16.02.18. Birdlog.

You’ve got to fit in your birding when you can, so I made another trip down to the marshes after work. We walked clockwise around No.6 tank but didn’t encounter much until the flooded fields off Lordship Lane loomed large ahead. A small flock of 6 Redshank and the wintering family party of Mute Swan didn’t install much confidence but a mass of white swans beyond the hedge by Spring Farm included a couple of Bewick’s and the ever-present Whooper herd.

On our approach to the ramp on No.4 a female Marsh Harrier was shortly after joined by another. Towards dusk it was good to see the male interacting with the females over the reed beds.

A massive c10,000 Starling were flying along the Manchester Ship Canal to the east and presumably en route to their roost in the Northwich area?

I made a conscious effort this evening to count the Raven leaving Frodsham Score to their roost site near Ruthin, N Wales. The flocks never exceeded 6 birds and no birds circling round or heading back to the salt marshes the chances of double counting were reduced I countered 133 birds!

Other birds heading in the opposite direction to roost on the score marsh included 80 Curlew and 200 Black-tailed Godwit.

There wasn’t much time or light left to count the ducks and waders on No.6 tank but everything had the same impression as yesterday.

Observers: Sparky & WSM (all images).