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Post Info TOPIC: Lostock Park and old cornfields, Stretford


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RE: Lostock Park and old cornfields, Stretford


3:05pm 4:05pm

  • Black-headed Gull 1
  • Blackbird 3
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Carrion Crow 2
  • Dunnock 1
  • Feral Pigeon 25
  • Goldfinch 17
  • Great Tit 1
  • Greenfinch 1
  • Herring Gull 1
  • House Sparrow 7
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Magpie 10
  • Mistle Thrush 13
  • Robin 4
  • Woodpigeon 30
  • Wren 1

Where do mistle thrushes go in August? This is the third year running I don't have a single record in August only for one to turn up on 1st September. The flock of thirteen of them on the football field was remarkable for this time of year.



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Today 1:35pm - 2:30pm

Fairly quiet Summer lunchtime visit.

  • Blackbird 3
  • Blackcap 1
  • Blue Tit 10
  • Chaffinch 1
  • Dunnock 2, including one recently-fledged youngster
  • Feral Pigeon 105 overhead
  • Goldfinch 25. including 9 juveniles
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 juvenile
  • Great Tit 4
  • Greenfinch 1
  • House Sparrow 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Long-tailed Tit 3
  • Magpie 6
  • Robin 5
  • Swift 2
  • Whitethroat 3
  • Woodpigeon 22
  • Wren 5


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Today 3:35pm 4:40pm

  • Blackbird  20 (at least six pairs)
  • Blackcap  3 singing males
  • Blue Tit  3
  • Carrion Crow  2
  • Chiffchaff  2 singing males
  • Collared Dove  1
  • Dunnock  4 (two pairs)
  • Feral Pigeon  16
  • Goldfinch  15
  • Great Tit  2
  • Greenfinch  1 singing male
  • House Sparrow  12
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
  • Long-tailed Tit  1
  • Magpie  14
  • Robin  11 (at least three pairs)
  • Song Thrush  2 singing males
  • Starling  7
  • Whitethroat  4 singing males
  • Woodpigeon  14
  • Wren  9 (6 singing males)


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Today 3:00pm 3:40pm

  • Blackbird  7  
  • Blue Tit  5 
  • Dunnock  1
  • Feral Pigeon  86 
  • Goldfinch  16
  • Great Tit  2 
  • Herring Gull  1 
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull  4 
  • Long-tailed Tit  2
  • Magpie  24 
  • Robin  7
  • Starling  1 
  • Woodpigeon  19 
  • Wren  3
  • Yellow-legged Gull  1

Everything except the magpies and pigeons keeping their heads down in the wind.

The yellow-legged gull came as a surprise as it floated over in the breeze: we get the odd first- or second-Winter bird in the Autumn but this is the first adult I've seen round these parts.



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Today, 14:20 - 15:10

  • Black-headed gull 2
  • Blackbird 5
  • Blue tit 2
  • Buzzard 3
  • Carrion crow 3
  • Feral pigeon 37
  • Goldfinch 9
  • Great tit 4
  • Greenfinch 2
  • Herring gull 1
  • Kestrel 1
  • Lesser black-backed gull 3
  • Long-tailed tit 5
  • Magpie 12
  • Robin 7
  • Woodpigeon 13
  • Wren 2

Only the second time I've seen the local buzzard this year. You wait a month and three come together.



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1:55pm 2:55pm after the fog had lifted but still not clear.

  • Black-headed Gull 1
  • Blackbird 19
  • Blue Tit 5
  • Buzzard 1
  • Carrion Crow 4
  • Chaffinch 3
  • Common Gull 4
  • Feral Pigeon 28
  • Fieldfare 4
  • Goldfinch 31
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Great Tit 3
  • Greenfinch 1
  • Kestrel 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 2
  • Magpie 25
  • Mistle Thrush 2
  • Redwing 12
  • Robin 5
  • Song Thrush 4
  • Starling 20
  • Woodpigeon 17
  • Wren 1

First sighting of the buzzard this year, I'd started to worry about it.

