An early afternoon walk from my start at Ince marshes and then along the Manchester Ship Canal and around No.4 tank. The pools near the pig farm at Ince had a single Little Egret along with several Gadwall, Common Teal and Little Grebe. Out alongside the ship canal path there was a flock of Long-tailed Tit which also held a few Great and Blue tit with a couple of Goldcrest along for good measure.
Looking across to Frodsham Score and Ince salt marshes and a large flock of mixed gulls sat out the incoming tide and were made up of Great Black-backed, Herring and Common Gull. Both the Lapwing and Starling flocks rose into the air with the Starling flocking to form a tight bait ball but I didn’t notice any raptors? There were more Little Egret feeding out on the marsh with 1 or 2 Great White Egret noted. A dozen Black-tailed Godwit and Curlew fed in the field next to the Holpool Gutter.
While walking along Lordship Lane a flock of 30 Ruff were feeding in a flooded corn field until flushed out by a Common Buzzard.
The Mersey ferry the ‘Royal Iris’ sailed west along the ship canal making its way back to the Pierhead, Liverpool and flushed a Green Sandpiper from the banks.
Video of the Royal Iris sails through Wigg Island, Runcorn: Royal Iris
Observer: Paul Ralston (and images).
A large flock of 522 Black-tailed Godwit were on the flooded No.6 tank sludge with 650 Lapwing and 67 Ruff.
Ducks included: 5 Pintail, 28 Gadwall, 16 Common Shelduck, 197 Shoveler, 340 Common Teal, 64 Tufted Duck, 4 Common Pochard and 19 Wigeon.
Other notable birds were Peregrine and 2 Water Rail.
Observer: Joe from Chester.