I started this morning watching the sunrise over the Mersey Estuary at Eastham and then I made my way to Ince. The pools held c70 Eurasian Teal, c20 Mallard, c15 Gadwall, 3 Little Grebe (one of which was catching small fish as I walked on to the marsh and again as I made my way back to my car) a single Little Egret and 3 Grey Heron were foraging in the long grass.
On to the Manchester Ship Canal path and from it were more Gadwall and Mallard. The dredger was making its way west and discharging its waste water as it went.
Frodsham Score salt marsh was again quiet despite there being no wildfowlers about. Several Little Egret and a single Great Egret were noted and a skein of c30 Pink-footed Goose flew south. A few Redwing were searching for any berries left on the hawthorns and were targeted unsuccessfully by a Sparrowhawk. A Chiffchaff was noted in the scrub. A pair of Common Buzzard were hanging in the air (Kestrel like) and were buzzed by a Kestrel several times.
The swan herd are still close to the Lordship Lane with the Bewick’s Swan amongst the Whooper Swan herd. I stopped to chat with Keith when a Marsh Harrier made an appearance and had a tussle with a Common Buzzard.
The 1st winter Greater Scaup was still with the Tufted Duck flock and Common Sandpiper were still present on the Weaver Estuary.
Walking past the Growhow works and the resident Mistle Thrush was feeding in the ploughed field. A large flock of Eurasian Curlew were feeding in the stubble and several pairs of Stonechat were noted on my walk.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-7).
A walk around Delamere Forest was eventful for the warm clear blue skies and a Peacock Butterfly flying around at the end of the year…bizarre!
We started with a blistering sunrise over the dark satanic mills over Frodsham Marsh and we end this blog with a blistering sunset over Frodsham Marsh.
Observers: JS & WSM (images 8-9).