Not quite the excitement of yesterday so normal service is resumed. An afternoon free to spend on the marsh and in bright sunshine. I managed to see the 5 pale-bellied Brent Goose but distantly on Hale Marsh from the north-east corner of No.4 tank. There were 4 Pink-footed Goose, 3-5 Whooper Swan, 8 Little and two Great White Egret out on Frodsham Score. Waders were moving with the advancing tide which included several thousand Dunlin streaming through from the river with 216 Grey Plover and lesser counts of Golden Plover.
The high tide displaced c 700 feeding Wigeon from the score gutters where they rode the river until both it and a couple of wildfowlers withdrew for the day.
A playful flock of 24 Raven were riding the updrafts above No.5 tank. High above the estuary a couple of adult Peregrine surveyed the area. A female Merlin sat out the afternoon along the fence line on No.5 tank (see pic above).
The flooded No.6 tank was not beneficial for shorebirds, it was no surprise to see nothing of note wading there. The only exception was 12 Tufted Duck, Common Teal hiding in the daisy beds, 8 Mute Swan and 23 Cormorant (carbo).
Observer & images: WSM.