I managed just the hour before dark and it’s now possible to do a little bird watch after work. The sound of bleating lambs on No.3 tank hanging in a chill wind heralds Spring in the air.
A fine evening and watching the sun sliding out of the day over the Growhow works produced an atmospheric Short-eared Owl as it quartered the raised banks of No.6 tank. The Raven numbers are steadily building with sheep carcasses laying about encouraging them to come in from their Welsh stronghold. I countered over 34 birds gorging themselves with a few Great Black-backed Gulls in attendance.
A smattering of aytha ducks were again on No.6 tank with 140 Shoveler all engaged in nuptial display. While nearby several Tufted Duck and c100 Common Teal were present. The Cormorant roost included 4 ‘sinensis‘ birds.
The Starling gathering was impressive with c7000 birds although without any raptors to harass them there wasn’t any murmurations to be seen.
Over on the blue-topped chimney at Weston Point was a Peregrine feeding on its dinner. Leaving the marsh along Moorditch Lane a Sparrowhawk and a female Merlin shot past. A bit late for their supper I thought!
Image by Paul Crawley.
Earlier in the day and on the tide the Great White Egret and 18 Whooper Swan were noted on Frodsham Score by Dave Craven from the Hale side of the river. You can read more about Dave’s day here: http://birdingtheboundary.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/fire-in-hole.html?m=1