A very gloomy day eventually gave way to some fine evening sunshine and sunset. We walked out to Marsh Farm along Brook Furlong Lane where a pair of European Bullfinch were calling and were quickly followed by a couple of chattering Cetti’s Warbler. The last remaining Fieldfare and Redwing were still loitering in the area.
Approaching No.1 tank and two Cattle Egret could be found with cattle by the pipes. Continuing our walk and both the egrets took flight and joined the third bird by the farm. A big flock of Northern Lapwing and European Golden Plover continually took to the air and were presumably flushed by the scrambler bikes racing along the track between No.3 & No.6 tank.
A look out to the Mersey Estuary produced hundreds of both Common Shelduck and Eurasian Curlew settling down for the night ahead. A few skeins of Pink-footed Goose were flying over heading to the estuary to join them.
The daylight was fading quickly so we decided to walk back along Alder Lane where a couple of Great Egret flew from the Weaver Bend area and continued to their roost out by the river.
We met a father and his very keen son, a birding team from Liverpool and during a conversation about murmurations a ghostly Barn Owl fortuitously flew along the hedgerow and flipped over the track to gave brief but satisfying views for the lad.
Observers: JS (image 6) & WSM (images 1-5).