24.03.16. Birdlog

24.03.16. Merlin, Frodsham Score. Paul Ralston.

An afternoon walk along the Manchester Ship Canal from Ince Berth to No.4 tank with an eye open for Spring migrants alas none were seen.24.03.16. Whooper Swans, Frodsham Score. Paul Ralston.

My watch started well with a Kingfisher on the ditch leading to the berth and then 8 Whooper Swan out on the salt marsh. 24.03.16. Pink-footed Geese, Frodsham Score. Paul Ralston.

flock of c 60 Pink-footed Goose were dotted about Frodsham Score amongst the many Canada’s. 20 Mute Swan were in the field alongside the Holpool Gutter. A collection of Mallard, Gadwall, Common Teal, and Common Shelduck were on the ship canal and a Merlin crossed the water to land on a post with 12 Coot sitting under the post it had settled on and they decided it was too close for their comfort and they retreated back to the safety of the water. Several Raven were in the area and a pair of Common Buzzard sat in the bushes on the bank of No.4. Back at the car and the Kingfisher was seen again speeding away along the ditch.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston