A morning ramble from Ince to Frodsham marshes was made all the more enjoyable by spotting Springs avian delights en route. The pools at Ince were very quiet for a change with just a handful of Tufted Duck, Mallard, Common Shelduck, a pair of Gadwall and a Little Grebe to kick-start my walk. The bushes along the route were full of singing Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff, while both Reed and Sedge Warbler were actively adding to the cacophony in the reed beds.
Out on salt marshes a Great White Egret was in the far distance along the edge by the river.
A group of Raven were doing their acrobatic tumbling in the morning breeze. No.4 tank had a pair of Whinchat which were keeping company with a Wheatear and Swallow and Sand Martin hawked the sky above.
There were even more Raven congregating at the south end of No.6. A pair of Common Buzzard were sat on the fence eyeing up the young rabbits that innocently scurried back and to. A flock of c400 Black-tailed Godwit were roosting in the shallow waters of the tank and 9 Dunlin were busy foraging close by. The usual Common Teal, Mallard, Common Shelduck, Gadwall, Tufted Duck and Shoveler were again present on the water.
Along Lordship Lane yet more Reed and Sedge Warbler were busy claiming and counter-claiming their territories. I bumped into Paul Crawley who had been watching a Whinchat in a stubble field and further along the lane 2 more Wheatear were spotted. A pair of Stock Dove have taken over one of the owl boxes and a Peregrine was seen over the GrowHow Works.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-4).
At about the same time Ron Brumby was out watching a Whimbrel in the model aircraft flying field on Lordship Lane with another bird by the ramp track off Moorditch Lane.
Images 1& 5 by Ron Brumby.
The pipes on No.1 tank had 3 Wheatear, while the ‘shooters’ pools had a male Marsh Harrier (seen later heading to No.4). Brook Furlong Lane had Cetti’s Warbler calling.
Lordship Marsh had 2 Wheatear and a Whinchat. No.6 had Black-tailed Godwit, a Knot, Redshank and 4 Ring Plover in a Dunlin flock of 40 (more on tank feeding).
Butterflies included Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell and White’s.
Swallow and Swift made brief appearances along with Chiffchaff and Whitethroat.
Observer: Paul Crawley (images 6-11).