Marsh Harrier and Merlin were noted by Arthur Harrison today and an excellent Dunlin murmuration video was captured by Shaun Hickey over Mount Manisty during the WeBS count.
At first light a visit to Heath Park lake off Park Road, Runcorn resulted in getting some good views and images of the Eastern (influenced) Jackdaw that has been present since mid December 2014. It is fairly obvious to see the bird as the light breaks (before it flys away when disturbed by dog walkers) feeding with Western Jackdaws by the litter bins at the parking bay. Although the pictures show well the silvery white neck collar other images highlight the pale hood effect and in reality the collar spurs are more obvious than the pics show.
Walking along Moorditch Lane we disturbed a Little Egret and a Cormorant from the ditch alongside both of which soon departed to safer fishing spots out on Lordship Marsh and No.6 tank respectively.
The ducks on No.6 tank were fairly low-key but nonetheless featured 12 Shoveler, 67 Common Teal, 17 Mallard, 16 Tufted Duck and 7 Common Shelduck. The Cormorant tree held a sinesiss Cormorant with several white-headed birds.
The blue-topped chimney provided a handy perch for the usual Peregrine and other raptors included a Kestrel and 3 Common Buzzard.
A huge flock of Lapwing rose up from the River Mersey during high tide, numbering in their thousands.
Out on Lordship Marsh a pair of Little Egret were feeding in a ditch by the silage tower.
A flock of Fieldfare were feeding in the fields opposite the horse paddock and 3000 Starling flew through en route to their roost.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (all images).