Good numbers of Shoverler, Common Pochard, Mallard and Gadwall on No.6 tank with several hundred Common Teal. A quick look through them and I couldn’t locate the Green-winged Teal (despite it still being here) but there were many more in the vegetation. The young Marsh Harrier dropped on to a hen (ssh!) pheasant amongst the reeds on the tank but couldn’t hold on to it and sat sulking at losing its Christmas dinner.
Out on Frodsham Score and 2 Great White Egret, a Little Egret and a Grey Heron fed together on the salt marsh and were keeping company with the Whooper Swan herd. There were hundreds of Golden Plover and lapwing took to the air as an unseen predator spooked them. With the amount of Golden Plover in the area there could be a chance of an American visitor amongst them? Large flocks of finches were feeding in a number of places on the walk and were made up of Linnet, Goldfinch, Chaffinch with Reed Bunting in smaller numbers.
A skein of Pink-footed Goose flew over from Hale Head out to the southern Mersey marshes.
Back at the north end of six and a small flock of Fieldfare circled around and came to the attention of a Sparrowhawk which singled them out
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.
A probable Shag was out on the the Mersey Estuary and thousands of gulls streamed through from 15.45-16.45 this evening.
Observer: Frank Duff