I started at Kinsey Lane for the WeSs count this morning.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over the pig field into the trees at the side of the lane. Also several Stock Dove were noted. At the Manchester Ship Canal a Common Cuckoo flew across the canal on to the salt marsh and settled in a dead tree and then continued west along the canal in silence.
A Great Egret could be seen out near to the River Mersey with a handfull of Canada Goose and Common Shelduck being scattered over the salt marsh. A lone Northern Wheatear was sat on a rock watching the world go by. There were Tufted Duck, Mallard, Gadwall and Eurasian Teal on the canal in small numbers. A pair of Eurasuan Oystercatcher, one with a metal ring on its leg. A Common Sandpiper flushed as I made my way along the track.
Common Whitethroat and Cetti’s Warbler were seen and heard near to the berth. There were Barn Swallow were perched on the overhead wires and had a single House Martin with them. There were 6 Northern Lapwing were in the fields bordering the Holpool Gutter busy trying to drive the crows and Common Raven away from their territory. A Little Egret settled on the bank of the gutter just to upset the plovers.
A Sparrowhawk flew past clutching an item of prey item and another bird was later seen on a fence post along Lordship Lane.
The Western Marsh Harrier were up in the air together with 3 Common Buzzard much higher up drifting out to the salt marsh. There were more Cetti’s Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Sedge and Western Reed Warbler were vocal on No.4 tank.
A look over the ‘phalarope pool’ had a pair of Common Redshank foraging amongst the few Mallard, Gadwall and Common Shelduck present.
A Mallard with a large brood made their way along the ditch at the junction of No.4 and No.6 tanks and more warblers were on territory along the lane, with the addition of several Blackcap, Linnets were seen carrying nesting material to the bank.
A Peregrine was soaring above the fertliser plant looking down on the many corvids foraging in the fields adjacent to the gutter. At Ince pools several Mallard, Gadwall, Eurasian Coot, Common Moorhen and a single Mute Swan were noted.
Back at the start of my walk and 2 Greylag Goose were in the pig fields and a pair of Eurasian Whimbrel passed overhead.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images).
We took our walk along Moorditch Lane with the sound of spring ringing out loud and proud.
A smaller amount of Tufted Duck were with a similar number of Common Shelduck. The Black-tailed Godwit was quite small compared to yesterday. I didn’t have my scope with me today, so I didn’t have the opportunity to scrutinise their companions, but a couple of visiting birders did see a Little Stint and a single Bar-tailed Godwit. I did see a Common Sandpiper and a Western Yellow Wagtail.
Looking across No.5 tank and c3 European Golden Plover were hiding in the grassy mounds.
Walking upto the ‘phalarope pool’ was pretty vacant with 2 overhead Eurasian Whimbrel, but a call from Dermot Smith had us heading to the River Weaver where a 1st summer Little Gull was hawking over the water. It was still there when we eventually got there and flew and settled on Weston Marsh Lagoon.
The mixed songster Willow Warbler with phrases of Chiffchaff was again along Brook Furlong Lane.
Observers: JS & WSM.