A five-mile hike around No.4 tank today produced the following: c1000 Lapwing with a few Golden Plover, Dunlin, Ruff and Redshank thrown into the mix on the fields opposite the Growhow works by the Ince marsh fields.
The walk along Lordship Lane produced 3 Common Buzzard, 4 Pied Wagtail and a Peregrine flew towards Helsby. A large mix flock of Linnet and c60 Goldfinch, the odd Dunnock and Wren along the hedgerow with a pair of Reed Bunting in the reeds nearby.
I met Tony at the ‘Splashing Pool’ which held a few Tufted Duck and Mallard, another Peregrine headed out towards the estuary. The rain could be seen coming in from the distance and coming right towards us.
There were 2 Kestrel were battling the wind on No.4 tank while a Grey Wagtail, 6 Common Snipe and a handful of Curlew were the highlights there.
Back on Lordship Lane and the Lapwing flock that was present earlier had taken the opportunity in my absence to vacate the area along with the Golden Plover, Redshank and Dunlin but were joined by 4 Common Buzzard.
Observer: Shaun Hickey (images 2-4 & 9).
Over on No.1 tank were a couple of Stonechat on No.1 and No.5 tank. 50 Pied wagtails all over the marsh, it was too windy to count No.6 tank but c30 Curlew over the far side. 3 Fieldfare were also noted. A few Pied Wagtail were again present in the horse paddock fields.
Observer: Paul Crawley (images 1, 5-6 & 8).
A short walk along the canal from Ince Berth to the Holpool Gutter. A Grey Wagtail feeding by the berth and a Kingfisher flew along the Manchester Ship Canal. A large raft of Coot on the water with even more on the canal bank. There were several Mallard and Tufted Duck which took to the air as I made my way along the path leaving a Great Crested and Little Grebe behind. 3 Mute Swan were on the field with a large mixed flock of Lapwing and Golden Plover with a few Curlew and Redshank amongst them.
A Great White Egret with 2 Little Egret sat out on Ince marsh and a flock of 25 more Little Egret were still feeding on the field near the berth as it was getting dark.
Observer: Paul Ralston (image 7 & 16).
After the bright sunshine of the first part of the day it soon reverted back to form and with the clouds rolling in from the west came a period of…yes, you’ve guessed it…rain.
Additional No.4 tank and Foundations for the Wind Farm (Shaun Hickey).
Additional information and images (10-15) curiosity of Tony Broome.
An unkindness of Raven at dusk.