Out this morning making my start at Ince where 3 juvenile Garganey were on one of the pools amongst good numbers of Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Eurasian Teal, Eurasian Wigeon, one Tufted Duck and 2 Mute Swan. Five Little Egret left one of the pools and flew out to the Mersey Estuary. Several Barn Swallow were numerous hawking over the farm and pools.
More Little Egret were foraging out on Frodsham Score salt marsh and gangs of Common Raven were still feasting on the dead stock lying about the marshes. A mass of gulls could be seen on the river but too far for me to pick out any rare sea gulls amongst them.
On the ‘phalarope pool’ had Gadwall, Mallard. Tufted Duck, Eurasian Teal and Eurasian Wigeon were joined by several Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Common Snipe.
Common Chiffchaff were noted foraging in the bushes all along the walk and several Reed Buntings were along Lordship Lane, one wearing a metal ring.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-4).
While Paul was doing his thang on the western approaches I made my usual walk out to No.6 tank and after settling down it was good to scan through the wader flocks.
A count of c1800 Black-tailed Godwit (14 juveniles), a single Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 2 Common Greenshank, 14 Common Snipe and c400 Northern Lapwing. A look over the ducks revealed a healthy supply of c250 Eurasian Teal, 46 Eurasian Wigeon, c50 Northern Pintail, c76 Northern Shoveler, numerous Mallard and small numbers of Gadwall.
A couple of Peregrine sitting on top of the blue power station chimney at Weston Point, one of them making short work of a teal it must have collected from the estuary.
Observer: WSM (images 5-14).