An early finish from work and a couple of hours on the marsh starting at Ince Berth. A male Stonechat on the lane to the berth with several Fieldfare on the Manchester Ship Canal path. Also a pair of Common Buzzard were talon grappling way out on the salt marsh and a Sparrowhawk was shadowing a large flock of starlings. A couple of thousand Canada Goose were dotted about the Frodsham Score with smaller numbers of Common Shelduck and Greylag s. On the canal were Tufted Duck, Mallard, Gadwall and 5 Little Grebe were noted.
13 Mute Swan were alongside the Holpool Gutter and a Merlin was sat on the hedge dividing the field. 30 Pied Wagtail were in the north-west corner of No.4 tank and a Common Snipe rose up from under my feet. Raven and Great Black-backed Gull were searching the marsh in numbers for any casualties from the spring high tide and another full-grown Ewe floated past in the ship canal. Several Grey Heron were on the canal bank but no egrets were seen during the walk.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.