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Post Info TOPIC: Lostock Park and old cornfields, Stretford


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Lostock Park and old cornfields, Stretford


Definitely a Winter feel to the birding, if not the weather, today. A huge number of blackbirds, together with a couple of small flocks of redwings. Decent numbers of goldfinches but well down on this time last year. Not sure if the sparrowhawk flying in towards Barton Clough was the same as the one spooked out of the park by the resident buzzard half an hour earlier.

  • Black-headed Gull  13
  • Blackbird  28
  • Blue Tit  17      
  • Bullfinch  1      
  • Buzzard  1      
  • Carrion Crow  6      
  • Chaffinch  4      
  • Coal Tit  1      
  • Cormorant  1      
  • Dunnock  1      
  • Feral Pigeon  10      
  • Goldfinch  33      
  • Great Tit  9      
  • Greenfinch  8      
  • House Sparrow  2      
  • Jay  2      
  • Long-tailed Tit  5      
  • Magpie  16      
  • Mistle Thrush  1      
  • Redwing  19      
  • Robin  8      
  • Song Thrush  1      
  • Sparrowhawk  1      
  • Starling  15      
  • Woodpigeon  14      
  • Wren  3


-- Edited by Steven Heywood on Monday 5th of November 2018 07:08:21 PM

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After a quiet few months where even blackbirds were thin on the ground there was an influx of thrushes today, though no redwings yet. Starting to see a pick-up of goldfinches after an uncharacteristically quiet Autumn.

  • Black-headed Gull  1      
  • Blackbird  23      
  • Blue Tit  3      
  • Carrion Crow  2      
  • Collared Dove  1      
  • Feral Pigeon  23      
  • Goldfinch  25      
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker  1      
  • Great Tit  3      
  • Greenfinch  1      
  • House Sparrow  14      
  • Kestrel  1      
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull  2      
  • Magpie  14      
  • Mistle Thrush  3      
  • Robin  9      
  • Song Thrush  6      
  • Woodpigeon  6      
  • Wren  4


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A buzzard on Barton Clough playing field at 12:30pm, not the usual suspect, this one had a particularly bright ginger tone to its rump and upper tail. Two buzzards were seen over the old cornfield about this time on Wednesday.

Goldfinch numbers down to 34, flocks of 50+ seen during the week.

Highlights:

  • 12 redwing
  • 13 fieldfare
  • treecreeper
  • 36 pink-footed geese flying over at 1:50pm


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Over the past few weeks I've noticed that there haven't been many collared doves around here. 10:35am today there were thirteen perched in the tree next to the bus stop by Lostock School



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I was thinking it was a very quiet afternoon then a flock of 51 goldfinches erupted from the patch of goldenrod where they were feeding.

Also a buzzard and a male kestrel.



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2 buzzards being mobbed by magpies this afternoon about 2:50pm.



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A quiet bit of birding, wind and rain keeping most under wraps and quiet.

Female sparrowhawk soared over at 3:15, heading towards Trafford Park.

Male kestrel hovering briefly over Park Way ten minutes later.



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I always tell myself that this time of year anything can turn up anywhere. This whinchat was a nice reminder. Spotted it perched on United Utilities' fence as I strolled down the disused freight line. Couldn't get any closer without scaring it off by barging through a couple of bramble patches.



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