A walk across the marshes today was relativly person free with Jacqui and Idris pausing for a distant exchange of pleasantries.
Walking along Moorditch Lane and the tunes of singing Common Chiffchaff and the shrill tones of a Goldcrest. Continuing onto Lordship Lane and a couple of Cetti’s Warbler made its presence known.
I eventually reached my goal and the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal and a scan across the mighty south Mersey marshes. A gathering of c800 Pink-footed Goose were spooked by a passing ship en route to Salford docks.
There was little else except for several Little and a Great Egret loitering about the place. Numerous Common Raven were seeking out the dead sheep out on the marshes and Common Buzzard were mewing high in the sky.
The walk back to No.6 tank saw Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Teal, Common Shelduck and Gadwall on all of the scrapes and a small party of Pied Avocet were noisily about the site with 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
No.6 tank had its usual species of duck and their numbers hadn’t change since yesterday. The female Long-tailed Duck was again diving in the centre of the flooded tank.
Observer and images: JS & WSM.
While I was self isolating at the extreme ends of the marshes Dave the fungal punk @FungalpunkOMD was busy doing his spot of distance birding and botany observing close to Marsh Farm. He said; I saw 57 bird species – didn’t do full loop and left scope at home so no Long-tailed Duck but Northern Wheatear, 2 Sand Martin (first of the year) and a few flowers in bloom.