06.10.17. Birdlog

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.