A late afternoon walk through until dusk along the tracks that separate No.5-No.6-No.3 and No.4 tanks and back again.
The ducks were favouring the waters of No.6 tank with a flighty Common Goldeneye not liking any attention, whatsoever. A good turn out of Northern Pintail reaching 41 birds with drakes in their nuptial displays. An armada of 98 Northern Shoveler were gathered to sift microscopic food through their delicate but large bills. Eurasian Teal numbered c430 with the occasional Mallard, Common Shelduck, Gadwall and 4juvenile and 5 adult Mute Swan were with them.
The wintering Common Chiffchaff was again in the elders at the base of the ramp track down to No.3 tank. The same tank harboured 78 Eurasian Teal, 4 Northern Shoveler and a few Mallard on the ‘phalarope pool’.
Towards dusk the first skeins of Pink-footed Goose were coming in from their daytime feeding grounds to the east and birds were watched whiffling down to settle on Frodsham Score. The same site had hundreds of Northern Lapwing with c200 European Golden Plover.
A male European Stonechat was along the fence line and Common Starling numbers were low and there was no apparent murmurations to boast about.
A fine female Western Marsh Harrier drifted over and quatered the reed beds of No.6 tank, and finally a Cetti’s Warbler sounded the retreat call for the evening.
Lordship Marsh still had 5 adult and one juvenile Whooper Swan, hopefully their numbers will increase if we get a cold chill in the next few weeks.
Observers: JS & WSM (images).