I started at Ince today for the BTO WeBs count. Gadwall were the most numerous with 34 recorded. Also counted were 7 Mallard, 2 Eurasian Teal, 3 Eurasian Coot, 8 Common Moorhen, 1 Little Egret sat in a tree, 3 Little Grebe, a flock of 28 Canada Goose flew overhead and had a the first late summer/early autum Pink-footed Goose was with them.
Looking over Ince Marsh and Frodsham Score salt marshes large numbers of Canada Goose and Common Shelduck were grazing on the short grass with more 8 Little Egret dotted about the marsh.
The highlight was a Western Cattle Egret seen feeding amongst the sheep. On the rising tide several flocks of waders were pushed on to the marsh, mostly Common Ringed Plover and Dunlin which took flight when a Peregrine made an appearance.
A flock of Northern Lapwing and European Starling were resting on the pontoons on the Manchester Ship Canal bank and a juvenile Common Kestrel hunted the European Goldfinch charms feeding on the thistle heads. A Sparrowhawk also targeted the finch flock with more success and left clutching an unlucky trinket.
I made my way to the ‘phalarope pool’ but a group of 10 noisy off road bikes racing along the track scattered all that was on the pool. Several Common Chiffchaff were noted during the walk and a Western Reed Warbler was seen as I made my way back to my car and Barn Swallow and House Martin were hawking close to the pig farm.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-4).
I started this morning with a look over the Weaver Estuary, noting a
Great Spotted Woodpecker flying along Brook Furlong Lane along the way. 2
Common Sandpiper were by the river and 8 Great Crested Grebe were on
Moving around to Marsh Farm, a Hobby flew past low out to Frodsham Score and
8 Common Swift and 2 Western Yellow Wagtail moved through. 4 European Stonechat were on No.1 tank.
A watch over No.6 tank during hide tide produced 2 Garganey and a
Eurasian Wigeon amongst the Eurasian Teal, 21 Little Grebe and along with the build up of
Black-tailed Godwits were 6 Ruff, 3 Knot, 1 Common Sandpiper, 21 Common Ringed
Plover, 8 Dunlin and 3 Common nipe. A juvenile Peregrine and a Western Marsh Harrier
caused some disturbance early on.
Observer: Alyn Chambers (images 5-6).
A walk out for the BTO WeBs Count on No.6 tank and surrounding area produced another good selection of birds.
A quick scan of the water revealed a Garganey in with the Eurasian Teal at the far end of the water, but during the course of our watch it came much closer. Alyn saw another much buffier bird earlier. The Black-tailed Godwit were in much lower numbers than yesterday and I estimated c1000 birds which included 11 juveniles.
A small flock of 4 Red Knot and 6 Ruff and for a change very few Common Redshank.
A Cetti’s Warbler was sub-singing from the scrub beow the bank.
Observer: JS & WSM (images 1 & 7-13).
A Common Scoter was on the Manchester Ship Canal by the Weaver Estuary, with a female/imature Common Goldeneye the first of late summer/autumn.
Observer: Ian Coote et al.