An early start around the Weaver Bend on my autumnal morning trek with the first frost of the season clinging to the morning fields. A Kingfisher made its way down the River Weaver where a Whooper Swan was sat the resident Mute Swan herd on the water. Also seen were CommonTeal, Mallard, Common Shelduck, Gadwall and a couple of Wigeon being noted. A dozen or so Little Grebe panicked when they saw me standing on the river bank and c100 Redshank fed at the far edge of the muddy banks. There were small groups of Black-tailed Godwit passed overhead heading to an unknown inland site. There were 8 Reed Bunting which dropped in to the reed bed along the river path and a male Stonechat sat on top of a bush alongside the I C I tank.
I then made my way to Ince where I was making my WeBS count for the month here and 30 Gadwall, 22 Common Teal, 6 Shoveler, 8 Mallard, 1 Mute Swan and a single Little Grebe were on the pools. There were 2 flyover Common Snipe and 18 Curlew being noted. On to the Manchester Ship Canal path and a look over the Frodsham Score salt marsh. A distant Great White Egret was out near to the edge of the River Mersey with 5 Little Egret being more scattered. A female Greenfinch was along the canal path as were many Goldfinch and Linnet.
The fields alongside the Holpool Gutter held c1000 Lapwing, c50 Golden Plover and a mass of Starling with c50 Pied Wagtail feeding within the plover flock. All of this was watched over by 4 Common Buzzard.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.
A short walk along Moorditch Lane (after we had a walk through Delamere Forest) to look over No.6 tank where c100 Lapwing and 104 Common Teal were the only birds available in our brief visit. Although 50 Black-tailed Godwit flew west along the Weaver estuary towards the Mersey estuary.
Observers: Sparky & WSM.