I started at Ince this morning where Gadwall were the most numerous duck on the pools at Ince followed by Mallard, Eurasian Teal and a Garganey. More Gadwall were on the Manchester Ship Canal with several Tufted Duck and 2 Great Crested Grebe.
A Common Whitethroat and several Common Chiffchaff were moving along the canal path and a Common Sandpiper was on the far bank. A flock of 35 Stock Dove were flushed off Frodsham Score salt marsh by a Sparrowhawk. Shooting was taking place on the salt marsh so not a lot to be seen there today.
A few small groups of Black-tailed Godwit passed overhead on their way to the estuary after leaving No.6 tank.The ‘phalarope pool’ held c50 Northern Lapwing and a single Black-tailed Godwit with yet more Gadwall, Eurasian Teal and Mallard.
On No.6 tank there were decent numbers of Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck and Common Shelduck on the water with a minimum of 30 Little Grebe and 2 Common Greenshank amongst the lapwing flock. Several more Common Chiffchaff and 2 Cetti’s Warbler were noted on the bank of No.6.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-2).
It wasn’t until afternoon before I managed to take a hike along the scrambler bike infested lanes of the marsh. A walk along Alder Lane to Marsh Farm produced an adult Eurasian Hobby dragonfly catching over the farm buildings, then later found sitting on a fence post munching a European Goldfinch. A European Golden Plover could be heard high overhead and the rising tide flushed out the Eurasian Curlew from their muddy home.
We continued our walk back along Brook Furlong Lane, then along Moorditch Lane to the ‘phalarope pool’ where a dozen Northern Shoveler, 21 Eurasian Teal, several Gadwall and 7 juvenile Black-tailed Godwit. No.6 tank looked impressive with c2000 Black-tailed Godwit, c200 Northern Lapwing, 3 Ruff, 4 Red (not red) Knot, 3 Common Greenshank. Ducks were out in good numbers and fresh arrivals included; 19 Northern Pintail, 9 Eurasian Wigeon with an increase of Northern Shoveler to c230, 31 Tufted Duck, c300 Eurasian Teal and 45 Mallard.
Another 2 Eurasian Hobby were on No.5 tank (observer Gary Powell).
Observers: JS & WSM (images 3-4).