A cold frosty start to the day and with bright sunshine throughout it, it never really got any warmer. When the sun finally dipped below the horizon (again producing some spectacular sunsets) it was replaced by a full moon rise.
The immature Marsh Harrier was over No.6 tank and a Peregrine on the score. The Barn Owl was hunting the southern banks at first light.
Frodsham Score continued where it left off yesterday with both Tony and Frank taking the watch during the high tide with 6 Pintail there and 30 Gadwall on the Canal Pools. The Great White Egret reappeared after spending yesterday north of the river at Hale Marsh.
5 Barnacle Geese flew in and settled with the usual assembled Canada Goose herd out on the salt marsh. The gathering of Whooper and Bewick’s Swan were again off the old magazine site with a Ruff and Merlin adding to the count there.
Along the River Weaver was an assortment of ducks with the highlight being Goldeneye and 20 Pochard.
A male Bullfinch was in the hawthorn hedgerow bordering Brook Furlong Lane and the horse paddock had a small flock of Redwing with other thrushes below the hedge there. Worthy of note was Song Thrush with 19 on No.3 along the track, plus 10 on No.4 and 20+ elsewhere, totalling c50…not bad! Other song birds adding to the day list were a Chiffchaff at NW side of No.6 and 2 Stonechat together on No.1 and 2 more on No.6 on opposite side. Finally, Starlings – about 2-3000 went due ESE out of site over the I.C.I tank.
Cormorants were beginning to arrive to spend the night on what was left of the old trees on the flooded east end of No.6 tank.
Sometimes you can see thirty birds perched on this tree at roost time.
Stopping on the motorway bridge that crosses the M56 at Brook Furlong Lane on the way home and a rusty full moon poked its head above Dutton woods.
Observers: Arthur Harrison, Tony Broome (images 1-3), Frank Duff, Sparky and WSM (images 4-7)