I was out this morning starting at Ince where a mixed flock of tits, finches and buntings moved along the hedgerow before entering the marsh fields. The pools held 10 Moorhen, 4 Eurasian Coot, 11 Mallard, 15 Eurasian Teal, 23 Gadwall, 2 Northern Shoveler ,1 Tufted Duck and a single Little Grebe.
A herd of c 80 Canada Goose made their way out to the Frodsham Score salt marsh, and overhead a skein of c130 Pink-footed Goose which flew south. Out on the salt marsh itself were hundreds more Canada Goose which fed on the short grass, while 10 Little Egret fed in the channels. c100 Eurasian Curlew and c400 Northern Lapwing were feeding in the field adjacent to the Holpool Gutter and c80 Golden Plover flew over towards Lordship Marsh.
Redwing and Blackbird flocks were feasting on the abundant hawthorn berries along the Manchester Ship Canal path. A pair of Stonechat were in the reeds along the canal edge. The Raven flock were again attracted to the sand extraction area on No.6 tank with at least 50 sat on the sand hills. There were just two Mute Swan and 10 Eurasian Coot were on the ‘phalarope pool’ with 30 Mallard, 10 Gadwall and a pair of Northern Shoveler were on the ‘splashing pool’.
A Sparrowhawk sped alongside the pool trying to flush the European Goldfinch and Linnet flock feeding close by. A large flock of Eurasian Curlew took to the air when a Common Buzzard landed amidst them as they foraged in the stubble fields on Lordship Marsh.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over No.4 tank towards the canal and c30 Pied Wagtail fed in the stubble field opposite the GrowHow Works and a Grey Wagtail was on the track.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.