I was out this morning with a start at Ince. There was plenty of Blackcap, Greater Whitethroat and Chiffchaff all seen and heard with 2 Reed Warbler singing in the reed bed with Swallow flew overhead.
The pools held 17 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Shelduck, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Coot and 3 Moorhen. The Manchester Ship Canal held more of the same plus many Canada Goose and a single Mute Swan.
On to the Canal Pools and the Mute Swan pair are back on their territory they used last year, but don’t appear to be nesting just yet. More Tufted Duck, Mallard, Common Shelduck and Gadwall were noted, with the addition of a Great Crested Grebe.
Several Eurasian Skylark, 2 Common Snipe and a Northern Wheatear were around the ponds with 2 more Wheatear seen near to the ‘phalarope pool’. The Eurasian Coot must have slipped away from its nest unseen and left its clutch exposed.
A Cetti’s Warbler was heard on No.4 tank and a Common Buzzard was running around chasing insects on the sand extraction area, and was joined by a second bird.
The bushes along Lordship Lane were full of singing Blackcap, Greater Whitethroat and Chiffchaff with several Reed Bunting being noted. There was another Coot which sat tight on its nest on in the Holpool Gutter. The fields alongside the gutter were free from any Mute Swan for the first time in a few months. A Common Buzzard took off clutching what looked like a Blackbird and made its way to the wood near the incinerator plant.
Earlier this morning I visited a site in Alvanley where 6 Northern Wheatear were fresh in for the summer but were outnumbered by a flock of winter Fieldfare feeding in the same field.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images).
There was c30 Northern Wheatear on Frodsham Score during this afternoon’s WeBS count per Shaun Hickey (image 1).
A couple of Marsh Harrier and a ringtail Hen Harrier ere on No.6 tank in the afternoon per Arthur Harrison.
A Common Sandpiper flew down the River Weaver and the Avocet flock flew over the other side of the Weaver. A single Swallow flew over the river dipping in for a drink a few times.
Observer: Paul Crawley.