Salford Bird News April 2015

Summer migrants arrived in good numbers, with a Whinchat on the Mosses on 30th, Wheatears on the Mosses and Docklands and good numbers of Warblers, especially Willow Warblers and Blackcaps

A Common Crane flew north over the Mosses on 19th raising more thoughts of this species moving in to the Salford area, and there were also sightings of Grey Partridges

Good numbers of waders on the Mosses with counts of 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 7 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Whimbrel, 16 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers, c100 Lapwings, 4 Redshank, and many sightings of Curlew and Oystercatcher

Passerine counts on the Mosses – 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 10 Wheatear, 2 Cuckoos, 4 Willow Tits, 1 Raven, 18 Stock Dove, 4 Tree Sparrow, 1 Corn Bunting, 12 Linnets and 10 Yellowhammer

On the Docklands, Little Ringed Plover, Marsh Harrier and Lesser Whitethroat

Hirundines arrived in good numbers, the first 2 Swallows were noted on 1st at Blackleach Country Park, Sand Martins returned to their colonies on Pomona, the Mosses and the River Irwell, and c20 House Martins at Weaste ETW on 29th

Other summer migrants were a singing Garden Warbler at Worsley Garden Centre on 26th,  Little Ringed Plovers on the River Irwell, 5 singing Reed Warblers on the south side of the Manchester Ship Canal at Jack Lane Nature Reserve and, on 17th, a Swift near Clifton Country Park

Lingering winter visitors were a Pink-footed Goose on Manchester Ship Canal at Davyhulme on 3rd and a small flock of Redwings seen in Buile Hill Park on 5th

The Bridgewater Canal at Boothstown is a good spot for resident Willow Tits, one was present on 5th

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