I was out this morning starting from Ince where a flock of Starlings adults and juveniles were sat on the telegraph wires. A Chiffchaff and Sedge Warbler were heading the dawn chorus heralding a new day ahead. A Common Buzzard sat on the gantry crane at Ince Berth while a pair of Magpie did all they could annoying it.
The salt marsh Canada Goose herd and plenty of Common Shelduck were grazing on the short grass while several Oystercatcher made their way along the Manchester Ship Canal. The Canal Pools had the Lily beds starting to flower with the Mute Swan nest being empty with no sign of either swans or cygnet?
A Skylark joined many more singing overhead and Summer Swallow and Sand Martin were hawking insects at low-level.
A Marsh Harrier left No.6 tank then gained height and made its way out to the estuary. A flock of c450 Black-tailed Godwit fed close to the bank and a pair of Lapwing took exception to a cock Pheasant straying in to their territory and forced it to run for cover.
More Sedge and Reed Warbler were joined by a Common Whitethroat along the bank on six and were watched by a male Kestrel sitting on a post.
Butterflies were out in force with Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, Large & Small White and Painted Lady all being noted along with damselfly and 4 Spot Chaser Dragonfly.
A pair o Common Shelduck were in the ditch with a clutch of recently hatched young near to Rake Lane. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen near the rookery and a Peregrine was riding the thermal overhead.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-4 & 6 & 9) with additional info from Paul Crawley, Sparky & WSM (images 5 & 7-8).