I noticed a very different bird call on Monday in my garden in Withington.
It was there again on Tuesday.
On Wednesday morning I got my binoculars out and found a bird up high in the trees singing its heart out, with a very speckled chest and a long pointy beak. I looked it up in my my bird book and decided it was a thrush, possibly a Song Thrush.
So I checked the RSPB website to hear the call of the Song Thrush: https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/song-thrush/ and it does sound pretty similar to what we are hearing in the garden.
Then I got a message from my friend Tom to say that he had just recorded a Song Thrush in Fletcher Moss Gardens in Didsbury, So I listened to his recording, which is beautifully clear and again confirmed the type of phrases that the bird in my garden is singing. So I sent him a recording of what I could hear right there and then and he confirmed that this is a Song Thrush. Tom says that the interesting thing is that 'their song has so many different phrases. Seems so much more complex than other birds'. True enough - have a listen for yourselves, I have uploaded both Tom and my recordings here. Can you identify any of the other birds on the recordings???
And if you are interested in listening and looking out for birds this weekend is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch find out more about how to get involved - this is a great use of citizen research to gain a massive data set about what is happening with our wildlife in the UK.
NOTE: last time I was in Ardwick Green (May 2019) there were a surprisingly large number of Mistle Thrushes nesting and feeding their young there. I don't know if they are still there... it seems that Manchester still hosts enough nature spaces for a wide variety of birdlife.