07.05.17. Birdlog.

I started my walk from Ince with the mist shrouding the fields and a sunrise immediately igniting the lane full of bird song, each songster trying to outdo their rival. Three Little Egret were on the first of the new pools with a number of Canada Goose, Greylag, Mallard, Common Shelduck and Gadwall on the other adjacent pools.

Looking out over Frodsham Score salt marsh there was a flock of Raven which were making short work of the stricken live(dead)stock still laying about out there. The Great Black-backed Gull stood about while the Raven had their fill.

At the dredger berth a pair of Stonechat were either lingering winter birds, migrants or even breeders? A few Whitethroat and several Chiffchaff were occupying the brambles and hedgerows nearby.

The Canal Pools were quiet with only a few Tufted Duck and Mallard being present. I continued to No.6 tank where c230 Dunlin, 653 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, a single Greenshank, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Snipe and 12 Ruff. A few Yellow Wagtail were also noted.

I was walking back when a Cetti’s and Lesser Whitethroat were heard and a pair of Bullfinch was spotted.

Along the Holpool Gutter a Common Sandpiper was foraging on the steep banksides.

Observers: Paul Ralston (images), Joe (Chester).