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RE: Denton


Just took mum for a pint sat outside The Windmill. A group of Starlings have flown over alarm calling, the reason being an adult Peregrine was following closely. It banked low over the pub and headed in same direction.

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- Common Swifts
Good to see some back in Dane Bank over the last week or so around Hulme Rd, Windsor Rd, and Anson Rd area but only around 6 birds I might add which is very low.

- Coal Tit
Currently on one of the bird table nut feeders in the garden. Presumably same one that's been hanging around for a couple of weeks now.

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Thursday 1st March

- 7 Common Snipe only 500yds away from the Windmill Pub in Dane Bank.

They were reported on one of our local Facebook pages, Dane Bank Green Space. They were in one of the fields that makes up part of the area earmarked for developing on along with West End Cricket Club, West End Boys FC, Dane Bank Riding Club and Stables, and the Angling / Fishing Club.
According to some of the residents they've been seen here before.



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Sunday 24th Dec.

- 2 Goldcrest in the front garden around 7am this morning. They were present for a good while as I could hear them still calling roughly an hour later.

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Just had a Goldcrest in the garden around the Baux bush and the Conifer near the bird table. It's 4 years since we had one in the garden.

Also around the bird table in a fairly active hour...
2 Blackbirds
2 Robin
1 Dunnock
3 Blue Tits
2 Wren
10+ House Sparrow

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Dane Bank.
Walking home from the local last night after a few cheeky ones...heard plenty of Redwings flying over.

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Pulled up from work around 5.20pm this afternoon and heard a familiar call.
- 2 Ring-necked Parakeets in the Silver Birch Tree at the edge of our front garden.
Never seen them in Dane Bank (Denton) before, but did see some in Gorton on Saturday (Redgate Recycling).


-- Edited by Rob Creek on Wednesday 19th of July 2017 07:22:07 PM

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Originally posted today by David Bennett:

a pair of bullfinch's are visiting my sunflowersheart feeders and i also have quite a few goldfinches eating plenty of niger seeds also seen great tits blue tits long tailed tits even gold rest in my pine tree at the front surprising what you can can attract in an urban environment if you offer a good choice of food



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Friday 7th Oct.
Constant Redwing calls in Dane Bank whilst walking home after a pint around 11.30pm ish.wink

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7.30pm...
Just bringing Mum back from shopping, driving up Windmill Lane near the Dane Bank Pub and a HOBBY has gone steaming over us towards the M60 / Denton roundabout.

Just had a quick scoot round to see if I could re-spot it, no luck but there quite a few Swifts around especially towards the roundabout and Audy Res so it could've been heading up that way.

1st one I've ever seen in our area, I'm really surprised!

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Rob Creek wrote:

Late post for this morning approx 9.20am on way to Elton Res.

Came out of the house and 3 Grey Herons were calling flying low over the roof. I turned onto Manchester Rd towards Denton M60 roundabout and noticed that 1 had just landed on a house roof, all 3 were there all looking down into the garden of that house, probably eyeing up pond fish.
Not seen them do this for ages but they have done it in the past when nextdoor neighbour scared 1 away a few years back from his back garden pond....when his Coy Carp started disappearing!


 Rob,

I saw those herons from the central well at Audenshaw and thought it a bit odd to see three flying together at this time of year. Must have had a strategy sorted out for cleaning up the pond!!

 



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Late post for this morning approx 9.20am on way to Elton Res.

Came out of the house and 3 Grey Herons were calling flying low over the roof. I turned onto Manchester Rd towards Denton M60 roundabout and noticed that 1 had just landed on a house roof, all 3 were there all looking down into the garden of that house, probably eyeing up pond fish.
Not seen them do this for ages but they have done it in the past when nextdoor neighbour scared 1 away a few years back from his back garden pond....when his Coy Carp started disappearing!


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On way home from work...

2 Common Buzzards currently circling low over the Windmill Carvery in Dane Bank being harassed by 2 Carrion Crows but easily out manoeuvring them by spinning away with deft acrobatical skill.
Brilliant to watch!

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Probable LITTLE GULL flying over Hulme Road towards the M60 roundabout at Audenshaw Reservoirs last evening around 6pm.
(Didn't post last night, I was distracted as iphone took longer than expected to download IOS 8)

It was very small, quick flying, quite dark underwings giving the impression of a standout white body. I didn't have camera to hand so I can't provide evidence and is only a positive sighting (in my view) based on the features seen on the bird as a flyover.

