My walk started from Ince and along the Manchester Ship Canal and by Ince marsh fields then onto Lordship Lane. The 3 Western Cattle Egret were foraging in the fields near to the pools, which were quiet with just a few Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, a pair of Little Grebe and a pair of Mute Swan present. A Western Marsh Harrier drifted over the pools then turned towards the salt marsh.
Out on the salt marsh were thousands of Pink-footed Goose still building up to their move north. The geese moved close to the ship canal as the water rose, but were disturbed by the sound of trial bikes tearing up and down the stubble fields alongside the Holpool Gutter. There were 14 Whooper Swan which drifted along with the tide with many Common Shelducks joining them. Also seen were Eurasian Curlew were noted feeding at the waters edge and surprisingly no egrets were seen foraging in the tidal channels, it’s usually an egret fest with herons joining in. Several ewes were caught out by the rising tide and were struggling to get their lambs on to dry land.
Along Lordship Lane I bumped into Frank Duff looking over the stubble field and he spotted a summer plumaged Water Pipit (another was at the same site) dropping in amongst the many Pied Wagtail present.
Back at Ince and just a single Little Egret was with the pigs at Kinsey Lane, Ince.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-5).
We took a shorter walk today along the north track of No.6 tank and looking over the open water where c450 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff and a variety of ducks again. A fine Western Marsh Harrier drifted over and moved south while the ringtail Hen Harrier was buffted by the blustery south westerly. A flock of c300 European Golden Plover heading to the estuary.
Skeins of restless Pink-footed Geese drifted over aimlessy wandering in flight. Eurasian Wigeon and Eurasian Teal were on and over No.3 tank.
Observers: JS & WSM.
A male Northern Wheatear was still along the pipes on No.1 tank.
Observers: Jacqui & Idris Roberts.
Image 1 by David Eisner.