28.01.18. Birdlog.

A quick route march around No.6 tank resulted in seeing the herd of Whooper Swan behind the blue slurry tank but it was too distant to see if the Bewick’s were still present.

The pair of Marsh Harrier were high above the marsh in the nice Spring like weather. The usual Peregrine was sat out on the blue topped chimney at Weston Point while Common Buzzard activity has increased with many sparring for their suitors.

The first of 5 Stonechat encountered on our peramble was on No.4 tank where a Common Snipe bolted from the track ahead. The Goldfinch charm were busy dancing back and to from the sludge tank banks to the thistle covered edges to No.3.

A flock of Black-tailed Godwit headed out to the Mersey estuary while most of the duck that were on No.6 were disturbed by an ignorant drone flyer. Those that returned included 42 Common Pochard and lesser numbers of Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Common Teal and 32 Pink-footed Goose flew over from the north-east..

Observers: Sparky & WSM (and images).

Additional observations from Hale shore looking across to Frodsham Score/Ince marshes included: 4 dark-bellied Brent Goose and a Great White Egret.

Observer: Dave Craven.