After stopping off for a chat with WSM in the afternoon I made my way to the Manchester Ship Canal path and along the Holpool Gutter. The mitigation area of No.3 tank and the pools created there held a few Wigeon, Common Teal and Shoveler. A Marsh Harrier passed over the area without disturbing the waterfowl on 3. Along the ship canal path a pair of Stonechat were perched up. Overlooking the salt marsh there was only the usual Canada Geese and a flock of Wigeon werefurther out by the river. A herd of 22 Mute Swan and 4 Greylag Goose were in the same fields and amongst a large flock of Lapwing and Golden Plover, with just a handful of Curlew alongside the Holpool Gutter.
Walking back along Lordship Lane and a Kingfisher was seen in the ditch alongside No.4. Looking out across the farm fields on Lordship Marsh the party of swans could be seen through a gap in the hedge close to the M56. I presumed the swans were the Whooper’s from earlier in the week (with the distance and fading light I couldn’t be 100% sure).
The flooded fields at the junction of 4 and 6 held Lapwing, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit and a few Dunlin.
…and finally the first lamb of the season was on the canal path ahead of me.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.