A short walk this morning from Ince berth along the Manchester Ship Canal around No.4 tank and back along the Holpool Gutter. A Kingfisher was on the berth wall with several alba wagtails plus a large flock of Goldfinch on the path then with a mixed flock of tits.
The two Great White Egret were a long way out on Frodsham Score but 4 Little Egret were much closer where a large flock of mixed gulls mostly Black-headed and Common with smaller numbers of Great and Lesser Black-backed all roosting up on the short marshy grass.
Many Lapwing were wheeling in the air and presumably disturbed by an unseen predator? Other raptors included Kestrel, Common Buzzard and Sparrowhawk, there were many Raven also seen.
A pair of Stonechat on four by the gutter and a pair of Common Snipe also down by the gutter.
Observer: Paul Ralston.
Seen this morning were 5 Stonechat on No.1 tank and another at the Weaver Bend.
Also on the Weaver were 3 Goldeneye and 30 Little Grebe.
A few Redwing were about and a Sparrowhawk was seen a few times.
The following were seen on No.6 tank around high tide: 120 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 4 Shelduck, 8 Gadwall, 200 Lapwing, 110 Golden Plover, 4 Ruff, 10 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover, 3 Cormorant, 15 Mute Swan, 75 Black-headed Gull, 20 Common Gull, 23 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, and later a Merlin flew through.
Paul Crawley saw the parakeet in the morning around No.3 tank and it flew towards No 5 tank where FD picked it up. I saw it in trees on No.6 tank before the track drops down to No.3 tank before it flew down to the bushes there.
Observer: Alyn Chambers (and image 3).
A male Marsh Harrier was over No.6 tank.
Observer: Arthur Harrison
The Treecreeper was seen again and an escapee Ring-necked Parakeet is presumably the same bird seen a few weeks ago but this time it was heard calling, “pieces of eight, pieces of eight”.
Observer: Frank Duff.
During dusk a walk along the track of No.5 tank with a keen eye cocked to the opportunity of seeing Polly the Parakeet was rewarded with yet another sheep carcass in the field being quickly despatched by 27 Raven., An additional 15 were out and about elsewhere on the marsh. A flock of 36 Mallard flew over No.6 tank (see image above) and then flew back out to the Weaver Estuary watched over by the Peregrine on the blue-topped chimney.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (images 1,2 & 4).