Out and about from mid morning starting from Ince Berth and along the Manchester Ship Canal towpath and around No.4 tank.
A fine selection of birds from the Frodsham Marsh Al a Carte featuring a Great White Egret out on Ince salt marsh with 4 little Egret nearby on Frodsham Score. Many newly born lambs about today with birth casualties from still birth kept the Ravens and Great Black-backed Gulls busy.
A Grey Wagtail was on the path by the berth and a male Bullfinch in the hedgerow was notable. The Goldfinch and Linnet flocks were on the alert as a Sparrowhawk was patrolling the area with 2 Kestrel also seen.
There were 4 juvenile Mute Swan on the canal with 2 Great Crested Grebe and the large raft of Coot. On to the Holpool Gutter and a sorry sight of a dead Mute Swan laying in the gutter! A flock of Common Teal left as I walked along.
The female Merlin was sat in its favoured place while a Collared Dove kept watch from a hawthorn bush. On the path between No.4 and 6 a mixed roving tit flock held a small number of Reed Bunting and several Common Buzzard were contact calling over No.4 tank.
Back along the gutter the large swan flock had separated with the flock of Whoopers with at least 3 Bewick’s at one end of the field and the Mute Swan at the other end.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-4).
WSM (image 5)