The morning started well with a Cetti’s Warbler at an undisclosed site where a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest and Jay were noted.
Observer: Frank Duff.
few ramblings from this morning perambulation starting off along Brook Furlong Lane and the usual Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits with Goldfinch and Chaffinch in equally small numbers but 5 Chiffchaff and the odd one calling.
The Weaver Bend had plenty of Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall c50 Canada’s and 20 Shelduck. Alas, no Goldeneye. Back tracking to Marsh Farm where singing Skylark with Pied Wagtail and Reed Bunting were here and there and a large flock of Curlew was on the nearby No.1 tank.
Out on the Frodsham Score and the Ravens were enjoying the 50 mph winds with the odd Common Buzzard joining in the free ride. A wind sapped Kestrel was trying its best to hover in between gusts. The low tide out on the salt marsh dispersed the birds far and wide and didn’t keep the birds together so most were spread widely.
A hike to No.6 tank against the wind produced next to nothing apart from our watery eye. The birds that greeted us included several hundred Tufted Duck, Shoveler were everywhere so a rough count of 250 being a conservative estimate. Out on the shallower water were 399 Black-tailed Godwit were scattered with c300 birds joined by 3-400 Lapwing. Common Teal were enjoying the exposed mud as well as the godwits. The Redshank were also fairly common with 15-20 Ruff.
Another Chiffchaff was along the hedgerow. Back onto Lordship Lane produced more Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Goldfinch and Chaffinch. More Reed Bunting were present and another Kestrel was hunkering down in a hawthorn bush.
Back to the car and a Coward’s pie was in order a great few hours on a very blustery marsh.
Observers: Robbie Allcock, Paul Kurs, Shaun Hickey (image 5) & dogs Pip and Tess.
Photograph credits: Tony Broome (image 2-3); Paul Crawley (image 4); WSM (image 1).