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Old Tuesday 20th November 2007, 11:22   #1
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There doesn't seem to be a thread for Greater Manchester on here. (If there is it must be pages back, I wonder why - no decent birds?) I'm not sure that starting one with news of a dead bird is a very auspicious start.....

On my way out of the new Manchester court building (the "Civil Justice Centre") on Bridge Street this morning, I spotted a crumpled bundle of feathers lying on the pavement at the foot of the building's huge glass frontage (about the size of a football pitch stood on end). It turned out to be a Woodcock which must have hit quite high up and then plummeted down during the night. I debated picking it up to take home to show the family, but had no plastic bag. I picked up a stray feather though. Still, I'm back there this afternoon....

Interesting to see just what is flying over even the centre of our cities. I just worry it won't be the last victim of this particular wall of glass.

Shame I can't add this to my 'Birds seen at court' list (but I've been meaning to start "Birds I have found dead" list for a while now), which includes an escaped Cockateil clambering around on the scaffolding netting on the old Manchester Magistrates Court and a Buzzard over Salford Quays, during a 3 day hearing at Salford County Court - I can't remember anything about the case, save having to fight back the urge to interrupt everyone in court to get them to take a look.


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You really need to keep out of trouble - that's far too many court visits for one birder
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Are there no birds or are there no bird watchers - always puzzled me about Grt. Manchester.

Must also agree with Rob - just cos you live in Manchester doesnt mean you need an ASBO!!
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Woodcock

I think this what you saw. I took it to Manchester Museum.
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Old Tuesday 20th November 2007, 18:32   #5
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Could it have been a peregrine kill? They often hunt waders at night.

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I think this what you saw. I took it to Manchester Museum.
I wondered where it had gone! Here's a photo of my feather. It was loose at the side of the bird. I didn't see any others but I suppose that they could have blown away.

I don't think it was a Peregrine kill, it didn't look to have been 'fed on' and it was right under the glass frontage.

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You really need to keep out of trouble - that's far too many court visits for one birder
I just keep making that mistake, last time was at the dentist, "Sorry I'm late, I've just got out of court" led to some odd looks!

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Mind you - Greater Manchester Courts seem good for birds - I work opposite Stockport Magistrates - and we've had Parakeet, Buzzard and believe it or not dead Woodcock too!

Thriving birding scene in Greater Manchester - check out:

www.manchesterbirding.com

and its own Forum for more details!
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Old Tuesday 20th November 2007, 23:31   #9
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Could it have been a peregrine kill? They often hunt waders at night.

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Hi Mike how are you doin'

doubt very much a peregrine kill....there may have been a peregrine chase. The injuries are consistant with having gone into a window. It is the second bird I know of that has gone into the justice building...the other was a woodcock too.

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It seems we still have the death penalty. If you build glass structures next to rivers you have to expect birds to die as a result.
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Me thinks a bird that was migrating from the continent and was looking for a nice place to call home for the winter but had an abrupt end to its trip.
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What exactly is Greater Manchester, Tim? It's not a county is it? Rochdale is in Lancashire so where on an address does 'Greater Manchester' come? I live in Walsden, just over the border from Lancashire and I'm always curious about GM. (Yes, I do live in Yorkshire, although our postcode is OL - Lancashire)

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Old Wednesday 21st November 2007, 11:14   #12
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If you look at the Greater Manchester site you'll see a map showing all the boundaries.

It is a county for recording purposes, but very few use it in their postal address!

http://www.manchester2002-uk.com/ten-towns.html

Confused before? You will be now! :)
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Thanks Rob. Have put it in my Favourites for a leisurely look when I get home so I'm sure all will be made clear ..... or not!

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Confused before? You will be now! :)
I live in Lowton - which is now in Cheshire but used to be in Lancashire - but my local council is Wigan Met., which is a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester! If I walk fifty yards down the road I'm in Leigh, which is in Greater Manchester but has the postal address of Lancs!!

So - nice and straightforward . . .

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Old Thursday 22nd November 2007, 20:02   #15
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Sorry Sandra but Rochdale is Greater Manchester and not Lancasire (Now anyway). It was all done in the reorganisation back in the 70's if I remember my local history right.
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I live in Bolton where Nat 'The Lion of Vienna' Lofthouse comes from, with that info no need for the Greater Manchester bit.

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I live in Bury, Greater Manchester (although the post office insist we put Lancashire on our address!). Of course, I refuse. Being originally from Yorkshire - I could never be a Lancastrian!
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You think you lot have got it bad.
I'm on a Liverpool postcode, a Southport tel. area code and our district is officially South Ribble (used to be West Lancs which it should still be!). True no-man's land.
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You think you lot have got it bad.
I'm on a Liverpool postcode, a Southport tel. area code and our district is officially South Ribble (used to be West Lancs which it should still be!). True no-man's land.
Almost as bad as we are, Jaff. We are physically in West Yorkshire; council is Calderdale; postcode is Oldham (?); postal address has to say Lancashire; and phone code is Rochdale.

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This thread seems to have turned into a "what is manchester" thread.

Juat to get in back on track - have a Firecrest in my garden at the moment - a nice garden tick. Benn trying to get a decent picture all day, but this is the best I could do as it has been very illusive.
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This thread seems to have turned into a "what is manchester" thread.

Juat to get in back on track - have a Firecrest in my garden at the moment - a nice garden tick. Benn trying to get a decent picture all day, but this is the best I could do as it has been very illusive.
Nice garden tick. I've been checking out every Goldcrest that turns up but no joy yet.

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I've had Firecrest round the corner from my house but not in the Garden. They are cracking birds and one of the best garden ticks you can get.

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Caspian and Iceland Gulls at Audenshawe tonight.
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Two more pics

Here are two more pics of one of the TWO Firecrests currently residing in my garden. Better pics than the last ones - but there's always a better one to be had!
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Two is just greedy!!
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