I started out from Ince this afternoon where the new pools there held Common Teal, Mallard with Little Grebe, Coot and Moorhen kick starting my watch. A few Jay were alarm calling in the hedgerows while a couple of Raven cronked overhead.
Onward to the Manchester Ship Canal path and a flock of the ever-present Goldfinch were feeding on the thistle heads.
Out on Frodsham Score were 8 Little Egret spread out on the marsh. Raven and Common Buzzard were both indulging in the abundant dead mutton on offer. A large flock of mixed gulls were resting on the marsh which contained mostly Black-headed with lesser numbers of Common, Great Black and Lesser Black-backs. The water of the ship canal held a Great Crested and several Little Grebe which were with Mallard and Tufted Duck.
There was an obvious movement of Meadow Pipit which were plentiful in the fields and 2 Stonechat were near the ‘Splashing Pool’ with another 3 birds located on No.5 tank. The mitigation pools held only a few Common Teal and a couple of Buzzard which were perched on the fence posts.
Good numbers of wildfowl were again on No.6 and featured more Common Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Common Pochard, Common Shelduck. Wigeon, Gadwall and Pintail with Mute Swan and Little Grebe noted.
Along Lordship Lane there were even more Goldfinch flocks feeding with Linnet which out numbered them for a change. A Sparrowhawk was keeping an eye on the finches from above.
At least 50 Curlew and 15 Ruff were feeding in a field opposite the southern ramp to No.6 and a Marsh Harrier passed over No.4.
A large flock of corvids near the Growhow Works held a black and white bird.
On my return to the new pools at Ince a single Black-tailed Godwit was feeding at the edge of the water.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-3).
I was watching a passage of Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail in a field adjacent to EA Pumphouse by the pipe bridge when this beauty (above image) dropped in.
Observer: Ron Brumby (image 4).