calling about half way along

Male Bullfinch

Singing Reed Bunting

Singing Goldcrest



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Lesser Whitethroat still present this afternoon but now in the hedgerow to the west of the horse fields bordering Combermere Lane (where it was last year!)

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Singing Lesser Whitethroat back along Combermere Lane today in the hedgerow bordering the lane.

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White Wagtail and single Oystercatcher on the quickly disappearing flood just South of the railway line viewed from the Engine lane bridge this lunchtime, also 2 Raven over heading south east.

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Birds along common/Combermere Lane today included Willow Tit and singing Whitethroat.The flooded horse field south of the railway from the Engine lane bridge held single Greenshank, Curlew, Common Sandpiper and Oystercatcher along with a pair of Teal and 6 Gadwall.

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Treecreeper, Nuthatch and Great spotted Woodpecker all active in the small wood at the south end of Common Lane this lunchtime, also a Yellow wagtail in the Gull Fields, otherwise very quiet.

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4 House Martin back over Wayfarers drive this afternoon.

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Single Curlew in flooded horse field just South of railway line this morning, Also 4 Teal here and 2 Male Blackcap and a singing Willow Warbler in the small wood at the north end of Combermere Lane.

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Small flock of Common Scoter heard heading east over Tyldesley garden just before 8pm this evening, also several Redwing heading in same direction.

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6 Singing Chiffchaff along Common/Combermere lanes this afternoon, also 3 singing Goldcrest, a pair of Willow Tit and several Siskin still in the small wood near the allotments.

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Raven south over Tyldesley town centre c.7.25 this morning.

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Willow tit in small wood at the south end of Common Lane today also 2 singing Goldcrest, Nuthatch and several Siskin present.

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Two vocal Jays were around Honksford Brook near St Johns Church, Mosley Common this morning, one mimicking a Buzzard and one sounding very much like a Tawny Owl, before they both flew off high over Mosley Common. Rooks also very active at St. Johns this morning, wonderful watching them above the churchyard.
This evening around 7:10pm a Coot was calling loudly in flight over the Bridgewater View estate just below the busway.

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4 Siskin in Astley Street Park this afternoon also 2 singing Nuthatch

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The female Garganey from Cutacre was with 14 Gadwall on the flooded horse field just South of the railway at the north end of Combermere Lane this lunchtime. Also 2 Oystercatcher, 38+Lapwing and about 200 mixed Herring and Lesser black backed Gulls. 12 Siskin in trees by the allotments at the south end of Common Lane.

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Tawny owl sat in a tree, calling by the guided busway at dusk this evening

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Plenty of birds in the flooded horse paddock just south of the railway line at the north end of Combermere Lane this lunchtime. c.300 mixed Herring and Lesser Black backed Gull with a similar number of Black Headed Gull. 4 Oystercatcher, 18 Lapwing, 15 Meadow pipit and several Pied Wagtail. Also 2 Raven over heading North.

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2 Goosander flew low along the course of Honksford Brook, Mosley Common late afternoon today

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A "whitewinger"briefly in the fields off Common Lane with about 25 large gulls before flying off. It was juvenile bird but unfortunately only saw it through my bins , it had flown off by the time I parked up and got my scope out. Hopefully might turn up at Pennington roost tonight.

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2 Curlew were feeding in the Gull Fields at lunchtime, they then circled over Cutacre a little later before dropping onto the flooded horse field just South of the railway line. Also a small flock of Fieldfare in the Gull Fields and small numbers of Siskin over calling.

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18+ Siskin in trees at south end of Common lane this lunchtime also at least 42 Magpie feeding in the "Gull Fields"

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Lunchtime walk along Common and Combermere Lane. 7 Lapwing in the grass field with the gull roost. 5+ Siskin in trees at the southern end. Also a decent sized mixed tit flock containing all 4 of the more common species and a Treecreeper.

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A Curlew called overhead at the Guided Busway by Sale Lane, 19:06hrs

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A Tree Pipit went south over Parr Brow, Mosley Common this morning

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A calling Tree Pipit went over the vicinity of Cleworth Hall Farm this morning

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I see Common Terns feeding on the Bridgewater canal regularly, never more than two but usually single birds between the RHS and Worsley filtration lagoons and seem to head off towards Blackleach

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Been having small numbers (up to 4) going over the garden for the last couple of summers heading either southwest or northeast usually. Quite a regular occurrence and usually heading northeast late afternoon evening. Always assumed they were commuting between Pennington and blackleach?

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Had Common Terns fishing over Cutacre pretty much all summer - always flying east in the end, also assumed they must be from Blackleach

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I've seen them flying over my house heading towards the canal which is only a couple 100 yds away. I've always assumed that they were from Blackleach as that's the direction they come from.

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Today, early afternoon, at the east end of Tyldesley, a Common Tern carrying a fish went NE over the Hough Lane/Manchester Road junction. It was presumably headed for Blackleach Country Park. It may have been coming from the nearby New Hall Moat, but probably more likely had been fishing the Bridgewater Canal or one of the ponds on the mosses. Wigan Flashes terns would regularly fish at sites as far away as Worthington Lakes, Orrell Water Park and Carr Mill Dam

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An adult raven and two tatty-looking and very boisterous youngsters over Sale Lane bus stop at 4pm while I was waiting for the V1.

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Evening walk along the guided busway taking in Astley street park and the Stour road estate produced 6 singing Goldcrest, 2 pairs of Sparrowhawk, and several screaming groups of Swift

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3.45pm. Lesser Whitethroat still singing and seen very briefly from narrow path, near bridge over a stream to the west of horse paddocks along Combermere Lane.  Seems to move along hedgerow as distant initially but moved towards path area before going back.



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Lesser Whitethroat still singing along Combermere lane early afternoon today, also Oystercatcher over heading northwest.

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Willow tit calling and showing well at the bottom end of Common lane this lunchtime and a singing Lesser Whitethroat along Combermere lane in hedges west of the horse paddocks.

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A Blackcap was singing in gardens near Ena Mill this morning

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A Chiffchaff was singing along the brook that passes under Stour Road this morning

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Friday 17th Feb, a calling Golden Plover went west over the Bodmin Rd estate, i.e. roughly following the line of the Tyldesley Banks escarpment and approx 20 Siskin went low south over the estate

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An adult Yellow Legged Gull in fields off Common Lane with 527 large gulls late morning.

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1027 large gulls in fields off Common Lane late morning including a good candidate for 2nd w. Caspian Gull, but unfortunately it started persisting down before I could get clinching views and had to retreat back into the car.

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A vocal Raven was cronking loudly over Parr Brow/Mosley Common this morning

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A 1st winter Caspian Gull in fields off Common Lane this morning in with a flock of 1152 large gulls,also at least 400 Black Headed Gulls in the fields.

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A vocal Greylag Goose flew south over Parr Brow this morning towards the mosses

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508 large gulls in fields off Common Lane ,but again nothing more interesting with them.

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A 1st winter Caspian Gull mid morning in fields between the 2 farms off Common Lane with approximately 400 large gulls(mainly Herrings).

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2 Redwing flew east this morning, quite high over Tyldesley Cemetery, following the line of the Tyldesley Banks escarpment

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