Out and about this morning making a start from Ince Berth and around tanks 4 and 6. There was a Marsh Harrier over 4. Followed by two groups of Raven each holding court to a sheep carcass out on Frodsham Score, while another group were tag-playing in the wind above the Manchester Ship Canal.
A long line of Canada Goose were strung out on the edge of the Mersey marshes and a solitary lonesome Curlew fed forlornly on the salt marsh.
The Canal Pools were quiet with only Coot noted, the smaller pool is covered in lily’s which will be a sight to behold once they flower.
There was no sign of the any Avocet on No.3 or 6 tanks? The Black-tailed Godwit flock were feeding close to the bank and could be heard chattering away. The three Little Egret were still about and fed with the godwits and Common Teal. Other species present included: Mallard, Shoveler, Gadwall and Shelduck. A male Sparrowhawk passed over head and put a section of godwits in to the air and a second bird (a female) was seen later over No.4 tank.
Skylarks were numerous throughout my walk with some singing loud and proud. Other passerines like Reed and Sedge Warbler were still holding territory and Chiffchaff and Blackcap were noted. A very pale phase Common Buzzard could be the bird from previous years and just the two Kestrel were hunting around the embankments of No.6 today.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.