Mancunian Springwatch 2015

Photo: Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) on Kersal Moor, Salford

It’s Springwatch time of year and the naturalists of the Manchester area are in the field 24/7 spotting and recording wildlife

In Manchester city centre, the Peregrines are as popular as ever and urban birdwatchers can be seen wandering around the Northern Quarter looking for elusive Black Redstarts

The River Irwell is hosting many pairs of Sand Martins, lucky observers are seeing Otters, Badgers and Roe Deer, and Tawny Mining Bees are buzzing around sites such as Kersal Moor

The Horwich Moors are a traditional site to watch migration in action, with species such as Whinchat, Ring Ouzel and Wheatears – this Spring saw a big influx of Ouzels

Also in the hills, Watergrove Reservoir near Rochdale has had many visitors hoping to get a glimpse of a Marsh Tit

Elton Reservoir has had a good mixture of lingering winter visitors such as Long-tailed Duck and Pink-footed Geese, and summer migrants such as Black Tern and Black-necked Grebes

The overcast days are particularly good for watching Swifts and hirundines, with one of the best sites being Weaste ETW, up to one thousand Swifts can be seen feeding here – a phenomenal site!

Little Egrets are being seen with more frequency, especially at south Manchester sites such as Sale Water Park, Dunham Park, Altrincham ETW and Carrington Moss, where the first Quail of the summer have been heard giving their distinctive call

Garganey is a summer migrant to England, and several have been seen in Greater Manchester, including a female that spent the winter in the Pennington Flash area

Some rare and scarce birds have been spotted, a Stone Curlew on the new Lancashire Wildlife Trust Reserve on Little Woolden Moss, Red-throated Pipit on Ludworth Moor, Hoopoe in Oldham, a Pomarine Skua on Salford Docklands, Red-rumped Swallows at Heaton Park Reservoir, Avocet on Audenshaw Reservoir and Lightshaw Hall Flash hosted a Wood Sandpiper

This article gives just a glimpse of the wildlife that is being seen in the Manchester area, we are very blessed to have such amazing wildlife and habitats and now is the time to grab your binoculars and camera and go and see what you can find in the urban jungle, the mosslands, the reservoirs, the woodlands, parks, hills, moors, rivers, ponds, marshes, flashes and lakes that are on our doorstep


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