Out this morning from Ince Berth and around No’s 4 and 6 tanks. A line of Canada Geese stretched for at least a mile out on the salt marsh and included a few Greylag and domestic type geese amongst them. Several hundred Lapwing and Golden Plover were again alongside the Holpool Gutter with more out on the Frodsham Score.
A Barn Owl was flying along the bank of No.4 and was pursued by 2 Carrion Crow and a Magpie then dropped down near the ‘Splashing Pool’. On to No.3 and its mitigation area which held yet more Lapwing with a handful of Redshank and a partial leucistic Blackbird that has been in the same area for the last couple of years.
Hundreds of Common Teal may have held the GWT but l couldn’t find it. Also present were Shoveler, Mallard, Wigeon, Tufted Duck and Gadwall. Flocks of Linnet and Goldfinch were in a number of places on my walk as were Chaffinch, and Long-tailed Tit. Curlew fed in the fields along Lordship lane and 2 Jay were overhead. A small party of Redwing and Fieldfare were in the bushes on No.4 and several Buzzard were noted.
Back by Ince Berth the Little Egret flock feeding in the nearby fields tallied 18 birds (the largest ever flock recorded for the marshes themselves) and Song Thrush and Robin were singing loud and proud.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston