An early morning walk from Ince Berth and around No.6 tank. There were 5 Whooper Swan out on Frodsham Score where there were also 5 Little Egret and 2 Great White Egret.
A Merlin was again forcing the Starlings in to a tight bit ball and putting on a great display but failed in its attempt to secure a full English breakfast.
Several Fieldfare were feeding on the hawthorn berries and a mixed flock of finches made up of Chaffinch, Linnet and Goldfinch moved through the hedges. A large flock of Pink-footed Goose were heading south and went straight overhead.
The two wintering Green Sandpiper were on the Canal Pools. Onward and to No.6 tank which was surprisingly quiet with small numbers of Common Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, a couple of Common Shelduck and a dozen Mute Swan. Walking around No.6 tank brought me to Lordship Lane which held more finch flocks and were hunted by a Sparrowhawk. A flock of Reed Bunting were in the blackthorn bushes by the southern ramp to six where and a Kestrel sat close by. T
The Splashing Pool was also quiet with a few Coot, Moorhen plus 2 Little Grebe. A Green Sandpiper was seen leaving at the far end of the pool. The walk back along the canal produced a Short-eared Owl hunting the bank on No.4 tank.
I dropped my camera along the canal path went back to look for it no sign of it. If anyone comes across it could them leave a message on the comments box at the base of this page. Thanks.
Observer: Paul Ralston.
A storm approaching the Mersey Estuary this evening. Image by WSM.
I received the data back today from Jenny Gill regarding the colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit. Details below. Continue reading