Out this morning from Ince Berth around No.4 tank and along the Holpool Gutter.
The Manchester Ship Canal held a pair of Great Crested Grebe with many Common Teal, Tufted Duck, Mallard, a single Common Pochard and several pairs of Gadwall. Out on the salt marsh flocks of Canada Geese and smaller numbers of Greylag fed amongst the Ravens and black-backed gulls fighting over the lamb carcases. There were Shoveler and even more Teal with Moorhen, 3 Common Snipe and Coot on the shallow pools along the canal path.
Further on and back to the Holpool Gutter the 2 Little Egret were again on the bank and the adjacent field held a herd of 50 swans of which 17 were Whooper Swan. Also present in the same field were 6 Greylag Geese and a pair of Common Shelduck and a flock of Curlew.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.
138 Golden Plover on No.6 tank this afternoon (1-3 pm) some going into handsome summer plumage. Also Marsh Harrier hunting over reedbed.
Observer: Sean O’Hara.
A Wheatear was on No.1 tank.
Observer: Paul Crawley (image 4).
9 Ruff on No.6 tank.
Observer: John Gilbody
Two calling not singing Chiffchaff both ends of No.6 tank along the southern banks also a Merlin spotted.
Observer: Jean Roberts.