An early start and a brief visit to the marsh before a Christmas shopping/market expedition in Manchester.
After a short wait the required drake (what else) Green-winged Teal was spotted with a group of 400 Common Teal close to the clumps of flooded daisy beds. Also present were the 24 Common Pochard, 12 Shoveler, 6 Wigeon, 12 Tufted Duck and small numbers of Common Shelduck.
Over on N.3 tank a flock of c500 Lapwing rose into the air but I couldn’t find their cause of concern.
Observer: WSM (image 1).
A walk around No.6 tank and along the canal as far as the Holpool Gutter this afternoon. I managed to see the following species. There were good numbers of wildfowl on No.6 with Common Pochard again outnumbering the Tufted Duck, also noted Shoveler, Mallard and Common Teal with Gadwall in amongst them. A few birders were out looking for the Green-winged Teal but left disappointed.
The secluded pool had 6 more Gadwall and 2 Shoveler. The mitigation area on No.3 tank held a small flock of Lapwing and Redshank. Along the canal path a Merlin sat in the very same hawthorn bush that it or another had favoured last winter.
Out on the salt marsh a Great White Egret and several Grey Heron and Little Egrets fed on the incoming tide. There were hundreds of Canada Goose at the edge of the river. The herd of Whooper and Mute Swan mixed together on the score and a flock of Dunlin were being pursued by a Sparrowhawk.
Along Lordship Lane a pair of Stonechat sat on the fence by the model flying field and a small party of Fieldfare and Redwing passed by.
When I eventually got back to the car I decided to have another look for the Green-winged Teal and met John Gilbody. He fortunately had the GWT in his telescope and let me see the bird hidden in the vegetation.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-4).
Also noted were 20 Redshank, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, c20 Dunlinsand 100’s Lapwing.
Observer: John Raynor.