A walk from the Ince berth along the Manchester Ship Canal around No.4 and 6 tanks gave the following Gadwall, Mallard, Coot and a lone Great Crested Grebe on the canal. Swallow and Sand Martin over head and many Raven over the score.
On the Canal Pools a pair of Black Swan. While Canada, Domestic and Greylag in the nearby fields. The Splashing Pool held 33 Tufted Duck, a pair of Little Grebe and Mallard. 6 Avocet on No. 6, while Chiffchaff Reed Bunting were along the banks. A male Wheatear was along Lordship Lane.
On the way back to the car a male Marsh Harrier flew overhead and both Buzzard and Kestrel were also seen.
Observer: Paul Ralston.
FD stopped off briefly at Marsh Farm and found 5 Wheatear there.
Observer: Frank Duff.
I spent the last couple of hours of daylight walking the tracks of No.5 tank above the sludge beds of No.6. Six drake Gadwall were busy pursuing and harassing the attendant females. Several Tufted Duck and Common Teal were already paired up.
As the sun set and Moon rose high in the night sky the 6 Avocet present since the morning found the moonlight enough to continue feeding. Four Pink-footed Goose flew over calling before settling on the salt marsh.
The male and female Marsh Harrier were very mobile and ranged widely. At sunset the the low evening light illuminated the colours of the flying male over the golden reed beds making it positively glow.
36 Golden Plover flew into No.5 tank to settle down in the long grass to roost for the night several were sporting their fine summer plumage.
The exodus of Raven was staggered over the hour to sunset as they fly south over the hills. A singing Sedge Warbler on No.6 tank was new in and could still be heard as I walked back.
The full Moon attracted quite a bit of Bat activity with several flying over No.5 tank.
Observer & Images: WSM