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Great Black-backed Gull with 2 Magpies taunting it on Denton Rock KFC roof at approx 7.45pm

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Approx 1.35pm today
Buzzard flew over Denton roundabout M60 junction as though it had come over Audenshaw Res (which are virtually just off the roundabout) and it landed on one of the tall spotlights with the circular tops near KFC.

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Buzzard currently over Christ Church at top end of Windmill Lane, heading in the Town Lane direction

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Very active in the garden this Xmas morning.

All on or around the bird table simultaneously...
Plenty of House Sparrows
Long Tailed Tit - party of 5
Song Thrush - 1
Dunnocks - 2 together
Robin - 1

Other birds within an hour...
Starlings - 2
Blackbird - 1
Magpie - 1
Feral Pigeon - 2
Robin - 1
Dunnock - 2 individual

The Dunnocks and the Robin could well be the same birds as earlier



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Could well be Tim as we're virtually only 500yds away from the M60.
They learn pretty quickly where the best bird tables and feeding stations are as it becomes a bit of a feeding station for the Sparrowhawk too.

Not a sighting, more of a hearing...last night walking to the pub to watch United and I heard high pitch short shrills above, pretty sure they were Redwing.


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Well Rob, perhaps it was 'your sparrowhawk' which had nipped over the M60 to visit us. I do see them flapping and gliding in the skies around Denton but not usually so close up.

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Hi Tim,
I don't know about "not a common sight". Our Sparrowhawk in the Hulme Road area is quite regular, maybe 2, 3 times a week, either around the bird table and feeders, or a garden flyover, and many a time I've been driving locally and I've seen them dash from one side of the road to the other between the gaps in the Semi's.
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After a slow start to the Autumn season, the garden feeders have been busy with tits, finches and the welcome mob of local house sparrows. Refilling the feeders - and shooing off the neighbours' hearth rug of a moggy - usually sees an increase in activity. But today not an LBJ in sight. It was only as I looked through the kitchen window across the washing-up bowl that I saw the cause: a fat sparrowhawk perched atop the hawthorn just beyond the garden fence. Not a common sight in Denton.

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2 Dunnock and a single Goldcrest in the Baux bush next to the bird table in the back garden.

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Crown Point North Retail Park. Whilst out the back of work at 730am 60+ pink feet heading east and first collared dove I've seen on site plus the first rooks I've seen. Two on car park as I pulled in at 720

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C15 whooper swans over crown point calling. One of the most emotional noises and sites in all my years birding.

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Two linnets over Crown Point at 10am

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Single redwing over Crown Point North as was taking in a delivery at 0930 this morning.

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There has been a small urban rookery at Denton for a number of years - never more than 4 nests and only appeared to be 2 active last year when I passed on the bus. The rookery is just down the road from the old black & white church (St Lawrence's?). Hopefully I will pass the site again before all the leaves are out on the tree that they nest in - if I do I'll post it in the Rookery thread.

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A single Rook sat on the roof of the residential flats overlooking the edge of our back garden in Dane Bank. We never get Rooks around here so this is a good / rare sighting for this area.

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Not exactly headline news but a rook next to the Queens Arms in Audenshaw made me look twice, normally only see them near hartshead pike.

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Sparrowhawk been here two days on trot, Dunnock singing on top of Boots, cormorant flew over on Tuesday also.

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Originally posted by Ash on November 11th:

I work on Crown Point and theres regularly a Dunnock outside Boots singing, tons of gulls roost on the roof at night. During summer there is a sizeable roost of pied wagtails.



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There's a big corvid roost (and an even bigger gull roost) at Audenshaw, which is almost certainly where Sarfraz's birds were heading.

-- Edited by Steve Suttill on Sunday 11th of November 2012 10:40:40 PM

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Originally posted by Sarfraz Hayat on Novermber 10th:

I was at Crown Point Retail Park in Denton and plenty of Black-headed Gulls and Starlings there. Also Common Gulls, Crows and a Dunnock! Later on in the day over 300 Jackdaws passed over in a north-westerly direction with some Rooks? Over 10 Herring Gulls, 1-2 Great Black-Backed Gulls and possibly some Lesser Black-Backed Gulls prob all heading to the roost.




-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 11th of November 2012 11:03:45 PM

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