I was out this morning around No.6 and No.4 tanks. Looking across No.6 tank and Canada Goose dominated the water with c1000 present. Ducks numbers are stable at the moment with 43 Mallard, c850 Eurasan Teal, 68 Tufted Duck, 5 Northern Pintail, a few Common Shelduck and 10 Gadwall on the water.
A single Mute Swan was joined by another pair which got very territorial and attempted to drive the single bird off the tank. Black-tailed Godwit numbers reached 745 birds with c40 Common Snipe, c500 Northern Lapwing, a single Greenshank and 3 Ruff were feeding in the shallow water.
The lapwing flock took to the air as a an immature Marsh Harrier passed by and they soon settled again.
Several skeins of Pink-footed Goose passed overhead towards the estuary and a single Whooper Swan was observed flying east along the Manchester Ship Canal. A flock of c80 Eurasian Curlew were feeding alongside the Holpool Gutter and 4 Common Buzzard were over No.4 tank. A pair of Stonechat were back on their winter territory at the edge of the canal.
Raven and Great Black-back Gull were cleaning up the dead stock left on the salt marsh after the recent high tides and 3 Little Egret were noted.
A Common Toad was looking for a safe place to hibernate on the bank of No.6 and a Great Spotted Woodpecker made its way along the path between No.6 and No.3 tanks.
Observers: Paul Ralston (images) and WSM.
Further skeins of Pink-footed Goose were seen including a few hundred over junction 12 of the M56 heading inland along the Weaver Valley at 8.00am (Shaun Hickey), and 111 were over Runcorn Hill at 9.30am (WSM).