This mornings sightings along the Holpool Gutter included a Green Sandpiper and good numbers of young Mallard, Moorhen with Tufted Duck also in attendance. The Manchester Ship Canal attracted a couple of Common Sandpiper with both Common Buzzard and Raven overhead. I heard Sedge Warbler but along with Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff they were difficult to observe. The Canal Pools had several broods of Coot of different ages only two Mute Swan cygnet with their parents. Hirundines were moving through with Sand, House Martin and Swallow over the pool but surprisingly no Swifts seen with them. A young Kestrel was hunting insects (hobby style) over No.6 tank was being harassed by several Pied wagtail . A Great Spotted Woodpecker was in a stand of dead trees on Lordship Lane while hungry young buzzards could be heard calling from the wood along side the Growhow works. A male Peregrine put on a show hunting feral pigeons and was later joined by a large female.
Observer: Paul Ralston
Image: Tony Broome