Stepping out this morning before the change in the weather from Ince Berth around No.4 tank and through to No.6. A selection of warblers including Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff were in full voice as them sang along the Manchester Ship Canal path. A Common Sandpiper crossed the canal opposite the berth. On the canal itself and Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Mallard and Common Shelduck were loitering around. Out on the Frodsham Score both Raven and black-backed gulls fed side by side on the carcass of a calf with a couple of Common Buzzard on standby.
A couple of Marsh Harrier were seen quartering the reed beds and a Sparrowhawk flew overhead. Walking along the path around No.6 and 8 Avocet were feeding on a scrape near the mitigation pool on No.3 tank, while six held good numbers of Common Shelduck and Tufted Duck with a few Shoveler and Pochard. The waders were made up of a few hundred Black-tailed Godwit and a smaller flock of Dunlin and Redshank. There were 4 more Avocet seen here.
Walking along Lordship Lane both Sedge and Reed warbler were holding territory and a Kestrel hunted the bank. Back along the canal and Wheatear were keeping company with Whinchat.
An additional note from yesterday evening involving my walk on the Gowy Meadows which produced 5 Short-eared Owl, 3 Whinchat and several Wheatear.
Observer: Paul Ralston (image 1).
The first of the Wind Farm towers with hub attached as seen from Weston.
Images 2-4 by WSM.