03.02.18. Birdlog.

A mid morning walk from Ince along the lanes of the marshes and around No.4 tank. My observations started with a few Common Teal, Mallard, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, with a pair each of Greylag Goose and Mute Swan on the pools.

A couple of Kingfisher were much appreciated as they moved from one pool to another.

There were 6 Little Egret and a flock of Curlew feeding in fields near the berth. A further 36 Mute Swan and more 5 Greylag alongside the Holpool Gutter. A Marsh Harrier was about hunting over the reed bed between the turbines on No.4.

There were still a few of the Whooper Swan herd seen in the distance on Lordship Marsh. There were several Common Buzzard noted with the usual pale morph bird sat on its post by the dredger berth.

The Raven flock have increased recently and were numerous on the banks of Frodsham Score with Great Black-backed Gull enjoying a surplus of dead sheep. These birds are the most proficient recyclers poliching off the drowned sheep.

As the tide came in over the salt marsh the herons and egrets gathered and joined forces together. A Great White Egret looked majestic against the dreary grey coloured setting with Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral peeking above the skyline.

A flock of murmurating Dunlin were at the edge of the river and both Lapwing and Golden Plover were typically skittish, flitting into the air at the sign of any threat. A flock of c200 Pink-footed Goose flew in from the south and settled on the salt marsh.

I stopped off at Ince to look across the salt marshes during the height of the tide, which it had covered and a Merlin zipped passed as I stood watching.

The first lamb of the season was seen along the Manchester Ship Canal path and Chris the Farmer complete with life vest was gathering his flock from the marshes at the height of the tide, but it was a day for the rain and grey skies.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 3-9).

There were 4 Stonechat on No.6 tank with more at Marsh Farm and on No.1 tank. A flock of Fieldfare were moving about the area as well.

Observers: Arthur Harrison and Paul Crawley (images 1-2 & 10-11).

Above is an image (11) taken yesterday from the north shore at Hale looking east towards Frodsham. Image by WSM.

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