22.02.18. Birdlog.

A selection of counts and species seen today on the marshes.10 Mute Swan, c60 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier, 27 Redshank, 46 Coot, 190 Goldfinch, 62 Common Shelduck, 41 Common Pochard, 270 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 22 Tufted Duck, 45 Mallard, 340 Common Teal, 18 Whooper Swan and just a single Bewick’s.

Observer: Joe Chester.

I made a visit after work and the mild weather conditions of the last few days have now given way to much cooler air with the chilly winds coming from a south-easterly sector.

A quick look over No.6 tank revealed more or less the same species that Joe had seen earlier, so I didn’t linger for too long and made my way out to look across Frodsham Score salt marshes. There were a few Little Egret popping up from the tidal channels but the sight of c500 Pink-footed Goose on the edge of the river was quite evocative in the dusky evening light.

The tide was still too high for the big gulls to settle so they were loafing about on the river edge. There wasn’t anything that drew my attention but there’s still plenty of time to pick out the white wingers in the next few weeks.

A Merlin was flexing its wing muscles out on the Score and forced the entire Lapwing and Golden Plover flocks high over head. The Lapwing flock were exceeding 1000 while the Goldies amassed c500 birds.

The Whooper Swan herd was again where Joe had left them but I did manage to see two Bewick’s.

The Starling flocks were heading east along the ship canal in big numbers, while Raven were heading south for the night.

A couple of Marsh Harrier flew in at dusk.

Observer and image: WSM.

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