Out this morning before the high tide and a change in the weather. Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit again on the approach road to Ince Berth with Redwing in the hedgerows. Onward to the Manchester Ship Canal where 7 juvenile Mute Swan were with a large flock of Canada Goose on the waters as was the raft of Coot, a single Great Crested Grebe and a lone Little Grebe.
Out on the salt marsh there were more Canada Goose and a party of 10 Pink-footed Goose with just the one Little Egret noted.
A flock of waders took to the air as a Merlin shot through then concentrated on a Starling flock which bunched up only to change tactics and flew in a long line only inches above waters of the canal and disperse into the nearby fields.
A solitary Mute Swan joined singles each of Bewick’s and Whooper Swan in fields alongside the Holpool Gutter. The rest of the winter swan herd of Whooper Swans had relocated and can now be viewable from fields (Lordship Marsh) by the M56.
Further on my ramble and a visit to No.6 tank resulted in seeing Mallard, Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Shelduck, Common Teal, Shoverler and Common Pochard all of which took shelter below the eastern banks.
Along Lordship Lane a female Peregrine passed overhead in pursuit of a Wood Pigeon and 3 Stonechat sat on the fence by the ‘model flying club’ field.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1 & 2).
Additionally, 7 Ringed Plover (first for the year) and 230 Golden Plover came onto No.6 tank during high tide but generally a poor showing considering the mega tide on the river.
Observer: Frank Duff.
Other birds news: The Eastern (infused) Jackdaw was still present at the Park Road lake, Runcorn this morning.
Nigel Case: Image 3.