A skein of c400 Pink-footed Goose flying south over the M56 as I made my way to the marsh this morning.
No.6 tank had decent numbers of ducks which included Eurasian Teal, Northern Shoveler, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Common Pochard and a few Northern Pintail were mostly feeding near the far bank. A flock of Canada Goose left the water and made their way out to the Mersey Estuary. The Raven flock were making the most of the beef bonanza on No.3 tank alongside murder of crows.
The mitigation pools had Mallard, Eurasian Teal and Eurasian Wigeon which were all flushed by a low flying Common Buzzard. A Marsh Harrier flew over No.3 tank and then dropped in to the reeds on No.6.
Several Little Egret were out on the salt marsh with a single Great Egret and hundreds of Canada Goose. Looking over the fields alongside the Holpool Gutter had c150 Eurasian Curlew and a handful of Black-tailed Godwit were noted and a flock of c40 Stock Dove dropping down to feed with them. A couple of Little Egret were in the field at the junction of Rake Lane, while the3 Mute Swan, 19 Whooper Swan herd were alongside Lordship Lane for their third day and the single adult Bewick’s Swan. There were four more egrets which were to far away to determine their idenity, but almost certain tobe the 3 Cattle and a soliatry Little?
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-3 & 7).
I walked along Brook Furlong Lane in steady rain which barely stopped during a long walk out to the Weaver Estuary. There were 10 Mute Swan and a Great Crested Grebe on the Weaver Bend, but the lure of the estuary and its ducks forced me on.
A raft of 20 Eurasian Coot, 248 Tufted Duck included 10 Common Pochard, 6 Common Goldeneye, 630 Eurasian Teal and the juvenile Greater Scaup that had previously been on No.6 tank, but with all the shooting activity in the area, it is assumed the ducks were finding relative sanctuary along this stretch of the Weaver Estuary. A couple of Stonechat were knocking about.
Marsh Farm looked dreary in the drizzle and the huge numbers of Northern Lapwing, European Golden Plover and Eurasian Curlew with Eurasian Wigeon and Teal made for a fine spectacle as they flew up from the wet meadows and murmurated across the grey laden sky. A few Fieldfare were perched up by the farm buildings.
Observer: WSM (images 4-6 & 8-9).