A perennial battle between two old adversaries figthing it out above the skies of Frodsham Marsh. Image by Paul Crawley
Frodsham Score: 3 Little Egret, 67 Pink-footed Goose, 560 Canada Goose, 120 Common Shelduck, 345 Wigeon, 30 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 6 Mute Swan, 12 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 4 Redshank, and 340 Dunlin. A flock of 600 Starlings flew over to settle on the salt marsh.
Image of gluttonous gulls gulping down dead mutton.
Manchester Ship Canal: 12 Tufted Duck, also 12 on the Pumping Station/Splashing Pool and an additional 14 on the Canal pools. 3 pairs of Gadwall on pools below No 4 tank.
Image from the junction of Rake Lane with Lordship Lane which leads to the recent Long-eared Owl sighting (distant trees) by Stuart Maddocks.
36 Black-tailed Godwit, 230 Curlew and a Little Egret on flooded fields west side of No 4 tank. A singing Chiffchaff by Rake Lane and calling birds on Lordship Lane and below No 5 tank. The first Coltsfoot in flower by the model aircraft flying field and 60 Golden Plovers flying over.
The Peregrine was sitting sentinel aloft the blue-topped chimney at Weston Point.
No 6 tank: 360 Common Teal, 36 Common Wigeon, 12 Mallard, 3 pairs Shoveler, 26 Shelduck and 19 Tufted Duck and 4 Common Pochard. Shorebirds featured 6 Dunlin and 17 disputing Ringed Plovers.
The usual Ravens loitering with intent on No 5 tank and a Water Rail calling below the viewing area on No 6 tank.
A couple of Brambling were along Lordship Lane.
Observers: Arthur Harrison, Paul Crawley.