16.03.19. Birdlog.

I was out and around No.4 tank this morning with a start at Ince. Curlew were feeding in the fields near to the ‘pig farm’ alongside a Rook flock from the nearby rookery. The pools held a few Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck Northern Shoveler, Gadwall and a single Little Egret. Onwards to the Manchester Ship Canal path where more Mallard Eurasian Teal, Tufted Duck and more Gadwall all on the canal.  Common Shelduck and Canada Goose were plentiful on the salt marsh and a small flock of Pink-footed Goose were noted grazing far out near the river edge.

A flock of Golden Plover were circling above the marshes and moved off to the east.  3 Oystercatcher were on the canal bank and a group of 10 Redshank passed by.

A family group of 5 Whooper Swan were in with the Mute Swan herd alongside 7 Greylag Goose and c60 Curlew.

Myxomatosis was showing in a couple of Rabbit on No.4 with one particular Rabbit looking to recover from its infection showing scarring around the eyes, but otherwise healthy!

Looking over Lordship Marsh only 3 Mute Swan were present alongside Curlew and a handful of Lapwing. A group of Redwing were making their way along the hedgerow much to the annoyance of a Mistle Thrush but all scattered when a Sparrowhawk made an appearance. The Rook flock were all gathered around their nests in the rookery and were fighting each other over nesting material and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was calling as it flew overhead.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.