Another quick dash down to the marsh and the sun was dipping its toes into the western horizon as I arrived. There are always birds to see nevertheless and flocks of Lapwing were ranging in from the Mersey estuary. Apart from a couple of Common Snipe I wasn’t able to find any Ruff this evening but c20 Shoveler and several hundred Common Teal were gathering closely to roost together. A small skein of Pink-footed Goose circled the area before heading off to the sunset. Over the distant reed bed a female Marsh Harrier was quartering the area before dropping into her roost.
Walking back and an obliging Barn Owl was perched up on a fence post along Moorditch Lane and remained there until the only light available was from the traffic on the M56.
Observer and images: WSM.
There were 2 Marsh Harrier earlier in the day as seen by Guy Groves & Lou.