I started at Ince this morning where a Great Egret was with 8 of its Little cousinss around the pools and 7 Mute Swan and a pair of Canada Goose. One of the swans was showing a lot of aggression to the geese and chased them round the flood water. Ducks featured Eurasian Teal, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Northern Shoveler and Gadwall were joined by 6 Common Shelduck, Eurasian Coot and Common Moorhen were numerous.
The Barn Owl was again roosting in its box and a Short-eared Owl was near to the berth. Looking over Frosham Score saltmarsh a few hundred Pink-footed Goose and Common Shelduck were grazing with Eurasian Curlew and European Golden Plover also present.
Another Great Egret was feeding in the channels with several Little Egret and a third Great Egret was on Ince marsh fields in the company of the Greylag Goose that have been there recently.
Common Buzzard and European Kestrel were being harassed by Carrion Crow pairs trying to drive them away from their territory.
A pair of Black-tailed Godwit were feeding at the edge of the ‘phalarope pool’ on No.3 tank which held more Northern Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Eurasian Teal and Mallard.
Looking over to Lordship Marsh from the junction of No.4 and No.6 tanks and the Whooper Swan herd could be seen in the distance while the Mute Swan herd were near to the Lordship Lane with 18 at the junction of Lower Rake lane and Lordship Lane. Two pairs of European Stonechat were along the lane showing well on the fence.
The rookery was busy with birds rebuilding their nest in the trees close to the fertilizer plant and a Mistle Thrush was noted carrying worms in to a section of the works and presumably to its nest?
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-7).
While PR was doing his stuff at the west end of the marshes I walked along Brook Furlong Lane where a couple of singing Cetti’s Warbler and a singing Common Chiffchaff making it feel that spring really has sprung.
I concentrated my efforts on watching the River Weaver at the estuary where the LtD was not in situ today. A modest size flock of Tufted Duck included the long staying 1st winter Greater Scaup, 11 Common Pochard, 11 Common Goldeneye, 43 Eurasian Teal, 76 Common Shelduck, an injured Pink-footed Goose that keeps close to the Weaver Sluice gates and for a short period 16 Pied Avocet.
A look from Marsh Farm produced 34 additional Pied Avocet, 100 Eurasian Curlew and large umbers of Pink-footed Goose on the distant saltmarshes.
Walking back along Alder Lane and a pair of European Stonechat were attentive to each other.
Observer: WSM (images 8-10).