Out this afternoon in the sunshine and wind with a start at the Holpool Gutter and around to No.4 tank. The path alongside the gutter and canal resembles a race track with fences cut and trial bike tracks running there and over No.4 tank (where was the security on No.4 tank?). A Little Grebe and 2 Moorhen were the only birds on the gutter but the field alongside held hundreds of Lapwing and Golden Plover with a few Curlew.
Four Common Buzzard rode the breeze including the wing-tagged bird noted previously is LF which originated from Brimstage, Wirral, it was ringed as nestling on the 19 June 2015.
The salt marsh held the mixed swan flock with Whooper Swan and Mute’s. A couple of Little Egret and the Great White Egret joined the swans and even more Golden Plover and Lapwing. The juvenile Marsh Harrier was seen hunting over No.4 as were a Kestrel and Sparrowhawk.
Leaving the marsh on the lane to Ince the flock of 14 Little Egret were feeding in the same area as last week and Redwing and Fieldfare were in the hedgerow. Passing the wood next to the church in Ince a small tree was in blossom very odd at this time of year?
Observer and images: Paul Ralston