The eastern quarter of No 6 tank was frozen over night. 3 Whooper Swans on the tank there this evening joined 400 Common Teal, 5 pairs Pintail, 15 Wigeon, 34 Shoveler, 6 Pochard and 30 Mallard already in situ. When the shooters and model aircraft flyers eventually left for their respective evening dinners the Lapwings, Golden Plovers and 150 Curlews had time for a quiet rest before no doubt it resumes again tomorrow?
Whooper Swans on No 6 tank this evening.
The Weaver estuary a welcome refuge for wintering duck away from the mayhem elsewhere on the marsh.
A motor bike scrambling along the banks of the Weaver Bend and Pheasant shooters blasting away by their Cheshire Wildlife Trusts endorsed ‘Snipe Marsh’, were too much for the timid wintering ducks on the River Weaver. All of them spent their time on the relative safety of the Weaver estuary. They included 15 (5 male, 2 juvenile and 8 female) Goldeneye, 43 Tufted Duck, 6 Pochard (and a small bunch of 10 Little Grebe joined them there). 100+ Gadwall were opposite the Weaver sluice gates.
15 Skylark in the Lum fields and 200 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing and 20 Blackbirds were present on the eastern banks of No 5 tank.
Male Stonechat at Marsh Farm.
17 Raven were down on yesterdays counts but nonetheless both active and vocal on No 5 tank and Marsh Farm. A male and female Stonechat found the sheltered pool area ideal for a spot of fly-catching.
A Peregrine was again roosting up on the sheltered side of the blue-topped chimney towering over the Weaver estuary.
A Barn Owl was seen briefly in a fishermans car headlights at approx 7.00 pm along the track leading from Marsh Farm.
All images and comments by WSM.
Observers: Arthur Harrison, WSM