25.02.18. Birdlog.

Walking out with a spring in my step on a Spring like morning with my first port of call being Ince. The pools in the fields there produced the usual Mallard, Common Teal, Gadwall and a couple of Little Grebe. There was also 6 Little Egret on the fringe of one of the pools.

A few Fieldfare were foraging in the fields by the Ince Berth but were finding the ground too frozen and they struggled.

On to the Manchester Ship Canal path where Tufted Duck, Mallard, Common Teal, many Coot and 2 Great Crested Grebe were on the water.

Out on Frodsham Score salt marsh were 610 skein (upper image) of Pink-footed Goose part of c1000 that rose into the air en masse and then resettled again when Fox disturbed them from their grazing. The 25 Mute Swan and 6 Greylag were alongside the Holpool Gutter and a mixed flock of Curlew, Lapwing & Golden Plover were flying overhead.

A Sparrowhawk was flushed alongside the dredger berth and took off with a prize which looked to be a Starling? There were more Lapwing and Golden Plover were by the Canal Pools with a flock of Wigeon were grazing near by.

Onward to No.6 tank which was partly frozen, the ducks present were much the same as yesterday including: Shoveler, Common Teal, Mallard, Common Shelduck with Tufted and Common Pochard. Also on the edge of the water were several Redshank were on the ice even joined the ducks in the water and were swimming with the Common Teal.

Walking back along Lordship Lane there was a dozen Black-tailed Godwit which passed overhead and a female Stonechat was sat in the reeds by the model flying club, one of several seen during the walk.

The Whooper Swan herd had moved closer to Spring Farm as there was a group of Wood Pigeon shooters taking a hit in the area. The Curlew took to the air as the shot rang out in the area.

Finally back at Ince and a Great White Egret was flushed from a ditch near to the incinerator plant and dropped in to the field near to the Mute’s.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

One of the two Water Pipit present on Lordship Marsh performed well this afternoon and were captured by John Gilbody.

Finally a flock of 35 Avocet (the first of the year) were hanging out by the Weaver Sluice gates on the muddy banks of the Mersey estuary.

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Observer and image by Toni Ray Sherlock.

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