In the mist this morning 2 Short-eared Owl were by the track along No.3 tank and 2 Brambling were in the bushes around the Splashing Pool.
As the visibility started to improve the Spotted Redshank and 3 Ruff were seen on No.6 tank.
A Great White Egret was out on the Mersey Estuary from Marsh Farm at midday and flew west as the tide came in.
Observer: Alyn Chambers
Our man on the western frontiers of the marsh patrolled the border with a fine detail producing a couple of late Wheatear by the Ince Berth. Other species worthy of note were 250 Curlew, 1000 Lapwing, 60 Golden Plover, an incredible 26 Common Buzzard, male Marsh Harrier and a Kestrel. There was a good selection of passerines which apart from the Wheatears included: 4 Stonechat, 2 Jay and plenty of winter thrushes along the hedgerows.
Observer: Shaun Hickey (images 2-3).
A misty day throughout.
After a walk around Blakemere at Delamere Forest with wildlife being in short supply, we continued an extension to our ramble by adding in Frodsham Marsh. Walking the track alongside No.5 tank we immediately flushed a Short-eared Owl from the rough area that runs adjacent to the rough track. After some brief views we walked up to the junction of No’s 5. 6 and 3 tanks where we met Colin and Carol Wilson from Glossop (who were stopping off from a visit to BMW reserve). Soon after a couple of Short-eared Owl were watched quartering the rough pasture land at the west end of No.5 tank. A little later the same or another two were seen from a distance over the east end of that tank. It is difficult to guess if these were the same birds which were moving widely? I fired off a few shots on my camera and then continued looking out for last nights harrier. I asked Colin if I could use his scope and he kindly allowed me to look through his top of the range Swarovski telescope when I spotted an owl perched up on a post. The bird eventually turned its head and revealed a long pair of ear tufts and fiery red eyes…A rarely seen sat out in the open Long-eared Owl which was still there when we left in the dark.
Looking back at my pictures on the way home I noticed one of the owls quartering the area was the LEO.
Observers: Colin & Carol Wilson, Sparky, WSM (and images 1 & 4-7)