Birding Salford-style


Photo: Great Northern Diver on Salford Docklands (photo courtesy of Colin Wood)

Salford birdwatchers have been enjoying some superb sightings so far in 2016

Chiffchaffs have been seen at two sites – the Salford Mosses (on Irlam Moss on January 16th) and the Salford Docklands (on Pomona Docks on January 19th)

This species of warbler usually migrates to Africa for the winter but as winters get milder more seem to be present in the UK during the winter months, however, January sightings of Chiffchaff are still very rare in Salford

The long-staying Great Northern Diver is still giving some amazing views on Salford Docklands, and has now been present for 5 weeks, attracting many birders to the site

The Salford Mosses are a site for classic winter birding, with flocks of Pink-footed Geese, Grey Partridge, Fieldfares, Redwings, Brambling, Corn Bunting, Linnet, Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch

Merlins can be seen hunting and perched on mole-hills on The Moss and visitors to the Little Woolden Moss Lancashire Wildlife Trust have been treated to spectacular views of Short-eared Owl

Wildfowl sightings have included 28 Goldeneye and a Greylag Goose on the River Irwell and 3 Northern Pochards on Blackleach Country Park

Kingfishers are being seen along the Manchester Ship Canal, River Irwell and also on the Old River Irwell




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