Out early morning from Ince and along the Manchester Ship Canal path and around No.4 tank. The weather was cold and wet with a bit of thunder thrown in for good measure. There were numbers of Mallard and Gadwell on the pools at Ince Marsh fields and 19 Little Egret were feeding near the berth.
Out on the Mersey salt marshes were Common Shelduck and Canada Goose congregated at the Ince end of the marsh with wildfowlers attempting to make an indent into the geese numbers on the Frodsham Score. 36 Mute swan and 5 Greylag were alongside the Holpool Gutter with Curlew and Lapwing feeding with them.
A clap of thunder put several Grey Heron and a couple of Common Snipe in to the air as I walked between No.4 and No.6 tanks.
The Whooper Swan herd could be seen in the distance on Lordship Marsh and a female Sparrowhawk flew fast and low along the bank on 4. A flock of Curlew feeding in the stubble field were joined by a flock of Fieldfare and both species were spooked by a Common Buzzard as it looked for a meal.
Back at Ince a mixed flock of Lapwing and Golden Plover were high up after taking fright when a Peregrine cruised by and another Sparrowhawk was spotted sitting in a thorn-bush.
Three Redshank and a Green Sandpiper were in a flooded field near the new pools .and 5 Grey Heron stood to attention alongside the fence.
Observers: Paul Ralston (images 1-2).
The weather today was good and bad, good as the sun came out now and again but bad because the wind and constant hail showers were terrible.
Not many birds on show this afternoon but there was a Little Egret in the horse paddock field between Brook Furlong and Moorditch Lanes. A couple of Marsh Harrier were over No.3 & 6 tanks.
A few dozen Curlew and Fieldfare on Lordship marsh with a female Stonechat and a Chiffchaff all the way out at the Holpool Gutter feeding with a Pied Wagtail in the stubble field. There is a large herd of Mute Swan on the fields near to the gutter too.
Observer: Paul Crawley (images 3-4).