07.03.20. Birdlog.

Image may contain: sky, cloud, outdoor and nature

I started at Brook Furlong Lane this morning where a pair of Magpie were adding to their nest in the bushes next to the bridge.

Image may contain: bird, grass, plant, outdoor and nature

A mixed flock of European Starling, Redwings and Song Thrush were feeding in the pony paddock until they were targeted by a Sparrowhawk. Both Great Tit and Chaffinch were calling on this spring like morning and several Common Buzzard were calling overhead.

Image may contain: outdoor, water and nature

On to the river where Canada Goose were the most numerous wildfowl noted with reduced numbers of Tufted Duck, Mallard Common Pochard, Eurasian Teal and 15 Common Goldeneye.

A small white domestic goose was amongst the Canada’s while 2 white Domestic Greylag types were also noted.

Image may contain: bird, sky, outdoor, water and nature

The partial leucistic Canada Goose has survived the shooting season and was alive and well on the Manchester Ship Canal. Looking over the Canal Pools more sTufted Duck, Mallard, Eurasian Teal and several Gadwall were noted alongside c40 more Canada Goose and a pair of Great Crested Grebe.

Image may contain: ocean, outdoor, water and nature

A small number of singing Eurasian Skylark were up on high over the pools and 4 pair of Eurasian Oystercatcher were active around the pools. A flock of c50 Eurasian Wigeon were on one of the scrapes but made their way out to the Metsey Estuary. Raven and Common Buzzard were searching for casualties during the lambing season in the area.

A look over Lordship Marsh and the Whooper Swan herd were still in situ with a flock of c30 Eurasian Curlew feeding with them. Lapwings were also on territory on the marsh chasing corvids that came to close.

The water on No.6 tank held decent number of Tufted Duck, Mallard, Eurasian Teal and smaller numbers of Common Pochard, Gadwall and Common Shelduck with at least 3 pairs of Little Grebe.

Image may contain: grass, outdoor and nature

I stopped of at Ince on my way home and a Western Cattle Egret was following in the footsteps of a feeding pig and was snatching morsals of food that was disturbed by the anomals grubbing around in the field in front of the farm. On the flooded fields 5 Little Egret were busy in the shallows with a mixed flock of Black-tail Godwit and Eurasian Curlew.

Image may contain: sky, outdoor and nature

Again Tufted Duck were numerous with Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Gadwall and Northern Shoveler. Also present Mute Swan and Little Grebe were establishing their territory.

Image may contain: outdoor

A couple of broken duck eggs were on the path and a pair of Raven were searching the reed beds for nests.

Image may contain: sky, ocean, cloud, outdoor, water and nature

Looking over the Frodsham Score saltmarsh from Kinsey Lane and large herd of Pink-footed Goose were grazing on the short grass before making the long journey north.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

Image may contain: people playing sport, grass, outdoor and nature

I paid a visit to the marshes after work and made the muddy trek down Brook Furlong Lane to join the River Weaver. A look through the 112 Tufted Duck, 11 Gadwall, 11 Common Pochard, 31 Eurasian Coot, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Common Goldeneye, 54 Eurasian Teal revealed the female Long-tailed Duck.

A large flock of 350 European Golden Plover flew over spooked by a Common Buzzard flying over their roosting site. A Cetti’s Warbler sang out from the reed bed but otherwise it was fairly quiet for passerines.

Image may contain: bird, outdoor, water and nature

A look over No.6 tank saw 81 Tufted Duck, 7 Common Goldeneye, 8 Northern Shoveler, 7 Common Pochard and 12 Eurasian Coot.

A female Western Marsh Harrier was joined by two other birds.

Looking out to Lordship Marsh I just about managed to 21 Whooper Swan with the Mute Swan herd in the fields by the motorway.

Observer: WSM.

06.03.20. Birdlog.

Image may contain: sky, ocean, cloud, outdoor, water and nature

An hour at Ince marsh after work this afternoon. I parked near the incinerator plant where the pathway near to the farm is now to deep to even attempt to walk along. 2 Short-eared Owl were observed hunting near  to the berth one of which was Common Buzzed by a Carrion Crow.

Out on the saltmarsh were Common Shelduck, Canada Goose and Pink-footed Goose grazing with c60 Eurasian Curlew with several Little Egret feeding in the tidal channels.

The flooded fields held Tufted Duck, Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Northen Shoveler and Gadwall, plus 9 Little Egret, 7 Mute Swan were noted another 2 were swimming along the footpath.

Image may contain: sky, tree and outdoor

A Barn Owl was once again peering out of its box and waiting for the light to fade before it started hunting for the evening.

Back to my car and two additional Mute Swan flew in to join the rest on the flood and a large flock of Western Jackdaw went to roost in the woods near to the incinerator plant.

Observer: Paul Ralston.

02 & 04.03.20. Birdlog.

Image may contain: bird, plant, outdoor and nature

02.03.20. Birdlog.

I called in at Ince after work where a Great Egret was in the stubble field alongside the Holpool Gutter with c60 Eurasian Curlew and 5 Greylag and the domestic type goose.

Image may contain: grass, outdoor and nature

A Marsh Harrier was hunting over the bank on No.4 tank while a Short-eared Owl was noted near the berth. Common Shelduck, Canada Goose and Pink-footed Goose were all on the Frodsham Score saltmarsh. The flooded fields held a decent flock of Tufted Duck, Eurasian Teal, Mallard and a few Gadwall were amongst them. Also seen were several Little Egret and 7 Mute Swan being present.

Image may contain: grass, plant, bird, sky, outdoor and nature

04.03.20. Birdlog.

A flock of c120 Black-tailed Godwit passed over heading towards the Mersey Estuary and a flock of Fieldfare flew east. The stubble field still held Eurasian Curlew and Greylag Goose while a Great Egret was foraging on the Frodsham Score saltmarsh alongside several Little Egret, Common Shelduck, Canada and Pink-footed Goose were again noted. Two Short-eared Owl were seen with one perched on a rock and the other was close by, but blended into the background and it wasn’t seen before it took flight.

The pools at Ince were much the same as on the 2nd with the addition of 4 Grey Heron amongst 7 Little Egret . A Barn Owl was moving about at the entrance to the box getting ready for its night hunting.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.