A walk from Ince Berth along the Manchester Ship Canal during the high tide period was again worth the effort with a Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and a Little Grebe at the outflow by the berth itself. There was another 2 Little Grebe and a Great Crested Grebe a bit further along the canal. The field alongside the Holpool Gutter held masses of Lapwing and Golden Plover which took to the air when 2 Buzzard passed by.
The Whooper Swan (14 of 16) present swam along the gutter then walked out to meet the incoming tide on Frodsham Score. A hundred strong flock of Stock Dove fed a the edge of the marsh but couldn’t settle and rose up in to the air every few minutes.
The two Great White Egret could be seen at opposite ends of the salt marsh and a small flock of Little Egret were again in the field on the lane to Ince.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.
Observers: Frank Duff, Sean O’Hara.
A flock of 200 Black-headed Gull were feeding in the flooded field bordering the M56 opposite Moorditch Lane with one particular 1st winter bird showing blackish primary and secondary feathers in flight (odd melanin infusion on flight feathers I guess?). The flock rose suddenly when a female Merlin shot through and over the motorway.
There was no sign of the Green-winged Teal today so the Common Teal flock were again concealed in the dense vegetation feeding and keeping out of the chill easterly wind. Several Tufted Duck, Pochard, Shoveler, Gadwall and Cormorant (carbo’s) were present at dusk.
Observers: Sparky, WSM.