An early visit to the marsh this morning and just in time to see the ribbons of 100’s of Pink-footed Goose heading north-east out from the south Mersey marshes yelping loudly as they went.
A look over No.6 tank revealed much smaller numbers of ducks with 3 Common Goldeneye, 57 Northern Shoveler, 16 Common Shelduck, 327 Eurasian Teal and 2 Eurasian Wigeon, 21 Mallard, 14 Northern Pintail and 21 Little Grebe. Further teal and wigeon were out on the secluded scrapes of No.3 tank.
Walking along the tracks revealed small bunches finches and buntings with a Yellowhammer being the highlight. A couple of Cetti’s Warbler were vocal as well.
My journey along the track between No.3 and No.6 tanks was interrupted by a female Merlin darting past on its way to No.4 tank and dislodging a few passerines en route. The ‘phalarope pool’ had 110 Eurasian Teal, 6 Mallard and 4 Northern Shoveler.
The incoming tide pushed up both c500 Eurasian Wigeon, c400 Common Redshank, c150 Eurasian Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher and c1000 Dunlin. A Great Egret was sat with 6 Grey Heron on Frodsham Score and scattered singletons of Little Egret were moving around. A Cetti’s Warbler was heard and likewise a Common Chiffchaff was contacing from a reed bed below where I was standing.
Reaching the corner of No.4 and No.6 tanks and looking across to Lordship Marsh produced the 5 adult and single juvenile Whooper Swan which were joined by an incoming Mute Swan later.
A flock of Common Starling gathered on top of a hawthorn hedge were keeping an eye on a Common Buzzard sat below their position.
Observer and images: WSM.