The day did’nt turn out as planned so just the last hour at Ince. No camera as it suffered water damage from yesterday. There were 6 Little Egret feeding amongst the pigs at Kinsey Lane pig farm and 2 Great Egret were out on Ince salt marsh with 4 more Little Egret being noted. A further 9 Little’s were foraging in a field along the Manchester Ship Canal path.
Ducks featured Mallard and Gadwall on the ship canal alongside c40 Eurasian Coot, a female Sparrowhawk hunted for its supper along the hedgerows. On the nature reserve pools a few more ducks than yesterday wit Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Gadwall and Northern Shoveler with 9 Mute Swan present. A single Western Cattle Egret was foraging in the field behind the pig farm and a flock of c50 Fieldfare circled around looking for somewhere to roost for the night.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.