I started my at Ince for the BTO WeBs count today where the pools held 5 Mallard, 63 Eurasian Teal, 37 Gadwall, 3 Northern Shoveler, 2 Mute Swan, 34 Eurasian Coot, 4 Common Moorhen, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Common Snipe, a Jack Snipe jumped up in front of me and dropped down again after flying about 30 yards. Autumn movements of Redwing were feasting on the hawthorne berries along the Manchester Ship Canal path and skeins of Pink-footed Goose were moving about on the salt marsh, some heading inland and others making their way on to the Frodsham Score. The maze fields alongside the Holpool Gutter are being harvested today, so not a great deal to see there although 29 Eurasian Curlew were on a nearby stubble field.
A walk along Lordship Lane was uneventful with just European Goldfinch and Linnet being noted. Back at the gutter and an additional 4 Eurasian Coot, 2 Common Moorhen, 6 Eurasian Teal and 4 Gadwall were on the water.
The tide by now was well on its way in covering the salt marsh flushing flocks of Eurasian Curlew gathering on open ground above the water level, alongside many Northern Lapwing and Common Redshank. A flock of Pied Avocet were drifting with the tide on Frodsham Score with Little Egret being numerous and 6 Great Egret seen feeding close together.
Standing on the bank of the Hollpool Gutter provided views of a Merlin flashed past below where I was standing in persuit of a charm of European Goldfinch, but turned its attention to a Common Starling flock producing a great display of its flying skills. Earlier, a mass of Common Starling performed a murmuration, shapeshifting several times before spreading out over the Stanlow tank farm.
Back at my start and 2 Cetti’s Warblers were heard with one seen briefly.
Observer: Paul Ralston .
While Paul was over at the west end of the marsh and after our paths crossed I made my way around No.6 tank and apart from a Western Marsh Harrier over No.6 tank it was well below par for the day.
On No.6 tank were the usual duck species and again not a single Black-tailed Godwit to wish upon a star with.
A report of a Hoopoe along Pool Lane, Elton and the A5117.