An afternoon walk along the Manchester Ship Canal and out to No.6 tank produced c70 Linnet feeding on flower seeds close to the Growhow works where many Curlew were present in nearby fields. A Grey Wagtail with a number of Pied were alongside the recently dredged ditch. From the canal path the usual flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare in the hawthorn bushes with more Fieldfare flew in from Frodsham Score.
The score was alive with Lapwing and Golden plover with flocks of Dunlin on the edge of the marsh which had white horses crashing over the banks from the whipped up River Mersey. The Mute Swan herd contained only a couple of Whooper’s seen but more hidden from sight no doubt? The Canal Pools were quiet with only 3 Shoveler and the family of Mute Swan, Coot and moorhen. I stayed for the evening Starling roost which was in excess of 10 000 individuals which eventually settled on No.4 tank.
Observer & images: Paul Ralston