Local bird news: The Nordic (Corvus monedula monedula) Jackdaw was again by the small boating lake by Park Road, Runcorn at 08.30 and if not here it can be found with the (Western) Jackdaws on the football fields. Nearby, two Chiffchaff were moving through the trees in the cove walks on Runcorn Hill (close to the small bridge that crosses the path off the Weston Road/Sandy Lane entrance), one of which was giving a peep call attributed to Siberian Chiffchaff. Limited views obtained of both birds before they moved away.
Out this morning from Ince berth along the Manchester Ship Canal and around No.4 produced a Little Egret flying overhead at the berth. A large flock of Black-headed and Common Gulls in a nearby field mixed in with them were Curlew and a few Black-tailed Godwit. Birds seen from the ship canal path was a Great White Egret out on Ince Marsh with several Little Egret seen on the marsh . A flock of 30 plus Stock Dove flew east also along the canal and a Green Sandpiper and Common Snipe were present along the path.
Another Great White Egret was feeding alongside a mixed flock of Mute and Whooper Swans close to the canal bank (pictured above hiding behind the score banks with the swans). A party of Ravens were putting on an aerial display with several barrel rolls in their entertaining excitment. At the junction of No.4 and No.6 tanks a Kingfisher was in the ditch and was also seen further along Lordship lane . A quiet day for raptors with only Common Buzzard and Kestrel seen.
Observer & images: Paul Ralston.
Further out on the marsh edges a couple of rare Treecreeper were with a roving tit flock which included Goldcrest and Coal Tit.
Observer: Frank Duff.