A short walk along the Manchester Ship Canal from Ince Berth to the dredging berth this morning produced the following: A Fox with a rabbit firmly held in its mouth was in a silage field near the berth. A couple of male and a female Yellow Wagtail were in the field alongside the Holpool Gutter and the first birds I’ve seen since the crop was sprayed last week.
On to the canal banks and a Mallard, Tufted and Gadwall were on the water with many more Common Shelduck out on the salt marsh. There were more grouped together on No.4 tank.
Sedge Warbler were singing in the reeds alongside the tank with several Blackcap in the bank side bushes with Goldfinch and Linnet also seen. A juvenile Robin was on the fence by the dredging berth and a small flock of Dunlin and Ringed Plover overhead. Sand Martin numbers were low compared to my last visit and looked to have abandoned their breeding attempt on this side of the canal but were still active on the opposite bank.
Young Mallard and Moorhen were on the Holpool Gutter as was a Grey Heron. Raven and Common Buzzard were feeding on the abundant lamb carcases out on Frodsham Score.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston