Pictured the sunrise over the Growhow factory along Lordship Lane.
An early morning walk again from the Ince berth taking in the Manchester Ship Canal around No.4 tank and back along Lordship Lane to the Holpool Gutter.
4 Little Egret out on Frodsham Score where several Great Black-backed Gulls pulled rank over the first dabs on a sheep carcass with the local Ravens. A small male Peregrine went into a dive and connected with a Wood Pigeon which lost a few feathers but managed to evade capture. A Sparrowhawk was following the Starlings leaving the roost on No.4 tank with Common Buzzard and Kestrel also in the area. Large numbers of finches were roaming around made up of Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Linnet.
Lordship lane held more finch flocks with Redwings amongst them. On to the Holpool Gutter were 4 Little Grebe, a Grey Wagtail and many Moorhen were seen the field alongside the gutter which also held 4 Whooper Swan and a good numbers of Curlew.
The young Marsh Harrier was sitting amongst the reeds on No.6 tank and later (pictured) hunting over the tank.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1,2 & 3)
During the afternoon tide I was positioned out of the stiff wind and rain on the banks of No.5 overlooking No.6 tank. Watching the shorebirds vacating the River Mersey and settling out on the safety of the tank below.
4000 Dunlin made up the mass of numbers with 251 Golden and 190 Grey, 12 Knot, 6 Ruff and 409 Lapwing made up the rest. Just as the tide on the river was reaching its peak the whole throng of waders took to the air and when they eventually settled half of the Dunlin flock had left the area…thanks to a Sparrowhawk hunting the flock.
A drake Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 10 Common Shelduck, 1 Mallard, 178 Common Teal and 6 Shoveler were settled on the water here.
Further out on the reed beds two Common Buzzard chose the walking technique and were stalking their prey by foot, while a Kestrel used the conventional method and picked hovering for food. A juvenile Marsh Harrier was quartering the tank for most of the afternoon and was presumably the same bird PR had seen earlier in the day. A Carrion Crow with bonxiesque under-wing pattern flew across while the harrier was about its business.
A Chiffchaff was wandering the reedbeds and bushes alongside the dirt track with a small bunch of Long-tailed, Blut Tits and Goldcrests. Another Chiffy was on Runcorn Hill yesterday.
A blah blah Black Sheep amounst the normal ones stuck out like a sore thumb on No.5 tank.
Further out on the marsh a Cetti’s Warbler gave a brief artillery blast before going undercover.
Observer and images: WSM (and images 4, 5, 6 & 7).