Out and about from Ince this morning and straight from the start there were good numbers of Curlew in the ‘Pig field’ with just a few Common Gull also present. The new pools held a small amount of Common Teal, Mallard and a couple of Grey Heron with them. The hedgerows were again full of Redwing and Blackbird with only smaller amounts of Fieldfare being noted. Looking over to Ince Marsh from Ince Berth.
I spotted a Merlin which flew fast and low out towards the River Mersey where a large flock of Starling had gathered to feed. There were 8 Whooper Swan were trumpeting loudly when another two joined them and a greeting display took place for several minutes. The field alongside the Holpool Gutter held c2000 Lapwing and several hundred Golden Plover alongside a dozen Mute Swan. The Great White Egret was again seen out in the tidal gutters.
There were a couple of wildfowlers hiding low down on the salt marsh and they were surrounded by several decoys with mechanical flapping wings attracting the attention of the unwary geese.
The mitigation pools were ‘dead’ as was the secluded pool but No.6 tank fared much better with a small flock of Black-tailed Godwit. There were also good numbers of Common Pochard, Common Teal, Shoveler, Common Shelduck, Mallard and Gadwall.
A new Merlin was sat on a post on No.3. The Raven hoard were feasting on yet another fallen farm animal which continue to provide a well stocked winter larder and the best feeding station for miles around.
The walk along Lordship Lane held a mixture of finches with Goldfinch, Linnet and Chaffinch with a few Reed Bunting tagging along. Other passerines included Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tit also noted.
There were more Lapwing with Curlew and an impressive number of (10) Ruff feeding in the field adjacent the southern ramp to No.6.
Back to the Holpool Gutter and the Mute’s were joined by a single Whooper Swan while out on the salt marsh the other Whoopers had now joined the mute’s there. Arriving at my car and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was perched at the top of a dead tree to see me off.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.
Common Buzzard video here: https://vimeo.com/192348146
The Peregrine was on top of the blue-topped chimney at dusk (WSM and Buzzard video).