I was out today with a start at No.6 tank were several Barn Swallow were skimming the surface of the water, but suddenly and without notice stealthy Hobby powered past me and selected its intended victim! Both prey and predator put on a great show of aerial acrobatics and after several stoops the Hobby gave up and the Swallow gained its freedom for another day. Ducks were plentiful with Eurasian Teal, Northern Shoveler , Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Mallard and Gadwall, along with c8o Canada Goose, 15 Little Grebe and many Eurasian Coot.
The c1000 Black-tailed Godwit were feeding or resting in the shallow waters and 4 Common Snipe dropped in to feed in the vegetation.
A Stoat was seen hunting along the track near the mitigation pools and drew the attention of a Magpie which landed close by and followed the Stoat as it hunted, this was annoying for the Stoat and chased the Magpie repeatedly away.
The ‘phalarope pool’ held 10 Gadwall, 8 Eurasian Teal, 8 Mallard, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and a family of Eurasian Coot.
The pools at Ince held more Gadwall, Eurasian Teal, Mallard another pair of Mute Swan and several Little Grebe plus a single Little Egret.
Two Common Sandpiper were seen along the Manchester Ship Canal at Ince Berth and several more Little Egret were out on Frodsham Score salt marsh where Raven and Black-backed Gull were feeding on dead mutton. Common Buzzard, Kestrel and Eurasian Sparrowhawk were all noted during my walk.
A Cetti’s Warbler was the first for a while.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston