A walk from Ince along Lordship Lane to the ramp track onto No.4 tank and then back again.
There were six Kestrel all of which were combining their hunting tactics. It could be a combination of habitat loss and/or a good breeding season that is attracting the numbers of Kestrel to the area but whatever it is, its welcome. Adding to the raptor theme was a couple of Sparrowhawk. Two Peregrine were hanging about the Growhow Works and there’s no-show without the ubiquitous Common Buzzard.
The Holpool Gutter attracted 2 Grey Wagtail while along the hedgerows a bounding flock of 20 Long-tailed Tits pulled along a couple of Blue Tit.
Finches were again abundant 50-60 Goldfinch with a few Linnet in tow. The birds were twitchy and couldn’t settle for long with the attention of a Sparrowhawk testing their defences. Yet another Goldfinch flock at the back of the works contained 30 birds.
Four Reed Bunting were scattered along the gutter edges with seemingly a Wren every few metres.
Two Wheatear were feeding in the wind turbine compound while 4 Stonechat hung out along the Growhow pipeline.
The field adjacent to the pallet compound was getting a fair coating of shit from the farmers muck spreader and this in turn attracted 300 Black-headed Gull, 6 Raven, and a hundred Jackdaw and Rook. I guess once he’s finished this job it’ll bring in a few other species.
The walk ended with a small (12) south bound Swallow flock.
Observer: Shaun Hickey.
The Cetti’s Warbler was still singing along the north bank of No.6 tank this morning but didn’t show. Also present were a Water Rail, a male Stonechat and a Reed Warbler. Amongst the ducks on the tank were 2 Pochard, 13 Pintail and 10 Wigeon.
Six Coal Tit made their way through the trees by the ramp up to No.1 tank where also a Grey Wagtail flew east and a Mistle Thrush flew north. 2 Goldcrest were along Brook Furlong Lane and another Coal Tit was later seen at the Splashing Pool.
2 Avocet were out on the Mersey Estuary at low tide.
Also seen across the Marsh were: 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Jay, 5 Skylark, 40 Long-tailed Tit, 11 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap and a Whitethroat.
Observer: Alyn Chambers (images 3-4)