22.01.17. Birdlog

22-01-17-whooper-swans-hillview-farm-helsby-marsh-paul-ralstonOut on a walk this morning from Ince.  A couple of Mute Swan have joined the Mallard and Common Teal on the new pools on Ince marsh with a single Redshank and several Curlew nearby. Onward to the Manchester Ship Canal path where more Mallard dappled with Teal while Tufted Duck dived. A large raft of Coot sailed on the canal and a lone Great Crested Grebe and a pair of Little Grebe were present. The salt marshes was quiet as several wildfowlers were dotted about with their goose decoys set out and about.

21-01-17-Curlew flock-frodsham-marsh-paul-ralstonA Little Egret flew west along the ship wall, while a Peregrine muscled its way out to the River Mersey. The Mute Swan herd were again with their Greylag Goose companions close to the gutter. The Canal Pools had Wigeon, Common Teal, Shoveler, Tufted Duck and the ubiquitous Mallard with another single Great Crested Grebe. A large flock of Lapwing and Golden Plover took to the air from fields by Marsh Farm and several Raven were on their shepherding patrol.

22-01-17-fox-frodsham-marsh-paul-ralstonA herd of 20 Whooper Swan were feeding near the blue slurry tank and 2 Mute’s were the only birds on the flooded field by Lordship Lane this morning. Walking back along the lane a Magpie was alarm calling as a Fox was sat on the bank and waited and watched me pass below before stealthfully slipping away.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.


A couple of images looking over Lordship Lane and the flooded fields of Lordship Marsh. The Whooper’s that Paul saw are beyond the blue slurry tank in the centre of image 5.

Images 4-5 by WSM.

4 Crossbill in pines opposite Whitegate carpark entrance/Station Road, Delamere Forest this afternoon per WSM.