Work on repairing the canal bund which was breached from last December’s tidal surge. Additionally work recently commenced on the creation of a wetland area on No.3 tank, more on this as and when the development progresses. Eds.
Taking a walk this morning from Ince along the canal produced 15 Collard Dove which were around the Duke of Wellington in Ince village, they don’t seem to venture on to the marsh very often. A hundred or more Swallow on the telephone wires with more around the Pig Farm. Also noted were large numbers of Starling which were also close by. On to the Manchester Ship Canal and a Common Sandpiper on one bank with a Green Sandpiper on the opposite side. A Willow Warbler seen and heard in the bank side hawthorns with Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Greenfinch present.
Patrolling Frodsham Score was a Peregrine which put up a large flock of mixed gulls into the air. Six Little Egret ( 3 shown above) were about the salt marsh. Added to this Buzzard, Kestrel and many Raven making a mixed assortment of species.
A Stoat out looking for a meal ignored the young pheasants close by while it followed the trail of the rabbit it was hunting and came within a few feet of where I was standing and posed long enough for this study shot.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.