I was out this morning starting at Brook Furlong Lane where Redwing, Blackbird, Song Thrush and a few Fieldfare were feasting on the hawthorn berries. Several Raven were resting on the pylons alongside a flock of Eurasian Starling and a Cetti’s Warbler was heard near the old bird log.
Several skeins of Pink-footed Goose passed overhead on their way to the Mersey estuary with one skein turned-tail due to shooting in the area.
A pair of Stonechat were near Marsh Farm and 6 Great Crested Grebe were on the Manchester Ship Canal as were 4 Little Grebe. A Raven was feeding on a sheep carcass which had fallen into the water and was watched over by 2 Great Black-backed Gull (nothing is wasted in nature).
The Canal Pools held the usual ducks with Eurasian Coot, a single Great Crested Grebe and a pair of Little Grebe, c30 Common snipe were moving between the pools and scrapes on No.3 tank.
Another pair of Stonechat were near the ‘phalarope pool’ and a Marsh Harrier flew on to No.6 tank.
Reed Bunting and Meadow Pipit were commonplace during my walk and a Little Egret was feeding in the stubble field along Lordship Lane.
Further out on Lordship Marsh the Whooper Swan family were feeding close to the M56.
On my way past Stanlow a Peregrine was observed hunting the Feral Pigeon flocks.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-4).
During the late morning and afternoon we walk the circumference of No.6 tank starting along Moorditch Lane which produced a Kingfisher flying along the main ditch. The flooded maize fields on Lordship Marsh were pretty devoid of life, but further out close to the motorway a flock of Eurasian Curlew were bubbling away and a large mixed flock of Carrion Cow and Rook were feasting on the insects that were in the water. A Migrant Hawker was a slight surprise along the lane.
No.6 tank had a much reduced amount of duck with c400 Eurasian Teal, 43 Northern Shoveler and 8 Northern Pintail. Three Marsh Harrier were together over the reedbeds.
During our trek we counted 5 Cetti’s Warbler at a variety of locations.
The Peregrine was back on the blue topped chimney at Weston Point and several Kestrel were being photogenic back towards our start.
Observers: JS & WSM (my images made with a steady hand and a smart phone, 1 & 5-9).