I started at Ince Marsh this morning and walked along the Manchester Ship Canal and headed around No.4 tank. There were 6 Fieldfare filtering through from the east coast and were along the lane by the Pig Farm, a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over too. The new pools were quiet with a few Mallard and Common Teal noted. Along the ship canal path a mixed flock of tits fed along the hedgerow with a charm of the ever-present Goldfinch around.
Out on the Frodsham Score salt marsh were 3 Great White Egret along with several Little Egret and a Grey Heron were sat amongst a gull roost. As the tide came in a couple of hundred Golden Plover rose up and circled round before settling down again. A Starling bait ball and a similar assembly of Dunlin were trying to avoid an unseen predator. On the bird of prey front it was a little quiet with only Common Buzzard and Kestrel seen. A single Green Sandpiper was on the canal bank and two WeBs counters were looking over the marsh from the high bank. A couple of Grey wagtail were near the incinerator plant.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-3).
We made our way along Moorditch Lane before taking a 360 degree turn to retrace our steps at the junction of tank, 3, 5 & 6. The mitigation pools had 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Common Teal and a bunch of Raven nearby.
No.6 tank held most of the Shoveler flock from yesterday numbering 278 while Common Teal were hovering around the 360 mark. 20 Pintail, Gadwall, 45 Tufted Duck and 5 Common Pochard. There were 7 Ruff lingering along the muddy edges on the tank.
Observers: Sparky and WSM (image 4).
Ian Coote) A flurry of activity on the WeBs count along the Mersey marshes today saw a couple of Black Swan, 4 Great White Egret, Glaucous Gull on Frodsham Score/Mersey marshes and a Yellow-browed Warbler (only just outside of the Frodsham area…alas!). There was also a Harbour Porpoise in the river.
Per Shaun Hickey
A couple of images showing the wind farm on the marsh and another images looking to Runcorn bridge and beyond stanchions for the new bridge over Wigg and Spike Islands.
Shaun Hickey (images 5-6).