I was out for a walk this morning beginning it from Ince where a single Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, Gadwall, Common Teal and 3 Grey Heron were present on the pools. Traveling onward to the Manchester Ship Canal path and a large flock of Mallard were sat on the water and c200 Canada Goose feeding on the newly cropped wheat field. They were joined by Rook, Carrion Crow and Jackdaw flocks. Two tug boats were in the process of guiding a large barge sailing east along the big ditch and they in turned flushed 4 Green Sandpiper from the boat wash against the banks.
Another Green Sandpiper could still be found on the flood pool at the east end of No.3 tank with 6 Black-tailed Godwit. The pale morph Common Buzzard was sat on its usual telegraph pole by the pumping station.
A Peregrine flew over with a couple of Swallow in hot pursuit. A juvenile Great Crested Grebe was on the Canal Pools with a large Carp cruising close to the surface of the water. No.6 tank was quiet with only a handful of godwits while another Peregrine unnerved those birds present but without causing too much of a disturbance.
While I was walking back towards Ince along Lordship Lane several young Common Buzzard were calling from the trees and a flock of Curlew dropped in to the field to feed. Passing over the Holpool Gutter bridge a Grey Wagtail fed below on the bank.
Observer: Paul Ralston.