We took a hike around No.6 tank with a diversion to watch over Frodsham Score salt marsh on the rising tide.
The Whooper Swan herd was again concealed behind the hedges that border the fields by Hillview Farm. The flooded fields were literally birdless, so given time it’s hoped the passerines will return once the water level drops.
The blustery wind made conditions difficult to say the east whilst watching over the score salt marshes. There were thousands in flocks of Dunlin disturbed by the tide with hundreds of Canada and Pink-footed Goose grazing the short turf.
A mixed gathering of Golden Plover and Lapwing were hunkered down but a passing Peregrine sent everything wheeling around in the air over the score banks, and at one point with a Great Egret.
The windy conditions were ideal for the c50 Raven hoard taking timeout from their mutton gluttony to ride the updrafts created by the rising air off the Manchester Ship Canal banks.
A small number of Northern Shoveler were dabbling on the ‘phalarope pool’ on No.3 tank. Also present was a pair of Stonechat.
A female Marsh Harrier was over No.4 tank and later relocated to sail over the reed beds on No.6 tank.
The flocks of Eurasian Teal were tucked under the southern banks within the flooded daisy beds, at least 1,000 birds were concealed there. A few each of Pintail and Mallard were also having a rough time of it on the choppy waters.
A recently deceased Lapwing was alongside the track on Moorditch Lane.
Observers: JS & WSM (images 1 & 3 – 15). Image 2 by Paul Ralstron.