Out and about early this morning with my usual walk from Ince Berth to the north end of No.6 tank. There were 2 Little Egret and a single Great White Egret out on Frodsham Score with hundreds of Canada Geese and 5 Mute Swan with many Common Shelduck also about the salt marsh.
Meanwhile, on the Manchester Ship Canal were 10 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Teal and more surprising a male Goldeneye which kept company with a Great Crested Grebe. Many Raven looked well fed on the fallen livestock lying about the marsh and were putting on an aerial display and even ganging up on a passing Common Buzzard.
Onward to No.6 tank and a further 3 Buzzards and a female Marsh Harrier were drifting over the reed bed there. A female Sparrowhawk shot below my vantage point overlooking the area on six in an attempt to ambush a flock of Redshank and Dunlin sheltering from the strong wind. Back along the Holpool Gutter and a mixed flock of 44 swans included both Whooper Swan and Mute Swan (Also c30 Black-tailed Godwit along with Curlew in the same field across Holpool Gutter as the swans per Frances Ipson).
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1 – 3).
At dusk a walk to the corner of No.6 and 3 tank to look over the mitigation area again resulted in an avian void. Perhaps the disturbance over the weekend will settle down during the week to allow the plovers to return and resettle in the area?
Two men were digging on No.5 tank with a terrier and it makes you wonder who gets to police these activities? If anyone out there is interested check this link for future reference: Birders against Wildlife Crime – BAWC Shooting season for Pheasant, Grey and Red-legged Partridges ends tonight. It will be illegal to shoot any of these species until the autumn.
The Peregrine was sat on top of the blue-topped chimney overlooking the Mersey estuary and a bleak forlorn figure it cut being in the most exposed of places.
A concentration of on duck on No.6 tank included a single female Tufted Duck, 213 Common Teal, 12 Shoveler and 112 Mallard. Several Redshank and some Lapwing were beginning to come to roost.
Observers: Sparky (image 6) and WSM (images 4, 5 & 7)