Out this morning from Ince Berth along the Manchester Ship Canal and around No.6 tank. The ship canal held Mute Swan, Common Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard and Tufted Duck. The canal path was alive with Whitethroat, Blackcap, Goldfinch, Sedge and Reed Warbler all competing for territory. On the small compound by the Holpool Gutter a female Yellow Wagtail sat and a male flew overhead.
On the mitigation pools on No.3 tank were 4 Avocet several Redshank and Lapwing feeding while a Black-headed Gull sat on a nest. On No.6 its self were a couple of hundred Black-tailed Godwit which were resting and even more feeding in the shallows. A party of Mute Swan contained unfortunatelya dead bird in the water. A single Avocet was also noted. Along Lordship Lane there were lots of Reed and Sedge warbler with Reed Bunting in good numbers. A single Grasshopper Warbler was heard while overhead a Peregrine passed by heading towards Frodsham town. Back on the canal path a Fox was seen with a young Rabbit clapped in its jaws. A Cetti’s Warbler was heard in a secluded reed bed.
Observer: Paul Ralston (all images).
WeBS Count by Don Weedon
he high tide was another monster one out on the river and again totally flooding the salt marshes and leaving little room for shorebirds to settle.
The counts from No.6 tank included: 11 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 83 Common Shelduck, 73 Gadwall. 58 Mallard, 6 Common Teal, 77 Tufted Duck, 10 Lapwing, 300 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff, 6 Avocet, 5 Redshank, 60 Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 7 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Heron.
No.3 tank count: 2 Mute Swan, 39 Canada Goose, 4 Greylag Goose, 7 Common Shelduck, 3 Mallard, 1 Common Teal, 4 Gadwall, 14 Lapwing, 5 Avocet and 3 Whimbrel.