An early start and a walk beginning at the Ince Berth along the Manchester Ship Canal and around No.6 tank and back to the berth. A herd of c50 swans out on the salt marsh contained 6 Whooper Swan amongst them.
Over a hundred Curlew were feeding on a nearby field overlooked by Redwing, Fieldfare and Song Thrushes in the hawthorn bushes. Out on the score marsh sat a lonesome Common Buzzard who was king of the corpse and reigning over the Ravens who watched on until the buzzard ate its fill.
Further on to No.6 ltank where large numbers of lapwing were again present with a small number of Golden Plover which exploded into the air as a Merlin powered through. A varied selection of Common Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck and Pintail were out on the water with a pair of Mute Swan.
On to Lordship Lane where there were good numbers of Reed Bunting, Linnet, Goldfinch and Chaffinch with a pair of Kestrel hunting the tank banks.
Returning along the canal path, 4 Little Egret were out on the score. The Merlin was sat in a bush along the path and dropped down and appeared to be feeding on insects from a pile of dung! Presumably, unsuccessful with the plover flocks earlier.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2 & 3)
WSM images 1, 4 & 5.