A morning festive ramble out along the Manchester Ship Canal up to the Canal Pools and back. The Great White Egret was with 2 Little Egret and could be found opposite the Ince berth. At least 18 Little Egret seen throughout the morning with a group of 7 birds on the Frodsham Score and 2 Whooper Swan were with a Mute out on the salt marsh there.
A party of 16 Whooper’s included 2 juveniles were in a field next to the Holpool Gutter and were led on to the marsh by a small grey goose!
Large numbers of Lapwing and Golden Plover took to the air disturbed by wildfowlers who were coming off the marsh with several Canada Geese in their grasp. Settled on the waters of the Manchester Ship Canal were 4 Great Crested Grebe while a Green Sandpiper flew over.
A Chiffchaff was heard calling on the banks of No.4 tank. Returning back to the start of my walk, a large flock of Curlew panicked when a Merlin shot past in pursuit of a Mistle Thrush.
Observer: Paul Ralston (and images 1-4).
I managed a walk out to the corner of No.5-6 and 3 tanks a couple of hours before dusk and didn’t really see a lot about. What I did see I’ll share with you and that included from No.6 tank: 92 Common Teal, 12 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, a pair of Pintail and 6 Tufted Duck.
A smallish roost of 120 Dunlin and a Starling settled in the edge of the water with 90 Lapwing at dusk was strange?
A Chiffchaff was calling from the south west corner of No.5 tank and a Merlin shot through as I was walking back. Not much of a Starling roost this evening and I’m sure the strong westerly had a lot to do with that.
Observer: WSM (images 5-7).
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