On the Score today one distant Great White Egret also two Little Egret and many Raven there. Several Sand Martin over the Manchester Ship Canal and fishing pools. One Green Sandpiper and 15 Tufted Duck flushed from Holpool Gutter with 25 Mute Swan and two Greylag Goose in adjacent field. Breeding underway at Spring Farm where House Sparrows were noticed to be nest-building and the usual pair of Collared Doves. At least 10 different Chiffchaff heard singing.
Observer: Brian Rimmer
Black Rabbit & White Egret
Away from the marsh and across the river at Pickerings Pasture I managed a brief watch and discovered the ever present Red-breasted Goose on its regular patch at Hale Marsh. A confiding Little Egret on the scrape pool at the southern end of the park and a chance meeting with Rob and Carol both responsible for most of the bird sightings at this site.
Further reports can be viewed and organised visits to Hale Duck Decoy here: http://www.thefriendsofpickeringspasture.org.uk/
Observer and images: WSM