There were good numbers of Curlew feeding by the Pig Farm and the Little Egret flock sprung back up to 18 birds with several more out on the salt marsh. A couple of hundred Stock Dove were feeding on the edge of the marsh are becoming a regular sight this winter.
The mixed Mute and Whooper Swan herd was out in the distance on Ince marsh. Several hundred Lapwing and Golden Plover were in fields alongside the Holpool Gutter and a male Stonechat was sat on a bramble bush.
A Great White Egret was out on Frodsham Score with a Little Egret for company. A large flock of finches made up mostly of Goldfinch, Linnet and smaller numbers of Chaffinch were roaming around the marsh.
Along the path by No.6 tank there were yet more Lapwing and Golden Plover which took to the air as they were targeted by a pair of Peregrine hunting together. One flushed the flock while the other singled out a plover for the kill!
It was quiet with small numbers of Common Teal, Shoveler, Mallard, Pochard and Tufted Duck out on the unfrozen water of No.6 tank. Along Lordship Lane there were more finches present along with many Blackbird feeding on what was left of the Hawthorne berries.
Walking back along by No.4 tank and the young Marsh Harrier was holding its own in a dog fight with 2 Common Buzzard but left when a third Buteo joined in. Back on the Manchester Ship Canal path and a raft of 50 Coot, a Great Crested Grebe and a pair of Gadwall were on the water and the Marsh Harrier was seen crossing the ship canal out to Frodsham Score.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-7).
Images 1 & 8 by Ron Brumby.