A bright day from the off with baby blue skies and the looming threat of snow way off to the north. A stiff breeze kept the scarf and hat tightly snuggled in, and out on the marsh birds were hard to find.
No.6 tank was frozen free but the ducks were keeping tight to the banks to avoid the cold wind. 200 Common Teal, 12 Shoveler, 8 Common Shelduck, 18 Mallard and a solitary drake Pintail. A small flock of 14 Redshank were worth a brief scan and further out on the drier areas of the tank feeding on the Sea Aster seeds was a flock of 200 Stock Dove and a roving charm of c300 Goldfinches. Stopping for a while overlooking the mitigation fields on No.3 tank which held plenty of water in the fields but a complete lack of birds apart from 32 Pied Wagtails feeding and bathing here was a little disappointing.
A walk out to the Holpool Gutter and views from here out and over Frodsham Score. 9 Bewicks and at least 13 Whooper Swans many of which were hiding behind the banks and it was hard to gauge their numbers.
The Great White Egret was very showy today and was present throughout the time I was watching here.
Also present out on the score marsh was 8 Little Egret and a pair of adult Peregrine, one bird was feeding off a recent kill while its partner watched on from a log nearby. These two or another pair were sat on the Blue-topped chimney later in the day and a female Merlin was far out at Ince marsh.
5 Twite were heard flying over from No.4 tank while one settled briefly before moving out to the salt marsh.
A dead Wood Mouse was along the path on No.4 tank and looking at its injuries it had the marks of a Kestrel at work.
Observers: Arthur Harrison, WSM (and images).