I made a sunrise visit to No.6 tank with the morning sun peeping out from a belt of clouds on the eastern horizon bathing the reed beds in a warm glow. It was icy cold on my hands but a quick scan got the focusing finger warmed up.
A group of 4 whooping Whooper Swan were curious of me on the bank and swam closer calling as they did (wildfowl must have an affinity with me). The female Long-tailed Duck was tucked in close to the south bank pulling dried grass from the banks. A handsome drake Common Goldeneye was joined by some female friends.
A Western Marsh Harrier was sat taking in the morning rays of sunshine and later flapped around the reed beds. A Cetti’s Warbler was blurting a tune from a bramble patch and Common Chiffchaff were singing widely this morning.
After work I made a return visit and drove to Marsh Farm for returning migrants but alas that drew a blank. Looking across to the Weaver Sluice Gates on the River Mersey side of them did produced c65 Pied Avocet working together sifting through the murky waters with vigorous head swaying.
Observer and images: WSM.