Out again this morning starting at the Pig Farm at Ince and along the Manchester Ship Canal and around No.4 and 6 tanks. An impressive flock of 15 Little Egret in the fields between the Pig Farm and Ince Berth was unexpected. In the same area a flock of approx 100 Black-tailed Godwit and the same amount of Curlew fed in the fields along the lane. There were 11 Whooper Swan within the herd of 50 Mute’s on the Ince Marsh fields.
On to the canal path there were again signs of spring everywhere with courting Shelduck, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Moorhen and Coot on the canal bank. The smaller birds were in full song with Dunnock, Wren, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting and Goldfinch all heard and seen.
Further along the canal and Oystercatcher were on territory and small flocks of Redshank flew up and down the canal. A single Little Egret was out on the salt marsh amongst the many Canada and Greylag Geese. The Canal Pools were quiet with just Canada Geese and Coot on the water.
Several Skylark were up singing and were joined by Meadow Pipits along the path by No.6 tank. The mitigation pools held Common Teal, Shoverler and a Canada Goose which was sat on a nest at the waters edge and the only waders seen on the pool were Lapwing.
Further on to Lordship Lane several Chiffchaff were seen and heard and a pair of Kingfisher left the ditch and flew over six. A female Sparrowhawk was shadowed by a small flock of Starling as it flew towards the M56 and 4 Common Buzzards displayed overhead.
Observer: Paul Ralston (and images 2-3).
Image 1 by WSM.