An after work trip down to No.6 tank after a tip-off from Paul Miller who had earlier found a couple of Water Pipit on No.6 tank. It didn’t take long before the pipits which were with 12 Meadow Pipit and a couple of possible additional wipits.
The sound of distant Pink-footed Goose echoing from Frodsham Score.
There was an increase in the numbers of Eurasian Teal with c780 birds present. Also noted were 31 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 21 Mallard, 7 Common Shelduck and 34 Northern Shoveler.
The real treat of the evening was to have female Marsh Harrier, ringtail (1 winter male) Hen Harrier and a Short-eared Owl in the same binocular view. The ringtail flew through and landed for 15 minutes out in the open while c30 Common Snipe were disturbed by all this raptor action. A Common Buzzard once again took its opportunity to take out a teal from the deep flooded vegetation.
The movement of Raven leaving the marsh against a stunning sunset to their Welsh homelands was again impressive.
Observer and images: WSM.