15.02.18. Birdlog.

An after work jaunt down to No.6 tank & Lordship Marsh where 2 Bewick’s Swan finally joined the 22 Whooper Swan which had emerged from the old hedgerows on Lordship Marsh (so they were there all of the time). A couple of skeins of Pink-footed Goose were flying west over Helsby Hill and a flock of 112 Curlew lifted from the flooded fields by the motorway to head out to the Mersey estuary for the night.

A Peregrine was perched up on the blue topped chimney at Weston Point and a pair of Marsh Harrier settled down for the evening. A rough count of c50 Raven were heading south to their roost sites in loose flocks.

The wader flocks had already settled in for their roost when I arrived but the setting sun flooded the marsh with a pleasant amber glow and it was nice to stand and count them from the banks of No.6 tank. The birds were gathered closely with 500 Lapwing (including the luecistic bird from last week) 12 Ruff and c300 Black-tailed Godwit.

Ducks were sheltering from the brisk cold westerly and included 123 Shoveler, 39 Common Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 34 Common Shelduck, c400 Common Teal and 56 Mallard.

A Great Tit in the hedgerow along No.5 tank was giving a very good impression of a contact calling Chiffchaff (like they sometimes do).

Observer and images: WSM.

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