Walking out this afternoon from Ince and I found the track from the pig farm was busy with construction traffic so not a lot about on that part of my walk. Things started to pick up along the Manchester Shipp Canal path with 4 Redwing in the hawthorns and a mixed tit flock which hid in the cover when a Sparrowhawk cruised by. There was one possibly two Green Sandpiper along the canal bank and a female Merlin crossed over from the Frodsham Score salt marsh. A large flock of Lapwing and Starling were feeding on the field alongside the Holpool Gutter and were joined by several Stock Dove.
A skein of 60 Pink-footed Goose were high up heading north as they passed over in two long lines, while a couple of thousand Canada Goose fed on the ‘Score’.
The mitigation pools held Common Teal and a dozen or more Black-tailed Godwit while No.6 tank had a decent selection of duck with Shoveler, Common Teal, Gadwall, Common Shelduck, Mallard with Mute Swan and Little Grebe also noted.
While I was walking back along the canal there were 5 Little Egret out on the salt marsh and a Grey Wagtail was by the berth. With the light fading fast and no construction traffic on the lane the new pools had come to life with Mallard, Teal, Coot, Moorhen, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Little Egret making use of them.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.