A look across Frodsham Score and the Mersey marshes produced 5 Great White Egret scattered widely followed en route (westbound) along the M56 were 14 Whooper Swan still present despite all the fireworks going on overnight.
I started from Ince this morning good where there were good numbers of Redwing and smaller numbers of Fieldfare stripping berries off the hawthorns and were joined by a flock of Chaffinch which were spooked by a passing Sparrowhawk. A Little Egret was fishing in one of the pools alongside a Grey Heron. On the pools were Common Teal, Mallard, Gadwall and 3 Shoveler present alongside the many Coot and Moorhen.
Onward to the Manchester Ship Canal path and a Merlin sat watching the Starling flock intently while they were perched on a piece of driftwood on the salt marsh, this bird or another was later seen over No.4 tank.
Several thousand Canada Goose were on the marsh and on the ship canal and small skeins of Pink-footed Goose passed south overhead with c200 more returning and settling on the estuary marshes. Little Egret were moving about the marsh this morning. Raven flocks and Great Black-backed Gull were again enjoying the feast of a couple of sheep carcasses. The local Common Buzzard were sat close by waiting in line.
A flock of Long-tailed Tit had a Goldcrest accompanying them and a female Stonechat sat in a bush along the Holpool Gutter.
A walk out to have a closer look at the Whooper Swan herd on Lordship Marsh and there were more winter thrushes feeding in hedgerows by the blue slurry tank. The 13 Whooper’s had 4 juveniles with them and a flock of 30 Curlew fed near by.
As I walked back along Lordship Lane there were a mass of Lapwing and Golden Glover took to the air as a Couple of Common Buzzard tried their luck, one of them was a very pale bird. The Lapwing flock settled back down alongside the gutter but the Golden Plover flock moved on.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1 & 3-7).
After my earlier visit I made a second attempt to look across the area and in particular No.6 tank which continues to draw in the birds. The Common Teal flock were again lowered in number than yesterday with c260 with a few Pintail, Mallard and Shoveler.
The waders featured mostly Lapwing with c350 birds, 3 Ruff, 54 Common Snipe.
As the light dwindled a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over the reed beds on No.6 tank.
Observers: Sparky & WSM (image 2).