I started my walk at Ince again this morning where there were plenty of Swallow and House Martin flying over the Pig farm. The new pools here attracted 6 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, Mallard and Common Teal which were much to their liking. Onward to the Manchester Ship Canal path and several Chiffchaff were moving along with a flock of Blue and Long-tail Tits. Out on Frodsham Score were 5 Little and 2 Great White Egret were seen while a large flock of Lapwing nervously fidgeted as an unseen raptor flew by.
I followed the Holpool Gutter around the west edge of No.4 tank but nothing of note was seen apart from a large flock of Pied Wagtail feeding in the crop field. Back on the lane to Ince a Great Spotted Woodpecker which is normally a bird of the marsh periphery was in Kamira Wood by the Growhow Works. Nearing the pig farm a Kingfisher left a patch of marsh ground and flew along the ditch in front of me.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-3).
A Common Sandpiper was on the Weaver estuary while along the hedgerows 6 Chiffchaff, a male Blackcap and a Goldcrest were by the old birdlog.
Observer: Tony Broome.
After a visit to Delamere Forest we decided to take a walk along Moorditch Lane on the marsh at Frodsham where a scaffolding structure has been erected. I asked the security guard why it was being constructed? He said that it was to support new telegraph wires so if you’re in the area, now you know.
A Chiffchaff was contact calling in the hawthorns bushes bordering the lane within a mobile roving tit flock.
Eventually we found ourselves looking over the open water and muddy margins of No.6 tank. A brisk westerly was blowing and typically ducks were sheltering in the water flooded flowerbeds. The Wigeon flock appear to have taken a liking to this area and can be found within the daisy beds picking off its seeds. Also adding to the picture were 350 Common Teal, 120 Shoveler, 8 Pintail with an assortment of Gadwall, Mallard, Common Shelduck and 18 Little Grebe seen in small parties. A Little Egret (Image #1. I know it’s blurry but I like it) was flushed by a mini-panic attack caused by the ducks and flew off the tank towards the river. There was a pre-roost gathering of 800 Black-headed Gull on the water with numerous Common Gull joining them.
The mitigation area on No.3 tank is really avoided by most birds but a dozen Common Teal and a single Wheatear were trying desperately to add a little kudos for Peel Energy here.
There was a light passage of Swallow moving south while on the blue-topped chimney two adult Peregrine shared their lofty watch tower.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (images 1 & 4-8).