Another long walk to and we chalked up 20.43 km to, around and back from the marshes today.
Walking along Hare’s Lane and a Little Egret was again in the flooded field. A look across No.6 tank produced 25 Common Pochard, 21 Tufted Duck, c300 Eurasian Teal, 7 Northern Pintail and a few of the regulars.
A small flock of 8 Ruff were feeding along the margins of the vegetated/shallow waters of the tank. Also present were 67 Black-tailed Godwit.
Lordship Lane had a flock of 28 Eurasian Skylark, 14 Common Reed Bunting, 4 European Stonechat and 14 Pied Wagtail. The 25 Whooper Swan were again in the fields on Lordship Marsh and the 2 Greylag and their white domestic friend were at the further end of the field. Skeins of Pink-footed Goose could be seen flying to and fro to the salt marshes. A Common Chiffchaff was hanging about the ramp track off the lane.
A flock of c400 European Golden Plover joined 13 Common Redshank and 210 Northern Lapwing on the Weaver Bend.
Observers: JS & WSM (images 3-4 & 7-8).
Additional images (1-2 & 5-6 & 13) by David Eisner.
An after work walk to Ince where the 3 Western Cattle Egret, 5 Little Egret in with the pigs at the farm along Kinsey Lane. There were several small groups of Eurasian Curlew in the surrounding fields as well. A Common Chiffchaff was feeding in the hedgerow and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was along the canal path.
Out on Ince salt marsh were thousands of Pink-footed Goose which were spread out across the marsh with many Common Shelduck and 5 Greylag Goose being noted. A Great Egret and several Little Egret moved about near to the river.
Out on the Manchester Ship Canal were c30 Gadwall and c20 Mallard, a few Eurasian Teal and the usual Eurasian Coot were on the water. Another Great Egret fed with a Little Egret in a ditch near to Ince berth, and 2 additional Great Egret flew overhead with one settling in the stubble alongside the Holpool Gutter. Two more Common Chiffchaff were in the hedgerow with several Long-tailed Tit by the track towards Goldfinch Meadows Nature Reserve pools, Ince which held a few Mallard, teal, Gadwall and a single drake Eurasian Wigeon.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 9-12).
Also some images from Phil Barker (images 13-16) on his daily walk around the marsh including the Little Egret by Moorditch Lane which later flew and landed in the tree on No.6 tank. Also a Western Marsh Harrier and a Lesser Redpoll also on Moorditch Lane.