02.02.18. Birdlog.

A clear and sunny end to the day and I had enough time after work to pay a visit to the marshes. A quick count of the ducks on No.6 tank revealed 28 Common Pochard, a small number of both Tufted Duck and Pintail. A further flock of 8 tufties were on the ‘Splashing Pool’. The Common Teal and Shoveler flocks were again reduced in number with 300 & 246 respectively.

A big female Sparrowhawk was laying in wait for the Starling flocks heading to the old Runcorn bridge for the night and 3 Marsh Harrier were at their nightly roost.

The Whooper Swan herd was again present by Spring Farm but the hedgerows prevented a good view of them and their number. A skein of c100 Pink-footed Goose headed in from the east and attempted to settle in the flooded fields alongside the M56 motorway, but a traffic helicopter disturbed them and they eventually headed out to the north.

Observers: Gary Worthington, WSM (image).

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