A walk around No.6 tank this morning just before the tide with c70 Dunlin (containing many juveniles), 5 Ringed Plover and a single Black-headed Gull to boost their numbers. A little underwhelming but at least they are not grouse getting their annual blasting to avian oblivion. #Inglorious12th
A couple of Common Swift were with a small group of House Martin and Swallow hawking insects above the trees by the eastern ramp track.
Observers: Sparky & WSM (images 1-2).
I started my walk from Ince this morning but with the amount of construction work going on the wat through it was barely worth the effort starting from there. The fields have been stripped of its main asset that is top soil and piled into mounds leaving nothing to encourage the wildlife to prosper. The pools held a few Mallard, a pair of Gadwall, Coot and Moorhen with many Swallow and House Martin flying overhead.
Onward and forward I suppose to the Manchester Ship Canal where Tufted Duck, Mallard, Gadwall and a single Common Shelduck out on the water.A pair of feral Barnacle Goose was amongst several hundred Canada Goose also on the canal with many more additional Canada’s out on the salt marsh.
Frodsham Score had Little Egret a small flocks of Dunlin and Ringed Plover being noted.
A Marsh Harrier was hunting along the river edge and another left No.4 tank and made its way out to the estuary.
A flock of 20 Black-tailed Godwit flew out to the marsh as the tide was rising and several large roosts of mixed gulls rested on the score marsh.
Butterflies made an effort today with Common Blue, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and Large White’s were all on the wing during my walk.
The Canal Pools had a couple of Common Snipe feeding at the edge of one of the pools and a Whinchat on its return migration sat on a rock as I passed by.
A juvenile Common Buzzard was constantly calling to its parents which were sat nearby trying desperately to ignore it. A Sparrowhawk harassed a mixed Linnet and Goldfinch flock on No.3.
No.6 tank during the high tide featured a Sanderling with 147 Ringed Plover and 119 Dunlin (per Alyn Chambers)..
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 3-6).