Also a flock of 55 redwings on Barton Clough playing field.



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Interesting variation over a few days on my local patch:

Friday 18/01/2019 12:00 12:35

  • Black-headed Gull 4 
  • Blackbird 9 
  • Blue Tit 4 
  • Carrion Crow 2 
  • Chaffinch 1 
  • Common Gull 18 
  • Feral pigeon 17 
  • Goldfinch 21 
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 
  • Great Tit 3 
  • Greenfinch 1 
  • House Sparrow 2 
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 
  • Long-tailed Tit 1 
  • Magpie 16 
  • Mistle Thrush 4 
  • Robin 5 
  • Starling 7 
  • Woodpigeon 7

 

Saturday 12/01/2019 12:45 13:20

  • Black-headed Gull 3 
  • Blackbird 6 
  • Carrion Crow 1 
  • Chaffinch 1 
  • Collared Dove 2 
  • Common Gull 3 
  • Dunnock 1 
  • Feral Pigeon 27 
  • Fieldfare 1 
  • Goldfinch 11 
  • Great Tit 3 
  • Greenfinch 1 
  • Magpie 14 
  • Mistle Thrush 2 
  • Redwing 66 
  • Robin 1 
  • Starling 109 
  • Woodpigeon 4

 



-- Edited by Steven Heywood on Friday 18th of January 2019 08:45:14 PM

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Saturday 29th December, 1:50 2:45

Very quiet, only notable for the usual male kestrel being joined by a very vocal female:

  • Black-headed Gull 1 
  • Blackbird 8 
  • Blue Tit 5 
  • Chaffinch 1 
  • Common Gull 2 
  • Feral Pigeon 14 
  • Goldfinch 4 
  • Great Tit 3 
  • Herring Gull 1 
  • House Sparrow 1 
  • Kestrel 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 
  • Long-tailed Tit 4 
  • Magpie 9 
  • Mistle Thrush 1 
  • Robin 4 
  • Woodpigeon 1

 



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2:25pm 3:25pm today

The park itself was fairly quiet but there was a couple of flocks of roosting finches coming to the trees by the business units.

  • Black-headed Gull  14
  • Blackbird  7
  • Blue Tit  9
  • Carrion Crow  2
  • Chaffinch  3 
  • Dunnock  2  
  • Feral Pigeon  11   
  • Goldfinch  26   
  • Great Tit  3   
  • Greenfinch  15   
  • Herring Gull  1   
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull  6   
  • Long-tailed Tit  7   
  • Magpie  9   
  • Mistle Thrush  2   
  • Robin  4   
  • Song Thrush  3 singing males
  • Starling  1   
  • Woodpigeon  8   
  • Wren  1


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A potter about, 2:00 - 3:10pm.

We seem to have had a fall of mistlethrushes, though both blackbirds and redwings were relatively thin on the ground. The kestrel was mobbing the buzzard in the trees near the school. Nice surprise was a Mediterranean gull passing through with a few black-headed gulls, first time I've clearly heard the flight call.  

  • Black-headed Gull  13
  • Blackbird  6
  • Blue Tit  12
  • Buzzard  1
  • Carrion Crow  2
  • Chaffinch  1
  • Common Gull  4
  • Feral Pigeon  25
  • Goldfinch  26
  • Great Tit  5
  • Greenfinch  1
  • House Sparrow  7
  • Jay  1
  • Kestrel  1
  • Long-tailed Tit  5
  • Magpie  13
  • Mediterranean Gull  1
  • Mistle Thrush  9
  • Redwing  5
  • Robin  3
  • Song Thrush  1
  • Starling  2
  • Woodpigeon  1
  • Wren  3

 



-- Edited by Steven Heywood on Sunday 25th of November 2018 03:55:14 PM

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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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