As I walked along the lanes to the marsh from Spring farm this morning the sight of Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail and 2 Greenfinch were feeding in the hedgerows and fields. A Little Egret was sat in a pasture surrounded by a flock of Eurasian Starling which became the target for a male Sparrowhawk which managed to single one out and was hot on its tail as they disappeared over a hedge.
The Holpool Gutter held a few Eurasian Teal, Mallard a single Little Grebe and several Eurasian Coot and Moorhen while the stubble field held on to the Eurasian Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit flock, but no sign of the Northern Lapwing and Golden Plover flock from yesterday.
Out on the salt marsh of Frodsham Score were hundreds of Canada Goose grazing on the short grass and 12 Egyptian Goose that have been on tour of various locations around the north-west of late. A small flock of Little Egret added some authenticity to the proceedings were on the bank of the gutter.
A pair of Stonechat were in the reeds on No.4 tank and Common Buzzard and Kestrel were soaring in the sunshine.
A dredger was in the pumping station berth discharging slurry onto No.6 tank raising the water levels even higher.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.