30.01.15. Birdlog

30.01.15. Birdlog

30.01.15. Bewicks, Whooper and Mute Swan, Ince Marsh. Paul Ralston.

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.

30.01.15. Little Egret flying passed the Growhow works, Ince Marsh. Paul Ralston.

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.