I was out early doors and taking a stroll round No.6 and 4 tanks including Frodsham Score.
I got off to a good start with a Kingfisher along Moorditch Lane followed swiftly by a skein of Pink-footed Goose heading south.
Onward to No.6 where c30 Canada Goose were sat with Common Teal, Mallard, Shoveler and Gadwall in the shallow water. The Black-headed Gull flock were joined by c 70 Lesser and Great Black-backed Gull. The 7 Ruff where feeding close to the edge and a Green Sandpiper was also noted. There were c100 Lapwing and 3 Black-tailed Godwit with another Ruff sat separately.
The ‘Splashing Pool’ held 20 Shoveler and 6 Gadwall which were spooked when a Common Buzzard checked their shelter out. Onward to the Manchester Ship Canal path and several Raven were displaying over the salt marsh. A flock of 28 Tufted Duck and a single Great Crested Grebe were on the water and a Common Sandpiper made its way down the canal.
Frodsham Score came up trumps with 5 Great White Egret (equalling the highest count here) and a single Little Egret were feeding amongst the many Canada and Pink-footed Goose flocks along with 2 Barnacle Goose present.
The fields alongside the Holpool Gutter held several hundred Lapwing and a handful of Curlew. As I was walking back along Lordship Lane there were more Lapwing feeding in the stubble fields with a mixed group of corvids and Stock Dove. A couple of Common Snipe left the ditch alongside No.6 tank.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1 & 3-5). Image 2 by WSM.