An early morning walk with a start at Ince. There were 15 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 4 Little Grebe and a single Mute Swan were on the pools alongside the track. Also noted were Eurasian Coot and Common Moorhen were numerous along the ditch and on the pools. Western Reed Warbler were contact calling as they moved along the ditchside.
More Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Common Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were all noted feeding in the hedgerow along the Manchester Ship Canal path. Looking over Frodsham Score produced 3 Barnacle Goose dropped in to join the hundreds of Canada Goose grazing on the short grass, a single Little Egret fed alongside them.
More Gadwall and Mallard were on the ship canal with numerous Eurasian Coot and a single Great Crested Grebe. Three Western Marsh Harrier were in the air together over No.6 tank and a large charm of European Goldfinch were feeding on the thistle heads. A brief glimpse of a Stoat was watched as it crossed the path and disappeared into the vegetation.
After crossing the Holpool Gutter near to the Growhow Works and a Little Grebe with a single chick fed amongst the Common Moorhen and Eurasian Coot. Back at my starting point and a large flock of Rook and Western Jackdaw were feeding on a recently cut field.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images).
We took a stride along Moorditch Lane and then onto Lordship Lane where a couple of Western Yellow Wagtail and small numbers of Common Swift were about. The juvenile warblers were being very tame and were often perched up on the fence wires.
The ‘phalarope poll’ was pretty devoid of birdlife with the exception of the 6 (now juvenile) Gadwall that have been here since their duckling days. A female Eurasian Teal and a couple of Stock Dove were their only companions. We carried on and settled on the bank overlooking No.6 tank (thanks to Idris and Jaquci for their home grown tomatos). The Black-tailed Godwit flock had risen in number from yesterday with c1400 birds present. Likewise, Common Redshank were knocking on the 350 door and Dunlin were again in triple figures.
Observers: JS & WSM.