Out this afternoon starting at Ince where the pools held the regular pair of Mute Swan with both Mallard and Common Teal also present. A small flock of Chaffinch had a couple of Reed Bunting and a party of Long-tail Tit for company as they made their way along the hedgerows. The Manchester Ship Canal had a large number of Tufted Duck and Gadwall on the water with a single Great Crested Grebe in its summer plumage. There were 38 Mute Swan in the field alongside the Holpool Gutter and a pair of Marsh Harrier which were pair bonding high up above the turbines over No.4 tank.
Several Little and a Great White Egret were out on the Frodsham Score. The Raven and Black back-gulls were looking well fed alongside the dead sheep left to rot on the salt marsh. The mitigation pools were busy for once with Shoveler, Common Teal, Mallard and Pintail. There was also a dozen Golden Plover one was in summer plumage and these were then joined by a pair of Avocet and a single Black-tail Godwit. The water levels on No.6 are still high with no waders seen but plenty of ducks feeding in the daisy beds. Those that were present which were made up of Shoveler, Common Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Common Shelduck and Common Pochard.
The flooded field along Lordship Lane and the junctions of 4 and 6 tanks had 4 more Mute Swan and a pair of Ringed Plover. A pair of Stock Dove was prospecting one of the owl boxes there. Raptors included Common Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were all seen on or over the banks of 4. A pair of released Red-legged Partridge vacated the lane to fly over the bank. Back by Ince Berth and a flock of 22 Little Egret were seen going to roost in the same trees as last year.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.