I walked from Ince and then around No.4 tank this afternoon where the pools were quiet with just a few Mallard, Gadwall, single Common Shelduck, a pair of Mute Swan and a pair of Little Grebe.A Coot and Moorhen were noted with their broods feeding in the ditch along the track.
On to the Manchester Ship Canal path and Canada Goose numbers are building up on the salt marshes with several hundred seen. A single Great Crested Grebe several Tufted Duck and Gadwall were on the ship canal. An Oystercatcher wearing a metal ring sat on the pipe bridge near to the berth.
Damselflies, butterflies and a single dragonfly were making the most of the warm weather and were active throughout my walk.
The ‘phalarope pool’ held c200 Black-tailed Godwit, a pair of Little Ringed Plover, a Mute Swan, 2 Avocet, one of which left and made its way over to another scrape on No.3 tank.
A Brown Hare crossed the path and fed nearby not taking a great deal of notice of me as I passed close by. Both Kestrel and Common Buzzard were the only raptors noted today.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.