A change of tack today and parking up in Lower Rake Lane close to Helsby railway station gave us the opportunity to check out an area that would normally get neglected…the lanes leading onto Helsby Marshes. Spring Farm fields held 100 Fieldfare with House Sparrows being abundant in the area.
Rake Lane was low-key so we continued to the fields west of No.4 tank (Ince Marsh). A resident wintering swan herd was again viewable from the Holpool Gutter with a total of 45 birds. In the flock were 10 Mute, 26 Whooper (6 juvenile and 20 adults) and 9 Bewick’s Swan (adults).
Frodsham Score was shot over today by the wildfowlers with 6-7 shooters out there. With all this activity most birds were well scattered but despite this there was a huge flock of 600 Golden Plover, 300 Lapwing and smaller flocks of Dunlin.
Upwards of 4 Little Egret were moving about and 2 Great White Egret were distant and well away from the firing of guns.
Walking along the east track of No.4 tank and looking across to the flooded eastern side of six we countered 100 Common Teal, 12 Shoveler, 200 Lapwing, 40 Redshank and 10 Dunlin. A Bullfinch was in the elder trees bordering No.4 tank.
Observers: Sparky and WSM (and images).