We took a big walk around the marsh today just birding en route. There was little activity until we reached the drying out fields along Lordship Lane where the usual flock of 20 Linnet were still present with a few Pied Wagtail. A Little Egret was hiding in a ditch below one of the non-grubbed out hedgerows and flew a short distance away to resume its feeding. The fields beyond had a herd of 10 Whooper Swan which later flew over to the Mersey salt marshes.
Frodsham Score was surprisingly quiet with a skein of c300 Pink-footed Goose flying in to settle by the Manchester Ship Canal, there were even more on the edge of the River Mersey. Another 4 Little Egret were busy chasing each other in and out of the tidal gutters.
The mitigation area on No.3 tank had a few each of Shoveler and Common Teal with 10 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Ruff.
No.6 tank had the lion’s share of c350 Common Teal, 46 Shoveler, 107 Common Shelduck and 42 Tufted Duck. It looks like all of the Common Pochard have left the area.
A drake Scaup was still on the Weaver estuary with the lingering Goldeneye flock.
Observers: Sparky & WSM (images).