A big hike around the marshes today with a walk along Lordship Lane where a flock of 124 Curlew were feeding in the lush grassy fields. The distant fields by Spring Farm had a herd of 12 (3 juvenile) Whooper Swan but they kept their distance and were difficult to get any photo’s off.
Further out on the Ince Marsh fields there were several hundred Lapwing with c500 Golden Plover and a single Dunlin keeping a low profile in the emerging green fields.
Frodsham Score during the high tide can bring birds in close but the height of today’s tide wasn’t high enough to push them from the river’s edge. A distant Great White Egret kept to the lush vegetation while its much smaller cousins were scattered widely. Canada Goose herds could be found all over the salt marshes but I couldn’t muster up any Pink-footed Goose today.
A couple of motor boats (not the one pictured) were powering around the river off the score marsh and dislodged hundreds of Common Teal and Wigeon while several hundred Dunlin were also finding it hard to seek a safe refuge. A distant dead sheep brought in an attendant posse of Raven but an adult Great Black-backed Gull made them wait while it gorged itself on the flesh.
A Green Sandpiper was sheltering under the bank of the edge of the Manchester Ship Canal opposite No.4 tank.
Walking along the track between No.5 & No.6 tank didn’t produce much to write about but 7 Whooper Swan (adults) looked new in much ‘whooping’ going on. I assume these were different to the herd on Lordship Marsh? A flock of c200 Common Teal were on the sludge tank with a few Shoveler keeping them company.
Three Peacock Butterflies were the only vestige of the long gone Summer left today.
Observers: Sean O’Hara, Sparky & WSM (all images).