A walk from Ince Berth and around No.4 tank in between showers this afternoon. Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit were again on the approach road to Ince Berth as were the large flock of Redwing, Fieldfare and Blackbirds. Frodsham Score was quiet with only 2 Little Egret, Common Shelduck, Common Teal, and Mallard to be seen. Two Kestrel were hunting the canal path and a Common Buzzard was hunting ‘kestrel’ style in the strong wind. On to the path between No.4 and 6 a Sparrowhawk shot by on the lookout for a meal and put a mixed flock of finches and tits to rise into the air.
Along Lordship Lane more Curlew and Lapwing were on the stubble fields with 3 Common Snipe while a Little Egret left Holpool Gutter alongside Rake Lane. The fields adjacent to the gutter held a flock of 40 swans: A Bewick’s, 22 Mute and 18 Whooper but no sign of the usual accompanying Greylag Goose which is often with them. A female type Marsh Harrier was hunting the gutter and the banks of No.4 tank and as was another Sparrowhawk.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.