I started my walk at Ince this morning where a flock of c100 Black-tailed Godwit flew over the pig farm after leaving the Mersey Estuary and both Redwing and Blackbird were busy feeding on the hawthorn berry laden bushes. Also managed to see a flock of Chaffinch making their way along the lane with several Reed Bunting along with them. The pools held decent numbers of ducks eg Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, with 4 Little Grebe and c30 Eurasian Coot being noted. A flock of 8 Common Snipe flushed as I neared the Ince berth and a large flock of Canada Goose were feeding in the stubble fields alongside the Holpool Gutter.
There were 10’s of hundreds of Pink-footed Goose which left the estuary and headed south to their feeding grounds. At least 12 Little and 1 Great Egret were foraging on the salt marsh of Frodsham Score.
A Sparrowhawk flew low over the stubble fields and was followed by a possie of Pied Wagtail which escorted it out of the area. The ‘phalarope pool’ held just a few Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Teal, Mallard and Gadwall. There were several Eurasian Curlew which flew over calling as they went.
A Cetti’s Warbler was singing at the south end of No.6 tank with another a few hundred yards away along Lordship Lane and the flooded fields at the same location had c500 Canada Goose feeding on the same field as yesterday. A pair of Stock Dove were sat on one of the owl boxes as per usual. A female European Stonechat was in the bushes alongside the perimeter fence at the Grow How fertilizer plant with Rrook, Western Jackdaws and Carrion Crow being plentifull on the nearby stubble fields.
Back at my car and I heard of the recent sighting of a Bittern possible dropping down on No.6, so I made my way to Godscroft Lane where I could look over the bank on No.6but there was no sign of it. A Common Kestrel was hunting over the reed bed and flushed a few Common Snipe and later a Merlin was noted hunting the same area. Another female European Stonechat was sat on the fence near to the model flying field.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-4).
I started at No.6 tank this morning. There was a good number of ducks,
including 230 Northern Shoveler, 58 Northern Pintail and 2 Common Pochard. Also present were 40 Little Grebe and a Little Egret flew over.
Whilst walking along the track between tanks 5 & 6 a Bittern briefly appeared above and dropped down towards the reedbed of No.6 tank.
A look over the Weaver Estuary revealed the single Whooper Swan with 25
Mute Swan, 180 Tufted Duck, 4 Common Pochard, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 3
Little Grebe and 1 Common Goldeneye.
Observer: Alyn Chambers.
We made our way along the track between No.5 & 6 tanks with the water level really high on No.6 tank the ducks were in their element. The only contribution I can make to what was already seen above was 12 additional Common Pochard on six.
Observers: JS & WSM.
Images 5-7 by Ron Brumby.