Salford Bird News – January-March 2015

Photo: Pink-footed Goose on Manchester Ship Canal, 23rd March 2015

January 2015

On the Salford Mosses, a ring-tail Hen Harrier on Little Woolden Moss on 31st, also a flock of 50 Skylarks at this site, with 2 Woodcock and 10 Common Snipe at Croxdens on Chat Moss, 100 Lapwings on Cadishead Moss, and Fieldfare on Barton Moss

On Salford Docklands, the highlight of the 3rd Quays Birdwatching Cruise on the 17th was a Peregrine and the resident drake Goldeneye, and there were plenty of birds around during the month with counts of 60 Tufted Duck, 1 Goosander, 231 Pied Wagtails, 3 Redshank, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Lapwing, c500 Black-headed Gulls, c50 Common Gulls, c30 Goldfinch and c30 Greenfinch

A flock of 10 Redpolls were in Prince’s Park in Irlam on the 11th and on the 29th, a flock of 20 Redwings were foraging in the snow at Buile Hill Park

1 Jack Snipe and 27 Teal at Warke in Worsley Woods, 2 Tawny Owls were heard calling in Boothstown and 20 Teal, 1 Kingfisher and a singing Dipper at Clifton Country Park

On the old River Irwell at Irlam on 19th, a huge count of 220 Teal, a Jack Snipe, and 3 Snipe, with a further 52 Teal and 18 Gadwall at Barton Locks on the Manchester Ship Canal, and 55 Tufted Duck, 14 Gadwall and 72 Teal counted on the Canal at Davyhulme

There were also good numbers of ducks at Blackleach Country Park with peak counts of 44 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 4 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon and 1 Goosander

February 2015

On the Mosses, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Stonechat, Raven, Corn Buntings, Willow Tit, Tree Sparrows, Yellowhammers, Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, Fieldfares, singing Skylarks, and up to 200 Lapwings

On Salford Docklands, the big news was the discovery of Pochard (up to 22) and Tufted Duck (up to 57) feeding at night on the main Quays area

Also, 2 Gadwall (rare at this site), 1 Iceland Gull, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Common Snipe, 1 Chiffchaff, 19 Goosander, 40 Meadow Pipits, 7 Lapwing and 1-2 Little Grebe

On the River Irwell, 6 Goldeneye, 65 Tufted Duck and 7 Little Grebes were counted on the 8th

Also on the 8th, 20 Gadwall, 54 Teal, 82 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 9 Little Grebes were counted on the Manchester Ship Canal at Davyhulme

On the Manchester Ship Canal at Flixton, 1 Shoveler, 3 Water Rail, 105 Lapwing, Willow Tit, 6 Gadwall, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Great Crested Grebe

At Worsley, 12 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck and 1 Common Snipe

At Clifton Country Park, 1-2 Dippers, 21 Teal, 2 Goosander and 20 Tufted Duck, with 3 Tufted Duck at Clowes Park

At Princes Park, 1 Water Rail, 6 Teal and 2 Goosander

A female Blackcap was found in the RSPCA car park at Eccles New Road on 7th, a flock of Pink-footed Geese were heard in flight over Buile Hill Park at 5:30pm on 5th, and a charm of 30 Goldfinches on Shield Drive

In Winton Park 1 Kingfisher, 70 Redwing and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker

March 2015

The first returning Sand Martins were 3 on the River Irwell on 8th, also 4 Goldeneye and 25 Tufted Duck

On Salford Mosses, the first Wheatear of the Spring was on Chat Moss on 21st and a female Stonechat on 20th

Sightings on the Manchester Ship Canal at Flixton included a female Shoveler, 22 Tufted Duck, 8 Gadwall and 5 Great Crested Grebe

Peak counts at Warke in Worsley were 25 Teal, 7 Snipe, 9 Tufted Duck and 2 Little Grebe

In Prince’s Park, Irlam, a singing Redwing (28th) and a singing Chiffchaff (29th), 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen in Buile Hill Park and a singing Chiffchaff at Boothstown (21st)

At Blackleach Country Park, male Stonechat, 2 Wigeon, male Shoveler and 35 Gadwall

On Salford Docklands, a series of Peregrine sightings, 2-3 were present on 3rd, 1 carrying a prey item thought to be a rat on 8th and 1 on 13th, wader sightings included Jack Snipe, Woodcock, 2 Oystercatcher, Redshank and Lapwings, the first migrants were a Chiffchaff (10th) and Sand Martin (22nd), 22 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 41 Tufted Duck were counted on 2nd and a Pink-footed Goose was a big surprise on the Manchester Ship Canal (23rd)

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