Out for a walk this afternoon from Ince and around No.4 tank. The Chiffchaff was the commonest migrant throughout my walk from start to finish. The pools near the Pig Farm had the usual Mallard, Common Teal, Tufted Duck and Gadwall with a Green Sandpiper feeding at the edge of one.
On to the Manchester Ship Canal path and a few hundred Canada Goose were on the canal with a single Barnacle Goose amongst them. The Lesser and Great Black-backed Gull flocks were bathing in the canal and several Raven were out on patrol over the salt marshes. A Marsh Harrier was hunting along the bank on No.4 as were 5 Common Buzzard and a Kestrel. The Mute Swan herd is still present alongside the Holpool Gutter and a dozen Curlew were in the same fields. Lapwing were on corvid patrol along Lordship Lane protecting their nests in the stubble fields and the Skylark song was on high. No sign of the Little Egret today which is a first for quite a while.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.