A Barn Owl hunting over No.5 tank at 06.50-06.55. Single Migrant Hawker and Common Darter seen along track between No 6 and No 4 tank – the former needing a zimmerframe. Merveille du Jour moth accidentally escaped from the car by No 5 tank – must have unknowingly been in there for three days – source probably Millhouses nr Wray! Four Angle Shades in the headlights along road to No.5 tank this morning at 06.15. One vismig Yellowhammer SE No. 5 tank 08.15hrs.
Observer: Pete Marsh.
A later than normal ramble from Ince berth and along the Holpool Gutter, passing Frodsham Score which was quiet as a wildfowler was out on the marsh. A juvenile Great Crested Grebe on the Manchester Ship Canal also 30 Mallard and 2 Coot. a large pig alongside the ship canal and gutter was a bit of a surprise and was AWOL from thelocal pig farmat Ince. A few hundred Starling above No.4 tank were good entertainment. The Kingfisher was again by the bridge over the gutter by Growhow works.
Observer: Paul Ralston.
We managed to get the last hour of daylight before the night took over. 14 Ruff were again feeding with the Lapwing flocks on No.6 tank where 300 birds were gathered to roost. 167 Golden Plover in flight over No.2 tank were just beginning to spend the winter here. Other species on No.6 included 300 Common Teal, a pair of Pochard, 7 Gadwall and 4 Shoveler.
25 Raven rising and tumbling over the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal before 12 separated and headed off to the south to roost.
A ditch dredger was hard at work toiling through the gloom as we walked back to Marsh Lane. I know it’s a nessacary evil but I wonder how this affects the introduced Water Vole population in the ditches along Moorditch Lane?
Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images).