Salford Docklands – From Strength To Strength


Birdwatchers are enjoying another superb year on the Salford Docklands, with plenty quality birding, hundreds of people at a number of wildlife events, most on Pomona Docks, and two birdwatching boat-trips onboard the Princess Katherine, January and May, with the Peregrines, The Big Five and the resident Goldeneye all showing for the cruisers

Here are some of the avian highlights of the year so far


Regular sightings of up to 3 Great Crested Grebes on the Manchester Ship Canal and a few sightings of Little Grebe, 1 adult on June 7th was a rare summer record


6 unidentified grey geese flew over on February 9th, a Pink-footed Goose on the Manchester Ship Canal March 23rd, a leucistic Canada Goose in the summer and a high count of 47 Mute Swans


Diving ducks were again discovered feeding at night (for the first time in over 10 years) during the early winter with counts of up to 22 Pochard and 57 Tufted Duck from some insomniac 24 hour birding people!

Gary, the resident drake Goldeneye remained on-site, good numbers of Goosander and a pair of Gadwall on the Manchester Ship Canal on February 9th

A big flock of at least 110 Common Scoters flew over on 29th July!


Continental Cormorant again identified on-site


Breeding waders on-site included Little Ringed Plovers, Oystercatchers (at least one pair) and Lapwings (with a peak count of 43 birds)

Woodcock and Jack Snipe were present on Pomona, with small numbers of Common Sandpipers, Common Snipe and Redshank


Peregrines, Kestrels, Sparrowhawks and Buzzards gave some spectacular viewing and a Marsh Harrier flew north on April 25th


Iceland Gull reported on 12th February, two Mediterranean Gull, an adult on 25th July and a juvenile on 20th August, a Pomarine Skua on May 6th and Common Tern, also on May 6th


The first Sand Martin of the year was on March 22nd and Sand Martins once again found Pomona Docks to be a phenomenal colonial breeding site with up to 100 pairs nesting here! The Weaste ETW once again attracted huge flocks of Swifts, House Martins, Swallows and Sand Martins during the Spring and Summer


The jewel of the Salford Docklands, this resident species has some superb habitat along the Manchester Ship Canal


Big counts of 40 Meadow Pipits on February February 10th, 100 Meadow Pipits on Pomona April 6th and 231 Pied Wagtails on Weaste ETW on January 17th

Grey Wagtails, a breeding species on the docklands, were present and 2 White Wagtails on April 17th on Weaste ETW

The first Wheatear of the year was on Weaste ETW on April 17th, and a female Wheatear on Pomona April 23rd and April 25th

A good Spring for singing Sedge Warblers on Pomona and a singing Lesser Whitethroat on Pomona on April 29th

Return passage migration during August on Pomona included a Garden Warbler August 13th-14th and a Spotted Flycatcher August 15th

Pomona seems to be attracting more Sparrows, Finches and Buntings, with 2 Linnets on April 2nd, regular sightings of Reed Buntings and flocks of up to 400 House Sparrows

The Mancunian Birder, The Salford Docklands Project

Film, The Salford Docklands Project

Film, Mediterranean Gull


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