15.03.15. Birdlog

15.03.15. Birdlog

15.03.15. Whooper and Mute Swans, Ince Marsh fields. Paul Ralston (3)

Out this morning from Ince Berth around No.4 tank and along the Holpool Gutter.

15.03.15. Whooper and Mute Swans, Ince Marsh fields. Paul Ralston (4)

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.

15.03.15. Little Egret, Ince Marsh fields. Paul Ralston (2)Lordship Lane had singing Chaffinch, Dunnock, Song Thrush  and a party of Long-tailed Tit. The stubble fields had displaying Lapwing, 8 Stock Dove, a pair of Kestrel and a Common Buzzard.

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.

15.03.15. Wheatear (male), Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley


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.