A walk around No.6 and No.4 tanks this morning. A decent selection of ducks on the water of No.6 with mostly Eurasian Teal and Northern Shoveler, but Gadwall, Mallard, Common Shelduck andNorthern Pintail also being present.
A single Mute Swan, c100 Eurasian Wigeon were on the mitigation pools on No.3 tank with more Eurasian Teal and Mallard. There were skeins of Pink-footed Goose passed overhead heading east with 433 in total, with 95 heading back a couple of hours later. Hundreds of Northern Lapwing were on the wet fields on Lordship Marsh, but no sign of the Whooper Swan herd from yesterday, but it is the weekend and they do like to shoot on the weekends.
Winter thrushes were present but in reduced numbers and a Peregrine was sat on its tower overlooking the marshes. A flock of c80 Eurasian Curlew were foraging on the stubble fields alongside the Holpool Gutter.
Out on Frodsham Score salt marsh were c1000 Northern Lapwing and c200 EuropeanGolden Plover which were being their usual nervous selves. Also seen were 2 Great Egret and several Little Egret. The Common Raven were doing a good job of cleansing the salt marsh of the deadstock left after the recent high tides. The Great Black-backed Gull were lower down the pecking order and waited their turn to recycle.
Large flocks of finches were moving about the marsh with European Goldfinch being the most prominent followed by Linnet and Chaffinch which were also busy feeding on the weed seeds. Raptors included the usual Common Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Common Buzzard which did a good job at keeping the passerines on high alert.
Much later in the day the 2 Western Cattle Egret, 4 Little Egret and a Grey Heron fed around the snufferling pigs at Ince.
Obsever and images: Paul Ralston