Birdwatchers Flocking To Salford Docklands

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Photo: Northern Pochard (Aythya ferina), the Salford Docklands’ most famous bird species

Birdwatchers are visiting the Salford Docklands this winter in big numbers to see a Great Northern Diver, a mainly marine species that is found around the coast of the UK, but is rarely seen inland

The bird is a juvenile and is likely to have been born and raised in  Iceland, Greenland or Arctic Canada

The Great Northern Diver arrived on December 13th and has now been present at the site for a month, attracting birdwatchers from all over Greater Manchester and some from further afield

Up to 3 Great Crested Grebes, one of the Manchester Big Five, are also being seen around the Salford Docklands, along with the resident drake Goldeneye, who can be seen performing the classic “head-rolling” display

Northern Pochards have been recorded visiting the site to feed during the night-time and intrepid birdwatchers can see these birds feeding around the Lowry Bridge between 10pm and 3am, there is sufficient street lighting to identify both Northern Pochards and Tufted Ducks

Birdwatchers wanting to see these birds during the day should try Chorlton Water Park for the biggest numbers (up to 12 Northern Pochards) and decent views

 

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