A short walk from Ince along the Manchester Ship Canal and along the Holpool Gutter this morning. One of the new pools at Ince Marsh again held Common Teal, Mallard, Moorhen and a single Black-tailed Godwit while soaring overhead were both Raven and Common Buzzard. Onward to the canal footpath and 2 Little Egret were flying west along the canal.
Out on the far bank a Green Sandpiper was joined by a Common Sandpiper and they both were content to preened together, a little later they were joined by another Common Sandpiper. A large flock of Canada Goose had 2 Wigeon hidden amidst their herd. Out on the Frodsham Score salt marsh there were 2 more Little Egret noted and a large flock of both Lesser and Great Black-back Gull were resting while the Raven feasted on mutton which was again on offer. Along the Holpool Gutter Common Teal and Mallard were in company with Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen and Little Grebe. Both Pied and Grey Wagtail were in the field bordering the gutter and a large flock of Lapwing and Starling were feeding on the newly sown field. Along the lane back towards my start a dozen Mistle Thrush sat on the steel work of the new incinerator plant under construction and a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over the lane.
Observer: Paul Ralston (image 2).
We again scoured the lanes the length and breadth of the marsh today and the YbW net is slowly closing around this little sprite! That is until the east wind changes direction and then they’ll be much chagrin and wailing. I won’t be relinquishing my quest to see one on the marsh (although, it’s not a Frodsham tick!). Anyway, we started off walking along Moorditch Lane and climbed the ramp to No.5 tank. There were plenty of Common Buzzard activity with several dog fights between them and their old enemy the Raven.
A distant skein of 60 Pink-footed Goose were heading west across the Weaver estaury.
The waters of No.6 tank were rather quiet but the old boys with their model aeroplanes flying over the tank may have had some bearing on this. What did stay despite this nuisance included 100 Shoveler, 200 Common Teal, Gadwall, Common Pochard and Shelduck. A flock of 150 Black-tailed Godwit shared the muddy margins with 4 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper and close by a Green Sandpiper was fast asleep.
Along the track a small band of roving Long-tailed Tit and a Goldcrest raised a few hopes but didn’t contained the required bounty. A small passage of Swallow heading south included a late Sand Martin.
Out on the mitigation pools a flock of partially hidden Black-tailed Godwit occasionally rose to reveal their hiding place.
A stricken Red Admiral lay on the track and I placed it on top of a pole while a curious little spider came out to investigate. There were still Common Darters and Migrant Hawker Dragonflies about with both Red Admiral and Small White’s on the wing.
Lordship Lane harboured a few passerines with a flock of 11 Reed Bunting, an overhead Siskin and a Kingfisher. Another Kingfisher appeared at the junction of Moorditch Lane while overhead an immature female Marsh Harrier circled high up. A young Grey Heron didn’t know where to put its self looking awkward as it sat on the embankment of the tank.
The quest for WbW goes on…
Observers: Sparky, WSM (images 1 & 3-7).