A trip out to the western approaches of Ince Berth and to view the salt marsh and a little before the expected afternoon tide was hampered by the heat haze out on Frodsham Score and Ince Marsh. A Great White Egret was a vision in gaussian blur.
A small flock of Lapwing roosting up on a pile rocks of a Manchester Ship Canal wash defence were unconcerned by a passing tug boat, likewise 4 Common Sandpiper.
Driving back along Lordship Lane/ Ince Marsh Lane was rewarding for a couple of very obliging juvenile Willow Warbler feeding low down in the dried thistle beds at the field borders.
A little further along and another field conjured up a small feeding flock of alba wagtails which included 4 (2 juv, 2 ad) White Wagtail and a Yellow Wagtail.
The secluded pool on No.6 tank was very productive with 7 Greenshank roosting out the tide with a solitary Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Dunlin, 15 Ruff and a Wood Sandpiper.
The presence of a low flying trainer aircraft flushed everything off the pool and none of the above (apart from a few Ruff) made a return visit. Despite this a juvenile Little Stint was feeding alongside a Pied Wagtail (providing a handy comparison to how tiny these waders really are) and a couple of Yellow Wagtail were feeding in and out of the reed bed.
The flooded water is now encroaching into the clumps of Michaelmas Daisies and the pungent aroma was drifting in the summer breeze (it’s getting me all lyrical). On the open water were 3 Pintail and a whistling Wigeon was hidden in the water garden. Also noted was a Spotted Redshank (per #bluenorse).
A couple of Hobby‘s were hunting the hirundine flock over No.5 tank (per Jon Bowen & #bluenorse).
The fields west of No.4 tank on Ince Marsh were alive with birds and watching with a keen interest was this Common Buzzard (above image). A Swallow took time out for a rest on the gravel path while hawking low over the recently cut hay were a couple of hundred hirundines.
Observers: Frank Duff, Mark Payne, Roger Wilkinson, WSM (and images).
Butterflies included: Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, 4 Painted Ladies along the track and 2-4 Common Blue’s were about on No.6 tank, where there was a day flying Silver Y moth.