Great Crested Grebe
Afternoon flock of Black heads
As February drew to an end the patch year list had grown to 92 species (97 points) with 10 species added. This weeks additions were a male Mandarin, Kingfisher & Great Crested Grebe on Monday at Abbots Salford. In addition there was a flock of 300+ Black-headed Gulls and seven Common Gulls in a pre-roost whilst wildfowl included six Wigeon and 30 Pochard.
Back at Salford Priors the bird of the week was definitely the Sparrowhawk. I've had fantastic views throughout the week including one brilliant view when I followed a female hunting up a lane to catch a Blackbird and then to see the Blackbird fightback in a hedge to force an escape, probably with a bad headache !
A pair of Oystercatcher are looking for possible nest sites around the pits whilst there looks to be two pairs Shelduck doing the same.
Species still outstanding for the year are Dunlin, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Stonechat, Little Ringed Plover and Redshank.