An early finish from work and a stroll around No.6 tank this afternoon. As I crossed the M56 bridge along Brook Furlong Lane on to the marsh there was a Little Grebe and 2 Moorhen were in the ditch along Moorditch Lane. Nearby a party of Fieldfare were worming in the horse paddock field.
On the waters of the sludge tank were good numbers of duck species including several hundred Common Teal, Shoveler, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Mallard and then a few Mute Swan sheltering from the cold wind below the steep tank sides. The Black-tailed Godwit were feeding knee-deep in the water in the centre of the tank and closer to the north bank. The Dunlin were huddled on the edge of the mud and were soon joined by a steady stream of birds leaving the salt marshes out on the estuary as the tide came in. The Golden Plover lead the way and with them came Redshank and Curlew. A Common Buzzard flew low over the roosting birds scattering them willy-nilly but they soon settled down again and resumed their slumber.
A look over Frodsham Score from the banks of No.4 produced several Little Egret. There were many Raven along with even more Common Buzzard still enjoying the bountiful supply of dead lamb and mutton chops. A huge mass of shorebirds could be seen snaking along the river edge and a flock of mixed black backed gulls were resting on the salt marsh.
The Whooper Swan herd has now moved much closer to the Growhow plant and were seen in the distance from the junction of tanks 4 and 6. A flock of c50 Pied Wagtail fed on the mud at the south end of six. More Curlew were feeding alongside Lordship Lane and its marsh while Raven flocks could be watched passing overhead on their way to roost.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.