I had an hours birding or so at Ince this afternoon. Plenty of Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit were numerous in the stubble fields while in the hedgerows Redwing, Fieldfare, Blackbird and Song Thrush were moving through and enjoying feeding on berries that have survived their previous visits.
I had two Cattle Egret at the pig farm at Ince yesterday, until I checked my additional images off my camera which revealed a third bird, so another visit today to confirm the three birds. They were joined by 4 Little Egret with several Grey Heron watching with interest as they fed on the worms and grubs uncovered by the rooting pigs.
A look over Frodsham Score salt marsh produced more Little Egret and a single Great Egret were feeding in the tidal channels. Shorebirds in attendance were Eurasian Curlew and Common Redshank could be seen at the edge of the River Mersey and a large flock of Northern Lapwing were bunched together as a Peregrine flew over to checked them out.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-6).
While Paul was enjoying the egretteratti over at the western end of the marshes me and JS undertook a 23.5 klm hike down and around the marsh. The mild warm weather was notable for the sunny corners bringing out wasps, bumblebees and numerous other invertebrates.
We bumped into Jacqui & Idris Roberts who had seen 4 Whooper Swan flying south west over No.6 tank but the swans didn’t settle. There were no swans on Lordship Marsh, so I guess their sighting involved birds moving through. A small skein of Pink-footed Goose flew over and were heading to the Dee marshes. During our conversation with J & I we were joined by Arthur Harrison who’s pace along the track between No.3 & 6 tanks was staggered by the sighting of 3 pairs of European Stonechat. The ‘phalarope pool’ had 31 Eurasian Teal, 7 Northern Shoveler and mating Mallard.
Looking across No.6 tank was busy with 2 Black-tailed Godwit, ducks and c200 Northern Shoveler, 350 Eurasian Teal, 7 Northern Pintail, c160 Tufted Duck and 48 Common Pochard.
When we eventually reached home at 5pm no sooner was the key put into the front door and a skein of c250 Pink-footed Goose flew over the house heading down to the Mersey Estuary…You’ve gotta love birding.
Observers: JS & WSM (image 7).