A late afternoon walk along the Manchester Ship Canal from Ince Berth. Driving past the Pig Farm and the field along the track held many Curlew and at least 20 Mallard feeding on the sodden ground. On to the ship canal and a good scattering of Gadwall, Common Teal, more Mallard and a large raft of Coot were out on the water. Frodsham Score salt marsh continues to hold onto the flock of Pink-footed Goose amongst the many Canada Goose with Common Shelduck and even more Curlew noted.
A flock of Golden Plover flew low over the canal and out on to the marsh where Raven and Great Black-backed Gulls were patrolling for the many carcasses left out there. The swan herd also had 3 Greylag Goose companion back on the field alongside the gutter. A carpet of Starling could be seen feeding on the salt marsh before heading to roost. Winter Hill was white with snow in the distance and stood out against the skyline. Back at the start of my walk and c30 Little Egret were feeding in their regular field before taking to the trees for the night.
Observer and image: Paul Ralston.
There were 2 Great White Egret on the score marsh and/or out on the estuary this pm period and a group of 5 Avocet that flew in and pitched in the gutter by the the Weaver Sluices were typically Spring migrants per Dave Craven.