An hour over the high tide today produced the following: 9 Ruff feeding with Curlew on the approach road to Ince Berth with Redwing and Fieldfare in attendance. On to the Manchester Ship Canal bank and flocks of Linnet, Goldfinch and a flock of mixed tits were moving along the path.
The herd of Whooper and Mute Swan numbers were down to 34. Out on the salt marsh the farmer was making an attempt to get the ewes and lambs to high ground with several attempting to swim to safety from the tide.
One, probably two Great White Egret were out on the waters edge with several Little Egret with great numbers of Dunlin, Golden Plover, Lapwing and Redshank taking to the air as a Peregrine passed by. On the way home through Ince several hundred Black-tailed Godwit fed by the Pig farm and along Kinsey Lane both House and Tree Sparrow sat in the hedgerow with Grey and Pied Wagtail in the fields along the lane.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston