Out this morning along the Manchester Ship Canal and by No.4 tank and the Stock Dove numbers have increased with a flock of c100 near the Ince Berth.
A Grey Wagtail sat on the telegraph line along the canal tow path and 13 Mute Swan fed in the field alongside the Holpool Gutter with at least 20 Whooper Swan and the single Greylag Goose out Frodsham Score. A Marsh Harrier left No.4 tank and put a couple of hundred Lapwings in to the air as it made its way over the marsh.
Along the track to between No’s 4 and 6 tank was a large flock of finches which were made up of Goldfinch, Linnet, Chaffinch and Reed Bunting feeding on the seed heads of the wayside plants. A female Marsh Harrier drove a couple of Common Buzzard off 6 tank and continued to hunt the area in their absence.
Back on to the canal a female Merlin was sat in a hawthorn bush and then dropped down on to a piece of drift wood where it sat for a 10 minute preen.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston