An early start for my daily walk started at Ince this morning. The summer sounds of Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Common Chiffchaff and a single Cetti’s broke out along the lane with Reed and Sedge Warbler and Common Reed Bunting adding their tuppence worth near to the pools. At the pools a few Mallard, Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Gadwall, Little Grebe and a pair of Mute Swan and 3 Little Egret. The Barn Owl was seen in the entrance at the entrance to its box, no doubt resting after a nights hunting.
I took a look over the Frodsham Score salt marsh from the Manchester Ship Canal path with Canada Goose, Greylag Goose and Common Shelduck were present with more ducks on the canal. A Northern Wheatear was sat on a pontoon on the canal bank keeping a watch on a Common Kestrel hunting nearby.
The Canal Pools were quiet with just a few Mallard and Tufted Duck alongside a pair of Mute Swan and several Canada Goose. The Great Crested Grebe pair are still incubating in thire reed bed nest.
A small group of 4 Pied Avocet were on a scrape with a single Black-tailed Godwit for company. Another Northern Wheatear sat on a fence post while overhead Common Swift, Barn Swallow and Sand Martin. A flock of godwits were resting or feeding in the shallow water of No.6 tank and took fright when a Western Marsh Harrier passed to close for comfort but soon settled again. A pair of Little Ringed Plover were also at the waters edge.
Amongst the Tufted Duck, Mallard and Common Shelduck was a pair of Northern Pintail were noted.
A Stoat was following a Rabbits scent as it crossed the lane from No.3 and on to No.6 tank I heard a squeal soon after from the bank on 6.
Along Lordship Lane a Sedge Warbler outnumbered the Reed Warbler and were showing well singing from the top of the reed stems, another 5 Cetti’s Warbler were heard along the lane. A male Eurasian Sparrowhawk was hunting the finches along the bank.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-8).
I decided to take my routine walk along Brook Furlong Lane late morning where with the numerous singing Common Chiffchaff singing was another ‘mixed singer’ Willow Warbler. The Cetti’s Warbler were close to the track and it doesn’t half make you jump when one bursts into song as you walk by them (i’m sure they do it on purpose).
When I got to the River Weaver there wasn’t much to keep my interest level up and the partial leucistic Canada Goose was paired with a large Canada Goose.
Adjacent to the Weaver Causeway is Redwall reed bed and a male Whinchat keeping to the lea side of the reeds performed well but with a stiff breeze it was difficult to keep the mobile/phone camers steady to get a decent shot. High above were House Martin and loads of screaming Common Swift.
The Willow Warbler ‘mixed singer’ was again in its usual hawthorm tree mixing it up at the old birdlog at the south east corner of No.1 tank.
I continued my walk out to No.6 tank and couldn’t add much to Paul’s earlier sightings, except an additional drake Northern Pintail. The flock of Black-tailed Godwit contained 496 birds.
Observer: WSM (images 9-11).