An after work ramble onto the marsh didn’t produce the hoped for Short-eared Owl but a gathering of Starlings along Moorditch Lane and then over on No.3 tank were rewarding to watch. There was no distinct murmurations this evening and after feeding in fields the birds streamed out to the north and presumably headed for the Runcorn Bridge roost?
Several thousand Lapwings were disturbed out on Frodsham Score and birds were watched streaming snake-like across the sky above the Mersey Estuary.
We found a dead Barn Owl along Moorditch Lane with some parts of its back eaten away (rats?) but it felt thin and was probably a victim of starvation after the prolonged days of rain we have been experiencing of late?
Observers: Sparky & WSM (and images)