SAFE Bird Report 2015

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Photo: Pink-footed Goose on the Manchester Ship Canal, March 2015 (@MancunianBirder)

SALFORD AREA FIELD ECOLOGISTS (SAFE)

BIRD REPORT 2015

SALFORD MOSSES

The Lancashire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve on Little Woolden Moss started to take shape with wading birds visiting in good numbers and Short-eared Owls a big feature of November/December

Stone Curlew, Wood Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Whimbrel, Little Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, Redshank, Common Sandpiper and Ringed Plovers all found the nature reserve to their liking, and passerine sightings included Whinchat, Stonechat, Cuckoo and the resident Willow Tits

During the summer a singing Grasshopper Warbler was present on Chat Moss and there were many Hobby sightings

An impressive sight was the flock of 300 Pink-footed Geese that took up residence in October/November

SALFORD DOCKLANDS

The big sightings of the year were Gadwall (January), Pink-footed Goose (March), Marsh Harrier (April), Pomarine Skua (May), Whinchat (September), Greylag Goose (autumn), Arctic Skua (November), Shoveler (November) and the very popular Great Northern Diver (December)

Little Ringed Plovers and the Sand Martin colony were a big feature of the Spring and Summer

Two birdwatching boat trips took place during 2015, including the launch of the Salford Docklands Project

Pomona Docks became a site of national interest with campaigners putting the site forward for a nature reserve / Eden Project North

Waders recorded on Pomona included Woodcock, Jack Snipe, Common Snipe and Common Sandpipers

Peregrines were seen displaying in the Spring

RIVER IRWELL

A high-count of 26 Goldeneye in December, and a Ring-necked Parakeet seen in November in Peel Park

BLACKLEACH COUNTRY PARK

Another great Salford site for duck watching with a high-count of 75 Gadwall and sightings of Northern Pochard and Wigeon

The Spring highlights were a Tree Pipit and a Lesser Whitethroat

PRINCE’S PARK, IRLAM

A Water Rail was spotted in February

BOOTHSTOWN

A good year with sightings of Green Woodpecker, Cuckoo, Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, Tawny Owl and Willow Tit

WORSLEY WOODS

A high-count of 41 Teal on Warke Lake, and a singing Garden Warbler in the Spring

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